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City put development before history

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I wonder if our city council has ever put the protection of history before development. The current issue with the Big Gun Quarry is just another example of that question. It seems that if land or artifacts don’t produce actual income, they have no value (“History group wants tools saved” Placer Herald, Feb. 17). In the 10 years I’ve lived here, I haven’t seen any real appreciation for the long-term value of Rocklin’s history or how the city might be defined years from now. When the effort to save the history of Clover Valley was made in the last decade, the council didn’t ask an independent archaeological expert to assess the value of artifacts. Instead, they were more interested in the short-term development income and left the artifact evaluation, as well as the historic sites to the developer’s own “experts,” no conflict there. History has not been the council’s strong suit. Rocklin’s City Council doesn’t appear to have a real vision for a historical downtown, one which might include a larger museum and might also have connections to a regional open space preserve. The granite mining and the Native American sites could all be integrated into a larger historic venue that could put Rocklin on the map as a tourist destination bringing income to hotels, restaurants, retail and to the city’s coffers. Janet Dunlap, Rocklin