On Jan. 2, longtime resident Kim Janousek — whose family also owns B&C Hardware and the Fowler Center — announced: “CABPRO Founder and Nevada County native Todd Juvinall has been named the new Executive Director. Juvinall, a former Nevada County Supervisor, founded CABPRO in 1993.
“He has been a General Building Contractor since 1977 and has done radio and television programs dealing with politics. Todd was the logical choice to succeed Martin. He joins us again 19 years after founding the organization and is excited to be coming full circle as Executive Director once again.”
And tea party activist Barry Pruett (whose spouse is a field representative to our Congressman Tom McClintock) is eager to meet-up with Todd: “I will be meeting with Todd next week in connection with some projects,” he wrote on his blog, without elaborating.
This weekend, Todd announced on CABPRO’s website: “As the new Executive Director at CABPRO, I have assumed the duty of this blog from the Grand Master, Martin Light. Martin did a wonderful job for four years here and I hope to be able to do Martin and the members proud. With our large membership, I hope to expand the organization and grow and grow.
In fact, I hear CABPRO isn’t at all as powerful as it once was, and it will be up to Todd to make it “grow and grow,” as it puts it. The money that fueled CABPRO for years — from the construction boom, for example — has all but dried up.
But how will CABPRO grow itself? Longtimers are aware of Todd’s style of “debate” (see the cartoon here from R.L. Crabb). His blog, Sierra Dragon’s Breathe (sic), http://sierradragonsbreathe.blogspot.com/ (sic), has been acerbic for the most part, with personal attacks, false innuendo and outright lies.
Even extreme right blogger and political ally Russ Steele has warned Todd on his blog: “Most of the time bombast gets ignored. … There will be no need for name calling.” The R.L. Crabb cartoon, which he drew on his own, speaks for itself. What will be Pruett’s role?
People will be watching to see whether CABPRO (including Kim and Todd) take a higher-level approach or return to the “mudslinging” days of NH2020, rife with personal attacks.
Our community has changed in the past 20 years.
Todd has a chance to raise the bar. There’s room for civil debate from a highly conservative voice. But will he? I’m going to keep an open mind, but the community will be watching closely.
(As for the illustration, I received it from Judith Lowry. It said: “This came in from Bob Crabb. He said I could forward it to anyone I wanted to.”)