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llw 2A Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2010 Indian Valley Record Linda Satchwell vide a press release, whichquality programs with limit- cap, he was told in July that ~ court papers, Sacramento Staff Writer had initially been sent outed resources." he'd have to call his 21 new City College did investigate Aug. 2, detailing "caps" to all The press release also not- recruits and inform them the Trueblood's complaints athletic team numbers for the ed "although FRC is an open that they would no longer and found them to be without Feather River College, its 2010 year "due to budget cuts access institution and offers have a place on the football merit. athletic director Merle True- and the statewide enrollment an education to all, not every team. This, after they hadFurther, Small alleges that blood and its head football cap." student athlete who applies plane tickets, financial aid the rest of "the all-white coach James Johnson were The football team would will make the team in someand housing in place, coaching staff, which worked sued Nov. 11 in United States drop from a maximum num- sports." Effectively, this action diligently to get him to quit District Court in Sacramento ber of 115 players to an 85- The release concludes, made Small look as though his union-protected job, mar- by Eric Small, former assis- player "target" for the "FRC has one of the most di- he'd deceived these players, ginalized him. tant head football coach, on 2010-11 year. Other sports verse student populations in and it destroyed his reputa- Small said that the "intol- charges of racial discrimina- teams would experience sinai- Northern California, and tion as a successful recruiter erable working conditions tion. Small is African-Ameri- lar cuts. seeks to maintain that diver- of black, Southern players -- caused severe emotional and can. Small alleges that all of the sity while ensuring overall a job he'd been doing for FRC physical distress. In Aug. According to Small's attor- black players that he recruit- student success." since 2005. 2010 he left the college on a ney, Terri Keyser-Cooper of ed paid out-of-state tuition Small's legal document, Small said he felt responsi- stress leave and has since re- Reno, the lawsuit "alleges and would not be directly af- which is 45 pages long, al- ble for these stranded players signed." racism in the desire of the fected by the state cap, since leges a conscious, persistent and helped to get some of In a letter from Small's at- 2010 athletic department to the state doesn't pay for strategy of discriminationthem places on the football torney Keyser-Cooper to cut black players from the them. from Trueblood, Johnson and team at Sacramento City Col- Feather Publishing, she team. In July 2010, Small was Out-of-state tuition is ap-others, including assistant lege. quotes herself and co-attor- told the 'face' of the nearly proximately half of what the football coach Josh White Small alleges that True- ney Diane Vaillancourt: all-black FRC football team state pays per student, how- who, according to Small, was blood then filed a complaint '"This is one of the ugliest would change. And change it ever. With a much smaller the most openly racist of the with the California College race cases we have ever seen, did, the new coach changed pool of money -- given re- group. Athletic Commission (CCAC)and we have seen some ugly the 2010 new recruits from 80 quired funding and enroll- Among the carefully de- claiming Small had "improp- ones in our 20 plus years' percent black to nearly 80 ment caps -- it may be thattailed and dated claims, erly acted as an 'agent' for practice ... FRC's football de- percent white." FRC felt the need to cut out- Small alleges that he was (Sacramento City College) to partment treated its young FRC staff declined to com- of-state students, as well. Ac- promised the head coachingthe detriment of FRC." To black athletes in a despicable ment, on the advice of their cording to the release, "The position, and it was then giv- Small's knowledge, the CCAC and overtly racist manner, legal counsel. Bruce Baldwin, school needed to be more se- en to Johnson, a Caucasian. has not acted on this corn- and what it did to Eric Small director of outreach, did pro- lective in order to maintain Because of the enrollment plaint, but, according to was even worse." ! Neighbors helping Neighbors Alicia Knadler Indian Valley Editor More people than ever are in need of help with basic ex- penses like food and utility bills. : Even the monthly communi- ty supper fund has been de- ipleted. The trend in increased need is most noticeable at the Indi- !an Valley Food Pantry, and :donations are urgently need- ed, especially with the upcom- ing holidays. : Back in the winter of 2008 there were about 50 families served each month, and just : last month there were 89, with numbers staying at more than 70 since July. And the trend in increasing need continues according to Greenville Southern Baptist Pastor Fred Kerr, who has helped run the pantry for sev- eral years. Donations of non-perishable foods may include canned goods and boxed foods, espe- cially fruits, canned meats and meals ready to heat and eat. The Indian Valley Food Pantry, located on Mill Street in Greenville, is open Fridays, 10 a.m. - noon. Referrals can be obtained from local churches and other organizations, as well as at the pantry. Donations for the communi- ty supper and help with other needs, like heating or utility costs, are available through the Indian Valley Family Re- source Center._ Those m need may call the Thanks: ' ' at the St. Bernard Lodge Bring your family and enjoy a i : Traditional Thanksgiving feast. Nov. 25th lpm till 6pm Thanksgiving Day Buffet Featuring: Glazed Ham, Roast Turkey, Corn Bread Stuffing, and tall the Trimmings, including soup, salad and assorted desserts ~,~ Adults: $24.95 3 - 12 yrs.: s19.95 * under 3 yrs: free !~+ Please call for reservations ) 258-3382 i= m center at 284-1560. ket, is for low-income families tions are at the Roundhouse Tree angels will be making who need help with Christmas Council, on the corner of Bush their appearance at Evergreen gifts for their children,and Grand streets, or the trib- Market in Greenville during Families who need help may al office across Main Street Thanksgiving week, where sign up at the Indian Valley from Hunter Ace Hardware. residents can pick them up Family Resource Center, lo- For more information and fill the Christmas wishes cated currently in the Civic about the program, those in- written on them. Center at 430 Main St. interested may call the Indian The Tree Angel Program, co- Greenville. Valley Family Resource Cen- sponsored by Evergreen Mar- The other two sign-up loca- ter at 284-1560. Linda Satchwell Staff Writer Retention and recruitment At Eastern Plumas Health Care's November board meet- ing, Chief Executive Officer Tom Hayes reported that Dr. Trey Brader would be leaving EPHC in January. He'd vowed to give "rural health care" a six-month trial run. In the Physician retention and re- cruitment is a top priority for Hayes. As recently reported in this paper, however, small rural hospitals have a rough time enticing quality doctors, especially in tough economic times. The good news for EPHC is that he currently has several quality recruiting prospects, one of whom comesmith a wife and children, so much of end, he found it wasn't a good the necessary social network fit, said Hayes. will arrive with him. Brader's patients in Graea- New EPHC clinics supervi- gle aren't likely to take the sor Patrick Morgan, R.N., re- news gently, however. He's an ported he's working to ensure excellent doctor and, upon his that lab results are reported arrival, news down the Graea- to patients within seven to 10 gle gossip pipeline quickly re- days if tests are normal. If re- ported his talents. Within a sults show a problem, the pa- few weeks, he had a full tient's health provider will schedule of patients, phone right away and discuss I the problem over the phone and/or schedule an appoint- ment time. All clinics are striving to be more accommodating to pa- tients. They're seeing walk-in patients, and the Portola Clin- ic is currently working on having evening hours one day a,week, according to Hayes. : Clinicsare also working on customer service, said Hayes, who has repeatedly voiced the opinion that having a live hu- man answer the phones dur- ing open hours shouldn't be too much to ask. In addition, he wants patient wait times documented and measured for quality purposes. Board member Janie McBride commented that she'd been reading an article in this month's Trustee maga- zine, "Survival Strategies for Community Hospitals," re- garding necessary Changes in the ways that small, critical access hospitals do business. In the wake of the econom- ic crunch and insurance and health care reform legislation, the article said these hospi- tals, in order to be successful, needed to focus on physician recruitment and retention, emphasize increased trans- parency in reporting clinical performance and quality mea- sures and find ways to collab- orate with neighboring hospi- tals. McBride was happy to re- port that Hayes and the ad- ministrative staff had already implemented the changes. Whatever happened to ... Thein's lawsuits? Paul Thein What: Former college vice president and athletic di- rector Paul Thein, former women's head basketball coach Laurel Wartluft and former Upward Bound di- rector Michelle Jaureguito filed a complaint with the State Personnel Board in 2006, alleging they were retaliated against for blow- ing the whistle about gen- der equity issues at Feather River College. The latest: Last month, the StatePersonnel Board dismissed the complaints, finding, in essence, that the three did not qualify as whistleblowers. Background: The SPB complaints were filed in 2006. Following depositions and hearings, the cases were submitted to an ad- ministrative law judge in May 2008. In June 2009, the judge issued a nearly 200-page proposed deci- sion that found in favor of the plaintiffs. In July 2009, the SPB rejected the judge's proposed decision and asked for additional arguments from both par- ' ties. The-bi~;a~d issued its decision, findint~in favor of FRC, in October 2010. What's next: Federal law- suits are still pending in all three cases. Plaintiffs' law- suits alleging similar claims under state and federal law were scheduled to be tried in the United States District Court in Sacramento next year. Following the SPB deci- sion, that court asked all parties to submit argu- ments on whether or how the SPB ruling could affect the federal cases. Those ar- guments are scheduled to be heard Feb. 25, 2011. Reaction: Thein said that state and federal standards for whistleblowers are dif- ferent and he is looking forward to having his day in federal court. His only re- gret, he said, was waiting so long for the SPB decision instead of proceeding in the district court. (Accord- ing to court papers, both sides repeatedly asked for postponements pending the SPB decision.) Richard E Stockton, CLU ChFC, Agent Insurance Lic. #0B68653 Providing Insurance & Financial Services 65 W. 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