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A man from Clearlake Oaks has been arrested after police found he had been prowling in an area where there were reported gas thefts. Police also say Timothy Mitcham had stolen items in his possession. He was arrested Saturday early morning after a call from an assisted living facility on Burns Valley Road. An employee said they saw someone under a car with a gas can after several recent reports of gas thefts in the area. No arrests were made in any of the incidents. Police say the car they found, appearing suspicious was in the library parking lot and had several similar gas cans in its rear cargo area. Mitcham was arrested but denied he had siphoned any gas. He’s charged with three misdemeanors including possession of stolen property, driving on a suspended license and prowling.

The Board of Equalization is considering several legislative bills on various topics before coming out with a position. Of those, they’re looking at administration of a tax penalty amnesty for medical cannabis, waiving a requirement for electronic payments for marijuana dispensaries, expanding tax relief for businesses dealing with disasters, and sales and use tax exemptions for certain feminine hygiene products. The Board is also taking up legislative proposals to streamline the tax code to assist taxpayers. Their meeting today at 10am in Sacramento.

A town hall meeting’s set for the Mendocino Board of Supervisors Marijuana Ad Hoc Committee. The meeting Saturday so residents can get a briefing and share their thoughts and recommendations on revisions of the County’s Marijuana Cultivation Ordinance. At the end of last year’s legislative session, lawmakers passed the trio of bills, now known as the all-in-one Medical Marijuana Regulatory Package. It was signed into law by the governor but each municipality has a chance to come up with rules as part of the law for their local jurisdiction. The Marijuana Ad Hoc Committee is reviewing the County’s Marijuana Cultivation Ordinance and then takes it back to the Board with recommended revisions. The forum, this Saturday, February 6th, from 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. at the Willits Senior Center. For more information, call the Mendocino County Executive Office at (707) 463-4441.

The school boards of the two Upper Lake districts are meeting this week to hammer out details of how they’ll share a principal/superintendent until summer. The special meeting of the Upper Lake Unified School District and the Upper Lake Union High School Board today at 4 p.m. at the high school. Lake County News reports they need an official agreement to allow the principal/superintendent to serve both districts for six months until the end of June and figure out how to pay him and divide his duties. Starting July 1st, the new district will stand alone with all the schools consolidated. At their last meeting the new board agreed to negotiate with current high school principal/superintendent Patrick Iaccino for the 6-month deal.

Classes have begun at the Lake County Campus of Woodland Community College. The school used to be called the Yuba College Clear Lake Campus. Students started back up last Tuesday with school continuing thru May 26th. This semester, students were welcomed with activities including raffle prizes and got info about all campus services. Students got items like USB flash drives, $25 gift cards, supplies, and gift cards for Aromas Café. There are a reported 19 full-time equivalent students.

Homes precariously on a bluff near San Francisco said to be in danger due to high waves from El Niño storms. The San Francisco Chronicle reports two homes had to be evacuated because of crashing waves and major rain storms that whittled away at the cliffs in the area. Several other homes and apartment buildings have been abandoned in past years due to the same. Back in 2003 rains started to shear off chunks of cliffs in Pacifica, about 10 miles south of San Francisco.

Lake County’s Board of Supervisors will look over a new agreement with Konocti Harbor Resort and Spa for transitional housing for Valley fire survivors. The meeting this morning can also be seen online at the Board’s website. Lake Co News reports the Long-Term Recovery Coordinator is bringing the board a second agreement between the resort to help Valley fire survivors with transitional housing. The resort had about 81 rooms being used at one point. The agreement had been funded at the start by the California Disaster Assistance Act but FEMA took over pretty soon after so the Disaster Assistance Act was no longer available so a new contract had to be drafted.

A man in Geyserville had to be pulled out of a hole he fell into trying to save his dog. He was trying to climb down a ladder to get to his dog Saturday after hearing it whimpering down a 12-foot-deep shaft. The Geyserville Fire Chief reported the dog’s owner then got wedged in the narrow shaft himself. It only measured 3 to 4 feet in diameter and probably led to a septic tank. The man, not yet identified was down the hole about 20 minutes before emergency responders got to him. They used a rope and got him out about 10 minutes later. The dog was also hoisted back up and firefighters say it didn’t look to have any injuries. The dog’s owner had some cuts and scrapes but escaped serious injury.

The son’s of a chiropractor in Pittsburgh hated Donald Trump so much, they used his obituary to tell folks not to vote for the Republican presidential candidate, in lieu of sending flowers. Jason Brown says he and his brother decided to add the line to their dad’s obituary after recalling another similar one published in August for a New Jersey woman urging her loved ones not to vote for Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. Brown says his dad didn’t request the line in his obituary, but he and his brother took it upon themselves, seeing it as a light-hearted remembrance thinking it would be "the perfect joke."

Damage estimates from the two major fires over the summer in Northern California responsible for 6 deaths has gone above the $1 billion in insured losses mark. This is just a preliminary estimate by the state’s insurance department. The two fires, the Butte and Valley started days apart last September, burning thru more than 200 square miles. The numbers include $700 million from the Valley Fire in Lake County that killed four people and took down almost 2,000 structures, including 1,300 homes. It’s also noted as the third most destructive wildfire in state history and the fifth-most expensive in insured losses. The Butte fire in Amador and Calaveras counties caused around $300 million in insured losses. 2 people were killed in that fire which destroyed more than 800 buildings. It was the seventh-most destructive wildfire in Calif. Both fires are still under investigation.

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