Union columnist Boardman shows no class in addressing E. coli infections at Lake Wildwood

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“I’M GLAD I’m not trying to sell lakefront property at Lake Wildwood right now,” The Union’s weekly columnist George Boardman writes in his column this week.

The background is here: “As previously reported, there are E. Coli infections that are possibly linked to the Main Beach at Lake Wildwood in Commodore Park. The Nevada County Public Health Department (NCPHD) began receiving reports of sick children last Thursday, July 27th. As of today, NCPHD has received reports of nine young children who are ill, six of whom have been hospitalized, though two of the hospitalized children have been discharged home. Three of the hospitalized children have developed Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS), which is a potentially life-threatening condition with anemia and kidney complications.”

Is this one-liner from George Boardman supposed to be a joke? I wonder if The Union Publisher Don Rogers and Editor Brian Hamilton think this is a joke. I wonder if all The Union readers who reside in Lake Wildwood think this is a joke. I wonder if the editor of the Lake Wildwood Independent, which The Union now owns, thinks this is a joke.

Some things are best left unsaid, rather than published in a weekly column. You can’t fix stupid.

For the record, “Bored Georgeman” lives in Lake of the Pines.

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WaPo: “These are your people, President Trump”

“President Trump’s mealy-mouthed mutterings on the terrorism let loose in Charlottesville on Saturday are worthy of the hypocrite and instigator of hate that he has proved himself to be,” writes the Washington Post in an editorial. “Trump knows what was at work on those streets and who was behind it. As well he should. They are some of the same forces that helped to put him in the White House.

“On hand giving the clan of white nationalists a verbal boost was former Ku Klux Klan leader and preeminent white nationalist David Duke. Just as the bigoted Duke was on hand on election night exclaiming on social media that Trump’s victory was ‘one of the most exciting nights of my life.’ Duke tweeted at the time, ‘Make no mistake about it, our people have played a HUGE role in electing Trump.’

“And Duke’s people — Trump’s people, also — were out in force in Charlottesville with their hate-filled minds, their guns, and a weaponized automobile.”

The rest of the editorial is here.

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Local progressive women host panel at Netroots Nation in Atlanta

For more than a decade, Netroots Nation has hosted the largest annual conference for progressives, drawing nearly 3,000 attendees from around the country and beyond. Attendees can choose from more than 80 panels and 40 training sessions, inspiring keynotes, caucuses, film screenings and lots of networking and social events.

Netroots Nation 2017 began this week and continues through the weekend at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta. The attendees include locals Sheila Cameron, Barbara DeHart, Heidi Hall and Elisa Parker — all of whom sat on a panel “Indivisible Women: Mobilizing and Rising up in Rural America.”

This is the latest example of the awakening of a new local political force in our towns: progressive women, as Sierra Foothills Report has previously reported. The effort also shows the power of social media: The women have kept Facebook readers up to date about their plans, ranging from Sheila holding a sale of her fine art to help fund the trip to video commentary from Sheila and Elisa, including during the ride to the airport.

Their panel (details here) was today, titled “Indivisible Women: Mobilizing and Rising Up in Rural America.” The introduction read: “Indivisible Women, established in a rural community in a red district in a blue state and recognized as one of the larger indivisible groups in the nation is creating a new model for women’s leadership. Designed to engage rural women in the political process, encourage partnerships and community building, and access personal power, this panel will share new systems women in rural America are implementing to create solutions to some of our greatest challenges.

“You’ll learn tools to mobile multi-generations and neighboring communities to work together and design a vision beyond the resistance, plus how to establish a grassroots PAC to support women in leadership and elected office.”

The panel was led by artist and writer Sheila Cameron and panelists included technology executive Barbara DeHart, Nevada County Supervisor Heidi Hall, media maven Elisa Parker and social justice activist Tracie Stafford (who is running for mayor of Elk Grove and is President of Women Democrats of Sacramento County). Tracie also is a graduate of the “Emerge California” program that prepares “women leaders for a democratic future,” just like Hilary Hodge, who is running for District 3 supervisor.

Tracie reported on Facebook that the panel was “well received and Netroots surprised us with a presentation sketch artist who captured the discussion visually.”

These are interesting times, and the presidency of Donald Trump has been a catalyst to political change, including in our neck of the woods.

 

(Photos: Tracie Stafford’s Facebook page)

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Google cancels diversity meeting because of alt-right trolling

“Google has canceled its company-wide meeting meant to address the ongoing controversy caused by the anti-diversity ‘manifesto’ written by a former engineer,” Mashable is reporting.

“The meeting was canceled due to safety concerns, after several employees’ names were published in online forums, according to the company.

“In an email sent to Google employees Thursday, CEO Sundar Pichai said they had made the decision to cancel the meeting because staffers were “concerned about their safety and worried they may be ‘outed’ publicly for asking a question in the Town Hall.”

“Recode first reported the cancellation and Pichai’s email to staff.

“Prior to the scheduled town hall meeting, employees had been submitting and voting on questions they wanted Pichai to address. But many of those questions — and the names of the people who asked them — leaked out onto online forums and social media accounts popular within the alt-right community.

“We’ve confirmed that a number of Google employees have been named on social media accounts and forums that cater to the alt-right.

“The meeting was originally called earlier in the week after the firing of James Damore, the software engineer whose 10-page anti-diversity memo went viral. The memo railed against a number of diversity initiatives at Google and alleged that the company’s gender gap was due to ‘biological differences’ between men and women.

“The firing stirred an almost immediate reaction within the alt-right, who quickly latched onto the controversy. They took to social media and other online alt-right hangouts to denounce Google and hatch various plans aimed at exacting revenge.

“As the movement grew, many employees were named on various channels — sometimes along with ‘leaked’ emails and messages they had posted internally at Google — which is what ultimately lead to today’s cancellation.”

The rest of the article is here.

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Where do our “good old boys” stand on the homeless “epidemic”?

Editor’s note: This letter, published in The Union from the Ingrams, is so ridiculous. Memo to Dan: I know you can do better. I am not a marijuana fan, but I don’t find this kind of campaign rhetoric too compelling. Like it or not, the “reefer madness” era is behind us. It’s 2017.

“District 3 Supervisor Dan Miller made an excellent point in The Union on Aug. 1. Where do the pot growers stand on the homeless epidemic in Nevada County?

“They claim to be regular folks, common businessmen and women, and just want to be part of our community. OK, welcome; now what will you do with regard to the homeless?

“Business pillars like B & C and SPD, along with many others, pour hundreds of thousands, of their hard-earned dollars, back into the community with their time and charitable items and donations. Your group appears well organized and well funded. You plan to capitalize substantially by growing pot in Nevada County. Fine, step up to the plate and donate some of your time and/or wealth to make Nevada County better, safer, stronger.

“The homeless crisis would be a good place to start.

Robert G. Ingram

Grass Valley”

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Berkeley ranked 5th best city to live in nationwide

Editor’s note: I couldn’t help but think of George Rebane, Russ Steele, Todd Juvinall, Todd’s little trolls, “fish,” and Don Bessee — our teeny weeny but vocal alt-right — when I read this. Eat your heart out!

“Berkeley is the fifth-best city to live in America in 2017, according to a recently published ranking by Niche,” the Daily Cal newspaper is reporting.

“On the list, titled “2017 Best Cities to Live in America,” the city ranked just below Ann Arbor, Michigan; Naperville, Illinois; Arlington, Virginia; and Columbia, Maryland. Other cities that also made the top ten include The Woodlands, Texas; Plano, Texas; Overland Park, Kansas; Boulder, Colorado and Irvine, California.

“The grading was based on an A-F system for each criterion, with Berkeley scoring A’s in almost every one — public schools, nightlife, good for families, diversity, weather, health and fitness, outdoor activities and commute. The city, however, scored low in housing and crime and safety, with a C in both areas. Cost of living received a D.

“Both the percentage of residents that hold graduate degrees or higher and those that hold bachelor’s degrees exceed the national average, according to data shown on Niche’s website. Berkeley experiences twice the number of robberies and motor vehicle thefts than the national average annually.

“Niche’s ranking method is complex; it considers various factors such as the education levels of its residents, the consumer price index, home values and the number of students served by the public school system for the overall ranking of its cities.

“’This grade takes into account several key factors of a location, including the quality of local schools, crime rates, housing trends, employment statistics, and access to amenities in an attempt to measure the overall quality of an area,’ the website’s methodology page states.

The rest of the article is here.

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KCRA’s lead story: “14 sickened after E. coli outbreak at private Nevada County lake”

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