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The trial continues for San Francisco’s Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow who’s accused of a 2013 murder in Mendocino County. Chow’s also accused of racketeering for using a community organization in Chinatown as an enterprise for guns, drugs and stolen goods. The Chronicle reports one of Chow’s former cohorts, whose now serving time for another murder, testified that he figured Chow ordered the shooting death of alleged gang rival Jim Tat Kong in Mendocino County, but didn’t actually hear Chow give the order. He’s set to continue testifying today. And the Defense says Chow will testify at some point too.

The Clearlake City Council is hearing reading of a proposed ordinance for abandoned shopping carts. The first reading tonight after a closed session about possible litigation plus negotiations on three properties –airport property, and possible purchases of land elsewhere in the city. The City Manager is bringing the council the proposed shopping cart ordinance. Calif. law requires all shopping and laundry carts have signs with the owners’ identification. It’s also illegal to remove carts from businesses or to be in possession of a cart off premises. The council is going to ask staff to write up a local ordinance since the state laws are not working.

It’s official the asphalt plant at the Grist Creek Aggregates site has another notice saying it’s indeed a public nuisance. The plant on Highway 162 got a second notice of violation from the Mendocino County Air Quality Management District. It’s been fined more than 151,000 dollars on top of another $22,000 fine for the original violation notice. The nuisance says air contaminants or other material can be discharged that could cause injury, detriment, nuisance, or annoyance to any considerable number of persons or to the public.

The state has released a report showing strong personal income tax proceeds in October, beating estimates by almost 200 million dollars. The State Controller Betty Yee reported personal income tax revenues were at about $5.1 billion for the month, much more than expected in the state budget, passed in July. It will offset sales tax revenue which was down from previous projections by $2 million, or 0.2 percent. The corporation tax was way off too, missing estimates by nearly $90 million, or 33.5 percent.

Valley Fire victims, still without a home, living in the Hidden Valley Lake Campground have to leave soon. Camp residents are being given around three weeks to pack up. This comes after a meeting of the Hidden Valley Lake Association (HVLA), which owns the campground. The association’s director of operations, the interim General Manager and a representative for the campground residents came to the agreement earlier in the week. No firm date has been set. The campground abuts a tributary of Putah Creek which could overflow into the campground during coming winter rains. Climatologists pretty sure the state’s going to have record-setting winter rain due to a major El Niño in the eastern Pacific.

California’s got big numbers of West Nile virus deaths already setting a record for one year. Almost half the deaths in Los Angeles County. Newly released data shows 32 people died of the virus so far this year opposed to 31 all of last year. It’s the most since the California Department of Public Health started recording cases in 2003. It’s also apparently the most of any U.S. state. It’s also supposed to go up this month. Health officials say they can’t explain why this year’s activity seems so severe, and say the record-breaking drought could have something to do with it.

Volunteer firefighters needing in the South Lake County Fire Protection District. The district is accepting applications for volunteer (PCF) firefighters thru the end of the month. There are no dates set yet for orientation or interviews, but it will be sometime in December. Then the academy starts in late Jan. or Feb. of next year. Students will meet twice a week from 6 to 10 p.m., and one Saturday a month. For information, call 987-3089.

Morro Bay may be getting a wind farm. The coastal town of about 10,000 people along the Central Coast, near Hearst Castle and Morro Rock may host a Seattle company’s ocean wind farm off California’s coast. Trident Winds has applied for the farm with Morro Bay city officials to install 100 floating turbines, up to 636 feet tall and about 15 miles off the San Luis Obispo County coast. It would generate 1,000 megawatts of electricity, enough to power 300,000 homes.

The Ukiah City Council is discussing Strategic Planning. At their meeting tonight the agenda includes, maintaining the downtown historic section as a regional center of civic and economic activity, planning valley-wide based on sound planning principles, and for the council to work with staff to create a more responsive and effective workplace. The city manager says he wants the council to agree on a strategy for the discussions before they get into it tonight. That was from the last planning session a few weeks ago. A list of topics has been honed in on including affecting positive change with the Palace Hotel and having anchor businesses that attract new business.

Police in NYC say a man with a long history of pretending to be a transit worker and taking New York City subway trains for joy rides is in jail for stealing a Greyhound bus. Police say Darius McCollum was arrested yesterday after being spotted in the bus in Brooklyn. McCollum has a couple dozen transit-related arrests, going back as far as 1981, when he drove the E train to the World Trade Center when he was 15. He was being held last night in Brooklyn at the police station.

A woman in Kentucky arrested after cops caught up to her after a high speed chase, she had parked herself in an empty doghouse. Frankfort police say Myranda Skinner and Bryan Wells led officers on the chase Monday morning after an officer saw a license plate was reported stolen. Police say the woman tried running over a police officer when she was cornered in a dead-end road. She then crashed thru a gate of a golf course and she and Wells took off running. A police dog caught the duo who’ve been indicted on multiple charges, including fleeing police.


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