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An easy win for Democrat Gavin Newsom in the primary for California governor. Republican businessman John Cox had a strong second place finish. Now the two face off in November to replace Gov. Jerry Brown who’s termed out. Cox is endorsed by President Trump who tweeted out about him, giving him a needed push to squeak out a win over Democrat Antonio Villaraigosa, who was thought to be a strong leader to go up against Newsom, an early frontrunner. Newsom, was the San Francisco mayor and the current Lt. Governor. He was also the first candidate to announce he was running for Governor three years ago. He has been an early proponent of gay marriage in Calif. and legalized recreational marijuana. California’s so-called “jungle primary ” means the top two vote-getters — no matter the party, have a runoff in November.

Looks like the lodging tax referendum to cover private campgrounds and RV parks is not going to pass. As of late last night, with just 15 percent of the vote counted, the tax measure was behind 53-47. The Chair of the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors, Dan Hamburg, saying it would bring in a small amount of money, but it could be major for the county’s budget. There’s already a 10 percent fee for lodging of 30 days or less at all hotels, inns and guesthouses, but not for private tent sites or overnight parking areas for RV’s like neighboring municipalities. The Board of Supervisors supported Measure G, sponsored by the County Treasurer-Tax Collector.

No problem for either Congressmen Mike Thompson and Jared Huffman who easily won their primaries. Late last night Thompson had about 80 percent of the vote to get an 11th term in the House. He was way out ahead of Anthony Mills and Nils Palsson with 9 and 8 percent, respectively. Neither has a party preference. The district includes Santa Rosa, Rohnert Park, Cotati and Sonoma Valley, all of Napa County and parts of Lake, Solano and Contra Costa counties. For Huffman, he had 70 percent of the vote, a healthy lead against Republican Dale Mensing, a grocery store cashier from Garberville who he’ll run off against in November. The 2nd Congressional District covers Marin, Mendocino, Humboldt, Del Norte, and Trinity counties plus part of Sonoma County.

In state politics, Sen. Mike McGuire and Assemblymen Jim Wood and Marc Levine won in the primary election and face the same three challengers this November. McGuire going for a second term was ahead of another Democrat, Veronica Jacobi, a former Santa Rosa city councilwoman. Wood is trying for his third term in the Assembly. As of late tallies, he was easily ahead of Republican businessman Matt Heath with 68 percent of the vote. And Levine, going for his fourth term, was way out ahead with 80 percent of the vote. And Assemblywoman Cecilia Aguiar-Curry is running unopposed.

No problem for Senator Diane Feinstein who was up against her party’s first choice in the primary. Feinstein handily winning over State Senator Kevin De Leon, who was also endorsed by the state’s largest labor unions. She goes up against a Republican for the November runoff, James Bradley. Feinstein is about to turn 85. De Leon was thought to be a front runner, but Feinstein pulled it out in the end.

A fundraiser has been organized for employees of Hardesters Market and Hardware in Middletown after the store burned down. The Blues Farm and the Middletown Art Center are partnering for the community fundraiser Friday at 7:30 PM at the Middletown Art Center. The concert to support the employees who cannot find other work while the store’s rebuilt. As many as 100 employees are affected by the Memorial Day fire. All the money made at the event will go to a community fund for the employees who need help.

Unanimous and bipartisan support to rename part of Highway 29 for a Lake County Sheriff’s Deputy who died on the job. Sen. Mike McGuire sponsored the legislation to rename part of the highway for Deputy Robert Rumfelt. The legislation was co-authored by Senator Bill Dodd and Assemblymember Cecilia Aguiar-Curry. It now moves to the Assembly. McGuire says Deputy Rumfelt selflessly served his country and dedicated his life to keeping the hard working people of Lake County safe. Rumfelt died after a struggle with a domestic violence suspect.

The water quality in Clearlake Oaks bringing complaints after a water system maintenance. Lake Co News reports some residents calling the news site Monday say the water tasted and smelled funny. The district says the water meets safety standards though after the district changed its carbon filters, which the district says controls cyanotoxins. Apparently while the filters were being changed some water that was unfiltered got into the system. The system is now being flushed so the water that didn’t go thru the carbon filters is moved out.

Lake County’s early returns with the following Brock Falkenburg gets the most votes for County Superintendent Of Schools at just about 71%, Patrick Iaccino had 28.6%. A close race for District 2 Supervisor with Bruno Sabatier getting 53.7% of the vote to Joyce Overton’s 45.6%. In District 3, EJ Crandell won 50.7% to Denise Loustalot who got 48.8% and even though Steve Brown raised the most money of all, to be the next District Attorney, he won only 40% of the vote to Susan Krones who got 59%. The Sheriff, County Clerk Recorder and Assessor and Treasurer all ran unopposed.

More than 1,700 pounds of trash have been taken out of a homeless camp in Clearlake. The nonprofit Citizens Caring 4 Clearlake had started clearing the site before Memorial Day weekend. It’s made up of several privately owned lots in a wooded area, north of the Highlands Shopping Center. They were out there for five days. Code Enforcement staffers helped. They say as much as 400 pounds of metal and 13 tires were recycled and a big tent-like structure was also taken down. Anything else was put on the side of the road to be picked up and disposed of by Code Enforcement officers.

In Mendocino County, and with only 3 of 37 precincts reporting, John Pinches was winning in his 3rd District supervisor race getting 37.5 percent of the vote ahead of John Haschak who had 28 percent. The final results may not come for several days or weeks. The district covers Willits, Laytonville and Covelo. In the 5th District Supervisor race, Ted Williams held the lead with 41.5% of the vote ahead of Chris Skyhawk who garnered 28 percent, just ahead of David Roderick who won 20.5 percent. This district covers the Mendocino Coast from Mendocino to Gualala, Boonville, Hopland, and Yorkville.

Since only two candidates were running for the Mendocino County Education Superintendent, the winner is from the primary. As of late last night Anderson Valley Superintendent Michele Hutchins looked to be eking out a win over Pomolita Middle School Principal Bryan Barrett. Hutchins with 51.7% and Barrett with 47.80 percent. The two running to replace Warren Galletti, who resigned in January.

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