I've been happy to see large crowds at fund raising and free outdoor events in Carson City this month. It shows an appetite for community, as well as a spirit that means people are slowly but surely emerging from tough times in the waning aftermath of recession.
Over the past several days, my wife, Jean, and I attended the Tower of Power concert fund raising event outside Cafe at Adele's, a Kiwanis Wine Train gala in Mills Park and the Prez Brown free concert outside on the campus of the Brewery Arts Center. All were well attended. This is the kind of community involvement that helps make our city vibrant. They are the kind of events I believe our elected leaders should be attending as well. I have always been a big supporter of culture and other events that give back to our community. I will continue to do so once elected.
Come Saturday, another great fund raising event will help combat domestic violence in Carson City. It's the Taste of Downtown, which has become a summer favorite in this capital community.
Carson City's Board of Supervisors tackles two development items come Thursday, both high profile issues, but not the only significant ones on the agenda.
Also up are a presentation by an expert of water issues and a traffic signal matter at East College Parkway and Research Way.
The housing developments across from Mills Park along State Street and for Schulz Ranch land at the city's south edge will be taken up during the afternoon in the Sierra Room at the Community Center, but the water and traffic matters come before the lunch break. I'll be on hand monitoring all day.
I'm particularly keen to hear the report of Edwin James, general manager of the Carson Water Subconservancy, who will talk on the Carson River Watershed, climate change,groundwater supplies, water quality and related issues. Here's a link to learn a bit about James: http://www.cwsd.org/staff/
Of course the development items will prove interesting and I'm quite interested to see how many show up to testify, along with what tack they take. A post-recession spurt in development has some concerned in Carson City on the heels of almost no projects over the past decade.
Generally, I favor sensible and intelligent growth. It needs to fit in with the community and take heed of environmental concerns and resource availability. But growth can help the economy and the city's position as we forge more into the 21st century.