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The official cause of the Camp Fire has not been announced, but California legislators are already drawing up legislation that would protect PG&E from liabilities related to the fire by passing costs along to customers. Some are criticizing the move, but Lawmakers say the legislation is needed to prevent lawsuits from destabilizing and bankrupting a large utility. When asked for comment, a PG&E spokesperson said that for now, their only focus is helping first responders and customers in the area rebuild. The bill could be introduced as early as December 3rd.

Residents impacted by wildfires have more help being connected to state and federal resources, as a second Disaster Recovery Center in Butte County is now open at 2140 Feather River Boulevard in Oroville. Hours of operation will be 9am to 7pm, seven days a week. FEMA will be on site, along with representatives from the State of California, and the U.S. Small Business Administration, providing information about services available. Residents who have suffered losses can register at before heading to the center.

Aaron Rodgers was born and raised in Northern California, and has launched an effort to raise money to help in recovery efforts, donating $1 million dollars of his own money towards the recovery fund. He posted a video to twitter with the details. Meanwhile, the Butte County Emergency Operations Center has asked that material donations no longer be sent to them, as they have run out of space to store the donated items. The best way to help out now is by making monetary donations, which are being accepted by United way, The American Red Cross, Salvation Army, the North Valley Community Foundation and North Valley Animal Disasters group.

The California Department of Tax and Fee Registration says that taxes on marijuana have increased revenue to the state. The findings are based on returns through the end of last month, totaling over $93 million dollars. Growth was slower in Mendocino county. The Ukiah Daily Journal reports that based on taxable sales, returns for the county were $2,364,007.00. Much slower than projected, and growers are blaming regulations making cultivation difficult for the disappointing numbers.

The Emergency Prescription Assistance Program, managed by the US Department of Health and Human Services, is ready to help uninsured citizens affected by wildfires replace medications lost or damaged in fires, at no cost. A thirty day supply is available through the program, along with certain medical supplies and durable medical equipment. More information is available at

The Lake County Registrar of Voters office will be conducting a manual tally of 1% of randomly selected precincts starting on Monday at the Registrar of Voters office, starting at 9am. The public is welcome to observe, but will be asked not to interfere with the process.

A man returning home from work this week arrived to find a broken window, some of his belongings missing, and his front door wide open. The inside of the home on the 2400 block of Mill Creek Road in Talmage had been vandalized, and there was a stranger asleep on his couch. The homeowner, who was armed, called 911 and started going from room to room inspecting the house. When the homeowner returned to the living room, he was ambushed by the man on the couch, identified at 37 year old Marcus D Angelo Davis of Oakland. In the struggle, the homeowner shot Davis twice, holding him at gunpoint until the authorities arrived. Davis was arrested, and authorities are still investigating.

The holiday shopping season is officially underway as eager shoppers flock to local stores looking for Black Friday deals. Today also marks the launch of Mendocino Transit Authority’s Holiday Trolley, offering free rides through December 23rd. The antique trolley takes shoppers on an hour long trip from El Azteca Restaurant, to the Alex R Thomas Jr Plaza Downtown, and Raley’s on the north side. The trolley leaves hourly from noon until 6:45pm every Saturday and Sunday, and 3 p.m. to 5:45pm on Thursdays and Fridays.

Construction got underway this week on the “Ukiah On Ice” downtown skating rink which opens on December 1st, festively timed with the Parade of Lights. The rink will be open daily right up until it closes on January 6th. Hours of operation will be 3pm to 8pm Monday through Friday, 11am to 8pm Saturdays and 12pm to 5pm on Sundays. More info at

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