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More than 4 dozen unsafe items found by PG&E in Sonoma County on its power lines. The Press Democrat reports the utility company found safety issues, including burned or rotten power poles, damaged conductors and overgrown vegetation during a systemwide inspection they took on last December. There were also 1,200 safety issues on equipment. The new CEO of PG&E says it’s “unacceptable” and that the safety of its customers and communities should be the driving factor in their approach to maintaining their electric system. PG&E is the largest utility company in the country, serving nearly 5.5 million customers in Northern and Central California.

The Relay for Life in Mendocino County is set for the weekend. The yearly event for the American Cancer Society happening again at Recreation Grove Park in Willits. It’s happening this Saturday at 10 a.m. overnight into Sunday. Money raised to help fight cancer and the event also celebrates cancer survivors. The theme this year is ‘Relay Around the World’. They expect more than a dozen teams who will decorate booths to represent a city, country, or culture from around the world. It’s free to enter and games, prizes, crafts, raffles and more, are open to the public.

The CHP on the lookout for whoever scrawled a large message by the bridge into Big Sur on Highway 1. The Highway Patrol says the vandalism, painted in yellow paint just north of the bridge said “OVERTOURISM IS KILLING BIG SUR”. They’re asking community members to step up if they know anything about the crime, saying that sort of thing cannot be tolerated, and that they’ll go after anyone caught for felony vandalism in the case. A Caltrans spokesman says they took the paint off. It comes about a week and a half after a large yellow sign hung from the bridge July 6th with the same “OVERTOURISM IS KILLING BIG SUR” message.

Large swamp rodents invading Delta waterways. The state’s trying to eradicate the 15-pound rodents with hunting dogs and birth control for the pests which they say can destroy crops and wetlands. The state Department of Fish and Wildlife got $10 million to try to get rid of the nutria, or coypu, which somehow got to Calif. from South America. They spent some time in Louisiana before this. That state reports losing hundreds of thousands of acres of wetlands. Gov. Gavin Newsom’s new budget also included nearly $2 million for the CDFW’s nutria program. Since starting the campaign to rid the Delta of the pest, reports are that more than 600 are dead.

Moving forward with a buy for a property in Redwood Valley for the new mental health training facility and Sheriff’s substation. The Board of Supervisors voted to pay up to $278,000 out of Measure B funds and another $150,000 from Asset Forfeiture Funds for the purchase after the Mental Health Treatment Act Citizen’s Oversight Committee officially recommended the site. There would be weekly mental health trainings and exercises at the property which includes a stage, a couple of ADA-compliant bathrooms, and an 800-square-foot home, all at a cost of about $369,000. The Sheriff’s office will pick up 30% of the bill. The Mendocino County CEO says they’re currently negotiating the purchase and a final purchase agreement could be forthcoming.

A consultant is being hired in Lakeport to bring in more development. The City Council approving a proposal from the Retail Coach. The company out of Mississippi specializes in retail recruitment and development to bring in more business. The cost to start is $30,000, and another $3,000 in travel. The City Manager says the city had a surplus so the money is there. It was part of the Lakeport Economic Development Advisory Committee’s strategic plan for business recruitment and retention. The city looking to potentially bring in hotels and or retail businesses.

The man who’s accused of starting the Clayton Fire and more than 15 others is pleading no contest to a handful. Damin Pashilk arrested in August of 2016 has reportedly agreed to plead no contest to four fires that year, they include the Clayton Fire which burned 4,000 acres and destroyed 300 structures, and the Canyon Fire which burned 15 and burned a home. He was in court last week on the arson charges and received a stipulated sentence of 15 years and four months. He’ll be formally sentenced September 23rd.

A man in Clearlake has been arrested for the rape of two kids under 13. The Record Bee reports 69 year old Bert Besio was arrested earlier this week at his home after an investigation into the molestation of the two children on multiple occasions. Cops say the man told at least one of the victims he was a former cop, which was not true. He’s charged with rape of a child under 14, committing a lewd or lascivious act with force or menace upon a child under 14 and aggravated sexual assault of a child under 14 and held on $300,000 bail in the Lake County jail.

The Sacramento Mayor says every homeless person in the state should have shelter. Mayor Darrell Steinberg proposing shelters be provided for all homeless people on the streets of California. It follows a program in New York, which is spending as much as $1.5 billion a year for shelter for 75,000 people. But California reportedly has up to 90,000 people living on the streets. The plan says once there are enough shelters, those still living on the street would be cited or fined. Homeless advocates say it’s not enough and there should be more affordable housing.

The cause of many of the massive wildfires the last 50 years across Calif. caused by climate change. This from a new study in the journal Earth’s Future. Wildfires increasing in size eightfold and the yearly burn area has ballooned to almost 500%.  The study says the human-caused warming, especially in forests of the Sierra Nevada and North Coast are probably going to keep happening. The study’s main author from the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University says Californians should be prepared for more wildfire activity, along with risks to property and health. They noted the massive fires of 2017 and 2018 with extreme wildfire activity and a massive loss of life and property, noting the Tubbs Fire in Sonoma County, The Mendocino Complex Fire last year and of course, the Camp Fire.

A new study regarding the 12 oldest state prisons shows some in major disrepair. The state commissioned study says some of the prison’s date all the way back to the mid-1800s and need major renovations and repairs if they’re going to keep being used. They reportedly hold up to a third of the state’s inmate population. The study conducted by consultants released this week showing almost all of these aging lockups were beyond their “useful life.” Those include San Quentin, which was built in 1852, and Folsom, built in 1880. The nearly 5.5 million dollar Kitchell CEM report released as the state was already working to fix old prison roofs. Some of the prison’s have even stopped using their dining or housing areas. The estimated cost to fix just one of the more recently built prisons, from 1955, has been estimated to cost more than $763 million.

Police in Clearlake releasing more information regarding that officer-involved shooting after a reported stabbing Monday. Lake Co News reports preliminary findings that police got a call to a home for reports a family member was trying to kill people with a knife. Cops headed there finding a woman and two children outside who guided them in, where one officer heard someone yelling and went to a back room of the house. The officer forced his way into a room where two people were fighting, one stabbing the other. The officer shot at the stabber who wouldn’t stop so he fired his gun twice. The man dropped the knife and he and the victim were flown to a hospital for treatment. The officer who shot went to a hospital for blood exposure but was released. The District Attorney’s Office was notified and is investigating. The officer who shot the suspect is on administrative leave. Officers were wearing body cams at the time and those videos will soon be released.

A man in Nice has been arrested for shooting a gun and yelling at neighbors. The Lake County Sheriff’s Dept reports getting a call to Grant Smith’s home and heard gunshots as they arrived. They ordered him to get out of the house, but he threatened to kill deputies. He came out shining a spotlight at deputies and said he had a gun and would kill everyone if they didn’t leave. But they couldn’t see a gun, then he went back inside and wouldn’t come out. A SWAT team was called and he still refused to come out no matter what they did, they went in eventually with a search warrant and arrested him. They found several empty .22 caliber shell casings and a .22 caliber revolver. He was taken to jail and booked on Resisting/Threatening Officers and Negligent Discharge of a Firearm with bail set at $15,000.

 

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