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8A Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014 Feather River Bulletin HOLLAND, from page 1A that have to be completed," Hagwood said. FRC President Kevin Trutna said the college would be conducting a separate investigation. "I have commissioned an independent, third-party investigator to determine ff FRC staff had any previous knowledge of the off-campus party," Trutna wrote in a press release last week. "In addition, the investigator will determine the extent to which drugs and/or alcohol are prevalent in our athletics program. "I do not expect significant findings, but I believe our campus and Plumas County citizens need to know the answers to these questions." Holland was a member of the FRC women's soccer team. Trutna said he didn't know how many other student athletes might have been at the party. He said the college's athletes are given an extensive orientation and sign a code of conduct before they are eligible to participate in intercollegiate sports. Trutna said he has talked with the school's coaches about appropriate penalties for athletes who might have broken the conduct code. "We will leave that up to the coaches," Trutna said. "We don't think it would be sensitive to punish somebody right after something like this just happened. And we want to show some respect. "We will be investigating and taking the appropriate Grace Holland rides a skateboard at the airport in Quincy in this undated photo provided by the family. "She is barefooted in the photo and she'd want it that way!" wrote her mother, Laur6 Holland. Photo submitted steps. And we will let the public know the results of the investigation." The cabin where the party took place is a vacation residence owned by FRC faculty member Merle Trueblood. He is the college's director of athletic operations and events. Trueblood was not at the cabin during the party or the next morning when Holland was found dead. Trueblood's son is a student at the college. Trutna said Merle Trueblood has been obviously affected by the tragedy. He said Trueblood has been doing most of his work from home since it happened. According to the sheriffs investigation, several students who were at the party indicated Holland might have accidentally hit her head during the night. She reportedly went to sleep on the living room floor and was discovered lifeless the next morning by other students who spent the night at the cabin. The sheriff said the students who have been interviewed during the investigation have been cooperative, as has the FRC staff. Sheriff Hagwood added it is appropriate that the college is conducting its own internal audit. "I support the college doing its own examination. I think it is advisable," Hagwood said. "It's in the community's interest, the family's interest and the overall interest of FRC." Community support Trutna said Holland's family members want the community to know how much they appreciate the support they have received. He said people who didn't know Grace showed their support. Her parents said PUBLIC NOTICES NOTICE OF EVIDENTIARY HEARINGS REGARDING PACIFIC GAS AND ELECTRIC COMPANY'S SUPPLEMENTAL FILING FOR RESIDENTIAL ELECTRIC RATE REFORM (R. 12-06-013, PHASE 1) November 3- 7, 10, 12-14 & 17,21, 2014 Starting at 9:30 a.m. at the address below: California Public Utilities Commission Courtroom State Off-me Building 505 Van Ness Avenue San Francisco, CA 94102 Note: The courtroom is wheelchair accessible. If you wish to attendand need other accommodations, please contact the Public Advisor's Office (noted below) at least t'we business days before the headng. Any ] changes to the dates, times, and locations of the hearings will be posted to the CPUC's Daily Calendar i which is accessible on the CPUC webs/to: www.cpuc.ca.g0v. Background ion' October 7, 2013, Assembly Bill 327 (AB 327)was signed into law. This permitted electric rate reform in California, as well as authorizes the CPUC to consider changes to its electricity rate structure. On February 28, 2014, PG&E flied a request with the CPUC for further changes to residential rates starting in 2015 and a roadmap for rates through 2018. PG&E's request will better align rates with the actual costs of providing electric service. As a result, some customers will see increases in their monthly bill and others will see decreases depending on their monthly usage levels and rate plan. This proposal will not change the amount of total revenues collected by PG&E, which is determined in other proceedings. Specifically, PG&E is proposing to: - Gradually reduce the number of electric pricing tiers to two tiers = by 2018. The current allotted usage level for Tier 1 is up to 100 percent of the Baseline allowance; Tier 2 covers 101 to 130 percent of baseline; Tier 3 covers 131 to 200 percent and Tier 4 covers all usage greater than 200 percent. PG&E proposes to keep Tier 1 at the same baseline allotment and gradually merge tiers 3 and 4 usage into Tier 2. Replace the current minimum charge with an overall increased monthly service fee to help cover fixed costs. For standard and time of use electric rate plans this fee would replace the current charge of $4.50 and start at $5 per month in 2015, followed by an increase to $10 per month in 2016_ For customers in the California Alternate Rates for Energy (CARE) this fee would replace the current charge of $3.60 and start at $2.50 per month in 2015, followed by an increase to $5 per month in 2016. After that the monthly service fee would increase each year in line with the Consumer Price Index. Offer an optional, simplified, non-tiered time-of-use rate plan beginning ifi January 2015, Gradually reduce the CARE discount in order to reach the legally required 30 to 35 percent average discount range in 2018. Don't Miss Out on a Great Deal. EVIDENTIARY HEARINGS At the Evidentiary Hearings noted 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 (eRA) reviewed this application, eRA 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, eRA has a multi-disciplinary staff with expertise in economics, finance, accounting and engineering. Other parties of record will also participate in the CPUC's proceeding to consider this application. For more information about eRA, please call (415) 703-1584, e-mail ora(icouc.ca.aov or visit ORA's website at http://ora.ca.gov/default.aspx. If you would like a copy of PG&E's filing and exhibits, please write to: PG&E, Residential Rate Reform (R. 12-06-013),. 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. Para ms detailes Ilame al 1-800-660-6789 (t lf   111:) 1-600-693-9555 PUBLIC COMMENTS AND OPINIONS ARE IMPORTANT TO THE CPUC As part of its decision-making process, the CPUC is interested in public comments and 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 (R. 12-06-013). All informal comments will be available for the Commissioners, the assigned Judge, and other appropriate CPUC staff to read. All informal comments are also provided to the CPUC's Formal Files Office as part of the formal public comment file for this proceeding. You may send all e-mails, written correspondence, or questions about the CPUC's formal process to the Public Advisor's Office. The contact information is listed below: Published FRB, Oct. 22, 20141 The Public Advisor's Office Califomia Public Utilities Commission 505 Van Ness Avenue, Room 2103 San Francisco, CA 94102 EMail: pu blic.advisor,cpuc.ca.flov 1-666-849-8390 (toll-free) or 1-415-703-2074 TTY: 1-666-836-7825 (toll-free) or 1.415-703-5282 they were approached by people in town who saw their Utah license plates and asked if they were Grace's family. Mike and Lisa Kelly, owners of Moon's restaurant, provided a complimentary meal to the Holland family. "I hadn't had anything to eat in two days," Laur6 Holland said. "I wanted to pay, but Lisa wouldn't let me. She is a lovely lady." The Kellys also provided flowers for the vigil. A campus demonstration of support was also scheduled for noon Monday, Oct. 20, at the FRC quad near the flagpole. The FRC women's soccer team is planning to retire Grace's No. 4 during a ceremony following a match on Nov. 4. The Holland family wrote in Grace's obituary how much she loved attending FRC. "We wish to thank the FRC staff, coaches and instructors for their devotion to bringing out the best in not only Grace, but all of the stud.ents," they wrote. College board discusses transfers, future plans James Wilson Staff Writer jwilson@plu masnews.com Despite heavy hearts and a solemn tone stemming from the recent death of student Abigail "Grace" Holland, the Feather River College board of trustees carried on with its regular meeting Oct. 16. The meeting started with a moment of silence for Holland before going into items on the agenda. The college's transfer plan was a hot topic, as athletic advisor Greg McCarthy presented the 2014-15 plan to the board for approval. The plan detailed the goals and activities of the transfer center at FRC. Historically, FRC has had a higher transfer rate than the state average. Data were presented to the board showing FRC's transfer rate compared to the rate of other students in California. For students who started their higher education between 2002 and 2007, FRC's rate was higher in all years but one. McCarthy told the board the transfer center has four trips to four-year schools planned for this year with 60 students already signed up. The four-year colleges give presentations to the students on tuition and school culture before they split off to their departments of interest. More good news for transfer students came from president Kevin Trutna during his monthly report. Trutna recently met with University of Nevada president Marc Johnson, along with Lassen's and Tahoe's presidents, to discuss re-implementing the Good Neighbor Program. The Good Neighbor Program allowed students from neighboring California and Nevada to attend schools in each other's states without paying out-of-state tuition. The program ceased in 2011. The Nevada System of Higher Education's board of regents eliminated the program, hoping to generate approximately $6.5 million annually. The NSHE expected major budget reductions and deemed it imprudent to offer reduced tuition if unnecessary. During talks with Johnson, Trutna reported, UNR's president mentioned the caliber of students that come from FRC are the kind UNR is looking for. In the last 10 years, UNR raised its enrollment requirements, and transfer students from FRC would fit that mold perfectly. Trutna reported that he and the other three presidents in the meeting contacted California state Sen. Ted Gaines to get the ball rolling on putting the Good Neighbor Program into legislation. If passed, the program in its new form would be based on a contract between UNR, FRC, Lassen and Tahoe -- excluding other colleges from participation. 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