Grass Valley survey results list drug abuse as top concern |

Grass Valley survey results list drug abuse as top concern

Dave Brooksher
Staff Writer

During Tuesday night's meeting, the Grass Valley City Council heard a presentation from Grass Valley Police Chief John Foster on the results of the 16th annual Citizen Attitude Survey.

The survey reportedly allows the department to gauge their approval rating amongst residents and businesses.

Foster said that surveys were sent to 600 randomly selected addresses in Grass Valley, and 22 percent (approximately 132) of them responded.

More than 81 percent of respondents rated the service provided by the Grass Valley Police Department as good or excellent.

Respondents identified drug abuse and burglary as the top forms of criminal activity impacting the city.

The survey results also indicate that respondents want to see more drug enforcement, crime prevention and police patrols.

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Chief Foster said that fits in with the department's current and past goals.

"It's no surprise that drug abuse is number one." Grass Valley Mayor Dan Miller said. "It's getting worse, according to the survey."

Miller also expressed a desire to see higher levels of public participation in the survey.

"It's discouraging that people just don't take the time to complete the survey and get it back to us," Miller said.

In other news, the Grass Valley City Council will soon be considering a single-use shopping bag ordinance.

According to City Manager Bob Richardson, that item will likely be on an upcoming agenda in April.

This move comes after significant pressure from local voters during public comment periods at recent meetings.

At least three individuals used Tuesday night's comment period to ask the council to agendize the issue at an upcoming meeting.

To contact Staff Writer Dave Brooksher, email or call 530-477-4230.

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