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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…

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…

Mendo Pot Regs: Maybe Next Year

Mendo Pot Regs: Maybe Next Year

Cannabis farmers and their supporters got a shock Monday when they learned from the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors that the county’s medical cannabis cultivation permits won’t be ready until…

How’s The Transition From One Mental Health Privateer To The Next Mental Health Privateer Going?

How’s The Transition From One Mental Health Privateer To The Next Mental Health Privateer Going?

We first looked at the County’s list of tasks to transition adult mental health services on April 7th. Ten days later and the County’s nebulous three page list of mental…