Former Nevada City resident and Mayor Steve Cottrell made an astute observation about the recent Supervisor race in District 1, where Heidi Hall beat Duane Strawser for Nate Beason’s seat. Steve wrote on this blog: “Seems to me that Duane ran a winning campaign for District 2 (Grass Valley).
“Unfortunately for him, he ran in District 1 (Nevada City).”
“I realize it may not be as simple as that, but if he had remained a registered Democrat and made a place for himself gently to the right of Heidi, capturing a lot of centrists and Republicans, (who would otherwise have not had a candidate), maybe he would have won? Who knows?”
This resonated with most of us (including those of us who like and support Duane), but not everyone. There was just too much hubris among his campaign organizers to see it.
In The Union on Thursday, Grass Valley resident Andy Burton (who supported Duane’s campaign), has taken a break from his busy workday as a marketing guru for Hills Flat Lumber and other good, local corporate citizens to lecture Nevada City and its Council on whether it’s upholding a “code of conduct” in the case of Reinette Senum’s comments about law enforcement on Facebook (which she apologized for twice).
“I’m concerned that this failure to take a strong position further impacts the already shaky relationship between the Nevada City Council and the police department that reports to them,” Andy writes.
I’m sure this will win Andy some brownie points with Reinette’s detractors. (For context, Reinette has told me Andy is no fan of hers; both sat on The Union editorial board. And Andy is a Grass Valley “business guy”; Reinette has criticized projects such as the Dorsey Drive shopping center).
But when conversing on a “higher plane,” Andy’s involvement seems awkward, un-constructive and out of place.
Reinette apologized twice. She is not going to resign, and there are not enough votes to recall her. Memo to “Bradley Jackson” of Grass Valley: This is not a Terry Lamphier redux.
Amid all the recent calls of boycotts (in screeds often published in The Union), our family has spent extra time and money in Nevada City. As it turns out, we’ve noticed business is booming — at restaurants, wineries, and new businesses such as the Golden Era — despite all the threats.
I have told Reinette I do not agree with all of her politics. But like others, I recognize that Reinette is a “doer” who has done a lot of good for our community.
She is co-founder of the Nevada City farmers market; she has collaborated with law enforcement to help the homeless; and cleaned up the streets to make Nevada City “shine.” She runs a great new restaurant. Reinette has been honored for her community work too; she is a recipient of the city’s prestigious Elza Kilroy award and the Col. Bill Lambert award.
Small towns are a hoot, but the politics can be claustrophobic.