Karen Wincott met [[:ben-monroe]] while writing a story about outsourcing in California. The hard-nosed reporter from upstate New York old money knew how to face facts: she’d fallen utterly in love. She quit the Times, bought the local newspaper, and …
In another age, Benjamin Monroe would have been considered a hippy. While he didn't necessarily believe in peace, love, and happiness for all mankind; he did feel a tangible connection to the world. A sense that Mother Earth was a living, animate life …
Morris Alesti grew up upper-middle class in Ukiah and never left town, going to community college and becoming a realtor. A very successful realtor, as it happens. He is the very reasonable broker for some of the wealthiest people in town, and barely …
If she’d been born in the middle ages, Tamina Wilkinson would make one hell of a feudal lady. As it stands, she is perfectly suited to running a ruthlessly efficient corporate franchise in the era of balkanized business.
A black woman from a lower- …
The ultimate local-boy-made-good, "Aaron Rodgers":http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aaron_Rodgers left Ukiah and spent ten years (seven starting) as quarterback for the Green Bay Packers, leading the team to two Superbowls, one of these a win, and being …
Greg Bitterman doesn’t talk about Vietnam because “nothing happened worth wasting an honest man’s breath on.” He served his country, he wore a funny little green hat, he lost a best friend and an arm in the same mine blast. He’s over it.
Madeline was born in Japan, an army brat with a Chinese-American father, though her family eventually returned to her parents’ home in Ukiah and she attended Ukiahi. She was an A-student, track star, and a very gifted dancer plucked right out of high …
Dax St. Jaques
Dax St. Jaques (pronounced "Saint Jax,") was always into hip-hop, and is something of an amateur rapper, which complements his profession as a full-time pot dealer. The son of working-middle-class parents, Dax dropped out of Ukiahi in his junior year, and …
* The Comries made their fortune in the lumber business, but Piper's father Daniel is a civil engineer.
* Piper was and is a major party girl who likes a very lavish lifestyle; she is one of the only people in town her age who still uses a cell phone
Dr. Alison Bell
_"Just because the patient assumed I was a stripper-gram doesn't mean I have any idea how that laxative got in his drip."_
Everyone at Evanescent Hospital agrees that Dr. Alison Bell is a gift. Warm and sarcastic, with a no-nonsense bedside manner, she …
People rarely see Paolo Brutocao in Ukiah for more than a few days back-to-back, and that includes his family. The man does business up and down the west coast, and prefers a personal touch, especially now that phones are so expensive. Planes are …
There are literally dozens of people in Mendocino Valley with the surname Mendoza, but only Larisa’s family claims descent from the original Mendozas for whom the valley is named. This makes her something of an unofficial aristocrat, especially with the …
Cesaré is a hale ninety-nine years old, the twice-elected mayor of Ukiah and elder statesman of the Brutocao vineyard. More popular with rich and poor alike than his cold, jet-setting son, Cesaré inherited the family business when his elder brother …
The Brutocaos are the most influential vintners in Mendocino. The Mendozas gave the county its name. As the heir to both families, that puts a lot of pressure on young Rachel Brutocao. Thus far, she has risen to the demands of her birth, but people around …
(FBP) Graham Keong
Graham is a ferocious, ambitious, no-nonsense werewolf. Hard-bitten and hard-nosed, he believes in two things: Military values and what he can see with his own eyes. And he sees that America has grown weak, soft, and corrupt. Well, not in his hometown! …
(FBP) Joaquin "GI Joe" Hawkes
Joaquin’s mother was a cleaning lady in the suburbs, lucky enough to marry the son of one of her clients. The family took care of her immigration problems and eventually accepted her, and Joaquin was raised in a loving home.
That didn’t stop him from …
(FBP) Jamie "the Hound" Baskerville
(FBP) Jude "Judge Judie" Cartwright
(FBP) Pastor Caroline Danforth
It’s not easy to find a Christian denomination that squares easily with the Uratha lifestyle. Dark animism is a hard-enough sell to the meek who inherited the earth, without the whole turning-into-a-giant-lupine thing.
It was Changing into just such a …
Billy came out of the heyday of Delta Blues, but nowhere near the delta. Instead he was born in California's central valley, where his parents were farmers. Billy left home at a young age and headed to Mississippi, where he learned to play and wail just …
(GGG) Tyrel Washington "Stretch" Willis
As a teen athlete in the Mission, Tyrel Willis was too tall and gangling to ever make it in his beloved sport of football, and so was relegated to basketball. He became a local hoops sensation, but the name “Stretch” was an insult.
Then he Changed, …
(GGG) Ronny Shinigami
His girlfriend gone and his _dojinshi_ rejected, pretentious teen genius Ronald Ishihara tried to commit _seppuku_ with a Chinatown katana, only to find his wound closing around the blade. Rescued by the Fingers of the Hand, Ronny faced a brutal training …