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Feather River Bulletin Wednesday, April 22, 2015 5A JEFFERSON: Proponents seeking support from northern counties from page 1A be part of the process. "If you effort would go forward, the state of Jefferson, as with quality regulations. Supervisor Kevin Goss took its business, and based on its 2014-15 budget, Plumas would enjoy a $55 million surplus. But that money would be needed to pay for items that it currently doesn't cover. "It could pay for state functions that now would be taken up by the county," Baird said, citing roads as an example. Baird also discussed the share of the new state's debt that Plumas would be responsible to repay. "I don't think your figures are right here," Simpson said at the conclusion of his presentation. Simpson, for the most part, was the only supervisor who addressed the comments, and turned to her fellow supervisors and asked, "Are you just going to let me take the lead again?" Baird told the supervisors that passing a declaration wouldn't commit them to anything except a chance to don't take this step, you don't have a seat at the table," he said. "You should try to get to a point where you have a seat at the table." Baird admitted that there were many details to be decided and that would occur in the process of writing a new state constitution and articles of confederation. The Jefferson movement wants to collect declarations of 20 northern counties by the end of the year. Then, in January 2016, the group would advance legislation that would need to pass the state Assembly and Senate, and then a similar effort would be undertaken at the federal level. "I'm one of the ones (supervisors) in favor of this," Terry Swofford said. "I know this is a steep hill to climb." Baird said that the state of Jefferson hopes to represent contiguous counties, but even if there were "islands," the Of the 20 counties, five have passed declarations in support of the new state: Modoc, Siskiyou, Glenn, Sutter and Yuba. Del Norte voters have turned down the measure, while Lassen County voters will decide the issue in 2016. The Plumas supervisors have previously indicated that they would leave it up to the voters. Public comment "We need to tell the state to go pound sand," said Eastern Plumas business owner Curtis Hartwig. "The state of Jefferson may be the best thing for Plumas County." "Something has to be done," said Portola resident Mick Housel. "Small counties need representation." "California is over regulated," said Portola resident Bill Desjardin. "State of Jefferson would be free to generate its own regulations." Lynn Desjardin said that any issue, had its pros and cons, and that not all of the details had been worked out. "Dirty water, dirty air -- that's for you to decide when you get to the table." While a number of audience members wore green sweatshirts advocating the state of Jefferson, many spoke out against the new state. Quincy resident George Terhune recommended that the supervisors avoid putting any more time into this proposal and said that "the saving grace here" could be that the "difficulty of getting anything through Congress could save us from this foolishness." Graeagle resident Mark Mihevc encouraged the supervisors to do "their due diligence" with regard to the financial information that had been shared. He also questioned a state that didn't want to have a highway patrol, state police or air Faith Strailey, a resident of Quincy and member of Keep It California, a group that formed to oppose separation from California, said the view of the state of Jefferson didn't represent her views and called them "misleading, inaccurate and inflammatory." "I like living in California and being a Californian," she said. Cindy Ellsmore, the / campaign chairperson for Keep It California, addressed the board as well. EUsmore, who served as the Sierra County treasurer for 22 years, addressed the financial information that was presented, but was cut short when her three-minute public comment time concluded. She plans to make a presentation to the board at a later date, but said, "I have been dismayed at the misinformation; the issues are very complex." comment from everyone who wanted to speak and then brought it back to the board. Goss said he is frustrated by the lack of representation rural counties receive and, as a business owner, he struggles with state regulations that may work in urban areas, but not in Plumas County. Swofford said that the silent majority in his district supports the state of Jefferson. Neither Jeff Engel nor Sherrie Thrall shared their views on the topic. Simpson said that she wanted to focus on the "workings of the county." She has previously stated that it's important to elect representatives like Assemblyman Brian Dahle, who comes from a rural area, understands its concerns and is able to work across the aisle in Sacramento to address them. PUSD: Superintenc from page 1A board president Leslie Edlund currently in the Legislature that addresses the elimination of the state's Fair Share. "The reality is we're facing a $2.2 million deficit, minus $900,000 if we get Rural Schools back," trustee Traci Holt said. Pierson said he did not feel comfortable voting on a budget without more information. "I continue to wait for your recommendations -- after all, it's your job," he said to PUSD Superintendent Micheline Miglis. At a special budget workshop held March 27 28, the board directed Miglis to make recommendations during the April meeting for possible ways to reduce the deficit. Miglis, along with Bales, Director of Student' Performance Ed Thompson and Assistant Superintendent Terry Oestreich, presented 42 items for the board to consider. Many of the items did not include savings recommendations, and some could not be voted on during the meeting. "This budget really concerns me," Pierson said. "When we're talking about deficit spending for the next few years, something's got to give." Pierson suggested the board prioritize items first, then cut from there. "There are still a lot of unknown variables here." said while reviewing the information. Holt suggested the board postpone cutting items until its members could hold another workshop to analyze the budget in more depth. "We have to give careful consideration that the parameters of our board meetings won't allow," she said. Trustee Bret Cook thanked the district employees for their recommendations before shifting responsibility of the budget to the board. "I personally take responsibility. We came Out of that workshop unfocused," he said, referring to tlie March 27 - 28 event. "I was a superintendent for three decades," Pierson said. "What we did that Friday and Saturday is what I did all year with my team. I want some specific guidance from the professionals." Miglis told the board she thought it would be unwise to hastily make cuts. She said the budget is important, but there are a lot of other important projects in the works. "l think it's important to recognize we are in a deficit," she said. "I recommend we develop a transition plan the community, parents and students will understand." "Well, it's nice to drive a Cadillac, but we don't have a Cadillac budget," Pierson said. Pierson suggested that the district might have more 1the aaa (h00ratea Propane Company in Plumas & Sierra Counties! 65 East Sierra Ave, Portola 530-83.2-19-59- Very Competively Priced No delivery fees, statement fees, or hidden costs. "We Live Local, We Shop Local, We Suppo Local" TIP" DART TOURNAMENT TH APRIL25 @I.00PM SINGLE ROUND ELIMINATION ent urges board not to make hasty cuts employees than it needs to run efficiently. "Do we really need eight people in the business office?" he asked rhetorically. Cook said he believes most of the problems stem from the Ed Code. In California, there are more costs associated with education than there are in a lot of other states, he said. The board set another budget workshop for May 11. Cook and Pierson formed a subcommittee to obtain a comparability study to see how other districts ' comparable to PUSD balance their budgets. Edlund and Holt formed another subcommittee to look at parameters to guide Miglis to set the groundwork for a transition plan. Board members decided to make what cuts they could -- for which they felt they had enough information -- during the meeting. Of the 42 recommendations, the board accepted nine, which resulted in savings or cuts up to $480,000. Big item cuts included rescinding three additional full-time equivalents -- a savings of $225,000. The board also approved a 25 - 50 percent reduction in materials and supplies -- a savings of $100,000. Other items cut included eliminating all professional development from the general fund ($25,000), cutting the student-to-student Learning Together program ($35,000), a ' Special Education Department reduction in one contract ($20,000), reduction in PUSD classified support staff ($50,000) and not hiring a psychologist intern ($25,000). Board members said they anticipate making further cuts after they meet May 11. Construction projects After the board's lengthy budget discussion, members looked at four priority construction projects in the district. The board decided to move forward with three of the four projects, but put some limitations on spending and sources of funds. 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The board also approved moving forward with a project involving drainage issues around the gym and staff parking lot at Chester High School. The cost will have to be less than $200,000 and be paid with restricted modernization funds. The board also voted to approve a field accessibility project at Greenville High School, making th e area compliant with the Americans With Disabilities Act. The cost must be less than $125,000. Funds will be used from the General Fund. The board held off on approving a major restroom project at five sites, estimated to cost $1.7 million. Members are awaiting a report from the recently contracted Capitol Advisors Group to see if there are any additional funding sources the district can take advantage of. CALLING ALL TACO LOVERS! ThankYou ... Jeff Belvin and the Starlight Baptist Church Martin Peters and all the other Ministers who travelled from Oakland and Los Angeles to speak at Lloyd's service. Kerry Landry and Jason Fuller from Quincy Home Health. PDH and the ER and Hospital Staff. Oakland Camp and Camps in Common. Jimmy LaPlant of Plumas County Veterans Services. Thaddeus Czuprynski for our special White House Flag.   John and Karron Fehrman f for their kind and gentle handling. All of the Brothers of E Clampus Vitusl r"  your help was tremendous before, during and after, The BBQ Crew: Billy Melms, Jimmy and Jared West (E. Brian Roccucci, and Chuck Pierson. I Caron and Kenny Chance L for so diligently handling all the details, r--J ] Patricia BeMn, Sara Guard, and Breana Parks [ [J for all the pictures. k : Mike Taborski at Feather Publishing. Tommy Potillor for keeping us warm. I Quincy High School Jazz Band:  t va Hagwood, Jet Richardson and Director Luke Barn s. forour Second Line.  l All our Neighbors on West High Street.  f-- and ... all the others who brought meals and so many acts of kindness ... We are so blessed that there so very many to mention ... but be certain, they wet not forgotten and they were always appreciated. It takes some time to work through all the emotions and details of losing a loved one so please accept our apologies on the delay in expressing our sincere gratitude to you all. God Bless You, -Grace Lewis and Lloyd Lewis Family