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My First Paying Job

I was 13. It was 1958. We lived at what was then the outskirts of suburban Fresno. Down the street about half a mile was a large boysenberry farm. (Boysenberries…

I Was A Teenage Winemaker

I Was A Teenage Winemaker

Mr. Johnson was the reason I wrote “Chemistry” when asked to fill in the blank entitled “Major: ____” in the fall of 1962 when enrolling at Fresno State College. Mr.…

My First Paying Job

I was 13. It was 1958. We lived at what was then the outskirts of suburban Fresno. Down the street about half a mile was a large boysenberry farm. (Boysenberries…

Award Winning Cutter Lives In Boonville

Len Feinstein was born in Brooklyn, and raised in Levittown, Long Island, the famous original tract development where every house was essentially the same to cut costs. “My father bought…

Whistling Past Bankruptcy 

My brother was diagnosed with terminal prostate cancer in December of 2013, the same month he had planned to retire from County employment, having achieved the grand age of 65.…

Hoping For Transition

The Board of Supervisors, at their Tuesday meeting, again discussed the status of the transition of privatized mental health services from Ortner Management Group (OMG) if Yuba City to Redwood…

Delusion Or Optimism?

The Supervisors and County staff are either faking it or they're genuinely pleased at the otherwise invisible transition of Mental Health services from Yuba City-based Ortner Management Group to the…

536 Donuts Later…

The June 30 deadline for the County’s conversion from Ortner Management Group (OMG) to Redwood Quality Management Company (RQMC) is just a few weeks away now. The County will exchange…

Cool, Clear Water (Someday)

Cool, Clear Water (Someday)

On Tuesday, May 24, 2016, Boonville grape grower Deborah Kahn, civil engineer David Coleman, Boonville Hotel co-owner Roger Scommegna, Boonville resident Xenia King, Community Services District Trustee (and Boonville resident)…

Waiting For Ortner

The great transition from one privatized mental health entity to another private mental health entity is just over a month away and nobody knows how many clients there are or…

Ten Phone Calls & A Jelly Donut

Ten Phone Calls & A Jelly Donut

We remain thoroughly unimpressed with the “progress” being made converting — official Mendo calls it “transitioning” — Mendocino’s $7 million adult mental health services from Yuba City's Ortner Management Group…

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