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Time for change on Consolidated Fire board

Linda Chaplin, a longtime Nevada County resident (1984), is running for a seat on the Nevada County Consolidated Fire District Board.

Yes, (sigh), that Nevada County Consolidated Fire District Board. The one that can’t seem to stay out of the news.

The one who cannot accept that fact that twice now, the Nevada County Grand Jury “has found the Nevada County Consolidated Fire District Board of Directors is dysfunctional and is wracked by discord, acrimony, back-biting, and mistrust among Board Members (2012-13 report)” as well as “the lack of fiduciary responsibility on the part of the Board may lead to the eventual downfall of NCCFD” (2013-14 report).

Linda Chaplin has been attending NCCFD Board meetings for as long as I can recall (seven or eight years now). Her questions and comments under “Public Items Not on the Agenda” as well as on Agenda Items speak for themselves.

We need people on this board who do not have a personal agenda. We need more private sector people, not more public sector people, on this board.

Go ahead and Google her and you will see the long list of interaction with NCCFD. Go the NCCFD website (nccfire.com). Click on NCCFD Profile, then Board, then Board Minutes. Read Linda’s questions and comments.

We need people on this board who do not have a personal agenda.

We need more private sector people, not more public sector people, on this board.

Linda also has a long history of attending Nevada County Board of Supervisor meetings and last year was interviewed by KNCO for her own research on the Emigrant Trail, as she had obtained several documents related to Nevada County, as well as historical documents dating back to the pre-Gold Rush era.

Linda was the former president of the nonprofit Sequoia Challenge, overseeing the development of the Independence Trail near the Yuba River.

Last, I have had the privilege of reading two binders of historical NCCFD articles Linda has amassed going back to the Bullion days and bringing it up to present day.

Ask her about it — it is an amazing read. Linda “has a long tradition of community service, and she can provide an independent voice” to the NCCFD Board.

Now, if that is not enough reason to vote for Linda, then this is why you should not vote for her opponent Spencer Garrett, retired NCCFD engineer:

1) Not only is Mr. Garrett a recently retired NCCFD engineer, Mr. Garrett was also the IAFF Local 3800 Union president for many years, heading some of the most contentious negotiations before stepping down and passing the gauntlet to Wyatt Howell, now retired.

2) How many more CalPERS pensioners and retired public agency people does the NCCFD board need?

They currently have three and another who was a volunteer fireman in the Bay Area. Their pensions annually combined are over $300,000.

3) How many more foxes in the henhouse does the NCCFD Board need?

Please vote for Linda as she can help keep this board honest. As she stated in The Union (August 2014) article, “I’m particularly interested in the special districts, because for voters and taxpayers, they (the voters and taxpayers) are the only oversight …”

Lisa LaBarbera, a former Nevada County Consolidated Fire District Human Resources director, lives in Grass Valley.

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