Q&A: Supervisor Crye’s Pointless ‘Special Meeting’ Inspires Supervisor Rickert to Run for Re-election

Please join me in welcoming District 3 Supervisor Mary Rickert to A News Cafe as we discuss what led her to make an important decision earlier this afternoon. CHAMBERLAIN: Good evening, Supervisor Rickert. Thank you for taking the time to… Continue Reading


Shasta County Board of Supervisors Greenlights Board Chair’s Shooting Sports Center

In a grinding five-hour evening session, the Shasta County Board of Supervisors voted 3-1 on board chair Patrick Jones’ request to change the zoning on his 150-acre Millville Plains parcel from 40-acre residential to commercial/recreational, greenlighting Jones’ dream to build… 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


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


Shasta County Supervisors Meeting Reveals Far-Right Crazy Quilt of Resolutions, Insults and Ignorance

For rational folks who’ve kept abreast of the nearly four-year-long dumpster fire that’s Shasta County’s new normal, a cringeworthy dread often accompanies the sight of dignified newcomers at Shasta County Board of Supervisors meetings. It’s akin to the anxiety one… Continue Reading


Supervisors Set New Ejection Record Tuesday; Hear 3 Hours of Public Comments Then End Meeting With Plenty of Verbal Fireworks

Shasta County’s Board of Supervisors set a new record Tuesday by ejecting an audience member and clearing the board chambers within the first 10 minutes of reciting the Pledge of Allegiance at 9 a.m. This was the fourth such ejection… Continue Reading


Board Chair Orders African-American Veteran From Chambers, Allows N-Word Hurling Speaker to Remain

Hurled profanity. Pounded lecterns. Delivered death threats. Raised fists. Jeers. Yells. Sneers. Bullhorns. Bullying. Crude props and signs. Sarcasm. Ridicule. Hissing. Booing. Shouting. Mockery. Those words and worse describe the state of incivility and chaos found inside the Shasta County… Continue Reading


Shasta Supes Vote 3-2 to Scrap Machine Votes in Favor of Hand Tally for Election Ballots

For the third time in as many months, Shasta County’s Board of Supervisors upheld a 3-2 vote Tuesday to scrap the county’s Democracy Suite 2.2 ballot counting system leased by Dominion Voting Systems of Denver, Colo., in favor of a… Continue Reading


County Craziness: Crye Charges County for MyPillow CEO Visit. Town Hall Restrictions. Pro-Hand-Count Supes Bring Hand-Count ‘Expert’ to Registrar of Voter’s Meeting.

Last week, without a whiff of a warning or any official blessings or encouragement from sane county staff, fellow supervisors or rational citizens, Shasta County District 1 Supervisor Kevin Crye flew across the country for a face-to-face meeting with his… Continue Reading