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Several candidates have no opposition and are assured elected office

Former Mayor Reinette Senum is one of the three new council members for Nevada City.
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There are a number of candidates on Tuesday’s ballot who have nothing to worry about.

They’re the ones who have no opposition — a supervisor, three Nevada City council members, the Nevada City clerk and a Superior Court judge. They’re assured of taking office when their new terms begin.

Richard Anderson, running unopposed for the District 5 Board of Supervisors seat, said in an email he wanted to run again for three reasons. Anderson, 61, wants to finish the projects he began like the Soda Springs Area Plan, and development of the county’s wildfire policies, among others. He also wants to continue representing his constituents and working with his fellow supervisors.



Anderson’s goals for his next term center on management and governance.

“We have a number of fees that haven’t been updated in years, and an example is our recreation facilities fee, which over nearly two decades has lost a third of its purchasing power,” Anderson said. “So one goal is to institute ongoing review of fees charged by the county to ensure that these fees recover all associated costs and are applied in a fair and consistent manner.”




Anderson also wants to improve the cost effectiveness of delivering county services, and improve how stakeholders are included in the process of drafting regulations, designing programs and building expenditure plans.

“Involving the public in a meaningful manner is difficult and requires the commitment of significant staff time and also requires that everyone so engaged not just articulate their interests but listen objectively to the concerns of the other parties,” Anderson states. “It is important, however, that we make the effort, because this is the surest way to maximize the fairness of what we do.”

Anderson was the only supervisor on Jan. 12 to oppose implementing the existing outdoor medical marijuana grow ban and put Measure W on Tuesday’s ballot. He called himself an advocate for analysis-driven decision making, pointing to several questions about nuisance impacts, their duration and severity, that the urgency ordinance didn’t address.

“Also, an axiom of public administration is that we regulate to benefit the public, not the government.” Anderson states. “Although it’s obvious to most everyone that restricting grows in residential areas is necessary given the potential severity of nuisance impacts, prohibiting all outdoor grows countywide merely to make the ordinance easy to enforce is a textbook example of regulation to benefit government. It’s hard to argue that this is the wisest approach.”

Anderson noted, though, that he’s taken no public position on Measure W.

Nevada City

Reinette Senum, Valerie Moberg and David “Sparky” Parker will take the three seats being vacated by incumbent Mayor Jennifer Ray, council members Robert Bergman and Terri Andersen. This marks the second time long-time resident Senum has claimed a spot on the five-person council. A 1984 Nevada Union High School graduate, Senum was elected to a four-year term on the council in 2008 and became the mayor the following year.

Senum listed mitigating fire danger, resolving the homeless issue, increasing parking spaces and promoting Nevada City across multiple media platforms as some of her priorities once she assumes office.

She also wants to implement the tiny house project, a micro housing community that will supplement the existing homeless shelters. Renum said she plans to zoom in on a site for the project and carry out a pilot program to make sure it works for everyone.

“I’m going to challenge the council to make the next four years the most productive four years that we have had,” Senum said. “That is going to be my personal challenge.”

Before putting in his bid for the council, Parker enjoyed a reputation in town for forming the Famous Marching Presidents, a stable part of Nevada City’s annual Constitution Day parade, which features a group of residents dressed up as U.S. presidents and their wives.

The Nevada City artist said he has three main goals, which he calls the three P’s: to protect the neighborhoods, to preserve Nevada City’s golden past, and to prepare for the future.

“Nevada City is this most wonderful town but the sounds coming out of city hall these past years you might never know this,” Parker wrote in an email to The Union. “I will bring to the table that it is time to celebrate our amazing Nevada City.”

Parker said protecting the fire department is one of the projects that he wishes to tackle. He would also like to develop the abandoned Nevada City airport site and push the Nevada County Courthouse project forward.

“It is way past time to start this project and keep the courts in downtown Nevada City,” Parker wrote. “The State of California is just playing rude politics with Nevada City; it time to stop that and serve Nevada City and Nevada County as well.”

Moberg, the proprietor of Broad Street Inn, is another new council member. Moberg has been a merchant for more than 20 years and operated retail businesses in both Grass Valley and Nevada City areas before taking over the Victorian inn at 517 West Broad St.

She served on the board of Nevada City’s Chamber of Commerce for four years, including one year as the president. Though Moberg points to ongoing vagrancy and loitering problems in town as some of her concerns, she said her priority is Nevada City’s commerce.

“I would like to focus on the economic growth of Nevada City, the stability of Nevada City’s economics,” she said.

Moberg would also like to increase opportunities for outdoor recreation and add more trails.

“There is a great group of council members that I’ll be joining,” Moberg said. “Hopefully we will be able to tackle some of the bigger issues in town and not focus on the smaller stuff.”

Incumbent Superior Court Judge Candace Heidelberger and Nevada City Clerk Niel Locke will also carry on their duties as the sole ticket for their respective positions.

To contact Staff Writer Alan Riquelmy, email ariquelmy@theunion.com or call 530-477-4239. To contact Staff Writer Teresa Yinmeng Liu, please email tliu@theunion.com, or call 530-477-4236.


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