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ta/a wednesclay, June |1, ZOi,-r Chester Progressive Districts want representation on board from page 1A about equity. Members said to have PCSDA Saxton's idea. He said the they plan to talk to representation on the LAFCo issue should be resolved by amount to a simple ledger supervisors individually to board, even if the the Portola City Council and transfer. He added the see how each feels about the supervisors don't agree tosupervisors working together. county has $450,000 more two-pronged idea -- the pay the entire LAFCo bill.Kennedy was appointed to a revenue than it had last year. county paying the entire "Counties are really committee along with Portola "Whose money is this? It's LAFCo bill and place two dependent on the special Supervisor Terry Swofford our money," Saxton said. special district members on districts," Benoit told the and City Council members "It's our tax dollars that go to the LAFCo board, association members. "You Phil Oels and Bill Powers. the general fund. It's your The state law says the guys provide all the services. They were tasked with money." supervisors can vote to make If you fail, or go bankrupt, finding a solution to the fee Saxton took the LAFCo fee the changes if they wish.guess who's going to get the issue. The four-man issue to the special districts "Ithink if the supervisors keys to the district office? committee drafted a letter to because he said the Portola are really open-minded about The Board of Supervisors. the state Assembly that City Council wouldn't stand this thing, they would see Guess who's going to pay for included several ideas and up for itself with the county, real benefit to having the it? The county. So they requested input. Two months ago the City representation from the (supervisors) have a vested Former supervisor Robert Council voted 5-0 to send a special districts sittinginterest in maintaining the Meacher, who was named letter to the supervisors there," said former viability of the special Portola's new city manager asking for the LAFCo fee to supervisor Don Clark, whodistricts throughout the last month, attended the be paid on a per capita basis, represents the Graeagle Fire county." PCSDA meeting. He said he However, days later, the Protection District. "That's No supervisors attended the couldn't speak for the City council members changed part of what we are going to association meeting. Council, but said he would course and voted 4-1 against have to convince them to do, Supervisor Jon Kennedy report the meeting details to the idea, opting instead to if we are going to convince submitted written statements the council members. send a letter to the state them to pay the tab." to the association. Kennedy Saxton and the special Assembly. LAFCo Executive Officer has publicly acknowledged district association members The association agreed John Benoit said it could be the current fee structure isn't said they expected to get with Saxton's argument in the county's best interest fair. But he hasn't supported support from the City Council LAFCo's duties The California Legislature passed the Cortese-Knox-Hertzberg Local Government Reorganization Act of 2000 to update the role of LAFCo. The legislation listed several purposes for LAFCo: "the discouraging of urban sprawl, preserving open space and prime agricultural land, efficiently providing government services, and encouraging the orderly formation and development of local agencies based upon local conditions and circumstances." The document also described LAFCo as having "exclusive power to regulate the boundaries of all cities and most special services district boundaries." It listed LAFCo duties as overseeing annexations and detachments, formation or dissolution, consolidation or reorganization, establishment of subsidiary districts, development of, and amendments to, spheres of influence, extensions of service beyond an agency's boundary, provision of new or different services by special districts, and municipal service reviews. because Portola residents members that the special would benefit the most from districts have a lot of the plan. influence on the supervisors. Saxton said that if the "You have the strength of Board of Supervisors rejects the voters behind you, and the association's plan, the you don't even realize that," decision should be left to the Saxton said. "Because the voters in the form of a ballot supervisors are elected by initiative, who? ... The people in your But he told the association districts." Positive news for district from page |A be responsible for building their own budget from scratch. "This is the first time since I have been here that the department managers have been actively involved in doing this budget process," said chief executive officer Linda Wagner. Payroll, benefits and contract labor are expected to account for more than half of Seneca's budget. While contract labor has decreased due to hiring additional staff, benefits are expected to increase slightly and salaries are equal to what was budgeted in FY 2014. Overall, expenses are expected to be similar to the current fiscal year with several exceptions. Rentals and leases are expected to increase due to a newly established lease with Baxter , iii!¸~, ~,~,~ for IV pumps. Repairs and maintenance costs were increased as a result of CPSI implementation. The CPSI system has completely depreciated, which will decrease next year's depreciation expenses. With no arguments from the board, the FY 2015 budget was approved May 29 with a four out of five vote. Board treasurer Bill Howe made the motion to approve the budget; vice president Loretta Gomez seconded; assistant secretary Rich Gomez abstained after losing phone connection haif way through the discussion; and the other two members voted in favor of the new budget. FUGITIVE: Extradition process could be lengthy from page ] A arrest by Peruvian National apprehending Cross. Police. Hollister said the DA's morning of June 4, the FBI Hagwood said the county office looks forward to its reported, is engaged in a months-long continued cooperative Cross' federal fugitive extradition process with efforts with the United poster had appeared on the Peru. He said this case poses States Department of State Sacramento FBI's website new challenges that the and Department of Justice since 2008. According to FBI department usually doesn't in navigating international public affairs specialist have to address: dealing extradition law and Gina Swankie, a recent with foreign governments,bringing Cross back to rebroadcast of information federal agencies and across Plumas County to stand about Cross led to the FBI state lines, trial. receiving information In a press release from the Hollister added, "This indicating that Cross was Plumas County District will undoubtedly be a residing in Peru. Attorney's Office, DA David long and arduous process Hagwood said that over Hollister extended thanksto complete the return of the course of several weeks, and appreciation to the FBI, the defendant to Plumas authorities followed up and Plumas County Sheriff's County. I look forward to identified the region and Office, Peruvian Nationalthe day Ms. Cross is then the-specific location of Police, Reno Police returned to our courtroom Cross, which resulted in her Department and Nevada and we have the State Attorney General's opportunity to assure Office for their tireless and justice is served in this diligent efforts in case." Ill el for over 75 years / :!:k Mark R. Nareau / James Matthew | Ben Samsey 2g 7.6162nareauhw, ..,F ~i . 2920 Riverside Dr. Suite 102 "S • i & Ma y ee4 CPA Serving Chester & Lake Alman0r Postal service: USPS (No.102-980.) Periodicals postage paid at Chester, CA. Published: Every Wednesday morning by Feather Publishing Co. Inc. Office location and hours: 135 Main St. #C. Mailing address: P.O. Box 557, Chester, CA 96020. Office is open Mon. - Fri., 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. How to contact us: (530) 258-3115. FAX: (530) 258-2365. 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