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The Truth About John Sakowicz

John Sakowicz’s columns for the North Bay Bohemian usually concluded with a bio, a sliver of personal history to add authority to hisarguments about the country’s economic crisis: “John Sakowicz…

To Kill a Predator

There's not much dispute about what happened on Fort Bragg's Farrer Lane the night of February 8—the night Aaron Vargas killed Darrell McNeill with a cap and ball .44 caliber…

Fee Fie Foe Fees

Mendocino County is proposing a sweeping new series of dramatically increased user fees. The County thinks it can make a dent in next year's looming budget deficit, a shortfall estimated…

Should The Supes Get A Pay Raise?

Of course not. They got a huge raise less than two years ago. That one boosted their pay from $48,000 to $68,000 a year, three times the average private sector…

Dope: A Dialogue

The following is a debate between AVA editor Bruce Anderson and medical marijuana activist Pebbles Trippet... Pebbles Trippet: Before I could jump on you for calling 4th District Candidate for…

CEO Asks Supes To Give Themselves A Raise

The Mendocino County Board of Supervisors is about give opportunism a bad name. A couple of supervisors, Smith and Colfax, have already chipped away at opportunism's ever expanding chapters when…

What We Have Here Is…

Mr. James Houle, Concerned Citizen, began the meeting last week by asking the Board of Supervisors to reconsider Ordinance 4168, a 2006 stipulation making County CEO Tom Mitchell the County's…

Waterboarding Mendo

If you'd been forced to take a lower paying job because of the looming Great Depression Two, and your bank told you that if you didn't make a payment like…

The Inevitable Knocks

Two more senior department heads left County employ this month. Long-time Agricultural Commissioner Dave Bengston retired two weeks ago, and Human Resources Director Linda Clouser has resigned to take a…

What Time Does The Ship Sink?

Last week's swearing in ceremony for the 2009 Board of Supervisors was a childish affair in two ways, literally and figuratively. There were children in the room and there were…

Great Moments in Public Radio

KZYX, January 1, 2009. Wildoat Living. Host: Joanna 'Wildoat' Cummings. Cummings: How can we use communication and connecting with each other to continue to fuel our level of energy for,…