Problems at home |

Problems at home

It is sad to see how money and power influences some of our elected officials. We see how lobbyist Jack Abramoff influenced our elected representatives in Washington, D.C., to help his rich clients. Our elected representatives seem to forget they work for the people, not powerful special interests. What is even more disappointing is witnessing this type of thing happen right here in Grass Valley.

A couple of our City Council members are pushing a plan to help a few developers escape our existing traffic impact rules. They have cooked up a scheme to eliminate the traffic rules for the Idaho-Maryland and East Main intersection. They want to exempt this failed intersection from the rules so a few developers can avoid our existing traffic regulations and standards. This would benefit a few developers at the expense of the rest of us. And what about the increased impacts to the Highway 49 on and off ramps at this intersection? This would decrease the safety of these on/off ramps even further, putting lives at greater risk.

So you don’t need to look to Washington, D.C., to see our elected representatives sell us out. It’s happening right here at home.

Rianne Lovett

Nevada City

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