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It’s been more than two years since the Ghost Ship warehouse fire in Oakland where 36 concert goers died and the jury has been seated in their case. Derick Almena and Max Harris are in jail, the two locked up since they were arrested in June of 2017 for the December 2016 inferno. Court papers say prosecutors blame Almena for illegally converting the old building into an entertainment and art space that was not licensed for that. Opening statements are expected next week. The two pleaded no contest last summer as part of a deal, but the judge said no after objections from the families of the victims. Plus the judge didn’t feel Almena showed remorse.

The Mendocino County Executive office reminding as many as 2 million people have some kind of serious mental illness and are in prison in the country. In Mendocino County, it happens, but the county says it’s trying to reduce the amount of people with mental illness in local jails. They’re reporting working with the Mendocino County National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), for their first ever community forums to discuss local efforts. There are two, the first, next Wednesday, May 8, at the Ukiah Veterans Hall, and the following day, May 9 in Fort Bragg at the Veterans Hall there. They start both days with an Educational Session at 1:00 pm and go to 5, then there’s a Public Forum from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

If you would like to learn more about this issue, and what is being done locally, please join us at one of the events above. To RSVP, please visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MendocinoSteppingUp. For more information on the National Stepping Up Initiative, please visit https://stepuptogether.org.

For more information, please contact the Mendocino County Executive Office at (707) 463-4441

A housing project long planned for the north end of Ukiah on Lovers Lane has moved another step closer. The developer on the project has reportedly received confirmation from the Sanitation District there can be sewer service for the more than 120 new homes. The project manager for the developer went before the Sanitation District’s board of directors to get permission so they can move ahead with their environmental impact report. The Daily Journal reports the developer confirmed they got permission for 160 Equivalent Sewer Service Units. The developer, Vineyard Crossing has 123 lots, but they’ve still not figured out how many bedrooms there will be in the units.

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