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Volunteers are needed by Project Sanctuary. The shelter for domestic violence victims and rape crisis center. The Executive Director says it’s the first time they’ve reached out to the community to find crisis line volunteers. They say they’re looking for as many as 10-15 volunteers to go thru training, become certified and put in a couple nights a month, answering crisis line calls from home. There’s a four month long course before one can volunteer. The training starts in February and features a history of domestic violence, its effect on children, child sexual abuse, courts and the legal system, and crisis intervention. You also have to pass a background check and be fingerprinted and provide references. If all goes well, there’s an exam at the end. For more information, email mary or call (707) 462-9196.

A Women’s March is happening in Ukiah the same day as the Women’s March on the Capitol. This Saturday at noon, the local march will start at the Alex R. Thomas Jr. Plaza at 310 S. State St. in Ukiah. Those marching will present talks, poetry, songs and inspirational music. As they march to the courthouse. They’re telling anyone who’s interested to bring instruments, signs and walking shoes. Some of the group were together this past weekend making signs at the Mendocino Environmental Center.

Mendocino County is homing in on needed mental-health services in the county. Board members, county mental-health staff and a member of the public got together and studied the five stages of mental-health treatment and came up with some possible areas where help could be provided. They’re looking at housing, case management, education, psychiatric care, help maintaining social connections, and mobile emergency responders. Ideas to be presented to the Board of Supervisors at its meeting next Monday. A ballot measure that barely lost would have meant there would be an inpatient facility built for people in crisis. There are currently two crisis centers in Ukiah and Fort Bragg operated by Redwood Community Services. Supervisor Dan Hamburg was at the meeting saying better training for cops is needed so they can help respond effectively to crises.

Abandoned cars becoming a real eye sore in Lake County. The Lake County Code Enforcement Officer says they take one to two cars in a week, and sometimes a half dozen or so. But the Board of Supervisors are taking up the matter. Last Tuesday the board agreed to continue the Abandoned Vehicle Abatement Authority in Lake County. The authority collects money which it uses to clean old cars up then responsibly get rid of them. They will pick up inoperable and unlicensed vehicles in private or public spaces. Then the owner gets ten days to either move or clean up the vehicle for disposal. It can then be hauled off to the junkyard if they don’t do anything.

The Lake County Sheriff has declared a local state of emergency after flooding and heavy rain. The declaration allows local officials to authorize orders and regulations to cover the cost of cleanup. They’re still assessing all of the damage from the rains and flooding of the last week or so as another storm forms. So far estimates are in the $600,000 range, but private property numbers were not included. The declaration is considered by the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services and the Lake County Board of Supervisors for approval. The board will take up the matter at their meeting this week during the Draft Cannabis Ordinance Workshop.

The Governor’s chosen replacement for attorney general, Democratic Congressman Xavier Becerra, easily wins the support of the Assembly. Becerra to fill the position Kamala Harris left after being elected to the U.S. Senate. Becerra was once a member of the Assembly himself. He got 56 votes along party lines. One Republican voted “yes” was, Rocky Chavez from Oceanside who said he found no ethical or moral reasons to vote against Becerra. The vote goes next to the Senate.

A house in Lakeport has been damaged severely by a fire. Local fire departments went to reports over the weekend of the fire at a home on Beach Lake, which they say was almost totally gutted, with just a few areas of wall standing in the front of the home. The fire dept. says the owner of the home was not there at the time, but the fire was burning a while before they got there. They say more than 50 percent of the house was in flames when they arrived. No injuries were reported.

Dozens of volunteers out over the weekend to clean up after the Russian River flooded neighborhoods in Sonoma County. Many carried heavy bags, trash pickers, shovels and brooms picking trash from the river banks that included bicycle frames to clothing and cigarette butts. Clean River Alliance organized the clean up that included community leaders and residents and Russian River firefighters too. The firefighters worked their fire hose over the asphalt entrance to Riverkeeper Park. It was the last of three volunteer clean up days ahead of the next rain, expected Wednesday. There’s also a Post Flood Day of Action Friday where North Coast Congressman Jared Huffman of San Rafael will attend, instead of the Inauguration.

Forecasters say we should expect another round of heavy rain in Northern California this week. The National Weather Service says the precipitation is expected to start Wednesday and we could get several inches of rain. There’s also another round expected Friday, and a third on Sunday. The forecast models show snow levels will drop to 3,500 feet Thursday and 1,500 feet Saturday. In Lake and Mendocino Counties temps should hit the 50’s in the daytime hours and 30’s overnight. The forecast calls for potential flooding in streams and creeks already swollen from last week’s storms.

A major turnout for a rally against the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare. On Sunday, thousands of nurses, doctors, and patients rallied across the state, joining others nationwide in support of the health care law. Thousands gathered in San Francisco waving signs and flags. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi at the rally. She says it’s a first stand against the Republican effort to repeal the law without a replacement. They used a budget maneuver requiring a bare majority in the Senate. Newly elected Democratic U-S Sen. Kamala Harris was with hundreds of protesting nurses and other health care workers and patients in Los Angeles at a demonstration outside County/USC Medical Center.

An ex Contra Costa County sheriff’s deputy has been arrested after a shooting at a house party in Sacramento. Police say 23 year old Kyle Rowland was arrested for five counts of attempted murder and for the shooting early Friday morning at a small party with about 10 people inside. Police say he left for an unknown reason and showed back up with a gun. Cops say someone else at the party tried to get the gun away from Rowland when he fired. He was restrained by someone there until cops arrived. They found two firearms at the scene. Rowland was only with the Sheriff’s Office since October of 2016 and was on probationary status. His employment was terminated and he’s held without bail.

Congressman Jared Huffman is joined by several others in the California congressional delegation staying home instead of attending Donald Trump’s inauguration Friday. As we reported, Huffman is doing service and community events he says will send a positive message. And as of last Thursday 39 of the 55 member Calif. delegation said they were going, but at least 12 House Democrats said they were not going. Five more said they’re still deciding as of last Thursday. That was before weekend remarks by Trump against Atlanta Congressman John Lewis. Which spurred other Congressional members to say they wouldn’t attend over the weekend. Sen. Dianne Feinstein just had a pacemaker installed and has not announced if she’ll be well enough to go. Rep. Judy Chu, Rep. Mark DeSaulnier, Rep. Jared Huffman, Rep. Barbara Lee, Rep. Ted Lieu, Rep. Zoe Lofgren, Rep. Jerry McNerney, Rep. Grace F. Napolitano, Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard, Rep. Raul Ruiz, Rep. Mark Takano and Rep. Maxine Waters all say they’ll stay back.

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