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Feather River Bulletin Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012 3A Debra Moore Staff Writer dmoore@plumasnews com "I'm a capitalist guy; I'm a business guy," District 1 As- sembly candidate Rick Boset- ti told members of the Plumas Sierra Tea Party Pa- triots Saturday evening, Oct. 27. "Jobs and reform - that's what I'm about." Bosetti's appearance came two weeks after his opponent, Lassen County Supervisor Brian Dahle, spoke to the Tea Party group. The Tea Party originally billed the Oct. 13 meeting as a debate between the two men, but Bosetti said he never con- firmed that date because he was going to be across the country in Belmont, Mass., attending his son's wedding. Trent Saxton hosted the Oct. 13 meeting and held Dahle to a tight 45-minute timeframe, with a short in- troduction and two-minute closing. The rest of the time was devoted to answering au- dience members' questions. Sandy Hopkins hosted the Bosetti event, which was much more free flowing. Bosetti, who has served six years on the Redding City Council, told the group that he is "not a career politi- cian." He spoke of his time on the council as being difficult dur- ing extreme budget cuts. "I was elected to represent the 90,000 people who live there, not just the people who work there," Bosetti said. And fewer people work there now. Bosetti and his fel- low councilmen cut the city District 1 Assembly candidate Rick Bosetti, a candidate for District 1 Assembly, talks with Rick Bosetti speaks to the Graeagle resident Bob Caskie during a meeting of the Plumas Plumas Sierra Tea Party Sierra Tea Party Patriots on Oct. 27. Bosetti, a Redding City Patriots on Oct. 27. Bosetti Councilman, is running against Lassen County Supervisor Brian also answered questions Dahle. Dahle spoke to the group two weeks ago. Photos by from the three dozen or so in Debra Moore attendance. workforce from 900 to 750 em- He discussed a recent his opponent. ployees. Council 'decision to reduce "I believe there's a huge He also worked with nine the permit fees required to difference between the two of bargaining units and won build a new home. In 2011the us," he said. concessions in health and re- city issued 24 permits, but in Bosetti said that various tirementbenefits. 2012, after the fee reductions, employee unions have He said when the City told the city issued 128 permits, backed Dahle, while his sup- the fire department that its "That helped the private porters are business people. members needed to pay 9 per- sector," Bosetti said. "It put He takes issue with Dahle's cent toward their pensions, $25 million back in our econ- role on the Sierra Nevada the council was told "to go omy and 750 people went Conservancy and his lack of pound sand," even though back to work. We got govern- a stance on Proposition 32. the alternative was to lay off ment out of the way and look Bosetti repeatedly spoke nine firefighters and close a what happened." about his opponent, while station. "I'm not slinging arrows,Dahle didn't mention Bosetti The fire station has since but my opponent talks about during his appearance. reopened and six of the nine creating jobs, but there "Let's focus on you for a positions have been refilled, hasn't been a new job in 10 minute," an audience mem- thanks to savings that result- years," unless it was in gov- bet said. "Sacramento is ed from the city's budget ernment or the service indus- messed up. What's a guy from changes, try, Bosetti said of Lassen Redding going to do to fix it?" "Redding is a microcosm of County. 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Bosetti wants to see cogen- Bosetti said he signed the eration plants opened and no-tax increase, but is in fa- more trees brought out of the vor of AB 1492, even though it woods. However, he said in is a tax, because "it was the his conversations with Red right thing to do." Emmerson, owner of Sierra He said he it would protect Pacific Industries, Emmer- "22,000 jobs (directly and in- son told him that he would directly) in District 1." have no place to take more "I'm not in this to make trees, since so many mills friends," Rick Bosetti said of have been closed and the in- his bid to be the area's next dustry has lost a generation assemblyman. "I have a wife of skilled employees to oper- who loves me," which he de- ate them. scribed as what is most im- With nine national forests portant to him at the end of in his district, Bosetti said theday. it's an issue that needs to be His Saturday night appear- addressed. 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