A week chock full of public affairs and campaign work included Thursday's Carson City Board of Supervisors meeting, at which I appeared in support of the Cultural Commission's 2015-16 annual report and 2016-17 work plan.
Culture, in the broadest sense of the term, covers everything from performance and visual arts to all events that touch on thje varied interests of community residents or visitors. For my wife, Jean, and your candidate that ranges from musical and threater performances to mountain biking or using Open Space to walk or run Dodi, our five-months-old puppy. And that is just scratching the surface for us.
For others, no doubt, it extends to various other things that may range from hiking to using the new MAC (multi-purpose athletic center), disc golf, historical interests like visiting the Mint and State Museum, attending car shows, browsing the Farmers Market or other activities available in this state capital community.
While at the board meeting, I had a chance to check out Native American art displayed in the Sierra Room at the Community Center and it recalled for me a visit earlier in the week to the Stewart Native American community center in south Carson City.
I had an opportunity there to meet with Tribal representaytives, talk about my campaign and answer questions. Among concerns they raised were matters of infrastruture in the area as Lennar Homes single family residences go in nearby. The Shulz Ranch development's first phase envisions 100 homes, though I've been told the developer will put them up 10 at a time and monitor the housing market pulse.
Such concerns voiced to me during my campaign give me a chance to monitor the pulse of the community, a valuable part of my ongoing outreach efforts that will continue throughout my race for city supervisor from Ward 4.
Speaking of valuable opportunities, on Monday I helped judge some of the Senior Projects of students at Carson High School. It was a gratifying experience and kept me aware the next generation is preparing for the future even as I prepare to transition from a role as government watchdog to a role in which others will monitor my public policy decision making.
The students' enthusiasm for their projects, as well as for their futures, reminded me of the importance of listening, research and sound judgment required for every one of life's pursuits. I wish them well as they leave high school later this year.
I'm busy working on my blog posts. Watch this space!