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Juvenile-justice groups plan on packing a public hearing in Sacramento in support of a bill to ban criminal prosecution of kids 12 and under unless they’re charged with murder or rape. The Bill is being considered by the Assembly Public Safety Committee this morning. Patricia Lee, president of the Pacific Juvenile Defender Center, says California currently has no minimum age for prosecution in the juvenile system.

Cut 73345 :07 "They’re babies. They’re not competent to understand the nature of proceedings. They cannot assist in their defense. It’s a no-brainer."

Tag: Statistics show back in 2015, California authorities made 687 referrals to prosecute children under 12, including one five-year-old and 12 seven-year-olds. But that’s less than one percent of the 87-thousand juvenile arrests made in Calif. that year. Opponents say prosecutors need to have discretion in deciding whether a child should be criminally prosecuted.


Second Cut: Lee suggests children 11 and under who are accused of crimes should be offered help from the child-welfare, mental-health and behavioral-health systems because the juvenile-justice system isn’t designed for them.

Cut 74345 :13 "When we see children being brought in, 11 and 10, sometimes 9 years old, the detention facilities are not equipped to work with these youths. We see the very young who are brought into custody totally deteriorate."

Tag 1: This same bill, sponsored by state Senators Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles) and Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens), was introduced last year as a part of a package of six juvenile-justice reforms. Five of them passed, and this one was held over until this year’s legislative session.

A request to put another stop sign up in Ukiah being considered at Oak and West Perkins. The city’s Traffic Engineering Committee considering the request today after a local business person requested it. The Daily Journal says Ginny Richards estimated there’s an accident a month at the intersection. There’s no stop sign on West Perkins, but there is one on Oak. But Richards says that one’s ignored a lot. Her complaint by email, where she added she saw a motorcyclist hit by a car on Oak Street. City staff said to be recommending a new stop sign be erected on westbound Perkins since the corner has low visibility for drivers with many pedestrians on it.

That’s a wrap… the owners of the Ukiah Garden Café say after 25 years in business, they’ve sold. The Daily Journal reports they not only sold the restaurant, they also sold the property and turn the whole thing over June 23rd. The owners in a Facebook post thanking those who’ve visited the restaurant over the years. Kind of vague message about who is buying, the post just saying another entity is taking over and “venturing into new territories”. The restaurant has frequently hosted Rotary Club of Ukiah meetings and other community events.

Two people have been pulled from a burning vehicle near Hopland. The fire department says it happened Sunday when the van crashed into a ravine and bystanders jumped in to help. The fire chief says when they got there the van was totally on fire at Green Bridge on the 101 with several bystanders there pulling the two in the van out. They say it was a female driver and a man in the van who were going south on the highway, left the road for an unknown reason and the van caught fire and set grass close by on fire too. The fire headed back towards those getting the victims out of the van so they had to get them out of the ravine quickly. The driver had major injuries and was airlifted out and the passenger was taken by ambulance to a local hospital. There wasn’t a lot of info on them except that they were not from the area. The fire burned about an acre on the west side of the 101.

The yearly Hometown Celebration will go on in downtown Willits even though there’s ongoing construction in the area. It’s the kickoff for the 92nd annual Frontier Days. The shindig starts next weekend with the kickoff Friday evening June 22nd, followed by events all weekend and into July 4th. The rodeo Friday night and vendors line up with food booths and other goods, games and prizes for a couple of weeks of fun. There’s live entertainment too. The organizers say the construction company assured them they won’t be in the way. Pre-sale tickets are $25, and $30 at the door during the week and $35 for the weekends. For more info, visit willitsfrontierdays. com.

Willits city leaders considering a new tax on cannabis businesses. The City Council to consider a resolution of a city ordinance for the general business tax which would mean an election. The election would be in November at a cost of $10,000 to the city, but apparently if it passes, it could mean between $250,000 to $400,000 in tax revenue. City officials apparently considering the tax due to the cost of the new legalized marijuana industry. That according to the City Attorney who prepared the staff report for the city council presentation. The costs include code enforcement for city business regulations, policy development and administration, public safety, legal support and oversight, education, workshops and community outreach and research. The City Council meeting tonight at 6:30.

North Coast Opportunities Inc. wins Nonprofit of the Year at the State Capital. Legislators bestowed the honor on the nonprofit last Wednesday, June 6th during California Nonprofits Day. The event every year honoring excellence of individual nonprofits. State Senator Mike McGuire chose North Coast Opportunities as an exceptional nonprofit organization in his district and its Executive Director and Board Chair were with the Senator at a special ceremony last week. It’s also the nonprofit’s 50th year supporting Lake and Mendocino Counties, plus parts of Humboldt, Sonoma, Del Norte and Solano Counties.

More community visioning forums coming to Lake County. North Bay economist and Sonoma State University professor Robert Eyler to be the next guest speaker as part of the Board of Supervisors Vision 2028 program. The speaker after some of the forums that have taken place showed economic development was a high priority. The Lake County Economic Development Corporation is hosting the Forums. Eyler will speak about the county’s current economic health and well-being; and its realities, possibilities and opportunities. The first forum Tuesday June 26th at the Twin Pine Event Center in Middletown at 6 PM, then at Lakeport City Hall the 27th, also at 6 PM and finally at Clearlake City Hall, date and time to be announced. For more info call the Lake County Administrative Office.

A crash in Upper Lake ends with the driver getting minor injuries. The crash Monday night about 10 at the roundabout at the junction of Highways 20 and 29. The California Highway Patrol reports the car rolled. Lake Co News reports there were three people who all had minor injuries and said no to medical treatment.

The Lake County Planning Commission needs a new District 4 representative. The supervisor for the district is holding interviews for the general advisory body who reports to the Board of Supervisors on land use decisions, then acts on them. There are five members who are appointed by the Board of Supervisors for a two-year term. Meetings in Board Chambers usually on the second and fourth Thursday of the month. The meetings are open to the public. Contact Supervisor Tina Scott with interest.

A man from Lakeport’s been arrested after a shooting last weekend. Sheriff’s deputies say Leonso Rangel was connected to the shooting after they got a call to Soda Bay Road in Lakeport Saturday night. Police and CHP officers were also on the scene of the incident. The victim says he was shot in the back as he walked on the sidewalk, then ran to his aunt’s house for help. The victim’s injuries were said to be non life-threatening. The victim said it was Rangel who shot him because the suspect thought the victim was having a relationship with his girlfriend. Rangel arrested Sunday after admitting he shot the other man to scare him, not meaning to hit him. Now he’s charged with attempted murder, assault with a firearm, felon in possession of a firearm, and violation of probation and is held on no-bail.

A new Domino’s Pizza promotion promises to fill potholes, cracks and bumps in roads for any city getting nominations from residents. The promotion saying, if you’ve ever hit a pothole and your Dominos pizza gets tossed, they know the feeling of ruining your meal, so they’re offering their Paving for Pizza promotion. All you have to do is give your local Domino’s your email address.


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