Hits & Misses in Nevada County (July 20) | TheUnion.com

Hits & Misses in Nevada County (July 20)

Each week we’ll run through the sublime, the trivial and profound issues, decisions and goings on that strike us as Hits or Misses. You can join in, too, by emailing your Hits & Misses to drogers@theunion.com or bhamilton@theunion.com.

HIT: (from a reader) To the collaboration between United Way and Interfaith Food Ministry with their Food Access Saturday distribution program providing for those working families who need assistance.

MISS: (from a reader) To the four people cited for “camping” in the woods near Sutton Way and Plaza Drive. I hope they were handed large trash bags and made to clean up the trash they left. Really dislike having vagrants in the woods there … especially in fire season.

MISS: To the drip, drip nature of revelations and reluctant admissions about meeting with Russian contacts promising dirt in the presidential campaign. How fake can this be when some of the more shocking revelations come straight from the president’s son?

MISS: A hilarious one, at least on some level, to China blacklisting mention of Winnie the Pooh on the country’s social media. Apparently, this is subversive. Just in case you thought China really was joining the civilized world. The story is the president of the country doesn’t like being compared to the loveable bear.

MISS: To exaggerating the level of crime locally, which is about the same as it has been, and lower than surrounding counties.

HIT: To Cup with a Cop, a monthly opportunity to meet with the people who really know about crime vs. Facebook gossip.

HIT: To filling in the big sink hole that swallowed the Liberty Motors lot, for good alas, and to hopefully installing a culvert that won’t fail.

HIT: To jogging and not just for the fitness rewards. One runner came by a house in Cascade Shores at just the right time to put out a small fire with a bucket of water before it could become something much more serious.

MISS: To the Nevada City Council approving a housing development that did not clearly include provisions for affordably priced homes. Ordinances may need changing, true. So change them. But don’t ignore or otherwise abuse them rashly. We’re supposed to be a civilization based on rules, not whims.

HIT: To WorldFest. Congratulations to the Center for the Arts on a successful festival. Sure beats the Kathy Griffin fiasco.

HIT: To attention to de trails.

HIT/MISS? To the prospect of data being able to be stored safely in DNA. Can you imagine “Stranger Things” becoming a living part of bacteria?

HIT: To the rate of Americans still smoking falling to 17 percent. Gallup Analytics points out that smokers add $2,132 each year to their health care costs.

MISS: To California housing statewide mirroring what we see in western Nevada County. The New York Times this week declared it a “crisis.” Of course, the world’s brightest (just ask ’em) also found the deep question of President Trump’s exaggeration about how many bills he’s signed compared to other presidents as important enough to run on Page One of the ol’ Gray Lady.

HIT: To at least consideration of alternative housing options, including tiny homes as euphemistically called “cottage dwellings.” (Is that like “cheese food”?) Nevada City will run this up the municipal flagpole starting today with the Planning Commission taking up the discussion. From the discussion will come an ordinance to be brought to the City Council.

HIT: To a Republican candidate for governor coming to Grass Valley next Tuesday to talk about repealing the gas tax set to take effect in November. Assemblyman Travis Allen of Huntington Beach will join the I Squared meeting hosted by the local Republican Party to talk about political issues at the Nevada County Association of Realtors’ Esterly Hall on Crown Point Circle. The event begins at 5:30 p.m., and admission is $5.

HIT: To Grass Valley City Attorney Michael Colantuono getting himself elected president of the State Bar. Colantuono, a partner in his local law firm, is longtime overachiever who was named lawyer of the year for California in 2010 and counsels a footlong list of municipal groups and agencies, as well as serving on various commissions. He also finds time to give talks and write commentary on the law. He’s pretty much ideal for the posting.

HIT: To the group CARE, which goes the extra mile to support people caring for loved ones with cancer.

HIT: To Miles Daisher ski diving onto Lake Tahoe with a kayak, because he can.

MISS/HIT? To media researcher Vincent Chang of SmartNews, in answer to a question at a seminar, saying that in his experience, conservatives tended to be more curious and make an effort to understand liberal positions than liberals making an effort to understand conservative points of view. The liberals actually are the ones staying in their echo chambers, discovered following voters nationwide, he said.

MISS: To complaining about “rampant” voter fraud without showing evidence of any.

HIT: To the Lake Wildwood Injured Veterans Golf Tournament in the lower elevations and the Squaw Mountain Run raising funds for cancer patients at the higher elevations.

HIT: To the downtown markets and festival-like atmosphere in Grass Valley and Nevada City.

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