Mendocino County Today: Wednesday, Apr 13, 2016
by AVA News Service, April 13, 2016
UKIAH EMERGENCY ROOM DOCTOR, Dr. Marvin Trotter, former Mendo County Public Health officer, made his bi-monthly appearance on KZYX Tuesday morning. Dr. Trotter trotted out some surprising stats and observations among his usual scatter-gun free-association speaking style, most of them based on his experience in the Emergency Room at Ukiah Valley Medical Center:
"There must be a thousand 87-year old women living alone in Ukiah who insist on living alone."
WELL, doctor, what are their alternatives? Those of modest means should be getting the in-home services considered a public obligation in the civilized parts of the world but it’s not available here. Or available only via haphazardly delivered "services." What is available here are doctor-owned Senior stalags like those delightful institutions on South Dora. And there are lots of capable elderly people of both genders who prefer to live alone. Any way you cut it, America is no longer a country where it's safe to grow old in. The wolves circle at the very first faltering step…
TO BE FAIR to the doctor, I think he was only trying to emphasize the huge new population of old people and how to meet it with at least a semblance of adequate care.
TROTTER: "On average two or three of UVMC's emergency room beds are filled with 5150s, sometimes up to five. You wonder why it takes so long to be seen there? That's usually the reason. [And therefore, Dr. Trotter implicitly agrees with the Sheriff that Mendo needs its own in-county mental health facility.]
TROTTER ADDED, "The County spends $8 million a year (per year!) on out-of-county 5150 three-day hold placements, most of them drug-induced." Trotter said that after the three days in Yuba City or Vacaville, since the Mental Health system doesn't handle "dual diagnoses," (mental illness and drug or alcohol use) the 5150s are "thrown to the curb."
TROTTER ALSO SAID that the old Psychiatric Health Facility (PHF-or Puff Unit) closed not because staff complained about conditions (although they did), but because the County simply couldn't meet minimum psych tech staffing requirements. Trotter proposed that Mendocino College set up a psych tech training program, in addition to the College's successful nursing program.
STATE SENATOR McGuire's push for the No Place Like Home initiative is a proposed funding grab bag that creates the illusion of shelter for impoverished people suffering from a range of mental disorders. So, McGuire calls all the local government donut people together in Ukiah to pretend they're getting down to the basics of housing the houseless, and by god McGuire and the Democrats are gettin' it done!
THE LOOMING INITIATIVE is, you guessed it, a two billion dollar bond that would provide "supportive housing for those who are chronically homeless or have some sort of mental or behavioral disorder or addiction to drugs or alcohol.”
HELL, what's more bond indebtedness in a state whose bonded indebtedness is already approaching a trillion dollars? These bonds will never be paid off, but our grandchildren will be paying the interest on them until their grandchildren assume the Eternal Mortgage.
MEANWHILE, the state pay-out to the bond holders, the same rich people McGuire says will be taxed to pay for the "supportive housing" scheme, will be greater and greater, starving existing public services such as the formerly free University of California.
McGUIRE SAYS the $2 billion bond to pay for his "supportive housing" will be repaid out of the 2004 Mental Health Services Act via a 1% tax on incomes over $1 million and will result in 10,000 to 14,000 housing units for difficult tenants. Got that? No, because it's fantasy. And the reason McGuire assembled the local Donut People was to assure them that this bogus deal would be be tended to by them — local mental health professionals with their buddies at places like Ukiah City Hall who decide who will build the houses where.
AT SOME POINT, billions has got to be invested in genuinely low cost housing. Complicated funding schemes pegged to incompetent existing bureaucracies won't get it done. We need a new New Deal in this country. Bernie's the only hope for it.
ALDEN GLOBAL HEDGE FUND controls Digital First. These vultures own The Willits News, the Ukiah Daily Journal, and the Fort Bragg Advocate-Beacon. They just sold off land — no doubt for very big bucks — that came with purchase of Orange County Register where they also laid off 70 employees the first day. They've stripped their Mendo papers of tangible assets while knocking off workers and cutting salaries. The Ukiah Daily Journal, for instance, had its premises sold from under it and now rents moldy space on State Street.
DISTRICT ATTORNEY DAVID EYSTER and his staff take this opportunity to remind the extended Mendocino County community that this week — April 10th through April 16th -- is National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, an annual event promoting victims’ rights and honoring crime victims and those who advocate on their behalf.
The goal of this week is to remind communities of the importance of providing support for our own victims and witnesses, including focused assistance from trained experts working for the DA to those among us who have been victimized by creeps who stalk and prey on others. These crime victims are people who -- due to circumstances many times beyond their control -- have had their lives and families disrupted by unexpected crime and, as a result, become involved as interested parties in the criminal justice system.
DA Eyster said, “My office continues to stand ready and willing to provide information, assistance and support to victims of crime in Mendocino County. Calling attention to National Crime Victims’ Right Week is an excellent way of shining a spotlight on the availability of our specially-trained, dedicated, and hard-working victim/witness advocates.”
This nationwide week of recognition marks the achievement of the past 30 years in securing rights, protections and services for crime victims. Congress in 1984 passed a bipartisan Victims of Crime Act. The legislation provides money from fines and penalties imposed on offenders for a wide variety of assistance for victims, including rape crisis centers, domestic violence programs and out-of- pocket expenses for funeral expenses, counseling and lost wages.
Joye Frost, director of the federal Office for Victims of Crime, said it is critical communities support crime victims. “If victims are to trust that the criminal justice system will work for them, we must meet them where they are — physically, culturally and emotionally,” said Frost.
CATCH OF THE DAY, April 12, 2016
Amante, Blackwell, Cuadra, Eads
ANTHOMY AMANTE, Ukiah. Domestic battery.
ERIN BLACKWELL, Ukiah. Drunk in public. (Frequent flyer.)
GREGORY CUADRA II, Ukiah. Suspended license, community supervision violation.
JAMES EADS, Willits. DUI.
Emery, Goss, Hale
BRADLEY EMERY, Laytonville. Drunk in public, resisting, parole violation.
JOHN GOSS, Laytonville. Grand theft.
TAMMY HALE, Covelo. Failure to appear, probation revocation.
Halvorsen, Jenkins, Jones
NICHOLAS HALVORSEN, Fort Bragg. Probation revocation. (Frequent flyer.)
JAMES JENKINS, Ukiah. Probation revocation. (Frequent flyer.)
JOHNNIE JONES, Fort Bragg. Controlled substance, resisting, failure to appear.
Kennedy, Mallon, Mora
KELLY KENNEDY, Kelseyville/Ukiah. Drunk in public, probation revocation.
JOSEPH MALLON, Ukiah. Petty theft, fake ID, probation revocation.
PABLO MORA, Ukiah. Vandalism, probation revocation. (Frequent flyer.)
CANADA’S FIRST NATIONAL MARIJUANA ADVERTISEMENT
by David Downs
Say goodbye to Rastafarian flags and dancing pot leaves — marijuana messaging gets way glossier this spring with Canada’s first national commercial for the weed industry.
The Cannabis Growers of Canada’s first national pot industry advertisement takes a page from Exxon, the U.S. Army, or the California tourism board — with a gauzy, acoustic-guitar-backed montage of the best of British Columbia — its skiing, surfing, biking, and wildlife … and its 17,000 pot farms.
Cannabis Growers hopes to sway public opinion in Canada — where a small number of government-licensed growers supplies medical marijuana direct to patients, much to the chagrin of the cottage industry of small farmers. Unlike, California or other medical marijuana jurisdictions, Canadian patients cannot grow a few plants of their own at home.
“We are the cannabis growers of Canada. We create wealth opportunity and good-paying private sector jobs. We are joining together to build a free and fair cannabis market that benefits all communities,” the video states.
“Recent regulatory changes are inadequate for supplying approved patients with the medicine they require and the CGC is joining their struggle to maintain access to safe and effective cannabis,” CGC states.
The video has gotten over 1.8 million views since its debut in March.
As California lawmakers implement state regulations and pick winners in the pot trade this year and next, expect to see California’s own version of pro-small pot farmer messaging in the coming weeks and months.
(Courtesy, the San Francisco Chronicle)
AT EASE, POT GROWERS
Pacific Gas & Electric Co. said Monday it plans to conduct more helicopter flyovers this week in Mendocino County. In response to the drought, PG&E said the low-flying helicopters will be searching for drought-stricken trees near power lines on Wednesday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., weather permitting. Wednesday’s flights will occur near Cleone, Fort Bragg, Noyo River, the Redwood Highway between Laytonville and Leggett, Willits, Brooktrails, Hopland, Duncan Springs and Yorkville. “Consecutive years of drought have taken a toll on trees and even some trees deemed healthy six months ago have since succumbed to the dry conditions,” PG&E said in a statement. PG&E is using a contract helicopter service to fly foresters over the area to check for trees weakened by the drought. This patrol is in addition to the annual patrols PG&E does along power lines to identify trees and vegetation in need of pruning and removal, the company said, as weakened trees and branches may fall onto power lines, leading to outages and even wildland fires. “The drought has weakened and killed many trees and left others susceptible to disease or insects,” PG&E stated. “After the flights, foresters will hike to the trees in question for an up-close inspection to verify tree conditions. Once a forester confirms a tree needs to be removed, PG&E will work with the property owner to schedule a contractor to cut the tree.”
ON LINE COMMENT OF THE DAY
I like the expression “paranoia and fear are locked and loaded, socially, financially and militarily”.
One small example of how fragile everything is: The little woman and I were waiting to check out at the local home center store when the in-store local network went down. The waiting line began to extend exponentially, like cars on the freeway when an accident is ahead. You would think there would be a contingency plan, no? Not!
In the olden days, they would keep the manual credit card embossing machine and a stack of the carbon triplicate CC slips. Remember those, millennials? Think again.
Things righted after 15 minutes or so but I suspect some contractors (time-is-money!) switched their allegiance that day to the other home center store across the street.
We should all recognize that the better adapted to this hyper-dependent technological world we become, the less adaptable we are to any new environment.
A READER WRITES: Getting Droned On (and surveilled?)—
Yesterday I was sitting on my back porch enjoying the break in the clouds, reclining and reading away. It was a blissful afternoon until I heard the startling buzzing equivalent of what for a few seconds I thought was a horsefly or bumblebee that sounded about the size of a baseball. In half panic I jumped up to shoo the bug, did a quick dance and within 15 to 20 seconds the sound was gone. I then heard what was a drone pass back over me at a much higher altitude heading on its course back home. So then I thought what the hell? It must have been right over my head. The same thing happened to me about six months ago when I was kicking back in the sun and I jumped up at what sounded to be a prehistoric sized bumblebee. On that occasion I did not figure out what the disturbance was and I ended up thinking it was sound being projected from afar or something. Well now I know that startling sound is a drone hovering over your head. How often does something like that happen? It happened to me twice in six months. Has that happened to anyone else? What was I caught doing? I didn't have my pecker in my hand or anything like that. I wasn't even smoking a joint. I was reading a beginner’s course book on Arabic that I had checked out of the library an hour before. The one creepy thing is that the books do have the RFID tags on them, so… Anyways it was enough to trip me out for a little while and I thought I would let y'all know.
All is well besides (in my small radius.)
PACIFIC CHAMBER ENSEMBLE
Sunday April 24 at 3 PM in Preston Hall, Mendocino. The group will perform two gems of the chamber music repertoire, Brahm's C minor Piano Quartet and Mendelssohn's Piano Trio in D minor. Both works are full of graciously melodic lines. As a special treat violinist Anna Presler will perform the capricious Debussy Violin Sonata. Advance tickets ($20) are available at Harvest Market, Fort Bragg, Out of This World, Mendocino, and at the door ($25).
Photo: Katherine Lawhead
THISTLE DISMISSAL: You are invited to join us to remove thistles at Navarro Point this coming Wednesday, April 13th, from 10am until noon. There’s only a 2% change of rain, and this coastal headland is a stunningly beautiful place to be outside. You can find us in the parking lot on the west side of Highway 1 south of Navarro Ridge Road. No tools or previous experience are necessary. We hope to see you there this Wednesday at 10am. Contact me if you have questions.
Tom, 937-1113, firstname.lastname@example.org
TELL US: Have you used local psychiatric emergency services?
The Press Democrat
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, PLEASE:
The Anthropocene Show “Voices about Climate Change in Honor of Earth Day!”
Redwood Valley, California/USA - April 11, 2016 — The Anthropocene is a geological epoch in which humankind has a larger impact than Nature in shaping the environment.
The Anthropocene Show features film, an art exhibit, music, seed bomb/ball workshop, and seed & plant exchanges, all at the Redwood Valley Grange, 8650 East Road, Redwood Valley during Earth Weekend, April 22nd — 24th.
Two inspiring films about war Vets becoming farmers; “Ground Operations” and “Terra Firma” will be shown on Friday April 22nd from 6:30 — 9 pm with a $10 suggested donation. There will be a panel discussion to follow. We’re proud to have Robert McFarland, President of the CSG United on our panel, speaking about the Veteran-Farmer Bill which is in the works.
“Home Grown Music Fest” featuring Joel Cohen, John Mattern, Clay Hawkins, Bill Taylor, Charlie Vaughan, The Raging Grannies, Gwen Hardage-Vergeer, Michael Oberg, and August Kaster happens on Saturday, April 23rd from 6:00 — 9:00 pm with a $15 suggested donation.
Seed and Start Exchange, and Seed Bomb/Ball Workshop with Peggy Backup is Sunday April 24th from Noon to 3pm. FREE
Art, poetry and prose in an 8 ½ x 11” format will be on display during the entire weekend. All are welcome to submit their work. Paintings by local artist Linda MacDonald, a native Californian, will be highlighted. Her current concerns are the California redwood trees: their conservation, appreciation, knowledge, discovery, and stewardship. She hopes to increase awareness of their plight through the many facets of her artwork. Jaye Alison Moscariello, artist and curator of the show will show her “Pool Series” paintings. Both artists have shown their work worldwide. During her Masters of Fine Arts residencies at Transart Institute in New York City and Berlin, Germany, local international artist Jaye Alison Moscariello became obsessed with the idea that the word “Anthropocene” was relatively unknown to the folks she spoke with at home even though it is in common use globally. As a member, she asked the Redwood Valley Grange to sponsor these events.
“Most of us hold views about the world and times in which we live, and don’t always have the opportunity to pause, reflect and comment in an open sharing forum. My aims in doing so are to bring us into the global conversation and to give voice to this dynamic era and invite solutions.”
Moscariello recently spoke about the Anthropocene to Kathy Mattison’s sixth grade science class at Eagle Peak Middle School in Redwood Valley. “The children were amazingly responsive and creative in suggesting solutions to our climate concerns. I am heartened that they will become good stewards of our planet. ‘Eliminate soda cans and make public fountains pour soda! Change cars from engine running to pedal cars! Make it illegal to bring plastic anywhere near the beach or lakes! Make all cars except electric cars illegal! Use more solar power, ban oil! Protect the Polar Bears!’” And there were many more, their voices will be appearing at the Anthropocene Show mounted at eye level so all can see. Submissions with a $10 donation to the Redwood Valley Grange, for the art exhibit must be received by 5pm, April 19th. The donations help the Redwood Valley Grange continue to bring great programs to our community.
Contact: Jaye Alison
PO Box 848,
OPPOSITION MOUNTS TO MEASURE U (
the anti-hack&squirt initiative) in Fort Bragg.