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Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2010 9B COMMUNITY PERSPECTIVE Forest's V information misleading check the facts WHERE I STAND Travel Management Plan Campers outside of devel- People will have to walk In reality, only 20 miles of analysis of the mileage, see which will greatly restrict oped campgrounds will havesignificantly further to get to "single-track" motorcycle the SAC website at sierra CORKY LAZZARINO motorized access across the to carry all their campingtheir favorite fishing or trails are being added to the access.com. EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR SIERRA ACCESS COALITION entire forest, gear to their campsites swimming hole. entire forest. There are public meetings Your friends and neighbors(which is particularly a Motorized access for the In fact, on Beckwourth this week regarding the Firewood cutters, hikers, in SAC have been intimately problem for equestrians), disabled and elderly who District there are zero miles Travel Management Plan: campers, motorcyclist, involved in thisprocess since Motorhomes will be limitedcan't hike simply won't be al- being added and only 2 miles Wednesday, Nov. 17, at the 4-wheelers, hunters ... virtu- the inception six years ago to camping within one lowed, on Mt. Hough District. Beckwourth Ranger Station ally everyone who uses the and up until now have vehicle length of the dusty The USFS is giving us veryWhen the Forest Service in Blairsden, 4 - 6 p.m.; forest needs to recognize the enjoyed a good working road, etc. misleading facts. 1,107 miles claims 3,855 miles in its statis- Thursday, Nov. 18, at the Mt. damaging impact the newly relationship with the Plumas This is because the new of routes were inventoried, tics, it is including the main Hough Ranger Station on released Plumas National National Forest. But, we are rule limits all vehicles to The bottom line is 942 miles roads, which are quite differ- Highway 70, 4- 6 p.m.; Forest Travel Management very disappointed in the parking no more than one ve- of roads and trails will be ent from the trails that dirt Representatives from SAC Plan will have on the commu- manner that the USFS hicle length off a designated closed to public use. bikes use. Since existing roads will be at the meetings, but it's nity, businesses and their skewed the statistics in the road. The one.vehicle length Two examples of mislead- were not part of this project, also very import~t for the personal activities, newspaper to try to make the limitation is already being ing information from last any inclusion of this mileage public to attend. You can't win Sierra Access Coalition plan more palatable to theenforced on our forest roads, week's newspaper: in the statistics is irrelevant, if you don't play the gnome. (SAC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit public. There is no consideration Likewise, officials say It is unfortunate that the organization. We are your Remarkably, there is no for group parking, especially Mileage claimed by USFS there are 4383 miles avail- Plumas National Forest has friends and neighbors, local mention in the article about when pulling trailers. Single-track motorcycle trail: able for 4x4 use. That might construed the facts and not to this area, with more than the impact to firewood Trailheads that tradition-USFS claim: 3,855 miles be an accurate statement if a displayed the information re- 1,000 members who work to cutters, dispersed campers, ally provide ample parkingReality: 20.3 miles person defines "4-wheeling" garding this decision more preserve forest access for hunters, etc. This is very dis- are not provided. ATV (50" wide): as driving on a flat, mainclearly: everyone, turbing, because everyone Hunters will have no USFS claim: 3,802 miles road. The USFS definition of This is extremely discour- The United States Forest will see significant impacts, access to retrieve their game. Reality: 28.2 miles a 4x4 road apparently would aging to the public and espe- Service, our land manager, For example: Hikers will not be able toThe USFS claims there include Highway 70. cially to those who volunteer announced its decision in Woodcutters will be limited drive to all their favorite are 3,855 miles available for For a more accurate sum- their time to maintain our last week's newspaper on the to designated roads, trailheads, unlicensed motorcycle use.mary of the decision, and an public lands. LETTERS to the EDITOR Guidelines for Letters All letters must contain an address and a phone number. We publish only one letter per week, per person and only one 'letter per person, per month regarding the same subject. We do not publish third-party, anonymous, or open letters. Letters must be limited to a maximum of 300 words. The ed- itor will cut any letter in excess of 300 words.The deadline is Friday at 3 p.m. (Deadlines may change due to holidays.) Letters may be taken to any of Feather Publishing's offices, sent via fax to 283-3952, or e-mailed at mail@plumasnews.com Amazing job I have been meaning to write to you for much too long to congratulate you on the quality of your sports reporting. Shannon Morrow is an excellent writer who does an am~ing j6b covering area sports e~ch season. No one person could cover the total amount of sporting events that take place in this farfiung county each week, but Mr. Morrow makes sure that your readers know how our hometown teams are doing each and every season. His photos are also great and add a lot to the coverage. Keep up the great work, Shannon, and my thanks to the publisher and the editor for giving so much time and attention to our student athletes. Mike Jackson Quincy Stagnation issues for economic develop- perfectly. If I ~,ould have We have experienced eco- merit with a broader vision needed to travel to Reno or nomic stagnation. The long-than the majority of their Chico for emergency care the term decline of basic indus- predecessors, results would have been tries like mining, forestryIf Gold Mountain had grave. are only partial causes. This discharged all of their We, the people of Quincy, year the Grand Jury took upobligations in bankruptcy the need to stand behind our the issue of economic devel- county would have no claims hospital and try to keep it opment. A major focus is on the property. Nakoma As- from even considering clos- needed to overcome our eco-sociates already has helped ing its doors. We need nomicstagnation. We cannot replenish the county with the peace of mind knowing expect our legislators to bail $440,500. It is hall of the tax that we have professional, us out of our problems. Ourdebt owed by Gold Mountain. dedicated people working rural counties need work They hope to replenish the there and we want them to to attract businesses that jobs and attract tourismstay! generate revenues for the Penalties and interest is Thank you to alI of the state and federal government destined for Gold Mountain employees who were there as well as their own coffers. Special District not theduring my time of need, 1 will Maintaining our schools, hos- county coffers, be forever grateful! pitals and other essential ser- The Schomac Group and Lori Pini vices is our responsibility. Gold Mountain, are over-Quincy Recovery requires revenue coming obstacles to better . not only budget cuts. We their community. Now is The"fix"is on should not blindly accept the time for the county to Portolans have voted and new taxes or rate increases, cut losses and focus on the decided to move forward with Eastern Plumas County economic development anda "newer"council, as shown can be grateful for experi-community development ofover thepast few elections. enced developers like Wade Plumas County! It is time for Unfortunately the candi- and Associates and the incentives developers, date who did not win a coun- Schomac Group. They are LarryF. Douglas cil seat will in all likelihood weathering the economic Portolaremain on the council recession to help Plumas a through an "appointment" County move our economic Stand behind process. and community development I would like to inform the I feel this is as unfair a forward. They are the lights people in Quincy as to the ex- process as there can be in a in the darkness. They are ceptional care that I received society where we are working to attract construc- on my recent stay at Plumas supposed to have free, open tion jobs to Plumas County.District Hospital. Unfortu- and democratic elections. The construction industry nately, my situation was an The current council will fills a void. It and tourism are emergency so not only were claim "financial" problems today's engine for economicdoctors called in for me, but a and timelines won't allow for recovery full operating room crew was an election to take place. Activists need to agitate brought in. All of these dedi- I attended the council meet- the stagnate minds of the sta- cated employees were at the ing last Wednesday night tus quo in Plumas County. hospital within minutes of and heard the newly elected Our elected officials need to their phone calls. I had my council member say (from take on the current needs and surgery and everything went the audience) she thinks the Substantial numbers still willing to donate Even thoughAmericans volunteering more (11 per-have attended an event spon- Social responsibility indicate that, as a result of cent, up from 9 percent insored by the organization. Over half of U.S. adults (53 the current economy, they 2009). percent) say that a company's have changed their behavior The charities that U.S. Personal responsibility reputation for being socially toward donating their time adults care most about Many Americans are responsible at least some- or money, substantial num- personally and donate their willing to make a small con- times affects their decisions bers of Americans still time or money to the most tribution of either time or about what to buy. Just indicate a willingness to are charities that focus on money to show their support under one in five (18percent) make contributions, albeit youth and families (21 per- to organizations or causes (48 feel strongly about this, with smaller ones and to fewer cent), medical research (14 percent). This is unchanged an additional 35 percent organizations, percent) and education (10from 2007 when 49 percentsaying it sometimes affects When it comes to personal percent). The same types of felt this way. their decision-making. involvement in their commu- causes (though in a different Only a third indicate that Another quarter (23 per- nities and social causes, a sig- order) -- education (19 per- they are willing to get "ex- cent) say a company's reputa- nificant minority indicates cent), youth/families (18 per- tremely involved" (9 percent) tion for social responsibility that they are willing to be cent) and medical researchor "give generously" (24 per- affects their purchase deci- act4vely involved; many more (12 percent) -- are also the cent) to causes they believe sion-making once in a while feel that any involvement causes that people believein, while 13 percent say they and 17 percent say it has no shouldn't be obligatory, should be a priority for chari- don't volunteer either their effect at all. Here are some of the ties to focus their resources time or money. results of The Harris Poll on. A quarter of U.S. adults So what? of 2,620 adults surveyed Many people are using (24 percent) feel that people Given the current state of nationally online Sept. 14 - social networking sites such have a personal responsi-the economy, it is not alto- 20, 2010 by Harris Interactive. as Facebook, Twitter, bility to make the world a gether surprising that people LinkedIn and others to follow better place by being actively are saying they are giving Contributing time companies and nonprofit involved in various issues, smaller charitable contribu- or money organizations. Among thoseThis is a decline from 2007 tions or giving to fewer orga- As a result of the current who have taken action as awhen three in 10 (31 percent) nizations. How-ever, people economy, Americans say that result of following a cause also felt this way. Another are still acknowledging that they have changed their online (39 percent), over half one in five (21 percent) feel even small con-tributions are behavior toward charitable (54 percent) say they havethat people should generally important. And significant giving in a number of ways. talked to a friend or a family take part in things such as numbers say they are still Since January 2009 when member after reading some-voluntary service, donating willing to be extremely in- this question was last asked, thing on a nonprofit or to charities or getting in- volved or give generously of people say they are giving charitable organization's volved in community activi- their time and money. smaller amounts (31 percent, social networking site, a ties because it is the right As the economy slowly the same as in 2009) or are third (33 percent) have con- thing to do. improves, it will be interest- giving to fewer organizations tacted an elected representa- Just under half (46 percent) ing to see if these positive (19 percent, down from 24 tire, 31 percent have made a feel that people can get sentiments toward giving percent in 2009). Further, financial contribution to the involved in different causes and personal responsibility more people are not making organization, 23 percent have but shouldn't necessarily feel and involvement translate any donations at all (12 made a financial contribu-obligated to do so, which is into an improved picture percent, increased from 6 tion to a cause the organiza- up from the 40 percent who for charities and other percent in 2009) and are tion supports and 23 percent said this three years ago. non-profits. person who ran for office, but being handled is going to give didn't win, still seems to be our county a bad reputation. the obvious choice to fill in If I were on the Board of the "resigned" seat by Mr. Supervisors, I would be Kennedy. doing everything in my The acting mayor pro ternpower to make investing in also endorsed the "loser" of Plumas County as appealing the election to fill in the as possible. Working to vacated seat. Ouch, (nearly remove the obstructions to Brown Act violations), development and finding When they sit down at a ways to work with the "special" meeting soon with Schoffs of the world. only a four-person quorum, While I would agree that how can they make a "fairthe property taxes were decision" with an even taken on as part of the number of people voting, and investment, I dont think with pre-conceived ideas the group is asking for of who is "right" for thesomething unreasonable. If position? There is no fair way for,giving penalties and unless you have an election interest is what it takes to process which take out keep and bring jobs to bias and favoritism. Can you Plumas County, let's find a say "good o1' boy" run way to make it happen. government? Precedent for city and If you agree with any of my county incentives for devel- points I am trying to make opment can be found without with this letter~ please come much trouble; in fact I think to the next council meetings incentives more often than to voice your feelings about not seal the deal on major this. developments, I feel there should be a Just today I saw on the process in place where news that the city of Elk the candidate who loses the Grove is giving the new election shouldn't be allowed owner of a currently closed to be "appointed" into a Ford dealership a $500,000 position while he is basically tax break to help him an incumbent already, re-open that dealership. The timelines of the resig- Why? The city stands to nation and the willingness of benefit greatly from the sales the council to vote with a tax and jobs generated by the four-person quorum on such deal. an important issue leave I think we need to realize quite a bit of room for doubt that groups, with money that the "fix is on." ready to invest today, exist Michael Rushout there and have the ability Portolato invest anywhere they want to. Why Plumas? The question we all need to It's time for the establish- be asking is the same one the ment in Plumas County to investors are asking: Why pull their heads out of the should they invest in Plumas sand. Desperate times call for County? desperate measures and the James HRffmon way that the Schoff group is Sloat Contact your elected officials... PLUMAS COUNTY SUPERVISORS - 520 Main Street, Room 309, Quinc~ CA 95971; (530) 283-6170; FAX: (530) 283-6288; E-Mai~ ~tmtyofplumas.com Individual supervisors can also be e-mailed from links on the county website, countyofplumas.com PRESIDENT - Barack Obama, the White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., NW Washington, D.C. 20500. (202) 456-1414. Fax: 202-456-2461. E-maih 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; TTY/TDD: (202) 224-2501. District Office: One Post Street, Suite 2450, San Francisco, CA 94104; Phone: (415) 393-0707; Fax." (415) 393-0710 E-mail: go to website "feinsteirLsenate,gov." U.S. SENATOR - Barbara Boxer (D). District Office: 501 I St., Suite 7-600, Sacramento, CA 95814. (916) 448-2787; FAX (916) 448-2563; OR 112 Hart Bldg., Washington, D.C. 20510. (202) 224-3553. FAX (202) 228-0454. U.S. REPRESENTATIVE, 4TH DIST. - Tom McClintock. 508 Cannon HOB, Washington, D.C. 20515 (202) 225-2511; FAX (202) 225-5444. mcclintock.house.gov. District office 4230 Douglas Blvd., Suite #200, Granite Ba~ CA 95746. (916) 786-5560, FAX: (916) 786-6364 STATE SENATOR, 1st DIST. - Dave Cox (R), District office: 2140 Professional Dr., #140, Roseville, CA, 95661. (916) 783-8232, FAX (916) 783-5487; OR: State Capital, Room 2068, Sacramento, CA 95814. (916) 651-4001, FAX: (916) 324-2680; assemblymember.cox@assemby.ca.gov; Quincy office: 2094 E. Main St., Quinc~ 530-283-3437. FAX 283-3439. STATE ASSEMBLYMAN, 3RD DIST. - Dan Logue, State Capital, Sacramento CA 95814, (916) 319-2003; FAX (916) 319-2103. District Office, 1550 Humboldt Rd., Ste. #4, Chico, CA 95928; (530) 895-4217, FAX (530) 8954219. GOVERNOR - Arnold Schwarzenegger, office of the Governor, State Capitol Sacramento, CA 95814. (916) 445-2841. 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