Q&A with Bruce Conklin | TheUnion.com

Q&A with Bruce Conklin

Q. What is your position on Measure D and why?

A. My opponent takes a very different attitude. He supports Measure D, which would essentially allow developers to do anything they want or compensate them for it. To compensate them for not being able to do what they want is to bankrupt the county. And I’m afraid that the combination of (Drew) Bedwell and Measure D would destroy the human services, as well as police protection, by bankrupting the county, and at the same time destroy all land-use planning.

Q. What are the critical issues in the District 3 race?

A. The ability to work with other agencies is one example. We’ve got the best relationship now that we’ve ever had with the schools. Mr. Bedwell has said that the schools are poisoning our children’s minds and accused the superintendent of schools of being essentially a pawn of the United Nations. How in the world is he going to be able to cooperate with, continue the programs with, even have any kind of vision with the schools or with the superintendent of schools, whom he has attacked so viciously?

Q. Why should people vote for you instead of your opponent?

A. Besides the fact that I am willing to stand up for the residents against these huge property interests, I have a track record that I’m proud of. I’ve worked hard on children’s issues. Because I have a degree in psychology and have children and grandchildren of my own, I’ve been dedicated to that since the day I got on board, and we have some of the most innovative early childhood programs as a result.

Q.Where will the county be in four years if you are re-elected?

A. If I’m re-elected, we will continue with the positive administration; we will continue with the positive relationship with our employees; we will have a more stable work force. We will continue to make progress on streamlining our ordinances and making the land-use ordinances clearer. We will also make progress on working better with the City of Grass Valley, which is a long process which I’ve begun and have worked on for four years. I feel that Mr. Bedwell would be unable to work with the City of Grass Valley, because he sees these conspiracies virtually everywhere. And I believe it would be a very difficult time for county employees and for county management if Mr. Bedwell were elected. I don’t see a cooperative, professional attitude on his part.

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