The Union wants to decide growth debate for us

In this weekend’s edition of The Union, its editorial board writes “Our community must decide what it wants in terms of growth.”

But in the first sentence The Union’s editorial board decides for the community and jumps to its conclusion. It reads: “It’s a pretty simple message: If you want your community to grow, you need more housing.”

This is nothing new. Call it “good old boys” economic development, which is what The Union’s editorial board represents.

The trouble is that it’s not that simple. Building houses doesn’t help much if there are no jobs to go with it. In fact, jobs — not housing — are what will bring people to our area.

The Union, its editorial board and the Economic Resource Council needs to dig deeper.

The more things change, the more they stay the same.

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 years, was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News, and was Editor of The Union, a 145-year-old newspaper in Grass Valley. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing and trout fishing.

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