Here are 10 reasons and predictions why our community is politically purple:
1. Despite some predictable opposition, the pro-development Grass Valley City Council will still pass the historic preservation ordinance — 20 years in the making. Keeping your community unique is a valuable business asset.
2. GOP moderate Nate Beason will defeat Sue McGuire (the latest tea party candidate) in the District 1 supervisor’s race. Nate can work with both conservatives and liberals.
3. Truckee Mayor Richard Anderson will win the District 5 supervisor race, joining Terry Lamphier as the second moderate “progressive” on the five-member board. The group continues to become more politically diverse, but it is working well together and tackling our nonpartisan county issues. Richard’s endorsements are listed here.
4. GOPer Doug LaMalfa will defeat highly conservative Sam Aanestad (whose co-chair is tea party supporter Tom McClintock) in our Congressional race — a sign that Doug is plenty conservative enough and Tom’s influence is wearing thin.
5. Our biggest far-right political ideologues (and agitators) are leaving us: McClintock will largely exit the district, and Assemblyman Dan Logue will exit it all together.
6. Tea Party co-founder Mark Meckler will drop out of the spotlight and tone down his vitriole. Mark is a happy camper now with his new book deal.
7. Grass Valley’s and developer’s ill-conceived lawsuit against the county airport land-use commission will be settled. “Many municipalities, and especially developers, do not want to see Airport Land Use (Development) Plans updated,” as CalPilots observes. “It tends to interfere with their profits and inappropriate development plans of the land surrounding airports. This commission is basing its decision on the California Division of Aeronautics written guidance.”
8. Nevada City’s new police chief is from progressive Marin County, joining the city manager from progressive Sebastopol. Coastal California continues to influence Nevada City.
9. Social media will continue to redefine how our community communicates, illustrated by efforts such as the one to keep the Yuba State Park open. There is no longer a bottleneck of communications by a handful of media with an old-guard conservative bias.
10. The county Economic Resource Council will push for a “big-box store” in Grass Valley to spur needed tax receipts. But it will be a collaborative effort and could lead to compromise on more controversial projects, such as reopening the Idaho-Maryland Mine.
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