Morning News for Wednesday, December 12th
The Board of Supervisors voted 5-0 yesterday to uphold the Mendocino Historical Review Board's rejection of State Parks' plan to install three iron ranger and accompanying signs on Heeser Drive along the Mendocino Headlands. State Parks will now take their case to the California Coastal Commission.
The Board also heard Mendocino Redwood Company's presentation regarding their 80 year Habitat Conservation Plan. This plan has been in the works for 10 years and we are now within the window of an 88-day comment period.
Meetings will be held tonight in Ukiah (Fairgrounds) and tomorrow night in Fort Bragg (CV Starr Center) regarding the Plan.
Background information on the HCP is available on the BOS website (December 10, 2012).
An appeals court released a Southern California father who is a medical marijuana user from court-mandated parental supervision, marking a milestone distinction between pot "use" and "abuse."
The California Court of Appeals overturned a lower court's decision to place the father of a toddler under the supervision of the Los Angeles Children and Family Services, which had required drug counseling, parenting classes and random drug testing . The appeals court ruled that medical marijuana use alone does not constitute child abuse or put children at risk.
The decision is a "victory for parents who use medical marijuana," Lauren K. Johnson, attorney based in Irvine, Calif., According to Johnson, this is the first case to distinguish between substance abuse and substance use in juvenile dependency law. The ruling, she said, means that "medical marijuana use alone does not place a child in substantial risk of harm."
In its decision, the appeals court wrote "Both DCFS and the trial court apparently confused the meanings of the terms 'substance use' and 'substance abuse,'".
The court's distinction between "use" and "abuse" in the case of marijuana is a boon for medical marijuana users, and pushes the drug closer toward controlled legal substances like prescription painkillers or alcohol, marijuana advocates said.
Sonoma County transit officials Monday agreed to give $6.6 million that would have gone for bicycle and pedestrian projects to the Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit District to buy additional cars.
With the extra cars, SMART officials said they can run passenger trains at 30-minute intervals, providing better service, and possibly even extend service to Airport Boulevard north of Santa Rosa.
In making the 10-2 vote, the Transportation Authority said they did so reluctantly because bike and pedestrian safety projects are sorely needed but SMART is more important.
SMART's request for $6.6 million was two-thirds of $9.9 million in federal funding that Sonoma County is receiving for congestion mitigation and air quality projects, which largely are such items as bike and pedestrian paths, bike lanes, safety improvements for bikes and pedestrians and Safe Routes to Schools programs.
Bicycle advocates have been SMART's staunchest supporters.
Mendocino County Public Broadcasting will hold an open public meeting of its Community Advisory Board on Tuesday December 18 at 6 PM at the meeting room of the Jay Epstein State Farm Insurance Agency at 488 N. State St. Ukiah (just north of the Coffee Critic). This is an open public meeting to advise the KZYX Board of Directors "with respect to whether the programming and other policies of such station are meeting the specialized educational and cultural needs of the communities served by the station, and may make such recommendations as it considers appropriate to meet such needs."
Takes on the World; Wednesday @ 9:00 AM
Jeff Blankfort will speak with Palestinian professor and activist Maz-en Qumsiyeh (KUM-SIYA) about the implications of the vote for Palestinian statehood in the UN General Assembly.