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DA’s and Public Defenders are planning to strike in Mendocino County. The Mendocino County Public Attorneys Association negotiating a new deal with the Board of Supervisors since last fall, their contract ended this past January. The union says it made an offer to the county’s negotiating lawyer and got no response until last month, but negotiations have mostly gone nowhere. The union says while the board gave itself a 17 percent raise last year, public servants continue to struggle as the county continues to pay out of market rates, 35-45 percent less than comparable markets. The union says it thinks they’re at an impasse. The union says the latest offer was for 4% more, and that’s unacceptable.

Police have arrested a man in Fort Bragg after a couple of shootings they say were to lure young people. Police say the shootings July 10th and 11th didn’t hurt anybody, but some buildings were hit. Police collected evidence there and went around the neighborhood looking for probationers and parolees with possible gang ties. They arrested one person for a parole violation who they say may be involved in six shootings since March. They say 32 year old Harry Mila was trying to get youngsters to engage with him in gang-like behavior and warn if you see him around your kids, it’s not good.

A wildfire we told you about in Napa is fully contained. The Canyon Fire was 100% contained yesterday after breaking out Monday afternoon on Wragg Cyn Rd and Hwy 128 at Lake Berryessa. Another fire, the Marshview fire in Solano County started yesterday on I-680 and Marshview Rd. near Cordelia. The two fires together burned 64 acres. The two fires are under investigation.

Nuisance vehicles in Fort Bragg are going to be pulled, but there’s still no ordinance on public camping. The City Council said yes to the first reading of the “nuisance vehicles” ordinance in order to remove cars from city streets. Vehicles abandoned, unregistered and inoperable or used for storage or camping can be cited. And the council tabled a vote to ban most camping in town, and ban sleeping in cars in the Central Business District, and other rules. But the Mayor pulled it from the agenda saying they’d return to it again in the future.

A packed Lakeport School Board meeting with parents, students and others discussing what should be done with leftover bond money. There’s more than 1.3 million dollars left over in the fund. The Record Bee reports some speaking wanted a pool, or others wanted a fitness center. One estimate for a new pool came in at just under 2 million, that was without locker rooms and American Disabilities Act accessibility bathrooms. Some at the meeting complained there could be no swim team without a pool, and others simply wanted air conditioning added to the gymnasium. The board president speaking to the standing room only crowd saying the discussion on air conditioning should be talked about, but later. The board also discussed their budget and the possibility of laying off some people, including a high school counselor, computer tech, crossing guard, and special education para-professional.  

The three investor owned utility companies in Calif. have all said they’d be open to putting money into a new fund to cover the costs of future wildfire disasters associated with their equipment. San Diego Gas & Electric already agreed to put money into the $10.5 billion dollar fund and Southern California Edison and Pacific Gas & Electric agreed yesterday. It’s not agreed yet what each will put up yet, because rules for the plan it depends on the company’s individual risk of catastrophic wildfire and prior history with safety. P,G&E is reportedly paying more than the others, but only after it gets out of bankruptcy. And San Diego Gas & Electric will pay the least.

Updates by Pacific Gas and Electric in another town. We’ve been reporting on various meetings with the utility company as representatives travel across the state with town halls to talk about minimizing fire risk and increasing safety. They’re warning folks to get ready for possible power shutoffs this fire season of up to 5 days at a time. The Lake and Sonoma county representative, Herman Hernandez in Clearlake last night at the city council meeting. He went over the company’s Community Wildfire Safety Program, including the intended Public Safety Power Shutoffs. He says the work they’re doing now comes because of climate change, the mismanagement of infrastructure and giant wildfires in recent years. As we’ve been reporting the utility company is also installing 1,300 new weather stations to monitor fire weather conditions along with hi def cameras in some spots too.
Power outage preparation:
www.pge.com/beprepared

To receive alerts:
Update your contact information at www.pge.com/mywildfirealerts

To learn more about the Community Wildfire Safety Program:
– Call 1-866-743-6589
– Email wildfiresafety@pge.com
– Visit www.wildfiresafety.com

To see if you are in a high risk fire area, visit the California Public Utilities Commission fire threat map:
https://ia.cpuc.ca.gov/firemap/

Nearly 500,000 homes in California are said to be at a high or very high risk of wildfire damage. The real estate site Zillow also shows the homes are worth as much as $268 billion dollars. The properties have been noted by the U.S. Forest Service as in danger. They’re only about 5% of the total homes in Calif. with an average value of $550,000. The real estate site analyzed the wildfire risk in four major metropolitan areas in California: Los Angeles, Riverside, San Diego and Sacramento with Riverside with the most at-risk homes, but the ones flagged in Los Angeles had the highest average value, at more than $1 million. Federal officials say this year could have even more destructive wildfires than last year, the National Interagency Fire Center has predicted “above normal significant large fire potential” in parts of California this year.

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