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A plan for a Buddhism school in Talmage that had some residents angry about increased traffic is moving forward. The Mendo Board of Supervisors has unanimously approved a final configuration of the Dharma Realm Buddhist Association’s International Institute of Philosophy and Ethics. The nearly quarter million square-foot campus will be in the city of Ten Thousand Buddhas. The campus will have to protect wetlands in the area, something approved in 2011.

Once again the Ukiah City Council is having a special meeting about the litigation that was filed by the Ukiah Valley Sanitation District. The closed session this afternoon at 4:30 before the regular council meeting. The lawsuit regarding payments the district says the city of Ukiah owes for decades adding up to millions for the shared operation of the Wastewater Treatment Plant. The lawsuit could stop the city from getting a grant from the state to rebuild the plant using the so-called purple pipe system. The city’s asking the district to hold off on the lawsuit so they can negotiate an out of court settlement.

Another look by the Ukiah City Council at allowing medical marijuana dispensaries in the city limits. Some on the council were asking for more info on the matter, which they said they needed before deciding. The ad-hoc committee has been meeting on the subject and city staff have updated wording in the ordinance to present at tonight’s meeting. The Ukiah Planning Commission has also recommended dispensaries not be allowed within 500 feet of a youth-oriented facility but the ad-hoc liked 250 feet better.

A man from Sonoma County accused of not registering as a sex offender when he got work in Lake County is going to jail. John Heglin pleaded no contest to failing to register as a sex offender and got a year of jail and formal probation for three years with multiple terms and conditions. He was arrested last summer after it was pointed out he was employed at a grocery store in Kelseyville. That’s 50 miles away from where he lives, which violates parole. Heglin was under a community supervision program in Sonoma County, which required approval from the county probation department to work outside the area. Heglin had worked in Kelseyville one month before his arrest.

Congressman Jared Huffman looking to get off shore oil drilling banned for good. Huffman working with other democrats to quickly get the President Barack Obama to prohibit any more offshore oil and gas development in the Pacific, Atlantic and Arctic oceans. Huffman says he met with senior administration officials this week. He’s on the House Committee on Natural Resources. He says in the administration’s final weeks, he wants them to think big and think permanent. He’s lobbying for this and other issues to happen before Donald Trump’s inauguration.

Windsor may not allow pot growing… outside. Days after California voters said yes to Prop 64, legalizing recreational marijuana, and the right to grow six plants per household, the town says they don’t want growing outdoors. The Town Council is considering an emergency ordinance today to prohibit outdoor cannabis growing immediately. This follows Sonoma who put the same ban in place last week. The mayor of Windsor says it’s a family town, plus the urgency ordinance will give them time to assess the impacts of legalization for adult use.

Thousands of ballots are still left to be counted, meaning close races in Lake and Mendocino counties could take until next month to be officially decided. More than twice as many ballots are left to be counted in Mendocino County that were even tallied election night. The clerk-recorder’s office reports they’ve still got 25,567 mail-in and provisional ballots to count. They counted just over 12,000 as of Nov. 9th. Mail-in and provisional ballots in Lake County left, just under 12,000, they counted close to that on election night, with 13,484. The counties have 28 days from election day to be done.

A man from Cazadero has been arrested after drunk driving, then crashing his car down an embankment from the Cazadero Highway. The CHP says the guy came out of the car and ended up on top of it, but the worst of his injuries was a fractured hip. Officer say Troy Kingsboro ran off a rural highway north of Highway 116, went 50 feet down the embankment then rolled to one side. Monte Rio Firefighters rescued the man and got him to a hospital with that fractured hip, other broken bones and cuts. He was arrested but stayed in the hospital.

A new hospital will come out of an old college. The College of the Redwoods says its selling its campus in Garberville to the Southern Humboldt Community Healthcare District for more than $1 million. The school bought the same property for a fraction of that, at nearly $210 thousand dollars in 2010, but they also say they’ve invested nearly 2 million in it, so they sell it at a major loss. The school says they had low enrollment, and were bleeding money. They say they’ll reinvest by remodeling the two dorms on its main campus in Eureka.

The California Assembly will have a supermajority now that Republican Assemblyman Eric Linder lost his re-election bid to Democratic challenger Sabrina Cervantes. Linder, not alone in defeat. He is one of at least two GOP incumbents who did not win last week’s election. He’s located in Riverside County. The winner was an aide to Assemblyman Jose Medina of Riverside. So now the Democrats have at least 54 seats in the 80-member Assembly. So they can approve tax increases or pass emergency legislation without Republicans.

For the first time in 6 years, colleges and universities in Calif are considering raising tuition. The leaders of both the University of California and California State University systems say they need more money to maintain the quality of what they’re providing. The hikes being considered $270 at 23 Cal State schools and $280 at UC’s nine campuses. The governing boards of both are taking the matter into considering at meetings this week.

A man accused of shooting a sheriff’s deputy to death in Central California has officially been charged with his murder. The Stanislaus County District Attorney’s Office says David Machado killed Deputy Dennis Wallace last Sunday near Modesto. The charges could also make him eligible for the death sentence. Wallace was found shot to death after a call for backup. He was going after a stolen van. Machado was arrested a couple hours later, trying to steal a woman’s purse.

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