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The Middletown Area Town Hall has a presentation for the community on new medical marijuana legislation and how it might affect the community. The meeting tonight at 7 p.m. at the Middletown Community Center. Last month the MATH Secretary had asked for the discussion on the new medical marijuana legislation which the Gov. signed into law last fall. Lake Co News reports County Supervisor Anthony Farrington will be at tonight’s meeting talking about the new law that had been partly introduced by No. Coast state Sen. Mike McGuire. His is part of a trio of bills that together make up the Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act. MATH serves residents of Anderson Springs, Cobb, Coyote Valley (including Hidden Valley Lake), Long Valley and Middletown.

State Sen. Mike McGuire has introduced a bill to tax medical marijuana as its sold at 15%. The Marijuana Value Tax Act is expected to bring the state as much as $100 million dollars in new revenue. McGuire says after passing the new law regulating medical pot, they made a a commitment to follow up on a statewide excise tax to focus on the impacts of cultivation and use of marijuana. Lake Co News reports the state Board of Equalization estimating total sales of medical marijuana in the state to bring in more than $1 billion which is expected to be even higher after the new rules and regulations start to kick in. If the new bill passes, the tax would go to the new Bureau of Medical Marijuana Regulation to distribute thru grant programs.

Ukiah Police have released a sketch of a man they say is related to an incident January 19th where a man tried to grab a 10-year-old. Police have been trying to figure out who the man is after the Accelerated Achievement Academy student was followed. They say they’ve been actively investigating, as well as other recent similar ones in Ukiah. The victim met with a Certified Police Sketch Artist. This latest incident around Scott Street and North State Street. Police say there’s no indication yet this guy is associated with any of the other incidents. You can see the sketch on the Ukiah Police Facebook Page or at the Press Democrat website.

Preliminary numbers for the 2015 grape harvest are out, showing the North Coast grape crop fell about 25 percent from 2014. According to the USDA report released yesterday, growers in Mendocino, Lake, Napa, and Sonoma counties picked 400,174 tons of grapes last fall. But while the yield was down, the prices were up. The Press Democrat reports Napa County grapes got the highest average price per ton in California at $4,329, up 6 percent from 2014. Sonoma County had the second highest with $2,441, up 5 percent from 2014. Mendocino County had an average of $1,515 per ton and Lake County at $1,600

If you missed the last meeting of the Valley Fire Recovery Task Force, the minutes are posted on the website www.LakeCountyRecovers.com. The task force includes local, state, federal, tribal and non-profit agencies working towards recovery. The meetings are public so fire survivors can hear information first hand and have a chance to ask questions and voice concerns. The Feb 2nd meeting included a discussion of the St Vincent DePaul “House in a Box” program that provides sofas, dining room sets, beds, kitchen utensils, and other goods. About 200 Valley Fire survivors have applied for a “House in a Box.” There were also detailed discussions on trees, septic systems, contractors, and revised property tax assessments.

A special’s meeting’s been called by the Mendocino Board of Supervisor’s Health and Human Services Standing Committee regarding the Kemper Report. This had been set for next Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. but in order for more time for public participation the Kemper Report item is instead going to be heard at 10:00 a.m. in the Board of Supervisors Chambers. There will a public presentation of the report from Kemper Consulting plus time for the public to give their comments. It’ll be held in chambers at 501 Low Gap Road, Rm. 1070 in Ukiah, but if you can’t make it, check the county website or this radio station’s website for more info. You can also call the county’s executive office at (707) 463- 4441.

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The city of Ukiah is gathering public comment this month on the city’s recently updated Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan. Several members of the public spoke out about the plan at the last Ukiah Planning Commission meeting, several saying they were disappointed to have just found out about that meeting the day it happened. Members of the Planning Commission apparently not thrilled with the presentation by staff last month due to no maps, copies of the plan or anyone representing the consultants who created the plan or its subcontractors. The chair of the commission saying the presentation was lacking.

A teacher from Yokayo Elementary School has been arrested on suspicion of selling drugs. Cloverdale Police say Jared Candelaria of Cloverdale is charged with felony possession and transportation of a controlled substance, specifically Oxycodone. Police had been watching the guy and had collected evidence for a month and a half before a search warrant was served and he was arrested. Cops say they found drugs at his home and in his possession plus they found evidence of sale. Candelaria was booked into the Sonoma County Jail under $30,000 bail. He’s due in court March 12th.

Animal control officers say a dead calf found on the side of a rural east Sonoma County road was illegally dumped after dying but they don’t know how it got there and why it had its hind legs tied to a gate. The calf partially bound and tied with a 10-foot rope. CHP first thought it was a possible case of animal cruelty, but says there was no obvious trauma to the animal, which they say was about eight months old. Animal control officials say it probably died somewhere else then got dumped at the Skaggs Island-area gate, calling it unusual.

A judge in Mendocino County ruling on whether firefighters could take their proposed ballot initiative to voters for public safety dollars got shot down. The ruling from last Wednesday on the challenge for Proposition 172 funds. The judge tossing the case saying it was purely based on the language in the proposed initiative as currently written. If it passed the judge’s muster, it would have asked the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors to show more transparency with the handling of Proposition 172 funds and asked to include in proposed and final budgets a line item saying allocations to fire districts and other public safety agencies would be made. They also wanted a minimum of 30 percent. The county’s acting counsel filed the suit against the fire initiative.

The Clearlake City Manager says the city’s attacked more than half of its 36 priority goals by either starting or completing them in the first half of the fiscal year. The city manager Greg Folsom says the biggest achievements were increases in staff for the Police Department and Code Enforcement. The staffing comes as the city deals with more crime. Six new officers were hired and a new community policing program started. There was also the start of almost 1,200 new code enforcement cases invoiced at $105,000. Folsom also touted the work of animal control, especially after the SPCA terminated its contract.

A new version of a bill that didn’t make it thru Calif’s legislative session last year is being reintroduced to coincide with recent comments made by President Barack Obama to ban solitary confinement of juveniles in federal prisons. State Senator Mark Leno of San Francisco says he’s preparing a new version of his bill limiting solitary confinement in state and county-run juvenile detention centers. He says the kids in the system are troubled and have mental health issues so it just makes the problem for them worse. But apparently unions representing prison guards who are major campaign donors in Sacramento opposed Leno’s first bill. The new bill puts limits on using solitary confinement but not banning it entirely and it requires facilities to keep track of how much they use it.

The legislature will consider a trio of bills to move $23 million in state money for an Earthquake Early Warning system. The legislation in the Assembly and the state Senate to fund California’s part of the $38 million ShakeAlert system experts say may be able to give more than a minute warning before a temblor reaches a community. It could slow trains, stop elevators at the nearest floor and give people a chance to take cover. The bills take out language from an earlier bill that prohibited using general fund money to develop the warning system. Federal Emergency Management Agency estimates California is responsible for $3.5 billion, or 66 percent, of annual losses from earthquakes across the country.

A semi driver’s been taken to the hospital and the highway cleaned up after he slid out on Walker Road in Ukiah. The CHP says it happened Tuesday when the driver tried getting around a 20 mph curve and overturned. The semi was towing a 45′ trailer loaded with garbage. It slid on its side hitting railing. The driver, Jose Nieto in a Solid Waste truck had to be taken to the hospital. He had major injuries and police say they don’t consider Alcohol as a factor in the crash. The road was closed for about 6 hours for clean up and removal of the truck, trailer, and garbage.

A man from Wisconsin who got his 10th DUI says the beer in his beer battered fish and chips was to blame. The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports 76 year old John Przybyla busted in October of 2014 after a deputy saw his truck cross the center line of a state highway. When pulled over, the deputy noticed the smell of booze and gave him a field sobriety test, he failed. He denied drinking and said it was the beer-battered fish he ate that night. These same statements were made in court on Monday. But police say his blood-alcohol level was .062. Przybyla found guilty on several charges and faces up to 12.5 years in prison.

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