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.

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Mendocino Supervisors complain of slow cannabis cultivation permitting pace, extend hemp and GMO moratoriums

At their April 9 meeting some Mendocino Supervisors expressed frustration that over 70% of the applications to cultivate cannabis received by the county in the last 2 years are still being processed. On the prompting of the cannabis industry, the Board also extended temporary moratoriums on both industrial hemp and GMO cultivation for another 10 and a half months. Dan Young reports.

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Ft. Bragg approves new food truck rules, but delays decision on police dispatch outsourcing

On Monday, March 25, the Fort Bragg City Council approved both new, relaxed rules for food trucks, and a $49,500 contract for management of a sewer lift station replacement project. However the Council delayed a decision on a $350,000 contract for the city of Ukiah to handle Fort Bragg’s police dispatch services. Dan Young reports.

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Will Mendocino County help cannabis cultivators impacted by its sunset provision?

Mendocino 5th District Supervisor Ted Williams has pushed for an indoor cannabis cultivation use permit to help cultivators on small residential parcels, who will lose their permits in 2020 under the county’s sunset provision. But so far a majority of the Board oppose Williams’ use permit proposal. Dan Young reports.

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Mendocino to bill cannabis cultivators for $3.5 million in taxes, due by May 31

In April Mendocino County will send out a total of $3.5 million in substantial tax bills to most permitted cannabis cultivators. The bills will average over $3700 per cultivator, and will be due by May 31. Dan Young reports.

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Ft. Bragg could use street sales tax to pay for stormwater trash capture devices

Despite objections from some city councilmembers, Fort Bragg may use local street sales tax funds to help pay for state mandated trash capture devices on its storm drain system. Dan Young reports.

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Can growth be green? Environmentalists raise concerns about the Green New Deal

The Green New Deal is a bold plan for reducing carbon emissions and improving financial security for all. But some environmentalists are concerned about its reliance on major growth in manufacturing and the economy. Dan Young reports.

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Is “green growth” malignant? : Don Fitz and Stan Cox discuss problems with the Green New Deal

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Dan Young interviews Don Fitz and Stan Cox, two long-time environmental activists and writers. For many years both Fitz and Cox have advocated that solving not just global warming but other major environmental crises will require an overall reduction in the size of economy and industrial production. Now they are concerned that the Green New Deal recently introduced in the U.S. Congress is premised on major EXPANSION of industry and the economy.

Fitz and Cox feel that this so-called “green growth” would be unlikely to stop global warming, and would only worsen numerous other global environmental crises. Though they support a rapid changeover to renewable energy coupled with economically egalitarian reforms, they believe this needs to come along with a major reduction in industrial production. Some of the potential changes they talk about include a shorter work week, and new regulations aimed at guaranteeing higher quality products and eliminating planned obsolescence, the process of manufacturing consumer items with the intention that they will quickly break and need to be replaced. 

Podcast: http://knyo.libsyn.com/is-green-growth-malignant-don-fitz-and-stan-cox-discuss-problems-with-the-green-new-deal

Additional reading:

How green is the Green New Deal? by Don Fitz

That Green Growth at the Heart of the Green New Deal? It’s Malignant by Stan Cox

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Mendocino puts in place 45 day moratoriums on cultivation of industrial hemp, GMOs

Mendocino County has temporarily banned the cultivation of both industrial hemp and all genetically modified organisms including those created through new gene-editing technologies such as CRISPR. Both temporary bans are meant, at least in part, to serve the interests of existing local cannabis farmers. Dan Young reports.

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Mendocino Supervisors adopt ambitious 5-year digital infrastructure plan, but still need to develop timeline and metrics

Mendocino County has adopted an ambitious five year plan to improve digital infrastructure and make it possible for 98% of households to access broadband with download speeds of 100 Megabits per second. However the Mendocino Supervisors have also instructed that the plan be updated to include a timeline for implementation and a system of metrics for assessing its success or failure. Dan Young reports.

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