Perspective needed |

Perspective needed

After reading all the comments on the issue of the training retreat for the department heads of Nevada County, it seems to me that the time has come for a reasonable sense of perspective.

First of all, training, including executive and team training, is an essential and ordinary expense of every effective organization, public and private. Assuming the total reported cost of $18,000 is correct, a per-person cost of $600 is certainly reasonable.

Regarding the issue of the cost versus the state of the economy, it would seem to me that these are exactly the times we need a well-trained and cohesive county administration, an executive team that can perform effectively in tough times.

As to the location of the training, it is essential that this type of training be held in a location that assures that all participants are together for the duration of the sessions and that is far enough from the work location to preclude any interruptions. Holding the retreat anywhere in the Nevada City/Grass Valley area would have seriously jeopardized the success of the training.

The claims that the retreat is nothing more than a three-day vacation are an outright insult to the integrity of the county administration and are essentially asinine.

That being said, there is no question that the county administration itself did a very poor job of explaining the situation to the public once the issue came up. A clear-cut statement of what the actual cost was; the breakdown by element, i.e. housing, food, training cost; the reasons for going out of the area, etc., would have gone a long way in answering questions the public had.

What we should be focusing on is the overall job the county administration is doing on providing needed services at a reasonable cost, one that is comparable to other similar communities. How they do it is their job and micro-managing their methods is counterproductive.

Ronald P. Avanzino

Penn Valley

Support Local Journalism

Support Local Journalism

Readers around Grass Valley and Nevada County make The Union’s work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.

Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.

Your donation will help us continue to cover COVID-19 and our other vital local news.


Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.

User Legend: iconModerator iconTrusted User


Kenly Weills: Outrage to paint over street art


On May 29, I watched Nevada City’s amazing caretaker Miriam Morris starting to paint a river on Commercial Street’s pavement. Well-planted containers added to the beautification finally coming to a street that had been dug…

See more