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February 04, 2016

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Anytime, anywhere. Subscribe to our e-edition. VISIT MENDOCINOBEACON.COM KNOW IT. ALL. Update of Prop 172 funding lawsuit. Page A3 League of Women Voters hosts Sheriff. Page A2 INSIDE THIS WEEK Mendocino High School's varsity basketball teams played a couple of their biggest games of the season Tuesday night against longtime rival Anderson Valley. The girls varsity, which has developed a powerful defense this season, extended their first place league record to 8-0 with a 56-21 victory. The boys varsity game was close throughout, but Anderson Valley edged the Cardinals 57-55. Both teams play at home versus Round Valley Feb. 9. Above, Cardinals Sunny Scott, Isobel Hall and Emily Miller chase down a loose ball during Tuesday's game. For more on the Cardinals' seasons, see Sports, page B1. MHS BASKETBALL CARDINALS SHOW GRIT BEACON PHOTO Classified ........B5 Crossword .......B3 Obituaries ....... A6 Opinion ............A4 Sports .............. B1 Weather .......... A3 INDEX By Zoe Yudice @MendocinoBeacon on Twitter Mendocino County is look- ing for ways to use $1.3 million in state funds to create up to 60 new beds for mental health clients. On Tuesday, Mendocino County Health and Human Ser- vices Agency, Behavioral Health and Recovery Services, and the Rural Community Housing De- velopment Corporation held a public questions and answer session to inform the commu- nity and hear concerns on the topic of Mental Health Service Act housing. The Mental Service Act is the result of Proposition 63, passed in 2004. The act imposes a one percent income tax on personal income in excess of one million dollars to provide services be- yond the scope of normal men- tal health operations, explained Karen Lavato, MHSA program manager. Among those new, perma- nent housing programs for the severe and chronically mentally ill who are homeless or at risk of being homeless, and who qual- ify for MHSA programs and supports, said Lavato. Mendocino County has been given $1.3 million to use for housing under the plan. The funds must be used within three years of being assigned, which according to Lavato, was May of last year. The money can be used for development of property, but the county must also set aside a portion to ensure operating the facility in the black for up MENTAL HEALTH County looking at ways to boost mental health beds NATURE » PAGE A8 Group of wild ponies contained COMMUNITY » PAGE A5 Join Chinese New Year's festivities MVFD » PAGE A3 New member warmly welcomed THIS WEEK'S WEB BONUS Check out our Facebook page By Zoe Yudice @MendocinoBeacon on Twitter Lori Donnelly, new program director for the Mendocino Film Festival and recently arrived in Mendocino, is getting set up for the festival and becoming more familiar with Mendocino culture. This is her first time here, and the longest amount of time she has spent in California. Origi- nally from the east coast, Don- nelly grew up in Boston, and cur- rently lives in upstate New York. She worked for 15 years as a programmer at repertory the- aters, most recently at the George Eastman House, a museum of photography and film in Roches- ter, New York. "Six nights a week, there was a different movie," Donnelly said. "It was a vertical style of pro- gramming, so Tuesdays would be French films, and Wednes- days might be Cary Grant films." "I loved it, but it was a lot of work to try and have to con- stantly come up with themes and films," she said. She has done some festival work before, but most of her film programming has been in repertory theaters. "Repertory is a l l- enc ompa s s - ing. So it's silent, it's classical Hol- lywood, it's for- eign lang uage, i n t e r n a t i o n a l , contemporar y films, Ameri- can indies. It's everything," ex- plained Donnelly. She hopes to bring her previ- ous knowledge and experiences to stir things up a bit at the Men- docino Film Festival this year. "Traditionally, the slate here has been a lot of documentaries, a lot of issue-driven films, be- cause people are very leftist here, which is great. But I also want to, even within that rubric of docu- mentary film, to feature films of women who are international. I am also trying to slide more nar- ratives in, and non-fiction films." Donnelly is hoping that a dif- ferent selection might make the audience excited about some- thing different. "You have to have familiarity there to draw your core in, but FILM FESTIVAL New program director stirs things up a bit By Zoe Yudice @MendocinoBeacon on Twitter Thanksgiving Coffee has recently released a new line of coffee, Bee Bold Coffee, in partnership with Friends of the Earth. Funds generated from the sale of this coffee will go to saving honeybees. Currently, Friends of the Earth, which operates in 74 countries on pressing environ- mental and social issues, is fo- cusing on a national campaign, Bee Bold, devoted to halting the use of neonicotinoids — a pesticide that has been linked to the decline of the bee pop- ulation. Paul and Joan Katzeff, the co-founders of Thanksgiving Coffee, were inspired by that mission and decided to sup- port it with the creation of the Bee Bold Coffee, and start their own local campaign called Bee Bold Mendocino. One dollar of every Bee Bold Coffee purchase goes towards the Bee Bold movement; 83 cents for the local campaign, and 17 cents for the national campaign. "It came about as a way of creating an infrastructure for counties to become more bee- friendly," explained Lavender Cinnamon, who leads Commu- nity Development for Thanks- giving Coffee and is spearhead- ing Bee Bold Mendocino. "We want to be the first county in California to be bee-friendly," As a way of reaching this goal, Bee Bold Mendocino has ENVIRONMENT New Thanksgiving Coffee brand for the bees Lavender Cinnamon, who leads Community Development for Thanksgiving Coffee and is spearheading Bee Bold Mendocino. ZOE YUDICE - ADVOCATE PHOTO Howard Dashiell, Mendocino County Department of Transportation director, presents new ramp design for the corner of Main Street and Kasten Street at the MHRB meeting Monday. By Zoe Yudice @Mendocinobeacon on Twitter Many Mendocino residents at- tended the Mendocino Historical Review Board meeting this Mon- day to listen to Howard Dashiell, Mendocino County Department of Transportation director, present the building plans for the corner of Main Street and Kasten Street. In September of last year, the County Department of Trans- portation had without notice re- moved an existing ramp, and put up a barricade after hearing a pe- destrian had been injured falling off the curb. MENDOCINO HISTORICAL REVIEW BOARD Main and Kasten ramp plans discussed County's proposal receives lukewarm welcome; board votes to consider the alternatives ZOE YUDICE — ADVOCATE PHOTO COFFEE » PAGE 9 DIRECTOR » PAGE 9 Donnelly RAMP » PAGE 10 BEDS » PAGE 8 » Thursday, February 4, 2016 75 CENTS FACEBOOK.COM/MENDOCINOBEACON Volume 138, issue 18 8 52659 03865 7

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