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lOB Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2010 Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter Farm bureau positions reflect goal of government reform To control government spending and prevent hidden taxes from being imposed in the form of new fees, the state's largest farm organiza- tion said it recommends voters act to preserve the two- thirds vote requirement for passage of a state budget, and extend the requirement to the imposition of new fees by the Legislature. In releasing its positions on November ballot measures, the California Farm Bureau Federation recommended voters reject Proposition 25 and approve Proposition 26. Proposition 25 would allow the Legislature to adopt a state budget by majority vote, rather than the two- thirds "super majority" now required. Proposition 26 would expand the definition of a tax to include most regulatory fees and require a two-thirds vote to impose or increase the fees. "The requirement of a two- thirds vote for a state budget forces lawmakers to find com- promises and reach consen- sus on questions that affect every Californian," California Farm Bureau President Paul Wenger said. "It's an essential cost-control measure for the state. That same sort of cost control should be extended to the imposition of new fees on individuals and businesses." Maintaining its support for reform of the redistricting process, Farm Bureau sup- ports Proposition 20, which would allow a new Citizens Redistricting Commission to redraw boundaries for con- gressional districts, and op- poses Proposition 27, which would eliminate the new com- mission. "Farm Bureau supported Proposition 11 two years ago, which eliminated the conflict of interest that allowed legis- lators to draw their own districts and established the new commission to assure that new districts are more fair and competitive," Wenger said. "That commission should be allowed to complete its work, and we think it makes sense to have it draw congres- sional boundaries, too. The result will be a Legislature and congressional delegation that's more truly representa- tive of California's people." Concerns about rising energy costs prompted Farm Bureau to recommend that voters approve Proposition 23, which would suspend the state's greenhouse-gas law, known as Assembly Bill 32, until unemployment levels drop. "Reducing greenhouse-gas emissions is a laudable goal, and productive farms benefit the environment by removing more carbon from the atmos- phere than they emit. But family farmers and ranchers believe regulations under AB 32 would lead to higher prices for virtually everything they need to grow their crops -- fuel, electrical energy, ferti- lizer and more. Farmers have. no way to pass along those additional costs," Wenger said, "because they don't set the prices they receive for their products. Proposition 23 links the enactment of AB 32 to economic recovery, which makes sense in light of our state's struggling economy." The California Farm Bureau Federation.Board of Directors considered all nine measures on the Nov. 2 ballot and adopted the following positions: Proposition 19: Marijuana Legalization -- NO Proposition 20: Congres- sional Redistricting-- YES Proposition 21: Vehicle License Fee for State Parks -- NO Proposition 22: Local Gov- ernment Funds -- YES Proposition 23: Suspension of AB 32 -- YES Proposition 24: Repeal of Business Tax Credits -- NO Proposition 25: Majority Budget Vote -- NO Proposition 26: Increased Vote Requirement for Fees -- YES Proposition 27: Elimina- tion of Citizens Redistricting Commission -- NO The California Farm Bureau Federation works to protect family, farms and ranches on behalf of 81,000 members statewide and as part of a nationwide network of more than 6.2 million Farm Bureau members. Fall colors highlighted Autumn colors are start- ing to pop along the Bizz Johnson Trail betweefi Susanville and Westwood in northeast California, and a great way to enjoy the scene is from the saddle of a moun- tain bike. The Bureau of Land Man- agement (BLM) will make a fall color outing easy with the annual Fall Colors Ride and bus shuttle on Saturday, Oct. 23. The shuttle enables mountain bikers, runners and hikers to organize one- way rides without the logis- tics of arranging their own vehicle shuttles. There are two options this year. In the first option, the bus shuttle will leave promptly at 8:30 a.m. from the Susan- ville Railroad Depot Visitor Center, 601 Richmond Road., dropping riders and their bikes at Devil's Corral, Fredonyer Summit, or in Westwood. Depending on the stop, cyclists can ride 7, 18, or 30 miles back to Susanville. Bus fares will vary depending on the stop. Walkers usually choose the seven-mile route. Participants should arrive at the depot a half-hour be- fore departure to register, pay fees and load bicycles. Stan Bales/an outdoor recreation planner with the BLM, said the fall-color ride is popular, and encourages riders to reserve shuttle space by calling the depot at 257-3252. In the second option, par- ticipants can drive to West- wood, park at the visitor center, 462-885 Third St., (just east of the Paul Bunyan statue), and then bicycle on Lassen County Road A-21 (Ash Street), Westwood, north about 5 miles to the west end of the Bizz Johnson Trail at the Mason Station Trailhead (the turn is marked with signs). Detailed directions to the trailhead are available on the Web site at eaglelake/bizzdira.html. From Mason Station the ride is 25 miles on the trail back to Susanville. The bus and bike shuttle returning to Westwood de- parts from Main and North Gay streets in Uptown Susanville promptly at 4:15 p.m. so riders should plan their days accordingly. Riders can expect the ride from Westwood to Susan- ville to take from three to six hours, depending on stops and rider ability. The trail follows the path of the histgric Fernley and Lassen Railroad, winding through forests and the Susan River Canyon. The trail crosses the river 12 times on massive wood and steel railroad bridges, and passes through two historic railroad tunnels. More information is avail- able from the Susanville Railroad Depot or the BLM Eagle Lake Field Office, (530) 257-0456. HI-TECH FRAME AND FINISH 1229 Industrial Way in Quincy Hi-Tech Frame & Finish has been Plumas'County's Professional Collision Repair Facility for over 24 years. Our work is guaranteed and our craftsman pay extra attention to details. We've tried several different forms of advertising and found the most effective for us is advertising in the local newspapers and local telephone directory (Plumas-Lassen Connection). Karen Kuhn is our Advertising,Consultant at Feather Publishing. She has consistently worked with us to ensure our ads are effectively designed and in the local papers every other week. At Hi-Tech Frame & Finish we go above and beyond to make sure your vehicle repair is stress free. We have trained specialists. who will work with your insurance company. Thanks Feather Publishing for helping us get our message out. Newspaper advertising works!! 287 Lawrence Street, Quincy, CA 283-08(X) Greenville, CA 258-3115 i Westwood PiaePress EO. Box 790, Wtw. CA 258-3115 135 Main Street. Chester. CA 258-3115 100 Grand Ave., Susanville, CA * 257-5321 00nlTOU IINITII 133 W. Sierra (Hwy 70). Portola. CA 832-4646 Domestic Violence Awareness Month In recognition of October as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Plumas Rural Services' Domestic Violence Services and Shelter program is bring- ing visibility to the issue of domestic violence in Plumas County. Six "Silent Witnesses" - red, life-size silhouettes - in the Plumas County Courthouse, on dis- play all this month, represent the deaths of six individuals in Plumas County, three men and three women, who have died as a result of do .mestic vi- olence in the past decade. Each silent witness bears a shield on its chest with that victim's story. The purpose of the Silent Witness campaign it to raise awareness of intimate part- ner violence, not just in genecal, but the particular impact it has on the commu- nities of Plumas County. "We like to think that domestic violence is only a severe problem in big cities," said PRS-Domestic Violence Training and Outreach Spe- cialist Delicia Martinetti, "but deaths from DV inci- dents do happen locally, and can be all the more devas.tating because of the close-knit nature of Need help REPI ING If it's ing we can'll find somo can. I General Building Contractor Calif Lic. #453927 (530) 283-2035 our rural communities." Local statistics from the Plumas County Victim Wit- ness Assistance Center show that over three years there have been 70-80 new clients seeking assistance for domes- tic violence each year. A client counted in 2008 who returned for assistance again in 2010 was not counted a second time ... this means 220 distinct individuals have accessed victim witness as- sistance for domestic vio- lence in the past three years in Plumas county alone. Plumas Rural Services works with partners across the county to provide a strong network of services and referrals for victims of domestic violence and their children. In addition to an emergency shelter, PRS Domestic Violence Services offers survivors counseling, advocacy, court accompani- ment, emergency transporta- tion, support groups, emer- gency food/clothing, and more. Victims of domestic violence needing assistance can call PRS Domestic Violence staff at 283-5675, the Crisis Hotline at 283-4333 (or toll-free at 1-877-332-2754), or 911 for immediate assistance. Visit plumasruralservices. org for more information about PRS, its services and locations, or call 283-3611. 2011 During their september meeting, several fair board members stressed the im- portance of the public's in- volvement in planning and developing the annual event. Responding to community concern, the Plumas-Sierra County Fair Board invites everyone to a meeting Tues- day, Oct. 19, at 5 p.m. Board members are seeking commu- nity input and suggestions for the 2011 county fair. The meeting, in the Mineral Building at the fairgrounds, 204 Fairground Road in Quincy, will provide the Fair: get involved now public with opportunities to share ideas and suggestions on everything from entertain- ment to exhibits. A more specific meeting Nov. 6, at 9 a.m. in the Mineral Building, will review the exhibit guide, That meeting will review, revise and correct exhibit guide information, including show times, entry fees, pre- miums and ruleS. The goal is to publish the 2011 exhibit guide early again this year and to incorporate any changes resulting from the October meeting. LETTERS, from page 9B appreciate Dick's work ethic, knowledge and understanding of county government opera- tions and issues and, most importantly, his ability to effectively communicate and work cooperatively toward solutions in the best interest of the community. As an engi- neer, Dick has an analytical approach to problem solving, and as a successful business- man he understands and brings sound economics to a discussion and ultimately to a practical solution. Dick's understanding of how county government works and, more importantly, his experience and knowledge of how county government should work are what Dick will effectively bring to the community as supervisor. One extremely important issue facing the Board of Supervisors in the coming year or two will be the adop- tion of an updated county general plan, a process which is now underway. Dick under- stands how important the General Plan is to economic development and jobs and, with his background and knowledge, his input will be extremely valuable when it comes before the board for adoption. Dick is not a politician, and as a successful semi-retired businessman does not seek the position of supervisor as a job, but as an opportunity to serve the community in the best interest of his con- stituents and the county. Dick is experienced, extremely ethical and will be a very dedi- cated supervisor and, for that reason, I am pleased to give him my unqualified support. 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