The contrast is stark, even haunting.
Jamestown’s Main Street, target of more than a half million dollars in beautification funds over the past decade, is a showplace. New sidewalks, planter boxes, improved building facades and brick-trimmed intersections are all part of an attractive downtown package.
Locomotive No. 3, gleaming after a million-dollar overhaul, awaits visitors at Railtown 1897 State Historic Park. At Jamestown’s old jail, reclaimed from a Lodi-area theme park and refurbished with funds raised in a communitywide campaign, is a Rocca Park highlight.
Tuolumne County and its employees have taken a very important step in reducing mushrooming retirement costs.
Last week county supervisors approved a pension-reduction agreement with the Deputy Sheriffs Association. This means the county in less than a year has reached such agreements with all its employee bargaining groups.
In fact, Tuolumne is the first valley or foothill county in the Central California area to come to such an understanding with its workers.
“That’s a real accomplishment,” said Supervisor Dick Pland, who joined the unanimous vote approving the DSA agreement. “We may be small compared to valley counties, but our staff came up to the plate and hit a home run.”
The crux of the agreements is creation of a second tier of new employees will not enjoy the high, and costly level of benefits current workers do.
You’ve heard of Alaska’s Bridge to Nowhere? Well, California has a highway to nowhere.
It’s State Route 59, which begins amid the orchards and alfalfa fields west of Chowchilla, heads north to Merced, then jogs east to Snelling, where it abruptly and unceremoniously, after 34 miles, ends.
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