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8A Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014 Portola Repoer Meet the candidates Shelley Wilkerson Staff Writer From five candidates, voters will choose two to fill open Portola City Council positions in November. Bill Powers and Pat Morton are the appointed incumbents, and their challengers are John Gault, Linda Van Dahlen and Terri Woods. The candidates answered questions put to them by Feather Publishing. Each candidate was given a limit of 120 words per answer. Answers have not been changed except for minor typographical corrections; they have been shortened when necessary to meet the word limit. Candidates are listed in the order in which their answers were received. A forum featuring the Portola City Council candidates willbe held at the Portola library Oct. 15 at 6:30 p.m. General information Bill Powers (incumbent) Age 67, wife Lori, plus two dogs and a cat. Retired educator and current substitute teacher. Eleven years wildland firefighter; writer-editor of a news magazine; published author; part-time musician; owner-operator of a successful wholesale meat distribution business; and Plumas County Supervisor. Terri Woods Born in the Philippines; Naturalized US Citizen; Businesswoman; Veteran. Owner of an independent insurance agency which Provides commercial and personal insurance in California and Nevada. Worked for the Federal ;overnment as Manager of a Five vie for Portola Cit00, Council Bill Powers Central Recruiting Office and for the Office of Personnel Management as a Human Resources/Personnel Specialist. Gained in-depth knowledge on employment policies and regulations. Worked for Bank of America as Computer Technician/Pi:oject Analyst; part of the team that tested and converted B of A's banking systems. Graduated in 1997 from CSU, Hayward with Bachelor of Science in ' Industrial Psychology (Organizational Development), minor in Business Administration. Language skills: Fluent in English; limited Spanish and Philippine languages. John Gault I'm 57 years old. Husband of Michelle, my bride of almost 10 years, and father of 5, and recently upgraded to grandfather. I have worked primarily as an FM DJ for many local. radio stations, and have worked the restaurant business for a total of 20 years. I've emceed for many events in and around Portola. I am the announcer for the Portola Tigers football team, and am involved in the I Love Portola group. Currently I work as an automotive service writer for a local auto repair shop. In my spare time I golf, camp and fish with my family, and enjoy the great outdoors that is our home. I am ready to serve. Siena Valley Fire Auxiliary Presents our annual Indian Taco Dinner Saturday, Oct. 11th 5:30 - 7:30pm at the Grange Hall in Vinton Adults: '10 Children: *5 Raffle and Auction For more info call Betty at 993-4621 A fundraiser for the Sierra Valley Vol. Fire Department ON EXTENSION? INEYARDS ...with the winery's owner, Frankie Williams Saturday, Oct. 18, 6:30 pm Five course menu with wine pairings. Limited seating -- reserve yours now! Only *79 all inclusive. jbr  /: NEED HELP? Terri Woods Pat Morton My husband, Bob, and I have been married for fifty years. We have two sons. Our oldest son is a pharmacist and lives in the Sacramento area with his son. Our youngest son works for the U.P. Railroad in Plumas County. He and his family live in the Portola area. I have worked for the California Institute of Technology in their Aeronautics Library and at the Sacramento Unified School District in their Professional Library. I am retired after working 23 years as Librarian at Portola High School and Plumas Unified School District. I have worked part-time at Leonard's Market, KS Mini Mart and for the city when they needed extra office help. Linda Van Dahlen 61 years. Dan Van Dahlen (husband) and Tiana Bradley (niece). Customer Service Officer for Plumas Bank (current). Service Manager for Red Lobster Restaurant (1986 to 2001). How long have you lived in or had ties to Portola? Bill Powers Born and raised in Portola. Graduated from PHS in 1965. Graduated from Sierra College (A.A.) and Cal State - Chico (B.A.). Earned Teaching Credential, graduate studies in government at National University. Moved back to Portola with my family in 1986 for a job at Jim Beckwourth High School. Terri Woods I moved to Portola in early 1999 to start a btsiness in the insurance industry. John Gault My family moved to Portola in the summer of 1969 from Chico, California. I graduated in 1975 and enlisted in the U.S. Air Force the following year and was honorably discharged in 1980. I came back to Portola and landed a job as a telephone operator at Pacific Bell I was one of the first male operators at that time. The old switchboard I used is in the Williams House Museum in Portola. I moved to the L.A. area in 1986 to pursue acting until John Gault my return to Portola 10 years later in 1996, where I began working primarily as a DJ for KABIN 99, KCMT, KPCO, and KNXN radio stations. I am proud to call Portola my home. Pat Morton We have lived in Portola for 35 years. Our sons graduated from Portola High School and we have two grandchildren attending elementary school in Portola. I have been active in community functions and know the dynamics of the community. Linda Van Dahlen My husband and I moved to this area in the early 1990's to be closer to my family who moved here in the early 1970's. My niece has been coming here from the time she was 12 years old and now has made Portola her home. What prompted you to run for City Council? Bill Powers I am a life-long devotee of helping Portola and the community grow and thrive. I'm experienced in local government and know I can help in many ways to continue the success we've recently made in several important areas. 2012 Portola'Volunteer of the Yoa/  ..... """" .....  " ,  ,r Terri Woods I feel the city needs new blood; private business experience is needed ... currently there isn't any. John Gault I have run twice before in special elections, and have been waiting for my chance to run in the general election. I feel I can bring much to the table as far as furthering Portola's growth and prosperity, and I'm ready to set the table. Pat Morton I was appointed to the City Council in January of 2013, after the resignation of a Councilmember. Some positive changes have happened and more are being explored for the future. We have hired a very positive, open and knowledgeable City Manager. I hope to continue as part of the positive attitude and change in the city. Pat Morton Linda Van Dahlen I am running for City Council because I realized that complaining was part of the city's problem and not the solution. Portola is stuck in the past and it needs to move forward. Stop the businesses from closing and homes for sale. Stop the drug pushers who are selling drugs to our kids. I want to help reenergize Portola. What experience do you bring to the position? Bill Powers I have eight years as an elected City Council member and four years as County Supervisor. I currently serve on City Council, Eastern Plumas Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, and chair the Resource Advisory Council, charged with distribution of federal allocations for forest projects. As a council member, I helped (along with current council member Larrieu and previous council members and staff) design the developer agreement for the Woodbridge Project, and fought for settlement of the Lake Davis engagement with state agencies. Appointed by Governor Schwarzenegger and State Senate Judiciary Committee to Corrections Standards Authority. Won CSAC's "Circle of Service'! award,in  2007 as one the five most ....... effective county supervisors in the state. Terri Woods Business management; organizational structuring and development; extensive knowledge and experience in personnel management and employee development; computer literacy; auditing;, financial analysis; and limited budgeting, etc. John Gault I filmed the Portola City Council meetings for Sierra Town Television for 10 years, and learned a great deal at each council meeting. But mostly I bring a lot of life experience to the job. I've always considered myself to be very idea-driven, and Portola is at a perfect time to reinvent itself through solid ideas and their implementation. Pat Morton I have been a citizen of Portola for 35 years and an active volunteer in the City of Portola Free Firewood The City of Portola will issue free firewood permits on a first come first serve basis to City residents beginning on Thursday, October 2nd, 2014. The permit is for the removal of dead or downed wood only in the City of Portola Willow Creek area. Each permit issued is for a maximum of three cords of wood per household for personal use only. Issuance of a permit does not guarantee availability. Please stop by City Hall at 35 Third Avenue, between the hours-of 9 and 4 p.m. beginning on Thursday October 2nd, 2014 to obtain a permit. Location information, permit restrictions and guidelines are available at City Hall. Call 832-6801 for more information Thank you ', ' , ', ,' ..... ',, ',' ,,", 'I,, ....... ,,,,' " ',',',, Linda Van Dahlen community. I have experience in labor relations, employee negotiations, research, organization and a history of the city. Linda Van Dahlen I would bring a sense of direction, dedication, organizational skills and a hardworking attitude to the table. I am a problem solver. I will look for ways to say YES we can instead of NO we can't: The council needs to put Portola back on the map and I feel I can help do this. Is there anything you would do differently than the current council members? If you are an incumbent, what changes would you like to see? Bill Powers Changes and final actions on lingering projects are happening this year, in an almost unprecedented way. I wholly support our new City Manager as we have directed his involvement in our critical water issues, the closing of sale of the Woodbridge Project, final closure of our landfill, preliminary design of a new trail system that will connect the city with the surrounding recreation and community areas, and refining our wastewater system. We Will,continue to ..i ! complete work on the ......... Veteran's Park at the west end of the city, utilize grant funding for the new bathrooms in the city park, and a long list of other projects already in the works. All of these are ongoing, positive changes. Terri Woods We are living in a period of austerity. We need to identify areas where the city could save money, and put that money into better use, such as cleaning up the "Blight" that is rampant; re-pave the streets and sidewalks. No one is seeking NEW businesses to locate here in Portola ... Jobs are essential to growth. John Gault I would put more stock in the idea of the city making money. Times being what they are, maintaining the status qua just isn't enough anymore. The city needs to See Candidates, page 9A You have until Oct. 15, 2014 to file your 2013 taxes! Call us for easy stress-free tax help. Individual & Businesses Accounting Tax Problem Resolution FREE efile Feather Financial 20A Crescent Street Quincy, CA 95971 (530) 283-2341 Lori Morrell Lomas, EA CA. 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