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The lowdown on downtown business

Union Democrat Opinion Page Editor Craig Cassidy sat down this week with Sonora City Councilman George Segarini, who served as executive director of the Tuolumne County Chamber of Commerce for 17 years before retiring in June 2013 to run a pair of restaurants with his son. Segarini was elected to the council in 2014 and previously served on the city Planning Commission. 

Topics touched on in this interview included the city budget, adopted Monday, business development, particularly downtown, and the Vision Sonora plan, which proposes several downtown infrastructure projects including the addition of small parks, a new public restroom, a walking path on Stockton Road, parking changes downtown, and an entry arch for the city.

Recognition for a star, a military hero

Too often, bad guys and dumb moves hog this space on the Opinion Page. So we’ll take this opportunity to recognize a star performer and a hero from a few weeks back...

Contract for "consulting" is insulting

Retiring Columbia Elementary Superintendent John Pendley’s decision, reported last Thursday, to continue working with the district as a “consultant” was disappointing but hardly surprising.

Spisak should move on

Dennis Spisak deserves recognition for his incredible arrogance in attempting to re-gain a seat on the board of the Twain Harte Community Services District, which he helped bring so much embarrassment.

"Vic" evidence of Cat Rescue's good work

We’ll spare you any bon mots here about cats and their nine lives.

“Vic,” a roughly 8-month-old American shorthair, benefitted from something more than dumb luck.

‘Vic’ an example of Cat Rescue’s good work

We’ll spare you any bon mots here about cats and their nine lives.


“Vic,” a roughly 8-month-old American shorthair, benefitted from something more than dumb luck.

A picture that’s worth at least 300 words

Should you have any lingering doubts about the severity of California’s drought, a photo captured recently by Columbia resident Patrick McBride pretty much says it all.

High cost of housing will hurt everyone

A recurring discussion in Tuolumne County is affordable housing. The lack of it.

McClintock: Leave pot regs to states

Congressman Tom McClintock a week ago attempted to insert an amendment into the Fiscal Year 2016 Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Act that would solidify states’ rights to regulate marijuana.

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