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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014 9B COMMUNITY PERSPECTIVE Water bond will prepare state for next drought There's an old saying that the best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago, but the second-best time is now. The same holds for building reservoirs. California is enduring its worst drought in 200 years, by some measures. The agricultural belts of the Central Valley are the driest and suffering the most from shortages, with fields fallowed and groundwater drawn down severely to make up for shortages, but nobody is immune from the drought's effects. Cities are strictly rationing water. Treasured runs of salmon are at risk of die-offs. And much as I'd like to say otherwise, at this point there's not a lot anyone in WHERE I STAND BRIAN DAHLE ASSEMBLYMAN Sacramento can do about it, other than triage the crises. The solutions -- more water storage and smarter management -- require investments California should have made 20 years ago. But the next big drought? Californians might just have a fighting chance to make it through more smoothly, thanks to the bipartisan legislative agreement on the water bond that will go before the voters this November. If Californians agree about the urgency of action, the state will commit to its first major investments in new reservoirs in decades. The bond directs $2.7 billion toward new storage, directed toward projects first identified in 2000 as the best investments the state could make to improve the water system. They include Sites Reservoir in the Sacramento Valley, which would store water off the river, in the Coast Range in Colusa County. Holding up to 1.4 million acre-feet of water, or about one-third the size of Lake Shasta, Sites would allow the state to store additional winter floodwaters for productive use. It would make 500,000 acre-feet of new water available in normal years, with even higher benefits in droughts. The state has talked about Sites for more than a decade. With this water bond, we take a concrete step toward pouring the concrete. New storage is a critical breakthrough in the bond, but it also provides money for other needs: groundwater cleanup, drinking water for struggling communities, investments in healthy watersheds. What it doesn't include is pork. In 2009, the last time the Legislature attempted to craft a bond, they won the votes the old-fashioned way -- they bought them, one pet project at a time. The result was a bond so bloated and overpriced, $11.14 billion, that the Legislature never even had the courage to present it to the voters, who would have had the good sense to reject it. Taking a different approach, over the past two years the Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee has traveled the state-- including a December hearing in Redding-- so members could learn fn'sthand about the needs of the state's diverse regions and craft a package that would meet those needs in a balanced way. The final deal came at the last possible minute to make the November ballot, in classic Sacramento fashion, but it won nearly unanimous support even as it would spend billions of dollars less than the bond it replaces. Yes, a whole building full of politicians agreed to spend less of the taxpayers' money, while making the fundamental investments the state needs. This drought is tough. Farms are fallowed. Cities are rationing water. Mountain springs are drying up. Treasured fmheries are dying off. The one upside is it's finally woken the state up to the need to build a water system that will serve the next generation. And when the next drought hits, we will be ready. Brian Dahl R-Bieber, rpresents California's lst Assembly District, which includes Shasta, Lasses, Nevada, Siskiyou, Modoc, Plumas and Sierra counties, and portions of Butte and Placer counties. LETTERS to the EDITOR Guidelines for Letters All letters must contain an address and a phone number. We publish only one letter per week per person and only one letter per person per month regarding the same subject. We do not publish third-party, anonymous, or open letters. Letters must be limited to a maximum of 300 words. The editor will cut any letter in excess of 300 words. The deadline is Friday at 3p.m. (Deadlines may change due to holidays.) Letters may be taken to any of Feather Publishing's offices, sent via fax to 283-3952 or e-mailed to dmcdorjd@ps.mm. Leftovers To all concerned in regard to the "Food Giveaway Program." Things have certainly gone downhill since the gentleman and his wife ran this program. You used to be able to go through a line and get fresh vegetables and fruit and items you knew you could use. Now for two people you get a small bag or box with things you can't use. Seems to me that Quincy and that area is getting the greater amount of food and Chester seems to get what's leR over. Wehavea lot of senior citizens and mothers with children that could use more than they're getting. I don't believe Chester is getting its fair share. Since Quincy has taken over the give-away program, we in Chester have gotten the tail end of the "give-away." F.J. Morgan Chester Forest Service should help Thank you for the hard-hitting editorial in your Aug. 13 edition. The Forest Service absolutely should help Trails for Recreation and Community (TRAC) and others develop trails around Plumas County. I used to work for a federal agency, and I understand how powerless the local agency managers are. Your suggestion that we all continue to urge the forest supervisor's office to prioritize trails is well taken, but not enough, simply because those people don't have sufficient influence within the agency to make it happen. I think inquiries from the Plumas County Congressional delegation would get action. The recent Veterans Administration scandal shows how it can work. Going back to the Quincy Library Group, Senator Diane Feinstein has been an ally of all who work for wise forest stewardship. Your editorial urged readers to lobby for the National Forest System Trails Stewardship Act. But the legislation only calls for the Secretary of Agriculture to publish, not later than two years after passage, a strategy to significantly increase the role of volunteers in trail maintenance. The website govtrack.us (where you can read the bill) estimates that it has only a 12 percent chance of passing. And who knows how long it would take to implement the published strategy. Perhaps a place to start is the upcoming midterm election. I'm not aware that either incumbent Congressman Doug LaMalfa or his opponent, Heidi Hall, has taken a position on the bill or has expressed any interest in urging the bureaucrats to get moving. It seems like a good election issue to me. Mr. LaMalfa is on the House Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation, so you would think he would be interested in this issue. Sheila Freed Reno and Lake Davis Fond memories How does one say goodbye to a place that has been home for more than 40 years? A community where children and grandchildren have grown up? A neighborhood where friends and family circle up and take care of one another? A town where jobs have paid the bills, provided housing, and put food on the table? That's what I am wondering as I pack the moving boxes, sort through the memorabilia and detritus of time and ponder what goes with me, what goes in the yard sale, what goes to the thrift store, and what goes in the garbage. Because, believe me, some of the decades of accumulated stuff does not need a home (or a drawer or a closet or nook or cranny) in my new home. But, so much of what has accumulated evokes memories: joyful, rueful, humorous, poignant. T-Ball, Little League, school plays, graduations, marriages. Driving the logging roads on a summer evening and counting the deer. Picnics at Domingo Springs (and filling cups with the clear, cold spring water). Knowing that neighbors watched out for the welfare of my children as they walked through town. The 4th of July parade! How that has grown! In 1974, there were a few participants and the people lining the streets were few in number. However, that did not make the parade any less enjoyable; it's always been small town, big heart at its best! So, maybe one does not say goodbye. After all, the road from Chester to my new home goes both ways. There are new memories to be made, old memories to be cherished and people who are and always will be part of my life. And maybe I will have the opportunity to introduce the new friends to the old ones. Linda Rean Chester Unrecognizable party I wonder how many Republican Tea Party members would vote for the Great Emancipator, Republican Abraham Lincoln, if he were running today. How many would vote for Republican Theodore Roosevelt, the Trust Buster and a prime mover in the preservation of our national forests? How about Wendell Wilkie, the Republican presidential candidate who, after losing the election to Franklin Delano Roosevelt, traveled the globe at Roosevelt's request and became an advocate of a world without imperialism or colonialism as expressed in his best selling book, "One World"? How many would vote for Republican John D. Rockefeller, strong believer in the United Nations and world cooperation? How many would vote for Republican Earl Warren, popular progressive three-term governor of , California? Would any Tea Party member vote for Republican President Dwight D. Eisenhower, who warned the nation of the growing power of the "military-industrial" complex? How many would vote for Republican Barry Goldwater, who, although they were not issues during his bid for the presidency, later came out in favor of abortion and gay rights and was convinced that religion had no place in public life. Although it is impossible to say what political figures of the past might think today, I venture to say that the Republicans mentioned above would not recognize the Republican party of 2014. Salvatore Catalano Taylorsville Negotiate for more water One acre foot of water is 325,851 gallons of water. For scientific reasons I will say that one acre foot of water will feed a family of four and their pets, and Water the lawn for a year. There are approximately 2.3 people per household in Portola. In Placerville, E1 Dorado County, they use approximately .65 acre feet of water per household per year. This is because of the small yards and rocky soil. Davis Lake can contains 84,371 acre feet of water. There's roughly 48,000 acre feet available now. I estimate 1,900 people in Portola. Divide that number by four (representing each household for water consumption) and you have a total of 475 households. The city needs 475 acre feet of water annually to provide for its citizens, give or take a few acre feet. Ask your city council what amount of water the city traditionally used under the contract with the State Water Resources Board. What is the rate per acre foot, including delivery to the citizens per household, include in that rate, future infrastructure (capital improvements), wages, and insurance. Divide that number by the users and you should have a good idea for monthly billing per household. Why does the city charge owners of vacant lots a monthly water fee, when there isn't consumption? "Wet water" is the term commonly used in contrast to "paper water"-- water rights held on paper for which actual water is not available. Under the appropriative water rights doctrine governing most of California's surface water, the "use it Or lose it" requirement dictates that rights lapse for any water not used for five consecutive years. Has the city set a precedent of not using enough water? Negotiate for more water based on past precedent. So, why is the city paying for a water treatment plant? Trent Saxton Lake Davis Marine abandoned In July of 2009, Harvard University professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. was arrested at his home by a local police officer responding to a reported residential break-in. President Obama made national news saying the police made a "stupid mistake" and hosted a "beer summit" with the arresting officer and Professor Gates. Just why the President became involved is murky, but he apparently wanted to see that justice prevailed., In July of 2013, Trayvon Martin was killed under questionable circumstances in Florida. President Obama publicly offered his prayers to the Martin family, and voiced his concerns that ' justice must be served. August, 2014, Michael Brown of Ferguson, Missouri, was gunned down in a confrontation with a police officer. President Obama joined the conversation and Attorney General Eric Holder and over 40 FBI agents are investigating. President Obama is, again, concerned about justice. In March of 2014, decorated combat Marine Sergeant Andrew Tahmooressi inadvertently entered Mexico with U.S. registered weapons. He was arrested, imprisoned and tortured and remains in custody today. He also suffers from post-traumatic stress syndrome and needs medical treatment. This, too, has gained national attention. But, we have not heard from President Obama or Eric Holder on this case. The We The People website, where the public can request the white House become involved in a situation, has 134,450 signatures (150,000 required) on a petition to free Sgt. Tahmooressi. However, this incident has been referred to Secretary of State John Kerry who reportedly has made a few phone calls. Where are President Obama and/or Attorney General Eric Holder? where is their outrage and interest in justice for a decorated Marine who served our country with honor and dignity? There is a pattern here. Can you fred it? Lynn Desjardin Portola Mind our own business Wow, can you even have a discussion with anyone who sees everything as a choice between right and wrong, black and white, good and evil? To me the world is a more nuanced and colorful place. I must admit though, it is much easier to sort things when there are only two boxes to put them in. Boots on the ground or pilots in the sky in Iraq, or Syria, or Ukraine...bringing hope to thousands praying the US will choose good over , Nazis in high positions. These Nazis are now trying to cleanse the eastern provinces of ethnic Russians, provinces that were not part of Ukraine until the 1950s when Khrushchev moved them. And that airliner-- haven't heard a word since the black boxes were turned over and the Russians provided radar and satellite data showing Ukrainian forces in the area with rockets and a Ukrainian fighter-jet following the airliner. I would hope those praying are praying that we close down our thousands of military bases, bring our military personnel, CIA agents and NGOs home, and stay the heck out of their business. Jeff Ladvigson Quincy evil? Are you kidding me? . : : : Syria: The west,and its " "Challenge dogma willing partners, hereinafter Evidently Turkey has . referred to as we, directly supported rebel forces in an attempt to overthrow the established government. ISIS (or ISIL) has risen as the cream of these rebel forces and has now spilled into Iraq. Iraq: We invaded a nation that had done nothing to us, destroying its culture, its security and its infrastructure, while displacing four million of its citizens. We did however divvy up the oil resources between western corporations, effectively transferring the profits from the Iraqi people to said corporations. Isn't that stealing?. Ukraine: Again we directly supported the overthrow of a democratically elected government and participated in choosing the replacement, a replacement that includes suffered a loss of tourism all these years because of a movie. That movie was called "Midnight Express." I was in high school when we saw it at the movies. All I remembered about Turkey was barbarians and dark dungeons, where accused tourists land. Now I want to go there. While doing some research on Chechnya, I stumbled upon JOYTURK AKUSTIK. You can check this out on YouTube and won't be disappointed if you like "unplugged" acoustic. Music is a good door to peeking in on a culture and sense the nature of a people by their styles. What I felt from all the hundreds of songs from Turkey that I listened to is a peaceful and See Letters, page 10B Contact your elected officials... PLUMAS COUNTY SUPERVISORS - 520 Main Street, Room 309, Quincy, CA 95971; (530) 283-6170; FAX: (530) 283-6288; E-Mail: pcbs@countyofplumas.com. 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: 202-456-2461. 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; TrY/TDD: (202) 224-2501. District .Office: One Post Street, Suite 2450, San Francisco, CA 94104; Phone: (415) 393-0707; Fax: (415) 393-0710 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, 1ST DIST. - Doug LaMalfa. 506 Cannon HOB, Washington, D.C. 20515. (202) 225-3076. lamalfa.house.gov. DISTRICT OFFICES: 1453 Downer St., Suite #A, OroviUe, CA 95965; 2885 Churn Creek R:, Suite #C, Redding, CA 96002. STATE SENATOR, 1st DIST. - Ted Gaines. State Capitol, Room 3070, Sacramento, CA 95814. (916)6514001, FAX: (916) 324-2680. El Dorado Hills Constituent Service Center. 4359 Town Center Boulevard, Suite 112, E1 Dorado Hills, CA 95762. (916) 933-7213, FAX (916) 933-7234; Redding Constituent Service Center. 1670 Market St., Suite 244, Redding, CA 96001, (530) 225-3142, FAX (530) 225-3143. STATE ASSEMBLYMAN, 1ST DIST. - Brian Dahle, State Capitol, Room 2174, Sacramento, CA 94249, (916) 319-2001; FAX (916) 319-2103. District Office, 2080 Hemsted Dr., Ste. #110, Redding, CA 96002; (530) 223-6300, FAX (530) 223-6737. State GOVERNOR - Jerry Brown, office of the Governor, Capitol, Suite 1173, Sacramento, CA 95814. Website: gov.ca.gov/ (916) 445-2841. FAX: (916) 558-3160.