Despite housing shortage, Mendocino County ends moratorium on vacation rental conversions

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Aired: September 14, 2017 on KMUD Radio News

Podcast: https://soundcloud.com/kmudnews/despite-housing-shortage-mendo-supes-abolish-moratorium-on-vacation-rental-conversions

At their Tuesday, September 12 meeting the Mendocino Supervisors voted to end a temporary moratorium on conversions of housing stock into short term vacation rentals. The moratorium was abolished despite concerns expressed by Supervisors Gjerde and McCowen that doing so could worsen the Mendocino Coast’s affordable housing shortage and homelessness crisis. Dan Young reports.

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Fort Bragg moves forward with affordable housing, recruiting city manager

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Aired: September 13, 2017 on KMUD Radio News

Podcast: https://soundcloud.com/kmudnews/fort-bragg-moves-forward-with-affordable-housing-recruiting-city-manager-and-more

On Monday, September 11 the Fort Bragg City Council voted unanimously to move forward with a license agreement that would let Georgia Pacific use the city’s coastal park lands to access property owned by the corporation. The Council also voted to use a recruitment firm to handle the selection of a new city manager. On Council instruction Fort Bragg city staff will also work with Danco Communities seeking funding for an affordable housing development for seniors. City staff were additionally instructed to bring forward a modification to the city’s so-called “social host ordinance” that would let police levy fines of hundreds of dollars against parents who host parties where minors smoke marijuana. Dan Young reports.

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News and Interviews with Dan Young: Covelo Cannabis Concerns

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Aired: September 10, 2017 on KNYO

Podcast: http://knyo.libsyn.com/news-and-interviews-covelo-cannabis-concerns

The Sunday, September 10, 2017 edition of KNYO’s News and Interviews with Dan Young explores the concerns held by residents of the Covelo and Round Valley area about Mendocino County’s evolving cannabis policies, and the future of the local cannabis industry. The program features interviews with seven different Covelo and Round Valley area residents, as well as with 3rd District Supervisor Croskey who currently represents Covelo in the county government. Community activists from Covelo and Round Valley have called for cannabis cultivators and others concerned about the future of this local industry to attend the Mendocino Supervisors’ Tuesday, September 12 meeting in Ukiah.

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Covelo area residents advocate for Mendocino County cannabis ordinance changes

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Aired: September 8, 2017 on KMUD Radio News; September 11, 2017 on KZYX Radio News

Podcast: https://soundcloud.com/kmudnews/covelo-residents-advocate-for-mendocino-county-cannabis-ordinance-changes

Residents of the Covelo and Round Valley area are outraged that their interests were not represented during the development of the county’s cannabis cultivation ordinance, when the 3rd District had no Supervisor. Fearing catastrophic economic impacts to their community, residents of the Covelo area are organizing to try to change the county law, and have issued a call for like-minded county residents to attend the Mendocino Supervisors’ Tuesday, September 12 meeting in Ukiah. Dan Young reports.

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Mendocino Supervisors approve new cannabis cultivation rules, will discuss cottage industry fee on Sept. 12

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Aired: August 29, 2017 on KMUD Radio News; September 1, 2017 on KZYX Radio News

Podcast: https://soundcloud.com/kmudnews/mendo-supes-approve-new-cannabis-cultivation-rules-will-discuss-cottage-industry-fee-on-sept-12

On August 29 the Mendocino Supervisors approved a set of modifications to the county’s recently adopted cannabis cultivation permitting and regulation ordinance, and the Board will discuss the possibility of a cannabis cottage industry permitting fee structure on September 12. Meanwhile cannabis industry representatives are raising concerns about the county’s cannabis taxation structure and track and trace program, while other county residents are worried that lax cannabis code enforcement could have serious impacts on small, rural communities. Dan Young reports.

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New use permit for Fort Bragg homeless shelter could leave more people cold, wet, and hungry

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Aired: August, 25 2017 on KMUD Radio News; August 28, 2017 on KZYX Radio News

Podcast: https://soundcloud.com/kmudnews/new-use-permit-for-ft-bragg-homeless-shelter-could-mean-more-cold-hungry-people

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On August 23 the Fort Bragg Planning Commission approved a new use permit for the Hospitality House homeless shelter. The permit includes conditions that will fine the shelter if it exceeds its 24 resident capacity, and conditions that curtail the number of hungry, impoverished non-shetler residents that the the facility is allowed to feed. Dan Young reports.

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Mendocino County faces public criticisms on cannabis taxation, enforcement

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Aired: August 24, 2017 on KMUD Radio News; August 25, 2017 on KZYX Radio News

Podcast: https://soundcloud.com/kmudnews/mendocino-county-faces-public-criticisms-on-cannabis-taxation-enforcement

Despite modifications to their cultivation permitting ordinance, Mendocino County faces continues to face a variety of cannabis policy criticisms from the public. These include concerns about both the county’s taxation scheme and its enforcement of nuisance violations for cannabis cultivators. Dan Young reports.

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