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Mendocino County Today: Monday, August 23, 2021

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SEASONABLE TEMPERATURES AND GENERALLY LIGHT WINDS will continue through Wednesday. The coast is expected to see areas of nightly marine stratus with afternoon clearing. Smoke is expected to remain near fires, flowing with daily diurnal winds. Later this week, a warming and drying trend is expected with marine stratus persisting. (NWS)

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PUBLIC NOTICE: Mendocino County Public Health has been notified of another Mendocino County resident who has been lost to the COVID-19 Virus. We send our condolences to her family and friends.

A 66 year old Redwood Valley woman has been confirmed as Mendocino County's 57th death. At this time Public Health asks all Mendocino County residents to exercise caution when placing themselves in situations that could expose them to COVID-19, especially considering the new more infectious Delta variant. Mendocino County Public Health asks that you follow all CDC and CDPH guidance’s at this time. Vaccination, masking and social distancing remain the best options for combating the Covid-19 Virus.

The individual in question was not vaccinated.

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by Jim Shields

There’s hardly a person in Mendocino County who is not aware of the fact that marijuana cultivation is totally out of control.

There are four people however, Supervisors Gjerde, Williams, McGourty, and Mulheren who think that their proposed ordinance that allows unprecedented pot expansion is a fine idea.

Of course, their proposal is being challenged by a referendum that seeks to repeal the entire ordinance.

This county is coming apart at the seams because of the unchecked pot proliferation occurring during declared drought emergencies, town water supplies and private wells going dry, and rampant water thefts and illegal diversions.

On top of these calamities is the reality of what appears to be another record-setting year of catastrophic wildfires.

I want to talk about fire and water and people who aren’t getting the message regarding how those two things are related to the difficulties of operating a municipal water utility during these times and circumstances. 

Here’s a quick look at recent events occurring with the Laytonville County Water District.

On my KPFN program last Saturday, Lauren Kaplan who also does a show on the Puffin, called station manager Kevin Marsh shortly before 2 p.m. to report a large column of smoke near the bottom of Bell Springs Road at Highway 101.

Kevin came into the studio with the information and on air I called Laytonville Fire Department Chief Sue Carberry and asked if she was aware of the situation. She said she wasn’t but would get right on it.

Turns out the fire broke out off Bell Springs Road near Foster Creek Road east of Leggett.

The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office eventually issued evacuation orders that forced some residents to flee the area.

Firefighters and air support from multiple agencies fought the fire and about 5:30 p.m. the wildfire’s forward progress halted.

Cal Fire Mendocino reported that the fire burned 50 acres all together. The cause is unknown but under investigation.

By 9:25 p.m., all evacuation warnings and orders had been rescinded and residents were allowed to start returning home.

As I write this, on Tuesday night (August 17), fire personnel are still mopping up the area, and using water from our District to make sure the fire stays out.

We are fortunate in the Long Valley area to have an aquifer that recharges itself even in times of drought. It’s a natural resource that all of us who work for the Water District know must be protected, safeguarded and watched over ever so carefully. We don’t take our responsibilities lightly.

It’s one of the reasons that the greater Laytonville area that relies on our water, has never been forced to take mandatory water cuts during recent periods of drought.

We have a proven reliable source of water that is properly managed by District employees. All of us who work for the District live here in Laytonville and we’re not about to shirk our responsibilities and not do our jobs when it comes to protecting this vital resource.

But we need help in doing our jobs from District customers.

For over a month now we have broadcast on the radio, in the newspaper, on social media, with leaflets, and sign boards how important it is for everybody to comply with a rule and regulation that has been in effect since 2016.

That rule forbids watering outdoors from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m, seven days a week. Customers may water outdoors all they want from 5:01 p.m. to 10:59 a.m.

There are penalties and fines for people who break the rule. But too many people are ignoring the regulation even though there’s a tremendous loss of water during the heat of the day hours of 11 to 5.

This must stop because we are not maintaining safe firefighting levels in our storage tanks.

We are in the peak of wildfire season. On the same day the Bell Springs fire broke out there were two other fires in or near town, that were quickly knocked down. But if any one of those fires had gotten away from firefighters, large amounts of water would very likely have been needed to successfully combat them. If storage tanks are depleted it becomes almost impossible to fight fires.

The cause of this problem is no secret. Two-thirds of the population of Laytonville live west of Ten Mile Creek, we call this area the “West Zone.” There are record volumes of water being pumped to the West Zone mostly because there’s record numbers of pot plants under cultivation. Water consumption has increased by 50% this summer in the West Zone. Our booster pumps run almost non-stop during the hours of 11 to 5.

Every drop of water that is pulled from our wells and treated at the plant is metered. Water used by people who live in town to the east of Ten Mile Creek remains normal. Likewise with the bulk water sales. In fact, water haulers are on schedule restrictions. Plus all the water they use is metered. Again, we know exactly how much water is being used by everybody.

Cal Fire recently reported that, “The length of fire season is estimated to have increased by 75 days across the Sierra and seems to correspond with an increase in the extent of forest fires across the state. The National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) predicts portions of the Coast Ranges, Sierra, and Cascades in California increasing to above normal fire danger in June and July and continuing through September.”

Cal Fire reported that as of Aug 12, 959,611 acres have been blackened by 6,347 fires. Nearly 1,700 structures are gone. No lives have been lost — so far.

But bad as they are, this year’s fires have not set a record — yet.

The record was set last year, when Cal Fire reported a total of 9,917 wildfires that blackened 6,653 square miles, damaged 10,488 structures and left 33 people dead. Cal Fire pronounced the 2020 wildfire season the largest recorded in California’s modern history.

If fire on any scale happens here, we’re going to need water immediately to fight it. We have plenty of water for everybody right now. We just need water to keep our tanks full, or as close to full as possible so that firefighters can do their jobs.

So please folks, follow this very simple rule:

Seven days a week there is no outdoor watering allowed between the hours of 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

If the Water District does not see immediate improvement in compliance with this regulation, we’ll institute our Two Day Rule, which only allows outdoor watering two days per week from the hours of 5:01 pm to 10:59 a.m.

So please work with us, we don’t want to impose another regulation. We have a good thing going here, it’s in all of our interests to keep it that way.

The most important responsibility that we have as a local government water agency is to keep our customers and community safe. We believe that and we live it.

(Jim Shields is the Mendocino County Observer’s editor and publisher,, and is also the long-time district manager of the Laytonville County Water District. Listen to his radio program “This and That” every Saturday at noon on KPFN 105.1 FM, also streamed live:

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La Vita e un Sogno (Life is a Dream)

It is with great emotion and heartfelt sadness that my wife Kris and I announce the closing of our restaurant after 35+ years.

The fact that we may have accomplished something special and unique by, 'bucking the trends' and keeping 'old traditions' alive had become a constant source of pleasure and satisfaction for us. However, without much 'left in the tank' we decided that now would be the 'right time'.

Over the years, our hope was to offer you that special 'romantic moment' or perhaps a family occasion for all to treasure. 

Kris and I always tried our best to please each and every one of you. 

It was our job.

It was our joy.

Love to you all,

Mario’s Restaurant (Redwood Valley) Presser

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by Tommy Wayne Kramer

We should start asking ourselves what our limits might be regarding traveling criminals who have found Ukiah an agreeable place to squat. 

I’ve not been keeping score but it seems on the one hand local citizens sacrifice quite a bit to make sure visitors drifting in from Biloxi, Battle Creek and Boston are fed and housed as best we can. And on the other hand we turn to Page Two of the Ukiah Daily Journal on any given day and see depravities that shock us, and that most would agree probably aren’t the work of locals. 

Arson, for example. Some mornings I’ve scanned the Police Log and noted six or eight separate attempts to destroy portions, or all, of the town by strategically setting fires in various locations. Near the hospital for instance, or down Hobo Highway along the tracks, or the park at the foot of East Gobbi Street. 

Or out near the gun range on Vichy Drive, where we came within a whisker, or a stiff wind, of losing a lot. A lot of homes in the Deerwood / Redemeyer / El Dorado developments, and a lot of lives. Firefighters say it was arson, no doubt about it. 

My question: If this is how (some) act when we treat them as honored guests visiting town, what would they do if we gave them a bus ticket and a sandwich? 

They defecate on our streets, bathe in public fountains, use drugs, sell drugs, break stuff and consume free food. We bought a big expensive motel in a prime location just for displaced people to settle in, get their lives back in order, and hopefully not set fire to. 

A point that must be made: A few local program administrators and grant writers make tons of money from the homeless population in Ukiah, but when they go home at night it isn’t to a house on Thomas Street or Observatory Avenue. Those who make their living luring lost souls to Ukiah reside in far off lands like Potter Valley, Redwood Valley and other isolated places well-removed from the homeless mobs they create. They take the money, we deal with the effluent. “Homelessness, Inc.” is a big business bringing a lot of money to insiders connected to government revenue. 

If a couple dozen houses and a few people had died in the Vichy fire would citizens have begun talking about this clear and present problem? It’s a question we should ask ourselves, and city council members. 

Truly, where’s the upside for Ukiah? Our streets are more dangerous, graffiti is spreading, boarded-up trashed buildings line South State Street. Quality of life is sinking, and neighborhoods are at risk of incineration because a pyromaniac from Bakersfield who just came to town is angry at what Plowshares served him for lunch? 

BLINKERS: With the downtown streetscape renovations nearly complete (and looking pretty darn good I must say, despite my early and ongoing doubts) let’s talk about traffic lights and stop signs. 

Most would agree that under recent (unusual) circumstances north-south travel has flowed nicely. Smooth sailing means you can roll right through blinking red stop lights. But get stuck at the lights at South State and Gobbi and you’ll need to call the boss and explain you’ll be late coming back from lunch. 

Let’s vote! I say keep the blinkers until they prove ridiculous, which might only take a week. 

TEMPERATURE SOLUTION: Everyone’s talking about triple-digit heat, and California Democrats are set to unveil an aggressive strategy to combat soaring temperatures. 

An innovative program offering immediate and permanent relief: recalibration of thermometers across the state of California. Beginning September 15, the new SmarTemp system will display temperature readings a full 20% lower than previously. 

Example: A 104 degree temperature reading on obsolete thermometers will soon be shown at 20% less in SmarTemp, and thus show 83 degrees. Lower readings are expected to result in immense energy savings, beginning with reduced AC useage. 

SmarTemp installation is expected to cost less than $12,000 per household. 

Democrats say such bold thinking will also be applied to drought relief. The concept of “acre foot” remains, but starting January 1 will be measured and reported as 100 square feet by six inches deep. 

“The water savings are almost beyond comprehension,” said Congressional rep Jared Huffman. “It’s clear from early projections we can start tearing down California dams beginning last week.” 

SUNDAYS IN PARK: The 2021 city-sponsored concert series has been the best in memory, and we credit a single factor: Boomers have grown old, their sap has dried to dust and so has their vanity, and they’re no longer compelled to shake their booties and other flabby body parts at strangers in public. 

SYCAMORE ALERT: I’m no treeologist but if what’s now lining State Street are sycamore trees it’s already time to replace them. No sane homeowner would plant a sycamore; even an insane homeowner, having planted one, would never plant another. 

Sycamores are the weed of trees, the perfect choice if you can’t find some nice kudzu or poison oak to plant along sidewalks. Its leaves are toxic, its roots are relentless and big, and Ukiah already has way too many sycamores. 

Of course they instead might be Flowering Dream Orchid-Bearing Lotus Bouquet trees, in which case I’m already apologizing to sycamore fans everywhere. 

(Tom Hine lives in Ukiah and sometimes writes under the TWK byline.)

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On 8/19/21 at 6:08 pm, Willits Police, Little Lake & Brooktrails Fire Departments responded to a reported fire near the Burger King drive thru.

As the fire departments actively worked to contain the fire before it could spread, WPD’s Arson investigator and patrol officers began their investigation.

During the investigation, Officers identified 39 year old Jennifer Smith of Fort Bragg as a primary suspect. 

Jennifer Smith

The investigation revealed Smith walked up from the nearby creek bed, stopped, lit a portion of the dry grass by the drive thru on fire and then walked away. WPD Officers were able to locate Smith a few blocks away and detain her.

After the investigation was complete, Smith was ultimately arrested for arson and a drug related charge.

Little Lake & Brooktrails Fire Departments were able to contain and extinguish the fire quickly before it was able to spread causing further damage.

(Willits Police Presser)

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by Mark Scaramella

Supervisor Williams:

Mendocino BoS - 8/24/2021 1:00 PM

Discussion and Possible Action Including Presentation Regarding Increasingly Dire Drought Conditions and Abrupt Loss of Coastal Water Sale to Haulers; and Direction to Staff to Allocate Budget for Immediate Assistance Including the Implementation of a Water Hauling Assistance Program, Structured for Best Success in Future Reimbursement from State and Federal Partners

(Sponsor: Supervisor Williams)

Recommended Action/Motion

Accept presentation regarding increasingly dire drought conditions and abrupt loss of coastal water sale to haulers; and direct staff to allocate budget for immediate assistance including the implementation of a water hauling assistance program, structured for best success in future reimbursement from State and Federal partners.

Previoius Board/Committee Actions

The Board of Supervisors declared a Local Drought Emergency on April 20, 2021.

County formed the Mendocino County Drought Task Force consisting of Supervisors Haschak and McGourty.

The Drought Task Force met with the Mendocino City Community Service District in June, when MCCSD explained the urgency of the situation. The county has been able to secure 6 port-a-potties to reduce water demands within the town, but mitigation efforts alone will not address the magnitude of dwindling water supply.

On August 17, 2021, the Drought Task forced expressed optimism in regard to coastal water hauling potential.

Summary of Request

Within 24 hours of the August 17, 2021 BoS meeting, Supervisor Williams became aware of imminent halting of offsite water sales from Elk, Irish Beach, Mendocino Unified School District and Westport, leaving coast residents and businesses without the ability to purchase water. Restaurants and hotels have begun cancelling reservations and closing a few nights per week due to the shortage of drinking water. The town of Mendocino has become the epicenter of acute drought crisis, but residents across our rural landscape are not immune to dry wells.

Water Operator Charlie Acker said, “never seen it this bad, there is no flow in Greenwood Creek” and he was here for the historic drought of 1976-77. Fort Bragg discontinued water sales on July 18, 2021. Westport will stop their two loads per day sales any minute. The coast is now left without an affordable place to purchase water.

Last week, Mendocino Volunteer Fire Department responded to a mutual aid request for a fire in Ukiah. Firefighters left their jobs and families, raced to the station and drove a water tender full of water from drought stricken Mendocino to Ukiah. Like fire, drought requires application of pooled resources.

Ryan Rhoades, Mendocino City Community Services District, will describe current conditions and immediate needs within the town of Mendocino.

Howard Dashiell, Director of Department of Transportation, will present short term concerns of all impacted communities.

Josh Metz, Drought Task Force staff, will share regulatory hurdles in regard to moving water from one basin to another.

Darcie Antle, Assistant CEO, will share possible grants, ARPA funding options/limitations, remaining PG&E funds and general fund options.

Supervisors should be prepared to discuss business, agricultural and domestic use as well as the county’s role in providing assistance. The town of Mendocino generates millions of county dollars per year through sales tax and transient occupancy tax (bed tax). Inaction will result in lost revenue and impact wage earners, the very people who have recently transitioned from post-COVID sheltering unemployment to the workforce. The crisis at hand demands State and Federal assistance, but the local economy and public welfare require immediate action which only the county can provide. While the town of Mendocino is leading acute symptoms of drought, it is anticipated other communities will follow. The board should provide clear guidance to staff and set public expectations. If adequate assistance cannot or will not be provided, guidance will allow residents and businesses can plan accordingly.

Time is of the essence. We must transition from brainstorming to action.

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From the proposed attached resolution:

“Authorizes and directs the Director of Transportation to negotiate and enter into agreements for water storage and/or treatment that may be necessary to implement the Mendocino County Community Water Replacement Project, pursuant to acceptable contract documents by County Counsel and Risk Management, and report results to the Board through the applicable Director’s Report. … Authorize and directs Auditor Controller to appropriate funds in the amount of $960,000 from PG&E Settlement Funds …” 

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WE’RE NOT the only ones wondering who will actually bid this contract and at what cost. Most local licensed water haulers are already pretty busy. As Grape Supervisor Glenn McGourty has noted, however, the wine industry has (stainless steel, if potable) wine trucks licensed for food-grade content that could be used. None of the plans so far say whether they’re going to haul potable water or not. If not, more haulers might be interested. It will also be interesting to see where the water comes from, how much they’ll ship, what routes they’ll take, what the road conditions will be, what time of day they’ll drive, how the water will be offloaded on the receiving end, etc. 

ALSO ON TUESDAY’S Special Meeting agenda is the continuing pointless legal exchange between the Supervisors, the CEO, County Counsel vs. The Sheriff. Case No. 21-cv00561.

FROM THE EVER-EXPANDING (partially available) Superior court file we have found that the Sheriff’s attorney now referred to the County’s proposal to consolidate the Sheriff’s computers with the County as the “attempted Takeover of the Sheriff’s IT Department.” 

But the minutes from Judge Moorman’s August 4 hearing note that, “Court indicates that Board of Supervisors have rescinded the apparent takeover.” 

We have not seen a formal vote on that. 

As to the budget dispute:

“Extent of authority for county funds. Court does not believe there is a conflict. It [The Board of Supervisors) has to make a statement not indicate a policy. Court continues and indicates that the language came off as a threat.” 

Then later:

“Budget: Court seeks clarification. Counsel Curtis responds that the final budget has been approved but it is being amended.”

“Approved but being amended…” Classic Mendo. In other words: not approved. 

Continuing, “… As of 8/3/21 budget was resolved with possible amendments. Court asks [Sheriff’s attorney] Counsel Losak to respond to the cited budgetary dispute.”

Then, a few days later, “Board took action to begin adding $1,386,110 to Sheriff’s budget from PG&E settlement money of approximately $22 million.”

If the Board “took action” it should have been in open session. We have not seen any such motion, resolution or vote on this, even though the amount is quite precise.

Last Tuesday, all the Board did on this subject was emerge from closed session with the standard, “Direction was given to staff.” 

If the available court tea leaves are correct, though, the issue appears to be moving toward some kind of pro-Sheriff resolution with the “attempted takeover” of the Sheriff’s computer system rescinded, a large amount of (one-time) money added to the Sheriff’s budget, and the “threat” of holding the Sheriff or any other department head being withdrawn.

But the court case “continues” and the muddleheads have yet to make any clarifying or formal announcement. 

The dispute is again on next Tuesday’s (August 24) special board meeting closed session agenda. 

Item 5a: Pursuant to Government Code Section 54956.9(d)(1) - Conference with Legal Counsel - Existing Litigation: One Case - Mendocino County Sheriff Matthew Kendall v. Mendocino County Board of Supervisors - Case No. 21-cv00561

But if the above is true, nothing in the above discussion qualifies for closed session. And they should have a public discussion and vote on the three main issues in dispute.

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PRELIMINARY INFORMATION EMERGES About Man Found Dead Behind Ukiah’s Ross Dress for Less Store.

“The decedent is a 43-year-old homeless male that is “known to law enforcement’.”

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On Friday, August 20, 2021 at 6:25 PM, Mendocino County Sheriff's Deputies responded to a reported domestic violence incident in the 1300 block of Old River Road in Talmage.

Upon arrival, Deputies contacted an adult male walking down the roadway southbound from the above location and Danielle Bloyd, 43, of Talmage, walking northbound in the roadway from the above location.

Danielle Bloyd

Both subjects were detained while the Deputies conducted their investigation.

During the course of the investigation it was learned the adult male and Bloyd were walking to the store when an argument started between the two subjects.

During the argument, the adult male tried to hug Bloyd in a conciliatory gesture. Bloyd in turn bit the adult male on his jaw.

Deputies observed visible injuries on the adult male's jaw.

Bloyd was arrested for domestic violence battery and was booked into the Mendocino County Jail where she was to be held in lieu of $35,000 bail.

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Al Weger, Founder of Redwood Tree Service Station

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BIDEN appeared on television Sunday afternoon to say he is “working hard” and “as fast as we can” to get Americans and US allies out of Afghanistan, noting that 33,000 people have been evacuated from the country since July. Biden had set an evacuation deadline of August 31 but implied it may take some time before everyone's out. He said some 11,000 people were lifted out of Kabul in less than 36 hours, describing the evacuation as “hard and painful” and admitting “a lot could still go wrong.” “Let me be clear — the evacuation of thousands of people from Kabul is going to be hard and painful. No matter when it started, when we began. It would have been true if we had started a month ago, or a month from now. There is no way to evacuate this many people without pain and loss and heartbreaking images you see on television. It's just a fact.”

WHEN the histories are written of the Afghan fiasco, it will be even more obvious that the intelligence-military nexus will be found wanting. It was clear all the way to Boonville that the Afghan army could collapse any time, and when Biden announced a date for withdrawal, collapse was inevitable and, as it's turned out, rapid. Shoulda been enough troops left in-country to at least secure the airfields. Trillions frittered away on these old boys with chests full of medals… Etc.

ON JONAH RASKIN'S recommendation, I bought a copy of “By the Light of Burning Dreams — The Triumph and Tragedies of the Second American Revolution,” by David Talbot and Margaret Talbot. To a guy like me who was merely a foot soldier in the great civil rights and peace offensives of the 1960s, a foot soldier who found the leadership of opportunistic figures like Tom Hayden and that treacherous little weasel Rennie Davis highly suspect. Where did they get the money to fly around everywhere talking big talk about revolution? "O yea, Tom, Rennie. I'll talk my friends into going out there to commit major felonies. I know you guys will be right behind us all the way.” Way behind as it turned out. Hayden's rich friends funded him into an elected state sinecure and Davis hit the mystic trail for a second life as cosmic advice man.

THE TALBOTS’ book, despite a few too many hagiographic riffs on the clay-foots profiled for my taste, contains a lot of interesting stuff about “movement” people I haven't seen anywhere else. (The sixties movement is the only movement in the history of movements to march mostly backwards, but without even attempting to enumerate them I'd say the Women's and the Environmental movements were the only positive “movement” developments I can think of off hand. And America finally got good bread. (cf the Healdsburg Bakery and Henry Miller's essay, “Bread.”)

THERE'S this startling passage in an interesting section on John Lennon, a figure I knew nothing about beyond his being a key Beatle. I certainly didn't know anything about his murky assassin — Mark David Chapman — who, the Talbots suggest, may have been a kind of Manchurian Candidate programmed to murder Lennon by the Nixonians. J. Edgar, predictably, viewed the singer-songwriter as a major threat to The American Way of Life: 

“AS NIXON'S offensive against Lennon had grown more aggressive, John's paranoia deepened. When the Lennons were visiting with Paul Krassner during their 1972 California trip, the underground publisher recalled, ‘I remember John said to me at one point, “If anything happens to me or Yoko, it was not an accident.” But writing in his journal in 1978, Lennon mocked the rampant fears of Krassner, who even warned John that his fellow Yippies, Rubin and Hoffman, were CIA double agents. Lennon also wrote dismissively of Mae ‘They're Coming Through the Windows’ Brussell — one of the commentators who later alleged that the musician was assassinated because he was a ‘threat’ to the forces of war and repression within the incoming Reagan administration.”

THAT WAS THEN and now is now, with daily warnings that we've irremediably over-cooked the planet, but darned if I sense any urgency from the leadership urging specific strategies of the painfully austere type that might get us off low boil.

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1930s Vision of the Future

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The past year and a half of the pandemic has been a great challenge to the entire community. However, it is gratifying that great resilience and creativity in keeping friends and neighbors safe has also been actualized during these hardships. Mendocino Coast Hospitality Center (MCHC) is very grateful for the continuing support shown for their organization and the people that they support experiencing homelessness and other conditions related to poverty. 

From January 1 to March 31,2021, despite many obstacles, MCHC was able to provide a three-month Winter Shelter for those living rough. MCHC would like to acknowledge and thank Trinity Lutheran and Coast Christian Churches for the use of their facilities; the Mendocino Jewish Community, Fort Bragg First Presbyterian, Grace Community churches and others for providing hot soups every weekend. Mendocino County and the Continuum of Care designated the funding for the shelter and City of Fort Bragg paid for a wage enhancement that helped motivate job seekers to apply. In addition, the loyal MCHC employees who have continued to provide all services of the organization all year also deserve recognition for their efforts and the vital nature of their work. 

Historically, the organization is based on the idea that people have setbacks and challenges in their lives and find themselves in extreme poverty, houseless and hungry. The Hospitality House was established to help people with their basic survival needs while providing support and resource services to help individuals and families get back on their feet and off the streets. 

Much of homelessness is fueled by economic conditions and lack of adequate housing, but also by despair, domestic violence, mental illness, and substance use issues. 365 days a year, the Hospitality House provides shelter, food, showers, and laundry facilities for those in need. MCHC has added services over the years including housing navigation, Specialty Mental Health Services, vocational training and group classes, access to phones, internet, mail delivery, 24 Transitional Housing beds, and a Street Medicine program. People who benefit most from these services are those who are able and willing to participate in a “path to personal wellness”. 

Unfortunately, people with serious mental illness and/or addiction issues often do not have the capacity for “finding that path” without more assistance. Assistance that MCHC is not funded to provide. The need for sheltering those who experience protracted and short-term street level homelessness, but who are not able or willing to use the services of the Hospitality House or Center is an acute issue here and elsewhere, that is particularly critical during inclement weather. The Coast Winter Shelter has saved the lives of many of those individuals over the years. 

This past season, the Winter Shelter served approximately 32 individuals – 19 of whom have utilized the Winter Shelter in more than one previous season. There was only one intake for Specialty Mental Health Services. All Winter Shelter guests have been assessed for Coordinated Entry with only a handful keeping a subsequent appointment with a Housing Case Manager. Most of those who utilized last season’s Winter Shelter have not been seen at the Hospitality Center since the program ended. It is very disappointing that the majority of those who use the Winter Shelter refuse all but the bare minimum required to receive shelter and the success rate for remaining off the streets long term when the Winter Shelter closes each year is dismal. 

The cost for the Winter Shelter this past year was $103,473 for three months of operation. This is just under half of the annual operating budget for the Hospitality House for one year – a program that shelters 24 people year-round and that MCHC struggles to fund year after year. Additionally, the cost of the Winter Shelter was twice the cost of the Transitional Housing annual operating budget – a program, which is self-funded, operates on a shoestring budget, and shelters an additional 24 people year-round. The average nightly stays at the Winter Shelter this season were only 5 individuals per night. 

Even pre-COVID, MCHC had trouble staffing the temporary Coast Winter Shelter. Every year, few ap applicants are qualified for this work. This season was no different even with the COFB wage enhancement. This creates a burden of additional duties placed on staff already working full time in their year-round duties. 

The Mendocino Coast Hospitality Center (MCHC) staff and board have seriously grappled with the issue of providing this temporary service for several years. The Winter Shelter has always been a very complicated and demanding program for the entire organization. This past year highlighted that extreme difficulty. After much deliberation and anguish, the MCHC Board of Directors has made the difficult decision not to operate the Winter Shelter for the upcoming season. 

The statement from Executive Director, Paul Davis, states: “Between the ongoing uncertainty around finding staff and program locations, the extra demands on staff, safety and liability issues, and the disparity of expense and delayed payments between Winter Shelter and year-round shelter programs, we do not feel it is responsible for our organization to operate the Winter Shelter this season. MCHC has embarked on a new management structure, and we are working on strengthening our strategic goals. We intend to focus our funding and staff attention on the services and programs MCHC provides year round that support and help people in this community move forward with their lives. Those who suffer from untreated addictions and mental health issues resulting in intractable street level homelessness, need a different level of service than what is offered by the Winter Shelter or our other services. There must be another way or other types of services to address this critical need.” 

MCHC is hopeful that a new coalition of interested community members will work together to consider other possibilities to address these unmet needs. 

Please contact or call (707) 961-0172 x1100 for more information.

(MCHC Presser)

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To The Editor,

In the latest copy of the AVA (August 18) there is a Letter to the Editor from someone named Temple O. Smith from Cloverdale concerning local water problems. At the end of the letter is an editor’s note that reads as follows: “Lake Mendo is dependent on the diverted Eel at Potter Valley: Lake Sonoma gets most of its water from the Russian River, which is also dependent on the diverted Eel”.

I totally agree with the first part of the Ed. Note regarding Lake Mendocino. However, in the case of Lake Sonoma, according to a Warm Springs Cultural Resources Study in Nov 1980, the two main sources of water for Lake Sonoma (Warm Springs Dam) are Cherry Creek and the misnamed Dry Creek which runs all year round, and, when water is being released from the dam, eventually feeds into the Russian River. These two creeks are themselves fed by many small feeder streams.

The Russian River is located a few miles east of Lake Sonoma, and no water from the Russian River goes into Lake Sonoma.

Thank you,

David Anderson


Ed note: Yeah, I thought I knew that, but I haven't got my Prevagen yet and find myself subject to, ah, slippage, I guess you could call it. 

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CATCH OF THE DAY, August 21, 2021

Alvarez, Anders, Burke, Elrod


JAMES ANDERS, Fort Bragg. Elder abuse resulting in great bodily injury or death.

JENNIFER BURKE, Willits. DUI, child endangerment, resisting.

DARRELL ELROD JR., Willits. Domestic battery.

Giglio, Gutierrez, Maloy, Sanders

DAVID GIGLIO, Redwood Valley. DUI.

VENNESSA GUTIERREZ, Modesto/Ukiah. Arson during state of insurrection, possession or manufacture of device for arson, recklessly causing fire to structural or forestland.

TRE MALOY, Willits. Domestic battery, false imprisonment.

RHONDA SANDERS, Willits. Under influence, controlled substance (Frequent flyer.)

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Teaching school is hard, but especially difficult when children come to school hungry and with no lunch. I taught for 32 years in Sonoma County and saw many times, that even with the free and reduced fee lunch program, some children did not get lunch. Maybe their parents were behind in their reduced fee lunch payments, or maybe the child didn’t want classmates to know their family qualified for the free or reduced fee lunch.

Those days are over thanks to Gov. Gavin Newsom and the state Legislature. Under SB 129, the Free School Meals for All Act of 2021, 6.2 million students have access to two free school meals a day, breakfast and lunch. California is the first state in the nation to permanently adopt free meals for all K-12 public school students.

Say what you want about Newsom and the Legislature, but this is one thing that they did right.

Judi Allewelt


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"I BELIEVE TOTALLY IN YOUR FREEDOMS, I do, you gotta do what you gotta do, but I recommend take the vaccines. I did it. It's good," Trump said, drawing boos from the crowd of supporters. 

"That's okay, that's alright," Trump continued, brushing off the disapproval. "But I happen to take the vaccine. If it doesn't work, you'll be the first to know. But it is working. You do have your freedoms, you have to maintain that."

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HEADLINE OF THE DAY: "Jennifer Lopez appears to scold one of her children while out with Ben Affleck" (Fox News)

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RE: Cache Fire Refugees

There is a lengthy report on the Facebook page published by our online newspaper, Lake County News that depicts the dreadful treatment of the Cache Fire evacuees by our county CAO.

Lake County’s KPFZ (88.1 fm) has provided live coverage for most of the afternoon of the 18th, continued with two hours of interviews on Friday, the 20th, with the Lake County Sheriff and Chief Willie Sapeta of the Lake County Fire Protection District (area of the city that was affected), plus intermittent updates on various live broadcasts as news became available.

My sources clammed up on Friday afternoon until late Saturday with the revelation that the refugees would be moved to the City of Clearlake's senior center facility, as you will see. My normal stock of invective is insufficient to describe our dismay, but we'll resume coverage this afternoon at 2 pm, on the regular Sunday broadcast of the "Essential Public Information" hour.

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by Jonah Raskin

Everyone in the northern California cannabis world knew of Frenchy Cannoli who proselytized tirelessly for hashish and who provided a living link to Europe and to the world where hashish was born. Frenchy died in July 2021 in San Francisco, a long way from his birthplace in Nice, France on the Riviera and across the Mediterranean from North Africa, where hashish has been enjoyed for centuries. I met him long ago in Sebastopol at the now largely defunct Sonoma County Cultivation Group (SCCG), where he extolled the virtues of hashish and invited cannabis growers to use his hookah that had half-a-dozen straws. After he fired it up he took a long draw, disappeared behind a cloud of smoke and went on a coughing jag. It was powerful stuff, even for the master “hashishin,” or hash maker. 

Born in December 1956 to French parents who named him Didier Camilleri, he left France at 18 and embarked on a long journey that took him to Morocco, Mexico, Japan, India and the foothills of the Himalayas. Everywhere, he lived with the locals and learned their lore, legends and craft. He was given the name Cannoli because he rolled his hashish like the creamy, cheese-filled Italian pastry that originated in Sicily. 

What I remember most about Frenchy’s appearance in Sebastopol, aside from his hookah and the smoke-filled room, was that he told cannabis growers not to baby or coddle their plants, but rather to deprive them of water and to stress them. Stressed plants would produce potent cannabinoids and terpenes, he insisted. That evening, I met a cannabis farmer at the SCCG, followed him home and the next day watched him make hashish using an old cement mixer, ice, water and screens. The agitation of the cement mixer separated the trichomes (the resin glands) from the plant which were then filtered through a series of screens. Two pounds of raw cannabis yielded only two ounces of potent hashish, but those ounces went a long way. 

Frenchy never published a book, but he’s featured in the forthcoming documentary “Frenchy Dreams of Hashish.” A two-minute plus trailer can be viewed on YouTube. “Mendocino could become the Bordeaux of the cannabis industry worldwide."

He never lost his French accent, which added to his mystique. Also, he might not have lost his wanderlust, but he settled down in northern California, got married and fathered a daughter. Hashish and Frenchy Cannoli will forever be linked in northern California, or for as long as growers remember their cultural roots.

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by Nicki Pulliam Zeisig

"I spent the last 7 days taking care of part of one of our COVID-19 units. I personally took care of 35 pts. Of those, 32 were unvaccinated. Their ages ranged 21-81 yo with 60% being 20-50 yo. (I am not a pediatrician, but yes the pediatric units are also getting hit hard with Covid-19.) Included were two unvaccinated pregnant women. Of my vaccinated patients, two discharged after 1-2 days with more mild illness. My third vaccinated patient was on lifelong chronic immunosuppressants. My personal sample size is small but happens to line up fairly well with the demographics for hospitalized patients being reported nationwide. They are much younger than they used to be and the majority unvaccinated.

I must admit I mentally prepared myself to face a lot of obstinacy, conspiracy theories, and mistrust from my patients during this surge—I mean this is a self-selected population who chose not to get vaccinated, despite it being recommended ad nauseam by the medical community for the last 8 months. Yes, I had a few patients like that this week, but I was surprised that was not the case at all for the majority. On the surface, the world appears so polarized, but at the end of the day, we are all human and want the same thing–health and happiness. These people are so sick and feel so miserable. They are terrified because they’re in trouble, and they have finally realized it.

A paraphrased compilation of the conversations I had at least 20 times per day:

When will my breathing get better? I don’t know. Every person is different. When will I get to go home? When your oxygen is better. (Thinking: IF it gets better. You might need a ventilator soon.) When will my oxygen get better? It’s difficult to predict—a few days, a week, two or three weeks—some patients have stayed for months. Am I getting better at all? Well, you’re not getting worse so let’s try to focus on that. Am I going to be ok? We’re doing everything we can to get you better. (Thinking: Maybe? Maybe not? I hope so?) But really, do you think I’ll be alright? It’s too early to say right now. We’re doing everything we can. Time will tell. Can I get the vaccine now? No, it’s too late. How soon can I get it? After you recover. When will that be? Again, I don’t know. Covid-19 takes time.

Doctor, am I going to die? You are very sick and that is a real possibility, but we are doing everything we can to get you through this. We have to take this one day at a time. What if I get worse? We’ll have to consider putting you on a ventilator. How long would I be on a ventilator?

At least 2-4 weeks or longer. What would be my chances of making it? If you’re sick enough to require a ventilator, the survival rate has been less than 20%. Can you check on my daughter? She’s in the ER right now. Yes, I can. Can you check on my husband? He’s getting intubated in the ICU right now. Yes, I can do that. Hello? Hi, Mr. So-and-so. Yes? This is Dr. Zeisig. I’m calling to tell you we just had to emergently intubate your wife and move her to the ICU. Her oxygen was dangerously low. Oh my God. (Hear tears through the phone). I’m so sorry. Hello? Hi, Ms. So-and-so. This is Dr. Zeisig. Your father went in to cardiac arrest. We couldn’t get him back. I’m so sorry. (Hear weeping through the phone). COVID-19 is a monster.

This week I was prepared to convince and educate my patients about any and every treatment we were giving. Again, there were a few who made helping them difficult. A couple patients became irate, yelling why have you not gotten me better yet?! I’ve been here two weeks and I was healthy before! Really? The nerve. Welcome to the pandemic. I don’t engage the nonsense or any degree of politicization (That’s like saying diabetes or cancer is political. Like what are you even talking about?) We don’t have time for ridiculous conversations right now. That being said, I found that the majority, unprompted, told me they “regret” not getting the vaccine and asked me when they could get it. These people passed up on a safe, non-experimental vaccine that is 95% effective in preventing hospitalization and death, and yet NOW they were eager to get it ASAP—AND—eager to try any and every possible treatment we could offer, no matter how experimental. Most patients did 100% of what we asked and recommended out of pure desperation. The looks of despair and regret on many of their faces will always be burned onto my brain.

I was prepared to have my emotional guard up this week so I could mentally endure the conspiracy theories and being second-guessed constantly. What made this week even more difficult than I expected is that I didn’t have to do that very often. Instead, my patients tapped into the little emotional energy I have left to keep offering empathy. I gave them everything I have, because that’s who I am and I actually don’t know how to turn that part of me off no matter how exhausted I am. I celebrated and cheered on their small victories when we were able to lower their supplemental oxygen after many days, and I shared in their misery when things were not looking good even when it just meant listening or being present in the silence. They told me how appreciative they were of all that we were doing and how thankful that I was their doctor. And that’s all fine and wonderful.

That’s why we all went into the medical field. This is what we do every day, without discrimination, because we took an oath to help every patient in our care to the best of our ability. But we are also human and allowed to have our own feelings. And quite honestly, I’m mad. I’m upset with patients for not listening when it mattered. I’m frustrated that society has gotten their “medical advice” from politicians and social media clickbait instead of medical experts for the last year and a half. Why did physicians and scientists spend their entire young adulthood getting an education if so many don’t care to listen? I’m mad that a small minority of (extremely vocal) physicians have gotten swept up into the political games, causing irreparable harm to the public. Above all, I’m mad I have to worry about my unvaccinated toddler’s health and social activities again. I’m left feeling more defeated for my patients, myself, and my coworkers than any other point in the pandemic so far. Know that my sentiment is being echoed loudly in almost every physician forum/meeting/Facebook group, hospital-wide email, and essentially every conversation between any two hospital healthcare workers right now. This was preventable.

As a full time hospitalist for the last year and a half, my colleagues and I have each personally taken care of hundreds of hospitalized patients with COVID-19. We are also 9 months into vaccinating about half of Texas. You know how many hospitalized patients I’ve personally cared for due to effects from the vaccine? ONE. An overnight stay for fever, dehydration, and body aches that all resolved the next day (indicating a vaccine that is doing its job). When cases were low before Delta, the decision for all of us felt like it was vaccine vs. no vaccine. The situation has changed. Due to rapid uncontrolled spread, the decision now is vaccine vs. COVID-19 infection. You’re going to want that vaccine. How each of us fairs COVID-19 is not something to roll the dice on, let alone during a time when there may not be a bed, nurse or doctor to efficiently take care of you.

So, I urge everyone—if you plan to rush to us when you’re sick, which to me means you trust us enough to try to save your life, just trust us NOW.

People of all ages are needlessly dying. Healthcare workers are breaking (and quitting). We’re not looking for praise or sympathy. Gone are the days of feeling like “healthcare heroes.” I feel we are more like captives of the pandemic at this point. What we want is action and changed behavior. This pandemic life we’re all living is not sustainable. We have to stop killing ourselves and each other, both figuratively and literally. We can do that by all getting vaccinated and listening to what the majority of medical experts/organizations/agencies have been and keep saying. At least for now, the vaccine is working extremely well to prevent severe illness and death, near miraculously. When a new variant comes along that requires us to adjust the vaccine, we will. But we have to start by simply trusting and being patient with the science and the process.

Please. Go. Get. Vaccinated. Stay safe. And wear a mask. (I promise it’s much more comfortable than the ventilator.) 

—Hospitalist/Internal Medicine Physician

(This post represents my own vulnerable experience and does not represent any institution or organization. I share it because patients have taught me that we are more emotional than logical beings—more so than we want to admit. The data and statistics just don’t seem to be getting through, so I hope this does for someone. Out of respect for healthcare and public health workers who are working their butts off at the moment, please no debates on this thread. Thanks in advance for your respect.)

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It Ain't Over 'Til The Last Burger King Leaves Kandahar

by Michael Moore 

Most won’t say it, so I will: America has thankfully lost another war. Let’s make this the last. 

This is nothing here to celebrate. This should only be a monumental gut-check moment of serious reflection and a desire to seek redemption for ourselves. We don’t need to spend a single minute right now analyzing how Biden has or has not messed up while bravely handling the end of this mess he was handed — including his incredible private negotiations all this week with the Taliban leaders to ensure that not a single enemy combatant from the occupying force (that would be us; e.g., U.S. soldiers and spies and embassy staff), will be harmed. And Biden so far has gotten every American and foreign journalist out alive, plus a promise from the Taliban that those who stay to cover it will not be harmed. And not a single one has! Usually a force like the Taliban rushes in killing every enemy in sight. That has not happened! And we will learn that it was because of the negotiating skills and smarts of the Biden team that there was no mass slaughter. This is not Dunkirk.

Dozens of planes have safely taken off all week — and not one of them has been shot down. None of our troops in this chaotic situation have been killed. Despite the breathless shrieks of panic from maleducated journalists who think they’re covering the Taliban of the 1990s (Jake Tapper on CNN keeps making references to “beheadings“ and how girls might be “kidnapped” and “raped” and forced to become “child brides”), none of this seems to be happening. I do not want to hear how we “need to study” what went wrong with this Taliban victory and our evacuation because (switching to all caps because I can’t scream this loud enough): WE ARE NEVER GOING TO FIND OURSELVES IN A SITUATION LIKE THIS AGAIN BECAUSE OUR DAYS OF INVADING AND TAKING OVER COUNTRIES MUST END. RIGHT? RIGHT!!

Just look at this:




Iraq (1991).

Iraq (2003).


There are two themes that run through this list of countries we’ve invaded since World War II. 

One, none of them ever invaded us or posed any kind of threat to our lives — the only true justification to ever use armed force. 

And number two, they ain’t white. Since May 8, 1945, for some reason, we only kill people of color. Probably just a co-inky-dinky.

As with the Viet Cong in Vietnam, we were defeated in Afghanistan by a rag-tag army that did not own a single helicopter, not a single jet fighter, no stealth bombers, no missiles, no napalm, no Burger King at the PX, not one air conditioned tent — not one! — not a goddamn tank in sight, just a bunch of guys with beards in pick-up trucks firing bullets into the air. Oh, and one other similarity with Vietnam — it was their country! Not ours. We were the invaders. In Vietnam we killed 2 million people. In Afghanistan, estimates of the dead go as high as 250,000. In Iraq we killed nearly a million (going back to Bill Clinton’s civilian bombing campaign). 

We spent over $2.4 trillion in Afghanistan for 20 years while the poor in America went without food, medical care, decent schools. The water in the Black-majority city of Flint was poisoned by the Governor. A thousand people shot by the police in the U.S. each year. 

We sacrificed over 2,400 American lives to invade a country where Bin Laden was nowhere to be found. Bush said early on he no longer had any interest in capturing him. In 2011, Obama’s seal team found him in a house just down the road from Pakistan’s “West Point”. Who woulda thought!

What a tragic mess. Defund the military-industrial complex, defund the NSA, defund Homeland Security. They sent our young troops to their deaths. For shame! No Afghan attacked the World Trade Center. 15 of the 19 hijackers on 9/11 were from Saudi Arabia! Not from Afghanistan, not Iraq, not Iran. How come “Bandar Bush” — the Saudi Royal Family’s tender nickname for their longtime friend, George W. Bush — why didn’t Bush attack Saudi Arabia? Oh. Right. They have something we need. Fill ‘er up!

So, yes, we lost this stupid, senseless war and I’m happy that it has finally ended. Our fake Afghanistan Army couldn’t wait for us to leave — and, as soon as we did, the Afghan soldiers stripped off their fake Army costumes we gave them, threw them to the ground and spit on them. They joined the Taliban in the streets in celebration. The Taliban did not shoot a single one of them. The Afghan interpreters and others who colluded with the enemy, the USA, for 20 years — yes, they might be in trouble (just like if Russia invaded Alaska and a bunch of Alaskans collaborated with them and after the Russians left some Americans might want retribution from the collaborators). You get that, right? 

The pundits on TV wail: “We’ve abandoned our Afghan helpers! No one will ever trust us again! No one will ever believe us! Our word is no good!!”

EXACTLY! Correct! Yessss! We should never be believed! Note to the rest of the world: You see us coming? RUN! Nothing but tragedy awaits you. Do NOT help us. If we sign a climate agreement, we will not follow it! If we sign a nuclear deal with your mullahs, don’t believe it. It only means we’re getting ready to bomb you. And you should know that when it comes to we, the American public, there is not a single morning where we ever wake up thinking about you or giving a rat’s ass whether 80% of your people live in a state of oppressive abject poverty. It’s always only about us, baby — and what YOU can do for US, for our AMERICAN WAY OF LIFE! 

And by the way, make sure there’s always a roof where we can land that goddamn escape helicopter when we need to get the F outta Dodge!

It’s always Saigon Time in America. 

P.S. May our troops and the Afghan civilians someday forgive us. Much condolences and love to all families who lost loved ones in this disgustingly sad war. I can only imagine how you all have felt this week. Nineteen of our American veterans commit suicide every single day. Please, don’t leave us. I/we will not abandon you. (If you need to talk to someone, call 800-273-8255).

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FAMED SAN FRANCISCO POET and activist Jack Hirschman dies, reports group he co-founded

Jack Hirschman, former San Francisco poet laureate, activist, and famed proponent of the Beat Generation, died at his home in the city on Sunday, said the organization in which he served as a co-founder and director. He was 87 years old.


Ed Note: Good guy gone. Volcanic, I'd say, to describe Hirschman, smart, very funny, a great mimic, easy to work with considering his personality. I won't be the only person missing him.


Ferlinghetti & Hirschman

on the tip of the tongue of the soul 
as crisis after crisis happens and cries 
after cries at the end of the old year 
and new change hoping not to be same-old. 

Two words on the tongue-tip of the heart 
but one finds one can’t pronounce them, 
can’t announce them with confidence, 
determination and the pride of courage. 

Got a cell phone but why haven’t they called? 
Got a blackberry but they’re not on the menu! 
Got digital buttons for every kind of question, 
but the answer to one’s being 

a disaster like a market-crash or an invasion 
or a bombardment of innocence eludes one. 
We got a new President and as epoch-making 
and image-changing his victory, with the joy of 

 the people whose forebears were slaves, 
and therefore the joy as well of the people 
whose forebears were their masters. For now 
we all really can be free. But why aren’t we? 

Because we won’t say IS, won’t utter the IS 
that’s International Socialism and throw our 
energies into the creation of it, into making it 
the irresistible power that will end the woes 

and the wails of the war-torn and the moaning 
of the women and children of this world. So 
what I wish for you is the IS of 2009 where 
those two words, first whispers on the lips 

then a river sounding the poem that’s the song 
embracing you with the meaning of the future 
with your brothers and sisters allover this world, 
and IS you IS, and IS we be, all each other’s baby.

— Jack Hirschman (2011)

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As we share our position on the California recall attempt, we ask you to keep two numbers in mind:

First — 3.8 percent of the population.

And second — $276 million.

Got it? Here we go.

The rules of recalls in California are this: If you gather enough signatures in the required amount of time, we have an election. Period.

But — you need signatures representing just 12 percent of the number of people who voted in the last election. In California, the magic number came out to just under a million and a half people.

In a state with 39.51 million residents, that’s 3.8 percent of the population.

That’s it. That’s all that’s required to give the populace an up-and-down vote on whether or not to oust a governor — and replace him with somebody else, even if that person draws just a fraction of the support of the incumbent.

In California, we have 46 people seeking to replace Gov. Gavin Newsom; that means the leading vote-getter could theoretically get less than, say, 10 percent of the vote — but if the “yes or no” on the recall passes, that person would be the new governor.

Is it any wonder Republicans were so eager to get this on the ballot?

It is, by far, the best chance they have of getting a GOP governor in Sacramento again.

They sure can’t do it at the ballot box; in the 2018 election, Newsom creamed John Cox 61.9 percent to 38.1 percent. If a race were held today pitting Newsom against any Republican on the recall ballot, the outcome would be pretty much the same.

But this is a recall. This is different, and the fact a good number of people simply don’t understand how it works will only play to the GOP’s favor.

The Democrats haven’t exactly helped themselves here. At Newsom’s insistence, they didn’t put up a serious challenger in case the recall succeeded. That means if Newsom is recalled, there will likely be a Republican governor.

And make no mistake about it — based on the polling, and Newsom’s unpopular (some might even say misguided) positions on many issues, that’s a distinct possibility. And Newsom has nobody to blame but himself.

First, you can forget about those TV commercials labeling this a “Trump-Republican effort to steal the election.” It may have started out that way, but Trump Republicans are the least of Newsom’s worries right now. Remember, Republicans are outnumbered by Democrats in California about 2 to 1; there’s no way they can win any statewide election with a straight up-and-down vote.

No, the reason this recall has a chance is because Newsom has lost the support of so many people who voted for him in 2018 — notably Latinos, a fact you will never, ever hear Democrats bring up in their anti-recall ads. As is the case with so many things these days, COVID-19 may have a lot to do with it.

Latinos make up 39% of the state’s population. However, they comprise 55% of COVID cases and 46% of deaths from the virus, according to the California Department of Public Health. Many Latino leaders also say Newsom’s COVID policies impacted their businesses by a disproportionate amount.

Largely as a result, the polls show the recall is close and within the margin of error of succeeding.

Should it succeed?

We’ll be clear: For decades, the needs of our northern communities have been treated with contempt (if even noticed) by Sacramento, and that’s only gotten worse. The way he swoops into fire-ravaged communities unannounced, holds private press briefings to push his agenda with charred hills in the background and leaves before anyone even knew he was here hasn’t made him any friends either.

And if ever there was a poster child for “Do what the governor says, not what the governor does,” he cemented that legacy with his infamous dinner at the French Laundry.

But should he be recalled?

We think that’s a dangerous path best avoided, and here’s why: If it succeeds, what’s stopping the Democrats from doing the same thing?

Remember, there are twice as many registered Democrats in our state as Republicans. Think they’d have an easy time getting a million and a half people to sign a recall petition against Cox or Larry Elder or Kevin Faulconer — especially considering how angry they’d be if this attempt succeeds? They’d probably blow past that figure in less than a week and easily regain the governorship, all while taxpayers were stuck paying another $276 million or more for the process.

Yes, $276 million. That’s the official price tag the state has placed on the cost of this attempt. You can expect the next one (if this one succeeds) to cost even more.

We believe in elections, and we believe that at the end of the day, the voters get what they voted for. We think recalls should be supported only in the most outrageous of circumstances, and here — whether we like it or not — all Newsom has done is largely follow the will of the people who put him in office.

Elections have consequences. If they’re bad enough, the next election will turn out differently, and that’s the way these things should be decided.

So put us down for a “no.” If anything needs to be recalled, it’s the ease with which these things can get on the ballot.

(K.C. Meadows, Editor, Ukiah Daily Journal.)

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ms notes: Voter turnout is expected to be low. Veteran Democratic strategist Katie Merrill of Berkeley said last week: “I think if the election were held today, we’d probably have a 30% turnout. That’s problematic.”

“When such a small percent of the electorate is turning out, that means that most of the voters are the ones that are most engaged in that particular campaign or that particular race,” Merrill said. “And every poll has shown that the voters that are most engaged in the race right now are the ones who want to recall Gavin Newsom.”

And, “It may sound silly to some people, but there is probably a large portion of the electorate that is quite uninterested in this election,” said Newport Beach-based pollster Adam Probolsky. “They heard something about a recall, something about Republicans being angry. But they’re not really engaged at all.”

The second question on the recall ballot is this: “If he’s recalled, who should replace him?” Data shows that in past recall elections at least some people who voted “no” on the first question don’t cast any vote on the second, perhaps thinking their choice won’t count. Activists say one of the most common questions they’re hearing from voters is whether they have to weigh in on both questions, or if a vote on one question cancels the other out. The answer to both of those questions is no, but the questions keep popping up.

(Quotes from a much longer Orange County Register article published August 19.)


  1. Douglas Coulter August 23, 2021

    We treat the homeless well? You are awakened at 2:00 AM by a cop who keeps his flashlight in your eyes the whole time. Told to move but not given a place to move towards, just leave. The shelter is full.
    Poverty is not a crime yet we have made it one. A clean camp should be left alone. Yes run off the pigs that bring piles of garbage and never clean up their site but people need a place to sleep.
    And you wonder why some might light fires?
    Make a habit of kicking stray dogs and you will get bit.

  2. Kathy August 23, 2021

    Betsy Cawn ought to get a Lake County ‘Good Egg’ award – her reporting is essential news

    • Rye N Flint August 23, 2021

      I agree.

  3. Douglas Coulter August 23, 2021

    What drought?
    Take a ride along River Road and look at all the grape reservoirs. They are all full. From Talmage to Hopland not one pond is low and three had water pouring into them at a high rate on August 20th.
    As I rode north on Highway 101 I noted one just north of Hopland that was down about 10 feet. All the grapes are green, even new planting, thousands of acres in Mendocino County. But it’s only water so who cares?

  4. Douglas Coulter August 23, 2021

    I never hear about the incendiary balloons released from Gaza over Isreal by those poor oppressed Palestinians. Or the more than 70,000 tires lit on fire turning Gaza air into toxic smoke.
    America’s media has a good filter.

  5. Rye N Flint August 23, 2021

    Why doesn’t North Ukiah have a sewer?

    “Municipal Service Reviews

    A Municipal Service Review (MSR) is a comprehensive study to determine the adequacy of governmental services being provided by the local agencies under LAFCo jurisdiction (Government Code Section 56430). These studies may be used by LAFCo, other governmental agencies, and the public to better understand and improve provision of services and to identify opportunities for greater cooperation between service providers. The service review is a prerequisite to a sphere of influence update and may lead a LAFCo to recommend actions to other agencies or to take actions under its own authority.

    Specifically, service reviews are required to address:

    Growth and population projections for the affected area.
    Present and planned capacity of public facilities and adequacy of public services, including infrastructure needs or deficiencies.
    Financial ability of agencies to provide services.
    Status of, and opportunities for, shared facilities.
    Accountability for community service needs, including governmental structure and operational efficiencies.
    Any other matter related to effective or efficient service delivery, as required by commission policy."

    Cities and last review date:
    City of Fort Bragg, 2018
    Point Arena, 2015
    City of Ukiah, 2012
    City of Willits, 2019

    Full report for Ukiah (from 2012) @

  6. Ted Williams August 23, 2021

    Jim Shields,

    Cannabis expansion passed in 2017, before I was on the board. There are two paths forward:

    10A.17 phase 3 (2017, now law)


    22.18 phase 3 (2021, target of referendum)

    I favored the 22.18 approach, because it would locate new cultivation on agriculturally appropriate parcels (instead of neighborhoods), give neighbors a voice (discretionary use permit), require hydrologic tests and address water hauling, mitigate hoop house plastic proliferation and much more closely aligns with state licensing requirements (which means cultivators trying to operate legally could actually reach the end of the tunnel).

    I believe 10A.17 phase 3 will be a disastrous repeat of 10A.17 phase 1. In several articles, you’ve asked the public “do you want more cannabis farms?”. That’s not the question at hand. The question at hand is about how cannabis farms should be regulated. The current approach has been a failure. Rescinding 22.18 gives us 10A.17 phase 3, in other words, more of the same.

    The idea that only a class was able to enter cannabis permitting violates the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution.

    Perhaps the two of us could debate the issue on-air?


    • Rye N Flint August 23, 2021

      MORE AG exempt hoophouses will not stop under either ordinance. You could end the hoophouse loophole now, if there was the will, but, I’m sure it’s a money maker, so screw the wishes of the citizens of this county.

      • Ted Williams August 23, 2021

        That’s not quite accurate. Under 22.18, the entire project would be reviewed with no obligation to approve projects with hoop houses.

        “but, I’m sure it’s a money maker”

        1/4 acre outdoor lacks economic viability. Economic viability necessitates either scale or higher end product.

        • Rye N Flint August 24, 2021

          Right now, there is no one who checks “Maxium allowed sq footage” in PnB. No one. No one in the cannabis department even looks at building permits, so how is cannabis even supposed to know when a hoophouse permit is applied for? Why do we need an ordinance to change that?

          and… 10,000 sq ft of Light Deprivation green house = 1 to 3 crops per season. Each crop is 2,000 plants at 1/4 lb each = 500 lbs

          in comparison, Actual high quality sungrown outdoor, full season (normal cannabis grows without greenhouses) at 10,000 sq feet yield 400 to 500 lbs per season.

          Yet… the price is the same for both, so what are people going to do?

        • Rye N Flint August 24, 2021

          So you are OK having illegal “scale up” via fake AG exempt permits that no one checks but “higher end product” gets labeled as communist cannabis?

    • Kirk Vodopals August 23, 2021

      Mr. Shields, there’s only one way out: rapidly increase large cultivation on sites on agricultural land with ample water adjacent to major roads and freeways. That’s the only way to solve the problems. Enforcement will never keep pace with the current system. Price is the only deterrent to bad behavior. There is no regulatory mechanism that can be created to protect the small operators. That will have to shake out on its own through market selection. Why does the Emerald Triangle have to produce all the weed in the world anyways? Why put this burden on our environment and our neighborhoods? I see people buying lots in my neighborhood just for the water and then trucking it out to their grows. It’s ridiculous. Price is the only means of fixing these problems. I think I have to agree with Ted and the gang on this one. Mendo can’t have its cake and eat it, too. The Soups are doing their best to string along their constituents, but the horse left the stable about 10 years ago.

      • George Hollister August 23, 2021

        The way things appear to me, the great expansion could instead turn into the great contraction.

    • Jim Shields August 23, 2021

      No problem at all, Ted, just need to work out mutual date.

  7. Rye N Flint August 23, 2021

    RE: “Lake Sonoma, according to a Warm Springs Cultural Resources Study in Nov 1980, the two main sources of water for Lake Sonoma (Warm Springs Dam)”

    Anyone know why the road around Lake Sonoma is called Skaggs Springs?

    There’s a hot springs under that thar reservoir!!! I hope it gets low enough to take a dip again! You can find the GPS pinpoint on some websites.

    The springs were sacred to the native people in the area. The Kashia Band of Pomo Indians which has a free EV charging station at the top of Skaggs Springs road, in fact. Bringing the irony of the name “Warm Springs Cultural Resources Study” full circle. I am not surprised that Western settlers drowned the sacred springs to provide water for wineries and cities. Not surprised at all, but definitely disappointing.

  8. Rye N Flint August 23, 2021

    RE: “The cause of this problem is no secret. Two-thirds of the population of Laytonville live west of Ten Mile Creek, we call this area the “West Zone.” There are record volumes of water being pumped to the West Zone mostly because there’s record numbers of pot plants under cultivation.”

    BOS answer:

    More AG exempt hoophouse permits = More Money for the General Fund
    Creating a “Water code enforcement” department = Less Money for the General Fund

  9. Rye N Flint August 23, 2021

    RE: When is the Budget reveal party going to be?

    “Budget: Court seeks clarification. Counsel Curtis responds that the final budget has been approved but it is being amended.”

    “Approved but being amended…” Classic Mendo. In other words: not approved

    Remember way back in 2016?
    “Final 2/3/2016 Mendocino County Grand Jury 2015-2016 Page 3 of 10 Mendocino County receives Proposition 172 funds from the State on a monthly basis and the Auditor-Controller deposits them into the County’s Public Safety Augmentation Fund. Portions of the funds are then allocated to municipalities in the county (see Appendix A)”

  10. Betsy Cawn August 23, 2021

    In the comments on yesterday’s edition, Mr. Marmon explained the familial connection between the Lake County CAO and the head of its Department of Social Services (whose Del Norte County debacle was investigated by its Grand Jury due to the Indian Child Welfare Act violations).

    Lake County’s Office of Education supports a consortium of agencies including the juvenile probation department, child protective services, tribal representatives, and behavioral health service providers to address recidivism in foster care homes and abuse of “homeless children” that need extra assistance to remain healthy enough to attend school. “Transition aged youth” are aided by a mental health program under a local contract with Redwood Community Services, to prevent their falling deeper into the cracks between civilized home life and the depths of despair.

    On August 31 and September 1, the Woodland Community College’s Lake Campus will hold a grand opening of its “Basic Needs Center” for students with “food insecurity” and other basic needs to assist them in the process of becoming employable and therefore not dependent on the dole and/or debilitating substances, in a world where low-paying jobs are the norm and hundreds of jobs are unfilled.

    Meanwhile, the operations of the senior centers and the Social Services department that funnels meager federal monies to them had already reduced their capacities to the least possible levels (due to the pandemic health crisis), with the center in the city of Clearlake prevailing under increasingly difficult conditions — but sustained by the strength of the city’s stalwart management team, of which Mr. Flora is a real godsend. [The center’s executive director is also an elected city council member, that helps a lot.] On the other side of the lake in what is considered to be a well-managed municipality, the senior center is operated by yet another non-profit agency (Lake Family Resource Center, under contract to the feeble center’s 501c3) that provides many children’s services as well as the county’s domestic violence shelter.

    In early 2019, Crystal Markytan chaired a meeting of the county’s Office of Emergency Services for addressing the capacity gaps existing in their “Mass Care & Shelter Facilities” program under the authority of the Lake County Disaster Council, coordinated by the OES staff during disasters. American Red Cross operates qualified shelters as directed by Social Services, and at that time their Lake County liaison announced that he was unable to conduct a requested survey of alternative facilities, but that ARC would continue to assist in providing shelter management in the few qualified locations previously established (mostly using school facilities, but relying on the Middletown Rancheria Band of Pomo Indians’ commercial property, which has a well-established capacity for delivering FEMA-compliant disaster response services that were invaluable during 2015’s megafire in the Middletown-Cobb areas).

    As an activist/advocate for older adult services in the county (since 2005), I participated in that early 2019 meeting, as well as a pair of meetings in July and August, when senior center managers attempted to get help for their disabled elderly program participants in the home-delivered meals services, attempting to address the problems that would be caused by the newly anticipated “Public Service Power Shutdowns.” Because the shutdowns were not considered to be emergencies by either the Sheriff’s Office (the Sheriff himself attended the August meeting) or the Fire Protection Districts (ditto for the Chief of the Lake County FPD), and the Social Services departments with responsibilities for assisting older adults (Area Agency on Aging, Adult Services, Public Guardian, Adult Protective Services), as well as the Public Health Department’s Medical Reserve Corps coordinator, we were told that there would be no assistance provided, and that we were “on our own.”

    Many mistakes revealed by the problems arising from October 2019 “Public Safety Power Shutdowns” — including a shortage of portable oxygen supplies, as reported on October 31 by the then new Public Health Officer, Dr. Pace — led to state OES staff conducting meetings with “emergency managers” looking at additional hardships created by unmet needs of older adult citizens, including the lack of technology access (on top of everyday needs such as basic nutrition, medical and mental health care, and social isolation). All of these capacity gaps were well known before the double whammy of the global pandemic, and the Sheriff himself — in a public meeting of the county’s new “Risk Reduction Authority” dismissed my request (as the communications committee of our Community Organizations Active in Disasters) to work with the Office of Emergency Services on disaster preparedness assistance, saying that the Sheriff’s department is not involved in disaster preparedness.

    Likewise, in early 2021 the coordinator of the Area Agency on Aging, in a public meeting of the AAA Advisory Council, stated that the agency is “not involved in emergency management.” The council agreed to form a new committee in Lake County for the purpose of developing communication support for older adults, specifically focusing on COVID-19 issues but responding to the advocacy for providing direct communication with that at-risk population in general. The committee met once a couple of months ago, with an ambitious plan that was announced but not acted on. Unlike the senior centers in Mendocino County, Lake County’s facilities remain closed for everything but the production of home-delivered (or “take-out”) meals, and assistance for anything but that minimal amount of “nutrition” has been profoundly reduced.

    The city of Clearlake’s senior center, which has the benefit of occupying a very adequate city-owned facility — fully equipped to withstand extensive “Public Safety Power Shutdowns” and provide a shower unit, plus the space to accommodate a number of evacuees with “social distancing” and other sanitation requirements — is ideally suited to serve the needs of the mostly older adult refugees whose modest (and largely uninsured) mobile homes were torched in the Cache Fire on August 18th.

    An added complication was introduced by a new software product provided by the Sheriff’s Office — but not the Office of Emergency Services (in yet another bizarre twist to the saga of Lake County’s mismanagement) — called “Zonehaven.” Where the Mendocino County Office of Emergency Services introduced its emergency management equivalent earlier this year and MC OES manager Brentt Blaser conducted a great deal of outreach and preparedness for community members, our Sheriff conducted one public “zoom” meeting to which a total of 16 citizens (yours truly among them, of course) were introduced to the operations of the product, requiring use of technology that is dependent on power and phone/wi-fi services to be working in the first place — barring the loss of same during PG&E preventive shutdowns — and without the support of pre-event communication to the roughly 40% of the county’s population lacking any technology tools to begin with.

    Because the fire (actually two simultaneous events in the same area, the second of which erupted almost instantaneously) was so quick to explode and its rate of spread was “extreme,” it was paramount for all available law enforcement and other first responders to evacuate people immediately. Some individuals escaped using the drought-diminished Cache Creek, with one individual suffering severe burns (current status unknown, but flown to the UCD burn center), and most having nothing more than the clothes they were wearing.

    A Catholic Charities case manager from the Middletown area canvassed the area where many evacuees had gathered in the huge WalMart shopping center parking lot and surrounding streets, because their vehicles had insufficient fuel for further travel (and gas stations without power due to the “Public Safety Power Shutdown” could not provide it) or they had no familiarity with the 20-miles distant Kelseyville school campus, and were sheltering themselves and their animals as best they could. The case manager discovered a number of individuals dependent on oxygen whose supplies were running out, and who had only the nearby hospital ER to turn to. The hospital itself was not evacuated, although it was on the perimeter of the Sheriff’s mandatory evacuation “zone.” Confused residents who were away at their jobs in other areas, with families in the evacuation zone bereft of the ability to use their breadwinner’s vehicle, were stranded until help arrived. The Sheriff and Fire Chief announced on Friday, August 20, that they were successful at getting everyone out without any fatalities, although perhaps “uncomfortably.”

    The Kelseyville High School auditorium became the evacuation shelter immediately after the Sheriff ordered the evacuations, and served a population of 13 persons (according to the official head count at midnight by the Red Cross staff), who were then transported the next day to the Middletown shelter at the Casino. However, the announcement that the Twin Pine event center had become the official care and shelter facility was not released to the public until the Sheriff’s Office released a new “Nixle alert” at 4:30 pm on Thursday, August 19.

    Catholic Charities case managers were on site all day Thursday and Friday, possibly Saturday, until the arrangements were made to transport refugees back to the Clearlake Highlands Senior Center in the city, an effort that was not conducted until after evacuees in Middletown had had their supper. No arrangements had been made to provide food services at either county-authorized shelter, so the volunteers and agency personnel on site — including District 1 Supervisor Simon, also the Chairman of the tribal council — donated food supplies.

    On August 22, the Facebook page published by Lake County News editor Elizabeth Larson posted an article about the change of venue from Middletown to the city of Clearlake — garnering much commentary, including detailed reports from the Catholic Charities case managers themselves — which appears in today’s edition of the “paper”:

    An additional update on the situation was provided by the city, including the salient points always attendant to the loss of property (avoidance of toxic materials, restricted re-entry, plans for cleanup, etc.) Those residents whose homes are left standing in one of the two mobile home parks that were violently assaulted by the fire on Wednesday are without water, until a neighboring public water district can supply them with an extension of its service lines (their separate water supply system was destroyed).

    Utility lines were affected, and firefighters continue to monitor for hotspots. Newly homeless evacuees will continue to receive assistance at the “temporary evacuation shelter” located at 3245 Bowers Avenue in Clearlake (a.k.a., “Clearlake Senior Community Center”).

    Meanwhile, the agenda for the Lake County Board of Supervisors regular meeting scheduled for Tuesday, August 24, contains no item addressing the plight of Clearlake’s newly homeless citizens, although the Board’s chairman, District 2 Supervisor Sabatier, resides in the city of Clearlake and is intensely pro-active on the city’s behalf. The retraction of assistance from the county’s department of Social Services, as ordered by Lake County’s CAO, was seen as a possible retaliation for the city’s lawsuit against the county for the Treasurer-Tax Collector’s failure to conduct the sale at auction of tax-defaulted properties within the city boundaries that are adding to the burden of unrealized revenues and causing further natural hazards faced by the city’s first responders — including its numerous and costly wildfires. The Grand Jury ought to have a field day with this story.

    • k h August 23, 2021

      Betsy, thanks so much for your reporting on this issue and your care and concern for Lake County citizens in general.

  11. Bill Pilgrim August 23, 2021

    re: “VENNESSA GUTIERREZ, Modesto/Ukiah. Arson during state of insurrection…”

    Uh… what, pray, was she insurrecting against? And what is a “state” of insurrection? A recurring mental/emotional urge to trash the system? “Burning down the house.”?

    • Betsy Cawn August 23, 2021

      I’m so glad you asked, I wondered myself whether that was a typositing error (not to be confused with a “typo”) or the way the Sheriff’s Office described it.

      • Mark Scaramella August 23, 2021

        California Penal Code Section 454 bunches up “state of insurrection” with “state of emergency.” So it’s probably just a computer looking up the code and snagging the first sentence…
        Penal Code Section 454 (a) Every person who violates Section 451 or 452 during and within an area of any of the following, when proclaimed by the Governor, shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison, as specified in subdivision (b):
        (1) A state of insurrection pursuant to Section 143 of the Military and Veterans Code.
        (2) A state of emergency pursuant to Section 8625 of the Government Code.
        (b) Any person who is described in subdivision (a) and who violates subdivision (a), (b), or (c) of Section 451 shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison for five, seven, or nine years. All other persons who are described in subdivision (a) shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison for three, five, or seven years.
        (c) Probation shall not be granted to any person who is convicted of violating this section, except in unusual cases where the interest of justice would best be served.
        The only other time we’ve ever seen the phrase “arson during state of insurrection” was last year:
        But that was later updated to “arson during state of emergency.” Which is obviously what they meant.

  12. k h August 23, 2021

    It’s certainly a valid argument that Ukiah’s Continuum of Care circle is turning out to be a grant-sucking vampire whose main purpose seems to be sustaining itself with every possible revenue source while the homeless problem spirals endlessly.

    But Tom’s argument that only true locals should be allowed to burn things down seems questionable.

  13. Stephen Rosenthal August 23, 2021

    “A 66 year old Redwood Valley woman has been confirmed as Mendocino County’s 57th death. The individual in question was not vaccinated.”

    If the deceased had a medical (not religious!) condition which prevented vaccination I understand and RIP. Otherwise no thoughts and prayers. I’ve lost all compassion for the unvaccinated fools among us. The solution and a return to a semblance of normalcy is simple, but because of perceived ethics and morality it won’t happen. (Where are ethics and morality when it comes to guaranteeing a livable wage or affordable housing?)

    Doctors and hospitals routinely refuse treatment to uninsured patients; health insurance companies routinely deny or limit coverage to people with certain health conditions or charge usurious rates if they do. So it’s long past time to refuse treatment for the unvaccinated. It’s no longer a matter of choice – it’s war, a civil war. If the unvaccinated morons suffer and die, consider them casualties of war. That’s the only way to end it.

    • chuck dunbar August 23, 2021

      “Unvaccinated Covid Patients Are Straining Hospitals Like Mine, Where I Had To Turn A Cancer Patient Away”
      Nitesh N. Paryani, M.D.

      “The unvaccinated are killing people in ways they probably never imagined.As the delta variant spreads, hospitals in Florida, Alabama and other states have been filling with covid patients, almost all of them people who chose not to get vaccinated. As daily infections break records, intensive-care unit beds are scarce or nonexistent.

      But the surge has also affected non-covid patients, such as the Texas shooting victim who had to wait more than a week for surgery. Louisiana stroke victims who can’t get admitted to hospitals. And the cancer patient I recently had to turn away.

      On Aug. 3, I received a call from a hospital that does not have a cancer program. Such calls are routine at the regional referral center where I work. A doctor at the outlying hospital had a patient with metastatic brain cancer. She was unable to walk, and without urgent radiation treatments there was no hope for any meaningful recovery.

      Typically, I would authorize a transfer and start that patient’s treatment the same day. But conditions are no longer typical.My hospital, one of the largest in central Florida, was full of covid patients, more than 90 percent of whom were unvaccinated. We had no beds available. We had paused elective surgeries the previous week and have been trying to control the influx of patients. Our emergency department had a 12-hour wait that day.

      This was an emergency, but I had no resources to help. When I started my oncology practice, and even before I became a physician, I intended to honor the principle my grandfather had set when he began practicing in the 1950s — one that our family had upheld over six decades of caring for people with cancer: Never turn away a patient, regardless of their ability to pay or other circumstances. But I had no choice. For the first time in my career, I had to say no…

      …Americans must heed the call to get vaccinated. We must do this for ourselves, for our children who are too young to be vaccinated, and for our neighbors who may not be able to access medical care for other conditions as hospitals deal with waves of unvaccinated patients.”
      Nitesh N. Paryani is a radiation oncologist in Tampa and medical director of Tampa Oncology & Proton.
      Washington Post, 8/21/21

    • Justin Ford August 23, 2021

      Wow. War?

      Who started this war? Whose been held accountable for the cause of all this? The unvaccinated aren’t killing anyone. I’ve seen reports from Israel, the worlds prime example of vaccine efforts, showing they are now having horrible outbreaks. Why? Good question.

      Biotech isn’t gonna save you, it has only ever been part of the feedback loop of infinite crisis management when indeed the whole system itself has always been the crisis.

      I cannot blame anyone for not trusting what we are being put through. The same industries providing the cure are the same industries that gave greenlights to the some of the worst atrocities we’ve ever known. Literal human experiments. One after the other. With not a one person held accountable, just fines that are easily paid. Were you compassionate then?
      I’m certainly not at war with the people around me, nor am I afraid of them. God help those who live that way.

      peace to you sir

      • Stephen Rosenthal August 23, 2021

        The depth of your ignorance is unfathomable. Thank you for reinforcing my points.

      • Douglas Coulter August 24, 2021

        The endless boogeyman fear propaganda in America. We need external enemies or we turn on our corrupt leadership. The language of this pandemic is the same as the war against “the native savage” in the Declaration of Independance. The commie threat, negro music, homosexuals, homeless crazies. We have a war on drugs, a war on crime, a war on the homeless, and now we want a war on disagreement. Like witch trials and lynchings people celebrate the death of unvaccinated. You could not say “Covid 19 was made in a lab” just 2 months ago. You could not say “influenza is killing our soldiers” in 1918 until Spain sounded the alarm. Covid 19 is nothing compared to Spanish Flu and until they start testing for immunity it appears that this is a fear event to keep people from free assembly. How many people have been exposed and natural immune response has worked fine with zero symptoms? But that does not make pharmacuitical companies richer.

      • Rye N Flint August 24, 2021

        “The unvaccinated aren’t killing anyone?” What world do you live in?

        I feel like I’m living in the Mike judge Movie “Idiocracy”.

        • Justin Ford August 24, 2021

          I’m pretty sure I live in the same world. The world is much bigger than this county. You may want to take a peek at what’s happening. Maybe you are. I’m not trying to convince you of anything. I’m also not saying I’m correct. No need to attack my intelligence. A mind at war thinks very little, if at all.

          You had no point in the first place. And if we are going to release the deceased vax status, perhaps release any other ailments they might have been suffering from. The way the posts are framed is as if the individual in question is 100% healthy and just happened to catch the virus. Just a thought.

  14. Douglas Coulter August 23, 2021

    Neither is there salvation in any other. This is the crux of Christian Religion that has powered histories greatest genocide. Kill you if you won’t convert and kill even if you do because we want your land.
    The Hebrew Bible does not support Christian beliefs and so histories greatest supporter of censorship is the Christian religion.
    Money and power are the root of all religious organization and we have granted them control of Mendocino County Hospitals. Did we not learn from Jim Jones?
    Separation of church and state was nullified by the BOS

    • Justin Ford August 23, 2021

      I hear you.

      Todays corporate Christianity doesn’t reflect the many fruitful stories in the bible. And true, the bible has been used for power and destruction beyond measure before our time. From what I know, King David seems to be the censor. I know some true Christians that do not consider themselves religious. They see the stories in the bible as artifacts. Something like breadcrumbs to avoid the follies that come with being a human. And they do the best they can for themselves and those around them.

      My grandmother would say don’t throw out the baby with the bathwater.

      peace :)

      • Douglas Coulter August 24, 2021

        King David is responsible for some of the most nasty crimes in history. The pillaging of enemies as he hid from King Saul, the murder of Uriah among the most brutal, yet every time he was confronted he changed direction. David was correctable, Saul was not.
        The histories in the Bible are great failures, this was tried and it did not work then so it won’t work now. The human race is not correctable, we rewrite history and make hero’s out of evil bastards.

        • Bruce McEwen August 24, 2021

          Isn’t the story of David and Goliath the first printed caricature of the Palestinians [Philistines, in the Old Testament), tricking them out as hideously dangerous great oafs and ogres? God, the Satirist Devine! — or was it some Hebrew scribe? “The moving finger, having writ, moves on, and all your piety and wit cannot lure it back to cancel half a line or blot out a word of it.” — Omar Khayyam

        • Justin Ford August 24, 2021

          I agree with you.

          I also feel like the stories are universal a la Joseph Campbell. I think I read somewhere that most of Christianity comes from Egyptian myth. Seems like it’s been known that humans have the capacity to be good and evil for a long time.

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