Political Action And Education Committee 2018-11-12T16:05:24+00:00

Political Action And Education Committee

The Farm Bureau Political Action and Education Committee (PAEC) focuses on a variety of local, state and federal issues that affect agriculture. The educational component provides information to the public so that the story of agriculture can be heard and understood.  The political component works on numerous topics that include: land use, water, local government, taxes, air quality, state policy and federal legislation. The issues are dynamic and new topics are never in short supply.

If I were running a business that grossed $10,000,000 per year, I would probably have my own attorney on staff or maybe more than one. However, much to my dismay, I do not gross even a fraction of that. So why is this relevant your ask? Our team of state and federal law makers has nothing better to do than make new and exciting laws for us to try and follow. Then let’s add ballot measures that seek to force us to cut dead trees down. Many of these laws and measures are thousands of pages of drivel and technical jargon. I run a one man freak show (some would call it a business) and it’s all I can do to get the work done that needs doing on a day to day basis. So when there is measure X on the ballot that is a 1400 page measure that might affect my business, how do I make an informed decision? I look to Farm Bureau. CFBF has a legal department whose job is to look out for the well being of agriculture. They read all 1400 pages of drivel and boil it down to something I can understand with a minimal amount of research. -Peter Bauer, member since 2003
Being a Farm Bureau member is important for many reasons, but to me the most important reason for being a member is that the people who often times are making decisions about what happens on my farm, elected officials, have no basis for those decisions other than preconceived ideas or what they are being told by individuals who don’t have my best interest in mind. Farm Bureau provides a strong, focused voice on my behalf to educate and influence these elected leaders so that I can continue to operate my business and support my family. -Frost Pauli, President and member since 2006
Living in a state where the political power is concentrated in a few big cities, we need political clout, there is no stronger more supportive ally than Farm Bureau. Whether the issue is local, statewide or national, no one represents rural interests like Farm Bureau. – Mike Anderson, Former President and member since 1992

Political Action & Education Committee Report

Reported by Peter Bradford, Committee Chair

2018 Fifth District Supervisor candidates on the November ballot

Chris Skyhawk and Ted Williams are the candidates that received the most votes, 41.42% and 31.09%, and will be on the ballot for the Fifth District November 6, 2018. David Roderick finished third with 19.25%. Following the election in June, candidate Chris Skyhawk suffered a severe stroke and on July 14th it was announced that he is withdrawing from the race. Most people would think that if the second-place candidate withdrew from the election then the third-place candidate would take his place. That is not the case in Mendocino County.

In 2006 Mendocino County District Attorney Norm Vroman was running for reelection and died just 47 days before the election. Instead of the other candidate being named the winner the county held another election. Following this series of events, in 2010 Mendocino County added to the elections code wording that no vacancy on the ballot for the general election will be filled unless the candidate dies 68 days prior to the election. According to the Mendocino County Clerk Susan Ranochak, this means that Chris Skyhawk remains on the ballot. In the event Chris Skyhawk wins the November election even after withdrawing from the race, the California Governor would appoint the Fifth District Supervisor. Possibly Mendocino County should consider reviewing the current election code so it has more common sense.

Measure C

Measure C, the Mendocino Coast Health Care District Health Care Funding Measure, past by just 7 votes above the 2/3 approval required.  Since the numbers were so close, a recount was requested, however the results did not change. The surprising part was how many voters did not vote at all on Measure C.  This shows that every vote counts!

The MCFB Board of Directors voted to oppose Measure C, that creates a parcel tax ($144/parcel/year) for a 12 year period to provide additional funding for the Mendocino Coast Health Care District ¹. Parcel is defined  in the measure as any parcel of land which lies wholly or partially within the boundaries of the Mendocino Coast Health Care District, that receives a separate tax bill for ad valorem property taxes from the Mendocino County Assessor/Tax Collector.

One of MCFB’s concerns with this measure is that there are a large number of parcels within the Mendocino Coast Health Care District that are resource lands (timber, range, etc) that do not include any residences or improvements. The parcel tax on these properties is a tax with no direct benefit.

For those of you that have properties in the footprint covered by Measure C, there is a process for applying for a contiguous parcel exemption. The exemption is specific to parcels with residential purposes.  All of those that are interested in the exemptions should contact Gayl Moon (gmoon@mcdh.net) at the Mendocino Coast Hospital for additional information.  If you are not sure if your property is within the boundary covered by Measure C, you can also contact the Mendocino County Assessor/Clerk/Recorder’s office at (707) 234-6800 or Mendocino County Planning and Building Services at (707) 234-6650 (Ukiah office).

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¹ The District is divided into a Primary Service Area and a Secondary Service Area. The Primary Service Area consists of seven zip codes, encompassing the communities of Westport, Fort Bragg, Caspar, Mendocino, Little River, Albion, Elk, and Comptche. The Secondary Service Area consists of three zip codes in the southern coastal communities of Gualala, Manchester, and Point Arena.

SB 1029- Mike McGuire – Rails to Trails

This is a bill put forward by Mike McGuire to transform the existing 200+ miles of North Coast Rail Authority railway to a hiking, biking and riding trail with other potential uses. For those of you who don’t live adjacent to this railroad and have witnessed what has happened since the railroad stopped functioning, this bill if approved will be a huge liability for property owners.

Most of the people using the railway today are not those you would want on your property.  They are transients moving from one area to another and landowners must constantly be watching to ensure their belongings are not taken or vandalized. In addition to adjacent landowners being impacted Mendocino County will be impacted as well because the county will have to provide emergency services along the “trail” if or when they are required.  Only if adjacent landowners are compensated for any and all damages that may occur to their land or property