Dave Smith

Hey John Pearson: Save The Ukiah Post Office! We were here! Where the hell were you?



From DAVE SMITH
Ukiah

Letter to the Editors (AVA,UDJ)

In his Letter to the Editor (UDJ 3/1/11 – see below), John Pearson writes: “I am amazed that so many people would put so much energy into keeping an old building [Ukiah downtown Post Office] in place… Perhaps if these same people would have put these same energies to use we would still have a manufacturing base here in the valley that paid living wages instead of low paying entry wage jobs we now have… Where were they when Masonite was getting ready to close?”

Well, we were right here, John!… desperately protesting the massacre of our forests so we could save them to produce sustainable manufacturing jobs for the long term. We were here protesting the poisoning of our community by Masonite, asking them to clean up their act. Instead, corporate loggers and sawmills ignored our warnings that they were killing future jobs and ruining their welcome. We were right. The jobs are now gone because the forest was raped and ruined. Where the hell were you?

Fear or Defiance? Destroy or Build? Cower or Flower? We Have Choices. Choose!


All You Fascists Bound To Lose


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[We Progressives have been way too shy about calling what this US uproar is really all about: Fascism. When the wealthiest corporatists have bought off and merged with government it’s called Fascism. The Fascists have been showing us their real true face, and we cannot deal with them appropriately, intelligently and non- violently until we call them what they really truly are. They are not Conservatives. They are not Republicans. They are not Tea Baggers. They are democracy-hating, anti-union, nature-killing, sociopathic, money-crazed, genetically-modified, tax-dodging, war-mongering  Fascists. Damn it! Call them out for what they are! -DS]

The Doctrine of Fascism

The Fascist conception of the State is all-embracing; outside of it no human or spiritual values can exist, much less have value. Thus understood, Fascism is totalitarian, and the Fascist State—a synthesis and a unit inclusive of all values—interprets, develops, and potentiates the whole life of a people…

Fascism is therefore opposed to Socialism to which unity within the State (which amalgamates classes into a single economic and ethical reality) is unknown, and which sees in history nothing but the class struggle. Fascism is likewise opposed to trade unionism as a class weapon. But when brought within the orbit of the State, Fascism recognises the real needs which gave rise to socialism and trade-unionism, giving them due weight in the guild or corporative system in which divergent interests are coordinated and harmonised in the unity of the State.

After Socialism, Fascism attacks the whole complex of democratic ideologies and rejects them both in their theoretical premises and in their applications or practical manifestations. Fascism denies that the majority, through the mere fact of being a majority, can rule human societies; it denies that this majority can govern by means of a periodical consultation; it affirms the irremediable, fruitful and beneficent inequality of men, who cannot be levelled by such a mechanical and extrinsic fact as universal suffrage.

The Fascist State lays claim to rule in the economic field no less than in others; it makes its action felt throughout the length and breadth of the country by means of its corporate, social, and educational institutions,

Dave Smith: Finding Meaningful Work


March 2008
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Thanks! With a name like Smith…


From DAVE SMITH
Ukiah

C’mon now, I know many of you have googled your own name to see where you are ranked and you are nowhere to be found… and there are a lot of other people that have the same name as yours and they can be found.

If you have a very common name like Smith or Jones, it’s even worse. The likelihood of finding yourself ranked anywhere on google is practically nil. If your name is a dot com, like joeblow.com, you may be found more easily unless there are a lot of car dealers with your name.

Google Dave Smith and then click “images” and you’ll find, among others, the Dave Smith who is a caricature artist from Tampa Bay (pictured above). And if you google just the name Smith, you’ll find a thousand pictures of, who else… Anna Nicole, in various stages of undress…

Thank you Supervisor Hamburg and Sheriff Allman (Updated)


From DAVE SMITH
Ukiah

Editor, Ukiah Daily Journal:

Thank you, Dan Hamburg and Sheriff Allman, for expressing your views and defending your jobs strongly and passionately. In tough times we need more leaders who care and you are showing our community just how much you do care.

As for the Ukiah Daily Journal’s coverage calling it “yelling”, and in your one-sided editorial opinion (1/30/11) accusing Mr. Hamburg of “shouting” and “losing it”, give me a break. Now you’re sounding like right-winger David Anderson exaggerating to make a point. Checking the exchange on Ukiah Valley TV clearly shows strongly stated views, but yelling and shouting? No. Losing it? No.

Please, allow our county leaders to show both passion and compassion as we all work through these tough times, and stop “losing it” with your own coverage.

Downtown Ukiah Entering Its Death Throes


From DAVE SMITH
Ukiah

It’s just a matter of time now: Costco will move into Ukiah’s Big Box Heaven; the main Post Office will be closed and moved to the Annex off 101; the Courthouse complex will be built just far enough east toward 101 to make it more convenient to walk east rather than west, and visitors from 101 will park before they ever make it into town. Along with the killing of Economic Development funds, and the library finally jerked off life-support, that will just about do it. And maybe DDR will finally be able to buy the swing vote they need to build the Monster Mall they’ve so long coveted despite overwhelming democratic opposition. Very sad.

The only hopes for an enlivened downtown that I hear about is the Co-op expanding into downtown; the city government organizing a volunteer task force (rather than hire yet more expensive outside consultants)

The Progressive Liberal Agenda


From DAVE SMITH
Ukiah

“The Liberal Agenda” has been falsified and bastardized by the Conservative and Fundamentalist radio hosts of this country, and the Right has been hacking away at our safety nets since Reagan became President.

The Progressive Liberal agenda has always been about caring for and empowering the least among us (Matthew 25), and setting a secure floor under our citizenry. Teddy Roosevelt’s Square Deal: a living wage, a basic safety net; Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal: Social Security; Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society: the elimination of poverty and racial injustice, and Medicare/Medicaid. It’s been about building America from the ground up using government only for what is absolutely necessary and providing a basic standing point: free public education, free medical care, and care for the needy and elderly as in all other developed countries in the world. And, yes, tax the wealthy and very wealthy more than the middle class folks

Ukiah Planning Commission: Should we allow Starbucks and other chain stores and franchises downtown? Wednesday 1/12/11 – 6pm


From DAVE SMITH
Ukiah

Smart growth advocates have a chance to support their local businesses’ livelihoods and our local economy this Wednesday January 12 at 6:00 p.m. at the Ukiah Planning Commission meeting, City Council Chambers, Ukiah Civic Center, 300 Seminary Avenue. The Commission will have its last review of the the new Downtown Zoning Code, based on the community charrette workshops of a few years ago.

The Commission has voted to support independently-owned business and promote community health and safety by prohibiting new formula (chain) fast food restaurants and fast food drive-thrus in the downtown. However, the definition of formula fast food in the glossary contains exemptions for ice cream shops, coffeehouses, bakeries and hot dog stands, meaning that a new chain coffeehouse could locate downtown under the code.

If you think there should be no exemptions for chain fast food purveyors, or other chains such as Big Box stores, the Planning Commission needs to hear from you.  If you can’t make the meeting, email your comments to Senior Planner Kim Jordan for distribution, at kjordan@cityofukiah.com.

After Planning Commission review, the Code will go to the City Council, so let them know how you feel as well.

Oklahoma Buffalo Chili Recipe


From OKLAHOMA RECIPES

[In honor of Gene Logsdon’s Oh What A Beautiful Morning post, here’s a recipe from the Okie state. My dad grew up in Sapulpa and rode on top of freight trains with his brother to get to California. To localize, organicize, and healthilize this recipe, local buffalo meat is available at the J-Bar-S Bison Ranch just north of Ukiah and at the co-op, along with bulk organic dried beans. Fresh tomatoes are out of season, but organic canned tomatoes would be more “authentic” anyway. Oh, and please use a black iron skillet… -DS]

OKLAHOMA BUFFALO CHILI

1 lb. ground buffalo
1 medium onion, chopped
1 15 oz. can pinto beans, rinsed and drained
2 16 oz. cans peeled tomatoes
1/2 cup water
2 teaspoons chili powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped

In a non-stick skillet, saute the Ground Bison and onion until the meat is browned and the onion is tender. (Can also simmer in a pot with 1 cup water – when cooked, drain water, then proceed). Add the pinto beans, tomatoes, water and seasonings. Cover and simmer for 1 hour, adding more water if chili becomes too thick. Add chopped cilantro and simmer an additional 10 minutes. Spoon into bowls and garnish with grated cheese or diced jalapeno peppers.


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Mendo Island Transition: A foundation is already in place


From DAVE SMITH
Ukiah

With the new year upon us, and a new Transition Group prepared to tackle truly sustainable living for the Greater Ukiah area, here are some remarkable Mendocino County projects, planned or already in place, to build upon:

Mendocino Coast Transition Group

Local Money

Mendo Time Bank

Together We Can

Mendo Gardens Project

Farmers Markets

Renaissance “Local Food” Market

Food Co-op

Community Supported Farms

Local Power Radio

Mendocino Organic Network (Renegade Local Certifiers)

Local Grain Growing and Flour Grinding

Buy Locally-Owned and Locally-Grown

Growing and Eating Local Apples (Frey Family)

Community Supported Energy (Hamburg/Laybourn)

Mendocino Environmental Center

Trail Group

Creek Group

Mendo 2 Mile Challenge

Willits Economic Localization
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I’ve overlooked some others. What are they?
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Dave Smith: Regarding The Transition Of The MCN Discussion List


From DAVE SMITH
Ukiah

This has just been announced:

To the MCN Listserv Discussion List:

Dave Smith, editor of the Ukiah blog, has come forward and offered to take over management of the current MCN community discussion list as a public service. On Thursday, Dave and Mitch had an extended discussion and developed a proposed transition plan for this process. We’d like the feedback of the list community on this proposal.

Overall Concept
–It is important to keep the integrity of the listserv subscriber base intact while offering a fair chance for list members to opt out prior to the transition
–Current listserv members are happy with the listserv system and a transition to new technology (blog, Facebook)  is not needed.
–A successful transition requires the participation of both parties and the list community.
–The decision on a transition should done openly.
–It is important to put a proposal in front of the list community relatively soon to avoid fragmentation of the list subscriber base.
–This proposal could be implemented in matter of days which would stabilize the listserv situation.

Technology Details
–The listserv will be hosted at Sonic.net servers in Santa Rosa. They use the same “Mailman” software program that MCN uses for its listserv software and are the closest ISP offering this service (Pacific Internet no longer hosts listservs). This would make migration of the users a very easy process and allow MCN to guide Dave through the setup process. It also means that users will be familiar with the system.
— MCN will offer technical resources to help Dave with the set up process and with on-going management issues

Please Don’t ‘Buy Local’



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From DAVE SMITH
Ukiah

Editors:

If you buy from local branches of absentee-owned Big Boxes and other chain stores or franchise businesses, you may be “buying local” but you’re lining the pockets of distant rich and super-rich investors who don’t pay their fair share of taxes; who are responsible for our boom-and-bust economy; and who most-likely never heard of Ukiah or Little River, and surely can’t spell Caspar or Boonville correctly.

Many “Buy Local First” campaigns are supported by Big Boxes, Chambers of Commerce and local newspapers who receive dues and advertising from Big Corporate Chains. Chain stores suck out our local dollars every night and send them electronically to Bentonville and points east. I’m sick and tired of hearing “but they are good corporate citizens. They give to local charities blah blah.” That’s bullshit. They only give when they can get their smily-faces with some poor kids in the local paper with an oversized check for a puny amount. That’s not “giving.” That’s advertising.

According to latest study commissioned by Michigan’s Local First, “when West Michigan consumers choose a locally-owned business over a non-local alternative, $73 of every $100 spent stays in the community. By contrast, only $43 of every $100 spent at a non-locally owned business remains in the community.”

Don’t be suckered by false propaganda that steals a good idea and turns it into just another cynical, misleading corporate advertising campaign. Buying Local means buying from LOCALLY-OWNED businesses so most of your dollars stay in our communities. Know your store owners. Buy from “Mom and Pop” and other family and single proprietor businesses. Run the chain dinosaurs out of town on their slick hineys.
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Sanity Still Reigns In Mendo!


As the country moves harder right, Mendo stays true to its local roots.

It’s Crowing time…

Congratulations!

Dan Hamburg
Phil Baldwin
Mary Anne Landis
Benj Thomas
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…and it’s Eating Crow time…

~Big Bucks Failures~
Strike 1: GMOs Banned

Strike 2: Monster Mall Killed
Strike 3: Dan Hamburg Elected

Albion Headlands Saved!
Adios, Carpetbaggers!

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Letter to the Editor — The AVA


From DAVE SMITH
Ukiah

To: The Anderson Valley Advertiser

Editor:

A friend, author Gene Logsdon, recently wrote a book published by a major publisher: Holy Shit – Managing Manure to Save Mankind. In his blog, Gene lamented that Prairie Public Radio interviewed him and the Chronicle of Higher Education praised his latest book, in both cases carefully avoiding mentioning the title, which includes one of George Carlin‘s “seven dirty words you can never say on television” or on the radio or in major print media.

For example, a current bestseller is titled, Sh*t My Dad Says. Childishly, and hypocritically, we in America are shielded by our media from the most used, or second most used, word in the English language for fear of offending the three fundamentalist church ladies who still shudder at its mention.

The AVA may be the only newspaper in America where, in many more ways than one, shit really is shit. We shall see.
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Dave Smith: State Budget Talks Heat Up. Take Action in Support of Sales Tax Fairness.


From DAVE SMITH
Ukiah

We need to you to act now. The Northern California Independent Booksellers Association, the Southern California Independent Booksellers Association, and the American Booksellers Association are urging you to please contact the Governor Schwarzenegger’s office and ask him to support the “affiliate nexus” (sales tax fairness) provision in the budget. Please call the Governor’s office today (Monday) or tomorrow, at the latest.

The most reliable information we have tells us that this is the moment to act. We’ve heard that budget talks have swung into high gear, and in the proposed state budget package, there is a sales tax fairness provision that mirrors

Scott Cratty: Ukiah Farmers Market & Car Show This Saturday 9/18/10


From SCOTT CRATTY
Ukiah

Friends of the Farmers Market,

Your local farmers need you more than ever this Saturday at the Ukiah Farmers’ Market.

It is once again time for the Fabulous Flashback Car Show — a fine, long-standing Ukiah event, for which the farmers’ market relocates one block onto Clay Street (between School and Oak). Unfortunately, over the last few years Car Show weekend has resulted in a very low turn out for the farmers’ market. That is sad because, much as they might like to just take the week off and as earnestly as they might request,

My Best Organic Blue Cheese Potato Salad


From DAVE SMITH
Ukiah

Some conventional potato farmers say they won’t eat the potatoes they grow for market because of the toxic sprays they use. So only leave the skins on potatoes you eat if they are grown organically. After experimenting some over the summer, this is my best yet potato salad. Love them organic carbs.

1. Boil organic red potatoes with skin on. Remove from heat and place potatoes in a large bowl.
2. Sprinkle organic golden balsamic vinegar over potatoes, stir, sprinkle, stir.
3. Let cool in a bowl, or if in a hurry, put in the freezer or refrigerator for a bit.
4. Steam some organic cobs of corn. Slice off the corn kernals; chop or dice the potatoes and any of the following ingredients needing it. Add to the potatoes, corn, crumbled organic blue cheese, crumbled free-range bacon, hard-boiled organic eggs, organic red onions, organic italian parsley, salt, pepper,  then toss. Stir in organic mayo.
5. Taste, adjust ingredients, serve, and get stuffed.
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Geezer Watch: Jerry Lee Still Shakin’


From DAVE SMITH
Ukiah

Please indulge me. This man’s music, along with Chuck Berry and Elvis, shook many of us out of our high school stupors into a whole new world of freedom and fun-lovin’ craziness. In performance he would often kick the piano bench clear across the stage, and pound the keyboard with the heel of his boot. Many days at lunchtime I would walk a block to Bill’s Breeze-In from Miami Senior High School, order a burger and fries, drop a nickle in the jukebox, and play Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On. “Hey, Bill, turn it up!”…


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See also Million Dollar Quartet on Broadway
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Scott Cratty: Ukiah Farmers Market Saturday 9/11/10


From SCOTT CRATTY
Ukiah

Friends of the Farmers’ Market,

Greetings.  Yet again, we should have a strong, peak season market, produce does not get better or fresher.  A bit about this Saturday’s market below …. but first:

Mark your calendars for this Friday evening’s Ukiah chili cook-off. The event, a benefit for the Boy’s and Girl’s Club of Ukiah, is from 6-10pm in Alex Thomas Plaza. If you have not been before this is the year to check it out … otherwise you will miss your chance to try the Ukiah Saturday Farmers’ Market entry. It is being prepared by market favorites the Owen Family Farm and features their all-natural, Hopland pastured lamb.  This should be a great lamb and black bean chili that also features an array of local farm inputs such as Cinnamon Bear Farm peppers, Covelo Organics tomatoes, Creekside Farm garlic, Olivino olive oil, and Redtail Farms onions.  Take your friends with you and help promote the market by voting for the best chili.  When you try the chili you can get a coupon good for 10% off at the Owen Family Farm booth on Saturday September 11.

Back to the Saturday market.  Although Aqua-Rodeo oysters will have the week off, we will still have an amazingly robust meat section.   In addition to the Owen Family, I expect Heahl Creek Ranches lamb, Bar-Bell Cattle beef, Magruder Ranch pork and beef, Fish Peddler fish, John Ford Ranch beef, Inland Organics pork and Mendocino Organics chicken.

Local Political Dustup: Anna Taylor takes on Wendy Roberts vs. Janie Sheppard (Updated)


From DAVE SMITH
Ukiah

Janie Sheppard writes a Ukiah Blog post: Wendy Roberts — The Company She Keeps accusing Roberts of illegally leaving her campaign signs up after the election on a supporter’s property in the Russian River Estates, stuffing mail boxes with her propaganda, also illegal, and accepting money and support from the conservative ruling class while pretending she is a liberal. Anna Taylor posts it on the local listservs.

Roberts, writing defensively without naming the very credible Janie Sheppard, responds:

This post from Anna Taylor, Dan Hamburg’s spokeswoman, requires a response. It originally came from one of his supporters in Russian River Estates:

1. I have supporters in Russian River Estates as a result both of personal friendships and campaign outreach.
2. The owner of the property at the entrance to RRE kindly offered to let me post a sign on his property. We were late in removing the small sign placed there during the primary, but did so a few weeks ago. I replaced it when the 90-day window for signs arrived and have now placed a larger sign there.
3. I do not apologize, for one moment, either for my personal voting decisions or for having a broad base of support in my campaign for this non-partisan position.

Book Review: Walking Your Blues Away — Thom Hartmann


From DAVE SMITH
Ukiah

[See my previous review here. This is a very important book, so I’m drawing attention to it again. Here are some other random reviews… DS]

“Just as a person with a severe hemispheric imbalance can be badly disconnected from emotions such as empathy, and thus sanction or even encourage actions such as mass murder that is war, so too can an entire society. In the opinion of some researchers, societies that are hemispherically unbalanced are more likely to be patriarchal, hierarchal, and violent, whereas societies that are hemispherically balanced are more likely to be egalitarian and democratic, and employ violence only in self-defense.” – From the book

Remember the caricatures of stage hypnotists brandishing a swinging pocket watch while intoning “Look into my eyes…” ? Well, according to author Thom Hartmann, this type of hypnosis was actually a bona fide psychiatric therapy in the late 1700’s and early 1800’s. In fact, Franz Anton Mesmer (“mesmerize”) was the first person to develop a system of bilateral cross-hemispheric stimulation by waving his fingers side to side while a patient followed with their eyes. Mesmer discovered that his system was quite effective in resolving non-organic physical and psychological problems. That is, psychosomatic conditions or issues rooted in emotional trauma.

Dave Smith: Congestion? What congestion?


From DAVE SMITH
Ukiah

To the Editor, Ukiah Daily Journal

Referring to your front page article (UDJ 8/19) “Businessmen suggest Brush St. for courthouse”, I smell a rat. Quote: “Two Ukiah businessmen are suggesting a location for the new Mendocino County Courthouse they say would significantly reduce downtown congestion…” Well, one man’s “congestion” is another man’s vital traffic where his business was positioned years ago to take advantage of “location, location, location” as the Real Estate brokers continuously crow.

Our core downtown is a vital part of this community, and much of its survival as a downtown depends on the courthouse. Moving it a couple of blocks away would help maintain our downtown businesses. Moving it to property on Brush Street will help kill the downtown.

Congestion? Take a trip to the Bay Area. That’s congestion! Other than some mild backups in the morning and late afternoon when businesses are opening and closing, there is no congestion to speak of. The noon lunch rush is what we small downtown businesses live on. That’s called livelihood, not congestion.

No, it’s obvious this is about a property owner’s self-interest against the community’s interest in having a vital downtown, and downtown business owners’ self-interests, not about congestion.

And, oh yeah, these two guys, Mayfield and Selzer, pushed the Masonite Mall by talking about how much new business would be brought to downtown Ukiah. Phony balony!

Keep the courthouse near downtown, and brush-off any suggestions that Brush Street might be a better choice.
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Sheilah Rogers: Rural Matters




Westside Renaissance Market, Ukiah

From SHEILAH ROGERS
Redwood Valley

The Rural Microbusiness Investment Credit has been introduced in the House (H.R.5990) and as an amendment to the U.S. Senate Small Business Jobs Bill and will build on the Rural Entrepreneur Assistance Program in the 2008 Farm Bill.

Microenterprise is always a critical source of employment in most rural areas, but it is especially critical during a recession. During our last recession, between 2000 and 2003, employment grew in microenterprises while growing slowly or falling for larger employers. Nationwide employment grew in microenterprise 9.17% while falling 1.8% in larger firms.

Microbusinesses, particularly under-capitalized rural ventures, have always faced significant barriers securing financing from traditional banks and the increasing competition for limited credit is hitting microentrepreneurs particularly hard. As conventional bank lenders pull back on their small businesses lending entrepreneurs are forced to look for alternative sources of financing.

The Rural Microbusiness Investment Credit (RMIC) is designed to generate investment in both startup and expanding rural microbusinesses by providing a federal tax incentive, in the form of a 35 percent tax credit, to entrepreneurs who invest in their businesses. Beginning farmers and ranchers are also eligible.

Dave Smith: Sales Tax Blues


From DAVE SMITH
Ukiah

To The Editors:

Buying Online to Avoid Sales Tax Costs Us Locally

While economists nationwide argue over whether we have begun to recover from the Great Recession, one financial reality is beyond dispute. Our state, our county, and our town of Ukiah, continue to face the biggest budget challenge in decades. Even in a slowly rebounding economy, California is faced with continuing budget shortfalls, which means that local governments — even if they raise school and property taxes — are going to be cutting support for such essential services as policing, fire fighting, and schools.

The enormous irony in these troubling times is that California is allowing hundreds of millions of dollars in sales tax to go uncollected by allowing remote online retailers with a significant business presence in our state to ignore their obligation to collect sales tax.

Given the sums involved, you would think there would be many in the state calling for this situation to be remedied. There are not. Perhaps it’s because opponents of sales tax equity have, so far, managed to obfuscate the issue through a combination of misinformation and scapegoating.

Under current sales tax law, any out-of-state retailer is required to collect and remit sales tax for purchases made by residents in California if the retailer has a physical presence in our state.

Michael Foley: Local Produce Price Comparisons — Farmers Markets This Saturday 7/31/10


From SCOTT CRATTY
Ukiah

Friends of the Market,

Get set for another booming farmers’ market Saturday morning.  We will likely set yet another record for vendors in attendance.  At the moment I am expecting 36 food vendors, then there are the local crafts. Why not customers as well?

Joining us this weekend for the first time this season will be Elmer’s Orchard with Ukiah area peaches. Barlow Farms from Willits will debut. Red Tail Farm from Potter Valley will be back as will Glowing Lotus farm… tomatoes are starting to happen (but you may still need to be early to get yours) and overall School Street will be one giant salad bowl.  Plus we will have a full range of local meat, seafood, and more for your weekend grill.

Are you one of, apparently many, people who think they cannot afford farm fresh food in these tough economic times?  If so, please read the excellent article by Willits market manager Michael Foley that is pasted below.  Share it with your friends as well.

The market is open every Saturday 8:30 to Noon in Alex Thomas Plaza at School and Clay Streets.

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Isn’t Farmers Market more expensive than the supermarket?  Well, no.
by Michael Foley

Surveys have shown that most customers at farmers markets think the produce is more expensive when in fact it isn’t.  That seems to be true for Willits as well.

Scott Cratty: Ukiah Farmers Market This Saturday 7/17/10



Ithaca, New York

From SCOTT CRATTY
Ukiah

Friends of the Farmers’ Market,

Greetings.  This Saturday we should set yet a new high water mark for the number of local small farms and ranches at the Ukiah Saturday Farmers’ Market.

We have had several new farms at the market over the last couple of weeks (e.g., Black Dog and Amber Phamily).  Joining them and our usual array of great vendors this weekend for the first time will be Ellery Clark bringing a range of Ukiah-grown produce and Triple Creek from Laytonville, a second blueberry vendor.  Jack and Mimi Booth of Cinnamon Bear Farm will be returning for the first time this season and they expect to have our first Mendocino grown tomatoes … but you will have to be at the market early to get them.

Don’t forget that we have so much going on, most of our ranches and our fresh seafood have moved into a new section in the parking lot at School and Clay.

Speaking of meat, Lovers Lane Farm wanted me to let you all know that they will be having a “pork blowout” for the next 2 weeks at all the farmer’s markets. “In order to make room for a new batch of 100% Berkshire (Kurobuta) hogs, we will offer $5 off all roasts. This includes smoked ham roasts, bone-in picnic roasts, & boneless Boston butt roasts. Also smoked hocks will be buy one get one free. We still have a good supply of smoked jowls, sliced and whole. These make an excellent substitute for bacon, in fact you may not be able to tell the difference.” More about another Lovers’ Lane offer below.

Joanne Horn of Afterglow Naturals will be at the market for the 1st (and possibly only) time this month.

We will again have BEANS, an NCO-sponsored educational project.  This weekend the BEANS crew will be providing a range of activity for kids, including coloring, hula hooping, tin can stilts, nutrition information, recipes and more.  Plus, they will be sharing corn and bean fiesta salad. As usual, the market will feature a story time reading for kids at 10:30am in the park.  Then there is the jump house.

For you adults, we will have UC Master Gardeners to answer all of your questions.  This week they will feature information on weed & pest control. The good folks of the Ukiah Valley Medical Center will provide diabetes testing and information.

Mendocino County: Stop Local Privatizing Scams


From DAVE SMITH
To the Editors

Heads up!
Reference: Food and Water Watch, Gartner Group

Corporate privateers are milking our current economic turmoil for all its worth. They are approaching cash-starved states, counties, cities, and towns with offers of money in exchange for their public services.

Criminal justice services (including the operation and management of prisons and jails), police protection and health care services to mentally disabled citizens are services now being massively provided throughout the country by private vendors. The lure of lucrative contracts and high profits continue to attract private industry to go after water, waste-water treatment, garbage and recycling systems, education, fire control, road maintenance, parks, transportation, etc.

We have frightened our elected officials of even contemplating tax increases because of anti-democratic propaganda that “government is the problem” and private enterprise is more efficient.

It’s all a despicable, greed-driven lie.

Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune


From PHIL OCHS

Show me a prison, show me a jail
Show me a pris’ner whose face has grown pale

And I’ll show you a young man
With many reasons why
There but for fortune, go you or I

Show me an alley, show me a train
Show me a hobo who sleeps out in the rain

And I’ll show you a young man
With many reasons why
There but for fortune, go you or I

Show me the whiskey stains on the floor
Show me a drunk as he stumbles out the door

And I’ll show you a young man
With many reasons why
There but for fortune, go you or I

Show me a country where the bombs had to fall
Show me the ruins of buildings so tall

And I’ll show you a young land
With many reasons why
There but for fortune, go you or I
You or I
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Henry Miller: Revolutionaries of the Heart


From HENRY MILLER
Nothing But The Marvelous

Always we are led back to the heart. It is there that everything is determined. A community must be organized around the heart, otherwise, no matter how rational the theory, how stout the principle, it will fall apart. This is the true theatre of operation: the heart. What happens outside in the world, as they say, is only the echo of the passion play which goes on in the soul of every individual.

Saviors of the World
For me the only true revolutionaries are the inspirers and activators, figures like Jesus, Lao-Tse, Gautama the Buddha, Akhenaton, Ramakrishna, Krishnamurti. The yardstick I employ is life: how men stand in relation to life. Not whether they succeeded in overthrowing a government, a social order, a religious form, a moral code, a system of education, an economic tyranny. Rather, how did they affect life itself. For, what distinguishes the men I have in mind is that they did not impose their authority on man; on the contrary, they sought to destroy authority. Their aim and purpose was to open up life, to make man hungry for life, to exalt life

Let Your Flags Fly!


What does patriotism mean to you?

The Nation wants to know…


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Independent Locally-Owned Store and Farm Finders



Independent Local Store Finder Here.

Local Farms Finder Here.

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Leo Tolstoy: The Law of Love and the Law of Violence


From DAVE SMITH
to be of use
Ukiah

[The Last Station, the wonderful film about Leo Tolstoy’s relationships with his wife and followers, and his last days, is now available on Netflix.]

At the end of his wistful last book, The Law of Love and the Law of Violence, Leo Tolstoy wrote:

Put the good of your life in the progressive liberation of your mind, freedom from all the illusions of the flesh, and in the perfecting of your love for your fellow man — which is in essence the same thing. As soon as you begin to live like this, you will feel a joyous sensation full of liberty and happiness. You will be surprised to find that the same external conditions which caused you such anxiety, and which were far from what you wanted, will not prevent your experiencing the greatest possible happiness.

And if you are unhappy — I know that you are — reflect upon what is proposed to you here, which is not the product of my imagination merely, but of the thoughts and feelings of the best minds and hearts. It provides the only way to deliver you from your unhappiness and give you the greatest good you can get in this life.

That is what I have wanted to say to you, my brothers. Before I died.
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Victor Frankl: Our Search for Meaning


From DAVE SMITH
To Be Of Use

Internationally renowned psychiatrist Viktor Frankl, who endured years of unspeakable horror in Nazi death camps, wrote this in his groundbreaking book Man’s Search for Meaning:

I published a study devoted to a specific type of depression I had diagnosed in cases of young patients suffering from what I called “unemployment neurosis.” And I could show that this neurosis really originated in a twofold erroneous identification: being jobless was equated with being useless, and being useless was equated with having a meaningless life.

Consequently, whenever I succeeded in persuading the patients to volunteer in youth organizations, adult education, public libraries, and the like — in other words, as soon as they could fill their abundant free time with some sort of unpaid but meaningful activity — their depression disappeared although their economic situation had not changed and their hunger was the same.

Frankl developed “logotherapy.” Logos is a Greek word that denotes “meaning,” and his therapy was based on the “striving to find a meaning in one’s life,” which he felt was “the primary motivational force in man.” What matters is “not the meaning of life in general, but rather the specific meaning of a person’s life at a given moment. … Everyone has his own specific vocation or mission in life to carry out a concrete assignment which demands fulfillment. Therein he cannot be replaced, nor can his life be repeated. Thus, everyone’s task is as unique as is his specific opportunity to implement it… The more one forgets himself — by giving himself to a cause to serve or another person to love — the more human he is and the more he actualizes himself … self-actualization is possible only as a side-effect of self-transcendence.”
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More from Man’s Search For Meaning (1959)

Man’s search for meaning is the primary motivation in his life and not a “secondary rationalization” of instinctual drives. This meaning is unique and specific in that it must and can be fulfilled by him alone; only then does it achieve a significance which will satisfy his own will to meaning. There are some authors that contend that “meanings and values” are nothing but defense mechanisms, reaction formations, and sublimations.” But as for myself I would not be willing to live merely for the sake of my “defense mechanisms,” nor would I be willing to die merely for the sake of my “reaction formations.” Man, however, is able to live and even to die for the sake of his ideals and values!

Ukiah Farmers Market Saturday 6/12/10



Anacortes, Washington

From SCOTT CRATTY

Friends of the Farmers Market,

Greetings!  The market has been slow the last couple of weeks, but I know that you will not be able to resist all of the cool stuff going on this Saturday.

For starters, we will have an interactive chef demonstration showing how to prepare your own great salad dressings from scratch, using what is available at the market (even at this lean point in the season).  To participate meet up with Jini Reynolds at 10am under the pavilion and join her as she shops the farmers’ market for fresh ingredients.   She will then show you how to make a range of fresh-made dressings.  Then you get to taste them.

The market will also share space with two important benefits.  The Peregrine Audubon Society’s annual rummage sale will be in the park at Alex Thomas Plaza.  It is your opportunity to find something interesting and support a good cause.  We will also host a raffle supporting for the upcoming Death to Meth concert and educational event (see today’s UDJ for more about this event).

For the kids, our series of 10:30am story time features kicks-off this week with a reading by librarian Eliza Wingate with assistance from Joplin the therapy dog.  Look for it near the Jumperz play house.

In the street the oysters are likely to be back, Covelo Organics should be with us for the 1st time this season, Richard Jeske will be at the market for the 1st time with goji berry plants, table grape plants selected specially for inland Mendocino Co, tree collard plants, and shiso plants. You will also have the opportunity to visit with Stephen Decater of Live Power Community Farm under the pavilion.  Plus, Diamond Edge Knife Sharpening will be on hand to tackle your most difficult sharpening challenges.

All of that plus our usual array of excellent local farms and ranches.

Finally, follow the link below to our revamped Ukiah Saturday Farmers’ Market TV commercial.  It should start to play on Comcast as early as next week.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A0G0P2C_PrM

As usual, the market is 8:30 to noon at the corners of School and Clay St in historic downtown Ukiah.
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Mendo Moola: Ukiah Businesses Create Local Money


From DAVE SMITH
Ukiah

Three local business are now creating and circulating our own local currency, Mendo Moola: Oco Time Japanese Cuisine, Mulligan Books, and Ukiah Brewing Company. The Mendo Moola Blog explains how and why a local currency works. Almost 20 other locally-owned businesses in Mendocino County, listed on the blog, accept and trade Mendo Moola as payment for goods and services; they include Local Flavor Bake House, Paula’s Hair Salon, Westside Renaissance Market, Mendocino Bounty, Mendocino Lavender Farm, Incognito Fun Store, and RespecTech.

Money connects buyers and sellers. Communities across the country and around the world are issuing local currencies, as they have for many years, to protect themselves against recessions, depressions, bank failures, tight money, credit crunches, risk aversion, hoarding, and leakage that dries up the money supply, kills jobs, and destroys local economies. The more money that is available to be used locally and kept circulating locally,the more jobs are created and the more a local community becomes prosperous and sustainable economically.

During the Great Depression, more than 5,000 local currencies helped keep Americans alive. Over the past two decades, over 2,500 local currencies have sprung up nationally.

Over the past 50 years, the expansion of national businesses into local domestic markets, and now the Internet, has diverted and redirected circulating money to centralized corporate coffers. ‘Leakage’ occurs when, every night, money spent that day in chain stores and franchises is sucked out of our community electronically to their headquarters elsewhere.

The Long-Distance Runner


From DAVE SMITH

If you still hold the values of peace, freedom and justice, as we children of the sixties and seventies learned and demonstrated for, then you appreciate the values of the loyal and the true.

Back then, along with many others, I responded to John F. Kennedy’s call to service. We believed we could and would change the world, and we did. Along with our protests and marches for civil rights, farmworker’s contracts, and the environment, we organized free universities, cooperative food stores, and small alternative community businesses. Our memories of that time are overwhelmingly positive. Dan Hamburg was there and involved.

We had passionate faith in the future and look back now with pride at our accomplishments. We stopped a war. We put civil rights into law. We shut down the building of new nuclear plants. We passed the Endangered Species Act, the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, and the National Environmental Policy Act — every one of them now being chipped away by the culture that was then being countered.

Roasting Tommy Wayne Kramer


From DAVE SMITH
Ukiah

Those who do not have power over the story that dominates their lives —the power to retell it, rethink it, deconstruct it, joke about it, and change it as times change— truly are powerless, because they cannot think new thoughts. —Salman Rushdie

I’m not sure why Tom Hine aka Tommy Wayne Kramer still stirs up so much venomous hostility after writing for several years here in Mendocino County. The complaining letters to the editor get particularly interesting when either someone’s personal ox gets gored, or someone already hates the ox and enjoys the goring. I’ve enjoyed my own goring.

Surely someone else has drawn this comparison, so I may be repeating what has already been offered by others, but the way I interpret Tom’s humor is like celebrity roasts. Most of the celebrity roasters and roastees know and love each other, and the better they know each other, the more they are able to hone in on weak spots and really cut to the bone.

I’ve met Tom, and he seems mild-mannered and friendly enough. Much like Bruce Anderson, Publisher/Editor of the Anderson Valley Advertiser, harmless in person, wicked with the pen. Unlike some of the silly rantings of our more clueless and humorless wingnuts, these are talents, rare and creative, who know and love our community. Our character and strength may be found in how we respond to them.

May they continue to be goring, and never boring.
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Mendo Farmers Markets Opening Day This Saturday, May 1st 2010



Fairport, New York

From SCOTT CRATTY
Ukiah

Farmers’ Market Fans,

This Saturday is Opening Day for the new farmers’ market season.  The Saturday market will start opening at 8:30.  (The Ukiah Tuesday market will also open this week and runs from 3-6pm.)

At the Ukiah Saturday Market we will celebrate with free Jumperz for the kids (Jumperz will hopefully be a regular attraction at the market this season, but it is only free this Saturday).  The Fish Peddler reports that they will have some local fresh sablefish, snapper, pertale sole, halibut and some frozen salmon.  But, get there early as they have been selling out. They hope to start bringing fresh salmon from Oregon as early as the second week of May … but that is hopeful.  I just hear from the Potter Valley Garden Club that they will be joining us with their annual benefit sale day. Add that to Spiral Gardens, Lovin’ Blooms and Blue Sky Nursery, all starter plant specialists, and should have a huge selection of starts for you – in addition to all of the usual produce and other treats.  With the new season we will have a heap of new activity including UC Master Gardner instruction on the 3rd Saturday of the month.  2nd Saturdays will feature presentations with Q&A by Kermit Carter of Flowers by the Sea, starting with how to grow tomatoes in and around Ukiah.

Tomorrow’s Ukiah Daily Journal will include my final Market Message column. It is pasted below in case you want to preview it…

One Last Market Message

Deal with it


From DAVE SMITH
Ukiah

To The Editors:
AVA, UDJ

It is unfortunate at a time when we are all struggling to find solutions to our common problems, that we get the kind of haranguing rants by John Hendricks (Utopia it ain’t, etc. UDJ), who has apparently taken it upon himself to be the local voice of conservatism, decrying the so-called evils of “socialism”. Such divisive screeds are a disservice to our community, our democracy, and true conservatism. Rather, we need calm, reasonable, and firm voices such as, on a national level, Thom Hartmann, Wendell Berry, and John Ikerd.

We have always had a mixed economy of both capitalism and socialism, as has the European industrial nations. America and England, especially beginning with Reagan and Thatcher, has leaned to the capitalist side… Europe to the socialist side. Finding the right mix for the right times has always been the democratic struggle among industrialized nations. And socialism has always been, and will always be, a part of that mix. Deal with it.

Unfortunately, American-style economics has been converted by neo-conservative ideology into a highly-destructive form of capitalism: oligarchic monopoly corporatism. We’ve swung way too far to the right, and it is now our job as democratic citizens and political representatives to repair the damage and get us back to a more fair economy.

As for me, I hope we swing way too far to the socialist side and recover our humanity, our social safety net, and a conserving way of life in the process. We may never reach our personal utopias, but for sure, the future will reward survival of the cooperative.
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See also Sanctimonious Deficit Hawks Target Social Safety Net
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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, http://humboldt-herald.blogspot.com/2007/06/h… 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.

Rural Entrepreneuring


From SHEILAH ROGERS
Redwood Valley
Rural Matters

From the Center for Rural Affairs:

There is a developing broad agreement among researchers, policy advocates and others that the traditional economic development models of industrial and business recruitment simply do not meet the needs of rural communities.

Entrepreneurship has been lifted up as an economic development model that will better serve rural people and rural places. For example, the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City states that, “Rural policymakers, who once followed traditional strategies of recruiting manufacturers that export low-value products, have realized that entrepreneurs can generate new economic value for their communities. Entrepreneurs add jobs, raise incomes, create wealth, improve the quality of life of citizens and help rural communities operate in the global economy.” Federal rural policy must begin to recognize the importance of entrepreneurship as a rural development strategy and provide the resources necessary for rural people and rural communities to leverage the spirit, creativity and opportunities entrepreneurship creates.

Asset- and wealth-building strategies are equally important. Greater income alone cannot lead to economic well-being for individuals and families; asset- and wealth-building through home ownership, business ownership or enhanced education lead to important long-term psychological and social effects that cannot be achieved by simply increasing income. While income is an important factor, income can be achieved nearly anywhere in varying degrees. Assets, like businesses, bond one to a place and help to build sustainable communities. A commitment to rural asset- and wealth-building strategies like microenterprise development can lead to a stronger individuals, families and communities.

Agriculturally-based entrepreneurship and innovation must also continue to play a vital role in rural development policy and can be easily linked to microenterprise development.

Vote Dan Hamburg for 5th District Supervisor


From DAVE SMITH

I support and endorse Dan for Supervisor, and agree with his stands on the issues of our county. Dan is not a “one-issue candidate” nor does he ignore any meaningful issue that confronts our citizens. He is experienced and effective. He has been on the front lines of progressive social change all his adult life. See the excellent interview with Dan in this week’s AVA and online at The AVA.com. Dan’s website is VoteHamburg5.org/.

From DAN HAMBURG’s Website

Dan Hamburg has committed to positions on issues that matter to Mendocino.

OUR ASSETS

· Mendocino County has more organic acreage than any county in the nation.
· Mendocino County has the most biodynamic acreage in the state
· Mendocino County has more artists per capita than anywhere else in the nation
· Mendocino County boasts more houses “off the grid” per capita than anywhere else in the nation.
· Mendocino County is the first county in the nation to ban the growing and production of genetically modified crops and animals (GMOs).

Let’s build upon these resources. We have the ingenuity, the will and the heart to create a vibrant and more prosperous County. All that’s stopping us is our own imagination.

BUILD A STRONGER LOCAL ECONOMY