Mendo’s Budget Chickens Circle the Coop

On Thursday, Official Mendo posted its “mid-year budget update” nearly three months after the mid-year ended. The pretty presentation package collides directly with the ugly budget reality contained within. To see the fruits of the graphic designer’s extensive effort (and the numbers pig with its make up on) go to: and click on the […]

Biloxi Days: The Complaint

The first T-28 trainers arrived at Keesler Air Force Base in early 1967. Colonel Slaughter and I arrived in late 1968. Prior to the arrival of the flight training squadron Keesler was primarily an electronics training base — communications, radars, etc. and had their own much larger organization on the other side of the base, […]

New ‘Affordable’ Housing?

Short answer: No. Long answer: Noooooo.  Why?  Because Mendo has a track record of doing nothing and now they’re turning over the important subject of housing to yet another overpaid, out-of-county consultant. And when staffers say there will be “challenges,” that means: “never happen.”  Not in Mendo anyway. Mendo’s “Inclusionary Housing/Housing Element” (of the General […]

Mendo’s Sudden Ambulance Privatization-Consolidation

Mendocino County began planning to establish an Exclusive Operating Area (EOA) for inland ambulance services back in 2013. More than five years later, after several false starts, state reviews, organizational wrangling, and busted deadlines, the long delayed Request for Proposals (RFP) for the EOA was finally issued last week. The entire RFP process was carried […]

Biloxi Days: Crash Recovery

We were having occasional problems with the rebuilt carburetors coming back from the depot in San Antonio. The carburetors were installed behind the T-28’s radial engine where they combined air and fuel in a tightly controlled mixture operated by the throttle position in the T-28 two-seater training aircraft cockpit.  Normally carburetors do not require much […]

Kicking the Can Down the Road

Almost two years ago now, in March of 2017, in the early days of the current pot permit program when it was obvious even then that the County was spending more money on the pot permit program than was coming in, we asked CEO Angelo and her then-deputy CEO Alan Flora for a run-down of […]

Good-Bye Puff; Hello Camille.

On Tuesday, a representative from the Measure B Oversight Committee will present a summary of the Measure B committee’s recommendations from their most recent meeting. That rep will perhaps be Sheriff Allman, the man who got the measure passed, perhaps it will be newly appointed Measure B Committee Chair Dr. Ace Barash of Willits. If […]

Biloxi Days: Pseudo-Folliculitis

In 1974 an Okinawa-based dermatologist and Army Major named Alvin Alexander and his co-author, a physician at Montefiore Hospital in New York, wrote a paper entitled “Pseudofolliculitis Barbae (PFB) in the Military.” Some excerpts: “Pseudofolliculitis Barbae, colloquially known as ‘razor bumps’ or ‘shaving bumps,’ undoubtedly has been with us for centuries, but it was not […]

‘Well Before Never’

The Supervisors have been slow to establish their “master” meeting schedule for this year, so slow the Sheriff appeared to advise them to get off the dime.  Sheriff Allman: “I am an elected official not a department head so you cannot fire me today. But let me say clearly that we are in the third […]