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IIIBE RIIIII1 r IBIILIIIIIIIm Feather River Bulletin Wednesday, April 28, 2010 9A More forums to come The League of Women Voters of Plumas County has two more election forums scheduled: Thursday, April 29, Portola Memorial Hall Thursday, May 6, Chester Memorial Hall Both forums begin at 7 p.m. Countywide races include sheriff Greg Hagwood facing challenger Bob Shipp; county assessor Chuck Leonhardt is in a race with real estate broker Mike Gardner; and candidates for District 5 county supervisor are J.P. Kennedy, Richard Lundy and Ralph Wittick. Elected officials who face no opposition, and will not participate in the forums, are District 3 Supervisor Sherrie Thrall, school superinten- dent Glenn Harris, clerk- recorder Kathy Williams and auditor Shawn Montgomery, Assistant county treasurer Julie White will run unop- posed for the position of trea- surer-tax collector, and there is no contest for Deputy Dis- trict Attorney David Hollis- ter's bid for district attorney. Vote-by-mail ballots for the June 8 primary election will be sent out by the elections clerk's office May 10. May 24 is the final day to register to vote in the primary. PDH, from page 1A people in this community have a choice and the people will have their choice." At that point, local attorney Michael Jackson commented, "I'm not appear- ing before you as an attorney, I believe you got the right advice from the last attorney who appeared. "I'm appearing as a tax- payer and a citizen of the area and the district, and I want you to know that I'm pretty upset about the fact we have to go through this again, j t. because some people didj:Ct get it straight the first time and lost the first time. I think you should stay out of this." "We won it last time. We'll win it again. The hospital is too important for the future of the community to have it sacrificed because some people didn't like the first vote." ANNEX, from page 1A BOS Chairwoman Sherrie Thrall asked if the entire building would be in use after that contract was signed. Wilson confirmed that was the case. The director's backup material indicated the rent would be $38;376 for the first six months, with a 1.5 percent increase for each renewal. Total annual revenue from the leases with the two government entities will be nearly $100,000 for 4,900 square-feet of office space. That figure does not include telephone and Inter- net service, which both orga: nizations will provide for themselves. Need help REP NG If it's ing we can'll find someo can. CONSTRUCTION SINCE 1984 General Building Contractor Calif. Lic. #453927 (530) 283-2035 FORUM, from page 8A why you're h. ere." Dick Lundy has had family here since the 1930s. He went to school at the old school- house in Blairsden. He's been a civil engineer for 45 years, starting out doing primarily land surveying and subdivi- sion improvements. "Doing that," he said, "you have a lot of contact with the county the building department, planning depart- ment, the department of public works, the health de- partment. I know their codes and problems, I know how to work through these agencies ... I understood how the system works." Lundy went on to say he sold his engineering corpora- tion in 1983, but continued to consult after that. Now, he has the time to devote to the supervisorial position. Ralph Wittick began by holding up his Bible and the U.S. Constitution. "If you want to know how I'm going to run it as a supervisor," he said, "I've brought this little booklet for everybody -- the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. There's a copy for everybody." Continuing along the same lines, he stated: "The reason I'm running is that I love Plumas County. I've been here for ... 39-1/2 years ... and I love the quality of life here, and I love the United States of America." Wittick said currently, every levelof government is overspending, and he warned, "This November, there's going to be a huge swing in the electorate towards mQre fiscal responsibility." The first question of the evening summed up well the interest and emphasis of each candidate: "What is the biggest advantage Plumas County holds, and how will you leverage that advantage in your term in office?" Lundy demonstrated a great historical knowledge of the county and looked to past greatness. "We have the best forests in the United States. They're not operative right now. I think that's an advan- tage we need to work on so that we can get back to the level we were when ! came here in '72. We had the best schools and the best roads. It came from timber receipts, and we've lost that." Wittick emphasized the past as well and criticized past spending, "Back in the '70s we were floating with money. They built up reserves ... I said this isn't going to con- tinue, you're going to have to put this money away and just live on the interest. They didn't do it. They spent the money ... They spent all your money, and that's why we don't have money today." Kennedy looked forward instead to tourism, rather Ralph Wittick, who has lived in Plumas County for 39-112 years, is running for the Dis- trict 5 Supervisor spot against Jon Kennedy and Dick Lundy. Photo submitted than timber. "The biggest advantage ... is our future. We have the most fantastic tourist area there is. And we really need to work on our TOT (transient occupancy tax, which is levied on motel and hotel rooms, campsites and more) to make sure that we are properly marketing our county to increase the revenues again." In closing, Lundy said government needs to be run as a business, and he has a great deal of business experi- ence. Wittick returned again to the U.S. Constitution. Finally, Kennedy called himself a "habitual entrepre- neur," workaholic, problem solver and a good mediator, and said he wanted to put this energy and experience to work as supervisor. Zernich stood up next to give his opinion on the matter. "I'm one of the five propo- nents of the initiative. Our position is the board cannot rewrite our initiative." "The Elections Code, sec- tion 9311, says the board can either except the initiative and adopt it as a resolution or put in on the ballot with- out change. "They have rewritten the whole thing. Whether you get involved or not is your choice. "More than likely we'll have this in court in not too iong, and we'll have some judge decide what the proper language is to put on the ballot, but in any event we take a very dim view of them taking and rewriting our initiative to please them- selves and try to defeat our initiative." PDH physician and board member Dr. Mark Satterfield responded by saying he wanted to reiterate the dis- tinction between an initiative and a ballot label. "These are two separate items, and if you think about any of the statewide initia- tives, you'll remember that the law is often the long piece of text that doesn't appear necessarily on the ballot in that form. "There's a ballot label that indicates for the voters to select the yes or no vote." After all members of the public who wished to speak to the matter had their PAID POLITICAL ADVERTISEM ENT say, board chairwoman Sherrie Thrall asked Morris to comment. Morris gave a public update and said the county received a resolution from PDH the previous Thursday, asking to consolidate the initiative election with the general election in November. "With that they provided us the language that the Election Code requirea us to place on the ballot. "We'll be proceeding with this just like we would when we're requested to do any other election, doing what we're required to do under the Election Code, unless and until a judge intervenes and gives the county some. different direction." For Knowledgeable Common Sense Government ELECT RALPH WITTICK Supervisor 5th District Plumas County This shirt pocket copy of the entire Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States of America with all the amendments will be my bible. "We the people of the United States of America..." Copies available to registered voters in District #5 on a first come, first served basis. Write me at: PO Box 1222 Graeagle, CA 96103 or email me at: Ralph Wittick Supervisor Plumas County 5th District 530-836-1019 (home) • 530-277-8138 (Cell) 530-832-4317 (Fax) • Email: PAID FOR BY THE COMMwFEE TO ELECT RALPH WITT CK - SUPERVISOR ,CCW Class in Quincy ? successfully for permit! 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