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Mendocino County Today: February 18, 2012

ONE for the “You Can't Make This Stuff Up” files. Dave Mustaine, leader of the heavy-metal band Megadeth, has endorsed Rick Santorum for president (although he has since denied that it constituted an “endorsement”). To appreciate the beauty of this, check out Mustaine's Wikipedia  page:

ANDREA LONGORIA, a Substance Abuse Counselor in the County’s Health and Human Services Department hired in 2006 and a member of the Service Employees International Union negotiating team, has filed and will challenge Supervisor John McCowen for his Second District seat. At a meeting of the Supervisors last fall, irate at the proposed pay and hours cut, she shouted out, “You say nonchalantly that, yes, we all understood that less hours, of course vacation and certain other accruals would be affected. But then you hung us up upside down for every nickel, dime and penny! You’re taking our bereavement! Seriously? I have a daughter who is terminally ill! Are you kidding me?! You are going to fuck with my bereavement?! A 32 hour workweek? I mean, to reduce, to make us permanent part-time employees is just, like, despicable!”  The outburst was a reference to a fringe benefit being cut, bereavement leave, if the employee hours were cut to something like part-time.

IN A HIGHLY UNUSUAL, nay suspicious move last month, Mendocino County Superior Court Judge Richard Henderson said that he would today (Friday) reconsider the four-year sentence he'd meted out to Cody Fisher, 30 for a drunk driving death Fisher caused. The judge said he would bring Fisher back into court “in light of sentences recently imposed on other defendants in Mendocino, Lake and Sonoma counties for similar offenses.” Which couldn't be true because these counties routinely mete out even harsher sentences for drunk driving accidents in which one or more persons are killed. In Fisher's case his best friend was killed when Fisher, under the influence, careened off a dirt road in a remote area of the McNab Ranch outside of Hopland where he waited four hours before calling for help. Fisher subsequently hired a well-connected San Diego attorney who is a bigwig on the judicial committee considering the new County courthouse for Ukiah. Henderson has made it clear he will hand Fisher a much lighter sentence of a year in the Mendocino County Jail when Fisher appears in court today (Friday.)

ALL ROADS LEAD to Boonville. President Obama visited the home of Nicola Miner and Robert Mailer Anderson last night (Thursday) for a campaign fundraising dinner. Robert, a nephew of AVA Editor Bruce Anderson, is a graduate of Anderson Valley High School. He and Nicola maintain a ranch in the hills east of Boonville. Ling Anderson attended the San Francisco event where she spoke Malay with the president. She said his Malay is quite good. Obama spent part of his childhood in Indonesia where Malay, or a version of it, is the lingua franca. “One of the highlights of the evening for me and my family,” Robert said Friday, “was the Reverend Al Green giving my daughter Frances a big hug after singing ‘Let's Stay Together.’ Another was Booker T playing my favorite tune of his (he just won his fourth Grammy and is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame) ‘Time is Tight’ with Charlie Musselwhite and Les Claypool during soundcheck. They played the classic ‘Green Onions’ as the President came into the room after my introduction.”

SUPERVISOR JOHN PINCHES said last month that the Willits bypass was “a done deal.” Pinches said as soon as the Corps of Engineers signed off on the last mitigation — six acres of wetlands in a valley that was mostly wetlands at one time — all systems would be go. Sure enough, early this week the Corps signed off on the permits. Caltrans is expected to also sign. Then Caltrans will request $158 million in funding from the California Transportation Commission and project bids would be posted in May for the six-mile end around perennially congested Willits. The work would commence in earnest in the winter of 2013.

CHRISTIAN rocker Mustaine of Megadeth

Looks like he’s used a bit too much meth

His lack of decorum

In endorsing Santorum

Could bring Rick the political fate of Macbeth


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