Nevada City Report on Strategic Retreat

I was reading the documentation of the Nevada City’s strengths and weakness, both internal and external from the strategic planing retreat.  It is an interesting documents when you read all the stuff that was thrown at the wall and included in the report. It would take a week to write a detailed critiques. It looked like everyone of the 3000 residence got their issues covered. It would have been nice if the contract facilitators had reduce the duplication, sorted suggestions by topic and then rank ordered them. Standard practice in developing strategic plans, not every idea is worthy of top billing.

One issue that intrigued me was that the Tesla Battery Plant in Remo was considered both an asset and a liability. On the asset side, Tesla employees might visit Nevada City and bring money. On the liability side all those thousands of visiting Tesla employees would generate too much traffic and congestion.  Almost spilled coffee on the keyboard.

California is attempting to increase the use of electric vehicles like the Tesla, yet there was no mention of the need for high voltage charging station that are needed by modern electric vehicles in the report. If Nevada City wants to import monied tourist, they need to address the needs of this electric cohort of potential tourists. However, I do not think Nevada City will have to worry about the Tesla traffic congestion until they install some of those charging stations, assuming that Tesla employees can afford to buy Tesla electric vehicles, and it is company policy that employees buy the company products, like they do in Detroit.

All that said, I am pleased to see that Nevada City is at least trying to come to grips with its growing list of problems under President Obama’s and Governor Brown’s economy. Tough road ahead, the fasten seat belt sign is on.

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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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14 Responses to Nevada City Report on Strategic Retreat

  1. Russ Steele says:

    I was thinking about the external threat analysis today and it suddenly came to me that no one mentioned global warming and anthropogenic CO2 emissions as a threat to the economy. Has Nevada City give up on saving the world from anthropogenic global warming?

    No one mentioned the increased fuel prices from AB-32, starting in Jan 2015, as a threat to tourism.

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  2. Dena says:

    With the real unemployment numbers around 23% http://www.shadowstats.com/alternate_data/unemployment-charts
    local governments would be better served putting pressure on the federal government instead of trying to figure out how to work around it. As any smart business man in this economy knows, you shouldn’t invest in anything that you can’t see a profit from in the very short term. Reduce the federal tax rate and regulation and shortly you will see the whole economy recover. The path we have been on for the last 6 years hasn’t been cutting it.

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  3. stevefrisch says:

    Hey just a heads up for Russ or anyone in Nevada City/Grass Valley who is interested: want to install a Tesla charging station in a publicly accessible space? They will give you one, just give them a call. They are free, Tesla even pays for shipping. All you need to do is take on the cost of installing them and provide the required power. Pretty good municipal investment if ones asks me. Truckee has 6 charging stations now around town.

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    • Russ Steele says:

      Steven, have you shared this information with Grass Valley and Nevada City Councils? it seem to be something they would want to know.

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      • stevefrisch says:

        I think they must know…but if they don’t all they have to do is look for it…I will make sure we mention this when we report on energy savings potential in Nevada City…by the way I think western Nevada County should be looking at collaborating with other groups working on regional charging networks across the trans-Sierra corridors–20 is a corridor–like SACOG and TRPA. But in the mean time all Nevada City would need to do is call Tesla–the recipient is responsible for installing and power–installing costs about $1500 per unit and power is pretty damn cheap until market penetration gets higher–we estimated in the central Sierra about $3000 per year–so 5 chargers in a public place–about $23K…and a pretty modest maintenance cost as well—well worth the investment. (If you are using a public parking lot and providing free charging you need to calc the lost revenue too) By the way it costs about $7,00 to charge a Tesla–so the costs go up as use goes up–event

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      • stevefrisch says:

        Ooops, premature post, “eventually public charging stations will need to charge a fee”

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  4. jeffpelline says:

    Russ,
    Yoo-hoo! There is an EV charging station at Miners Foundry.

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    • Russ Steele says:

      That chargers is not listed in the charger data base. The only one listed for modern electric vehicles is at Sierra College. When I researched chargers before the one at Miners Foundry was just 110, not the 220 or 440 chargers need for rapid recharging. At 110 the charging time is over 12 hours. If it has been upgraded, I am not aware, plus it not in the Energy Department Data base that electric vehicle owners use to plan trips. It may not be qualified to be in the data base, since it does not meet the current standard. If you have better information please share it with readers.
      http://www.afdc.energy.gov/fuels/electricity_locations.html

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    • Brad Croul says:

      I think Tesla chargers might have aproprietary connection scheme because of the types of batteries they use. The Miner’s Foundry or behind the National Hotel would be convenient to downtown so drivers could take a break while their cars are charging.

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  5. jeffpelline says:

    Russ,
    What would you write about if it wasn’t for my blog? LOL.

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    • Russ Steele says:

      Maybe you should spend a few minutes and look around. You know, read some of the other articles on my blog. That said, one reason for this blog is to counter some of the misinformation that you spread in the local blog-o-sphere. So, once is a while your writing will trigger a response here. Thanks for taking note.

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