Son-in-law of local restaurateur helps lead the Space X program

From the blog of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine:

A Falcon 9 rocket from Elon Musk’s Space X lifted off from the Kennedy Space Center on Sunday, with 5,500 pounds of supplies, experiments and cargo headed to the International Space Station.

The Dragon cargo capsule is expected to arrive at the Station on Wednesday. “I feel very confident of 2018,” Musk said on Twitter. Future plans call for sending a Dragon capsule to land on Mars in 2020.

The Sierra Foothills has a local link to the trail-blazing Space X program. Space X’s Director of Space Operations, Garrett Reisman, is the son-in-law of Delia Gutierrez, the chef-owner of the popular Casa Las Katarinas restaurant in Grass Valley.

Garrett is responsible for “all Dragon spacecraft (crew and cargo) missions including Mission Control center operations, tools, staffing and training and for development of the Crew Dragon human interfaces including displays, controls, procedures, human factors, training, and crew health and medical issues,” as his LinkedIn profile notes.

Garrett joined Space X, based in Hawthorne, in 2011 as a senior engineer and has been promoted since.

Dr. Reisman (a Caltech graduate) joined Space X from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration where he has served since 1998. He has flown on two Space Shuttle missions, logging over 3 months in space including over 21 hours of extravehicular activity (EVA) in 3 spacewalks. Musk founded Space X in 2002. He also is the co-founder and CEO of Tesla Inc., the electric-powered automaker, energy storage company, and solar panel manufacturer based in Palo Alto.

Casa Las Katarinas features space memorabilia, including a colorful ladybug figurine that traveled to outer space. Garrett brought the ladybug aboard the International Space Station in 2008. A certificate reads: “This object traveled a distance of 40,153,970 statute miles before returning aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery.” It is on display in the restaurant with a photo of Garrett. Delia and her husband Dave Francis reopened their restaurant in Alta Sierra on Hwy. 49 last year after a successful 10-year-run in Nevada City.

Space X photo: Musk (center) and Reisman (right) inside Dragon spacecraft

Here’s a video of Sunday’s launch of Falcon 9 and Dragon Vertical at Pad 39A:

Here’s a video of Garrett:

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Ms. Rebane educates the rest of us on “Trump Derangement Syndrome”

Editor’s note: This letter was written and published in The Union, honest:

“Nevada County is experiencing an unreported mental health crisis. A fair number of our neighbors are suffering. They are exhibiting nonspecific fear, rage, growing disorientation and confusion. Their trauma began on election night last November producing symptoms similar to PTSD. The malady is called Trump Derangement Syndrome.

“These dear people need help. Luckily our county is well prepared with abundant avenues for healing and support. As a public service, The Union should detail sources where those suffering can find succor. The phone book lists more than 20 therapists and psychiatrists, eight purveyors of meditation and yoga instruction, and more than 35 churches offering healing prayer. We have personal coaches, chocolatiers, wineries, exercise studios, day spas, and multiple shops which sell soothing candles and comforting night lights.

“From the street demonstrations and the rants in The Union, I, as a compassionate conservative, find this crisis to be so severe that the county’s Behavioral Health Department should declare a state of psychiatric emergency and immediately establish Election Results Acceptance Centers.

“Jo Ann Rebane

“Nevada City”

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Reinette Senum launches a blog amid resurgence of local progressives

(Photo credit: See Jane Do)

Reinette Senum (AKA self-described “Human Foghorn”) (Photo credit: See Jane Do)

“I finally did it! I have official launched my blog,,” former Nevada City Mayor and community activist Reinette Senum wrote on her Facebook page this weekend.

It comes amid a resurgence in the local progressive movement on the heels of the Donald Trump presidency. Read “The awakening of a new local political force in our towns — progressive women.”

“Check it out! It was exactly 100 years ago, today, that my Great Grandfather dropped dead… sending the nation into shock. History buffs and residents of San Francisco will love this story!”

Reinette is referring to Major General Frederick Funston, known for his role in the Spanish-American War, among other things. He also was in command of the Presidio of San Francisco when the 1906 San Francisco earthquake hit.

On her blog, Reinette writes: “My name is Reinette Senum and I am a Human Foghorn.”

“This blog isn’t just about talk. It’s about action as well.”

She adds: “The opinions expressed by The Foghorn Express are Reinette Senum’s, alone, and do not reflect the opinions of the City of Nevada City, its council members or staff, any associations, organizations, boards, commenters, their pets… any bodies of any sort, whatsoever.

 “The Foghorn Express is a forum that is open to debate and hypothesis, but believes it is up to each and every citizen to draw his/her own conclusions. This blog is simply a launching point for resource sharing, contemplation, and intelligent dialogue with the objective to move its readers/commenters towards deeper awareness and active solutions.

 “Any hostile statements, name calling, unnecessary gang-stalking, hair-pulling or shin-kicking will not be tolerated.

NO Throwing Sand!

 “Please note, I have the right to change my opinion according to information received; I am a woman. There are many different paths to the same mountain top, so please be mindful of our respectful paths! Understanding and compassion is a process.”

Welcome Reinette!

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SYRCL, tribal leaders denied entry to upcoming regional water meeting

 This press release is from SYRCL:

Local conservation, community and tribal organizations are calling on U.S. Representatives Doug LaMalfa and Tom McClintock to hold a public town hall meeting on water issues after being prevented from attending an upcoming meeting about regional water issues with federal and state representatives.

The Mountain Counties Water Resources Association (MCWRA) promoted a February 24th all-day symposium, “The New Trump Administration – A View from the Top,” as an opportunity for members and non-members to hear from state and federal representatives, including Congressmen Doug LaMalfa and Tom McClintock, about “their views on the new Trump Administration on regional water interests.”

On Tuesday afternoon, more than a dozen local leaders, who had purchased $40 tickets online, had their money refunded and were told in an email from MCWRA Executive Director John Kingsbury that due to member interest in the February 24th event, “space capacity prevents us from being able to accommodate your registration. The registration fee will be refunded.” According to the MCWRA website, the organization has 67 member organizations. The hosting facility at The Ridge Golf Course in Auburn holds 300 people.

“I am deeply concerned about how the Trump administration’s water and environmental policies may impact the Yuba watershed and beyond,” said Caleb Dardick, Executive Director of the South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL), which represents more than 3500 members. “I was looking forward to hearing directly from our representatives about how they plan to address serious flood control, climate change, and water management issues in the region.”

“These ancestral waters are sacred to my Tribe, which is why I wanted to hear from the government officials who will be considering how to repair our aging dams like Oroville or even build new dams like Centennial that would flood Nisenan cultural sites on the Bear River,” said Shelly Covert, spokesperson for the Nevada City Rancheria Tribal Council, whose ticket was also refunded. 

“Doug LaMalfa should schedule some Town Halls in his district so that his constituents can meet with him. With so much uncertainly coming out of Washington, we need to hear what our representative is doing to address climate change and water security for our families, farmers and businesses, especially in light of the recent failure of important water infrastructure at Oroville Dam,” said Elizabeth “Izzy” Martin, former Nevada County Supervisor and non-profit foundation executive, who was unable to secure a ticket to the event before it sold out. “The Mountain County group offered a much-needed opportunity, and they should have been prepared for this level of interest.”

Dardick, Covert and Martin join a growing call for Congressmen LaMalfa and McClintock to engage with the community on these critical regional water issues and other community concerns.

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YubaNet: A primer on Nevada City’s sphere of influence

“At their February 23rd meeting the Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCo) will hold a workshop to consider and provide direction to staff regarding Nevada City’s sphere of influence (SOI) update, including the recommended sphere of influence boundary,” as YubaNet is reporting. “The current draft proposal reduces the city’s SOI from 2,907 acres to 1,482 acres and places the remaining acreage in an area of interest designation. No formal action will be taken at the workshop, the Commission will provide direction to staff only.”

The primer is here.

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Grass Valley officials to consider a brewery at The Union on Tuesday

From the blog of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine:
The City of Grass Valley planning commission will meet on Tuesday, Feb. 21, to consider a brewery, wine tasting room and outdoor beer garden in the empty space where The Union used to print its community newspaper before outsourcing the printing to the Sacramento Bee.

The 1849 Brew Pub at 464 Sutton Way— previously reported here — will include an outdoor beer garden area, a pizza oven, a 20-foot tall grain silo. Soft rock and live music will play inside the pub on weekends, the application said.

The applicant is Grass Valley resident David Krikorian, the project owner is listed as Nevada County Publishing Co., the contractor is listed as Keoni Allen of Sierra Foothills Construction, and the architect is Deer Creek Studio of Nevada City. “The applicant is requesting approval of a use permit to operate a brewpub,” according to the staff memo. “The applicant plans to occupy about 5,387 square feet of the existing building.” Staff recommends that the use permit be approved. The staff report is here.

Krikorian previously has said he would be leasing the new brewery space from the newspaper publisher. His son, Kevin, will be the brewmaster in the 15-barrel brewery. The brewery and taproom plans to offer a wide choice of beers: IPAs, pale ale, light and dark ale, stout and lager beers.

The project is considered exempt from the provisions of CEQA, according to the report. The City said it is not aware of any land use conflicts or environmental impacts associated with brew-pubs and breweries in Nevada City and Auburn.

In 2004, the Grass Valley Planning Commission approved a 5,316 square-foot expansion of the newspaper building at this location — but not a brewery.

“Over the past few years, the paper production of the newspapers has moved to Sacramento, leaving a portion of the building empty,” the staff report said.

Newspapers are outsourcing their printing to larger publications to cut costs. Meanwhile, craft breweries are booming all across America. Grass Valley elected officials have been seeking to bring a brewery to town — noticing the success in Nevada City with ol’ Republic and Three Forks.

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Spies keep intelligence from Donald Trump on leak concerns

“U.S. intelligence officials have withheld sensitive intelligence from President Donald Trump because they are concerned it could be leaked or compromised, according to current and former officials familiar with the matter,” the Wall Street Journal is reporting.

“The officials’ decision to keep information from Mr. Trump underscores the deep mistrust that has developed between the intelligence community and the president over his team’s contacts with the Russian government, as well as the enmity he has shown toward U.S. spy agencies. On Wednesday, Mr. Trump accused the agencies of leaking information to undermine him.

“In some of these cases of withheld information, officials have decided not to show Mr. Trump the sources and methods that the intelligence agencies use to collect information, the current and former officials said. Those sources and methods could include, for instance, the means that an agency uses to spy on a foreign government.

“A White House official said: ‘There is nothing that leads us to believe that this is an accurate account of what is actually happening.'”

The rest of the article is here.

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