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Government And Educational Leaders Headed For Washington, D.C.

Sonora, CA — A mixture of Tuolumne County governmental and educational personnel will depart the Mother Lode for Washington, D.C. early Tuesday morning to lobby Congress for a five year extension of the Secure Rules and Community Self Determination Act.

Passage of this legislation would mean $2.5 million per year for the county. One million would go to schools, a million to roads and $500,000 to the Resource Advisory Committee.

The traveling party includes Schools Superintendent Joe Silva, Columbia Elementary Superintendent Dr. John Pendley, Sonora Elementary Board Member Jeanie Smith, Summerville Elementary Superintendent and Principal Leigh Shampain, Sonora High Superintendent Rob Gaskill, Supervisor Dick Pland and his wife Audrey, Peter Rei from the county´s Public Works Department and Steve Boyack from the C.A.O.´s office.

The Tuolumne group will be wearing the traditional green t-shirts that brought them so much attention when they were in the nation´s capital last year successfully lobbying for a one year extension of the legislation.

The party will return home Thursday midnight.

Written by Bill Johnson