Mardi Gras musings: Popular innkeeper, restaurant owner may run for Nevada City Council

No Mardi Gras parade day in Nevada City is complete without a “scoopie” for the out-of-town parade goers and out-of-town parade participants, for that matter, to ponder as they visit our little hamlet (winner of a growing number of “best of” small-town awards). We’re hearing that Valerie Moberg, owner of the Broad Street Inn, and Reinette Senum, former mayor and co-owner of the popular Los Mineros taqueria on lower Commercial St., may run for Nevada City Council this year, along with others.

No final decisions have been made, but many residents are cheering them on. Valerie is a past president of the Nevada City Chamber, active community volunteer and successful business owner. She has an independent voice and a collegial personality that can bring opposite sides together.

The town has experienced some contentious issues in the past year, ranging from a proposed trail on Sugarloaf Mountain and funding the Amgen Tour of California to hanging Terrazzo lights on lower Commercial St.

Reinette is doing a splendid job at the newly opened Los Mineros taqueria, along with acclaimed Bay Area chef Jason Moniz. (Jason’s mom, Barbara Jenness, owns Wheyward Girl Creamery). The increased patronage at Los Mineros has made a visible dent on the nuisance behavior on the Boardwalk. Reinette is helping to manage it.

Reinette also is a winner of the 2014 Elza Kilroy Award for outstanding community service and a former mayor of Nevada City. This makes for a well rounded civic and small business leader.

Council member Terri Anderson’s term expires in June; Mayor Jennifer Ray’s term expires in June; and Robert Bergman’s term expires in June. Duane Strawser’s term expires in June 2018; he is running for district 1 supervisor. Vice Mayor Evans Phelps’ term expires in June 2018.

Good luck to all the candidates who decide to run for Nevada City Council this year. The town has new energy, exciting new businesses and a more youthful vibe. Laissez les bons temps rouler!

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.

5 thoughts on “Mardi Gras musings: Popular innkeeper, restaurant owner may run for Nevada City Council”

  1. Here’s an update on the Nevada City Council race: “Shawn Mathews filed this afternoon and will be on the ballot. He is grandson of Maudie Shaw, and her daughter is married to Chuck Teasly. He is known as the ‘Windy Man’ in the parades.He owns a business.”

  2. And there is a third candidate entering the district 1 race: a contractor named Michael Taylor, according to The Union.

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