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May 19, 2016

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Anytime, anywhere. Subscribe to our e-edition. VISIT MENDOCINOBEACON.COM KNOW IT. ALL. Camping opens at Jackson Forest. Page A5 Our annual Mendocino Coast Visitors Guide. Inside INSIDE THIS WEEK SISTER CITY 25TH ANNUAL SISTER CITY EXCHANGE BEACON PHOTO — ZOE YUDICE Students from our sister city, Miasa-Omachi, taiko drumming on the Kelley House lawn. Classified ....... A11 Crossword ..... A10 Obituaries ....... A6 Opinion ............A4 Sports .............. A9 Weather .......... A3 INDEX Staff Report The body of abalone diver, Da- vid Le Tan, who went missing near Moat Creek Beach, Point Arena May 9 has been found. After the Mendocino County Sheriff Volunteer Search and Rescue members and maritime wardens of the California De- partment of Fish and Wildlife conducting a series of searches in the days following the dis- appearance, the body of the 57 year-old male from Oakland was found at Moat Creek Beach on the morning of Tuesday, May 17. According to Mendocino County Sheriff's Office report, a person who went to check the surf conditions at Moat Creek Beach had located the body. He was found face down still wear- ing wet-suit and weight belt, and his dive mask was found on a nearby beach. Tan appeared to have been placed on the beach by the natural process of the sea. An autopsy has been sched- uled to determine the cause of death. Tan's death is one of two diver related deaths this year. On Sat- urday, May 16, Kevin Francis Frewen, 57, of Carmichael was discovered dead will diving ap- proximately 200 yards south of the Russian Gulch Beach. According to Lieutenant Gregory Stefani, Frewen was found floating face down, un- conscious by another diver. An autopsy has been sched- uled to determine cause of death. RESCUE Two diver fatalities so far COMMUNITY » PAGE A7 Eco-Artists support the sciences MEMORIAL » PAGE A5 Rhody show award winners SPORTS » PAGE A9 Triumphant season finish THIS WEEK'S WEB BONUS Check out our Facebook page By Zoe Yudice reporter@mendocinobeacon.com @MendocinoBeacon on Twitter As election time is nearing, the Char ter Project of Men- docino has encountered some opposition to the charter initia- tive, particularly from The Em- ployers Council of Mendocino County, which has raised con- cerns about costs and the poten- tial outcomes of the charter form of local government. In February, the Charter Proj- ect gained enough signatures to place Measure W on the June ballots, which asks voters: shall a charter commission be elected to propose a Mendocino County Charter? From the start, the Charter Project have been centering their campaign on what can be writ- ten into the charter including stopping 'illegal foreclosures,' strengthening of local environ- mental ordinances and, one of their main focuses, creating a county bank. This has led to a lot of discus- sion about the feasibility and costs of these issues. It has even prompted the Board of Supervi- sors to approve an informal cost analysis of the impact of a char- ter county initiative. "We had to change our mes- saging a little bit because we re- alized that we weren't in a po- sition to campaign for any of these issues," explained Doug McKenty, member of the Char- ter Project of Mendocino County, "We don't have a business plan, and we don't have a feasibility study. We can't campaign on that, and it is premature any- way because we don't even know who the charter commissioners will be." Measure W is not about what is going into the charter, but about giving the charter com- mission the opportunity to write COUNTY CHARTER Measure W about strengthening local government KEITH WYNER — CONTRIBUTED The Charter Project of Mendocino County aer they gained enough signatures to get Measure W on the June ballot. Staff Report On May 12, an explosive device was found on Little River Inn's golf course. According to the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office, mainte- nance workers found the device near one of the tee boxes while mowing the lawn. The device was small and appeared to be home- made. MCSO deputies cordoned off the area and the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office explo- sive ordinance disposal unit was called, and declared the scene safe after detonating the device. The investigation is ongoing at this time, and the MCSO encour- ages anyone with information re- garding this incident is urged to contact the the Sheriff's office tip- line at 707-234-2100. EXPLOSIVE Suspected home-made explosive found By Chris Calder editor@advocate-news.com @FBAdvocateNews on Twitter Candidates for the open supe- rior court judgeship appeared at a League of Women Voters' candidates' forum Friday night at the C.V. Starr Center in Fort Bragg. Patrick Pekin, a defense attor- ney who worked in Salinas for several years before moving to Mendocino County eight years ago, said he has a range of expe- rience working with gangs and incarcerated youth. He said the experience has helped him to "understand which people are truly dangerous and should be isolated and which people can be redeemed." Pekin based his candidacy on his community service - years as a Mendocino volunteer fire- fighter and five years coaching the mock trial program at Fort Bragg High School, as well as serving as spokesman for the Save Our Coast Court, the 2012 campaign that persuaded the Superior Court's judges to re- verse plans to eliminate crim- i n a l pr o c e e d - ings and juvenile court matters at the Ten Mile Jus- tice Court in Fort Bragg. P e k i n a l s o cited his experi- ence in various c ou nt r ie s , i n- cluding as an in- tern at the U.S. consulate in Ber- lin, and English teacher in Turkey and Brazil. Faulder, who served as a pros- ecutor in the Mendocino County District Attorney's office for eight years, two as a prosecutor in Fort Bragg before he said then-DA Norman Vroman brought him to Ukiah to work on violent crimes. Faulder is currently in private practice. He said he also has taught criminal justice at Men- docino College and is the pres- ident of the Mendocino County Law Library, pointing out that he was instrumental in getting the law reference computer ter- minal set up at the Ten Mile Jus- tice Court in Fort Bragg. Both candidates responded to questions from the audience. Asked whether they thought plea agreements interfered with judges' ability to decide cases, both candidates said they do not think that is the case. Faul- der said it is not the judge's role to "second guess" decisions made by the DA's office on plea agree- ments, while Pekin pointed out that judges, while they do not have a say in the terms of plea agreements, do not have to ac- cept them. In a related question, the can- didates were asked about an overall trend in the justice sys- tem to have cases decided outside of court and public scrutiny. Pe- kin said the results of cases are still made public even if nego- tiations aren't. Faulder said the trend is a result of over-crowd- ing in jails and overloading of court schedules."Overcorwding and limited resources have led CANDIDATES Judgeship forum held in Fort Bragg Faulder Pekin JUDGESHIP » PAGE 13 MEASURE W » PAGE 13 » mendocinobeacon.com Thursday, May 19, 2016 75 CENTS FACEBOOK.COM/MENDOCINOBEACON Volume 138, issue 33 8 52659 03865 7

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