Lake County’s sale of marina property in Nice is not happening… yet. The county entered a sales agreement for Holiday Harbor with Bella Lago Development out of the Bay Area, but apparently the deal fell apart. The Deputy County Administrative Officer Josh Jones tells Lake Co News the property fell out of escrow during due diligence. The Board of Supervisors had approved selling Holiday Harbor to the development company in March. That same company had bought the 104-acre Robin Hill property in Lakeport in a tax default sale in 2014. So it’s back to the drawing board with administrative staff now having to go back to the Board of Supervisors with a new sale resolution.
Cal Trans looking down a potentially huge budget gap has come up with a five-year state transportation funding plan which means cuts to hundreds of millions of dollars in projects statewide. Two projects are in Lake County. Cal Trans has adopted a $754 million budget but put off $755 million more in highway, rail, transit, bicycle and pedestrian project spending. The Record Bee reports the cuts mostly due to a steady loss in gas tax revenue over the past two years after a drop in gasoline prices. $58,000 was supposed to help pay for the extension of Dam Road and Phillips Avenue in Clearlake. That project pushed to the 2020-21 fiscal year. The improvement of the intersection of Lakeport Boulevard and S. Main Street in Lakeport is also being delayed to the same fiscal year. They also took quite a bit of money away from that project, so it remains unclear if it will go thru at all.
CalTrans is making plans public next week on widening part of Highway 29 to four lanes. The public forum on June 8th to discuss the proposal to extend eight miles, the Kit’s Corner intersection in Kelseyville all the way to Diener Drive in Lower Lake. The Record Bee reports there’s concern though that the project would infringe upon wetlands areas. It also requires new right-of- ways so they need to get public input before the final design is chosen. The meeting from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Lower Lake High School Gym.
The Lake County chapter of the NAACP bestows honors on St. Helena Hospital Clear Lake and its CEO. The awards last month for improving access to folks with disabilities. The hospital CEO David Santos gets a Silver Life Membership to the NAACP in recognition of his leadership, collaboration and commitment to civil and human rights. The NAACP Chapter President and its Life Membership Chairman worked with Santos and the chapter’s ADA committee the past two years on access issues at the hospital and its affiliated clinics.
Many different species of trees in the Sierra Nevada mountain range — including lodge pole pine, red fir and western white pine are in higher elevations as the planet warms. This according to a new study by state biologists showing from south of Lake Tahoe to the northern Sierra, areas where these types of trees survive best in cooler areas, are moving nearly 500 feet higher than the last 80 years. Researchers say new saplings take root further up mountainsides now. But they also say the trees are adjusting, but it shows impacts are continuing, and that could mean some trees might have nowhere to move up to.
A woman from Ukiah’s recovering after her car crashed into the front of a home, then went down a cliff. A man with his son says they heard a crash yesterday afternoon and saw a woman turn her green Toyota RAV4 and drive up into a neighbor’s house after smashing into a beam at his house. They say the woman then turned around and rolled the car, then took it down a 60 foot cliff. It eventually stopped by some large bushes. The California Highway Patrol reports they’re not yet sure what caused the crash, perhaps the woman was having a medical issue before.
Police in Ukiah report a trio of cars broken into over the long holiday weekend. Police say three separate car owners reported their vehicles were broken into Friday night or early Saturday morning. They all told police their cars were locked up but they found someone forced their way inside and took items including, construction tools, a black softball backpack, men’s Nike softball cleats, a black and gray softball glove and a gray Easton softball bat.
A family announces the death of their grandma in a Spanish newspaper by using a winking face emoji. That’s because their beloved grandma told them she wanted to be remembered in their local paper with her favorite symbol. The 75 year old from Barcelona died Friday, and on Saturday, the announcement of her death was published with the icon. Her son says she was a character and a great mom who never stopped being a child. He says they communicated with mom thru a mobile app and that winking face emoji was her favorite.