The Union followed up this week on the details reported here last month: a proposal to build a 33-lot subdivision on land owned by Todd Juvinall, the ex-County Supervisor, CABPRO founder and caustic hard-right political blogger. Some of the land has been identified as environmentally sensitive. Though never short of opinions or nasty remarks on his blog, Todd didn’t have much to say about the proposal, telling The Union: “I really have nothing else to say.”
But on Facebooks, local residents had a lot to say — and unlike the internet trolls on Todd’s blog, the residents signed their names. Some examples:
“Hilary Hodge: New housing is essential to Nevada County and sustaining a viable economy BUT that new housing must be affordable for families and for people who are employed in middle and entry-level jobs. More housing for retirees out of the Bay Area looking to stretch their retirement dollars is NOT what this community needs. We need housing that supports young, working folks whose talent and growth continue to support small business and the local economy.
“Jessica Churchill: Yea build more housing that the normal American can’t afford especially in this county so sad most of these places go vacant when there are hundreds of family’s out there that could use a nice warm place to live.
“Larry Bratcher: While I no longer live there GV/NC is still home to me. I am concerned that building more housing in the area will bring more people than the area can support. I reluctantly left in 1982 as unemployment was high then unless you wanted to drive south to to Sacramento our west to Marysville or north to Reno. I went back in 2009 for my mom’s funeral and was shocked at the changes. More congestion in traffic on roads that were not built to handle that many vehicles. Not to mention what was happening to air quality.
“Claire Keller: We don’t need it!
“Susann Grace: Look around want more of the change that’s taken place in
“Eleanore MacDonald: Wetland and riparian areas should be left alone. This is 2015, not 1815. And infrastructure? On an already overtaxed system?
“Josh Emery: They will have to either avoid the wetlands or mitigate for them, state and federal law and regulation will ensure that.
“Nancy Ross Bishop: Regardless of state and federal regulations, we residents should pay close attention to the plans.
“Josh Emery: Yep. I hate sprawl and irresponsible development, but this expands the city without expanding its footprint. It impacts habitat that is already affected by fragmentation, instead of expanding and fragmenting more habitat. If development is going to happen, this is how it should be done.
“Sharon Currie: Now you know how us Penn Valley people feel … except we got stuck with the low income inventory.”
“Freq Rider: There goes the neighborhood.”