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Election Candidates’ Vital Statistics

At the heart of the American system of government is one essential

part the voter. The information on these pages was provided

by candidates in Nevada County county-level elections, for use

by voters. Read it, and put it to use as it was intended. Form

viewpoints, and then act on them at the ballot box. The importance

of a single vote cannot be underestimated, and you can make your

own count on election day June 2. Show your support for the ideals

and causes you cherish, by taking time to visit a ballot box here

in Truckee, to elect the candidates of your choice.

Nevada Co. Municipal Court Judge – Al Dover

Age: 50

Occupation: Judge of Nevada County, Nevada City Division

Residence: Nevada City

1974-1981 Attorney in Arizona

1982-1987 Attorney in Nevada County

1987- Appointed Judge by Nevada County Board of Supervisors

1994- Appointed by California Supreme Court to revise Code of

Judicial Ethics

1995-96 Elected Vice-President of California Judges Association

1996-99 Member California Judicial Council

Truckee Services: Thanks to the skills of Judge Holmer and his staff, many services

are now provided at Truckee’s courthouse that once required a

costly trip to Nevada City. We can do more. A “facilitator” to

assist those without lawyers is now available. More “commissioner/referee”

assistance so that longer cases can also be heard in Truckee;

and more public defender services are examples of services that

will improve Truckee’s court system.

Truckee Facilities: We need to upgrade many justice related facilities. Your courts

are currently looking at pooling resources with Placer and Sierra

Counties in order to do just that. Especially urgent is a jail

and juvenile facility in order to facilitate court proceedings

in Truckee and save taxpayer money in inmate transport costs.

Commitment (that Truckee not be the “judicial step-child” of Nevada

County): I am committed to Truckee citizens receiving judicial services

equal to those offered in Nevada City. I work closely with Judge

Holmer and we occasionally sit in each other’s courts to ensure

that we provide the citizens of Truckee the same level of service

provided in the west end of the county. We are also committed

to providing the leadership that will result in the continuous

improvement of your justice system. Additionally, I am privileged

to serve on the Judicial Council, the policy making body for the

state judiciary, which allows me to help improve services right

here in Nevada County.

Nevada Co. Municipal Court Judge – Leland Moglen


* Pro Tem Appeals Hearing Officer

* Over 8 years solo attorney practice in Nevada County

* Over 18 years public service

* Law instructor

* Two graduate degrees

* Tough on crime

* Family with wife and four children in Nevada County

* Three children still in local public school

Responsibility: So many scandalous outrages have been generated within our local

law agencies, that an overwhelming voter revolt is inevitable.

Within the last 18 months a school marm was shot by a peace officer

regarding a moving violation; an unarmed young man was shot twice

in the back, with no charges pressed by the district attorney;

now we have reports of sexual abuse of female inmates right here

in Truckee by a local jailer.

Ask the sheriff and the D.A. how this could happen: you’ll get

the bureaucratic rhetoric of why it was not their fault. Ask the

judge what he did about this fire in his own backyard, he’ll just

yawn and mumble something about judicial ethics and it’s not his

department anyway.

Complacency has eroded the vigor and integrity of our judiciary.

The judiciary ignores its responsibility to promote justice within

our community.

Judgment: The law agencies of the sheriff, D.A., and the court all work

so closely and so continuously together that the lines of jurisdiction

between them overlap. The three agencies form a team which the

community relies upon to keep public order. The sheriff depends

upon the court for orders to guide it to certain named wrong doers.

A judge can make or break the D.A.’s mission to convict. Hence

a gross failure in any legal agency besmirches the sister legal


The incumbent proudly leads his list of endorsements with the

reigning sheriff and district attorney. Sure they endorse him.

He is their complacent rubber stamp. He is part of the alarming

inner decay of our county misgovernment. This shows how out of

touch he is with the growing perception of the public: his endorsers

are no longer our leaders, but our oppressors.

Accountibility: The incumbent boasts of having been re-elected three times. Yet

his name has never appeared on a ballot! When a judicial candidate

runs unopposed his name does not even show on the ballot. No wonder

the judiciary is vulnerable to complacency. The withered electoral

process allows the incumbent to survive election after election

without public scrutiny. Why should he care what we think if he

never has to report to us through the electoral process?

I am only the fourth candidate in 20 years to challenge a judicial

incumbent. In a sense, I am bringing a rare opportunity to the

voting public to judge the judge. It could easily be another 20

years before a judicial incumbent is challenged.

Send a message to the law agencies that you are outraged at what

is happening in our county. Visit my website at http://www.jps.net/moglen.

Nevada Co. Sheriff – Troy Arbaugh

Age: 49

Occupation: Nevada County Sheriff-Coroner-Public Administrator

Residence: Grass Valley

Qualifications: Member Nevada County Sheriff’s Office for 26 years. Wide range

of on-the-job law enforcement experience such as: Sheriff, Coroner,

Public Administrator, Patrol, Civil, Investigations, and Management.

B.A. Degree in Criminal Justice, graduate of the FBI National

Academy, 1600+ hours of POST training. Various State Sheriff’s

and Board of Correction’s committees. Wide range of community


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