Hey folks, there is a lot of work to do in our community. I am a life long Democrat, walked for Stevenson in ’52 and get really tired of the idea that Democrats are all liberal pinko’s.
That being said, I have a number of friends and supporters on both sides of the spectrum in our community, and when it comes to our community, I think that is how it should be – nonpartisan. Our agendas are for our jurisdictions, on some items you may disagree with me, on others agree but in the overall I think my vision for our area has been progressive. I have made miscalls and hit home runs – that is the way its is – but again, there is a lot of work to do and we better work together locally or we won’t get anything done.
—Howard Levine (wrote here today)
Howard is a social liberal and proponent of the arts, but he also supports reopening the Idaho-Maryland gold mine, and longtime NCCA leaders support him. Howard would vote for a big-box store or big housing project, I’ll bet. So it may not be exactly “progressive,” at least to a Democrat. He will side with the current majority on City Council on most issues.
Michael Anderson complimented Howard on his statesmanship. It was a nice thing to say.
But then again, I guess Howard was not always so diplomatic, at least according to this reader who wrote an opinion column in The Union in March 1980: Levineopinion-1 It was based on Howard’s behavior while he sat on the Grass Valley school board. “We feel that such actions by an elected official cannot, and should not, be tolerated,” it said in part, calling for Howard to step down and calling out “a lack of skills.”
Who knows? Perhaps Howard won’t do that if he gets elected to City Council. But it’s at least worth raising the issue. Some merchants on the Downtown Association also have complained about Howard’s leadership style. Or his hubris.
Why doesn’t The Union cover the local elections with any insight? I’d proudly pass them the baton.