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Mendocino County Today: Tuesday, June 17, 2014

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KEENAN COCHRAN, age not listed, jumped off the Noyo Bridge Sunday afternoon then casually swam to the north bank of river mouth where police were waiting for him. Cochran later said he made the 100-foot dive when a companion challenged him to do it, but initially Cochran told the officers waiting for him on the north bank that he'd simply gone for a swim. A number of eyewitnesses, however, said they'd seen him jump from the bridge. The tides run swift at the river mouth so it can be concluded that Cochran is an experienced swimmer also unintimidated by high dives. In 2012, a suicidal woman did not survive her leap from the bridge. Farther back, other mentally disturbed persons have been badly injured when they've made the long drop down to the water. Cochran was taken by ambulance to Coast Hospital where he was checked out and soon released.

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NOTHING MUCH CHANGED in the June 2 election results with the completion of the Mendo Count. Warren Galletti will face a run-off with Paul Joens-Poulton for the ridiculously overpaid and totally unnecessary position of County Superintendent of Schools. And Tom Woodhouse will face Holly Madrigal for Third District Supervisor. Woodhouse got just 6 votes more than Madrigal in the final count (1495-1489), so the November run-off will probably be close. Presumably, more than the 3700-plus who voted in the June 2 Third District primary race will vote in November so the outcome will probably depend on who gets the 468 votes that were cast for Hal Wagenet and 281 for Clay Romero — and the likely new November voters.

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A READER WRITES: “Read your piece on the game this morning. My sensibilities were also offended by the ‘brain freeze’ challenge that was broadcast between innings, showing some fool shoveling a frozen concoction into his maw. Shameful behavior. Apparently people are now conditioned, and fully prepared, to do just about anything once a camera is trained on them. At the ballpark, I would prefer no jumbotron and no music to all the crap they spew at the crowd these days. Baseball is a pastoral game, meant to be played on grass and in the sunshine. I don't need loud music and moving images to enjoy the experience. At best, they are distractions, but they more often slip into assaultive territory. I think I'll write a short piece to the powers that be, suggesting one day game a year with all that electronic crap turned off. Baseball unplugged. (And ask the players to wear stirrup socks.) I'd also like to ask the city to do something about the overpowering sewage smell along the Embarcadero. It is hard to believe denizens put up with that as a regular feature of the place, but there it is every time I visit.”

AMEN, BRO. The constant noise and Jumbotron idiocy are major irritants at the ballpark, and the smell of raw sewage on the Embarcadero has been with us for years. Years back, The City announced plans to tame the odor by mixing chemical essences that would smell like chocolate or vanilla, or even strawberry. A huge debate commenced between the partisans of the various aromas and The City gave up even discussing an attempt at scent enhancement.

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NEW MENDO NATIONAL FOREST FIRE RESTRICTIONS

The Mendocino National Forest is entering into fire restrictions beginning Tuesday, June 17 due to dry conditions and increased risk of wildfires. The fire restrictions will continue through the end of fire season.

Under the restrictions, fires, campfires, charcoal fires or stoves are prohibited on the National Forest unless in the following designated recreation sites:

• Grindstone Ranger District – Whitlock, Kingsley, Sugarfoot, Three Prong, Ides Cove, Horse Packer, Wells Cabin, Dead Mule, Lake Red Bluff Recreation Area, Big Springs Day Use Area, Letts Lake, Mill Valley, Dixie Glade, Plaskett Meadows, Masterson, Little Stony, Grey Pine, Fouts Springs, Davis Flat, South Fork, North Fork, Mill Creek, Cedar Camp and Old Mill Campgrounds.

• Upper Lake Ranger District – Fuller Grove, Fuller Grove Group Camp, Navy Camp, Pogie Point, Oak Flat, Sunset, Middle Creek, Deer Valley, Bear Creek and Penny Pines Campgrounds and Lake Pillsbury Summer Home Sites.

• Covelo Ranger District – Eel River, Little Doe, Howard Lake, Howard Meadows, Atchison, Green Springs and Hammerhorn Lake Campgrounds.

California Campfire Permits are not needed in the designated recreation sites listed. In all other areas of the Forest, lanterns or portable stoves using gas, jellied petroleum or pressurized liquid fuel will be allowed as long as the person has a current California Campfire Permit with them.

California Campfire Permits may be obtained at any Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management or CAL FIRE office in California, as well as most Forest Service field employees. They may also be obtained online at

www.fs.usda.gov/main/mendocino/passes-permits/recreation.

The following activities are also prohibited as part of the fire restrictions:

• Smoking except within an enclosed vehicle or in the designated recreation sites listed above

• Welding or operating an acetylene or other torch with an open flame

• Using explosives

• Possessing, discharging or using any kind of fireworks

Forest visitors will be able to continue riding Off-Highway Vehicles (OHVs) on designated roads and trails, provided that the vehicles are equipped with the required spark arresters. Spark arresters are also required on chainsaws being used for people filling valid personal use wood cutting permits, and may also only be used on designated roads and trails.

“The rugged terrain that makes the Mendocino such a remarkable place can be very conducive to the rapid spread of wildfire, especially this year when the forest is exceedingly dry,” said Forest Supervisor Sherry Tune. “The public can help prevent wildfires by respecting the fire restrictions and being careful when using anything with a flame or that can throw a spark while enjoying this spectacular forest.”

Temporary fire restrictions are put in place annually to protect natural resources and limit the threat of human-caused wildfires. Similar restrictions are going into effect on neighboring forests. However, restrictions can vary by Forest and visitors should check with the National Forest they plan on visiting for the latest fire restrictions and conditions. For the Mendocino National Forest, the fire restrictions are formally referenced through Order Number 08-14-07.

Violation of these fire restrictions is punishable by a fine of no more than $5,000 for an individual, $10,000 for an organization, or up to six months imprisonment or both.

Fire season typically ends in late fall following a series of drenching, measurable rains in the mountains. An announcement will follow when fire restrictions are lifted.

For more information, please contact the Mendocino National Forest at 530-934-3316, or visit www.fs.usda.gov/mendocino.

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SIERRA GITCHEL WRITES: Lenny Wagner is head coach at SRJC Football and is head of LEAD Sports Academy. Lenny is hosting this camp from Friday, June 27 (5-8pm), Saturday, June 28 (9am-noon) and Sunday June 29 (9am-noon) which is being held at Mendocino High School. LEAD Sports will be bringing NFL players, including Anderson Valley Grad/Indiapolis Colts Defensive Lineman Martin Tevaseu, and College Coaches. Full Pads for High School. No Pads for Youth. Gear not provided. Bring your own water and snack. Just $75 for the three days. For more information go to www.LeadSprotsAcademy.com. Or email Lenny Wagner at lenny@leadsportsacademy.com (707) 888-3759. Advance registration requested. (Payments will also be accepted for walk-ons on the day of the event if slots are available.)

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CATCH OF THE DAY, MONDAY, JUNE 16TH

Avants, Boesel, Breen, Brown, Clark
Avants, Boesel, Breen, Brown, Clark

DAVID AVANTS, Ukiah. Felony-quality threats, obstruction of a police officer.

KIRK BOESEL, Ukiah. Drunk in public, revoke probation.

RODNEY BREEN, Willits. Driving on a suspended license, revoke probation.

SUSAN BROWN, Fort Bragg. Domestic assault with a weapon other than a firearm.

JOSEPH CLARK, Willits. Drug paraphenalia, revoke probation.

Doak, Nelson, Page, Torres
Doak, Nelson, Page, Torres

CHRISTOPHER DOAK, Willits. Domestic battery, revoke probation.

KEENAN NELSON, Ukiah. A bunch of meth-related charges.

KAMARA PAGE, Ukiah. Meth, false ID, revoke probation.

NOEMI TORRES, Misdemeanor Manbeating/battery of boyfriend/husband.

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POLICE CALLS AS OF TUESDAY MORNING

ASSAULT: Caller in the 300 block of South Dora Street reported at 8:36 p.m. Thursday that a man had just been punched in the face. An officer responded and arrested a 43-year-old Ukiah man for battery and violating his probation.

MAN SLEEPING IN PLANTER: Caller in the 500 block of East Perkins Street reported at 7:35 a.m. Friday that a man was sleeping in a planter between Orchard Avenue and E. Perkins Street.

WOMAN PASSED OUT: Caller in the 300 block of South State Street reported at 5:01 p.m. Friday that a woman was sleeping or passed out on the lawn. An officer responded and arrested a 34-year-old woman for being under the influence of a controlled substance.

SHOPLIFTER: An officer responded to Kohl's on North Orchard Avenue at 8:47 p.m. Friday and arrested a woman for shoplifting. She was cited and released.

SHOTS FIRED: Caller in the 100 block of Ford Street reported at 2:55 a.m. Saturday hearing a gunshot or fireworks. At 3 a.m., a caller in the 100 block of Oak Manor Court reported hearing three shots in the area. An officer checked the area but did not find the source.

SEX UNDER BRIDGE: Caller in the 400 block of North Bush Street reported at 9:54 a.m. Saturday hearing people having sex under the bridge. An officer responded and arrested a 22-year-old woman for being under the influence of a controlled substance.

CAR WINDOW BROKEN: Caller in the 600 block of South State Street reported at 11:05 a.m. Saturday that her vehicle's window had been broken.

MAN HIT BY CAR: Caller at Home Depot on North Orchard Avenue reported at 2:41 p.m. Saturday that a 77-year-old man had been hit by a car. An officer responded and took a report.

SHOPLIFTER: An officer responded to Walmart on Airport Park Boulevard at 5:24 p.m. Saturday and arrested a 51-year-old Willits woman on suspicion of shoplifting.

SHOPLIFTER: An officer responded to Walmart on Airport Park Boulevard at 5:30 p.m. Saturday and arrested a 35-year-old Ukiah woman on suspicion of shoplifting.

The following were compiled from reports prepared by the Ukiah Police Department from calls handled by the Fort Bragg Police Department.

MAN CARRYING AXE: Caller in the 1000 block of North Main Street reported at 9:48 p.m. Thursday that a man wearing a mask and holding an axe was walking behind the location. An officer responded and determined the incident was not as reported.

WANTS TO PICK UP INMATE'S CAT: Caller in the 1200 block of East Oak Street reported at 12:53 p.m. Friday wanting to pick up a cat for a friend that was in jail. An officer gave assistance.

HANDICAPPED PLACARD STOLEN: Citizen reported at 3:14 p.m. Friday that the handicapped placard for her card had been stolen.

EXPLOSIVE BURIED IN FRONT YARD: Caller in the 500 block of North McPherson Street reported at 12:44 p.m. Saturday finding a possible explosive buried in the front yard. An officer responded and determined the incident was not as reported.

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: An officer responded to the 200 block of South Harrison Street at 8:08 p.m. Saturday and arrested Gregory D. Morgan, 37, of Fort Bragg on suspicion of domestic violence.

THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS worth of bracelets, watches and other items were stolen from a store in Fort Bragg last week, the Fort Bragg Police Department reported. According to the FBPD, officers responded to the Zapateria La Mexicana in the 400 block of N. Main Street around 10:30 a.m. June 9 when it was reported that the businesses had been burglarized. The suspect is believed to have climbed over a history exhibit inside the building and over an interior wall into the business. Once inside, the suspect took about $4,000 worth of watches, bracelets and leather wallets before exiting back over the exhibit. The FBPD collected evidence at the scene, including fingerprints and shoe prints, and is continuing its investigation. It advises citizens and merchants to be on the lookout for anyone selling items like the ones stolen from the business and to call the department at 964-0200, or the hotline at 961-3049, with any information.

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HEADS, YOU LOSE

by James Kunstler

Obama Pushes Iraqis to Mend Sectarian Rifts
— Headline, The New York Times

Have they tried diversity training? I doubt it. That’s not how things are done in the Shithole Formerly Known as Iraq (SFKI). They’re headhunters now. For the moment the ISIS hasn’t had the inclination to shrink any of their trophies. Their method for preserving the memory of all that is the smart phone video of decapitation posted on the Internet. So let’s skip the part where both sides talk about their feelings.

It all happened pretty quickly last week, but in case you haven’t noticed, Humpty Dumpty fell off the wall over there. The bonehead American news media affects to be too stunned to even ask the pertinent questions, starting with: is that all it took to undo eight years and — what? — maybe $2 trillion in US-sponsored nation-building? Oh, plus 4,000 US dead and 50,000 seriously wounded. So, my question would be: when do the political recriminations kick in? Pretty soon, I reckon, and when they do, expect them to be fiercely perverse. The theme of who lost Iraq? may cost more than who lost Vietnam?

How perverse is the loose talk of Iran joining forces with “the Great Satan” to support the Shiite-dominated government of Nouri al-Maliki. Prediction: not going to happen. Events are moving so quickly that the ultimate nightmare scenario is at hand: the ISIS penetrates the “Green Zone” surrounding the US embassy in Baghdad. They take hostages and commence systematic decapitations of American personnel. This is not something I would like to happen, mind you. Just saying. And the thought must have loosened a few sphincters down at the US Department of State, too.

You can be sure that Obama will be blamed both for pulling out in 2011 and then not going back to war, to protect our $2 trillion previous investment. I have to imagine that distrust for civilian control of the US military by a corps of rising officers will reach never-before-seen depths. It may not be expressed right away, but the knock-on effects of political breakdown in the Middle East could go long and far in upsetting US politics. The defeat of Eric Cantor is just the beginning of what could be the unraveling of the federal system.

The Iraq fiasco already threatens to spike oil prices way beyond the $107 level of today. That will crush whatever remains of the US economy all over again. God knows what it might do to the financialized Rube Goldberg shadow economy of counterparty booby traps that overlays an abyss of unpayable debt. You can’t squash price discovery forever, and one morning you might wake up to discover that the price of all those shenanigans was your political heritage.

Oh, one more thing: not much attention is being paid to Saudi Arabia, but note that it has been the chief sponsor of Sunni insurgency everywhere but Saudi Arabia itself, and that the genie they let out of that flask will probably come back and tear that country to shreds, especially insofar as King Abdullah at age 90 is a virtual mummy, and that many other clans besides the Saud tribe have designs on the throne (and its mighty revenue stream from oil production). Add to that inter-tribal tension the possibility of an ISIS-style insurgency in Saudi Arabia itself, with righteous Islamic puritan warriors drawn from all over the region, and you have quite the recipe for a global clusterfuck. Surely a lot of things would get broken in the event. Given all the jealousy and ill-feeling toward Saudi Arabia, it is a wonder that over the last 30 years no mischief-makers have, for instance, blown up the Ras Tenura oil terminal on the Persian Gulf. That would put the schnitz on global oil supply lines on a world war scale.

For the moment, it is hard to see how anything can be salvaged in Iraq. The ISIS may cause enough havoc there to shut down Iraqi oil production forever. They can start World War III. They can inspire insurgencies across the whole Islamic world and beyond. The caliphate they establish will then have to figure out how to support a population twenty times as great as the region truly can support with a medieval economy. Sooner or later, they’ll be selling shrunken heads in the souks.

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MACK THE KNIFE

Oh, the shark has pretty teeth, dear

And he shows them pearly white.

Just a jack knife has Macheath, dear

And he keeps it out of sight.

When the shark bites with his teeth, dear

Scarlet billows start to spread.

Fancy gloves, though, wears Macheath, dear

So there's not a trace of red.

On the sidewalk Sunday morning

Lies a body oozing life;

Someone's sneaking 'round the corner.

Is that someone Mack the Knife?

From a tugboat down by the river

A cement bag's dropping down;

The cement's just for the weight, dear.

Bet you Mackie's back in town.

Louie Miller disappeared, dear

After drawing out his hard-earned cash;

And Macheath spends like a sailor.

Did our boy do something rash?

Sukey Tawdry, Jenny Diver,
 Lotty Lenya, Lucy Brown

Oh, the line forms on the right, dear

Now that Mackie's back in town.

Bertolt Brecht

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MY LIFE IN MENDONESIA

by Spec MacQuayde

Watermelons are setting fruit as temperatures finally climb into the lower nineties. This year I planted a new hybrid seedless variety from Johnny's Select Seeds out of Maine, the seedless Moon & Stars. I hope they turn out sweet. The Moon & Stars watermelon carries a gene that somehow causes yellow splotches on both the leaves and the otherwise dark green fruit, hence the name. In the summer of 2002, my first season gardening in Boonville, I attempted to create a seedless Moon & Stars, using the tetraploid heirloom resembling the old sugar baby, crossing it with Moon & Stars. The tetraploid sugar baby is a freak of nature, with twice the chromosomes of normal watermelons, so when crossed with a normal watermelon strain, the next generation is sterile, like sensimilla. It's not genetically modified or anything. It's more like when you cross a donkey and a horse and get a mule.

My efforts to grow watermelons in Boonville turned futile early, as the persistent fog and the “Boonville Breeze” rendered the summer more conducive for crops like broccoli and carrots. Watermelons barely ripened in the hottest of years. One reason I returned to the sandy river valley in southern Indiana—probably the main reason, is my only goal in life was always to be a watermelon farmer. I'd honestly rather plant and cultivate watermelons than marijuana.

Though I moved back to Indiana some four years ago, I still feel like I'm living at the old Boont Berry Farm in Mendo. Took a poll the other morning, with half a dozen folks in my living room emerging from another night of music and debauchery, and nearly everyone except Jetta had been to Willits, Boonville, Garberville, and most other towns in Mendonesia. One side effect of the famed trimmer scene in Northern California seems to be that young folks all over the country have experienced life on a pot farm with hippie babes going around naked all summer, a reality I grew accustomed to though not so much at the Boont Berry Farm as on a commune I previously farmed north of Ukiah. The farm in Boonville was public most of the time, not to mention extremely windy and without a real swimming hole, so nudity never proliferated there. However it lies right across the creek from the Boonville Fairgrounds, where not only the Beer Festival, but the Sierra Nevada World Music Festival, as well as other fests — once upon a time the Wild Iris Folk Festival — took place.

The Wild Iris Folk Festival originally attracted me to Boonville. I was a young hippie-looking dude growing watermelons on Round Mountain Ranch north of Ukiah when Linda McClure of the Mendocino Environmental Center offered me and my first Ex a job tabling for Earth First! at the folk festival. That meant we got in for free. Of course tabling at such an event turned out to be preaching to the converted, so we mostly just enjoyed the music, but at the end of Sunday's lineup, as we dined on spaghetti and Boonville beer in the mess hall, I learned that the crew needed a hand dismantling the straw bale backdrop to the stage. After a few years haggling over petty issues on a commune, I had more fun stacking straw bales on Bill Meyers' truck than I'd enjoyed at acid orgies, even, and fell in love with the community spirit. I'd rather drink beer and toss bales any day.

Now I've got a house full of hippies and other helpful types who don't really care about organic farming, but they'll help out for a couple hours a day because they want to be part of the “HoeFest” committee. We held a minor music festival under that name at the farm last September, and the idea caught fire, so this year on the weekend of July 11 to the 13th, we've got about fifteen bands playing in what is still my carrot field. The carrots should be done by the first week in July.

I wake up every day in a cold sweat.

”Relax,” says Jetta.

”Easy for you to say.”

We did get past the part about introducing HoeFest to my folks. Mom and Dad stopped by recently for a visit, finally meeting Jetta for the first time.

”You could introduce me as your girlfriend,” she said.

”I'm pretty sure they'll figure it out.”

”It's so awesome to have a boyfriend who's embarassed of me.”

”I'm not embarassed. I just don't want to push the point with my mom.”

Jetta is a little more than half my age, and people at the farmers' market up in Bloomington frequently ask if she's my daughter. My mom is a retired Lutheran schoolteacher. I never would have thought they'd get along, but maybe it was the goat tethered to a leash following her on their first introduction, or her two year-old son that melted the ice somewhat. They hit it off. I'm 41 years old, and finally my mom seems to be diplomatic towards the girl I'm with. I believe in world peace again.

Introducing the music festival scared me. First of all, my dad decided to keep last year's Hoefest secret from my mom, so things were possibly going to be awkward for him. But we couldn't hide it. Posters are up all over town. At least two local newspapers, as well as two locally-programmed radio stations, are going to be promoting and present at the event. “Ten Dollars off admission price if you bring a hoe,” we advertise. The fest will mix old-timing, ex-farmers from our county with the festy, Mendo-versed, professional party kids.

I will be featuring revolutionary hoes designed by Elliot Coleman, available through Johnny's Select Seeds, as well as doing a photo op with all the farmers and their hoes.

Later today the festy folks, my son, Jetta, and I will venture out to a sweet corn field to do some hoeing. Few people these days know how to use a hoe, and I feel obligated to demonstrate.

”The only thing I was ever good at was hoeing,” I told my parents.

My mom may have agreed with that, even if she didn't get the pun. I didn't ask if she got it, when I gave them a Hoefest poster with all the bands listed on it. I do recall, though, one summer evening as a teenager when I faltered on the pitcher's mound in the late innings against the nearby town of Medora that we routinely clobbered, and I couldn't get the last out. They rallied, and we lost. (Sound familiar, Giants fans?)

”But how many boys can say they were out hoeing all day, before they played baseball?” she asked, attempting to console me.

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OPEN LETTER TO STUART CAMPBELL, KZYX BOARD VICE PRESIDENT

Stuart,

In an email dated Monday, June 16, you announced that a new program is coming to the KZYX airwaves. It’s called “The Discussion,” and it invites listeners to call in to talk about topical issues and concerns. The show will have rotating hosts, and will be in the Thursday, 7-8 p.m. time slot, beginning July 3rd, alternating with Pride Radio Mendocino. W.Dan Houck and Stuart Campbell will host the first Thursday of the month show, and Angela DeWitt and Cobb Martin will host the third Thursday of each month. In those four months of the year when there is a fifth Thursday, the focus will be on station matters, and will have Board members and staff available to answer questions.

Concerning the genesis of the new show, you further announce that in a series of conversations, the hosts, led by you, along with KZYX Program Director, Mary Aigner, decided to create the new program on your own, rather than revive the “Open Lines” show with host, Doug McKenty.

In your June 16 email, you further said that the new program, “The Discussion” was, per station policy, a program created after a proposal was “submitted, reviewed, discussed over several months, and eventually accepted."

You went on to say “The Discussion” will “build upon and expand on the concept of 'Open Lines' to provide a place on the air for listeners to have thoughtful discussion and dialog about important issues and current events."

Here are my issues, Stuart.

You may remember that on more than one occasion I asked to be one of the hosts of “Open Lines,” once it was returned to the air. You noted my request every time I asked. Yet, this new show, “The Discussion,” appears to be the reincarnated “Open Lines.”

So, my first question is: Why not return “Open Lines” to the air with host, Doug McKenty — as many of us expected? My second question is: Why exclude me after I specifically asked to be included and you noted my requests?

Regarding the so-called program proposal for this new show, “The Discussion,” I never even heard about the submitted proposal — not a peep — much less saw the proposal, and yet I sit on the Board of Directors here at KZYX.

I'm troubled that you and the other three hosts of the new show, and Program Director, Mary Aigner, “decided to create a new program, rather than revive the “Open Lines,” as you say, effectively continuing to conduct station business like a private clubhouse instead of a public radio station — the basis for much of the dissent here at KZYX.

So, my third, fourth, and fifth questions are: Why the secrecy? And why the usual insider dealings? And have we learned nothing about inclusion from all the dissent of the last year arising out of what many perceive to be the station's exclusionary policies — dissent that includes the several hundred people who voted for Doug McKenty and Patricia Kovner during the last Board elections, and the 108 people who are members of “"KZYX Members for Change” on Facebook? And have we learned nothing from our last Pledge Drive, which was a bust? Listeners vote with their dollars. Our goal was $85,000. We raised only $62,000. We're in trouble.

Finally, it's my opinion that you, and the other hosts of “The Discussion,” would be perceived by the dissents cited above as as “company men” at KZYX — insiders, members of the club, pro-management-types. W. Dan Houck goes beyond that characterization; Dan is rude and vulgar in his defense of the station, and even worse than rude and vulgar in his personal attacks on dissidents. So my sixth question and other related questions are: Why are you and these others allowed to be the self-appointed hosts? Who chose you? Who anointed you holier than the rest of us? And why was I excluded? Or why was Doug McKenty excluded? Or Norman De Vall? Or King Collins? Or Beth Bosk? Or King Collins? Or Sheila Dawn Tracy? Where is the diversity of opinion? Where is the minority opinion? Who represents the sizable dissent minority here at KZYX?

Who, Stuart? Who?

Final question: I don't know how to protest this new show. Any suggestions?

I ask, Stuart, because I was recently accused by one of our Board members, Jane Futcher, of having an attitude of “negativity and suspicion” and that she wasn't able to “relax” in my presence, hence I wasn't invited to a fundraising meeting along with the rest of the Board.

God knows, I don't want to make anybody feel less than relaxed or uncomfortable. I'm a nice guy. Ask any of my more than 2,000 Facebook friends.

I ask, too, Stuart, because I don't want to do or say anything destructive toward the station, i.e. complaints to the FCC or CPB, letters to local newspapers, legal research on possible free speech claims against the station, etc., yet my conscience is troubled — more than troubled; deeply troubled. What do I do? How do I make my protest known?

For the record, I want to be included as one of the regular hosts on the fifth Friday shows when station matters are discussed. I am a duly elected Board member. I am the past Board treasurer. And I host a popular show on KZYX — a show with many national guests, including a recent show (June 13) with FCC Commissioner Nicholas Johnson. If I'm excluded yet again, I need a written explanation.

Thank you.

John Sakowicz, Ukiah

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RIGHT NOW, ANDY!

Please Do This For Me Immediately

From: (Bhakta) CraigStehr (Redway, CA – US. CraigStehr@pamho.net

Date: Mon, June 16, 2014 10:08 am

Hello Andy Caffrey, I just took a look at the “Caffrey for Congress” website, in which you mentioned all that you are doing for everybody else. I do not need you to read books on Hillary Clinton for me! Why don't you return my $290 for my own use for me? Do that for me! Get a job for me! Give me my money back for me! I don't need you to read books for me, run for president to individually take on the plutocracy for me, or continue smoking marijuana and fantasizing that you are somehow saving the world for me. I WANT YOU TO GIVE ME MY $290 BACK FOR ME AS SOON AS I CAN GET IT. I want you to telephone Ric Childs in Los Angeles and ask him to wire/send me the money, and then you pay him back for me. Thank you, Craig Louis Stehr. PS. I want you to forward this email message to Ric Childs in Los Angeles for me.

Craig Louis Stehr

5 Comments

  1. Bill Pilgrim June 17, 2014

    Several of us on this very page predicted that if the KZYX management (sic) fended off the “members for change” board challenge they’d turn the screws tighter, dust off the guillotine and consolidate the apparatchiks.
    I’m surprised Sako has stayed on the air this long.
    Hey, it could be worse. Instead of calling it “The Discussion,” they might have titled it “The Conversation.” As if such a thing were possible when dealing with the thought police…

  2. John Sakowicz June 17, 2014

    “The One-Sided Conversation”.

    Let KZYX insiders try reprisals…let them just try. It’s different than in the past. We’re waiting; we’re prepared. We have leadership. Our opposition is organized and funded.

    Most of all, the regulators at the FCC are watching. The funders at the CPB are watching.

    Members, underwriters, and listeners are watching. KMUD and KMEC are ready to take more market share and dollars from KZYX.

    Anything else?

    O, yes. I almost forgot. Several good public interest attorneys and libertarian foundations — including some conservative ones — are on stand-by status. Almost certainly, the KZYX Board, along with KZYX, the corporation, would be named as co-plaintiffs. And in any lawsuit, KZYX would be out-lawyered and out-spent. They will lose in court. They will lose in the court of public opinion. They will lose in the press.

    Guillotines?

    Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité, ou la mort.

    • John Sakowicz June 17, 2014

      “The One-sided Conversation” or “Talking to Myself”…both would be good names for KZYX’s new show, Mr. Pilgrim.

      I say: Bring back Doug McKenty. I say bring back “Open Lines”.

  3. chewsome June 17, 2014

    I would not criticize John Sakowicz and ask for his ouster. He has taken on Herculean tasks for the public good, across a vast rainbow of public policy issues, any one of which could dazzle the common person in Mendocino County.

    Whether he bit off more than he can chew on the Bowe Bergdahl 5 year military hostage matter, or if it is a carefully orchestrated and purposeful red herring, remains to be seen.

    During the Bowe saga, Sako was on a two week hiatus from commenting on KZYX matters, requested on a KZYX talk listserve by a recent candidate on the losing end of an election to the KZYX – Mendocino County Public Broadcasting’s Board of Directors.

    The overall impact of Sako possibly floating a canard in subterfuge with the Bowe matter, may be to boost attention to the overall really vital issues he brings to the table of this rural community.

    Otherwise Sako may have simply stretched his attention too thin. A brief vacation with mid day sunbathing vitamin D optimization might be a prescription to further his thoughtfully earnest energized insight.

  4. Jim Updegraff June 17, 2014

    Mr. Sakowicz’s long winded repetitive letters are mind boggling to anyone who likes concise well thought out informational messages. He really should try to reduce his letters by a significant amount of verbage so he can center in on the critical issues if he wants to widen his base of support.

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