Whoopie! Looks like we may actually have an election in Nevada City this year -if all three potential candidates follow through. It’s a good thing, because for the NC to skip two elections in a row would have been somewhat embarrassing.
I should mention that the news of Evans Phelps last minute candidacy comes courtesy of “Scoop” Pelline, who gets bent out of shape when he doesn’t get all the credit for what happens in “his” town. I only mention him since he thought to bring my name into the discussion on his blog, in his usual snide manner. He likes to note that I live in Grass Valley now, which is meant to imply that I have no business even saying the name of my former home. (Even though over the course of thirty years I’ve lived on Spring St., High St., Nevada St., Boulder St., Grove St., Manzanita Diggins, Bourbon Hill, and for a while I lived in the old railroad shed on Sacramento St.)
It’s okay. I’m used to being on the outs with the ruling class over there. In my last post, I talked about “them good ol’ days” when I did campaign posters for Pat Dyer and Steve Cottrell. While both won their respective elections, neither were part of the clique that’s run Nevada City since the mid-eighties. As Steve told us, there was a concerted effort to keep him out of the mayor’s chair that lasted -what was it?- fourteen years?
And now, in the last few days it appears that a new plot twist has been inserted into the 3rd District Supe race with the announcement of a proposed shopping center on Spring Hill, next to the yet uncompleted Dorsey Drive interchange. Immediately the internet was awash with conspiracy theories of collusion between “the good ol’ boys”, meaning Grass Valley mayor and supervisor candidate Dan Miller, the Ingram family, and the Darth Vader Development Corporation. It’s unclear, though, why this cabal would choose to announce this Darth Mall right before the election, arousing the sleeping hordes of naysayers who will now pour money and time into reelecting incumbent Terry Lamphier, whom they believe will oppose the project. Could such a conspiratorial axis of evil be that stupid? Anything’s possible.
But Scoop is on the job. Never mind that he just dissed me as an outsider who should not meddle in another city’s affairs of state. Never mind that he can’t even see District Three from his porch up on the hill. The standards are different for him.
As for me, I look forward to a spirited contest. I know Terry and Dan, although I am not close to either. I wish them both luck, and may the best man win. I would remind both of them that the equal treatment rule applies: If they get too negative I may have to do what I did with Van Zant and Seghezzi and draw them as they describe each other. Keep it clean. It will make my job harder, which will make some people happy.
Editor’s note to comments: No namecalling. Show some class, if possible. And have a nice day 😉