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Encyclopedia > Mendocino County, California
Mendocino County, California
Map
Map of California highlighting Mendocino County
Location in the state of California
Map of the U.S. highlighting California
California's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded 1850
Seat Ukiah
Largest city Ukiah
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

3,878 sq mi (10,044 km²)
3,509 sq mi (9,088 km²)
369 sq mi (956 km²), 9.52%
Population
 - (2000)
 - Density

86,265
23/sq mi (9/km²)
Website: www.co.mendocino.ca.us

Mendocino County is a county located on the north coast of the U.S. state of California, north of the greater San Francisco Bay Area and west of the Central Valley. As of 2000, the population was 86,265. The county seat is Ukiah. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... This article is about the U.S. state. ... Image File history File links Map_of_USA_CA.svg‎ File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): California ... For other uses of terms redirecting here, see US (disambiguation), USA (disambiguation), and United States (disambiguation) Motto In God We Trust(since 1956) (From Many, One; Latin, traditional) Anthem The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington, D.C. Largest city New York City National language English (de facto)1 Demonym American... A county seat is a term for an administrative center for a county, primarily used in the United States. ... Ukiah is the county seat of Mendocino County, California. ... This article is about the physical quantity. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ... Square kilometre (U.S. spelling: square kilometer), symbol km², is a decimal multiple of SI unit of surface area square metre, one of the SI derived units. ... 2000 US Census logo The Twenty-Second United States Census, known as Census 2000 and conducted by the Census Bureau, determined the resident population of the United States on April 1, 2000, to be 281,421,906, an increase of 13. ... Population density per square kilometre by country, 2006 Population density map of the world in 1994. ... A county is generally a sub-unit of regional self-government within a sovereign jurisdiction. ... Federal courts Supreme Court Circuit Courts of Appeal District Courts Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Local Government Other countries Atlas  US Government Portal      A U.S. state is any one of the fifty subnational entities of... This article is about the U.S. state. ... Bay Area redirects here. ... The California Central Valley Part of the Valley as seen from overhead A typical Central Valley scene at ground level The California Central Valley is a large, flat valley that dominates the central portion of the U.S. state of California. ... A county seat is a term for an administrative center for a county, primarily used in the United States. ... Ukiah is the county seat of Mendocino County, California. ...


The county is noted for its distinctive Pacific Ocean coastline, Redwood forests, marijuana and wine production. This article is about the species commonly called Coast Redwood. For the species commonly called Giant Sequoia, see Sequoiadendron. ... An American Viticultural Area (AVA) is a delimited grape-growing region distinguishable by geographic features, with boundaries defined by the United States governments Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB). ...

Contents

History

Mendocino County was one of the original counties of California, created in 1850 at the time of statehood. Due to an initially low population, it did not have a separate government until 1859 and was under the administration of Sonoma County prior to that. The county contains several of the original Spanish land grants of Alta California including the Sanel Rancho in Hopland, and the Yokayo Rancho that forms the majority of the Ukiah Valley. Sonoma County is a county located on Californias Pacific coast north of the San Francisco Bay Area. ... Alta California (Upper California) was formed in 1804 when the province of California, then a part of the Spanish colony of New Spain, was divided in two along the line separating the Franciscan missions in the north from the Dominican missions in the south. ...


The county derives its name from Cape Mendocino, which was probably named in honor of either Antonio de Mendoza, Viceroy of New Spain, 1535–1542 (who sent the Juan Cabrillo Expedition to this coast in 1542), or Lorenzo Suárez de Mendoza, Viceroy from 1580 to 1583. Mendocino is the adjectival form of the family name of Mendoza. Cape Mendocino in Humboldt County, California, USA, is the westernmost point on the coast of California. ... Don Antonio de Mendoza, conde de Tendilla, was the first Viceroy of New Spain, serving from 1535 - 1550. ... A viceroy is a royal official who governs a country or province in the name of and as representative of the monarch. ... map of New Spain in red, with territories claimed but not controlled in orange. ... pie is nice Year 1535 was a common year starting on Friday (link will display the full calendar) of the Julian calendar. ... Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo, in Portuguese João Rodrigues Cabrilho, (ca 1499–January 3, 1543) was an explorer noted for his exploration of the west coast of North America while sailing for Spain. ... Lorenzo Suárez de Mendoza, fourth count of La Coruña Lorenzo Suárez de Mendoza, 4th conde de la Coruña (Spanish: Don Lorenzo Suárez de Mendoza, cuatro conde de la Coruña) (ca. ... Last name redirects here. ...


In the nineteenth century, the county witnessed many of the most serious atrocities in the extermination of the Californian Native American tribes who originally lived in the area, like the Yuki, the Pomo and the Wintun. The systematic occupation of their lands, the reduction of many of their members into slavery and the raids against their settlements led to the Mendocino War in 1859, where hundreds of Indians were killed. The segregation continued well into the 20th century. Alternative meaning: Nineteenth Century (periodical) (18th century — 19th century — 20th century — more centuries) As a means of recording the passage of time, the 19th century was that century which lasted from 1801-1900 in the sense of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the people indigenous to the United States. ... [[Image:YukiTribe. ... The term Pomo may refer to: The Pomo nickname for city of Pomona, California PoMo - a popular nickname for Postmodernism, an artistic movement emerging from and reacting to modernism. ... Pre-contact distribution of Wintun peoples Wintun (also Wintuan, Wintoon) is the name generally given to a group of related Native American tribes who lived in Northern California, including the Wintu, Nomlaki, Patwin and Southern Patwin tribes. ... The Mendocino War was a conflict between settlers and Native American Indians in California that took place in 1859. ... (19th century - 20th century - 21st century - more centuries) Decades: 1900s 1910s 1920s 1930s 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s As a means of recording the passage of time, the 20th century was that century which lasted from 1901–2000 in the sense of the Gregorian calendar (1900–1999 in the...


Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 3,878 square miles (10,044 km²), of which, 3,509 square miles (9,088 km²) of it is land and 369 square miles (956 km²) of it (9.52%) is water. The United States Census Bureau (officially Bureau of the Census as defined in Title ) is a part of the United States Department of Commerce. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ... A square metre (US spelling: square meter) is by definition the area enclosed by a square with sides each 1 metre long. ...


Cities and towns

Albion is a census-designated place in Mendocino County, California, USA with a population of 1,035. ... Boonville is an unincorporated town in Anderson Valley in Mendocino County, California. ... Branscomb is a town in California, United States. ... Calpella is an unincorporated community located in Mendocino County, California. ... Caspar is a zip code tabulation area located in coastal Mendocino County, California. ... Covelo is a census-designated place located in Mendocino County, California. ... Elk is a census-designated place in Mendocino County, California with a population of 208. ... Pudding Creek Trestle Aerial view of the southern section of Fort Bragg and the mouth of the Noyo River. ... Gualala is an unincorporated community in Mendocino County in the U.S. state of California. ... Hopland is a small town of less than 800 people located at the start of the Redwoods in Mendocino county of Northern California. ... Laytonville is a census-designated place located in Mendocino County, California. ... Little River is a small town in Mendocino County, California, located a few miles south of the town of Mendocino and running along the coast onCalifornia Highway 1. ... View of Mendocino from the Northwest Mendocino is a census-designated place (CDP) in Mendocino County, California, United States. ... Philo is an unincorporated town in Anderson Valley located in western Mendocino County, California. ... Point Arena and the Point Arena lighthouse, looking southward from Manchester State Beach. ... History In 1852, when William and Thomas Potter and Mose Briggs first entered what would be known as Potter Valley, they were searching for the headwaters of the Russian River from their base in Sonoma County. ... Redwood Valley is a census-designated place located in Mendocino County, California. ... Talmage is a census-designated place located in Mendocino County, California. ... Ukiah is the county seat of Mendocino County, California. ... Willits is a city in Mendocino County, California, United States. ...

Adjacent counties

Sonoma County is on the northwest coast of California, one of the northernmost parts of the greater San Francisco Bay Area, U.S. Its population at the 2000 census was 458,614. ... Lake County is a county located in the north central portion of the U.S. state of California, north of the San Francisco Bay Area. ... Glenn County is a county located in the California Central Valley north of Sacramento County. ... Tehama County (pronounced teh-HAY-muh) is a county located in the northern part of the U.S. state of California. ... Trinity County is a county located in northwestern California, along the Trinity River and among the Klamath Mountains. ... Humboldt County is a county located on the northwest coast of the U.S. state of California, on the Pacific Ocean. ...

Transportation infrastructure

Major highways

Image File history File links US_101_(CA). ... U.S. Route 101, also known as Highway 101, The 101 in Southern California, and simply 101 in Northern California, is one of the last remaining and longest U.S. Routes still active in California. ... Image File history File links California_1. ... State Route 1, often called Highway 1, is a state highway that runs along a large length of the Pacific coast of the U.S. State of California. ... Image File history File links California_20. ... JUNCTION POSTMILE SR-1 MEN 0. ... Image File history File links California_128. ... State Route 128 is a state highway in the U.S. state of California, passing through the states Wine Country. ... Image File history File links California_253. ... State Route 253 is from Route 128 near Boonville, California to Route 101 near Ukiah, California. ...

Public transportation

The Mendocino Transit Authority provides local and intercity bus service within Mendocino County. Limited service also connects with transit in Sonoma County The Mendocino Transit Authority (MTA) is a public bus system that serves Jitney and Ukiah. ... Sonoma County is on the northwest coast of California, one of the northernmost parts of the greater San Francisco Bay Area, U.S. Its population at the 2000 census was 458,614. ...


Airports

  • Ukiah Regional Airport is a general aviation airport owned by the City of Ukiah. It is located south of downtown Ukiah.
  • Little River Airport is a general aviation airport serving the Mendocino coast.

Demographics

Mendocino vineyard
Mendocino vineyard

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 86,265 people, 33,266 households, and 21,855 families residing in the county. The population density was 25 people per square mile (9/km²). There were 36,937 housing units at an average density of 10 per square mile (4/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 80.76% White, 0.62% Black or African American, 4.76% Native American, 1.20% Asian, 0.15% Pacific Islander, 8.61% from other races, and 3.90% from two or more races. 16.48% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 12.2% were of German, 10.8% English, 8.6% Irish, 6.1% Italian and 5.6% American ancestry according to Census 2000. 84.4% spoke English and 13.2% Spanish as their first language. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1000x671, 369 KB) Summary A vineyard and mansion seen in Mendocino County, California, next to U.S. Highway 101. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1000x671, 369 KB) Summary A vineyard and mansion seen in Mendocino County, California, next to U.S. Highway 101. ... Image:1870 census Lindauer Weber 01. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... A stereotypical German The Germans (German: die Deutschen), or the German people, are a nation in the meaning an ethnos (in German: Volk), defined more by a sense of sharing a common German culture and having a German mother tongue, than by citizenship or by being subjects to any particular... This article is about the English as an ethnic group and nation. ... Languages Italian, Sicilian, Neapolitan, Corsican, Sardinian, Emiliano-Romagnolo, Ligurian, Lombard, Piedmontese, Venetian, Ladin, Friulian Religions predominantly Roman Catholic      The Italians are a Southern European ethnic group found primarily in Italy and in a wide-ranging diaspora throughout Western Europe, the Americas and Australia. ... The United States 2000 Census, conducted by the Census Bureau, determined the resident population of the United States on April 1, 2000, to be 281,421,906, an increase of 13. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ...


There were 33,266 households out of which 31.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.9% were married couples living together, 11.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.3% were non-families. 27.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.53 and the average family size was 3.04. Matrimony redirects here. ...


In the county the population was spread out with 25.5% under the age of 18, 8.1% from 18 to 24, 25.6% from 25 to 44, 27.1% from 45 to 64, and 13.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 98.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.1 males.


The median income for a household in the county was $35,996, and the median income for a family was $42,168. Males had a median income of $33,128 versus $23,774 for females. The per capita income for the county was $19,443. About 10.9% of families and 15.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.5% of those under age 18 and 7.7% of those age 65 or over. Per capita income means how much each individual receives, in monetary terms, of the yearly income generated in their country. ... Map of countries showing percentage of population who have an income below the national poverty line The poverty line is the level of income below which one cannot afford to purchase all the resources one requires to live. ...


Government

  • Chief Executive Officer- Tom Mitchell
  • Board of Supervisors
    • 1st District-Michael Delbar
    • 2nd District-Jim R. Wattenburger
    • 3rd District-John Pinches
    • 4th District-Kendall Smith
    • 5th District-J. David Colfax

Politics

Presidential election results
Year DEM GOP Others
2004 63.5% 24,385 33.7% 12,955 2.8% 1,089
2000 48.3% 16,634 35.7% 12,272 16.0% 5,504
1996 45.7% 14,952 29.9% 9,765 24.4% 7,975
1992 50.2% 18,344 21.8% 7,958 28.0% 10,236
1988 55.4% 17,152 41.9% 12,979 2.6% 816
1984 45.8% 14,407 52.1% 16,369 2.1% 646
1980 38.2% 10,784 44.1% 12,432 17.7% 5,008
1976 49.5% 10,653 45.5% 9,784 5.0% 1,072
1972 43.3% 9,325 51.0% 11,128 5.7% 1,251
1968 44.3% 7,935 46.4% 8,305 9.3% 1,664
1964 65.1% 11,869 34.7% 6,322 0.2% 36
1960 50.2% 9,476 49.3% 9,301 0.5% 94

Mendocino is a strongly Democratic county in Presidential and congressional elections.[2] The last Republican to win a majority in the county was Ronald Reagan in 1984. It is part of California's 1st congressional district, which is held by Democrat Mike Thompson. In the state legislature Mendocino is in the 1st Assembly district, which is held by Democrat Patty Berg, and the 2nd Senate district, which is held by Democrat Pat Wiggins. Federal courts Supreme Court Circuit Courts of Appeal District Courts Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Local Government Other countries Atlas  Politics Portal      Further information: Politics of the United States#Organization of American political parties The Democratic... GOP redirects here. ... Presidential election results map. ... Presidential electoral votes by state. ... Presidential electoral votes by state. ... Presidential electoral votes by state. ... The election was held on November 8, 1988. ... Presidential electoral votes by state. ... Presidential electoral votes by state. ... Presidential electoral votes by state. ... Presidential electoral votes by state. ... Presidential electoral votes by state. ... Presidential electoral votes by state. ... Presidential electoral votes by state. ... Federal courts Supreme Court Circuit Courts of Appeal District Courts Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Local Government Other countries Atlas  Politics Portal      Further information: Politics of the United States#Organization of American political parties The Democratic... Federal courts Supreme Court Circuit Courts of Appeal District Courts Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Local Government Other countries Atlas  US Government Portal      For other uses, see President of the United States (disambiguation). ... Type Bicameral Houses Senate House of Representatives President of the Senate President pro tempore Dick Cheney, (R) since January 20, 2001 Robert C. Byrd, (D) since January 4, 2007 Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, (D) since January 4, 2007 Members 535 plus 4 Delegates and 1 Resident Commissioner Political... Reagan redirects here. ... Presidential electoral votes by state. ... California congressional districts since 2003. ... C. Michael Mike Thompson (born January 24, 1951), American politician, has been a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives since 1999, representing the 1st District of California (map), which includes Napa, Lake, Mendocino, Humboldt and Del Norte Counties as well as parts of Yolo and Sonoma Counties. ... Californias Capitol, where the State Legislature meets California State Assembly chamber California state Senate chamber The California Legislature is the legislative branch of the state government of California. ... Patty Berg was first elected to the California State Assembly in November 2002 to represent the 1st Assembly District. ... Pat Wiggins has been a State Senator since 2006. ...


In 2000, Mendocino County voters approved Measure G, which calls for the decriminalization of marijuana when used and cultivated for personal use.[3] Measure G passed with a 58% majority vote, making it the first county in the United States to declare prosecution of small-scale marijuana offenses the "lowest priority" for local law enforcement. Measure G does not protect individuals who cultivate, transport or possess marijuana for sale. However, Measure G was passed at the local government level affecting only Mendocino County, and therefore does not affect existing state or federal laws. The city of Berkeley has had a similar law since 1979 which has generally been found to be unenforceable.[4] Berkeley is a city on the east shore of San Francisco Bay in Northern California, in the United States. ...


In 2008, the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors placed Measure B on the June 3 county-wide ballot. After three months of hard-fought campaigning and national attention, voters narrowly approved "B", which repealed most of the provisions of 2000's Measure G.[5]


In 2004, Measure H was passed in Mendocino County with a 57% majority, making it the first county in the United States to ban the production and cultivation of genetically modified organisms.
GMO redirects here. ...


The California Secretary of State, as of April, 2008, report that Mendocino County has 47,168 registered voters. Of those, 22,264 (47.2%) are registered Democratic, 11,422 (24.2%) are registered Republican, 4,179 (8.9%) are registered with other political parties, and 9,303 (19.7%) declined to state a political party. Every city, town, and the unincorporated areas of Mendocino County have more registered Democrats than Republicans.


Rivers

from south to north

The Russian River downstream of Duncans Mills The Russian River rises in the coastal mountains of Mendocino County, north of Ukiah, in Northern California. ... The Gualala River is a river on the northern coast of California. ... The Garcia River is a river on the northern coast of California, in southern Mendocino County. ... The Navarro River near its mouth The Navarro River is a river in Mendocino County, California. ... The Albion River is a river in Mendocino County, California. ... The Big River is a river in Mendocino County, California. ... The Noyo River is a river on the north coast of California in Mendocino County. ... The Eel River is a major river of the northern Pacific coast of California in the United States. ...

Beaches

A Beach Near the Town of Elk
  • Big River Beach
  • Caspar Headlands State Beach
  • Van Damme Beach
  • Greenwood State Beach
  • Seaside Beach
  • Wesport-Union Landing State Beach
  • Manchester State Beach
  • Navarro Beach
  • Portuguese Beach
  • Schooner Gulch State Beach
  • Long Valley Creek
  • 10 Mile Creek

Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixel Image in higher resolution (1600 × 1200 pixel, file size: 401 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Shot Taken on August 8, 2006 horseback riding in Elk, CA in Mendecino County. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixel Image in higher resolution (1600 × 1200 pixel, file size: 401 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Shot Taken on August 8, 2006 horseback riding in Elk, CA in Mendecino County. ...

Parks, reserves and related places

Islands off Mendocino
Islands off Mendocino

Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixel Image in higher resolution (1600 × 1200 pixel, file size: 1,005 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Photographer: quinn norton Title: Islands off Mendocino, California Taken on: 2004-08-04 13:00:14 Source: http://flickr. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixel Image in higher resolution (1600 × 1200 pixel, file size: 1,005 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Photographer: quinn norton Title: Islands off Mendocino, California Taken on: 2004-08-04 13:00:14 Source: http://flickr. ... The Admiral William Standley State Recreation Area is a state recreation area located north of the city of Santa Rosa, California, on the Eel River in Mendocino County. ... Hendy Woods State Park is a state park located in Mendocino County, California. ... MacKerricher State Park in Northern California offers a variety of habitats; beach, bluff, headland, dune, forest and wetland. ... Manchester State Park consists of 760 acres including 18,000 feet of protected beachfront on the Pacific Ocean in Northern California near Point Arena. ... The Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens are located on 47 acres (19 hectares) in Fort Bragg, California, USA between Californias Highway One and the Pacific Ocean. ... Mendocino Headlands State Park, in Mendocino, California, consists of 347 acres of undeveloped seaside bluffs and islets surrounding the town of Mendocino, two beaches (Big River Beach and Portuguese Beach), and the much larger Big River Unit stretching for eight miles along both banks of the nearby Big River. ... The Mendocino National Forest straddles the eastern spur of the Coastal Mountain Range in northwestern California, just a three hour drive north of San Francisco and Sacramento. ... The Mendocino Woodlands State Park (MWSA) is a campground in California. ... Redwood grove at Montgomery Woods Montgomery Woods State Reserve is a 1,145 acre state-owned park located in the Coastal Range in Mendocino County, California, United States. ... Navarro River Redwoods State Park is a state park consisting of an 11-mile stretch of second-growth redwood forest on the banks of the Navarro River in Mendocino County, California. ... Point Cabrillo Light is a lighthouse in northern California, United States, between Point Arena and Cape Mendocino, just south of the community of Caspar. ... Russian Gulch State Park is in Mendocino County, California. ... Van Damme State Park consists of about 1,831 acres (7. ...

Education

Community Colleges

Local Schools College of the Redwoods (CR) is a public two-year community college located near Eureka in Humboldt County, northern California. ...

List of school districts in Mendocino County, California Anderson Valley Unified School District Arena Union Elementary School District Fort Bragg Unified School District Laytonville Unified School District Leggett Valley Unified School District Manchester Union Elementary School District Mendocino Unified School District Point Arena Joint Union High School District Potter Valley...

References

  1. ^ American FactFinder. United States Census Bureau. Retrieved on 2008-01-31.
  2. ^ [1], epodunk.com
  3. ^ [2], canorml.org
  4. ^ [3], berkeleydailyplanet.com
  5. ^ Measure B on the June 3 ballot, Ballotpedia.

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External links

Coordinates: 39°26′N 123°26′W / 39.43, -123.43 Map of Earth showing lines of latitude (horizontally) and longitude (vertically), Eckert VI projection; large version (pdf, 1. ...


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