One entertaining aspect of being out of town is continuing to read The Union publisher’s weekly column – for free, on a mobile ap. This morning, he wasted no time bashing Nevada City and Council member Reinette Senum – a favorite “whipping person” over the years. He chose to make fun of Reinette’s interest in a “happiness index” (successfully used and promoted in coastal towns such as San Luis Obispo) and ignored the many accomplishments during the tenure when Reinette was a City Council member.
Like hard-right blogger Russ Steele, who also bashed the “happiness index,” The Union’s publisher doesn’t strike me as a very happy person. And considering he just erected a “paywall” at his newspaper to boost its finances, he shouldn’t be casting too many stones about somebody else’s finances.
But like Reinette’s tenure on the City Council, he will retire one day. In the meantime, here’s some facts to go with the hyperbole about Nevada City: the “City of Nevada City Annual Status Report” that is in this week’s agenda packet, no less. Perhaps one of the reporters could help The Union publisher find it and read it. “People in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.” Some highlights from the report, which goes to Lafco and other agencies:
1. Assisted in purchase of Sugarloaf Mountain for open space and future trails during an historic dip in real estate.
2. Completed Hirschman Pond Trail totalling about 2.5 miles.
3. Continuing work on keeping courthouse on current site.
4. Hired new city manager
5. Hired new police chief
6. Warming shelter and procedures implemented at Neavaa City Vet’s Building
7. Adopted ordinance regulating conduct on public property.
8. Adopted ordinance prohibiting smoking in public places.
9. City received an unqualified opinion on 2010/2011 fiscal year; it has reduced city pension benefits with a new “two-tiered” structure, and it has paid down a loan from the county.
10. Approved use permits that led to opening of new businesses, including “Ol’ Republic Brewery.”
11. Improvements at Pioneer Park, including tennis courts, bocce ball, playground equipment.
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