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Police are investigating a hate crime in Fresno after a Sikh man was assaulted. Police say it happened Saturday morning to 68-year-old Amrik Singh Bal. They say he was wearing a turban and waiting for a ride to work when two men approached in a car and started to yell profanities at him. He told police he tried to cross the street but the two backed their car up into him. Then they got out and beat the man before driving away. Police say they yelled at the man, saying "Why are you here?" He ended up with cuts on his nose and hand and a broken collar bone. No arrests have been made.

Clearlake is going to take down a dilapidated building on the old Austin Resort property. Lake Co News reports the city council voted unanimously at its last meeting so city staff would start the work on the demolition of the building on the 4.5-acre property in the 14000 block of Lakeshore Drive, across from Clearlake City Hall. The City Manager says the building is a “blighted eyesore” and says he’s looking to the council to clarify how city staff should move forward with the property it acquired after the dissolution of the Clearlake Redevelopment Agency. The city manager says a previous plan to use the site as a prime anchor location like a destination resort wouldn’t work and instead says it should be a campground or be used for a smaller commercial use.

A couple in Ukiah have been arrested in connection to a burglary at a home Christmas Eve. Police say residents in a home in the 300 block of West Mill Street reported they left their house Christmas Eve around 6 p.m. for a party and when they got home noticed the house had been broken into. They say about $7,000 worth of items was taken, including jewelry and a laptop computer. Police identified the suspect as Justin Blake. Cops went to the Sunrise Inn on Christmas after the victims found Blake there. Police found Tiffany Moody and a number of stolen items, burglary tools, a baton, tear gas, illegal substances and items to manufacture a controlled substance. Moody was arrested on suspicion of possessing stolen property, a baton, tear gas, a controlled substance, drug paraphernalia and burglary tools and booked on $150,000 bail. Blake found later and arrested on suspicion of resisting arrest, possessing stolen property, a controlled substance, drug paraphernalia and burglary tools, as well as manufacturing a controlled substance and conspiracy and also booked into Mendocino County Jail under $150,000 bail.

A fire started at a home in Ukiah after a Christmas gifted hoverboard’s charger sparked. A resident in the 700 block of El Rio Street called the fire in Christmas and firefighters got there in about 10 minutes to find a police officer extinguished the flaming $300 toy. The resident of the home says she was charging the gift and heard it make a strange noise and saw smoke. She took it to her patio and it started a fire, but did no damage to the home. The hoverboard apparently had a faulty battery pack and didn’t meet requirements to be sold in the United States. There’s been reports of a dozen or so incidents like this in the country, in some cases the report says the toy destroyed bedrooms and even homes.

An elephant seal trying to get across a highway has been saved, but snarled up traffic. The seal trying to get across Highway 37 — and away from San Pablo Bay Monday afternoon near Sears Point. CHP reported the huge seal reported in an eastbound lane of the highway near the junction with Highway 121. Drivers were stopping and trying to get the animal back to the ocean to no avail. State Fish and Wildlife wardens went out to the mammal and helped it back to the water. The Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito came out to help the animal which was reported to be swimming in circles.

A new change for grocery shoppers in Sacramento: plastic bags are banned. Starting Friday, shoppers have to bring your own bag or pay for something to carry their items out with. Shoppers need to use reusable bags January 1st at most grocers, large pharmacies and convenience stores. This after the Sacramento city council voted for the ban last Spring to begin in 2016. The state capitol becomes one of 145 cities in the state to stop using plastic bags. Small plastic bags for produce and at the meat counter and for bulk items are still available and at no charge at some stores.

Police in Germany report a man died after trying to blow up a condom machine. The man along with two others tried exploding the machine and one guy, was hit in the head by a flying piece of metal. It happened last Friday in Schoeppingen, near the Dutch border. Police rushed to the scene finding cash and condom packets on the ground. A 29-year-old died after the two other men brought him to a hospital saying he fell down some stairs. They later admitted what happened saying the victim’s injuries were related to the explosion.

A canal delivering water from Northern to Southern California is sinking in places. The canal is going thru major and historic restoration. Four years of drought and the pumping of groundwater’s made the land sink fast all along the Central Valley so it has to be repaired at billions of dollars in expense. More than a foot a year is sinking in some areas with no stopping foreseen. Land subsidence, as it’s called, mostly comes as a result of pumping water from the ground out of aquifers, leaving them drying, so the ground sags. A plan to have all groundwater management plans in effect won’t happen until 2040.

A quarantine’s been expanded in Northern California in an effort to corral the tiny Asian citrus psyllid. The California Department of Food and Agriculture says they’ve added on 101 square miles to the quarantine in southern Stanislaus County and part of Merced County after two of the tiny pests were found in Turlock. It can carry a bacteria that kills citrus trees and reportedly cost Florida’s citrus industry hundreds of millions of dollars. Nine California counties have full quarantines and portions of a dozen more counties. It means there can be no movement of nursery stock and all citrus fruit has to be cleaned of leaves and stems.

A woman in Florida’s arrested for driving thru Wal-Mart, cops say, on methamphetamine and drinking wine and eating sushi and cinnamon rolls. The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office reports a security guard watched as Josseleen Lopez ate more than $32.00 worth of food and wine inside the store. The guard says she ate sushi by the piece, then put the rest back on the shelf. He reported her doing it again with mini muffins and cinnamon rolls and says she powered thru most of a rotisserie chicken too. She told police she was homeless, hungry and on meth. She was arrested on charges of retail petty theft and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The Valley Fire Long-Term Recovery Task Force start up again after the new year. The first one, next Tuesday, a week from today at 6:00 PM at the Twin Pine Casino in Middletown. Plus hours will start up again for the Valley Fire Long-Term Recovery Coordinator at the Gibson Museum in Middletown Monday between 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM. She’ll be there Mondays and Thursdays, check her schedule at our station website or at www.LakeCountyRecovers.com.

Monday January 4, 2016 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Monday January 11, 2016 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Thursday January 14, 2016 9:30 AM to 12:00 Noon

Thursday January 21, 2016 9:30 AM to 12:00 Noon

Thursday January 28, 2016 9:30 AM to 12:00 Noon

Tens of thousands of minimum-wage workers in California will be making an extra dollar an hour starting on Friday. The Golden State’s minimum wage increases from nine dollars to ten dollars an hour on January first. But labor advocates plan to continue their push for 15-dollars an hour. Sean Wherley with the Service Employees International Union’s United Healthcare Workers West, says ten dollars just doesn’t cut it.

Cut 68345 :13 "At $10 an hour, that’s less than $21,000 a year for a full-time worker. That’s barely enough to cover for yourself, much less if you have children. Particularly in coastal areas, but even throughout rural areas, that’s not enough to get by."

Tag: Two different branches of S-E-I-U are promoting separate ballot measures next November. One would raise the hourly wage to 15-dollars by 2020 and mandate six paid days off for illness. The other would raise the wage by the same amount by 2021.

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Second Cut: Critics of these measures say they’d raise costs for small businesses and lead them to cut hours or jobs. Wherley counters that workers will have more money to spend, which benefits the economy overall. And he says a statewide measure would level the playing field between cities.

Cut 69345 :14 "This is going to be uniformly applied, so no city can claim that one has an advantage over the other. And this is what is going to lift people into a better existence, one where they can provide for themselves and their families."

Tag: San Francisco and Los Angeles have already passed 15-dollar minimum hourly wages that go into effect in 2018 and 2020, respectively. The national minimum wage is seven-dollars-25-cents an hour.

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