Oct. 15, 2013 — Susanville City Councilmember Lino Callegari recently changed his mind about supporting a plan for the city to contribute up to $200,000 a year, an amount to be matched by the Lassen County Board of Supervisors, to fund a joint powers agreement to form a commission to manage the construction of a pool in Susanville.
According to Callegari, the old Roosevelt Pool and the building that houses it could be refurbished and put back into service. Callegari said he’s uncomfortable committing future city councilmembers to funding a project they did not approve, and should some unforeseen development derail the process, his constituents and taxpayers from the city of Susanville would have to pick up the tab. He suggested the voters should be the ones to make the decision about how to proceed with the pool project.
Oct. 15, 2013 — The murder of a Susanville man receives national coverage at 9 p.m. this Friday when Dateline NBC airs a two-hour special on the Wallin-Reed murder trial. Northeastern California news on the national stage — I can sympathize with the families whose stories will be blasted across the airwaves.
When my uncle, Boston Red Sox slugger Ted Williams, died in 2002 and two of his three children announced the Hall of Famer’s remains would be cryogenically preserved, that harsh, national spotlight landed right on me, and I am eternally grateful for the advice I received from Dave Moller, then the newspaper’s managing editor, who reminded me I could always decline to comment on what I felt was essentially a private, family matter.