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Crunching numbers at the Ukiah Valley Sanitation District meeting. An accounting firm has put together 5 years of financial statements for the District which will be presented at their meeting tonight. The Daily Journal reports the district’s operating revenues were down $5 to $6 million and around $5 million was brought in from “charges for service.” There’s also notations of legal fees due to the lawsuit the District brought against the City of Ukiah for perceived un-received payments for the Wastewater Treatment Plant. That’s to the tune of more than $7 million. The board’s meeting tonight at 6:15 p.m.

There’s going to be a new emergency evacuation center in Clearlake. The Highlands Senior Center has previously taken part in evacuations by providing food and shelter for evacuees after several wildfires, but they’ve added new equipment to further assist, like a backup generator and portable shower. Now the center’s going after Red Cross and CalOES certification which should happen by spring. The Director of the Center, who’s also a Clearlake City Councilmember, Joyce Overton says it’s going to be helpful for residents, on top of what it’s done in the past. Some evacuees had stayed partly there and had to move around because there were no showers and it wasn’t an official evacuation center.

A new finance director and city treasurer is in place in Willits. June Du took the job over from an interim, part timer. She has an MBA and a second Masters in Civil Engineering and has worked in government for years. Du says the interim director did a great job, but she had a lot of catching up to do. The city manager is also working closely with Du. She says she was one of the reasons she took the job, because of her positive energy and future vision for the City of Willits.

Folks recovering after the Camp Fire may have to be uprooted again. After an emergency meeting of the Butte County Board of Supervisors yesterday when folks living on burn scars were told they will have to pick up and leave. There was two meetings on the matter, the first in Paradise at the Town Council. Apparently previously-passed emergency housing ordinances to let residents stay on their property in RV’s away from fire debris and no longer in place after it was found FEMA doesn’t like it and that could jeopardize money promised for debris removal. The Butte County Health Officer also reiterated it’s probably not safe to live near ash and debris either.

During the trial of two men charged in the shooting death of another man in Oroville, it came out the victim was shot execution style and left to die. Edward Gaston and David Tuttle have been charged in the murder of Justin Jagears in May of 2017. The pair have pleaded not guilty. The three men all lived on the same property for a time and were seen together the day of the murder, leaving the property together, but only the two men charged in the case returned. Jagears found by a local resident with a gunshot wound lying on the ground. The two men’s lawyers say Jagears first shot Gaston a month before, but lawyers say there’s been inconsistent statements on the shooting and so their statements shouldn’t be taken seriously.

Lake County got a dusting of snow with the latest round of storms. The snow stuck too, during the continuing winter storm warning which is done this morning. The statement that there would be a mix of rain and snow as low as 750 feet and there would be snow accumulations above 1,000 feet. Snow was reported throughout Lake County along with rain and hail. Last night Mount Konocti had a dusting and there were reports of snow flurries in the afternoon. Lake Co News reports the snow didn’t stick but reports of intermittent snow continued thru the day. The California Highway Patrol has reported cars should have chains on Highway 175 into Cobb. There’s a possibility of more snow in the area this morning, but it’ll melt quick with mostly sunny skies forecast thru Thursday. Rain is forecast again for next week though.

Congressman Mike Thompson beefing up his Gun Violence Prevention Task Force. He’s the Chairman for panel and there’s 2 new Vice Chairs and four new Whips and many congressional members have signed on to his legislation. Thompson says the new members of the Task Force have diverse backgrounds and have shown dedication and conviction on the issue of fighting gun violence. The new Vice Chairs are Representative Jason Crow of CO and Representative Lucy McBath of GA. The new whips are Representative Ted Deutch of FL, Deputy Whips, Representative Madeleine Dean of PA, Representative Jahana Hayes of CT and Representative Mark A. Veasey of TX.

In Hawaii they’re trying to ban the sale of cigarettes. State lawmakers say a cigarette is the deadliest artifact in human history so they’re calling for a ban on anyone under 100 from buying cigarettes. But it wouldn’t go fully into effect, if it’s voted in, until 2024. They’ve already got some of the strictest smoking laws in the country, the first to ban the sale for those under 21, which would go now to 30 by next year, then 40, 50 and 60 for following years then up to 100 by 2024.


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