On his blog and in The Union, right-wing commentator George Rebane “pre-announced” this “pearl of wisdom” earlier in the month: “Supervisor John Spencer will soon ask the county Board of Supervisors to endorse Prop. 23. But business development outfits like the Economic Resource Council are keeping mum. Does this mean that we in Nevada County have pretty well pulled in our horns and mortgaged our future to ‘Chinese Cash from Washington’?
This bothered me on two counts: First, why wasn’t this announced by a supervisor instead of George Rebane? Second, the jury is still out on the “pros and cons” of Prop. 23. to our community, as I’ve written many times before. The hard right, led by Tom McClintock, Dan Logue, the Pruetts, George and Russ Steele, seems intent on a “my way or the highway” approach to this initiative.
Well, don’t expect the request to come before the county board of supervisors after all. (I became curious when the issue didn’t appear on the last agenda). Outgoing Supervisor Spencer had to be reminded that the board has a policy of not addressing matters such as statewide propositions that don’t directly affect the county.
In fact, they haven’t taken a stand on such an issue for about 10 years, according to my well-placed county sources.
Spencer may wind up writing an “other voices” for The Union instead. Fine, though let’s hope for a counter-point view. Logue, Rebane and others already have been given the forum to promote Prop. 23. Steve Frisch of the Sierra Business was the lone dissenter, at least so far. It’s not exactly been balanced.
As I stated previously: “The supervisors no doubt will be politic in rejecting the request to back Prop. 23, but I would argue a more forecefull denial is called for to send a message to the ‘hard right,’ who seem intent on leading the rest of us around by our noses. After all, most of us are in the middle.”