City of Ukiah, California

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Summer Fun

Once all the graduates have received their diplomas and thrown their mortar boards in the air, it’s time for some summer fun. But wait, before you run out the door, I have a few pointers to help keep your kids safe this summer. The fact is: busy kids are safe kids. When kids are out of school, studies show they... (Read more)

Red or Blue?

A few days ago, our officers responded to reported gang activity at a local elementary school. There, the officers learned that three sixth grade girls were questioning students during class breaks. “Which color is better, red or blue?” they asked. If a student choose red, the girls were quick to correct them,... (Read more)

Lined with Pride

I am privileged to live in Ukiah. Ukiah is a community where people care deeply enough about each other to line our streets with American flags to honor those who have served us so well. This caring nature is truly one of the best things about our community. This weekend we celebrate Memorial Day, and there is no... (Read more)

Growing Marijuana?

Last November, California voters approved Proposition 64, the Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA), which legalized some recreational uses of marijuana for adults. Since the law passed, many people have become confused about exactly where the line is between legal and illegal, sometimes mixing up medical marijuana... (Read more)

Day of the Teacher

Today, May 10, marks the 36th Annual California Day of the Teacher, and this entire week has been designated as Teacher Appreciation Week. I can’t think of a better time to take a moment to thank all of our teachers for the fantastic work they do. In Ukiah, we are fortunate to offer students educational... (Read more)

Help Wanted—Yours

A couple weeks ago, the Ukiah Daily Journal kicked off its annual spring fund drive for the Boys and Girls Club. I can’t begin to tell you how important this fundraising activity is to our entire community. It was just a few years ago that the Boys and Girls Club almost closed because of a lack of funding;... (Read more)

Performance Review 2017

Keeping Ukiah safe can be very challenging. Our officers work hard to reduce violent crimes and property crimes, and to improve the quality of life within our neighborhoods—and they do a great job, but that doesn’t stop them from looking for ways to do even better.    With issues as broad and complex as the... (Read more)

Crossing Safely

It’s been almost two years since a motorist hit and seriously injured a student in a crosswalk on N. State Street as she made her way to school. A crossing guard controlled the crosswalk, which was clearly marked as a school zone, and other cars had stopped to allow students to cross. Tragically, one driver did not... (Read more)

The Thin Gold Line

The Thin Gold Line   Regardless of your emergency—whether it’s a crime in progress, a medical crisis, or a fire threatening your home, the first person who answers your call for help is a dispatcher. Even though dispatchers can't see what’s happening, they serve as the eyes and ears of our first... (Read more)

In A Crisis

I recently received a call from a teacher asking about a refresher course on what to do in case of a school shooting. While a school or workplace shooting is not necessarily a topic you’d expect to worry about in a small, quiet town like Ukiah, the fact remains that these horrific events don’t just happen in... (Read more)

Eat Your Veggies!

I can’t begin to count the number of times I remember my mother telling me to eat my vegetables.  “They’re good for you,” she’d say. Boy, was she right. Veggies are not only good for us, vegetables help us reduce the risk of heart attacks, strokes and cancer. Now I’m the one saying, “Eat your... (Read more)


"Cyberbullying" occurs when a child, preteen or teen is tormented, threatened, harassed, humiliated, embarrassed or otherwise targeted by another child, preteen or teen using the Internet, interactive and digital technologies, or mobile phones, according to In last week’s column, I shared... (Read more)

Safety · Professionalism · Community Service