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.
Prompted by citizen outcry, Mendocino County is moving forward with the formation of a Climate Action Advisory Committee with 15 members appointed by the Supervisors. But a proposal for the Committee to be staffed by a program manager working for the Mendocino County Resource Conservation District has created controversy. Dan Young reports.
Study shows Mendocino County government employees paid nearly 24% less than comparable counties, cities
A study commissioned by the Mendocino Supervisors shows that county government employees are paid base salaries nearly 24% less than comparable counties and city governments. At the same time county employees and their union representatives say that Mendocino could raise wages using state and federal funds and channel money back into the local economy. Dan Young reports.