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The sales tax goes up this Saturday in Ukiah. The half-cent sales tax increase, which takes effect April 1, was approved by voters last November as Measure Y for the city to raise money for road repair and maintenance. The new sales tax rate will be 8.375 percent. But the city can’t spend the money yet. The Ukiah Daily Journal reports a lawsuit brought by the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association is still pending that challenges whether the measure should have needed a super-majority to pass rather than a simple majority. They claim the way it was presented on the ballot made it a special tax rather than a general tax. The city says the revenue collected starting Saturday will be placed into an escrow account until the lawsuit runs its course.

A Ukiah woman is facing a Felony Domestic Violence Battery charge. On Sunday night Mendocino County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to a home on North State Street where the victim said he’d just been driving with the suspect, Deanna Lynn Madrid, as a passenger on Highway 20 from Fort Bragg to Willits when they got into a fight and she allegedly punched him in the face while he was behind the wheel. When they got home he went somewhere else and called police. She was being held in the jail in lieu of $25,000 bail.

Madelene Lyon of Kelseyville has been named this year’s Woman of the Year in Lake County. Congressman Mike Thompson presented the honor at the third annual Woman of the Year Awards last Saturday. Thompson created the award for Women’s History Month and each year, chooses one woman from each county in his District. Lake County News reports Thompson’s staff called for nominations last month from the community and Lyon was selected for her long resume of community work including with the Kelseyville Food Pantry, Redbud Audubon Society, Hospice Services of Lake County, March of Dimes Lake County, the Lake County Board of Education and the Clear Lake State Park Interpretive Association. She also grows wine grapes on a 50-acre farm.

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