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6A Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014 Feather River Bulletin • • • M. Kate West Staff Writer chesternews@plumasnews.com An "all call" was sent out to : Almanor Basin lodging providers by Kehr- O'Brien Coldwell Banker Real Estate property manager Susan Bryner in which she encouraged each to come to :the table to talk about forming a tourism business :improvement district. , The turnout for the Aug. 20 : meeting had considerably :higher attendance than the July 24 TBID presentation hosted by Civitas. In response to Bryner's special request, lodging .providers from Quincy to :Mineral were at the table to ask questions, express concerns and offer their :opinion on the potential :formation of a countrywide ,tourism district. Ghulam Fareed offered the meeting guests a quick overview of slides from a presentation about travel :spending by selected counties. The presentation was offered '.in Plumas County :approximately one year ago • and represented the years 2004 - 2011. A key point was that accommodations earn 23 percent of the millions of dollars spent by people traveling. Over the course of years from 2004 to 2011 Plumas County, in comparison to neighboring counties, lost 1 percent of the spending share, which equals about $1.7 million annually. Those competitive counties experienced a growth rate of 2 percent over the same time frame. "The point to this presentation is that our county has been slipping behind in terms of our competition. That is why people in Plumas County have made some efforts to see what we can do about this," Bryner said. "I would ask the question, is there is a need to encourage people' to visit our area? If you look at tourism as one of the pillars of our community, this is one area where we can make a difference in our economic vitality." A general discussion ensued about TBIDs. Bryner, Fareed and Filip Laboda, who attended the Civitas presentation, filled in knowledge gaps. Between the three, a TBID was described as the following: --An assessment district or a special benefit district that "1 would ask the question, is there is a need to encourage people to visit our area? If you look at tourism as one of the pillars of our community, this is one area where we can make a difference in our economic vitality." Susan Bryner Business Owner, Property Manager is different from the 9 percent transient occupancy tax collected by Plumas County. Previous meetings have If centered around an assessments of 2 or 3 percent• --An organization run by lodging owners who organize, strategize and manage use of the collected funds. --An entity that provides a stable funding source for marketing. Concerns arise In response to questions being raised, Bryner emphasized that meeting was not about making commitments. "In this process we are assessing interest and we want to put a group together to look at either a countywide or Lake Almanor TBID, but we haven't come to that point yet: "All that is asked for today is that you indicate a level of interest," she said. The lodging providers formed lists of TBID pros, cons, remarks and concerns as follows. Countywide TBID pros --Combined dollars will allow recruitment of a better-qualified leader (executive director). --Formation creates a five-year district with an annual dissolution process. --The TBID is governed by those that pay. --The composition of the organization, mission, goals and strategies are up to the stakeholders• --Research shows that counties that have TBIDs are more successful with destination marketing and by going countywide there are more resources to market. --The ability exists to PUBLIC NOTICES Summons filed N0. CV14-00153 SUMMONS (Citaci0n Judicial) Notice to Defendant (Aviso a Demandado): HENRY N. MATHEWSON, CATHERINE MATHEWSON, JEROME J. MAHONEY and the testate and intestate successors of HENRY N. MATHEWSON, CATHERINE i MATHEWSON and JEROME J. MAHONEY, . DOES 1 THROUGH 10 ' YOUARE BEING SUED BY PLAINTIFF: (Lo ' est~i demandando el demandante): BETTY ANNE D. MAHONEY, and BETTY ANNE MAHONEY, TRUSTEE OF THE MAHONEY FAMILY TRUST, dated May 17, 1999. NOTICE! You have been sued. The court may decide against you without your being heard unless you respond within 30 days. Read the information below. You have 30 CALENDAR DAYS after this summons and legal papers are served on you to file a written response at this court and have a copy served on the plaintiff. A let- ter or phone call will not protect you. Your written response must be in proper legal form if you want the court to hear your case. There may be a court form that you can use for your response. 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NOTE: The court has a statutory lien • for waived fees and costs on any settlement • or arbitration award of $10.000 or more in a • civil case. The court's lien must be paid before the court will dismiss the case. AVlSO! Lo han demandado. Si no responde dentro de 30 dias, la corte puede decidir en su contra sin escuchar su version. Lea la • informacion a continuacion. • Tiene 30 [:)[AS DE CALENDARIO despu~s de que le entreguen esta citaci6n y papeles legales para presentar una respuesta por .escrito en esta corte y hacer que se :entregue una copia al demandante. Una . carta o una Ilamada telefonica no Io prote- , gen. Su respuesta por escrito tiene que • estar en formato legal correcto si desea que procesen su caso en la corte. Es posible que haya un formulario que usted pueda usar para su respuesta. Puede encontrar estos formularios de la corte y m~s informaci6n en .el Centro de Ayuda de las Cortes de . California (www.sucorte.ca.gov), en la bib- lioteca de leyes de su condado o en la corte que le quede m~s cerca. Si no puede pagar , la cuota de presentaci6n, pida al secretario , de la corte que le de un formulario de exen- ci6n de pago de cuotas. Si no presenta su respuesta a tiempo, puede perder el caso por incumplimiento y la corte le podr~ quitar .su sueldo, dinero y bienes sin rn~.s adver- tencia. Hay otros requisitos legales. Es recomend- • able que lame a un abogado inmediata- mente. Si no conoce a un abogado, puede Ilarnar a un servicio de remisi6n a abogados. Si no puede pagar a un abogado, es posible que cumpla con los requisitos para obtener servicios legales gratuitos de un programa de servicios egales sin fines de lucro. Puede encontrar estos grupos sin fines de 2ucro en el sitio web de California Legal -Services (www.lawhelpcalifornia.org), en el Centro de Ayuda de las Cortes de California. (www.sucorte.ca.gov) o poni~ndose en con- tacto con la corte o el colegio de abogados locales. AVISO: Por ley, la cort.e tiene dere- cho a reclaimar las cuotas y los costos exen- tos per rmponer un gravamen sobre cuaiqu,er recuperacion de $10,000 o mas de valor recibida mediante un acuerdo o una concesion de arbitrale en un caso de dere- .cho civil• Tiene que pagar el gravamen de la torte antes de que la corte pueda desechar el caso. The name and address of the court is: Plumas County Superior Court, 520 West Main Street, Quincy, CA 95971.Proposal for janitorial services from the Facility Services Office: The name, address and telephone number The Plumas County Department of Facility 198 Andy's Way, Quincy CA, 95971. of plaintiff's att0mey, or plaintiff without an Services is requesting proposals for contract Closing date for RFP submittal will be at attorney, is: Wendy J. Diet, CSB #175446, janitorial services in Quincy. The Request for 5:00PM, 09/04/2014. 201 S. Court Street, Alturas, CA 96101; Prop0sal(s) is for three separate contracts For additional information contact the (530) 233-2008. for the following facilities: Department of Facility Services at (530) Dated: Aug. 11, 2014. 1. Library & Museum 283-6299 Deborah Norrie, Clerk of the Court, 2. Fair/Farm/Ag Building & Facility Sewices Published FRB By P. Marchetti, Deputy Clerk. Building Aug. 27, Sept. 3, 2014 Published FRB 3. One Stop Permit Center. Aug. 27, Sept. 3, 10, 17, 2014] RFP packets can be obtained on 08/27/2014 NOTICE OF EViDENTIARY HEARINGS REGARDING PACIFIC GAS AND ELECTRIC COMPANy'S FILING TO INCREASE YOUR RATES TO RECOVER 2015 ENERGY PURCHASE COSTS (A. 14.05-024) September 11 & 12, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at the address below: California Public Utilities Commission Courtroom State Office Building 505 Van Ness Avenue San Francisco, CA 94102 Please note: the Commission Courtroom is wheelchair accessible. If you wish to attend an( need specialized accommodations, please contact the Public Advisor's Office (contact information noted below) at least five business days prior to, the hearing date. Any changes to the dates, times, and locations of the hearings will be posted to the CPUC's Daily Calendar. BACKGROUND On May 30, 2014, Pacific Gas and Electric Company filed an application with the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to recover 2015 energy-related costs. Every year, PG&E estimates how much it will cost to purchase energy to meet its customers' electricity needs. This filing is known as the Energy Resource Recovery Account (ERRA) and Generation Non-bypassable Charges Forecast. This application includes the costs of fuel needed to generate electricity as well as the costs of buying electricity from third parties, such as renewable energy generators. In its application, PG&E requests an increase of $319 million in electric rates to recover costs for 2015. If the CPUC approves, PG&E will begin to recover its costs in electric rates, effective January 1, 2015. The cost of energy is passed directly to PG&E's customers with no markup, meaning that PG&E does not profit from its energy purchases. If this application is approved, electric rates will increase by 2.6 percent for bundled service customers effective January 1, 2015• PG&E estimates that a residential customer usmg 500 kWh per month would see an average bill increase of $0.88 (or 1.2 percent), from $74.44 to $75.32. Actual bill impacts will vary depending on your electric usage. EVIDENTIARY HEARINGS At the Evidentiary Hearings noticed above, PG&E and other formal parties to the proceeding will present their evidence through testimony and will be subject to cross-examination before an Administrative Law Judge (Judge). The hearings are open to the public, but only those who are formal parties are permitted to present evidence and/or cross.examine witnesses. After considering all proposals and evidence presented during the formal process, the Judge will issue a proposed decision which may accept PG&E's proposal, modify it or reject it. The CommisSioners may also issue alternate decisions based on the record. The proposed decision and any alternates will be acted upon at a CPUC Voting Meeting where the Commissioners will decide whether to adopt the proposed or an alternate decision. As a party of record, the Office of Ratepayer Advocates (ORA) will review ~is application. ORA is the independent consumer advocate within the CPUC with a legislative mandate to represent investor-owned utility customers to obtain the lowest possible rate for service consistent with reliable and safe service levels. ORA has a multi-disciplinary staff with expertise in economics, finance, accounting and engineering. Other parties of record will also ;~articipate in the CPUC's proceeding to consider this application. For more information about ORA, please call (415) 703-1584, e-mail ora('~_cDuc.ca,gov or visit ORA's website at http : / /ora. ca. gov /default. asp x. If you would like a copy of PG&E's filing and exhibits, please write to: PG&E, 2015 Energy Resource Recovery Account and Generation (A.14-05-024), P.O• Box 7442, San Francisco CA 94120. A copy of PG&E's filing and exhibits are also available for review at the CPUC, 505 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco CA 94102, Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - noon. PG&E's filing (without exhibits) is available on the CPUC's website at www.cpuc.ca.Rovlpuc. PUBLIC COMMENTS AND OPINIONS ARE IMPORTANT TO THE CPUC As part of its decision-making process, the CPUC is interested in your comments or opinions on any aspect of the company's operations, including proposed rates, service quality or any other issue of concern. If you are writing a letter or sending an e-mail to the Public Advisor's Office regarding this proposed filing, please include the proceeding number (A.14-05-024) to which you are referring. All informal comments will be available for the Commissioners, the assigned Judge, and other appropriate CPUC staff to read. All informal comments are also 3rovided to the CPUC's Formal Files Office as part of the formal public comment file for this 3roceeding. Please send all e-mails or written'correspondence regarding your comments and opinions to the address listed below: The Public Advisor's Office California Public Utilities Commission 505 Van Ness Avenue, Room 2103 San Francisco, CA 94102 E-Maih public.advisorL~,cpuc.ca._clov 1 ..866-849-8390 (toll-free) or 1.-415-703-2074 1-866-836.7825 (toll-free) or TrY 1-415-703.5282 Published FRBSept. 3, 2014 create zone micro-marketing plans• Countywide TBID cons --History exists of different regions within the county not getting along. --Plumas County has differing regional needs and activities. --Lake Almanor contributes a large percentage of existing revenues. --Why trust this? The Plumas County Visitors Bureau didn't produce satisfactory results. --what about VRBOs (vacation rentals by owner)? --We need more infrastructure in our communities, such as restaurants, and fewer empty storefronts. --Isdiscussion of this topic premature? Remarks and concerns --In Lake Almanor we collect 45 - 55 percent of revenues, why not do our own TBID? --Travelers/renters won't accept increases in fees and assessments. --Having a TBID assessment added to a lodging bill could make it difficult for lodging providers to raise their rates. --The issue exists of no trust in the process; we have a history of not getting along with other regions of the county• --Small businesses will be hampered by another layer of accounting. A percentage of gross income would be easier than a flat fee assessment. --The cost to form a TBID is $42,000; where will we come up with the money? --why not retail and restaurants too? --Greenville customer demographic is different from that of other regions. --what if I don't want to participate? --Is there a cost to renew the TBID after five years? --How would lodging providers be impacted if Plumas County raises its transient occupancy tax? --How do we annex outlying area lodging into the Plumas County TBID? --In the process of forming the TBID and setting an assessment percentage, how do we handle early reservations for six to 12 months ahead when customers are expecting one rate and the formation of a TBID and assessment increases the cost? --Do United States Forest Service campgrounds charge and pay TOT? Providers make a decision A primary point of consensus among the attendees is that many questions remain unanswered at this time. When asked for a show of hands of providers who are interested in the further exploration of establishing a TBID, 10 of the 12 present voted in the affirmative and two abstained. Bryner volunteered to sit on the countywide group that meets in Quincy and suggested that perhaps another Lake Aimanor Basin representative would also be interested in attending the meetings. The Basin lodging providers expressed a preference for communicating via email rather than setting local meetings. Attending lodging providers The following people attended the event. --Charles Bluth, Northshore Campground. "Wendi Durkin, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services and Lake Almanor Rental Properties. --Stephanie and Bill Elliott, Quincy Feather Bed. --Debbie Margiotta, Lassen Meadows Ranch. --Fllip Laboda, Bidwell House Bed and Breakfast and Red Onion Grill. --Wendy Rehberg, Highlands Ranch Resort. --Dottle Zimmerman, Childs Meadows Resort. --Ghulam Fareed, Best Western Rose Quartz Inn in Chester and Gold Pan Motel in Quincy ...... --Linda Pb eriloresident, Chester-Lake Almanor Chamber of Commerce. --Susan Bryner, Kehr-O'Brien Coldwell Banker Real Estate• --Kimberly McAhren, Oak Grove Lodge. --Kim Carson, Carson ' Chalets. struction ins on church Sunday school Churches are often thought to be places of quiet contemplation, a sanctuary from the distractions of daffy life. But it has been anything but quiet at Christ the King Episcopal Church in Quincy this week. Last Monday work crews armed with jackhammers, concrete saws and excavators started renovation work on a planned Sunday school and family ministry center located behind the main parish building on Lawrence Street in Quincy• The renovation will transform a seldom-used building into an inviting space that can be utilized by both the church and outside groups. "This really is an exciting chapter in the life of Christ the. King. Last year we retired our mortgage debt, and that, in turn, allowed us to grow and expand new ministry opportunities within our community," explained the Rev. Matt Warren, vicar of Christ the King. The planned renovation will add ADA-compliant restrooms and storage for parish programs, as well as remodel St. Giles' Hall into a flexible meeting space able to accommodate both church and public functions. "That really has been the hardest part of this process," Warren shared, "trying to design a space that meets our current needs but is flexible enough to be repurposed in the future without the need for a second remodeling project•" "First and foremost, we wanted to remodel St. Giles' Hall into a Sunday school classroom, but we knew we wanted the space to be used more than just Sunday mornings. We are building storage specifically for outside groups to utilize on a regular basis because we want to partner with outside agencies and groups. "I am convinced that as more people are introduced to our parish, the more people will see just how special this place really is," Warren says, smiling. Of course, planning for possible future needs of the space has led to some interesting adjustments during planning. One example Warren shared was that "a number of parishioners have expressed an interest in hosting a preschool on site, which has a particular set of regulations -- so we added more windows so that we at least have the option of pursuing opening a preschool in the future• The worst thing you could do is finish a remodel only to tear open some holes in the walls because you forgot to think of something ahead of time." The renovation has been a labor of love for Warren for the past year and a half. Starting in the end of 2012, Warren started pursuing grants to help Christ the King finance the construction costs• With Warren's help, Christ the King was successful in receiving two grants totaling $10,000. "In some ways, I am more proud of the fact that we received grants to pursue these opportunities than if we had simply raised the money within the parish," said Warren. "Having two outside groups supportour grant applications validates our belief that Christ the King is a growing, vibrant worshipping community." Construction is expected to wrap up in the late fall, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony to follow. "That's going to be a very joyful Sunday!" exclaims Warren. + t