I enjoyed judging the pasty contest in Grass Valley two weekends ago and tossing a few myself, as I reported the other day.
I visited with City Administrator Dan Holler, among others, and was pleased to see him snapping some photos of the festivities with a compact digital camera — a pink-colored one, no less. (I wasn’t sure whether it was a loaner or not).
It’s fashionable for armchair quarterbacks and political ideologues — and we have lots around here — to bash “big government” and lazy “public servants.”
But like most government workers, the reality is different than the stereotype: Dan wears more and more “hats” amid the cutbacks at City Hall. I know other city mangers around here — Bob Richardson in Auburn, Rick Angelocci in Loomis and Tony Lashbrook in Truckee — who also are trying to “do more with less.”
One of Dan’s duties is helping to promote the City via Facebook on a Saturday morning — harnessing the efficiency and power of social media.
In a “better late than never” gesture, Dan’s photos of the pasty toss were posted to the City of Grass Valley Facebook page this week. I suspect someone else at City Hall helped out too, a team effort.
You can see them here, promoting the hometown event. Here’s our dog, “Whiskey,” wolfing down one of the pasties (which are filled with kibble). Whiskey is a fox-red lab, about the same color as a shot of Woodford Reserve (and hence her name).
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