For reasons that are unclear to me, our politically dense Board of Supervisors has breathed some life into the all-but-dead State of Jefferson movement in Nevada County.
CPR was actually administered by county CEO Rick Haffey, who pointed out in his message to the board that rural counties that have embraced the Jefferson movement have been slow to recover economically, unlike Nevada County.
This prompted a response from Eddie Garcia, chair of the SOJ Steering Committee and leader of the failed attempt to get the issue on the November ballot, who wrote that Haffey’s comments are “inappropriate” for a civil servant. “You have exceeded the bounds of your position in the county,” he wrote.
Eddie, Eddie, Eddie. Do you really believe Haffey acted on his own? If you believe that, I have some real estate in the Mojave Desert I’d like to sell you. Allow me to provide a little basic political education.
No county manager who values his job–and I include Haffey in that group–would do anything in public that annoys his bosses, i.e., the supervisors, or causes them embarrassment. You can bet your next Social Security check that:
–Haffey’s statement was blessed by a majority–if not all–of the supervisors;
–Haffey was directed to prepare the statement with a swipe at Jefferson.
None of the current members of the board have shown any support for the Jefferson movement–that’s why the supporters tried to force a public vote on the issue. Why the supervisors would give this moribund movement a shot in the arm now with a gratuitous insult is beyond me, but I never claimed to have all of the answers.
One more thing, Eddie: What did you think a $500 contribution to Ed Scofield’s reelection campaign would buy you? As far as I know, he doesn’t support the State of Jefferson.
NOTE: This story was first reported in Rebane’s Ruminations, which prompted me to write the above commentary.