No surprise's anywhere as read in the 2018/2019 Grand Jury Report with respect to the City of Loyalton. Local citizenry including myself have been writing of the Cities incompetence and corruption of City Council Members and City Employees for years, falling on deaf ears of the local citizenry as they are part of the problem as well, in NOT holding these employees and elected servants accountable for their actions. The grand jury is a judicial body within Sierra County, as to how many is based on county population. The GJ is impaneled by the state constitution and various laws to act as an "arm of the court," to be a voice of the people and conscience of the community. By law, a grand jury has three distinct functions, indictment, that is the act of bringing criminal charges against a person. Accusation is the act of bringing charges against an official of government or of a public agency, which may result in his or her removal from office and civil investigation and reporting. The primary duty of a grand jury is to investigate, within the county, the functions of city and county governments, tax supported agencies and districts, any agencies or districts created by State law. State law mandates certain functions of the grand jury. Regular grand juries may be tasked to investigate criminal matters and issue indictments when appropriate. While it is a part of the judicial system, a grand jury is an entirely independent body. Judges of the Superior Court, the district attorney, the county counsel, and the state attorney general may act as its advisers but cannot attend jury deliberations nor control the actions of the Grand Jury. Given what the GJ has determined and their recommendations, there is no trust in our City Council or employees. Trust takes years to build, but takes seconds to break and it definitely takes forever to repair and these people fail on all three accounts and continue to do so. It is time to remove those on the City Council who serve for their own personal gain or projects and we all know who that is and further remove those employees who are so incompetent in their positions as they are neither capable of serving the public or that of the city. Loyalton is a great place to live, we can do better, in the final analysis, it is time to dis-incorporate the City of Loyalton.
Michael H. Welbourn, Loyalton CA
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Dear Sierra Valley Community,
I would like to thank everyone for volunteering, your support and your cooperation for the last 11 years to help Sierraville Fire and Rescue make the Tour de Manure a great fun event! We have over 60 community volunteers helping to pull off the TdM each year in addition to the fire department volunteers. That's a heck of a lot of community support and I thank you from the bottom of my heart! Don't want to miss anybody so I won't list names but we all know who you are and we appreciate you. I am grateful and honored to have you all give your time to support the TdM. Thank you!
I find it amazing that year after year when we contact people to help they say Ã¢â‚¬Å“what time do you want me thereÃ¢â‚¬Â? Volunteers clean on Friday and are back on Saturday at 6:00 am for the day! Thanks to all the cleaners, PR people, sign guys, weed wackers/mowers, parking crews, turn cowboys, rest stop groups, rest stop delivery guys, SAG wagons, registration hands, t-shirt buckaroos, cash box keepers and food servers. Thanks to the neighbors who allow us to park on their property, the businesses that donate whatever we ask for (cooler space, ice, chips & salsa, forklift use, loaner refrigerator delivery) Sierraville Recreation Association beer garden gang, and the team of Sierra County Fire Protection District #1 volunteers. Thanks to the BBQ crew and the band for another great post tour party. Thank you Beckwourth Fire and Loyalton Fire for standby mutual aid during the TdM and an EMT at the Loyalton rest stop. Thank you Shannon Tucker for the amazing job you do of sanitizing the fire station, shopping and providing us with great food, drink and smiles the entire day!
Again this year true to our name there was a cattle drive on the road. You gotta love it, you can't make this stuff up! Just one of the little things that makes our ride and day special. What a great community we live in!
Thank you all so much!
Tami McCollum Tour de Manure Wrangler