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4A Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012  Portola Reporter COMMUNITY BRIEFS Beckwith Tavern closes Less than two months after the doors closed at Jimmie's Roadhouse 70, another East- ern Plumas restaurant has shut down. The Beckwith Tavern, which had been open for lunch and dinner, closed last week. Filing period under way for City Council hopefuls The filing period for three Portola City Council seats opened July 16 and closes Aug. 10. Bill Weaver, Phil Oels and John Larrieu currently hold the seats coming up for elec- tion. Filing papers may be picked up at City Hall. To date, four individuals have taken out pa- perwork -- the three incum- bents and Michelle Gault, a former candidate for supervi- sor. Abatement continues at Main Street property The Portola City Council voted to continue the abatement process for the property located at 201 Main St. after its owner failed to ap- pear at last Wednesday's hear- ing on the matter. City Manager Leslie Tigan reported that there had been no change to the property and that there had been no contact from the property owner de- spite repeated attempts. A notice will be posted on the property and the owner will have another 30 days to comply with cleanup. ff that fails, the city can be- gin the process itself and put a lien on the property to recoup costs. City solidly in the black During its July 25 meeting, the Portola City Council learned that it has $2.7 million in its reserve fund, nearly triple the amount required by the state. Finance Officer Susan Scar- lett said, "We are supposed to keep one year's worth of ex- penditures, about $1 million." That's good news for the city because it will need between $1.2 million and $1.5 million to close the landfill. That money will be borrowed from the general fund and then repaid through the city's solid waste revenues. Dueling ftmdraisers Aug. 15 Residents in Eastern Plumas have a choice of fundraisers Aug. 15 -- the Nifty Thrifty fashion show in Portola and a dinner and auc- tion at Plumas-Eureka State Park. The fashion show, which is free to the public, will feature fashions from the Nifty Thrifty, which benefits East- ern Plumas Health Care. Do- nation boxes will be set up. It is being held at 6 p.m. at the Baptist Church. The Plumas-Eureka State Park Association is hosting a fundraiser to benefit the state park. A $50 ticket buys a din- ner of chicken, ribs, pasta and more, as well as an opportuni- ty to bid on a number of items. The event gets under way at 5:30 p.m. Dinner benefits s1:0000te park meet next year's goal. Scan Conry, the chef at Longboards Bar & Grill, will cater the dinner, which will include ribs, chicken, pasta and side dishes. Skutt promises that this will "be better than a buf- fet." Local merchants and artists have donated the items for the silent and live auctions, which include a Weber gas barbecue, golf The Plumas-Eureka State Park Association members hope that a family-style dinner and auction Aug. 15 will help keep the park open. "It should be a fun night with dinner outside in the historic area of the park," Association President Jay Skutt said. The association made a two-year $30,000 annual com- mitment to the state, and more funding is needed to MAKE YOUR PROPERTY FIRE SAFE! • Weekly Maintenance • Hauling • Weed Eating • Debris Removal • Pruning and resort packages and works donated by Leland Cross, Carol Hale and Jo Ann Hanna. The event gets under way at 5:30 p.m. with an interpre- tive history of the park giv- en by ranger Scott Elliott. Tickets are $50 per person and can be purchased at the store in the state park's mu- seum or by sending a check to PESPA, P.O. Box 1148, Blairsden, CA 96103.. For more information, call Skutt at 836-4135. County struggles with full jail Dan McDonald Staff Writer dmcdonald@plumasnews.com According to a state-issued report, former state prison inmates who have been released to county supervi- sion are behaving themselves better than when the state was in charge. And the report has statistics to prove it. The first Realignment Report released July 25 by the Chief Probation Officers of California (CPOC), showed that less than 4 percent of offenders failed to keep in touch with their county pro- bation officers. According to the report, the percentage of parolees under state supervision who fail to maintain contact is more than three times higher -- 14 percent. The report outlined the sig- nificant realignment in Cali- fornia's criminal justice system. Assembly Bill 109, implemented in response to a Supreme Court decree to reduce overcrowding in state prisons, has moved 38,000 "non-violent" felons to the state's 58 counties since October 2011. "It is clear that realignment is already ,dramatically changing criminal justice in California, with the state prison population under 140,000 for the first time since 1996," said Steve Bordin, president of the CPOC and chief probation officer of Butte County. "Our goal is to put out data for public con- sumption and analysis." The 38,000 offenders who would have been ,the respon- sibility of the state are now DAVID J. HEASLETT supervised and housed by lo- cal county probation and sheriffs departments. The number includes 23,000 who are now under the super- vision of local probation de- partments as "post-release community supervision" instead of parolees under state jurisdiction. The Plumas County Proba- tion Department reported it is currently supervising i7 peo- ple released from the Califor- nia state prison system. Four of the 17 currently have arrest warrants for not keep- ing in touch with their proba- tion officer. Although Plumas County numbers are too low to have much statistical significance, the county's criminal justice leaders have been concerned about the number of people who aren't complying with the terms of their probation. They said a major problem is that the county jail is full. Because of a 20-year-old con- sent decree, the jail's capacity is limited to 37 people instead of the 67 it could potentially hold. In order to expand the capacity to 67, the sheriff said his office needed to hire and train several more correc- tions officers. The county has been taking steps to get the consent decree lifted. The county counsel's office reported that it is negotiating with attor- neys involved in the consent decree to get it lifted. However, Sheriff Greg Hag- wood said the decree proba- bly won't be lifted until new corrections officers are in place, which he said could take at least four months. Because the jail is current- ly full, the county isn't able to send most probation viola- tors back to jail. And the vio- lators are aware of it, accord- ing to the probation depart- ment. "They snub their nose at us and they know there is nothing we can do," Plumas County Chief Probation Offi- cer Sharon Reinert said last month. Part of the reason the jail is full is because the county still doesn't have a state-sanc- tioned alcohol and drug pro- gram in place. Because of the absence of A&D services, iocal judges said they don't have the option to render split sentences. That means offend- ers who could be better served with substance abuse or mental health treatment are spending their entire sen- tence in jail. A committee comprised of local criminal justice lead- ers has been working to tack- le the A&D services void. According to District Attor- ney David Hollister, who is a member of the committee, the group was able to report "ex- cellent progress" during its meeting Wednesday, July 25. The county, under the direction of Public Health Director Mimi Hall, is report- edly in the final stages of re- instituting an alcohol and drug program. Hall is also a member of the Community Corrections Partnership com- mittee. The complete report from the Chief Probation Officers of California can be viewed at cpoc.org/php/realign/dashbo ardinfo/CPOCbriefl 1.pdf. Hate to Paint? Call a Professional! • Interior & Exterior Paint & Stain • Commercial, Residential, Big or Small • Serving Plumas and Sierra Counties • 30 years Experience • Discount Pricing BOB RAYMOND PAINTING 836-1339 CA Lic. #759277 00PORTOU II00OlTll Serving sierra & Mohawk Valleys Postal Service: USPS (No. 439-420.) Periodicals postage paid at Portola, CA. Published: Every Wednesday morning by Feather Publishing, Co., Inc. 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