It’s no picnic being a county supervisor |

It’s no picnic being a county supervisor

I had an unsettling dream early this morning, that I was running for the office of county supervisor. Even in a dream state my first reaction was sheer panic: How did I get into this situation? And how can I get out?

Think of it. The job has enormous responsibilities and no matter how you act it’s undoubtedly going to offend someone and even unfairly affect someone while benefitting others.

“Count on losing about half of your friends,” is the way one savvy observer assessed the job.

If it were a high-paying position, that might be a consoling factor. But it’s not. If it were “part time” that might make it attractive for a retired person, too. But it’s not.

I recall Supervisor Izzy Martin bringing a bag of chips and dip to a recent evening meeting of the agricultural advisory board for updating the county general plan and saying, “This is the first thing I’ve had to eat since 8:30 this morning. I’ve been in meetings ever since.”

And consider my own attitude toward Izzy: In the view of many, she’s done as much for agriculture in Nevada County as any elected official in the past 20 years. She’d be a welcome guest at our ranch on that accord.

Yet we stand on opposite sides of the NH 2020 chasm. It’s a plan she feels is necessary and I believe is invasive, expensive and unnecessary. And so I’m supporting the candidacy of Robin Sutherland in the coming election, feeling her views are more in tune with those of the electorate.

Richard L. Tracy

Grass Valley

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