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March 26, 2015

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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 Spring Home and Garden special. Pages B1 — B5 Special pages: Senior Living and Health + Wellness. Pages A11 — A12 INSIDE THIS WEEK By Matthew Reed reporter@mendocinobeacon.com @MendocinoBeacon on Twitter Baseball is coming back to Friendship Park this summer. At the March 18 meeting of the Mendocino Coast Recreation and Park District board of directors, Natalie Cottrell, district recre- ation specialist, said registration for the Junior Giants youth base- ball program is currently under way. There will be two Junior Gi- ants leagues on the Mendocino Coast, one with its home field at Friendship Park in Mendocino and the other with a home venue on the South Coast, she said. Junior Giants is the free non- competitive baseball program for children 5-18 years old funded by the Giants Community Fund, which is a nonprofit that collabo- rates with the San Francisco Gi- ants by using baseball as a way to encourage underserved youth and their families to live healthy, pro- ductive lives. All equipment and supplies are provided by the Ju- nior Giants program, according to its website. The summer session is from June 5 to Aug. 15. "Children practice one day a week for the eight weeks after 5:30 p.m. to encourage parent participation and effective trans- portation," Cottrell said in a re- RECREATION Junior Giants program comes to Mendocino The League of Women Voters held their annual gathering for local and state officials at the Caspar Community Center last Friday. The tenth annual event drew Sheriff Tom Allman, Fourth District Supervisor Dan Gjerde, District Attorney David Eyster, and representatives from the Fort Bragg City Council, hospital, rec district, school and fire district boards. The event was started by the league as part of their mission to inform and involve voters."I think it's a great education and a way to really be on top of what is going on in our area," said 42- year league member Barbara Matheson. The League sponsors programs throughout the year. Current League president Carol Czadek can be contacted at norcoel@mcn.org for more information about the group's activities. MEET AND GREET LEAGUE GATHERS LOCAL OFFICIALS CONTRIBUTED By Adam Randall udjar@ukiahdj.com Mendocino County has been using the Bay Area as a model when setting the cost of living adjustment (COLA) to account for inflation for employee pen- sion plans since 1971, according to county documents. On Wednesday, the Mendocino County Employees' Retirement Association Board will continue its discussion - instigated by new board member 4th District Super- visor Dan Gjerde - on whether or not it's appropriate to use the con- sumer price index for urban con- sumers in the San Francisco-Oak- land-San Jose area to measure inflation for Mendocino County employee pension plans. Alternatively, there is an alter- native "West Region" CPI up for consideration instead. This west region includes 13 states along RETIREMENT BOARD Board mulls retiree COLA formula County uses Bay Area to determine adjustments for employee pensions Classifieds ......B6 Crossword ....... A9 Obituaries ....... A6 Opinion ............A4 Sports .............. A8 Weather .......... A5 INDEX Submitted Article The Community Center of Mendocino held the first in a series of community meetings on Sunday evening, March 15, when about 30 people attended a presentation by consultant Cornelia Reynolds of an over- view of CCM's new three-year strategic plan. Reynolds has been work- ing with the CCM board for six months to analyze CCM's situ- ation after nearly three years of operation and develop a plan for the future. Reynolds, appointed interim executive director at CCM's March 16 board meeting, de- scribed the organization's stra- tegic goals, identifying priori- ties and essential issues that un- derlie its ability to implement changes. The meeting was preceded by a members' reception and fol- lowed by a community potluck and a concert by singer-song- writer and folklorist Holly Tan- nen. Navarro wines and North Coast Brewing Company ales were offered for sale. Status report After three years of oper- ations, the After School En- richment Program (ASEP) is thriving, CCM has a solid part- nership with its landlord, Men- docino Unified School District, and its membership and com- munity support are growing. However, the facility is not STATUS REPORT Community Center seeks public's help Review of goals and finances shows more support needed Walt McKeown MCKEOWN » PAGE A5 Signs point to continued drought SPORTS » PAGE A8 Cardinals tennis players win two KELLEY HOUSE » PAGE A6 History mystery: where is this? THIS WEEK'S WEB BONUS Check out our Facebook page KELCI PARKS - BEACON PHOTO Representatives from the Noyo Marine Science Center displayed examples of ocean debris that groups of volunteers have found on local beaches. By Kelci Parks reporter@advocate-news.com @FBAdvocateNews on Twitter Bits and pieces of debris gen- erated by the tsunami that dev- astated Japan in 2011 are being found by local residents and tour- ists, a researcher said last week. Eben Schwartz, a marine de- bris program manager with the California Coastal Commission, spoke to a crowded town hall about the ocean debris and its effects. The presentation was hosted by the Noyo Marine Sci- ence Center. On March 11, 2011, a 9.0 earth- quake followed by a tsunami with waves as high as 130 feet ravaged the coast of Japan. Si x teen thousand people were confirmed dead and more than 2,500 people are still miss- ing. The devastation was wide- spread. When the tsunami hit, the Jap- anese Ministry of the Environ- ment estimated about 25 mil- lion tons of debris were created, and 5 million tons went into the sea. An estimated 70 percent of NOYO MARINE SCIENCE CENTER Tsunami debris discussed Estimated 1.5 million tons for tsunami debris makes its way across the Pacific DEBRIS » PAGE 14 COMMUNITY » PAGE 14 PENSIONS » PAGE 13 MCRPD » PAGE 14 » mendocinobeacon.com Thursday, March 26, 2015 75 CENTS FACEBOOK.COM/MENDOCINOBEACON 8 52659 03865 7 A NEWSPAPER Volume 137, issue 25

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