Tea Party now proposing “liberty trees & bench” for Western Gateway Park in Penn Valley

Back in 2014, we wrote that Western Gateway Park in Penn Valley was becoming a home to hard-right political activism, hosting back-to-back State of Jefferson and Nevada County Tea Party Patriot gatherings: Mark Meckler, Terry Rapoza and Mark Baird (spokespersons for the State of Jefferson movement) all in one place!

“The park absolutely takes no position on the content of the speech by users of the park,” Barry Pruett, one of the park’s directors at the time, insisted.

Now the Nevada County Tea Party Patriots is back — this time with a plan for “liberty trees and a bench” in the park. It will be discussed at the upcoming July 7 board meeting.

The more things change, the more they stay the same.

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.

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