Nevada County Fairgrounds names new CEO

From the blog of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine:

The Nevada County Fairgrounds Board of Directors announced that Patrick Eidman has been named the new Chief Executive Officer of the Nevada County Fairgrounds, effective immediately.

Eidman has served as the Deputy Manager of the Nevada County Fairgrounds since March 2017 and as the acting CEO since July 2018. He brings more than 20 years of management, grant writing, fundraising, event planning, and financial reporting experience to the job, as well as an extensive agricultural background.

A native of Grass Valley who graduated from Nevada Union High School, Eidman has deep roots in Nevada County and a long history with fairs. He has fond memories of his grandparents bringing him to the Nevada County Fair during his childhood, showing sheep at fairs across the Western United States with his parents and sisters, and exhibiting steers and sheep as an FFA member at the Nevada County Fair. He was also Livestock Secretary from 2011 – 2016 at the Nevada County Fair.

“To be leading the Nevada County Fairgrounds, a place I love and in a community I call home, is an honor and privilege,” said Eidman. “I look forward to working with our exceptional team and our many community partners to continue the long tradition of the Fairgrounds serving the people of Nevada County in times of need and in times of celebration.”

Eidman has experience in the private, nonprofit, and public sectors. Before joining the Fairgrounds team in 2017, he worked for the Sierra Nevada Conservancy, where he served as the Special Projects and Field Operations Grant Program Coordinator and managed the Conservancy’s local assistance grant program. Prior to that, he worked for the State of Colorado as the Director of Historic Preservation Technical Outreach.

He is the Second Vice President of the Nevada County Farm Bureau, a member of the Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation, and the Mother Lode Area chair for Western Fairs Association. He recently completed the Nevada County Citizens Academy program and is a graduate of Sonoma State University, where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Studies with a focus on City and Regional Planning.

“On behalf of the entire Board, we are pleased that Patrick has accepted the role of CEO,” said Steve Steele, President of the Nevada County Fairgrounds Board of Directors. “He brings years of experience to the job and he has certainly proven himself as a leader the past five months while serving as the interim CEO and guiding the Fairgrounds team through three major events. He is the ideal candidate – one who honors and respects the traditions of the Nevada County Fairgrounds and one who is prepared to lead us into the future with new ideas – and we are fortunate to have him leading the way.”

As CEO, Eidman will be responsible for overseeing the annual Nevada County Fair, the Draft Horse Classic, the Country Christmas Faire, interim events and facility rentals, the RV Park, and the infrastructure of the Nevada County Fairgrounds.

For more information about the Fairgrounds, visit NevadaCountyFair.com.

—Nevada County Fairgrounds

Trump is reportedly ‘glued’ to the stock market’s fluctuations and worried he’s causing them

“President Donald Trump has been consulting with his advisors to see if his trade policies are responsible for the volatility that has hammered markets in recent weeks,” said CNBC, citing a report in the The Wall Street Journal.

“The president still sees the Dow Jones Industrial Average as a significant benchmark for his performance, the report said, citing sources close to Trump. The blue chip index is up about 23 percent since Trump’s inauguration but turned negative for the year during another rough market session Friday.

“One person close to the White House told the WSJ that the president is ‘glued’ to the stock market.

“Stocks took their latest downturn after the president declared himself ‘a Tariff Man’ in a tweet Tuesday. The White House has been embroiled in a trade dispute with China, and Trump has pledged to take a hard line in negotiations.

“The Journal report and a number of tweets from the president suggest that he still blames the Federal Reserve’s rate hikes for the market issues. However, stocks have continued to slide this week even amid expectations that the Fed may ease up on its rate-hiking cycle.”

Read the full Journal report is here.

It’s Trump’s stock market now

“When it comes to the stock market, President Trump is in a box of his own making,” commentator Helaine Olen states in the Washington Post. “He repeatedly took credit for 2017’s stock market gains, with the S&P 500 delivering a nearly 22 percent return. ‘Stock Market at new all-time high! Working on new trade deals that will be great for U.S. and its workers!’ went a typical tweet, this one on July 15 of last year. ‘Highest Stock Market EVER,’ he declared a few days later. I predicted this would not end well for Trump. “Should the American economy or stock market hit a rough patch, Trump will get stuck holding the bag,” I wrote late last fall.

“And so it has come to pass. The stock market fell dramatically on Tuesday, with the Dow Jones industrial average diving almost 800 points, more than 3 percent. While predicting what causes gyrations in the stock market is not exactly a science, most observers think this culprit is obvious: Trump’s erratic, belligerent talk about trade and China could trigger both a trade war and a recession in the United States.

“Trump has been talking tough on the subject for months, adding tariffs to a host of goods. China, naturally, retaliated. But Trump became more conciliatory this past weekend, apparently coming to an agreement with Chinese President Xi Jinping to pause all future tariff increases for 90 days while the countries attempt to settle the dispute.”

The complete article is here.

SacBee: Lawsuit claims Nevada County jailers broke inmate’s leg, ignored his pleas for help

“An inmate says Nevada County jailers broke his leg, then left him on a curb behind the jail,” according to the Sacramento Bee.

“The suit claims the man suffered an estimated $1.5 million in damages that include pain and suffering, cost of treatment and the ’emotional and mental distress caused by the rough handling, demeaning taunts, physical beating and having his leg broken while handcuffed,'” The Bee is reporting.

The article is here.

California GOP hits rock bottom

“The last time California Democrats held this many Assembly seats, their victory lap was on horseback,” as the Mercury News is reporting.

“They’re on track to win at least 60 of 80 Assembly districts – their most since 1883, two years before the first gas-powered automobile – and 29 of 40 state Senate districts en route to another supermajority that marginalizes Sacramento Republicans.

“No GOP candidate for statewide office broke 40 percent of the vote in November, and no Republican has held statewide office since 2006. A Bush – the first one, 30 years ago – was the most recent Republican presidential nominee to win California’s electoral votes.

“The midterms cut California’s House GOP delegation in half to just seven of 53 seats. Orange County, where former president and conservative icon Ronald Reagan said good Republicans go to die, won’t have a GOP member of Congress following a triumphant Democratic effort to flip Republican-held districts won by Hillary Clinton in 2016.

“Former state GOP vice chair Kristin Olsen, who led Assembly Republicans two years ago, pronounced the California Republican Party dead “partly because it has failed to separate itself from today’s toxic, national brand of Republican politics” in a post-election commentary that pondered the creation of a third party.”

The rest of the article is here.

C.I.A. briefing on Khashoggi solidifies Senators’ view of Prince Mohammed’s complicity

“A bipartisan group of senior senators on Tuesday said that a classified briefing by the C.I.A. director had only solidified their belief that Mohammed bin Salman, the crown prince of Saudi Arabia, ordered the killing of Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi,” as The New York Times is reporting.

“Prince Mohammed ‘is a wrecking ball,’ Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina, told reporters after an hourlong briefing by Gina Haspel, the C.I.A. director. ‘I think he’s complicit in the murder of Mr. Khashoggi to the highest level possible.’

“Richard Shelby, Republican of Alabama and the Appropriations Committee chairman, echoed that ‘all evidence points to that, that all this leads back to the crown prince.’

“’This is conduct that none of us in America would approve of in any way,’ Mr. Shelby said.

“The clear and biting assessment put Republican senators at odds with the White House, which has steadfastly refused to cast blame on Saudi Arabia’s leadership for the death of Mr. Khashoggi, an American resident and Washington Post columnist. His killing sparked international outrage over the kingdom’s heavy-handed tactics and renewed attention to the Saudi-led war in Yemen.”

The article is here.