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MCT: Sunday, September 22, 2019

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LIGHT RAIN SHOWERS will be possible today over portions of Del Norte and northern Humboldt counties. Warm and dry conditions will return during early to middle portions of next week, followed by cooler and showery weather late next week. (National Weather Service)

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November 4, 1942 - September 10, 2019

On Tuesday, September 10, 2019, Bill Mailliard passed away at his home on the Mailliard Ranch in Yorkville. Bill was 76 years old and was born in Newport, Rhode Island. He was the son of Bay Area Congressman William Somers Mailliard, Sr. and Elizabeth Whinny. He is survived by his wife Jane Mailliard; sons William Somers Mailliard III, Timothy Brien Mailliard and Samuel Ward Mailliard; and, stepmother Millicent Fox Mailliard. He has two brothers, four sisters, 11 grandchildren and numerous cousins. He was a member of the Frontier Boys and past member of the Sonoma County Trailblazers.

Other memberships included the Pacific Union Club, the San Francisco Guardsmen and he served as board chair of the Luther Burbank Center in Santa Rosa. He graduated from Taft High School in Connecticut, Yale University and Georgetown Law School.

He then returned to San Francisco where he practiced law at Pillsbury, Madison & Sutro. He subsequently moved to the North Bay where he set up his private practice and raised, trained and competed his Quarter horses.

After retirement, he and his wife, Janie, moved to live full time on the Mailliard Ranch, where he had spent a good portion of this youth. The two greatest sources of fulfillment in his life were his horses and living on the Mailliard Ranch.

A celebration of Bill’s life will be held on the ranch on September 28. Memorial gifts may be directed to Anderson Valley Fire Department/EMS and sent to P.O. 398, Boonville, CA 95415.

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BOB SITES & TERRY RYDER of Yorkville were married Saturday morning outside their home in Yorkville. Upwards of a hundred family, friends, visitors and guests from around the valley and as well as from outside enjoyed a nicely arranged ceremony by Philo officiant Patty Liddy followed by a casual brunch reception in the couple’s shady redwood grove.

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by Malcolm Macdonald

I attended the first two hours of the Mendocino County Behavioral Health Advisory Board (BHAB) monthly meeting on September 18. I used to attend these meetings on a regular basis, but there is only so much time in a person's day and life. The meetings are scheduled to last four hours as per the agenda. That, in and of itself, is a mistake if the intent is ever to grab and hold the attention of any significant number of the public.

I was, in part, raised by a psychiatric social worker who often didn't get home until well past dark. I understand that mental health issues did not run on a 9-5 basis and that even a modicum of study on any of the many issues involved in behavioral health would take days on end of discussion to truly grapple with, let alone start to make a progress in a single area.

By noon on the 18th, the BHAB was already 45 minutes behind the schedule set on their agenda. One of the problems therein is repeating the same mistake over and over. Under the item titled “Reports,” ten topics were listed. These were supposed to be completed in 45 minutes. Try to get through ten serious topics with 15 board members (two were actually absent) who are all intensely interested in at least one of those topics. A solution seems obvious, but never bet on the obvious when we're talking the periphery of county government bureaucracy.

Most of the “Reports” concerned important areas of the behavioral health world. In particular, outgoing chair Jan McGourty's report back from a crisis intervention team (CIT) conference in Seattle in the last week of August. I won't belabor the importance of CIT training in this county because it does appear that most if not all our supervisors are supportive of at least the concept of getting said training.

Meanwhile, in the world outside of board meeting rooms, the day to day realities of the homeless, the mentally ill, and those with dual diagnosis (drug and/or alcohol problems combined with mental health issues) continue to bounce off the rest of the citizenry like a never ending pinball game.

The City of Fort Bragg does not provide services for those affected by the matters listed in the previous sentence. A portion of those are doled out to the Hospitality House on McPherson Street and its parent organization, Hospitality Center, on the northwest corner of Oak and Franklin Streets. As part of the deal, those “Hospitality” entities must conform to certain special use permits created by the City of Fort Bragg.

This leads us to the following correspondence sent to not only the city but also the city council and copied to the Fort Bragg Police Department, the public health department, Fourth District Supervisor Dan Gjerde, Project Sanctuary and Child Protective Services.

The communication reads, “I have a business and own property [in the Central Business District of Fort Bragg]. The Hospitality House, located at 237 N. McPherson Street, is in violation of their special use permit and I am requesting action be taken immediately for the safety of our community, neighborhood and their clients.

“On Sept 5th 2019, there were two serious situations that occurred at 237 N. McPherson. One was a drug overdose and the second, a violent dinner guest had a physical outburst, breaking not only the rules but also county laws. I am requesting that dinner stop being served to the public immediately, as the Hospitality House is creating a public nuisance which is a violation of their use permit. I am requesting the cameras [in place at Hospitality House] be reviewed for September 5, 2019, and turned over to our police department and followed up with our district attorney.”

The writer goes on to describe the incidents. “1) A young man living at the house was passed out in the bathroom, likely from heroin, and had to be taken to the hospital for an overdose. The staff/management appears to lack the ability to see drug use in clients, the staff appears to not be issuing the random drug tests they require from clients.

“2) A violent dinner guest who had been receiving food from Hospitality House, noticed an easy way to enter the property at night after dinner. He had been staying on the property outside for approximately three days, defecating on the outside property without staff noticing. Paul Davis [official with Hospitality Center] and staff appear to not be checking the cameras daily, not checking or walking the property and seemed to be unaware there was someone on their property that had not signed on as a client to stay on their property for days, endangering all of their clients.

“This violent dinner guest had an episode terrifying the clients staying there. One of their clients came into my store crying, describing to me what she had witnessed and saying that she has been experiencing nightmares ever since. There are currently two young children staying at Hospitality House where this occurred and staff was oblivious. They endangered these children by not monitoring the property and allowing someone to illegally enter it for days. This does not make for a good environment for anyone, especially people with mental issues.

“Combining a “soup kitchen” and allowing people that are not being screened for drugs, intoxication, violent behavior, convicted criminals and drug dealers is creating a public nuisance. The Hospitality House does not have qualified staff, including their own security, and have continued to abuse our police department as their own private security for management issues, when they should be providing their own paid security. Their staff includes people who have not even been sober for a year, making these decisions lacking the time and training to make serious, important decisions affecting their clients, our neighborhood, community and the Central Business District. This is also creating a public nuisance.

“Combining a 'clean and sober' living facility with disabled folks and small children requires qualified staff, a safe and secure place without being exposed to violent drug addicted dinner guests daily.”

The writer of the letter attached the corresponding use permit and continued, “I have obtained some documents that appear to be from The Planning Commission regarding a use permit for the facility. There is specific language in staff's recommendation for approval of that permit. Following are some specifics.

Under [the heading] Findings '2. The City is not authorizing an increase in the intensity of use at the site, as such, the project would not have a greater impact upon the surrounding neighborhood than at present. Under "Standard Conditions" 6. This permit shall be subject to revocation or modification upon a finding of anyone (1) or more of the following: (b) That one or more of the conditions upon which such permit was granted have been violated. (c) That the use for which the permit was granted is so conducted as to be detrimental to the public, health, welfare or safety or as to be a nuisance.'

“As a citizen and business owner, I am horrified with the gross neglect of this facility, including the fact they do not follow county laws or their own policies. As our Fort Bragg City Council, Public Safety Committee and City Manager, I am requesting you help this community and take action to make this facility/business/nonprofit safe for everyone in the community.”

On the same day I started drafting this piece, Fifth District Supervisor Ted Williams passed on a Facebook post about a mobile hygiene unit for the homeless launching in the East Bay city of Fremont, through a grant from Alameda County. The program is called “Clean Start” and simply provides full bathrooms with showers in a mobile trailer. Showering is limited to fifteen minutes per person.

One of the comments made below the “Clean Start” Facebook post was from a board member of Hospitality Center, who stated, “Did you know that the Hospitality House in Fort Bragg also has free showers and laundry facilities for those in need who are not being sheltered there? They also have a free clothes closet.”

There is a fine line between helping the homeless and a Newtonian equal and opposite reaction. The business owner who authored the letter concerning use permit violations might argue that providing showers, laundry facilities, and a free clothes basket makes Hospitality House a potential center for not only those who need help, but lawless individuals who only seek to take advantage.

The violent dinner guest at Hospitality House, who later camped outside on the premises for days, seemingly without notice, has reportedly had his dog taken away by law enforcement due to an animal cruelty charge, with other charges against him possibly pending.

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On September 21 2019 at approximately 1247 A.M., Officers were dispatched to the 100 Block of E. Laurel Street for a report vandalism in progress. Upon arrival Officers began a search of the area however the suspect had already fled the scene.

During their search, Officers discovered vandalism to the windshield of a parked vehicle, and the front door window of the Headlands Coffeehouse. They also discovered vandalism to a window at the Skunk Train Depot located in the 100 Block of W. Laurel Street. Officers spoke with a witness and were able to review video surveillance from one of the businesses. Based on the description provided by the witness and the video surveillance, Officers identified the suspect as Christina [formerly Bradley] Gallagher.

Officers began checking the area and located Gallagher at the parking lot of the north coastal trail, near the intersection of W. Elm Street and Glass Beach Drive. Gallagher was interrogated and admitted to each of the vandalisms. She was subsequently placed under arrest.

Due to injuries sustained during the commission of the crime, Gallagher was taken to the Mendocino Coast District Hospital where she received medical treatment prior to being transported to the Mendocino County Jail.

If you have information related to the case please contact Officer Shaw at (707) 961-2800 ext. 181 or . Anonymous tips may be left on the Crime Tip Hotline at (707) 961-3049.

(Fort Bragg Police Presser)

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Black Jack is an adorable looking dog with an equally adorable personality. He's easy-going and tolerant of other dogs. BJ has been on numerous Ukiah Shelter FIDO FIELD TRIPS--to the park; for coffee and a Puppy Cup; The Barkery; Rainbow Ag; and his field trip partner's home, where his tail never stopped wagging and he got to play tennis ball fetch. Our field trip reporters tell us that BJ is affectionate, energized and friendly. Black Jack loads and unloads in a vehicle and loves to ride.

There's LOTS MORE on Black Jack's webpage at Better yet, come to the shelter and meet Black Jack and see for yourself what a fun and happy dog he is. BJ is a 1 year old male, who weighs 5. He's neutered, and ready to hop in the back of your vehicle ASAP!

Our FIDO FIELD TRIPS program is a unique opportunity that will leave you howling with excitement. Not only is it a good time for you, but you are also enriching the life of a shelter dog, who will be “furever” grateful! Our shelter dogs are less stressed, happier, and have improved behavior after being out of the shelter, which leads them to getting adopted quicker. The Ukiah Animal Shelter is located at 298 Plant Road in Ukiah. Our dog and cat kennel hours have changed. Please visit our website for the new hours, and information about our guests, services, programs and events:

For more information about adoptions please call 707-467-6453.

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In response to the Editor's Notes:

Mendocino Board of Supervisors: What gives? You were elected to run our county and not Carmel Angelo. Angelo is to do your bidding-not the other way around. As a resident of the county, along with you five supervisors, I want to know these basic items (already requested) are being completed. One has to wonder what the CEO does all day. Is Angelo's Job Description/Responsibilities made available to the general public? Are the five supervisors on top of the CEO's accountability and needs met as it relates to that Job Description?

I recommend requiring Angelo and her management team to complete a Time Management/Accountability Sheet to reflect what it is the senior managers do in say 2-3 days, outside the regular supervisors' meetings. This task divides the day into segments whereby employees write down what they are working on and how much time they spend in doing so. (Time Management Work Sheet). There are many examples of such documents on line.

I've completed such a task as did all of my colleagues when working at a major university. These accountability documents would inform you as Supervisors what is actually being done in upper management.

Mary Massey

Mendocino County

Selected items from the CEO’s “Board Directives as of 9/18/2019” (Note the “directives” do not include target dates.)

March 19, 2019: The Board of Supervisors directs the Chief Executive Officer to produce monthly hiring reports, document the necessity of every open position prior to upcoming budget decisions, and provide a realistic projection of which positions will actually be filled in the coming fiscal year.

Status: Blank.

Ed note: No such reports have been forthcoming.

April 24: Staff shall continue outreach to the City Councils to endorse the strategic action in Dr. Marbut’s [Homelessness in Mendocino County] report, particularly prioritizing the needs throughout the County; providing meals prior to 9am and after 5pm to avoid taking homeless away from programs that are helping; limiting it for three days; and for staff to provide a written report every two months; and an in-depth presentation to the Board of Supervisors every six months.

Status: “Partially complete, in process.”

Ed note: No such reports have been forthcoming.

April 9, 2019: Staff shall determine the last time the City of Willits made a payment to the County for the Museum.

Status: Blank.

Ed note: We didn’t know the City of Willits owed the County any money for the museum. But we are not aware of any such determination.

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“SO FAR in the First District, we have political newcomer James Green and John Sakowicz, the latter an intelligent, articulate guy but a guy whose accompanying baggage will need at least twenty mule teams to tote to candidate's nights. But Sako certainly gets high marks for resilience. No matter how much deserved abuse is heaped on the guy he just keeps on keeping on, and he's got the big advantage of operating here in Amnesia County, where every day history starts all over and you are whatever you say you are.”

Last night, I saw the comment (above) from yesterday.

About the "accompanying baggage" and "deserved abuse", what gives?

Really what gives?

Let's break down the baggage.

Regarding my marriage, my marital issues are between my wife and me. Period. I love my wife, and I guard our privacy.

Regarding former Judge Laurie Booras, the Colorado Supreme Court and Colorado Commission on Judicial Review found, in fact, three causes of action. Booras was forced to resign, or faced being removed by the Court. She was later censured by the Court. My complaints were substantiated.

Booras had no business being a judge, much less an appellate court judge. She was snarky, racist, and meaner than a junkyard dog.

Also we were not lovers for ten years, as reported. I saw her three, maybe four times in ten years -- the last time over five years ago. Ours was an acquaintance based on telephone calls and emails, and a love of the law.

What other baggage?


John Coate and KZYX needed to be taken to task back when I filed my FCC complaint. Without cause, Coate fired Christina Aanestad, then downsized the news department to a couple of stringers.

He banned Marco McClean, also Norman DeVall and Doug McKenty, from the air.

Coate spoke disparagingly of you, also KC Meadows, and Beth Bosk, and anyone else who he secretly envied as being smarter than himself.

And Coate filed inaccurate or incomplete IRS Form 990s -- the Corporation for Public Broadcasting just audited and fined KZYX for this offense.

To top it all off, Coate gave himself a $10,000 raise, even as the station's finances were failing. (Remember, Coate was the GM during the global financial crisis that started in 2008.)

What other baggage? Tell me, and I'll address it.

Here are the facts of my life.

Documentary evidence of my work history on Wall Street is found in my FINRA file. It's a public document, but if you can't find it, I'll send it to you. It includes a record of Series 7 and Series 3 licenses, and a record of starting an offshore fund. Also, I have never been sanctioned -- not by the SEC, the NASD, or FINRA.

Other credentials?

An MA and BA from the Johns Hopkins University; published scientific research paper on oncornavirus and oncogenes as a Biophysics major (I later changed my major); Commendations from the Massachusetts Senate and House of Representatives for leadership in fighting the AIDS epidemic; Proclamation from MCERA's Retirement Board for five years of service, Certificates of Advance Trainings from CALAPRS as a public trustee and fiduciary at Stanford Law School, UC Berkeley's Haas School, and UCLA's Anderson School; also trainings in ethics in public service.

I've served as vice chair of the county successor agency to the Mendocino County RDA, and served on three grand juries.

I'll provide proof of all of the above upon request.

Finally, whatever you may think of me as a husband, I am a good father.

My son Ryan received congressional nominations from both Congressman Mike Thompson and Senator Dianne Feinstein to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. He transferred to Cal-Maritime, CSU, to play rugby, where he was named as to the USA Rugby All-American Team (NCAA Division 3, honorable mention). Ryan was offered a professional rugby contact, but turned it down to serve in the U.S. Military Sealift Command, where he is a USCG-licensed deck officer. He has served as an officer on USNS William McClean (TAKE-12, Dry Cargo/Ammo/DL), the USNS Cesar Chavez (T-AKE 1, Dry Cargo/Ammo/DL 4), and the USNS Big Horn (T-AO 198, Tanker). Ryan presently serves on the USNS Sioux (T-ATF-171, TUG).

Ryan's younger brother Austin, received the Red Cross "Real Heroes" Award for saving the life of a crewmate aboard Project Kaisei's research ship. He was 16-years old at the time of the rescue. Two years later, Austin received Congressman Huffman's first congressional nomination to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, but Austin elected to attend Cal-Maritime, CSU, to be with his brother. Austin was accepted into the elite U.S. Navy Strategic Sealift Officer Program (SSOP). He graduated as a reserve officer. Like his brother, Austin is a USCG-licensed deck officer. He works on tugboats, and is on his way towards getting his captain's license. Austin was also named to the USA Rugby All-American Team (NCAA Division 3, honorable mention).

Enough of the baggage talk, okay?

I would make an excellent supervisor. I've lived in the county for 20 years, worked for MCSO, even sued Norm Vroman in 2006, back when Vroman was misappropriating asset forfeiture funds to buy a gun lockers full of automatic weapons and silencers…

I know this county.

I know Carmel Angelo dominates the BOS. I know how she dominates the BOS. She has been consolidating power for ten years. Johnny Pinches and I used to have lunch, and he gave me great insights…real wisdom. (I miss Johnny a lot.)

I know why there is no financial reporting by department nor performance metrics. I know the county budget will be in a deficit mode by 2020. I know the county's pension system has a monthly negative cash flow of more than $1 million, and an unfunded pension liability of more than $200 million. Job vacancies -- and its impact on the budget -- is another open secret.

I know that the inequity in water rights lead wine grape farmers to maximize water use at the expense of cannabis farmers. Cannabis farmers often truck in water to produce a crop. Pesticide drift is another problem. And I know that turning the county's cannabis industry over to Flow Kana and Wall Street's vulture capitalists at Gotham Green Partners will be disastrous. Our small farmers are going bankrupt or they're returning to the black market. Our beautiful way of life is disappearing.

There are many other important issues.

I want a campaign focused on issues, not personalities. The county is at a crossroads, particularly if the U.S. is headed towards another recession.

So how 'bout it? Can we focus on the issues?

John Sakowicz


PS. I was up all night, thinking. The AVA can do better.

You know, anything about my personal life is between me and my wife, or me and my family, or me and my doctor, or me and God.

Also, none of us are judged by our worst mistakes. We are judged by the totality of our lives.

Suffice to say, during the last 20 years I've been thoroughly vetted:

(•) by the MCSO (year-long background check to work in law enforcement, including physical exam, psych exams, polygraphs, work and education history, credit history, interviews with family and neighbors; say what you will about corrections deputies, I completed the PC 832 Arrest and Firearms course; also, in the four years I worked for the MCSO, I was primarily assigned to the Administrative Segregation Unit -- the "lock down unit" for the most problematic inmates -- and I worked closely with our forensic psychiatrist, Dr. Doug Rosoff, whom I considered a friend),

(•) by UBS (this Swiss Bank is like the "CIA of international banking"; Swiss bankers invented "secret banking" and offshore "shadow banking"; they also invented "wealth management" for high net worth clients; UBS is a very selective employer; hard to get hired),

(•) by MCERA (vetted as a public trustee and bonded fiduciary of our county's $600 million pension system; a "sacred trust" is placed in every member of the Retirement Board; and, by law, we take an oath to act as "prudent men and women"), and

(•) by every high profile guest that I interview on my show on public radio (guests or their staffs do their own respective backgrounds checks on me; the show's focus is national security, intelligence, and foreign policy; I have personally met many of my guests at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York; guests have included Nobel laureates, Pulitzer Prize recipients, general officers and flag officers in the U.S. military (including a NATO commander), U.S. ambassadors, CIA station chiefs or members of the CIA Directorate, NSA whistleblowers, decorated federal agents; and many others too numerous to name from eleven years of radio shows).

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THE ERUPTION OF MOUNT LASSEN as seen from Red Bluff (1915)

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Hey—that James Gandolfini quote is really from Tony Soprano. First episode season 1. Va fangul!

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On 09-20-2019 at about 12:30 AM, Mendocino County Sheriff’s Deputies were patrolling the 500 block of Muir Mill Road in Willits, California.

While in the area, the Deputies located two vehicles parked in a dirt turnout. The Deputies stopped to determine if the drivers needed any type of assistance.

The Deputies contacted Reginald Lewis Azbill and an adult female.

The adult female and Azbill advised they did not have driver’s licenses. The Deputies had MCSO dispatch check the adult female and Azbill to see if they had a valid driver’s license, warrants or probation status.

MCSO dispatch advised the adult female’s license was suspended and Azbill was currently on CDC parole and there was a CDC parole warrant pending, which needed confirmation.

Azbill was asked to exit the vehicle by Deputies and he complied.

Azbill was directed to walk towards the rear of the vehicle and he immediately turned away from the Deputies and walked towards the front of his vehicle. Azbill was told to stop and as he did, he placed his hands in his pockets and then continued to walk towards the front of the vehicle away from the Deputies.

Azbill was told to stop and to take his hands out of his pockets and was now at the front of the vehicle.

The Deputies had to physically grab Azbill to control his movements for officer safety reasons.

A pat search of Azbill’s clothing revealed a loaded .38 caliber revolver which was located in his waistband.

Azbill’s vehicle was searched and a box of ammunition was found, which he is prohibited from possessing and a small amount of methamphetamine was also located.

Azbill was subsequently placed under arrest for Concealed weapon, felon-addict with firearm, ammo possession by prohibited person, parole violation.

The adult female was released at the scene.

Azbill was booked into the Mendocino County Jail where he was to be held on a no bail status.

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RECOMMENDED VIEWING: Oliver Stone's "Untold History of the United States," in which Stone makes the point that American history, post-FDR, probably would have been much more just, less imperialistic if Henry Wallace had been Roosevelt's fourth term running mate instead of Truman, father of the national security state. The only quibble I have with the production is that it moves at such a fast pace people only vaguely informed as to US history will have a difficult time keeping up.

ALSO RECOMMENDED is Ken Burns history of country music, a definite learning experience for people (like me) who know little about it. I like Burns' emphasis on the history of the music without too much of the music itself, and the history is consistently fascinating. There are, by the way, some excellent self-taught, non-pro country musicians here in Boonville who were part of the Southern exodus of the post-War period, people who grew up learning the old time music and how to play it from their families in Oklahoma, Texas and Louisiana. They've mostly passed on, and the canned culture has subsumed them, but back in the day the Fullbrights, to name one talented family, would play for their friends and neighbors. I can still hear the wonderful voice of Karen Thomas at the funerals of local people.

RECOMMENDED READING: "You Can't Win" by Jack Black, the pseudonym of an old time hobo, cat burglar, safe cracker, and a veteran of some very tough jails. Black, addicted to opium, went straight in later years and became the rehab project of Fremont Older, a big name in Bay Area newspapering who encouraged Black to write his memoir. Incidentally, when he was fresh out of jail, Black recuperated at Stanford, an unlikely berth these days for a man with his CV.

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(Photo by Randy Burke)

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FOURTH DISTRICT SUPERVISOR GJERDE: It was wonderful to see so many community-minded neighbors participate in the Coastal Cleanup today at Hare Creek Beach. Thank you to Hilary White, Garrett Linck, Ann Cole, Heidi and Todd Sorensen, Nicolet Houtz, Scott Menzies, Dana Jess and his family, Asa Spade, Donne Brownsey, Nancy Milano, and everyone else who thoroughly cleaned this enchanting property.

By the way, Hare Creek Beach is one of more than a dozen properties the Mendocino Land Trust has opened up to public access over the years. MLT is one of our community's great treasures.

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Azbill, Bill, Bustillos, Day

REGINALD AZBILL, Covelo. Concealed weapon, felon-addict with firearm, ammo possession by prohibited person, parole violation.

WYATT BILL, Upper Lake/Ukiah. Carjacking.

BOBBY BUSTILLOS, Covelo. Driving w/o license.

SEAN DAY, Fort Bragg. Community supervision violation.

Donovan, Galvan, Hensley

DYLAN DONOVAN, Point Arena. Burglary, probation revocation.

VINCENT GALVAN, Fort Bragg. Disorderly conduct-alcohol.

CHARLES HENSLEY, Ukiah. Disorderly conduct-alcohol. (Frequent flyer.)

Rivera, Rutherford, Sarabana

PAUL RIVERA, Ukiah. Disobeying court order, failure to appear.

JOHN RUTHERFORD, Willits. Probation revocation.

RAMY SARABANA, Castro Valley/Ukiah. DUI-alcohol&drugs.

Simmons, Steele, Viale

CHRISTINA SIMMONS, Talmage. Vandalism.

BRIAN STEELE, Fort Bragg. Disorderly conduct-alcohol, controlled substance, probation revocation.

ROBERT VIALE, Fort Bragg. Probation revocation.

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“Please save your praise. We don’t want it,” she said. “Don’t invite us here to just tell us how inspiring we are without actually doing anything about it because it doesn’t lead to anything. If you want advice for what you should do, invite scientists, ask scientists for their expertise. We don’t want to be heard. We want the science to be heard.”

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Albion Farmers’ Market tomorrow, Sunday, 2-4 pm in Albion Village. Here’s the detailed lineup for this week:

Angel: Angel’s Innovations body care products

Anthony: Can’t make it this week, will return next week with more veggies from Navarro

Jared: Boxes of cherry tomatoes, plus kale, cucumbers, summer squashes, herbs and more.

JD: I've got the bat roosts, earwig traps and some large purple (Tiger Dutch) rhizomes for sale for fall planting, Rare species sell for over $10 each online: Selling for $5.

Joel: Can’t make it this week, will return next week with more basil and hand crafted soap

L&R Farm -- Rosa And Dave: Hello everyone, here is our up dated list of veggies for the Albion farmers Market:

The weather has been great, we have a lot of product this week.

Lots of cauliflower, Lots of broccoli, Manzano peppers for those who like it hot, Spinach, Beets, Cucumbers, Pickling cucumbers, Snow peas, Kohlrabi, Basil, Pearl onions, Squash, Lettuce, Swiss chard, Kale, Carrots, Cabbage, Modoc red potatoes, Garlic, Golden raisins, Mejool dates, Flower bouquets,

Come and visit us at the market, our prices are the best

Skye: I'll bring mixed herb bundles this week with: dill, thyme, Marjoram, Greek oregano and basil. I'll also have fresh dill seed and 'mosquito shoo' geranium plants.

Susie: Wide variety of fresh sprouts

— Joel Kies

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Warren will drop in the totem polls. I’m voting for Trump in 2020.

Soon “San Jose” won’t be an accurate name for me. I’ve spent the whole summer painting, organizing and repairing my home to put up for sale. Headed to Salt Lake City, where my family lives. Here are some reasons:

  1. Bambi Larson was murdered in my neighborhood by an illegal alien tweaker from El Salvador (with 7 ICE warrants that were ignored). The rule of law doesn’t count in California. If you live on the streets, you can openly shoot heroin, smoke meth, poop in the street gutters, etc.
  2. Too many liberal wankers.
  3. Too expensive. Just this week the city passed a new law that new houses in San Jose won’t be allowed to have natural gas. We have the highest taxes and the worst services. My street hasn’t been paved in 12 years.
  4. People throw garbage in the streets. It’s disgraceful. The homeless are the worst. They collect junk in garbage cans and spread it around.
  5. No support for the arts. San Jose used to have an excellent symphony and ballet. Our art museum is full of ugly modern stuff. Salt Lake doesn’t have good art, but the symphony and ballet are excellent.
  6. No opportunity for my kids to own property. Too expensive.
  7. I hate the traffic. Even if I head to the beach for a respite–or to Yosemite–the traffic coming and going just sucks.
  8. Unless it is nailed down, anything in the front yards of our neighborhood gets stolen. In March, $500 worth of precious and rare succulents were stolen from my front yard. One of the ceramic pots weighed 50 pounds! Since then, my other neighbors have had birdbaths, statuary, and plants stolen out of their yards.

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If you’re a journalist who wants to report the abusive reality of what actually happens out there in the real world, you won’t be getting hired by Fox News or NPR for that matter.

Following is an employment ad for a journalist/infotainer at Fox or any other mainstream media outlet, and how it would read if honesty and sanity were part of our society;

‘Journalist Position Open at Fox News Factory, Must Have The Following Skill Sets and Traits:'

A- an overwhelming and slavish reliance on official sources

B- an overweening interest in the utterances of experts and specialist

C- a highly developed degree of self censorship not corruptible by civilized attributes such as empathy, humility, compassion, or any other Christian values

D- a thoroughly seared conscience with a long track record of enmity towards any annoying virtues such as honesty, integrity, sanity, morality, or ethics

E- a Hollywood worthy appearance and style that’s heavily informed by vanity, pride, bigotry, in short the seven deadly sins

F- an absolute loathing of truth and facts, it helps to be delusional and a practiced sociopathic liar as well

O’Riley and Hannity are psychopaths who should be locked up and silenced for their sadistic cheerleading for death and destruction in Persia as they’ve done with Yugoslavia, Afghanistan, Iraq, and all too many other victims of US criminal foreign policy. These two bottom feeders have the blood of millions of innocents of their hands.

Anyone careless enough to place themselves in front of the TV to be lobotomized by state and corporate propaganda is a poor excuse for a citizen. They’re either a fool or a media critic doing a hazardous job. Fox News is a toxic waste site that’s anti-democracy and anti-American. Fox News helps our evil Pentagon and State Department insure national insecurity and global hatred of Americans.

The extreme level of brainwashing conducted on Americans is matched by the brutal global dominance of US imperialism. In terms of Cold War history and US foreign policy, Americans are by necessity the stupidest people on the planet. The dumbed down citizen tax slave is an accomplice to US international lawlessness, crimes against humanity, war crimes, treaty violations, biological warfare, economic warfare, nuclear warfare, ecological devastation, and the disruption and ruination of much of the world for the sake of US global corporate capitalism.

I can just hear the brainwashed fools telling me to love-it-or-leave-it! I can hear the confused small minds calling me anti-American! Sorry folks, I refuse to be driven from my country of birth by thieves and liars, and degenerates. And in case you haven’t noticed I don’t have to leave it, it already left me by being off shored by greedy capitalist freaks. My fellow Americans who worship militarism, consumer capitalism, bigotry, and national supremacist delusions of exceptionalism, are the enemies of America and the world.

Any American who doesn’t think they’re living in an empire is clueless. If you don’t know where you are then you are lost. If you’re lost you can’t notice the massive non-stop propaganda and mind control being done to you. To hell with corporate mass media, turn the mind rotting garbage off, guard your mind or loose your soul! Honor the many journalist and scholars who’ve committed their lives to that endangered species called truth! To hell with all bigots, sadist, and warmongers who get off on the killing of innocent civilians and the destruction of their homes and countries!

Good Luck,

Ross Dendy


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Mendocino College visual and performing arts faculty, along with countless students, fire survivors, and community members, have been working together for over a year to bring to fruition The Phoenix Project. The Phoenix Project is a multi-media community and campus-wide arts action, with over 100 locally, nationally, and internationally-recognized visual and performing artists joining fire survivors to confront human caused climate change and its effects on the community.

The ensemble of events that make up the Phoenix Project include workshops, a gala opening for the indoor and outdoor art exhibit, an original theatre production, a dance concert, and a choir and vocal jazz concert. The full schedule of events is as follows:

The Climate Change Quilt” Plastic Upcycling Workshop with Renowned Artist Laura Fogg

October 5 & 6, 2019, 10am - 4pm, Mendocino College CVPA Building Rm. 5330

FREE, materials provided, no sewing experience needed! Just bring plastic bags & packaging to collage.

To register:

Art Exhibit

Gala Opening October 5, 7-9pm

Show open indoors & outdoors thru November 1, 2019; Gallery open T/W/Th 12:30-3:30 or by appt.

Info: 707.468.3207,

Original Theatre Production

Wild Fire, written by Jody Gehrman, directed by Reid Edelman

October 18 thru 27, 2019 (10/18-10/19 & 10/24-10/26, 7:30pm; 10/27, 2:00pm)

Info: 707.468.3172, Tickets:

Fall Dance Concert

Arise, directed by Eryn Schon-Brunner

November 21 thru 24, 2019 (11/21-11/23, 7:30pm; 11/24, 2:00pm)

Info: 707.468.3079, Tickets:

Choir & Vocal Jazz Concert

Earth, Air, Fire, Water, a free concert, directed by Janice Hawthorne Timm

Monday, December 9, 2019 at 7:30pm


The Phoenix Project began in response to the wildfires. The vision is to use many forms of art to reach out to fire survivors, students, and all the cultures in our community, and bring them together around the underlying issue of climate change. Ceramics Instructor & Phoenix Project Director Doug Browe says, “The project brings together artists and survivors in collaborative projects to build new understanding of the transformative power of the fires in our community.”

These exhibitions and performances are designed to be more than just shows; they offer art as direct action towards the future. The college faculty guiding the various “Phoenix projects”- outdoor sculptures, the original play, the dances- agreed to a new kind of process: art that is participatory, collaborative, and proactive towards issues that effect our survival.

Instructors invited local Native American and Latino elders and students to help represent their cultures respectfully; the Indigenous perspective is particularly important because of their deep resonance with nature. Sculpture instructor and Phoenix Project Curator Jess Thompson was instrumental in drawing cultural groups into the project: “We all share concerns for the future, for our children and the land. The college can be our creative hub amidst challenges, with tools and workspaces that belong to all of us. Through artmaking, strategizing, brainstorming, and performing together, we build a network and accomplish more than we would alone. It’s also a fun, relaxed way to work through really difficult issues.”

“Working with students to develop a play that incorporates their research and taps into their personal stories has been a life-changing experience. Even as the cast rehearses, I'm drawing on cast members’ feedback to enrich the script,” said Instructor and Wild Fire playwright Jody Gehrman.

The Phoenix Project is generously supported by Johnny and Gloria Keys, who share the hope that projects like this can help the community work together for the future.

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To All Of My Friends

Warm spiritual greetings, Yesterday I was approved for a significant increase in my social security benefits (SSI) beginning October 1st. I need a place to live and beyond that need to earn money so that we may do all that we are spiritually called to do on earth. I am asking for cooperation so that I may be kept in play for the rest of my time on earth. Feel free to share this information with anybody whom you choose. In am ready to move off of Andy Caffrey's couch in Garberville. Am leaving this entirely in the hands of the divine absolute!

Craig Louis Stehr

Telephone messages: (707) 923-2114.

Thank you very much.


ED NOTE: The divine is certainly absolute, Craig, but arbitrary in the extreme. Better make temporal steps to prepare for your dotage. Ommmm and out.

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The text of today's cover of the NY Post:

Bill de Blasio's presidential campaign, May 15, 2019-Sept. 20, 2019, dead of ego-induced psychosis. Neighbors said the body had been in rigor mortis for some time.

It died doing what it liked best—being as far away from New York City as possible.

It was surrounded in the end by friends, MSNBC hosts. It's in a better place now—a Park Slope gym.

Whether it was in the empty churches of South Carolina, the sun-kissed empty deserts of Nevada or begging someone, anyone, to talk to de Blasio at the Iowa State Fair, the campaign always gave 100%—and always polled at 1%. "Can't" was never part of its vocabulary. Neither was "won't," "please stop," or "this is a dumb idea."

The campaign is survived by the hotel industry officials who expect favors from City Hall. And 8 million suffering New Yorkers.

In lieu of flowers, de Blasio asks for donation to his slush fund.

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  1. Louis Bedrock September 22, 2019

    Aesop’s Fables: The Ants and The Grasshopper (Revised Version)

    One bright day in late autumn a family of Ants were bustling about in the warm sunshine, drying out the grain they had stored up during the summer, when a starving Grasshopper monk, his fiddle under his arm, came up and humbly begged for a bite to eat.

    “What!” cried the Ants in surprise, “haven’t you stored anything away for the winter? What in the world were you doing all last summer?”

    “I didn’t have time to store up any food,” whined the Grasshopper; “I was so busy making music that before I knew it the summer was gone. I don’t do anything for a living. I do spiritual work in accord with a ‘higher will.’ ”

    The Ants shrugged their shoulders in disgust.

    “Making music, and doing spiritual work, were you?” they cried. “Very well; now dance and pray—and write self-pitying letters to the AVA begging for help.” And they turned their backs on the Grasshopper and went on with their work.

    Moral: There’s a time for work and a time for play.

  2. Craig Stehr September 22, 2019

    Line 5 of my letter s/b “I am ready” not “In am ready”. Otherwise, the editor is correct (as are some of my AVA online critics). Indeed, I have not provided for the autumn of my life. On the other hand, I identify with the Source of the mind and not physical and mental phenomena, which is inherently empty. Therefore, I will be okay. ;-)))

  3. Craig Stehr September 22, 2019

    Greetings friends,

    The upcoming Libra Equinox (fall in the northern hemisphere, and spring in the Southern Hemisphere) initiates a new season of change. This three day window opens this weekend and is exact Monday, September 23, when the sun enters zero degrees Libra. The Libra archetype investigates being a creator of beauty and harmony, and participating in creating cooperative conscious equal relationships and communities of all kinds.

  4. Harvey Reading September 22, 2019

    “Please save your praise. We don’t want it,” she said. “Don’t invite us here to just tell us how inspiring we are without actually doing anything about it because it doesn’t lead to anything. If you want advice for what you should do, invite scientists, ask scientists for their expertise. We don’t want to be heard. We want the science to be heard.”

    Good for her. The corrupt scumbag might have gotten the message more clearly if she had walked over and slapped his jowly face! I love the determined look on her face.

  5. Harvey Reading September 22, 2019


    An argument for encouraging women to have abortions.

  6. Harvey Reading September 22, 2019


    “Trump Loves Phallic Symbols–His own Shriveled Away Long Ago”

  7. John Sakowicz September 22, 2019


    “The bagpipes are amazing, really, really fantastic, but where’s the Mariachi band?”

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    Dateline: Balmedie, Scotland.

    Trump has built a wall — not on the border with Mexico, but on the border of his exclusive golf course in northeastern Scotland. It blocks the sea view of local residents who refused to sell their homes. Those residents who didn’t sell out to Trump were billed for the wall, which, of course, they refused to pay.

    Deja vu, right? Trump also wants to bill Mexico for a new U.S.-Mexico border wall.

    What you don’t see in the photograph (above) are the homes these very same residents in Balmedie. They fly the Mexican flag in solidarity right alongside of the flag of Scotland.

  8. Lazarus September 22, 2019

    Found Object

    Sorry, Melania’s couldn’t come, so I brought Eric…

    As always,

  9. Lazarus September 22, 2019

    Found Object

    Where’s the F-ing edit button?

    As always,

    • AVA News Service Post author | September 22, 2019

      Okay, the edit function is back. Let’s give it another try.

      • Lazarus September 22, 2019

        Found Object

        Trump announces the return….of the edit button!

        As always, and Thank You.

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