Google video could help area ‘shine like crazy’ |

Google video could help area ‘shine like crazy’

A video to attract Google’s ultra high-speed Internet access to greater Nevada City looks like “something Los Angeles would crank out,” Mayor Reinette Senum said.

Whoops and hollers rose with the lights at Nevada City Hall after the Wednesday night “world premiere” of the video, which was posted on YouTube Thursday and submitted (along with a detailed written application) to the Google Fiber for Communities selection committee today.

The video focused on Nevada County’s high-tech business leaders explaining how the fiber technology – 100 times faster than DSL or cable access – would revolutionize their operations.

It also featured clips of an eclectic March 14 rally down Broad Street, with women dancing in Renaissance costumes, a folk guitarist and a man on stilts in a plush animal costume.

Animated, chalkboard-style drawings in the background of the interviews illustrated the speakers’ talking points.

“Nothing matches this yet,” said 95959google initiative co-organizer John Paul, who said he’d been checking YouTube to see other cities’ submissions. “We’re going to shine like crazy.”

The video was produced by a team led by Suzanne Warren of Silver Avenue Pictures.

California kudos for smoking ban

Voting smoke-free garnered the Nevada City Council a California public health award.

After the council approved a smoking ban in parks and on trails in January, a California public heath officer presented the California Clean Air Award at Wednesday’s meeting.

Since 2005, more than 40 cities and counties have received the award for enacting tobacco control policies.

Advocates from the Nevada County Tobacco Use Prevention Program had been pushing for the ban for four years.

Rating the police force

Few Nevada City residents wanted to speak out about their police service in a recent survey, but what feedback did come in was positive.

Of the 1,400 surveys Nevada City sent out with January water bills, only 49 – 3.5 percent – came back.

Most people probably did not notice the survey on the backside of a newsletter, Nevada City Police Chief Lou Trovato said.

“Another likely reason is that … police service is not enough of an issue for them to bother to complete the survey,” he said in a letter to the city council. “This implies tacit approval of the Department’s service and focus.”

Only 19 people rated the quality of overall police services. Of those, 68 percent called the service “excellent,” 16 percent scored it “good” and 16 percent rated it “fair.”

Respondents also rated the severity of different problems in the city. Drug and alcohol abuse ranked as Nevada City’s most serious crime problems, followed by domestic violence.

Drug enforcement topped the list of areas that should receive more emphasis in the future, with almost half of respondents saying it needed more attention.

To contact Staff Writer Michelle Rindels, e-mail or call (530) 477-4247.

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