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Lake County Supervisor Rob Brown has been hurt in car accident in which it’s reported he may have run a red light. In happened on Tuesday evening in Lakeport at the corner of Highways 175 and 29. The CHP says Elisa McCracken of Kelseyville was heading North on Hwy 29 as Brown was heading southbound at Hwy 175 and as McCracken was making a left hand turn onto Hwy 175, for some reason Brown failed to stop at the light and came through the intersection, and they collided. The CHP says Brown has minor injuries and McCracken moderate injuries. While they are still investigating, the CHP says alcohol was not a factor.

There’s been a big marijuana grow bust in Clearlake. Police say they’ve found more than 3,000 pot plants and have arrested five men in what was described as a large commercial operation. The Press Democrat reports it went down Monday on three adjacent properties. Arrested were: Vicente Sanchez Montalvo, Carlos Cabata Zazueta, Erik Felix, Manuel Felix, and Manuel Felix Zazueta. Police say some of the plants found in a hoop house were nearly 5 feet tall.

The Clearlake City Council is holding a public hearing on an ordinance to ask voters for a sales tax measure to raise money for city roads and other infrastructure. The council meets tonight at 6pm and the meeting will include a public hearing to introduce the first reading of a proposed ordinance that would place a 1-cent sales tax on the November ballot. The City Clerk says in a report prepared for the meeting that it would raise about $1.6 million a year with 85 percent going to road maintenance and improvements, 10 percent for equipment and personnel and 5 percent for matching grant funding.

A couple of Mendocino County beaches have made Condé Nast Traveler’s list of the "The 20 Most Beautiful Places in California". The mag lists Fort Bragg’s Glass Beach and Bowling Ball Beach south of Point Arena as two of the must-see places in the state. The Press Democrat reports Glass Beach was actually a dump site from the early 1900s until 1967 but is now home to a large deposit of multi-colored sea glass. Bowling Ball Beach has huge smooth sandstone formations softened by the waves and resembling lined up bowling balls.

The Mendocino College President/Superintendent is a finalist for a job in San Diego. Arturo Reyes at a public forum yesterday at Palomar Community College District who is searching for a new president/superintendent. Besides Reyes, there are two other finalists for the job. Reyes has worked at Mendocino College for the past three years. He says the opportunity, his family, extended family, and future retirement were factors in his decision to consider Palomar. He says it would be a difficult decision to make should he be chosen.

2 of 3 candidates running for the 3rd Congressional district, including the incumbent all have at least six figures in their campaign accounts. Incumbent Rep. John Garamendi, a Democrat; Dr. N. Eugene Cleek, a Republican from Orland; and Ryan Detert, a Republican from Davis are running for the seat. Garamendi has the most with more than $603,000 in his campaign account, according to the last campaign finance disclosure statements. He’s been in Congress since 2009. Cleek, a physician, farmer and small-business owner has more than $126,000 and looks to have loaned his campaign almost $211,000. Detert, a UC Davis Internet technology employee, is self-funding and had a bit more than $8,000.

More than $10,000 raised for Worldwide Healing Hands for this year’s Hike 4 Healing in Lake County. Sponsors, supporters, volunteers and about 30 hikers at this year’s Hike, which is an annual fundraiser. The nonprofit gives money for health services in underserved areas across the world and free health screenings for homeless and impoverished in Lake County. Those involved hiked the Wright Summit Trail on Mount Konocti for a 6 mile round-trip.

A consumer advocacy group says after the release of 100,000 emails, they find the Public Utilities Commission may not be on the up and up connected to the fatal pipeline explosion that leveled a San Bruno neighborhood. The so-called “PUC Papers” released by Consumer Watchdog after a public records request. It shows meetings and talks by top officials at the state PUC, including its current president, and multiple executives in the power industry and financial dept. That also showed encounters with Wall Street execs looking for insight and information about the regulatory climate in California and how it affects major utilities such as PG&E.

A Senate committee says yes to legislation so a drinking water contamination event can’t happen in Calif. like in Flint, Michigan. The Senate Appropriations Committee heard the bill by State Senator Lois Wolk of Davis to protect hundreds of thousands of California families residing in neighborhoods without access to safe and reliable drinking water or adequate sanitation services. Wolk says all residents in the state should have the right to safe drinking water and wastewater services to prevent another situation like in Flint. The bill would require cities and special districts to identify, analyze and map disadvantaged communities and make drinking water and wastewater services available to the communities before extending services to other areas.

A swarm of aggressive bees that killed two dogs and wreaked havoc on a neighborhood were not Africanized honey bees after all. State agricultural officials tested the DNA of seven of the bees that stormed a Concord neighborhood earlier this month. State Scientists say they were Africanized honey bees of European origin. Two miniature Dachshunds were killed by the bees. They were stung more than 50 times ea.

A man from Fort Bragg has been arrested for trying to rob a neighbor. The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office reports Matthew Rantala was jailed on suspicion of armed robbery, residential burglary and personal use of a deadly weapon. The victim says she was in her kitchen and a strange man with his face partially covered confronted her and demanded money. Kay Graves says she told him she didn’t have money so the man went to leave and she saw a gun. She called 911 and cops found the gun, a fake, and a disguise he had on. He’s held on $200,000 bail.

Another delay in the construction of a Costco for Ukiah. There’s a hearing set for the First District Court of Appeals in San Francisco June 15th regarding the holdup in the construction of the big box store. The warehouse might have already been up and running if the lawsuit wasn’t filed. The Daily Journal reports some residents concerned if the delay will mean Costco officials will lose interest in building here. The newspaper reports the Ukiah Planning Commission Chair had asked the Planning Director about the concerns of some earlier this year. Costco is however paying lawyers to represent them. The city of Ukiah’s got California Environmental Quality Act lawyers helping.

The ex grant development director for Detroit Public Schools is charged with bogus tutoring services. Carolyn StarkeyDarden is accused of putting together a fake company and getting almost $1.3 million by lying about the tutoring services, running a scam, submitting phony invoices for 7 years. The services were never provided to kids. StarkeyDarden’s charged with federal program theft and faces up to 10 years in prison and fines of up to $250,000 if convicted.

A swarm of bees followed their queen trapped inside a car. The Mitsubishi Outlander had the queen inside. Its owner, Carol Howarth says she went shopping, not knowing the queen was in her car and when she got back thousands of bees were attached to her vehicle. A Pembrokeshire Coast National Park ranger driving by saw the insects and says he just "couldn’t resist getting involved!" A local Beekeepers Association was called and they got the bees into a box but not without stinging their captors first. It happened again the next day though. The bee keepers association came out again and rescued the vehicle.

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