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Free vehicle abatement available in Tehama County – Red Bluff Daily News

Did you know California has a vehicle abatement program for unusable cars, trucks and motorhomes? It’s administered at the county level and you are encouraged to take advantage of it. Just fill out the form at bit.ly/AVAform and a tow truck will magically appear at your house to remove Old Betsy for free. The program is funded by a $1 surcharge on every vehicle registration and renewal.

Mr. Standish and I had an old van, small pickup, and 1971 Dodge Champion motorhome with a porch welded onto the back that we’ve been using as garden sheds, horse and donkey food, tack storage and mother-in-law units. Just kidding on the MIL units, but that is a thing in Manton.

We were disappointed that Environmental Health’s Tim Potanovic didn’t ride his bicycle up the hill and tow the vehicles back to the valley himself. Oh well — still a great program. Thank you, Mr. Standish, for that joke and visual. There will be a quarter on your pillow tonight. Good times.

And speaking of good times, remember how happy we were when former CAO Bill Goodwin retired? The board of supervisors hired former Plumas County CAO Gabriel Hydrick, who quit his job there after only a few years because he felt Tehama County’s views were more in line with his. As if we have only one point of view here. huh

I got a tip from a friend that Hydrick might have social media posts that speak to his values ​​in a way his resume wouldn’t. So I checked his Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter accounts. Hoo boy. He wants women to understand their value – after their home duties, of course. He appreciates that we women keep our heritage alive and nurture the nation. Um…you’re welcome? And apparently he’s jealous that a person can change gender.

Here’s a quote from one of Hydrick’s Facebook pages. “Perhaps the next time I apply for a job or a scholarship or social programs I will determine that I am a latino or asian female for better chances! When they discover I am a white male and this makes me inligible to receive the benefit (job, scholarship etc.) I will indeed tell them I am an Asian female and they have no right to challenge me, the way I identify myself and that I am eligible for said benefit.” I’m normally a fan of sarcasm, but this? What is this?

Disclaimer: All the posts are from his failed State Assembly run of 2016. He was clearly trying to appeal to a certain segment of his constituency and that resulted in him receiving 1.2% of the vote in his race. Now let’s say it like Dean Wormer to Bluto in Animal House. One. Point. Two. Why wouldn’t he delete those accounts?

And why didn’t the board know about the posts when they elected to give him the job? Because the firm we pay handsomely to vet candidates didn’t think to check his Social Media. face palm Do we want a CAO who appears to have a bias against everyone except straight white men? As the head of Human Resources, will he be neutral when a real Asian woman comes to him with a complaint of harassment?

Hydrick’s first day on the job is Monday and the public will get their first look at him on Tuesday’s board of supervisors meeting. There’s other big stuff on the agenda, too. The Groundwater Sustainability Commission will be presenting its ordinance to the board.

On October 5, 2021, there was a county-written ordinance proposed to place a temporary moratorium on new ag well permits because domestic wells were going dry. That discussion was tabled in a motion by Supervisor Bob Williams after the commission asked them to wait for this ordinance. Now it goes before the board for adoption.

Guess what? No mention of any type of moratorium in the commission’s ordinance. If you can even figure out which one the board is voting on. There are a minimum of three in the agenda packet and they have wildly differing language. The item calls for a vote to accept and an opportunity to create an ad hoc committee to make further adjustments. That’s good, because boy, does it need adjusting.

Most members of the Groundwater Commission have financial interest in ag water. It was mentioned rather disdainfully more than once at their meeting Wednesday that “only one supervisor knows anything about ag water” — Bob Williams. They equate profiting from water with knowledge of it. And make no mistake — when they export nuts, they are exporting water in another form. They profit as the middlemen, which is fine when we have plenty of water.

Commission members are also bummed that supervisors are under pressure to listen to their constituents. Um, yeah — sorry — that’s their job. Most constituents do not profit from water, but we all use it and need it.

If an ad hoc committee is created to make adjustments in the ordinance, it is imperative that the dry well people are represented — not just ag folks. Don’t get me wrong — ag people are not monsters. They just want to protect their businesses and that is understandable. Ag is important to the economy of the county.

But what’s wrong with stopping new ag well drilling until the basins and subbasins can recharge? There should also be monitoring of ag well production and water levels like the El Camino Water District does to see how domestic wells are affected.

Should be a fun meeting Tuesday — hope to see you there. If you know anyone who has experienced a dry well, this would be a good meeting for them to attend.

Next week we’ll talk about the new tax they want you to pay for a well registry. Believe it or not, the county has no idea how many wells are out there. What a cliffhanger, huh?

Liz Merry has been half of Merry Standish Comedy for 30 years and is a former downtown Red Bluff business owner. She now has a home-based business and is locked and loaded in Manton. She can be reached at lizmerry58@gmail.com.

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