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After the massive Tubbs Fire in Sonoma County this past October, turns out the water delivery system for one burned neighborhood will have to totally be replaced for several million dollars. The Fountaingrove neighborhood has to get a new water system as the one in place now has been contaminated with benzene. The cost to replace, $43 million. The cause of the contamination is currently unknown, but the water is not safe as it has the cancer-causing hydrocarbon that’s in gasoline and plastic. Water engineers, consultants and regulators say it needs to be totally replaced as the water mains are where the contamination lies. The director of Santa Rosa Water says they’ll have to replace water mains, meters on the properties and other equipment like fire hydrants.

A new member’s been chosen for the Clearlake City Council to fill the seat of a member who resigned to apply to be the city’s police chief. It was a unanimous vote for Russell Cremer, a local businessman, who will take over for Russ Perdock, whose term ends in November. The council decided to appoint someone and there were six applicants. Then an ad-hoc committee decided who would be the best choice. Cremer had some letters of support from the Lake County Fire Chief, and Konocti Unified Superintendent and others. He’s also on the city’s cannabis ad hoc committee and the Konocti Unified Measure Y Oversight Committee, and the boards for the Clearlake Rotary, Lake Area Rotary Club Association and the Lower Lake Community Action Group. He’ll be sworn in Tuesday.

Stolen and abandoned shopping carts littering the community may be a thing of the past. The Ukiah City Council says yes to a new version of the ordinance for the misuse of shopping carts. An ad-hoc committee put together the deal to address the problem with a draft ordinance approved by the city council with input from business owners, the community and others. Even the Mendocino County District Attorney said he’d prosecute those who break the new law, saying the problem is a close second complaint to marijuana issues. A consultant hired to tackle homelessness called shopping carts encampments on wheels, which can spread disease and other risks. Plus it’s theft of private property. For those busted, it’s a misdemeanor subject to prison time or fines.

A new poll shows support for strictler gun laws in Calif at 70 percent. The Public Policy Institute of California poll asked likely voters if they’d like stricter gun laws and the numbers were up 15 points. The biggest jump since they started polling the question in 2015. 24% of likely voters said they think the law is fine the way it is and 6 percent said it should be less regulated. The question was whether the sale of guns should be stricter or less strict, or stay the same. The poll by telephone to 1,706 California adult residents on both cell phones and landlines from March 4th to 13th.

The majority of teachers polled say the new science standards are tough to follow because they’re dealing with teacher shortages, flat elementary science education, not enough supplies and other problems. The Public Policy Institute of California survey of 204 school districts in California with the question of progress of the Next Generation Science Standards, which started in 2013, but are only now being introduced. The report author says most districts surveyed were hopeful for the new science standards saying they think it would improve students’ performance in science but there are a lot of challenges too, especially in low-income or low-performing schools with inadequate science labs, not many materials and not enough credentialed science teachers.

Applications being accepted for Operation Recognition in Lake County schools. The office of education says applications are due by the end of April to get qualified veterans or WW2 relocation center internees high school diplomas because they were involved in wartime activities. Veterans need to provide proof of services with their application and discharge papers. Family members can also apply for veterans who have passed away, but those getting the diploma or their family member had to be a Lake County former or current resident.

For an application, please contact LCOE Human Resources at rmahan or 707-262-4151. Applications can also be downloaded from www.lakecoe.org.

Qualified veterans include those who participated in the following conflicts:

· World War II (December 7, 1941 — December 31, 1946)

· The Korean War (June 25, 1950- January 31, 1955)

· The Vietnam War ( February 28, 1961- May 7, 1975)

Ukiah police looking for a burglar they say was seen prowling around a home earlier this week. Cops say an off duty officer saw a man in the 400 block of Luce Avenue Monday afternoon and called it in. That house found later to have been robbed. Cops say while other officers were on the way he saw the suspect in a silver Toyota Camry at the Mendocino County Behavioral Health parking lot. When he left a responding officer saw him and tried stopping him, but he took off. There was a chase and the guy jumped from the car and ran away, with the Camry left running and in gear, hitting a car and fence. They’ve id’d the guy as Chayton Paul West, from both the areas of Sacramento and Laytonville, and he’s still on the run. The man will be charged with burglary, evading an officer, and hit-and-run as cops ask the public for assistance. He also has some warrants out for reckless driving, leaving the scene of an accident, driving unlicensed and burglary. His picture’s posted on the Daily Journal’s website.

An eight year old boy pinned by a car that jumped a curb and hit him, then staffers from Good Life Bakery in Mendocino lift the SUV off the child. The Daily Journal reports the boy, was sitting on the patio at the bakery when the SUV jumped, landing on his leg. The owner of the bakery tells the newspaper his staff basically saved the boy’s life, or at least from further injuries… that from the Mendocino fire chief. The chief says they first got a call about an accident but didn’t know the extent at first, then on the way found out the seriousness. When they got there the boy was sitting on the patio awaiting an ambulance. A witness says the man behind the wheel of the SUV thought his foot was on the brake, not the gas when he went to park. Turns out the 8 year old had a broken ankle with severe bruising, but is otherwise fine. The staff members who helped the boy want to stay anonymous.

Ukiah High is staying open today even though a rumor was circulating there was a threat to the school. The school district posted on Facebook yesterday school would be in session today after an investigation with police found no evidence of specific threats of a possible school shooting. There was some emergency drills at the school yesterday in several classes with info gathered since the Parkland, Florida shooting. The school district asking anyone with specific info on the investigation to let the Ukiah Police Department know immediately.

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