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In response what they say have been many generous offers for community support and the need for long-term resources for fire survivors, Mendocino County, the Community Foundation of Mendocino County, North Coast Opportunities and others have formed Mendocino – Rebuilding Our Community, or “M-ROC”, a Long-Term Fire Recovery Committee. They will coordinate support that has already been pledged for fire survivors, develop a long-term strategy to direct resources, and address needs as they develop during the rebuild effort. To help, M-ROC has formed into a collection of subcommittees on specific needs: Case Management, Emotional and Spiritual Support, Material Needs, Construction, Finance and Fundraising, and Unmet Needs. The point of access for survivors is through the Redwood Resource Room located inside the Ukiah Valley Conference Center. For information on fire recovery resources, visit:

The regularly scheduled Mendocino Fire Recovery Community Meeting for Wednesday, February 21 has been rescheduled for Thursday, February 22 as federal, state, and county leaders will all come together for a Recovery & Rebuilding Town Hall for Mendocino County. The Town Hall will be an opportunity for residents to receive updated information on debris removal operations, there will be a briefing on the partial rebuild of the Redwood Valley County Water District, residents will be provided all the information they need to rebuild their homes and there will be an update on local services and programs available for fire survivors. It will be Thursday Feb 22nd 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Eagle Peak Middle School Cafeteria. This meeting will be streamed on the Mendocino County YouTube Channel.

The final draft of the Lake County Hazard Mitigation Plan 2018 Update has been posted to the Sheriff’s Office Website. The Plan will be submitted to the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, and Federal Emergency Management Agency next week. After they approve, the Plan will be adopted by the Lake County Disaster Council & Board of Supervisors. The Plan is required for the County’s ability to remain eligible for grants from FEMA and must be updated every five years. You can see it here:


A man in Clearlake reaches a plea deal with the D-A for a murder in December of 2015 and the attempted murder of another person. The D-A says 22 year old Javier Martinez Cachu admitted guilt for the murder of Luis Pimentel-Arroyo and the attempted murder of his fiancé, Eva Prado, plus special allegations of being armed with a shotgun. The D-A says the case involved drugs and insurance money related to the Valley Fire. Prado and Pimentel-Arroyo’s home burned down in Middletown during the fire, but Martinez Cachu got $40,000 in insurance money from Prado and bought weed to sell. But that was stolen and the guy couldn’t pay Prado back so there was an altercation where Martinez Cachu shot and killed Pimentel-Arroyo and tried to kill his fiancé. Martinez Cachu turned himself in two hours later. He could get up to 90 years in prison.

A facelift coming to Lakeport City Hall. Upgrades to the way the building is currently set up and the city’s looking for bids right now. The Lakeport Community Development Director says they’re looking to improve customer service and have been looking at layout changes at City Hall. They’ve got about $70,000 set aside for the work. One of the items they hope to accomplish is a relocation of the Community Development Department public window, and more space in the Finance Dept. and relocation of the doors of council chambers. They’re also hoping to upgrade the security system, and some other infrastructure fixes.

A rollover crash near Blue Lakes ends with one person injured. The CHP reports it happened yesterday afternoon on Highway 20 and Blue Lakes Road which blocked one lane. The driver was alone in the car and got pinned inside and had to be extricated. An air ambulance took the victim to a trauma center. The CHP said there were only minor injuries though.

Congressman Mike Thompson speaking in Sonoma County thanking FEMA for paying out about 90 percent of the total eligible costs related to the October wildfire debris removal. He says that helped communities stay financially solvent after the massive costs of recovering from the October wildfires. After the president declared the area a major disaster, federal money was released to the area. Normally the federal government pays 75% of disaster costs, but apparently Congressman Thompson, and his colleague Jared Huffman worked with the House Majority Leader and Democratic Leader to get the money to 90 percent instead. It was part of the budget deal congress passed February 9th.

First responders, community leaders and nonprofits to be honored at the State Capitol for their work on the October wildfires. State Senator Mike McGuire and Senator Bill Dodd are honoring them all in a special ceremony today as part of NorCal Heroes Day and Day Of Remembrance. The state senate will have a special ceremony for those in Lake, Napa, Mendocino and Sonoma counties. Those attending include sheriffs, police chiefs and fire chiefs who helped save homes and people’s lives.

The city of Ukiah looks to be getting rid of free downtown parking after several public workshops on the matter. Parking meters would go into the retail area so no more free parking on School Street. Vendors had wanted to keep the free parking thinking it would bring in more business. But apparently the free spots were being used by business owners or employees, not customers. The parking district is also losing money to the tune of between $34,000 and $60,000 a year. So city staff’s idea was to put in more than 400 parking meters downtown that can be paid with cash, credit cards or smartphones. The city also noting they won’t be starting the long awaited for Streetscape Project until early next year.

The Fort Bragg City Council has unanimously voted to close off the coastline from offshore drilling, exploration and fracking. The vote after the Trump administration proposed National Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing off all coasts of the country. The administration also rolled back safety rules with offshore drilling. So local governments started to act on their own to oppose the new rules, Fort Bragg being the 24th to pass a resolution. There have been no new federal offshore oil and gas leases off the coast of California since 1984.

Valentine’s Day is behind us this year, but folks looking for love online losing major money the past three years – with more complaints annually. This according to a new report from the Better Business Bureau where researchers estimated 25-thousand scammers were actively trolling for victims on dating sites, spending months wooing people online before asking them to wire money for some fictitious emergency. Jarrod Wise with the Better Business Bureau in San Francisco says scammers often give themselves away by insisting a person leave the dating site to keep in touch.

Cut 29345 :17 "If you are engaging with someone on a dating site, and they want to go off the site within a few conversations, that’s a big red flag that that’s a potential scam, because they’re trying to hide themselves from the dating site. So, they want to get off that communication portal and engage with you through a text message or email."

Tag: The study also estimates more than a million people in the U-S have fallen victim to a romance scam in the past five years, and even more worldwide – and sadly, some have even taken their own lives after discovering it was a hoax.
Congressman Mike Thompson speaks out about some of his colleagues stance on gun control after the latest school shooting. The congressman takes to the House floor during what’s known as the “point of parliamentary inquiry” asking the Speaker, when the House would muster the courage to take up the issue of gun violence. But the acting chair — not House Speaker Paul Ryan — told him he wasn’t using proper parliamentary inquiry and changed the subject. Thompson, heads the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force. He said later in an interview since the Republicans are in charge there’s been no hearing on his background checks bill, which was introduced two months after the Sandy Hook school shooting in December, 2012. He says it will take a public outcry for anything to happen.

A major voice of the #MeToo movement at the capitol who has already been accused of misconduct has new allegations. Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia is being accused from four anonymous former employees of misconduct, including talk about sex and alcohol consumption at her Capitol office. A lawyer has filed a formal complaint on the former employees behalf, saying she spoke regularly in front of staff about her sex life, including with other members of the Legislature. They also say Garcia drank booze while on official Assembly business and pressured staff to also drink. Garcia has not said she’d resign or step down, saying on Facebook she’s confident she’s consistently treated her staff fairly and respectfully. She’s on a leave of absence currently though since she’s being investigated after another legislative employee says she groped him.

An 11-year-old boy who cut his elbow while at a tidepool in California, apparently had a hangers on. A pediatric doctor at Loma Linda University in Los Angeles apparently found a sea snail hatched inside the wound inside an abscess. The mollusk was still alive in there for a week. They say it probably embedded in the wound when the boy fell in the tidepool. The boy apparently wanted to keep the snail, which was a checkered perwinkle marine snail, which he named Turbo. Sadly, it died a day after being removed. Apparently the same thing happened in 2013 to a 4 year old boy, who’s mom popped it out of his knee.

If you have a low-level marijuana conviction in Mendocino County dating back to before it was legal, you can apply online to have it cleared. A spokesman for the Mendocino County District Attorney tells the Willits News while they do not have the staff or time to automatically review marijuana convictions, under Proposition 64 you can petition the court to clear your records of low-level offenses and the Mendocino County DA’s office has a place online where you can apply for it yourself. The online service is free and you don’t need an attorney. The spokesman says about 80 people have submitted applications since November and the DA’s office has processed most of them and submitted them to the courts for approval. He reminds you past criminal behavior, even unrelated to marijuana, can influence decisions.

The Savings Bank has informed Ukiah Police they have seen an uptick in counterfeit $100’s being passed to merchants in Ukiah and Lakeport. Police say they are actually $1 bills, possibly 2009 series or earlier, that have been washed and had fake $100 bill information printed on them. Because the bills are printed on genuine $1 bills, the paper does have the red and blue embedded fibers that will pass a merchant pen test. But some of the original $1 characteristics will bleed through and police say if you take a little extra time to look closely, you can see that.

Federal disaster money from the ill-fated 2015-16 Dungeness crab season could finally be headed to some North Coast fishermen. Last week’s congressional budget deal included disaster relief funds to offset losses from the Dungeness season that was cancelled due to a deadly neurotoxin. Although it is not yet known how much money is coming or when it could come, in all $200 million in disaster relief was included in the bill to cover nine different West Coast fishery disasters all declared more than a year ago, plus some from Hurricanes Irma and Maria. The president of the Bodega Bay Fishermen’s Marketing Association tells the Press Democrat it’s possible the payouts could happen by the end of the year, but he is not counting in it.

For the sixth time, Middletown High Schoolers have won first place in the Lake County Mock Trial competition. There are two local high school teams, Middletown and Upper Lake and Middletown has never lost, in six years. But organizers and competitors say this year was more challenging than before and both teams did well. The competition entails high school kids arguing a criminal case from both sides – as the prosecution and defense – then judges from Lake County who volunteer for the competition, hear the cases. They are fictional cases. This time it was about a murder and an extremist nationalist group as the accused. Middletown will head to the state Mock Trial Finals in Orange County next month.

Dog flu is apparently a thing. The SPCA of Lake County is warning about cases not too far away, in the Bay Area. None have been diagnosed locally, but the Canine Influenza Virus H3N2/H3N8 has 50 confirmed cases and more than 200 suspected ones in the Bay Area. They get it pretty much like humans do thru contact with the infected person, or in this case, dog. Also thru the air from coughing or sneezing and contaminated surfaces. They can become ill with similar symptoms too like coughing, sneezing, nasal discharge, less of an appetite, lethargy and fever. There is a vaccination available thru the SPCA in Kelseyville.

More workshops are being held by the Lake County Board of Supervisors for their commercial cannabis ordinance. The first was set for this morning at 9 AM in the board chambers. They are expected to have staff prepare the cannabis cultivation ordinance for a first reading at their next regular meeting; and they’re expected to prepare cannabis distribution and manufacturing ordinances so the Lake County Planning Commission can then consider that next month. Then the ordinance will be brought back to another workshop in April for more work.

There are still 22 properties that the Army Corps of Engineers has to approve as cleared after they have toxins removed after the Sulphur Fire. There’s one in Clearlake left that the work was started on last Thursday. The corp is saying their work is 100% complete, but there’s a delay in formally calling it all clear because of private contracting work. The Record Bee reports contractors have to provide receipts from landfills to show the work is done, but there’s final soil testing too. Properties that have not been totally cleared could cause hazards to the community. The newspaper reports separately that the California Human Development Dept. got a grant from the Department of Labor so crews can get extra help cleaning up public lands.

A new report shows the 2017 grape harvest was barely touched by October’s wildfires in Mendocino County. The Mendocino WineGrowers have their Preliminary Grape Crush Report out tracking how many tons of grapes were crushed, from where they were grown and how much money they made. The report prepared by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The was a downturn in the amount of grapes in the county last year of nearly 10 percent, but the price went up. The executive director of Mendocino WineGrowers says the average price per ton was up more than 10 percent. In 2017, the harvest brought in about $119.5 million, compared to $120.1 million in 2016.

Gas prices are down in California. The American Automobile Association or AAA reports the average price in Calif for a gallon of unleaded was $3.34, a penny lower than a week before, but prices had been going up steadily for the last month and a half. Prices were at $3.10 a gallon at the beginning of the year. It’s typical for prices to go down at the beginning of a new year because of travel tapering off after the holidays. Analysts say prices could get back up to $4 a gallon by May though.

A man from Kelseyville has been killed after crashing the ATV he was near Cow Mountain. The California Highway Patrol reports 44 year old Fred Skala of Lake County was on a Polaris ATV headed westbound on Mill Creek Road when he became separated from family members. When he didn’t get back, they got concerned and phoned 911. The Mendocino County Sheriff’s office started a search and rescue and found the man later that night. He was killed after the crash. They’re investigating the possible cause.

Two rooms at Stanford University had to be evacuated in a main building in the law school after the professor of the class got a letter with white powder in it along with a death threat. Apparently the Law Professor Michelle Dauber has been leading a recall campaign against Judge Aaron Persky who gave Stanford student, Brock Turner, only six months for raping a drunk student a few years ago. The story made national headlines. The judge says he’s also been getting death threats since the recall effort. The white substance was found to be harmless, but the school is investigating. The judge’s recall will be on the ballot in June.

Pacific Gas & Electric Co. is calling fire survivors who lost their homes to ask questions about their bills or rebuilding. The utility making the calls to several thousand customers to see if they can help. A spokesperson for the utility says they’re calling 7,000 customers. They’ve also stopped billing several thousand people in fire-affected areas, but that just means the bills are accruing monthly even if they’ve moved. So the company then suspended those bills and says they’re calling customers with bills of more than $500 in Sonoma, Napa, Mendocino and Lake counties.

In Sonoma County, a once over of all the burned out properties, to make sure they’re properly cleaned after the October fires. The Army Corp of Engineers has apparently made good progress on the thousands of properties they’re supervising, looking to be done by April. And contractors have cleared nearly three quarters of the sites. There are still about 1,100 more properties where owners are using private contractors to clean. So the county and officials in Santa Rosa are asking the owners to get the work done by April 9th. The Press Democrat reports on complaints from residents whose lots have been cleared by the government but their neighbors have not.

Cops need help in Los Angeles learning to arrest people intoxicated on marijuana so they got volunteers to get high. A new green lab helps officers, prosecutors and toxicologists so they can learn about the signs of impairment. The volunteers took part in field sobriety tests, sober, then smoked weed and did it again so officers could see the difference. This is apparently not a new phenomenon, the green labs also done in Colorado where marijuana first became legal.


The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office is asking your help in finding a missing woman who was possibly abducted by her boyfriend at gunpoint and is considered “at risk”. The Sheriff’s Office says they learned Monday about the incident that happened Friday with witnesses saying the suspect Negie Fallis, who was already under investigation for an incident of domestic violence, had a gun when he arrived at Khadijah Britton’s home and demanded she leave with him. They got in a black Mercedes and have not been heard from since. Detectives say Fallis is known to frequent the Willows area and Grindstone Rancheria in Glenn County, parts of Lake County, and Covelo. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of either Fallis or Britton is asked to contact Mendocino County Sheriff’s Dispatch at 707-463-4086 or their Tip Line 707-234-2100.

Officials have released the name of a women shot and killed by deputies after a pursuit on Tuesday. Dawn Elika Center of Redwood Valley was the suspect in the armed robbery of a car from a lot in Ukiah. She led deputies and Willits police on a chase into Willits where she exited the car wielding a gun and shots were fired. She died at the scene. The three deputies involved in the shooting incident have all been placed on paid administrative as is standard procedure, while the incident is being investigated by the Mendocino County District Attorney’s Office.

Back to some of the old rules when the drought was serious. The State Water Resources Control Board is poised to start new rules, fining folks who use too much water. They’re focused on seven wasteful water practices with rules possibly starting April 1st. There wouldn’t be a drought emergency declaration per se to put the new rules in place, like back in 2015 when the Governor put it into place. After the rules went into effect back then, there was a huge drop in the amount of water the state was consuming. But last winter there was a ton of rain so the drought was essentially over. If the new rules do go into place it would mean, no over-watering of lawns, no spraying driveways or sidewalks, no car washing without an automatic shutoff nozzle, no water fountains that don’t recirculate, no daily lawn or landscape watering, hotels have to ask guests if they want new linens and towels, and no street median washing without reason.

The state’s reporting more than 160 flu deaths so far this season. The amount of those getting sick is down finally, but the deaths are going up. State health officials reported 36 more people died last week from influenza, that was six more than a week before. So now there are 163 deaths from the flu in the state, but that’s not even counting those who are over 65 years old. State officials also report the flu is spreading more than it has before. No word if the outbreak has hit its peak yet either. And at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, they report the flu season this year would be as bad, or almost as bad as in 2009 because of the H3N2 virus which is hard to use a vaccine for.

Congressman Mike Thompson has announced those receiving his Public Safety Hero Award. The award for exceptional law enforcement officers and first responders who go over and above the call of duty. Lake County Undersheriff Chris Macedo and Deputy Fire Chief Mike Ciancio with the Northshore Fire Protection District were honored in Lake County. Thompson said it was a challenging year for law enforcement and first responders due to the devastating fires and a continued threat of gun violence.
You might be able to get your healthcare from outside of local government. The Consolidated Tribal Health Project, Inc. announcing their clinic is opening primary care enrollment to non-Native Americans and Native American patients. The project says they’re committed to healthy lifestyles and to honor traditional Native American values of maintaining physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and social wellbeing of the community. They started back in 1984 to tend to the health needs of American Indians and Alaska Natives in Mendocino County. It’s managed care is in partnership with Partnership HealthPlan of California, and with Indian Health Service; takes Medicare and has been accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care.

A new city park on the agenda for the Ukiah Planning Commission. The park in the Wagenseller Neighborhood by the hospital. Todd Grove and Vinewood Parks are the only two closeby, and a decent walk, or a quick drive. The idea for the park after the city had their “Needs Assessment” workshop for residents in the area in 2016. Some of the feedback included concern about the amount of transients in the area, which might attract even more. Also concern voiced about how little parking there is nearby. People hoping for basketball hoops and playground equipment, and possibly barbecue pits and picnic tables and potentially community gardens. The meeting tonight at 6 in city council chambers.

A car ends up in Clear Lake but the driver only had minor injuries. The CHP reports the vehicle came off Highway 20 for some unknown reason, then went down an embankment last night near Paradise Valley Boulevard, and landing on its roof on the lakeshore. The CHP reports a female driver got out of the car with minor injuries. A witness says they saw her yelling at responding law enforcement officers.

Less applications for financial aid at California colleges from students known as "Dreamers" or DACA recipients. The L.A. Times is reporting as of this past Monday, just over 19,140 students applied for financial aid under the California Dream Act. That’s just above half those who applied a year ago. College counselors say the drop may be due to a rising distrust of government by immigrant families, plus there’s uncertainty about the status of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program –known as DACA.

The Calif. Transportation Commission looking for more accountability and info from the North Coast Railroad Authority out of Ukiah regarding its finances and future. The commission saying there’s not enough material in the recent plan to make “informed decisions” on the future of the agency which is in serious debt. The seven page plan was submitted last month, but the commission said there wasn’t info in it about current finances, its debt, a market analysis, expected benefits, who the funding partners are and “accountability measures”. The plan has been roundly criticized for not having enough information to inform state lawmakers and for being confusing. The same thing happened in December too, with the report before this one. The authority maintains freight service on a 316-mile rail route from Napa to Eureka.

An elderly woman from Santa Rosa who says she was abandoned in bed with other elderly residents during the October wildfires is suing an assisted living facility. 94 year old Barbara Pierce is taking Varenna at Fountaingrove to court regarding their treatment during the wildfires last fall that killed more than 20 people in Sonoma County and destroyed 5,130 homes. Another entity also suing another facility nearby for leaving the residents behind, some with dementia. They escaped with family help before that facility was gutted. Now Pierce claims there was no effort made to make sure she and others didn’t die after the neighboring facility burned to the ground. She was rescued by a man checking on his grandpa. He helped as many as 80 patients out, even carrying some.

A man from Brazil tries traveling from the Lisbon Airport in Portugal with drugs he was trying to smuggle into a fake rear end. Cops found a kilo of cocaine on the man who was trying to get into Portugal from northern Brazil. Another man was also arrested who cops found was supposed to be the one getting the drugs from the guy. Cops releasing a statement saying National Anti-Narcotics Trafficking officers were questioning the guy in customs after he was found with the drugs stitched into the fake bottom inside swim trunks.

A woman has been shot and killed by police following a car chase that closed Hwy 101 near Willits for several hours this morning. Around 930am Mendocino deputies were called to a report of car taken in an armed robbery at Thurston Auto Plaza in Ukiah. The woman sped off northbound on Highway 101 and the car was spotted and then followed by a deputy near the CalFire Howard Forest station. The pursuit then hit more than 100 MPH as the driver got to the Hwy 101 bypass where Willits Police joined in. A short time later the woman crashed along Hwy 101 at Mile Post Marker 49 north of the bypass. Officers say the woman came out of the car holding a handgun and confronted the pursuing deputies and officers. Shots were fired and the woman died at the scene. No deputies or officers were hurt. Mendocino County District Attorney’s Officers were brought to the scene and are leading the investigation.

A guy who led CHP officers on a chase from Mendocino County into Sonoma County late Monday night has been charged with DUI. A CHP officer initially stopped Dennis Tober on Hwy 101 southbound near Redwood Valley but Tober stopped just briefly and then took off. Officers joining the chase were alerted that Tober was wanted on two felony warrants and may have been armed. The CHP put out spike strips near Cloverdale at which point Tober was forced to stop with flat tires. Tober refused to leave his pickup truck though, even at gunpoint and with officers firing beanbag projectiles. After about an hour a hostage negotiator convinced him to give up. Tober was booked into the Mendocino County jail on suspicion of drunken driving, driving with a blood alcohol of 0.08 percent or higher, resisting arrest and evading officers.

A travel website says Willow Creek in Humboldt County is a good place to see… Bigfoot. This is from which posted last week “20 Places Where You Could Encounter Bigfoot”, naming California the second best place. It also says there’s been as many as 437 “Sasquatch sightings” in the state. Apparently the first was in the South Lake Tahoe area, then says Willow Creek, in quote, “lush Humboldt County” is California’s “Squatchiest” county, where there’s supposedly been a few sightings, plus there’s that exhibition at the Willow Creek–China Flat Museum with all sorts of info on Bigfoot, replete with artifacts and a giant Sasquatch statue in front. Florida was third on this list with 313 Bigfoot sightings and Washington state was first with 642 sightings.

A major plunge for PG&E profits in the final quarter of 2017. During that time, the massive wildfires across Northern California. The utility bringing in $327M from operations, down nearly 52 percent from the same period a year before. The company’s costs connected to last October’s wildfires at about $82 million dollars so far. The company’s CEO says they’re working with policy makers and others to come up with solutions after the major challenges the company faces after the devastating Northern California wildfires. The company taking some heat after telling investors there would be no dividends distributed in December because the company might be liable in connection to the wildfires.

Democratic leaders and some businesses, local governments and labor companies lobbying for a new road repair bill thru a gas tax looking for millions over the next decade, but now a wrinkle in the plan. A petition drive to get this new tax and other items rolled into the package killed in a ballot initiative. Organizers say they’ve already got more than 450,000 registered voters’ signatures. They need about 200-thousand more to land the measure on the November ballot. But those who supported the original bill, SB1, which was signed into law by the Gov., say it would cost more to repeal the bill then just leaving things as they are.

A doctor in Lakeport’s been arrested in connection to the sexual assault of a co-worker. The Lake County Sheriff’s Office reports arresting nephrologist Mohamad Moutaz Almawaldi of Lakeport. He works for various hospitals and clinics as a referral doctor working with kidneys. The Sheriff’s office says they got a report last August from a woman who worked in his office in Lakeport and says Almawaldi kissed her without permission and pulled down her shirt. The doctor was arrested last week with bail set at $20,000 and has not made a statement so far.

New harassment allegations against a Republican candidate for governor. Travis Allen, a state Assemblyman from Orange County is named along with about a half dozen current and former lawmakers in a report released last week by the Legislature – with “substantiated” harassment claims against them from the last several years. In those documents, it alleges a woman accused Allen of regularly getting too close to her. She says he made her uncomfortable, squeezing her shoulders from behind. Allen denies the allegations, but political rivals say he should quit the race.

A new candidate for the Lake County Board of Supervisors District 3 seat. A local business owner and the Chair of the East Region Town Hall, Denise Loustalot has officially announced she’s running for Jim Steele’s seat. Loustalot and her hubby own a couple of local business and she’s the President of the Clear Lake Chamber of Commerce. She says her platform’s focusing on environmentally appropriate business development that preserves our quality of life.

Assemblymember Cecilia Aguiar-Curry gets more money to help improve the health of Clear Lake. Aguiar-Curry of Winters district includes Lake County. She’s been working on legislation to improve the Lake and now announced a $15 million grant from local propositions to help with phase one of the Middle Creek Restoration project at the north end of Clear Lake. The California Natural Resources Agency and the Department of Water Resources helped get the grant. It goes to help stop the flood risk for nearby homes, several outbuildings, and about 1,650 acres of agricultural land. It will also restore damaged habitat and work to make the watershed feeding the lake more healthy.

The CHP is looking for whoever was involved in a hit and run ending in injuries in the Clear Lake Rivieras. The accident Friday night on Fairway Drive. The passenger of the car, Charles Rose Jr. of Kelseyville was injured, but the driver took off after crashing the 2003 Ford F-350 pickup. The driver missed a curve, went off the road and down a steep embankment, hitting a big rock and rolling. The truck burst into flames and the driver ran away. The passenger was wearing a seat belt and had moderate injuries and was flown to an out of county hospital. The CHP looking for any possible witnesses to call the Clear Lake Area Office.

A business group in Sacramento wants the city council there to decide how much cannabis business should be allowed. Part of the city which is zoned commercial with lots of warehouse space has had several applications from marijuana cultivators. The city has a cannabis chief who says they’re wading thru all of the applications, nearly 170 of them so far. About half want to be in that one zone, of District 6. The District 6 councilman says he’s concerned about over saturation. The councilman and the Power Inn Alliance worried warehouse rents could go up with this high demand, so they want the city council to define how much would be too much business for one area. There’s currently a cap of 30 dispensaries in the city.

It’s been about a year exactly since about 180-thousand people had to evacuate after the Oroville Dam’s auxiliary spillway nearly failed. There’s now some legislation at the capitol looking for major changes at the Department of Water Resources, like more detailed inspections of the dam and new protocols, like looking more closely at the dam’s original design. An evacuation of those living by the dam last February 12th, a year ago yesterday, because of possible erosion of the emergency spillway and the sudden appearance of a giant crater. The agency inspects the dam once a year. So far the main spillway is repaired and other temporary fixes are in place for the winter.

A man in San Antonio, TX trying to get his 4th DUI conviction overturned saying the law in the state is discriminatory, against alcoholics. Ralph Friesenhahn in court saying the state’s driving limit of 0.08 blood-alcohol goes against folks with higher tolerances because they’re frequent drinkers, so they should be recognized as a “protected class of alcoholics”. Meaning they’d be prosecuted but wouldn’t have to prove they lost control of mental or physical abilities. The court saying, uh, no… state law doesn’t treat alcoholics unfairly and says it applies equally to all drivers. The man’s recent arrest ending in a rollover crash, he had more than 3½ times the legal limit.

Lake County CHP officers are reportedly still looking for the driver who ran from a crash near Clearlake Riviera on Friday, leaving behind his injured passenger. The wreck happened around 1130pm Friday on Fairview Drive, west of Tenino Way. The CHP says the pickup ran off the road and down the embankment where hit a large rock, flipped and caught on fire. Passenger Charles Wade Rose Jr., of Kelseyville suffered moderate injuries and was flown to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital. The CHP has not said whether they know the driver’s identity.

A Fort Bragg man has been arrested on charges related to sexually abusing children. Last month Fort Bragg Police got a report from Mendocino County Child Welfare Services with allegations that Jonatan Sastre-Cordova had committed lewd acts with multiple victims under 14. Officers started an investigation while also protecting the children and after conducting several interviews arrested him last week. Fort Bragg Police are asking anyone with any information to contact Officer Wilder at (707) 961- 2800 or via email at: awilder.

Ukiah Police Officer Jason Chapman has been presented with the City of Ukiah’s Exceptional Employee Award. At last week’s council meeting, Officer Chapman was recognized for his efforts to remove the impacts of homelessness on the environment within Ukiah. Since last May, Officer Chapman, Public Works Maintenance Lead Darin Malugani, and the Street Crew, have removed more than sixteen tons of debris from city creeks, streams and other locations.