Truckee’s counsel seeking El Dorado supervisor seat |

Truckee’s counsel seeking El Dorado supervisor seat

After 11 years of giving advice to Truckee’s decision-makers, Dennis Crabb, Truckee town attorney, hopes to be making some governmental decisions of his own in El Dorado County.Crabb, a veteran South Tahoe governmental lawyer, will run for political office for the first time – setting his sights on El Dorado County’s district five supervisor seat. But Truckee officials and Crabb said he plans to continue as Truckee’s town attorney whether he wins or loses.”Having been the town attorney basically since the town incorporated and being very committed to the the town … I didn’t just want to quit because of my supervisor campaign,” Crabb said.If he becomes El Dorado County supervisor, Crabb said he will make sure that the schedules of his role as the town attorney and his role as a county supervisor do not conflict.He also said he will highlight his 34 years as a government lawyer in his campaign to represent a South Lake Tahoe area at the county level.”The community is going through tremendous change,” Crabb, 58, said.So he’s prepared to place his managing partnership at Rollston, Henderson, Rasmussen & Crabb on hold to accomplish the county goals. El Dorado County voters narrowly approved a general plan as the local government’s constitution of sorts.”Now the challenge will be to go in there and implement the area plans,” he said Sunday. “The community must achieve a quality of life and economic growth.”Crabb said he doesn’t fear the big job. “This is what I’m good at,” he said. Beyond the paid jobs, Crabb’s investment in Tahoe’s future are documented in his roles as South Lake Tahoe Chamber of Commerce president, co-founder of Tahoe Tomorrow and board member of the Tahoe Tallac Association. He’s also a member of the Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care, one organization he’d like to help in finding a suitable home.Signs marking his campaign will go up Oct. 8, and the first major fund-raiser is planned Oct. 14 as a Monte Carlo night at the Lake Tahoe Airport.Crabb said Sunday he’s learned several things about campaigning – he and co-campaign chairs Mayor Kathay Lovell and Councilman John Upton have set up “Coffees with Crabb” and “Desserts with Dennis.” “It forces you outside yourself and makes you more gregarious. You tell people ‘come talk to me,'” he said.Crabb seemed surprised that campaigning also exposes areas of the community he’s never seen while out walking the precincts.He’s intrigued by the idea of the city and county pooling resources in a government center complex, as South Lake Tahoe tries to escape a high-priced lease at its council chambers by moving into the Lake Tahoe Airport. He’d also like to use the entity as a “capture point and visitor center complex.””There’s no serious debate about doing it together. But both entities are going to require more space than they’re currently using,” he said. Crabb stressed more emphasis on moving visitors through town by marketing alternative transportation. For motorists, he’d like to secure the available grant funds to fix the county’s roads at the lake.Getting Tahoe’s fair share of services is “going to be a battle every day” as the West Slope growth dominates the county landscape. With growth comes more than transit challenges.He’d like to see the county implement a law enforcement retention program to keep officers in Tahoe when they’re coaxed into moving to other, more high-paying areas.

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