The Streets of Nevada City

IMG_3910First some pinheads on the Nevada City Council refused to reimburse race organizers for the Amgen Tour of California. (Joining other residents, we rallied and donated $250 to help out; what else are you going to do? Stiff the hard-working race organizers, like the city did?)

Then there’s the 800-square-foot “granny” (AKA more like a home) that was being erected without a public hearing within about 10 feet of a poor neighbor’s house without input. And while the process isn’t right, it’s “legal,” we’re firmly told. I suspect it will require a lot of plantings to block that “view.” “Gee, thanks for nothing!”

Now welcome to the streets of Nevada City, where the crepe myrtles are in bloom — but the streets have been ripped apart for months, thanks to a new water main and a new gas line from PG&E — all at the same time. It’s a big mess.

We joke about the “temporary no parking” signs that, in fact, are dated from 5/8 to 8/31. PG&E now thinks it will last until September. There’s loose asphalt all over the street.

Come visit if you dare, but it’s going to be dusty and dirty — just like the old west. That “new” street cleaner is nowhere to be seen.

The piles of rocks, rebar and debris would make a trip down the street unfit for a baby carriage, let alone riders in the Amgen Tour of California.

Our neighbors are all joking about “Quanitytown.” LOL.

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website SierraCulture.com. Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for 12 years, and he was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News for eight years, among other positions. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing, swimming, and trout fishing in the Sierra.

10 thoughts on “The Streets of Nevada City”

  1. Very Pathetic. Who in Nevada City needs immediate recall on those whose actions flies in the face of even basic logic? Good luck with recall, whoever you are.

  2. It’s time for an overhaul — at City Hall and on the Council. Sometimes people get too comfortable in their “public servant” jobs. Or forget who they are “serving.” LOL.

  3. The real issue that I continue to think about more often is the disconnect between the lofty goals of economic development in our community — and the reality. There needs to be a much more of a concerted effort and introspection around this.

  4. I’m not sure what has happened, but the City used to notify PG&E, NID, Comcast and other agencies in advance of street paving projects. They were advised of the project and that if they planned any underground work in the area being paved, they had to complete it before the paving or completely repave (not patch) the street they tore up if it was within ten years of the new paving. They worked well with us. Now I’ve noticed that the City repaves streets (Coyote St. by the Post Office is a good example, as is Long St.) and then within a year or two, they are torn up and become a mess of patches, which breakdown in winter conditions and become potholes. The City doesn’t even bother to make sure the water/sewer lines are not in need of repair before the overlays are done and they have to dig up the streets they just paved. Seems like a total waste that could easily be avoided with good pre-planning and inter-agency cooperation.

    As for the “granny” units allowed with little oversight to meet the State affordable housing requirements, the only way that will happen and the intent of the ordinance to truly be carried out, is to put deed restrictions on the units limiting the rents to “affordable” amounts per the State’s low-income levels and restricting them from being used as “short-term” units. Won’t happen. Affordable housing is a farce for some people to maximize their profits. The units will be rented for outrageous sums or host a steady stream of weekly/weekend guests. The workers in the shops and restaurants/bars downtown won’t be able to afford them.

  5. What concerns me the most in reflection to everyone’s comment is…Who in this City is running the show? As over a month ago, there’s no one at the front office to direct you or answer your calls as Brenda has left. As of last week, we have no head of Public Works as Vern Taylor has retired. Our City Planner Cindy Siegfried has one foot out the door, and our City engineer, Bill Falconi, is waiting/dealing with one more grant and other obstacles in his life. With the main kingpins dropping off like flies, there certainly isn’t any strength or backbone for our community to feel secure with and we’d be fools if left depending on the City Counsel or Planning Commision to function on any thinking level. Pretty discouraging.

  6. When Nevada City hires a new planner let’s hope the focus is on building *after* a permit is issued, not before. I’m looking at a photo from earlier this week on a project that is well underway. The photo shows the footprint for the foundation being excavated, and formwork to pour the concrete footing being built, etc. Yet the permit was not issued until today. Come on people!

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