Ukiah residents about to pay more in taxes. Starting this Saturday, the tax increase approved by voters as Measure Y starts. The tax will bring in money for road repair and maintenance. The tax for city residents hits 8.375 percent, but the money’s first going into an escrow account because of a lawsuit filed in January saying the measure needed a super-majority not just a simple majority. The money will stay in the account until the courts decide whether Measure Y was really a special tax needing at least 66 percent, not 51. The Howard Jarvis Tax Association filed the suit.
A woman in Calpella off to jail in connection to a domestic violence situation. Deputies get a call to a home where a man says his partner, Deanna Lynn Madrid attacked him on Highway 20 in Willits. The man says while they argued, Madrid punched him in the face while he drove. He says after they got home, he went to another house and called cops, they went to their home and arrested Madrid. She was held on suspicion of domestic violence battery.
A man charged with an assault at a bar in Willits last summer in court for a hearing. Charles Reynolds accused of the assault on Kenneth Fisher who died after an attack at Boomers last August. Reynold’s was originally charged with murder but then the D-A found insufficient evidence for the charge. Reynolds in court for a Motion in Limine (Lim-in-nay) Hearing, kind of like a preliminary hearing to see if there’s evidence to proceed and what can be used at trial. The judge asking both sides if they were prepared for a jury trial, which was supposed to start Monday, for which they both said yes. Reynolds has been charged with Assault With Means Likely to Produce Great Bodily Injury and a Special Allegation.
A man from Mendocino County wanted for failing to register as a sex offender. The Mendocino County Sheriff’s office posted Derrick Heater’s picture and description of what he looks like on their Facebook page with the charge against him. He’s wanted on a No Bail Warrant. They ask if you know or recognize Heater, or have any info on where he may be, to call the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office.
Legislators along with Governor Brown’s office reaching a deal for road repairs across the state, dealing with potholes using gas taxes and car registration fees. The agreement to raise $5 billion a year by a 12-cent-per-gallon gas tax increase and new vehicle registration fees. The agreement to repair roads after cost estimates hit $59 billion for state highways and $78 billion for local roads. The Record Bee reports the agreement, which has not been made public yet, would include accountability measures and an oversight office to make sure the money only goes to roads. The agreement to be formally voted on next week.
Lower monthly bills for some PG& E customers after a settlement’s agreed to in the San Bruno pipeline explosion. The $86.5 million settlement was agreed to Tuesday in relation to corruption allegations. State regulators need to give their approval, then the settlement would include multiple financial remedies and penalties. The settlement after improper communications and back-channel deals came to light that were apparently linked to the San Bruno disaster that killed 8 and injured dozens more. Now a typical monthly gas bill would go down about 22 cents a month during 2018 and 2019.
State Sen. Bill Monning out of Carmel says hospitals need competition, not consolidation so there’s “fairness, access and affordable healthcare”. Monning’s SB 538 to stop certain anticompetitive practices, like gag clauses in health plans, so that employer groups can start to share pricing data so their employees have more affordable coverage. He says a couple of economists out of USC showed costs grew at a faster rate at the two biggest hospital chains in Calif. as opposed to all other state hospitals.
The rain and massive amount of snow puts the Calif. snowpack way above average. The Tuesday measurements of the Sierra Nevada snowpack pegs it at 164 percent of its historic average. That means there’s a huge amount of new water to the state, the most since 2011, when it was 171 percent of normal on April 1st. During the peak of the drought a couple years ago, the snowpack was only at 5 percent of its historic average.
Lake County near the bottom of the barrel when it comes to the healthiest counties in California. The yearly County Health Rankings from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute released this week have Lake with 4 other counties with the poorest health, ranking it at 56th. San Mateo County was healthiest and Modoc County the least healthy. The bottom five were Lake, Trinity, Siskiyou and Kern. The most healthy besides San Mateo, were Marin, Santa Clara, Placer and Sonoma. Mendocino County was 43rd overall.
A fundraiser for Lake County Safe House sells out and brings bucks for the teen shelter. Last Saturday, Lake Community Pride Foundation hosted the first ever Spring Equinox Dinner/Dance. The event at the Highlands Community Center in Clearlake had about 100 in attendance to bring money to the shelter the foundation manages. There was a dinner, music, silent auction and prize drawings. The organizers say it costs about $24,000 a year to run the home, which is a nonprofit.
More animal related insurance claims, including bedbugs in hotel rooms and aggressive peacocks… That according to a new study released today by insurance company Allianz SE. The claims for bedbugs alone were up 50 percent between 2014 and 2015. The company releasing their data on more than 100,000 corporate liability claims between 2011 and 2016 for their company and others. Claims were more than $9 billion dollars. Animal claims were up 28 percent. Bedbugs were 21 percent of liability claims and others, weirder, like one hotel guest saying they had a flying squirrel in their room or hearing aids and slippers chowed by rodents. And two claims of folks attacked by aggressive peacocks.