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Tahoe-Truckee contractors endorse Spohr, Falk, Jellinek for hospital board

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TRUCKEE, Calif. — The Contractors Association of Truckee Tahoe Political Action Committee this week announced local endorsements for the Nov. 4 election.

Based on individual interviews, comments at candidate forums and other events, CATTPAC is backing the ticket of Mark Spohr, John Falk and Greg Jellinek for the three seats on the Tahoe Forest Hospital District Board of Directors.

"Tahoe Forest Hospital is important to the region's economic vitality and quality of life. CATTPAC wants board members who recognize this importance and will be committed to providing excellent and affordable care for the needs of residents and visitors," according to a news release from the CATTPAC board. "… CATTPAC believes Mark Spohr, John Falk and Greg Jellinek will remain open, transparent and accountable in their policy making decisions."

The group's endorsement is based on the trio's knowledge of, and/or experience with, the health care system, and a desire to support TFHD's physicians, nurses and staff, according to the news release.

The group also chose to support the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District's Measures E and U, which together propose $176 million in general obligation bonds to be paid off over 33 years by Truckee-North Tahoe taxpayers to finance school campus and building improvements.

"The CATTPAC Board … was especially impressed with the emphasis on hiring local contractors incorporated into both measures," according to a news release. "CATTPAC also felt the inclusion of the citizen oversight committee and very conservative revenue stream predictions were convincing arguments for endorsement. TTUSD's past track record of helping to train local contractors in the school district bidding process was also considered…"

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CATTPAC plans to help solicit CATT members to participate in the Measure E/U oversight committee.

"That TTUSD oversight committee should be dedicated to discussing the best use of the measures' funds as well as exploring ways to save money where possible," the news release reads. "Cost savings will benefit the district and therefore the taxpayers."

CATTPAC this week also issued endorsements for the following races:

• Incumbents Gerald Herrick, Victor Hernandez and Paul Wilford for the three seats on the Truckee Fire Protection District Board of Directors.

• Patrick Flora (incumbent), Carolyn Wallace Dee (incumbent) and Jamie Brimer for the three seats on Truckee Town Council.

• Dan Wilkins (incumbent) and John Pang for the two seats on the Tahoe City Public Utility District Board of Directors.

CATTPAC is not making an endorsement in the other race of local interest, between incumbent Sue Daniels and challenger Sarah Coolidge, for Seat 3 on the North Tahoe Public Utility District Board of Directors, an official said.

CATTPAC was formed in 2002 as a way for the construction industry to become directly involved in the political process, according to a news release.

For information, visit .ca-tt.com/catt-political-action-committee, or contact board Chairman Mitch Clarin at 530-308-9124 or Mitch@MitchClarin.com.