Mendocino County, California

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Budget Y
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Meetings Y
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Elected Officials P
Administrative Officials N
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Permits, zoning N
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Audits Y
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Contracts N
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Lobbying N
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Public records Y
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Local taxes Y
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Mendocino County is one of 58 counties in California. Ukaih is the county seat.

Website evaluation

Main article: Evaluation of California county websites

The good

  • The names of all board of supervisor members are published.[1]
  • Agendas and minutes of board of supervisor meetings are published.[2]
  • Audit reports are published.[3]
  • The budget is published.[4]
  • Information on taxes is published.[5]

The bad

  • Contact information for board of supervisor members is not provided.
  • No information is provided for administrative officials, building permits and zoning, contracts, and lobbying.

Public Pensions

To meet new public pension financing rules, Mendocino County, along with five others, would have to dedicate all of their existing property taxes to pay for pensions or pursue municipal bankruptcy through the courts, according to a report by Moody’s municipal credit rating agency. Moody’s proposed changes in evaluating pension funds are:[7]

  • The assumed rate of return on pension fund investments will be lowered from 7.75 percent to 5.5 percent. The lower the interest rate on pension fund investments, the larger the cash contribution required by employees or counties. Public pension funds have assumed unrealistically high investment return rates based on inflation during the Mortgage Bubble.
  • Municipalities will be required to catch up on its unfunded pension liabilities in 17-years, not the 20 to 30 year period now used.
  • Full payment of borrowed principal and interest – called full amortization — will be required in making pension payments. This means that level payments will be required, not graduated payments that start low and rise over time.


Main article: California government sector lobbying

In 2008, Mendocino County reported $80,000 spent on lobbying the federal government.[8] Mendocino County pays for services of the lobbying firm Alcade & Fay.[9]

For 2007 and 2008, the county spent $157,840 on lobbying the California legislature.[10]

External links


  1. Board
  2. Meetings
  3. Audits
  4. Budget
  5. Taxes
  6. Records
  7. Fox and Hounds Daily, Moody’s New Pension Rules Would Bankrupt Six Cal Counties, Jan. 16, 2013
  8. [1]
  9. Client List
  10. State-Level Lobbying and Taxpayers: How Much Do We Really Know?, Pacific Research Institute