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USPS 859-420 100 No. 47 15c Copy Gridley, Butte County, CA 95948 Friday, February 8, 1980 By Michael Gardner Herald Editor downtown improvement proposed senior citizens facility, a $3.2 million plant, annexation, Prop- 13 and 4, the growth and the city workers' past four years have not easy for the five-member Council as evidenced by t he preceeding controversial issues. They were time-consuming, trouble and emotional years for those ser- ving on the board. The issues took their toll on Mayor Tony Panecaldo and Coun- cilman Bill Oakley, who announ- ced recently that they will not seek re-election for another term. Both were new faces on the board four years ago as Gridley was just breaking out of a long stagnate no-growth period in its history. And both have been instrumen- tal in moving Gridley into a new decade of residential and com- mercial growth. But Panecaldo and Oakley will not be around to see the results of the Gridley Growth Committee recommendations or the final de- cision in the city workers' lawsuit. They have decided not to run again. The two agree on why they are stepping down -- the job has just taken too much time from their personal business. Panecaldo, who was just a flower shop employee four years ago, now owns his own store. And Oakley runs the Mobil gas station on Highway 99E. "My business is growing and de- manding more of my time," Pane- caldo explained. "Both are prac- tically full-time jobs and I just couldn't do justice to both. Since the shop is my livelihood, I decided to devote my time to it." Oakley voiced a similar reason: "It just takes too much time away from business." Although they are stepping down now, both have not ruled out future political aspirations. Panecaldo, long rumored to be seeking a seat on the Butte County Board of Supervisors or in the Assembly, said he has been ap- proached and asked to run, but de- clined. "At the present time I have no political plans, however, 1 cannot predict what 1 may do in the fu- ture," the mayor said. Oakley plans to continue in busi- (Continued on Page 7) f" MAYOR TONY PANECALDO Accusing the Gridley City Council of delaying important projects, long-time Planning Commissioner Nora Wiley has announced she no longer seeks reappointment toher seat. Wiley and two other planners were up for reappointment in January, but the council has delayed action several times. "By delaying a decision regarding these appointments the City Council is creating a situation that could delay public hearings and jeopardizes the finalization of the General Plan and zoning of Gridley," Wiley said in a letter to The Gridley Herald. Mayor Tony Panecaldo said he had not seen her letter of resigna- tion or the letter to the editor and declined to comment. Gordon Northan, one Of the planners up for reappointment, agreed with Wiley, but added he still wants to serve on the commission. "The City Council has not made any effort to coordinate their ac- tions with the Planning Commission in regard to the issues before the City of Gridley," Northan told The Herald. "1 support Nora's point of view. I think she's quite right, but I plan to serve again." (Wiley's letter on Page 7) COUNCILMAN BILl OAKLEY (Ks .qem ) Proficency test in February 6 Ion in 9 "wrong numbers" have making the telephone in- lately. One party has to recognize our voice ... Another neighbor surprised people in who thought they were their own local numbers. more surprised are those one of the girls answer Herald," when calling us. we see the phone new cables, and better things in the are still waiting for another the sweet, young thing sexy voice, who said, Harry, I'm ready, are time, we'll have a ' COmment, instead of stand- tongue-tied until she back we mentioned a of Italians who stopped at The Buttes. We they were going up to visit ... we were wrong. Were inspecting kiwi plant- and spent some time with Gary and Pam Pigg. They Kiwi Growers of Cali- President George Tanimoto Brothers. Pam had a good year, their production from the year. They are still ship- and are in the middle of Pruning. for the kiwi fruit is $10.50 a flat, down from $13 to $15. However, is still in good shape, who watch television are Phil Donahue is going his show in Sacramento (who?). Thelma Jensen tn for tickets and got them. were not so lucky as the fast. Promotion, the newspapers a pair of tickets for the Show, and they almost Donahue show Will be taped Sunday through Each show will be aired local TV station the day by Bill Burleson following the taping. Watch for your neighbor on TV. Notice we ignored our birthday last Wednesday. We've reached that age of non-observance. ,Next Thursday, Gridley Rotar- ians are to bring their wife, or girl- friend, or sweetheart, to the Rotary Luncheon for a special Valentine's Day program. Then the Rotarians do a com- plete switch for February 23, a Saturday, when they promote gambling at their second annual Monte Carlo Night, a community service benefit. Those of you who attended last year's big success, will remember that an out-of-town operator furnished crap tables, roulette, chuck-a-luck, and black jack tables with dealers. For the seven dollar donation, you get free starter chips, a drink, and chances for the door prizes. You are expected to bring addi- tional money. Last year's proceeds went toward the new city trash receptacles. All Rotarians have tickets, Old Roma Liquor has them, and you can buy them at the door. Here's a note from Sunnylane Walley in Oroville. Her daughter, Ronilee Lynch, ,who attended Gridley schools, is now a recog- nized artist in Anchorage, Alaska. Her wildlife portraits are being re- produced in limited lithographs, and the originals are bringing four figures. You can see her paintings at Rendezvous Gallery in Anchor- age. Tax assistance for seniors is offered free Free tax assistance is being of- fered tO Seniors and low-income residents of Butte County by train- ed volunteers through the Rural Senior Services Program of the Community Action Agency of Butte County. Appointments can be made by phone at the Oroville Cemer at 534-4327 and the Gridley Center at 846-4737 from 8 a:m. to 5 p.m. between February ! 2 and April i 5. (Editor's Note: This is the first story in a two part series con- cerning proficiency testing in the local schools. In today's issue, Gridley Elementary School District Superintendent James Underhill and Sycamore Vice-Principal AI Stephenson talk about proficiency testing in their district.) By Sally Jeanne Coghlan Herald Reporter "Students can no longer just mark time in school. I think it is a good thing for the community to demand that a student can perform at least at a minimum level." So said AI Stephenson, assistant principal at Sycamore School and GESD special projects coordina- tor. Stephenson is chairman of a The new Heritage Oak Shop- ping Center should open on April 1, according to Mike Bollinger, one of the developers. Bollinger, speaking to a Chamber of Commerce luncheon Wednesday, said 50 percent of the available space in Heritage Oak has already been leased and an- other five leases are out waiting to be signed. Major occupants include Safe- way, Thrifty, Sprouse-Reitz, Coast- to-Coast Hardware Store, and Round Table Pizza. Other tenants include a candy shop, greeting card store, clothing store and laundro- mat. Boilinger said he was pleased with the amount of tenants already signing leases, saying "that's pretty good in a small town the size of Gridley." The developer added that he did not feel that Heritage Oak would hurt businesses downtown, saying that "competition is healthy." He added that most downtown busi- nesses have an established clientele who will continue to shop there, Responding to a question from the floor, Bollinger said he is cur- rently talking to a theatre com- pany, which may be interested in opening one on the property, but the two are .way off" in agreeing upon price. GESD group that is writing a test to find out if the district's sixth and eighth graders have learned enough to be successful in the higher grades. It all started in 1977 with State Assemblyman Gary Hart's bill. The bill required each school dis- trict in the state to first establish its own set of proficiency standards and then develop an assessment test to see which students have achieved those minimum stan- dards. GESD Superintendent, James Underhill, explained that the Hart Bill was intended to keep control of defining these standards at the local level. "It stands to reason," said Underhill, "that we would have little in common with much larger districts like Los Angeles." "These standards are a reflec- tion of the educational goals of our parents, teachers and administra- tors," he added. The GESD Board of Trustees approved the set of proficiency standards last May. Through the fall and winter, selected faculty and the three dis- trict principals is in charge of the test in one of the three areas. Stephenson said, "These tests are not intended to be pressured situations for students. We are testing what they should know." The group completed the tests in early January. Scaled down versions of the tests will be administered tO a select group of fifth graders at Wilson and seventh graders at Sycamore Schools the week of February 25. Transportation forum in Biggs Biggs residents who would like to voice their opinions on trans- portation in Butte County are in- vited to a public forum this Mon- day in City Hall at 7 p.m. Butte County is holding several public hearings on transportation in the area to get, citizen input on how special SB 325 monies should be spent. A forum will be held in Gridley February 26 at 7:30 p.m. in Me- morial Hall. "By field testing we will have a pretty good idea how accurate the proficiency tests really are," Stephenson said. "We want these tests to measure what they are sup- posed to measure." The actual proficiency tests will be administered some time this spring. What if a student fails the test and doesn't measure up to district standards? First a conference is called and the student's parents, teacher and principal discuss the test. Then corrective measures will be taken, possibly using the re- sources available in the district. "School must be more than just a place to socialize, it's simply just, too big a surprise to find out too late that the student has not learn- ed," Stephenson said. I it ART WINNERS --- These three students were the top win~rs in t recent art competition and will now have their works compele in the district finals of the California Juniors Art Talent Contest, sponsored locally by the Gridley Jr. Women's Club. Teresa Vasquez won first in the visual arts with a horse rendering while second place went to Stewart Anstead with his painting of a man. Third place in that division went to Jesus Rodriguez, who is not pictured. Standing is Mike Miller who look first in the literary arts division. T i(