McKay and Phelps deserve positions |

McKay and Phelps deserve positions

About the City Council in Nevada City:

I believe David McKay received the most votes cast during the council election that brought him to City Hall. The fact that Steve Cottrell has been unable to get enough votes from the rest of the council to become mayor seven times in 10 years may have something to do with him, not with who nominates.

The appointment of Evans Phelps to the Planning Commission, while certainly within the authority of Mr. McKay, also offers the city some new life. Ever notice the revolving door nature of the people who have made up the council and the commission over a period of years (… the “old Nevada City”?). Ms. Phelps has made a success of her business and, in the process, salvaged a declining motel complex and made it fit within a residential neighborhood. I’d say that shows some sense of planning savvy. I’ve become at least an acquaintance of Ms. Phelps, and I have my doubts about her being anybody’s puppet. She put her money where her convictions were, regarding the new hotel. The city acted questionably, no doubt about it.

I think the “new Nevada City” has a considerable amount of potential. Having been around the “old Nevada City” for 50 years, I’m willing to take a chance.

Lee Pemberton

Nevada City

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