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Mendocino County Today: Tuesday, July 25, 2023

Seasonable Temps | Jughandle Beach | Jorge Medina | Truck Thief | AV Fundraiser | Dusky Sky | Should Mo | Food Bank | Candidate Cline | Elk BBQ | Headlands History | River Log | Festival Photos | Night Out | Ed Notes | Village Board | Homeless Funding | Wandering Peacocks | Angioplasty Drama | Bunyan Days | Winery Settlement | Yesterday's Catch | Chef'Store | Public Notice | Tried That | London Park | Panther News | NYT Hate | Road Fork | Working Stiff | Robert Gottlieb | Purple Hour | Try This | Mainstream Extreme | Gary Webb | Ukraine | Phone Boothing

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SEASONABLE WEATHER conditions will occur across Northwest California during the next seven days. Interior temperatures will be near late July normals. Coastal areas will continue to have periods of low clouds and fog, and perhaps a bit of early morning drizzle, but no rain. (NWS)

STEPHEN DUNLAP (Fort Bragg): A foggy 55F this Tuesday morning on the coast. A slight change in our forecast is now calling for morning fog into Thursday. I expect morning clearing as usual.

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Jughandle Beach (Jeff Goll)

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On 07/22/2023, at 3:46 P.M., MCSO personnel were dispatched to the east fork of the Russian River off of East Side Potter Valley Road near Potter Valley, CA for a report of a possible drowning.

MCSO initiated an emergency response, arrived on scene, and began checking the area for the victim when they were flagged down in the 7040 block of East Side Potter Valley Road by citizens. Deputies swam across the river to the location of the victim, later identified as Jorge Medina (47), and observed a citizen performing CPR. Deputies took over administering CPR until the arrival of medical personnel.

Paramedics attempted advanced lifesaving measures, but they were unsuccessful. Medina was pronounced deceased at 4:24 P.M. on 07/22/2023. Deputies learned Medina had been wading in chest-deep water attempting to find relief from the sweltering heat. Medina was momentarily out of sight of his longtime girlfriend and their daughters while wading in the water. A short time later Medina, who knew how to swim, was found floating face down in the river. Medina was pulled to shore and CPR was performed. MCSO personnel were informed Medina was complaining of a bad headache prior to being found face down in the river.

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AN ON-LINE COMMENT: "Fortunately, he did not drown. I was there as the first responders were extracting the man, he was unconscious but he was breathing."

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Trying to identify these thieves that stole our truck and tools. (Redwood Valley.) They took it right out of our driveway, we found the truck but they got over $10k in tools plus used credit/debit cards from his wallet. Please help us find. CHP has the video and shots and are also looking. 

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The First Responders of Anderson Valley gathered together last Sunday to eat hearty and be celebrated by the community they serve. The Lion’s Club prepared and served the Tri-tip, chicken, coleslaw, baked beans, watermelon and deserts. It was a big job on a very hot day. A tempting silent auction and a tireless swinging band kept things interesting. Early on it looked like it was going to be a disappointing turnout but as time rolled on a very respectable crowd showed up. I mean who would not want to support the Fire Dept./Ambulance? Too early to know how much money raised but we all hope it was a lot. (Terry Sites)

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MARY O'BRIEN: 8:54 pm Saturday night traveling west on CA 128 between Boonville and Philo.

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I saw a presentation today by Joan Lunden about press and politics and have attended several media related sessions at NACo one of the things that we struggle with is getting the information out about the County, we don’t have a PIO so sometimes departments work independently, sometimes the Executive Office issues press releases and you have several BOS members that actively use media (Haschak does a letter to the editor, Ted uses social media, Gjerde has a radio show and I use Instagram and Facebook). One of the things that Joan emphasized was that local electeds have a role in dispelling myths and this is something I’ve thought about quiet a bit. I’ve even considered creating a podcast or doing a true v false post on social media and I’ve recently tried creating infographics with bullet points from meetings. Sometimes I will see people post something on social media and they speak as though it’s a fact and I try not to argue with people on other pages but I wonder if putting out the correct information on my page would find the right people. It also seems like I might just be talking to myself so I’m not sure how valuable a use of time that is. 

Should I do a “True, False, Kinda” post series?

Edited to add: I went to a Ukiah Women in Business meeting on social media and we introduced ourselves and then shared one thing we love about social media. What I said is when I see people posting info I know that I posted. I’m so proud of you guys when you share the correct information. But what do I do about people that are spreading misinformation for instance I saw someone post that the BOS gave themselves two raises this year. Well that’s false. All County employees got ARPA funds of $3,000 or $1,500 depending on hours and all employees got a 2% COLA, which includes the Board. Back when they made the controversial decision to raise the BOS wage (well before I was on the Board 2017? 2019?) they also put themselves in the Department Head bargaining unit so the salaries are linked to County wide COLAs (could say just DH salaries but I don’t see just DH getting a COLA and not everyone). We don’t get everything DH gets though we have no vacation time, personal time or sick time. I see people and actually received an email from someone appalled that I was taking August off. Well I’m not. I’m only one person but I am working whenever my phone is in my hand (usually 4:30a-9:30p, 7 days a week) the August recess is a governmental recess from Board meetings to give the Clerk of the Board time to catch up on projects and to create a time where Board members could chose to take a break without missing meetings. Of course I will still be working but do I need a post that says hey guys, I’m still working or do you just know that. (I guess not if I would get an email like that?)

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FORT BRAGG FOOD BANK: Come by 11-4 for delicious produce. 901 N Franklin street. Say hello to our friendly staff and volunteers

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Transparency and accountability are core values of government that our elected officials must work vigorously to uphold. In Mendocino County, we are faced with a test of that value, as critical public reports outlining county finances are months behind schedule. Annual Comprehensive Financial Reports (ACRF) are essential documents that show members of the public and elected leaders the current state of an agency’s finances. State law requires counties, cities, and school districts to release these reports in the six months following the close of the fiscal year in June.

The last ACFR released for Mendocino County covered the fiscal year running from July 2020 to June 2021, which means we have no audited reporting of county finances covering the last two years of operations. This delay in reporting not only makes accountability and governance incredibly difficult, it is also likely illegal. 

Up the coast, our neighbors in Humboldt County faced a similar financial reporting delinquency issue just last year. Their former Auditor-Controller, Karen Paz Dominguez, failed to file different financial reports, resulting in the California Attorney General sending a demand letter threatening litigation and financial penalties. Paz Dominguez took an adversarial position, shifting blame onto other elected officials and county staff.

The difference between the situation in Humboldt and our situation here in Mendocino is that Paz Dominguez faced a Board of Supervisors committed to ensuring accountability and demanding a resolution to the issue. The Board passed votes of no-confidence, approved third-party investigations, and eventually approved a settlement deal to get the Auditor-Controller out of office and bring someone in who could actually do the job. Here in Mendocino County, there has been a lackadaisical attitude from the Board, enabling these serious issues to go unanswered and fly under the radar.

Madeline Cline

Adding to this issue is action by the Board in 2021 to merge the Auditor-Controller and Treasurer-Tax Collector positions, creating a chaotic situation in which the duties of both offices have suffered as the attention is divided amongst competing obligations.

The Mendocino County Board of Supervisors must make fiscal transparency, accountability, and responsibility a core value of county government. They have a responsibility to constituents to demand accurate, independent financial reporting from our Auditor-Controller. Mendocino County residents deserve no less.

(Ms. Cline's candidate presser)

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On Line Comments

[1] She has impressive and relevant work experience considering how young she is.

I like that she was a leader in 4H and raised animals.

I like that she is a hunter.

I like that she competed in swimming and water polo. Competitive swimming is very tough and water polo is brutal. (I competed in both).

I admire that she (like the vast majority of Humboldt voters) recognized what an incompetent, politicized cancer Paz was.

She recognizes that centralizing too much govt financial power in one person is disastrous. Obvious, but most of you don’t get it.

She emphasizes prudent, intense monitoring of govt spending and will do her utmost to not waste our money.

She understands that social programs require taxes, that taxes are most plentiful when the business climate is good.

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[2] Anyone who still talks about their high school accomplishments in a professional space, is a red flag for immaturity and lack of real world experience. High school sports and 4-H or FFA type things are meant to be used to help with college applications. Once you have graduated college and entered the workforce those highschool accomplishments mean nothing. You start fresh and stop using your childhood activities to boost your resume. That’s one of the things that irks me most about the people of this county…. They continue to talk about their high school stuff… 20 years after high school.

I graduated high school a year early. Guess what you will never see on any application of mine? The fact that I graduated a year early. Because it no longer matters it only mattered for college entry purposes.

Additionally, her about me talks of the things her family has done. But we aren’t voting for her family to take office, only for her. It just shows her inability to act on her own and rely on her family status to boost her supposed accomplishments in life.

I’ve never met the girl, I’m sure she’s great. But the only thing she showed me was why she isn’t ready for the job.

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Dear AVA,

I read with interest both Beth Bosk's and Nicholas Wilson's perspectives on the eventual acquisition of the Mendocino Headlands.

If I may, I'd like to shed some other light on the process.

The first record I have is a letter from C. Russell Johnson, President of the Union Lumber Company, based in San Francisco, which owned the Mendocino Headlands, dated October 10, 1960, addressed to Emmy Lou Packard. She had written him inquiring about her interest in Union Lumber's transferring their holdings of the Mendocino Headlands to State Parks He acknowledged that he was "cognizant of the merit of the suggestion which you are advocating", but concludes, "Until need for the use of the land arises it is our intention to retain the ownership and leave the property in essentially its present natural condition." This is in 1960.

The second record is a letter from C. Malcolm Watkins, Chairman of the Department of Civil History of the Smithsonian Institution to Emmy Lou Packard, in which he writes, "I have received your letter of December 17th requesting support of your group's plan to establish a state park comprising the headlands which surround Mendocino. My initial response to your plan is an emphatic "Amen.". This letter is dated December 24, 1968. Eight years after her initial inquiry to the Union Lumber Company.

The third letter is dated March 21, 1969 from Timothy J. Conlon of Business Week magazine to Mrs. Hugo Benioff, in which he writes, "The situation looks like it has come to an "either-or" arrangement. Either the Park committee persuades the state to trade state property to Boise for the headlands, or Boise, in two years or more, will begin their building plans.". "I'm not optimistic about progress through the state legislature -- it's a singularly ponderous process what with all the fiefdoms and lobby groups that are entrenched in Sacramento. My only hope is that in 25 years the headlands will be as they are today. Thank you for including me in the town's struggle.".

All these documents are available from the Kelly House Museum in Mendocino, as are many others which cover the process which secured the Mendocino Headlands preservation as a state park.

My understanding is that a land swap was eventually agreed to between Boise Cascade and the State of California: the Mendocino Headlands traded for timberland the State owned in the Sierra Nevada mountains.

Emmy Lou Packard and Mildred Benioff were the drivers of this action. Along with many, many unnamed others.

I hope this sheds some additional light on what Beth and Nick wrote.

Another story that needs telling is how Steve Antler convened a group to begin the process to acquire the Big River estuary from Louisiana Pacific, which eventually resulted in the creation of the Big River State Park just west of the Town.

— Lee Edmundson

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Albion River Wood (Marc Tenzel)

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I've just posted the first album of Mendocino Music Festival photos at:

Anyone with the above link can view the album without need to have an account or sign in to Facebook. Just follow the link and ignore any requests to sign in or open an account.

I've been the official photographer for the festival for nearly 20 years.

This album includes most of the programs of the first week of the two-week festival. Not all concerts could be included.

I welcome feedback off-list. Thank you.

Nicholas Wilson <>

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You don't have to live in Point Arena to come swing on the swings!

When someone says you can't do it, do it twice and take pictures.

— Jennifer Smallwood

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PROMINENT COAST REALTOR, PAM HUDSON, lost big recently in the superior courtroom of Judge Nadel. Not a complicated case but confirmed in the usual mound of legal paperwork confirming that Ms. Hudson looted the family trust in both senses as its trustee, signing over mom's house to herself and also routing a big slug of mom's assets to herself. “Respondent (Pam Hudson) intentionally and in bad faith breached her fiduciary duties as trustee of the trust…” etc. and so on to the tune of a little over a cool mil, which she has now been ordered to pay her two ripped-off siblings.

SO A READER ASKS ME: “Why bother with those Ukraine blurbs every day?” Because, taken together, they represent a slow march to catastrophe for all of us, already so large a catastrophe for Ukraine that all the money in the world won't be able to build it back, not to mention all the young men on both sides fed into the machinery of slaughter. There should be a negotiated settlement, but when I watch the State Department lightweights on our side coughing up stuttering cliches on tv news blips, I know in my bones they're not up to it. Almost makes a guy nostalgic for Kissinger. Biden, insofar as some people seem to believe he's functioning on any cognitive level, is dispatching long range missiles to Ukraine, meaning they'll inevitably be launched at Russia, and then Vlad will break out the “tactical” nukes, and on some soft summer evening as we watch the setting sun turn Mendo's summer hills a rich, priceless gold, there will be a flash and… Cormac McCarthy's ‘The Road’ spells out the last consequences of all this.

I ASKED my granddaughter how her championship softball game went. “We got mercy-ed,” she said. Mercy-ed? She clarified. “They scored ten runs in the fourth inning, and they were already ahead by ten so the umpire mercy-ed us. That was the end of the game.”

PERHAPS the only two encouraging developments over the past fifty years in our doomed country have been the radical improvement in race relations and the onset at all age levels, women's sports. Oh, and a third — bread. Real bread has been available now for many years. People of my vintage spent our formative years on a diet of milk and Wonder Bread chokers (peanut butter and jelly sandwiches), women didn't play sports, and every area of the country was rigidly ghetto-ized.

I READ an on-line blurb the other day from a Bay Area journalist talking about crime in Oakland. The responses fell into one of three categories:

1: There is no crime in Oakland!

2: There has always been crime in Oakland. 

3: You're a racist for reporting about crime in Oakland. 

Everyone who gave one of the above three responses seemed to be a white “progressive” who have the luxury of not caring about crime because they will rarely be affected directly. It doesn't seem to bother them what happens to crime victims, who are primarily poor people of color. The virtue signaling claim of “I am so progressive, I live in Oakland and don't worry about crime” is more important to them than reducing crime itself.

THEN there was this comment: “I live in a white middle-class neighborhood in Oakland. Moved here 30 years ago. Most of us want to stay here, we love our neighborhoods. Oakland is a great neighborhood city. We hunker down and hope we won't be shot when we go out to eat or shop or exercise. We have little faith in the police because, well-staffed or not, they've done little to protect us when we travel outside the neighborhood. The city council seems to have few resources and the mayors suck up to the police as often as not. So we hunker down.”

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(Our Motto: More money for more homeless.)

Mendocino County Homeless Services Continuum Of Care

Rescheduled: 2023 Annual Membership Invitation

Come join local residents with lived experiences of homelessness, community service providers, members of the public, and other stakeholders of the local homeless community in making a difference in the lives of our neighbors experiencing homelessness in Mendocino County. The Mendocino County Homeless Services Continuum of Care (MCHSCoC) rescheduled its Annual Membership Invitation Event for Monday, August 21, 2023, as part of the next meeting of the Full Membership of MCHSCoC.

What is a HUD Continuum of Care? The Continuum of Care is a collaboration of individuals, and agencies committed to the goal of ending homelessness in our community. This group is instrumental in bringing federal Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funding into the county to assist families and individuals experiencing, or at risk of homelessness, to gain access to stable housing. MCHSCoC focuses on developing solutions to homelessness that also positively impact the larger community. Community members and agency staff interested in understanding some of the issues of homelessness in Mendocino County, and working on solutions to end homelessness, are welcome to attend the public meetings.

For more information on this event or to receive future meeting invitations, resource information, and progress updates on the goal of making homelessness rare and brief in Mendocino County, please contact Veronica Wilson at or (707) 468-7071.

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Road wandering Peacocks, Reynolds Hwy (Jeff Goll)

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Probably gonna lose this pump, this wound vacuum, its super-tough fabric pouch and shoulder strap, its charger and its heaps of resupplies. Its tubing.

Neither the object nor this period shall I miss.

“Angioplasty” is made up of a pair of old Greek words that meant, basically, “angioplasty”: “forming a new vessel”. I’m not certain its time has come. It’s among the stupidest things I ever did. The standard prediction for “The Procedure” is a day or two, maybe three. I got to hospital April 29 last. Maybe I’ll lose this pump—rhymes with trump—tomorrow, July 24th. I’ll turn it over to the home-health agency or 3M or the Veterans Administration. If they told me I must throw it off the Big River Bridge, I’d zombie on down.

I don’t know what will be the last act in my FOUR-PROCEDURE angioplasty drama. I may be expected to have a face-to-face with the surgeon. That will be interesting. Of the things that sent me there, my grotesquely swollen left foot is only a little puffy, most of the time, and its color is not the stormy purple it was, just a little pink. The sores that were transforming from insignificant to scary, pre-angio, are fading. 

The discomfort in my legs, the painful accumulations of acid in my muscles, beginning immediately that I start anything requiring standing or walking, is unchanged, probably worse. That’s the condition that took me there, to the esteemed Vascular Surgery.

With this pump off me I can get serious about rehabbing myself. My legs, especially at night, are weak. Doctors, nurses and nurses' aides constantly ask how do you feel, what’s your pain level, one to ten, have you had a bowel movement, have you fallen since l last saw you? I used to smile at the falling question. Now it’s a constant concern when I’m upright. My legs are unreliable. Angioplasty, what I was told was the specific modern approach to that, so far shows no signs of addressing those complaints.

But I can exercise. If you don’t fall or break your bones, get your long hair caught in the jogging machine or suffer a heart attack, it’s pretty much a win-win kind of thing, exercising. I hate it until I get started doing it, then it’s like turning the clock back—if I keep on doing it forever.

In the hospital, they kept telling me to get exercise. All the doctors said to and most of the nurses. The physical therapists and the occupational therapists, usually prone to slight paunches, told me to get out of bed and walk the halls.

But nobody in authority would put the note in my chart, so the nurses and the NAs wouldn’t let me walk unaccompanied. They live in fear of their old charges falling. Somebody, when I’m inclined to walk the halls at 3 A.M., has to go with me. I have to press the call button, as if I’m dying or soiling the bed. 

I didn’t call for a nurse. Toward the end of my confinement, somebody wrote something in my chart and afforded me the melancholy sight of the modern hospital nursing staff at 0430 hours, seated at their mobile work-stations, straining to stay awake or, just as inconceivable, straining to get all the charting done before quitting time. Most glance as I slip by on canes or walker, all of us feeling bad for each other, gimpy old men and trapped medical people, puttin’ in their time…

Tomorrow discard the pump and commence focused training to conceivably reduce arterial plaque and quite likely halt its spread; become a beast.

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MAURITSON FARMS IN HEALDSBURG to pay over $328,000 in lost wages to settle retaliation complaint

by Jennifer Sawhney

A Sonoma County winery has reached a settlement with more than a dozen employees who said they were retaliated against after speaking out about working conditions.

Mauritson Farms, based in Healdsburg, has agreed to pay $328,077 in lost wages to 21 farmworkers, the California Agricultural Labor Relations Board said Monday.

The workers were hired through the H-2A program that allows foreign nationals to work in the U.S. temporarily with a visa. To hire H-2A workers, an employer must initially attempt to find U.S. workers for those jobs.

If unable to do so and the employer decides to hire an H-2A worker, they must provide certain provisions to workers:

• Pay for all visa and recruitment costs.

• Provide adequate and safe housing at no cost.

• Pay the promised wages.

• Pay for free and safe daily transportation.

• Give a written contract; pay for the return trip home.

• Pay for meals or a kitchen to prepare food.

• Allow workers to file complaints without any threats.

This work program has roots in the Bracero Program, founded in 1942, which allowed workers to migrate from Mexico to work temporarily.

The H-2A agricultural workers hired at Mauritson were retained throughout the 2019, 2020 and 2021 seasons.

In 2021, however, several workers sought assistance and support from Santa Rosa-based nonprofit North Bay Jobs with Justice, a grassroots coalition of over 30 community and labor organizations.

The nonprofit helped workers communicate complaints to Mauritson Farms about dirty restrooms, denials of meal and rest breaks and mistreatment.

The workers were not rehired in the 2022 season, and the company opted instead for a different cohort of H-2A workers.

North Bay Jobs with Justice then filed a complaint with the California Agricultural Labor Relations Board, the state agency that enforces collective bargaining rights and protects agricultural employees under California’s Agricultural Labor Relations Act.

The state agency’s subsequent investigation resulted in a complaint against Mauritson Farms, which reached a settlement agreement June 28. It was not publicly announced until Monday.

As part of the agreement, agents with the Agricultural Labor Relations Board will visit Mauritson Farms’ work sites to read a notice to farmworkers about their rights.

That notice will be posted for 75 days and also mailed to current and former employees, according to the agency.


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CATCH OF THE DAY, Monday, July 24, 2023

Arnold, Barragan, Bauer

RAQUEL ARNOLD, Ukiah. Assault with firearm on person, armed with firearm in commission of felony.

AURUELIO BARRAGAN, Ukiah. Battery, vandalism, probation revocation.

ETHAN BAUER, Clearlake/Ukiah. Theft by use of access card information.

Blakesley, Dewitt, Eaglesmith

DUSTIN BLAKESLEY, Ukiah. Stolen vehicle, assault on public safety officer with deadly weapon not a gun with likely great bodily injury, evasion, suspended license.

KENNETH DEWITT JR., Ukiah. Domestic abuse, parole violation.

JEVON EAGLESMITH, Ukiah. Conspiracy.

Maiava, Mendoza, Perez

CHESHIRE MAIAVA, Fort Bragg. Controlled substance, paraphernalia, probation revocation.

ALVARO MENDOZA-MENDOZA, Willits. Suspended license for DUI.

JESUS PEREZ-RODRIGUEZ, Ukiah. Assault weapon, large capacity magazine.

Rhodes, Ruys, Saldana, Sanchez


SEAN RUYS, Ukiah. Domestic abuse, “restr use of fire.”

BENJAMIN SALDANA, Clearlake/Willits. Rape by force, violence duress, menace or fear of bodily injury, false imprisonment, lewd/lascivious with child under 14 years old.

MARCOS SANCHEZ, Toppensih, Washington/Ukiah. DUI-alcohol&drugs, open container of marijuana in vehicle.

Shields, Templeton, Vega

JOHNNY SHIELDS, Ukiah. Failure to appear.

MICHAEL TEMPLETON, Danville/Ukiah. DUI-alcohol&drugs.

CYNTHIA VEGA-AYALA, Ukiah. DUI-alcohol&drugs, controlled substance. 

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RD BEACON: I found a place in Santa Rosa just off the Santa Rosa Ave. near the Napa auto store you take the stoplight that goes East Drive down the block and on the north side of the road with a little shopping mall is there's a place called chef’s supply, have bulk amounts of everything way cheaper than going to Cisco foods, or even Costco's virtual warehouse products for restaurants and bars, here's the address: 565 Barham Avenue Santa Rosa, CA 95404 (707-543-5844)

They are open every day, most days 6 AM to 7 PM except on Sunday, 8 AM to 5 PM, they have a local online ad and link up to other stores throughout the state.

You will be pleasantly surprised; they have bulk meat, and other products, produce, dry goods, and so very much more.

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PUBLIC NOTICE of Draft NPDES Permit and WDR Order R1-2023-0026, Nordic Aquafarms California LLC and Humboldt Bay Harbor Recreation and Conservation District, WDID No. 1B20161NHUM, NPDES Permit No. CA1000003

North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board

On the basis of preliminary staff review and application of lawful standards and regulations, the North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board (Regional Water Board) proposes to adopt National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES), Waste Discharge Requirements Order No. R1-2023-0019 for Nordic Aquafarms California, LLC (Facility) which will be a new NPDES permit. Humboldt Bay Harbor, Recreation and Conservation District (HBHRCD) is proposed to be a co-permittee in the NPDES permit in respect to the intake system and ocean outfall, which HBHRCD owns and operates.

This item will be open for public comment between July 24, 2023 and August 23, 2023. Comments and questions regarding the draft Order should be directed to Justin McSmith at

In order for the Regional Water Board to consider any written evidentiary material concerning this hearing, any documents, including written technical reports and other evidentiary material, must be submitted to the Regional Water Board email at attention: Justin McSmith, no later than 5:00 pm, on August 23, 2023.

North Coast Region Tentative Orders

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I have been a docent at Jack London State Historic Park since 2009 and have volunteered for Transcendence Theatre since 2011. What the California State Park Rangers Association has done by suing the state is contrary to supporting the park and Transcendence. The case has been trapped in an elongated environmental study under the California Environmental Quality Act since 2022.

Jack London loved people and, as one of his ancestors told me in viewing the crowd at a performance, if he were alive, he would be proud and happy people enjoying his land.

In 2011, when state parks faced a $22 million deficit, Jack London park faced closure, but it is now self-supporting with a foundation. Without the money received from Transcendence, the park is facing financial hardship, and so is Transcendence.

I am disgusted with the rangers association and the state park system. I agree with Gov. Gov. Gavin Newsom that change is needed for environmental review. He recently said one case took up to nine years to resolve. This is not good government at work. Saving the park from closure and preserving the heritage and history of Jack London in Sonoma County is.

Robert Reuther


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Steve Heilig: Found old paper: Panthers allege CIA conspiracy to kill everybody at Jonestown. 

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Speaking of a debauched news media, however much we may hate the NYT and by extension everyone who works there, it isn’t enough.

I’m referring to an op-ed and smear against RFK Jr. by one Sheryl Gay Stolberg, who actually said this:

“Despite the theater, the hearing raised thorny questions about free speech in a democratic society: Is misinformation protected by the First Amendment? When is it appropriate for the federal government to seek to tamp down the spread of falsehoods?”

Anybody who works for that rag has got to by now know they are working as a propagandist for a corrupt regime, or they are too stupid to even BE a reporter.

Is there nothing these people won’t do for money?

The slanted article also tried to give the impression that the hearings were about RFK Jr. being a racist.

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I ALWAYS RESENTED all the years, the hours, the minutes I gave them as a working stiff, it actually hurt my head, my insides, it made me dizzy and a bit crazy — I couldn’t understand the murdering of my years yet my fellow workers gave no signs of agony, many of them even seemed satisfied, and seeing them that way drove me almost as crazy as the dull and senseless work.

— Charles Bukowski

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IN A PARIS REVIEW INTERVIEW, Robert Caro said, “In all the hours of working on ‘The Power Broker,’ Bob [Gottlieb] never said one nice thing to me—never a single complimentary word, either about the book as a whole or about a single portion of the book. That was also true of my second book, ‘The Path to Power,’ the first volume of the Johnson biography. But then he got soft. When we finished the last page of the last book we worked on, ‘Means of Ascent,’ he held up the manuscript for a moment and said, slowly, as if he didn’t want to say it, ‘Not bad.’ ” (The New Yorker)

Robert Gottlieb

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by James Kunstler

“I have a dream that the people we elect to run the government will be the ones who actually run the government.” — Vivek Ramaswamy

The hour is late for “Joe Biden.” His sojourn in America’s highest office was one long twilight of pretending to be effectual, or merely present, and now even that abject pantomime slips into a place of nullity, where all is still and dark. What does he do these languorous weekends at the fabled Delaware beach house? Stare out at the empty Atlantic horizon over an uneaten egg salad sandwich with the crusts cut off? Does he even suspect that the world is already turning without him?

The pressure is mounting for some group of somebodies to arrange his exit from the scene. Of course, there is no public discussion of that among the somebodies because everything they have been doing for years happens sub rosa, in addition to being of dubious legality. Despite the most formidable praetorian protections — a depraved justice department, a Gestapo-caliber FBI, a debauched news media — the arrows of culpability are flying clean through the beach house windows at that immobilized figure sitting in the crepuscular gloom.

Forgive me for bringing this up, but remember the first impeachment of Mr. Trump on the grounds of a phone call to freshly-minted President Z in Ukraine pertaining to some fishy matters around the Burisma gas company? Yes, Mr. T was impeached over a mere inquiry into possible misconduct by a former high US official (being one “Joe Biden,” ex-veep) and his bag-man son. The setup was patently obvious even to us bloggers who enjoy no intimate correspondence with organelles of the DC Blob. A CIA spook “whistleblower” named Eric Ciaramella (sssshhhh) was injected into the scene with help from the devious Col. Vindman at NSA and an assist from Intel Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson… and voila! Recall the solemn pageantry of Nancy Pelosi’s march across the Capitol rotunda with the hallowed bill of impeachment on a satin pillow….

And now, more than three years later, the nation is informed of all the particulars around those Burisma Company’s doings with the Biden family in granular detail ($5-million plus $5-million), laying out just one instance of treasonous moneygrubbing by this family among many grifts in other nations. And in case of any lingering questions — if the news media were not a pseudopod of the Blob — a long roster of bank transfer records has been assembled by Rep. Comer of the House Oversight Committee to validate the deal memos, emails and audio recordings already available for inspection in the

You realize, don’t you, that the DOJ and the FBI had all of this info (a.k.a evidence) in its possession even before Trump impeachment number one? AG William Barr and FBI Director Wray could have stepped up at any time after October, 2019, and said, “Oh, here’s what that phone call to Z was about.” That they didn’t is arguably the most blatant crime among scores of crimes committed by the Blob in the Trump and post-Trump years.

Federal Justice Manual 9-5.000, Section B: Constitutional obligation to ensure a fair trial and disclose material exculpatory and impeachment evidence. Government disclosure of material exculpatory and impeachment evidence is part of the constitutional guarantee to a fair trial. Brady v. Maryland, 373 U.S. 83, 87 (1963). The law requires the disclosure of exculpatory and impeachment evidence when such evidence is material to guilt or punishment.”

So now the Blob is desperate to jettison this embodiment of its corruption and lawlessness, “Joe Biden,” before the Trump-deranged masses start paying attention to the distant yelling from the asteroid belt of actual news beyond noisy Planet MSNBC. The Blob will be fighting for its very life anyway. The Ukraine operation is not proceeding according to plan. Do you know why? Answer: because it was a stupid plan concocted by purblind Neocon idiots. Russia has been insulted to the degree that it deems America unworthy of negotiation — meaning Russia will bring the Ukraine mess to a conclusion on its terms. They will take care to do it gingerly, so as not to further inflame the psychosis afflicting America and tempt us into even grosser stupidities. Namely, they will insist on a neutral Ukraine with no foreign operators in it and some rearrangement of Ukraine’s borders. America will have to lump it. The Blob Neocon faction will blame the whole lamentable affair on “Joe Biden,” who, by then, will be gone from the White House.

How does that happen? The 25th Amendment, since we are now at the point where his infirmity is as hard to ignore as the evidence of his crimes. How the Blob deals with his successor, the distressing Ms. Harris, is another bridge to cross. The switcheroo itself may be enough to tank the financial markets, which will give the restive nation something else to think about: the personal ruin of every household in the land. Then, things get really interesting.


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THE MODERATE POSITION on Ukraine is to hold both Russia and the US empire responsible for their respective roles in starting and continuing this war. That’s the middle ground. But this position is regarded as freakish fringe extremism in the western mainstream and you’ll be accused of literally conducting psyops for a foreign government if you voice it, because the western mainstream is just that freakishly extremist.

The mainstream position in the west is that Putin invaded Ukraine solely because he is evil and hates freedom, and that Moscow is 100% responsible for this conflict in every way while the US is just an innocent little flower who just wants to protect freedom and democracy. When you actually spell out what the mainstream position on Ukraine is it sounds like a silly fairy tale for children, but that’s what all the most influential western pundits, politicians and government officials are actually saying. That’s how bat shit insane things are.

The Overton window has been shifted so far in support of NATO warmongering that this middle-ground position is now regarded as fringe extremism, so they just debate things like whether or not cluster bombs should be used to fight this war that is obviously 10000% Russia’s fault. As is often the case this dynamic has already been well-described by the elderly scholar who we all love to share our opinions about:

The smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion, but allow very lively debate within that spectrum — even encourage the more critical and dissident views. That gives people the sense that there’s free thinking going on, while all the time the presuppositions of the system are being reinforced by the limits put on the range of the debate.

— Noam Chomsky

— Caitlin Johnstone

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A Russian air attack on the Ukrainian port city of Odesa killed two people and severely damaged a historic Orthodox cathedral. UNESCO condemned the “brazen” attack as an “escalation of violence against the cultural heritage of Ukraine”.

The missile attacks wounded 22 people, including four children, and destroyed six houses and apartment buildings, according to Ukrainian officials.

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy pledged to retaliate for the attack, saying “they [Russia] will definitely feel this”.

Russia, however, blamed the cathedral damage on Ukrainian air defence. It said it had hit all its intended targets in the Odesa strike, claiming the sites were being used to prepare “terrorist acts” against Russia.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken told CNN that Ukraine has recaptured half the territory Russia seized in its invasion but said Kyiv faced a very hard fight to win back more.

In Ukraine’s eastern Kharkiv, Governor Oleh Synyehubov reported that two people were killed in Russian strikes on the northeastern province on Saturday when Russia attacked populated areas of the Kharkiv, Chuhuiv, Kupiansk and Izium districts.

In front-line Donetsk, the Russian army shelled the city of Chasiv Yar with cluster munitions, destroying the Palace of Culture, which had been used as a humanitarian headquarters, according to Ukrainian media reports.

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21 students crammed into a telephone booth at St. Mary’s College in Moraga, California, trying to establish a stacking record (photo by Joseph Munroe for Life Magazine, 1959)


  1. John Sakowicz July 25, 2023

    When suicide looks more like murder…

    Long live Gary Webb!

    Long live Michael C. Ruppert!

    • Carrie Shattuck July 25, 2023

      There’s a really good movie, American Made with Tom Cruise that is about him and the drug trafficking.

  2. Mark Stillman July 25, 2023

    “when you come to a fork in the road, take it!”…. Yogi Berra

    • Gary Smith July 25, 2023

      Stick a fork in it; it’s done.

  3. Marmon July 25, 2023


    LeBron James’ 18 year old son Bronny James suffered cardiac arrest during a practice at USC and was rushed to the hospital where he spent time in the ICU.


    • Rye N Flint July 25, 2023

      Marmon, no ones cares about your Qlown show rhetoric. We get it. You are anti-LGBT, anti-Vaxx, and anti-communism. My question is… What are you for? You used to be a public servant in Healthcare, yes? When has privatizing a public good ever worked? When has making profit the Number 1 priority, ever made public health better? Give me some examples. Otherwise please keep your not so subtle hate speech to yourself.


      • Marmon July 25, 2023


        LeBron James was skeptical of Covid vaccinations for the young/healthy but woke people in his circle couldn’t let him break one of the commandments of their cult so they manipulated him into taking it and making Bronny take it too! LEBRON WAS RIGHT AT FIRST! DON’T BE A SHEEP.


      • Marmon July 25, 2023

        Young people collapsing, suffering massive blood clots, and dying from heart attacks in the prime of life. That’s all perfectly normal, nothing to see here. 💉


        • Rye N Flint July 25, 2023

          I’m vaccinated and boostered, I’m 44 years old and I’m alive and well. But… you are crying wolf over “Young people collapsing..” with ZERO proof. All that does is make you look like an Anti-Vaxx wacka doodle.

          You know who isn’t alive and well, all the people that died from Covid. Like renowned scholar, David Graeber among many others

          But you just want to feel like you are right and justified in you cult belief in Qanon theories. Please inform yourself.

      • Jurgen Stoll July 25, 2023

        I second that Rye, for someone that was in a Union, worked in a socialist government funded organization, owes his retirement and medical benefits to a Union, and then spews the blather that Marmon does almost daily, seems just a bit hypocrital. Marmon is about as much fun a read as that fascist wingnut Kuntsler that Bruce loves to torture the proggies with. Those two faced wretched proggies who re-invent themselves daily haven’t tried to shit can our democracy yet.

        • Stephen Rosenthal July 25, 2023

          Marmon is nothing more than a pathetic troll starving for attention in the only place and the only way he knows how to get it.

          • Rye N Flint July 25, 2023

            Ain’t that the truth

            • Bruce McEwen July 25, 2023

              Your neighbor up there in Willits, the laconic Lazarus, has been uncharacteristically mute since you’ve splashed onto the comment page after a hiatus.

              • Lazarus July 25, 2023

                Hey Bruce, I’m here every day. In fact, I did a simplistic synopsis of the history of dope in the county. recently. Which was reprinted the next day by the “Brass.”
                Nothing said around here recently has been of interest to me.
                I have to concede that the belittling of James is unnecessary and rather immature.
                But for you, I’ll endeavor to do better…
                Be well,

          • Bob A. July 25, 2023

            Every village needs its idiot, and Marmon is ours.

            • Bruce McEwen July 25, 2023

              Do you remember that commenter who thoroughly glossed Marmon’s name and posted it up a few months back? It was as uncanny as those occasional horoscopes that just hypnotize you with insight, real or imagined…

      • peter boudoures July 25, 2023

        But what happened to bronny is a known side effect so why flip out like a child?

        • Stephen Rosenthal July 25, 2023

          Who’s flippin’ out? Just telling it like it is, sonny. Did you go to an accredited medical school, or the Google school of medicine?

          • peter boudoures July 25, 2023

            Ask your doctor. I’m not your son

            • Stephen Rosenthal July 25, 2023

              Sonny definition: a form of address to a boy or man, to express contempt.

              • peter boudoures July 25, 2023

                Real life definition. Disrespect or talking down to.
                Social media has people very confused

                • Bruce McEwen July 25, 2023

                  I had a Rottweiler named Sonny. The dog tore open an old high school pal I ran into and though the guy teased the dog to the point he kinda had it coming, I still had the dog destroyed, even though I had successfully nursed him through Parvo when he was a pup.

                  Then I read about the ANZACS at Gallipoli and how they were advised not to name their pack mules after demeaning or derogatory stage names or cartoon characters because they were going to be depending on each other to survive or die together… s

  4. Carrie Shattuck July 25, 2023

    Madeline Cline
    Ms. Cline is a lobbyist who works in Sacramento. If elected, is she going to work for Mendo or Sacramento?

    “Lobbyist” means a person who is employed and receives payment, or who contracts for economic consideration, for the purpose of lobbying, or a person who is principally employed for governmental affairs by another person or governmental entity to lobby on behalf of that other person or governmental entity.

    • Rye N Flint July 25, 2023

      “Lobbyist” is just a nice way of saying a group of people with the rights of a real person to bribe politicians and call money “free speech”. It’s total B.S. We all know it. We need to end it. I think it’s time for a People’s proposition in the California Constitution that says: “people are not property, and property is not a person”.

      #endcorporatepersonhood #endlegalbribery #endlobbygroups

      • chuck dunbar July 25, 2023

        Yes, good idea for sure. Such a proposition would pass with a great majority.

        • Rye N Flint July 25, 2023

          In California, a ballot proposition is a referendum or an initiative measure that is submitted to the electorate for a direct decision or direct vote (or plebiscite). If passed, it can alter one or more of the articles of the Constitution of California, one or more of the 29 California Codes, or another law in the California Statutes by clarifying current or adding statute(s) or removing current statute(s).

          Measures can be placed on the ballot either by the California State Legislature or via a petition signed by registered voters. The state legislature can place a state constitutional amendment or a proposed law change on the ballot as a referendum to be approved by voters. Under the state constitution, certain proposed changes to state laws may require mandatory referendums, and must be approved by voters before they can take effect. A measure placed on the ballot via petition can either be a vote to veto a law that has been adopted by the legislature (an optional referendum or “people’s veto”) or a new proposed law (initiative).

    • Eric Sunswheat July 25, 2023

      Not clear MCT, that Madeline Cline is running for which office, and does not ‘work for’ Sacramento now.
      Ms. Cline’s Lobbying Activity is for a company with a Sacramento address, GOLDEN BRIDGE STRATEGIES LLC representing private clients, who may be located elsewhere.
      Whether current activity to run for Mendocino Board of Supervisors, is tangentially construed as an unregulated lobbying activity for the clients of the firm that Madeline represents, is a questionable stretch.
      RE: Ms. Cline is a lobbyist who works in Sacramento. If elected, is she going to work for Mendo or Sacramento? — Carrie Shattuck
      The firm’s clients are listed here.
      1.) City Innovate
      Document Process Automation™
      Accelerating Procurement, Contracts, Grants, Budgeting
      For Government Agencies
      Join California’s public sector technology community!
      Our membership program helps California’s technology industry be better partners with government agencies working hard to serve the people.
      3.) WID – WOMEN IN DATA
      Women in Data is a global community with members around the world. Become a member, join a chapter, or attend an event to start connecting with others.
      World Wide Technology, Inc. (WWT) is a privately-held technology services provider based in St. Louis, Missouri. The company has an annual revenue of $17.0 billion (the 27th largest private company in the US[1] and the biggest black-owned company in the US[2][3]) and employs over 9,000 people.

    • Madeline Cline July 25, 2023

      I am not currently a lobbyist in Sacramento. Cal-Access is extremely behind in updating their information.

      If you look into the public reports, our firm was not involved in any exchange of funds. I did not lobby with the benefit of campaign dollars – any impact we made had to do with substantive policy arguments and providing data. I primarily represented coalitions of small businesses and veteran owned businesses, as well as some nonprofits, as is represented in the client list posted above.

      I’m the candidate that brings the most direct public policy experience. And, I would think a robust work experience is a positive.

  5. Eric Sunswheat July 25, 2023

    RE: Community members and agency staff interested in understanding some of the issues of homelessness in Mendocino County, and working on solutions to end homelessness, are welcome to attend the public meetings. — Veronica Wilson at or (707) 468-7071.

    —> July 24, 2023
    Stable housing is more important than medication.

    I don’t agree with the practice of placing a large number of unhoused people in psychiatric care. I believe the medication given to them is often unnecessary and costly.

    However, I think the current housing of homeless people in remodeled care facilities is great. I suspect that some of those treated with medication really just need comfortable, stable housing to reduce agitation.

    If more facilities are needed, I would suggest new housing in a remote part of Marin County so social workers can evaluate the patients without distraction.
    — Karen Arnold, San Rafael. (Marin Independent Journal)

  6. Stephen Rosenthal July 25, 2023

    Ed Notes: Agree completely about women’s sports. The recently concluded Women’s College Softball World Series featured incredible athleticism and skill, great sportsmanship and a dominant record-setting team for the ages. And now we get to watch the Women’s World Cup, showcasing the greatest women soccer players and possibly the greatest soccer team in history, if the US women win their third championship in a row. It’s never been done, men or women.

    I’m an avid sports fan and I can’t think of any other events than those that I’ve enjoyed watching more in the last few years. The women’s WNBA Finals weren’t bad either.

  7. Rye N Flint July 25, 2023

    RE: Moe’s COLA

    I know there was a “2% COLA” for all employees, but I think the same employees (one of which was me at the time) were really upset by the 3% increase in our healthcare costs at the county. It actually hurts when someone says to you, “Oh you are so lucky to have a county job, you must have a great healthcare plan!” Then you have to tell them the unfortunate truth that it was actually a pay cut.

  8. Rye N Flint July 25, 2023

    RE: Women’s sports.

    Sports = Roman Bread and circus that makes corporations so much money they name stadiums after themselves. Hey, where’s our PG&E bowl for entertainment?

    I can think of a thousand better things for people to spend their time on.

  9. Rye N Flint July 25, 2023

    RE: Mendo’s transparent lack of transparency

    Does anyone know why Ukiah and Mendo County continue to allow all the run down Mobile home parks North of town to continue to let their old leachfields overflow into the Russian river?

    Because Mendo has put off doing a LAFCO Water/Irrigation/Flood Control Districts
    Water and Wastewater Districts since 2014. Next year will be 10 years. Kudos to Ukiah for finally getting theirs updated in 2022! I hope this means you can extend services to North of Mendo Community college now!

    P.s.- There is a system from Orenco that allows sewer connections from septic tanks using a 2″ force main horizontally drilled without tearing up the streets. Might want to have your Environmental Health director look into it.

    • Adam Gaska July 25, 2023

      LAFCO has all the MSR/SOI updates for water districts on the calendar for later this summer and next year.

      That doesn’t do anything for old septic/sewage systems. That is EH.

  10. Rye N Flint July 25, 2023

    “I graduated high school a year early. Guess what you will never see on any application of mine? The fact that I graduated a year early. Because it no longer matters it only mattered for college entry purposes.”


    • Adam Gaska July 25, 2023

      2 for me. Then I moved out. Rented a place from Selzer at 16, went to MCC, went to work.

  11. Marmon July 25, 2023

    49ers QB Brock Purdy (elbow) has been cleared and ready to play without restrictions, per John Lynch


  12. Mazie Malone July 25, 2023

    @Homelesness Coc——People fail to realize that one major issue for homelessness is Serious Mental Illness. I was shocked when I learned the Marbut report, which I have read multiple x never addresses this issue. To combat homelessness, we must address the needs of the most seriously mentally ill. They need long term follow through with medication treatment/housing and case management. But this crap has been ignored for 50 years. When looking at numbers for addressing these issues, it is not important how many people have become housed, but all the ones who are not, those who walk the streets sick in need of help and keep getting arrested instead of desperately needed medication and housing! And for your pleasure a poem I wrote about this very issue!

    I see you,
    Dirty on the street
    Yelling, cussing, no shoes on your feet
    The tormenting pain, I spot in you
    Reveals the shame deeply hidden from view
    We recognize blame as the defense
    Individual accountability the pretense
    We tout loudly with conviction
    The right to exist individually
    In control of our identity
    I see you,
    Talking to the voices in your head
    Telling you to throw the rock at that lady before she steals your baby…
    Screaming in fear
    From something not really there
    I see you,
    Sick & in need of help
    Unable to request it for yourself
    I will ask over & over again
    Get help for you to mend
    I see you,
    It doesn’t have to be this way
    We can change our approach
    Make a difference, create hope
    I see you!!

    Mazie Malone 💕

    • Eric Sunswheat July 25, 2023

      RE: one major issue for homelessness is Serious Mental Illness. — Mazie Malone
      —>. July 24, 2023
      First, being in the heat can leave you feeling stressed and compromise your ability to regulate your mood. Second, having mental health conditions — especially if you take medication for them — can increase your risk for heat-related illnesses if you don’t have resources and support.
      Those with mental health conditions like schizophrenia are overrepresented in at-risk and homeless populations… Several things contribute to depression symptoms associated with heat.
      First, heat suppresses the brain’s serotonin circulation, the hormone essential for regulating mood. There are also things that happen during summer that can contribute to depressive episodes — financial worry, body image issues, and disrupted eating and sleep schedules…
      When you’re hot, cortisol (the stress hormone) levels in the body spike. Our body fights to regulate our internal temperature, which adds stress and inflammation. This can leave you feeling irritated and uncomfortable. It can also trigger feelings of anxiety…
      Climate anxiety is a real thing. According to Duckworth, rates of anxiety are higher in younger people…To have good mental health, you need to sleep well… Sleep deprivation can amplify symptoms of anxiety and depression. Poor sleep makes it harder to regulate emotions, perceive stimuli and cope with stress…
      If a person who takes one of these antipsychotic medications is in the heat, their body temperature is more likely to mimic outdoor temperature. Examples of antipsychotic medications are Risperdal and Seroquel…
      However, if someone with schizophrenia can access air conditioning and community support, they don’t have an increased risk.
      Medications can also interact with the heat in other ways…”People with bipolar disorder who know to stay hydrated are not really at risk of becoming lithium toxic,” Duckworth said.

      • Sarah Kennedy Owen July 25, 2023

        Very interesting. I think everyone knows from first-hand experience that heat has a bad effect on mood, keeps us from sleeping well, but I did not know about its effect on drugs. There are always two sides to drugs, the “good” effects and the side effects. I hope most doctors and psychiatrists are not tempted to use a plethora of (possibly conflicting) drugs to treat a patient in order to make “kickbacks” offered by drug companies, but, reading the news, it seems there are some that are. The homeless and mentally ill are likely victims to this bunch. I am pretty sure there is a lot of money to be made, if one is unscrupulous enough.

        • Mazie Malone July 26, 2023

          Money made upon the suffering of other humans is unfortunately rampant, however with Serious Mental Illness it is necessary to have medication and treatment long term.

    • Bruce McEwen July 25, 2023

      “I saw a man, he’s a well-dressed man
      He had a tan from the Yucatan
      He had a car, he looked like a star
      I said, Hey, don’t I know who you are
      But when he glanced into my eyes
      I saw yes I saw was such a big surprise
      He was afraid that he’s just a bum
      Someday when all his stuff is gone and he’s left without a dime
      Time ain’t money when all ya got is time
      And you can see him standin on the corner with a nine-day beard and bright red eyes

      I know a guy, he’s a pal of mine
      I say, hey. He say, I’m doin fine
      I’m movin up the ladder, rung rung rung
      I’m gonna get my million while I am still young
      But at night when he’s had a few
      His eyes say different than his tongue
      They say I’m afraid that I’m just a bum
      Someday when all my stuff is gone and I’m left without a dime
      Time ain’t money when all ya got is time
      And I can see me standin on the corner with my nine-day beard and my bright red eyes
      Goin hey, hey hey hey hey, come on and listen to my story, hey, hey hey hey hey, ah hey

      Some people live to work, work to live
      Any little tremble and the earth might give
      Ya can’t hide it in a Volvo or a London Fog
      Can’t hide it in a mansion with an imported dog
      No matter how we plan and rehearse, we’re at pink slip’s mercy in a paper universe
      And we’re afraid that we’re just a bum
      Someday when all our stuff is gone and we’re left without a dime
      Time ain’t money when all ya got is time
      And we can see us standin on the corner with our nine-day beards and our bright red eyes
      Goin, hey hey hey hey hey hey hey
      Hey hey hey hey, come on and listen to my story man hey, hey hey hey hey, ah hey

      The man of sorrow’s acquainted with grief
      Stands in line waiting for relief
      He will tell ya it wasn’t always this way
      One bad little thing happened one bad little day
      Heartbreak has bad teeth and a sour smell and lives when he can in a cheap hotel
      And he’s afraid that he’s just a bum
      Someday when all his stuff is gone and he’s left without a dime
      Time ain’t money when all ya got is time
      And you can see him standin on the corner with a nine-day beard and bright red eyes
      Goin, hey hey hey hey hey hey hey
      Hey hey hey hey, come on and listen to my story man hey, hey hey hey hey, ah hey”

      — Greg Brown

    • Harvey Reading July 25, 2023

      SETI seems to have nothing to say. I ask again: how come? My guess is that they keep their mouths shut until they have something real to say…unlike the screwy, untrustworthy politicians on whom you pin your wishful thinking,

  13. Craig Stehr July 25, 2023

    Awoke fully rested at the Building Bridges Homeless Resource Center in sunny Ukiah, California, and following morning ablutions, ambled south on State Street to the Plowshares Peace & Justice Center for a sumptuous free meal served courtesy of those pesky Catholic Workers. Afterwards, boarded an air conditioned MTA bus and deboarded at the Ukiah Public Library. Am this instant on computer #3 tap, tap tapping away. I am not identified with the body. I am not identified with the mind. Immortal Self I am! If anybody wishes to do anything of any importance on the planet earth, feel free to contact me. OM OM OM
    Craig Louis Stehr
    1045 South State Street, Ukiah, CA 95482
    Telephone Messages: (707) 234-3270
    Share Money Here:
    July 25th @ 1:14PM Pacific Time

    • Mazie Malone July 25, 2023

      Craig, I have contacted you via text and email and got no reply!

  14. Mazie Malone July 25, 2023

    @ Erik the info about psychotropic meds is true. However, people with Serious Mental Illness ie; Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder, Schizoaffective Disorder and Severe Major Depression if they are over-represented in at-risk and homeless populations, it is not doing anything to help! I will say it out loud the numbers are skewed, and we need to look at the people unable to access services due to their Mental Illness. Also, you forgot to include an important part that the author added which is some persons with these illnesses are unable to recognize or remember things they may need to pay attention too. Regardless, not sure where you live, but here in Ukiah we have a number of very sick people unhoused!

    • Eric Sunswheat July 25, 2023


      RE: you forgot to include an important part that the author added which is some persons with these illnesses are unable to recognize or remember things they may need to pay attention to…. — Mazie Malone

      REPEAT: However, if someone with schizophrenia can access air conditioning and community support, they don’t have an increased risk.
      Medications can also interact with the heat in other ways…”People with bipolar disorder who know to stay hydrated are not really at risk of becoming lithium toxic,” Duckworth said.

      • Mazie Malone July 25, 2023

        Oh my…. ❤️🤦‍♀️

        • Marmon July 25, 2023

          Eric is pretty much “right on” when it comes to Mental Illness, but not so on policy.

          I’ve always been a policy guy, which was a bad career decision. Policy and Procedure in College is where I really excelled.


          • Marmon July 25, 2023

            RE: HUGS

            I was never a touchy, feeling, Social Worker. Good God!


            • Mazie Malone July 26, 2023

              lol…..well we each make the world better in our own way …or not…haha…Thank God I was never a Social Worker!! Mazie…<3

          • Mazie Malone July 25, 2023

            I do not know him, maybe so, but guess what I myself know deeply that of which I speak …. ❤️

  15. Sarah Kennedy Owen July 25, 2023

    Thanks for the mention of Gary Webb. One correction, though it is probably not documented: it was not just the CIA that orchestrated this attack on our own citizens by bringing in crack cocaine, the FBI had to have been involved, too. The CIA just works on issues outside the country, while the FBI has jurisdiction to do things in this country. I can’t remember everything about this case, but the dealer (“Freeway Ricky”) who was “employed” (he made so much money the counting machines couldn’t keep up and he bought properties near the freeway to launder it) must have had contact and protection from the FBI and probably the LA police as well. No wonder the LA police department fell into shambles!

    • Rye N Flint July 25, 2023

      Big shout out to Sarah and John Sakowicz for bringing up the other fallen heros that attempted to shine light on the crack-FBI-CIA injustice. Specifically Mike Ruppert. Anyone that hasn’t read “Crossing the Rubicon”, please do. It’s a huge eye opener as to the roles of those departments of the US Gubernmint. Even the infamous Vice News picked up on that story eventually.

      • Bruce McEwen July 25, 2023

        The CIA has been selling drugs since they enlisted the Nazis they captured in WW II! When I was in Okinawa circa 1971, the CIA cut off our pot source (Thai sticks) and flooded the market with red rock heroin. Ask anyone who served then, it was widely understood the Agency was recouping our pay checks for the illegal South American campaign congress refused to fund.

        President “Shrub” and Sec. State “Connie” did something similar when they cut out the embassy staff retirees and sent their pay to Iraq— I still think that’s what inspired Cpl Manning

          • Bruce McEwen July 25, 2023

            In part, but mainly referring to Alexander Cockburn and Jeffery Saint Clair’s book, Whiteout.

        • Bruce McEwen July 25, 2023

          Expat Col (ret) David Hackworth scolded the Marine Corps brass, in his widely syndicated column, for promising the marines who’d served their enlistment in Iraq; that is, the commandant promised-’em a stripe if they shipped-over (nautical terminology for reenlisting), and then when they signed on, not giving them the stripe after all! Hackworth was furious — his obit appeared a few days later…?

          • Bruce McEwen July 25, 2023

            All this misappropriated loot went to villas in the South of France and the new issue of Jacobin Magazine fails to note any of this in their 20 year rear view mirror.

  16. Kathy July 26, 2023

    Re: Real Estate Broker Pamela Hudson:
    The public should refer to the appeal filed by attorney Brian Momsen which showed that the entire judgement was improper and no wrongdoing was ever committed.
    Court of Appeal Case No: A161811
    Superior Court No: SCUK CVPB 2016-26644


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