April 9, 2013 — Lassen County residents who follow our local judicial system and are interested in witnessing spectacular developments in local politics firsthand should have an interesting couple of days at the courthouse next week. The court’s decision in one case could allow a recall election of District 5 Supervisor Jack Hanson to move forward. And the court’s decision in a second case involves the risk of at least $1 million of taxpayer money.
First up is the matter of a request for a writ of mandate filed last summer by South County resident Tom Hammond seeking an order from the court to compel the Lassen County Clerk to accept 70 pages of recall petitions the county rejected because the clerk said the proponents used a form that had been previously rejected. The clerk is adamant she clearly rejected the form, directed the recall proponents to make corrections and told them they could not use that form.
April 2, 2013 — Sometimes my morning gets off to a really steamy start, and my blood pressure soars right off the chart. I generally begin my day at the Times with a quick review of items reported by several news outlets — regional and national — just to get a feel for what’s happening out there in the real world beyond Susanville. Last Tuesday was no exception.
Then I came across a story from the Redding Record Searchlight regarding a townhall meeting the night before featuring our congressman Doug LaMalfa at the Destiny Fellowship Church that really got the veins on my forehead bulging. According to the story, the Redding Tea Party had arranged the townhall meeting with the congressman and then announced its membership had adopted rules regarding what the media could report.