Aug. 23, 2011 — Recently, the board of Supervisors has been tackling a bevy of issues that has been distracting the elected body from doing the work constituents elected it to do.
It is not unusual for a new member of an elected body to have the drive and excitement when he or she sees a problem for the first time and wants to tackle it head on. What is disconcerting is when the elected supervisor thinks he is the only one who can fix a problem that has too many ifs, ands and buts to it by chastising his fellow board members or taking on the issue single-handedly.
The supervisors have been dealing with economic growth problems in Herlong, Doyle, Big Valley and Westwood for years. It also has been trying to solve the Bly Tunnel problem at Eagle Lake for years. Those issues are not new to Lassen County and they will not be fixed overnight. Nor is recalling sitting supervisors or calling for non re-election of a supervisor by another board member the answer.
However, that is what we are hearing at the paper, lately. Phone calls, emails and letters to the editor claim the only way to fix problems that have multiple layers is to spend thousands of dollars on ousting men who give time and effort representing Lassen County.
Perhaps time would be better spent looking into why the county allows businesses to settle in Lassen County but corporate identities in Nevada. Also, why is it OK for elected officials to be property owners in the area they serve but not live in the same area? It not only happens in counties, but in cities and throughout the state.
Last, we challenge Supervisor Larry Wosick, who has been assigned as liaison to the Forest Service, to worry about Agenda 21 and work on coordination efforts so the U.S. Forest Service doesn’t close service roads to all traffic. Our county depends on the forest for recreation and personal timber. If our county doesn’t come up with a Coordination Committee outlined under Section 219.7 of the USFS management plan, we could lose access to the forest.
Wosick needs to focus on District 3 and the committees he has been assigned to and not constantly meddle in the issues the other elected supervisors can deal with in their districts. From what we are also hearing, Janesville has need of a working supervisor and right now he has been too busy sticking his nose in other’s business. How will that fare on his re-election day?
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