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COUNCIL OKS GRACE HUDSON IMPROVEMENT PLANS (GOV/PI) JB 3/11/15

PLANS FOR EXTENSIVE IMPROVEMENTS TO THE GRACE HUDSON MUSEUM HAVE BEEN APPROVED BY THE UKIAH CITY COUNCIL.

THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL REPORTED THAT, AT ITS LAST MEETING, THE UKIAH CITY COUNCIL APPROVED PLANS FOR THE EDUCATIONAL GARDEN PROJECT AT GRACE HUDSON MUSEUM, WHICH INCLUDES EXTENSIVE LANDSCAPING AND FENCING ALONG THE PROPERTY TO KEEP THE IMPROVEMENTS SECURE. FEATURES THE PROJECT WOULD ADD INCLUDE 11 NEW PARKING SPACES, A STORMWATER TREATMENT WETLAND AREA AND A NATURE-BASED EDUCATION LANDSCAPE. THE PLANS ALSO CALL FOR SECURITY FENCING AND WALLS THAT THE PLANNING DEPARTMENT HAD CONCLUDED WERE CRUCIAL FOR PROVIDING THE LEVEL OF SECURITY THAT IS NEEDED FOR THE PROJECT. BARRING ANY DELAYS, CONSTRUCTION ON THE PROJECT WILL HOPEFULLY TAKE PLACE THIS SUMMER AND FALL.

CLINTON ADMITS TO USING PRIVATE EMAIL (GOV) JB 3/11/15

PRESIDENTIAL HOPEFUL HILLARY CLINTON ADMITTED THAT SHE USED HER PRIVATE EMAIL ADDRESS AND SERVER DURING HER TIME AS SECRETARY OF STATE.

BREAKING HER SILENCE, HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON CONCEDED TUESDAY THAT SHE SHOULD HAVE USED GOVERNMENT EMAIL AS SECRETARY OF STATE AND ACKNOWLEDGED SHE HAD DESTROYED TENS OF THOUSANDS OF EMAILS IN HER PRIVATE ACCOUNT THAT SHE DESCRIBED AS PERSONAL IN NATURE. IN THE FACE OF A GROWING CONTROVERSY OVER HER USE OF A PRIVATE EMAIL ADDRESS AND SERVER, CLINTON WAS DEFIANT IN INSISTING SHE HAD NOT VIOLATED ANY FEDERAL LAWS OR OBAMA ADMINISTRATION RULES. THE CONTROVERSY HAS UPENDED CLINTON’S CAREFUL BLUEPRINT FOR THE ROLLOUT OF HER 2016 PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN. THE CLEAR FRONT-RUNNER FOR THE DEMOCRATIC NOMINATION, CLINTON HAD PLANNED TO SPEND MARCH TOUTING HER WORK ON WOMEN’S ISSUES AND GIVING A HANDFUL OF PAID SPEECHES BEFORE ANNOUNCING HER CANDIDACY IN EARLY APRIL. THE FORMER SECRETARY OF STATE DESCRIBED HER DECISION TO RELY EXCLUSIVELY ON HER PRIVATE ACCOUNT AS A MATTER OF CONVENIENCE AND A WAY TO AVOID CARRYING TWO DEVICES. SHE SAID SHE HAD NOT USED HER PERSONAL EMAIL TO DISCUSS ANY CLASSIFIED INFORMATION.

MEASLES VACCINATION IS PREVENTION (PI) JB 3/11/15

THE LAKE COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICE HAS ISSUED A STATEMENT REMINDING RESIDENTS OF THE IMPORTANCE OF RECEIVING MEASLES VACCINATIONS.

IN LIGHT OF THE CURRENT MULTI-STATE MEASLES OUTBREAK, THE LAKE COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICER IS ENCOURAGING PREVENTATIVE MEASURES AND REMINDING EVERYONE THAT VACCINATION IS THE BEST PROTECTION AND MOST IMPORTANT STRATEGY AGAINST MEASLES. SINCE 1989, THE RECOMMENDATION OF TWO DOSES OF THE MMR VACCINE ARE MORE THAN 99 PERCENT EFFECTIVE IN PREVENTING MEASLES. FOR INDIVIDUALS THAT ARE UNABLE TO OBTAIN THE MMR VACCINE THROUGH THEIR MEDICAL PROVIDER OR PHARMACY, PUBLIC HEALTH HAS A SMALL SUPPLY OF MMR VACCINE FOR INDIVIDUALS WHO QUALIFY, WITH THE COST OF THE VACCINE WAIVED DUE TO THE EPIDEMIC. FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT LAKE COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH AT 263-1090.

GRATON POT GROWER TO PAY LANDLORD $102K (LAW) JB 3/11/15

DAMAGED CAUSED TO A RENTAL UNIT FROM AN ILLEGAL POT GROW HAS LEAD TO A GRATON MAN BEING ORDERED TO PAY OVER $100,000 TO HIS LANDLORD.

AFTER PLEADING NO CONTEST TO FELONY DRUG CHARGES LAST APRIL, 56 YEAR OLD ALLEN STERNIK HAS NOW BEEN ORDERED TO PAY $102,000 IN RESTITUTION TO HIS FORMER LANDLORD AS PART OF A PLEA AGREEMENT. STERNIK WAS FOUND TO BE GROWING MARIJUANA IN A RENTAL UNIT WITHOUT THE LANDLORDS PERMISSION DURING THE TEN YEARS HE RENTED THE HOUSE. DAMAGE TO THE HOME FROM THE POT GROW INCLUDED BLACK MOLD ON THE WALLS, DESTROYED CARPETING, AND HOLES CUT IN THE WALLS TO VENTILATE HEAT CAUSED BY LARGE GROW LIGHTS. PROSECUTORS ALSO STATED THAT, IN AN EFFORT TO AVOID THE GROW BEING DISCOVERED, STERNIK FAILED TO NOTIFY THE LANDLORD OF ROOF DAMAGE THAT LEAD TO WATER LEAKING INTO THE HOME.

SONOMA COUNTY APPROVES LYTTON POMO DEAL (ECN) JB 3/11/15

A SWEEPING LAND DEAL WITH THE LYTTON BAND OF POMO INDIANS WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED BY THE SONOMA COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS.

AFTER EIGHT YEARS OF NEGOTIATIONS, THE LYTTON BAND OF POMO INDIANS HAS REACHED AN AGREEMENT WITH SONOMA COUNTY THAT OPENS THE DOOR FOR A NEW HOUSING DEVELOPMENT AND POSSIBLE RESORT AND WINERY. AN ATTORNEY FOR THE TRIBE STATED THAT THE AGREEMENT WILL CREATE A HOMELAND FOR THE TRIBE FOR THE FIRST TIME IN HISTORY, ALLOWING TRIBAL MEMBERS TO PURSUE NON-GAMING ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT. THE AGREEMENT IS TO BE IN PLACE FOR 22 YEARS, WITH THE TRIBE PAYING THE COUNTY A ONE-TIME FEE OF $6.1 MILLION FOR IMPACTS TO COUNTY ROADS, PARKS AND WOODLANDS. THE TRIBE WILL ALSO BE RESPONSIBLE FOR ITS SHARE OF PROPERTY AND HOTEL-BED TAXES, EVEN THOUGH THE LAND WILL BE IN FEDERAL TRUST.

RIGHT TO DIE BILL SET FOR HEARING THIS MONTH (GOV) JB 3/11/15

A HEARING TO DISCUSS A NEW RIGHT-TO-DIE BILL IN CALIFORNIA HAS BEEN SET FOR LATER THIS MONTH.

ACCORDING TO THE PRESS DEMOCRAT, ADVOCATES OF END-OF-LIFE LAWS SAID IN A NEWS RELEASE TUESDAY THAT LEGISLATION GIVING PEOPLE THE RIGHT TO SELF-ADMINISTER LETHAL DRUGS IS PENDING IN 15 STATES AND WASHINGTON D.C. A CALIFORNIA BILL INTRODUCED BY SENATOR LOIS WOLK AND SENATOR BILL MONNING IS SCHEDULED TO BE HEARD MARCH 25 IN A STATE SENATE COMMITTEE. THE LEGISLATION WOULD GIVE CALIFORNIA PHYSICIANS AUTHORITY TO PRESCRIBE LETHAL DRUGS TO THE TERMINALLY ILL, WHO WOULD HAVE TO SELF-ADMINISTER THE MEDICATIONS. THE LEGISLATION IS MODELED AFTER OREGONS DEATH WITH DIGNITY LAW, WHICH BRITTANY MAYNARD, A 29-YEAR-OLD BAY AREA WOMAN, USED TO END HER LIFE, DRAWING WORLDWIDE ATTENTION AND SPARKING EFFORTS TO EXPAND SUCH LAWS ACROSS THE COUNTRY.

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