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STOLEN PURSE AND MAIL FOUND BEHIND LAKEPORT SAFEWAY (LAW)

JH 12/19/13

A STOLEN PURSE AND MAIL WERE FOUND BEHIND THE SAFEWAY STORE IN LAKEPORT WEDNESDAY.

LAKEPORT POLICE RECEIVED A CALL AROUND 12:30 FROM A FEMALE THAT REPORTED HER VEHICLE, ON 14TH STREET, HAD BEEN BROKEN INTO AROUND 6 PM TUESDAY AND HER PURSE WAS STOLEN FROM INSIDE THE VEHICLE. SHE THEN REPORTED THAT SHE WAS CONTACTED WEDNESDAY REGARDING HER PURSE BEING LOCATED BEHIND SAFEWAY. ALONG WITH HER PURSE WERE SEVERAL PIECES OF INCOMING AND OUTGOING MAIL, WHICH APPEARED TO BE TAKEN FROM MAILBOXES ON MELON DRIVE AND HARTLEY ROAD. THE MAIL WAS RETURNED TO THE POST OFFICE TO BE GIVEN BACK TO THE RESIDENTS AT THOSE LOCATIONS. AN INVESTIGATION IS ONGOING, AND ANYONE WITH INFORMATION IS ASKED TO CONTACT THE LAKEPORT POLICE DEPARTMENT AT 263-5491.

MENDO COLLEGE FOUNDATION BUDGET WORKSHOP (ED) JH 12/19/13

THE MENDOCINO COLLEGE FOUNDATION WILL BE HOLDING A BUDGET WORKSHOP TODAY.

THIS WORKSHOP IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. IT IS SCHEDULED FOR THIS AFTERNOON FROM 3 TO 5 PM IN THE BOARD ROOM IN MacMILLAN HALL ON THE UKIAH CAMPUS.

UKIAH CITY COUNCIL CERTIFIES COSTCO EIR (GOV) JH 12/19/13

THE UKIAH CITY COUNCIL AT WEDNESDAY NIGHTS MEETING TOOK SEVERAL STEPS TO MOVE THE CITY CLOSER TO GETTING A COSTCO STORE ON AIRPORT PARK BOULEVARD.

THE COUNCIL UNANIMOUSLY VOTED TO CERTIFY COSTCOS ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT REPORT. ONCE APPROVED, THE COUNCIL VOTED TO ADOPT THE STATEMENT OF OVERRIDING CONSIDERATIONS WHICH INDICATED THAT THE COUNCIL BELIEVES THE STORES BENEFITS OUTWEIGH ITS SIGNIFICANT AND UNAVOIDABLE NEGATIVE IMPACTS ON UKIAHS AIR QUALITY AND TRAFFIC. FINALLY, THE COUNCIL VOTED TO APPROVE A REZONING REQUEST TO CHANGE THE PROPERTY WHERE THE STORE WILL BE LOCATED FROM LIGHT MANUFACTURING/MIXED USE AND AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRIAL/COMMERCIAL TO RETAIL/COMMERCIAL. NEXT MONTH THE UKIAH PLANNING COMMISSION WILL CONSIDER APPROVING THE SITE DEVELOPMENT PERMIT FOR THE PROJECT, WHILE THE CITY CONTINUES ITS EFFORTS TO ACQUIRE THE $4 MILLION DOLLARS NEEDED FOR TRAFFIC MITIGATION TO HANDLE THE ADDITIONAL TRAFFIC THE STORE WILL BRING TO THE AREA.

UKIAH UNIFIED WILL HIRE MUSIC TEACHERS AGAIN (ED) JH 12;/19/13

THE UKIAH UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT HAS TAKEN ANOTHER STEP TOWARDS BRINGING MUSIC CLASSES BACK TO ITS SCHOOLS.

ACCORDING TO THE DAILY JOURNAL, THE DISTRICTS BOARD OF TRUSTEES APPROVED THE HIRING OF THREE MUSIC TEACHERS. SINCE THOSE POSITIONS WERE ELIMINATED IN 2008, ONLY ONE MUSIC TEACHER HAS REMAINED ON STAFF, AND TEACHES BOTH VOICE AND INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC AT UKIAH HIGH SCHOOL. HIRING MORE MUSIC TEACHERS WILL ALLOW THE DISTRICT TO OFFER MORE MUSIC CLASSES AT THE HIGH SCHOOL, WHILE EXPANDING CLASSES INTO THE MIDDLE AND ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS AS WELL. ANYONE INTERESTED IN BECOMING INVOLVED IN THE DISTRICTS MUSIC PROGRAM, IS ASKED TO CONTACT THE ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENT MARIA ARMSTRONG AT 472-5053.

UKIAH CITY COUNCIL CANCELS ELECTION AND APPOINTS SEAT (GOV)

JH 12/19/13

THE UKIAH CITY COUNCIL CHOSE TO CANCEL A MARCH 2014 ELECTION THAT WOULD HAVE DETERMINED WHO FILLED THE COUNCIL SEAT LEFT VACANT WHEN MARI RODEN STEPPED DOWN EARLIER THIS YEAR.

SINCE STEVE SCALMANINI WAS THE ONLY PERSON TO FILE THE NECESSARY PAPERWORK TO RUN FOR THE SEAT, THE COUNCIL DECIDED TO SAVE TAXPAYER DOLLARS AND JUST APPOINT SCALMANINI, WHO WAS SWORN IN DURING LAST NIGHT MEETING.

LAKE COUNTY BOS APPROVE MARIJUANA CULTIVATION ORDINANCE (GOV/LAW) JH 12/19/13

THE LAKE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS AT TUESDAYS MEETING UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED A NEW PROPOSED MARIJUANA CULTIVATION ORDINANCE FOR THE COUNTY.

THE ORDINANCE WILL BAN ALL OUTDOOR POT GARDENS WITHIN COMMUNITY GROWTH BOUNDARIES, AS WELL AS LIMITING INDOOR GROWS TO 100 SQUARE FEET OR LESS WITH RESTRICTIONS ON LIGHTING AND MORE.

FORT BRAGG PLANNING COMMISSION DENIES DOLLAR TREE APPLICATION (GOV) JH 12/19/13

THE FORT BRAGG PLANNING COMMISSION ADOPTED A RESOLUTION TO DENY A USE PERMIT TO CONVERT THE OLD SOCIAL SERVICES BUILDING ON SOUTH FRANKLIN STREET TO A DOLLAR TREE STORE.

ACCORDING TO THE ADVOCATE NEWS, PUBLIC SENTIMENT WAS SPLIT, BUT THE MAJORITY OF THE PLANNING COMMISSIONERS EXPRESSED MISGIVINGS ABOUT THE PROPOSED SITE FOR THE STORE. THE PROPERTY OWNER, ROBERT AFFINITO, EXPRESSED UNHAPPINESS, AS HE SAYS THE DECISION MAKES HIS PROPERTY USELESS. AFFINITO SAID, IF THEY DONT WANT RETAIL HERE, THEY SHOULD REZONE IT.

LAKE COUNTY BOS APPROVE PROPOSED SALES TAX (GOV/ECN)

JH 12/19/13

THE LAKE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED A PROPOSED SALES TAX MEASURE AT TUESDAYS MEETING.

THE HALF CENT SALES TAX IS EXPECTED TO GENERATE ABOUT $2.4 MILLION ANNUALLY TO BE USED EXCLUSIVELY FOR WATER RESOURCE PROJECTS AROUND THE LAKE, INCLUDING INVASIVE SPECIES AND QUAGGA MUSSEL PREVENTION PROGRAMS, AND WEED AND ALGAE ABATEMENT. IF APPROVED BY THE BOARD OF EQUALIZATION, THE TAX MEASURE WILL APPEAR ON THE JUNE 2014 BALLOT.

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