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Ed Scofield

Ed Scofield will retire at the year’s end as leader of the Nevada County Fair after 25 years. He is a former Grass Valley City Councilman and past president of the city’s Rotary Club and the Grass Valley/Nevada County Chamber of Commerce.

The candidate said the Bear River Plaza and Higgins Marketplace projects are needed in order to take care of south county citizens, but worries about the impacts on traffic.

“Services are needed here too,” Scofield said, but property rights must be addressed, and “the rural atmosphere can be maintained with agricultural commitment.”

The larger developments in the area call for good planning, because they could be a major problem otherwise, said Scofield, 64.

Traffic problems on Highway 49 continue to be a major problem that must be dealt with, Scofield said. Rumble strips and striping have helped deal with accidents and traffic on Highway 49, but “the biggest issue is feeder roads and ways to get (drivers) into traffic without lights.”

The air pollution problem in Nevada County is “a problem not of our making,” Scofield said.

The candidate proposed joining forces with other foothill counties to bring pressure on the state government to cut emissions from Sacramento and the Bay Area. Ignoring the issue invites more breathing health issues, he said.

Area seniors could get a center though a parks and recreation district that could land financing, Scofield said.

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