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The warming center for the homeless is set to open. The Lake Ministerial Association has announced they’re finally able to open today at the Seventh-day Adventist Church on Park Way in Lakeport. This is the third year for the center which is open Monday through Friday from 6 p.m. to 7:30 a.m. They can fit about 24 people in. Those who want to stay have to check in at the bus stop at the old Natural High School, across from St. Mary’s and go thru intake. Then a Lake Transit bus will take them to the center. There’s a new bus shelter there, so it’s covered for those who waiting to hop on the bus. The warming center will offer hot showers, laundry, computers and wifi, plus hot meals and help looking for work.

At the final meeting of the Lake County Board of Supervisors they’ll consider accepting the urgency ordinance we told you about for commercial marijuana cultivation. The board’s meeting tomorrow where they’ll take up the ordinance ahead of the New Year’s Day deadline. They’re considering allowing temporary and limited registration for some commercial adult use marijuana cultivation with certain conditions during a moratorium period. This was apparently recommended by the planning staff so they can continue to work on the permanent rules to meet the state’s Medical and Adult Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act. The ordinance would first be in effect for 45 days, but it can be extended.

Public hearings in Lakeport set for proposed ordinances for personal and commercial marijuana uses. The council to meet tomorrow afternoon first for a closed door session with labor negotiations, then the regular meeting before the long holiday weekend. Before they get down to serious business, the Lakeport Main Street Association is presenting the winners of the yearly holiday decoration contest. Then the public hearings portion of the meeting on personal marijuana cultivation and commercial uses. They are also choosing their mayor and mayor pro tem for the new year too.

In Clearlake, the city council’s chosen their new mayor and vice mayor for 2018. The vote last Thursday at the city council meeting. Bruno Sabatier will be the new Mayor and Phil Harris the Vice Mayor. Sabatier nominated Harris as the vice mayor and that got unanimous approval. The two start their terms New Year’s Day and go for the entire year. It’s both their first terms on the city council.

Just over two months after some of the most destructive fires in state history hit Northern California in October, the debris removal program has reached a major milestone. After the fires in the region, destroyed 8,900 structures and damaged thousands more, word from the state that debris removal operations teams have moved more than 573,000 tons from the wildfire burn areas, a new record. Of the quarter-million acres burned, massive amounts of debris had to be cleaned up. The State and Federal Consolidated Debris Removal Program is working every day. This is a voluntary program to participate or homeowners can hire private contractors.

Drugs and a gun found at the home of a Lake County probationer have landed him back in jail. On Thursday a Lake County Deputy at a traffic stop for a vehicle code violation in Clearlake Oaks, finding driver David Christensen of Clearlake Oaks on searchable probation related to marijuana sales. Deputies say they didn’t find anything in his truck, but a search of his home turned up 13 ounces of meth worth $37,000, and 14 pounds of marijuana, packaged into one-pound increments with a total value of around $14,000. Deputies say they also found a loaded .38 caliber handgun and high capacity magazine.

FEMA reminds you of the deadline to apply for Disaster Unemployment Assistance from the October fires is today. If you lost work because of the fire and do not qualify for regular state Unemployment Insurance, you might quality for the Disaster Unemployment Assistance in Lake, Mendocino, Napa, Sonoma, and other counties covered under the Federal Disaster Declaration. You can apply for Disaster Unemployment Assistance online at and you can get more info at

Another alternative school for kids in Ukiah. The Ukiah Unified School District is opening the Ukiah High School Middle College Program at the Mendocino College Ukiah campus. They’re first taking in 30 – 10th-graders and say they’ll add another 30 students every year. The programs for students considered to be at risk of not doing well in college. That’s a label that can be considered for someone who’s the first in their family to even go to college. The students who attend can take college courses in high school that are transferable college credits. The school district is starting this new program in a college environment though. This new program to replace a pilot program at the Ukiah Independent Study Academy. The deadline to apply is at the end of next week for the Fall 2018 semester.

Congressman Jared Huffman of San Rafael’s sent a letter to the U-S Interior Secretary to find the nearly $85 million dollars of taxpayer money recently shown in an inspector general report as being misspent. Huffman says the money was supposed to go to some California water districts participating in the “WaterFix” program. The info came out in a report released last week titled “The Bureau of Reclamation Was Not Transparent in Its Participation in the [San Francisco] Bay Delta Conservation Plan.” The letter from Huffman to Secretary Ryan Zinke says the Interior Department approved payments for planning costs for the project but did not disclose it to Congress and the public which is required by law. The letter asks to recover the missing money and asks if there are other similar undisclosed subsidies for any other parties.

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