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Cannabis growing could be allowed in the city limits of Fort Bragg after the City Council seemed to lean in on the idea. After a presentation from the owners of an approved manufacturing facility talked to the council of an even bigger cannabis growing and manufacturing complex. The Advocate reports the council voted unanimously for the city’s Planning Commission to draft language to include in a cannabis retail ordinance they are supposed to consider July 10th at a Town Hall. The move after the owners of the manufacturing complex, in its first phase, talk about their proposed complex on Airport Blvd to include growing, testing and packaging facilities as well as 10 units of worker housing.

The takeover of the Potter Valley Project looks to be moving forward after several agencies partnered to takeover the hydroelectric dam. A partnership of California Trout (CalTrout), Mendocino Inland Water and Power Commission, Sonoma County Water Agency (SonomaWater) and the County of Humboldt are filing a joint Notice of Intent saying they will be applying for a permit to take over operations from PG&E. Local groups started talks to take over the dam after the giant utility company said it would sell the facility, but then later said it was not, but without a plan for the dam.

Several projects in the works throughout Mendocino County for pedestrians. The Mendocino County Pedestrian Feasibility study released showing what projects are being considered for walking improvements in the county. The report reviewing current conditions, planning from the past and recommendations for the future from multiple County agencies. The Daily Journal reports the plan covered possible projects all over Mendocino County, like Point Arena, Fort Bragg, Ukiah, Willits, Covelo, Manchester and other towns that include priority projects in Ukiah.

Another form of elder abuse now illegal in Calif, the abandoning of elders in an emergency. The Gov. Gavin Newsom signed the bill into law Wednesday to increase civil penalties for caregivers who leave older Californians behind during an emergency. The Press Democrat reports the legislation was inspired after residents were left behind at two Fountaingrove senior care homes during the October 2017 fire storm. Senator Bill Dodd penned the bill which adds “abandonment” to a list of offenses under state law that prohibit elder abuse. Fines of up to $250,000 in civil damages, plus legal fees could be leveled at offenders.

Three dams are going up on the Russian River as we head into the summer recreational season. The first one at Healdsburg Veterans Memorial Beach to reduce the flow rate so the other two dams can be installed at Johnson’s Beach and Vacation Beach in Guerneville. The Johnson Beach dam should be done tomorrow and the one at Vacation Beach in about a week. The Healdsburg Veterans Memorial Beach dam is raising the water level 7 feet during the summer for those recreating at the beach.

A fire in Monterey County this week is blamed on a downed Pacific Gas & Electric power line. Cal Fire reports the fire east of King City was power line related. It’s burned more than 2,450 acres. PG&E has confirmed one of their power lines went down in the area, and they’re investigating why it fell to begin with. The fire has been contained and no injuries or building damage has been reported. The fire after PG&E was blamed for several fires in October 2017 and the Camp Fire last year. Together the fires killed more than 130 people. The company has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy as it faced billions in liability from the fires.

Gov. Gavin Newsom along with legislative leaders coming up with a plan to reward local governments who put up housing quickly and punish others who don’t. The legislature has to vote on the proposed law which would mean pro housing areas get more money from the state for housing and transportation and those that don’t could face fines of more than a half million a month. And going even further, a court could take on a local government’s authority to issue housing permits.

The Public Utilities Commission is considering fines against Pacific Gas & Electric for the October 2017 wildfires in the North Bay and wine country. State regulators commenting saying the violations from PG&E during the time the fires broke out were, “extensive and disturbing.” The commission has ordered PG&E to create a mobile app for the public to report problems like downed power poles to help protect against future disasters after the utility’s equipment was blamed for some of the most destructive and deadliest fires in state history. The company has said it will fully cooperate with the PUC investigation and will work to reduce wildfire risk and help fire-destroyed and damaged communities recover.

The latest Calif. budget has been signed into law by the Governor. The nearly $215 billion dollar operating budget now law with Gov. Newsom signing it just hours before the midnight deadline yesterday after the Gov. and legislative leaders agreed on spending for housing and homelessness. There’s still a surplus of $21.5 billion with the budget expanding health care for people living in the country illegally and a fine for people who don’t buy insurance, just like in Obamacare when it first became law.

Still talking about a pool in Lakeport schools. A packed meeting for the School District board where the subject of building a new community pool was discussed. Most spoke positively about it, with some saying they were concerned about safety. The board also discussed other projects that could be considered listed in a report from the new Bond Projects Prioritization Committee. The board president said he thought the pool was a good idea and that it could cause more students to enroll. The board also discussed the declining enrollment and the Interim Superintendent announced it was his last board meeting as a new Superintendent starts soon. He got a standing ovation from the board.

A marketing firm’s been hired to help with branding in Lake County. Visit Lake County Calif, the nonprofit that runs the county’s Tourism Improvement District has hired Cubic Creative out of Tulsa, OK for the work. They’ll do some market research and come up with a branding idea for the County. The Record Bee reports it will probably include wine tourism, agricultural tourism and recreation. There will be a new logo and written statements to support the branding idea. The first pass should be in by the end of July.

Public access is being reopened at the top of the Oroville Dam. It’s the first time since the emergency spillway failed in February of 2017 causing nearly 200,000 people to evacuate the immediate area. The opening Saturday for pedestrians, bicyclists and those with disabilities. You cannot drive across the top of the dam, but there’s parking at the upper overlook. There’s still construction at the Dam and construction vehicles will be using part of the access on Dam Crest Road over the weekend.

A town hall at a church in Paradise after high levels of contaminants are found in water samples. Paradise Irrigation District found high levels of Benzene in the water, above the allowable limit. Camp Fire survivors at several workshops last night with a bunch of scientists from Purdue University, Butte College, Chico State and Cal Berkeley. There’s apparently differing opinions about how to handle the issue between scientists and the state and that’s put some of the recovery process on hold. Benzene is believed to be released out of melted plastic pipes with chronic exposure increasing cancer risks for humans.

A cop in Northern California accused of shooting and killing a man who they say was threatening them with a large stick. The police chief in Red Bluff says they ran into the man on the street who repeatedly refused to follow their orders of dropping the stick and to walk away from them last weekend during a confrontation. Cops say the first used a stun gun on the man, then a bean bag shot but he would not listen. They also say he lurched at them with the stick so one officer fired his gun and hit the man in the upper torso. They then tried CPR on the man who was taken to a hospital and died. The cop who shot him, a 15-year veteran is now on administrative leave.

One man’s arrested another on the run still after a drive by death in Clearlake. Police have arrested Miguel Becerra in connection to the shooting death of Steven Stone. The chief of police in Clearlake says they’re searching for the man’s younger brother, 26 year old Christian Becerra. Both men have ties to Clearlake and Southern Calif. Police say the men were involved in Stone’s death June 17th at Trombetta’s RV Resort. Police say they got a tip about the Becerra brothers and that Christian was involved in an altercation before the murder, and that someone with him there was also present when Stone was shot. A woman present when Miguel was arrested apparently charged at cops, so she got into some trouble. The FBI is also working to try to find Christian, who’s considered armed and dangerous.

A man from Potter Valley who shot his neighbor’s dogs while they were inside their doghouses inside a fenced pen has been placed on supervised felony probation. 67 year old Dr. Benjamin Meyer, a local Ukiah physician found guilty in April on two counts of felony animal abuse and he admitted to the personal use of a firearm in the commission of the felonies. He has to serve 6 months in jail and has to surrender August 29th. He also can no longer have firearms and ammunition.

 

 

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