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MCT: Friday, January 24, 2020

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RAIN WILL DIMINISH Friday afternoon, but more rain is expected between late tonight and Sunday afternoon. A brief break is expected late Sunday before more rain arrives Monday and Tuesday for some locations, especially Del Norte and northern Humboldt counties. Additional light rain will be possible through the end of the week, although a drying trend is expected for Mendocino county. (NWS)

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The Thief Lord is a magical detective love story of danger, Italian orphans, daring, intrigue and betrayal -- and stealing things, such as the gryphon-wing-shaped crucial part of a weird merry-go-round that makes the old young and the young old. It's just like they used to say: If you're gonna make an antique time machine, use the best merry-go-round animal.

Kylie Felicich and Co.'s Community Center of Mendocino full production of The Thief Lord, cast of two dozen local actors and actresses between about three feet high and like five feet high, opens next month on the big stage, but 9PM THIS FRIDAY they'll be reading it for KNYO-LP Fort Bragg (107.7fm) and KMEC-LP Ukiah (105.1fm) in KNYO's storefront performance space, at 325 N. Franklin, next door to the Tip Top bar, as a live radio drama for the whole first hour-and-a-third of Memo of the Air.

I'll be there early messing with the clockwork radio machinery, so I get my regular chair. There's room, and one couch, but there aren't a whole lot of chairs. Maybe bring a folding chair. Really, if you're in town or near town anyway, stop by and enjoy in person real local community radio fun. Nobody told me about it costing anything to get in, so I guess it's free. And I know for sure it's free to press your nose against the window and watch from there. I'd arrive on time, though, if I were you, and squeeze in to the limit of the entirely sensible fire rules.

I'm so excited about this. And there'll be more such live radio drama coming soon to KNYO and KMEC to be excited about. Watch this space.

Marco McClean

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by Bruce McEwen

Joan Rainville was in court Thursday for an expungement hearing, having completed her five years of probation imposed for a 2014 conviction of two counts of assault with a deadly weapon, a car, her mother’s car, which Ms. Rainville drove through a fence in Ukiah and into the neighbor’s backyard, disrupting a Labor Day barbecue and crashing into a house where a baby was sleeping. One member of the party at the barbecue had to jump out of the way, resulting in count one; and the sleeping baby, which wasn’t even awakened, resulted in count two. Then there was count three, driving under the influence.

Locals will remember Rainville as the popular Mendocino Books staffer who was always helpful and courteous to customers and visitors.

Ms. Rainville’s lawyer back then, Andrew Higgins, has since moved away, replaced by another lawyer from the Office of the Public Defender, Daniel Moss. Mr. Moss was seeking relief (“expungement”) under penal code section 1203.4, which was granted by Judge Ann Moorman. Mr. Moss was also seeking to have the two felony convictions, the two counts of assault with a deadly weapon, reduced to misdemeanors under the provisions of Penal Code Section 17b., but the Special Prosecutor, Paul Sequiera, currently of Solano County, said the law, an obscure law, as Ms. Rainville’s lawyer described it, forbade it, and Judge Moorman agreed, saying she was familiar with the law.

Rainville said Mr. Moss told her most judges have never heard of it, but apparently he was mistaken. Rainville will have to live with the felonies as a consequence.

Rainville gave the AVA a few comments on how it has affected her life – “no one before or since has ever had a DUI charged as assault with a deadly weapon,” Rainville said. She felt Mr. Sequiera was gloating in his distinction of being the only prosecutor to ever make such a charge stick, or words to that effect.

Rainville added that even with the relief via PC 1203.4 she still can’t qualify for disabled housing or many other benefits she ordinarily would be entitled to.

Mr. Moss asked the court to set aside some of the fines and fees attending the case, and the judge did drop a $90 collection fee and two special fees of $22.31 (one for each assault count), leaving Rainville with close to $5,000 in supervision fees, and $500 for the Public Defender’s services – of which, as Rainville pointed out, Mr. Higgins only spoke with her once during the entire process and neglected to do a lot of things on her behalf before and during the trial, giving her the impression that Higgins was working for the prosecution, rather than the defense.

The restitution to the victims, the damaged fence and wall repairs, has long since been paid. Rainville is prohibited from driving for life.

Judge Moorman granted the two 1203.4 motions for the two counts, and graciously waived the fees of $150 each for filing the motions. Moorman also set aside any more drug and alcohol testing fees, as Rainville has been paying for very expensive rehab services over the past five years, including a costly course for assault felons run by the for-profit people who contract prison services. (I forget the name she mentioned).

“Thank you, your honor, Rainville said.

“You earned it,” the judge replied.

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The Mendocino County Sheriff-Coroner's Office is seeking help from the public. On Sunday, January 19, 2020 around 10:49 PM a pedestrian was struck and killed by a motor vehicle on Highway 101 between ReTech and Ukiah, in Mendocino County. The decedent is believed to be an Hispanic male, between 18 and 25 years, approximately 5'02" to 5'05" inches tall, weighing approximately 140 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. The decedent was wearing black Nike low top tennis shoes, black jogger style pants, a two toned gray Reebok hooded sweatshirt, and a light gray short sleeved shirt with a pink flamingo print. The decedent had no identification on his person. Anyone who might recognize the description or who might have information is asked to please contact the Mendocino County Sheriff's Dispatch at 707-463-4086 (tel:7074634086) or the Mendocino County Coroner's Office at 707-463-4421 (tel:7074634421) . The Sheriff's Office would like to be able to contact and notify the decedent's next of kin and return his remains to his family.

The attached photographs depict the decedent's clothing.

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by Mark Scaramella

In October of 2017 after the Board of Supervisors decided to retain CalFire as the operator of the County’s fire and emergency services dispatch center, they voted 3-2 for the following agenda item:

“Formation of an ad hoc committee to work with the City of Ukiah and possibly the City of Willits to form a unified approach regarding contracting for Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and Fire Dispatch Services; and to negotiate with CalFire for enhanced dispatch services that will optimize an Exclusive Operating Area ambulance contract."

Supervisors Carre Brown and Dan Hamburg petulantly refused to volunteer to even be considered for the ad hoc committee on combining dispatch services to save some money for the agencies involved. Readers may recall that the Sonoma County-based Coastal Valley EMS, the agency that the County blindly turned emergency services administration over to lock-stock-and-barrel, had tried to push through a dispatch RFP and a privatization schedule until Supervisor Gjerde got back from vacation and convinced Supervisor Georgeanne Croskey that putting Calfire’s local dispatch operation out to bid was a bad idea. So Croskey changed her earlier vote for the RFP and joined Gjerde and McCowen in postponing the Dispatch privatization indefinitely.

But Hamburg and Brown, citing a version of staff-(i.e., Coastal Valley EMS) right-or-wrong, steadfastly refused to reconsider — even when faced with a phalanx of local firefighters and cops who explained in detail why privatizing Dispatch was a very bad idea.

In explaining at that time why she had no interest in saving the County and the City of Ukiah some dispatch money by consolidation, Brown specifically referred to the prior week’s 3-2 vote to hold off on the Dispatch RFP, adding that she was sure Supervisor Hamburg felt the same way. “Thank you, Supervisor Brown,” replied Hamburg, indicating his solidarity with Brown’s nonsensical refusal.

In the end Supervisors McCowen and Croskey were appointed to the dispatch consolidation ad hoc committee, but not until Brown and Hamburg had again reminded the other three Supes that they had no intention of participating in the “cooperative” manner they always talk about.

Fast forward to January of 2019, right after Supervisor Ted Williams was seated to replace Hamburg as Fifth District Supervisor when the following item was quietly approved on the Consent Calendar:

“Approval of Formation of an Ad Hoc Committee Regarding Contracting for Dispatch Services for Fire and Emergency Medical Services and Appointment of Supervisors Williams and McCowen.”

The Board Clerk conveniently noted: “Previous Board/Board Committee Actions: On October 3, 2017 the Board appointed Supervisors Croskey and McCowen to an ad hoc committee regarding contracting for dispatch services; on December 18, 2018 the ad hoc was disbanded due to Supervisor Croskey’s impending departure from the Board.”

Supervisors McCowen and Croskey’s committee had produced nothing in 14 months before their ad hoc was unceremoniously disbanded when Supervisor Croskey up and moved to Ohio with her cop-husband without having done a single thing in her short tenure after having been appointed to finish out Supervisor Tom Woodhouse’s similarly accomplishment-free term when he resigned after going nuts while Supervisor.

So the Dispatch consolidation committee re-established itself with newly seated Supervisor Ted Williams replacing Croskey along with McCowen.

A year later and that committee has again produced nothing. We have no idea if they even met because ad hoc committees are not subject to Brown Act meeting requirements.

Introducing himself as “Tom Allman, private citizen,” former Sheriff Allman raised the subject again last Tuesday during the Board’s discussion of the shortage of ambulance services on the Highway 101 corridor. However, Allman didn’t bring up the sorry history of the subject.

“Tom Allman, private citizen. My family and I live up north. Ambulance services are critical. I'm not trying to muddy the waters. But I want to remind you that we have five 911 centers in this county. We have the Willits Police Department, the Ukiah Police Department, we have the Sheriff's office, we have Highway Patrol and we have Calfire. In the middle of January we have nine people working in the middle of the night when no calls are coming in. We're talking about how much our ambulance service will cost. We could easily save some money working with our other entities and have two 911 centers in this county — one for fire and medical, and one for law enforcement. We could save a lot of money. I have stood at the podium many times on this. If you are going to have a conversation about ambulances whether you're talking about the EOC (Emergency Operations Center) or whatever, please have a conversation about consolidation of our communication systems to save money and make it more efficient for everyone. MedStar (the long-running private ambulance service in Ukiah) also has their own dispatcher. I'm sure if we said we would dispatch for MedStar, Leonard Winter (Medstar owner/manager) would stand up here and say, Let's make it work. We can do this. We are in the right situation. Ukiah city manager Sage Sangiacomo said that we should not piecemeal this. I'm telling you this would be a good chance to consolidate this conversation with medical services and 911 centers. As a citizen of Willits and a friend of the Hosfords (who recently lost an elderly family member possibly because of an ambulance shortage), I don't know if she would have lived or died if another ambulance would have been there. But her odds would have been much more in her favor.”

Third District Supervisor/Board Chair John Haschak replied as he and his colleagues always do to “private citizens”: “Thank you.”

Then they proceeded to ignore Allman’s suggestion, as the earlier summary of the history of the subject clearly demonstrates.

Then, having ignored Allman and others who wanted something done sooner rather than later, with Haschak at the helm, the Board rambled on aimlessly and at length about committees and meetings, and groups and ad hoc this and that.

The ambulance people in the room all agreed that the biggest problem facing the ambulance service in the Highway 101 corridor is Covelo. They haven’t had an ambulance there for a year now since the big Danish conglomerate Falck up and left with no notice (after soaking up $60k for partial service for a year), apparently belatedly realizing that there wasn't any money to be made in stationing an ambulance in Covelo.

Leonard Winter’s Ukiah-based Medstar company has been responding to Covelo calls since then and every time his staff responds it takes an ambulance out of the already under-equipped and under-staffed ambulance 101 corridor for up to four hours at a time. And, as Winter noted, about a third of the time they return with no patients on board for one reason or another.

Supervisor Ted Williams has been trying to focus the Board’s attention on the problem for the last few months, but he seems to think that the only way to solve it is to throw money at it.

Supervisor Williams: “It's been nine years since the Fitch study. It's been nine years of Let's have meetings, let's get fire people in the room, let's get ambulance providers in the room, send it out to this committee or that and we haven't gotten anywhere. This situation is worse today than it was nine years ago. It may be that we have to get a group together, but I only want to do that if funding is a possibility. We need to get a group together to address creative solutions to the outlying areas. But if it's not backed by public money I don't see how we are going to make progress. We have gone through that exercise n-times. Why has been no estimate of the cost, why are we still talking about this a decade later? Where is the breakdown?”

No one knew. But the Supervisor’s own Board colleagues and staff might be one possibility.

This was followed by more talk about plans and committees and meetings and funding. But it was so unfocused that AVA reporter Malcolm Macdonald was moved to try to light a fire under the Board.

Malcolm Macdonald: “I live on a ranch where one side of my family has lived since the 1800s. If you break a leg or an ankle there you crawl up the hill to the nearest relative or friend or neighbor, you get in a car and drive to Willits and hope that Dr. Bolan or one of his proteges is on call that day. That's the reality in this county. If you are on the coast in the past you might see Dr. Logomarsino. That's the reality of being in a rural area. I am hearing a lot of obfuscation here. You have an opportunity to do something. But you would rather form a committee to start a study to form an ad hoc to get some "stakeholders" which may be real stakeholders maybe not. It ends up just being a runaround and runaround and the runaround and we are still here. I was glad Supervisor Gjerde actually asked for a date in his question to the Ukiah city manager. You have people here interested in your legacies. Just like I told the hospital board in Fort Bragg, you have a fiduciary responsibility to vote no on negative money coming in month after month. With this runaround you are going to abrogate your responsibility to public safety right now. It's already happened. You can't change the past. But if you are going to go down this ‘form a committee to form a something to form a something else’ — that's ridiculous! As I used his say to my students: catch a clue. They are flying by all the time. Maybe you have to do some piecemeal things. Maybe you need a countywide plan. But that may not be possible unless you want to wait for six or eight or ten years and we are talking about supervisor Williams’s legacy. Catch a freakin’ clue! This has to happen in the here and now. You better get some dates and hear from people with experience in ambulances. Make them come up here and talk to you.”

A few of them did, again noting that for the short term at least the main problem is Covelo and the time and frequency of responses there.

Dr. Mills Matheson, medical director of the Bechtel Creek medical clinic, said he’s heard lots of complaints about the inland ambulance service, and that there is no longer a reliable ambulance service. “Something must be done as soon as possible to improve the ambulance service otherwise there will be more harm to our patients,” said Matheson. “The proposal to add an ambulance to the 101 corridor is a reasonable patch while a long-term solution is worked out.” After describing some personal medical anecdotes, Matheson concluded, “We need a reliable ambulance system right now.”

“Private citizen” Tom Allman returned to the podium to agree: “This is a critical time. We are coming up on these summer months. Whatever you decide, I certainly suggest that you do a six-month quick fix while we talk about what kind of solution there is going to be. Whether it's MedStar or the Fort Bragg ambulance, let's get somebody who is going to commit to being up in the north quarter of the county as soon as possible. Then we can have a conversation about how we are going to solve the problem.”

Dr. Matheson agreed: “We need a quick fix, a band-Aid on the situation while we think about the long-term solutions.”

Both “private citizen” Allman and Dr. Matheson’s quick-fix/bandaid suggestions were ignored and the Board voted unanimously to ask Coastal Valley EMS Mendocino coordinator Jen Banks to come up with a financial summary of the situation for further discussion at an upcoming meeting. No Board members mentioned addressing the very specific and undisputed problem in Covelo which is obviously where attention must be paid.

Nor did anyone follow up on Allman’s long-simmering dispatch consolidation proposal where large amounts of money could be saved and re-allocated to ambulance services. (Not to mention the millions wasted annually on tourism promotion and a juvenile hall for a dozen or so teenage gang-delinquents — neither of which will be mentioned by Ms. Banks.)

Meanwhile, the County’s newly formed emergency medical services committee is meeting this week, although, as Fort Bragg ambulance manager David Beak noted, they are a newly constituted group and cannot be expected to come up with anything substantive soon.

Since Tuesday’s meeting, Supervisor Ted Williams posted this comment on the Fifth District facebook page:

“I ask you to watch the ambulance discussion from our Tuesday BoS meeting. It's long. What I submitted as a fifteen minute item consumed two hours. It began somewhat contentious, but in the end I was proud of the full board for engagement, asking critical questions and hearing varied messages from the field. More questions than answers, but with the board better aligned on the problems, I left confident that we're on the initial phase of identifying solutions. Years in to an ambulance crisis, we don't have the core causes documented. That's about to change.”

Given the sad 21st century history of County’s and Board’s abject inattention — if not outright bungling like the years long Exclusive Operating Area disaster — to the worsening inland ambulance situation and some rather obvious fixes, we doubt that anything will change. We hope we’re wrong.

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Bruce McEwen Writes:

Joy Call was one of the first to teach me The Humboldt Way. She was cooking the community meal at the Mateel Center and I was a vagabond, a helper at the dish pan, running errands, anything for a scrap of meat or a bone, and Joy was so — well, she had only what I could describe as a sense of immediacy about her, like she was tripping on acid; like she was enjoying a perspective wider than usual, maybe It had a lot to do with daring — as in the German explorer Humboldt — as it did with a connotation stretch of the sense of the word, something unspoken that stressed "humility."

A stretch, sure.

But Joy had a rueful eye, a sharp tongue, and a final answer, to the eternal question, why did the hippies come to Humboldt?

"They heard there were no jobs there!"

I hitched into Redway and was washing dishes at the Mateel, and I asked Joy, the head cook most of the time — I asked her because she was so smart and careful that I knew I could count on whatever she answered — where I could find a job, and if she'd recommend me to any local restaurant that needed scullery help, and she gasped in her inimitably delicious way at my ignorance. (I'd just come from Wyoming.) She replied, "Goodness, Bruce, if you want to work, volunteer!"

She said it with such gusto, such verve, such, well, joy, that I got it. There was no need to work.

To read her beautifully delivered and widely commented upon obituary by Kym Kemp this morning on the Red Headed Black Belt website took me back to those halcyon days &c. when I learned, at her patient instruction, the grace and beauty, notwithstanding the joy, of the Humboldt Way, which Joy personified (and may well have coined the phrase or concept).

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Megan Dukett Named Cannabis Program Manager For The County Of Mendocino

(What Happened To Sean Connell? And isn’t Megan Dukett related to Deputy CEO Sarah Dukett?)

The Mendocino County Planning and Building Services Director is pleased to announce the hiring of Megan Dukett as the County's Acting Cannabis Program Manager. Ms. Dukett previously worked for the County's Cultural Services Agency as the Program Administrator for the County Parks and County Museum making many positive improvements in programing and staff development including successfully improving systems and policies to better serve the public. Prior to the coming to the County, Ms. Dukett worked for various historic sites, museums, and parks in program management and has a seasoned background in program development and management, staff and volunteer leadership, strategic planning, process development, and customer service. Ms. Dukett has a Bachelor of Arts degree and comes to our department highly recommended for her experience in project management.

As the Cannabis Program Manager, Ms. Dukett will coordinate implementation of County policies, working to effectively implement the Cannabis Program, develop streamlining process improvements that will benefit the Cannabis Program and assist the public in the application and permitting process.

Planning and Building Services Director Brent Schultz, commented on Ms. Dukett’s hiring, "I’m excited to welcome Megan to our team. She has a background in improving systems, running programs, while providing great customer service. Her enthusiasm and collaborative attitude will bring energy and stability to our program.”

Commenting on her new position, Ms. Dukett stated, “I am excited to join the Cannabis Program and contribute toward our department’s shared goals of structuring a more streamlined process for cultivation permit applicants to obtain and renew their permits. I look forward to working collaboratively with our staff in strengthening the Cannabis Program with professionalism and attention to customer service.”

For more information, please contact Brent Schultz, Mendocino County Planning and Building Services Director at (707) 234-6650.

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ABSOLUTELY MUST walk the Haul Road every few months. Mendocino County’s grandest amenity, second only to the multiple charms of Fort Bragg, which remains much as it has for many years. Where else can you walk for unimpeded miles along the Pacific in California? But today, have to say, I did suffer two encounters, the first mildly irritating when the male half of an older couple walking a raggedy, coyote-looking dog greeted me, “Good morning, O bearded one.” Impertinence everywhere! I shuffled past, mumbling, “Fuck all the way off” He couldn’t have heard me clearly, but he said truculent-like, “Excuse me?” Picking up my pace, I said over my shoulder, “I had a dog named Cough once.” 

THE SECOND was simply embarrassing, and I’ve strode the very rim of this sea for years without meeting a soul I know. Here comes an elderly woman shuffling along from the opposite direction. “Bruce, is that you?” “Sometimes, depends,” I said, a little joke to put the old dear at ease. “You look exactly the same!,” she said. “Probably the uniform,” I replied, racking my brain for the name of the apparently pleased senior. “You don’t remember me, do you?” She said her name, which I still didn’t recognize. “Yes, of course,” I said. “Very nice to see you.” She said, “We’ll have to have coffee some time.” I said, “Count on it.”

CANDIDATE GJERDE seems to have more signs up around Fort Bragg than his challenger, Lindy Peters. Gjerde’s say, “Results For Us,” which is a stretch given his invisibility during his two supervisor’s tours. In Gjerde’s defense his colleagues have ranged from certifiable to inert, but still, given the probs the County faces, he might have occasionally seized the initiative. He’s a smart guy who understands how it all works, or doesn’t work. It wasn’t until Williams arrived and then Peters announced he’d challenge Gjerde that Gjerde came alive. For a guy who’s seeking his third term in a job that pays more than twice the Mendo average salary, plus perks most Americans can only dream of, Gjerde’s record is thin; make that emaciated.

BUT THEN Fort Bragg has suffered a series of wildly defective supervisors, probably because Fort Braggers don’t pay much attention to what happens over the hill. They’ve got city government. Of course metropolitan FB is the bulk of the 4th District vote, so…

FORMER 4th District supervisor, John Cimolino, was a smart, capable guy whose dislike — to put it mildly — for the counterculture was palpable, propelling the guy into occasional irrationality. He was all for “bulldozing” what he called “hippie shacks,” for instance and, presumably, hippies with them. When board meetings began with what was designated “From the public,” the late Richard Johnson, who appeared without fail at every meeting to take advantage of his three from-the-public minutes, would yammer away at whatever was on his fraught mind. But one morning, Cimolino blurted, “Do we really have to listen to these nuts?” Given the pertinence and quality of the from-the-public presentations, Cimolino’s annoyance was at least understandable.

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"Join MendoParks in Preserving MacKerricher State Park’s Haul Road. From now through the end of April, 100% of your donation towards MendoParks 'Save the Haul Road' project will go towards repaving the most damaged areas of the trail from the Pudding Creek Trestle to Ward Avenue. MendoParks is matching all donations up to $15,000! Your contributions will help us launch this critical project in Spring 2020, but we only have until April 30 to reach our goal.

Three Ways To Donate

  1. Online:
  2. By Mail: PO Box 1387, Mendocino, CA, 95460
  3. In Person: Ford House Museum and Visitor Center (45035 Main St., Mendocino)

Thank you to our local community, the Seniors on Bikes, the Beachcomber Motel, and the Surf and Sand Lodge for their support of this vital project! MendoParks is the 501c3 nonprofit that supports State Parks in Mendocino County. For more information, please visit or call 707 937 4700. In large and small ways, the efforts of the Mendocino Area Parks Association (MendoParks) enrich and expand the visitor experience at California State Parks in Mendocino County, and inspire the next generation of park stewards.

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Tractor Driver; Full time with benefits

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A coastal gang defendant threw in the towel Tuesday afternoon in the Mendocino County Superior Court by waiving his right to a trial on two separate felony cases that were ready to go before a jury, and waiving his right to a preliminary hearing on a third newly-filed felony case.

In case number 1, defendant Gabriel Diego Monday, age 26, of Fort Bragg, was convicted Tuesday by guilty plea of attempted witness intimidation, a felony.


Defendant Monday also admitted as true a special sentencing allegation that his attempt to intimidate a Good Samaritan witness in May 2018 was for the benefit of and in association with the Sureno criminal street gang in and about Fort Bragg.

In case number 2, the defendant was also convicted Tuesday by guilty plea of inflicting traumatic injury on the mother of his children, a felony.

Defendant Monday also admitted as true in this second case a special sentencing allegation that he committed the domestic violence felony while released from custody while the attempted witness intimidation case was pending.

In case number 3, the defendant was convicted by guilty plea of witness tampering, a felony. This conviction relates to the defendant's recorded telephone efforts from the jail to dissuade the domestic violence victim from cooperating with the DA in the defendant's prosecution for the domestic violence felony.

The convictions emanating from the three cases have been referred to the Adult Probation Department for a background study and sentencing recommendation. Defendant Monday was ordered back to court on February 19th at 9 o'clock in the morning for imposition of judgment and sentencing.

The law enforcement agencies that gathered the necessary evidence to sustain Tuesday's convictions were the Fort Bragg Police Department, the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office, and the District Attorney's own Bureau of Investigations.

District Attorney David Eyster has been personally prosecuting all three of the defendant's cases.

Mendocino County Superior Court Judge Carly B. Dolan accepted the defendant's guilty pleas and admissions Tuesday afternoon and will be the sentencing judge in February.

(District Attorney Presser)

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Navarro-by-the-Sea Center (NSCR) will be holding its Second Annual 'King Tide Open House' on Saturday, February 8th at the historic Captain Fletcher's Inn at Navarro River Redwood State Park from 9:00 am till noon.

The Open House is being held in conjunction with the King Tides Project of the California Coastal Commission to educate the public about sea-level rise and the effects of climate change on the coast.

A 'King Tide' is the highest predicted high tide of the year. The King Tides on February 8th and 9th are projected to crest at over 7 feet and could be higher if there is flooding or a storm surge that weekend. The king tides are now considered extreme high tides, but they will likely become the norm as the sea level continues to rise and pushes the high tide elevations higher and higher.

The historic Captain Fletcher's Inn will be open to the public during the Open House on Saturday the 8th from 9:00 am until noon. The event is FREE with lots of parking at Navarro Beach. Come and enjoy the King Tide from a safe distance at Navarro Beach, and stop by the Inn to warm up and enjoy a free tour. Coffee, tea and light refreshments will be available to visitors, along with a warm fire in the restored fireplace.

Visitors are encouraged to document and share pictures taken as part of the King Tide Project taken at Navarro Beach and other locations along the coast by uploading them to the Commission's website at

Please remember to be safe when on the shore, never turn your back to the ocean and supervise children at all times when on the beach.

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CATCH OF THE DAY, January 23, 2020

Acosta, Batten, Dalbalcon


DANIEL BATTEN, Lawton, Oklahoma/Ukiah. Burglary, vandalism.

AUSTIN DALBALCON, Ukiah. DUI-alcohol&drugs, no license, probation revocation.

Hoppner, Kester, Lopes

JONATHAN HOPPNER, Willits. Parole violation.

ADAM KESTER, Willits. Probation revocation.

ANTHONY LOPES, Willits. Probation revocation. (Frequent Flyer)

McGregor, Munoz, Ray

DARLENE MCGREGOR, Willits. Battery on peace officer.

ORLANDO MUNOZ, Ukiah. False ID, probation revocation.

JASON RAY, Fort Bragg. Assault with deadly weapon with great bodily injury, domestic assault, domestic battery, controlled substance, paraphernalia, protective order violation, failure to appear.

Reyes-Ramos, Sannicolas, Taylor

ANTONIO REYES-RAMOS, Ukiah. Probation revocation.

DANNY SANNICOLAS, Vacaville/Ukiah. Probation revocatioin.

ROBERT TAYLOR, Ukiah. Parole violation.

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Award-winning writer, actress, political activist, and teacher Sherry Glaser returns to the Mendocino Theater Company with Sherry Glaser's Greatest Hits…The Mendo Years, 1993-2018, a jam-packed theatrical retrospective of her solo works, including: Family Secrets, Oh My Goddess, Taking The High Road And The Adventures Of Super Activist Mother. Glaser moved to Comptche in 1993 and all her greatest theater success began from there with her award winning Off-Broadway fun of Family Secrets. She will provide the local narrative that then inspired all her subsequent shows. Two performances only! Don't miss your chance to see one of the coast's most beloved performance artists in this funny, thought-provoking retrospective! One weekend only! Performances are January 25 at 7:30 pm and January 26 at 2:00 pm. Tickets can be purchased online at or, by calling the box office at 707-937-4477. There is a discount for youth 22 and under, and elders 60 and over.

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AS THE SHOW OPENS, a certain uncertainty is in the air. Will there be witnesses or will the Trumpists be able to keep the votes preventing any pretense that this thing will be anything more than an infomercial? I’m not one of those who believes the office of the president has any special sanctity or privilege. It certainly hasn’t had any since I started paying attention in the 1960s. So, when Donald Trump starts talking about executive privilege “for the sake of the office” I gotta’ laugh. I wonder if whichever of his advisors told him to say that did so with a straight face? If there’s one thing Donald Trump has done it would be diminishing that office. Even Richard Nixon treated it with respect. Trump treats nothing and nobody with respect. Never did and never will. He’s incapable of it. That’s one of the reasons he uses his money to get what he wants. Even those who claim to respect him really only respect his money. Those who wish they had the sums he claims to have will grovel for his approval. Those who already are his financial equal suck up to him in hopes they can get some of his. Capitalism is an ugly game of greed and selfishness. Trump may not play that game with refinement, but he plays it well. That’s because his entire persona embodies greed and selfishness. This impeachment trial will prove that in spades. It will probably also prove that the Trumpists don’t give a rat’s ass about that.

—Ron Jacobs

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To the Editor:

Let's face it: Redwood Community Services (RCS) has a monopoly on our county mental health services, and monopolies are bad business models in any marketplace.

But as a candidate for the Board of Supervisors, I'm getting hammered on the campaign trail for asking for a simple review of RCS and all of our county's other mental health service providers.

If elected to the Board of Supervisors, I'm specifically asking for an "Independent Financial Audit" of RQMC, RCS, RC3, and their subcontractors.

I want to know: Where does the money go? All those millions?

Also, I'm asking for a "Mental Health Outcomes Study" for RQMC, RCS, RC3, and their subcontractors.

Knowing our Mental Health Outcomes will allow Mendocino County to compare our outcomes and provider performance to those of similar providers in neighboring counties.

We need "Data We Can Use". I'll explain.

An independent third-party must conduct a thorough analysis of all data collected about all our county's mental health service providers, especially RQMC, RCS, and RC3, and present that data in streamlined, easy to understand reports to the Board of Supervisors that will provide them with actionable items to support their performance improvement efforts.

Is this too much to ask?

As a private citizen, I'll sue for this data, if I must. It's public information about public money.

John Sakowicz, Candidate, Mendocino County 1st District Supervisor


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American journalist Glenn Greenwald has been charged by Brazilian authorities with cybercrimes in what he calls government retribution for a series of scathing exposés.

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In November, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, who heads the Department of Justice, authorized a press release stating that CAMP had “eradicated 953,459 marijuana plants from 345 raided grow sites across the state.” The press release also stated that 148 individuals had been arrested and “168 weapons were seized throughout the raids.”

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The Congresswoman from New York said Martin Luther King Jr. would disagree with establishment “true believer” Democrats who believe "we can capitalism our way out of poverty."

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Join the Grassroots Institute this election year to make sure that future public policies support long-term, sustainable solutions to our most pressing problems, rather than endangering the survivability of humans and the natural world. These Spring workshops will engage people to participate in local, state and national electoral campaigns. With your help and that of many others, we will educate ourselves on presidential primaries and caucuses; races for the US Senate and House of Representatives; the elections of state legislatures; and ballot initiatives in California and across the country. Participants will take actions already being organized by the Resistance Roundtable and other groups. We will be meeting every other Saturday, starting February 1, at the Mendocino Community Center from 10 AM to Noon. Please join us to make the 2020 elections a success for the future. We cannot do it without you. To register for the workshops, write Jim at, or Carrie Durkee at Drop ins are also welcome.

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  1. Craig Stehr January 24, 2020

    Sitting in my room in Honolulu, not identifying with either the body nor the mind, a cool pleasant trade wind gently enters through the window, the silent overhead fan goes around and around, and it’s all about relaxation on Oahu tonight. I actually saw a woman nearby, at the bus stop, who just laid down on the sidewalk and went to sleep! Earlier, it was necessary to drink some strong Japanese green tea, or else I’d be blissfully sitting underneath a palm tree until morning. In Hawaii it’s called being on “island time”. If you wish to be on this schedule, then stop identifying with both the body and the mind, and let the Spiritual Absolute do everything, and your every problem is immediately solved. ~Mahalo~

  2. Eric Sunswheat January 24, 2020

    JANUARY 16, 2020
    SYDNEY/DALIAN, China — Chinese companies are gobbling up food producers and cattle ranches in Australia and New Zealand, sparking a backlash from alarmed locals and prompting governments to block some purchases.

    “I am very unhappy about it,” a 30-something Sydney resident said of China Mengniu Dairy’s acquisition of baby formula maker Bellamy’s Australia, announced in September. Chinese mothers buy Australian milk products because they “do not trust Chinese milk products,” and for corporate China to own an Australian milk company is “disastrous” for the local industry, she said.

    Mengniu’s thirst for Bellamy’s is evident in what it was willing to pay for the leading purveyor of organic baby formula and food. China’s second-largest dairy company offered about 1.5 billion Australian dollars ($1.04 billion) for a target that reported net revenue of AU$266 million for the year ended June 2019. Bellamy’s “leading organic brand position and … supply chain are critical to Mengniu,” CEO Lu Minfang had said. The acquisition closed that December.

    The state-owned enterprise went shopping again in November, this time agreeing to pay AU$600 million for Lion Dairy & Drinks, an Australian unit under Japan’s Kirin Holdings.

    Mengniu’s deals followed industry leader Inner Mongolia Yili Industrial Group’s acquisition earlier in 2019 of Westland, New Zealand’s second-biggest dairy producer.

    Chinese investment in Australia’s food and agriculture sector surged to AU$1.2 billion in 2016 from $95 million in 2013, and stayed high at AU$1.1 billion in 2017, data from KPMG shows. The inflow of capital slowed in 2018 but likely soared again last year, topping the 2017 level…

    In an attempt to quickly jump onto the plant-based meat craze, Hormel’s new brand went to market in just two months, after being spurned by an original partner, its CEO said Thursday.

    ″[Plant-based proteins] was a trend that we saw coming,” CEO Jim Snee said in an interview with CNBC’s Jim Cramer. “We had actually partnered with another company, and then with the IPO market hit, that partner said, ’You know what, we want to try and go it alone. So instead of buying, we had to build. We put our team in motion, and we got it from ideation to market in eight to 10 weeks.”

    Happy Little Plants launched in September, housed under Hormel’s Cultivated Foods umbrella. The flagship product of the brand is a ground meat alternative.

    The announcement came the same day Kellogg said it would be adding plant-based meat line Incogmeato to its portfolio, produced by its Morningstar Farms brand.

    Both food companies are bidding that consumer and investor interest in plant-based burgers from Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods will carry over to their new additions.

    Shares of Hormel, which has a market cap of $22.4 billion, have risen around 5% in the past 12 months. Beyond Meat, which has a market cap of $8.2 billion, has seen its stock skyrocket more than 400% since its IPO in May.

    “There’s no arguing the consumer is more curious about plants than they ever have. When it comes to valuation of the company, all we can worry about is ourselves,” said Snee. “It’s about: How can we grow our business organically, how do we innovate, and how do we continue to make disciplined acquisitions?”

    Snee also said that the company has made significant runway in taking its brands global, but the growth has been slower than he hoped for.

    “It hasn’t been accelerated as quickly as we like,” he said. “We’ve got a good business in China that’s focused on the China market…

  3. James Marmon January 24, 2020


    Camille Schraeder walks on water because she “saves children”. Over the past 22 years she along with the help of the County, primarily Family and Children’s Services (CPS), have built an empire around children. An independent financial audit of how she distributes tax dollars through the shell company RQMC to RCS will be telling. I guarantee you that more than two thirds of the 20 million she been gifted from the county is being spent in the children’s system of care, primarily RCS. Especially since this last summer when the BoS rolled Adult mental health contract into one with the Children’s contract, giving her more flexibility in how the money is spent.

    Camille Schraeder has no business in the Adult Mental Health system and the BoS has done great harm to our community by not putting the adult system out to bid after Ortner left. When we talk about the Mentally ill not being served in Mendocino, we’re talking about the adult population, not the children’s system of care, which I feel is over served. These are the people who are walking our streets, filling our jail, impacting our hospitals, losing their children to foster care and adoption, and/or dying on our streets.

    As for the grave concern that Camille and Carmel have regarding the state changing the way MHSA funds are being spent by diverting money to the homeless population for mental health and substance abuse treatment hits Camille’s children’s system of care hard because the majority of that money is planned to be spent on children.

    Redwood Children’s Services (RCS) may have changed their name to Redwood Community Services after taking over adult mental health, but they are still Redwood Children’s Services, any way you look at it.

    James Marmon MSW

  4. James Marmon January 24, 2020

    If any of you remember my earliest days here on the AVA you will remember that I started out exposing the children’s system of care in Mendocino as being corrup, lost my job by doing it. You may not like the words, “child exploitation” but that’s RCS in a nutshell.

    Definition of Child Exploitation

    “Using a minor child for profit, power, status, sexual gratification, or some other purpose.”

    James Marmon MSW
    Former Social Worker V
    Mendocino County Family and Children’s Services

  5. Lazarus January 24, 2020

    Found Object

    Hey H, second from the left, is that who I think it is?
    Regardless, it’s a horrific, ghastly place…

    As always,

    • Lazarus January 24, 2020

      Found Object

      I should have added, “Never forget”.

      As always,

      • Bob Abeles January 24, 2020

        Amen to that, Laz.

      • Claire Frank January 24, 2020

        Never Again, the battle cry of post-Holocaust Jewry.

        It may not happen in the same manner, but
        the hatred is still, very much alive.

  6. Bruce McEwen January 24, 2020

    Jeffery St. Clair goes a little hog-wild in pushing the lib-lab buttons betimes, like when he wrote a memoir of punching his “scoutmaster” in the nose when he was in Cub Scouts — blissfully ignorant of the fact that Cub Scouts have den mothers, not scout masters; and today he compares the Tule Lake internee camp for Japanese Americans during WWII to the Triblinka concentration camp in Nazi Germany.

    Not quite the same thing.

    St Clair ought to read Pablo Neruda’s Memoirs and learn how Neruda, who was at Chile’s Mexico City embassy at the time, helped the real Japanese American saboteurs escape aboard a Chilean vessel Neruda sent to San Francisco specially to take the culprits away just ahead of the round-up.

    Wisely perhaps, no comment’s are permitted on the CounterPunch website. But since I often see CounterPunch articles praised here on the Mighty AVA’s comment page, I thought I’d register my complaint, a mild one, here.

    • Harvey Reading January 24, 2020

      Seems to me, lib-lab (whatever that is) that I am in your eyes, that you are trivializing the abhorent internment of U.S. citizens of Japanese descent, in your usual obfuscatory manner.

    • Bruce McEwen January 24, 2020

      Sweet of you, Harvey, and I could refer you to some Topaz Mountain internees who found it neither particularly onerous, nor yet anywhere near as abominable as what the Japanese government was doing to any Nipponese-Americans living in Japan when war broke out and, considering the circumstances, didn’t expect any better… but what’s the use?

      You are such a nasty-mouthed, mean-spirited, bullheaded and over-the-top jerk in your complacent sanctimony, that you can never admit error, even when you have your nose rubbed in it.

      • Harvey Reading January 24, 2020

        More racist gas, from a total ass.

      • Harvey Reading January 24, 2020

        You justify the unjustifiable McEwen, at least in your own small mind. It is pathetic. You are beyond even pity.

  7. James Marmon January 24, 2020

    Mendocino County’s 3 headed monster (RQMC/RCS/RC3)

    Where’s the money Camille?

    Redwood Quality Management Company (RQMC)

    We are pleased to contract with the following agencies… All services are medically necessary and are individualized to meet the consumer’s needs. Services offered may include: therapy, rehabilitation, targeted case management, crisis intervention, medication management, and more. We’re also fortunate to be able to utilize Mental Health Service Act (MHSA) funds to support a myriad of programs that ensure access to service for the unserved/underserved. RQMC primarily utilizes MHSA funding for Prevention and Early Intervention and Community Service and Support programs; while Mendocino County Health & Human Services contracts in MHSA’s other domains.

    Redwood Community Crisis Centers offer mental health crisis support

    Finding your way to wellness and recovery during times of crisis is not always easy. Redwood Community Crisis Center, also known as RC3, helps Mendocino County youth and adults across the lifespan who are experiencing emotional problems.

    RC3 focuses on helping you choose your best path while building and reinforcing coping skills and support networks. The program emphasizes wellness and recovery principals that will see you through the immediate crisis and future challenges.…/redwood-community-crisis…/

    Redwood Community Services RCS

    Redwood Community Services was born from a vision to have a local, child focused option to serve abused and neglected children so that one day all foster youth would have a place to call home. That vision led the agency for over a decade and proudly remains a cornerstone of the dedicated work we do today. Today, decades since its grassroots beginning, Redwood Community Services has established dozens of programs serving people across multiple counties and proudly employs hundreds of local community members. We are proud to be a community driven organization with a vision for a vibrant, healthy, compassionate community where people feel seen, heard, and valued.

    • James Marmon January 24, 2020

      “I am Legion, for we are many.”

      -Camille Schraeder addressing the Behavioral Health Advisory Board.

      James Marmon MSW

  8. Stephen Rosenthal January 24, 2020

    Poor Joan Rainville, boo hoo. “Locals will remember Rainville as the popular Mendocino Books staffer who was always helpful and courteous to customers and visitors.

    ”Rainville gave the AVA a few comments on how it has affected her life – “no one before or since has ever had a DUI charged as assault with a deadly weapon,” Rainville said. She felt Mr. Sequiera was gloating in his distinction of being the only prosecutor to ever make such a charge stick, or words to that effect.

    ”Rainville added that even with the relief via PC 1203.4 she still can’t qualify for disabled housing or many other benefits she ordinarily would be entitled to.“

    Is McEwen Rainville’s PR agent? I’m a compassionate person (more so to animals than humans), but this “report” is nothing more than a puff piece attempting to paint Rainville in a sympathetic light. But I guess we can’t expect anything else from an admitted boozer.

    What is not mentioned is that Rainville was convicted of DUI four or five times before the incident that resulted in her finally being penalized with a harsh sentence. She’s actually lucky (as are her potential victims) that she didn’t kill or seriously injure someone.

    I think Judge Moorman was more than fair. Hopefully Rainville can stay on the wagon, but I’m not crying any tears for her.

    • Eric Sunswheat January 24, 2020

      May 8, 2019 North Carolina Health News

      Easing the way to expunging a criminal record means it would be easier for ex-offenders to access the things needed for a healthy life.

      Public health experts argue that medical care — such as doctor visits and the quality of care they provide — is only one small factor that influences a person’s overall health.

      Social, economic and environmental factors play a bigger role in a person’s health outcomes, they argue. Housing, employment, education, transportation and access to healthy food are known as “social determinants of health.”

      But people with criminal records face barriers to accessing some key health determinants, such as housing and employment. The “Second Chance Act” moving through the North Carolina legislature would help remove some barriers for people with certain nonviolent criminal records and make it easier for these folks to access the things that make them healthier.

      The bill would automatically expunge people of criminal charges that were dismissed or found “not guilty” after Dec. 1, 2019.

      People with certain misdemeanor and felony charges that took place when a person was 16 or 17 years old would be eligible for expungement under the Raise the Age law that was passed in 2017.

      The bill would also expand the types of offenses eligible for expungement after a certain amount of time of good behavior. It would allow people with nonviolent misdemeanor convictions to petition for expungement after five years, and those with nonviolent felony convictions to do so after 10 years.

      While these expunged records would not be available to the public, nothing in the proposed legislation would prevent district attorneys and the courts from considering a prior conviction if a person breaks the law again…

  9. Susie de Castro January 24, 2020

    Art toon

    My cous the Art Professor on the other side of the wall, says: ‘I wish’.

  10. Bob Abeles January 24, 2020

    Bet y’all didn’t know that your actual subscriber name shows up in the li element surrounding a pseudonymous posting on this forum. Have a look sometime in Firefox–>Web Developer–>Inspector. It’s, well, interesting.

    • Eric Sunswheat January 24, 2020

      Jan. 22, 2020 at 4:01 pm Updated Jan. 23, 2020 at 8:51 am.
      The remaining uncertainty about the surveillance state is not whether we will submit to it — only how readily and completely, and how thoroughly it will warp our society.

      Will we allow the government and corporations unrestricted access to every bit of data we ever generate, or will we decide that some kinds of collections, like the encrypted data on your phone, should be forever off-limits, even when a judge has issued a warrant for it?

      In the future, will there be room for any true secret — will society allow any unrecorded thought or communication to evade detection and commercial analysis?

      And, if there can be no more secrets, how will we account for what we lose? How completely will living under surveillance numb creativity and silence radical thought?

      Can human agency survive the possibility that some companies will know more about all of us than any of us can ever know about ourselves?

      I’m worried we’ll soon be forced to find out.

    • Bob Abeles January 24, 2020

      I don’t believe that there’s anything nefarious going on at MCT, just a bug or oversight in the forum plug-in that MCT is using.

      • AVA News Service Post author | January 24, 2020

        Nothing nefarious here. This is the first we’ve heard of it, and I couldn’t find it when I looked.

  11. James Marmon January 24, 2020


    Tired of waiting, homeless advocates build unsanctioned East Bay village of tiny homes (Earlier this week)

    Oakland officials, who have cleared out two other village encampments set up by the group, did not intervene in this weekend’s construction effort, but have in the past have pointed to health and safety problems, like fires and trash accumulation, as the rationale behind clearing encampments.

    Miralle said the village is an interim solution for people who are tired of waiting for affordable housing to be built and frustrated with the city’s efforts to add emergency housing. Miralle, who has been homeless for two years and lives in a camper with her daughter, added that they “are going to keep building” because the city’s homelessness problem “is going to get worse.”

    The homes are simple, with insulation, a door, window, paneling and trim. The site has no electricity or plumbing, but organizers hope to eventually install solar panels and composting toilets. They also want to add a garden, communal outdoor kitchen and gathering space to the strip of land.

    Emergency homeless shelter location to be used for tiny house village
    By Sarah Reith | December 20, 2016

    UKIAH, 12/20/2016 — The temporary winter shelter at 1045 South State Street in Ukiah opened late this year. But if all goes according to plan, that property will be the site of a permanent homeless shelter, in the form of the long-delayed tiny house “village,” the construction of which will be paid for and led by the non-profit organization Redwood Community Services (RCS).

    In January of 2016, RCS was awarded $1,014,700 in Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) from the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), to build a community center and 35 to 40 tiny houses to be used by homeless people. But that project was put on hold when another buyer bought the property slated for the village out from under them.

    At a Mendocino County Board of Supervisors meeting yesterday, December 19, RCS Executive Director Camille Schraeder told the board that RCS now plans to buy the property at 1045 South State Street, remodel parts of the existing building to serve as the community center, and place the tiny houses on a large vacant area on the property. The federal grant money is enough to carry out the first phase of the project, building the community center, while funding for the second phase, the construction of the tiny houses, has not been worked out yet.

    Where’s the money Camille?

    James Marmon MSW

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