Mendocino County Today: Friday, Oct. 6, 2017

by AVA News Service, October 5, 2017

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SHERIFF TOM ALLMAN made his usual polished presentation in support of Measure B to the women of the Anderson Valley Unity Club Thursday afternoon. Measure B, for those who may need reminding, is the half cent sales tax measure which would fund the development of in-County mental health facilities rather than dispatching our mentally troubled people to Yuba City, Vallejo, or San Jose where it costs upwards of $1400 a day for dubious services rendered. The Measure, coming right up on the November ballot, would also call for a continuing one-eighth cent sales tax to cover ongoing services in the new facilities.

THE SHERIFF said that at present mental patients are transported back to counties of origin after arrests and after 72 hours out of county evaluation. But Anderson Valley School Superintendent Michele Hutchins quickly responded that they are not returned here, implying that troubled Mendo persons are simply released by whichever out-of-County facility they've had the misfortune of being sent to.

ALLMAN said that Mendocino County is #11 in the state in per capita suicides. Another grim fact shared by the Sheriff was that due to medical privacy laws, families are not told where their mentally ill relatives have been sent when they are taken out of County.

ALLMAN said that the proposed in-County, Measure B facility would allow the County to hold people for up to 30 days to "decompress" and, hopefully, be able to successfully function out in the world upon release. Allman also pointed out that he and Ukiah Police Chief Chris Dewey had done an informal survey of dispatch calls recently and concluded that about 30% of the calls for emergency service do not involve any kind of actual crime, but were mental health-related. These are the cases which the new facility would help.

ALLMAN said that an 11-member oversight board, made up of local officials and five persons appointed by each supervisor which would make recommendations to the Board of Supervisors on how to spend the sales tax funds. The Measure says that only new services would be covered. (Even though the 2004 Mental Health Services Act said the same thing and we are not aware of any new mental health services being provided.) But Allman insisted that the new services would not be used to "supplant" any existing mental health services. As the Sheriff noted, he’s not in charge of those Prop 63 funds, which seem to have melted into the Helping Professionals Job Security budget. He has not seen any of that money.

ALLMAN also told the Unity Club that the County spends more every year on mental health services than they do on the Sheriff’s Office by several million dollars.

AND ALLMAN pointed out that since this November is an off year election, and turnout could be low, he emphasized that every vote really does count — a similar measure went down to defeat by just 165 votes last year with a larger turnout.

WHEN ASKED if the new money would fund a crisis van, the Sheriff hedged somewhat, saying that it could be added to an expanded role for the duties of the current Mental Health Outreach Program which stays in touch with mental patients by visiting them where they live to see how they’re doing and try to help keep them stable.

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A READER wants to know what we meant by “bureaucratic gibberish” when we described the presentation from Human Resources Manager Juanie Cranmer who came back to the board in the afternoon after the proposal to give big raises to the Ag Commissioner, Chief Probation Officer, Planning and Building Director, and Human Resources Director was put off with some hastily prepared remarks in an attempt to justify the huge raises. Clearly, the Human Resources Department was so used to all raises being rubberstamped on the consent calendar that they hadn’t even given any thought to trying to justify them.

THIS ONE, however, represented a particularly new low because Ms. Cranmer is a direct subordinate to Human Resources Director Heidi Dunham, one the officials up for a big raise, and the bureaucratic gibberish someone handed Ms. Cranmer to read didn’t even bother to mention the big raise for the Human Resources Director.

CLEARLY, poor Ms. Cranmer was put up to the task by her boss and CEO Carmel Angelo who, in a normal world, would be expected to justify any raises for her top subordinates, especially such big ones as this.

MS. ANGELO went so far as to rub salt in the wound at the end of Ms. Cranmer’s Reading of the Gibberish by correcting poor Ms. Cranmer on a petty point.

THE OTHER POINT we noticed in the canned bureaucratic gibberish was Ms. Cranmer’s aside about the alleged “complexities” of the Ag Commissioner’s position what with the County’s new complicated pot program. It’s true that Interim Ag Commissioner Diane Curry is responsible for some elements of the County’s new pot progam, but Ms. Cranmer is in no position to casually mention the day’s pot discussion as somehow being related to the huge raise being proposed.

WITHOUT FURTHER ADO, here’s the bureaucratic gibberish Ms. Cranmer was asked to read:

I would like to start by clarifying this morning that the four existing HHSA directors are responsible for a unit and they are actually responsible for a service area, not a unit, so I did misspeak that this morning and I just wanted to clarify. I just want to say [looking down, reading] that the recommendations that you have before you today represent revisions to the salary grades and those are based on the eight compensable factors that the county uses in establishing salary grades and this is what you adopted in 2000 [17 years ago] with the [widely disparaged] Slavin study [which gave such big raises to everybody that it broke the budget and took years to rebalance]. Those include scope of work including overall impact to the county and the decision-making authority which in part is determined by the reporting structure. For example, regardless of the size of the department and the number of layers that the department has more below the department head, the department head is ultimately responsible for the department. And specifically with regard to the Ag Commissioner appointed by the Board, reports to the CEO, the expansion of service provided in the cannabis program — I think with the complexity that you've heard about in the last few hours of discussion (laughs) if I might say — includes increased responsibility and complexity in scope and effect and broader knowledge. These factors fall within the range of Grade 47 for the recommendation from the current rate of 45 to the proposed rate of 47 is appropriate. Similarly, with the Chief Probation Officer appointed by and reporting to the Superior Court judges the added complexity and responsibility relating to state mandates, particularly AB-109 [which has also been around for years] results not only in higher-level probationers and the need for additional armed officers in the unit such as gang units, but also greater responsibility in scope and effect and knowledge by the department head. These increased factors fall within the range of Grade 48 and therefore the recommendation is up from the current grade of 46 to Grade 48 we feel is appropriate. I wanted to comment that even though these grades are in some cases recommended for vacancies [there’s no current Chief Probation Officer, and the Ag Commissioner and Planning and Building Director are “interim], we do believe that an added benefit in revising [sic] these position grades will be to attract a broader scope of applicants when they recruit. Also I just wanted to state that the compensable factors do not consider market and there have been discussions [sic] regarding us being out of market and the compensable factors do not address market, they just address those eight compensable factors and I think that concludes my report unless you have any other questions.

[No questions. No comments.]

YOU BE THE JUDGE: Was that “bureaucratic gibberish,” or a reason to give four well paid county officials even bigger raises (and accompanying benefit increases)?

CEO Carmel Angelo: “It is late in the day and maybe I misheard you, but the Ag Commissioner is hired by the board and reports to the board.”

Cramner: “Oh, okay. I apologize for that.”

[Silence. … Long pause.]

Seeing no one stepping up, Supervisor Brown finally moved to adopt the resolution authorizing the pay increases by droningly reading the dry bureaucratic language of the resolution off of her computer, language which never explicity specifies the actual amount of money involved or the budgetary impact.

After this thoroughly unconvincing presentation, the board voted 4-1, with supervisor Dan Gjerde dissenting (without explanation), to approve the raises.

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"IT IS WITH GREAT SADNESS that we have heard of Michel Salgues' passing in France on Sunday October 1st. Michel was instrumental in the success of Roederer Estate: his passion for wines and vineyards help put Roederer Estate and Philo on the wine map of California. Michel and his family moved to the Anderson Valley in 1985, until Michel decided, for personal reasons, to move back part time to France in 2003. We will greatly miss him. The Roederer Estate and Anderson Vineyards team offer their sincere condolences to the family."

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NOT GUILTY

Adams

UKIAH, Oct. 4. — A Mendocino County Superior Court jury returned from its deliberations today with an acquittal of Jared Edward Adams, 26, of Vallejo. Adams had been charged with driving a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol in Mendocino County in January of this year. It had also been alleged in the pleadings that Adams had a prior DUI conviction within the last ten years, and that he had willfully refused to submit to testing that would have revealed his blood alcohol, as required by California's implied consent law.

The prosecutor who presented the evidence on behalf of the People was Deputy District Attorney Houston Porter. The investigating law enforcement agency was the California Highway Patrol in Garberville.

(District Attorney’s Press Release)

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BRUCE McEWEN NOTES: I was in briefly at the beginning of this trial of Mr. Adams, and knew that Michael Shambrook was the lawyer, but, covering the Dennis Boardman murder trial, I only know what my sources tell me, which is that the guy refused to take the blood test — which is taken as a confession of guilt — and the officers somehow forgot to ask him again, which, apparently, is really a rule of law and the jury had no choice but to find for defense. Everyone at the courthouse singing Amazing Grace all week over that one! I've seen Mr. Shambrook do these kinds of courtroom hocus-pocus stunts before — one time he had a young female DUI defendant, slam-dunk for the strutting Deputy DA (who shall remain nameless out of respect to his Mom) where the prosecution closed the case with a snap and marched out of the courtroom in triumph. After the Deputy DA was gone, Shambrook asked the court to dismiss the case for lack of evidence, noting that our hotshot Deputy DA hadn't entered any (you have to ask the judge to have the blood alcohol level test results entered into evidence, hand them to Mdm. Clerk, Bonnie MIller, and wait for her to time-stamp 'em). Not Guilty!

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Ruoff

JOSHUA RUOFF, accused of murdering Timmy Sweeting and burying his battered body on a grow near Dos Rios, gave the court a big surprise this week when Ruoff's lawyer, Public Defender Linda Thompson told the court she couldn't go through with the trial set for October 23 because she had just discovered, after all these scores of months, that she has a conflict of interest and cannot proceed to trial. The Ruoff case was passed to the Office of the Alternate Public Defender, Patricia Littlefield. The court will have to reconvene in the matter in about a month to set a date to decide what to do over the next few years while everybody readjusts to the new lawyers and sees how long it takes them to "conflict-out" as the lawyers call it?!?

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DA DAVID EYSTER WRITES:

(re: The Man With No Tattoos)

And now for the rest of the story. Criminal charges need not be “refiled” after a hung jury. The original charges suffice to keep the criminal proceedings going. In this case, however, the parties came to a later agreement that negated the need for a new trial. The defendant admitted a parole violation based on his acts of vandalism, was sentenced to 180 days in the county jail, and continued on parole supervision. In the case that hung, the defendant also admitted the acts of vandalism, but as a misdemeanor. He was placed on 36 months of court probation, with terms and conditions that included that he serve 42 days in the county jail, stay away from the victims, and pay full restitution for the damages he caused. All’s well that ends well!

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“THE ESSENTIAL American soul is hard, isolate, stoic, and a killer. It has never yet melted.” Quick, who said that? Is it true? It would certainly seem to apply to the Vegas killer — isolated but for an unacclimated Filipino girlfriend who described him as "kind" and "caring." And assuming the shooter wasn't nuts in any clinical sense, he was obviously stoic enough to complete what he had come to do then shoot himself.

THE SLAUGHTER in Las Vegas was so awful even the NRA is harrumphing about "certain restrictions may be necessary on conversion kits," the gizmos that make semi-automatic rifles into machine guns. DH Lawrence, the British writer assessing our souls, spent much of his time in New Mexico where, in the 1920s, there were probably still lots of men who had the bona fides Lawrence described. If the writer put down there today he'd more likely find his stoic killers transformed into tattooed fat guys toting yoga mats. Stoicism fled our fine, fat people four generations ago.

WHAT gets left out of the gun debate is the simple fact that millions of people view the government as a kind of occupying army, and certainly don't trust it to protect them. Those same millions look out their windows and see a growing chaos that presents a clear and present danger to them. Which it does, but not the kind that requires a military assault weapon to repel. But we all take precautions that wouldn't even have occurred to us prior to the genie's escape from the jug, circa '67.

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HOMELESS PROGRAMS in the middle of town is a bad idea. The debate rages in Fort Bragg and Ukiah. And we're informed that Lake County regularly propels its homeless population in the winter to take advantage of Mendo's much more generous food and shelter programs.

IT'S CLEAR that homelessness is not only here to stay, it's steadily increasing. A friend suggests that every county maintain a federally-funded facility. But the federal government rarely even mentions the problem let alone addresses it. Well-paid employed persons can't find housing in Mendocino County, but there's money to be made off the straight-up homeless, and boy do our non-profits know how to bring home the cash with big salary set asides for the bosses. (See First Five, etc.)

SMALL TOWNS like Ukiah and Fort Bragg can't possibly cope alone with the rising transient tide, but the doers of 9-5 good who run these programs continue to say, "Give us more money and we'll handle it." They aren't handling it now and, as a group, inspire zero confidence in their ability to handle much of anything. They have no articulate spokespeople or, in the case of Fort Bragg, trundle out an arrogant attorney to tell the town, "We won't bend," a startling statement given that Hospitality House is comprehensively out of compliance with its use permit and even the people served refer to the place as Hostility House. But according to their hired gun, they're the vics!

UKIAH is busily proceeding with a central facility without so much as informing its neighbors it was in the works. No way will the helping pros be able to cope with the population presently wandering the streets who, to put it gently, are not amenable to order.

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COUNTDOWN

Editor:

My 50th birthday was a few days ago and while commiserating over the slop this prison calls breakfast and waxing esoteric from my lofty perch and wisdom my years have afforded me, I was riding high on reaching the half-century mark relatively unscathed.

They call it the Big 5-0, middle age, but it dawned on me that in order to be counted as the middle I’ve got to know the end. For this to be the midway point I was going to have to clear 100 years. It sounded like an extraordinarily long stretch of time to roam the earth, and in an attempt to put this in perspective, I found myself simplifying it in sort of a time breakdown.

According to my calculations, in order to have claim to 50 as the halfway milemarker, I was going to have to live another 50 years or 600 months, or 2600 weeks or 18,250 days or 438,000 hours, or 26,280,000 minutes, or 157,680,000 seconds. This — especially the last figure — doesn't make me feel any better.

All of these are a countdown to doomsday, the Big Adios. We are all on that train but not all of us are rooting for it to pull into the station. Everyone wants to go to heaven but nobody wants to die. So with this epiphany in mind, I made a vow right then and there to make every second count, especially after seeing how fast they fly by.

In American culture we don't rely on seconds as much as other increments of time. We have even concocted nonmathematical references like "moment," "a bit," and "sec." But when you realize that watching your favorite celebrity D-bag TV show this weekend cost you 28,800 seconds from your rapidly dwindling stash, you might want to pry your ass off the couch and do something.

If you look at it in years, months, or weeks, it seems as if we've got time -- plenty of it, like an all-you-can-eat buffet. But if you incorporate seconds into the equation, well, time is flying.

So next time you spend the day wallowing in bed, doing nothing, think of it in seconds and get up, get out, and get down. Ride your bike, write a book, paint a picture, find the cure for something, anything. Get a tattoo, do something. And get busy living. You are going to spend a lot more time on your dirt nap and then on your beauty sleep.

Come on, it will just take a few seconds.

Alan "Sonny" Crow

Salinas Valley State Prison

PS. My sincere regards to Mr. Flynn Washburne, an old buddy of mine whose brilliant stories from the Stony Lonesome have not only entertained me during the last 30 months in state prison but have also inspired me to write.

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LITTLE DOG SAYS, “Now we've got teahouse of the August moon going at this place. Before you know it, people will be pulling in here for chicken chow main. And Siamese cats too!”

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SHE'S HIRED! And we’re available to help!

Marshall Newman Writes:

The Reluctant Candidate for AVA Editor:

The best young candidate I know for AVA editor is my daughter Rebecca (who calls herself Lee these days). She is 25, a college grad, whip smart, writes well (occasional pieces for the Seattle Passive/Aggressive and Seattle Weekly) and loves a good argument. You would like her. Unfortunately, she is currently in Seattle except when touring Europe in a band, is a pure city girl and has only been to Anderson Valley once. I will mention the opportunity when she gets back from the latest European tour in early November.

Be assured, there are youngsters with the focus and talent – if not much experience – to do the job.

In the meantime, good luck on the search.

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HOW TO GET NOTIFIED

Are you subscribed to the City of Fort Bragg "Notify Me" list? If you've subscribed to receive any of the notifications on the City of Fort Bragg's "Notify Me" list to be sent to an mcn email address, what/when was the most recent notification or announcement you received? Did you receive the October 10th agenda notification sent to an mcn address? If you haven't received notifications lately, it's because the City's notification email address has been added to a spam block list for every mcn email address and the emails are blocked at the door of mcn. Sage told me a few occurrences back that when the notices are blocked they don't get through to anyone with an mcn email address and they don't show up in your personal spam folder. The fix is to request that mcn delist the City's notification email address. It has happened several times over the last year. I've contacted mcn each time I realized that I hadn't been getting notices and they've unblocked the address each time. But they have not yet been able to stop it from happening repeatedly. The City is also aware of the problem. If you find that you haven't received recent notifications, or if it happens again in the future, please contact manager@mcn.org so they can delist the email address again and perhaps solve the recurring problem. Thank you.

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THE 'REAL SARAHS' PLAYING SATURDAY ON THE COAST

There will be a live performance of “The Real Sarahs”, with Matt Hartle and special guest, Joey Goforth, on Saturday, Oct.7, 2017, at the Fort Bragg Guild’s Inglenook Community Center, which is located at 26500 N. HWY 1, in Fort Bragg, CA, near Inglenook. Tickets available at Nellos Market or Brown Paper Tickets. Presale $15, $20 at the door.

With organic harmonies that enchant and uplift the spirit, The Real Sarahs share their special gift of vocal synergy. This trio of women, who are all named Sarah, enjoy the magic that is created by voices in harmony, acoustic instruments, and the energetic connection between artists and audience. Embracing many genres of music, you are likely to hear threads of folk, jazz, blues, and country running through their songs. Singing from the stories of their own life journeys and experiences, their original music is honest, evocative and heartfelt.

Introduced by a mutual friend in 2010, Sarah ‘Songbird’ Larkin and Sarah Ryan have been nearly inseparable, musically, since. As founding members of Motherland Family Band in 2011, these ladies began to sculpt their original songs into tightly woven harmonic collaborations. Larkin and Ryan struck out on their own as a duo in 2012 and The Real Sarahs was born. They recorded their first EP CD together in 2013, demonstrating each in their capacity to lead and support and embody beauty through song. Their second album, Afternoon with the Dirty Birds, was released in May of 2017 and represents the body of work they developed together, with the support of full instrumentation. This work showcases their songs with a big, 'full band' sound and allows the pieces to reach a sonic potential unachievable as a duo.

As neighbors in a tight knit musical community, it was inevitable that Sarah Rose would find her way to The Real Sarahs. ‘Rosie’ was an accomplished local performer who had admired the work of the duo. Her first solo EP, Lay My Burden Down’ was released in 2016. Her strengths as a singer/songwriter, harmony singer and cellist made her a natural fit. The ladies jumped into re-arranging their repertoire for three parts and started performing together in October 2016. Sarah Rose's lovely cello playing is featured on Afternoon with the Dirty Birds.

Rose, Larkin, Ryan

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CATCH OF THE DAY, October 5, 2017

Chiles, Cuadra, Garcia

CHRISTOL CHILES, Fort Bragg. Shoplifting, probation revocation.

GREGORY CUADRA, Ukiah. County parole violation.

JENNIFER GARCIA, Ukiah. Resisting.

Garner, Heine, Jensen, Nace

CEAN GARNER, Santa Rosa/Lakeport. Controlled substance, possession of assault weapon, large capacity magazine, short-barrelled shotgun, resisting.

COREY HEINE, Ukiah. Interfering with police communications, probation revocation.

JEREMY JENSEN, Ukiah. Failure to appear.

THOMMY NACE, Ukiah. Vehicle theft.

Powell, Sanchez, Steele, Vargas-Alvarez

WILLIAM POWELL, Fort Bragg. Probation revocation.

DAMION SANCHEZ, Ukiah. Probation revocation.

EDWARD STEELE, Ukiah. Probation revocation. (Frequent Flyer)

SOCRATES VARGAS-ALVAREZ, Ukiah. DUI.

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MARCO AT THE BEACH

Sleep & Death

Bo Shmo wrote: “Are you this interesting when you attend campfires on the beach?”

Marco McClean:

I might be, but I don't, so we'll never know. Maybe when they comply with the law and make them all wheelchair accessible; until then I stand in solidarity with those who can't. Oh, that's not entirely honest. I find the beach uncomfortable -- the bugs, the cringeworthy camaraderie, lower back pain, the reek of upwind weedos, the deafening radio-static-like noise and no knob or switch to tune it in or turn it down, the entirely reasonable dread of submarines -- and an open fire doesn't solve any of that; it just adds freezing and burning at the same time. Also anything you eat there would be much better in normal portions under electric light and without botulinum and crunchy sand in it. Speaking of which -- sex on the beach: been there, done that, never again. Anywhere else would be better and more romantic. An elevator. A restaurant walk-in fridge. The projection room of a theater. On the edge of a roof. In a changing booth at the Goodwill. Etc.

The last time I went to the beach it was a warm, calm afternoon, the sea was flat and quiet, and it was for a funeral. Zero bugs, surprisingly little smell. I got there late enough in the proceedings for the group to be breaking up like ten minutes later. That's was well tolerable. I may go to another funeral at the beach sometime, if invited.

I recommend the short story The Ugly Sea by R.A. Lafferty. It's a sad, funny love story between a Jewish loan shark and a crippled little twelve-year-old girl who plays piano, badly, in a bar for salty seamen, told by a tragic curmudgeon who hates love, the sea, himself, and humanity, in that order. Also there's a monkey, a parrot, a snake and not one but two switcheroos. And once you've read that, see The City of Lost Children, and then Dark City (the '90s one, not the '50s one). Take your time. There's no rush.

I'll be in Fort Bragg for my radio show this Friday in clean well-lighted KNYO. Why don't you come by? Bring something for show-and-tell. I will stop at Safeway on the way and buy enough excellent cheap milk chocolate to choke /five/ guests. Also saltine crackers and maybe pickles.

Marco McClean
memo@mcn.org
http://MemoOfTheAir.wordpress.com

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ON LINE COMMENT OF THE DAY

I have a permit to carry. Pistol holds 5 rounds plus one in the chamber. On an automatic, it means you don’t have to cock the pistol ahead of time. You just pull the trigger like a revolver, and after the first round is fired, the pistol is automatically cocked for the next shot. By the way, the ammo is called CCI Stingers. The recoil is so slight, that there’s no real reason to use both hands, although some people prefer to use both anyway. Your preference. You can find out after you practice, which you prefer. For larger calibers, two handed is best. Efficiently using any weapon, knife, sword, pistol, rifle, rocket launcher, etc., requires regular practice, same as pool. After I got married & stopped hanging out in bars, my pool game went straight to hell.

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THIS WEEK AT BLUE MEADOW FARM

Roma, Early Girl & Heirloom Tomatoes

Gorgeous Sweet Peppers

Padron, Anaheim, Poblano, Jalapeño & Criola Silla Peppers

Acorn Squash, last of the Eggplant & Zucchini

Cucumbers, Garlic, Culinary Herbs

Nancy Mayer’s broccoli starts

Zinnias & CORN!

Autumn Morning

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ZOPPE CIRCUS

(Click to enlarge)

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CALIFORNIA IS A QUEER PLACE in a way, it has turned its back on the world, and looks into the void Pacific. It is absolutely selfish, very empty, but not false, and at least, not full of false effort.

D.H. Lawrence

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BRIAN ENO ANTI WAR MESSAGE

Well known English musician, composer, record producer and visual artist Brian Eno was recently elected president of England's Stop The War Coalition, founded in 2001.

Stopping wars isn’t something that happens when hostilities have already begun. It starts much earlier than that, in the very fabric of society. Our society is increasingly built around war - or the threat of war - and a lot of people have an interest in keeping things that way.

Who are they?

First there are the ideologues, those so certain of their moral (and military) superiority that they’re ready to force it down another’s throat. In their minds, war is supported with the excuse that it’s ‘for the good’ of the other side: to liberate them from ignorance and tyranny. The intellectuals behind the Iraq War, for example, were convinced that, bristling with guns and bombs and chewing gum, they would be welcomed as saviours. They predicted a ‘cakewalk in Iraq’ which would be ‘over in weeks’. Such sunny predictions are always part of the recipe.

Then there are the weapons manufacturers... We sell weapons indiscriminately, to almost anybody who’ll pay: and our biggest clients are the Saudis, who in turn fund extremist groups like Isis. The world is awash with lethal weapons, many of which we built, and these often end up being directed against us...and then we spend even more on weapons to defend ourselves.

Beyond the technology of war - the weapons systems and the material - there is the science. Advanced weaponry systems employ lots of scientists and technologists, people who could be doing something useful in the world. A climate of endless war has to be maintained, otherwise people might start to wonder why we spend so much of our national resources building generations of jets and tanks and ships that never see action, and why all that expensive brainpower is being squandered while the world is melting.

Think also of the media: they relish the prospect of war, and talk it up relentlessly. They know that alarm sells papers and gets clicks, and that’s often all they want. It’s the rubberneck syndrome: we can’t help looking. Most of the media business is about turning attention into money, holding your attention so that you can be advertised to. On the other hand, peace talks are a bit dull by comparison, so nobody bothers reporting them. So, intentionally or not, the media nurture and perpetuate the climate of continuous war.

And think of the politicians, anxious to advertise their ‘strength’ and ‘determination’, shoring up failing popularity by rattling sabres. Think of Blair and Bush swaggering about the White House as though setting fire to a whole nation was some kind of laddish game. Or think of Trump with his ‘Fire and Fury’ tough guy talk. Again, the media revel in this. It’s what editors call ‘great copy’.

And then there’s the ‘security’ business. As ‘security’ increases, society becomes tighter, more paranoid, more spied upon and suspected, than ever before. It shouldn’t be called the security business: it’s the insecurity business. The business is to create insecurity, to make you scared, to make you believe that war is the only option.

How did all this happen? Why are we where we are now? The truth is that the economies of both the US and the UK (and lots of other countries) have become so centred around military production that they have grown to need an ongoing threat of war. America emerged from WWII as a very wealthy country, having learned that the people who really win wars are the people making the weapons.

But they learned something else too:

Societies can be made coherent - can be held together - in two broad ways. One is through hope; the other is through fear. But for a society to be held together through hope there has to be a credible sense of promise in the future: a majority of people have to believe that things will get better. Until perhaps 25 years ago that majority existed, but, with neoliberalism rolling back post-war social arrangements like the welfare state, unions, free education and job security things started to look different. The prospect of automation, which ought to have liberated us, instead translates into even bigger profits for the elites. As a result, working people now look forward to a much more precarious and uncertain future than they have done for decades.

You can't have a hopeful society if its elites prioritise aggressive foreign wars and 6 billion pound floating bombing platforms over social spending. You can’t have a hopeful society focused on fighting aggressive foreign wars which in turn flood your shores with refugees.

What we now have instead of hope is rising unemployment, a surfeit of both overqualified and underqualified young people, the gig economy, zero-hour contracts, and automation. Our politicians could be working on that problem, on rethinking our future prospects, and throwing off the disastrous market fundamentalism of neoliberalism. But, by and large they are timid minds who live in mortal fear of the press and run a mile from anything that might conceivably be called socialism, so they don’t. Instead they default to option two…fear.

Fear is a great paralyser. A frightened population is easy to govern. In a climate of fear, people are willing to allow their rights and freedoms to be limited. They’re willing to follow orders and penalise resisters. They’re willing to fall for easy, quick and ill-conceived military ‘solutions’. They’re willing to serve as defenders of the state without asking why that state needs defending, or from what.

So it’s fear that keeps the hamster-wheel turning; but it’s hope that will get us out of the cage.

Stopping war means building a society based not on relentless consumption and profiteering but instead on sustainability and conservation and sharing. It means making a world that is worth saving for everybody, so that the idea of war - of destroying all that - becomes unthinkable, ridiculous.

It means breaking up those entrenched hierarchies that regularly produce over-privileged halfwits - con-artists who know how to talk but not how to think, and who exist in some eternal public-school-of-the-mind*. Their unshakeable sense of natural superiority fosters a hubristic arrogance with which they ride into war after war, certain that they couldn’t possibly be wrong.

And stopping war entails, perhaps beyond anything else, distributing the wealth of the planet so it doesn’t automatically accrue in the hands of the already-powerful but instead is used to build a world where more people get better chances.

We live in the wealthiest societies in history. The creativity and ingenuity and labour of generations of humans has produced enormous wealth. With that wealth properly deployed, a world of peace is more feasible than ever before.

Stop the War Coalition is part of a big, wide movement to change the way we think, and what we think about. Instead of making destructive wars, let’s think how we make a creative peace. Instead of thinking how we get more as individuals, let’s think how we can better share what we already have as a society. Instead of thinking that our role in life is to keep our heads down and be obedient shoppers, let’s stand up straight and proud and create something new together.

(Brian Eno 2017 www.stopwar.org.uk)

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FIRST ANNUAL PUMPKIN NIGHT at the Botanical Gardens

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 28th

Pumpkin Night Party

Sat, Oct 28 from 5:30PM to 7:30PM (Adults $10; children 16 and under Free)

Come dressed in your Halloween best and light up the night with some creatively carved gourds and painted pumpkins. Vote for your favorite pumpkins, enjoy spooky games, haunting music by DJ Nutrishious, and fall treats. Pumpkin Contest

Entry Drop-off: SAT, OCT 28 from 12:00PM to 3:00PM (no cost to enter the contest; one entry form per pumpkin; multiple entries accepted)

Entry Form: https://www.gardenbythesea.org/calendar/pumpkin-night/

To enter your carved or designed pumpkin simply complete an entry form and deliver your creation(s) to the Gardens between 12:00PM and 3:00PM on Saturday, October 28.

Entry forms are available at the Gardens’ gift shop on on the website. BONUS! Turn in your entry form by Wednesday, October 25 to receive one voucher for 50% off adult admission to the Pumpkin Night Party for each pumpkin entered! Prizes will be awarded in four categories - Adult (age 18 and up), Teen (ages 13-17), Kid (ages 7-12), Kid (ages 6 and under).

Prizes provided by Cafe Jaavy, Littlecup Ceramics, Los Gallitos, Pippi’s Longstockings, and Tangents! Winners of the pumpkin contest will be announced at 7:00PM (do not need to be present to win) as well as on the Gardens' website, Facebook, and Instagram page.

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IN BLOOM NOW:

Dahlias, Roses, Fuchsias, Begonias, Perennials, Grevilleas, Heaths & Heathers

Whales migrating!

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UPCOMING Workshops & Events Classes in Concrete

Follow the links below for more info:

OCT 14, 15 and 20, 21 | 10:00am to 4:00pm

Two weekends – three projects! Join James Maxwell, local multimedia artist and author, for an exploration in concrete sculpture. Class size is very limited, only a few spaces left! CLICK HERE for details on how to sign up.

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October Pet Adoption Day

OCT 21 | Mendocino Coast Humane Society will be at MCBG with a bunch of adorable adoptable animals!

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Pumpkin Night

OCT 28 | 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Come dressed in your Halloween best and light up the night with some creatively carved gourds and painted pumpkins. More details below...

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Coming soon...

Mushroom ID for Beginners

NOV 11, DEC 2, or DEC 16 | 10:00am to 3:30pm

Choose your preferred date and learn the basic taxonomic identifying features that distinguish mushrooms from each other, where each unique mushroom species can be found, when they can be found, their uses, and the myths associated with them.

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Monday Mushroom Walks

NOV 20 – DEC 18 | Meet each Monday on the Plaza at 1:30pm

Enjoy an identification walk and learn mushroom lore with Naturalist and Mycologist, Mario Abreu. Join us Monday, November 6 for an extra special Mushroom Walk in celebration of the Mushroom, Wine, and Beer Festival!

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Festival of Lights

NOV 24 – DEC 17 | Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 5:00pm to 7:30pm

Each winter the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens transforms into a spectacular show of glittering color. Tickets are will be available for purchase beginning October 16 at The Garden Store at Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, Harvest Market in Fort Bragg, Out of This World in Mendocino, and on the Gardens' website!

Looking for a great way to keep track of all of the wonderful workshops and events at Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens?

CLICK HERE to subscribe to the MCBG Events Feed on Facebook!

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MENDO

(Photo by Susie de Castro)

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ON THE AWFUL CENTRIST-LIBERAL CRITIQUE OF PROTESTING NFL PLAYERS

by Dave Zirin

There is a cottage industry of political journalists whose take on the state of Trump-America is simply, “Don’t talk about racism or it will anger ‘middle America’ and lead to Donald Trump’s reelection.” This political take has long had a safe haven in centrist politics. Their answer to why Nixon, then Reagan, then the Bushes and now Trump were elected boils down to movement activists wanting too much, too soon. They are responsible for scaring the American “middle” into the arms of reactionaries. Their diagnosis of their defeats is never that their own politics failed to offer a compelling agenda. Instead, we get scapegoating to muzzle and control people daring to offer a compelling message of change outside the control of smoky back rooms.

This toxic analysis is now being used to attack NFL players—people who no one a year ago would have confused with “movement activists”—for protesting during the anthem.

In USA Today, an editorial writer named Robert Robb has already staked the ground, as if racing to secure its patent, that if this President wins reelection in 2020, blame these NFL players. Forget that by 2020, Trump might be impeached, in prison, or in a large hollowed out volcano holding the world ransom with a giant laser. Instead, three years in advance of the election, Robb wants to plant the idea that it will be the players' fault.

To understand the mendacity required to make this argument, read this one tortured sentence: “You don’t have to be a racist to find galling the spectacle of pampered athletics, making millions of dollars playing a game, hosted in taxpayer-subsidized stadiums, benefiting from an antitrust exemption, ostentatiously exempting themselves from the traditional display of fidelity to our country.”

Let’s start with the strawman bullshit. Find me one NFL player who has called those who disagree with the protests “racist.” What they have said time and again is that they want this country to confront structural racism in the criminal justice system and policing. They are protesting during the anthem to speak about the gap between what the flag means and what it represents. We have certainly seen some of these players call online trolls racists. Is that OK? Should they get written approval from Robb before they come back on people who call them “n—–“? Or would that just shove “middle America” into Trump’s arms?

Then there is this idea that they are ”pampered”—a little class bait to justify the racial animus. There is nothing “pampered” about what they are doing. These players are using their platform to raise the profile of a critical issue that has long been ignored. Far from being selfish or “pampered”, they are sacrificing anonymity, endorsements and personal peace to be a voice for those whose voices are often marginalized or altogether silenced. They also have been subjected to racist hate speech and death threats. Robb also ignores that while these men are professional athletes, many of them are also black men who have dealt with police violence or racial profiling in their own lives.

But that’s not the sum of the awful. It’s NFL owners, not players, who have been “pampered” by fleecing billions from the public through “taxpayer-subsidized stadiums.” These owners have also hired an army of DC lobbyists to make sure their anti-trust exemptions hold. Some of us have been writing about this outrage for years. Yet Robb is suddenly waking up to this injustice because it’s a way to bash players for talking about racism. It reminds one of the way Pat Robertson can look at a 64-year-old white man who massacres 59 people at a country music concert and somehow blame, as Robertson said, “disrespect now for our national anthem.” Watch Colin Kaepernick, before the year is out, get blamed for Hurricane Maria, gout, and the germs that cause bad breath.

Then there is this line from Robb: “What is bewildering is that the NFL and the left seem to believe that they are winning this fight with Trump. Let’s see. Honor the flag and the national anthem. Or not. Yep, Trump is certainly on the wrong side of that issue.”

That last line was meant to be sarcastic. It is also bereft of reality. Maybe people aren’t as stupid as Robb thinks. Maybe Robb should read the very newspaper, USA Today, that published his column. Their latest polls show that the players are in fact shifting public opinion. Maybe it’s because Trump did not say, as Robb writes, “Honor the flag and the national anthem;” He said that the “son of a bitch” players should be fired for exercising their rights. Maybe people know the difference. It’s incredibly dishonest journalism to rephrase Trump’s argument into something much more benign than his verbatim comments. It’s even worse to do so just to bash the people taking on the truth, not the fiction, of what he actually said.

The more you read, the more you see that this line of logic comes from the fact that Robb has no analysis of the right wing extremism represented and emboldened by Trump. He writes, “There are small pockets of white supremacists in the United States. They are unimportant.” Lord if only that was the case. Their lack of importance would be news to not only the victims of their violence but the fear that spreads after it happens. I live 15 minutes from where an alt-reich goon killed Lt. Richard Collins III. It was tragic for the Collins family. The ripple effect of fear and agony was similarly awful. I think we can say the same of Charlottesville, Portland, and Kansas, and all the places that have felt the dramatic rise in hate crimes since Trump took office.

But it’s the last part that gives the game away. Robb writes, “Generally speaking, white Middle Americans aren’t racists. They don’t long for a return to Jim Crow. They’re just sick of having identity and grievance politics thrown in their faces all the time. If the left continues to tell Middle Americans they are racists, Trump will be re-elected.”

Again no one—repeat no one—is arguing that “Middle Americans’—by which he means white people—are racist or that they want a return to Jim Crow. These players are trying to raise the issue of very real families destroyed by mass incarceration and police violence: those little things that have destroyed thousands of lives and what Robb calls “grievance politics.” I know that one of the reasons Michael Bennett of the Seahawks is sitting during the anthem is because a Seattle resident named Charleena Lyles was killed by police. She called the police herself, concerned about an intruder and was shot down in cold blood in front of three of her four children. Charleena Lyles was also pregnant. Seven bullets, four in her back. If being outraged about that is just “grievance politics” to Robb and the Democratic party, then they deserve to lose to Donald Trump and we need a new party to wage the political fights being imposed by the brutal realities of this country.

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NO GOOD REASON

Letters to the U.S. Navy on their Environmental Impact Statement for "Training and Testing" exercises in the Pacific Northwest from 2015-2020 and beyond, are due today, Oct. 6, 2017 See: https://nwtteis.com/

You can make your own comments here: https://nwtteis.com/Public-Involvement/Public-Comment

Here are mine:

Dear Sirs and Madams,

On March 7, 2014 representatives of the U.S. Navy came to the Redwood Coast Senior Center in Fort Bragg, CA to present an EIS for Pacific Northwest Training and Testing exercises for the years 2015-2020. During an interview at this meeting John Moser, Northwest Environmental Manager for the U.S. Pacific Fleet, made the following on-the-record claim on behalf of the Navy, representing it as official policy expressed in the EIS:

Question: “How many marine mammals will be killed by sonar and explosives during Naval training and testing over the five year period?”

John Moser: “We estimate absolutely none would be killed. So zero mortality is what we are, um, analyzing for. That's basically our prediction, and we have to seek permits for the exposures that we are anticipating. Absolutely none are being re… no mortalities are being requested for permitting. So we would not be allowed to do them through the permitting process.”

Biologist for the U.S. Navy, Dr. Joy Lapseritus was also at this meeting, and reiterated the ambiguous claim of zero mortality. She said that “for renewal of our permits with the NMFS” absolutely zero marine animals of any species would be killed in five-years of active training and testing operations on land, sea and air, by the Pacific Fleet in the vast Pacific Northwest region, using powerful anti-submarine sonar and live-fire explosives during exercises. Her exact words:

Question: “How many marine mammal deaths do you expect as a result of the five-year training and testing operations?”

Dr. Joy Lapseritus: “So for this environmental impact statement we have a, uh, an application for renewal of our permits with the National Marine Fisheries Service that's specific species by species. Um, overall numbers you can compile from the tables in our document, um, but the most important number for us to communicate at this meeting is that we do not estimate any mortalities of any species from the use of sonar or explosives.”

The claims made by these two individuals on behalf of the U.S. Navy are as ludicrous as they are dishonest. It should be a matter of shame to the U.S. Navy, and by extension to the American people, that blatantly false claims of “none, zero” mortality were presented in an EIS in order to gain NMFS permits - and as a ploy to skirt all regulatory and legal consequences for admitting even a single potential marine mammal death. In my opinion, the fraud of falsely estimating zero mortalities, and presenting these findings in an official capacity for the purpose of gaining permits and avoiding culpability, should be prosecuted as fraud to the fullest extent of the law.

At a time that within the past six months, 17 Sailors on duty and under the protection of the US Navy have lost their lives in accidental maritime collisions during routine peacetime operations, it is impossible to believe that not a single marine mammal will be killed during military operations, while at the wrong end of the might and wrath of the US Navy. Anti-submarine sonar operations and the testing and use of this sonar, and the testing of explosives and other munitions during the 5-year NWTT period, will result in the death of some marine mammals, period. That is a given. The only question is how many. To claim zero mortality across the board is ridiculous and irresponsible. This is fraud if done knowingly, and negligence if done unintentionally.

The well-established scientific fact is that whale strandings around the world have coincided and been the collateral damage of naval training and testing operations (aka “war games”) using anti-submarine sonar technology. (Please note the multiple award-winning film “Sonic Sea” www.sonicsea.org ).

Animals “taken” (at any level) by naval anti-submarine sonar and the use of explosives will often never be seen or reported. If deafened, injured or killed, they will float out into the ocean, never to be seen or heard from again. A deaf whale is a dead whale, and any animal caught in the blast of 210+ decibel anti-submarine sonar, or the shock wave of explosives, will perish. These sub-surface weapons cause sound levels high enough to deafen any animal, seen or unseen, and maritime animals rely on their hearing to survive.

Claims of zero mortality also do not take into account the unavoidable risk of collision between marine animals and ships and smaller vessels, especially with the advent of new high-speed Littoral Combat Ships (LCS), recently introduced into the Pacific Fleet. These vessels have top speeds of 45+knots (52+mph). Operating at these high speeds greatly increases the risk of collision with sea animals.

The obvious risk, if not the guaranteed result of Naval training and testing, is that some marine mammals will fall under the EIS category of “Level One Take” - in other words, killed. This reality should be addressed in a more scientific way than a simple flat-out denial, especially since the fraud of this denial was done for the purpose of gaining permits and absolving the Navy of any legal liability.

The risks involved in these naval operations, and the reality if those risks, is what this EIS was supposed to address. Ignorance of this fact is no excuse for the criminal fraud of “zero mortality,” as presented in the 2015-2020 NWTT EIS document. And now the Navy wants to extend the EIS process past 2020, with a minimum of additional public or scientific input. Big surprise.

The only way out of this dilemma - of the Navy’s need and desire to protect the Nation, and the overt harm being done by them to already struggling species – is to establish a world-wide ban on nuclear weapons and submarine warfare. I’m not holding my breath for that to happen, and I doubt if the US Navy has any intent of lobbying for such a treaty anytime soon.

In the meantime - if the US Navy must contribute to the demise and possible extinction of threatened maritime species by “training and testing” in the name of national security, I would ask for a more honest and accurate appraisal of the true cost in marine animal mortalities. There is no valid reason not to do this, and the public, the wildlife and the Navy all deserve better than a fraudulent EIS.

Sincerely,

David R. Gurney, Fort Bragg

 

29 Responses to Mendocino County Today: Friday, Oct. 6, 2017

  1. George Hollister Reply

    October 6, 2017 at 6:08 am

    “But we all take precautions that wouldn’t even have occurred to us prior to the genie’s escape from the jug, circa ’67.”

    That’s about right. There was a group, coming of age, born during WW2, who had parents that did not participate in the War. So this group had no connection to the military, and also did not experience the depression. The central theme was to reject all convention. LSD played some role here. Everything from being clean, raising kids, taking responsibility, family values, having a work ethic, passing judgement on human behavior, and Christianity were rejected.

    What was rejected was the structure of a free American society. Self indulgence, and government responsibility is what was put in it’s place. We see the result.

    • LouisBedrock Reply

      October 6, 2017 at 8:19 am

      “As a dog returneth to his vomit, so a fool returneth to his folly.”

      Proverbs: 26:11

      • George Hollister Reply

        October 6, 2017 at 8:40 am

        Oh, a born again, returning to his Biblical roots?

    • Harvey Reading Reply

      October 6, 2017 at 9:18 am

      George, save your pontificating for the suckers. Clearly, you missed the 60s and 70s, at least mentally. You should also cut down on reading those right-wing think tank articles. They’ve already destroyed your power, what there was of it, to reason.

      • LouisBedrock Reply

        October 6, 2017 at 10:23 am

        Harvey,

        As I like to say to the other guys in the pool hall,

        “The sluggard is wiser in his own conceit than seven men that can render a reason.”

  2. james marmon Reply

    October 6, 2017 at 6:43 am

    “And we’re informed that Lake County regularly propels its homeless population in the winter to take advantage of Mendo’s much more generous food and shelter programs.”

    Of course they do, Camille has big contracts here in Lake too, and this way she can come to everyone’s rescue. If we take all of Lake County’s homeless and send them to Ukiah and Fort Bragg our “point in time count” will go up and we can soak the tax payers for more money and clean up Lake County at the same time, genius.

    “Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she
    With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,
    Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
    The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
    Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
    I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

    -Camille Schraeder

    • james marmon Reply

      October 6, 2017 at 6:56 am

      It also makes her “Unduplicated Client’s Served” numbers go way up, that way it looks like she’s doing Mendo a good job while in reality she’s taking care of Lake’s problems. Sheriff Allman is trying to get in on that action too.

    • james marmon Reply

      October 6, 2017 at 7:06 am

      When I worked for Lake County Mental Health we called it “bus therapy”. Before Ukiah opened a shelter we sent them to Santa Rosa.

  3. sohumlily Reply

    October 6, 2017 at 7:05 am

    “expanded role for the duties of the current Mental Health Outreach Program which stays in touch with mental patients by visiting them where they live to see how they’re doing and try to help keep them stable.”

    AKA keeping them *med compliant*…take yr meds or we’ll *force* them down yr throat (or inject them in yr butt after forcibly stripping you naked)

    https://www.counterpunch.org/2017/10/06/pump-up-the-valium/

    Yep, an in-house facility for the ‘mentally ill’ will make it ALL BETTER. Psychiatry is a tool for social control as it always has been…

    • sohumlily Reply

      October 6, 2017 at 10:36 am

      The point is that ‘those people’ will not be *helped* by confining them to a facility and drugged (the only ‘treatment’ available)…it will only help the sheriff and all those who are bothered by those without homes and support. It’s simply warehousing bothersome individuals and using them as an income stream for pharma and the ‘helping professionals’.

      Bandaids get old and fall off; there needs to be some sort of cultural shift to really be able to ‘help’ those who are, for whatever reason, helpless.

      But keep flapping yr yaps pretending to care.

      Lesser evilism manifest.

      • George Dorner Reply

        October 6, 2017 at 6:49 pm

        I highly doubt it’s a lesser evilism to leave a sick person untreated as you wish.

        • sohumlily Reply

          October 7, 2017 at 5:29 am

          What I wish is that there was a more humane solution for folks in distress rather than toxic life-shortening drugs and traumatic forced treatment that only exacerbates the original distress. The stats for successful suicides *after* forced treatment skyrockets.

          It’s not a solution for the inmates, only for you, the comfortable.

  4. Lazarus Reply

    October 6, 2017 at 8:16 am

    “ALLMAN said that an 11-member oversight board, made up of local officials and five persons appointed by each supervisor which would make recommendations to the Board of Supervisors on how to spend the sales tax funds. ”

    What…? Was this not Sheriffs Allman’s idea? Or is it Ok with him whatever this 11 member gaggle does with the peoples money?
    As I’ve said before, it appears the Sheriffs primary goal here is to get the mentals off of his department…What happens after that is anybody’s guess…and who are these 11 people? Or is this another one of those secretive, exclusive, in crowd deals…
    Before I vote…I want to know where and to whom this money is going, and so do most of the voting public I communicate with…
    As always,
    Laz

    • George Dorner Reply

      October 6, 2017 at 1:21 pm

      Gee, Laz, you don’t seem to mind the excessive expenditure of taxpayer dollars to trundle patients to Marysville or Santa Rosa or Eureka. Not to mention that hauling a mentally ill person to a strange city with naught but the clothes on their back is going to cut them off with whatever support they may have, and probably return them in worse condition than when they left.

      You may object to a publicly appointed board of citizenry to plan mental health facilities, but what’s your solution? Leave the facility planning to the mental health experts? Spend county tax money on expensive outside consultants?

      And why shouldn’t the sheriff want to clear the mentally ill prisoners out of his jail if he can? To you, Laz, public urination, shoplifting, etc by the mental patients are more worthy of law enforcement attention than murders, rapes, and other violent crimes. Sheriff Allman wants his department to have more time to deal with the violence. His job, after all, is law enforcement and not mental health care.

      To summarize: passage of Measure B could save taxpayer money in the long run, result in mental treatment for our mentally ill family members and neighbors, and free up law enforcement to more effectively deal with violent crime.

      • Lazarus Reply

        October 6, 2017 at 2:40 pm

        Ok, sounds like your heart is in the right place…so what is the plan…? If I had an inkling of what’s going on…maybe, but the fact with myself and others is, folks are over giving money to these incomplete, perhaps incompetent, perhaps self serving, anonymous committees and boards. If you can’t even speculate what the money will be spent on, and where…come on man…! I don’t even give to charities that way…sorry.
        As always,
        Laz

        • George Dorner Reply

          October 6, 2017 at 6:46 pm

          There is no speculation on spending; these funds are designated. The plan is to pass a temporary sales tax to raise the initial funds for three mental health facilities–one each in coastal, northern, and southern Mendocino County. Sales tax instead of property tax, so the expense is borne by all, including wayfaring travelers. The tax monies collected are designated specifically for these mental health facilities, so that is what they must be spent upon.

          Then, instead of entrusting politicians and/or bureaucrats with the planning, or doing the standard Mendo dodge of hiring an expensive outside consultant, a public commission will be set up to do so.

          After the facilities are built and the temporary tax expires, there will be an eighth-of-a-percent sales tax to supply operating funds.

          At the end, there are no charities. There are mental health hospitals, just like other counties have. And they are desperately needed. Currently, the present health care drop-in center in Ukiah, Manzanita Services, has to turn away clients on intake days.

          And, Laz, the expensive excursions out of town will cease. It is projected that over the long run, Measure B will save the county money overall.

          • Lazarus Reply

            October 7, 2017 at 8:20 am

            You know what they say? If it sounds to good to be true it is…I don’t trust this deal for a second…I’ll be voting accordingly.
            As always,
            Laz
            PS. Seems you’re a resident author…

            • George Dorner Reply

              October 7, 2017 at 10:38 am

              You know what they say, Laz? if you are suffering paranoia without any reasons for it, you may be mentally ill…and you aren’t giving any reasons for your refusal to vote for health care for your neighbors.

              Accordingly, I will be voting for a solution to our mental health crisis instead of denying it exists. That we will save money in the long run, as well as healing our fellow community members, is a win-win situation.

              Best regards,
              George

              P.S. Seems you’re the resident nay-sayer…

              • sohumlily Reply

                October 7, 2017 at 12:12 pm

                Healing my ass.

                Anyone who ends up in the system called “Mental Health” gets worse…they *don’t* RECOVER. “Medications” just dull the senses and keep one confused and believing there is something ‘wrong’ with their brain (thus a personal failing), and compliant. Do you or anyone else out there know of someone with a ‘mental illness’ who RECOVERED?

                Whoever is unfortunate enough to receive a DSM diagnosis faces a life-time of discrimination and a shortened life span. Try going to a health clinic/ER with one on your record and you are not believed…folks with a DSM diagnosis are the new untouchables…thus, disposable, unless they can make money off ya.

                • sohumlily Reply

                  October 7, 2017 at 12:34 pm

                  “You’re missing the point, which is that all the dx’s are a fraud and people’s health and lives are being put at risk because they are conned without informed consent into using dangerous drugs they do not need. These antidotial (sic) claims that drugs are “saving people’s lives” are unfounded and can be put down to placebo effects, none of which are protective of brain, liver, kidney and other inevitable damage.
                  The scientific consensus shows they are more harmful than beneficial.
                  Without psychiatric fraud, people would have to build skills to overcome the challenges they face rather than relying on drugs to cope. Society could put the money to better use in building communities where people are not so vulnerable that they don’t have any choice but to turn to a system of social control that functions under the guise of being “medicine.””

                  comment from MiA from Matt Stevenson’s obit

                  I quit. I sound like James Marmon and f*** that. Have fun scapegoating the homeless and the ‘mentally ill’ and the addicted. The real violence in society is perpetuated by the 0.01%, but we must have someone easy to blame for their own misfortunes.

  5. Betsy Cawn Reply

    October 6, 2017 at 8:28 am

    Thanks to Messrs. Zirin and Gurney in today’s online edition. Both provide assurance that reflection and reasoning are still viable intellectual capacities in this howling wilderness of “fake” media and failed governance.

  6. Harvey Reading Reply

    October 6, 2017 at 9:30 am

    “The scarecrow was now the ruler of the Emerald City, and though he was not a wizard the people were proud of him. ‘For,’ they said, ‘there is not another city in all the world that is ruled by a stuffed man.’ And, so far as they knew, they were quite right.”

    L. Frank Baum, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Chapter 18 (1900)

    Nothing much has changed since. Gadgets don’t count, only unchanging human nature.

  7. Alice Chouteau Reply

    October 6, 2017 at 9:56 am

    Many thanks to Gurney and Eno for offering contact info to enable us to take some action on such important issues. I will forward the emaill addresses offered to everyone on my list.

    The ‘ helping ‘ industry is a big part of the homeless problem. Poorly trained social workers, case workers etc who will scream loudest at meetitings of local residents trying to curtail HH in Fort Bragg, are one example. Follow the money.
    The first effort should be to detox the chronically addicted/mentally ill in a facility with well-trained staff. In Mendocino and Humbildt counties, this group forms the majority of the homeless populations, eatimated at 70-90%. They have been drawn here for the free meals, etc. and unlike the transients of the Great Depression, they are not seeking jobs. Offering housing first programs for this group, along with attendant caseworkers is an exercise in futility, except for the minority who want to become contributing members of society but fell on hard times.

  8. Harvey Reading Reply

    October 6, 2017 at 10:12 am

    Re: On an automatic, it means you don’t have to cock the pistol ahead of time.

    On some semiautomatics; not all are double-action for the first shot.

  9. Harvey Reading Reply

    October 6, 2017 at 10:29 am

    Thank you, Brian Eno.

  10. susana de castro Reply

    October 6, 2017 at 10:33 am

    • the AVA

    Is there an elefant in the room?

    Is He or is He not retiring? Are We the Readers and Subscribers ENTITLED to know?

    I would like to know. Thank you.

    • susana de castro Reply

      October 6, 2017 at 10:44 am

      “SHE’S HIRED! And we’re available to help!”

      What? I’m not excited, at all.

      Are you up for a discussion?

      • susana de castro Reply

        October 6, 2017 at 11:13 am

        • AVA

        I vote for little dog, as Editor. Question is: Will he accept?

  11. james marmon Reply

    October 6, 2017 at 6:12 pm

    Latest Russian River homeless housing plan scrapped by Sonoma County after appraisal

    “Sonoma County’s most recent homeless census indicated a 20 percent year-over-year increase in the number of people who were experiencing homelessness in the area, which includes the lower Russian River, at the time of the count in January. But the community remains sharply divided over how to solve the problem.”

    http://www.pressdemocrat.com/news/7500288-181/latest-russian-river-homeless-housing?artslide=0

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