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Attorney for the Mendocino Coast Health Care District Appeared Asleep During Board Meeting

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Yesterday evening, Thursday, May 25, 2023, the Mendocino Coast Health Care District Board conducted its May meeting. While discussing the complexity of either going forward with a seismic retrofit of the coastal hospital or replacing it with a brand-new one, the District’s Interim Attorney Alexander Henson was caught on his Zoom camera to all appearances sleeping on what appeared to be an unmade bed. 

An hour and fifty-one minutes into the meeting, the board was in the midst of discussing the seismic retrofit issue when 5th District Supervisor Ted Williams raised his digital hand and said, “I hate to say it, but I think your attorney fell asleep. He’s on my screen.” 

The camera showed Mr. Hensen nestled into a pillow, eyes closed, and breathing heavily. But William’s remark apparently caught his drowsy attention and he startled awake.

Fort Bragg resident Judy Valadao commented minutes later about the attorney’s apparent snooze saying, “??If we’re paying the attorney to be there, I would suggest he sit up and behave like an attorney. That is totally uncalled for and not okay.”

Later in the meeting, this reporter provided the board and Mr. Hensen an opportunity to comment on the mid-meeting shut-eye. Hansen received a payment in April for $1,710 and this reporter asked whether the apparent nap would affect the money he received for his services. 

One board member explained that Mr. Henson is an interim attorney and there is currently a request for a proposal for a permanent legal counsel. She also assured she would talk with the attorney about the issue.

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Mr. Hensen appeared on the screen, the headboard of a bed clearly behind him, and referred to himself in the third-person saying, “Mr. Henson was not asleep at any time during this meeting.”

In response, an in-person attendee pointed out to the board, “There is visual evidence of him lying down on his side.” 

Another attendee added, “…with his eyes closed.”

Two board members pivoted the topic with a simple, “Can we move on, please?.”


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8 COMMENTS

  1. It’s funny on a zoom meeting, but imagine a truck driver falling asleep at work. In my mind we are an over worked society. Shouldn’t we all be free to take a nap on a beautiful spring afternoon? Lawyer, retail, construction; we all aren’t free.

  2. I almost fell asleep listening to “motion to approve something something, without board approval blah blah blah! So boring!

  3. Will the Board members immediately fire Mr. Hensen for conduct unbecoming or just “move on?” It will be a test of the Board’s willingness to accept anything but high standards of professionalism.

  4. We sleep as our human rights are taken away just like Germany in 1920s. Soon the dollar will be worthless.

    • Isn’t the mint in San Francisco already in the process of changing all the cash to digital currency?

      But marijuana and shrooms are legal now so everyone will be so high or overdosed on fentanyl that nobody will notice the devil, the elites, and their demons ushering in the New World Order where we won’t be able to buy or sell unless we take satan’s mark of the beast!.

      It’s all in the Bible. Google it. If you take that mark your soul will be lost.

      Jesus Christ is your ONLY hope.

      He is The Way, The Truth, and The Life, and NOBODY gets to God but through Him.

      Please give your life to Him today, stop sinning, and be saved!

      All who read this are in my prayers today. May God richly bless you.

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Matt LaFever
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I have been an Emerald Triangle resident since 2006 and this is year ten in Mendocino County. Please, email me at matthewplafever@gmail.com if you know a story that needs to be told.

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