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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014 11B COMMUNITY PERSPECTIVE Prop 47 threatens treatment programs, smallbusinesses I urge your "no" vote on Proposition 47 this November. While billed as "The Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act," this initiative is neither, and will only serve to harm Plumas County. Prop. 47 reduces illegal drug possession to a misdemeanor. Everything from possessing the date-rape drug (GHB), to crack cocaine, to methamphetamine becomes a misdemeanor. In Plumas County we know all too well WHERE I STAND DAVID HOLLISTER PLUMAS COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY the horrible toll methamphetamine can take on our community. The rehabilitative approach we use through Drug Court and other mandated programs are beginning to show positive dividends. When we are able to assist an addict in reaching sobriety we help not only the addict, but that person's family, friends and community. Prop. 47 would remove the incentive for defendants charged with crimes such as possession of methamphetamine to get the help they need and would likely serve as the death knell for successful programs such as Drug Court. Prop. 47 makes all theft crimes a misdemeanor, regardless of whether the perpetrator has one prior theft conviction or 50, as long as the loss is under $950. By eliminating the ability to charge offenders who are repeatedly convicted of theft with a felony, Prop. 47 greatly removes one of the main weapons in deterring thieves from stealing and puts our small businesses at risk. Prop. 47 makes no distinction through which the level of the crime could be upgraded depending on what was stolen. For example, under Prop. 47, if a handgun worth less than $950 is stolen the perpetrator can only be charged with a misdemeanor. Currently, the theft of any handgun is considered a felony and a "strike" because of the understanding people who steal handguns often do so to commit violent crimes. Prop. 47 makes all forgeries a misdemeanor, no matter how many prior theft convictions, if the amount of the loss remains lower than $950. This change will directly impact our small business owners by basically decriminalizing forgery charges and inconveniencing their customers, who will likely no longer be able to enjoy the convenience of writing a check when they shop locally. Please join me and every major law enforcement and crime victim organization in California in voting no on Proposition 47. LETTERS to the EDITOR Guidelines for letters All letters must contain an address and phone number. Only one letter per week per person will be published; only one letter per person per month regarding the same topic will be published. Feather Publishing does not print third-party, anonymous or open letters. Letters must not exceed 300 words. Writers responding to previously published letters may not mention the author by name. The deadline is Friday at 3 p.m.; deadlines may change due to holidays. Letters may be submitted at any of Feather Publishing's offices, sent via fax to 283-3952 or emailed to, Editor's note: This is the last edition that eleaion-related letters will be published in the paper, unless the letter is a direct response to a letter published this weAc Please direct questions or comments to Managing Editor Dan McDonald. He can bereached at 283-0800 or by email at dmafonaldplumasewaconz Compassion and generosity A family in our community Linda Van Dahlen was unaware her name was on any political flyer and was not happy when she found out about it. The flyer also said it was paid for by "I love Portola Too" and "Portola Concerned Citizens for Change." These two groups, who paid for these flyers, to my knowledge don't even actually exist, which bears the question of ethics, morality and legality. The actual I Love Portola Committee is not involved with supporting any individual running for any office. These two "new" groups are emulating the originals and are trying to confuse our ;oters. I am not sure whether to be flattered or offended at such a flagrant display of deception, as I founded the original I Love Portola back in January. Regardless of my feelings on the matter, I thought it was important for everyone to know the truth about the flyer and the pretext behind it. Please educate yourself before casting your ballot November 4. Michelle Gault Portola has beenSace wJth,a very: difficult medical situation. ,, : Judd is.owed an apology Daryl & Irmgard Emis of Chester were recently told that Irmgard has ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. Medical and mobility equipment expenses have created a serious burden on the family. In an effort to help, a community fundraiser dinner and silent auction were held on October 4 at the Lake Almanor Community Church (LACC). Once again the individuals and businesses of Lake Almanor, Chester, Westwood, Clear Creek, Greenville and the surrounding area including Nevada again demonstrated the love, compassion and generosity to step up and help a local family in need. Not only was the family blessed by everyone's generosity but all of those that participated in making the event a success were equally blessed. A heart-felt thank you to all of those who donated items for the Silent Auction; also to those that coordinated the dinner, silent auction, setup, serving, cleanup, cooking, advertising, and those that provided all the incredible desserts; and especially to all of you that attended and donated for the dinner Larry Larson Lake Almanor Be an educated voter Be the most informed you can be when you vote. The State of California sends out an official voter information guide which gives you all the information you need to make a truly informed choice. I encourage you all to use that instead of the political advertisements I have seen in the media. These advertisements try and influence your vote with cleverly manipulating your feelings. These feelings can be of loyalty, blame, fear, compassion, and morality just to name a few. I am sure you get my point. I recently received a political flyer which stated "we want you to vote for ..." two business women for Portola City Council. That would have been time but, In last week's newspaper, our current District 5 Supervisor wrote a highly critical letter about Mr. Judd's involvement in the possible joint venture between the Plumas County Sheriffs Department and the California Highway Patrol. That letter contained several accusations and misstatements of fact that need to be clarified. In April, Sheriff Greg Hagwood, in an article that appeared in this newspaper, indicated his interest in keeping alive the possibility of the joint venture concept despite the initial negative reply by the CHP. Mr. Judd, as a concerned citizen, took it upon himself to contact the sheriff to offer any assistance in this regard. That contact resulted in a letter Mr. Judd wrote to CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow in early May. Mr. Farrow responded to the Board of Supervisors in June (in a letter addressed to Mr. Kennedy) that he was willing to discuss the joint facility concept in person with the sheriff. On September 30, the offered meeting was held at, the Sheriffs Office in Quincy. I personally attended this meeting with several other members of the CHP, Sheriffs Department and two fire chiefs that also included Feather Publishing's managing editor. Mr. Farrow was quite complimentary of Mr. Judd and thanked him for writing his letter. He even went so far as to state Mr. Judd "could have been more animated." Instead of demeaning Mr. Judd for initiating positive action on a very important issue, it seems our District 5 Supervisor should be grateful that a concerned constituent would take it upon himself to facilitate the CHP/Sheriff discussions since our District 5 Supervisor had earlier written off the joint facility concept in his statements made in this newspaper on July 9. Mr. Judd is the one who is owed an apology for that acrimonious letter. Bryan Hansen Graeagle Engel can cut red tape Storey County is a few minutes east of Reno via Interstate 80. In its recent history it was the domicile of an infamous house of ill repute. Within the last several years, entrepreneur Lance Gilman created a large industrial park -- the Reno-Tahoe Industrial Park -- accessed by the very same freeway exit as the aforementioned"house. One of Mr. Gilman's proudest achievements was obtaining a large, regional Walmart distribution center. Until recently. Within the past several weeks it was confirmed that Tesla Motors will build a 5,000,000 square foot factory to build batteries for the Tesla. Big yellow equipment began construction while Nevada governor Sandoval and Tesla's Elon Musk were holding the press conference announcing this coup: Should the voters of Plumas County care? Yes! The state of Nevada competed with five or six other states, including Texas and California (where the Tesla is manufactured). The competition was intense. Mucti 0f the decisimi :hung on Tesla's evaluation of the considerable incentives the competing states offered. The final decision came down not to the incentives, however, but was based primarily on the outstanding cooperation on the part of the politicians and building officials in Storey County. In Elon Musk's judgment, Storey County would expedite the permitting process faster than any other jurisdiction in any of the other competing states. Why should we care? We all recognize that Plumas County's economy needs a boost. Tesla will employ 6,500 new employees when their factory is up and running at capacity. In Plumas County it takes about two months to get a simple building permit. It should take only one! Evidently, Storey County is nimbler. We need a supervisor who can cut through the red tape and get this county moving. We need Jeff Engel. John Olofson Graeagle, BerK's actions louder than worus If actions speak louder than words, then Alice Berg is the most qualified candidate to fill the position of District 5 Supervisor. Most residents of Plumas County recognize the need to stimulate our economy. Many feel that the most realistic way to do this is to develop and promote the tourist industry. Alice is the only candidate with experience and expertise in promoting tourism as a means to improve our county's vitality. Alice has been involved in several projects, which are already enhancing tourism and recreation in Plumas County. She serves as a board member of Eastern Plumas Chamber of Commerce, the Johnsville Ski Project, the Plumas Sierra Bicycle Club, and The Mohawk Valley Stewardship' Council, which she also cofounded. Water is one of Plumas County's most valuable assets. Her experience will help us protect and manage this indispensable resource and provide tourist dollars for our economy. Alice has founded, co-founded and served on the board of four different nonprofits. Two have dealt with water resources: 1. Truckee River Watershed Council which promotes collaborative watershed projects including restoration of the Truckee and Little Truckee rivers. These projects attract volunteers and tourists who eat, sleep, and recreate. 2. Salt River Watershed which obtained a $6,000,000 grant for Humboldt Resources Conservation District. More dollars for that county. Alice has worked with government agencies which operate within our county. An MS in Natural Resource Management enabled her to work in DFG (now DFW)) and NOAA as a fisheries biologist, and also with USDF. She is currently a private contractor in her own business, Alice Berg and Associates, working as a liaison between private citizens and government agencies to facilitate agreements. This skill is exactly what our county needs to navigate through governmental bureaucratic obstacles! Vote for Alice Berg, District 5 Supervisor. Faith Strailey Quincy I will write in Berg Tonight I went to the District 5 Candidate Forum in Quincy. The League of Women Voters did a f'me job of putting it on. The candidates were civil and sincere, and I found them all personally likeable. Jim Judd is clearly the most comfortable in front of a crowd. He now has a more solid response to questions about his residence in the county. What has bothered me is not that question, but the way he let it divert his campaign on such a minor point. There will be bigger pressures in office. Jeff Engel emphasized his knowledge of the county and his acquaintance with the various department heads. He was a little awkward, but I believed him when he said he was better one on one. I warmed to Engel generally, but his offer to connect us to information on Agenda 21 was a door closer for me. I respect the principle of private property. But, even if you dislike the UN, it isn't even in the top 100 plausible threats to America. All in all, my preference for Alice Berg was greatly reinforced. All three candidates have solid private sector business credentials. Berg adds experience in government and nonprofits. Moreover, in her various consulting work, she has been hired for her expertise on natural resources and for promoting recreational activities. These are big ticket economic matters in Plumas? I very much liked her clear priorities. We can't give up on timber, but we have to push for success on recreation. Given the value of the forest for recreation, and the necessity of thinning operations to forest health, these two sectors go together. Most of all, I liked her straight answers. I will be writing her in on my ballot. Scott Corey Quincy Vote for a jump-start A special meeting of the Portola City Council was held to discuss a request by the only developer interested in purchasing the Woodbridge Project. The Schomae Group is investing heavily in eastern Plumas County. They were asking to consider making compromises on the previous contract. The projects of this developer are beginning to jump-start the economic recovery in our county. A hotel at Nakoma is breaking ground and Feather River Inn is making progress. Our elected decision makers need to jump-start our economy. All development in Portola in the last decade has failed to break ground or was abandoned from rigid contracts and over policymakers. It's about time! While Plumas County has an above-average turnout at elections, we have had a below average of concerned citizens. Citizens need to do more than get out and vote for their friends. They need to vote to jump-start our community development and economic recovery. They need to implement not just talk. Larry F. Douglas Portola A boom for Portola? Nevada's enhancement package to land Tesla may reap benefits to Portola. Commuting to Reno-Tahoe Industrial park to Tesla's 5-million-square-foot battery plant would be somewhat excessive, but renewed economic confidence in northern Nevada is bringing a new warehouse for Amazon in Lemmon Valley and a drone manufacturer in Stead. Amazon will employ 600 to 900 fulltime employees, and up to 4000 in peak seasons. (Amazon started flying job openings on October 15, starting at $12.25 hr). Ashima Devices plans to regulation. Developers and  ,he 200 high-paying jobs concerned citiZens were i ' 0vei  e het tw0' years at ignored., Rigictpgil:atiOiiJ -, ]fi.r/illt,.tbhd.:. ,,o presently enforced by the community services officer should be loosened but not compromised. Our economic recovery and our community development should be our top priority. Our residents need relief. The League of Women Voters provided citizens the opportunity to address questions to candidates for District 5 Supervisor and two City Council seats. Concerned citizens attended both. Some could not vote for the candidates. Concerned citizens have made progress in recruiting new blood. We have candidates that are no longer apathetic. We have also retired the "Old Men's Club." We have a council with more diversity. We have a council that is making progress with a positive outlook for the future. We have leaders not just Logistically, these two locations are only a 35-minute commute from Portola. More importantly, you skip the "spaghetti bowl." Having commuted almost 40 years, this is a huge advantage. Having lost Bank of America, declining property values, overall lower economic activity, maybe this tech revolution and lower gas prices might be the light in the tunnel. Brian Luce Portola The Tesla factor You've heard the Tesla Battery Division will break ground east of Reno, Nevada. This supposedly will bring 6,500 new Tesla jobs to their region. Construction jobs and real estate will boom. Secondary support jobs and schools will also increase See Letters, page 12B Contact your elected officials... PLUMAS COUNTY SUPERVISORS - 520 Main Street, Room 309, i Quincy, CA 95971; (530) 283-6170; FAX: (530) 283-6288; E-Mail: Individual supervisors can also be e-mailed from links on the county website, PRESIDENT - Barack Obama, the White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., NW Washington, D.C. 20500. (202) 456-1414. Fax: 202-456-2461. E-mail: / 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, CA 94104; Phone: (415) 393-0707; Fax: (415) 393-0710 Website: 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, 1ST DIST. - Doug LaMalfa. 506 Cannon HOB Washington, D.C. 20515. (202) 225-3076. DISTRICT OFFICES: 1453 Downer St., Suite #A, OroviUe, CA 95965; 2885 Chum Creek R., Suite #C, Redding, CA 96002. STATE SENATOR, 1st DIST. - Ted Gaines. State Capitol, Room 3070, Sacramento, CA 95814. (916) 651-4001, FAX: (916) 324-2680. E1 Dorado Hills Constituent Service Center: 4359 Town Center Boulevard, Suite 112, E1 Dorado Hills, CA 95762. (916) 933-7213, FAX (916) 933-7234; Redding Constituent Service Center. 1670 Market St., Suite 244, Redding, CA! 96001, (530) 225-3142, FAX (530) 225-3143. STATE ASSEMBLYMAN, 1ST DIST. - Brian Dahle, State Capitol, Room 2174, Sacramento, CA 94249, (916) 319-2001; FAX (916) 319-2103. District Office, 2080 Hemsted Dr., Ste. #110, Redding, CA 96002; (530) 223-6300, FAX (530) 223-6737. ] GOVERNOR -Jerry Brown, office of the Governor, State! Capitol, Suite 1173, Sacramento, CA 95814. Website: ] (916) 445-2841. FAX: (916) 558-3160. i ] i t