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Either Growth measure would cripple grass valley

With regard to Mayor Johnson’s “Other Voices” of Sept. 20, we find his statements incredulous. What happened to the “champion” of the public process? What happened to public input?

If he truly believed in the policies of Measure Y, why didn’t he, as an elected representative of the citizens, direct staff to create those policies and submit them for review in the public arena, through workshops and public hearings?

Is it because city staff and the city administrator reviewed those elements of Measure Y (and Measure Z) and found them to be so onerous to Grass Valley he could not obtain three council votes? It must be easier to fool and confuse the public.

Pandering to the public’s right to vote is a sham and the unintended consequences are unknown, however, the direct consequences are known: less money for services such as police and fire protection, less money to repay the bond at the wastewater treatment plant, placing the burden on existing rate payers and less opportunity for the city to get what it needs from projects (parks, road improvements, trails) and not simply from what the developer offers.

Passing of either growth measure will cripple the city’s ability to provide for its citizens.

If either measure passes, it would insure the continuing exodus of jobs, families and eliminate any ability to create a community that does not look like north Auburn. Vote no on Measures Y and Z.

Patti Ingram, Gerard Tassone, DeVere Mautino and Linda Stevens

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