New blood at NCTC — sort of

With little public fanfare, the new lineup for the Nevada County Transportation has rolled out.

Larry Jostes, of the county Sheriff’s Search and Rescue group, has replaced Russ Steele as the appointed at-large member. I know other applicants included some of the young people who belonged to “The Exchange,” a group of up-and-coming business people who want to make Nevada County their home. The background is here.

Jostes doesn’t seem to have an anti-global warming blog, as his predecessor did.

I always find it odd how our nonpartisan posts often are filled with vocal partisans: reflecting a real provincial mindset and giving rise to the perception of a “good old boys network.” We’re an insular bunch.

I’d applaud pollinating *more* of our appointed posts with young entrepreneurs who choose to come here and settle down, with all the obstacles they face — setting a role model for others and providing insights as people who are looking “in,” not the other way around.

I’m a big fan of the county Economic Resource Council’s “bring them home campaign” to attract younger people to our area.

“Young people sometimes aren’t the loudest voice and can be lost in all the political noise,” one of them once told me.

I at least hope the NCTC updates its Web site, not just its newsletter, with a list of the new members. Bios would be helpful, too. This is a vitally important group.

The 2009 group is: Nate Beason, Nevada County District I Supervisor; Tim Brady, Chairman, Member-at-Large; Carolyn Wallace Dee, Vice Chairman Truckee Town Council; Sally Harris, Nevada City Council; Larry Jostes, Member-at-Large; Chauncey Poston, Grass Valley City Council; Ed Scofield , Nevada County District II Supervisor (replacing John Spencer).

The next meeting of the Nevada County Transportation Commission is scheduled on: Wednesday, April 15 at 8:30 a.m., Nevada County Board of Supervisors Chambers, 950 Maidu.

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website SierraCulture.com. Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for 12 years, and he was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News for eight years, among other positions. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing, swimming, and trout fishing in the Sierra.

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