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
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
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
Complacency has eroded the vigor and integrity of our judiciary.
The judiciary ignores its responsibility to promote justice within
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
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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