Episode 43:Forest Fire, 5G, and local Government with Reinette Senum

Freddie has another first on the podcast! Reinette Senum is one of the most progressive mayors in California and provides a first-hand glimpse of how local governments can help foster a safer and healthier community. 


First, a bit about Reinette. 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 dozen 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 at 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 fostering a test-pilot for a town square, Reinette has changed the conversation while reweaving community for a more challenging and unpredictable future.


In this conversation, Reinette and Freddie go deep into the history of the wireless industry, the negative impact of monopolies on the lives and health of communities, and ask throughout – what are the solutions to these issues? Enjoy this engaging and insightful conversation from a leader at the forefront of these issues.



1:43 – Why is Nevada City a special place? 

2:58 – The extraordinary history of Nevada City

7:32 – How the wildfires have set Nevada City into the Stone Age

12:44 – The impact and rationale for cutting off the power to fight the wildfires

14:24 – A few solutions to the California wildfire and power crises

15:43 – How the FCC forces 5G on the U.S.

20:41 – The dangers of smart meters and other “smart” tools

22:43 – How the government gave away all our rights to minimize our exposure to signals

24:00 – How wireless companies are wargaming the public

27:03 – Solution-based actions for the wireless crisis

29:52 – What does it mean to be beautifully broken?

30:18 – Reinette’s call to activate



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I’m Freddie Kimmel, a Functional Health Coach, Reiki Healer, Certified Personal Trainer, Gut Health Specialist, and proud cancer survivor. I help men and women eliminate brain fog, bloat and belly fat through gut health.


I’ve been featured in The Wall Street Journal, the Full Plate Podcast, An Excellent Example of Being Human, State of the Arts on LA talk radio and Dance Magazine. I have a Bachelor of Fine Arts from SUNY Brockport, attended SUNY Fredonia, and graduated from the Institute of Functional Health Coaching.


I can be found in NYC living each day to its fullest and focused on creating more value then what I capture. Please stand back from the awesomeness that’s about to unfold. 



Interview: Reinette Senum

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