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Joe Heckel and Jim Bair should not discuss growth as city representatives at an upcoming public forum, Grass Valley Mayor Patti Ingram wrote in a letter Friday.

Planning Commissioner Bair invited Heckel, the Grass Valley community development director and several other experts to speak at the public forum, “What will the Proposed Growth do to our Community?” The church’s Church and Society Committee is hosting the forum, which is scheduled for 7 p.m. Sept. 22 at the Nevada City United Methodist Church.

Ingram’s letter states, “Having reviewed the draft flier and discussed the forum with you, as City spokesperson, I have come to the conclusion that no one from the City should participate in this forum in an official capacity.”

No one involved was available for comment Monday evening.

– The Union staff

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