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               B6 The Sacramento Bee | Saturday, January 24, 2009   ‚‚

                                                   County: Suit may challenge cuts
                 OTHER BUDGETS                                                                                                                                                                                   YOLO                   Davis        Sacramento
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  CO.                           80
                 Sacramento County is not                                                                                                                                                                                                   Map West
                 alone in dealing with crum-                                                                                                                                                                  5 miles                       area Sacramento
                 bling budget plans midway
                 through the current fiscal        FROM PAGE B1                                   LegalServicesof Northern California, dis-                 Sheriff John McGinness questioned

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Mace Blvd.
                                                   tal health officials could lose almost 40      agreed.                                                the county executive office’s handling of

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                 year. Here’s what other area                                                                                                                                                                                 m
                                                   positions, other health and human ser-            “They must provide the safety net ser-              the budget. McGinness said the leader-

                 governments face:                                                                                                                                                                               Mace b ra D r.
                                                   vices divisions could lose 84, while the       vices,” she said.                                      ship has released little information – not              Ranch                .
                    City of Sacramento:                                                                                                                                                                                         o Ave
                                                   Probation Department could lose 76 – al-          Waiting timesat countyclinics were al-              just to the public, but to department ad-               Park     Arroy
                 $10.5 million. The City Coun-
                                                   most 9 percent of its force.                   ready dangerously high, Aguilar Rogado                 ministrators who must prepare for possi-                                                               R
                 cil votes next month on how                                                                                                                                                                       St.                                     UP R
                                                      In addition to layoffs, the proposal        said. Closures could push the county over              ble cuts.                                        5th                      St.
                 to close the midyear budget                                                                                                                                                                                 2nd
                                                   calls for shuttering two county health         the edge.                                                 “I’m concerned that the budget situa-
                 gap.                                                                                                                                                                                                                  s Rd.
                                                   clinics – the Capital Health Clinic at 1500       “This is just devastating,” Aguilar Ro-             tion is not being properly vetted and the          80                    Chile .
                    El Dorado County: $4 mil-                                                                                                                                                                                Cow e ll Blvd
                                                   C St. and the Northeast Health Center at       gado said, adding that her organization                consequences to the public could be dev-

                                                                                                                                                                                                                .      e
                 lion, as of November. But

                                                                                                                                                                                                           Drummond Av
                                                   7805 Auburn Blvd. in Citrus Heights.           will examine the details and could file a              astating,” McGinnesssaid. “The lack of in-                                Frontier            Site of
                 because sales tax revenue is         If approved, these closures – on top of     lawsuit on behalf of patients.                         formation is troubling.”                                                  Fertilizer          Target
                 below projections, county         the Oak Park Clinic that closed last fall –       That’s what happened in Orange                         The county executive’s office finally                                  Superfund           store
                 officials expect the gap to       mean the county will have closed three of      Countyon Friday,whenthe WesternCen-                    briefed department heads on the budget                                    site
                 widen. A new budget is due        its six clinics this fiscal year.              ter on Law and Poverty on Friday sued af-              situation Friday morning – hours before                                                      1/
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1/2 mile
                                                                                                                                                                                                           YOLO CO.
                 to El Dorado County supervi-         “It’s going to have a significant impact    ter the county cut 200 social service posi-            announcing the proposed cuts to the me-         Source: EPA                            Sacramento Bee
                 sors Feb. 24.                     on our residents,” said Lynn Frank, direc-     tions.                                                 dia, the sheriff said.
                    Yolo County: Approxi-          tor of the county’s Department of Health          The current year’s budget shortfall                    “Bringing as much collective wisdom
                 mately $100,000. That’s

                                                   and Human Services.                            comes on top of a $123.7 million gap Sac-              togetherto deal with this as soonas possi-
                 down from $3.5 million. With         Mental health care is also expected to      ramento County had to fill when it                     ble makes sense,” McGinness said.
                 cuts in department budgets        be affected by the cuts. In addition to lay-   passed a proposed budget in June. At                      Nav Gill, the county’s chief operations
                 and employees taking volun-       offs, the county will sever ties with many     that time the county balanced its budget               officer, defended the executive office’s
                 tary time off, the imbalance
                 has been whittled down.
                    City of Roseville: No
                                                   contractors who provide mental health
                                                      There will be “very few services for the
                                                                                                  through a combination of $69 million in
                                                                                                  cuts and $55 million in spending from re-
                                                                                                  serve funds.
                                                                                                                                                         handling of the budget.
                                                                                                                                                            Officials didn’t want to release specula-
                                                                                                                                                         tive figures, which have fluctuated
                                                                                                                                                                                                         fear an
                 deficit. After predicting a       adult mentally ill,” Frank said.                  In November, the county cut an addi-                greatly, Gill said.
                 shortfall of up to $9 million,       Officials have tried to balance cuts        tional $15 million – mostly from social                   The executive’s office consulted and
                 administrators will submit a      againstthe needto provide mandated,ba-         service programs – as a result of dimin-               worked with officials whose depart-
                 revised budget to the City        sic services. Experts have raised the spec-    ished state aid.                                       ments face cuts, he added.
                 Council in February.
                    City of Folsom: $8.6 mil-
                 lion. A hearing on the revised
                 budget is scheduled for
                                                   ter of lawsuits if cuts go too deep.
                                                      At a news conference Friday, officials
                                                   downplayed that possibility. Peters said
                                                   the county is only required to provide so-
                                                                                                     County officials have been mum about
                                                                                                  shortfalls and possible cuts heading into
                                                                                                  the midyear budget review. County offi-
                                                                                                  cials still don’t know how much next
                                                                                                                                                            Supervisors could vote on the pro-
                                                                                                                                                         posed cuts at their Feb. 10 meeting.
                                                                                                                                                            For more information visit the coun-
                                                                                                                                                         ty’s Web site at www.saccounty.net.
                                                                                                                                                                                                         EPA exit
                 Tuesday.                          cial services to indigents as funds are        year’s budget shortfall will be, and some                                                              FROM PAGE B1
                 – Cathy Locke and Ryan Lillis     available.                                     have said it could be more than $100 mil-              Call The Bee’s Robert Lewis,                    Mace Ranch resident, said it
                                                      Julie Aguilar Rogado, an attorney with      lion.                                                  (916) 321-1061.                                 didn’t appear that the TCP was
                                                                                                                                                                                                         an immediate threat to the
                                                                                                                                                                                                         public health.

               UC Davis: Research opportunities draw students
                                                                                                                                                                                                            If it migrates under the Tar-
                                                                                                                                                                                                         get store or nearby homes,
                                                                                                                                                                                                         however, it could vaporize in-
                                                                                                                                                                                                         side the buildings and pose a
               FROM PAGE B1
               dergraduates lots of opportu-
                                                   “There are just               ten is thinking hard about
                                                                                 whether she wants to go to a
                                                                                                                          UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA APPLICATIONS                                          cancer risk with prolonged ex-
                                                                                                                                                                                                         posure, he said.
               nity to do research and intern-     more people who are           UC during such a competitive             More students have applied to UC schools compared with last year,                 Chemicals such as TCP
               ships, saidPamela Burnett, di-                                    year. More students than ever            but the rate of growth has slowed from the year before.                        “tend to move,” he said.
               rector of undergraduate ad-         understanding what            – a record 126,701 – have ap-                                                                                              The involvement of city and
                                                                                                                                          Applications for fall of ...             Percent change
               missions for UC Davis.              UC Davis has to offer         plied across the whole system.
                                                                                                                          Campus          2007      2008        2009               ’07-’08 ’08-’09
                                                                                                                                                                                                         county officials in the federal
                 “There are just more people                                     Meanwhile, the university is                                                                                            Superfund site has been incon-
               who are understanding what          for an undergraduate          cutting freshman enrollment              Berkeley       55,103    60,709       61,882               10.2%   1.9%        sistent over the years, accord-
               UCDavishasto offerforanun-          education.”                   by 2,300 students.                       Davis          42,3 1 1  48,653      51,298                15.0    5.4         ing to those at the meeting.
               dergraduate education,” she                                          “With the economic crisis,            Irvine         48,527     51,935     54,640                 7.0    5.2            The important thing now,
               said.                                PAMELA BURNETT,              they seem to be very im-                 Los Angeles    64,050    70,328      72,106                 9.8    2.5         Provenza said, was to make
                                                    director of undergraduate
                 Alisse Baumgarten could            admissions for UC Davis
                                                                                 pacted,” Baumgarten said.                Merced          8,818    10,180      10,219                15.4    0.4         sure the EPA didn’t walk away
               beoneofthem.TheRioAmeri-                                          “I’m rather hesitant.”                   Riverside      23,773    25,370      27,236                 6.7    7.4         from the site prematurely.
               cano High School senior said                                         The enrollment cuts at                San Diego      53,846    57,116      58,513                 6.1    2.4         Cash-strapped state and local
               she applied to about 15                                           Davis mean the freshman                                                                                                 governments are in no posi-
                                                                                                                          Santa Barbara 48,729     55,8 7 1    54,758                14.7   -2.0
               schools, including UC Davis,                                      class this fall will have 385                                                                                           tion to do toxic cleanup, he
               SanDiego,Santa Barbara,Ber-         ends,” said Baumgarten, 18, fewer students, a reduction of             Santa Cruz     29,140    33,055      32,847                13.4   -0.6         said.
               keley and Los Angeles.              who lives in Gold River.      8 percent.                               Total*        110,995 121,005 126,701                       9.0    4.7            “We need to be on top of the
                 “I like Davis because it’s           She likes the prestige and                                          *Unduplicated count                                                            testing,” he said. “It’s in our in-
               pretty close to my home so I        the opportunity for research Call The Bee’s Laurel Rosen-              Source: UC Office of the President                            Sacramento Bee   terest to make sure (federal
               could just pop home on week-        that UC offers. But Baumgar- hall, (916) 321-1083.                                                                                                    EPA officials do) everything
                                                                                                                                                                                                         they can before they’re done.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                            He said he had asked the

               Shallit: Attorney pens a first-year ‘survival guide’
                                                                                                                                                                                                         county’s lawyers to review an
                                                                                                                                                                                                         agreement between Target
                                                                                                                                                                                                         Corp. and the EPA that allows
                                                                                                                                                                                                         for monitoring and other mea-
               FROM PAGE B1                                                           Wengler says there’s no date         typos in written communica-              Kaplan, which issues test            sures on the property even af-
                 The plea for help was             Closed for lunch                   on when it’s scheduled to            tions, find a mentor.                    guides for the LSAT and bar          ter the store is built.
               written by Waikiki’s office            One of Randy Paragary’s         start.                                  And especially this: Be               exams. But Dravis has no                Davis Mayor Ruth Asmund-
               manager, Karen Gums (yes,           flagship eateries has scaled                                            prepared to work really long             illusions about “Your Billable       son said she was concerned
               that’s really her name).            back.                              Sacramento legal                     hours.                                   Life” becoming a best-seller.        that the plume of pesticide
                                                      Paragary’s Bar & Oven,             Local securities lawyer              Writing about the lengthy                As of late Friday, it was         was moving north toward the
                 She reports that Waikiki’s
                                                   at 1401 28th St. in midtown        Bruce Dravis has just                days at his first firm in Bos-           ranked No. 179,970 on                Mace Ranch neighborhood,
               patients love their, um, fill-in                                                                            ton, Dravis recalls hearing              Amazon.com.                          with its families, parks and ele-
               dentist.                            Sacramento, has stopped            penned an engaging “sur-
                                                                                                                           his then-4-year-old daughter                Dravis, a partner at Sacra-       mentary school.
                 And she says his selfless-        serving lunch. It opens at         vival guide” for first-year
                                                                                                                           ask her mom: “Will Daddy be              mento’s Downey Brand                    “How do we assume that the
                                                   4:30 p.m. daily for dinner         attorneys.
               ness has doubtless saved the                                                                                visiting us for dinner to-               LLP, says his book trails            kids are safe?” she asked.
                                                   service only.                         Titled “Your Billable Life,”      night?”                                  behind others about “Brit-              The Davis City Council is set
               Hawaiian-themed office –
                                                      The cutback is temporary,       it’s a funny, wise and anec-            He also shares an uncom-              ney Spears, serial killers           to discuss the matter at its
               decorated with palms and            says company spokeswoman           dote-filled primer on the
               surfboards.                                                                                                 fortable Boston moment                   and origami.”                        Tuesday meeting.
                                                   Callista Wengler.                  transition from law school to        when a senior partner asked                 Writing a book, he dead-             Pam Nieberg is the liaison to
                 Hall will now “have a                A restaurant remodel is         the working world.                   him to do something illegal.             pans, “promotes humility.”           the EPA for the Frontier Fertil-
               practice to return home to,         planned, she says, and the            Much of the advice is ba-         He found another partner to                                                   izer Superfund Oversight
               instead of a foreclosed busi-       place will return to business      sic: Develop expertise in            intervene.                               Reach Bob Shallit at (916)           Group, aDavis citizens’ organi-
               ness,” Gums says. “It means         as usual, once it’s complete.      specialty areas to make your-           The book has a big-time               321-1049. Back columns:              zation. She said EPA officials
               the world.”                            As for the “freshen-up,”        self indispensable, avoid            publisher – New York-based               www.sacbee.com/shallit.              have not seemed to be taking
                                                                                                                                                                                                         the latest discovery of TCP seri-
                                                                                                                                                                                                         ously, but recently agreed to

               Lunches: Feds pay the majority of the cost
                                                                                                                                                                                                         do more testing to determine
                                                                                                                                                                          sacbee.com                     the source and extent of the
                                                                                                                                                                      SHARE YOUR VIEWS                      Provenza said he thought
               FROM PAGE B1                        get through cafeteria lines.       SchoolDistrict, saidstudentel-      things into consideration –                 What sacrifices would you be       Target was taking a risk by
                   The program, which pro-            “For some kids, 10 more         igibility is up from 45.9 per-      their housing costs, the fact               willing to make to help close      building the store before the
               vides breakfast, lunch and af-      minutes in that line means         cent in 2007-08 to 49.6 per-        gas is up and cost of food,” she            the state budget gap? Join         EPA completed its investiga-
               ternoon snacks to low-income        they won’t have lunch at all,”     cent so far this year.              said.                                       the discussion in our Opinion      tion.
               children, won’t shut down if        said Savage.                          “And I am sure after this           Davis-McDuffie said Elk                  forum.                                City planners said Friday
               the state comes up short. The          According to the state De-      month, that (number) will           Grove Unified lost $42,000                              sacbee.com/forums      that the store’s concrete slab
               federal government covers           partment of Education, Cali-       probably even be higher,” said      when the state funding fell                                                    would be poured next month.
               the majority of its costs, up to    fornia's subsidized school         Davis-McDuffie. (The district       short last year. The district               CAPITOL ALERT                         But Anna Anderson, a Tar-
               $2.57 per meal, and some $1.7       lunch program provided 28          has roughly 62,000 students.)       still had to feed kids in May               The latest on California           get spokeswoman, said the
               billion for the program across      million more meals last year       “I’ve heard a lot of companies      and June, she said.                         politics and government.           company had assessed the
               the state this fiscal year.         than in 2007 – a 4.5 percent       in the area are closing down.          “The state money is vital.                                                  risks and was “excited” about
                   California kicks in 22 cents                                                                                                                               sacbee.com/capitolalert
                                                   surge. The trend has only ac-      Theywaiteduntilafter thehol-        That’s a container of milk or                                                  the Davis store.
               per meal, which comes to            celerated as the economy           idays.”                             an entree or a piece of fresh                                                     The company was putting a
               $126 million across the state.      worsens.                              Like Stewart in San Juan,        fruit not on that tray,” she              Shannan Velayas, Torlakson’s         vapor-recovery system in
                   That 22 cents matters, the         Since the beginning of the      Davis-McDuffie said her of-         said.                                     spokeswoman.                         place to protect its employees
               program’s proponents say.           2008-09 school year, schools       fice is getting new applica-           O’Connell said he and Tor-               Velayas said the bill, Assem-      and customers from TCP
                   “That 22 cents buys a lot,”                                        tions weekly. Similarly, Jill       lakson are acutely aware of
                                                   have seen a 12 percent in-                                                                                       bly Bill 95, has yet to be heard     fumes, she said.
               said Phyllis Savage, manager                                           Van Dyke, Twin Rivers Uni-          the state’s budget situation.
                                                   crease in subsidized meal de-                                                                                    by the Assembly, but that Tor-          “We’ll continue to partner
               of child development and nu-                                           fied’s director of nutrition ser-   Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger
                                                   mand, according to Depart-                                                                                       lakson and O’Connell are             with EPA, should there be any
               tritional fiscal services with                                         vices, said her office has re-      has proposed cutting $5.2 bil-
               the state’s Department of Edu-      ment of Education surveys.                                                                                       working to move it forward           questions moving forward,”
                                                   Historically,thestatehas expe-     ceived 500 new applications         lion from public education                quickly.                             she said.
               cation. “That 22 cents can be
                                                   rienced a 1 percent increase       in the last three weeks.            over the next 18 months.
               the difference between a fresh
                                                   per year.                             “Very unusual,” said Van            “The $19.5 million (in in-             Call The Bee’s Melissa Nix,          Call The Bee’s Hudson San-
               piece of fruit and something
               canned.”                               Nearly 51 percent of Califor-   Dyke.                               creased funding)is ourbest es-            (916) 321-1090.                      gree, (916) 321-1191.
                   Californiaschool meal stan-     nia’s public school children          Davis-McDuffie said some         timate of costs for the remain-
               dards exceed federal stan-          are enrolled in the free or re-    Elk Grove parents are asking        der of the school year,” he
               dards. State school meals in-       duced-price program – some         for help, even if they don’t        said.                                            NATURAL GRANITE COUNTERTOPS
               clude more fresh fruit, more        3.1 million students.              qualify.                               As an emergency proposal,
               meat alternatives and more             Delois Davis-McDuffie, di-         “Every day, more and more        thelegislation could go into ef-
               wholegrainper week,compar-          rector of food and nutrition       parents are attaching letters,      fect immediately, upon the                                                                                        GRAN
               atively.                            services for Elk Grove Unified     asking us to take certain           governor’s signature, said                                                                                       OPENIND
                   Savage said every district                                                                                                                                                                                              PRICIN G
               would likely address the state                                                                                                                                                                                      We car
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  quality y the highes
               funding shortfall differently,
               and they’ll still have to meet
               all the basic nutritional re-
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