Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Please attend the ACTC meeting on Nov 27 regarding Pine Grove Corridor Improvement Project

On October 24, 2013 the Amador County Transportation Commission (ACTC) voted unanimously to continue funding for the Pine Grove Corridor Project, after years of community input and expenditures of nearly 2 million.  On November the 21, 2013 the Amador Business Council Executive Director Jim Conklin, from his office in Stockton, requested the ACTC to reconsider its vote on the project.  Given that ALL commissioners voted FOR moving ahead with the project it seems that it is not a good use of ACTC‘s time to bring this to a vote again.

ACTC would normally meet on the 3rd Thursday of the month, which in November would have been the 21st of November.  For some reason, the November meeting is now scheduled for Wednesday the 27th at 9:00 am. The timing for many of us could not be worse, as so many members of the public will be traveling for Thanksgiving and will not be able to attend and provide input to the ACTC. Anyone who is able to attend should do so and express any concerns they have with a reconsideration vote.

The Amador Business Council in its letter stated it would attend the meeting and present its views. It is not possible for the public to hear what will be said and provide their views unless they are able to attend the meeting, which many will not be able to do.  So ACTC members will hear one political viewpoint.
The Amador Business Council to my knowledge has not had prior input into the project which has been worked on by ACTC, CalTrans and the public for several years.  They have not provided any hard facts or information that would lead to a reconsideration of this project.  If the Amador Business Council has legitimate concerns why has it not come forward and made them known earlier in the process?  Are a few people trying to undo the efforts made in a public process over several years?

As timing does not appear to be important to the Amador Business Council I suggest that they be allowed to make their presentation at the November meeting, but that any vote on reconsideration of the October approval be put off until after Thanksgiving. This will allow the ACTC and the public to consider the Amador Business Council’s facts and viewpoints and be able to address this unexpected development in a reasoned and knowledgeable manner.

Jerry Trottier
Pine Grove 

(Sent through Amador's community email group. To sign up for this group, contact loraine@suttercreek.com.)

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Upcountry Community Council Chair speaks in support of the Pine Grove/Hwy 88 Corridor Improvment Project

"Upcountry Citizens,
It has recently come to our attention that the Amador County Business Council has sent a letter to the Amador Transportation Commission (ACTC) suggesting that they defund the Pine Grove/Highway 88 Corridor Improvement Project.  In addition, at our last UCC meeting on November 12th, Supervisor Plasse mentioned his meeting with the Business Council that day and his desire to put the funding of this project back to a re-vote of the ACTC."
"The facts about this Project are as follows..."
To read more of this article, visit: UCCAmador.com

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Via Citizen Report: Back Up Your Data!

If you're a daily computer user, you're likely aware of all the threats you face every day online in the form of viruses and malware.

CryptoLocker, a new ransomware malware, began making the rounds several months ago. This ransomware is particularly nasty because infected users are in danger of losing their personal files forever.
CryptoLocker Ransomware demands $300 to decrypt your files
Ransomware is designed to extort money from computer users by holding computer files hostage until the computer user pays a ransom fee to get them back. The Cryptolocker hijacker sniffs out your personal files and wraps them with strong encryption before it demands money.
Cryptolocker is spread through malicious hyperlinks shared via social media and spam emails, like fake UPS tracking notification emails. The original demanded payments of $100 to decrypt files, but the new and improved version demanding $300 from victims.

Apparently, the encryption is created using a unique RSA-2048 public key. The decryption key is located on a secret server somewhere on the Internet and then there is a countdown on the infected machine which will let you know how long you have until this key will no longer be available.

Ransomware is not a new threat, but in the last year, it has become more effective and more popular with criminals. Researchers from a number of antivirus vendors are working on a way to undo the damage, but it's not going to be easy.

To prevent Ransomware from infecting your computer, please ensure  that your computer has a properly configured firewall, updating each computer on a regular basis with the latest patches and updates from their vendor such as Microsoft, and restricting access solely to the administrator or person who operates the network or computer

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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Mike Spence: Expanding our Veteran's Services

In 2009 the Grand Jury determined that our Amador County Veterans' Service Office (VSO) had a need to provide Veterans with expanded services such as vocational rehabilitation and work study.  At that time, our Supervisors  "agreed" and officially acknowledged this need in writing.  For whatever reasons, these services have never been provided, and our VSO is still not an approved site for work study or vocational rehabilitation.

On 8/13/13, our Board of Supervisors attempted to resolve a great deal of community divisiveness and confusion between our existing County Veterans' Service Office and the newly established services offered by Mr. Jason Mulford as the Executive Director of "Victory Village" Amador. The Board acknowledged that "one size does not fit all," and that they did not want to preclude any other organization from providing different types of services, hoping that all organizations could work together. Unfortunately, Veterans' Service Officer, Terry Sanders also made it clear that he would not work with Victory Village until they stopped assisting Veterans in filing claims for benefits….

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Friday, November 1, 2013

An urgent message to Upcountry Residents re: Mace Meadows Golf Course

Save Mace Meadows!

We are in imminent danger of losing our community’s most treasured and iconic asset—the Mace Meadow Golf Course. There is something you can do to help prevent this.

About this time last year, the Mace Meadow Board of Directors, out of concern that we wouldn’t have enough revenues to stay in business through the winter, initiated a Voluntary Contribution Program (VCP). Over 100 upcountry residents pledged to contribute between $50 and $200 each month for a year (average contribution was $100). That approximately $10,000 per month additional revenue has allowed us to not only keep the doors open, but to make many critical repairs to the course infrastructure. We now look forward to starting Spring 2014 with the course in much better condition than it was this past Spring.

However, even with the major progress we have made, we still face a financial crunch due to the ongoing need for repairs to our mowers, other equipment, and our irrigation system, seed and chemical supplies, and maintenance personnel through the winter months when we have little in the way of revenues.

The Board therefore feels we have no choice but to extend the VCP through 2014, and we are asking for your help. The average $100/month is what we started with last year, but we will be most thankful for any amount you feel you could pledge. It would be such a shame to lose this beautiful golf course after all the progress made this year, and just when we are about to turn the corner financially.

Please help. We need your commitment as soon as possible.

For further information about the VCP, or if you have any questions regarding Mace Meadow Golf Course, please contact any of the following directors:

Jim Graves 209-295-4045 graves@volcano.net
Wes Mee 209-295-2363 wesmee@jmadjustment.com
Jim Raymond 209-295-1779 squareup@volcano.net
Kip Garvey 209-295-6630 kip@kipgarvey.com
Betty Robertson 209-295-7452 bar1@volcano.net
Duncan Matthey 209-295-1905 cmatthey@volcano.net
Tim Short 209-295-8686 tshort@volcano.net


Mace Meadow Golf Course
Board of Directors