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Mendocino County Today: Friday, June 25, 2021

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AN EXCEPTIONALLY STRONG DOME of high pressure will persist over much of the western United States through next week, resulting in dry weather with hot interior temperatures. Coastal areas will remain seasonably cool with persistent marine layer clouds and only partial afternoon sun. (NWS)

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6 NEW COVID CASES reported in Mendocino County yesterday afternoon.

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Robert Emiel Tognoli passed away in the early morning of Friday May 14th, 2021. 

Named Robert Emiel Tognoli, “Bob” was born in San Francisco, CA October 25, 1935. He was the only child of Susie and Dominic Tognoli. He was their “Bobby” and he was doted over his entire life.

Bob was born and raised in North Beach, he accepted Catholicism at an early age and spoke his native language of Italian until entering school. During his youthful years, Bobbi was an active member of Saint Peters and Paul Catholic Church. Fluent in Italian, you could often find Bob showing off his linguistic talents. 

Bob attended schools in the San Francisco Bay Area. Upon graduating from Sacred Heart High School, Bob started his first of many, entrepreneurial quests by opening his first automobile machine shop. He also met the love of his life Rosalind and together they produced 3 beautiful children: Matthew, Michael and Lorraine Tognoli. Upon retirement, he moved with his devoted wife, Rosalind, who predeceased him, to Redwood Valley California (Greenfield Ranch) where he began his love of creative adventures. Bob was a fine artesian. He could often be found at the annual Ren faire, graciously peddling his many original pieces of pounded brass and manzanita cookware. Sethland’s Forge was a sought-after product and a spot many wandered to for years.

Bob was also active in community activities in both Mendocino and Sonoma counties. Tirelessly mentoring and volunteering at various correctional and rehab institutions throughout the region. Bob had a special gift and calling to support others, especially with those who struggled with addiction or low self-esteem.

Bob loved to travel and shared many memories of his romps with friends and family. From Cuba to Jamaica, there were few spots left on the planet that he had not dwelled upon. 

The love of his life was his family. 

He is survived by his sons Matthew and (Loretta) Tognoli of Ukiah, Ca. Michael and (Troyle) Tognoli of Ukiah, CA. Step-sons Morgan and (Heather) and John and step daughter Alley as well as grandchildren Dominic Tognoli of Ukiah, CA. and Susan and (Alexander) Tognoli-Aberya of Macon, Georgia. 

He is also survived by his dear friends Charese and Elizabeth whom he cared for dearly. 

He is predeceased by his former wife Diane and daughter Lorraine Tognoli. 

A Remembrance gathering followed by food and beverage will be held on Saturday July 10th @ 12 noon at the Portuguese Hall (822 Stewart Street) in Fort Bragg CA. 

In lieu of flowers the family request a donation to a local-non-profit of your choosing.

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Albion River Bridge, 1944

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by Matt Pera

The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning for Mendocino and Lake counties this weekend as temperatures are expected to skyrocket across a large swath of Northern Californa.

The warning covers all of Lake County and the northeast corner of Mendocino County, in addition to much of the inland areas to the north. It begins Saturday afternoon and lasts through Monday evening, but temperatures will begin to shoot up Friday, according to the weather service.

Sonoma County is also expected to heat up this weekend, but temperatures won’t reach the threshold for a weather service warning, meteorologists said.

A high of 95 degrees is predicted for Clear Lake on Friday. Over the weekend, highs are expected to reach 103 degrees — about 15 degrees above normal — and notch down to 101 on Monday, according to the weather service.

The normal high temperatures for those dates in Clear Lake range from 87 to 88 degrees.

The heat is expected to stick around through the first half of next week and start to drop off Thursday, said meteorologist Scott Carroll.

The hot, dry weather could bring increased fire danger, but winds are expected to remain light, Carroll said.

The incoming heat wave is triggered by a high pressure system that’s centered over the Pacific Northwest. Forecasters initially warned of another sweltering weekend in Sonoma County, but have revised that prediction with the system expected to stay north of the area, said Bay Area meteorologist Drew Peterson.

“Looking at our forecast highs, they don’t look anything like what we were thinking three or four days ago,” Peterson said.

In Santa Rosa, the high temperature is expected to hover around 90 degrees on Saturday, dropping to the upper 80s on Sunday and the mid 80s on Monday, he said.

Santa Rosa’s normal high temperature is 84 degrees for those dates.

"We’re going to be somewhat above normal, but at this point the trend is moving away from those higher temperatures,“ Peterson said.

(Santa Rosa Press Democrat)

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Every Friday at 4-6pm

At the Anderson Valley Brewing Company 

17700 Boonville Rd

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Sweet summer has arrived at Brock Farms, here is an update . We have summer squash, cucumbers, beets, garlic, shallots, eggplant, cabbage, potatoes, basil, salad mix, onion, chard, kale, broccolini, and tomatoes are trickling in.

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Open Friday 2-5pm and Saturday 11am-3pm! We will be offering vegetables including lettuce, kale, beets, chard, turnips, broccoli, cabbage, cilantro, fennel, kohlrabi, and summer squash. We will also have fresh flower bouquets, our 2020 olive oil, quince apple butter, dried prunes and raisins. All items are certified biodynamic and delicious! Follow us on Instagram for updates @filigreenfarm or email Annie at with any questions. We accept cash, credit card, check, and EBT/SNAP! 

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So much is happening, I will try to keep it brief and cover what is necessary.

Since last Wednesday no logging has occurred in Caspar 500. Anderson, the independent logging company working there, called out both Cal Fire and law enforcement publicly for not securing the area and said they would not log until they did.

Activists responded by continuing the daily blockades, telling Cal Fire they needed to make a public statement saying that they had halted the logging in Caspar 500.

On Tuesday evening, June 22nd, Cal Fire issued a News Release stating, "JDSF is temporarily pausing operations on the Caspar 500 THP to further engage with our local community.”

Then at noon today, June 23rd, Cal Fire issued another News Release inviting the public to a meeting on Saturday, June 26th, to express their concerns. (see attached) A meeting in three days? Then what? This is how Cal Fire expects to engage the community before they start logging again in Caspar 500? Nice try. 

The Coalition to Protect Jackson State Forest has made it very clear to Cal Fire on a number of occasions that they are totally willing to meet providing that all representatives and the Tribes are present, and that no logging is taking place. It is not ok that Cal Fire has ignored the Coalition and set up their dog and pony show so they can say they met with the public and now it's ok to log. A meeting with only three days notice is not appropriate. I for one will not play this game. 

We will continue to monitor the entrances to the Caspar 500 and have rotating blockades. Keep your letters and phone calls coming.

[MCN-Discussion]- CalFire Meeting 6/26

So the community event CalFire announced to "provide an environment for the community to express themselves and their ideas about forest management" is not really a meeting.

To quote a CalFire information officer's response to our email request for an agenda, "Saturday’s event isn’t a meeting with an agenda, it's more of an informational fair with various subject matter booths and staff available to answer questions.” That sounds more like an infomercial!

Vince Taylor, the key person responsible for shutting all logging in JDSF for several years, writes, "I suggest everyone attending tell JDSF/Cal Fire to halt logging until they update their EIR and management plan to reflect new information on climate change, carbon sequestration, and fire risk."

JP O'Brien, PhD Climate Scientist adds,

"And just for context so that everyone knows (knowledge is power!), the most recent EIR on which the current management plan is based is approximately 900 pages and of that, the section on climate change is a mere 4 pages- completely and wholly inadequate.

"In 2017, CalFire did an addendum to the EIR, however, the additional information is still extremely sparse and it didn't go through CEQA review. In the addendum, they essentially conclude that climate change at local scales (JDSF) is uncertain so they are unable to plan for or do anything about it. The first page of the addendum explains that this is not a true subsequent EIR and that the agency believed that they didn't have to prepare one.

"All that said, there is nothing that substantially or credibly addresses climate change in the environmental documents that underpin Jackson's management plan."

Additionally, if you do attend, please be sure to state that you are speaking for yourself. The Coalition to Protect Jackson State Forest has been very clear in its communications to CalFire. Any meeting should have in attendance representatives of all Tribes and groups, and no meeting should take place while cutting is happening..


Anna Marie Stenberg

FYI  This just came out on you tube yesterday. They are trying to control/takeback the narrative. If you watch the first minute or two you’ll get the drift.

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The Velvet Bandit stalks the Highway 101 corridor looking for her next victim. Using the anonymity of modernity, where the average citizen is too busy “staring at their phones,” in broad daylight, the Velvet Bandit will use wallpaper adhesive and a paintbrush to plaster her amusing and lively paintings for the community to see.

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WIllits Train, 1880s

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A Reader Writes: Take a drive to the Navarro River bridge at the foot of Philo-Greenwood road. Not only is that beautiful stream heartbreakingly pathetic, now PG&E’s clearcutting gang has turned parts of the surrounding landscape into a desert. Truly awful.

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AS PROMISED, I hooked a right off 128 this morning (Thursday), winding up through the Gowan's apple acres to Shields Cemetery where I found it fresh cut and orderly. Case closed.

Brandi Levy

THIS ROUTINE KEEN TEEN CASE got all the way to the Supreme Court? When 14-year-old Brandi Levy of Mahanoy City, Pennsylvania didn't make the varsity cut as a freshman cheerleader for the Mahanoy Golden Bears, she sounded off on social media, as teenagers are known to do. “I was frustrated. I was upset. I was angry. And I made a post on Snapchat,” Levy told ABC News Live. “I said, 'F school, F cheer, F softball, F everything'.” And for spouting off on her own time after school, her high school suspended her. Brandi made a federal case out of it and won. 

UKIAH has been flummoxed for years about what to do with the Palace Hotel, one irony being that it's Ukiah's most attractive large structure although it's been abandoned for forty years. Here's my idea, Ukiah, and I waive consulting fees: Announce that you will give the property to anyone who can prove they have the means and the serious intent to rehab it. The Hopland Hotel, betcha, cost more to rehab than the Palace would, and it's an architectural masterpiece that lifts the whole town. In fact Hopland, for a wide spot in the road, looks pretty darn good, while Ukiah looks like some small city in Chechnya after its civil war, complete with the walking wounded shuffling up and down State Street. BTW, I find it hard to believe that the ghastly motels on Airport Boulevard are so busy that an even larger ghastly hotel (Charlie Mannon's Savings Bank-financed, of course) has been erected down the street, complete with vistas of CostCo. I understand that the Airport motels are locally known as the Tweaker Riviera, especially in the hot weather when they check in to tweak with the AC turned up full blast.

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About five months ago Mason Harris came to me and asked me to help him change an ignition on a four-wheel drive he inherited from an uncle who passed away. Mason said he wasn’t mechanically inclined. Turning a wrench is a hobby of mine. So I said yes, I would help him. 


He even did all the work. I was just helping with advice and looking for a hidden key maybe his uncle left behind. Out came a bunch of guys saying, What are you doing stealing our truck? Mason even gave me a tool out of the truck so these guys could claim I stole it from that truck.

Needless to say, I just signed a plea deal for three years because they threatened to give me eight years and eight months at 80% because of prior strike convictions. I just would like to say that no good deed goes unpunished. The justice system here is shitty. And of course Mason Harris and the guys from that shop are pieces of shit. 

Patrick Shane Schuetz

Mendocino County Jail, Ukiah

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ED NOTE: Here’s the original press release on the incident in question (with the AVA’s original title):


On Monday, January 11, 2021 at approximately 5:21 PM, a Deputy from the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office was dispatched to a reported vehicle burglary in progress at an address in the 3500 block of North State Street in Ukiah.

Upon arrival, the Deputy contacted the reporting party who advised he owns a truck repair business at the location. The business owner reported seeing two subjects inside of a pickup that had been dropped off for repairs. The business owner contacted the vehicle owner to confirm he had not sent anyone to get items out of his vehicle, and he stated no one should be inside of his vehicle.

The business owner provided descriptions of the two male subjects. The Deputy, with the assistance of officers from the Ukiah Police Department, located two male subjects matching the description in the area.

An in-field lineup was conducted, which positively identified the two males as the same subjects who were seen inside of the pickup.

Further investigation was conducted, which revealed the locked vehicle had been broken into, and it appeared the subjects were attempting to “hot wire” the pickup. The dashboard had been damaged and loose wires had been cut in the area of the pickup's ignition. There were various tools and other items left in the pickup which did not belong to the owner.

The first subject was identified as Mason Harris. Harris was found to be on pretrial court ordered release for second degree burglary with search terms.

Harris & Schuetz

The second subject was identified as Patrick Schuetz. Schuetz was found to be on Post Release Community Supervision (PRCS-County Parole) with search terms. A search of Schuetz's belongings revealed several tools commonly used in the commission of burglaries.

Harris was ultimately placed under arrest for Attempted Vehicle Theft, Second Degree Burglary, and Conspiracy.

Schuetz was ultimately placed under arrest for Violation of County Parole, Second Degree Burglary, Conspiracy, and Possession of Burglary Tools.

Both subjects were transported and booked into the Mendocino County Jail.

In accordance with the COVID-19 emergency order issued by the State of California Judicial Council, bail was set at zero dollars for both subjects and they were released after the jail booking process.

The Mendocino County Sheriff's Office would like to thank the officers from the Ukiah Police Department for their assistance with this case.

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Response to Bill Thompson of Petaluma’s letter: “No need for an AK.”

From the wealth ghetto of Petaluma, Bill Thompson confuses "AK" with "AR" rifles and then fails to differentiate them further as to their capabilities and situational usage. Neither the AK platform or the AR system uses "clips" while being fired. Thompson should get his money back from the "GUN SAFETY" seminar he says he took.

Bill Thompson (who is not a reincarnation of Hunter late of Glen Ellen) asserts that the best gun (for home defense?) is a 12 gauge shotgun loaded with "buckshot" so there are "no worries about rounds going through walls". 

Au contraire Billy, 12 gauge shotgun shells offer buckshot loads in two common sizes OO and the slightly smaller OOO size shot. Both of these will easily penetrate a wood framed, sheet rocked wall with multiple balls of shot. Double OO shot is the same diameter as a .357 Magnum bullet or a 9 millimeter bullet and is lethal at quite a distance in the open and equally deadly when having passed through two layers of compressed gypsum wallboard.

Thompson ought to read the AVA coverage about the armed repeat burglar who is home invading near the coast. Persons residing in that area are the best ones to decide what kind of firearm if any they might employ should they encounter this later day Aaron Bassler. 

Pvt. E-1 Irv Sutley

Glen Ellen, CA

P.S. For the Record, Mr. T, I was the one who identified the model of SKS carbine Bassler was carrying for AVA staffers before he got skunked.

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Thaddeus Kerns, First Pilot in Ukiah, 1913

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The City of Fort Bragg will join the Farmers Market on Wednesday, June 30, 2021 between 3:00 and 5:30 PM outside City Hall, 416 North Franklin Street, to seek public input and provide information on two important programs. 

New Recreation Feature 

The City is considering applying to the California State Parks Rural Recreation and Tourism Grant Program for funding. Two projects under consideration are restoration of the old gymnasium, including repurposing of the former pool building behind City Hall, and construction of new ball courts at the C.V. Starr Community Center. Interested individuals may also provide feedback through an online survey at: This survey is available until Wednesday, June 30, 2021 at 5:00 pm. 

COVID Utility Assistance Program 

Staff will also be providing information and answering questions about the COVID Utility Assistance Program. Eligible customers within the City limits of Fort Bragg may qualify for up to $500 to pay eligible household utility bills through the COVID Response Community Development Block Grant. Application forms will be available at the City’s booth on June 30. For further information about the program, or if you need assistance filling out the application, please call (707) 961-2825 ext. 122. 

Stop by the City’s booth next Wednesday to let us know your thoughts about a new recreation feature in the City or to pick up a utility assistance program application form. 

(Fort Bragg City Presser)

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On Monday, June 21, 2021 at 2:34 A.M. Mendocino County Deputies were on routine patrol in the area of North State Street and Orr Springs Road in Ukiah.

During this time, they observed a dark colored pickup truck turn onto Orr Springs Road from North State Street. The Deputies observed the pickup truck displayed expired registration.

The Deputies performed a traffic stop on the pickup truck and contacted the two occupants. The driver was identified as Lawrence Ortiz, 36, of Ukiah, and the passenger was identified as Luiz Gonzalez, 23, of Covelo.

Gonzalez was found to be on Pre-Trial Release with terms to include a fourth amendment search waiver. Through conversation the Deputies learned a methamphetamine smoking pipe was in his possession.

Luiz Gonzalez

Deputies also learned Ortiz possessed methamphetamine and a weapon inside the vehicle.

Lawrence Ortiz

The Deputies searched the vehicle and located an electroshock weapon and a baton with an electroshock device at the end. Ortiz was prohibited from possessing electroshock weapons. The Deputies also located methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia inside the vehicle.

Ortiz was arrested for Felon in Possession/Use of Stun Gun, Possession of a Billy Club and Possession of Controlled Substance.

Ortiz was booked into the Mendocino County Jail, to be released after the booking process on zero bail pursuant to COVID-19 bail schedule set forth by the State of California Judicial Council.

Gonzalez was cited to appear in the Ukiah Superior Court for a Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

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Wild Fish kicked out

Randy Lutge wrote (Coast Listserve):

"We had news from our landlord, Young Kim, owner of the commercial block in Little River where Wild Fish is, that he will not renew our lease in August this year - and so our last dinner service will be Friday August 27, 2021. We were not given any reason, strangely, so we cannot tell you why or what will follow. We can disclose that over the last year he objected to our using the outdoor area behind the restaurant, which he offered no explanation for - just that he had 'objections'."

That’s a lousy way to treat a local successful business. Hopefully they can relocate to a better and larger venue.

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I was informed that "Great Plates" paid restaurants to provide meals for seniors during the pandemic. Nevertheless, Wild Fish stepped up to the plate (p.i.) and did it with panache, including delivering the meals to peoples' doorstep every day. Thanks Wild Fish, and good luck finding a new spot!

PS. The folks at Wild Fish should be receiving awards for their incredible generosity in feeding free of charge the seniors on the Mendo Coast with the "Great Plates" program throughout the pandemic. And this is the thanks they get. It's a disgrace.

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Anderson Valley Village

Update to the PG&E Medical Baseline Program - customers can only self-certify their eligibility to enroll in the Medical Baseline Program until the end of this month. Starting July 1st you need to get a medical practitioner to fill out part of the application. For customers whom are already in the program with self-certification - PE&E will contact you about what to do next. Program details and link below or If you have questions or need assistance filling out the Medical Baseline Program application, call us at 1-800-743-5000.

PG & E - Medical Baseline Program

The Medical Baseline Program, also known as Medical Baseline Allowance, is an assistance program for residential customers who depend on power for certain medical and independent living needs. The program includes two different kinds of help: A lower rate on your monthly energy bill and Extra notifications in advance of a Public Safety Power Shutoff

 P G and E — vulnerable customer program

Vulnerable Customer requirements:

Households with one or more individuals who have self-certified that they have a serious illness or condition that could become life threatening if their electric or gas service is disconnected for nonpayment receive an in-person visit from a PG&E representative before disconnection. Our representative posts a notice within 48 hours before or at the time of disconnection for nonpayment.

Vulnerable Customer status remains on your PG&E account for 90 days. If you believe that you or your household member's illness or condition will extend beyond 90 days, you must complete the Vulnerable Customer Application to request a one-year extension. Need to reapply for this program — don’t need Dr certification. Like the medical baseline program they get Extra notifications in advance of a Public Safety Power Shutoff:

PG and E — PSPS Support:

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Suzi Long art show Friday in Willits

The Willits Center for the Arts presents FEATHERED FEETures Suzi Long’s watercolor series of birds in shoes! The reception is this Friday night 6-9 and the exhibit runs through July 25, open Friday-Sun every weekend (not the 4th).

Suzi started painting cattle egrets she saw in the San Lorenzo River while in Santa Cruz in February. Their yellow feet made her think of shoes, and she started putting them in high heels with fishnet stockings, waders, cowboy boots, and has added so many different birds to her aviary, including roadrunner in skates, woodpecker in crampons, Raven in loafers, turkey in Puritan shoes, and 50 more on display in Willits!

Email her for a sample,, or call for more info 707-779-8713. She hopes to see lots of coast friends in Willits!

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From Supervisor Williams

Hey 707 folks:

To: The Honorable Ted Williams

Mendocino County of Board of Supervisors 501 Low Gap Road, Room 1010, Ukiah, CA 95482

RE: 707 Area Code Overlay 

Dear Supervisor Williams:

This letter is to inform you that the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) will begin the process to introduce a new area code to the area now served by the 707 area code. The 707 area code is expected to be depleted of available prefixes by December 2023. Pursuant to Federal Communications Commission policy and CPUC rules, the CPUC must adopt an area code relief plan to provide additional numbering resources. Pending approval by the CPUC, a new area code will be introduced on top of the 707 area code using the overlay method. The new area code will provide additional prefixes and new telephone numbers for customers in the 707 area.

When the CPUC begins area code relief planning in the area served by an existing area code, the perspectives of local government officials and the community are very important. The CPUC has made available a recorded webcast to inform local jurisdictions and the public about the new area code addition. We invite you and your constituents to view the recorded webcast and to provide comments. The recorded webcast will be available at beginning August 1, 2021. Comments about the 707 area code overlay may be submitted to the CPUC Public Advisor's Office by e-mail at, or by postal mail to 505 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco, CA 94102 by October 1, 2021.

Enclosed is a notice with information on the new area code and the recorded webcast, along with a map of the area now served by the 707 area code. 

Please share this information with your constituents and encourage them to view the recorded webcast to ensure they are aware of the impending new area code overlay.


Jonathan Lakritz, Consumer Programs Manager Communications Division

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Sculpture by Britt-Ingrid Persson

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Dear Readers,

The North Coast Opportunities Board of Directors conducted a legal “hearing” on their proposed 2022-2023 Community Action Plan for Lake and Mendocino Counties at their regularly scheduled meeting yesterday, June 23, 2021. [ — a link to the Community Action Plan (CAP) is found on that webpage.]

Former Mendocino County Supervisor John McCowen, a member of the NCO Board, dismissed most of my questions as “fishing for information.” Answers to the first three questions were provided by NCO Executive Director Patty Bruder as follows: Two seats are open on the Community Action Agency Board of Directors (not necessarily the same as the NCO Board of Directors, but the lines are blurred); staff within NCO is being trained on the ROMA system. “ROMA” stands for “Results-Oriented Management and Accountability.”

Additional information about the ROMA system can be found on the Community Action Partnership website:

In any case, I was given the opportunity to address the questions during the public comment period on the agenda item, but yielded the remainder of my time after wrangling with Ms. Bruder over the original question of who represents the County of Lake in the CAA Board of Directors. (At first she professed not to know what I was referring to; some specific references recalled to her mind the legal requirement from the State Department of Community Services that funds the CAA, now to the tune of over $350,000 per year.) 

Following the collapse of our short-lived stand-alone Lake County Community Action Agency, around 2010/2011, the then-local Board of Directors had delegated our “representation” on NCO’s CAA Board of Directors to a couple of trusted sycophants, and in the past few years the connection between our Board of Supervisors with the Community Action Agency disappeared entirely from the annual list of appointments to local “boards, committees, and commissions.” 

Ms. Bruder of course insists that Lake County receives just as much help as Mendocino County does from the re-combined Community Action Agency programs, and that “Hope Rising” is a legitimate organization, both claims I personally dispute.

Betsy Cawn

Upper Lake

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CATCH OF THE DAY, June 24, 2021

Brackett, Cruz, Diamond

KYLE BRACKETT, Willits. Controlled substance, paraphernalia, disobeying court order, failure to appear.

GILVERTO CRUZ-RAMIREZ, Oakland/Ukiah. DUI, no license.

JASON DIAMOND, Ukiah. DUI, no license, probation revocation.

Donnelly, Elliott, Faust, Flinton

JARED DONNELLY, Ukiah. Domestic abuse.

ALICIA ELLIOTT, Ukiah. Parole violation. (Frequent flyer.)

MATTHEW FAUST, Ukiah. Failure to appear. (Frequent flyer.)

SEAN FLINTON, Fort Bragg. Disorderly conduct-alcohol, probation revocation. (Frequent flyer.)

Frisby, Manzo, Pontello, Ramirez

MARCIE FRISBY, Oakdale/Ukiah. DUI, child endangerment.

LUIS MANZO-GARCIA, Ukiah. Domestic abuse, protective order violation.

MARIO PONTELLO, Ukiah. Disorderly conduct-alcohol.

ALEXANDER RAMIREZ, Fort Bragg. Probation violation.

Rau, Wilkins, Wolfe

BENJAMIN RAU, Potter Valley. Suspended license for DUI, probation revocation.

VANESSA WILKINS, Eureka/Ukiah. Controlled substance, under influence, paraphernalia.

JASON WOLFE, Fort Bragg. Fugitive from justice. 

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by Dan Walters

The Legislature’s Democratic supermajority put on something of a show as they pretended to pass a new state budget.

There were floor speeches, formal roll call votes and a deluge of self-congratulatory statements after the day’s activities.

“The budget we’re sending to Governor Newsom reflects responsible budgeting as the Legislature’s top priority and makes vital investments in California’s future,” Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon and Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins said in a post-session statement.

However, it was just a sham driven by the state constitution’s requirement that legislators pass a budget by June 15 or see their salaries suspended.

Republican Sen. James Nielsen captured the situation when he said, “This is a fake budget. It’s a feel-good budget. It’s a let-us-get-paid budget. But what we’re voting on is not going to be the budget.”

It’s not going to be the budget because Rendon and Atkins still must settle disagreements with Gov. Gavin Newsom, not only on how much to spend but even how much revenue they have to spend.

The two budgets are perhaps 90 percent in agreement but in a spending plan that tops $200 billion, 10 percent is still a lot of money.

Monday’s charade caps decades of political wrangling over how state budgets should be drafted.

Until the early 1970s, budgets were typically written in secret by a few legislators and the governor’s office but that practice ended when one legislator, facing a tough re-election campaign, loaded up a budget with pork barrel projects for his district.

The legislator was stripped of his position, his budget was set aside and new, seemingly more transparent, procedures were adopted. Eventually, however, the process drifted back into secret negotiations between the governor and a “Big 5” of legislative leaders that included Republicans because the budget required two-thirds votes for enactment.

A decade ago, the Big 5 became the Big 3, excluding Republicans, after voters approved a 2010 ballot measure, largely sponsored by public employee unions, that reduced the vote needed to pass a budget to a simple majority.

Proposition 25’s sponsors cited months-long delays in passing budgets during Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger’s governorship as a rationale and included the threat of legislators’ losing their salaries to make it more attractive to voters.

The revised system had its first test in 2011, the first year of Jerry Brown’s second governorship. The Legislature sent a budget to Brown and he vetoed it, declaring it to be unconstitutionally unbalanced.

Then-Controller John Chiang backed Brown by suspending legislators’ salaries. The Legislature sued and won a judicial declaration that only the Legislature itself could determine whether the June 15 deadline had been met.

Legislators were thus empowered to pass what they deemed to be a budget bill by June 15, even though — as is happening this year — it may not be a finished product.

Proposition 25 contained another piece of procedural mischief, allowing any bill the Legislature declared to be connected to the budget to also be enacted with simple majority votes. Thus, budget “trailer bills” often became vehicles for major changes in state policy without full committee hearings and other traditional exposure.

The misuse of trailer bills sparked another ballot measure in 2016, Proposition 54, requiring that bills be in print — and available for public viewing — for at least 72 hours before enactment. It didn’t stop the procedural abuses, but at least made them more obvious.

Newsom and legislators will eventually settle their differences, but the complete budget picture will not emerge for weeks and even months as trailer bills and budget modification measures dribble out of the Capitol.

(Dan Walters has been a journalist for nearly 60 years, spending all but a few of those years working for California newspapers.)

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Let’s say you hired a contractor to build a very nice home. The day you were to move in, as the house appeared complete and looked great, you found that the contractor had ripped up the floors, removed the sheetrock and gutted the attic. After it was done.

Now, take a ride from Healdsburg to Cloverdale. You will be traveling over one stretch of Highway 101 that is only two years old, and the next 8 miles is less than one year old. About 16 miles total. You may notice at least 12 places where the new road has been ripped up, storm drains installed under the new pavement, and repaved with a rough transition of concrete. Did Caltrans not know that this storm drainage was needed before spending many millions to repave the 16 miles?

Come on, we deserve better.

Wayne Diggs


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To the Editor:

We all live in dual universes. We all have split personalities. We are all in the closet about something.


We all have secrets.

We are all in the closet.

Some of us aren't out about our sexuality. Some are secretly depressed. Some of us live lives of quiet desperation in unhappy marriages.

Some of us cheated on our spouses. Some won't admit they just weren't cut out for parenthood and failed their kids.

Some are alcoholics.

Some of us declared bankruptcy. Some are unemployed or underemployed. Some of us are one paycheck away from homelessness.

Some of us committed fraud to succeed. Some did "whatever it took" to succeed. Some cheat on their taxes.

My point?

The slipperiness of truth, the perils of any relationship, the ethical choices that we are constantly called to make define us as humans.

Human frailty is the currency in which we trade. And self-interest will always remain our animating impulse.

Except for when we are on the psychoanalyst's couch, we all resist the merciless examination of self.

As I said, we all have secrets.

We are all in the closet.

So let us congratulate Carl Nassib for his honesty and courage, and move on to the next breaking news story of the day.

Carl Nassib said it best: Why make a big deal? I'm just gay. It should be no big deal.

John Sakowicz


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Attention CalRecycle representative,

Greetings and good day! In my area, Humboldt and Trinity counties, there is not a single CRV buyback center in operation, and there is no clear communication from BigFoot recycling centers in Shasta County, which is the monopoly chain in that county and too far to show up unannounced with a truck load of recycling and be turned away. This unfortunate development is akin to money being taken from me and many other community members. The promise to buyback is assumed by you accepting deposit payment, and the promise has been broken for the past year and a half. This is unacceptable; the money I lended to you in the form of CRV deposits is being withheld unlawfully. Your obligation to payback my money in the form of CRV bottle /can deposits is being neglected.

If I am required to drive a round-trip of 300 miles, as would be the case if I am forced to drive to Redding in Shasta County, I would like to get compensated as such, as my money that has gone into the buyback program is otherwise unavailable to me. To remedy this situation immediately, I ask that the closest recycling center is located near my zipcode of 95521, and an appointment be made if further than a 60 mile drive to said location. Also, if further than 60 miles away, I ask that I be compensated the GSA rate of $0.575/ mile be paid on top of the GSA rate for a half-day meal, as in essence I will be a private contractor working for you so that your obligation can be met and payment can be received in full, including operating expenditures to help you meet your obligation. It is necessary to be able to recycle up to 100 pounds of aluminum and each type of plastic, as well as up to 1,000 pounds of glass. While my numbers are not anywhere near this mark, I need to ensure I can drop off all that I bring.

CalRecycle’s response locally has been to inform that grocery stores and pharmacies are supposed to offer recycling services, though they won’t take more than 50 cans; most claim they are not offering recycling services in clear denial of your organization’s claims. Of note, most people in my area are rural and it is not feasible to drive 120 miles round-trip to recycle 50 cans per day, as it costs $20-30 in gas to gain $2.50, though most groceries and pharmacies in Humboldt and surrounding counties are not paying out anyway. Proof of this has already been obtained. Instead, many are opting to pay the $100/day fine your organization is levying upon said business, with no clear benefit to the thousands of people paying the cost of mismanagement on an epic scale.

If my request is denied, further action will be pursued until either: 1, You open recycling centers and ensure they can be profitable in the tri-county area aforementioned, 2, You do as requested in this email, locate a facility near zip code 95521, and if further than 60 miles one-way ensure it is open and will accept pre-sorted recyclables in clean condition, 3, cite a plan of action in the near immediate future with a clear intention of meeting your obligation of payment on my deposits, or 4: abolish the CRV deposit, locally and/or state wide, until a clear path forward is proven to meet your responsibilities; and in the meantime pay all bottle deposits due until that time occurs. Further action may consist of publishing this email on local news outlets, follow-up emails, or class action lawsuits, or all of the above.

Thank you for your consideration of this matter. Sincerely,

Dude Larson

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Day after day, alone on a hill
The man with the foolish grin
Is keeping perfectly still
But nobody wants to know him
They can see that he's just a fool
And he never gives an answer

But the fool on the hill
Sees the sun going down
And the eyes in his head
See the world spinning round

Well on the way, head in a cloud
The man of a thousand voices
Talking perfectly loud
But nobody ever hears him
Or the sound he appears to make
And he never seems to notice

But the fool on the hill
Sees the sun going down
And the eyes in his head
See the world spinning round

And nobody seems to like him
They can tell what he wants to do
And he never shows his feelings

But the fool on the hill
Sees the sun going down
And the eyes in his head
See the world spinning round

Ohh oh-oh-oh-oh ohh-oh-oh
Round and round and round and round and round
He never listens to them
He knows that they're the fool
They don't like him

The fool on the hill
Sees the sun going down
And the eyes in his head
See the world spinning round

— Paul McCartney

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When I die and (hopefully) go to Heaven and can ask God just one question (I have hundreds), I would say, “During the 2020 Covid 19 pandemic, what percentage of U.S. doctors were mindless, cowardly twits out to just go along and not question any authority in order to get checks?”.

God says, “82%”. And my reply, “I knew it!!!”

Then God says, “But you are still dead.”

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WHY CORPORATE DEMOCRATS Are Desperately Trying to Keep Nina Turner Out of Congress

by Norman Solomon

When Hillary Clinton endorsed Nina Turner’s main opponent last week, it was much more than just an attempt to boost a corporate Democrat. Clinton’s praise for candidate Shontel Brown was almost beside the point. Like other power brokers and the big-money PACs now trying to sway the special election for a vacant congressional seat in northeast Ohio, Clinton is doing what she can to keep the deeply progressive Turner out of Congress.

Time is short. Polling shows Turner with a big lead, early voting begins in two weeks, and Election Day is August 3. What scares the political establishment is what energizes her supporters: She won’t back down when social justice is at stake.

That reality was clearly audible Tuesday night during the first debate of the campaign, sponsored by the City Club of Cleveland. “I am running to be a voice for change, to uplift the downtrodden, including the poor, the working poor and the barely middle class,” Turner began. “You send me to Congress, I’m going to make sure that we tax the wealthy, make them pay their fair share, and to center the people who need it the most in this district.”

The contrast was sharp with Brown, who chairs the Democratic Party in populous Cuyahoga County. The discussion of healthcare was typical: Brown voiced a preference for a “public option,” but Turner strongly advocated Medicare for All while calling the current healthcare situation “absurd” and “asinine.” Brown sounded content to tinker with the status quo. Turner flatly declared: “The employer-based system, the commodification of healthcare, does not work in the United States of America. Almost 100 million people are either underinsured or uninsured right now.”

After Brown emphasized that “we have to be able to compromise so we can get some things done,” Turner closed with a jab at those eager to block the momentum of her campaign <> for Congress: “You need to have somebody that will lead this community, who does have a vision and understands being a partner does not mean being a puppet, that working with does not mean acquiescing to. You will always know whose side I am on.”

That’s exactly the problem for the party establishment. Its backers know full well whose side Turner is on.

And so, the attacks are escalating from Brown’s campaign. It sent out a mailer -- complete with an out-of-focus photo of Turner, made to look lurid -- under the headline “Nina Turner Opposed President Biden and Worked Against Democrats.” A more accurate headline would have been: “Nina Turner Supported Senator Sanders and Worked Against Neoliberal Democrats.” The Brown campaign’s first TV ad, which began airing last month, features her saying that she will “work with Joe Biden— that’s different than Nina Turner.”

A former editorial page editor of the Cleveland *Plain Dealer, *Brent Larkin, wrote “Brown will be a well-financed candidate with deep-pocketed supporters who aren’t afraid to play rough. That’s because Turner can’t be beaten unless opponents plant seeds of doubt about her fitness, convincing voters her harsh criticisms of President Joe Biden would make it impossible for her to get things done for her community. The notion that Biden might punish a constituency important to him because Turner represents that constituency in Congress is far-fetched. During the 2020 campaign, Sen. Kamala Harris was bitterly critical of Biden’s civil rights record. Nevertheless, Biden chose her as his running mate, effectively rewarding her with the vice presidency.”

Brown’s backers are eager to “play rough” because corporate power is at issue. It’s not only that Turner crisscrossed the nation, speaking eloquently in support of both of Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaigns, serving as a national co-chair during the last one. Powerful backers of the Democratic Party’s top leadership -- cozy and enmeshed with corporate America and the military-industrial complex -- realize that “Congresswoman Nina Turner (D-OH)” would significantly increase the leverage of genuinely progressive members of the House. For the Clinton wing of the party, that would be a frigging nightmare.

As the marquee anti-Turner candidate, Brown is leaving the more blatant smears to outfits like the “Protecting Our Vote PAC” (which spent $41,998 in the last cycle in an unsuccessful attempt to defeat now-Congresswoman Cori Bush). The super PAC has released a scurrilous attack ad via Facebook, telling viewers to “Vote for Shontel Brown” -- while claiming among other things that “Nina Turner is not a real Democrat, you can’t trust her,” and she “has no respect for anyone, not even our president,” and “Nina Turner is all about Nina, she doesn’t care about Ohio, she doesn’t care about getting things done, all she cares about is making noise.”

Though some see her only as a firebrand speaker at political rallies, I was in dozens of meetings with her last year when her patient hard work was equally inspiring as she put in long hours with humility, compassion and dedication. I saw her as the real deal when we were colleagues for several months while she worked with as a strategic delegate advisor for the 2020 Democratic National Convention.

Recalling how she works behind the scenes, I can understand even more why the party establishment is so anxious to block her entry to Congress. While Turner is a seasoned legislator -- she served on the Cleveland City Council and in the Ohio Senate for a total of nine years — she’s committed to the meticulous and sometimes tedious work of organizing and coalition-building that, in the long run, can make all the difference for progressive change.

The day that Clinton made her endorsement of Brown, a tweet from Turner served as an apt retort. Saying that she was “proud to be running a campaign focused on the issues that matter most to working people,” Turner added: “My district knows all too well that the politics of yesterday are incapable of delivering the change we desperately need.”

The next day, underscoring wide awareness that the corporate “politics of yesterday” must not be the politics of tomorrow, the Turner campaign announced that it raised six figures in under 24 hours; Clinton’s intervention had been a blessing. Overall, at last report, the Turner campaign has received donations from 54,000 different individuals, with contributions averaging $27.

Dollars pouring into Shontel Brown’s campaign are coming from a very different political and social universe. As the *Daily Poster* reported this week, “business-friendly Democrats” and Washington lobbyists for huge corporations — including “Big Oil, Big Pharma, Fox News and Wall Street” -- are providing big bucks to stop Nina Turner from becoming Congresswoman Turner.

Bernie Sanders described the situation clearly in a recent mass email: “The political establishment and their super PACs are lining up behind Nina’s opponent during the critical final weeks of this primary. And you can bet they will do and spend whatever it takes to try and defeat her.”

(Norman Solomon is the national director of and the author of many books including ‘War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death.’ He was a Bernie Sanders delegate from California to the 2016 and 2020 Democratic National Conventions. Solomon is the founder and executive director of the Institute for Public Accuracy.)

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FIVE FAILED FUEL RODS at Franco/China’s Taishan Unit 1

Chinese nuclear authorities are disputing a June 14, 2021 CNN news service story that reported the world’s first operational Evolutionary Power Reactor (EPR) eighty-five miles west of Hong Kong experienced a radioactive leak of noble gases (principally radioactive xenon and krypton) from the reactor’s cooling water system. China claims the radioactive release from leaking fuel rods was contained within the reactor's closed-cycle cooling system and did not occur in the atmosphere. However, China admits that the state-run 1750 megawatt-electric Taishan Unit 1 reactor, the new French-designed pressurized water reactor, did experience fuel damage to the core following startup from its first refueling operation.

China’s Taishan nuclear power plant

Taishan-1 first started producing power in December 2019 on 18 to 24 month operating cycles. CNN had further reported that a U.S. contractor to Framatome, the reactor supplier to the designer and France-owned power company, Electricite de France (EdF), had contacted the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) seeking an exemption from export restrictions to warn of an “imminent radiological threat” at the reactor. Throughout the event’s disclosure, Taishan-1 has remained operational supplying electricity to the grid. Multiple news sources reported that Chinese reactor authorities raised the “allowable” limits of radioactivity in the reactor coolant system above the design’s operational specifications to keep the reactor from a technical shut down.

The cause of the increase in radioactivity is not precisely known but believed to have occurred through tiny cracks in at least five or more of the tens of thousands of enriched uranium fuel rods in Unit 1’s reactor core.

The nuclear trade journal Platts Inside NRC reported on the event June 21, 2021, quoting Martial Chateau, a technical advisor to the French antinuclear nongovernmental organization, Sortir du Nucleaire, to say, “’We know there is a small crack in the tubes containing the fuel elements in the primary circuit. We don’t know what caused it. It could have been a foreign object like a screw or a bolt circulating in the water under pressure. Or it could be a design fault,’ Chateau said. ‘There have been incidents like this in France.’" There could be more fuel failure events if the failure is due to the loss of quality control of the fuel fabrication process. According to Chateau, Taishan-1 could still face an extensive shut down to fix more complicated defects should they come to light.

There are four other EPR projects still under construction around the world, each billions of dollars over budget and many years behind schedule, at Flamanville-3 (northern France), Olkiluoto-3 (Finland) and two units at Hinkley Point-C (western England). A joint application to the the NRC by EdF and US-based Constellation Energy to construct a "reference" EPR reactor on the Chesapeake Bay in Lusby, MD for six more units across the US was withdrawn by EdF in 2013 following a successful legal intervention by a coalition of antinuclear groups that included Beyond Nuclear.

Ironically, just two days after revelations of the Taishan-1 reactor fuel failure event, multiple news sources reported that one of China’s top nuclear scientists died after a suspicious accident. Professor Zhang Zhijian, former vice-president of Harbin Engineering University (HEU), died after “falling off a building.” Professor Zhang was a top nuclear scientist at HEU College of Nuclear Science and Technology and served as Vice President of the Chinese Nuclear Society. HEU is one of two Chinese universities recognized with close ties to China's nuclear weapons program and banned from receiving advanced computer software from the United States.


  1. Craig Stehr June 25, 2021

    ~Jolly Good Morning Postmodern America~
    Had a great Thursday in Redwood Valley, California. The 50 inch knotted raw Tulsi bead mala arrived at the post office box. Wrapped it three times around my neck , and tucked it inside of the shirt. Then proceeded to the market and purchased three LOTTO tickets, quickly picking numbers, and also purchased an electrolyte beverage. Onward to the La Palapas restaurant, and relaxed at an outside table with a shrimp quesadilla. Dropped by the Savings Bank of Mendocino County to get some fresh money, and then returned to the market because the sesame tahini from East Israel has been restocked, which is indispensable for good health.
    Standing on the roadside heading west with the hitch hiker thumb upraised, nobody stopped. Rested on the bridge watching the clouds for awhile. Continued on walking, and walking, and then…a driver who had picked me up last week did a 360 degree turn around, and gave me a ride all the way back to the residence on Rancheria Road! She had worked for years and years at the Redwood Valley post office, and knew the area quite well. We laughed at the absurdity of postmodern society the whole way down West Road.
    Got back to the room just in time for Thursday’s Krishna Das broadcast from New York state. Enjoyed a glass of hemp milk, unwrapped the 50 inch strand of raw Tulsi beads from around my neck, and blissfully chanted along with Krishna Das in Sanskrit.
    I need to move on from where I am living on or before July 1st. I’m ready for more spiritually focused direct action…you know, before the earth’s climate totally destabilizes, and the global economy collapses, and the chaos in society becomes even more insane than it already is. I urge you to contact me, and let’s set something up. The big places are always good…Washington, D.C., anything at the United Nations…your choice here>>>

    Craig Louis Stehr
    Snail Mail: P.O. Box 938, Redwood Valley, CA 95470-0938
    No Phone

    • Rye N Flint June 25, 2021

      Isn’t globalized capitalism great? Instead of receiving a gift of Tulsi Beads from a local farmer or friend, you can buy one from India or China, and not even know what pesticides or herbacides they were grown with! but… make sure you wrap it around your neck 3 times, because that’s what’s really important.

      • Craig Stehr June 25, 2021

        Actually, I acquired the mala on from a known service group based in New York state, which has been doing good work in India. They generate the money here to support their work there. I cannot guarantee that the Tulsi trees were planted using a permaculture approach. But heck, I have already chanted on them for hours (along with the Krishna Das Thursday night online satsang). It’s all BLISS DIVINE to me. ~Peaceout~

    • Chris LaCasse June 25, 2021

      Perhaps the UN is hiring? I hear they have lavish offices in “East Israel”.

  2. Harvey Reading June 25, 2021

    Albion Bridge

    One ugly bridge. Even grotesque.

  3. Rye N Flint June 25, 2021

    RE: PG&E and R&D

    “I’m not sure R&D is the answer to our problems. Or, at least, I’m not sure the kind of R&D that Congress wants to authorize is the answer to our problems.

    Let’s back up. R&D generally refers to spending on research that doesn’t have an obvious or immediate market application. The U.S. leads the world in R&D spending, and has done so for decades, although China is in the No. 2 spot and gaining. R&D might seem like an unfathomably boring topic, akin to arguing about medical data or grant approvals, but it revolves around some of the most profound—and unanswered—questions of industrial civilization: Why do some technologies get developed instead of others? Why do some countries become richer faster than others? How can we materially improve people’s lives as fast as possible—and can the government do anything to help? Above all, where does economic growth come from? This is what we’re fighting about when we fight about R&D.”

  4. John McCowen June 25, 2021

    Ms. Cawn’s questions regarding the Community Action Plan, emailed to NCO staff the morning of the meeting, were forwarded to the NCO Board 10 minutes before the meeting began with a comment that staff would respond to her. When the meeting began I called attention to the email and requested that staff respond to the questions during the meeting. After the staff presentation I commented that some of the questions were straightforward and could easily be answered while others were fishing for information. (I’ve edited the original email to focus on the actual questions.) The reader can judge for themselves which, if any, of the following questions are fishing for info, particularly regarding Hope Rising.

    Who are the legal representatives to the Community Action Agency Board of Directors appointed or delegated by the Lake County Board of Supervisors?
    Why does NCO “not have a certified ROMA trainer,” and for how long has this position been unfilled?
    Are you actively recruiting for the “ROMA trainer,” and to whom would that individual report?
    What agencies are listed on the recipients of the draft of the plan, whose participation was solicited in its review and approval for today’s hearing?
    Who reviewed this document in the Lake County Department of Social Services, Office of Emergency Services, Administration, and other offices related to continuing the long-term recovery from recent years’ wildfires (including but not limited to the 2015 Rocky and Valley Fires)?
    Is the “Community Health Needs Assessments” survey accessible through your website or other online media?
    Was the “Community Health Needs Assessments” associated with the survey of the same name distributed in 2019 by the Lake County Public Health Department, in association with the entity titled “Hope Rising”?

    Has the Lake County Public Health Department been working with NCO and the Community Action Agency in partnership with Hope Rising organizations (sic) currently organized separately as a registered charitable trust by the Secretary of State as “Hope Is Rising” (D.B.A. “Hope Rising”) to develop this proposed Community Action Plan?

    Will the Community Action Plan support development [of a “Lake County Long-Term Health Improvement Plan”] in collaboration with the Lake County Public Health Department, “Hope Rising” and its multi-disciplinary governing board, and the population in need?

    Why is there such a disproporationate (sic) effort made in Mendocino County than in Lake County [to obtain community input)?
    What is the organization chart of the NCO “programs, activities, and services” staffing, what are the “programs, activities, and services” that are planned for emergency management, disaster preparedness, and assistance for “Access & Functional Needs” in disasters by NCO planners?
    One NCO staff person has been involved with delivery of LISTOS and EPIC projects here in Lake County, and that individual is currently in the process of being hired by the County of Lake. Will NCO hire a replacement for that individual and provide support for delivery of critical services in our now-shuttered senior centers?

    NCO is working with the City of Lakeport and other community partners to develop a new project, the Lakeport Community Kitchen, to prepare meals for those experiencing homelessness and otehr (sic) low-income people.” What department of the City of Lakeport is involved in this project? Who are the “other community partners”?

    On Page 25: “Hope Rising is an Accountable Community for Health collaborative focussed (sic) on improving the health and wellness of Lake County. The organization’s Governing Board and Leadership Team consist of CEO-level executives and program directors and coordinators from health systems, Medicaid payer organizations, behavioral health organizations, criminal justice, education, elected officials, non-profit organizations, elected officials [sic – listed twice], workforce development, and community members. Hope Rising operates through four program areas, identified in the Community Health Needs Assessment: health and prevention, community engagement, housing and homelessness, and alcohol and drug misuse.”

    This statement provides additional confirmation to the guess described in Item 7, above. However, please note that (as referred to in that item) the legal entity registered in the state of California as a “private non-profit public-benefit California corporation” is “Hope Is Rising, d.b.a. Hope Rising,” which does not have a physical location or fiscal work products available to the community via their only collective manifestation, the “Hope Rising” website. Where does the definition “Accountable Community for Health” come from and what are the criteria for claiming that the “organization” is “accountable”?

    • John McCowen June 25, 2021

      Well, the numbering for the questions didn’t transfer and the edit function refused them as well. There were 11 numbered questions but some included multiple additional questions interspersed with commentary and quotes from the report. And for those not familiar with NCO (North Coast Opportunities) it is the Community Action Agency for Lake and Mendocino Counties. The number of programs operated or sponsored by NCO are wide ranging and include Head Start, the Gardens Project, Mendo Lake Food Hub, Leadership Mendocino, Healthy Mendocino, Volunteer Network, Walk & Bike Mendocino and other programs to support community wellness to name a few. NCO has also played a key role in disaster assistance over the last few years. And yes, the need always exceeds the available resources but NCO program and administrative staff are very dedicated to making a positive impact in our communities and on the lives of the people they serve.

      • Betsy Cawn June 26, 2021

        Despite the unlikelihood that anyone will read this, I will say that Mr. McCowen’s “rebuttal” of my questions, above, is unchallengeable — but does nothing to answer the questions sent to the North Coast Opportunities Board of Directors on June 23. It is, however, exemplary of the notion often expressed by AVA’s editoria, to the effect that in Mendocino County you “are who you say you are” and substantiation of one’s claims is unnecessary. “The number of programs operated or sponsored by NCO are wide ranging and include Head Start, the Gardens Project, Mendo Lake Food Hub, Leadership Mendocino, Healthy Mendocino, Volunteer Network, Walk & Bike Mendocino and other programs to support community wellness to name a few.”

        While we know of a few garden projects and the active (and welcome) presence of Head Start in Lake County, there was no mention of NCO’s programs supporting Lake County’s severely economically disadvantaged communities, which prompted me to wonder why (or why not).

        We have been the beneficiary of CERT training in the past couple of years, provided by NCO’s staff, but trained CERT members still do not have the support of our Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Services or integration into emergency management planning operations, even as we gear up for a horrific wildfire “season.”

        Encomiums to the inevitably “program and administrative staff” who are “very dedicated to making a positive impact in our communities and on the lives of the people they serve” do not answer the question of why the Community Action Agency does not have required representation from — and presumed accountability to — the Lake County Board of Supervisors. Nor does this reply explain why the 2022-2023 Community Action Plan states that “Hope Rising is an Accountable Community for Health collaborative,” without providing an answer to what its accountability consists of. Neither Lake nor Mendocino County Boards of Supervisors ask for fiscal accountability from either “entity” (NCO or Hope Rising), and the public pays NCO’s staff upwards of $350K for their concentration of efforts in Mendocino County.

        Just about what we expect from NCO on this side of the Cow.

        • Marmon June 26, 2021

          NCO is not helping seniors with there water bills. especially in Clearlake. With inflation folks are coming up short on paying their rent/mortgages or utility bills. The State will help folks who rent, but not a home owner. In the Avenues, there are hundreds of home owners who live on SSA and struggle to survive. A great deal of the homes are not worth a cent, a great percentage of them are dilapidated trailers or mobile homes. These people can not afford to move out of their homes and rent a place somewhere else to qualify for State funding. PG&E is helping folks with their AMP program but there’s nothing for water or sewer bills.

          NCO where are you.


  5. Rye N Flint June 25, 2021


    This has been pissing me off so much, I am actually considering joining a class action lawsuit, as much as I dislike those too. Why did Mendo county shut all the CRV buy back locations down starting in 2019 anyway?

    • John McCowen June 25, 2021

      A couple of years ago China quit taking a large share of America’s recycling stream because of the high rate of contamination which was a key factor in the collapse of the scrap price for recycled plastic. The price for aluminum also fell dramatically. Payments to recycling centers by CalRecycle have not kept up with increased costs. The Willits Transfer Station, operated by Solid Waste of Willits, continues to offer buy back services. Not sure if any others are still open in Mendocino County. Retail stores are supposed to provide limited redemption services or pay a $100. a day fine if there is no local buy back service but there is little or no enforcement. Meanwhile, recycling centers continue to close, people who pay the deposit are getting ripped off, the amount of recyclables going to the landfill is climbing and the State legislature does nothing to address the problem.

      • Rye N Flint June 25, 2021

        Great, now I’m even more sad.

  6. Rye N Flint June 25, 2021

    RE: EIR

    So, every single little cannabis farm has to do a CEQA review, but CalFire only has to send “addendums” every 5 years, for the entire forest? No CEQA review too?

    “In 2017, CalFire did an addendum to the EIR, however, the additional information is still extremely sparse and it didn’t go through CEQA review. In the addendum, they essentially conclude that climate change at local scales (JDSF) is uncertain so they are unable to plan for or do anything about it. The first page of the addendum explains that this is not a true subsequent EIR and that the agency believed that they didn’t have to prepare one.

  7. Harvey Reading June 25, 2021

    I thought the ET report was supposed to be out by today. Is General Halftrack making some last-minute edits? Or is he too busy hitting on Miss Buxley?

    • Professor Cosmos June 25, 2021

      NY Times on Report
      U.S. Has No Explanation for Unidentified Objects and Stops Short of Ruling Out Aliens
      A new government report is likely to fuel theories about unexplained aerial phenomena.

      A Pentagon report released on Friday confirmed the government still has no explanation for reports of unidentified aerial objects.
      A Pentagon report released on Friday confirmed the government still has no explanation for reports of unidentified aerial objects.Credit…Stefani Reynolds for The New York Times
      Julian E. Barnes
      By Julian E. Barnes
      June 25, 2021, 4:43 p.m. ET
      WASHINGTON — The government still has no explanation for nearly all of the scores of unidentified aerial phenomena reported over almost two decades and investigated by a Pentagon task force, according to a report released on Friday, a result that is likely to fuel theories of otherworldly visitations.

      A total of 143 reports gathered since 2004 remain unexplained, the document released by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence said. Of those, 21 reports of unknown phenomena, involving 18 episodes, possibly demonstrate technological capabilities that are unknown to the United States: objects moving without observable propulsion or with rapid acceleration that is believed to be beyond the capabilities of Russia, China or other terrestrial nations.

      There is no evidence that any of the episodes involve secret American weapons programs, unknown technology from Russia or China or extraterrestrial visitations. But the government report did not rule out those explanations.

      Instead, government officials outlined a plan to develop a better program to observe and collect data on future unexplained phenomena.

      The failure to reach a conclusion on the unexplained episodes raised questions about how seriously the government has taken them and whether it has assembled adequate scientific expertise to examine them.

      Too little data exists to draw a conclusion about many of the episodes, officials said. But both scientific experts and enthusiastic amateurs have advanced explanations ranging from the mundane to the otherworldly and the report did little to substantiate or dismiss their theories.

      Government officials on Friday were reluctant to acknowledge the potential that the phenomena could be extraterrestrial craft, a signal of how unlikely they view that explanation.

      There was no affirmative evidence that the unexplained phenomena are alien spacecraft in the report. But because the government has offered no explanation for so many of the episodes, the new report is sure to fuel the enthusiasm of those who believe they could be.

      Among the unexplained incidents are three high-profile videos of aerial phenomenon taken by the U.S. Navy and witnessed by pilots in recent years.

      The report released on Friday is an interim report, which is how former officials involved in the Pentagon examination had predicted the government would initially handle the requirement by Congress to submit an unclassified report on what it knows about U.F.O.s.

      The government intends to update Congress within 90 days on efforts to develop an improved collection strategy and what officials are calling a technical road map to develop technology to better observe the phenomena, senior government officials told reporters on Friday. Officials said they would provide lawmakers with periodical updates beyond that.

      U.S. Navy Releases Videos of Unexplained Flying Objects
      The U.S. Navy has officially published previously released videos showing unexplained objects.
      [radio transmission] “Whoa, got it — woo-hoo!” “Roger —” “What the [expletive] is that?” “Did you box a moving target?” “No, I took an auto track.” “Oh, OK.” “Oh my gosh, dude. Wow” “What is that man?” “There’s a whole screen of them. My gosh.” “They’re all going against the wind. The wind’s 120 knots from west.” “Dude.” “That’s not — is it?” “[inaudible]” “Look at that thing.”

      U.S. Navy Releases Videos of Unexplained Flying Objects
      The U.S. Navy has officially published previously released videos showing unexplained objects.CreditCredit…Department of Defense, via Agence France-Presse — Getty Images
      The Pentagon and intelligence agencies have eschewed the term U.F.O. and refer instead to U.A.P., or unidentified aerial phenomena. It has been a bit of rebranding, both to cut down on public enthusiasm and remove the stigma that U.F.O. can carry, in order to encourage pilots to report their observations and scientists to study them.


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      The new report laid out five categories of possible explanation for the phenomena: a secret technology developed by an adversarial power like Russia and China, classified cutting-edge American technology, a naturally occurring phenomenon, airborne clutter such as errant weather balloons and a catchall “other” category. That final group could include extraterrestrial technology.

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      Officials do not have any indications that the unexplained incidents show objects that are part of a foreign intelligence collection program or a major technological advancement by a potential adversary, a senior government official said. They are also unable to confirm that any of those incidents are part of a U.S. government or defense industry program, a senior official said.

      Nevertheless, the report does not completely rule out a Russian or Chinese aircraft or an American classified program.


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      The report is being made public because of a provision inserted by Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, the top Republican on the Senate Intelligence Committee, into a huge spending bill passed by Congress.

      “This report is an important first step in cataloging these incidents, but it is just a first step,” Mr. Rubio said in a statement. “The Defense Department and Intelligence Community have a lot of work to do before we can actually understand whether these aerial threats present a serious national security concern.”

      Of the incidents examined by the task force, there are “no clear indications that there is any nonterrestrial explanation” for them, said a senior official, adding that the government would “go wherever the data takes us” as the inquiry continued.

      The report avoids any real discussion of the possibility the unexplained phenomenon are extraterrestrial in nature. It was not the purpose of the government’s task force to search for extraterrestrial life, a responsibility that falls to NASA, said a senior governmental official.


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      Perhaps as a result, government officials said that going forward they would only focus on making observations of the phenomena and had no plans to try to communicate with the objects.

      Government officials said that on further examination, the 21 reports that show unusual acceleration or movement could prove to have normal explanations. Government analysts have scrutinized the cameras and sensors that recorded the phenomena for potential flaws, a senior government official said.

      There are plausible, but dry, explanations for each of the Navy recordings that are more likely than some sort of extraordinary technology, said Mick West, a science writer who focuses on debunking conspiracy theories.

      In one video, a sharp movement of the object could be attributable to a shift in the camera’s movement. In another, an object that appears to be moving fast is shown to be actually moving much more slowly when a relevant trigonometric calculation is applied. An image of a rapidly spinning object skimming over the clouds is caused by infrared glare, Mr. West said.


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      “If you just say, ‘Oh, it’s aliens,’ that’s actually quite a simple explanation,” Mr. West said. “The actual explanation is kind of complicated, which is why a lot of people miss it. But yet the mundane explanations exist for all of these videos.”

      The Pentagon and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence are considering research and development programs that could improve and standardize data collection, the officials said. With more data, better pattern analysis of the episodes could be done, said a senior government official.

      The Pentagon is also hoping to look at historical data collected by radar to find other similar incidents, a senior government official said.

      Officials said they looked at 144 unexplained incidents and were able to recategorize one as an example of airborne clutter. The failure to make headway on any of the others is a reflection of the lack of data but also a lack of scientific brainpower examining the problem.


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      Since the late 1960s, most scientists and scholars have steered away from U.F.O. studies. Their reluctance has hampered the government’s ability to put conspiracy theories about aliens to rest.

      “Unfortunately, I don’t think that landscape is really going to change,” said Chris Impey, an astronomy professor at the University of Arizona. “It’s still an area where scientists mostly fear to tread.”

      • Harvey Reading June 25, 2021

        “Fear to tread”??? I think he meant being taken for a fool. Every one of those “examples” undoubtedly has a simple, “down-to-earth” explanation. ET is not gonna waste time on a bunch of dumb moneys like us. From skimming your ponderous, copied work, it seems like we’re about where we were in the 50s with respect to “sightings”. They’re just a huge pile of wishful-thinking BS.

        And, one more thing: was I right about why the effen dumb report wasn’t on time?

        • Professor Cosmos June 25, 2021

          No. June 25 was due date.

      • Rye N Flint June 25, 2021

        Maybe it is Russian experiments afterall… I mean, wouldn’t aliens be too smart for all of these shenanigans?

        • Harvey Reading June 25, 2021

          And maybe it’s electronic glitches, or clever manipulations of screens. Or, as seems likely to me, all made up BS. I trust nothing the military tells me. Vietnam and the years, and wars based on lies that have followed convinced me that the high command is a bunch of goddamned liars. Same goes for politicians, from either party, at ALL levels of guvamint.

        • Professor Cosmos June 26, 2021

          The Russians and Chinese and Americans are off the table. Our Intel services would have identified the 2004 uss nimitz. Tic Tac by now, for example, yet haven’t. Nobody here has developed craft yet capable of the five observables.

          These shenanigans with the military by aliens have been common since world war 2. Especially around nuke sites. They are monitoring and messaging.

          • Harvey Reading June 26, 2021

            BS. Peddle it to the suckers. I’m certain they’re slavering for more. Americans have always preferred nonsense to reality.

  8. Harvey Reading June 25, 2021

    I generally use Wikipoopia as a quick check if I’m perhaps a little hazy regarding something that occurred in the past. If what they have matches my memory of what happened, I stop my search. If not, I search further.

    I once, long ago by the standards of the present, tried to edit an entry based on my own experience of an incident. Some old preacher (or someone pretending to be one) shot it down, not with facts, but with utter BS. That was pretty much it for Wiki as a source of trustworthy information, and me.

  9. Rye N Flint June 25, 2021

    RE: PG&E

    “Households with one or more individuals who have self-certified that they have a serious illness or condition that could become life threatening if their electric or gas service is disconnected”

    How many PG&E customers in Mendo county are on a well? Well… we missed out on the rebates because it wasn’t considered a serious condition, and all of the Sonoma county customers got a free Tesla battery out of it… I guess that what happens when the Population of your entire county is less than the City of Santa Rosa. PG&E is great… at PR campaigns.

  10. Marmon June 25, 2021


    Does anyone know what kind of drug they gave Biden yesterday, Adderall maybe? Maybe his son Hunter shared some of his crack with his poor old dad. The day before he was barely functioning when he gave his speech, looked like he didn’t even want to be there. Amazingly, yesterday he was bright eyed and bushy tailed. He looked like he was about to jump through that camera into our Livingroom’s.

    Based on studies, methylphenidate is a possible treatment for apathy in patients with dementia.


  11. Harvey Reading June 25, 2021

    Last night I awakened around midnight for a few moments. Without turning on a lamp (common occurrence) I opened my eyes to look at the illuminated clock face on the nightstand. It was dark. Power outages during rain and thunderstorms are common here, and it was drizzling outside, so I rolled over and went back to sleep.

    A couple of hours later, I awakened again, needing to go to the bathroom, again, habitually, not turning on a light. The clock was still dark, so I used a flashlight to read the time on the battery-powered living room clock. It read 2:30. Out of curiosity, I took the flashlight to read the clock on the stove top to get a notion of how long the power had been off. Oddly, it read the same as the battery clock in the living room. Then, I looked at the microwave above the stove top. Its illuminated numerals were shining brightly and read 2:31. That seemed weird, since, during power outages, its clock face goes blank until reset. I started feeling a little like I was in the Twilight Zone.

    I walked back to my bedroom and glanced in the direction of the bedside clock as I entered. It was shining brightly, and read 2:30!

    Then it came to me. During my first awakening, I had not gotten out of bed and had just looked over at where the clock was. I had completely forgotten having sat a large lens pouch on the bed stand as I was unloading gear from my earlier late-afternoon ride with Diamond. The lens pouch completely blocked my view of the clock with my head on the pillow but the clock was completely visible from a standing position. There had been no power outage whatsoever.

    To say the least, I was relieved. I felt a little foolish as well, but that happens at times.

    • Marmon June 25, 2021

      You and Creepy Joe appear to have something in common.


      • chuck dunbar June 25, 2021

        James, be nice–you’ll never get to heaven if you aren’t.

      • Harvey Reading June 25, 2021

        What? That you make comments concerning him and me?

    • chuck dunbar June 25, 2021

      Hey, Harvey, that’s a great old man–not as sharp as we used to be–story! I could tell you, with a tad of embarrassment, a few such stories. Some day, perhaps we’ll meet up there for a beer. Thanks for the story, made me laugh in empathy. Humility comes with old man territory, for sure….

      • Harvey Reading June 25, 2021

        If only I could honestly use that excuse. Crap like that has been happening to me all my life. Always laying things down, then forgetting where I put them a few minutes later. Never remembering the names of people I just met, whacking my elbow into walls while turning hallway corners, etc. Hey wait, it just occurred to me that I have been prezudinchul material and didn’t even know it all these years! Why on earth would anyone even want the job?

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