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Since the Ukiah Zoning Administrator approved two permits for a marijuana dispensary on Airport Park Boulevard they could open as soon as next month. The Daily Journal reports co-owner of Cannavine, Michael Taylor, says they have to file with the state of California for some minor changes to its building which a building inspector needs to then check out. Then he says they could open in January. They first had a permit for medical marijuana in September of 2017, and even back then they applied for a permit to sell recreational weed. They got their medical marijuana permit renewed and now have their recreational permit too. There’s a third permit as well at the meeting last week for Kidovation Zone, a kid play place with computers, karaoke, party and birthday areas.

A paramedic who helped a pregnant woman escape the Camp Fire now has a namesake. Mickey Huber helping people evacuate in Paradise November 8th got to Anastasia Skinner whose baby wasn’t due for a month and started having contractions due to smoke inhalation. She got herself and her dogs to a gas station, honking and screaming for help. Police and some women brought her blankets and pillows. Huber, two miles away at the time, got there and helped her along even though a helicopter was coming. Huber arranged for a caravan for her with cop cars and an ambulance. She got to the hospital and her labor was stopped. She had little Mickey, a girl, December 12th. The woman’s home burned down in the Camp Fire.

State Senator Mike McGuire is the new assistant majority leader of the Senate. The North Coast legislator got the newly created leadership job for the new year which was created by the Senate President Pro Tem. Sen. Bill Dodd, also of the North Coast, has been reappointed as chair of the governmental organization committee. McGuire is also still the vice chair of the Democratic caucus and chairman of the Senate’s governance and finance committee. McGuire was interviewed over the weekend saying representing the needs of small communities and rural counties is extremely important in a legislature made up of mostly urban members.

Pacific Gas & Electric Co. may have to be split up or go thru other major changes after the recent wildfires and some gas explosions. The State Public Utilities Commission considers breaking up the giant utility’s natural gas and electric distribution and transmission divisions; replacing part or all of its board of directors and corporate management and several other moves including making PG&E a public utility instead. No final decisions have been made and the commission is taking public comments through Jan. 30th with the President of the regulatory body saying they have to be careful and practical. PG&E responding its open to solutions to make it safer for customers.

One of Governor Jerry Brown’s senior advisors is headed to the state Supreme Court. Josh Groban was nominated by Brown and has now been confirmed by a judicial commission. Groban has to still be sworn in before sitting on the seven-member court which will be next month. This is the Governor’s 4th appointment to the court, Groban has no experience as a judge, like the Governor’s three other picks. He’s a Harvard Law School graduate though. He replaces Justice Kathryn Mickle Werdegar who was appointed by Republican Governor Pete Wilson. She announced her retirement last year.

A home in Clearlake has been destroyed in a fire. Lake Co News reports the fire last night in the 2900 block of 10th Street around 7 p.m. The Lake County Fire Chief says the home was in flames when they arrived and it was knocked down in about a half hour. But they were there a couple hours to mop up the mess left behind. The home was a newer modular home and an investigation into how it started has begun. There was also another fire earlier yesterday in the 16000 block of 33rd Avenue with smoke billowing out of the roof of that home. One room was damaged.

A special meeting’s being held by the Lake County Board of Supervisors this holiday week regarding local emergencies. The meeting is Friday, instead of tomorrow. It’s a short agenda which includes continuing proclamations of local emergencies for the Mendocino Complex, Pawnee fire, Sulphur fire, Clayton fire and the atmospheric river storm.

The helicopter flights that have been continuing as part of a geotechnical project at the Albion River Bridge are done. The Caltrans project to evaluate geology at the base of the bridge. The choppers were bringing equipment in for drilling on the steep bluffs around Albion Cove. Some residents had the voiced concern about the project due to safety and environmental issues, one helicopter caught on video in windy weather by a passerby. The Coastal Commission North Coast district manager says they got no complaints regarding the flights and there were no weather-related matters in written reports to the Coastal Commission.

Governor Brown has a new home in the New Year. He’s apparently headed to Colusa County, west of the town of Williams, on property his family’s had since the 19th century. His granddad ran the Mountain House Inn there along a stagecoach route where the Governor built his new house. The Inn burned down several years ago. The new home runs totally on solar electricity, and they have 2,500 acres, they’re calling it Mountain House III.

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