March 5, 2013 — The issue of transparency in financial disclosures took up much of last week’s Lassen County Board of Supervisors meeting. The public has a right to know the who, what, where, when, why and how its money is being spent by governmental agencies and other groups who use the public’s money. And those governmental agencies and entities that spend taxpayer money have an obligation to completely report on their activities.
The supervisors received a report from Carmen Wilson, a partner with the Marcum accounting firm for the county’s books for the year ending June 30, 2012. The audit firm issued a “clean” audit report and told the board the county’s books were in order.
Lassen County District 2 Supervisor Jim Chapman commented on the auditor’s findings and on a frequent assertion by some county residents and local dissidents that county government is rife with corruption. Chapman quipped — at least for the year covered by the audit report — the county is transparently corrupt.
Feb. 26, 2013 — There are many things I enjoy about my job reporting news here at the paper. The variety of stories and the people I get to interview always makes things interesting.
I value the working relationships I've built up over the years with news sources and contacts, but some stick out more than others, probably due to the length of time I’ve worked with a person.
For six years I've reported on the happenings at Lassen High School from homecoming to graduation and a lot in between. The second Tuesday of every month I have a standing reservation at the Lassen Union High School District (LUHSD) board meetings where items are discussed from test scores to budgets.
Feb. 26, 2013 — An estimated 80 or 90 Lassen County residents recently packed the dining room at the Pizza Factory to attend a TEA Party Patriots meeting featuring a presentation by Lassen County Sheriff Dean Growdon.
With gun control proposals coming from both the federal and state governments and reports of gun violence taking up lots of bandwidth in the national media these days, it’s not surprising many TEA Party Patriots expressed their concern about this issue and their constitutional right to keep and bear arms.
Feb. 19, 2013 — So, just how long should it take to get a ruling from the Lassen County Superior Court?
Tom Hammond, one of the proponents seeking the recall of Lassen County District 5 Supervisor Jack Hanson, filed a petition for a writ of mandate with the court seven long months ago — on Aug. 10 to be exact. A writ of mandate is a court order to a government agency to follow the law by correcting its prior action or ceasing its illegal acts.
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