Jeff “Podunk” Pelline is teeing off on my latest column in The Union about the high school bond measure. As is usually the case, he’s playing loose with the facts in another feeble attempt to come up with a semi-plausible counter to my arguments.
I’ll ignore all of the distortions and misrepresentations in the post, and go to the lie he tries to peddle to his gullible readers: “(Boardman’s) arguments seem to boil down to this: Why invest in our schools with declining enrollment? Then he tries to argue that the assessment for the local bond (tiny) somehow makes it even ‘more difficult’ for young families to put down roots here. Baloney!”
The first sentence is a distortion of my position. I have consistently said that given our declining enrollment, the district should take a hard look at consolidating facilities before spending money to rehabilitate buildings that may have to be closed in the future.
The second sentence is a lie. There is not one mention in the column about the bond assessment. There is, however, a discussion of the school district’s plan to increase the fees charged developers–something that was never mentioned during the campaign–to generate even more money to rehab facilities.
I pointed out that these fees, along with development fees levied by other local government agencies, can add as much as $40,000 to the cost of building a new house. That’s what makes it “more difficult” for young families to put down roots here.
Regular readers of my column and Podunk’s criticism know this is par for the course, but what makes it even more ironic today is that he and Reinette Senum–another person known to play fast and loose with the facts–are ganging up on Nevada County Scooper because their simple-minded acolytes can’t tell the difference between satire and fake news.
As they say, you can’t make this stuff up.
SHOP LOCAL: A Pelline was spotted buying gas at the Arco station on Highway 49 at Dry Creek Road in Auburn this morning. And to think he’s always whining about people going down the hill to spend their money.