Reading the 6dec14 Union this morning, I noticed a spattering of feedback from conservatives and progressives that the editors had assembled. Jobs and economic development have been elusive objectives for years in Nevada County. Now that a ton of new environmental regulations are coming down the pike, it is interesting to see how both sides of our polarized politics are handling that situation. From conservatives we hear the expected wails and gnashing of teeth at the next tranche of self-inflicted pain California has to endure from agencies like CARB expanding its own CEQA.
From progressives we see an ongoing stream of inanities that insist that this time additional regulations will really - honest Injun! - create jobs in the county and encourage economic development – all of the ‘sustainable’ kind of course. These same people see solutions through attempts to help local contractors contort themselves even more to satisfy the new CEQA and other regulations, none of which have been shown to have any credible benefit on our environment and economy. The great escape of California’s corporations attests otherwise.