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Whammies Piling Up

Former Mendocino County Promotional Alliance chief executive Director John Dickerson first presented his alarming analysis of the County's total debt load a few months ago. Using Mendocino County and California…

Why America Is Dying, Exhibit A

Most of the people commenting at last Monday's Supervisor's General Plan meeting wanted the Supervisors to give the interested public, much of it from Anderson Valley, more time to comment…

Going Around In Circles Forever

Last Monday the Supervisors held their annual Economic Development Workshop. The subject of the day was "What role should the CEO and the Board have in economic development?" After all…

File It Under Ridiculous

During a routine discussion of a proposed leash ordinance for the new dog park in Ukiah last Tuesday, Supervisor Pinches casually asked, "How does this ordinance coincide with the state…

Parks, Parking & Trike Paths

Our Recreation Committee plans to apply for tobacco settlement money to "support park development" at our community space adjacent to the Health Center in Boonville. The Rec committee is also…

Bums, Budgets, Bumblers & Other Busts

Last Tuesday's Supervisors Board combined discussion of a fresh set of catastrophes with a discussion of catastrophes carried over from the August 26th meeting. The morning began with a discussion…

Teeter-Totter

Three years ago the County's budget had already grown to $187 million. There was the usual ritualistic rhetoric about belt-tightening, cut-backs and general austerity, but spending increased, fueled in large…

Locals To Planners: ‘Enough Grapes!’

The old plan, the young live. Most of the people at last Thursday's Planning Commission hearing to address the Anderson Valley Alternative General Plan Draft at the Boonville Fairgrounds were…

Chiselers Smith & Colfax Denounce Grand Jury

The Grand Jury's careful documentation of travel reimbursement abuse by Supervisors Kendall Smith (Fort Bragg) and J. David Colfax (Boonville) brought angry denunciations from both Smith and Colfax last week.…

Grand Jury Accuses Supervisors Smith and Colfax of Intentional Misappropriation

After last year's Mendocino County Grand Jury reported that Supervisors Kendall Smith (Fort Bragg) and J. David Colfax (Boonville) had been overcharging the County for travel and hadn't paid the…

The Mall Man’s Dreams For Ukiah

They can talk. They can do statistics. They're really good at charts and drawings. They're absolutely teriffic at green-speak. But what they're best at, they say, is mythology. They say…