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The Mendocino County Board of Supervisors has voted unanimously to recommend former three-time supervisor John Pinches be chosen to fill the seat of Third District Supervisor Tom Woodhouse who resigned January 3rd. By law Governor Jerry Brown will appoint the position but the county CEO told the board at their meeting Tuesday that the governor’s office is taking recommendations “from anyone who chooses to give them a recommendation.” Pinches did not seek reelection when his last term ended two years ago, citing health reasons, but has told the Mendocino Voice his health is now much improved and he wouldn’t rule it out. There are about two years left on Woodhouse’s term.

The Lakeport Planning Commission is holding a public meeting as they consider possible amendments to the Medical Marijuana Cultivation Ordinance to allow for non-commercial growing on personal property. The City of Lakeport says they are going to divide legalized marijuana uses into two categories: commercial and non-commercial. The meeting will include a discussion on the difference, and then tackle the potential amendments, such as the number of plants that could be grown, indoor vs outdoor, and the permitting process to do it. They will not be talking about any retail issues. The meeting is February 8 at 5pm.

Mary Tyler Moore has died. Her rep says the 80-year-old passed away this morning of heart failure while battling pneumonia. An award winning actress and producer, she was also an advocate for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, having lived with Type 1 Diabetes since her early 30’s. She rose to television fame playing Dick Van Dyke’s wife on his classic comedy for five years, but became a major star for her groundbreaking role as the single professional woman trying to make it on her own on the "The Mary Tyler Moore Show". Her many awards include 5 Emmys, 3 Golden Globes and an Oscar nomination for Ordinary People. As a producer she brought us not only spinoffs of her own shows like “Rhoda” and “Phyllis”, but also “The Bob Newhart Show,” “WKRP in Cincinnati,” “Hill Street Blues” and “St. Elsewhere. ”

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