Four new people consider City Council run
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – Four more people have been issued papers to run for three South Lake Tahoe City Council seats to be decided by voters in November.
Steve Kubby, Adrian Gooch, Elizabeth Hallen and Doug Cichowicz were each issued filing papers on July 29 or July 30, according to an e-mail from City Clerk Susan Alessi.
The four potential candidates join Tom Davis, Angela Swanson, Georg May, Claire Fortier and Joy Curry as those who have been issued filing papers to run for a council seat.
None of the nine potential candidates has filed the papers or officially qualified for the election, according to a July 30 e-mail from Alessi.
Kubby, 63, said he is the CEO of KPAL, a startup company with the goal of getting cannabis-based medications approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
The prolific skier and cancer patient helped author Proposition 215, California’s medical marijuana law, and ran for California governor on the Libertarian ticket in 1998.
Kubby was convicted in 2000 with felony drug possession of psilocybin and mescaline, but was acquitted of possession of marijuana for sale charges, according to an article in the Sierra Sun.
Placer County deputies found 265 marijuana plants, peyote buttons and a hallucinogenic mushroom in Kubby’s Squaw Valley home during a 1999 raid, according to the article.
He was sentence was 120 days of house arrest and spent five years in Canada avoiding the sentence, according to an article in the Los Angeles Times.
Kubby said he is a 6-month resident of South Lake Tahoe, but has lived at the North Shore for 20 years.
Kubby continues to be an advocate for medical marijuana and proposes to use reserve funds to fix the city’s deteriorating roadways. He said the city has “squandered” its budget.
“When I see my neighbors fixing their own pot holes, I think we have a real problem,” Kubby said Thursday.
He said he will support lowering the city’s business tax because it is hurting already struggling businesses.
“I’ve never met a tax that I liked” Kubby said.
Elizabeth Hallen, 33, has lived in South Lake Tahoe for the past 12 years and has owned the Hot Gossip Espresso Bar for the past five.
If she runs for the council, Hallen said she hopes to reverse the trend of people leaving the South Shore, and will focus her campaign on improving conditions for small businesses and the middle class.
Hallen also said bringing a four-year college or university to the South Lake Tahoe is also a priority.
The business owner, who worked briefly at Tahoe Wellness Collective, also said the city council has not been effective at working with the city’s medical marijuana dispensaries to determine appropriate regulation.
Hallen faced a misdemeanor marijuana charge after South Lake Tahoe El Dorado Narcotics Enforcement Team agents seized more than 30 pounds of marijuana from her Los Angeles Avenue home.
Under an agreement with prosecutors, the conviction has been expunged from her record following a successful probation period, Hallen said.
The business owner said she was working as a medical marijuana caregiver at the time and is moving forward now that she has complied with the terms of the agreement with prosecutors.
Gooch previously served as the senior assistant of redevelopment and housing. Attempts to reach Gooch were unsuccessful Thursday.
Cichowicz is not listed in the phone book. The number given on a list of potential candidates has been disconnected.
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