John Redding & The Fort Bragg Microgrid

After researching FPPC filings and other public records, it appears that a member of the Mendocino Coast Healthcare District’s Board of Directors lied to a state commission and so far has gotten away with it. On June 4, 2020, the California Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) received a complaint against John Redding, a member of […]

Fort Bragg’s Microgrid

On August 13, 2020, the Fort Bragg City Council met in a special session. The obvious item of interest on that evening’s agenda was the appointment of Mayor Will Lee and Vice Mayor Bernie Norvell to serve second full four year terms on the council. Both originally won their seats in the November, 2016 election. […]

Measure B Spending Suspended

On Tuesday, September 1, Mendocino County’s Fifth District Supervisor, Ted Williams, made a motion to halt any further Measure B Committee spending until a business plan is approved by the Board of Supes. Fourth District Supervisor Dan Gjerde more or less immediately seconded the motion. Supervisor John McCowen voiced his approval of the motion and […]

The Billy Tainter Story

“I was called this afternoon about one o’clock to a Maiden Lady about 35 years of age…She was attacked with vomiting and purging about two hours previous, which still continued with slight spasms… was able to walk about the room, found her extremities cold, pulse very small, great blueness about the neck and under the […]

Those Coast Parks & Rec Grants

California State Parks has withheld two grants from the Mendocino Coast Recreation & Parks District (MCRPD) for over two years. Through a prompt response from MCRPD staff to a public records request the AVA has obtained several documents detailing the ongoing controversy.  At an August 19 meeting of MCRPD’s board, the subject was not broached […]

Coast Parks & Rec Update

Recently these pages described the resignation of John Huff from the Mendocino Coast Recreation & Park District (MCRPD) and his decision a few days later to run for the same seat in this November’s election. The previous AVA piece also highlighted a portion of the minutes of the June 17th MCRPD meeting when the district’s […]


In pre-Covid times a hungry American was on a tour of a monastery. A familiar smell from the kitchen drew him away from the rest of the tour group. In the kitchen he spotted a brother doing all the frying by himself. The tourist smirked and said, “You must be the friar.” The brother replied, […]

Huff’s Conflicted Reversal

On Sunday, August 9, this publication ran a quote from John Huff, until recently a member of the Mendocino Coast Recreation & Park District (MCRPD). Huff’s statement began, “Recently I made a rash decision to resign from the Mendocino Coast Recreation & Park District Board of Directors due to the direction of ‘inaction’ a majority […]

Words & Weeds

Buzzards perch on blackened redwood stumps just below the house on sunny mornings, spreading their wings wide like avian sunbathers soaking in the rays. When the breezes pick up, those same buzzards swoop on the wind drafts in the draw that extends from below this house to the bottom lands next to the remains of […]

Patient Advocate

I’ve written about the Mendocino Coast Healthcare District so much and for such a long time that some readers might have leaped to the false assumption that I, too, work in some part of the medical world. That is not the case. Frequent readers will have noticed that my critiques of coast hospital goings on […]

Albion’s South Side, 1908

June, 1908, proved a record breaking month at the Albion mill. San Francisco was still rebuilding after the great quake of ’06. The mill and its timber lands had been purchased by Southern Pacific less than a year before, in part to turn out redwood ties for the railroad the company was constructing across Mexico. […]

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