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A workshop’s planned to look over the city’s new draft Housing Element Update with the planning commission. A report that was prepared for tonight’s planning commission meeting has the update on the agenda along with preparation for a recommendation for the Ukiah City Council. City staff also says it’s part of the state mandated process that will help also identify affordable housing. This next report will cover the years 2014-2022, which includes the approval of about 21 units for “very low” income residents, 21 units for “low-income,” and 28 units for “above-moderate” income levels. The federal dept. of housing reviewed the document earlier this year saying it had met the “the statutory requirement of state housing element law” but was not in full compliance because the city had to amend its zoning ordinance for year-round emergency shelters without discretionary actions.

Salary increases for some Mendocino County elected department heads ended in a heated chat with the Board of Supervisors. The Daily Journal reports Third District Supervisor Tom Woodhouse brought the items before the board yesterday looking for approval after last month’s memo of understanding with the department heads’ bargaining unit. It would be a new three-year contract with a 5 percent salary increase. But the District Attorney David Eyster and Sheriff Tom Allman’s salaries were the topic of the day with the public. Woodhouse saying reasonable and sustainable increases he can get behind and says further adjustments were in order for the Sheriff and DA. The supervisors decided it was too much to give the DA a 22 percent raise and a 10 percent raise for the Sheriff so they voted for a permanent 5 percent for each position, with the DA getting a supplemental 11 percent increase to peak at the end of his term in 2019. All salary changes take effect Dec. 20th.

The Mendocino County Board of Supervisors has gone ahead and approved the purchase of 65 acres of the long empty Masonite property. The property has a tiny piece in use, but mostly has been vacant since 2001. A formal proposal yesterday by the Factory Pipe owner Ross Liberty, who’s already leasing 10 acres of the property. He say he’s part of a group of local investors interested in the 65 additional acres on the property, saying they look to finalize the buy by the end of the year. He projects as many as 600 jobs to be created for the new Ukiah Industrial Park, but says he’d really like to see as many as 800, which he says is about where Masonite was at its height. Masonite closed in 2001.

With the holidays upon us, Lakeport Police are reminding you of some important safety tips. They say that there are not only more cars on the roads now but also more people out walking, and they ask that you take extra care to watch for pedestrians as you drive around and remember that pedestrians have the legal right of way. Police say this time of year they also see spike in phone scams and they remind you to be cautious of suspicious callers asking you for money. Police say they also see an increase in thefts this time of year and they ask that you don’t leave any valuables in your car, and be sure to lock your doors and windows at home. And finally they remind you that when going out to celebrate, be sure to designate a sober driver or pre-arrange a ride home.

A man police say they think was hit by a car has been found dead in Willits. The CHP reports the man was found yesterday morning on Center Valley Road, west of Sawyer Lane, around 4:30 a.m. on the side of the road. Medics were on the scene and declared the man dead. They say it looked like a car hit him as he was walking along the road wearing dark clothing. They say a car may have stopped at first, but then took off. His name’s not been released until his family is notified.

A boil water order in the city of Willits after a water leak in the Walker Rd. area. The City of Willits Public Works and Water Plant Operators went out to the water leak after the Berry Hill water storage tank went empty. That disrupted water service, affecting customers along the adjacent Highway 101 corridor. Repairs completed and water service restored. But as a precaution the State of California Water Resource Control Board (SWRCB) had to be told about the water break. Boil Water Notices went out for 20 residential customers for as long as 48 hours. The city says a hand delivered notice will be given to those affected once the boil water notice is lifted.

Nearly 2 and a quarter million dollars the latest tally of the Lake County Fire Victims Relief Fund. The fund started by Redwood Credit Union, The Press Democrat and Senator Mike McGuire to help those affected by this summer’s fires. More than 12,000 donors gave to the fund. About one million dollars has already been handed out to local school children, firefighters and hundreds of Lake County residents who lost everything. Money from the fund has also been distributed to local farmers and ranchers and emergency responders who will get swift water rescue equipment and training to help protect Lake County communities due to anticipated El Nino rains. Plus an additional $800,000 has been given to more than 1,050 residents who lost homes.

A giant concert called “Putting Out the Fire” to help Valley Fire victims raised more than $150,000. The concert at the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts last month. More than 1,400 concert goers bought tickets for the 6 hour event. Ron and Carolyn Kirk of Bay Productions planned the event for the Bodega Bay Fire District but then it was changed after the Valley Fire. The 76,067-acre fire, one of the top 3 most destructive in state history. More than 1,300 homes were destroyed in the fire and four people died. Ticket sale proceeds along with 100,000 dollars from the Lytton Rancheria Band of Pomo Indians totaled nearly $256,000, minus production costs of just over $100,000.

A teen in Roseville’s been arrested after he threatened to fire bomb a house and school. Police say the 14-year-old was arrested after a woman said she got several phone calls from a young sounding voice who threatened to blow her house up and Creekview Ranch School. She has a family member who goes to the school. She told police the kid knew her address and that he threatened “jihad” and “9/11". She called police and the school. The school was evacuated as the school was searched. Nothing suspicious was found on school grounds. The boy told police he found the woman’s name and prank called her. He’s been arrested on several charges including making criminal threats, causing a disturbance on school grounds, and making a false report of a bomb.

The Yolo County Clerk-Recorder is leaving her job for another with Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. Freddie Oakley has been with Yolo County since 1987. She also served as the registrar of voters and the assessor. She got national recognition for supporting same-sex marriage in 2007 while the courts examined the legality of a state ban. She also served on the on the Yolo County Board of Supervisors. Oakley issued marriage documents to same-sex marriage during a short time when gay marriage was legal in 2008. The Yolo County Board of Supervisors will have to fill her position.

A donor to a bell ringer for the Salvation Army dropped a wedding and engagement ring worth about $3,500 in one of its holiday red kettles in Massachusetts. The charity says the anonymous donation was a quote "an incredible gift" that’ll end up helping to pay for food pantries, soup kitchens and other holiday outreach to the needy. They say it’s like last December when a widow donated her wedding and diamond engagement rings in Boston leading to similar giving which ended up raising more than $30,000.

A self-employed Cape Cod shellfisher scored big, winning a $10 million lottery. The Massachusetts State Lottery reported William Young, Jr., of Wellfleet won the lottery’s new "$10,000,000 Mega Fortune" game. He’s the second winner of the giant jackpot. He took cash in the form of a onetime payment of $6.5 million before taxes. The lottery says the man told them he’ll use the money to help family members and he’ll invest some of it.


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