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Prop 64

Mar 8, 2017

Proposition 64, approved by California voters in November 2016, is a complex document that spells out how the state will regulate and tax the cultivation, transportation and sale of cannabis for recreational use. 

During the fiscal year 2016-2017 mid-year budget report session at the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday, March 7, 2017, Mendocino County District Attorney David Eyster discussed how marijuana legalization and MRSA (California Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act) have affected his office, the county, and the state. 


We recently heard from a group of homeless people struggling to find a place in the city of Ukiah to sleep peacefully through the night, where they could also stay dry and without being ticketed by law enforcement for illegal camping.  

We met Tanya, known on the streets as “mom.” She was ticketed for illegal camping while trying to stay warm and dry under an awning at the social security building. Tanya and her husband TJ are known as leaders among a group of about 20 homeless individuals who look after one another and take care of some of the disabled people on the street. After being kicked out of many areas around town and told to stay out of sight, they settled in a more secluded spot in the heart of Ukiah. When some of them moved under the overhang of a nearby building to stay dry during a rain storm, a police officer showed up and issued Sue an illegal camping ticket and gave her disabled husband Randolf  a warning. 

In this episode we hear from them and we meet Butterfly.  

The extreme weather shelter in Fort Bragg is keeping its doors open for another month and a half. The Mendocino Coast Hospitality Center (a year round shelter and homeless services center) announced on February 24, 2017 they were planning to close the extreme shelter within days if they did not receive more funding. It houses up to 25 people every night when it is cold or rainy outside. The Hospitality Center, which manages the extreme shelter, recently received an anonymous donation of $10,000.

The two emergency winter shelters in Mendocino County are closing.  The Coast Hospitality Center in Fort Bragg announced today it is closing in a few days due to lack of funds and the Ukiah shelter is expected to close in a few weeks.  Many homeless are left to find shelter on the streets.  Tune in to hear from them. 

The northern pikeminnow have been preying on salmon and steelhead juveniles in the Eel river watershed since 1979, when the non native fish was first introduced, likely by fishermen using them for bass bait.

The Eel River Recovery Project surveyed pike minnow populations in the river in 2016 and released their results in February 2017.  Pat Higgins, director of the Eel River Recovery Project has the details in part 1 of the Pikeminnow Invasion.