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VOLUME XIII NUMBER 1 DECEMBER 1, 2021
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* Congressional News Briefs … Representative Scott Peters, highlighting his stated support for improving election security, has co-sponsored the so-called SHIELD (Stopping Harmful Interference in Elections for a Lasting Democracy) Bill, to require campaign and political committees to report any indirect or direct contact between a campaign, or candidate, and a foreign government or agent. The legislative proposal requires that voting machines be manufactured in the U.S. and bars use of voting machines requiring a WiFi signal to operate. In addition, with $175 million committed annually for the Election Assistance Commission to upgrade election infrastructure, the Bill requires voter-verified paper ballots for all voters, whether hand-marked by the voter or by a ballot machine that does not count votes. The San Diego Congressman says that the aim is to “take dark money out of political campaigns … [to] prevent Super PAC’s and other dark-money interests from drowning out the everyday American.” Indeed, Peters backs related proposals tasking the Federal Election Commission to set standards for on-line political advertisements that no longer allow those political advertisers to operate under a veil of anonymity prohibited the sponsors of television, radio and satellite ads. Then, too, Congressman Peters favors reforms of the Federal Election Commission that disqualify recent politicians from becoming Commissioners and a ban on purchase of political ads by foreign entities intent on affecting the outcome of an election. The San Diego agent in the U.S. House of Representatives reports, as well, attendance at a bi-national roundtable on continuing efforts to clean up pollution from the Tijuana River Valley. Huddling with representatives of the International Boundary Water Commission, the Mexican Consul General to San Diego, and the U.S. Consul General to Tijuana, during the meeting organized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, he indicates the focus was on details of current and potential projects that address the “public harm this problem causes for communities on both sides of the border.” Likewise, Peters points out his specific impact in House passage of the so-called Build Back Better Act, emphasizing that he persuaded the Biden-Harris Administration and both houses of Congress to authorize direct Medicare negotiations with drug makers toward lowering the prices of pharmaceutical products; to set a long-anticipated, out-of-pocket cap for seniors’ prescription purchases; to recover excess profits from Big Pharma; and to stimulate market competition in the health-care system. Further, Peters is promoting the many beneficial uses derived from algae production through the bipartisan Algae Agriculture Bill, citing potential applications in nutrition, for fuel, in soil health, and UC-San Diego research designed to produce consumer products. Plus, the legislative proposal would qualify algae production for the Non-insured Crop Disaster Assistance Program. In other developments, Senators Alex Padilla and Dianne Feinstein have announced plans for legislation that would allow the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians to exercise stewardship over 2,500 acres in the San Jacinto Mountains having cultural and historical value to the Tribe, with a prohibition on use for gaming. Also, Senator Feinstein has joined with a bipartisan group of colleagues to press the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution to underscore Congressional intent that both the National Museum of the American Latino and the Smithsonian American Women’s History Museum be constructed on or close to the National Mall.
* State Government News Briefs … Governor Gavin Newsom, prioritizing measures to combat retail theft, seeks a budgetary increase in the 2022-2023 fiscal-year and, meantime, has assigned the California Highway Patrol responsibility to raise its presence near major retail locations. Characterizing the incidence of organized retail theft in California as “simply unacceptable,” the Governor vows that “saturation patrols” will be ongoing during the holiday shopping season to help local police departments and retailers secure the arrest of the robbers and to ensure public safety. In fact, since re-establishment of the CHP’s Organized Retail Crime Task Force in July, 773 investigations have been conducted, 240 suspects have been arrested, and more than $18.9 million in stolen merchandise has been recovered. Besides, marking Native American Heritage Month, the Governor has granted clemency to members of the Resighini Rancheria and the Koi Nation of Northern California, noting the “grantees’ efforts and successes in rehabilitation post-conviction, as well as their extraordinary service to their communities.” Firearm rights are not restored with these pardons. In all, the Governor has reprieved 29, commuted sentences for 91, and pardoned 88 since taking office. At the same time, Newsom advises victims, survivors and witnesses to register with the Office of Victims and Survivors Rights and Services to stay posted on the status of incarcerated persons.
* County Government News Briefs … San Diego County Supervisors, when they last met on November 16, discussed funding the Southern Indian Health Council, Inc. for services to Native American communities; earmarking General Purpose Revenue and Transient Occupancy Tax Revenue for the Neighborhood Re-investment and Community Enhancement Program; authorization for single-source procurement for commercial fuel-card services; endorsing efforts to phase out offshore oil drilling for cleaner waters; developing a gender-equity strategy for the County and an Ordinance dove-tailing with the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW); and feedback from a hearing on the Truth Act Community Forum concerning Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) access to foreign migrants.
* City Government News Briefs … Mayor Todd Gloria, saying that the City has met its obligations under state labor laws to put into force its Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination Policy with at least five of its recognized employee organizations, announces that the City is on track to enforce that policy effective today, as a condition for uninterrupted employment. The Mayor adds that all City employees must be fully vaccinated, not merely initiating the vaccination process. With respect to his Back to Work SD plan, he acknowledges that the San Diego Foundation has supplemented the City’s $10 million for small-business financial relief by contributing $2 million, and, to date, more than 1,000 San Diego small businesses and non-profit organizations which have suffered most from the pandemic have divided $6 million of that total. The Mayor, outlining the criteria for activation of a newly-available addition of 65 shelter beds for the homeless, defines inclement weather as a temperature of 50 degrees or less, with a 40-percent chance of rain; a temperature of 45 degrees or less; or exceptional weather, including measurable rainfall of one or more inches within a 24-hour period and sustained high winds. Gloria explains that efforts are underway to add extra shelter beds beside those recently made available at the San Diego Rescue Mission and the Paul Mirable Center at Father Joe’s Villages. Lastly, during the Impasse Hearing scheduled November 29, the Jennifer Campbell-led Special City Council Meeting was set to air the “City’s Last, Best, and Final Offer to the San Diego Police Officers Association” concerning the Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination Policy and to lay out the City’s position that, while additional fiscal impacts cannot be forecast, lost work time for positive-test and exposed employees has cost the City $3,648,130 from October 1, 2020 to September 30, 2021. The City contends that other fiscal impacts are anticipated as a result of furnishing reasonable accommodations on a case-by-case basis consistent with the law.
* School District News Briefs … The San Diego Unified School District informs that, with former Superintendent Cindy Marten appointed Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education in May and with Dr. Lamont Jackson appointed as Interim Superintendent through the end of 2021, the District is in the midst of a recruitment process for a permanent Superintendent. Meantime, the Board of Education’s Audit and Finance Committee is poised to meet today at 4 PM to discuss, among other matters, re-appointment of two Committee members and appointment of a new Committee member for the January 1, 2022-December 31, 2023 term, and the District Advisory Council is due to hold an Executive Board Meeting for an Election Nomination Update later, at 6:30 PM. Tomorrow, the District English Learner Advisory Committee is scheduled to discuss family engagement/literacy and conduct a general membership meeting at 4:30 PM, while the Superintendent Search Advisory Committee plans to meet at 5 PM in preparation for the public vetting process for finalists in January. On December 13, the Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) District Advisory Council has a meeting starting at 6:30 PM, and December 20 and 22 are non-instructional days, leading to holiday observances on December 23 and 24.
* Weather … The National Weather Service reports that current conditions at San Diego International Airport, as of 7:05 PM on November 28, are misty, with a temperature of 57 degrees Fahrenheit, relative humidity of 93 percent, no wind, barometric pressure of 30.15 inches, a dewpoint of 55 degrees, and visibility of 4 miles. The over-night forecast calls for patchy fog, otherwise partly-cloudy skies, a low temperature of about 50 degrees, and northwest wind of about 5 miles per hour becoming calm. The area is expected to experience patchy fog intermittently until clearing on December 30, with day-time temperatures of 73 degrees, then 72 degrees, and night-time temperatures of 52 degrees, then 51 degrees. Consistently-sunny skies are anticipated Wednesday, December 1, with a daily high temperature of 75 degrees. Look for mostly-clear skies that night, with an over-night low temperature of 55 degrees, to be followed by mostly-sunny skies on December 2, with a daily high temperature of about 72 degrees.
* Sports … In American Hockey League action, the Gulls (8-6-1) are due to be on the road December 3 for a 7 PM face-off against their Pacific Division rivals, the Stockton Heat (11-2-2). The Chargers (6-5), after their 28-13 road loss to the Denver Broncos (now also 6-5) on Sunday, are scheduled to visit the Cincinnati Bengals (7-4) on December 5 for a 10 AM game. And the Sockers have their 2021-2022 season home opener on December 19 at 5:05 PM, against the Chihuahua Savage.
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VOLUME II NUMBER 1 SEPTEMBER 14, 2021
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* Congressional News Briefs … Tulelake’s agent in the U.S. House of Representatives, Doug LaMalfa, sharing his thoughts on Afghanistan, has written: “Our great Nation has had many ups and downs, and mistakes we have lived through and learned from. Let this be one, as we rally and refocus on what makes America and our ideals the greatest hope of liberty throughout the world.” The Congressman informs that he has co-sponsored a bill to award those 13 U.S. service personnel killed when ISIS Khorasan (ISIS-K) attacked Hamid Karzai International Airport on August 26 the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest expression of appreciation offered by Congress. Speaking of the mistakes made, Representative LaMalfa asserted, “A sane plan would have evacuated all American civilians and identified Afghan allies before we pulled back militarily. Instead, American citizens, women and children included, were beaten by the Taliban at checkpoints as they attempted [to] sneak to the airport in hopes of being rescued. Many never made it.” He suggested that the U.S. could have furnished our Afghan allies with air support to help them hold the Taliban at bay. In contrast, LaMalfa observed, “The way the Biden Administration left the country was disrespectful, dangerous, and un-American. Instead of prioritizing the protection of Americans, the Biden Administration buckled to the Taliban and, incredibly, even gave them a list of every American and Afghan ally we were trying to evacuate, including their last-known location. Up to 200 Americans and thousands of Afghans, who we promised to protect, have been left in Afghanistan…. Already, many of our allies and their families have been brutally beaten and killed.” Similarly, he mentioned the further cost to the U.S.: 2,372 American lives, the loss of billions of dollars in military equipment and weaponry, some $2.3 trillion in taxpayer money over the course of two decades. Congressman LaMalfa also points out that “many of our NATO [North Atlantic Treaty Organization] partners are questioning our resolve and commitment to them. The British are openly rebuking our leadership. Parliament has officially held Biden in contempt over this fiasco…. In the future, potential foreign partners may well think twice before taking us at our word. The withdrawal puts our international reputation and national security at risk.” In short, the California Representative confesses, “It pains me to think that our brave service men and women fought and sacrificed for 20 years just to have a Commander-in-Chief completely disregard their work and allow the Taliban back to where they were before 2001.” On her part, Senator Dianne Feinstein, joined by Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley, among other Democrat colleagues in Congress, has pressed the Biden Administration to ensure that humanitarian aid continues to reach an ever-increasing number of needy Afghans regardless of the Taliban take-over. In their letter to Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, they say, “Now that the ground operation to evacuate people from Afghanistan has come to a close, the United States must set our sights on the humanitarian catastrophe confronting those who have been tragically left behind, including women, LGBTQ+ persons, ethnic and religious minorities, and those allied with the United States.” While the aid target audience is approaching 18.4 million, almost half of all children under five years of age are expected to be acutely malnourished in 2021. Noting that the Taliban is subject to U.S. sanctions as a “specially-designated global terrorist group,” Senator Feinstein and her colleagues continue: “Now, with the Taliban consolidating power, the legal restrictions that accompany this designation are having a chilling effect on the humanitarian sector and may significantly impede the delivery of vital life-saving aid in Afghanistan during this critical time.” In other developments, Senator Feinstein and California colleague, Senator Alex Padilla are pushing Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden and Majority Leader Charles Schumer to adjust the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit, to address the national shortage of affordable rental housing, which amounts to more than 2.3 million units in California. Since current requirements specify that the 4-percent tax credits apply only if at least 50 percent of a housing-rehabilitation project is financed by tax-exempt bonds, and since these bonds are not only subject to a private-activity, bond-volume cap, but oversubscribed in California and other states, construction of affordable housing is being held back. The Senators favor reducing the requirement to 25 percent as a means of adding an extra 17,000 affordable rental units each year to California’s housing inventory. Referencing testimony he provided to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission recently, Congressman LaMalfa, in turn, characterizes plans to remove the four Klamath River hydro-electric dams—one of which is located in Klamath County, Oregon—as containing the potential to “create a man-made natural disaster that will cost billions to clean up.” In particular, he refers to dam removal releasing millions of cubic yards of toxic sediment, forcing the closing of schools, ruining the habitat of threatened and endangered species beside salmon, undermining sound water management in the
Klamath drainage basin, eliminating dip sites for aircraft in fire-fighting operations, and saddling California and Oregon taxpayers with the financial liability. He says that the evidence plainly shows that salmon would not naturally travel above the Copco 1 dam and the reasons for dam removal become less and less tenable, and, yet, “dogmatic” environmentalists would ensure that “the negative impacts to Siskiyou County … skyrocket.”
* State Government News Briefs … The California Secretary of State updated results of the unsuccessful “yes” drive to recall Governor Gavin Newsom, as late as 1:41 AM on Wednesday, reporting that, with 94.4 percent of voting precincts partially reporting, 9,071,434 ballots have been cast and counted, of the 22,057,610 ballots sent to registered voters; the vote to recall—that is, remove—being 3,244,922 (35.8 percent) and the vote to retain the current Governor being 5,818,348 (64.2 percent). The final results are due to be certified on October 22. Meantime, the focus of the Governor has been on accommodation of Afghan arrivals in California, judicial and other appointments, and obtaining a Presidential Emergency Declaration and direct federal assistance in response to the Caldor Fire in Almador, Alpine, Placer and El Dorado Counties. In Siskiyou County alone, Newsom has proclaimed a state of emergency in connection with the Antelope Fire. Yet, his focus has also been on the River Fire, Dixie Fire, Lava Fire, Beckwourth Complex Fire, French Fire, Monument Fire, Fly and Tamarack Fires, and McFarland Fire.
* County Government News Briefs … The Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors was set, at its meeting of September 7, to take up a Consent Agenda of perceived routine and noncontroversial items including adoption of a Resolution establishing a Proposition 4 Gann expenditure limit of $59,776,947 for the 2021-2022 fiscal-year; approval of a Resolution setting debt rates and a tax rate of $1.00 per hundred dollars of appraised valuation for the 2021-2022 fiscal-year; adoption of a series of Resolutions dealing with the County Salary Schedule and with the terms and conditions of employment for various employee categories; approval of a July 1, 2020-June 30, 2023 contract with Visions of the Cross, Inc. for licensed alcohol and other drug residential-treatment services; and ratification of a Proclamation of Local Health Emergency by the County Health Officer on August 19, 2021, relating to health hazards stemming from active, local wildfires. County Supervisors were also due to consider a Resolution exempting certain permit holders from the County’s Water Truck Ordinance, and, among other requests, to arrange a presentation providing an update on multiple County fires. In Closed Session, the Board was scheduled to hold conferences with legal counsel on six matters, such as license-surrender proceedings for the Lower Klamath Project, and to confer with labor negotiators on nine matters. Tomorrow, at 9 AM, the County Planning Commission is poised to meet, in part, to discuss possible amendments to the County’s Surface Mining and Reclamation Ordinance.
* City Government News Briefs … The City Council, at its last meeting on September 7, planned to approve the minutes recorded for its August 17th regular meeting and for its August 24th special meeting; to take up a proposal to approve rental of office space at City Hall to California Human Development; to review, toward possible approval, a Memorandum of Understanding with California Human Development for Workforce Development and Farm Worker Services; to appoint a negotiating committee relative to the property at 319 Main Street; to approve a pay application and certification for payment number 4 to Modoc Contracting, Inc. in the amount of $85,480.05; to receive reports from Chief of Police Tony Ross, City Administrator Jenny Coelho, Public Works Director Jose Perez, and, possibly by telephone hook-up, Finance Director Will Sargent; and to entertain comments from Mayor Henry A. Ebinger and other members of the City administration and staff.
* School District News Briefs … The Tulelake Basin Joint Unified School District announces that students returned to study today after the Day After Fair No-School Day yesterday and that, in sports, the Honkers High School Football Team (1-3) hosts Chester at 4 PM on September 17 and Bonanza at 7:30 PM on September 24, with Homecoming on October 1, the team playing Burney at 6 PM. Meantime, the Varsity Soccer Team (1-0), having defeated Fall River 3-0 on September 9, hosts Modoc at 5 PM on September 16 and visits Butte Valley at 5 PM on September 22.
* Weather … The National Weather Service reports that the over-night forecast at Klamath Falls International Airport calls for widespread haze and mostly-clear skies, with a low temperature of around 42 degrees Fahrenheit and wind out of the west at 3 to 5 miles per hour. Tomorrow, look for patchy smoke, sunny skies, a daily high temperature of about 80 degrees, light north-northwest wind becoming westerly at 8 to 13 miles per hour in the afternoon, with winds possibly gusting as high as 20 miles per hour.
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