The Charter Project of Mendocino County is hosting a series of 9 Town Hall meetings around the county to introduce people to Charter Commission candidates for the June 7th election, and also to canvass the public about what they would like to see in a county charter.  

What is a charter, anyway? What does home rule mean to Mendocino County? Get the answers at one of these Town Hall meetings.

The 8th Town Hall meeting will be held on Sunday, April 17, 2016 from 4pm to 6pm at the Little Lake Grange. 291 School Street in Willits.

The Measure W question will be in the ballot in the June election, "Shall a Charter Commission be elected to propose a Mendocino County Charter?"

There will also be candidates running for the post of Charter Commissioner. You will be able to vote for 15 of them in June.

Meet 2 Charter Commission candidates:

  • Mary Zellachild – 34-yr Willits resident first moved to Laytonville with her husband in Mary Zellachild1979. She worked 26 years in Ecology Action, John Jeavons' organization. Ten years ago, Mary helped start WELL, and is still passionate about localizing. She felt drawn to create a public bank, which led to the Charter Project.Mary strongly believes that it's up to all of us to be involved in our own governance. No one else is going to have our best interests in mind.
  • Michael Burgess - retired Spacecraft Electronics Engineer. Mike Burgess 30YrCMike currently cares for 300 drip-fed young fruit & nut trees on the off-grid farm he and his wife moved to near Willits in 2012. He volunteers at the Little Lake Grange as an officer and monthly pancake cook.
    Michael brings attention to detail, and "getting the job done right.  He wants to see the prospective Charter be solid, addressing the weak points of the existing system and enhancing the quality of life for all County citizens.

We are delighted to feature famed Community Rights advocate Paul Cienfuegos, longtime activist and community organizer. In 1994, POCLAD helped Paul realize the insidious impact of corporate rule. In 1995, he co-founded Democracy Unlimited of Humboldt County, which began works to dismantle corporate political power. Paul now leads Democracy workshops and talks across the nation. He will speak about Community Rights and how the charter can secure our rights. paul cienfuegos

Free admission. Refreshments by donation. Raffle fundraiser. Help us pay for these 9 Town Hall meetings with your financial support.
All registered voters are welcome!

We welcome all idea contributions for a county charter at our WindTunneling page: Create a login & password, and choose Project Code: MendoCountyCharter.