Dr. Phil visits Whoville in time for Christmas

We sat in our living room last night with the Christmas tree glowing, cheese from Wheyward Girl artfully arranged on our Spode Christmas dish, and a glass of Nevada City Winery chardonnay in hand, and we watched in awe another marathon Nevada City Council meeting on our MacBook Pro last night. (We have Dish, not Comcast, so we can’t watch the meetings on the local government TV channel).

Every “Tom, Dick and Harry” (excuse me, I mean residents, those who live outside the incorporated city, and even our former city mayors), all got up to express their “two-cents” (and in some cases vent) about Mayor Reinette Senum (AKA winner of the prestigious 25th annual Lampert Award). You could tell this made some of them feel “real swell” about themselves. All of this — even the snippiest of remarks about Reinette — was in front of God and everyone.

It’s the American way. And the American way (Senum’s own right to express her opinions) finally prevailed when  a possible motion to censure Senum or remove her ceremonial title pooped out at the finish line.

Dr. Phil would have been proud of the proceedings. In fact, he might have even been in attendance, lapping it all up from the back row. After all, everyone else was there.

For those who want to catch up with the latest drama that unfolded at 317 W. Broad Street, a recorded version of the meeting will soon appear here. Check it out with a glass of delicious eggnog — now stocked on SPD’s shelves on Zion St.

Now the rest of us can get back to work. And that includes the Council. As Council member Erin Minett (who floated the bright idea of censuring Senum at a previous board meeting) put it: “Make sure we have clean water, sewer, our parks, support our police and fire and get some business done. Yes, we have a lot of serious issues, fire, blackouts, insurance issues. 5G is not the only issue.”

Wouldn’t that be special. Because this little city faces all of the above — and more! In fairness, participating in local politics is “God’s work,” so thanks to Erin and the rest of the Council for all you do. And Happy Holidays!

Now that this latest heated local issue is behind us, all of us Who’s in Whoville can stand hand-in-hand and start singing:

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 12 years, and he was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News for eight years, among other positions. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing, swimming, and trout fishing in the Sierra.

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