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Preliminary election returns in Lake County have four out of five local ballot measures passing. Lake Co News reports the Lake County Registrar of Voters Office has not finished the official canvass which they have thirty days to complete, and reports there are still thousands of ballots to be counted. Measure H, the $28 million bond for infrastructure work in Middletown Unified Schools passed; Measure I, for the Upper Lake School District, their $10 million bond measure for Renovation and Modernization; Measure J in Upper Lake as well for Elementary and Middle School Renovation and Modernization; Measure K, the Cannabis Business Tax Ordinance to tax commercial marijuana businesses; and Measure L, a special tax for South Lake County Fire Protection District residents to fund fire and emergency medical services, not strong enough to pass so far.

New positions for two members of Congress from the North Coast since the House was overtaken by the Democratic Party. Congressman Jared Huffman on election night saying, quote “there’s going to be a new sheriff in town”. As we reported yesterday, Huffman will chair the new subcommittee overseeing oceans and other natural resources. Congressman Mike Thompson will be a senior leader in oversight and investigation, he says, the “swamp needs to be drained”. One of the new Chair’s Congressman Richard Neal who will oversee the House Ways and Means Committee has made a new case to go after the President’s tax returns. That also doesn’t mean the returns would be released to the public.

The Governor-Elect Gavin Newsom will take the reins of the state as the current Governor works thru his last projects. Brown is out of office January 7th and is said to mainly be trying to work thru the Sacramento-San Joaquin river delta east of San Francisco. The two men asking the state water board to delay a vote on a plan to bring more water into the Lower San Joaquin River and its tributaries to protect habitat for delta fish, but that could mean less water for farmers. The decision’s been delayed by the Water Resources Control Board until Dec. 11th.

There will be a new Superior Court Judge and it’s not the current Lake County D-A. Lake Co News speaking to the winner Shanda Harry who had a run off with Don Anderson. Her campaign manager spoke to the news site saying the run off was a lot of work and Harry saying she knew if she knocked doors, speaking directly to voters, she’d have a chance. The news site reports with all precincts reporting in Harry had a commanding lead with almost 60% of the vote.

The former Clearlake Planning Commissioner looks in good shape to take a city on the city Council. Dirk Slooten had a five percent lead over incumbent and appointed city council member Russ Cremer and a 15 percent lead over former Clearlake Mayor Russell Perdock. Slooten and Cremer have worked together the last four years on the Lake Area Rotary Club.

A new illegal dumping prevention program coming to Lake County. The Board of Supervisors looking to put an ordinance in place for fines and penalties for those caught illegally dumping trash. The board will take a final swing at the ordinance Nov. 20th after District 3 Supervisor Jim Steele reported getting several complaints about illegal dumping in his district. He says he investigated after he found 40 percent of his constituents have garbage disposal and 60 percent don’t. The garbage piling up would be considered a public nuisance under the ordinance. Anyone who wants to dump would have to get permission from the County health officer and Air Quality Management District.

Two homes in Redwood Valley have burned to the ground. Cal Fire got a call yesterday along with the Ukiah Valley Fire Authority and the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies closed one road down. Nobody was in the homes at the time of the fires. PG&E also had crews out to shut down power and gas. The fires were out in about two hours and firefighters were still on the scene last night mopping up hot spots. The fire was stopped before it could spread to a nearby vineyard. No word on what started the fire.

The Sheriff’s dept. reports to a home in Redwood Valley after a woman there reports she and her husband were in an altercation and he had a weapon. Police say when they got there, they heard a child screaming and knocked on the door, nobody answered, so they forced entry. Deputies say Conor Bird seemed very drunk and a woman with him, identified as Janelle Bird was also drunk and couldn’t care for their two children. Deputies say the man shot into the ceiling of the home, no injuries were reported, but they did find a loaded shotgun. Conor Bird was arrested on suspicion of negligent discharge of a firearm and child endangerment and booked into the Mendocino County Jail, with $25,000 bail. Janelle Bird was also arrested, on suspicion of child endangerment and also booked into jail on $25,000. The children taken by Child Protective Services.

The Clearlake Chamber of Commerce has announced the Christmas Parade for 2018 will be December 1st. The City of Clearlake and the Chamber are hosting. It will take place on Lakeshore Drive and will end with the Annual Tree Lighting ceremony at Austin Park. The parade starts at 6 PM and goes from Redbud Park down Lakeshore. You can register for the parade online, on Facebook, or contact the Chamber for details. The city manager says there will be more lights this year at City Hall and the Visitor’s Center.

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