Truckee Council race focuses on community
October 10, 2006
With three seats open on Truckee’s Town Council and only one member running for re-election, a new line up could change the direction Truckee takes in coming years.
Both Craig Threshie and Beth Ingalls have decided not to run again; Josh Susman and Barbara Green each have two more years to their terms on town council, and Richard Anderson has decided to seek re-election. The other candidates are Carolyn Wallace Dee, Mark Brown and Robert Cassidy.
Issues that will affect the newly elected council ” and potentially shape the election ” range from development and community character to transportation and open space.
The candidates have their own reasons for seeking election to town council.
Anderson’s focus will be on maintaining an efficient and productive process within the council, he said.
“Well, it’s easy to say that I’d like to promote such-and-such program, or closely examine such-and-such development, but I want to take a different tack here and instead focus on the goals of process,” Anderson said.
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Brown has specific ideas on how to help the local economy by moving from a tourist-based economy and attracting more businesses, he said.
“Now we have a shoulder season: diversifying will mean less shoulder season and more full-time residents,” Brown said.
Cassidy said he wants to carefully consider all development, and has been following the General Plan Update, which will dictate future development in Truckee.
“I have to ask the question – what does Truckee get out of it besides an increase in tax base?” Cassidy said.
Dee said she wants to create and maintain a variety of housing levels in town.
“I would like to see not just affordable housing but also mid-level housing so we can keep our families here,” Dee said.
While Anderson has two years experience on the council (he was elected to a two-year term when Ted Owens vacated his town council seat), the other candidates have their own unique experiences upon which to draw if elected.
Dee has worked for 15 years in the political arena in the Bay Area with two non-profit organizations. There Dee said she learned how to work within local politics and made contacts at both the state and federal level.
Brown worked for 10 years on the California Board of Chiropractic Examiners, evaluating future doctors.
“When I was on the state board I would ask if I would want the doctor to treat my mother,” Brown said. “On town council I will look at it the same way, asking if my grandson will want to live in Truckee when he turns 20.”
Cassidy’s background as an engineer will help him work with the town staff to complete projects, he said.
“General Plan implementation is all about projects,” Cassidy said.
Anderson has become familiar with the issues as a part of the council, working closely with the General Plan Update and many of the developments planned for Truckee.
“I decided to run again because I was asked to run again by people I respect on both sides of the growth issue,” Anderson said.
The other candidates have been doing their homework as well, attending meetings, speaking to different people and different groups in Truckee, and keeping an eye on things.
“I’ve been following all the correspondence and issues in the town,” Brown said. “I get called when there are local emergencies, and I have been attending town council meetings for a couple of months, so the learning curve will be much shorter.”
Cassidy has spent time studying the General Plan, the plan’s environmental impact report, and has talked to local groups and citizens who don’t feel their concerns have been addressed, he said, adding that full time citizens should get as much consideration as developers and future residents.
Dee has attended town council meetings for more than a year, as well as workshops on various developments. She said she’s met with representatives for many of the local organizations including the Mountain Area Preservation Foundation and the Workforce Housing Association of Truckee Tahoe.