The Union has lost its most experienced citywide reporter, Trina Kleist, according to sources.
Trina has been a longtime senior reporter and city editor at The Union. She previously was an AP Reporter in Mexico for eight years.
Nobody is harder working than Trina, and she was respectful to all. She also knows the “ins and outs” of Grass Valley politics better than anyone.
In my tenure, it was a challenge to write about Grass Valley politics because the publisher had his own ideas (and friends and biases). It could be farcical at times, at least in my opinion.
But Trina managed that small-town political minefield well, building relationships with both sides of the fence (AKA, NCCA contractors group, “no growth-ers,” Terry Lamphier and moderate council members such as Chauncey Poston and Mark Johnson). The reader benefitted.
It will be a drawback for readers not to have Trina’s insights at the upcoming Grass Valley City Council elections, with six candidates running for three seats. This is a race that citizens need to watch closely.
Brian Hamilton, the former sports editor and a strong ally of the former publisher, is now The Union’s managing editor. The new publisher is Dave Schmall. The Union will be better off when Dave is completely settled in his new job.
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