Monthly Archives: March 2014

Supes show-and-tell offers little real insight into candidates

Early reports on Thursday’s show-and-tell involving the supervisor candidates indicate it was a typical League of Women Voters production: Polite, eminently fair, but lacking in real substance. The problem is the format of asking everybody to respond to a set … Continue reading

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Why is Newmont Mining getting away with this? Because it can

Last week’s vote by a state Senate subcommittee to consider unloading Empire Mine State Historic Park is an illustration of how corporations can evade the consequences of their actions. The state has spent $36 million over the last six years to … Continue reading

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There goes the Democrats’ super majority in the state Senate

The arrest of state Senator Leland Yee Wednesday on a host of corruption charges is the third in a series of incidents that have wiped-out the Democrats’ super majority in the state Senate and proves once again that too much power corrupts. … Continue reading

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Observations from the center stripe: Play ball edition

THE GIANTS scored 89 fewer runs and gave up 42 more last season. They haven’t done much to improve their run production, so the pitchers better have a great year…MOST TEAMS that lose two of their five starters (including their … Continue reading

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Sell Empire Mine State Historic Park? Who knew!

While some local movers-and-shakers were in Sacramento Thursday urging a speed-up to repair of the Bridgeport Covered Bridge,  a Senate subcommittee was endangering the county’s prized tourist attraction. And none of Nevada County’s leaders had a clue this was happening. A state Senate subcommittee approved … Continue reading

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Old white guys aren’t the only opponents of affirmative action

It turns out old white guys, aka Republicans, aren’t the only people who object to affirmative action programs, a lesson the Democrats who control the state Legislature learned recently. After vehement protests from California’s large Asian community, the Legislature shelved a … Continue reading

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Consolidated Fire sees the future; Do others see it too?

The Nevada County Consolidated Fire Protection District, until recently a poster boy for dysfunctional government, is now leading the way toward what should be the future of fire departments in western Nevada County. Now, will others join the parade? Consolidated Fire’s Board … Continue reading

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