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Feather River Bulletin Wednesday, June 17, 2015 3A U.S. Senate hopeful visits county Debra Moore Staff Writer dmoore@plumasnews.com Attorney. Historian. Author. Columnist. Candidate for U.S. Senate. Tom Del Beccaro is a busy man -- crisscrossing the state to sign his latest book and campaigning to succeed Sen. Barbara Boxer, who has represented California in Washington, D.C., since 1983, for a decade as a congresswoman and then as a senator. One of those stops brought Del Beccaro to Plumas County where he addressed the Republican Women on May 28 and a group at Graeagle Meadows the following evening. Del Beccaro, the former leader of the California Republican Party, also attended the unveiling of Sierra Pacific's new large-log mill with a host of county leaders May 29. He has been a regular visitor to the county over the past several years, frequently as a guest of Dan and Leah West. "We met when I was chair of the county's Republican Central Committee," Leah West said. "We have become good friends and he is always very gracious about coming here and attending many of our functions." The book "I have been studying history for four decades," the 53-year-old Del Beccaro said, as he recalled watching Sunday morning political shows with his father and devouring newspapers. It was something that the sixth of eight children could share with his father. The depth of his knowledge is on display in the just-published "The Divided Era," a 386-page book with an additional 36 pages of footnotes. "Why is there so much fighting in politics today? Tom Del Beccaro, a candidate for U.S. Senate, signs his latest book, "The Divided Era," for Beverly Donato while retired Superior Court Judge Roger Settlemire looks on. Photo by Debra Moore I spent five years writing 'The Divided Era' in response to that simple and direct question from a friend of mine -- although the study of history and politics has been a passion of mine for decades," Del Beccaro wrote in the preface. "Laura Cox is a mother of two, an owner of a small business, and a community volunteer. She is not a partisan and, in her busy world, follows politics only sparingly. She wanted to know, as many others do, why there is so much fighting in American politics today." In his book, Del Beccaro discusses a long history of divisiveness; leaders who have been unifying, such as George Washington, James Monroe, John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan; and his vision for a more cohesive society. In addition to his latest book, Del Beccaro's first tome, "The New Conservative Paradigm," is in its second printing. He is also a columnist for Forbes, a regular contributor to other publications and a political commentator. The campaign Del Beccaro is one of two Republicans who have announced their candidacy for U.S. Senate. The other is Assemblyman Rocky Chavez. Northern California-based Del Beccaro resides in Moraga with a law office in Walnut Creek. Chavez represents Southern California in the Assembly. The announced Democrats -- state Attorney General Kamala Harris, and Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez -- also represent the two ends of the state, with Kamala hailing from San Francisco and Sanchez from Los Angeles. In discussing the reasons he is running, Del Beccaro focuses on two areas -- advocating for a flat tax rate and developing a solution for California's water woes. He picked those two areas because he sees them as unifying topics. Del Beccaro wants a flat tax to "get rid of the politics" and to stimulate the economy. As for water, he said it's the topic wherever he goes. "We're not trying to solve the problem; all the technology exists to end the crisis," he said, and asked why the state is planning on spending $70 billion for a bullet train and $4 billion for reservoirs. Del Beccaro will continue to share his plans throughout the state as he prepares for the 2016 June primary election. :c 00ool board James Wilson Staff Writer jwilson@plumasnews.com The school board put the task of filling the soon-to-be vacant superintendent position into the hands of five retired superintendents last week. At a Plumas Unified School District special board meeting held June 10, the board chose to use Douglas and Associates to find suitable candidates to replace current superintendent Micheline Miglis. Miglis accepted the superintendent position with Carpinteria Unified School chooses firm to find new superintendent District, and will start July 1. Associates is the firm's established firm. He said he The board decided upon Douglas and Associates after much debate. At the June 4 meeting, board members narrowed the list of candidates down from seven to two: Douglas and Associates and Leadership Associates. Each firm listed a price tag of $21,500 and each has unique strengths. Douglas and Associates' team is made up of five former superintendents: Bob Douglas, Harley North, Dr. Armand Brett, Ed Changus and Richard Bray. What really attracted the board to Douglas and familiarity with the area, said board members. Most on the firm are from Butte, Shasta and Tehama counties. North owns a home in Plumas County, and will be available to fill the role of interim superintendent until one is found, dependant on board approval. The other firm the board looked at, Leadership Associates, is a large company with an extensive track record. In its proposal, it laid out a timeline for finding a superintendent, Bret Cook said he preferred Leadership Associates because it is a proven, thought Leadership Associates would bring more candidates into the pool, because firm members have more connections. Eventually, the board decided to go with Douglas and Associates, mainly due to its familiarity with the district. The board directed Miglis to request a timeline from the firm, then sign off on the contract. The board hopes to get the new superintendent in place by September. Chester teen drowns in lake A 15-year-old Chester boy died in an apparent drowning in Lake Almanor last week according to the Plumas County sheriff. Divers recovered the body of the teen early Sunday morning, June 14, about six hours after he was reported missing during a swimming excursion. According to Plumas County Sheriff Greg Hagwood, 911 dispatchers received a call at 9:20 p.m. Saturday. The caller said the teen had not been seen for about 30 minutes after he entered the water. Sheriffs deputies, Plumas County Search and Rescue and Peninsula Fire initially responded to the scene at Big Cove. The sheriff said responders worked throughout the night along with the sheriffs boat patrol. A dive and rescue team from Butte County was also called to the scene and reportedly found the missing teen's body under water about 3:39 a.m. Sunday. Hagwood said the circumstances surrounding the drowning are under investigation. He said alcohol might have been a factor. The sheriff said his office was trying to contact an adult male who is suspected of providing alcohol to the minor. He said witnesses have been cooperative in the investigation. Hagwood declined to identify the victim by the newspaper's deadline. College president to address group Plumas County Republican Women will be meeting Thursday, June 25, at The Iron Door Restaurant in Johnsville. The speaker will be Dr. Kevin Trutna, president/superintendent of Feather River Community College. He will be offering an update on the new bachelor's degree program awarded to FRC as well as current plans and activities for the upcoming academic year. The public is welcome to attend; the business meeting starts at 11 and the luncheon at noon, followed by the speaker. Luncheon reservations at $20 are requested by Monday, June 22, by calling Liz Holston at 836-4428. The public is also welcome to come for speaker only. F00Tden Optometry would like to welcome Dr. Mark Mitchell's previous patients. I We are th00lled to be your new eye care provider! Welcome to our pracUce! www.fridenoptometry.com FRIDEN OPTOMETRY FAMILY EYE CARE CONTACT LENSES Jonathan Friden, O.D. 68 Central Ave. Quincy 283-2020 Complete vision and eye care, Optometrists and Ophthalmologists on staff, Vision and Eye examinations, treatment of eye disease, cataract surgery, foreign body removal, threshold visual field analysis, contact lenses, glasses (large selection of inexpensive to designer eyewear), low vision aids for the visually impaired, and vision therapy for learnin related vision problems. COME HAVE FUN AT VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL "Bible Blast to the Past" June 22nd to June 26, 2015 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon At Quincy Community Methodist Church, 282 Jackson St. It's free for all children ages 4 thru 12 Sponsored by Quincy Community Methodist Church o y" 7. j, and Our Savior Lutheran Church ,- ik. For more Information contact ..,,__- i __:,imlmW. CUMC 283-1740 ;i j OSLC 283-2546 ' *:'