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Mendocino County Today: Tuesday, Jan 12, 2016

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by Malcolm Macdonald

At the January 11th Fort Bragg City Council meeting Police Chief Fabian Lizarraga assured the Council, City staff, and the handful of citizens in attendance that the investigation into the death of Dennis Boardman would hopefully be resolved “in the not-too-distant future.” He added that two of his officers were “making some headway” with the case.

The Chief's circumspect remarks were countered a few minutes later when a local citizen spoke during the “Public Comments” section of the meeting, stating directly that a transient killed Boardman. The citizen went on to tie such lawless actions by transients to the seemingly never ending controversy surrounding the former Old Coast Hotel (corner of Franklin and Oak Streets) as the new location for centralized mental health services and transitional housing for the formerly homeless.

A swipe at the latter might well be appropriate because it appears that no such transitional housing has occurred yet. However, transients have been a problem intermittently on the Mendocino Coast, even before segments of the Manson family set up temporary shop in Anderson Valley and the Littleriver Airport Road decades ago. In short, commentary on the woeful state of adult mental health service is cogent. Trying to broad brush all of that onto the city manager and mayor of Fort Bragg for presenting and approving a centralized site for coastal mental health services is too big a stretch. The logic is similar to blaming law enforcement officers, who have become de facto mental health crisis workers, for not anticipating the killing of Mr. Boardman.

I wish that speakers from the general public at civic meetings would wholeheartedly grasp hold of the concept that two or three individual truths do not always equal a greater truth (of the speakers choosing). I also wish that citizens who speak out in the first fifteen minutes of civic meetings would stick around for the remainder of the show.

At the January 11th Fort Bragg City Council meeting the rest of the show included the California Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for the city. The person who spoke about Dennis Boardman's death being the responsibility of a transient also claimed that a seeming influx of transients had resulted in a decline in Fort Bragg's businesses. While it is true that there are several vacant store fronts on Franklin Street, the CAFR  indicates an increase of over $190,000 in the ironically titled Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) collection for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2015. The TOT numbers represent an 11% rise from the previous fiscal year. Sales taxes also increased, though by a more modest 2%.

With only two or three members of the public left in attendance city staffers and the city council perused the 203 page CAFR document. Those who haven't bothered to study the document at any length might like to latch onto the pie chart displaying Operating and Capital grants as 43% of the City of Fort Bragg's revenues.

While the City's net position improved by $31,000 over the previous fiscal year, those looking down the road might note that 91% of Fort Bragg's net assets consist essentially of infrastructure (think water pipes, machinery, buildings). The CAFR makes it clear that these assets cannot be liquidated to pay liabilities. Additionally, the City of Fort Bragg's property tax collections, which dropped in half between 2011 and 2013, have not rebounded in the last two years. Another way to look at it this: the price of a home in Fort Bragg increased by a little over seven percent in the last fiscal year, but the collection of property tax revenues decreased by about three and a half percent.

The City of Fort Bragg has a $1.3 million general reserve fund and a litigation reserve fund of $300,000. The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) awarded certificates of achievement for excellence in financial reporting to Fort Bragg for four years in a row, beginning in 2011. The City will be submitting the current report for similar consideration. However nice that all may appear there is a dragon looming at the end of a long dark cave traveling into the future. The fire breathing, asset devouring beast is something commonly known as pension pay outs. The new Government Accounting Standard Board laws regarding pensions creates a net decrease for the City of Fort Bragg totaling $7,000,000.

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SHERIFF ALLMAN WRITES: Last week, I sent out a note stating that my goal for 2016 was to work with concerned Mendocino County citizens to improve our mental health services. I received over 150 Private Messages and was overjoyed with the energy that is ever present. I will be posting next week about an organizational meeting that will be focused on building a new mental health facility in our County. If you sent me a PM, and I didn't respond, please understand that I just didn't have time to respond to each PM but you will be included in all of the information. If you are interested in being on the organizational committee, I need you to PM me your email address.

We live in a wonderful county. Our weakest link, in my personal and professional opinion, is the lack of adequate crisis services for people in crisis.

Thank you for your obligation to help. We are a smart county. We can come up with our own good solution.

People + ideas + energy = solution

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THE SHERIFF'S RIGHT. It's up to us to establish a facility outside the County's existing homeless industrial complex, which presently spends upwards of $20 million a year while habitual drunks, the drug addicted and the mentally ill are repeatedly recycled by the courts back out on to the streets. Our free range population of persons unable and unwilling to care for themselves is small but, thanks to entrenched self-interest (cf Ortner and much of the County's existing mental health apparatus) they've been allowed to become a problem for everyone.

I KNOW of at least two mental health people who are really good at their work — Joy Kinion and Beverly Bennett, to name two. There are other capable people like them in the present failed apparatus, but that apparatus is hopelessly dominated by people, including Supervisor Hamburg, who think privatization has worked just swell.

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Mendocino County Sheriff Needs Investigation Help

We Need Your Help!

Anyone with information related to this case is requested to contact Detective Wyant at (707) 456-3880 or the Mendocino County Sheriff's Tip Line at 234-2100.

Synopsis: On 1-07-2016 around 11:58 AM the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office received several 911 calls regarding a deceased female on the California State Beach, at the south end of the MacKerricher State Park. This area is commonly referred to as the "Haul Road". State Park personnel responded to the area and confirmed there was a deceased female and called for the Coroner to respond.

The State Parks requested assistance from the Mendocino County Sheriff's Detective Unit. During the investigation it was learned a female, 33 years of age, who resides in Little River had been reported missing to the Willits Police Department earlier that morning around 8:00 AM. This person had been experiencing mental health issues and had been staying in the Willits area temporarily.

The investigation confirmed the decedent was indeed the woman reported missing to the Willits Police Department. She had last been seen around 5:30 AM that morning and discovered missing shortly before 8:00 AM.

The decedent's Next of Kin has not been notified so her identity is not being released at this time.

The case is currently under investigation. Anyone with information related to this case is requested to contact the Mendocino County Sheriff's Tip Line at 234-2100.

Anne Shapiro
Anne Shapiro


The decedent in this case has been identified as 33 year old Anne Nicole Shapiro of Little River CA.

The decedent was last seen on 1-7-16 around 5:00 AM at a residential facility in the 400 Block of South Main Street in Willits. The decedent's body was discovered at 11:58 AM on the beach in the 1200 Block of North Main Street in Fort Bragg CA.

The decedent did not own or possess a vehicle. The Sheriff's Office is requesting the public's assistance in determining how the decedent traveled from Willits to Fort Bragg. Anyone who may have seen or given a ride to the decedent is encouraged to contact the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office. All business owners or private citizens who own a video/still camera surveillance system on a potential route from this area are asked to review their system(s) between these times to see if the decedent was present in the video or pictures.

Anyone with information related to this case is requested to contact Detective Wyant at (707) 456-3880 or the Mendocino County Sheriff's Tip Line at 234-2100.

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In Mendocino County Today on line for Monday January 11, the AVA posted an item that began: “ACCORDING TO A STORY by Mike A’Dair in last week’s Willits Weekly, Health and Human Services Director Stacey Cryer has been given leave by the regional director of the California Public Health Department to ignore the recent audit critical of Mendo’s privatized mental health services.”

Without articulating the ensuing, scream-inducing “rest of the story” reaction, Exorcism-style — I sought out the Willits Weekly publication but it’s not posted yet. No matter. This is the kind of information I can’t even begin to get here in Lake County, and so on both counts I am turning to you for elucidation, if you please (not if you’re busy with real work):

  1. Could we see that in writing? And items 3, 4, 5, for that matter.
  2. Could we speak with Ms. Fornay?
  3. What is the process that triggered the “inspection" in the first place (is there a written agency complaint filed, and where?] — if not directly a result of Client 10’s death? And, if yes, same questions.
  4. What is the contract management process [over here, I have been refused access to contracts by your new DCAO, “Kid” Flora, on more than one occasion; requests for access by administrative agents (Department of Public Works, for example) are completely ignored — and, no, I haven’t tried the FOIA method, since it seems to just tighten their sphincters.
  5. What department of the California Public Health Department is this? Has your local Public Health Officer, or local Public Health Department Director been asked to respond? [I happened to listen to a few minutes of a program broadcast by KZYX on December 8, around 9 o’clock, in which Dr. Marvin Trotter was the host — I know you published a letter from 50 doctors prefaced by Dr. Trotter, so I think you probably know this guy — who discussed establishing services for homeless in Mendocino County. Introduced possibly as a director of medicine at the Ukiah Adventist hospital, or as the County’s Public Health Officer, or former officer, but unfortunately I was driving and couldn’t take notes.]

I’m just trying to find out how you guys find out as much as you do. Lake County either doesn’t have the kind of mental health department problems that you do,* or the people in charge are way better at keeping the shit from view.

Joyeaux 2016!

Betsy Cawn

Upper Lake

PS. James Marmon on the cc, knows it and might have time to add info. Thanks to you both for all help.

ED NOTE: We’re unable to pursue this matter any further from here, although we will continue to follow it. Item 1: Don’t know what the question is. 2. We placed a call and left a message for Ms. Fornay in Santa Rosa. No call back so far. 3. No idea. We heard it had something to do with the two nurse-inspectors being in the area for something else, but… 4. There is no contract management process that we know of. 5. We assume the nurses work out of the Santa Rosa office. We don’t know who the current Public Health officer is, or even if there is one. The last we heard it was a semi-retired guy named McMillan. He works for Cryer. Trotter was Public Health Officer until he ran afoul of CEO Angelo a couple of years ago regarding an appearance on KZYX which Trotter wanted to be paid for (!). Next we knew Trotter was out. (We wouldn’t have paid him for it either.) Trying to get decent answers out of any of these people is a fool’s errand and not worth the time and effort.

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THE TERRIBLE MURDER of Dennis Boardman in Fort Bragg came after nearly a week of complaints from neighbors that a steady stream of transients was in and out of Dennis's house while he was undergoing medical treatment at the VA hospital in San Francisco. One of these transients bludgeoned Dennis to death when Dennis returned, in a weakened condition, from the city. And I'll bet whoever did it got him from behind.

THE SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT has not confirmed it, but a young man with Boonville connections, has emerged as the primary suspect in the murder of Dennis Boardman.

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COLIN ROACH of Fort Bragg was convicted of shooting an unarmed man in the back about ten years ago. The young guy was biking to work when Roach and several other yobbos drove past him and, just for the heck of it, cranked off a shotgun blast in his direction, perhaps only to scare the bicyclist but the shot hit the man in the back. Roach did nine years in prison for his errant hijinks. But Roach was recently arrested in possession of a sawed off shotgun and ammo but was magically released from the County Jail on his own recognizance. An indignant Fort Bragg reader understandably asks: How does a convicted felon get released from jail after being found in possession of ammo and firearm?

JUST IN FROM the DA: Following a review by DA Eyster, Colin Roach now faces a felony charge of a felon in possession of ammunition. Also faces having a strike with a prior conviction. Court appearance set for 9 a.m. Jan. 25.

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THE FOLLOWING MENDO SCHOOLS are described as failing (“low achieving”) by the State Department of Education. We've appended a link to a Press Democrat story describing Sonoma County educators whining about how unfair the rankings are, the gist of which, as always, is, "We teach real good but they don't learn nohow." Mendo's edu-heavy hitters haven't yet been heard from, but they are certain to place blame everywhere but themselves.

Mendocino County's flunked schools include:

  • Anderson Valley Elementary
  • Arena Union Elementary, Arena Elementary. (Perennial edu-basket case. PA's gutless school board teamed up with Mark Iacuaniello, then functioning as superintendent, to fire the only administrator, Matt Murray, to ever get the school off state probation. Stupidity and cowardice have long reigned at PA Unified.)
  • Fort Bragg Unified, Dana Gray Elementary
  • Mendocino Unified, Mendocino K-8, Elementary
  • Round Valley Unified, Round Valley Elementary (Like Point Arena, an ongoing travesty.)
  • Ukiah Unified, Grace Hudson Elementary
  • Ukiah Unified, Nokomis Elementary
  • Willits Unified, Baechtel Grove Middle
  • Willits Unified, Brookside Elementary
  • Laytonville Unified, Laytonville Elementary

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OUTLAW FORD READING, Malcolm Macdonald writes: "I will be reading from my novel, Outlaw Ford, and signing copies at Gallery Bookshop in Mendocino in ten days. Hope to see many of you there Saturday, January 16th at 6:30 P.M.

Though heavy sales of Outlaw Ford recently diminished copies available in Mendocino County book stores, there's good news: a new shipment has arrived. Plenty of copies for your New Year's resolution shopping.

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SPEAKING of book sales, the drawings of 'M,' the AVA’s cartoonist of yesteryear was, as of last week, going for $89.50 on Amazon, and there was only one copy left. Our crime books, plus the Mendocino Papers (which I hope to update and, ahem, do a better job editing), have proven to be steady sellers. 'M's' work is sui generis, as they say, and represents the true history of this odd county circa 1985 or so through the early 1990s. Absolutely brilliant stuff. Still makes me laugh.

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HAPPY TO HEAR my old friend Tommy Wayne Kramer is recovering at home from a serious heart attack two weeks ago. You know it's serious when you get the chopper ride to Santa Rosa. Mr. K's rollicking account of his near death experience is available in Sunday's Ukiah Daily Journal.

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NOT TO GO all woo-woo and personal on you here, but my near death experience four years ago not only propelled me into proverbial white light, I saw and heard people from my early childhood I hadn't thought about since childhood. It was all rather like a benign acid trip, but the doctors said it was close. I've had several other near death experiences I will write about some day, but I was wide awake and upright for those, and not fully aware of how close they were until they ended. Numerous threats over the years, too, but threats come with this territory, and not much of anyone even bothers anymore. Still, though, I was startled into laughter a couple of weeks ago when a certain old bat, drunk type, said she'd kill me if I ever mentioned her again in this fine publication. Funny thing is I never mentioned her in the first gd place; my colleagues did that mentioning while I was in Oregon. Of course people believe what they need to believe…

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TWO CAUSE DRUNKEN DISTURBANCE on New South Coast Trail. One Arrested, One Cited for Open Container


The Fort Bragg Police Department issued the following press release @ 3:27 pm today: "On Sunday, January 10, officers of the Fort Bragg Police Department were dispatched to the report of two extremely intoxicated males on the SouthCoastal Trail. Based on the reporting party’s description of the suspects, officers contacted Patrick Heppe (age 28) and Travis Cavallaro, both from Willits. Both suspects were sitting on a bench within the park, consuming an open bottle of hard alcohol. During the contact with Officers, Heppe displayed obvious symptoms of being heavily intoxicated, including not being able to stand on his own. Based on their observations, officers attempted to conduct an assessment of Heppe’s ability to care for himself. During the assessment, Heppe became aggressive with officers and was placed under arrest for public intoxication. Cavallaro was released at the scene with a warning regarding the open container. While attempting to place Heppe in a patrol vehicle so that he could be transported to jail, Heppe became violent, including kicking officers and attempting to pull away from them. Heppe left abrasions and injuries on two separate officers during his initial violent outburst. Due to Heppe’s intoxicated state and violent actions, officers were forced to secure Heppe in a WRAP restraint device. This device is designed to ensure that the prisoner is unable to injure officers or himself during the extended drive to the Mendocino County Adult Jail. Once Heppe was secured, he was transported to the Mendocino County Adult Jail without incident. Heppe is charged with Assault on a Peace Officer and Public Intoxication. The Fort Bragg Police Department would like to encourage any individuals who may have witnessed the above incident to contact Officer O’Neal at 961-2800 in order to be interviewed for any information regarding this incident." (MSP NOTE--According to records at the Mendocino County jail, the 5'10", 145-pound Mr. Heppe (whose hometown was listed as Fort Bragg) was arrested by Fort Bragg Police @ 2:35 m Sunday afternoon, booked on one felony & two misdemeanor charges @ 9:08 am Monday morning ($15,000 bail), had his booking photo taken @ 12:13 pm and was still in county jail as of 4:30 pm Monday afternoon.) BOOKING PHOTO--Patrick Heppe booking photo courtesy of the Mendocino County Sheriff's Department.

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The Fort Bragg Police Department issued the following press release @ 4:05 pm today: "On Sunday, January 10, officers of the Fort Bragg Police Department were dispatched to the report of a suspicious male, possibly in possession of a stolen purse. When Officers arrived on scene (520 Cypress Street, Fort Bragg ), they located the suspect who matched the description provided by the witnesses. Officers detained the suspect, who initially provided a false name. Officers recognized the suspect as Gaspar Gomez (age 23), a suspect with active arrest warrants in both Mendocino County and San Francisco County. He was placed under arrest for the warrants while investigating the current allegations. During the investigation, Officers determined that Gomez had entered the victim’s residence while the victim was in bed. Gomez stole several items and then fled the residence. While most of the property was recovered, officers believe that Gomez hid several items in the surrounding area prior to being apprehended. Gomez was arrested for First Degree Burglary, Providing False Identification to a Peace Officer and his two outstanding arrest warrants for various crimes. Gomez was transported to the Mendocino County Jail where he awaits arraignment." (MSP NOTE--According to records at the Mendocino County jail, the 5'6", 150-pound Mr. Gomez was arrested @ 4:20 pm Sunday, booked on three felony and one misdemeanor charges Monday @ 10:13 am ($70,000 bail), had his booking photo taken @ 12:42 pm and was still incarcerated @ 4:50 pm Monday afternoon.) BOOKING PHOTO--Gaspar Gomez booking photo courtesy of the Mendocino County Sheriff's Department.

(Courtesy, mendocinosportsplus with a substantial contributions from the Fort Bragg Police.)

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THOSE BLACKHAWK helicopters seen over Humboldt County lately are taking part in government maneuvers of some kind. Our military keeps on practicing but can't quite subdue medieval Mohammedans holed up in Afghan caves. Three flying troop carriers buzzed Hopland last week and, according to a caller, an "F-15 Hornet [F-15s are Eagles; F-18s are Hornets. – the Maj] flying at mach 2 speeds is seen over Hopland every afternoon about 4pm."

The F-15 (left) has vertical tails compared to the canted tails of the F-18. Also the jet intakes are much farther forward on the F-15.
The F-15 (left) has vertical tails compared to the canted tails of the F-18. Also the jet intakes are much farther forward on the F-15.

Of course these are terribly worrying times for paranoids, what with contrails, GMOs, infanticide via vaccination, Bush and Cheney blowing up Building 7 from a detonator on the Grassy Knoll, and Obama confiscating all our guns! And now Seal Team Six aerially poised to take out Garberville! Where will it all end?

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January 11, 2016 — Shall we pay for Will Parrish’s freedom guaranteed by the Bill of Rights? Punished for courage and truth, An honorable example for young people everywhere. Perhaps this community payment can be offered with a legal notarized documented stipulation that this ten thousand dollars be used to restore the Federally protected seasonal wetlands Under the aegis of the Clean Air and Water Act.

It is Caltrans who should pay the ten thousand dollars to Will for his caring for these ancient wetlands. For the migratory birds flying to Mexico and Central America, for trying to protect those international travelers. For the preservation of the native artifacts kept in trust for the original people of this valley, for his observance of the sacredness of life-giving water in a time of worldwide climate change, and of this land which collects it.

Give the ten thousand dollars, but do not pay La Mordida, the bite, the bribe.

Dorotheya M Dorman

Redwood Valley

PS. At a community benefit sponsored by the Willits Grange, the Willits Environmental Center, friends and supporters of Will Parrish, opponents of the boondoggle Bypass to Nowhere, funds were raised to help Will deal with the corrupt Judge Behnke and the money claimed Will owes Caltrans. Had judge Behnke considered this case with integrity instead of kowtowing to power politics, Caltrans would be held accountable for its failure to abide by federal law.

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CATCH OF THE DAY, January 11, 2016

Baik, Cody, Cortinas, delosantos
Baik, Cody, Cortinas, delosantos

MARK BAIK, Ukiah. Criminal threats, parole violation.

VERONICA CODY, Ukiah. Probation revocation.

SOPHIA CORTINAS, Ukiah. Drunk in public, probation revocation.

DANIEL DELOSANTOS, Talmage. Controlled substance.

Gage, Gomez, Heppe, Joost
Gage, Gomez, Heppe, Joost

KARL GAGE, Covelo. Assault with deadly weapon not a gun.

GASPAR GOMEZ, Little River. Burglary, theft, resisting probation revocation.

PATRICK HEPPE, Fort Bragg. Drunk in public, resisting.

CORNELIUS JOOST, Rietondale, South Africa/Fort Bragg. DUI.

MacLaughlin, McEntee, Rios
MacLaughlin, McEntee, Rios

SEAN MacLAUGLIN, Felton/Ukiah. Failure to appear.


NIGEL RIOS, Point Arena. Domestic battery, battery, court order violation, probtion revocation.

Strazi, Vigil-Martin, Winkelmeyer
Strazi, Vigil-Martin, Winkelmeyer

RICHARD STRAZI, Fort Bragg. Resisting, probation revocation.

ERICA VIGIL-MARTIN, Ukiah. Domestic assault.


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I blogged about this cultural vandalism when it happened last year. Not surprisingly, the callow jerk, after trashing an important American publication, now wants to dump it (A Year After Mass Staff Exodus, Chris Hughes Is Selling The New Republic). I still get it in the mail as my subscription runs out, but, since there's little of interest to read, it goes quickly in the recycling bin. (Rob Anderson, District 5 Diary)

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As for Amazon, the whole retail bricks & mortar system is in a breakdown. I wanted to buy a roofrack for my Prius at Sears whose Website claimed it was available at my local Sears. I could combine that purchase with other purchases and get it immediately.
 But the Sears store clerk said, “No, we don’t have that in stock in the Store, the Online website lies.” So I ordered online from Sears only to find that after they verified my order (presumably then it was in stock) and impending expedited shipping, the order was cancelled with the news that it was “not in stock.” So I ordered it from Amazon for cheaper, it arrived on time but was the wrong item based on the recommendation from the Sears Website. So Amazon allowed me to return it (more shipping!) with no questions asked…
 This sort of no questions asked guarantee from Amazon is what Sears used to be known for and Sears actually started as a gigantic mail order outfit in the 19th Century out to the West.
 Whatever you may say about Amazon and Bezos is as greedy and controlling a plutocrat as you can find, they do deliver from a well-oiled Website to on-time delivery partnering with even the old snail-mail US Postal Service for many deliveries. 
In my Transit Village from the 19th century we do not get mail delivered but have to pickup from the Post Office but we still get 
legions of UPS trucks such as delivered my roofrack. But we do not need that – the Postal truck delivery (and the train is just down the hill) would actually service us just fine when suburbia collapses…

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(And you can too!)

by Ralph Nader

Can one person truly make a difference in the world?

Far too many people think not, and thus they sell themselves far too short. A wave of pessimism leads capable people to underestimate the power of their voice and the strength of their ideals. The truth is this: it is the initiatives of deeply caring people that provide the firmament for our democracy.

Take a sweeping look at history and you will discover that almost all movements that mattered started with just one or two people — from the fight to abolish slavery, to the creations of the environmental, trade union, consumer protection and civil rights movements. One voice becomes two, and then ten, and then thousands.

It’s fitting that this time of year marks the 79th anniversary of the sit-down strike in Flint Michigan, in which thousands of workers sat down in a General Motors factory to fight for recognition of the newly formed United Auto Workers (UAW) union. On February 11, 1937, General Motors conceded to raising wages and labor standards and recognizing the UAW, a major win for unionization in the United States.

This is an aspect of the American story that most people love and celebrate, yet sadly are quick to dismiss as being improbable in today’s partisan, corporate-dominated world. But, as I often say, real change is easier than you think.

The following twelve men and women maximized their power as citizens to improve the lives of millions of people in real, tangible ways. Let their stories serve as an inspiration to you in the coming year.

  1. Lois Gibbs. Lois Gibbs lived with her family in the Love Canal neighborhood of Niagara Falls, NY when news of the toxic contamination beneath their feet made local headlines. Lois organized her neighbors into what was known as the Love Canal Homeowners Association. Her movement grew to become the country’s largest grassroots anti-toxic movement. She later founded the Center for Health, Environment & Justice.
  2. Ralf Hotchkiss. I first met Ralf at Oberlin College over 40 years ago where he was majoring in physics and moving about the campus in a wheelchair after a bicycle accident when he was in high school rendered him paraplegic. Recognizing a need for low-cost, sustainable and versatile wheelchairs, he startedWhirlwind Wheelchair to teach people around the world how to manufacture their own wheelchairs in small shop facilities.
  3. Clarence Ditlow. Once described by The New York Times as “the splinter the [auto] industry cannot remove from its thumb” Clarence Ditlow is an engineer, lawyer and the Executive Director of the Center for Auto Safety. He has been responsible for car companies initiating millions of lifesaving recalls, and was instrumental in the passage of “lemon laws” in all 50 states, which compensate consumers for defective automobiles
  4. Al Fritsch. A Jesuit priest and PhD, Al Fritsch was the environmental consultant at the Center for the Study of Responsive Law in Washington DC before returning to his roots in Appalachia to start the Appalachia Center for Science in the Public Interest. Using applied science and technology, Al Fritsch is a driving force for sustainability and maintaining a healthy planet.
  5. Ray Anderson. The late Ray Anderson was founder and CEO of Interface, the world’s largest modular carpet manufacturing firm based in Atlanta, Georgia. Disturbed by the hugely damaging effects of industry on the environment, he shifted his company’s directive to “make peace with the planet.” With the ultimate goal of zero pollution and 100% recycling for his company, he managed to move toward these objectives while reducing expenses year after year and increasing profits. Why aren’t more CEOs following his example?
  6. Annie Leonard. With her widely successful Story of Stuff project, Annie Leonard scoured the world for the stories that tell the tale of where our throwaway economy is leading us (hint: it doesn’t have a happy ending.) Her imaginative 20 minute Story of Stuff film has been watched and shared online by millions, and was turned into a book, and an ongoing website. She is now the Executive Director of Greenpeace.
  7. Wenonah Hauter. As the founder and Director of Food & Water Watch, Wenonah has fought tirelessly for the future of our food, water, energy and environment. A relentless organizer, author and activist, she is a champion in getting citizens involved in issues that matter most ― the things we put in our bodies.
  8. Rev. Dr. William J. Barber. The Rev. William Barber walks with a cane but he is making big strides for justice and equality through his organizing of “Moral Mondays” protests, which first started in North Carolina. The protests started as a response to the “mean-spirited quadruple attack” on the most vulnerable members of our society. In the tradition of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Rev. Barber is fighting restrictions on voting and for improvements in labor laws. In addition to his work as a minister, Rev. Barber is the President of the North Carolina NAACP.
  9. Michael Mariotte For over 30 years, Michael Mariotte has been a leader in successful movements against nuclear power in the United States. As the President of the Nuclear Information and Resource Service (NIRS), Michael has testified before Congress and spoken in countries around the world against the dangers of nuclear power and its radioactive byproducts.
  10. David Halperin. David is a tenacious advocate and tireless worker for justice who has launched several advocacy organizations and projects such as Progressive Networks, The American Constitution Society and Campus Progress. Nothing gives him greater joy than thwarting those with positions of power in our society who seek to profit from unjust practices. Most recently, Attorney Halperin has focused his considerable talents on exposing the predatory and deceptive practices of for-profit colleges.
  11. Sid Wolfe. Dr. Sidney M. Wolfe and I started the Public Citizen Health Research Group in 1971 to promote good health-care policy and drug safety. Dr. Wolfe, through his Worst Pills, Best Pills books, newsletters and outreach via the Phil Donahue show, has exposed by brand names hundreds of ineffective drugs with harmful side effects which were removed from the marketplace.
  12. Dolores Huerta. A legendary activist, Dolores Heurta co-founded the United Farm Workers Union with Cesar Chavez in the 1960’s and has a long history of fighting for social change, worker’s rights and civil justice. She was rightfully awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2011, amongst many other awards and recognitions.

Our country has more problems than it should tolerate and more solutions than it uses. Don’t allow cynicism to silence your voice ― people matter, you matter, and systemic change will only happen when citizens speak out, gather, and believe in themselves and their ideals.

Ralph Nader is a consumer advocate, lawyer and author of Only the Super-Rich Can Save Us!

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When Hollywood Calls, Who Can Resist?

by Clancy Sigal

I love Hollywood – the film industry. I really do. In rain or shine, good or bad times, it’s given me a living off and on. I’ve been a movie-set gofer, a bit actor (as a “native boy” in Bride of the Gorilla), an asst. film editor, a story analyst, TV show “associate producer” (nobody knows what this is), and talent agent as well as scriptwriter. What’s not to love? OK, so I got blacklisted too but what the hell.

The White House is sore that actor Sean Penn got to one of the world’s most notorious killers-and-torturers, El Chapo Guzman, boss of the mushrooming Sinaloa Drug Cartel, before the immensely corrupt Mexican government got around to it.

Obama’s spokesman calls it “maddening” that entrepeneurial Sean Penn got to Guzman before the federales. The government shouldn’t have sent Marines and soldiers after Guzman, which took months after his last pre-arranged “escape” from a Mexican prison, Obama simply should have waved a movie contract at the drug lord which would have flushed him out in seconds.

Guzman’s downfall is pure Hollywood. Sean Penn, accompanied by a beautiful Mexican TV soap actress, goes south of the border for a Rolling Stone seven hour interview with the fugitive involving “talks to produce a movie about his life”. Law enforcement “were able to zero in on his whereabouts through his contacts with lawyers and producers.”

Penn writes that after Guzman’s recent tunnel escape from prison “the drug lord’s attorneys were overwhelmed by overtures from Hollywood studios to produce a movie based on his life” but, Guzman is no showbiz dummy, “he decided to produce his own”.

In other words, Mexican marines, shooting it out with Guzman’s bodyguards, interrupted a classic pitch meeting. Poor El Chapo. Didn’t he learn anything from the fates of John Dillinger, Bonnie and Clyde and Carlos the Jackel brought down by their thirst for personal publicity?

As far as I can tell Guzman – the second most powerful Mexican next to trillionaire Carlos Slim – was the straight goods speaking to Penn about his global reach. Bragging, but probably truthful. “I supply more heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine and marijuana than anybody else in the world (with) a fleet of submarines, airplanes, trucks and boats.” Rival cartels like Los Zetas must go crazy with envy – as they begin setting up their own pitch meetings.

Special pleading, factual accuracy and limitless ego are all mixed up in Guzman’s interview. “Where I grew up (as a poor peasant boy) there was no other way, and there still isn’t a way to survive” except by the drug trade….”the only way to have money to buy food, to survive, is to grow poppy…” Yes, “It’s a reality that drugs destroy,” he confessed to Penn. But “If there was no consumption, there would be no sales.” Who can argue?

Penn’s grinding ax probably is to legalize some drugs.

”We are the consumers…complicit in every corruption of an institution’s ability to protect” the Mexican quality of life due to “our insatiable appetite for illicit narcotics.”

Yes, Sean. But when you make the movie who gets what money up front and at the back end and what about sequels and a franchise agreement and let’s not squabble over credits? You’ll have to learn Spanish and gain weight to play El Chapo. But, hey, if Tom Cruise can play a sympathetic Nazi officer, and Denzel a crowd-pleasing mass-killer drug kingpin, let’s go for it.

(Clancy Sigal is a screenwriter and novelist. His latest book is Hemingway Lives. Sigal and Doris Lessing lived together in London for several years. Courtesy,

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Susan Allen is preparing snacks from four different cookbooks to launch us on this foodie journey. Join us in the Meeting Area of the Library at noon on Friday, Jan 15th, to taste, chat, and pick recipes for our next meeting in February.

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"The Sky’s the Limit"

Saturday, January 16th, 10:30-11:30am

What can you build with drinking straws and paperclips? Challenge yourself to build the tallest skyscraper! For young designers ages 7-11 years old. Children must be accompanied by parent or guardian. Sponsored by the Ukiah Valley Friends of the Library.

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Knitting and Crochet Drop-In Group on Sundays, from 2-4pm.

You are invited to join our drop-in knitting and crocheting group. find resources, meet fellow crafters, start a new project or bring a project to work on. Learn from one another! The Library has a limited amount of yarn and supplies to borrow while you are here. Call 463-4490 for more information. Sponsored by the Ukiah Valley Friends of the Library.

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Join us on Wednesday, January 20th from 6:30 - 8 pm, for a Live-Streaming conversation with Tess Gerritsen, author of the Rizzoli and Isles series, Harvest, Life Support & Die Again. We will text your questions for you OR you can tweet them yourself.

For a full list of events, check out our Google Calendar or follow us on Facebook.

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This decision support service email provides a precipitation outlook and the potential for main stem river and/or aerial flooding. It serves as a planning tool for emergency services agencies; Caltrans, county and city public works departments, and other agencies involved with mitigating the impacts of flooding and/or flood recovery operations. The coverage area is Del Norte, Humboldt, Mendocino and Trinity Counties. When significant rain events are expected, tailored event driven emails will be issued by the WFO Eureka operations staff.

Planning forecast: valid from Monday, January 10 through Sunday, January 24, 2016.

Extended planning forecast: valid January 22, 2016 through February 5, 2016.

Planning forecast prepared: January 8, 2016

Wet Pattern to Continue Next Two Weeks

The atmosphere is responding to the ongoing strong El Niño. The December rain events were not El Niño driven, but were products of a typical northern polar jet stream. The northern hemispheric weather pattern has recently changed and is now responding the El Niño event. In the upcoming weeks, the rain events are being driven by a southern subtropical pattern as is common with El Niño. Thus many of the upcoming storms are expected to take a more southerly track and bring rain to central and southern California. How much rain will be received across northwest California over the next two to three months will depend on how El Niño interacts with other climate variability patterns in the Arctic and tropics.

See paragraph 6 for a comparison of the current precipitation values with the strong El Niño events from 1997-98 and 1982-83.


Little change is expected in the weather pattern across northwest California for the next two weeks. Next week a series of fronts will bring rain and higher elevation snow to the region. Currently there should be sufficient breaks between systems to allow the rivers to remain below flood stage. Standing water in low-lying areas or in areas with poor drainage can be expected. The longer range models are depicting stronger and wetter systems for the following week. As is expected during El Nino conditions, central and southern California are expected to receive the higher rainfall amounts.

Potential Impacts:

The main stem rivers expected to have moderate rises with each of the upcoming rain events. The rivers are expected to remain below flood stage, but could reach monitor stage.

The tributary creeks and small rivers expected to rise with upcoming rain events and some may exceed their banks.

Standing or ponding water can be expected in low-lying areas and areas with poor drainage.

Rock and mudslides are possible along highways and county roads.

Power outages and blown down tree branches are possible due to winds

Potential for hazardous driving conditions due to snow accumulation on mountain passes and higher elevation roadways

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Please reply OFFLIST to

Steve McLaughlin, Editor and Publisher, Independent Coast Observer

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Register Now! Near & Arnold’s School of Performing Arts & Cultural Education’s Winter/Spring Class Session begins January 19. SPACE offers an after-school program for children ages infant to 18 in dance, acting, and singing. Some scholarships are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Registration is available both online and at the SPACE Office and is ongoing until classes are filled. For more information, call (707) 462-9370 x101, or visit us online at SPACE is a community benefit program that emphasizes diversity, youth leadership, cross-cultural arts and social awareness, with a focus on the performing arts as community service.

Kristen McCallum

SPACE Near & Arnold's School of Performing Arts & Cultural Education

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WELL, IT IS DAVID BOWIE DAY on the Internet.

It was nice to hop in the car this morning and hear guest KHUM DJ Chris Parreira forego regularly scheduled programming to provide Humboldt some aural therapy with a nice, long Bowie set. Well done. Inspired by Chris’ sensitivities, we’re just gonna go ahead and embed a YouTube clip, above, of Bowie’s 1985 Live Aid set as suggested by friend of the LoCO Jeff DeMark.

“18 minutes of perfection,” said Jeff to us this morning via Facebook chat. Yeah, Bowie is pretty good.

(Andrew Goff,

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GARDENING WORKSHOPS: Fruit Tree Pruning, Gopher and Mole Control, Rhododendron Basic Care and ID

Fruit Tree Pruning 101

This Saturday, January 16 with Di Scott

Sign up ASAP — this class is almost full!

When it comes to basic care and pruning of fruit trees, there are many different techniques, several of which have predictable results. This class will help you to optimize performance from your fruit trees, according to your own needs and the specific environment in which the trees are growing. The spotlight will primarily be on, but not limited too, the pruning of fruit tree varieties appropriate to the North Coast climate, specifically apples, pears, and select stone fruits. Learn how time of year and type of pruning cut can greatly influence the success of your fruit trees. We will cover a complete year’s cycle of tree growth — from the tree’s perspective as well as our own. Di Scott brings 17 years of coastal orchard experience and a lifetime of horticultural knowledge to this class.

Gopher And Mole Control Saturday, February 6 with Adam Strupp

Would you like to rid your yard of pesky burrowing rodents? This class will explore the life-cycle of gophers and moles, signs of activity, different types of traps, and proven methods of control. Local gopher and mole expert Adam Strupp will demonstrate how to abolish those plant-pilfering pests keeping your lawn and garden gorgeous. Adam Strupp has coached Lacrosse on the fields in Mendocino for the past 20 years. He has eradicated more than 300 gophers and moles from those fields in the past couple of years.

Rhododendron Basics Saturdays - 10:00am to 12:00pm: February 20, March 19, April 2 Gardens Meeting Room with Dennis McKiver

Learn to identify and care for Rhododendrons growing in your yard. Our cool coastal climate, acidic soils, and mild winters allow many beautiful cultivars and species to thrive. Dennis McKiver - president of the American Rhododendron Society’s Noyo Chapter - will teach proper planting and plant medium, fertilizing, pruning, as well as disease and pest control. Expand your collection by learning to choose the right hybrids and species for your area while touring the Rhododendron Collection at Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens. - - Dennis McKiver has been growing and collecting Rhododendrons since 2001. His collection has over 1,000 hybrid and species Rhododendrons.

Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens

18220 N Highway 1 . Fort Bragg, CA

707-964-4352 ext 16


  1. Bruce McEwen January 11, 2016

  2. Bruce McEwen January 12, 2016

    all those blick-heck heli-chopters are not the DEA, Dude: That’s the Discovery Channel w/ Sheriff Mike Downey riding shotgun. Do wake up, old boy. Get a fooking grip, then, okay?

  3. Bruce McEwen January 12, 2016

    Bezos is feared and respected among writers. The peckerwood couldn’t marry a noun to a verb w/out a room full of legal beagles and some frumpy old literary farts in tweeds, but he’d damn sure put your balls in a legal vise, if you posted a comment like that on line, wouldn’t he …?

  4. Bruce McEwen January 12, 2016

    Bio for the Birds

    by Jorge Carrera Andrade

    I was born in the Century of the Death of the Rose,
    after the motor had already put the angels to flight.

    Quito was watching the last stage coach roll by,
    and the trees ran by in good order, past the houses
    and the hedges of the new parishes, on the threshold
    of the country, where the slow cows chewed on the silence, and the wind spurred its swift horses.

    My mother, wrapped in the setting sun,
    put her youth away in a deep guitar, and only on certain evenings wold she show it to her children,
    enveloped in music, light and words.

    I loved the water writing of the rain on the window pane, the yellow gnats from the apple trees, and the toads that would from time to time sound their hollow wooden bells.

    The great sail of the air endlessly manouvered,
    drums would roll and storms invaded, their drenched
    regiments charging through the crops.

    But soon the sun, with its golden patrols, restored
    the countryside to order, and I saw the men embrace the barley, horses sink into the sky, and carts drawn
    by lowing oxen go down to the coast, laden with mangoes.

    I recall a valley of farms, where the dawn touched off a trickle of roosters, and to the west a land where the sugar cane waved its peaceful banner, the pineapple girded its fragrant loins and the banana its silken tunic.

    And yet it has all past in successive waves, like the futile ciphers of the foam, and my memory fades like a drowned water lily between two lakes.

    The guitar is only a coffin for songs, and the head-wounded rooster laments. All of the angels have emigrated, even the dark angel of the cocoa tree.

  5. Eric Sunswheat January 12, 2016

    Dr. Marvin Trotter is a long time emergency room physician at Ukiah Adventist Health hospital.–

    On KZYX he often heavily censors the public calling in, by cutting off the callers as soon as they have asked a simple question.–

    Many KZYX radio broadcasts are temporarily archived as downloadable MP3 files at the Jukebox website, linked from KZYX home page.

  6. Rick Weddle January 12, 2016

    re: the Penn/el Chapo interview…

    I like what I’ve seen of Sean Penn. Quite a good actor, he’s also got enough of a mind left to voice it occasionally. This gig upstaging the White House (and everyone else) by interviewing this person might seem squirrely, opportunistic, an unfortunate episode of grandstanding; so what? Isn’t that the way ‘important’ events are run, these days? What is this mess we call ‘elections campaigns,’ then?

    I love to see People going where Officials can’t/won’t go; it improves our chances of actually getting something out of ‘reading between the lies’ once in a Great While.

    Who cares what Guzman’s early life was like? Anyone would who might have any interest in what the Hell is going on with the Great War on Drugs and its Grave (grave, grave, etc.,) Consequences (like floods of innocents fleeing the Business End of the Drug War.

    I hope you’re not waiting for some ‘public servant’ to get this kind of inside contact. Kudos, Mr. Penn!!

  7. Mike January 12, 2016

    Re: the death close calls and NDE’s, a pithy statement from someone now surfing currents which are our undercurrents:

  8. Lazarus January 12, 2016

    I thought Bowie was a little creepy…RIP David Jones.

    • Harvey Reading January 12, 2016

      WTF is a David Bowie?

      • Lazarus January 12, 2016

        He did something called, “Lazarus”…interesting guy but still creepy…the eyes they say are, “a window to the soul”.
        As always,

  9. Mike January 12, 2016

    RE: “THE SHERIFF’S RIGHT. It’s up to us to establish a facility outside the County’s existing homeless industrial complex, which presently spends upwards of $20 million a year while habitual drunks, the drug addicted and the mentally ill are repeatedly recycled by the courts back out on to the streets. Our free range population of persons unable and unwilling to care for themselves is small but, thanks to entrenched self-interest (cf Ortner and much of the County’s existing mental health apparatus) they’ve been allowed to become a problem for everyone.”

    In the Sheriff’s note to you, he mentions “crisis” services as the focus of this pictured facility. In line with the issue mentioned above by someone from the AVA, there should be beds also to accommodate temporary conservatorship and full (annually reviewed) conservatives also, perhaps in a set aside “wing” that has the insfrastructure for “rehab” services and outdoor space (separate from the 5150, etc hold beds).

    • james marmon January 12, 2016

      Building a crisis facility for the mentally ill is just another downstream solution to our problem. Without attaching outreach teams and outpatient services to the facility we will find ourselves in the same mess.

      I would love to see us take care of our own conserved clients and I do believe the Sheriff’s planned facility is very much needed, but it can’t exist in a vacuum.

      Without a paradigm shift in how our Board of Supervisors, Carmel Angelo, Stacey Cryer, and Bryan Lowery actually view mental illness and substance abuse the facility will just have an evolving door, in and out.

      We can not go on viewing our mentally ill and addicted population as nuisances.


      1.a person, thing, or circumstance causing inconvenience or annoyance:

      “an unreasonable landlord could become a nuisance” ·

      synonyms: annoyance · inconvenience · bore · bother · irritation ·

      Ms. Cryer, director of HHSA, has publically stated that she does not believe substance abuse treatment works and is a big waste of time and money. And, her treatment of our mentally ill over the past 7 years speaks for itself.

      Where’s the human touch? Are we so afraid that we might become known as a community that “really” cares? Would that be so bad?

      Because this thing is so broken we have a chance to come up with some real solutions and possibly become a good example to the rest of the world. I’m tired of being nothing more than the laughing stock that we’ve become.

      Let’s turn these lemons into lemonade.

      James Marmon MSW

      PS And lets stop exploiting our downtrodden population’s children for financial gain.




      1.oppressed or treated badly by people in power:
      “a downtrodden proletarian struggling for social justice”

      synonyms: oppressed · subjugated · persecuted · repressed ·

      • james marmon January 12, 2016

        I wonder if Supervisor Dan Hamburg views his son as nothing more than and nuisance? If he does view his son as a nuisance it explains a lot of what the guy must be going through.

        This stuff all starts at home folks, right inside your little noggins.

  10. Bill Pilgrim January 12, 2016

    re: Sears vs. Amazon. How the mighty have fallen. For decades Sears was the model for customer service and guaranteed replacements or returns. Now it’s the target of class-action lawsuits for shoddy products, and charges a hefty fee for answering technical questions online.

    • Harvey Reading January 12, 2016

      Ever since Sears started following J.C. Penney in the move to satisfy yuppie tastes, back in the 80s, they’ve been going downhill. Last time I returned a broken Craftsman tool, they replaced it with a scuffed-up used one they had lying around, supposedly “refurbished” in-house.

      How I yearn for the days of Plain Pockets jeans and Big Mac flannel shirts, both of which wore like iron, but those were Penney’s brands.

  11. Jim Armstrong January 12, 2016

    Mach 2 flyovers in Hopland?
    Back in the old days such fighter plane passes would relly shake up large areas with their sudden sonic BOOMS.
    They were banned for the most part and I have not heard one for years.

  12. Alice Chouteau January 12, 2016

    Regarding the Boardman murder— according to Sgt Brandon Lee interviewed in the latest advocate news, there was a noticeable increase in complaint calls from neighbors concerned about the situation at Boardman’s home, “over the last month”, with an increase in foot traffic in and out of the place, as well as noise. Not one week, one month.

  13. Harvey Reading January 12, 2016

    Re: “… the old snail-mail US Postal Service …”

    They’re just as fast as the common carriers in my experience.

    • Stephen Rosenthal January 12, 2016

      Faster and much cheaper, in my experience.

  14. Jim Updegraff January 12, 2016

    I too subscribe to the New Republic. A slick cover but as the man said – you can’t tell a book by its cover.

    I also say kudos to Penn.

  15. james marmon January 12, 2016

    Just an update on Baby Dean, who is the brother of Baby Emerald who died by the hands of a murdering foster parent in Fort Bragg a couple of years ago.

    6 month old Baby Dean is now in his third foster care home in just about as many weeks. He was first placed in Ukiah, then moved to Fort Bragg, and now is being placed in Lake County.

    The poor thing must be terrified. Do any of you have a heart out there? I don’t care how secret CPS operations are, we need to get involved.

    I spoke to mama, and she is “fit to be tied” can you blame her?

    Mama, was arrested and charged with disturbing the peace because she was engaged in a verbal confrontation with the slum lord Royal 8 motel manager about the conditions of her room, primarily mold being present and the bathroom window being bolted shut. She lost her baby for that.

    Oh, she has a history of mental illness and smokes pot, that explains it all. Dean is officially now a million dollar baby, and CPS is officially fucking his head up!

    This has got to become a made for TV movie. It is so bizarre.

    • james marmon January 12, 2016

      Oh, one of mama’s conditions is that she suffers from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). She is extremely organized and clean. The mold was probably too much for her especially with Dean in the picture. She loves that baby like no one would ever believe.

      The Royal 8 should be shut down, but then that would add to the nuisances already on the streets.

      • james marmon January 12, 2016

        Another thing they are using against mama is that she was seen taking Dean to the park. The park is considered a dangerous place because the homeless gather there. It was the only place she had to go to get out of that stinking death trap of a motel room she and Dean were left to live in.

        The Public Health Department allows that death trap of a motel to stay open because they don’t want to have to deal with all the people living there hitting the streets with nowhere to go.

        If that building is red tagged, the County is obligated to provide housing for those who are displaced. HHSA doesn’t want that and neither does the city of Ukiah. Where are they going to go?

        I remember when the death trap was built back in the late 50’s early 60’s, I lived next door. My initials are still carved in the sidewalk in front of it. Today I cringe just thinking about all the people living there, but it has served as a backstop for hundreds of people who would be otherwise homeless.

        It hasn’t been a regular motel for decades, and Social Services is just across the street. How much closer could mama have gotten to CPS, she and Dean traveled through their parking lot everyday on her way to Safeway. She wasn’t hiding.

        I remember another converted Ukiah motel that caught on fire and killed several mentally ill clients who were living there. That happened in the early 80’s. My mother who was the manager of the Salvation Army Store just across the street knew everyone who died in that building . They were all from the State hospital after it closed.

        Now my mom, she can tell you some stories about the history of how Mendocino County and Ukiah treats their mentally ill. She was often the only person many of these people knew and believed really cared. They all came to the Salvation Army Store for some reason and it wasn’t just for free handouts, they enjoyed the respect and dignity my mother always treated them with.

        She would allow them to come into her store just to get warm and they enjoyed talking to her. For many it was the only safe place in town.

  16. Judy Valadao January 12, 2016

    Malcolm said this one year ago “The only potential problem in that central location will be determined by how well Ortner Management Group and its subcontractor, Hospitality Center, dispenses services.”

    Well, now we know there are very little services if any, so does that mean there must be a problem with the central location? What it means is: a lot of money has been spent for nothing and now Hospitality Center wants money for remodeling? They could have had a 31 room motel but that wasn’t the trophy that the Old Coast Hotel was. You can not treat people (if that’s what you want to call what they do) and then turn them back onto the streets. The 1.2 million could have gone a long way in helping those in need but instead the “DONE DEAL” has caused nothing but heartache and misery for those in need. Shame on you Fort Bragg, you could have and should have done much better. You were warned that this was nothing more than a trophy for a certain someone and would help very few if any. You wouldn’t listen because you knew what was best and you had all ready given your approval before notifying the public. Now, how are you going to make this right? Turn over yet more money to an organization that has failed to help?

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