Some people complain about the state budgeting nearly $40 million on a new courthouse when the state faces such difficult economic times, but it is a state building paid for with state money. No local funds were expended, and so far the cost is about $35 million.
The new building replaces the Historic Courthouse, Court Annex and the Access to Justice Self-Help Center.
Blessed by a special dispensation from the California Department of Fish and Game (DFG) that permits the event the week before the regular fishing season opens, the children rise early in the morning to ply their fishing skills along the Susan River or Piute Creek through Memorial Park (for the younger anglers). Susanville is the only community in the state allowed to hold such an event.
The organizers sought the special permission due to conflicts between young anglers and adults when the event was held on fishing season’s opening day back in the 1980s.
But one thing I especially love is the smell of a library filled with old books. It’s a scent our children may never know.
Fortunately, for us, our local library still has books in it, but many places are rapidly going digital.
In the not-so-distant future, books may go the way of vinyl record albums and become something that fills dusty shelves in thrift stores.
Modern libraries have almost no smell at all, or if they do it’s sterile, metallic and cold.
A case in point — at last week’s board of supervisors meeting, Steve Pezzullo, a candidate for the District 2 seat on the Lassen County Board of Supervisors held by incumbent Jim Chapman, questioned the legality of the $4,000 each supervisor is allocated as a discretionary fund in the county budget.
Pezzullo claimed he could find no legal basis for the fund. He said he talked to other boards of supervisors and none of them had discretionary funds. He even said one board of supervisors he spoke with said the use discretionary funds “undermined the democratic system.”
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