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ALPINE COUNTY GETS NEW SUPERVISOR

Colin Hupp, Tahoe Daily Tribune

Alpine County now has four of its five supervisors.

Mark A. Silverstone was appointed last week by Gov. Gray Davis to lead District 4. The District 3 seat remains vacant.

It took the governor’s office 500 days to fill this vacancy so the county isn’t holding out much hope that he will appoint anyone else soon, said Judy Molnar, assistant to the board.

While it always had a quorum consisting of three out of five voting members, some county business requires a four-fifths vote, Molnar said. The list of such issues includes budget transfers, unanticipated revenues, appropriations for emergency funding, certain planning matters and public works issues involving contracts.

“It’s better to have a unified group if you want to move forward with issues,” she said .

Silverstone previously chaired the Planning Commission and his family has been in Alpine County since 1971. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Santa Cruz in environmental planning, and has worked in the ski industry since 1991. Silverstone is employed as a photographer at Bear Valley Mountain Resort, where he anticipates future growth.

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“Kirkwood seems to be moving right along,” he said. “That can be a model for development at Bear Valley.”

Silverstone said part of the supervisor’s responsibility is management of public land, which makes up 96 percent of the county. He feels recreation and tourism are the backbone of county businesses, with employee housing and seasonal labor problems as the two biggest challenges facing the ski industry.

Silverstone said he will be able to get started right away with county issues.

“I think the learning curve will be short, but as the new person I know I have things to learn,” he said. “I have a good sense of what’s going on regionally, and I know I’ll be able to get up to speed quickly.”