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Letters (Dec 10, 2014)

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Dear community,

This obvious fundraising letter will start with a big thank you to all community members who donated time as a volunteer or who brought surplus produce during summer and fall, and/or donated funds last year. The increased funding enables us to increase the amount of food we are able to distribute each month, a fact which has been very much appreciated during the months of 2014.

We estimate that the number of individuals who access the AV Food Bank is about 3,000 persons annually. This is always a sobering statistic as most of that number are children.

Aside from the wonderful annual fundraiser sponsored and operated by the Boonville Hotel each December, the Food Bank has no regular fund-raising activities. This letter will serve this year to remind community members and other community organizations that we are gratefully accepting donations for the upcoming year at this time. Please address your donation to: Anderson Valley Food Bank, PO Box 692, Boonville CA 95415.

For questions/comments please do not hesitate to call me at 895-3763.

Again, thank you all.

Denisse Mattei and the AV Food Bank


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Dear AVA and Mendo locals,

I'm writing today from my own little slice of hell, from the belly of the beast, from inside the walls of our so-called justice system. I'm about to enter my fourth year of confinement on a six-year sentence. I get to see and learn a lot of things in this environment, some unsavory and some are lessons that are priceless which will benefit me the rest of my life. So I'm writing to the people who might be able to relate to me and what I'm about to disclose.

Let it be known that I'm from Willits and I've lived in Ukiah for most of my adult life. It's safe to say that I believe that Mendocino County is the best of the best. The center of the universe. It's where I'm proud to say my kids will also grow up. I'm as local as they come. I may not be out there right now but I will be in a few more months. My roots run far and deep.

I recently heard that my first cousin Kayla Chesser has been murdered. This has affected me to the very core of my existence. I find myself asking questions like, will my aunt see justice served? Will our county court be enough? Who's really going to be satisfied when they give him life? How would I feel if it was my daughter? I'm not going to say how this makes me feel because two wrongs don't make a right.

One lesson I had to learn the hard way. I'm reminded of my own mistakes every day waking up in this cesspool and this is one of the "better" prisons.

But as I sit here paying my debt to society I'm not out there protecting my own kids. This is another hard lesson. How would I live with myself if something happened to them?

But I'm not writing today about me. I'm writing to tell all the Mendo locals to protect each other, and to protect each other's children -- to screen these newcomers. Kayla was a beautiful person who made this world more beautiful. This guy stole from my family and yours and from our Mendo family. Will we see justice? I don't know. Well, if anyone wants to respond to what I wrote, write to me at the address below.

Armando Galindo AK7618

Solano II C-14-21-5 Up

P.O. Box 4000 Vacaville CA 95696

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Hi Folks

I'll be selling my new paintings at the AV Unity Club's Annual Holiday Bazaar this Saturday! Come visit!

Hope you all had a great holiday last week!

I'm pleased to announce that I'll be in town and will be exhibiting and selling new paintings for this year's Anderson Valley Unity Club's Annual Holiday Bazaar! It will be held in the Apple Hall at the Boonville Fairgrounds. Come visit and do your holiday shopping too! Art makes great gifts! This Saturday, December 6th, from 10 am until 4 pm. Looking forward to seeing you there!


Jaye Alison Moscariello

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To the Editor,

The following letter has been sent to our Congressman Jared Huffman.

Dear Congressman: I am told that you voted, on December 4th, along with 410 of your fellow Congressmen, in favor of a House Bill authorizing the Obama Administration to supply weapons to the Ukrainian military. These weapons are intended to help exterminate or drive out those residents of the southeastern regions of the Ukraine who oppose the illegitimate government in Kiev placed in power by a coup back in February, which was engineered at least in part by the United States State Department.

Your vote is regrettable for I believe that you know, or at least should know, that the United States has no vital role in this internal civil war. The manipulations of the IMF, NATO and the European Bloc to control the Ukraine will be a disaster for that incredibly bankrupt country. A little background reading on your part could make this all quite clear to you. Russia and its various neighbors must work out their own relationships in this post-cold war era. This is not our concern and its outcome will have little impact upon the United States. We must learn to mind our own business and recognize the serious limitations of our economic, financial and military power in Eastern Europe.


James Houle,

Redwood Valley

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To the Editor:

Re: "Proposed MendoVito housing plan draws mixed reactions in Hopland"

A review of the MendoVito water proposal shows how unrealistic it really is. According to their website: "Statistics say that one person uses 5.2 gallons of new water a day," and calculations about the proposal's water usage are based on this number. In fact, according to the California Department of Water Resources, Californians use 196 gallons per day on average. A sustainable community at that location would realistically support 75-100 households, not 3,000 – 4,000.

Siana Sylvestre


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Through welcome serendipity, I had the pleasure of being present at this week’s BOS meeting when Supervisor Hamburg read a Resolution honoring Jim Moorehead for his invaluable leadership of the effort to bring broadband to Mendocino County. It was a well-deserved honor for Jim, the Mendocino County Broadband Alliance, and for all who have contributed to the essential work of mapping existing access and clarifying the need for extensive infrastructure work that will be required to provide 21st Century access to Mendocino and other rural counties in Northern California. As Jim explained, continued progress will almost certainly come in the form of a public/private partnership made possible by relationships that have developed among the participating counties and their Community Foundations. As a citizen, it was inspiring to be reminded, yet again, that among the apathetic and disconnected, there remain people like Jim and his colleagues who have stepped up so generously and effectively to make a difference in all of our lives. They deserve our thanks. More importantly, they deserve our attention and support as continued progress is reported on their website at

Wendy A. Roberts


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Memo Of The Week

Mendocino County Library Standards Of Behavior

Please Respect All Library Rules

  • Anyone whose bodily odor is offensive shall be required to leave the building
  • Food or Drink are allowed only in designated areas
  • Public display of obscene or visually disturbing material is prohibited
  • Inappropriate or abusive language is prohibited
  • Personal belongings should not be left unattended anywhere on Library property
  • Only service animals are permitted
  • Being fully clothed is a requirement of using the library
  • Abusive or harassing behavior or stalking others in the Library is prohibited
  • Disturbing anyone by unreasonable noise is prohibited
  • Unsafe behavior such as roughhousing, running, or skateboarding is prohibited
  • Children under 8 must be accompanied and directly supervised by a responsible adult

Violation of any of the above rule will be handled as follows:

  • First Violation: Initial warning and given copy of the Standards of Behavior
  • Second Violation: Library privileges suspended for the day
  • Third Violation: Library privileges suspended for seven days
  • Fourth Violation: Library privileges suspended for up to a year

Circumstances, including the seriousness or continuing nature of the conduct may warrant immediate suspension of Library privileges

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