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Grass Valley Downtown Association board talks elections, personnel changes

The Grass Valley Downtown Association board of directors met Tuesday morning at The Owl restaurant in Grass Valley to discuss preparation for the group’s spring membership meeting, where the organization and its more than 200 members will address upcoming board elections and recent personnel changes.

“A lot of the focus is going to be where we’re at now, and what we’re doing moving forward,” said Chairman Steve Graham.

In February, association Executive Director Julia Jordan abruptly resigned after nearly three years on the job and 12 years within the organization.



Jordan has since accepted a position as the Lincoln Area Chamber of Commerce’s new chief executive officer; she also has been elected president of the California Main Street Alliance, a group focused on enhancing historic and traditional commercial districts in the state.

In the interim, the association’s promotions coordinator, Libby Bonomolo, has been assigned the daily work of the organization, with board members stepping in to help out when necessary.




Board members aim to shore up the hiring process to replace Jordan, and are currently working on the request for proposals and job description for the executive director position.

Board Treasurer Steve Rosenthal said Tuesday that the board needs to address the association’s current financial standing, and the personnel changes, to members at the membership meeting.

“We need to have some responses prepared when people ask questions with regards to what happened, and what we’re doing,” Rosenthal said.

There was some discussion of personnel issues Tuesday morning, but board members would not publicly address the concerns.

“Originally (City Manager) Bob Richardson had suggested that we get legal counsel and inform the membership,” board member Roxanne Miller said. “This is what has occurred, this is where we’re at, and this is where we’re going. I don’t know if we’ve got that down yet, as far as what we can say. We do need to somehow communicate where we’re at.”

On Tuesday, the board also announced that board secretary Dolores Jones has submitted a letter of resignation to the group. Her seat on the board will be one of four up for election this year. Board member Debbie Lange also will not run for re-election. Graham and Miller, however, will seek re-election for their seats.

The group is scheduled to hold the membership meeting on April 23 at the Grass Valley Courtyard Suites. Association members interested in running for a board seat must turn in an application to the association’s downtown office by the end of April.

In other business, board members approved the use of group funds for pest control services for its downtown office, a new five-year copier contract, and the purchase of new locks and keys for the downtown Dumpster areas.

The association also spoke with website contractor Doug Faraco of Jennco Web Works, regarding ramping up advertising and event updates on the group’s website.

For more information, contact the GVDA office at 530-272-8315.

To contact Staff Writer Ivan Natividad, email inatividad@theunion.com or call 530-477-4236.


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