The Worst Ever

Wednesday the Fort Bragg City Council came together for their regular meeting bi-weekly meeting. I thought it would be packed and angry. I was wrong about that. Two weeks ago unemployed newbie lawyer Jacob Patterson threw a bomb at the City Council and basically blew fair and free democracy in our little town right to […]

Here It Comes

We have always loved our City Council. We know they are flawed but they have always been a big part of what makes life gracious in our little city — the freedom to build our lives with our own hands, to work, to create, to raise our kids in wholesome (mostly) surroundings. They sincerely work […]

Just In From Fort Bragg

Politically in Fort Bragg, the proverbial rubber is meeting a hot tar road. The big boxes are coming to Hare Creek. Georgia Pacific is running hard to disengage from the mill site cleanup. The Planning Commission is a continuing public embarrassment, and the Fort Bragg City Council can’t seem to get a grip on any […]

Mea Culpa

The Monday Morning Meeting With The Mayor (MMMM) just did not work out for me. The Mayor informed me by email of the error of my ways. “The Monday morning meeting with the mayor was never intended to be a press conference. You somehow fail to grasp that,” boomed Mayor Lindy Peters.

Don’t Break The City Manager

On Monday Morning Mayor Lindy Peters was plucked up for jury duty. Our shiny new City Manager Tabatha Miller graciously stood in for him at the informal morning meeting. There was an hour’s notice that Ms. Miller would conduct the meeting. Whamo, the (small) conference room at City Hall, was packed. People were standing and […]

Closed to the Press

In the local uproar over the Friends of the NRA fundraiser in Fort Bragg, tickets went like wildfire. I had intended to simply buy a $60 dinner and watch from a ringside seat. I really did not know what I would think of it all. I am searching my soul and had no clue what […]

Deal Or No Deal?

If you are worried about the dioxins out on the mill site, you should be. Mayor Lindy Peters has conceded that neither he nor the City Council had the time or got paid enough to be able to keep up with all the meetings that the administration seemed to be having regarding what to do […]

The End of the Ruffing Reign

The forced retirement of Linda Ruffing, the long time Fort Bragg City Manager, becomes, at long last a reality at Monday night’s City Council meeting. Tabatha Miller, Administrative Director from Havasu City, Arizona, has been hired to replace her. The meeting begins at 6pm. The regular meeting will be preceded by a 5pm reception in […]

Mutiny at Government TV

Last week as Linda Ruffing was packing up her stuff preparing to leave office on February 15, one pet project the PEG (Public/Education/Government) channel (Channel 3) imploded in a hurricane of bizarre allegations and weird inaccuracies. “Scott Schneider is a thief, and Linda Ruffing is a liar,” thundered Mendocino TV’s Terry Vaughn. Vaughn has been […]

G-P Mill Ponds Will Remain Toxic

Taylor Champion, an executive for the Koch brothers’ subsidiary Georgia Pacific, enlivened Fort Bragg’s wait for the fate of the old mill site with a zinger of a letter to Mayor Lindy Peters. Champion laid it out plainly. GP is done with clean up. The mill ponds can remain the way they are. Champion informed […]

The Women’s March In Fort Bragg

In two interesting political days not quite a week apart, MLK Day and the Women’s March, you could watch Fort Bragg people rise like the first shoots of political springtime, smelling sweetly of serious commitment to shared ideals. The Women’s March on Saturday was pushing back at the current federal administration, pushing back at its […]