Supervisor Gary Bridges addresses a group of voters at Joe’s coffee shop during his supervisorial campaign. District 1 Supervisor Chris Gallagher has added an item to tomorrow's agenda considering the removal of a member of the Lassen County Planning Commission. Insiders believe the commissioner in question is Bridges' appointee Carol Clark. File photo

Bridges hosts Thursday Town Hall Meeting on CCC closure

Lassen County District 2 Supervisor Gary Bridges, one of the leaders of the effort to reverse the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s recent decision to close Susanville’s California Correctional Center, hosts a Town Hall Meeting at Jensen Hall at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 8.

Bridges said everyone is invited to attend the meeting and, “I expect about 300 people … I expect a good turnout, and there will be a lot of information there on how every citizen can help and do their part, too.”

According to Bridges, Susanville Supermarket and Grocery Outlet are stuffing flyers about the meeting into customers’ grocery bags.

The committee working to reverse the decision also expects to place signs all around the city in the next few days.

“We’re getting a pretty good head of steam fighting this,” Bridges said. “If we just lay down and don’t fight it, they’ve already made up their mind. But there’s a lot of budget stuff people aren’t happy about. I know there’s a lot of money that’s just been taken out of the general budget to put into that prison that was supposed to be number two on the closure list.”

Bridges said State Senator Brian Dahle and Assemblywoman Megan Dahle are expected to attend, as is Richard Brown, the president of the Service Employees International Union that represents the non-correctional staff at CCC.

Susanville Mayor Mendy Schuster also will address attendees. Other members of the state legislature have been invited to attend through a local letter writing campaign, although organizers have no idea how many, if any, will attend. A representative from Congressman Doug LaMalfa’s office also expressed an interest in attending the meeting.