Election Night Winners: School District Stalemate Breaker, Shasta Fire District, Peaceful Elections Office

Shasta County can exhale a sigh of relief today following preliminary results from two sides of the same coin in the county’s Nov. 7 special election. One side of the coin was the election itself. According to the latest election… Continue Reading


Shasta County’s Board of Supervisors Meeting More Akin to Political Theater Than Civilized Government

Like a mongrel cross of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” and Gioachino Rossini’s opera buffa “The Barber of Seville,” Patrick Henry Jones led his merry troupe of political players — better known as the Shasta County Board of Supervisors… Continue Reading


When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Knitting During Shasta County Board of Supervisors Meetings

I don’t know why it didn’t dawn on me sooner to knit during Shasta County Board of Supervisors meetings to make them more tolerable. Knitting is not a new coping strategy for me. I once anxiously knit an entire hat… Continue Reading


Governor Signs AB 969 Legislation Wednesday; Under Urgency Clause, Ballot Hand-Counting Ban Takes Effect Immediately

California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed 16 pieces of legislation in Sacramento Wednesday, including one — Assembly Bill 969 — that will have a direct impact on Shasta County Elections, much to the chagrin of three county supervisors determined to hand-count… Continue Reading


Certification of Recall Petition Ignites War of Words as 3-1 Vote Combines Election With State’s March 5 Primary

Official certification of a petition submitted by District 1 voters to recall Supervisor Kevin Crye set off a war of words during the Shasta County Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday. After the Elections Department reviewed 5,106 signatures received on Sept.… Continue Reading


Senate Passes AB 969 Tuesday, Even as Costs of Shasta County’s Manual Tally of Election Ballots Continue to Rise

By a vote of 30 – 6 late Tuesday, California’s State Senate passed Assembly Bill (AB) 969 prohibiting Shasta County and other similarly minded voting jurisdictions from cancelling voting system contracts and counting votes by hand except under very limited… Continue Reading


The Great Missouri Hand-Count Swindle: How MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell Conned Patrick Jones and Kevin Crye, Costing Shasta County Millions

A manual tally voting system touted by MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell and Shasta County supervisors Patrick Jones and Kevin Crye and recently deployed in Osage County, Missouri, costs more money, takes more time, and is less accurate than ballot tabulation… Continue Reading