The two George’s (Rebane and Boardman) on the Rood Center, economic development — or whatever

Editor’s note: George Rebane’s blog is a true source of comic relief if you need to be on a laptop all day. What would we do without their wisdom? Here’s an excerpt:

Boardman (The Union’s paid columnist): Dr. R: Your 9:11 AM got to the heart of the issue: There is no coherent economic development plan in Nevada County because there is no leadership on this issue from the Rood Center. The Supes’ No. 1 priority is to balance the budget. Economic development is considered a second level priority, and then they’ll get involved only as appropriate. Instead, they are content to send a check to the ERC every year and distribute patronage to the local chambers, hardly a winning economic development strategy. Maybe I spent too many years in the Bay Area, but I’m used to seeing leadership and initiative from local elected officials. All we have up here is a bunch of auditors.

Rebane (once Drew Bedwell’s planning commissioner): GeorgeB 944am – Thanks for those good words. I’ve been on that ED soapbox for years trying to goad the Supes and Councils to put their shoulder to the wheel. I think it might be of considerable help if you wrote a column or two in that vein, and we could pick up and/or point to each other’s words. Your ‘bunch of auditors’ observation is spot on. Without such coordinated backing, Greg’s dour analysis will continue to rule the day (year after year).

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7 thoughts on “The two George’s (Rebane and Boardman) on the Rood Center, economic development — or whatever”

  1. But wait it gets better: “Gregory 1110am – Exactly so. The notion of ‘importing cash’ into the county has been a new one for many of the community leaders whom I have lobbied over the years. All the restaurants, hardware stores, specialty shops, and, yes, car dealerships draw almost all their sales from locals. And since the county cannot print money, these locals ultimately had to get their dollars from somewhere outside the county, i.e. the cash importers. As you again point out, such cash importing businesses are only those who sell their product to buyers who live elsewhere. I used to think that this was an easy concept to communicate and sell hereabouts. That has not been the case.”

    We should elect George Rebane the Chairman of the Board of Western Nevada County CA! Or at least “Queen for a Day”!

  2. Oh, and as for “free speech,” Rebane decides whether to erase posts on his blog based on outcry from his “regular readers.” A kangaroo court, to be sure!

      1. He writes: “You know George, despite your occasionally passive aggressive comments, you might actually be able to have a decent conversation with people who have a wide variety of views here, if it were not for people like Don, Fish, Greg and Todd constantly sniping and holding you back.” But if it weren’t for them, George would not have anybody reading or commenting on his wretchedly misnamed blog “Rebane’s Ruminations.” ROFLOL.

  3. And then, and this gets better, Rebane admits it: “What a concept, I have a preference for some people and not others. Kinda like SCOTUS unconstitutionally favoring some laws over others. What a concept!? But then, things do change.” What a farce!

    1. I think George Rebane has become a mother figure for some of his commenters, who come running to him to tattle. (Fish also suffers from this disorder): “GeorgeR, within two minutes Pelline copy pasted your comment at 5:38 at his diss piece on you and Boardman. Now that is real journalism. LOL! The internet is changing the way we get our news. Posted by: Todd Juvinall | 26 June 2015 at 05:53 PM”

      On the upside, it sure makes it easier to write the “State of Jefferson” book. Endless fodder.

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