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Representation by whom?

Representation by whom?

Grass Valley has lost a true public servant. Planning Commissioner Ralph Silberstein provided a thoughtful, educated and visionary perspective in his decision making. Ralph truly represented the long-term best interests of our community. Ralph has been removed from his position by the Grass Valley City Council. City politics have been influenced by developers and a foreign mining corporation who see Grass Valley as being ripe for exploitation. Why do we retain a planning commissioner who is an employee of the Idaho Maryland Mine while removing an independent, committed citizen?

I believe it is in our best interest to be represented by people who care about the long-term future of our community rather than an exploitive industry that seeks to remove our gold and water, has massive infrastructure (not to mention natural gas) requirements and requires an influx of laborers. Why did one of our elected officials appoint a commissioner with clear economic self-interest in a pending application?

Joy Waite

Grass Valley

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