From the county’s Friday memo:
The Sunshine Review, a national nonprofit dedicated to government transparency, awarded our new public website www.MyNevadaCounty.com a perfect “A+” score for government transparency. This places Nevada County’s website as the only “A+” rated website across the 58 California Counties. The next two top CA county scores are “A-“ grades awarded to Los Angeles and San Francisco.
The Sunshine Review has established 10 subject areas that they believe every public organization should have on-line; budgets, meetings, elected officials, administrative officials, permits & zoning, audits, contracts, lobbying (legislative advocacy), public records, and local taxes.
On our new county website, we created the “Information” navigation wizard option on the front page that easily guides citizens through these 10 categories to the ultimate information source.
For the 2012 awards, Editors at Sunshine Review analyzed more than 6,000 government websites and graded each on a 10-point transparency checklist.
I received this press release from Tom Anderson’s campaign:
The Nevada County Bar Association has announced the results of its plebiscite poll, which finds Judge Tom Anderson to be the “Best Qualified” candidate standing for Nevada County Superior Court Judge, Seat 1.
“I am honored that Nevada County’s Bar members feel I’m the best qualified to run an impartial courtroom,” Judge Anderson stated in response to the results.
“I’ve worked hard,” he continued, “to establish a reputation of integrity, respect, effectiveness, and fidelity to the law. I will continue to do so. I feel honored to have the confidence and support of the Nevada County Bar Association members.”
Nevada County attorneys were offered the opportunity to rank candidates for judge as “Best Qualified” and “Least Qualified.” Judge Anderson earned the “Best Qualified” ranking from more than 90 percent of participating members.
Nevada County Bar Association Plebiscite Results:
Candidate — Best Qualified/Least Qualified
Judge Tom Anderson— 32/1
Candidate George Smyrnos— 3/28
Note: Not all ballots contained a response to each question; therefore the totals do not match up perfectly. In an effort to honor every vote, the NCBA did not discard any ballots for incompleteness.
BTW, I remain disappointed that the judicial candidates and Bar Association have not been more outspoken about keeping the County Courthouse in downtown Nevada City. There’s more to being a judge and attorney than upholding the law. In a small town, the position also calls for civic leadership.
The white, wooden church sits on a hilltop above the small town. It was built by shipbuilders in 1859 and is the oldest church in continuous use in Sonoma County.
St. Teresa’s was featured in Alfred Hitchcock’s 1963 film, The Birds, and is the subject of a famous photograph created in 1953 by Ansel Adams. We have a print in our home, next to a typewritten note from Herb Caen: “Much love, luck and happiness to you and Shannon — a lovely name.”
We honeymooned in Anguilla and St. Barts, swimming, sailing and celebrating. We spent #20 in Hawaii with our son. Today will be more sedate but still enjoyable — getting our son to school on time, reading page proofs of Placer County’s Visitor Guide and barbecuing swordfish on the Big Green Egg. We have been blessed over the years — no doubt about it.