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IRS SCAM HITS FORT BRAGG AGAIN (LAW) JB 2/26/15

A FLOOD OF PHONY SCAM PHONE CALLS PRETENDING TO BE IRS AGENTS WERE RECEIVED BY RESIDENTS IN FORT BRAGG YESTERDAY.

THE FORT BRAGG POLICE DEPARTMENT RECEIVED APPROXIMATELY 20 REPORTS YESTERDAY REGARDING A TELEPHONE SCAM. RESIDENTS REPORTED RECEIVING TELEPHONE CALLS FROM SCAMMERS CLAIMING TO BE WITH THE INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE AND HAVE EVEN ALTERED THEIR CALLER ID TO APPEAR TO BE FROM THE IRS. USING FAKE NAMES AND BOGUS IRS IDENTIFICATION NUMBERS, THE SCAMMERS ATTEMPTED TO SHOCK THE VICTIMS INTO SENDING THEM MONEY. IT IS IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER THAT THE IRS WILL NEVER CALL TO DEMAND IMMEDIATE PAYMENT OF A BILL, NOR WILL THEY THREATEN ARREST FOR NON-PAYMENT.

BODY OF 2 WEEK OLD BABY FOUND IN YOLO COUNTY (LAW) JB 2/26/15

FOLLOWING A MISSING PERSONS SEARCH BY AUTHORITIES, THE BODY OF A WEEKS-OLD BABY WAS FOUND IN YOLO COUNTY.

SEARCHERS FROM MARIN AND YOLO COUNTIES AND THE OFFICE OF EMERGENCY SERVICES LOCATED WHAT IS PRESUMED TO BE THE BODY OF MISSING INFANT JUSTICE REES ON WEDNESDAY. THE SEARCH FOR REES HAD BEEN FOCUSED AROUND THE SMALL TOWN OF KNIGHTS LANDING ALONG THE SACRAMENTO RIVER AFTER THEY WERE INFORMED THE 2-WEEK-OLD BOY HADNT BEEN SEEN SINCE MONDAY. THE BABYS 23-YEAR-OLD MOTHER, WHO WAS ALSO CONSIDERED MISSING FOR A TIME, TURNED UP ON A LEVEE ROAD IN KNIGHTS LANDING LOOKING DISTRAUGHT AND DISHEVELED ON TUESDAY. THE CAUSE OF THE BOYS DISAPPEARANCE AND DEATH ARE STILL UNDER INVESTIGATION.

ANDERSON VALLEY MIGRANT WORKERS UNPAID (EMP) JB 2/26/15

59 MIGRANT WORKERS IN ANDERSON VALLEY ARE DUE MORE THAN $163,000 FROM A CONTRACTOR WHO FAILED TO PAY THEM DURING LAST FALLS GRAPE HARVEST.

MANUEL QUEZADA, A CONTRACTOR FROM ORLAND, MUST NOW PAY NEARLY $100,000 IN BACK WAGES OWED UNDER THE MIGRANT AND SEASONAL AGRICULTURAL WORKER PROTECTION ACT, AND OVER $63,000 IN BACK WAGES AND DAMAGES DUE UNDER THE FAIR LABOR STANDARDS ACT. THE 59 WORKERS REPORTEDLY WENT UNPAID FOR THREE WEEKS WHILE WORKING AT THE ROEDERER ESTATE IN PHILO AND, AS A RESULT OF QUEZADAS VIOLATIONS, ROEDERER HAS AGREED TO SIGN AN ENHANCED COMPLIANCE AGREEMENT REQUIRING STRINGENT REVIEWS OF ITS FARM LABOR CONTRACTORS PRACTICES.

HILL ROAD CLEANUP BEGINS IN LAKE COUNTY (EVR) JB 2/26/15

CLEANUP EFFORTS ON A PORTION OF HILL ROAD EAST IN LAKE COUNTY HAVE BEGUN WITH THE REMOVAL OF TONS OF WATER-LOGGED SOIL.

ACCORDING TO THE LAKE COUNTY NEWS, A LAKE COUNTY PUBLIC WORKS ROAD CREW HAS BEGUN CLEARING TONS OF DAMP SOIL THAT COVERED A PORTION OF HILL ROAD EAST NEAR THE LAKESIDE HEIGHTS SUBDIVISION. THE SUBDIVISION HAS BEEN PLAGUED FOR THE LAST TWO YEARS BY A LANDSLIDE THAT HAS DESTROYED SEVERAL HOMES. THE PLAN IS TWO REMOVE ENOUGH OF THE ESTIMATED 25,000 YARDS OF SOIL TO INSTALL A GABION WALL COMPRISED OF LARGE METAL BASKETS FILLED WITH STONES THAT ALLOW WATER TO PASS THROUGH THEM, IN TURN DRYING OUT THE SOIL IN THE SLIDE AREA. THE LAKE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS IS PURSUING A GRANT TO COVER A MAJORITY OF THE $225,000 COST OF THE WALL INSTALLATION.

CALIFORNIA LOWERS GAS EXCISE TAX BY 6 CENTS (ECN) JB 2/26/15

STATE AND LOCAL GASOLINE PRICES CONTINUE TO CLIMB DESPITE A DECREASE IN THE FUEL EXCISE TAX BY THE STATE BOARD OF EQUALIZATION.

THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL REPORTED THAT IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE FUEL TAX SWAP LAW, THE BOARD OF EQUALIZATION SAID IT VOTED TO LOWER THE GAS EXCISE TAX BY 6 CENTS TO 30 CENTS PER GALLON FOR THE 2015-16 FISCAL YEAR BEGINNING ON JULY 1. CALIFORNIANS PAY TWO DIFFERENT STATE TAXES AT THE PUMP; A SALES TAX AND A PER GALLON EXCISE TAX. EVEN WITH THE EXCISE TAX DECREASE, CALIFORNIA REMAINS ONE OF THE TOP STATES IN THE COUNTRY ON IMPOSED GAS TAX RATES. THE REPORTED AVERAGE PRICE FOR REGULAR UNLEADED GAS IN UKIAH ON WEDNESDAY WAS $2.83 PER GALLON.

DODD INTRODUCES LOW-INCOME WATER RATE BILL (GOV) JB 2/26/15

A NEW BILL TO LOWER WATER RATES FOR LOW-INCOME FAMILIES HAS BEEN INTRODUCED BY ASSEMBLYMAN BILL DODD.

AB401, CO-AUTHORED BY DODD AND SENATOR MIKE MCGUIRE, CALLS ON THE DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNITY SERVICES AND DEVELOPMENT TO DEVELOP A PLAN FOR A STATEWIDE LOW-INCOME WATER RATE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM. DODDS OFFICE REPORTED THAT SINCE 2006, WATER RATES IN SOME AREAS HAVE JUMPED OVER 300 PERCENT. CURRENT CALIFORNIA LAW REQUIRES GAS AND ELECTRIC COMPANIES TO PROVIDE REDUCED RATES FOR LOW-INCOME SUBSCRIBERS, HOWEVER THERE IS CURRENTLY NO REQUIREMENT FOR WATER COMPANIES TO DISCOUNT THEIR RATES FOR ANYONE, REGARDLESS OF INCOME LEVEL.

WESTERN STORMS TO BRING RAIN AND SNOW (EVR) JB 2/26/15

A SERIES OF STORMS IS PREDICTED TO BRING MUCH-NEEDED RAIN AND SNOW TO THE WEST THIS WEEKEND AND INTO NEXT WEEK.

ACCORDING TO ACCUWEATHER, THE SYSTEM LATE THIS WEEK AND INTO THIS WEEKEND WILL NOT BRING HEAVY PRECIPITATION, BUT RAIN AND SNOW WILL BE WIDESPREAD OVER THE WEST. THE FIRST STORM SHOULD SPREAD COASTAL RAIN AND SNOW IN THE MOUNTAIN AREAS BEGINNING THURSDAY AND CONTINUING THROUGH FRIDAY. MORE THAN A FOOT OF SNOW SHOULD BE SEEN IN THE SIERRA NEVADA AND CASCADE REGIONS OVER THE WEEKEND. WHILE THE TOTAL PRECIPITATION LEVELS FROM THE COMING STORMS WONT MATCH THE LAST FEW STORMS EXPERIENCED IN THE AREA, ANY RAIN AND SNOW IS BENEFICIAL FOR WATER LEVELS GOING INTO ANOTHER PROBABLE DROUGHT YEAR.

SUPERVISOR STEELE TO HOST FIRST TOWN HALL (GOV) JB 2/26/15

THE FIRST COMMUNITY TOWN HALL HOSTED BY NEW THIRD DISTRICT SUPERVISOR JIM STEELE IS SCHEDULED FOR NEXT WEEK.

THE TOWN HALL IN UPPER LAKE NEXT WEEK WILL GIVE STEELE THE OPPORTUNITY TO DISCUSS SEVERAL TOPICS INCLUDING THE PROPOSED APRIL CLOSING OF WESTAMERICAS UPPER LAKE BRANCH AND THE PUBLICS EFFORTS TO CONVINCE THE BANK TO CHANGE ITS MIND ABOUT THE CLOSURE. STEELE WILL ALSO DISCUSS SEVERAL COUNTY PROJECTS, INCLUDING THE COVERED BIKE BRIDGE, THE SAFE ROUTE TO SCHOOLS PROJECT, AND THE TIMELINE FOR REPAVING HIGHWAY 20. THE TOWN HALL IS SCHEDULED FOR WEDNESDAY, MARCH 4 AT 6PM AT THE ODD FELLOWS HALL IN UPPER LAKE.

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