AM News Thursday 9.26.13
Environmental groups have filed a second lawsuit in an effort to block a plan by Caltrans to widen two highways along the Smith River. The groups are
concerned that the widening project, which is being done to accommodate
additional big rig trucks in a remote area near the Oregon border, will ultimately result in an accident that could spoil the state’s last undammed major river.
Conservation groups Friends of Del Norte, the Environmental Protection
Information Center, and the Center for Biological Diversity first sued in May in state court to block Caltrans’ plan to widen parts of Highways 197 and 199 in
the Smith River Canyon. Then on Monday, the groups sued in federal court, alleging that the project also violates federal environmental laws.
At 1:30, Tuesday, Sept. 24, more than 300 social service, street maintenance,
senior and family service workers, library staff, animal control and public health workers all attended an afternoon session of the Board, and stood together
during their one day strike.
"The biggest message we want to give you," chapter President Dave Eberly
told the supervisors, "is that we want to get back to bargaining."
"We work for you, but you also work for us because we vote," member Jackie Otis reminded the supervisors. "We're tired of this false paradigm that it's
workers against taxpayers. We *are* taxpayers."
Workers say county leaders are hiding behind false financial figures and refuse to negotiate. Due to cuts-only policies, more than 30% of the workforce has disappeared in the last few
While the county has a surplus, mainly due to takeaways and attrition, county
officials are demanding workers continue to “stay the course” with ongoing cuts and carry more increases in healthcare costs.
Workers are asking for wage restoration over the course of a three year
September 22−28 is Banned Books Week: an annual event celebrating
the freedom to read.
By focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship.
The top ten challenged books of 2012 were Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey; The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie;Thirteen Reasons Why, by Jay Asher; Fifty
Shades of Grey, by E. L. James; And Tango Makes Three, by Peter Parnell
and Justin Richardson; The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini; Looking for
Alaska, by John Green; Scary Stories by Alvin Schwartz; The Glass Castle, by
and Beloved, by Toni Morrison.
These books have all been targeted with removal or restrictions in libraries and schools. Part of the Banned Books Week celebration is the fact that, in a
majority of cases, the books have remained available thanks to the efforts of
librarians, teachers, students, and community members who stand up and
You can now help clean up the coast with a bill, AB 754, which
Governor Brown signed on Saturday which gives taxpayers the opportunity to support coastal conservation efforts with the check of a box on their state
income tax return.
The check-off box on California personal income tax forms will allow taxpayers to make
charitable contributions to the California Beach and Coastal Enhancement
Account. Funds will be available through the California Coastal Commission’s WHALE TAIL Grants Program, which supports public education on the state’s marine and coastal resources, Adopt-A-Beach programs and other beach maintenance and coastal habitat restoration projects that have an educational component.
For the full text of the bill, visit: http://leginfo.ca.gov/bilinfo.html.
This law becomes effective January 1, 2014.
The Community Foundation of Mendocino County announces its 2014
Community Enrichment Grant guidelines and application are now available
online at: communityfound.org.
A recommended information workshop will be held from 11 a.m. -1 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 8, at the Foundation, 204 S. Oak St., Ukiah.
Marianne McGee Resource Development Director at Mendocino Coast Clinics, will present a short session on grant-making and fundraising tips. She will also introduce the Healthy Mendocino website, new component of the grant process.
The Enrichment Grant program is available to non-profit organizations, school districts, and special districts based in Mendocino
County or to any organization with a project that has specific benefit to