Contractors working on the federal government’s consolidated cleanup of the Redwood Complex Fire may have removed unnecessary quantities of soil from dozens of properties in Mendocino County — leaving both tax payers and fire victims on hold for extra expenses. Dan Young reports.
NOTE: Members of the public who have concerns about over excavation or other issues with the federal cleanup of the Redwood Complex Fire are encouraged to call the U.S. Army Corps Debris Removal project at 1-877-875-7681.
On February 6 the Mendocino Supervisors voted unanimously both to outsource Medi-Cal case processing, and to bring forth a ballot initiative that would make private campgrounds and RV parks pay Transient Occupancy Tax, or T-O-T. The Board also heard concerns about permitting fees for construction of a new park in Mendocino Village, and got an update on emergency preparedness public meetings being held around the county. Dan Young reports.
Following an at times contentious public discussion on cannabis policy between the Mendocino Supervisors and Interim Ag Commissioner Dianne Curry, the Board took action to try and replace Curry with Joe Moreo, a former Ag Commissioner for Modoc County. Dan Young reports.
In this January 30, 2018 interview Dan Young speaks with Manhattan-based journalist and activist Bill Weinberg about his history of resisting the global vortex of ecological collapse, totalitarianism and war, while supporting indigenous struggles and grassroots democracy. Weinberg’s global political reporting can be found online at his website Countervortex, and also in his Countervortex podcast. Weinberg’s reporting on cannabis issues is available at his website Global Ganja Report, and also at High Times. Weinberg is also the author of the 1991 book War On The Land: Ecology and Politics in Central America and the 2002 book Homage to Chiapas: The New Indigneous Struggles in Mexico.
On January 23 the Mendocino Supervisors hashed out questions from staff about a series of changes to current cannabis ordinances. Topics discussed included whether to allow different types of cultivation at the same site on the same permit, and whether immature plants will be counted as part of a permit allowance. Dan Young reports.
On January 23 the Mendocino Supervisors discussed with a hired consultant the details of cannabis overlay zones that could allow neighborhoods to either opt-in to exemptions allowing less restrictive rules for cultivators, or opt-out from the county’s rules, imposing more restrictions on cultivation or possibly prohibiting it entirely. Dan Young reports.
The city of Fort Bragg has transferred 11.6 acres of land to the Noyo Center for Marine Science, a Mendocino coast nonprofit which runs a variety of marine science education and research programs. Dan Young reports.