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Hospital board, town council among Truckee political forums scheduled

Staff report

TRUCKEE, Calif. — Residents will soon have the opportunity to ask pressing questions of candidates running for local seats in the Nov. 4 election.

Four political forums are scheduled for the first two days of October, featuring races for Tahoe Forest Hospital District, Truckee Fire Protection District and Truckee Town Council, as well as pros and cons of the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District Measure U bond proposal.

Part of the Wednesday, Oct. 1, forum will feature the seven hospital board candidates vying for three seats: Dale Chamblin (incumbent), John R. Falk, Mark Spohr, Charles Zipkin, Greg Jellinek, Edward Charles Hughes and Ronda Brooks.

The other portion will feature four candidates for three Truckee Fire seats: Paul D. Wilford (incumbent), Gerald W. Herrick (incumbent), Victor R. Hernandez (incumbent) and Gary Botto.

Likewise, for Thursday, Oct. 2, a portion will feature the five candidates for three town council seats: Mark Brown (incumbent), Patrick Flora (incumbent), Carolyn Wallace Dee (incumbent), Morgan Goodwin and Jamie Brimer.

The other portion focuses on Measure U, a $114 million general obligation bond to finance school campus and building improvements in the Truckee area.

The estimated tax rate for Measure U (shared with Nevada and Placer counties) is $48.25 per $100,000 of assessed property value for fiscal year 2015-16.

Taxpayers would pay off the bond over 33 years.

There will be speakers both for and against the measure making presentations on Oct. 2, according to a press release.

Both events take place from 6-8 p.m. Exact details of how much time is devoted Oct. 1 on the hospital board vs. the fire board, and for town council vs. Measure U on Oct. 2 are being developed.

The forums are sponsored by the Truckee Donner Chamber of Commerce, Tahoe Sierra Board of Realtors and Contractors Association of Truckee Tahoe Political Action Committee (CATT-PAC), in partnership with TTCTV-Channel 18 (Truckee Tahoe Community Television), the Sierra Sun and Moonshine Ink.

Candidates and those speaking on the measure will be asked live questions and will be timed on their responses.

Questions asked will be from those developed my Sierra Sun and Moonshine Ink staff; from those emailed in beforehand; and from questions written down on forms during the forums themselves.

Residents can email questions for consideration to Carla Embertson at the Truckee Donner Chamber of Commerce in advance of the forums at CarlaEmbertson@yahoo.com.

People are asked to put “Candidate Forum Question” in the subject line of their email.

If your question is chosen, it will be submitted to the panel anonymously. The deadline for emailed questions is the day before each forum.

The forums will be broadcast live from Truckee Town Hall (10183 Truckee Airport) on TTCTV-Channel 18, which will stream video on its home page at http://www.ttctv.org and air reruns.

Call Embertson at 530-587-2757 for information.