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Monthly Archives: January 2015

AB60 OPENS DMV TO IMMIGRANTS (GOV) JB 1/15/15

IMMIGRANTS WITHOUT LEGAL STATUS ACROSS THE STATE ARE WASTING NO TIME APPLYING FOR A DRIVERS LICENSE UNDER NEW LAW AB60.

NEARLY 110,000 UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS HAVE VISITED THE DEPARTMENT OF MOTOR VEHICLES TO TAKE LICENSE EXAMS SINCE AB60 WAS ENACTED, WITH OVER 10,000 LICENSES BEING ISSUED IN CALIFORNIA IN JUST THE LAST WEEK ALONE. LAKE AND MENDOCINO COUNTY DMV OFFICES REPORTED A TOTAL OF 88 AB60 APPLICATIONS AS OF LAST WEEK. SEVERAL DMV OFFICES IN LARGER COUNTIES HAVE REPORTED A FEW GLITCHES IN THE IMMIGRANT TESTING PROCESS WHERE TROUBLE WITH TESTING TECHNOLOGY AND LONG LINES HAVE BEEN REPORTED. A STATE DMV SPOKESMAN URGED PEOPLE TO BE PATIENT WHEN APPLYING.

NO DEATH PENALTY FOR FATHER AND SON (LAW) JB 1/15/15

A FATHER AND SON WONT FACE THE DEATH PENALTY FOR A LAKE COUNTY DOUBLE HOMICIDE IN 2014.

THE LAKE COUNTY NEWS REPORTED THAT THE LAKE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEYS OFFICE WILL NOT SEEK THE DEATH PENALTY AGAINST A FATHER AND SON WHO ARE BEING PROSECUTED FOR KILLING TWO MEN IN JANUARY 2014. 42-YEAR-OLD CONRAD VELEZ AND HIS 20 YEAR OLD SON DAKOTA ARE BEING CHARGED WITH MULTIPLE FELONIES IN THE DEATHS OF 54 YEAR OLD WILLIAM FRANK BUSCH AND 46 YEAR OLD EDWARD HARRY MORGAN. AFTER CONSULTING WITH FAMILIES OF THE VICTIMS, THE DISTRICT ATTORNEYS OFFICE CONFIRMED THAT THEY WILL PURSUE LIFE SENTENCES WITHOUT THE POSSIBILITY OF PAROLE FOR THE MEN.

NEW WATER BILL INTRODUCED TO CONGRESS (GOV/EVR) JB 1/15/15

CONGRESSMAN JOHN GARAMENDI HAS REINTRODUCED A 21ST CENTURY WATER BILL DESIGNED TO HELP WITH CONSERVATION AND RECYCLING.

HOUSE RESOLUTION 291, KNOWN AS THE WATER IN THE 21ST CENTURY ACT, WAS REINTRODUCED ON TUESDAY BY 26 MEMBERS OF CONGRESS INCLUDING GARAMENDI AND CONGRESSMAN JARED HUFFMAN. THE LEGISLATION WOULD EXPAND REBATES AND GRANTS FOR WATER CONSERVATION AND EFFICIENCY, SUPPORT LOCAL INVESTMENTS IN WATER RECYCLING AND IMPROVED GROUNDWATER MANAGEMENT AND STORAGE AND INVEST IN WATER SAVING TECHNOLOGIES. GARAMENDI STATED HR291 WOULD CREATE MILLIONS OF ACRE FEET OF NEW WATER, ENSURE A RELIABLE WATER SUPPLY AND CREATE GOOD JOBS.

NEW APP LAUNCHED BY THE CITY OF FORT BRAGG (PI) JB 1/15/15

FORT BRAGG RESIDENTS AND VISITORS HAVE A NEW WAY TO STAY CONNECTED WITH CITY SERVICES.

THE CITY OF FORT BRAGG HAS LAUNCHED A NEW MOBILE APPLICATION FOR SMARTPHONES, DUBBED THE CITIZEN REQUEST TRACKER, THAT ALLOWS THE USER TO REPORT ISSUES DIRECTLY TO CITY STAFF. PROBLEMS OF POTHOLES, NONFUNCTIONING STREET LIGHTS, AND HAZARDOUS OR NUISANCE CONDITIONS CAN BE REPORTED TO THE CITY AND THE REQUEST FOR RESPONSE CAN BE TRACKED BY THE USER. THE CITY STAFF HOPES THAT THE NEW APPLICATION WILL INCREASE COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT AND ENHANCE THE COMMUNICATION BETWEEN RESIDENTS AND CITY STAFF.

POMOS TALK ABOUT BENEFITS OF POT FARM (ECN) JB 1/15/15

THE PLANNED MEDICAL MARIJUANA FACILITY ON POMO LAND OUTSIDE OF UKIAH WILL GENERATE JOBS AND REVENUE TO BENEFIT THE TRIBE.

ACCORDING TO THE TRIBAL CHAIRWOMAN, THE 2.5-ACRE FACILITY IS EXPECTED TO EMPLOY BETWEEN 50 AND 100 PEOPLE WHEN IT OPENS NEXT MONTH. THE CULTIVATION OPERATION AND PARTNERSHIP WITH TWO OUT OF STATE CORPORATIONS WILL REPORTEDLY HELP PAY THE SOCIAL PROGRAMS OF THE TRIBE, INCLUDING ELDER AND CHILD CARE, HEATH CARE AND EDUCATION. THE 110,000 SQUARE FOOT FACILITY IS BELIEVED TO BE THE FIRST LARGE SCALE MARIJUANA PRODUCTION FACILITY IN THE STATE AND POSSIBLY IN THE COUNTRY. THE FACILITY IS EXPECTED TO BE FULLY OPERATIONAL IN FEBRUARY.

SONOMA WINEGROWERS DEVELOP 100-YEAR PLAN (AG) JB 1/15/15

SONOMA COUNTY WINEGROWERS HAVE DEVELOPED A NEW LONG-TERM PLAN TO PROTECT AGRICULTURE.

THE PRESS DEMOCRAT REPORTED THAT A YEAR AFTER SETTING A PLEDGE TO HAVE EVERY GRAPE IN THE COUNTY GROWN IN A SUSTAINABLE MANNER BY 2019, THE TRADE GROUP IS ESTABLISHING ANOTHER LOFTY BENCHMARK. TODAY, IT WILL UNVEIL A 100-YEAR BUSINESS PLAN TO PRESERVE AGRICULTURE IN THE COUNTY INTO THE 22ND CENTURY. THE 100-YEAR PERIOD IS INTENDED TO BE A LIVING DOCUMENT THAT CAN CHANGE TO ADDRESS ISSUES LIKE REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT, THE PROTECTION OF NATURAL RESOURCES, INNOVATION AND RESEARCH.

THOMPSON REAPPOINTED TO HOUSE WAYS AND MEANS (GOV) JB 1/15/15

U.S. REPRESENTATIVE MIKE THOMPSON HAS BEEN REAPPOINTED TO SERVE ON THE HOUSE COMMITTEE OF WAYS AND MEANS IN THE 114TH CONGRESS.

REPRESENTATIVE THOMPSON WAS RECENTLY CHOSEN TO REJOIN THE COMMITTEE OF WAYS AND MEANS, THE CHIEF TAX-WRITING COMMITTEE IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. THE COMMITTEE OVERSEES THE REVENUE-RELATED ASPECTS OF MEDICARE, SOCIAL SECURITY AND OTHER SOCIAL SERVICES PROGRAMS AS WELL AS HAVING JURISDICTION OVER REVENUE, TRADE AGREEMENTS AND THE NATIONS BONDED DEBT. THOMPSON NOTED THAT HE HOPED TO REFORM OUR TAX CODE IN A WAY THAT WILL SUPPORT SMALL BUSINESS, GROW OUR ECONOMY, AND STRENGTHEN OUR MIDDLE CLASS.

WUSD LOOKING AT $200K IS CUTS FOR 2015/16 (ED) JB 1/15/15

THE WILLITS UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT IS FACING SOME SERIOUS FINANCIAL CUTS TO ITS BUDGET FOR NEXT YEAR.

ACCORDING TO THE DIRECTOR OF FINANCIAL SERVICES, THE WILLITS UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT WOULD NEED TO CUT APPROXIMATELY $200,000 FROM THE 2015/16 BUDGET TO MEET STATE REQUIREMENTS. THE PROJECTED CUTS ARE DEEPER FOR 2016/17, WITH AN ESTIMATED $325,000 CUTS TO MEET THE STATES MINIMUM RESERVE REQUIREMENT, DESIGNATING HOW MUCH FUNDING IS TO BE KEPT IN RESERVES. THE DIRECTOR STATED THAT THESE NUMBERS COULD CHANGE AS UPDATED INFORMATION IS MADE AVAILABLE FOR THE NEXT SCHEDULED BUDGET MEETING IN FEBRUARY.

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BOARD DOES NOT APPROVE TICHININ RAISE (GOV) JB 1/14/15

THE MENDOCINO COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION RECENTLY VOTED NOT TO APPROVE A RAISE FOR RETIRED SUPERINTENDENT PAUL TICHININ.

THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL REPORTED THAT THE MENDOCINO COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION ON MONDAY VOTED AGAINST GIVING RETIRED SUPERINTENDENT PAUL TICHININ ANOTHER ADDITION TO HIS ALREADY SUBSTANTIAL SALARY. TICHININ CURRENTLY MAKES MORE THAN $130,000, NOT INCLUDING BENEFITS, WHICH IS MORE THAN THE BASE SALARIES OF BOTH SHERIFF TOM ALLMAN AND DISTRICT ATTORNEY DAVID EYSTER. ONE BOARD MEMBER WONDERED IF IT WERE ETHICAL TO APPROVE A RETROACTIVE RAISE SO MUCH HIGHER THAN THE RAISES APPROVED FOR THE TEACHERS, WIDENING THE GAP BETWEEN WHAT TEACHERS AND ADMINISTRATORS GET PAID.

SONOMA COUNTY INMATE STILL AT LARGE (LAW) JB 1/14/15

AN INMATE FROM THE SONOMA COUNTY JAIL IS STILL ON THE RUN AFTER ESCAPING FROM A WORK CREW MONDAY MORNING.

38 YEAR OLD SONOMA COUNTY JAIL INMATE, MICHAEL BRANDON GENTUSO, FLED FROM A WORK CREW AROUND 8 AM MONDAY MORNING, JUMPING OUT OF VAN ON STEELE LANE NEAR CLEVELAND AVENUE. GENTUSO DITCHED HIS JAIL ISSUED DENIM JACKET AND ORANGE SAFETY VEST, WHICH WERE LOCATED BY AUTHORITIES. HE WAS LAST SEEN WEARING BLUE DENIM JAIL CLOTHING MARKED WITH NCDF ON THE BACK. GENTUSO, BELIEVED TO BE A SANTA ROSA TRANSIENT, WAS SERVING A 90-DAY SENTENCE FOR POSSESSION AND WAS SCHEDULED TO BE RELEASED ON APRIL 30.

CAL TRANS INCREASES ACCOUNTABILITY REFORMS (TR) JB 1/14/15

CAL TRANS HAS TAKEN BROAD MEASURES TO INCREASE ACCOUNTABILITY OF ITS EMPLOYEES ACROSS THE BOARD.

AS PART OF ITS ONGOING REFORM EFFORTS, INCLUDING INCREASED STATEWIDE ACCOUNTABILITY AND TRANSPARENCY, CAL TRANS HAS PUBLISHED NEW MANAGER AND EMPLOYEE HANDBOOKS AND LAUNCHED A 24-HOUR ETHICS HOTLINE FOR ALL EMPLOYEES. THE NEW DEPARTMENT POLICIES COVER ISSUES SUCH AS HEALTH AND SAFETY, ETHICS, INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AND OVERTIME. THE DEPARTMENT ALSO RELEASED AN UPDATED HIRING GUIDE INCLUDING MANDATORY PROCEDURES FOR CHECKING REFERENCES AND PERSONNEL DOCUMENTS DURING THE VETTING PROCESS.

YOSEMITE CLIMBERS NEARING THE TOP (PI) JB 1/14/15

TWO ROCK CLIMBERS IN YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK ARE NEARING THE TOP OF THEIR HISTORIC GOAL.

THE TWO CLIMBERS ATTEMPTING TO BE THE FIRST IN THE WORLD TO FREE CLIMB ONE OF YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARKS SHEER GRANITE FACES ARE ALMOST AT THE SUMMIT. 30 YEAR OLD KEVIN JORGESON OF SANTA ROSA AND 36 YEAR OLD COLORADO RESIDENT TOMMY CALDWELL WILL MOST LIKELY COMPLETE THE REMAINING PITCH UP THE DAWN WALL ON EL CAPITAN WEDNESDAY EVENING. THE MEN HAVE BEEN ATTEMPTING TO FREE CLIMB THE 3,000 SUMMIT WITHOUT ADDITIONAL CLIMBING AIDES FOR THE PAST 17 DAYS.

FT BRAGG GREEN ALLEYS PROJECT MEETING SCHEDULED (EVR) JB 1/14/15

A PUBLIC MEETING HAS BEEN SCHEDULED FOR FORT BRAGGS GREEN ALLEYS PROJECT.

THE CITY OF FORT BRAGG AND THE STATE WATER RESOURCES CONTROL BOARD WILL BE HOLDING AN INFORMATIONAL MEETING ON THE CITYS GREEN ALLEYS LOW IMPACT DEVELOPMENT PROJECT. THE CITY RECEIVED A GRANT FROM THE STATE WATER RESOURCES CONTROL BOARD FOR THE GREEN ALLEYS PROJECT TO DEMONSTRATE THE BENEFICIAL EFFECTS OF LOW IMPACT DEVELOPMENT ON STORM WATER QUALITY WHILE REDUCING THE COSTS OF CONVENTIONAL STORM WATER INFRASTRUCTURE SUCH AS CURBS AND GUTTERS. THE PUBLIC MEETING IS SCHEDULED FOR JANUARY 22, AT 11 AM AT FORT BRAGG CITY HALL.

PEDESTRIAN HIT BY CAR IN UKIAH NEAR BE-BOPS (LAW) JB 1/14/15

A PEDESTRIAN IN THE CROSSWALK WAS STRUCK BY A CAR ON TUESDAY NEAR BE-BOPS DINER.

UKIAH POLICE OFFICERS AND UKIAH VALLEY FIRE AUTHORITY PERSONNEL RESPONDED TO THE INTERSECTION OF SOUTH STATE STREET AND WASHINGTON AVENUE TUESDAY AFTERNOON TO THE REPORT OF THE ACCIDENT. A WITNESS AT THE SCENE STATED THAT THE VICTIM, WHO WAS IN THE CROSSWALK AT THE TIME, WAS STRUCK BY SILVER DODGE HATCHBACK AND THEN LANDED ON THE ROAD ON HIS HEAD. THE VICTIM WAS TRANSPORTED TO THE HOSPITAL BY AMBULANCE AND THE CAUSE OF THE ACCIDENT IS UNDER INVESTIGATION BY AUTHORITIES.

MORE INMATES RELEASED UNDER PROPOSITION 47 (LAW) JB 1/14/15

SINCE THE PASSING OF PROPOSITION 47 LAST NOVEMBER, AT LEAST 65 INMATES FROM THE LAKE COUNTY JAIL HAVE BEEN RELEASED.

THE RECORD BEE REPORTED THAT SINCE THE MEASURE WAS PROPOSED, LAW ENFORCEMENT AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE OFFICIALS ACROSS THE STATE WARNED OF THE LAWS IMPLICATIONS. OPPONENTS CLAIM THE LAWS TITLE AS THE SAFE NEIGHBORHOOD AND SCHOOLS ACT WAS MISLEADING AS THE LAW GRANTS THE IMMEDIATE RELEASE OF CRIMINALS IN SOME CASES AND DOES NOT MANDATE A CRIMINAL ATTEND ANY REHABILITATION PROGRAMS OR BE SUPERVISED UNDER PROBATION AFTER THEIR RELEASE. SUSPECTS OF THEFT FROM OPEN BUSINESSES AND OF POSSESSION OF NARCOTICS ARE NOW CITED INSTEAD OF ARRESTED.

DECEMBER STORM AS LITTLE EFFECT ON WELLS (EVR) JB 1/14/15

DESPITE THE SUBSTANTIAL AMOUNT OF RAIN RECEIVED IN DECEMBER, IT HAS SHOWN LITTLE OR NO EFFECT TO WELL LEVELS IN LAKE COUNTY.

LAKE COUNTY SPECIAL DISTRICTS REPORTED THAT A MAJORITY OF THEIR WATER SYSTEMS ARE STILL UNDER MANDATORY OR VOLUNTARY CONSERVATION ORDERS DUE TO THE THREE YEARS OF DROUGHT AND DRY WEATHER BEFORE DECEMBERS HEAVY RAINS. ONLY 2 OF THE 10 SYSTEMS MANAGED BY LAKE COUNTY SPECIAL DISTRICTS HAVE SHOWN A DECREASE IN THEIR WATER URGENCY LEVEL. WHILE THE AREA DID RECEIVE HIGHER THAN AVERAGE RAINFALL TOTALS, MOST OF THE WATER RAN OFF AND HAD NO EFFECT ON THE WATER TABLES.

UUSD DISCOVERS $90K EMBEZZLED FROM ADULT SCHOOL (ED) JB 1/13/15

THE UKIAH UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT HAS DISCOVERED THAT $90,000 WAS EMBEZZLED FROM THE UKIAH ADULT SCHOOL PROGRAM.

SCHOOL DISTRICT OFFICIALS ANNOUNCED MONDAY THAT AN EMPLOYEE OF THE DISTRICT EMBEZZLED $30,000 A YEAR FOR THE PAST THREE YEARS. THE SUSPECT EMPLOYEE IS NOT BEING NAMED, NOR WILL THEY BE PROSECUTED, DUE TO A LACK OF EVIDENCE TO MAKE THE EMBEZZLEMENT CHARGES STICK. THE PROBLEM STEMMED FROM THE ADULT SCHOOLS ACCEPTANCE OF CASH PAYMENTS FOR TUITION AND THE LACK OF A DOUBLE-COUNTING SYSTEM TO CHECK EMPLOYEE BOOKKEEPING RECORDS. THE SCHOOL DISTRICT BOARD OF TRUSTEES WILL DISCUSS THE INVESTIGATION AT ITS MEETING THIS THURSDAY.

TODDLER FOUND WANDERING UKIAH STREET (LAW) JB 1/13/15

A TODDLER WAS FOUND WANDERING A UKIAH STREET IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT EARLIER THIS MONTH.

UKIAH POLICE RESPONDED TO AN ADDRESS ON EAST GOBBI STREET FOR A FOUND JUVENILE. OFFICERS LEARNED THE CALLER SAW A 2 TO 3 YEAR OLD CHILD WEARING PAJAMAS AND NO SHOES STANDING IN THE STREET NEAR WAUGH LANE AND GOBBI STREET. THE CALLER WAS UNABLE TO LOCATE THE CHILDS PARENTS AND CALLED THE POLICE. OFFICERS WERE UNABLE TO DETERMINE THE CHILDS RESIDENCE AND RELEASED THE CHILD TO THE CARE OF CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES. AT ABOUT 7:30 AM UKIAH POLICE WERE CONTACTED REGARDING A MISSING CHILD, AND DETERMINED THE CHILD HAD USED A CHAIR TO STAND ON AND UNLOCK THE DEADBOLT AND WALKED OUT OF THE RESIDENCE SHORTLY BEFORE BEING LOCATED IN THE STREET.

CLEARLAKE POLICE INVESTIGATE MINI-BIKE CRASH (LAW) JB 1/13/15

A CRASH IN CLEARLAKE BETWEEN A CAR AND A MINI-BIKE SENT ONE MAN TO A TRAUMA CENTER WITH MAJOR INJURIES.

CLEARLAKE POLICE AND LAKE COUNTY FIRE RESPONDED ON SUNDAY TO THE INTERSECTION OF MORGAN AND MANAKEE AVENUES TO THE REPORT OF A TRAFFIC COLLISION. THE DRIVER OF THE OFF-ROAD MINI-BIKE COLLIDED WITH A MERCEDES BENZ AFTER PULLING OUT OF A VACANT LOT INTO THE STREET, THROWING THE DRIVER INTO THE WINDSHIELD OF THE MERCEDES. THE MINI-BIKE DRIVER SUFFERED MAJOR INJURIES IN THE CRASH TO HIS HEAD AND LEG AND WAS FLOWN BY REACH AIR AMBULANCE TO SANTA ROSA MEMORIAL HOSPITAL WHERE HE WAS LISTED IN CRITICAL CONDITION.

CHINA STOPS BUYING CALIFORNIA WALNUTS (AG/ECN) JB 1/13/15

CHINA HAS STOPPED BUYING CALIFORNIA WALNUTS RECENTLY, BUT LOCAL GROWERS DONT SEEM TOO CONCERNED.

THE RECORD BEE REPORTED THAT IN RECENT MONTHS, CHINA HALTED PURCHASES OF CALIFORNIA WALNUTS, OPTING TO USE THEIR OWN CROPS WHICH WERE APPARENTLY PLENTIFUL THIS YEAR. IN THE PAST, CHINA HAS PLAYED A LARGE ROLE IN CALIFORNIA WALNUT SALES. LOCAL GROWERS ARE SHOWING LITTLE CONCERN OVER THE MARKET SHIFT, HOWEVER, CITING THAT BOTH JAPAN AND KOREA INCREASED THEIR PURCHASES OF CALIFORNIA-GROWN WALNUTS. ONE LAKE COUNTY WALNUT GROWER NOTED THAT BECAUSE HE SELLS TO DIAMOND FOODS, MARKET CHANGES SUCH AS THIS NEVER DIRECTLY AFFECT HIS CROP.

KAYAKER RESCUED OUTSIDE OF BODEGA BAY (LAW) JB 1/13/15

THE U.S. COAST GUARD RESCUED A KAYAKER IN DISTRESS MONDAY AFTERNOON JUST OUTSIDE OF BODEGA BAY.

ACCORDING TO COAST GUARD REPORTS, THE 60 YEAR OLD MAN WAS FISHING FOR CRAB APPROXIMATELY 100 YARDS OUTSIDE THE JETTY. HE BECAME FATIGUED AS HE ATTEMPTED TO RETURN TO SHORE, PADDLING AGAINST A 23 MILE AN HOUR HEADWIND AND WITNESSES COULD SEE THAT HE NEEDED HELP. A 47-FOOT COAST GUARD VESSEL WAS DISPATCHED TO RESCUE THE MAN AND HE WAS SUCCESSFULLY RETURNED TO SHORE. BOATERS ARE REMINDED TO ALWAYS CHECK THE WEATHER AND SWELL CONDITIONS BEFORE TAKING TO THE OCEAN WATERS.

CLEARLAKE OFFICERS RESPOND TO BURGLARY (LAW) JB 1/13/15

CLEARLAKE POLICE AND A K-9 OFFICER APPREHEND A SUSPECT DURING A RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY IN CLEARLAKE.

CLEARLAKE POLICE OFFICERS RESPONDED TO AN ADDRESS ON YOLO ALLEY TO THE REPORT OF A POSSIBLE BURGLARY IN PROCESS. THE PROPERTY OWNER, WHO WAS AWAY AT THE TIME, NOTIFIED THE POLICE OF A BREAK IN BY A KNOWN FAMILY MEMBER AFTER BEING TIPPED BY A NEIGHBOR. CPD OFFICER TRAVIS LENZ AND HIS K-9 PARTNER DEX WERE FIRST ON THE SCENE AND CONTACTED THE SUSPECT, 28 YEAR OLD TRANSIENT STEVEN MICHAEL FULLER, TO EXIT THE HOME OR DEX WOULD BE DEPLOYED. FULLER FAILED TO RESPOND AND DEX WAS DEPLOYED, LOCATING FULLER HIDING IN A CLOSET. AFTER STRUGGLING WITH DEX AND OTHER OFFICERS, FULLER WAS ARRESTED AND BOOKED INTO THE LAKE COUNTY JAIL.

POSTAL SERVICE STANDARDS SLOW FIRST CLASS MAIL (PI) JB 1/13/15

NEW U.S. POSTAL SERVICE STANDARDS TOOK EFFECT LAST WEEK THAT HAVE ADDED TIME TO DELIVERY SERVICE FOR FIRST-CLASS MAIL.

THE PRESS DEMOCRAT REPORTED THAT THE MOVE, WHICH NOW MAKES A FIRST-CLASS LETTER DELIVERY TAKE AN AVERAGE OF 2.1 DAYS INSTEAD OF 1.8 DAYS TO REACH ITS DESTINATION, COMES AS THE POSTAL SERVICE PLANS TO ELIMINATE 82 MAIL PROCESSING CENTERS THROUGHOUT THE NATION TO SAVE MONEY. WITH THE CLOSURE OF LOCAL PROCESSING CENTERS IN PETALUMA AND EUREKA, LOCAL FIRST-CLASS MAILINGS WILL BE ROUTED TO SAN FRANCISCO TO BE SORTED, THEN SENT BACK WHERE A LOCAL POSTAL WORKER ROUTES IT TO A LETTER CARRIER FOR DELIVERY. IN THE PAST, THAT LETTER WOULD LIKELY HAVE BEEN DELIVERED THE NEXT DAY.

BATHROOMS COMPLETED AT HOMELESS SHELTER (PI) JB 1/13/15

THE BATHROOM RENOVATION PROJECT AT THE BUDDY ELLER CENTER IS NOW COMPLETE AND THE CENTER IS READY TO GO.

THE RENOVATION PROJECT OF THE BATHROOMS AT THE WINTER SHELTER AT THE BUDDY ELLER CENTER WAS COMPLETED LAST FRIDAY, ALLOWING THE CENTER TO ACCOMMODATE ITS FULL CAPACITY OF 50 PEOPLE. PRIOR TO THAT, THE CENTER COULD ONLY ACCEPT UP TO 30 PEOPLE A NIGHT. THE BATHROOMS AT THE CENTER WERE IN NEED OF REPAIR FROM YEARS OF DAMAGE CAUSED BY FLOODING, MOLD AND GENERAL ABUSE. THE WINTER SHELTER WILL BE OPEN UNTIL APRIL 10.

UKIAH CITY COUNCIL SAYS NO TO CONSULTANT (GOV) JB 1/12/15

THE UKIAH CITY COUNCIL VOTED NOT TO HIRE A GOAL SETTING CONSULTANT TO SHAPE ITS NEXT BUDGET CYCLE.

DESPITE THE URGING OF STAFF AND A FORMER COUNCIL MEMBER, THE UKIAH CITY COUNCIL VOTED TO FOREGO THE HIRING OF A CONSULTANT TO FACILITATE GOAL SETTING. COUNCIL MEMBER MAUREEN MULHEREN FOUND THE WORDING ON THE LAST GOAL SETTING AGENDA IN 2013 EXACTLY THE SAME AS THE CURRENT AGENDA AND BELIEVES THE NEW COUNCIL CAN ACHIEVE THE GOALS WITHOUT SPENDING $15,000 ON THE CONSULTANT. ALL THE MEMBERS OF THE COUNCIL WERE IN AGREEMENT THAT INSTEAD OF TALKING ABOUT THE PROCESS, THEY NEEDED TO DISCUSS THE GOALS THEMSELVES.

DIMINISHED SERVICES AT STATE PARKS LIKELY (GOV) JB 1/12/15

DIMINISHED SERVICES AT STATE PARKS ARE LIKELY TO CONTINUE UNDER THE GOVERNORS NEWLY RELEASED BUDGET PLAN.

THE PROPOSED BUDGET RELEASED FRIDAY BY THE GOVERNOR INCLUDES A ONE-TIME INCREASE OF $16.8 MILLION FOR CALIFORNIAS DEPARTMENT OF PARKS AND RECREATION FOR 2015-16 TO MAINTAIN EXISTING SERVICES WHILE LONGER TERM REVENUE SOLUTIONS ARE CONSIDERED. STATE PARK OFFICIALS NOTED THAT CONTINUALLY DIGGING INTO THE STATES RESERVES TO KEEP THE PARKS OPEN IS NOT A SUSTAINABLE FUNDING MODEL AND THAT MANY STATE PARKS, INCLUDING THOSE ON THE NORTH COAST, HAD TO CUT BACK ON STAFFING AND HOURS DUE TO BUDGET PROBLEMS. UNFORTUNATELY, THE SITUATION IS NOT LIKELY TO IMPROVE UNDER BROWNS BUDGET RECOMMENDATIONS.

ST HELENA HOSPITAL SETTLES FALSE CLAIMS CASE (PI) JB 1/12/15

ST HELENA HOSPITAL HAS SETTLED A FALSE CLAIMS CASE WITH OVER $2 MILLION TO BE PAID TO PATIENTS.

ST. HELENA HOSPITAL, AN ACUTE CARE HOSPITAL WITHIN THE ADVENTIST HEALTH SYSTEM, HAS AGREED TO PAY THE UNITED STATES $2,250,000 TO SETTLE ALLEGATIONS THAT IT SUBMITTED FALSE CLAIMS TO MEDICARE FOR CERTAIN CARDIAC PROCEDURES AND RELATED INPATIENT ADMISSIONS. ST. HELENA DID NOT ADMIT GUILT IN AGREEING TO THE SETTLEMENT. THE SETTLEMENT RESOLVES ALLEGATIONS THAT ST. HELENA HOSPITAL KNOWINGLY CHARGED MEDICARE FOR MEDICALLY UNNECESSARY PERCUTANEOUS CORONARY INTERVENTIONS DURING THE PERIOD JAN. 1, 2008 THROUGH JULY 31, 2011. THE UNITED STATES ALSO ALLEGED THAT ST. HELENA HOSPITAL UNNECESSARILY ADMITTED ANGIOPLASTY PATIENTS WHO SHOULD HAVE BEEN TREATED ON A LESS COSTLY, OUTPATIENT BASIS.

KAISER PREPARES FOR STRIKE ON MONDAY (ECN) JB 1/12/15

KAISER PERMANENTE IS BRACING FOR A STRIKE TODAY BY MENTAL HEALTH CLINICIANS.

THE PRESS DEMOCRAT REPORTED THAT A WEEKLONG STRIKE IS SLATED TO START MONDAY IN CALIFORNIA AS THE NEXT CHAPTER IN A FOUR-YEAR BATTLE BETWEEN KAISER PERMANENTE AND ITS MENTAL HEALTH CLINICIANS OVER WHAT UNION LEADERS SAY IS THE HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS FAILURE TO ADEQUATELY SERVE PATIENTS. AS MANY AS 2,600 PSYCHOLOGISTS, THERAPISTS AND OTHER MENTAL HEALTH WORKERS STATEWIDE ARE EXPECTED TO JOIN THE STRIKE, PLUS AN ADDITIONAL 700 KAISER EMPLOYEES IN OTHER AREAS, ACCORDING TO THE NATIONAL UNION OF HEALTHCARE WORKERS. THE UNION REPRESENTS 65 MENTAL HEALTH EMPLOYEES IN SANTA ROSA AND NINE IN PETALUMA. IN PREPARATION FOR THE STRIKE, KAISER HAS BEEN CONTACTING PATIENTS AND SEEKING TO DETERMINE WHICH APPOINTMENTS CAN BE RESCHEDULED TO A LATER TIME.

METHAMPHETAMINE ARREST IN UKIAH (LAW) JB 1/12/15

A TRAFFIC STOP IN UKIAH LEADS TO THE ARREST OF A FELON ON DRUG CHARGES.

UKIAH POLICE OFFICERS CONDUCTED A TRAFFIC STOP OF A VEHICLE ON EAST PERKINS STREET LAST WEEK. OFFICERS COULD SMELL MARIJUANA INSIDE THE VEHICLE AND A SEARCH OF THE DRIVER, 20 YEAR OLD JESUS PEREZ, FOUND HIM IN POSSESSION OVER AN OUNCE OF METHAMPHETAMINE AND OVER $8,000 IN CASH. A FURTHER INVESTIGATION FOUND THAT PEREZ HAD A SECOND VEHICLE CONTAINING OVER 7 OUNCES OF METHAMPHETAMINE PACKAGED FOR SALE. PEREZ, WHO WAS ON FELONY BAIL FOR PRIOR CRIMES, WAS ARRESTED AND BOOKED INTO THE MENDOCINO COUNTY JAIL.

CITY OF LAKEPORT PURCHASING NEW POLICE BUILDING (LAW) JB 1/12/15

THE CITY OF LAKEPORT IS LOOKING FORWARD TO COMPLETING THE PURCHASE OF A NEW BUILDING FOR THE CITYS POLICE DEPARTMENT.

AFTER 15 YEARS IN ITS CURRENT LOCATION ON FORBES STREET, THE CITY OF LAKEPORT POLICE DEPARTMENT IS PREPARING TO MOVE TO INTO THE FORMER SOCIAL SECURITY BUILDING LOCATED ON MAIN STREET. THE $875,000 PURCHASE OF THE BUILDING WILL BE FUNDED BY A $700,000 LOAN FROM THE SELLER AND A $200,000 COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT. THE BLOCK GRANT FUNDING STILL REQUIRES STATE APPROVAL AND AN ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW, BUT THE CITY PLANS TO OFFSET THE COSTS OF THE PURCHASE BY LEASING OUT THE DEPARTMENTS CURRENT BUILDING ON FORBES STREET AS OFFICE SPACE.

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HOZIER-TAKE ME TO CHURCH

MARK RONSON W/BRUNO MARS-UPTOWN FUNK!

SAM SMITH-I’M NOT THE ONLY ONE

SELENA GOMEZ-THE HEART WANTS WHAT IT WANTS

TAYLOR SWIFT-BLANK SPACE

ED SHEERAN-THINKING OUT LOUD

ELLA HENDERSON-GHOST

FALL OUT BOY-CENTURIES

FIFTH HARMONY-SLEDGEHAMMER

HOODIE ALLEN W/ED SHEERAN-ALL ABOUT IT

I LOVE MAKONNEN W/DRAKE-TUESDAY

JAMES NEWTON HOWARD W/JENNIFER LAWRENCE-THE HANGING TREE

LILLY WOOD W/ROBIN SCHULZ-PRAYER IN C

MEGHAN TRAINOR-LIPS ARE MOVIN

MILKY CHANCE-STOLEN DANCE

ONE DIRECTION-NIGHT CHANGES

ONE REPUBLIC-I LIVED

PITBULL W/NE-YO-TIME OF OUR LIVES

PRINCE ROYCE W/SNOOP DOGG-STUCK ON A FEELING

5 SECONDS OF SUMMER-WHAT I LIKE ABOUT YOU

BECKY G-CAN’T STOP DANCIN’

EDEN XO-TOO COOL TO DANCE

USHER W/JUICY J-I DON’T MIND

VANCE JOY-RIPTIDE

CALVIN HARRIS W/ELLIE GOULDING-OUTSIDE

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PRIORY-WEEKEND

THE SCRIPT-SUPERHEROES

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UKIAH POMOS TO ESTABLISH TRIBAL POT OPERATION (ECN) JB 1/9/15

A UKIAH INDIAN RANCHERIA WILL SOON BE THE SITE OF WHAT IS LIKELY CALIFORNIAS FIRST TRIBE-SANCTIONED MARIJUANA CULTIVATION AND DISTRIBUTION CENTER.

THE PRESS DEMOCRAT REPORTED THAT THE 250-MEMBER PINOLEVILLE POMO NATION ANNOUNCED WEDNESDAY IT HAS ENTERED A MARIJUANA-GROWING CONTRACT WITH COLORADO-BASED UNITED CANNIBIS CORPORATION AND KANSAS-BASED FOXBERRY FARMS. ACCORDING TO A TRIBAL SPOKESMAN, CONSTRUCTION OF AN INDOOR MARIJUANA GROWING FACILITY WILL BEGIN WITHIN A MONTH AND OPERATIONS ARE EXPECTED TO BE UNDERWAY IN FEBRUARY. THE PARTNERSHIPS FOLLOW A U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE ANNOUNCEMENT LAST MONTH THAT TRIBES, WHICH ARE SOVEREIGN NATIONS, HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO LEGALIZE MARIJUANA ON LANDS THAT ARE HELD FOR THEM IN FEDERAL TRUST. THE TRIBE ALSO PLANS TO BUILD A CASINO ON PROPERTY IT OWNS ALONG NORTH STATE STREET IN UKIAH.

CONFIRMED MEASLES CASES IN CALIFORNIA (PI) JB 1/9/15

STATE MEDICAL OFFICIALS HAVE CONFIRMED SEVERAL CASES OF MEASLES IN CALIFORNIA.

THE CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH HAS BEEN INFORMED OF SEVEN CONFIRMED CASES OF MEASLES IN PATIENTS FROM FIVE DIFFERENT LOCATIONS IN THE STATE. THE PATIENTS IN ALL THE CONFIRMED AND SUSPECTED CASES REPORTEDLY VISITED DISNEYLAND OR DISNEY CALIFORNIA ADVENTURE PARK IN ANAHEIM SOMETIME BETWEEN DECEMBER 15 AND 20. VACCINATIONS FOR THE MEASLES HAVE BEEN AVAILABLE IN THE COUNTRY SINCE 1963 AND THE HIGHLY CONTAGIOUS AIRBORNE DISEASE HAD BEEN ELIMINATED IN THE UNITED STATES SINCE 2000.

UKIAH MAYOR PROMISES DECISION ON PALACE HOTEL (GOV) JB 1/9/15

THE MOMENT OF TRUTH FOR THE FATE OF THE PALACE HOTEL IS IN THE NEAR FUTURE.

AFTER NEARLY A YEAR OF THE PREVIOUS CITY COUNCIL VOTING TO ALLOW THE OWNER OF THE PALACE HOTEL TO COMPLETE ASBESTOS REMOVAL AND OTHER REPAIRS TO THE DETERIORATING BUILDING, THE NEW COUNCIL WILL TAKE UP THE MATTER AT ITS NEXT MEETING. THE DECISION TO REMOVE CONTROL OF THE RENOVATION FROM THE OWNER AND BEGIN A RECEIVERSHIP TO TAKE OVER THE ABATEMENT IS A DECISION THAT THE THREE NEWEST COUNCIL MEMBERS, JIM BROWN, KEVIN DOBLE AND MAUREEN MULHEREN ALL AGREED WITH DURING THEIR RESPECTIVE CAMPAIGNS. THE COUNCIL IS SCHEDULED TO MEET NEXT ON JANUARY 21.

MENDOCINO COUNTY FACING MORE BROADBAND ISSUES (BB) JB 1/9/15

MENDOCINO COUNTY IS AGAIN FACING ISSUES WITH NEEDED REPAIRS TO ITS BROADBAND COMMUNICATIONS NETWORK.

THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL REPORTED THAT FIVE MONTHS AFTER THE MENDOCINO COAST WAS INFLICTED WITH A MAJOR BROADBAND OUTAGE THAT STALLED PHONE AND INTERNET SERVICES FOR NEARLY 45 HOURS, THE COUNTY IS AGAIN BATTLING WITH AT&T. THIS TIME THE COUNTY IS PUSHING THE COMMUNICATIONS PROVIDER TO FIX AREA COPPER WIRE LANDLINES, WHICH ARE SAID TO BE IN DIRE NEED OF REPAIR. AT&TS UNWILLINGNESS TO ADDRESS REPAIR ISSUES IN MENDOCINO COUNTY IN A TIMELY MANNER HAS EVEN GARNERED THE ATTENTION OF CONGRESSMAN JARED HUFFMAN. CUSTOMERS AFFECTED BY THE FAILING LANDLINES ARE EXPERIENCING OUTAGES THAT KEEP THEM FROM ACCESSING 911 EMERGENCY SERVICES.

ENVIRONMENTAL SETTLEMENT REACHED WITH SAFEWAY (PI) JB 1/9/15

42 COUNTIES, INCLUDING LAKE AND MENDOCINO, HAVE REACHED A SETTLEMENT WITH SAFEWAY OVER ALLEGATIONS OF ENVIRONMENTAL VIOLATIONS.

SAFEWAY INC REACHED THE $9.87 MILLION SETTLEMENT WITH 42 COUNTIES ACROSS THE STATE IN A CASE THAT ALLEGED VIOLATION OF NUMEROUS ENVIRONMENTAL LAWS. THE INVESTIGATION REVEALED THAT SAFEWAY WAS ROUTINELY AND SYSTEMATICALLY SENDING HAZARDOUS AND PHARMACEUTICAL WASTE TO LOCAL LANDFILLS NOT EQUIPPED TO RECEIVE SUCH WASTE. THE COMPANY MUST PAY NEARLY $10 MILLION IN CIVIL PENALTIES, COSTS INCURRED BY VARIOUS AGENCIES AND FUNDING FOR SUPPLEMENTAL ENVIRONMENTAL PROJECTS.

LAKE COUNTY APPROVES SUBSTANCE ABUSE SERVICE (GOV) JB 1/9/15

THE LAKE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS HAVE APPROVED A MULTI-YEAR CONTRACT FOR SUBSTANCE ABUSE SERVICES IN THE COUNTY.

THE NEW THREE YEAR CONTRACT, TOTALING NEARLY $2 MILLION, IS DESIGNED TO MAKE SUBSTANCE ABUSE TREATMENT SERVICES AVAILABLE TO MEDI-CAL PATIENTS WITH STATE AND FEDERAL FUNDS USED FOR SERVICE REIMBURSEMENTS. FUNDING PROVIDED BY STATE AND FEDERAL AGENCIES FOR SUCH SERVICES ARE DISTRIBUTED BASED ON THE NEEDS OF INDIVIDUAL COUNTIES. THE CONTRACT WILL BE EFFECTIVE UNTIL JUNE 30, 2017.

LAKE PORT CITY COUNCIL APPROVES DOCK PURCHASE (GOV) JB 1/9/15

THE LAKEPORT CITY COUNCIL UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED THE PURCHASE OF NEW DOCKS FOR LIBRARY PARK.

WITH THE IDEA IN MIND OF IMPROVING VISITOR EXPERIENCE AT LAKEPORTS MAIN PARK, THE CITY COUNCIL APPROVED THE $226,000 PURCHASE TO REPLACE THE AGING DOCKS THAT WERE CONTINUALLY IN NEED OF REPAIR. THE CITY SAVED APPROXIMATELY $20,000 IN SHIPPING FEES FOR THE NEW DOCKS BY SOURCING THEM FROM LOCAL COMPANY, THE DOCK FACTORY. THE NEARLY 300 FEET OF NEW DOCKS AND GANGWAYS ARE SCHEDULED TO BE IN PLACE BY MAY 1.

ARMED HOME INVASION IN WILLITS (LAW) JB 1/8/15

A SHOT WAS FIRED AT THE VICTIMS OF A HOME INVASION MARIJUANA ROBBERY IN WILLITS ON TUESDAY.

WILLITS POLICE OFFICERS WERE DISPATCHED TO A RESIDENCE ON MILL CREEK COURT JUST AFTER 6 PM TUESDAY TO THE REPORT OF A LOUD DISTURBANCE. THE OFFICERS WERE INFORMED THAT, DURING A MARIJUANA SALE, TWO MASKED MEN ENTERED THE RESIDENCE ARMED WITH A HANDGUN AND ORDERED THE OCCUPANTS TO THE GROUND. THE GUNMEN STOLE AN UNDISCLOSED AMOUNT OF MARIJUANA AND, AS THEY WERE LEAVING, ONE OF THE SUSPECTS FIRED A SHOT AT THE OCCUPANTS OF THE RESIDENCE. NO ONE WAS HIT BY THE GUNSHOT AND THE SUSPECTS FLED THE SCENE. INVESTIGATORS ARE REQUESTING THAT ANYONE WITH INFORMATION ON THIS INCIDENT TO CALL SGT. MCNELLEY AT THE WILLITS POLICE DEPARTMENT AT 459-6122.

REWARD OFFERED FOR INFO ON LUCERNE MURDER (LAW) JB 1/8/15

A REWARD IS BEING OFFERED FOR INFORMATION ABOUT THE MURDER OF A LUCERNE MAN LAST APRIL.

THE RECORD BEE REPORTED THAT A $5,000 REWARD IS BEING OFFERED FOR INFORMATION LEADING TO ARREST AND CONVICTION OF THE PERSON RESPONSIBLE FOR THE MURDER OF CHRISTOPHER WAY IN LUCERNE. THE 51 YEAR OLD VICTIM WAS SHOT BY AN UNIDENTIFIED SUSPECT ON THE EVENING OF APRIL 22 ON 12TH AVENUE. THE SUSPECT, DESCRIBED AS A 40 TO 50 YEAR OLD WHITE MALE WITH SHORT HAIR, RAN TOWARDS TOWER MART AFTER THE SHOOTING, SUPPOSEDLY CARRYING A HANDGUN. TO RECEIVE THE REWARD, INFORMATION PROVIDED MUST LEAD TO BOTH THE ARREST AND CONVICTION OF THE SUSPECT.

BUILDING IDENTIFIED FOR FT BRAGG HOMELESS CENTER (PI) JB 1/8/15

A NEW LOCATION IN FORT BRAGG HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED AS THE POSSIBLE SITE FOR A HOMELESS AND MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES CENTER.

ACCORDING TO A PRESS RELEASE FROM CITY STAFF, THE FORMER OLD COAST HOTEL BUILDING ON NORTH FRANKLIN STREET HAS BEEN PROPOSED FOR ACQUISITION AND REHABILITATION FOR THE PROJECT THAT WOULD INCLUDE BOTH MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES AND TRANSITIONAL HOUSING FOR THE HOMELESS. A $1.2 MILLION COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT WAS AWARDED TO THE CITY TO COMPLETE THE PROJECT ON BEHALF OF THE MENDOCINO COAST HOSPITALITY CENTER. THE CENTER WILL PROVIDE SUPPORT GROUPS AND VOCATIONAL TRAINING IN ADDITION TO CASE MANAGEMENT AND MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES.

THOMPSON SWORN IN AS 5TH DISTRICT REPRESENTATIVE (GOV) JB 1/8/15

MIKE THOMPSON WAS RECENTLY SWORN IN AS THE 5TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT REPRESENTATIVE FOR CALIFORNIA.

U.S. REPRESENTATIVE MIKE THOMPSON WAS SWORN INTO OFFICE ON WEDNESDAY TO SPEAK FOR THE RESIDENTS OF THE CALIFORNIA 5TH DISTRICT THAT INCLUDES ALL OR PARTS OF CONTRA COSTA, LAKE, NAPA, SOLANO AND SONOMA COUNTIES. THOMPSON STATED AS OUR DISTRICTS REPRESENTATIVE, I AM COMMITTED TO WORKING ACROSS THE AISLE TO MAKE SURE OUR ECONOMY WORKS FOR EVERYONE, OUR EDUCATION SYSTEM LEAVES NO ONE BEHIND, OUR DEBT IS LOWERED, OUR STREETS ARE SAFE, AND OUR VETERANS AND SENIORS GET THE BENEFITS THEYVE EARNED.

HOWARD HOSPITAL BILLING PRACTICES QUESTIONED (ECN) JB 1/8/15

A MOVE TO OUTSOURCE BILLING SERVICES AT HOWARD MEMORIAL HOSPITAL HAS MANY CUSTOMERS FRUSTRATED WITH THEIR SERVICE.

THE WILLITS NEWS REPORTED THAT SEVERAL PROBLEMS HAVE COME TO LIGHT SINCE HOWARD MEMORIAL HOSPITAL OUTSOURCED ITS BILLING OPERATIONS IN 2012 TO CENTRALIZED HUB IN WINDSOR, THEN CONSOLIDATED EVEN FURTHER. THE WILLITS NEWS HAS RECEIVED LETTERS FROM UNHAPPY CUSTOMERS, FRUSTRATED WITH A LACK OF CUSTOMER SUPPORT AND COMPLAINING ABOUT PROBLEMS OF LOST RECORDS, MISCHARGES AND UNNECESSARY COLLECTION NOTICES. A REPRESENTATIVE FROM THE BILLING CENTER USED BY HOWARD HOSPITAL RESPONDED STATING THAT A CHANGE WAS OBVIOUSLY NEEDED.

CLEARLAKE OAKS MURDER SUSPECT PLEADS NOT GUILTY (LAW) JB 1/8/15

A CLEARLAKE OAKS MAN CHARGED IN THE SHOOTING DEATH OF HIS WIFE HAS PLEAD NOT GUILTY TO THE CHARGES AGAINST HIM.

59 YEAR OLD MARC ANTHONY CLARK PLEAD NOT GUILTY TO THE NUMEROUS CHARGES FILED AGAINST HIM IN THE DEATH OF HIS WIFE WHO HE ALLEGEDLY SHOT OVER THE WEEKEND BEFORE CHRISTMAS. ACCORDING TO THE LAKE COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE, CLARK CALLED LAW ENFORCEMENT AFTER THE INCIDENT TO REPORT THAT HE HAD SHOT HIS WIFE AFTER HAVING AN ARGUMENT WITH HER. CLARK IS CHARGED WITH 5 FELONIES AND 10 SPECIAL ALLEGATIONS AND IS DUE IN COURT JANUARY 27 FOR A PRELIMINARY HEARING.

POLICE SEARCH FOR SUSPECTS OF CLEARLAKE SHOOTING (LAW) JB 1/8/15

THE CLEARLAKE POLICE DEPARTMENT IS SEARCHING FOR THE SUSPECTS INVOLVED IN A SHOOTING TUESDAY NIGHT.

CPD OFFICERS WERE DISPATCHED TO THE AREA OF 36TH AND PHILLIPS AVENUES TO THE REPORT OF SHOTS BEING FIRED AND A PERSON IN DISTRESS. OFFICERS LOCATED A 43 YEAR OLD VICTIM WITH A GUNSHOT WOUND WHO STATED THAT HE HAD BEEN SHOT AT BY SEVERAL MASKED SUSPECTS OUTSIDE HIS RESIDENCE ON 36TH AVENUE. WHILE SECURING THE AREA AND AFTER OBTAINING A SEARCH WARRANT, OFFICERS DETERMINED THAT THE RESIDENCE WAS USED SOLELY FOR THE PURPOSE OF CULTIVATING AND SELLING MARIJUANA AFTER FINDING NEARLY 100 POUNDS OF PROCESSED MARIJUANA AND FIREARMS AND THAT THE VICTIM WAS A CONVICTED FELON.

NEW TRAIL ADDS PEDESTRIAN ISLANDS TO EAST GOBBI (PI) JB 1/8/15

ISLANDS KNOWN AS PEDESTRIAN REFUGES ARE BEING ADDED TO THE MIDDLE OF GOBBI STREET AS PART OF THE NEW TRAIL IN UKIAH.

THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL REPORTED THAT CREWS WERE LAYING CONCRETE THIS WEEK TO CREATE THE ISLANDS, WHICH THE UKIAH PUBLIC WORKS DIRECTOR SAID ARE ADDED TO PROJECTS WHEN TRAILS DESIGNED FOR CYCLISTS AND PEDESTRIANS MEET CITY STREETS. THE PAVED TRAIL FROM EAST GOBBI STREET TO CLARA AVENUE IS COMPLETE, BUT THERE ARE SIGNS UP STATING THAT IT IS CLOSED WHILE THE CONTRACTOR IS STILL WORKING. THE CITY HOPES TO EXTEND THE TRAIL SOUTH TO TALMAGE ROAD AND GRANTS FOR THE FUTURE WORK ARE EXPLORED BY THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT.

CLEARLAKE OAKS MOTEL FIRE VICTIM IDENTIFIED (LAW) JB 1/7/15

THE VICTIM OF A FIRE AT A CLEARLAKE OAKS MOTEL HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED BY AUTHORITIES.

ACCORDING TO THE LAKE COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE, 67 YEAR OLD ROBERT CLAUDE HOOD WAS FOUND DECEASED BY FIREFIGHTERS DURING SUNDAYS INCIDENT AT THE LAKE HAVEN MOTEL. THE CAUSE OF HOODS DEATH IS PENDING RESULTS FROM AN AUTOPSY PERFORMED ON TUESDAY. THE SOURCE OF THE FIRE WAS TRACED TO A GARBAGE CAN IN HOODS KITCHEN WHERE FIRE AUTHORITIES FOUND A LIT CIGARETTE. THE BUILDING HAS BEEN SHUT DOWN AND OFFICIALS STATED THAT NO OCCUPANCY WILL BE ALLOWED UNTIL THE PROPERTY IS REPAIRED AND BROUGHT BACK UP TO CODE.

UKIAH COUPLE ARRESTED FOR CHILD ENDANGERMENT (LAW) JB 1/7/15

TWO UKIAH RESIDENTS WERE ARRESTED ON SUSPICION OF CHILD ENDANGERMENT AFTER BEING FOUND PASSED OUT NEXT TO AN 8 MONTH OLD CHILD.

A UKIAH POLICE DEPARTMENT OFFICER RESPONDED TO AN ADDRESS ON WASHINGTON COURT TO CONDUCT A WELFARE CHECK OF AN 8 MONTH OLD CHILD AFTER RECEIVING A REPORT FROM A CONCERNED CALLER. INSIDE THE RESIDENCE, THE OFFICER FOUND NUMEROUS EMPTY BOTTLES OF ALCOHOL AND THE INFANT SLEEPING NEXT TO AN UNCONSCIOUS MALE SUBJECT, IDENTIFIED AS 22 YEAR OLD BRUCE CARTWRIGHT. THE CHILDS MOTHER, 22 YEAR OLD APRIL RASH, WAS ALSO LOCATED PASSED OUT AND BOTH SUBJECTS, WHO WERE REPORTEDLY HIGHLY INTOXICATED WERE ARRESTED ON SUSPICION OF CHILD ENDANGERMENT AND THE CHILD WAS RELEASED TO CPS.

FT BRAGG ARREST FOR EVADING AND DRUGS (LAW) JB 1/7/15

A HIGH SPEED CHASE IN FORT BRAGG ENDS IN A CRASH AND ARREST OF THE DRIVER ON DRUG CHARGES.

MENDOCINO COUNTY SHERIFFS DEPUTIES ATTEMPTED TO PERFORM A TRAFFIC STOP OF A BLACK HONDA DEL SOL IN FORT BRAGG SATURDAY EVENING AFTER THE DRIVER WAS SEEN DRIVING RECKLESSLY. THE DRIVER, 40 YEAR OLD JOSHUA BENNETT OF FORT BRAGG, ACCELERATED TO 75 MILES AN HOUR AND ATTEMPTED TO EVADE POLICE, LOSING CONTROL OF HIS CAR AND FLIPPING ON BASIN STREET. AFTER ATTEMPTING TO FLEE ON FOOT, BENNETT WAS APPREHENDED BY DEPUTIES AND FOUND TO HAVE THREE ACTIVE WARRANTS FOR HIS ARREST AND IN POSSESSION OF OVER 13 GRAMS OF METHAMPHETAMINE. BENNETT WAS ARRESTED AND BOOKED ON MULTIPLE CHARGES.

KONOCTI WELLNESS CENTER ADDS NEW SERVICES (ED/PI) JB 1/7/15

NEW HEALTH SERVICES HAVE BEEN ADDED FOR STUDENTS AT THE KONOCTI WELLNESS CENTER IN LOWER LAKE.

PART OF THE ST HELENA HOSPITAL CLEAR LAKE NETWORK OF RURAL HEALTH CLINICS AND LOCATED AT LOWER LAKE HIGH SCHOOL, THE KONOCTI WELLNESS CENTER HAS NOW MADE DENTAL AND NUTRITIONAL SERVICES AVAILABLE TO STUDENTS. THE CENTER WAS OPENED IN 2013 AS THE RESULT OF A PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN THE HOSPITAL NETWORK AND THE KONOCTI UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT AND FUNDED PRIMARILY BY A GRANT FROM THE HEALTH RESOURCES AND SERVICES ADMINISTRATION. THE CENTER SERVES ABOUT 3,000 K-12 STUDENTS AND 200 CHILDREN FROM BIRTH TO AGE 5.

REPORT FINDS CLEARLAKE FINANCIALLY UNSTABLE (ECN) JB 1/7/15

A RECENT REPORT GIVING CLEARLAKE A POOR RATING FOR FINANCIAL STABILITY SPURRED DEBATE ON WHAT HOLDS THE CITY BACK AND WHAT CAN BOOST ITS PROSPERITY.

THE RECORD BEE REPORTED THAT WHILE SOME OFFICIALS SAY THE FINDINGS IN THE REPORT CONDUCTED BY THE CALIFORNIA POLICY CENTER ARENT REPRESENTATIVE OF THE POSITIVE DIRECTION THE CITY IS HEADING IN, OTHERS BELIEVE THE RESULTS ARE INDICATIVE OF A LONG-MADE ASSERTION: CLEARLAKE NEVER SHOULD HAVE BECOME A CITY IN THE FIRST PLACE. THE STUDY RANKED 490 CALIFORNIA CITIES AND COUNTIES BY THEIR RISK FOR BANKRUPTCY, WITH THE CITY OF CLEARLAKE LANDING IN THE 38TH SPOT ON THE LIST.

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE INCIDENT IN COVELO (LAW) JB 1/7/15

A VERBAL ARGUMENT IN COVELO LEADS TO THE ARREST OF ONE SUBJECT FOR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE.

MENDOCINO COUNTY SHERIFFS DEPUTIES WERE DISPATCHED TO AN ADDRESS ON HENDERSON LANE IN COVELO TO A REPORT OF A DOMESTIC VIOLENCE INCIDENT IN PROGRESS. DEPUTIES LOCATED A FEMALE VICTIM AT THE SCENE WITH VISIBLE INJURIES TO HER ARMS AND LEGS. SHE STATED THAT A VERBAL ARGUMENT WITH HER LIVE-IN BOYFRIEND, 33 YEAR OLD IRAN HOAGLAN, HAD ESCALATED INTO A PHYSICAL ALTERCATION. HOAGLAN HAD FLED THE RESIDENCE BEFORE THE DEPUTIES ARRIVED AND A SEARCH OF THE AREA PROVED UNSUCCESSFUL. DURING A LENGTHY FOLLOW UP INVESTIGATION IN THE DAYS TO FOLLOW, HOAGLAN WAS FOUND HIDING BEHIND A BUILDING NEAR THE RESIDENCE AND ARRESTED AND BOOKED INTO THE MENDOCINO COUNTY JAIL.

DRUNK MAN HITS TELEPHONE ON NEW YEARS EVE (LAW) JB 1/7/15

AN INTOXICATED FORT BRAGG MAN WAS ARRESTED ON NEW YEARS EVE AFTER CRASHING INTO A TELEPHONE POLE.

FORT BRAGG POLICE OFFICERS RESPONDED TO THE REPORT OF A VEHICLE CRASH IN THE ALLEY WEST OF 100 BLOCK OF NORTH FRANKLIN STREET. 72-YEAR-OLD DARRELL LEE FELT WAS LOCATED IN HIS FORD MUSTANG WITH FRONT END DAMAGE DETERMINED TO BE CAUSED FROM HITTING A TELEPHONE POLE AND NEARBY FENCE. FELT SHOWED SIGNS OF BEING INTOXICATED, NEARLY FALLING OUT OF HIS VEHICLE, AND A BREATHALYZER TEST SHOWED HIS BLOOD ALCOHOL LEVEL TO BE .19. FELT WAS EVENTUALLY RELEASED TO A FAMILY MEMBER AFTER BEING BOOKED ON CHARGES BY THE FORT BRAGG POLICE DEPARTMENT.

BLACK FIRE SPARKED BY CHAIN SAW AT POT GROW (LAW) JB 1/7/15

A NEW CAL FIRE REPORT STATES THAT LAST YEARS BLACK FIRE IN REDWOOD AND POTTER VALLEYS WAS STARTED WITH A CHAIN SAW USED ON A MARIJUANA GROW SITE.

THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL REPORTED THAT THE BLACK FIRE, WHICH TORE THROUGH 403 ACRES AND DESTROYED FIVE RESIDENCES ALONG WITH SIX OUTBUILDINGS ON BLACK BART TRAIL BETWEEN REDWOOD AND POTTER VALLEYS IN MID-SEPTEMBER, WAS STARTED WITH A DULL CHAIN SAW BY THREE OUT-OF-STATE MEN WHO HAD BEEN HIRED BY THE PROPERTY OWNER IN A MARIJUANA GROWING OPERATION. THE VIOLATIONS NOTED IN THE REPORT INDICATE THAT THE OWNER AND WORKERS ON THE PROPERTY COULD BE POTENTIALLY LIABLE FOR ALL RELATED DAMAGES, INCLUDING PICKING UP THE TAB FOR ALL FIRE SUPPRESSION COSTS, IN ADDITION TO THE EXPENSE OF PROVIDING RESCUE OR EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES.

GOV BROWN TOUGHENS CLIMATE CHANGE GOALS (GOV/EVR) JB 1/6/15

GOVERNOR JERRY BROWN IS SET TOUGHEN THE STATES GOALS TO REDUCE CLIMATE CHANGE IN CALIFORNIA.

AS HE WAS SWORN IN FOR A RECORD FOURTH TERM, GOVERNOR JERRY BROWN CHARTED AN AMBITIOUS NEW GOAL ON MONDAY FOR CALIFORNIA IN ITS FIGHT AGAINST CLIMATE CHANGE, CHALLENGING THE NATIONS MOST POPULOUS STATE TO INCREASE RENEWABLE ENERGY USE TO 50 PERCENT IN THE NEXT 15 YEARS. THE GOVERNOR SPECIFICALLY CALLED FOR THE STATE TO INCREASE RENEWABLE ELECTRICITY SOURCES, REDUCE PETROLEUM USE IN VEHICLES, DOUBLE THE ENERGY EFFICIENCY OF BUILDINGS AND MAKE HEATING FUELS CLEANER BY 2030. THE CURRENT STATE GOAL CALLS FOR 33 PERCENT OF ENERGY USE TO COME FROM RENEWABLE SOURCES BY THE YEAR 2020.

STOLEN BIKE SPOTTED BY LAKE COUNTY SHERIFF-ELECT (LAW) JB 1/6/15

A LAKEPORT TRANSIENT WAS APPREHENDED AFTER SHERIFF-ELECT BRIAN MARTIN SPOTTED HIM RIDING A STOLEN BICYCLE.

LAKEPORT POLICE OFFICERS RESPONDED TO THE REGENCY INN MOTEL IN LAKEPORT ON SATURDAY TO THE REPORT BY MARTIN THAT HE HAD SEEN 41 YEAR OLD EUGENE HARDING WITH A $5,600 SPECIALIZED RACING BIKE THAT HAD BEEN REPORTED STOLEN EARLIER IN THE DAY. OFFICERS LOCATED HARDING IN ONE OF THE MOTEL ROOMS AND HE ADMITTED TO STEALING THE BICYCLE FROM IN FRONT OF MAIN STREET BICYCLES. DURING A SEARCH, OFFICERS ALSO LOCATED METHAMPHETAMINE AND HARDING WAS ARRESTED AND BOOKED INTO THE LAKE COUNTY JAIL.

CLEAR LAKE KAYAKER STILL MISSING (LAW) JB 1/6/15

A MISSING PERSONS REPORT HAS BEEN FILED FOR A MISSING LUCERNE MAN WHO FAILED TO RETURN FROM KAYAKING ON CLEAR LAKE LAST WEEK.

68-YEAR-OLD MICHAEL BELHUMEUR, AN EXPERIENCED KAYAKER, WAS ORIGINALLY REPORTED MISSING LAST TUESDAY AFTER LEAVING FOR HIS DAILY KAYAK TRIP ON CLEAR LAKE NEAR SANDY BEACH TRAILER PARK IN ROUGH WINDY CONDITIONS. A SEARCH AND RESCUE TEAM RECOVERED BELHUMEURS KAYAK, PADDLE AND LIFE JACKET ON WEDNESDAY NEAR THE BEACH AT CEAGO WINERY. SEARCH EFFORTS CONTINUE AND ANYONE WITH INFORMATION ABOUT BELHUMEUR SHOULD CALL THE LAKE COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE AT 262-4200.

CALIFORNIA FLU SEASON SPORADIC SO FAR (PI) JB 1/6/15

DESPITE PREDICTIONS OF A POTENTIALLY SEVERE FLU SEASON IN CALIFORNIA, ONLY SPORADIC FLU ACTIVITY HAS BEEN REPORTED ACROSS THE STATE SO FAR.

THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL REPORTED THAT A PHYSICIAN AT THE UKIAH VALLEY MEDICAL CENTER STATED THAT HE HAS SEEN ONLY A FEW CASES OF FLU THIS SEASON, WITH MOST OF THE CASES REPORTED IN MID-JANUARY IN THE UKIAH AREA. EVEN THOUGH THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION RECOMMEND GETTING THE FLU VACCINATION AS EARLY AS OCTOBER, IT IS NOT TOO LATE TO GET THE ANNUAL VACCINE. EXPECTATIONS SHOULD BE TEMPERED THOUGH SINCE IT CAN TAKE SEVERAL WEEKS FOR THE VACCINE TO TAKE EFFECT.

GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE CLOSING FOR 52 HOURS (TR) JB 1/6/15

A LONG-AWAITED PROJECT AIMED TO MAKE THE GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE SAFER IS SET TO CLOSE THE ICONIC SPAN FOR 52 HOURS.

THE PRESS DEMOCRAT REPORTED THAT THIS WEEKENDS CLOSURE FOR THE INSTALLATION OF A MOVEABLE MEDIAN BARRIER IS THE LONGEST CLOSURE IN THE BRIDGES 77 YEAR HISTORY AND COULD CAUSE HEADACHES FOR THE NEARLY 110,000 DAILY DRIVERS THAT NORMALLY USE THE BRIDGE TO TRAVEL TO SAN FRANCISCO. THE BRIDGE WILL CLOSE JUST PAST MIDNIGHT ON SATURDAY AS CREWS WILL WORK AROUND THE CLOCK TO INSTALL 3,200 STEEL AND CONCRETE BARRIER SEGMENTS. THE BRIDGE IS EXPECTED TO REOPEN AT 4 AM ON MONDAY, JANUARY 12.

ONE DEAD IN CLEARLAKE OAKS MOTEL FIRE (LAW) JB 1/6/15

ONE PERSON DIED AND DOZENS OF OTHERS WERE DISPLACED AFTER A SUNDAY AFTERNOON FIRE AT A CLEARLAKE OAKS MOTEL.

NORTHSHORE, LAKEPORT, KELSEYVILLE, SOUTH LAKE, AND CAL FIRE PERSONNEL ALL RESPONDED TO THE FIRE AT THE LAKE HAVEN MOTEL AROUND 1:30 PM SUNDAY. FIREFIGHTERS DISCOVERED ONE BODY DURING THEIR EFFORTS TO PUT OUT THE BLAZE, BUT IT IS UNKNOWN IF THE VICTIM DIED AS A DIRECT RESULT OF THE FIRE. FIRE OFFICIALS ESTIMATED THAT, WITH THE BUILDING BEING SHUT DOWN, APPROXIMATELY 30 PEOPLE HAD BEEN DISPLACED BY THE BLAZE AND RED CROSS PERSONNEL WERE ON SCENE TO ASSIST WITH HELPING TO PROVIDE TEMPORARY HOUSING.

CANCER DEATHS DROPPING ACROSS THE NATION (PI) JB 1/6/15

MORE THAN 1.5 MILLION CANCER DEATHS HAVE BEEN AVERTED DURING TWO DECADES OF DROPPING MORTALITY FROM THE DISEASE.

THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY HAS RELEASED ITS LATEST REPORT OF CANCER STATISTICS IN THE NATION. THE REPORT FINDS THAT A 22 PERCENT DROP IN CANCER DEATHS OVER THE LAST TWO DECADES HAS LED TO THE AVOIDANCE OF MORE THAN 1.5 MILLION CANCER DEATHS THAT WOULD HAVE OCCURRED IF PEAK RATES HAD CONTINUED. THE STEADY DECLINE SINCE THE EARLY 90S IS ATTRIBUTED TO FEWER PEOPLE SMOKING AS WELL AS ADVANCES IN CANCER PREVENTION, EARLY DETECTION AND TREATMENT.

PIETA CREEK AREA CONTROL BURN SCHEDULED (LAW) JB 1/6/15

THERE IS A CONTROL BURN SCHEDULED FOR TODAY IN THE PIETA CREEK AREA IN MENDOCINO COUNTY.

AT NOON TODAY, CAL FIRE MENDOCINO UNIT WILL BE CONDUCTING A VEGETATION MANAGEMENT CONTROL BURN ON PRIVATELY-OWNED LAND IN THE PIETA CREEK WATERSHED IN THE SOUTHEASTERN PORTION OF MENDOCINO COUNTY. THE GOAL OF THE BURN IS IMPROVE WILDLIFE HABITATS AND REDUCE FUEL LOADING IN THE AREA TO DECREASE THE CHANCE OF CATASTROPHIC WILDFIRES IN THE FUTURE. THIS PROJECT BURN WILL BE CONDUCTED UNDER STRICTLY CONTROLLED WEATHER AND FUEL CONDITIONS.

CONCERNS GROWING OVER PALACE HOTEL (GOV/PI) JB 1/5/15

ON WEDNESDAY, THE UKIAH CITY COUNCIL IS EXPECTED TO GET AN UPDATE ON THE PROGRESS, OR LACK THERE OF, ON THE PALACE HOTEL RENOVATION PROJECT.

THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL REPORTED THAT AS OF DECEMBER 29, THE CITY PLANNING DIRECTOR SAID THE PERMITS REQUIRED FOR THE WORK HAD STILL NOT BEEN APPLIED FOR, AND THAT HE HAD NO FURTHER CONTACT WITH BUILDING OWNER, ELADIA LAINES, OR BLUEWATER ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES, THE FIRM SHE SUPPOSEDLY HIRED TO REMOVE ASBESTOS FROM THE BUILDING. THE BUILDING IS STILL NOT PROTECTED FROM RAIN OR ILLEGAL ENTRY AND ADHERENCE BY THE OWNER TO THE COMPLIANCE SCHEDULE APPROVED BY THE CITY COUNCIL IN AUGUST HAS BEEN MARGINAL.

THREE INJURED IN CRASH NORTH OF UKIAH (LAW) JB 1/5/15

THREE PEOPLE WERE INJURED IN A VEHICLE CRASH ON FRIDAY JUST OUTSIDE UKIAH.

THE ACCIDENT OCCURRED FRIDAY AFTERNOON IN FRONT OF THE SUNSET VIEW ESTATES MOBILE HOME PARK ON NORTH STATE STREET WHEN A DOGE NEON WAS STRUCK AT FULL SPEED BY A LINCOLN TOWNCAR. THE DRIVER OF THE NEON WAS ATTEMPTING TO MAKE A LEFT TURN WHEN IT WAS STRUCK BY THE TOWNCAR, INJURING TWO ADULTS AND A CHILD. ALL INJURIES WERE REPORTED AS NON-LIFE THREATENING AND THE CAUSE OF THE ACCIDENT IS BEING INVESTIGATED.

LAKEPORT GARAGE DAMAGED BY FRIDAY FIRE (LAW) JB 1/5/15

A GARAGE IN LAKEPORT WAS DAMAGED DURING A FIRE EARLY FRIDAY MORNING.

LAKEPORT FIRE DEPARTMENT PERSONNEL RESPONDED TO THE BLAZE THAT WAS FIRST REPORTED AT AN ADDRESS ON POLK STREET JUST AFTER MIDNIGHT FRIDAY MORNING. A PILE OF OBJECTS JUST INSIDE THE GARAGE WAS BURNING WHEN FIREFIGHTERS ARRIVED AND BLAZE WAS BROUGHT UNDER CONTROL WITHIN 30 MINUTES. THE GARAGE ITSELF SUFFERED MINIMAL DAMAGE FROM THE BLAZE HOWEVER SMOKE FROM THE FIRE REPORTEDLY DAMAGED A NEARBY HOME. THE CAUSE OF THE FIRE IS UNDER INVESTIGATION BY FIRE AUTHORITIES.

COVERED CALIFORNIA ENROLLMENT OPEN NOW (PI) JB 1/5/15

COVERED CALIFORNIA INSURANCE OPEN ENROLLMENT HAS BEGUN ACROSS THE STATE.

FOR PEOPLE WITHOUT HEALTH INSURANCE, NOW IS THE TIME TO SIGN UP FOR COVERED CALIFORNIA, ALSO KNOWN AS THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT, WITH OPEN ENROLLMENT BEING MADE AVAILABLE THROUGH FEBRUARY 15. AFTER FEBRUARY 15, THOSE WITHOUT INSURANCE MUST HAVE A QUALIFYING EVENT, SUCH AS PREGNANCY, TO SIGN UP FOR COVERED CALIFORNIA COVERAGE. UNINSURED CALIFORNIA RESIDENTS ARE URGED TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE OPEN ENROLLMENT AS THE GOVERNMENT WILL BEGIN ASSESSING FINES TO THOSE WITHOUT HEALTH CARE COVERAGE IN 2015.

CLAIM FILED OVER MENDOCINO INMATE DEATH (LAW) JB 1/5/15

A CLAIM HAS BEEN FILED AGAINST MENDOCINO COUNTY IN THE DEATH OF A COUNTY INMATE IN JUNE

THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL REPORTED THAT THE FAMILY OF FORMER MENDOCINO COUNTY JAIL INMATE, STEVEN KELLOG NEUROTH, WHO DIED IN CUSTODY ON JUNE 11, HAS FILED A CLAIM AGAINST THE COUNTY ALLEGING WRONGFUL DEATH BY ASPHYXIATION AND OTHER CONTRIBUTING INJURIES. THE CLAIM ALSO REPORTEDLY STATES THAT THE MENDOCINO COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE ATTEMPTED TO COVER UP THE INCIDENT. AN ATTORNEY FOR THE FAMILY IS SEEKING PUNITIVE DAMAGES AS WELL AS A DEMAND FOR PRESERVATION OF EVIDENCE, WITH A REQUEST FOR ALL RECORDS, PHOTOGRAPHS, STATEMENTS, AND OTHER REPORTS RELATED TO THE INMATES DEATH TO BE TURNED OVER. THE CLAIM IS ON THE MENDOCINO COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS SCHEDULE FOR THIS TUESDAY.

YUBA COLLEGE DAMAGED WITH GRAFFITI (LAW) JB 1/5/15

YUBA COLLEGES CLEAR LAKE CAMPUS WAS DAMAGED BY GRAFFITI AT THE SAME TIME SIMILAR VANDALISM OCCURRED AT THE CLEARLAKE COURTHOUSE.

ON THE SAME NIGHT THAT THE FRONT ENTRANCE OF THE CLEARLAKE COURTHOUSE WAS TAGGED, A SIMILAR INCIDENT OCCURRED AT THE CLEAR LAKE CAMPUS OF YUBA COLLEGE WITH GRAFFITI DAMAGE REPORTED ON A SECTION OF THE LIBRARY WALL AND A NEARBY STAIRCASE. THE DAMAGE TO THE COLLEGE WAS REPORTED TO THE YUBA COLLEGE POLICE DEPARTMENT AND REPAIRS WERE MADE THE SAME DAY IT WAS DISCOVERED. OFFICIALS HAVE NOT REPORTED IF THEY BELIEVE THE TWO INCIDENTS ARE CONNECTED.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR HOMELESS COUNT (PI) JB 1/5/15

AS PART OF A PROGRAM TO RECEIVE FEDERAL FUNDING, VOLUNTEERS ARE BEING REQUESTED TO COUNT THE HOMELESS IN MENDOCINO COUNTY.

A COUNTY WIDE EFFORT TO COUNT THE NUMBER OF HOMELESS IN MENDOCINO COUNTY WILL TAKE PLACE ON JANUARY 22 AND VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED TO COMPLETE THE SURVEY. THE COUNT IS PART OF A FEDERAL HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM AIMED AT SETTING FEDERAL FUNDING TO SUPPORT THE NEEDS OF THE AREA HOMELESS. TEAMS WILL START IN WILLITS, UKIAH AND FORT BRAGG. THOSE INTERESTED IN PARTICIPATING IN THE SURVEY SHOULD CALL 463-5462 FOR MORE INFORMATION.

ELECTED OFFICIALS TO BE SWORN IN TUESDAY (GOV) JB 1/5/15

THE NEWLY AND RE-ELECTED OFFICIALS OF MENDOCINO COUNTY WILL BE OFFICIALLY SWORN IN THIS WEEK.

TUESDAYS MEETING OF THE MENDOCINO COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS WILL BEGIN WITH THE SWEARING IN OF NEW 3RD DISTRICT SUPERVISOR TOM WOODHOUSE, AS WELL AS RE-ELECTED 5TH DISTRICT SUPERVISOR DAN HAMBURG. OTHER COUNTY OFFICIALS RETURNING TO THEIR POSITIONS FOR NEW TERMS INCLUDE SHERIFF TOM ALLMAN, DISTRICT ATTORNEY DAVID EYSTER, AND TREASURER AND TAX COLLECTOR SHARI SHAPMIRE. NEWLY-ELECTED WARREN GALLETTI WILL TAKE HIS PLACE AS THE COUNTY SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS.