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The Gov. Jerry Brown has officially submitted Congressman Xavier Becerra as his nominee as the California Attorney Ggeneral. It comes after former Atty. General Kamala Harris resigned to become a new U-S Senator. The nomination has to be confirmed by the State Legislature. They have 90 days. Congressman Becerra has been in the U.S. House of Representatives since 1992. He’s a member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and the Executive Committee of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus. Before Congress, Becerra was in the State Assembly for the 59th District in Los Angeles County from 1990 to 1992. He was also a deputy attorney general from 1987 to 1990.

Measure Y’s setting money aside to fix streets, so one Ukiah City Councilmember says that means there shouldn’t be any more complaints. The Daily Journal reports Maureen Mulheren says now people will complain instead about too many people working on the repairs. She says two of the worst streets already set for repairs before the tax was approved by voters in November. Those are Luce and Observatory avenues. The streets to get fixed this spring. Measure Y brings a half-cent tax along with Measure Z which points the money to city streets.

A pilot that crashed at the Napa airport is unharmed. The solo plane crash yesterday afternoon had Cal Fire and Napa County Fire out. There were also cops and medics on the scene after the small personal use airplane crashed at take off. Cal Fire reports the plane landed in a levee across from the airport and part of its landing gear was submerged in water. The plane had major damage. The pilot was alone and not injured. The National Transportation Safety Board is looking into the cause.

Lakeport’s downtown improvement project is done but the next major project is on the books. The City manager tells the Record Bee they’re considering what should be done on the lakefront so they can start to think about appropriate zoning. There’s been no money even put aside for the project, but they do have some for the first part of planning. The city’s asked the public for ideas already. The city manager says most folks wanted a walkway or promenade situation, so they want to make sure there’s public access to the lakefront. She says that’ could bring in more private sector funding.

The former U-S Atty General Eric Holder’s been retained by the state of Calif. for protection purposes. The report went viral yesterday, that Calif. retained Holder, now a private lawyer in D-C, to work for the California legislature ahead of potential legal fights against the new Republican White House. The Democratic leader of the Senate Kevin de Leon says having Holder sends a strong message that lawmakers are “very, very serious”. De Leon told the Los Angeles Times that Holder would become the legislature’s “lead litigator” and the state now has expert lawyers on issues of climate change, women and civil rights, the environment, immigration and voting rights.

3 young men have been rescued after getting trapped in the snow in the Mendocino National Forest. 19 year old Alexander Winters of Ukiah, 25 year old Tyler Bennetto of Willits and 18 year old Jesse Jones of Redwood Valley got stuck on a forest road north of the Hull Mountain. The Lake County Sheriff’s Office notified the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office about the trio getting stuck Monday. They got the GPS coordinates for the men, but because of the remote location and snowy, cold weather and another storm on the way, the California Office of Emergency Services was called in to help. A Snowcat was used to get up the mountain, but it could only get within a mile of the three men and got stuck. Rescuers walked the rest of the way and pulled the three men out. No injuries were reported.

North Coast Opportunities is looking for volunteers to help with their free Income Tax Assistance program. The nonprofit says they’re planning to help more people in Lake and Mendocino counties file their taxes this year because they’re going to be offering drop off locations, instead of in person services. That basically means you can go in and drop your tax documents off with a volunteer who will prepare the filing. The tax-assistance program started five years ago. They are trying to get more volunteers this time around, because of a steady increase in the workload. Volunteers will start to be trained Jan. 14th with more sessions the two Tuesdays after that. Appointments for taxes are starting about a week later.

There could be a tuition hike for undergraduate students at University of California campuses. UC representatives say the tuition increase is a way to help pay for better mental health services, financial aid and more faculty. It would be the first increase in six years, since less money’s been coming in from the state. Right now in-state undergrads pay $12,294 a year in tuition and fees. So they’d get about a nearly 30% increase with $282 more for tuition and $54 more in fees for the 2017-18 school year. The money to pay for more faculty, more tutoring and mental health services, and to provide more financial aid for undergrads and fellowships for graduate students.

A Congressman from Calif.’s apologizing for a mistake made on an expense report. Congressman Duncan Hunter has to pay the $600 charge to fly a family bunny on vacation. But first his campaign donors got the bill which Hunter says was a simple mistake. His spokesperson says the Republican Congressman was not intending to have his donors pay. He apparently used some airline miles to pay for a family trip, which they didn’t think would cost extra if the bunny tagged along. The spokesman says when they found the charge was paid for by Hunter’s campaign, he paid it right back. Plus more than $50,000 more in other questionable charges, they say were all self-identified and self-reported. Last spring the nonprofit, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington requested an investigation into whether Hunter violated federal law and House rules when he used campaign funds to cover personal expenses unrelated to campaign activities.

A man had to be rescued after he was somehow trapped between BART railcars in San Francisco. Transit Agency and Fire officials say the incident last night at the 24th Street Mission station prevented other trains from stopping at the station. The man was moved to a trauma center in serious condition after apparently accidentally falling onto the tracks and being hit by a train and pinned down. He was semi-conscious when he was rescued. This caused major delays for BART last night. They say it’s the second time a man was on the tracks in less than a week. Last time it was a trespasser who went into the Transbay Tube at Embarcadero Station. He wasn’t hurt, but arrested instead.

Some farmers in Calif. expecting to lose workers if Donald Trump goes thru with his deportation promises, are being proactive. The Press Democrat reports some Calif. farmers are buying new equipment and cutting workers, while others are asking their congressional representatives to instead talk with Trump about the workforce as they ensure workers they’re going to protect them. Many of the workers interviewed by the paper say they take Trump at his word that they’ll be deported, and they’re terrified. Some because they’d be taken from children born in the states, others fear checkpoints. The president elect had said on the stump he would deport up to 11 million people, but recently said only those with criminal records.

A man in Germany says he came home to find a brick wall blocking his door. The man said he had to borrow an ax so he could break thru the wall to get into his apartment in Mainhausen Monday morning. Police say it was the work of pranksters, and a crime. Police have no leads into who could have put the wall up. It damaged the front door and it’s frame.

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