Warning Flags On Several Fronts

Following up on last week’s column regarding the state Department of Water Resources’ (DWR) February dismal snowpack reading of a paltry 25 percent of the historical average, you can bet state officials are prepping Alternative Plan D — as in Drought regulations. While water planners are for the moment keeping their powder as dry as […]

CA’s Stringent New Pot Regs

Last week we discussed the new rules adopted by the State Water Resources Control Board (“State Water Board), establishing strict environmental standards for cannabis cultivation in order to protect water flows and water quality in California’s rivers and streams. The Water Board and other state agencies are planning on restricting or capping the number of […]

Measure B Wins Big

Most voters may have stayed at home but nevertheless Measure B, a one-half cent tax to improve abysmal mental health services in this county, won going away with 83 percent approving basically the same initiative that barely failed to garner the required two-thirds threshold a year ago. The final count stood at 11,609 in favor […]

Deregulation, PG&E, and the Fires

PG&E is now under investigation by state authorities trying to determine whether the electrical monopoly’s power lines played a role in igniting Northcoast wildfires that destroyed thousands of homes and killed 43 people. Both the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CALFIRE) and the state’s Public Utilities Commission have launched investigations. Meanwhile, a group […]

Pot Pollution Of Water Sources

The Laytonville Water District regularly tests for nitrates in our water, and we have never tested positive for it.  That’s because here in the Long Valley area there has never been a history of the type of agriculture activity on the scale that’s practiced in other parts of the state.  However, it’s been reported that […]

Drinking Water Tax In The Works

There’s a bill in the state Senate that if approved would impose for the first time in California a tax on public drinking water for both homes and businesses. SB 623, sponsored by Sen. Bill Monning, D-Monterey, would generate $2 billion over 15 years allegedly for a Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund, which would […]

The Marketplace & Enforcement

It seems Mendocino County is unaware that state resource agencies are charged under state legislation legalizing marijuana to actually enforce state resource laws. These are basic laws that prevent environmental degradation on all lands, illegal water diversion and discharge, illegal or “moonscape” grading, illegal timber harvests, illegal use of pesticides and herbicides, etc. A month […]

Re-Opened Cannabis Ordinance Nearly Wrapped

The Mendocino County Board of Supervisors last week) August 8, concluded a month-long series of meetings on cleaning up, tweaking, and amending its three-month-old Cannabis Ordinance. As has been the case with all things marijuana on the Supes’ agenda, the crowd overflowed the chambers. The big crowd served as talking point for Sheriff Tom Allman […]

Local Control Of Pot?

I think a lot of us who were players to one degree or another in this ever-evolving new marijuana world came into it with our eyes wide shut when it came to local control. It seemed like a good idea at the time. The idea was to let the people who are literally on the […]

“Enforce Your Pot Ordinance”

Two weeks ago, the Board of Supervisors held its second meeting eliciting public comment and discussing proposed changes to the county’s newly created cannabis ordinance. At the outset, the Board was addressed by the representatives of two state resource agencies, who pointedly but politely bared their fangs on the enforcement issue. CAL FIRE’s Unit Resource […]