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Will Nevada City enter war debate?

Nevada City today could join dozens of cities throughout the nation in urging President Bush to use restraint against Iraq.

The Nevada City City Council will consider a special resolution from Councilman Steve Cottrell on the matter today.

“While some might argue that we should stick to the affairs of the city and leave the affairs of the world to others, I would respectfully submit that war is an issue affecting all of us and warrants a statement by elected public officials at all levels,” Cottrell said in a letter to the City Council.



More than 70 cities and counties throughout the United States have opposed the war. The cities opposing the war include Arcata, Berkeley, Oakland, Chicago, Anchorage, Alaska, and Telluride, Colo.

Activists with the Peace Center of Nevada County are expected to be on hand to support the resolution.




Cottrell has gotten the jump on it, said Loraine Webb, coordinator at the Peace Center. The Peace Center has discussed approaching the Grass Valley City Council and the Board of Supervisors with a similar proposal.

The Peace Center also wants Grass Valley and the Board of Supervisors to take a stand against the U.S. Patriot Act, Webb also said. The federal mandate allows government officials to read private e-mails, review students’ records and other documents, all in an effort to combat terrorism.

Peace activists will also travel to Sacramento and Davis this week to support anti-war measures before the Sacramento and the Davis city councils, Webb said, and will be at a peace rally in front of the State Capitol in Sacramento Saturday.

Officials representing Grass Valley, Truckee and Nevada County do not appear to be interested in such a resolution.

Grass Valley Mayor Patti Ingram and Vice Mayor DeVere Mautino do not believe a stand against the war is within the City Council’s purview, regardless of one’s feelings.

“I think that would be a pretty dumb move on our part,” Mautino said Sunday.

Truckee will not take a position either.

“We have a tradition of not taking positions on global issues,” Truckee Mayor Ted Owens said Sunday.

Sue Horne, chairwoman of the county Board of Supervisors, said that she has no intention of introducing such a resolution.

“I believe President Bush is a compassionate leader who understands the cost of peace and would never lightly send our young men into harm’s way,” Horne said Sunday.

In other matters, the Nevada City Council could:

— Approve a resolution to limit the construction of subdivisions to 35 or fewer units per each calendar year per developer; and another one to require that 30 percent of all new subdivision include houses 1,500 square feet or smaller.

— Consider a resolution to ask that state officials refrain from diverting funds from cities.

KNOW & GO

WHAT: Nevada City City Council, regular meeting

WHEN: 7 p.m. today

WHERE: Council Chambers, City Hall, 317 Broad St.

INFORMATION: 265-2496


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