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An emergency stone rubble wall has been approved by the Lake County Board of Supervisors at a mobile home park damaged by the Sulphur Fire. The wooden wall that had been at the Holiday Island Mobile Home Park was damaged and the new wall’s needed ahead of winter rains. Apparently there had been some concern the damaged wall might affect drinking water for Clearlake and other areas. The Record Bee reports the Lake County Water Resource Director saying the fire impacted the mobile home park and therefore the surface of the island and its wooden retaining walls. Because the Lake level could rise with stormy weather, there was worry what was left of the wall would collapse. So the board voted to expedite the permits on a replacement wall thru emergency action. It’s now in the hands of the Army Corps of Engineers who’s said to be working to get proper federal permits to replace the seawall.

It’s a finally a reality. The new Costco in Ukiah’s being built and the first sign showing the big box store is coming to the area has gone up at the site of the new warehouse on Airport Park Boulevard. The sign, with the famous Costco logo says “Coming Soon.” There had been talk of the store opening in April, but apparently it may now not happen until August. The Daily Journal reports the City Manager Sage Sangiacomo saying there’s no firm date for the opening, and says it should happen sometime in July or August.

A rollover accident kills a man who drove his pickup off the 101 near Laytonville. The CHP reports the man, whose name’s not been released was in a 1997 Chevy pick-up headed north of the Black Oak Ranch when his truck went off the roadway, onto the shoulder and down an embankment. They say it rolled and came to a stop when it landed on its roof in a creek. The date of the accident isn’t known for sure, but the site of the accident was found Saturday. The driver was alone in the truck, and was dead when he was found.

Congressman Jared Huffman speaking out about plans by the Trump administration to open up off shore drilling off the coast of Calif… and in other areas across the Pacific, Atlantic and Arctic Oceans as well as the Gulf of Mexico. Huffman saying the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s announcement is trampling the public interest and further lining the pockets of Big Oil at the expense of clean air, clean water, and the health of the American people. But Huffman also says Californians won’t let it happen because of it’s been made clear before that the state doesn’t put fisheries, beaches, or coastal economies at risk just to enrich the fossil fuel industry. Huffman and 2 other Calif. members of Congress authoring a bill to stop any new oil or gas drilling off California, Oregon, and Washington.

A new Mental Health Treatment Act Citizen’s oversight committee is being seated in Mendocino County. The Board of Supervisors will look over applications and could appoint members at their regular meeting tomorrow morning after Measure B was passed in November. Among other things, the initiative will mean a politically independent oversight committee to review money expenditures and give recommendations to Supervisors regarding how the ordinance is implemented. There are eight applicants for the committee including the chief medical officer at Howard Memorial, a mental health professional in the county for more than 30 years, and a senior program officer for the Community Foundation of Mendocino County.

An updated settlement agreement from the city of Ukiah has been sent over to the Ukiah Valley Sanitation District to try to stop the lawsuit the district filed against the city in 2014. The Daily Journal reports the agreement sent before the holidays, then the City Council had a special meeting Friday on the matter again, in a closed session with the City Attorney. The City Manager says the council had voted unanimously to approve a revised draft Settlement Agreement and Mutual Release of Claims that was sent to the District. This came a day after the Sanitation District’s board of directors had a closed door session too. The city had been looking to refinance bonds to upgrade the Wastewater Treatment Plant which the city and District jointly own and payment as part of the joint agreement is the bone of contention in the lawsuit.

Police in Sacramento recover one of their vehicles after its stolen Saturday night. The whole thing caught on dash cam as the car was driven erratically until it crashes into a curb. That’s when a former security guard nearby called dispatch and follows the stolen cruiser. The ex guard says the guy then went to a liquor store in sweats and bare feet and decided to go after him. He got the suspect on the ground, 40-ounce malt liquor in hand and chuckled as he was taken down. Police got to the scene and arrested the 22 year old man, Zachary Samaha. The cruiser stolen as cops responded to a call.

Dark clouds gathering as another storm heads into Northern Calif. The National Weather Service reported heavy rain was possible at times today after months of dry weather. December, the driest on record. The storm due to a system off the Gulf of Alaska is expected to last into tomorrow. Concern for burn areas throughout the state. There could be up to a half foot of rain in some areas of the state, and snow is expected to fall in Northern California mountains above the 7,000 foot level overnight. There are also predicted fast moving winds with the storm, with gusts in the mountains of up to 50 mph. 3 to 5 inches expected in Mendocino County with possible river and creek runoff and the same for burn areas in Redwood Valley.

A new report on the state’s profiling has been released a couple years after the fact. The California Racial and Identity Profiling Advisory, or RIPA Board has come out with its first report as part of a bill that passed the legislature in 2015 to stop racial profiling by cops. The Racial and Identity Profiling Act, the first of its kind in the state to detail info on current policies and practices then prevent racial and identity profiling and to find a way to increase public trust in police. The report shows reasons cops stop certain people, what happened during the stop and info collected during the stop and the officer’s perception of the person they stopped, based on race, gender, age and LGBT status of that person. The board then offers ways to do better. The work started in 2016.

A couple of Northern Calif. lawmakers have authored a bill to allow those affected by wildfires to get another year to rebuild their homes and businesses. Assemblymembers Cecilia Aguiar-Curry of Winters and counterpart Jim Wood of Healdsburg introduced the bill so victims could extend the time they have from insurance companies to get 100% of the money owed to them after fires in October of last year. The state had the worst year of wildfires in history last year. 44 people in Northern California were killed and there were close to 15,000 homes and more than 700 businesses destroyed.

The Ukiah United Methodist Church is trying for a new use. The Daily Journal reports the pastor of the old church, which has been underutilized as of late, wants a developer to turn it into housing. Due to the crazy costs of a rebuild and needed earthquake retrofit improvements, the church looking to have the church property sold outright, or agree to a long-term lease. The church congregation made the decision due to needed building renovations and improvements that weren’t affordable. At a cost of more than a half million dollars, the trustees decided to reach out to the community for ideas, and this is what they’ve come up with. For more info, we’ve posted the email address for the church on our Facebook page and website: buildingproject

A man in Fort Bragg’s been arrested after mail thefts in the area. The Mendocino County Sheriff’s dept says Jonathan Sanchez was cited and released on a misdemeanor. Police also arrested a couple of others in recent weeks for mail theft, Ryan Maxstady, who led police on a high speed chase and fired shots at cops too. But apparently the number of these types of crimes have gone down over the last few years. There were 50 cases in 2015, 25 in 2016 and 12 to 15 cases last year.


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