According to the Gridley Herald, Councilman Owen Stiles stated, “My feeling is I don’t like getting thrown under the bus.  I went door to door when I ran for Council and I was asked if it was going to be ‘business as usual here in Gridley”  before asking for a vote that removed Councilman Dan Boeger from all committees he served on.  This action was reportedly in response to “a perception in the community” that Mr. Boeger has a conflict of interest regarding the possibility of a Bio Mass plant in Gridley.

Letter to the Editor:
 
According to the Gridley Herald, Councilman Owen Stiles stated, “My feeling is I don’t like getting thrown under the bus.  I went door to door when I ran for Council and I was asked if it was going to be ‘business as usual here in Gridley”  before asking for a vote that removed Councilman Dan Boeger from all committees he served on.  This action was reportedly in response to “a perception in the community” that Mr. Boeger has a conflict of interest regarding the possibility of a Bio Mass plant in Gridley.
 
After living in Gridley for the last 8 ½ years, I would say, “Yes, it is business as usual; the usual small-minded bullying tactics continue as usual.”
 
As for ‘being thrown under the bus’, who is throwing who under the bus?  In my world, there are people who act with dignity and class by responding to misperception and false accusations by working to bring forth the truth.  When I mentioned this to one of our councilmen, he told me that he doesn’t have time for that.  Doesn’t have time for that??  He doesn’t have time for the truth??  Yup, it IS business as usual.
 
So Mr. Boeger is an ex-rice farmer whose (non-dependent) son is affiliated with another rice farm.  Surprising?  New information?  No.  The voters of Gridley had this information when they elected Dan.  And considering this community’s ties to farming, specifically rice farming, it makes sense to me that the voters would have WANTED representation from someone who understands their concerns and would promote enterprises that enhance the profitability and marketability of their product.  How is it a conflict of interest to utilize the very experience and relationships that Mr. Boeger has built in the rice farming business to investigate a potentially lucrative syngas plant?  Isn’t that part what our council members are supposed to do?  Isn’t is their responsibility to investigate ventures that would increase revenues to our city and to its citizens?  Who better to do it than someone who has established relationships with those in the industry?
 
It seems to me that several of our city council members have pre-determined that solar is the only way to go and, in their single-minded determination to exclude the syngas option, are blindly limiting Gridley’s options by vilifying Mr. Boeger.
 
Mr. Boeger, as far as I know, has never been averse to incorporating solar as a part of Gridley’s total energy package.  From what I have heard him say,  he believes that the potential profitability to the city of a syngas plant is another part of the package that we should not ignore, particularly since Butte County’s economic survival is directly linked to agriculture.  Makes sense to me and I would guess that rice farmers in Butte County might agree.
 

Cynthia Lewis