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The time for voters to make a decision about weather to support Proposition 6 will be here soon, and a new poll by the Public Policy Institute of California sheds a little light on how voters are feeling right now. The proposition, that would repeal an increase in the state Gas tax, and cut about $5 Billion from the state transportation budget was opposed by only 39% of voters. Respondents of the poll did send a mixed a message though, when half said they’d have no problem voting to repeal. The only question now is weather more voters will come around when they find out there’s a plan to pay for it, which is to divert some tax dollars to road maintenance, ending the stage’s high-speed rail project, and cutting union compensation packages.

The Clearlake Police Department received a report this week from staff at Lake County Behavioral Health about a man threatening to come to the office and shoot employees. 32 year old Michael McDaniel of Spring Vally is accused of calling the office and speaking with two staff members, threatening to come and shoot employees. Police says he has a rap sheet that includes murder, and that they found multiple firearms in his possession. Clearlake Police searched McDaniels home in Spring Valley, and later found him at a neighbor’s house before arresting him for felony criminal threats and booking him into the Lake County Jail.

For over 50 years, a federal fund has been the source of billions of dollars used in developing and acquiring public lands like Trionne-Annadel State Park, and it is being allowed to expire on Sunday. This has California officials concerned because the fund has been a major part of funding used in upkeep around the state, supporting about 30 projects over the years with $7.8 million in funding.

In a move that could only have ended badly, a man at Dublin airport missed his flight yesterday, and tried flagging the pilot down to get on board. Witnesses say the man busted through an airport door, running down the tarmac yelling and waving in an attempt to flag down the plane. Predictably, he was detained and turned over to police. On his way out of the airport, he yelled at media, and swung his suitcase at them, before mooning the crowd. He has a court date in November.

Some tense moments today as a Lake County Sheriff’s School Resource Deputy and Kelseyville High School staff received reports of verbal threats made by two students to shoot other students at the school. All schools in the district were placed under lockdown until the suspects could be found and student safety could be ensured. The suspects were located and arrested for making criminal threats, their parents are cooperating with the investigation.

Back in Oct 2017, the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors commissioned a study to try and find out which employees are underpaid, and overpaid- to see if any changes could be made. Looking at the cost of labor differences around Mendocino County showed that the city of Santa Rosa had a 12.4% difference in the cost of labor, while Humboldt/Euraka and Lake/Lakeport counties showed 0%. The study recommended that a salary strategy be used to find out the appropriate difference between pay in Mendocino County and pay in Lake County, etc and come up with fair salary and schedules.

A university in Toronto is offering support to any of the 500 students accidentally exposed to a graphic anatomy lesson during a lecture on Introductory Psychology. The University professor was trying to beam his lesson through a projector for his students when the racy video began broadcasting to students who had mixed reactions. Some laughed, others walked out, and some even posted snapchat video of their horrified classmate’s reactions in the packed lecture hall. A university spokesperson says the school is aware of the situation and are encouraging students who are feeling unsettled to speak with staff.

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The time for voters to make a decision about weather to support Proposition 6 will be here soon, and a new poll by the Public Policy Institute of California sheds a little light on how voters are feeling right now. The proposition, that would repeal an increase in the state Gas tax, and cut about $5 Billion from the state transportation budget was opposed by only 39% of voters. Respondents of the poll did send a mixed a message though, when half said they’d have no problem voting to repeal. The only question now is weather more voters will come around when they find out there’s a plan to pay for it, which is to divert some tax dollars to road maintenance, ending the stage’s high-speed rail project, and cutting union compensation packages.

The Clearlake Police Department received a report this week from staff at Lake County Behavioral Health about a man threatening to come to the office and shoot employees. 32 year old Michael McDaniel of Spring Vally is accused of calling the office and speaking with two staff members, threatening to come and shoot employees. Police says he has a rap sheet that includes murder, and that they found multiple firearms in his possession. Clearlake Police searched McDaniels home in Spring Valley, and later found him at a neighbor’s house before arresting him for felony criminal threats and booking him into the Lake County Jail.

For over 50 years, a federal fund has been the source of billions of dollars used in developing and acquiring public lands like Trionne-Annadel State Park, and it is being allowed to expire on Sunday. This has California officials concerned because the fund has been a major part of funding used in upkeep around the state, supporting about 30 projects over the years with $7.8 million in funding.

In a move that could only have ended badly, a man at Dublin airport missed his flight yesterday, and tried flagging the pilot down to get on board. Witnesses say the man busted through an airport door, running down the tarmac yelling and waving in an attempt to flag down the plane. Predictably, he was detained and turned over to police. On his way out of the airport, he yelled at media, and swung his suitcase at them, before mooning the crowd. He has a court date in November.

Some tense moments today as a Lake County Sheriff’s School Resource Deputy and Kelseyville High School staff received reports of verbal threats made by two students to shoot other students at the school. All schools in the district were placed under lockdown until the suspects could be found and student safety could be ensured. The suspects were located and arrested for making criminal threats, their parents are cooperating with the investigation.

Back in Oct 2017, the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors commissioned a study to try and find out which employees are underpaid, and overpaid- to see if any changes could be made. Looking at the cost of labor differences around Mendocino County showed that the city of Santa Rosa had a 12.4% difference in the cost of labor, while Humboldt/Euraka and Lake/Lakeport counties showed 0%. The study recommended that a salary strategy be used to find out the appropriate difference between pay in Mendocino County and pay in Lake County, etc and come up with fair salary and schedules.

A university in Toronto is offering support to any of the 500 students accidentally exposed to a graphic anatomy lesson during a lecture on Introductory Psychology. The University professor was trying to beam his lesson through a projector for his students when the racy video began broadcasting to students who had mixed reactions. Some laughed, others walked out, and some even posted snapchat video of their horrified classmate’s reactions in the packed lecture hall. A university spokesperson says the school is aware of the situation and are encouraging students who are feeling unsettled to speak with staff.

Fire season peaks in August, but crews were kept busy yesterdayafter a couple of small brush fires were started by a PG&E contracted helicopter after it hit power lines causing a power outage in Calistoga and parts of Lake County. Most of the over 8000 customers affected by the outage had their power restored by 4:30pm, and no injuries were reported in the incident. Meanwhile, crews had to work to restore power to thousands of south county customers yesterday afternoon in an outage that was not fire related.

17 people have been charged with a series robberies of apple stores. Eight people have been arrested, 9 others are still on the run. Authorities say the group stole more than $1 million dollars worth of iPhones and other electronics from stores across the state, and are suspected of another robbery of $10,000 in merchandise at a T Mobile store. Authorities say that ultimate customers pay when the costs are passed along to consumers.

The Ukiah City Council has scheduled a special meeting today over a settlement agreement regarding a lawsuit filed by the Ukiah Valley Sanitation District, alleging that the city owes tens of millions of dollars that should have been paid according to an agreement used to operate the Ukiah Valley Wastewater Treatment Facility. Trial was supposed to start this week, but the court agreed on a delay “to allow more time for settlement discussions,” The meeting is scheduled for 4pm.

This is a first: Drunken scootering in LA? That happened after a drunk man knocked over a pedestrian while riding a scooter in West Los Angeles, becoming the first person in L.A. to be convicted for a scooter-related DUI. 28 year old Nicholas Kauffroath was sentenced to 36 months probation and ordered to pay a fine and restitution after he hit a 64 year old pedestrian on a sidewalk on Santa Monica BLVD and Sawtelle BLVD and didn’t stop, instead continuing to an apartment in the area. Police tracked him down, and found his blood alcohol level to be three times the legal limit before placing him under arrest.

The Lakeport fire protection district is preparing to layoff three full time firefighters and scrapping plans to hire a fourth at station 50 after a budget was accepted by the board. An offer for a 10 percent pay cut across the board was declined, and officials say revenues aren’t keep up with costs so the decision to lay off the firefighters was made. The district ha plans to put a measure on the ballot as early as March to increase the fir tax to sustain operations and allow for future growth.

A fire started by a PG&E contracted helicopter after it hit power lines sparking two small brushfires yesterday afternoon is being blamed on a power outage in Calistoga and parts of Lake County. Most of the over 8000 customers affected by the outage had their power restored by 4:30pm.. No injuries were reported in the incident. Meanwhile, crews had to work to restore power to thousands of south county customers yesterday afternoon in an outage that was not fire related.

Bright students working towards high school graduation can also earn college credits at the same time thanks to a partnership between Mendocino Collage and Ukiah High School. After long term planning and implementation, the 2018-2019 Middle College class is underway with a group of 27 Ukiah High School sophomores, who will be taking at least one college class this semester- and will have access to college level classes to speedup their educations. Students in the program can graduate from high school with one to two years of college credits. More info can be found at www.mendocino.edu.

There has been a lot of talk about fake news since the 2016 election, and Senate Bill 1424 looked to begin addressing the issue by creating a “fake news” advisory group to monitor information posted on social media, but it will never become law. Governor Jerry brown has vetoed the bill which would have required the California Attorney General to create the advisory committee by April 1st saying that: the creation of a statutory advisory group to examine this issue is not necessary, pointing to multiple past studies on the spread of false information.

A search warrant executed in the 13000 block of Spruce Grove Road in Lower Lake on Sept 21st turned up an illegal marijuana operation, and led the Lake County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics unit to another home on Horseshoe Road in Hidden Valley Lake owned by a suspect now accused of illegal marijuana cultivation. While searching the home of 40 year old Pedro Landa Alvarez, detectives found evidence of marijuana cultivation and sales along with $10,000.00 in cash, and a 2017 Chevy truck which was seized. Detectives also found evidence that led them to a home on Mountain Meadow South in Hidden Valley Lake, which had been completely transformed to grow marijuana indoors. In all, 537 marijuana plants were taken from the home along with 3 loaded Semi-Automatic pistols, a loaded AR-15 style assault rifle and several additional hunting rifles. A second suspect,40 year old Trinidad Carrillo-Gonzalez was also booked into jail, Both men were released after posting bail.

The National Insurance Crime Bureau says family sedans are very popular choices for car thieves these days, with a vehicle stolen every 40 seconds across the US- experts say new technology has made it easier for thieves to get their hands on your ride.

According to the data- the most stolen vehicles in California are: the 1998 Honda Civic, 1997 Honda Accord, 2004 Chevrolet Truck, 2006 Ford Truck, and the 1991 Toyota Camry. Experts say you can take steps to reduce your changes of becoming a victim like paying to install an alarm, keeping windows up and doors locked and hiding valuables.

He went from Terminator to Governor.. of California! Arnold Swarzenegger always said he’d be back, and he popped up this week with a birthday greeting for his Terminator co-star Linda Hamilton, posting a pic of the two on the set of the upcoming Terminator movie next to a pic of them from back int he day. The caption: “I’m pumped to be back together again” At least one more birthday will pass before we get to see what they are up to- Terminator premieres Nov 2019.

The blue ribbon committee that’s supposed to come up with ways to improve water quality at Clear Lake are having their first meeting Wednesday, Oct. 10, in Lake County. The meeting at Running Creek Casino’s open to the public starting at 10 a.m. The committee created by the state legislature to invest in the lake with a yearly scientific approach and a contract with UC Davis to do the research. Assemblywoman Cecilia Aguiar-Curry drafted the legislation. She says it’s the first step to revitalize the economy and to protect and restore the lake.

A man from Lincoln’s been arrested for arson after being connected to a string of fires last year. Cal Fire investigators say Kyle Jeptha Bridgman confessed to setting five fires in Lincoln between June and August of last year. He was connected to the fires along with another man, Gregory Courtney of Yuba City who was arrested in August. The Placer County Sheriff’s Office and the FBI along with the Placer County District Attorney’s Office and the Placer County Probation Department worked on the case. Bridgman’s bail was set at $160,000.

Free adoptions for animals at Mendocino County Animal Care Services. It’s a nationwide effort next Saturday, October 6th to “Empty the Shelters”. It was created years ago by the Bissell Pet Foundation. The vacuum company. The event so folks can adopt a dog or cat free, you just have to pay the $25 license fee for a dog, cats are free. All of the dogs are over four months old and the cats are various ages. The last couple of Empty the Shelters in Ukiah show a high retention rate for animals in their forever homes. 36 animals had been adopted. Only one was taken back to the shelter. Right now there’s about 24 dogs and 30 cats looking for their forever home.

A woman in Lower Lake’s busted near the high school with drugs. The School Resource Officer reports seeing a car with a female driver and two male passengers in the school parking lot in a handicapped parking space for staff and students, during lunch break. The officer contacted the driver, Amanda Guajardo of Lakeport. She says she was there to pick up her cousin, but school staff said that was not the case then it was found one of her passengers was on parole and Guajardo was a convicted felon. The deputy searched the three and the car, finding pepper spray and a couple of meth pipes. Guajardo was arrested, then found with drugs hidden on her body which the deputy thought might have been for sale on school grounds. So she was arrested for several crimes including being a felon in possession of pepper spray and possession and transportation of a controlled substance for sale. Since she was on probation, she was held on no bail.

Update for the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors on the county’s Cannabis Cultivation Program and related matters. The County Department of Agriculture commissioners told supervisors there would be a satellite office at the County Museum tomorrow. The department is also reportedly planning other outreach events over the next two months so the county has an opportunity to reach out to folks in rural places of the county so cultivators can meet up with them near their places of business or homes. The Daily Journal reports the cannabis permit application process is moving at a slow pace as there are 708 applications under review.

A damaged water line is being fixed in Middletown. But some homes were without water due to the break. Lake Co News reports the water system was temporarily shut down last night and water workers were there making repairs digging up earth in the area. The repairs were supposed to be complete last night. The news site reports Cal Fire and South Lake County Fire were ready with an emergency water supply if needed with water tenders at the ready. No word on how the water line burst.

Several new state gun control laws are in force now. One of the new laws means anyone getting a firearm in Calif. will have to have at least eight hours of training, with live-fire exercises, before they’re allowed to carry. That was part of just one of several bills the Governor signed yesterday. Right now Sheriffs and police chiefs have to get up to 16 hours of training before granting the permits. But there’s been no minimum standard or requirement so gun owners demonstrate they can safely shoot a gun. Major law enforcement groups say it’s a minimal requirement and a commonsense step. There are 25 other states requiring the same. The governor also signed a bill to ban bump stocks an add on to rifles that makes them like machine guns and was used in the Las Vegas Strip massacre.

The Governor has signed a load of bills, two related to marijuana. One to let folks buy and use weed at festivals or other public events if the organizer has a permit and permission from state and local authorities. Right now it’s only allowed on county-owned property like fairgrounds. The second pot related bill related to those arrested on marijuana charges who can’t get bank loans or technical support to get cannabis licenses.

Things are humming along on time for the final repairs of the Oroville Dam. November 1st is the deadline for construction of the new spillway. There was one snag, but it looks like they’ll still make the deadline. One of the slabs in the middle chute of the spillway had to be replaced because of hot weather and high winds. More than 220 new slabs have been laid in the spillway. There are still about seven slabs to lay in and the upper chute is about ¾’s of the way complete. There will still be some work after the Nov. 1st deadline though, emergency spillway work, concrete curing, joint sealing and sidewall backfill all on the main spillway.

If you’ve got a trip planned out of San Francisco’s new Transbay Transit Center, you’re out of luck. The Center’s closed until the end of next week because a cracked beam was found in a safety inspection. The Center cost $2.2 billion so buses and one day trains, can take off from there. But it was closed after only a month being opened after the crack was found in a beam that supports the complex. Officials say it’s about 2½ feet long and 4 inches deep on the bottom of a 60-foot-long beam over Fremont Street, between Mission and Howard streets. There’s another crack in a parallel steel beam crossing Fremont Street.

A new poll shows Democratic Gubernatorial candidate and Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom has a good lead to be the next state leader, but it’s off from what it was this summer. That according to a new poll by the Public Policy Institute of California. The poll has Newsom with 51 percent of likely voters choosing him, down from 55 percent in July over Republican John Cox, a businessman from San Diego County, who shot up from 31 to 39 percent over the same period. The president of the institute says it may be because Cox was campaigning quite a bit and his message of being an outsider may be resonating with independents. The same polling has Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s lead over state Sen. Kevin de León — both Democrats also slipping. She had a 22 point lead, now it’s only 11 points.

Traveling thru LAX with weed, you still have to go thru the TSA. Travelers can carry up to 28.5 grams of marijuana and 8 grams of concentrated marijuana for personal use since January. But if you’re planning to carry the weed past TSA, marijuana is illegal on the federal level. The TSA says they’re focused on terrorism and security threats and if they find marijuana on someone, they refer the case to police. It’s then up to cops to decide what to do. At the same time an LA City Council member is proposing marijuana amnesty boxes for travelers, so if they confiscate your stash, you could put it in a box to be retrieved when you return.

A man arrested in Wisconsin, running from cops after a market ripoff, then goes to a cornfield but comes back out saying he was overtaken by mosquitoes. Police in Cambellsport say John Wilson of Fond du Lac was hiding after being accused of stealing more than $500 of booze from a Piggly Wiggly. They say he then led them on a three-mile car chase and emerged then ran into the field. Cops with a police dog went after him, but just after the search started they find him trying to hitchhike nearby. He threw his hands up when they found him, saying, "I am the guy you’re looking for" and the mosquitoes were "really bad." He asked his arresting officer to wipe more than a dozen squeeters from his forehead.

SELENA GOMEZ – BACK TO YOU
ARIANA GRANDE – GOD IS A WOMAN
BEBE REXHA – I’M A MESS
JUICE WRLD – LUCID DREAMS
IMAGINE DRAGONS – NATURAL
5 SECONDS OF SUMMER – YOUNGBLOOD
BAZZI – BEAUTIFUL
LOVELY THE BAND – BROKEN
BRYCE VINE – DREW BERRYMORE
BENNY BLANCO, HALSEY & KHALID – EASTSIDE
MARSHMELLO & BASTILLE – HAPPIER
TIESTO & DZEKO – JACKIE CHAN
NF – LIE
CALVIN HARRIS & SAM SMITH – PROMISES
CHARLIE PUTH – THE WAY I AM
ANNE-MARIE – 2002
WEEZER – AFRICA
ARIANA GRANDE – BREATHIN
SILK CITY & DUA LIPA – ELECTRICITY
JASON DERULO & DAVID GUETTA – GOODBYE
PANIC! AT THE DISCO – HIGH HOPES
LOGIC & RYAN TEDDER – ONE DAY
TYGA – TASTE
LOUD LUXURY – BODY
DAVID GUETTA – DON’T LEAVE ME ALONE
MARTIN GARRIX – OCEAN
CHEAT CODES & LITTLE MIX – ONLY YOU
TRAVIS SCOTT – SICKO MODE
MIKE POSNER – SONG ABOUT YOU
LSD (LABRINTH, SIA, & DIPLO) – THUNDERCLOUDS

A new budget’s been approved by the Lake County Board of Supervisors. Lake Co News reports it was a brief meeting yesterday on the topic after long budget hearings this summer where fine details of the budget were discussed. The final budget is at nearly $243 million dollars, that’s 12 million more than the last fiscal year. The County Administrative Officer Carol Huchingson was not there but a video message was presented at the meeting by her explaining the county’s financially challenged due to a slow recovery and unprecedented wildfires, with three new ones since the board considered the budget in June. The budget includes technological systems, increased pension contributions next year and grant opportunities. She also stated in her video address it may be the last county budget where operations and services can be considered business as usual, pointing to the need of closing some offices on Fridays and a staff vacancy rate of at least 20 percent.

A moratorium in place for smoke shops and vapor lounges could be extended in Clearlake. The City Council will consider extending the moratorium in a public meeting tomorrow night after a closed session on possible litigation with the Clearlake Municipal Employees Association. The council to consider the extension on tobacco retailers, smoke shops, or hookah or vapor lounges after they got a request for a business license from a new smoke shop on Lakeshore Drive. City staff looking for more time to consider possible regulations.

Lake County residents impacted by the Mendocino Complex fire have until next Wednesday to apply for disaster assistance with FEMA. The deadline, next Wednesday, Oct. 3rd. After the presidential disaster declaration, federal assistance was available for homeowners, people renting and business owners who lost their home or business or had damage. You can apply online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or call FEMA’s disaster assistance line at 800-621-3362 or (TTY) 800-462-7585. Applicants who use 711 or Video Relay Service may call 800-621-3362. The toll-free numbers are open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week. Loans, grants and more may be available.

Applicants will be asked for the following information:

– Social Security number;
– Address of the damaged primary residence;
– Description of the damage;
– Information about insurance coverage;
– A current contact telephone number;
– An address where they can receive mail;
– Bank account and routing numbers for direct deposit of funds.

Disaster assistance for homeowners and renters may include grants to help pay for:

– Rental assistance;
– Essential home repairs;
– Uninsured and underinsured personal property losses;
– Other serious disaster-related needs not covered by insurance.

FEMA, Cal OES and SBA have been providing essential emergency support to affected communities since the Emergency Declaration on July 28, 2018. For more information on California recovery, visit the disaster Web page at www.fema.gov/disaster/4382, Twitter at www.twitter.com/femaregion9, Cal OES www.twitter.com/Cal_OES and www.WildfireRecovery.org.

Eye opening info for the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors who commissioned a study about what employees make vs. other markets. The Daily Journal reports the partial study and evaluation to cover the county’s classification and compensation plan which was ordered to see if changes were in order. It shows some county employees make below-market salaries and some paid above average. It shows overall labor expenditures. The study says the county should come up with a salary strategy and policy as opposed to nearby counties, like Sonoma or Lake, then be competitive. The study also recommended the county re-evaluate every year and adjust so it can retain and recruit staff.

Roadwork in Willits is wrapping up downtown. Pre-paving work started last week and paving work is expected next week, all part of the city’s Rehabilitation and Relinquishment of Old Highway 101 project. As we reported last week there will be one way traffic controls and in some cases, detours. There may be delays of about 15 minutes on some roads. Striping the road will happen the middle of October with the whole thing to be done ahead of the rainy season, or November 1st. Everything, of course, depends on weather. The city’s Mayor says Caltrans and Granite Construction have been “very efficient” and “mindful of providing for through-traffic and pedestrian access to business.”

Those supporting a repeal of the Calif. gas tax at the capitol. They’ve now announced a new initiative for 2020 to come up with money to pay for road repairs and cut the state’s $77 billion high-speed rail project. The proposal asks voters this November to first repeal the 12-cent gas tax and vehicle registration fee hikes approved by the legislature. The next step for 2020 is to change the state Constitution so money has to go from the existing gas taxes to only go to road and bridge fixes, not transit, bicycle infrastructure or planning. Then money from auto sales, insurance and vehicle registrations would go to transit projects.

An elderly couple from Lake County busted for taking several pounds of marijuana across state lines as Christmas gifts get off with no jail time… if they follow their punishment to a T. 71-year-old Barbara and 80-year-old Patrick Jiron got three years’ probation and home supervision at their house in Clearlake Oaks. They also got three 30 day jail sentences which will be waived if they follow their probation terms. The couple arrested with 60 pounds of weed they say were gifts for family in Vermont and Massachussetts last December. They said they were unaware that was illegal. They pleaded no contest to possession.

Cal Fire’s getting a cash infusion to fight fires. 234 million set aside for the fire fighting agency, over their $443 million yearly budget, for $677 million altogether. Cal Fire officials had reported they only had $11 million left after an early start and busy season. That was when the Mendocino Complex was still burning and the Carr Fire in Redding. This is not the first time the state had to use reserve funds for firefighting. It’s the tenth time.

A State Senator’s being reprimanded after a lobbyist says he threatened to slap her and rubbed her shoulders. Apparently Republican Sen. Joel Anderson was not disciplined but was reprimanded. He’s now running for the state tax board and not for re-election as a legislator. A letter written Monday and publicly revealed to the Senator from the Senate President Pro Tem called Anderson’s behavior completely unacceptable. California Nurses Association lobbyist Stephanie Roberson made the complaint against Anderson last month after their alleged encounter at The Diplomat restaurant near the Capitol.

A new study in Calif. shows young people may be voting in large numbers. The findings by Democratic data firm TargetSmart. The study shows there was a nearly 10% spike in turnout for the primary among those between 18 and 29-years-old from 2014, the last midterm. It’s the second largest jump of any state in the nation. And more than 200,000 16 and 17-year-olds had already pre-registered so they can hit the polls in November. The teens also apparently didn’t affiliate with any major political party, instead choosing no party preference. There were more than 47 percent as political independents, compared to 34 percent as Democrats and less than 10 percent for Republicans. The deadline to register to vote for the November election is Oct. 22. Those 16 or 17 can also pre-register. You can do all of that online at registertovote.ca.gov.

Calif. reportedly one of seven states and the District of Columbia that requires schools to test drinking water for lead. And thousands of schools tested their water, but a law signed by the Gov. late last year puts a limit on the amount of lead in drinking water which the American Academy of Pediatrics says is too lenient. The state law says schools should turn off or replace lead-contaminated fixtures with lead concentrations of more than 15 parts per billion. But the Academy says there’s no amount of lead that’s safe for kids because it can increase in children’s blood and limit brain development and put them at increased risk for behavioral problems.

A pastor in Danville is put on leave for allowing a priest removed for child abuse accusations to still celebrate mass and sacraments. The Bishop of Oakland sent a letter last week to parishioners saying he learned that father Patrick Foley who was removed for inappropriate behavior with kids was celebrating mass and other sacraments at St. Isidore” and he didn’t have a “letter of suitability” from his diocese which was a violation of the Catholic Church’s national protocols. So now the bishop says he ordered an investigation into the violation. So that parish pastor, the Rev. Gerry Moran was put on leave while there’s an independent investigation into the matter.

A man in Northern Ireland’s been arrested for breaking into a dead woman’s home, stealing credit cards and paying his food and bills with them. Marie Conlon died almost four years ago. Late last year, cops went into her apartment and found her remains, nearly three years after her death in Belfast. Robert Sharkey at some point got in, did not report the death and using her money. He pleaded guilty to breaking in, stealing batteries, a coffee mug, about $65 cash and her debit card. He bought almost $8,000 of Dominos Pizza with the card another $4300 at a supermarket and paid for his cell phone and power bill.

The latest session of the Lake County Sheriff’s Office Citizens’ Academy is complete with 18 graduates. There were fifteen three hour classes featuring hands-on instruction with Deputy Sheriffs, Custody Staff,

Supervisors, Civilian Employees and Commanders. The graduates were done last Thursday. The next class is next summer. The Sheriff’s dept. is already reaching out to the public to encourage folks sign up for the program at lakesheriff.com. Applications will be accepted starting next spring. It’s free to take the classes, but you have to be a resident or have a job in Lake County, be at least 18 years of age, have no felony convictions or misdemeanors for three years and you have to go to all fourteen sessions.

Four people accused in the death of a man at a pot farm in Laytonville nearly two years ago still in the Mendocino County jail. Seven people had been charged in connection to the crime and three have taken plea deals. A trial for armed robbery and homicide was set for last Monday, but the jury selection’s been pushed to next Monday, October 1st instead. Jeffrey Settler was stabbed to death in November of 2016. Those left to be tried, Michael Kane, Frederick Gaestel, Jesse Wells and Gary Blank. Mendo Voice reports the trial’s been delayed because of a bill on the Governor’s desk about how an accessory to felony murder, who did not play a role in the killing, can be charged. The case to pick back up after we find out if the governor signs the bill into law.

City leaders in Clearlake considering overseeing the Lake Local Agency Formation Commission’s finances. At the City Council meeting Thursday the subject to be looked at after the Mayor requested the county transfer all of the commissions money to the city instead. The Mayor is also the chair of the commission. The commission or Lake LAFCO started in 2000 after a reorganization of state government. The county handles Lake LAFCO’s finances and the organization pays $2,500 a year for that. The others on the commission are two county supervisors and two Lakeport City Council members.

Volunteers are invited to clean up damaged areas from fires and help gather data about local landscape in Hopland. The UC Hopland Research and Extension Center burned July 27th and 28th in the River Fire, but homes and structures and ranch animals were saved because of those there fighting the flames off, including staff, neighbors, CALFIRE and the Hopland Fire Protection District. The Extension Center says the data collected today will be useful to help others manage and prepare for wildfire. For more info to help visit //bit.ly/SupportHREC.

A new state law aims to have California getting all electricity from clean power sources like as solar, wind and hydro-electric generation by 2045. The bill by Sen. Kevin de León has been signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown with a 100 percent mandate to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The governor says the state’s committed to do whatever’s necessary to meet the existential threat of climate change.

Controversy around Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom in a school text book in the Elk Grove Unified School District. The book talks about Newsom when he was the San Francisco mayor and how he ordered the city-county clerk to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples back in 2004. The text says Newsom made sure people’s rights were respected and calls him a “champion” for people’s rights. But some parents say it’s to bolster his campaign for Governor and that Newsom was listed along with “Abraham Lincoln and Benjamin Franklin and Martin Luther King”. The inclusion in the book after California’s FAIR Education Act in 2012 which says school textbooks and curricula should include historically underrepresented demographics. The books in preview mode and are not in classrooms yet.

A man accused of multiple Northern Calif. rapes across several counties in court with victims. Roy Charles Waller at court yesterday and is being held without bail. He was arraigned and has not entered a plea for a double rape in North Natomas in 2006. Two victims in court, one believed to be the first victim who woke up to find the suspect over her in her home when she was 21 years old, the other also attacked in her home, tied up, but got away and stabbed him with scissors. Waller’s believed to have attacked nearly a dozen women between 1991 through 2006. He faces charges now for the last known attack where two women were tied up and assaulted over six hours in Oct. of 2006. DNA evidence used years later turns up Waller as the suspect. The same process used to nab the alleged Golden State Killer.

State officials are demanding the Trump administration change course on a plan to weaken national fuel economy standards that reduce car emissions at the same time saving folks gas money. The state says the new rules would hurt people’s health and make climate change worse. The chair of the Calif. Air Resources Board testified at a hearing in central Calif. where some of the worst air pollution exists, saying the state would take whatever actions were necessary to protect citizens and follow the law. The State Attorney General also says the state can’t afford to retreat in the fight against climate change, and talked about wildfires and high asthma rates for kids in the San Joaquin Valley. That’s where there was one of a trio of nationwide hearings on the mileage plan.

A bunch of weed munching goats left their workplace, wandering to nearby homes. The goats which eat grass and weeds for fire prevention in the Oakland hills got loose Monday morning. Their herder and firefighters rounding them back up in a couple hours and brought them back to the area. The 750 goats in the hills owned by Ecosystem Concept of Dixon. Some got thru a fence and wandered about a quarter mile away and went into yards or on roads. Residents called the fire department.

PG&E says it’ll put up nine high-definition cameras to look for possible wildfires in the North Bay. The utility giant says it hopes the cameras will go in by the end of the year in Sonoma, Napa and Marin counties. It’s about $700,000 to put in the cameras and run them for a year. It’s all part of the AlertWildfire system which is supposed to be like a real time eye in the sky sending live images to alertwildfire.org. The cameras put in as the utility company facing potential lawsuits for the October 2017 wildfires across those same counties. Cal Fire blames PG&E equipment for igniting 16 fires across Northern California. There’s still no definitive cause though for the most destructive fire of them all, the Tubbs fire.

A man from Lake County accused of causing the death of another man after a fight at the Graton Casino is facing involuntary manslaughter. First Morgan Lewis of Hidden Valley Lake was charged for felony assault causing great bodily injury after the victim, long time Santa Rosa Junior College custodian Hermilo Andrade fell to the ground and hit his head on a concrete sidewalk. He died after three days in the ICU. Andrade and Lewis apparently got into a fight after one of their car doors hit the other’s and Lewis’s girlfriend was pushed to the ground. Words were exchanged and it got physical later the evening of Sept. 15th. Surveillance video of the casino parking lot shows Lewis use his forearm to shove Andrade who fell down. Lewis was released from jail after posting $50,000 bail.

A reminder that PG&E is flying a helicopter low, patrolling electric lines in Sonoma, Mendocino and Lake Counties this week. The utility company says it’ll continue the practice the next several weeks for enhanced vegetation and safety work. They say they may fly lower than 200 feet but still following FAA regulations. It’s to see if there’s any vegetation contacting electric lines in high fire-threat areas. The flyovers will continue the next 7 weeks in Middletown, Konocti (including Hobergs and Adam Springs), Upper Lake, Lower Lake, Cobb (including Anderson Springs, Harbin Springs), Kelseyville (the Bottle Rock Road area), Clearlake Oaks and Spring Valley.

The team still mopping up the Ranch Fire part of the Mendocino Complex still working on suppression repair, but give transition management of the land back to the Mendocino National Forest. The fire mopped up and the fire line has been secured to prevent it from escaping lines. Those still working the fire, just looking for smoldering spots that might mean a threat to control lines and will also take care of hazard trees within falling distance of any roads. Forest service trying to reopen as many areas to the public as possible. They have erosion work still left to do and about 6.5 miles of fireline to repair before those areas can be reopened to the public. The Ranch and River Fires are considered 100% contained after burning about 259,000 acres, mostly in Lake County.

Causes of many of the state’s major wildfires this season still have no cause determined. The Associated Press reports it’s reviewed state data on the 10 biggest and the 10 most destructive wildfires, those in terms of homes and buildings that burned down. They looked at data reaching as far back as 2008 showing the most common cause was lightning, next were incidents involving power lines. But investigators still at a loss for how about a third of the fires started. The National Interagency Fire Center says human activity, maybe from untended campfires or cars that spark have caused as much as 80 percent of all wildfires in the United States. There’s no cause still for the Mendocino Complex which burned an area more than twice the size of New York City. There’s also no cause determined on the Ferguson Fire which burned near Yosemite National Park.

A man in Laytonville’s arrested when cops are out looking for illegal marijuana grows. Last Sunday, Sept. 17th the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office Marijuana Enforcement Team with Mendocino Deputies and Wardens from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife Watershed Enforcement Team with a search warrant find Jack Kuykendall with 28 marijuana plants growing, but he’s a felon and not allowed, he was also found to have a gun. So he was arrested for possession of a firearm and ammunition as a convicted felon and booked into the Mendocino County Jail. He’s a registered sex offender and as part of proposition 64 which legalized marijuana for most, there’s a provision preventing those with certain serious prior convictions from cultivating more than 6 marijuana plants.