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The Mendocino County CEO is getting a raise. The Board of Supervisors gave the green light for Carmel Angelo to stay on as County of Mendocino chief executive officer for four more years and be at a base salary of $195,000 now, then $210,000 year two, $215,000 year three, and $220,000 in the last year of the contract. She’s been at $180,000 the last four years and $150,000 before that. In a regional comparison, her salary was thousands lower than most except for Lake County whose CEO is listed at just over $136,000. Angelo’s agreement includes severance pay if she’s terminated or resigns. She’s getting the salary bump as county employees asked for an eight month freeze until a salary study is completed next summer. The report ordered by the county to see if there needed to be changes in the county compensation system.

Cam, the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office K9 is one of several finalists for an SUV giveaway. Cam and his partner, Deputy Jonathan Martin are one of 30 nationwide finalists in the Vested Interest in K9’s sports utility vehicle giveaway. They’re competing for public votes to win the Chevy Tahoe SUV and Police Pursuit package and total customization worth about $50,000. The sheriff’s dept. says if they win they’ll be able to replace an older vehicle with high mileage. Votes can be cast at www.VIK9S.ORG/SUVGIVEAWAY or by following the link at the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page, or on Twitter @MENDOSHERIFF.

It’s over, the lawsuit between the City of Ukiah and the Ukiah Valley Sanitation District. The District, you may recall, filed suit against the city over the management of the Ukiah Valley Wastewater Treatment Plant. Not a lot of info on the settlement except that the City Attorney confirmed both parties signed the settlement agreement. So now there’s a new operating agreement for the Treatment Plant also signed by both sides October 3rd. The Ukiah City Manager says the matter will now be removed from the City Council Agenda for status updates. The city to pay the district just over 984-thousand this year, then four yearly payments of a million dollars to settle the whole thing, plus an additional 2.5M for operations held in a bond account.

Public outcry against the Lakeport Unified School District for the administrative leave of the Terrace Middle School Principal. The Record Bee reports community members and supporters of Rachel Paarsch showed up at a board meeting saying there’s now a negative atmosphere for teachers and students at the district and a fear to speak out by teachers in the district. The newspaper reports it comes after the school superintendent reportedly put Paarsch out for what’s being characterized by some as political reasons. Paarsch denying that herself. But outside the meeting there were signs in support of her and people calling for the superintendent to resign. There’s been no information released about Paarsch’s leave, but she’s confirmed comments her husband made at a meeting about a report he says could have been handled at a lower level.

North Coast Congressmen Mike Thompson and John Garamendi say FEMA is giving help to Lake County for the Ranch and River Fires, the Mendocino Complex. This means money coming to the state and to local governments affected by the fires to help with recovery. The fires started July 27th and burned nearly 460,000 acres. The money can help communities repair critical public infrastructure like roads, bridges, buildings, water infrastructure and sewage collection facilities. The assistance from the federal government for 75 percent of the cost was granted in August. The money to go to residents and businesses with damaged or destroyed properties.

The State Superintendent of Public Instruction announcing a one million dollar grant for the State Department of Education from the federal STOP School Violence Act. The money for violence prevention and mental health training for students and staff in school districts affected by school violence. It’s a partnership with Sandy Hook Promise, a nonprofit started by families of those killed in the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Superintendent Torlakson says the money will go to training and support with the ultimate goal of stopping violence on campuses.

A man in Eureka has been arrested after a stabbing at a home in the city. Police say they got a call to the home after a suspect stabbed someone and left the home, but a witness followed and called cops who found the guy and arrested him. Christopher Matzick accused of attacking his roommate, stabbing him in the chest. The victim had serious injuries and was reported in critical condition. We don’t have his name. Matzick booked into the Humboldt County Jail for attempted murder and was being held on $500,000 bail.

Since the October 2017 firestorm four fire agencies in central Sonoma County are merging as one giant fire agency. The Press Democrat reports the Windsor, Rincon Valley and Bennett Valley fire districts and the Mountain Volunteer Company will become one big fire district next spring. The Board of Supervisors is supporting the plan and has reportedly promised funding. There are 40 fire agencies across the county already. The new district covers 160-square-miles, serving 75,000 residents, about 10 percent of the county. Apparently the merger has been years in the making as fire officials on several county committees had pushed for consolidation.

A pothole problem in Sonoma County. The Metropolitan Transportation Commission released a report last week showing Sonoma County had the worst pavement in a nine-county region of the Bay Area. Petaluma was the worst in the County. Sonoma and Rohnert Park were the best of the County and Healdsburg and Santa Rosa were somewhere in the middle. The County also recovering after the massive Tubbs Fire in October 2017, so money for road work has taken a back seat. Deferred maintenance on roads in Sonoma County’s pegged at somewhere in the $1.5 billion range by 2027.

Fort Bragg is getting money for a home that burned. The City reported the home was filled with burnable material because there was something of a hoarding situation in the home which burned in January. So there was hazardous materials left behind with locals complaining it was an eyesore. The City reportedly put thousands of dollars into trying to find who was responsible, then cleaning it all up. Assurant Insurance has paid the mortgage holder just over 173-thousand dollars and the city manager was supposed to meet that person listed as Nationstar/Mr. Cooper, but they never showed up. So the city has fined the mortgage holder a thousand a day to clean up.

The facelift of the parking lot and boat ramp in South Noyo Harbor should be done soon. So the Harbor will get a resurfaced parking lot with a new drainage system with runoff into the Noyo River, a new sidewalk, handicapped-accessible bathrooms and a new boat ramp all to be complete by mid-December.

The project at a cost of a million dollars being paid for by a grant from the state Department of Boating and Waterways. The new Harbormaster says the project’s on time with the ramp to be completed by next week before the start of fall salmon migration.

Looking grim for the Raiders finding a new home in the Bay Area. There had been rumors the team could possibly park it for a while at UC Berkeley or Stanford’s campus stadiums. But at Berkeley a representative says they haven’t been contacted by the team and add it’s unlikely it would happen for many reasons including not enough parking. And over at Stanford, officials say they too were not contacted, adding they have zero interest in the idea. The Press Democrat reports other options also not viable mean the team may stay another year or two at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas for the time being.


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