<b>Scandal and reform</b>

EDITOR: As a former executive director of the Sonoma Developmental Center, I am mortified but not surprised that events have progressed in such a lamentable way ("State acts on abuse reports," Thursday). However, it does not need to be the mess it is.

As executive director from 1980 through 1987, with the help of a knowledgeable headquarters staff, we rescued a lost license and managed to achieve accreditation under the toughest standard in the United States within that period of time. Other similar facilities performed similarly after being found seriously wanting in terms of poor treatment and failure to provide needed therapies.

I was astounded at the Department of Developmental Services assertion that the current criticisms and citations have nothing to do the problem with policing. Anyone who knows anything about the history of large congregate facilities in our country knows that needed changes and reforms have always proceeded on the heels of scandal and almost never on the heels of goodness and a wish to do the right thing.

Keep the pressure on. There is a lot more to discover.



2017 Recreational Abalone Season at a Glance

April and November now closed to the harvest of red abalone

Season open May 1 - June 30, Aug. 1 - Oct. 31

Fishing permitted 8 a.m. to half-hour after sunset daily

Season limit is 12 per calendar year, reduced from 18 last year

Only 9 abalone may be taken from waters south of Mendocino County

Daily limit is 3 abalone

Minimum size is 7 inches or more measured at the longest shell diameter

SOURCE: California Department of Fish and Wildlife