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WATER BOARD REPORT SHOWS POLLUTION TRENDS (EVR/GOV) JB 11/21/14

A NEW REPORT BY THE STATE WATER BOARD SHOWS TRENDS IN CHEMICAL CONTAMINATION AND TOXICITY IN WATERSHEDS.

DETECTIONS AND CONCENTRATIONS OF PESTICIDES ARE INCREASING IN CALIFORNIA STREAM SEDIMENTS, ACCORDING TO A NEW REPORT BY THE STREAM POLLUTION TRENDS MONITORING PROGRAM OF THE STATE WATER RESOURCES CONTROL BOARD. THE STREAM POLLUTION TRENDS MONITORING PROGRAM IS AIMED AT UNDERSTANDING LONG TERM TRENDS OF WATERSHED CONTAMINATION AND ASSOCIATED TOXICITY. THE PROGRAM INVESTIGATES THE IMPACT OF LAND USE ON WATER QUALITY AND EVALUATES THE EFFECTIVENESS OF MANAGEMENT PROGRAMS DESIGNED TO IMPROVE STREAM HEALTH.

NEW EMPLOYMENT LAWS FOR 2015 (EMP/GOV) JB 11/21/14

THE CALIFORNIA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE HAS RELEASED A LIST OF NEW EMPLOYMENT LAWS THAT WILL HAVE AN EFFECT ON BUSINESSES IN THE STATE.

SOME OF THE NEW LAWS, SUCH AS MANDATORY PAID SICK LEAVE, MAKE SIGNIFICANT CHANGES TO CALIFORNIAS LEGAL LANDSCAPE. OTHER NEW LAWS MAKE CHANGES TO DIFFERENT PARTS OF EXISTING LAW OR MAY ONLY AFFECT EMPLOYERS IN SPECIFIED INDUSTRIES, SUCH AS FARMING. THE BIGGEST NEWS IS AB1522, THE HEALTHY WORKPLACES, HEALTHY FAMILIES ACT, WHICH REQUIRES EMPLOYERS TO PROVIDE PAID SICK LEAVE TO ANY EMPLOYEE WHO WORKED IN CALIFORNIA FOR 30 DAYS AT AN ACCRUAL RATE OF ONE HOUR FOR EVERY 30 HOURS WORKED. THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF AB1522 IS JULY 1. 2015.

UKIAH POLICE DEPT GETS TWO NEW CARS (LAW) JB 11/21/14

THE UKIAH CITY COUNCIL WEDNESDAY APPROVED THE PURCHASE OF TWO NEW PATROL VEHICLES FOR THE UKIAH POLICE DEPARTMENT.

THE REQUEST WAS PART OF THE CONSENT CALENDAR FOR THE BOARDS MEETING ON NOVEMBER 19 AND THE COUNCIL ACCEPTED THE BID OF $81,156 FROM UKIAH FORD, WHICH WAS THE LOWEST OF SIX BIDS. THE TWO NEW CARS ARE REPLACING 2005 AND 2007 FORD CROWN VICTORIA PURSUIT INTERCEPTORS THAT EACH HAVE NEARLY 100,000 MILES ON THEM. THE NEW CARS ARE FORD CROWN POLICE INTERCEPTORS THAT HAVE THE ABILITY TO WITHSTAND A 75 MPH REAR CRASH, USE KEVLAR-LINED FUEL TANKS, BULLET-PROOF DOORS, AND HARDENED WINDOWS TO PROTECT ITS OCCUPANTS.

RAIN NOT ENOUGH TO BRING UP AVERAGES (EVR) JB 11/21/14

THE RECENT RAINS IN MENDOCINO COUNTY ARE NOT ENOUGH TO RAISE THE NEEDED AVERAGES IN THE COUNTY.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN EUREKA STATED THAT THE RECENT RAINS THAT HAVE COVERED MENDOCINO COUNTY FOR THE PAST FEW DAYS SHOULD END BY EARLY NEXT WEEK FOLLOWED BY ANOTHER WARM DRY SPELL. OVER THE LAST WEEK, UKIAH RECEIVED 1.14 INCHES OF RAIN AND WILLITS REPORTED 1.36 INCHES. POTTER VALLEY TOPPED THE COUNTY, RECEIVING NEARLY 3 INCHES OF RAINFALL. WHILE THIS AMOUNT OF RAIN IS TYPICAL FOR THIS TIME OF YEAR, THE MONTH-TO-DATE NUMBERS SHOW THE UKIAH AREA STILL AT LEAST AN INCH BELOW NORMAL.

UKIAH ANIMAL SHELTER UNDER CAT QUARANTINE (PI) JB 11/21/14

THE MENDOCINO COUNTY ANIMAL SHELTER IS TEMPORARILY NOT ACCEPTING CATS AFTER AT LEAST ONE KITTEN BROUGHT IN DIED OF THE FELINE PANLEUKOPENIA VIRUS LAST WEEK.

THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL REPORTED THAT THE SHELTERS DIRECTOR IDENTIFIED IT AND TOOK IMMEDIATE STEPS TO ISOLATE THE AFFECTED KITTENS. A SIGN ON THE SHELTERS DOOR WEDNESDAY ALERTED VISITORS THAT THE SHELTER COULD NOT ACCEPT CATS AND IT WAS UNDERGOING A MAJOR CLEANING. THE SHELTER WILL BE A COMPLETING A TWO-WEEK QUARANTINE, WHICH WILL BE UP ON NOVEMBER 29. UNTIL THE QUARANTINE IS LIFTED, PEOPLE WHO FIND STRAYS OR LOST PETS ARE ASKED NOT TO BRING THEM TO THE SHELTER UNLESS ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY.

CHP GETS GRANT TO HELP CURB IMPAIRED DRIVING (LAW) JB 11/21/14

A NEW FEDERAL GRANT TO HELP CURB IMPAIRED DRIVING IN THE STATE HAS BEEN RECEIVED BY THE CALIFORNIA HIGHWAY PATROL.

CHP OFFICIALS CONFIRMED THAT THEY HAVE RECEIVED A FEDERAL REDUCING IMPAIRED DRIVING GRANT, WHICH WILL FUND 150 SOBRIETY CHECKPOINTS, 75 DUI TASK FORCE OPERATIONS, 100 SAFETY PRESENTATIONS AND PROACTIVE DUI ENFORCEMENT PATROLS THROUGH SEPTEMBER OF 2015. MORE THAN 1,000 PEOPLE ARE KILLED AND 23,000 OTHERS SUFFER INJURIES EVERY YEAR IN CALIFORNIA IN ALCOHOL-INVOLVED COLLISIONS. THROUGH THIS NEW FEDERAL GRANT, THE CHP WILL CONTINUE WORKING TO SAVE LIVES BY ENCOURAGING MOTORISTS TO MAKE SAFE, RESPONSIBLE DECISIONS.

FORT BRAGG HIRES NON-LOCAL CITY ATTORNEY (GOV) JB 11/21/14

THE CITY OF FORT BRAGG HAS HIRED AN OUT-OF-AREA LAWYER AS THE NEW CITY ATTORNEY.

THE FORT BRAGG CITY COUNCIL HAS APPOINTED SAMANTHA ZUTLER, WHO WORKS WITH THE SAN FRANCISCO BASED LAWFIRM OF BURKE, WILLIAMS, AND SORENSON, AS CITY ATTORNEY, DISTRICT GENERAL COUNSEL AND AGENCY GENERAL COUNSEL. MANY RESIDENTS IN THE CITY WERE UNHAPPY WITH THE COUNCILS DECISION, HOPING THE COUNCIL WOULD APPOINT A LOCAL ATTORNEY TO THE POSITION. THE COUNCIL EXPLAINED THAT THEIR DECISION WAS BASED ON THE COST OF SERVICES, THE PREPARATION OF THE LEGAL TEAMS BEING INTERVIEWED AND THE PROTECTION OF THE INTERESTS OF THE CITY. THE THREE-YEAR AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE CITY AND THE NEW LEGAL TEAM WILL BE IN EFFECT UNTIL NOVEMBER 11, 2017.

LAKE BOS APPROVE EQUIPMENT FOR WARDENS (GOV/LAW) JB 11/21/14

THE LAKE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS HAS APPROVED THE PURCHASE OF SAFETY EQUIPMENT FORE COUNTYS FISH AND WILDLIFE WARDENS.

THE RECORD BEE REPORTED THAT THE ADVISORY COMMITTEE FOR THE LAKE COUNTY FISH AND WILDLIFE DEPARTMENT REQUESTED THE LAKE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS APPROVE THE PURCHASE OF SAFETY EQUIPMENT ON TUESDAY. A TOTAL OF $2,000 FOR SAFETY VEST INSERTS WAS REQUESTED BY THE COMMITTEE, WITH THE VESTS BEING PURCHASED BY THE INDIVIDUAL WARDENS. UP TO FOUR WARDENS WOULD BE ABLE TO UTILIZE THE NEW INSERTS, WHICH WOULD PROVIDE PROTECTION AGAINST GUNSHOT WOUNDS. THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS APPROVED THE PURCHASE WITH A 4-0 VOTE.

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