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February 23, 2017

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Check us online daily for news, sports, photos and more. VISIT MENDOCINOBEACON.COM WE'RE MORE THAN A WEEKLY MHS students of the month, honor roll. Page A2 Health and Wellness special section. Page A8 INSIDE THIS WEEK By Erick O'Donnell The Ukiah Daily Journal udjeo@ukiahdj.com Mendocino County 4th District Supervisor Dan Gjerde and county planning staff will formally con- front the California Coastal Com- mission over what supervisors consider to be obstructionist tac- tics employed by a "rogue em- ployee" during the county's craft- ing of an amendment to the Men- docino Town Plan. The board and the commission have discussed the amendment for the past two years, which 2nd District Supervisor John Mc- Cowen has described as an inor- dinate amount of time to resolve disagreements over what he con- siders to be minor changes to the town's plan. Gjerde pinned the blame on a single commission planning staffer, whom he de- clined to name, who he said has forced the county and the com- mission to endlessly rehash a set of mundane issues relating to the amendment. It was the board's responsibil- ity, Gjerde said, to confront the commission over the conduct of the unnamed employee, who he said has told him that she con- siders obstruction to be part of her job. The board directed staff to assist Gjerde in crafting a let- ter, to be presented to the board at the end of March, expressing the county's displeasure over the behavior of the employee and re- questing that the employee be re- assigned. Gjerde floated the idea of such a letter after Steve Dunnicliff, di- rector of the county's Planning and Building Services, informed the board that he and planning PLANNING County board to confront Coastal Commission COMMUNITY VETERAN RECEIVES QUILT OF HONOR JULIE PARKER — BEACON PHOTO WWII and Korean War veteran Richard S. Mitchell, Sr. was presented with a handmade Quilt of Honor, presented by veteran Gail Belmont. Read the full story on page A9. By Chris Calder editor@advocate-news.com @FBAdvocateNews on Twitter The third meeting of Men- docino Coast District Hospitals Obstetrics ad hoc committee was spent trying to reach agreement on the form of a final report to be sent to the hospital's board's planning committee, which will in turn make recommendations on the department's future to the board. While some committee mem- bers pushed for more emphasis on exploring potential solutions that would allow the hospital to keep OB open, and negative con- sequences of eliminating the ser- vice, others maintained that what solutions there may be have al- ready been identified. Committee chair Dr. Kevin Miller discouraged broaden- MCDH OB ad hoc discusses form of final report Classified ........B4 Crossword .......B3 Obituaries ....... A6 Opinion ............A4 Sports .............. B1 Weather .......... A3 INDEX By Chris Calder editor@advocate-news.com @FBAdvocateNews on Twitter Mendocino's teachers and Board of Trustees got a heads- up from trustee Mark Morton about expected increases in district and individual contri- butions to California's belea- guered public pension systems at the school board meeting in Comptche Feb 16. Morton said shortfalls in the California State Teachers Re- tirement Fund and California Public Employees Retirement System, which includes some teachers, are triggering signif- icant increases in the amount of money teachers and districts are required to contribute to the plans. "I know as an employee of the district, I didn't start thinking about pensions until I was in my 50s," Morton said. "But I'd like all the 20-something teach- ers to be aware of what's going on now, because there are huge changes coming." Increases which have been going on for the past few years are expected to accelerate af- ter CALSTRS directors low- ered their estimate for invest- ment returns on the pension fund earlier this month. CAL- STRS reduced its expected re- turn from 7.5% to 7.25%, follow- ing a similar move by the direc- tors of CALPRS in December. CALSTRS' actual invest- ment returns were 1.4% in 2015- 16 and 4.8% in 2014-15, far be- low the fund's 7.5% projections, SCHOOLS Pension issues, 'Safe Haven' discussed HEALTHCARE» PAGE A5 Foundation gives $500,000 OCEAN» PAGE A6 Experts to help with Orca skeleton SPORTS» PAGE B1 Cards head to playoffs THIS WEEK'S WEB BONUS Find us on Facebook By Julie Parker reporter@mendocinobeacon.com @mendocinobeacon on Twitter Last weekend at the Matheson Performing Arts Center, Men- docino Film Festival served up some reel hors d'ouevres leading up to this summer's Film Festi- val. The delectable Short Films event, "Then & Now," celebrated films from the silent movie era to the present. Attendees were even treated to a sneak peak trailer of films to be shown this summer. "Then": After a brief introduc- tion by George Russell, flickering move reels (not digital) projected slapstick and melodramatic en- tertainment from days gone by. The oldest film presented was 1909's "A Corner in Wheat," di- rected by D.W. Griffith. Dave Milhaly and The Shim- mering Leaves Assemble per- formed new, original musical accompaniment, which offered a new take on music tradition- ally used for silent films. "Now": A compilation of 2016 Film Festival hits, with an "Only Human" theme. The mediums ranged from live action to an- imation to stop motion. Hu- FILM Film Festival shows shorts in lead-up JULIE PARKER — BEACON PHOTO Gjerde says CC staffer deliberately obstructing progress "A Corner in Wheat" was one of the silent movies played at the Mendocino Film Festival's Short Film event, "Then & Now." FILM » PAGE 9 SCHOOLS » PAGE 10 MCDH » PAGE 9 PLANNING » PAGE 9 » mendocinobeacon.com Thursday, February 23, 2017 75 CENTS FACEBOOK.COM/MENDOCINOBEACON Volume 139, issue 21 8 52659 03865 7

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