Saturday, 04 February 2023

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KELSEYVILLE – The Rivera Hills Restaurant had a full house of dinner guests waiting to hear Tom Del Beccaro's topic, "The New Conservative Paradigm,” at a special evening hosted by the Lake County Republican Women Federated and the Lake County Republican Central Committee.


Tom Del Beccaro is the vice chair for the California Republican Party, has been of several talk radio shows and manages an informative Web site called, Politicalvanguard.com.


Several months ago I sat at the Northern Republican Women's Convention in Monterey, absolutely in awe listening to several important topics from US economic policies to social programs.


On Monday night I has the chance to recapture and listen intently to each point of discussion; after the speech several important questions where asked, and then Del Beccaro spent time speaking and signing his book with new friends from Lake County.


The food and service at Rivera Hills Restaurant provided a wonderful atmosphere for Del Beccaro's sensational dinner engagement.


Martha Steward is vice president of the Lake County Republican Women.


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SACRAMENTO – Senator Patricia Wiggins (D-Santa Rosa) and Assemblyman Ed Hernandez (D- West Covina), the respective chairs of the Senate and Assembly Committees with jurisdiction over public employment and public pension issues, on Monday unveiled legislation that will implement all recommendations of the Public Employee Post-Employment Benefits Commission that required legislative action.


Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger established the commission in December 2006 to “identify the extent of unfunded liabilities” in public sector pension and retiree health care obligations, review and analyze options for addressing them and recommend a plan to the Legislature and governor.


The 12-member commission, chaired by former University of California Board of Regents President Gerald Parsky, released its 212-page report on Jan. 7. The report contained a comprehensive, eight-point plan containing 34 specific recommendations.


The bills introduced Monday by Sen. Wiggins, chair of the Senate Committee on Public Employment and Retirement, and Assemblyman Hernandez, chair of the Assembly Committee on Public Employees, Retirement and Social Security, are designed to implement commission recommendations requiring legislation.


The Hernandez bill, AB 1844, will help increase transparency with regard to public employee benefits through enhanced reporting requirements and will also help to curb fraud in the various retirement systems by providing those systems with the tools they need to detect and prosecute fraudulent actions.


The Wiggins bill, SB 1123, is focused on increasing transparency and oversight of public employee benefits.


The two lawmakers will serve as principal co-authors of each other’s bills.


“The commission report reflects the fact that this diverse group was able to come together around some very important issues,” Wiggins said. “I am optimistic that implementation of these key recommendations will help stabilize employers’ costs with regard to worker pensions and retiree health care – and do so without negatively impacting retirees.”


Hernandez agreed, saying he thinks it is “imperative that we move forward quickly this year to implement these recommendations as this will help to stabilize the costs of pensions and retiree health care for employers while making sure we keep the promises we have made to our teachers, police officers, firefighters and other hard working public employees.”


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UKIAH – Mendocino College will hold its third annual Athletic Hall of Fame induction Saturday, Feb. 16, at Barra of Mendocino (formerly Redwood Valley Cellars) in Redwood Valley.


Those being honored include:

 

 

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Jeff Schueller (Ukiah High) from the 1988 football team.

 

 

 

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Matt Belfanti (Ukiah High) from the 1998-99 baseball program.

 

 

 

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Dale Fischer (Lodi High School) from the 1977-79 football and baseball teams.

 

 

 

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Yancy Clark (Venice High School) from the 1979-81 basketball team.
 

 

 

 

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Desiree Schroeder-Linder (Covelo High School) from the 2002-03 softball program.
 

 

 

 

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Retired instructor/coach/interim athletic director Skip Hunter will be honored in the Special Recognition category.

 


The event will begin with a social hour at 6 p.m., followed by a catered dinner at 7 p.m. The induction ceremony will begin at 8 p.m.


Tickets are $35 each and may be purchased at the college athletic office by calling Anna Daugherty at 468-3225 or by sending a check to Athletic Department, Mendocino College, Hall of Fame tickets, 1000 Hensley Creek Rd., Ukiah CA. 95482. This event has limited seating.


Mendocino College and the Hall of Fame committee would like to thank the following sponsors: Charlie and Martha Barra, owners of Barra of Mendocino; Les Schwab Tires; Applebee's Restaurant; and Roto-Rooter for their support of this event.


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LAKE COUNTY – The Lake County Department of Social Services, in partnership with Butte, Trinity and Tehama counties, has received a grant from the Federal Administration for Children and Families for $1.5 million to be paid over a three year period.


These funds will be utilized to address the significant issue of methamphetamine use and its impact on families involved with Child Welfare Services by establishing models for assessment, intervention, treatment services and recovery from addiction.


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Mendocino College President Kathy Lehner receives a check from Kevin Erich, president of Howard Memorial Hospital. Courtesy photo.

 


UKIAH – Last week Frank R. Howard Memorial Hospital in Willits continued to be a strong supporter of the Mendocino College nursing program by donating $10,000.


Frank R. Howard Memorial Hospital has been donating to the nursing program since 2003, with the last donation of $3,500 coming in February 2007.


The donations have traditionally been used for student scholarships, but the recent donation will be used for faculty support in 2008-09.


“We currently have one full-time faculty member who is solely funded by grants and donations and we want to keep her on,” said Mendocino College Nursing Program Director Barbara French.


“We can’t keep the number of students up if we don’t have the qualified faculty to teach them,” French said.


Whereas the hospital has helped out the nursing program, the nursing program has contributed back to the hospital.


“They were in need of nurses and they have hired many of our graduates over the years. They hired seven graduates last year and have been happy with the nurses they get from our program,” French added.


Currently, there are 41 students in the nursing program and 22 students are scheduled to graduate this May.


Applications for the Fall 2008 Registered Nurse program will begin Feb. 4.


For additional information on the Mendocino College Nursing Program, e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 707-468-3099.


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LAKE COUNTY – Public Education and Government (PEG) Channel 8 on Mediacom cable TV is the public access television channel for Lake County. The PEG Board currently has two openings for public members.


Anyone interested in serving on this volunteer board may send a letter expressing their interest, stating any relevant qualifications and experience, to Ed Robey, 255 N. Forbes St. Lakeport CA 95453 or, you may email your letter to Joyce Overton at the following email address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Letters of interest will be considered at the next PEG Board meeting on Feb. 6.


If you have any questions you may call Joyce Overton at 350-3898.


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