It’s time to spring forward again, a little earlier than usual, but then spring seems to have arrived earlier than usual in this goofy year. Who knows, maybe winter will start in June and we’ll have to chain up to get to the polls on primary day. At least most of the various races have become a little clearer since the deadline for filing has passed.
One minor surprise was that the contest for 1st district supervisor has now become a four-way race. Nate Beason is off and running for a third term, with Sue McGuire in hot pursuit. Al Bulf is running on a train platform, promising to ressurrect the long gone rail line to Colfax. The wild card is the unexpected entry of Louis Meyer of Chicago Park. I don’t know anything about Meyer, and hopefully he will fill in the blanks in the weeks to come.
While there are many to choose from in the supe race, not many are interested in sitting on the Nevada City City Council. David McKay and Reinette Senum are retiring, and Robert Bergman is going for a second term, but only newcomer Terri Andersen has stepped up to the plate to fill the two empty chairs.
It’s surprising, considering the amount of community activism in NC. True, it’s a thankless job with no pay and no money to do much of anything except try to keep the city from sinking into insolvency like so many other municipalities in California.
Where are the new faces? Where is that next generation of politicians? I keep hearing that it is the “Good Ol’ Boys” who are holding the city back from the promise of a green techno-revolution. You’d think they’d be at the door with a solar-powered battering ram.
There is only one answer; Jeff Pelline must run. After all, his has been the loudest voice for change in the way we do business around these parts. The Golden Age is just over the horizon, if only there was someone to show us the way. It’s time to spring forward.
UPDATE: I spent this morning at the Grass Valley St. Piran’s Day celebration, where I ran into many elected and would-be elected officials. Jeff Pelline has declined to run. I hope Todd and Co. aren’t too disappointed. I also ran into Louis Meyer, who those with Comcast and NCTV will recognize from his his television show. Lou says he plans to make local agriculture an important part of his platform, and will release further details next week.
Now on to the important stuff. Unknown to everyone but myself, I’ve been secretly training for weeks to compete in the Cornish pastie tossing event held today. It paid off. I am now sporting a Pastie Olympics gold medal, which will be mounted next to my other various awards, citations, and trophies. I have perfected the art of the lucky bounce, and my pie landed almost on top of the target, where it was devoured by ravenous dogs. It was a good day.