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The Marijuana Ad Hoc Committee is having a special meeting. After the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors requested it, the meeting was set for tonight for a presentation on the State Legislative medical marijuana regulatory package. Lawmakers passed the regulatory package signed by the Governor earlier this month. It puts 3 bills together. A legislative advocate will be in town tonight to go over the trio of bills. They govern land use, water and natural resources, housing, transportation, wildfire protection policies, and health and human services. The meeting at 5-30 in the Board of Supervisors Chambers on Low Gap Road in Ukiah.

A fire’s put a family out of their house in Fort Bragg. Firefighters get a call Saturday to the fire on Walnut Street and find an apartment in flames. They say they were concerned about the spread to other apartments so officers evacuated the surrounding units while Firefighters got a handle on the fire. A Cal-Fire investigator was called out and said it was not suspicious in nature. It damaged three units. New living arrangements were being made for the family who lost their apartment.

Several Valley Fire related items of business have been approved by the Lake County Board of Supervisors. One piece of business, extending emergency declarations and possibly going after a grant to help the Behavioral Health Dept. offer services to those impacted by the fire. Last Tuesday, the county Health Officer also brought the board an extension of a proclamation of a local health emergency because of the fire which needs to be revisted every 2 weeks. Plus the board has entered an agreement with CalRecycle for management and coordination of the Rocky and Jerusalem fires’ debris cleanup.

The lawsuit regarding stopping work on the proposed Ukiah Costco warehouse is delayed at least another month. The Daily Journal reports the case being appealed and the lawyer asking for more time for filing of the opening brief which had been due in a couple weeks, Nov. 9th. The lawyer got another month, until Dec. 8th. The appeal filed over the summer on behalf of a group called “Ukiah Citizens for Safety First”. The first case dismissed by the judge saying the Environmental Impact Report was inadequate. The only name still part of that group formed more than a year ago is the lawyer.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness-Mendocino is having a town hall of sorts to look at some of the mental health challenges faced in the community. The Mendocino County Sheriff Tom Allman is the guest speaker at Ukiah Valley Medical Center in the Glenn Miller Conference Room Wednesday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The Sheriff apparently has had his own challenges with mental health issues. The group says one in four people are affected by mental health issues during their lifetime.

Five local contractors got notice they have to appear in court for illegal contracting. The Mendocino County District Attorney’s Office teaming up with the California Contractors State License Board and several law enforcement agencies in a dozen undercover operations in seven cities. 76 people in all were busted for illegal contracting. The state contractors Fraud Team went out in Mendocino, Riverside, Los Angeles, San Diego, Fresno, Solano and Sonoma counties. The contractors busted locally bid services in Mendocino County in the price range from $2,000 to $4,500.

$3 million in funding for a couple of Mendocino Council of Governments projects approved. The California Transportation Commission pushes grant money from the state’s Active Transportation Program for a multi-purpose trail project in Covelo. Last year almost 900-thousand for environmental and non-infrastructure work. The two projects together among 87 grants funded under the statewide competition. There’s one more in Mendocino County too, the Northwestern Pacific Rail Trail Phase 2 project in Ukiah. That extends the city’s rail-with-trail facility from Gobbi (Go-bee) Street south to the commercial area at Commerce Street.

A message found in a textbook shared between students at Kelseyville High ends with an investigation. The Superintendent of Kelseyville Schools says a student found the phrase, quote “school shooting tomorrow” in the textbook which was in a classroom a couple years. Apparently the book is shared amongst students, so administrators have no idea who wrote the message. They also say it looked old, at least from a year ago or maybe longer. They turned the book over to the Lake County Sheriff’s Office. The district posted about the message on Facebook, which didn’t go over that positively with some parents asking why the school stayed open.

A school principal in North Carolina’s in trouble for driving past a stopped school bus. Johneka Simmons Williams, the principal of Bugg Magnet Elementary was charged, but a Highway Patrol trooper says Williams denied passing the bus while the stop arm was out. She released a statement saying she takes roadway safety seriously. Williams faces a minimum fine of $500 if found guilty.

A Houston school district police officer has been sent to jail for a year for asking a female motorist he pulled over if he could lick her feet. Patrick Quinn, a former Cypress-Fairbanks school district cop pleaded guilty to official oppression. Court papers say he stopped the woman and found marijuana paraphernalia but said he had a foot fetish and she could go if she let him lick her feet or give him her underwear.


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