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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter~ Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014 9Ill COMMUNITY PERSPECTIVE 'County preparing to h lp child victims of trafficking There are joys of living in a WHEKE I STAND viewed as voluntarily rural environment. We see ................................................... working the streets as ourselves, with some ELLIOTT SMART prostitutes, labeled as such, DIRECTOR and, when arrested, locked up legitimacy, as being far PLUMAS COUNTY DEPARTMENT removed from the problems OF SOCIAL SERVICES in juvenile detention that plague urban settings in facilities. The state budget our state. One reads about their employment to be able language adopted this year those problems -- congestion, to meet the basic needs of clarifies that such children pollution, crime, etc. -- and their families. We have our are the responsibility of the can say that stuff doesn't share of problems but wechild welfare system and much happen up here. And aren't "the city." That "other should be served by they'd be'right. Well, mostly stuff' doesn't happen much professionals and community right. While it is true that we up here. partners dedicated to child are insulated in ways that Unfortunately, there is a welfare. Victims should not keep some of the social falsity to that "it doesn't be in the criminal justice problems experienced happen here" perspective, system and the governor and elsewhere in our state at bay While we do enjoy some Legislature provided money here, we still have our share insulation, in some ways we in the budget to back that of social issues, aren't much different than notion up. There is underground our urban counterparts. It The 2014-15 state budget poverty here, especially would be putting our heads in includes funding that does among seniors who may be the sand to think otherwise, two things: It provides for relying solely on Social and that point was driven education and training for Security or a small home to me quite profoundly social workers and law retirement that barely meets this past summer, enforcement that helps them their needs. We never have Last year the Californiarecognize and deal with child enough foster families to take Legislature and the governor victims of commercial sexual in children who through no added elements to the state exploitation. It also provides fault of their own have to be budget that for the first time funding for Child Protective moved from their own homes recognizes that children who Services programs to deliver because it is not safe for them are commercially exploited appropriate services to the to be there. We have people for sex are victims. In the victims of this crime who, while employed, don't past, many such childrenspecifically, children who make enough income from were treated as criminals: have been victimized by sex traffickers, commonly known training is not yet underway, deal of work for us to. do to as pimps, and others who Where would we place thisassemble the resources and have exploited them for vulnerable girl? She wasn't a systems that will serve these commercial sex trafficking, foster child. And she wasn't a victims of trauma and When this initiative was criminal either. Juvenile Hall exploitation. We will need to added to the state budget, or foster care wasn't going to , carefully craft protocols that county social services be an answer at all. Whatrecognize this complex agencies across the state services could we put problem and recognize too embraced the concepts. We together that would help this that these children are not pledged that we would do our young girl? criminals. We need to part to train staff and join in Fortunately, that is where structure ourselves and the effort to serve these kids. small can be wonderful. With repurpose our service But then too here in Plumas a few quick calls, we were delivery systems for these we thought, "How likely is it able to find space for this victims to recognize the needs that we would be getting a young girl at our domestic they have for carefully case like that?" violence shelter. We were also thought out services. And we Quite likely, it turns out. able to begin some discussion will need to educate our This past summer Child about how we could craft partners and community Protective Services was some services for her: associates including those in drawn into a case involving a While the situation we the justice system so that we 15-year-old runaway from became involved in is share a common view that another state. She was certainly not unique, it is continues to move away from pregnant and had been a indicative that no community criminalizing this social ill victim of sexual exploitation, is that far removed from child and away from punishing its She was on the move to get victimization of the worst victims. We are not immune away from it. She needed a type. And further, it here. place to stay and some help exemplifies just how ill Fortunately, the state with services, equipped we have been in the budget is a welcomed In-st We were not exactly child welfare system to deal step in this process. It will prepared for her. Counties with these young victims,give us the needed resources are in the early phases of These situations happen too to work together with our understanding the best often in California and it will partners in the community to methods to serve child happen again here. help assure that these victims sex-trafficked victims and That is why there is a great become survivors. Public involvement essential in integrated water plan update Water is on our minds this WHER I STAND The regional water year with the continuing ........................................ management group is drought, wildt"ntes, a new REGIONAL WATER MANAGEMENTcommitted to ensuring that water bond and new GROUP the new plan reflects the groundwater laws. It's time priorities of people and for us to get together and talk --To meet 10ng-term waterwater managers in the about our water future in the needs including the delivery region. One of the benefits of upper Feather River region, of safe drinking water, developing a Department of We have the opportunity to protection of water quality, Water Resources compliant collect our thoughts and reduction in negative IRWM plan is that it will propose actions for inclusion consequences of flooding and support local and regional in the update of our 2005 support of a healthy efforts to secure competitive integrated regional water ecosystem, statewide grant funding for management plan. --To provide an projects that are identified Integrated regional water opportunity for agencies and during the planning process. management is a organizations to accomplish To develop a plan and collaborative effort to more than they could projects that are built from identify and implement individually, the ground up, workgroups water management solutions A key goal of our IRWM for four areas of long-term on a reg gnal sc e,t a i ,J'qG i p : pdate process is to increase regional :; ' self-reliance and cooperative problem solving, and manage water to improve social, environmental and economic conditions in our region. The goals of the statewide IRWM program are: ---To encourage integrated regional strategies for management of water resources. garnerTinput from tribes and water managers in the region. The regional water management group, which is responsible for the overall planning process and plan approval, will rely on your involvement in the workgroups and through public input to ensure all challenges and opportunities are identified and considered in the planning process. and waterbodies (contact: UFR.meadows@grnail.com). --Municipal services (contact: UFR.municipal@gmail.com). The regional water management group is inviting you to get involved in the workgroups by contacting the workgroup of interest. The four workgroup coordinators, one for each of the four workgroups, are in the process of setting up the first workgroup meeting for late October or early November so please contact the coordinators at the email addresses above to be problems and to design a better water future in our region. The plan will include the integrated efforts of the workgroups, workshops and public comments. Public, tribal and stakeholder involvement throughout the planning process is crucial to a comprehensive and well-developed plan. Information related to each of the required topics within the plan will be presented and discussed through an interactive process during the three workgroup meetings and the six So get involved! Opportunities for involvement include participation in workgroups and workshops, and providing public education and comment during regional water management group meetings. All IRWM plan meetings are open to the public and posted on the website. You can monitor our progress by checking the website for news, updates and upcoming meetings. Additionally, public may review and comment on draft planning documents interest have been not(flied about the first, regional water marmgement , via email or through the woi-] group meetmgs. :'' meetirlgs't b-e held' , website. Yoin comments'and residents, established by the regional "" ....... "' ....... .... water management group.Although you may j0in'in :" each year. questions are always Water management goals the process at any time, the Workgroup members will welcome and we're happy to and priorities will be first year of the plan update be reviewing and providing receive them during developed by the followingwill focus on soliciting,recommendations to the meetings, email and through four workgroups: developing, selecting andmanagement group on the website. Information --Uplands and forest prioritizing projects andprojects, technical studies about the plan update and (contact: actions, so early and draft plan content. At process, how to get involved, UFR.uplands@gmail.com). participation is encouraged, the end of the planning meeting minutes and --Agricultural land We want to "walk our talk" process, the agreed-upon notices, archived meetings stewardship (contact: in this plan. Workgroups content will be combined and contact information can UFR.agriculture@gmail.com). will develop projects andinto the IRWM plan for final be found on the project --Meadows, floodplains actions to solve water public review, website at featherriver.org. I 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 dmcdonald@plumasnews.com. Global warming I apologize for not waiting for the official national weather reports to come out regarding global warming. They have a totally different story to tell from the report I read which, it turns out, was prepared by mostly non-scientists who skewed the facts. 2014, if a predicted E1 Nino develops, will be the hottest year on record. The years 1995, 1997, 1998, 2005 and 2010 were all progressively record-breaking hottest years ever recorded since 1916. Now, the period from Oct. 2013 to Sept. 2014 was the hottest twelve-month period ever recorded. Each month, for the last five months in a row, the world's oceans have broken the monthly heat records. If the predicted E1 Nino develops, many endangered areas of the earth will be adversely affected by heat waves and droughts. We don't seem to take warnings seriously until disasters occur, and then the blame game obfuscates the facts during the ensuing media hype. I vividly remember that the Katrina disaster was caused by the Bush administration's withdrawal of funds for the reinforcement of the levees that crumbled and caused the predicted inundation of New Orleans. Of course, after the disaster, there was plenty of blame to go around. Remember Rush Limbaugh's comment that since we didn't bus the people of New Orleafls in, it was not our responsibility to bus them out? Salvatore Catalano Taylorsville Big government Voter ID: President Obama on A1 Sharpton's radio program: "Most people do have an ID. Most people do have a driver's license. Most people can get to the polls. "The bottom line is, if less than half our folks vote, these laws aren't preventing the other half from not voting." Surprise. Mortgage rates: Mel Watt, head of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, wants Freddie Mac to provide loans to low-income borrowers with no credit and to "welfare recipients" with down payments as low as 3 percent. 2009 all over again. Illegal immigration: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services issued a draft solicitation for bids for vendors capable of producing up to 34 million ID cards for illegal immigrants. You pay, they play: Federal employees received $50 million in paid administrative leave, 40 percent of which went to workers with behavioral problems at work. Other news: National Institutes of Health says budget cuts prevented developing an Ebola vaccine, but they spent $2 billion on Swedish massages for, rabbits, studying whether moms love their dogs or their children more, researching writing on Buddhist meditation, and developing a mobile app designed to help parents get their children to eat vegetables. NASA spent $350 million on a launch tower for a canceled rocket system, $43 million maintaining facilities that serve no purpose, and $392,000 on a book offering communication advice should we encounter aliens. Michelle's obesity campaign: 84 percent of school districts reported increased "plate waste" based on meals of a couple slices of cheese, some florets of cauliflower, salads "naked" without dressing and assorted mystery meats. 66,000 illegal immigrant "children" have no 600-calorie lunches and are entitled to three "culturally sensitive" meals a day. Guantanamo Bay terrorists have 4,200 calories a day of Islamically correct meals. (IBD) Big government is working so well, let's elect more progressives. Lynn Desjardin Portola Know your enemy A headline on "Drudge" reads: "Three Denver teen girls en route to Syria planned to join militant groups." Fortunately, the FBI, whichhas one in three of us in their database, stopped them. My question is, why? The Obama regime, on remote control, forging the "New American Century," is determined to see Syria's beautiful people fall into complete mayhem, as the Iraqis and Libyans now live. In western media, the cutthroat terrorists, called the FSA, are heralded as "freedom" fighters. Assad and his Syrian Arab Army are painted as murderers. Truth is, it is the other way around. Let's say La Raza decided they were going to take back America. They openly state that. Oh, not to worry though, they have a direct line to the White House and most Fortune 500 companies backing them. But just for argument's sake, let's say they started a war inside America -- because they just thought things were unfair. Would you call them terrorist militants or freedom fighters? It is no different in Syria. The Free Syria Army (what a cute PC name) is as ruthless as can be. Yet we directly support it. Sick. Take that Nobel Peace Prize THEM. The culprits that will away. never end Colonialism. Most Americans can't even Never stop beating the hive. locate Syria on a map, but They spread the hate that all with their "American "Mooslims" are murderers. Exceptionalism" attitude, Hogwash. Stop the hate. they retort their armchair Discriminate ... between remarks such as: "Well, we radicals and conservative needed to do sooomething." respectful people. We? You mean NATO? That's If you support the not me, you or us. That's See Letters, page lOB 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, CA 94104; 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, 1ST DIST. - Doug LaMalfa. 506 Cannon HOB, Washington, D.C. 20515. (202) 225-3076. lamalfa.house.gov. 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. i District Office, 2080 Hemsted Dr., Ste. #110, Redding, CA 96002;i (530) 223-6300, FAX (530) 223-6737. GOVERNOR - Jerry Brown, office of the Governor, State l Capitol, Suite 1173, Sacramento, CA 95814. Website: gov.ca.gov/ 916) 445-2841. FAX: (916) 558-3160. t (