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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, April 24, 2013 7B COMMUNITY PERSPECTIVE We have time to change the general plan The draft Plumas County General Plan and Agenda 21 are currently under heavy scrutiny. They are being addressed together and I propose that perhaps we could make some headway ff we separate them. Let's start with the generalplan. A general plan is basically a land use plan, so described by the state general plan guidelines. Other elements such as transportation and noise control are intertwining adjuncts, but use of the land is central. So look at land use in Plumas County. It hasn't changed much from when our existing general plan was written. Ranchers are still here to ranch, farmers to farm, skiers to ski, fishermen to fish, golfers to golf, etc. Lumber mills, construction and the railroad are nearly extinct rather than expanding. There has been no big influx of people requiring subdivisions or strip malls, or manufacturing firms to pollute the air or water; in fact we have lost population. With the state and federal economies and markets still struggling, it will take years for significant economic, ahd therefore land use, change to occur in Plumas County. The chambers of commerce are trying to attract recreational visitors and WHERE I STAND LYNN DESJARDIN RURAL ADVOCATES fiber-optic Internet is coming to part of the county, but neither one will affect land use to any perceptible degree. So from strictly a land use point of view, not much has altered over the years and considering the above, not much is likely to change anytime soon. It would seem logical, then, that the current general plan is adequate or close to it. In fact, Plumas County Resolution 09-7543 of 2009 states, "... the current General Plan has served Plumas County well since ' 1984 and continues to provide a framework for responsible planning decisions .... " One of the arguments against the draft plan is that is it so large and difficult to understand. Even state guidelines say to keep the plan simple and concise. Because the current general plan remains sufficient from the land use point of view, then all we really need to add are the legally required state and federal laws and regulations. The best way to avoid any Agenda 21 influence is to add the legal requirements in a straightforward, generic manner. Put in correct data where we have it. Admit to not having some data instead of plagiarizing it from other counties (like the fertilizer issue). Remove any innuendo toward climate change or empty promises of bike lanes between Quincy and Greenville, or increased housing density, for example. We would then have a plain-Jane, sufficient, legal general plan without questionable Agenda 21 language, methods or philosophy. Complexity and commitments in the form of "shall" that we do not intend to do or can only do if we suddenly win the jackpot or seek more outside funding (grants) add confusion and more room for interpretation. Once we sign this plan, the special interest groups are free to litigate to their hearts' content. The more nebulous and esoteric the plan, the more the door is left open to challenge. We all remember the acronym KISS (keep it simple, stupid). Let's use it. There is an argument from proponents of the plan that, in the interest of time, energy and money already invested, we should simply pass this new plan and then in the future if we found something we did not like, we could amend it. And the law does allow amendment. However, nearly any significant change would require a new Environmental Impact Report and those are very expensive. We don't have any money. So what are the chances we would choose or be able to afford many amendments? Also, when was the last time anyone removed something from a government program? Better that the argument be reversed. Let's pass the simplest and least intrusive legal plan and if we need something added we can amend it later. At that point we could make an intelligent cost-benefit analysis. A note here. The three elements (aS and forestry, water and economics) that go above and beyond state requirements are a big part of the controversy and add a lot of extraneous matter to the plan. So in the interest of time and conciseness, those elements could be eliminated entirely from this draft. Anything a flopted by the county in the future from those three elements that relates to a standing general plan would need to be in compliance with that plan. So, if upon further review and revision these elements are deemed to be in the best interests of the county, they can either be amended to the plan, or simply undertaken. Attaching extraneous elements and requirements in the plan ups our profile, so to speak, to enable us to obtain more grants. In 2011 more than 50 percent of funding for this county came from grants. That is a lot of grant money with strings attached to be beholden to the state and federal governments. What do we have to sacrifice in order to be on the government dole? How does that impact our property rights and freedom in general? What happens when we load the general plan with goodies to entice grant money our way if the state and federal governments decide to renege on their deal? The Eastern Plumas Health Care situation where the state wants us to refund the money they gave us since 2011 is a prime example. The old adage may be well worn, but still remains true: There is no free lunch! About Agenda 21. Who of us had even heard of it in the 1980s or '90s or even five years ago? But we have found it now, and to nearly everyone's surprise it is already deeply imbedded in Plumas County. If we strip any potential connections to Agenda 21 from the new general plan by simply "legalizing" the old plan, we can take the time to go over county business, a step at a time, and diagnose this malignancy. Like treating an illness, we can work together to trace its locations, treat the infection. to get rid of what we can, and take preventive measures to keep it from intruding farther. There may be parts that need to remain, others to go, and we would be on the alert for future outbreaks. Objections to the new general plan are being voiced by county residents who are permanent, in some cases long-standing, in all cases deeply committed to this county. We are not consultants or outside activists or summer visitors. We are the heart and soul of the county. Not every resident of similar standing agrees with us, but we have done our homework, recognize the seriousness of the situation and are bringing to the Board of Supervisors and the public our deepest concerns. While there have been public meetings throughout this process, they have been led by special interest parties and/or boards or commissions with three-minute time limits, not open forums such as townhall meetings (with the exception of the booth at the fairgrounds). The discussions t See Plan, page 9B LETTERS to the EDITOR Guns and marriage I'd like to comment on two letters that appeared in your April 10 issue: 1. Catalano's rendering: "Guns do kill." Where was Timothy McVeigh's gun? If guns are responsible for killings, and people are not, then maybe we should ban all pencils, and students would no longer misspell words. Suggestion: move to a country with a more totalitarian government. 2. Lowe's observation: "Marriage is about love." When I was growing up, homosexuality was considered deviant behavior. And, as I recall, marriage had something to do with procreation. Tom Nolte Cromberg Our right to know The Segura issue in American Valley has sparked more than concern over the firing of a popular school principal. The Agenda 21 issue in Indian Valley has sparked more than the revised general plan. The water and sewer rate increase in Portola has sparked more than a fee increase. It has sparked issues with the ethics of official's compliance with the Brown Act, Public Records Act and Proposition 218. The Segura issue has sparked two recent editorials of Feather Publishing from March 13 to April 17. The newspaper's job is to bring truth to the people. The community does deserve the disclosure of facts, not widespread ruqaors or just a change of mind of our decision-makers. Feather Publishing's request for public records should have been provided within 10 days of the request. It was three weeks of non-response in the April 17 editorial. Charges of misconduct with the board could be filed. The March 20 editorial disclosed to the public the precedent for their request. The California Supreme Court held that the public interest in understanding why and how the agency treated the accusations outweighs the official's interest in keeping ' the allegations confidential. Even if Dr. Segura is exonerated and re-hired, the public still has a right to know and understand the issues. Public funds should not be used to maintain the image of trustworthiness of our officials. Hopefully, the next editorial will report the compliance of the PUSD board's decision to comply with state law. My thanks goes out to the parents and students that used their rights to express their opinions My thanks goes to Feather Publishing for doing their job welt. Larry F. Douglas Portola More than poetic justice Right here, in our Genesee Woods Association, there is a staunch defender of his birth right. Our Creator does not give us a choice as to who we may be, where we may be born or who our ancestors might be. For anyone to feel any better than anyone else slaps the Creator in the face and assume he is superior to the Creator's choice of creations. My neighbor could have accepted his slights and insults without fuss, but he has chosen to fight the injustice that has been aimed at him and his family, thereby fighting for all our ethnicities within his sphere of influence. A simple little defiance against injustice gave freedom to all the people who had been deprived of the same privileges that other Americans had enjoyed for centuries. Rather than giving in to injustice, Rosa Parks would not give up her seat. My neighbor would not let injustice go by. Ironically, long before he was our neighbor, the ver house in which he lives was once owned by a woman who warned my wife and me with the ominous news that we should do something about a previous Native American family that had moved into our neighborhood. While she lived here, that family stoically endured her harassments until her husband died, at which time she moved. The Native American family she warned against turned out to be one of the most respected and valuable members of Indian Valley and Plumas County in general. Perhaps the occupation of the very house of a former bigot by a fighter against bigotry is more than just poetic justice. Salvatore Catalano Taylorsville They think they know it all I couldn't help but chuckle a bit while reading a recent letter writer's rant about Trent Saxton and her request that he be given a vacation. She is, of course, unwittingly adding tO the evidence that Liberals just aren't interested in hearing anything that conflicts with their current and long-held conviction that they know all they need to know. I'll restate what she is really saying: "Would you simple-minded Conservatives just shut up and quit confusing us with facts? Leave my wonderful Socialist president alone and let him finish bankrupting the country (for our own good, of course)." I don't remember the writer ever whining in a similar way about the several left-of-Lenin Liberals who contribute on a -weekly basis. Or that the numerous Conservatives who have been shouted down at some of the prestigious universities around the country really should have been allowed to speak. Has a Liberal speaker ever been treated in a like manner? I don't think so. Could it be that ConservatNes just have more open minds and maybe generally a lot more class? Al Banks Lake Almanor Don't blame the gun A recent letter writer stated that guns do kill people. I disagree. Using his scenario, we could insert all kinds of objects into his gun statement that would be capable of killing someone. How about cars, knives, crowbars, dynamite, rope, etc. The list is endless. My firearms have never harmed anyone because that is not how I, as a person, have deemed to use them. They are inert, do not have appendages and do not sneak out by themselves to create mayhem. Things in nature are capable of killing people by themselves, without being in the hands of a person, eg: rotten or windblown trees, meteors, falling rocks, etc. There is no record of a firearm being put on trial by itself for killing someone, but there are many trials of a person using a firearm to kill someone. Therefore, I must deduce that, by itself, a firearm is not guilty of the crime, but the person is. Guns do not kill people, people kill people! Dave Amos Quincy Democrats love Agenda 21 Some have written that it's too lat e to object to the draft General Plan. But how could citizens object before they even saw it? Nonsense; thank goodness some diligent citizens took the time to review it. That the plan is based on radical environmental theory embedded in a UN guideline called Agenda 21 is informative, but our primary concern should be how it would impact Plumas County. If the County cannot approve any project that cannot be proven to be "sustainable development," radical environmental groups will file law suits to stop any and all commercial or personal development that doesn't meet with their approval. The nebulous criteria in the UN lingo is aft invitation for litigation. As we've seen over the years, environmentalists are very effective at killing prosperity and jobs. Rural counties are important to the national economy in the production of food, timber, minerals and energy which the entire country needs. Businesses and associated jobs were killed by th e Clinton Administration's Roadless Initiative and other edicts that ended access to millions of acres confiscated under the agreement that those acres would continue to be accessible. Nearly all sawmills are closed, mines shut down, and farmers and ranchers continue to be squeezed out of existence. Plumas would not be hoping for Secure Rural Schools funding if the government hadn't killed the jobs and businesses that sustained it, President Bush offered to permanently fund rural counties in exchange for re-privatizing islands of federal lands that couldn't be accessed by federal workers or the public. Lori Simpson, as chair of the Plumas Democratic Party, opposed that solution. Now she's on the BOS in a position to help execute the Agenda 21 strategy and drive a final nail in Plumas County's coffin. The Democratic Party and Agenda 21 are the same. Gene Kailing Portola I can push your buttons Have you noticed when I push a liberal's buttons, "Pavlov's conditioned response" shows up in print? The faint of heart could skip my letters; write their own or laugh. Lighten up, atheists, gays or Socialists their rights to publish esoteric fabrications; just read Sal Catalano's writings; I'm just the antithesis to Sal. Don't flatter yourselves libs; you'd have to evolve way beyond your fears, bigotry, racism, and denial liberals, kick off.your .... ...... to'.beGomeme. I'm not Birkenstocks, roll one and tune in MSNBC. You can't "change" me anymore than I could change you. I write for my own pleasure; because I know I can push your buttons anytime I choose. If they stop writing lies about me, I will stop writing the truth about them. Who cares what I write; I only expose your weaknesses anyway. Example: Progressives despise Biblical scripture because they can't rewrite or exploit God's commandments to justify their actions. Only a Liberal would argue with God about abortion or gay marriage and expect to win. Libs use their troubled childhoods and broken relationships to justify their abysmal lifestyles as adult-children. Their envy, jealousies, drugs, and self-pity only exacerbate established beliefs. I never deny Democrats, challenged by hate, guilt, political correctness or unearned government entitlements; you are. I write for the sustainability of my fellow conservatives'; the voice representing diversity and resistance. Remember, 49 percent of America still loves God, freedom, liberty, guns, hard work, success, and live births; contrary to the Democrats' lifestyle. FYI: Allow gay couples Unions and rights; heterosexuals will define marriage Biblically, we share this tradition with our God. As for abortion, the good Lord will be your judge. To the eleven million undocumented Democrats that have illegally crossed our borders; you have desecrated our Constitution and broken our laws, you won't receive our respect. Trent Saxton Lake Davis Contact your elected officials... PLUMAS COUNTY SUPERVISORS - 520 Main Street, Room 309, Quincy, CA 95971; (530) 283-6170; FAX: (530) 28,3-6288; E-Mail: pcbs@countyofplumas.cor Individual supervisors can also be e-mailed from links on the county website, countyofplumas.com PRESIDENT - Barack Obama, the White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., NW Washington, D.C. 20500. (202) 456-1414. Fax: 202-456-2461. E-mail: whitehouse.gov/contact/ U.S. SENATOR - Dianne Feinstein (D), 331 Hart Senate Office Bldg., Washington, D.C. 20510. (202) 224-3841; FAX: 202-228-3954; TTY/TDD: (202) 224-2501. District Office: One Post Street, Suite 2450, San Francisco, CA94104; Phone: (415) 393-0707; Fax: (415) 393-0710 Website: feinstein.senate.gov. U.S. SENATOR - Barbara Boxer (D). District Office: 501 1 St., Suite 7-600, Sacramento, CA 95814. (916) 448-2787; FAX (916) 448-2563; OR 112 Hart Bldg., Washington, D.C. 20510. (202) 224-3553. FAX (202) 228-0454. U.S. REPRESENTATIVE, 1ST DIST. - Doug LaMalfa. 506 Cannon HOB, Washington, D.C. 20515. (202) 225-3076. lamalfa.house.gov. DISTRICT OFFICES: 1453 Downer St., Suite #A, Oroville, CA 95965; 2885 Chum Creek R., Suite #C, Redding, CA 96002. STATE SENATOR, 1st DIST. - Ted GaMes. State Capitol, Room 3056, Sacramento, CA 95814. (916) 651-4001, FAX: (916) 324-2680. Roseville office: 1700 Eureka Rd., Suite #120, Roseville, CA, 95661. (916) 78,3-8232, FAX (916) 783-5487; Jackson office: 33 C Broadway, Jackson, CA 95642, (209) 223-9140. STATE ASSEMBLYMAN, 1ST DIST. - Brian Dahle, State Capitol, Room 2174, Sacramento, CA 94249, (916) 319-2003; FAX (916) 319-2103. District Office, 2080 Hemsted Dr., Ste. #110, Redding, CA 96002; (530) 223- 6300, FAX (530) 223-6737. GOVERNOR Jerry Brown, office of the Governor, Capitol, Suite 1173, Sacramento, CA 95814. Website: gov.ca.gov/ (916) 445-2841. FAX: (916) 558-3160. State