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WEEKEND STORM JKB 3/21/11

  • A WEEKEND STORM CREATED HAVOC ALL ACROSS THE NORTH COAST, , TOPPLING TREES, KNOCKING DOWN POWER LINES, AND FLOODING ROADS.

THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE LOST POWER SATURDAY NIGHT, MANY OF WHICH WERE STILL WITHOUT ELECTRICITY AS OF LAST NIGHT. ACCORDING TO PG&E ABOUT 3500 CUSTOMERS IN LAKE AND MENDOCINO COUNTIES WERE STILL WITHOUT POWER AS OF LATE SUNDAY, INCLUDING ABOUT 770 CUSTOMERS IN THE UKIAH AREA. CUSTOMERS IN THE REGINA HEIGHTS AREA MAY BE WITHOUT POWER UNTIL THE END OF THE WEEK. THE HEAVY RAINS CAUSED EXTENSIVE FLOODING ON THE COAST AND IN LAKE COUNTY, WITH FLOODING CLOSING NUMEROUS ROADS IN BOTH AREAS. CLEARLAKE HAS RISEN ABOVE ITS FULL LEVEL OF 7.56 ON THE RUMSEY SCALE, AND WITH MORE THAN 4 INCHES OF RAIN PREDICTED TO FALL BETWEEN NOW AND THURSDAY, IS EXPECTED TO CREST AT 8 AND A HALF FEET RUMSEY BY WEDNESDAY. OFFICIALS SAY THAT COULD LEAD TO WIDESPREAD FLOODING AS CLEARLAKES NATURAL OUTLET, CACHE CREEK IS TOO SMALL TO ALLOW WATER TO LEAVE THE LAKE AS FAST AS IT IS ENTERING. FORECASTERS SAY WE CAN EXPECT AT LEAST ANOTHER WEEK OF SIGNIFICANT RAIN.

ELDERLY MAN STRANDED JKB 3/21/11

  • SEARCH AND RESCUE CREWS WERE SEARCHING FOR AN ELDERLY MAN THAT GOT CAUGHT IN HEAVY SNOW ON ELK MOUNTAIN ROAD ABOVE UPPER LAKE OVER THE WEEKEND.

ACCORDING TO REPORTS, THE MAN GOT STRANDED AS THE WEEKEND STORM DUMPED SEVERAL INCHES OF SNOW LATE SATURDAY AFTERNOON. RADIO REPORTS INDICATED A LAKE COUNTY SEARCH AND RESCUE TEAM LOCATED THE MAN AND AT LEAST ONE OTHER PERSON LATE SUNDAY NIGHT AFTER IT APPEARED THE SEARCH WAS BEING CALLED OFF FOR THE NIGHT, BUT THAT REPORT HAS NOT YET BEEN CONFIRMED BY OFFICIAL SOURCES. NO OTHER DETAILS ABOUT THE INCIDENT, INCLUDING THE NAME OF THE STRANDED MAN HAVE BEEN RELEASED. WE WILL HAVE AN UPDATE ON THIS STORY AS THE INFORMATION BECOMES AVAILABLE.

E-QUAKES AT THE GEYSERS JKB 3/21/11

  • IT WAS A VERY SEISMICALLY ACTIVE WEEKEND AT THE GEYSERS, WITH 3 QUAKES LARGER THAN 3.0 STRIKING THE AREA SINCE EARLY SATURDAY MORNING.

THE FIRST QUAKE STRUCK AT 9 MINUTES AFTER MIDNIGHT SATURDAY MORNING AND MEASURED 3.0 IN MAGNITUDE. IT WAS CENTERED 3 MILES EAST OF THE STEAM FIELDS. THE 2ND QUAKE MEASURED 3.5 IN MAGNITUDE AND OCCURRED AT 1:17 AM SUNDAY MORNING 2 MILES EAST SOUTH EAST OF THE GEYSERS. THE THIRD QUAKE STRUCK 4 MILES NORTH EAST OF THE STEAM FIELDS AND 2 MILES WEST OF COBB AT 3:08 PM SUNDAY AND MEASURED 3.3 IN MAGNITUDE. MORE THAN 38 SMALLER QUAKES HAVE BEEN MEASURED SINCE SATURDAY MORNINGS QUAKE. THE WEEKENDS QUAKES WERE THE 6TH, 7TH AND 8TH QUAKES 3.0 OR LARGER TO STRIKE THE GEYSERS AREA SINCE THE FIRST OF THE YEAR.

DRUG BUST JKB 3/21/11

  • AGENTS OF THE LAKE COUNTY NARCOTICS TASK FORCE ARRESTED TWO PEOPLE FROM CLEARLAKE OAKES AND SEIZED OVER A POUND OF METHAMPHETAMINE DURING THE SERVICE OF A SEARCH WARRANT LAST TUESDAY.

4 PEOPLE WERE HELD WHEN AGENTS ENTERED THE HOME IN THE SPRING VALLEY AREA OF CLEARLAKE OAKS AT AROUND 2 PM. ACCORDING TO POLICE, AGENTS INTERRUPTED A TRANSACTION IN PROGRESS WHERE 45 YEAR OLD GERARDO CASTILLO WAS IN THE PROCESS OF SELLING AN OUNCE OF METH TO 46 YEAR OLD TAMMI DURAN. DURING A SEARCH OF THE HOME POLICE FOUND A BUCKET HIDDEN IN A FIREPLACE THAT CONTAINED A FULL POUND OF METHAMPHETAMINE AND TWO SMALLER BAGS CONGAING OVER AN OUNCE EACH OF METH. THE BUCKET ALSO CONTAINED A DIGITAL SCALE, CUTTING AGENTS, SMOKING PIPES OTHER PARAPHERNALIA AND MORE THAN $1500 IN CASH.. CASTILLO AND DURAN WERE BOOKED INTO THE COUNTY JAIL ON A NUMBER OF CHARGES. THE OTHER TWO PEOPLE WHO WERE IN THE HOME AT THE TIME OF THE RAID, AND ARRESTED INITIALLY, WERE DETERMINED LATER NOT TO BE INVOLVED IN A CRIME AND RELEASED.

MENDO COUNTY FIRES ITS ACTUARIAL FIRM JKB 3/21/11

  • CITING A $3.3 MILLION DOLLAR MISTAKE IN CALCULATING HOW MUCH THE COUNTY NEEDED TO SET ASIDE FOR AN ANNUAL CONTRIBUTION TO ITS EMPLOYEE RETIREMENT FUND, THE COUNTY FIRED ITS ACTUARIAL FIRM, BUCK CONSULTING LAST WEEK.

OFFICIALS FOR THE COMPANY ADMITTED TO MAKING INCORRECT ACTUARIAL ASSUMPTIONS AND ATTEMPTED TO CORRECT THEM IN THEIR LATEST REPORT. AN INDEPENDENT AUDIT FOUND THE CALCULATION ERROR THAT SHOWS THAT THE COUNTY IS ALMOST 3 AND A HALF MILLION DOLLARS BEHIND IN RETIREMENT FUND PAYMENTS. COUNTY OFFICIALS HAD EXPECTED THIS YEARS CONTRIBUTION TO INCREASE BY ABOUT THREE QUARTERS OF A MILLION DOLLARS, BUT THE NOW $4 MILLION DOLLAR COMBINED INCREASE BRINGS THE AMOUNT OF SALARY BASED RETIREMENT CONTRIBUTIONS TO MORE THAN $13 MILLION DOLLARS A YEAR. CURRENTLY THE COUNTY IS TRYING TO DEAL WITH A NEARLY $1 MILLION DOLLAR BUDGET DEFICIT. NEWS OF THE RETIREMENT SET ASIDE OVERSIGHT LED FITCH RATINGS TO LOWER THE COUNTYS RATING ON PENSION OBLIGATION BONDS FROM A TO TRIPLE B PLUS ON FRIDAY.

NO NEW VOTE ON RDA ELIMINATION JKB 3/21/11

  • THERE WAS GOOD NEWS FOR REDEVELOPMENT AGENCIES ACROSS THE STATE AS THEYVE BEEN GIVEN AT LEAST A TEMPORARY REPRIEVE FROM BEING ELIMINATED LATE LAST WEEK.

THE CALIFORNIA REDEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION REPORTED THURSDAY THAT THERE WAS NO VOTE ON EITHER OF THE BILLS THAT WERE SEEKING TO ELIMINATE THE STATES RDAS AND REDISTRIBUTE THEIR FUNDS FOR CORE SERVICES. THE SENATE DID NOT VOTE ON ASSEMBLY BILL 101 LAST WEEK, AND THE ASSEMBLY FAILED TO PASS SENATE BILL 77 BY ONE VOTE ON WEDNESDAY. THE SENATE BILL CAN BE RECONSIDERED, BUT NO ACTION WAS TAKEN ON EITHER BILL AS OF FRIDAY.

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