In an “Other Voices” this Super Bowl weekend, longtime resident and local politico Patti Ingram cannot hide her personal contempt for Terry Lamphier, the supervisor representing her in District 3, calling his commentary on economic development a “personal puff piece” and using high-pitched political rhetoric such as “reprehensible” to describe his views.
It is another sign of what I see as the “old guard” circling the wagons in Grass Valley for the District 3 supervisor race.
But it will be hard to paint Terry as a “no growther,” since he has received $5,000 from the developer of Rincon Del Rio, a project he has supported as “state of the art environmental design,” as well as a creator of local jobs and long-term property tax dollars. Lamphier has shown a willingness to collaborate and is being level-headed in his commentary — at least for now.
Terry beat Patti’s husband, John Spencer, in the race for county supervisor last time in the Grass Valley area. Now Patti’s longtime friend, Dan Miller, is running against Lamphier, and she’s vocally endorsing Dan as the next-best choice compared to her husband (in a comment on Facebook).
Patti was instrumental in the appointment of a new CEO at the Grass Valley Chamber, Keith Davies, who also has ties with Dan and Patti going back to their high-school days. Patti’s family once owned The Union newspaper. It’s a close-knit group.
In a recent “Other Voices,” Lamphier pointed to progress in economic development on many fronts and his role in helping to facilitate it: economic development of the Bear River Mill site, broadband service, the Rincon development, a meat processing facility for local ranchers and more. It was a tempered response.
On the Dorsey Drive interchange, Terry pointed out: “I argued that the developers, not taxpayers, should bear the brunt of the expense as the developers would be the direct beneficiaries. Later, the city sued, using taxpayer dollars, on behalf of Loma Rica property owners — supporting private development rights instead of protecting the public in airport-related public safety issues.”
Grass Valley’s lawsuit against the county did not go unnoticed by many people, raising concerns about a “my way or the highway” mindset.
In this morning’s The Union (an old $2 one-day pass still gets you access from Denver if you don’t “log out”), Patti wrote that Dorsey Drive is our “most important” development project. The whole article was directed at one paragraph within Lamphier’s broad-based discussion on economic development.
It began: “Having been born and raised in Nevada City and Grass Valley, and my family having lived here for over a century, I take exception to Terry Lamphier’s personal puff piece regarding economic development in last Saturday’s edition of The Union.”
She called his statements “extremely offensive” and “reprehensible.” She adds: “Who will be served by the Dorsey Drive Interchange? How about the entire community!”
Dan also shot back at Terry on KNCO radio. Many of KNCO’s owners will be supporting Dan.
This is going to be a tight race and it will largely hinge on how people “in the middle,” who did not grow up in Grass Valley, view the candidates and their actions. Mudslinging may grab headlines but it won’t influence the outcome as much as in the past.