Here’s the latest from the National Weather Service: “Heavy accumulating snow for the mountains, significant snow in the foothills, and potentially some accumulating snow down to the valley floor across the northern Sacramento Valley.” Charts are here:
The tree was donated anonymously, and it was cut down, put in place and decorated by Nevada City Chamber volunteers.
“The Chamber wanted to create a Christmas atmosphere in the Plaza,” a small-town version of a “Rockefeller Center tree,” where people could gather in wonderment, Cathy Whittlesey, executive director of the Chamber, said with a smile.
It has become an instant attraction for the community. At Victorian Christmas this week, numerous people stopped and photographed the tree — by itself or with their group standing in front of it.
The rest of the article is here.
“Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s first black president and an enduring icon of the struggle against racial oppression, died on Thursday, the government announced, leaving the nation without its moral center at a time of growing dissatisfaction with the country’s leaders,” as the New York Times is reporting.
‘”Our nation has lost its greatest son,’ President Jacob Zuma said in a televised address on Thursday night, adding that Mr. Mandela had died at 8:50 p.m. local time. ‘His humility, his compassion and his humanity earned him our love.’
“Mr. Zuma called Mr. Mandela’s death ‘the moment of our greatest sorrow,’ and said that South Africa’s thoughts were now with the former president’s family. ‘They have sacrificed much and endured much so that our people could be free,’ he said.”
The rest of the article is here.
Living here can be like a broken record: We like to fight a lot, especially for such a small, supposedly easy-going place. We like to fight over the same issues.
And the people doing the fighting always say the same thing. The personalities involved usually are the same too — year after year.
Finding a cold shelter in Nevada City is the latest example. My issue as a citizen and taxpayer is real simple: When I get up at 5 a.m. and go downstairs to work in my office, I fire up the pellet stove to warm up the room.
When I look out the window and see my truck and the yard covered with ice, I’d like to know that I live in a city where people are working together to make sure our homeless have a warm place to sleep when it’s freezing outside.
I’d like to know that the hurdles — ranging from NIMBY’ism to a failure to execute on a plan for cold shelter (beds, insurance and so on) — don’t get in the way.
It should be pretty simple — and easily attainable — to ensure that homeless people don’t freeze to death in a town of 3,000 people. But we always seem to make it pretty complicated. It’s unfortunate, to say the least.
Some of the Penn Valley folks are among the most staunch hard-right political activists or ideologues in our community, supporting the tea-party mantra of limited government and “no new taxes.”
They’re closely aligned with rigid views of politicos such as Tom McClintock, who has managed to alienate even moderate GOPers throughout the foothills with his “my way or the highway approach.” (I heard it again this week over in Auburn).
Well, guess what? Now some of the staunch conservatives are pondering a tax measure to help revive Western Gateway Park.
It’s an old saw: The Park — a real gem — has long been in need of some help. Budgetary issues have been ongoing. In the past, some residents have questioned the park’s stewardship as well.
Yubanet reported this story last month. A press release referred to the tax increase as “increased service-related revenue.” LOL.
What’s happening now is a good example of the “square peg” of ideology not fitting in the “round hole” of reality. It happens all the time in American politics and is one reason why the tea party is not very popular. Sometimes you have to cut costs — and raise taxes.
“Based on the response to the survey, the Park District Board of Directors will move forward with a broad-based community outreach campaign to educate area residents on the recreational opportunities available at the park as well as the budgetary issues it faces,” Barry Pruett, one of the board members, wrote in a statement to The Union.
“If we seek a tax measure, the amount is not as important as including an inflation provision to match inflation so that we never have to do it again,” he said.
I like that rhetoric: “The amount is not as important as” an inflation provision. “Never again.”
BTW, if I lived near Western Gateway Park, I’d vote for the tax measure in a heartbeat, along with real board accountability.
I’d ensure that enough people were passionate about the park that there would be regular elections to the board. I’d ensure that people who were elected were savvy businesspeople, who knew how to cut costs and raise revenue. Stewardship on our nonprofit and governmental boards is essential.
Then again, when it comes to supporting tax measures, these same folks like to call people like me a “lefty.” In fact, I’m a moderate — and a pragmatist. Most of us are “in the middle,” which is why the tax measure will easily pass.
Editor’s note: I hesitate to publish this for fear of what it will unleash. LOL.
Nevada County Clerk-Recorder, Gregory J. Diaz, is pleased to announce that the Candidate Handbook for the June 3, 2014 Primary Election is now available. Print copies are available in the Elections Office located at 950 Maidu Ave, Nevada City, CA 95959. The handbook is also available online at http://www.mynevadacounty.com/nc/elections.
Here are some deadlines:
December 27, 2013 – February 5, 2014
Signatures-in-lieu of filing fee – Judicial Candidates.
December 27, 2013 – February 20, 2014
Signatures-in-lieu of filing fee – All voter-nominated and non-partisan candidates.
January 27, 2014 – February 5, 2014
Declaration of Intention – Judicial Candidates.
February 10, 2014 – March 7, 2014
Declaration of Candidacy and Nomination Papers – Filing period for all local, nonpartisan
March 8, 2014 – March 12, 2014
Declaration of Candidacy and Nomination Papers – Extension period (for candidates other
than the incumbent, if incumbent does not file).
April 24, 2014
Counties begin mailing sample ballot pamphlets.
May 5, 2014
First Day Vote-By-Mail ballots will be mailed.
May 5, 2014 – May 27, 2014
Vote-By-Mail Ballot Application Period – Applications may be sent to the County Elections
Office to apply for a Vote-By-Mail ballot.
May 19, 2014
Last day for a person to register to vote in the Statewide Primary Election. Voter will be notified
of polling place but will not receive Sample Ballot Pamphlet in the mail.
June 3, 2014
June 5, 2014 – July 1, 2014
Official canvass beginning and ending dates.