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Mendocino County Today, Saturday, September 27, 2014

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WEDNESDAY MORNING, a little after ten, I had just delivered newspapers to Boont Berry Farm and was sitting in my car preparing to cross the highway to drop papers at the Redwood Drive-in. Traffic moves fast through Boonville, much of it faster than the posted speed limit. Ordinarily, traffic isn't a word that conjures speeding bicyclists, but it did Wednesday.

JUST AS I turned my key in the ignition to cross the street, I glanced in my rear vision mirror to see a sudden rush of hurtling black lycra on bicycles, one man slightly ahead of the others. He raced past me and…


A WHITE VAN pulling a trailer had begun to inch out of the parking spaces on the north side of Boont Berry when the lead lycra hit the van broadside. I judged the impact akin to an NFL running back running head-on into a 300-pound lineman. Lycra Man got seriously popped.

THE GUY went down and out, not moving, his (presumably) $3,000 bike crumpled beside him. I ran into Boont Berry to ask Kevin to call 9-11. People hustled out of the Redwood Drive-In at the sound of the impact.

THE DOWNED LYCRA soon began to move and, a few minutes later, surrounded by other furrowed-brow lycras, was soon on his feet taking tentative steps. AV Ambulance and emergency arrived as I departed.

ASSESSING BLAME for this one, I put it on the lycras. They were pedaling hell-bent through Boonville as if they were on open road. Then, apparently to avoid a vehicle stopped in the road to make a left turn, and without slowing down, the lead lycra squeezed between the parked car in front of Boont Berry, a narrows maybe thirty feet long and less than five feet wide. He was moving much faster than any vehicle out on the street, and much too fast for that particular cluster of commerce, vehicles and pedestrians. The van driver could not have seen them coming.

SPLAT! If Lycra Man hadn't braked at the last moment before impact, he might have been killed. As it was, he hit hard.

GIVEN their speed, it occurred to me the lycras were racing, maybe racking up trip-points on that crazy Strava website where the lycra people register their times between various points. The speed of this crew as they raced through Boonville and followed Lycra Man into the narrow gap between vehicles and Boont Berry's front door, a heedless shopper exiting the store would have been mowed down.

ALMOST AN HOUR later the lycras were still milling around at Boont Berry, their mothership of a van collecting bicycles. Sure, bicycling is good for you, good for the planet, good for the lycra and bike industries, but bicyclists often do take major liberties with road safety and basic prudence, which they did on Wednesday in downtown Boonville.

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IN OTHER NEWS from Mendocino County's most happening venue, my old house in Boonville is for sale. It functioned as home and newspaper office for many years, a work-live half-acre that I bought in 1972 for $23,500 with a thousand down I wheedled out of a handful of credit cards. I sold it in 2004 for $350,000, a miracle of capitalism that only seemed miraculous until the little woman brandished a stack of accumulated debt in my face and told me to calm down. The old homestead is again for sale at $585,000.

RUNNING A NEWSPAPER out of the place you also live is contraindicated unless you can live with no peace. Ever. Drunks showing up in the middle of the night wanting to argue about the Kennedy Assassination, a steady parade of chronophages (time-eaters) all day every day way into Miller Time, which was always my Miller and my time. Kennedy and beer can serve as metaphor for the daily experience of 12451 Anderson Valley Way. Still, I've always missed the place, and if I happened to find $585 grand I'd buy it back, especially now that there's reliably good water (I hear) and it's been generally tuned up.

BACK IN '72 the County had no local building code, an omission that led to bitter political battles when conservative Mendo demanded that hippies, who were already universally regarded by conservatives as harbingers of The End Times, get into line with standard building practices, i.e., linoleum, shag carpet and two-car garages. Today, years after the Class K compromise was worked out — Supervisor deVall was especially good on accomplishing the grandfathering in of thousands of remote homes, most of them minor marvels of aesthetic placement and construction, the hippie shacks of the big, naked pile days go for a lot more than $585,000 today.

I COVERED my half-acre with non-code structures out of necessity; I needed to house family and friends. And since I did it in plain view of what passes for authority in Mendocino County I was often red-tagged, the practical effect of which was to bump up my property taxes a little bit. I ask you: Rather than approach a government office full of people hostile to me to ask their permission to build a little shack for a relative or friend, a request certain to be denied, wasn't it wiser to simply build the sucker and take the minor tax increase? Of course, and that's what I did. The county, especially this county, wants property tax revenue; they aren't about to bulldoze anybody.

THINKING ABOUT THIS these many years later, I might be the hippie shack building champ of Mendocino County. I built at least six of them apart from the inner sanctum, plus a tower, and maybe a couple more habitable hovels depending on how the total, maze-like space is regarded. All on a half-acre! But, but, but.... What about septic tanks? How did you accommodate all those people? You aren't ready to hear that one, dear reader, but it was always workable.

AND HERE we are forty years later and the place is valued at over half a mil? What might appear to the unimaginative as a kind of low-rent, horizontal Winchester House is now regarded by the architectural cognoscenti as the very essence of half-acre chic.

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ON THURSDAY, September 25, 2014 at 6:32 PM the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office was contacted by hunters who wanted to report their discovery of a deceased human body near the roadway in the 50000 block of Indian Dick Road in Covelo, California. Sheriff's Deputies responded to the scene, which was determined to be part of the Mendocino National Forest. The Deputies confirmed the presence of a deceased adult male subsequently identified as Michael Leon Pina, a 52-year-old adult male. Sheriff's Detectives were summoned to the scene and are conducting a suspicious death investigation with the assistance of the Round Valley Tribal Police Department. A forensic autopsy has been scheduled for September 29, 2014 as a cause of death is not obvious to Sheriff's Detectives. Any updated information will be disseminated by press release(s) as the investigation continues. Anyone who might have information that could assist Sheriff's Detectives in their investigation is urged to contact the Sheriff's Office Tip-Line at 707-234-2100 or the Round Valley Tribal Police Department Tip-Line at 707-272-0259. (Sheriff’s Press Release)

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CATCH OF THE DAY, September 26, 2014

Abernathy, Bewley, Borup, Colvin, Docherty
Abernathy, Bewley, Borup, Colvin, Docherty

LORIE ABERNATHY, Fort Bragg. Trespassing.

ANTHONY BEWLEY, Potter Valley. DUI, Felony criminal death/injury threats.

DAVID BORUP, Laytonville. DUI, pot possession, furnish, sale.

CHERYL COLVIN, Fort Bragg. Drunk in public.

JAMES DOCHERTY, Laytonville. Pot possession, sale, transport, furnish.

Harding, Luna, Rocanella, Soper, Strasser
Harding, Luna, Rocanella, Soper, Strasser

JOHNNY RAY HARDING, Boonville. Grand theft, court order violation, driving with invalid license, probation revocation, failure to appear.

JEREMIAH LUNA, Covelo. Drunk in public, probation revocation.

FOREST NICHOLSON, Fort Bragg. Battery. (Photo not available.)

JOSEPH ROCANELLA, Ukiah. Receipt of stolen property, resisting arrest.

MARK SOPER, Boulder, Colorado. Pot possession for sale, sale, transport, furnish.

TERRON STRASSER, Molalla, Oregon. Driving without a license.

JOEL WALLEY, Hopland. Pot cultivation, processing, possession for sale, honey oil production. (Photo not available.)

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“LITTLE KNOWN” DARK SIDE OF MARIJUANA Growing Explored by Bay Area News Crew

by Kym Kemp

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BrianMIKE KALANTARIAN WRITES: Here is a graphic that perplexes me . It's an image our satellite internet provider (Exede) features on their "welcome" webpage. This little guy's name is "Brian" and he helpfully points to where I am supposed to enter my username and password. He's Exede's greeter, the face of the company — just like restaurants hire pretty young women to play hostess. What baffles me is how Brian looks, and why any corporate monkey would think that this was something anyone else might want to see. The first thought that always comes to mind when I see Brian is "creepy." Then I wonder if the satellite people are trying to tell us something, like, "If you stay online too long, and use too much of your costly, limited bandwidth, this is what you might end up looking like." the explanation more mundane, as in this was the best thing the "creatives" in the art department could come up with? Either way, I marvel that some actual corporate chain-of-command ended up signing off on this as their final and ultimate choice.

This is a sick culture we live in.

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by Alan Heathcock, Matter

Scenes from the California drought.

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KZYX Celebrates Its Birthday

Boonville Fairgrounds, Oct. 11, 2 to 7 p.m.

by Jane Futcher

Above: Group photo, c.2000; Below-L: Laura Miller, Joanna Wildoak; Below-R: Ron Obrien, Mary Aigner.
Above: Group photo, c.2000; Below-L: Laura Miller, Joanna Wildoak; Below-R: Ron Obrien, Mary Aigner.

Turning 25 years old is a big deal for a community radio station created by a band of dreamers in the Anderson Valley, operating on a shoestring, and broadcasting 24 hours a day – music, news and public affairs, both local and national— to nearly all parts of far-flung Mendocino County.

To celebrate this milestone, KZYX, Mendocino County Public Radio — 90.7, 91.5, and 88.1 FM — will throw a 25th Birthday Bash & Variety Show for itself Oct. 11, 2 to 7 p.m. at the Boonville Fairgrounds.

The emcee of the show will be KZYX funny man W. Dan of The Treehouse program. The entertainment line-up includes: folk trio Just Enough; Hui Arago Hawaiian music and dancers; performance artist Sherry Glaser; Lili Lobo de Albuquerque & Friends; Fred Wooley & Friends; drummer Liz Helenchild & Friends; Ragtime Rick & Friends; classical musicians Bill Taylor & Jaye Allison Moscariello; Colin Harris, and Aline Jalfim’s Latin music and dancing.

To honor the station’s founders and long-time supporters, American roots music disc jockey Jimmy Humble will tell some tales of the station’s early days.

“This is a milestone in the life of a community institution that has seen management, staff and board change hands over and over,” said KZYX General Manager John Coate. “And through fat times and lean the station continues. It is a living testimony to community collaboration.”

A specialty bar featuring microbrews from five local beer makers as well as fine California wines will be hosted by W. Dan’s sidekick, Loretta Houck, a former KZYX staffer. Delish of Willits will offer a picnic plate. Birthday cake from Harvest Market will top off the meal.

A 50/50 cash raffle means the winner splits the raffle ticket proceeds with KZYX.

Long-time KZYX supporter and former board member Robert Crawford remembers how profoundly KZYX changed his life when it hit the airwaves in 1989. He was living with his family “on a dry hilltop” west of Willits trying to build a garden and a life.

“Having KZYX was a cultural shift,” Crawford said. “It changed everything. We went from a failed logging community to a more sophisticated form of humanity. It was a great step forward for the entire county.”

Crawford, who doesn’t have a TV, said he still listens to the station all day long. “I don’t miss anything. I don’t like every program, but I always listen. I don’t own a TV.”

Ft. Bragg City Councilmember Meg Courtney, co-coordinator of the birthday bash and a member of the station’s board, credits KZYX’s unique programming for bringing a new addition to her household.

“I just got a goldfish named Leonard for my fish tank because I listen to the Trading Time show,” Courtney said. “Where else can you find special treasures like Leonard?”

Courtney said she looks forward to the music at the bash and the chance to honor volunteers, programmers, staff and listeners who have kept the station alive over the years. “If it weren’t for them we would not have our community radio — much less get to the ripe old age of 25. If you love the station, you’ll have a blast at this party.”

KZYX is a listener-supported community radio station based in Philo, with satellite studios in Ft. Bragg and Willits.

Admission to the KZYX 25th Birthday Bash & Variety Show is $5. The event will be held, rain or shine, at the Boonville Fairgrounds, Sat., Oct. 11, 2 to 7 p.m. If raining, the show will be in Apple Hall. Food plates are $10; microbrews and wine are $5. For more information, or to volunteer, call the station at 895-2324.

(Jane Futcher is co-coordinator of the KZYX 25th Birthday Bash & Variety Show and a member of the KZYX board of directors.)

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SHEILA DAWN TRACY WRITES: I have been informed by KZYX Director Jane Futcher that the regularly scheduled October Board meeting has been delayed to November 3rd. The reason given was that Board members & staff are preoccupied with planning the 25th birthday celebration on October 11th as well as the fall pledge drive.

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Oct 19; CSA shares available from Floodgate Farm

Salad University is holding a Fall Salads class on Sunday October 19 from 12:45 til 4:30 PM (including potluck) with Bill Taylor and Jaye Alison Moscariello. We will discuss 40 or so of the ingredients in Floodgate Farm's herbal floral salad, including tips for growing and harvesting as well as medicinal/health-giving properties of each plant. The class will take place in our 2 acre permaculture garden/orchard, and there will be a chance to see berms, swales, hugelbeds, and other methods for making hillside agriculture work well with a limited water budget. Following the class there will be a potluck, from about 4 PM on. We will provide a main dish, the salad we all gather, and kimchi along with any offerings brought by participants. Heavy rain will cancel so please call if that is forecast.

Logistics: Meet at 12:45 PM across from the bus stop on the east (right side) of West Road/Redwood Valley Exit 557 off of US 101, 8 miles N of Ukiah. We will caravan/carpool to the farm about 5 miles away, up on Laughlin Peak at 2100' elevation. We will leave at 12:55 SHARP so please don't be late. Our phone is 707-272-1688 for more information (Bill or Jaye), and the email is More information about the farm is at

Secondly, Floodgate Farm has several CSA shares available. We can email you a form if interested. Cost is $15/week or $30/week; we prefer half-years but can support shorter subscriptions. The half-year bag is $390 and box is $780. Each week subscribers get salad mix, greens (kale/collards/chard), and other veggies in season: tomatoes, winter or summer squash, beets, onions, garlic, kale chips, dried tomatoes, broccoli, potatoes. Pickup is in Ukiah on Wednesday evening, or at the Ukiah Saturday 9-noon Farmers' market. For more information, visit,, email, or call 707-272-1688 (Bill or Jaye)

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APPLE PRESSING this Saturday at the Boonville Farmers' Market at the Boonville Hotel, 10-12:30. Bring your fruit and jars for the juice. There will also be free Concord grapes for pressing.

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WATCH FOR INFO out soon about AV Foodshed C'mon Home to Eat in October. There will be activities all month highlighting the bounty of local food in our area. And a Local Food Challenge!

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Rare breed lambs raised with love using low-stress livestock handling methods! I am selling whole, half, and individual cuts. Whole lambs are between 30-35lbs $11/lb. Individual cuts include ground, shanks, legs, roast, chops, ribs, and stew, and are priced by weight. Also selling sheepskins, black, white, and multi-colored. Machine washable! Call Alice (310) 490-7524

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Putting up tomatoes? Discount prices on bulk orders. Please order cases ahead, catch me at the stand or call 895-2071.

Heirloom & Early Girl Tomatoes, Corno di Toro, Gypsy & Bell Sweet Peppers, Padron, Jalapeno, Anaheim & Poblano Peppers, Rosa Bianca, Beatrice, Nadia Eggplant, Zucchini & Patty Pan Squash, Asian Pears, Garlic, Zinnias (Peppers & eggplant are slowing down, get them while you can!)

Blue Meadow Farm, 3301 Holmes Ranch Road, Philo, CA 95466. 895-2071

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How many marijuana related murders/disappearances have there been in Humboldt since, say, 1970? I'm going to guess at least 150. And how many times has someone been caught in a bad way, and known they were going down for 5 plus years in state or federal prison? It's got to be at least 1000 since 1970.

So why do people still do this? I know greed is the obvious answer. But I think it goes more towards a lack of rational thought and cost/benefit analysis. It is by no means rare to face prison time or death. Also, at any moment, everything you own could be taken away by the government. So, in a given year, you are unlikely to be murdered or imprisoned if you are in the marijuana business. However, if you look at the cumulative risk over say a ten year period, things are very different. You can assign an economic cost for a year of prison. You can also assign an economic value for your life based on actuarial tables. Now, if you figure in these very real risks as business expenses, and subtract them from your expected profit over ten years, being a marijuana farmer isn't a very good deal compared to what you might get out of putting a similar amount of time and effort into other business possibilities.

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HHSA Leadership Letter – September 24, 2014

by HHSA Director Stacey Cryer

Hello HHSA Team,

It’s been a busy last few weeks. The big news for is that the All Staff Event occurred last week and it was fun! At the event I gave a State of the Agency address and I want to share some of the highlights with you.

State of the Agency Highlights, 2014

We are one of 28 integrated agencies in the State of California. We have a budget of close to $110 million dollars and just over 460 employees. We have come together as an Agency and it is important that we see ourselves as one Agency – a team. Everyone in the Agency, no matter what your role, has an impact on health….the health of our community, the health of our residents, the health of the community we serve. When we collectively realize we are all working to improve health and the power of doing it together we will be truly integrated.

What an exciting time! 2011…we became a Medi-Cal Managed Care County. 2012/13….we participated in the Bridge Program…Low Income Path to Health 2014…Affordable Care Act and Medi-Cal Expansion, bringing a new emphasis on parity with new coverage for substance abuse disorders and mental health services and a new focus on prevention. Along with changes in funding structures, implementation of 2011 realignment, loss of funding streams, etc. and there are more changes coming…new coverage for Autism Behavior Therapy and possibility of legalized marijuana to name a couple. Through all of the changes HHSA continues to provide great services…even taking it to the next level. We have won awards….we are doing presentations across the State. We are all doing great work and when we come together and do great things together…it is a beautiful thing. Hopefully, today will serve to remind you of all of the great programs we have under the HHSA umbrella. Thanks again to the Reflecting Team and others who put this event together and thanks for giving me a few moments to speak. I am proud to be the Director of such a wonderful organization. Thank you, Stacey Cryer, HHSA Director.

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Headlines from Administration

Dora Briley, Deputy Director

Administration Update

As summer is wrapping up, our fall season is promising to ramp up in Admin. We are happy to welcome Rosanna Jordan to the Administration Support Group. Rosanna will be the Administrative Secretary to Bryan Lowery our HHSA Assistant Director of Human Services. She is currently receiving excellent introductory training from Heather Crapo our Administrative Secretary to Stacey Cryer, HHSA Director, and as of Monday, September 15, she will be at her desk outside of Bryan’s office. Please feel free to stop by and introduce yourself. Over the past couple of weeks, we have experienced a loss in the Behavioral Health and Recovery Services Administrative Support Unit. Tari Rogers accepted an offer to work closer to home, and while we are very happy for her, we are also missing her! Administration Support has devised a plan of coverage for that area, and the recruitment process has begun. Thank you to Bev Rae, Marina Baird, Aurelia Perez-Guerrero and Caitlin Schafer for stepping up and continuing excellent coverage for Tom Pinizzotto, HHSA Assistant Director of Health Services. We had a great time at the All Staff Event on September 17.


It was fun to create our hats together as a group and it was great to see everyone at the event wearing their creations. Seeing who we work with, who is on the HHSA team and learning more about what everyone does was great! Thank you to all the hard work of the Reflecting Team for pulling off this great day!


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HHSA Communications News

Kristina Grogan, Communication Coordinator

The Staff Event – HHSA Team – 2014 is quickly coming together. By the time you read this, the Event will have taken place, and we hope that you will have thoroughly enjoyed yourself!

Hat Contest Winners are:

HatDay3#1 Katie A Wrap - $40 El Azteca Gift Certificate

#2 HHSA Fiscal - $25 Pizza Gift Certificate from Isi’s

#3 Employment and Family Assistance Services Unit M at Yokayo - $25 Gift Certificate from Pizza to Go

Winners may claim their prizes from Lori Poma in Children’s Services- Congratulations!!!

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The gay young men and the love-sick girls,

and the abandoned widows suffering in sleepless delirium,

and the young pregnant wives of thirty hours,

and the raucous cats that cruise my garden in the shadows,

like a necklace of pulsating oysters of sex

surround my lonely residence,

like enemies lined up against my soul,

like conspirators in bedroom clothes

who exchange long deep kisses to order.

The radiant summer leads to lovers

in predictable melancholic regiments,

made of fat and skinny, sad and happy pairings:

under the elegant coconut palms, near the ocean and the moon,

goes an endless movement of trousers and dresses,

a whisper of silk stockings being caressed,

and women’s breasts that sparkle like eyes.

The little employee, after it all,

after the weeks boredom, and novels read by night in bed,

has definitively seduced the girl next door,

and carried her away to a run-down movie house

where the heroes are studs or princes mad with passion,

and strokes her legs covered with soft down

with his moist and ardent hands that smell of cigarettes.

The seducers’ afternoons and married people’s nights

come together like the sheets and bury me,

and the hours after lunch when the young male students

and the young girl students, and the priests, masturbate,

and the creatures fornicate outright,

and the bees smell of blood, and the flies madly buzz,

and boy and girl cousins play oddly together,

and doctors stare in fury at the young patients husband,

and the morning hours in which the professor, as if to pass the time,

performs his marriage duties, and breakfasts,

and moreover, the adulterers, who love each other truly

on beds as high and deep as ocean liners:

finally, eternally surrounding me 
is a gigantic forest breathing and tangled

with gigantic flowers like mouths with teeth

and black roots in the shape of hooves and shoes.

— Pablo Neruda

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WILLOWS, Calif. - Fire restrictions on the Mendocino National Forest will be lifted at 6 p.m. tonight as a result of recent rains and lower temperatures in the area. Visitors with a valid California Campfire Permit will once again be able to have fires outside of designated campgrounds, including wilderness areas. The fire restrictions were put in place June 17 due to increased fire danger and hot, dry weather. "The Mendocino National Forest has been very fortunate this season to not have a large wildfire, despite hot weather and ongoing drought conditions," said Forest Supervisor Sherry Tune. "This success is largely due to the care taken by our visitors with campfires, stoves and anything that can create a spark. We want to thank our visitors and ask that they continue to help us prevent human-caused wildfires by being vigilant when recreating or travelling in the forest." Despite the change in weather, fire season is not officially over. Visitors are asked to continue to be careful when using campfires, charcoal fires and gas stoves in the National Forest. When you have a campfire, please do the following:

  • Clear all flammable material away from the fire for a minimum of 5 feet in all directions to prevent escape of the fire.
  • Have a shovel available at the campfire site for preparing and extinguishing campfires.
  • Have a responsible person in attendance at all times.
  • Extinguish campfire with water, drowning the fire, stirring the coals and ash, and feeling for heat or warm spots; continue the process until the coals and ash are cold.

Campfire permits are available free of charge from any Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management or CAL FIRE offices, including the Mendocino National Forest. For more information, please contact the Forest at 530-934-3316 or visit

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Monday, September 29, 2014

Mendocino County Fairgrounds, Dining Hall, 14400 Highway 128, Boonville

8:45 a.m. County Administration Center

501 Low Gap Rd., Ukiah MTA bus picks up tour group passengers

9:45 a.m. Meet for tour at Fairgrounds

14400 Highway 128, Boonville MTA bus picks up tour group passengers

10:00 a.m. – Noon

Anderson Valley tour

Review of State Route 128 Corridor Valley Trail

Engineered Feasibility Study proposed project locations, Safe Routes to School, county road and state highway plans and projects

12:00 p.m.– 1:00 p.m.

Fairgrounds Dining Hall Lunch served to Council, staff, guest presenters, and to all others while supplies last

1-4pm. Fairgrounds Dining Hall MCOG Board regular meeting

4:15/4:30 p.m. MTA bus Return from Fairgrounds to Ukiah

Vehicle provided by Mendocino Transit Authority (MTA).

Members of the public may ride along on a space-available basis – meet bus or contact MCOG office at (707) 463-1859

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Regular MCOG meeting to follow.

Among the agenda items:

  • Discussion of Anderson Valley Transportation Planning Projects and Related Matters
  • Adoption of Resolution #M2014- ___* Authorizing Executive Director to Execute Master Agreementswith Caltrans for Federal-Aid and State-Funded Projects and Related Program Supplement
  • Review and Possible Approval of Professional Services Contract for Planning Services
  • Designation of the Board's Representatives for its Negotiations with Dow & Associates for Professional Services Contract for Administrative & Fiscal Services - Pursuant to Gov. Code 54957.6(a)
  • CLOSED SESSION pursuant to Government Code § 54957 – Public Employee Appointment: Administrative and Fiscal Services. – Continued from September 15, 2014 - “For the purposes of this subdivision, the term "employee" shall include an officer or an independent contractor who functions as an officer or an employee . . .”
  • Reports – Information
  • Mendocino Transit Authority
  • North Coast Railroad Authority
  • MCOG Administration & Planning Staff - Phil Dow
  • Summary of Meetings
  • US 101 Bypass of Willits
  • Miscellaneous
  • MCOG Directors
  • California Association of Councils of Governments (CALCOG) Delegates

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Strong greetings of cohesion and coherence as birthday #65 on September 28th approaches. Spent 40 sincere years On the frontlines of radical environmental activism plus Peace & justice protesting while cultivating a spiritual Life which clarified that thinking and constant physical Change does not affect the fourth dimension at all, Where Questions are answered and the riddle is solved. Wisdom Resides within the heart! What are we going to do with it? Craig Louis Stehr Email: Snail mail: P.O. Box 11406, c/o NOSCW, Berkeley, CA 94712-2406

One Comment

  1. John Sakowicz September 27, 2014


    The KZYX Birthday Bash is nothing more than another fundraising event for a failing radio station, a station that is completely controlled by management for its own benefit, and which purges itself of its critics and fails in so many other ways.

    How does KZYX fail Mendocino County?

    Show content is controlled, censored. Programmers with strong personalities, who do shows on important and controversial topics with guests with national reputations, and who stand up to management are pushed out. They are purged.

    Programmers who criticize station management or otherwise “rock the boat” are purged. Popular programmers such as Norman De Vall, Doug McKenty, Johanna Schultz, and myself were all purged for speaking out.

    Newsperson, Christina Aanestad, was purged.

    Earlier in the station’s history, Beth Bosk, the editor of The New Settler Interviews, was purged.

    Also, K.C. Meadows, editor of the Ukiah Daily Journal, was purged, and Els Cooperrider, who worked so hard to make to make Mendocino County the nation’s first GMO-free zone, was purged.

    This is appalling.

    There’s more bad news. Equipment regularly fails at KZYX.The broadcast signal was down for three whole days earlier this year. Equipment breaks down a lot. It’s old and needs to be replaced, not held together by spare parts, masking tape, and bailing wire.

    Another thing. There is no Ukiah studio, and never will be. Any fundraising attempts during the Birthday Bash or Pledge Drive at creating a Ukiah studio are patently fraudulent. Folks should know that all monies raised go to the general fund, and most monies go towards salaries. A decade ago, $6,000 was raised by a few dedicated volunteers to start creating a Ukiah studio. That money disappeared. It wasn’t restricted. It wasn’t escrowed. John Coate was later forced to admit that $6,000 was spent on salaries.

    Regarding salaries, four points: one, salaries are not disclosed at KZYX, they’re secret; two, all staff recently got a raise at the last meeting of the KZYX Board; three, General Manager, John Coate, gave himself a 10 percent raise in 2013 at precisely the time county workers were getting a 10 percent pay cut. and four, the budget at KZYX is upwards of $650,000, meanwhile the budget at KMEC is $17,000, not a big bang for the buck.

    The KZYX Birthday Bash is a farce. It is little more than a celebration of the egos of John Coate, and Mary Aigner. Aigner is the KZYX Program Director. She handles the purges. Stalin had nothing on Aigner. Not a thing. Aigner has been with the station for its entire 25 years, and in that time Aigner has beaten back four attempts to oust her.

    The final insult is that Coate and Aigner rig Board elections. They tell some candidates like myself not to run. They discourage others. Meanwhile, Coate and Aigner recruit their flunkies to run for the Board, and endorse them, and work to get them elected in every way. In other words, the flunkies have the home field advantage. It’s why progressive candidates, like Doug McKenty and Patricia, lost this year.

    Bottom Line?

    The FCC has received numerous objections to the renewal of KZYX’s licenses. The Corporation for Public Broadcasting is also on notice about the station’s numerous and serious problems. And so is NPR. Now the station’s members and underwriters need to take notice.

    KZYX will fail under current management. To save the station, the plan is simple. We need fire Coate and Aigner, downsize the station, invest in equipment and technology, archive shows, create a Ukiah studio, restore the right to free speech at the station, and bring back all those programmers who have been purged.

    What KZYX should not be is a jobs program for the five people who work there, and I’m using the word “work” loosely, because my attempts to get job descriptions, work hour logs, and performance evaluations were completely shut down by Coate. Staff won’t even archive its shows.

    Most of all, KZYX should not be a private clubhouse. I repeat: KZYX is not a private clubhouse. It’s a community radio statio. But right now, it’s a broken radio.

    And so, my friends, the time has come to vote with your dollars, or more precisely, to not vote with your dollars. KZYX should not be supported while Coate and Aigner are still calling the shots. Having them in the two top management slots reminds me of a management takeover in the private sector. That’s when insiders buy all the assets and operations of a company, but in the case of KZYX, Coate and Aigner didn’t put up a dime. Worse, with our membership and underwriting dollars we members and underwriters have actually paid Coate and Aigner to take over the station and make it their own.

    A takeover. A broken radio.

    Boycott the Birthday Bash. Boycott Fall Pledge drive.

    Thank you.

    John Sakowicz, Board member and suspended host of “All About Money”

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