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Still no deal to end a long-playing lawsuit filed against the City of Ukiah by the Ukiah Valley Sanitation District. The Ukiah City Council held a special closed session this (Thursday) morning and the Mayor asked for another one for Friday. He wants that to be joint meeting of the settlement ad hoc committees of the Sanitation District and the City, for what the Daily Journal quotes the Mayor as being a “last-ditch effort to try to maximize the potential savings of $16 million by refinancing the sewer bonds”. The District filed the suit in 2014 alleging the city violated its participation agreement and owed $30 million in back payments over 40 years. Ending the suit would get the City more favorable terms to refinance the bonds but the deadline to do so is January 17. Both the Sanitation District board and the City Council have had several closed meetings over the past few weeks.

Caltrans is hosting a meeting next week on the proposed State Route 1 Gualala Downtown Enhancement Project. Officials say the current design of downtown has a lot of traffic problems, and the project would not only improve traffic flow and make walking and biking safer, but also improve the visual character with new landscaping and hardscaping. The open house and informational meeting is Tuesday, January 16, from 5:30p.m. to 7:30p.m., at the Gualala Community Center.

Ukiah Resident Lillian Vogel has passed away at the age of 108. Her family tells the Daily Journal she died peacefully at home on December 29. Ms. Vogel was a psychologist who got her undergrad degree in 1933 from USC – a rare thing for a woman back then – and after her son started high school in 1957 went back for her PhD. She moved to Ukiah in 1996 at the age of 87, to be closer to her son and two granddaughters, but still continued her practice for several years. A lifelong musician and supporter of the Arts, she also started the Lillian Vogel Piano Group and published a memoir the year she turned 100. Just last January 2017, she participated in the Women’s March in Ukiah.


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