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Corporate Boondoggle!

For the past five years, a major corporation from New York has planned their very high-end board meeting on Presidents Day in February. Every year there has been a weather…

Mendocino County Poor Farm

In 1904 California state government provided a framework in law ordering Boards of Supervisors to construct, officer (administer), and maintain hospitals and almshouses to provide for indigent, sick and dependent…

Letter From Madrid

Spain celebrates Three Kings Day on January 6, with a big procession in the middle of the city. But Spain also celebrates Christmas on Dec. 25, and New Year’s Eve,…

Stevenswood Sous Chef Takes A Dive

It's a hell of a thing when your day is ruined before you even get your pants on. It's even heller of a thing when something so commonplace as a…

Two Good Movies

Twenty years ago at a party in San Francisco, the host introduced me to a man named Jack and said, “You are both serious film buffs. Have at it.” A silence…

Reading Room Blues

I’ve always loved the reading rooms of great libraries: the busy hush of research underway; the reluctance of old pages being turned; the furtive glances at the mysterious materials laid…

Feds May Use Eminent Domain to Build California Dam

Early last year, four US Bureau of Reclamation officials came to Anita Lodge’s seven-acre property deep in the San Joaquin River gorge, 33 miles northeast of Fresno. They explained in…

You Pay County Pensions; Who Pays Yours?

You hear a lot of rubbish about how county employees are underpaid (ha) and that if they don’t get big raises they’ll quit and swarm down to Sonoma County (as…

2015 Through A Greased Lens

Sometimes, near enough to the summer solstice that the days acquire a certain heft and the temperature and pressure of the evenings permits an easy flow of sensory information, certain…

Calliope Of Hope

Calliope Of Hope

On Saturday February 20 at 6:30 PM, I will be at Gallery Books in Mendocino reading from the new Counterpoint Press edition of my book Buddha In A Teacup. I…

Beyond Deportation

When President Obama appointed Dollie Gee to the U.S. District Court in 2010, he undoubtedly didn't expect her to mount a frontal challenge to his administration's detention and deportation policies.…

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