Former BellaVista owner to seek office |

Former BellaVista owner to seek office

Yolanda Bachtell, Nevada City attorney and former owner of BellaVista restaurant, has announced her candidacy for the city clerk position, currently held by Cathy Wilcox-Barnes.

Bachtell graduated from the University of West Los Angeles in 1999 and moved to Nevada City in June 2004. She has three children and said she worked full time as a paralegal while attending law school.

Bachtell said a “conflict of interest exists” for Wilcox-Barnes, who works as both Nevada City office operations supervisor and city clerk.

“I would bring some independence to the position,” she said.

The city clerk is an elected official charged with keeping public records and making them available. The position earns $100 per month.

The office operations supervisor coordinates various departments, overseeing issues such as human resources and payroll.

“That can be a difficult thing,” the incumbent city clerk said regarding working both directly for the citizens of Nevada County and for the city manager of Nevada City.

However, “I wouldn’t be running again if I didn’t think I was doing a good job for the citizens of Nevada City,” Wilcox-Barnes said.

She said she generally works 400-500 hours of overtime per year for both of her Nevada City positions.

To contact staff writer Josh Singer, e-mail or call 477-4234.

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