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4B Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter one all Betty T. Yee, California State Board of Equalization member and chairwoman of the Customer Service and Administrative Efficiency Committee, will host a telephone townhaU meeting called "Tax Tips for the Holiday Season." The event is set for Monday, Dec. 1, at 10 a.m. Participants will learn helpful tax tips for business owners this holiday season. Topics include online shopping, delivery charges, craft fair sales, gift wrapping, identity theft prevention and more. This event will provide business owners with answers to their questions and information about free BOE resources and serv.ices. "The BOE wants to help you better understand California's tax requirements," said Yee. "I hope you will join me for this telephone townhall to learn useful information and share your ideas on how we can better serve you." Those wishing to participate may register online or by calling 844-TAX-TELE (829-8353). Individuals who preregister will receive a telephone call at {he start of the event inviting them to connect to the townhall. During the townhall, callers will have an opportunity to ask questions. Yee was elected to the Board of Equalization in November 2006. Her district includes many of California's coastal counties, from Del Norte to Santa Barbara, and includes the entire San Francisco B~y Area. Yee previously served as chief deputy director for budget at the California Department of Finance. On Nov. 4 Yee was elected California state controller. Yee will assume her duties as state controller Jan. 5. The state controller serves as a member of the California State Board of Equalization and serves as the chairperson of the California Franchise Tax Board. The five-member California State Board of - Equalization is a publicly elected tax board. The BOE collects $56 billion annually in taxes and fees supporting state and local government services. It hears business tax appeals, acts as the appellate body for franchise and personal income tax appeals, and serves a significant role in the assessment and administration of property taxes. For more information on other taxes and fees in California, visit We're asking each of you to spend at least $100 of your holiday shopping budget right here in Plumas County, If each of our readers* spent $100 in Plumas county it would put $1,853,000 back into our local economy, We would be keeping our money here,right here in our own community. We can do this even with simple things like getting our cars serviced or our hair done before we travel, *Based on an average of two readers per newspaper. Help your community prosper by shopping locally. If you do, we will all be helping each other, Isn't that what the holidays are all about? FEATHER PUBLISHING COMPANY, INC. Feather River Bulletin o Portola Reporter Indian Valley Record Chester Progressive ren in ream poll on Detections and concentrations of pyrethroid pesticides are increasing in California stream sediments, according to a new report by the Stream Pollution Trends Monitoring Program of the State Water Resources Control Board. The program is a statewide effort to measure trends in pollution levels and toxicity in major California watersheds. The latest report, "Trends in Chemical Contamination, Toxicity and Land Use in California Watersheds," summarizes results from the first five years of annual surveys assessing stream pollution concentrations and how they are affected by land use. According to the report, which summarized data from 2008 to 2012, pyrethroid pesticides showed an increasing trend in all watersheds, but most significantly in urban watersheds. I~y x etht uid~ ~t e thu uutlw ingredients in many currently used pesticides available to urban consumers in the United States, and are also widely used in agriculture. Pyrethroid-based pesticides replaced organophosphate pesticides when the use of organophosphates was dramatically reduced. They are widely used by professional residential pest-control firms as well as by consumers. Many are extremely toxic to aquatic organisms, and are a known endocrine disruptor. Many may be carcinogenic, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Chlorinated compounds such as DDT and PCBs declined over the five years, according to the report, as did detections and concentrations of organophosphate pesticides in sediment. However, DDT and PCBs continue to be of concern in California because of their potential to bioaccumulate. While concentrations in fish do not often exceed thresholds of concern, fish consumption advisories have been issued due to these contaminants for lakes, rivers, bays and coastal areas. Concentrations of hydrocarbons, flame retardants and selected metals remained relatively constant. The Stream Pollution Trends Monitoring Program (SPOT) is aimed at understanding long-term trends of watershed contamination and associated toxicity. The program investigates the impacts of land use on water quality, helps prioritize water bodies in need of water quality management, and evaluates the effectiveness of management programs designed to improve stream health. The data provide a statewide perspective on the impact of pollution on stream health and allow local and regional water quality managers to evaluate how conditions in their streams compare to those in other California watersheds. The SPoT program measures contaminant concentrations and toxicity in sediments that accumulate in the lower reaches of large watersheds. In 2012, samples were collected from 100 of the nearly 200 major hydrologic units in'California. oeuuueut samples are collected once per year when streams return to base flow conditions after the high flows that carry pollutants washed from watershed surfaces during storms. Sediments are monitored because the majority of contaminants entering streams accumulate in sediments. Each sample is analyzed for industrial compounds, pesticides and metals, and is tested for toxicity to a resident aquatic crustacean,' the amphipod Hyalella azteca. Additional toxicity test species and contaminant classes are being addressed in future surveys as SPoT monitoring proceeds. Results are compared acrqss watersheds throughout the state, and pollutant concentrations are compared to land use and other human activities. The pesticides and some of the other pollutants identified in the report are considered as coming from nonpoint pollution sources, meaning that they are not generated at a single source, such as a manUfacturingplant 6t. sewer ouffall. The State Water, r: Resources Control Board has programs in place to reduce nonpoint pollution sources. The SPoT program is funded through the State Water Board's Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program. Hail! My name is Caesar and I am a male Cocker Spaniel cross who is 5 years old. I am looking for an easy-g0ing family to call my very own. I am a friendly pup who likes to carry my tennis balls around just in case someone wants to play ball. I am fond of taking walks and playing ball, but am just as content to cuddle when the time is right. I am seeking a semi-active home that is not afraid to show off my cuteness. I am perfect for a couple, a family or a senior needing a buddy. Is this too much brag- ging? Nah. So you should pop on over to High Sierra Animal Rescue for some playtime. You will see just how cute lam. Caesar Breed: Spaniel, American Cocker Mix Age: 5 years Gender: Male Color: Black Altered: Yes Size: Medium Ref.#2570 Current on shots H~ Se~ra Ane~ Rescue Open from 10 am to 4 pm, Mon. thru Sat. * (530) 832-4727 M HSA 3-YEAR PLAN ,14-,15, ,15-,16, ,16-,17 Nov. 14, 2014 - Dec. 14, 2014 The Plan is available on the Web at: (click on Mental Health) Public Hearings on Dec. 15, 2014 Noon Quincy Library Conference Room Copies of this plan are available at local libraries For more information, call Plumas County Mental Health at 283-6307 t