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NH 2020 decision raises questions

I attended Tuesday afternoon’s Board of Supervisors meeting to see what would happen to Ms. Martin’s proposal to “finish NH 2020 by July.”

It was interesting, and has left me with a number of questions.

When the chair of the BOS said the subject next on the calendar was NH 2020, Martin immediately said she wanted NH 2020 finished by July. And not a single member of the BOS disagreed with her. The three other members of the BOS who have been strong advocates of this program (Van Zant, Green and Conklin) just nodded in agreement.

They had three votes and could have simply voted no and kept NH 2020 rolling on its merry way. But they didn’t. They all agreed with Martin.

So what happened? Did they all just have an epiphany? Or was there conversation among them privately prior to this Board meeting? But that would be a violation of the Brown Act wouldn’t it? Or was this just a clever way to put NH 2020 on the shelf until after the November elections? Or do the three above-mentioned Board members simply do whatever Martin wants? Or is this a matter of them realizing there wouldn’t be enough money to finish the project? Sierra Business Council said they may not have any more money to pour into this and the voters are getting a bit anxious about how much of their tax money the BOS is spending on this project. (The Planning Department admits to spending over $200,000 on this program – not counting their time which some estimate to be in the neighborhood of $100,000.)

Or was this just a pragmatic agreement among the four members of the BOS that the only way to get Martin and Conklin re-elected was to “end” NH 2020 and thereby remove it as a campaign issue? Then, next year, they can exhume NH 2020 (perhaps even give it a new name.) and be off and running again.

What’s your guess as to why those three supervisors mentioned here quietly went along with Martin’s surprising proposal?

Dick Phillips

Alta Sierra

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