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The Mendocino County Board of Supervisors votes yes to get more money for a consultant helping the county with a mental needs assessment. The Daily Journal reports the Measure B — Mental Health Oversight Committee gave a presentation to the board at their meeting yesterday on an extension of a contract with Kemper Consulting for another year. But the paper reports Supervisor John McCowen made a motion for the contract not to go over $10,000 for services until a more detailed statement of services is brought to the board including any future modifications as needed. The committee was looking for $40,000 more from Measure B money , but apparently several board members were looking for a more detailed description about where the money was going.

A new mural is proposed for the outside wall of the Ukiah Valley Conference Center. The Planning Commission will consider the proposal today by the Arts Council of Mendocino County on Church Street between South School and South Oak Streets. The mural by artist Lauren Sinnott will feature the region’s past and present, including an expression of hopes and dreams for the future, the artist referring to her proposed piece as “Ukiah – Past, Present and Future.” The meeting tonight in City Council chambers at 6.

The Mendocino Local Agency Formation Commission has updated the Multi-District Fire Protection Services Sphere of Influence and the final budget has also been approved. The budget workshop in March kicked off work for the 2018-19 fiscal year. Then there was a public meeting by the commission last month with the final operating budget at about $150,000 covering staffing and other expenses, about $15,000 more than last year. The sphere of influence covering various fire and service districts.

PG&E has set up a new headquarters to look out for possible wildfires. The new wildfire safety operations center that opened yesterday overlooks the San Francisco Bay and can see across 70,000 square miles of northern and central California. There are also multiple monitors showing updated weather forecasts, wind reports and satellite images. The station has the power to close down power grids in wind events when there’s the potential for fire. The headquarters set up ahead of the completion of Cal Fire’s investigation into the cause of six major fires last Oct. 8 and 9.

Former California governor George Deukmejian has died. Iron Duke, as he was known died yesterday of natural causes, at the age of 89. He worked in California politics for at least thirty years. Not only as the leader of the state, but as an assemblyman, senator and state attorney general. The Republican was elected to be California’s 35th governor in 1982, expanding the state’s prison system, bringing the left-leaning California Supreme Court to the center and supporting tough, anti-crime legislation.

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office is helping to find a missing woman and is looking for the public’s help. 67 year old Sharon Foley apparently suffers from depression and bipolar disorder. She has not been seen since Monday evening when she left in her white 2009 Ford Crown Victoria driving into Kelseyville. The woman cannot walk on her own, but can drive. She was reported as upset when she left in her car. She was last seen in a white and gray dress, and wears glasses.

Lakeport Planners are meeting on a possible new affordable housing project. The meeting tonight includes a possible general plan amendment, zone change and parcel map for the proposed project on Martin St. The project is a 24-unit affordable multi-family apartment complex on about 3.5-acres of a 10.5-acre property. The developer also looking for a small change in their plan from an already approved architectural and design review and density bonus/incentive request for the project.

Charges for workers at a zoo in Canada after a bear goes to an ice cream drive thru shop. You heard that right, under Alberta’s Wildlife Act, the zoo can be charged. A video posted online by Discovery Wildlife Park in Innisfail, shows the one-year-old captive Kodiak bear, “Berkley” getting some bites of ice cream from the owner of the local Dairy Queen out the window of an SUV. The zoo’s permit could be at risk, after authorities say the zoo didn’t notify the government the bear was leaving the zoo. The law in the providence is that animals cannot be put on display outside their facilities without prior permission.

A major law firm is being hired by Mendocino County to help in its fight against the national and statewide opioid crisis. The Board of Supervisors hired Baron & Budd as part of a joint venture of law firms to sue manufacturers and distributors they say are responsible for the opioid epidemic across the country and in Mendocino County. The county itself joins more than two dozen others which could include a taxpayer and cost recovery action and possible equitable relief to help mitigate and prevent current and future problems. This comes as more and more evidence comes out that drug manufacturers pushed highly addictive, dangerous opioids and deliberately misinformed doctors saying the drugs are rarely addictive.


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