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IOA Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2011 chester Progressive, Westwood PinePress Itanson may face anoth(.=r recall effort Sam Williams Staff writer Alan Schumacher, a Hal- lelujah Junction resident and one of the Jack Hanson recall proponents, said the group plans to make another effort to recall the Lassen County District 5 supervisor. According to a written statement from the recall campaign, "Proponents of the petition for recall of the Dis- trict 5 supervisor have opted to hold the petition for further study. Discrepancies between the county recall information and the state recall informa- tion exist. The proponents plan to preserve their right of recall until the concerns have been addressed, eight at the county or state levels, and they can go forward knowing that the petition is valid and will stand the scrutiny of all parties involved." Schumacher said this was a group decision made by the proponents, who were dis- cussing additional reasons for a new recall. Schumacher laid much of the blame for the proponents' decision at the feet of Lassen County Clerk Julie Busta- mante. He alleged the county clerk made too many mis- takes and provided inconsis- tent information to the cam- paign. "If an elected official doesn't know her job, I have a prob- lem with that," Schumacher said. "We have to start over. We understand that." According to Schumacher, Bustamante rejected the group's first Notice of Inten- tion because it did not report the mailing addresses of the proponents. He said the recall information provided by the county clerk asked for the "residence addresses" of the proponents. Bustamante said according to the elections code her office needs the mailing addresses of the proponents on the No- tice of Intention. The clerk said most recall campaigns do not file their pa- perwork correctly the first time. She said her offme cannot give legal advice to proponents. "Our advice is for you (the proponents) to go to the law and find out for yourself," Bustamante said. "We cannot give legal advice. Had they followed the steps one by one, they wouldn't have had as many problems as they have." Schumacher said the clerk made two mistakes and still took the full 10 days autho- rized by law to correct them: Bustamante said she is re- sponsible for four departments and has many other duties to complete. "I have to prioritize," Bus- tamante said. She also noted the law, in this case, gives her 10 days to respond. When Schumacher present- ed the Notice of Intent, he said the clerk gave him an "opinion not keeping with the facts" regarding the size of type on the form. According to the information provided by the clerk's office, the type should be no smaller than 8 point. Schumacher said Bus- tamante said she felt it should be larger. The clerk said she simply pointed out to the proponents that if the type on the peti- tions were larger than 8 point, it would be easier for voters to read. The campaign also won- dered if its petitions were cor- rect because only one side of the double-sided sheet had a space for a signature by the person collecting signatures from voters. They also com- plained the county clerk took as long as 12 days to complete her reviews and revisions but held the proponents to 10-day periods. In addition, Schumacher said Bustamante made an er- ror regarding the time the re- call had to collect the signa- tures. Large districts have 120 days, but smaller districts have only 60. "I went to and read them the elections code to give them the exact date," Busta- mante said. And Schumacher also said Bustamante provided the cam- paign with two different lists of registered voters in District 5. The first had no date and in- cluded a list of 2,322 registered voters. The second was dated November 2011 and included 2,342 registered voters. But Schumacher said Bustamante said there were 2,417 registered voters in District 5 for the pur- pose of calculating the number of signatures required to move the recall forward. Schumach- er wondered why there are so many discrepancies. Bustamante said the 2,417 registered voters number came from the last election information she filed with the state. "Voter registration num- bers change constantly," Bus- tamante said. "They change daily." Effort to recall Lassen Supervisor Hanson fails Sam Williams Staff writer swilliams@lassen news.corn The campaign to recall Lassen County District 5 Su- pervisor Jack Hanson is dead. Proponents seeking Han- son's recall declined to turn in their signed declarations to the county clerk by the 5 p.m. deadline Dec. 5, ending the re- call effort. Lassen County Clerk Julie Bustamante said two recall proponents stopped by her of- fice Dec. 5 and told her they would not turn in the signed petitions because it wouldn't be the best thing for the south county residents at this time. Bustamante said since the proponents did not turn in the petitions by the deadline the recall effort was officially dead. If the proponents still seek Hanson's recall, they will have to begin the process anew. "I'd like to thank those who supported me during the re- call effort," Hanson said. "I look forward to working with the recall proponents and those who signed the recall petition to improve things in Lassen County. Hopefully this will lay the issue to rest, and we can get back to doing the people's business." Recall proponent Alan Schumacher declined to re- veal how many signatures the campaign had collected. Schumacher said the county clerk made "too many mistakes," but the campaign to recall Hanson will not be deterred. "I've done a lot of work on this," Schumacher said. "I'm very experienced by now." Court to offer ticket amnesty through June California superior courts in all 58 counties are offering a 50 percent off discount on some old unpaid traffic tick- ets in a limited one-time "amnesty program." The pro- gram begins Jan. 1, 2012, and ends June 30, 2012. Only traffic tickets that were due to be paid before Jan. 1, 2009, are eligible. Park- ing tickets, driving under the influence (DUI) and reckless driving cases are not eligible. To qualify for the 50 percent discount, all of the following conditions must be met: --You have an outstanding traffic case in Plumas County that was due to be paid in full before Jan. 1, 2009. --You either failed to ap- pear in court or failed to pay in full. --The last date you made a payment was on or before Jan. 1, 2009. --You don't owe restitution to a victim on any case within Plumas County. --You have no outstanding misdemeanor or felony war- rants within Plumas County. After Jan. 1, 2012, contact either the Plumas County treasurer or the Plumas Supe- rior Court for further details: Plumas County Treasurer, 283-6258 or countyof-; Plumas Superi- or Court, 283-6232 or plumas Feke jury calls seek zial Security numbers The Plumas Superior Court has been made aware that some local residents have re- ceived telephone calls from people alleging that they work for the jury commissioner and asking for the resident's So- cial Security number. The judges of the Plumas Court want to let the resi- dents of Plumas County know that these calls are not origi- nating from the Plumas Court. The court has no So- cial Security information for any prospective juror and would never ask for that in- formation. Jurors are selected from a list comprised of registered voters in the county and those who possess a Califor- nia driver's license or identi- fication card with a Plumas County address. All notices to jurors are sent by U.S. mail. C RIS S Christmas Eve Mass 5pm Christmas Day Mass 9:30am Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church 220 Clifford Dr., Lake Almanor 256-3344 (.hristmas Eve Services Lake Almanor Communitl00 church ,Saturdag, December +:3Opm & d:3Opm Chester Community United Methodist Church Come and share Christmas Eve with us. We'll have candlelight and your favorite lessons and carols, celebrated with refreshments and all the classic warmth of a country church! Saturday, Dec. 24th 7pm Corner of Main & Glenwood in Chester Call 258-2345 for more information Open minds, Open hearts, Open doors The People of the United Methodist Church Celebrating the Joy of Christmas with carols and refreshments 200 Main St., Chester 258-2534 iili III: 'ii!ii iCi ' CALVERY WESTWOOD Christmas Eve Service Saturday, Dec. 24th 7pro loin us for an evening of celebration Candle Light Service & Christmas Carols Christmas Day Service Sunday, Dec. 25th 10am NewYear's Eve Service Saturday, Dec., 31st 7pro Communion is always 315 Ash St. Westwood 256 -2