Following little discussion Tuesday, the Del Norte County Board of Supervisors voted to send a letter inviting President Donald Trump to personally view Last Chance Grade.
The invite was the idea of Supervisor Bob Berkowitz.
“In the last two years, our board has made a lot of progress in bringing local, state and national attention to the problems facing Last Chance Grade,” Berkowitz said. “We have invited our congressman, our state officials to see the problems firsthand, but I think it’s time we took the issue to the next level and invite President Trump to come here and see the deteriorating condition of the road, itself.”
Berkowitz said while he’s not expecting a visit, the invitation would get the attention of the Trump Administration.
Berkowitz recalled in 1968, Lady Bird Johnson Grove was dedicated.
“No one thought President (Richard) Nixon would attend,” he said, “but not only did we get a sitting president to come, we got a former president, (Lyndon B) Johnson, and future president, (Ronald) Reagan, all three presidents on the North Coast at the same time,” he said. “It all happened because one person thought it was important enough to send a letter of invitation.”
Supervisor Lori Cowan seconded the motion.
The only public comment came from resident Aaron Skroback, who kept his remarks short.
“I don’t think it’s a good idea at all to invite this idiot to Del Norte,” said Skroback. “All the riots and bad things it would bring upon this county would certainly be detrimental to this community, but maybe some good could come of it. They could build a big wall there and have Mexico pay for it.”
Supervisor Roger Gitlin called the invitation a good suggestion, adding he had been in contact with Trump when he was a presidential candidate.
“We are certainly deserving of getting some federal attention to this problematic area, which, for decades has been held back and caused all kinds of problems, deaths and retarded our growth because of its ingress and egress, so I would support that (invitation),” Gitlin said. “I would support that invitation, and if not the president himself, maybe the vice-president, or an appropriate designee.”
Gitlin said while it’s unsure what will happen, the invitation should spur some acknowledgement.
The board voted unanimously to send the invitation.