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Bulletin, Progress!re, Record, Reporter Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2010 7B Property assessments decline for second year in a row sessed and county-assessed property declined to $4.371 tril- lion for 2010-11, a drop of $78.2 billion (1.8 percent) from the previous year the California State Board of Equalization announced Sept. 2. This is the second consecutive year- to-year decline in the statewide total, and the second decline since the BOE began keeping records in 1933, The total value of state-as- - The value of county-as- sessed property fell by $81.1 billion (1.9 percent) to $4.292 trillion. The value of state-as- sessed property, mainly pri- vately owned public utilities and railroads, totaled $79 bil- lion, an increase of $2.9 bil- lion (3.8 percent). Year-to-year percentage changes ranged from a high of a 4.6 percent gain in Kern County to a low of an 11.9 percent decline in Calaveras County. The increase in Kern County is largely related to oil and gas assessments (which comprise about one- third of the county's assess- ment roll) and was driven by higher oil prices, the addition of new reserves and new con- struction. Forty-eight counties posted 2009-10 2010-11 Change +++++++++ +4+!++++:+ii++++::++++++: ::+ +'::+ ++ :+ Locally Assessed Total 3,879,461 3,558,427 425,744 3,984,171 - 8.3% 0.9 - 7.4 percent or more. (See chart year-to-year declines, with for Plumas County numbers.) nine of them declining by 5 Only two counties (Kern and Ask the DMV your question online You may also obtain the handbooks at any of the de- partment's field offices or by calling the department's Tele- -phone Service Center at.(800) 777-0133. K ASK GEORGE GEORGE VALVERDE Director, CA Dept of Motor Vehicles Do you have questions about general driving-related requirements like registra- tion and insurance? Are you unclear about laws and re- strictions related to driving? The California Department of Motor Vehicles has answers. save time by going online, at these conditions on the road, you can use the traffic lane, but make sure you ride closer to the center of the lane. That will prevent motorists from dangerously attempting to squeeze past you when there is not enough room. You should also take the traffic lane when you are trav- eling at the same speed as the traffic around you. That will keep you out of the motorist's blind spots and reduce con- flicts with right-turning traffic. For more safety tips for bi- cyclists and motorists go to fast facts/ffd137 .htm. Q: I am interested in prepar- ing to qualify for a commer- cial drivers license. Is there a driver handbook I can re- view? A: Yes. You can log on to the DMV website to get an online version at, or just click on, gov/pubs/comlhdbk/ comlhdbk.pdf. You will learn about driving safety for com- mercial drivers, transporting cargo safely, air brakes, transporting passenger and much, much more. Q" My mother is in her 70s and insists on driving herself everywhere she goes. Twice, when I've been in the car with her, I've had to remind her to put her seat belt on. Does the DMV have some sort of test she can take to see if she is still OK to drive? A: Most definitely. Visit the DMV website at and click on the "Seniors" tab located near the top of the homepage. There you will find a Senior Driver Self-As- sessment test{/senior/sen ior_self ess.html you can take with your mother. Q- I know you have the Cali- fornia Driver Handbook available in English and Spanish. Are there any other laaguages available? I need an Armenian version. ' Q: I am planning on riding Q: Are there any tips on what kinds of clothing to wear when riding a motorcycle so that I can make sure people will see me? A: Most crashes occur in broad daylight. However, it is advisable to wear brightly colored clothing such as a bright orange, yellow or green jacket or vest to in- crease Your chances of being seen at night. Brightly colored helmets can also help others see you. Reflective materials on a vest and on the sides of your helmet can be an option as well. For more information, check out the California Mo- torcycle Handbook on the DMV website Q: I'm disabled and have a service animal with me at all times. Is my dog allowed to come with me into the DMV office? A: Yes, absolutely, he is al- lowed. Under the Americans with Disabilities Act, a ser- vice animal is any guide dog, signal dog or other animal in- dividually trained to provide assistance to an individual my bike to work. I did g test A: Absolutely. )You cango og + wJtha.disslity. run of my route arind : ,:::[ :i:to+theDMv's:websi :,, ::[:Ld ..... ,TAlsttat meet this defi- some parts of the street didn:t to- rlit2onar,.considered service have a shoulder or bicycle find PDF versions of each animals whether or not they lane and the traffic lane was handbook. Other languages, have been licensed or certified very narrow. Can I take the available are Armenian, Chi- by a state or local government. traffic lane and still be safe? nese, Korean, Punjabi, Russ- For more information about A" When you are faced with ian, Tagalog and Vietnamese. the DMV, visit Lori Loos has been in the insurance business for 21 years, and her favorite thing about working here at Flanigan-Leavitt is the way that all of the agents work together. Even through all of her expcricnce, she says that her goal as an agent at Flanigan-Lcavitt is to kccp learning each dav. IfLori could describe herself in one word, it would be "happy". Lori's hard-working attitude and dedication to learning each day arc just two reasons that we are proud to have her as an agent here at Flanigan-Lcavitt. Come office and talk t( toda Susonville 608 Main St, Flanigan Leavitt Quincy Reno m 400 W. Main St. 6190 Mac Anne Ave. Suite #2 1.800.300.1180 Insuran++e" +; Agency, hie, CA License OEO5639 - NV License 17793 .p .p .p .p i'P 1 Right now Friends of Plumas County Animal Shelter is giving a $25 voucherwto  Q@ 1 +o+tt+cotto++o,n++rw+0000ou+00t +t+m+++ .i:'l Rabies Clinics: Chester Veterinary Clinic Sept. 18 9am-12pm American Valley Animal Hospital Sept. 22 5-6pm These are just a few of the kittens that are ready for adoption. There are several cats and kittens already spayed or neutered so the adoption cost is just q0. O O Shelter hours are Monday and Friday 8am - 5pro, Wednesdays ID-7pm, closed 1-2pm for lunch and closed weekends, Plumas Animal Services charges a $10 fee and license fees are $5 per year. An officer will deliver a pet to the adopting party's veterinary of choice to have the animal altered in completion of the adoption requirement. For more information, call .p .p .p .p .p .p San Francisco) grew by more than 2 percent. The assessed valuation in California's 15 coastal coun- ties (which account for nearly 60 percent of total assessed valuation) fell 1.1 percent. In contrast, the assessed valua- tion in the 43 inland counties fell 2.8 percent, about 50 per- cent greater than the statewide average. The decline in assessed val- uation was especially concen- trated in the Central Valley. Assessed values dropped by Your local downtown full service pharmacy including veterinary compounding 4.2 percent in the Northern San Joaquin Valley, and 3.3 percent in both the Greater- Sacramento Area, and the re- mainder of the Sacramento Valley. Influenced by the 4.6 percent growth experienced by Kern County, assessed value actual- ly grew by 1.4 percent in the Southern San Joaquin Valley. Southern California declined 1.9 percent, roughly in line with the statewide figure. The drop was milder in the San Francisco Bay Area (1.3 percent). Of the 12 counties with rolls exceeding $100 billion, only O@ r serviclO 0 IN C y 1+1 283-0480 " 4,301,200 San Francisco (4.3 percent) posted an increase in assessed Valuation. The assessed valu- ation in the other 11 counties declined: Riverside County (- 4.4 percent), followed by San Bernardino (-4.3 percent), Contra Costa (-3.0 percent), Santa Clara (-2.4 percent), Sacramento (-1.8 percent), Alameda (-1.6 percent), San Mateo (-1.6 percent), San Diego (-1.5 percent), Orange (- 0.5 percent), and Ventura (-0.3 percent). Los Angeles County, with the largest assessment roll at $1.063 trillion, declined by 1.8 percent, down $19.8 bil- lion over 2009-10. Timber/ Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 1, a westbound lumber truck overturned just west of Rich Bar in the Feather River Canyon The incident took place at 2:30 p.m. and Highway 70 was closed briefly while lumber was moved to the westbound lane and the wreckage cleared. As of 4:30 p.m., motorists traveling on Highway 70 were subject to one-way controlled traffic while the westboundiane was learec[ o lumber. 'Photo By Will Farris Is YOUR HOME SAFE from fire? 100' of DEFENSIBLE SPACE It's the law! (CA PRC 4291) Plumas County . ++ Fire Safe Council . (PC FSC.) Is offering assistance in creating or maintaining Defensible Space to residents over 60 years of age or disabled living in Plumas County. PC FSC will provide a free Home Ignition Zone consultation for determining work necessary to meet the requirements of the law. PC FSC will procure competitive bids from qualified and insured contractors to meet California's Fire Safe Standards. PC FSC will certify the work done before payments are made. PC FSC will provide financial assistance based on residents income. Contact Rob Gimbel, c/o Plumas County Fire Safe Council P.O. Box 1225, Quincy, CA 95971 283-0829 or 283-3739 email: This program is provided by the Plumas County Fire Safe Council with funding from the Plumas County Board of Supervisors, the Plumas NF through the Plumas Resource Advisory Committee, The California Fire Safe Council Clearinghouse with funds from the US Forest Service and assistance from Plumas Corporation and Plumas Rural Services. i