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Unanimous vote.

I’m agnostic on the various issues of privacy.  Some of the speakers insisted that the microwaves are giving them headaches, but I don’t know where the science is on that.  There are of course the privacy issues.

Most amusing was Supervisor John Pinches asking, without response, what they county will do if PG&E tries to hold the county hostage.  But eventually he voted with the rest.

According to the Willits News report three other counties have already imposed the bans – SF, Santa Cruz, and Marin.

According to the Ukiah Daily Journal, David Eyster, the new District Attorney for Mendocino County, may be dismissing a number of weed cases.

He said there are marijuana farmers who are trying to comply with the law, some who don’t know how to comply.

In cases where growers appear to be trying to comply, according to Eyster, a better practice than the one currently used is to give the growers a deadline by which to “get legal” and refer them to the Sheriff’s Office, which sells zip ties and issues permits for gardens that meet the state’s and the county’s guidelines.


He plans to take on the task of deciding how to charge each case that comes to his office, at least until his staff of prosecutors get used to his expectations, and law enforcement officers have a better idea how he handles crimes in court.

“You have to make sure that you’re just not filing cases that you later are going to dismiss because you got tired of them, but really because that’s what justice requires, and what public safety requires,” Eyster said.

He plans to focus on public safety, meaning crimes with victims, such as violent or serious felonies, drunk driving.

Will there be a “WatchDave” website now?

Thanks to Woods for the heads-up.



All of the results here.

Last week I reported on a Daily Journal article about the DEA in Mendocino County.  Turns out they’re here for pot spotting training.

Whatever you think of incumbent Mendo D.A. Meredith Lintott, why do even progressive writers find it so necessary to discuss the physical (or photogenic) appearance of a woman candidate?

I don’t mean to sound “politically correct” or anything, but there are serious issues in the race warranting their attention.  Granted, the AVA has always been something like a left version of the Humboldt Mirror.

I’d like to know why the driving passerby’s flipped them off.  Much more of a story there.

Addendum: Actually, in finishing the column I found the final paragraph to be the most interesting.

THE SANTA ROSA COPS might want to re-think their villains. The other day they held a hostage training with the hostage takers being “an extreme environmental activist group” whose behavior was similar to “situations that have occurred.” Really? Where?

Were they saving the best for last?

Mendo’s elections this year are also bound to be contentious, and their District Attorney race is no exception.  I am informed that there are three candidates.

The incumbent is Meredith Lintott (the link is to her Facebook page, but I’ve subsequently located her official site) who was elected following Norm Vroman’s death in last election cycle.  She is being criticized by Medical Marijuana advocates with regard to her policies, and some claim that she is pushing the marijuana prosecutions well beyond the public’s comfort level.  She had promised leniency, but perhaps has come to view the subsequent passage of Measure B (which repealed elements of Measure G) in 2008 as a mandate for more aggressive prosecution of marijuana crimes.   Although she is perceived by many as “conservative,” she emphasizes among her successes interventionist/community based comprehensive policies.  Although all D.A. candidates have to make some lip service in that direction, she claims to have delivered on it.  She also claims to have pursued environmental crimes and boasts success in negotiating a half a million dollars settlement in a case pertaining to the construction of the new Noyo Bridge (anybody with info?).  She is backed by Congressman Mike Thompson among others.   A curious name on her list is Michael Sweeney.  Could he be Judi Bari’s ex-husband?  According to her Facebook page she also likes to listen to Eric Clapton, and, well, she’s willing to admit she listens to Jack Johnson, for which she deserves credit for bravery.

Running against her is Matt Finnegan who worked under Lintott, but was fired (I don’t know why – maybe someone does?).  His issues page contains many of the usual generalities and vagueness, but also some interesting clues as to his overall philosophy.  On marijuana, he backed Measure B, and he adopts the safe position of promising to pursue trafficking for profit, grows on public lands, and trespasses onto private lands, while promising to honor Proposition 215 and deprioritize small time possession cases.  He goes out of his way to emphasize transparency and accountability, and promises against “cronyism,” which leads me to wonder if those are going to be issues raised with his former boss.  He emphasizes his support of gun rights, which might cost him progressive votes in other communities, but is unlikely to be an issue as even most progressives here tout what they call “rural values” which distinguish them from their urban progressive counterparts.  And he throws the usual bones to progressives, again, by emphasizing interventionist approaches to law enforcement, promising to work with public defenders and substance abuse treatment advocates in a comprehensive policy.  He also promises to work with judges to implement policies which discourage late hour settlements which waste the time of potential jurors on Monday mornings, but he is not very specific – triggering concerns for me that what he has in mind is sanctions for defendants who settle late and/or incentives for early settlement, thereby creating a negotiation disadvantage to defendants.  I guess the big question he has to answer is why he is running against his former boss.

Also running is David Eyster who currently practices criminal defense in a private practice, but has been a “tough prosecutor” (no word as to whether he’s been a tough defense attorney”) in the past.  Eyster has some endorsements (I don’t know any of the names) and a handful of “commendations,” the red flag for progressives constituting praise from Republican former Attorney General Dan Lungren (who among other things basically pretended that Proposition 215 never happened for the duration of his office).  This Mike Geniella article on Eyster which is linked from the “news” page of Eyster’s site quotes Eyster as referring to marijuana as “the elephant in the room” neither of the other candidates will discuss.  He then says, pretty much what they say, that he’ll respect Proposition 215 while prosecuting the profiteers.

So who is the “progressive” and who is the “conservative?”  The labels might have some relevance in the Humboldt race.  I don’t know that they’re at play in Mendo.

I did come across this handy link to the Anderson Valley Advertiser piece which reviews each of the candidates’ Facebooking.  Are any of our Humboldt candidates Facebooking?

Thoughts from Mendo voters up on the race would be helpful.  For instance – does anybody know why Lintott fired Finnegan?

Chalk this anecdote up as yet another dubious triumph of the counter-culture.

Most restaurants in Ukiah are closed by 9:00.  If you just need a simple sandwich, nothing special, at 11:00, Jensen’s Truck Stop at the north State exit is open for 24 hours.  I was there last night and besides a cook and a waitress, there were a couple of teenage girls there for coffee and some small items.  I think they just wanted a place to hang out, and it may very well be the only place open in the city at that time which is not a bar.

The restaurant displays some of the standard logging paraphernalia, old photos of Mendo, a model train, a mural on one of the walls with trees, bears, and whatnot.  You notice the little things.  They have Hunt’s ketchup and Heinz mustard.  Do they use two separate distributors? You’ve got the wholesale frozen pies enclosed in clear plastic, with the key lime pie inaccurately colored green.  Complete with country music and the appropriately surly cook, the menu chalk full of photos of some rendition of the food, and all the effects, you can almost be in any off-freeway diner in the country – no hint of any indication you’re living in the tye-dye belt or the emerald triangle.

And then you look at the menu – prominently on the cover is an advertisement; the space purchased by a prominent local business.  Not a car mechanic, nor an insurance business, nor a chiropractor.  Displayed on this otherwise rustic greasy spoon menu are a flock of psychedelic butterflies and a logo for a hydroponics shop.

There are very few perfect writing places which encourage you to ruminate on life’s small and profound ironies.  Better than most coffee houses.


I think Ed D. has blogged about it, but on a side street a block south of the court house in Ukiah (Church Street) you can find Oco Time, and excellent Japanese restaurant with large portions of food and some phenomenal sushi.  I recommend the Rainbow Roll, and any of the rice bowl specials for lunch.  It’s small and can be very busy at peak eating times, and they’re not open in the mid afternoon, so call ahead.


And by the way, I’d put in the top five list of favorite cookies I’ve eaten, the Peg House’s “Mendo Mookie,” otherwise known as their oatmeal muffin cookie.  They serve great coffee there too.

Unfortunately, the Blue Brothers watching over the place (on a mission from God) have suffered vandalism in recent months.  Some guy even tried to steal Cousin Elliot’s hat and tie.

I hate Illinois Nazis!

The photo comes from the Peg House website.

From the Ukiah Daily Journal:

With a divided vote, the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors gave tentative approval to the assignment of fees for Sheriff Tom Allman’s medical marijuana zip-tie program.

“This is just to introduce the ordinance, not adopt it,” said Board Chair and third District Supervisor John Pinches.

With 4th District Supervisor Kendall Smith and 5th District Supervisor David Colfax dissenting, the board voted 3-2 to move forward with the plan to charge $25 per zip tie, with a half-priced rate for patients on Medi Cal and disabled veterans.


“In summary, what we’re trying to do is give a very clear opportunity to people who are legitimate medical marijuana growers and give them some comfort,” he said. “This will speak for them in the same way a prescription bottle speaks for itself.” During public comment, Pebbles Trippet said the program should be tabled and sent to the Health and Human Services Agency and not the Criminal Justice Committee.


Allman said the program would seek to cut down on the level of bewilderment of those looking to comply with the law.

“The citizenry are looking for clarification,” he said. “I’m looking for clarification. Hopefully we will get more education out there where people will be in voluntary compliance.”


Colfax said that he was vehemently against the program as it would be ineffectual rendered ineffectual by its non-mandatory language and the lack of legalization from the federal level.

“I find this whole discussion of marijuana very painful at the same time very ludicrous,” he said. “I don’t know what is accomplished by a voluntary ordinance. What’s our standard of compliance here and what do we learn in the process?…I don’t see that putting a zip tie on one of zip plants achieves anything more than saying I love you sheriff’ or I love you board of supervisors.’…Legalize it and we’re home free. This document is simply not defensible.”

Okay, maybe it’s just too late for me to be reading, but I can’t figure out from the article what the hell is going on.  Maybe it’ll make sense in the morning.

The intent to file a recall petition was filed last summer, but nothing was submitted as the deadline passed.  The required number of signatures was just under ten thousand, which seems daunting for Mendocino County with a population of 88 thousand.  I hadn’t heard anything about the campaign for quite some time, so I wonder if the proponents of recall threw in the towel early on.

But you don’t file something like that unless you intend to follow through, and the D.A. now comes out smelling like a rose.  Between this development and the passing of Measure B, Lintott is arguably in her rights to claim a mandate.  That means aggressive prosecution of marijuana growers/distributors, which has been her policy, although I’ve recently been made aware of some prosecutions which seem tenuous to me.  We’ll see what the juries do with those cases.

This is what happens when progressives get stupid and split their votes.

Blogs about Meredith Lintott

The Ukiah Daily Journal reports that underage individuals went to various businesses throughout the county.  20 of them sold cigarrettes to minors.  This is actually an improvement over a previous survey.

Here’s a quirky piece of data from the latest survey:

Other data from the survey states that 91 percent of the stores asked for identification. Of those, 88 percent did not sell to youth during the survey.

So 12 percent of the stores asking for I.D. went ahead and sold to the minor anyway.  Why did they bother to ask for the I.D.?  At least by not asking for I.D. they could make the argument that the kid looked older and plead ignorance, if that does them any good.  All those businesses did was to etch into stone their knowledge and deliberation in breaking the law.

For the benefit of nicotine-addicted teens throughout the county, the Journal was kind enough to list the violating businesses.  You can find it through the link, kids!


July 2020