The Regulator runs for re-election
August 2, 2004
Truckee Mayor Josh Susman announced Monday that he will seek re-election to the Truckee Town Council. He is the fourth person that has decided to run for the three seats available in November.Susman will compete with Ron Florian and outgoing Nevada County Supervisor Barbara Green for the two full-term openings. Magazine publisher Richard Anderson is the only candidate, so far, to seek Nevada County Supervisor-elect Ted Owens’ abbreviated two-year council term. The deadline to file for the Truckee Town Council election is Friday, August 6.Susman, a 23-year Truckee resident and past president of the Mountain Area Preservation Foundation, has served on the council since 1996. He is the member of the Truckee Railroad Regulators, a group of Old West re-enactors who promote historical events around town, and the Truckee Donner Horseman’s Association.In his eight years on the council, Susman has been a part of many of the big decisions in the town’s history, including the approval of Gray’s Crossing and Old Greenwood. But he said the upcoming decisions that face the town, including development at the Mill Site and Hilltop, are equally important. The urge to be a part of that “unfinished business” is one of the main things that prompted his re-election bid.
“Nothing is perhaps as important as realizing the community’s vision for the Mill Site,” said Susman, who has been heavily involved in promoting the use of the former railroad property east of downtown for years.Susman said that the focus of development, following the approval of outlying Gray’s Crossing and Old Greenwood, will now shift toward central locations in town. Planned Community 3, along Brockway Road and State route 267; Planned Community 1, near Donner Memorial State Park; and a proposal for a Scolari’s grocery store at Donner Pass Road and Northwoods Boulevard, may head to the council during the next term.”My goal for the next four years is to really work on the community’s goal for infill [development],” said Susman.Development, just as it has in the past, will be a big issue in the council race, Susman said.”The issue of this community’s growth will always be a campaign issue,” said Susman. “How this community grows will be a campaign issue.”But the development pressures and traffic issues extend outside of the town’s limits, including Placer County and Nevada County. Susman said he expects a strong relationship between Truckee and Nevada County government in the next four years, as Councilman Ted Owens will take over the Nevada County District 5 Supervisor seat and Supervisor Barbara Green will be back in Truckee.
Truckee’s relationship with Placer County, which has been marked by conflicts over Martis Valley development, will also change, as District 5 Supervisor Rex Bloomfield will be replaced by Bruce Kranz. These changes bring both “challenges and opportunities,” said Susman.Meanwhile, town growth, traffic and environmental issues will remain the hot-button issues within Truckee.”The issues that are the most high profile in the community now are the same issues that were high profile ten years ago, five years ago,” Susman said.In seeking re-election, Susman will rely on his eight-year record of decision-making on the council, as well as his plans for the town’s future. “I feel I’ve done my best to represent a broad base of the community,” he said.The November town council elections may field far fewer candidates than last election, but the experience and variety of the field will present the community with interesting options, said Susman.
“I think we have three seats and four viable candidates that will contribute equally, but differently, to the community,” he said. The Council RaceRon Florian has served on the town council since 1996. He is the owner of Florian’s Fine Wines and Specialty Foods and a past president of the Rotary Club and Truckee Donner Chamber of Commerce. He is running for his third term on the town council.Barbara Green is finishing off her first term as Nevada County supervisor for District 5. She decided to run for Truckee Town Council rather than seek re-election as county supervisor. Before being elected as supervisor, Green served on the Nevada County Planning Commission for six and a half years. Richard Anderson is, so far, the only candidate seeking the two years left on Ted Owens’ council seat. He is the editor and publisher of California Fly Fisher magazine and a former land use planner.