Jeff Pelline seems to have a problem with Grass Valley City Council person Janet Arbuckle. In today’s post, Jeff notes that Ms. Arbuckle went overbudget in her role as GV’s ambassador to the League of California Cities. It’s not the first time he has scrutinized Jan, which leads me to believe that he doesn’t want to see her reelected this November.
JP bemoans the awful fact that our local non-partisan offices have become politicized, and that Jan has been endorsed by the local Republican Party. Horrors! He only mentions in passing that fellow office seeker Jim Firth is not only endorsed by the Democratic Party, but is the Executive Chairman of our local Dems. Jim is also an ex-union guy, not that there’s anything wrong with that, but doesn’t mention that he defended the high-salaried staff and their pensions during last night’s debate. (I was there.) Most municipalities are trying to stem the tide of unfundable liabilities, rather than encouraging them. That certainly raised my eyebrow.
During Jan’s tenure on the council, I have yet to see her spouting any right wing talking points, and I did notice that her list of endorsements included former NC mayor Reinette Senum, among others. How about that?
But that’s how Jeff sees non-partisan politics; through progressive pink glasses. He never fails to see his neighbors as dumb, kollige-hatin’ rednecks. It must be hard, having to breathe the same air as those uneducated hillbillies. I’m kidding, of course. The difference is, he’s not.