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Affordable housing needs to happen now

The opinion piece on the Highlands (Nov. 21) was so far off base. It’s more of the same big, bad, greedy developer-bashing thrown out by the neighborhoods that have theirs and don’t want you to move here.

To call Bill Ross a greedy developer is like calling John Muir a scorched-earth profiteer. Bill Ross has his heart in developing the Highlands as an affordable housing project. It’s what he’s does for a living. He refurbishes and builds affordable housing projects throughout Northern California. My commitment to affordable housing is unquestionable.

(The letter writer’s) rhetoric is what the citizens of Nevada County voted against in this past election. It’s time to quit talking about, and blocking, affordable housing. It’s time to bring your creative ideas to the table on how to make affordable housing happen.



The Highlands is the first multi-unit affordable housing project being built for ownership. It’s an exciting project for all of us who have been working long and hard to bring affordable housing to Nevada County. It meets a need and puts only a dent in the problem. Tuck your rhetoric away, become a solution to the problem, not a roadblock.

Jim Crowley




Grass Valley


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