Questions that didn’t get asked at the candidate’s forum

I listened to the broadcast of the candidate’s forum on KNCO and was surprised at some of the questions that didn’t get asked. With a broader range of media present, I suspect it would have been a more informative forum. Did you have any?

Rolf Kleinhans for Assessor:
Why isn’t it a conflict of interest for the county Association of Realtors and the Real Estate PAC to endorse your campaign for assessor, where your office will assess the value of real estate in our county?

Sue Horne for Assessor:
Why is one of your biggest campaign contributors a Grass Valley mobile home park?

Barry Pruett for Clerk-Recorder:
We’d like to know more about your resume. For example you say you were “director of business development for RUI Apple Computer in Russia.” Apple Computer is a widely recognized name. Could you elaborate what that really involved?

Greg Diaz for Clerk-Recorder:
Do you agree that our supposedly nonpartisan elections have become partisan? Why?

John Spencer for Supervisor:
You were elected to a nonpartisan post, yet you routinely make strongly partisan statements, such as expressing your skepticism about global warming or your conservative political views. How is this constructive?

You state you are fiscally conservative. Why did approve a generous union contract for county workers right before the recession hit?

Terry Lamphier for Supervisor:
Why don’t you disclose who your contributors are?

In hindsight, was your support of the “anti-growth” initiatives prudent when we spun into a recession?

Keith Royal for Sheriff:
Why isn’t it a conflict of interest for your spouse to manage the campaigns of a supervisor (who will approve your budget) and now an assessor?

Why are we considering spending so much money to expand the jail when we can’t keep it full with our county’s own inmates anyway?

Sally Harris and Duane Strawser for Nevada City Council:

What are you proactively doing to keep from losing Grass Valley Group, one of the city’s biggest tax providers?

How do you address ongoing concerns that Nevada City is run by a “political machine” that doesn’t always accept the diverse views of our community?

Cliff Newell for District Attorney:

Why won’t legalizing pot diminish, not increase, our problems? Won’t legalizing it remove the criminal element tied to access and demand?

The Union’s publisher is suing a citizen for more than $1 million in an alleged battery case. You said, “I have to analyze … the situation and come to a decision whether it’s in the best interest of the public and the best interest of justice to charge the case.” What do you mean by in the “best interest of justice” as it applies to this case?

KNCO has audio of all but the assessor’s race here.(Could somebody tell KNCO that you don’t spell “assessor” as “accesor”?) Also, Anna Haynes has video of the assessor’s discussion here.

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for 12 years, and he was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News for eight years, among other positions. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing, swimming, and trout fishing in the Sierra.

6 thoughts on “Questions that didn’t get asked at the candidate’s forum”

  1. “Nevada City Political Machine”? Indeed…unfortunately, this is what runs the town. Question…..why did Lee Griep decide not to run for City Council?

  2. Well done JeffP. Step 2 is to contact the candidates and ask them to respond to you (and, for future clarity & better discussion in comments, can you post their responses in a separate post per candidate?)

    I’ll email them and request that they answer; I’d suggest that others do likewise. We have a chance here to get a real, substantive dialogue going.

    (oh, and another suggestion – some posts laying out how each particular position can be misused? I was recently reading about what an Assessor can do, if s/he yields to temptation & isn’t reined in, and – for us naive well meaning types – that info is quite informative)

    1. OK, I’ve contacted everyone but Nevada City Council [unopposed] candidates Sally Harris and Duane Strawser, asking them to respond.

      But candidates, a correction: please respond in JeffP’s blog comments, *not* via email.

  3. anna,
    let’s leave it up to the candidates whether to respond w/o emailing them. that was not the intent. thanks.

    1. “The value journalists continue to provide in a “disintermediated,” Net-enabled world — when they are doing their jobs right, of course — is to continue to ask public figures the uncomfortable questions that they won’t choose to answer on their own.”

      – Scott Rosenberg

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