An anonymous commenter on the blog of Todd Juvinall, a former county supervisor, no less, wrote:
“Ambassador Christopher Stevens is buried up here in Grass Valley. Also many veterans of the Civil war, and down in time to the present. All buried Patriot’s are important and Ambassador Stevens is of high importance due to the circumstances of his death.
Flowers and flags are place on the graves of the fallen and there are so many we alternate from year to year but Ambassador Stevens is number one every year since 2013. Don’t forget Ambassador Stevens.”
Yet at the same time, an anonymous commenter on Todd’s blog mocks the late Ambassador’s choice for a university education, UC Berkeley:
“Thank you, you are a true patriot and it’s too bad a beautiful city like Nevada City has become populated with “Freeze Dried” hippies from the Bay Area, graduates or attendees to Berkeley and or “Hate Asshbury District” socialist wing nuts. I spelled it correctly! The sad part is they hate you because you do not follow their beliefs. This county needs more patriots like Todd Juvinall, you and me.”
Todd’s blog is a cesspool, and this is just one example.
I often hear local right-wing activist and former Supe Todd Juvinall go on about how he has a real pulse on our towns, is so well liked and so on. Why, he even was going to run for Supervisor again against Heidi Hall. You go Todd!”No friends to show” lol.
Former County Supervisor and CABPRO founder Todd Juvinall’s statement that he might run again for District 1 Supervisor has led to a parody Facebook page “Draft Todd Juvinall for Supervisor” that is drawing attention in the community.
“Todd Juvinall has a vision for Nevada County,” the Facebook page reads. “It will be a place where people who think alike can come together to raise families. It’s a place where what people once thought the Constitution meant still means something. It will be a place where a guy can still build a subdivision in a forest or a shopping center at an exit ramp or open a mine if he wants too.”
I had nothing to do with the page except to point it out. I have no idea who created it, but it is the kind of NC Scooper-like humor that we have come to know. The link to the “Draft Todd Juvinall for Supervisor” Facebook page is here: https://www.facebook.com/Draft-Todd-Juvinall-for-Supervisor-161826800844252/
Todd has gone on a rant about the page on his blog in his typical bombastic style. (Among other things, Todd informs us that he “named” the Rood Center; I did not know that). The page even has drawn the attention of Todd’s daughter. At least someone is commenting on the page with the handle “Tracy Juvinall.”
“How about trying to make a difference in someone’s life instead of trying to tear someone down?” the person “Tracy Juvinall” writes.
“Golly Tracy Juvinall, I guess you just can’t face the fact that Todd is saying he wants to run for Supervisor and is the best choice for Nevada County,” the Facebook page’s administrator writes. “Todd sets such a good example of doing good in the community and going out of his way not to ‘tear someone down’ that we just can’t think of a better candidate. Expect to see much more from the grassroots Draft Todd Juvinall for Supervisor effort in the future.”
The administrator points to Todd’s own blog as an example of nasty, boorish, bullying, lying, insulting behavior. Internet trolls run rampant; people do not sign their names. I do not know if his daughter reads her dad’s blog.
My only observation is that Todd Juvinall reaps what he sows. Longtimers tell me he has a history of this type of behavior. One example is here.
I hope Todd decides to run for District 1 Supervisor — if only to confirm his gross misunderstanding of his popularity in our community.
I’d like to see how many people wind up voting for Todd and how much money he can raise. Todd is a retired contractor. Will the Nevada County Contractors Association endorse him? Will the Nevada County Republican Central Committee endorse him? Will current Board of Supervisor members endorse him? Will Nevada County natives such as Russ Steele or right-wing political activists such as George Rebane endorse him?
I’d also like to see people sign their names in support of him — not anonymous internet trolls who run rampant on his blog.
Wonders never cease in the nasty world of western Nevada County politics. I just noticed more out-of-left-field falsehoods on George Rebane’s blog from Todd Juvinall, the former county supervisor and CABPRO founder who is delinquent on his property taxes, according to county records, but still has the hubris to propose a subdivision on his land in Grass Valley, among other deficiencies.
And if that’s not enough, Todd is pondering a run for District 1 Supervisor in June.
“Alert! Alert! Alert! A FUE sighting tonight at the Grass Valley City Council Meeting! ROTFLMAO! Posted by: Todd Juvinall | 08 December 2015 at 06:42 PM”
“Any pictures? Posted by: Gregory | 08 December 2015 at 07:16 PM” (This comment is from Gregory Goodknight, among the vocal locals “who reject mainstream climate science” and among the nastiest commenters in the local hard-right blogosphere).
For the record, I am sitting at home watching the KCRA news, not attending the Grass Valley City Council meeting. I have not been out all day except for grabbing lunch in Nevada City. And I have plenty of people to confirm that.
To make matters worse, The Union routinely runs the commentary of Todd on its Op-Ed page, including as recently as this past weekend.
(After posting this, Todd wised up: “False alarm, not him. LOL! Posted by: Todd Juvinall | 08 December 2015 at 09:58 PM”)
We have a lot of problems in our community and much of it stems from our hard-right politics and activism.
The Union followed up this week on the details reported here last month: a proposal to build a 33-lot subdivision on land owned by Todd Juvinall, the ex-County Supervisor, CABPRO founder and caustic hard-right political blogger. Some of the land has been identified as environmentally sensitive. Though never short of opinions or nasty remarks on his blog, Todd didn’t have much to say about the proposal, telling The Union: “I really have nothing else to say.”
But on Facebooks, local residents had a lot to say — and unlike the internet trolls on Todd’s blog, the residents signed their names. Some examples:
“Hilary Hodge: New housing is essential to Nevada County and sustaining a viable economy BUT that new housing must be affordable for families and for people who are employed in middle and entry-level jobs. More housing for retirees out of the Bay Area looking to stretch their retirement dollars is NOT what this community needs. We need housing that supports young, working folks whose talent and growth continue to support small business and the local economy.
“Jessica Churchill: Yea build more housing that the normal American can’t afford especially in this county so sad most of these places go vacant when there are hundreds of family’s out there that could use a nice warm place to live.
“Larry Bratcher: While I no longer live there GV/NC is still home to me. I am concerned that building more housing in the area will bring more people than the area can support. I reluctantly left in 1982 as unemployment was high then unless you wanted to drive south to to Sacramento our west to Marysville or north to Reno. I went back in 2009 for my mom’s funeral and was shocked at the changes. More congestion in traffic on roads that were not built to handle that many vehicles. Not to mention what was happening to air quality.
“Claire Keller: We don’t need it!
“Susann Grace: Look around want more of the change that’s taken place in
“Eleanore MacDonald: Wetland and riparian areas should be left alone. This is 2015, not 1815. And infrastructure? On an already overtaxed system?
“Josh Emery: They will have to either avoid the wetlands or mitigate for them, state and federal law and regulation will ensure that.
“Nancy Ross Bishop: Regardless of state and federal regulations, we residents should pay close attention to the plans.
“Josh Emery: Yep. I hate sprawl and irresponsible development, but this expands the city without expanding its footprint. It impacts habitat that is already affected by fragmentation, instead of expanding and fragmenting more habitat. If development is going to happen, this is how it should be done.
“Sharon Currie: Now you know how us Penn Valley people feel … except we got stuck with the low income inventory.”
On Wednesday, the Development Review Committee in Grass Valley “conducted a conceptual review” of a proposal to add a 33-lot residential subdivision to a Grass Valley neighborhood, as The Union is reporting on Thursday.
“The property is owned by former Nevada County Supervisor Todd Juvinall. SCO Planning and Engineering prepared the map and design for the project.”
Indeed the proposal confirms that Juvinall is the owner of the land. The applicant is “530 Capital Partners L.P.” The proposed 33-lot subdivision is located at Glenwood Road and Woodland Avenue. Details are here.
The project site contains about 3 acres of wetland/riparian areas, according to the staff report. “Upon submission of the formal application, the applicant will be required to identify who the responsible entity will be for the wetland/riparian areas,” it adds. “Moreover, the applicant shall be required to provide details on how these areas will be preserved.”
Former County Supervisor and CABPRO founder “Todd Juvinall et al.” is listed as being delinquent on property taxes as of 9/9/15, according to the County’s records.
Juvinall has battled local environmental groups
“CABPRO was established in 1993 when some residents of Nevada County saw property rights, limited government and common sense being replaced with a big government, environment-only focus,” as the group points out on its website. More details are here.
Also in 1993 Juvinall was accused of circulating “serious misinformation” regarding efforts to seek wild and scenic designation for a stretch of the Yuba River. “Serious misinformation regarding Wild and Scenic designation for the South Yuba is being circulated by local opponents Todd Juvinall and John McAlister in a concerted effort to influence public opinion.,” according to a SYRCL document from 1993. “South Yuba landowners and business supporters have received letters from McAlister’s ‘Yuba River Landowners Alliance’ containing significant inaccuracies and irrelevant facts regarding Wild & Scenic designation.” More details are here.
Along with its cartoon “The Village Idiot” by RL Crabb, The Union this weekend treats its readers to commentary from our community’s longtime real-life village idiot: Todd Juvinall, founder of CABPRO and — get this — once elected to be a County Supervisor.
In “It’s the Democrats with the extreme views,” Todd rambles on about the local Democrat Central Committee, climate change, “liberal extremist power grabs,” PG&E smart meters, Saul Alinksky, Planned Parenthood — all in one article. Did I leave anything out? LOL.
Here’s an excerpt: “Lately we have seen a full-court press by the local democrats to convince people ‘climate change’ is caused by humans. After all my research, it appears to be a hoax.”
“After all my research”? And what are Todd’s qualifications as a climate scientist? “I have been a General Building Contractor since 1977, now inactive,” Todd writes on his blog, which is a mud pit of nasty personal attacks, where internet trolls are allowed to run amok. “I consider myself a conservative and I support conservative people and issues. I have lived here in Nevada County most of my life. My parents came here in the middle to late forties. I attended NUHS class of 68′ and Sierra College.”
Todd’s commentary is entertaining — like a real-life cartoon — but not informative. It is another shining example of The Union running itself into the ground as a credible information source — ironic, since the newspaper’s publisher likes to make fun of social media and its lack of credibility.
Rather, the newspaper is focusing on holding onto an aging, declining demographic by running whatever material it can round up. Often it comes from longtime subscribers like Todd, whose views represent the past in our community (and an ugly one at that), not the future. There is no fact checking or vetting of the material, a common policy at most other newspapers.
It also is a sad mirror into the small but vocal element of our community, where “those who reject mainstream climate science,” supporters of seceding from California and tea party activists are praised.
None of it ever gets adopted as local policy, but the noise is loud enough to make our community a political laughingstock of Northern California — burning bridges with the rest of the state when it should be building them.
Todd has long been our local poster child for nasty politics, going back to NH2020 and efforts by environmentalists to declare a stretch of the South Yuba River “wild and scenic.” “Serious misinformation regarding Wild and Scenic designation for the South Yuba is being circulated by local opponents Todd Juvinall and John McAlister in a concerted effort to influence public opinion.,” according to a SYRCL document from 1993.
Even local GOPers laugh behind Todd’s back. I once asked one of them how a majority of progressives once got elected to the County Board of Supervisors. He looked at me with a straight face and exclaimed: “Todd Juvinall.”
It’s ironic to think we want to attract a bunch of thoughtful and successful people and businesses here while touting such extremism. It will just scare them off. And The Union is playing right along.
CABPRO founder and former County supervisor Todd Juvinall is long delinquent on a property tax payment, at least according to the County.
But he still was able to afford a $2,500 donation to Doug LaMalfa’s campaign for Congress. Check out the details here.
But like American Express, “membership” has its privileges. This week, Todd has a post where he’s mugging with Doug and John Boehner, who has now stepped down as Speaker of the House. “I have my picture with him and Doug LaMalfa on my table,” he writes on his blog, waxing on about his political “genius.”
What Todd left out is that the photo was at a political donor gathering at Doug’s big rice farm in the Central Valley: “After mingling for a while, The Speaker of the House, John Boehner arrived. He was escorted by a few Sheriff’s vehicles and he was accompanied by some Secret Service people. … After a short while we all stood in line and one by one we got our picture taken with Doug and the Speaker.”
Now that Assemblyman Brian Dahle’s legislative director Cheri West has declared she will run against Heidi Hall, the question becomes “Is a vote for Cheri a vote for nasty hard-right political activists such as Don Bessee, Todd Juvinall and others?”
And Todd calls well-meaning people in our community “turd suckers,” such as this comment to progressive Ben Emery — again on Rebane’s blog: You are a real turd sucker. Really Todd?
This wouldn’t matter much except Bessee became a de-facto spokesman to defeat the marijuana cultivation initiative, Measure “S,” supported by the Sheriff and others. Bessee addressed the Board of Supervisors on Measure “S,” as well as the hazardous vegetation ordinance. He is a board member of the Alta Sierra Homeowners Association.
Most of us do not approve of the word “bitch slap,” including, I suspect, Cheri West or Heidi Hall. Yet I did not hear the proponents of Measure S, including our Sheriff or other “electeds,” threatening to wash Don’s mouth out with soap.
Rebane lets the comments stand without moderation or warning, though most of us would find it distasteful.
Bessee’s behavior is being condoned with silence, just like Donald Trump was silent on the accusation that Obama was a Muslim. Yet silence often speaks a thousand words. It condones political bullying.
The same goes for Juvinall, founder of CABPRO and a former County Supervisor, who often crosses the line with ugly personal attacks, going back to the days of NH2020. Todd has donated hundreds of dollars to Doug LaMalfa’s campaign, as well as some local politicians — but again not a peep from Doug or the others.
All told, I hear nothing but silence from even the more thoughtful GOPers when it comes to these antics. Yet I do hear these same people make negative comments about local Democrats, such as Jim Firth.
It’s a double standard, to be sure.
So people will want to know if Cheri West condones the actions of our local hard-right political activists — on the record. Or are we just going to let history continue repeating itself.
The reason that Heidi Hall is winning support stems from people becoming tired of the hard-right antics, which do not reflect the political diversity of our community. She will win votes from the left but also the middle.
Compared with the hard right, I know of no one who is a left activist who uses words such as “bitch slap” or “you are a real turd sucker” in their commentary.
This is akin to what’s happening in national politics, more from the right than the left. It’s our locals’ version of the Jerry Springer show.
People will be watching to see if Cheri West takes a stand. It needs to be part of the conversation, for these candidates and any others in District 1.
After Nate Beason announced he would not seek a fourth term as County supervisor, CABPRO founder Todd Juvinall wrote on his blog: “It may leave an opening for a old guy like me to get back in the game.
“So maybe if I don’t have to work as hard as I did many years ago, I might jump in.”
Delusional! Absolutely delusional! But it makes for good theater.