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Mendocino County Today: Friday, August 25, 2023

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WIDESPREAD LOW CLOUDS are in place along the coast with valley fog in some of the interior valleys. Inland areas will see high temperatures mainly in the mid to upper 80s. The coast will see partial clearing this afternoon. This pattern is expected to persist into next week with only small fluctuations. (NWS)

STEPHEN DUNLAP (Fort Bragg): A really warm 59F in the fog this Friday morning on the coast. The fog is large & in charge. Hence the forecast calls for more of the same morning fog then clearing, hopefully.

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by Sarah Reith

The Willits Police Department’s union took an emergency vote of no confidence in City Manager Brian Bender’s ability to lead the city this week. Last night, Britney Ponikvar, the President of the Willits Police Officers Association, told the City Council that Bender has “created impossible odds for the police department and opened the City of Willits to further civil litigation liability.”…

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Marine Research, Van Damme Marine Conservation (Jeff Goll)

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It has been painful to watch the public criticism pf the Auditor-Controller/Treasurer Tax Collector (ACTTC) in multiple forums, not just the BOS meetings. I can’t say if she is qualified or not but it seems like it would a difficult transition for anyone to go from being the second in command of one office to being thrust into running two offices and losing most, if not all, senior management of both offices and the institutional knowledge they held. Since the BOS and ACTTC are both elected offices, they are colleagues. With co-workers like that, who needs enemies? I am surprised that the ACTTC has stuck in there, to be honest.

The Great Redwood Trail Agency (GRTA) did just solicit for a General Manager. Applications closed July 14th. Salary is $120-140k with a good benefits package.

The GRTA board met last week, August 17th, and held interviews in closed session.

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SPORTS NOTE: Anderson Valley Boys soccer defeats Lower Lake 3-nil. Small school big noise.

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SUPERVISOR WILLIAMS RESPONDS to our remarks about what he was doing during the August “recess”:

Upcoming broadband, coastal re-roofing, coastal solar, coastal tents items. Study and planning related to ambulance JPA, department of finance, health plan, market methodology and need for wage philosophy, parks budget vs work completed, golden gate initiative, revisiting passed but not executed agenda items, trips looking at specific road complaints, ditches. “Ted Williams hasn’t posted anything about doing any county business.” I actually don’t post a diary as a matter of course. To each their own, my effort is on study and strategy, not advertising.

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ON LINE COMMENT: We have until the end of this month to fish at normal depths before California Fish and Game closes the inside waters to all of us. So anyone wanting to go, now is the time to book. Going back and forth under this bridge might be a thing of the past in the near future. 707 357 1875

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WATER TALKS: Waiting on PG&E to Figure Out Life After the Potter Valley Project

At the first meeting following a proposal for life after the Potter Valley Project, participants talked about money, conservation, water rights, and what to do next, in the absence of key information from the current owner of the project.…

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I thought Visit Mendocino County had staff to create marketing materials in-house. Why are they asking Mendocino County businesses to do their work for them?


Feeling Insulted

Attached: “As part of our rebrand, Visit Mendocino County has an updated website. Our goal is to entice visitors with a visually appealing site and add a bit more "show-and-tell", meaning you show and we will tell. This is especially true in sections like Inside the Magic and MendoMoments. We invite you to partner with us in several areas of our website, to help showcase what makes Mendocino County so magical from your perspective. Read on to find out how you can partner with us, from Inside the Magic to your business listing.” …

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by Jim Shields

Last week’s column revealed the true story about how, when, and why California’s mental health hospitals were closed — and it wasn’t then-Governor Ronald Reagan who did it. 

For the past 50 years, the Reagan myth has been circulated and rumor-mongered by the Homeless-Mental Health Industrial Complex, most likely because as George Hollister explained in a post: “The myth also provides a straw man argument that allows us [the Homeless-Mental Health Industrial Complex] to avoid dealing with the mental health problem. Reagan screwed it up, and there is nothing we can do.”

We’ll now take a look at what caused the infamous closure of the County’s Psychiatric Health Facility (PHF, pronounced “Puff”) Unit, back in 1999-2001. This is an issue that people continue to talk about today even though it occurred over 20 years ago.

Anyway, here’s what I wrote back then.

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Colfax Doesn’t Buy Mental Health “Crisis”

November 9, 1999

It was literally a tear-jerker at the Supes weekly conclave (Tuesday, Nov. 2, 1999).

County Mental Health Director Kristy Kelly broke down in the midst of informing the Supes that it’s a full-scale crisis at the Psychiatric Health Facility (PHF). Attempting to regain control, Kelly apologized for crying but was told by a choked-up Patti Campbell, “You never have to apologize to me for tears …” Campbell has been known to shed a tear or two herself during her BOS tenure, including occasions when general assistance payments have been at issue, as well as those times when recovering-addict single mothers have testified to the merits of the Drug Court. While Richard Shoemaker offered Kelly a box of tissues, 5th District Supe David Colfax appeared unmoved by the waterworks display and more concerned with probing the cause of the “crisis.” Here’s the story.

Kelly appeared first thing in the morning with an “off-agenda” item requiring the Supes immediate attention. Kelly said an emergency situation necessitated her seeking BOS approval to close the PHF unit immediately. The PHF, located at the Low Gap county complex, provides acute psychiatric care and other inpatient services to the seriously mentally ill, including those charged with crimes or being treated against their will (so-called “5150” cases from the penal code section of the same number). The PHF unit is licensed by the state “which has clear guidelines for the conditions that allow its operation.” One of those conditions causing suspension of its license is “that certain patient/staff ratios are maintained and that a specific array of licensed staff must be working on the unit at all times.” 

As Kelly explained it, chronic understaffing at the unit fell below state standards in the last two weeks when “violent incidents” forced four staff members off the job with work-related injuries. Additionally, 11 PHF employees filed grievances “regarding working conditions due to concerns for their personal safety.” No details were provided about the violent incidents or the unsafe working conditions, but one can imagine that whacked-out mental cases are capable of bodily harm both to others and themselves. On an average basis, upwards of 25 percent of the PHF’s patients are also jail inmates. In the first 10 months of this year, almost 600 out of the 1900 total patient days were logged for “penal code” patients. 

Speaking to the dangers of housing mentally ill inmates in the PHF, William French, a member of the Mental Health Advisory Board, as well as a former PHF patient, advised the Supes that “You have to look at how to better protect staff and patients (in the PHF) because with inmates there it’s not safe.” 

Kelly told the BOS that “as of 3 p.m. today, we will not be able to maintain the minimum number of licensed staff on the unit required by our license.” Kelly recommended that the Supes “affirm PHF operations should be suspended until staffing and other problems are resolved.” In the meantime she proposed re-opening the PHF as a “Crisis Stabilization Unit” (CSU) on an interim basis while the county Personnel Dept. develops “recommendations on incentives and/or other solutions to address chronic problems in recruiting and retaining qualified staff.” However, the CSU could not house for longer than four hours “5150” cases. Likewise, mentally ill offenders would have to be sent elsewhere. She also pointed out that the CSU would use the existing PHF facility and staff. Finally, all services at the CSU would be “billable under Medi-Cal unlike PHF, which is only partially reimbursable.” 

On the down side, closing the PHF and opening a CSU would increase various costs, such as case management and transporting mentally ill offenders to far away state institutions such as Atascadero or Patton. 

Colfax wasn’t buying the crisis argument. “Given the history of the agency you’re responsible for (Ukiah PD killing of DMH patient Marvin Noble, plus two other jail suicides of DMH clients),” he said, “and all the potential impacts on other departments, like the Sheriff, Jail, DA, Courts and Public Defender, I want something in writing, on paper, from all those affected by this (closing the PHF) before we make a decision.” 

Colfax went on to say that the so-called PHF crisis “has been building for years” but nothing substantive had ever been done to tackle it comprehensively. He also cited chronic understaffing at the jail and with patrol deputies. “I find it difficult to respond to this emergency when it’s been building for three to five years or more. We need to look at why we’re out of compliance and not getting qualified people.” 

He laid a large part of the blame on a lack of funding and voters who don’t seem concerned about service cuts in those areas. He urged the “Sheriff and District Attorney to get on the soapbox” and let people know how serious the problems are.

Sheriff Tony Craver, responding to Colfax, likened the situation to “driving a car that runs out of gas — you won’t get there until you pay what a gallon of gas costs. You need to pay for services what they cost.”

Captain Gary Hudson, who oversees the jail, told the Supes his facility had failed the last two inspections by the Dept. of Corrections. He said the jail was out of compliance with one-quarter of the positions vacant. If the PHF unit closes, it would place the entire operation at risk. “We are at our limits also,” Hudson stated. “With the inability of the PHF unit to function as a PHF, the jail could not operate as a jail.” 

Hudson was referring to the seriously mentally ill inmates who must be housed at the PHF because the jail is not equipped to deal with them. He told the Supes that transferring inmates from here to facilitates in Patton or Atascadero would require 12 to 14 hours processing and transport time. That cost is multiplied each time the mentally ill offender is returned to Mendocino County for a court appearance. Furthermore, it would result in less street patrols since those deputies would be assigned transport duties.

Responding to an inquiry from Tom Lucier suggesting private security services handling transport of inmates to state mental institutions and back for court appearances, Hudson said there would be “significant problems.” He pointed out that some “high profile” mentally ill inmates are so “very sophisticated, assaultive” and violent (towards jail officers) that “we have to double up on guards” when transporting them between jail, court and the PHF unit. He speculated that because of the risks involved, it most likely would prove difficult to find private security companies willing to assume the liability.

Kitt Elliott, from the Public Defender’s Office, warned the BOS that they were “looking at significant costs” if PD staff had to travel out-of-county to represent mentally ill offenders. 

“Realistically, the Public Defender’s staff can’t drive back and forth to out-of-county facilities … phone calls (to the mentally ill) don’t work … you need face-to-face contact with them,” she commented.

With Colfax dissenting, his four colleagues voted to give Kelly the discretion to suspend operations at the PHF if she couldn’t find the personnel to maintain state staffing mandates. According to Kelly, if operations are suspended by local officials they can re-open the PHF any time they are once again in compliance without state approval. If and when Kelly closes the PHF, then the CSU would open, which would, in turn, trigger transporting criminal mentally ill offenders out of county. Meanwhile, DMH, the Sheriff, DA, courts and the PD will be meeting to come up with a plan that will hopefully resolve this mess. 

Colfax was not happy with the decision. “We keep backing away and backing away. We’re pretending we’re solving something but this is a major policy change. We’re making it (the PHF problems and related issues) out-of-sight, out-of-mind.” 

Speaking for the majority, Mike Delbar scolded Colfax: “We’re not here today to grandstand. I have faith that the Mental Health Director and the ‘support’ departments (Sheriff, DA, PD, courts) will work on this problem — they will not let it fall off the table.”

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Guess what? Nothing fell off the table because the table collapsed under it.

(To be continued.)

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White-lined Sphinx (Humming Bird) Moth, DeHaven Creek (Jeff Goll)

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Velma’s farm stand is open Friday from 2-5pm and Saturday 11am-4pm. For fresh produce we will have: blueberries, melons, apples (Red Gravenstein and Swiss Gourmet), Hosui Asian pears, French prune plums, the FIRST of the table grapes (Venus and Jupiter), tomatoes (cherries, heirlooms and early girls), sweet peppers, summer squash, cucumbers, eggplant, padron & shishito peppers, green beans, new potatoes, arugula, spinach, cabbage, carrots, beets, sprouting broccoli, sprouting cauliflower, onions, garlic, herbs (basil, parsley, green coriander). We will also have dried fruit, tea blends, olive oil, fresh and dried flower bouquets, and some everlasting wreaths available. Plus some delicious flavors of Wilder Kombucha!

All produce is certified biodynamic and organic. Follow us on Instagram for updates @filigreenfarm or email with any questions. We accept cash, credit card, check, and EBT/SNAP (with Market Match)!

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Brock Farms

Farm stand is open Tuesday-Saturday, 10-6,

closed Sunday and Monday. 

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Petit Teton Farm

Petit Teton Farm is open daily 9-5, except Sunday 12-5. As well as the large inventory of jams and pickles made from everything we grow, we also have perfectly raised pigs and cows and sell USDA beef and pork. There are stewing hens, sometimes squab, and occasionally rabbits for sale. And right now there is a growing inventory of fresh veggies...beautiful large sweet "Candy" onions and more onion-y ones, eggplant, summer squash, tomatillos, a large variety of tomatoes, and hot and sweet peppers which we also have canned as well as smoked...chipotle, ancho and espelette. We'd love to see you. Nikki and Steve

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Join The Mendocino Film Festival for our year-round programming at Coast Cinemas.

Classic Film Series

  • Grease Sept. 6 7pm
  • Hitchcock’s Shadow of a Doubt Oct. 4 7pm
  • Nov. 1 Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon 7pm
  • Dec. 16th 11am Elf - Family Holiday Screening

Indie Film Series

  • Past Lives Sept 20 7pm
  • Showing Up Oct 18 7pm
  • Nov 15 Talking Heads’ Stop Making Sense 7pm

NEW! Film Punchcards! Good for any FOUR films in the Indie Film Series and Classic Film Series for one person in the fall of 2024. Cards can be purchased on Eventive and picked up at film screenings. $40

Tickets are $15 per film available on Eventive or CASH ONLY at Coast Cinemas

Angela Matano

Executive Director

Mendocino Film Festival

Office: 707.937.0171

Cell: 310.883.5107

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Elk Houses, Route 1 (Jeff Goll)

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Dobie Dolphin wrote:

Today's class is cancelled. Class will resume next Wednesday.

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Marco here. That's a long time to wait for something so important. I just read this story yesterday in Quora:

"A blonde stopped at a hair salon, wearing headphones, and asked for a haircut, but told the stylist that her headphones must stay on or she would die. Hairstylist agreed and began to cut, but after a while, the blonde fell asleep in the chair. To wake her, the stylist took off the headphones. The blonde immediately flopped to the floor and died. The hairstylist put on the headphones. They were saying: /...breathe in... breathe out... breathe in... breathe out.../"

Also this occurs to me: The Hollies - The Air That I Breathe.

I'm not sure why but I think of that as more of an end-of-summer song than Don Henley - The Boys of Summer:

Marco McClean

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"Lightning strikes are a major “wild card” that could determine whether more hard-to-control wildfires ignite in the north part of the state, said Scott Stephens, a fire science professor at UC Berkeley."

Yet, no one is using "lightning rods" an invention first detailed by Benjamin Franklin in Pennsylvania in 1749.

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Possible UFO sitings on Mendo Coast in the Fall of 1978

Dear Northcoasters who may have lived here in the Fall of 1978,

Greetings from Doug Nunn. I was living on the Northcoast back in the Fall of 1978. Around either October or November of that year, there was an odd evening where there were numerous sitings of UFO or UAP (unidentified anomalous phenomena, as they are now known). Some of these sitings were reported to local radio stations and both the SR Press Democrat and Ukiah Daily Journal reported on “odd lights” in the following days.

Our SnapSesssions podcast ( is now working on collecting information on this evening. If you were an eyewitness or remember this night of odd sitings, please contact me at or 

Thanks very much!

Doug Nunn

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CATCH OF THE DAY, Thursday, August 24, 2023

Bertain, Cervantes, Guevara

VINCENT BERTAIN, Ukiah. DUI, suspended license.

JONATHAN CERVANTES, Ukiah. DUI, excessive speed while DUI.

ENRIQUE GUEVARA, Willits. Domestic battery.

Hawkins, Jensen, Kochie

JARED HAWKINS, San Francisco/Ukiah. Probation revocation.

KENDALL JENSEN, Ukiah. Vandalism, criminal threats, failure to appear.

ANTHONNY KOCHIE JR., Ukiah. Disorderly conduct-alcohol&drugs.

Lavenduskey, Lopez, Parker, Savidan

RITA LAVENDUSKEY, Fort Bragg. Disorderly conduct-alcohol&drugs. (Frequent flyer.)

JOSE LOPEZ-GALVEZ, Talmage. Failure to appear, probation revocation.

WILLIAM PARKER, Willits. Petty theft with priors, trespassing, failure to appear, probation revocation.

MONICA SAVIDAN, Ukiah. Probation revocation.

Seward, Thames, Vincent

WALTER SEWARD, San Ysidro/Ukiah. DUI.

CHADLEY THAMES, Fort Bragg. Protective order violation, resisting.

LYLE VINCENT III, Ukiah. Controlled substance-sales, paraphernalia, probation revocation.

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Easy Marmon

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BETSY CAWN: The effort to change the name of Kelseyville has been going on for more than two decades, most recently with a growing number of adherents who came together in 2020 to form the activist organization called “Citizens for Healing,” supported by local Tribes and many kind citizens who assembled the extensive history of brutality inflicted by the Kelsey brothers from 1821 through 1861. Definitive historical studies and published records of their ignominy are easily found on the sections of their website:

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Dear AVA Editor,

It was earlier today 7:40 am, sitting in my car and a guy is talking to this other guy about how he got into trouble with a long distance romance. The upshot was that his expectations were not based in healthy relationship standards. His qualifications were in order for him to be happy his experience needed to be fulfilled regularly. To me today’s relationship market place has changed, not like the past where you didn’t need to worry. However in the remote world it’s very difficult to tell if this drop dead gorgeous lady is for real or the 300 pound grandson in his mom’s basement. Thanks again 

Sincerely yours 

Greg Crawford 

Fort Bragg

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by Aidin Vaziri

Carlos Santana delivered a speech laced with anti-transgender remarks during a recent performance in Atlantic City, New Jersey, telling the audience, “A woman is a woman, and a man is a man.”

In a video clip that surfaced this week, the musician, who grew up in San Francisco, asserted, “When God made you and me, before we came out of the womb, you know who you are and what you are. Later on, when you grow out of it, you see things and you start believing that you could be something that sounds good, but you know it ain’t right. Because a woman is a woman and a man is a man. That’s it. Whatever you wanna do in the closet, that’s your business. I’m OK with that.”

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame guitarist also referred to Dave Chappelle, the comedian who came under fire for making transphobic jokes in his 2021 Netflix special “The Closer,” as “my brother.”

The clips appear to have been taken during one of Santana’s 1001 Rainbows Tour stops at the Hard Rock Live at the Etess Arena on July 28-29, where the 76-year-old musician also proclaimed, “I believe it was Maya Angelou who said, ‘The only thing people are going to remember is how you make them feel.’ We want you to feel precious and priceless because you are significant and meaningful … It’s important to validate and celebrate you.” 

Shortly after, concert attendees took to Reddit with their reactions.

“I went to see Santana tonight in Atlantic City with my parents, my partner, and her mom. Super stoked,” wrote one concertgoer. “One song in though, Carlos Santana stopped and spent a solid 15 minutes spouting the most insane anti-trans bs I’ve maybe ever heard?… Thought music (especially with this history) was supposed to bring us together.”

Another user who attended the show said, “It was very uncomfortable, especially the guy shouting ‘Amen’ throughout. It was weird that he went on about how we are all special and unique after.”

Santana did not reply to a request for comment from the Chronicle, but sent a statement to Billboard expressing his “respect” for personal beliefs. However, he did not walk back his comments.

“Here is my personal goal that I strive to achieve every day. I want to honor and respect all person’s ideals and beliefs whether they are LGBTQ or not,” he said Thursday, Aug, 24. “This is the planet of free will and we have all been given this gift. I will now pursue this goal to be happy and have fun, and for everyone to believe what they want and follow in your hearts without fear. It takes courage to grow and glow in the light that you are and to be true, genuine, and authentic. We grow and learn to shine our light with Love and compliments. Have a glorious existence. Peace.”

Santana, a 10-time Grammy winner, is the subject of the forthcoming documentary by the Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Rudy Valdez, “Carlos: The Santana Journey,” set to premiere on Sept. 23. 

He also plans to resume the 11th year of his Las Vegas residency, “An Intimate Evening With Santana: Greatest Hits Live,” at House of Blues in September and November. A portion of the proceeds from those concerts are supposed to go to the Milagro Foundation, an organization founded by Santana in 1998 to support underrepresented youth in arts, education and health.

But Santana is not the only veteran musician to share his anti-transgender views. Shock-rocker Alice Cooper, scheduled to play at Concord Pavilion on Sept. 22, said this week that medical care for transgender youth is a “fad.”

Cooper told Stereogum, “I find it wrong when you’ve got a 6-year-old kid who has no idea. He just wants to play, and you’re confusing him telling him, ‘Yeah, you’re a boy, but you could be a girl if you want to be.’ I mean, if you identify as a tree … I’m going, ‘Come on! What are we in, a Kurt Vonnegut novel?’ It’s so absurd, that it’s gone now to the point of absurdity.”

The 75-year-old “School’s Out” singer also dismissed “the whole woke thing.”

“Who’s making the rules?” Cooper said. “It’s getting to the point now where it’s laughable. If anybody was trying to make a point on this thing, they turned it into a huge comedy. I don’t know one person that agrees with the woke thing.”

He then repeated the myth that allowing transgender people appropriate access to public bathrooms leads to sexual assault.

“A guy can walk into a woman’s bathroom at any time and just say, ‘I just feel like I’m a woman today’ and have the time of his life in there,” Cooper said. “He’s just taking advantage of that situation … Somebody’s going to get raped.”

(SF Chronicle)

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THE AUTHENTIC LEFT opposes the ruling power structure, opposes imperialism and opposes economic injustice. The mainstream synthetic left does everything it can to build left-wing credibility without opposing any of those things. It opposes racism, sexism and discrimination against LGBTQ people just like the authentic left does, but whenever there’s an opportunity to actually act against the interests of the capitalist imperialists it’s nowhere to be found. 

And it’s important for the authentic left to be aware of this, not least because it will often fool itself about its power and its numbers by conflating the left-wing issues that are amplified by the mainstream synthetic left with successes of the authentic left. It was easy to make the mistake, for example, of thinking that the BLM protests of 2020 were a sign of a surging socialist zeitgeist, or that the opposition to Trump and January 6 was a sign of rising anti-fascist sentiments, when really they were both only getting the mainstream traction they were getting because they were supported by the mainstream synthetic left as well. Members of the authentic left hitched their wagons to those impulses in a big way hoping to see a major authentic shift to the left, but nothing meaningful actually happened as a result of them. The traction was coming almost entirely from the mainstream synthetic left, who have vastly greater numbers and vastly louder amplification. 

Contrast that with the traction gained by movements driven solely by the authentic left without the support of the synthetic left, and the picture looks far more bleak. Antiwar rallies with a hundred people. Communist meetings with a couple dozen people. The only traction we ever really get is online, because the internet lets us all find each other around the world and network. But it doesn’t translate to real-world movement. 

That’s not our fault of course; a tremendous amount of effort has gone into stomping out the authentic left and diverting all energy to the synthetic left for generations. But it’s important to be real about it, because we can’t begin to address the problem if we don’t understand it. And we definitely don’t understand it if we’re mistaking the successes of the mainstream synthetic left for our own successes.

— Caitlin Johnstone

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(via Esther Mobley)

Here’s wine reporter Jess Lander:

When I was covering the opening of the Haven, a new cocktail bar in downtown Napa, I asked if the program included any mocktails. Then I was politely corrected: “We prefer the term alcohol-free,” the subject said.

She then referred me to Josh Harris, the co-founder of acclaimed San Francisco bar Trick Dog, who turned her off from the use of “mocktail.” Trick Dog was one of the first Bay Area bars to incorporate a robust program of non-alcoholic drinks into its menu when it opened in 2013.

“By definition, ‘mock’ is kind of a dirty word,” said Harris, who has been sober for 19 years. “I think it sort of trivializes what is in some cases a really significant thing, which is choosing to not drink alcohol for whatever reason, for any amount of time.”

People often feel insecure, get mocked or “othered” at bars when they ask for a non-alcoholic option, he continued, which may, in turn, cause them to order an alcoholic beverage after all. “For some people, it’s high stakes,” he said, “and if you’re in a situation that makes you feel self-conscious, then you may abandon what it was you were planning — to have something without alcohol.”

It couldn’t be a better time for the beverage industry to move on from “mocktail.” This landscape has evolved dramatically since Trick Dog’s early days, and non-alcoholic drinks are as sophisticated and in-demand as ever, powered by the growing sober curious and wellness movements. There are dedicated non-alcoholic retailers and bars, while traditional bars are utilizing high-end ingredients and complex techniques, like milk clarification, in their alcohol-free creations. 

“Today, humans have an opportunity to explore their relationship with drugs and alcohol in ways the world was not open to or inviting to when I got sober,” Harris said. And while he isn’t calling for the cancellation of the word “mocktail,” he does advocate for alternative terms, such as non-alcoholic, non-alc, alcohol-free and spirit-free. 

At Trick Dog, there is no non-alc section on the menu; instead, those drinks mingle with the alcoholic ones across several categories, including cocktails, high balls and shots. (They’re marked with a simple “Non-alc” adjacent to the drink description.) Harris also suggests that bars refrain from using “alcohol-free” or similar identifiers in the drink name — don’t call it a “non-alcoholic Negroni,” for example — so that sober patrons can place their orders subtly. His staff is trained to never say things like, “You know that has no alcohol in it, right?” when a non-alc beverage is ordered. 

This reminded me of my own awkward experience. Days before I was due to attend a birthday dinner, I found out I was pregnant. Not ready to share the news, I arrived at the restaurant early and asked the server if they could discreetly bring me a non-alcoholic version of whatever cocktail I ordered that night. He agreed, but when a different server brought our drinks over, they asked who the non-alcoholic drink belonged to. Certain I was about to be outed, I froze and feigned ignorance until the original server ran over to save the day, declaring it his mistake. 

“We never want anyone to feel that they’re having attention called to them by choosing not to drink alcohol,” Harris said. “People don't think it’s as big as it is until they’re experiencing it.”

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PS. According to a new survey, the average bottle price of Napa Valley wine crossed $100 and tasting fees are up 35%, a new record.

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Burt Young, who played Paulie in the Rocky franchise, was actually trained by Cus D'Amato and went 17-0 as a professional.

According to Wikipedia: Young served a tour of duty in the United States Marine Corps from 1957 to 1959. While in the Marine Corps, he won 32 of 34 boxing bouts. He later turned pro and compiled a 17-0 record under three different aliases.

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I’ve seen the snakehandlers before. But much more often are the Pentecostals in my vicinity. They run up and down the aisles in their church and roll around on the floor and jump up and down as they speak in tongues. I never really spoke in tongues. They believe that speaking in tongues is a sign of the presence of the Holy Spirit and so not speaking in tongues is like not encountering the Holy Spirit. You probably already know that. But probably too it is strange to others in a more secular context.

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MEGAN MCCAIN: Let's be honest. There was only one circus in town last night. And none of us can be proud of the one we most wanted to buy tickets for. Like millions of Americans, I tuned into the Fox News debate, desperately hoping to find salvation from the horrendous inevitability of a Trump v. Biden rerun. Like those millions, I listened and watched and tried to divine who spoke for me and my country most convincingly - and then guiltily turned over to Twitter. The tweets had been flying fast and furious: Tucker Carlson and Donald Trump were talking - of all things - about Jeffrey Epstein's suspicious death in a Manhattan jail. Sure, it was ridiculous, but I was curious. Does Trump buy into the Epstein conspiracy theories? So I became one of the 200 million who watched horrified and hypnotized as former President Trump and conspiracy-theorist-in-chief Tucker Carlson talked low-flow showers, revolutions, and assassination threats. What a contrast to the grown-ups on the Fox News debate - where we waited for one of those eight to show a flash of charisma, a captivating presence or a control of that facts that so many Republicans are desperately longing for. Because there must be someone who can beat Trump - right?

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Was I just dreaming last night in watching the GOP candidates’ debate when it came to a moderator’s question?

“Would you still support Donald J. Trump if, while he is running as the Republican candidate for President, if he was also convicted of criminal conspiracy? Please raise your hand if you would.”

Six hands went up out of the eight candidates up on stage! It seems incredible to me that only two candidates: former state Governors Chris Christie, NJ, and Asa Hutchinson, AR. voted “NO,” by not raising their hands.

The significance is that most Republican Party leaders now favor supporting the four-time indicted former president over democracy in America. This shows the degree of perverse animosity and outright defiance of the rule of law in this country that a majority of the Republican Party is committed to. This major party wants to dismantle the Justice Department and the FBI. It’s purpose is no longer to further patriotism or to represent the people of this great nation.

It made my blood run cold.

Frank H. Baumgardner, III 

Santa Rosa

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TODAY A FORMER U.S. PRESIDENT and the front-runner for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination turned himself in to be arrested in Georgia. He had to because a grand jury of ordinary Americans indicted him, along with 18 other defendants, for conspiring to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election.

For the first time in U.S. history, there is a mugshot of a former president. 

And, for that matter, mugshots of his chief of staff and key advisors. With noon tomorrow, August 25, the deadline for the defendants to surrender, they have been showing up since Tuesday, when Scott Hall, accused of breaching election equipment in Coffee County, Georgia, became the first of the defendants to surrender.

Since then, several of the lawyers behind the election scheme, including John Eastman, Kenneth Chesebro, Sidney Powell, Jenna Ellis, and Rudy Giuliani have surrendered. 

So have Mark Meadows, Trump’s final chief of staff, and David Shafer, the former chair of the Georgia Republican Party. 

All but one—Harrison Floyd, the former executive director of Black Voices for Trump, who is charged with harassing election worker Ruby Freeman and who had previously assaulted an FBI agent—have been released on bail. 

Trump is the first president to be charged with crimes, and he is facing an astonishing 91 counts in four different cases, two at the state level in New York and Georgia, and two at the federal level. 

In addition, Trump, his two elder sons, and the Trump Organization are also facing an October trial in a civil fraud case in New York City, after which he has a January trial in a defamation suit from writer E. Jean Carroll for denying that he raped her (a judge recently agreed that his sexual assault of her was rape by common understanding, although the narrow definition of rape in the New York penal code meant that a New York jury in May did not find him liable for it). 

And then there are the criminal charges. In New York he is charged with 34 counts surrounding an alleged hush-money scheme before the 2016 election. 

He has been charged with 40 counts in the federal case concerning his theft and concealment of national security documents at his organization’s Mar-a-Lago property. In a separate federal case, he is charged with 4 counts of conspiring to defraud the government, obstruct an official proceeding, and take away voters’ right to have their vote counted. 

In the Georgia case for which he was arrested today, he has been charged with 13 crimes under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) statute of Georgia, a law that permits a group working together for a criminal purpose to be charged as a criminal organization. 

True to form, Trump appears to have timed his surrender to make the evening news. And then, after he surrendered, he posted his mugshot himself on X, the social media site formerly known as Twitter, telling his supporters “NEVER SURRENDER!” 

In our system, Trump, like any defendant, is presumed innocent until proven guilty. 

But here’s the thing: At last night’s Republican primary debate, all the candidates except former New Jersey governor Chris Christie (polling at 3.3%) and former Arkansas governor Asa Hutchinson (polling at 0.7%) pledged they would support Trump as the 2024 Republican nominee even if he’s convicted. 

In the 1960s, Republicans made a devil’s bargain, courting the racists and social traditionalists who began to turn from the Democratic Party when President Franklin Delano Roosevelt began to make inroads on racial discrimination. Those same reactionaries jumped from the Democrats to create their own party when Democratic president Harry S. Truman strengthened his party’s turn toward civil rights by creating a presidential commission on civil rights in 1946 and then ordering the military to desegregate in 1948. Reactionaries rushed to abandon the Democrats permanently after Congress passed the 1964 Civil Rights Act, joining the Republicans at least temporarily to vote for Arizona senator Barry Goldwater, who promised to roll back civil rights laws and court decisions. 

The 1965 Voting Rights Act was the final straw for many of those reactionaries, and they began to move to the Republicans as a group when Richard Nixon promised not to use the federal government to enforce civil rights in the states. This so-called southern strategy pulled the Republican Party rightward.

In 1980, Republican presidential candidate Ronald Reagan appeared at the Neshoba County Fair near Philadelphia, Mississippi, a few miles from where three civil rights workers had been murdered in 1964 for their work registering Black Mississippians to vote, and said, “I believe in states’ rights.” Reagan tied government defense of civil rights to socialism, insisting that the government was using tax dollars from hardworking Americans to give handouts to lazy people, often using code words to mean “Black.” 

Since then, as their economic policies have become more and more unpopular, the Republicans have kept voters behind them by insisting that anyone calling for federal action is advocating socialism and by drawing deep divisions between those who vote Republican, whom they define as true Americans, and anyone who does not vote Republican and thus, in their ideology, is anti-American. 

From there it has been a short step to arguing that those who do not support Republican candidates should not vote or are voting illegally (although voter fraud is vanishingly rare). And from there, it appears to have been a short step to trying to overturn the results of an election where 7 million more Americans voted for Joe Biden, a Democrat, than voted for Trump and where the Electoral College vote for Biden was 306 to 232, the same margin Trump called a landslide in 2016 when it was in his favor. 

The Republicans on stage last night have abandoned democracy, and in that they accurately represent their party. It is no accident that in addition to the Georgia party chair indicted for trying to overturn the results of the 2020 election, Wisconsin Republican Party chair Brian Schimming was also mentioned in the Georgia indictment as part of the conspiracy for his role in the scheme to use false electors to steal the election for Trump, though he was not charged; former Arizona Republican chair Kelli Ward is in the crosshairs for her own participation in the scheme in Arizona; and in a different case, former Michigan Republican Party co-chair Meshawn Maddoch has pleaded not guilty to eight felony charges for her part in the attempt to steal the White House. 

State leaders have taken their cue from the top: Republican National Committee chair Ronna McDaniel also apparently participated in Trump’s fake elector scheme to steal the presidency.

It is quite a thing to see leading Republicans—including a former president—in mugshots for their assault on our democracy and to know that party leadership supports their actions. Indeed, it is unprecedented, and for those who remember what a grand party the Republicans have been at times in their history—Lincoln, after all, was a Republican, and so were Theodore Roosevelt and Dwight Eisenhower—it is a sad end.

But an end it is. The authoritarians who have taken over the party have abandoned their history and are now building something altogether different.

— Heather Cox Richardson, Boston University historian

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They came at each other with chainsaws. Before they were done, /while they were still going at it,/there were brains hanging out. They were both dead a dozen times over from the cuts. Sam’s left leg had a little piece of skin between his ass and his thigh wouldn’t have made a decent strip of bacon. Mac was missing a whole shoulder, for Christ’s sweet sake. They were working in the mud, flat down on belly and sides, bucking each other up, couldn’t give a shit less, long as they could get that chain on another piece of meat or bone.

They were fighting over Junie, who cooked for the crew. That’s what people said. She was tall and raw and not too flat, and her smile had a few spaces in it, but she didn’t care because she had a manner mild as May, and she was a strong girl with a big heart. She’d go with most any logger that asked, until Sam and Mac thinned the pack and it was just the three of them.

Those two were headed for this no matter what. They were both strong and did the work of two men without breaking a sweat. Sam had a tough little frenchman named Gervais worked with him. Mac had the colored fellow they called Oreo.

These two teams worked out of earshot of each other most times. They were friends before this. They didn’t try to out-do each other, it was just the natural way of the camp to count up the tally and see who was ahead that day.

These boys were a show. You didn’t need to wish ill on anybody to watch it, and nobody did. It’s just the natural way of things.

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In his first public acknowledgment of Yevgeny Prigozhin's presumed death, Russian President Vladimir Putin said the Wagner mercenary chief was a "talented businessman" who "made serious mistakes in his life."

Prigozhin, who led an aborted mutiny in June, was listed as a passenger on a jet that crashed north of Moscow yesterday.

Russian officials said all 10 people on the private aircraft were killed, and a Telegram channel associated with the Wagner Group said Prigozhin and his top lieutenant were among the dead.

Videos and flight radar document the dramatic final moments of the flight, which showed no sign of any problem until a plunge to the ground that spread debris for miles.


Two U.S. officials told NBC News that intelligence gathered so far points to sabotage as the cause of the plane crash that reportedly killed Yevgeny Prigozhin and others near Moscow yesterday. 

One of the officials said a leading theory is that the aircraft was downed by an explosive on board, but they do not have enough information to say that with certainty. 

Department of Defense press secretary Brig. Gen. Pat Ryder said nothing thus far indicates a surface-to-air missile took down the plane and that such reports are inaccurate. 

Yevgeny Prigozhin was most likely killed but there is no evidence that the plane he was on was taken down by a missile, according to U.S. Defense officials.

“Our initial assessment based on a variety of factors is it was likely Prigohzin was killed,” Brig. Gen. Pat Ryder, the Pentagon's press secretary, said at a briefing.

He also said defense officials have no information to indicate that a surface-to-air missile took down the plane that Russian officials say was carrying senior Wagner members, and assessed press reports about that to be inaccurate.


by Minyvonne Burke

There is a strong likelihood that the Russian Ministry of Defense and the Kremlin were behind the plane crash that presumably killed Prigozhin, according to the Institute for the Study of War think tank.

“The Russian Ministry of Defense (MoD) and the Kremlin have been destroying the Wagner private military company (PMC) and weakening Prigozhin’s authority since the rebellion — and the assassination of Wagner’s top leadership was likely the final step to eliminate Wagner as an independent organization,” the Washington-based organization said in a report. 

Prigozhin “was likely attempting to counter the Russian MoD’s and the Kremlin’s destruction of Wagner,” it said, adding that Wagner’s future is now uncertain. 

CRASHED JET believed to have carried top Wagner officials apart from Prigozhin

by F. Brinley Bruton

The official manifest for the jet that crashed and is presumed to have killed Yevgeny Prigozhin included the names of a number of senior Wagner officials, according to a Russian opposition-linked research organization.

Among the names on the manifest is Valeriy Yevgenyevich Chekalov, who ran businesses linked to the mercenary organization, according to the Dossier Center, a London-based investigative group funded by former Russian oligarch-turned-opposition-figure Mikhail Khodorkovsky. Also listed is Evgeniy Makaryan, who joined Wagner in 2016, and Sergey Propustin, who fought in the second Chechen war and joined Wagner in 2015, the Dossier Center said.

Dmitry Utkin, reputed to have been Prigozyn’s operational leader, was also on the plane, according to the manifest.

Russian officials said all 10 people on the plane — seven passengers and three crew — died in the crash.


by Michael Fiorentino and Yuliya Talmazan

The plane presumed to be carrying Prigozhin “fell to the ground like a Coke bottle,” according to Jeff Guzzetti, an aviation expert and NBC News contributor.

Despite rampant speculation about what caused the crash, he said holes in the wreckage could have been caused by the structure pulling away from rivets or screws, among other things.

But Guzzetti said that “new jets like this don’t come apart like this unless something bad happened.”

He added the “more compelling evidence is the fact that the aircraft clearly came apart in flight following some sort of catastrophic event at altitude. It literally fell to the ground like a Coke bottle … totally out of control and missing wing parts.”

(NBC News)

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  1. Mazie Malone August 25, 2023

    Re: PHF…. Thanks again for the details

    And yet here we are…all these years later…
    This brings up a question, back then when the PHF was a working operation, were people with Serious Mental Illness just driven to PHF and they were evaluated and held on a 5150? Did the police understand when running in to these people they needed a ride to the PHF to be evaluated and they just transported them from street to jail?

    And this part…. Lol
    Speaking to the dangers of housing mentally ill inmates in the PHF, William French, a member of the Mental Health Advisory Board, as well as a former PHF patient, advised the Supes that “You have to look at how to better protect staff and patients (in the PHF) because with inmates there it’s not safe.”

    I love how the separation is made of the criminal and the Serious Mental Illness…. Like they exist separately ….. And here in lies the crux of all the problems we face, because it is all so freaking discombobulated! It is a fact that people suffering from episodes of psychosis due to Serious Mental Illness can be combative and lash out. You would assume a PHF would be able to manage such behaviors and train its staff in how to recognize, approach and handle those situations. I see Mr. French’s statement as ridiculous and may he RIP. Because well at least now a big portion of inmates are those with Serious Mental Illness and often street people with SMI.
    I am sure Sheriff Kendall can shed some light on that, but I think he downplays it and I say that with all due respect. Him and I have had quite a few convos on these issues. The issues with safety due to violence/crime from Serious Mental Illness, affect the family first, always the family first and then the community at large. Intervention and prevention are necessary! So if we had a PHF now and when we do in the near future how do you suppose that is going to address any of these issues? It’s not, it is a nice looking band aid that will fall off because there is no structure underneath it to support us! I am always in awe of how many meetings and committees and services and all the money floated about that touts how things are working and solutions happening! As they say the proof is in the pudding, but there is no pudding!

    And again last night walking my dog I saw young Jahlan Travis walking around ill, confused and sick. No intervention for him, do you think the mobile crisis unit would come to his aid if I called? The police?


    • Marmon August 25, 2023

      Remembering Doug Rosoff

      As Mendocino County”s Mental Health medical director back in 2000, Rosoff made news when he complained to county officials about jail inmates being sent to the county psychiatric health facility, the locked facility known as the PHF, or “puff,” where the mentally ill in crisis were sent for evaluation and stabilization. At the time, the PHF was having trouble staying open because of a shortage of qualified nurses to staff it.

      At the time, Rosoff said that sending inmates to the PHF meant that other patients were being sent out of county for care at great expense to the county.

      He also said that inmates were sometimes sent to the PHF unnecessarily and on the orders or advice of judges and defense attorneys, not mental health professionals – something that did not endear him to local defense attorneys. He complained of prisoners being cared for in the PHF for months while they awaited trial, an unnecessary situation he thought simply provided the inmates with more comfort.

      “You can lounge around watching television, making phone calls, playing ping pong,” he said. “If I was in an inmate”s shoes, I would prefer to do my time in a psychiatric facility instead of a correctional setting.”

      The county supervisors ordered the closure of the PHF in November of 2000 and it was closed down in 2001 citing lack of funding for qualified staff.

      During an interview with The Daily Journal when he resigned, Rosoff remembered the PHF as a 10-bed, acute, in-patient unit operated by county Mental Health through a contract with CFMG.

      He said at the time that he didn”t like the county”s intention to privatize more of its mental health services, and that in part fueled his decision to leave the county”s employ. The non-profit organizations that tend to contract with the county, he said, “are more focused on their specific mission, rather than on the greater good of the community.”

      Rosoff had also at the time expressed concern over the county”s diminished ability to serve its most severely mentally ill clients, cutting back services for the homeless, a life skills program for the severely mentally ill and day-to-day case management that he said especially the most severely mentally ill clients need…


      • michael turner August 25, 2023

        Of all my colleagues when I practiced in Ukiah, Doug Rosoff was the doctor I respected the most. While the other psychiatrists in town (Gardiner, Lacy et al) cherry-picked the paying patients, Doug saw virtually all the psychiatric emergencies in the ER and was the only one taking care of indigent or imprisoned patients. These were all patients with severe morbidities and Doug was the only one to step up. It must have been incredibly taxing, but he was always calm, friendly, and helpful. A very humble man. His tragic death was stupid, he was cycling and run over by a truck carrying construction materials to the McDonalds remodel. They still haven’t fixed that intersection at Orchard and Gobbi, or put up a plaque. His demise left a huge void in the community as evidenced by Ukiah’s present anarchic mental health crisis.

        • Mazie Malone August 25, 2023

          Thank you… thats good to hear
          I remember the bicycle accident


      • Mazie Malone August 25, 2023

        Thank you interesting to note it was only 10 beds !!!
        I think new one is suppose to be 16
        Of course a psych stay is better than jail the little tricksters.. lol…

        This is the thing…..

        Nothing has changed PHF or no puff….

        And more people who are debilitatingly sick…

        In 2020 I had to demand a psych assessment, RCS physically go to the jail and 5150 my son…

        The jail is no place for someone debilitated by a serious mental illness.

        But there is or was a whole psych dept at the jail, so trained professionals are incapable of deciphering the manifestations of SMI and giving them appropriate treatment or sending them out?

        Ever hear of anyone sitting in a jail on a warrant for 6 weeks? 6 !!!

        Sometimes I have hope, but mostly I don’t see anything changing..

        As the world turns….
        Were screwed….


  2. peter boudoures August 25, 2023

    Something about the Maui police chief rubs me the wrong way. Well over 1000 deaths is staggering.

  3. Mike J August 25, 2023

    Re Fall of 1978 Mendocino coast UFO sightings:
    Though living in SF at the time, and beginning psych tech training at that time, I did frequent Point Arena area, camping with friends on property there. There were significant worldwide “waves” of sightings and entity encounters in 73 and 77-78. 1978 is also when Spielberg’s close encounter movie came out.
    The AVA should have good archived articles by the late Debra Keip and Mr. MacDonald on historical UFO events in this area.
    Recent sighting reports in Mendocino County have been documented by MendoFever.
    There is of course UFO news brewing now as members of Congress in a bipartisan fashion are attempting to bring to the light of day waived, unacknowledged special access programs hidden from oversight by elected leaders. (Government employees on the need to know bigot list of programs likely at Lockheed and elsewhere are a few individuals at the Pentagon Dept of Acquisitions and Development, at DOE, and from the support group for the SAP oversight committee. The President and Secretary of Defense were reportedly out of the loop.)

    • Harvey Reading August 25, 2023

      LOL! The human mind can create in itself whatever it wants to see and turn electronic glitches into ETs. By the way, you never did substantiate your statements regarding your dismissal of SETI…very typical of UFOers. As far as I am concerned, your assertions are worth about as much as a three-dollar bill.

      • Mike J August 25, 2023

        I don’t have to substantiate what you call my dismissal: I simply noted two facts which SETI folks themselves stipulate also are facts.
        (1) they’re monitoring a narrow portion of the EM spectrum, a specific radio frequency (I think related to the element hydrogen??).
        (2) they’ve covered only a small portion of the sky. Or stars out there.

        A serious academic org has launched re all this:

        Check current reported sightings:

        • Harvey Reading August 25, 2023

          LOL. You have to if you want your assertions to be substantiated rather than just ETer jabber. I’ll continue to disbelieve your nonsense. I’ll bet you’re really great at creating mountains from mole hills. Now, be a good fellow and go pray to the ghost of your hero, Harry Reid.

      • Mike J August 25, 2023

        Excuse me, Harvey….but SETI at makes a third point:
        “Note that there are no existing antennas on Earth with adequate sensitivity to find alien television signals, assuming these are similar in power and antenna performance to our own. The farthest we might be able to pick up an alien TV broadcast is approximately 1 light-year, significantly less than the distance to even the nearest other star system.”

        • Harvey Reading August 25, 2023

          Why are you limiting yourself to tv signals? There are many, many, many other frequencies in the EM spectrum. Enjoy your little dream world, where anything you don’t understand must be ET. The subject is one of the guvamint’s favorite ways to distract people from the real world, which includes telling their fake whistleblowers just what to say publicly…just ask the ghost of ol’ dumb Harry. Personally, I’d welcome a visit from some ETs. Maybe they could rid us of our ruling class of morons.

  4. Eric Sunswheat August 25, 2023

    RE: Guess what? Nothing fell off the table…
    Dartmouth College to Convene Surgeons General Around Mental Health. The moderated conversation, The Current and Former U.S. Surgeons General Discuss the Future of Mental Health and Wellness, will begin at 1 p.m. on Sept. 28, in West Gym and will be free and open to the public. The event will also be livestreamed and available to audiences outside Dartmouth…
    Surgeon General Vivek Murthy and all six of his living predecessors will join President Sian Leah Beilock on campus next month for a panel discussion seeking solutions to the national mental health crisis…
    “Nationwide, mental health is an urgent challenge that health care professionals, educators, and leaders at every level must address head on,” says President Beilock, who has made the goal of improving the mental health and wellness of the community a priority for her administration.
    “As institutional leaders, researchers, doctors, and thinkers, we in higher education have an imperative to go beyond bestowing knowledge—we have a responsibility to identify and address root causes of the crisis while also providing young people with the tools they need to feel healthy and connected.”
    Talking about the mental health crisis with the surgeons general, who have played critical roles in addressing major health issues such as smoking, AIDS, and opioids, is intended to help bring a more national focus to the problem…
    More information, including how to register or access the livestream, will be available soon.

    • Mazie Malone August 25, 2023

      Mental Health and Serious Mental Illness are not the same thing !!!!!!

      mm 💕

      • Mark Scaramella August 25, 2023

        Mazie: Do you know if this form or a similar one is used in Mendocino County?
        Also, do you know if they do a formal release plan when someone with a mental health diagnosis is released from jail or psych hold/ treatment?
        I think it would be useful to know how many assessments like this are done in Mendo and how many release plans are written and whether those plans are followed up on and whether people are re-insitutionalized and when.

        • Marmon August 25, 2023

          I’ve filled out hundreds of these assessments when I worked for both Placer and Lake County Mental Health systems. Of course my diagnosis’ were only provisional, the doctor could accept it or change them The doctors rely on mental health specialist to do these assessments because of the time involved. I don’t know what the hell the Schraeders are using.


          • Mazie Malone August 25, 2023

            Hey Marmon.,..
            Do you have any enlightening info on 5150 holds?
            My experience has been it is very subjective depending on officer or crisis worker who responds knowledge and line of questioning?

            If SB 43 goes through it will help lighten the gravely disabled criteria, but I don’t have much hope for that!

            • Marmon August 25, 2023

              It shouldn’t be subjective, but it’s often that way. My concentration in my master level program was mental health where I took specific classes and an internship. If the clinician is using the tools correctly it shouldn’t be subjective. I don’t know if any of RCS clinicians actually had that training or just have a degree in something else.


              • Mazie Malone August 25, 2023

                Yes … hit and miss

            • Harvey Reading August 25, 2023

              I’ve never read anything from Marmon that was the least bit enlightening. Wordy at times, yes; enlightening, no.

              • Mazie Malone August 25, 2023

                Lol …. Well thats unfortunate

            • Marmon August 25, 2023

              They may not even have any education or experience. Anyone can be issued authorization card to do 5150’s after a short training and test. It takes only a few hours to get er done.



              • Mazie Malone August 25, 2023

                Holy hell something I did not know!! Thank you…
                Check Your FB messages!!!

        • Mazie Malone August 25, 2023

          Mark that is a great form I have never seen one like that!!

          We have multiple Safety Agreements
          with RCS…after out of area psych release and handed back to Mendo County

          We had 3 jail stents in a very short period. There was no follow up plan or paperwork. Which in essence did not matter because the truth is he was incapable of understanding what was happening and was the whole reason he spent 6 weeks in jail on a bench warrant for failure to appear!!!

          Maybe jail is handling it different now, maybe Sheriff Kendall will chime in on that!


        • Marmon August 25, 2023

          Those forms are never given out to the client. They are for internal use only. We used to put a copy in the client’s paper file and upload a copy to the client’s electronic file.


          • Mazie Malone August 25, 2023

            But imagine that form as the protocol.., instead of a Safety Form…. Safety form is fine for people whose ability to comprehend and remember is in tact!!!

            In cases of SMI and psychosis the Safety Form fails to address the needs but the whole system is that way…

            I would laugh but its not funny…😢🙏

  5. Harvey Reading August 25, 2023

    CATCH OF THE DAY–photo.

    I’d like to see a shot of the dufus with his hair combed back…

    • Marco McClean August 25, 2023

      On seeing the Trump mugshot: Google-search “angry child who got caught”. Really, do it right now, and click on images for a spread of them. It’s the exact same expression on one child after another. /No fair! It wasn’t MY fault! I hate this! I hate you!/

      And I thought to search that because of having enjoyed a teevee show from 2009-2011 called /Lie To Me/. The pilot episode is a little shaky but it settles down. It’s about an agency that hires out to solve crimes and settle disputes by figuring people out mainly from their body language and micro (and macro) expressions.

  6. Betsy Cawn August 25, 2023

    Overheard at the counter, waiting for a document from the Public Works Department (Lake County), circa plus or minus Y2K:

    Clerk #1: Who was that on the phone?

    Clerk #2: Oh, just another one of those idiots who thinks we should change the name of Kelseyville.

    Clerk #1: That’s ridiculous. Why can’t these people just get over it?

    • Rye N Flint August 25, 2023


  7. Rye N Flint August 25, 2023

    RE: Puffin smoke…

    Never mentioned is where did all the people from the insane assylum go? How did the City of 10,000 Buddhas come into being? Reagan guilt free? Ha!

    “As part of a major reorganization by the Reagan administration, the hospital was closed in 1972 -

    “The Dharma Realm Buddhist Association purchased the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas site in 1974 and established an international center there by 1976. Originally the site housed the Mendocino State Asylum for the Insane (later renamed the Mendocino State Hospital), founded in 1889.”

    “Mendocino State Hospital, formally known as Mendocino State Asylum for the Insane, was a psychiatric hospital in Talmage near Ukiah, California, was established in 1889 and in operation from July 1893 to 1972.[1] The hospital programs included the rehabilitation of the criminally insane, alcoholic and drug abuse rehabilitation, a psychiatric residency program, industrial therapy, and others.[1] The property now is part of the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas community.[2] ”

    • Mazie Malone August 25, 2023

      Well probably doesn’t matter because those people are long dead…and back then you could be institutionalized for many things that had nothing to do with mental illness..
      And now you cant help anyone we just let them suffer !

    • Sarah Kennedy Owen August 25, 2023

      CTTB came into being due to its following through with a real estate purchase, of what was at that time considered a major “white elephant”. The property had many very well-built facilities, some of them quite good-looking, but it also had steam heating, and the entire place was marked by the policies used at mental hospitals at the time, with glassed-in observation areas, heavy metal doors, use of locks and keys on most of those doors, and even a crematorium. It also had a large laundry, a commercial bakery, workshop areas, and a cannery, none of which were of any use to the Buddhist group that started CTTB, except the workshops, which were turned into art studios and a gallery. However, the vision was that it could be something useful, given time and effort. Only the Buddhist organization was interested in doing this. Even Mendocino College was offered the property for a nominal price (I think it was a few dollars) but they turned it down, realizing the amount of time and money it would take to make it acceptable. It was an ideal fit for the Buddhists, however, known for patience and persistence, as well as the ability to live frugally and simply. It took many years to bring it around to where it does not reflect as glaringly the institutional aspect. There will always be a great deal of upkeep involved, as well as a continual effort to upgrade existing buildings. The reward is a beautiful campus and some classic buildings that might otherwise have been torn down.

  8. Lazarus August 25, 2023

    RE: “The Willits Police Department’s union took an emergency vote of no confidence in City Manager Brian Bender’s ability to lead the city”

    There have been rumblings of trouble with the City Manager for a while. The men and women who make the City run and do the maintenance and repairs have little to no relationship with City Hall. Perhaps the most prominent community organization in Willits, Frontiers Days, has had issues with the City Manager that did not appear… to end well.
    The City of Willits apparently took who they could get when they made this hire, and now that hire is what it is.
    Be well,

    • Gary Smith August 26, 2023

      If the police union is moving against him my first reaction is he must be doing something good, knowing nothing more about it.

      • Lazarus August 26, 2023

        If it was just the cops, could be.
        But the rank-and-file workers and the street have problems with his style…
        Be well,

  9. Craig Stehr August 25, 2023

    Warmest spiritual greetings,
    Awoke early, and once more walked along the fence line by the Ukiah airport picking up the litter all the way to Plowshares. South State Street, between Thomas Street and Plowshares, is litter free on both sides. I would like this remembered when it is time for the City of Ukiah budgetary meetings. Building Bridges Homeless Resource Center located at 1045 South State Street both needs and deserves more money! Let’s face it, if you live in Wine Country and your existence is at least semi-dependent on the Cannabis Industry, there is no sane reason to oppose increased funding for Redwood Community Services Organization/Building Bridges. I am thanking you in advance for your cooperation. ~Peaceout~
    Craig Louis Stehr
    1045 South State Street, Ukiah, CA 95482
    August 25th @ 1:08 PM Pacific Time

  10. Jane Doe August 25, 2023

    Mazie Malone, says:

    “It is a fact that people suffering from episodes of psychosis due to Serious Mental Illness can be combative and lash out.”

    It is precisely this type of belief that stigmatizes anyone unfortunate enough to experience a momentary, or debilitating reaction to severe, and prolonged emotional, psychological, and physical abuse. This can happen to anyone!
    How can a person unable to breathe, or even chew, whose heart is racing, whose world looks like/feels like they’re on acid lash out, or be combative, unless they feel threatened? An injured animal’s instinct is to lash out, growl, if it feels threatened (not approached with calm, compassion).

    • Mazie Malone August 25, 2023

      We are not talking trauma here .,.. or mental health ..
      Serious mental Illness that has symptoms of psychosis. My statement does not stigmatize anyone! Not everyone is in the same box. You are speaking of something other than what I am they are not the same! Get a grip on your Stigma BS!


  11. Cotdbigun August 25, 2023

    Re: Baumgardner,
    It’s the weaponization of the FBI and Justice Department that they are fighting against. 51 spooks signed a letter regarding Russian interference even though the laptop was real, in the meantime the Justice Department can’t find anything wrong with millions in bribes. But yeah, they got him this time for sure and democracy is saved. Let’s go Brandon

  12. Marmon August 25, 2023

    Mazie Malone has dragged me back into Mental Health Hell. Maybe I can catch my second wind and help out.


    • Mazie Malone August 25, 2023

      Sorry about that…. Sort of… 😂😂 the more the merrier..

  13. Bruce McEwen August 25, 2023

    CNN asking Biden if he’d seen Trump’s booking photo was like TASS asking Putin if he’d heard Prigozhin’s plane crashed.

  14. Sarah Kennedy Owen August 25, 2023

    After viewing the video “The Weird and Wonderful R. Crumb” I wonder if I should take back my admiring comments hahaha (nervous laughter). However, I stand by it because, regardless of some of his misunderstood irony, his drawing is awesome! Nobody is perfect, which is why his comix work, because they magnify and ridicule our imperfections as humans.
    Speaking of imperfections, the popular “hummingbird moth’ is, as a caterpillar, the feared and abhorred tomato hornworm! We have found three caterpillars so far and see the pretty moth (or moths!) almost every day. Hope we don’t get an explosion in the population next year!

  15. Ted Williams August 25, 2023

    “It has been painful to watch the public criticism pf the Auditor-Controller/Treasurer Tax Collector (ACTTC) in multiple forums, not just the BOS meetings.”


  16. Falcon August 25, 2023

    Auditor-Controller/Treasurer Tax Collector (ACTTC)

    I interacted with the Dept. above prior to an Interview —I had lots of questions: Would they hire someone bad with numbers?
    In my eyes, I was waaay underqualified.
    But, I can tell you one thing for sure…they are some of the nicest buncha people I’ve ever met in Mendocino County.

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