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North Coast Brewing Company in Fort Bragg gets an honor, recognized as Small Business of the Year. Assemblymember Jim Wood honored the brewer on California Small Business Day. Wood says he’s challenged with choosing small businesses every year out of many qualified North Coast businesses in his district and he found North Coast Brewing Company had impressive qualifications, including environmental stewardship. The president of the company says their sustainability initiatives are thru team effort, great leadership from their management team and a lot of hard work. The Advocate newspaper reports North Coast Brewing is one of 1,500 businesses which are B Corps. That means they’re recognized for their commitment to social and environmental ethics, transparency and accountability. The company is also known for supporting more than 100 local community organizations, donating sales proceeds for music education and ocean mammal research and rescue.

Some trees at a local park in Fort Bragg are being removed which has apparently got some community members worried or confused. The Advocate newspaper reports the work has been planned for sometime as part of improvements at Bainbridge Park and its Wiggly Giggly playground. The newspaper reports during public comment at the City Council meeting last week, some residents were concerned and hoped other foliage would be put in instead. The City Manager says the council approved the project at the park earlier this year with “a great deal of community and neighborhood input”. The city also reports the trees taken out last week showed signs of rot and bark beetle infestations. The new landscaping plans include bee friendly trees along with native shrubs and plants, plus other major decorative and infrastructure upgrades.

A new travel ban hits Calif. The law already went into effect at the beginning of the year, but the Atty. General Xavier Becerra announced last week they’ve expanded it. The travel ban for state employees and officials so they may not use tax money to travel to states with discriminatory laws regarding gender identity or sexual orientation. It started in January with Kansas, Mississippi, North Carolina and Tennessee, now Becerra says they’ve added Alabama, Kentucky, South Dakota and Texas. He says the country’s made great strides to get rid of prejudicial laws, but it’s not the case in part of the country. Some of the new states added on have laws like refusing to allow adoptions to same sex couples, allow some sorts of discrimination in schools and not allowing fostering of children for gay families.

A pilot who crashed a skydiving craft gets away with minor injuries. The Cessna the man was flying, owned by an aviation company in Montana, crashed onto the 101, just before the runway at the San Martin Airport in San Jose. The San Jose Skydiving Center craft was on its way back to the airport this weekend when the pilot reported engine problems, then crash landed on the onramp, about 500 feet from the runway. The pilot was alone on the plane and conscious after the crash with lacerations on one eyebrow and bruising on his face, but no other visible injuries.

The Calif. Assembly not voting on starting its own single payer healthcare system this year. The Speaker of the Assembly Anthony Rendon of Los Angeles says that’s because the bill is “woefully incomplete.” The bill that passed the Senate has the bones for a state government-run health care system, but Rendon says there’s no plan for how to pay for it. The cost is pegged at $400 billion a year which could mean more taxes and the federal government’s cooperation to redirect existing federal dollars. But it would mean all Californians would get health care and there would be no out-of-pocket costs for consumers, such as copays and deductibles. The bills co-authors say they’re disappointed, but agree the issue is not going away and say the deep discussion will continue.

A UPS driver who went to a facility in San Francisco on a shooting rampage apparently had two stolen guns and cops say he was targeting his victims. Police say they’ve not yet figured out what Jimmy Lam’s motive was, but say it looked like the shooting was purposeful and targeted. Police say the 18 year UPS veteran shot and killed three fellow drivers and wounded two more people before he killed himself June 14th. The shooting during a morning meeting of drivers before they left for their deliveries. Cops say he walked by other employees he could have shot, but did not. They say he had two stolen weapons, one of which was an assault pistol that’s illegal in California and was stolen from Utah, the other a semi-automatic handgun stolen from Napa County. Cops say it looks like Lam may have felt disrespected by co-workers, but they’re not sure still what led him to do the shooting. They’ve interviewed more than 100 people and are re-interviewing key witnesses.

Cal Fire’s starting their ban on all open fires. The suspension for Mendocino, Lake, Sonoma and Napa counties starting July 1st. Cal Fire is in charge of certain area permits where they have state firefighting responsibility and can allow residential fires for slash burning, but during cooler, wetter months in the fall to spring. They’re suspending all permits to try to help prevent wildfires. They’re also urging residents to make sure they’ve got 100 feet of defensible space around their homes and other buildings. The ban will also cover Colusa, Yolo, Solano, Marin, San Mateo and Santa Cruz counties.

A proposal for a solar facility and agreement for lower energy costs in Lake County. Lake Co News reports the Lake County Special Districts Administrator says right now they county pays more than $1 million a year on various districts and service areas for PG&E. The county has already tried various other resources like Time of Use Rates, Peak Day Demand Rates, Solar Generation, Energy Efficiency Audits and other adjustments. But apparently the Yolo County Flood Control & Water Conservation District’s Indian Valley Hydroelectric Facility has been putting out a ton of power so Special Districts are considering using some of that thru a Power Purchase Agreement which the county says will save money. The county also considering the energy of the sun for the Kelseyville Waterworks Treatment Plant which costs thousands a month.

A power outage in Lake County after a semi truck hits two utility poles in Lucerne. The Lake County Sheriff’s Department reports getting a call last Thursday night to a man driving the semi on State Route 20, east of Seventh Avenue at an unknown rate of speed, losing control and trying to right the truck, but flipping it, then crashing into the poles. One fell and caused the power outage. A home was just missed by the semi, but it did hit several trees and wire fences. The highway was also closed for over an hour. The driver had no injuries and cops say they do not suspect alcohol or drugs as a factor in the crash.

A status update expected by federal regulators evaluating the Governor’s plan to move water supplies from California’s largest river. It’s all part of a massive tunnel building project to save endangered species and reliable water for area cities, farms and residents in Southern and Central Calif. The plan estimated to cost 16 billion dollars. The National Marine Fisheries Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service were supposed to release their environmental impact reports today on the proposed tunnels. But that’s not it, there are many more reports from the state and federal government due in the near future that will give a better picture if the proposed twin 35-mile long tunnels will come to fruition at all.

It’s a go, the Clearlake City Council says yes to their new budget covering the 2017-18 fiscal year. The Finance Director in front of the city council saying he broke the city budget into operational and capital budgets with the whole process starting several months ago. The budgets are $8.65 million for operating the city with about $6 million of that for personnel and the rest for other costs like materials and supplies, capital outlay and debt service. The Capital budget has just over $6 million. Plus there’s Measure V money, but that’s all earmarked for roads including new staff positions for Measure V projects to be paid for out of that fund.

A young rodeo competitor from Clearlake is going on the national competition circuit. 17 year old Raymond Mayo, a senior at Lower Lake High School next year is headed to the National Finals in Gillette, WY next month. The competition July 16th thru 22nd after Mayo got third place at the state finals in Bishop this month. Apparently he’s qualified for the Nationals before. Lake Co News reports Mayo was a three-time qualifier for bull riding and he competed back in 2013 at the National Junior High Finals Rodeo in Gallup, New Mexico.

Oops, an algorithmic error had some Californians concerned there was a major earthquake… but the warning last Wednesday, for an earthquake that already happened ― in 1925. It was an automatically generated report out of the U.S. Geological Survey that said a magnitude 6.8 quake was happening in the Pacific Ocean 10 miles west of Santa Barbara. A geophysicist with the U.S.G.S. says the quake actually did occur back in the day and it was not a legit warning. The false alarm took social media thru the wringer though with automated tweets, synced with the USGS alert system, pushed out. Plus nobody reported feeling anything. But some major newspapers like the Los Angeles Times, also pushed out the auto-alert, as they’re synced with the USGS. The paper had to rescind the messages and post an article about the fake quake warning.


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