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On the ballot in El Dorado County: STPUD, LTUSD, LTCC and LVFPD

Claire Cudahy
ccudahy@tahoedailytribune.com

As South Lake Tahoe residents prepare to hit the polls, Tahoe Daily Tribune asked candidates in El Dorado County what their top three priorities would be if elected to their respective roles.

South Tahoe Public Utility District

Randy Vogelgesang

My priority as a board member will continue to see that our money is spent to the best of the district’s ability. When making decisions I use the same, common sense, fiscally conservative, approach that has worked well for my engineering business.

I would like to continue with improvements to the infrastructure (like water line upgrades and adding hydrants for fire protection) to keep the quality of our service high, while being mindful of the cost to the ratepayers.

Excessive spending on infrastructure burdens the customer, but not enough could end up in costing more money in the long run.

Nick Exline

My top three priorities bring economic vitality and combat climate change:

STPUD’s fees are too high. A sliding fee system will enable everyone to improve their home or business. This will create more work for our tradesmen, enable our community to retrofit existing structures to improve their appearance and make them more energy efficient.

STPUD has aging infrastructure. Installing solar on STPUD’s land in Alpine County will deliver cost savings, which will stabilize rates and lower our carbon footprint.

STPUD’s undersized lines leave homes inadequately protected against fire. We should put our community’s safety first and update these lines now!

Kirk David

Could not be reached.

Kelly Sheehan

If elected, my top three priorities are:

Continue to provide clean and safe drinking water.

Provide environmentally responsible waste water collection, treatment, and export.

Continue to maintain, upgrade, and improve our infrastructure.

Further to achieve all of the above in a fiscally responsible manner, while remaining sensitive to our local economy.

Lake Tahoe Unified School District

Trustee Area 1

Larry Reilly

If elected to the LTUSD Board of Education, my top three priorities are:

Hire a highly-qualified curriculum and instruction leader to create a long term plan for student academic progress and use data driven decisions to review the plan yearly.

Continue to solicit community and staff input to drive decisions in crafting the Local Control Funding Formula. A positive working relationship and open communication with all stakeholders leads to better outcomes in educating our children.

Continue to offer a wide array of academic and career technical education programs so our students have many opportunities to explore and reach their future goals.

Annie Davidson

Vote Annie for LTUSD School Board: parent with independence and expertise.

I am committed to our community’s children, and I bring extensive expertise to the job. I am a parent of young children in the District, a former public school classroom teacher, faculty at LTCC, and an independent voice for Trustee Area #1.

I hold a doctorate in Education Leadership and Policy and an undergraduate degree from Cornell. My family has been in South Tahoe for over 30 years and aim for 30 more. I will advocate for focus on learning and ensuring metrics show success.

Visit my page: http://www.facebook.com/annie4schoolboard1.

Trustee Area 3

Bonnie Turnbull

All learning time must be focused toward the end goal of graduating happy, healthy, successful citizens of the future. Test scores cannot measure whether our kids have the inspiration, skills, strategies and attitudes to thrive in a highly-connected, highly-automated, rapidly-changing world.

Second, we must strengthen partnerships with diverse community groups to more holistically address the cultural and economic issues undermining student success.

Lastly, we must precisely align our budget with our priorities. Start with investments in modernizing our energy systems to save money and reduce our carbon footprint — key to ensuring a healthy world for our youth.

Michael Doyle

Providing a high-quality education to all of our students must continue to be the district’s first priority. As such, we are at a critical time as we continue our transition to the common core and next generation science standards curriculum.

The board must continue to provide the tools necessary for the administration, teachers, and students to make this leap and assess the steps we’ve made.

Closely linked is our second priority, ensuring full WASC accreditation at STHS, which the board continues to supervise closely.

My third priority is to thoroughly evaluate our facilities and make the best use of them.

Lake Tahoe Community College

David Hamilton

If elected to the Board of Lake Tahoe Community College my first three priorities will be:

Develop a good working relationship with the rest of the Board. We will do our best for the college only if we work and collaborate together.

Get more familiar with being a Board member in the California Community College system. I will look forward to the Effective Trustee Workshop put on by the CCLC.

Begin absorbing data for the coming year for budget and planning. There will be important decisions to be made and I need to be well prepared.

Nancy Dalton

Lake Tahoe Community College is in an extraordinary and unprecedented position due to the passing of Measure F, and I’m committed to fulfilling the improvements stated in the measure. These improvements include upgrading current facilities and building the University Center.

Two other priorities I see are managing the budget and offering more four-year degree programs in conjunction with other institutions.

It is important to note that currently the college is in the process of hiring a Superintendent/President and if this search is not successful this would be the top priority.

Lake Valley Fire Protection District

Tony Sears

Declined to comment.

Leona Allen

It would be an honor to serve as a Director-at-Large for Lake Valley Fire Protection District. If I am fortunate enough to get elected, my priorities are as follows:

To ensure that the quality ambulance service provided to the residents of our area would continue.

To focus on fresh revenue streams to support the equipment needs of our life- and property-saving personnel.

To encourage our residents to get to know the District by attending our Board of Directors meetings, visiting our firehouses, letting us help with defensible space around their homes, etc.

Please vote on Nov. 8!

Robert Bettencourt

Over 38 years of public service, residing and raising a family in Meyers/Christmas Valley with 11 years of local fire and EMS management experience. Experienced and dedicated helping LVFD serve our community with the development of current policies, procedures, strategic planning and sound fiscal principals.

My vision is to ensure constituents receive the highest quality emergency service, maintain fiscal accountability and continue cooperative working relationships with our neighboring agencies.

Continue supporting the District’s Strategic plan and maintaining a professional career development and succession plan for the district.

To ensure our ambulance service provider remains local and employs local personnel.

John Rice

Drive vision and strategic plan for Lake Valley Fire Protection District.

Maintain fiscal responsibility of district to ensure district has proper resources to serve constituents.

Support safety, loss prevention, fire adapted community education and emergency response initiatives.


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