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The County of Mendocino intends to begin issuing permits for cannabis cultivation and other cannabis activity as defined by Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act of 2015 In preparation for the revised ordinance and new cultivation program, the County encourages the registration of medical cannabis activity to assist the county in assessing the level of interest of persons to apply for local permits and identifying operations that were in good standing before 2016. Submission of the form will guarantee priority processing for local permit applications once they become available. Additional information and the Medical Cannabis Activity Registration Form are available online at the county website..

The Medical Cannabis Activity Registration Form must be submitted to the Mendocino County Department of Agriculture no later than 5 pm on June 3.

The next Valley Fire Long-Term Recovery Task Force meeting will be held Tuesday, April 5 at 6:00 PM in the Community Room at the Middletown Senior Center

Recovery-Coordinator Carol Hutchinson said the public is welcome to attend so they can hear recovery updates first-hand. She added it will also give the fire survivors a venue to share their concerns and asks questions of members of the task force.

A Mendocino County government accountability activist has found the deficit in the county’s retirement fund to be the most damaging to Mendocino County’s financial condition compared to any other county in California thus far. Auditied financial reports of 17 counties show 26 billion dollar shortfall, according to accountant John Dickerson’s findings. Dickerson indicates about 70 percent of the retirement funds reported to the public in 2014 have disappeared in the 2015 annual audit due to more stringent valuation standards, showing the county is at least 136 million dollars more in debt. Dickerson said the county will have to make that up by reducing budget items such as roadwork, public safety and human services.

Ukiah Mayor Steve Scalmanini requested a special meeting of the Ukiah City Council Thursday to discuss a demolition permit allowing removal of a home on South Main Street near the Grace Hudson Museum.

The home, built more than 50 years ago, has been empty for years and a company building an apartment complex for seniors on the site, Petaluma Ecumenical Properties, requested the permit nearly two months ago from the council.

The council granted the permit, but Scalmanini said he understood that certain building materials, such as redwood siding in the front of the home, would be salvaged for reuse.

Gloria Flaherty has been honored as Lake County Woman of the Year for the Fourth Assembly District. In recognition of Women’s History Month, Assemblyman Bill Dodd honored one woman from each of the counties he represents who have made significant contributions in their respective communities.
Flaherty recently retired as executive director of Lake Family Resource Center after 19 years of service.
As the founding director of Lake Family Resource Center, she was influential in growing the organization to serve some 1,400 families and 4,500 individuals annually.
Flaherty also helped secure funding for the Early Head Start Program, as well as the purchase and renovation of Freedom House, Lake County’s only domestic violence shelter.

The Lake County Animal Care and Control is planning one of its special adoption events next week giving community members a chance to bring home a new friend at a discount.
Director Bill Davidson said the adoption event will take place from Monday, April 4, through Saturday, April 9, at the shelter, located in Lakeport.
The adoption events are held up to four times a year. The Board of Supervisors approved hosting the special adoption efforts with lower costs in 2012.
Davidson said during the event the county’s portion of the adoption fee – $30 for dogs and $20 for cats – will be waived during the event.
The shelter is also waiving its $20 microchip fee for pets being adopted. He said special emphasis is being placed on micro chipping pets next week because of its importance in reuniting animals with their people.

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