Feb. 15, 2011 — If there was ever a time to get involved in the business of the Susanville City Council that acts on behalf of the citizens of this community, it is this week.
We encourage everyone to change his or her plans and attend the Wednesday, Feb. 16 public hearing on what could be a fiasco waiting to happen. At 7 p.m. this Wednesday, the council, made up of five elected officials, is soliciting your comments on “the possible temporary borrowing from the restricted Water Capital Improvements Fund in order to refund the Plumas Bank golf course note, or a portion thereof. The council will be considering the use of the other available monies as well.”
Like 111 million other people I tuned in to watch Super Bowl XLV, the Green Bay Packers versus the Pittsburgh Steelers. It was touted as an old-fashioned gridiron game of two teams of old vying for the top price.
I didn’t go to a Super Bowl party or even watch it with family. My husband was at a job networking conference and my daughter was in another room doing homework. I had the game on because there was nothing else on TV to watch. The house was too quiet, and I was hoping to see some very funny or at least memorable commercials. Well, there were some memorable commercials, but not because they were clever or humorous with maybe two exceptions.
firstname.lastname@example.orgFeb. 1, 2011 — One day not too long ago, I woke up to the startling realization that I am, in fact, a Lassenite.
Do I have family here? No. Was I raised here? No. Do I have connections into various groups and organizations that I have spent a lifetime building? Other than on the surface as a reporter, not really.
Then how is it I have come to think of myself as a local? Because I believe I have come up with a list of things that only a resident of Lassen County would know. A list of local knowledge that may go hand in hand with my job as a reporter, but a list that I think so many local folk can understand.
Feb. 1, 2011 — In the past several years, our local schools have been cutting and tightening the belt to keep up with the state’s education cut.
I have sat in meetings where superintendents and boards have had to present grim news and make some difficult decisions — lay off teachers and increase class sizes, minimize or cut programs and services, etc.
It’s not pleasant and I don’t think it’s going to get better anytime soon despite Governor Jerry Brown saying kindergarten through 12th grade education is exempt from his $12.5 billion cuts.
It sounds nice, but in actuality, administrators, chief business officers and teachers will possibly have to wait until June to see just how grim the education budget will be.
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