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A new report shows there needs to be better housing maintenance and more housing as a whole across Mendocino County. This from the Center for Economic Development at Cal State Chico for Mendocino County. The Board of Supervisors voted to accept the survey at their meeting yesterday which worked with numbers from 2015, based on 4,650 housing units. The survey also shows more than half of the units needed to be fixed in some form, about 26 percent needed minor fixes, 27 percent moderate and 1 percent needed major repairs and about .7 percent were dilapidated. The report also showed not many sidewalks, curbs, and paved roads, but finding more rental housing was key in the report due to overcrowding in what’s currently available.

Reports by the Lake County Sheriff’s Dept. of a double murder suicide, including a toddler. Deputies got a call to the Whispering Pines area and found a dead man and woman and 3 year old girl. The three with gunshot wounds with the man’s wounds looking to be self-inflicted, all from a shotgun. Deputies say they were called by a witness who found the bodies. They’ve not been publicly identified yet until family is notified.

A man from Clearlake is charged in a human trafficking case. A judge has ruled Timothy Lee Williams will also be charged with pimping, pandering and abuse of a dependent adult for the crimes from last year. The District Attorney Don Anderson says there are two cases against Williams. One where he’s accused of having four different women work for him, one a 22-year-old developmentally disabled woman, who police say Williams coerced into prostitution and Williams kept all the money the woman made. He was finally busted after an undercover sting with fake John’s who were supposedly going to buy sex at a local motel from that woman. Williams arrested in the motel parking lot.

A dog used to sniff for possible accelerants apparently notified it’s the case at a fire that started in Ukiah and burned a home last week. The Ukiah Valley Fire Dept. says they’re treating the fire in the 1100 block of Oak Street as suspicious. Police are working with fire officials on the fire that started July 18th in the back yard of the home. When firefighters arrived the home was engulfed in flames, the home was a total loss and another nearby was saved. Someone living in the home that burned got out ok, but they lost a dog. Police also apparently had been to the home a few days before for a neighbor dispute because the resident was burning a fire in the back yard.

A lawsuit’s been filed by Humboldt County against a big pharmaceutical company and some distribution companies saying the public was misled about how addicting opioid pain killers can be. Apparently there are several thousand similar cases against as many as 20 pharma companies. The suits looking for payments back to the counties to pay for treatments for those affected by the opioid crisis. The complaint by Humboldt County being handled by a law firm already handling a bunch of similar lawsuits for public agencies in Washington, Idaho and Arizona against pharmaceutical companies for alleged wrongdoing.

A company out of San Diego looking to put up a wind farm in Humboldt County. Humboldt Wind is proposed the farm of up to sixty 590-foot-tall wind turbines near Monument Ridge near Scotia. They would generate enough energy to power 33,000 homes. They also want to pay to put in access roads, collection lines, meteorological towers, an operation building and other lines so PG&E could hook in. There still needs to be environmental impact reports. It would take up to a year and a half to put the wind farm up and would employ as many as 300 people. Once it’s all done, the project could last about 30 years or more.

It’s so hot, the grid operator in the state called for a statewide Flex Alert. That has PG&E telling customers to conserve as the temperatures hit triple digits in a large swath of the company’s service area. As you may know a flex alert is voluntary electricity conservation, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. The alert was for yesterday and today. Temperatures could get to about 110 degrees in the hottest parts of the Central Valley. But even though PG&E is calling for care when it’s this hot, they also say they’re prepared and don’t think there will be any problems meeting the increased demand for power.

A large sail boat apparently lost in Washington state has ended up near Fort Bragg. The Coast Guard finds the 46-foot vessel Sunday after it was sailing solo for more than a month. The boat’s owners had to be rescued off the coast of Grays Harbor a week and a half ago. The Coast Guard found it on routine patrol. They inspected it, then towed it toward the coast in Fort Bragg and the owners have been notified. They had been headed from Hawaii back to Washington when they hit a storm and couldn’t sail anymore. So they radio’d for help and were plucked by a Coast Guard crew out of Astoria, Oregon.

A man in Ukiah’s dead after being found with several stab wounds in his neck after he crashed into a tree. Police say they got a call about the 53 year old man Saturday with cuts to his neck after a convenience store clerk said he bought cigarettes and had blood coming from his throat, leaving stains behind. Cops went to the store to investigate and say someone else called police saying the man drove his pickup into the tree and passed out. He declined medical help from that person. Cops found him unresponsive and performed CPR to no avail. They are investigating the incident, saying they think the stab wounds were self-inflicted.

The Governor wants to loosen rules for some utilities so they’re not financially liable if their equipment fails and causes wildfires. So now Gov. Brown wants lawmakers to weigh in if the state’s so-called inverse condemnation which holds utility companies liable for wildfire damage even if they haven’t been found negligent, should still stand. So Brown’s proposal for fires from 2018 and beyond would allow judges to find if a utility actually “acted reasonably” when their equipment is found to be the “substantial cause of the fire.” The measure to be discussed by a committee during a public hearing at the capitol today.

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