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A lawyer in Kelseyville says he’s taking on Don Anderson to be the next District Attorney. Private practice lawyer Steve Brown has announced he’ll run for the top cop spot to, quote, “restore confidence in the leadership of our Lake County District Attorney’s Office”. Brown currently handles criminal, civil and family law cases and had been a contract Attorney for the Lake County Public Defender’s Office. Brown graduated from Kelseyville High and William Penn College then got his law degree at Empire Law School in Santa Rosa.

A major accolade for Lake County Tribal Health Consortium’s clinics. The group of clinics have been ranked at the top of the entire state of Calif. by the Government Performance and Results Act metrics. The measurement for clinic performance gives the clinics first place, for the third year in a row. The metric is based on a federal law passed more than 20 years ago to make sure agencies that get money from the federal government are providing effective healthcare services to American Indians and Alaska Natives using Indian Health Service (IHS) federal, tribal and urban health facilities. There are 19 tribal health clinics in the state and Lake County Tribal Health was the only one that met the targets set by the metrics in 2015, 2016 and 2017.

A resounding win for the Sheriff of Mendocino County with more than 80% voting in favor of Measure B, the mental health initiative. With 100 percent of the precincts reporting last night and almost 14,000 votes, just under 83% voted yes for the revised version of the initiative that puts a half-cent sales tax aside to pay for mental healthcare facilities and services in Mendocino County. Last year a similar measure, AG, just fell below where it needed to be to win. The new measure allows for a panel to decide how the money raised will be used each year for the first five years.

The Disaster Recovery Center that’s being managed by the State of California’s Office of Emergency Services and the FEMA is now open in Mendocino County to help those impacted by the October fires. The center in Ukiah at 1375 N. State St. will be open 7 days a week to continue to help victims in Butte, Lake, Mendocino, Orange, Napa, Nevada, Sonoma and Yuba counties. They remind survivors to first apply online for help at DisasterAssistance.gov or by phone at 800-621-3362. Have your information available when applying:

• Social Security number.

• Address of the damaged primary residence.

• Description of the damage.

• Information about insurance coverage.

• A current contact telephone number.

• An address where they can receive mail.

•Bank account and routing numbers for direct deposit of funds.

Another public hearing’s planned by the Ukiah Planning Commission about a proposed medical marijuana dispensary. The Dogwood Dispensary is proposed at the corner of Low Gap Road and North State Street. There was a hearing on the business last month already where some community members voiced their opposition, but if its approved, it’ll be the second one in the city. The commission didn’t take a vote last month as more information was gathered on the business’ security plan and the location compared to local schools and youth facilities.

The driver of a car that slammed into a tree and burst into flames has been rescued by Good Samaritans in Hopland. The Hopland Fire Chief says they sent crews to the scene Sunday afternoon, finding the car fully engulfed in flames, but some passersby pulled the 18 year old driver from the car. The chief says he had a head injury and was airlifted to Santa Rosa for treatment.

A man from Sacramento wins $2 million dollars against Lake County for a car crash with a sheriff’s deputy three years ago. After a five weeklong trial, the jury unanimously decided Lake County was liable for the damages of more than $2,000,000 for the crash in Sept. 2014 that injured 31-year-old Marc Loberg. Loberg says he will never be the same again. Loberg was headed home from a wedding on Highway 20 east of Lucerne when the deputy hit him head on at about 50 miles per hour. Loberg had a severely shattered wrist, which Lake Co News reports ended up deformed and disfigured. He also suffered a concussion, severe abdominal bruising, and a shattered ankle joint that turned arthritic. The county argued the deputy lost control because of a wet road.

A man from Kelseyville has been killed in a solo car crash after hitting a tree. The Sheriff’s Dept. reports 26 year old Joshua Moore in a GMC Yukon when he crashed on Highway 29 south of Highland Springs Tuesday morning. The CHP says he crossed lanes went off the highway and hit a tree. They say he did not have a seatbelt on and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Since marijuana sales are still illegal federally, California’s trying to figure out how to accept marijuana money that’ll soon come in to the state legally. Right now the business is cash run, any bank tied to the fed cannot accept cannabis cash. So no debit or credit cards can be accepted at marijuana businesses. The State Treasurer has also suggested using armored vehicles to collect tax payments to move cash between the businesses and the state. The State of Washington’s been at this a while longer and does some work with credit unions. A report by the Cannabis Working Group has also recommended a state-run bank for cannabis businesses and potentially ban all states together that have a legal pot business to push for federal marijuana law reform.

Some pesticides in Calif. being banned from being used close to schools or day care centers. Regulators announcing a new rule which starts New Year’s Day to prohibit farmers from spraying the pesticides within a quarter mile of public K-12 schools and licensed daycare centers the hours of 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. M-F to protect school kids from the chemicals that can blow off nearby farms and make kids and teachers ill.

Some fire survivors trying to find out if it’s safe to be in their neighborhoods after the massive October fires. The Press Democrat says one resident in Coffey Park in Santa Rosa says she’s not get straight answers about the air quality. Kristen Ortlinghaus tells the newspaper when she asked about the air quality at the Local Assistance Center in Santa Rosa they didn’t seem to know. She says they told her to be in contact with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, but says she also got the runaround there. The newspaper reports the dirtiest air ever recorded in the North Bay during the Tubbs and Nuns fires. And now some residents are concerned about the possible ongoing public health hazard. Several monitors have been placed around Sonoma County since the fires. Most of them showing good air quality.

California’s trying to get the word out to folks planning to visit Wine Country after the October fires, not to cancel their plans. Visit California, part of the state Office of Tourism has a new campaign starting. This weekend there will be a full-page ad in the New York Times reminding readers about Wine Country. There will also be digital and social media ads early next year to promote the region for the spring. The tourism office looking to get a positive story out there after 10 North Coast wineries had major damage, but that the amount of vineyard acreage burned was minimal.

A man from Ukiah got 6 years in prison for sexual assault. The D-A’s office reports John Imus, a transient generally from Ukiah found guilty of assault, namely an unlawful sex act, which is a felony. They say Imus placed his hands on a homeless woman while she was sleeping on the streets with her husband. She woke up and found Imus’s hands on her, screamed, and Imus ran away. She reported him and he confessed and was arrested. Imus has a criminal background, including five other felony convictions and eight prior misdemeanors. He’s also a registered sex offender.

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