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Sierra College trustee seats available

As an employee of Sierra College, I have witnessed first hand the major disruptions to the functions of the college caused the present Board of Trustees. The fallout from this disruption has affected students, staff and caused damage to the college’s reputation – not only in the community by statewide. An editorial in “The Sacramento Bee,” Oct. 13, 2006, summed it up: “Discord, micromanagement, unfounded accusations, loss of a president, loss of two bond measures and partisan politics have characterized the Sierra Joint Community College Board the last two years. It is time for big change. The current majority has thrown the college district, an essential institution to the future prosperity of the community, into turmoil.”

Sierra College is a wonderful institution and asset to Nevada and Placer counties as well as the state. We have the opportunity to return to the mission and primary focus of the Board of Trustees: students – not partisan politics and self-advancement. As a community member, I urge you to vote for the “Two Martins”: Bill Martin for the Area 5 seat and Martin Harmon for the Area 6 seat.

Eunis Benecke

Penn Valley


I have been a community college teacher for more than 30 years. I’ve seen many boards come and go, but none have been so politically motivated or controlled than Sierra’s most recent. Spawned and fueled by the Republican Central Committee, Jerry Simmons, Aaron Klein, Scott Leslie, and Nancy Palmer have abrogated their policy-requiring responsibilities of separating their political interests from the non-partisan job that they are supposed to do.

To add to Sierra’s political baggage, we now have Lamont Royer and Nancy Palmer, both endorsed by the RCC and a “Johnie-come-lately” egotist, Bill Kirby jumping on Sierra’s Board of Trustees bandwagon. If any of these politically or personally inspired candidates make it to the board, Sierra will remain, anchored and tied in its dock, bogged down, nowhere to sail.

Do our award-winning community college a huge favor. Vote for Bill Martin and Martin Harmon. They will bring an apolitical component to the board that will break the partisan spell that has paralyzed Sierra since John Doolittle and Tim Leslie decided to poison our education system with their political agendas and PAC monies.

Joe Medeiros


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