There’s Podunk Pelline, and then there’s the facts

Jeff “Podunk” Pelline is teeing off on my latest column in The Union about the high school bond measure. As is usually the case, he’s playing loose with the facts in another feeble attempt to come up with a semi-plausible counter to my arguments.

I’ll ignore all of the distortions and misrepresentations in the post, and go to the lie he tries to peddle to his gullible readers: “(Boardman’s) arguments seem to boil down to this: Why invest in our schools with declining enrollment? Then he tries to argue that the assessment for the local bond (tiny) somehow makes it even ‘more difficult’ for young families to put down roots here. Baloney!”

The first sentence is a distortion of my position. I have consistently said that given our declining enrollment, the district should take a hard look at consolidating facilities before spending money to rehabilitate buildings that may have to be closed in the future.

The second sentence is a lie. There is not one mention in the column about the bond assessment. There is, however, a discussion of the school district’s plan to increase the fees charged developers–something that was never mentioned during the campaign–to generate even more money to rehab facilities.

I pointed out that these fees, along with development fees levied by other local government agencies, can add as much as $40,000 to the cost of building a new house. That’s what makes it “more difficult” for young families to put down roots here.

Regular readers of my column and Podunk’s criticism know this is par for the course, but what makes it even more ironic today is that he and Reinette Senum–another person known to play fast and loose with the facts–are ganging up on Nevada County Scooper because their simple-minded acolytes can’t tell the difference between satire and fake news.

As they say, you can’t make this stuff up.

SHOP LOCAL:  A Pelline was spotted buying gas at the Arco station on Highway 49 at Dry Creek Road in Auburn this morning. And to think he’s always whining about people going down the hill to spend their money.

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6 Responses to There’s Podunk Pelline, and then there’s the facts

  1. Never one to miss an opportunity to grandstand, Podunk now expects me to explain The Union’s coverage of the school bond election. This was prompted by a set of questions sent to him by one “Francis Mcfadden” but supposedly signed by one “Louise Mcafdden.” There is also a “Francis McFadden” floating around. (Given his concern for trolls, you would think Podunk would be suspicious about these inconsistencies.)

    “Mcfadden/Mcafdden/McFadden” represents him or herself as a former educator who worked for passage of the bond issue, and has complained about The Union’s lack of accuracy in its election coverage. I’m not going to bother to respond to somebody who can’t get his or her name straight.

    Pelline is also freaking out because he thinks I’m stalking his wife. Wrong again, big guy. One of my spies–they’re everywhere–happened to see the Pelline family pickup truck pull out of the Arco station in Auburn, but wasn’t sufficiently interested to determine who was actually driving. That’s why I refer to “A Pelline” in my post.

    But at least we got a positive ID. I walked into Tofanelli’s about noon the day before Father’s Day and saw Podunk seated in the dining room. He looked right at me but gave no indication he recognized me. Of course, he had a firm grip on the menu and a glazed look on his face, apparently lost in thoughts of caloric bliss.

    I was tempted to walk over and introduce myself, but I was there with my wife and visiting friends, and I didn’t want to spoil the occasion for them. Maybe next time.

  2. Instead of sending questions for me to everybody else in the country, Louise McFadden should sent the questions to my email address, the one at the end of every column I write for The Union. Apparently she missed that, along with the challenge in my October 24 column to name one elementary school district in western Nevada County that is planning for a significant increase in enrollment.

    Now, more than seven weeks later, we learn of a baby bump in Alta Sierra. As any statistician will tell you, that’s not enough to conclude a 15-year trend has been reversed. The high school district projects losing 500 students in the next three years, and a new state study projects that Nevada County will lose more students on a percentage basis than any other county in the state through 2024. Louise Johnson thinks it’s a victory when they lose fewer students than they projected.

    Why didn’t anybody on the bond committee want to discuss those facts?

  3. Podunk Pelline found an error in the previous comment–Louis instead of Louise. I have corrected it and, unlike Pelline, I’m acknowledging I made a mistake.

  4. fish says:

    You know even though I give you a hard time about some of your general nitwittery I have to acknowledge that this passage was a thing of beauty!

    “But at least we got a positive ID. I walked into Tofanelli’s about noon the day before Father’s Day and saw Podunk seated in the dining room. He looked right at me but gave no indication he recognized me. Of course, he had a firm grip on the menu and a glazed look on his face, apparently lost in thoughts of caloric bliss.

    Poetry I tell ya!

  5. jeffpelline says:

    George,
    “fish” commented on your blog! Boy, you know how to “reel them in.” Ha!

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