Update: The plan has been dropped.A request that Nevada City Council approve a resolution making the town a companion city to Black Rock City at Burning Man is creating a stir, Sierra Foothills Report has learned.
The item, up for discussion on Wednesday night, reads:
A. Subject: Discussion and Consideration of Resolution No. 2012-XX of the Nevada City Council Approving the City of Nevada City Becomes a Companion City to Black Rock City for One (1) Year
Recommendation: Council Policy Action
“Both have a very similar history,” according to the resolution. “Both were/are in a remonte, inhospitable, beautiful area governed by physical laws that should not be ignored (and) citizens were/are responsible in every regard for their own survival, safety, comfort and well being.”
“Therefore be it resolved that the city of Nevada City becomes a Companion City to Black Rock city for one week per year,” according to the resolution.
Burning Man begins Monday, August 27 and ends Monday, September 3.
The resolution is here.
City Clerk Niel Locke requested that this resolution be provided to the Council for consideration of adoption. This morning he posted this on Facebook:
Good Morning Burners,
Some info about me, I am 75 and this my 6th time attending BM and the City Clerk for Nevada City ,CA. Our area has a large number of Burners, and I thought a Proclamation was in order because of the similarities between our 2 Communities.
Weds 22 Aug there is a Proclamation making Nevada City a companion City to Black Rock City listed on the agenda. My understanding there is some opposition by some members of the City Council .
This is caused by the great distortion of truth that BM is Nothing but an event of drugs, sex, alcohol, dirty people etc. etc.( Which I experience every day in our area ). You have heard this all before but it does continue in the world of little knowledge.
I would appreciate some support from the Burner Community either by e-mail to the City or live support from the locals at our meeting tomorrow night.
I realize this short notice but I just learned about the opposition and we are preparing for the Burn and are busy.
My thanks and see you at The Burn,
Exit question: Before Council members and some residents gets “uppity” about Locke’s idea, I wonder if publicizing this “companion city” relationship could drum up some business in Nevada City prior to Burning Man. Nevada City already is becoming a “destination” for Burning Man attendees before, after and during the event, as I reported previously.
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