UPDATE: Pensions, Taxes On Tap at Tonight's Healdsburg City Council Candidates' Forum

Forum also includes Measure V, the city's half-cent sales tax increase ballot question.

NOTE: This story was updated on Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012 and again on Sunday, Oct. 7.

and other economic issues are expected to top the list of issues at a forum Tuesday, Oct. 9, among five of six candidates for three open seats on Healdsburg City Council.

The forum, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., will be held at The Healdsburg School.

The Area League of Women Voters will moderate the forum, which will give each candidate an opportunity to answer prepared questions and present a position statement.

"It's not a debate; it's a forum," said , one of three event sponsors along with the League of Women Voters and the Healdsburg Tribune.

Also up for discussion is

Speaking in favor of Measure V will be Healdsburg City Councilman Jim Wood. Taking the "con" point of view will be a representative from the Sonoma County Taxpayers Association, which wrote the dissenting view in the voters' pamphlet, Howell said.

Five of the six Healdsburg City Council candidates are scheduled to appear.

Candidate Vern Simmons said Monday that he has a prior out of town commitment and won't be able to attend.

In alphabetical order, the candidates are (Click on the links for each one to see a full Patch profile and position statement):

Dennis James Brown, chief of medical imaging for the State of California Correctional Division.

Incumbent Tom Chambers, an executive with a local optical coating business.

Shaun McCaffery, a mechanical engineer and a volunteer with the Raven Performing Arts Theater and the Healdsburg Water Carnival.

Timothy Meinken, a local business owner and former partner in an international pension benefits consulting firm.

Incumbent Gary Plass, a former Healdsburg Police Sergeant and a real estate agent. Current Healdsburg Mayor.

Vern Simmons, a former Healdsburg Planning Commissioner and a retired U.S. Navy commander.


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zoe moire September 27, 2012 at 10:36 PM
Measure V: When I read that City employees "now pay !0% toward medical premiums...<and> City Council members also contribute 10% toward....<same> I really get my hair in a tizzy. I pay 50% of my premium at work. Happy our council has curbed down on employment and other cost savings measures. We will be shopping in another area where reduced sales tax exists. No more cars from the lots here in town; zippo on shoes. Etc. We just got a huge increase in our electrical and sewer rates. If you say this will sunset in 10 years, sure - but actually you'll have something else on ballots such as schools, hospital fund increasing and only the rich will survive Healdsburg.


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