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LASSEN COUNTY Serving Susanville and Surrounding Areas VO. 34, NO. 1 Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012 (530) 257-5321 50 cents Lass en County Clerk corrects ballot error Sam Williams Managing Editor A Standish/Litchfield area resi- dent brought an error on some of the ballots for the Nov. 6 election to the attention of the Lassen County Board of Supervisors at its Oct. 16 meeting. taken steps to correct it. ,There was an error made in our office," Bustamante told the board. "Belfast Road and Laurel Lane were accidentally put into the Susan River Fire District when they should not have been. It (the error) affected 29 voters. We are preparing corrected ballots, and I do thank Mr. Iona McCain, Everd McCain's McCain for calling and bringing it to wife, said the former Lassen County my attention." Supervisor noticed the error on the Iona McCain called this a "very se- ballot and notified Lassen County rious error," and used the occasion Clerk Julie Bustamante. to remind the supervisors of other Butstamante acknowledged the concerns that have been brought to error, and told the board she has the board regarding the county Assessor admits Nagel tax mistake Sam Williams , Managing Editor Kenneth Bunch, Lassen County's tax assessor, ac- knowledged his office failed to follow up on the status of an Eagle Lake property owned by Fred and Theresa Nagel- and they have not been assessed the correct amount for the past four years. "It's really embarrassing," Bunch said in a Wednesday afternoon telephone inter- view. "There was a problem on my records with the Nagel house at the lake ... I've got 11,000 houses we're apprais- ing, and I guess this is going to happen sooner or later." Westwood resident Eileen Spencer, representing the watchdog group kanwehelp, brought the matter up at the Lassen County Board of Su- pervisors' meeting Tuesday, Oct. 16. The group also filed a complaint that day with Bunch's office alleging the Nagels took out a building permit for a home at Eagle Lake, but never completed the process. "Fred Nagel let the permit expire andnever called for a final inspection," Spencer wrote as the secretary for the group in a complaint deliv- ered to the supervisors and addressed to Bunch. "No cer- tificate of occupancy was ever issued. Fred and There- sa Nagel were well aware that the assessor's office must re- ceive a copy of the certificate of occupancy or final inspec- tion to determine the appro- priate tax. "Fred and Theresa Nagel have been paying taxes on this property as uninhabit- able/unfinished. This tax rate is far below the actual tax for the finished house they have been living in for 24 years." According to kanwehelp, "Fred and Theresa Nagel have both held public offices. The city of Susanville and Lassen County have em- ployed Fred Nagel in various positions, all relating to real property. Fred Nagel is cur- rently on the LMUD (Lassen Municipal Utility District) board. Theresa was Lassen County clerk and recorder." See Tax, page 5A To subscribe to the Times call 530-257-5321 clerk's office. "We've had some issues before this board concerning the county clerk's office locking out a Potential 700 votes because of a recall because of a typographical error," McCain said. "This right here is an enor- mous problem in a fraudulent bal- lot." Bustamante refused to accept re- call petitions in the second cam- paign against Lassen County Dis- trict 5 Supervisor Jack Hanson be- cause she said the recall proponents used a form she had previously re- jected. The proponents allege she told them they could use the form that contained a typographical error and that the error, the misspelling of a proponent's name, should not be al- lowed to thwart the will of the peo- ple. The matter is currently under consideration by the Lassen County Superior Court after' proponent Tom Hammond asked for a writ of man- date Aug. 10 to force Bustamante to one to know this is how electionsare lost." McCain said. 'kfter all, we had one supervisor win his electiOn by only 14 votes. That's not the only problem. We were discussing the issue regarding the redistricting and reapportionment that came up before this board, and there was a big kind of discussion regarding it. "Pro or con, it doesn't make any difference to me, I just want it to be correct. I think that accumulative, accept the petitions she had reject- this situation is unacceptable. Now, ed. I know there's time for a correction. "I thought it was more of a seri- ous problem because I want every- See Error page 14A Supporting the Battle in the Cave Stephen Pezzullo, right, part-owner of Pezzullo and Gus- sett, CPA, and Kevin Jones, head coach of the Lassen High School (LHS) boy's varsity bas- ketball team, share broad smiles last Friday as Pezzullo donates a check for $1,000 to the LHS Basketball Boosters IulD for th :PuCOn rl annual Battle in the Cave basketball fundraiser held Sat- urday, Nov. 10. The Battle in the Cave pits teams made up of employees from High Desert State Prison and the Cali- fornia Correctional Center. Photo by DJ Estacio Bonham will serve on board Sam Williams Managing Editor swillia ms@lassen news.corn Kurt Bonham, a certified public accountant and the former mayor of Susanville, will serve as an alternate on the Lassen County Assess- ment Appeals Board, despite an allegation he would use the position on the board to help Lassen County elected officials and their friends pay less than their fair share of property taxes when they ap- pealed a legitimate tax as- oeemont to the board. The Lassen County Board of Supervisors appointed Bonham to the board at its Tuesday, Oct. 16 meeting, de- spite objections from West- wood resident Eileen Spencer who said she was attending the meeting as a representa- tive of kanwehelp. The board voted 3-0-1 to ap- prove Bonham's appoint- ment. District 1 Supervisor Bob Pyle, District 4 Supervi- sor Brian Dahle and District 5 Supervisor Jack Hanson voted aye. District 3 Supervi- sor Larry Wosick said he had "some previous dealings, so I'll abstain," and District 2 Supervisor Jim Chapman See Bonham, page 14A Middle school students serve in Bay Area In early October, a team of six middle school students and four adults from Community Church participated in a short- term mission trip, where the group partnered with the Bay Area Center for Student Missions (CSM) for a weekend of serving and learning. CSM is a ministry that has provided urban missions experi- ences for students in several cities in the United States for more than 20 years. CSM made all the contacts for ministry sites, urban experiences and unique ethnic dinners. The mission team, led by Community Church middle school director Walter Kirklin, left Susanville Thursday, Oct. 4 and drove to Oakland to meet up with CSM city hosts, Rachel Rey and Kat Kendall, who would guide the team around Oakland and San Francisco for the next few days. After a quick round of introductions, the group took a brisk walk through Oakland to the Home of Chicken and Waffles, where they got to taste traditional soul food. After dinner the missionaries headed back to the housing site at Bay Area Christian Connection for a brief orientation and sleep. Friday morning the group assembled for devotions and breakfast, and packed a sack lunch for the full day ahead. The first stop for the team was the St. Anthony's Day Home in Oak- land. Originally started by a priest and nuns in 1911, the day home has provided a safe haven for children of working parents for the past 101 years. The priest and nuns are now gone, but a passionate and ded- icated staff continues to teach more than 200 children from ages 2 through kindergarten. The Lassen County group was divided up to serve in differ- ent classrooms at the day home. Each student and adult played with, read to and helped out with the children in the class. As the children went down for their naps, the team traveled to a local park to eat lunch. After a break the team embarked on Project Feet and Neat. The project entailed distributing hygiene kits and socks to homeless people in and around the civic center and United Na- tions Plaza in San Francisco. Students were encouraged to introduce themselves and See Serve, page 5A A group of students and adults from Community Church in Susanville traveled to the Bay Area to minister to homeless people. Pictured in front of San Francisco City Hall are CSM City Host Kat Kendall, (front row, left) David Rice, Rebekah Benson, Raquel Williams, Kaila Inman, Abby Daw- son, CSM City Host Rachel Rey, Walter Kirklin (back row, left), Stacy Kirklin, Anna Lopez, Blake Sherman and Chris Dawson. Photo submitted W