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LOCAL ELECTION RESULTS JUNE 2014 (GOV) JB 6/4/14

CLOSE ELECTION RESULTS LAST NIGHT LEAD TO RUNOFFS IN SEVERAL LOCAL POLITICAL RACES.

A CLEAR WINNER COULD NOT BE DECIDED IN LAST NIGHTS ELECTION FOR BOTH COUNTY SUPERVISOR OF SCHOOLS AND 3RD DISTRICT SUPERVISOR. WARREN GALLETI TOOK 42.19 PERCENT OF THE VOTES FOR SCHOOL SUPERVISOR WITH PAUL JOENS-POULTON GARNERING 32.93 PERCENT. IN THE RACE FOR 3RD DISTRICT SUPERVISOR, IT WAS TOM WOODHOUSE EARNING 41.95 PERCENT OF THE VOTES CAST WITH HOLLY MADRIGAL A CLOSE SECOND WITH 38.72 PERCENT. AN OUTRIGHT WINNER OF EITHER RACE WOULD HAVE NEEDED 50 PERCENT PLUS ONE OF ALL VOTES CAST. RUNOFFS FOR BOTH RACES WILL HELD IN NOVEMBER.

CALFIRE STOPS HOPLAND FIRE (LAW) JB 6/4/14

A QUICK RESPONSE BY CALFIRE HALTS A FAST MOVING FIRE NORTH OF HOPLAND.

A GRASS FIRE THAT STARTED ON THE OUTSKIRTS OF UKIAH JUST NORTH OF HOPLAND WAS MET WITH MULTIPLE CALFIRE RESOURCES INCLUDING A HELICOPTER, TWO TANKERS AND EIGHT ENGINES. THE BLAZE, THAT QUICKLY SCORCHED FIVE ACRES, WAS CONTAINED IN ABOUT 45 MINUTES BEFORE IT HAD THE CHANCE TO THREATEN A LARGER FIRE AREA. FIRE OFFICIALS ARE STILL INVESTIGATING THE CAUSE OF THE BLAZE.

PROPOSITION AND MEASURE ELECTION RESULTS (GOV) JB 6/4/14

LOCAL PROPOSITIONS AND MEASURES ON THE BALLOT ARE MET WITH APPROVAL.

VOTERS IN LAST NIGHTS ELECTION APPROVED PROPOSITION 41, THE VETERANS HOUSING AND HOMELESS PREVENTION ACT BY OVER 67 PERCENT AND PROPOSITION 42, CONCERNING PUBLIC RECORDS, OPEN MEETINGS, AND STATE REIMBURSEMENT RECEIVED OVER 53 PERCENT YES VOTES. MEASURE K, THE BROOKTRAILS SPECIAL FIRE TAX INCREASE WAS PASSED WITH ALMOST A 70 PERCENT YES VOTE AND MEASURE L, THE FOUR MILLION DOLLAR ROUND VALLEY UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT IMPROVEMENT BILL PASSED WITH OVER A 76 PERCENT APPROVAL VOTE.

POLICE SEARCH FOR MISSING CLEARLAKE BOY (LAW) JB 6/4/14

CLEARLAKE POLICE ARE ASKING FOR THE PUBLICS HELP IN FINDING A MISSING BOY.

INVESTIGATORS, WORKING WITH THE NATIONAL CENTER FOR MISSING AND EXPLOITED CHILDREN, ARE ASKING FOR THE PUBLICS HELP IN LOCATING 9 YEAR OLD NATHAN AYERS. HE WAS REPORTED MISSING BY HIS FOSTER MOTHER AFTER HE DIDNT RETURN HOME FROM SCHOOL ON FRIDAY. HE MAY BE WITH HIS FORMER GUARDIAN, 52 YEAR OLD TRACY BARSOLO, CURRENTLY WANTED ON AN OUTSTANDING WARRANT. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION IS ASKED TO CALL 994-8251

MENDOCINO TRANSIT AUTHORITY OKS RATE HIKE (TR) JB 6/4/14

A TWENTY PERCENT INCREASE IN BUS FARES HAS BEEN APPROVED BY THE MENDOCINO TRANSIT AUTHORITY.

IN A VOTE LAST THURSDAY, MTA VOTED TO INCREASE ONLY ONE-ZONE CASH FARES BY TWENTY PERCENT, RAISING THE COST FROM $1.25 TO $1.50. A TWENTY PERCENT ACROSS THE BOARD INCREASE HAD BEEN PROPOSED PREVIOUSLY IN AN ATTEMPT TO BRIDGE A $200,00 GAP IN THE TRANSIT AUTHORITY BUDGET. THE SINGLE FARE INCREASE WILL GET THE TRANSIT AUTHORITY CLOSER TO THE MENDOCINO COUNCIL OF GOVERNMENTS REQUIREMENT THAT FARES COVER 15 PERCENT OF MTA COSTS.

LAKE COUNTY INCLUDED IN $15 MIL ED GRANT (GOV/ED) JB 6/4/14

A $15 MILLION DOLLAR GRANT LINKING EDUCATION AND CAREERS HAS BEEN AWARDED TO SIX NORTHERN COUNTIES.

A CALIFORNIA CAREER PATHWAYS TRUST GRANT OF $15 MILLION DOLLARS HAS BEEN AWARDED TO THE SONOMA COUNTY OFFICE OF EDUCATION TO AID IN KEEPING CHILDREN IN SCHOOL AND ON A PATH TO EMPLOYMENT IN HIGH DEMAND JOB FIELDS. SONOMA WILL ACT AS THE HEAD OF A SIX COUNTY ALLIANCE INCLUDING LAKE, SONOMA, NAPA, MARIN, SOLANO, AND MENDOCINO COUNTIES. FIVE COMMUNITY COLLEGES, 37 HIGH SCHOOLS, AND SIX COUNTY OFFICES OF EDUCATION LOOK TO BENEFIT FROM THE GRANT TO THE NEWLY FORMED ALLIANCE.

LOW VOTER TURNOUT FOR PRIMARIES (GOV) JB 6/4/14

VOTER TURNOUT FOR LAST NIGHTS PRIMARIES DIPS UNDER 20 PERCENT STATEWIDE.

THE VOTER TURNOUT IN MENDOCINO COUNTY FOR LAST NIGHTS PRIMARIES MATCHED THE STATEWIDE AVERAGE OF ON 18.3 PERCENT OF ALL REGISTERED VOTERS CASTING A BALLOT. OF THE 47.000 VOTERS IN MENDOCINO COUNTY, ONLY 8669 BALLOTS WERE RECORDED. LAKE COUNTY POSTED 28.5 PERCENT WITH 9703 OF ITS 33,987 VOTERS HEADING TO THE POLLING PLACES.

MARTIN SWEEPS AS NEW LAKE COUNTY SHERIFF (GOV/LAW) JB 6/4/14

LAKE COUNTY VOTERS MAKE IT KNOWN THAT THERE IS A NEW SHERIFF IN TOWN.

AN OVERWHELMING MAJORITY OF LAKE COUNTY VOTERS MADE IT CLEAR THAT 42 YEAR OLD BRIAN MARTIN, THE ASSISTANT CHIEF PROBATION OFFICER WAS THEIR CHOICE AS THE COUNTYS NEW SHERIFF. MARTIN RECEIVED 51.4 PERCENT OF THE VOTE WHILE EMBATTLED INCUMBENT, FRANK RIVERO, RECEIVED ONLY 25.9 OF THE VOTES. MARTINS RESUME INCLUDES BEING AN ARMY VETERAN AND A FORMER CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE SPECIAL AGENT AS WELL AS SERVING AS A SERGEANT AND LIEUTENANT WITH THE LAKE COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE.

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