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COOL AND CLOUDY CONDITIONS will persist alongside the
coast, with a couple of hours of afternoon solar anticipated every day. Heat
and dry circumstances will proceed in inside areas, with patchy
smoke anticipated from native wildfires. (NWS)

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By Jim Shields, District Supervisor, Laytonville County Water District

As a result of our month-to-month Board assembly happens on Tuesday nights, the identical night time that’s deadline for the Observer, I can solely offer you a really temporary report on our water scarcity emergency. 

I gave our Water Board (Mike Davis, Kary Foltz, Deber Dodd, John McCaffrey, and Tim Henry) a one hour report on the scarcity, why it occurred, and what the plans are to repair what wants fixing.

Tune into my radio present this Saturday at midday on KPFN 105.1 FM, additionally streamed streamed dwell: http://www.kpfn.org for the total report I gave the Board. In actual fact tune in each Saturday and also you’ll be taught every little thing that’s taking place that’s essential regionally, on the state, and the nation.

Anyway, right here’s what’s occurring, the water as all the time is protected to drink, it’s superb water, our solely drawback is correct now we’re in brief provide of it.

On Friday night time round  8:30 p.m. a lateral pipe or pipes in one among our two filtration vessels broke, inflicting filtration media (principally specifically milled, superb gravels and sand) to exit the vessel and clog and plug filtration tools and pipes. The damaged lateral meant that non-harmful iron and manganese, that usually is trapped within the filter’s media was pumped out into the distribution system and a few clients water was discolored, which isn’t a well being hazard, however it’ll stain laundry if somebody was utilizing their washer on the time. Aside from that there was no hurt finished to anyone or something.

The actual hurt was finished again on the water plant as a result of we needed to take the vessel with the damaged lateral out of service. Which suggests since Saturday, we’ve been working the plant with only a single therapy vessel. That scenario implies that we will solely produce one-half of our regular water output, which has led to the present water scarcity.

Laterals are situated on the underside of therapy vessels below 13.25 tons of filtration media. As a way to restore and/or change damaged laterals, all 13.25 tons of media must be faraway from the vessel, so the restore will be made, after which new media or the prevailing media must be loaded again in to the vessel.

With out going into all the small print, this course of might take as much as a month earlier than the second vessel will be put again on line.

Our drawback proper now’s clients are usually not complying with the District’s water conservation coverage thereby inflicting this emergency to be worse than it must be. Proper now we’re working beneath 25 % of our regular water storage ranges. So as a substitute of getting almost one million gallons of capability, we solely have roughly 250,000 gallons. That isn’t an ample provide of water within the occasion that through the peak wildfire season we’re in proper now, if a fireplace breaks out, we’d be in extraordinarily harmful circumstances.

That has to alter instantly.

The District is asking all our clients to drastically scale back the quantity of water they’re utilizing proper now.

Beneath our present, everlasting water conservation coverage, no out of doors irrigation/watering can happen through the hours of 11 a.m. to five p.m. However too many individuals are usually not taking note of that rule. That non-compliance should cease instantly, in any other case we’re going to discover ourselves in a really harmful place.

On the Tuesday, July 28 assembly, the Board unanimously accepted a second, extra extreme water coverage that will probably be applied if there isn’t a enchancment in present conservation. None of us wish to see this coverage go into impact as a result of it’ll prohibit out of doors irrigation/watering to only 2 days per week, and violators will probably be assessed pretty harsh fines.

The District has already prohibited bulk water haulers from taking water 7 days per week through the hours of 11 a.m. to five p.m. all through this emergency. If the disaster deepens, the District could droop their hauling privileges for the period.

Talking for the District, I wish to thank our many shoppers and ratepayers who’ve been complying with the prevailing conservation order, we actually admire you.

Right here’s the brand new conservation coverage that will probably be applied if there isn’t a change for the higher by these not complying with our present coverage. 

Laytonville County Water District

Restriction Limiting Out of doors Irrigation/Watering

Prohibition On Out of doors Irrigation/Watering With LCWD Potable Water

Efficient instantly, twice-a-week out of doors watering/irrigation is allowed solely on Wednesdays and Saturdays. 

1. Out of doors Irrigation/Watering isn’t allowed on another day of the week, with out exception.

2. On Wednesdays and Saturdays, out of doors irrigation/watering is prohibited from 11 a.m. to five p.m.

3. Out of doors Irrigation/Watering is allowed on Wednesdays and Saturdays  from 5:01 p.m. to 10:59 a.m.

4. Out of doors Irrigation/Watering is barely allowed on nowadays and through these hours.

5. For functions of this coverage, “out of doors” consists of irrigating and watering inside outbuildings, greenhouses, and “hoop” constructions.

Violation Procedures:

For violations of the Restrictions On Out of doors Irrigation/Watering, the next progressive steps of warning and fines shall happen:

 • A primary violation will outcome within the buyer receiving a verbal warning (confirmed in writing), together with a replica of the Out of doors Irrigation/Watering Coverage.

• A second violation will end in a superb of $100.

• A 3rd violation will end in a superb of $500.

• A fourth violation will outcome within the buyer’s water service being shut off for as much as 30 days.

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ANDERSON VALLEY EMERGENCY PERSONNEL have been dispatched to an preliminary report of a pedestrian being hit by a car on Freeway 128 south of Yorkville early Tuesday afternoon. However after driving throughout the world, they couldn’t discover proof of any such incident. Nonetheless, the Sheriff’s workplace appeared in a number of autos in the identical space, off Freeway 128 at Elkhorn Street, and ended up arresting two individuals, one among whom was a extremely intoxicated bare lady, the opposite an as-yet unidentified “excessive profile particular person.” Sources mentioned neither of the arrestees have been native residents. The AV Ambulance ended up taking the intoxicated lady to into their care due to her degree of intoxication, then delivering her to the Ukiah hospital individually. The individuals we spoke to after the incident mentioned they assumed reserving log entries and a Sheriff’s press launch could be forthcoming with, we’re hoping, full identification of the “excessive profile particular person.” 


UPDATE: THE HIGH PROFILE INDIVIDUAL has subsequently been recognized as Casey William Hardison, 49, currently of Santa Cruz, previously of Wyoming, and previously a resident of England however an American citizen. 

Hardison was apparently being sought by exterior jurisdictions. He has an extended historical past of drug offenses and is taken into account harmful by legislation enforcement. The Sheriff’s Division obtained a tip that Hardison was staying within the Elkhorn space of Yorkville. Each Hardison and the nude lady, nonetheless not recognized, have been positioned below arrest. The nude lady was thought of medically susceptible from an obvious overdose and was faraway from the Elkhorn Street handle by ambulance.

  1. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Casey_William_Hardison
  2. maps.org/information/bulletin/articles/385-bulletin-spring-2014/5585-prison-education-from-the-inside-out-an-interview-with-casey-william-hardison
  3. vice.com/en_us/article/wd43v5/casey-william-hardison-psychedelic-chemist-254

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by William Miller, MD – Chief of Employees at Adventist Well being – Mendocino Coast Hospital

Final week, the County Board of Supervisors appointed Andy Coren, MD, as the brand new Public Well being Officer. Dr. Coren is Board Licensed in Household and Group Medication and has been in apply in Ukiah since 1988. He has served on the county’s Public Well being Advisory Board. His strengths embody sturdy management expertise, communication and group constructing. 

I requested Dr. Coren about his plans for coping with the outbreak at our native nursing residence, Sherwood Oaks. He informed me that he has been in contact with Dr. John Cottle, the Medical Director of Sherwood Oaks, and that their largest problem proper now’s discovering ample staffing. “They’ve misplaced a number of of their workers on account of being out on go away from turning optimistic or from merely being afraid to come back to work,” he mentioned. “We have to work with the State Well being Division to offer them the help they should safely workers their facility.”

Sherwood Oaks continues to take isolation measures designed to gradual the unfold of the virus. A complete of 14 residents have examined optimistic, with 9 turning into in poor health. 4 have been hospitalized right here at Adventist Well being – Mendocino Coast, of which one has made a full restoration and returned residence to Sherwood Oaks. Three stay in our hospital and a further 4 residents have died.

Dr. Coren and I additionally spoke about the necessity to broaden neighborhood surveillance testing on the Coast. He agreed that the principle problem is that nationally there merely isn’t ample availability of assessments and that the laboratories that run them are overwhelmed. “This can be a drawback not simply right here, however for all the nation. It’s irritating that some lesser developed nations have finished a greater job at this with much less know-how than we now have,” he mentioned. “And with some flip round instances stretching out to 10 or extra days, it doesn’t even develop into an efficient instrument for contact tracing. The underside line is that we can’t depend upon our know-how to avoid wasting us. It’s the easy issues that each individual can do that can make the best distinction. In fact, I’m speaking concerning the significance of carrying masks, washing arms and socially distancing ourselves.”

“I’m excited concerning the likelihood to begin work on the Coast,” Dr. Coren provides. “One in every of my first priorities will probably be to come back on the market and make a web site go to to Sherwood Oaks, plus see your hospital. I wish to meet with neighborhood leaders and ensure that the Well being Division is taking an lively function in what’s going on on the market.”

Dr. Coren is changing Dr. Naomi Doohan who has served because the interim Well being Officer. She is going to keep on as a marketing consultant to offer help for Dr. Coren as he takes on this crucial function for our county. His anticipated begin date is the top of August.

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Properly, of us, it’s attending to be that point of yr once more. It’s scorching, dry and as quickly because it will get windy, PG&E will think about implementing a Public Security Energy Shutoff (additionally known as a PSPS). These occasions are climate dependent, which suggests we’re by no means certain precisely after they’ll happen, however it could have an effect on everybody within the County.

It’s simple to get offended at PG&E for this inconvenience, however with the large wildfires which have threatened California in the previous couple of years, it’s develop into a necessity.

A PSPS is an intentional shutdown by PG&E as a result of mixture of utmost winds and low humidity. By shutting off energy, they hope to stop downed energy traces from sparking and igniting dry brush which may shortly unfold to our lovely forests and residential areas. Though energy outages are an inconvenience to us, it’s finished in an effort to avoid wasting lives and property.

One of the best factor we will do is put together in case of an influence outage. Over the following few weeks, we’ll be posting info with the hope the reminders and suggestions and assets we share will enable you and your family members get by way of this yr’s potential PSPS simpler than earlier than.

PG&E has assured us they’ve improved their notification plans and, relying on the climate and different components, will make a number of makes an attempt to ship alerts to clients by way of computerized calls, textual content messages and emails at 48 earlier than and once more at 24 hours earlier than, and another time, simply earlier than the facility shut off.

As well as, we’ll keep in touch with PG&E representatives and share info we obtain from them to you.

As I discussed earlier, we will probably be posting assets and reminders so we will all be higher ready this yr, however one factor you must completely do proper now in case you use medical tools that requires energy is to contact PG&E instantly to inform them at 1-800-743-5000. 

Make plans together with your well being care supplier and family members so that they understand how they may help you as nicely. Verify together with your supplier and see if they’ve units which might be battery operated that you might buy forward of time.

We’re pleased to reply as lots of your questions as we will, however you also needs to observe PG&E on-line on whichever platform you are feeling most comfy utilizing and be happy to talk to them instantly.

Be sure you go to PG&E at pge.com/en_US/residential/your-account/account-management/manage-your-account/alerts-and-notifications/update-your-contact-information.web page and be sure you’re signed up for his or her PSPS alerts.

Keep in mind, we’re #StrongerTogether.


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BOURN’S LANDING [north of Gualala]

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As I’m certain you understand, the Authorized Discover for the AVCSD election was revealed within the July Eight version of the Beloved Advertiser. The Authorized Discover from the County Clerk-Recorder’s Workplace nonetheless, was revealed one time solely. So…

Will there be some sort of announcement forthcoming within the net version? Fairly a couple of readers subscribe to the web page, however don’t obtain the paper version.

As a result of Anderson Valley isn’t included the definition of the AVCSD is “quasi-corporation.” Which means they aren’t included and can’t take actions or make choices much like a company. California CSD legislation strongly encourages the turnover of recent members each 4 years thereby the consultant neighborhood will finally be heard, and in addition to keep away from self-interests and ingrained clan-like choices. 

The deadline for members of Anderson Valley to join the election is August seventh (5 PM). Three openings can be found – that is most likely one of the crucial crucial elections relating to the AV district in lots of, a few years. Some members of the board have been regularly appointed by the Board of Supervisors in lieu of an election as a result of nobody signed as much as run in an unknown election. No election in years – some appointed positions return earlier than 2011 in response to Mendocino LAFCo. Mainly, Anderson Valley Group Service District administrators have been reappointing themselves or like-minded members yr after yr after yr! 

If nobody applies by August 7 for the election then one other Four years will probably be added to present members’ appointed time period; that would presumably whole over 13 years or extra!! No point out who’s up for reelection or appointment because the case could also be from the native service district. Within the Authorized Discover it states three administrators – Lengthy Time period (that means 4 years).

Three members equals a quorum, future crucial choices are in jeopardy if no new members are seated. The pending Developer charges up for consideration August 5 will considerably cripple new growth within the Valley. Accessible housing is a big difficulty – developer charges impression all new constructing along with the necessary sewer/water plan that fees new growth $10,000 for hook as much as necessary sewer/water. 

Candidates wishing to file for board membership could contact the Workplace of the County Clerk, situated at 501 Low Hole Rd, Room #1020, Ukiah 95482. Telephone 234-6819.

The one {qualifications} are the candidate have to be a registered elector (voter) residing within the district. The district encompasses Yorkville, Boonville, Philo and Navarro.

This board is lengthy overdue for some new enter, skilled concepts, clever foresight, and on the very least able to respect, honesty and dignity when coping with the general public over the necessary municipal sewer and water difficulty. 

The related CSD companies are in glorious arms; they supply life saving, hearth and different essential companies to the neighborhood, their integrity is past query and really a lot appreciated. 

Nonetheless, we desperately want new illustration on the Anderson Valley Group District Board of Administrators. Now’s the time to step up and fill out the paperwork. August 7 is just a few working days away! Please!!!

Joan Burroughs


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FOR SOME REASON, WE WERE NOT ON THE DISTRIBUTION LIST for the Mendocino County Local weather Motion Advisory Committee’s latest press launch saying: “Board of Supervisors acknowledges local weather change.”

“At their common assembly on July 21, Mendocino County’s Board of Supervisors unanimously adopted a Local weather Emergency Decision proposed by their appointed Local weather Motion Advisory Committee (MCCAAC),” the Presser proudly declares.

Committee Chair Marie Jones famous “This is a crucial first step because the board has formally acknowledged the significance of each local weather change and local weather adaptation for our neighborhood. This motion units the stage for Mendocino County to develop into a pacesetter in local weather change coverage in Northern California. The Advisory Committee appears to be like ahead to aiding the board because it seeks to include local weather into its decision-making course of to be able to transfer the county onto a extra local weather pleasant path.”

We had missed Board’s huge Local weather Motion resolution final week as a result of it so essential that the Board accepted it on the consent calendar after a couple of minor wording tweaks from Supervisor McCowen. No one made any formal announcement about how fantastic the decision was or how nice it was that the Board “acknowledged local weather change.”

The decision drones on at nice size with boilerplate local weather change statements having nothing to do with Mendo particularly and with no proposals which may make a dent in official Mendo’s microscopic contribution to international warming. 

In case you’re having bother sleeping yow will discover the total “emergency” decision (which took virtually a yr to arrange) on the Supervisors agenda webpage on the County’s web site. 

The declaration concludes with this meaningless paragraph: “BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Board of Supervisors commits to addressing the local weather implications of all insurance policies and actions that come earlier than the Board which have the potential to impression greenhouse gasoline emissions, carbon sequestration, and catastrophe preparedness inside the County; and the Board of Supervisors commits to drawing on the deliberative work, analysis, and public outreach of the Mendocino County Local weather Motion Advisory Committee when contemplating such insurance policies and actions.”

Oh actually? “…commits to addressing the local weather implications of all insurance policies and actions that come earlier than the Board which have the potential to impression greenhouse gasoline emissions, carbon sequestration, and catastrophe preparedness inside the County…”

That sounds quite a bit just like the a lot ballyhooed (on the time) Precautionary Precept which the Supes additionally unanimously accepted years in the past with a grand “dedication” to use the PP to all County choices. Guess what number of instances they really have? (Trace, it’s lower than 1.)

In line with the presser, Local weather Motion Committee member Susan Sher, who guided the preparation of the decision, famous “We’re gratified that our county authorities is on report in help of taking quick and efficient motion to reverse the consequences of local weather change. We now be a part of over 1,700 different jurisdictions in 30 nations which have made local weather emergency declarations.”

After the consent calendar was accepted the Board continued with enterprise as regular and no one requested concerning the “local weather implications” of something. 

Nonetheless, the presser additionally notes that, “Of their July 14 assembly, the Board of Supervisors took a significant step towards a decarbonized future by selecting a dearer to put in however cheaper to run all-electric warmth pump various to the pure gasoline system initially proposed by the architects and engineers. Once more, the reasoning for adopting the dearer various was offered by MCCAAC, whose members consulted with native specialists to find out essentially the most carbon impartial and cost-effective know-how for the 30-year lifetime of the mission. MCCAAC’s Jail Growth Power Temporary cited the anticipated rise and shortage of pure gasoline that contrasts with anticipated enhancements within the carbon-free sourcing of the Metropolis of Ukiah’s electrical energy.”

By no means thoughts that the Board would have made this resolution no matter what the Local weather Change Committee did or mentioned, and there’s nothing within the months value of Committee’s minutes concerning the all-electric warmth pump on the jail.

(Mark Scaramella)

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FORT BRAGG has prolonged its eviction moratorium till September 30th on a 4-1 vote, Bernie Norvell dissenting. It is most likely not protected to imagine the county will even lengthen its moratorium on evictions however, given the grim financial information, many extra Mendo individuals won’t be able to pay hire and the supervisors ought to act to avert as a lot native struggling as is inside their energy to avert. Congress’s delay in enacting extra nationwide bailout help provides one other layer of tension to that tens of millions are already feeling, as they watch the ship of state heading for the rocks, its captain loopy, his crew drunk 

IF CONGRESS doesn’t act to increase an additional $600 in weekly advantages for unemployed Californians, state legislators say they’re prepared to leap in to assist. The expanded federal unemployment advantages, which started in April, are set to run out Friday. That may scale back the typical jobless fee in California to about $338 per week. (Mendo hire averaging $1200 a month…) The Home handed a coronavirus reduction invoice in Might that will lengthen the $600 weekly checks by way of Jan. 31, however the Republicans suggest to chop the help to $200 per week.



MORE AND MORE TALK about Trump not leaving workplace. And increasingly wanting like even an unfit character like Biden poised for a landslide victory in November as a result of even hardcore Trumpers are deserting their orange hero. 

TODAY, Lawyer Basic Barr refused to reply a Home Judiciary Committee query concerning the authority of a sitting president to maneuver the election date. Barr replied, “I haven’t appeared into that query, below the Structure.” Requested if he believed the election will probably be “rigged,” Barr mentioned he had “no cause to assume it is going to be” however claimed there’s a high-risk that mail-in voting will result in voter fraud.

WHICH IT WON’T. Take into consideration the mail poll course of then strive to determine a technique to corrupt it. It could be attainable to swindle a Mendo college board election the place 100 votes can decide an election final result by making use of for ballots within the names of non-voters and even non-existent voters. You’ve got obtained the ballots. Then what? Take into consideration the logistics of even minor voter fraud with all its trouble of gathering the ballots, forging signatures to them and sending them in. Think about doing that a number of million instances for Trump. Not attainable. Within the latest historical past of elections on this nation there was virtually no detectable mail-in fraud. What there was is a couple of people voting for deceased kin on the premise of, “It was his dying want.” 

THIS ISN’T TO SAY there will not be bother. There is a scarcity of ballot employees, which suggests numerous individuals most likely will not have the ability to vote in individual, and an enormous covid-caused mail-in vote will take time to rely, with that delay ensuing within the Trumpers leaping up and down with their pre-programmed suspicions that Orange Man is being jobbed.

ACCORDING to federal legislation (and Wikipedia), Trump can’t cancel, postpone, or transfer the November election—even by govt order stating a nationwide emergency or martial legislation. It’s a choice solely Congress culd make by altering the federal statute handed in 1845 that agreed states ought to appoint their electors within the first week of November. In essentially the most excessive state of affairs during which the electoral faculty doesn’t vote in November, Trump’s time period would nonetheless expire on Jan. 20, 2021 at midday—and the management of the presidency would go down the road of succession. 

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by Fred Gardner

In my SFDA ACT-UP SF file is a July 2000 letter from Drs. Donald Abrams and Paul Volberding, main AIDS specialists at SF Basic Hospital, to colleagues treating sufferers within the Bay Space: 

As lots of you understand and have skilled, the native group calling itself ACT UP San Francisco has lengthy been engaged in a marketing campaign of disruption and denial. You’ve gotten most likely heard how they’ve disrupted academic boards whether or not offered by neighborhood teams or by your friends within the medical neighborhood. You’ve got heard of how they’ve repeatedly disrupted conferences of the Public Well being Division and the way they poured urine and feces-laden cat litter within the hair and face of Pat Christen of the San Francisco AIDS Basis. And extra lately, you have most likely needed to spend time with a few of your sufferers who’ve been caught up of their “AIDS is over, the medicine are poison” polemics.

After a interval of relative quiet introduced on by the AIDS Basis’s restraining order towards them, they lately renewed their disruptive ways at a gathering sponsored by Survive Aids and Undertaking Inform the place Steven Deeks was the lead speaker. This occasion resulted within the harm of a lady on the workers of Undertaking Inform. Undertaking Inform responded shortly and has already secured a brief restraining order, whereas the DA’s workplace has filed battery and trespassing fees towards them. 

You’ll have heard by way of the area people papers that they’re at present taking in roughly one and a half million {dollars} per yr from the sale of medical marijuana. It appears unusual certainly for them to promote medical marijuana to assist with the illness they declare doesn’t exist. 

We’re writing for 2 causes. One is to offer you the connected set of supplies you may discover useful in coping with sufferers who query whether or not HIV causes AIDS or whether or not the remedies are “poisons.” You might be free to repeat and distribute these nonetheless you want.

Secondly, we’re writing to make a suggestion as to what you are able to do about this case, aside from present your help for individuals and teams who’re attacked. You’ve gotten full discretion over whom you want to refer sufferers in search of medical marijuana. Whereas ACT UP SF is certainly one such supply, there are a number of others within the metropolis, none of whom use their gross sales to foment denial and violence towards and amongst your endurance.

In March 2001 the DA’s workplace prosecuted the three males who disrupted the Undertaking Inform / Survive AIDS assembly (which targeted on learn how to finest use protease inhibitors). Pasquarelli was one of many three males charged. He was discovered responsible of riot and disturbing the peace and given a one-year sentence. He appealed and was out on bail when he took half within the actions with Petrelis that led to the arrest in November with bail set at $600,000. As Reg Smith of the DA’s workplace informed the LA Occasions, “They’ve been jailed earlier than. They’ve been launched. They’ve been admonished to not do something. And so they’ve finished it once more.”

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LANE’S FLAT [Piercy]

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Expensive Editor: 

Re: Hashish Cultivation Ordinance

Some on our Mendocino County Board of Supervisors, like many of the elected officers in america, appear to make their choices based mostly solely on cash. Who will make how a lot and what’s in it for me?

By no means thoughts that this single-minded coverage has introduced our planet to the brink of catastrophe, with our forests on hearth and microplastics in our youngsters’s blood, let’s simply pay lip service to all that nonsense about environmental catastrophes and get on with enterprise.

Proper now a big and rising portion of the enterprise in our county is ruled by Chapter 10A.17 of the Mendocino County Code, the Hashish Cultivation Ordinance. And Supervisor John McCowen (District 2), apparently joined by Supervisor Ted Williams (District 5), needs to throw out the environmental protections offered by that ordinance and, as Supervisor McCowen said in his proposal on the Board’s June 10 agenda, concentrate on the place marijuana is grown and never on how it’s grown.

And, if Supervisor McCowen has his means, it could possibly be grown in any quantity wherever within the huge rolling hills of Mendocino County zoned as rangeland. Pesticides and fertilizers in our streams and rivers? By no means thoughts. Elevated hearth risk on our tinder-dry hillsides? No drawback.

Mendocino County voters thought of simply such an unregulated method to hashish cultivation in 2016 when Measure AF was positioned on our ballots; we voted it down by substantial majorities in each supervisorial district. Now Supervisors McCowen and Williams are working interference for his or her big-time grower buddies and making an attempt an finish run round our 2016 vote.

The county spent a few yr crafting our current Hashish Cultivation Ordinance that gives for legalized cultivation with sturdy environmental protections. About 300 small, “legacy” operators have complied with the ordinance, obtained their permits, and paid their charges and taxes. Beneath the proposed unregulated plan, their future could be unsure within the gold-rush environment Supervisor McCowen would create.

Granted, the current model of the Hashish Cultivation Ordinance is way from good, however it will be a critical mistake to throw out this child with the bathwater. County workers is overburdened and the assets for implementing the ordinance are insufficient. To treatment this, the county must put the oldsters who labored to write down the current ordinance again to work to revise and fine-tune it quite than change with the wide-open gold-rush method proposed by Supervisor McCowen and the big-time growers wanting to invade our rangelands.

In case you agree with me, it is advisable let the Board of Supervisors know. As close to as I’ve been capable of decide, Supervisor McCowen’s proposal will come again earlier than the Board at its assembly on August 4. Sadly, I can’t be certain of that date. After I referred to as the telephone quantity listed on the Board’s web site and requested when the merchandise could be again on the agenda, I used to be informed that I couldn’t discover out till the Friday earlier than the Tuesday assembly when it will be mentioned. Squawk as I’d, that was the perfect reply I might get.

It appears the Board prefers to go about its enterprise with out us wanting.

However I will probably be wanting, and I hope you’ll too. Our Hashish Cultivation Ordinance could appear insignificant in comparison with the monumental issues going through our planet, however preserving it’s one thing we will do proper right here to guard our little nook of the Earth. Let’s do it. You’ll be able to e-mail the supervisors at bos@mendocinocounty.org.

Josef Knight, Willits

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CATCH OF THE DAY, July 28, 2020

Balandran, Britton, Hernandez, Lawson


HAROLD BRITTON III, Covelo. Negligent discharge of firearm.

JORDY HERNANDEZ, Ukiah. DUI, no license.

JEREMY LAWSON, Ukiah. Disorderly conduct-alcohol.

Moon, Morales, Weatherly, Wright

MEGAN MOON, Fort Bragg. Failure to seem.

JOSEPH MORALES JR., Reno/Ukiah. Failure to seem.

TRAVIS WEATHERLY, Arbuckle/Fort Bragg. Suspended license (for DUI0, no license, failure to seem, probation revocation.

JEFFREY WRIGHT, Fort Bragg. Use of tear gasoline for aside from self-defense.

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AH, THE OLD QUESTIONS, the outdated solutions, there’s nothing like them!

— Samuel Beckett

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America used to have a wholesome and sturdy hobo tradition. In case you can’t get a job or discover a technique to get by in a single place, you simply hopped a freight and went some place else. Alongside the best way you met numerous different good of us identical to you hoping to get by. Get a meal right here or there. Sleep in a barn. Swing a brush a bit. Then transfer on.

Right now, the rail traces have been decimated and the freights that do run carry what’s left of that low cost labor crap from that Land of the East. Right now’s freight trains have been militarized and so they run too quick to catch as much as whenever you’re working on foot. That destroyed a complete successfully-working American tradition.

If we’re actually going to Make American Nice Once more, we’ve obtained to deliver again the rail traces and hobo tradition. Quickly, we’ll ALL be hobos with out jobs and locations to dwell. Hundreds of thousands of us will want a technique to beg a meal someplace and to maneuver about after our houses have been foreclosed on, our automobiles repossessed, our financial institution accounts seized, our bank cards cancelled, and our smartphone battery goes useless and we throw the rattling factor into the ditch alongside the tracks.

Hobo Tradition is America’s 21st Century Future. Get out these outdated hobo and railroad songs. Discover your outdated harmonica and brush up. Tear some holes in your shirt and pants and socks in the event that they don’t but have any. Who says we don’t have a future?! We’re Woke And We Are Broke™! Completely happy days are right here once more!

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RED LINE FOR A HUMANE SOCIETY: 360+ DNC Delegates Vow to Oppose Democratic Platform If It Would not Help Medicare for All

Democrats who perceive the profound want for Medicare for All do not desire a pat on the top. We wish a real political dedication to healthcare as a human proper.


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Concerning Louis Bedrock’s surprisingly naive assertion that transexuals are “basically homosexuals in clothes,” the scenario on the bottom is extra nuanced. Many born as organic males transexuals are heterosexually oriented and take or hold girls as companions and wives after their gender transitions. Moreover, Mr. Bedrock overlooks the numerous organic girls who transition to males. Not all of them are lesbians. Within the 1990’s, there was a bearded and good-looking lady to man transexual bartender at San Francisco’s Lone Star Saloon who was common, let’s assume, with among the queer males clientele. It’s unlikely that anyone would bear the demanding routine of a intercourse change process to have entry to a “gay” accomplice contemplating that same-sex relations have been authorized within the USA for a few years.

Gender has been viable as a alternative and never as future not less than since Shakespeare allowed Rosalind to decide on to be a boy within the Forest of Arden in As You Like It. Virginia Woolf’s Orlando transitions from man to lady within the 19th Century. As regular, James Baldwin mentioned it finest, “There’s a man in each lady and a lady in each man. Generally that is reorganized solely when the chips are, brutally, down — when there isn’t a longer any technique to keep away from this recognition. However love between a person and a lady, or love between any two human beings, wouldn’t be attainable did we not have out there to us the religious assets of each sexes.”

If outdated hippies wish to scale back gender fluidity among the many youthful era, they need to hold quiet about it. Objectively talking, lengthy hair appears to be like terrible on most males. What number of of you outdated dudes would have saved your hair lengthy if it didn’t make your dad and mom’ era offended?

However, think about supporting gender fluidity among the many youthful era if you wish to be taken critically as an Anti-Fa Elder. Trump’s exclusion of transexuals within the navy and escalating hate crimes towards transexuals are wedge points amongst liberal and leftist Millennials. Take a look at Taylor Swift’s “You Have to Calm Down” video on YouTube and Ryan Murphy’s Pose on Netflix to understand that for a lot of idealistic 21st Century Youth, drag queens and transexuals are virtually the brand new Sidney Poitier.

Richard Russell

San Jose

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Please get this… there isn’t a “Antifa” as a definite factor…

Like there isn’t a “Millennial Snowflakes” or “Spiritual Snowflakes” or “Gravy Sucking Bankers” as a factor.

It is an attribute, the character of a bunch of individuals with sure parts in widespread. Antifa would not have a clubhouse, or a handshake, or a particular decoder rings… It is simply all these of us who’re towards fascism. Some have been lively because the 1930s and get their ardour from combating fascism in Europe within the 1920s and 1930s. These are older and extra respectable organizations. Some are loud and loopy (most not). In the identical means that 99.9% of environmental organizations are accountable and have constant respect for all life together with people (most even put human life on the prime of the checklist, although not all.) That mentioned there is a tiny fringe of environmental whackaloons who really feel the extinction of humanity will save life on the planet, not understanding that sentience is essential, and with it, we might truly stop the planet from turning into a useless cinder within the face of a violent and detached universe. Doh!

So blaming the Simon Wiesenthal Heart for violent protests just because they’re antifascist could be a little bit of a stretch, sure? Sufficient with “Antifa”… do that, give you your personal Acronym for these violent asshats. This is an opportunity to get artistic. DHORKS, Damaging, Hypocritical, Onerous, Retarded, Kooks, Shouting… it is a poor instance, however you hopefully get my drift.

We fought WWII to finish fascism, it is a good struggle, these knuckleheads do not should share within the good karma. 

— Maria Tobias

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Expensive Group,

Simply heard that Peter Wells has handed away. So unhappy, so very unhappy. Simply needed of us to know. 

Peter, one of many greats of our coast. A very sensible and welcoming host at Albion River Inn, raconteur and religious adventurer, daring and pleased theatrical creator, musical explorer and household man.

Like to his household and all who knew and labored with him and beloved him.

Marco McClean:

Peter Wells wrote a play referred to as Blue Dove, concerning the lifetime of Krishnamurti, and put it on within the metallic constructing Gloriana moved to for awhile on North Franklin when Cotton Auditorium was being renovated.

That was 2002. He did not haggle about paying the assorted techies and help individuals; he provided respectable cash, promptly paid what he promised to pay, and he was relaxed and affected person about the entire course of, his first play, which concerned lots of people, and the play got here off with no hitch, was academic, attention-grabbing, and transferring, and stuffed the seats for the entire run. None of that’s regular for a self-production.

He put it on once more somewhere else afterward, I heard. I do not bear in mind whether or not it ever obtained recorded on video but it surely most likely did. That will be an amazing factor to indicate on Vimeo or YouTube. If you understand something about that and have a reference to the household, please recommend it.

Talking of household: condolences to Peter’s youngsters about his loss of life.


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I used to be lastly prompted to write down about this as a result of I’ve had the next than regular engagement with the well being care system over the previous few weeks. It’s gone the best way it all the time goes: it’s massively inefficient and susceptible to errors, most of which find yourself falling on sufferers to repair. 

There’s the hours spent on maintain making appointments. There’s the fixed checking for treatment errors. There’s the infinite arguing with insurance coverage corporations. There’s the back-and-forth strategy of telling medical doctors what another physician mentioned as a result of they by no means discuss to one another. There’s the miscommunications brought on by the truth that medical doctors sometimes know nothing concerning the precise operation of their very own trade, and so forth.

These are all issues we’re acquainted with, and so they’re principally parts of the well being care system which might be outsourced to sufferers themselves. It by no means will get accounted for, however for all sensible functions the well being care system depends on the unpaid labor of sufferers to maintain itself in operation. It’s an actual value, but it surely’s laborious to measure…

Kevin Drum, Mom Jones

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How did you want your four-day baseball season? Was it pretty and distracting and oh a lot enjoyable? It shouldn’t proceed for much longer as a result of the idea of an unquarantined sports activities season in the course of a raging pandemic has been dangerously flawed from the beginning.

sfchronicle.com/sports activities/annkillion/article/Coronavirus-makes-clear-it-s-past-time-for-the-15437765.php

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by Jim Gibbons

Ed was a stocky 150-pounder I used to coach with again in 1979-80. He figured the explanation I ran sooner than him was as a result of I used to be skinnier. I attempted to inform him that 150 or maybe 145 could be simply the appropriate weight for him, however then I might beat him in one other foot race, and he’d get much more sure and decided to run extra miles and lose extra weight.

He saved build up his mileage … 60, 70, and in too in need of time obtained as much as 80 miles per week, however solely dropped 5 kilos — and worse but, nonetheless could not beat me.

“If I might simply lose fifteen extra kilos … ” Ed would say.

We did the 1980 Boston Marathon collectively. Properly, not precisely collectively, as Ed was 40, making his 2:45 qualifying time adequate to be “seeded” up entrance within the “masters” division, whereas my 2:37 was only a middle-of-the-pack time for a 35-year-old “submaster.” Marathon officers would not let me previous the rope that separated the seeded runners from the mid-pack of us, so Ed obtained a head begin on me.

I had realized from the 96-degree, 12 midday begin that it was too scorching for any private information, so I took it simple. My purpose was simply to complete. I completed. Ed did not.

Ed mentioned later that he “flamed out at about 17 miles doing a 5:45 tempo.” That is a 2:30 marathon tempo, which might have been a 15-minute PR!

Not reasonable, contemplating the warmth, however he informed me that not less than he “went for it,” which appeared to recommend that I chickened out by pacing myself. To make issues worse for Ed, since our photograph was within the Willits Information simply earlier than we left, everybody saved asking the identical query: “Did you end?”

Then I did not run with Ed for some time. I wish to take day off after marathons. I’ve discovered that you simply come again sooner over the lengthy haul in case you lay low for a couple of weeks after a 26-miler, however Ed saved working. He needed to interrupt the nationwide grasp’s marathon report, which was a 2:22 held by Santa Rosa runner Jim Bowers. I didn’t assume that was reasonable, however saved my mouth shut.

Then in the future Ed invited me over for breakfast and a long term afterward. His spouse made pancakes with out oil or butter. That they had eradicated fat from their food regimen, together with all dairy merchandise, all meat, white flour, sugar, and alcohol. 

My first response was, “Simply what the hell do you eat?” However in fact, the reply was largely fruit and veggies.

He mentioned he misplaced 5 extra kilos, however nonetheless had ten to go. Shedding ten extra kilos would put him in at 130. I weighed 130. In line with his logic, he then would have the ability to beat me.

We went for a run, and I began speaking as regular, however he saved pushing the tempo, making it troublesome to converse. After ten miles I knew he needed to see who would drop first. I did not actually plan on this to be a contest. I simply needed to recommend we flip again, however he appeared to take that as an indication of weak point. He knew he had me now, and saved pushing, whereas I dropped a step again, observing his effort. Certainly, he was intense, which made me consider my very own depth, or lack of it. I beloved racing, however my day by day runs have been my meditation, my day by day dose of endorphins. I most well-liked to avoid wasting that depth for races. What was he making an attempt to show?

Let’s simply have an pleasant run and discuss stuff like we used to do. 

I lastly let up and informed him I used to be going to take it simple the previous couple of miles. I hadn’t been doing my lengthy runs and did not wish to overdo it. He reluctantly slowed with me, and we talked. He mentioned somebody accused him of being a fanatic, and his reply was, “If that is what it takes to be the perfect, so be it!”

Then a couple of weeks later Ed confirmed up at my place together with his camper filled with his belongings. He needed to indicate me one thing earlier than he left city. He took an unsteady step into his camper and fell to at least one knee. He was shaking. He appeared weak. I requested him what was mistaken?

He mentioned he was superb however had run twenty miles that morning so he might get in his third straight 100-mile week and felt somewhat drained. His cheeks appeared badly sunken, emphasizing the tight pores and skin round his facial bones, giving his eyes a deeper, extra intense look. His shirt held on his once-burly shoulders as if on a hanger. His arms appeared skinnier than mine. He took occasional deep breaths, as if he could not get sufficient oxygen simply respiratory usually. 

After we lastly obtained inside, he pulled out an outdated toilet scale. He obtained on and informed me to search for myself. He was 130 totally clothed. I obtained on and weighed 131. He smiled and shook my hand, as if to say, “I suppose I received this spherical, however do not feel dangerous, I’ve labored tougher than you.”

He mentioned he was going to run the nationwide masters 25Okay in San Francisco the following weekend, after which observe the racing circuit in his camper. He was leaving his pictures enterprise to observe his dream of profitable his age division at Boston. He felt the locals did not admire him anyway, and informed me if I stayed in Willits, I’d by no means attain my true working potential. After which he drove away.

Jim Bowers received that 25Okay in a nationwide grasp’s report. Ed was almost ten minutes again. 

A number of months later I learn within the Nationwide Masters Information that Ed ran one other 2:45 within the Phoenix Marathon. And that was it. I by no means noticed Ed’s identify once more in any race outcomes. And to this present day I don’t know the place Ed is or what occurred to him. 

Creator’s Word: This text was revealed within the October 1990 difficulty of Operating Occasions, and so they paid me $150. They modified my title, “Skinnier Isn’t All the time Sooner,” which was first revealed within the Willits Information and the Anderson Valley Advertiser, to “How Skinny Is Too Skinny?” It was accompanied by a photograph of a skeleton with a bib quantity on his chest. 

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