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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012 11B COMMUNITY PERSPECTIVE ationing high ation is p r licy On my first day as interim "WHERE I STAND sary to succeed in higher lev- superintendent/president at el courses. The California Ed- Feather River College, the DR. KEVIN TRUTNA ucation Master Plan was de- Chips Fire was burning along INTERIM signed to provide access to SUPERINTEN DENT/PRESIDENT the side of the road as I drove F EATH ER RIVER C OLLEG E post-secondary educational up Highway 70 on my way to institutions for all of Califor- work. This setting is the per- limit, or ration, the education nia. fect metaphor for the current and training for California Why are community col- economic situation in residents. If the statewide leges important? More than Plumas County and the state economy is to thrive, it is im- 80 percent of the state's fire- of California. perative that California com- righters, EMTs and police of- The Chips Fire was con, munity colleges are fully sup- ricers are trained at a com- rained through the effort and ported to complete their mis- munity college. Another 70 determination of several fire- sion. percent of nurses are educat- righting agencies and an ade- Higher education in Cali- ' ed at a community college. In quate investment in re- fornia has largely followed a addition, 55 percent of CSU sources, even though we are three-tiered master plan: the graduates and 28 percent of currently mired in a poor top 5 - 10 percent of high UC graduates started at a economy. Right now Califor- school graduates are usually community college. Of the nia is at asimilar crossroads eligible for enrollment in the students who earned a degree -- we must decide whether to UC system, the top 30 percent in science, technology, engi- fund an economic turn- are potential CSU enrollees, neering or mathematics from around fueled by a trained and community colleges are the UC system, 28 percent and educated workforce or open access institutions for transferred from a communi- watch our state burn away those who have the ability to ty college. The impact of the like the initial stages of the benefit from post-secondary 2.4 million students in the Chips Fire. education. Califorriia community col- I am often asked by stu- Community colleges, likelege system is the lifeline be- dents and community mem- Feather River College, focus hind California and its stand- bers alike, "If your classes on transfer courses, basic ing as the ninth largest econ- are full, why don't you just skills education, and ca- omy in the world. open up more sections?" The reef/technical training.What about Plumas Coun- cold, hard reality is that the Schools like Feather River ty? For every $1 California UC and CSU systems have College prepare students to invests in students who grad- limited their enrollments and enter the workforce, transfer uate from college, we receive now California community to a four-year university or a return of $4.50 throughout colleges are being forced to obtain the basic skills neces- the state. The operating bud- get of Feather River College cut and services limited, for Plumas County, for Cali- approaches$12 million and The UC and CSU systems fornia, and for the United our yearly headcount is ap- limit their student enroll- States. An investment in proximately 3,400 students, ments due to their own par- higher education is an invest- Programs like the FRC Stu- ticular mission and, more re- ment in California. We can- dents in Free Enterprise cently, due to statewide bud- not continue to tell 12 percent (SIFE) are directly responsi- get reductions. Now commu-of our state (with an addition- ble for 300 Plumas County nity colleges, like FRC, are al 7 percent if Proposition 30 websites since 2009 including similarly required to reduce falls) that the door is now 7.2 million hits on the vari- course sections, eliminateclosed to their future. ous Plumas County chamber student services and make Our Golden State's econo- of commerce websites, over difficult decisions about aca- my is burning away as it is $750,000 revenue for one local demic programs that provide fueled by an unemployed and business, 63 jobs created or opportunities for transfer, uneducated population. We retained in Quincy business- basic skills education and Ca- must provide avenues for es, and a resultant $11 mil- reer/technical job training, training, education, work- lion multiplier effect to recir- and fill needs within our force development and ca- culate the revenue through- community, reefs for all of California, not otft Plumas County. Based Funding will be reduced byjust 81 percent of those who upon our internal research, another 7 percent.if voters re- try to enroll in college. Like each $1 of the FRC budget di- ject Proposition 30 on the No- the recentChips Fire in rectly generates $1.64 in the vember ballot. Note that FRC Plumas County, we collec- 1ocaleconomy. Feather River must maintain its open ac-tively must invest adequate College is a major contribu- cess mission; instead FRC resources to solve this prob- tor to the economic growth must reduce the number of lem facing California. and vitality in Plumas Coun- classes and services offered To further reduce Califor- ty and Northeastern Califor- to students. It is ironic that nia community colleges, in- nfa. the majority of men and cluding Feather River Col- Now for the bad news. women who fought the Chipslege, Will send a signal that Feather River College, like Fire were trained at commu- California does not place a all California community col- nity colleges, which are now priority on higher education, leges, has beer reduced by 12 limiting enrollments into job skills training or ar~ edu- percent in the past three these very programs, cated workforce.'We echo the years due to legislative bud- We at Feather River Col- recent quote from California get cuts. Enrollments have lege believe that educated in- Community College Chancel- dropped 17 percent sys- dividuals are necessary tolor Jack Scott: "We're head- temwide as classes have been generate a healthy economying in the wrong direction." All children at risk until polio eliminated worldwide Every child deserves the vYVrHER E I STAND will ensure that no child UNICEF and the U.S. Cen- right to walk, run and play ever again suffers polio's ters for Disease Control and without fear of paralysis. A1- QUINCY ROTARY CLUB cruel effects. Prevention. The Bill and though polio is largely un- Evidence exists that polio Melinda Gates Foundation known in developed na- has been around for thou- also has as a priority the tions, it is a disease that still rentable. Since the virussands of years. In recent eradication of polio and is robs children of that right in cannot live long outside the times, there was an epidem- working closely with GPEI. some parts of the world. It is human body, the proper im- ic in New York in 1916. Polio When GPEI began in 1985, transmitted via contaminat- munization of children can was very active in the Unit- polio infected more than ed water and food supplies, not only prevent the dis-ed States in the 1950s. In 350,000 children each year. enters through a child's ease, it can eradicate it by 1954, Dr. Jonas Salk devel- In 2011, there were only 650 mouth, and then multittlies stopping transmission of the oped the first vaccine. In new cases. There have been in the throat and intestines, virus. Although polio cur- 1961, Dr. Albert Sabin devel- 154 new cases so far in 2012. In a matter of hourg, the po- rently circulates in only a oped the oral vaccine that is The big news during the liovirus can enter the brain few countries, it is a highly still in use today. The last last year is the elimination and spinal 0rd, destroying infectious disease and case of polio contracted in of India as a country where the cells th it enable muscles spreads rapidly. As long as the U.S. was in 1979. the live polio virus exists. to contract and causing polio threatens even one The Global Polio Eradica- This brings the number of paralysis. In 5 to 10 percent child anywhere in the tion Initiative was formed polio-endemic countries of cases, the child dies. world, children everywhere in 1985. It is composed of Ro- down to three -- Nigeria, The good news is that po- are at risk. Only the corn- tary Internationai, the Pakistan and Afghanistan lio is completely pre- plete eradication of polio World Health Organization, -- and the virus is being contained within increas- ingly smaller geographic ar- eas within those countries. However, during the past couple of years, the po- liovirus has been re-estab- lished in three countries that were previously polio- free: Angola, Chad and De- mocratic Republic of the Congo. This type of activity demonstrates the critical importance of 100 percent elimination of the po- the present time is still ap- proximately $1 billion, from all sources, which includes both government and pri- vate sector funding. All 34,000 Rotary clubs around the world help fund this ef- fort. During the past four years, our generous commu- nity, at the Plumas County Health Department's annual drive-through flu clinic, contributed in excess of liovirus. $4,500. Quincy Rotarians The effort to hnaily eradl- Will iigain asking for cate polio in the world is a your help at this year's clin- very complicated and expen- ic Friday, Oct. 26. Your do- sive proposition. Even nations will be greatly ap- though the number of new preciated -- together we can cases has been drastically eliminate this dread disease reduced, the annual tab at from the world forever! LETTERS to the EDITOR County should market it- percent tax isn't going to get self us anywhere unless it's ear- As a merchant I have seenmarked for marketing, which a steady decrease in tourists it isn't. since the visitors bureau was Julie Hatzell shut down. The local mer- Quincy chants depend on the tourist trade to stay open. It's just Thank you, firefighters math. The trickle down of A few weeks ago, a letter to the editor wrote that seeing these budget cuts is more damaging than you realize."Thank You Firefighters" Here is just one example: signs made him sick to his My business isn't doing stomach. This has been both- enough business to afford as ering me ever since. many employees (last year I We all know that forest pol- had four, now I have two).icy is controversial. So is, for I've cut the hours of the re- instance, foreign policy. maining employees. Slamming firefighters be- These employees don't cause you disagree with for- have as much money to est policy seems a lot like spend at Pangaea, or other lo- slamming soldiers because cal businesses. Will they lay you disagree with foreign off people too? policy. It isn't right. My milk comes from Quin- Thank you, firefighters. cy Natural Foods. Last week Scott Corey my order was cut in haft. Will Quincy they need to lay off people if Against TOT increase this keeps up? Vote "no" The TOT in- It goes on and on, and is a crease on your ballot ab- direct result of not spending solutely has a negative im- money on marketing the area pact on the lodging providers and having a live person an- in this county and ultimately swering tourism questions all other businesses and resi- such as, "Are you all on fire dents as well. So, the county up there? Is there smoke-in needs revenue? Well guess Quincy?Are the leaves turn- what, people working their ing yet?" Last year was a re- hearts out in the private sec- markable tourist season, due tors do too. to the efforts of the visitors The tourism and hospitali- bureau, ty industries in this county Now, decision-makers are responsible for generat- think it's a good idea to raise ing about $5 million a year in the TOT. This is the tax that TOT and 'sales tax revenues tourists pay to stay the night that support county services here. If there are no tourists, already. The tourism and I wonder who is going to be hospitality industries create paying this tax. The tax could hundreds of local jobs. And be tripled. If no one is here to maybe you, your family pay it, it's not going to help. members, friends or neigh- What's next? If all the bors are feeding their fami- shops downtown are closed,lies or paying their rent off there won't be any'sales tax income made at those jobs. being paid either. Unless Guess what? They need rev- there is at least some money enue tOO. The programs that going toward marketing foractually help us stay viable tourism, I'm afraid for the fu- have all been eliminated be- ture of our town. The extra 2 cause the county needed more money. Unfortunately, tourism is currently the No. 1 economic driver in this county, and very little is being done by our county to support it. So according to the county's (un- biased) "in favor of" argu- ment on the ballot, "Plumas County needs revenue to con- tinue providing services and programs the community ex- pects." Well, we are a huge part of the community and al- so expect some services in re- turn for our contributions. The reason there was no re- buttal on the Measure C - TOT Increase in the ballot book is because the Board of Supervisors voted to put it on the ballot on Tuesday and the deadline for submittal of a re- buttal was on Friday of the same week. Hardly enough time to write a rebuttal, espe- cially with no public notice. And, holding the invisible carrot out to the sheriff's de- partment of potentially gain- ing more funding if it does pass is also suspect and not guaranteed. Slick politics at best, and we will not have less crime with more people out of work. Valerie Nellor Quincy 'No' on Measure C Vote "no" on Measure C, the 2 percent increase on the TOT (transient occupancy tax). Many of you are voting right now, with mail-in bal- lots. I urge you, and those of you who are going to the polls on Nov. 6, to defeat this measure. I am a property owner here in Plumas County and, like many others, want to see my property values go-up. In fact, I am depending on this in the long run. Our county needs tourism in order to grow, at- tract new residents, provide jobs and new businesses. Tourism, hospitality and recreation have been identi- fied, by the many who partic- ipated in the shaping of the County General Plan, as the path we would like to take for growth. Do the supervisors not know this? Are they not responsible for following the County General Plan? If tourism, recreation and hospitality are to be actively encouraged, then we need to defeat Measure C. The addi- tional 2 percent that could be charged to the visitors to Plumas County should go specifically and only to mar- keting our county. The supervisors have dis- mantled our visitors bureau -- an organization that had done great work in the past five years getting Plumas County in magazines and newspapers (Sunset, AAA's Via, SF Chronicle, Sacramen- to Bee), had developed a web- site that is visited by 12,000 people per month, advertised "Awesome Autumn" and "Leaf Peepers" and was open so that visitors to our beauti- ful area could stop by, ask questions in person or call by telephone. Plumas County needs to have a marketing budget if we are to fulfill our full po- tential as a desirable place to vacation and live: We need your help in defeating Mea- sure C so that these monies can be collected and used for marketing and chambers of commerce, not the general budget. Please, vote "no" on Measure C. Cecilia Reynolds Quincy County shouldn't downsize deputies I would like to share my ex- treme disappointment with the current Board of Supervi- sors concerning their failure to ensure Plumas County re- bed and respond from Porto- mains a safe place toliveand la, because every other conduct business. The board deputy on duty (all three) should be increasing the was busy?" numbers of sheriff's deputies During the years I spent and correctional officers, not with Plumas County we aver- forcing our sheriff to down- aged about 400 burglaries per size. year, and experienced every You only need to read the other crime: murders, domes- Oct. 10 newspaper headline to tic violence, robberies and realize we have crime prob- above-average drug and alco- lems here. I would ask each hol problems, to name a few. supervisor, "If the home in- Our sheriff's office only re- vasion was your home and sponds to felony crimes as it family, with no deputies is now. The office is closed available to respond, how Thursdays and Fridays; with would you feel? What if the the forced budget cuts, it may deputy had to come all the be closed every day but way from Chester? What if the deputy had to get out of See Letters, page 128 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, CA94104 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, 4TI-I DIST. - Tom McClintock. 508 Cannon HOB, Washington, D.C. 20515. (202) 225-2511; FAX (202) 225-5444. mcclintock.house.gov. DISTRICT OFFICE: 8700 Auburn Folson Rd Suite #100, Granite Bay, CA 95746; (916) 786-5560, FAX: (916) 786-6364. STATE SENATOR, 1st DIST. - Ted Gaines. State Capitol, Room 3056, Sacramento, CA 95814. (916) 651-4001, FAX: (916) 324-2680. Roseville office: i 1700 Eureka Rd Suite #120, Roseville, CA, 95661. (916) 78,3-8232, FAX (916) i 783-5487; Jackson office: 33 C Broadwa~ Jackson, CA 95642, (209) 223-9140. STATE ASSEMBLYMAN, 3RD DIST. - Dan Logue, State Capitol, Sacramento, CA 95814, (916) 319-2003; FAX (916) 319-2103. District Office, 1550 Humboldt Rd, Ste #4, Chico, CA 95928; (530) 895-4217, FAX (530) 895-4219. GOVERNOR Jerry Brown, office of the Governor, Capitol, Suite 1173, Sacramento, CA 95814. Website: gov.ca.gov/ (916) 445-2841. FAX: (916) 558-3160. State