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IOA Wednesday, April 11,2001 County News Featnef~ .- m By Dave KoII Staff Writer Randall D. Delahunty has been charged with felony resi- dential burglary by the Plumas County District Attorney's office. Delahunty was arrested by law enforcement officials after a Lake Almanor resident called 911 to complain that a light was on inside a neighbor's home, even though the neighbor was not home. Delahunty, a Chico resi- dent, will be represented by Quincy attorney George Zube. Zube was appointed last week when Delahunty turned in a financial statement declaring he cannot afford to hire his own lawyer. A hearing to determine whether there is a enough evi- dence to hold Delahunty to answer is scheduled for Friday, April 13, in Plumas County Superior Court. A Greenville man and woman accused of possessing meth for sales, possessing marijuana for sales and child endangerment have been released without bail. But, Lee A. Bock and Monique R. Rode are sched- uled to return to Plumas County Superior Court Friday, April 13, for a hearing to determine whether there is enough evidence to hold them to answer to the charges. The defendants, along with a juvenile suspect, were arrested during a routine traf- fic stop. By Dave Keller Staff Writer The PG&E bankruptcy fil- ing last week occurred less than a week before California's largest utility'was scheduled to make nearly $4 million in property tax payments. Although the money por- tion of what PG&E owes 49 counties throughout the state--less than 5 percent--it's big money to Plumas County. PG&E is Plumas' largest tax payer--nearly one-fifth of the county's $2.3 billion tax base. This news was delivered via a Page 1 news article in Monday's edition of the Los Angeles.Times. In most instances, the bank- ruptcy laws require that gov- ernment liabilities--such as the property taxes due to the Plumas County--be paid first. But, the Times reported, uncertainty over financially crippled PG&E's future is rais- ing questions throughout the state. County Assessor Chuck Leonhardt told the Times that, if PG&E fails to come through, it could means layoffs and cut- backs, including law enforce- ment salaries. In addition to the revenue woes. Plumas County also could be hurt by possible draws on the area lakes, which attract visitors. But the energy crisis could mean that PG&E may siphon off substantial amounts of water from Bucks Lake and Lake Almanor to drive its hydroelectric plants, the Times reported. Residents are concerned, the newspaper stated in its article, that PG&E will not honor the informal covenant it has with residents to not drop the lake levels here until late in the summer. Generating power at this point may be more important than recreation to PG&E, the Times reported. Plumu County Route 49 - Shoulder mainte- nance operations from Vinton to the Plumas/Sierra County line, April 9-13. One-way traf- fic control between 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. Delays--five min- utes. Route 70 - Drainage clean- ing operations from the Greenville "Y" to three miles west of the "Y," April 9-13. One-way traffic control between 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. Delays--15 minutes. Lassen County Route 36 - Crack-sealing operations from two miles west of Fredonyer Summit to Susanville, April 9-13. weather permitting. One-way traffic control between 8:30 am and 3:30 p.m. Delays--up to 15 min- utes. Route 44 - Crack-sealing operations continue from the Lassen/Shasta County line to five miles east, April 9-13. One- way traffic control between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. Delays--10 minutes. Route 299 - Crack-sealing operations continue in the Big Valley Mountain area, April 9- 13. One-way traffic control between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Delays--10 minutes. Route 395 - Reconstruction of a box culvert and paving operations under way at Leavitt Lake, approximately 15 miles north of Susanville, April 9-13. One-way traffic con- trol between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. Delays--up to five minutes. Route 395 - Crack-sealing operations continue from 19 miles north to 23 miles north of Litchfield, April 9-13. One- way traffic control between 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. Delays-- up to 15 minutes. m m m Pacific Gas and Electric Company announced last week changes in its CARE (California Alternate Rates for Energy) program that will pro- vide help for more of the utili- ty's low-income customers. These changes come as a result of a ruling by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) on March 27 and are effective immediately. The CARE program provides a 15 percent monthly discount on gas and electric rates to income qualified households. The participants in the CARE program are also exempt from the initial 9 percent electric surcharge effective January 4 and will additionally be exempt from any electric rate increases resulting from the CPUC decision on March 27. The new guidelines allow participants to qualify for the program if their household income levels are below 175 percent of the established fed- eral poverty level. Before this change, the level was set at 150 percent. The gross income lev- els are: 1-2 person household: $21,250 a year (previous level $18,200) 3 person household: $25,000 a year (previous level $21,500) 4 person household: $30,100 a year (previous level $25,800) Each additional person: $5,000 (previous level add $30O) A customer who enrolls in the CARE Program can get an average annual electric dis- count of at least $135.24, an average gas discount of $146.88, and a combined annual dis- count for gas and electricity of $282.12. With the current rate changes being proposed for non-CARE customers, the dis- counts will be even more sig- nificant. In February, the utility in corljunction with community-based organiza- tions, launched a campaign to inform customers about this payment assistance program. It included inserts in every bill, radio and television pub- lic service announcements and flyers in different languages, to inform customers about this payment assistance program. "We have seen a substantial increase in the volume of CARE applications as a result of our outreach campaign. The support of community-based organizations and the media has been key to the dissemina- tion of the program. We processed 46,000 applications during the month of February and 55,000 in March. Our staff is doing as many as 2,500 to 3,000 per day," said Jeff Beresini, manager of the CARE Program for Pacific Gas and Electric Company. Additional assistance through CARE is also avail- able to tenants of sub-metered facilities such as mobile home parks. Separate CARE Program discounts target non- profit group living facilities and agricultural employee housing PG&E customers who want to apply to the CARE Program can call (800) PGE.5000 for more information. The Plumas of Supervisors the first three Tue every month, but in ing months, those be altered slightly modate the supe: schedules. There is one ret meeting this month: ~. In May, the super~n skip the first TuesC will instead meet on} and 22. In June, the sup~ will meet on June 5 lit In July, the supe~ ! ~:: meet on July 3, 10 and The August board J i have not been altere _ supervisors tentativ$ uled the budget he~Smi Aug. 20-31. mt t For the first and.Ja :_LH, ings of the month, ffne convenes at 10 a.m. second meeting of the board convenes Public comment is at the beginni~t meetings. The public is attend the meeting ber take place in the .er o supervisors' room o~:.t floor of the county Caon th in Quincy. eve i Ora ~. Allt W~ce rc: yotY(;: lAB Upcc ~r. 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