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COUNTY AND LABOR UNION BOTH FILE CLAIMS AGAINST ONE ANOTHER (GOV/EMP) JH 09/30/13

THE COUNTY OF MENDOCINO AND THE LABOR UNION THAT MOST COUNTY EMPLOYEES BELONG TO HAVE BOTH FILED CLAIMS ACCUSING ONE ANOTHER OF ILLEGAL PRACTICES IN LABOR NEGOTIATIONS.

CLAIMS WERE FIRST FILED IN 2011 AND AGAIN THIS YEAR BY BOTH THE COUNTY AND THE SERVICE EMPLOYEES INTERNATIONAL UNION LOCAL 1021 OVER UNFAIR LABOR PRACTICES. THE COUNTY CALLED THE UNIONS RECENT STRIKE ILLEGAL BECAUSE THE UNION FAILED TO PROPERLY NOTIFY THE COUNTY AND WENT ON STRIKE PRIOR TO ATTEMPTING TO UTILIZE IMPASSE PROCEDURES. THE UNION CLAIMS THE COUNTYS DECLARATION OF IMPASSE WAS PREMATURE AND THAT THE COUNTY IS GUILTY OF BAD-FAITH BARGAINING, CONTRACTING OUT SERVICES AND REFUSING TO NEGOTIATE CHANGES IN HEALTH CARE PREMIUM INCREASES.

VALID SIGNATURES FALL SHORT IN RECALL OF LAKE COUNTY SHERIFF (PI) JH 09/30/13

THE EFFORT TO RECALL LAKE COUNTY SHERIFF FRANK RIVERO FELL SHORT OF GETTING ENOUGH SIGNATURES FOR A SPECIAL ELECTION TO TAKE PLACE.

ACCORDING TO THE LAKE COUNTY REGISTRAR OF VOTERS, THE GROUP NEEDED TO SUBMIT 7,026 VALID SIGNATURES. OF THE 7,778 SIGNATURES SUBMIT, ONLY 5,715 WERE DETERMINED TO BE VALID. THE COMMITTEE TO RECALL RIVERO CAN START THE PROCESS OVER, HOWEVER, TIME CONSTRAINTS MAKE IT UNLIKELY FOR A SPECIAL ELECTION. THE NEXT REGULAR ELECTION FOR SHERIFF IS IN NOVEMBER 2014.

THE CITY OF UKIAH RECEIVED A $1 MILLION GRANT FOR HOUSING PROJECTS (GOV/ECN) JH 09/30/13

THE CITY OF UKIAH HAS BEEN AWARDED A $1 MILLION GRANT FROM THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT, COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT PROGRAM TO FUND REHABILITATION PROJECTS FOR SINGLE AND MULTI-UNIT HOUSING..

THE GRANT WILL FUND A SEWER LATERAL REPLACEMENT GRANT PROGRAM FOR VERY LOW-INCOME FAMILIES AND SENIORS; AND A SINGLE-FAMILY HOUSING REHABILITATION LOAN PROGRAM FOR HOUSEHOLDS WITH INCOMES LESS THAN 80% AREA MEDIAN INCOME. THE HOUSING REHABILITATION PROGRAM WILL ADDRESS THE DETERIORATION STATE OF SEWER LATERALS AND SEVERE HEALTH AND SAFETY ISSUES EXISTING IN UKIAH HOMES, AND WILL PRIORITIZE ENERGY EFFICIENCY TO REDUCE COSTS WHERE POSSIBLE.

HIGHLAND FIRE BURNS TWO STRUCTURES BEFORE CONTAINMENT (LAW)

JH 09/30/13

A WILDFIRE DESTROYED TWO BUILDINGS AND SWEPT THROUGH NEAR 100 ACRES OVER THE WEEKEND NEAR HIGHLAND SPRINGS RESERVOIR AT THE LAKE-MENDOCINO COUNTY BORDER.

THE BLAZE STARTED JUST BEFORE 2 PM SATURDAY OFF HIGHLAND SPRINGS ROAD WEST OF KELSEYVILLE. TWO STRUCTURES, A HUNTING CABIN AND OUTBUILDING, WERE DESTROYED. THE FIRE WAS CONTAINED TO 98 ACRES BY ABOUT 6 PM SUNDAY. CAUSE OF THE FIRE IS UNDER INVESTIGATION.

VAN, TRAILER AND JET SKI END UP IN CLEAR LAKE (LAW) JH 09/30/13

A VAN TOWING A TRAILER WITH A JET SKI ON IT ENDED UP SUBMERGED IN CLEAR LAKE FRIDAY AFTERNOON.

52 YEAR OLD LANCE MOSSNIER OF CLEARLAKE OAKS WAS BACKING THE VAN DOWN THE BOAT RAMP WHEN IT LOST TRACTION AND WENT INTO THE LAKE. MOSSNIER ESCAPED FROM THE VAN WHILE IT WAS SUBMERGED AND HE WAS NOT INJURED. AFTER EXITING THE VAN, HE FREED THE JET SKI AND BROUGHT IT OUT OF THE WATER. ONLY A FEW INCHES OF THE VANS ROOF WAS VISIBLE ABOVE THE WATER LINE. QUICK ACTION BY FIREFIGHTERS AVERTED A POTENTIAL SERIOUS ENVIRONMENTAL HAZARD BY DEPLOYING SPECIAL FUEL-ABSORBING BOOMS AROUND THE VEHICLE TO CONTAIN OIL, GASOLINE, AND OTHER HAZARDOUS FLUIDS THAT WERE LEAKING FROM THE ENGINE. THE VEHICLE WAS PULLED OUT OF THE WATER JUST OVER TWO HOURS AFTER IT WENT IN.

MENDO LAKE CREDIT UNION AND FORT BRAGG CREDIT UNION MERGER MOVING FORWARD (PI) JH 09/30/13

THE MERGER OF THE MENDO LAKE CREDIT UNION AND THE FORT BRAGG CREDIT UNION IS MOVING FORWARD WITH THE CONSOLIDATION OF THE FORT BRAGG BRANCHES TAKING PLACE TODAY, A DAY EARLIER THAN SCHEDULED.

THE MENDO LAKE CREDIT UNION FORT BRAGG BRANCH WILL BE MOVING TO THE FORT BRAGG CREDIT UNION LOCATION ON NORTH FRANKLIN STREET. STARTING TODAY, ATM SERVICES WILL BE LOCATED AT THE FRANKLIN STREET LOCATION. HOURS WILL REMAIN THE SAME. AFTER THE MOVE IS COMPLETE THE ON-LINE BANKING SYSTEMS FOR BOTH ORGANIZATIONS WILL MERGE. THAT TRANSITION IS PLANNED FOR NOVEMBER 1ST.

ROAD WORK TODAY (TR) JH 09/30/13

THERE ARE NUMEROUS ROAD WORK PROJECTS AROUND LAKE AND MENDOCINO COUNTIES CAUSING TRAFFIC DELAYS CURRENTLY.

PG&E WILL PERFORM UTILITY REPAIRS ON HIGHWAY 101 JUST NORTH OF THE UPP CREEK BRIDGE BEGINNING TODAY. WORK WILL BE ONGOING FROM 7 AM TO 4 PM WEEKDAYS.

CULVERT REHABILITATION WILL BE DONE ON HIGHWAY 20 FROM 1.5 MILES EAST OF TWO-ROCK LOOKOUT TO BROADDUS CREEK BRIDGE BEGINNING TODAY. WORK WILL BE ONGOING FROM 7 AM TO 5 PM WEEKDAYS.

AT BOTH LOCATIONS, ONE-WAY TRAFFIC CONTROL WILL BE IN EFFECT WITH 5 TO 10 MINUTE DELAYS ANTICIPATED.

STREET RESURFACING IN FORT BRAGG (TR) JH 09/30/13

AN EXTENSIVE ROAD RESURFACING PROJECT IS UNDERWAY IN FORT BRAGG.

THE PROJECT WILL BE DONE IN PHASES, WITH THE WORK SCHEDULED TO BE COMPLETED BY THE END OF OCTOBER. TODAY, SEVERAL ROADS WILL CLOSE FOR RESURFACING. CLOSURES WILL AFFECT McPHERSON AND STEWART STREETS, AND SANDERSON WAY. WORK WILL BE DONE BETWEEN 7 AM AND 7 PM. ALL STREETS WILL BE OPEN TO TRAFFIC AT NIGHT AND ON WEEKENDS.

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