Diaz: “Forensic Audit” in Nevada County – Unnecessary

“The California Secretary of State and several counties, including Nevada County, are receiving a large number of calls and correspondence requesting ‘forensic audits’ of elections,” according to Diaz’ statement that is posted on YubaNet. “When someone calls for a ‘forensic audit’ they’re essentially asking for an independent third party to come into our election systems, review our logs, machines, and source code, and physically dissect the equipment.

“A ‘forensic audit’ is not authorized under California law. It is an intrusive process that adds an unsecured, non-authorized entity into our election systems — compromising our entire chain of custody and risking the security of our elections. Any unauthorized access to the proprietary components, including hardware, firmware, and software of voting system equipment, is a violation of the contract terms with the voting system vendors.

“If forensic audits were conducted, the county would be required to replace the existing election equipment: voting machines, computers, software, and related electronic equipment. We would have to purchase new voting equipment after every forensic audit. The current election system equipment cost Nevada County approximately $600,000 to obtain. We have two elections every two years, at least.  In short, county taxpayers would have to spend at least $600,000 after every such audit, with costs rising all the time.”

The rest of the article is here.

CNN projection: Newsom defeats recall

California Gov. Gavin Newsom survives GOP-backed recall effort and will remain in office after a majority of voters voted “no” in Tuesday’s recall election, according to a projection from the CNN Decision Desk.

California voters were asked just two questions on the recall ballot: First, “yes” or “no” on whether they want to remove Newsom from office. 

Newsom will now finish out the remainder of his term.

—CNN

The Nevada County election results are here. Newsom defeated the recall in our County too. The margin was narrower than the statewide number but still decisive.

In Truckee, Measure T — a Truckee Fire Protection District measure — was winning.

San Diego planning commission latest to support effort to make temporary outdoor spaces permanent

“Though many questions came up about the city of San Diego’s initiative to transition temporary outdoor spaces to permanent ones, none of them were enough to stop the city Planning Commission from voting in favor of the ‘Spaces as Places’ program during its Sept. 9 meeting,” as the La Jolla Light is reporting.

“A primary example of space to which this could apply is outdoor dining that has proliferated since last year to help restaurants replace indoor capacity lost in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“’Spaces as Places is proposed for the post-pandemic world, when restaurants can operate at full capacity indoors and outdoor dining would represent an expansion of restaurant seating capacity and … enhance the overall public experience,” said project manager Sameera Rao.’

The rest of the article is here.

Nevada City Council votes 3-2 to remove Laurie Oberholtzer from the planning commission

The 3-2 vote is at about 4:18:21 on this video after a marathon Council meeting (I watched a couple of baseball games in between). The “yes” votes were Daniela Fernandez, Duane Strawser, and Erin Minett, and the “no” votes were Doug Fleming and Gary Petersen. Although I didn’t always agree with Laurie O., I want to thank her for her volunteerism and tireless efforts to protect the town’s R1 neighborhoods over the years. In my view, Laurie O. largely fell victim to small-town politics, some deep-seated personality conflicts, and/or a “power play,” as Doug (go Northwestern Wildcats) succinctly put it. We all have something to contribute. “And the band played on???”

(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay

BALTIMORE- We’re hanging out at an inn that looks out on the docks of Chesapeake Bay, enjoying the sunshine and watching the boating enthusiasts who are hosing down and polishing their vessels.

We feel a sense of relief (and pride), having just dropped off our son, Mitchell, at his dorm at Johns Hopkins University for his sophomore year.

It has been a long journey from Nevada City on a narrow-body plane, which stopped in Dallas before landing here. Summer air travel is more of a hassle than usual, thanks to COVID-19. You need to mask up at all times and keep your vaccination card close at hand.

Mitchell and his friend and classmate Nicole were reunited last night, enjoying dinner in Baltimore’s “Little Italy.” We ate at the hotel and watched a ballgame.

This afternoon, the campus was filled with parents and their students, carrying a varied assortments of boxes and bags into the dorm rooms.

We wrapped up late in the afternoon, said our goodbyes and headed back to our hotel in an Uber.

We’ll meet again for dinner on the weekend before we head home, but for now it’s mission accomplished.

Tom Hanks’ beloved Airstream is going to auction in Carmel

Actor Tom Hanks is auctioning off an Airstream trailer was his “home away from home” while filming movies over a period of 20 years.

Hanks said in an interview for Bonhams Magazine: “I got it in the days when movies moved slower. I had spent too much time in regular trailers with ugly decor and horribly uncomfortable furniture, so I decided to buy a brand-new Airstream shell with an interior made to my own request.”

Bidding begins on August 13 in an auction in Carmel. More details are here.

Joint Statement on the 2021 Nevada County Fair shows community-wide solidarity

“The annual Nevada County Fair is the signature event of the year, bringing together a cross section of our community to celebrate the end of summer. While the Fair will go on this year, we recognize that our community is currently experiencing a dangerous surge of COVID-19 infections, fueled by the highly contagious Delta variant.

“To protect the health and safety of our community, the Nevada County Fair, the Nevada County Public Health Department, Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital, and health leaders from across the community strongly recommend that all who attend the Fair wear a mask both indoors and outdoors, regardless of vaccination status.

“Furthermore, we strongly recommend that anyone age 65 and over, those with compromised immune systems, and those with underlying health conditions consider not attending the Fair this year.

“Anyone who is in isolation due to a positive COVID-19 test or is in quarantine due to an exposure to someone who has tested positive must not attend the Fair.

“The Nevada County Fair has taken extraordinary measures to protect the health of all fairgoers. We ask that exhibitors, vendors, and visitors do their part to prevent further COVID-19 infections, hospitalizations, and deaths during this unprecedented time.

Signatories:

Patrick Eidman, Chief Executive Officer, Nevada County Fair

Dr. Brian Evans, CEO and President, Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital

Jill Blake, Director, Nevada County Public Health Department

Dr. Scott Kellermann, Public Health Officer, Nevada County Public Health Department

Dr. Glennah Trochet, Deputy Public Health Officer, Nevada County Public Health Department

Dr. Alinea Stevens, Medical Director, Chapa-De Indian Health

Dr. Peter Van Houten, Chief Medical Officer, Sierra Family Health Center

Dr. Ingrid Bauer, Interim Chief Medical Officer, Western Sierra Medical Clinic

Dr. Sarah Woerner, Pediatrician

Dr. Roger Hicks, Medical Director, Yubadocs”

Memories of a farm-to-table banquet in our town

A cool Facebook memory popped up on my page this morning: The Nevada City “farm to table banquet.” As I reported at the time:

“Welcome friends, neighbors and guests!” read the program for the sold-out Nevada City farm to table banquet on Sunday night in the historic downtown. “Tonight you will encounter the culmination of months of dreaming and laying plans on how we could deliver the best of Nevada City and its abundance.

“This seven-course meal has been tailored by the seasons and the hard-working hands of our farmers. We come together so as to assist the ever popular First Friday Art Walk and their music scene on the Boardwalk.

“But the biggest reason we hold this banquet is to simply exemplify the potential of Nevada City, its citizens, and the abundance that originally brought us to this area and keeps us here.”

We all sat at one long table of 120 diners on Commercial Street under the terrazzo lights — a magical setting. It was our third time, as one of the servers Mackenzie Hardwick reminded us. We noted how our son’s middle name was Mackenzie (one of his grandmothers’ maiden names). It was an eclectic mix of diners.

Toward the end of the night, I sat on a hay bale with Matt Margulies, and we marveled at the sight (joking that it contradicted the often acrimonious nature of late in Nevada City). 

Like the Amgen Tour of California (thanks to Duane Strawser), events like this showcase our outdoors, bounty of local food, farmers, music, arts and culture, and the bright side of small-town life.