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101] Wednesday, June 17, 2015 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter LETI'ERS, from page 9B plastic sheeting and a suggestion to sprinkle pesticide on the wood (that we later burn and breathe?). This will prevent losing "the beautiful pine tree in their yard." I only hope those pine beetles in my neighbors' (free?) wood were told which yard to stay in. I applaud the desire to avoid waste and help others with free firewood. This is a thoughtful act, when considered by itself. However, has the council considered how many trees within town this will put at additional risk? How many people will not be able to remove a newly infected tree from their property (quite expensive) and will instead be forced to leave it standing and further pass the infection? As someone who has seen what the pine beetle can do to scenic mountain towns in Wyoming, I urge the council to abandon this proposal, or this "free" wood may become intolerably expensive. Nicholas Manos Portola Deceiving invitation Here's a deceiving invitation from the U.S. Forest Service. June 24 at 5 p.m. Beckwourth District Office. "Please come and join the Beckwourth Ranger District to learn about the Lake Basin Project and share your ideas. This project intends to improve Sierra Nevada Yellow-Legged frog habitat by mitigating creek crossings and reducing road and trail impacts." Will Deb Bumpus be there? The USFS doesn't want public input, they just want to say they followed "procedure" before they carried out their plans. Seriously? Once again, the USFS will limit your access to the forests. The Forest Service is the "apex predator"; they're currently killing a species of fish (trout) in the Bucks Lake Wilderness region to save another species of amphibians, yellow-legged frogs. The United States Forest Service, biologists and administration, are out of control in this region. As Mother Nature's assassins, they're the doctor Josef Mengeles of our time. They're the unelected bureaucrats in uniform with an agenda to play God in our forests. The only way to stop them is to sue them. I hope that Plumas County attorneys will add these new efforts by the Beckwourth Ranger District to their current lawsuit against the USFS. Extinction is a natural phenomenon; it occurs at a natural rate of about one to five species per year. It's like the weather or a box of chocolates, you never know what you're going to get. Karma in my lifetime? Our National Security Agency has nothing on China. Now the personal data of all federal workers (including our local USFS) has been hacked by the Chinese. God works in curious ways. I don't feel sorry for them. Perhaps the USFS will chase their own Social Security numbers, instead of ruining our local economy. Their pseudo-science and draconian regulations deserve a hearing before Congress. Trent Saxton Lake Davis biT. IASS00 TttFATt00E MAIN ST. Ct]t00STEt:t CA 96o00o Skowi.g, ]:rJa9. June 19 a[ 7pro. Sahrag, June 0 a[ pm :ree Admission www.m[lassen[kealve.or Interfaith Worship (Worship of our Creator) All Are Welcome Jew Hindu Muslim Christian Buddhist Native American All Others "Don't try to convert me to .your religion and I won't try to convert you to mine." All will have equal time to express their worship. Every Wednesday 1:15 p.m.-2:30 p.m. At Mountain View Manor, Quincy Plan lays out roadmap for Caltrans' future Caltrans recently announced the release of its new 2015 - 2020 Strategic Management Plan, a roadmap of how Caltrans will meet the bold goals it has set for itself in order to be a high-performance, efficient, innovative and modern state department of transportation. The department will report to the public on its progress through its quarterly "Mile Marker," a plain-language accounting of where Caltrans is succeeding and where it needs improvement. "Adopting a new mission, vision and goals was only the beginning of helping Caltrans better focus on improved department performance, accountability and communications," said Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty. "The Strategic Management Plan takes it to the next level by laying out the specific performance measures we will use to communicate honestly and transparently about our progress in meeting our department's goals." The Strategic Management Plan describes Caltrans' five goals and their corresponding objectiyes, adding performance measures connected to each goal. These performance measures will be used by Caltrans as tools to manage from the plan. The five goals and a sample of performance measure targets follow: Safety and health: Provide a safe transportation system for workers and users, and promote health through active transportation and reduced pollution in communities. --Zero work zone-related worker deaths each year. (For calendar year 2014, there were zero Caltrans employee fatalities.) --Fewer than 0.5 fatalities for every 100 million miles traveled on state highways. (Baseline for calendar year 2012: 0.61.) --Reduce the number of fatalities for bicycling, pedestrian and transit trips by 10 percent each year. --By 2020, reduce the pollutants and greenhouse gases generated within the transportation system by 85 percent (from 2000 levels). Stewardship and efficiency: Money counts. Responsibly manage California's transportation related assets. --Increase the miles of roads with good pavement to no less than 88 percent of the total highway system. (As of 2013 Pavement Condition Survey: 84 percent.) --Have Caltrans' inventory of bridges around the state rate 95 or better (out of 100) on the Bridge Health Index. (For fiscal year 2013-14: 96.3.) --Deliver 100 percent of planned projects for each fiscal year so they can begin construction. (For fiscal year 2013-14:98 percent.) Sustainability, livability and economy: Make long-lasting, smart mobility decisions that improve the environment, support a vibrant economy and build communities, not sprawl. --By 2020, triple the number of trips taken via bicycle, and double the amount taken via walking or transit. --Deeply cut transportation system-related air pollution, including a 15 percent cut (from 2010 levels) of greenhouse gas emissions to achieve 1990 levels by 2020; an 85 percent reduction (from 2000 levels) in diesel particulate matter emissions statewide by 2020; and an 80 percent reduction (from 2010 levels) in nitrogen oxide emissions by 2023 in the South Coast Air Basin (Orange County and the nondesert regions of Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino counties). System performance: Utilize leadership, collaboration and strategic partnerships to develop an integrated transportation system that provides reliable and accessible mobility for travelers. --Improve the travel time reliability for four major commuting directions (SR-57 in Orange County, 1-110 in Los Angeles, 1-80 in portions of the Bay Area and 1-210 in Los Angeles). --Have 90 percent of intercity rail trips be considered on time by 2020. --Slow the growth of hours that drivers are delayed driving in urban areas. Organizational excellence: Be a national leader in delivering quality service through excellent employee performance, public communication and accountability. --Expand the percentage of Caltrans employees who indicate that they work in a positive environment. --Increase the percentage of stakeholders who feel that Caltrans' overall communication, professionalism and service levels have improved. --Increase the percentage in the number of partners who agree or strongly agree that Caltrans is a collaborative partner. The new Strategic Management Plan is a culmination of a comprehensive process that builds upon the efforts of the Caltrans Program Review, Caltrans Improvement Project and recommendations of the State Smart Transportation Initiative. The plan, along with the goals and objectives within, was created through extensive discussions within Caltrans and the California State Transportation Agency, and with the valuable participation of Caltrans employees, stakeholders and regional partners. In many cases, Caltrans is in the process of determining and developing baselines for all performance measures. The Strategic Management Plan is only one of the steps Caltrans has taken recently to embrace reform, transform into a modern transportation agency and better serve all Californians. Its new mission, vision and goals encompass a larger set of outcomes around economy, livability and environment in addition to the traditional goals of improving mobility. To improve communication and community outreach, Caltrans publishes "The Mile Marker, A Caltrans Performance Report," which tracks how Caltrans is performing and where it needs to improve. Caltrans also released its 2012 Statewide Household Travel Survey, which showed that residents have used walking, biking, transit and other nonmotorized sources for 23 percent of trips, more than double the amount in the 2000 survey. This underscores the rising demand for nonmotorized transportation infrastructure. For more details on the reform efforts underway at Caltrans, visit Read the new Strategic "Management Plan at Visit the Caltrans Office of Strategic Management at Applications wanted for Economic Vitality Grant Program development effort provides a total of up to $200,000 to deserving local government organizations, educational institutions and 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations to fund projects or programs designed to spur innovation and job creation. In an effort to build a bette California and promote local economic growth in the state, Pacific Gas and Electric Co. recently announced the open application period of its Economic Vitality Grant Program. 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