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Mendocino County Today: Friday, Sept. 22, 2023

Cool Day | Smoky Sky | County Agenda | Fiesta Latina | CHP Bully | Second Bridge | Bogus Count | Apple Tree | Asha Kreimer | Arena Sunset | Unfair Treatment | Del Mar School | Mockel Example | 1980 Cover | Bombing Bari | Yesterday's Catch | Suspect Selfie | Purdy Good | School Gardens | September | Pelican Flock | Bizzaroland News | Seagull Flock | Shutdown Fallout | First Sight | Ukraine | Purple Onion | Saddest Noise | Eastham 1941 | Tireless Grandstander | Friendly Darkness

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DRY WEATHER will persist into early Saturday, along with cool nighttime lows and near normal daytime highs. A wetter pattern will develop late in the weekend and into early next week, with locally heavy rainfall possible across Del Norte and Humboldt counties on Monday. Southerly winds will increase on Sunday with windy conditions persisting to Monday. (NWS)

STEPHEN DUNLAP (Fort Bragg): On the coast this last day of summer I have a foggy 53F. Autumn starts at 11:50pm tonight. We might have some more haze today. Clearing skies will give way to rain chances starting midday Sunday & going into Tuesday morning with Monday being the main target of some healthy showers.

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Smoky Sky, Van Damme Beach (Jeff Goll)

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by Mark Scaramella

BASED ON NEXT TUESDAY’S BOARD OF SUPERVISORS AGENDA, you’d never know there was any kind of financial crisis, or expired employees contract, or tax collection backlog, or any real issues at all. 

Tuesday’s main agenda consists of two ag parcels requesting ag tax exemptions, discussion of a Redwood Valley “Community Action Plan,” a Willits area pot combining district, two “mini” block grants, abandonment of a swimming hole (“park”), discussion of “licenses vs. easements” for Sherwood Road, formal appointment of the current Pension system boss ($173k/year), the Legislative platform, Supervisors reports , and maybe a CEO report (which, if there is one, won’t be posted until Monday). 

The Auditor-Controller-Treasurer-Tax Collector is listed on the consent agenda, but only concenrning rubberstamping some bond measure tax rates. The Assessor isn’t on the agenda at all.

There are also three closed session items: appointment of an Ag Commissioner (a slot that has until recently been filled by a part-time loaner from Sonoma County), appointment of an acting County Librarian; and “initiation of litigation: one case.” Nothing about contract negotiations with their employees.

Item 3f on the consent calendar is: “Approval of Amendment to BOS Agreement 20-122 (PA Agreement 20-81) with Liebert Cassidy Whitmore (LCW), Effective August 29, 2022, Extending the Termination Date from December 31, 2022 to December 31, 2023, Changing the Terms of Exhibit A, and Increasing the Total Insurance Reimbursable Compensation by $150,000.”

But that’s intentionally misleading because the attached contract says:

“Contractor shall provide the following services:

A. Provide legal, advisory, and/or representation services to the County of Mendocino. for the case Harinder Grewal v County of Mendocino and other personnel related legal services. B. Provide timely status reporting on litigation, in a manner deemed acceptable to the Risk Manager and/or her designee, on Harinder Grewal v County of Mendocino by the fifteenth (15) of every month. C. Provide electronic copies of any and all documents or pleadings related to any cases to the Risk Manager, and/or her designee.”


“Now, Therefore, we agree as follows: 1. The maximum amount set out in the third Amendment, BOS Agreement No. 20-122, will be increased from $600,000 to $750,000; 2. The termination date set out in BOS Agreement No. 20-122A4 will be extended from December 31, 2022 to December 31, 2023.”

Which still won’t be enough because the case will not be over by then. So they’ll be back near the end of the year for more (insurance) money for LCW. 

The case of former Ag Commissioner Harinder Grewal’s wrongful termination allegation against the County and various named employees is being handled by the formidable Duncan James of Ukiah and his staff attorney, former County Counsel Doug Losak. It was filed back in 2020 and has gone through many costly legal processes since then. After numerous delays, a jury trial is now set for January 29, 2024. But 1) they may still settle this case before then (it should have been settled in 2020), or 2) the trial date may be delayed again between now and January.

Among the other routine items on the Consent Calendar is Item 3q:

“Acceptance of Report of Findings for the Code Enforcement Division’s Directed Enforcement Efforts of Illegal Cannabis Cultivation in Redwood Valley.”

Which concludes: 

“In total of 137 primary and secondary sites investigated, a total of 52 sites were determined to have violations of illegal cannabis cultivation and/or related non-permitted cannabis infrastructure. No other violations of Mendocino County Code were investigated or pursued during this effort.”

It’s possible that Supervisor Haschak will pull this item for discussion. 

Surprisingly, there’s nothing on this particular Consent Agenda about giving more money to Redwood Community Services, retroactively or not. But don’t worry, they’ll be back soon.

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To whom it may concern,

Recently while motoring up the Albion Ridge about mile post 2.5, returning from our beloved Village Hardware Store, downtown Albion, I passed a CHP cruiser going down, West. A bit unusual but no biggie I thought.

I was going well within the speed limit, in my own lane etc. The next moment or so he's on my bumper. I'm going slow past the dump as the road is bad and my old pickup empty, rides rough. He's right there and finally lights me up at the "donut shop", after following me about 2 miles. I stop and ask right away, "just why are you pulling me over"?

He says, "I thought your brake lights were not working". Of course I had no reason to brake going mainly up hill until I did coming to a stop. Not that he could see my brake lights going in the opposite direction his reported reason for the traffic stop.

He then says, "your brake light on the rear of your cab is not working".

I calmly stated, "that is not a brake light, it's a cargo light". It is operated by the switch on the dashboard.

So that was strike two for him. He then wants to know just why was I "driving so slow". I have to explain to him that the road is in very bad shape etc., etc.

I guess he was out of lies for the moment and then states, "I get it now". Well what I get is that this traffic stop was built on one lie after the other and when he could not think of another one he got back in his car and left. No apology or stating his name, just bad behavior and disrespect on his part.

So I ask just why did he pull a u-turn and go out of his way to come after me in the first place?

Was it my faded BERNIE sticker that he saw stuck to the left side of my front bumper when he passed me before the stop? A good chance it was.

If I had been a black person or brown skinned I would likely found my face in the dirt or worse.

This is "not" public service by any stretch and is entirely wrong, bad behavior and unacceptable on Albion Ridge or anywhere. This was about the 1st of September. He did not state his name so I do not know who he is but on the loose not tethered by right and wrong so look out neighbors this is a bad cop on patrol now.

And for the record I am not "anti police". I just expect much better.

Thank you,

Gary Moraga


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Second Bridge Of Valley Crossing (Randy Burke)

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I saw a post about the last Continuum of Care board meeting and the meeting packet. The post I saw was trumpeting how the efforts by all the different agencies involved have been successful at lowering the number of homeless in our county. On the surface, the numbers look good, but I question if they are really that good when they are put into context with other statistics.

Here is a link to the meeting packet. It is at the very end that this year's Point in Time Count numbers are compared to past years numbers.

The PIT count happens late January. Overdose death count data is for that calendar year.

So in January 2021, Mendocino County had 893 homeless individuals. Over the course of 2021, we lost 72 individuals to drug overdose. Beginning in 2022, Mendocino County counted 830 homeless individuals, a decrease of 63. What portion of those 72 lost to overdose were part of the 63 no longer counted as being homeless? Are we actually succeeding in helping people integrate back into society as healthy, housed individuals or are we losing them through attrition? Are we following through from start to finish and tracking that with actual data to gauge our success?

Adam Gaska

Redwood Valley

Mark Scaramella Notes: The point in time count numbers are themselves suspiciously high and inaccurate. In 2108, Homeless consultant Robert Marbut reported, “The Point-in-Time Count (PITC) data is inflated.” … “The Point-in-Time-Count (PITC) was developed by HUD with the hope of ascertaining the number of families and individuals experiencing homelessness within a community. Unfortunately, for a variety of methodological reasons, PITCs across the USA are often very inaccurate and vary widely in methodological rigor.”

“When PITCs are “incentivized” around the USA, like the giving out of grocery cards in exchange for participation, there is often over counting. In some cases, individuals change their name and information so they can receive another incentive. In other cases, volunteers give out more than one incentive to an individual or pocket the incentive thus inflating the numbers. Additional problems occur when volunteers count vehicles and building structures, and then apply nonscientific multipliers instead of counting actual people. These inflationary multipliers are oftenc based on assumptions and not on rigorous data modeling. When it comes to counting within encampments, the numbers are often highly inflated since “recent activity or presence of individuals” is often counted rather than counting actual observed individuals. Furthermore, because of weather and police activities, people often move between encampment sites which often means an individual’s “activity” ends up being counted multiple times at multiple sites rather than only once at the site where they are actually currently living. Additionally, extreme good or bad weather on the day of the count can also increase or decrease the number of volunteer counters thus affecting the overall efficacy of the count. Weather can also change the patterns of individuals experiencing homelessness. Finally, when the count time is extended past a 24-hour period, individuals are sometimes counted more than once at different locations.

“In order to get a number that accurately reflects reality, it is important to count actual persons during a very short and defined period of time in order to prevent double-counting. It is also important to not use non-scientific multipliers. These counts should then be validated against community meal counts since community meals/feedings can provide great cross-validating data.”

The Continuum of Care people have never addressed this or other findings and recommendations from the Marbut report. 

In his report Mr. Marbut came up with his own numbers which were substantially lower than the Point In Time Count numbers. There’s no way to know how aaccurate the Point in Time Count numbers are. Even on their face a reduction of 63 (without explanation of how the CoC might be connected to that supposed reduction), 63 is only a 7% reduction, and as Mr. Gaska notes, they might include overdose deaths.

However, we don’t doubt the accuracy of the overdose deaths; in fact, that may be somewhat lower than the actual number, and they don’t count the number of Narcan saves most of which probably would have been overdose deaths if not for the fortunate application of the life-saving antidote.

What would be interesting to know might be how many of the 830 (or whatever the number is) homeless people are clients of Redwood Community Services.

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Apple Trees, Greenwood Road (Jeff Goll)

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EIGHTS YEARS AFTER ASHA KREIMER DISAPPEARED, One of Mendocino County’s Most Mysterious Missing Person Cases Remains Cold

Asha Kreimer was far away from home in the early fall of 2015 living on Mendocino County’s primitive coastline. Growing up in Australia, she moved to California’s Bay Area in October 2011 and fell in love with Jamai Gayle. The couple moved to Albion finding jobs and living the tranquil, rural life known to many on California’s North Coast.…

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Comments on the Asha Kreimer Case

[1] It is very very hard to get somebody held under a 5150. And even harder to get them committed beyond that. I know because we tried to get a friend help and were refused. She then committed suicide the next day. I’m not sure why CA has made it so hard? Maybe too much emphasis on allowing the sick patients to diagnose themselves (a misplaced concept of “individual rights”)? Maybe not enough funding- or the funds get spent on overhead and administrative salaries? I want to put blame on this social worker but then again Mendocino County is severely dysfunctional and his office might pressure him into “saving money” over actually helping. I hope that the boyfriend and friend do not overwhelm themselves with guilt. They were young, they tried their best….it’s very hard to stop a mentally ill person from doing what they want to do. One moment is all they need….

[2] I think you nailed the heart of the problem:

“Maybe too much emphasis on allowing the sick patients to diagnose themselves.”

And as you say the lack of funding and effective treatment options certainly plays into it. I think these factors explain the ease with which 5150s are lifted, inviting tragic consequences as in your friends situation.

I once called mental health to report a suicidal friend and was told all the reasons why they couldn’t do anything. I saw my friend later and he told me he was sitting there listening to the mental health worker’s side of the call. A few days later he hung himself. We have a severely broken system.

[3] Many people afflicted with mental illness are highly intelligent. But almost by definition lack the ability to see they need help which is why offering or coercing people into voluntary treatment is ineffective.

When your dis-ease tells you everyone else is the problem why would you agree to accept treatment for yourself?

Some mentally ill people are insulated from the worst effects of their illness by personal or family wealth and/or loving family members. But many who lack material resources or family support wander the streets in an ever deepening downward spiral.

Far from showing respect for their “rights” the current commitment to “voluntary” treatment is a cruel and inhumane practice that imposes immense suffering on many mentally I’ll people.

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Mark Scaramella adds:

We have written about this troubling unsolved case before. Here’s a relevant excerpt from our previous coverage in 2017 about aspects of the case not fully covered in Mr. LaFever’s summary, particularly Ms. Kreimer’s encounter with police and the mental health staffer at Coast Hospital: 

The chronology of the days leading up to Asha’s disappearance are still not entirely clear and some important details of the case are still under dispute. Police have not released anything on the case, citing privacy laws and an ongoing investigation.

What is known is that her boyfriend, a dreadlocked young white man from Albion named Jamai Gayle, and a visiting friend of Asha’s from Australia named Sally (last name unknown), took Asha to the “Access Center” in Fort Bragg Sunday evening, September 20 where she was reported to be suffering from a mental health crisis stemming from what her mother said was a bipolar disorder — but as far as is known she had not suffered any such “crisis” before.

The Access Center at the time was run by Ortner Management Group, the private, for-profit mental health contractor given responsibility for Mendocino County's publicly-funded mental health services that has since been terminated after a chorus of complaints from cops and local doctors.

Asha had been living in Albion with Jamai Gayle for three years. She was having trouble sleeping in the days leading up to her disappearance, and had been awake for four consecutive nights and shouting “incoherently” which precipitated the trip to the Hospital.

Asha’s behavior at the Hospital was described as so odd and potentially dangerous that the Hospital staff called the Fort Bragg police. Asha resisted being restrained and was then declared 5150 (danger to self or others) by a Fort Bragg police officer.

Asha’s mother, a practicing nurse in Australia, has since spoken to the Fort Bragg police sergeant who was on the scene at the Hospital and the mental health worker who arrived at the Hospital soon after Asha was brought in. The worker told Asha’s mother he couldn’t discuss details because of Health Privacy laws. But he broke down in tears while talking to Asha’s mother about the incident at the Emergency Room. “I think he felt responsible for a bad decision,” said Asha’s mother. “I’ve heard about incompetence there.”

The Fort Bragg cop told Asha’s mother that the scene at the Hospital was “a mess.”

Somewhere toward the end of the “mess,” Asha was released by the Ortner contractor rep, the same man who had broken down in tears, and released back to boyfriend Jamai and her young Australian friend, “Sally.”

“They did no blood workup, they made no written observations, they took no vital signs, because they said Asha refused to allow it,” her mother reported.

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Point Arena Pier (photo by Jim Andersen)

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A CALL FOR AN INVESTIGATION into a Fort Bragg Cubs Incident

To Fort Bragg Cubs Football and Cheer Board Members

Subject: Unfair Treatment and Lost Outlet for player.

Dear School Board Members,

I hope this letter finds you in only a respectful manor. I appreciate and support your association, due to being a former athlete of 6 years along with my siblings also being involved with the association during our youth. Now, as an adult, I am writing this email to bring the attention of a matter of concern from the perspective from someone who is outside the association. Along with someone who has children and friends children attending the same school as all parties involved. 

Specifically the incident of unfair treatment and removal of a jr Cub player this season. Which also now is pertaining to him not being able to play next season. With that being said it is important to know, that I am a local to this community going back generations, along with someone who has children who could potentially want to join the association. I firmly believe that it is crucial to address this issue in order to ensure fairness, equalness, and the well-being of all participants, coaches, and players.

This young boy was subjected to an unfortunate incident. And that incident involved two of his former female teammates and himself.

I want to take note, that if this situation was investigated more they would have known that this incident was not the first. This young boy has been previously antagonized and bullied by these two female players during school hours.

Also I want the board to be aware that this young boy, who just moved here about 2 1/2 years ago has a medically diagnosed behavioral problem, and passed the sports physical, was hoping this sport could be positive outlet for himself, along having high hopes of bonding with his new classmates, and teammates. Maybe even hoping to make friends. And in my opinion probably to be less bullied by being one of our small town new kids.

Reguarding the incident of these two female players who have previously kicked the boy in the private parts, not once, but twice. With at least one of those times, all three wearing their football jerseys. And as I remember correctly, when football players and cheerleaders are wearing any uniform, are they not to be on their best behavior. 

So, with all that, building up to the most current event of him being kicked in the private parts, again, resulted into pushing his two former female teammates. Is that not a act of self defense? 

Now as a parent, we have no manual. We try to teach our kids how to handle situations as best they can. Yet if we teach our children to stand up for themselves they recieve punishment, if they tell a teacher, they end up being bullied for being a teller. If our children be the bigger person and do nothing, is there is a chance that a situation could possibly happen again. Maybe? 

The decision for that is between us parents and our children, privately. Yet when a situation occurs, we all seem so quick to have our own opinions of what we think is right. But, is there a right way? Can you answer with out being bias? 

Obviously this boy had, had enough. And maybe he acted out at a practice I am not sure. But I'm assuming frustration and him obviously feeling no team support. Along with maybe there is a possibility he didn't want to say anything that would end up causing him to be bullied more by his own teammates. 

I imagine being a coach is hard. Handling other children besides our own is hard, as a coach, parent, teacher, ect. But, to give up a child with a medically diagnosed behavioral problem. Is crazy to me. 

And honestly in my opinion that boy probably felt proud to be apart of of a team. Even though from what I understandstand as a outsider, but fellow cubs supporter, that he was mostly on the sideline with minimal game time yet still kept quiet about his girl teammates bullying him.

I thought used to think cubs association had a no bullying policy. And I once thought it gave encouragement to our youth to not give up when things get hard. To stay healthy and active. Maybe providing an outlet not only for physical activity and needs. Along with teaching the meanings of being a team. Creating a brotherhood. Or sisterhood. Now I'm not so sure. Guiding our youth in a direction for growth and to learn self discipline. Installing positive coping mechanisms. 

This incident ended with the two girls crying wolf about being hurt to school Faculty. Im assuming them obviously having intent and high hopes with bully mentality, for the boy to recieve punishment and repercussions from not just school but at football. 

Giving those girls, his teammates, bigger bully egos. No Consequences.

And with one of those girls coincidentally being and assistant coach's daughter. Makes me question favoritism? 

This incident, while unfortunate, makes me question what the association represents. Is this incident grounds for the removal of a player from the team? While the other two players remain on the team, and whom also are first string. 

And now when I take my children to the park i see a boy, who is no longer on a team, walking with his head down. With feelings of embarrassment, confusment, sadness, and anger written all over his face and tears. Sitting alone. Once again on a sideline. And as I sit and watch my children play on the playground. I can hear other children laughing and making fun of that boy. 

I would like to highlight how this all has taken place in the public eye. Im sure which is only adding to the boys mental health. And with mental health at a all time high. It is important to recognize that he should not be the only one held responsible, for all parties actions, especially when it was involving multiple players. And to add to this, this child has behavioral problems, and the sport of football is supposed to be a positive outlet for him as well as many other children in the united states. And by taking away this outlet, we are inadvertently denying him a valuable opportunity for growth, self-discipline, and personal development. Which in fact could possibly guide him down a hard road in the future. Is that what we want for out local youth? 

As responsible members of the board, I implore you to reevaluate this incident. Instead reconsider that boy, and give him another chance to be on the team. And then let focus on educating all players, including the assistant coach's daughter, about the importance of respect, fair play, and responsible conduct on and off the field. By addressing this incident in a mature and constructive manner, maybe we all can provide a valuable life lesson for everyone.

Furthermore, I would like to request that boy be given the chance to continue participating in football, with appropriate measures in place to address his behavioral challenges. By creating a supportive environment and involving coaches, parents, and players, aupporters. I am confident in your association that you can guide not just this boy, but all athletes towards growth, discipline, and improved behavior while allowing to continue benefitting passion for sports.

I believe it is essential that we embrace the principles of fairness, inclusivity, and sportsmanship in our decisions and actions. By reinstating that boy on the team, we not only provide him with a valuable outlet but also send a strong message about our commitment to fairness and personal growth to your payers, and future players.

Thank you for taking the time to consider my concerns i know this email with long so appreciate it if you took the time to read it all. 

If no action takes place I understand. I'm a local, and just wanted to share a different perspective of an outsider. I chose to not say my identity due to personal reasons. I have young children whom or may not want to join cubs association in the future. And I do not want my feelings to effect their eligibility to join possibly. 

Yours sincerely,

Concerned Local

Fort Bragg

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RANDY BURKE (Gualala):

Re: Del Mar School and Eugene Scaramella,

I assisted in the reconstruction of that edifice, and as Sea Ranch would have it, it is a long story as to how the edifice was resurrected.

The apple trees in front of the landmark were planted by Jann Anne Strand from bare root trees from Fort Ross, Russian original grove.

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To the Editor:

Recently, I renewed my subscription to The Anderson Valley Advertiser (AVA). It's the best $25 I'll spend this year. The AVA's "Mendocino County Today" is my go-to brief for county news every day.

That said, if I have to read another cliche-laden "report" from Trevor Mockel, then...then, I don't know what I'll do. For now, I think I'll start screaming from the roof of my house. Maybe I'll bang my head against a wall, then soak my head in a pail of ice water.

While falling asleep last night, I wondered why this Mockel dude bothers me so much. I concluded it's simple. Really simple.

Mockel epitomizes what's worst in Mendocino County politics.

Here's a candidate for the county's highest office who has failed at every job he has ever had, who was never more than a "professional intern" in any one of those jobs, who speaks in cliches, who offers no real platform, no real solutions for real problems, and who frightens young children with his impersonation of Dan Aykroyd's Beldar Clorhone (later Conehead), and yet...and yet the Democratic Party Machine endorses this guy.

The Democratic Party machine endorses this guy -- and refuses to withdraw their endorsement -- even after all the evidence is in that Trevor Mockel has no resume, no credentials, no skills, no experience.

Gertrude Stein said it best: "No There There."

Trevor Mockel is diffuse, unsubstantial, unimportant, and unsubstantiated. 

File under "Only in Mendocino County".

John Sakowicz 


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HERE'S A BIZARRE comment by Darryl Cherney in the wake of the 1990 Oakland bombing of Judi Bari: 

“If Mike Sweeney had made the bomb, we’d have been killed.” The old hustler seemed to haver great respect for Sweeney's gifts, although he was almost killed by the pipe bomb Sweeney built that exploded in the car his girlfriend was driving.

SWEENEY was Bari's ex-husband, although they still shared a property they'd bought in Redwood Valley. Sweeney went on to become Mendocino County's lead garbage bureaucrat, a position he created for himself with a big assist from the Democrats of the day, people like Wes Chesbro and then-Mendo supervisor, Richard Shoemaker. 

CLEVER little dude, Sweeney was a classic case of reinvention, even for Mendocino County, a unique jurisdiction where you are whatever you say you are, and history starts all over again every day. A former communist of the Maoist persuasion, Sweeney wasn't just any ex-husband; he'd been around bombs since his days at Stanford as a member of the commie-cult that placed bombs throughout the Bay Area, and occasionally murdered people, including at least one cop. 

ONE would have thought that with these bona fides, Sweeney, presently a resident of New Zealand, would have been suspect number one in the murderous attack on his wife. Never happened. The vaunted federal sleuths managed not to see him, let alone investigate him, meaning, obviously, that the reinvented recycler was close to the feds during the Redwood Summer period of the late 1980s and early 1990s.

THEY'RE pretty much invisible these days, but a claque of extremely nasty people surrounded Judi Bari after the car bomb that almost killed her, comprising a kind of cult who assisted the FBI in not finding the bomber. The cult's party line was that either the FBI itself or Big Timber carried out the attack, the assumption being that Bari was important enough in her resistance to extractive capital that she had to be assassinated. 

THAT THE BOMBING was a fancy case of spousal abuse was a forbidden opinion at all lib venues because it was harmful to Bari's ongoing federal case against the FBI. She had made herself the center of Mendo activism with the forests as backdrop. 

BARI would later say that she was certain her ex had tried to kill her. I think she knew the instant the bomb blew up beneath her, but for the sake of their two young children and to save themselves long stays in federal prison they — two smart, cunning people — decided to pin it all on much grander, far more lucrative suspects: Big Timber and the FBI. 

WHY DOESN’T THE FBI re-open the Bari bombing investigation? Or, perhaps, open it up for the first time? There's no statute of limitations for attempted murder. 

AN FBI man had appeared at the bomb scene within five minutes of the blast. In the ensuing legal wrangling, which continued for nearly ten years, agent Johnny On The Spot testified that he just happened to be in the vicinity because he was on his way to a nearby store to buy something for his child. Subsequently, agent Spot amended his testimony to admit that he was a member of the FBI’s special Bay Area anti-terrorist unit and was simply monitoring the movements of Earth First! leaders because Earth First! was a “known terrorist organization.” 

THE DAY BEFORE the bomb went off in Oakland, Bari had stopped by the Mendocino Environment Center in Ukiah to address a “press conference” having to do with the forthcoming Redwood Summer festivities. Sweeney slipped the pipe bomb beneath Bari's driver's seat that morning at 106 West Standley. The device, wherever it was placed in her car, was designed to explode at least twelve hours away when Sweeney knew Bari would be in Oakland or thereabouts, far from the bomb's creator. And the Bari-Sweeney children would for sure not be in the car. Whatever else one might say about Sweeney, or Bari for that matter, they were responsible parents. 

MIKE SWEENEY, confident that he was in the clear, went so far as to build a post-explosion replica of the bomb for display at the MEC, telling the curious that his reconstruction of the device would help people understand events. Sweeney’s replica was later discovered on Elm Street in Ukiah by a person who didn’t realize it was a fake; the Ukiah PD was called and the bogus pipe bomb was hauled off to be destroyed. 

BUT SWEENEY quickly feigned ignorance of the device, pretending not to know that the 12 hours on the timer had to expire before the pipe bomb was armed, ready for blast off. He had explained that “whoever” built the bomb would also have had to have been aware of the Subaru's driver's seat design wherein a piece of metal hangs from beneath the seat; the bomb, fastened to a piece of plywood, couldn't simply be shoved underneath the driver's seat, the plywood had to be cut to fit around that odd piece of dangling metal. And who would know that other than the man who made the bomb? 

AT THE TIME of the attack on her, Judi Bari and Mike Sweeney still lived on the same Redwood Valley property. Sweeney, quite a handy little bugger for a Stanford man, had built, with Bari’s assistance, the house the couple lived in. He had almost all the stuff he needed to make bombs right on the premises and, obviously, he had ample opportunity to measure the space beneath the driver’s seat of Judi Bari’s car for a custom-made explosive. 

IF MIKE SWEENEY didn’t have a history of bombs, he would be a lot less plausible as a suspect in the attack on his ex-wife. But he does have, shall we say, an explosively verifiable history unlike that of most ex-husbands. He bombed the old Sonoma County Airport and, farther back, belonged to that Maoist sect that was engaged in a number of violent episodes, including pipe bombs and the murder of a prison guard. Additionally, Sweeney’s former wife, Cynthia Denenholtz, who was also a member of the Stanford Maoists, had also reinvented herself, no questions asked, as a Sonoma County magistrate. Ms. Denenholtz, with whom Sweeney had two little Maoists, had had to get a restraining order against Sweeney to prevent him from stalking her when they divorced. She has told reporters she was very frightened of her former comrade. 

MOTIVE? Let’s say Madam Bari could be quite vexatious and leave it at that. But former spouses are killed every day in this country, and what else is new? The ex-husband or boyfriend almost always is the culprit in the murder of an ex-wife or girlfriend, but most don’t ordinarily go to quite such complicated lengths to punctuate a lost love. 

SO WHY didn’t the FBI focus their attentions on Sweeney from the beginning? Because he set them up too, it looks like. Or was working for them. The latter is more likely. 

SWEENEY undoubtedly wrote both the Argus snitch letter a year before the bombing of Judi Bari and the famous Lord’s Avenger letter four days after the attack on his ex-wife. The Argus letter offered to call the Ukiah PD the next time Judi mailed off a packet of dope to a friend, which she did regularly. Only a person with intimate knowledge of Bari’s daily, even hourly, movements would be able to expeditiously snitch her off when she was about to mail pot. Sweeney was the only person who enjoyed that kind of required proximity. 

THE MENDOCINO ENVIRONMENT CENTER was Sweeney’s office for years; he even had a key to the place whose non-profit status he used to parlay state recycling grants into a tax-paid career for himself as Mendocino County’s main garbage man. His presence at the MEC aroused no suspicion nor would he be likely to arouse suspicion if he were seen in or around his ex-wife’s car parked outside as he placed the bomb in her car. 

HERE’S what I think happened: Sweeney made the bomb, stuck it beneath Judi Bari’s driver's seat at the MEC the day before it exploded in Oakland. Knowing that the device was triggered and timed to go off far south of Ukiah, Sweeney called the FBI and told them Bari was headed down 101 with a bomb in her car. The feds duly claimed they'd gotten word that “heavies” were headed south to presumably do something heavy. Bari had left Ukiah about 2pm and arrived after a meeting in Oakland at the Berkeley home of a creepy character named Kemnitzer about midnight. Ten hours would have elapsed on the bomb’s clock and it would have been activated early in the morning as Judi slept. 

SINCE the “movement” seldom moves before noon, Judi Bari was not up and around to go anywhere until 11am or so, and as soon as she swerved into another lane as she drove through Oakland on her way to Santa Cruz, the motion device ignited the explosive. Sweeney had planted the bomb and alerted the FBI that his ex-wife was carrying it. Which is why the FBI almost immediately arrested her and Darryl Cherney without looking at the wreckage of the car where there was a hole in the floorboard directly beneath the driver’s seat in which Judi Bari had been sitting. The false arrest federal suit that followed successfully claimed that Bari and Darryl Cherney had been falsely arrested. Which they had based on the physical evidence. 

THAT FALSE ARREST cost the taxpayers about $4 million. Bari and Cherney had raised many thousands of dollars to bring the suit. They said they would plant lots of trees if they won. Not a dime of the settlement went to anywhere but to Cherney's marijuana farm in Southern Humboldt County and Bari's two daughters.

FOR FULL DOCUMENTATION OF ALL THIS and more go to the AVA’s Bari Bombing archive:

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CATCH OF THE DAY, Thursday, September 21, 2023

Beaty, Feliz, Goforth, Guerrero

YANI BEATY, Fort Bragg. Witness intimidation, harboring wanted felon.

KIAHNA FELIZ, Redwood Valley. Disorderly conduct-alcohol.

BRADY GOFORTH, Willits. Controlled substance, paraphernalia, probation revocation.


Hendricks, Idica, Jimenez

KELLY HENDRICKS, Point Arena. Failure to appear.

DOMINIK IDICA, Redwood Valley. Disorderly conduct-alcohol.

JESSICA JIMENEZ, Ukiah. Failure to appear, probation revocation.

Lavendusky, Schock, Thorson

RITA LAVENDUSKY, Fort Bragg. Disorderly conduct-alcohol. (Frequent flyer.)

PAUL SCHOCK, Philo. Under influence, probation revocation.

THOMAS THORSON, Nice/Ukiah. County parole violation.

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TWO AVA CORRESPONDENTS at the Orpheum theater… nothing remarkable but having stumbled onto the selfie a year later (thanks, Google), the action in the backdrop caught my attention as being well you know at a glance I would have sworn the young chap had just dispatched the senior citizen pictured in mortal decline…The women seem to be almost pointedly looking away… the kid indifferent to adults feeds from a bag but look at the other man on the top row— something has turned his attention to the presumed murder…and note how the fellow top center has fixed his attention on the apparent homicide. I ask, what does the readership make of it? 

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by Scott Ostler

Brock Purdy is proving to be a tough guy for the NFL and all its experts to get a handle on.

Flash in the pan? Game manager? Star in the making? Labels are proving difficult to stick on Purdy.

Thursday night looked like it could be a breakthrough opportunity for him. Not in the eyes of his teammates and most Bay Area fans, who are convinced he is what San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan proclaimed him to be, the Real Deal.

But the world outside the Bay Area is a tougher sell, and they needed to see the kid in a brighter spotlight, like Thursday Night Football.

If Purdy could dice up the visiting New York Giants, surely his bandwagon would be loadin’ up. The Giants aren’t very good, but if the 49ers could win this one, it would be difficult to deny props to a kid with a 10-0 record in NFL games that he has started and finished.

Purdy did just that, carved up the Giants in a 30-12 Niners win, making them 3-0.

So can we crown him now? Probably not. He’s certainly the most interesting quarterback to come along in many years, all things considered, but some in the jury are demanding for more evidence.

The Giants are convinced. Purdy punished them, passing 25-for-37 for 310 yards, two touchdowns, zero interceptions and a passer rating of 111.2.

Going into the game Purdy was rocking the NFL’s best quarterback rating, 86.6, a figure different from a passer rating because it takes into consideration strength of defense. By all measures, Purdy has been right there with the big boys through the first two games. This this game, at this point Purdy has to rank among the top five or six quarterbacks in the league.

He might not be spectacular, but vitally important to the 49ers, he is clean and efficient. No picks Thursday, so in his NFL career, including playoffs, Purdy has thrown 324 passes and only four interceptions. His last pick came against the Raiders in the second-to-last regular season game last year. So he has played seven straight games, including three playoff games, with no interceptions.

The Giants tested Purdy, and Shanahan, dialing up a flurry of blitzes in the first half. On the 49ers’ first series, with the nation watching, Purdy looked like a shooting star fizzling back to earth. In nine drop-backs, he was sacked once and was 3-for-8 passing, with one highball. Not impressive.

“There were some looks that were there, I was off, inaccurate, or some things just didn’t happen right within our scheme, and so, yeah, I felt like it was a little choppy at first,” Purdy said. “Then once we got into a rhythm, we sort of saw what they were doing … a couple drives into the game. Once we got rolling, we were putting some drives together.”

On the 49ers’ third drive, the 11th play was a nifty 9-yard looper to rookie wideout Ronnie Bell in the left front corner of the end zone, breaking a 3-3 tie.

“I thought he got much better as the game went on,” said Christian McCaffrey, who caught five Purdy passes on five targets. “I’m not a quarterback coach, I don’t always like to comment on quarterback play, but I know that as he started seeing things, he was rolling.”

What really got Purdy rolling, early in the second quarter, was a 17-yard pass play to McCaffrey on 3rd-and-13 at the Giants’ 31. Three plays later came the TD to Bell.

In the fourth quarter, Purdy iced the game and the cake with a 27-yard back-shoulder heave to Deebo Samuel in the right front corner of the end zone. Purdy was playing the corner pockets like Minnesota Fats.

Even with his favorite target, Brandon Aiyuk, out of action, Purdy had his regular-season high passing yardage. (He had 332 yards against Seattle in the playoffs.)

Purdy, though, is still hard to label, unless you stick with Mr. Irrelevant. How about Mr. Underpaid? It was a funny contrast Thursday between Purdy and Giants’ quarterback Daniel Jones. Purdy is making $934,000 and change this season on his four-year rookie contract. Jones is making $40 million this season on a four-year contract he just signed.

But forget about the money. How do you rate Purdy? What do you make of him now?

When you decide, don’t bother telling the 49ers. They’ve made up their minds. They see what they see.

“We’re lucky he’s our quarterback, for sure,” McCaffrey said. “He makes a lot of big plays, he’s not afraid to throw the ball deep. You saw the one to Deebo, that was awesome. We just gotta go out there and keep making plays for him.”


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Do you remember the
21st night of September?
Love was changing the minds of pretenders
While chasing the clouds away

Our hearts were ringing
In the key that our souls were singing
As we danced in the night
Remember how the stars stole the night away

My thoughts are with you
Holding hands with your heart to see you
Only blue talk and love
Remember how we knew love was here to stay

Now December found the love we shared in September
Only blue talk and love
Remember the true love we share today

The bell was ringing, aha
Our souls were singing
Do you remember
Never a cloudy day

— Al McKay, Allee Willis, Maurice White 

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Flock of Pelicans, Elk Greenwood Beach (Jeff Goll)

* * *


Fetterman reported to the senate today in shorts and a camp shirt. A billowy camp shirt.

He looks like the guy that would spend his time in the curtained off section in the old video rental stores.

He was presiding, so it meant he sat in the big chair. I swear he had a Big Gulp in the newly attached jumbo cup holder.

In other bizzaroland news, the American Ukrainian defense dept. spokestranny, the one who wears a blond Karen wig, was suspended for making unapproved threats of extrajudicial murder.

This is what happens when the entire planet is on drugs and you’re the sober one.

The lunacy is relentless

The standards are nonexistent

You can make this shit up, and make up even more!

* * *

Flock Of Seagulls, 1982

* * *

JOHN REDDING: File this under "No S***, Sherlock."

The WSJ today has an article detailing the grievous harm the Covid school shutdowns have had on children. Quoting from the article:

"The Center on Reinventing Public Education, or CRPE, which is warning this time about the poor state of student well-being. “More than 8 in 10 public schools reported stunted behavioral and social-emotional development in their students because of the Covid-19 pandemic,” it says, citing federal survey data. Nearly half of schools “reported an increase in threats of physical attacks among students.”

Yes, we have heard about the increase in bullying at our local public schools. 

Everywhere, parents are pulling their kids out of public schools in favor of home-schooling, charter schools, and schools such as San Jose Sanchez del Rio Catholic school in Fort Bragg. 

Those who foresaw and warned about the harmful consequences of the one-dimensional response to Covid by those responsible for public health should feel good about their stance.

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* * *


Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky will meet with President Joe Biden at the White House this afternoon after speaking with US lawmakers on Capitol Hill about efforts to bolster US aid for Kyiv. The meetings come just hours after Ukraine faced a fresh round of Russian attacks on power facilities across the country. 

The White House plans to provide a new Ukraine aid package, according to a US official, and Biden is expected to talk to Zelensky about battlefield needs. The Biden administration has been asking Congress for more Ukraine funding amid skepticism from some GOP lawmakers.

The Russian strikes on the southern Ukrainian city of Kherson killed at least two people, while attacks on Kyiv and Kharkiv left more injured. Meanwhile, Ukraine said it carried out a "massive" missile strike against a Russian base in Crimea.

Poland said it will stop giving weapons to Ukraine as tensions rise between Kyiv and Warsaw over a temporary ban on Ukrainian grain imports to some EU countries.


* * *

THE PURPLE ONION was a legendary comedy club in San Francisco. It was a small, basement club that had its heyday in the 1950s and 60s -and helped launch the careers of Phyllis Diller, The Smothers Brothers, Lenny Bruce, Woody Allen, and Richard Pryor.

Opened in 1952, the Purple Onion ran for roughly 60 years before closing its doors in 2012.

* * *

THE SADDEST NOISE, the sweetest noise,
  The maddest noise that grows,—
The birds, they make it in the spring,
  At night’s delicious close.

Between the March and April line—
  That magical frontier
Beyond which summer hesitates,
  Almost too heavenly near.

It makes us think of all the dead
  That sauntered with us here,
By separation’s sorcery
  Made cruelly more dear.

It makes us think of what we had,
  And what we now deplore.
We almost wish those siren throats
  Would go and sing no more.

An ear can break a human heart
  As quickly as a spear,
We wish the ear had not a heart
  So dangerously near.

— Emily Dickenson, 1764

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Edward Hopper Route 6, Eastham 1941

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BACK IN THE AGE OF INNOCENCE, in the 1950s, kids could order up their firepower out of catalogues and you'd see students heading to school on bus or subway, toting guns they'd be using later that day in ROTC session. Back then parents fretted over horror comics and switchblades. Let little Albert dip his nose too deeply into the blood-drenched comics being put out by publishers such as William Gaines of ‘Mad Magazine’ fame, and he'd surely be set on the slippery slope of crime and slaughter.

In fact Gaines was hauled before a committee run by that tireless grandstander, Senator Estes Kefauver of Tennessee, who also held famous hearings at that time into racketeering and the Mob. Here's an hilarious extract from the transcript of the committee's encounter with Gaines, it appears in Frank Jacobs' very funny ‘The Mad World of William M Gaines,’ published by Bantam in l972. Gaines is being questioned by Herbert Beaser, one of the committee's counsels:

Beaser: Is that the sole test of what you put in your magazines, whether it sells? Is there any limit of what you wouldn't put in your magazine because you thought a child shouldn't see or read about it?

Gaines: No, I wouldn't say there is any limit for the reason you outlined. My only limits are bounds of good taste. What I consider good taste.

Beaser (probing): Then you think a child cannot in any way, shape or manner, be hurt by anything that the child reads or sees?

Gaines: I do not believe so.

Beaser: (still probing): There would be no limit actually to what you'd put in magazines?

Gaines: Only within the bounds of good taste.

Kefauver (doubtful): Here is your May issue. This seems to be an arm with a bloody ax holding a woman's head up which has been severed from her body. Do you think that's in good taste?

Gaines: Yes, sir. I do, for the cover of a horror comic. A cover in bad taste, for example, might be defined as holding the head a little higher, so that the blood could be seen dripping from it, and moving the body over a little further so that the neck of the body could be seen to be bloody.

(Murmurs, stirrings among spectators).

Kefauver (still doubtful): You've got blood coming out of her mouth.

Gaines: A little.

Kefauver: And here's blood on the ax. I think most adults are shocked by that. Now here's a man with a woman in a boat and he's choking her to death with a crowbar. Is that in good taste?

Gaines: I think so.

Hancock: How could it be worse?

Hennings (coming to rescue): Mr. Chairman, I don't think it is really the function of our committee to argue with this gentleman.

* * *

Jacobs reports that Gaines more than held his own in the initial hours of testimony, but then faded abruptly, seeming harassed and defensive. The reason was that he'd ingested a bracing dose of dexedrine, thinking he’d ride through the session on its coattails, only to find that the drug's effects had worn off abruptly, leaving him high and dry.

Growing up in southern Ireland, I remember following Kefauver's fortunes raptly in Time and the Saturday Evening Post, particularly his battle with Adlai Stevenson for the Democratic presidential nomination. Kefauver affected a bluff populist manner and a coonskin cap, so of course we teenagers much preferred him to the wimpy pointy-head from Illinois, Adlai Stevenson.

Kefauver held hearings on the Mob in 1950. Among those scheduled to testify under subpoena was Sidney Korshak, the Chicago lawyer who was one of the Mob's top fixers and liaisons with Hollywood. In the evening, Korshak had a 45-minute private session with Kefauver and then was excused. Kefauver never mentioned Korshak in his 1951 bestseller, ‘Crime in America.’ Three decades later, a New York Times story (cited in Dennis McDougal's recent book about Lew Wasserman, ‘The Last Mogul’ divulged that Kefauver's sudden decision to let Korshak slip through his fingers stemmed from a night the Tennessee senator had spent in the Drake Hotel in Chicago. Korshak had acquired infrared photos of the senator, wearing neither coonskin cap nor any other garments, in intimate disportings with two young female employees of the Mob's Chez Paree nightclub.

(Alexander Cockburn, July 1999)

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“The cold, feeble dawn of a January morning was stealing in at the windows of the common sleeping-room, when Nicholas, raising himself on his arm, looked among the prostrate forms which on every side surrounded him, as though in search of some particular object. It needed a quick eye to detect, from among the huddled mass of sleepers, the form of any given individual. As they lay closely packed together, covered, for warmth's sake, with their patched and ragged clothes, little could be distinguished but the sharp outlines of pale faces, over which the sombre light shed the same dull heavy colour; with, here and there, a gaunt arm thrust forth: its thinness hidden by no covering, but fully exposed to view, in all its shrunken ugliness. There were some who, lying on their backs with upturned faces and clenched hands, just visible in the leaden light, bore more the aspect of dead bodies than of living creatures; and there were others coiled up into strange and fantastic postures, such as might have been taken for the uneasy efforts of pain to gain some temporary relief, rather than the freaks of slumber. A few - and these were among the youngest of the children - slept peacefully on, with smiles upon their faces, dreaming perhaps of home; but ever and again a deep and heavy sigh, breaking the stillness of the room, announced that some new sleeper had awakened to the misery of another day; and, as morning took the place of night, the smiles gradually faded away, with the friendly darkness which had given them birth.”

— “Nicholas Nickleby” Charles Dickens - 1838


  1. Bernie Norvell September 22, 2023

    The PIT

    The count is extremely inaccurate and should not be used for anything other than a bad example. I have participated in the PIT for several years. It used to start early in the morning maybe around 5am. The idea was to count people where they sleep as to not duplicate the numbers. Later this was deemed dangerous to the counters so they switched to counting tents and cars along with bodies. Small tents account for one person whether occupied or abandoned. Large tents account for up to three. Small cars account for 1-2 people and campers and rvs again count for 2-4 regardless of how many may be inside.

    This years count started much later in the day. In FB we counted unhoused on the first day while the EWS was open. The sheltered were to be counted another day. So starting later-in the am after the folks in the shelter had to leave their rooms these folks were undoubtedly counted as unsheltered. The next day they were again counted as sheltered.

    Having a count is without a doubt important. How else will we be able to gage the issue. Having an accurate count apparently is not. Imo it is a bureaucratic tool used to justify funding a program that does not work.

    • Adam Gaska September 22, 2023

      Thanks for that feedback on the PIT count. I’m a numbers person and had wondered the methodology. I had signed up to help with the count this year to see for myself but backed out after hurting my shoulder two days before. In the report on methodology, they mention they made changes in how they conducted the PIT, including of when they started as you mention. To get an accurate count, they should stick to the same method as closely as possible year after year. Even if the numbers are not perfectly accurate, the trend should be fairly accurate which is more important than the actual numbers themselves.

      Just personal observation in Ukiah is that is has gotten worse in terms of numbers of people over the last few years. Driving and walking around, I start to recognize quite a few of the people. Some seem new to our area having arrived, or become homeless, just in the last year. Some people I recognize as they are people I have known so they are not new to the area but new to being homeless.

      2021 was a bad year. I was still volunteering for the FD then. March 2021, there were 30 responses where Narcan was administered within the first 3 weeks. That doesn’t include the Narcan flash mobs where citizens on the street saw someone in distress, administered Narcan and the person had left before responders arrived. I would think that those working with the homeless population would have a rough idea of how were lost just by not seeing them coming to receive services, like a hot meal at Plowshares. Yes, it would be a grim statistic to include and somewhat anecdotal but I think it should be included for accuracy because while important, the numbers don’t tell the whole story and as you mention, can be inaccurate. What’s most important is to know the direction we are going.

      • Marmon September 22, 2023

        It’s important to keep those numbers elevated. $$$


    • Ted Williams September 22, 2023

      “The count is extremely inaccurate and should not be used for anything other than a bad example…Having a count is without a doubt important…Having an accurate count apparently is not.”


  2. Ted Williams September 22, 2023

    “you’d never know there was any kind of financial crisis”

    It’s viewed as unnecessary negativity when I talk about the financial cliff. I started in January, 2019 and by February 20, 2019 submitted the following agenda summary, based on a review of revenue versus expenses and systemic deferred maintenance:

    I support my colleagues and county staff, but the fact remains, the county has an unsustainable structural deficit. Labor and facilities are the big items.

    • Call It As I See It September 22, 2023

      No, it’s viewed as mostly lies and a personal attack on an elected official, which brings me to your support of county staff. Wasn’t it you who said if county staff went on strike no one would notice. This is your idea of support? WOW!!!! Bowtie, do you know how stupid you look when you comment publicly? You’re an embarrassment .

      • Ted Williams September 22, 2023

        Imagine if the county government, excluding public safety, were to shutdown for a week without advertisement. What percent of people in Gualala would notice? What would be different for them?

        • Bob A. September 22, 2023

          I don’t live in Gualala, nonetheless I do live in the 5th district and I sure as hell would notice if I needed to go to the planning department for a permit. Hopefully you’ll have some real competition next time you’re up for reelection. The last time you skated by only because your opponent was someone literally no one can stand.

          • Ted Williams September 22, 2023


            What would your solution be, specifically?

            You have a county operating well beyond its revenue. Back in May, $7M short, with the pension impact from previous COLAs probably $11M now and before next budget perhaps $17-20M short. The people don’t generate enough revenue for the current size of county government. It’s been decades in the making and was done by deferring maintenance in all directions. I’ve consistently supported market wages, but realistically, the county can’t finance the current obligations.

            This doesn’t begin to touch on the lack of road maintenance. Hundreds of miles are not slated for paving, ever. It seems there was never a financial plan to maintain roads.

            What’s your solution?

            • Bob A. September 22, 2023

              I think I’d start by not antagonizing county employees with the sort of spurious nonsense you’ve been spewing.

              For one specific, I’d take a close look at some of the mystery lines in the budget, like the one I pointed out to you a while ago that you never got back to me about.

              Ah, but I’m not running for your job. I’m just not a people person.

              • Ted Williams September 22, 2023

                People want to believe there is money hidden in the budget or misused. There’s a lot of money used poorly as far as I’m concerned, but it’s by state and federal design, not local choice.

                Market wages are on a steeper slope than revenue. That gap is unsustainable in the long term. There are uncollected taxes, but even if the Assessor & Tax Collector can get a handle on revenue generation, it won’t be enough. Swap the people and the same reality will surface: a significant restructuring is needed to maintain solvency.

                The strength of county government is linked to the strength of the local economy.

                • Bob A. September 22, 2023

                  You’ve got a talent for changing the subject, I’ll give you that. Our discussion started with my criticism of your boorish behavior. Can we get back to that, please?

                  • Marmon September 22, 2023

                    Gaslighting is a form of psychological manipulation in which the abuser attempts to sow self-doubt and confusion in their victim’s mind. Typically, gaslighters are seeking to gain power and control over the other person, by distorting reality and forcing them to question their own judgment and intuition.


                  • Ted Williams September 22, 2023

                    Yes, of course.

                    The time for a strike to be appropriate and effective is when there is money available coupled with below market wages. You have negative dollars today, growing worse in the coming year. I don’t think the public will notice in the sense of demanding the board dig deeper. At the bottom of that pit is chapter 9. Keep shoveling?

                    I support the workers. I’m a vote for market wages, always. I don’t support the “staff up mendo” line of thinking. Hiring more people will intensify the situation. Swap all of the elected officials and management involved and the problem will persist. There exists a structural deficit. There will be a restructuring with or without proactive board action. The longer we live in denial (“Ted says the sky is falling and it isn’t”) the more chaotic the aftermath will be. The current structure of county government is built on an assumption of economic growth. Bad assumption.

                    Blame the bearer of bad news?

                • The Shadow September 22, 2023

                  Maybe you should give back some of your money, Ted. Apparently you don’t need it. Regarding county workers, it will be the greatest thing ever if the Board Supervisors went on strike and never came back. :)

                • Call It As I See It September 23, 2023

                  Wait wasn’t it you that complimented the Assessors Office on numerous occasions only to find out that the office is 2 years behind on reassessing properties.. This office has been failing for twenty years when they became a combined office. If you did a little homework you would have known this before combining Auditor and TTC. Why Bowtie, have you praised this office? Is it because Ms. Bartolomei has kissed your derierre!!!! C’mon Bowtie, dazzle us with another moronic statement.

          • Marmon September 22, 2023

            How wrong you are, the fix is in, the Coastal Democrat Club will take care of Teddy. Didn’t you watch the last BoS meeting held in Mendocino Village 2 weeks ago?


        • Randy September 22, 2023

          County? Who dat?

  3. Chuck Artigues September 22, 2023

    You are lucky in Albion you only have the CHP to harass you. I’ve been stopped twice by the Fort Bragg PD without a valid reason.

    • peter boudoures September 22, 2023

      You’re lucky to have law enforcement patrolling.

  4. Chuck Wilcher September 22, 2023

    “… what does the readership make of it?”

    Pictures can be deceiving. Is it possible the young buck is coming to the elderly lady’s aid?

  5. Mazie Malone September 22, 2023

    The Pit count

    Unnecessary …
    Collaborate integrate

    Every homeless person is receiving some service. Wether it be RCS, BB, Plowshares the ER and jail.

    The unhoused people with untreated Serious Mental Illness and addiction are the most vulnerable and least likely to be counted and the least likely to get any service except jail… “Jake Kooy” prime example !! They are on the move a lot!

    I can never remember the name of the homeless service program for tracking is it HMIS? That needs to be updated and utilized for accurate counting!

    A comment regarding the ASHA case

    So sad that her condition was completely underestimated by the hospital and the crisis worker…
    But what else is new?
    Have had direct experience with this happening more than once.

    In regards to some of the comments
    Money and family do not make the illness better it still exists and is not going to prevent person from experiencing symptoms of the illness.

    The system is specifically set up in a way that keeps families from helping! And you bet your ass that’s no mistake! It actually does a very good job of feeding the delusions and disconnection when someone has a brain illness. That is why people with Serious Mental Illness become homeless, because the system does not support the family and the family has nowhere to turn when a person they love is becoming more and more unstable and disconnected from reality. It is frightening..


  6. Mazie Malone September 22, 2023

    Re: The AVA correspondence photo

    Haha the young man is not murdering the senior lady

    He is assisting her in getting her jacket off so she may sit down comfortably …



  7. Marmon September 22, 2023


    More good news. McCarthy says he’ll take Ukraine war funding out of the Pentagon appropriations bill. We can thank
    @RepMTG for stopping the bloodstained warmongers. Give peace a chance.


    • Chuck Dunbar September 22, 2023

      Perhaps you can tell us, James, what that “peace” will look like, after the Russians rampage ahead–if the US stops helping Ukraine.? I wish that negotiations for peace would begin, but if we back-out on assisting, the Russians will just charge ahead in their destruction and killing.

  8. k h September 22, 2023

    I think more regular, ordinary people should be in Congress. I would prefer fewer lawyers and millionaires. Casual business dress is fine for most occasions.

    If Mr Fetterman is just appearing for a quick vote on the floor, who cares what he wears. People pop into their workplace all the time in workout gear, or in shorts and tee shirt to pick up a file or grab something from their desk. Many senators appear in workout and casual clothes for votes.

    At this point I think the suit and tie debate has become a skirmish in the always undeclared class war. And America is never direct when it is discussing matters of class.

    I know plenty of classy, trustworthy people who don’t dress in a suit and tie every day. In fact when someone shows up in a suit and tie, they are often there to sell me something, exert their authority over me, or show me in a quiet way that they believe they wield power and influence that ordinary people do not.

    It is what you do with power. Not what you wear. Senator Menendez was always smartly dressed like the power broker he thought he was. He is now under indictment (again) for bribery. In his case, I would say his expensive attire was merely a symbol indicating his asking price.

    • Chuck Dunbar September 22, 2023

      A thoughtful, wise comment, k h. And yes, for sure, to the preference for “fewer lawyers and millionaires.” Thank you.

      • k h September 22, 2023

        Populism drives me batty. There’s no intellectual consistency, everything is driven by feelings and emotions.

        I would wager that most American males and certainly a majority of men in Boonville and the wilds of Mendocino County do not even own a 3 piece suit. What is driving this line of argument that standards have collapsed because Senator Fetterman wears sweatshirts to work? A bunch of people who enforce power based on superficial power symbols that no one else adheres to but them.

        The vast majority of men in this country wear a suit & tie when they get married, appear in court or go to a funeral. But somehow unless every man in Congress wears these clothes daily the virtue of the republic is besmirched?

        It is a joke on all of us that we are so easily manipulated. Pretending tennis shoes and a hoodie are Very Serious Problems in this Senate is disgusting.

    • Randy September 22, 2023

      How bout McConnell’s elephant suit? No matter what he wears he is still a detriment to the USA.

      • k h September 22, 2023

        One joke going around this week is McConnell decked out in a suit with so many corporate sponsor logos he looks like a vehicle you’d see at Nascar.

    • Marco McClean September 22, 2023

      That’s right. Every one of the men who lied us into the multi-trillion-dollar, multi-million-murder war adventures of the last let’s say seventy years was dressed for executive-suite church at the time, with a stick up the /stick/ up his ass the whole time. (Except maybe LBJ. There’s the famous story where he pulled his pants down to show his favorite private part to a visiting head of state, saying, “Look-a-here. Ya ever seen anything that big in your entire life? Boy howdy.”)

      And remember when Fox News went barking mad because President Obama wore a grey suit to work? Not that they need to go far for that.

      • k h September 22, 2023

        Thank you, exactly.

      • Lazarus September 22, 2023

        “There’s the famous story where he pulled his pants down ”

        While President, reporters were said to follow LBJ into the men’s room and question him while he was taking a dump.
        Be well, and good luck,

  9. Mike J September 22, 2023

    Customs and Border Patrol have released 10 UAP videos, one a well-known one leaked years ago showing a trans medium craft zipping across land and then over the Atlantic around Puerto Rico. The film shows it entering the ocean without slowing the rapid speed and then exiting with a second craft now evident in the film alongside the other. Puerto Rico 2014.

    Alot of under the radar developments in Congress with also Hicks replacing Moultrie in DOD supervision of the All-Domain Anomaly Resolution Office. The Air Force yesterday admitting the nature of recent amazing encounter in the Gulf of a large spherical craft taking a pilots registering sensors offline (the film produced by manual means). A congressman was shown this in an AF briefing recently at Elgin AFB. Radar had shown a diamond shaped arrangement of orb or spherical objects, moving without evident means of propulsion. Has Hicks put her foot down re past AF resistance (unlike the Navy)?

    Spielberg releases his mini series “Encounters” on Sept 27 on Netflix. Barack Obama’s production of White Mountains re the well known ET abduction of Betty and Barney Hill in 1961 is released on Netflix next year. This close encounter aspect has exposed a lot re who is here and their activities. For anyone seeing this, I recommend the works of Ardy Sixkiller Clarke, a retired college professor who over 3 and a half decades collected stories from people confiding in her.

    Many journalists are having trouble addressing this subject but some are not (Gadi Schwartz of NBC for example). This is going to be a slow roll out, likely managed by a Presidential Review Board created by Schumer’s UAP Disclosure Act.

    • Harvey Reading September 22, 2023

      LOL, you poor gullible one.

      • Bruce McEwen September 22, 2023

        We’re all a lot of pretentious poseurs, it’s true. Even you, our self-exiled sour old cynic, posing as an irascible misanthrope, pretending to know what’s real and what’s not. And how came you to know and understand all these great mysteries the rest of us can’t grasp? Are you the new Oracle at Delphi? Did one of those Wyoming cowboys lasso you and clip your ear to set you apart from the common herd? They used to lasso bucks and castrate em so they wouldn’t drop their antlers— are you one of those monstrosities with all the tangled antlers…?

        Phony ersatz dross, is what you’re really made of, you and all your smug, silly ilk.

        • Mike J September 23, 2023

          I sometimes imagine Harvey will run into fellow Wyoming resident Lue Elizondo, former head of the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program created by Harry Reid and other Senators concerned that military personnel were being ignored when relating unusual encounters. After the Dec 2017 NY Times article revealing that program, Elizondo was on TV everywhere saying we have visitors here and that we should begin a public conversation about this. Right now there’s either basicly an awkward silence generally exhibited by the public, or a resorting to the comforting m.o. of ridiculing.

          Seems to me that the AVA has a good history of covering this subject via articles from MacDonald and Keip and reposts from LaFever. And sometimes they seem to poke me to say something with items in the MCT.

          • Harvey Reading September 23, 2023

            You and McEwen don’t know the difference between propaganda and reality. Every damned thing you predict never happens.

            • Mike J September 23, 2023

              I wasn’t aware that McEwen has come to any conclusion on this—-he seems to be in the skeptic to agnostic zone.
              Myself? I basicly have just been providing updates to the news on this front. The reason why I had by 1965 concluded there was an ET presence here was because of my extensive study of vetted cases of close encounters of the third kind, largely presented in those days by the Aerial Phenomenon Research Org founded by Jim and Coral Lorenzen. In those days, as well as now, I recognized also the BS manifesting from contactee cults (like the George Adamski cult). I can only be satisfied with actualities, not pleasing fantasies.

              • Harvey Reading September 23, 2023

                You need your head examined. I concluded long ago that there may well be ETs, but that they wouldn’t bother with a gutted planet, filled to bursting with moronic human apes who like to pretend their daydreams, or anything else they cannot explain, must be of ET origin. Plus, if they are so desperate that they do travel here, our species will be extinct before they arrive. Naw, dreamers, just keep listening to lying politicians and “national security” apes and put up with their mind-control games by stupidly believing any BS stories they peddle…you two are ripe for domination by those they serve…

                • Mike J September 23, 2023

                  My mental health is in a good state. These ad hominem attacks from you and some others here, claiming I’m not well, are only a reflection of how well you and others have been well conditioned by the CIA’s Robertson Panel of Feb 1953 action plan to instill an atmosphere of ridicule and denial via their media contacts.

                  • Harvey Reading September 23, 2023

                    Regarding your mental state, Is that YOUR opinion, or that of an individual qualified to make such statements? Enjoy your dream world. No ETs will materialize, except the usual cartoon characters and creations of the minds of delusional people–who are the easiest and best subjects for propagandists to target, as you so clearly demonstrate. Try living life as it is rather than as a dream world created by propagandists with the goal of complete mind control.

                    Forget about the useless, ineffectual dolt, Harry Reid, too. Only in Nevada… He was totally absurd, but at least he did the decent thing…and died.

                    And, by the way, space cadet, where is your justification for slurring SETI that you have never yet shared? Kinda actin’ like a phony POS, eh?

            • Bruce McEwen September 23, 2023

              What have I ever predicted? Rip out a single example.

              • Mike J September 23, 2023

                I think he means me. I’m not sure what I predicted beyond a slow, and awkward release of info. I may have suggested that there will be a big change to human culture due to declining environmental and climate conditions…….and reduced biodiversity. Something the Greys have warned people about, including here, Sept 16 1994 on a school grounds with 62 kids:
                (That’s a new score added to the Ariel Phenomenon documentary.)

  10. John Sakowicz September 22, 2023


    First question: Is there any DNA evidence linking Mike Sweeney to the Judi Bari bombing? If yes, why didn’t the FBI pursue that lead?

    Second question: Does the physical evidence still exist? If yes, where is it kept? If no, why was it destroyed?

    Third question: What would it take to have the FBI reopen the case?

    Fourth question: Why would the FBI protect a piece of shit like Mike Sweeney?

  11. Bruce Anderson September 23, 2023

    I will explain tonight what happened to the physical evidence.

  12. Jane Doe September 23, 2023

    The Asha Kreimer story.

    Asha was NOT mentally ill.

    Living in Mendocino County is no pinic in the park, especially for someone like Asha.
    She was having issues with her boyfriend, and the arrival of the girlfriend made things worse.

    • Jane Doe September 23, 2023


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