AM Newss for Tuesday 10.01.13
Mendocino County's CEO and SEIU which
represents most of its workers have once again both
filed claims against each other asserting illegal
practices in labor negotiations.
Union workers went on a one-day strike last Tuesday, with an estimated 400 strikers on picket lines in Willits, Fort Bragg, and in Ukiah.
The county issued a statement Monday that claimed
the union's strike was illegal because the union
hadn't properly notified the county, and had gone on strike "prior to attempting to utilize impasse
The union claims the county's declaration of impasse was premature. SEIU, on behalf of the 700 county
workers it represents, filed unfair labor practice
Now that the county has built a general fund reserve of nearly $9 million, the workers are asking the county to reinstate the 10% workers gave back in 2010.
But the county claims that the recession "added over $100 million in employee pension liabilities to the
county's books and nearly brought the county to
According to the county, picketers blocked access to the Yokayo building complex where Social Services are housed, for about 100 SEIU members who
wanted to work and were "being interfered with."
A new poll shows that a majority of California voters
back legalizing marijuana just as a ballot measure to decriminalize cannabis have received approval to
collect signatures for the 2014 ballot.
The ballot initiative "decriminalizes marijuana and
hemp use, possession, cultivation, transportation, or distribution" .
In addition, the proposal would institute case-by-case reviews of nonviolent marijuana convictions and charges. It would also have the Legislature enact
laws to tax and regulate the plant, allow doctors to
prescribe pot regardless of a patient's age, and ban
state or local governments from enforcing federal
The new Public Policy Institute poll found that 52
percent of adult residents and a resounding 60
percent of likely voters -- favored legalizing marijuana.
The poll also found increased public receptiveness
to relaxed marijuana laws, with 61 percent of adults -- including clear majorities of Republicans,
Democrats and independents -- saying that the federal government should not
enforce a federal pot prohibition in states permitting
Meanwhile, industrial hemp is now a sanctioned
agricultural crop in the state of California since Gov
Brown signed into law The California Industrial Hemp Farming Act .
Mendocino County District Attorney David Eyster last Thursday announced that the Rite Aid Corporation
has been ordered to pay more than $12.3 million to
settle a civil lawsuit alleging that some 600 California Rite Aid stores unlawfully handled and disposed of
hazardous materials. There are four Rite Aid stores
in Mendocino County.
Rite Aid will pay $8,000 in civil penalties to the
County's Environmental Health Division and a
matching $8,000 in civil penalties to the DA's Office
which are earmarked for use in the enforcement of
consumer protection laws.
Throughout the course of the environmental
prosecution, Rite Aid cooperated with prosecutors
A real wild child was found as he was running down
the shoulder of Highway 1, south of Fort Bragg. The
3 year old was corralled and stopped by a female
driver Tuesday morning as he was heading south
along the highway's shoulder near Tregoning Lane, generating calls to 911.
Deputies investigated and found the toddler to be
somewhat of an escape artist, who was able to get
out of the house while his mom was sleeping.The
child was unhurt in the escape attempt.
No charges were filed but Child Protective Services
was contacted to offer the mother some counseling
about corralling her son.
Trilby Kerrigan, 43, of Ukiah, has been appointed to
the California State Independent Living Council and
to the California State Rehabilitation Council. Trilby
has been a vocational rehabilitation
counselor for the Pinoleville Pomo Nation vocational
Rehabilitation Program since 2007.