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Put Leslie back in the Assembly

Assemblyman Tim Leslie deserves to be returned to the state Capitol for another term as the representative for the Fourth District.

He was first elected to serve this district, which includes South Lake Tahoe, in 2000. He has been in state politics for 16 years. Before the last election he had served in the state Senate for 9.5 years and 4.5 years in the Assembly prior to that.

It is this type of experience that we need in a leader.

Newcomer Scott Warren is trying to unseat the Republican from Tahoe City. Warren is a Democrat from Lincoln who works for Hewlett-Packard.

Warren has some ideas that should be considered, but offers no clear ways to implement them. He wants every Californian to have health care. Even though this is a worthy goal, he cannot explain how he would achieve this.

Warren would like all employees to have collective bargaining so they can claim a share of what they produce. His platform consists of ideas to represent the average worker. He has cited statistics of how productivity of workers has increased but wages have gone in the opposite direction.

As much as we are for workers’ rights, we know that leaders need to have more than ideas. They need to have the plans for making their ideas become a reality. Warren is unable to convey those plans.

Leslie on the other hand has a proven record of planning and follow through. In the education sector he designed the widely-supported School Accountability Act of 1997. He also co-authored the Class Size Reduction Act that limited K-3 classrooms to 20 students.

Leslie believes it was a mistake by Gov. Gray Davis to sign the Paid Family Medical Leave Act into law this summer. We agree with him when he says it will hurt big and small businesses, while it forces each worker to have a deduction taken from his paycheck beginning the first of the year.

He was instrumental in getting the Lake Tahoe license plate program off the ground.

Being a resident of the North Shore makes him well aware of the good and bad that surrounds the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency. In the 1990s he called for a performance review of the agency by the Legislative Audit Committee. Before the report was written he said TRPA became more user friendly and there were fewer complaints about the bi-state agency.

Local issues he has had a hand in include working with the state to help the South Tahoe Public Utility District to have appropriate lines to take waste out of the basin. Leslie was all for black listing the controversial fuel additive MTBE from the basin.

In an area where the environment and education top residents’ list of concerns, it is good to know we have someone in Sacramento fighting for what we care about.

Assemblyman Tim Leslie is the man to keep fighting for us.

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