Monthly Archives: February 2014

Hoodwinked over the Dorsey Drive interchange! Really?

This week’s eruption over the mere concept of a shopping center on Dorsey Drive at Highway 49 in Grass Valley revealed that many people are apparently easily duped or hoodwinked by the silver-tongued smoothies on the Grass Valley City Council. The proposal … Continue reading

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Practicing political tolerance, San Francisco style

Some of our local progressives are working up a sweat because a real, live conservative candidate for governor, Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, will be in town next month to address some like-minded citizens. He has been known to consort with Tea Party … Continue reading

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California political influence 101

People in the northern reaches of California are talking about creating a new state, and there’s a ballot initiative circulating that would break California into six separate states. These movements are energized by people who believe sharp philosophical differences make the state ungovernable, … Continue reading

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Observations from the center stripe: Paying attention edition

NOW THAT its new city manager is in place, Grass Valley can remove the picture of Dan Holler from cityofgrassvalley.com. You’ll find it under pictures of the council members who urged him to pursue other interests…NEVADA CITY  is apparently cooler than Rockport, … Continue reading

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Jeff Pelline: A real standup guy

Sheriff Keith Royal did not ask me to clarify who had possession of a list of residents with concealed weapons permits mentioned in my blog post, “Making a concealed weapons list, checking it twice.” I did it because it was the … Continue reading

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When it comes to criminals, you have to walk the walk

District Attorney Cliff Newell launched his re-election campaign last week in time-honored style, invoking the specter of a crime that occurred over 20 years ago in another county. “I’m here to protect you from the Richard Davises of the world,” … Continue reading

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Feeding California’s two-headed pension monster

Two actions occurred earlier this week that guarantee Californians will pay higher taxes for fewer services in the future to satisfy the insatiable demands of our two-headed pension monster, CalPERS and CalSTRS. The CalPERS board decided Tuesday that the state will increase … Continue reading

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