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Spencer Short says downtown is a priority

By: Brandon Darnell The News Messenger
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Developing at a measured pace and making sure that Lincoln manages to retain its strong sense of community are two of Spencer Short’s major goals if he is reelected to his seat on City Council. Short has served Lincoln as a councilman for the past eight years, and as city treasurer from 1996-2000 before that. He also has six years’ experience as the assistant to the town manager of Loomis. “I have a true love for the city of Lincoln. It’s my hometown,” he said. “It’s less about politics and more about serving the people.” Short believes the problems solved by City Council play a key role in preserving the things that make Lincoln special, such as the Portuguese Picnic, the Fourth of July parade and the Christmas parade. “Our greatest strength is our people – the diversity of the population and the willingness of the people to give back,” he said. “Everyone comes out and feels free to voice their opinions.” Short promises to be receptive to those voices if re-elected. “The No. 1 thing is complete access, by phone or e-mail, to discuss any issues that may arise,” he said. “If you don’t like people, you can’t do this job. They can expect well-reasoned decisions.” One of the issues Short wants to address is taking control of downtown Lincoln. “Our greatest challenge is being solved right now with the bypass,” he said. As the highways move out of downtown, Short believes businesses will be more profitable, as trucks won’t be passing through, and cars will be more likely to stop. “The trick is to get the right kind of traffic in the right places,” he said. Another thing he wants to accomplish is to get another source of water for the city through the Nevada Irrigation District, saying that water from NID would complete Lincoln’s water supply. Also on the list of things Short hopes to accomplish is developing stronger relationships with the governments of other local communities, looking at recycling efficiency to determine whether trash hauling expenses can be reduced and using the economic downturn to review the decisions made over the past 10 years of development and look for ways to improve the future, always allowing for revision. “No policy is sacrosanct,” he said. “There’s always room for improvement.” Some of those ambitions have already begun to be realized and Short said that Lincoln has close relationships with Rocklin and Roseville. Furthermore, Lincoln has seen some success in bringing businesses in, he said. Short described the current climate as being in the mode where the houses have been built and it’s time to bring in key jobs. Short has lived most of his life in Lincoln and currently works in real estate in the city as well as teaching classes online as a professor for Golden Gate College. “I’m a lifelong Lincoln guy,” he said. “I believe in where we’ve been and where we’re heading. My goal is to make sure we develop at a measured pace that takes into account the needs of the community.”