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Mendocino Coast Democratic Club
Steering Committee
Steve Antler, President
Marta Weber, Vice President
Rachel Binah
Nancy Milano
Jean Ghiossi
Glen Ivey
Paula Ivey
Don Kirkpatrick
Dan Gjerde
Jim Hurst
Pat Karch

Susan Savage

Garrison Keiller is the author
of Home Grown Democrat.

To listen to past episodes
of A Prairie Home Companion
click here.





Cost of the War in Iraq
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The Mendocino Coast Democratic Club is proud of the fact that our North Coast Congress Member, Mike Thompson, voted against giving President Bush the authority to go to war against Iraq. As the ticker shown above demonstrates, President Bush is spending our tax dollars at an alarming rate on this war of choice.

As of October 1, President Bush has spent more than $48 million taxpayer dollars from Mendocino County residents. Just imagine what $48 million could have funded right here in Mendocino County!

And the costs keep going up...

To see our fatalities in Iraq,
click here for the Wasthington Post's
Faces of the Fallen.


Letters to the Editor
You can help your cause and your candidate by writing a letter to a coast newspaper.
To e-mail your letter to the Fort Bragg Advocate-News, click here, to e-mail your letter to the Mendocino Beacon, click here.
Better yet, send your e-mail letter to both newspapers!

For quick tips on writing effective letters to the editor, read this.

Mendocino County
Election Results

Election Results

Election Coverage

Fort Bragg Mill Site
& Parks Map

Kendall Smith,
Fourth District Supervisor

Hammerstrom wins
council seat

Doug Hammerstrom has won a seat on the Fort Bragg City Council.

Hammerstrom, a Democrat, was the only Fort Bragg council candidate to receive the Democratic party's endorsement. In Willits two council candidates won the endorsement -- and both candidates won their elections. In Ukiah, three council candidates won the endorsement, but only one of the Ukiah candidates won a council seat. The endorsements resulted from a review of the candidates' written statements and participation in face-to-face interviews with the Mendocino County Democratic Central Committee, a body of Mendocino County Democrats. To see more, go to their web site, www.MendoDems.org.

Only endorsed candidates are permitted to have their material distributed at party headquarters.

Congratulations to Doug Hammerstrom and everyone who supported his candidacy.

Democracy - Our Heritage,
Mendocino Coast Democratic Club
entry in Paul Bunyan Parade

Daily Bush Distortions




G-P Mill Site planning,etc



Lake County Democrats


David Letterman's
Top Ten List

Top Ten George W. Bush Complaints About "Fahrenheit 9/11":

10. That actor who played the President was totally unconvincing.

9. It oversimplified the way I stole the election.

8. Too many of them fancy college-boy words.

7. If Michael Moore had waited a few months, he could have included the part where I get him deported.

6. Didn't have one of them hilarious monkeys who smoke cigarettes and gives people the finger.

5. Of all Michael Moore's accusations, only 97% are true.

4. Not sure -- I passed out after a piece of popcorn lodged in my windpipe.

3. Where the hell was Spider-man?

2. Couldn't hear most of the movie over Cheney's foul mouth.

1. I thought this was supposed to be about dodgeball.

To read more, go to MichaelMoore.com

Thompson votes to scale back powers of John Ashcroft
Republicans block limits
Congress Member Mike Thompson joined 219 of his House collegues in voting to limit the powers of Attorney General John Ashcroft and of the federal government from searching library and bookstore records. But intense pressure from President Bush and Republican leaders "persuaded" 10 Republicans who initially supported the amendment to switch their votes, causing the measure to fail on a tie vote.

All but two of California's Democratic members of the House joined Thompson in voting to repeal these invasive record-searching powers.

All of California's Republican members of the House sided with President Bush and supported the authority of John Ashcroft to require libraries, booksellers and others to release information about the reading habits of people under government investigation using a lesser standard of probable cause than is required under a normal criminal investigation.

After a majority of House members voted in favor of the measure, Republican leaders in the House extended the time allowed to vote by an additional 20 minutes beyond the 15 minutes traditionally alloted for a roll-call vote. In the end, 10 Republicans switched their votes from "yes" to "no," and the amendment failed to pass on a vote of 210 to 210.

Posted July 9, 2004

Nelson named judge
Longtime local attorney David Nelson has been appointed to Mendocino County's Superior Court. As one of seven county judges, many are pointing to Nelson's appointment as one of the most significant Mendocino County actions by Gray Davis during his tenure as governor of California.

Nelson is well-liked and highly respected. Even the Press Democrat has noted Nelson's "quiet and gracious demeanor." Nelson has been a true friend to virtually every active Democrat in Mendocino County, where he has served as a member of the Mendocino County Democratic Central Committee from 1978 until 2003.

The Mendocino Coast Democratic Club says "Congratulations, David!" This represents a refreshing new day for all of us in Mendocino County.

Nelson's investiture as Mendocino County Superior Court Judge was held on November 6, 2003.

Our dangerous dependence
Time for Energy Independence

By Janet Orth
Now is a good time to think about ways of maintaining our independence as Americans. The founding fathers sought independence from foreign rule. Today we have different needs and conditions. The United States is the most powerful nation in the world, and yet we are dangerously dependent on foreign oil.

There is more and more news and research emerging lately that confirms that there may be only a few decades of oil supplies remaining. Sometime soon, in our lifetime or in those of our children or grandchildren, we will run out of fossil fuel sources. We know this is a finite resource, and yet as a nation we have not confronted the consequences of continuing in this direction. Our economy, even food supplies, would grind to a halt without the oil that powers nearly everything we do. The clock is ticking, and we have no plan for the energy infrastructure transition that surely must take place, maybe sooner than we think. Will it be expensive to make this shift? Perhaps, but ultimately it will cost much more if we do nothing.

Meanwhile, we can see the harmful effects of this petroleum dependence: air pollution, global warming and climate change, erosion of our national security. We are at war in Iraq, which at a fundamental level is related to our need to protect the flow of oil to our country, while as a matter of national policy we are neglecting to change our habits of guzzling the stuff. How far are we willing to go in this oil addiction? If we are to change, first we have to face and acknowledge our predicament.

Unfortunately the Bush Administration and Republican-led Congress have refused to join the vast majority of world scientific opinion on the impacts of greenhouse gas emissions on global warming and climate change, refusing to sign on to the Kyoto agreements that would address this problem. Instead, their energy policy is to build many more coal-fired power plants, to add more incentives for the nuclear power industry, and to continue on the path of oil dependence. Clearly these approaches are a step backward.

The good news is that we have the tools to lessen our dependence and the damaging impacts of an oil economy. Starting with energy conservation and efficiency, and continuing with clean, renewable sources of energy such as solar (a technology developed by the U.S. space program), wind, and hydropower, we can effectively generate more domestic energy supplies while reducing use of petroleum. The technology exists, and over the past 30 years or so American scientists and manufacturers have continued to improve these technologies and make them more cost effective. By shifting public incentives and private investments away from fossil fuels and into efficiency and renewables, this emerging industry can grow and we all can reap the benefits.

Leadership is needed to transform public policy and set an example for all Americans. The Democratic party has provided leadership on this front. President Carter installed solar panels on The White House and signed solar energy tax credits into law (both removed by President Reagan). The Clinton Administration reinsituted the credits, participated in drafting the Kyoto accords, and promoted sustainable technologies of all kinds. The positions and platforms of the California Democratic Party, its Environmental Caucus, and the Mendocino County Democratic Central Committee have long emphasized the energy solutions discussed here. John Kerry has long held a “20-20” energy policy—20 percent renewables by the year 2020 while creating the new jobs to get it done.

Our country is great in so many ways, yet imperfect and vulnerable. We can and must do better. We have a great tradition of American ingenuity and entrepreneurial spirit to help us. One way we can love our country and preserve our liberty is to support the transition to clean, renewable, domestic sources of energy. On November 2, we have an opportunity to choose this path.

Janet Orth is a member of the Mendocino County Democratic Central Committee, from the Third Supervisorial District. A lifelong Democrat, Janet has worked in the renewable energy and transportation planning fields for the past ten years, while living in an energy-efficient, passive solar home for over 20 years.


Our Swing State Campaign
Local Democrats enjoyed positive experiences in Nevada, a swing state targeted by the Mendocino Coast Democratic Club. Club members Roslyn and Bruce Moore campaigned in Reno, where they helped to register 86 voters between August 19 and August 21. To see their full story, click here.

For the first time in a generation there are now more Democrats than Republicans registered in Nevada.

In addition to registering voters, Mendocino Coast Democrats phoned Nevada voters in support of John Kerry and John Edwards.

Also, check out the web site of the
Swing State Project.



Email "www.CoastDemos.org" to a friend!

Special Election
November 8, 2005

Join us calling local Democrats

The Mendocino Coast Democratic Club is joining forces with teachers, nurses and others in the labor movement to call local Democrats to help defeat the initiatives on Governor Schwarzennegger's special election.

All materials, information on the propositions, and an explanation of our procedures will be provided. Join us to inform people of the importance of defeating these harmful propositions.

The phone banks start at 5:30 and run to 8:30pm. Dinner is included. We need volunteers on October 4, 5, 17, 18 and 26th. To help, call Ann Menna at 964-5352 or Pat Karch at 937-0334.

Just say NO!
Defeat the Special Interests:
NO on 73
Prop 73 could force young women to choose dangerous, back-alley abortions.
NO on 74
Prop 74 makes it difficult to find and retain good teachers because it limits job security.
NO on 75
Prop 75 silences the voices of workers like teachers, nurses & firefighters, leaving
big corporations with all the political power.
NO on 76
Prop 76 allows the governor to break his promises twice in one year - once when he line-item vetos classroom budgets, and again
in the middle of the school year.
NO on 77
Prop 77 is a grab for power, plain and simple. Heartless corporations want Republican Judges to create additional Republican seats in Congress & the State Legislature.
NO on 78
Prop 78 is written by the Drug Companies to confuse voters - all part of the campaign by
Drug Companies to defeat Prop 79.

YES on 79
Prop 79, written by consumers, will provide steep drug discounts for seniors, families and small business. Why should Californian's pay more than Canadians for the same drugs?
YES on 80
Prop 80 will prevent energy companies from defrauding and gouging consumers the way they did in 2000 and 2001.



Mendocino Coast Democratic Club
Tuesday, October 25
Harbor Lite Lodge
120 N. Harbor Drive, Fort Bragg CA

Free Dinner, 5:30 - 6:30 pm
Meeting, 6:30 - 7 pm
State Senator Wes Chesbro, 7pm

For more info, email MCDC@mcn.org or call 937-5925.

State political news

Governor slashes environmental funding


Governor Schwarzenegger and President Bush both offer the same failed policies. Both demand drastic sacrifices from working families and students - while zealously protecting millionaires and special interests. Both choose to cut education and health care ...instead of closing corporate tax loopholes.

It's time for a new direction. Go to:

Standing up for California
A web site launched by Treasurer Phil Angelides.

Also, check out Angelides.com

Mendocino County Returns

64% Kerry/Edwards
34% Bush/Cheney

Humboldt County Returns
58% Kerry/Edwards
39% Bush/Cheney


Read how Republican pollster Frank Luntz
sees the 2004 election results,
and how he advises Republicans
to frame issues. Click here.

To read how Luntz advises Republican politicians
to market the Republican party's
environtmental policies, go here.


Democratic Voter Registration
Drive Increases Local Majority

Our voter registration drive was a huge success. Not only did we register hundreds of new voters, but we have boosted the Democratic majority here on the coast to an all-time high.

Fifth District:
In November 2000, we Democrats made up 48.6% of voters in the Fifth Supervisorial District. In November 2004, we are 49.3%, an increase of .7 percent. In November 2000, Republicans made up 24.3% of Fifth District voters. In November 2004, Republicans are just 20.6%, a decrease of 3.7%.

Fourth District: In November 2000, we Democrats made up 50.7% of voters in the Fourth Supervisorial District. In November 2004, we are 50.9%, an increase of .2%. In November 2000, Republicans made up 23.7 percent of Fourth District voters. In November 2004, Republicans are just 21.7%, a decrease of 2%.

Fort Bragg: In November 2000, we Democrats made up 50.9% of voters in Fort Bragg city limits. In November 2004, we are 51.4% of Fort Bragg voters, an increase of .5%. In November 2000, Republicans made up 22.6% of Fort Bragg voters. In November 2004, Republicans are just 21.6%, a decrease of 1%.

Chesbro, Berg secure funding
Funding to repair the Pudding Creek Trestle is now secured and repairs to the historic bridge is slated to begin in August of 2005. State Senator Wes Chesbro and State Assembly Member Patty Berg both worked to secure the funds from Chesbro's voter-approved 2002 Park Bond.

"The Pudding Creek Trestle is literally a bridge connecting Fort Bragg and McKerricher State Park," said Fort Bragg Councilmember Dan Gjerde. When the trestle is reopened to bicyclists and pedestrians, Gjerde added, "McKerricher's coastline will become accessible from Glass Beach, the former Mill Site and the rest of Fort Bragg - opening up access to a coast which was largely innaccessible from our town."

Senator Chesbro, chair of the Senate Budget Committee, announced the state budget includes $1.94 million for the trestle's restoration. State Parks has already hired a contractor and expects to have a ground-breaking ceremony to initiate repairs to the trestle in October of 2005.

Not a Conspiracy,
Simply a Strategy

By Rachel Binah

Twenty years ago, the people of our community, in Mendocino, responded to a call from Reagan's Department of the Interior for final hearings before offshore oil leases, from San Franciso north to the Oregon border, would be sold. Our congressional district, ONE THIRD OF THE CALIFORNIA COAST, was up for grabs! In Mendocino, we signed up over 1,400 people to testify, were successful in stalling the sale, made it a major campaign issue in that and the following presidential elections and got temporary congressional and presidential moratoria.

A second term of G.W. Bush is frightening for many reasons -- but for me, one of the most disturbing is what he will do to our environment and our ocean in particular -- with no political consequences to concern him. After all, Bush can't run for office again.

I have watched with increasing alarm the confluence of many circumstances which point towards DRILLING FOR OIL AND GAS OFF OUR COAST. This time, it won’t matter how many hearings we go attend, or how we kick and scream and protest. This time it will be rammed down our throats. Don't forget, if they don't like the potential outcome of public input -- they just change the rules, by executive order, so there is no public input!

Consider these facts:
1. War and the occupation of Iraq -- its cost in blood -- over 1000 of our people killed and many thousands of Iraqis killed and money spent. ($200 billion)
2. The increasing price of gasoline in California and throughout the country. I've noticed that in some places in our district, the price per gallon of regular gas is around $2.36. The price of a barrel of
oil is now over $50.
3. Oil company and infrastructure company ads on TV are showing "environmentalists" touting the advances made in science which they
say will make it possible for mineral, gas & oil extraction without negative environmental consequenses. (Halliburton, Kerr-McGee, Chevron, Exxon, British Petroleum, Conoco/Phillips, etc.)
4.Cheney's private energy plan, written in secret with the oil and gas industry, and no environmentalists input, calls for the development of more domestic oil including opening up drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and other places in this country.
5. The Republican Platform says they, “can explore and develop oil resources here at home with minimal environmental impact...support energy development in the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge," which they claim, “has enough to replace oil imports from Saudi Arabia for nearly 20 years." (questionable, at best) “strongly support removing unnecessary barriers to domestic natural gas production .... in new areas, such as Alaska and the Rocky Mountains; Increasing supply, including the construction of a new natural gas pipeline from Alaska to the lower 48.” Bush and their party "strongly oppose the Kyoto Protocol and similar mandatory carbon emissions controls that (they say) harm economic growth and destroy American jobs."

These are not threats. These are a promise.

The current strategy towards softening up the people of California and
America to domestic development of oil where-ever it may exist on or off shore remains the probability, if Bush/Cheney are to have another term.

With a Kerry/Edwards win, we will have an entirely different energy policy. One of independence in which we conserve energy, create new jobs by developing products and non-polluting renewable energy. This is what the world needs. Kerry has been endorsed by the League of Conservation Voters and the Sierra Club. He supports the Kyoto Protocol and is a leader in the national and international effort to reduce the threat of global warming. He wants to prevent drilling for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and pledged to filibuster it.

Kerry wants to protect open space and the marine ecosystems, and has written and co-sponsored legislation banning the dumping of plastics and other waste off our coasts; fought efforts to drill in Georges Bank off Massachusetts and off the Florida and California coasts and sponsored legislation protecting dolphins, porpoises, seals and other marine mammals.

It is hard for me to believe that ANYONE would vote for George Bush.
And yet, the horserace goes back and forth. Somedays, Kerry is ahead.
Somedays, Bush is ahead. So when you go to the polls on November 2nd, you must know that you have done EVERYTHING in your power to get John Kerry elected as our President.

Rachel Binah is a Little River resident, a member of Mendocino County Democratic Central Committee, the California Democratic Party's Executive Committee, and the Democratic National Committee.

Republicans always say they want to have a values debate but lying and spreading hate were not the values I learned growing up in a small town in North Carolina where the Bible was the most important book in my home.
George Bush and Dick Cheney should be appalled by these despicable mailings.

Senator John Edwards, commenting on reports that the Republican National Committee sent campaign mail into West Virginia claiming that the Bible will be banned if Democrats are elected in November.

Help for small schools and counties close to passage
Assembly Member Patty Berg's bills to help small schools and counties has passed the both houses of the state legislature and now goes to Governor Arnold
Schwarzenegger, for his veto or signature.

One bill, AB 1881, allows counties the opportunity to integrate a number of different state-funded health and human services. Originally a pilot program in Mendocino, Humboldt and Alameda Counties, Berg's bill would extend the program expiration from 2004 until 2010 and allow participation by all 58 California Counties.

The other measure, AB 2706, deals with the state's funding for computers in the classrooms and sets aside some of the funding for small schools. Currently, small schools compete with larger schools for grants. This bill is supported by the Small School Districts Association and is opposed by the Los Angeles Unified School District.

For more info about Assembly Member Patty Berg and her legislative agenda, go to her web site.

Philanthropist George Soros
seeks regime change, here

Waging a self-funded campaign, American philanthropist George Soros is attempting to pursuade voters in 12 swing states to fire President Bush in November's election. In summary, Soros says:

President Bush inadvertently played right into the hands of bin Laden.

Bush’s war in Iraq has done untold damage to the United States.

President Bush admits no doubt and does not base his decisions on a careful weighing of reality.

There is a widespread belief that President Bush is making us safe. The opposite is true.

There are many other policies for which the Bush administration can be criticized but none are as important as Iraq. There is a lot more to be said on the subject

George Soros is Chairman of Soros Fund Management LLC. He was born in Budapest in 1930. He survived the Nazi occupation and fled communist Hungary in 1947 for England, where he graduated from the London School of Economics. He then settled in the United States, where he accumulated a large fortune through an international investment fund he founded and managed. Mr. Soros has been active as a philanthropist since 1979, when he began providing funds to help black students attend Capetown University in apartheid South Africa. He has established a network of philanthropic organizations active in more than 50 countries around the world. These organizations are dedicated to promoting the values of democracy and open society. The foundation network spends about $450 million annually to promote these goals. Mr. Soros is the author of eight books including, most recently, The Bubble of American Supremacy: The Costs of Bush’s War In Iraq.

Chesbro moves to resolve conflicts over Jackson Demonstration State Forest

Working to end the conflict between environmental and community advocates and the State, Senator Wesley Chesbro (D-Arcata) has introduced legislation that will address sustainable timber production in Jackson State Forest. On June 20, the reform legislation passed the Assembly Natural Resources Committee (7-3), with Fort Bragg Mayor Jere Melo speaking in opposition to the bill. The legislation has later passed both houses of the legislature, but on September 16 it was vetoed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

By Wesley Chesbro
The Humboldt County community where I live and served on the City Council, is the site of a unique publicly-owned resource called the Arcata Community Forest. Since 1979, as the result of a local voter-approved initiative, the city has managed this second growth forest in a way that balances sustainable production with forest practices that protect wildlife and environmental resources and encourage public recreational use.

For decades, forestry issues on the North Coast have deeply divided our communities along stark lines: good vs. bad, new vs. old, logger vs. environmentalist. But the experience of the Arcata Community Forest demonstrates that there is another way: people working together to find sensible solutions. Publicly owned forests provide a unique opportunity to demonstrate that a new type of forest management is possible.

Jackson Demonstration State Forest is the largest of California's eight forests and is also the largest publicly owned forest in the redwood region between the Bay Area and Humboldt County. When the forest was created as a public demonstration forest, the management direction was to achieve maximum sustained production of high quality forest products. However, after more than 50 years of maximum production, we need to revisit how the forest is managed in order to minimize the negative impacts on our fisheries, wildlife and recreational opportunities.

The effort to update the 1947-era management mandate for Jackson forest is a story about people trying to settle long-standing differences over how to manage a unique public asset. My bill, SB 1648, is the vehicle for a compromise between the community, environmentalists and the timber industry. Not everyone will be pleased with every provision. However, major concerns have been considered and addressed. SB 1648 creates a framework for moving forward cooperatively.

When I introduced SB 1648, I knew the process would be difficult. However, my goal has been to make SB 1648 the vehicle for compromise. After four years of no logging because of lawsuits, we need a balanced approach for sustainable production that creates jobs and helps the local economy. In addition, we want forest practices that protect wildlife and environmental resources and encourage public recreational use. I believe SB 1648 accomplishes both goals.

Specifically, the bill does the following:

• Implements the 1998 recommendations of the Department of Forestry's Citizens Advisory Committee.

• Continues the important role of research, expanding the current focus on studying the impacts of harvesting techniques to also include research on fisheries, watershed restoration and wildlife protection.

• Establishes a permanent broadly based advisory committee to facilitate communication between the public and the California Board of Forestry, which has overall management decision-making authority and the California Department of Forestry, which runs the forest on a day to day basis.

• Permanently protects the old growth forest remaining at Jackson.

• In addition, management must demonstrate how to balance sustained production of high quality timber products with maintaining and restoring high quality habitat in a way that provides ample opportunities for research, recreation, education and public enjoyment.

Except for specific research purposes, the entire timber program will implement uneven-aged management, eliminating clear-cutting.

Questions about forest management bring out strong opinions on the North Coast, and people have not been shy in telling me how Jackson should be managed. Those views have been central in putting together a new management mandate that makes sense for the 21st Century. For more information on the bill please go to SB 1648.

Wesley Chesbro is the State Senator for the 2nd District - representing all of Mendocino, Lake, Humboldt, and Napa Counties as well as a majority of Sonoma County and the Cities of Vallejo and Benecia.

Letters to the Editor
You can help your cause or your candidate by writing a letter to a coast newspaper. To e-mail your letter to the Fort Bragg Advocate-News, click here, to e-mail your letter to the Mendocino Beacon, click here.
Better yet, send your e-mail letter to both newspapers!

For quick tips on writing effective letters to the editor, read this.


Albion & Gualala Rivers
named Wild and Scenic
North Coast Assembly Member Patty Berg (D-Eureka) has secured extra protections for the Albion and Gualala Rivers. With the passage of AB 1168, these rivers are now designated by the State of California as "Wild and Scenic."

Signed into law by Gov. Gray Davis in July 2003, AB 1168 was introduced after an international corporation with ties to Republican office holders proposed to extract water from the Albion and Gualala rivers and sell it to the highest bidder.

Working closely with Berg to protect these rivers was Assembly Member Pat Wiggins (D-Santa Rosa) and Senator Wes Chesbro (D-Arcata).

To view this and other legislation authored by Assembly Member Berg, just click here.

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P.O. Box 2642, Fort Bragg, Ca. 95437
Email: mcdc@mcn.org

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