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Posted by: thepinetree on 10/15/2020 01:02 PM Updated by: thepinetree on 10/15/2020 01:02 PM
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Calaveras County Grand Jury's Grand Jury Report Card

San Andreas, CA...The 2019 – 2020 Calaveras County Grand Jury has just released a report entitled The Grand Jury Report Card – “Responses to the 2018-2019 Grand Jury Report”. The Summary section of the report states why the grand jury undertook the investigation and notes the report’s most significant issues, findings, and recommendations, as follows: “The power of the Grand Jury lies in its ability to publish fact-based reports that inform and educate citizens as well as local government officials. Although the Grand Jury has no authority to enforce the recommendations included in such reports, it can determine whether local government agencies and officials have provided reasonable responses. These responses must follow a format and timeline clearly defined by law (California Penal Code §933.05). The independent work and voice of Grand Juries are strengthened when local government entities and officials are held accountable and responsible to the will of their constituents.




The 2019-2020 Calaveras County Grand Jury has reviewed the responses to the 2018-2019 Calaveras County Grand Jury Final Report for compliance with the law. This report presents the analysis of that review.

The 2019-2020 Calaveras County Grand Jury deemed most responses compliant regarding mandated response times; however, several respondents failed to comply with the relevant provisions of the Penal Code and/or were lacking detail by which the agency’s subsequent actions could be gauged.

The 2019-2020 Calaveras County Grand Jury appreciates the time and attention that all responders devoted to the work of the 2018-2019 Calaveras County Grand Jury. Although invited responders were not required by law to respond, several did, and the Calaveras County Grand Jury thanks them for their willingness to provide additional feedback.

The 2018-2019 Final Report contained nine reports as follows:
• Animal Control Services
• Audit and Finance
• Calaveras County General Plan
• Code Compliance
• Community College Districts
• Continuity – Responses to 2017-2018 Calaveras County Grand Jury
• Educational Support/Services for Homeless Students in Calaveras County
• Jails/Law and Justice
• Jenny Lind Veterans Memorial District

The Continuity Report was the only report for which no responses were requested. Various County department heads and agencies were requested to reply and offer comment regarding the findings and recommendations presented in the published reports.”

The grand jury’s website http://grandjury.calaverasgov.us/, where the entire report can be viewed or just click the image above.

Larry Abernathy, Foreperson
Calaveras County Grand Jury


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No Subject
Posted on: 2020-10-15 13:19:01   By: Anonymous
 
The Grand Jury received x complaints re department y. The Grand Jury found room for improvement and made the following z recommendations. The responsible agencies and leads responded with while we appreciate the efforts of the Grand Jury and for the most part concur but given current budget constraints... Know these volunteers mean well but it's the same as it ever was for decades. No significant revenue, no money, no real change.

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    Re:
    Posted on: 2020-10-15 13:31:29   By: Anonymous
     
    Well I know what to do. In california it's what we do all the time, and it's really simple.
    RAISE OUR TAXES. Face it, we all know Biden is going to win, let's just jump ahead to what the next administration is going to do anyway. After all Calif has the fifth largest economy in the world.
    Interesting reading on just that.
    "California's economy was in crisis long before COVID. For most of the 20th century, more Americans were moving into California than moving out of it. According to the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, from 1960 to 1990, California had a net growth of 4.2 million Americans from other states. From 1990 to 2010, California suffered a net loss of 3.4 million people.

    This trend has continued in the past decade, with a net loss in domestic migration every year. In 2018 alone, 691,000 Californians left the state and only 501,000 Americans moved into it.

    While California's population has continued to grow due to natural births and a net gain of international migrants, California's population growth has been declining, and it was heading toward negative growth before COVID. Among other drivers of this trend, the high cost of living has made the state unaffordable to the middle class.

    Earlier this year, Joel Kotkin, a Presidential Fellow in Urban Futures at Chapman University, provided a series of insightful reports on why California's middle class is collapsing. In 2018, the average annual pay for all private sector jobs in California was $78,668. From 2008 to 2018, California created 1,835,364 jobs. Approximately 48% of those jobs paid less than $40,000 annually, and less than 15% of them paid more than $100,000 annually.

    In 2018, 12.8% of Californians lived off wages that placed them below the federal poverty line, including 17.4% of California's children. According to the Public Policy Institute of California, if we used a cost-of-living adjusted poverty rate, almost 15 million Californians – approximately 38% – are either living in or near poverty.

    As late as 1969, the median home values in California were only 20% higher than in the rest of the country. By 2015, the median price for a home in California was two and a half times that of the rest of the nation. The average rent in California is 50% higher than in the rest of the country. Out of 381 metropolitan areas in the United States, 14 of the top 25 least affordable metropolitan areas are in California.

    This phenomenon was caused by state legislators who limited the supply of housing in cities through an "urban containment" strategy. The supply was limited, but the demand kept going up. California must free up more land for housing.

    In 2016, only 25%t of residents in the Bay Area and 34% of residents in Los Angeles could afford to buy a house. This disproportionately impacts people of color and young people.

    Silicon Valley and Hollywood cannot save California by itself. California cannot continue to have some of highest taxes and most burdensome regulations in the country and expect that companies and people will stay.

    Even Hollywood films and television shows have moved production out of California to cut costs. Republicans and moderate Democrats must work together to help fix California's housing problems and make the state more business-friendly.

    To attract more jobs, California's politicians must reduce taxes and simultaneously improve education. In 2018, California's poorest students ranked 49th out of 50 on the National Assessment of Educational Progress.

    The wealthiest people can afford to leave the state. The poorest Californians cannot easily pack up and go elsewhere.

    Those who are living outside of California should take note. Should the Democrats win the White House and both houses of Congress, they will be in a position to make the rest of America look more similar to California. After all, when it comes to California's problems, Democrats and the policies they have championed are largely responsible.

    Ronald Reagan was the last Republican governor of California to have both the State Assembly and the State Senate with a Republican majority. In 1970, the Democrats won control of both houses of the California state legislature. Since 1970, the Democrats have never lost control of the state Senate, and the Democrats have controlled California's State Assembly for 48 of the last 50 years.

    The Democrats have controlled the governorship for 13 of the last 21 years. The lone exception was when moderate Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger was governor.

    California represents the apex of progressive public policy. The housing crisis in California has shown us that economic liberalism cannot help the middle class. The people of California, and the rest of the country, need moderates in both parties to work together to restore both the California Dream and the American Dream."

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      Posted on: 2020-10-15 14:08:08   By: Anonymous
       
      You do realize we're talking about CALAVERAS County, right? It took a dozen years for residents to vote for increasing the transient tax (visitors to hotels and similar venues) and even then, a paltry amount given what other communities bring in for additional revenue. Calaveras folks read the word "tax," their eyes glaze over and then fall back to the "no new taxes" mantra. Why our roads can't be adequately maintained, have a quality and sufficient animal services department and more. Heck, even greater San Andreas wouldn't vote in a couple of hundred dollars more per parcel, if that, in order to maintain their fire department and EMT services. Yet so many so many expect services from government center in personal times of need. The sad part is then local government and the board of supervisors are blamed when the reality is it and they are operating responsibly within the limitations given to them by residents.

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        Re:
        Posted on: 2020-10-15 15:22:12   By: Anonymous
         
        Calaveras county is in California, right? Our Governor is Gavin Newsom, right? Same tax rate, property tax, sales tax, all the same, right?
        Case closed I think.

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          Posted on: 2020-10-15 16:26:21   By: Anonymous
           
          No, not for everything. Local budgets are in significant part funded with local revenue and measures.

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          Re:
          Posted on: 2020-10-15 16:29:03   By: Anonymous
           
          You really don't understand all that goes into a local budget.

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            Re:
            Posted on: 2020-10-15 20:28:31   By: Anonymous
             
            Fuk Trump

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              Posted on: 2020-10-15 21:26:23   By: Anonymous
               


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                Re:
                Posted on: 2020-10-15 21:27:10   By: Anonymous
                 
                👍👍

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              Re:
              Posted on: 2020-10-16 05:18:50   By: Anonymous
               
              Fuk yourself loser...

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                Re:
                Posted on: 2020-10-16 07:24:14   By: Anonymous
                 
                Think i'll fuk your mom instead

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        Re:
        Posted on: 2020-10-15 15:55:24   By: Anonymous
         
        Puuuk U! We did not get to vote and stop all this marketing for tourists that is tearing up and clogging our roads, creating accidents, fires, crime, trash and much more negative that outweighs YOUR profiting on tourists. We never needed all these hotels/motels before YOU!

        Where is all the pot money you jerks said we need? If it's not paying for all this crap you transplant Flatlanders want...WHY DO WE HAVE IT?

        YOU are destroying our tight knit communities. Neighbors helping neighbors, helping each other is something you know nothing about. YOU look down your noses at us. YOU could care less to know us or build trusting relationships with us. YOU picked this small county so you could build the biggest UGLY palace you can to show off your money and vehicles. Inturn you bring felons, many that are your loser adult childern, to prey on you and everyone else along their way.

        We are still paying for the jail and the last school bond, and still the county finds ways to increase the taxes. YOU still want more. We have had enough with what YOU want! Let the roads fail, enough of your yellow brick roads to your palace. If you were nice, your neighbor might give you a ride to the hospital if needed, but you are not nice. Vote all taxes and fees down to send these greedy, ugly Flatlanders back to the city.



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      Re:
      Posted on: 2020-10-15 17:41:20   By: Anonymous
       
      Ignorance is Bliss, you must be extremely happy!

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No Subject
Posted on: 2020-10-15 15:18:58   By: Anonymous
 
Another shooting, attempted murder, this time it's in Tuttletown, suspect caught.
Thank you pinetree for....well my dog thanks you, he likes urinating on you.
Seems that's what you're best suited for, well and being a hate site for the left to gather.
Speaking of the left, have you noticed the violence is picking up here more and more? Thanks to the Dems it's happening more and more.
Imagine if we had no Democrats? Crime would be minimal, prisons 75% reductions all across our country. Now you know why the US has the highest incarcerated rate in the world...Democrats, another FACT.


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    Re: crime is going up in this area?
    Posted on: 2020-10-15 19:52:01   By: Anonymous
     
    You do realize that Tuolumne and Calaveras Counties are 2/3 GOP voters right?

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      Re: crime is going up in this area?
      Posted on: 2020-10-15 20:29:18   By: Anonymous
       
      Bunch of inbred morons the local GOP is.

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        Re: crime is going up in this area?
        Posted on: 2020-10-15 21:27:53   By: Anonymous
         
        👍🐑

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Social Security and Medicare are on the chopping block!
Posted on: 2020-10-15 15:27:16   By: Anonymous
 
Biden raising taxes is a HOAX!! HOAX!! What is real is trump eliminating payroll taxes for social security and medicare, thus no more social security after 2026. And there is NOT enough money to fund social security and medicare from the general fund as he falsely says. His actions are cruel - he does not ant anyone other than the rich to have anything. Biden is a saint compared to tRump.

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    Re: no subject
    Posted on: 2020-10-15 15:39:23   By: Anonymous
     
    Go Trump and lets MAGA!

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    Re: Social Security and Medicare are on the chopping block!
    Posted on: 2020-10-15 15:48:22   By: Anonymous
     
    No it's not a hoax. Biden's plans of raising taxes at 4 Trillion dollars won't be just to those making over $400,000. His taxes will include all businesses, and still that won't be enough. What happens when you raise taxes on all businesses? What will the businesses do to get by? Pass those taxes on to the tax payer.
    Biden: "If you elect me, your taxes are going to be raised"

    Biden has threatened to repeal the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act enacted by congressional Republicans and President Trump. Such a repeal would impose a $2,000 annual tax increase on a median income family of four and a $1,300 annual tax increase on a median income single parent with one child.
    Read this if you're interested.

    https://www.atr.org/biden-if-you-elect-me-your-taxes-are-going-be-raised?amp

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      Re: Social Security and Medicare are on the chopping block!
      Posted on: 2020-10-15 16:28:31   By: Anonymous
       
      You mean the same one that gave greater loopholes to big business and the wealthy? You might feel you got a $100 back from Trump but the truly wealthy got huge breaks. Trump often plays a game of distraction this way as did W before him.

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        Re: Social Security and Medicare are on the chopping block!
        Posted on: 2020-10-15 21:44:58   By: Anonymous
         
        WOW! Really!

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