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Monthly Archives: November 2016

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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No concerns for Eel River Salmon even though researchers have uncovered a new virus located in their brains. A U.C. Davis Professor of medicine and epidemiology says they don’t know a lot about the virus yet, but says it affects brain and kidneys of laboratory salmon due to poor river conditions like drought, warm water, algae, and parasites. The fish appear to go blind and have odd behaviors.

High schoolers across Sonoma County leaving class in protest of the new President – elect, Donald Trump. More than a thousand students in Sonoma County part of series demonstrations by teens in cities across the United States. One post on Instagram and Snapchat apparently addressed “to all high school students” spurred the kids to leave class and quote, “speak up and stand up for what we believe in.” Demonstrations at all five Santa Rosa high schools and about a half dozen others including Petaluma, Windsor, Sebastopol and Healdsburg. Others were in Oakland, Los Angeles, Portland, Seattle, Denver and more.

An elderly man hit and killed as he walked across Highway 20 has been identified. Police say 84 year old Herbert Muellerleile of Lucerne, was killed in Lower Lake while crossing the highway at Pomo Way near Robinson Rancheria. The driver of the car that hit him was also from Lucerne, Douglas Williams. He says he didn’t see Muellerleile until it was too late and tried to swerve away. Williams was evaluated by the CHP who reported no evidence of impairment.

The new and improved Graton Resort & Casino has its grand opening. The 200-room hotel addition opens today officially. The expansion cost $175 million making it the first casino with a hotel in Sonoma County. The Tribal Chair of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria says he hopes the expansion will help them pay down the debt from the casino and bring in more money for tribal members and the tribe’s environmental and social justice projects.

A customer of cell phone giant AT&T in Sacto is demanding an apology after a store employee threw a remote control at her. The whole thing caught on camera as Linda Coleman was hit by a flying remote. Coleman says she was at a store Friday trying to pay her bill when she was hit. She says for some reason the employee got violent as she pulled her phone out to video the incident. Coleman also caught her threatening her. Police cited the employee for battery and the company says they’re investigating and have put the employee on administrative leave.

A large crowd gathered and cheered the San Francisco Mayor as he vowed the city will still be a sanctuary for gays and lesbians, religious minorities and others in the country after the election of Donald Trump. Mayor Ed Lee in City Hall as members of the community, the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus and public elected officials yelled in approval. He says the city has always been about love and will continue to be. The city’s sanctuary policy bars city employees from cooperating with federal immigration officials in deportation efforts. It’s been in effect since 1989.

A nine month voluntary cleanup is set for a contaminated former manufactured gas plant owned by Pacific Gas and Electric Co. along the Sacramento River. The PG&E Project Manager presented the cleanup plan to a meeting at the Sacramento River Discovery Center last week. Some byproducts of gas manufacturing had been buried at the site. They supposedly aren’t a health risk, but the utility company says removing the contaminated soil is important for future property redevelopment.

New info released on the beating death of a pot grower in Laytonville who was murdered. The Mendocino County Sheriff’s office says Jeffrey Settler was killed by 5 people he hired from out of state to be trimmers in his pot field. Detectives say they think the trimmers came up on Settler as he slept in a shed where the pot was housed early last Friday morning. He was found by another worker who walked miles into town to report the death. They say he was violently assaulted and fought back. Cops say the suspects are four men and one woman from New Jersey, Illinois and Virginia and that they got away with about 100 pounds of processed pot.

At the half way point in Lower Lake for the cleanup of debris left behind by the Clayton Fire. State contractors have already taken trash and ash away from 60 of about 138 properties on CalRecycle’s cleanup list. And private contractors have taken care of about 3 dozen more. More than 2,500 tons of concrete, 260 tons of metal and nearly 9,000 tons of ash and soil have been removed. 1,300 people lived in the town before the fire ripped it apart last August. Damin Pashilk is suspected of starting the fire along with 15 other smaller fires.

Ten teams from Slovakia, Poland and Hungary compete to see who the fastest grave diggers are. The Grave Digging Championships were held last week in the Slovakian city of Trencin. The event to promote the funeral industry and show how hard it is to do this back breaking work. No modern tools are allowed, just shovels and picks. The contest happens as part of the International Exhibition of Funeral, Burial and Cremation Services.

Law enforcement across Northern Calif searching for a group they say killed a Mendocino County pot grower while he was sleeping in a building filled with marijuana. Police say the five they’re looking for had worked for the victim as trimmers. Jeffrey Settler’s the third person to be murdered along the North Coast this last month with connections to growing marijuana. They say he was sleeping at a remote property north of Laytonville when the group woke him, then violently assaulted him Thursday and got away with 100 pounds of processed marijuana.

The cockroach problem at Ukiah High School looks to be fading as recent rains scared the pests off. The school district’s Director of Maintenance, Operations and Transportation is still working on a long term management plan for the school district, working alongside pest management professionals and district personnel using recommendations from the state Department of Pest Regulation and others. The Daily Journal reports mitigation efforts continue like keeping campuses clean; creating barriers between indoor and outdoor spaces with door sweeps; sealing cracks in the concrete; and using baits, foams and gels to kill existing cockroaches.

A man from Lucerne connected to an accident on Highway 20 where an elderly man was killed. The CHP reports Douglas Williams didn’t see the 84-year-old man crossing the road Saturday night in Upper Lake near Pomo Way until the last minute. They say he swerved to try to avoid the man, but it was too late. Williams was evaluated by police and they say he was not high or drunk. He’s not been arrested or cited.

A man accused of ripping off an ambulance in Clearlake is going to have a mental health evaluation. The court ordered Derrick Schuleter to be confined and treated at Porterville Development Center before any more court dates. Back in July as firefighters worked an morning fire, they say the man used their emergency radio in a medic unit and took the ambulance. But they traced it with one of their cell phones that was left in the vehicle. The man arrested and admitted the theft.

Cal Fire’s gone into winter mode, lowering the wildfire threat across a large swath of northern Calif. Cal Fire’s Sonoma Lake Napa Unit moves to winter preparedness today for Sonoma, Lake, Napa, Solano, Colusa, and Yolo Counties. There are still drought conditions though so… Cal. Fire has the same staff on board and is moving others to other areas that have a higher threat level still in place. They say they’re continuing to monitor weather conditions closely and could beef up staff where needed.

A historic school site may be longer as the Kelseyville Unified School District Board of Trustees is considering moving the old one-room Kelsey Creek School from its property. The Kelseyville Creek Schoolhouse has been in the same place for 134 years. The board’s considering moving it to the Ely Stage Stop from Finley. The Kelseyville board is considering the matter at their meeting tomorrow night. The Superintendent of Schools says they’re discussing only and not moving the school immediately.

A Stanislaus County Sheriff’s deputy’s been killed and the suspected murderer caught. Police had been looking for David Machado for the murder of Deputy Dennis Wallace over the weekend. Wallace was investigating Machado at the Fox Grove Fishing Access because of a suspicious vehicle. Police say he found the car was stolen and called for backup, but dispatch says they couldn’t reach him. Backup showed up and found Wallace dead, with gunshots to his head next to his patrol car. The stolen car was carjacked.

A dad and his teenage son have died while out hiking near Shaver Lake in Central California. The Fresno County Sheriff’s Office says they sent a search and rescue team out to get their bodies yesterday after the pair fell off an embankment near Shaver Lake. Someone apparently called the sheriff’s office after witnessing the two fall Saturday. Their names and the city where they live have not been released.

A well-known Lake County Realtor is dead after police say she was attacked by her grandson at her daughter’s house. Police say 85 year old Joan Lininger of Lakeport was killed last Wednesday and they’ve arrested her 35-year-old grandson, Tyler Haskell in Livermore. Police there say they got a call last week to a home for an assault with a deadly weapon. When they got there they found mom and grandma with stab wounds but Haskell was no longer there. He was found soon after, about a mile away and arrested. He’s apparently dealing with multiple mental illnesses. He’s charged with first-degree murder and assault with a deadly weapon and held without bail

The CHP starts a new distracted driver campaign. Lake Co News reports they’re starting a statewide Adult Distracted Drivers traffic safety program paid for by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety. There will be at least 100 distracted driving enforcement operations and as many as 600 traffic safety presentations. They say common distracted driving types are texting, talking on a cell phone, eating, grooming, talking to passengers, operating a navigation system and adjusting the radio. The operation next year thru September.

A card shop in Alaska’s missing a sword after a burglar in a ninja costume broke in. Security cameras caught the guy in the Anchorage business over the weekend, with what looked like a Japanese-style, curved sword. The store says it looks like that’s all that was taken. They’re looking to the public to help them solve the mystery.

A couple of men in New Jersey who took a cab to a home they wanted to rob apparently stiffed the driver. Police in Deal, NJ say Kenneth Burke and Timothy Foote have been charged with burglary, conspiracy, theft and criminal trespass after telling the driver to take them to a house and wait. He says they came out with a TV and some booze, had him drive them to an apartment, then they took off without paying. They ea. had bail set at $20,000.

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A fire starts at a home in The Sea Ranch burning three levels of the home. Cal Fire reports nobody in the home at the time, with a neighbor saying it was a rarely used vacation home. No word on how the fire started.

A couple hundred demonstrators, most of which police say were Santa Rosa Junior College students, marched through downtown Santa Rosa protesting the election. Protestors marched down Mendocino Avenue to City Hall Wednesday then walked back with motorcycle cop escorts. The Press Democrat reports students had signs that denounced President Elect Trump’s sometimes harsh rhetoric towards people of color and others and they chanted things like “Not My President, Not My President,” and “Love Trumps Hate.” There were many demonstrations across the country, one in Portland was framed as a riot.

A unanimous approval for a Homeless Shelter this winter in Ukiah. The Planning Commission says yes to the permit for an emergency winter shelter on South State Street for four months. The request for the permit from the Homeless Services Action Group in an empty commercial building with plans for it to house as many as 56 people for temporary shelter with at least two staff members on-site and awake at all times. Those who seek shelter will check in at Plowshares, where they’ll get food then be shuttled to the new shelter.

A gathering of Trump supporters in Ukiah ahead of his historic win Tuesday. Then on Wednesday some of those who ran Trump’s headquarters on State St. gathered on the street and say several people honked to show support. The headquarters will close officially tomorrow. Yesterday Ukiah High School students had a march that went from campus to the Mendocino County Courthouse downtown. Students say they thought it would console students who were shocked by his win. The principal says about 60 people showed up for the march which he and the school resource officer joined. The principal said that was to keep things safe and that it was an allowed activity because students have a right to express their opinions.

The Lake County Registrar of Voters Office working to finalize ballot counts and certify the election. The numbers we’ve given have been preliminary and thousands of vote-by-mail – or absentee – and provisional ballots are yet to be processed and counted. As of early Wednesday morning, the office was processing those, continuing what they started in late October. The first count Wednesday was just under 6,600 absentees and almost 6,900 precinct ballots. Initial estimates for turnout in Lake County at just about 39 percent. As Lake Co News reports, that number will probably change with the Registrars records have previous presidential election turnouts at – 73.6 percent in 2008 and 67.8 percent in 2012.

A woman from Weed has died in a DUI related crash in Lake County. The CHP reports the driver of a Chevy Pickup caused the crash on Highway 20 earlier this week, hitting the victim’s Honda Civic head-on. Her name has not been released. Raymondo Meza and his passenger were taken to the hospital and he was placed under arrest. His passenger had major injuries.

A man from Calif. has been arrested in northwestern Arizona with more than 200 pounds of marijuana in his rental car. Police in Kingman, AZ say they arrested Charles Defay of Point Arena on suspicion of transportation of marijuana for sale and possession of drug paraphernalia. They say their detectives were on a drug enforcement operation on Highway 40 and stopped his rental car for a traffic violation and a police dog got a whiff of drugs. They found 202 pounds of marijuana in 143 individual bags worth $808,000.

3 people from Fort Bragg have been arrested on weapons and drugs charges. Fort Bragg Police say they found multiple loaded guns and methamphetamine paraphernalia on Halloween as they noticed a suspicious vehicle and pedestrians loitering in the area the car was parked. Joshua Admire, Luis Pineda and Alissa Colberg all taken to jail with Admire and Pineda charged with suspicion of having a loaded weapon in a public place and Colberg charged with being an ex-felon in possession of a firearm. Officers say they found a semi-automatic pistol, two .12 gauge shotguns and two large caliber rifles.

A man has been arrested and Redwood Elementary School put on lockdown after police say he made staff feel uneasy. Robert Nutt arrested last week and charged with alleged terrorist threats, entering school grounds without cause, refusing to leave school grounds when instructed, obstructing a police officer and public intoxication. Police say they got a call last Friday morning about an unwanted subject who wouldn’t leave the campus who might be armed with a weapon, so the school was initiating lock-down procedures. Staff says he wouldn’t leave, made threatening gestures to school officials, pretending to be pumping and firing a shotgun at them. Cops confronted the guy, who they say wouldn’t listen to their demands. They had to tackle him and finally took him to jail.

The Governor Jerry Brown says even though Donald Trump has been elected, the state’s staying true to liberal priorities and is not planning to back down from its fight against climate change. In a written statement after the election, Brown said, it was incumbent upon all, and especially the incoming Republican administration to take steps to heal the deep divide among Americans. He said California would do its part to find common ground “whenever possible”. But he went on to say the state would stay true to basic principles and keep confronting the threat of our time – devastating climate change. While campaigning President Elect Trump promised to roll back federal environmental regulations.

Nearly 5 million ballots are still uncounted in Calif. The Secretary of State’s office reported they had 4.4 million ballots waiting to be processed, including more than 3 million vote-by-mail ballots and a million provisional ballots. There could be more, they say, as some counties are still receiving ballots that were postmarked by Election Day. Los Angeles County, the largest in the state has more than 1 million ballots not yet processed.

They’re calling it Cal-Exit. Calls for California to secede from the United States just after Tuesday night’s historic election, declaring Trump the victor. But it also happened last time around across the country, with Texas threatening to leave after President Obama won re-election in 2012. “Calexit” supporters had a rally at the Capital Wednesday. The California National Party behind the chatter, started in 2014, says Trump as President goes against Californians core beliefs. They say their long-term goal is to separate California from the United States. It would apparently take two-thirds of the Senate, two-thirds of the House of Representatives and three-quarters of the State to vote for approval to achieve secession.

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.

YES Measure AE for Point Arena residents to approve a marijuana tax of no more than 7 cents a dollar and 3 cents for medical marijuana…

NO Measure AF: to regulate Medical Marijuana in Mendocino County, it would amend county code putting growing pot into the category of an agricultural operation;

YES Measures AG and AH would add a temporary half-cent sales tax to pay for mental health and drug dependency facilities, as supported by the Sheriff.

YES Measure AI: would put a Cannabis tax on commercial marijuana businesses. The tax could not be more than 10% of gross receipts to be adjusted in accordance with Consumer Price Index increases if recreational marijuana is legalized.

YES Measure AJ: which is an advisory vote gives residents the authority to tell the county to go for business license taxes on cannabis businesses with money going to enhanced mental health services, repair of county roads, and increased fire and emergency medical services.

YES Then Measure Z, which is a companion to Measure Y. Y asks for a 1/2 cent sales tax to be used at the discretion of the Ukiah City Council. It requires a majority vote to pass. General taxes, like the tax in Measure Y, can be spent for any municipal purpose, such as street maintenance and repair, but also for police, fire, and emergency medical services, public parks, city owned recreational facilities, and city sponsored recreational programs, among other things. Measure Z seeks to only use the tax for roads.

Measure AF, drafted by marijuana growers to regulate pot in Mendocino County got trounced. As of late night tally’s the measure had only about 35% of the vote.

Two measures the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors put on the ballot to tax marijuana growing and use the money from it for county services both won. Measure AI allows the county to tax cannabis cultivation sites in unincorporated areas and Measure AJ advises the board to spend that money to enforce marijuana regulations, provide mental-health services, repair county roads, and provide fire and medical services.

In the Lake County

District 1 Supervisorial race

Monica Rosenthal: 716, 52.2 percent
Jose “Moke” Simon III: 653, 47.6 percent

District 4 Supervisorial race

Martin Scheel: 774, 37.7 percent
Tina Scott: 1,261, 61.5 percent

Proposition 51, the 9 Billion Dollar bond for the modernization of K-12 and Community College Facilities wins with 52.4%

Proposition 52 wins overwhelmingly with 70%, uses existing fees on hospitals to pay for Medi-Cal, uninsured patients and children’s health.

Proposition 53 wins so the state needs voter approval before any construction projects that will cost more than 2 Billion Dollars can be approved.

Proposition 54 wins, stops the legislature from passing any bill that has not been posted on the internet for 72 hours

Proposition 55: Tax Extension for Education and Healthcare for earnings of more than $250,000

More taxes on Cigarettes, passes as Proposition 56, 62%

Proposition 57 wins, allowing parole considering for non violent felons and a judge to decide if a juvenile will be tried as an adult.

Proposition 58 overwhelmingly wins with more than 72% of the vote, allowing Spanish learning in schools.

Proposition 59 wins barely, that allows Calif. To take a stand against Citizens United, the Corporate Political Spending Advisory Question.

A ban on plastic bags go thru with Proposition 67 winning more than 51% of the vote.

Californians look for reform of the death penalty instead of dumping it altogether. As of late last night 52 percent of more than 4.5 million votes counted liked the idea of speeding up appeals so those condemned to die, actually die. There was another measure to replace it altogether with life in prison without the chance of parole, but it was behind with about 45 percent.

Some of the country’s already tough gun control measures just got tougher as California voters said yes to an expansion with a ban on possession of large-capacity ammunition magazines, requiring background checks for ammunition sales and speeding up the process of taking firearms from those who are not supposed to own them. That proposition passed 63 percent to 37 percent.

Recreational marijuana is legalized in Calif. California was first for medical marijuana twenty years ago and was among 5 states to vote this election. It was one of five states to decide if they should join Colorado, Oregon and Washington, making it legal along the entire west coast. Florida legalized Medical Marijuana for the first time too. Proposals for recreational pot would treat it the same as booze with it being legal for those 21 or older and forbidden in most public spaces. It would also be highly regulated and heavily taxed.

The Ukiah Planning Commission will take up opening an emergency winter shelter at their meeting. The Homeless Services Action Group wants to open the shelter in an empty building in the 1000 block of S. State St. at the corner of Thomas Street. If it’s yes, those who use the shelter would sign in at Plowshares Peace and Justice Center then be shuttled to the other facility. They would go back in the morning to Plowshares for breakfast. The meeting tonight starts at 6 p.m. in the City Council chambers.

A man who died in an apartment fire in Clearlake has been identified, but his name not released… The man died yesterday in the fire inside one of eight apartments on Country Club Drive. Fire officials say it caused structural and electrical damage to the building and more than a dozen people living there had to leave.

It’s Election Day and the county Clerk’s office is preparing for tens of thousands of ballots before the polls close tonight at 8. The County Clerk Susan Ranochak tells the Daily Journal by the end of the day Saturday, her office had received a dozen boxes with opened and inspected ballots and they’d counted 5,000 votes. Besides President of the United States, there are local issues to look out for:

Measure AE for Point Arena residents to approve a marijuana tax of no more than 7 cents a dollar and 3 cents for medical marijuana…

Measure AF: to regulate Medical Marijuana in Mendocino County, it would amend county code putting growing pot into the category of an agricultural operation;

Measures AG and AH would add a temporary half-cent sales tax to pay for mental health and drug dependency facilities, as supported by the Sheriff.

Measure AI: would put a Cannabis tax on commercial marijuana businesses. The tax could not be more than 10% of gross receipts to be adjusted in accordance with Consumer Price Index increases if recreational marijuana is legalized today.

Measure AJ: which is an advisory vote gives residents the authority to tell the county to go for business license taxes on cannabis businesses with money going to enhanced mental health services, repair of county roads, and increased fire and emergency medical services.

Then Measure Z, which is a companion to Measure Y. Y asks for a 1/2 cent sales tax to be used at the discretion of the Ukiah City Council. It requires a majority vote to pass. General taxes, like the tax in Measure Y, can be spent for any municipal purpose, such as street maintenance and repair, but also for police, fire, and emergency medical services, public parks, city owned recreational facilities, and city sponsored recreational programs, among other things. Measure Z seeks to only use the tax for roads.

There are sixteen legislative races on the Calif. Ballot in Northern California’s Wine Country to the Inland Empire. Major tax questions across the state, among them, should people who make over $250,000 a year – pay more… and should there be a $2 per pack cigarette tax. What about a vote if a construction project could cost the state more than $2 billion dollars, should marijuana be legalized for recreational use and should pornography actors be told they must wear condoms. Polls are open 7a-8p

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A lot to consider on the ballot… should Calif. Voters agree there should be more money for schools by using the sale of bonds, should there be bilingual education in state schools, should prescription drug prices be negotiable to the price the Federal Government gets for Veterans, should there be deeper background checks on those buying guns, should the death penalty be abolished and should plastic grocery bags be banned.

An official meeting planned between the Ukiah City Council and the Ukiah Valley Sanitation District Board of Directors to discuss the purchase of the Wastewater Treatment Plant, which is jointly owned by both agencies. The meeting tonight at 5:30 p.m. to discuss the pending lawsuit from the district against the city. This is a closed door meeting. There will be public comment though at the start of the meeting.

Small earthquakes felt across the Northern Calif. Coast. Two in the Laytonville area with magnitudes of 3.8 and 4.1, three days apart. The US Geological Survey reported 86 people felt one Sunday, but it was weak. Sunday night before midnight, a quake of 3.2 recorded off the coast, 8 miles southwest of Sea Ranch and 39 miles west of Healdsburg. 33 people said they felt that one too. No reports of injuries or damage.

Police at an airport in Australia say while searching a woman’s purse, they found a baby koala. Police in Brisbane say the woman said she had nothing to declare, handed her zipped canvas bag and told them there was a baby koala inside. She was arrested after telling police she found it Saturday and started to take care of it since then. The koala, thought to be about 6 months old went to a wildlife hospital in good health, but was reported to be slightly dehydrated. He was named Alfred.

A toddler in Sacramento has died after her dad accidentally ran her over with his car. The Sacramento Bee reports (http://bit.ly/2fxLThE) the one year old in the family’s front yard playing with a 6-year-old sibling when dad got home and the tot ran towards him as he pulled in. She was taken to a hospital where she died. Police say they don’t think there will be an arrest and they don’t think alcohol or speed were factors in the accident.

Part of the state gets out from under the drought label. Rain in Northern California this fall so far lifts a quarter of the state out of drought. The state Water Resources Control Board says the other 75% of the state is still in the 5 year drought. It was the second wettest October on record for the northern Sierras, where a lot of the state’s water comes from. The U-S Drought Monitor’s weekly national report shows 12 percent of the state near the Oregon border had normal or better moisture and another 12 percent was unusually dry but not in drought.

The name of a woman who drowned in a canoeing accident on the Russian River has been released. The Sonoma County Sheriff’s office says 69-year-old Heidi Boley of Richmond died, but they’re not sure why as she was wearing a life preserver. The woman was with two friends who were paddling an inflatable canoe southwest of Healdsburg Friday when they capsized. The two other people made it to shore but they couldn’t find Boley. A sheriff’s helicopter and deputies and other emergency personnel on the ground searched. Ultimately a boat crew with the Geyserville Fire Department found her body under tree limbs near the riverbank.

The Lower Lake Cemetery District in need of help so the Lake County Board of Supervisors will consider sending a letter to the capitol for help. The board will take up the matter on the historic cemetery at its meeting this morning. There’s been a lot less burials which led to a financial crisis. There’s currently just one employee there and old equipment. Plus factor in low property tax revenues because of Proposition 13. The Board’s letter to Assemblyman Bill Dodd asking for state dollars. District 3 Supervisor Jim Steele along with the cemetery board of trustees is also looking for donations. A Go-FundMe campaign over the spring didn’t bring in much.

A young man from Clearlake has pleaded not guilty for the DUI death of a passenger in his car last month. 19 year old Jeramy Isom is charged with Gross Vehicular Manslaughter while Intoxicated, Gross Vehicular Manslaughter with Vessel While Intoxicated, Vehicular Manslaughter with Gross Negligence, and two counts of DUI, Alcohol While Causing Injury. It happened on Morgan Valley Road just west of Bonham Road. The CHP reports Isom drifting across a lane, pulled back and rolled. He had minor injuries, another had abrasions and a third was not treated. Another passenger died. Police say the man was not wearing a seat belt.

A home in Spring Valley has been destroyed by a fire. One person was forced out of the house after a neighbor informed him the house was on fire. The resident’s two dogs were rescued by a couple of neighbor kids with garden hoses to get flames away from them in their backyard. The owner of the single wide was in front of the house when the fire started in the back. The home is a total loss. Firefighters took some time getting to the house as its in a rural setting.

City leaders in Ukiah have agreed to a confidentiality agreement in their discussions with the Ukiah Valley Sanitation District… with conditions. The Daily Journal reports the City Council says they’ll reluctantly agree to the agreement if the Sanitation District puts a hold on its lawsuit against the city. The agency filed suit in 2013 alleging the city owed them millions of dollars for four decades of past due payments. The city claims moving forward with the lawsuit would cost as much as $90 million dollars for work on the Wastewater Treatment Plant. A joint meeting is set between the city and the district tomorrow.

A high school student in Ukiah’s recovering after a pickup truck hit her while she crossed the street. Ukiah Valley Fire reports the 14-year-old was thrown 25 to 30 feet after being hit. She was not in a crosswalk and was apparently hit by a student driver. The teen had a concussion, broken ribs, a fractured pelvis, partially collapsed lung and a broken leg and had to be flown to Oakland Children’s Hospital. There’s a Gofundme account set up to help cover the medical expenses under “Emma’s Medical Bills.”

The Gov. Jerry Brown featured in an ad for a ballot measure urging voters to say no. The ads show Brown at the governor’s mansion speaking against Proposition 53. The measure, if it passes, would force a statewide vote for any large building projects that would be $2 billion dollars or more in revenue bonds. A nonpartisan analysis of the measure says the Governor’s proposals for huge water tunnels for $15.7 billion and a high-speed rail system for $64 billion would be affected.

A Fresno County Sheriff’s Deputy is injured after accidentally shooting himself in the leg, days after another deputy was killed in an accidental shooting. Fresno Police say the deputy’s wound is not life-threatening. He was putting on his leg holster and his gun went off, hitting him in his lower leg. Last Monday Deputy Sgt. Rod Lucas was accidentally shot by another deputy. He died. Three law enforcement agencies are investigating his accidental shooting death.

The results of a months long investigation into a sex scandal involving the teenage daughter of a Northern Calif. police dispatcher means another arrest… in one county. The Contra Costa County District Attorney’s office says they’re charging a retired police captain from Oakland with misdemeanor soliciting a prostitute. Apparently, that county’s not arresting any others in the case that’s involved more than 24 cops. The DA saying sexual encounters with a teenage prostitute and several officers were consensual and no money was exchanged. The Alameda County DA has said she’s charging seven current and former officers. The latest arrest, an 80-something retired Oakland Police captain who will be formally charged this week.

Beyond pavement in Littleton, Colorado. City workers using toilet paper to help seal cracks on more than 120 streets. The city says the TP was put down with a paint roller over freshly applied tar to fill asphalt cracks. They say the paper’s used to absorb oil from the tar while it dries so it doesn’t stick to pedestrian’s shoes or car and bike tires. They say the biodegradable paper breaks down fast allowing traffic back on the road more quickly.

A man in Portland OR’s arrested for dressing up like a tree then blocking downtown traffic. Police say the man slowly walked across streets and blocked traffic which caused lookie lou’s to take videos and pictures. Police say 30-year-old Asher Woodworth of Portland has been charged with obstructing a public way. Police say the guy wanted to see how people would act.

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