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Media will question candidates at forums

Area residents who have seen election signs on lawns and are curious about seeing the candidates in person will have their chance Wednesday at a forum organized and moderated by the League of Women Voters of Western Nevada County.

The League has invited all candidates for the District 1 and District 3 county supervisor races to be questioned by local media representatives and residents. District 3 encompasses the Grass Valley area, and District 1 is anchored in Nevada City.

The event is the second in a series of forums the League has planned to help voters be more informed for the Nov. 2 election. The League is nonpartisan, and representative Joan Lancaster said “the League cannot say who to vote for, we just tell (residents) where to look for information.”

Each forum is moderated by League President Dottie Schmidt, and questions will be posed by representatives from The Union, KVMR, KNCO and YubaNet. Audience members will also have a chance to ask questions.

On Sept. 29, residents and the media will question Nevada Irrigation District board candidates. On Oct. 6, the League hosts a forum with candidates seeking seats on the Sierra Joint Community College District, the Nevada Joint Union High School District, and the Nevada County Board of Education.

The purpose of the forums, Lancaster said, is “just to get the exposure of the candidates to the voters. The voters need to know who they are voting for,” she said.

– Britt Retherford

Center for the Arts gets statewide award

The transformation of an abandoned auto dealership into the thriving Center for the Arts in Grass Valley has gained statewide recognition from the California Downtown Association.

The restoration project has been awarded the association’s Crystal Eagle Achievement Award for physical improvement, beating out 16 other projects from across California for the award.

Association President Mary Cynar said the award recognizes “special communities throughout California” and is intended to inspire communities dealing with downtown redevelopment issues.

The center at 314 W. Main St. was nominated for the award by the Grass Valley Downtown Association because it “exemplifies a project of dedicated private citizens with vision in a thriving and creative small downtown,” Executive Director Howard Levine said.

“This facility brings close to 200,000 people to downtown on an annual basis.”

The nonprofit center took over the former car dealership in 1998 and completed purchase of the building in December 2002. Renovations have included new bathrooms, a new roof, hazardous materials abatement, new facilities and renovation of the exterior.

A public open house for the remodeled center is scheduled for 3 to 7 p.m. on Oct. 17.

– The Union staff

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