Regular reader reports from the Diaz campaign party

Tony Waters, who attended the Diaz campaign party at the National Hotel, sent along this email for posting. I was glad to see his daughter participating in the political process; AP government students at Nevada Union High also worked on some of the local campaigns. Some of the ones who worked on the Terry Lamphier campaign reported being shouted at while waiving signs in Grass Valley. BTW, St. Olaf College is an excellent school; one of my high-school buddies went there. Thanks Tony.

Hi Jeff:
My daughter is a newly declared Political Science major at St. Olaf College in Minnesota, and wanted to re-enter Grass Valley by getting a sense of local politics. We looked around for a place to go. The Democratic Party was to be at the Briar Patch Co-op, and the Republicans were at the Grey Goose Bistro in Alta Sierra. Granola and Steak. How predictable. How Nevada County.
As a compromise, we decided to try the Greg Diaz event up at the National Hotel in Nevada City. I endorsed Greg early in the campaign, and I half hoped to meet some of the contributors to this blog who I’ve never seen in person.
We arrived at about 8:30, and things were very hushed among the 10 or 12 campaign workers. They had been promised results from the Rood Center by this time, but they were not forthcoming. They kept hitting the refresh button on the laptop, but no results. Not from the County (i.e. Diaz’ own office), The Union, or anyone else. More nervousness, as friends drifted in. Finally at 9:21, news arrived the old-fashioned way, by courier from the Rood Center. Diaz had a major lead in his race with Pruett. The whole room sighed with relief. A math professor did some quick calculations in her head based on the numbers delivered, and concluded that Diaz’ lead was insurmountable.
As for meeting people from this blog, I did see a familiar face with a big moustache. I wasn’t sure whether he was at the bar, or with the Diaz campaign, but it turned out indeed to be self-described “Village Idiot,” Bob Crabb who I’ve exchanged words with through this blog. We agreed that this medium is a great way to keep you honest and upright, if nothing else, and I wish all a happy election night.


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Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for 12 years, and he was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News for eight years, among other positions. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing, swimming, and trout fishing in the Sierra.

7 thoughts on “Regular reader reports from the Diaz campaign party”

  1. Tony, most of the Democrats were at the Holbrook for Terry Lamphier (who was endorsed by the NCDCC) and were sipping wine,sampling tidbits, but no granola. Perhaps some went by the Briarpatch for a salad. Some made the rounds of several election gatherings, as like myself, they were supporting several candidates. Greg was in his office working, as were some Democrats and Republicans acting as monitors, which is standard procedure in elections. Bob Crabb was at the Holbrook too. And by the way, Jeff Pelline, would you give the link again for pre-ordering Bob’s new book as that is the only way to get a copy. It is really a record of Nevada County history , and all the ins and outs and nuances, from 1994 when his cartoons first became a feature in The Union, and a copy should be placed in the Searles library.

  2. Pat:
    I enjoyed my time with Greg’s supporters. Good idea for linking Bob’s book here and elsewhere. It is nice to have someone who is so creative also be so accessible!


  3. Thanks Tony and Pat. I have always felt that the best way to get “the Story” is to be there. The last few years I haven’t been able to get out as much as I’d like due to my duties as a caregiver for my 96 year old mother in law, but when I can it’s always nice to put a face on the names I see so often.

    That said, I appreciate this and other blogs which have helped me stay in touch with the players in Nevada County. NCTV is a big help too.

  4. Jeff,

    I got a few emails last night from folks who said they were having trouble getting to the book website. When I typed in “” it took me to your blog. Can you check this out?


    1. Jeff left out the “c” in “once” above:
      “It’s for Bob’s book.”

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