Local assembly candidates differ on how to get Sacramento’s attention
October 10, 2008
GRASS VALLEY ” How does Nevada County get heard at the California legislature to land money and influence for tangible growth?
District 3 State Assembly candidates Dan Logue and Michael “Mickey” Harrington differed on their approach before an election forum Wednesday night in Grass Valley put on by the League of Women Voters.
“I don’t like saying this but if the district wants something, they have to go with the majority party,” Harrington said, referring to the plurality his Democratic Party has in the legislature. “If you want your roads improved, you’ll have to have an advocate,” said the retired equipment operator and union steward from Butte County.
“We can reach out across the aisle,” said Logue, a Realtor and chairman of the Yuba County Board of Supervisors. He also said he is familiar with landing money for the area, having captured $139 million for Yuba County’s troubled levees.
The GOP candidate said when he is elected, he will begin a small business caucus among Assembly members to attract funds for the district for job growth. Logue said He has already received backing for the idea from Democrats and Republicans.
The Republican said he is also working on a regional wastewater treatment plant plan with Beale Air Force Base that could help solve Nevada County’s ongoing problems meeting state water quality requirements.
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Democrat hopeful Harrington said northern foothill counties in the district should band together to get the state to bring solid waste costs down.
To sustain growth and protect Nevada County’s environment, Harrington said the county needs to refine its building plan for the next 20 to 30 years to ensure it does not build in environmentally sensitive areas.
“You have to set areas aside for development and leave the rest pristine,” Harrington said.
“I’m a big believer in local control,” Logue said. He advocated the attraction of high-tech firms and clean energy companies to keep the county green, yet vibrant.