The race for … North Tahoe Fire Protection District (Seat 5)
EDITOR’S NOTE: To better inform readers voting early or heading to the polls on Election Day, the Sierra Sun reached out to candidates running for seats in eight local races, including the two-person race between incumbent Richard W. Loverde and challenger John Lilly for the North Tahoe Fire Protection District (Seat No. 5). As reported in Wednesday’s Sun, Lilly declined to participate. Due to print space limitations, the Sun was unable to include Loverde’s statement in Wednesday’s paper. Below, you can read Loverde’s statement, which is published verbatim (including typos and grammar errors).
Richard W. Loverde
Age: Discriminatory (Sierra Sun should know better)
Full-time residence in the region: Chamberlands, Ellis Rd, Homewood
How long you have been a resident: 46 years
Current occupation: General Building Contractor/Architect
Formal Education: Bachelor of Architecture (University of California, Berkeley)
Current and previous political/governmental experience: North Tahoe Fire Protection District: Current board member and past president; Contractors Association of Truckee Tahoe: Current board member, founding member, past president (360 members); Tahoe Yacht Club: Past board member and commodore; Placer County Sheriff: Participant citizens awareness committee; TRPA: Project interface with staff and board; Placer County: Project interface with staff and board; El Dorado County: Project interface with staff and board; Washoe County: Project interface with staff and board; City of Reno: Project interface with staff and board.
District 5 Voters of the North Tahoe Fire Protection District,
As most of you that know me, I am the incumbent for District 5 of the North Tahoe Fire Protection District. I am the most senior member of the board and consequently I feel one of my most important contributions is being the thread that over the years keeps our goals and challenges in perspective; past, present and future.
Over the years some of my most important accomplishments are as follows:
Along with Larry Sevison, we introduced the concept of consolidation of the North Tahoe and Tahoe City Fire Protection Districts to our respective districts. After many community meetings, consolidation was unanimously approved which reduced costs, while increasing our level of service and reducing emergency response time.
I have been the strongest advocate on the Board in maintaining a lean budget while at the same time maintaining an ample reserve fund.
My most important motivation in re-election is preventing the ever present danger of catastrophic wildfire in our area and incorporating every resource possible, especially as it relates to defensible space.
An accomplished goal was to ensure that the community would get the best value for its money as we designed and budgeted for our new fire station. My experience as a contractor and architect helped facilitate the huge effort required to construct this critically needed station.
I along with the board and staff continue to fight for the return of tax revenues lost to Placer County Redevelopment Agency and its reincarnated agency.
Contrary to the lack of public attendance at our board meetings, I along with the board and staff have continued to discuss and plan for the challenges of future developments, adequate water supplies and refining our mutual aid to adjoining districts.
The lack of attendance brings to mind that my competition has stated publicly “There should be some changes to a board that has become stale”. My competition has never attended a board meeting to understand the inner workings of our organization. Misguided intentions is not what the Fire District needs nor will it further the public trust.
As in the past I will continue to maintain an open door policy when community members come to me to understand district policy and regulations in order to prevent/resolve a potential issue.
For those in my district I look forward to your vote on Nov 8th.