Lamphier: “I have not proactively and knowingly ‘clicked on, visited or downloaded’ any inappropriate material

Terry Lamphier’s response to a criminal investigation about him is here

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Fable Coffee coming to Mill Street in downtown Grass Valley


From the blog of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine:

Fable Coffee is coming to Mill Street in Grass Valley, at the corner of Mill Street and Neal Street, next to the historic Del Oro Theatre.

“I just secured the spot with a sweet little deposit,” Fable’s owner Amanda Daley wrote on Facebook — increasingly the source of breaking community news.

Fable has built a local “cult-like” following, with appearances at the Nevada City Farmers Market and at stores such as Three Forks Bakery & Brewing Co. and Emily’s Catering & Cakes.

Fable will be open at night and sell coffee to patrons at the Del Oro Theatre. The store will open its doors on the theater side as well.

Fable was started in 2012 by Jacob & Amanda Daley – a married duo with a passion for coffee, as their website notes. They moved around for a couple of years, then found themselves in Nevada County, and wanted to help bring good coffee to the area.

In 2014, Zachariah Hudson joined the team, and has been logging a lot of hours on our Diedrich IR-7 small-batch drum roaster.

Grass Valley is becoming a mecca for local premium coffee, with stalwart Carolines Coffee Roasters and Brew Bakers Family Cafe, which offers premium Temple Coffee from Sacramento.

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Our letter to the editor runs in the Sierra Sun to support our schools

Editor’s note: We wrote this letter to the editor in the Sierra Sun of Truckee to support Measures E and U. It ran this week. Measure U & E are General Obligation Bond measures being placed on the November 4, 2014 ballot by Tahoe Truckee Unified School District (TTUSD). If approved by votes they will provide funds for the highest priority facilities needs of the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District.

We also are proud to have a sign in our front yard in Nevada City to support Bob Altieri, Shelly Sexton and Larry Meek for the Nevada County Board of Education. The letter to support Measures E and U is here:

Our schools are vital to the economic health of our community, so we hope you will support Measure E and Measure U. Supporting these measures is a highly worthwhile investment in our community to attract and retain families.

We have owned a home on Tahoe’s West Shore for 15 years, we are raising an elementary school-age child, and we are excited about all the improvements to Truckee and Tahoe City. This includes the street-scape in Truckee, the commercial core improvements to Kings Beach and “smart” redevelopment projects that are in the works, from Truckee to the North Shore to the West Shore.

New businesses are opening throughout the Tahoe-Truckee area, existing ones are gaining more accolades, and we are being more widely recognized as a year-round recreation “destination” — thanks to a lot of hard work from “electeds,” business and civic leaders and our residents.

As our economy rebounds, we also need to support and bolster our schools, a lynchpin for any economic development plan. Rural communities with vibrant, modern schools are more robust both economically and civically; help lead to more equality; and they support a stronger middle class. Technology improvements in schools are vital to keep pace with rapid change.

Please support Measure U in the Truckee area and Measure E in the Lakeside area. Thank you.

Shannon and Jeff Pelline

Nevada City

Tahoe City homeowner

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Apple CEO Tim Cook says he is “proud to be gay”


(Photo: Lucy Nicholson/Reuters)

Editor’s note: We have been Apple shareholders and customers for years. This is a extraordinary essay from CEO Tim Cook. Cook has alluded to facing difficulties in Alabama, where he has said that “human rights and dignity are values that need to be acted upon.”

“Timothy D. Cook, Apple’s chief executive, said he was ‘proud to be gay’ in an essay published early Thursday, becoming by far the most prominent executive of a public company to come out,” the New York Times is reporting.

“Let me be clear: I’m proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me,” Mr. Cook wrote in the essay, published by Bloomberg Businessweek.

“Mr. Cook, 53, has never spoken publicly about his sexual orientation in the many years he has worked in the spotlight at Apple.

“In his essay, Mr. Cook also noted that he had spent much of his life trying to keep his personal matters private, which is why he had not previously spoken in public about his sexual orientation.

“Apple is already one of the most closely watched companies in the world,’ he wrote, ‘and I like keeping the focus on our products and the incredible things our customers achieve with them.’

“While he has never talked about it publicly, Mr. Cook’s sexuality has been a widely open secret in Silicon Valley. In private forums, he has alluded to facing difficulties growing up as a young man in Alabama, where he was raised for much of his childhood. He has said that human rights and dignity are values that need to be acted upon.

“With his essay, Mr. Cook becomes the most prominent gay man in the corporate world, joining a very short list of openly gay executives at public companies. He also defies corporate sexual identity norms; 83 percent of gay, lesbian and bisexual people hide aspects of their identity at work, according to a Deloitte report.

The article is here.

An excerpt is here: “Being gay has given me a deeper understanding of what it means to be in the minority and provided a window into the challenges that people in other minority groups deal with every day. It’s made me more empathetic, which has led to a richer life. It’s been tough and uncomfortable at times, but it has given me the confidence to be myself, to follow my own path, and to rise above adversity and bigotry. It’s also given me the skin of a rhinoceros, which comes in handy when you’re the CEO of Apple.

“The world has changed so much since I was a kid. America is moving toward marriage equality, and the public figures who have bravely come out have helped change perceptions and made our culture more tolerant.”

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On no, an editorial board member of The Union/cartoonist is after me again!

You gotta love small-town politics. Here’s a drawing of my blog from RL Crabb, a cartoonist for The Union and “editorial board member.” At least it beats getting anonymous unwanted magazine subscriptions in the mail! For RL, it’s much safer territory than scrutinizing Grass Valley politics. That might upset the publisher’s friends. LOL.

The internet is changing how we communicate, and that’s a tough pill for the old-timers to swallow. They are defenders of the “old order.” Let’s put some pennies in our loafers and cut the rug!

(Source: RL Crabb’s blog)

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Like this blog, The Union begins collaborating with other media

For years, this blog’s content has been promoted at, this region’s largest newspaper. I know “fish,” (AKA David Larsen of Carmichael) has noticed it on!

In addition, I have met with the Bee’s staff, and some of the articles from our magazine have been republished in the Bee — a cover story as well as a feature on Auburn, for example. More collaboration is in the works.

As a result, I was glad to see The Union sharing YubaNet’s content this week ( and filing a joint FOI request in the Lamphier case.

I’m sure The Union’s publisher Jim Hemig will paint this relationship as “groundbreaking” in another one of his cheerleading columns. It is not, as I have explained above, but it will help The Union. The Union’s Publisher Jeff Ackerman, one of Jim’s friends and longtime colleagues at Swift, had an acrimonious relationship with YubaNet’s Susan Levitz. I recall a cartoon that ridiculed YubaNet and resulting correspondence, much like Jeff did with me and this blog.

Some upsides to this relationship will be Pascale’s experience with covering fires, government and courts.

There could be some drawbacks, namely being a “watchdog” of The Union.

•When a former publisher of The Union sued a grieving father, this blog broke the “news.” The Union didn’t follow until much later. Needless to say, the community deserved to hear about this.

•Another example was this blog’s report The Union’s Freedom of Information Act lawsuit cost our schools about $17,000 to defend, and the money will come out of the Nevada Joint Union High School District’s general operating budget to pay for it, as Sierra Foothills Report learned.

We calculated the legal tab from our own FOI request, and Karen Suenram, assistant superintendent of business services at NJUSHD, confirmed that the fees will come out of the district’s general coffers. As reported, the lawsuit turned up nothing, excepting shining a light on the newspaper’s lack of sourcing.

The current publisher of The Union can be thinned skinned when it comes to criticism so I know he’d like to collaborate with any potential critics. I learned this when I wrote about his political leanings.  He wrote me a nasty series of emails when he should have just accepted it. In fairness, he’s new to being a publisher, with a background in print production.

Still, it’s good to see The Union collaborating more, and Pascale does a great job.

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S.F. values win the World Series!

I wish we could bottle some of those “S.F. values” and bring it here to invigorate our community. I’m thrilled the Giants have won the World Series, but above all, it was one of the best World Series I’ve seen in the 40 years that I can remember them.

In the end, Madison Bumgarner was throwing a 92 m.p.h. fastball, leading the Giants to its third World Series win in five years. He’s the winning pitcher, with a 3-0 record (291 pitches) in this World Series. “I was just thinking about getting outs until I couldn’t get them anymore,” he said. “Right now I’m not tired at all. We just won the World Series.” And let’s not forget M.B. came from a small town. Go Giants!

10387294_10152400934746828_6848223742714106273_nNow celebrating the win with Pilot Peak “Grand Cuvée Brut”:



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