Harden Your Home. Create Defensible Space. Be Prepared for Wildfire! CAL FIRE Uses Wildfire Preparedness Week to Share the Message
Sacramento – California’s Wildfire Preparedness Week is May 1 – 7, 2022, and CAL FIRE and its partner agencies are spending the week raising awareness on what individuals and communities can do to help protect themselves against the threat of wildfires. Being proactive and prepared for wildfire is crucial for all Californians in making its communities more resilient to the impacts of wildfire.
Lack of rainfall, with above normal temperatures through the spring, will leave fuel moisture levels lower than normal, increasing the potential for wildland fire activity. In
2022, CAL FIRE has already responded to more than 1,400 wildfires, burning more than 6,500 acres on state and federal lands combined.
“California continues to experience longer wildfire seasons as a direct result of climate change,” said Joe Tyler, CAL FIRE Director/Chief. “Minimal rainfall is expected throughout the spring, leaving most of the state in moderate to extreme drought conditions prior to summer.”
This year, Governor Newsom’s proposed budget for CAL FIRE allocates more than $3 billion for fire management, fire prevention, mitigation efforts including prescribed fire and fuel breaks, forest health, and home hardening.
Californians also have an important role in preparing for and preventing wildfires. Thousands of communities depend on smart planning and prevention tools like protective fuel breaks, defensible space, and home hardening for their safety and survival. These tools work together to build more fire-resilient communities. By preparing well in advance of a wildfire and taking steps now to reduce wildfire risks, you can dramatically increase your safety, the safety of your community, and the survivability of your home.
To learn more about wildfire safety and preparedness, visit www.ReadyForWildfire.org. Additionally, CAL FIRE continues to encourage Californians to access the “Ready for Wildfire” web-based app that includes local alerts, checklists for preparedness, evacuation plans, and other kits. To download the free app, visit https://plan.readyforwildfire.org/.
### Wildfire Preparedness Week Statewide Events
In the last two years, Newsom has set a deadline of banning the sale of all newly manufactured gas-powered vehicles by 2035, and more recently set a date of January 1, 2024, banning the new sale of gas-powered lawn equipment and generators (engines under 25 horsepower).
While at first, you may have thought that this was another instance of “California being California”, the consequences of these laws will wreak havoc on our economy.
The list is long, but here are just three ways in which this attack on gas engines will be devastating.
1 - Electric commercial trucks are estimated to cost 10x more than gas-powered trucks. When truckers and small businesses have to begin buying more expensive vehicles, what does that mean to you? The cost of goods will go through the roof–taking your money out of your wallet.
2 - Landscape businesses will shut down. The average landscape crew will likely not be able to carry enough batteries to power its equipment for a full day of work. These companies will require so much retrofitting of their entire workshop and daily process that they will likely not survive.
3 - The California power grid will fail. Our state’s electric grid simply won’t be able to handle that much power output. We can’t even handle the current draw on our grid during hot summer months, and planned power outages have become a way of life.
There's no logic in their mandates.
I'm tired of Californians bearing the brunt of policies that have no implementation strategy.
These are the policies that ‘price out’ Californians and force them to move out of state.
We must elect leadership with logical, and lasting solutions.
Senator Brian Dahle.
SACRAMENTO – Senate Republican Leader Scott Wilk (R-Santa Clarita) issued the following statement following the California Problem Solvers Caucus announcement of a bipartisan gas tax relief proposal:
“Good ideas shouldn’t have party lines,” said Wilk. “I applaud the Problem Solvers Caucus for catapulting this Republican proposal into a bipartisan measure. While bipartisan support is welcome, it only matters if the Democrats can help us get the proposal across the finish line and bring immediate relief at the pump. Time will tell if that’s the case.”
In 2021, Senate Republicans called for a gas tax holiday, which would be accomplished by doing the following:
-Suspending the state’s excise tax on gas (51.1-cents per gallon) for one year, backfilling it with money from the General Fund; and
-Stopping the excise tax’s annual inflation escalator via SB 1156, introduced by Senator Shannon Grove (R-Bakersfield).
In addition, Senate Republicans, led by Republican Senator Rosilicie Ochoa Bogh, offered amendments formally requesting the suspension of the state gas tax and waiving an upcoming increase.
As gas prices shot up in recent months, legislative Republicans doubled down on their calls for gas price relief. Such calls included formally requesting a gas tax holiday in the state budget, introducing legislation to reduce gas tax burdens, and calling on legislative budget committee chairs to take action amidst skyrocketing gas prices earlier this year.
Senator Wilk represents the 21st Senate District, which includes the Antelope, Santa Clarita and Victor valleys. Learn more about Scott by visiting his website and be sure to connect with him on social media.
By Kevin HectemanTerry Rudkin farms avocados in the Ventura County town of Bardsdale, across the Santa Clara River from Fillmore, on a ranch his family has owned since 1912. In December 2017, he watched from his deck as the Thomas Fire burned in the mountains several miles to the north.
"It was never anywhere near us," he said. "There was never any danger at all. We didn't even have smoke from it."
Then, one day late last year, his insurance carrier of 31 years informed him it would not be renewing his coverage.
"The explanation was that my ranch and residence, and my rental home, were being non-renewed because we were in a wildfire zone," Rudkin said. He disputes that assertion vigorously.
"We are located in the flatlands of the Santa Clara Valley," he said. "We don't have any exposure at all to hillsides on three compass sides of our property. I was shocked."
Fellow Bardsdale farmer Marjie Bartels tells a similar story. Her longtime carrier sent her a letter in mid-September advising that her policy, due to expire Dec. 11, would not be renewed.
Quoting from the letter, she said the insurer told her that coverage was being dropped on account of "having buildings located within ineligible wildfire exposure areas as determined by the risk model we use to assess risk damage or destruction as a result of wildfire."
That left Bartels, who grows organic Valencia oranges, less than three months to find new coverage.
"Operating a farm or ranch without insurance is unwise at best, and dangerous at worst," she said, citing the need to protect against natural and man-made disasters. "Most of the small farmers I know would not be able to recover from these types of events without insurance."
Rudkin and Bartels said their former insurers did not visit their farms before declining to renew their policies.
Michael Soller, a spokesman for the California Department of Insurance, said companies can fail to renew policies for a variety of reasons. He said different zip code areas are evaluated for "both lower-risk and higher-risk areas."
The California Department of Insurance is currently conducting a survey of policyholders and proposes regulations in hopes of helping property owners deal with the problem.
Soller said the survey is intended "to identify what geographic areas are most impacted by the wildfire-related coverage eligibility, restrictions, policy limits and nonrenewals." He said the findings will guide efforts "to address those impacts through policy solutions."
Peter Ansel, a California Farm Bureau policy advocate who handles wildfire issues, said the proposed regulations have two objectives: creating discounts for property owners who carry out home-level treatments to mitigate fire risk, and creating community-level designations for fire preparedness as a result of local, state and federal investments.
The regulations are meant to see that California homeowners—rural and otherwise—aren't socked with discriminatory rates and to encourage a healthy, competitive insurance market.
"They're stating that insurers will have to consider community-level fire-safe designations as part of base rate plan setting," Ansel said. "Should the rules go into effect as they're written, that would afford people the best opportunity to see discounts or to force the insurers to consider what communities have done to be able to decrease risk."
The California Farm Bureau and the California Forestry Association submitted joint public comments on the proposal, arguing that the regulations don't do enough to ensure that rural residents won't face nonrenewals and steep rate hikes.
Farm Bureau and Calforests also argued that the state's rules should account for federal investment in wildfire mitigation and forest resilience projects. Two such projects in California, the Stanislaus Landscape Project and the North Yuba Landscape Project, were announced earlier in April.
The two groups argued that the communities that stand to benefit from the federally funded mitigation work are likely to be smaller rural areas or individual farms and homesteads that can easily be overlooked for community-designation purposes.
Last year, California Farm Bureau and Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara held several roundtable meetings with Farm Bureau members and staffers around the state, at which farmers related their struggles to secure insurance in the wake of devastating wildfires.
One result was the signing last summer of Senate Bill 11, which added farm structures to the list of commercial properties that could be covered under the California FAIR Plan. FAIR, which stands for Fair Access to Insurance Requirements, is the state's insurer of last resort. Before the bill was signed, a farmer could insure only a residence under the plan.
At Lara's direction, last fall, the FAIR Plan's limits for commercial properties were raised from $4.5 million to $8.4 million. The business-owner limit was raised from $3.6 million to $7.2 million.
Losing his insurance very nearly forced Rudkin out of farming.
"I actually made the decision, since I'm a small grower, that if I couldn't get insurance on my home … that I would have no alternative but to take the drastic step of taking down my orchard," he said. "In fact, I actually contacted some people about doing that, because the only alternative insurance I could get … was if I was a nonagricultural operation, which meant I couldn't have any orchard on which my structures are situated."
Rudkin said his broker told him he wasn't hopeful but would see what he could do. Meanwhile, Rudkin called several companies himself.
"They immediately said, well, what's your zip code?" Rudkin said. Upon hearing the answer, he added, they told him: "I'm sorry, we can't write insurance for you. You're in a wildfire zone."
He looked at the FAIR Plan, calling it "a good effort to try to help give growers and farmers a relief, to give them some bottom to their fire-insurance needs." However, in his case, he decided "the FAIR Plan wouldn't give me the kind of coverage that I need for the structures I've got."
Finally, in early April, a new insurance company paid his farm a visit and wrote a policy. While it offers the same coverage as his old insurance, the price has doubled, he said.
"That has been the consequence that most of my neighbors have faced, who have gotten insurance," Rudkin said.
Rudkin said he'd like to see the Department of Insurance look into the wholesale cancellation of insurance by zip code that he believes is happening.
"If they have a wildfire exposure model, I haven't been able to find it on the internet," Rudkin said. "I'd like to see it, and I'd like to know what is the criteria for applying the wildfire exposure to the geographic area that's in that zip code."
(Kevin Hecteman is an assistant editor of Ag Alert. He may be contacted at email@example.com.)
JENNIFER HOLLIS is Loyalton’s new Postmaster.
Jennifer and husband, Jason Pinedo moved to Loyalton from the Grass Valley area in July of 2012. They like the close knit community.
Jennifer has always thought the post office was “cool.” Her great-grandfather worked as a mail carrier in Queens, New York where she was raised. She remembers the uniforms as being military.
She started with the Chilcoot Post Office for just three months before coming to Loyalton in 2020 as a part-time Flexible Clerk. Former Postmaster Nicole Barbarela left early this year and Jennifer has been acting Postmaster. The position was made permanent last Friday. She’s proud of the community’s many small businesses and has a lot of ideas such as “Business Connect,” where businesses are brought together and introduced.
When not at the post office, Jennifer can be found with kids, Joshua, 13 and Mary Jane, 10 at their ball games.
On Sunday, 04/24/2022, at approximately 1255 pm, Christopher Brown (out of Quincy, 40 yrs old) was driving a 2012 black Toyota Corolla, and was stopped in the southbound lane of Beskeen Lane at the intersection with SR-70 (Crescent Street). Claryssah Ghidossi (out of Portola,19 ys old) was driving a 2021 white Subaru Crosstrek westbound on SR-70, east of Beskeen Lane at approximately 50 mph. Brown began to drive the Toyota forward into the intersection to make a left onto eastbound SR-70 directly in front of the approaching Subaru. Ghidossi saw the Toyota pull out in front of her, so she steered the Subaru to the right and applied the brakes to avoid a crash, but the left front of the Subaru collided with left rear of the Toyota within the intersection. Brown was arrested for DUI following the crash after a DUI investigation was conducted by CHP. This crash is still under investigation.
Apparently the highest gas prices in the country aren’t high enough for Capitol Dems
SACRAMENTO – Democrats have acknowledged they will miss a key deadline to delay a $500 million gas tax increase set for July 1. Despite inflation at a 40-year high and gas prices $1.55 above the national average, Democrats’ inaction means Californians will be paying even more for their commutes this summer.
“This is pathetic – Democrats have pretty much given up on providing relief to struggling Californians,” said Assembly Republican Leader James Gallagher (Yuba City). “Regular people are having to make hard choices about what part of their household budgets to cut. By allowing yet another gas tax increase, Democratic politicians are making those choices even harder.”
In addition to refusing to suspend the upcoming gas tax increase, legislative Democrats have voted repeatedly against a Republican plan to suspend the entirety of the state gas tax and reduce costs by 50 cents per gallon. A number of other states have passed bipartisan gas tax suspensions, which immediately brought prices down.
If you are curious how long Californians have been waiting since Governor Newsom promised relief from high gas prices, visit our “Capitol Democrats Are All Talk Timer.”
With roots going back over 50 years, the Sweetheart of the Mountains has evolved from a beauty pageant to the current scholarship program. After a year break due to the Dixie Fire, organizers decided it would be appropriate to center the title more on a demonstration of the competitor’s ability to communicate and what she stands for. Rather than a live performance involving a talent and live responses to questions, this year’s applicants will be asked to write an essay on the topic of “Why are small county fairs critical to the communities they serve?” They must also complete an application and be interviewed by the selection committee. The fundraising portion of the competition has also been eliminated this year.
The 2022 Sweetheart of the Mountains will be announced at the 2022 Plumas County Picnic; Saturday, June 11. The winner will receive a $500 scholarship and a First Runner Up will receive $250. Recipients will still be required to carry out the duties of the position, including greeting visitors at the 2022 Plumas Sierra County Fair, and representing the fair at various events.
The current title holder is Zaya White who is attending college remotely from her home in Beckwourth. First Runner Up Chyanne Morrison is attending college in Idaho.
The deadline for returning applications is May 13, 2022.
Applications can be found in each of the high schools. They are also available on the Fair website at www.plumas-sierracountyfair.net, and the Fair office.
Congressman Doug LaMalfa E-Newsletter
Since the Russian invasion of Ukraine, world leaders across the globe have been concerned over looming food shortages. Ukraine has been dubbed the “breadbasket of Europe”; collectively, both country’s account for nearly 30% of global wheat exports and nearly 20% of corn exports. Unfortunately, both countries are also among the top fertilizer-producing countries. Without their fertilizer exports, coupled with the price increases of energy here in the U.S., input prices will increase followed by even higher food prices at the grocery store. Even crops getting planted could be curtailed due to availability.
With such a large percentage of our global food producers entangled in war, it would be wise for the largest agriculture-producing nation, the United States, to begin bolstering food and energy production, and exportation. Unfortunately, the exact opposite has happened. Many farmers in California, the top agriculture-producing state, won’t receive the water needed to grow food this year. Only last week, the Bureau of Reclamation announced that they would only be delivering 50,000 acre-feet of water to roughly 1,200 farmers from the Upper Klamath, a small fraction of what they're legally entitled to. This year's allocation is less than 15% of what the Klamath Project would receive during a typical irrigation season, and the second-lowest irrigation supply ever. The farmers own the stored water in Upper Klamath Lake, not the federal government. Over 340,000 acre-feet is stored there for the farmers’ use. Yet, the federal government is violating the Reclamation Act and taking the vast majority of the farmers' water for the federal government's Endangered Species Act and tribal obligations.
Farmers in the Klamath Basin can produce nearly half a million bushels of wheat a year, but only when they have water. I, along with Oregon Congressman Cliff Bentz, urged President Biden to release more water for the farmers in the Basin. Our national food security depends on it.
LaMalfa presentation to the Klamath Water Users Association
The Project was created to ensure farmers get their water. With Ukraine unable to produce crops at their usual levels due to Putin's unprovoked attacks, American farmers must step up. Without their water allocation, over 60,000 acres in the Klamath Basin will sit dry, produce prices will go up, food shortages will be commonplace, and people will go hungry.
On April 18, the Assembly Natural Resources Committee passed RCRC-sponsored Assembly Bill 2878 (Aguiar-Curry), which helps achieve the state’s forest health and wildfire risk reduction goals by increasing the productive use of forest waste through energy generation and wood products manufacturing. RCRC is co-sponsoring the measure with the Placer County Air Pollution Control District. AB 2878 helps achieve the state’s forest health and wildfire-risk reduction goals while also helping to improve local energy resiliency and workforce development.
AB 2878 next goes to the Assembly Committee on Utilities and Energy, chaired by Assembly Member Eduardo Garcia. RCRC’s letter of support is available here. RCRC strongly encourages individual counties to send letters in support, a template for which can be downloaded here.
For more information, please contact RCRC Policy Advocate, John Kennedy.
April 19, 2022
SACRAMENTO, CA – Today the Assembly Public Safety Committee voted down Assembly Bill 1708 by Assemblyman Kevin Kiley (R-Rocklin) to repeal the Sanctuary State law in California that took away the ability of local law enforcement to notify federal authorities about the release of an undocumented immigrant from jail. The bill died 5-2 on a party line vote.
“The recent mass murder at a church just miles from the Capitol may not have happened if it weren't for the Sanctuary State, yet today the Legislature chose to keep the disastrous law in place,” Assemblyman Kiley said. “If this unspeakable crime isn't a wake-up call to our politicians, I don't know what will be.”
On February 28, 2022, a man who was in the country illegally shot and killed his three daughters and their chaperone at a Sacramento church. Just days before, the gunman had been arrested on charges of resisting arrest, assaulting a police officer, and driving under the influence. The federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE) asked to be notified about his release from jail, but this never occurred due to prohibitions under California’s Sanctuary State law.
Assemblyman Kevin Kiley represents the 6th Assembly District, which includes the Sacramento, Placer, and El Dorado County communities of Cameron Park, El Dorado Hills, Fair Oaks, Folsom, Granite Bay, Lincoln, Loomis, Orangevale, Penryn, Rocklin, Roseville, and Sheridan.
(Tahoe/Truckee, Calif.) – Tahoe Forest Health System is proud to announce the American College of Surgeons has recently verified Tahoe Forest Hospital as a Level III Trauma Center.
This verification means the Tahoe Forest Hospital emergency medicine team has consistently demonstrated their ability to provide advanced trauma life support, evaluation, stabilization, and diagnostic services. It allows them to prioritize severely injured patients throughout their entire course of care.
“Over the past years, our team has worked diligently on building our trauma program, continuously striving to elevate the care in our Emergency Department,” said Harry Weis, President and CEO, Tahoe Forest Health System. “The Level III Trauma Center verification is a vital step in serving the healthcare needs of our rural community, given that the Truckee/Lake Tahoe area is a world class recreational destination.”
The level of a trauma center refers to the kinds of resources available and the number of patients admitted yearly. As a Level III Trauma Center, Tahoe Forest Hospital provides 24-hour immediate physician coverage, incorporates a comprehensive quality assessment program, has transfer agreements in place for patients requiring care at a higher level trauma center, and offers continued education for the trauma care team.
For more information about emergency care services at Tahoe Forest Hospital, visit www.tfhd.com.
About Tahoe Forest Health System
Tahoe Forest Health System, which includes Tahoe Forest Hospital in Truckee, CA, and Incline Village Community Hospital in Incline Village, NV, offers 24-hour emergency care, urgent care, primary and specialty health care clinics including Tahoe Forest Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, Commission on Cancer (COC) accredited cancer center, the Gene Upshaw Memorial Tahoe Forest Cancer Center, and the Joseph Family Center for Women and Newborn Care. With a strong focus on high quality patient care, community collaboration, clinical excellence and innovation, Tahoe Forest Health System is a UC Davis Rural Center of Excellence. For a complete list of physician specialties and services, visit www.tfhd.com.
People v Natashia Michelle Palmer (20CR0057)
On March 8, 2022, Natashia Michelle Palmer, was convicted of possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), a violation of Health and Safety Code section 11377(a). She was sentenced to 30 days jail, placed on one year probation and ordered to pay a fine of $235.00.
People v. Glenn Robert Marin (21CR0080)
On March 8, 2022, Glenn Robert Marin, was convicted of violating Vehicle Code section 23152(g), driving while under the influence of a controlled substance. He was sentenced to 2 days jail, 3 years probation, attend a DUI class, and ordered to pay a fine of $1,860.00.
People v. Wenseslao Soto Mendoza (21CR0060)
On March 11, 2022, Wenseslao Soto Mendoza, was convicted of violating Health and Safety Code section 11358©, cultivation of marijuana. He was sentenced to one year probation and ordered to pay a fine of $2,185.00.
People v. Beau Parker Coursey (21CR0033)
On March 22, 2022, Beau Parker Coursey, was convicted of violating Vehicle Code section 23103.5, a wet reckless. He was sentenced to one day jail, placed on 18 months probation, ordered to take a DUI class and pay a fine of $1,409.00.
National Banana Day Survey Reveals What Makes Parents “Go Bananas” Fresh Del Monte Produce Peels Back Parental Peeves
Coral Gables, FL (April 19, 2022) – This Wednesday, April 20 is National Banana Day and Fresh Del Monte, Inc. has kicked off its celebration with a survey that peels back what makes parents “go bananas.”
The recent survey, commissioned by Fresh Del Monte and conducted online by The Harris Poll, asked more than 700 U.S. parents of kids under 18 “What is the #1 thing their children do that drives them ‘bananas?’” The survey revealed that out of not helping out around the house, picky eating, hygiene reminders, manners and sibling squabbles, picky eating rose to the top of things that drive parents “bananas,” followed closely by not helping out around the house.
“Bananas are the most popular fresh fruit in the U.S. and a go-to choice for parents and kids alike, even picky eaters,” said Pablo Rivero, Vice President of Marketing, Fresh Del Monte, N.A. “In celebration of National Banana Day, we took a fun look at what drives parents ‘bananas’ as a lighthearted way to showcase one of nature’s most convenient snack foods.”
The full survey results of things that drive parents “bananas” out of the five choices provided are:
· 24% - Picky Eating: Too much snacking, not enough fruits and vegetables, etc.
· 23% - Not Helping Out Around the House: Not doing their chores, not picking up after themselves, etc.
· 21% - Sibling Squabbles: Bickering, fighting, etc.
· 17% - Hygiene: Needing reminders to shower, wash hands, etc.
· 16% - Manners: Forgetting “please” and “thank you,” not saying “excuse me”
Fresh Del Monte which was recently named one of America’s Most Trusted Companies of 2022 by Newsweek, has been a market leader in growing and shipping premium quality fresh produce for more than 135 years and is a recognized authority in the fruit industry. For more information on fresh products from Fresh Del Monte® available in North America, including products, recipes and promotions, please visit DelMonteFresh.com, or keep up with the brand on Instagram.
This survey was conducted online within the United States by The Harris Poll on behalf of Fresh Del Monte from April 12-14, 2022, among 719 U.S. parents of kids under 18. The sampling precision of Harris online polls is measured by using a Bayesian credible interval. For this study, the sample data is accurate to within + 2.8 percentage points using a 95% confidence level. For complete survey methodology, including weighting variables and subgroup sample sizes, please contact Alexis Paul.
ABOUT FRESH DEL MONTE
Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc. is one of the world's leading vertically integrated producers, marketers and distributors of high-quality fresh and fresh-cut fruit and vegetables, as well as a leading producer and distributor of prepared food in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Fresh Del Monte markets its products worldwide under the DEL MONTE® brand (under license from Del Monte Foods, Inc.), a symbol of product innovation, quality, freshness and reliability for over 135 years. The Company also markets its products under the MANN™ brand and other related trademarks. Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc. is not affiliated with certain other Del Monte companies around the world, including Del Monte Foods, Inc., the U.S. subsidiary of Del Monte Pacific Limited, Del Monte Canada, or Del Monte Asia Pte. Ltd. Fresh Del Monte is the first global marketer of fruits and vegetables to commit to the “Science Based Targets” initiative. Fresh Del Monte Produce is traded on the NYSE under the symbol FDP.
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Bryan is the author of Dare to Live Without Limits.
The Power of the Individual
By Bryan Golden
“You can’t fight city hall.” “What can one person do?” “Things never change.” “That’s just the way it is.” “There’s nothing you can do.” “You’re just beating your head against the wall.” “You have to learn how to accept reality.”
You’ve probably heard all of the above phrases. The only purpose they serve is to obstruct individual initiative and achievement. This results in the propagation of the erroneous belief that individuals are at the mercy of groups, governments, and committees.
History has repeatedly shown that the power of the individual is the basis for all discoveries and advances. There has never been a statue erected to any group. Just think of all the notable people you are aware of.
After many years of conditioning, we conclude that we are virtually powerless as individuals. It’s ironic that we develop this erroneous belief in the face of thousands of years of evidence to the contrary. Holding on to this outlook impedes your success and can even limit your happiness.
Feeling powerless as an individual leads to the formation of a victim mentality. This attitude causes you to blame others for your circumstances while looking outside yourself for solutions. In so doing, you put the direction of your life in someone else’s hands.
Within you exists the power to change, innovate, and create. Don’t be deterred by truisms. I’ll debunk each one listed in the first paragraph. As you exercise your power on a consistent basis, you will make things happen rather than waiting for them to happen.
“You can’t fight city hall.” The government is nothing more than a collection of individuals who are supposed to serve the people. You can fight city hall if you have a strong enough motivation and drive. The history of our country is filled with individuals who took a stand and made a difference.
“What can one person do?” Every accomplishment starts with one person who has a dream. Some people are leaders who attract others to their cause. Some people work alone. Either way, everything that has ever been attained is traceable to an individual.
“Things never change.” Circumstances don’t change on their own. If you want things to change, you have to change them. It doesn’t matter how old you are or how long your situation has persisted. You can begin to take action today to change it.
“That’s just the way it is.” If this were true, the human race would never have advanced from living in caves. This phrase is used to justify inaction. Things are the way they are until one person decides to alter them.
“There’s nothing you can do.” If you are willing to put in the effort, there is always something you can do. When you do nothing, nothing happens. It is a proven fact that it’s the squeaky wheel that gets the grease.
“You’re just beating you head against the wall.” A definition of insanity is doing the same thing and expecting a different result. If what you are doing isn’t working, alter your strategy. Often, only a small adjustment is needed for a successful outcome.
“You have to learn how to accept reality.” Whose reality does this statement refer to? Your reality is defined by your beliefs. If you think something is possible, you are right. Conversely, if you feel something is impossible, you are also right. Your mind won’t allow you to act in a manner contrary to your ideology.
As an individual, you have the power to accomplish anything you set your mind to. Looking anywhere else for satisfaction in your life will lead to disappointment. Whatever you can conceive and believe you, as an individual, can achieve.
Bryan is the author of "Dare to Live Without Limits." Contact Bryan at Bryan@columnist.com or visit www.DareToLiveWithoutLimits.com Copyright 2022 Bryan Golden
Butte County- This week, CAL FIRE/Butte County Fire Department began increasing staffing levels in preparation for the summer fire season. As an all-risk emergency service department, CAL FIRE maintains staffing year-round but increases staffing to provide surge capacity during the critical fire season months.
The move to additional staffing comes earlier than normal this year due to lack of precipitation and high temperatures that have produced dangerously dry conditions in the vegetation.
Thirty-two seasonal firefighters were hired by CAL FIRE/Butte County Fire Department on Monday, April 11th. There will be an additional seventy-five seasonal firefighters hired by May 30th to bring the total up to 107 seasonal firefighters for peak fire staffing.
“Every year we rely on seasonal firefighters to allow our department to fully staff engines during fire season,” says Butte County Fire Chief Garrett Sjolund. “With the unusually dry conditions we are currently experiencing, these additional firefighters are more important than ever.”
Between January 1st and April 1st, 2022, CAL FIRE has responded to nearly 1,000 wildfires that have charred more than 6,100 acres statewide.
CAL FIRE continues to ask homeowners to ensure they are prepared for wildfires by creating and maintaining 100 feet of Defensible Space and Hardening Your Home against wildfire.
For more information on preparing for wildfires and Defensible Space visit ReadyForWildfire.org
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is holding a cannabis technical assistance workshop on May 12 in Nevada City.
This pop-up technical workshop is ideal for new and legacy farmers as well as cannabis consultants.
CDFW’s cannabis permitting, engineering and grant staff will be available to discuss project specific technical questions, notification package assistance, compliance questions and cannabis grant program opportunities.
Cultivators and consultants from neighboring counties are also welcomed.
Meetings are by appointment only and will be reserved on a first-come, first-serve basis. Once someone is scheduled for a meeting, a confirmation email will be sent with instructions on what to bring to the appointment.
When: Thursday, May 12 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Where: Nevada County Rood Center, Empire Room, 950 Maidu Ave., Nevada City
How: Meetings can be scheduled by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Please be sure to include “Technical Pop-Up” in the subject line of the email and include your preferred time and topic in the message. No walk-ins will be allowed.
If you are unable to attend this workshop, or if you have additional questions, please email CDFW at email@example.com. You can also visit wildlife.ca.gov/cannabis to learn more about permitting and Lake and Streambed Alteration Agreements. For more details on CDFW’s cannabis grant program, visit wildlife.ca.gov/cannabisgrants.
Persons with disabilities needing reasonable accommodation to participate in public meetings or other CDFW activities are invited to contact CDFW's Accessibility Coordinator at (916) 651-1214, the EEO Office at (916) 653-9089, or send an email to EEO@wildlife.ca.gov. Reasonable Accommodation requests for facility and/or meeting accessibility should be received at least 21 days prior to the event. Requests for American Sign Language Interpreters should be submitted at least two weeks prior to the event, and requests for Real-Time Captioning at least four weeks prior to the event. These timeframes are to help ensure that the requested accommodation is met. If a request for an accommodation has been submitted but due to circumstances is no longer needed, please contact the Accessibility Coordinator immediately.