Foghorn Express


March 4, 2017

NCDIG, Nevada City Determined Improvement Group, will be undertaking its 3rd annual 2-day spring-cleaning called, Tuesday, April 11th and Wednesday, April 12th, 8am-1pm. The City of Nevada City, the Nevada City Police, Fire Department, Public Works, non-profits, Hour Nevada County, Sierra Roots, the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce, Schools, students, service clubs, neighbors and downtown businesses will be pulling out their tools for two days for the undertaking. The first Spring Madness was launched March of 2016 with approximately 175 volunteers. Once again this year, residents and business owners will be asked to step up and remove graffiti, repaint gas lamps, fire hydrants, and street curbs as well as weed-eat, remove trash, and...

March 2, 2017

When it comes to being effective and efficient, it is critical for us to understand where we play a part in the law-making process.  Don't let this flowchart overwhelm you. Keep coming back to it and simply get familiar with it. It’s empowering to understand how Washington works.

February 28, 2017

The colorful conversation continued; LaMalfa, and staff fully engaged in the idea. DeHart and Dardick massaged the concept by suggesting we turn the town hall into a type of Living Room Conversation itself. I suggested we help set the stage by holding LRCs throughout the community before the big town hall. Caleb added that perhaps it could be focused around water….?

February 22, 2017

Nevada City’s vitality, abundance, and charm are not accidental. It has been carefully curated over the last 40 years through leadership, vision, and ingenuity. Business owners, leaders, community members, alike, knew that Nevada City was so unique that it required special attention so as to ensure and improve upon its wonderful way of life. Part of this strategy was to build upon its local aesthetics, history, arts and culture. But there was more to it than that.

February 19, 2017

It was exactly 100 years ago today, February 19th, 1917, that Major General Frederick Funston, the most famous military figure you never heard of, dropped dead of a massive heart attack, sending the entire nation into shock. Only 5’4” tall and barely 120 pounds, Frederick Funston would be the highest ranked military official in the country at the time of his death. “Fighting Fred Funston,” who had also become known as the “Man who saved San Francisco” had been in command of the Presidio at the time of the 1906 earthquake. Frederick would literally be jolted out of his bed in the early hours of April 18th. Donning little more than his undergarments, Frederick would scramble to the top of Nob Hill where he would immediately turn around...

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“The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off.” 

-Joe Klaas, 

Twelve Steps to  Happiness

Reinette Senum

Foghorn At Large



In 1994 Reinette Senum would become the first woman to cross Alaska alone. It would be during this isolated winter solo trek, filmed by Reinette for National Geographic, that she would learn, of all things, the power of community. Ultimately, lessons learned along the trail would become the catalyst for Reinette's community work later in life.


For the last 15 years Reinette's focus has been on building her hometown, Nevada City, California, as a more resilient community through creative and unconventional means.  Through risk assessment, public outreach, and a daily hands-on approach, Reinette has been on the forefront of curating Nevada City towards a more sustainable and connected future. Whether as a city council member, mayor, or community activist, her community-changing projects such as the city-sanctioned sustainable vision, the organic Nevada City Farmers Market, construction of 40 portable micro-houses for the homeless, launching a county-wide TimeBank, or a fostering a test-pilot for a town square, Reinette has changed the conversation while reweaving community for a more challenging and unpredictable future.

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This blog isn't just about talk. It's about action as well. Check out a short list of personal community projects undertaken by this blogger-at-large.

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The opinions expressed by The Foghorn Express are Reinette Senum's, alone, and do not reflect the opinions of the City of Nevada City, its council members or staff, any associations, organizations, boards, commenters, their pets... any bodies of any sort, whatsoever. 


The Foghorn Express is a forum that is open to debate and hypothesis, but believes it is up to each and every citizen to draw his/her own conclusions. This blog is simply a launching point for resource sharing, contemplation, and intelligent dialogue with the objective to move its readers/commenters towards deeper awareness and active solutions.


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If a commenter cannot maintain the highest standard while in dialogue he/she will hear the first shot across the bow in the form of a formal warning. If another offense occurs,Tonka Toys will promptly be removed and said offender will be banned from the sandbox.... and, sorry, no more invitations to my birthday parties. 


Please note, I have the right to change my opinion according to information received; I am a woman.

There are many different paths to the same mountain top, so please be mindful of our respectful paths!


Understanding and compassion is a process.

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