Terry Lamphier’s Town Hall meeting at the Veteran’s Hall in Grass Valley last night was well attended, and we recognized quite a few familiar faces there, including Bob Crabb (I asked him if we’d see his version of the town hall meeting in The Union, and he showed me one of his latest very funny pieces of work, which he was carrying in his pocket on a folded piece of paper).
We also spotted Pat Wynne, Peter Van Zant, Ralph Silberstein, Deni Draper-Silberstein, Lisa Lackey, Mike Pasner and Ray Bryars, among others.
The meeting included reports by Rick Haffey (on county budget issues), Mary Ann Mueller (on the work of the chamber), Dan Landon (update on Dorsey interchange, the transfer station and other transportation issues), Joann Drummond (status of biomass utilization), Richard Stone (on volunteering for the Mental Health Advisory Board) and of course Terry Lamphier himself.
Howard Levine of the Grass Valley Downtown Association spoke a few unscheduled words. Lamphier promised to include him in the regular schedule at the next meeting.
During the Q&A, Deni Draper-Silberstein asked whether the county is planning to respond to the energy audit conducted by the Sierra Business Council (under a grant from PG&E)? Terry referred that question to Eve Diamond, who was also at the meeting, and it appears (if I heard her right) that she will get back to Deni on that.
Ralph asked Terry about the impact AB32 might have on the county:
” What plans — or guidelines — is the county working on, or has started on — with respect to meeting those goals … and how do you think that might impact development?”
In the following video segment Terry responds to Ralph’s question about AB32.
Lamphier’s response included this curious remark:
“If you took it fully seriously, you’d probably kill all development everywhere. That’s just not gonna fly.”