Well, it beats having some wacko setting off bombs at the Nevada City Classic. Also, every town I’ve lived in for the past twenty years has identified meth as it’s #1 social problem.
Let me know if you ever do read your obituary in the paper.
Off topic RL…I just saw the latest episode(Season 5 Ep 19) of The Mentalist (supposedly takes place in Sacto,). A fairly lame TV detective yarn which I have a bit of a jones for. This ep. takes place in the fictional town of Percy, CA. It’s a cut and paste/green screen nightmare; but the opening shot is of Commercial St. looking towards Robinson Square. There are other quick flashes..but this is the most substantial one. Percy?? Gads.
One of my favorites from the local police blotter: a man from the 100 block of Stanford Court alleged that Waste Management is stealing his garbage.
Mr. Crabb. I think you are losing your fine touch. Jay Leno’s jaw seems a tad too small in your drawings. I know all about artistic license, but really, Jay’s jaw is much bigger than your portrayal. I still love your artwork and will even cut you some slack by adding that Jay’s jawbone could not possibly fit within the lines. Keeping within the lines is so overrated.
I was still working at The Union when the flash light story was published. The mother of one of the miscreants called to complain, showing there are at least two clueless people in that family.
The letters to the editor can also be funny, although some of the writers don’t intend it that way. My favorite is the woman who complained about price increases at the Salvation Army thrift store. I’m surprised she would invest the money in a stamp.
In an unrelated matter, your cartoon in Saturday’s edition of The Union was right on. I suspect the decision makers in Grass Valley are more interested in protecting the entrenched retail interests than stimulating the economy and giving consumers a wider choice of goods and services. When Trader Joe’s joints Wal Mart and Costco in Auburn, the game will be over.
When I was doing Saturday’s cartoon, I decided to use the miner character, who is featured on the county logo. When it came time to do the Placer County stores, it made me wonder if I could incorporate PC’s logo somehow. I had never seen their logo, so I googled it and discovered the train. It worked out perfectly.
Once I had the good fortune to be next to Christina Dabis, then the local tax collector, when we were both waiting for takeout burgers at a local joint that used to have cute carhops wearing rollerskates doing the serving. We had a nice chat after figuring out who we knew in common, and I gave her an abbreviated economics lesson I’d once gotten from a friend’s dad, Tom Brown, co founder of Burr-Brown (perhaps the only home grown tech company in Tucson) which later got sold to Texas Instruments, and making the family very wealthy before the late Mr. Brown became too ill to continue. In short, the businesses that Main Street and their cronies in city and county government love, the big ticket and high volume retailers that generate lots of sales tax revenues, don’t bring prosperity to an area. They are conduits to send capital, the local wealth, elsewhere, and the local revenues are just what is siphoned off when the locals send their money off to Detroit for a car, or entertainment electronics from somewhere in Asia (RCA televisions were at the time made in Indiana, but you get the idea) so the people making cars and TV’s can feed their families and pay their medical bills.
Wealth is brought to an area when people make stuff that people in other areas want. But the main streeters don’t understand producing stuff, only selling it.
Ms. Dabis had never heard that perspective, and from what I’ve seen of Grass Valley, Nevada City and Nevada County governments, none of them have yet figured it out, either. The hospital that is our current anchor was built largely from the boost that the Grass Valley Group gave the area, which brought in the next wave, executives retiring from the Bay, and while the last Grass Valley employee hasn’t left the building, they’re down to something like 100 from the 2000 that were here 20 years ago and nothing comparable has grown to take its place.
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