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Yuba Highlands carries hefty price tag Developer: $80M needed before houses will be sold BY DAVE MOLLER
Senior Staff Writer
About $80 million will have to be spent for roads and facilities before a single house is sold at the proposed Yuba Highlands subdivision, the developer of the small city right across the Nevada County border said Thursday. Despite its cost, scope and concerns expressed at recent
public meetings in Yuba County about the 5,000-house project, developer Gary Gallelli has not stopped. And Gallelli thinks a good percentage of the people who buy the homes will be military veterans who want to be close to services at adjoining Beale Air Force Base, so he has a vested interest in the base’s survival. One of the major concerns is
that the project would encroach on base operations and security, putting its future in jeopardy. That has concerned many area retirees, who go to Beale for services. But at a meeting this week in Marysville, Gallelli told a group of veterans the project will be 41 ⁄2 miles from Beale’s main runway, so it won’t produce noise See DEVELOPMENT A10
Housing could be part of trend
Food and toy run gears up for ride into town Get a snapshot of the local hoops teams with our season outlooks SPORTS • B1
Nevada City makes move to affordable residences BY JOSH SINGER
Group helps seniors stay in their own homes WELLNESS • C1 The Union photo/David B. Torch
Motorcycles thundered down Broad Street in Nevada City in 2005 for the Nevada County Food and Toy Run. The 15th annual event, set for Saturday, is both a nonprofit charitable organization and good fun.
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Santa Claus may need a new pair of leather chaps and a big, rumbling hog to fit in at Saturday’s 15th annual Nevada County Food and Toy Run. The event attracts thousands of people — not just bikers — every year, program founder Thom Straser said. He expects this year to be no different. “A steady stream of bikes will go into the Rood Center at 11 a.m.,” Straser said earlier this week. “It’s just massive. You can feel the rumble in your chest as they all go by.” Straser, who has been riding motorcycles since he was 12 years old, said the event is purely for the benefit of local children. “It’s all about the kids,” he said. “We were the first motorcycle toy
Nevada County Food and Toy Run route
BY ROBYN MOORMEISTER
Event set for Saturday
The film “Bobby” portrays Robert Kennedy’s assassination through the lens of its fictionalized characters, but one Penn Valley resident has her own narrative of the tragic moment. In the early morning hours of June 5, 1968, Sheila Miller stood in the crowd outside of the packed ballroom of the Ambassador Hotel with other Kennedy supporters. Kennedy had just wrapped up his victory speech after
winning California’s Democratic primary. Miller, then named Widoe, had volunteered her time as office manager of the Kennedy campaign headquarters in Costa Mesa. A campaign higher-up had just buttonholed her with the news that the senator wanted to meet her and other volunteers, and he said she should stick around. “Not more than five seconds after that, I heard, pop pop,” Miller recalled. See BOBBY A10
About 50 new housing units are in the works in the Chief Kelly Drive area of Nevada City, marking a trend toward building smaller, more affordable residences. Carpenters were working Thursday on some of the 12 new rental units on the street near Highway 49. The units are part of the Vierra project, which will include three owneroccupied houses with attached second-unit rentals. “That is the way of the future,” Nevada City Planning Commissioner Evans Phelps said about smaller homes and lots in Nevada City. Jim Romero’s crew is building the units across the street from the existing 34-unit Nevada City Co-housing project. He said several of the rental units, ranging from 540-square feet to 1,300-square feet, will be completed in a few months. On small lots nearby, plans for seven duplexes and another 18-unit project also have been approved. The 18 units, also planned for Chief Kelly Drive, will meet affordable housing requirements with apartments above separate garages. Construction on some of the duplexes already has begun. The housing developments in the area are meant to be “a model” for Nevada City, said former longtime Planning Commissioner Laurie Oberholtzer, a member of the commission when the plans were approved. “Hopefully, these and the co-housing will attract families,” Phelps said, adding it could reverse the “graying of Nevada City.” Thirty percent of new units are required to be “affordable housing,” priced in the range See HOUSING A9
Mayor Tassone: You can’t have an agenda Interview touches on Measure T, growth, Nevada City
Grass Valley Mayor Gerard Tassone will step down from the City Council next week after having served on the panel for nearly 20 years in the city where he grew up. Here are some excerpts from an interview Tassone had with The Union on Thursday:
I think the greatest one and the greatest challenge was when I first took over and there was a recall election at the time. The confidence, you might say, in the government was not at its highest point in time, and even amongst the city staff members, there wasn’t a lot of confidence. I think the greatest accomplishment (was) just getting the confidence back of the government with the people.
W h a t d o y o u c o n s i d e r y our greatest accomplishment as a councilman dur ing your 20 y ears of ser vice?
W hat is the most imp or tant unfi fin nished business that the ne w council faces? There are number of issues. ...
BY TRINA KLEIST
City Editor AND SOUMITRO SEN
There’s still yet to be decided what’s going to happen with the rest of the SDAs or special development areas. There’s the (IdahoMaryland gold) mine — those types of issues. Those are going to take still, I would say, a good one to two years to flesh out. Of course, then I should always mention, there’s always traffic issues. W hat are the council those issues? There are that we are
some of the things c an do to address a number of things actually doing. The
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Grass Valley Mayor Gerard Tassone answers a question Thursday at The Union office.
A2 THE UNION
Friday, December 8, 2006
Capturing our county
Today DIXIE REDFEARN Readership Editor
Nevada City. 112 Nevada City Highway. 265-5527.
CLASSES/WORK SH OPS
V ictor ian C h r ist mas: Barbara Coffman called me Thursday to let me know I could have used her name and identified her as the person who wanted the newspaper to hold the story on the BID until after Wednesday’s Victorian Christmas celebration. She said many people already know she went to the newspaper. However, I attended Victorian Christmas and it was so packed I had to leave, so I can’t believe the page 3 story or the small page 1 reference did any harm. Let’s move ahead to more positive things! T he P ilates P lace: Roxanna Cohen e-mailed me to let me know she has recently opened a business downtown called The Pilates Place. She is upstairs from Yuba Blue. Roxanna says, “I’m also quite thrilled to be moving my studio to downtown Grass Valley. Kudos to Howard Levine and the Downtown Association. Grass Valley has really morphed into a very happening place to be, and I plan on doing my absolute best to contribute to the mix “ Loo king for used sp or ts equipment: Bonnie Smart from the Superintendent of Schools office wants to know if anybody collects used sports equipment. “With so many kids in this area active in sports, I figure there must be a lot of parents in a similar situation with extra soccer cleats, shin guards, softball or baseball mits, uniforms, etc., stashed in a closet or the basement. I could donate them to a thrift store but wanted to see if there is anyone who collects these items for a specific distribution,” Bonnie said. Readers? If there isn’t already something like this, someone should start it! Hospitalit y House: Readers of The Union really came though with bringing me toiletries for the homeless shelter. Joanna Robinson filled her car with stuff from readers, and Wednesday I had another car-full at my desk. I delivered that load and Susan at the Intake Center was very happy that you readers were so generous. What they could use now are gloves (men’s and women’s) and warm coats. You can drop those off with me too. I don’t mind being the delivery person for a good cause. (One of the clients helped me carry everything from my car). Things like the Hospitality House make us put our own lives in perspective, especially since the busy Christmas season can make us forget how many people — including ones in Nevada County — are not as fortunate. Nothing gets you in the holiday spirit like opening your heart. RRR Dixie Redfearn can be reached at 477-4238 or by email at email@example.com, or by fax at 477-4292.
Yoga for EveryBody Class- 9-10:30 a.m., Stillpoint Studios, Grass Valley. $10 per class. 470-0450. Good Morning Yoga- takes place at Moving Ground Studio, St. Joseph’s Cultural Center in Grass Valley, 8:30-10 a.m. $10. 272-4240. Learn to Knit Class- Grass Valley during store hours. $10. 101 Bank St. 272-9276. Movement for Life- takes place at Club Sierra Fitness in Grass Valley, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Free- Club Sierra members, $7-non members. 478-9547. Beginners Feldenkrais Class- takes place at Wild Mountain Yoga Center in Nevada City, 2-3:15 p.m. $8-seniors 263-3323. 5 Rhythms Moving Meditation & Ecstatic Dance- takes place at The South Yuba Club in Nevada City, 5:157:15 p.m. $10. 477-7757. Qigong Classes- 10-11:30 a.m., Nevada City Veterans Building. $5. 265-6600.
COMMUNI TY EVENTS
See’s Candy Sales- Child Advocates’ annual fundraiser, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., through Dec. 24, Mobile store, Raley’s Shopping Center, upper level (across from The Dollar Tree). 265-9550. Nevada County Duplicate Bridge Club- 12:30 p.m., Golden Empire Grange, La Barr Meadows, Grass Valley. 477-9586. Last Friday Supper- 5:30-6:30 p.m., Grass Valley United Methodist Church, 236 S. Church St. Free. 432-3071. See’s Candy Sales- takes place in the Main Lobby of Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and in the lobby of the Diagnostic Imaging Center Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Christmas Food Basket Signups- 9 a.m.-noon, and 1-4 p.m., Salvation Army, 10725 Alta St., Grass Valley. 274-3500. Bingo- 1:15-3:45 p.m., Gold Country Community Center, Grass Valley. $1-members, $1.50-non members. 273-4961. Open Meditations- takes place at Sierra Center For Meditation and WellBeing in Nevada City, 7 p.m. 10260 Ridge Road. Donations welcome. 2655764. The Lives of Owls - at the Madelyn Helling Library, Community Room in Nevada City, 7:30 p.m. $5-donation. 470-0348. Nevada County Libertarian PartyLunch Club meeting 12:30 p.m., Trolley Junction Restaurant, Nevada City. . 477-2515. Yuba/Bear Watershed Council Holiday Open House- 10 a.m.-noon, Fellerson Room at Nevada County Superintendent of Schools Office in
Club Live Middle School Dancetakes place at the Center for the Arts in Grass Valley, 7 p.m. Tickets $7. 2748384. Midtown Stomp Swing Dancingtakes place at the Sacramento YWCA. Beginning lessons 8-9 p.m., dancing 9 p.m.-midnight. Admission on live band nights is $10, DJ nights $6 and includes the beginning East Coast Swing lesson. 1122 17th St. (916) 221-1500.
Cornish Christmas- downtown Grass Valley, 6-9 p.m. Free. 272-8315. Holiday Boutique- takes place at the Opus Two Alpacas in Grass Valley, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 15604 Magnolia Road. 3467147. Music in the Mountains Holiday Choral Candlelight Concerts- Amaral Family Festival Center, Nevada County Fairgrounds, 7:30 p.m. Tickets $18$27-adults, $5-for youth 17 and under. 265-6124. Neighborhood Center of the Arts Holiday Sale- Thursday from 5-8 p.m. Sale continues Friday from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 200 Litton Dr., Grass Valley. 272-7287. Rich Earth Oratory- takes place at the North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center on the San Juan Ridge, 7:30 p.m. $10. 17894 Tyler-Foote Crossing. 265-5662. Deer Creek School Holiday Saletakes place at the Deer Creek School Cafeteria in Nevada City. Friday 3-7 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 2651870.
Sols- performs at the Alta Sierra Country Club in Grass Valley, 7:30 p.m. No cover. Ty Smith & James Clayton- perform at the Holbrooke Hotel in Grass Valley, 7 p.m. No cover. 273-1353. Steve Holland and Onawing- perform at The Beat in Grass Valley, 8 p.m. No cover. 114 W. Main St. 2742411. Toni Cole- at Athens Kuzina Restaurant & 49er Bar & Grill in Grass Valley, 8 p.m. No cover. 273-5553. Karaoke- takes place at the Dew Drop Inn, 8 p.m. No cover. 19729 Cerrito Road. 268-1065. Karaoke- at the Holiday Cabaret in Grass Valley, 9:30 p.m-1:30 a.m. No cover. 1255 E. Main. 272-6466. Zuma- at Diego’s Restaurant in Grass Valley, 6-9 p.m. No cover. 217 Colfax Highway. 477-1460. Ghost Riders- at the National Hotel in Nevada City, 9 p.m. No cover. 2654551. Tom MacDonald- performs at Friar Tuck’s in Nevada City, 7:30 p.m. No cover. Ivan Najera Trio- performs at Dos Banditos Mexican Restaurant &
The Union photo/Louise Caulfield
Moonlight illuminates clouds and the shadow shapes of trees recently above Nevada City.
To submit a photo and c aption, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org Or iginal pr ints of photos c annot be returned. Cantina in Nevada City, 8 p.m. No cover. 101 Broad St. 265-4840. Nevada County Regulators- perform at Chief Crazy Horse in Nevada City, 8:30 p.m. 230 Commercial St. $3-cover. 470-8443. Lorraine Gervais Trio- at the Stonehouse in Nevada City, 7:30 p.m. No cover. 107 Sacramento St. 265-5050. Karaoke- takes place at the Brass Rail Tavern in North San Juan, 9 p.m. No cover 292-3443. Jimmi Accardi- at The Tack Room in Penn Valley, 8:30 p.m-1 a.m. No cover. 17356 Penn Valley Dr. 432-1126.
Home For The Holidays- will be performed at Off Broadstreet Theater in Nevada City. Performances are 8:15 p.m. Friday and Saturday through Dec. 30. Special performances Sunday, Dec. 3, at 2 p.m., and Thursday, Nov. 30, and Dec. 7 at 7:30 p.m. Chris Crockett performs music Friday and Saturday at 7:15 p.m. Tickets $21-Fridays, and $23Saturdays, $19-for Thursday and Sunday performances. 265-8686. The Gift of the Magi- performed at the Nevada Theatre in Nevada City. Performances are 7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday through Dec. 30. Tickets Thursdays and Sundays $24-adult, $19student, $22-senior, $11-children, Fridays and Saturdays $26-adult, $21student, $22-senior, $14-children. 2658587. The Christmas Wish- takes place at 13810 Climbing Way in Nevada City. Performances are 7 p.m. Sponsored by “Touch By A Child.” Admission by Donation to “Touched By A Child,” in Grass Valley. 271-0998.
Saturday CLASSES/WORK SH OPS
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Class- at Werneck’s World-Class Jiu Jitsu in Grass Valley, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. First class free, $10-per class. 11310
McCourtney Road. 913-0337. Wing Chun Kung Fu- takes place at Perry’s Athletic Training Center in Grass Valley, 10-11:30 a.m. $10-session. (707) 217-9720. Learn to Knit Class- Drop in at Fibers Yarn and Gallery in Grass Valley during store hours. $10. 101 Bank St. 272-9276. 10:00am Yoga Awakening Class- 8:30 a.m., Dragonfly Studio, Alternative Fitness Center, 17321 Penn Valley Dr., Penn Valley. $10-per class. 432-6929.
COMMUNI TY EVENTS
Grass Valley Elks Hoop ShootGrass Valley Elks No. 538, 9 a.m., Union Hill School Gymnasium, Grass Valley. For boys and girls ages 8-13 years old. Waffle Breakfast- Rough and Ready Grange, 8-10 a.m., Rough and Ready Grange Hall.
Second Saturday Swing- at St. Joseph’s Hall in Grass Valley. Beginning dance lessons, 7-8 p.m., DJ dancing 811 p.m., $10-lessons and dance, $6dance only. 906-2048 2nd Saturday Swing Out- at St. Joseph’s Hall in Grass Valley. Beginning dance lessons, 7-8 p.m., DJ dancing 811 p.m. $10-lessons and dance, $6dance only. Ballroom Dancing- 7-10 p.m., Golden Empire Grange, La Barr Meadows Road, Grass Valley. $6. 2724190.
Family Day - takes place at the Placer Nature Center in Auburn, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. 878-6053. Bear River High School Choir Pancake Breakfast with Entertainmenttakes place at Bear River High School Multipurpose Room, 8 a.m.-noon. Tickets $5, kinds under 5 free. 268-2700 ext. 4833. Holiday Boutique- takes place at the Opus Two Alpacas in Grass Valley, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 15604 Magnolia Road. 3467147.
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• At 5:02 p.m., a caller from the Memorial Park pool reported a female streaker ran into the pool area. Police made contact with the swim coach staff, and they were unable to locate the girl. It was possibly a juvenile prank with a blue van involved. • At 6:24 p.m., a caller from the 200 block of Sutton Way reported a restraining order violation in the form of a telephone call. Police took a report. • At 7:07 p.m., a woman called to report she was approached by suspiciouslooking people, and she felt they were trying to get her alone inside a department store on the 100 block of West McKnight Way. One man was in his 30s with blond hair in a ponytail. He had bad teeth. One woman was heavyset and had long blond hair. They had been driving an older green hatchback Datsun. Police checked the area, but were unable to locate the people. • At 7:26 p.m., a caller from the 100 block of Stennett Street reported a white truck his a fence. Police arrested a 52-year-old man on suspicion of drunken driving and hit and run.
Thursday • At 1:36 a.m., a woman called from the 200 block of Joerschke Drive to report she was at a fast food restaurant on Nevada City Highway when two women in a silver Toyota Corolla harassed her. They followed her to her apartment complex, and the caller thought they were still outside. Police arrested an 18-year-old woman on suspicion of drunken driving and being under the influence of a controlled substance. They cited a 19-yearold woman for false personation of another, and arrested her on a local warrant. • At 5:18 a.m., a caller from the 800 block of Old Tunnel Road reported a man was outside an apartment screaming. Another caller advised the man may have had a gun. Police arrested the 32-year-old man on suspicion of having a controlled substance and violation of probation. Police were unable to locate a gun.
Nevada County Sheriff’s Office Wednesday • At 1:24 p.m., a caller from the 13000 block of Hemlock
reported a residential burglary. A deputy took a report. • At 5:41 p.m., a woman called from the 18000 block of Oak Tree Road reported a restraining order was violated while she was at work, when man called and threatened to take her son from her. An officer took a report. • At 8:31 p.m., deputies were on the lookout for a 29year-old man allegedly involved in assault at his residence which resulted in an injury to another person's head.
Thursday • At 7:43 a.m., a caller from the 14000 block of Wolf Mountain Road reported theft of tools and other items. A deputy took a report.
Nevada City Police Department
Wednesday • At 8:59 p.m., police located an unattended 6-year-old on the 200 block of Broad Street. The parents were located, and Child Protective Services arrived. A 42-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of child endangerment. — Roby n Moor meister
WCORRECTION The Union desires to correct erroneous information quickly and prominently. Bring errors to the attention of the news department during regular working hours by calling 477-
RRR In an article about Pearl Harbor on Page A1 of Thursday’s edition of The Union, Alberta Seymour’s
daughter Sylvia Seymour was mistakenly identified as the author of a remembrance. In fact, Alberta Seymour wrote it. The Union regrets the error.
Friday, December 8, 2006
WBRIEFS Grandmother clock to be given away The Clocksmith is holding an open house from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at 217 West Main Street. Clocksmith owner Matt Smith said he will be giving away a grandmother clock originally sold in the mid1970s and valued at $695. Refreshments will be served. Antiques and collectibles will be on display.
Foothill Christmas concert set
The 20th annual Christmas in the Foothills Concert will be at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Stake Center of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, located at 1255 Bell Road in Auburn. The concert will feature choirs from Penn Valley, Grass Valley, Nevada City, Colfax, Lake of the Pines and Auburn. There also will be instrumentals, ensembles and vocal solos including a duet by Sally and Trevor Humphreys, an organ/piano duet by Linda DeMartini and Lyn Worley, a solo by Laura Walker, and others. The concert will conclude with Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus,” “Peace Peace,” and “Silent Night.” The audience will participate near the end of the concert. Refreshments will be served. The concert is free and open to the public.
LWW bikers: Last day to give
The Lake Wildwood Motorcycle Club will participate Saturday for its fifth year in the 15th annual Nevada County Food and Toy Run. Today is the last day to give to event through the LWW club. Throughout the last four years, the LWW Motorcycle Club has raised more than $20,000 worth of new toys, games, stuffed animals, nonperishable food items and cash for the food and toy run. Donations for the event can be dropped off in decorated donation boxes at the LWW administration office and at the north gate. All donations through LWW must be received no later than 5 p.m. tonight. For additional information, call Paul or Susan Piper at 432-7758. — T he Union staff
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Doolittle spent tax dollars on mailers BY JOSH SINGER
Rep. John Doolittle, R-Roseville, spent $43,790 of public money on mailers in the quarter before the midterm election — more than he spent on mail to constituents during entire years when he won re-election by wider margins. All members of the United States Congress can send mail to their home districts paid for with tax money, a practice known as franking.
Doolittle spent $97,406 on taxpayer-funded mail from Jan. 1 to Sept. 30, 2006. He spent another $59,026 on printing and copying, according to recently released financial statements for congressional members. Re-elected Nov. 7 to a ninth term in the U.S. House of Representatives, Doolittle lost to Charlie Brown in Nevada County but defeated the Democratic challenger districtwide. The amount of public money
Doolittle spent on mailers during the first three quarters of 2006 was about five times as much as the !"#$%&2 he spent on franking in all of 2000, according to statistics from the National Taxpayers Union. In 2000, House members spent an average of $45,641, according to the group. Some congressmen have spent more than Doolittle on taxpayer-funded mailers this year. Rep. Lloyd Dogget,
Chevron to boost capital spending
‘Gingerbread Queen’ a newcomer Abbott has only been making houses for a few years
BY MICHAEL LIEDTKE
AP Business Writer
BY DIXIE REDFEARN
Mary Abbott is the undisputed “Gingerbread Queen” of Nevada County. The title is even more remarkable because the Alta Sierra resident is 83 years old and took up this hobby only a few years ago. She’s taken First Place and Best in Show at Gingerbread House contests at the Miners Foundry and the Nevada County Fairgrounds. Abbott was raised in Grass Valley and her father worked at the Empire Mine until shortly after World War II. She comes from a long line of do-it-yourselfers. Her father was a woodworker and her grandfather also practiced creative hobbies. This year’s prize Gingerbread House (pictured) was a replica of an old Victorian house. Abbott worked from a magazine photo for authenticity. Her 2005 prize winner was a replica of the Bourn Cottage at Empire Mine. It was true to every detail, with rock-like walls resembling the original. “I used rock candy. It looks just like the real cottage,” Abbott said. If you’ve ever tried to build a Gingerbread House, you know it is much harder than it looks. Abbott has been perfecting her technique and said one of the hardest aspects is that every single piece must be edible. Here are some of her
Mary Abbott stands next to her first-place winning Gingerbread House. This is the second year in the row Abbott took the top prize at Tess's Kitchen Shop on Mill Street in Grass Valley. It took her three months to make the house.
secrets for a successful Gingerbread House: • Make a cardboard model to size for the house and its features, such as fences and gates. • Bake the gingerbread from scratch; at least two cookie sheets full, about onehalf inch thick. • Cut your cardboard up into sections so you can work on one section at a time. • Decorate each section prior to assembly. • Make your frosting “glue” a little thicker to make assembly easier. • Begin collecting your
candies and accent pieces the year before when plenty of Christmas merchandise is around. Someone as creative as Abbott had completed many projects before Gingerbread Houses caught her fancy. She has a collection of dolls that she had clothed in handmade dresses and gowns that were exact replicas of ones worn by Princess Diana, down to the handbags and jewelry. The set is so exquisite that it has been used as table centerpieces for luncheons. She also crocheted a color-coordinated doily for each doll to
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alifornians may soon find out what happens when one of this state's most popular political ideas meets one of its most popular politicians ever. The idea: Term limits. The politician: Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. The background reality: No one likes being a lame duck, and that especially applies to Schwarzenegger, who thrives on having his options open. Aside from the property tax limits embodied in the landmark Proposition 13, term limits for the last 15 years have been about the most popular concept possible among California voters. Meanwhile, aside from Ronald Reagan, Earl Warren and THOMAS D. ELIAS perhaps Columnist Dianne Feinstein — none of whom ever had to deal with term limits — no politician in this state has enjoyed the popularity Schwarzenegger now possesses. But Schwarzenegger finds himself up against term limits. Because he served more than half a term after taking office in the recall election of 2003, his current term will be his last under existing law. But … suddenly there's the possibility that term limits could change. Imposed by the Proposition 140 ballot initiative in 1990, today's limits hold all statewide officials to two terms, while allowing state assembly members no more than three terms (six years) and state senators two terms (eight years). Every attempt to change those rules has failed abjectly. But there may be a dent in that previously solid wall. For this fall, in a vote that got little notice outside Los Angeles, that city's voters passed something called passed Measure R, giving city council members a new maximum of three four-year terms. The new law keep s a two term limit on mayors. It passed by a whopping 59-41 percent margin. True, there was a lot of deceptive campaigning for the measure, with many mailings hyping the fact that it would limit council members to just three terms, without mentioning that the previous maximum was two. Measure R has two meanings for politicians in Sacramento. First, it allows them hope that opposition to changing term limits may be softening. Second, it limits the options of many Los Angeles area lawmakers, and they may want to do something about that. For the Los Angeles city council has been a frequent refuge of termed-out legislators. Most celebrated of these is current Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, a termed-out Assembly speaker who served two years in the council before winning the top job at City Hall. The longer local limits mean there may be no place for current Democratic Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez to go when he reaches his limit two years from now. He had been expected to run for an open council seat in 2009, but now there's little likelihood of a vacancy. Which means some of the most powerful figures in Sacramento now have strong motives to extend their own term limits. Plus, Schwarzenegger may not want to run for the U.S. Senate seat now held by Democrat Barbara Boxer in 2010, as many analysts expect him to do. Winning that spot would compel him to commute non-stop between Washington, D.C. and California, and he's already somewhat annoyed by the commute between his sizeable hacienda in Los Angeles and a luxurious Sacramento hotel suite. Wouldn't he be a lot more comfortable running again for reelection? Nunez also plainly would love four more years. For one thing, changing the limits would allow him to stay in Sacramento and retain his high profile until just before the Los Angeles mayor's job he so patently covets is next likely to become open. There was some talk between Schwarzenegger, Nunez and other top lawmakers las t summer of a deal that would place a measure to reform legislative and congressional redistricting on the fall ballot along with another plan to extend term limits. Those talks fell through. But the passage of Measure R combined with Schwarzenegger's easy reelection changes things for everyone involved. The upshot: Expect to see a proposition on the 2008 primary election ballot - or in a special election before then - aiming both to give lawmakers more time and to change the current patently unfair redistricting process. RRR Thomas D. Elias is a syndicated columnist who writes about California issues. Contact him via e-mail at email@example.com.
alifornia’s State Water Resources Control Board will soon consider the merits of a one-year pilot program to improve salmon and steelhead habitat on the lower Yuba River. Approval of this 2007 “pilot program” would be a significant step forward for the proposed lower Yuba River Accord (Yuba Accord), a consensus-based, proposed settlement of litigation developed by 17 conservation groups, agricultural interests, and state and federal agencies. All of the parties to the Yuba Accord support the proposed 2007 pilot program. The program is based on the success of a similar one-year pilot program approved by the State Water Resources Control Board in April of this year. During the 2007 pilot, the Yuba County Water Agency will release water from New Bullards Bar Reservoir to meet the Yuba Accord’s higher minimum instream flows, which exceed state and federal requirements for the lower Yuba River’s fish and wildlife. At the same time, our organizations, and state and federal agencies, will complete an environmental review of the Yuba Accord as required under state and federal law. A public draft of this review should be available next year, and the Yuba Accord would be considered for implementation in late 2007. The Yuba Accord will result in higher instream flows, and habitat
OTHER VOICES Peter Van Zant and Mary Jane Griego restoration actions, for the lower Yuba River’s native Chinook salmon, steelhead and other fish and wildlife, while protecting water rights and our community’s economic interests. California Fish and Game Director, Ryan Broddrick, said in April of 2005 at the Yuba Accord’s announcement, “The proposed lower Yuba River Accord is a landmark achievement not only because it will improve salmon and steelhead habitat and provide certainty for water rights and irrigation, but also because it is the product of unparalleled cooperation and compromise.” Collaboration and consensus played an instrumental role in the Yuba Accord’s development. Restoring river habitat is often complex. This is particularly so in the Yuba River where restoring habitat usually means confronting problems created more than 150 years ago during California’s Gold Rush. The Gold Rush took a heavy toll on the Yuba River and its fisheries. In their relentless pursuit of the precious metal, miners washed away entire hillsides into rivers and streams, polluting water for cities and farms and damaging fish and wildlife habitat. The debris
raised riverbeds, which caused flooding in Marysville, Yuba City and other communities. Robert Kelley’s seminal book “Battling the Inland Sea; Floods, Public Policy and the Sacramento Valley,” vividly describes the situation; “The Yuba River, which drained the most active hydraulic mining region, carried an especially heavy load of mud, sand and gravel flowing downstream either in suspension or along on its bed.” The damage to the Yuba’s fisheries was tremendous. Reflecting on mining impacts to fish and the indigenous economies of our region Chamberlin and Wells noted in their 1879 publication, the History of Sutter County, California that “The Bear, Yuba and Feather rivers were [once] full of salmon, and the Indians speared them by the hundred in the clear water … The streams were as clear as crystal, at all seasons of the year, and thousands of salmon and other fishes sported in the rippling waters …” The damage caused by hydraulic mining was so significant it led to one of our nation’s first environmental decisions by a court. In 1884, a federal court issued the now-famous “Sawyer Decision,” which — absent a means of capturing mining tailings before they reached the valley farmlands — prohibited hydraulic mining in the Yuba watershed and elsewhere. Despite three decades of abuse by hydraulic miners, the Yuba River began to heal and its
salmon began to return. The Yuba Accord will continue the restoration by enhancing habitat first damaged by the Gold Rush and later by dams built to contain the mining debris. It will result in higher instream flows, fund fisheries studies and habitat restoration activities, and establish the first long-term acquisition of water to protect the Bay-Delta through Calfed’s Environmental Water Account. It will protect local water rights, and create a revenue source to help finance local levee improvements needed to increase Yuba County’s level of flood protection Our proposed settlement has also been recognized as a model of interest-based conflict resolution. Last month, representatives of the South Yuba River Citizen’s League, Trout Unlimited, The Bay Institute and The Yuba County Water Agency accepted a 2006 California Water Policy Conference award in Los Angeles on behalf of all the parties who developed the lower Yuba River Accord. We’re hopeful the State Water Resources Control Board will quickly approve our 2007 pilot program and allow the lower Yuba River Accord to proceed. RRR Peter Van Zant is the President of the South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL), and lives in Nevada City. Mary Jane Griego is the Chair of the Yuba County Water Agency, and lives in Olivehurst.
YOUR VIEWS Great ‘Christmas Card’
Saturday evening, Dec. 2, I turned on the TV and was waiting for the National Rodeo Finals to come on when my telephone rang. It was my daughter in Kentucky. She told me she was watching “The Christmas Card” and looking down Broad Street in Nevada City. “Catch it on the Hallmark Channel, Mom. It’s great!” Needless to say, I switched channels and became so engrossed I completely forgot the rodeo. Daughter Michele was raised here in Nevada County so it was a special thrill for her to see some scenes from home. It was a lovely story with a happy ending. Thanks to the producers — and, yes, the snow added a special touch. S HIRLEY J AUREGUI Penn Valley
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Please explain the decision that led to publishing the story of the “microwaved“ baby. Did we really need to find out about this in our local paper? These stories are literally no one’s concern except the unfortunate souls involved. We all know that people do crazy, even evil things to one another every day. Those that want details can find them easily enough on the Internet, or standing in line at the grocery store. I did not need to see this over my corn flakes yesterday. I’m not a journalist, so I won’t suggest you crossed a line that is probably a moving target. I know that you operate the paper to make a profit and to serve the public trust, and I’m sure you take both obligations very seriously. I just think that publishing stories like these serves nothing but morbid curiosity. Perhaps that is sound newspaper business practice. Since moving here last year, I have been impressed with the pro-community and pro-humanity editorial perspective of The Union. Reading this story did nothing but damage that regard, however slightly. J OE M C A LISTER Grass Valley
Corporate government The letter (War Figures, Nov. 28) provided some alarming, though not altogether surprising numbers regarding the U.S. war machine. Clearly the massive military arsenal is not just for our protection but is serving corporate interests and this government’s quest for global domination. One of the few items this country produces that is superior on the world market is munitions. Ironic that this supposedly peaceloving nation is the chief supplier of arms in the world. Some strong changes will need to be made if this government is
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to become “For the people, by the people” as it was designed, instead of the “For the corporations, by the corporations” one it has become. Corporate lobbying and campaign spending must be eliminated if we hope to have congress actually represent the people again. As it is now, virtually all Washington politicians are bought and they will certainly take care of those interests before yours. R. T HOMAS S TANFORD Nevada City
Reading the Dec. 1 edition regarding frustrations and fighting about BID, Nevada City’s ridiculous attempt to “improve” Nevada City business and revenues makes me reflect on what I wrote last November. “Recent discussions with regard to Nevada City businesses are bringing slow death to what has been a vibrant hometown and tourist town. ‘They’ know best how to market these hard-working owners’ businesses.” “In the past eight years, I’ve observed Nevada City’s businesses going from no to slow turnover to constant turnover.” “Let’s take a hard look at the values these hometown cities
have and put pure greed for greed sake aside. Business owners wake up and smell the coffee. Your creativity, valued products and the true entrepreneurial spirit that has made these hometowns so special!” Business owners take back your businesses and get to the heart of what is making BID successful and rid Nevada City of it before it gets rid of you. Shoppers, perhaps a boycott of Victorian Christmas and all it’s commercialism would send a message to the BID proponents to restore and maintain Nevada City’s charm. D EBRA M ARTIN Grass Valley
Re: David Pfau, “News the media refuses to tell you about Iraq,” (The Union, Dec. 2) the reconstruction efforts do represent progress for the Iraqi people. But let’s not forget a few relevant facts before we all pat ourselves on the back and declare, “Mission Accomplished.” George Bush and “Rummy” blew up the same radio, TV, water treatment, sewer treatment, educational, civic, and military facilities along with hotels, restaurants, and
residences (and untold numbers of people nearby) the author now asks us to take credit for rebuilding. Then, Bush/Rummy left unguarded everything from museums to ammo dumps that were looted for black market profits and roadside bomb making materials. What these new “Reconstruction Efforts” amount to is our responsibility to make restitution to the Iraqi people after destroying their infrastructure and their people. Kind of like what O.J. should have done for the Goldman family after murdering his wife and their son. George Bush can thank the American taxpayer for rebuilding Iraq. Meanwhile, back on the home front, Louisiana is pretty much of a wasteland. That $10 billion we spent recently in Iraq could have probably done some good right here at home. B RAD C ROUL Nevada City
I was dismayed to see in this week’s food section (Nov. 29) an article and recipe promoting veal consumption. More useful perhaps, would be an educational piece illustrating the inhumane factory farming of veal in this country. While most people know that veal is meat from a baby cow, does the average consumer of this product know of the horrific conditions in which these innocent animals must exist? Would fewer people eat veal if they knew the calves are confined in pens so small they cannot move or turn around so as to keep their muscles from developing – thus making their meat “tender.” While confined in their boxlike hell, most spend their days and nights side-by-side numerous others, standing in their own excrement – appetizing, no? If you’re not turned off yet, know that many of the calves that don’t “make the cut” are often left to die. This type of factory “farming” is considered status quo throughout the industry. By promoting the consumption of veal in The Union’s food section, you advocate this despicable practice; how disappointing. S HARON S HAFRAN Rough & Ready
Frederick M. LeMoin Fred LeMoin, 78, died peacefully on December 4th, 2006 surrounded by his close family. He is survived by: his loving wife of 54 years, Dona; his 3 children, Ann, Jean & Linda; and his sons in law Boyd, Jesse & Kevin. He was the beloved grandfather of Traci, Brian, Myles, Amy, Lisa, Katie & Jeff as well the great grandfather of Piper, Jack & Chase. A resident of Penn Valley for more than 17 years, Fred was born & raised in Sacramento California, received his bachelors & masters degrees from UC Berkeley, and a second masters in engineering from UCLA. His successful engineering career included more than 30 years with Lockheed Martin where he worked on a variety of aerospace and ocean mining projects. He was also an active member of the Christian Science church in Grass Valley as well as an avid golfer and cribbage player. At his request, there will be no memorial.
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services. Mrs. Peterson died Tuesday, Dec. 5, in Grass Valley. She was 78. She was born in Boulder, Colo., to Charles and Una Jones. She was a homemaker and a retired professional bookkeeper.
She was an avid reader and bird watcher, and worked daily crossword puzzles. She enjoyed country living in Grass Valley for the last 35 years. She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Howard J. Peterson; children David J. Peterson of
Camarillo; Scott C. Peterson of Orlando, Fla., and Nanette J. Simpson of Grass Valley; brother Charles Jones; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents Charles and Una Jones.
Starbucks changes south county fabric
ith a Starbucks on every corner, the potential for a national coffee crisis is plausible. What if the mega-outlet decided to lock its doors tomorrow? This country could be brought to its knees, with a crippling collective caffeine headache. Starbucks’ expansion is a phenomenon. With nearly 9,000 stores nationally, the coffee giant plans to expand globally with its focus on China. Starbucks Chairman Howard Schultz said the projected goal of 40,000 stores worldwide was still Starbucks’ “opening act,” according to the CBNNews.com Web site. We know Starbucks has enjoyed a fairy tale expansion. Its slick packaging and chic store interiors lure customers by the millions. The Starbucks.com annual report on social responsibility attributes its success to cultivating meaningful relationships with their customers that are “built on trust.” They also use recycled product in their paper cups. The report also stated that the U.S. growth strategy focused on
LAURA LAVELLE Columnist opening stores in smaller markets, creating more drive-through and off-highway locations, exactly like Higgins Corner off of Highway 49 near Lake of the Pines. This move has area residents questioning the chain’s “social responsibility” and has coffee drinkers wondering how SBUX, as it is known on Wall Street, can justify its recent stomping of the popular mom-and-pop owned Sierra Mountain Coffee Roasters. As many of you know, the Roberts family had to close the store’s doors last weekend, mostly because the Starbucks drivethrough proved too great a drain on their revenue. Shelley Roberts remembers
the day when Starbucks executives came into the store to count her customers. They must have liked what they saw, because the company decided to open a store just 25 feet away. Faithful customer Gus Everhart called Coffee Roasters “his office” and was surprised when the store closed its doors, although he understands the reasons. “I blame the planning department for allowing a huge corporate business to wipe out a local business,” Gus stated. He said the Starbucks chain is notorious for locating a drive through next to a local, established coffee shop, then scavenging the existing client base. When Michael and Shelley Roberts opened their LOP store three years ago, it quickly became part of the local fabric. Many gallons of coffee were enjoyed in the comfortable interior of Coffee Roasters, and no doubt volumes of information was communicated between customers who became family to the Roberts. “I feel like I’ve lost a bunch of friends,” stated Shelley, who
struggled with her decision to close the door of the family’s business. But when the new Starbucks continued to erode their profits, the move was inevitable. All is not lost for the Roberts, and now they’re concentrating their efforts on the initial store located on Maltman Drive in Grass Valley and are cultivating the “wholesale partnerships with the area’s fine restaurants.” Sierra Mountain Coffee Roasters has been an ever-present supporter of community events in the LOP area, especially for local schools. They have provided free coffee for open houses at Cottage Hill, have donated to Magnolia’s annual Bid ‘n Boogie fundraiser, were a big supporter of the Bear River football program and have contributed to Forest Lake’s Silent Auction. These are just a few examples. RRR Laura Lavelle lives at Lake of the Pines, and her column is for Lake of the Pines area residents to share thoughts and information. Contact her at laural@theunion .com or leave a phone message with the readership editor at 477-4238.
Krista Marie Baltzell of Penn Valley and Michael Feagans of Corpus Christi, Texas, were married Nov. 4 at the Miners Foundry in Nevada City. The service was officiated by the couple’s high school friend, Doug Black. Approximately 100 guests attended the ceremony and reception. The bride is the daughter of Bill and Karen Baltzell of Penn Valley. She is a graduate of Nevada Union High School, and of the University of California, San Diego, with a degree in European history and French. She is pursuing a career as a personal trainer. The bridegroom is the son of John Feagans and Sumiko Nagahama of Soquel. He is a graduate of Nevada Union High School, and of the U.S. Naval Academy with a degree
in weapons and systems engineering. He is a Navy pilot in Corpus Christi. The bride wore a beaded, strapless A-line gown with train, and flowers in her hair. She carried a bouquet of autumn-colored flowers. The maid of honor was Jamie Baltzell, the bride’s sister. The bridesmaids were Mika Feagans of Annapolis, Md., and Yuri Feagans of Los Angeles. The best man was James Feagans of Soquel. The groomsmen were Erik Shuey of San Diego and Karl Eisenmann of Quantico, Va. The ushers were Nate Richards of Pensacola, Fla., and Chris Heine. Krista Baltzell and Mike Feagans Music was provided by Sophie Gilbert of Grass Valley. the wedding, as he did for was Katie Enright. The reception decorations The bride surprised her bride’s parents’ wedding. The photographers were were by Julie Heaton. father with “Little Miss Magic” The couple honeymooned in for the father/daughter dance. Mark Baldassari and the Grass Valley. The bride’s grandfather, John groom’s father, John Feagans. They live in Corpus Christi. The guest book attendant James, made cupcake tier for
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President Bush pauses Thursday during a joint news conference with his Iraq war ally, British Prime Minister Tony Blair, in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington.
for new approaches in Iraq. “I thought we would succeed quicker than we did,” Bush said. “And I am disappointed by the pace of success.” Aside from its blistering assessment of U.S. involvement in Iraq, the bipartisan commission recommended fundamentally different U.S. policies. Its key recommendations called for direct engagement with Iran and Syria as part of a new diplomatic initiative and a pullback of all American combat brigades by early 2008, barring unexpected developments. While calling the report constructive, Bush and Blair took
an unapologetic, almost defiant tone about their decisions and their resolve to keep up the struggle against extremists. The two leaders did not appear to agree with the commission’s conclusion that America’s ability to shape outcomes was diminishing and time was running out. “We’re going to succeed,” the president said. “I believe we’ll prevail.” Blair defined the challenge as “a struggle between freedom and democracy on the one hand and terrorism and sectarianism on the other. And it’s a noble mission and it’s the right mis-
sion.” The leaders of the Iraq Study Group — former Secretary of State James A. Baker III and former Rep. Lee Hamilton, DInd. — defended the panel’s recommendations during an appearance before the Senate Armed Services Committee. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., took issue with the commission’s call for phasing out the U.S. combat role over the next 15 months and focusing instead on training and advising the Iraqi army. He rejected the idea that the Army and Marines cannot spare more combat forces for Iraq duty.
Man died of hypothermia
Scope of 2nd Amendment questioned in gun ban case
WASHINGTON — In a case that could shape firearms laws nationwide, attorneys for the District of Columbia argued Thursday that the Second Amendment right to bear arms applies only to militias, not individuals. The city defended as constitutional its Find state, long-standing ban national and on handguns, a law world news at: that some gun oppowww. nents have advocatTheUnion.com/ ed elsewhere. Civil liberties groups and pro-gun organizations say the ban in unconstitutional. At issue in the case before a federal appeals court is whether the Second Amendment right to “keep and bear arms” applies to all people or only to “a well regulated militia.” The Bush administration has endorsed individual gunownership rights but the Supreme Court has never settled the issue. If the dispute makes it to the high court, it would be the first case in nearly 70 years to address the amendment’s scope. The court disappointed gun owner groups in 2003 when it refused to take up a challenge to California’s ban on assault weapons.
Clouds force NASA to scrub launch of shuttle
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Low clouds forced NASA to delay the launch of space shuttle Discovery late Thursday, and a forecast for strong winds prompted the space agency to postpone another attempt by at least two days. NASA managers waited until the end of the countdown before deciding to call off the launch scheduled for 9:35 p.m. It would have been the first nighttime launch in four years. “We gave it the best shot and didn’t get clear and convincing evidence that the cloud ceiling had cleared for us,” launch director Mike Leinbach told Discovery’s seven astronauts. Shuttle commander Mark Polansky responded, “Try not to be too disappointed.” — The Associated Press
BY JEFF BARNARD
Associated Press Writer
CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — Lost in the snowy wilderness and seeking help for his stranded family, James Kim probably traveled more than 10 miles on foot before he died, believing he could find a nearby town, authorities said Thursday. An autopsy showed that he died alone of hypothermia. Authorities said when his body was found in a creek’s shallow water on Wednesday, he was about a mile away from a fishing lodge stacked with food. “James Kim did nothing wrong. He was trying to save his family,” said Lt. Gregg Hastings of the Oregon State Police said at a Thursday news conference. “He thought that if he could get to the river, he could make it to the town.” Kim thought the nearby town of Galice was only 4 miles away, although it was really 15 miles, Hastings said. Just a mile or so down the road, however, was a fishing lodge where he could have found shelter, warmth, and enough food for months. “It would have been a beautiful ending to sad story,” said John James, the owner of the nearby Black Bar Lodge. After scouring the mountains of southern Oregon for days, a search heli-
copter hired by Kim’s family spotted the man’s body fully clothed on his back in Big Windy Creek near the Rogue River, authorities said. During the search, authorities found several pieces of clothing they believed Kim left as a trail to find him; medical experts said it could be a sign of hypothermia, which can make victims feel warm and shed clothing. A deputy state medical examiner was unable to determine the exact time of death, Hastings said. Kim’s wife, Kati, and two daughters were rescued Monday when they were spotted by a search helicopter as they were leaving the car to find help themselves. She told authorities they had missed a turnoff Nov. 25, and after consulting a map, made another turn. They passed signs warning Bear Camp Road could be blocked by snow, but kept going. At times James had to stick his head out the window to see through the falling snow, said Hastings. A dozen miles up the one-lane paved road, they came to a fork, and turned right, descending into a confusing warren of logging roads. By the time they turned around they were 15 miles off Bear Camp Road and stopped in a place they hoped to be spotted from the air, fearing they were running out of gas, searchers said. It snowed for the next three days, and the car was stranded.
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