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The hearing’s coming for the California Public Utilities Commission’s Public Participation regarding the Rural Call Completion and Dial Tone Access Proceeding. Commissioner Catherine Sandoval is going to be here this Friday to hear any telecommunications concerns including some of the issues with Rural Call Completion, including recent outages that made it impossible to connect to 911. Mendocino County’s urging anyone who experienced call failures or outages, or other communication breakdowns to voice their concerns at the hearing. It’s in the Board of supervisors Chambers in Ukiah from 2:30pm to 4:30pm Friday with written comments allowed to the Pubic Advisor’s Office ahead of the meeting.

Cobb has increased access to high speed Internet service thanks to network upgrades by AT&T. The provider is continuing to rebuild its network in the area after significant damage in the Valley Fire. Internet in 500 locations will result in access to more than 140,000 rural customers.

A shootout in Sacramento between an armored car guard and suspected armed robber leave two people in critical condition. The shootout last Friday outside a Golden 1 Credit Union branch where the Brinks armored car guard was leaving with a bag of cash. A man wearing a mask armed with a handgun went up to the driver and a shootout happened, both were injured in the quick exchange of shots. The Sacramento County Sheriff’s office says the guard was shot once in the upper body and was found lying on the ground. The suspected robber hit by shots multiple times.

The wine industry in Napa is asking for tougher federal labeling standards for bottles of wine. Local vintners upset about exemptions by the Federal Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau which they complain misleads the public and hurts the reputation of wine regions. The proposal means labels would have to be changed regarding claims of vintage dates, varietals and geographic region where the grapes are grown. Congressman Mike Thompson with other California lawmakers has been working on the issue too, writing to the bureau regarding the lax federal rules.

Clearlake still working toward its new marijuana cultivation permitting process. Lake Co News reports the Clearlake City Council had passed a new cultivation ordinance in February after an ad hoc committee helped craft wording. The committee made up of council members, business people and dispensary owners. The ordinance bans commercial cultivation and requires a city-issued permit to legally grow and harvest marijuana. Permits will be $150 which city officials say will help pay for the city to administer the program. So far there’s been 47 permits issued.

Police in New Orleans arrest a woman they say stole nearly $900 worth of fingernail polish from a CVS drug store. Police say 27 year old Raushawn Ford was arrested and held without bond for theft and possessing stolen property.

Calif.’s expecting about $3 billion more in property tax revenues. The money for schools and local governments this fiscal year. The new assessment after local property taxes were calculated thru June 30th with valuation gains of as high as 9 percent in San Francisco. Only Kern County had a reported loss of taxable property values, but a big part of its taxable property is underground, like in oil and reserves. The Gov. Jerry Brown’s January budget was calling for a 5.6 percent increase in California property taxes for 2016-17 and that’s up slightly for May, with about $300 billion more to the $5.5 trillion in taxable values.

A dad out fishing with his 6 year old son and the kid gets a big one. Dad and son Lars and Blake White fishing off Cape Cod Saturday when the boy hooks a great white shark. Apparently the 10-12 foot long shark was hooked and tried to surface and unhook for an hour and a half. They got some pictures of it, then the family cut the fishing line and freed it.

Mendocino National Forest starting fire restrictions. Beginning tomorrow restrictions start because of dry conditions and increased risk of wildfires. This means fires, campfires, charcoal fires or stoves are banned except in several recreation sites including in the Grindstone Ranger District, Upper Lake Ranger District, Covelo Ranger District. Some of the restrictions vary by district. In some areas lanterns or portable stoves that use gas, jellied petroleum or pressurized liquid fuel is allowed as long as campers have a current California Campfire Permit with them. For more info and to get a permit, visit

Report of Vandalism at a pizza joint in Fort Bragg. Police say they got a call last Friday to the Round Table Pizza on S. Main St. Police found a rock had been tossed thru a window facing the dining room and causing major damage. Then the next day officers went to Rite Aid for reports of vandalism, damage to several front windows of the business. The same day they had a call to another broken window at Round Table again. Their day didn’t end there, they get a call later to a broken window in the front of Starbucks Coffee. Cops think the same person was involved in all 4 incidents and the 3 businesses. They’re investigating, but ask anyone with any knowledge of any of the cases to call Officer Breyer at the Fort Bragg Police Department.


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