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June 29, 2017

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Check us online daily for news, sports, photos and more. VISIT MENDOCINOBEACON.COM WE'RE MORE THAN A WEEKLY Details on Salmon BBQ, July 4th. Special Pages B1-3 Coast turns out for OB department. See Below INSIDE THIS WEEK Sign Czar Joseph Dalton and Andria Richey finished put- ting up a sign on the corner of Little Lake and Lansing streets announcing the annual Mendocino Music Festival July 8-28. Volunteers are at the heart of the Mendocino Music Festival. Donors, volunteers, musicians' hosts, California State Parks and local business all work together to produce this amazing festival each year. Over two dozen con- certs, from blues to bluegrass, symphonies to opera, jazz to Celtic and African, are packed into just over two weeks every July. To buy tickets online and for the program schedule go to or call 707-937-2044. MUSIC MARY ROSE KACZOROWSKI - BEACON Classifieds ......B8 Crossword ....... B7 Obituaries ....... A6 Opinion ............A4 Sports ..............B4 Weather .......... A3 INDEX By Kelci Parks @FBAdvocateNews on Twitter Concerned community mem- bers packed Town Hall last week for the Mendocino Coast Health- care District Board of Directors' meeting regarding the future of the obstetrics department. After a review of the ad hoc committee's report the matter and passionate public comment, the board unanimously decided to keep the OB department in op- eration for the time being. The first motion to keep hos- pital's OB department open was amended to include "for three years." However, another amend- ment added, "as long as it is fi- nancially viable," making the fu- ture of the department still very much dependent on the support it receives in the coming months and years. Report John Allison, a Westport resi- dent and member of the ad hoc committee formed to look into the matter, reviewed highlights of the ad hoc committee's de- tailed report to the board. The report estimated that MCDH loses roughly $1 million per year by maintaining the OB department in its current config- HOSPITAL Town shows up for OB Dept. BUSINESS » PAGE A8 Yoga biz celebrates one year of success LITTLE RIVER » PAGE A2 Fire department BBQ upcoming EVENTS » PAGE B2 Flynn Creek Circus prepares THIS WEEK'S WEB BONUS Find us on Facebook By Mary Rose Kaczorowski The Mendocino City Commu- nity Services District Board held a special meeting on June 22 at the Community Center to discuss needed upgrades to and options regarding the wastewater treat- ment facilities. Background In September 2016, the MCCSD Board entered into a contract for a preliminary engineering report with SHN Consulting Engineers & Geologists, Inc. A draft report completed in March 2017 provided preliminary engineering plans, costs, and design criteria for the proposed projects including: • Expanding the recycled water distribution system. • Upgrading the disinfection system. • Rehabilitating the existing the drying beds. • Replacing the filter backwash controls. • Replacing the ocean discharge equalization basin liner. One of the board's stated goals has been to fund construction without increasing existing rates. Last month, on May 8, the MCCSD Board voted to adopt Res- olution No. 2017-251 to apply for MCCSD Plant's drying beds addressed Services district board moves forward with USDA application MARY ROSE KACZOROWSKI - BEACON PHOTO The Mendocino City Community Services District Board, staff and SHN project engineers meet with the public on June 22 at the Community Center. By Mary Rose Kaczorowski Gov. Jerry Brown signed a $125 billion California budget Tuesday. Mendocino Unified School Dis- trict awaits details of the budget, which impacts schools on many levels. Budget discussion highlights At the MUSD Board of Trust- ees regular meeting on June 22, District Business Manager Cyn- thia Brown explained how recent State Legislature actions may im- pact the district's 2017-18 budget. Brown said in her report, "The latest news is regarding two key items. While both are positive de- velopments, State Legislative pro- cesses are not complete and the district budget has not been up- dated at this time." "The State Legislature has taken an action to extend the Dis- trict of Choice program for the next five years, that's the good MUSD BUDGET Governor signs budget, District of Choice Extension By Mary Rose Kaczorowski On June 22, Mendocino School District trustees had a full meet- ing agenda as the 2016-17 school year ended. The board passed sev- eral resolutions including the Ed- ucation Protection Account Fund- ing Plan, Maintenance Assess- ment District improvements and levy of the assessment for fiscal year 2017-2018 and recognizing the MUSD as a Safe Haven School District. The assessment remains unchanged at $30 a parcel. Board President Michael Schaf- fer explained, "The [Education Protection Account Funding Plan] describes how the district spends the $94,000 its pays toward sal- aries." Superintendent Jason Morse presented a review of the 2016- 17 MUSD Strategic Plan and ac- complishments. "Despite the bad news we may get about the bud- get, we have so much to cele- brate," he said. He acknowledged the trustees, parents and staff for their partic- ipation on the District Planning Committee and their help on the district-wide survey that contrib- uted to the strategic planning pro- cess. Morse noted the progress on goals and the formation of several ad hoc committees. The District of Choice Com- mittee facilitated a full staff dis- cussion and education outreach about DOC policy and procedures, MUSD As school year wraps up, Acker retires from the board MARY ROSE KACZOROWSKI - BEACON MUSD Board of Trustees, from le, Charlie Acker (Elk), Mark Morton (Caspar), Board Clerk Jessica Grinberg (Mendocino), Board President Michael Schaffer (Comptche) at the table with Superintendent Jason Morse. Not pictured: Windspirit Aum (Albion trustee) and Student Trustee and Class of 2017 graduate Emily Symonds. It takes a village to get ready for the music festival! Board's work pays off Parcel tax likely to be proposed MCCSD » PAGE 9 HOSPITAL » PAGE 9 MUSD » PAGE 10 BUDGET » PAGE 10 » Thursday, June 29, 2017 75 CENTS FACEBOOK.COM/MENDOCINOBEACON Volume 139, issue 39 8 52659 03865 7

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