Little Harvey Havoc

You could say the Silicon Valley “tech entrepreneur and winemaker,” aka, Entitled One-Percenter, got off easy with $3.76 million in penalties for criminally thumbing his nose at county and state regulations and laws.  To Kevin Harvey, the owner of a Branscomb area 4,500 acre ranch, the nearly $4 million in fines is mere pocket change.  […]

Rewarding Monstrous Behavior

Some of the hidden costs to PG&E’s “Public Safety Power Shut Off” program are being borne by water districts throughout the state.  The water district I manage, the Laytonville County Water District, is a good example of a problem that is not exactly an unintended consequence of PG&E’s power down policy. Here’s what I’m talking […]

More Than Just Thinking About Wildland Fires

It’s good to be back after a two-week hiatus. This is a busy time of year for the Laytonville County Water District as we have to close out the fiscal year, prepare and mail out our annual Consumer Confidence Report, and a number of other required filings. Anway, speaking of water, you can’t fight wildfires […]

Time for a Change

I highly recommend that you read the well-written, very easy-to-understand Grand Jury Report titled, “Who Runs Mendocino County?” It’s a point-on discussion regarding the governing dynamic between and among the Board of Supervisors and the Chief Executive Officer. It’s not a flattering account. You can find the report on the county’s website at: https://www.mendocinocounty.org/home/showdocument?id=28581 Over the […]

Money Talk (Feb. 23, 2000)

The Board of Supervisors were told Tuesday the county’s finances are in pretty good shape following a mid-year budget review.  The real question, though, is how long will that healthy condition last? According to Acting County Administrative Officer Jim Anderson, the county “will likely end the fiscal year in a balanced financial position.” Dennis Huey, […]

Water Board Clamps Down on Pot Growers

On March 29, the State Water Resources Control Board announced that cannabis cultivators with water rights are not allowed to divert surface water for cannabis cultivation activities at any time from April 1 through October 31 of this year unless the water diverted is from storage. The Board’s action is what is known as a […]

Daylight & Water

For all you Trump haters out there you can’t say he hasn’t done something for us Uber Californians. In fact, he’s done a couple of good things. He recently supported and then signed into law, our right to grow hemp. Of course, the ink was barely dry on the new law when our board of […]

PG&E’s Bad Behavior & Bankruptcy

Last week’s column on PG&E’s pending bankruptcy closes the book on a piece I wrote a year and half ago where I warned to be on the lookout for the twin “Bs”:  Bailout and Bankruptcy. Both became realities when Gov. Brown and the state legislature rammed through a ratepayer-backed bailout plan where the utility would […]

Ready for Some New Laws?

Sacramento lawmakers certainly made a lot of new laws this year, sending the most bills to the governor’s office in more than a decade. In all, legislators sent 1,217 bills for Gov. Jerry Brown to mull over. He ended up signing 1,016 into law that will go into effect on January 1, 2019. If my […]

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