Heidi Hall having fun at one of our nonprofits


Credit: Heidi Hall’s Facebook page

We are going to miss Nate Beason as our supervisor after eight years. We were more than happy to support Nate’s candidacy when he faced a contentious race against a tea-party candidate in 2012. Nate has integrity, he has raised our community’s profile with the Rural County Representatives of California (RCRC), he is a good listener, and he is diligent about responding to his constituents. More details are here.

I also look forward to the Heidi Hall era. Heidi will replace Nate as our Nevada County district 1 supervisor. She is intelligent, well educated (Pomona College, a favorite school of mine), compassionate and hard working. I am confident she will make great contributions to our community.

This weekend, I was delighted to see this photo on Heidi’s Facebook page. “Trains, Christmas and kids — Nevada City has it going on,” she wrote. We are big fans of the Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum. When his grandparents were alive, our son loved going to the Christmas celebration with them, visiting with Santa Claus and riding on the “rail bus.” It was a quintessential Nevada County experience and lifetime memory for all of us.

The museum’s executive director Madelyn Helling is a community gem and has become a good friend of ours. Each year, we make it a point to donate our cabin at Lake Tahoe to the fundraiser for the museum. I hope it helped raise some money again this year.

The museum has some ambitious plans. It hopes to bring its historic, 1875 Engine #5 (AKA “Tahoe”) back to life under a 5-year plan. More details are here.

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Federal officials to explore different route for Dakota pipeline

“Federal officials announced on Sunday that they would not approve permits for construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline beneath a dammed section of the Missouri River that tribes say sits near sacred burial sites,” the New York Times is reporting

“The decision is a victory for hundreds, perhaps thousands, of protesters camped near the construction site who have opposed the project because they said would it threaten a water source and cultural sites. Federal officials had given the protesters until tomorrow to leave a campsite near the construction site.

“In a statement on Sunday, the Army’s Assistant Secretary for Civil Works, Jo-Ellen Darcy, said that the decision was based on a need to explore alternate routes for the pipeline crossing.

‘”Although we have had continuing discussion and exchanges of new information with the Standing Rock Sioux and Dakota Access, it’s clear that there’s more work to do,’ Ms. Darcy said. ‘The best way to complete that work responsibly and expeditiously is to explore alternate routes for the pipeline crossing.'”

The rest of the article is here.

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The increasingly diverse United States of America

diversity-main-map-1180“Farmland outside a Midwestern city turns into a bedroom enclave of commuting urban professionals,” the Washington Post is reporting in an infographic. “A handful of non-white people move to Dubuque, Iowa. Already diverse cities become increasingly mixed with immigrants from Asia, Africa and Latin America.”

“These are just some of the ways diversity is increasing in U.S. communities.”

The infographic is here.

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Meet Mr. Popularity

I often hear local right-wing activist and former Supe Todd Juvinall go on about how he has a real pulse on our towns, is so well liked and so on. Why, he even was going to run for Supervisor again against Heidi Hall. You go Todd!”No friends to show” lol.


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Music in the Mountains, what should we do?

We enjoy our relationship with Music in the Mountains — both as patrons and promoters for years. It is a wonderful performance group, embraces diversity, and in our “50s” with a teenage son, we are the next generation of patrons.

This season, tight on the budget like most nonprofits, MIM asked us to voluntarily distribute 500 of their flyers throughout the region for their “Holly Jolly Holidays” program for free.

We have a well-established distribution network throughout the region, thanks to our magazine’s success, which is why they approached us. We normally reserve this service for paid advertisers, but wanted to help out.

Sounds like a plan, but then we hear this from an MIM volunteer board member, George Rebane, who runs an extreme right-wing political blog. George is one of 15 MIM board members. He writes: “Jeff Pelline is both an embarrassment and a disgrace. His banal blog’s prime focus is to attempt engagement in the discussions on RR for which he is abysmally unprepared, so his alternative to build his readership is to denigrate RR and its readers on his own blog, and from time to time also to attempt to inject himself into RR’s comment streams. This Saturday evening he was successful because Jo Ann and I were at the Amaral Center attending a Christmas Sing Along presented by Music in the Mountains. When we got home the damage was done, and I have had to spend time cleaning up the crap. My apologies for not nipping this in the bud earlier.”

MIM: What would you do if you were us? What is your protocol for volunteer board members to show some dignity to your promoters? We are very disappointed.

Here’s a sampling of George Rebane’s “commentary”:

•”Minorities — “Unaware and Compliant Voters” is here.

•”The liberal mind: Hilary Hodge can’t connect the dots” is here.

•”The Pope and the Raghead” is here.

•”Obama is a self-declared Marxist” is here.

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Commenters on former County Supe Juvinall’s blog now incite gun violence against “liberals”

Former Nevada County Supervisor Todd Juvinall has never been the sharpest tool in the shed when it comes to his commentary, and he harbors trolls on his blog who post ugly comments anonymously — like Pakistan has harbored terrorists. But now Todd’s blog has reached a new low: Inciting gun violence in our community against “liberals.”

One of these creeps writes: “My solution to the ‘Liberal Infestation’ problem in Nevada County is to call Clark Pest Control or have a lottery whereby we conservatives and the liberals name one each conservative and liberal to have a duel with a matched pair of black powder dueling pistols from Cabela’s and the representative from each political faction at fifty paces will duel it out on Broad Street in front of the National Hotel in Nevada City.”

“If I were the conservative pick I’d prefer the liberal to be fat and an easy target and
Jeff Pelline would certainly fit the bill.

“Thought yall would get a laugh out of this?”

So funny I forgot to laugh, you jerk. An article “Black power guns can be deadly” is here.

Perhaps it’s time for local law enforcement to confiscate Todd’s computer and begin interviewing Todd and these commentators as to exactly what they mean. What do you think Sheriff Keith Royal? What do you think “Bradley Jackson”? I think I’m going to call the Sheriff on Monday morning and find out.


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Celebrating Measure B win

Celebrating Measure B win with a skull-shaped ice cube – a gift to me. lol. More than 85 percent voter turnout. TGIF!

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