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PinePress 00erspecti, ve Tuesday, July 18, 2000 11C es in Uptown "ation suggested F WHERE , 000, was be City Council hich was the I STAND t was mailed to rs. Tim ions to increase ] esses that front JACKHELBE[ l annual O,, nscal d a proposed 2001.Ye TBUSINESSMAN items in P increased I am in complete agreement with the city administrator by 47 per year. Special the a short fall of to provide increased executive a balance, of rtoan received reduces the and Provision limits those of there out of 10 on are not !address in the paper months. O=mlt= of grants have 'by an entity The affect the ' for r for ;facade - program. This Will be the of building . There are on results of concerning the parking solution for HUSA. The city administrator won't appreciate this, but I surrender the chair to him for his comments. Impact on HUSA without an Executive Director If the City Council accepts the majority of HUSA members to limit the assessments, it is difficult to project what the impact will be on HUSA. However I would like to take a chance. With the $7,200 in assessments, a more constructive endeavor would be to compile statistics to track the sales for the HUSA district instead of, as in the past, badgering city departments to fulfill the responsibilities of their office, e.g. Monitoring enforcement of parking and speeding limits. Overseeing the city staffto keep Pancera Plaza maintained. * IdentifYing parking spaces that need to be outlined with paint. Pruning of trees on Main Street. The sponsorship of the four events, Safe and Sane Halloween, Sidewalk Sales, Christmas Fest and Taste of Susanville will have to be evaluated with the thought of continuing, replacing or eliminating the event(s). With the improvement of the cash .. flow from assessments, the / / city's administration efforfto collect delinquent accounts would be reduced. Regardless of the rhetoric of HUSA "drying up" and not being a successful Historic Business District like Truckee, Sisters, Ore., etc., an opportunity window will exist to identify what exactly does the HUSA members want the area to exemplify. I am willing to wager none of the towns mentioned in the "Opinion" editorial have a state highway running through the district District HUSA's help "The place be re- is t property the 5into o00rsrrom of town is new the an that that are a little You i a mUCh into likely thathas ore WaEBE I STAND 1 I JOI00SFIAW l HUSA PRESDENT J improvements that will be taking place. HUSA has coordinated with the city of Susanville to make available grants and low interest rate funds, allowing property and business owners to use to make improvements in the Uptown District. I can vision the Uptown District looking similar to old town Sacramento, or downtown Truckee. When this occurs property and business owners will benefit in an increase in property values and increased sales. Many of the "B" district owners will see a strong demand for cottage type ,,, businesses as main street wm run out of space available: ce__ None of this will take pm _ ff there is not an organization such as HUSA to carry out. n this vision. Any o has to have a director to running. This things has to be paid. CurrentlY__=t,Vaus portion  our dues allow to pay this part-time posluu-. When our HUSA members pay their dues it is an investment in our future. A future that is very bright as togeer long as we work ward a common goaL If a fire was threatening your home, what would be first thing you wi, ould take with you? i; ; "/Iry dog and my J.JLgames." Mink trawl, smmmvl '"/i'y children and i ,,]ry immediate J. v .my dogs. l1.family and my sister." Tammy ml|lt um41kD Janice Bowers Susanville  1/i'Y brother and l1my dog." fmlawille 11o  A=o (so) Quite a number of casualties were reported at Alturas during the horse races and baseball game on July 5. No less than four people were run over by horses and quite a few were hit by baseballs. Fortunately, no one was seriously injured. 6O a Ago (S40) The cattle rustling in Lassen County is still absorbing the attention of authorities. It's seriousness is accentuated with the arrest of the sixth and seventh alleged stock thieves in the area in the pat five years. One of the men was also connected with the slaughter of deer and calves. Authorities found veal and a deer ldart in his refrigerator. Department of Social Welfare, thus joining forces with supervisors from other California counties demanding more control and greater management flexibility in county welfare departments. 35 Yealrs Ago (1965) The Lassen County Board of Supervisors adopted a resolution voicing dissatisfaction with the regulation set forth by the State 2O Years Ago (mo) The Susanville Elementary School District met in a closed session to determine whether or not to reffle a competency proceeding hearing against a former Diamond View School employee. The employee had been removed after charges of unprofessional conduct had been raised. An earlier competency hearing had been marred by what a judge ruled to be "procedural flaws." 15 Years Ago (198S) The awarding of the bids for wine and beer concessions at the Lassen County Fair drew considerable fire from local bidders attending a beard of supervisors meeting. The local bidders questioned the bidding process that allowed out.of-cou-uty bidders to "come in and take money out of the county." A San Franc area firm was awarded the bid, but the supervisors said nothing could have been done to correct the situation at the time, although they would see what could be done the following year to protect the local bidders. .1.0 Yearn Ago (1990) After a month-long investigation, the Lassen County Joint Narcotics Task Force capped its first major drug operation with the July 18 arrest of eight. Westwood residents. Theists, were made after an informant purchased cocaine, methamphetamine, and marijuana. Additional arrests were expected in the next few days. m [Letters guidelines i AII letters must contain an [address and a phone num- i ber. We publish -only one let: ter per week per person ano only one letter per month per person regarding the same subject matter. We do not publish third-party or open letters. The deadline is Thursday at 3 p.m. Letters may also be sent via fax, 257-0408; on 3.5-inch disks; or e-mail at LCTimes@Itrid.net I_=IL OF UI,WIOOO After reading "Tyree's True Tirade" and "Jenny's Jumbo Jawbreaker," I am more con- cerned than ever about the lev- el of adulthood in the halls of academia. Hopefully, the au- thors are an aberration and not representative. I do believe they may have missed their calling and should be writing romance novels for Harlequin. Long Valley parents are not uncaring, as implied by Mrs. Floyd. The parents in this fam- ily rise at 4:30 or 5 a.m., pre- pare lunches and breakfast, shower, dress, roust the kids and drive to their eight to 10 hour jobs in Reno or on base. They do participate in school events and conferences for their children. If taking time off to attend a PTA meet- Lug at 3 p.m. in the afternoon is low on their list of priorities, I do not questton that decision. We have been present at board meetings, when the time and place are readily known and the board makes a quo: rum. We have been present when they didn't make a quo- rum. My question concerning the eighth grade having to attend summer school to advance to the ninth has still not been sat- isfactorfly addressed. Where were the weaknesses? Math? Reading? English? Govern- ment? How can those areas be cor- rected by the parents or any- one else without identifying specifics? Three of our family children will be in the eighth grade in August and (besides the obvious such as atten- dance, homework completed, etc.) we want to know how best to help these children. So far, and we have asked, there seems to be no firm schedule for the seventh and eighth grades. Will there be electives? Will the electives be credited towards graduation? Will there be meetings ex- plaining the expectations of the new Jr.. Sr. High School or warnings to new eighth grad- er's about current problems meeting graduation criteria? I would call it good community relations to do so, something agreed to in the superinten- dent's contract. There are a significant num. her of Special Ed classes at Fort Sage. There is an acceler- ated math class at present Mid- dle School. Why is there no GATE program? The Fort Sage School Board has made some profound bud- get cuts over the years. The ex- tensive and fondly remem. bered music program for one. Their problem is that they spend the savings before the ink is dry on the budget. The controversial closing of Middle School had an estimat- ed savings of $150,000 in opera. tion, exclusive of staff salaries. Now a plan is being ad- vanced to establish a Pre School and Adult Education at the abandoned Middle School. How much will the renova- tions cost? How many adults and pre-schoolers will be served? How many teachers will be needed? Wnat is the estimated cost to revamp Herlong High School to accommodate the seventh and eighth grades? What is the impact of this new plan on the estimated savings of one hun- dred and fifteen thousand dol- lars accomplished with the clo- sure of Middle School? Fort Sage School Board con- tinues to dodge hard decisions by hiring Superintendents to take the heat. And then comes the "Golden Handshake." The "Golden Handshake" has created several long term obligations that must be fac- tored into the budgets until the year 2004. We certainly do not need another one. Yet the cur- rent superintendent scheduled special board meetings to con- sider an addendum to her con- tract (which does not expire until 2001) that includes eigh- teen months of generous sever- ance paY. Tell me, please, is this really in the children's or districts best interest? I don't think so! In a recent budget the local taxes totaled an approximate $458,600. Henceforth, the char- ter school will not share one dime of that tax unless so deemed by Fort Sage. The community in general believes in the charter school and people are working hard to make it a reality. Private, personal problems of auy indi- vidual is just that; private and personal and none of my busi- ness or anyone else's. The recall of the Fort Sage School Board senior members is not just about "sunshine" and funds but how those dol- lars are applied to the educa- tional sector visa vis the ad- ministration. The 99-00 budget allotted two hundred thousand, nine hun- dred and forty dollars (includ- ing benefits) for one Superin- tendent and two principals for 381 students, fourteen percent ADA for administration. Can we afford this percentage rate? I don't think so! Viola M. Smith Doyle SUSAN WEEmmD WAS JUST GREAT Susan's Birthday weekend was just great! On behalf of the descendants of Susan Roop, I would like to thank the corcmdttees that put this together. We also appreci- ate the great coverage given the occasion by the Lassen County Times. Thank you all! This celebration did much for Susanville's image and brought people from all over to our community. What a boost to our restaurants, motels, and stores! Zellamae Miles, Susan Roop Arnold's Granddaughter WAi The Sacramento paper gives us a daily prediction of tem- peratures in various places in California, then gives the actu- al temperatures the next day, Over a couple of weeks, I randomly picked veral loca- tions and compared the accu- racy of the prediction with the actual temperatures. Of 1@ predictions, only 11 were cor- rect. While some were offonlY a degree or two, many were off as much as 10 , .. Thus, the expert weather predictors have an acura rate of only 1 percent; and this is for prctinS oldY xt day. What would you bet that the a rate erfor I s, qme of the silly things  people want us to do to save the world from global w' ing", We should ask them if their prediction accuracy is better than 11,percent when r!g years  a(IvaB,: - Jack w. .u S.jamdlle NIW the outcome of the next elec. tihat would be nice, if it were true. But, as the news re- port continued, the truth came out. See I.ems  Lt PinePress 00erspecti, ve Tuesday, July 18, 2000 11C es in Uptown "ation suggested F WHERE , 000, was be City Council hich was the I STAND t was mailed to rs. Tim ions to increase ] esses that front JACKHELBE[ l annual O,, nscal d a proposed 2001.Ye TBUSINESSMAN items in P increased I am in complete agreement with the city administrator by 47 per year. Special the a short fall of to provide increased executive a balance, of rtoan received reduces the and Provision limits those of there out of 10 on are not !address in the paper months. O=mlt= of grants have 'by an entity The affect the ' for r for ;facade - program. This Will be the of building . There are on results of concerning the parking solution for HUSA. The city administrator won't appreciate this, but I surrender the chair to him for his comments. Impact on HUSA without an Executive Director If the City Council accepts the majority of HUSA members to limit the assessments, it is difficult to project what the impact will be on HUSA. However I would like to take a chance. With the $7,200 in assessments, a more constructive endeavor would be to compile statistics to track the sales for the HUSA district instead of, as in the past, badgering city departments to fulfill the responsibilities of their office, e.g. Monitoring enforcement of parking and speeding limits. Overseeing the city staffto keep Pancera Plaza maintained. * IdentifYing parking spaces that need to be outlined with paint. Pruning of trees on Main Street. The sponsorship of the four events, Safe and Sane Halloween, Sidewalk Sales, Christmas Fest and Taste of Susanville will have to be evaluated with the thought of continuing, replacing or eliminating the event(s). With the improvement of the cash .. flow from assessments, the / / city's administration efforfto collect delinquent accounts would be reduced. Regardless of the rhetoric of HUSA "drying up" and not being a successful Historic Business District like Truckee, Sisters, Ore., etc., an opportunity window will exist to identify what exactly does the HUSA members want the area to exemplify. I am willing to wager none of the towns mentioned in the "Opinion" editorial have a state highway running through the district District HUSA's help "The place be re- is t property the 5into o00rsrrom of town is new the an that that are a little You i a mUCh into likely thathas ore WaEBE I STAND 1 I JOI00SFIAW l HUSA PRESDENT J improvements that will be taking place. HUSA has coordinated with the city of Susanville to make available grants and low interest rate funds, allowing property and business owners to use to make improvements in the Uptown District. I can vision the Uptown District looking similar to old town Sacramento, or downtown Truckee. When this occurs property and business owners will benefit in an increase in property values and increased sales. Many of the "B" district owners will see a strong demand for cottage type ,,, businesses as main street wm run out of space available: ce__ None of this will take pm _ ff there is not an organization such as HUSA to carry out. n this vision. Any o has to have a director to running. This things has to be paid. CurrentlY__=t,Vaus portion  our dues allow to pay this part-time posluu-. When our HUSA members pay their dues it is an investment in our future. A future that is very bright as togeer long as we work ward a common goaL If a fire was threatening your home, what would be first thing you wi, ould take with you? i; ; "/Iry dog and my J.JLgames." Mink trawl, smmmvl '"/i'y children and i ,,]ry immediate J. v .my dogs. l1.family and my sister." Tammy ml|lt um41kD Janice Bowers Susanville  1/i'Y brother and l1my dog." fmlawille 11o  A=o (so) Quite a number of casualties were reported at Alturas during the horse races and baseball game on July 5. No less than four people were run over by horses and quite a few were hit by baseballs. Fortunately, no one was seriously injured. 6O a Ago (S40) The cattle rustling in Lassen County is still absorbing the attention of authorities. It's seriousness is accentuated with the arrest of the sixth and seventh alleged stock thieves in the area in the pat five years. One of the men was also connected with the slaughter of deer and calves. Authorities found veal and a deer ldart in his refrigerator. Department of Social Welfare, thus joining forces with supervisors from other California counties demanding more control and greater management flexibility in county welfare departments. 35 Yealrs Ago (1965) The Lassen County Board of Supervisors adopted a resolution voicing dissatisfaction with the regulation set forth by the State 2O Years Ago (mo) The Susanville Elementary School District met in a closed session to determine whether or not to reffle a competency proceeding hearing against a former Diamond View School employee. The employee had been removed after charges of unprofessional conduct had been raised. An earlier competency hearing had been marred by what a judge ruled to be "procedural flaws." 15 Years Ago (198S) The awarding of the bids for wine and beer concessions at the Lassen County Fair drew considerable fire from local bidders attending a beard of supervisors meeting. The local bidders questioned the bidding process that allowed out.of-cou-uty bidders to "come in and take money out of the county." A San Franc area firm was awarded the bid, but the supervisors said nothing could have been done to correct the situation at the time, although they would see what could be done the following year to protect the local bidders. .1.0 Yearn Ago (1990) After a month-long investigation, the Lassen County Joint Narcotics Task Force capped its first major drug operation with the July 18 arrest of eight. Westwood residents. Theists, were made after an informant purchased cocaine, methamphetamine, and marijuana. Additional arrests were expected in the next few days. m [Letters guidelines i AII letters must contain an [address and a phone num- i ber. We publish -only one let: ter per week per person ano only one letter per month per person regarding the same subject matter. We do not publish third-party or open letters. The deadline is Thursday at 3 p.m. Letters may also be sent via fax, 257-0408; on 3.5-inch disks; or e-mail at LCTimes@Itrid.net I_=IL OF UI,WIOOO After reading "Tyree's True Tirade" and "Jenny's Jumbo Jawbreaker," I am more con- cerned than ever about the lev- el of adulthood in the halls of academia. Hopefully, the au- thors are an aberration and not representative. I do believe they may have missed their calling and should be writing romance novels for Harlequin. Long Valley parents are not uncaring, as implied by Mrs. Floyd. The parents in this fam- ily rise at 4:30 or 5 a.m., pre- pare lunches and breakfast, shower, dress, roust the kids and drive to their eight to 10 hour jobs in Reno or on base. They do participate in school events and conferences for their children. If taking time off to attend a PTA meet- Lug at 3 p.m. in the afternoon is low on their list of priorities, I do not questton that decision. We have been present at board meetings, when the time and place are readily known and the board makes a quo: rum. We have been present when they didn't make a quo- rum. My question concerning the eighth grade having to attend summer school to advance to the ninth has still not been sat- isfactorfly addressed. Where were the weaknesses? Math? Reading? English? Govern- ment? How can those areas be cor- rected by the parents or any- one else without identifying specifics? Three of our family children will be in the eighth grade in August and (besides the obvious such as atten- dance, homework completed, etc.) we want to know how best to help these children. So far, and we have asked, there seems to be no firm schedule for the seventh and eighth grades. Will there be electives? Will the electives be credited towards graduation? Will there be meetings ex- plaining the expectations of the new Jr.. Sr. High School or warnings to new eighth grad- er's about current problems meeting graduation criteria? I would call it good community relations to do so, something agreed to in the superinten- dent's contract. There are a significant num. her of Special Ed classes at Fort Sage. There is an acceler- ated math class at present Mid- dle School. Why is there no GATE program? The Fort Sage School Board has made some profound bud- get cuts over the years. The ex- tensive and fondly remem. bered music program for one. Their problem is that they spend the savings before the ink is dry on the budget. The controversial closing of Middle School had an estimat- ed savings of $150,000 in opera. tion, exclusive of staff salaries. Now a plan is being ad- vanced to establish a Pre School and Adult Education at the abandoned Middle School. How much will the renova- tions cost? How many adults and pre-schoolers will be served? How many teachers will be needed? Wnat is the estimated cost to revamp Herlong High School to accommodate the seventh and eighth grades? What is the impact of this new plan on the estimated savings of one hun- dred and fifteen thousand dol- lars accomplished with the clo- sure of Middle School? Fort Sage School Board con- tinues to dodge hard decisions by hiring Superintendents to take the heat. And then comes the "Golden Handshake." The "Golden Handshake" has created several long term obligations that must be fac- tored into the budgets until the year 2004. We certainly do not need another one. Yet the cur- rent superintendent scheduled special board meetings to con- sider an addendum to her con- tract (which does not expire until 2001) that includes eigh- teen months of generous sever- ance paY. Tell me, please, is this really in the children's or districts best interest? I don't think so! In a recent budget the local taxes totaled an approximate $458,600. Henceforth, the char- ter school will not share one dime of that tax unless so deemed by Fort Sage. The community in general believes in the charter school and people are working hard to make it a reality. Private, personal problems of auy indi- vidual is just that; private and personal and none of my busi- ness or anyone else's. The recall of the Fort Sage School Board senior members is not just about "sunshine" and funds but how those dol- lars are applied to the educa- tional sector visa vis the ad- ministration. The 99-00 budget allotted two hundred thousand, nine hun- dred and forty dollars (includ- ing benefits) for one Superin- tendent and two principals for 381 students, fourteen percent ADA for administration. Can we afford this percentage rate? I don't think so! Viola M. Smith Doyle SUSAN WEEmmD WAS JUST GREAT Susan's Birthday weekend was just great! On behalf of the descendants of Susan Roop, I would like to thank the corcmdttees that put this together. We also appreci- ate the great coverage given the occasion by the Lassen County Times. Thank you all! This celebration did much for Susanville's image and brought people from all over to our community. What a boost to our restaurants, motels, and stores! Zellamae Miles, Susan Roop Arnold's Granddaughter WAi The Sacramento paper gives us a daily prediction of tem- peratures in various places in California, then gives the actu- al temperatures the next day, Over a couple of weeks, I randomly picked veral loca- tions and compared the accu- racy of the prediction with the actual temperatures. Of 1@ predictions, only 11 were cor- rect. While some were offonlY a degree or two, many were off as much as 10 , .. Thus, the expert weather predictors have an acura rate of only 1 percent; and this is for prctinS oldY xt day. What would you bet that the a rate erfor I s, qme of the silly things  people want us to do to save the world from global w' ing", We should ask them if their prediction accuracy is better than 11,percent when r!g years  a(IvaB,: - Jack w. .u S.jamdlle NIW the outcome of the next elec. tihat would be nice, if it were true. But, as the news re- port continued, the truth came out. See I.ems  Lt