- River Silt
- Woodhouse Situation
- Keegan Remarries
- Stoner Klan
- McGhan Jeopardy
- Willits Weekly Adjudication
- Little Dog
- The Rag
- Mall Rat
- Train Scam
- Local History Books
- Election Reactions
- Library Holiday
- Identity Politics
- Elector Petition
- Who/What is Sentient?
THE FRIDAY NIGHT/EARLY-SATURDAY MORNING RAIN was the best rain so far this year — three inches measured at spots in Philo and Boonville. Mid-morning the Navarro was flowing cafe latte with all the silt coming out of Anderson Creek. Rancheria and Indian Creeks were both flowing green. At the convergence of Rancheria and Anderson the effect was surreal with the silty creamed coffee staying on the right half of the now Navarro River and the Rancheria green staying left. The bi-colored River flowed happily along for the quarter mile trip to Indian Creek where it was mixed up to solid tan and the new green water didn't have much effect. The ideal situation would be for the high flow muddy water to punch open the sand bar at the mouth to let the fish in and then clear up enough to not be a detriment to spawning activity. But as of Sunday evening the sand bar was back and still in place. (—David Severn)
WE ALL HOPE the announcement promised from the Woodhouse crew — hopefully in the next couple of days, but maybe not until the following week — is a resignation from the Board of Supervisors now that the poor guy has been declared in conservatorship.
BUT THE WOODHOUSE situation remains murky. What we thought was a conservatorship hearing was calendared as a "probate conservatorship,” not a mental health conservatorship which is a closed matter that has to be initiated by a doctor, not the family. (11/18/2016 E 9:01 AM CON. WOODHOUSE, THOMAS, PRBATE HRG - CONSVTR SCUK-CVPG-2016-267)
CONSERVATORSHIPS are public proceedings: the conservatee’s assets, income, and expenses become a matter of public record. However, California law requires that the petition for conservatorship include a form entitled "Confidential Supplemental Information." In this confidential document, petitioner lists the facts showing why the conservatorship is warranted (why the proposed conservatee is unable to properly provide for his or her personal care or substantially manage his or her own resources, among other things).
SUPERVISOR WOODHOUSE now appears to be on his way to being out of office following that expedited court hearing last Friday (it lasted about five minutes) in Judge Henderson’s court, but it could take a long time. His wife Carlyn was appointed Woodhouse’s conservator with the power to resign his office for him. A conservator is appointed when someone is deemed incapable of caring for themselves or their finances.
THE COURT ACTION was filed by Woodhouse's attorney Chris Neary on behalf of Mrs. Woodhouse. Neary, according to Adrian Baumann in the online Mendocino Voice, asked that the hearing be closed and Judge Richard Henderson immediately complied, which seems to be why the matter was filed as it was — to keep snoops, aka media, out in the hall. It’s obvious the matter was worked out in advance. (Neary and Henderson are old pals from way back and, this being Mendocino County, palsy-walsy-ism is often a factor in legal actions.) An attorney cannot serve two masters, so if the action was filed on behalf of Mrs. Woodhouse, who was representing poor old Woody? The hearing lasted about five minutes. Neary and Mrs. Woodhouse declined comment but Neary said a statement would be issued "sometime next week, probably Monday or Tuesday."
WOODHOUSE was not present nor was he represented by his own attorney which seems odd, especially considering that his wife was granted broad powers to act on his behalf. Mrs. Woodhouse, in addition to resigning Woodhouse from office, may also "file and prosecute any claims, actions, suits or other legal proceedings relating to the conservatee's employment and disability."
NEARY filed an affidavit that Woodhouse had been notified by a fax sent to him at a Sacramento mental health facility. Woodhouse is believed to have been hospitalized since October 28 when he was arrested on charges of domestic battery and resisting arrest. The hearing was held after only four days notice to Woodhouse, instead of the usual five. Neary filed a declaration claiming that the shorter notice was justified due to an "emergency." What was the nature of the emergency? Neary said he had been in contact with representatives of the County regarding Woodhouse's position on the Board of Supervisors. According to Neary, decisions needed to be made about Woodhouse's "current disability and his rights and claims relating thereto. A delay could result in actions against conservatee that would impair his rights and claims."
NEARY seems to be implying that someone, possibly the County, is poised to take action against Woodhouse. But the only action against Woodhouse that could be taken is one on behalf of his wife. County officials have made it clear that they are staying out of the issue.
IN RESPONSE to a question during public expression at a recent Board of Supervisors meeting, Supervisor John McCowen replied that he was not aware of any action the board could take or a role the Board had in the matter. County Counsel Kit Elliott agreed with McCowen. This makes it seem unlikely that the County intends to take action in this situation.
WOODHOUSE last attended a Board of Supervisors meeting on August 30 so the present situation has been going on for two and a half months now with no clear resolution in sight. A provision of state law allows for the removal from office of an official who does not conduct their duties for three consecutive months. But there is an exception for someone with a medical condition which Woodhouse clearly has. That makes it seems very unlikely that an additional day's notice to Supervisor Woodhouse would result in any adverse action against him. Instead, as a result of the hurry up court action, he could now find himself out of office without further notice should his wife so choose.
THE CONSERVATORSHIP is set to expire on December 2, but the hearing was continued to that same day at which time it could be extended. What's the hurry? Why does Mrs. Woodhouse need to be granted the power to resign her husband from his elected official position as Supervisor? Why not wait until December 2 and get a status report on how the Supervisor is doing? And how can such an important matter be decided without Woodhouse or his own legal representative being present? In child welfare and custody cases a six-month-old baby is represented by their own attorney with separate attorneys for each parent and an attorney for the County. But Supervisor Woodhouse is now in a position where he can be removed from office without having any say in the matter.
THE CONSENSUS OPINION of those who have had recent contact with Woodhouse is that he is incapable of functioning in the role of an elected county supervisor and he shows no sign of improving. Still, it seems he ought to be entitled to his day in court.
THE REAL EMERGENCY might be concern on the part of the family that Woodhouse will talk himself out of the facility where he's being held, something he has done at least once before.
PRESUMABLY, as long as she is the conservator, Mrs. Woodhouse may have the power to keep Woodhouse where he is involuntarily and see that he gets treatment.
DUE PROCESS ASIDE, it seems increasingly obvious that the supervisor is incapable of performing the duties of his office. Will Neary announce this or next week that Mrs. Woodhouse has submitted a letter of resignation on behalf of her husband? Resignation, if it occurs, would begin the process of appointing a replacement. Once that process begins it could take several more months for the governor to name a replacement. But that is probably the quickest path to restoring representation to the residents of the Third District.
DR. PETER KEEGAN and Elizabeth Crawford were married this weekend in Ukiah.
DR. KEEGAN remains the sole suspect in the death of his first wife of thirty years, Susan Keegan. The DA's Office, since the election of David Eyster, has spent much time and money investigating that death, all on the assumption that Mrs. Keegan was bludgeoned to death by Mr. Keegan.
AN ATTORNEY GENERAL with a sense of humor can't be all bad. Remember when Jeff Sessions joked to the effect, "I thought the Klan was all right until I found out they smoked marijuana."
IT SEEMS LIKE every couple of years, the Anderson Valley Health Center, at the management level, creates a problem where none need exist. Let's hope this one, which has the HC reneging on a crucial part of its contract with its highly regarded, and universally popular young doctor, Logan McGhan, is resolved before it reaches crisis level.
THE DOCTOR is quite upset. He says if his contract isn't honored, he would have to leave, which is simply unthinkable in the Anderson Valley. Not only is the fluently bilingual McGhan and his young family a perfect fit for The Valley's diverse population, he would be impossible and very expensive to replace.
REACHED THURSDAY MORNING, Clinic administrator, Chloe Guazzone-Regebregt, said that she was "alarmed that's the message that is being put out there, [but ] it's absolutely not the case." She said she couldn't discuss "human resource" matters, a statement suggesting that there is indeed a dispute between Clinic management and Dr. McGhan.
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HEADS UP ANDERSON VALLEY
We are on the brink of losing an amazing person. Our friend Dr. Logan’s term as our beloved new physician is in jeopardy. After two years of dedicated and amazing service to our community, it is my understanding that the BOD has decided not to honor their promises to pay their half of the loan awarded to him by the state of California, instead offering him an embarrassing amount… Far less than the $5000 they paid for a mariachi band three weeks ago for their anniversary party… After everything he has already been through to stay and work with our community, giving his personal cell number, available 24/7 as an ear or friend we have got to recognize him and show our support. He is irreplaceable. We already almost lost him once!
WE HAVE UNTIL FRIDAY!
This is when the final decision will be made. I wish I had more information but at this time that is all I know. He has gone above and beyond his duty to serve this community and to fulfill his responsibilities as our family physician.
Please contact the Board of Directors, write a letter, make a phone call and let’s see if there is anything we can do to show our support before it is too late. The link to their profiles is below: http://www.avhc.org/about/the-board/
My own personal feeling: It is so difficult to rent and live in the valley without the support of the community. And if we can't support him then what will happen when we try to bring another Dr. into the valley? We depend on the clinic and all the amazing people who work there, whose children go to school with our children. Who show up to birthday parties and community events. These are the people that recognize us and greet us with smiles.
Thank you for reading.
Scarlet Newman, Boonville
NOT TO BE TOO REPETITIOUS about it, but it is more than passing odd that legal adjudication for the start-up newspaper, Willits Weekly, was not challenged by Digital First, the Denver-based corporation that owns the venerable The Willits News: the positively archaic Fort Bragg Advocate and Mendocino Beacon; and the Ukiah Daily Journal.
LEGAL ADJUDICATION is, basically, judicial recognition that a newspaper appears regularly in a specific area of circulation. Legal ads are worth a lot of money to any newspaper.
I'VE HAD TO SUE a few times when my enemies in local government placed Anderson Valley legals in distant papers, and the Supervisors have long placed legals with the local corporate papers that cost the taxpayers three times what those ads would cost in the family-owned publications of the County, the County that claims to do business locally as a matter of policy.
NOT TO WHINE too much more here, but if you think the libs who dominate local government don't use their authority and their tax-paid lawyers to penalize their critics, you must not live in Mendocino County.
ONE CASE I brought over this issue — the others I won in small claims — I won before a jury in Ukiah, lost on appeal. That one cost me a lot of credit card money that took me about five years to pay off, and it still pisses me off whenever I think about it.
BASICALLY, a panel of lib-twit appellate judges sitting in Frisco, all of them appointed to life sinecures, undid the Ukiah jury of my peers, a jury that took less than an hour to find unanimously that the County of Mendocino had used its authority and its free lawyers to retaliate against me.
THAT APPELLATE DECISION, by the way, would not pass a high school logic or composition class. (Whenever you get a ballot with long lists of appellate judges on it, vote NO on all of them.) As I'm sure lots of you have also found out the hard way, you can't sue government. They get free lawyers, you pay, and if you're a person of ordinary means like me, you're screwed.
WHEN SAN FRANCISCO had several daily newspapers, there were constant lawsuits over which one got the bulk of the legal ads. If the existing The Willits News has to share legals with the new paper in town, the Willits Weekly, The Willits News will take a big hit in its annual bottom line. And these outside media vultures are solely about the bottom line. Journalism is an afterthought, and not a welcome one on those rare occasions journalism occurs that upsets advertisers.
LITTLE DOG SAYS, "These soft Fall days after a big rain always make me kinda nostalgic for my dear old great-grandmum."
A BIT OF COUNTERCULTURAL JOURNALISM HISTORY
Celebrating “The Rag”: Austin’s Iconic Underground Newspaper
Book Review by Jonah Raskin
“The Sixties” as a state of mind has lasted far longer than the actual decade itself, much to the delight of 1960s survivors and to the annoyance of politicians who wish it had never happened. Now, in their 60s and 70s, the aging veterans of the 1960s like to remember the heady days of sex, drugs, rock ‘n’ roll and rebellion, that volatile quartet that hasn’t lost its appeal yet.
Moreover, if the boomers were associated with an underground newspaper, they’re likely to recall the glory days when hippie journalists, pot smoking photographers and daring editors created scandalous sheets with names like The Seed from Chicago, The Rat from New York, and The Rag, which emerged from Austin, Texas, an island of sorts in the Lone Star State.
If nothing else, the Austin activists proved that radicalism didn’t just emerge from Berkeley and New York.
Just in time for Donald Trump’s victory at the polls, Rag veterans, including Thorne Dreyer, Alice Embree and Richard Croxdale, have edited and published a collection of The Rag’s best articles, interviews, drawings and cartoons, “Brought to you,” as they insist, “by the miracle of functioning anarchy.”
The whimsical editors at The Rag usually maintained a sense of humor even when they took on the powers-that-be at the University of Texas and in the State Capitol, too.
The editors were also willing to publish Mariann Wizard’s bittersweet Valentine, “To Austin,” that has the lines, “I am tired/ Of your guns and butter crunch rhetoric/ And your crutch and concrete reality.” The paper could poke fun at itself and the culture that gave birth to it.
Celebrating “The Rag” (New Journalism Project; ISBN # 978-1-365-39954-8) brings readers back to the years that stretched from 1966 to 1976, roughly the same time-period as the War in Vietnam which fueled the underground press, so called because it was oppositional and countercultural.
The writing from The Rag is surprisingly intelligent, the poetry still resonates and the cartoons and sketches by the likes of Gilbert Shelton, Jim Franklin and Trudy Minkoff are classics of their kind.
As this new book shows, The Rag wasn’t all that different from its brother and sister underground papers elsewhere, except that it came from Austin, Texas. Indeed, Austin and Texas shaped The Rag, and The Rag in turn reflected the state of Texas and the state of mind that informed Austin. There was often something of the cowboy in the Austin hippie and something of the wide-open spaces of Texas in the pages of the paper.
Celebrating “The Rag” is of particular value to citizens of Austin and Texas, but not only to them. It ought to be of interest to anyone who cares about the underground press. Moreover, It ought to be of interest to anyone who wants to see what creative, anti-authoritarian types did without I-phones, laptops and the Internet.
Celebrating “The Rag” is a mirror that reflects the changing movements, causes, issues and events that animated The Sixties, from the military draft to Woodstock and from there to food-cops and socialism. Nearly everything and everyone is here, from Allen Ginsberg and Frank Zappa to Wonder Woman who holds a speculum and cries out, “At Your Cervix.”
This volume also reproduces the famous cover of The Rag from October 18, 1971. A weird-looking character, part-cowboy and part-hippie, holds a joint in one hand and says, “Dope will get you through times of no money better than money will get your through times of no dope.” Does one laugh or does one cry?
An introductory essay by the historian Paul Buhle doesn’t help, though it does point out that papers like The Rag had forefathers and foremothers like The Masses, which published from 1911 to 1917. Indeed, as Buhle points out, The Masses was “full of life and good humor” until the US government closed it down on the grounds that it published “treasonable material.”
We might remember The Masses and The Rag now as we embark on a strange, new journey in America that will take us we know not where, but that might well bring new charges of treason to those who exercise their right to speak freely.
MALL RAT, PRE-SCHOOL DIVISION
SMART TRAIN HAS ALWAYS BEEN DUMB
From the Marin Independent Journal:
[Mike] Arnold believes SMART is an expensive project that will not significantly improve traffic or carry the numbers of passengers SMART expects. But now that the train is leaving the station, it should not go farther south than San Rafael, he says. An environmental impact statement for the Larkspur extension projects a ridership of 131 people a day, he says — “$40 million for 131 riders on a concept."
“TO AN ECONOMIST like myself, that seems like a really bad buy. It’s a lot of money to be spent on something that is likely to generate more traffic congestion on Second and Third (streets in downtown San Rafael), potentially backing up cars onto Highway 101 during the congested peak hours. To the extent that they do that, they’re going to generate far more congestion than any riders that they’re ever going to take to near the Larkspur ferry.”
THE MAJOR NOTES: People tend to forget that the point of the Democratic Party’s “train” on the Northcoast has nothing to do with actual operation of a train. It’s actually a pretty SMART scam to funnel state transportation money at high interest rates to John Williams and his NorthWestern Pacific Company for track upgrades and reconstruction under the transparently false myth that there will someday be a real train operating on those tracks moving people and/or goods. If the objective was to efficiently move people or goods they wouldn’t even be pretending to run the train over the current, now irrelevant, right of way. The longer they can postpone the operation (which would cost money, impose requirements on them and subject them to public scrutiny), the more money Williams and the Democrats (who get their own rake off of the CalTrans transpo-bucks) make while not having to do much of anything.
CATCH OF THE DAY, November 20, 2016
(Still unavailable due to “internal error” at the Sheriff’s booking website.)
GIVE A GIFT OF HISTORY: Our just-completed 'Doing Business in Ukiah" local history book can be pre-ordered beginning at 8 a.m. on Monday. Those who pre-order the new book, which costs $24.95 plus tax at our office, will be able to choose one free copy of a previous history book in the series (limited to those on hand). All five books in the series were compiled and designed by UDJ Deputy Editor Jody Martinez, and published by The Ukiah Daily Journal.
THE DIFFERENCE IS STARK.
One obvious difference that distinguishes liberals from conservatives is on display right here, right now, in Ukiah.
When right-wing voters lose an election they shrug and sigh and mumble “Wait’ll next election” to one another. Then they fold up their protest signs, place them in the trash can and go home. The next morning they get up and go to work.
When left-wingers lose an election Satanic forces are unleashed. They throw rocks, scream obscenities, break windows and make demands. They fold up their protest signs, set them on fire and torch the nearest police cars. They don’t go to work the next day because they don’t go to work at all. More likely tomorrow they’ll re-join the protest, perhaps in another city.
Liberals love to work themselves into hysterics, like the children chanting and jumping around near the courthouse in recent days. (Note to DA Dave Eyster: You may want to rethink your “they have the right to express themselves” shrug-off comment when you review the video of thugs who attacked and climbed all over a truck driven down State Street during the protests.)
And on the Daily Journal opinion pages, a local writer gravely predicts Trump will impose martial law and cancel future elections. This from a 70-plus year old who has seen enough to presumably know better, yet persuades us thrice weekly that he doesn’t.
And remember: Trump doesn’t even take office for two more months.
— Tommy Wayne Kramer, Ukiah Daily Journal
LIBRARY HOLIDAY SCHEDULE
Happy Thanksgiving! As a reminder, the library will be closing early at 3pm Wednesday, November 23rd. We will be closed all day Thursday and Friday, November 24th and 25th. Preview of a few big events that are farther out! Wines and Spines Book Club on November 30th, 6:30pm at Enoteca. This month's book is Who Will Run the Frog Hospital? by Lorrie Moore.
Next month's First Friday Art Walk on December 3rd will be making beautiful tile coasters, perfect for gift-giving.
Get ready for Computer Science Education Week the second week of December! Kid's Minecraft Hour of Code will be Friday, December 9th 3:30-4:30pm for grades 2 and up (first come, first served).
ON LINE COMMENT OF THE DAY
Trump won by selling Identity Politics to lower- and middle-class white people. It sure as hell wasn’t his “policies,” which were a bunch of fictitious bedtime stories.
The over-arching problem facing any President now is the ongoing collapse of Finance. That’s not a partisan issue. Trump made vague promises to restore high-paying manufacturing jobs that under-educated American workers can do. It’s proof of the desperation and under-informed state of those Americans that his triffle got any traction at all.
There’s a reason all those jobs went away in the first place, and that reason hasn’t changed. It’s Finance. It’s more profitable to engage in Finance than to do anything actually useful. When you go to Target, they don’t bother to stock product on the shelves even when it’s sitting in the back room, because that requires labor cost. However, they’re never too busy to try to sell you a store credit card, because they make more money lending you money to buy their cheap plastic junk made by Chinese slaves than they make selling you that stuff straight-up. That hasn’t changed and isn’t going to.
If Trump destroys environmental regulations, that won’t fix the Finance-based mess the US energy sector has gotten itself into. The big oil companies are spending something like 3x more money today producing slightly less energy than they did a decade ago. Finance. They have mortgaged their future for immediate profits, borrowing money to buy back stock to pay off their shareholders. The easy-to-get cheap energy has been gotten, and now they don’t have the capital to invest to get the hard-to-get stuff at a price anyone can afford to pay. That hasn’t changed and won’t even if Trump allows massive pollution.
If Trump deports all the illegal workers, the price of food, home maintenance and other industries dependent on low wages will soar. Trump’s supporters nurture the fantasy that getting rid of all those workers will create a labor shortage and increase their wages. Well, it would, in the imaginary world in which Trump will actually demolish those industries as his promises imply he would. There is virtually no chance he will, and he’s already walking back his promises on that topic.
Trump’s always been the sort of social liberal who doesn’t really care because at his level of income, he can just buy what he wants. Wealthy women have never suffered from lack of reproductive services. When abortion was generally illegal in America, women who could went to Michigan where it was legal, or to Europe for what they wanted. It was no skin off their noses. Rich non-whites could pay for status even in an openly racist society. If Trump thinks of appeasing his culturally right-wing supporters, he’ll find out in a hurry why those people have been in the minority, and it’s not because a cabal of “social justice warriors” rammed their pipe-dreams down everybody’s throats; it’s because those positions are popular, and more important, they’re good for business. Mike Pence tried the “Religious Freedom” nonsense cover for bigotry in Indiana, and when corporate money started to walk over it, Pence backed down. North Carolina is hemorrhaging corporate money over their obstinance.
In general, Identity Politics is antiquated nonsense in a globalized, financialized world. Finance is collapsing, and globalization will too, but still and for the foreseeable future, Identity Politics is a relic of use only to charlatans.
MONKEYWRENCH THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE?
This suggestion is circulating:
If you would pick 5-10 electors from the following list, dig up their email or mail addresses and petition them not to vote for Trump, we may be able to prevent trump from assuming office. Go to:
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A CAUTIONARY NOTE
It's better not to harass the Electors. Here's why
The most important thing we can do right now is continue to share and spread the petition. We are only as strong as our numbers, and millions of Americans still don't even know this petition exists.
We are not asking people to contact Electors directly at this time.
It is absolutely your First Amendment right to express your opinion to these officials. However, we've heard multiple reports that Electors are being harassed and even threatened. This is not only wrong, it's counterproductive to our efforts. We aren't going to change anyone's minds by being aggressive or disrespectful.
We are actively developing a step-by-step strategy to lobby the Electoral College directly. We are also coordinating with activists and organizations all over the country to support the protests and local movements happening nationwide, including large-scale protests in state capitals on December 19.
We have only one opportunity to do this and it's important to do it right, rather than hastily. Although we only have 29 days, we also only have a few dozen people we need to convince.
Everyone is getting ready for the holiday this week, and it's a perfect time to let friends and family know about the petition. Ask them to bring up ECpetition.com on their phones. It will take them directly to the petition where they can sign it and share it. This is vitally important.
We need you to talk about the petition and share it on any platform you can: in person, on social media, and in direct emails to your personal networks. Every signature we get adds strength to our position!
Daniel Brezenoff just posted an update on the petition you signed, Electoral College Electors: Electoral College Make Hillary Clinton President on December 19
Mark Safron, Fort Bragg
From the article: "The theory says that any object with a phi greater than zero has consciousness. That would mean animals, plants, cells, bacteria, and maybe even protons are conscious beings."
Further: "In his major work, the Shobogenzo, Dogen, the founder of Soto Zen Buddhism, went so far as to say, 'All is sentient being.' Grass, trees, land, sun, moon and stars are all mind, wrote Dogen." Ahem.
To continue: "Understanding the source of consciousness is an extremely difficult hurdle, but Koch is up to it. He says that his ultimate goal is to understand the universe. Some say that the best way to do that is to look inside your own mind. Maybe Koch is on to something." May-be. And maybe he's just /on/ something. Who can say?
In addition: "Tononi has a test for measuring phi (the amount of consciousness) in a human brain. It is similar to ringing a bell; scientists send a magnetic pulse into a human brain and watch the pulse reverberate through the neurons — back and forth, side to side. The longer and clearer the reverberation, the higher the subject’s amount of consciousness. Using that test, Koch and Tononi can tell whether a patient is awake, asleep, or anesthetized."
Ya know, in the 1700s they used a hand-bellows with an assortment of different-sized nipples attached to blow tobacco smoke up the ass of a drowning victim and so determine the state of his consciousness. Very similar to the bell thing. Here, this rather more down-to-earth article explains both the method and the famous figure of speech and shows a photograph of the apparatus: http://gizmodo.com/blowing-smoke-up-your-ass-used-to-be-literal-1578620709 There was even a little poem so lay-people could remember how to perform the procedure:
Tobacco glyster (enema), breathe and bleed.
Keep warm and rub till you succeed.
--Dr. Houlston, 1774