I’m disappointed that our state park system is entertaining the idea of selling our treasured Empire Mine State Park, apparently because of ongoing toxic remediation costs.
I am strongly opposed to privatizing this historical gem and urge the state to hold the original mine owners 100 percent responsible for the environmental damage to our community. They profited from it, and they should pay for it.
We, the taxpayers, own this park and Grass Valley owes its very existence to the Empire Mine — it is our park. It is a core part of our community, state and national history and is extremely important to local and regional tourism.
I resolve to make it a top priority to opposing privatization of the Empire Mine State Park.
Nevada County Supervisor, District 3