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Applications are still being processed in Mendocino County for marijuana businesses. The County Cannabis Manager Sean Connell told the Board of Supervisors last week there were nearly 1,300 applications so far, 212 issued, 26 others approved and several hundred are still being reviewed. 22 applications were denied. At the same time the board has directed county staff to draft a hemp moratorium motion so they can study the idea from other nearby counties before deciding how to deal with hemp cultivation in the future. The board will start to only hear updates on cannabis monthly, instead of every week. But it could change to every two months soon.

Reports of more burglaries in the Northshore of Lake County of late. Reports there’s not a lot of police presence in the area and at least three businesses in Upper Lake burglarized, including Judy’s Junction restaurant, Upper Lake Mercantile, and a doctor’s offices. There’s also been reports of residential burglaries in Nice and Lucerne. There are more than 50 openings in the Sheriff’s dept. The Sheriff says the series of Northshore burglaries are not a surprise as they don’t have enough deputies on the streets.

The board’s looking at a restructuring proposal at the Sheriff’s dept. it would change management at the dispatch center and the county jail. The Record Bee reports the Sheriff, in a memo to the board says they’ve been struggling to fill leadership positions so he wants to reclassify the Central Dispatch Manager to a Chief Deputy and make that a permanent assignment. He notes the same issues at the jail, and shuffling people around will ensure they have the right people assigned to the right positions. The board would have to reallocate money from some captain and lieutenant positions to added chief deputy positions. They’ll also add an accountant position and remove an “accounting technician” position.

Forecasters say we’re about to be hit hard again with a torrential downpour. But it’ll be warmer without snow and could melt the Sierra Nevada snow pack and increase flood risk. They say we could get pummeled by an Atmospheric River or it could also die down. Conservatively speaking, rain is headed to Central and Southern Calif at the very least. But forecasters said over the weekend the storm was still far enough away, to not have a concrete idea of where it would land for sure. The National Weather Service in Monterey said it looked like the storm would hit Santa Barbara and depending how large the storm is, it could hit the Bay Area or, further north, and bring heavy rain. State Water Project officials say they’re not increasing releases yet for more space in reservoirs, and will make that determination today.

Congressman Mike Thompson has announced his Public Safety Hero Award recipients. Lake Co News reports on the annual gathering to honor law enforcement officers and first responders who went above and beyond the call of duty. In Lake County, Elona Porter, evidence technician supervisor and lead crime scene investigator for Lake County Sheriff’s Office, and Cal Fire Capt. Richard Lawler, from the Clearlake Oaks Fire Station were honored. The congressman honors one local law enforcement officer and a first responder from each county with the Public Safety Hero award. Porter honored for assisting investigations and Lawler for his work on the Tubbs, Pawnee and Mendocino Complex Fires.

The City of Lakeport is getting a grant from the state to buy new equipment and help train staff for hazardous materials spills. The City Council approved the $35,000 in grant funds from the state Department of Fish and Wildlife, Office of Spill Prevention and Response, for oil spill response equipment. So the city will also buy an oil spill response trailer. The trailer is a fully stocked custom trailer for basic response to a spill. The grant also has enough money to pay to train up to 10 people.

Since the state’s being walloped with rain and snow, State Highway 1 in the Mud Creek and Paul’s Slide areas in Monterey County could be closed. Caltrans with the report to prepare for potential weather-related closures at Mud Creek, about 9 miles north of the San Luis Obispo County line, and Paul’s Slide, which is about 21 and a half miles north of the county line. This comes after the road had been closed in the past due to massive land movement, major mud and rock slides. Cal Trans says the areas still need to stabilize and settle after months of repair. There will be a 48 hour warning before a closure, mainly for residents so they can stock up on groceries and for all to make any alternate travel arrangements.

The Gov. says he’s pulling several hundred National Guard troops from the southern border with Mexico. Defying the Trump administration who wants support from border states, Gov Newsom says he’ll allow 100 of 360 troops there to stay. Those, he says will mainly focus on fighting crimes, like drugs and guns smuggling. A spokesperson for the governor’s office says those staying will provide intelligence on transnational crime and help with cargo dock operations and searches of commercial trucks for contraband. This after the New Mexico Gov. did the same. She’s also a new governor. Both of their predecessors sent troops after the Trump administration asked for help from the two states and Texas and Arizona. In Calf. The troops being pulled are going to work on fire preparation ahead of the next wildfire season and expand a counterdrug task force program, but that needs approval from the U.S. Department of Defense.


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