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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, April 15, 2015 11B COATES, from page 9B and then if the CAO is carefully guided by the Board of Supervisors. The CA0 works at the Board's pleasure, and should measure up to the standards that the Board sets forth. If he or she doesn't meet predetermined expectations, the person should be terminated. The buck stops with the Board of Supervisors, not at the CAO position. If things aren't working well within the county, the Board should look introspectively. Some of the areas cited in the survey were as follows: County seems to be lacking a strategic direction. County reacting, instead of getting ahead of problems. Budgeting is haphazard. Department heads are having to lobby, and the squeaky wheel sometimes helps a few. We are using more consultants than we might. Paying Public Defenders more than County CAO has is to prepare theThere are some other sometimes vacant, which work on long-term policies Prosecutors seems annual response to the Grand things which the Board could may mean lost opportunityand goals. shortsighted. Too many Jury Report. turn their attention to, if they for additional revenue from The consistent highly paid people In turn, I believe the wished. . additional events and characteristic of successful languishing in the taxpayers are expecting their Centralized purchasing conferences. CAOs that I have seen in Boardroom too long. Grants elected officials to set comes to mind. There is fully If the Board of Supervisors other counties always was of not always being sought, and long-term policy, and to plan funded federal money is still uncertain about how diplomacy. I also noticed that we haven't always secured for long-term county available for bridge to finance the CAO position, the best ones didn't seem to adequate money for the stability. Reducing fire replacement which will one area that hasn't beenhave a large ego. They administration cost danger, protecting our job expire, which we aren't touched for over 14 years, is usually wished to make associated with the grants we base (i.e. Sierra Pacificreaching for. the auditing of the TOT others look better, and do get. Some moves aren't Industries, Collins Pine,There still isn't a county returns to the county. This, invariably they were good being made, that end up Feather River College), materials recycling facility coupled with savings in team players. Most costing more. Along the same debating the Thermal (after about 18 years of county efficiency should perceptive counties had a line, another cQmment made Curtain idea, keeping USFS discussions) which would approach $600,000 or more. review process in place for was that delays in addressing roads open, watching the mean about 16 new full-time Additionally, one of the first the performance review of problems cost even more. lake level at Lake Almanor jobs. This MRF facility would things the CAO's office could the CAO annually at a I can see all of these areas and at the other lakes, allow us to meet looming be tasked to accomplish is to minimum, which many times adding up to more than keeping our rural hospitals state law for waste stream create the space in the budget included department heads $500,000. open, and enabling our recovery targets. Tied to that for cost-of-living increases and elected officials and A CAO should be special districts to do their is the possibility of for the county employees, if sometimes employee responsible for planning, work unimpeded. I haven'tdeveloping a countywide we are lagging behind organization representatives. organizing, directing, included Board of green waste program, similar counties in our Being the go-to person for coordinating, reporting and Equalization hearings where The Sheriff has advanced area. all 39 departments, with the budgeting (with the most the tax base can be some ideas for cooperation I'm not suggesting that the other four supervisors, may important area being the diminished, LAFCO with FRC to bring students Board of Supervisors should yield a certain sense of budgeting). Department relationships, a County from out of the area for work less. I believe that their satisfaction, but there is a heads and elected officials General Plan process thatpost-accredited courses, time should be spent working larger task, in my humble shouldn't be sitting in the has been expensive and still which would enhance our on the bigger picture. Their opinion! I have faced these boardroom waiting for their isn't finished and the Feather local economy, job is a daunting one either same dilemmas and wish the turn to ask to move $15. River Inn which still sits Our multi-million dollar way, but we need them to Board well with their Another responsibility the vacant, fairgrounds facility is have the opportunity to decision. LETTERS. from page 9B the $6,186 fee, or the race could have been rerouted. In fact, the fee needed to be reduced by just $1,187. If the fee had been under $5,000 it would have reverted to about $400, the fee charged annually for the three previous races. Had the Forest Service really wanted to serve the public, they could have found a way to reduce the fee by $1,187. But that's a story for another letter. For $1,187, the Forest Service chose the frog over the race. And jobs. John Olofson Graeagle California's water woes Until recently, most Californians have taken water for granted. Due to the severity of a four-year drought and higher temperatures, California citizens have been required to reduce their water consumption by 25 percent. While many Californians are taking this seriously and reducing their water needs at home, there are even bigger consumers of water that have not been required to reduce, such as agriculture. It is unconscionable that agriculture, which consumes 8o percent of California's water, has not been required to reduce their impact on diminishing water resources. Some politicians argue that growers are voluntarily implementing practices to conserve water due to higher water costs; but there are those growers who use water that is not regulated through state channels. One of the water sources these growers use is an aquifer which is also a water source for many residents. Aquifers that have stored water since the end of the last ice age are being depleted at an alarming rate. Agriculture is a business. California agriculture provides 50 percent of the produce used by our nation, most of the world's almonds, and exports many other agricultural products including 60 percent of its rice. Some crops require more water than others to produce. One almond requires as much water as four heads of lettuce. It is estimated that state almond production consumes as much water annually as Los Angeles does in three years. One walnut requires five times the amount of water as an almond. As Californians address our water woes, we need to consider our efficient use of water. Perhaps this is not the time to produce water-guzzling crops. Perhaps exporting crops that use our water is not prudent. Agriculture represents 2 percent of California's economy and 1 percent of its wo~k/fqrce. Should agriculture determine how much water the rest of us Use? Faith Strailey Quincy Discriminatory laws Laws are being passed in those states handed to the Republicans by big money that inhibit the rights of their minority citizens. Because they were endowed with life with different biological urges than the majority of people, gays in too many states have been targets of discriminatory laws. The lawmakers have taken it upon themselves to question, judge, and punish unjustly a portion of their tax-paying, law-abiding citizens. Although, until recently, citizens were not required to produce an ID before being allowed to vote, many states, with the blessing of the Supreme court, have passed laws that would prohibit citizens from voting who might not have the money to afford a car, and, therefore, not have a DMV license with which to prove their identity. These laws are clear repressions of voters' rights and harken back to the unconstitutional poll tax. In California, where big money has turned the tide in election after election, legislators have banded to make the money people identify themselves in bold disclosures. AB 700, the California Disclose Act, would do just that. There is no honest argument against AB 700. It is a plain and obvious provision for which justice cries out. If honest citizens in repressive states must provide ID's before they can exercise their Constitutional right to vote, then, surely, corporate big money contributors should be :. compelled to produce their true identities, especially since the Supreme Court has given them the same playing field as those who are being forced to produce their identities. To the point. In 1784, in his Notes on Virginia, Thomas Jefferson said, "Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just." Salvatore Catalano Taylorsville Republican Party What happened? Were you left out of the loop? Did you not get the memo? The Log Cabin Republicans now have an active role in the state party organization. The date at the top of this page is 2015, not 0015. Just as a general rule, current political parties tend to be a bit more successful when they are inclusive, rather than blatantly discriminatory, religions. All religions Obama saying how peaceful You might find it operate on the principle of the religion of Islam is. From interesting to research Sen. "do unto others." He cited these hand picked sound Barry Goldwater's viewpoint examples of people of allbites, Fox infers that Obama on gays serving in the faiths doing good all over the is anti-Christian and military. And we know that world. He also stated "part of pro-Muslim. As I listened to you'd need to search for a what I want to touch on today both O'Reilly and Hannity long time to find a more is the degree to which we've demonize Obama and his dedicated Republican than seen professions of faith used secular cohorts as Barry Goldwater. both as an instrument of anti-Christian, I struggled to Gene Nielsen great good, but also twisted keep my jaw from dropping CrescentMills and misused in the name of at the irrationality of their evil." Further, he described arguments. Fox 'news' irrational how religious groups andThen, although Fox did After watching my favorite others all over the worldcondemn the policeman's "liberal" news programs, I have been brutalized by killing of the fleeing unarmed decided to record two Fox heavily armed groups man, they completely omitted "news" programs for a claiming to act with God's the fact that the police report comparison. Two stories of blessing, stating, "humanity showed that the officer was note: Obama's religious has been grappling with "justified" in using lethal convictions and the these questions throughout force until the video policeman killing of Walter human history." surfaced. End of story. Fox Scott. So, how does Fox interpret? does not question how many Read the text of what They showed a clip of Obama other cases of police Obama said at the Prayer expressing concern over malfeasance may have been Breakfast and it's obvious to Christians espousing views covered up. any fair-minded person how or policies that show a lack of Tom Slavik he feels about various love. Then they showed Mohawk Vista COUNTY OF PLUMAS DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS NOTICE TO CONTRACTORS " Sealed proposals for the work shown on plans: Portola-McClears Road, CR 114 (County Route A15) Construction of Guardrail, Hot MixAsphalt Surfacing and Culvert Extension IN Plumas County, at three locations, on County Route A15 beginning 0.7 miles north of State Route 89 in Mohawk Valley and extending north 5.1 miles to near the intersection with Iron Horse Drive. Federal Project No: HRRRL-5909(084) will be received at the Office of the Plumas County Public Works Department, 1834 East Main Street, Conference Room, Quincy, CA 95971, until 2:00 p.m. on April 29, 2015, at which time they will be publicly opened and read aloud. The project consists primarily of the construction of guardrail upgrades, hot mix asphalt (HMA) shoulders and overlay, and a culvert extension. The contractor shall possess a Class A license or a C-12 licenses at the time this contract is awarded. The successful bidder shall furnish a payment bond and a performance bond. Plans and specifications may be reviewed at http://www.countvofplumas.com/bids.asDx Complete bidder's packages are required for submitting a bid. 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