Clinton makes history as first female presidential nominee

“We just put the biggest crack in that glass ceiling yet.” — Hillary Clinton

“The Democratic National Convention made history Tuesday evening: Amid applause, shouts, cheers and in some cases tears, the delegates on the floor of the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia nominated Hillary Clinton for president of the United States,” as NPR reported.

“Clinton is now the first female presidential candidate of a major American party.

“It is a historic moment 150 years in the making, starting when suffragettes demanded the right to vote and Victoria Claflin Woodhull became the first woman to run for president in the United States in 1872.”

The rest of the article is here.

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Wise up Boardman! YubaNet scoops The Union and NCTV on big Supe vote

Editor’s note: The Union’s weekly columnist “Bored Georgeman” (AKA George Boardman) took a cheap shot at YubaNet earlier this month: “What passes for news at the web site is basically press releases and opinion pieces picked up from other sources.” I posted his drivel on Facebook, and locals roundly attacked his words. Here’s another example of YubaNet’s superior reporting. Exit question: When will The Union’s publisher wise up and dump Boardman’s column? He’s a true village idiot and a journalism hack.

The background: Pro-marijuana advocates packed Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting to protest a new plan by supervisors to allow restricted outdoor marijuana farming, mostly on large parcels, as the Sacramento Bee reported this morning. The proposed interim county ordinance would maintain a ban on indoor and outdoor cannabis, growing on all residential properties under 5 acres, and impose requirements restricting the location and scale of gardens on larger properties.

The meeting lasted until past 7 p.m. YubaNet and The Union were reporting in “real time,” and NCTV was streaming the meeting “live.”

When the dust settled, YubaNet was the first to post the news at 7:07 p.m.:

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The Union didn’t get the vote posted until two minutes later at 7:09 p.m. — (7:08 p.m. to report the vote, but then 7:09 p.m. to post more details):
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And NCTV, for some unexplainable reason, cut off the broadcast of the Supes meeting at 6:45 p.m. before the vote and posted this screenshot of the Grass Valley City Council Meeting instead. That’s like interrupting a sports game before the final outcome. Podunk.

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Bee’s “curtain raiser” on Tuesday’s Supe meeting on marijuana farming

“In a Sierra Nevada foothills region long known for marijuana growing, Nevada County supervisors in January enacted a sweeping ban on outdoor and commercial medical marijuana cultivation. But that only triggered a voter revolt,” the Sacramento Bee is reporting.

“Now, after residents voted by a 59 to 41 percent margin to reject Measure W, a June 8 initiative to reinforce the cultivation ban, the county’s pot politics are roiling anew.

“Pro-marijuana advocates are expected to pack Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting to protest a new plan by supervisors to allow restricted outdoor marijuana farming, mostly on large parcels.

“The proposed interim county ordinance would maintain a ban on indoor and outdoor cannabis growing on all residential properties under 5 acres and impose requirements restricting the location and scale of gardens on larger properties.

“‘It’s awful what they’re doing,’ said Patricia Smith, founder of a Nevada County medical marijuana growers’ collective called Grass Roots Solutions. ‘They’re acting as if they won the election as opposed to losing it. This plan is exactly what they want – not what we want.’

“Under the proposed interim plan, to be replaced later by a permanent ordinance if adopted by supervisors, residents on properties of 20 acres or more can grow 25 outdoor marijuana plants with up to 1,000 square feet of plant canopy. Those with 10- to 20-acre parcels can maintain pot farms of 16 outdoor plants or no more than 800 square feet.

The rest of the article is here.

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Michelle Obama’s arousing speech at the DNC in Philadelphia

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Bogus reviews of local restaurant forces Yelp to take action

The bogus reviews of Los Mineros restaurant in Nevada City has forced Yelp to take action. After owner Reinette Senum criticized law enforcement (and later apologized twice), bogus reviews of the restaurant — which is popular and has good food — appeared on Yelp. “Photos of rats and cockroaches all stolen from the internet posted on Yelp as being taken at Los Mineros,” one resident wrote. And The Placer County Deputy Sheriffs’ Association called for a boycott of the restaurant.

I am disappointed to hear that the Nevada City Police Department and its “police association” — which is supposed to “de-escalate” situations — has not yet met with Reinette to “break bread” to begin a healing process.

You have to wonder what they are thinking: Soon the City and public safety will require Nevada City residents’ support for yet another sales tax increase, largely for public safety. You have to wonder why the Police and City are not working harder to de-escalate this situation ASAP and unify the community.

Here’s Yelp’s post on Yelp’s Los Mineros page:
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WaPo: Donald Trump is a unique threat to American democracy

“Donald J. Trump, until now a Republican problem, this week became a challenge the nation must confront and overcome. The real estate tycoon is uniquely unqualified to serve as president, in experience and temperament,” the editorial board of the Washington Post is reporting. “He is mounting a campaign of snarl and sneer, not substance. To the extent he has views, they are wrong in their diagnosis of America’s problems and dangerous in their proposed solutions. Mr. Trump’s politics of denigration and division could strain the bonds that have held a diverse nation together. His contempt for constitutional norms might reveal the nation’s two-century-old experiment in checks and balances to be more fragile than we knew.

“Any one of these characteristics would be disqualifying; together, they make Mr. Trump a peril. We recognize that this is not the usual moment to make such a statement. In an ordinary election year, we would acknowledge the Republican nominee, move on to the Democratic convention and spend the following months, like other voters, evaluating the candidates’ performance in debates, on the stump and in position papers. This year we will follow the campaign as always, offering honest views on all the candidates. But we cannot salute the Republican nominee or pretend that we might endorse him this fall. A Trump presidency would be dangerous for the nation and the world.”

The rest of the article is here.

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Sierra Stages’ “Little Shop of Horrors” is a winner

From the blog of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine:

If you’re looking for a break from sobering TV and newspaper headlines and surreal national politics, go see Sierra Stages’ presentation of “Little Shop of Horrors” at the Nevada Theatre in Nevada City for some comic relief. It is funny, sweet, melodic and carries a cautionary tale (“Don’t feed the plant”). And the voice of the Audrey 2 — “FEED ME”! — is sure to make you laugh out loud.

Sierra Stages produces musicals and plays using strong local talent, including live orchestras for its musicals. It has received 53 prestigious Elly Award nominations in its first seven season. The performing arts nonprofit has presented or co-presented 28 productions at the Nevada Theatre and Miners Foundry in Nevada City or The Center for the Arts or Off Center Stage in Grass Valley, including “Into the Woods,” “The Music Man,” “Avenue Q,” “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” “Peter Pan” and “The Producers.”

The current production “Little Shop of Horrors” is a cult classic that has entertained theater goers for over 30 years. It plays now through August 6 at the Nevada Theatre on Thursdays at 7 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.; Sundays at 2 p.m.

Howard Ashman and Alan Menken (Disney’s “The Little Mermaid,” “Beauty and the Beast,” and “Aladdin”) are the creative talent behind what has become one of the world’s most popular shows. The musical is based on the low-budget 1960 black comedy film “The Little Shop of Horrors,” directed by Roger Corman. We’ve enjoyed the movie, as well as the musical, and saw it again this summer on an outdoor screen with our neighbors — an ideal venue for a cult movie like this.

The musical premiered Off-Off Broadway in 1982 before moving Off-Broadway, where it had a five-year run. It later received numerous productions in the U.S. and abroad and a subsequent Broadway production.

Sierra Stages explains the show’s plot: “A down-and-out floral assistant who longs to get the girl of his dreams and escape life on skid row becomes an overnight sensation when he discovers an exotic plant with a mysterious craving that offers him fame and fortune in exchange for feeding its growing appetite.” The plant, just so you’re prepared, flourishes by eating human blood — at first a few drops from floral assistant Seymour’s pricked finger.

Local Cast

“Little Shop of Horrors” features a cast of nine Nevada County actors, 12 Nevada County musicians — and one very large plant named Audrey II. The show is directed by Robert Rossman, musical direction by Ken Getz, set and lighting by Erin Beaty and custome design by Jill Kelly.

The cast includes Tracie Nickle (Audrey), Jay Barker (Seymour), Ken Miele (Mushnik), Nancy Haffey (Chiffon), Jackie Kolenko (Ronnette), Kim Wellman (Crystal), Audrey Morgan Delgado (Audrey II Manipulation), JR Lewis (Voice of Audrey II, Derelict), and Conor Nolan (Orin, Bernstein, Snip, Luce and others).

Nickle shows so much vulnerability that she breaks your heart. Nolan is diabolical as Audrey’s sadistic dentist boyfriend Orin Scrivello, D.D.S. — to such a degree that we don’t cringe too much when he’s the first one who is fed to Audrey 2.

The vocals are outstanding, with well-known tunes such as “Skid Row (Downtown)”, “Somewhere That’s Green”, and “Suddenly, Seymour”.

Audrey Delgado shows off superb puppet skills as Audrey II (their names are a funny coincidence). She has tinkered with puppets since her years at university and always loved to manipulate creations using her whole body, according to the program. JR Lewis is the voice of Audrey II and makes the show shine with his “FEED ME”! routine.

The imaginative set for the show was constructed on the stage of the Colfax Performing Arts Center of Colfax High School. Students assisted with building and painting of the set. For its part, the Nevada Theatre has been renovated, which includes new backstage space for the orchestra. It is California’s oldest theater. Nevada City was hopping this past weekend, with locals and visitors alike.

“This one clearly falls in the category of ‘entertaining’ show, but we hope you don’t ignore the underlying ‘meaningful’ message and, whatever you do, don’t feed the plants,” sums up the program. For tickets and more information, visit SierraStages.org.

(Photo: David Wong)

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