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LAYTONVILLE FIRE TO CUT OUTLYING AMBULANCE (LAW) JB 9/30/14

THE LAYTONVILLE FIRE DISTRICT IS DISCONTINUING AMBULANCE SERVICE TO AREAS OUTSIDE THE FIRE DISTRICT BOUNDARIES.

AS OF NOVEMBER 1, THE LAYTONVILLE FIRE DISTRICT WILL NOT BE PROVIDING AMBULANCE SERVICES TO THE AREAS BEYOND THE BORDERS OF THE DISTRICT. THE LAYTONVILLE FIRE CHIEF STATED THAT FINANCIAL PROBLEMS ARE PREVENTING THE PROPER FUNDING FOR BOTH THE FIRE DISTRICT AND THE AMBULANCE. THE COST OF MAINTAINING THE AMBULANCE SERVICE IS APPROXIMATELY $250,000 A YEAR, BUT THE AMBULANCE ONLY GENERATES AROUND $100,000 FROM COLLECTING PAYMENTS FROM INSURANCE AND MEDI-CAL AND THE FIRE DISTRICT MUST COVER THE REMAINING AMOUNT.

GOVERNOR SIGNS BALLOT REFORM MEASURE (GOV) JB 9/30/14

GOVERNOR JERRY BROWN SIGNED NEW LEGISLATION TO REFORM THE INITIATIVE PROCESS OVER THE WEEKEND.

THE GOVERNOR JOINED SENATE PRESIDENT PRO TEM DARRELL STEINBERG AND OTHERS TO SIGN SB1253 TO INCREASE PUBLIC PARTICIPATION IN THE INITIATIVE PROCESS AND PROVIDE BETTER INFORMATION TO VOTERS ON BALLOT MEASURES. GOVERNOR BROWN STATED THAT THE LEGISLATION WAS AN IMPORTANT STEP TO MODERNIZE AND STRENGTHEN DIRECT DEMOCRACY. THE MEASURE INTRODUCES A 30-DAY PUBLIC REVIEW PERIOD AT THE BEGINNING OF THE INITIATIVE PROCESS, ALLOWING PROPONENTS TO AMEND THE INITIATIVE IN RESPONSE TO PUBLIC INPUT DURING THE REVIEW PERIOD.

CALIFORNIA CROP HARVEST MUCH SMALLER THAN USUAL (AG) JB 9/30/14

CALIFORNIAS CROP HARVEST IS SHAPING UP TO BE MUCH SMALLER THAN USUAL THIS YEAR.

WITH HARVEST TIME ACROSS CALIFORNIA, MANY OF THE STATES ONCE-ROBUST CROPS, FROM THE GRAPES THAT MAKE WORLD-FAMOUS WINES TO POPULAR ALMONDS, ARE ANTICIPATED TO BE SMALLER THAN USUAL THIS YEAR DUE TO THE STATES HISTORIC DROUGHT. THE WATER SHORTAGE HAS ALSO LED TO SHRINKING ORANGE AND PISTACHIO CROPS AS WELL. ECONOMISTS STUDYING THE DROUGHTS EFFECTS SAY THAT THE AGRICULTURE BUSINESS IN CALIFORNIA WILL SUFFER A FINANCIAL HIT OF $2.2 BILLION DUE TO REVENUE LOSSES AND HIGHER WATER COSTS THIS YEAR.

CLEARLAKE CITY COUNCIL APPROVES MEETING PRAYER (GOV) JB 9/30/14

THE CLEARLAKE CITY COUNCIL HAS APPROVED GUIDELINES FOR INVOCATIONS AT THE START OF THEIR MEETINGS.

THE COUNCIL UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED A RESOLUTION ON THURSDAY ALLOWING AN INVOCATION TO BEGIN THEIR MEETINGS. THE LANGUAGE, AS WELL AS THE RULES REGARDING THE INVOCATION, DID CAUSE SOME DEBATE. INVOCATIONS MUST BE SOLEMN AND RESPECTFUL AND CANNOT DISPARAGE OTHER RELIGIONS. EVEN THE TERM INVOCATION RAISED SOME CONCERN, AS THE COUNCIL AVOIDED USING THE TERM PRAYER. AFTER DISCUSSING POTENTIAL CHANGES TO THE GUIDELINES, THE COUNCIL AGREED TO KEEP THE RESOLUTION IT WAS PRESENTED, EXCEPT TO CHANGE THE WORD PRAYER TO INVOCATION WHERE NECESSARY.

LAYTONVILLE MAN COULD SPEND DECADES IN PRISON (LAW) JB 9/30/14

A LAYTONVILLE MANS GUILTY PLEA ON MARIJUANA CHARGES IN FEDERAL COURT COULD LAND HIM IN PRISON FOR DECADES.

ACCORDING TO THE U.S. ATTORNEYS OFFICE, MATTHEW DAVID GRAVES PLEADED GUILTY FRIDAY TO MANUFACTURING AND POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA WITH INTENT TO DISTRIBUTE, CONSPIRACY, AND MONEY LAUNDERING. HE DEPOSITED MONEY GAINED FROM THE SALE OF MARIJUANA INTO THE ACCOUNT OF HIS BUSINESS ON MULTIPLE OCCASIONS IN AN ATTEMPT TO CONCEAL THE SOURCE OF THE MONEY. THE CHARGES TO WHICH HE PLEADED GUILTY EACH CARRY POTENTIAL PRISON TERMS OF BETWEEN 20 TO 40 YEARS. GRAVES IS SCHEDULED TO BE SENTENCED IN FEDERAL COURT ON DECEMBER 17.

CLEARLAKE NEARLY DONE WITH THOMPSON HARBOR (GOV) JB 9/30/14

THE CITY OF CLEARLAKE IS NEARING COMPLETION OF A MULTI-YEAR PROJECT THAT WILL ENHANCE RECREATION AMENITIES IN THE CITY.

THE LAKE COUNTY NEWS REPORTED THAT THE THOMPSON HARBOR BOAT LAUNCH FACILITY PROJECT IS ENTERING ITS FINAL PHASE. THE REHABILITATION OF THOMPSON HARBOR HAS BEEN AN ACTIVE CAPITAL PROJECT SINCE 2012, WHEN THE CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF BOATING AND WATERWAYS AWARDED THE CITY A GRANT IN THE AMOUNT OF $945,000. THE PROJECTS WAS IDENTIFIED TO ENSURE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT COMPLIANCE, ENHANCE PARKING LOT AND BOAT LAUNCHING FACILITIES AND IMPROVE THE OVERALL SAFETY OF THE PARK.

LAKE COUNTY BOS APPROVES NEW BACKHOE PURCHASE (GOV) JB 9/30/14

THE LAKE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS HAVE APPROVED THE PURCHASE OF A NEW BACKHOE BY LAKE COUNTY SPECIAL DISTRICTS.

THE BOARD UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED THE PURCHASE OF THE $103,000 FOUR-WHEEL DRIVE BACKHOE TO REPLACE A NEARLY 30 YEAR OLD BACKHOE THAT IS WORN OUT AND WOULD REQUIRE REPAIRS THAT WOULD COST MORE THAN THE VALUE OF THE EQUIPMENT. THE CURRENT BACKHOE SUFFERED MULTIPLE BREAKDOWNS DURING WORK ON THE S. MAIN STREET WATER SYSTEM AND WHILE WORKING ON THE MOUNT HANNAH WELL PROJECT. THE REQUEST FOR A NEW BACKHOE HAD BEEN SUBMITTED IN THE LAST FIVE PRELIMINARY BUDGETS TO THE BOARD.

WATERFOWL SEASONS OPENING SOON IN THE COUNTY (PI) JB 9/30/14

CALIFORNIA WATERFOWL HUNTERS ARE JUST WEEKS AWAY FROM THE OPENING OF THE 2014 SEASON.

THE CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE WOULD LIKE TO REMIND WATERFOWL HUNTERS THAT WATERFOWL SEASON OPENS ON OCTOBER 18. THIS YEAR, THE ONGOING DROUGHT IS AFFECTING THE WATERFOWL HABIT IN THE OVER TWO DOZEN NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGES AND STATE WILDLIFE AREAS. SOME AREAS WILL HAVE SIGNIFICANTLY REDUCED AMOUNTS OF WATER AVAILABLE FOR HABITAT MANAGEMENT. THEREFORE, SOME WILDLIFE AREAS AND REFUGES MAY BE CLOSED, MAY OPEN LATER IN THE SEASON OR MAY HAVE A REDUCED HUNTER QUOTA.

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