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?