City of Ukiah, California

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The Science of Gratitude

Studies say that the benefits of practicing gratitude are nearly endless. The research indicates people who regularly take time to notice and reflect upon the things they're thankful for–even the little things–experience more positive emotions, feel more alive, sleep better, are more compassionate and kind, and... (Read more)

Thinking Local – Another Way to Support Our Community

Did you know that several recent economic studies clearly show that when you buy from locally owned businesses more of your money stays in the community? A study in Salt Lake City showed that 79 percent of dollars spent at local restaurants were recirculated in the community, as compared to 30 percent of the dollars... (Read more)

Protecting Ourselves and Our Nation

Unfortunately, scammers often take advantage of people right after a crisis, when they know people are vulnerable. If you were impacted during the Redwood Complex Fires, please be cautious.  The Insurance Information Institute says that many of the people who promise to provide services to disaster victims are... (Read more)

Helping Our Neighbors

First, let me say how lucky we are to live in this community. The Redwood Fire has been disastrous; but despite the devastation, over and over our community has found ways to help our friends and neighbors who’ve been impacted the most.  In fact, I can’t imagine a more caring and compassionate community than... (Read more)

Halloween Safety

 In last week’s column I shared ideas about how to choose (or make) safe Halloween costumes. This week, I’m sharing tips to keep you and your trick-or-treaters safe on Halloween. As you can imagine, Halloween is not Ukiah Police Department’s (UPD’s) favorite holiday. It tends to bring out the darker side of... (Read more)

Halloween Is Coming

Halloween Is Coming I’m sure you will understand when I tell you that Halloween just isn’t the Ukiah Police Department’s favorite holiday. In fact, it can be downright scary for our police officers and dispatchers!             Halloween brings out the darker side of some people, and it is this... (Read more)

The Things We Talk About

Most business coaches will tell you that the things you talk about most are the things that matter most to your organization. Emphasize company rules or filling out forms; and before you know it, those rules and forms will quickly seem more important than other aspects of the company. But are they really the things... (Read more)

Walking About

Today, October 4, is National Walk-to-School Day. It began as a one-time event to promote safe routes to schools, but during the past 20 years it has grown to include thousands of people in all 50 states. Part of the reason it gained so much momentum is because people realized that walking and biking to school are... (Read more)

Help Wanted

Those of us in Mendocino County law enforcement have one challenge that remains constant: hiring great people. If you’ve ever considered a career in law enforcement, now is the time to apply.  Whether you’re interested in working on the street as an officer or deputy, in the jail, in dispatch, or even in our... (Read more)

Teen Drivers

Teen Drivers Want to know when teenagers are most at risk of a collision? Hint: It’s not Friday or Saturday night. According to a recent survey by the American Automobile Association, teenagers are most likely to die in traffic collisions after school, between 3:00 and 6:00 PM on weeknights. Here’s why: ... (Read more)

Secret Lives of our Teens

Secret Lives of Our Teens In June, Harvard University announced that it had rescinded admissions offers to at least ten students who would have begun studies this fall. The reason? These students had all shared offensive images that mocked minority groups, child abuse, sexual assault, and the Holocaust, among... (Read more)

Be Great

I’m amazed at all the posters that decorate the walls at the Boys and Girls Club of Ukiah; they are everywhere. The more closely you look, the more you can admire the great work from some of the kids who attend this essential afterschool community program. Each poster includes an important message: No Bullying, Be... (Read more)

Safety · Professionalism · Community Service