Thanks for the gridlock, governor |

Thanks for the gridlock, governor

It didn’t take a magic ball to see that if Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger didn’t act to fill the vacant seat on the Nevada County Board of Supervisors, there was likely to be administrative gridlock. It didn’t take long for the paralysis to start showing up.

In a story in The Union on Monday, reporter Becky Trout told how indecision on a single paragraph in a housing plan may cost the county thousands of dollars in federal grants and keep thousands of acres of land in limbo – at least till 2005 when the board is back to full strength.

Drew Bedwell stepped down as District 3 supervisor in May for health reasons. The governor could have appointed a replacement immediately. Although he has kept mum about the issue, apparently he has decided for Option 2: Doing nothing and letting the Nov. 2 election fill the seat.

And why not? It’s no skin off his nose if a small, rural county is stalled on crucial issues until 2005. The county’s housing plan is already eight months overdue, but Schwarzenegger has more important things to worry about, such as not offending anybody as he tries to ride his bipartisan appeal into re-election and perhaps even the White House (if that pesky ban on foreign-born presidents can be changed).

Meanwhile, back at the Rood Center, supervisors Sue Horne and Robin Sutherland keep butting heads with supervisors Peter Van Zant and Barbara Green over fine print about whether to control growth by changing zoning in outlying areas.

The continued delay endangers federal funds for affordable housing and local nonprofits and could result in legal problems for the county. Guess your 100,000 Nevada County constituents are pretty small potatoes, governor, compared to the 259 members of the Lytton tribe, for whom you’re smoothing the way for a giant casino in the Bay Area.

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