Nevada City anti-war vote dies |

Nevada City anti-war vote dies

Eileen JoyceLoraine Webb wears a sign at the Nevada City City Council meeting Monday.
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Nevada City will not be one of the many jurisdictions in the United States to formally take a stand against the war in Iraq.

The proposed resolution on Monday’s Nevada City City Council agenda asking President Bush to use “the highest level of restraint possible regarding a potential attack against Iraq” didn’t even come to a vote.

The only motion that was raised in connection to the war came from City Councilman Conley Weaver to not discuss the resolution, but even it died for lack of a second.

Some 70 cities in the United States have voted on resolutions against the war.

“This resolution came from the heart,” said City Councilman Steve Cottrell, who drafted the document two weeks ago.

Wally Krill of Nevada City and others questioned whether it was the City Council’s purview to consider a resolution against the war.

But Attorney Stephen Greenberg, a longtime activist, disagreed. “This is a time to speak,” Greenberg said.

J. Long Cooper agreed it was the city’s purview to consider the resolution. “Is there something more important on the agenda?” asked Cooper, who had come to the council to discuss another issue. “I don’t think so.”

Raconteur Utah Phillips, a longtime activist, spoke in support of the resolution, recalling the horrors he had seen during his service in Korea.

But he did not sway the City Council.

“It is not inclusive,” Mayor David McKay said of the resolution. McKay, who said he had been to a peace march in January, said the proposed resolution did not represent all of Nevada City’s residents.

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