Things That You Might Not Know

According to our local lefty blogger, from the land of purpleness, conservative extremists are holding back the local economy by not engaging the rest of the Golden State.

Our community has often benefited from the “trickle down” — pardon me — from Coastal California. So far, we are lagging — significantly.

What if our community embraced the rest of our Golden State rather than let a small group of vocal extremists fight it? After all, it’s a much better lifestyle up here.

I am been puzzling over his purpleness’s point of view. Just what are free market conservatives doing to inhibit the local economy?  Your thoughts are most welcome.

On the other hand, it was the left leaning environmentalist Board of Supervisors in the 1990s that rewrote the General Plan and amended Zoning Regulations to make it impossible for big box stores, or name brand merchandise stores, to come and enhance our local economy.  As a result we are seeing these stores open in North Auburn, just across the border from Nevada County. If you think the $200 million a year lost tax revenue was a big sucking sound, wait until those big box stores open in 2014, and watch the tax revenue decline in Nevada County.

As I recall, it was the conservatives that warned in the 1990s that this could happen. They knew that Nevada County citizens would follow their wallets to the lowest cost merchandise and those low cost providers are moving right next door.  Amazing, that is just amazing, to quote Huell Houser.  No, it not it is just human behavior. Something Nevada County’s lefty/progressives just do not understand.

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.
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8 Responses to Things That You Might Not Know

  1. Russ Steele says:

    There is a good discussion of the Super Zips in Charles Murray’s book Coming Apart.

    In Coming Apart, Charles Murray explores the formation of American classes that are different in kind from anything we have ever known, focusing on whites as a way of driving home the fact that the trends he describes do not break along lines of race or ethnicity.

    Drawing on five decades of statistics and research, Coming Apart demonstrates that a new upper class and a new lower class have diverged so far in core behaviors and values that they barely recognize their underlying American kinship—divergence that has nothing to do with income inequality and that has grown during good economic times and bad.

    The top and bottom of white America increasingly live in different cultures, Murray argues, with the powerful upper class living in enclaves surrounded by their own kind, ignorant about life in mainstream America, and the lower class suffering from erosions of family and community life that strike at the heart of the pursuit of happiness. That divergence puts the success of the American project at risk.

    Recommended reading.


  2. Sean says:

    I know this is not an issue local to Nevada County but if you want to see how all your taxes are being spent, look at this article on “SuperZips” (highly affluent zip codes) that just happen to wrap around the Washington DC area. The fruit never falls far from the tree. The people in DC keep wondering what happened to the middle class. The answer is Washington did. The EPA is making US manufacturers less competitive at every turn, hurting middle class jobs. Throwing money at higher education is raising the cost to send middle class kids to college. Trying to bring health insurance to the un-insured by charging everyone else a lot more with the ACA will make a lot of middle class people less affluent. Raising energy costs in a quixotic effort to control the weather will have little impact on white collar jobs (or pay) but the blue collar guys will feel pressure on their wages and energy intensive jobs. In our state of MD, the government loves to give lip service to manufacturing jobs while charging rain taxes on our large shop and factory roofs and a 1.5% tax to pay for offshore wind that does not exist yet. Liberals hate Walmart but the poor shop there because their limited money goes much further. When the liberal elite shape the economy, somehow they benefit to a greater degree than everyone else.


  3. Russ Steele says:


    Maybe we should encourage more of those wealth Bay Area people to move to Nevada County and spend their big $$$ now rather than later. Let’s make Nevada County the Brentwood of the Sierra, and attracted as many as possible.


  4. Dena says:

    200 square feet is cozy. Our 34 foot motor home is 272 square feet and 200 square feet would be about 25 foot or about the size of a small camper. This sounds more like the tenements of New York in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s and it appears they are trying to become slum lords instead of planing for the future.


  5. RL Crabb says:

    I wouldn’t say the “Gang of Four” supervisors were totally anti-growth. The shopping center at Highway 49 near Lake of the Pines was a negotiated effort between the county and the developer that resulted in development was was aesthetically easier on the eyes than your typical strip mall. I don’t have a problem with that. After spending last weekend in the endless ugliness of strip malls in Citrus Heights and Fair Oaks, I wouldn’t wish such a fate for our beautiful county. North Auburn is headed in that direction.
    Also, the county did want other developments during that time, they just wanted it to be the kind of so-called “sustainable walking community infill” we hear about so much today. If that’s what the cities want, more power to them. I agree with you that it shouldn’t be the state that mandates a one-size-fits-all for everyone. (As in Penn Valley’s case.)
    As for the bay area, the influx of mega-bucks has downside as well. The poor and the middle class are being driven out by the astronomical rise in rents and housing prices, as noted by Victor Davis Hansen a few weeks ago. The talk these days is about housing workers in tiny cubicle apartments, some as small as 200 sq. feet. Sounds cozy.
    We do need more choices for shoppers in Nevada County, but it needs to be well thought out.


    • Russ Steele says:


      There is growing economic evidence that the rich are getting richer and the middle class is getting screwed, as the wealthy horde their cash. Why? Uncertainty. Here is some analysis from the Fox and Hounds, via The Nooner Blog.

      California’s personal income was at an all-time high of $1.768 trillion in 2012, and will likely set another record this year. That’s 15.1% higher than the recession’s low in 2009 and 10.7% above the pre-recession high of $1.596 trillion in 2008. Even on an inflation-adjusted basis, personal income is higher than the all-time high before the recession.

      However, the swelling personal income does not appear to be buoying retail. While the Business and Professional Services sector has seen a jobs increase of 2.5%, Trade, Transportation and Utilities–which includes retail–has only increased 1.3%. . . . from the data we have, much of the “new wealth” reflected in the state’s personal income is not being spent. This is likely because it’s “extra” income being reinvested by already financially secure individuals, or it’s being held on the sidelines by would-be investors (including a small business owner holding off on an additional hire or equipment replacement) because of continued economic uncertainty.

      See more at:


      • RL Crabb says:

        We attended the Alternative Press Expo in SF last month, held at the concourse not far from AT&T Park. South of Market is still a pretty dreary place, but you can see the changes happening there. This was the last time the expo will be at the concourse. It is scheduled to be razed to make way for apartments, I was told. I doubt it will be affordable housing.
        I have no doubt that bay area money will trickle up our way. Who can afford to live down there unless you are making big $$$? For some, it will be a bedroom community for good paying jobs in Sacramento, the rest will probably follow the trend we’ve seen for the last twenty years or so. Retirees cashing out of the inflated coastal real estate market and living out their days here in the hills.


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