Firth’s Dog Whistle for No Growth – “Grass Valley needs to grow responsibly.”

Russ Steele

Grass Valley is in economic trouble, which in my opinion is from the lack of development that would attract more business to the community, including some of the name brand stores that people are driving to Auburn and Roseville to shop in. This leakage is forcing Grass Valley to raise taxes.

Jim Firth who claims that “Grass Valley needs to grow responsibly” is running for a seat on the Grass Valley City Council. We have heard this “grow responsibly” manta before, especially from the sustainable growth, Agenda 21, lefties that are now supporting Firth.  Look at where  Grass Valley today is today economically — no growth and no tax revenue.  This is not what Grass Valley needs, but that is Mr Firth’s no-development record:

Jim Firth Opposes Development of Proposed Giants Stadium in 1989

http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=2245&dat=19871104&id=Ua8zAAAAIBAJ&sjid=JzIHAAAAIBAJ&pg=7071,357262

Jim Firth Opposes Development of AT&T Ballpark in 1996
http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Group-to-oppose-Giants-ballpark-3153791.php

http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Giants-say-S-F-will-score-big-with-ballpark-3150449.php

Jim Firth Opposes $400 Million Development in San Francisco

http://www.sfgate.com/politics/article/Union-Dispute-Clouds-Bloomingdale-s-Project-3303606.php

Voters in Grass Valley have a choice. More taxes and no growth or more growth and more tax revenue.  They should choose wisely.

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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.

9 Responses to Firth’s Dog Whistle for No Growth – “Grass Valley needs to grow responsibly.”

  1. Arthur M. Day. says:

    Would it be possible to get Mr. Firth to give a clear definition of “Responsibly”? And define who gets to be the decider of what is “Responsible”?

  2. RL Crabb says:

    Gee whiz! How come our county watchdog at Sierra Foothill Report missed this story? Guess he was too busy finding out that Jan Arbuckle was endorsed by local Republicans. You’d think he would have known, considering SF was his beat back then.

  3. Barry Pruett says:

    Does anyone notice that when a Republican runs for local office against a Democrat, Mr. Purple whines about the Republican being partisan in a non-partisan race, but when the DEMOCRAT CHAIRPERSON (who by the way is the most partsian Democrat that I have ever met in this town and someone with whom you cannot have a rational conversation) runs for local office, it is refreshing and insightful?

    I love this small town community!

    • Todd Juvinall says:

      Mr. big-purple was not here when it was the Democrats locally that started all the endorsements at the local level. But, being a biased leftwing partisan he is, he will never admit it or even bother to write about it. Total hypocrite and now we see why his numbers are in the tank just like the rest of the leftwingers.

    • ggoodknight says:

      The FUE is a hypocritical flaming partisan Democrat trying to paint himself in moderate colors. Nothing new here. Move along.

      He likes to say he’s voted for Republicans in the past, but is remarkably silent about what offices those were for, and how bad the Democrat had to be.

      The fun will be if the day after the election it’s clear that the color Purple isn’t the new local color. There may be long lines at the doors of the local mental health professionals to handle the angst of FUE and friends.

    • Barry Pruett says:

      To be sure, we will have Republicans at all levels of government from President to Assembly. What we don’t need is dogmatic ideologically driven liberals in local office. Our local issues are neither partisan nor ideological – they are practical. If your head is so clouded by ideology and partisanship, you will be ineffective locally.

      When asked whether he would vote for Dahle or Bosetti (both Republicans running for Assembly), Firth (the democrat chairperson) responded, “We do not vote for Republicans, they are both evil.”

      Evil? Now I can understand a whole bunch of answers, but “evil?” None of us agree on all things, but to charge someone that you have never met with being “profoundly immoral, wicked, and depraved” – the definition of evil – I think that demonstrates a complete inability to work with those with whom you may disagree and a character incompatible with leadership in local office.

      • Todd Juvinall says:

        How true Barry. Firth is is a radical partisan and does not belong in local government. I think he should bow out/

        On the BOS, I must say that Terry Lamphier has practiced non partisanship as have the others. They are all doing a pretty good job.

  4. Arthur M. Day. says:

    It sounds like he is the Firth of Froth.

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