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Mendocino County Today: Friday, Jan. 5, 2018

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SHERRY GLASER, ALBION, PUBLIC EXPRESSION, Board of Supervisors Meeting, Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Glaser: Carmel Angelo is suggesting that you give yourselves a raise. On what merit, other than time passing? $2000 more per month brings your salary to $7000 a month. All of us who you’ve been representing have had a pay cut because of your ineptitude and your inefficiency in passing ordinances and protections. [The recent bust of a legal pot transportation operation called “Old Kai” with a County permit which has received national attention; see below] is a huge symbol of your failure. I am not rewarded at work for failing. I don’t get a raise for that. I got a raise last month for doing a really good job and bringing in revenue. I got a dollar an hour more. So I am not sure why you are getting a raise or why you would vote yourselves a raise? What have you done? What revenue are you bringing into this county? What have you done to bring in revenue? Ms. Croskey, you are new to the board. I don't know why —

Supervisor Hamburg: Please address yourself to the Chair.

Glaser: I don't know why anyone on this board of supervisors should get a raise. I appreciate your response to the fire victims and that you have discussed it among yourselves. But as far as the loss of these families of their legal product [the nearly one ton of marijuana Old Kai was transporting] you have been silent. So this is a $24,000 a year raise. A 40% raise. Meantime, the county is suffering. So many businesses are going out of business. I work at an Inn right now and we have very little business. Everyone is taking a cut. What you just read [the proposed resolution increasing Supervisor salaries] says “the increase or decrease.” I think it's time for a decrease in your salary. Or it should at least stay the same. $5000 a month seems sufficient. More than enough. Or maybe you could be giving the $100,000 or more per year that you'll be getting to firefighters, teachers, mental health. That $100,000 a year or more could really help people. But that’s not what you're doing. You are going to be seeing letters to the editor, radio ads, interviews, fighting this increase. Meantime, Mendocino County is suffering. I want to thank Mr. Gjerde for being a dissenting voice in this pay raise. None of us got paid to come here today. You are always being paid whenever you talk to us. And you limit our conversation. You are constantly telling us not to be redundant and repetitive. Which you are! Constantly repetitive and redundant. Constantly repetitive and redundant. Let us speak. Don't judge us. Don't silence us. Don't shorten our time. Listen to us and respond to us like you work for us. You do! We are your boss. We pay for this. You don't deserve a raise.

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The Old Kai pot transport bust story (one of many) from AP/WashPo:

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This is an example of what Fish&Game does to screw the people of California. In the past the mouth of this river had been opened using a cat or excavator to stop the flooding. I know for a fact they done it from the sixty's up until the late ninety's and all of a sudden Fish&Game decided it would hurt the fish. The salmon are now going to be forced to spawn in the ocean and die. There wiping out a whole population of salmon for a year. They done the same thing in Pudding Creek a number of years ago and I was told it was because of a little bullhead fish that was endangered. I wonder what happens to that bullhead when mother nature turns loose and floods everything to a point it blows the sand bar out. More water will flow out the mouth and the impact will be twice as bad on the little bullhead. This idea is beyond stupid and I would sure like to know how these idiots justify what they are doing.

(Mike Tubbs, via MendocinoSportsPlus)

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Valley Fire Facts

by Phillip Murphy, Lakeport

The first report of the Valley fire was received at 1:22 pm on September 12, 2015, and according to official dispatch logs. Sheriff Brian Martin was sent to help with evacuations at 2:59 pm, but did not arrive on-scene until 7:12 pm, 4 hours and 13 minutes later. Sheriff Martin later publicly stated he spent the afternoon in Kelseyville at his child’s ballgame, which explains the lengthy response time.

Sheriff Martin

Sheriff Martin remained on-scene until 12:29 am the next morning, after having been on-scene for only 5 hours and 16 minutes, even though 10 of his deputies worked overtime shifts that day.

Sheriff Martin later stated there was no time to activate the emergency broadcast system which consisted of two local AM and two FM radio stations, and could have been used to help keep the 9-1-1 dispatch center from being swamped with frantic calls for evacuation information.

The other reason the dispatch was swamped was that even though the new $3 million dollar facility had 11 work stations, only three were staffed that day because no provisions were made at the sheriff-ran center for rapidly filling those desperately needed extra dispatcher positions in times of emergency.

The sheriff put out the first NIXLE alert at 6:31 pm, though it was only an evacuation advisory and came so late that is it likely that by then the fire had already claimed it’s first victim. The second NIXLE directing a mandatory evacuation came out about an hour later, by which time more had died and hundreds of homes had burned.

The county of Lake maintains a list of elderly and handicapped residents unable to self-evacuate. When later questioned as to why it was not used, the sheriff said he never asked the fire captains for the list as there was no time for that either. Apparently he didn’t know that he was supposed to contact the Social Services Director directly to obtain the confidential documents.

Sheriff Martin knew where the fire began and should have known that 35 mile-per-hour winds were forecast to last until midnight that day. With multiple communities downwind, he should have known any fire would likely be uncontrollable in the first day when coupled with low humidity along with high winds and temperatures, meaning that even at 2:59 pm it should have been clear that thousands were in grave danger.

It is important to have a full understanding of what happened that day, in order to make the response to future incidents as successful as possible. It is also important that the record is correct and has not been distorted or misrepresented, in order that the public can accurately assess the performance of their elected employee, the sheriff.

It is also important to remember some of those who were not invited to ride on a float for public safety “Heroes” in the Rose Bowl parade, like Niko Matteoli, Richard Reiff, Logan Pridmore and captain Pat Ward, the crew members of helicopter 104 based at the Boggs Mountain CalFire station, who were all badly burned when the fire over-ran them and forced them into their survival bags. We should remember that operations base has saved Lake County from many disasters over the years, and that simply climbing aboard an old helicopter on a daily basis is a risky business, let alone jumping into a fire from one.

We should also not forget the five senior citizens who lost their lives (Barbara McWilliams, Robert Fletcher, Leonard Neft, Bruce Burns and Robert Litchman), as while the other fire damage can be repaired, there is no way to bring these folks back, as no amount of tinkering with the public’s perception of that day’s events can do that.

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(Mendocino County's disaster included)

by Paige St. John

The Sonoma ridgeline was a sunrise of flame as Sgt. Brandon Cutting led deputies up country roads to pound on doors, hollering “Sheriff’s Office!”

Thirty minutes later, with Cutting huffing from exertion and choking in thick smoke, the evacuation of Redwood Hill was still playing out one door at a time. He followed the sound of shouts to an officer struggling to carry a disabled woman. Her house was on fire. Her shoe on the ground. The night around them was orange in every direction.

It was 11 on a Sunday night, the beginning of what would be the most destructive fire siege in California history. Frantic rescues were taking place across wine country as heavy winds ripped down power lines and the dry hills lit up in flames. Modern technology in the form of robocalls and digital alerts would not join the fight to roust sleeping residents for another half an hour.

When the warnings came, they were not received by many of those in the most peril.

Two months after the wine country fires, officials still debate whether more could have been done to give residents earlier warnings before the fires swept in, ultimately killing 44 people and destroying more than 10,000 homes.

The fires highlighted the inadequacies of the emergency warnings officials employed and have prompted a push for new safety protocols. Some of the same problems occurred two months later when the Thomas fire — the largest on record in California — swept through Santa Barbara and Ventura counties.

In the end, the warnings that officials did send reached only a fraction of those in the path of the fire, and emergency agencies struggled to target their warnings to the correct geographic areas. The situation left officials frustrated and looking for answers.

“I can use my cellphone to order a pizza and it gets here,” said Rob Lewin, director of the Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management. “Why can’t I have that same system to save people’s lives? To get people out of harm’s way?”

The struggle to warn wine country

Although weather forecasters told fire departments across Northern California to prepare for incendiary conditions, decisions to broadcast evacuation orders did not take place until hours after the fires started and residents were already trapped. Those caught by surprise jumped into swimming pools or water tanks, or ran through vineyards.

Fires flanked tourists and residents alike in Napa from three sides, but Napa County relied on sending cellphone text messages to the small population that had the foresight to register in advance. It uses the same tool to announce parades and water main breaks.

Electronic logs show that not until the following afternoon did the county attempt to broaden its warnings to include some 53,000 landlines gleaned from AT&T — a broad message asking residents to refrain from dialing 911.

The effort made no allowance for the tourists who are the lifeblood of the Napa economy. Hotel staff at a luxury golf resort pulled guests from their rooms in pajamas even as a highway patrol medevac team plucked trapped residents off the ridge above by helicopter. The deputies attempting to knock on doors to spread evacuation orders couldn’t even get up the fire-blocked road.

Sonoma County sent text messages and robocalls, but records obtained under the California Public Records Act show only 50% of the numbers on its call list worked. An analysis of the calls shows the county attempted to reach less than a tenth of those living in the targeted warning area. Fewer than a third of that one-tenth would pick up the phone.

Every county had the capacity for alerts carried on a federal system that would loudly buzz every cellphone within range of a working tower — by sending the messages either on their own or through the state. Of the eight counties hit by 14 fires that night, only one — Lake County — employed the system. A neighboring county that had no fire, Marin, used the system to tell fire evacuees where shelters were open.

In Sonoma, where Cutting was stationed that night, emergency managers said they decided against the federal wireless warning system. County emergency manager Chris Helgren said he was worried the notoriously imprecise system would trigger a countywide panic. Mass evacuations on the single highway through town would have made the emergency even more dire. In the end, dozens died in Sonoma as the Tubbs fire swept from the mountain vale of Calistoga into a suburb of Santa Rosa.

Phone records show fire evacuation warnings in Mendocino were delayed by overwhelmed sheriff’s dispatchers.

Mendocino County was 90 minutes into its wildfire when the first call came from the field for evacuation warnings. The dispatcher wrestled 10 minutes with the wording, then called a lieutenant at home. He encouraged a valley-wide warning “just so we can get people awake.” But she worried about downed power lines, and they agreed to “hold off, because we have to figure out where [residents] are going to go.”

It was 43 minutes before the county launched its phone-dialing system to ring some 4,000 numbers in Redwood Valley, already engulfed in fire. The automated phone messages were limited to incomplete phone lists, and then blacked out when cell towers were lost to the fire.

Nine people died in that valley, in their homes or attempting to leave.

During Thomas fire, ‘throwing horseshoes and hand grenades’

When wildfires hit Southern California in December, officials were more aggressive about using various electronic communications systems, including an unprecedented seven-county alert on the eve of Santa Ana winds telling millions of Californians to keep a watch through the night for fire. But emergency managers say their efforts to warn residents were hampered by its own share of technological faults.

Santa Barbara County used the federal wireless system 13 times over the course of a week to send cellphone alerts. Three times it sought to contain the warnings to small areas drawn on alert maps sent to FEMA, but county officials said they presume even those alerts were cast broadly and confused those not in danger.

“It’s like throwing horseshoes and hand grenades,” said Santa Barbara County Emergency Manager Jeff Gater.

The 5-year-old wireless alert system — the same network used to buzz phones with Amber alerts — falls under the joint control of the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Federal Communications Commission. Participation by cellphone carriers is voluntary. The messages are limited to 90 characters and broadcast from cell towers like radio signals, not phone calls, so they consume minimal bandwidth.

Original regulations required only that carriers restrain those broadcasts to the county level. The FCC in September 2016 issued an order requiring better targeting, but this year interpreted that ruling to allow cellphone carriers to define the “best approximate” target of a message as an entire county.

Emergency managers told the FCC that alerts can come close to their intended marks in dense urban areas where there are many towers. But in rural areas — wildfire terrain — so-called “boomer” towers cast warnings 20 miles outside the intended alert area.

Therefore, Santa Barbara stuffed so much geography into 90 characters its emergency evacuation orders looked like this:

“EVAC ORDER: Montecito S. of 192, N. of 101, W. of Toro Cyn, E. of Summit Rd & Country Club”

FEMA staff confirmed that cell carriers can choose which cell towers transmit the emergency warning, and it is up to them whether to even send a warning where the alert area is less than the cell tower coverage area. They are not required to make those policies public, robbing emergency managers of the chance to know in advance how their message will be carried and adjust accordingly.

“Right now if we draw a polygon [to target an alert], we have the potential to do more harm than good,” said Francisco Sanchez, emergency manager for Harris County, Texas, which includes Houston, and a primary champion of new FCC rules to improve wireless alerts.

Sanchez’s concerns are the same ones that Sonoma County’s Helgren raised: Mass alerts can make matters worse, especially in regions with limited routes in and out of a disaster area. Despite handling a disaster roster that included Hurricane Harvey this fall, Sanchez has issued a wireless alert only once — to tell county residents to not call 911 so that emergency calls could get through.

Warnings failed to reach many

When home phones largely ran on copper wire land lines, emergency officials could use their 911 systems as a calling tree to deliver warnings. Private vendors have since stepped in to provide those services as well as the software and servers to call up cellphone owners.

The reach of those systems are limited by the phone lists they use — usually a combination of data bought from private marketers, telephone companies and numbers provided by voluntary subscribers.

Call records provided by Sonoma County show its efforts to warn residents of the deadly Tubbs fire were a success just 50% of the time — counting calls that went straight to answering machines. Numbers provided by residents subscribing to the county’s system had a 90% success rate. But those numbers made up only 15% of the dialing list. For the first warning of the Tubbs fire that meant only 213 numbers in an area with more than 13,000 residents, according to US census data.

Meanwhile the thousands of numbers provided by the county’s vendor failed to be answered 62% of the time.

Shortly after the October fire siege, Sacramento County ran a test of its own emergency dialing system, provided by a different vendor. Data shared with The Times show Sacramento had similarly low call completion rates: Out of more than 34,000 calls, just over 2,000 were answered and 3,000 went to voicemail.

During the December fires, Santa Barbara’s direct dialing system’s call completion rates ranged between 15% and 55%.

Sacramento County pays to update its phone calling list every six months, county officials said, but to reduce error rates the county is considering buying new numbers every quarter. Sonoma County, Helgren said, had not updated its phone list since signing up for the private service in mid-2016.

Technological advances have further eroded the usefulness of other warning tools, managers said, including the emergency broadcast system that once was the backbone of the country’s civil alert muscle.

Television and radio stations, unlike cellphone carriers, are still required to participate in what is now called the Emergency Alert System — the service that begins a public warning with blaring tones. But the network was built to work with analog broadcasting, not the digital technology in use today.

As a result, when Santa Barbara tried to send an EAS broadcast this year to warn residents of flash floods, no message appeared on viewers’ screens. Something else happened: Their channels changed to C-SPAN.

County officials, cable providers and federal officials are still trying to figure out what happened, said Lewin, director of the Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management. In the meantime, even with wildfire forcing evacuations in his backyard, he will not use the system.

Lewin is looking for a technological fix to these gaps in his warning tools.

Hundreds of miles north in Mendocino County, where emergency managers have now discovered steep ridges block even the radio signals of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration weather alerts, Sheriff Thomas Allman has settled on a different path.

He is buying air sirens.

(LA Times)

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(More than one NO and your candidacy is doomed)


  • Anti-Vac
  • 911 conspiracy
  • Vegan
  • Gender Flexible
  • Trees can talk
  • Dope
  • Contrails
  • Scott Simon
  • Serial monogamy
  • Meryl Streep for President
  • Recycling
  • Consensus
  • Pay Raise

(4th District tomorrow)

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The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office has identified the victim of the homicide on Alderpoint Rd. on Jan. 1, 2018 as 28-year-old Saul Perez Pacheco.


As Sheriff’s Deputies continue their investigation into Pacheco’s death, they are asking for the public’s help to learn more about Pacheco and his connection to Humboldt County. Pacheco is a Hispanic male adult, 5 foot 4 inches tall and approximately 225 pounds. Pacheco has a tattoo of a cross on his left arm bicep and a tattoo of a grim reaper on his right arm. Anyone with information about Pacheco or this case is asked to contact Sheriff’s Investigator Scott Hicks at (707) 445-7301.

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According to the Eureka Police, the 26-year-old Nevada man who was reported missing January 2 has been located.

According to Brittany Powell, a spokesperson for Eureka Police, “Patrick McCracken was cleared from the missing person system. He was found safe in Eureka by family on the evening of January 3, 2018.”

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Sebastian Jimenez Has Arrived, First Mendo Baby of 2018

Fort Bragg, CA - January 3, 2018 - Mendocino Coast District Hospital (MCDH) is excited to announce that the first baby of 2018 has arrived. Sebastian Arthur Jimenez was born on January 2, 2018 at 4:15 p.m. in MCDH's Birthing Unit. Sebastian's parents, Stephanie and Brian Jimenez, are very happy to welcome this beautiful little bundle of joy to the family. Sebastian was 7 pounds 8 ounces at birth and was 19 inches long.


He and his mother are doing well, and Sebastian will soon be joining his 19 month old brother Abraham at home. MCDH's Birthing Unit was one of the first in-house, family-centered maternity care programs in California and was a model for other family-birthing programs throughout the country. Although the department has seen many changes over the years, MCDH's dedication to providing families with happy and rewarding birth experiences remains the same. Sebastian's mother, Stephanie Jimenez commented, "Thank you to Dr. Wright, Dr. Kermen and all the great nurses for making our experience here awesome. They all made me feel very comfortable and made my delivery as pleasant as possible." Congratulations to the parents and family of baby Sebastian Jimenez, our New Year's Baby 2018!

Doug Shald, Director PR & Marketing Communications, Mendocino Coast District Hospital, 707.961.4961

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THOSE RUMORS that Ten Mile Court's prosecutor, Kevin Davenport, has been suspended from his job for a DUI are trumped by the second round of rumors that Davenport has indeed been sent to the DA's time-out room but for an accident in a County car he failed to fully report, not a DUI. In the meantime, Coast prosecutions rest with the Ancient Mariner, Tim Stoen.

JOHNNY SCHMITT'S BOONVILLE HOTEL GROUP has bought the property next door with an expansion of the Hotel's capacity as the goal.

Now that Anderson Valley has become a tourist destination in itself, the Boonville Hotel can't keep up with the demand for transient accommodations, hence the next door acquisition.

I'D BET FRIENDS that Trump would be out by Christmas. I was early by a month. He'll be out by the end of January. He's more erratic by the day. Even the nuts around him concede that he can't focus, has little memory, repeats himself, tantrums, talks back to the tv news and so on. The book out this week, "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House" by Michael Wolff confirms the chaos at the top. This system needs a blandly complicit character at the helm — Obama was perfect — not a volatile Alzheimer's case. Vice-President Pence, for my money much crazier than Trump, is next up.

ATTORNEY GENERAL SESSIONS says he's going after the pot brigades regardless of state and local laws enacted to make the brigades legal. The hypocrisy here is breathtaking. When the South, represented by Sessions, wants to screw over black people they claim states rights. Now they claim that federal law trumps laws they don't like. Sessions vs. Pebs Trippett? Pebs by an early knockout.

JUST SAYIN' but the recent pot busts of people in the licensing process shouldn't surprise anyone. Mendo's Drug Task Force has operated independently of local authority for years. An insider told me a couple of years ago that the Sheriff himself does not have prior knowledge of who they're going to hit, let alone who's in charge of them. I suspect a DEA guy or two are the local shot callers, but if people trying to get legal, or think they're already legal because they've paid their fees, keep on getting popped, the County's cockamamie licensing procedures will be mooted. PS. These guys who get stopped while they're transporting many thousands of dollars worth of product? One would think they'd make sure all the lights on their vehicles were in working order before they hit the road. And if you're on felony probation from a prior pot bust, uh, wouldn't it be a good idea to find someone else to drive?

IF YOU DIDN'T wade through the LA Times story on the failure of warning systems during the Big Fires, the following are the relevant Mendo paragraphs:

"...Phone records show fire evacuation warnings in Mendocino were delayed by overwhelmed sheriff’s dispatchers."


"…Mendocino County was 90 minutes into its wildfire when the first call came from the field for evacuation warnings. The dispatcher wrestled 10 minutes with the wording, then called a lieutenant at home. He encouraged a valley-wide warning 'just so we can get people awake.' But she worried about downed power lines, and they agreed to 'hold off, because we have to figure out where [residents] are going to go'.

It was 43 minutes before the county launched its phone-dialing system to ring some 4,000 numbers in Redwood Valley, already engulfed in fire. The automated phone messages were limited to incomplete phone lists, and then blacked out when cell towers were lost to the fire. Nine people died in that valley, in their homes or attempting to leave."


"…Hundreds of miles north in Mendocino County, where emergency managers have now discovered steep ridges block even the radio signals of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration weather alerts, Sheriff Thomas Allman has settled on a different path.

He is buying air sirens."

TRUMP'S HAIR: As reported by Michael Wolff in his new book about President Trump’s first year in office, Fire and Fury: Inside Trump’s White House, we learn that it is Trump’s beloved daughter who leads the chorus of those who mock the Trump “do” (or “don’t’).

“She treated her father with a degree of detachment, even irony, going so far as to make fun of his comb-over to others,” Wolff writes, as extracted in New York magazine. “She often described the mechanics behind it to friends: an absolutely clean pate—a contained island after scalp-reduction-surgery—surrounded by a furry circle of hair around the sides and front, from which all ends are drawn up to meet in the center and then swept back and secured by a stiffening spray.”

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LITTLE DOG SAYS, “A neighbor dog says to me, ‘You let this Skrag get into your head, Little Dog. You gotta learn to Zen the irritants outta yer life or you'll go nuts.’ I thought about it, and I'm gonna try.”

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On Monday, January 1, 2018 at about 5:12 AM, Ukiah CHP Officer J. Irwin and his partner Officer T. Ogden responded to assist the Coyote Valley Tribal Police Department with a possible DUI driver stopped on Coyote Valley Blvd. just east of Highway 101. Officer Irwin conducted a DUI investigation and the driver, Van Allen Hubbard, 57, residing on Tayna Lane, Ukiah, was arrested on suspicion of driving a vehicle under the combined influence of alcohol and drugs.


During a vehicle inventory officers discovered several dangerous and illegal weapons in the vehicle as well as a large amount of rare minted and sealed gold and silver coins. The estimated value of the coins is believed to be between $15,000 and $20,000. A locked safe not belonging to Hubbard was also located in the vehicle. Hubbard could not account for the items located in his vehicle at that time resulting in further investigation by the officers. The following day search warrants were obtained to search Hubbard's storage unit and vehicle which resulted in the seizure of an additional quantity of rare minted sealed gold and silver coins with an estimated value of $10,000-$15,000. Evidence developed in this case indicated that these items belonged to clients of Hubbard's when Hubbard was working as an in-home support services provider. Hubbard was booked into the Mendocino County Jail for driving under the combined influence of alcohol and drugs as well as being in possession of stolen property, possession of dangerous weapons, elder abuse, and additional lesser charges. The exact value of the coins is still under investigation. The case has been submitted to the Mendocino County District Attorney's Office for prosecution. Hubbard was born in January of 1961 making him 57 years old.

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On 01-02-2018 at 5:57 AM Deputies from the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office were dispatched to a burglary in progress at a residence location at 83 Oak Knoll Road in Ukiah. When Deputies arrived on scene, both the 27 year old male victim and suspect were contacted. It was learned the victim was awakened by a noise coming from his garage. When the victim investigated, he observed Ryan William Jackson, 38, of Ukiah in his garage removing property.


The victim confronted Jackson, whom he knew, about attempting to commit the theft and reported the incident to the Sheriff's Office. Jackson was arrested without incident and booked into the Mendocino County Jail for burglary where he was to be held in lieu of $50,000 bail.

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On Thursday, December 28, at about 4:30 pm, Deputies from the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to a reported theft and physical assault in the 76000 block of Highway 162 in Covelo (Keith's Market).

The suspect was described as being a Native American female adult wearing a mini skirt and tall black boots or socks.

While Deputies were responding, dispatch advised that Covelo Tribal Police had detained Misty Lee Hawkins (age 35, of Covelo) at the store.


When Deputies arrived, they made contact with a 61-year-old male employee at the store. The employee stated Hawkins entered the store and took possession of several food items and bottles of alcohol without paying for them before exiting the store.

The employee contacted Hawkins and attempted to stop her and retrieve the items, at which time Hawkins struck him in the face with her hand, causing minor injury to the left of his face.

Hawkins let go of the shopping basket that contained the stolen food items. The store employee grabbed the basket and went back inside of the store.

Hawkins followed the employee back into the store where she was told she had to leave. Hawkins became angry and started screaming and yelling at him. Hawkins then picked up a metal pipe and attempted to strike the employee with the pipe by throwing it at him. The employee had to jump out of the way to keep from being hit with the pipe.

Hawkins was subsequently placed under arrest. Deputies also learned that Hawkins had an outstanding misdemeanor warrant for her arrest out of the Mendocino County Superior Court for failing to appear in court on an unrelated case.

Hawkins was booked into the Mendocino County Jail for assault and failure to appear where she was to be held in lieu of $82,500 bail.

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CATCH OF THE DAY, January 4, 2018

Bassett, Feen, Garland, Horn

EASTON BASSETT, Ukiah. Vandalism.

EVAN FEEN, Fort Bragg. Disorderly conduct-alcohol, concealed dirk-dagger, probation revocation.

WAYNE GARLAND, Willits. Protective order violation, probation revocation.

SHAWN HORN, Willits. Probation revocation.

Shelly, Williams, Wright

BAMBI SHELLY, Covelo. Resisting.

DANNY WILLIAMS, Willits. Under influence, paraphernalia, probation revocation.

CLARENCE WRIGHT, Willits. Failure to appear.

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CNN is using their deep news analysis and ‘experts’ to weigh in on the forecast for the next year with such heavy questions such as; “Who will win the world series?” “What will win the Oscar for best picture in 2018?” and “Which country will win the most gold medals in the winter Olympics?” Seriously, no wonder CNN is the most trusted news source for unfortunate patients stuck unconscious on an ICU somewhere.

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"COPPER MOUNTAIN from the South — Central Wyoming"

(Click to enlarge)

(Photo by Harvey Reading)

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by Sadie Gurman (AP)

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has rescinded an Obama-era policy that paved the way for legalized marijuana to flourish in states across the country, creating new confusion about enforcement and use just three days after a new legalization law went into effect in California.

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Presiding Judge Ann Moorman (1) announced the judicial assignments for 2018-1019. Primary judicial assignments are reviewed every two years, however adjustments are made as necessary.

Effective January 2, 2018, Departments B and H will continue to manage vertical felony calendars from arraignment through trial. Judge Cindee Mayfield (2) has transferred from the family law department to preside over felony cases in Department B. Judge Mayfield will also remain as Presiding Judge of the court’s appellate division. Judge John Behnke (3) will continue presiding over felony cases in Department H. Judge Keith Faulder (4) will remain in Department A managing the entire misdemeanor calendar from arraignment through trial.

Judge Carly Dolan (5), assigned to Department C, will be handling all family law related matters. Assistant Presiding Judge Jeanine Nadel (6) will continue to sit in Department E presiding over all limited and unlimited civil matters, probate, small claims, unlawful detainers, and conservatorships. Judge Nadel will also preside over the Adult Drug Court.

Judge David Riemenschneider (7) will remain in Department F managing juvenile delinquency and dependency matters. Judge Riemenschneider will also preside over our Family Dependency Drug Court and sit on the court’s appellate division.

Judge Moorman will sit in Department G handling overflow from all other departments and continue to preside over the Adult Behavioral Health Court. She will also sit on the appellate division and execute the daily duties of Presiding Judge.

Judge Clay Brennan (8) will continue to preside over civil, criminal, and family law matters at our Ten Mile Court in Fort Bragg.

The revised calendar plan is now available on the court’s website:

Judge Moorman also announced that the Executive Committee of the court will be comprised of Judges Moorman, Nadel, and Riemenschneider.

For more information contact:

Kim Turner
Court Executive Officer
100 N. State Street, Room 303
Ukiah, CA 95482
(707) 463-4664

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The interesting thing about Homeward Bound is how city progressives have always hated it. In fact my first post on the program in 2005 was about that opposition (Bus therapy for the homeless).

The implication of that opposition: instead of giving the homeless a bus ticket out of town — strictly voluntary program — San Francisco should instead provide housing for everyone who ends up homeless on our streets. Even though this is a prosperous city, even San Francisco can't afford to do that.

What those who arrived in the city afterwards need to understand is that the homeless issue roiled city politics for years, ending in the election of Gavin Newsom as mayor over a passionate left wing opposition in a campaign that featured the homeless issue. While still a supervisor, Newsom got Care Not Cash on the ballot and passed in 2002 and was elected a year later over a "progressive" opposition that was clearly oblivious to how upset voters were about the growing squalor on city streets and in city parks.

That left-wing cluelessness still manifests itself in opposition to Homeward Bound, a sensible, cost-effective homeless program (See Homelessness: The silence of the progs).

The recent Examiner story quoted a critic:

Chris Herring, a doctoral candidate of sociology at UC Berkeley who studies homelessness, said The City shouldn’t consider the bus program a solution to housing the homeless. “I think it would be great if all cities offered free transportation both within and from cities to poor people who cannot afford it, especially to poor people wanting to reconnect with friends and family for any period of housing or respite or a break from the streets,” Herring said. “But we should not fool ourselves that this is housing people.”

Of course no one at City Hall claims that Homeward Bound is itself a solution to the problem; it's just one tool that's been effective in dealing with some of the homeless who are willing to participate in the program.

(Rob Anderson, District5Diary)

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The Ukiah Branch Library has partnered with Tapestry Family Services and Project Sanctuary to create a new book club for teens: Bibliotherapy Book Club! Starting in January, the Bibliotherapy Book Club for Teens (12-18) will meet monthly &focus on a variety of "tough topics" including anxiety, depression, grief, sexual abuse & rape, racism, bullying, suicide, obsessive-compulsive disorder, bulimia, & issues surrounding gender identity — to name a few. Some titles we will read include:

  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Stephen Chbosky (trauma, grief)
  • Hyberbole and a Half, Allie Brosh (depression)
  • Thirteen Reasons Why, Jay Asher (suicide)
  • Say What You Will, Cammie McGovern (OCD)
  • Eleanor and Park, Rainbow Rowell (sexual & physical abuse)
  • Speak, Laurie Halse Andersen (rape)

Teens will be able to discuss tough topics in a safe environment with trusted librarians and counselors from Tapestry &Project Sanctuary, as well as receive assistance for service referrals if requested.

Advance registration is required. If you are interested in the program or want to find out more about the Bibliotherapy Book Club, please contact Melissa at the Ukiah Library: 467-6434 or

This book club is free and open to all interested teens.

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"Last Call"

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I read how an autistic teenager killed his parents and two others with an assault rifle they had in the home. After raising an autistic son to adulthood, it’s hard for me to imagine allowing any weapon in my house as I understand how autism causes uncontrollable rages.

Beyond this tragedy, I don’t understand why any home needs an assault rifle. As a criminal defense attorney, I have represented about 75 murderers. I don’t pretend to know all there is to know about killings, but I have seen some patterns. Most of my clients used firearms, and most knew their victims. Almost all killings were spontaneous acts of rage, just like that autistic teen.

There are many reasons “normal” people lose control to the point where they will kill — drugs, alcohol, brain trauma, perceived threats. I believe that all human beings are capable of killing under certain conditions. Why do we allow access to assault rifles so they can kill the most people?

I’ve seen autopsy photos of the damage inflicted by assault rifles. They aren’t pretty. Who really needs to have 15-20 rounds of high-powered ammunition for self-defense? The truth is these are offensive rather than defensive weapons, and our society pays a very high price for their accessibility.

Mary Lou Hillberg


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“CALL FOR ARTISTS” for the 2018-2019 Cloverdale Sculpture Trail, a year-round outdoor exhibit of sculptures in the Northern Sonoma County community of Cloverdale, is now available. The producer of the exhibit, Cloverdale Historical Society & History Museum, is seeking sculptors for the next exhibit beginning April 27, 2018 through May 1, 2019. Deadline for entries for the 2018-2019 exhibit is February 25, 2018. There is no entry fee. A $1,000 “Best of Show”, $250 “Honor Mention” and “Peoples’ Choice” gift baskets will be awarded.

In Cloverdale the current exhibit has 14 sculptures. This exhibit will continue until April 26, 2018 when the 2018-2019 sculptures will be installed.

The goal of this successful outdoor exhibit is to increase awareness of public art and the part sculptures play in bringing art to citizens and visitors through the placement of sculptures in publicly assessable spaces, such as the streets of Cloverdale.

Additional information and an entry form with guidelines are available at or call the Sculpture Trail phone number at 707-894-4929.

Note: Attached is an image of Arizona sculptor, Hector A. Ortega’s sculpture “Constrained Geometrics #2”, located on Cloverdale Blvd. and W. Second St., Cloverdale “Constrained Geometrics #2” is part of the current 2017-2018 exhibit.

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Sorry I’m late—I was getting dressed.”



  1. George Hollister January 5, 2018

    From the Jan 4 WSJ on the Michael Wolff book about the Trump presidency:

    “Most striking, despite the juicy quotes, is how little new the book reveals. Everyone knew Mr. Trump was surprised to win the election, that he then tried to run the White House like he had his family business with rival factions and little discipline, and that the place was a chaotic mess until John Kelly arrived as chief of staff. We also knew that Mr. Trump knew almost nothing about government or policy, that he reads very little, and that he is a narcissist obsessed with his critics. Any sentient voter knew this on Election Day.”

  2. james marmon January 5, 2018


    US Attorney for northern California announces sudden leave from office

    “It’s not clear who Stretch’s replacement will be, but US attorneys can be replaced by the Trump administration. The Department of Justice has a process that it will undergo in order to determine his replacement…”

    “The sudden announcement comes on the heels of Sessions announced a major change to cannabis policy at the federal level. Earlier Thursday, Sessions announced that he was rescinding the Cole Memo, an Obama-era rule that essentially discouraged federal prosecution of marijuana laws, and would encourage U.S. Attorneys to exercise their own discretion in prosecuting cannabis cases.”

    Mr. Sessions, bring back Melinda Haag!

  3. Betsy Cawn January 5, 2018

    Lake County’s Grand Jury studied the multiple 2015 emergency management mishaps — which included the absence of a functioning Office of Emergency Services (at the time, under direction of the County Administration) — and the County’s elected Board of Supervisors (responsible for OES functionality, under the direction of the County Administration), in their 2015-2016 Final Report:

    The Board of Supervisors, in their published response, blandly agreed with Recommendations #1-11 and #13, disagreeing with #12 and #14. Recommendations #12 states: “Update and maintain the 2014 OES Strategic Plan”; the referenced Recommendation #14 does not exist in either the published final report or the list replicated in the BoS’ reply:

    Unfortunately, the 2012-2013 Grand Jury missed the main action — following the 2012 “Wye” and “Walker” fires, for which CalFIRE became the Incident Commander in lieu of a functional local OES — whereby the Board of Supervisors took the responsibility for re-creating the County’s accreditated Disaster Council (under state regulations) and transferred its operational direction to the County administration, as recommended by CalFIRE in their after-action report.

    The County administration’s OES management — clearly “in charge” of emergency services beginning in 2013 — was unable, for whatever reason, to take the required steps to organize and operate an Emergency Operations Center, but did produce the “Strategic Plan” in 2014. The 20-year-old Emergency Operations Plan was amended by a one-page “minute order” reflecting the appointment of the Board of Supervisors’ chair (at the time — who seems to hold the position in perpetua) to chair the Disaster Council. The Disaster Council holds responsibility for development and maintenance of the county’s Emergency Operations Plan, implemented by the local OES.

    The Lake County Office of Emergency Services was transferred back to the dominion of the Sheriff’s Department on November 3, 2015, following the “Rocky” and “Valley” fire catastrophes, also managed by the state in the absence of local OES capacity.

    And in December, 2017, the barely civil Lake County Disaster Council approved the “update” of our 1996 Emergency Operations Plan — which is implemented through “annexes” and “standard operating procedures” that do not require approval by the Board of Supervisors and are not subject to public scrutiny (let alone coordination with non-County governmental entities). But CalFIRE has not yet released an after-action report on the “Valley” fire — reputed to be closely guarded by the agency’s legal department. Federal, state, and local government (County) departments conducted an all-day “discovery” meeting in mid-2017, for which a report is anticipated in early 2018. The impacts on Lake County governance capacities, following the 2012, 2015, 2016, and 2017 wildfires, include the cancellation of $12.5 million dollars in reserves, in the final county budget for 2016-2017, for one-time “emergency response” expenses — implying (at least to this reader) the notion that 2015 wildfire response costs will not be reimbursed by FEMA, after all, because the County failed to meet the requirements of the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000.

    There is a lot more missing here than sirens.

  4. John Sakowicz January 5, 2018

    Three cheers for SHERRY GLASER!

  5. Harvey Reading January 5, 2018


    Let’s see now, a 12-gauge pump-action shotgun with the magazine plug removed holds 5 shots, which, in the hands of an experienced user, can be emptied almost as quickly as a legal SEMI-automatic assault rifle. A .22LR semiautomatic rifle with tubular magazine holds about 14 or 15 cartridges. If those cartridges have hollow-point bullets, they can be quite deadly to humans at close range. An experienced user can empty a large-caliber bolt-action rifle holding 5 cartridges in a very short time, as with a six-shot revolver, or a semiautomatic pistol. A one-half inch drive ratchet handle, a hammer, a pick, etc. can also cause considerable damage, or death, to the human body.

    Personally, I’ve never had a bit of use for an AR-15, or whatever they’re called now. They have too many protuberances that can get hung up on clothing, or brush, for my taste. And they have always had a reputation, since the early days of the Vietnam invasion, for jamming. I also have no use for gun associations or gun clubs (I mean, do we have ratchet-handle or hammer clubs?), but some people do like them, and most clubs are harmless.

    We live in an overpopulated society where common people are exploited daily by the wealthy. Real wages have declined dratically since the early 1970s. People are angry, and for good reason. Yet, how many lawyers, and others, are working to change this situation compared to those who focus on ridiculous objects like assault weapons?

    • LouisBedrock January 5, 2018


      Your photographs of Wyoming are terrific.

      I passed through Wyoming in 1981. I had to stay in Cheyenne a couple of days because of car trouble. Did some biking, but the hills were a bit challenging for a dilettante like me.

      If you have any shots of Cheyenne or Laramie, I would like to see them. I remember Cheyenne as a modern but recognizably western town where many saloons still had swinging doors.

      Until I got to Wyoming, I had thought Colorado was the most beautiful state. When I saw Wyoming, I thought it surpassed Colorado.

      When I was in the army, no one wanted an M-16. The heavier M-14 was the weapon of choice. Reliable, easy to clean, not that bad to carry. The 7.62×51mm (commercial .308 Winchester) ammo tore apart trees at the Fort Dix firing range. Formidable.

      I had a friend from North Carolina who took apart and put together an M-14 blindfolded. He won a few bucks from us Yankees in the process.

      • Harvey Reading January 5, 2018

        Thank you, Louis. And praise Alla for digital cameras. My walls are covered with pictures, I’m afraid. Sort of reminds me of old movies that would have a character in them with his office walls plastered with pictures, though they were usually of people, not my forté.

        In ’96, ’97, and ’98 I made three trips east to discover where in WY I wanted to live. The route I followed was a loop, Highway 50 to south-central Utah, then south through Page, AZ, through the northwest corner of N.M. and up to Denver. On the last trip I circumvented Denver by taking back roads. It was just too scary driving on I-25 through that city. On all three trips, I had a film camera and a couple of lenses with me, but every time I saw something to photograph, I would just keep driving. A bad habit of mine is, or was, to actually enjoy long-distance driving and to “space out” on the scenery rather than stop to take a picture of it.

        The first trip was around Halloween, the second at Thanksgiving, the third Christmas-New Years. I wanted to experience the climate, though the coldest it got was -6F one morning in Ely, NV. During most of the three trips the daytime temperatures were around a steady 28F, though it dropped to 12F around Farson, WY on the third trip. After I finally moved here, in 2002, I learned about sub-zero temperatures right away.

        All three trips took me through Cheyenne, where there was a place called Cheyenne Outfitters. They sold those brownish-orange jeans like John Wayne wore in McClintock!, so I bought a couple of pairs on the first trip. Still have them … can’t make myself wear them except on “special” occasions, like grocery shopping, a 40-mile round trip, one that I take these days about once every two months, because the traffic drives me crazy, not Sacramento crazy, but by-rural-standards crazy, if that makes any sense.

        On the first trip, I explored the Sheridan area, near the MT. border and decided it was gonna be dude ranch country soon so dropped it from consideration.. Also got to see where that arrogant Custer met his well-deserved doom. It was snowing, with no one at the fee station, so I got to see it for free. From Sheridan, I proceed north to Billings, then east to Spokane, then back to Coeur D’ Alene, and eventually south and west to Eureka, NV and home again on Highway 50.

        The two latter trips concentrated on central WY and I decided on a general area, near Boysen Reservoir, for my future move. I did take a couple of snapshots of the original J.C. Penney’s store in Kemmerer, but, as usual, the camera pretty much lay idle. I’ve only been to Laramie once, in late 1995, in a Ryder moving van, helping my cousin and his wife move to Denver. I should get down there, but, who knows…

        One nice thing about those days: it was easy to get a motel room for under $30 per night for me, and my dog.

        Since moving here, I haven’t left the state – in fact haven’t spent a night away from home – and barely get out of my home county except for dental exams and work (my female dentist, as well as her husband, are fantastic) and now optometric annual exams and lens prescription updates. I got tired of the local guy trying to con me into getting unneeded cataract surgery. If I live long enough to need it, I’ll get it, but not before. The new guy agrees…

        I thought I would do more traveling after retiring, but haven’t. Hell, I haven’t even gone to Yellowstone, though I did purchase the Senior Pass to NPS sites when I turned 62. Maybe some day, but then again, I haven’t seen Yosemite since I was 17… Most of my life I had dreamed of seeing the entire country by automobile, but once I got a car in the late 80s that would do that easily, I sort of lost the urge. Since moving here, I can’t even get up the will to see Chicago. I figure it’s just another city, and I’ve seen plenty of them. And, my wish to see D.C. no longer exists at all. I’d be afraid of going berserk being that close to the cesspool of congress. Although the car runs as well as when new (never has even used a quart of oil in 173K miles) parts are hard to find, so now I would get a long-term rental if were to make a long trip…excuses, excuses!

        Guns have always been commonplace in my life. Growing up in Calaveras County, CA will do that to a person – that and having parents born in the first decade of the 20th Century. I just can’t get excited about them one way or the other. In fact, these days I hardly ever shoot. For one thing, ammunition is priced out-of-sight, due to people continuing to buy it as fast as it can be produced, which, in my opinion, is nuts.

        I still have the first gun I ever shot, a Savage Model 6a .22lr semiautomatic rifle, that my father bought, used, before I was born. I put a cheap Barska scope on it a few years back, because I couldn’t deal any longer with the banged-up open sights, and it has pinpoint accuracy out to about 75 yards. I retired it when a piece of the bolt handle broke. I tracked down the part but also noted that the list of available parts was quite short, so decided it was “living” on borrowed time and put it away for good after putting about 25 rounds through a hole in the target about half an inch wide at 75 yards. I replaced it with a new Marlin (under $200), which shoots fine, but not as fine as the old one. Since moving here, I also picked up a Savage .17HMR (a necked-down .22 Magnum), which has no recoil and shoots as well as the old Savage, but out to beyond yards. I also have handguns, but they’re more trouble than they’re worth. If you wear one in a holster, the butt is always banging into things, and they’re not comfortable in a car or truck, or chair, or couch. But, you know, I haven’t even fired a gun since 2013. Getting old I guess, or maybe not, since shooting was not a particular pastime of mine since becoming an adult. I doubt I’ll ever hunt again. The shooting’s easy, but the butchering is something I don’t miss at all. I’ll stick with grocery stores, well I mean as long as such exist.

        Sorry to ramble on. You take care of yourself.

        • Harvey Reading January 5, 2018

          “…beyond 100 yards…”

  6. james marmon January 5, 2018


    Marijuana stocks slammed for a second straight day

    “Marijuana-related stocks fell again Friday, extending their prior-session losses after the U.S. Justice Department overturned an Obama-era protection for states that have legalized the plant. The news put the brakes on a strong rally early in the week that was driven by the start of marijuana sales in California after voters approved recreational use for adults. Nevada-based Cannabis Sativa Inc. CBDS, -5.81% which is active in the research, development and licensing of marijuana products, slid another 16%. Colarado-based farmer GrowGeneration Corp. GRWG, +10.45% fell 3%. Toronto-based medical marijuana distributor Supreme Cannabis Co. Inc. SPRWF, +1.00% fell another 2%. Horizons Marijuana Life Sciences Index HMMJ, +3.43% which started trading on the Toronto stock exchange last month and tracks more than 20 marijuana-related companies in North America, was down 1%. Ontario-based rival Canopy Growth Corp. WEED, +4.39% bucked the trend to rise about 2%, after it said it will not conduct business in any jurisdiction where weed is federally banned. The S&P 500 SPX, +0.38% was up 0.3%.”

  7. Eric Sunswheat January 5, 2018

    Since 2014, Congress has attached amendments to the Justice Department budget forbidding interference with laws in states that allow medical marijuana, a list that began with California in 1996 and has grown to 29 states and the District of Columbia, with a combined 60 percent of the U.S. population. A federal appeals court has ruled that the amendments prohibit prosecution or other government legal action against medical marijuana suppliers who follow state laws.

    Congressional supporters want to expand that protection to cover nonmedical sale and use of marijuana by adults, now legal in eight states, including California, along with Washington, D.C. They plan to add that proposal to a spending bill that is needed by Jan. 19 to keep the government operating, and said Sessions may have unintentionally helped their cause.

    • james marmon January 5, 2018

      “Congressional supporters want to expand that protection to cover nonmedical sale and use of marijuana by adults, now legal in eight states, including California, along with Washington, D.C.’

      That is going to be quite a reach Eric.

      There are 42 other states that may not be ready for recreational (nonmedical) pot. Even in the land of Fruits and Nuts, Prop 64 passage wasn’t without its fair share of opponents.

  8. Eric Sunswheat January 5, 2018

    “Up until now, we have treated migrants like boxes,” says Crépeau. “We have never thought of migrants as individuals making decisions for themselves…thousands, tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands or millions of individual decisions. Whatever we may predict may or may not happen.”

    Such a wave of migration will probably start as a trickle, if it hasn’t already — prompted by a breached dyke, contaminated ground water or a neighbour’s flooded field. But as rising seas push the slow march of people inland, powerful tropical cyclones and floods will etch the striking moments of displacement into our collective psyches, and island nations like Dominica will be the first to bear the brunt.

  9. Jim Updegraff January 5, 2018

    People have assault weapons because the manufacturers give large, large donations to the NRA who then bribe congressmen to kill any bills to regulate assault weapons. The CEOs of the gun manufacturers do not give a hoot about the people who are killed by their guns. Only a person who is mentally ill would keep assault weapons at home.

  10. George Hollister January 5, 2018

    I am marking my calendar. Today, both Harv and Lou said sane things. First time.

    • Harvey Reading January 5, 2018

      That’s so sweet, George. Trouble is, you have a short memory.

      • George Hollister January 5, 2018

        I would remember a snow in the Amazon. BTW, not everything you, and Lou said was sane, just some of it, maybe most of it. That is a one time occurrence.

        • Harvey Reading January 5, 2018

          Thanks for your opinion, as always, Mr. Treefrog Man. It’s not unusual for those affected by senile dementia to remember things in the far distant past.

          • Harvey Reading January 5, 2018

            Omigod, there’s a black dog in my house! Never mind, I forgot. He’s mine!

  11. Jim Updegraff January 5, 2018

    Bruce: There are several matters about which you should ask questions: Has the proposed budget with any changes been approved by the Board – why the large increases in the budget for Fundraising and Professional Services – who in these categories are the recipients of the funds – what are the board committees – if it does not include an audit committee who performs this function – is there an annual CPA audit – if so, is the audit report and management letter shared with the entire board – if not, why not – if they do get an annual CPA audit if there is no audit committee who does get the report. If they do not get an annual CPA report how do they comply with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles for Nonprofit Organizations?
    Bruce, if you are going to meet your fiduciary responsibilities as a director you need to ask and receive answers to these question.

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