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Trouble at Mendocino Redwood Company

Trouble at Mendocino Redwood Company

In an historic development, employees of Mendocino County's largest timber firm, Mendocino Redwood Company (MRC), are threatening to boycott the company in response to recent management decisions that have undercut…

California’s Cap-and-Trade Program

California has arguably taken stronger legislative steps to address climate change than any state in the union. Assembly Bill 32 mandates that the state reduce carbon dioxide emissions to 1990…

Mendocino Redwood Company: The First 100,000 Acres

Mendocino Redwood Company: The First 100,000 Acres

Mendocino Redwood Company, or MRC, is Mendocino County's largest private landowner. No other individual or entity comes close.  The company owns 227,000 acres of redwood and mixed conifer forest in…

Pot Bad, Wine Good

Pot Bad, Wine Good

Let's begin with some Q&A. In the 1990s, runaway cultivation of a mind-altering cash crop led to a spate of illegal surface water diversions from the streams and springs that…

Turning Water Into Wine

The unregulated expansion of California’s wine industry into the state’s coastal regions is depleting groundwater supplies and devastating rivers and fisheries. Along the border of Sonoma and Napa counties, roughly…

Too Many Straws In the Russian

On April 21st, officials with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and the State Water Resources Control Board sent joint letters to property owners in four of the Russian…

MRC: Profiting in the Name of ‘Restoration’

MRC: Profiting in the Name of ‘Restoration’

On Tuesday, April 21st (yesterday, as this week’s edition goes to press) the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors was set to consider regulations, for the first time, on Mendocino Redwood…

California’s Thirsty Wine-Grapes

In the San Joaquin Valley heartland town of Livingston, located along Highway 99 between Turlock and Merced, the United States' most lucrative wine corporation, E&J Gallo, operates the world's largest…

MRC’s Private Meetings with the Supervisors

Large, politically-active corporations tend to employ influence peddlers who can talk when even money can't. A perfect example is playing out here in Mendocino County. The county's largest land baron…

California’s ‘Water Donor Counties’

California’s ‘Water Donor Counties’

The Humboldt and Trinity County boards of supervisors have issued a new trickle of outrage concerning their status as water vassals of Central Valley agribusiness. In letters this past January…

Greenfield’s Pomo Relics

Systemic and widespread murder, land expropriation, forced sterilization, kidnapping and forced indoctrination of children via a residential school system that persisted for nearly a century, destruction of languages and outlawing…

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