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2-2 board split is best

The best thing to happen to Nevada County would be for the governor not to appoint a supervisor. A 2-2 split on the board would force supervisors to make compromises that take into consideration the 50-50 ideological split in the county, and not continue this winner-take-all government we have now.

Power corrupts, they say; absolute power corrupts absolutely. One might hope that the power of a 3-2 majority on the Board of Supervisors would corrupt only proportionately.

But a 3-2 majority wields absolute power in Nevada County, and we have seen how this heady license has corrupted our current board.

They have squandered much of their time on a program of revenge. They have sought revenge on Bruce Conklin, the Land Trust, and the ghost of NH 2020.

After admitting that the second-unit affordable housing program is not affordable, they liberalized (pardon the expression) the code requirements. (“How many people do you know in this county who can build a house on two acres of property that’s 1,000 square feet for $145,000. That’s affordable housing,” said Robin Sutherland, board chair, and a real estate appraiser.)

And recently the brazen cronyism in selecting a replacement for the clerk-recorder position. Very sad.

Jim Hurley

Nevada City

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