Why does Mendocino County want to join the fourteen other California counties that are Charter counties? Because Charter counties empower participatory democracy by engaging the people to make the laws that custom fit their county. It's called Home Rule and the charter laws passed by a majority of the voters in an election are the equivalent of the laws passed by the California legislature. California became a Home Rule state in 1911 and Los Angeles was the first Home Rule county in the USA in 1913.

After the Charter Commissioners are elected, they will draft a county charter to be ratified by the voters in a future election. The following are a taste of what the future charter might provide for us.  The Charter Commissioners will gather input from every part of the county to make the charter as democratic as possible.  At this stage, the charter has not yet been written.

For example, the environmental ordinances—no fracking, no GMO agriculture within the county, no nuclear power plants—could be given added power by being made Charter law. Protect the people of Mendocino County by empowering them with a Charter.

Another example. The bees that pollinate the farmers' crops are being devastated by neonicotinoid pesticides. Charter law could prohibit the neonicotinoids and save the bees—and the Mendocino agricultural economy.

The Charter might require that Mendocino County's money be ethically invested prohibiting investments in companies that support GMO foods or pay no income tax, exploit their workers, or felon banks. Mendocino County should only invest ethically.

Under a Charter, laws could be passed regarding the Precautionary Principle, campaign contributions for County candidates, Instant Runoff Voting, regulating corporate campaign contributions, and public financing of elections.

And much, much more....

But these are a spattering of the potential issues for the charter commissioners to consider in Stage 2, after Measure W is approved by the voters on June 7th. 

All power to the people of Mendocino County!

Vote YES! for Measure W, to form the Commission that will write the future Mendocino County Charter.



Or send a check to Charter Project of Mendocino County
PO Box 1133 Ukiah, CA 95482-1133

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W Endorsers

  • Judy Albert
  • The Apple Farm
  • Daniel AuClair
  • Laura Balows
  • Tim Bates
  • Suzanne Beers
  • Pat Black
  • Ali Boecker
  • Sue Boecker
  • Marilyn Boosinger
  • Jeff Box
  • Christine Boyd
  • Pam Brown
  • Michael Burgess
  • Elaine Charkowski
  • John Russel Cobbe
  • Els Cooperrider
  • Meg Courtney
  • Cecile Cutler
  • Govinda Dalton
  • Jed Davis
  • Tammy Davis
  • Norman de Vall
  • John Fremont
  • Katrina Frey
  • Frey Vineyards
  • Denise Gallagher
  • Clifford A. Gosset
  • David Gourney
  • Anderson Valley Grange
  • Inglenook Grange
  • Little Lake Grange
  • Redwood Valley Community Guild
  • Kathryn Green
  • David Gourney
  • Supervisor Dan Hamburg
  • James R. Hochgraef
  • Crispin B. Hollingshead
  • Kimber Holmes
  • David A. Jeffreys
  • Linda Jupiter
  • Margaret Koster
  • Andrea Lacedonia
  • Blaire Ladd
  • Ronald Lippert
  • Freddie Long
  • John Marshall
  • Jane E. McCabe
  • Lynda McClure
  • Doug McKenty
  • Mendocino Cannabis Policy Council
  • Mendocino County Democratic Central Committee
  • Mendocino Women's Political Coalition
  • Richard Louis Miller
  • Cathy Monroe
  • Trudy Morgan
  • Miranda Mott
  • Val Muchowski
  • Ron & Susan Munson
  • Traci Pellar
  • Tami Pleck
  • Linda Posner
  • Ann Rennacker
  • Holly Rick
  • Bettina Robbi [Tara Sufiana]
  • Ellen Rosser
  • Mark Safron
  • Ana Victoria Salcido
  • Steve Scalmanini
  • Jef Schultz
  • Robert Paul Sloan Jr.
  • David Sowder
  • Jon Spitz
  • Maria Teresa St. John
  • Michael St. John
  • Lori-Rachel Stone
  • Madge Strong
  • Acorn Sunbeam
  • Robin Sunbeam
  • Jim & Judy Tarbell
  • Sheila Dawn Tracy
  • Turtle Creek Associates
  • Maggie Watson
  • Alessandro Welsh
  • William F. White
  • Agnes Woolsey
  • Anne Wright
  • Keith Wyner
  • Mary Zellachild