Court records show Lamphier no contest plea dismissed

Former Nevada County Supervisor Terry Lamphier persuaded the county courts to dismiss a no contest plea to a misdemeanor charge of viewing adult material on a government-owned computer.

The details are here:

and here:

The link is here.

The ruling came after Lamphier completed his sentence of a year’s probation. The Union has an article about this development. YubaNet does not have an article, at least for now.

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Apple’s self-driving car spotted in Palo Alto

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New “Nevada County Business Connections” publication is awful

The Nevada County Economic Resource Council, The Nevada County Regional Chambers and The Union have teamed up on a new publication called “Western Nevada County Business Connections.”

“It is our hope that you use this guide as a true resource as you navigate opening or growing your business in Nevada County,” according to the introduction.

I took a quick spin through this publication and it is awful. Some examples:

•The title is wrong. The ERC — funded by county TOT dollars — represents all of Nevada County, not just the “western county.” In fact, much of the county TOT revenue comes from the Truckee area.

•The business-related content is sophomoric, more like “fish wrap.” Example: “Draw from your own experiences.” Or: “Unless you are an employer, business insurance is generally not required by law, however, it it common practice to purchase enough insurance to cover your assets.” Duh.

•It is self serving. “The professional advertising consultants at The Union can help you come up with a great marketing strategy.” A conflict of interest for such a publication.

•The publication touts education, but omits a statewide coup: Ghidotti Early College High School ranked #1 statewide on an assessment of student performance. This is the kind of information that can attract new businesses and residents.

•Sierra Heritage Magazine is listed as a “media contact.” Wrong. Sierra Heritage Magazine no longer exists. A magazine called Sierra Living has replaced it, with new owners.

•It does little to acknowledge “new” tech — one point of the ERC’s mission: The EV charging station information is incomplete, and not a single mention of rideshare such as Uber or Lyft. Even The Union’s sister publication noted Uber adding service for Truckee skiers and riders. No word of that.

•From a publishing perspective, the photos are weak and staged. Example at top. How is this compelling to a sophisticated business that might want to relocate here? Is it a joke?

•Spelling errors and grammar errors. Example on page 27: “Photo provied by Lee Ocker.” Did you mean provided?

•Advertising that doesn’t fit with the theme. Example on the introduction page: Coupons for $2 off on an oil change. What does this have to do with the theme?

We have a lot of potential, but a publication like this falls short of its mission. The County and ERC need to regroup.

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More corrections from The Union columnist George Boardman

It’s endless, as we all know (except for The Union, I guess)!

The Union columnist George Boardman concludes his weekly column with another correction:

“CORRECTION: Chairman Bob Hren reports that the county Republican Party recommended just one candidate, Don Bessee, instead of two for membership on the community advisory group on marijuana cultivation. Also, I misrepresented what Hren said when I wrote in last week’s column that the Democratic majority on the commission created an imbalance in age, home ownership, and political affiliations. I should not have linked the two comments.”

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Chronicle, Bee, Auburn Journal win numerous top honors in statewide newspaper contest; The Union mostly gets “honorable mentions”

“The San Francisco Chronicle was named the state’s best large newspaper Saturday by the California Newspaper Publishers Association, the second year in a row that the paper has won the contest’s top prize,” as the newspaper reported.

“Besides the general excellence prize, The Chronicle won first-place awards for feature stories in the food and sports sections, an editorial about San Francisco homelessness, a business package on vacation rentals, agricultural reporting, feature photography, lifestyle coverage, photo and graphic illustration.

Meanwhile, the Bee won “two first-place and four second-place awards Saturday in the California Newspaper Publishers Association’s annual Better Newspapers Contest for work produced in 2016,” as the newspaper is reporting.

The Auburn Journal won five first place awards (for columns, education, a news photo, a feature and photo illustration), a second place award, and three honorable mentions. One of the Auburn Journal’s “honorable mentions” was for general excellence.

The Union received three first place awards for its category — for an article on the bark beetle, a special section and an online photo essay. It received three second place awards — for an article on marijuana and an editorial cartoon (“nice use of color”).

Nine of The Union’s 15 awards were honorable mentions.

The list of statewide winners (filtered from 1,134 total entries) are here.

Congratulations to all the winners!

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How The Union mines a divided community

“This is the most politically divided community I’ve run across, and the ratio of liberals to conservatives has largely evened up in recent years,” The Union’s publisher Don Rogers writes in his column this week.

“It’s been suggested to me that this division is just newspaper exaggeration by amplification. People with bigger bees in their bonnet are more likely to write stinging op-eds and letters, after all. This is true to an extent, but it’s deeper than that. I find more people here a lot less generous toward folks with the ‘wrong’ views.

“We need to recognize this so we can do something about it. This one might be the easiest of this Big Three to solve. All we have to do is listen to understand; we don’t have to agree. Good grief.”

Don, The Union mines a divided community on its op-ed page, with its “anything goes” policy — a recurring theme here. You can do something about that!

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The Special Counsel that America needs

“If President Trump thought that by sacking the F.B.I. director, James Comey, he could kill off the investigation into his associates’ ties to the Russian government and its attempt to deliver him the White House, he was wrong,” the New York Times writes in an editorial.

“The investigation will go on, now under the leadership of a former F.B.I. director — and this one the president can’t fire on his own. Robert Mueller III, who was named special counsel on Wednesday to oversee the Trump-Russia investigation, is charged with revealing the truth about suspicions that reach into the highest levels of the Trump campaign and White House.

“Given the ‘unique circumstances’ of the case, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said in making the appointment, a special counsel ‘is necessary in order for the American people to have full confidence in the outcome’ of the investigation.

“Mr. Rosenstein is absolutely right, and he has done the nation a service in choosing Mr. Mueller, one of the few people with the experience, stature and reputation to see the job through. Mr. Mueller led the F.B.I. for 12 years under Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama. In 2004, he and Mr. Comey, then deputy attorney general, threatened to resign if President Bush allowed a domestic-surveillance program to continue without Justice Department approval.

“Mr. Trump could still interfere by ordering Mr. Rosenstein to fire Mr. Mueller. The last president to order the firing of a special prosecutor investigating his associates was, of course, Richard Nixon.”

The resto of the article is HERE.

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