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The Right to Die is now the law in California. The Governor Jerry Brown signed the bill into law yesterday to allow terminally ill patients to legally end their own lives using doctor-prescribed drugs. State lawmakers approved the bill September 11th. The law requires patients be physically capable of taking the medication themselves, that two doctors approve it, that the patients submit several written requests, and that there be two witnesses, one of whom is not a family member.

A group of marijuana legalization activists from the Bay Area say they’ve filed a proposed initiative for pot to be legalized in California for recreational use. The Control, Regulate and Tax Cannabis Act of 2016 is one of what is said to be a group of draft initiatives to legalize the drug for recreational use and cultivation. The Press Democrat reports a 26-page measure has been drafted by ReformCA, part of the Coalition for Cannabis Policy Reform out of Oakland along with others including the California NAACP president Alice A. Huffman and a lawyer from Santa Rosa.

Three proposed bills in the legislature look to find a way to regulate medical marijuana production, distribution, and sale. One reclassifies cannabis as an agricultural crop regulated under the State Department of Food & Agriculture. The governor has until the end of the week to sign or ask for changes. If he signs it, it means several agencies and a new one, “the Bureau of Medical Marijuana Regulation” would work together to come up with how it’s implemented so it takes effect in 2017. There are other advocacy groups drafting language for recreational “adult use” initiatives for cannabis legalization too. And in Humboldt County, there’s an ordinance in play as well.

The Gov. Jerry Brown has signed an executive order so Valley fire victims can put mobile homes in Lake County on properties as emergency housing. That means laws already in place would be tossed temporarily and certain registration fees, waived. It would also be for those affected by the Butte Fire in Calaveras county. The fires together have destroyed more than 2,000 homes and structures, and charred more than 146,000 acres of land. The suspension of the laws in place would be for three years.

Many state fire departments requesting more money even after voters in California passed a half-cent sales tax measure to bring in more money for public safety agencies, including police, fire, jails and public prosecutors. The fire districts have not been getting much of Proposition 172 earnings which is said to be more than $2.5 billion a year. Apparently the money’s been going to law enforcement. One fire agency in Sonoma County’s trying to get funding from the proposition, and in Hopland the volunteer fire dept. is trying too. There’s a new group set up made up of many of Mendocino County’s 21 fire districts so they can try to get more money from the 20 year old proposition. The group says they’ll go to the Board of Supervisors and lobby for 20 percent of an estimated $7 million the county collects under Proposition 172.

Some free Lake Leadership Summit 2015 tickets for those who are victims of the Valley Fire. The scholarships by the Lake County Regional Economic Development Committee. One of the creators of the Summit says they want to make sure the ticket price doesn’t hold anyone back from attending. The summit for those to collaborate and help the county re-envision and rebuild.

It’s set for this Friday, Oct. 9th at Marymount California University’s Lakeside Campus. For more info email embracethelake.

You may be able to get FEMA help even if you have insurance. FEMA can’t duplicate insurance or other benefits by law, but they can supplement what underinsured fire victims get or help if someone’s insurance settlement is delayed. Applicants need to let FEMA know about their situation and provide insurance company documentation. If you’ve received a settlement but are still in need of help, it’s also possible you could get a grant. If you’ve exhausted your settlement for Additional Living Expenses (ALE for loss of use) FEMA may be able to assist with disaster-related temporary housing too. For more info, visit or call 800-621-3362.

The Lakeport City Council is visiting about recovery and cleanup after the Valley fire. They’ll talk at their meeting tonight about ways to help victims with temporary housing and there will also be public hearings on minor changes to city ordinances. The meeting tonight at 6 in council chambers. There will be other business too, but there will be consideration of a proposed resolution to help Valley fire victims by relaxing certain regulations and fees required by the Lakeport Municipal Code.

The Valley Fire getting closer to that 100% containment, hitting the 99% mark. The fire has stayed at 76,067-acres burned for more than a week. Cal Fire has estimated full containment by tonight. It started almost a month ago, September 12th in Cobb, then burning quickly into Hidden Valley Lake and Middletown. About 300 firefighters still on the fire, patrolling, mopping up and working on landscape rehabilitation. No word yet on how the fire started.

A priest in NY is in trouble with the law for supposedly pointing a an unloaded musket at an 8-year-old boy during a discussion about the New York Giants and the Dallas Cowboys. The priest, Kevin Carter’s lawyer says it was a joke. He’s to be arraigned today though for child endangerment and aggravated assault by pointing. The priest says it was innocent banter, saying the child was not in fear.

A man in Great Falls, MT lucky to be alive after coming upon a grizzly bear while out hunting elk in the back country. Chase Dellwo came across the Griz Saturday near Choteau so he stuck his arm in the bear’s roaring mouth as it charged him. The man was mauled by the bear as he was too close to use his bow and arrow on him. He says he remembered hearing bears have sensitive gag reflexes—so he shoved his arm down the animal’s throat. It worked, the bear took off…


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