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The homeless day center in Ukiah’s opening. The Redwood Community Services shelter on South State Street will have showers, laundry, mental healthcare services, workshops and clinics for the local community without housing starting today. Apparently the holdup had been a Certificate of Occupancy, that is now in hand after construction on the building where they also host winter services for the homeless. Right now they have a temporary Certificate of Occupancy so they can be open three months until they finish construction, then when that’s all done, the permanent Certificate should be granted. The center is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., seven days a week, year-round.

A lawsuit’s been filed by a local Native American Tribe and Fisherman’s group to protect salmon in the Klamath River. The Yurok Tribe and the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations filed suit against the Bureau of Reclamation and the National Marine Fisheries Service saying a new federal plan which started in April has been terrible for Salmon. The groups say it’s meant low river flows in the lower Klamath and more salmon that may have been exposed to a deadly parasite called Ceratonova shasta, or C. shasta. The Chair of the Tribe says they had no other choice but to sue because the new federal plan is killing the river and salmon stocks are very fragile right now after just starting to rebound from previous disease outbreaks.

No changes in management or the conditions of jails in Lake County. That’s according to the latest Grand Jury report. The detention facilities were noted by the jury as mostly meeting or exceeding minimum requirements. The jury is made up of local residents as required by the state. They do yearly inspections of “public prisons within the county” which includes holding cells, jails, conservation camps and juvenile detention facilities. Juveniles are now held about 100 miles away after the local juvenile hall was closed for structural problems. The last grand jury report recommended several changes to detention facilities, but the latest report said some of that was not in the purview of the Grand Jury and the rest was taken care of.

CalPERS, the retirement system for state public employees has many in the 100-thousand dollar range. A new report shows more than 26,000 people are getting yearly pensions of at least $100,000. The survey of CalPERS data by the Southern California News Group shows one lawyer in Santa Clara County got more than $935,000 last year alone. The news group’s analysis shows the payouts by CalPERS went up 41 percent from 2012 to 2018. And total amount of payouts were up more than 50 percent from $14.4 billion in 2012 to more than $22 billion in 2018.

A new shelter is being proposed for animals in Clearlake. The police chief is set to present the idea to the city council at their meeting later this week. Chief Andrew White will ask the council to replace the current Animal Shelter that operates on the Public Works Corporation Yard on Airport Road. The chief says there’s kennels in an old hangar and some outdoor kennels, and another building has their laundry room and an office which they also use as a cat kennel. But the chief says it’s all inadequate and needs repairs and more space. He says there are plenty of grant opportunities to find suitable space and other ways to fund it. The meeting Thursday at 6 pm at City Hall.

A small subdivision has the Clearlake Planning Commission taking a meeting. The commission looking at a proposal to split almost 18 acres of land by the land owner Brenda Frey so she can give the land to her kids in equal 8.47 acre parcels. It’s a vacant lot right now and could be serviced through private wells and septic systems.

Four voters in the state are suing to block a new law that forces President Trump or any potential candidate to the office to release their personal income tax returns. Gov. Gavin Newsom signed it into law last week saying those filing to be on the ballot in calif as a presidential candidate must file five years of income tax returns with the California Secretary of State about 100 days before the primary. If they don’t, they don’t get to be on the ballot. Now the conservative group Judicial Watch says it’s suing to challenge the law, noting four California voters as plaintiffs, two are registered Republicans, one is a Democrat and one, an independent.

A couple of separate FBI cases in two weeks in the tiny town of Hayfork. Kym Kemp dot com reports the Trinity County Sheriff’s Department supported by the FBI stopped a car on Hwy 3 near the Hayfork Fairgrounds and those inside tried running. The FBI says they nabbed a fugitive wanted in Virginia. The news site reports they had an anonymous tip from someone who says they were in the area and saw the arrest happen. She saw two guys running for their lives, as she put it, and as many as eight officers drawing guns at them. There was also at least one police dog on the scene.

The new state law for a background check on certain ammunition purchases reportedly stopped more than 100 people from getting their hands on bullets illegally. The State Attorney General Xavier Becerra says they’ve also probably deterred countless others who were prohibited to have ammo legally. The new law started July 1st but a federal judge is set to decide if the law should be stopped as a violation of the Second Amendment. Gov. Gavin Newsom called an emergency meeting to decide what else can be done to prevent mass shootings, one of which happened in Calif at the Garlic Festival in Gilroy a couple weeks ago. The NRA says Calif.’s ammunition law won’t save lives, it’s just pushing people out of the sport and prevents them from defending their families.

A new report says this is going to be another major wildfire season, thru October. The report by the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, ID reports Northern Calif. weather could mean another year of terrible fires. Cal Fire Captain Justin Hartman also says the state has the fuel after all the rain this winter. Fire activity was below average in July, so there’s now concern we could be headed into dangerous fire conditions with hot weather, dry winds and a lot of that fuel on the ground.  The report also says there will be above-normal fire potential and the forecast of warmer and drier conditions in Northern California.

Congressman Mike Thompson calling on the US Senate to pass stricter gun control laws after mass shootings in California, Texas and Ohio. Congressman Thompson is pushing his own gun safety measure and says Democrats will continue to pressure the Senate to vote on his background check bill, saying he’s not sure we’ve hit the tipping point, but says the House has done its work. The long time gun owner himself is trying to get gun control legislation taken up as the chair of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force. His bill requiring background checks for any commercial gun sales has sat in the senate without a move after first passing the House of Representatives 240-190 votes in February.

 

 

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