Biloxi Days: The Barracks Visit

I arrived at Lackland Air Force Base outside of San Antonio for Officer Training School in November of 1967. For reasons known only to my recruiter in Fresno, I was two weeks early for 90 days of instruction, after which I would emerge as a “90 day wonder,” a Second Lieutenant or “brown bar” as […]

Blind Men with Box Cutters (June 11, 2003)

As predicted, County Administrator Jim Andersen has suggested to the Board of Supervisors that they lay off several low level county workers to balance the county budget. Highly paid county employees are safe, including Andersen’s prize fiscal year catch, the unbalanced Ralph Freedman, director of the county’s deadbeat dad collections. Freedman, paid some $100,000 a […]

Emergency Services News

EOA Coming Apart at the Seams; Ambulance Staffing Problems; Siren Test Fails Miserably; Forest Service Refusing to Reimburse Local Fire Agencies for Strike Teams. Plus: Fire Department’s Popular “Living With Wildfire” Series; and a New Tent Application Process. The “Exclusive Operating Area” for inland ambulance services is starting to come apart at the seams. Not […]

Motion Creep

At present, Mendo maintains an Excel spreadsheet of the pesticides, herbicides and insecticides deployed by Mendocino County “Agriculture”

Pot Permits: ‘Blocked By Inaction’

During last Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting, Supervisor Ted Williams asked cannabis program manager Sean Connell if he could produce a monthly graph showing pot permit processing status by permit category. After a silent pause, Williams quickly gave up, probably realizing that county staff is incapable of producing monthly status reports on anything, without even […]

Great Redwood Trail Scam Taking Shape

That wasn’t the exact title of a recent Santa Rosa Press Democrat story which began: “A 300-mile walking and bicycle trail envisioned along the North Coast and linking the San Francisco Bay with Humboldt Bay has gained some financial footing through the state’s budget process, boosting the chances of realizing the grand project.” Promoters of […]

Biloxi Days: Morning Standup

Every morning at eight o’clock sharp each of the six maintenance organization chiefs had to appear at the morning status briefing in the cramped, table-less headquarters conference room. The chiefs were joined by a supply rep and a senior pilot.  The purpose of the meeting was to review the status of all maintenance activity in […]

The Golden Goose Egg

(Selected statements from Tuesday’s Fee Schedule Hearing at the Board of Supervisors) Casey O’Neill, local farmer, policy chair of the Mendocino Cannabis Alliance: “I would like to do a little compare and contrast. I farm vegetables. We sell at farmers markets. I pay a $35 to tell the Department of Ag what type of vegetables […]

Good Ship Mendo Heads for the Fiscal Rocks

Full steam ahead, Captain Angelo! Patrick Hickey, Service Employees International Union field representative for Mendocino County, effectively set the stage at Tuesday’s supervisors meeting for the upcoming budget/salary negotiations that the Supervisors and the CEO will have to address in a few months: “County employees are fed up. They are fed up with the delays, […]

Biloxi Days: Mr. Trent

In the late 60s and early 70s the Civil Rights Movement burned hot and fierce, fighting its fight into every area of American life, including the military where, as many Americans don’t know, the first full integration took place during the Truman presidency.  Racism was strictly suppressed in the military, which I discovered first hand […]