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Feather River Bulletin Wednesday, July 14, 2010 13A Diana Jorgenson The problem was that locat- sign like that requires Cal- Portola Reporter ing the sign on the corner re- trans' approval and imple- quired its placement on pri- mentation. vate property and the goodCaltrans is notoriously nar- The city of Portola has auspices of the business own- row minded about the signs it demonstrated an ongoing con- er. If the owner had a use for allows on the state's highways. cern about notifying traffic the spot, the city's sign be- When it comes to signage for along Highway 70 that there came inconvenient, towns and cities, it prefers on- is more to the town on the Currently, the city's !Y one at the entrance and other Side of the Feather Riv- wayfinding sign is at the on- again at the exit, and the er across the Gulling Street set of the bridge, which agency prefers that itbegreen. Bridge. means that the driver already Other signs are strictly In the past, the city estab- made the turn off and knewmonitored, and signs such as lished a wayfinding sign on where Old Town was locatedPortola used to have that list the corner of Gulling Street wi{hout being told. the churches and service and Sierra Street (Highway Theother viable alternative clubs in the town are no 70) directing traffic to Old was to hang a sign below the longer allowed. Town, as the business district lights on the intersection, just The Caltrans' perspective is along Commercial Street is as RenD cross streets are that if the sign is there and called, marked dii'ectly overhead. A has been there, it stays; but if ! I the sign requires repair or if it falls down, it stays down. The city, which would like to replace the sign listing churches and service clubs, has presented design after de- sign of potential add-ons to the stone monuments current- ly at the city's boundaries on Highway 70, and they have been repeatedly rejected or discouraged by Caltrans. Along the same track, the city has, on more than one oc- casion, requested Caltrans post a sign directing traffic in- to Portola's downtown at the bridge intersection be placed under the traffic lights, and Caltrans has repeatedly said me no: The only signs that maythat section and there would be hung from center traffic be little impact to businesses, lights are those naming cross other than reviewing the streets, wording of directions they Fine, then, How about ham- might include on websites or ing the street Old Town? That, brochures. it would appear, seems just The matter was discussed at fine to Caltrans. You just have the last city council meeting to speak the language, and the consensus of the City Clerk Leslie Tigan re- council members and staff ported that changing the was to complete the process name of the two-block section for the name change. (one block on each end of the The exact wording and ,bridge) of road that includes spelling only needed finaliza- the bridge turns out to be a tion. Two possible variations relatively simple matter. The have been suggested, "Old city council must pass a reso- Town" or "Old Towne." lution and it is so. The matter will come up for There are no businesses vote at a future city council that have addresses along meeting. urn ' ill ul Linda Satchwell serious effect in rural, low-in- Administrators simply won't recruit and offer benefits in bly on a reconsideration vote, who missed the first vote on the Staff Writer come and geographically iso- get away with telling doctors order to bring physicians42-17, June 28. It is expected to bill due to a "personal emer- ]satchwei] lated areas, how to practice medicine. In here," Hayes said. have trouble making itthrough gency," said he was concerned The thinking behind the addition, he said, university Indeed, even the CMA ac- the Senate, according to Peggy the bill would work for his rur- One of the more contentious ban, primarily pushed by the hospitals are allowea to hire knowledges the need, but it Broussard Wheeler of the Call- al constituents, but not for health care issues, at least if California Medical Associa- doctors directly, as are feder- disagrees on the extent of the fornia Hospital Association. those in cities. He said Ashburn you talkto critical access hos- tion, is that physicians don't ally qualified health centers plan to allow for direct hiring. Ashburn's bill would allow . added a provision to the legisla- pital administrators like East- want hospital administrators in low-income areas. There has been an ongoing, for "direct employment by gen- tion that would allow direct hir- ern Plumas Health Care's telling them how to practice Those who are hurt the severe shortage of physicians eral acute-care hospitals (such ing within cities that would Chief Executive Officer Tom medicine. There is alleged- most by the ban are health for a decade. This shortage is as EPHC, Plumas District Hos- pull physicians from nearby Hayes, is the restriction ly a fear that a hospital may districts in rural areas like worse in California's rural and pital, and Seneca Healthcare) low-income area clinics. against hospitals hiring doc- not allow a doctor to order Plumas County. It's hard underservedcommunities, meeting specified require- The bill as written, howev- tors directly, preventative testing, for ex- enough to lure good doctors to SB 728 (Ashburn), the incar- ments ... and would authorize er, shows no such provision. Cui'rently, California is one ample, for MediCal patients, more isolated, lower paying nation of this issue currently such hospital(s) to employ up When the bill came up for re- of only five states prohibited Practically, Hayes said, areas. "It (passage of SB 726) before the state Legislature, to five licensees at a time." consideration June 28, Logue from the practice, whichhasa this just won't happen, would mak? it much easier to just squeaked past the Assem- Assemblyman Dan Logue, was stiU absent. I! In a climate of conflicting attitudes toward God, how can the faithful withstand constant attacks on their be- lief in God? What evidence about God's existence is there for nonbelievers to examine? Intriguing answers to these questions will be explored during the Witnesses' 2010 "Remain Close to Jehovah!" District Convention to be held at the Sacramento Conven- tion Center. Jehovah's Witnesses be- lieve that a strong relation- ship with God is vital for spiritual well being and per- sonal happiness. Starting this weekend and continuing for the next couple of weeks, Jehovah's Witnesses will extend a personal invita- tion to everyone from the Plumas County area to attend. The first of three-4ay events to be held in Sacra- mento will begin Friday, July 23, at 9:20 a.m. The theme is based on sev- eral passages of the Bible. Strengthening one's spiritual- ity will be the focus of the program. . Admission to the conven- tion is free, and no collections will be taken. Locally, most of the area's Witness congregations will help distribute printed invita- tions to the convention. An estimated 5,000 will come to the Sacramento Convention Center over for the weekend program. Throughout the continental United States there will be 357 conventions in 90 cities. Worldwide, there are over 7,300,000 Witnesses in more than 105,000 congregations. 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