Redevelopment efforts seem poised to move forward on Fort Bragg’s former Georgia Pacific lumber mill site, which was shuttered in 2002. But some community activists are petitioning local and state officials to halt development pending further environmental remediation. Dan Young reports.
At their July 16 meeting the Mendocino Supervisors heard from Sheriff Allman about ongoing police sweeps against unlicensed cannabis cultivation sites. The Board also discussed five recommendations from a Board committee to improve conditions for licensed cultivators and grow the cannabis economy overall. Dan Young reports.
On June 10 the Fort Bragg City Council heard about local efforts to protect pollinator species and move towards a zero waste society. The Council also discussed a proposal to fund an education program aimed at reducing plastic straw and polystyrene use. Dan Young reports.
After only five meetings, the Fort Bragg City council has disbanded the election system review committee that was set up as part of a legal settlement over alleged violations of the voting rights of Hispanic and Latino residents. However Mayor Will Lee plans to appoint a new, smaller committee with the same goals. Dan Young reports.
On May 13 the Fort Bragg City Council decided to put out a request for proposals for analysis of the feasibility of building a new waste transfer station on the coast. This action by the city reopens a proposal that sparked controversy between 2014 and 2016 and then abruptly fell apart. The Fort Bragg Council also appointed a new city attorney, and heard about local trap-neuter-release efforts for stray and feral cat populations. Dan Young reports.
Mendo cannabis cultivators and Supervisor Williams express frustration with permit backlog, state agencies
At the Mendocino Supervisors May 7 meeting both cannabis cultivators and 5th District Supervisor Ted Williams expressed frustration with the massive backlog of county cannabis cultivator permits, at least 70% of which are estimated by county staff to be held up by state agencies. Dan Young reports.
On April 23 the Mendocino Supervisors discussed proposed new regulations for cannabis cultivation and cannabis facilities on properties located in the California Coastal Zone. The Board disagreed about minimum lot size requirements for cultivation, and cannabis product manufacturing on agricultural lands. Dan Young reports.