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City’s leaders should represent all of the public

The Grass Valley City Council’s decision to remove Ralph Silberstein from the Grass Valley Planning Commission left me with one question: Why?

Is it because he stands for something more than development? Is it because he does his homework and questions the work of city employees? Perhaps a council member simply wants him gone.

For those who have forgotten, democracy is government by the people, directly or through representatives. With Commissioner Silberstein’s removal, who represents my voice on the planning commission – the voice of conservationists and those willing to challenge the status quo? We’re everywhere and, somehow, still struggling for accurate representation.



I hope Janet Arbuckle’s new appointee represents those whose voices were lost with the removal of Ralph Silberstein.

Whether or not city council members agree with the views of their fellow council members, appointed planning commissioners or me, it is their duty as elected officials to fully and accurately represent the public they serve.




I present one final question: Who does the city of Grass Valley truly serve?

Noel Kroeplin

Grass Valley


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