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I have lived in Mendocino County for just over 20 years during which time I have witnessed the disintegration of just about everything that contributes to a decent life. The litany of woes includes a struggling economy, inadequate health care, a shortage of workers which itself is caused by a shortage of housing, a truly dysfunctional County government, and, sadly, a feeling of helplessness.
Like many of you, I want to be a part of improving our communities. My latest attempt was to apply for the Grand Jury. My application was enthusiastically accepted. I met all the qualifications including the significant commitment of time. And there was a lack of applicants. Remember seeing the many ads imploring people to serve on the Grand Jury?
I was next interviewed by Judge Nadel, a nice woman, that went well enough that she indicated I would be included. In subsequent weeks, I was contacted multiple times by a representative of the Superior Court who asked me to reaffirm my intentions. My affirmative answer was met with enthusiasm. On Monday, I was invited to attend the swearing in ceremony this Friday. But then…
Judge Nadel called me today, Tuesday, to say, and I am quoting, “after reviewing all the interviews and transcripts, I have decided to name you as an alternate.” Meaning, I don’t want you.
So, what happened? Because I have tangled with Former Grand Jury Chief Kathy Wylie and Supervisor Ted Williams, could they have poisoned the well? What about the Democratic Party which holds the County in an iron grip?
There is a virtual sign on every government door in Mendocino that says: “Conservatives need not apply.” Just like it was before for Irish, Blacks and Jews. With this mindset, if there is corruption or just plain failure at Mendocino County, it will never be discovered and identified.
Shame, shame, shame on the Superior Court of Mendocino County.