Standing up to the local right-wing bullies and tea-party wingnuts — Rebane, Garcia, Pruett, Steele et al.

Drew Bedwell swearing in George Rebane as his planning commissioner in 2003 (Photo: YubaNet)
Drew Bedwell swearing in George Rebane as his planning commissioner in 2003 (Photo: YubaNet)

I watched the Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday and listened to the parade of State of Jefferson activists in their green T-shirts — political extremists, to be sure — come up to the microphone touting the plan to secede from the State of California.

Eddie Garcia, the leader of the pack and a vocal tea-party patriot activist along with his wife, Nancy, told the Board of Supervisors that a State of Jefferson would “give our children and grandchildren a better future.” That’s the direct quote. I find it comical, at best, that Nancy didn’t hear that, because she was sitting next to her husband when he said it.

On the other hand, our local tea party wants to “adopt a school” but can’t spell “constitution.” Go figure!

What do Eddie and Nancy Garcia and other tea-party and State of Jefferson activists know about whether this will give my child a better future? I resent that, because a State of Jefferson will give our child a worse future — at least if he chooses to stay here.

Seceding from the state of California is an asinine idea — polarizing our residents and disrupting economic development, public policy, real estate and our schools.

It also is likely to cost more money to put the SOJ on the ballot. An additional page on our local ballot could cost as much as $80,000, and other issues are taking up the printed real estate.

The State of Jefferson also jeopardizes our efforts to win support from lawmakers and policymakers in Sacramento — to help fund our fairgrounds (ironically Garcia sits on the board of the Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation); fix the Bridgeport Bridge, whose cost has escalated; fund our schools, our health programs, our Sierra Digital Media Center being pursued by the Nevada County Economic Resource Council.

It is a big negative for all of this. We are supposed to be building bridges with Sacramento and the rest of California, not burning them.

Some of the people promoting the State of Jefferson are asses, because they stubbornly resist that their ideas do not represent the majority of residents — and never will. Some are pompous asses, because they are stubborn but also self absorbed. (Some people point to George Rebane, once a planning commissioner for Drew Bedwell, as a shining example). Some background on Drew Bedwell is here:

In a nutshell, this group epitomizes what is dysfunctional with our towns — a small, vocal group of political extremists and activists seeking to set policymaking in a county with diverse political interests and needs.

Who’s going to stand up to the right-wing bullies and tea-party wing nuts? That’s who I’m going to support.

Author: jeffpelline

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 years, was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News, and was Editor of The Union, a 145-year-old newspaper in Grass Valley. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing and trout fishing.

11 thoughts on “Standing up to the local right-wing bullies and tea-party wingnuts — Rebane, Garcia, Pruett, Steele et al.”

  1. Jeff I can certainly agree that ballot measures are a waste of money until someone comes up with a plan that can actually be accepted by the US Congress, which includes convincing all those other states that California two MORE US Senators is a good idea. 🙂
    On the other hand, I would say striving to remove the current shackles of Sacramento or Washington DC is a very worthy goal!

  2. Shackles smackles- what hooey.
    Now with the endorsement of the Contractors Duane will have to put up with them funding the trashing of the other candidate. That’s how this hillbilly County rolls. And now that the secessionists are trying to take us back to horse and buggy, they’ll pile on with the contractors. Where are the birthers when this “patriot” Garcia takes the mic?

  3. These people want to live in a bubble, and drag the rest of the citizens with them. We moved to California a few months ago and will move to California again if this comes to fruition, which I highly doubt. In the meanwhile, it is a complete waste of our tax money. Thanks for the commentary.

  4. Conservative politicians may understand these people are delusional, but they are delighted to stay silent in order to keep this right-wing rabble agitated between election cycles, Today, that is the purpose of the Tea Party and State of Jefferson organizations even though rational folks know both are will-of-the-wisp in modern times.

    An agitated political base is more apt to vote. Being angry all the time is a motivator.

    Republicans got into bed with these people and now they are beginning to pay the piper (Donald Trump) Conservatives may be loosing their grip on the attack dogs they originally countenanced as a matter of political expediency. As their bible thumping contingent would say “as ye sow, so shall ye reap.

    The conservatives I remember used to be more ‘couth,’ The noisy ones we see around here these days do not even know what the word means.

    Whatever happened to conservatives with class (Pete Mccloskey, Teddy Rosevelt, William Buckley Jr). In Nevada County, we have only a single (George Rebane).

    The philosophy of the right has as a lot to offer (all through the ages) but no credible local champion.

  5. On Facebook, Jude Bischoff, Sue Williams Clark and Bert Wheeler also have “liked” this post, shared and commented. I ought to share it on the “Draft Todd Juvinall for Supervisor” Facebook page. ROFLOL!

  6. These SOJ proponents are totally deluding themselves. That crowd, whom according to Todd, the tedious teller of tall tales, are goodfellows and desired political allies. Yet naming their new, hoped for county, after Thomas Jefferson is rather problematic, lacking genuine logic. But, like every tea person I’ve talked to, they’ve displayed muddled thinking and support un-factual ‘facts’, such as the flotsam emitted by the likes of Glenn Beck and Limburger, the guy with the fortress in Florida. Oh how Wm Buckley would weep listening to todays charlatan conservatives.

  7. Here’s a sampling of the scum that Todd Juvinall lets get posted on this blog. It is unsigned: “Time for the gloves to come off where the FUE is concerned. Lets (sic) bury him with the realities of his existence that is tarnishing this little slice of heaven.”

  8. The Union is going along with the effort to promote the State of Jefferson, offering a “photo opportunity” of the ballots being handed to the Rood Center in its Friday edition.

    And here’s a quote from the article: ““We’re losing our freedoms, the state of California is bankrupt and we’re losing our rural values,” said Fran Freedle, a Jefferson supporter who accompanied Garcia on Thursday.

    Huh? We are not losing any “freedoms.” And no, the state is not bankrupt. In fact, its surplus has grown, thanks to the wealth of Silicon Valley, which is subsidizing rural counties such as ours.

    Our “rural values” seem to consist of a extremist political ideology that is the exception, not the rule, in our state.

    I’m beginning to wonder what a western Nevada County CA address is worth to the rest of California — for locals, visitors, would-be homeowners, would-be job seekers and others. This effort is a great embarrassment to our community — and The Union is promoting it.

  9. This post is generating more “likes” on Facebook, so I guess it’s a long-simmering issue in our towns that upsets a lot of people. Meanwhile, instead of clearing his comments on Rebane’s Ruminations, George should send “Bill Tozer” to the local hospital for a psychiatric examination. I understand there is a new program that might help him. It might help George too if he thinks Bill’s comments are OK.

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