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Neither Grace Nor Gravy

The abalone fillet sizzled in a pan of seasoned butter. The wine was so cold the bottle sweated. A dash of brandy went into the pan, the alcohol caught and…

Schmoll The Besieged

Glenn Schmoll is 69. Glenn Schmoll says he's going to write a book, an unhappy book, on the theme of getting old in a cold rented house with a heater…

$8 Mil Down & Growing, But Nothing To Report

Mendocino County is broke and getting broker by the day, but bankruptcy batted fifth last Tuesday. Agenda Item 5-b was called "Budget officer's report." There wasn't one. But there is…

Litter Bugs And Drunk Sailors

With minimal discussion at their meeting of Monday, April 20th, the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors approved nearly all proposed departmental fees, approved them at double, sometimes even triple their…

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…