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Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter " Wednesday, Oct• 20, 2010 11BoI COMMUNITY PERSPECTIVE Commentary: Are you- smoke-testing your diesel pickup ? WHERE I STAND matter how you use it, you be performed by using an These ti&apos;uck engines need most of us are already famil- and newer diesel trucks that f ....................................................................................................... are exempt from PSIP. All CYNTHIA CORY DIRECTOR OF ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAtRS CALIFORNIA FARM BUREAU If you are based in Califor- nia, own two or more diesel vehicles that you drive on the road that are the 2007 model year or older and are 6,001 pounds gross vehicle weight rating or greater, these vehicles need an annu- al smoke emission inspec- tion. While long-haul truck op- erators have heard of the Pe- riodic Smoke Inspection Pro- gram that has been in place for the past 18 years, it is news for most farmers and ranchers. PSIP is a serf-initi- ated smoke inspection test -- and you will get no advance notice about it until you re- ceive a random audit letter from the California Air Re- sources Board asking for your past two years of records. Diesel vehicles cov- ered by PSIP include pick- ups, flatbeds, semi-trucks, utility vehicles, vans, transit buses anc school buses. If you only own one diesel vehicle over 6,001 GVWR, no diesel vehicles over 6,001 GVWR that are exclusively. personal use -- driving to church, school, grocery store, etc. -- are also exempt. But any agricultural activi- ties are not considered per- sonal use and would require the vehicle to be subject to PSIP, unless it was your only vehicle. If one diesel vehicle over 6,001 GVWR is exclu- sively personal use and one is used for farming, you are exempt. It is only when you have two or more diesel vehi- cles over 6,001 GVWR used for non-personal use that PSIP applies. PSIP does not include gas-powered vehi- cles. PSIP goes into effect when diesel vehicles are in their fourth model year. If you have a 2007 model, it will need to be inspected by Jan. 1, and every year thereafter. If you have a 2010 model, you have until Jan. 1, 2014, before it needs an inspection. Smoke testing must con- form to the Society of Auto- motive Engineers J1667 snap- acceleration procedure and SAE J1667 smoke meter. Be- cause the smoke meter equip- ment costs thousands of dol-" lars, it is more cost-effective for most vehicle owners to take their vehicles to a certi- fied smoke testing facility. Such a facility is the equiva- lent of a standard smog test facility for everyday domes- tic vehicles, except that the test results are held in your file rather than electronical- ly submitted to the state. Engines with excessive smoke emissions have to be repaired and all records must be maintained for two years. • Those records could be re- quested for review during random audits conducted by a CARB representative. For Farm Bureau members who may be just learning about this law, it's important to have that first inspection done or each qualified vehi- cle as sOon as possible, and to make sureyou stay on an an- nual test schedule. While the program is self-enforced, the consequences of nonconfor- mance could cost fleet own- ers $50 in penalties per vehi- cle, peryear. to be equipped with an "Emission control label" that verifies the engine meets Cal- ifornia emission standards• These are put on the engine when it's manufactured. If the label is missing or not readable, regulators may charge an additional penalty. An authorized dealer should be able to help replace an en- gine label if one is needed. The cost of the test at a smoke testing facility is typi- cally less than $100 per truck, and takes about a haft-hour to complete. A regularly up- dated list of smoke testing fa- cilities throughout California can be found on the CARB website at arb.ca.gov / enf/ hdvip/hdvip. him, which also provides more details about the PSIP program. To make it easier to maintain proper PSIP records, the CARB Enforce- ment Division has also post- ed on this site an electronic audit table that fleet owners can download to keep their inspection and rpair records current. PSIP is a separate program from smog check, with which Jar. A wrench got thrown in- to the works Jan. 1, when diesel passenger cars and trucks that are 1997 model year and newer and 14,000 GVWR or smaller were in- cluded for the first time in the smog check program. If your diesel vehicle is includ- ed in this expansion of smog check, you will be notified through the registration re- newal process. The diesel smog check program re- quires all California vehicles that fit the size and age speci- fications to undergo emis- sions checks every other year. The new requirement does not affect the smog check program in place for gas-powered vehicles• Confusion has arisen be- cause the expansion of the smog check program means that diesel vehicles in model years 1997-2007 and between 6,001 and 14,000 pounds GVWR could be regulated un- der both PSIP and smog check.. CARB tells us it is aware of this overlap and is looking at how to rectify it. It has tenta- tively proposed that the 1997 LETTERS to the EDITOR are below 14,000 GVWR get smog check the first year and the PSIP test the second, so there would be an emissions ]S test every ye.ar. Farm Bureau and other business groups are working to eliminate the PSIP re- 0 quirement for diesel vehicles t$ that are already subject to the diesel smog check re- quirement for vehicles be- , tween 6,001 and 14,000 :7 pounds that are 1997 and newer. Those amendments will go before the ARB for a :-% vote Oct. 21. We will keep you  posted. For more information about the state Periodic Smoke Inspection Program, .I see a fact sheet posted on the :co California Farm Bureau web- . site at cfbf.com/psip. To de- <c termine if your diesel vehi- ;d.,* cles qualify under the regula- ,. tions, see the state Air Re- sources Board website at  arb.ca.gov/msprog/trucksto m; p/truckstop.htm. The site in- ,U cludes fact sheets, informa, tion about financial assis- tance and other recourses. '" Cynthia Cory may be . 1,,, reached at (916) 446-4647. :n. : ,.Id 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 ed- itor will cut any letter in excess of 300 words.The deadline is Friday at 3 p.m. (Deadlines may change due to holidays.) Letfers may be taken ,to any of Feather Publishing's offices, sent via fax to 283-3952, or e-mailed at mail@plumasnews.com Increasingly impressed I'm writing in support of Jon Kennedy for supervisor of District 5. After attending the last candidate debate, I was increasingly' impressed with his knowledge of our county. I know it's going to take a diverse plan to combat the economic issues we face at his time and I believe that.he has the vision and energy to complete the task. This means that in addition to not giving up on the timber industry, as Jon stated in the debate, it is necessary to find' new ways to sustain our county. We need to look at our prollems from many dif- ferent angles and meet each challenge with a fresh per- spective. Along with his fresh per- spective, Jon holds on to his old beliefs as well, one of which is: "Buy local." His be- lief rings true as winter ap--. proaches and I'm sure every business owner clings to the hope of surviving and em- ploying locals until spring ar- rives once again. It's the little things he does every day that will make a difference in the long run. On Nov. 2, please cast your vote with me for Jon Kennedy for supervisor of District 5. Antoinette Quesenberry Blairsden € Reality check It's time for a reality check about Saturday in downtown Quincy. There are 20 busi- nesses I know of that in fact have Saturday hours. On the other hand; I can well under- stand how even someone like Supervisor Simpson might be fooled. Sighting down Main Street on Saturday what you usually won't see are more than a handful of people walking around. Quincy is pretty much a blue- and white-collar town. Folks have much more to do on precious weekends than shop, but some do anyway. We're here for them, our friends and neighbors. But even an owner-operated store like mine costs money to turn • the lights on. The stark reali- ty of business is that I either make money, or close for good. Why do I open Saturdays anyway? Visitors -- mostly those "outside" dollars so critical to support a lot of things in our community we take for granted. The added bonus is that every visitor of. fers a chance to introduce our town and county as the great place it can be. If we do that well, they'll be back, perhaps to live or even bring a new business to towm The hard part is getting no- ticed. Tourism and economic development have become highly competitive. Any area that doesn't build a solid, ef- fective partnership of busi- ness, local government and organizations is just not go- ing to make it. We have a lot of hard work ahead. It will take all of us, pulling our own weight and then some. If we succeed, the next generation will get to share the way of life we trea- sure. That's not something we can  afford to take for granted. Chris Crawford Quincy Veiled hoax Dick Lundy, candidate for supervisor, has demonstrated a remarkable fondness for keeping his public economic practice separate from the fi- nancial interests of the voters he courts. While creating a policy of "Watch over here, yet pay no mind to what my other hand is doing," he has developed a skill set equal to that of a big city hustler. There's nothing new about the entertainment value of "creative campaign finance." Nothing illegal or unethical, some might argue, about buy- ing an election if aptitude alone won't get you through the front door. And perhaps only an unlucky coincidence that major contributors share a common narrow theme. If those had been the only is- sues, voters might be able to settle, but what has raised the dander and voting fists of rea- sonable spectators is the bla- tant breach of trust. Lundy, in his financial disclosure statement, indicates that 77 percent of his $8,732.15 cam- paign expenses, or $6,704.17, from July 1-to Sept. 30, was spent outside Plumas County. He assures us unwavering commitment to lead the fight for economic recovery. How odd? Voters are of a "show, don't tell" mindset and Lundy found a perfect way to clearly show that when it com.¢s to "spending local" Plumas County doesn't hold his interest. Plumas County cannot af- ford to invest in a man who will not be able to honestly encourage others to "live With over-100 people at- here, spend here." Dick will tending a Tea Party, don't not be able to point out to po- you think this deserves at tential new business ventures least a second page coverage? that "locals will support you." His plan to "offer incen- tives to encourage new busi- nesses" will be viewed by knowledgeable business own- ers as a foolishly veiled hoax. He acts ignorant of the multi- plier effect of economics, as a dollar in a localized economy circulates from butcher to baker to music maker and therefore becomes far greater than one. I don't have to wonder any- more, because it must be George Bush's fault. Karl Hartwig Clio Great chasm Under the previous admin- istration the country was on a precipitous freefall with no bottom in sight. In spite of the fact that Barack Obama, a Christian PaUl Bianco by the way,.has been able to Graeagle stop that freefall and put Editor's note: Here are the can- didates' expenditures through - Sept. 3O. Jon Kennedy Wild Hare Signs, Quincy: $2,879.71 Feather Publishing, Quincy: $2,5O0 Plumas County ClerkRecorder, Quincy: $916 California Voter's Guide: $400 Plumas County Fairgrounds, Quinby: $352 Jason Lewis (web), Se- bastopo b Calif.: $200 Forest Stationers, Quincy: $125.83 Mohaw Valley Independence Day Parade: $0 ! Dick Luttdv Cedar (reek Publishing, Par- adise, C14:$6,220.98 Feather Publishing, Quincy: $5,265.40 Bob Nandall, Blairsden: $1,850 Wild Hare Signs, Quincy: $941.78 Plumas County Clerk: $850.12 US Postal Service: $546.28 Big Fish Creations, Graeagle: $5OO 4IMPRINT, Oshkosh, WI: $483.19 Gall Johnson, Graeagle: $322.50 Juliet Beer, Quincy: $309.59 Vista Print, Lexington, MA: $284.61 Plumas.Sierra Coumy Fair- grounds, Quincy: $255 Safeway: $219.96 Quincy Elks Lodge: $200 Quincy Rotary Golf: $100 Deserving I was'wondering why the Feather River Bulletin can find a reporter to cover the 'news of a quilting party with three ladies in attendance. This has been given second page coverage• I was wondering why they can't Send a reporter that can find the little town of Graea- gle, to cover the Nor-cal Tea Party Patriots with 100 people in attendance. I have been to several Tea Party meetings and to my knowledge, there has not been a reporter present to re- port on what the Nor-cal Tea Party stands for. America on a steady rise, he has been subjected to the worst kind of personal abuse. Yet, he has stood up ad- mirably under it all. After Obama was elected president, a reporter is said to have told Obama that his small son had predicted Obama would some day be president. Apparently, Obama said, "Why didn't he talk me out of it." Rush Limbaugh was the first to tell Republicans that they could not allow Obama to succeed, because, he said, we would have socialism. In reality Obama is saving capi- talism in the same sense that Roosevelt saved it. At Roosevelt's election, the nation was reeling from a ter- rible depression; a blue-collar revolution was in.the air to destroy capitalism; and the army was poised to take over the country. Roosevelt tem- pered that volatile atmos- phere by instituting pro- grams to help the banks, in- vestors, small businesses, re- tirees, underpaid workers, a growing population of rest- less youths and needy fami- lies-all of which actually helped capitalism. Norman Thomas would laugh at those who now call Roosevelt a socialist. After all, Thomas ran against Roo- sevelt on a socialist platform. Increasingly, I hear Lim- baugh's words in the mouths of Obama's detractors. There is no justice in spreading un- .founded rumors, and there is a great chasm between pure socialism and social justice. Salvatore Catalano Taylorsville Uniquely qualified Although we are no longer Quincy residents, we feel compelled to speak out oh be- haft of county supervisor can- didate Jon Kennedy. Jon is uniquely qualified for this of- fice in that his family has a long history in Plumas Coun- ty, which instills a sense of history and a commitment to the community. Jon's other outstanding qualification is his extensive work experi- ence m finance and business management. In these unsettled times we need the leadership of some- one who can combine Plumas County values with fresh and well-developed ideas for a for- ward looking county govern- ment. Please join us in sup- porting Jon Kennedy. Rick and Gayle duPont Pahoa, HI The club I want to be the first to ac- knowledge the new club in town. I believe it's a sub- sidiary of the "Good O1' Boy Club: .... The Mudslingers." I feel compelled to chime in af- it than any person I've met. i[o Jon Kennedy running be-s cause he needs a job is just as -' false as the missing ballots ,sa, accusation started by the .a9 same club. Apparently the pre-requi- .i7. site to joining the new club is )q to be without a clue. "Are you ,ue a person who prefers to have =,., your original thoughts care- )B2_ fully consfdered and deliv.., ered to you from someone i else?" Yes? "Then you're in d: the club." If you're a person who real- -q ly doesn't care about the fu- " ter witnegsing s[ime recent " tureof our county arid is ontym events and reading this week's letters to the editor re- garding the local supervisori- al election• When one's chosen candi- date's merits alone can't clear the center field fence, one must resort to "Plan B," mud- slinging. Slinging a little mud is a popular tactic, especially when there's plenty to sling. But this new club is clever, they make up their own. I'm going to address one ru- mor that has peeked its ugly little head more than a few times. "Jon Kennedy is run- ning because he needs a job." We're talking about a can- didate who could earn the an- nual salary ofa Plumas Coun- ty supervisor in less than three months in the private sector. We're talking about a candidate who has seen more success than most see in a lifetime. And most importantly, we're talking about a candi- date who has more love for this county and the people in concerned with belonging to .q the "club," then continue to" follow. ;lq If you're an independent w thinker, which most people v! are, then do the right thing ,t and join aiaother club: The :. Elect Jon Kennedy Supervi-  sor Club. David Ludington - Quincy '.',i dr Community pride i' With the beginning of the fall season comes the left- , overs of summer: a busier Is3 time filled with sports, travel, :L kicking back on the beach, .,a and for the businessperson, <i hopefully a summer full of-,; customers. During this busy n time, we have tendencies to neglect what is important to make our communities look their best. We all must spend time to *-] look around us and do what :' we can to clean or help main- . tain property; whether it is  i ! See Letters, page 12B Contact your elected officials... PLUMAS COUNTY SUPERVISORS - 520 Main Street, Room 309, Quincy, CA 95971; (530) 283-6170; FAX: (530) 2&3-6288; E-Maik pcbsCakguntyofplumas.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; TI'Y/TDD: (202) 224-2501. District Office: One PostStreet, Suite 2450, San Francisco, CA 94104; Phone: (415) 393-0707; Fax: (415) 393-0710 E-mail: go to website "feinstein.senate.gov." U.S. SENATOR - Barbara Boxer (D). District Office: 501 I 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, 4TH DIST. - Tom McClintock. 508 Cannon HOB, Washingtor D.C. 20515 (202) 225-2511; FAX (202) 225-5444. mcclintock.house.gov. District office 4230 Douglas Blvd., Suite #200, Granite Bay, CA 95746. (916) 786-5560, FAX: (916) 786-6364 STATE SENATOR, 1st DIST. - Dave Cox (R), District office: 2140 Professional Dr., #140, Roseville, CA, 95661. (916) 783-8232, FAX (916) 783-5487; OR: State Capital, Room 2068, Sacramento, CA95814. (916) 651-4001, FAX: (916) 324-2680; assemblymeber.cox@assemby.ca.gov; Quincy office: 2094 E. Main St., Quincy, 530-283-3437. FAX 283-3439. STATE ASSEMBLYMAN, 3RD DIST. - Dan Logue, State Capital Sacramento, CA 95814, (916) 319-2003; FAX (916) 319-2103. District Office, 1550 Hffmboldt Rd., Ste. #4, Chico, CA 95928; (530) 895-4217, FAX (530) 895-4219. GOVERNOR - Arnold Schwarzenegger, office of the. Governor, State Capitol Sacramento, CA 95814. (916) 445-2841 FAX: (916) 558-3160. gov.ca.gov / interact# contact