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IN THE NEWS
May 24, 2016

County Plans to House Mentally Ill in the Area
BURNEY — Shasta County Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) is developing permanent supportive housing options in the Eastern Shasta County. This project is part of the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) Permanent Supportive Housing Program. MHSA funds will be used to develop and maintain permanent supportive housing for adults with severe mental illness and/or youth and children with severe emotional disturbance.

The MHSA Program is seeking community input regarding the development of the Permanent Supportive Housing Project in Eastern Shasta County. A community meeting will be held to provide people with an opportunity to learn more about permanent supportive housing and give input on the future direction of the program. This meeting will be held May 24, 2016, at 5:30 p.m., at the Burney Veteran’s Hall, 37410 State Highway 299E.

During the meeting participants will have the chance to:
1. Learn about what the MHSA Permanent Supportive Housing Program is all about, including state requirements and the background of the program,
2. Meet the housing developer and learn more about their proposal, and,
3. Give input on future direction.

For more information please contact: Jamie Hannigan, HHSA Program Manager, MHSA Coordinator (530) 245- 6419, jhannigan@co.shasta. ca.us

Three Injured in Burney Head-On

BURNEY — Two Burney Women and a 7-year old boy were taken to Mercy Medical Center in Redding with injuries sustained in a head-on collision in front of the Burney Veterinary Clinic in Burney Friday.

According to Highway Patrolman Eric Schmidt the 8:03 a.m. accident occurred when Perria McKinney, 19, westbound on Highway 299 near Pine Street allowed her Infinity SUV to drift into the eastbound lane directly into the path of 27-year old Brenda Oveva’s Honda Accord, where they collided head-on.

McKinney, the most seriously injured, had to be extricated from the SUV. Her passenger, Urial, 7, was in the rear seat and had moderate to major injuries. Oveva’s injuries were also listed as major.

It was raining and all three were transported by ground ambulance.

According to Schmidt, all three were wearing seatbelts and the airbags which are located in the front seat areas of vehicles did deploy.
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Shasta Grand Jury Blasts LAFCO
REDDING — The Shasta County Grand Jury released a six page scathing report entitled Shasta LAFCO: No Laughing Matter last week.

The report summarizes their findings saying Shasta LAFCO “has endured legal battles, staffing challengers, and budgetary crisis in recent years due to Lhasta LAFCO’s failure to adequately monitor and respond to operational issues. Shasta LAFCO is on its third Executive Officer in as many years and is failing to fulfill its purposes and programs due to severe financial restrictions.

The report states that it began the investigation due to “recent concerns over activities of Shasta LAFCO Executive officers, financial problems, and a class action lawsuit filed against them and other ongoing legal battles.

The Grand Jury foud that:

• The agency failed to take timely action over concerns regarding meeting deadlines for Municipal Service and Sphere of Influence reviews and financial instability resulting in a class-action lawsuit and budgetary crisis.

• Sharply decreased staff without first finding that the reduction would still allow them to fulfill the purposes and programs required of them.

• Has not updated its fee schedule since 2013 leaving a possibility that it is not charging enough for its services.

• Has failed to take advantage of additional revenue sources by not charging for Municipal Service and Sphere of Influence review updates.

• Has exposed itself to potential future litigation by adopting a five year plan to conduct the Municipal and Sphere reviews without consideration of recent instability of the Executive Officer position.

• Has not fulfilled its purposes and programs due to sever budgetary restrictions partially because it did not sufficiently explore and act on all cost saving oppor-CONTINUED FROM A-1 tunities.

 • Violated its own policy and procedures, because those policies and procedures have not been updated to reflect actual practices.
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Supervisorial Candidates Air Views

By Alex Colvin
Contributing writer
BURNEY — Four candidates running for District 3 Board of Supervisors were at the Burney Lions Club on Thursday evening May 18 for the final candidates night before the June 7 primary election. Three of the candidates, Pam Giacomini, Janet Chandler, and Mary Rickert, will have their names on the ballot. Cathy Cresser from Oak Run has entered the race as a writein candidate.

The event was co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of the Redding Area, the Burney Chamber of Commerce, and the Burney Lions. Susan Wilson from the League of Women Voters moderated the event.

The hall was filled with voters eager to hear the candidates. As people entered they were given a card on which to write down a question they would like to have asked. Out of the ques-tions submitted, 12 were selected. After Ms. Wilson introduced the participants and explained the format, each candidate had 3 minutes to make an opening statement. Wilson read one of the questions, allowing each candidate one minute to give their view on that issue.

The twelve questions asked concerned:
1.What issue the candidate considered to be of primary importance
2.Balancing the rural and urban issues of the district
3.The State of Jefferson
4.Gun rights and open carry
5.The county budget, what percentage is discretionary, and what spending is mandatory
6.Natural Resources
7.Surface and land water use
8.Public housing and housing for the mentally ill
9.Homelessness
10.The California Air Resources Board (CARB)
11.Problems relating to Absentee Property Owners
12.Experience of the candidates demonstrating leadership in action
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