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All bridge and viaduct work on the Willits Bypass Project should be done by the end of the year. A Cal Trans spokesman says barring unforeseen circumstances, that is. He also says all of the asphalt work should be done by the end of next summer. The project had been delayed until 2017 but CalTrans re-engineered the northern interchange so the impact on wetlands would be lowered and the use of longer piles so the concrete bridge construction could start sooner. It’s now said to be about 70 percent complete. The first herbicide application is supposedly on the way but a permit needs to be approved first.

The Mendocino County Health and Human Services Agency says Laura’s Law’s not starting next week. The agency says it needs more time to implement the mental health program which helps severely mentally ill patients who’ve been in jail or the hospital or may have not wanted prior treatment. It will be in place next January instead. The County Board of Supervisors has agreed to a one-year trial at a cost of $160,000. Patients participate in outpatient care and one on one rehabilitation. Those who want to apply have to be approved by the county.

Grant money has been released to buy the Old Coast Hotel to be used as a mental health and homeless services center. This after a judge said no to a preliminary injunction against the idea by a group calling themselves the Concerned Citizens of Fort Bragg (CCFB). The injunction would have held the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds back until a court hearing in the fall. The City Manager says there’s still a case pending, so the lawsuit is not over because the group is not giving up. The group citing several reasons to stop the purchase, all of them the judge tossed. The group says its considering an appeal.

A new substation of the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office has opened. The Northern Sector Substation opened June 18th, fully equipped with new technology and state-of-the-art capabilities in a cabin across from Recreation Grove Park. The building had been owned by a silent film star in the county’s Willits Integrated Services Center. The new substation was dedicated to the memory of Deputy Sheriff George “Bob” Davis killed in the line of duty in April of 1995. There’s also a new K-9 training facility paid for with a donation from Morgan Ruddick’s widow Pauline.

Keep an eye out for the Lake County Sheriff’s Marine Patrol if you’re out on the water. They’re looking for boaters piloting under the influence. “Operation Dry Water” this weekend, today thru Sunday following last year when every state and federal agency participated. Three people were arrested for Boating Under the Influence in Lake County during the operation last year. This year, there’s been one arrest so far in connection to a boating accident. Glenn, Napa, Sonoma and Yolo counties are also participating in Operation Dry Water this year.

The Governor’s signed the new state budget. Gov. Jerry Brown signing the $115.4 billion spending plan into law for the fiscal year that starts next Wednesday, July 1st. It’s more than $7 billion more than last year’s budget with money for several of the Legislature’s top priorities like expanding health coverage for immigrant children living in the country illegally and more for low-income families’ so they can find child care.

The governor says no to funding for the protection and restoration of Clear Lake. It’s not a total loss though, the Governor asking the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) and the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) to work with Sen. Mike McGuire (D-Healdsburg) and Rep. Bill Dodd (D-Napa) to find other ways to help water quality problems at Clear Lake. The two lawmakers finding $1 million for Clear Lake in the state budget, but Brown removed it from the budget. The water resources control board says as part of Proposition 1, they’ve found other funding sources, like low interest loans and possible Proposition 1 allocations to cover the cost.

A woman reported missing in Lakeport has been found safe. Amanda Maher, described as developmentally disabled, disappeared just after midnight, from the porch at Tailored Living Choices a care assistance program Tuesday. She was considered at-risk because of a past history of running away, suicidal behavior and her disabilities. S he had been known to go out of state, hitching rides with truckers. She was said to be at a local’s home then back at TLC within an hour or so of disappearing. She was examined at Sutter Lakeside Hospital.

Chipotle Mexican Grill’s coming to Ukiah. The planning commission granted a permit to build at the corner of East Perkins Street and Orchard Avenue. The business has asked for major concessions to the Downtown Zoning Code, including not being two stories as the code required for another location. The planning director for the city says a 2 story building would stick out like a sore thumb in this location. The business also looking for way more parking, but the commission thought it was too much in light of the parking in Pear Tree Center, which they say mostly has empty spots.

A 12-year-old Ukiah boy shot last week has died. The shooting last Thursday on Canyon Drive near Laws Avenue. The accused shooter, 19 year old Jaime Rodriquez has upgraded charges now of involuntary manslaughter with a special allegation that he personally used a firearm. The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office and the Ukiah Police Department sent to the area of the shooting last week, finding the 12 year old with a gunshot wound to his face and neck area. Rodriguez accused of negligently firing a handgun, hitting the boy at close range. He then supposedly carried him to the street and a neighbor called 911.

California drivers can get a blast from the past, buying old fashioned black license plates. The plates are being reissued after first coming out in the 1960s. The San Francisco Chronicle reports (http://bit.ly/1Gyvn6w ) the DMV announcing it’s going to start up with the black plates again after a state legislator introduced the California Legacy License Plate Program. The new ones will have a clear coating on them so they can be easily seen at night. They’ll cost $50. There are already 7,500 pre-orders.

The general manager of a local water agency says no water will be granted for the proposed Dollar General store in Redwood Valley. The Daily Journal reports some residents also confused by the Mendocino County zoning regulations in regards to the proposal. This at the planning commission meeting this week. The paper reports if land is designated as commercial and if it meets the objectives under the County General Plan then the construction can move forward. Apparently the Dollar General store meets all the needed criteria. That means there’s not public comment on the project. The general manager of the Redwood Valley County Water District says they’ve not been approached by the Dollar store and it wouldn’t be eligible because it’s a commercial development and they have water moratoriums in effect since 1989.

Emergency cardiac arrest rescue equipment coming to Ukiah Schools. 16 Automated External Defibrillators for the district. Death rates can be lowered in unexpected cardiac arrest with immediate CPR and early defibrillation. Money from court fines, penalties and forfeitures for criminal offenses pays for the equipment. Coastal Valleys EMS Agency, along with Mendocino County Health & Human Services Agency, Public Health releasing the money for the purchase of the Defibrillators to be distributed to Mendocino County schools.

Fort Bragg’s got a balanced budget. The City Council has approved this fiscal year’s budget which is just under 31 million in 2015/16. The city manager says the city’s in solid financial condition, partly due to very prudent fiscal policies. They had a budget workshop in May, and a draft budget was presented for input. The last fiscal year had a projected year-end balance of $13.4 million and the 2015/16 balance is projected at $11.4 million.

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