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Ukiah’s electric company has asked the Ukiah Planning Commission for permission to renovate a property at 1350 Hasting’s road, and has plans relocate administration, operations and technical services to the location. The Daily Journal reports that if approved, the building would also have solar panels on the roof and be fenced in by by and 8 foot steel perimeter. The request will be considered at a meeting today at 6pm in the City Council Chambers.

PG&E has released a new report that gives insight into their decision not to shut power down before the Camp Fire sparked. The utility says winds were dying down, and no longer fell under emergency benchmarks observed by the company, which would include “forecast sustained winds above approximately 25 mph and wind gusts in excess of approximately 45 mph”. Since forecasts did not reach those levels, PG&E opted to keep the power on.

A federal judge yesterday gave PG&E until Dec 31 to answer questions about the utility company’s role in California Wildfires. The order issued by the judge demands answers about “any wildfire started by reckless maintenance of PG&E power lines”, and demands information on about any “inaccurate, slow, or failed reporting of information about any wildfire by PG&E.” The judge has been supervising PG&E’s probation following their conviction relating to an explosion in San Bruno back in 2010.

A new Facebook page, Paradise Fire Adopt A Family, aims to help one family at at time recover from the Camp Fire by connecting volunteers who would like to adopt a family. In an update posted to the page last night, the administrators said the effort is already seeing results. There have been offers of donations, jobs and offers of temporary housing. If you still want to help by making a donation, they are being accepted by United way, The American Red Cross, Salvation Army, the North Valley Community Foundation and North Valley Animal Disasters group.

Authorities are trying to find the source of an oil spill in Clear Lake behind the Del Lago HOA building in LakePort. The mess has been cleaned up, and didn’t cause a lot of damage, but where the oil came from is still a mystery to Lakeport Police, Lakeport County Environment Health, Lakeport County Water Resources and Lakeport Fire Department, the agencies investigating the spill.

The FDA says Romaine lettuce is safe to eat, as long as it didn’t come from the California growing region, and now farmers along California’s Central Coast are bracing for softer sales. An E. coli outbreak last week was tied to contamination at the same farms affected by a large spinach recall in 2006. The FDA is working with the food industry to find better ways to label the origin of lettuce and other fresh produce.

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