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When I was a County Supervisor from District One, the county was in the throes of what I called, the "landuse wars". The left was trying to stop everything that was being proposed and the rest of us were trying to build for the future. Whenever we had a project in front of us in the eighties, the left would show up en masse and scream and name call the proponents of most every project. Always against, never for. I was disappointed in those days that even the Chamber of Commerce organizations would let the project proponents hang in the wind (and the NCBA). When I chose not to run for a third term I decided I had to help people who were always being attacked by the liberals. What to do?
I started CABPRO from whole cloth to assist. It was very tumultuous in the nineties since a concerted effort was being made by no-growth people to hijack the County General Plan update. After I left the Board, these people actually were able to do exactly that. The Update became an "overhaul" and all hell broke loose. There were hundreds of hearings and I attended most of them. Speaking up for property owners I thought were being screwed by the "overhaul". This was a tough thing since usually I was the only person there helping the property owner get his point across. The liberal no growth people could always show up since the income they derived was mostly from government and/or growing the ganga.
Over the years, CABPRO grew and membership was very large. The office at Robinson Timber became a meeting place for many Constitutional people. We advertised ourselves as "non profit" as we never made a dime of it. Some loons from the left try and make that quip as some sort of legal problem. Too funny. We were formed as a membership organization because our members wanted anonymity. We see what the left does when they find out who members are. They cry, sue and boyctt. See Prop 8 initiative petioners as an example. Or the Rush Limbaugh contrived controversy in 2012. Our system was fine and legal unlike Truckee organization that politics with tax free money.
The Board of Directors changed many times over the years and I always believed that was a good thing. New members, new blood, new ideas, new interests. The issues were pretty steadfast though. Constitutional issues, lower taxes, less government regulations. I think the Tea Party stole our creed and purpose (just kidding Mark). So now we see some angst and some conflict within the organization. It does trouble me but I believe the reason these things happen is simple. You have to change sometimes and sometimes that is not easy or pretty. I Hope the opposing sides to all this can bury the hatchet and realize that CABPRO is bigger than the sum of its parts. It has a good purpose and hopefully all of the participants will put aside the problems of "who" is in charge and keep a voice for those who need CABPRO's help.
UPDATE February 10, 2014
I see the usual suspects from the left are making some noise about all this. Of course they have no idea about anything regarding CABPRO. But like all the liberals we read, that doesn't stop them. Steve Frisch of the mis-named Sierra Business Council has placed his organization in jeopardy with his libel and slander on a local blog. He even refuses to release the names of his Board Members because if they found out about his words that put them at risk he would probably be asked to adios. He is just a chicken shit.
The Pelline moved here and immediately started dissing all the locals and then wonders why no one likes him. Delusional? Probably.
There may be three or four comm enters on his blog, but he claims he is some sort of important person here. Too funny. I think a wart is more popular with the folks. Anyway, life goes on but I do enjoy the soap opera these liberals try and keep going.