Category Archives: News & Announcements

Savings Bank donation buys pet disaster relief trailer

Ukiah, CA – June 3, 2019: The Public Safety Foundation is pleased to accept a $10,000 donation from the Savings Bank of Mendocino County for the purchase of a pet disaster relief trailer equipped with crates. As described in their letter:

With the funds from the bank, Sheriff Tom Allman and George Hodges will purchase the trailer and have a graphic image applied that includes the bank’s logo. This pet disaster relief trailer will be used locally and potentially as mutual aid in nearby counties to provide a safe place for pets during a disaster.

Knowing that their pets are safe and receiving care will allow families to have some peace of mind, so they can focus on their personal evacuation and recovery needs.

As we approach another wildfire season, many thanks to our local community bank for this valuable contribution to Mendocino County’s safety needs!

Patriots Day barbecue a success!

Hosts Johnny & Gloria Keyes with Search & Rescue team members

Ukiah, CA – September 11, 2018: The day was a great success, with over 100 served from our new grill. Foundation board members were on hand with Sheriff Allman to welcome first responders and friends. As the lunch hour dust settled, we caught these images of volunteers and lingering guests outside the Forks Ranch Market. We were prepared to serve more, the nearby encampment of far-flung firefighters and personnel having recently vacated the area. Our thanks and gratitude are extended to all who responded to the River and Ranch Fires in Mendocino County, indeed to all those working for public safety in the face of wildfires in California and beyond.

– Photos by J. Orth




Patriots Day BBQ – Heroes Appreciation Luncheon

Ukiah, CA – September 5, 2018: Please join us Tuesday, September 11 from 11am to 2pm at the Forks Ranch Market, 3152 North State Street, at Lake Mendocino Drive in Ukiah, as we welcome and thank All First Responders and Military Personnel – firefighters, law enforcement officers, EMTs, veterans, and SAR volunteers in the wake of California’s largest wildfire.

Lunch is free of charge, courtesy of Johnny & Gloria Keyes and the Mendocino Public Safety Foundation. More information: (707) 463-4085. Download poster

Save the Date: September 11 barbecue for First Responders

Ukiah, CA – For Patriots Day, Sheriff Allman and the Public Safety Foundation are planning a barbecue to appreciate all of the courageous responders to the Mendocino wildfires. A generous donor has enabled the Foundation to purchase an industrial, tow-behind gas grill for disaster response needs. We will help break it in with a little celebration together, so mark your calendars. The event will take place outside the Ranch Market, at North State Street and Lake Mendocino Drive in Ukiah. More details will be posted.

Locals join nationwide March For Our Lives

Ukiah students rally for gun safety at the Courthouse

Ukiah, CA – March 24, 2018: Local students gathered with sympathetic community members at Alex Thomas Plaza, then marched down State Street to the Courthouse for a rally to end gun violence. The event coincided with over 800 marches in cities throughout all 50 states and every continent except Antarctica. The groundswell of action followed the school shooting in Parkland, Florida on Valentine’s Day.

At our meeting of March 22, the Foundation discussed how we can constructively address the growing problem of gun violence, in ways consistent with our role as a 501c3 nonprofit organization. It is not the first time the board has considered this controversial issue. With a movement sweeping the country, now the time is ripe to reopen the conversation. We have several ideas and will consult our membership before proceeding with any major new program. In the meantime, we think it’s important to maintain an open dialogue and find common ground among our diverse community.

Photo by J. Orth

Apologies and email problem corrected!

Ukiah, CA – Recently it came to our attention that our contact address,, had not been restored after the crash of our domain over a year ago. We were still getting your PayPal donations, since another email was active. But the address posted on this website did not function. Because of turnover in our board volunteer team (the Foundation has no staff), this took awhile for us to notice and repair. The good news is that is now up and running again.

We at the Mendocino Public Safety Foundation offer our sincere apologies to anyone who tried and failed to reach us. Please be assured that the Foundation is alive and well, meets regularly, and is always looking for more and better ways to support our local law enforcement agencies. Our board members appreciate all of membership and donors to this organization, and we invite the community to contact us anytime.

Other ways to reach us: By voice mail at (707) 467-3661 or by mail to P.O. Box 123, Ukiah, CA 95482. Thank you, and stay tuned for more news of the Foundation!

A Look Back: Successful 2016 Academy Graduate

Ukiah, CA – Cesar Mendoza is a Foundation scholarship awardee who attended Police Academy in Santa Rosa for a year-long training program starting in January 2016. On December 12, 2016, he was sworn in as an officer by Ukiah Police Chief Chris Dewey, with two other new officers in a ceremony at City Hall. Proud family, friends and supporters were on hand to witness the milestone event. Cesar (second from left) is bilingual and active in the local community.

Photo by J. Orth


2017 New Year’s greetings

Brooktrails, CA – January 2, 2017: To start the year off right, our website is back up and running. The blog was down for a few weeks, unfortunately, and several postings were lost. Looking ahead, we’ll make up for that with new ones as 2017 unfolds. On behalf of the foundation directors, have a happy, safe and peaceful New Year! Stay tuned for more news of the Mendocino Public Safety Foundation.

2016 Foundation Annual Meeting at Barra

Redwood Valley, CA – April 24, 2016: The Mendocino Public Safety Foundation’s annual meeting was held at the beautiful Barra Event Center. Foundation directors, friends and supporters gathered for a barbecue and presentation by Sheriff Allman and some of his deputies. A K-9 officer retirement ceremony was held for these brave canines who have served so well. Many thanks to all for supporting our law enforcement community. Some images of the day:





























Blog Editor’s note: This was re-posted February 20, 2017 to replace the post that was lost when our site was down for awhile.

March 2016 Annual Report released

Ukiah, CA – April 15, 2016: Mendocino Public Safety Foundation’s latest Annual Report is out. At our board meeting of March 17, everyone pitched in and stuffed envelopes for mailing to the membership. Have you received yours? Highlights include updates on scholarships to local young people aspiring to be peace officers in Mendocino County; the latest K-9 to join local forces; and a Foundation financial report. Continue for a quick link to View pdf report now.

Some of our volunteers at work preparing mail:

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