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Broccoli first!

When my kids try to garner a portion of dessert before eating their broccoli, I frown. I am frowning right now at the way some of the Grass Valley City Council and Nevada County Board of Supervisors are trying to gather up all this developer funding today while they shrug about the potential problems caused by the congestion, traffic, inadequate infrastructure, disruption to local neighborhoods, demolishing of family homes, stress on fire protection services, sewage services, water services, and so on.

I routinely admonish my children to “stop, look, listen!” before they hurl head-long into a situation. It’s time our community and county leaders (especially “elected” leaders) pause, reflect, and commit to serve the present needs and concerns of the present community today and then address the pipe dreams of the explosion-growth developers when the infrastructure can support the growth. That sounds like smart growth to me. Broccoli first!

Deborah Unruh



Grass Valley


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