Ads for and against Prop. 23 began airing this week. Examples are here:
The Fall foliage season is just around the corner. Our area is one of the best places in the state for “leaf peeps.” New England is tops. An interactive map of the 2010 season in New Hampshire is here. We could do something like this, too. Here’s a “one minute” vacation to Nevada City, courtesy of “Open Road” TV:
Editor’s note: The Rood Center has posted a list of salaries on the Web. It is here:
AGRICULTURAL COMMISSIONER $102,876.67
ASSISTANT COUNTY EXECUTIVE OFFICER $146,555.08
AUDITOR-CONTROLLER/TREASURER-TAX COLLECTOR $138,024.26
CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER $150,129.72
CHIEF PROBATION OFFICER $119,480.98
CLERK OF BOARD OF SUPERVISORS $86,304.66
CLERK-RECORDER/REGISTRAR OF VOTERS $119,480.98
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT AGENCY DIRECTOR $146,555.07
COUNTY COUNSEL $150,339.55
COUNTY EXECUTIVE OFFICER $168,000.00
COUNTY LIBRARIAN $90,364.80
DEPUTY COUNTY EXECUTIVE OFFICER $131,214.86
DIRECTOR OF BEHAVIORAL HEALTH $119,480.98
DIRECTOR OF BUILDING $102,876.67
DIRECTOR OF CHILD SUPPORT SERVICES $124,966.42
DIRECTOR OF ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH $102,876.67
DIRECTOR OF HUMAN RESOURCES $122,468.04
DIRECTOR OF PLANNING $113,667.98
DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS $124,966.42
DIRECTOR OF SANITATION $119,480.98
DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL SERVICES $119,480.98
DISTRICT ATTORNEY $154,087.70
HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES AGENCY DIRECTOR $146,555.07
PUBLIC DEFENDER $125,455.03
PUBLIC HEALTH DIRECTOR/HEALTH OFFICER $151,799.29
SHERIFF-CORONER-PUBLIC ADMINISTRATOR $146,591.00
MEMBER, BOARD OF SUPERVISORS (4) $39,446.64
Meg Whitman offered to take a lie detector test if needed to show that she and her husband were unaware they had employed an illegal immigrant housekeeper for nine years, according to the L.A. Times.
But her pledge was undercut by the housekeeper’s attorney, Gloria Allred, who produced a copy of a government letter sent six years before the housekeeper was fired alerting the couple to the problem.
Allred alleged handwriting at the bottom the note was Meg’s huband’s, and he said it was possible.
“While I honestly do not recall receiving this letter … it is possible that I would have scratched a follow-up note on a letter like this,” he said, according to the Times, adding, “neither Meg nor I believed there was a problem with Nicky’s legal status.”
“Meg Whitman is exposed as a liar and a hypocrite,” Allred said at a news conference.
Now, however, the team is on the cusp of making the playoffs for the first time in seven years. One more win is all that stands between the Giants and the National League West title.
“In less clinical terms: When the Giants win, people feel good about themselves,” according to the S.F. Chronicle.
“”New fans make a new, positive self-identification, and older fans – the longtime fans – deepen their self-identification with the team,” Christian End, a professor at Xavier University in Ohio, told the newspaper.
The Giants have drawn 2.9 million fans to AT&T Park this year, or an average of 35,322 per game, just surpassing last years totals and ranked 10th of 30 MLB teams.
When the Giants last made the playoffs, led by Barry Bonds, attendance averaged 40,304 — the third highest in the majors.
This blog is a “labor of love,” to be sure. But I am proud of its progress. It has grown at a good clip — never a down month — thanks largely to intelligent, signed commentary from all of you.
We’ve had an “unfiltered” but civil dialogue, with the likes of us — as well as County Supervisor Nate Beason, former Auburn Mayor and Council Member Mike Holmes, Congressional Candidate Clint Curtis, Newspaper Publisher Will Hearst and CNBC journalist Herb Greenberg, among others. Nobody has a better institutional knowledge of Nevada City than former Mayor Steve Cottrell, a regular commentator.
No other local blog — or media for that matter — has generated this caliber of response. Locals such as Steve Frisch and Tony Waters provide in-depth, thoughtful analysis regularly. Despite differences of opinion, there is a respect here that doesn’t show up on other local blogs, which are more akin to the Jerry Springer show.
The blog is promoted on sacbee.com, a relationship that I thoroughly enjoy. This week, some posts here were linked via Columnist Dan Walters’ columns. I reconnected with some friends who saw my blog “reversed published” in the Bee’s print edition two weeks ago.
The Bee “gets it” when it comes to embracing “citizen journalism.”
To date, 10,337 comments have been recorded here, with signed names — my proudest accomplishment of all. The traffic growth is documented in the chart pictured below.
This blog obviously has been a threat to the “status quo,” judging from a parody Twitter account about me and ongoing nasty barbs from the right-wing bloggers, whose mission is strictly political. They have had a lock on the political power here and are losing their grip. It shows.
Earlier this year, I’m glad I helped incumbent Greg Diaz get elected as clerk-recorder against a highly partisan, negative campaign — my first and only foray into political contributions.
As we all know now, the race was much bigger than electing a clerk recorder; it was about partisan politics. Our Congressman Tom McClintock showed a lack of professionalism by stating it was time to get rid of the “left wing” clerk recorder at a tea party rally — a sign of our backwater politics. And the local press showed its lack of professionalism by ignoring the issue.
But the reporting here has come at a cost.
Some of the barbs directed at me are funny but others cross a legal line, and I have had to hire a lawyer to review them — a sign of the times I suppose.
As for The Union, firstname.lastname@example.org has jumped in with snide comments until, I suspect, the HR department collared him. My favorite: “What did that $500 get you?” referring to my contribution to Greg Diaz’s campaign. What a cheap shot.
Well, Jeff, I can state that my son will be swimming in Greg’s pool this weekend, thanks to a generous dinner invitation.
This blog has riled politicans too. John Stoos, a top lieutenant of our staunch GOP Congressman Tom McClintock, has jumped on board to “educate” us. I do not always agree with John, but I find him far more respectful than the local right-wing bloggers. I look forward to collecting on a dinner bet with John that Prop. 23 will lose.
The Internet is changing the media landscape in rural communities such as ours. But this blog is just part of it. Local resident Anna Haynes has been a pioneer with her aggregation site “NCVoices.“
And local bogger Don Pelton was instrumental in a “call to arms” about privatizing our library. He also “digs deeper” when it comes to reports about reopening the Idaho-Maryland gold mine, outshining the “paid media,” as local gadfly Steve Enos likes to state.
Despite “good old boy” efforts to undermine our credibility, bloggers are gaining more attention. Just recently I was invited to help moderate some of the upcoming political debates for local races by the League of Women Voters.
As for the content, the local media regularly follows the “scoops” here and on other blogs — but without credit. It reminds me of when CNET upended the technology and business journalism world with its “real-time” reports in the mid-’80s.
The genie is out of the bottle when it comes to social networking and blogging to provide independent voices. I’ve learned that in smaller communities such as ours, it couldn’t come soon enough.
Thanks to all for your continued support of the independent bloggers in our rural area. I hope this blog and others can be a real catalyst for change.
And here’s a humorous touch: