Grass Valley Chamber’s Visitor Guide runs political ad “Foster for Sheriff,” while some Council members support Moon

Small towns are a hoot! I noticed the new Grass Valley Chamber’s Visitor Guide is now running full-page political ads — in this case a full-page ad promoting former Grass Valley police chief John Foster for Sheriff.

This kind of ad doesn’t belong in a Chamber Visitor Guide! As the Chamber itself states: “The Chamber is a non-profit and nonpartisan organization, consisting of members from every segment of the community.”

Not all Grass Valley “powers that be” are even supporting Foster. For example, Jan Arbuckle and Lisa Swarthout are hosting a “Meet and Greet” for Shannon Moon.

That’s within their right. Meanwhile, The Chamber needs to keep politics out of tourism. We’re seeking to raise our statewide stature as a designated California Cultural District, a high honor. Let’s not be so podunk.

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 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.

6 thoughts on “Grass Valley Chamber’s Visitor Guide runs political ad “Foster for Sheriff,” while some Council members support Moon”

  1. I also heard the Nevada County Economic Resource Council may have paid the Grass Valley Chamber to help publish this visitor guide. That would make the political ad even worse, since the ERC is funded with taxpayer dollars. Come on people!

  2. Just a thought to pour oil on troubled waters, but wouldn’t all the candidates be free to place their campaign ads in the guide? Maybe the city visitors are interested in who is running for local offices here in Mayberry.
    Just saying.

  3. I’ll check Jeff, but you know Bend isn’t anything like Nevada County.
    I have witnessed the same campaign sign frenzy there though. But I haven’t heard of any Bendites playing nasty tricks like stealing campaign billboards or dumping severed sheep heads at political headquarters. Small towns are indeed a hoot.

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