Days after being temporarily suspended by station management, 99.9 KTYD FM Early Show host Matt McAllister made an appearance – along with co-hosts Julie Ramos and Hayseed – on The Late Show with David Letterman last Thursday night. McAllister and crew went big-time after word spread of their record-breaking T-shirt-wearing feat last month at Earl Warren Showgrounds. During the course of the late-night broadcast, McAllister essentially transformed himself into the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man by putting on 121 T-shirts.

Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV) received a Ms. Foundation for Women grant that will allow them to help their clients expand their “pre-bankable micro-enterprises.” WEV was started in 1991 by former Shelter Services for Women staff and other feminists who sought to help women become financially independent by starting small businesses. It now seeks to increase the size and longevity of startups by providing more sustained technical support. The Ms. Foundation grant coincided with the Nobel Peace Prize being awarded to Muhammad Yunus and the Grameen Bank he founded, for their work in micro-loans and women’s economic development worldwide.

In order to ensure continued functioning of local government in case county supervisors are killed, injured, or missing during an avian flu pandemic, county staff presented a chart showing a backup chain of command. For example, if Chair Joni Gray were out of commission, the district attorney would vote in her place; if the DA were unavailable, the agricultural commissioner would fill in; as a last resort, the social services director would be called upon. Each supervisor has a different set of replacements. In addition, the Public Health Department is now seeking medical reserves volunteers, according to a progress report on the county’s pandemic strategy.

The Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a 3.5 percent pay raise for themselves (effective December 22), bringing their salaries to a little over $84,000 per year. Several supervisors characterized the vote as “difficult,” but necessary to forestall more sudden and dramatic pay increases further on. Earlier in the day, the salary for several county jobs jumped as much as 32 percent after remaining stagnant for years.

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