Friday, February 23, 2018

Foothill Conservancy: It's time to protect the Mokelumne for Good!

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Now's the time to speak up for protecting the Mokelumne River with California Wild and Scenic River designation -- see meetings and other options below.
Dear Carol:
It's time to speak up for the river you love!
You still have to speak up for the Mokelumne River and support the conclusions in the  California Natural Resources AgencyClaire_Electra small's draftMokelumne River Wild and Scenic Study Report.  The report recommends addding 37 miles of the Mokelumne to the state’s protected river system. We need your help to make that happen.

Here's what you can do! 


 -- Attend the Upper Mokelumne River Watershed Authority special meeting Friday, February 23. 1:30 pm, McClean Hall, Pardee Center near Valley Springs. 

-- Speak up at the California Natural Resources Agency's public hearing in Oakland on Monday, February 26 at 6 pm. EBMUD Board Room, 375 11th St, Oakland. 
If you haveMoke Wild and Scenic gear, be sure to wear it -- t-shirts, cycling jerseys, or buttons. 

-- Attend the Amador County Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday, February 27.  9 am800 Court St, Jackson or the Calaveras County Board of Supervisorsmeeting that same day, 9 am, Government Center, San Andreas.

-- Attend the East Bay Municipal Utility District board meeting on Tuesday, February 27.  1:
15 pm375 11th St, Oakland.

Be sure to tell the officials you support the findings and recommendations in the study and urge them to protect the Mokelumne River for generations to come. 

Can't make any of the meetings?

Please weigh in on the Calaveras Enterprise online poll.

You can also e-mail comments on the study to the CNRA by the March 8, 5 p.m. deadline (pls cccarolyn@foothillconservancy.org) or use and customize our sample online email/letter.
 
Please let the agency know what the Mokelumne River means to you, your family and your community.

For more information

See the online video of the CNRA public hearing in Mokelumne Hill. The video includes the consultants' presentaiton on the study.

For more information about the river or this alert, please contact Foothill Conservancy at 209-223-3508 or 
send us an e-mail.
Thanks for your continued support. 
Together we will save the Moke for good!
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Jackson CA 95642

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209-223-3508

 

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Andrea Macon Dinner & Auction - Sat Mar 10

"Support Andrea Macon" Dinner & Auction
Saturday March 10 from 5:30-8:30pm
21200 Ostrom Road, Fiddletown (former Moose Lodge)
Limited seating! Get your advanced tickets by Sunday March 4
AndreaforAmador.com


Friday, February 16, 2018

Amador County attorney Robert Schell announces run for Amador County Judge

AMADOR COUNTY, CA - On Wednesday, February 2018, Amador County attorney Robert Schell--after gathering more than 900 nomination/in lieu of filing fee signatures--tossed his hat into the 2018 Amador County election ring by filing his intention to run for Amador County Judge Office Number 2, which is currently held by a Gov. Brown appointee, Renee Day, to fill the position left by the retirement of Judge Susan Harlan, until such time as an election could be held.

Schell, who has lived and worked in Amador County since 2001, has been a trial attorney for more than 20 years, and has taken more than 100 cases to trial, approximately 80 of which were criminal jury trials, the majority of them serious felonies.


“We shouldn’t allow Gov. Brown, or any other governor who is elected in the future, choose our Amador County judge,” Schell said. “Amador County citizens need to understand the system of how judicial appointments are made, and how successful that process has been since 1966 (when the policies were implemented), in protecting appointees from challengers in local elections for our county judges. The State doesn’t really want any of us voting for our local judges."

If anyone is interested in learning about that process, how it works, or is merely interested in meeting him, Schell said he would gladly speak at any meeting of any civic association, local group or other organization at any time.

“There’s really not a lot of time before this election for Amador County Residents to learn about either myself or Gov. Brown’s appointee, and why they should support or vote for either of us. I’m a very experienced trial attorney, who has often fought against what I thought were unjust situations. To be a successful defense attorney in a small county, you practically have to take a vow of poverty, and live your life as a 'warrior monk',” he quipped.

Schell joined the United States Army at 17, holding dual Military Occupational Specialties as Infantryman and Cavalry Scout, and after graduating the Basic Airborne Course, served as a paratrooper in the Army’s 82nd Airborne Division, where he attended Jungle School, Recondo school, two Non Commissioned Officer academies, and took advantage of various other training opportunities. He also served in the 5th Infantry Division, and after mustering out of the regular Army, he continued to serve in the California Army National Guard’s 40th Infantry Division’s Airborne Long Range Surveillance Unit.

While serving in the Guard, Schell earned an Associates Degree in Journalism at L.A. Pierce College; a Bachelors of Arts degree in International Relations at the University of Southern California, and finally received his Juris Doctorate from Pepperdine University’s School of Law.

“Most of the people I’ve represented over the years haven’t had many resources,” he explained. “Therefore I’ve lost money at every jury trial I’ve ever conducted in Northern California, but I’ve also achieved an approximately 80-85% rate of acquittal at trial over my career."
Schell is also a member of Amador's local American Legion Post No. 108, and routinely acts in various theatrical productions of the Volcano Theater Company. “It’s a lot of fun to do those plays,” he said.


Robert Schell (far left) won Best Supporting Actor in Volcano Theater's "Lost in Yonkers"
As an attorney, Schell practiced many areas of law, but states that Constitutional Law is the most important legal subject in our nation, and the best way to protect and defend the U.S. Constitution is to practice in the area of Criminal law, “where many of our freedoms that we take for granted have been seriously eroded over time, ending up practically non-existent due to numerous “exceptions,” which have been created by higher courts over the years.
“I am proud to state that even Judge Hermanson, while he was still a Deputy District Attorney in the Amador County District Attorney’s office, once described me as ‘relentless,’” Schell said.

“And it’s true,” he said, “I am relentless in trying to make our justice system work properly. Most of the time, it’s an impossible fight against overwhelming odds, but that’s the way I like it."
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Web site coming soon.

On Facebook: www.facebook.com/voteforrobertschell


Robert Schell (right) in Volcano Theater's "A Visit to a Small Planet".


Robert Schell in Volcano Theater's "Boeing, Boeing" (Front right)

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Fundraising Dinner for District 5 Supervisor Candidate Andrea Macon - Sat Mar 10


Fiddletown Venue, Limited Seating

On Saturday, March 10, supporters are invited to join Andrea Macon and the District 5 community for a gala fundraising dinner and silent auction at a private lodge (the former Moose Lodge) in Fiddletown from 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Mark and Tracey Berkner of the Volcano Union Inn will cater the dinner. Amador County favorites, the Berkners are known nationally for their award-winning food. The ticket cost of $75 includes a glass of Amador’s own wine or beer. The evening also features a no-host wine/beer bar.

Guests will enjoy the mellow jazz of Herb Boxhorn and friends. Boxhorn, a popular vocalist and guitarist, combines his background of folk, blues, finger-picking, jazz and Latin into an eclectic mix truly his own. A Fiddletown local, he has performed regionally for over 30 years.

A silent auction will feature items from Amador County artists as well as other great offerings.

“Even the former Moose Lodge is getting a new paint job, getting dressed up for that night,” says Rebecca Brown, events coordinator. “The theme is Andrea’s campaign slogan: ‘Respect Our History and Build Our Future.’ So, along with delectable food, great music, and a top-rate silent auction, guests will be invited to write down their ideas of what they want to see in Amador’s future.”


Candidate Andrea Macon is thrilled about the upcoming dinner.

“I love historic Fiddletown, and it’s right in the heart of District 5.” Macon says, “This is a grassroots campaign, with something for everybody. We’re hosting a wide variety of events all over the district in the next few months: meet and greets, barbeques, coffee klatches… but this evening will be truly special. Our supporters get an amazing dinner in a beautiful setting with the best local wines and music. And I’m very excited about the auction.”

Seating is limited. Tickets are only available in advance, and may be purchased through Macon’s campaign website: AndreaforAmador.com.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Speak up for the Mokelumne on Thurs Feb 15!

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February 14, 2018
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It's time to speak up for the river you love!
The California Natural Resources AgencyClaire_Electra small's draft Mokelumne River Wild and Scenic Study Reportrecommends adding 37 miles of the Mokelumne to the state’s protected river system. We need your help to make that happen. Please come to the meeting tomorrow and tell our public officials that you support including the Mokelumne in the California Wild and Scenic Rivers System.

-- California Natural Resources Agency public hearing,Thursday, February 15 at 6:00 pmMokelumne Hill Town Hall,8283 Main Street, Mokelumne Hill, CA 95245

If you have Moke Wild and Scenic gear, be sure to wear it -- t-shirts, cycling jerseys, or buttons.

Can't make this week's meeting?

Please weigh in on the Calaveras Enterprise online poll.

You can e-mail comments on the study to the CNRA by theFebruary 28, 5 p.m. deadline (pls cccarolyn@foothillconservancy.org) or use and customize our sample online email/letter.
 
Please let the agency know what the Mokelumne River means to you and your family.

And if you live in the East Bay, please plan to attend a CNRA public meeting at East Bay MUD's Oakland headquarters onMonday, February 26 at 6 pm and the EBMUD board meeting the next afternoon. 375 11th St, Oakland, near City Center BART.

For more information

For more information about the river or this alert, please contact Foothill Conservancy at 209-223-3508 or send us an e-mail.
Thanks for your continued support. 
Together we will save the Moke for good!
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Jackson CA 95642
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209-223-3508




Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Calaveras County resolves to file suit against PG&E to recover millions in taxpayer losses from the Butte Fire

BUTTE FIRE LITIGATION UPDATE:

On February 13, 2018, the Calaveras County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to retain the national law firm of Baron & Budd and the California Fire Lawyers to initiate litigation against PG&E for its role in causing the Butte Fire. The Board’s decision marks the next important step towards recovering “millions upon millions of taxpayer losses” from Pacific Gas & Electric Co. (NYSE:  PCG) which the County of Calaveras sustained in the destructive 2015 Butte Fire.

The County has been working with a premier team of top national experts to understand the total amount the County has suffered from this large-scale disaster.  Collecting numbers and supporting data in order to determine the amount of damages from a 70,000+ acre fire is a tremendous undertaking and the County and its team has calculated the County’s damages, evaluated and has pursued various legal avenues to secure compensation from PG&E and actively participated in confidential settlement negotiations.

Early in recovery from the Butte Fire, the County announced that it had lost—and will continue to lose—tens of millions of dollars in lost taxpayer funds, damaged infrastructure, fire suppression costs, government employee overtime, emergency response and recovery efforts, injury to natural resources, and other significant losses.  Since the County will forever be scarred and socially and economically damaged, the County has worked to secure fair compensation for its residents and seek reimbursement for the damage to Calaveras County and its local infrastructure from PG&E, which is responsible for this tragedy. 

“The County, its residents, and the taxpayers have endured devastating losses in the wake of these fires,” said Board Chairman Gary Tofanelli, “and this legal action is an important step towards taxpayer protection and recovery, and towards helping our communities rebuild.”

The County is vigilant and working with an exceptional expert team and are determined to give the people of Calaveras the best possible chance to rebuild and recover from this devastation.  It is PG&E’s responsibility to make this right.

Baron & Budd, P.C. is a national law firm, retained by public entities over 425 times for litigation and trial. The California Fire Lawyers includes multiple law firms: Baron & Budd, Singleton Law Firm, Thorsnes Bartolotta McGuire, Dixon Diab & Chambers, and Terry Singleton, Esq., California Fire Lawyers has also been retained by the Counties of Sonoma and Napa for claims related to the wine county fires.

For more information, please contact Baron & Budd Shareholder John Fiske at Fiske@BaronBudd.com.

Judge Renée Day Announces Run to Retain Seat in Amador Superior Court

Family Court, Civil and Criminal Law Among Day’s Core Competencies

AMADOR COUNTY, Calif.—Feb. 16, 2018—Assistant Presiding Judge Renée Day has announced her run to retain her seat in the Amador County Superior Court. Judge Day, a resident of Sutter Creek, was appointed to the Amador Superior Court in November of 2015 by the Governor following the retirement of Judge Susan C. Harlan.

Judge Renée Day
Judge Day first began serving children and families in Amador County in 2010, when she was appointed by Judge Harlan to serve as counsel for children and parents in juvenile dependency matters. Then, in 2014, she was appointed by Judges Harlan and Hermanson as Superior Court Commissioner, where she presided over small claims, case management, child support and traffic matters, in addition to serving as the court’s staff attorney.

Over the years, Judge Day has worked tirelessly and consistently with staff to increase access to the court and streamline processes, even in the face of diminishing budgets. For example, upon realizing that many members of our community are self-represented, Judge Day collaborated with the court analyst to create a simplified form packet for step-parent adoptions. And working with the Family Court Services Director, Judge Day implemented procedures to consolidate the process for parents meeting the various requirements of family court so that they do not have to take excessive time off work.

Judge Day earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of San Diego School of Law and a Bachelor of Science degree from California State University, San Bernardino.

In addition to presiding over civil, criminal and family cases Monday through Friday, Judge Day is active in the Amador County community, contributing to programs that help fund academic, athletic, and artistic programs for children. Judge Day has participated in judging youth speech contests and frequently speaks to community groups on children’s issues involving court proceedings.

Please join us in supporting Judge Day. To learn more about her campaign, including upcoming events, or how you can help, visit www.electjudgeday.com