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Another five years for the Willits Elementary Charter. The Willits Unified School District Board of Trustees approved the extension at its meeting last month. The elementary school is free for K-5 students with fewer than 22 students per class. They focus on academics and the arts.

The Broadband Alliance of Mendocino County moving forward with its hopes to get faster internet and landline access for those in rural areas. The group met last Friday and talked about the so-called “middle-mile” they hope to create connecting a rural town’s network to a larger city that intersects with major carriers. The Alliance says that’ll help bring more local network options along with better service. The Alliance has applied for a grant thru a program called, "Cool & Connected" they say will hopefully attract more business and investment. They should hear back by the end of the year on the application.

Voter turnout in Lake County a little low this time around. The Lake County Registrar of Voters has turnout for the General Election at lower than when President Obama ran in 2008 when there was a nearly 74% turnout when more than 35,000 voters cast a ballot. This time around, was almost as close, with 34,707 registered Lake County voters hitting the polls and just over 4,800 filled out absentee ballots. The tally early yesterday had 50.1% of voters for Clinton and 41% for Trump.

The California Attorney General Kamala Harris is California’s next U-S Senator. She won the open Senate seat vacated by the retiring Senator from Northern Calif. Barbara Boxer. Democratic Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez lost to Harris Tuesday. Harris had a strong showing from the day she announced she’d run for the open seat. She’s a friend and ally of President Barack Obama who has endorsed her was even in a TV commercial supporting her candidacy.

Californians have legalized recreational marijuana and in Lake County looked to be heavily supporting Measure C which taxes commercial medical cannabis. The measure would charge the tax based on the square footage of grows: $1 for outdoor, $2 for indoor/hybrid, and $3 for indoor.

Also passing in Lake County, Measure A, Lucerne Elementary’s $4 million school bond measure, got almost 500 votes as of late Election night, that’s nearly 70%, giving it a majority; Measure B, will not raise taxes but does increase the South Lake County Fire Protection District’s appropriations limit; Measure Q reauthorizes $33.5 million in bonds approved by voters for the Yuba Community College; Measure Y, Konocti Unified’s $29 and a half million dollar school bond measure; and like in Mendocino County, Measure Z would raise funds each year to pay for roads and public services.

A new face in California politics wins over a known politician. The Press Democrat reports Lynda Hopkins won big in her race over former Calif. Legislator Noreen Evans for a seat on the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors. Hopkins will be sitting on the Board for the 5th District, starting in January. She takes over for Supervisor Efren Carrillo with 54 percent of the vote to Evans’ 46 percent. Evans has conceded the race. Hopkins is an organic farmer who’s never been in public office. She says her priorities include new housing for low-income and working-class families, affordable preschool, investing in public infrastructure projects and environmental protections.

Californians said no to lower prescription drugs. Proposition 61 would have allowed some state health plans to get the same prices as the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The federal Agency typically gets major discounts on drugs. Lobbyists for drug-manufacturers poured more than $109 million to oppose the measure, claiming it would reduce access to medicines and make prices for veterans and others higher.

Oops… Voters in Oceanside voted in a dead man to be their treasurer. Apparently voters didn’t know the City Treasurer Gary Ernst died in Sept. He was re-elected 53% to 47% Tuesday against his challenger, Nadine Scott. The elections office didn’t have time to take his name off the ballot when he died from complications of diabetes on Sept. 23rd. So now the city council will declare the seat vacant and appoint someone to fill out the term or call a special election.

Voters in Calif. not concerned about porn actors using condoms, say no to that ballot measure. Proposition 60 would have required porn producers also pay to have their actors tested for sexually transmitted diseases. The AIDS Healthcare Foundation supported the measure and said it was needed for porn actors could stay safe. But the porn industry said audiences wouldn’t want to see actors in condoms.

California voters zeroing in on banning plastic carryout bags. The referendum on Tuesday’s ballot, Prop. 67, has the yes column with just under 52 percent of the vote. It was on the ballot because the plastic bag industry was trying overturn a ban passed by the state Legislature two years ago. But environmental groups, grocers and others led a strong campaign to uphold the statewide ban.

Even though there are tough gun control measures in California, voters looked to strengthen those. An expansion on gun control in Calif, Prop. 63 passed overwhelmingly, 63 to 37%. The measure to ban possession of large-capacity ammunition magazines, require background checks for ammunition sales and speed the seizure of firearms from owners who are no longer allowed to own them. The Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, was strongly in support of the measure, predicting Californians would be motivated by the terrorist massacre in San Bernardino and other mass shootings around the country.

The sheriff’s office is asking for the public’s help identifying a thief who was captured on surveillance camera. The Lake County Sheriff’s Office says the theft happened on Halloween in the 700 block of Soda Bay Road. The victim came home to find some of their items were stolen. The victim’s personal surveillance camera caught images of a man who has been named a person of interest. Anyone with information about the crime is asked to contact the Lake County Sheriff’s Office.

A traffic stop in Mendocino County led to the arrest of a man wanted on multiple warrants. A deputy who identified Mickey Hill as a fugitive tried to pull him over, but says Hill took off, failed to stop at a stop sign and then continued to evade officers, at one point driving onto a sidewalk and hitting a wooden fence in front of a house. They say when his car got a flat, Hill ran away. Deputies caught the guy, arresting him after a short chase. He’s facing multiple charges including Felony Evading, Violation of Probation, Hit and Run and Driving on a suspended license. He was being held in the Mendocino County Jail without bail.

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