The Union’s response to writing about the proposal to build a resort in our county: “Loose talk;” “rumor and innuendo”; “a discussion among friends about how to attract tourists to our community.” “Some stories are relegated to the blogosphere for a reason.”
Are you sure about that? Here are some more facts:
•There is a detailed, 24-page document about this project that the City Administrator of Grass Valley, Dan Holler, has emailed to some public officials and business owners to review. Though preliminary, it is being more widely circulated too, because it has raised questions and concerns.
•Keith Davies, the author of the proposal, and Holler also plan meetings with business owners to discuss a “Visitor Center” for Grass Valley. Longtime locals might remember Davies as the owner of Framastanyl’s Restaurant in Nevada City in 1980-87.
•City Council Member Dan Miller and Keith Davies and Robin Galvan-Davies together attended a tourism workshop at the Stonehouse Restaurant. Miller and Davies have been longtime friends. Dan supports their idea.
The community needs to ask why The Union and its editor/publisher is sitting on this news. The Union should ask the City of Grass Valley for a copy of the proposal that is being circulated — not just being “discussed among friends.” Why isn’t there more transparency about this proposal/process involving Grass Valley City Hall for such a big project?
This is a good example of how The Union has been a “bottleneck of communications” in our community for years under the guise of publishing a “legitimate newspaper.” Is the editor/publisher trying to “control” how and when information is shared with the community? Is The Union being a watchdog — or a lapdog?
Here’s The Union’s response to a query raised on the “Town Talk” feature of its website:
“Thanks for your interest, but The Union is a legitimate newspaper that does not print rumor and innuendo. Some stories are relegated to the blogosphere for a reason. However, we in the newsroom have followed up and talked to multiple sources in the various public agencies about the possibility of the mega-resort and have been informed that the proposal is so preliminary that it is basically amounts to a discussion between friends about how to attract tourists to the region. “There is a lot of loose talk and little else,” said one public official asked about the proposal.
“If the proposal gains traction, and private investors display a willingness to put up the considerable capital necessary for such a project, it will have to be proposed to the Nevada County planning commission and proceed through a rigorous public process that would likely take a number of years. If and when that happens, you can be sure The Union will deliver timely and relevant factual information that is properly sourced. Thanks.