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COASTAL AREAS may see a little relief from the stubborn marine clouds later today with a little sunshine possible but temperatures will remain in the mid 50s to low 60s. Isolated showers are possible farther inland today, with more widespread showers and a few thunderstorms expected in these inland areas Monday afternoon. Light to moderate rain is expected Wednesday with dry conditions the rest of the week. (NWS)
DA Dave Eyster says Stanislaus County's travel pass was issued after the fact. The released prisoner called that county's probation office finally and told them he was not coming back to Stanislaus. Only then was the travel authorization for him to be in Ukiah given, although he had been here several days. DA Eyster said Saturday that state corrections "…has no plan in place to make sure these early releases go where they are supposed to go, and CDCR is sending without testing to travel on Greyhound." In addition, normal procedures call for local probation departments to accept a transfer. In this case, Mendocino County was never asked. Eyster said, "Who would accept an out of county transfer during a shelter in place?" The released prisoner faces a compliance check and case review by Mendocino authorities in 14 days.
(District Attorney Presser)
THE COVID PRISONER, a reader writes: "The Mendocino County Public Health Dept. released a deceptive press release claiming the inmate was "transported" from Chino to Ukiah, when in reality prison officials dropped him off at the Chino Greyhound bus stop. From there, he got a ride from another inmate's family to Sacramento, where his aunt picked him up at that city's Greyhound station for the rest of the trip to Ukiah. This is by the inmate's account, as now released by Mendo Co. Probation. We don't need any more false and deceptive information from Mendo County officials. How many people across the state were exposed by this individual is anybody's guess."
COUNTY'S RESPONSE TO STANISLAUS MAN
I have major questions about the contact tracing this county is doing. The article by The Mendocino Voice states that county officials said the infected individual twice visited stores in Ukiah but would not provide additional details. How do we know that the county is able to trace everyone he came in contact with? Don't we have a right to know if we could have been in those stores at the same time as he was? Do you think everyone who was in the stores with him knows that they may have come in contact with an infected person? I doubt it.
This illustrates a larger issue with the county's response. Like everywhere else, we don't have enough testing. The county has started to test more people but barely half of a percent of our county's residents have been tested. What is the plan? Without clear communication from our county leaders, it feels like we have no plan. Our leaders have been touting the fact that we only have had four people test positive (as of this posting the county website has not been updated with the fifth positive case), yet we are still unable to have any return to normalcy. Why? The reason is clear. It is likely that there are a lot more positive cases in our county than we know about. If we scale up the numbers that we currently have, there could be as many as 1000 people who have or have had coronavirus in this county. Hopefully less, maybe more.
I was sick but couldn't get tested because I didn't have every one of the symptoms. How many other county residents have the same story? In the latest positive case, the person was asymptomatic. Our leaders want to stick their head in the sand and pretend that everything is okay. We know that is not true. The fact that we are kept in lockdown proves it. Our leaders keep saying that they are being open and transparent but their actions contradict their words.
Who is in charge of procuring more testing? What is the plan to reopen the county safely?
Do we have to wait until the Bay Area counties reopen? We will be at greater risk when they do. It is clear that we currently have no system of checking people who are entering our county for coronavirus. We are a county that relies on tourism. How we going to be kept safe when the county reopens for business?
Carmel Angelo and Noemi Doohan, I challenge you to answers these questions. Is there anyone else who considers themself a leader? Can you help? If you don't have answers, get some answers. If you don't have a plan, get a plan. When you have answers and a plan, please share it with us. Do it soon. Give us some hope.
KZYX RECEIVES GRANT allowing significant broadcast signal upgrade
Community Foundation of Mendocino County offers station crucial assistance; New telemetry system brings improved broadcast quality at crucial moment
April 18, 2020 (For immediate release) KZYX, Mendocino County Public Broadcasting, has received an $8,000 grant from the Community Foundation of Mendocino County, that will allow the radio station to purchase and install a new telemetry system. The new system represents a major infrastructure upgrade allowing KZYX to significantly enhance its broadcasting signal. The grant was bestowed via the Community Foundation’s Community Resiliency and Disaster Preparedness Fund.
The telemetry system sends and receives data to and from the station’s transmitters. This data tells the station how strong and how clear the signal is, how well the transmitter is processing the signal, and more. This system upgrade will allow KZYX to monitor their air signal much more closely and to make necessary adjustments to their transmissions quickly, from any computer connected to the internet. This will aid considerably in tracking down and correcting problems with the signal, thereby substantially improving the station’s overall broadcast quality.
The improved access to the 91.5 transmitter (in Ukiah) is especially helpful since the distance to the main studio in Philo makes over-the-air monitoring difficult. With this new equipment the station will be able to monitor and control the signal from one transmitter to the other and the broadcast signals emanating from both transmitters. In emergency conditions, the new system can be configured to receive the station’s studio signal from an entirely new remote location.
“The Community Foundation’s generous grant is extremely important to our efforts to strengthen our signal and improve the reliability of KZYX,” said Mendocino County Public Broadcasting Board President Tom Dow. “This is essential in allowing us to better fulfill our mission of delivering critical information to listeners in Mendocino County, especially in times of crisis.”
CORONA VIRUS CAUSES KZYX FUND DRIVE CANCELLATION, increasing financial need
The grant is especially timely because it comes at a moment when the station’s financial situation is particularly challenging. The station was scheduled to hold an on-air membership drive, with a goal of raising $100,000 in March. The drive was postponed due to the Corona Virus, but the station’s fiscal needs have of course not abated. The station is running a “silent fund drive,” whereby each show host mentions the situation and asks for new memberships and/or donations. This has brought in approximately a quarter of the station’s financial needs for the coming six months, so additional donations and other financial assistance are still sorely needed.
“Given the current situation, we know that not everybody can help with a financial contribution right now,” said KZYX General Manager Marty Durlin. “But we are asking those in the community who are able to help us out to do so now. We are committed to fulfilling our mission of providing timely, accurate information from authoritative sources about the pandemic on a regular basis. To keep doing that, we need the assistance of all who can provide it, now more than ever.”
For more information, please contact KZYX General Manager Marty Durlin or Operations Director Rich Culbertson at (707) 895-2324.
MARCO MCCLEAN COMMENTS
Bob Woelfel back at KMFB used to say, "I need something that does such-and-such. Can you make that?" And I'd design it and get the parts from HSC (surplus electronic parts store in Rohnert Park, now a baseball-cards-and-motorcycle-parts store) and solder it all together and mount it in a nice metal box and install it. I set it up to stream on the web in the early days of that technology. I made the 10-stereo-channel auxiliary mixing board we used at KMFB for several years between when the ancient one failed and when we moved the broadcast booth to the Boatyard and got all-new used things from another station the owners had just bought or sold. And I made a phone-hybrid box, and switching equipment and, oh, just lots of things for KMFB. I built all the built-in work tables and record shelves at the Boatyard place, too, and so on. Jerry Fraley and I built the battery-backup system out of marine batteries from Rhoads Auto Parts and old computer power supplies. And whenever something went wrong out at the transmitter shack I'd go there and solve it. Or Jerry would; he knows a lot more about commercial radio equipment than I do. Though I did build three unlicensed radio stations, transmitters and all, back in the '80s and paid a fine for one of them.
I don't know what "significant upgrade" of equipment KZYX is buying for telemetry, but if it were back in the year 2000, say, and Bob had told me to do what Jerry Karp describes wanting to do at KZYX today with that latest $8,000 grant, I'd hack a thrift-store digital-display FM receiver to use the signal strength meter and the audio output, connect it to a secondhand computer, tune it to the channel they want to monitor and connect it to whatever internet service they already have out at the antenna farm where their repeater is, and there's your signal strength and signal quality telemetry accessible from anywhere. Total: $100 including $10/hr to build it. Maybe another $50 to glue it all into a suitcase, also from the thrift store, drive it somewhere sympatico within reach of the translator station, plug it in and drive back.
But it's 2020. There's a USB dongle you can buy for like $50. You plug it into a cheap cell phone and start the app and it becomes a radio receiver for nearly DC to daylight with dozens of analytical radio tools accessible by remote. The phone can be on a minimal plan, maybe $100 a year. $8,000 would pay for 80 years of that. It would be the year 2100 before they had to get another grant for that, and who knows what dreams or horrors may come by then. Or the KZYX CEO/manager could just pay for stuff like that out of her $60,000 a year salary. Oh, and you could put it in the attic of any building in Willits and power it from the doorbell transformer. Or put it in their Willits studio, why not? Any place a radio will pick up the translator's signal.
Just to put things in perspective, everything of KZYX and KZYZ, all the transmitters and studios and mixing boards and lights and computers and telephone equipment — all of it — all lit up at the same time, costs less than a dollar an hour to run. That's less than $10,000 a year. And they get a six-figure tax-derived grant from the government every year, and a free high power license to reach the whole county and beg constantly for the rest of the $600,000 (!) they piss away in that same year and every year, half of it into the pockets of the handful of people in the office, and they never pay a cent to the local airpeople who do all the great shows they lie that you need to donate money and become a member, whatever that means, to keep on the air.
KNYO has all the real expenses KZYX has, but with an 87-watt transmitter and not a 4,000-watt transmitter, less electricity use. But none of the government assistance. No license to coin money, which is what a high-power FM broadcast license is. And KNYO's entire budget, including rent on the downtown Fort Bragg storefront performance space and broadcast booth and water and lights and equipment and all, is between ten and twelve thousand a year, less than 1/50th of KZYX's insanely bloated budget. If KNYO could have a license to put out the power KZYX does, that would raise its cost to operate, but it would still be less than $24,000 a year, about what KMEC costs, I think. A high-power license comes with the right to buy and put up translator stations, too, and stretch your money vacuum out on a much longer hose with a much bigger funnel on the end.
Here's what bugs me about Jerry Karp. He's been the programmers' representative on the board of Mendocino County Public Broadcasting Corporation for several years now, and I remember when he began there; he started out, at their board meeting in Fort Bragg, snarkily dismissing any possibility of ever paying the airpeople he's supposed to be the representative of. See, in the real world, when people do valuable work that brings lots of money to the managing class of a corporation, government backed or not, and the public finds out the workers aren't being paid fairly, when it's easily possible to pay them, everybody gets mad at the selfish creatures who are snarfling up all the money for themselves. But here we have a situation where the workers are not being paid at all, and it just continues in this way, year after year after year, and not even the ones being cheated out of their pay seem to give a shit about it.
All the regular airpeople doing a two-hour show per week at KZYX should be getting at least $1,000 a year. The workers who are well-off enough to not need that money can rip up the check.
Oh, right, also: remember last fall when the rich ranch owner heirs to that Bay Area law firm dropped $100,000 on KZYX to say thank you for never ruffling the feathers of the donor class, and Jerry Karp and the rest of them were all, "What wonderful things we will do with that money!" That was more than enough to pay all the airpeople at KZYX for a year, right there, on top of all the other money the place has always been swimming in. Instead, the wonderful thing the handful of people in the office actually did with that money turned out to be to pay themselves with it, as usual.
The first job of a manager, especially the manager of a government-funded public-service organization, is to pay the workers before she pays herself. And she knows that. They've all known that, every CEO/manager of Mendocino County Public Broadcasting Corporation, all the way back to that rotten rat bastard Sean Donovan.
That's my time? That's pretty good timing, hey? I yield back to the speaker.
PET OF THE WEEK
Asher's been in a foster home with 6 other dogs since late last year. He came to the shelter with several other dogs, all of whom were very shy. His foster guardian's been giving him a steady routine, training, and best of all, lots of TLC. Asher is learning to trust, and he discovered how much he likes to play with other dogs.
Asher is very loving to people he's met and familiar with, and he's bonded with his foster guardian. We would love for this sweet dog to find a permanent home. The shelter is following the county covid-19 order, but our dogs and cats are available to foster or adopt. For general information, visit our website at mendoanimalshelter.com. For more about Asher, visit mendoanimalshelter.com/dogblog/asher
COVID FORUM DETAILS EMERGENCY LOANS, REOPENINGS
by Daniel Mintz
Panelists in Congressman Jared Huffman’s Humboldt County COVID-19 town hall forum said reopening the local economy will hinge on more thorough testing as businesses meanwhile navigate the lurching process of emergency loan approvals.
Small business assistance and improving the monitoring of coronavirus spread were on people’s minds as Huffman hosted an April 13 virtual town hall forum streamed and broadcasted by Access Humboldt.
Huffman opened the forum by saying that federal funding is available for COVID-19 response and relief to individuals and small businesses but will need to be expanded.
And later in the week, on April 16, the SBA announced that the funding ran out and pending applications were no longer being processed. At the time of this writing, lawmakers were negotiating expansion of the relief.
As local non-essential business owners seek Small Business Administration (SBA) relief loans/grants, they’re eyeing a yet-to-be-defined time when they can reopen.
It will hinge on ensuring “that folks are getting tested when they need to get tested, that there are rapid reagent tests as well and that all businesses, once they reopen, know how to carry out the safety practices that are going to protect their employees and their customers,” said Leila Roberts, director of the North Coast Small Business Development Center.
She recommended that business owners who are uncertain about safety practices and how and when to reopen call the county’s business services hotline at 268-2527.
Gregg Foster, executive director of the Redwood Region Economic Development Commission (RREDC) said his agency has a business loan program to tide businesses over while they wait out the SBA process.
He said RREDC has issued about $300,000 in loans to its existing customers over the last one-and-a-half weeks. With additional funding from the Humboldt Area Foundation and the county’s Headwaters Fund, and support from the City of Fortuna, the loan program has expanded.
Starting this week, RREDC will generally offer loans of up to $25,000 at 2.5 percent interest with a six-month deferral. The City of Arcata also has a business loan program of its own.
Federal relief funding of $350 billion was available through the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) but distribution won’t be nimble. “It is going to take some time for that SBA money to come through and apparently it’s taken some time to even process applications,” said Huffman.
Foster noted that the PPP essentially offers loan guarantees, so administration is done through local lenders. Not all local banks and credit unions were SBA-affiliated lenders when the application process was opened on April 3.
Those that were eligible to take applications weren’t prepped for it. “There wasn’t a whole lot of direction to the banks and credit unions on how to do that and they weren’t even staffed-up for this huge onrush,” Foster continued.
Huffman said that local lenders like Coast Central Credit Union and Redwood Capital Bank who were originally not eligible to administrate SBA loans now are.
He added that several of the region’s small businesses, including the North Coast Journal news weekly, have gotten relief money and additional federal funding bills will soon be approved.
Also on the forum’s panel was Humboldt County Health Officer Teresa Frankovich. One questioner noted that the county had seen a string of days without new COVID-19 cases but Frankovich was non-committal on naming a date when business activity can resume.
“The virus hasn’t disappeared, we’ve just made it harder to transmit it by having people at home,” she said. “So really, any move to ease the shelter in place order has to be done with a lot of solid and informed planning.”
It will be done gradually. “Initial changes will be smaller and will be expanded when we see what happens once those are put in place,” Frankovich said.
Huffman said health professionals will make the calls on “when we can begin transitioning to a gradual, semi-normal state.”
He added, “We’re nowhere close to having the kind of ubiquitous, rapid testing that we need to feel comfortable going there – yet.”
Noting Governor Gavin Newsom’s pledge to deliver “huge new resources” for COVID-19 testing and response by the end of the month, Huffman described protective gear for health care workers as another prerequisite for economic re-openings.
“It’s frustrating that we still don’t have a national strategy and a top-down, well-led effort to provide all of these essential supplies,” he said. “We will need to get that ironed out in the weeks and months ahead.”
APRIL 18TH WAS THE 114TH ANNIVERSARY OF 1906 'GREAT QUAKE'; Mendo Coast Took Big Hit…
The following is an account of the 1906 earthquake on the city of Fort Bragg from the Noyo Chief newspaper:
"On the morning of April 18, 1906, the earth rocked so violently that it seemed as if some giant had taken it in his hands and was shaking it relentlessly. When it was all over, the mill was off its foundations and badly wrecked; and a large part of Fort Bragg was destroyed. As in San Francisco, the quake itself was bad--but the fire which followed was vastly worse and did the most damage.
C.R. Johnson, founder of the city and the Union Lumber Company, wrote the following account in his memoirs:
'The quake awakened me… I hastily threw on some clothes and went down to the mill— which was a good deal of a wreck. The mill building had an angle of twenty degrees. The smokestacks had fallen down; the furnaces were down too… and fire was imminent. The firemen at the Power House reported that the pipe connections were all broken and there was no chance to get water.
Luckily there was a locomotive under steam….and got the locomotive close to the Power House…they connected the locomotive boiler with the fire pump which could get water from the mill pond. We…put out the fires and removed all danger from the mill.'
The town's water pipes were broken and no water was available. The hotel and several other business buildings were already on fire. Captain Hammer of the steamer National City, which was lying along side the wharf at the time, came up to the mill with some sailors and gathered all the hose he could find and got water on the burning buildings.
It was a matter of record that through Captain Hammer's action that the fire was put out and part of Fort Bragg was saved. But again, like San Francisco, much of it burned down and many people were left homeless and with only the clothes on their backs.
However, the people of Fort Bragg helped one another— those who had food and clothing shared them with those that did not.
From the Union Lumber Company store, 'C.R.' (Johnson) gave out food, clothing and blankets as long as stock lasted. And those who needed lumber for rebuilding, he supplied it with the understanding that they could pay for it when they were able. He rushed repairs to the mill so that it could begin providing employment as soon as possible.
'C.R.' encouraged his fellow townsmen to rebuild their stricken city— he even instructed several wholesale supply houses to restock a competing merchant and charged it against Union Lumber's account! Demand from San Francisco, San Jose, Santa Rosa and the smaller cities kept Union Lumber Company operating at full capacity.
The employment this provided materially helped hasten Fort Bragg's own recovery."
WE RECENTLY RECALLED R. Buckminster Fuller’s famous adage from the 60s:
“Our beds are empty two-thirds of the time. Our living rooms are empty seven-eighths of the time. Our office buildings are empty one-half of the time. It’s time we gave this some thought.”
Fuller was referring to how much extra building space Americans maintain which goes unused while a certain percentage of the population goes unsheltered.
His percentages were still more or less correct until a couple of months ago. Now we’d say our beds are still empty around two-thirds of the time. But with shelter in place and the discovery that lots of stuff can be done on-line at home we’d estimate that that our living rooms are empty maybe half the time. And lots of buildings, including office buildings, are empty two-thirds of the time or more.
We might add that our streets now have a lot less cars and our air is a lot cleaner due to the reduction in commuting.
Even after the virus restrictions are lifted to whatever degree over the next few months (hopefully), there will be a lot more empty buildings where businesses once thrived on top of the already too-high commercial vacancy rate.
The point? We don’t need any new housing. We need to convert the existing vacancies into housing. California is estimated to have millions of square feet of vacant commercial buildings now, and more in the near future. The owners of those now and soon-to-be vacant buildings will lose substantial revenue as long as they stay vacant. Renters are already down.
Although they would need some conversion, most of the vacant buildings already have water, sewer, internet, heating, air conditioning, bathrooms, and on and on — and at most they’d only need a minor re-model permit to be converted into housing. Not long ago, Governor Newsom said that he wanted California to build 700,000 new homes per year to achieve about 3.5 million new homes by 2025.
That number sounded like a fantasy to most of us because 1: most homeless people couldn’t afford those “new homes” anyway, and 2: getting that number of new homes built in that amount of time with the mountain of regulation and paperwork and permits required in California is never going to happen.
But with the huge amount of vacant commercial (and government?) buildings now and in the near future, shouldn’t there be plenty of existing facilities to convert to housing for a lot less money and in a lot less time?
Mendo itself will probably face its own version of this as commercial space vacancy rates go up, not to mention the likely reduction in County office space as the likely staff reductions kick in over the next months and years.
Mendo could start this process by surveying vacant commercial properties in the incorporated cities and seeing how much of the state homeless and housing grants could be used to convert some percentage of them to housing for a lot less than new construction would cost — with a corresponding reduction in rents.
But what are the odds of anyone in official Mendo — all of whom constantly decry the housing shortage and the difficulty of finding suitable parcels to include in the useless “housing element” of the General Plan — will even raise this much more practical, affordable and faster option?
PLAGUE BLIPS: Erik Frampton, 46, was hired as a temporary worker at a refrigerated morgue trailer in New York City after his art framing business shut down. Frampton explained how the morgue operation had run out of body bags and space, causing the bodies to rip through temporary bags or bed sheets. "Almost all of the remains still have their tubes in them, especially the ventilator connections. Most of the index fingers clearly read 'Covidean'," he said. The job pays $75 an hour. Frampton said they write a check for your first day, in case you don't come back.
IN NEW HAMPSHIRE, home state of the distinguished Elk journalist, Paul McCarthy, armed demonstrators chanting the state's motto, “Live Free or Die” showed up on the Governor's lawn to demand the lifting of the state's quarantine. McCarthy seems to have chosen exile.
A LOT of the demonstrations around the country to "Re-Open America" have been fomented, or certainly influenced, by Alex Jones of InfoWars, a lunatic website popular with remedial readers which, truth to tell, I thought was a comedy show when I first looked in. Nope, it's true American fascists yearning to put their boots to millions of faces, especially dark ones.
LOTS OF RE-OPEN DEMONSTRATORS have been chanting "Fire Fauci," as if his caution was arbitrary, that medical science's most visible spokesman had pulled off a national hoax. "Can't fight ignorance," as me dear old mum used to say. Wrong, Mum. If we don't fight it, we die. "Viva, Fauci!"
THE SHORTAGE of medical supplies that has surprised so many of us, is attributable to out-sourcing. A lot of the stuff needed, basic stuff, is made in China, including the chemicals required for testing kits. A big part of the current dilemma about when and where to re-open stems from the absence of testing. We have no idea how widespread this thing is without testing, and no way to stop it without vaccination, which is, says Bill Gates, a year away, and will be opposed by the anti-vaxxer loons when it is available. The internet has been very bad for people educated beyond their abilities. Pre-net, neighborhood loons were pretty much confined. Now there are whole colonies of them multiplying everywhere.
THE PRIMARY take-away from the excellent PBS documentary on the Roosevelts is can't miss obvious — how far the quality of American leadership has fallen. Here we are at a crucial juncture of our history and the political choice is between Donald Trump and Joe Biden.
AMONG the millions of unexpected consequences unleashed by the virus is shortages of CO2, without which beer brewing is not possible. 34 of the 45 ethanol plants that produce this key ingredient have closed for virus-related reasons.
WHILE THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC triggered a delay to the April season along the California coast, salmon anglers can look forward to robust seasons ahead. On April 10, the Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC) recommended the following 2020 season dates for the state’s four management areas:
In the Klamath Management Zone, which is the area between the Oregon/California state line and Horse Mountain (40°05’00” N. latitude), the season is expected to open June 6 and continue through Aug. 9.
The Fort Bragg and San Francisco areas, which extend from Horse Mountain to Point Arena (38°57’30” N. latitude) and Point Arena to Pigeon Point (37°11’00” N. latitude), respectively, are expected to open on May 1 and continue through Nov. 8.
The Monterey area, between Pigeon Point and the U.S./Mexico border, is expected to open on May 1 and will continue through Oct. 4.
These seasons are the outcome of a months-long public process and reflect efforts to maximize recreational angling opportunity. They also consider the stock conservation objectives prescribed by the PFMC and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) for 2020. Most notably, the persistent low abundance of Klamath River Fall Chinook was a concern and resulted in limited time on the water along the north coast.
In addition to the challenge that a constraining stock introduces into the annual season-setting process, managers and stakeholders set seasons in the face of the looming uncertainty that the COVID-19 pandemic poses to many anglers hoping to access the fishery. If state or local government orders render access to the fishery impracticable when opening day arrives, the PFMC’s recommendations include a contingency provision. In the event the Monterey, San Francisco and Fort Bragg areas do not open on May 1 due to COVID-19 restrictions, an extension of the season would be allowed in the most time-constrained Klamath Management Zone.
When the season opens, the minimum size limit is 20 inches total length in all areas north of Pigeon Point, and 24 inches total length in the Monterey area. The daily bag limit is two Chinook salmon per day. No more than two daily bag limits may be possessed when on land. On a vessel in ocean waters, no person shall possess or bring ashore more than one daily bag limit. Retention of coho salmon (also known as silver salmon) is prohibited in all ocean fisheries off California.
Ocean salmon regulations in state waters automatically conform to federal regulations using the process described in the California Code of Regulations Title 14, section 1.95.
Public notification of any in-season change is made through the NMFS Ocean Salmon Hotline. Before engaging in any fishing activity for ocean salmon, please check one of the following resources for the most up-to-date information:
California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) website, wildlife.ca.gov/oceansalmon
NMFS Ocean Salmon Hotline, (800) 662-9825
CDFW Ocean Salmon Hotline, (707) 576-3429
(Califoria Department of Fish and Wildlife Presser)
There is a new sign on Fish Rock Road just east of the ridge saying, You are now entering the Gualala River watershed. But this is clearly erroneous as anyone with a topographic map can attest. What you are entering is the Garcia River watershed.
While I appreciate that it's difficult to put a sign on what is essentially a ridge, Signal Ridge is much of the road. It straddles two watersheds. But in the location of that sign there is no doubt that one is in the Garcia River watershed, and not Gualala.
It remains the Garcia watershed for at least a mile after that sign before truly straddling the watersheds.
CATCH OF THE DAY, April 18, 2020
ROBERT GOTT, Redwood Valley. Domestic abuse, false imprisonment.
CHARMAYNE HOAGLEN, Willits. Disorderly conduct-alcohol.
ALEX MORA-WHITEHURST, Willits. Disorderly conduct-alcohol, resisting.
NEIL WALDRON, Covelo. Burglary during an emergency, probation revocation.
ON LINE COMMENT OF THE DAY
An economic crash that can be blamed on a virus will have a lot more public acceptance and a lot less public push back then an economic crash that happens on its own. Banksters and politicians will be able to hide behind the little bug a lot better than they could hide when the blazing light of day was shined upon them by a broke, angry public.
Many of us who understood that an event like this was very possible in the future are in as good a shape to deal with it now as it unfolds. My CERT unit drilled and prepped for such an event for the last 6 years and many of us are assisting with the triage tents set up at our local hospital (mostly traffic control and parking duties). The people that are going to be hardest hit are those in debt with big mortgages and auto/credit card debt. In New Jersey the push has been on in the last couple of years for what they call “affordable housing”. As far as I know these homes are all townhouse and condo complexes, and even before the virus struck, were places where people moved into after they got divorced and when they walked away from their underwater mortgages. I have a feeling that many of these bankrupt families will walk away from there unmaintainable situations and move in rental unit. Some will even be subsidized by the government.
In any case, when the dust clears and things get better, at least somewhat better, it is all going to be a very, very different place. I hope that most of those who are seriously affected are willing and able to make the transition.
VOTING BY MAIL
Letter to the Editor—
Voting by mail should replace voting at the polls in its entirety. The two institutions that can definitely be trusted is the County Board of Elections and the United States Postal Service. The money saved by eliminating the need for poll workers could be used to offer free postage on the envelopes used to vote by mail. The person voting would also have more time to consider what they are voting for and would not be confined to the hours of the polling place. It would also prevent unwanted entry to schools and churches from anyone trying to harm someone. In addition the voter would not be harassed by someone trying to place unsolicited campaign literature into their hand. The additional revenue would boost the Postal Service and perhaps keep it afloat until we as a country are able to vote online. Voting by mail would solve the registered voter problem and guarantee safe passage of the ballots to the County Board of Elections.
A Reader Writes: Some people on lockdown are entertaining themselves by dressing up and re-enacting scenes from movies:
MINE IS A MOST PEACEABLE DISPOSITION. My wishes are: an humble cottage with a thatched roof, but with a good bed, good food, the freshest milk and butter, flowers before my window, and a few fine trees before my door; and if God wants to make my happiness complete, he will grant me the joy of seeing some six or seven of my enemies hanging from those trees. Before their death I shall, moved within my heart, forgive them all the wrongs they did me in their lifetimes. One must, it is true, forgive one's enemies — but not before they have been hanged.
— Heinrich Heine, 1848; from "Thoughts and Ideas"
by John Arteaga
Wow. Just when you think that Trump has reached an all-time low of dishonesty and incompetence, he doubles down with words and actions that would hardly be credible if they were in a fictional story about the demise of a once-great society.
While every thinking person is wrestling with the critical issues brought front and center by the worldwide spread of Corona virus; how we will, as a society, deal with the reality that roughly half of our fellow citizens live paycheck to paycheck, never having set aside even a month's expenses. Many millions of our lowest paid workers suddenly find themselves out of work with no benefits to tide them over until some solution is found for this pandemic. Will we all sit back and accept a transition into a society where the few at the top will seize the opportunity to buy up millions of their formerly productive fellow citizen’s homes at fire-sale prices and convert them into avaricious rentals, while those millions are reduced to standing (6 feet apart) in soup lines, à la the Great Depression?
Only months ago Andrew Yang was treated condescendingly by the media for what was then the far-fetched idea of a minimum income; a $1000 check to everyone every month. Suddenly, even Republicans, to whom the idea of giving anything to their less fortunate brethren has long been apostasy in their quasi-religious mindset, are beginning to realize that the gravy train that they were born aboard will soon plummet into a ravine absent an unprecedented level of borrowing (or simply printing) money and giving it away, just to keep people in their homes, with some food to eat, until a solution is found to this unprecedented pandemic. True, we would have a lot more room to maneuver with this heaping of debt onto our children’s collective credit card, had we not just finished handing out so many trillions of fruitless public dollars bailing out the criminal banking enterprises who created the Great Recession of ‘08, not to mention the many other trillions thrown down the rathole of futile Middle Eastern armed conflicts. These demonstrated a pernicious feedback loop; meting out death and destruction halfway around the world on people who cannot possibly do us any harm, based on 9/11 mythology, which then creates in them a passionate hatred for America, thus justifying ever more insane crusades against those unfortunate people.
The more one learns about the criminally negligent response of Trump’s free market fundamentalist regime to the virus threat, the more enraged one becomes; there are legal structures built into the national government designed to deal with situations like the one we find ourselves in now. Had they been permitted to perform as they were supposed to, they would have identified the supply chains for such essentials as masks, gowns and other personal protective gear needed to deal with the certain threat which experts knew was coming months ago, and used their authority under those laws to order the manufacture of those vital supplies. Of course, in the Trumpian universe, no good can ever come from any government inconveniencing of their deity, the mammon of Private Enterprise, so now we face a situation with frightening numbers of new cases, while our inventory of the basic medical supplies needed to deal with them are being rapidly exhausted, with no resupply on the horizon (Trump’s lies notwithstanding). As Prof Krugman points out, even though the US and S Korea got their first cases on the same day, the Koreans moved quickly, testing 290,000 in the time it took us to test 60,000, even though they have 1/6 of our population! As a result, their outbreak is coming under control, while ours is soaring!
Maddeningly, the World Health Organization, early in the onset of the crisis, offered enormous numbers of test kits to us, only to have their offer turned down. The only plausible explanation for such a perverse decision is that the blind faith of the free-market fundamentalists of the Trump regime is so extreme that they would rather see thousands of people die than lend the slightest bit of credibility to any worldwide organization devoted to general welfare, rather than the specific political advantage of one nation, party or race over everyone else.
Trump, perhaps more than any other person I have ever heard of, embodies a pathological lack of empathy for others; clearly, if it were a question of thousands of American lives on one side, versus a few percentage points of approval rating on the other, it would be a rhetorical question for him. Of course, those ‘losers’ will just have to die.
Thinking about the POTUS’s thought processes, he typifies what I see as chicken consciousness; just as a chicken seems to draw few distinctions other than food/not food, Trump, incapable of reading or listening to anything with the slightest level of complexity or nuance, is clearly gifted in distinguishing what will boost his popularity and what will detract from it; it’s truly the only thing he has the slightest interest in.
Let us hope that after all the unnecessary deaths we will soon see, enough people are will begin to see through his lying hucksterism to prevent him from getting a 2nd term with which to complete the annihilation of what remains of our democracy.
by David Yearsley
Even before the dawning of Corona Time, the present age was marked by its inward-looking obsessions—selfie, blog, podcast, Facebook, Twitter. The desire to eat the carefully prepared supper must wait until the urge to Instagram has been gratified. “Sharing” is a form of self-curation.
Even as many make movies, take photos, write in their journals in order to capture their impressions of the surreal present, they are also indulging in the curatorial pleasures of retrospect. My mother has started writing her memoirs. Even as store shelves are plundered of stock and the stock market collapses, there is a groundswell of stock-taking.
I turned 55 on Tuesday. In “normal” times that would also have been tax day, but the Corona crisis has pushed back the deadline for annual involuntary donations to the Pentagon. I’m in infinitely regressive retrospective mood.
I have been reading the newspaper more often and more slowly: the Süddeutsche Zeitung on-line; the real broadsheet of the Anderson Valley Advertiser (“America’s Last Newspaper”) in its Special Plague Edition that arrived this week having returned to its full 12-page format of yore; and the New York Times, still delivered to the doorstep. The last of these dwindles in size, too, but in contrast to the AVA, the Times rarely fails to disappoint. Many have been my vows to cancel my subscription, but I can’t bring myself to do it.
Last week the Times printed a boosting review by chief popular music critic Jon Pareles—often a bright spot in these shrinking pages—of Gigaton, the new album from famed Seattle-based band, Pearl Jam. Given that the Pacific Trident Fleet has its homeport just twenty-five miles west of Seattle, the album’s title carries an ominous—one might say apocalyptically explosive—message. There are greater threats to humanity than Corona. Geo-political tensions augmented by the virus only increase the chances of imminent extinction. The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists set their Doomsday Clock at 100 seconds in January, even before the Corona crises took hold in this country. Oh, for the days when the temporal distance from annihilation was measured in minutes not seconds, soon to tick down from triple to double digits.
The opener of Gigaton is called “Who Ever Said” and, after an epigram of spectral electronics is interrupted by guitar blasts, comes at you with irresistible force. At the start of the video the fragile planet earth spins against empty black space to this ethereal space music—the disharmony of the sphere. Then the music hurtles forward like a nuclear locomotive, its chugging guitar riff emitting exhilarating radiation. Like a missile, the video image rushes low over wild terrain.
The first words from lead singer Eddie Vedder’s mouth are “Drowning in their dissertation”—a timely line for all those grad students wondering why they should soldier on. Next we hear of “random speakers in my mind”—an apt description of the tortures of Zoom. Within a few seconds the songs has effected a surgical strike on the technological nerve centers of civilization and the mind. Before long Vedder comes to his moral: “It’s all delivery” — another direct hit on the world as we know it, from ICBMs to Amazon.
Vedder’s refrain is: “Whoever said it’s all been said/gave up on satisfaction.” That’s an invitation to look back on things.
It all comes across as prescient. What doesn’t these days?
As Pareles notes in his review, there is a retrospective glow to Pearl Jam’s latest offering, even if it burns with forward pressing desire: “The lyrics often touch on the idea of acknowledging and learning from the past but not being mired in it, and of trying to transcend a dire present moment.”
Pearl Jam’s high energy music of the future and past got me thinking back, too. Before Pearl Jam was formed in 1990, two of two of its founding members, bassist Jeff Ament and guitarist Stone Gossard, began playing with a band called Malfunkshun led by Andy Wood. This remarkable figure, a kind of prophet of Seattle alternative rock, died of a drug overdose thirty years ago last month, and, as happens to visionaries that depart too early, has been venerated and mythologized. In the aftermath Wood’s death Ament and Gossard continued on their musical path in Pearl Jam.
I went to high school with Wood on Bainbridge Island in the Puget Sound, a piece of wooded rock between Seattle and the Tridents. I didn’t know Andy that well, but had a couple of classes with him, and gave him a lift a few times in my 1965 Ford Fairlane when I saw him walking along the then-rural routes of the island. He loved to flaunt his wit—spontaneous, irreverent, flirtatious, given to the arch non sequitur that often wasn’t really a non sequitur at all. His eyes twinkled, danced, his cherubic cheeks shone. He wore his blond hair long when few, if any Bainbridge boys did. Without seeming to crave attention, he was always eager for humorous, even coyly philosophical exchange, though given his avowed desire to be a star, he must have have had a fundamental need to be seen and heard.
Yesterday I started into the documentary Malfunkshun: The Andrew Wood Story, a warming tribute full of interesting footage and interviews with fellow Seattle musicians and Wood’s family—beginning with a voice-over of his father’s 1990 eulogy, and continually returning to his mother and brothers.
I pulled out my senior high school annual from 1983 to see if I could find Andy in it. He was a year behind me, but among the juniors there is no photo of him. But he is listed in the index, which sent me to page 164. There I found a picture of the judges’ panel for a school “Gong Show.” His name is listed in the caption and the three other members are there at the judges table, but Wood leans out of the frame, only his backside and studded belt buckle visible.
While Andy didn’t submit a photo to the 1983 annual, he did for his senior year. My sister sent me photo of that photo: amongst the mid-1980s suburban Seattle norm, he jumps off the page.)
Before the eventual Pearl Jammers joined Malfunkshun, the group was—if increasingly unreliable memory serves—made up of his older brother Kevin on guitar and another Bainbridge kid named Regan Hagar on drums. I heard them play just once on Bainbridge at a high school talent show which must have taken place in the early spring of 1983. For that event I played the piano for a friend of mine who sang “When Sonny Gets Blue.” That gives you a sense of the kind of fare an offer that evening: standard stuff.
Until Malfunkshun. The band came out with Andy in full performance mode even before he started singing—lashing the audience with his jibes and jokes, unexpected and exuberantly “inappropriate.” Andy was in full Kiss-like make-up, a kinetic performing force. Was he wearing a kind of officer’s brocaded jacket with epaulets? That’s what I see, but I’m sure any memory I have of that Malfunkshun appearance has been refigured and reconstructed from later images.
I don’t remember what the song was, or its lyric, but I do remember that it was ear-splitting. Parents in the audience covered their ears and looked around in apparent outrage.
Kevin Wood launched into a guitar solo and wouldn’t stop.
All the other participants had kept to within the time limit of four or five minutes. But Malfunkshun would not leave the stage. Their first battering epic gave way to a second. The organizers looked in from the wings perplexed, their evening not just kidnapped, but under siege from these long-haired desperadoes.
Eventually, the plug was pulled and the trio was left miming its barrage on stage, Andy singing into the dead mike while his mates hammered at their muted instruments. The curtain was pulled shut, but I remember Andy pushing through it and assuming a mock heroic pose then taking a grandiose bow. Gong Show, indeed. That flamboyant final tableau could be a figment of my imagination, too. But that is how I remember him—making his history on Bainbridge Island, lofting his deafening Love Rock hymn to whoever he found in front of him.
(David Yearsley is a long-time contributor to CounterPunch and the Anderson Valley Advertiser. His latest book is Sex, Death, and Minuets: Anna Magdalena Bach and Her Musical Notebooks. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.)
FOR TRUMP, the economy is basically the stock market. He is obsessed with it, much the way he fixates on television ratings. The stock market is, among other things, a great mood indicator. But it isn't the economy — not even close. As we are now discovering, to more horror than surprise, the cessation of commercial activity — travel, tourism, entertainment, restaurants, sports, construction, conferences, or really any transactions in significant volume, be they in lawyering, accounting, book sales, or spark plugs — means no revenue, no ability to make payroll for rent, mass layoffs, steep declines in both supply and demand, and reverberations, up and down the food chain, of default on debt. That is the economy.
This brutal shock is attacking a body that was already vulnerable. In the event of a global depression, a postmortem might identify Covid-19 as the cause of death, but, as with so many of the virus’s victims, the economy had a pre-existing condition — debt, instead of pulmonary disease. Corporate debt, high yield debt, distressed debt, student debt, consumer debt, mortgage debt, sovereign debt. "It's as if the virus is almost beside the point," a Wall Street trader I know told me. "This was all set up to happen."
Nick Paumgarten, The New Yorker
CANADA ALREADY PAYING UNEMPLOYED CITIZENS $2,000 per month for coronavirus relief
United States considering similar measure
STIMULUS CHECK GLITCHES: Why you’re having trouble and what you can do about it
Tens of millions of Americans got their stimulus payments, but many others reported receiving the wrong amount and frustrating online issues.
EVERYTHING WAS BEAUTIFUL AND NOTHING HURT.
"The society for literary advancement and gestation (SLAG) announced their decision late last night to disqualify eight year old prizewinner Gerald (Little Milton) Bostock following the hundreds of protests and threats received after the reading of his epic poem Thick as a Brick on B.B.C. Television on Monday."
The recording of last night's (2020-04-17) Memo of the Air: Good Night Radio show on KNYO-LP Fort Bragg and KMEC-LP Ukiah is right here:
Furthermore, at https://MemoOfTheAir.wordpress.com you'll find a fresh batch of dozens of links to not necessarily radio-useful but nonetheless worthwhile educational items I set aside for you while gathering the show together. Such as:
Silent The Ten Commandments. (131 min.) "Now, listen! I have got to have those pearls!" http://misscellania.blogspot.com/2020/04/the-ten-commandments.html
Hot Rod/ starring James Lydon, Art Baker and Gill Stratton, Jr. (1 hour) (via NagOnTheLake) (This isn't a car wreck tragedy film; it's about doing the right thing, using your mechanical know-how for good and never for evil, and so gaining the approval of not only the town girl but your father the judge.) https://tinyurl.com/HotRodPunksSaveTheDay
Fjords. Dreamlike, crinkly, baroque. What a world. Thanks so much to Magrathean planetary designer Slartibartfast. https://theawesomer.com/fjords-8k/567630/
And all six episodes of Bendito Machine, longest, simplest and latest (15 min.) on top; shortest, busiest and first at the bottom. They stand alone but the story really develops in sequence. https://www.benditomachine.com/
Marco McClean, email@example.com, https://MemoOfTheAir.wordpress.com
Controlling the Mind, Saturday Night Forever, The Plague, Money,
Sitting in the room silently not identifying with the mind, following another excellent Plumeria Hostel Alternative Saturday Night BBQ in Honolulu, glad to be socializing inside of our private compound (following a week of wearing a face mask, practicing social distancing, policed constantly, and besieged by utter nonsense from the politicians), and then there is the subject of when the $1200 stimulus checks will be arriving, and lastly, the fact of spiritually going on beyond the current incarnation.
I have nothing else that I need to do for the rest of my life. If you want to do anything further in the way of peace & justice or radical environmentalism, then pave the way for me to be able to participate. I cannot any longer identify with the physical body nor the mental factory. It's just too much trouble, particularly the worrisome mind. I am NOT the body, I am NOT the mind. And neither is anybody else. The body-mind complex is a reflection of the Divine Absolute. It all disappears in deep meditation. Where does it go? How does it return? I guess that's the mystery.
I am all paid up for the room in Honolulu, and am welcome to continue living here evermore. Hawaii SNAP (food stamps) are feeding me adequately. Even got in a couple of beers yesterday in Chinatown at Downbeat, which is open for take out. Writing these reports routinely and sending them out. It could be worse. And it could be better.
May Day is when everything opens up again, according to Emperor Trump. I mean, before the world economy collapses and the center does not hold, it is probably good to open up the marketplace again. In the midst of the depressing global situation, gather the mind and bring it to its center. This is difficult. However, it is a whole lot better than living in hell. "One united with the Source, on which the yogis ever dwell, grants desires and liberation, salutations to the OMkaram."
I am here in the room tap tap tapping away on the Microsoft computer. I hope that everybody is okay. ~Peaceout~