Nevada County is headed the same way according to the liberal activist/extremist Jim Firth. Young families are outta here. Schools are closing and there is talk of one high school closing. Our county has received many lefty's from the big cities and it appears this migration has worked to a degree for their ideology. Or has it? Looking at the November 8, 2016 national election I see mixed signals of who gets the prize of the people of our county. I won election in 1984 over a leftwinger from Nevada City. I was told it was impossible for a contractor to beat the eco friendly, beloved person who cared for all those little creatures. Well I did and for a while , maybe the first four years, I had to deal with a lot of big mouth liberals claiming I was this or that. Of course they used vile namecalling all that time as well. But I beat their asses and did it again in 1988. What a sweet victory!
But immigration into Nevada County has continued. Business folks and families left, natural resource extraction was stifled and our leaders, not Grass Valley though, were too afraid to confront the left and the county has gone stagnant. Sure the job rates are low as we see "caregivers" commune in from Yuba County and elsewhere and back fill the jobs abandoned for lack of interest or over-regulation. Like timber, mining and ag. Oh except marijuana of course. Look at the turnover in the county for businesses. A lot of the problems are caused by inactive officials regarding housing. No place to live and high rental costs if you do find one. No new housing and no attempts to remedy that at all. So people commute in to take care of our old folks on fixed incomes and the transplants from the big city. They sold their 60 year old 1200 square foot home which they bought for 35 thousand dollars. They got 1.5 million! So moved to our county and others. Luck of the draw?
Now I don't begrudge them at all. I do however see their attempts to keep this county from progressing. Can't have a new business or a housing project. Can't build a sewer line or a water line. No new dams and therefore jobs of a good wage. Just some sort of serenity I guess. Looking around I have watched our county become just like Lassen or Plumas counties. More government jobs than regular private sector jobs. How many taxpayers does it take to pay the salary and benefits of one government worker?
I do lament sometimes this transformation into a government majority county. Ever try to get a permit? Build a house and be the recipient of of local and state regulations on that residence on your own property? And then when you pay all those fees and move in you get to pay the king your yearly tax on it. Robin Hood, come back! (I believe property taxes are immoral) So yes we are morphing a bit left and that made me go check out the results from the last election. I wanted to see how far left and vote results are a good indicator sometimes.
Let's start with the Presidential vote. Hillary Clinton won a "plurality" of 48.4% to Trumps 43.1%. Clinton's victory total was 14% lower than the rest of the state total. Looks like maybe we are not that lefty? We reelected Congressman LaMalfa, Assemblyman Dahle, State Senator Gaines all are Republicans.
Below please review the results for the Propositions. The first four totals and percentages in a row are the county of Nevada. The balance of the row is State results. HERE is the source if you want to go straight to the Secretary of State. It looks like a mixed bag of results to me. But it also looks a bit conservative to me as well.
|51||K-12 and Community College Facilities||21,871||41.8%||30,509||58.2%||7,306,627||55.0%||5,978,874||45.0%|
|52||Medi-Cal Hospital Fee Program||35,954||69.6%||15,702||30.4%||9,205,633||70.1%||3,919,475||29.9%|
|53||Voter Approval of Revenue Bonds||27,308||53.4%||23,847||46.6%||6,332,621||49.3%||6,517,637||50.7%|
|54||Legislative Procedure Requirements||34,338||67.2%||16,783||32.8%||8,391,237||65.3%||4,454,928||34.7%|
|55||Tax Extension for Education and Healthcare||30,401||58.2%||21,837||41.8%||8,375,106||63.2%||4,876,355||36.8%|
|57||Criminal Sentences & Juvenile Crime Proceedings||31,634||60.4%||20,778||39.6%||8,566,820||64.4%||4,738,544||35.6%|
|58||English Proficiency. Multilingual Education.||34,837||66.6%||17,446||33.4%||9,741,211||73.4%||3,521,293||26.6%|
|59||Corporate Political Spending Advisory Question||27,392||54.5%||22,888||45.5%||6,683,755||53.2%||5,879,410||46.8%|
|60||Adult Film Condom Requirements||16,788||33.0%||34,076||67.0%||6,004,265||46.2%||6,984,343||53.8%|
|61||State Prescription Drug Purchase Standards||22,634||43.8%||29,035||56.2%||6,084,998||46.7%||6,954,016||53.3%|
|62||Repeal of Death Penalty||23,098||44.0%||29,384||56.0%||6,209,937||46.9%||7,037,776||53.1%|
|63||Firearms and Ammunition Sales||25,478||47.9%||27,747||52.1%||8,464,358||63.2%||4,936,063||36.8%|
|65||Carryout Bag Charges||23,118||44.1%||29,303||55.9%||6,060,053||46.0%||7,112,157||54.0%|
|66||Death Penalty Procedure Time Limits||26,579||53.2%||23,353||46.8%||6,464,924||51.1%||6,184,705||48.9%|
|67||Ban on Single-use Plastic Bags||28,945||54.5%||24,129||45.5%||7,053,497||53.3%||6,186,518||46.7%||The|