AM News for Wednesday 7.10.13
The Mendocino County Supervisors has announced it will host a budget
presentation from 10:30 a.m. to noon Friday at the Fort Bragg Town Hall.
The presentation is the first in a series of five presentations to be given in
each of the county's five supervisorial districts before the annual county
budget hearings begin Sept. 9.
The League of Women Voters of Mendocino President Jane Person is
sponsoring the event.
Fourth District Supervisor Dan Gjerde, whose district includes Fort Bragg,
volunteered to have his district receive the first of the budget presentations.
"In times when revenues are stagnant, the balanced budget represents an
organization that is constantly looking for new ways to achieve its goals at
lower costs," Gjerde said.
The cities of Ukiah, Willits and Fort Bragg are suing the county of
and Auditor-Controller Meredith Ford for hundreds of thousands of dollars they claim she overcharged them in fees for administering the cities' property taxes.
Ford's office is responsible for distributing each city's share of the property taxes for which it charges an annual Fee.
At issue is whether the fee was calculated correctly after the state Supreme Court ruled in November that the fees could not include additional property
tax money to compensate cities and counties.
In November 2008, 47 cities in Los Angeles County sued that county,
claiming it was charging a higher property tax fee than state law allows.
According to a report from the Center for Investigative Reporting,
Doctors under contract with the California Department of Corrections
sterilized 148 female inmates from 2006 to 2010 without required state
approvals, and there are perhaps 100 more dating back to the late 1990s.
From 1997 to 2010, the state paid doctors $147,460 to perform the
The women were signed up for the surgery while they were pregnant and
housed at either the Institution for Women in Corona or Valley State Prison
for Women in Chowchilla.
Former inmates and prisoner advocates maintain that prison medical staff
coerced the women, targeting those deemed likely to return to prison in the
The top medical manager at Valley State Prison from 2005 to 2008
characterized the surgeries as an empowerment issue for female inmates,
providing them the same options as women on the outside. Daun Martin, a
licensed psychologist, also claimed that some pregnant women, particularly those on drugs or who were homeless, would commit crimes so they could
return to prison for better health care.
Martin denied approving the surgeries, but at least 60 tubal ligations were done at Valley State while Martin was in charge.
Since 1994 the procedure has required approval from top medical officials in Sacramento on a case-by-case basis.
The GMO Free Humboldt grassroots organization of local consumers,
farmers and concerned individuals met at the Bayside Grange to construct a ban on the growth of genetically modified organisms in Humboldt County.
Unlike the recent Proposition 37, which sought to label all genetically
modified produce and other goods already available to consumers, the
GMO Free Humboldt ban would prevent these crops and other organisms
from being grown or produced within the county.
About 70 attendees from Arcata, Eureka, Garberville and other parts of
Humboldt appeared at the meeting and signed up to volunteer their time to
prepare the ban wording for submission to the county.
Small groups formed to develop the language and talking points of the ban
itself, as well as outreach and education to both organic and
non-organic farmers, influential stakeholders and other interested members of
The two-hour meeting whipped by with passionate input from families, farmers and
local business representatives, all eager to voice their concerns and offer
their time to get the ball rolling.
Meetings are held bimonthly at the Bayside Grange, Upcoming dates: July 10, 24,
(Cal Fire) Humboldt - Del Norte unit chief Tom Hein announced that as of
July 1, 2013, all “dooryard” Residential burn permits in State Responsibility Areas of Humboldt, Del Norte and western Trinity counties are suspended. Western Trinity is defined as the area within the Six Rivers National Forest.
Burning with a valid permit is allowed for agricultural, forest management,
and industrial type burning only. Campfires on private property are still
allowed with property owner’s written permission. Cal Fire wants the public
to know that suspending residential and dooryard permits is the initial step
towards the suspension of all burning .