The sign outside the county auditorium requests polite behavior. This is consistent with Nevada’s friendly culture which allows friendships across extreme political divides and frank discussions of hot-button topics. I find it refreshing compared to the more hardened ideological positions I saw in the Bay Area. But, there is a time to fight. When your planning commissioner votes to increase the traffic on your road by a factor of 5 because the developer gave him a big discount on a new home, it’s not time to be polite. When your commissioner votes against your appeal because the developer made a big contribution to her campaign fund, it’s not time to be polite. The planning commissioners tell you to show up at meetings and to make carefully researched and reasoned arguments, but they know that it’s just for show: “the fix was in” before the meeting started. Making polite arguments can distract us from exercising the power we possess as voters.
During Valentines Day dinner, the Reno City Council approved the StoneGate development despite unresolved issues of traffic, water, sewage treatment, fire protection, and schools. It’s a slow-motion train wreck like we’ve seen elsewhere, but on a huge scale. It is in character that the City would review it when the public wouldn’t be present. To her credit, Commissioner Brekhus voted “no”. See news coverage LINK1 LINK2 .
The Golden Valley Remediation Plan proposed by Commissioner Herman was not even put on the agenda of the County Commission. She was voted down by the other commissioners. But, if 50 attendees at a meeting insist on an agenda item it must be added (per Teresa Aquila). To add insult to injury, the commissioners voted to replace Herman with Lucey on the TMWA board. Herman voted against the change but lost 4-1. This change will certainly not help south county residents.
If you want to know what the county is doing and are ready to fill your e-mail with announcements, you can go to http://www.washoecounty.us/cmail to sign up for upcoming agenda items throughout the county.