AN EMERGENCY ITEM was added to the Sierra County Board of Supervisors’ agenda on Tuesday, April 18th in Loyalton to approve a letter in support of American Renewable Power’s (ARP) tax credit request to assist with their investment of the Loyalton Biomass. Supervisor Paul Roen said as of last Friday a Purchase Agreement was signed by ARP. He praised Tracy Holt, stating she had really stepped up and helped. Roen said it wasn’t a done deal but the Loyalton Biomass is in escrow. Sierra County Planning Director Tim Beals commented on this issue by saying it was great news and wanted to underscore how significant the news was. He said it has been a long road since the initial discussion about the reopening of the plant and a lot of work has gone into it.
The supervisors approved the letter to the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GoBIZ) unanimously. In part, it stated, “This significant investment by American Renewable Power is an environmentally important renewable energy generation resources we need to encourage at this time in the State of California, particularly in regions with high unemployment and poverty.
“ARP-Loyalton Biomass intends to make a major investment in our community and to create more than 75 full-time, high quality jobs. The timing for this investment is important due to the need for more renewable power in the region and the fact that this plant will have a 20+ year expected commercial life once it is placed back into commercial service this coming September.
“The approval of this Tax Credit Application will be a substantial incentive for American Renewable Power to fund and restart the biomass plant in Loyalton this summer. The plant will require 21 full-time jobs plus another 50+ full time independent contractor jobs required to deliver residual biomass from within an hour’s drive of the plant. The bulk of this fiber will be sourced from nearby national and private forests to remove high fire hazard waste biomass that otherwise would be left in the forest.”
On Friday, April 21, 2017 at around 10:23pm our dispatch center was notified of an in-progress home invasion at 133 River Street in Downieville. During the call a window could be heard breaking and the reporting party stated the suspect was attempting to gain entry through the broken window. The reporting party stated her husband fired a single rifle shot at the suspect, striking him in the arm. The suspect then fled the residence.
Deputies responded to the scene and conducted a brief search of the area and later located a male matching the reporting party’s description along with a female subject inside a vehicle on Highway 49 just south of Downieville near mile post marker 15.39.
Richard James Douglass, 22, of Napa, California was arrested for PC 182/459 (Conspiracy to Commit a Crime/Burglary), PC 664/211 (Unsuccessful Attempt to Commit a Crime/Robbery), PC 212.5 (Second Degree Robbery), and PC 1203.2 (Probation Violation-No Bail). Additionally, he has a $20,000 misdemeanor warrant out of Napa County for H&S 11364(a) (Possession of Unlawful Paraphernalia and H&S 11377(a) (Possession of Controlled Substance) . Douglass received medical treatment and clearance for a laceration and non-life threatening gunshot wound.
Deborah R. Hunt, 33, of McKinleyville, CA, was arrested for PC 182/459 (Conspiracy to Commit a Burglary), PC 664/211 (Unsuccessful Attempt to Commit a Crime/Robbery), PC 212.5 (Second Degree Robbery), and PC 1203.2 (Probation Violation-No Bail).
Both subjects were booked into and are being housed at the Wayne Brown Correctional Facility in Nevada County and local bail is set at $200,000 each.
The investigation on this case is still ongoing.
Trying to be an informed citizen I attended the Loyalton City Council meeting on April 18th and the Supervisors meeting on April 19th. Both dealing with the Trailer Park.
I was left with a feeling that the political system as it exists no longer works, its well past its shelf life. Taxation without representation.
I was expecting some meaningful progress to result from the meetings, I was wrong.
The City Council currently has 4 members, 3 votes are required for a majority. 2 members claimed a conflict of interest because they had relatives living in the park, in the criminal justice system this amounts to a 5th Amendment plea. They chose relatives over the citizens they were elected to represent. Non the less 2 members, to their credit, did vote to take action.
By the following morning I was informed the 2 votes for action were nullified by 2 votes to abstain. The result? No action taken and the City will continue to be burdened by $5000 a month in lost revenue. This amounted to collective punishment for every citizen in Loyalton for the benefit of people who live in the county. Loyalton already facing dire financial problems will continue to subsidize the county for the foreseeable future.
Unfortunately the Supervisors meeting on the 19th who’s sole purpose was to move forward on the trailer park problem ended with no action taken in spite of representatives from the state trailer park authority, legal staff, county leaders and a failed video display. Mr. Beals began with a long list of every imaginable violation possible that currently exists in the trailer park, enough to warrant immediate closure. The state representatives refused to enforce the law or their own regulations and condemn the trailer park in spite of a mountain of evidence suggesting they should. Their excuses in sum amounted to the dog ate my homework. The county took the position that without state action their hands were tied. So in spite of the time, energy and money it cost nothing will be done. More discussion was their remedy. The meeting itself evolved into park tenants complaints and the original purpose of the meeting was lost. It wouldn’t have made any difference it they hadn’t held the meeting at all.
2 meetings over 2 days and zero progress.
The only winner I could see in this was the State of Jefferson movement. It added ammunition to their argument.
Regards, Mark Lombardi
Butte County-Being Ready for Wildfire has never been easier with CAL FIRE’s new Ready for Wildfire app. This new tool puts a whole library of step-by-step checklists in the palm of the user’s hand. It allows homeowners to track their progress while creating Defensible Space, hardening their homes with fire-resistant construction, assembling an emergency supply kit and creating a family communication and evacuation plan. App users, with the tap of a finger, can check off each step and see their progress as they reach 100% Ready!
While being a great educational tool, the Ready for Wildfire app also provides critical wildfire alerts. Users can sign-up for customized alerts that will send a text or push notification to their device when a CAL FIRE is responding or assisting to a wildfire in their area. Additionally, users can set up alerts for single counties, multiple counties, or statewide. If a user travels or enjoys recreating in forested areas, CAL FIRE has that covered, too! The app lets users enable an alert system to notify them if a wildfire is reported within 30 miles of their device.
“One of the many benefits of our new Ready for Wildfire app is the timely and accurate information it provides to residents about a wildfire in their area,” said Chief Ken Pimlott, CAL FIRE director and California’s state forester. “I am excited about this new valuable tool that will provide early alerts to the public to help ensure their safety.”
Now through May 21, 2017, users can enter the Ready for Wildfire Sweepstakes for a chance to win up to $10,000 when they download or update the app! The grand prize winner will be able to purchase home hardening materials to prepare their home against wildfire and flying embers that can travel up to a mile ahead of a wildfire. This sweepstakes promotion is sponsored and funded by iHeartMedia in partnership with the Ready for Wildfire campaign. No state funds were used for prizes.
To download the app, visit the App Store or the Google Play Store – search for CAL FIRE and install. You are now on your way to becoming Ready for Wildfire.
For more resources visit ReadyForWildfire.org or follow us on Facebook or Twitter @CAL_FIRE
Sacramento - Californians who have filed their income tax returns by the April 18 deadline will unfortunately have to wait eight days longer than the rest of the nation until they've collectively earned enough money to pay off their total tax bill for the year.
Tax Freedom Day, calculated annually by the Tax Foundation, is the day when Americans have earned enough money to pay their taxes at the federal, state and local levels.
Nationally, Tax Freedom Day lands on April 23, but for California it lands on May 1.
"For some lawmakers, this terrible distinction seems to be a badge of honor," said Board of Equalization Vice Chair George Runner. "With liberal politicians recently voting to increase gas and car taxes, I fear this day will come even later next year for hardworking taxpayers."
According to the Tax Foundation, Americans will pay $3.5 trillion in federal taxes and $1.6 trillion in state and local taxes, for a total tax bill of $5.1 trillion, or 31 percent of national income. That's more than Americans will collectively spend on food, clothing and housing combined.
Compared to other states, California's Tax Freedom Day is one of the latest in the nation. Only Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey and Connecticut have later dates.
Learn more about Tax Freedom Day.
The Sierra Valley Grange will be holding their 4th Annual Garden and Farm Fest on Saturday, May 6th at the Grange Hall in Vinton from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Admission is free and food will be available for sale all day.
Local businesses and individuals will demonstrate projects or present information related to gardening or small farms. Vendors will be on hand with a wide variety of items ranging from plant starts to yard art. Treats for your chickens? Container Gardening? Wool? Heirloom trees? Tomato starts? We have all those and so much more! For a special treat the Reno Antique Tractor and Small Engine Club will surround the building with their beautifully restored farm equipment.
Stop by and see what you can learn from our local experts from community organizations like FFA, 4H, Cattle Women and the Grange. Bring the entire family and plan to spend a few hours or the entire day. At the end of the day there will be a drawing for all the projects, demos and donations. Be sure to buy tickets for the ones you like; you do not need to be present to win.
The event will be held rain or shine, so come out and support the Grange and see what new ideas you might learn to make this year your best garden season ever.
Sierra Valley Grange
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SACRAMENTO – Senator Ted Gaines (R-El Dorado) today issued the following statement regarding his effort to repeal Senate Bill 1, the transportation proposal recently passed by the legislature that imposes $52 billion in permanent new gas taxes and user fees on motorists.
“I will be exploring every possible avenue to repeal the gas tax, whether it’s through legislation, an initiative to change or eliminate other gas taxes, or other courses of action. I am going to fight to overturn this unfair and regressive tax and get some justice for the California families and businesses that are getting nickeled and dimed to death.
“The Governor has compared fixing our roads with the urgency of fixing a leaky roof. Well guess what Governor Brown, Californians have already paid to fix the roof but the repairs have not been made and we’re all wondering why we’re left paying for the same service twice.
“And how are the people supposed to believe that this money will actually go to transportation? Currently, the state is diverting a billion dollars in weight fees away from roads every year. According to a recent Legislative Analyst’s Office report, CalTrans is overstaffed by 3,500 people wasting $500 million of road money every year. Why would anyone believe that this new tax isn’t a bait and switch sham where the funds won’t be diverted to pay for pet projects like the High Speed Rail boondoggle?
“We already have some of the highest gas taxes and worst roads in the country. For years we’ve starved transportation when we’ve had many billions in surplus, even though it was supposedly a ‘system in crisis.’ Before we take a single penny from Californians in new taxes, it is our duty to make 100-percent certain that we are spending the money we already collect exclusively on road repair and construction. Senate Bill 1 failed to do that and I’m going to make every attempt to make it right.”
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Senator Ted Gaines represents the 1st Senate District, which includes all or parts of Alpine, El Dorado, Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, Shasta, Sierra and Siskiyou counties.
As seen in Victorville Daily Press, Fox and Hounds Daily, and California Political Review
By George Runner
Con artists deceive their victims by manipulating emotions and exploiting vulnerabilities. Some con artists are so skilled, their victims are unaware they've been scammed. Once a con artist gains your trust, it's highly probable you'll be the victim of a scam.
The same is true of some politicians.
Californians pay close to the highest amount of taxes in the nation and continue to demand better roads in return. Despite being overtaxed, we continue to drive on the worst roads in the nation. Politicians tell us they can improve our transportation infrastructure if we simply pay an additional $52 billion in taxes and fees.
Another egregious example is the state's so-called Fire Prevention Fee - an illegal tax passed by the Legislature in 2011. The name indicates that taxpayers are getting fire prevention services in order to generate widespread support. However, in reality the tax only backfills a budget cut; no new fire prevention services have materialized. Sadly, these types of political scams have become common.
Consider the elimination of California's Enterprise Zone Program in 2013. Although not without complications, the 42 enterprise zones provided economic incentives aimed at spurring job creation and business investment in economically distressed areas of the state. ...
SACRAMENTO – The Department of Water Resources (DWR) today opened bids submitted by three contractors to repair the Oroville spillway. The bids are for work to implement DWR’s Oroville spillway recovery plan so a system is in place by November 1, 2017 that can safely accommodate next winter’s weather.
The bids will be reviewed by DWR for accuracy and completeness over the weekend. DWR expects to award the work as soon as Monday, April 17.
The contractors, their state and their bid amounts are as follows:
[if !supportLists]· [endif]Kiewit Infrastructure West Co. (CA): $275,443,850
[if !supportLists]· [endif]Barnard Ames JV (MT): $276,965,690
[if !supportLists]· [endif]Oroville Dam Constructors (CA): $344,129,100
DWR’s Engineer’s Estimate of $220,100,000 for the work was also released today.
A notice to begin work will be issued within days of awarding the contract. The bids will not be made public, as they contain design information that is considered Critical Energy/Electric Infrastructure Information by federal regulators and could cause a security risk if released.