“Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the water.” The press release is here.
1. Changes at CABPRO
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
California Association of Business, Property, and Resource Owners (CABPRO) announces that Martin Light is retiring as Executive Director of CABPRO. After spending the past four years doing outstanding work including taking the organization’s tiny newsletter to magazine format, Light departs to devote more time to his family, business and other interests.
He will continue to write for CABPRO NEWS on a regular basis. CABPRO Chairman, Kim Janousek, said “We thank Martin for taking CABPRO to the next level and wish him the very best. He has really put CABPRO on the map and has received high praise from our members, subscribers and conservative lawmakers.”
CABPRO Founder and Nevada County native Todd Juvinall has been named the new Executive Director. Juvinall, a former Nevada County Supervisor, founded CABPRO in 1993. He has been a General Building Contractor since 1977 and has done radio and television programs dealing with politics. “Todd was the logical choice to succeed Martin. He joins us again 19 years after founding the organization and is excited to be coming full circle as Executive Director once again,” said Kim Janousek.
2. Rest of CABPRO leadership (at least until it’s updated again):
The CABPRO board is here:
Kimberly Janousek, Chair
Kirk Pharis, Vice Chair
John Spencer (former supervisor)
Bill Neuharth (local GOP Central Committee member)
Martin Light, Executive Director (now Todd Juvinall)
The Technical Rescourses board is here.
Thom Forsythe, CABPRO Media Productions
Richard Marshall, Corporate Community Outreach
Russell Steele, Science and Perspectives Adviser to the Board
Some of these people also are active in the local Republican Central Committee. The list is here.
Chairman Richard Ulery
1st Vice Chairman Carla Embertson
2nd Vice Chairman Greg Marks
Secretary Deborah Wilder
Treasurer Barry Pruett
Past Chairman Bill Neuharth
Director at Large Vacant
3. Ten exit questions for the New Year:
1. Does this mean the bench for a new CABPRO ED wasn’t that deep and that the group’s political clout has diminished? Or does it mean a revitalized, aggressive CABPRO with the board’s first and very best choice for ED?
2. Does Kimberly Janousek, whose family owns B&C Hardware, the B&C shopping center and other businesses, condone the ongoing personal, sometimes nasty attacks (and falsehoods) on Todd’s blog, Sierra Dragon Breathe (sic), apparently to score political points? Is that “MO” OK? After all, Todd will now publicly represent the group. Or will he tone down the blog? Here’s an example from a recent anonymous commenter on Todd’s blog: “BW said… Todd, we may need to find out who the sock puppet Bo is so I can display what a tit sucker he really is.” For his part, Todd was allegedly “Wise and Just” in The Union’s comments.
4. Can we expect more vitriole, “mudslinging” and personal attacks or a “higher level” political dialogue in our community? Is it a return to the community’s most polarized days before and during NH 2020, pitting the “enviros” vs. “developers,” when Todd founded the group? CABPRO vs. SYRCL, for example? Or will CABPRO take a more measured public approach? Has the group “mellowed”? A lot has changed here since NH2020. In hindsight, a lot of the information about NH2020 didn’t get out. More compromise or less compromise? More tolerance or less tolerance?
5. How will this impact some local races, such as moderate GOP Nate Beason’s run against Sue McGuire, whom the tea party is supporting, for district 1 supervisor? (One clue will be unveiled later this month, when the campaign finance reports come out. We’ll see who’s donating money to each campaign). There are two other supervisor races as well. Our county board of supervisors already is moderate GOP. Will there be an effort to shift it to the far right? (A real challenge that will create some real friction, at least in my mind). Are we going to see a tea party/CABPRO political alliance that divides the GOP among moderates and more extreme views? Where will the NCCA (Nevada County Contractors Association) PAC — once a political force but with diminished reserves — weigh in on all this?
6. I notice Bill Neuharth is on the CABPRO board. He showed some vitriol in campaign emails supporting the GOP candidate (Pruett) in the clerk-recorder’s race but generally has been easygoing. How will this impact CABPRO’s board? “Higher-level” rhetoric or not?
7. How do the extreme right political leaders and the moderate ones blend in these different groups — GOP Central Committee, Tea Party and CABPRO? Will the moderate GOPers (who are a silent majority) rally and speak up more forcefully? After all, looking at the voter registration roles, “most of us are in the middle.”
8. Will this create some polarization between lifelong county residents (Janousek, Juvinall and others) and ones who moved here more recently from more politically diverse parts of California and aren’t used to county’s tradition of political mudslinging and “in your face” deliberation? How will it impact older vs. younger residents in our community? Or retired vs. working?
9. How will this impact our county’s political relationship with neighboring counties? Placer is decidedly conservative but its “electeds” tend to be moderate, not tea party and far right.
10. How will this affect the Truckee supervisor’s race, where Truckee Mayor Richard Anderson (a moderate Democrat) is the clear frontrunner? (At least in my mind).
I’m pretty sure which way this might be headed, but I’m going to keep an open mind. Either way, the community might want to listen up and educate themselves. It’s going to be a long (and exciting) 2012!
(Credit: Rebane's Ruminations)
(Left to right: Rebane, Light, Logue, Pruett, Steele and Juvinall at CABPRO dinner)
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