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Affordable Housing on the agenda for city leaders in Fort Bragg as they start the next General Plan. The Housing Element will be part of the work the City Council does towards the community work plan. The Advocate Newspaper reports there’s only been 33 affordable housing units added in Fort Bragg since 2014, including 27 senior cottages. The city’s recently approved a 69-unit affordable housing development with $3 million in grant funds raised for the project. The newspaper reports the city’s had meetings the last three months with contractors, developers, social service organizations and housing advocacy groups to address the housing crisis in Fort Bragg.

More controversy in Ukiah with the Ukiah Valley Sanitation District’s board of directors. The Daily Journal reports at the last City Council meeting, the topic of the money still being paid out to lawyers for the lawsuit settled between the District and the City. The City Manager says it’s all settled, but lawyers are still being paid. It’s already hit the $9 million dollar mark and he says that’s got to stop. The council discussing the matter and who will run the wastewater treatment plant. The city manager says the city is interested in continuing their discussions with the district so the attorney fees can stop and a Joint Power Agreement with possible changes are agreed to.

A woman from Ukiah accused stealing clothes and a cell phone at the Food Maxx now also accused of stealing laptops at a school. Police say they got a call to the grocery store Monday after reports a woman was seen stealing a jacket and phone from the break room, then running away. Now cops say they think the same woman, Dayniece Schillings took some laptops from a classroom at Ukiah High last month. She’s charged with resisting arrest and violating probation, but so far, not for these thefts because the victims are not pressing charges. She’s also previously been arrested for petty theft, possession of drug paraphernalia and violating probation.

No go for Verizon turning back on an old cell phone tower in downtown Middletown. The Lake County Planning Commission voted unanimously against the proposal for telecommunications project which had a group at the meeting cheering. There would have had to be adjustments and variances to the existing AT&T tower off Highway 175. Verizon had applied to add equipment instead of building an entirely new tower. It also required two variances, no 100-foot setback from the current tower base and homes nearby and no 20-foot easement, instead, making it a 10-foot easement. The Planning Commission voted no on the variances, calling the project detrimental to the “comfort, safety and general welfare” of the public.

Several elephant seals restrict the beach at Point Reyes National Seashore. The National Park Service has closed off the entrance to the Drakes Beach area after 200 elephant seals came ashore after storms and high tides. Between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. on weekends and federal holidays when there are park staff members present, the park will be open. When no staff is there, they say it’s unsafe to go from the parking lot to the beach. The animals can be up to 16 feet long and weigh as much as 5,000 pounds.

A reminder for those taking watercraft out this holiday weekend to help fight the spread of invasive quagga and zebra mussels. The freshwater mussels that are native to Europe and Asia are invaders in our local waters and can multiply quickly and get tangled up in watercraft and infrastructure, change water quality and aquatic food. They move from waterbodies and attach to boats and equipment. They cannot be easily seen, and babies can be microscopic and infest water. Nearly 3 dozen waterbodies have been invaded by quagga mussels in Southern California and zebra mussels have gotten into two waterways in San Benito County.

A man from Lakeport accused of stabbing his father to death for the attempted murder of his mother in court and the judge doubting he was competent to stand trial. Two doctors have been appointed to evaluate Steven Michael Fredericks mental competency. He’s charged with murder, attempted murder, causing injury to an elder and assault with a deadly weapon after the attack last March near the Nice-Lucerne cutoff exit from Highway 29. Frederick’s dad was dead when police arrived, and his mom had cuts on her neck but survived. Witnesses accused Fredericks at the time. He’s now ordered back in court June 18th for a review of his mental competency examinations.

Ahead of the big holiday weekend to officially welcome summer, a nationwide beef recall. More than 62,000 pounds of raw beef could be tainted by E. coli is recalled from Aurora Packing Co based in North Aurora, Illinois. The company recalling some meat products packaged April 19th because they may have a strain of E Coli. It includes several different cuts, including short ribs, ribeyes and briskets. Consumers being told to toss the products or return them to where they bought them.

The nonprofit California Strong, has given out the last bit of grant money for Camp Fire survivors. The nonprofit is a partnership with the Southeast Ventura County YMCA. The YMCA of Superior California reports more than 200 families from Paradise who applied got grants from California Strong this week at the Oroville YMCA. And more than $1 million was handed out to victims affected by the recent tragedies throughout California. California Strong has had requests for help from residents impacted by the Thousand Oaks Borderline club shooting, the Camp Fire in Northern California, and the Woolsey and Hill Fires in Southern California.

At the trial for the two men accused in the massive Ghost Ship fire, dispatcher recordings replayed. One of those with a caller screaming, “people are dying!”. The jury hearing some of the tapes yesterday urging rescuers to get there and help in December of 2016 during a concert at the illegal venue. Derick Almena and Max Harris on trial for 36 counts each of involuntary manslaughter after 36 people died. One former resident of the old warehouse also testified yesterday, saying she was sleeping and woke up to find the fire on the first floor and called 911. An assistant fire marshal also testified yesterday saying they couldn’t rule out arson, or even Molotov cocktails causing the fire, but no cause was ever found.

More people in Calif. can afford a home now according to the California Association of Realtors. The latest report by the group says more Californians could afford to buy a home the first quarter of this year because of lower mortgage interest rates, lower home prices and higher income levels. The report shows the amount of homebuyers in the first quarter for a median-priced, existing single-family home was up to 32 percent from 28 percent the last quarter of 2018, and a bit more than the 31 percent from one year ago. Those buying a home had to have a minimum annual income of $114,5,000 to get a $545,000 home That would get them about a $3,000 monthly mortgage with a 20 percent down payment and interest rate of about 4.5 percent.

The Summer Food Program for the Ukiah Unified School District is on for the Summer. The Seamless Summer Food Program has FREE meals for children when school is not in session. Any child 18 years old or younger can take part regardless of income. They also do not need to be going to Summer School or any other program to get free meals. Breakfast and lunch are provided Monday – Friday, except at Todd Grove Park, where there will only be lunch served.  It’s happening otherwise at Ukiah High, Grace Hudson Elementary and Yokayo Elementary except for July 4th.

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