The Ukiah Valley’s Latest Effluent

The audio of the on-line video recording of the meeting of the Ukiah Valley Sanitation District on November 13 was poor, so we weren’t always sure what people said. Further, the two speakers who rose during public expression were not identified. One of the unidentified, a together but disgruntled, articulate, professional-looking woman began the meeting […]

County Notes (December 4, 2019)

The behavioral health forum in Caspar last week (Monday, November 25th), inspired nothing but frustration, best expressed by Measure B’s lead proponent, Sheriff Allman, who remarked that if he had it to do again, he wouldn’t have suffered an 11-person committee to get some mental health programs up and running. The B Committee… Well, they […]

Mendo’s Gold Plated Gift to Camille Schraeder

Everyone involved knows that the new Psychiatric Health Facility and the Crisis Stabilization Unit to be funded by the millions of local sales tax dollars are going to be built on the vacant lot next door to Camille Schrader’s operation on Orchard Street.  Why do we have to go through years of expensive planning and […]

Measure B Committee Goes Dark

After accomplishing absolutely nothing of substance at their latest Wednesday, October 23 meeting, Mendo’s Measure B Advisory Committee decided to cancel their November meeting, Thanksgiving and so forth. County CEO and Measure B Committee member Carmel Angelo described the meeting cancellation as “going dark.” (Note to self: please add “going dark” to Ms. Angelo’s list […]

Supes Notes (November 6, 2019)

During Tuesday’s (October 22) crop report to the Board of Supervisors District One Supervisor Candidate John Sakowicz introduced himself as “John Sakowicz, candidate for First District Supervisors

Mendo’s Confused, Redundant Scramble for Mental Health Primacy

Last month we asked the County for the paper trail on the County’s buyback of a vacant parcel on Ukiah’s Orchard Avenue. The property has been under consideration for a Crisis Residential Treatment facility for several years, a consideration pre-dating passage of Measure B whose revenues would do the same thing and probably more. According […]

Comptche Wants to Detach!

With all the problems facing Mendo, the state and the nation these days, what issue would you expect would draw a large contingent of truculent Comptche landowners to an otherwise inconsequential Mendocino Local Area Formation Commission (LAFCo) Board meeting?  Fire danger? Mendo’s Anti-MRC Public Nuisance Ordinance? MRC’s attempt to combine their parcels so the billionaire […]

Can Mendo Salvage its Failed Pot Permit Program?

(An exchange at Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting) Supervisor Ted Williams opened the discussion by proposing the use of satellite imagery for code enforcement to identify Mendo pot grows/growers who do not have permits or have not applied for permits. Supervisor John McCowen: “We are not forcing anyone into the black market. It’s a choice […]

Measure B Committee’s New Priorities

Judging by the amount of time spent at last Wednesday’s Measure B Mental Health Oversight and Advisory Committee meeting, the most important things they have to deal with are: remodeling an old Redwood Valley house into a training center and buying a new sound system for the Committee. They’re still working on hiring a project […]

County Budget Notes (Sep. 25, 2019)

Mendo just can’t do monthly budget reporting. (Or can they?) Supervisor Ted Williams’s proposal for Mendocino County to adopt bottom-up budgeting (“zero-based budgeting”) was reasonably well received on Tuesday with a muddled decision to have staff discuss it further in November or January or something. Supervisor John McCowen suggested it be tried on the cannabis […]