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April 27, 2017

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Like The Mendocino Beacon and stay in the loop on local news, sports and more. VISIT FACEBOOK.COM/ MENDOCINOBEACON LIKE US ON FACEBOOK New findings on childhood obesity on our Health page. Page B1 Lawsuit filed against local pot initiative. Page A3 INSIDE THIS WEEK Reporter Mary Rose Kaczo- rowski interviewed Congress- man Jared Huffman following last week's Town Hall meeting. The following are excerpts from some of the topics they covered. Federal response to Crescent City and Confusion Hill slides "It is a very important chal- lenge for people in the north- ern end of my district. I feel like the recent failure of Highway 101 and Confusion Hill is an op- portunity to really focus atten- tion from the Federal Highway Works Administration on why we are continuing to put Band-Aids on this sliding highway. It is a bad idea, we have to change the equation and we have to reroute — but the trick is we are going to need a federal waiver to get qualified for emergency replace- ment funding. That is where the money is on the federal side in this emergency replacement pro- gram. So we need to get the fed- eral folks to focus on this and we need to convince them that con- tinuing to Band-Aid the problem doesn't work anymore. They are on the ground right now doing a study, a risk assessment, to make that determination. I am actually encouraged by the progress we are making. Caltrans is already there. They want to move on to the next phase which is doing the geo-tech and environmen- tal studies on alternate routes. Within a matter of weeks we should know from the Califor- nia Department of Transporta- tion whether we get the funding to do that. I am rounding up let- ters of support everywhere I go. I would encourage your newspaper Q&A Huffman calls for letters to boost transit funding; warns on rural internet access The Mendocino Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to a dog rescue Sunday at about 5:45 p.m. Assistant Chief Dave Latoof was first on scene. The owner said that her dog "Potter" might have been chasing a squirrel when he ran down a gently slopping cliff that was covered in dense vegetation. Latoof climbed down the cliff and searched in the brambles to find and recover the gentle 25 pound terrier. Nine firefighters responded with three rescue trucks. MVFD SAFE AND SOUND SALLY SWAN — CONTRIBUTED By Mary Rose Kaczorowski @beaconreporter on Twitter All fired up and ready to go was the theme of the Mendocino Coast Democratic Club's April 19 meeting. Mendocino County Democratic Co-Chair Kenny Jow- ers said, "This is a grassroots or- ganization and we work as a team. All our meetings start with a potluck, a short business meet- ing, and then a guest speaker." A drop-in visit by Congress- man Jared Huffman was followed by guest speaker Katrina Bartolo- mie, Mendocino County assistant registrar of voters. "We can take back the House, and we have lots of opportuni- ties to take back the 24 seats we need. The trick is to keep people involved," said Rep. Huffman. Bartolomie gave an update on the California Voter's Choice Act, SB 450. In 2016, the Legislature passed SB 450 and it was signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown. SB 450 authorizes specified counties to conduct any election as an all- mailed ballot election if certain conditions are satisfied, including COAST DEMOCRATS Focus on action inspires Dems Classified ........ B7 Crossword .......B5 Obituaries ....... A6 Opinion ............A4 Sports .............. B2 Weather .......... A3 INDEX By Mary Rose Kaczorowski @beaconreporter on Twitter T he Mendocino Unif ied School District Board (MUSD) met last week at the Mendocino High School (MHS) Library. In honor of employees who are on the front lines working to ensure the safety and care of students in our schools, the MUSD Board proclaimed May 15-19 as the Week of the School Employee. The Board also took action to set class size limits for the 2017-18 School Year. Class sizes determine inter-district and intra-district transfers. During the Parent/Commu- nity public comment session, Annemarie Weibel, Bill Heil, Ja- net Eklund, Aleya Spencer, Alex Keenum, Debra DeCarli, Serena Acker, expressed their views to the Board on the future of the Albion School. Each asked to keep the Albion School open. Spencer presented petitions to the Board that were signed by 50+ landowners to keep the school open and by 22 parents who signed the petition and are planning to enroll their chil- dren in the Albion School this fall. Heil, part of the original Table Mountain Community that started the Albion Whale School, reminded the Board of the Albion Community's his- tory of partnership with MUSD, "that was a unique arrangement that worked well." He outlined how closing the school is not in MUSD Albion school, careers discussed TOWN » PAGE A2 Welcome to Elk! ARTS » PAGE A5 May exhibits at MAC SPORTS » PAGE B2 50K run on coast THIS WEEK'S WEB BONUS Find us on Facebook By Chris Calder @FBAdvocateNews on Twitter Several hundred people gath- ered at Cotton Auditorium April 19 for a Town Hall meeting with Congressman Jared Huffman. Huffman, facing a nearly unanimous friendly audience, called citizen involvement the key to "The silver lining to all this is right here ... Everywhere I go, I'm seeing turnouts like we have here in Fort Bragg today," he said. Huffman said he had recently held meetings with 200 people in Weaverville, 1,200 in Arcata and nearly 2,000 in Santa Rosa, showing, he said, the broad base of interest in a new level of polit- ical involvement. "Something's going on," he said, before fielding questions from the audience. On investigations into connec- tions between President Donald Trump's campaign and admin- istration, and Russian efforts to influence U.S. politics, Huffman said he favors a special commis- sion over House or Senate inves- tigations that he characterized as too vulnerable to political in- fluence. Fort Bragg Mayor Lindy Peters asked Huffman what protections there are for cities that adopt pol- icies that conflict with, or at least do not aid, federal efforts at in- creased deportations of undocu- mented immigrants. Huffman, noting that Trump's budget proposal already calls for eliminating the Community De- velopment Block Grant program which is a main source of federal funds to cities, said he believes the federal courts will protect local communities from finan- cial retribution by the adminis- tration. Many of those in the audience displayed pink paper hearts to show support for House Resolu- tion 676, which supports a sin- gle-payer healthcare plan for the country. Responding to a question on the resolution, Huffman said of single-payer healthcare, "to be realistic, it's a long-term pros- pect." He added that many se- niors and veterans are already in effect part of a single-payer plan, and a way forward might be to expand eligibility to those TOWN HALL Huffman hears concerns from large Cotton Auditorium crowd MARY ROSE KACZOROWSKI — BEACON PHOTO Congressman Huffman speaks to the large gathering at Cotton Auditorium. Q&A » PAGE 7 TOWN HALL » PAGE 7 MUSD » PAGE 7 DEMS » PAGE 7 » Thursday, April 27, 2017 75 CENTS FACEBOOK.COM/MENDOCINOBEACON Volume 139, issue 30 8 52659 03865 7

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