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Thursday, October 27, 2005

Self important blather drives up economic study costs

I attended the Special City Council meeting on the Study to Evaluate Economic/Fiscal Conditions and Future Land Use Scenarios for the City of Grass Valley into 2020. The usual self important suspects showed up to condemn the study as flawed, and raise their objections to any annexation. We heard why growth is bad for Grass Valley from: Grass Valley Neighbors, CCAT, RQC, General Plan Defense Fund, Loma Rica Preservation Committee, Audubon Society, Sierra Club, and others citizens. It sound like they were using the same talking points. Most wanted to create a long public comment period, with written replies, and then workshops to discuss the answers before any decisions are made. All this could create another year of review for the study, which is only a tool for decision making by the Council and staff.

I was amazed that after waiting two years for this study, the Council seemed to be in doubt about the next step. They finally accepted the study on a 3/2 vote, with an option for citizens to comment on the study assumptions. The comments, questions and answer will become a useless appendix to the study. The study contractor did not raise any objectons. As a consultant, I love those change orders, which can double or triple the value of the original contract. No one brought up the cost of these nay sayers demands. The Council should have passed the hat among the usual suspects, requesting they contribute to the cost, since they found it so important. . . .

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Blogger Frederic Christie said...

The day we make people pay for democracy and a constitutional right to petition is the day we lose any semblance of sanity.

Fri Oct 28, 12:39:00 AM PDT  

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