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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, May 18, 2016 11B The grand jury i an effective tool-- learn about it Oh oh! You received a lay to rest misconceptions for me and a benefit to the summons to jury duty. Oh WHERE I STAND or unwarranted criticismscounty. NO! Not just jury duty- CYNTHIA R, WHITE of public agencies or As an example, while on but civil grand jury duty. PLUMAS COUNTY managers, the 2012 grand jury, one of GRAND JURY ASSOCIATION What is the civil grand jury The size of the grand our investigations was the anyway? Does the jury jury (19 members in Plumas Chester Public Utilities make a difference? Why died out long ago. By virtue County) gives it enough District. The basic issue should I care? of its longevity, there is resources to delve into with the 2012 Chester PUD Well, let me see if I can evidence that it is effective complex problems with board was that none of the enlighten you a little bit. and a viable part of our unlimited power to gatherboard members understood The civil grand jury had governmen[, data and investigate, they were ultimately its beginning in England There is no other Investigative reporters responsible for the fiscal around 1050. English grand institution quite like a try to do the same thing,health and management of juries served the California grand jury. but do not have subpoena the district. government in finding and The grand jury's role as a power. The grand jury prosecuting private citizens' civil investigator -- a The most effective tools interviewed employees, misdeeds, but took a U-turn fact finding body -- gives of the grand jury are itsboard members and and now juries investigate it the ability to identify and reports that call attention reviewed the financial and assess public figures, bring to light problems in to problems. Even though records and defending individuals' local agencies that wouldthe grand jury does not communications of the rights and expectations, never otherwise come to have enforcement power, district, among many other County grond juries can the public's attention, no one wants to be investigations, and found investigate any Because of this, the grand embarrassed for not doingevidence that the board did non criminal activities jury plays a vital role in their job well and most not "get" that they answered and report and make promoting the transparency government workers want to the residents in the recommendations based of governmentoperations to do their jobs as well as district and that this lack of on the result of the and the accountability ofthey can. understanding showed up in investigations, public officials. I personally have served nearly every aspect of their If the grand jury system It can expose official on two grand juries in governance, or lack thereof. were not beneficial to the corruption, waste and Plumas County. I found the The manager of the community, it would have inefficiency. And it can experience to be educational district operated completely independently of board guidance, signing his own paychecks and even establishing board agendas, editing board meeting minutes and spending district funds without oversight by anyone. The district has made significant changes in its management both during the investigation and as a consequence of the grand jury report. The Chester PUD board has attended Brown Act and governance training, established much more effective oversight of district management and has, most importantly, demonstrated a greater understanding of its role. Ultimately, the Plumas County District Attorney filed a felony embezzlement complaint against the former manager. Grand juries are effective and essential for good government. A grand juror is someone with the following attributes: the ability to listen; does not carry baggage or an axe to grind; plays well with others; has the time to do their best work for the community; is an optimist; and has life experience -- no set age is required, but life experience really helps. So take a few minutes to consider your feeling about serving on the grand jury. The grand jury will flourish if it demonstrates its own value -- if it proves that it can propel meaningful improvements in government operations and ethics by conducting thorough, fair and professional investigations into important local issues, and by producing carefully documented reports that compellingly and persuasively set forth the jury's recommendations. Take some responsibility for your place of residence. Relay for Life needs your help the growing of marijuana in The 28th annual Relay For WHERE I STA1NID the tumor was taken out by unenclosed areas. These Life is scheduled for June ................................. way of a very risky actions can attract families 18. This year, as it did last JOHN KOLB operation that involved the year, the event will takePLUMAS BANK DREAM TEAM removal and replacement of and retirees to relocate from 2016 RELAY FOR LIFE metropolitan areas to our place at the Plumas County a three inch square piece of city. They can help Courthouse in downtown his skull, he underwent adevelopers when they begin Quincy. time to this year. Or maybe series of radiation and their work. Most of you know that theyou wonder if your efforts chemotherapy treatments. Profiteers from outside Relay began as a nationalare helping make a Bryan optimistically and users in our area want a grassroots effort to raise difference, began the slow routine ofmedical marijuana money for cancer research. It seems that it has recovery, but a few months dispensary and commercial Volunteers, both locally and become fashionable to- later we found out that the cultivation business within nationally, have given their criticize nonprofit cancer had not only our city limits. The majority time and effort in support of organizations that are returned, it had of residents have opposed this cause, and are too involved in fundraising for metastasized; and was their requests. As a resident many to number, this cause or that. After all, attacking his spine and that has been opposed to The effect that money everybody receives vital organs, these profiteers I would vote raised for continuing telephone calls thanking Bryan died on Nov. 24, to support helping our local research, early detection them for their past financial 2013, about a month and ahospital. It has thirty acres and improved treatment has support (whether you half after his 57th birthday, of available property. As a had on our ability to beat contributed or not) and I will always remember and community we could ask this'insidious disease is asking "can you help us out love my brother, and I will council to offer the hospital tangible, and it is growing, again this year?" I know Ialways continue to help -- an exclusive,right to the Read that last line : do, and that doesn't even ..... in my own small way -- to ...... cultivation and distribution and see if you believe it. begir GO speak to the ' find the cure. of medical marijuana within Could it be true? unsolicited mail I get on a Please join me June 18, at our city limits. This action The answer is yes. weekly basis with even 10 a.m., in downtown would bring more jobs and Survivability rates are more appeals inside. So how Quincy. If you can be on a revenue to a vital business. increasing and mortalitydo you decide who to help Relay For Life team, please It would bring revenue to rates from cancer are and who not to? do so. If you can,t do that, the city. Make Portola decreasing. We are actually While I can't open my come down and walk with become a leader of rural making headway against checkbook for every us for a while anyway. And community development. this terrible killer, in no solicitation I receive (who please, make a donation in Larry F. Douglas small part due to the efforts can?), cancer is personal the name of a loved one who Portola of our volunteers here and with me. Besides the has fought this disease, so those across the countryco-workers, friends and that others might emerge Really a tax who are dedicating family that have been victorious. The thought occurred to themselves to help eradicate stricken with or died fromGo to me that it is time to analyze cancer, this disease over my a couple of traffic tickets. Perhaps you have lifetime, I lost a brother to ntyCA where you can find Tickets are presently participated in the Relay cancer a couple of years more information about imposed and collected by a For Life in past years and ago. this event or sign up to be Superior Court judge, acting wonder whether you'll have It began with a tumor on on a team. as a tax collector. Yes, your the side of his brain. After ticket is taxed, at a rate categories. The base fine of much higher than income $25 will cost $114, $35 will go and other taxes. It's sales tax up to $154 and $70 will go to on traffic tickets. The police $280. A misdemeanor base officers have become the tax fine of $185 can cost as Assessors. The problem is much as $754. when the that those who are our time comes for you to get a elected representatives gave ticket, blame your elected the taxes some exotic names, leaders. On the other side A soldier made a rolling of the coin is the need for stop at a red light. He more court buildings. Like received a ticket in the mail the one in Portola. That one for $465. He failed to pay it in is small and is not used, but time and the total due now consider that it only cost was $703. In his home state about $3 to 4 million dollars. of North Carolina the Bythe way, a fishing penalty would be about $50. misdemeanor may cost you At first our leaders used a base fine of $100 but with percentages, but now there the "extras" runs the bill are fees, for example $40 for up to $400. Most certainly Court Operations Fee; $30 a portion is applied to the for a criminal records fee; $4 Judge's Retirement Fund. for Emergency Transport Drive using good sense Fee, etc. There have been $10 and fish responsibly. tickets which ballooned into Remember that Freedom $100 fines and a $100 ticket is not Free. may increase to $480 ................ .... Jan Klement Locally, a person failed to Quincy turn his lights on in a timely manner. With the "taxes and adjustments" the fine was $300. The fines are deemed in See Letters, page 12B THE COMMON GOOD COMMU NITY FOU NDATION GRANTS AVAILABLE FOR LOCALNON-PROFITS The Common Good Community Foundation is currently accepting grant applications through 5/31/16. Please visit for funding guidelines and an application or call (530)394-8389 foe more information, Plumas County Animal Shelter 201 N Mill Creek Road, Quincy, CA 95971 (530) 283-3673 For the month of May all adult cats that have been spayed or neutered have NO ADOPTION FEE! Our office hours are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 8am-5pm. Saturday viewing is by appointment only. Office hours me subject to change due to staffing; calling prior to visiting shelter is recommended. All potential adoptm must complete an adoption consultation form and be approved prior to adoption. Adoption fees are $10.00 for dogs and cats, license fee for dogs is $15.00 per year. Sponsored by: STRENGTH EXPERTISE SERVICE 2940-B Riverside Dr. 61A Bradley St. New Location SUSANVILLE QUINCY 401A Peninsula De (530) 257-4161 (530) 283.4250LAKEALMANOR Chicago Title (530) 681-4004 http : //chica gotitleplumas, com For more information or to view more pets, visit us at j I m Contact your elected officials PLUMAS COUNTY SUPERVISORS - 520 Main Street, Room 309, Quincy, CA 95971; (530) 283-6170; FAX: (530)283-6288; E-Mail: Individual supervisors can be e-mailed from links on the county website: PRESIDENT - Barack Obama, the White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., NW Washington, D.C. 20500. (202) 456-1414. Fax: 202-456-2461. E-mail: whitehouse .gov/contact/ U.S. SENATOR - Dianne Feinstein (D), 331 Hart Senate Office Bldg., Washington, D.C. 20510. (202) 224-3841; FAX: 202-228-3954; TrYFIDD: (202) 224-2501. District Office: One Post Street, Suite 2450, San Francisco, CA 94104; Phone: (415) 393-0707; Fax: (415) 393-0710. Website: U,S. SENATOR- Barbara Boxer (D). District Office: 501 1 St., Suite 7-600, Sacramento, CA 95814. (916) 448-2787; FAX (916) 448-2563.112 Hart Bldg., Washington, D.C. 20510. (202) 224-3553. FAX (202) 228-0454. U,S. REPRESENTATIVE, 1st DIST. - Doug LaMalfa. 506 Cannon HOB, Washington, D.C. 20515. (202) 225-3076.; Facebook.conYRepLaMaifa; twitter. @RepLaMalfa. DISTRICT OFFICE: 2862 Olive Hwy, Suite D, Oroville, CA 95965, (530) 534-7100, FAX (530) 534-7800. ' STATE SENATOR, 1st DIST. - Ted Gaines. State Capitol, Room 3070, Sacramento, CA 95814. (916) 651-4001, FAX: (916) 324-2680. El Dorado Hills Constituent Service Center: 4359 Town Center Boulevard, Suite 112, Et Dorado Hills, CA 95762. (916) 933-7213, FAX (916) 933-7234. Redding Constituent Service Center: 1670 Market St., Suite 244, Redding, CA 96001, (530) 225-3142, FAX (530) 225-3143. STATE ASSEMBLYMAN, 1st DIST.- Brian Dahle, State Capitol, Suite 2158, Sacramento, CA 94249-00001, (916) 319-2001; FAX (916) 319-2103. District Office: 280 Hemsted Dr., Ste. #110, Redding, CA 96002; (530) 223-6300, FAX (530) 223-6737. GOVERNOR - Jerry Brown, office of the Governor, State Capitol, Suite 1173, Sacramento, CA 95814. Website: 445-2841. FAX: (916) 558-3160.