Truckee Town Council candidates air their views (w/ video highlights)
October 1, 2008
Four of the five candidates for Truckee Town Council squared off on the issues Tuesday night.Incumbents Barbara Green and Josh Susman shared the dias with challengers Jamie Brimer and Joan Jones taking questions from the public one at a time. Jeremiah Frank, another challenger, was out sick.The economy dominated the evenings discussion, with many questions focused on how the town will weather the current U.S. financial crisis.Each candidate made his or her case as to why they ought to be picked for the job: Susman touted his experience on the council; Green noted the time and experience she will devote to the issues; Jones emphasized her status as a life-long Truckee resident and Brimer talked about his perspective as a small business owner.
A number of questions centered around the economy how the council will manage the town in a downturn and what the council could do to diversify and strengthen the economy locally.I believe we need to attract clean industry, Jones said of expanding beyond the current tourism and construction staples. We have a lot of things most businesses would find very impressive.Green said opportunities to bring in diverse business include affordable housing for employees, working with the new Sierra College campus, and improving mass transit.The economy affects basically everybody the building industry is the largest in Truckee and the tax on building is one of the largest revenues for the town, Brimer said. We need to create a friendlier environment for builders.But before new industry is put in place and the building industry is still suffering from the real estate crash, Susman said it will be important to put more emphasis on tourism.Check out tomorrow’s Sierra Sun for the complete story, and check back here on http://www.sierrasun.com for video from the forum.
The movie above is a playlist of clips from the Truckee Town Council candidate forum. Feel free to navigate through the list of questions answered by using the button on the lower left of the player (just to the right of the play/pause button). The opening movie contains the candidates’ opening statements.