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.
Now here’s a town that’s partisan…
Hell RL, if anyone disagrees with the purple man they are branded as extremists. Honest to golly, he has to be sipping way too much local vino to think anyone believes he is “non-partisan” and purple.
With all due respect to my friends in Auburn; western Nevada County makes Auburn look like Sesame Street. By the way, I agree that what’s good for the goose should be good for the gander….I don’t think there is anything wrong with either party endorsing candidates in non-partisan offices. The whole point of political parties is that they help people figure out who to vote for….which is why I am not a member of a party, and many young people are rejecting parties….I don’t want or need anyone to help me figure out who to vote for…
I agree, Steve, which is why I don’t understand why the endorsement is an issue except for someone who has an ax to grind. I admire anyone who has the nerve to run for office, especially city council. The pay is lousy, the hours suck, and someone is always going to be mad at you. It’s an entry level job, which means that it’s going to be held by people who are essentially amateurs. Trying to pin them on specific budget items in a forum where you get two minutes to speak is a no-win situation.
And by the way, Ms. Arbuckle was emphatic about the need to pass measure “N”, the quarter-cent sales tax increase, which certainly doesn’t put her in the Tea Party crowd.
Steve -What was that you said about Western Nevada County making Auburn look like Sesame Street? The GV city council debate sure didn’t sound like this. It’s more “Nightmare on Elm Street”…