Mendo Supes delay hiring freeze, appoint ad hoc committee on cannabis rule revisions

On July 10 the Mendocino Supervisors appointed a new ad hoc committee to discuss possible revisions to the county’s cannabis permitting rules. On advice of the County CEO, the Board also put off initiating a proposed hiring freeze for new county employees. Dan Young reports.

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Ft. Bragg moves towards district elections, despite city officials’ opposition to reform

Fort Bragg has started the process of shifting to district elections for its city council, with the stated goal of protecting Hispanic and Latino voting rights. However city officials generally oppose the reform and are hoping that courts will gut state voting rights law protecting minorities, which could save the city the trouble of implementing the reform or fighting a lawsuit over it. Dan Young reports.

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Ft. Bragg Council discusses new sales tax, commercial water rate changes

On Tuesday, May 29 the Fort Bragg City Council delayed discussion of shifting to district elections for Councilmembers until June 25. However the city moved forward to put a new 3/8 cent sales tax on the November ballot. The Council also approved changes in commercial water rate calculations aimed at incentivizing water conservation technologies. Dan Young reports.

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Mendo Supes approve reforms that could help struggling cannabis industry operators

On May 22 the Mendocino Supervisors discussed several reforms that could help struggling cannabis industry business operators, but 3rd District Supervisor Georgeanne Croskey opposed many of the proposed actions. Meanwhile people from the unincorporated coastal community of Mendocino aired opposing views on a proposed change in setbacks from sensitive receptors, due to possible impacts on dispensary locations in the town. Dan Young reports.

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Mendo Supes hear concerns about proposed closure of juvenile hall and alleged secret Potter Valley Project meetings

On Monday, May 22, the Mendocino Supervisors heard concerns about wildfire preparedness, a proposed closure of the county’s juvenile hall, and about alleged secret meetings over the Potter Valley Hydroelectric Project. Dan Young reports.

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Ft. Bragg City Council endorses Measure C hospital tax initiative

On Monday, May 14, despite concerns about financial mismanagement and potential conflict of issue concerns, the Fort Bragg City Council voted to endorse Measure C. If passed this ballot initiative would impose a $144 per parcel, per year tax to support the Mendocino Coast District Hospital in Fort Bragg. The Council also approved a contract for over $15 million for a wastewater treatment plant upgrade, and created a new committee to handle local tourism promotions. Dan Young reports.

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Mendo Supes talk Laytonville decline, future of railroads, and refilling fire-damaged properties

On May 8 the Mendocino Supervisors heard a detailed account from one member of public about economic decline in Laytonville, which he said was related to cannabis permitting issues. The Board also discussed the future of the county’s rail infrastructure, and heard about a state government program to fill in soil on properties that were over excavated during the consolidated cleanup following the Redwood Complex fire. Dan Young reports.

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