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PG&E has issued a statement in response to a Wall Street Journal article that suggested that the company knew of the repairs needed on equipment that caused the Camp Fire and that the company had deferred maintenance that would have addressed those conditions. The statement was ordered by a court supervising the company’s 2016 felony stemming from a deadly gas explosion in San Bruno. According to PG&E’s statement, the Journal’s claim was based on nonroutine work that PG&E was planning on the Caribou-Palmero transmission line, which wasn’t meant to replace work out or broken parts, but to address clearance between transmission line conductors and from the conductors to the ground. The Utility company says they strongly disagree with the claims made in the Wall Street Journal report.

Mendocino County will be moving ahead with the purchase of a regional behavioral health training center and sheriff substation in Redwood Valley now that their offer has been accepted. Up next, the county will do inspections before cutting a check for the $369,000 purchase, funded by $258,300 in Measure B Funds and $110,700 from the Sheriff’s Office according to the Daily Journal.

As of this morning, over 300 firefighters battling the Usal fire in Northern Mendocino have the blaze 65% contained. The wildfire had trapped 100 campers that had to be escorted to safety and is thought to have been started by fireworks. Over 130 acres have been burned so far.

Working towards the goal of making it easier for public employees to get health care at an affordable price and streamlined workers’ compensation, the Mendocino County Public Employers Health Care Partnership was created with the City Of Ukiah, Mendocino Collge, Mendocino County, Mendocino County Office of Education, Ukiah Unified School District, Adventist Health Ukiah Valley and others. The daily journal reports that the members will meet every quarter to discuss issues and review solutions that work towards helping employees access quality care and lower costs for the employees and their employers.

A new report by Berkeley’s Center for Labor Research and Education casts a shadow over the golden years of Californians. According to the study, which looked at data from the US Census Burea’s population study and surveys on Income and program participation from 2014. About half of private-sector employees in the state aged 25 to 64 have no savings stashed away for their retirement at all. The lack of savings along with the rising cost of living has some experts warning about a looming retirement crisis in the state. Part of the problem, according to the report is the fact that about 7.4 million in the private sector have no access to workplace retirement plans.

If you are free on August 17th, Lake County Supervisor Rob Brown is asking for volunteers to reduce wildfire risk in Lake County. The "1000 Hands to protect lake County Homes" effort will see around 500 volunteers clean up vegetation that can fuel wildfires along the Soda Bay Corridor from the end of Highway 281 to Soda Bay. Those that can make it will meet up at Riviera Elementary School in Kelseyville. Water will be provided along with gloves for those that don’t own a pair, hats, sunscreen and long shirts and pants are advised. More information and the volunteer agreement can be found at http://www.lakecountyca.gov/Assets/Departments/Administration/Docs/1000Hands.pdf

A trade relief package announced by the United States Department of Agriculture will bring some relief to walnut growers hurt by retaliatory tariffs in an ongoing trade war that has dropped prices by 50%. Farmers can begin applying for the aid on Monday at their federal farm service agency. The program runs through Dec 6th.

A proposal being considered by lawmakers would automatically expunge criminal records for those that have served their sentence and finished probation, and for those arrested but never convicted of a crime. The reason behind the bill are 8 million residents in the state of California who have a hard time finding employment, getting into college, finding housing and getting public benefits because of previous criminal convictions. The bill will go before the Senate appropriations committee on August 12 and has a deadline for passage in mid-September.

An arson arrest has been made in connection to the July 28th Rancho Incident. Kristina Loraine Doll of Clearlake was arrested on Sunday and charged with burning of a forest as a result of malicious arson. Calfire and North Shore Fire Protection District responded to a vegetation fire along highway 20 and Rancho Vista Road and were able to quickly put out the fire.

Results of tests done on July 22nd by the Big Valley Band of Pomo Indians and Elem Indian Colony, show six areas of Clear Lake with high levels of Blue-Green Algae which poses health risks, especially for children and pets. The six areas are Austin Park Beach, Redbud Park, Cache Creek Shady Acres, Lilly Cove, Jago Bay, and Buckingham Park. Boaters and recreational users are advised to avoid direct contact with the waters containing the algae blooming in the Lower Arm of Clear Lake.

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