Pot Economics 101

Ever since the legalization of med-pot in the fall of 2015 and the voter-approved legalization of so-called recreational pot (“rec-pot”) last November, I’ve used this column and air time on my KPFN radio program talking about the perils of financial planning and economic forecasting if you own a private sector business or work in government […]

Times Are Changing

At our Laytonville Water District meeting last week, the Board voted unanimously to send a letter to the California Coastal Commission recommending that it approve a grant request from the Eel River Recovery Project (ERRP). In the letter, we set out some of our reasons for supporting ERRP’s grant application for its Ten Mile creek […]

Introducing Hiram Johnson

Folks, please understand one thing: The politicians, special interests, the big money boys, and the namby-pamby-fake-liberal media all fervently believe you are stupid. These elites, all with deeply entrenched vested interests in government continuing as is, maintain their stranglehold on the levers of power by manipulating, twisting, and perverting the governing process, Their worst nightmare […]

Money Talk

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, […]

Public Policy Gone Haywire

Bad public policy is like the proverbial ghost; haunting elected officials — and the public they represent — long after its ill-conceived implementation.  The lure of easy money in the form of so-called “free” tax dollars and grant funds (gussied-up tax dollars) is too addictive a narcotic for public officials: They just can’t say no. […]

Colfax’s Finest Hour

For years it seems I’ve written about the shadow government which as time goes by is exercising more and more power in our governing process. I’m speaking, of course, of government by consultancy. The consultant sector is one of the fastest growing industries in America. While consultants have been around forever, their influence on the […]

Sheriff Says No to Pignic

Mendocino County Sheriff Jim Tuso wants to pull the plug on the Laytonville Hog Farm’s Pignic festival held over Labor Day Weekend. In a strongly worded letter written by Sheriff’s Office spokesman Captain Berle Murray, the County’s Planning and Building Department is informed that Tuso wants the event ended based on a number of objections […]

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