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Mendocino County Today: Wednesday, April 19, 2017

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SEAN HAMMON'S mother says her son is no good, “never has been.” She says she is certain that Sean murdered his brother, Bryan Hammon, by running over him. Mom says Sean has promised to kill her, too.

Here’s who we’re talking about, as described by Bruce McEwen in July of 2011.

Sean Bradley Hammon was arraigned on July 7th. Visiting Judge William Lamb refused to set bail on a charge of driving under the influence. Hammon's lawyer, public defender Eric Rennert, was still trying last Thursday, a week later, to get Judge Henderson to set bail so Hammon could get out of jail and, as they say, get on with his life.

Judge Henderson turned to the prosecutor, Deputy DA Matt Hubley, to see if there was any justification for keeping Hammon locked up.

Hubley opened the file and started reading Hammon’s rap sheet.

“There are three DUIs in California, and a 1989 conviction for grand theft. He went to prison in ’89, and when he got out he was on probation for a DUI when he was arrested for grand larceny and DUI in Nevada. In ’91 he got a DUI in Texas. He was arrested for grand larceny in Texas in ’93… Hmmmm… Let’s see here, a felony theft in El Paso in ’95, five years confinement… In ’98 another felony theft in Texas, some jail time, a DUI in El Paso follows that in 2000, an assault charge in ’04 in El Paso, a DUI in Texas… A DUI out of Utah in ’05, as well as a felony theft for receiving stolen property… Currently on bail in Nevada pending trial for a prison term… Let’s see, the three outstanding DUIs in California… That’s about it, judge.”

Public Defender Rennert tried to soften Hammon's impressive legal history.

“He has family here locally, your honor, and he’d be willing to abstain from alcohol while on bail.”

Judge Henderson is not your basic Mendo handholder, not a kumbaya kind of guy. He seemed incredulous. He stared at Rennert as if he were about to lock Rennert up, too.

“I’ll set bail in the amount of $450,000” Judge Henderson said.

Somebody in the courtroom exhaled a low whistle of amazement at such a high bail for a DUI.

Judge Henderson smiled and said, “I think his extensive convictions demonstrate he’s a substantial threat to public safety” — and who could argue?

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An on-line assessment of Hammon was soon posted:

"Sean Hammon Hmmm ???? !!!! Again 2016 . Domestic violence !!!! Arrested !!!! UKIAH !!! Swat team $ high cost for a vermin like himself! OH AND LETS SEE …. What else !!! Please in all of Gods glory don’t set him free to harm another person again ! He is a psychopath, narcissistic, bipolar, con artist that needs to be stopped ! Every single time he gets out he reeks havoc on those who are weak or those who are willing to help him. In gods name please let him rot in jail for the rest of his life ! Deanne Nelson August 2016."

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Hammon was freed, and freed several more times for this and that before he murdered his brother, Bryan.

Sean & Bryan Hammon

Bryan probably died on a Friday when only the two brothers were on the Willits property. A Mexican national was also employed at the site but, police concluded, was not present when the brothers apparently fought.

The presumed fratricide was not reported until Bryan's girlfriend showed up at the brothers’ Walker Lake Road pot farm three days later where she found Bryan lying dead in the driveway about a hundred yards from the house on the property.

Bryan had been dead for several days.

A pathologist would testify that Bryan’s injuries were “consistent” with having been run over.

The DA, two weeks after Bryan’s murder, filed criminal charges against Sean Hammon for felony hit and run causing death.

Sean Hammon, 56, was located a month after the murder of his brother holed up at the Talmage home of his 69-year-old girl friend. The aged girlfriend had called police to complain that Hammon was beating her.

After a lengthy stand-off Hammon, a reputed tough guy with alleged ties to the Hells Angels, surrendered, and was booked into the Mendocino County Jail on numerous charges that included the murder of his brother.

The brothers’ long-suffering mother, who lives out of state, complains that she wasn’t kept informed of developments in the case. “I want Sean locked up for the rest of his life,” she says, expressing the consensus opinion of everyone who knows him. "I never could learn the dates of the hearings. I thought Sean was being prosecuted for murder, but...."

The murder case against Hammon was dropped.

Defended by Public Defender Linda Thompson, perhaps the least formidable public defender in the country, the DA’s office, after charging Hammon with the murder he clearly committed, tardily concluded that they didn’t have a case. They didn’t have eyewitnesses, didn’t have evidence, didn’t have a video of the crime, didn’t have a confession and, gee, golly, certainly wouldn’t have been able to prove “beyond a reasonable doubt” that Sean Hammon, a career criminal, deliberately ran over his brother and killed him, although Hammon, changing his story at least four times, described a fierce struggle between the two of them as Sean attempted to leave the Willits property.

There was a fight between two brothers, one died, one lived. The brother who lived drove off and left his brother dead in the hills west of Willits. Bryan Hammon didn’t run over himself.

Assistant DA Barry Shapiro worked out a plea deal with Public Defender Thompson.

Because he's a career criminal, the DA had no trouble getting Sean to agree to another stay in state prison for four years, which is a bargain for any killer and also saves the DA the effort of prosecuting a man who presents a clear and present danger to the public.

Hammon will be out in a couple of years given California's early release policies. His frantic mother says her surviving son will make killing her his first priority when he's released.

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GEORGE GONZALEZ, Mendocino County Calfire unit chief. Tuesday, April 18, 2017, Board of Supervisors meeting:

“We currently have three engines staffed in Mendocino County year-round. On May 1, we will hire another three engine companies. At our peak we will have 16 engine companies, two air tankers, a helicopter, four dozers, and a spotter plane, covering Mendocino County. That increase will begin May 1. Our concern is that the grass crop for the last five years has not really grown to its fullest potential. It's already doubled from what we have historically, so there will be a large grass crop and associated fire danger. That's my concern as fire chief for the county. We will be pushing defensible space as much as we can on social media. We have defensible space inspectors on hand and trained as well. It will be an interesting year for us.”

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LRad 100x

THE PURCHASE of the super bullhorn known as LRad (the least powerful one available) was pulled off today's consent calendar for discussion by the Supervisors at the request of a handful of Coast hysterics. The Sheriff agreed to a stipulation that it cannot be used for crowd control. Supervisor Hamburg, as always playing to his Blue Meanie constituents, amended the protocol to prevent the Sheriff from deploying the device before final approval of the Supes, as if the Sheriff had immediate plans to destroy the hearing of the Albion Nation. The machine is an emergency warning device.


“Mr. Chairman, if I might. There haven't been a lot of issues that I have gotten this much feedback on for a while. There is this whole history of LRads being used for exactly what you said this one is not going to be used for. So there's still a lot of concern in the public. Some concern about exposure to not only humans but animals as well and just, you know, these kind of negative effects from this very loud noise. I did read a few articles that were sent to me which were put up on the Internet and so on. The one thing that made a lot of sense to me is that there are some jurisdictions, I think these are cities, around the country where they have put a protocol in place which you mention and I think that assuages people's fears that this is going to be used for some, some nefarious purpose. I didn't think that when I saw it, but that was what — there was a public perception that — because people have heard a lot about LRad, people who watch the news, so I'm very glad to support this purchase, but the only thing I would like to see is that the sheriff's office agrees on putting the protocol in place prior to taking possession of this device simply saying that the device is to be used for the purposes that you have just stated rather than for crowd control or other punitive kinds of purposes. I know there are people out here who want to speak and I'm sure the chair will indulge that but I'm just sorry I didn't read your letter before because I would have preferred more people to it and said this is what Lt. Barney is saying. You know, I believe you. I think if we have a protocol in place then the next people, who are, the next Sheriff's Department who takes possession of this will know that this is the history of this purchase of this device and we will abide by that.”

HAMBURG then moved that the Board approve the purchase as long as a clear protocol is in place prior to taking possession of the device stating that the LRad will not be used for “crowd control” and that the CEO’s office formally confirms that such protocol is in place before approving the purchase.

MARK SCARAMELLA ADDS: Many more of Hamburg’s constituents complained to the disinterested supervisor about the much louder wind machines used by Anderson Valley vineyards for much longer periods of time to protect their grapes from a little (and we do mean a little) frost, noise that was not based on speculation but true, existing noise that sounded like assault helicopters landing in a war zone, which kept the entire Anderson Valley awake all night, night after night. Supervisor Hamburg’s reaction was: Yeah, it’s loud, but they can do it, the County approves of it, because it’s ag/grapes, so it’s ok. Even though the local wine industry brags that noise is taken into account when permitting wind machines — a protocol! — when it clearly does not. But Hamburg, and the Board and the County — apparently concerned about the remotest of possibilities that the Sheriff might blast some noise at a few protesters — do not care about the much louder, much more pervasive wind machines.

MESSAGE TO THE PUBLIC: Loud noise emitted by the Sheriff needs strict protocols even for the possibility of noise and we don’t even trust the Sheriff’s word that such protocols will be put into place. But louder noise generated by the wine industry in lots more places over a much larger area? No protocols will even be discussed or considered. Blast away, grape growers, BLAST AWAY!

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CATCH OF THE DAY, April 18, 2017

Azevedo, Blair, Elizondo, Gray

ASHLEY AZEVEDO, Ukiah. Probation revocation.

ASHLEY BLAIR, Ukiah. Drunk in public.

CYPRIAN ELIZONDO, Laytonville. Domestic battery, obstructing a person from reporting a crime.

BOBBY GRAY, Philo. Battery, probation revocation.

Hamilton, Marshall, Miller, Susan

AMBASSA HAMILTON, Willits. Ex-felon with firearm.

WILLIAM MARSHALL, Willits. Disobeying court order, probation revocation.

JASON MILLER, Cleone. Controlled substance, driving on a license suspended due to DUI.

JEREMIAH SUSAN, Manchester. Domestic assault, witness intimidation.

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LITTLE DOG SAYS, “I heard a story this morning about a dog being snatched by a mountain lion in Pescadero. The lion strolled right into this lady's bedroom and snagged a 15-pound Portuguese Podengo sleeping at the foot of her bed! Hey, I'm no Podengo but when I told my people I was scared, they said, ‘If you think we're about to turn you loose at night with a gun, Little Dog, you're overdue for a reality check’!"

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If you want to know why the Democratic Party is dead, dead, dead, look no further than Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-Connecticut).

She’s a member of the House Progressive Caucus, which as a group has endorsed HR 676, the single payer bill in the House.

A cool one hundred of DeLauro’s colleagues have co-sponsored HR 676, including a blue dog from Tennessee (Jim Cooper) and a member from Mississippi (Bennie Thompson) (See Single Payer Action’s running total.)

But not DeLauro.

We asked why, but her office did not respond.

DeLauro’s legislative aides have told constituents recently DeLauro would vote for single payer if it came to the floor.

But pushing single payer now is a diversion.

The imperative is to defend Obamacare from the Republican onslaught.

One DeLauro aide told a constituent that when he hears from constituents “Obamacare sucks, we need single payer — it shows they don’t understand the reality in DC that we cannot get a single payer bill even to a vote with the current makeup of Congress and we have to spend all our energy and focus defending what we have.”

But the same aides have said that HR 676 is not good enough — that it lets the Veterans Administration stand and therefore is not true single payer — signaling that she’s for a tougher single payer bill.

“Democrats who, like Rosa DeLauro, support the Affordable Care Act are out of touch with the fact that the ACA can’t be fixed, that the only way to solve our healthcare crisis is to get rid of private insurers and create a single publicly-financed plan such as national improved Medicare for All and that the majority of Democratic Party voters and the public in general support Medicare for All,” said Dr. Margaret Flowers of Health Over Profit.

“We recognize that Medicare for All is off the table no matter which of the major corporate parties is in power and that it will take an organized movement of movements to put it on the table and pass it. We cannot wait any longer for a real solution to the healthcare crisis. Every day, people across the country are suffering and dying from lack of access to necessary care. This is the most important reality — that people are suffering and dying in the richest country in the world because members of Congress are more concerned with politics than with doing the right thing.”

DeLauro supported Hillary Clinton in the 2016 primary battle against Bernie Sanders.

Single payer fueled Sanders’ run through the primaries, but now Sanders is traveling the country with Democratic National Committee Chair and Clinton supporter Tom Perez on a “come together and fight back tour.”

In a joint statement announcing the tour, Sanders and Perez say they will speak out on minimum wage, climate change, infrastructure spending, immigration, tax reform — nothing about single payer.

(Sanders’ aides, who last year took DeLauro’s line and said that single payer was a diversion from defending Obamacare, now say that Sanders will introduce a single payer bill in the Senate sometime soon.)

One reason the 100 members of the House have co-sponsored HR 676 is because at every town hall meeting, single payer is the driving force.

DeLauro too is hearing it from her constituents in Connecticut.

But DeLauro and the four other members of the House — from Connecticut — all Democrats — John Larson, Jim Himes, Joe Courtney and Elizabeth Esty — have yet to relent.

Not yet, Connecticut.


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TRUMP has signed an executive order calling for the end of America’s lottery system for H-1B work visas in favor of a merit-based system. The “Buy American, Hire American” order would scrap the existing visa application system, which enters applicants into a lottery for a limited number of visas. The executive order will not be able to change the number of visas awarded annually, however, and will call on the US trade representative and the Commerce Department to cut back on exceptions to “Buy American” laws.

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President Trump salutes a member of the military (not seen in photo) who had just sung the US national anthem as he stands with a performer in an Easter Bunny costume at the White House Easter Egg Roll on the Truman Balcony of the White House in Washington on Monday. Joshua Roberts/Reuters

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Election results for the At-Large seat on the KZYX Board of Trustees are as follows.

  • Jenness Harltey: 453 votes.
  • John Sakowicz: 171.
  • Robert Vaughn: 83.

Congratulations to Ms. Hartley, and thanks to all who participated.

Gordon Black, KZYX volunteer


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I was reading the Guardian on-line over the weekend. Apparently, Boston is now one of the leaders in urban farming. I always thought urban farming was gardening in empty lots, say like in Detroit, but this isn’t so.

It appears that a couple of local entrepreneurs came up with the idea of using shipping-sized containers to hydroponically grow food. The insides of the containers have layers of vegetables. The two businessmen were concerned that Boston depends too much on non-local food sources shipped into the city. The containers fit almost anywhere there's extra space, like between to adjacent buildings. Is this the start of a self-sufficiency movement?

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SIGNS OF THE TIMES: Artists Respond to the Election

Where: Ukiah Depot, 309 E. Perkins St.

When: May 5, 2017, 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Information: (707) 462-1731

“Signs of the Times: Artists Respond to the Election” opens at the Ukiah Depot on First Friday, May 5 from 5 – 8 p.m. Spoken word and music will accompany the exhibit of signs from recent regional marches and work created by local artists since November. Cellist Abigail Summers will welcome guests at 5:00 p.m. Torrey Douglas and friends will sing “I Can’t Keep Quiet” to open the spoken word presentation at 6:00 p.m. Featured poets Mary Norbert Korte, Armand Brint, and Linda Noel will read, followed by an open mic. Open mic participants are invited to share poems in response to the election. “Signs of the Times: Artists Respond to the Election” will provide our community with a space for public conversation.

This free public event is organized by Courage Arts Action, part of Ukiah’s Mendocino Courage Campaign. The art group’s purpose is to foster community inclusiveness and cross-cultural understanding through opportunities for creative expression. The Depot lobby, at 309 E. Perkins St., is an exhibit space managed by the Arts Council of Mendocino County. For more information about the exhibit event, call Dorothy Gayle Haas at 462-1731.

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Displaced Iraqi children who fled their homes with their families play outside Hammam al-Alil camp south of Mosul, Iraq on Tuesday. Muhammad Hamed/Reuters

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EXIT CALEXIT: California Secession Initiative Folds

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by Dan Bacher

Commercial and Tribal fishermen will be hosting a “Save Our Salmon” fundraiser and education event on May 27, 2017 at 6 p.m. at the Inn at 2nd and C in the historic Eagle House in Eureka to draw attention to this year’s salmon fisheries disaster and local salmon issues.

The bands Digging Dirt and Irie Rockers will play music, speakers will talk about local community action to protect salmon, and a seafood dinner will be served. All proceeds from the event and related auction will go directly to fund fishermen and Tribal-led community action to restore and defend salmon populations in Northern California.

“Salmon populations, and the fishermen and tribal members who depend on them, are facing the worst salmon returns on the Klamath in recorded history, which has lead to the closure of the commercial season locally and a Tribal allotment of about one fish per 10 Tribal members,” said Regina Chichizola of Save the Klamath Trinity Salmon. “This situation was caused by a combination of climate change, drought, water diversions, and dams.”

“While there are causes for hope, such as the proposed Klamath Dam removal project, political threats to the salmon way of life are mounting. California’s Twin Tunnels plan, petroleum pipelines, and federal anti-environmental policies continue to threaten North Coast salmon and communities,” said Chichizola.

Speakers and representatives from the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations, the Institute for Fisheries Resources, Save the Klamath-Trinity Salmon, Ancestral Guard, True North, the Native Women's Collective, and local Tribes will be on hand to talk about community action for the Trinity, Klamath, Sacramento, Eel, and Elk Rivers along with how to support water justice, fishing communities, and local wild seafood. More information can be found on the Save Our Salmon event page on facebook.

For more information about the current salmon crisis, read:… or

Contact: Regina Chichizola, Save the Klamath Trinity Salmon 541 951-0126

Dave Bitts, Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations 707 498-3512

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Mozart & Haydn conclude Symphony season

Cellist David Michael Goldblatt featured

by Roberta Werdinger

The Ukiah Symphony Orchestra concludes its 2016-17 season on the weekend of May 20th and 21st at the Mendocino College Center Theatre with the theme of The Sublime. The concert will feature solo cellist David Michael Goldblatt who will be playing Joseph Haydn's Concerto in D Major, followed by a performance of Mozart's well loved Requiem, featuring the Mendocino College Masterworks Chorale.

Anyone who has aspired to "the sublime" knows how frustrating it can be to translate that vision into an actualized work. David Michael Goldblatt, who has been a member of the San Francisco Symphony since 1978, knows that process very well. He credits his musical training and teachers with providing him with the necessary technique that provided a springboard from which something more ineffable could be heard. Goldblatt explains how Orlando Cole, his most influential teacher when he studied at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, imparted two great lessons: "One, you must play the correct notes, in the correct rhythm and tempo; two, it must be musical." The latter part, Goldblatt adds, is subjective: "Mr. Cole never insisted that I play it 'his' way, just that I play it musically." This left both a strict standard and a degree of interpretation that has guided Goldblatt in his musical undertakings ever since.

Perhaps this standard of training has enabled Goldblatt an unusual flexibility in his career. He performs in a wide variety of genres and settings--in a symphony orchestra and smaller chamber ensembles, playing Baroque music, opera, and rock 'n roll. Goldblatt welcomes the variety and the challenge, stating, "Different settings inspire me. Jumping from one group to the other is challenging and keeps my playing fresh and my outlook positive." He has learned how to adjust his approach to match the circumstances, noting, "A successful member of the orchestra must be willing to sacrifice individuality to blend with the group," while "Solo work is all about being an individual while the accompanying group follows." This does not, however, mean that Goldblatt as a soloist has a license to do whatever he wants. "I must remain submissive to the requirements of ensemble playing while remaining aware that I am a soloist."

Goldblatt will be playing the technically demanding Concerto in D Major by Joseph Haydn (1732-1809), known as "the father of the symphony." After an early life that included much deprivation at the hand of the choirmasters who trained him, Haydn wrote prolifically, composing symphonies with sweeping, ambitious themes (such as The Creation and The Seasons), as well as intimate solo and chamber music, operas, and church masses. He wrote when he was poor--quickly, under deadline, for money--and when he was well off and his reputation well established, able to take his time and spend as much as a year on a composition--a serious approach that a student of his, Ludwig van Beethoven, would emulate. Haydn became infirm and unable to muster the energy to finish his compositions when he was in his 70s--a difficult condition, for the ideas that fueled his music never stopped coming. His biographer quotes him as saying: "I must have something to do—usually musical ideas are pursuing me, I cannot escape them... My imagination plays on me as if I were a clavier." He then smiled, and said, "I am really just a living clavier."

A fellow Austrian and friend to Haydn, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) may have left us with some of the most uplifting music in the human record, but the everyday details of his life were as challenging as that of any harried entrepreneur. The 35-year-old composer and concertmaster was already deeply involved in the writing of two operas and running a fever when, under financial pressure, he agreed to write the Requiem. It was commissioned by Count Franz von Walsegg-Stuppach, who swore Mozart to secrecy so that he could pass off the composition as his own--a scenario dramatized (and partly fictionalized) in the well-known 1984 movie Amadeus. Mozart was able to finish the two operas but the Requiem was left unfinished when the fever claimed his life in December of 1791. It was left to a student of Mozart's, Franz Xaver Süssmayr, to finish the piece, although other versions have also been composed in the ensuing years.

A Requiem is a service conducted in the Roman Catholic Church for the dead. The word "requiem" derives from the Latin word for "rest." That human wish for the loved one to lie in peace; the sense of awe that is often present at death; and a closeness to the rites of the Church are all enacted in this piece. Chants from the Requiem Mass in the original Latin are interwoven with forceful passages featuring violin, tuba, and trombone. Finally the voices and instruments die down to a triumphal whisper for the last movement, Lux aeterna, "eternal light."

Doing the honors in this journey from sorrow to the sublime are soloists Rachel Walters Steiner, soprano, of Santa Rosa; Mendocino College faculty member Marilyn Simpson, alto; San Francisco Opera member Pedro Rodelas, tenor; and Bill O'Neill, bass, also with the San Francisco Opera.

Symphony conductor Les Pfutzenreuter comments, "Mozart's Requiem is truly my favorite choral/orchestral work." It was one of the first works he conducted back in 1988 when he was beginning his career in Ukiah; he assembled an orchestra of local musicians including Margie Rice and Paula Mulligan, who are still playing with the Symphony. In fact, Pfutzenreuter says it's the music he'd like played at his funeral, commenting that "If it was good enough for Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin, and Rossini"--all of whom had the Requiem played at their funeral--"then it's good enough for me." Hopefully, that won't be for a long time.

The Sublime will be held at the Mendocino College Theatre on Saturday, May 20 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, May 21 at 3 p.m. Parking is free and a handicapped ramp and seating are available. Tickets are $25 adults, $20 seniors 65 and up, and free for youth under 18 and students with ASB cards. Tickets may be purchased at the Mendocino Book Company, 102 S. School Street in Ukiah; Mail Center, Etc., 207-A N. Cloverdale Blvd. in Cloverdale; and online at

The Sublime is sponsored by Pacific Redwood Medical Group and Ukiah Valley Medical Center. For more information, call the Ukiah Symphony at 707 462-0236.

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Earth Day Event: Bruce Erickson of Mendocino Solar Service to Explain Science & Benefit of Residential Solar On Earth Day, Saturday April 22, from 1-2pm, the public is invited to a drop-in presentation to learn about the science and benefit of solar energy. Bruce Erickson, electrical contractor and owner of Mendocino Solar Service, will explain how solar energy works and why solar energy benefits consumers, our society, and the environment. This interactive, informative and eye opening talk will include a look at photos of local solar installations, and time for Q&A. Featured in the Climate Teach-In at the 11th Annual Noyo Food Forest Earth Day, the talk will be held in a conference room near the entrance to Noyo Food Forest. Directions to the talk will be posted at the Earth Day event. Just stop by for the talk, or, stay for the whole event from 12-5pm for live music, great food, hands-on workshops and activities for the whole family. More information from Mendocino Solar Service at 707-937-1701. Or find the event on our Facebook page:

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Celebrate the history of Broadway and our great heritage of musical theater in this marvelous showcase of over 100 years of Broadway. Music direction by Kevin Green and choreography by Denice Breaux. This is a limited engagement that you won’t want to miss. Performances begin at Eagles Hall in Fort Bragg from April 21 - 30 on Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 and Sunday matinees at 3:00. Special preview night on Thursday, April 20 at 7:30, with tickets half off!

From the music of Tin Pan Alley to state-of-the-art contemporary Broadway, you'll treasure the magic of an entire century of entertainment, laughter, and beautiful music! Featuring songs from Les Miserables, Show Boat, Gypsy, Wicked, West Side Story, Phantom of the Opera and more!

Admission is $22 for the general public, $20 for Seniors and $12 for youth (17 and under). Tickets may be purchased online at, at Harvest Market in Fort Bragg or at the door of Eagles Hall Theatre prior to each performance.

Special Gala Performance is Sunday, April 23 at 3:00. Stay after for delicious food, drink and fun! Admission is $25 for the general public, $23 for Seniors and $15 for youth (17 and under). Admission includes food after the performance.

For more information visit



  1. Judy Valadao April 19, 2017

    Hamburg gets plenty of feedback on other issues. This just happens to be one he wanted to talk about.

  2. james marmon April 19, 2017

    I attempted to watch the BOS yesterday on Youtube, became ill, thought I might have to go to ER. They are the biggest joke in the World. How about that presentation by the do good money grabbers (i.e. First 5, the Youth Project, and Family and Children’s Services)? Hide your children, they’re looking to expand services.

    FCS Deputy Director Jena Conner didn’t look like she was really into it, not after the trick I pulled on her Monday. Big, big problems in Mendocino County child industry; foster care numbers are down and about to even get lower thanks to me. I expect them to subpoena me and put a gag order in place, I know too much.

    As for the Sign of Safety (SOS) tool crap they were trying to sell the BOS, FCS would do better if they properly used the Federal and State mandated Structured Decision Making (SDM) Tools. That might save them some future lawsuits.

    We need Sheriff Alman’s new toy, the LRad


    James Marmon MSW
    Personal Growth Consultant

    ‘don’t just go through it, grow through it’

    • james marmon April 19, 2017

      As for POTUS signing his new “Buy American and Hire American” executive order yesterday, I was extremely impressed that he did at Snap-on Tools in Wisconsin. The best tools in the World, made in the USA. His speech inspired me to break out my Snap-on Tee-shirt which I wear with pride. Tools are a big thing for me.

      “Accept yourself, your strengths, your weaknesses, your truths, and know what tools you have to fulfill your purpose.”

      ― Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free-


      • james marmon April 19, 2017

        Mendocino Count FCS has never embraced Structured Decision Making (SDM)tools and will do anything to keep from using them properly. They manipulate the tools after the fact to reflect decisions already made.

        “Every year in California, child welfare services (CWS) agencies receive thousands of reports alleging abuse and/or neglect of children. In each instance, CWS workers must make decisions that balance the important values of child safety and family integrity. To do this, CWS workers must answer some difficult questions: Should they respond in person to a report of abuse and, if so, how quickly should they respond? Is the child in imminent danger? What’s the probability that the child will experience future maltreatment? What are the family’s needs and strengths, and what services does the family need to reduce risk? When is it time to reunify a child or close a family’s case?”

      • LouisBedrock April 19, 2017

        You’re right.
        We need an English word for ‘ESTADOUNIDENSE”

        • Harvey Reading April 19, 2017

          I read somewhere in the last few days that USian was one translation. USans and USers are also used by some of us.

      • Eric Sunswheat April 19, 2017

        America is two Continents, North and South.

        • LouisBedrock April 19, 2017


          In Europe and in South America, South America and North America are considered one continent.

          • Stephen Rosenthal April 19, 2017

            Well, guess they don’t have very good geography teachers in South America and Europe.

          • LouisBedrock April 19, 2017

            Who asked you, Señor Rosenthal?
            What would a Giant fan know about anything?

      • Harvey Reading April 19, 2017

        This time I agree with you.

      • Bruce McEwen April 19, 2017

        Crossing the border from Tiajuana (Aunt Jane?) back to California in the late xx century, I was driving a combie (VW bus) full of my deplorable cousins, and the Border Patrol officer asked each of us in turn what our nationality was. Everyone but me said, “‘Merican” — (punctuated with a complacent snort); I was asked last and I politely answered, “the United States.”

        “Please step out of the vehicle, sir.”

        My faux pas resulted in a random search, and I’ve never heard the end of it since, for what my cousins called, “being a college-educated smart aleck.”

  3. Jim Updegraff April 19, 2017

    Today’s baseball report: Good news for both the A’s and the Giants.
    A’s won 4-2 playing Texas – Triggs won his his 3rd game of the season now 3-0 and an ERA of 0.00!
    Giants vs Kansas City went 11 innings to win 2-1. Cain had a good performance went 7 innings with no earned runs. The win went to Relief pitcher Law. It should be noted Cain went only 86 innings which seems to be his limit.

    • George Hollister April 19, 2017

      Cain gave up a home run. But this was his best start since before being on the DL with surgeries a few years ago. Who would have thought? So there is hope for the Giants. I think you must mean 86 pitches, I wasn’t counting. Last year, Cain couldn’t go any more than 4 innings without running off the rails. We will see how he does in his next start.

      • Stephen Rosenthal April 19, 2017

        Very encouraged with Cain’s last two starts. I certainly didn’t think he would ever pitch well again. He is leading the starting staff in ERA! But we better pump the brakes – it is early. I’m at a loss as to why Span is leading off and Belt hitting second. Nunez seems like the perfect lead off hitter and Panik excelled in the number two spot a few years ago. Follow that up with Pence, Posey, Crawford and Belt and you’ve got a pretty potent lineup.

        As for Triggs, if he keeps this up he’ll be traded before July – for prospects – that’s the A’s m.o.

        • George Hollister April 19, 2017

          Totally agree. Span is a great fielder, and has speed, but has never been able to duplicate his batting performance with the Nationals. Bochey will change things. He always does. Good to see the 3 Ps have good starts, along with Crawford. Hundley looks like a pretty good catcher, as well. The pieces are falling into place. Trade Belt for a left fielder. I have not been following closely with what has been going on in the Giants farm system, but they are due.

  4. Jim Updegraff April 19, 2017

    El Trumpo vs North Korea report. Trump was talking about the Vinson aircraft task force sailing towards North Korea; however, it actually was sailing away form North Korea. It appears the CIC not communicate with the U. S. Navy about his plans!! Just what we need the village idiot as the CIC!

  5. Jim Updegraff April 19, 2017

    20th Century Fox has just announced O’Reilly will not be returning to Fox News. Some macho types just don’t understand they should keep their pants zipped up at work.

    • George Hollister April 19, 2017

      O’Reilly is disrespectful. Zipper aside, he might do well here at the AVA.

  6. LouisBedrock April 20, 2017

    “Let’s say we do have North America and South America. So then, United States, Mexico and Canada are all in North America.”

    Correct, Señora SDC:

    “North America, third largest of the world’s continents, lying for the most part between the Arctic Circle and the Tropic of Cancer. It extends for more than 5,000 miles (8,000 km) to within 500 miles (800 km) of both the North Pole and the Equator and has an east-west extent of 5,000 miles. It covers an area of 9,355,000 square miles (24,230,000 square km).

    BRITANNICA would appear to support Eric and Stephen–and you.

    However, 300 million years ago there was just one continent called “Pangea”. If it weren’t for continental drift, you’d all be wrong too.

    Sore Loser Louis

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