VOLUME VII          NUMBER 1          JULY 2, 2020

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* Congressional News Briefs ... Senator Brian Schatz, who has joined Kentucky Senator Rand Paul in introducing the Stop Militarizing Law Enforcement Act for several years, has received backing from Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski and California Senator Kamala Harris to amend the National Defense Authorization Act's so-called 1033 program, to limit the transfer of military-grade combat equipment to local police and other law-enforcement agencies.  Saying that providing defensive equipment like body armor does help to make communities safe while the militarization of police fails to reduce violent crime or alter the number of law-enforcement officers who are assaulted or killed, Schatz and Senate colleagues assert that tear gas, armor-piercing firearms and ammunition, bayonets, grenade launchers and grenades, combat tracked vehicles, and weaponized drones have no place in civilian policing, should never be used against the American people, and instead work to transform American cities into war zones.  Citing the bipartisan consensus for ending the practice of militarizing state and local law enforcement, Senator Schatz declares that equipping law enforcement with offensive military equipment is immoral and contributes nothing to keeping our communities safe.  In other developments, the Senator has reported that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded the five Native Hawaiian Health Care Systems and Papa Ola Lokali, which coordinates health-care services for Native Hawaiians, a total of $16,999,696 to help the centers furnish health education and promotion, disease prevention, and basic primary-care services for their thousands of clients.  Besides, the Senate Appropriation Committee member notes that HHS has awarded an extra $8,725,608 for the Parents and Children Together program in support of Head Start early-childhood education and $2,954,977 to the State Department of Health for child and adolescent mental-health services.  On her part, Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard informs that the Federal Transit Administration has allotted a total of $8,906,600 in coronavirus funds to the State Department of Transportation, HDOT, with the Kaua'i County Transportation Agency and the County of Hawai'i Mass Transit Agency being the sub-recipients tasked to spend the money to make public transportation safe and to sustain public transit, so that the people who rely on it continue to be served.  The funding, under the Section 5311 Rural Areas Formula Fund, geared to support public transit in rural areas having populations of fewer than 50,000, is designed to cover the expenses of cleaning and disinfectant supplies, salaries, fuel, and vehicle maintenance.  These Section 5311 Formula Grants for Rural Areas also furnish capital, planning, and operating assistance for state and national training and technical assistance, along with job-access and reverse-commute projects, through the Rural Transportation Assistance Program.

* State Government News Briefs ... Governor David Y. Ige has announced, effective August 1, that the state has inaugurated a pre-travel testing program, whereby travelers arriving in Hawaii from out of state are required to have a valid COVID-19 test before arrival and exhibit proof that the test was negative, in order to skip the usual 14-day quarantine.  Not only must the testing location be approved by the State Department of Health, but it is expected that the regulations the Department finalizes will require federal Food and Drug Administration certification of the testing laboratory, and temperature checks are ongoing at airports state-wide.  Those who exhibit coronavirus symptoms, such as a temperature higher than 100.4 degrees will be subject to a secondary screening by trained health-care staff members.  The Governor adds that these precautions will enable local businesses to safely re-open for their employees and managers, as well as the incoming travelers.  In other developments, the Governor's supplementary emergency  proclamation for Kaua'a, in the aftermath of heavy rains, flooding, and extensive damage in late March, remains in effect through August 19, 2020.  The initial emergency proclamation on April 21 set in motion emergency-management funding, personnel and equipment to provide relief from the damage and losses and to protect residents.  Meantime, the Governor assures that the state has adequate hospital capacity to accommodate new patients and that the "spike in positive cases" of the coronavirus was expected as Hawaii re-opens because the increased testing and contact tracing are working.  At the same time, Ige emphasizes that Hawaiians must not relent in observing safe practices to protect the most-vulnerable populations and to prevent the state's hospital facilities from becoming overwhelmed.  

*City Government News Briefs ... Mayor Kirk Caldwell has announced that Governor David Ige has okayed the Mayor's proposal to permit, with some restrictions, singing and/or playing of wind instruments at indoor and outdoor restaurants and bars.  Performers must maintain a distance of at least 10 feet from others, except from members of their performing group.  Performers who play wind instruments--or who sing--are not required to wear face coverings, but indoors a physical barrier must be in place between performers and patrons, and restaurant/bar staff.  The Mayor reports, as well, that, since the City Department of Community Services initiated the Housing First Program, 315 vouchers providing rental assistance for approximately 450 individuals at any given time have been funded.  In fact, during the 2015 fiscal-year through the 2019 fiscal-year, $17,783,371 has supported the program in Honolulu, plus $1.2 million in HOME Funds has been tapped to furnish additional Tenant-Based Rental Assistance housing vouchers.  Offering permanent and affordable housing for individuals and families experiencing homelessness, the national program here, in 2018, counted more than 60 percent of its clients coming directly from living on the streets and 91 percent suffering from chronic homelessness.  Calling Housing First a "hand-up program," the Mayor points out that a University of Hawaii-Manoa study has found that the social services provided the clients have resulted in 86 percent of the clients remaining housed, with 74 percent remaining housed for an average of 2.4 years; a lowering of stress levels and drug use among clients; a decline in the rate of arrests, incarceration, and emergency-room use; and heightened participation in support-group activities and volunteerism.  On its part, the Honolulu City Council is scheduled to meet on July 8 at 10 AM, and the Parks, Community Services and Intergovernmental Affairs Committee plans to meet on July 14 at 9 AM.  One day later, the Budget Committee is set to conduct business at 9 AM.  Lastly, Honolulu hopes to repeat its top-10 ranking in destination-branding company, Resonance Consultancy's best small city (200,000 to 1 million residents) category.  Last July, Honolulu ranked first ahead of Omaha, with Madison, Wisconsin holding the number -10 spot.  Crime rate, air quality, housing affordability, entertainment offerings, cultural diversity and economic vitality all figured in the selection.

*School District News Briefs ... The Hawaii State Department of Education, in turn, has announced, upon the retirement of Bill Arakaki, Ann Mahi, and Art Souza, that Paul Zina and Sione Thompson will discharge their appointments as complex-area Superintendents serving Kauai and the Leeward Oahu Coast public schools.  In addition, Superintendent Dr. Christina Kishimoto informs that the Hawaii State Department of Education is distributing $49.8 million in federal Comprehensive Literacy State Development Grant money to sub-grantees that will enhance the programs of 82 schools in the state.  The Superintendent explains that 50 percent of the five-year grant provision must expedite student achievement in grades K-5 and 50 percent must advance student achievement in grades 6-12, based upon innovative, evidence-based literacy plans in the schools.  With a major focus on "learners vulnerable to academic challenges," the importance of family involvement from birth to grade 12 is also recognized.

* Weather ... The National Weather Service reports that current conditions at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport, as of 1:53 PM, are partly cloudy, with a temperature of 86 degrees Fahrenheit, relative humidity of 48 percent, wind out of the east at 13 miles per hour and gusts as high as 18 miles per hour, barometric pressure of 29.97 inches, a dewpoint of 64 degrees, and visibility of 10 miles.  The forecast for this afternoon calls for mostly-sunny skies, a daily high temperature near 87 degrees, breezy conditions, east-northeast wind of about 16 miles per hour and gusts as high as 23 miles per hour.  Tonight, scattered showers, mainly after midnight, are expected, together with partly-cloudy skies, with a low temperature of around 72 degrees, east-northeast wind 11 to 15 miles per hour, gusts as high as 20 miles per hour, a 30-percent chance of precipitation, and new precipitation amounts of less than 0.1 inch possible.

* Sports ... The University of Hawaii-Manoa is scheduled to open the 2020-2021 Men's Basketball season hosting Washington State on November 11 and San Diego on November 15 in the Stan Sheriff Center, with game times yet to be announced.

Flashback:                                                                                                                                                                                  By Francine Silverman
Terry Anderson Reflects On His Den of Lions
    I caught up with ex-hostage Terry Anderson in his diminutive office building in the parking lot of a funeral home in Yonkers, New York. Winding down a phone interview and wearing jeans and sneakers, he seems very much the reporter. I ask if these modest questions remind him of the cells he occupied during his seven years of captivity. "I got the keys," he laughs, jiggling them like bells.
    Anderson, 46, was the Associated Press Chief Middle East Correspondent before his abduction in 1985. Den of Lions (Crown, 1993), his moving memoir of that harrowing experience, has sold about 150,000 copies in the U.S. and is being translated into several languages. Throughout the book, Anderson berates himself for his characteristic arrogance and aggressiveness. "I have not become a saint," he admits. "I hope I am less irritable than I was."
    When he was released, Anderson was physically weak, he had a 6-year-old daughter he had never seen, whose mother--his beloved fiancee--had remained ever hopeful of reunion. (The couple wed April 18, 1993, a second marriage for both.) "All that took work and we had psychiatric counseling for a while," he admits. "They are not things you mind doing. I don't look at them as problems."
    The book is a parallel account by the couple. Madeleine, pregnant and distraught at the separation, agonizes over Anderson's welfare, as he wonders whether she'll wait. Since reuniting, "I've been given my life back," he says.

Question Time with Public Figures

The American public expects public officials to deal with, rather than dodge, difficult public-policy problems, to be transparent in their public-policy positions, and to state their views confidently, thoughtfully and boldly.  One week was allowed to finalize the response, by E-mail, of each of the Presidential candidates listed below.
The Continental News Service had announced its intention to publish results of this multi-respondent poll in its on-line newspapers over the course of time, and these newspapers include its Washington D.C. News Edition, Chicago News Edition, Honolulu News Edition, Atlanta News Edition, Anchorage News Edition, Boston News Edition, Seattle News Edition, Miami News Edition, San Diego News Edition, Rochester (N.Y.) News Edition, Minneapolis News Edition, and Houston News Edition.

Would you, Senator/Representative/Governor, support  legislation, or even sponsor legislation, ending all federal government grants to Planned Parenthood if it was conducted in an even-handed and non-discriminatory manner; that is, likewise ending all federal and federally-subsidized state grants to faith-based and all other non-profit groups,  whatever their specific tax-code classification?
 __ Yes.  Uncheck "No Comment."  My reasoning is ________________________________________________________________________________.
 __ No.  Uncheck "No Comment."  My reasoning is _________________________________________________________________________________.
 X No Comment.  Senator Kamala Harris, Senator Cory Booker, Senator Bernie Sanders, Senator Elizabeth Warren, Representative Tulsi Gabbard, Washington Governor Jay Inslee.

* Proverbs (chapter 28/verse 22): “He that hastes to be rich has an evil eye, and considers not that poverty shall come upon him.”   hastes=hurries.

[A timely warning against get-rich-quick schemes]




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 * Congressional News Briefs ...  Dong LaMalfa, Fort  Jones'  agent  in the U.S. House  of Representatives, has nominated five students, based upon  recommendations of his Military  Academy  Selection Committee, to four of the five  U.S. Service  Academies.  The  three students from  Chico  were  nominated to attend  different Service Academics: the U.S.  Military  Academy at  West Point,  the U.S.  Air Force  Academy  in Colorado Springs, and the U.S.  Naval  Academy  in Annapolis, Maryland.  The student  from Cottonwood was also nominated to attend  Annapolis, while the student from Shasta  Lake was nominated to attend  the  U.S. Merchant  Marine  Academy  in Kings  Point,  New  York.    No  students were nominated to attend  the  U.S. Coast  Guard  Academy in New  London,  Connecticut.   In other  developments, Congressman LaMalfa,  who  had  worked  with  Oregon  Congressman Greg  Walden on behalf  of Klamath  Basin farmers  and  ranchers on both  sides  of the state  line,  credits  the  Trump  Administration with  acknowledging the Convoy  for  Change rally  in Midland  and acting to restore  the full 140,000-acre-feet water allotment promised in April.  The rally was a reaction  to plans in May to  reduce  the  water  allotment  further  to  80,000 acre  feet,  which  would  threaten with  ruin  crops  that were  planted  based on assurances given  in April.   LaMalfa observes, "While Basin farmers are still only receiving 40% of their legal  water right from  Upper Klamath  Lake,  it  will  help  to  get  them  through  the  remainder of  the  growing  season   with  the crops they  currently have  in  the ground."     He says   the  Bureau   of  Reclamation decision  to  reverse course   operates  to  "prioritize  agriculture and  overrule  the bureaucracies that created this crisis," adding,  "The  water  in the  Klamath  Project  needs to  remain  where  it belongs: with  the  Basin farmers  who hold the  water right and rely on it for their economic survival."  Also, the Congressman reports  becoming  an original  co­-sponsor  of  the  Coronavirus County   Relief  and  Stability Bill,  to  ensure  that  small  and  medium-size  counties, operating on  "tight budgets" and  facing  revenue deficits,  receive  the funds  necessary to support  senior-care agencies, first  responders, and public-health departments.  He argues that previous  legislation furnished direct  assistance to local governments having service populations of more than  500,000 people,   overlooking 42  counties   in  California likewise in  need  of  federal  support during  the pandemic,   LaMalfa resumes,  "Despite Congress' clear directive that the Coronavirus Relief Fund  be used to assist  local  governments, several  governors continue to withhold  counties' allotment.   In California, further cuts to rural  counties' withheld share  were reduced  to half  and then redistributed to urban  areas."  Although the bill would  furnish  more  funding  than the  National Association of Counties requested, he says  that  the  funding sought "will  benefit  all  Americans."  Senator  Dianne  Feinstein's focus,  meanwhile, has  partly  been  on U.S. foreign  policy.    Accompanied by  Senators  Mark  Warner,  Angus King  and  Jack  Reed,  she  wrote  Director of  National Intelligence John Ratcliffe  to declare: "While we support  the goal  of bringing the war in Afghanistan to a responsible end, we are  concerned  that a  repeat  of our  hastily-announced withdrawal   from  Syria  could  needlessly put  more  American   lives at  risk,  increase   the  threat  to allies  and  partners participating  in the  Resolute Support  Mission,  and  squander   important intelligence relationships and  counter­-terrorism  operations."  The Senators cited "reports"; that  is, a statement in the New York  Times that "President Trump  has repeatedly voiced  a desire to leave  Afghanistan sooner  than the timeline laid out in the Feb.  29 peace agreement.  He may want to campaign on bringing home  every soldier" before  the  November election.    The  Senators expressed concern that the  withdrawal   would  not  be "orderly,  conditions-based, and   planned   in  conjunction  with   military   and  diplomatic counterparts," but would  instead  be "much earlier than the timeline established in the Taliban peace agreement that was signed earlier this year."  Other considerations Feinstein and her colleagues raised were the "stability and governance in Afghanistan, the threat posed by groups like the Haqqani Taliban Network, al-Qa'ida,and ISIS, and the risk posed by a precipitous U.S. withdrawal."  Senator  Feinstein has expressed alarm, as well, to General Tod D.  Wolters, of the U.S. European Command, that President Trump and Defense Secretary Mark Esper have reportedly decided to reduce the number of U.S. troops in Germany by 9,500,  to  limit America's NATO  deployment there  to 25,000  troops, so our NATO ally bears a larger share of the  burden for its


defense.   Besides, the  Senator, joined  by Senator Chuck  Schumer and  Senator  Mark  Warner,  has  contacted FBI  Director Christopher Wray and Director  of National  Intelligence John  Ratcliffe  to request  release  to the public  of  any  information supporting the President's claims that,  in the looting, violence and  destruction of property, "our   nation  has  been  gripped   by  professional  anarchists and  Antifa," agents  of "domestic terror." Terming  the  President's  declarations "inflammatory  claims," the Democratic Senators  charged  that  the  purpose  is  to  discredit  "legitimate peaceful protests" and  to "justify unnecessary federal, even  military, intervention and the excessive use of force."

* Governor's Office  News Briefs .          Governor  Gavin  Newsom  has pledged  to work with the California Legislative Black  Caucus, the California  Latino Legislative Caucus, other legislative leaders, national experts, community leaders, law enforcement and journalists in developing new policing and criminal-justice reform & following  nation-wide demonstrations related to  the killing of George Floyd.    The Governor points out that in  2019  his Administration collaborated in passage of Assembly Bill 392, what he characterizes as the “nation's strongest  standard  for police use of deadly force," and that this year the thrust  of  his Administration  is promotion  of  a  "now  conversation  about broader  criminal-justice   reform" toward  establishing  "a cultural change.''     In particular, he has announced support for a general prohibition of the carotid hold and other  techniques that will apply to all police departments  in California. Already, he emphasizes that he has ordered removal of carotid-hold instruction from state training materials and state police-training programs; he suspended use  of the  death penalty  due to racial and economic differentiation  in its application; he proposed closing  two state prisons and the  Division of Juvenile Justice; his revised May Budget called for shortening prison time for offenders who take part in treatment or education  programs and who demonstrate good behavior;  and  he has advocated access by incarcerated youth  to higher education.   In addition, the Governor acknowledges  that BYD  North America has finally received certification  from the National  Institute for Occupational Safety  and Health  for its  respiratory masks, thereby  meeting a State deadline  of June  12.   Consequently, the  company  is now  set to ship  additional masks, some 150 million N95  masks, to health-care  workers and first responders,  in connection with California's public-safety and re-opening plans. Previously, an estimated 110 million surgical masks were delivered under the State contract  with BYD, and Governor Newsom says that the  new supply of personal protective equipment will ensure that the State can meet the future needs of doctors, nurses  and yet other front-line  workers.   Meantime, the Califomia Senate's Budget and Fiscal Review Committee  planned a hearing for June 12 on the Budget Act of 2019.  Besides, the Committee scheduled a hearing on the same date relative to education-finance apportionments, as well as a hearing  on statc taxes and charges. Then, on June  18, the Senate Appropriations Committee  was due, at this writing,  to conduct  a hearing  on flavored tobacco products.

* County Government News Briefs …  The Siskiyou County  Board of Supervisors, meeting just two days ago, was scheduled to approve a Consent  Agenda of  routine  and  non-controversial items including  approval of a 2020-2021  fiscal-year, contract  addendum  with  Scott Valley Veterinary  for provision of spay/neuter  services,  boosting the  contract  value by $2,000  to a  total amount  not greater  than  $12,500; authorization for the  County  Fish and  Game Commission to  purchase $4,336 (plus tax) in deer decoys, and to transfcr the articles to the California Department of Fish and  Wildlife; clarification of the January 7, 2020  appointments  of Frank Hayden and Dan Drakc to the Scott Valley and Shasta Valley Watermaster District for terms closing December 15, 2023;  approval of a 2020-2021 contract addendum  for used-oil collection and recycling services with the Oil Re-Refining Company; and approval of a not-­to-exceed-$365,818  contract  with the  California Department  of Social  Services for  coordination of  adoption services.   Departmental  Requests included support for the Chief Probation Officer's study of the feasibility of Siskiyou County becoming one of the proposed Regional Hub Centers to house juveniles in  the  aftermath  of  the  State Division  of Juvenile  Justice  no  longer accepting  juvenile intakes;  consideration  of  an application for  $150,000  in Local Government  Planning Support Program funds from the California Department  of Housing  and Community  Development; development  of an administrative fine schedule  for violations  of Siskiyou County  Code  provisions on industrial hemp cultivation; and  presentation of an update on the status of coronavirus cases in the  County.   Also,  a Public  Hearing  initiated  on  May  19  resumed, concerning  the second reading  of  an Ordinance  amending  County Code provisions  relating to personal marijuana cultivation, to allow for increased fines for multi-day  citations.   Plus, County Supervisors anticipated that a Public Hearing on the 2020-2021 fiscal-year Recommended Budgets it was undertaking must he carried over to a Public Meeting on June 23.  Further, the Board of Supervisors was poised to appoint one member to an unscheduled  vacancy on the Scott Valley and Shasta Valley Watermaster District for a term  closing December  15, 2023, the candidate, among other stipulations,  not holding water rights.

* City  Government  News  Briefs …     The Fort Jones  Town  Council, conducting a special  meeting  by Zoom computer  hook-up  on June 17, was set to consider,  toward approval, Resolution  1076, to consolidate local-election balloting with the November,  2020  General Election.    Additionally, the Council was scheduled  to take up, toward approval, Fort Jones’ final 2020-2021  fiscal-year  budget.   Thereafter, with adjournment, the Council  planned to hold its next meeting on July  13 at 7 PM in City Hall.  At the Council's previous meeting on June 8, also held through Zoom link-up, the Council was set to take up such non-action, discussion  items as the monthly  Police Department  report,  the monthly Fire Department  report, Code Enforcement,  the monthly  Public Works report, City Administrator Karl Drexel's Report, the Planning Committee Meeting, and the Etna Ambulance. Among the Consent Calendar items the Council was due to approve, unless a Council Member or a member of the public requested removal, were the Minutes of the Council's Regular Meeting of May  11; ratification of disbursements during the period May l-May 31, 2020; June Accounts Payable, and Fort Jones' budget  versus  actua1 spending during the period July  1, 2019-May  31, 2020.   Now, the action items included discussion of a permit and use permit in the Scott Valley Business Park; review and adoption of the Employee Handbook, appointment  of a New Ordinance and Policy Committee; adoption of an Interim Policy on Bulk  Water Sales Permits; and review and adoption of the 2020-2021 Preliminary Operational  Budget.  Next, leading to adjournment, the Council had set aside time on its agenda for a Public Hearing, spotlighting an associated Staff Report and Board Comments, on the Second Reading of an Ordinance regulating Mobile Home/RV Parks.

* Weather  ...       The  National  Weather Service  reports  that current  conditions  at Montague  Siskiyou  County  Airport,  as of 10:53  PM,  are clear,  with a temperature of 71  degrees Fahrenheit, relative humidity  of 40  percent,  winds out  of the north at 14 miles per hour,  barometric pressure of 30.01  inches, dewpoint of 46 degrees, and visibility of 10 miles.   The forecast for tonight calls for mostly-clear skies, with a low temperature of about 56 degrees, and light and variable wind. Friday is expected to be sunny, with a daily high temperature of around 87 degrees and light and variable wind.


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