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Apology to Grass Valley

To Grass Valley’s Mayor Tassone, city council members, fellow planning commissioners, city staff and the community at large:

This is a letter of apology regarding my recent column criticizing the Grass Valley City Council’s decision affecting the BriarPatch market.

First, there were some factual errors that, while relatively minor and which I feel do not negate the general points I made, have the effect of reducing my credibility.



Second, and more importantly, I exercised an error in judgment by unnecessarily creating a potentially hostile environment with people I have committed to working with for the next few years. While I gained some temporary emotional satisfaction from taking what I considered the “righteous” path, my article generated unnecessary hard feelings and risked compromising my ability to be an effective representative for our community.

Mayor Tassone asked me a good question: Would I best serve the community by being on the commission or off of it? This was not an easy question for me, so I rephrased it: Can I be a good representative for our community as a planning commissioner, which requires working well with city officials and the staff? I think I can.




Terry Lamphier

Grass Valley


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