April 2, 2008
In regards to Placer County Supervisor Bruce Kranz’s recent reversal of support for a pay raise of as much as $99,000 per year, and now saying he will not vote for any pay raise, this is surely politically expediency given his original support for the plan. The current situation is that the supervisors’ salary was frozen at $30,000 per year since 1992 by the voters. It should also be noted that the supervisors work as independent contractors, meaning they pay their own Social Security deductions and receive no benefits. In 1992, this was a justifiable reaction to the board desiring to give themselves a hefty pay raise, which also resulted in the then Fifth District Supervisor being voted out of office.
I am running for the position of Placer County Fifth District Supervisor. I do believe the Placer County supervisors, no matter who they are, deserve a realistic pay raise. I support the plan put forward by the League of Placer County Taxpayers, which calls for a salary of around $45,000 per year for the full time job that it is. The situation now is that it is difficult for anyone to run for office unless they have a separate source of income or have independent means. In the case of Mr. Kranz, he receives a generous California State Parks government pension. Bob Houston, the other Fifth District candidate, has the independent means to pay for his own campaign and not take a salary.
In the other two races for Placer County supervisor, there are no challengers. I believe for the democratic process to work, people should not be discouraged from trying to seek office because of the difficulties of supporting themselves or their families given the current salary for the job.
Over the last few weeks the Sacramento Bee has carried stories regarding the U.S. Forest Service plans to clean up the Eldorado’s National Forest by putting additional restrictions on off road vehicles, primarily dirt bikes and quads. What they want to do is block off trails created by ORV’s that the riders made across sensitive lands and try to restore them.
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Naturally this has caused a strong protest from a variety of folks, shop owners, riders etc.., because of “their right to use public land.” And I did (past tense) agree with them as long as they respected sensitive area like wetlands, streams, creeks, meadows, etc.
Today though I have done a total 180 on my agreement. I live in Olympic Heights, behind my house are two federally protected wetland meadows. One is fenced and one is clearly posted. The meadows are currently full of water with some snow and the seasonal creek is running. One or two dirt bikers this weekend rode down into the posted meadow and just ripped up the meadow. These bikers came from the Oly Heights neighborhood. I walked around looking for anyone washing dirt bikes without any luck. So I am asking anyone who believes he or she knows who these riders were to contact the USFS, I have taken pictures of the damage, and I really hope to encounter these riders at some time, because I will have no problem taking their picture and turning them into the USFS.
Recently the kids at North Tahoe Middle School watched a movie called Invisible Children. It was about children in Uganda who are getting recruited to fight in the rebels’ war. The war in Uganda has been going on for over 20 years. If the captured kids cried it meant that they were thinking about home, so they will beat them and kill them. There have been over 10,000 kids abducted so far. Some children rebels were even told to go to the schools to kidnap other kids in the middle of the night. These children and adults struggle to find a safe place to sleep at night to try to stay away from the rebels. The government placed these people hospitals but when there were there they died of starvation, dieses and much more and over 1,000 kids and adults would die each week, if you want to help please go to http://www.invisiblechildren.com.
Kelly Lane and Sierra Aildasani
7th graders at NTMS
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