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Mendocino County Today: Friday, April 18, 2014

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BEYOND AWFUL. Tiffany Revelle of the Ukiah Daily Journal reports: An Arizona man and his 3-year-old daughter were killed in a crash on Highway 101 south of Ukiah just after 11 this morning, and the Santa Rosa driver of the van that struck them was arrested on suspicion of manslaughter, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The father and daughter who died were identified as Jonathan James Arroyo, 26, and Taylor Arroyo, 3, according to the Mendocino County Sheriff-Coroner's Office.

Arroyo, his wife and two daughters were headed south on Highway 101 south of Burke Hill Road when their four-door Cadillac sedan was struck by a northbound Chevrolet Express cargo van that crossed the grass median for reasons still under investigation, according to the CHP.

Passengers Kristin Arroyo, 27, and surviving daughter Adalyn Arroyo, 1, were taken by ambulance to Ukiah Valley Medical Center with minor injuries.

The driver of the Chevrolet van, identified by the CHP as Emmanuel Ariel Mandujano Barajas, 22, was uninjured. He was seen sitting in the back of a patrol car being questioned by officers at the scene, and the CHP later reported he was arrested on suspicion of felony manslaughter in the incident.

The CHP had not determined by the close of business Thursday whether alcohol or other drugs factored in the collision.

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LOTS OF STORIES and pro-con comment on the dumbing down of the SAT tests, which will make the essay optional when the tests kick in in 2016. Seems to me the ability to write clearly is a much more reliable guide to who's likely to do well at the college level than the proposed requirement to decode the Declaration of Independence or other pivotal documents of American history, but I suppose if you can glean the central meaning of what you're reading, writing about it isn't all that important. 1.5 million young people take the tests every year, of whom a whole bunch ought not to go to the trouble and expense. Looking back on my college experience, I don't remember learning much of anything inside the classroom, but it did give me a lot of time to read on my own, scattered as my reading was because it wasn't in any way systematic. If I had it do over again, I wouldn't, and two years of my “higher learning” was funded by baseball, which I could play well enough to earn me free room and board until I lost interest in sports entirely for the rest of my youth, re-drugging myself in middle age. The other two years of the three-and-a-half I headed in the direction of a college degree, I scuffled around working and paying my own way by taking late afternoon and night classes when I could at community colleges. Those courses, all required, weren't hard because I could already read and write, which put me up over almost all my classmates, many of whom were aiming at the tough diplomas in engineering and other math-based qualifications. They were all a lot smarter than me but, and I understand this is still true, they didn't read particularly well and couldn't write much at all. I laughed, though, when I read that the SAT's “would no longer include relatively obscure vocabulary words such as ‘punctilious’ and ‘lachrymose’ but would include words like ‘synthesis.’ (Better add ‘appropriate’ and ‘paradigm’ if you want to live in Mendocino County.) Punctilious and lachrymose? Punctilious you see a lot and should know. Lachrymose not so often, but by that standard you could just develop the speaking and gizmo-prose of today's young people. “Like I said to the dude, like wtf? And he like said to me, Like dude…” Accompany that with a lot of body language intended to convey meaning and who needs lachrymose? Only the punctilious. Who are definitely about to be phased out altogether. If you want to design high rises or become a surgeon, or some other really, really skilled person you should know these words and a lot more. But if you want to be a history and English major, which my diploma is, go out and enjoy your youth, reading when you can. For you, college is a waste of time and your parent's money. Whatever you do, don't rack up a lot of debt getting a four-year degree in the liberal arts. That's really silly these days. Ruinous, too. Work for revolution and free education for everyone who wants one.

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Interior of Palace Hotel, pre-rehab
Interior of Palace Hotel, pre-rehab

THE UKIAH CITY COUNCIL has decided against receivership for the Palace Hotel, leaving the long-abandoned structure, once the grand dame of downtown Ukiah's afterhours life, in the problematic hands of Eladia Laines, the Marin County woman who owns it. An indignant Ms. Laines says she's already invested a half-million dollars in restoration efforts and was not informed that the City had considered receivership. The vote was 3-2 to allow Ms. Laines to at least try to rehab the building. Mary Anne Landis and Benj Thomas voted to devote public money to the receivership process.

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WITH THE FUTURE of the Fort Bragg campus of the College of the Redwoods still in doubt, we all certainly hope that the school's Fine Woodworking program can somehow be continued. It's a justly famous woodworking school, and has been for years, with first-rate instructors who draw students from all parts of the United States and the world.

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I think continually of those who were truly great.

Who, from the womb, remembered the soul's history

Through corridors of light where the hours are suns

Endless and singing. Whose lovely ambition

Was that their lips, still touched with fire,

Should tell of the Spirit clothed from head to foot in song.

And who hoarded from the Spring branches

The desires falling across their bodies like blossoms.

What is precious is never to forget

The essential delight of the blood drawn from ageless springs

Breaking through rocks in worlds before our earth.

Never to deny its pleasure in the morning simple light

Nor its grave evening demand for love.

Never to allow gradually the traffic to smother

With noise and fog the flowering of the spirit.

Near the snow, near the sun, in the highest fields

See how these names are feted by the waving grass

And by the streamers of white cloud

And whispers of wind in the listening sky.

The names of those who in their lives fought for life

Who wore at their hearts the fire's centre.

Born of the sun they travelled a short while towards the sun,

And left the vivid air signed with their honor.

— Stephen Spender

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by Richard Lea & Jo Tuckman in Mexico City

GGMarquezColombian author became standard-bearer for Latin American letters after success of One Hundred Years of Solitude

The Colombian Nobel laureate Gabriel García Márquez, who unleashed the worldwide boom in Spanish literature with his novel One Hundred Years of Solitude, has died at the age of 87. He had been admitted to hospital in Mexico City on April 3 with pneumonia.

Matching commercial success with critical acclaim, García Márquez became a standard-bearer for Latin American letters, establishing a route for negotiations between guerillas and the Colombian government, building a friendship with Fidel Castro, and maintaining a feud with fellow literature laureate Mario Vargas Llosa that lasted more than 30 years.

Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos said via Twitter: “A thousand years of solitude and sadness at the death of the greatest Colombian of all time. Solidarity and condolences to his wife and family ... Such giants never die.”

Journalists gathered outside García Márquez's house in Mexico City in the hope that one of the family members who was reportedly at his side would emerge.

Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto expressed sadness at the death of “one of the greatest writers of our time,” in the name of Mexico, the novelist's adopted home.

Chilean writer Luis Sepúlveda was quoted by the Mexican newspaper Reforma as saying that he was “the most important writer in Spanish of the 20th century,” central to the Latin American literary boom that “revolutionized everything: the imagination, the way of telling a story, and the literary universe.”

Colombian singer Shakira wrote: “We will remember your life, dear Gabo, like a unique and unrepeatable gift, and the most original of stories.”

Born in a small town near the northern coast of Colombia on March 6, 1927, García Márquez was raised by his grandparents for the first nine years of his life and began working as a journalist while studying law in Bogotá. A series of articles relating the ordeal of a Colombian sailor sparked controversy and saw him travel to Europe as a foreign correspondent in 1955, the year in which he published his first work of fiction, the short novel Leaf Storm. Short stories and novellas with the realism of Hemingway as their inspiration followed, but after the publication of The Evil Hour in 1962 García Márquez found himself at an impasse.

Speaking to the Paris Review in 1981 he explained how he decided his writings about his childhood were “more political” than the “journalistic literature” he had been engaged with. He wanted to return to his childhood and the imaginary village of Macondo he had created in Leaf Storm, but there was “always something missing.” After five years he hit upon the “right tone,” a style “based on the way my grandmother used to tell her stories.”

“She told things that sounded supernatural and fantastic, but she told them with complete naturalness,” García Márquez said. “When I finally discovered the tone I had to use, I sat down for eighteen months and worked every day.”

Right from the elliptical opening sentence — which finds Colonel Aureliano Buendía facing a firing squad and remembering the “distant afternoon” many years before when “his father took him to discover ice” — One Hundred Years of Solitude weaves together the misfortunes of a family over seven generations. García Márquez tells the story of a doomed city of mirrors founded in the depths of the Colombian jungle with the “brick face” his grandmother used to tell ghost stories, folk tales and supernatural legends.

The novel was an instant bestseller, with the first edition of 8,000 copies selling out within a week of its publication in 1967. Hailed by the Chilean poet Pablo Neruda as “perhaps the greatest revelation in the Spanish language since Don Quixote of Cervantes,” One Hundred Years of Solitude went on to win literary prizes in Italy, France, Venezuela and beyond, appearing in more than 30 languages and selling more than 30 million copies around the world. García Márquez forged friendships with writers such as Carlos Fuentes, Julio Cortazar and Vargas Llosa — a friendship that ended in the 1970s after Vargas Llosa floored the Colombian with a punch outside a Mexico City cinema.

The Autumn of the Patriarch, which the author called a “poem on the solitude of power,” followed in 1975. García Márquez assembled this story of the tyrannical leader of an unnamed Caribbean nation from a collage of dictators such as Franco, Perón, and Pinilla, and continued to draw inspiration from Latin America's history of conflict with a novella inspired by the murder of a wealthy Colombian, The Chronicle of a Death Foretold, published in 1981.

A year later he was awarded the Nobel prize for literature, the Swedish Academy hailing fiction “in which the fantastic and the realistic are combined in a richly composed world of imagination, reflecting a continent's life and conflicts.” Speaking at the ceremony in Stockholm, he painted a picture of a continent filled with “immeasurable violence and pain” that “nourishes a source of insatiable creativity, full of sorrow and beauty.”

“Poets and beggars, musicians and prophets, warriors and scoundrels, all creatures of that unbridled reality, we have had to ask but little of imagination,” he said, “for our crucial problem has been a lack of conventional means to render our lives believable.”

The lives García Márquez next made “believable” were those of his parents, whose extended courtship was rendered into Love in the Time of Cholera, first published in 1985. The novel tells how a secret relationship between Florentino Arizo and Fermina Daza is thwarted by Fermina's marriage to a doctor trying to eradicate cholera, only to be rekindled more than 60 years later.

A 1989 account of Simón Bolívar's final months, The General in his Labyrinth, blended fact and fiction, but García Márquez never left journalism behind, arguing that it kept him “in contact with the real world.” Clandestine in Chile, published in 1986, was an account of the Chilean filmmaker Miguel Littín, who returned to his homeland in secret to make a documentary about life under General Augusto Pinochet. News of a Kidnapping explored how prominent figures in Colombian society were snatched and imprisoned by Pablo Escobar's Medellín drug cartel.

He continued to write, publishing a memoir of his early life in 2002 and a novella that chronicles an old man's passion for an adolescent girl in 2004, but never regained the heights of his earlier masterpieces. His brother Jaime García Márquez revealed in 2012 that the writer was suffering from dementia after undergoing chemotherapy for lymphatic cancer first diagnosed in 1999.

Asked in 1981 about his ambitions as a writer he suggested that it would be a “catastrophe” to be awarded the Nobel prize, arguing that writers struggle with fame, which “invades your private life” and “tends to isolate you from the real world.”

“I don't really like to say this because it never sounds sincere,” he continued, “but I would really have liked for my books to have been published after my death, so I wouldn't have to go through all this business of fame and being a great writer.”

(Courtesy, the Guardian of London)

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by Harry Fisher

Harry Fisher
Harry Fisher

We are approaching 2016, the 80th anniversary of the fascist coup d'etat that began the Spanish Civil War, and November of that year would be the 80th anniversary of the founding of the International Brigades, the army of volunteers from around the world whose goal it was to end that fascist takeover. Unfortunately, the people of the United States today knew very little about that war, especially the negative role the US government played.

The history of the United States is tainted by many dark moments, both in our domestic policies and in our foreign policies — slavery, our government's treatment of Native Americans, political executions of people like Sacco and Vanzetti and the Rosenbergs — these and many other examples explode the myth of America as the land of the free, the home of the brave.

Our foreign policy has left much to be desired as well. Our involvement in Korea, in Vietnam, in Cuba, in Nicaragua and Chile, Guatemala and El Salvador… the list goes on and on. And right up there among our nation's worst foreign policy blunders was our role in the Spanish Civil War.

In 1936, the Spanish people voted into office a popular front government which wasn't any more radical than the New Deal government of President Roosevelt. But it was far too radical for the fascists who overthrew it with the aid of Hitler's Germany and Mussolini's Italy. One might think that the United States and other democratic countries would have supported democratic Spain by giving or selling them the arms they needed to defeat Franco's fascists; but in 1937 the United States Congress, with the urging of President Roosevelt, passed the Neutrality Act, which forbade the US to aid either side. The vote would have been unanimous, except for the negative vote of only one congressman from Minnesota, John Bernard, a courageous man, long forgotten by most Americans. Of course, Germany and Italy continued to send the latest weapons to the fascists. Italy sent approximately 100,000 troops, and Germany sent thousands of officers, including pilots, tankists, and artillerymen. So while Franco was getting all the men and material he needed, the Loyalists were getting mostly old World War One equipment from the Soviet Union and nothing from the United States. In fact, even though the United States was supposed to be neutral, the government still allowed Franco to buy all the oil he needed for his airplanes and tanks from our oil companies.

To put it very simply, the fascists won this war thanks in large part to the United States. While Hitler was using Spain as a training ground for even greater conquests to come, the United States sat back and calmly watched. While the Spanish government and the International Brigades were trying to put an end to fascism, the United States, as well as Great Britain and France, were making it possible for the fascists to win the war in Spain, and thus to allow Hitler to start the most devastating war in history, World War II. It can be argued that World War II began in Spain, and that the failure of the democracies to respond to the threat of fascism there led directly to the deaths in World War II of 50 million people.

The holocaust, the concentration camps, the two nuclear bombs dropped on Japan… Could all this have been avoided if fascism had been crushed in Spain? No one can say for sure, but I believe a very strong possibility exists that had the US government allowed the Spanish government to buy the arms it needed, the horrors of World War II might never have happened. Is it any wonder that I call our role in Spain one of the worst foreign policy blunders in our history?

A book was published in the 1990s, edited by Cary Nelson and Jefferson Hendricks, titled Madrid 1937: Letters of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade from the Spanish Civil War. I found it especially interesting that so many of the letters quoted in this book speak of the coming of World War II.

John Cookson wrote: “Yes, I was called crazy when I dared mention last year the second world war was dangerously near. I was called 'Red and radical' when defending the Loyalist government last August 1.”

Sidney Kaufman wrote: “Spain is the place to smash fascism. Should the fascists be victorious, we knew before we came here, it would only be a short time before France, England or possibly the US would be the next victim of aggression.”

Rose Reed, a nurse, wrote: “I think the saddest experience I suffered in the year I've been in Spain was the death of Abe Schwartz. He was an anti-fascist fighter who had left his family and future 3,000 miles behind to fight a battle here for democracy that he might spare America the terrors and misery of the battle tomorrow.”

Bill Sennett wrote: “How the false policy of neutrality can continue under present conditions is beyond me. If Hitler and Mussolini win here, they will go after bigger game which will bring a new world war in its wake. Economically and politically America is definitely a leading factor in world affairs and only the naive would think that she can stay out of a new world war.”

And in 1938, I wrote to my sister: “If the fascists ever win here, there will be more wars. What's the use of being home, only to get into another war? If the fascists lose here and in China, there will be that much less of a chance for another war.”

Preventing World War II was a reality to us back in 1937 and 1938. And, unfortunately, events proved that our fears were justified. Over 700 of us veterans of the Spanish Civil War — those who were healthy enough — did join the American military forces when the Second World War began; and then many of us were deliberately kept in the rear, labeled “premature anti-fascists” and not to be trusted. We had to put up a struggle in order to be sent to the front, even though we had more battle experience than virtually any other US soldiers. Of the hundreds who made it to the front, many were killed and wounded. Some, like Bob Thompson and Herman Boettcher, did not receive the Congressional Medal of Honor only because they had fought in Spain. About seven Lincoln vets were in the OSS and fought behind the fascist lines. Near the end of the war, the US Congress demanded that General Donovan, the commander of the OSS, get rid of those seven because they “believed in using force and violence to overthrow the US government.” But in fact, all during the Second World War, they were using force and violence to defend the United States and to continue their attempt to defeat fascism as they had done in Spain.

The Lincoln Brigade carried with us a stigma — premature anti-fascists — but one that, to this day, we are proud to carry. We were right to try stop fascism before anti-fascism became “fashionable.” And President Roosevelt himself eventually admitted that he had erred in supporting the Neutrality Act.

Claude Bowers, US ambassador to Loyalist Spain who fought against the Neutrality Act, says in his book My Mission to Spain: “I found President Roosevelt seated at his desk in the White House residence, more serious and graver than I had ever seen him before. I got the impression that he was not happy over the course we had followed. Before I could sit down or utter a word, he said: 'We made a mistake; you have been right all along'.”

These words were said in the last weeks of the war, when it was obvious that the fascists would be victorious.

From the same book, here is another quote about Senator Key Pitman, the author of the Neutrality Act: “The night of the day I saw President Roosevelt, I was with Senator Key Pitman, an old friend, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and author of the embargo, from nine o'clock until dawn, alone in his house. When I entered, after shaking hands, he walked over to a table for a cigarette, saying over his shoulders, 'I am afraid we made a mistake in Spain'.”

A few days later, Bowers appeared before the House Foreign Affairs Committee at the invitation of its chairman, Sol Bloom. He wrote: “When asked if I thought the embargo had contributed to the fascist triumph, I replied that it unquestionably had. At the conclusion I was warmly cheered, and I had the feeling that the committee was sympathetic to my view. Thus the president had said we had made a mistake. Senator Pitman, author of the embargo, had said we had we had made a mistake. The House committee was sympathetic. But it was too late.”

So there you have it. Our government leaders at the time admit they made a mistake, a mistake that may have caused 50 million deaths, the holocaust, the dropping of two atom bombs… And these same leaders, especially Roosevelt, according to our history books, are the ones responsible for defeating fascism in World War II. These “heroes” are the same people who allowed fascism to win in Spain due to the Neutrality Act. Isn't it about time that the real history leading up to World War II be told to our people?

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by Dan Bacher

Politics can make for strange bedfellows, but so can drought, as exemplified by the concurrence between the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association and the California Water Impact Network (C-WIN) over the enormously expensive pork barrel project known as the Bay Delta Conservation Plan.

Tom Stokely, Media Contact for C-WIN, explained, “California’s water scarcity is being used by the Brown administration to push its so-called Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP), a hyper-ambitious public works project that would convey water from the Sacramento/San Joaquin Delta to south state corporate farms and municipalities via a pair of massive subterranean tunnels.”

“The BDCP would cost upward of $100 billion, would do nothing to increase drought water supplies to southern California, and would devastate the Bay-Delta ecosystem, the richest estuary on the west coast of the continental United States,” said Stokely. “The California Water Impact Network and allied organizations oppose the project because of its ruinous expense, horrendous environmental impacts, and ultimate inadequacy in addressing California’s long-term water dilemma.”

“We therefore welcome the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association into our alliance,” said Stokely. “Equitable water distribution advocates and conservative taxpayer protection associations do not always agree on the issues.”

“But in this case, we are in full accord,” he emphasized. “The Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association recently issued a statement expressing concern that the BDCP doesn’t adequately address the profound fiscal impacts of the project, and decrying indications that the fiscal burden for the scheme will fall on already beleaguered taxpayers and property owners.”

In its letter, the Association expresses concerns over the BDCP's unresolved financing and taxpayer issues: “We do not contest the state's existing requirement that water users pay all costs associated with the construction of any new conveyance facility in the Delta. However, there appear to be sufficient doubts among the participating water agencies so as to question whether the projected revenue stream will be sufficient to fund this project.”

Further, the association notes, the BDCP seems the latest in a series of ill-conceived state projects that fail to meet established goals but burden residents with ever-spiraling tax bills

“In recent years, California has undertaken several infrastructure projects which were poorly planned and executed,” the organization stated. “High Speed Rail and the Bay Bridge fiasco are but two examples. Our concern is that the BDCP may well be plagued with similar challenges…”

Stokely said, “We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.”

“C-WIN is looking forward to working with the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association and any other group of concerned citizens in the campaign to stop the BDCP,” said Carolee Krieger, the executive director of C-WIN. “This fight transcends the usual political divisions. It’s about the responsible use of taxpayer money, and it’s about making government accountable to the people — all the people.”

The construction of the peripheral tunnels will hasten the extinction of Sacramento River Chinook salmon, Central Valley steelhead, Delta smelt, longfin smelt, green sturgeon and other fish species, as well as imperil steelhead and salmon on the Trinity and Klamath rivers. The plan will remove large tracts of Delta farmland, among the most fertile on the planet, out of agricultural production in order to irrigate toxic, drainage impaired land on the west side of the San Joaquin Valley and to provide water for oil companies conducting fracking and steam injection operations in Kern County.

Yet the project won't provide one drop of new water. If the tunnels were in operation today, they wouldn't do anything to alleviate the drought.

The letter can be found at:

For more information, call Tom Stokely, Media Contact, 530-926-9727 or Carolee Krieger, Executive Director 805-969-0824, or go to:

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TRUCK BLOCKING DRIVEWAY -- Caller in the 500 block of Empire Drive reported at 7:41 a.m. Friday that a flat bed truck was parked in front of the caller's house that was making it difficult for her to get out of her driveway. An officer responded and determined there was no hazard.

FIGHT -- An officer responded to a report of a fight between two boys at Ukiah High School at 8:09 a.m. Friday. Both students were cited and released to their parents.

DEATH -- An officer responded to the 600 block of North State Street at 10:52 a.m. Friday and took a report for a death.

PARENTS SMOKING MARIJUANA -- Caller in the 1200 block of North State Street at 1:32 p.m. Friday that a couple with a baby in a stroller was smoking marijuana. An officer checked the area but they were gone.

SHOPLIFTER -- An officer responded to Kohl's on North Orchard Avenue at 1:44 p.m. Friday and arrested a 48-year-old Willits woman for theft. She was cited and released.

BURGLARY -- Caller in the 400 block of Cochrane Avenue reported at 5:44 p.m. Friday that someone kicked in his front door. An officer responded and took a report.

SHOPLIFTER -- An officer responded to Kohl's on North Orchard Avenue at 6:44 p.m. Friday and arrested a Ukiah woman for theft. She was cited and released.

SHOPLIFTER -- An officer responded to Walmart on Airport Park Boulevard at 6:57 p.m. Friday and arrested Justin Thornhill, 30, of Ukiah, on suspicion of burglary. He was cited and released.

NEIGHBOR REVVING ENGINES -- Caller in the 1900 block of Elm Street reported at 7:27 p.m. Friday that a neighbor with racecars was purposely revving engines to disturb the neighborhood.

SHOPLIFTER -- An officer responded to Kohl's on North Orchard Avenue at 1:59 p.m. Saturday and arrested Kyrie P. Ketcher, 52, of Ukiah, on suspicion of burglary. He was booked into county jail.

DEAD FOX -- Caller in the 1300 block of West Clay Street reported at 4:33 p.m. Saturday that a dead fox was in a driveway. An officer responded and took the animal to the shelter.

CAR BROKEN INTO -- Caller at Ukiah High School reported at 7:20 p.m. Saturday that her car was broken into and a purse was stolen. An officer took a report of theft.

SHOPLIFTER -- An officer responded to Safeway on South State Street at 8:35 p.m. Saturday and arrested a 34-year-old Irvine resident for theft. The person was cited and released.

SHOPLIFTER -- An officer responded to Kohl's on North Orchard Avenue at 8:40 p.m. Saturday and arrested a juvenile for shoplifting. The suspect was cited and released.


The following were compiled from reports prepared by the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office:

DUI -- Sammy McKayo, 38, of Willits, was arrested at 10:25 a.m. April 10 on suspicion of driving under the influence and booked at the county jail under $150,000 bail. The MCSO arrested him.

DUI -- Cameron L. Lenhart, 25, of Ukiah, was arrested at 1:11 p.m. April 10 on suspicion of driving under the influence and booked at the county jail. The MCSO arrested him.

GRAND THEFT -- Johnny R. Harding, 38, of Philo, was arrested at 2:45 p.m. April 10 on suspicion of grand theft and booked at the county jail under $15,000 bail. The MCSO arrested him.

MARIJUANA SALES -- Brandon P. King, 34, of Potter Valley, was arrested at 3 p.m. April 10 on suspicion of possessing marijuana for sale, committing offenses while released on bail and violating his probation terms, and booked at the county jail. The Mendocino Major Crimes Task Force arrested him.

MARIJUANA SALES -- Alejandro Aguilar Polvos, 29, of San Jose, was arrested at 3 p.m. April 10 on suspicion of possessing marijuana for sale and booked at the county jail under $25,000 bail. The MMCTF arrested him.

DUI -- Victoria A. Fallis, 47, of Covelo, was arrested at 4:32 p.m. April 10 on suspicion of driving under the influence and driving with a blood-alcohol level greater than the legal limit, and booked at the county jail under $5,000 bail. The MCSO arrested her.

MARIJUANA SALES -- John V. Cook, 51, of Potter Valley, was arrested at 5 p.m. April 10 on suspicion of possessing marijuana for sale, cultivating marijuana, possessing an assault weapon and being armed with a gun, and booked at the county jail under $25,000 bail. The MMCTF arrested him.

MARIJUANA SALES -- Arnold Maduena Gamboa, 36, of Ukiah, was arrested at 6 p.m. April 10 on suspicion of possessing marijuana for sale and booked at the county jail under $25,000 bail. The MMCTF arrested him.

MARIJUANA SALES -- Juan M. Magallon, 35, of Ukiah, was arrested at 6 p.m. April 10 on suspicion of possessing marijuana for sale and booked at the county jail under $25,000 bail. The MMCTF arrested him.

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE -- Enrique M. Ramirez, 29, of Willits, was arrested at 11:29 a.m. April 11 on suspicion of domestic assault and violating his probation, and booked at the county jail. The Willits Police Department arrested him.

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE -- Tyler L. Elza, 31, of Willits, was arrested at 2:35 p.m. April 11 on suspicion of domestic assault, making threats and possessing methamphetamine, and booked at the county jail under $25,000 bail. The MCSO arrested him.

MARIJUANA SALES -- Raymondo Mendez Rodriguez, 31, of San Jose, was arrested at 8:37 p.m. April 11 on suspicion of possessing marijuana for sale and booked at the county jail under $25,000 bail. The MMCTF arrested him.



The following were compiled from reports prepared by the California Highway Patrol:

DUI ARREST -- Danny P. Slater, 51, of Oak Harbor, was stopped in the 20200 block of Highway 101 at 5:20 p.m. Saturday and arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.

DUI, HIT-AND-RUN ARREST -- Moises Villegas, 27, of Ukiah, was stopped in the 100 block of Laws Avenue at 11:13 p.m. Sunday and arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and hit-and-run.




  1. John Sakowicz April 18, 2014

    “He allowed himself to be swayed by his conviction that human beings are not born once and for all on the day their mothers give birth to them, but that life obliges them over and over again to give birth to themselves.”
    ― Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez, Love in the Time of Cholera

  2. Jim Updegraff April 18, 2014

    In reflecting on my comments of April 16th regarding the naive question about the Bank of America by Robin Sunbean I wonder if the public bank for Mendocino County promoters are still around. I assume they are sincere but their comments about the Federal Reserve Bank system and their proposed bank remind me of Don Quixote tilting at the windmills. They are totally oblivious of the State of California Financial Code regarding the procedures for starting a bank.

    They like to refer to the Bank of North Dakota but it is quite clear its activities in no way have any revelance to what they have proposed for their bank. Further, I wonder why they would want a bank in a county with a small population and limited resources. Do they think the Board of Supervisors are a bunch of dodos that would buy in on their scheme?

  3. Harvey Reading April 18, 2014

    “They were all a lot smarter than me but, and I understand this is still true, they didn’t read particularly well and couldn’t write much at all.”

    So true. I used to read applications for temporary employment during the 80s, and found far too many PhD and MS degree holders who couldn’t put a sentence together, let alone a paragraph. The applications looked, and read, as if completed by fourth graders.

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