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6A Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014 Feather River Bulletin FORUMS, from page 1A Eastern Plumas Chamber of Commerce, supports giving a portion of the proceeds to the chambers. "I definitely support returning a portion of TOT to the chambers," she said. "We need to reinvest back into the tourism industry." During the forums Berg described how her business, Community Multisport Events, bolstered the economy by bringing people to the area. "I wholly support the chamber, but am not a member," Engel said. As a supervisor he would "more proportionately support the chamber." Engel described his support of the Johnsville Ski Hill and its importance to families, including his own. "Yes, I'm a member," Judd said. Judd added that he understood the frustration of the chambers. "I will fight hard to get a portion of TOT back," he said. Very specifically, how, would you address county overregulation? Judd would ask businesses how they are being impacted by overregulation. He noted that while much of it is state mandated, the county could push back. Berg agreed that the state and federal governments are mostly responsible. "If elected supervisor, we're going to have a little go-round with the building department," Engel said and described the delays in obtaining permits. "There are way too many regulations," he said. "As county supervisors, we have the opportunity to say 'no.'" Did you purchase yard signs, brochures, etc. from local businesses? With the exception of yard signs, Judd purchased materials locally. Engel purchased all of his campaign literature and signs locally, saying he believes in investing in the local economy. Berg purchased her signs online, citing great deals. "I don't have a machine behind me," she said. The grand jury has been recommending a new jail facility. Have you toured the current building?. Do you know of its problems? Berg has not toured the jail, but has read the grand jury report and talked to Sheriff Greg Hagwood. She itemized some of the issues with th e current jail and said, "I don't understand why the board of supervisors hasn't set aside funds." "I have toured the facility; it's in sad shape," Judd said. He noted his recent involvement with the sheriff and California Highway Patrol to build a joint administrative facility, and added that it's necessary to push to get a new jail built. "I've toured the jail; my 1 -1 END OF SUMMER SALE! All Store Merchandise Saturday & Sunday, Oct 25 & 26 DRIED FRUITS & NUTS SPECIALTY FOODS UNIQUE GIFT ITEMS Leather Purses, Soaps, Candles, etc. Open 10am Every Day FLAPJACK Biairsden, CA Est. 2012 (530)836-2089 Corner of Hwy 89 & 70, Blairsden i Love at . LARGE Sll with other offers. svoo00Y vo.00. $35o available Oct. 21-0ct. 31 Safe Trickor Treat! Quincy  283-5619 ' District 5 supervisor candidates Alice Berg, Jeff Engel and Jim Judd await the start of the League of Women Voters forum Oct. 16 in the Quincy library. The trio also appeared in a forum in Graeagle on Oct. 14. Photo by Debra Moore daughter works in the jail," Engel said. "It would be nice to have a new jail, but the economy won't support it." What has been your involvement with the joint venture between the sheriff and CHP? "I don't know if it's a good idea to jeopardize sovereignty," Engel said. "I don't want to see any outside interference." "I've had quite a bit of involvement," Judd said. "It's about saving the taxpayers money; two separate entities can share common buildings." Berg said she hasn't been involved yet, because she isn't the supervisor, but she supports putting all emergency management Systems together. How many budget meetings have you attended? "I have attended most if not all," Judd said. "I have found it very enlightening." He noted that the supervisors only manage 20 to 25 percent of the budget, because most of it is mandates, and they spend little time talking about revenue. "Let's talk about cost-benefit and revenue enhancement," he said. Judd reiterated his business experience during both debates and how his skills would transfer well to the Board of Supervisors. Berg attended in person or watched online. She perceived the biggest issue to be that the board "didn't have clear priorities." Engel said he didn't attend or watch any budget meetings because he was busy with his business trying to fulfill contracts, but said he knew why there was a problem, and advocated for a county administrative officer. If you had been a supervisor when the general plan was adopted, how would you have voted? "I probably would have voted 'no,'" Judd said, but added that it can be revised annually. "I would have voted 'yes,'" said Berg, who was a member of a working group for the plan. She said she is aware of the concern for private property rights, but added, "If you like what you see when you look out the door, it's because we have a general plan." "I've gone over the whole general plan," Engel said. "I don't think it's a bad document." He commended the supervisors and the planning commission for their work. What can you do to make roadways safer for bicyclists? Should they be licensed? "Make them wider," Engel said. "I believe in sharing the road; haven't run over any yet." "I would pursue grant funding to make a bike lane from Graeagle to Clio," Berg said. She would also talk to Caltrans about adding shoulders where possible. Berg's business, which promotes athletic events, brings bicyclists to the area. As for a special license, she said that most people have a driver's license and are already required to follow California vehicle code. She drew laughter when she added, "I think they will be weeded out of our gene pool." For Judd, it's about sharing the road. "It's an educational process," he said. Then he discussed his issue with "quiet recreation being thrown down our throats" such as with the Forest Service trying to close Lake Davis to snowmobilers. He concluded with "share the road works both ways." How would you protect our water resources? "I would do everything in my power to make sure the water is safe and secure," Engel said. "If we can sell it to the state we should." Berg has a master's degree in natural resource management and has 10-plus years of experience working for various agencies and as a consultant. "Sixty percent of the water in the Central Valley comes from the Sierra," she said. "We should receive compensation to reinvest in the watershed." Judd said that "over forestation is sucking up the natural resource." He added that it was important to get water users to reinvest in the watershed and to protect area of origin rights. How do you plan to increase funds for vital services? "It's back to priorities," Berg said. "Law enforcement should be a pr}ority." Engel said the main reason he decided to run was because of the officer-involved shooting at Eastern Plumas Health Care. In discussing the officer and how long he fought the patient before he shot, Engel said, "He was there by himself at 1:40 a.m. If it had been a female or a man of lesser stature... I hope my daughter would have shot him a lot sooner. Judd suggested that if other departments enhanced their revenue streams there would be more money in the general fund for the sheriff and first responders. What are you currently doing to promote new business and would you support a marketing effort to bring young families here? "I would make a concerted effort to attract businesses," Engel said and used Tesla Motors entering Nevada as an example. Judd said the business climate in California is what drives businesses such as Tesla out of state. 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