An incumbent and a challenger in this year’s election cycle made appearances at the Calaveras County Library on Feb. 13 in front of Calaveras County Democrats.
Bruce Giudici, candidate for the District 5 seat on the Calaveras County Board of Supervisors, first made his pitch to a crowd of about 35.
“It annoys the heck out of me when I see the types of decisions being made by the Board of Supervisors without regard to revenue or expenditures,” Giudici said. “It seems that people try to get through the budget as quickly as they possibly can. They try to avoid the fiscal issues altogether. It is not atypical where a board wants to get through the financials as quickly as possible because it’s boring, or it’s not interesting or they’d rather get to lunch. It’s something that is avoided, but it’s a necessary evil to talk about how we’re actually going to pay our bills.
“Whether you think cannabis is something that’s great or not so great,” he continued, “or whether it’s something that you don’t want to have in your neighborhood, still it was the revenue from those cannabis taxes that were being used to balance this year’s budget and future budgets. And so when people come up to the dais and complain about how we’re losing all of our deputies because we can’t afford to keep them, or response times are too late or we can’t fix our potholes because there are no funds, and then they go and get rid of the one funding source that was balancing the budget, it’s just astounding to me.”
Sheriff Rick DiBasilio then made his pitch to remain in the sheriff’s seat.
“I’ve been here and I’m not going anywhere,” he said. “I know what the department needs and what the county needs. Cannabis is up to the citizens, not just five people on the board. I will do what the county says and I will enforce that. This community is mine just as much as yours. If the board starts talking about cutting funding for (the marijuana enforcement) team, talk about kicking and screaming. I’m going to be a 3-year-old rolling around on the ground. I treat everyone the same. I treat everyone with respect and everyone gets a fair shake with me.”