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|0B Wednesday, July 15, 2009 ]00DITORIAL and OPINION Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter EDITORIAL Shameless shell game continues in Sacramento It's hard to find words anymore for what is go- ing on in Sacramento. State legislators seem to have no shame. As California's budget impasse be- comes fodder for late-night TV jokes, they remain deadlocked. We appear to be entering new territory. The state continues to issue IOUs for the second week, but many banks stopped accepting them as of July 10. The state treasurer's office announced Friday afternoon that CitiBank had agreed to state trea- surer Bill Lockyer's request to continue accepting state-issued IOUs--but only for another week, through July 17. Officials representing Lockyer on Thursday and Friday contacted representatives of banks that to- gether control more than 60 percent of the Califor- nia market. Lockyer's representatives asked the banks to keep accepting their customers' IOUs af- ter July 10, when the institutions said they would stop accepting them. Citi was the only one that initially responded af- firmatively. By Friday evening, Bank of the West had agreed to accept the IOUs indefinitely. The banks that rejected Lockyer's request include Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Chase and Union Bank. The other bank contacted by Lockyer's of- rice, US Bank, has not provided a definite answer. "Citi made a difficult but responsible decision, both from a customer and taxpayer perspective," said Lockyer. "As for the other banks, their re- fusal to continue accepting IOUs is disappointing. I understand their position, but I don't agree with it. I continue to believe they would better serve their customers and the taxpayers of California if they continued to accept the IOUs. Hopefully, they Will have a change of heart." Unfortunately for Lockyer, these banks don't finswer to the taxpayers of California; they answer to their stockholders. Obviously, their manage- ment teams think accepting these IOUs from the state is not a good business decision. If banks won't accept the IOUs, recipients of those IOUs may be tempted to sell them in other venues. But that may not be easy either. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has deter- mined that the state-issued IOUs are municipal Securities and those are regulated by federal securities laws. "The SEC has sent a pretty clear warning to folks who plan to profit by buying and reselling IOUs: If you're not registered as a municipal secu- rities broker-dealer, you run the risk of violating federal law," said Lockyer. "The recipients of IOUs also should understand that if they sell their IOU to anyone who is not a li- censed broker-dealer, they could well have no remedy under federal law if they get victimized by a con artist. So, they should check before selling. "The SEC's action has the potential to, at least a bit, reduce the shark factor and potential for tax- payers to get defrauded," Lockyer added. "On the other hand, it could make it more difficult for IOU recipients to convert the warrants to money if they cannot cash them or deposit them with their banks." However, if you owe state income tax, you can Use your IOU to pay. How big of the state to accept its own IOUs back! What goes around comes around: We understand some counties are going m turn around and use state IOUs that they re- ceive for certain programs to make other pay- ments they owe the state. How long can this shell game continue? The state seems determined to rind out. A Fe g / Breaking News .... go to plumasnews.com Michael C. Taborski ............. Publisher Keri B. Taborski .. ,Legal Advertising Dept. Delaine Fragnoli ........ Managing Editor Diana Jorgenson .......... Portola Editor Alicia Knadler ........ Indian Valley Editor Kate West ............... Chester Editor Shannon Morrow .......... Sports Editor Mona Hill .................. Copy Editor Staff writers: Joshua Sebold Ruth Ellis Will Farris Brian Taylor Sam Williams Pat Shillito Barbara France Jeanie Jones Susan Cort Johnson Traci Bue Cheryl Frei Feather River Westwood Bulletin PinePress (530) 283-0800 (530) 256-2277 Lassen County Chester Progressive Times (530) 258-3115 (530) 257-53211 Indian Valley Portola Reporter Record (530) 832-4646 (530) 284-7800 iDne insider's peek at tl e newsroorn MY TURN TRACl BUE Staff Writer tbue@plumasnews.com I was working late in the office one evening, something I rarely do (not), when I took a break from the glare of my comput- er screen and looked up to see on top of a filing cabinet, belonging to no one in par- ticular, two oddly opposite and solitary vol- umes: "The Cat in the Hat" and underneath its blue hardback cover, the "California Pe- nal Code." They seemed an unlikely pair, but maybe there was some common message, a sim- patico thread uniting the two books that I never knew? Why else would they be set as companions, occupying this same particu- lar space? Needing little excuse to keep me from the assignment I was hoping would magically self-compose, I hopped up to investigate. I refreshed my memory of the familiar childhood picture book character, the snarky cat with attitude, who wasn't exact- ly bad, but seemed not entirely good and reveled in it. Keeping in mind the penchant of Dr. Seuss' books for communicating larger worldly truths using rhyme and far out il- lustration, and not wanting to delve into a deep, philosophical critique of the possible subliminal messages of either book, I was satisfied that the Cat endeavored to impart to the children in the story the importance of balance between fun and responsibility. This seemed to eliminate any playful similarity to the penal code, but perhaps jibed with its chapters on the responsible, regulatory provisions regarding animal welfare, specific to cats. Still not prepared to resume work, I won- dered if my coworker, who works the crime beat, was flipping through what some might call a sophisticated children's book... I'm not saying he was, and admit the rile cabinet was in neutral, unclaimed territory between us, only the storybook was on top of the penal code, as if they both belonged together, and I was reading nei- ther.., what resource material might be taking up space on tables or shelves in the Mystery pho to con test This little fella has been waiting at the door for awhile now. Where? E-mail mysterypho- to@plumasnews.com or call your local newspaper office listed at the bottom of this page. Answers must be received by Friday at 5 p.m. All correct answers will be entered into a weekly drawing for a free four-week classified ad valued at $28. To learn the lo- cation of this photo, see Section A of next week's newspaper. Photo by Brad Preston other news areas? To be fair, the domain the crime reporter claims as his contained what one might ex- pect to see: thick reference volumes about criminology and public policy, a felony sentencing handbook, a book about critical thinking or the lack of, or so I assumed by the title, "How We Know What Isn't So: The Fallibility of Human Reason in Everyday Life," and hogging the corner of his desk, a foot-high stack of local papers, outdated news that nevertheless he likes to peruse as he finds the time. The sports editor sits next to him, where among other shelved books were guides on photography and sports writing. Beside "The Definitive Guide to Fishing" was a University of Chicago Spanish Dictionary and a book of sports trivia and daffy thoughts on sports. I was enjoying the unobserved observa- tion of my coworkers' workspaces, and to be clear, what I witnessed is out in the open for anyone to see; I simply never took the time before. The copy editor/garden/book club columnist' space around the corner was surprisingly sparse. I half expected to find her tiny cubby strewn with earmarked pa- perbacks, as I know she is an avid reader, but her cubicle appeared an economy of wards (a habit she might wish her fellow news writers take up). There were the standards: Associated Press Style Book, a punctuation guide, a beat-up Miriam Webster College Dictio- nary, a few phone books, and a thick edi- tion of Western Garden. The clock was ticking, but I had time for one more. The managing editor has the largest stand of bookshelves, easily 6 feet tall and necessary to hold the hefty binders of drafts of various environmental impact state- ments: the Sierra Nevada Forest Plan, the spotted owl habitat.., and I know she reads these or has. Better her than me. If the titles are eight to 10 words long, you can bet there's no shortage of words inside, and 90 percent of them jargon and acronyms. Moving on ... to a stack of old inserts and county newspapers, a couple of books detailing concepts and ideas for communi- ty journalism and newspaper layout, style manuals, syntax rules and a jumbo Webster's College Dictionary. The top shelf held a row of assorted refer- ence materials and thoughtful reads from "The Pacific Crest Trail," and "The History ofPlumas, Lassen and Sierra Counties" to "Ishi's Brain" and "Censored 2004: The Top 25 Censored News Stories." I returned to my desk, took a quick peek at my own dry reference material: AP Stylebook and Libel Manual, Roget's The- saurus and one stand-out, a 1926 "Hand- book for Newspaper Workers" (there's al- ways something to learn from those who went before). Curiosity satisfied, I went back to work. REMEMBER WHEN KERI TABORSKI Historian 100 YEARS AGO .... 1909 Numerous forest fires have kept the offi- cers and employees of the Plumas National Forest on the jump the past several days. A bad fire broke out near Taylorsville and another fire broke out at Seneca on the North Fork. During the past two weeks a large conflagration has been raging in the dense forests of Big Meadows. 75 YEARS AGO .... 1934 Endorsement of the Chester airport pro- ject was given this week by the Plumas County Board of Supervisors. Some $3,000 plus has already been expanded on the new airport which is located on the gravel flat two miles west of Chester. 50 YEARS AGO .... 1959 The Plumas County Board of Supervi- sors approved two more Plumas County housing subdivisions this week: Unit num- ber one of the Graeagle Subdivision and Joy Acres being developed by A1 Joy or Portola. An airplane from Stead Air Force Base located near Reno made a successful land- ing Monday at Gansner Airfield in Quincy. There was some slight malfunction of the landing gear which made the unorthodox landing necessary, however neither the pi- lot or passenger was injured and the air- plane escaped with practically no damage. 30 YEARS AGO .... 1979 Plumas County Clerk Raynelle Slaten, who for over 20 years clerked the Plumas County Board of Supervisors, announced her retirement this week. As a Plumas county employee for 24 years, she also served as court clerk and election clerk, never having been challenged in an elec- tion. She became Clerk-Recorder when the two jobs were consolidated two years ago. Note: items included in the weekly Remem- ber When column are taken from our bound newspaper archives and represent writing styles of that particular period. The spelling and grammar are not edited, so the copy is presented as it actually appeared in the original newspaper ,elf-discipline needed to reach an) MY TURN SUSAN COURT JOHNSON Staff Writer Ictimes@lassennews.com My husband is following the Tour de France on television; therefore, I am often caught up in watching the colorful cyclists flow through the villages and up and over the curvy mountain roads in what seems like effortless symmetry. I know anyone selected to ride in this event has devoted a great deal of effort to the sport of cycling. He has spent hours and hours and hours on his bike instead of pursuing other interests. A rider has what so many who fail to reach their goals lack.., self-discipline. Training for the cyclists in the Tour de France is completed on schedule no matter the weather forecast. I would guess that most must get up early and remain on task throughout the day. They don't let tempta- tions throw them off track. Those of us who are easily sidetracked may have a skewed view of self-discipline. Advice on a website titled "Study Guides and Strategies" suggests self-discipline be viewed as a positive effort, rather than one of denial. This makes sense. We may write the great American novel if we sit at the com- puter completing chapters and editing the work. We will learn to play the guitar or piano if we set a regular time to practice. We will earn a college degree if we enroll in all the classes required for a major and study. The writing, the practice and study are all positive effort. Rather than keeping us from something, it is moving us toward a goal. Yet the key word may be effort. Remem- ber my mention of the riders in the Tour de France and how their participation looks effortless? While many would like to ride in such a prestigious race, few would be willing to put in the effort. Before moving to Westwood I worked as a freelance writer. When I would attend conferences, there would be many people enrolled who were hoping to sell magazine articles. During conversations it would be- come quite apparent that not much time was spent researching markets, approach- ing editors and writing articles. Sustain- place worth going, ing a freelance writing career is hard work and requires lots of serf-discipline. An important building block for serf-dis- cipline is establishing a start date for ac- complishing a goal and consistently set- ting aside time to work. I read it is impor- tant to focus on starting tasks rather than focusing on the finished goal, which can be overwhelming. Lance Armstrong did not start his career as a winner of the Tour de France; he be- gan by training for much smaller competi- tions. Yet he would never be where he is today if he had not started. Once time is set aside to reach a new goal, the hour or so devoted to it daily be- gins to show results. When I decided to train for a marathon, I did not begin by trying to run 10 miles or more a day. I started small and built up until eventually I was fit enough to complete two 20-mile runs before the date of the marathon. It's easier to view work towards a goal in a positive light if we see value in the end result. As our skill slowly develops over time we begin to see the worth in accom- plishing a goal. However, serf-discipline is required to put in the time needed to achieve a goal whether in small increments or large. Beverly Sills, the great opera singer, said it best: "There are no short cuts to any place worth going." I ;l:: l:00i[,l ;! i l;[ t ]RI[iNItII:llt700 NU(]II)f,I00III]ilIINN!II00]ll NI;i!illliilHIilitl;I I IllII1 lINIIlIl/I,iNlllii] ]ill:Ill fl00]l!!iriilt4100tIt,l!i00;Ii)lllilllimmlm mml/mmi