Another View or the BoS’s Tourism Promotion Decision.
10/26/2011 28 Comments
Yuba Net is noted for their tilt to the left reporting in the community. This is what they had to say about the the lastest Board of Supervisor meeting and their deliberations on the tourism contacts.
BOS Resists Pressure from Right-Wing Activists, Nevada County BOS: Process:1 | Politics: 0
NEVADA CITY, Calif. October 26, 2011 – The Nevada County BOS disbursed funds to promote tourism and economic development in the county at yesterday’s meeting. Four of the five supervisors directed staff to draft a contract with the Regional Chambers of Commerce, effectively handing over $50,000 without a competitive bid. However, the highlight of the meeting, or some would say the low point, was a $20,000 contract for the county’s tourism website maintenance and expansion.
Your can read the details observed through the violet glasses of the left HERE. The article concludes on the Pelline award issue :
A visibly irritated Ted Owens admitted to having his a** chapped by posts on Jeff Pelline’s personal blog, but that the proposal submitted by SFWA was the best. “This is politics, but I am not checking my integrity at the door.” He added that any county contract has provisions allowing for cancellation if problems arise.
Nate Beason, who announced his bid for a third term this morning, didn’t take kindly to being lectured on constitutional rights. “I spent 30 years defending the Constitution as an officer in the Navy. As a supervisor I also took an oath of office.” He proceeded to quote the French philosopher Voltaire: “I may not agree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.” He said, “The First Amendment is to protect unpopular speech. Popular speech does not need protection. I believe staff and the subcommittee’s recommendation is the best.”
Terry Lamphier agreed with both Owens and Beason and added for the benefit of the ROAR members: “Free speech is a big part of American rights.”
The process — from requesting and vetting bids, to giving the public an opportunity to weigh in and then adopting a recommendation — worked. The BOS voted 5-0 to award the contract to SFWA and Blue Cat Design.
Now we have an opportunity to observe the ability of the SFWA and Blue Cat Design team to perform. The Chamber thought that GroupOn would bring additional eyed to the tourism web site. You can follow the progress of the SFWA and Blue Cat Design effrot at the NC TOURISM navigation tab at the top of this page.