Shelly Aldean |

Shelly Aldean

Name: Shelly Aldean

Age: 52

Address: 2614 Bohr Road, Carson City, NV 89706

Phone number and campaign Web site: 885-8282

Education: BA from the University of California at Davis

Profession: Corporate Broker/Commercial Property Manager

Political experience: I have served on the Carson City Board of Supervisors

since 2003.

Please write a short biography of yourself (this answer may be up to 200

words; you might include such things as birthplace, career, community

involvement/volunteer efforts, family, etc.):

I was born and raised in the East Bay Area and since graduating from college

have worked as a member of a family owned and operated business specializing

in commercial and resort-oriented residential development. Raised by parents

who stressed the importance of community service, I became civically

involved shortly after moving to Carson City in 1989. I have served as

president of the Carson City Mainstreet organization and as president of the

Carson City Area Chamber of Commerce. I am past chair and a current member

of the Western Nevada College Foundation and an emeritus member of the UNR

Foundation and was recently elected as president of the Capital City Circles

Initiative, a new program helping people in need achieve self-sufficiency.

As a member of the Board of Supervisors, I serve as Carson City’s

representative on the TRPA Governing Board and am the current chair of CAMPO

and RTC.

Describe your vision for the Carson City of the future:

I envision that Carson City will continue to innovate and be a leader among

communities by preserving its open spaces, protecting its historic

resources, ensuring the adequacy and quality of its public services,

cooperating with its regional partners, and by creating a keener sense of

place by renewing and upgrading its built environment while retaining its

small town charm. I also envision that Carson City will continue to be

blessed with residents who are passionate about their community and willing

to work to ensure its future as an appealing place to live.

What are the three most important elements to the quality of life in Carson


1. Carson City’s strong sense of self. We are a capital city and a

crossroads community with a venerable past, a bright future and the will to

overcome any challenge.

2. The passion and dedication of its residents. People in Carson City are

extremely generous with their time, their talents and, when necessary, their


3. It’s beautiful geographical location which affords all residents access

to incomparable recreational opportunities.

List the three most important issues Carson City will face in the next few


1. Our battle against drug abuse and gang violence; 2. The need to diversify

economically in order to weather future economic downturns; and 3. The need

to remain fiscally disciplined even in prosperous times.

Recently, the Chamber of Commerce executive director printed an assessment

of the aesthetics of Carson City’s business districts, detailing many

buildings and sites in disrepair. What kind of “first impression” do you

believe Carson City makes on visitors? Would you support tougher standards

on building owners, even if they require those business owners to be fined

or closed if they do not comply?

Sometimes we are our own worst critics. Although Carson City is not without

its eyesores, we have done a reasonably good job of addressing blight in

high visibility areas. As a generaI rule, I would prefer to work

cooperatively with an owner of a building that has fallen into disrepair

rather than resort to punitive measures, especially during financially hard

times. On the other hand, if the owner has the resources to abate the

problem but refuses to do so, then I would consider harsher remedies

especially if the blighted condition of the building is depreciating the

value of surrounding properties.

Sales tax revenues have been declining steadily in the city due to the slow

economy. If this trend continues, what can the city do to compensate? For

example, would you consider layoffs as part of the solution?

The City can compensate by evaluating every program based on a cost to

benefit ratio and by eliminating those programs that are not cost effective

based on value received. Although layoffs should be avoided because of the

impact they have on the City’s ability to provide services, the toll they

take on the fabric of families, and the added burden they place on social

service providers, nothing can be excluded as an option.

How would you characterize the level of crime in Carson City, including

gang-related crime? Do you believe the city needs more law enforcement


I would characrterize it as manageable. Like every other department in the

City, the Sheriff’s Office has had to address the challenge of doing more

with less and, to date, has succeeded. However, if gang related crimes

continue to rise we may have to re-evaluate the number of officers dedicated

to gang suppression and reassign resources within the Department.

How will you vote on the public safety ballot question that asks voters if

they want to increase their property taxes to add more firefighters,

paramedics and law enforcement officers? Why?

Approximately 45% of our general fund budget is already dedicated to public

safety. Given the weakened state of our economy and the increasing number of

retail store closures, an added property tax burden would only compound the

problem, leading to the possibility of further business failures and an

increased diminishment in retail sales tax collections which represent

roughly 45% of our General Fund revenues. Although I admire and respect our

public safety officials, now is not the time to increase the tax burden on

either our residents or our local businesses.

How will you vote on the V&T tax ballot question, which proposes using sales

tax to provide $10 million for the railroad in return for a share of the

profits. Why?

I intend to vote in support of the ballot question but, as I have already

stated publicly, if re-elected , I will not vote to enact the additional

sales tax without an affirmative vote of the people. Carson City has a $21

million investment to protect and the only way for the City to fully benefit

from the reconstruction of the railroad is to ensure that it is extended

through the Carson River Canyon to a terminal in Carson City. If the sales

tax increase is approved by the people, I would condition the enactment on

increasing Carson City’s oversight of the project.

Is there enough for young people to do in Carson City? Could the city do

better? If so, how?

Many young people, unfortunately, have become too dependent upon electronic

forms of entertainment and have lost the capacity to use their imaginations

and find satisfaction in simple activities like hiking or shooting hoops.

Personally, I don’t subscribe to the assertion that there is nothing to do

in Carson City. Just open the pages of the Parks & Rec Department’s

“Discover Us” publication. It is also encumbent upon parents to recreate

with their kids and spend more meaningful time engaged in healthy family

activities. This would also help to reduce gang recruitment and other forms

of delinquency.

Carson City has a detailed plan to make the downtown more inviting to

walking traffic, which includes a reduction in lanes. Do you support the

overall plan? What are your ideas for improving downtown?

I support the downtown redevelopment plan and the effort to make the heart

of our City more pedestrian friendly. Throughout the country similar plans

have been successfully implemented resulting in an economic rebirth in these

areas. While the reduction in travel lanes will improve the overall ambience

of the downtown district, it is imperative that we have adequate and

conveniently located parking that is well marked and easy to find. To

sustain the viability of downtown long term it is important that the

merchants and property owners remain cooperative and cohesive and take

responsibility for sustaining what the City helps to create.

The city has recently attracted retailers by offering monetary incentives.

Do you support this policy? If not, what strategy do you believe the city

should use to attract businesses to locate here rather than in nearby


I am hopeful, based on recent conversations with adjoining jurisdictions,

that in the future large cash incentives to attract or retain major

retailers will no longer be necessary. However, in the interim we must do

everything in our power to protect and enhance our sales tax base. Beyond

monetary incentives, we must continue to project a business-friendly

attitude and look for other ways of partnering with prospective retailers

through deal facilitation, infrastructure improvement work and/or the

sharing of revenues through a growth in the sales tax base.

Carson City has been in competition with Douglas County for retail

businesses and the sales tax dollars they bring. Is this competition

healthy? Are you in favor of exploring an arrangement that would combine

business recruitment efforts and share sales tax revenue?

Supervisor Williamson and I initiated the discussion with Douglas County

about a possible revenue sharing arrangement which has now been expanded to

include other resources. The competition between the two jurisdictions has

not been healthy. It has created ill will and, if it continues, could

result in poor planning decisions and the continued use of large cash

incentives to “out bid” the competition. Cooperation will prevent large

retailers from pitting one county against another and will result in better

financial decisions.

Do you believe Carson City’s library is adequate? Would you support a tax to

expand and improve the library? Why?

I believe that the current library is at a tipping point. In order to remain

viable it needs to expand and modernize but it also needs to integrate into

its operation a greater retail component to help offset reductions in City

support due to current economic conditions. I certainly would not oppose the

placement of a question on a future ballot requesting voter approval of a

tax increase.

Do you believe the city’s bus system is adequate? Should it be expanded?

Although JAC’s monthly ridership expanded to over 11,000 rides in August of

this year, its fare box revenues have generally not met projections. In

view of the fact that it provides an important public service, especially to

seniors, I would support its expansion providing Federal transit funds are

available to support the growth and providing it doesn’t become too great a

burden on the General Fund.

Do you believe Carson City has an adequate number of parks and similar

facilities? Why?

Coupled with its open space acquisitions, I believe that Carson City has an

exceptional selection of parks and recreational facilties for a community

its size.The passage of Question 18 has provided the Parks and Recreation

Department with the financial resources that most communities don’t have and

has allowed Carson City to improve and maintain its parks and recreational

facilities using a dedicated source of funding.

What role should the city play, monetarily and otherwise, in supporting

private efforts in the areas of social services and arts? (examples include

Partnership Carson, City, CASA, etc.)

Through the Community Support Services grant funding program Carson City has

provided a substantial amount of support to local nonprofits offering

services to our community. To the extent that these organizations continue

to relieve Carson City of having to provide these essential services or to

the extent that their activities benefit the local economy, I would support

continued funding if financially feasible.

What else would you like to say to voters about your qualifications and


I have spent most of my adult life in community service and feel a strong

sense of commitment to help Carson City realize its full potential as a

center of commerce and as a community dedicated to the safety and prosperity

of its residents. I welcome voters to visit my website for further

information about my qualifications.