AM News Tuesday 8.27.13
The Mendocino Board of Supervisors has a resolution calling for a
Constitutional amendment at its 9 a.m. meeting Tuesday. The amendment
establishes that only human beings and not corporations are endowed with Constitutional rights and that money is not free speech and can be
The resolution is a direct result of the passing of Measure F 75% to 25% in 2012. Measure F called for the Supervisors to enact this resolution.
Mendocino County was the first county in California to pass a call for a
Constitutional amendment that was put on the ballot by citizens.
The Clearlake City Council has demoted its mayor, citing behavior
unsuitable for a leader.
“It’s a shame and it’s an embarrassment,” said councilwoman Joyce Overton, who was voted in as the replacement for the ousted mayor, Jeri Spittler.
Spittler had been accused of being rude to other council members and staff, especially during closed sessions; giving orders to staff without
authorization; and overhauling a staff break room without notifying anyone.
Spittler, in her third year as a council member, said the accusations against her range from false to highly exaggerated and should not have ended her
one-year mayoral term early.
“It’s unbelievable. Basically I was ousted for providing a clean environment
for the staff to have its lunches,” she said.
Her fellow council members say Spittler is the one exaggerating and that
she appears not to understand the point of the criticisms.
The council majority is also upset with Spittler for taking a public stand
against their 4-1 decision to ask voters for a 1 percent sales tax, primarily for the city’s
“I call it power crazed,” Overton said.
The City of Willits water continues to have an unpleasant taste and smell
due to a problem with algae in its Morris Reservoir. City Manager Adrienne Moore continues to assure users the water is safe to drink. "This is a
completely natural occurrence resulting from low reservoir levels during
warm weather months and record-breaking heat following by a cold snap, which resulted in an unusually high algae bloom."
Historically the city used frequent applications of copper sulfate
algicide to the water surface to kill the algae during the summer. In
September 2012 the city installed two leased Solar Bees to replace the
copper sulfate treatment. The Solar Bees use a solar powered pump to
bring cooler water from deeper in the lake to the surface. This cools the lake water surface temperatures . Thousands of these devices are used in water reservoirs around the world.
"This new system has been working well; however, the recent algae bloom was far more extensive for the system to be able to handle, "City staff is
regularly consulting with SolarBee representatives to address our recent
Moore suggests "Using lemon slices and refrigerating your water will improve the taste".
Moviegoers at the Regal Ukiah Stadium 6 on South State Street will now be seeing the Rethink the drink commercials that a national firm originally
rejected last week.
National CineMedia, said that allowing the water ads "conflicts with soda
sales in the theater lobby and will upset management and the theater circuit.
Stacey Cryer, director of the Mendocino Health and Human Services
Agency,emphasized that the local theater had nothing to do with National
CineMedia's decision regarding the ads, and that the firm was within its
rights to refuse to run them.
The grant money that will pay for the ads comes from the California
Community Transformation Initiative, and is intended to reduce risk factors
for high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes and others.