(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale), wrote Governor Newsom asking him to reconsider the closing of California Correctional Center (CCC) in Susanville, CA. The letter outlines the many reasons why closing the CCC is detrimental. This rural facility currently houses 2,000 inmates and provides 1,000 local jobs along with training and staffing for 14 inmate firefighting camps in Northern California.
LaMalfa said, “This abrupt decision to close the prison in Susanville, should absolutely be reconsidered. The CCC houses inmates in a cost effective way, and helps increase our overall defenses during wildfire season by providing inmate firefighting crews. Closing this facility will have far reaching ramifications economically in the Susanville area. Now is not the time to be closing prisons and releasing more inmates who have not fully served their time. This is a lose-lose situation, less firefighting capabilities for the state, fewer beds to house convicted criminals and major economic harm for Lassen County. I urge Governor Newsom and the California Department of Corrections to reconsider this decision.”
Since opening in 1963 the CCC has served as a minimum-security facility for the State of California.
Congressman Doug LaMalfa is a lifelong farmer representing California’s First Congressional District, including Butte, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou and Tehama Counties.
Art and Music Sponsorships
Sierra County Arts Council is pleased to offer Art and Music Sponsorships(AMS) 2021. B. J. Jordan, Executive Director of the Sierra County Arts Council, has been busy working with art advocacy groups throughout the state over the past few years to promote funding for the arts, particularly in the rural frontier counties like Sierra County. The Arts Council has also received funding from Covid Relief grants. As a result of these efforts, we have seen an increase in funding and this has helped to bolster our program.
The Sierra County Arts Council is always seeking opportunities to bring more cultural events and programs to our geographically isolated communities. We do not enjoy the same volunteer base and funding resources as our urban neighbors. The AMS program is designed to make the greatest use of our resources to collaborate with local organizations to bring more art and music to all parts of Sierra County.
In 2016 we introduced the AMS program which has contributed to events for local organizations including the Loyalton Rotary, the Forest City Historical Society, the Sierra County Historical Society, Sierra City Fire Auxiliary, the Alleghany Community Water Department, and Lions Club.
Local organizations, civic groups, non-governmental organizations, and non-profits are eligible to apply for funding to hire artists and musicians to enhance events and programing through the AMS program. Funding of up to $500 per year per organization and per artist(s) or musician(s) is available through the AMS program.
All events and programming must take place in Sierra County. All funds will be paid directly to the musician(s) or artist(s) providing the service. Events and programs funded through the AMS program will be featured on the Sierra County Arts Councils website calendar of events. The easy one-page application may be downloaded on our website at www.sierracountyartscouncil.org There are no application deadlines. Funds are limited and awarded on a first come first served basis. Organizations that have not received funding in the past will have priority this year. The Sierra County Arts Council is State-Local Partner with the California Arts Council.
On June 8, 2021 at approximately 8:39 AM, Christopher Carlisle,40, and Lacey Duval, 34, both of Chico, CA were travelling on SR-70 just east of C Road.
Duval allowed Carlisle to drive her 2009 Honda Pilot with a suspended license and while under the influence while she rode in the front right seat.
Due to a high rate of speed and Carlisle’s level of intoxication, he was unable to negotiate the sweeping left hand curve and entered the dirt shoulder. Carlisle made an aggressive turn in an attempt to re-enter the westbound lane. The vehicle skidded out of control as it crossed into oncoming traffic and left the south side of the roadway. The vehicle went airborne and collided with a large tree at the bottom of the steep embankment.
Carlisle sustained moderate injuries and was transported to Renown via CareFlight.
Duval sustained fatal injuries as a result of the collision.
Carlisle was arrested on scene. The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is encouraged to contact Quincy CHP at 530-283-1100.
(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) and Representative Michelle Steel (R-CA) introduced an amendment today during the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee markup of surface transportation legislation to divert all $3.5 billion of federal funding for California’s failed High Speed Rail (CAHSR) project towards the successful Railway-Highway Crossings Program that has helped rural and urban communities improve highway and rail grade crossings, which helps eliminate hazards and save lives. Also known as the Section 130 Program, the Railway-Highway Crossings Program has reduced fatalities at crossings by 57%, despite a significant increase in both highway and railway traffic.
LaMalfa said, “We have wasted over 13 years and billions of dollars on the California high speed rail boondoggle without transporting a single passenger. That is a remarkable record of failure, and it is past time to stop the bleeding. Let’s put an end to pouring limited taxpayer dollars down a hole and instead invest in programs like the Railway-Highway Crossing Program that are proven to be good investments and make highways and railroads safer.”
Steel said, “California's High Speed Rail Project is a failure, and not one more taxpayer dime should go towards this money pit project. We should be focusing on boosting passenger safety and improving our existing highways and railroads – not wasting taxpayer money on a train to nowhere.”
According to the Los Angeles Times, CAHSR cost estimates have gone from roughly $33 billion when the project first started to over $100 billion and are still rising. The total remaining project cost could be as high as $99.8 billion. Since its 2008 announcement, the project has been consistently plagued with cost overruns and delays that continue with no end in sight, and its expected completion has been pushed to over a decade from now.
Congressman Doug LaMalfa is a lifelong farmer representing California’s First Congressional District, including Butte, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou and Tehama Counties.
MAJOR CORRIDOR ENHANCED PRIMARY COLLISON FACTOR ENFORCEMENT CAMPAIGN IN MODOC, LASSEN, AND PLUMAS COUNTIES
REDDING, Calif. – The California Highway Patrol’s (CHP) Northern Division, having jurisdiction over the major transportation corridor of United States 395 (US-395) in northern California, will be conducting a Major Corridor Enhanced Primary Collision Factor (PCF) Enforcement Campaign on Wednesday, June 9, 2021. The campaign will focus on US-395 in Modoc, Lassen, and Plumas counties.
This effort aims to reduce the number of injury and fatal traffic crashes on US-395. In 2018 and 2019, a total 255 crashes occurred on US-395, in Modoc, Lassen, and Plumas counties, causing 143 injuries and killing a total of eight people. The primary causes for most of the injury and fatal crashes were determined to be speeding, reckless driving, unsafe lane change, unsafe turning movement, following too close, distracted driving, and driving under the influence, with increased injuries and deaths from occupant restraint violations.
The mission of the California Highway Patrol is to provide the highest level of safety, service, and security. This includes the prevention of loss of life, injuries, and property damage resulting from traffic crashes through enforcement, education, engineering, and partnerships.
The CHP is promoting awareness and safe driving along this major corridor route. During the enhanced enforcement campaign, the CHP will target US-395 with increased traffic safety operations to educate and, if necessary, take appropriate enforcement action on drivers who violate traffic laws along this major corridor route.
“The US-395 corridor within Northern Division is primarily an undivided, two-laned highway which has seen numerous collisions in the last few years due to unsafe speeds,” said Northern Division Chief Greg Baarts. “Increased visibility, aggressive enforcement, and public education within the Areas along this corridor will contribute to increased safety for motorists traveling on US-395.”
The CHP reminds motorists to follow these basic traffic safety rules: always wear a seat belt, drive at a speed safe for conditions, eliminate distractions while driving, and always designate a sober driver.
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Contact: John Steffanic 530-283-6272
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
It was March 14. Things were getting a bit scary because of a virus we were just beginning to understand. Since then, we have grappled with uncertainty and fear, but after 15 months, we are finally coming out of the dark.
But, in those last hours before our word changed forever, a group of Plumas County residents came together in Serpilio Hall on the Plumas Sierra County Fairgrounds in Quincy and were lost in the beauty of a performance by the String Serenade, led by Conductor Jane Brown. Who knew the acoustics in Serpilio Hall were so stunning? Who could believe that a couple dozen highly talented musicians would brave the wet weather and travel to Quincy to perform? When you add the doubt organizers struggled with as to whether or not there should even be a performance because of COVID-19, well, the fact it even happened was amazing. This joy, excitement and thirst for more unfortunately lasted for only a few days, as it became apparent that there would be no more concerts like this for quite a while.
But now we're back! The PSCF Foundation and the Reno Pops Orchestra are ready to unleash a new, and greatly expanded schedule of incredible performances by musicians from the Reno Pops Orchestra, the Northern Nevada String Serenade, and other performing groups from Northern Nevada. Coordinated, programmed and directed by Plumas County’s own Jane Brown, area residents will be offered a line-up of performances on par with communities many times larger than ours.
The PSCF Foundation is the non-profit corporation that exist to fully benefit the Plumas Sierra County Fairgrounds. As with many small town non-profit organizations, the motivation to serve usually goes beyond the boundaries of the fairgrounds. The Foundation wants to build a series of events to raise both money and awareness for the Fairgrounds, but also wants to tell everyone that the Plumas Sierra County Fairgrounds are here to serve them. This series of exceptional concerts the Foundation has organized is one more way to show that dedication.
A critical part of putting this series together is Jane Brown. Jane graduated from Chester High School and earned a Bachelor of Music degree from Brigham Young University. She has taught music for the Plumas Unified School District and began conducting symphonic music in 2001. She was appointed to conduct the Reno Philharmonic Youth Symphony Orchestra where she inspired hundreds of young musicians in Northern Nevada for four years. In 2004, she was then selected to conduct and serve as musical director for the Reno Pops Orchestra and the Ruby Mountain Symphony. Most recently, she has served as a guest conductor in many provincial capitals in Russia. Through her many concerts over the years, a following has developed in Plumas County and a Reno Pops performance is always worth the trip to Reno! Her career goal, as well as the Reno Pops’ goal, is to “seek to help children and adults in our community explore a wide range of orchestral music”. Jane, and the organizations she conducts, do this through innovative educational programs and offering as many accessible performances as possible. We are fortunate to have them willing to make their concerts in Plumas County part of that goal.
With the relaxation of COVID-19 restrictions, the first order of business for organizers was to make sure that last year’s season ticket holders would get their promised concerts. The second order of business was to offer even more performances. All that was accomplished with a schedule of eight performances; the first three are the make-up concerts for those holding 2020 season tickets, and then an additional five concerts after that. The make-up concerts begin July 24:
The Collective (UNR Faculty Jazz Ensemble) July 24, 2021 7pm The West Lawn
Batamba Collective (Percussion Ensemble) September 18, 2021 7pm West Lawn or Serpilio Hall
Sierra Brass Quintet October 9, 2021 7pm Serpilio Hall
Just bring your tickets from last year to each concert and you will be admitted. If you don’t have a season ticket from last year, these three concerts can be purchased as a package for $50. Individual concert tickets can be purchased for $20 each at the Fair Office or at the door of the concert.
The 2021-2022 Season begins on October 30 with five exciting performances:
Northstar Chamber Players (Woodwind Quintet) October 30, 2021 7pm Serpilio Hall
Northern Nevada String Serenade November 20, 2021 7pm Serpilio Hall
Tintabulations Hand Bell Ensemble December 17, 2021 7pm Serpilio Hall
Northern Nevada String Serenade January 22, 2022 7pm Serpilio Hall
"Carnival of the Animals"
Harp and Piano Extravaganza Februay 5, 2022 7pm Serpilio Hall
These last five concerts can be purchased as a 2021-2022 Season Ticket for only $80. And finally, you can have it all by purchasing the “Grand Bundle” – all eight concerts for only $130. As mentioned, individual concert tickets are available for $20 each, and as a special effort to expose younger people to this kind of culture, Student tickets are only $10 per concert. These are available to those 18 and under and for FRC Students of any age with a current student ID.
The first concert will be a perfect summer performance on the West Lawn of the Fairgrounds, next to the Family Gardens. “The Collective” was described as “one of the most creative and distinctive jazz ensembles in the northwestern United States” by For The Love Of Jazz. The group features saxophonist Peter Epstein, trumpeter Josh Reed, pianist Adam Benjamin, bassist Hans Halt and drummer Andrew Heglund. Each of these dedicated musicians maintains busy individual performance schedules while forming the core of the Program for Jazz and Improvisational Music at the University of Nevada, Reno. All of the members are passionate about sharing the knowledge of their instrument, improvisation, composition, history, and the other aspects of jazz. The Collective has released four albums and members have recorded many albums on their own and with numerous groups.
As a special gift to Plumas County, the entire Reno Pops Orchestra will be giving a performance at this year’s Plumas Sierra County Fair. On the evening of Saturday, August 21 on the West Lawn, Jane Brown will lead the orchestra through a program of uplifting and exciting selections; Rhapsody in Blue with piano soloist Dr. Ron Williams, Oklahoma, Orange Blossom Special with champion fiddler Johny McDonald, sound scores from “Magnificent Seven” and “Bonanza”, Carmon Dragon/Hollywood Bowl version of “America The Beautiful”, Con te Partiro featuring Jennifer Probst-Hilderbrand and Aldo Perelli, vocal soloists, and selections from Duke Ellington and John Philip Sousa. The concert is free with admission to the Fair. This concert is not to be missed!
Backgrounds of each of the other groups will be available on the Plumas Sierra County Fairgrounds website; www.plumas-sierracountyfair.net, along with the most current program for each concert.
“It’s as simple as this,” says Foundation President Nancy Gambell, “if you want to see this sort of music series each year, please support this year by purchasing a ticket.” Tickets are available at the Fair Office and on the Plumas Goes Pops page of the Fair website.
Auburn –Effective June 6, 2021, CAL FIRE will increase to peak staffing levels
in Nevada, Yuba and Placer Counties.
As an all hazards emergency service department, CAL FIRE maintains staffing year around, but provides surge capacity during the critical fire season months. This peak staffing includes 22 fire engines, 4 bulldozers, 2 CDCR Type I hand crews, 2 CCC Type 1 hand crews, 1California National Guard hand crew, 1 Air Attack and 2 Air Tankers.
Fire Chief Brian Estes states, “CAL FIRE, along with our allied fire and law enforcement partners are prepared and committed to your safety this year”. Chief Estes reminds everyone to be prepared and take responsibility as you live and recreate in our foothill communities across the region.
The move to peak staffing comes earlier than normal this year due to lack of precipitation and high temperatures that have produced dangerously dry conditions in the vegetation.
Between January 1 and May 30, 2021, CAL FIRE has responded to over 2,480 wildfires that have charred nearly 12,100 acres statewide.
CAL FIRE continues to ask homeowners to ensure they are prepared for wildfires by maintaining 100 feet of Defensible Space. For more information on preparing for wildfires and defensible space visit www.ReadyForWildfire.org.
FINISHED! 100 truck loads of debris were hauled off the former Loyalton Mobile Home Park property, left by the Receiver of the property over cost of hauling. The acreage has sweeping views of Sierra Valley. Manager Doug Lawler stated they are now looking forward to moving on with the project.
The project was finished on Friday, June 4th. Below is the latest photo showing sweeping views of Sierra Valley and the clean-up!
SACRAMENTO – On June 3, 2021, Assemblywoman Megan Dahle (R-Bieber) and other Assembly Republicans were successful in stopping legislation advanced by the majority party in Sacramento that would have imposed a costly excise tax on firearms, and several bills proposing more burdensome environmental regulation and red tape on businesses.
“Despite the fact that California is ranked one of the worst states to do business in the nation and we have one of the highest costs of living, the super majority in Sacramento continues to push forward legislation that would make matters worse.” Said Dahle. “Even in the wake of an international pandemic when our businesses are hanging on by a thread, the majority party continues to push forward bills that aggravate these issues. I have, and will continue, to oppose legislation that makes it harder for businesses to survive in our state, and tax increases on our already over-taxed constituents. For now we have stopped these bills, but we must remain vigilant to stave off further attempts by the majority party that will only make life more expensive for Californians.”
The following bills were successfully stopped on the Assembly floor:
Assemblywoman Megan Dahle represents the 1st Assembly District in the California Legislature, which includes portions of Butte and Placer counties, along with Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, and Siskiyou counties.
June 3, 2021
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) today released its first assessments of groundwater sustainability plans developed by local agencies to meet the requirements of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA).
DWR has completed its assessment and approved plans for the Santa Cruz Mid-County Basin in Santa Cruz County and 180/400 Foot Aquifer Subbasin in Monterey County. The groundwater sustainability agencies (GSAs) for these critically over-drafted basins will continue implementing their plans to achieve SGMA’s goal of groundwater sustainability within 20 years.
DWR has notified GSAs for the Cuyama Valley Basin and Paso Robles Subbasin that their plans lack specific details and are not yet approved. DWR is requesting a consultation meeting with the GSAs to discuss actions necessary to improve the plans. DWR is committed to working with local agencies and providing technical and financial support to help them bring their basins into balanced levels of pumping and recharge.
“Local management, including development of solutions for the long-term reliability of groundwater, is the cornerstone of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act,” said DWR Director Karla Nemeth. “DWR’s evaluation and assessment of groundwater sustainability plans is an important step in the long process of bringing our critical groundwater basins into sustainability, helping to ensure Californians have a reliable water source during drought years and for generations to come.”
DWR is releasing plan assessments as they are completed, rather than waiting to release the assessments at the end of the two-year review period in January 2022, to provide early feedback and guidance that can inform other GSAs as they develop their plans.
SGMA initiated a new era of local groundwater management. For the first time in California’s water history, local agencies and groundwater users are required to form GSAs and develop and implement plans to guide how they will achieve groundwater basin sustainability goals over the next 20 years. SGMA lays out a process designed for continuous improvement – gathering information to fill data gaps, updating plans, and promoting science-based adaptation. Plans will be updated as new information becomes available and as conditions change in groundwater basins. DWR will review annual reports and also assess each plan every five years to determine if the GSAs are on track to meet their basin’s goal.
Despite the long-term timeline, SGMA requires near-term actions that will help the state manage water resources during dry and drought years. For example, GSAs have been required to submit annual progress reports since 2020 with the most up-to-date monitoring and plan implementation information for their groundwater basins, including groundwater levels and use. This data can be accessed on the SGMA Portal. By tracking conditions and implementation performance, the state and local agencies can better manage water resources during average and wet years to ensure groundwater will be available as a buffer during dry years.
In addition to and aligned with plan evaluation, DWR continues to support GSAs by providing planning, technical and financial assistance. Recently, DWR announced $26 million in grant funding for project investments to improve water supply security, water quality and the reliability of groundwater. These efforts align with the Administration’s budget proposal for significant additional funding for projects to improve groundwater conditions and advance safe drinking water efforts for groundwater-dependent communities.
For more information about DWR’s available assistance, watch this video and visit the assistance and engagement webpage.
Additional information, including a video message from DWR on the assessments, is available at this website.
BRAND QUILT DRAWING
ARE WE INFRASTRUCTURE?
Legislation would double penalties on “Porch Pirates” and create a combination hunting-fishing license
Senate unanimously approves
two of Jones’s measures
SACRAMENTO – Two measures, by Senator Brian W. Jones (R-Santee), were approved unanimously today by the California State Senate.
Jones’s Senate Bill 358 would allow judges to impose up to a year in jail on persons who steal packages from another person’s home, business, or along the delivery route. Specifically, SB 358 equates packages and mail delivered by private carriers with those delivered by the United States Postal Service.
“Californians have been ordering more products, medicine, and food for home delivery than ever before,” said Senator Brian Jones. “This has led to a significant rise in the number of thefts by so-called ‘Porch Pirates’ who often follow the delivery trucks throughout a neighborhood. Allowing up to a year, rather than just 6 months, in jail should be an effective deterrent.”
SB 358 is supported by the California State Sheriffs Association, the Peace Officers Research Association of California, and the Southwest California Legislative Counsel.
Senate Bill 470, also authored by Jones, creates a combination hunting-fishing license for Californians who enjoy both sports. Specifically, SB 470 will allow a combined hunting-fishing license to be sold, be valid for 365 days from the date purchase, and be auto-renewed annually.
“This a is a win-win for Californians who love to hunt and fish as well as wildlife conservation programs that are funded by hunting and fishing license revenues,” state Jones. “The convenience of getting one combination license, which is valid for a full year and can be auto-renewed, should help increase interest and participation in both sports.”
SB 470 is sponsored by the California Waterfowl Association and is supported by a diverse coalition of groups including, among others, the Coastal Conservation Association of California, NorCal Guides Association, Oceanside Senior Anglers, Recreational Boaters of California, and the Suisun Resource Conservation District.
Both SB 358 and 470 go next to the Assembly for committee hearings and approval.
Senator Brian W. Jones was elected to the California State Senate in 2018 representing the 38th Senate District which includes Alpine, Escondido, Lemon Grove, El Cajon, La Mesa, Santee, Poway, San Marcos, Lakeside, Valley Center, Rancho Santa Fe, Julian, Ramona, Rancho San Diego, Bonsall, Fallbrook, Borrego Springs, and parts of the City of San Diego.
Dear Sierra-Plumas Joint Unified School District Parents and Community Members,
The Sierra-Plumas Joint Unified School District teachers need you! You are receiving this information from the Sierra-Plumas Teachers Association because you are considered a valued stakeholder in the future of the SPJUSD.
Your teachers are currently negotiating with the SPJUSD Board for recognition and appreciation for their efforts during this challenging 2020/2021 school year. Teachers are the most important asset of any school district and we are simply asking to be compensated for our hard work during this COVID -19 pandemic. We are one of the lowest paid districts in the state of California and our teachers deserve better, especially considering how hard we fought to keep our community’s kids in the classroom during this pandemic.
The following information will explain the current situation of the negotiations between the teachers and the district.
Your SPJUSD teachers went above and beyond for our students during the pandemic. While districts around the country decided not to reopen schools, we chose to stay in session and we worked hard at it. Cohorts of teachers and administrators in Loyalton and Downieville worked all summer and throughout the school year to create a sustainable plan to remain open. Teachers created new school and classroom protocols, rearranged their classrooms to support the social distancing mandate, implemented safety and hygiene procedures for students to follow, and spent countless hours cleaning student supplies, tables, chairs, and masks to give them a sanitary environment. Teachers continued the role as educators, but also as a classroom nurse, janitor, and safety monitor.
Your SPJUSD teachers put in the extra work to get students back in the classroom while most districts would not re-open. We wanted to work in-person while many other districts had to bribe their teachers to come back to the classroom. We chose to teach in person because we know what is best for our kids and our community! We put our children first. Yet, teaching in-person did not make our load any lighter. This year, we found ourselves having to reinvent instruction over and over again under constantly shifting guidelines as we switched instructional formats at a moment’s notice. We fought to teach in person during the COVID-19 pandemic when most districts stayed virtual because we listened and knew it was best for our kids and community.
Your SPJUSD teachers are not getting a fair share of the COVID payments to our district. SPJUSD received over a million dollars in COVID-19 payments. Districts state-wide received these extra COVID-19 payments and there are very little restrictions on how those monies are to be spent. We also recently learned that school districts in California will receive larger-than-normal Cost Of Living Adjustments (COLA). (COLA is an increase in funding for schools to compensate for inflation and is often used for salaries.) Districts usually receive a COLA each year, typically around 1%. Our district will receive almost an 8% COLA over the next two years! Yet, in a total lack of appreciation and regard for our efforts and profession, the district and negotiating board members refuse to pass an acceptable amount on to their teachers; the living piece of our little district!
Our negotiations team has met with the district and their negotiations team twice. In the first meeting, we requested a 3% retroactive raise on the salary schedule. They rejected our proposal and offered us nothing. In the second meeting, the district came to the table with nothing again! We did not accept and so then they proposed a $1000 one-time COVID-19 payment with 0% this year, 1% next year, and 2% the following year. This was turned down as it was not in our best interest to negotiate 3 years out. In an effort to work with the district, we pulled the request of an increase to the salary schedule and asked for a one-time payment of $4000. The district and SPTA will negotiate again this Wednesday. We are dismayed and confounded that our district refuses to offer us a reasonable one-time payment, but also an ongoing salary increase even though all of us are experiencing over a 5% increase in cost of living!
COVID payments and salary increases to teachers are generous in school districts around us. To offer some perspective, we gathered data from nearby districts:
• Foresthill teachers will receive a $2500 covid payment, and 2% on the salary schedule next year with an additional $2500 covid payment.
• Colfax teachers will receive a 3% retroactive salary increase for the current year, along with a one-time $2500 covid payment.
Our district has over $1 million from COVID-19 funds and districts all over the state are using it to help their employees and so should SPJUSD! We fought to teach in-person during the COVID-19 pandemic when most districts stayed virtual. We demonstrated that our priority is our students. We pushed for in-person instruction knowing that our workload would increase. We developed and adjusted lesson plans for the ever-changing direction of the health department and the state officials. Our Board touts being one of the very few districts that stayed open for instruction during the pandemic and it was your teachers that made it possible.
We hope you will take this opportunity to call on the SPJUSD board to recognize the extraordinary effort by your teachers to provide for your student’s educational, mental, social and emotional needs during this once-in-a-lifetime pandemic.
Please write emails, letters and make phone calls to discuss with your local board members the importance of fairly compensating teachers for the extraordinary work they’ve done during this very difficult year.
Thank you for your support and please forward this email.
Sierra Plumas Teachers
P.S. Here are the emails for your SPJUSD board members and Superintendent:
Patty Hall. : firstname.lastname@example.org
Allen Wright : email@example.com
Mike Moore. : firstname.lastname@example.org
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