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Transparency and the Shasta County Supervisor: A Comparison of Disclosures

Editor’s note: New information has been added re Baron Browning, below. Transparency. The word has been on almost every candidate’s lips this midterm campaign season; a valorous but vague pledge to get to the bottom of things and root out… Continue Reading

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Departing Shasta County CEO Matthew Pontes Gets the Last Word

Judas came to mind Tuesday during the Shasta County Board of Supervisors meeting. With stunningly duplicitous performances from the dais, supervisors Les Baugh, Tim Garman and Patrick Jones delivered phony-baloney farewells to CEO Matt Pontes, the very man whose life… Continue Reading

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Destructive Board Majority Wins Again: Shasta County Loses Distinguished, Embattled CEO

District 4 Supervisor Patrick Jones got his wish. Tragically, Jones’ granted wish puts Shasta County in even greater peril. Matt Pontes, Shasta County’s CEO for just 26 months, disclosed to staff Wednesday that he will leave his position as the… Continue Reading

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Shasta County Supervisor Patrick Jones’ Use of Blackmail Against County CEO May Backfire

UPDATE: A 4-1 vote of approval of county CEO Matt Pontes was reached during the Shasta County Board of Supervisors’ closed-session evaluation of Pontes Tuesday evening. The dissenting vote was cast by District 4 Supervisor Patrick Jones.  Here’s an excerpt… Continue Reading

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County Health Officer’s Stay of Execution, or Inevitable Termination?

Les Baugh, Shasta County Board of Supervisors chair, missed the memo that yesterday marked the one-week anniversary of International Women’s Day. Instead, as per Baugh’s decree at the last meeting, the agenda targeted two exemplary, dedicated, highly respected female county… Continue Reading

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Health Officer Dr. Karen Ramstrom Deserves Praise, Not a Pink Slip

The baseless recall of District 2 Supervisor Leonard Moty last month triggered a diabolical domino effect in which other respected county leaders are also in danger of being removed from office by a group of ultra-conservative extremists whose goal is… Continue Reading