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Mendocino County Today: Thursday, June 10, 2021

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Dry weather is expected today. Pleasant afternoon temperatures are forecast after chilly morning lows. A late season front will approach the coast on Friday, bringing a chance for rain through Friday night. A new upper trough will bring additional chances for rain, mainly for Del Norte and northern Humboldt Counties this weekend. (NWS)

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5 NEW COVID CASES reported in Mendocino County yesterday afternoon.

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Mabel Anne Gerke, a longtime Cloverdale resident, passed away suddenly on Tuesday, March 25, 2021, at Healdsburg District Hospital, she was 93 years old. She was preceded in death by her husband Wilbur Gerke, sister Freda Smith, Brother Fred Abreu and son-in-law Michael E. Miltimore. 

Mabel had a childlike spirit and a strong determination for life. She maintained her independence to the end and took great pride in the fact that she held a valid drivers license, that allowed her the ability to support and attend her great grand-children's events.

In her younger years, Mabel earned a living working in local lumber mills. She enjoyed arts and crafts, painting, crocheting, and making her famous blackberry. She enjoyed watching the deer, birds, and squirrels that found their way to the many feeders she had in her yard.

Mabel is survived by her three sisters: Emagene Smith OF Oklahoma, Ethel Berry of Cloverdale, Ca., Eva Johnson of Boonville, Ca., and her three children; Frank Gerke of Ridgefield, Wa., Carol Twiss (Dale) of Livermore, Ca. and Nancy Miltimore of Willits, Ca. She is also survived by 7 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, 10 great great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Arrangements are under the direction of Eversole Mortuary, and she will be laid to rest in a private burial at Russian River Cemetery in Ukiah, Ca.

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To Interested Parties,

The State Water Resources Control Board will consider adoption of a proposed emergency regulation for the Russian River watershed at the June 15th State Water Board Meeting which, among other things, will help ensure water is available for: (1) carryover storage in Lake Mendocino in the event conditions remain dry; (2) minimum flows for state and federally listed fish in the Russian River; and (3) minimum human health and safety needs. 

How to submit Comments

The June 15, 2021 Board Meeting Agenda provides information on the location of the State Water Board meeting and how to submit written comments. Written comments must be received by 12:00 p.m. on June 10, 2021. As noted under the Important Information section of the June 15, 2021 agenda, comments should be sent as follows:

Written Comments. Submittals are to be sent via e-mail to the Clerk to the Board at Please indicate in the subject line, 6/15/2021 BOARD MEETING – ITEM 5.

Oral Comments at the Board Meeting. If you wish to provide comments or present at the Board meeting, please refer to the additional information about participating telephonically or via the remote meeting solution is available here:

Information on how to view the Board meeting is available at the top of the June 15 Board Meeting agenda. Once the proposed regulation is submitted to the Office of Administrative Law (OAL), OAL will then provide a five-day comment period for interested parties to submit comments. The Russian River Drought Response website will be updated to provide more information on how to submit comments to OAL as that information becomes available.

If you have questions regarding this email please contact us by email at or phone at (916) 341-5318.

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Nets (Photo by Dick Whetstone)

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by Mary Callahan

State regulators are considering sweeping drought emergency rules that would let them suspend the diversion of water from the Russian River to at least 1,600 homes, businesses and other users. The proposal, which would cover both the upper and lower parts of the watershed, could greatly extend the list of more than 900 water suppliers, agricultural producers and property owners already notified there has been too little rainfall for them to exercise their water rights this year.

The draft regulation goes before the water board next Tuesday and could account for substantial monthly savings, depending when diversions are limited, Erik Ekdahl, deputy director of the state water board’s Division of Water Rights, said during a virtual Sonoma County Town Hall on the drought last week.

Those affected would include residents of both Sonoma and Mendocino counties, a region singled out by Gov. Gavin Newsom in April for being at particular risk of water shortage after two dry years because of its dependence on a reservoir system subject to rapid depletion in the absence of regular rainfall.

With storage in Lake Mendocino, the smaller of the reservoirs, diminishing by the day, state regulators are hoping they can slow its consumption by reserving withdrawals for those with the oldest, most senior water claims and, potentially, curtailing even them.

“We really are in dire circumstances,” Ekdahl said.

State regulators already have instructed 930 water right holders above the confluence of Dry Creek with claims acquired after 1914 — the year California first began regulating water rights — that there is insufficient supply this year for them to exercise their rights. Those who continued to divert water after June 1 could be subject to fines of up to $1,000 per day.

At the same time, May 25, the state issued warning letters to about 660 people with pre-1914 water rights saying that emergency regulations were in the works through which they, too, could be subject to limited diversions. It’s unclear how lower river users were notified of their exposure to curtailment, though Sonoma County Farm Bureau Executive Director Tawny Tesconi said she believed all were aware.

“I don’t think anybody is going to be caught off guard,” she said, “and when I talk to people, they say, ’All you have to do is look at Lake Mendocino or the Russian River or Lake Sonoma to see’” there isn’t much water.

Much of the region already is under 20% voluntary conservation orders, at a minimum, and Sonoma Water, which provides domestic water to more than 600,000 consumers in Sonoma and northern Marin counties, has pledged to withdraw a fifth less water from the river system. Healdsburg and Cloverdale in Sonoma County and many Mendocino County communities north of Dry Creek are under mandatory rationing, so closely guarded are supplies in Lake Mendocino.

Agricultural users, as well, have been reducing water use by planting less and culling livestock. But some of those decisions were made even before the question of state limits arose, including a property well-known vineyard manager Duff Bevill mentioned Tuesday for which it was decided in February and March to prune back dramatically to reduce water use, likely cutting the crop by half.

Bevill, who farms 30 or 40 ranches in different areas of the county, said many vineyards affected by state orders won’t have to stop using water because their storage ponds already are dry or they won’t have started irrigating yet this season.

“We’ve only just begun to irrigate our most drought intolerant vineyards,” he said. “...There are some vineyards I won’t irrigate this whole year.”

Katie Jackson, part of the Jackson Family Wines clan, said the company had stopped using water on properties where water is not available and is “continuing to take proactive water conservation measures in response to the drought.”

“This past year, we fallowed acreage in the Russian River watershed which has recognized significant water savings,” she said.

Cutbacks would vary by type and age of water right, as well as how Lake Mendocino fares as summer intensifies, temperatures rise, evaporation increases and, with it, the temptation by consumers and agricultural users to use more water.

Both Lake Mendocino and Lake Sonoma, which is about four times larger, were at historically low levels this spring. The latter currently holds 56% of its capacity, while the smaller lake has 38.5% of its summertime storage capacity.

The Sonoma County Water Agency controls releases from both reservoirs and is seeking particularly to keep flows from Lake Mendocino at the lowest possible level needed for imperiled juvenile salmon and steelhead trout. If users along the river’s main stem and tributaries draw excessive water, especially above the confluence of Dry Creek, where water flows from Lake Sonoma, additional releases would be needed to keep the upper river from running dry.

Water managers are desperate to avoid that and are aiming at starting autumn with a reserve of water in Lake Mendocino equal to just more than half of what’s in there now, in the event the region were to confront a third consecutive year of below-normal rainfall.

“If the reservoir were to drain, especially next year, we anticipated there would be some relatively catastrophic, redirected, impacts,” Ekdahl said.

The emergency regulation up for approval next week includes a trigger point tied to Lake Mendocino storage levels which, at certain dates, would allow the water board to limit water diversions.

Water right holders or their representatives are responsible under the regulation for checking the water board’s drought announcement website and staying apprised of developments. The limits would take effect the day after they were issued, and those affected would have seven days to submit certification of their compliance, under penalty of perjury.

Exemptions would exist for domestic water use, allowing up to 55 gallons per day, per person, though individuals must identify efforts to obtain alternate water sources, according to the draft regulation. If other water sources are available, residents are still limited to 55 gallons per person, per day.

The water board is holding a public workshop on the emergency rule Thursday on Zoom. More infromation is available at

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Date: 06/10/2021 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Location: Zoom


Via Zoom:

(Call In: 669-900-9128, Webinar ID: 897 2958 7112, Passcode: 665233)

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(From Wednesday's meeting of the Supervisors during budget discussions)

DA David Eyster: Kudos to Carmel Angelo. She catches a lot of grief at least by one newspaper in the County which I don’t think she deserves. And mostly because they probably don’t have all the information. 

CEO Carmel Angelo: Thank you to the DA for joining us today. Our DA is a working DA. He’s usually in trial or preparing for a trial. It was really important to have him here today to give us his perspective. When I want a perspective on criminal justice or public safety or the courts our DA is the person I go to. He is very open. He has an open door to county administration… I encourage any board member to visit him at his office. So DA Eyster, thank you very much for joining us today and for all your kind words. Thank you.” 

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Ed note: The usual whine-dodge that we don't have “all the information.” So provide it. We doubt the DA pays much attention to matters beyond the onerous prosecutions of Mendo's master criminal class, soooooo, as he'd certainly demand in court, Where's the evidence of the referred to missing information? This here is a malicious prosecution, yer honor.

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This is the letter received by Gualala customers from CalNeva, the former Internet Service Provider, after paying fees and prior to the complete failure of service in Gualala. Central Valley Cable was the previous owner of this franchise but now they don’t answer their phones and seem to have gone to some trouble to obfuscate any way to contact the company. Was this a scam by CalNeva to collect fees and then dump?

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by Jonah Raskin

Paul Masson coined the slogan. Orson Welles repeated it dramatically in one of the most memorable ads ever in the world of viticulture: “We will sell no wine before its time.” No doubt about it, time is critical when it comes to harvesting grapes, fermenting them and releasing the finished product. Ditto for the gathering and the broadcasting of news and information.

Wine Spectator magazine has finally caught up with the cannabis industry and has published this June a special report on weed in Sonoma, Mendocino, Monterey, Santa Barbara and Napa counties. Wait a sec. Scratch Napa, the county doesn't allow for the cultivation of cannabis or the manufacture of cannabis products.

Too bad for Napa. Vintners there will be left in the dust. As reporter Aaron Romano writes in “Cannabis in Wine Country,” many grape growers and winemakers see cannabis “as a bankable addition to agriculture in regions where wine grapes dominate.” I like that word, "bankable."

The fact that an esteemed wine industry magazine has seen fit to publish vital statistics about permits for cultivation in four counties suggests that the winds are changing in the wine industry. Indeed, the numbers tell a powerful story. Santa Barbara has issued 1379 permits, Mendocino 819, Monterey 477 and Sonoma 125, but that's more than the zero permits issued in Napa which has adopted an "absolutist approach." Or so says Romano.

One Napa-based company grows its weed in neighboring Lake County which has licensed growers. Eric Sklar, cofounder and CEO of Napa Valley Fumé is quoted as saying: “I believe Napa can be one of the best regions for growing cannabis in the world.”

Much of the information in the June issue of Wine Spectator will be familiar to those who follow the ups and downs and ins and outs of the cannabis industry. Some of the farms and some farmers like Aaron Kiefer might also be familiar. Still, it's great to have the information about the five counties all in one place, in a very readable format and with super color photos of some of the major players along with their plants.

In the last section of the report, Romano explains that cannabis beverages are a “direct competitor to wine,” although he adds that “projections about California's cannabis industry are challenging.”

Indeed, it's a volatile industry. Investors might not want to throw good money at a crop that’s still illegal by federal law.

The article, "Cannabis in Wine Country," does not mention two famous Sonoma County marijuana growers who have roots in the wine industry. Romano might have mentioned Phil Coturri who makes an outstanding grenache and rose and also cultivates excellent cannabis in the Mayacamas mountains. Mike Benziger who helped found Benziger Family Winery also grows top-notch marijuana on Sonoma Mountain. It's sold in Sonoma dispensaries.

(Jonah Raskin is the author of Marijuanaland: Dispatches from an American War.)

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(Mark Scaramella notes: We have no idea where Mr. Romano may have got the impression that Mendo had issued 819 permits. As far as we know the number of permits issued is in the low 200s and those are “provisional” which will probably expire at the end of 2021 unless the legislature extends the deadline.)

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by Kym Kemp

Today would have been Hugh Duggins 77th birthday, but five years ago, on January 21, 2016, he was discovered dead alongside a remote stretch of the Alderpoint Road in southeastern Humboldt County. He had been dead less than 48 hours according to the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department.

At first, law enforcement believed that Duggins had died of non-criminal causes. But months afterward, in August, they released information that he had been strangled either by hands or by a ropelike object. The official term was “asphyxia by neck compression.”

They believe he was most likely dumped in the remote area miles from his home after he was killed.

A $10,000 reward offered by a friend failed to turn up any significant leads in the case.

According to one friend, not long before he died, in November of 2015, Duggins wrote, “[L]ike I told the doctor, I’m not clinging desperately to this life, not scared of death; I’ve had plenty of fun; never had to work a 9-5 job much; got to have money beyond my wildest dreams a couple of times; had lots of great sex; I’ve loved and been loved; I can still walk and talk, think and work; got to ride this dirt ball around the sun 70+ years, you can’t expect much more than that.”

If you have any information on Hugh Duggins’ homicide, please contact the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office at (707) 445-7251.

(Courtesy, Redheaded Blackbelt:

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Lack of budget reporting comes back to bite board…

by Mark Scaramella

Tuesday afternoon, CEO Carmel Angelo posed this hypothetical to the Supervisors: “Say the Sheriff comes in $1.6 million over budget. Am I going to send him a bill for $1.6 million? And when he says he won't pay it, and he goes public, is the board going to say he's going to have to put up $1.6 million?”

The CEO was roused to what at first appeared to be a bit of whimsy when Assistant CEO Darcie Antle reminded the Board that “California state government code and county policy — that the county has never enforced — puts personal responsibility on the official authorizing the obligation. It is in County Policy 1, section 1.1, Sources of Authority and Priorities and in the case of a conflict.”

Supervisor Ted Williams immediately asked, “Can we decide today to follow this?”

Supervisor Dan Gjerde agreed: “If it’s county code, I don't know why it's not being followed already.”

Williams: “Maybe we can give direction that we expect county code to be followed.”

As significant as this bureaucratic land mine might be, it's surprising none of the Supes seemed to have heard of it. County code anyone? 

CEO Angelo clarified.: “When I started in 2007 [as Health and Human Services Director] this was one of the policies that was explained to me by then interim CEO Al Beltrami. All department heads were very well aware of this policy. This policy has never been enforced. If this board would like me as the executive officer to enforce it, what we would do is, we know when a department, whether it's run by a department head or elected official, as you know when we come back every quarter we can project if the department is going to be over budget.”

CEO Angelo has staunchly refused previous Board direction to do monthly budget status reports, meaning that if budget problems in a department arise, they aren’t dealt with for up to six months given the timing and limited nature of the quarterly budget presentations and the lag in numbers.

Angelo continued: “Let's take the Department of Transportation and say they are going to be $200,000 over budget. I would notify the director at midyear most likely with a written letter that they are projecting a $200,000 overage and attach this policy which everybody is aware of and this makes the department head personally responsible for that $200,000 overage. You can see that it's quite a drastic policy and I understand why it's never been enforced. But if this board wants it enforced we could send it out again and notify the department heads. We could actually have them sign something. The department heads will sign, I don't know about the elected officials. But we could have them sign that they have received the policy and they are aware of it and they understand it and we could attempt to enforce it. That's the best I can say we could do.”

And, given the mutual animosity between the CEO and Sheriff Kendall, it's no surprise that she would dangle him as Exhibit A.

Williams: “I support that. Let's do it.”

Supervisor John Haschak: “If a person goes over they’re going to have extenuating circumstances such as an emergency. How would that be dealt with?”

Angelo: “We could have some type of adjudication process or some type of grievance process that could start with me and then go to the board. Using the Department of Transportation again — I have to say that Howard Dashiell is really good about his budget so it's not — I'm just using him as an example. Howard is projected to be $200,000 over, so we have given him the notices throughout the year and he has been able to bring it down for whatever reason and at the end of the year I hand him a statement along with the Auditor that he owes the County $200,000. He would have the right to grieve it or adjudicate it and it would most likely go from me to the Board of Supervisors and then you would make the decision whether you were going to -- whether the reason that he is $200,000 over is something that is unforeseen and nothing could be done about it or we are going to hold him to the policy. This is an extremely drastic policy. I have never seen this county enforce this policy. The Sheriff comes in $1.6 million over. Am I going to send them a bill for $1.6 million. And when he says he won't pay it and he goes public is the board going to say he's going to have to put a $1.6 million? The policy is a bit unrealistic but it's on the books. We need to decide if we are going to go forward with it or amend it in some way.”

Williams: “As I understand it it's also state law, so the procedure here is to spend within budget. If the budget needs to be modified they can come to the board. If there's an emergency we can deal with that. We don't have very many emergencies. I don't think it will come up that we had to buy bottled water because we had a fire and went over budget. We should have adequate budget for that bottled water. We plan for the basics of emergencies. I am reluctant to not follow state law as far as budgeting. It's not really a budget if you set a limit and then department heads are able to spent outside of the limit.”

Gjerde: “It is drastic. But as long as there is a procedure for explanation or appeal, etc. that's there. County Counsel -- or somebody needs to be brought in to provide some guidance as to what would be a fair adjudication process. This is the time to do it. It's part of the budget process. People would get advance notice from day one when their budget is approved. It's likely that any department head who sees their department over at the end of the year is going to say, Well, I asked for more money and your budget didn't approve everything. So that will be the argument made. But they certainly will have known what their budget was at budget approval time. It is pretty drastic. But on the other hand management employees and department heads and deputy department heads are paid top dollar — they may not think that but I think they are by Mendocino County standards — and with that comes responsibility. So I don't think it's that drastic in some respects. I think people should be able to manage their budget one way or the other and they need to make choices.”

Supervisor Glenn McGourty: “How widespread a problem is this? How many departments go over budget in a typical year?”

Angelo: “Usually very few. Sometimes some of the smaller departments with smaller budgets that might be $45, $50, $60,000 over. We know historically the Sheriff's office is over. And they are over by a lot of money and a lot of times that is because there is some event and they had to put in overtime that was unanticipated. Not very many departments. You have department heads and elected officials. Are you going to hold all of the department heads and elected officials to this policy?”

County Counsel Christian Curtis: “This is not just county policy, it is state law.”

Curtis tried to summarize the budget process using words like “expectation,” but failed. Curtis’s office is one of the offices that goes over budget because he and the CEO routinely hand off uncomplicated matters to outside lawyers. Curtis also confirmed that the policy applies to elected officials like the Sheriff.

Gjerde: “There needs to be a process approved by the board which would set that expectation. We need consultation from you [Curtis] and your office or outside counsel or wherever to help us establish that process. It's pretty serious.”

Williams got on his high horse: “It's not our money, it's the people's money. State law gives the authority to budget the people's money to the supervisors. It's a mistake to allow these overages. The board is never in a position to say, No, you cannot spend that money. It's already been spent. We need to align with state law.”

Excuse me, but if the Board required monthly budget reports, these overages would be routinely addressed and if there were unexpected or unauthorized expenses, they could be dealt with as necessary. Including the frequent “retroactive” expenses in Health & Human Services, Social Services and Camille Schraeder’s many retroactive Mental Health contract amendments.

Haschak: “What happens if you have the board — theoretically if you have the budget and its low or really tight for a department or an elected official and then that person really struggles to keep their budget in line but can't because of extenuating circumstances? Then what happens? They are responsible for the budget? We need to make sure that all department heads and elected officials are communicating clearly what their budget needs are throughout their year and having regular meetings with the executive office and the finance officer and whatever to make sure their budget is in alignment and on track. We want to be on track with what we set out as a goal.”

Williams: “This is not for us to decide. This is state law. This is what we need to follow. We don't have the liberty to say that a department has a tight budget and decides to run over. We have to live within the budgeting process. If you have $100 in your budget, you don't spend more than $100. Or you come to the board through the process and the board will approve it.”

Or not, Williams failed to note.

Haschak: “We have to have proper communication so that the budget reflects what's happening. We have not followed this in the past. I understand that it's the law. But let's make sure people are communicating frequently with the parties so that we are not surprised at the end with a $1 million bill for some department head.”

Gjerde suggested another ad hoc committee.

CEO Angelo suggested that the question be referred to the General Government standing committee “and a timeline be given to bring a recommendation back.”

Chair Gjerde immediately so directed. But, of course, no timeline was given. As a standing committee, the General Government committee meets in open session and complies with all Brown Act public meeting requirements. So it will be interesting to see if the Board realizes that this is a problem of their own making and the solution is the ordinary monthly budget reporting that CEO Angelo refuses to do.

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by Joe Resis

Andrew Vaughn carried the White Sox to victory on Tuesday, plating the key two runs of the game.

Andrew Vaughn’s two-month major league career already has been packed with highlights, but his role in tonight’s 6-1 win over the Blue Jays might be his best reel yet.

Vaughn shook up a cruising Robbie Ray with a 395-foot shot out to right-center to tie the game 1-1 in the seventh, and one inning later stood in with the bases full and delivered the difference-maker, nearly as long a blast that fell in for a mere sacrifice fly.

It looked like it would be a longer night for the South Siders, however. The Blue Jays wasted no time getting on the board early. Lourdes Gurriel Jr. led off the second inning with a double to center that nearly left the park (386 feet). Santiago Espinal followed with a single to put runs on the corners, and Jonathan Davis hit a sacrifice fly to score Gurriel.

The top of the third appeared to be heading in a terrible direction, when the Blue Jays got back-to-back singles to open the inning. However, Carlos Rodón struck out Teoscar Hernández with a brilliant 98-mph fastball that was aided by some nice framing by Yasmani Grandal. Then, Rodón got Randal Grichuk to ground into a double play to get out of the jam.

Rodón also ran into trouble in the fifth, as catcher Riley Adams led off with a double for his first hit in the majors. After a two-out walk to Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Rodón fell behind 3-0 to Hernández, and the next pitch was launched high and deep to right. Baseball Savant classifies that fly ball as a barrel, meaning Hernández made great contact (106.3 mph exit veloicty, 39-degree launch angle). But Hernández just got under it, and that was just enough to keep it in the park, as Adam Engel caught it in center.

Meanwhile, Blue Jays starter Ray was phenomenal, executing his slider to near-perfection from start to finish, getting tons of swings and misses. In fact, Ray threw 46 sliders, and 14 of them resulted in whiffs, an astounding rate of 30%. Ray finished with 13 strikeouts and no walks. However, right before Ray left the game in the seventh, Vaughn made sure that he could not escape with a win.

Ray was promptly removed from the game after that home run, and all of a sudden, the game was tied once again.

After Vaughn’s homer, Adam Engel walked, Tim Anderson singled, and Nick Madrigal drew a two-out walk to load the bases. That brought up Yoán Moncada with an opportunity to give the White Sox a late lead, but he struck out looking to end the threat.

Rather than get too bummed out about leaving runs on the table and, potentially, a win, the White Sox went right back to work in the eighth, with the key run production once again coming from the rookie.

The White Sox jumped on new Jays hurler Trent Thornton, José Abreu and Yermín Mercedes singling, and Grandal walking (what new). After a sneeze of 14 pitches, the sacks were packed with Sox and the man of the hour, or earlier inning at least, came to the plate.

Vaughn’s contact launched the ball just five feet shorter (390) than his homer, but to a deeper center field, the ball died at the wall. Still, a sacrifice fly and eventual game-winning RBI for the big fella.

But the number got crooked quick for the White Sox, as the South Siders didn’t stop now, plating four more runs: Adam Eaton single, Leury García triple, Anderson sac fly.

Liam Hendriks, warming to anticipate a save situation in a close game and not a sudden blowout in the ninth, came in hot and took just 11 pitches to seal the win (no Ks, and a Rowdy Tellez double mashed in there in the ninth, but hey, the Amped Aussie was a bit deflated, no save and all).

The White Sox leap to 37-23 and remain four games up on Cleveland.

Tomorrow’s coverage, just like tonight’s, apparently, is a bit up in the air for SSS. The SSS recapper, just like the White Sox starter, is TBD. On the Six Pack of Stats is the one and only, undefeated, Chrystal O’Keefe.


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KYM KEMP: When I was a young girl, my father took me outside at twilight and told me to hush.

At first I heard nothing, then I heard a woman scream. 

I expected my dad to be off to the rescue. But instead he just grinned. 

He eventually told me that was the cry of a “painter.” You never hear of big cats called “painters” now, but that’s what they were sometimes called back then. Cougar, mountain lion, puma, and panther were other names we knew for the same big feline.

For awhile, I thought the cry came from a woman being eaten by the big cat, but after teasing me for a bit, Dad explained that this was the sound they made.

And then as the dusk almost became dark, a large mountain lion came out on the far side of the river, a ways upstream of us on a point overlooking the water. It stretched open its mouth and I heard it yowl.

It’s a chilling sound that’s hard to forget. Even 50+ years later. And it sounded just like this…

REX TREVOR: Heard that same ‘woman screaming’ back around late 1980s right down the road from my house, perhaps 100 yds. Grabbed my flashlight and headed down that way calling to the woman; “Are you hurt?” and other questions I can’t now remember. No response. Then, while on the road near where the sound had come from I got two big eyes in the beam of my flashlight up on an embankment to the right of the road and behind some rocks & vegetation. Maybe 25′ higher than I was and the same distance away. It just sat there. Didn’t make any more sounds. 

Well, that settled that. I was relieved that it wasn’t a woman in distress, especially in the middle of nowhere where I was, but, I did not at that time, or even later, think it was a Cougar. I figured it was a Bobcat and then just went back up to the house. Never heard that sound since.

Do Bobcat make the same screech? If not, I just now realize I did a foolish thing way back then. I still think it may have only been a Bobcat, though.

GUEST: We lived on a ranch that was surrounded by timber company and being on the edge of all that timberland made our place a literal cat magnet. Bobcats, crossbreeds, lions and even a ring tailed cat if that counts.

The day the jaguar showed up was a mixed blessing. Solid black except for some brown on it’s skullcap, our first introduction came as my wife and I watched it catch a rabbit out of the fence line one evening.

Then we witnessed something the likes of which I would have never imagined. It carried the rabbit in it’s mouth and began stalking two deer. They winded him and split. Talk about an eating machine!

It hung around the place for about a month and spent time around the out buildings looking for anything living under them. It would sleep in the berry bushes and scared the hell out of several people before it left the area. It would hold tight until you were very close and then bolt out of wherever he was hiding and run off.

We thought it was a black mountain lion, but the geneticists say that’s impossible so I am calling it a Jaguar after researching the subject. Check out Jaguars in California.

The area I speak of is on the rim of the Eel River Valley and this happened over thirty years ago. I learned from some old timers on the Ferndale side of the river that black cats had been seen by people dating back a hundred years or more.


I’ve told this story many times before, so stop me if you’ve already heard it. 

Back in the early 60’s we only got AM radio and it only worked at night. To get better reception we would drive to a ridgetop where the radio reception would be much clearer.

One night a friend of mine and our dates went up above the Garberville airport on an old logging road and out on to the top a bald ridge. The moon was full and the Wolfman Jack show was on the radio. It was a nice warm summer night and we had all of our windows down…. then we heard a terrible long gurgley scream that ended in a choking cough…. Just like a woman screamed and had her throat ripped out.

The girls were terrified and I laughed and said “it’s just a mountain lion, we can roll the windows up if it scares you”. For some dumb reason the fact that it was a mountain lion only made it worse, and we had to go home immediately.

Mountain lion – 1

Wolfman – 0

My buddy and I scored even worse.

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by Matt Pera

North Bay Rep. Jared Huffman was less than five minutes into his first in-person, town hall meeting in more than a year on Tuesday night when the room in his hometown erupted in chaos.

Protesters poured into the San Rafael Community Center, where Huffman, D-San Rafael, was scheduled to hold an hour-long forum that was limited to 100 attendees and streamed live on social media.

The demonstrators shouted, shoved and jeered, most of them flouting the event’s pre-registration requirement and mask mandate. Some carried signs expressing opposition to the rule that attendees at the meeting be vaccinated against COVID-19.

“Jab mandate is fascist,” read one sign, which was visible in a recording of the event posted on Huffman’s Facebook page.

Another said: "My body, my choice.“

One woman lunged at a man in the audience and tried to yank the blue surgical mask off his face. She hopped up on the stage and sat cross-legged in front of Huffman, holding a sign that read “medical tyranny is still tyranny.”

It’s common for protesters to show up at Huffman’s town hall meetings, the congressman said. But the scene that unfolded on Tuesday was striking.

“There was pushing and shoving and a level of physical bullying that I’ve never seen at an event like this,” Huffman said in an interview.

He likened the demonstration to the U.S. Capitol riot on Jan. 6. Many of the protesters, he said, were showing support for former President Donald Trump, wearing red “Make America Great Again” hats.

“Tonight an angry COVID-denying mob tried to turn my town hall meeting into a MAGA circus,” Huffman wrote on his Facebook page Tuesday. “Outside of the January 6th insurrection, this might be the ugliest, most disgraceful spectacle I've ever seen."

Police were on hand for the event but did not intervene. Huffman continued on with the evening, thanking constituents for putting up with the disturbance.

The Sonoma County Republican Party encouraged its supporters in a Facebook post this week to attend Huffman’s town hall and “stand up for their constitutional rights.” It urged people to ensure that the event remained “a peaceful gathering.”

“We are now charged with blowing the top off the lies!” the post said. “You must show up!”

The post said Huffman was “breaking the law” by requiring proof of vaccination at the event.

An advertisement for the town hall said that a ticket reservation for the event would not “guarantee admittance without proof of completed vaccination(s) more than two weeks prior.”

Huffman said event managers were not requiring attendees to show proof of vaccination, but were instead using the “honor system.” He said the event rules, including the capacity limit, mask requirement and social distancing guidelines, followed mandates set by the Marin County Health Department.

Matt Heath, chair of the Sonoma County Republican Party, said in an interview that Huffman ought “to say ’no’ to segregation.”

“The Sonoma County Republican Party believes that every individual has the right to decide what they put into their own body,” Heath said, reading from a prepared statement.

"We do not believe in creating a caste system of those who have been vaccinated and those who have decided not to be vaccinated,“ Heath said. “It is unfortunate that Congressman Huffman feels the need to not properly represent his constituency based upon this individual choice.”

Heath said he did not attend the town hall and declined to comment on the disruption of the event.

(Santa Rosa Press Democrat)

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CATCH OF THE DAY, Tuesday, June 9, 2021

Anderson, Carretero, Cook

AUSTIN ANDERSON, Ukiah. Assault with deadly weapon not a gun, domestic battery, parole violation.

YOLANDA CARRETERO, Cloverdale/Ukiah. Failure to appear.

THOMAS COOK, Ukiah. Disorderly conduct-alcohol. 

Henry, Ramirez, Wiltse

KEITH HENRY, Willits. Domestic abuse.

ROSE RAMIREZ, Lucerne/Ukiah. Controlled substance for sale, failure to appear.

DON WILTSE JR., Laytonville. Parole violation.

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I found a “Recall Jill Ravitch” flyer stuffed in my mailbox today. As political hit pieces go, it’s pretty weak, especially since District Attorney Ravitch will retire soon.

Why do the flyer’s featured community members want Ravitch recalled? Well, she's a “constant impediment” to “people… who seek to do good,” she allegedly doesn’t take criminal reports seriously, and they don’t think she’s much of a leader. Such nonspecific opinions hardly seem worthy of a $400,000 special recall vote. Isn’t that what general elections are for?

At the bottom of the flyer is the name of a single major funder: William Gallaher. This isn’t surprising, because the recall effort is really a thinly disguised personal vendetta. Gallaher’s company was successfully sued by Ravitch’s office for abandoning 100 frail seniors at the Villa Capri and Varenna Senior Living facilities during the Tubbs fire. (They escaped, barely, thanks to the heroic actions of family members and police.)

Gallaher has spent nearly a million dollars in his quest to humiliate Ravitch. Hopefully he’ll learn an expensive lesson on election day. A taxpayer-funded recall vote is no way to settle a rich man’s grudge against a District Attorney who did her job.

Mark Sloan

Santa Rosa

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Listening to the local radio station this morning, the hosts were talking about signs they’d seen on a couple of local restaurants –” Please be Patient with us! We have staff shortages!” One of them talked to the owner who told him that not only can they not get anyone to come back to work, getting supplies (like meat, eggs) is harder b/c the suppliers don’t have enough people on the job. Paying people to sit at home has been quite effective.

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by Dr. Nayvin Gordon

Only 42% of Americans have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19, which leaves over 150 million people, including all children, unprotected. As of 5/25/21, the risk of infection for the unvaccinated is high to extremely high across most of the country.

To reduce viral spread and diseases the science of public health demands: isolation, quarantine, social distancing, masking and avoiding non-essential travel. Tragically this science is being thrown to the wind by the politicians. As reported in the New York Times, 6/1/21, “…the nation opening back up…” and the public health restriction are being abandoned leaving over 150 million Americans at increased risk for disease.

As the pandemic rages out of control around the world, creating more contagious variants, and before 70%-90% of the population is fully vaccinated, Americans are being encouraged to “return to normal.” 

Lifting public health restrictions while vaccines are being delivered puts millions at risk. This social policy decision will result in tens of thousands more preventable, infections, illness and deaths.

Such governmental policy has been described by the British Medical Journal as “social murder.”

Those responsible must be held accountable.

(Dr. Nayvin Gordon writes about health and politics.

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CALIFORNIA REPARATIONS COMMITTEE Confronts Harms of Slavery, Debates Direct Payments

For more than three decades, Black members of Congress have introduced legislation to study the lasting harms of slavery on African Americans, and propose remedies. Year after year, the federal proposal languished. Now, California is going it alone.

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by Dave Zirin

Ten thousand people. That’s how many Olympic volunteers quit their posts in Tokyo, with the games just 50 days away. That is one of every eight volunteers needed to pull off the 2021 (still called the 2020) Olympics. This is just the latest warning sign that, despite the Panglossian protestations of the International Olympic Committee, this summer’s Games are in peril. Japan is currently wrestling with a coronavirus upsurge and less than 3 percent of the population is vaccinated. According to polls, as much as 80 percent of the country does not want to host the games, for fear of it exacerbating this omnipresent public health crisis, currently classified as a state of emergency.

The masses of Tokyo want to postpone or cancel the games, but the government says it’s the IOC’s decision, not the host country’s, sovereignty be damned. In a, pardon the expression, viral editorial, Japanese Olympic Committee member and one-time bronze medalist Kaori Yamaguchi wrote that Japan has been “cornered” into having to host the games. She wrote, “We have been cornered into a situation where we cannot even stop now. We are damned if we do, and damned if we do not…. The IOC also seems to think that public opinion in Japan is not important.” It was an extraordinary statement that broke a wall of blithe arrogance from the JOC in the face of this public opposition.

In a sane world, the Olympics would have already been postponed. But money has trumped all other concerns, and that’s what Yamaguchi is referring to when she says the country is “damned if we do, and damned if we don’t.” Japan has officially spent $15.4 billion on the games, but government audits reveal that the actual cost could be as high as $30 billion and climbing. At least a portion of that lucre needs to be recouped, and it won’t be if the gleaming new facilities are shuttered. 

For the IOC, the pressure to televise something they can call the Olympics is a matter of survival. The committee receives 75 percent of its budget from Olympic television rights and is already hurting from last year’s postponement, which was instituted against its will. If these Olympics are postponed again or—heaven forfend—canceled, the IOC stands to lose, according to the Associated Press, between $3 billion and $4 billion. If the Olympics go on, it will be the ultimate negation of its alleged purpose: profit trumping the joy of sport.

Examples of this abound in Olympic history. As recently as the last Olympics in Rio, I saw communities destroyed in the shadows of newly built stadiums that now stand empty. But putting on a global Olympics in what is effectively an unvaccinated country in order to recoup billions is a special kind of obscene. The IOC counters this argument by pointing out that fans from abroad are already banned. A decision is expected by June 20 as to whether fans from the host country will be allowed to attend (it is expected that they also will be prohibited). Yet this unprecedented decision to almost certainly hold an Olympics without fans, kind of gives the game away. If the Olympics are not safe for the public, what about the athletes, coaches, trainers, announcers, camera crews, and all assorted support staff? We are still talking about tens of thousands of people from 200 nations and territories, some from countries with meager vaccine rollouts. Also, the absence of global tourists makes the $30 billion investment of the Japanese public and attendant sponsors all the more wasteful at a time when resources are precious.

Japanese government medical adviser Dr. Shigeru Omi, has testified to parliament that “holding the games in the middle of the pandemic is abnormal.” He also said that if the country is still in a state of emergency, the games “should be avoided.” This is ratcheting up pressure on Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga to take a stand. But he is passing the buck, parroting the line that the IOC holds all the cards as to a postponement or cancelation. The IOC is certainly strutting as if it does. Senior IOC member Dick Pound said his past week that it would take “Armageddon” to stop the games. There may not be Armageddon before the games, but if they steamroll ahead, the aftermath certainly could bear a close approximation.

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  1. Craig Stehr June 9, 2021

    ~Spiritual Warfare on Planet Earth: An Update~
    Warmest spiritual greetings, Am finishing up resolving an insane problem with the State of California Franchise Tax Board, and also awaiting the last two Federal stimulus checks which have not been received as of June 9, 2021. It’s all kind of stupid, when you get right down to squarely facing social life in postmodernism.
    But seriously, centering the mind at its Source, and taking action from there. What else, correct? I mean, one can make things happen, watch what happens, or wonder what happened. Choose wisely!
    I am eager to join with others to destroy the demonic and return this world to righteousness. I got the f*ckin’ vaccination, and am ready to roll. Thanks for listening.

    Craig Louis Stehr
    Snail Mail: P.O. Box 938, Redwood Valley, CA 95470-0938

  2. Kathy Janes June 10, 2021

    Has the editor been building gates lately?

    • AVA News Service Post author | June 10, 2021

      No, it’s been awhile, but someone out there may be.

      • john ignoffo June 10, 2021

        I was pretty sure our deck gate was not properly braced. Doubt removed. PS. “Any issue in every issue “ ?

  3. chuck dunbar June 10, 2021


    The synopsis by Mark Scaramella of this BOS discussion is quite stunning, and leads one to wonder what’s really behind it all. The word vendetta comes to mind, but maybe unfairly. I also wonder if Sheriff Kendall—the clear target here—has been informed that this issue might be under consideration.

    One part of the discussion especially intrigued me:

    “ ‘CEO Angelo clarified.: “When I started in 2007 [as Health and Human Services Director] this was one of the policies that was explained to me by then interim CEO Al Beltrami. All department heads were very well aware of this policy. This policy has never been enforced…’ ”

    Mark Scaramella then noted that “CEO Angelo has staunchly refused previous Board direction to do monthly budget status reports, meaning that if budget problems in a department arise, they aren’t dealt with for up to six months given the timing and limited nature of the quarterly budget presentations and the lag in numbers.”

    So it looks like responsibility for this “failure” to follow the law rightly lies with our trusted CEO, as she was initially made aware of the law 14 years ago while she served in a lesser capacity. Clearly then, when she became CEO, she knew of the law. And here we are, many years later, and the issue gets discussed and pushed pretty hard… But off to committee, with no timeline, where so many issues languish and die… Strange stuff indeed from our County government.

    • Rye N Flint June 10, 2021

      On point comments!

    • Lazarus June 10, 2021

      ” I also wonder if Sheriff Kendall—the clear target here—has been informed that this issue might be under consideration.”

      The Sheriff is or has supposedly been in meetings with the Attorney General. Who knows what they talk about. And the DA swooning over the CEO is clearly political. We have no idea what this bunch is up to. But eventually, it will all come out, probably after everyone involved has either retired or died…
      As always,

    • Bob A. June 10, 2021

      Such odd times we live in. Here we have the three most powerful politicians in Mendocino County (only one of whom was actually elected) having a conflict that we mere citizens have to read the tea leaves to understand (or not). Brings to mind what Winston Churchill said about Soviet politics, “Kremlin political intrigues are comparable to a bulldog fight under a rug. An outsider only hears the growling, and when he sees the bones fly out from beneath it is obvious who won.”

    • chuck dunbar June 10, 2021

      I’ll add another kind of obvious point. As has been noted in these pages, the Sheriff’s budget is largely composed of wages and benefits for deputies providing direct service related to public safety service. It’s also been noted that Mendocino County deputies are underpaid compared to other counties, and that deputy migration to these counties is fairly common. If the largest part of the Sheriff’s budget over-run is due to overtime pay, I’d assert that at least the money is going to direct services by deputies in the field. Public safety should be a high priority for us all, if not the highest. And compare this money spent against all the other monies spent (or not spent–Measure B) by the County that at times appear to be wasteful or foolish.

      • Betsy Cawn June 11, 2021

        “Public safety should be a high priority for us all, if not the highest.”

        The California CONSTITUTION, Article XIII, Section 35, states: “(a) The people of the State of California find and declare all of the following: (1) Public safety services are critically important to the security and well-being of the State’s citizens and to the growth and revitalization of the State’s economic base. (2) The protection of the public safety is the first responsibility of local government and local officials have an obligation to give priority to the provision of adequate public safety services. (3) In order to assist local government in maintaining a sufficient level of public safety services, the proceeds of the tax enacted pursuant to this section shall be designated EXCLUSIVELY for public safety.” [Capitalization added for emphasis.]

        Each of the elected supervisors swears to uphold the U.S. and California constitutions. It’s not clear that any of them actually read the Constitution, or that their appointed staff members (each with their own personal liability, as mentioned elsewhere in today’s edition) have any authority over the spending of their budgets. Indeed there are departments with nearly complete funding independence (“mental health” comes to mind, with the vast majority of its costs reimbursed by federal and state programs) but total dependence on the local county administration for solving salary and classification issues within their defined scopes of work. In the case of the Sheriff’s office, fluctuating workloads and unpredictable levels of risk — some created by the Board of Supervisors’ avarice (mesmerized by the promises of commercial cannabis tax revenues) and and some by the double-dealing administration “leadership.” PUBLIC HEALTH AND SAFETY FIRST.

    • John McCowen June 10, 2021

      RE: “What if Sheriff Kendall owed the County $1.6 million?”
      CEO Angelo and County Counsel Curtis know (or should know) that the State Constitution gives the Sheriff (and the District Attorney) authority to incur the expense necessary to perform his or her constitutionally mandated duties. The Constitution also gives the Board of Supervisors sole authority to approve the Sheriff’s Office budget. These somewhat conflicting mandates have been the source of ongoing tension between Boards of Supervisors on one hand and Sheriffs and DAs on the other. I can recall former DA Vroman standing at the back of the Board chambers pointedly telling the Board they must fund his department at an adequate level or he would incur the necessary expenses and they would have to pay for it. Obviously, it’s in everyone’s interest, including the public’s, for the CEO to have a good working relationship with the Sheriff and DA. But the Sheriff announced months ago that he had stopped meeting with the CEO because of a lack of trust. In short, the Sheriff was tired of being lied to, most recently by Angelo’s assurances that when he moved the EOC to new quarters the move would be permanent. The CEO and County Counsel are misleading the Board (and laying the groundwork for an expensive legal battle) by not telling them that the government code section they cited does not apply to the Sheriff.

  4. Rye N Flint June 10, 2021

    RE: And mostly because they probably don’t have all the information.

    “Show me the money!!!” -From Jerry Mcguire

    Mendo county lacks in Transparency for a reason.

    • Betsy Cawn June 11, 2021

      Maybe not in Mendocino, but in Lake County, a citizen is prohibited from seeing the county’s checkbook — unlike the Cities, which monthly display their “warrants” list showing the amounts to be paid to which accounts and from what budget unit, and whose financial officers will pleasantly tell you what was purchased and what for, if you ask.

      In my corporate past, examination of the financial reports was the first step to analyzing losses, commonly used to “detect” areas of difficulty that were impeding production. If we can’t do that, we are being patronized by the bafflegabbers who claim to have our interests at heart. Pull the other one, willya?

  5. Marmon June 10, 2021


    Study shows hydroxychloroquine and zinc treatments increased coronavirus survival rate by almost three times
    (June 09, 2021)

    “A new study shows that the controversial drug hydroxychloroquine touted by former President Donald Trump increased the survival rate of severely ill coronavirus patients.

    The observational study, published by medRxiv, found that antimalarial drug hydroxychloroquine, along with zinc, could increase the coronavirus survival rate by as much as nearly 200% if distributed at higher doses to ventilated patients with a severe version of the illness.

    “We found that when the cumulative doses of two drugs, HCQ and AZM, were above a certain level, patients had a survival rate 2.9 times the other patients,” the study’s conclusion states.”

    I bet you won’t find this story on CNN or in the New York Times.


    • Stephen Rosenthal June 10, 2021

      You’re right Jimbo, you won’t. Because it’s quackery. Now go tend to your mommy and make sure the vaccine she received is preventing her from becoming deathly ill.

    • Bruce McEwen June 10, 2021

      I’ll bet you can’t find Marilyn Davins’ article comparing Donald Trump to George Washington in any of those on-line papers, either. In fact, I’ll bet you can’t find it at all, although it is posted on-line as a weekly column with a reputable newspaper, for which she writes a regularly. Go ahead, Jimmy, see if you can find it, you old internet sleuth, you.

  6. Rye N Flint June 10, 2021

    RE: “My body, my choice.“

    Republicans can’t even see their own hypocrisy. I don’t know if I should laugh or cry.

    • Stephen Rosenthal June 10, 2021

      The irony is priceless.

  7. Lazarus June 10, 2021


    Crossbuck is the strongest. It does use more lumber and requires a let-in joint in the middle.
    It’s just gravity…

  8. Rye N Flint June 10, 2021

    Off with their heads!

    “But if this board wants it enforced we could send it out again and notify the department heads.”

    Wait… isn’t the BOS responsible for approving fee increases for Departments, so that they can stay in budget? So, now they can blame Department heads for budget shortfalls, when Department heads have ZERO say in increasing their own budget?

    What happens if a Department receives a $40,000 settlement from a State agency, and all of a sudden the funds disappear into the General fund… and 3 years later… that same Department can’t hire anyone because they lack the budget? Hmmm….?

  9. Harvey Reading June 10, 2021


    Typical whine of the peddler. Try paying your employees a living wage, and benefits, you cheapskates!

  10. Harvey Reading June 10, 2021


    That’s what results from too many guvamint lies and too many medico lies, for too many decades. Get used to it. People have had a bellyful. To them, fascism is a reasonable option. Nothing else they’ve seen has worked for them, including the “two”-party system.

    • Harvey Reading June 10, 2021

      By the way, the orange hog was not a “transformative” cause. He was nothing more than an effect.

  11. George Dorner June 10, 2021

    Has anyone given any thought to replacing the department heads who quit because they are being held responsible for overspending a nonexistent budget? If a department head isn’t given ongoing budget reports as a means of monitoring expenditures, how can they be held responsible for overspending?

  12. Stephen Rosenthal June 10, 2021

    I know it’s the responsibility of the California AG and/or the Feds, but wouldn’t it be sweet revenge if the Sheriff opened an investigation into the corruption of County Admin and the collusion of the BOS?

  13. Marmon June 10, 2021

    “I had 60 million tablets of HCQ that Tony Fauci and @cc
    wouldn’t allow the American public to use because of their Hydroxy Hysteria. Blood on @JohnBerman @cnn and Saint Fauci’s hands. More than 50,000 Americans would be alive today.”

    Peter Navarro @RealPNavarro
    6 hrs. ago


    • Stephen Rosenthal June 10, 2021

      I tried, but couldn’t find out where Navarro got a medical degree, or any degree in any branch of science whatsoever. He’s an economist, and not a very well-respected one at that. Go peddle this quackery to your fellow cult members and hillbillies. Or better yet, gather them around and inject some bleach.

  14. Professor Cosmos June 10, 2021

    Pace quickened between 8th and 9th on shots!
    Between June 6 and 7, 139 became FV, 95 got their 1st shot.
    Between 7th and 8th, 134 became FV, 82 got their 1st shot.
    And, lastest posted is from 8th to 9th, with 219 FV and 160 getting their first shot.
    39,862 fully vaccinated. 45.60%
    47,261 with at least 1 shot 54.06%

  15. k h June 10, 2021

    The tension between the CEO and the sheriff is unfortunate for the county and its residents. The discussion referred to above does feel like a gibe towards the sheriff. Usually the CEO is a bit more subtle and does not do this type of thing in full viw of reporters and the public. (At least that I can recall.)

    CEO Angelo has her critics. So does the sheriff, although I think the criticism is much quieter. He gets more benefit of the doubt because of the nature of his responsibilities and his friendly nature. Personally I wouldn’t want to trade places with either of them. Very difficult, frustrating jobs.

    I don’t know either of them personally – but it’s a small county. I sometimes think the Supervisors find CEO Angelo a convenient villain to lay the unpopular decisions on. Other times I think she has too much power. Then at times I consider how difficult it would be to be the female CEO of our county organization. A wallflower wouldn’t cut it.

    Maybe I’m too old fashioned but I do think there has to be a boss. You cannot rule by committee. The buck really does have to stop somewhere, and the Supes have given her their power so they don’t have to do the dirty work themselves, so they can avoid controversy and stay electable. She does the job. The county may not be working perfectly but we are better off than some places I can think of. I guess these days I’m grateful when any leader is not delusional, frighteningly reactionary or grifting as fast as they can in plain sight.

    CEO Angelo has announced her retirement and everyone knows she is leaving. That makes her somewhat vulnerable. Until then, she and Sheriff Kendall need to get over their personal issues, make a fresh start and work together. And the board needs to educate itself so they are not so naive about things as simple as the state Constitution. Maybe schedule a group training meeting with county counsel or former supervisors to give them some guidelines.

    • Betsy Cawn June 11, 2021

      In the County of Lake, the department heads are (1) at will employees — not protected by any union; (2) direct-reports to the collective Board of Supervisors — not to the Chief Administrative Officer — who gives them “direction” in decisions theoretically taken in “public” (i.e., in open session or closed session of official hearings of the Board), whereas in Mendocino County the Chief Executive Officer has the more traditional “one-to-one” (boss-to-employee, and vice versa) relationship. Either way, a lot of the “done deals” are made behind the scenes, and the five elected officials who are ultimately responsible for those actions can claim lack of knowledge when they eventually come to light. It’s offensive to hear them use the word “transparency,” and yet that word keeps appearing in their rhetoric. There is almost nothing transparent about the battles that go on behind the scenes, of which the public sees at most the kinds of apologia offered up by new Supervisor Mulherin, and “What-the-Hell-Happened-to” Supervisor Williams. Given McGourty’s lifetime allegiance to the “ag industry,” one would not expect much veracity to emerge from his pie hole, and Gjerde’s barnacle-like behavior (motionless) demonstrates the viability of saying nothing. Preacher Hatcheck seems to think he can convert his “flock” of unruly renegades to good Christian commercial corporate citizens — if that isn’t delusional I don’t know what is (unless you look at the similarly silly Supervisors in Lake County — right now I’m extremely upset with all of them, but I’ll save that for a future diatribe).

  16. Marmon June 10, 2021

    “Biden just said that he was told by the Joint Chiefs of Staff that Climate Change is our greatest threat. If that is the case, and they actually said this, he ought to immediately fire the Joint Chiefs of Staff for being incompetent!”

    -Statement by Donald J. Trump, 45th President of the United States of America



  17. Pat Kittle June 12, 2021

    Stephen Rosenthal,

    “Hillbilly” would be an anti-White racist slur, except (due to “White privilege”) it’s impossible to be racist against a Whitey.

    Can you think of any slurs that could be directed at you, if your privilege didn’t protect you?

    (I don’t use racist slurs, never have. I just find hypocrisy highly amusing. Not the hypocrisy itself, but the reactions hypocrites have to being exposed!)
    Have a nice day!

    • Stephen Rosenthal June 12, 2021

      You’re right, wrong choice of a word. My apologies to the hillbillies of the world. I should have used white trash instead. There it is, retraction and correction noted and posted.

      • Pat Kittle June 13, 2021

        You are right — all that fabled “White privilege” provides ZERO immunity from your anti-White racist slurs.

        Meanwhile your very real Jew privilege guarantees you absolute immunity from blow-back.

        And the coolest part of it all — you can still play your AntisemitismCard anyway! The goyim can just suck it up if they don’t like it.

        Yes, I do find the reactions of hypocrites being exposed amusing.
        Have a nice day!

        • Stephen Rosenthal June 13, 2021

          Greetings Herr Schiklgruber. Or is it Frau? Tough to tell with such a generic first name. But I digress.

          I had no idea you were so perceptive – you described me exactly. I won’t deny it, being one of the Chosen People definitely has its perks: beautiful women at my beck and call, millions of dollars in the bank, houses in California, Telluride, The Virgin Islands, Paris, Zürich, and of course, Tel Aviv. And a private jet to get anywhere I want. In brief, a wonderful life. I’d like to go into greater detail, but I really don’t have any more time or desire to deal with pissants like you.

          Auf Wiedersehen Herr/Frau Schiklgruber. Ich wünsch Sie ein schön Abend.

        • chuck dunbar June 13, 2021

          Mr. Kittle surfaces off and on here, with his usual racial themes and hate-based messages, though he denies they are such. I had thought he was pretty much banned from this section of the AVA. Whatever, he always comes across as a true jerk, no redeeming features.

          • chuck dunbar June 13, 2021

            Make that “racial/cultural themes…”

            • Marmon June 13, 2021

              Long live Jerry Philbrick.


          • Pat Kittle June 14, 2021

            I’ve posted online comments since 1998, covering all kinds of topics, many of which we likely agree on.

            I (and my race) have been called all kinds of nasty names, and I’ve received death threats. Meanwhile, I’ve always used my real first & last names, I don’t use slurs or threats, and I’ve NEVER tried to have anyone censored or banned.

            For my part, I simply present facts, sometimes sarcastically, but always within the bounds of decency.

            “Believe nothing we can’t question” seems like good advice to me. How about you?

            • chuck dunbar June 14, 2021

              There’s nearly always an edge of nastiness to your posts, Mr. Kittle, and most always a clear insinuation of things unsaid, but clearly meant, that demean others, including other races and cultures. I think you are not as decent as you think.

              • Pat Kittle June 14, 2021

                You (and everyone else here including the editor) don’t object to White people being called “hillbillies” & “white trash.”

                But I’m the nasty one?

                • Bruce Anderson June 14, 2021

                  Hillbillies, I believe, is not generally considered objectionable, and I don’t recall anyone on this high-toned comment line using “white trash.” Antisemitism is not allowed here, though, Kittle, disappointing as it may be to you.

              • Pat Kittle June 14, 2021

                Bruce Anderson:
                “Hillbillies, I believe, is not generally considered objectionable…”

                The Racial Slur Database:
                “Hillbilly — Race: Whites
                — Redneck, Hick and Hillbilly are all used as derogatory terms for whites.”

                (I’d post the link, but I think you frown on that. It’s easy to look up.)

  18. Stephen Rosenthal June 14, 2021


    I used “white trash” to replace hillbillies, specifically to describe those who are anti-vax AND continuing to spread and promote Trump’s lies about Covid. It is detrimental to healing the country and getting us back to some semblance of normalcy, especially with the newest and far deadlier and more transmissible variant. In my mind they are white trash, but I suppose Trump cult member would have been more appropriate for this forum. It was not my intention to use the term to implicate every anti-vaxxer. I’m just sick and tired of Marmon and his ilk using this platform as a vehicle to spread the insanity of Fox News, Newsmax and QAnon. My anger got the best of me. Won’t happen again, as I have no intention of engaging Marmon or Herr/Frau Schiklgruber ever again.

    • Pat Kittle June 14, 2021

      Stephen Rosenthal:

      Your hypocrisy is utterly predictable, but thoroughly amusing nevertheless.
      You rationalize using anti-White racist slurs “specifically to describe those who are anti-vax.”

      You surely know many Blacks & Hispanics are also anti-vax, but we all know you wouldn’t dare call them racist slurs.

      How it infuriates you that I just state FACTS.

      BTW, I’m no more a fan of the Trump Puppet than I am of the Senile Puppet you wokesters installed.

      Have a nice day!

      • Stephen Rosenthal June 15, 2021

        I’ve always been fascinated by word origins. For instance, from the Oxford Languages Dictionary, your surname:
        difficult to deal with; prone to erratic behavior.

        Rose valley or valley of roses.

        Ta ta.

    • Marmon June 15, 2021

      I know nothing about QAnon, but I do like One America News Network (OANN), Trump’s favorite news network these days. Fox and Newsmax have sold out to RINO and liberal pressure, OANN is pushing forward with exposing “The Big Lie” by covering Arizona’s Forensic Election Audit. Other States are visiting the audit site and are considering doing the same thing.


      • Rye N Flint June 15, 2021

        Visiting and making death threats based on a lie from Trump and his media pundits…

        Right wing nutters can’t ever see themselves as the pot calling the kettle black. Must be some top notch blinders from

    • Rye N Flint June 15, 2021

      • Pat Kittle June 21, 2021

        (Bruce, you wouldn’t let me respond to Stephen Rosenthal’s last comment. Will you let me respond to this character?)

        Another “White guy explains Ism”:

        “White silence is violence” means Whites who fail to support Black terrorISM are “violent.”

        Simply saying “All lives matter” therefore becomes “violence” — and of course violence is permitted when defending yourself from violence.

        PRESTO! — Anyone “racist” enough to say “All lives matter” deserves to be violently attacked.

        Yes indeed, it’s literally come to this.


        Racism | Definition of Racism by Merriam-Webster
        — [ merriam-webster.com ]

        “Racism definition is – a belief that race is a fundamental determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race; also : behavior or attitudes that reflect and foster this belief : racial discrimination or prejudice. ”

        That is the long-standing definition of “racism,” clearly meaning not only Whites can be “racist” (despite anti-White wokesters making up their own self-serving definition).

  19. Rye N Flint June 15, 2021

    RE: Mendo County budget blues

    Is everyone afraid of the truth about Departments’ budgets being shuffled into the General fund, and Directors and Department heads being told to keep quiet to keep your jobs? Look what happened when Sherriff Kendal spoke up about his missing money.

    I really hope we can route out the source of corruption in the County so we can get back on track. This continual digging of our own grave is getting tiresome.

    “Show me the Money!” -Jerry McGuire

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