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Feather River Bulletin Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014 3A Miriam S. Cody Staff Writer The Citizens for Responsible Government group in Indian Valley has been trying since May to recall directors Mike Yost, Brad Smith, and Jane Braxton-Little from the Indian Valley Community Services District board of directors. The group's petition was approved Nov. 14 with enough signatures to push the recall forward. To find the petition sufficient, 337 signatures were required for each director. To recall Smith, 443 registered voters signed; to recall Yost, 447 signed; and to recall Braxton-Little, 438 signed. The certificate of sufficiency of petition signatures states that the board of directors must issue an order, within 14 days of receipt, for an election. This will likely happen at the Dec. 10 board meeting. The directors can run again, but the recall committee said it wants a chance for someone new to be voted in. : "If (voters) want to choose someone else, they should have the opportunity," said Citizens for Responsible Government vice president and spokesperson Mina Admire. Director Braxton-Little said the board is fully elected already. She said candidates who run unopposed, like the three directors up for recall did when they came into office, are still elected. Braxton-Little said the board members, who are all volunteer officers, were asked to serve in their positions and have learned to do the job the best they can. Admire became involved in the recall in February, when she went to a board meeting and was "appalled at the board's absolute refusal to even acknowledge that there was a problem," she said, although hundreds of thousands of community dollars were missing at the time. This missing money was traced to fraud committed by the district's former general manager Leanna Moore. She was sentenced in September to 10 years in prison for embezzling $625,000 from the district. Greenville resident Tamara Talent said she disagrees with District Attorney David Hollister's determination that it was a crime of sophistication. "It was not a sophisticated "We hear gripes all the time." Jane Braxton-Little Director, Indian Valley Community Services District crime," she said. "A child could have done it." Talent said she couldn't believe the incompetence of the board. She asked how such an extreme theft could go unnoticed for so long under the board's direction. Her doubts and the similar opinions of many community members, including Admire, drove them to form the recall committee. But Moore's crime and the board's perceived failure to see it or stop it are not the group's only motivation for recall. Admire said she has been frustrated by the directors' attitudes toward the public. "They think we're nothing more than a bunch of ignorant rednecks," she said. Admire said she feels brushed aside when she asks questions at the meetings, and that the board seems to have no concern for the people's input. ,"I think their decisions are made up before they come to the board meetings," she said. At the Nov. 12 meeting, Braxton-Little said, "We hear gripes all the time," and "This is a valley of gripers." Admire said she was appalled at that comment. "People only become gripers when they're not being heard," she said. Braxton-Little said at the Nov. 12 meeting that the board is trying harder to listen to the concerns of the public now. For some, problems with the IVCSD board were apparent long before the Moore trial began. Talent said that in her dealings with the board she has felt threatened and unsafe at times. She said she believes "People only become gripers when they're not being heard." Mina Admire Greenville resident her extremely high water bills are a result of her conflict with the board over a road they share. Others, like Admire and Indian Valley rancher Harry Rogers, say the problems didn't stop with Moore's arrest. : In order to regain some of its lost finances, IVCSD proposed a water sale this spring. Rogers said the board does not have the water rights to sell water. As a property owner, he has a right to use the water that flows through his property. But, he said, "I don't own that water and neither do they." The water sale was never completed, but IVCSD is still looking into selling water in the spring. Rogers and Admire both expressed concern to Feather Publishing about the source of Greenville's water. They said General Manager Jesse Lawson switched over to emergency wells without going through the proper channels to do so. They said Greenville residents who think their water comes from Round Valley Reservoir have been deceived. Talent said she is worried IVCSD has been treating sewage from other counties in IVCSD facilities and pocketing the money. Admire expressed yet another frustration with the district's current project to install a solar array system in Greenville without taking the concerns of the public into account or allowing them to have any influence on the board's decisions. A meeting with North State Solar Energy representative Hans Stulken was scheduled at the last meeting to give the public an opportunity to talk about the project. But the issue was tabled when Stulken didn't attend. Admire also said she doesn't understand how the board members, who say they have no money, can continue to spend on company vehicles, hiring and giving full benefits to employees. Lawson said part of the reason the district is doing some spending is because of a $112,000 settlement the IVCSD received recently from fraud insurance. Lawson is using a hired grant writer to seek more funding for the district. The board is taking steps to invest in the solar energy system that members say would save them money in the long run. Braxton-Little defended the board's financial management as a process of learning and improving, a "dance" Lawson and the board are doing to keep the district out of receivership. Hitting the street Rogers said he spent a lot of time collecting the 70 signatures his efforts contributed to the petition. Committee member Cindi Tatem agreed. She said, "The hardest part wasn't getting the signatures, it was the time it took talking to people." She said some people she visited while gathering signatures had so much to say in support of the recall that it was hard to get away. Planning for the future Recall committee members said the next steps are to educate the public about what to expect throughout the election and to develop strong candidates to run for the seats. Admire said she couldn't release names to Feather Publishing, but said the group has five or six strong candidates. A strong candidate, she said, will have a vision for the future and an open mind. He or she will be aware of the importance of tourism to bring money into Indian Valley, and the importance of protecting the tourist attractions they possess through environmental consciousness. She said the perfect candidate will be ready to answer tough questions honestly, and be ready to listen to the needs of the public. The board members in question must announce at the Dec. 10 IVCSD meeting that they have been recalled, and pick a date foran election. IVCSD board meetings are usually held at the Greenville Town Hall on Crescent Street. For more information on Citizens for Responsible Government or the recall, contact Admire at 284-0907. wouldliketo wish everyonea FRIDEN OPTOMETRY FAMILY EYE CARE * CONTACT LENSES Jonathan Friden, O.D. 68 Central Ave. Quincy 283-2020 Complete vision and eye care, Optometrists and Ophthalmologists on staff, Vision and Eye examinations, treatment of eye disease, cataract surgery, foreign body removal, threshold visual field analysis, contact lenses, glasses {large selection of inexpensive to designer eyewear), low vision aids for the visually impaired, and vision therapy for learning related vision problems. From NOVEMBEB 22,I through the NEW YEAR! Available for Holiday Parties Meet with Family & Friends Fresh New Drink Menu FAIR, from page 2A expressed to the board while going over the numbers in regards to the fairgrounds' ' usage. The fairgrounds were used for about 500 events this last year, averaging almost 1.5 'events per day. An estimated 73,000 people used the :grounds at these events. There were a few big ievents, such as the annual fair and the High Sierra Music Festival, but most of those numbers resulted from many small events. The small . events ranged from private parties to county safety meetings. ~Fair foundation The fair foundation received its nonprofit status from the Internal Revenue Service on Nov. 7. The .foundation plans to hold : several fundraisers in the ' :future to raise money for the : fairgrounds. Five membership levels are , iavailable with costs ranging i from $40 to $1,000. A special ! founding member : membership is available for ' $500; this includes getting the :member's name permanently : displayed on a plaque. i Some of the projects the ii foundation plans to work on include Fair U, scheduled for !Feb. 21. Fair U will have : several classes on arts, crafts and cooking that people can attend to prepare ideas for : fair entries. The foundation :also plans to raise funds to ,buy hand dryers for the :i fairgrounds' bathrooms. Richard K. Stockton, CLU ChFC, Agent Insurance Lic. #0B68653 Providing Insurance & Rnancial Services 65 W. Main St Quincy, CA 95971 (530) 283-0565 Fax (530) 283-5143 WE LIVE WHERE YOU LIVE That's turkey talk for "Dig in" There's no better time to thank you for your continued business. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. Like a good neighbor, State Farm is there? CALL ME TODAY. Mohawk Community Fri. Sat Nov. 28 l Oam-4pm Nov. 29 lOam-3pm Graeagle Fire Hall 7620 Hwy 89 Graeagle Featuring several new artists, as well as past favorites! Jewelry, Textiles, Metal & Wood Works, Paintings, Crafts, Gifts & PLUMAS RURAL SERVICES So Much Morel For more info contact Mohawk Community Resource Center Serving People, Strengthening Families, Building Communities 836-0446 On Saturday October 25th at Express Coffee shop there was a wonderful fundraiser held for my cause and my most recent life tribulation of liver cancer. My name is Josefina Ruvalcaba; I am related to several people here in your humble and quaint town, Quincy. Although I am not a resident of Quincy, I have always really enjoyed all the times I have spent there visiting my family. You may know them as Rodriguez, Marquez or Macias. I know it's a long list of names but that's my family, big. My immediate family has been a great support through this challenging time and I would like to reach out to every single one of them and say thank you from the bottom of my heart for all your consistent effort to raise money towards my health expenses. I can hardly put into words how blessed I feel for having a family with such dedication to serve. Unfortunately, I'm not there in person to extent my appreciation physically to embrace you with my arms. So, I wanted to extend my words of gratitude in this manner instead. In this way, you can all read my deep appreciation for you all. So, first of all thank you to my sisters who thought to organize this fundraiser and all my nieces and nephews who sacrificed their time and energy even though they may lead busy lives. Thank you for your efforts to help me lessen my financial burdens. Thank you to the owners of Mi Casita Restaurant and Express Coffee Shop for your willingness to make your business open to accommodate the fundraiser. And last but not least the entire Rodriquez, Marquez, Macias and Ruvalcaba family would like to thank all of the residents, friends, family and Quincy community for participating in purchasing tamales to help the cause. We are so grateful to be surrounded by such a loving community. God Bless you all. i