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Time to worry about growth

For several years, citizens concerned about the four major developments proposed for Grass Valleya – myself among them – have been raising public awareness about the projects. Now suddenly The Union is saying we are “panicked” and using “scare tactics.”

Our tactics haven’t changed; I think it is The Union and its power-broker buddies who are panicked because more citizens are worried about doubling Grass Valley’s population.

The Union’s claim that it’s “way too early” for citizens to worry about the developments is disingenuous at best. On June 3, 2003, The Union ran an article headlined “City gets down to details on massive developments.” If the city was “getting down to details” over a year ago, why is it now too early for citizens to worry and get involved?

The developers of North Star and SouthHill Village must be delighted that The Union is calling their proposals “pie in the sky.” If citizens fall for that line, it boosts the chances of the proposals slipping in under the public radar. The developers wouldn’t have invested millions if they didn’t think they had a good chance of getting their projects approved – after all, they apparently have a trusted ally in The Union.

Eric Engles

Grass Valley

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