The Union continues to pile on the B.S. in its reporting on Measure B because it doesn’t dig deep enough as an independent news gathering outfit — this time in a “news story” on the front page, no less.
The measure calls for needed repairs and upgrades to the Nevada Joint Union High School District— crucial to keeping our schools competitive and a lynchpin of economic development in our community. Duh!
The drumbeat of negativity is ironic because the County is spending over $600,000 in taxpayer money on a contract with the Nevada County Economic Resource Council, supposedly to attract more families and higher paying jobs to our community. The Green Screen Institute is supposed to be attracting eager young tech workers.
The Economic Resource Council, the Nevada County Contractors Association, The Union, and other self-proclaimed business “leaders” in our community should be loudly endorsing this measure to support our schools.
It shows how dysfunctional, short sighted and self-centered our business leadership can be — helping to ensure an aging and declining population, not a vibrant, youthful one.
Instead of thinking ahead, they are siding with the narrow-minded political ideologues at outfits such as the County Republican Central Committee, which opposes both Measure A for the libraries and Measure B for the schools. This is “good old boys” cronyism at its finest.
The Union article begins with a quote from a resident named Mary Orr, cribbed from a letter to the editor. Mary is worried about oversight and transparency. But it’s a non-issue, because of a Citizens’ Oversight Committee, as the school administrator patiently explains.
Then the article goes on to make hay about whether the work will be given to local contractors. The Contractors Association spokeswoman goes along with the narrative, blaming “public contracting laws.” Well, that’s not quite right — and The Union does nothing to clarify this.
As a reader here points out: “The facts are that this work has to be bid at ‘prevailing rate.’ To bid the work they must pay the same labor rate and then bid the job accordingly.”
Instead of using Measure B as a whipping boy for the “system,” the Contractors Association ought to be supporting it because what is good for our schools is good for long-term economic development.
I wonder if occurred to all the critics of Measure B how this looks to a family that is considering a move here. It looks bad.