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Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter Wednesday, May 19, 2010 11B COMMUNITY PERSPECTIVE 1 restaurant owners partnership in fo d safety WHERE I STAND includes more than 200 mar- Therefore, during our in,with a comprehensive set of safety exam. The certified per- authority to immediately kets and restaurants and al- spections, emphasis is placed statewide regulations known son is responsible for overall close a business should she JERRY SIPE most 150 mobile and tempo- on correcting deficiencies and as the California Retail Food food safety and must ensure find significant food safety vi- DIRECTOR. PLUMAS COUNTY rary facilities operating at the preventing conditions that Code or Cal Code. Cal Code ad- all food service employees are olations. ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH fair, music festivals and other could lead to illness, dresses all aspects of food trained and accountable. Who says owning a restau- community events. A health inspector will visit storage, handling, cooking Not only must they recQg-rant is easy?. The Centers for Disease All told, environmental each food facility only a few and preparation. It specifies nize the familiar undesirables Fortunately for the rest- Control estimate that 76 rail- health performed more than hours every year. That same every detail of food safety such as E.coli anil salmonella, dents, visitors and guests of lion people suffer from a food- 500 food facility inspections facility will be open for bust- from the proper hand washing but they also must pay atten- Plumas County, we have a borne illness each year in the last year. ness for hundreds, if not thou- procedures to the temperature tion to lesser-known villains dedicated, hard-working United States. Symptoms During an inspection, in-sands, of hours. How do we of the water in the hot water like Norwalk, vibrio and group of restaurant owners. range from mild upset stom- spectors have the authority ensure food safety when the tap. campylobacter. Most impor- These are the professionals ach to severe illness or even and responsibility to impound inspector is not present?Restaurant owners must al- tantly, they must know how to who have helped prevent even death. Nationwide, the health- food, issue citations or even In the end, inspectors must so purchase and maintain ex- keep microorganisms out of a single case of food-borne ill- care costs for food-borne ill- close a facility to protect pub- develop a partnership with pensive, commercial-gradetheir restaurants and out of ness in Plumas County in re- ness are a staggering $150 bil- lie health. While we are pre- food operators. This partner- equipment in their facilities, our food. cent years. These are the pro- lion per year. pared to take any steps neces- ship is based on trust, respect Domestic appliances such as Finally, the restaurant own- fessionals that make Environ- One important role of your sary to ensure the safety of re- and the common goal of food refrigerators and stoves are er must pay a fee and apply to mental Health's job easier. environmental health depart- tail food, these enforcement safety, not acceptable. Any changes Environmental Health for a These are the professionals ment is to ensure the safety of steps are a last resort. They In Plumas County, I am to equipment or facilities permit to operate. Through with a daily commitment to retail food. That includes address the problem too late pleased to report we are must be pre-approved by En- this permit, the restaurant food safety. restaurants, markets, bak- in the process, such as dis- achieving that goal. Plumas vironmental Health. owner agrees to follow all the Don't just take my word for eries and dells, whether too- carding food after it has been County has not had a con-Details of kitchen design, requirements of Cal Code at it. See for yourself. Visit the bile, temporary or fixed, for contaminated with harmfulfirmed case of food-borne ill- layout and construction are all times. They also agree to Environmental Health web- food that is sold or given away bacteria, ness since 2006. Probably the specified to prevent nooks and allow an Environmental site (countyof- to the public. I believe a far better ap- single most important factor crannies where bacteria or Health specialist complete ac- plumas.com/publichealth/en Through an annual operat- proach to food safety focuses is the day-to-day efforts of our viruses can lurk and hide. cess to their facility during vhealth) to view inspection re- ing permit, environmental on education and prevention, local food facility owners and Food handlers are also re- any regular business hours, ports of food facilities in health specialists inspect This is much better than ac- operators, quired to demonstrate their Not only will this inspector Plumas County. I'm confident every food facility in Plumas tion taken after a food-borne In Plumas County, all retail knowledge of food safety by write a publicly available food you'll be impressed by their County each year. This illness or outbreak, food facilities must comply passing an accredited food safety report, she also has the commitment to food safety. P 4 takes the little 2u), out of the political process WHERE I STAND MARGARET GARCIA CALIFORNIANS FOR ELECTROIAL REFORM Proposition 14 is a well- meaning but misguided at- tempt to have California poli- tics leave its current stale- mate of partisan gridlock by opening up the primary ballot election so that voters can vote across party lines in the primary and save the general election in the fall for some sort of "run-off" between the top-two vote getters regard- less of party affiliation. There is, however, no evi- dence that primaries will be- come open through this proposition. There's plenty of about substantive issues, the sent individual interests and smoother elections would be evidence that suggests this major candidates can feel free as such all are deserving of a to investigate various forms will be the nail in the coffin to ignore constituent con- voice on the ballot no matter of proportional representa- for smaller parties, cerns and focus instead on how small or how large that tion and see where these But taking into account corporate concerns. This is voice is? Or is your view that could be implemented for what we already know about not something any individual efficiency means no listening smoother, more effective and California politics and the voter should be aspiring to to the electorate? more economically efficient money involved in swaying have happen--but this will be Does California have major elections. Around the public opinion, what Proposi- the outcome of a yes vote on electoral and governing prob- state, municipalities are do- tion 14 will effectively do in- Proposition 14. The smalllems? Of course it does. We ing just that. Three cities in stead is knock out all third voice will be even smaller have an initiative process Alameda County are prepar- parties and/or Democratic and even less heard, that, while well meaning, dis- ing for their first Instant Run- and Republican candidates In order to fully get an un- enfranchises those we've Off Voting (IRV) elections in who do not have the funding derstanding of Proposition 14, elected from ever doing the November. Long Beach has to wage a multimillion-dollar a voter must consider his or job they were elected to do. implemented IRV and the Los campaign, her own personal vision and We also have an 80/20 budget Angeles Board of Supervisors Third parties and smaller goals for an electoral process, process that ensures the and City Council are studying campaigns are vital to our Is your view that one should tyranny of the minority over ways to implement IRV, as is democracy. Without the little have everyone's voice heard? the majority of legislators in the city of San Jose. Santa guy and gal in there forcing That all political parties in Sacramento. Clara has adopted proportion- the major cand idates to talk the state of California repre- A smarter tactic for al represehtation in its city charter. This is the sort of research and investigation into elec-. total reform that needs to take place on the state level as well. A representative democra- cy cannot flourish in a system of open primaries where the strongest and richest voice takes all. By turning the pri- mary season into a cult of personalities instead of a sea- son when parties fine-tune their platforms and positions, we become reliant solely on celebrity and advertising-- and don't we do enough of that already? Vote yes for democracy! Vote no on Proposition 14. "LET T ERS to the EDITOR Use fees operation because of unre- lege. She painted most of the record as a trustworthy and In defense of the Forest Ser solved possessory interest tax background scenery, dedicated public official. His vice, they don't set the rates issues. That is partly true. Thank you so much, There- leadership and morality will (or didn't), they just approve Transient occupancy tax, saGallagher, only benefit the county as the rate proposed by the Con- county health mandates on Salvatore Catalano pending challenges with the cessionaire, water sampling and bubonic Taylorsville budget and government policy In defense of the new con- plague testing, skyrocketing arise. cessionaire, under the new garbage and septic fees, all Track record ErikaSamuel prospectus, the concession- contributed to this lack of in- I'm writing to support Mr. San Luis Obispo aire is not held responsible to terest. Charles Leonhardt as the 2010 maintain any of the non-fee The poor bookkeeping prac- Plumas County assessor-elect. Outstanding areas. This would explain the tices of the assessor's office, I have known Mr. Leonhardt Time is short; the California importance of making suretheir joy at being able to back- for eight years starting from primary election will be held that the boat ramp is designat- charge taxes for four years the time I entered high school, June8. ed a fee area in order to have and their unwillingness to liti- until now, as I finish my third I respectfully ask for your the maintenance performedgate were just an affirmation year in college. Through the support for the re-election of by him instead of the Forest of the bureaucracy run amok. years, I have grown to love Chuck Leonhardt as Plumas Service. They were, however, glad to and respect him for his sup- County assessor for many rea- The boat ramps at Davis, charge late fees after litigation port in my life as a friend and sons, including the following: Frenchman and Bucks are al- failed, for his integrity as a leader in Service to the county in this ready fee areas so "goingThe county should be the community. Ihavehad the position for the past 13 years; somewhere else" is not an op- pleased with the fee increase privilege to work under Mr. appointed by the BOS (over 13 tion. in that it will receive an addi- Leonhardt and his staff in the applicants) to fill the vacancy It makes headlines when tional 18 cents per night, per county assessor's office for and then elected three times. fees are raised by 10 percent to campsite in TOT (aroundtwoyears. Development of a staff that cover expenses. But 10 percent $3000). During that time, I was able shares Leonhardt's sense of was just fine, in 1995 when it Pete Dryer to observe his ability to man- fairness and integrity. was in the form of TOT tax, Northwest Park Management age his staff sufficiently, They Broad and extensive back- which goes into the county Twain respect and work hard for Mr. ground in real estate, bank- pocket. Apparently, that raise Leonhardt because he honors ing, appraisal and property didn't"drive away the only in- Bravo! fair business practices and tax administration. This in- dustry we have left" I would like to thank the models selfless work ethic. He cludes appraisal services and The .new rates are not that marvelous performers of "Ok- supports his staff through per- loans for six banks and finan- far out of line in today's econ- lahoma!" for making me feel sonal and work-related chal- cial institutions; appoint- omy as state campgrounds in like a part of their huge suc- lenges and maintains high ex- ments by Plumas County Su- California are at the $20 mark cess, although I was little pectations of their perfor- perior Court as: court referee, right now, without hookups, more than background mance and development. By court receiver, court investi. and full amenity RV parks are scenery in the production, holding weekly meetings and gator and expert witness. from $30 to $60 per night, and we were light years apart submitting in-office newslet- Involvement in California Campground operation isinage, ters, he makes sure everyone Assessors Association, costly with opening costs, dai- I would like to thank direc- is on the same level of commu- Plumas County Economic Re- ly maintenance, insurance, tor Theresa Gallagher for al- nication. In effect, heprepares covery, Rotary Club, Plumas payroll, supplies, interpretive lowing me to remain home them to work with the public Rural Services, California programs, equipment, fuel, while recuperating from a lin- with the knowledge and skills Timber Tax Advisory Corn- etc. Forest fires, evacuations, gering, nasty illness, which they need. mittee, Springs of Hope Chris- late snows and other uncon- necessitated my missing Furthermore, he consistent- tian Fellowship, Dias con trollable phenomena detract many rehearsals right down ly makes himself available to Cristo of Northern Nevada from the bottom line but not to opening week. the public to patiently explain (representing rural Califor- from expenses. As with every- But more than that (and Igovernment procedure. Even nia), Leonhardt Family Schol- thing else today, as costs go believe I am speaking for the during times of heated conver- arship. up, so must fees. whole cast), I would like to sations, he never once ignored Raised on an American Val- Some of the costs associated thank Mrs. Gallagher for her or dismissed anyone, ley cattle ranch, whose family with Northwest Park Manage- cheerfulness throughout the I admire Mr. Leonhardt has been involved in the local merit campground operation rehearsals and performances, most of all for his active role community since 1938. for 2009 were: her ebullient energy, herin the community. He partici- Chuck Leonhardt has been Septic vault pumping, $7,000 bright humor, her ubiquitous pates regularly in multiple or- an outstanding advisor to the Water sample tests, $5,000 presence, her dedication, her ganizations and clubs, con- Plumas County supervisors Garbage collection, $37,000 compassion, her vision and tributes to and supports corn- and we need his knowledge Transient occupancy tax, her ability to bring out the munity development and edu- and expertise even more as $34,000 best in every-performer and cation, and consistently advo- Chuck and his staff work diU- Possessory interest tax, make the most of every scene, cates on behalf of voters of gently to adjust property taxes $2,000 Every Saturday and Sun- Plumas County in Sacramen- during this unfortunate down- Mr. Meacher states that day, when she was notholding to. I submit that voters re- turn in our local economy. Northwest Park Managementa special rehearsal, she was. elect Mr. Charles Leonhardt Please join me in re-electing lost interest in campground working on the set at the col- because of, his proven track Chuck Leonhardt to Plumas County Assessor. Bill Dennison Former Plumas County Supervisor; District 3 Chester Clear choice The problem with govern- ment is not government, but rather the professional politi- cians (the good ol' boys) run- ning it. This has been the re- peated observation made by this committee in the past four years serving as Plumas County Watchdog. You can see for yourself from Letters to the Editor in recent weeks that for the of- fice of assessor, the incum- bent is primarily supported by county employees and bu- reaucrats past and present. This year, we the voters (ff this county have a golden op- portunity to correct some of this. We have worked with, known professionally, and had as a personal friend, Mike Gardner, who is now running as a challenger to the incum- bent assessor. As a Vietnam vet and busi- nessman in this county for years, we have found Mike and his wife, Eli, to be quality people who are honest, loyal and ethical as friends and in business. To us, the clear choice is Mike Gardner for Plumas County assessor. Sherry Halverson Plumas County Watchdogs Portola Skin in the game Is it just me or does anyone else see the pattern in the pa- per's bias toward the candi- dates? Isn't it interesting that the supporters of Chuck Leon- See.Letters, page 12B Contact your elected officials... PLUMAS COUNTY SUPERVISORS - 520 Main Street, Room 309, Quincy, i CA 95971; (530) 283-6170; FAX: (530) 2836288; E-Mail: pcbs@countyofplumas.com i 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: 202456-2461. 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, CA 94104; Phone: (415) 393-07071 Fax: (415) 393-0710 E-mail: go to 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, 4TH DIST. - Tom McClintock. 508 Cannon HOB, Washington, D.C. 20515 (202) 225-2511; FAX (202) 225-5444. mcclintock.house.gov. District office 4230 Douglas Blvd., Suite #200, Granite Bay, CA 95746. (916) 786-5560, FAX: (916) 786-6364 STATE SENATOR, 1st DIST. - Dave Cox (R), District office: 2140 Professional Dr., #140, Roseville, CA, 95661. (916) 783-8232, FAX (916) 783-5487; OR: State Capital, Room 2068, Sacramento, CA95814. (916) 651-4001; FAX: (916) 324-2680} i assemblymember.cox@assemby.ca.gov; Quincy office: 2094 E. Main St., Quinc~ 530-283-3437. FAX 283-3439. i STATE ASSEMBLYMAN, 3RD DIST. - Dan Logue, State Capital, Sacramento, :~ CA 95814, (916) 319-2003; FAX (916) 319-2103. District Office, 1550 Humboldt i Rd., Ste. #4, Chico, CA 95928; (530) 895-4217, FAX (530) 895-4219. GOVERNOR - Arnold Schwarzenegger, office of the Governor, State Capitol, Sacramento, CA 95814. (916) 445-2841. FAX: (916) 558-3160. g0v.ca.gov/interact#contact