We enjoyed a reception and “roast” to honor Howard Levine (for as long as we could stay, with our son joining us) at the Center for The Arts in Grass Valley on Thursday night. Howard just retired as Executive Director of the Grass Valley Downtown Association. It was a good turnout: an eclectic bunch of Howard’s friends, and as one joked to the audience, those who didn’t like him quite as much.
No doubt about it, though: Howard did help revitalize downtown Grass Valley when it was on its back. And he wasn’t afraid to roll up his sleeve at Grass Valley events, hoisting signs onto and off of his pickup truck. He loves the town, and as speakers pointed out, he loves to talk about it.
Howard received a key to the city (with a ribbon attached) and a commemorative plaque from the Board of Supervisors (Hank Weston presented it with a speech). There were some laughs.
I was reminded of this blog post from November 2009 during the Del Oro Mural flap, where Howard’s visage mysteriously appeared alongside the mural, supposedly to help “scale” the project.
What’s next for Howard? I still predict he’ll run for City Council. The earlier post is here:
“Sometimes my imagination runs amuck, but I’m not alone: