Thein won't run again

October 15, 2003 11:00 pm

By SCOTT PESZNECKER

Turns out Calaveras County lost a supervisor when a pipe bomb exploded at the government center in June.

District 1 Supervisor Lucy Thein, who represents Valley Springs, San Andreas, Burson and Wallace, said yesterday the summer bomb blast convinced her not to seek re-election in March.

"I just felt like for all the work we go through at the government center, people still aren't happy with the way things are going, obviously," said Thein, a San Andreas resident.

"And you always have people who are a little off-balance out there, looking to get back at the government, and I am the government. It's just a little disconcerting."

But the bomb was more of the straw that broke this supervisor's back

Thein, who turns 65 next month and would be 66 before her second term ends in January 2005, said she has enjoyed her tenure as supervisor but has disagreed with the board on several issues.

She also said staff at the government center — although fun to work with — is sometimes disorganized, which leads to problems for Thein's constituents.

"I just get frustrated with that and I don't seem to know how to fix it," Thein said yesterday. "I used to look at all this as a challenge, but I don't look at it as a challenge anymore."

Most recently, Thein disapproved of the county's handling of the issues surrounding Angels Hacienda, a small hotel on the edge of Copperopolis.

The county required the hotel's owner to spend thousands of dollars to bring the building up to county standards. Then, the planning department said the hacienda couldn't be a hotel because its property didn't have proper zoning.

Still, supervisors voted to allow the building to continue to operate as a hotel.

Thein said the board shouldn't have allowed the hotel to continue operating, and that planners should have dealt with the problem long ago.

"I thought the government center should have been more on top of that one," Thein said. "I think the government should have realized, prior to giving them a permit, that they didn't have the zoning to do it."