How Will County Tourism Funding Be Used? (Edited)

Russ Steele

I was reading the latest post on the Sierra Foothills Report and discovered that the editor has agreed to become the Public Affairs and Communication Coordinator for SYRCL’s grass routes effort to save the South Yuba River State Park from closing.  As you may recall, the County recently awarded the Pelline’s a contract to provide content for the County Tourism Web site.  Anyone want to bet one of the major features soon to appear on GoNevadaCounty might be about the South Yuba River State Park?

Shawn Garvey

Jeff: Your offer of Public Affairs and Communication assistance is inspiring and inspired. Accepted!

Do not get me wrong, I would like to see the South Yuba River State Park stay open. However, I will be troubled if the Pellines use their new contract to support this grass roots effort as the Public Affairs and Communication Coordinator. The issue is, would this be the best use of the County funding to attract tourists should the Pellines choose to support the South Yuba River grass roots efforts with GoNevadaCounty funding?

The premise is that the people who are coming to the river at the South Yuba Rivers State Park could have a significant impact on the local economy. I have not seen any studies that these people visiting the Park actually stay, shop and eat in Nevada County.

Ellen and I attended a CSU Chico sponsored Economic Conference in Eureka about ten years ago.  We heard a presentation by representatives from Siskiyou County about their efforts to become a mountain biking mecca.

They build bike trails on old logging roads, upgraded the sewer systems to allow expansion of motels and opening of more restaurants and then were disappointed when they discovered that mountain bikers brought their own food, biked and then when home. They did not stay in the motels or eat in the restaurants. They made assumptions about the target audience that were not true.

When people come to the river they bring picnics, spend the day in the sun and then go home looking for a hot shower.  Many of those using the river park are locals, they are not bringing tourism money into the community.

I would like to see some marketing statistics on the park visitor before we make the assumption those visitors are money spending tourists.  We do not need to repeat the Siskiyou experience by not understanding who the real users of the South Yuba State Park are, and how many of those user are tourists who will be spending in the County.

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About Russ Steele
Freelance writer and climate change blogger. Russ spent twenty years in the Air Force as a navigator specializing in electronics warfare and digital systems. After his service he was employed for sixteen years as concept developer for TRW, an aerospace and automotive company, and then was CEO of a non-profit Internet provider for 18 months. Russ's articles have appeared in Comstock's Business, Capitol Journal, Trailer Life, Monitoring Times, and Idaho Magazine.

14 Responses to How Will County Tourism Funding Be Used? (Edited)

  1. steve enos says:

    Well this is some real over reaching Russ… “The issue is, will this be the best use of the County funding to attract tourists should the Pelline’s choose to support the South Yuba River grass roots efforts with GoNevadaCounty funding?” This is the issue? Talk about going over the deep end.

  2. RL Crabb says:

    I’ve often wondered how the County and SYRCL come up with their numbers for tourism related to the Yuba. As someone who frequents the river in the summer months I can say that it is the driving force for Washington’s economy. The hotel and store are very busy in the summer. Personally, when the wife and I go to the river we mostly grab a Subway sandwich on our way out to have for lunch. When the Indian restaurant was open at the corner of the Rough and Ready Hiway and Bitney Springs we would have lunch there on our way home sometimes.

    The kayaking business no doubt contributes to our economy, although the prime time for kayakers is mainly during the spring run off when the water is high, and that only lasts for about a month.

    I think you may be jumping the gun by insinuating that the Pellines are going to use county tourism money in a wrongful way. Lord knows I’ve had my run ins with Jeff, but even I wouldn’t accuse them of maybe doing something that hasn’t happened yet. It’s idle speculation based on politics.

  3. stevefrisch says:

    I would say personally motivated overreach is an understatement. In essence Russ is implying that Jeff is likely to do something illegal. He is using a smear tactic. It’s disgusting.

    The message is, “if you disagree with me I am going to imply you are acting illegally in order to cost you and your business money”. This tactic is intended to intimidate. It is a classic example of how the bitter old guard in this community has maintained power and control over the years.

    It also threatens Mr. Pelline’s right to free speech. Russ is saying, if you take a county contract better not take a position on any other public issue, or offer your pro bono services, because we will make you pay. We will stir up controversy, and politicians who award contracts hate controversy!

    • Russ says:

      Never said anything about illegal activity. My question was on best use. You are right in one respect, I would like any County contract money be used to the benefit of everyone in the community, not to support an issue promoted by a select group with in the community. The contract was let using everyones tax dollars, and should benefit the whole community.

      • Todd Juvinall says:

        Maybe we should ask for a refund of the money spent on the worm farm? Then we could use it for a better thing for all the citizens. Perhaps Mr. Enos could start his own blog and go after them?

      • stevefrisch says:

        Hey Russ, when did you stop beating your wife?

        You have absolutely no reason to believe that any of the funding for the county tourism contract would be used to promote the state park.

        You asked a rhetorical question designed to smear the motives of Mr. Pelline. Sleaze!

      • stevefrisch says:

        Perhaps Todd could pay the mortgage on the house he defaulted on so the US Taxpayers and other investors don’t have to bear the expense of his personal folly?

      • I see the rent seeker is brown nosing again.

  4. steve enos says:

    Hey Russ… you gonna look into all the taxpayers money the City of Grass Valley hands to pro business, NGO, non-profit org’s? You gonna look into the City Council members that have downtown GV businesses and also have voting and money control positions on these taxpayer funded org’s that directly benefit their businesses?

    My bet is no… you won’t do that now will you?

  5. gjrebane says:

    “overreach”, “implying Jeff is doing something illegal”, “intimidate”, “threatens free speech”, “stir up controversy” Oh my, oh my!

    Is this not another example of someone positing a reasonable question about some public policy, with the progressives then constructing a magnificent facade of their own liking based on the classic liberal argument of ‘It doesn’t matter what you said; we know what you really think’? And then hyperventilating and in high dudgeon, they’re off to do battle with a dragon to which they themselves gave birth.

  6. stevefrisch says:

    Bullsh*t George, this is a sleazeball tactic. It is implying improper behavior by a county contractor when there is absolutely no evidence to support the implication.

    How would you like the following question, “I saw some young people with long hair at Russ’s yesterday. I sure hope that Russ is not dealing dope out of his garage”.

    Its the same friggin’ question.

    Sleazeball bull is what it is, and you guys get away with it all the time.

    Kind of like the question, “I sure hope Steve Frisch is not breaking the law by speaking out on a public issue”

    We are not taking your 1950’s McCarthy, sleazeball intimidation tactics any more.

  7. Bob says:

    If the glove don’t fit you must acquit! And, of course, the reverse.

  8. Dixon Cruickshank says:

    I thought it was a rather good example that many cities and counties could learn from – about understanding the demographics of your market. Yes it was a hypothetical but IF its done its not hypothetical anymore, actually sounds to me like some people maybe knew it was coming. Lets face it people with much more power than Mr Pelline have wasted alot of other peoples money on their special interests, its certainly not new.

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