Senator Ted Gaines (R-El Dorado) issued the following statement regarding Governor Brown’s revised 2017-18 state budget proposal:
“I demand a full and complete explanation as to why Californians’ truck weight fees have been diverted from their true purpose over the past five years and why our sky high gas taxes have not been enough to pay for our roads. Instead, we’re now forced to pay $5 billion more per year for increased gas taxes and vehicle fees to fix roads.
“California's income tax collections were nearly $1 billion short of projections during the month of April. I know the legislature will be tempted to sink every last dollar into new and ongoing spending programs at a time when we should heed State Controller Betty Yee’s warning that we may be ‘inching towards an economic downturn’ and that we must ‘tailor our spending accordingly.’
“Brown continues to sound all the right notes about fiscal discipline and debt reduction, but has the largest ever state spending plan, out of whack spending priorities and little accountability. Overtaxed Californians need relief, not a continuation of the government’s never ending tax and spend cycle that makes California so unaffordable.”
To view the entire revised budget, visit www.ebudget.ca.gov.
Senator Ted Gaines represents the 1st Senate District, which includes all or parts of Alpine, El Dorado, Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, Shasta, Sierra and Siskiyou counties.
At its April 20 meeting, the Placer County Water Agency (PCWA) Board of Directors received news that April showers have boosted Northern California precipitation totals to record levels. At Lake Spaulding, PCWA’s primary water source, cumulative rainfall measured 125.8 inches.
“This matches the wettest water year on record with still more than 5 months remaining in the water year. Any additional precipitation this year will add to the wettest record in more than a century,” stated Darin Reintjes, PCWA’s Power Scheduling Manager.
The American River Basin snow sensors report almost 2 times the normal amount of water in snowpack storage. PCWA’s Middle Fork Project reservoirs remain full and hydro generators are running at maximum capacity. The reservoirs are expected to remain full and spill excess runoff that the generators cannot pass from melting snowpack as temperatures continue to increase. Above normal flows of water can be expected through the American River into mid to late summer. Recreation opportunities will be limited during the runoff and spilling period until flows recede later in the summer.
The next regular meeting of the PCWA Board of Directors will be held on Thursday, May 4, 2:00 PM at the PCWA Business Center, 144 Ferguson Road, in Auburn. PCWA board meetings are open to the public.
For information on PCWA board meetings, please contact the Clerk to the Board at (530) 823-4850 or (800) 464-0030.
Placer County Water Agency (PCWA) is the primary water resource agency for Placer County, California, with a broad range of responsibilities including water resource planning and management, retail and wholesale supply of drinking water and irrigation water, and production of hydroelectric energy.
The Rooster Tails Fishing Club monthly breakfast will be held at the Auburn Elks Lodge on Pine Street on May 19. This event is open to club members, spouses, and non-member guests. Doors to the Lodge will open at 7:00 a.m. to share fresh brewed coffee. A fantastic $13 wide-selection buffet breakfast is served at 8:00 am followed by a 9:00 am guest speaker, The Guru of Striper Trolling, Mr. Mark ‘The Striper-Guy’ Wilson, who will provide a seminar for practical techniques and strategies for catching quality Delta striped bass. Reservations are not necessary to attend the breakfast, but attendees are encouraged to arrive by 7:00 a.m. for a good seat.
Mark’s reputation is known as the go-to-guy for striper fishing and is well founded with his decades specializing in catching these hard fighting fish. His fishing skills have brought many trophy-sized wall hangers to his boat. His reputation resulted in the national rod manufacturer, Lamiglas Rods, contacting him to design striper rods to his specifications. He created the Mark Wilson XCC705 & XCC795 specifically for trolling for stripers which are now commonly used in many striped bass fishing tournaments.
Mark’s seminar will also provide valuable information about the impact of the many rain-storms this year that caused huge run-offs and copious water releases from major river tributaries that ultimately end-up in the Delta. It will be important to striper fishing to understand the new dynamics of the Delta which that has changed traditional striper hot spots. These changes have provided some new opportunities for the better, but still others to the contrary. Mark will provide the latest overview of these changes. Seminar attendees are encouraged to bring a Delta map with them to reference some of these trolling areas. In addition to tackle rigging and effective presentation of lures, Mark will discuss using electronics to locate schools of stripers. He will also provide an insight into dealing with the frequent Delta winds and reading the tides for improving odds of finding foraging fish.
The 30 year old, 200+ members Rooster Tails Fishing Club of Northern California, Inc. is a non-profit organization that meets the third Friday of each month to educate, entertain, and enhance fishing experience. Unlike many bass and fly fishing clubs that concentrate on very specific types of fishing, the Rooster Tails Fishing Club provides a balanced mix of fishing techniques presented by fishing experts targeting a variety of fish species on multiple types of waters. For more information contact Jim, Club Chairman, at 530-887-0479 or visit the club’s web site at www.roostertailsfisingclub.org.
Come enjoy an amazing evening at Rocklin Quarry Park on Friday, May 12 when the City of Rocklin hosts Community Appreciation Day. This free event will showcase live music, food trucks, lawn games, the reveal of the schedule of events at Quarry Park as well as an inside look of the different city departments. Make sure to stay for the free family movie, Disney's mega hit Moana. Don't forget to bring a blanket and be ready for a night everyone in your family will enjoy! The fun starts at 6 p.m. and the movie will begin at dusk. We hope to see you there! Quarry Park is located at 5000 Rocklin Rd.
Visit www.placertourism.com/events/2017rocklinreveal for more information.
Calling all tennis fans! Johnson Ranch Racquet Club will be hosting the USTA National L2 Ranking Tournament from May 19-22. This exciting four-day event will showcase the top 32 tennis players in the United States for each of the following age divisions: Boys 12 & 14 and Girls 12 & 14. Players will check in on Friday evening and matches will start around 8 a.m. on Saturday, May 20. Come watch these future Wimbledon hopefuls duke it out on the courts! There is no fee for spectators. Johnson Ranch Racquet Club is located at 2501 Eureka Rd in Roseville.
Visit www.placertourism.com/events/2017USTAnationalranking for more information.
The Lincoln Potters, a collegiate level wooden bat team that is returning to Lincoln after more than 50 years, is ready to kick-off their season in style! Join us at the newly renovated McBean Stadium for an incredible evening of baseball fun at its finest on Monday, May 29. The Potters Fan Fest is free for all so be sure to bring your family and friends. Full concessions will be available as well as the chance to see the Potters compete in a four-inning inter-squad scrimmage followed by an autograph meet-and-greet session on the field. Gates open at 6 p.m. and the game will start at 7:05 p.m. See you out at the ballpark!
Visit www.placertourism.com/events/2017lincolnpottersfreefanfest for more information.
The Sierra College Music Department is proud to present a Spring Band Concert on Sunday, May 14th at 3:00pm in Dietrich Theatre on the Sierra College Rocklin Campus.
Join Greg McLaughlin and the Sierra College Wind Ensemble and Wind Symphony for an afternoon of traditional and contemporary instrumental and symphonic music that celebrates the rich history of the band idiom. Works to be performed include “Summer Dances,” by Brian Balmages, “On the Mall,” by Edwin Goldman, “Chorale and Alleluia,” by Howard Hanson, “Amazing Grace,” arranged by Frank Ticheli, and Robert Sheldon’s “In the Center Ring.”
The Sierra College Rocklin Campus is located at 5100 Sierra College Blvd, Rocklin, CA. Admission for this concert is $6 student/senior and $10 general. Tickets are available at the door. All proceeds benefit the Sierra College Music Department.
For directions to the Music Building or more information about this concert and other events at Sierra College, call the Sierra College Music Department at (916) 660-8054 or log on to our website at www.sierracollege.edu. Click on the Events tab at the top of the home page, then choose Music/Drama from the right side Event Categories.
About Sierra College
Sierra College District is rising to meet the needs of our community. Sierra College serves 3200 square miles of Northern CA with campuses in Roseville, Rocklin, Grass Valley, and Truckee. With approximately 125 degree and certificate programs, Sierra College is ranked first in Northern California (Sacramento north) for transfers to four year universities, offers career/technical training, and classes for upgrading job skills. Sierra graduates can be found in businesses and industries throughout the region. More information at www.sierracollege.edu.