Close-up: Sheila Stein
Sheila Stein came to Nevada City 18 years ago from Southern California to raise her two young children in a small community.
She ended up running for and winning a seat on the Nevada City City Council in 2006, trumpeting her management experience.
“It was all the things that were mentioned in the (Nevada County Civil) Grand Jury report that led me to run,” said Stein, now 55.
Concerns about Nevada City’s financial management were cited in previous grand jury reports and again this year in a report titled “Asleep at the Wheel,” which criticized the city manager, city clerk and council members.
Stein figured her years of experience running National Home Loans in Nevada City, a temporary employment service in Silicon Valley and restaurants in the Bay Area, plus teaching math at a vocational college in San Diego, could help the city clean up its organization.
“I think there’s still much left to do, but we’re making progress,” Vice Mayor Stein said.
But movement at the city is slow, she added. Government “crawls to get anything done.”
One of the chief issues Stein wants addressed includes job descriptions with goals and completed reviews for every city employee.
“There’s an 18-year city employee who’s never had a review,” Stein said. The reviews are to be finished in January, she said.
Prior to coming to Nevada City, Stein lived in numerous places, including Southern California, the Bay Area and Florida. She enjoys vacationing in foreign countries, she said.
Last month, Stein visited Cyprus and took a three-day cruise to Egypt, visiting the capital city of Cairo.
“It was the messiest city I’d ever seen,” Stein said.
As the city’s representative on a Nevada County solid waste committee, Stein works to ensure Nevada City would be the opposite, in part by meeting the state’s recycling standard.
Nevada City is doing well, recycling nearly 65 percent of its total garbage and meeting the state’s standard of diverting half its garbage from landfills, Stein said.
“It’s a great concern, especially when you travel and see such a mess,” Stein said.
Beautification, cleaning up and mending roads are priorities, Stein said.
“One of my biggest priorities is Measure S,” she said.
Despite projections that the transportation sales tax is being collected at expected levels of about $30,000 to $40,000 a month, Stein said the state’s slow pace in reporting concerns her.
“I’m still trying to get (updated) sales tax numbers, and it just takes so long to get that,” Stein said. She fears the actual numbers could fall below the city’s projection.
Stein has owned and managed National Home Loans for the last six years. She is divorced, and her children Katrina, 21, and Cody, 19, attend college.
To contact Staff Writer Greg Moberly, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 477-4234.
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