Our podunk local newspaper

Of all the things going on in our towns, our local newspaper chooses to promote an extremist effort to secede from the State of California on the front page. At the same time as this “photo op,” we are seeking to build bridges with Sacramento — for funding high-speed internet access, economic programs, health programs, arts funding, better jobs, to repair the Bridgeport Covered Bridge and so on. Go figure!


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 SierraCulture.com. 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.

14 thoughts on “Our podunk local newspaper”

  1. You can’t make this stuff up! On Rebane’s blog, Nancy Garcia writes: ” So far, we have not heard a single government official stand up and applaud our resolve. What does that tell us?”
    Nancy, it tells us that your effort and “resolve” is truly cracker!

  2. Here’s some Facebook commentary:

    Chris Bishop and Sue Williams Clark like this.
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    Lindy Beatie: Total waste of previous time and taxpayers dollars

    Jeff Pelline: The story next to it is about opposition to three Dollar General stores coming here. After reading the “photo op” on State of Jefferson on this page, Dollar General will want to build six more stores! LOL.

    Sue Williams Clark: Bunch of tea party nuts, and I cannot help but wonder why this is given front page priority, Well I think I know.

    Audrey Ohlson Smith: Sick!

    Ben Emery: What SoJ supporters are realizing is that organizing and numbers help them move their position forward. Hopefully they will start to understand that workers need to be able to do the same. I get their frustration but also understand history has played out their ideas many times before, which doesn’t end up well. By ideas I mean no regulations, government services, ect…

    Tony Loro: Come on, Trump won’t visit here so you go with the next best old white guy news.

    Trish Meyler: 2 stories on pot, 3 new Dollar Stores (are you kidding me??), and headline news the State of Jefferson. It’s the state of something alright.

    Jeff Pelline: There is a video on dueling banjos to go with the online edition!

    Ben Emery: They are determined to keep our region behind the curve by promoting regressive or stagnant policies/ issues.

    Katherine Smith-Schad: Ugh.

    Trish Meyler: Jeff Pelline, Giddy up.

  3. I notice that people with a lot of personal problems comment on Rebane’s blog. Meanwhile, the “likes” and comments from this article on Facebook keep growing. https://sierrafoothillsreport.com/2016/01/28/standing-up-to-the-local-right-wing-bullies-and-tea-party-wingnuts-rebane-garcia-pruett-steele-et-al/
    I wonder if people on George’s blog understand the power of cross-promoting content on Facebook. “The internet is changing how we communicate.”

  4. Another Facebook comment:
    John Daly: “I am ashamed that we have such a “news” paper for our community. The State of Jefferson would be a complete financial failure and Nevada County should exclude itself from it. Front page news? Really.”

  5. As Jim Firth notes on Facebook: “Jim Firth: County Boards of Supervisors all around our Region are withdrawing any support for the Jefferson’s.”
    Then what’s up Pruett? LOL.

  6. I’m renting a lot of space inside Todd Juvinall’s “noggin” these days. He’s banging away on his keyboard from behind his “gated” place on Banner Mountain. ROFLOL!

    1. The Editor of The Union who challenged Todd and still rents space inside Todd’s “noggin'” (like me) was named John Seelmeyer. He once told me his job was like being in the middle of a “bar fight.” No kidding!

  7. Ha! George Boardman is courting Nancy Garcia to score some points. Wonders never cease! How much longer do we have to suffer through his column. Oh, I forgot Rebane’s Ruminations is the “sweet spot” of Boardman’s and The Union’s demographics. LOL.

  8. I have received kudos from the “Keep It California” contingent. Noticing that Boardman weighed in for support of Nancy Garcia, people are wondering if he is influencing the editorial coverage of SOJ, including the front-page story today.

    1. LASSEN COUNTY TIMES – January 26, 2016

      According to the California Senate Journal for Jan. 6, 2015, Mike (sic) Baird presented petitions from Lassen, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Colusa, Ed Dorado, Mendocino, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, Trinity, Tuolumne and Sutter counties and the town of Ft. Jones “relative to the formation of the state of Jefferson.”
      It’s true. Mark Baird, the Mugginsville businessman who has spearheaded the effort and chairs the state of Jefferson movement, served the California Senate with a “declaration and petition to the California State Legislature for the withdrawal of Lassen County from the state of California and to form the state of Jefferson.”
      What? How can that be? Well, it all became clear at the Jan. 12 Plumas County supervisor’s meeting when a Jeffersonian told that board the group had collected signatures to present to the state legislature so the board (and voters in Plumas County) no longer had any role to play in the state of Jefferson process.
      Portola resident Howard Thomas, speaking on behalf of the local Jefferson Committee, told the supervisors, “We, the members of the state of Jefferson Committee, have moved on without you.”
      He told the supervisors the group had already presented a petition signed by supporters to the state government and the legislation to create the new state had already been written. The Plumas supervisors quickly responded by pulling the question from their June ballot.
      Wow. Thanks for the honest revelation, Howard. Now that we know our vote is irrelevant and the Jeffersonians have already filed petitions in Sacramento in our name, Lassen County’s supervisors should also rescind the June ballot measure at today’s meeting and save the taxpayers the estimated $17,000 cost of putting the question on the ballot.

      1. George Boardman would rather socialize on the “Lido Deck” with the SOJ contingent (who are his demographic) than be a journalist. It’s tough to raise a child here, because the values are twisted.

      2. Shouldn’t these “patriots” lose their 501 status as a charity group once all the shenanigans with these petitions are done? Political Action Committee veiled in a green flag.

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