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1OA Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2ool County News/People I By Marian Liddell Medicare payments have dropped The "California Healthcare Asso- (;hester Editor 13 percent behind the inflation rate. ciation" Web site stated, "It's be- Proposition S, a funding tax as= MediCal payments are less now and coming increasingly difficult for a sessment for the Seneca Healthcare ther is no funding for sta e re- rural hospital to stay viable and District, was defeated this year with quired changes and improvemeht , maintain the delivery of quality a 61 percent vote in favor. Last year, to buildings and technology. - care. From the local perspective, it the tax was defeated with a 51 per- Seventy-six percent of rural is becoming more critical that the cent approval. The tax requires a health care hospitals lost money in community be better informed re- two-thirds majority for approval. 2000. The rural hospitals of Califor- garding the economic and social .Marks said that his job as CEO nia had $61 million in bad debts on value of its local hospital. The local feels like "mission impossible," but their books and 20 percent of rural community, including health care he has to make the healthcare dis- hospitals closed in bankruptcy, professionals and hospital staff, trict work. He said he can't tell There was also an increase of over 6 needs to be educated about the fi- what will happen, with last month percent in operating costs for rural nancial pressures facing the hospi- showing the worst income since he hospitals in 2000. tal and be supportive through uti- started. He said he will be taking a Marks said that, although there lization and advocacy efforts." good hard look at the budget and is was a decrease in users at the "banking on an increase of revenue Chester hospital and the "future What $ ukl by increasing services" available at doesn't look good," the "clinic is The Citizens for Responsible the hospital and clinic, keeping us alive." Spending spoke out the day after Marks said that rural health care In 1988, rural hospitals with clin- the ballot results. is in an "era of significant chal- ics saw 1.7 million patients. By 1998, Red Meyers, of Lake Almanor, lenges." No one wants to pay for ser- the number of visits had increased said he has been fighting the issue vices. There isn't enough funding, to 3.2 million, for six years "looking for account- ability and credibility from the board and administration" of the Seneca Healthcare District. Meyers said, "Over the years, mistakes have been made and no one is admitting it and correcting it. The doctors' clinic, at (a cost of) $1.5 million, hhs been drawing us down ever since. Cutting expenses is the real issue and the people know this. Proposition S was defeated because the hospital is not worthy of a tax as long as they keep spending and spending. We'll be there next year to defeat them again. This place will crash and burn until the problem is corrected. I'm glad I defeated this tax." Veena Ranganath, of Susanville, said, "We expected it. The reason it failed was because taxpayers have had enough. After six years of pay- ing the administration, the board forgot why taxpayers were sending money." Ranganath said tion and board at Senecal taxpayers' money on buildings and created and ever-increasing created a monopoly. "The taxpayers doctors (at the clinic) everything' subsidizes. said, 'That's it.' They dize the clinic. The ministration weren't the public. In 1996 fix it and they didn't pay Indian Valley's: Ranganath also said has a lot of work to do. I if they'll listen even board's behavior is and if they go again they'll lose again." I I l I I By Marian Liddell shoppers will have to walk commercial parking spot are Chester Editor farther, a common sight. Lake Almanor Basin shop- Chester's Main Street is al- The biggest concern, Den- pets will soon have to think so Highway 36 and it belongs nison noted, is that homes about how far they are will- to Caltrans. Shoppers' and next to and close to business- ing to walk if Main Streetdiners' cars park on the es not become overflow park- parking rules are changed,stafe's right of way and some ing areas. According to Den- Bill Dennison, Plumas building storefronts are in nison, zoning changes from County District 3 supervisor, contact with the highway C-2 requirements to C-1 held an Oct. 25 Almanor right of way. should be handled on an indi- Basin Forum for downtown Commercial growth in vidual request basis by the business owners, real estate Chester has resulted in a vio- county. agents and residents. Every- lation of the C-2 zoning code Chester has no committee one had a chance to provide for some businesses. There or agency in charge of short- their insight into whetherjust isn't enough on-site park- or long-range growth plan- any plans to change the cur- ing. Dennison said that the ning to handle these local re- rent zoning codes for parking area zoning compliance offi- quests. Larger areas typically are needed, cer has received no formal have a planning commission The current parking for complaints pertaining to the to establish and maintain Chester's 3-mile commercial C-2 zone violations, plans for current and future area is all zoned Commercial Past changes in zoning ingrowth, including parking 2 (C-2). The purpose of the C-2 Quincy from C-2 to C-1 have needs. zoning is "to provide for ma- had little opposition. Shop- An example of growth Den- jor commercial uses near pers appear to have been able nison gave was the proposed large population centers with to find enough parking and plans to expand the Almanor provisions for adequate ac- don't mind walking a little Basin Community Center. cess and parking." farther. The center wants to add a day The proposed change, from A walk through a major care center, and therefore to Commercial 1 (C-l) is city shopping mall does not needs additional parking for "to provide for primarily stop shoppers from going to parents dropping off and pedestrian-oriented commer- the mall, and Chester shop- picking up children. cial uses near dense residen- pets, in the summertime, The center should keep the tial areas." park as far as a quarter mile current C-2 zoning require- In'simple terms, C-I will al- down the causeway for craft ments, Dennison said, so that low many local businesses to fairs ortbe Fourth ofJulypa- cars will not have to use grow without having to addrade. Cars circling through nearby housing areas for more parking spaces and nearby residentialareas fora parking. The center current- Mm'lam Lidd l From the Chester Editor men and one ly has street and curb area It's a mournful wind thatganization now parking and will need to add blows across a certain famil- many people more parking, iar spot on Highway 36 be- ing for others in The expansion and im- tween Chester and Su- LassenandPlum c provements at the Kopper sanville. Thanksgiving That spot is where an oldmas food Kettle have resulted in a more successful business, chimney has stood alone for delivered to Without enough on-site park- over 30 years. An electrical in Westwood, ing, customers have been fire in the '60s claimed the Chester, Quincy, old restaurant building that and Lake able to find parking in near- was built during the Depres- Chimney Fund by commercial areas without sion Era. many local groupS, trespassing into residential On Christmas Eve in 1992,local schools, areas, nine lonely people left West- Seneca Before the rezoning issue wood and ended up at the Term Care, a goes to the Plumas County chimney. According to the Board of Supervisors, Denni- story, the evening included a The Chimney son said it was "appropriate few beers and a promise ceives money fro that it be discussed locally." shared by the nine for the j Dennison was in favor of new year to come. bership dues (of more input from the commu- Each of the nine promisedof course), and the nity and the possibility of to save $5 a month and, by of private and forming a local group to ad- the next Christmas Eve, they nations. dress future growth plans, would help local people in The Lake Additional requests for need. Rotary Club changing residential zoning The first year, 20 food bas- the cause last on First Avenue and River- kets were distributed. For the Westwood side and Aspen Street, behind next 10 years, the Chimney will add $250 to the Holiday Market, to com- Fund grew and expanded its week. mercial zones received no op- original idea to include One of the position at the Basin forum Thanksgiving and helping biggest meeting. The need for more families and other groups all Dec. 15, at commercial zoning to help through the year. Room. It's a Chester's businesses grow In the year2000, the Chim- giveaway andstimulate the economy ney Fund:'d~ over $8,000 appeared to have the commu- in food and money to assist for nity's support, local families and groups in Chimney Fund need. 727, Westwood, CA by calling 596-4355. The boss is on vacation and told Dave to order in some mufflers... Dave went buck wild and ordered way too many mufflers! THE DEAL... 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