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Growth statistics

Regarding a reader’s observations of an error in my article on our local “growth rate” and statistics (“Other Voices,” Sept. 11), I reviewed my source (the Grass Valley Phase 1 Baseline Report, prepared for the City of Grass Valley) and find that my claim that Grass Valley’s growth rate since 1990 exceeded the state’s by 10 percent is in error. It is actually closer to 8 percent. My apologies.

Note that the reader did not use the same time period baseline as that I referenced in the report (1990-2000 versus 1990-2003) nor the same source (CA Legislative Analysis Office versus CA Department of Finance). As Mark Twain said, “there are lies, damn lies and statistics.”

The reader did not address two important points. The first and main one I was making in my article is that Grass Valley is growing faster than California – we are not NIMBYs. The second is that, regardless of the author’s source of contrary statistics, presumably the city will be using statistics of the city-ordered and developer-paid-for report, which, if erroneous, does not bode well for intelligent analysis of this critical issue.



I encourage readers to obtain the report and contact the City of Grass Valley regarding any corrections.

Terry Lamphier




Grass Valley


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