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November 20, 2014

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Like the Advocate-News and stay in the loop on local news, sports and more. VISIT FACEBOOK.COM/ FORTBRAGGADVOCATENEWS LIKE US ON FACEBOOK By Kelci Parks reporter@advocate-news.com @FBAdvocateNews on Twitter The Mendocino Coast Health Care District filed paperwork with the Santa Rosa bankruptcy court on Oct. 31 to begin the final step of its Chapter 9 bankruptcy. Bankruptcy The district filed its original voluntary petition under Chapter 9 on Oct. 17, 2012. Chapter 9 of the Bankruptcy Code is a special section of the federal bankruptcy law that is reserved exclusively for municipalities. It provides a grace period of sorts within which to propose a plan for the adjust- ment of the municipality's debts to third parties. "The reason for bankruptcy is that the corporation has decided that it needs to relieve itself of BANKRUPTCY Hospital in final stage of Chapter 9 Classifieds ... B6 Crossword ... B4 Obituaries .....A6 Opinion......... A4 Sports ...........B2 Weather ........A6 INDEX By Kelci Parks reporter@advocate-news.com @FBAdvocateNews on Twitter After 15 years of contracting with the law firm Meyers Nave for legal services, the city has hired a new attorney. A professional services agree- ment with Burke Williams and Sorenson, LLP was approved at the Nov. 10 City Council meet- ing and Samantha Zutler was appointed city attorney, district general counsel and agency gen- eral counsel. Rafael Mandel- man was appointed to assist. Hoping to hire local There was an outcry from many residents for the city to hire a local attorney and some were unhappy with the coun- cil's decision, as Zutler works out of the firm's San Francisco office. Mayor Dave Turner took some criticism from public commenters for using the term "they knocked my socks off." During council comments, all the members explained that they had gone into the process hoping to hire local. "I came into this totally pre- pared to go for a local team," said Vice Mayor Meg Courtney. "I came in thinking I knew who we were going to select, and I was just sure they were going to get in because I know them and I re- spect them and I wanted to shop local. And I think other council members felt that way too." CITY COUNCIL City hires non-local attorney Council members defend their decision to public FRANK HARTZELL — ADVOCATE PHOTO Fort Bragg Food Bank Executive Director Nancy Severy's dog, Ralph, keeps an eye on things from his perch in her office window. By Frank Hartzell frankhartzell@gmail.com There are those rock hard but delicious fresh Mexican squash, or the seemingly endless supply of canned capers and sour little canned mandarins. And there was that can of "spotted dick" I found on Nancy Severy's desk seven years ago. The Fort Bragg Food Bank's executive director was visibly mortified after I put our laughs about spotted dick into the pa- per back then. What would the board think? Would the joke of- fend some? A much more confident Sev- ery is now in her eighth year and wasn't worried when I found yet another can of that oddly named (for Americans) British raisin pudding on her desk. "We still have fun here with some of the many unusual items SEASON OF SHARING People donate treats to Fort Bragg Food Bank By Matthew Reed reporter@mendocinobeacon.com @MendocinoBeacon on Twitter On a day when rain was fore- cast and the clouds were gray, the skies cleared long enough for the sun to shine for the Deputy Ricky Del Fiorentino Memorial Highway dedication ceremony on Wednesday, Nov. 12. Signs will designate the stretch of Highway 1 from Fort Bragg to Cleone that was renamed in Del Fiorentino's honor. Portuguese Hall in Fort Bragg was filled to standing room for the event, which brought together a spectrum of Mendocino Coast residents and law enforcement. Members of the Fort Bragg City Council and the Men- docino County Board of Supervi- sors along with Fort Bragg High School football, wrestling and cheerleading teams were also present to help honor the fallen deputy who was killed in the line of duty in March while searching for a fugitive from Oregon. Del Fiorentino was also pres- ent, in a way. His widow, Beth, brought the urn containing his ashes and set it on the podium at the front of the room. Mendocino County Sheriff Tom Allman, acting as master of cer- emonies, introduced members of the MCSO for brief remarks. "As we know, Ricky was taken way too early. But he was taken doing his job and his job was to protect the citizens of this county. He did his job exemplary." "Everything that Ricky was is a reason we will smile when we go past the sign. When we go past the sign and we have that one memory of Ricky. I know there are people here who Ricky has helped and I know there is at least one person here that Ricky arrested," Allman said, drawing a laugh from the audience. "Don't look over your shoulder. It's okay. But Ricky was respected by all." Deputy Craig Walker, presi- dent of the Deputy Sheriffs Asso- ciation, said Del Fiorentino was loved and respected by everyone who worked with him. "He might have been large and impressive, but he certainly wasn't somber. Nor was he much for spit-and-polish or ceremony," he said, offering a moment of lev- ity. Walker's professional and stern demeanor crumpled in grief as he spoke of his colleague. "I think of Ricky in a room like this with the people that he knew," he said. Despite Allman's declaration that the event was not intended as one for grieving, but one for celebration, many who attended wiped at teary eyes during the course of the ceremony, includ- COMMUNITY Ceremony marks highway dedication for Deputy Ricky Signs designate stretch of Highway 1 from Fort Bragg to Cleone as memorial to fallen deputy SUZETTE COOK — ADVOCATE PHOTO Fort Bragg High School athletes gather with Beth Del Fiorentino on Wednesday, Nov. 12 for the unveiling of a highway road sign designating part of Highway 1 as "Deputy Sheriff Ricky Del Fiorentino Memorial Highway." HOME GROWN » PAGE A11 Mushroom events pop up on coast SPORTS » PAGE B2 Timberwolves cap season SOUP'S ON » PAGE A2 Food Bank's soup and chili cookoff THIS WEEK'S WEB BONUS Check out our Facebook page Eco-friendly gi ideas for 'green living.' Page A10 Food Bank executive director ready for holiday season. Story below INSIDE THIS WEEK District might be out of bankruptcy by February DEPUTY » PAGE 10 ATTORNEY » PAGE 9 DONATE » PAGE 9 HOSPITAL » PAGE 12 » advocate-news.com Thursday, November 20, 2014 75 CENTS FACEBOOK.COM/FORTBRAGGADVOCATENEWS 8 52659 03864 0 A NEWSPAPER Volume 126, issue 25

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