CHP Prevails Against Photojournalist

On March 1 a federal jury ruled TWN photojournalist Steve Eberhard failed to prove that the actions of three California Highway Patrol officers in 2013 were specifically aimed at “chilling” his First Amendment newsgathering rights. Eberhard’s photos were part of the locally intense media coverage about the Willits bypass construction and protests and were widely […]

Supes Need To Lead, Not Dodge Responsibility

As we focus on the lessons revealed from the Kemper Report on the status of the county’s mental health program, one should not lose sight of one observation about the Board of Supervisors. The report criticizes the supervisors for failing to require a better written contract in the beginning. While this has had tragic results […]

County Has More Mental Health Problems Than Just Privatization

Mendocino County had a host of problems delivering mental health services long before privatization. County staff turnover and the inability to recruit sufficient qualified workers were key issues then and remain key issues today. In 2011, Mendocino County spent more on average per mental health patient than any California county except Santa Cruz County; and […]

County Pension Debt—Drowning In Red Ink

Mendocino County continues to borrow against the future as pension payouts exceed income. Pension financing seems a matter of smoke and mirrors—especially in these times of recessions, globalization and shifting economies. The smoke and mirrors kick in when investments pay less than expected. When the rate of return on a pension investment portfolio is set, […]

Up to 18 Months for Mendo-Kansas Case Pot Defendants

All but one of the seven Mendocino County marijuana suppliers caught up in a Kansas-based federal drug distribution case have been sentenced. Details about what information and assistance each defendant provided in exchange for a lesser sentence remains confidential. The sentences for the six defendants varied from time served to 18 months in prison. All […]

Willits Photographer Sues CalTrans, CHP

An unlimited civil claim was filed this month against CalTrans and the California Highway Patrol for actions leading up to and including the arrest in July of ‘The Willits News’ photographer Steve Eberhard. Eberhard was arrested while attempting to photograph Willits bypass protesters.