Wednesday Jun 06 2012
Whiskers and wine take center stage at Feline Rescue fundraiser
By: Kathy Dorsey and Jeeves
Scene to be Seen column
On Saturday, June 16, FieldHaven Feline Rescue will present its fourth annual Classics, Cats and Cabernet fundraiser from 2 to 7 p.m. at 2754 Ironwood Lane. Tickets are $45 per person for an afternoon that features local wines and hors d?oeuvres plus music by northern California?s top tribute band, Rhythm Vandals. Classic cars and antique wood boats will be on display. Morning radio personality Tom Mailey of 105.1 FM?s ?Pat and Tom? show will emcee. Look for silent and live auctions that will feature great prizes including vacation trips to Kauai and Africa Call 434-6022 or visit fieldhaven.com to learn more about FieldHaven Feline Rescue and Classics, Cats and Cabernet. Cubs and clubs ... Set aside Monday, Oct. 22 for Lincoln Hills Lions Club?s annual charity golf classic, Drive ?Fore? Dough. This year?s tournament includes an awards and recognition luncheon. Play will get underway at 9 a.m. with a shotgun start. Cost is $95 per golfer. Sue Olin reports that proceeds will benefit City of Hope, Guide Dogs for the Blind, Special Olympics, Lincoln Police Activities League and more. Golf reservations, sponsorships and auction items are now being accepted. For more information, contact treasurer Mary Sue Case at (916) 253-3925 or Mark Motell at (916) 798-8815. Tips and bids ... Last Sunday?s Old Fruitvale School?s Barbecue and Celebrity Chef Auction set new records for attendance and dessert auction bids, thanks to auctioneer Don Derobertis. Joyce Bachman?s ?Death by Chocolat? dessert raised $2,101 - a new high! Pies by Kim?s Country Kitchen?s Kim Strong and Pam Roberts brought in $1,000. The Fruitvale School students? ?famous? strawberry jam fetched $400. Other Celebrity Chefs included Lincoln News Messenger Reporter Stephanie Dumm, Rotary Club President Joann Hilton, Kiwanis Club President Dyann Branch and Placer County Supervisor Robert Weygandt. More than 300 enjoyed a tri-tip barbecue dinner following ?The Mystery of the Tardy Boy? play, which featured students from the afterschool program. The Fowler family was awarded a ?Golden Apple? for their contributions to the community. Gene Thorpe, Ron Barringer and Scott Ruskauff provided great music. They persuaded Joe Arana of Adams & Associates Fiduciary Services to join them by singing ?Margaritaville.? Also showing support were Shirley Russell, Councilman Paul Joiner, Lisa Joiner, Virginia Tenborg, Dorothy McGrew, Mike Kimbrough, Charles Wilson, Boy Scout Troop 185 members, Sue Carlson who was celebrating her birthday, Sue Armstrong, Therese and Mark Adams, Shari Thorpe and hundreds more. Up tempo... Dudley and the Doo Rights kicked off last Saturday?s concert in Beermann Plaza to raise money for Lincoln High School?s music program. Lincoln High?s jazz band followed under the direction of David Hill. Great music was accompanied by great food supplied by Dave?s Dawgs, L. Be Soul Food and Italian Ices. Friends of Lincoln Kids President Jeff Greenberg emceed. The audience included Susan Cope and her family, Mayor Spencer Short, Jean Short, Jan Tofft, Theresa Sierra, Linda and Richard Lucas along with their dog Buster who was spotted dancing plus Carol and Alan Winton who won the 50/50 draw. Just in from Jeeves ... Jeeves reads The Lincoln News Messenger from cover to cover. He prefers the print edition over the online edition. It can take him several days to read The Messenger. He?s not a slow reader. Jeeves is a fast reader. But sometimes he?s distracted by other activities such as meetings with the Downtown Dogs. Last week, the dogs called a special meeting. They called their meeting to discuss an op-ed piece that appeared in The Lincoln News Messenger?s May 30 edition (page A5, ?Bold leadership required?). The piece was written by City Councilman Stan Nader and Lincoln resident Mike Miller. The dogs have kept track of our city?s financial results. And they read the recent ?State of the City? presentation. And, like Jeeves, they watch City Council meetings. So the dogs were surprised by claims that Nader and Miller made in their op-ed piece. They claimed that the police budget increased 60 percent. They?re wrong. The police budget decreased. The dogs wonder if Nader and Miller have been paying attention. It disturbed them that a city councilman and a member of the former fiscal sustainability committee could be so out of touch. And it frightened them to learn that Nader is assigned to the city?s standing police and fire committee as part of his council responsibilities. Nader is also assigned to the airport, Lincoln economic development, library and redevelopment/Community Development Block Grants standing committees for the city. Jeeves was also shocked by Nader?s claims about the police budget. He could not recall a City Council meeting when Nader discussed police or fire issues. So he downloaded the minutes of City Council meetings for the last six months. Jeeves paid special attention to the section of the minutes called ?Council Committee Reports? when each councilman provides other councilmen with a report of committee activities. Jeeves found just one report from Councilman Nader regarding police or fire. During the May 8, 2012 meeting, Nader reported that he attended ?The public safety committee meeting where response times were discussed.? Jeeves kept digging. The next reference to police or fire that Jeeves could find from Nader dates back to the City Council meeting of Oct. 25, 2011. He reported ?on the public safety committee meeting where updates were provided by chiefs (Dave) Whitt and (Paul) Shelgren on the tanker incident, impact of layoffs, staffing levels and service impacts.? In the seven months between Oct. 25, 2011 and last week when he co-wrote his op-ed piece, Councilmen Nader seems to have forgotten what chiefs Whitt and Shelgren told him. It?s ironic that a councilman who purports to want bold leadership appears to show no leadership when it comes to his council responsibilities for our public safety. Of course, Nader is the same city councilman who left Lincoln during last August?s tanker fire. Thankfully, our former fire chief Whitt and police chief Shelgren stayed in Lincoln to keep us safe, despite their budget and staff reductions. Jeeves wonders why Nader didn?t raise his concerns about public safety, the General Plan, economic growth, managing, spending and allocating resources during City Council meetings. Jeeves also wonders why Nader doesn?t try discussing, debating and building consensus on city issues. Those are signs of leadership. Instead Nader prefers to co-write about his issues in what has turned out to be an erroneous op-ed piece on bold leadership. Nader shows more interest in grandstanding and sandbagging than he shows in being a leader. Those are signs of something else. Jeeves and Kathy extend their deepest sympathies to Ed Meadows and his family for the tragic loss of Ed?s grandson, Spencer Loper. Spencer?s father managed a business that was recently closed and his mother has multiple sclerosis. Spencer?s death and the cost of his funeral represent greater emotional and financial challenges for them and the Meadows family. Ed Meadows has given unselfishly not only to Lincoln but also to the real estate community through his volunteer efforts with the Placer County Board of Realtors, where he is an active member. Visitors to the downtown Farmers? Market know Ed as the tall man in the orange vest who volunteers his time and organizational skills every Thursday night. Others know him as a regular at Taco Tuesday. Some know him dressed in green paint and posing as the Grinch at the annual Maidu Financial Christmas party. A Spencer Loper memorial fund has been established at Umpqua Bank, 571 5th St. to receive contributions. Donations will also be accepted at any Umpqua bank location. If you have upcoming events that you wish to appear in Scene to be Seen, please call Kathy Dorsey at 645-0660 or e-mail JustInFromJeeves@gmail.com. This column may or may not necessarily express the opinions of The Lincoln News Messenger.