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Nearly 47 million dollars has been spent for adult and children’s mental health services in Mendocino County since the system went private. New info put together by Health and Human Services staff also shows the agency continuing personal contracts for mental health services after the county switched from in-house to privatized in 2013. The Daily Journal reports the staff report for the fiscal year 2015-16 showed more than a half million dollars spent on different services including psychiatric care to data reporting, the number does not however include expenditures for substance abuse disorder treatment. Back in February the board of supervisors asked the agency’s staff to compile the report on all mental health-related contracts since 2013.

Mendocino Redwood Co. reports spending nearly 200-thousand dollars to get the word out against Measure V, an initiative asking voters if they think intentionally killed standing trees should be considered a public nuisance. The Mendocino County’s Assessor-Clerk-Recorder’s Office released the expenditures in the latest campaign finance statement last week. Those for Measure V had filed a complaint with the Fair Political Practices Commission saying the Redwood Co. and an affiliate, Humboldt Redwood Co., didn’t file their campaign finance disclosure statements. The Secretary of State’s office did however confirm a finance statement was filed for 2015.

A campaign to pull any commercial marijuana gardens in Clearlake continues as nearly 1,300 plants were pulled at one location and another 341 were yanked under separate searches. Jose Antonio Chabolla Munoz, who has multiple aliases has been arrested. It comes after several other arrests and operations last month where Clearlake Police officers destroyed about 13,500 plants. They also found several weapons and processed marijuana during their searches.

The Konocti Unified School District is refinancing more than 5 and a half million in general obligation bonds. Administrators say they’re hoping that’ll save district property owners more than $970,000 in taxes. The District went after low interest rates to refinance Series B and Series C Bonds from 2004 elections. The bonds sold in December of 2006 and September of 2007. More than 2/3’s of voters approved the bonds which were spent on building new libraries, replacing and repairing classrooms and other school buildings and a new gym. The borrowing rate for the new bonds is about half what it was when they were first sold.

The Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill into law to raise the smoking age from 18 to 21. The new law goes into effect June 9th. It also tightens regulations on E-Cigarettes recognizing them as tobacco products. The group of bills also strengthens the state’s smoke-free workplace law. The lawmakers supporting the bills say it’s a public health victory as the state Board of Equalization is planning for losses of collected tax revenues. An official with the board says they’re expecting a yearly loss of more than $68 million starting with 2016-17 fiscal year, just from raising the legal smoking age to 21.

Sudden Oak Death is rising in California. A new study shows the tree disease killed millions of trees in Northern Calif. alone since 1995. The study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. They looked at topography, weather and other factors such as money available to fight the contagious disease. The study shows the disease is moving so fast, it’s impossible to keep up with. It shows in 2020 it will move into the state’s northwestern corner, where conditions are perfect for it. The study intimating if the state would have moved to get rid of the disease back in 2004, they may have been able to get rid of it totally.

Voters in California get to decide if state lawmakers can revoke colleagues’ pay if they’re facing felony allegations. It comes after the Legislature’s 2014 ethics case with three senators put on leave as they faced felony allegations but received their pay. Now Proposition 50, which will appear on the June 7th ballot will ask voters to amend the state constitution giving two-thirds of a chamber’s members power to suspend other lawmakers with or without pay. Sens. Leland Yee and Ron Calderon were suspected of accepting bribes and another lawmaker, Rod Wright was found guilty of lying about where he lived.

A man supposedly breaks in to the Solano County Jail. Police say last Weds., 2 officers inside the jail and heard a loud banging and went out, finding the guy had kicked in and broken a window, trying to get in to the jail. Corrections officers say he was in crisis and mumbling. They calmed him down and got him the help he needed. No word on why he was trying to get in to the jail.

A man in Florida who tossed an alligator into a drive-thru window is asking for leniency in court. The Palm Beach Post reports ( ) Joshua James in court last Friday agreeing to plead guilty for other misdemeanors and allow the Judge to decide his sentence. He was arrested in February for throwing the 3 1/2-foot gator into a Wendy’s last year. He was charged with multiple felonies, including assault with a deadly weapon. The gator was caught and returned to the wild.

A man in Willits has been arrested for an intrusion with a gun into another man’s house. The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office reports getting a call about a dispute between a 64 year-old man and Brett Cooper who’d been fighting about property for several years. Police say 2 Sundays ago Cooper went to the other man’s house with a 12-gauge shotgun and threatened the other guy, shooting a round into a window and wall, holding him at gunpoint. Police say Cooper forced the other man to open his gun safe and he took two shotguns and two handguns, then left. The victim called police and Cooper was arrested for kidnapping, reckless discharge of a firearm, assault with a deadly weapon and criminal threats. He was being held in the Mendocino County Jail on $600,000.00 bail.


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