Nevada City Council expected to pass mask resolution after a contentious meeting

After a public meeting that could wind up being redolent of a harrowing visit to the Land of Oz before returning to the bliss of Kansas, the Nevada City Council on Tuesday night is expected to pass a resolution affirming the California Department of Public Health’s guidance “mandating the wearing of face coverings in high-risk situations” and encouraging all of us to follow suit.

I hope the Council addresses face shields too (more details here).

With Major League Baseball on hiatus, you might want to watch the proceedings (but be forewarned that the meeting could last longer than a nine-inning baseball game). This virtual gathering will start at 6 p.m., via Zoom teleconference. The meeting will be broadcast online at the city’s website, or  Nevada City Public Meetings-YouTube Channel or at

The City Hall staff report — ranging from random emails from locals and others to signed form letters “asking for the resignation of Reinette Senum” because the Col. Lambert Award winner “harms the well being of our beloved city” —is here. Reinette, locals might recall, is the local lightening rod — who also has received numerous awards for her community service and has received a lot of votes in local elections. Examples here and here. She now is the mayor, thanks to a procedure that makes it a ceremonial title. Here’s the letter I was talking about:

Here’s a dose of light-hearted humor regarding a visit to the “other” Land of Oz, but don’t expect to see much humor expressed in the local version. (Full disclosure: We wear masks in stores and other public gathering places and practice six-foot social distancing in this COVID-19 era.):

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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 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.

3 thoughts on “Nevada City Council expected to pass mask resolution after a contentious meeting”

  1. As expected, the Nevada City city council unanimously approved a resolution Affirming the California Department of Public Health’s Updated Guidance Mandating the Wearing of Face Coverings in High-Risk Situations and Encouraging the Public to Follow the Updated Guidance.

  2. As a footnote to this ruckus, I would only point to a timely story in the Wall Street Journal: “”Research shows that anger can diminish people’s ability to understand other people’s points of view.”

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