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The City of Willits’s draft medical cannabis ordinance will be brought up for adoption before the City Council on Sept. 27th. The Willits News reports the City Planner released a memorandum of updates last week, laying out the next steps required to bring the ordinance to adoption and begin issuing permits. It shows city staff plans on bringing the ordinance before the city council for introduction on Sept. 13th. Assuming no other barriers, and the medical cannabis ordinance is approved Sept. 27, staff would begin accepting medical cannabis applications by October 30th. The City also plans to hold training sessions for applicants in order to help the application process go smoothly.

Embezzlement charges have been filed against a Redwood Valley couple police say stole from Deep Valley Security. Ukiah Police say the investigation into Deborah Ann Sears, the company’s former Officer Manager, started last September. Investigators allege she embezzled over $180,000 from Deep Valley Security from 2014-2016 by using the company’s bank account to pay her and her husband’s personal bills. Deborah Sears and Jason Sears were arrested Thursday and charged with Embezzlement and Grand Theft. She was being held on $190,000 bail and he on $30,000.

The CHP says it was a Colorado man was killed Wednesday morning when his car hit a tree on Highway 101 near Laytonville. They say the 61-year-old man was driving south on Hwy 101 just north of Spyrock Road around 11:45am when for an unknown reason he drifted and went down the embankment on the west side of the highway and hit a large tree. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The CHP is still trying to figure out why he lost control but said there are no signs he was impaired.

Congressman Mike Thompson is coming to the Middletown Area Town Hall next week. MATH meets next on Thursday Aug. 10th at 7pm at the Middletown Community Center. The meetings are open to the community and everyone in the Congressman’s District throughout Lake County is invited. If you can’t make the MATH meeting you can still meet Congressman Thompson earlier in the day on Thursday August 10th at a “Coffee with our Congressman” event from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the Lake County Board of Supervisors of Chambers.

The Lakeport Planning Commission’s will hold a public hearing on the future of the city’s lakefront. It’s part of their meeting next Wednesday Aug. 9, at 5pm in the council chambers at Lakeport City Hall. The agenda includes whether to recommend adopting the draft Lakeport Lakefront Revitalization Plan to the full Lakeport City Council. Lake County News reports the planned vision area encompasses both public and private properties along the waterfront bounded by Clearlake Ave to the north to C Street to the south. The goal of the plan is to give the community and elected officials a “road map” for future improvements and reinvestment. The plan addresses ideas such as a promenade, a water park, hotel development and beach access.

You’re invited to celebrate Smokey Bear’s Birthday with the Mendocino National Forest. Smokey Bear turns 73 this year and the community is invited to celebrate his birthday at the Mendocino National Forest Supervisor’s Office on August 9. From1:00 to 3:00 p.m. there will be coloring, cupcakes, balloons, and of course the guest of honor, Smokey Bear. The Supervisor’s Office is located at 825 N. Humboldt Ave. in Willows.


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