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Feather River Bulletin Wednesday, April 30, 2014 5A KENNEDY, from page 1A had a sensitive side, "He really cares about people -- seniors, kids and the general population," she said. Kennedy's emotions sometimes rose to the surface during board discussions as he discussed the needs of the elderly, children or those who needed medical care. Simpson also discussed the job in general and the demands that it places on a supervisor's time and emotions. District Attorney David Hollister didn't always agree with Kennedy, but when he learned of his decision, Hollister said, "There is no denying that Jon was passionate and hard working in his service to the citizens of Plumas County." Noting that Jon still has several months left in his current term, Hollister added that he looked forward to working with him and said, "I believe Jon has the intention and ability to make some very positive and lasting changes as he transitions out Of Plumas County." Public Health Director Mimi Hall has worked with Kennedy on several health-related issues. "When I first heard about Supervisor Kennedy's decision, I felt an immense sense of disappointment for the county," Hall said. "But I also felt relief for him and his family because I know the campaign rhetoric has deeply affected their well-being." Hall credited Kennedy's leadership as being "one of the biggest reasons I decided to both come back to Plumas County and intended to stay." She continued, "Though not everyone appreciates his brazen manner, Supervisor Kennedy has demonstrated courage in leadership by confronting the reality of the county's circumstances head on. Knowing Kennedy, he pulled out of this race because he won't put his family through the fierce negativity of the campaign and its aftermath, regardless of the election results. I know he still wants to serve, and that's a shame." room. Plumas County Special Districts Association hosts event; open to the public. Q, from page 1A Monday - Friday: Bike to Work Week. Multiple stations set up Fairgrounds. Free disposal of with refreshments for bike most types of electronics. No commuters provided by batteries, paint, VHS tapes,. Feather River College Outdoor appliances (except Recreation Leadership microwaves). For information, to volunteer: 283-6272. program. Public Cal Fire meeting, 6 p.m., Veterans Hall. Topics include defensible space inspection program, state responsibility area fee, questions and Tuesday: answers. All elected officials, Saturday: Oxfam America Hunger public encouraged to attend. Sixth annual Trojan 5K Banquet, 5:30 - 7 p.m., Plumas Run/Walk; 10 a.m., registration Charter School cafeteria at 175 Candidate n!ght, 6:30 p.m., 9 a.m.; meet at Quincy High N. Mill PlumasCounty Library meeting School gym parking lot. Course Creek Road. Free event hosted room. League of Women follows bike path from QHS to by Feather River College, PCS Voters hosts forum allowing Feather River College. QHS offers presentations, education local candidates to speak, track team leads fundraising on hunger worldwide. Limited answer questions. event. Adults $25, students to 100 participants, who will $15, families $80. To sign up: be assigned socio-economic"Beauty and the Beast" 283-1656. roles. Donations encouraged opening night, 7 p.m., Town tobenefit Quincy CommunityHall Theatre. Feather River Customer appreciation day, Supper fund. For information: College presents Disney 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., Pet Country Dr. Katie Desmond, 283-0202, musical. Runs 7 p.m. through Feed-N-Tack on Highway 70. ext. 202, May 10, 2 p.m. May 11. In-store specials, free hot dogs, General admission $12, tickets drawings for bags Wednesday, May 7: available at Epilog Books, of feed, educational Candidate forum, 12:15 p.m., Carey Candy Co., Great presentations. Plumas County Library meeting Northern Hair Co. Superintendent says no school May 23 Superintendent Micheline Miglis announced there will be no school for students Friday, May 23, in order to accommodate a safety and intruder preparedness training for Plumas Unified School District personnel. "The safety and security of our students and staff is our In'st and highest priority. We are working with local, allied agencies and constantly updating and improving our safety and security procedures. "One such update involves changes to our current lockdown procedures. Plumas County Office of Education and Plumas Unified School District staff will be trained in the ALICE techniques Friday, May 23, during a non-student, professiOnal day. "ALICE stands for... "Alert -- Get the word out! Use your classroom phone to call an intruder alert lockdown. Use plain language to convey the type and exact location of the situation. "Lockdown-- We will make lockdown more secure by learning how to barricade/tie down classroom doors whether they open inward into the room or outward into the hall. "Inform -- Continue to communicate via the all-call system. It can keep an intruder off balance and allows for good decision-making by other staff members. "Counter -- Apply skills the staff has learned to distract, confuse and gain control. "Evacuate -- Reduce the number of potential targets by evacuating students in a controlled manner to pre-established rally points. Rally point practice drills will be held. "Training will also emphasize controlled evacuation as a best practice, if safe to do so. "In closing, in no way are students or staffbeing taught or asked to make any attempt to subdue an intruder." The following Monday, May 26, the Memorial Day holiday is observed and there is no school. This means students will have a four-day break. 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When a new application is received, they have 45 days to ensure that the application is processed. And with 900 new applicants, the pressure is on the department. "We have to process them," Caiazzo said. "It doesn't matter where they come from -- a call center, the Covered California website, walk-ins or applications at a resource center -- we process them. The key is customer service." "It's our job to provide people with the best benefits and to give them their options," Wilson said. Options are almost entirely based on income, and counselors are seeing more individuals who were formerly considered middle income qualifying for services. Some who logged on to Covered California anticipating purchasing insurance for themselves and their families instead found that they qualified for Medi-Cal. "It's a different type of client," Wilson said. "They are better educated and unfamiliar with the process." "We have people with bachelor's degrees in here," Caiazzo said. Once an application has been submitted, the counselors must gather the necessary paperwork and information. Clients aren't always timely in responding. Caiazzo said that counselors make repeated phone calls and try everything, short of making a home visit, to gather the necessary information. Both Wilson and Caiazzo said that the work can be extremely stressful and it's not unusual for them to be "yelled and screamed at." Wilson said they counsel their staffnot to take it personally; that clients are often frustrated and dealing with a stressful situation in their own lives. A beginning counselor earns $11.29 per hour and is on probation for a year. "It's a tough job," Caiazzo said. "There's a lot of information and a lot of procedures to learn." Often they don't make it. "They come to us and say, 'I just can't do this,'" he said. Wilson said that some successfully complete the probation, only to transfer to other counties where they can earn more money. 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