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A T& T union employees look to have agreed to a deal, but not before picketing in front of the Lakeport office. The Communication Workers of America (CWA) Union 9400 decided to picket late Wednesday night and had their signs up along the picket line Thursday morning on allegations of unfair labor practices. The union claims the telecommunications company was not transparent about changes in union workers’ contracts. The contracts expired in April then some wireline employees across the state walked out last week. An AT& T spokesperson said the walkout wasn’t in the best interest of either side, but just a couple hours later they had a deal in hand. As many as 20 employees in Lake County affected by the strike and up to 4,000 statewide.

4 people have been arrested and more than 5,000 pot plants found at four locations in Clearlake. This after cops took more than 1,000 marijuana plants from suspected commercial grows a day before. Police say while searching with a warrant on Thursday they found thousands of plants at four locations on 38th and 37th Avenues. Police say they also came across weapons and cash they suspect are connected to the grows. Police say the most plants found, more than 4,200 were on 37th Avenue in the back yard of the home and in two garages that had been converted for indoor growing. A couple of pitbulls also found there were taken by Clearlake Animal Control. The homes on 38th Avenue were connected and 685 plants, a loaded shotgun and about $7,000 in cash was found there. Arturo Olmedo, Tanya Ayala, Vicente Ayala and Isabelle Beltran- Vega all of Clearlake were arrested on multiple charges.

The first draft of the amendments to Lake County’s cultivation laws have been turned in by the Medical Marijuana Ad Hoc Committee. District 4 Supervisor Anthony Farrington, the committee’s organizer, says they’re being proactive as the state works to start the Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act this fall. The committee looking to have the fee structure ready so it works with the new permit requirements at the same time. The proposed changes affect the county code. There would be a yearly permit fee for outdoor grows at $3,000, and an indoor facility at $7,000. There is also a proposed limit on how many permits they’re going to allow to be issued each year. Right now, they’re calling for 100 for outdoor grows and 100 for indoor grows.

Lassen County says no it doesn’t want to be a part of a new state called Jefferson. The vote in the presidential primary with 58 percent of voters against secession. So Lassen was the only county left to decide if there should even be a state of Jefferson. Lake, Plumas, Amador and Nevada had similar measures earlier but they were taken off their local ballots or they failed to qualify.

Thousands of ballots are yet to be counted in Lake County. The County Registrar of Voters Office says there are more than 7,900 ballots left to be counted and the California Secretary of State’s Office reported 2.4 million ballots had to still be processed for the presidential primary. These include thousands of vote-by-mail or absentee ballots. Lake County absentee ballots were being returned by June 1st and continued rolling in thru last Tuesday, election day and beyond. Many absentee and provisional ballots have not been tallied yet. After the final count the turnout numbers could change too, right now they’re at about 27.6 percent in Lake.

The inaugural meeting of the Redwood Valley Municipal Advisory Council is being held. Tomorrow at 5pm, the council will meet at the Coyote Valley Reservation tribal chambers. New members will be sworn in first then the first meeting will take place. The council put together after public opposition to the proposed Dollar General store in Redwood Valley. The Record Bee reports the group will probably start to come up with plans to improve the community and enhance the public’s representation in decision-making. Redwood Valley residents are invited to the meeting and encouraged to present ideas for the future of the community.

A woman from Ukiah has been arrested after a drunk driving crash where 3 other cars were hit as she drove the wrong way. The CHP reports arresting Leela Bettega on suspicion of felony driving under the influence last Thursday after the crash on Hwy 101 at Lake Mendocino Drive. They say she passed another car and swerved into that car’s lane and clipped its side mirror, then she swerved to avoid another crash, but ending up hitting a car, then kept driving and hit another. One of the car’s that was hit, hit another car too, then rolled. That driver ended up in the hospital with moderate injuries. Another driver treated at the scene of the crash and released. Bettega charged with suspicion of causing injury while driving under the influence, a felony, and booked into Mendocino County Jail under $30,000 bail.

A woman from Lakeport’s been arrested for a single car crash that caused a power outage and a small fire. Marcela Espinoza Perez arrested after the solo crash in her PT Cruiser on Soda Bay Road near Waldo Lane. Cops say she was driving too fast in a 50-mile-per-hour zone, couldn’t make a curve and went off the road, hitting the utility pole. Police say she ended up trapped in her car and a small fire ignited in a nearby field after the crash knocked down power lines. She had minor injuries and was flown to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital where it was found she was drunk. She was arrested.

$25,000 has been donated to nursing school students at Mendocino College. Family Medicine Education for Mendocino County and the Pacific Redwood Medical Group giving $20,000 and $5,000 respectively. The grads getting $5,000 scholarships each to go for their bachelors of nursing degree. The four were each accepted in accredited bachelor’s programs and say they’ll come back and work in either Lake and/or Mendocino counties. Family Medicine Education for Mendocino County working with the Mendocino College Foundation putting on the Rural Health Rocks concert at Mendocino College which raised $20,000 for the college’s nursing program.

The Gov. Jerry Brown and Democratic legislative leaders have come to an agreement on a new state budget which means more money for subsidized child care and gets rid of a welfare policy restricting help for more than 100 children. It includes $400 million for housing construction for low income families with higher rents. But the whole thing depends on a proposal by the governor that has to be agreed to by the legislature to speed up development in some neighborhoods. The full Assembly and Senate will vote on the new budget this week. Lawmakers have to say yes to a 2016-17 budget by Wednesday or forfeit their pay.

A lawsuit being filed against Mendocino County by conservationists and hunters. The group, the Mendocino County Blacktail Association going after an injunction against the urgency ordinance and wants the county to do an environmental impact study. The ordinance referred to would allow folks to grow up to 99 pot plants on a 10-acre parcel with a permit from the Sheriff’s Office. There would also be a limit without a permit of 25 plants per parcel. The group’s president says the impact of the growing industry is growing. They say deer are some of the many victims of the industry. The Mendocino County Counsel says she’s hoping they can work with the plaintiffs to come to some kind of agreement rather than end up in court.

A young girl has died after a car drives off Highway 101 into the Russian River below Frog Woman Rock. The Hopland Fire Department reports they got a call to the scene yesterday afternoon after a small black car drove off Highway 101 on the southbound side for unknown reasons, then went into the water below. The girl — police say — was about six years of age was pulled from the car and first responders tried CPR, but the girl was pronounced dead at the scene later as her mom was trapped in their car. Firefighters went to mom, holding her head above water about an hour and she was removed from the car then airlifted to the hospital with “major injuries.” Responders at the scene about five hours.


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