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A special hearing’s being held by the Ukiah City Council regarding a possible increase in fees the public pays for Ukiah Police. The Police Chief apparently asked for more time to prepare fee proposals. The Daily Journal reports the Chief’s staff report says they’re asking to raise the fees for fingerprinting and accident report services among other items. For example, the department wants to raise bicycle license fees. Something that costs the department $12, but they only charge $3. The department looking to still take a loss, by charging $10. They also want to raise the rate for carrying a weapon. The current cost of a concealed weapon permit is $25, but the department would rather have it at $100. The public hearing on the proposed rate hikes tomorrow at 6 p.m. in the City Council chambers.

The Board of Supervisors poised to put an urgency ordinance in place in Mendocino County for temporary occupancy trailers and to consider a proposal on price gouging after the Redwood Valley fire. The county’s reportedly working with a company to help local hotels and businesses to register with FEMA for temporary housing for fire victims. The board is also working with a group to help fire victims find contractors for rebuilds or fixes to fire created damage. The matter on allowing temporary housing allows for trailer coaches and to help families whose homes were destroyed or damaged and are uninhabitable due to the fire. The areas would be in the burn area perimeter but residents have to work with a licensed contractor and their temporary housing cannot be in an area that would get in the way of the reconstruction of homes.

The Lake County Board of Supervisors has approved moving, updating and maintaining the Wall of Honor for military members. Right now the wall is on display at the courthouse, but the board has approved moving it instead to the Veterans Service Office. Apparently some family members of the troops went to the county more than a decade ago regarding the wall honoring men and women who had served in war zones overseas. Now the Health Services Director and the county Veterans Service Officer went to the board to revisit the matter. The County Administrative Officer also urging the board to consider the move since the wall had not been maintained in sometime. The board decided there would be a plaque at the courthouse letting visitors know the Wall of Honor had moved.

Congressman Mike Thompson and other lawmakers moving so SBA disaster relief covers more territory. The bi-partisan Small Business Disaster Relief Act supported by lawmakers of both parties so the SBA working with the USDA can help more with grants, business development and technical assistance after a disaster. It encourages small business development centers to be more involved and to help streamline the processing of disaster loan applications, so it moves faster. 200 businesses burned in the October wildfires in Northern Calif. Thompson says the bill he introduced would improve the way the SBA helps businesses impacted by wildfires, hurricanes, and other natural disasters. California Congressman Jared Huffman is also a co-sponsor.

The State Senate Leader says since there’s been several recent sexual harassment claims at the Capitol, an investigation is being done by an independent firm. California Senate Leader Kevin de León made the announcement after a letter by several women who work in the Capitol about sexual harassment after the allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. The letter was published last week by the LA Times and calls out de Leon for not doing more to change the culture in Sacramento. So the Law Offices of Amy Oppenheimer will handle the external investigation of sexual harassment and assault allegations and de Leon says a consulting company will also review the Senate’s policies and practices against harassment, discrimination and retaliation.

Another Fire recovery meeting for those in the City of Clearlake. It was the second Sulphur Fire recovery meeting last week. Fire victims urged to submit their Right-of-Entry (ROE) forms so cleanup of debris could move along. At the meeting were representatives from the city, local law enforcement, FEMA, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plus many other state departments. All were reminding those in attendance about the need for the Right of Entry forms so they could get to work sooner. It allows contractors to enter properties to inspect, test materials and remove and clear any or all wildfire-caused debris, no matter what it is. The forms are available at the Local Assistance Center, which is at the Clearlake Community Center (Senior Center) or at

Here’s a first. American wine company, Constellation Brands Inc. says it’s jumping into the cannabis business, by getting 10 percent of a medicinal cannabis provider in Canada. Constellation of course owns many wineries in Northern Calif., like Clos du Bois (clo dew bwah ) in Geyserville, Simi Winery in Healdsburg and Robert Mondavi Winery in Napa. Now they own a $191 million dollar stake in Canopy Growth Corp. from Canada. The company looking to diversify, but has no plans to sell marijuana in the U-S or elsewhere unless it’s legal, “at all government levels.”

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