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From Ukiah Blog (6/18/10)

Farming’s future (right here in Ukiah)
In Around Mendo Island on June 18, 2020 at 2:35 pm


New breed of agri-curious entrepreneurs emphasizes ‘growing food responsibly’

As Mendocino County residents dash off to work during the morning rush hour, Paula Manolo and her boyfriend, Adam Gaska, are hard at work at an entirely different kind of office: A 4-acre plot on land near Ukiah.

The biodynamic farm, situated on Heart Arrow Ranch (which is owned by Golden Vineyards), is among the fields the couple leases and tends as part of their business, Mendocino Organics.

By September, the duo will be farming a total of 50 acres as their primary occupation.

Manolo, 28, and Gaska, 31, are not alone. At a time when farm revenues are declining along with the national economy, a number of young and “agri-curious” Sonoma and Mendocino county residents are turning to farming as a viable profession.



From (5/5/10)

WE ARE GRATIFIED to see Fifth District Supes candidate Dan Hamburg support a few things we’ve advocated for a long time. For example, at the recent candidates forum on the Coast Hamburg said, “I support cutting salaries 10% for every county employee earning $68,000 or more. Start with the supervisors and move up from there. That would save almost a million dollars.” Hamburg also says he’s for giving local businesses a bigger discount in county procurement, upping the discount from 5% to 10%. He also said he’d like to see every contract with an out-of-county source come before the board with an explanation as to why the product or service can’t be obtained locally. The fact that Hamburg is touting these proposals, and getting no opposition or disagreement as he goes, shows that he’s at least paying attention to practical things the County can do in the short term, not just piling on the blather about how much he loves the place, his passion for Mendocino County, or his wishful thinking about what would be nice for other people — not the Board of Supervisors — to do.


Point Arena celebrates Democracy Day

April 25, 2020 marks the 10th Anniversary of the passing of the Point Arena Resolution on Corporate Personhood. The Point Arena City Council recently proclaimed April 25th to be "Democracy Day" and voted to co-sponsor a celebration on Friday, April 23rd at the Arena Theater. There will be a community potluck in the theater beginning at 5:30 followed by a free showing starting at 7pm of This Land is Your Land, a documentary about corporate personhood which was partially filmed in Point Arena and has several clips of the town and local folks commenting on corporate power. The film will be followed by a discussion on the issue of Corporate Personhood.

On Saturday April 24th from 12-3pm, there will be an forum at the Coast Community Library with a deeper discussion on the implications of the recent Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v FEC and of a proposed Amendment that will legally correct the Constitutional problem. Led by William Meyers, with democracy activists Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap and Meghan Murphy, organizers with Democracy Unlimited of Humboldt County, Dan Hamburg, director of Voice of the Environment and others.

In 2000, Point Arena became the first municipality to pass a resolution rejecting the concept that corporations should be allowed to claim rights originally intended for human persons in the U.S. Constitution. This action inspired Berkeley, Arcata, and then other cities and towns to pass resolutions of their own. Eventually, towns began to pass binding ordinances. In 2006, Humboldt County passed Measure T which revoked corporate rights in the county. Measure T was later overturned, but many small municipalities are currently using these ordinances to protect water, prevent toxic sludge dumping, prohibit factory hog farms and promote local democracy.

In 1886, the Supreme Court recognized corporations as "persons" under the 14th Amendment, which had been passed to give equal protection and due process to the newly freed slaves. Since that time, corporations have been handed almost all the rights of "natural (human) persons" including the First Amendment freedoms. In January of this year, the Supreme Court handed down a decision in Citizens United v Federal Elections Commission banning as unconstitutional Congress’s restrictions on corporate campaign spending in elections. The trail of law supporting this ruling stems directly from the concept that corporations are persons with rights in the constitution.

Contact: Jan Edwards 707-882-1818

Websites for more info: (Click on Corporate Personhood for Point Arena Resolution and history of corporate personhood) (For information on the documentary This Land is Your Land) (To read about the amendment and its sponsors.)


Anderson Valley Advertiser
March 24, 2020

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Farm To Farm

by Spec MacQuayde

With the winter rains soaking deeper, evaporating, and draining into the Navarro River, the ground is nearly perfect for digging post holes and setting the timbers. It amazes me how there can be standing water in the packed muck where the cows tread daily and you can still dig a clean post hole three feet deep right next to the puddles.

Most of the fence posts we set these days come from a forest up Lambert Lane southwest of Boon ville. The second growth redwoods I cut a few years ago are just now losing their bark. They say if you take propane or some kind of lit gas and char the ends of the posts they will be reluctant to rot, but you need a generous torch to blacken the wood and accomplish the job.

My twelve year-old son recently wound up with a small chainsaw via the Trading Time show on KZYX, and he was chomping at the bit several weeks ago to put it to use. So I said sure we could pull the old stock trailer out to the redwood forest and load it with posts and split rails. The trailer is almost 20 feet long and can lug a few tons of lumber.

Unfortunately the trailer was hitched to the little John Deer 850, and it so happened that the battery on the 850 was dead as a confederate soldier. It was a tombstone. There was no spark.

“Well, there must be a short or something. Let’s put the charger on, let it go for a couple days,” I said, not really wanting to harvest redwood posts and tim bers that day. I was reading a novel by some author whose name I can’t recall, but it was amusing enough to fend off the bullshit of another winter’s day. But it wasn’t me who had the new chainsaw.

“No, Dad. We’re going to do this.”

“Okay, let’s fire up the International [tractor] and chain it to the John Deere, pull the John Deere off the trailer, and hitch the International to it.”

“Yeah.” So my son knew what you have to do to start the International. It’s a finicky British dude whose motor was built in Japan in 1980. We use a small propane canister, with my son forcing the heavy gas into the air intake while I crank the sluggish starter motor. We have to use propane; otherwise the poor battery winds around like a drunken punk band trying to tune up before the gig, when the gig is actu ally in another town, in another state.

The International tractor started with no problem, but when I tried to shift into a forward gear it just kept grinding like I wasn’t pressing in the clutch. That’s funny, I thought, trying over and over again while my son fired up his chainsaw and reared back like a bucking bronco ready for the rodeo. He said he was just making sure it ran. “Shut it off!” I hollered, frustrated because something was awry with the trac tor — with BOTH tractors, all of a sudden. I thought it was weird that the clutch would go out bass ack wards, as they say, because really if a clutch goes out it’s usually easy to slip into gear, and the problem is it keeps slipping when you let out. I tried detaching the outside mechanisms on the pedal and increasing the distance of the rod, screwing it apart to no avail. “Good God,” I finally said.

My son was agitated but there was nothing we could do. I dug up the operator’s manual and found nothing in the way of troubleshooting, though they did explain how to “split the tractor.” That involved all these hoists and complicated disconnections. “Not today,” I thought. “Maybe I should call Rainbow Ag, get a more informed opinion.”

Rainbow Ag is the John Deere dealer in Ukiah. They have a parts and service department. They don’t deal in International tractors — now Case-Interna tional — but at least the guys in the parts department know what an International tractor IS. At least they know it is the color RED as opposed to John Deere GREEN.

My son was hounding me to come up with some chainsaw activity while I tried to dial the digits for Rainbow Ag. Maybe that’s why I accidentally punched in the numbers for the KZYX studio. KZYX is our local radio station, as you must know. It was the same digits I’d dialed to call Trading Time where we’d found the chainsaw in the first place. The numbers must have been ingrained in my brain. 462-2404 is Rainbow Ag, whereas 895-2448 is KZYX’s studio. I guess the last four digits had a similar ring, or else I was just going nuts.

“Hello, Caller,” said a friendly female voice.

“Yeah, I’m looking for Parts,” I said.

“You have a question for Dan?”

“Is Dan in Parts?”

“Dan Hamburg, running for 5th District Supervi sor.”

“Oh, I thought this was Rainbow Ag.”

“You have a question or comment?”

“Yeah. So I have this International tractor that is like 30 years old, and when I last started it up and I tried to put it into gear the clutch wasn’t working. The gears just kept grinding. So I don’t think the clutch is going out, but there must be some mecha nism that is frozen or something.”


“Yes, thank you. I can take this.” It was Dan Ham burg, for crying out loud.

“Boy I hope the clutch isn’t messed up. I’d hate to think what a new one would cost, and I sure don’t want to split the tractor,” I further explained.

“Well, caller, I’ve had a problem like this before. It’s fairly common in this climate, what with all the humidity in the winter. What you have is a frozen clutch, and what you need to do is start up the tractor, jam it into first gear, and the clutch plates will come apart when you press in on the pedal. It happens all the time.”

“Thank you.”

“Thank you, caller,” said the person who was run ning the show.

Just for a second opinion, I actually dialed the num ber for Rainbow Ag, and described the problem to the fellow who was working in Parts.

“You’re going to have to split the tractor,” he said.

Since it was still early March, I talked to a few other folks who encouraged me to try Dan’s idea. I was in no hurry to split the tractor and pull the clutch out, especially since that would involve putting every thing back together with the precision of a Swiss watchmaker working with sledge hammers. So the other day I tried starting up the machine. After jam ming the tractor into first, the clutch plates must have split, and everything worked like a clock. I shifted into fourth low, first high, second high, and then reverse back in low. I put down the lever for the PTO. It worked. Hopefully this year I will not be splitting the tractor.


mo mandelMo Mandel - Up-and-coming comedy star coming
home to Boonville for one show
By MONICA STARK The Daily Journal
Updated: 03/18/2010 09:04:02 AM PDT

I grew up in a Redneck rural part of America... Like ding-da-ding-ding. Every six months a meth lab would blow up and we would lose a good JV coach. High School Coach got caught with meth at a game and his excuse was awesome: Listen ya'll I bought it but I never used it.' Yes you did, OK. I've never bought drugs and not used them. I mean they're not condoms, right? I did a local TV show at 3:30 in the morning and the booker would not let me tell the meth joke because he said he wanted the show to be appropriate for children as young as 7. I was like dude, if the 7-year-old is watching TV at 3:30 in the morning, the meth joke will work.- Mo Mandel

This comedian is talking about none other than his birthplace, Boonville, the butt of many jokes from the up-and-coming star who will be making his way back home for a Dan Hamburg campaign benefit on April 3 at the Anderson Valley Grange.

There are no promises about what jokes he will tell that night, he says, because he might get caught up in the moment and let loose. But don't expect him to stay around for the party because he says he's going to skedaddle out of town right after his 30- to 45-minute bit perhaps because that is as much Boonville as he can take.

Other than telling jokes about being raised by a couple of pot-smoking hippies and about Boonville itself (as a "hub full of rednecks, Mexicans and hippies who all hang out together because there's not enough room to section themselves off" ), Mandel, a self-described "pretty liberal guy," wants to turn a few proud liberal heads. So watch out, because Mandel is set on one day buying a Prius and putting a gun rack and McCain sticker on it. "I want to make hippies' heads explode," he said.

He says it's not that he's "anti-hippy," however. "I just grew up in a ridiculous household. My parents would be smoking weed when I was doing homework." As he says online, he used to lie awake at night listening to his mother's samba band practicing in the room next door. This is when, he said, he first considered performing himself, more specifically, performing matricide.

Suffice to say, it didn't take Mandel long to get out of town: just his whole childhood. Getting a head start on his new life away from Mendocino County, Mandel went to UC Santa Barbara after graduating from Ukiah High School and is now making it big on Comedy Central, Chelsea Lately on E!, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, and The Golden Trailer Awards on MyNetwork T.V. He co-hosted a pilot called " Pop Monkey" for VH1. This 28-year-old is also an accomplished writer who has recently sold a sitcom to FX that is currently in development for him to star in and produce.

Following are some of Mandel's jokes found on;

At the South Beach Comedy Festival in 2008, Mandel interviewed people on the street about their views on politics and who they would vote for in the presidential election. One person said she would vote for Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama. "Democrat all the way," she said. Mandel's follow-up: "Who do you think is going to do a less bad job?"

Asked by The Daily Journal recently how he thinks Obama has been doing, Mandel simply stated: "I don't really follow it that much. I am too broke to notice. The economy is messed up and it was messed up before. Top Ramen was here before and it's still around."

Asking people at the festival what the most pressing issues were, some mentioned stopping the Iraq war, which he said he completely agreed with but for a slightly different reason: "We got to stop the war in Iraq. I'm with you on that ... My manager wants me to go oversees and do military shows--We need to stop the war in Iraq because they don't pay enough."

"Recently I ran into a Black Jew. I never met a Black Jew before. How much would that suck? To be Black and Jewish, that means you can open up a history book to any page and go (Mandel expresses this with a series of expletives, which the network censors with the infamous beep sounds.) I lost again."

"I'm Jewish too, and I suck at it. I go to Red Lobster religiously. I suck at it. Jews aren't supposed to eat shellfish because it's expensive. I was the only Jew in my town because they were all rednecks and they don't like Jews but they didn't know anything about us. I'd hear weird insults. Hey Jew boy, go back to Utah...What can I say to that? We're not tough. Jewish guys can't fight ... Unless you go to Israel. There are different Jews over there. They're holding guns, allergy medicine. It's like a totally different ball game."

Mandel performs at the Anderson Valley Grange on Saturday, April 3, at 7 p.m. The event's organizers note that the last two times Mandel performed in the valley, it was to sold-out shows, so they suggest that those who wish to attend purchase tickets early at: All That Good Stuff in Boonville, Tangents in Fort Bragg, the Mendocino Book Company in Ukiah and the Gallery Bookstore in Mendocino. Tickets are $15 presale and $18 at the door. Mandel said he's hoping that his childhood friends come and say hello.

On April 9, he will be on TV on Comedy Central, airing his own half-hour special. For more information, visit his Web site, or call Laura Hamburg at 489-2792.

Monica Stark can be reached at

Anderson Valley Advertiser - Off the Record
March 17, 2020

THE 5TH DISTRICT supervisor’s race just got a lot more interesting with former supervisor Norman deVall of Elk taking out papers to run for his old seat. deVall’s former colleague on the board, Dan Hamburg, is also a candidate for the 5th District seat, now officially vacated by incumbent David Colfax. Also running is the former mayor of Ukiah, Jim Mastin, and Wendy Roberts of Mendocino.

SO FAR, we see the race for the 5th as Hamburg’s to lose. He’ll run very strong with the people who first elected deVall. deVall himself has come into the race late, too late it seems to successfully woo his natural constituency from Hamburg who has about a year’s head start on the campaign.

THE DEVALLIANS, as deVall’s core supporters came to be called, had ousted supervisor Ted Galletti by falsely portraying Galletti as a hippie basher — Mendolib was just emerging from its Big Naked Pile Phase — which he wasn’t, and by spreading rumors that Galletti planned huge upscale housing develoments on the Mendocino Coast, which he wasn’t. The sub-theme of the deVall-Galletti election was the moronic one of Hippies vs. Rednecks. As it turned out, the hippies were more numerous than anyone had dared supposed and Galletti, a very good supervisor in the Jim Eddie mode — sensible and fiscally conservative —was unseated. deVall as a supervisor wasn’t nearly as bad as his “liberal” successors Peterson and Colfax, but he was often out maneuvered by the forces of darkness. deVall also has a tendency to over-explain, losing his listeners after a sentence or two. He’s very much like Hamburg on the issues, as is candidate Mastin.

BUT HAMBURG is a kind of uber-lib, a genuinely nice man who speaks in the soft, therapeutic tones of the Positive Thinker essential to political success among the fuzzy-warms dominant in the 5th. He’s very smart and articulate, a good politician in the best sense who, in these crumbling times, would be a civil, clear voice on a board of supervisors that presently lacks even elementary collegiality. Having been elected to Congress, where he bowed out after one term for reasons that remain vague, Hamburg, now registered Green, knows how to run a campaign and he has the money to run one. From our estranged perspective Hamburg’s bold separation from the utter corruption known as Democrats is almost reason enough to vote for him by itself. He drives the Tea Party types nuts, which is another plus. Possible negatives, though, include his devotion to herb and an odd association, which he says has ended, with Da Free John cult.

CONSERVATIVES, since Galletti, haven’t been able to garner more than 40% of the vote in the oddly gerrymandered 5th, which now includes the bite of Ukiah where Hamburg and Mastin live, parts of Hopland, all of Anderson Valley and Comptche, Mendocino, and the pot plantation vastness running south from the purple hamlet of Elk to Gualala including, of course, the liberal bastion of Point Arena. It’s a huge district that takes about two hours to traverse Ukiah to Gualala. deVall and Mastin will fight for Hamburg’s leftovers from a basic liberal demographic consisting of KZYX people, the pot brigades, liberal trust funders, and self-identified environmentalists.

WE THINK WENDY ROBERTS is Hamburg’s real competition in this one, the stealth candidate. She’s smart, reasonably articulate and, her fuzzy rhetoric aside, the first conservative candidate to run for the seat since Gentleman George Hollister of Comptche. Ms. Roberts sat on the Grand Jury that rightly blasted Colfax and 4th District supervisor Smith — Fort Bragg and environs are going on 20 years with no representation at the County level — for chiseling on their travel reimbursements, and she talks a lot about shoring up tourism and hands off the wine industry, which makes her one for three in our estimation, but three for three with lots of people.

BUT LOCAL ELECTIONS are patty-cake affairs. The candidates will get a few lob ball questions from the softy-wofty local media, Val Muchowski will hold a written-questions-only candidate’s night or two, and that’ll be it. The real campaigning, as always, will be sub rosa.

NOSTALGIC for the days when words had precise meaning? Me too. We’ll hear “progressive” thrown out there a lot this election as applied to people who are barely liberals on their best days. In San Francisco ‘progressive’ maintains at least a residual relationship to political reality, but not in Mendo where self-styled progressives hold down all the public jobs from the schools to the courts and even maintain their own radio station. But actual policy ranges from incompetent to retro, not that you’d know it from the rhetoric.


March 1, 2020

Laura Hamburg – 489-2792 email:
Dan Hamburg – 467-0329, cell: 489-1422 email:


Dan Hamburg, candidate for 5th District Supervisor, announced his key campaign staff this week and submitted hundreds of district-wide signatures with the county elections department.

The 5th District, an area encompassing 40 percent of Mendocino County, includes the coast from just south of Caspar to Gualala, Comptche, Anderson Valley and communities to both the north and south of Ukiah.

Key campaign staff include Pt. Arena Mayor Lauren Sinnott (South Coast Co-manager); Ukiah writer Laura Hamburg (Inland Co-manager); Mendocino retired businesswoman Gai Daly (Area Coordinator); Comptche school district nutritionist Terry Nieves (Area Coordinator) and Anderson Valley farmer Doug Mosel (Campaign Coordinator).

John Schaeffer, founder and president of Hopland’s Real Goods/Solar Living Institute, chairs Hamburg’s Finance Committee. The Committee also includes Johnny Schmitt, chef and owner of the Boonville Hotel, Shannon Hughes, coastal chef and Geoffrey Baugher, Pt. Arena contractor. Baugher also serves as the campaign Treasurer

The staff joins a team of countywide campaign volunteers who collected 486 valid signatures to put Hamburg on the ballot. The deadline to file signatures in lieu of candidate filing fees was February 26. Candidate Wendy Roberts submitted 110 valid signatures and Jim Mastin turned in 24 valid signatures, according to the Mendocino County elections office.

Hamburg thanked volunteers and the Mendocino County residents who signed the petition to place him on the ballot.

“Now that we’ve filed the signatures, the campaign kicks into high gear,” Hamburg said. “We’re energized by the support we’ve received,” he said. “And look forward to meeting and hearing from as many voters as possible over the coming months.”

Dan Hamburg’s campaign website is: