Leipzig’s tactics inappropriate
As a resident of Lake Wildwood for the past decade, I certainly recognize and appreciate Marguerite Leipzig’s long service to our association and the community. However, I find it hard to understand Ms. Leipzig’s position that the sole reason she wasn’t reappointed to the Nevada County District 1 Sanitation Advisory Committee was because she supports Supervisor Martin’s opponent in the supervisor’s contest.
Supervisor Martin appointed Jeff Ingram, her political opponent in the last supervisorial election, to a county commission post. In appointing Ingram, she stated she felt he was the best person for the position at that time. Clearly Ingram, as her opponent, had not supported her in any way. This action directly contradicts Ms. Leipzig’s charge that “if you don’t support the supervisor, you get (ousted).”
Melody Wilson is, unlike Leipzig, a current member of the Lake Wildwood board of directors. She was elected by the members of our association to represent us on matters pertaining to the association. It seems to make sense that an active member of our board should represent us on the Nevada County Sanitation Advisory Committee.
It’s unclear what Ms. Leipzig expects of the Board of Supervisors regarding the new Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board’s regulations. It is my personal experience as a municipal manager in Los Angeles and Hayward that regional boards (as subentities of the state) are independent of city and county governments. Therefore, they are not subject to orders and directions or demands by elected officials of those governmental bodies.
It is my concern that Ms. Leipzig’s tactics are reminiscent of our county’s past approach to the landfill, the airport, and Juvenile Hall, i.e., to pretend the problem doesn’t exist and hope it goes away.
Wasn’t the county forced to pay $1000 a day in fines to the water board for failing to meet water quality standards at the county’s landfill? Couldn’t we, in following Leipzig’s approach, once again be held liable for heavy fines by the state and still have to make improvements to the sanitation facility?
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