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A well known environmental crusader in Mendocino County to talk about PG&E and it’s alleged role in the October 2017 firestorm. Erin Brockovich was at the Redwood Valley Grange Friday. The Daily Journal reports a lot of the people there had lost property in the Redwood Valley fire and are apparently looking at potential lawsuits against PG&E. An investigation into what started the fires showed the fire in Mendocino County started in two locations with a tree coming down or parts of trees hitting the utility company’s lines. There were lawyers at the meeting answering questions about what residents might be able to sue for. Brokovich has taken on PG&E in the past for groundwater pollution in a Southern California town. That won her fame and a movie was named after her starring Julia Roberts. She’s continued her environmental work for years fighting large corporations across the country.

The Gov. has signed a couple dozen bills into law associated with wildfire prevention and recovery. One of them will create statewide emergency alert rules. A couple of the new laws by North Coast legislators. Senator Mike McGuire says his legislation for statewide emergency alert standards to be developed will save lives. He says it will mean a more proactive and effective mutual aid response system. Assemblyman Jim Wood had three bills signed into law to protect homeowners with better insurance coverage, new rules for prescribed burns, and protect folks from price gouging during wildfires. But another bill also passed to allow utility companies to bill customers for future legal settlements from the 2017 wildfires. Apparently it’s an effort to prevent PG&E from going bankrupt.

The yearly Coastal Cleanup was a success. The Mendocino Land Trust reports volunteers showed up this weekend and took out more than 1100 pounds of trash and another 150 pounds of recyclables from Elk to Westport. Volunteers went out on kayaks and took out about 600 pounds of debris — even finding a toilet. One of the groups on kayaks that goes out every year apparently finding less trash every year they go out.

It looks like California’s detention numbers are going down. A new report shows kids being suspended from school less in the state. The report by UCLA’s Center for Civil Rights Remedies says there’s still too many suspensions, especially in the African American communities and among Native Americans and students with disabilities. The report over a five year period shows 763,690 days of lost instruction because of suspensions in the 2016-17 school year, the most recent year in the report. That’s down about half though from the 2011-12 school year, when there was about 1.4 M lost days.

The union representing California’s corrections officers is spending big bucks to get an Assemblyman elected as the Superintendent of Public Instruction. The news comes out that the Calif. Correctional Peace Officers Association spent $500,000 on TV ads for Assemblyman Tony Thurmond to be the schools chief. His opponent Marshall Tuck is running an ad comparing state spending on prisoners to spending on kids in public school. The lobbyist for Thurmond says he supports more training and prison safety so that’s why they made the large expenditure.

Assemblywoman Cecilia Aguiar-Curry in Lakeport talking about possibly funding coming to help the school district. The Assemblywoman in town over the weekend speaking to the Lakeport Unified School District Board for an hour. The district trying to get money for a new pool after some in the community blamed the board of not making the old Westshore Pool a priority on its list of items to fund from Measure T which raised $17 million in 2014. There’s now only about $3 million leftover for projects. Lake Co News reports Aguiar-Curry asked the board to get a letter to her with a list of projects they want to fund.

The Lake County Board of Supervisors taking up their final recommended budget for the new fiscal year at their next meeting. The meeting tomorrow continued from two weeks ago with the budget at $242 million, with $12 million more than the last budget. They’re putting about 82 million dollars into salaries and benefits, 78 million into services and supplies, nearly 35 million for construction projects, and another 46 million or so in other miscellaneous spending.

A new report on state correctional officers shows they’re regularly exposed to traumatic events and suffer from depression, PTSD and suicidal thoughts. The report by UC Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy, the first of its kind. The survey of more than 8,000 criminal justice staffers to hear their thoughts, attitudes and experiences. It covered mental and physical wellness; exposure to violence; attitudes towards rehabilitation and punishment; job training and management; work-life balance; and training and support. More than half had been exposed to violence regularly, many injured at work or have seen serious injuries or deaths. Many were dealing with stress related health problems and depression. And one in three had PTSD. 10 percent said they had felt suicidal at some point. And not many were using state-sponsored programs for their own well-being.

A man who was in an altercation last week at the Graton Casino has died. The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Dept. reports Dondiego Andrade also known as Milo was a longtime employee of Santa Rosa Junior College. Andrade’s family is speaking out about how he died. The Press Democrat reports Morgan Lewis Jr. of Lake County had been arrested after the incident in the casino parking lot after an argument regarding the door of an SUV hitting his truck. Andrade apparently pushed to the ground and hit his head on concrete and ended up in the hospital Sept. 16th. Lewis went to jail that night for suspicion of felony assault causing great bodily injury. No word if the charges will change.

The DMV is being audited for long lines at several offices. The Gov. has approved an audit by the state finance dept. The director of the dept. says the long wait times don’t reflect the high standards of service Californians expect from state government. The order a day after a third of DMV offices across the state were down because of a computer outage that caused 70 offices problems. They were unable to process driver’s licenses, identification cards or vehicle registrations.

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