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12B Wednesday, April 28, 2010 Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter LETTERS, from page 11B or handicap ramp. I decided not to move the car back the two feet. Well, guess what, I got a parking ticket for having two feet of my car in the red zone on the curb. For a town that is trying topromote tourism, this has the exact opposite ef- fect. My friend Jim Battagin and I were in your town spending money. We are the exact people you were looking for and trying to attract. We both have disposable income and were willing to spend it in Portola. Now, we are both boycotting Portola, As far as I am concerned, the money for the parking ticket is coming out of the merchants' pockets. The only time I will stop there now is when the stop light turns red, like I'm seeing right now. I used to use Portola as a jumping off place while recreat- ing on the east side. From now on I will stop and spend my mon- ey in Quincy Blairsden, Graea- gle, Chilcoot, Cromberg, any- where but Portola. Portola has seen the last of my money. There are rnore tourist-friendly parts of the county. I warn all who read this let- ter not to park in Portola. You will fall victim to Portola's ag- gressive revenue enhance- ment program• Like the CHP's. Be warned, the City of Portola is out to get you for any minor infraction. I wish someone had warned me. Bob Beckwith Quincy More to offer California needs a legisla- tive reformation to make jobs, economic development and the economy first; while creat- ing an attractive environment for its businesses and citizens. Rural counties continue to fight.in courts for jobs in forestry management just to maintain their economies. Our urban sustainability in rural counties has become linked to tourism. Over:regulation is restrict- ing California cities' econom- ic prosperity All good busi- nessmen recognize the'value of attractive communities for their location. One of the goals of Portola's general plan is to establish well-designed, distinctive gate- ways, lighting and signage that will distinguish Portola as an attractive community. Businessmen and tourists should be able to find our community's valuable trea- sures and to see our restora- tion work. The Western Pacific Rail- road Museum is the primary tourist attraction in Portola. Its board of directors has been concerned "about directing tourist traffic from Highway 70 through the downtown to the museum. At the April 10 board meet- ing City Councilman McBride informed them that CalTrans regulations were preventing the installation of such signs. Local communities should have more control over their destiny• Cities should be cen- ters of economic stimulus. Nonprofit organizations like the Western Pacific Railroad Museum, the Railroad Days Committee, the Feather Com- munity Art Center and clubs have been working for com- munity improvement. Our businesses are supportive. Our schools are involved in the community's visions. We are working for economic self- reliance to save our communi- ty and the redevelopment of our old town. Federal and state legislators need to support our efforts to save our local businesses and jobs which are struggling in the present environment. They need to remove laws which are detrimental to ur- banization in rural, areas They need to provide incen- tives for, businesses to locate in our natural environment and live with its wonderful people• Rural counties can of- fer more than its water and timber for the benefit of Cali- fornians: Larry F. Douglas Portola Earth Day thanks The Recreation Program Planning class at FRC would like to send out a huge thank you to everyone who attended the Earth Day Bazaa"r last Wednesday• Despite the in- clement weather, over 140 peo- ple Still came out to join the festivities. We appreciated all the organizations that staffed tables and shared their mes- sages. The kids' activities were outstanding -- what a great way to inspire our young ones! Thanks to Dianne Lispcomb and the FRC Art Department for sponsoring a great recy- cled art contest, and to the school district for the use of their lawn. The FRC Mainte- nance Department went above and beyond in helping set up and tear down-- thanks guys! We greatly appreciated all the support we received from Kara Rockett and Eva Rocke. Eva not only counseled us in our planning, but was also the main proponent in bringing Larry Lansburgh to speak at the theatre Thursday night. Larry's presentation on the Achuar people was eye-open- ing and inspiring. Thank you to the Town Hall Theatre for allowing us to use their facili- ties. Congratulations to Bill Battagin, Roxanne Valladao, Les Ellis, Gary Romano and Traci Morrow for being this year's Sustainability Award recipients. The awards that Chris Bolton made were love- ly and symbolic. Of course, we couldn't have pulled off the event without our instructor, Darla DeRuiter. Thank You! Allan Catron, Brad McBride, Cara Befort, Nakita Lopez, and Travis Williams Vibrant venue Here's a positive shout-out to the Good Vibrations folks who hosted the Spring Well- ness Fair this weekend. In particular, the Saturday work- shop line-up of guest speakers and topics were nicely varied and interesting. It's wonderful to have such a vibrant venue in our town. Lauri Sousa Chester Excellent I recently read an article in the newspaper in which Greg Hagwood spoke about Ms fu- ture vision for the sheriffs de- partment. I was very im- pressed. He emphasized a pro- fessional, rational and straight-forward way of pro- tecting and serving the com- munity. I have also read A I e Right now Friends of Plumas County Animal Shelter is I  help offset the cost to spay or neuter when you adopt Take me home giving a $25 voucher to a pet from the shelter!  These are *e just two of the 0 many cats we have for adoption! • J :l  Ikq:l |ll ,'t iq-,Ygl Ie] tl:l ".;i l [el  [,'[e]  I k'.ll BI, i iim lunch and closed weekends: Plumas Animal Services charges a $10 fee and license fees are $5 per year. An officer will deliver a pet to the adopting party's veterinary of choice to have the animal altered in completion of the adoption requirement. For more-information, call 283-3673 or visit plumasanimalservices.com. j:  , Your Pet Local & Feed FUllstore Service 283-9605 Feed& Tackr   Nutrena- 362 Crescent St., Quincy Excellence lnsid (next to Feather River Fitness) articles about how, as the act- ing undersheriff and appoint- ed sheriff, Greg Hagwood has worked with other county offi- cials to enable the sheriffs of- fice to meet the demands of law enforcement. In these tough times in gov- ernment, we need a sheriff who can work with other county officials. At the same time, we need someone who is committed to making appro- priate administrative and tac- tical decisions• I was not surprised when the Plumas County Board of Supervisors appointed Greg Hagwood as sheriff to com- plete the unexpired term of the previous sheriff, who re- tired in December. Excellent appointment, excellent deci- sion. Greg Hagwood is experi- enced and professionaland has the community's respect• We need more people like him in public office. That is why I will vote for Greg Hagwood on June 8. It is also why I am call- ing on all yoters to do the same thing. Jackie Ward Quincy Need Hagwood I moved to Quincy six years ago. I came from a big city in the East Bay. I have made so many great friends here; one friend is Greg Hagwood. It was an excellent decision when the Plumas County Board of Supervisors appoint- ed Greg Hagwood as county sheriff-coroner ,in January• The Board decided it wanted someone with experience, in- telligence and professionalism to be in charge of the sheriffs office• The Board of Supervi- sors should be commended for its choice• My understanding is that the appointment fills the last year of the unfinished term of the previous sheriff, who re- tired early• That means the voters of Plumas County will get a chance June 8 to cast their ballots for Mr. Hagwood in the primary election. I will be one of them. I urge you to do the same thing• We need Greg Hagwood to be our sheriff-coroner. We need his expertise. We need his depth of knowledge• We need his skill at managing this very important law en- forcement agency• We need someone who knows: the agency's strengths and who can bolster them. We need someone who knows the agency's weaknesses and who can solve them. We need Need help REPI CONSTRUCTION SINCE 1984 General Building Contractor Calif. Lic. #453927 (530) 283-2035 ) \\; Marcy Danielle Kidder The sale of Tobacco products to persons under 18 years of age is prohibited by law and subject to penalties. To report an unlawful tobacco sale call 1-800-5-ASK-4-1D someone who will lead the sheriff's office and its out- standing men and women into the future. I truly believe Greg Hagwood is the right man for the job at the right time. Greg Hagwood is very much quali- fied to be our next sheriff. He received a bachelor's de- gree in criminal justice at the University of Sacramento. Greg was a deputy sheriff, D:A.R.E. officer, reserve deputy program coordinator, investigator, patrol sergeant, investigations sergeant, chief deputy coroner and acting un- dersheriff. Greg Hagwood has an open door policy-available to every- one. He has already accom- plished much-a new positive direction for the sheriff's of- fice and has very much com- munity involvement. I urge everyone to vote Greg Hagwood our next sheriff- coroner. Bob Baitinger Quincy Right man It was an excellent decision when the Plumas County Board of Supervisors appoint- ed Greg Hagwood as county sheriff-coroner in January. The board • decided it wanted someone with experience, in- telligence and professionalism to be in charge of the sheriffs office. The board of supervi- sors should be commended for its choice. My understanding is that the appointment fills the last cer to acting undersheriff. Greg is very conscientious and compassionate. I feel that the experience that Greg has • gained with the sheriffs office will give him the handle on improving the effectiveness of PCSO. I have been working at the hospital for 24 years during which time I have had the op- portunity to watch Greg han- dle the suspects that he brought in for X-rays with professionalism as well as compassion. Greg was always slow to anger with some diffi- cult suspects. I feel that Plumas County is lucky to have Greg Hagwood running for the office of sheriff, and I am honored to support him. Steve Wallace Quincy A mirror Having known Greg Hag- wood for more than 25 years, I know that he will do an out- standing job as sheriff, as he has done through these many years as a deputy. I have watched Greg mature through the years and he has devel- oped the experience needed to command such a wonderful organization as the Plumas County Sheriff's Office now and in the difficult years to come. I was extremely delight- ed when I first heard that Greg had decided to run for sheriff, because, if elected, I know the PCSO will be in good hands. Our community is so fortu- year of the unfinished term of nate to have such a magnifi- the previous sheriff, who re- cent group of deputies and sup- tired early• That means the port ebaployees that work so voters of Plumas County will get a chance June 8, to cast their ballots for Mr. Hagwood in the primary election• I will be one of them. I urge you to do the same thing. We need Greg Hagw0od to be our sheriff-coroner. We need his expertise. We need his depth of knowledge• We need his skill at managing this very important law en- forcement agency. We need someone who knows the agency's strengths and who can bolster them. We need someone who knows the agency's weaknesses and who can solve them. We need someone who will lead the sheriff's office and its out- standing men and women into the future• I truly believe Greg Hagwood is the right man for the job at the right time. George Wieczorek Quincy Support I am writing this letter in support of Greg Hagwood for sheriff of Pluma., County• I have known Greg for at least 22 years. I feel that he has done an outstanding job at the sheriff office in many differ- ent capacities from patrol offi- well together, especially since they work so hard with such little financial support. And al- ready Greg, as acting sheriff, is demonstrating his plan as to how he is going to improve the department at a time where there are so many deep cuts due to our poor economy. How lucky we are in Plumas County to have the opportunity to be able to select the person that will be responsible for oversee- ing the main law enforcement agency that oversees our safe- ty 24 hours a day. Having worked at the hospi- tal for the last 29 years, I have observed how professional and compassionate Greg is, when dealing in some very difficult situations when vic- tims come through our emer- gency room. I havealgo wit- nessed his professionalism as a deputy when dealing with those under arrest, never los- ing his cool under some ex- tremely challenging circum- stances. All of our deputies are such awesome representa- tives of the Plumas County Sheriff's Office, and Greg is just a mirror of their fine work. Greg Perkins Quincy It costs more than money The California Depart- ment of Transportation Dis- trict 2 joined 11 other Cal- trans districts for an all-out litter clean-up day Thursday, April 22. Every year it costs Califor- nia taxpayers millions for clean-up and disposal of trash along roadsides• Caltrans alone spent more than $60 mil- lion last fiscal year for litter removal on state highways• "It's not only unsightly," said District 2 Director John Bulinski, "it can jeopardize the safety of motorists and our highway workers tasked to clean it." District 2 maintenance crews, with the help of Adopt- A-Highway volunteers, cleaned approximately 4,000 lane miles of roadway within Lassen, Modoc, Piumas, Shas- ta, Siskiyou, Tehama and Trinity counties at a cost of $268,000 last year. We can all make a differ- ence and help keep California beautiful: Carry a trash bag in your ve- hicle and dispose of it properly. When hauling items in an open trailer or truck bed make sure to cover it and se- curely tie it down. The number-one trash item found along highways; ciga- rette butts. Adopt-A-Highway efforts save California taxpayers more than $15 million each year. In California, it is a misde- meanor to throw anything from a moving vehicle. Fines range up to $1,000 and 24 hours of community service. One of the best ways to help is to become an Adopt-A- Highway volunteer. For more information on Adopt-A- Highway visit caltrans2.info or tO find an available adop- tion site; contact Saedra Wederbrook at 225-3277. McClintock visits Plumas Congressman*om McClin- Dave Goicoechea, Lassen tock will swiSg through Plumas and LasSen counties this Friday, April 30. He begins with a business forum at Middelton Hall at Lassen CommunRy College at noon. Assemblyman Dan Logue, vice chairman of the Committee on Jobs, Economic Development and the Econo- my, will join him. The discus- sion panel will alo include lo- cal officials Portla City Man- ager Jim Murlhy, Plumas County SuperviOr Lori Simp- son, Sierra County Supervisor County Supervisor Jack Hansen and Susanville City Councilman Lino Callegari. From Susanville, McClin- tock will venture to Chester, where he will meet with fac- ulty and students at Chester High School at 1"15 p.m. At 2:30 he will attend a business forum in Chester, location to be determined. McClintock will finish the day with a townhall meeting in the Mineral Building at the county fairgrounds in Quincy at 5 p.m.