Mendo Slaughterhouse: The Community Comments

From Ukiah Daily Journal

[Reader comments on UDJ slaughterhouse article — no longer available — gathered into paragraphs for readability. A very few repetitious ones eliminated. The photo above is from a photo documentary of how sheep are humanely led to slaughter and processed down on the farm, in Romania, as has been done for thousands of years all over the world. Small-scale, on-the-farm, meat processing with mobile units, outside our population centers will be encouraged. The horror, filth, and unhealthiness of centralized slaughter in our Ukiah Valley will be resisted. Let’s hear it for the NIMBYs! -DS]

[Wendell Berry: There’s  a lot of scorn now toward people who say, “Not in my backyard,” but the not-in-my-backyard sentiment is one of the most valuable that we have. If enough people said, “Not in my backyard,” these bad innovations wouldn’t be in anybody’s backyard. It’s your own backyard you’re required to protect because in doing so you’re defending everybody’s backyard. It is altogether healthy and salutary.]

Traveler didn’t read the story. to quote: “Concerns about a dirty, smelly, offensive operation are addressed in the concepts used in New Zealand where plants are “clean enough to provide tours to the public.”
Study writers need to demonstrate — not just claim!– that a small meat plant does not have to be a smelly nuisance. How about posting some video from New Zealand? How about talking to neighbors of Redwood Meat Co. on Myrtle St. in Eureka? In this thread,… neighbors say they don’t notice odors.
Our Mendocino County grass-fed beef is delicious, and our cattle lead lives outdoors eating grass like cattle should. Let’s work together to find a location that works, to get our good beef to urban customers who want it, and who can pay for it, and to give good jobs to those who need it here.

Way to go Mr. Balleck!!!So tired of the NIMBY people. Our area is suffering. We desperatly need jobs and we have so many wonderful organic meat producers in the area. The Ukiah area could lead the way in providing good organic products for the bay area. Keep up the good work Don!

I assume we are talking about the old Masonite property which is way too close to town to be putting in a meat slaughtering/packing business. I see nothing wrong with such a business away from town. In the summer with the windows open I could hear all the activity from Masonite. I don’t care to listen to cows going to slaughter or to smell the natural smells of a meat packing plant. Yes we need jobs and there are plenty of places to put such a plant away from town.

I agree we all need more info, tangible info. Most of us have driven thru the Petaluma area or been just south of Santa Rosa when the wind has shifted — Ive actually had to leave, the smell was so bad. Gagging.
I would like to exactly what the plant will be used for.
Animals being killed, and lots of them, will also add an energy people may not pick up on — but will certainly be present, and not positive.
I dont know how to fix the economic situation. I want people to have jobs that pay at the minimum a living wage; I dont want to have to leave if/when I lose mine. But I dont want this processing plant as was previously described a few years ago.

Nana didn’t read the story either: No, we are not talking about the old Masonite property: “There is NO SUGGESTION of locating the plant in the UKIAH VALLEY, Ballek said.”Here is the actual study in .pdf format if anybody wants to take the time to really learn about this, instead of just jerking their knees:…

seriously, the negative energy of the horrendous state of the commercial U.S. meat industry, in my opinion, far, far outweighs the negative energy of killing a relatively small number of local animals raised for food in a humane way. Locals may find it easier to ignore the negative energy of the commercial meat industry because it’s not in our faces here on the North Coast, but that doesn’t mean it’s not there (I’m talking E. coli and mad cow and inhumane slaughtering, and dirty slaughterhouse scraps being treated with ammonia and turned into a fatty mash sold as “ground beef” and eaten by schoolchildren (see recent NY Times stories if you don’t believe it), and animals & employees treated as if they were dirt, etc.)

Petaluma does not have a meat packing plant. All they have is what you call a tallow plant. And yes they stink, because these animals are allready dead or have been dead for sometimes many days.

600 jobs added and yet there are supposedly going to be only about 130 animals there a day? 44 full-time employees and 600 related jobs is what the “experts” say. Are we that gullible, folks? How are 44 people going to be needed to slaughter130 animals a day? That’s about 3 animals per person per day! And then 600 more people are supposedly going to be finding jobs? Would someone like to elaborate on what those new jobs might be? I think this study needs to be questioned. Also, there is mention of Native Americans providing casinos throughout the state with organic meat. That’s admitting that they are planning on ratcheting up the number of animals to large scale pretty quick (as soon as possible). Where is the environmental study on that, and will one be needed, once they get their foot in the door?
Speaking of health concerns, I thought we were supposed to be cutting down on red met, because it has been proven to have MANY impacts on health. So maybe some of these new jobs will be in the health industry, treating those who feel it is now safe to eat “organic, humanely slaughtered meat”. Also, if this plant is really going to hire 44 people to slaughter 130 animals a day, how much is this meat going to cost? What is our competition? Maybe investors should ask a few more questions. Someone is trying to scam us. Keep your hand on your wallet, or you’ll be taken for ride, remember, those who plan the slaughter of animals may also be good at taking investors for a ride.

This kind of facility is working well in New Zealand to my understanding and would be a benefit to the area. Read about like-minded farmers like Joel Salatin of Polyface Farms, in Virginia I believe.

Water, water and water. Even if the water is recycled it still takes water to process meat. Waste doesn’t disappear just because you recycle the water. How many rainfall years would it take like the year 2009 before the plant would no longer be able to sustain the production to remain profitable. As has been mentioned in the Journal, the State wants to have control of all water in the Russian River basin including ground water sources. A ground water well at the plant that is free of State limitations now may have severe constraints in the future.
Also, 600 jobs, 80 head a day, 30 days a month = 2400 head a month = 4 head per employee per month or one head per week. No one is going to give a weeks pay to butcher one head of cattle. How many head a month does it take to pay 600 people plus provide a return to investors?

Good Idea wrote:”Read about like-minded farmers like Joel Salatin of Polyface Farms in Virginia I believe”.
I looked this up, and Polyface Farms is not comparable, as it raises chickens, turkeys and rabbits, as well as cattle and pigs, and slaughters them on site. It is not a slaughterhouse, where animals are shipped in.
We are being shoe-horned into a plan that will have to become much bigger to become profitable, and there are no guarantees that further environmental or health concerns will be needed once this “small” plant is approved.
By the way, “Good Idea” does have a point when he refers to Polyface Farms. If smaller ranchers want to grow and sell animals, why don’t they do as Polyface Farms did, and create their own slaughterhouse on site?
I do think we need to heed health concerns about red meat. Is investing in a plant that processes red meat a reasonable venture, when people are going to be eating less and less red meat?

Obviously, you have never been hunting – because you don’t know what you are talking about. It takes the good part of a day for one person to gut, skin and dress out a deer. Which is far smaller than a cow.
It looks to me like they are basing their projections on not just slaughtering, but also processing that meat (hanging, aging, cutting it up, packaging for the marketplace).
And, and to that leather, tallow and fat make durable boots, candles, oils …and don’t forget you’ll need to hire some guys to bag up all the great compost you can create out of the blood meal, bone meal, guts and manure.
Done on the right scale, utilizing every scrap of the animal the way the originals did, this proposal could be very beneficial to us all, reduce costs of many items we use every day, provide opportunities to develop other new manufacturing businesses.
No one is talking about creating the Chicago stockyards here. They are simply saying that we produce a lot of beef (and have the potential, unlike other areas, to produce it all organically w/o added hormones and antibiotics because we can still range feed here)– we’ve been fools to not insist on processing it ourselves here in Mendocino County.
Down with the huge corporate stockyards and processing plants that create the evils you cite — and up with creating a small, ingeniously designed facility that, yes, could create over 600 jobs, and possibly even more.

I’ve come to the conclusion that the inhabitants of the “nation of Mendocino” would prefer to just live here, smoke pot and let the rest of the horrible USA produce the products they need to survive. No jobs, no production and the kids leave as soon as they graduate from high school. Yep, what a way to live. How many more years will it be before Ukiah turns into a ghost town.

Please name at least some of the jobs you are claiming will be created. And thank you for mentioning rendering (tallow) and manure plants, as you now have admitted that there will be a good amount of smell involved here.
Supplying casinos with beef is no small enterprise. You say down with huge corporate stockyards with this on the horizon?

Where to begin?? I guess to start you should try reading the study rather than offering up typical nimby knee-jerk responses. Were Mendocino County to become a center for animal based agri-business we could cater to the demand for high quality meats in Northern California… this facility could serve restaurants and health conscious buyers from Monterey to the Oregon border.
What I really wanted to address were you comments as to health concerns with eating red meat. What about Argentina? Their diets are based around the consumption of red meat. Healthy, grass fed, sustainably raised, no hormone, non corn fed red meat.
The studies on red meat consumption center around corn fed beef. Read the Omnivore’s Dilemma. Pollan discusses our methods of producing red meat in this country. It’s our methods that have made our red meat so unhealthy. For starters, you don’t feed cattle corn. They’re not built to digest it. Their rumen glands are designed to turn grass into protein. Corn, which is much more acidic than grass, destroys the rumen gland which releases bacteria into the cow’s bloodstream which destroys their livers. Most of these animals would die of liver failure at 20 months of age if we didn’t slaughter them at 16 months of age. You’ve seen pictures of non-ambulatory cattle that can’t be slaughtered. What is it do you think that makes them non-ambulatory? Our feedlots are feeding a mixture of rendered cattle fat and anti-biotics to the cattle to address the liver failure. The result is a red meat product that is high in Omega 6 and low in Omege 3 fatty acids. Omega 6 is among other things a blood thickener. It’s hypothesized that one of the reasons for our high rates of heart disease and arteriosclerosis is the consumption of this red meat “product”.
Read the study.

The study sez the facility will employ 44 people, not 600. Obviously, many of those 44 won’t be butchers, any business needs administration, clerical workers, janitors, etc. let alone all the other jobs associated with meat packing, including complying with environmental regulations. The 682 jobs figure is jobs in “associated industries” (cattle ranching itself, maybe the jobs delivering the meat to distribution centers in the Bay Area, and maybe a few more workers selling local ranchers’ meat at the farmers markets), plus “the ripple effects of the economic activity associated with the Facility” — economic studies always take this proven ripple effect into account.
Water? One recent story in the Boonville paper claims one too-big pot grower busted in the Willits area was taking 100,000 gallons of water a day out of Alder Creek. If this facility would use (and recycle) the 45,000 gallons that 1 winery would use (as the study cites), the water issue doesn’t sound that bad, does it?
Numbers do not add up — well, you read the story, congrats! Now it’s time to read the study itself…
When you do, you will see that one critical issue with this potential business is: Do we really have enough cattle in our region (not even just our county) to make this work? Given that limitation, the idea that this small operation for local cattle ranchers will suddenly get huge doesn’t make any sense — why would commercial cattle feed lot operations in the Central Valley already close to existing slaughterhouses choose to ship cows up to a small plant designed for supplying a niche market? How much will the beef cost? More than you pay in the supermarket, that’s for sure, but there is a proven and growing market for it, there’s no question about that.

So, Mee, you would prefer to have job opportunities for your child in a slaughterhouse? I don’t advocate growing or selling marijuana, either, by the way. However, we should beware get rich quick ideas that prey on the hopes of people who refuse to do the homework or to think this thing through.

I have not read Mr. Pollen’s book nor would I wan to negate all medical research based on his book. I do now many people who have either eliminated or are cutting down on red meat in their diets.
However, you say we could provide meat to consumers from Monterey to Oregon. That does not sound like 130 animals a day to me. More like the huge corporate slaughterhouses you are complaining about.
You say I’m “nimby’, yet you don’t even know where I live.

I am so sick of seeing more and more of our stuff coming from China or India and the “Made in the USA” label is almost obsolete. No wonder we are in this state of depression now. Why can’t we make it our selves, right here in Mendocino County, and IN MY BACKYARD would be great if they are planning it the way the story sounds. I miss seeing the working man and women walking home with their lunch pails and being able to live and WORK here. I’m sick of seeing pot smoking transients on every corner doing nothing but smoking dope and petty crimes (saw a huge group of them this morning standing in the highway). This county has always had a huge agricultural base and I think this project would be a perfect fit for our county. Also, tired of all the whiners in this county. There are still a lot of us left in this county who fully support self sustaining business coming to here. Some of still want to WORK for a living and be able to stay in our beautiful county. I 100% fully support this and I appreciate that it is even being considered. We need it.

This is a very long study, and it will take some time to finish it. What I did see, though was this:”The establishment of multiple small‐scale local grain‐finishing feedlots will be necessary.” Sounds like there is more to this plan than meets the eye.
Meanwhile, I see complaints about employment and people longing for the good old days when people walked to work with their lunch pails. This kind of thought does not equate with a large or even small scale slaughterhouse that caters to only the lucky few that can afford to buy organic meat (in the mistaken belief that it will save them from heart disease and cancer). The rest of us should either go vegetarian (good idea, actually) or eat the putrid stuff we can afford on our slaughterhouse salary. Then we can go deeply into debt on all of the medical bills we will have to pay for later. Or will taxpayers pick up the bill for that?
Let’s face it, folks, the logic here is that the ranchers in this area are not satisfied with their “less than $250,000” they total on their livestock (I got this from the report). They want to also save money on transportation (the majority of ranchers put transportation as the most sought after part of the slaughterhouse idea), and to have other perks involved with a local place to kill their livestock. As for the rest of us, consider our perks: low-paying jobs, at best 44 of them with “trickle down advantages” for the rest of us, but with the disadvantages Petaluma has experienced ad is glad to be rid of.

This idea has come up a few times before…………………
And every time, it is shot down by some loons with fears from the bad Karma it will cause to the smell…..
John Ford in Willits takes his cattle up by Crescent City to have them slaughtered and then shipped back in a refer truck so he can sell it to local restaurants and the Farmers Market…..
How much money and fuel does this take?????
The amount of money this will dump into the economy is huge………….From the family’s living in Redwood Valley, Potter Valley or the Willits valley with a couple of lambs mowing the grass that could then be sold to restaurants……..For top dollar……..
Would people drive from Sonoma County to visit a local meet market that had Mendocino organic meets only????
Yes…………..They drive over to the Buffalo ranch on a daily basis……….
Would 4 and 5 star restaurants from the bay area buy Mendocino organic meets to serve in their restaurants??
Yes……..They do that now for wine and veggies……….
What does it cost to raise free range chickens????
Almost nothing……………..
How much per pound for “rocky free range chickens” in the store??……..It is crazy……..
The number one reason why we need this is that it is localization of the food source…………
Look at what just happened in Haiti…………..
Do you think if we get a big quake in the Bay area that the Safeway trucks will still keep running???
Mendocino county is capable of feeding itself and still exporting food……….
Bring it on……………..

Man. You people are soooooo brainwashed. All you want is some of that “good” meat from Costco.
“Just gimme a Costco! I don’t like bad smells. I don’t like getting my hands dirty! Cows poop -yuck!”
So much for the back-to-the-land movement that INITIALLY started as a way to turn one’s back on the greedy corporate evils like Armour (largest feedlots and slaughterhouses in the nation who invented all the nasty mess associated w/processing meats by going too big), Safeway and then Costco, et al who shut down the local green grocer and butcher shops that used to be in every neighborhood, Shoe factories like Nike that put the cobblers and shoe repair guys out of business —
How quickly you forget. Now you can’t do ANYTHING for yourselves any more! Nobody ever said livin’ in the country was easy. But if you don’t get over this brainwashed laziness of wanting everything done up in a package and delivered on a silver plater (purchased at Costco, of course, “for cheap” and made in China), it’s sure going to be hard times a cummin’ when the deliveries stop because there is no more fuel for the trucks.

I recall seeing the remenants of what was once a slaughter house in Ukiah. This was in the early 1950’s and was located just north of Frank Zeek School. Perhaps a local historian can shed some light on this. About 4 years ago there was talk about building a slaughter house in the Ukiah area but it was shot down. The article below discussed that proposal.…

Read it… do your own research. Don’t negate anything based on what anyone says… but also don’t place all your faith in these so-called “studies”.
You know many people who are “cutting down” on red meat in their diets in the interest of health. I know people who promptly follow the dietary guidelines of pretty much anyone who offers themselves up as an expert in nutrition. The problem is that we simply don’t understand nutrition yet. We consider the content of food (i.e. protein, carbohydrates, vitamins, etc.) rather than food as a part of our lifestyle. Remember Atkins? Good Lord Man (or Woman)… don’t base your health decisions on what everyone else does. This country is singularly unique in that we are both obese and malnutritioned. How’d you s’pose that came to be?
Pollan wrote another outstanding book on food. “In Defense of Food, an Eater’s Manifesto” goes more into depth about our diets and how they have contributed into making us the most obese, most cancer ridden, most unhealthy country on the planet. Consider that for a moment… with our vast resources and wealth we are the most unhealthy group of people ANYWHERE. He maintains that our diets have been influenced by the demand for cheap food. Now we have cheap food… but at the expense of our own health.
I am far less concerned with the size of the meat processing plant as I am with their methods. Commercial feed lot practice advocates cramming as many cattle as possible into their lots and feeds them ground corn mixed with rendered cow fat, growth hormones, and don’t forget the much needed anti-biotics which allow most of these animals to survive the requisite 16 months needed to allow them to gain enough weight to go to slaughter. There was a recent story in the New York Times discussing the recently FDA sanctioned practice of inoculating meat scraps with ammonia to “make them safe for human consumption”. The documentary “Food, Inc.” actually takes you inside some of these plants. These are not baseless conspiracy theories. These are actual practices used in the production of our food. So long as the proposed animal processing plant uses sustainable farming methods and processes grass grown beef, I could care less how big they get.
And lastly, but certainly not leastly, the term “NIMBY” refers to a philosophy and should never be taken to literally refer to something happening in someone’s “back yard”. It’s an attitude. Has nothing to do with where you actually live.

Is it just me, or does anyone else think the perfect spot for this enterprise is right here in the Third District on Johnny’s ranch?
1) Outta the way, yet close to 101.
2) room to “finish” animals w/o havin’ to bunch em all up into tiny pens.
3) no close neighbors to get all bent outta shape on “stinky” days.
4) plenty of room to develop some of the ancillary businesses on-site (leather, tallow, blood meal, bone meal, pet food, compost) that NIMBYS might find “offensive” yet require by the pallet load.
5) He grew up with and knows all the ranchers, and capable of communicating reasons behind new standards (i.e. how to raise your cattle w/o hormones and antibiotics).
6) Ran the auction yard for years, already knows how to price beef on the hoof.
7) Trained as a butcher. A real one – who knows how to cut meat and use all parts of the animal.
8) Born and raised on a ranch. Doesn’t mind the occasional cow pie encounter, or scent for that matter. Knows plenty of other hard-working guys who don’t either.
9) Knows better than anyone how to get proper re-zoning put through w/ least hassle and red tape.

Shipping is an issue you do not want to deal with. That’s because to grow enough beef to supply from Oregon to Monterey and casinos statewide, you are going to need a vast trucking network. That is going to mean quite a bit of pollution for Ukiah, which is bounded on all sides by hills, thus retains smog. Not only that, but it negates your idea of “local”.
We are already shipping meat around anyway, so it seems there is no real “local” advantage to creating a new slaughterhouse here. Shipping products out is going to create the same impact as the current problem of ranchers having to ship their cattle elsewhere.
As for the idea of “healthy” grass fed beef, why does the study detail plans for several feedlots, where the cattle will be fed corn? And will there be strict organic rules? I have not seen that yet in the report. In fact, selling a lamb that has been eating grass on your lawn does not sound very strict.

How is this a “get rich quick scheme?” The number of animals per day doesn’t sound like they are going to make a fortune with this enterprise. We need industry in this area! This isn’t on the scale of a Harris Ranch, people! Give me a break. Give our economy a break. You really think they will set up shop right next door to you? Pleeeaaase.
We need businesses to locate in this area. Just with the carpet plant going away to the East Coast has cost this community in jobs. How on earth can we not keep a carpet plant? Why must it go to Georgia? Because……….of all you folks who don’t like big buisness, or small business, for that matter, that’s why. Good grief!
Don’t you get it? Jobs go away or are not created – folks move away and then what happens? Our school attendance drops – teachers loose their jobs – stores are not attended and then they close. Then, the bleeding hearts start crying that the teachers need to stay and the mom and pop stores shouldn’t have to close – remember, shop local! Well, what if the population gets to the point that we can’t support the shops? We are chasing our young people out of this county. There are no jobs to support them…unless they want to trim pot plants. And, yes, I would be proud if my kid got an honest job in a meat plant rather than trimming pot. What’s wrong with a hard, honest day’s work? Hmmm??

Well, Mee, if I don’t answer your question, it will sound like I support growing pot, etc. etc., won’t it? But this is my last post, because I can see this is going nowhere. Jobs are disappearing everywhere in the country, not just here, and they are not disappearing here because of growing pot, but that isn’t the issue. But I am not in support of marijuana growing (I say that for the second time). The issue is we should not let our distress over the economy cloud our reason regarding the pros and cons of a slaughterhouse here. The pros may be some ill-paid, undesirable jobs, but the cons are pollution, traffic from trucks, and high turnover in the slaughterhouse industry which will cause the same problem you are complaining about, people not staying here, but moving on (because they need to find another job or because they don’t like it here any more). And the economic benefit to anyone besides those who actually raise livestock will probably not be high.

All locally produced beef has to be processed at an FDA approved slaughterhouse. The closest one is in Eureka. That means that the animals are loaded into a big truck (which burns diesel)… hauled to Eureka (who employs locals to process the beef).. and returned to Mendocino County via truck (which burns diesel) before it can go to market. If we have a local plant, all that changes. The importance to this idea is that we can supply our own economy with ecologically sound meat. As the business grows, it can be sold to other interests. Are you deliberately being obtuse or are you really that simple?
On an earlier post, you challenged the idea that it would take 44 employees to process 130 animals per day. You even went so far as to divide the number of animals by the number of employees and determined that each employee would need to slaughter 3 animals per day. Clear Sir, or Madam, you have never been involved in business management. 44 employees means 44 employees…. not 44 meat processors. Running a business of that magnitude requires a staff of administrative workers, a management team, marketing team, advertising, sales, accounting… you get the idea (or maybe you don’t).
If feels as if you’re throwing these ill conceived criticisms without first bothering to research your position. This leaves you vulnerable to criticism.
Your contention that eating too much red meat causes cancer, heart disease, and death is utterly laughable. Your arguments that “we ship everything around the state anyway so we should continue to do so” is ludicrous. Your assertion that every prospective employee from a project of this magnitude would be used for slaughtering, cutting, and wrapping is just ignorant. And yes, eating a lamb that has been feeding on your lawn clippings is healthier than eating one that has been fed a concoction of grain, hormones, and anti-biotics.
Somewhere out there there is a clue with your name on it. I’d suggest you do whatever you need to do to get it…

Part of the problem with the American way of thinking that needs to be addressed is the issue of scale.
We don’t need to employ every one who needs a job with just one project.
We don’t need to presume that every steak and burger from Humboldt to Monterey should/would/could be processed in Mendocino County.
Bigger isn’t always necessarily better.
But if OUR county had a processing facility that could handle all the meat we could raise in a healthy way here in Mendocino County .. yes, there would be enough to provide everyone who actually wants it and some left over to export to neighboring counties.
Rancher Bob now only has to run his cows an hour up the highway. He sells em for a fair price to North Coast Meats. They turn them into a pasture where they are fed grains (not necessarily corn, certainly not GMO corn) for as little as 6-8 weeks, to harden and whiten up the up the fat so it “looks right” on the shelves and tastes less “gamey” — without it tasting like corn, the way those Iowa steaks from Servco do, because they feed their stock until they get so fat that they can no longer stand (heavier cows = more $$/unit.)
North Coast Meats processes the animal. Hangs the carcass to cure and dry age so its not all bloody in the package. Cuts it into steaks, roasts, etc. Packages it up, loads it into trucks.
One of these trucks come to your town. Maybe not to Costco, they get that stuff from Argentina, but suddenly there are more local markets that offer a healthier, tastier, leaner and less expensive product — because it does not have to be trucked all the way in from Colorado, Idaho, Montana where the USDA licensed facilities are currently located.
Other trucks head farther south. They take it to a specialty meats distributor who charges more for it to his customers because he has to pay for the guys to make the 3 to 8 hour drive to bring it to him. After they drop off their load to the specialty meats distributor (if no young buck has created a much-needed specialty meats distribution system up here that offers to directly to your cafe or grocery store), and while down there they pick up supplies to bring home. Grains for finishing, packaging materials, more sharp knives (that’s a joke for my butcher friends).
Bottom line, we’re at the top of the food chain so we get the best price, freshest product, and security in knowing that more is not too far away.
That’s independence. That’s freedom. And it SHOULD be the American way.
Not always aspiring to have the biggest …just the best.

so you are saying we need to move out of the business of growing a hugely profitable semi-legal herbal medicine, and get into the business of slaughtering farm animals, most likely at minimum wage? how 18th century of you!
the only people who would benefit from this are the 3 local remaining working cattle ranches in the county, and a hippy who raises pigs. putting their dirty-work in our backyard to save a few bucks hardly seems neighborly.

The pot industry will only decline in value in the future. Increased production and/or legalization of this crop is a given and the pot industry will become just another crop grown in Mendocino County. It is unwise to depend on one given industry to fuel our economic base. Diversity and value added industrys is vital for the county if it is to prosper in the future.

OK, now I’ve read it – there is no mention of where the plant would be located. I would think that the Masonite property would be on the short list because that was the original intention.
Also, I don’t see any of these jobs paying more than minimum wage. More employment for illegals??
Are the people for this horrendous idea the same people who were against a shopping center because it would only have minimum wage jobs. Or…are the people who are for this project ranchers looking for a cheaper way to send their cattle to slaughter.

Oh Nana… dear sweet Nana… this is EXACTLY the type of industry that we need in this county. This type of business would allow us to feed our own people with locally grown stock. It’s not just the local ranchers who benefit… it’s anyone who’s had to drive an animal out of county to get it slaughtered… it’s anyone who grows weary of eating ammonia treated Safeway meat and wants a healthy alternative for their family… it’s anyone who ends up working at this plant… it’s everyone who benefits from any taxes generated from the operation of this business. Wake up, love… shopping is not a sustainable business.

An update: after wading through the long report, I fished this out: “682 new jobs are projected in the 10‐county region”, that’s MAYBE 68 seasonal jobs for Mendocino County (not necessarily Ukiah). And there is absolutely no backup for those numbers, apparently they pulled them out of a hat. Of the other 44 jobs, the report admits that there may be some seasonal variation in terms of availability of product (cows and sheep for slaughter). Does this mean that at least a portion of the 44 other jobs will be seasonal as well? Looks that way.
Sorry, I used a dash which messed up the writing. That’s 682 jobs for the 10 COUNTY REGION. I think the UDJ should update their story, as they made it sound like the jobs were local.

No, dear, you misrepresented the facts, making it sound like the jobs would be around here. Also, many of the jobs will be seasonal, thus not living wage jobs, that spells transient. Ukiah will get very, very little, and will give up its air quality, as well as other factors. Meanwhile, counties like Marin will be laughing all the way to the bank. Who are you kidding?

Okay… pay attention Buttercup. Only gonna say this once. I have not represented anything except that developing locally sustainable industry that is not shopping related is healthy for our local economy. In economic time such as these, our focus should be on the basics… that being food, clothing, and shelter. A local meat processor following the New Zealand model would provide us with food and jobs. How is that a bad thing for our economy. The erudite Marinites to which you refer will not be laughing… they’ll be our customers. The only laughter you’ll hear are the mirthful sounds of those who are immensely relived at being afforded the opportunity to participate in real sustainable growth for our County. You may even get a chuckle from shoppers delighted at being able to afford healthy grass fed meat for their table. Again, how is that a bad thing for our County?