State Senate District 2 Forum
Fort Bragg was the only forum where State Senate District 2 Candidates Lawrence Wiesner (R) and Mike McGuire (D) have met face to face throughout the entire race in this gigantic district, spanning from the Oregon border to the Golden Gate Bridge. The forum, again sponsored by the League of Women Voters, elicited a crowd of about 25 people, who were quite engaged in the process. While this observer was not really expecting much of interest, people submitted fascinating questions and a lively dialogue occurred.
Mr. Wiesner, who has often been the token Republican running in this heavily Democratic and Independent region, had some concrete ideas regarding fiscal issues. He brings a great deal of financial experience given he is a Certified Public Accountant and ran several successful businesses. I did almost fall out of my chair when he said “there had been 50 million deaths of people because of Roe V. Wade” and speculated those people might have grown up to keep us out of the dire straits this state now finds itself in.
Mr. McGuire is a young, energetic Sonoma County Supervisor, who has been endorsed by all the Democratic power brokers, and appears to have a bright political future ahead of him. He did make specific commitments to continue to serve rural constituencies and promises to have solid presence in Mendocino County and the north coast.
So, while the Mr. McGuire, as the democratic candidate, is expected to win this State Senate Seat, it’s worthwhile to watch the video to see what to expect of him as our representative.
Please do remember to vote by November 4 on the critical issues and candidates facing us this year.
Contact info: Lawrence Weisner, 707-578-5905, www.votewiesner.com
Mike McGuire, 707-838-3279, Mike@MikeMcGuireforsenate.com
LWV Forum on Ballot Measures
On Tuesday morning, the League of Women Voters held an informational forum on propositions and measures which will be on the ballot in the upcoming election. Jane Person and Jerry Stavely headed the forum, providing detailed information on Propositions 1, 2, 45, 47, 46, 48, and Measure S. The information included the issue each proposition posed, a synopsis of each issue, who the opponents and supporters are for each and how much funding they have procured to date, and arguments for and against each issue.
Person and Stavely noted several websites to help voters navigate the details, pros and cons, of each measure. Ballotpedia.org is one they highlighted. Though they both did a heroic job of dissecting the convoluted language of several propositions, some points were still difficult to nail down.
Proposition 1, the Water Bond, would enact the Water Quality, Supply, and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014. Stavely provided some history on the bond, informing listeners that this measure was originally Proposition #43. He noted that between 1996 and 2006, other propositions for water related bonds had been passed, and that around 11 billion dollars has been put into water bonds. The current water bond would entail selling 7.12 billion dollars of new bonds for water projects to increase water supplies such as dams, public water system improvements, drinking water protection, water supply management and conveyance, wastewater treatment, drought relief, and protecting and restoring watersheds. The measure would also call for redirecting unused money from prior water bond acts, for same purposes. 5.7 billion dollars would have to be matched from non-state sources.
Stavely pointed out that none of the funding may be used for a canal or tunnel, as Governor Jerry Brown had proposed in his Twin Tunnel project, to transport water from Northern California down to Southern California.
Supporters argue that the Water Bond would be the most fiscally responsible plan, will help the economy and protect the environment.
Opponents argue that this bond contains “pork barrel” projects not in the state’s interest, that the public will have to pay for adverse effects of private interests, and that it does little to mitigate the drought situation facing us today.
The bottom-line: In order to service the debt on the Water Bond, the state of California would be paying 360 million dollars annually for the next 30-40 years.
This bond has the support of both major political parties and other groups including the California Farm Bureau, Audubon Society, and the Nature Conservancy. Those in opposition include various sports fisherman organizations, Environmental Water Caucus, Center for Biological Diversity and the Winnemem Wintu Tribe.
City Council Supports Industrial Art Studio
The item drawing only positive reactions and comments from the board and audience members, at Tuesday’s City Council meeting, was the leasing of the boys locker room, at City Hall East, to Flockworks for an industrial arts studio. Janet Self, founder of Flockworks, presented their vision for the space, seeing it as a collaborative effort among artists, the public, and the City of Ft. Bragg. They see themselves developing public art projects, assisting in building the Fort Bragg brand as a haven for artists, housing classes, open studios and workshops. Flockworks has already received a $25,000 donation in the form of a letterpress. The Board unanimously agreed to a two-year lease, at $50 per month.
Great news to those devoted to the farmer’s market is the board’s decision to provide the old recreation center’s gymnasium as a rental space to non-profits. The farmer’s market will continue to operate throughout the winter in the old rec center gym. It was noted by Sarah Bodner, manager of the Mendocino Farmer’s Market, that this will be the first coastal farmer’s market to be open year-round. The board established the rate of $25 per event for up to six hours of use. In December, the board will revisit this item to discuss a full-day, and half-day rate.
Scott Schneider, representing Visit Mendocino County, presented their annual report, highlighting the establishment of the Point Arena-Stornetta Public Lands being designated a coastal national monument. Of note, the Lodging Association has terminated its contract with VMC.
The board agreed to pass the “Automatic Fire Sprinkler and Alarm Systems” ordinance as amended.
Receive Report and Consider Introducing by Title Only, and Waive Further Reading of Ordinance Entitled Municipal Code Chapter 15.06 “Automatic Fire Sprinkler and Alarm Systems”
Receive Report and Provide Direction to Staff Regarding Lease of Space in City Hall East (former “Boys Locker Room”) to Flockworks for Industrial Arts Studio
Receive Report and Provide Direction to Staff Regarding Fee for Use of Old Rec Center Gymnasium by Non-Profit Organizations
Doug Mckenty hosts Jeff Clements on “The Shift”
Jeff Clements was able to drop by the Mendocino TV Studio to give us an hour as he traveled to the Willits Grange to speak at a gathering of activists supporting “Measure S,” the community rights initiative to ban fracking in Mendocino County
By Amy Katz of Mendocino TV Oct. 6, 2014
Last evening’s Mendocino Coast District Hospital candidates forum, hosted by the League of Women Voters, drew an audience of well over 200 people. The forum’s high attendance at Cotton Auditorium points to how crucial the next Board of Directors election will be for the health and revitalization of the MCDH after emerging from bankruptcy.
Roster of candidates:
- Kitty Bruning, RN
- Michael Carroll, Business Coach
- Peter Glusker, MD
- John Kermen, DO
- William Rohr, MD
Each candidate presented an opening and closing statement reflecting their views on certain issues, as well as responding to questions generated by audience members.
Among the issues discussed, the question of outsourcing services such as housekeeping, elicited a unanimous, “No,” from candidates. The candidates indicated their opposition to outsourcing from not being cost effective to keeping the jobs at home. According to Dr. Rohr, “It is an admission that you don’t know how to run your own business.”
When asked which services they considered to be at-risk due to lack of profits, Kermen raised the matter of a parcel tax. Weary of departments coming up against the “chopping block,” he urged the need for community involvement and support. Bruning agreed with Kermen calling for additional funding, not closing departments. Dr. Glusker opposed the elimination of departments and suggested looking at technological links.
Another controversial issue surrounding a woman’s right to access in all areas of health care, including receiving an abortion, prompted a resounding agreement in favor of a woman’s right to choose. Linked to this issue was whether or not the candidates would rule out the hospital’s involvement with the Seventh Day Adventists. Candidates expressed strong opposition to working with the Adventists. Bruning indicated that she worked for them and never would again. Carroll, echoed her sentiments saying he’s had business dealings with them in the past, and never would again.
Other questions involved the following issues:
- Conflict of interest when a board member works for the hospital and when to recuse oneself.
- Supporting or opposing the state ballot measure that calls for drug testing of physicians.
- Pursuing affiliation with other entities.
- How to handle an issue on which there is no consensus from the board and how to handle knowing you’re “right” on that issue.
- Differing goals and operating principles in a rural hospital vs. a large for-profit hospital.
- A board member’s role in day-to-day hospital operations.
- How to influence residents to seek care locally, rather than going “over the hill.”
- How to get the positive word out to the public.
- Priorities for the CEO and the CFO.
- Whether or not a candidate has ever served on a board and if so, which ones and for how long.
The last day to register to vote is October 20th.
The Shift, hosted by Doug Mckenty, on Measure S with Paul Cienfuegos
Along with Alie Boecker and Jim Tarbell, Doug and Paul disected the nuances of community rights and how that applies to measure S.