There appeared to be more than a hundred people in attendance at tonight’s brainstorming meeting at the Alpha Building in Nevada City (first announced here on September 15th).
The crowd was spirited and upbeat during the potluck and the brief speeches by Reinette Senum, Mali Dyck, Jason Rainey, Tania Carlone and Gary Tintle, co-owner of the Alpha Building.
Following these brief introductory speeches, the crowd broke up into smaller working groups to consider the various regions of the approximately 30,000 square-foot space.
We were unable to stay for the entire evening, but we did catch an interesting unplanned moment: Caroline Szekely, co-owner with her husband Rick of the nearby “Nevada City Marketplace” on Pine Street, politely interrupted Tania Carlone’s talk early in the session and asked to speak.
Tania graciously yielded the floor for a few minutes while Ms. Szekeley expressed her concern that the new group not use what she claimed is the proprietary term, “Nevada City Marketplace.” Her words of concern were met by some indistinct murmurs and applauded primarily by a small contingent at the rear of the crowd, who also applauded her at the conclusion of her remarks. Tania thanked her for her courage in addressing this session, and the brief interruption ended amicably.
Reinette reminded all present that their regular weekly sustainability working group is open to all interested parties (Thursdays at 9 AM in the council chamber).
This regular working group will soon be reviewing the suggestions that come out of tonight’s brainstorming session, which they hope will be “one hundred thousand square feet of ideas … so they may spill over to the rest of the community.”