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Volunteers are wanted to clear roadside vegetation, and an area along Highway 281 in the Soda Bay Corridor. Supervisor Rob Brown looking to help the several thousand residents who live in the high risk area, asking for 500 volunteers to help clear vegetation. As we’ve previously reported the 1,000 Hands roadside vegetation clearing project is Saturday, August 17, 2019 from 6-10am. There will be 6 worksites in the Soda Bay Corridor, starting at the intersection of Highway 281 and Tenino Way in the Clearlake Riviera. Those helping should bring their own tools, and remember to use sunscreen and gloves along with long sleeved shirts and long pants. There will be gloves if you don’t own any, and water will be provided.

For maps, visit http://www.lakecountyca.gov/1000Hands/

Questions, further information: Call (707) 349-2628 or email Rob.Brown@lakecountyca.gov.

It’s National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM). The yearly campaign to bring attention to the importance of getting recommended vaccines for diseases like whooping cough, cancers caused by HPV, and pneumonia. Lake County Public Health is encouraging community members to talk to their doctor or other healthcare professional to make sure their family’s up to date on recommended vaccines. A reminder too, that vaccines aren’t just for kids. Adults may need them as well for the flu, certain types of pneumonia, and shingles.

A special election is being called by the Northshore Fire Protection District. The election this November 5th for a special tax for fire protection and emergency medical response services. As stated on the ballot, the tax to improve rapid, local emergency medical and fire services, to allow the department to hire firefighters and replace outdated equipment. The tax at approx $126/residential parcel. They’re looking at raising just over $1,700,000 a year with the option for an annual increase of up to 3% starting in 2023. The vote needs to be 2/3 majority to win. It’ll be known as District Measure “N”. The Registrar of Voters in Lake County still accepting arguments for and against until Sept. 3rd.

The Ukiah camping ordinance back in front of the City Council. The council to take up the revised version of the ordinance at their meeting tonight. It comes after a ruling by a federal appeals court that decriminalizes sleeping on public property. The Record Bee reports the revised ordinance came after the Asst. City Attorney told the city council about the federal case, Martin v. the City of Boise which invalidated most anti-camping ordinances in effect in several western states, including California.

An active shooter exercise held in Mendocino County with hospitals and law enforcement. Adventist Health Howard Memorial staff, the Mendocino County Sherriff’s Office, Willits Police and the Little Lake Fire Department working together July 21st for the first active shooter exercise. The Daily Journal reports the Mendo County Multi-Agency SWAT team was there with hospital staff creating three scenarios to test staff from the agencies and their response. The hospital’s president says hospitals are supposed to be healing places and that he hoped something they were training for actually never happened there, but says if it did, he felt better knowing his team of first responders were prepared.

No date’s been given but the Lake County treasurer-tax collector is stepping down at some point. The Board of Supervisors asked Barbara Ringen when she’s resigning after reporting in January she would step down. Lake Co News reports Supervisors Bruno Sabatier and Moke Simon, and the County Administrative Officer Carol Huchingson are on the ad hoc committee tasked with working with Ringen after concerns about her work surfaced last year. The news site reports Ringen sent an email in January saying she would retire, but not an exact date. Then told Sabatier it would be in July of 2020, but no specific date’s was given. It all comes after no tax auction this year, complaints about property tax and TOT checks, customer service and transparency.

A road project’s starting finally in Clearlake. The Meadowbrook Area Pavement Rehab Project starts Monday and should end in October. There will be traffic delays and road closures here and there from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The city says they have to close roads because there will be grinding and paving operations ongoing. Residents will be notified when the closures are planned. It’s the last major project this season. The chip sealing will start in September. But there will be some other ongoing projects too for road grading, maintenance and pothole patching and crack sealing of many streets.

Sonoma County officials urging PG&E to come up with an alternative to planned blackouts in extreme fire weather. The utility company, as we’ve been reporting, will shut down small power lines connected to homes as well as larger transmission lines carrying electricity across Northern California. The temporary shut offs in red flag type conditions, hot, dry and windy. PG&E will monitor weather and make determinations based on conditions. The Sonoma and Lake county PG&E rep gave presentations about the plan to the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors and the Santa Rosa City Council most recently with mostly negative feedback.

More than $2 million from the U.S. Department of Education for Mendocino College to continue its program providing assistance to migrant or seasonal worker background students. The Vice President of Student Services says the grant renewal goes a long way to help all students, especially the ones who work in farms, vineyards, and fisheries so they can successfully complete a college degree or certificate. The five year grant to pay for the Mendocino College Assistance Migrant Program or CAMP which started back in 2002 and has been renewed every funding cycle ever since. The program looks to recruit, admit, and enroll at least 50 migrant and seasonal farm worker students a year and also give them supportive services so they’re successful and stay in school after the first year.

CAMP is still accepting applications for the fall 2019 semester, which begins August 19. Interested students can learn more and complete the application by visiting www.mendocino.edu/camp, or contacting the CAMP office by phone at (707) 467-1026 or by email atcamp@mendocino.edu.

An artist is revitalizing the burned out homes in Paradise, devastated after the Camp Fire. Artist Shane Grammar is spray painting walls around town, he says, to bring joy to something so devastating. He’s also taking part in America’s largest mural festival, “Wide Open Walls” in Sacramento starting tomorrow. His murals in the Camp Fire burn area are going viral. The artist is a native of Chico and has been traveling to Paradise to paint his murals, so far there are 19 of them.

The search is on for a woman from Woodland reported missing Sunday night. Police on the lookout for 72 year old Cynthia Crenshaw last seen July 31st walking to Woodland on Highway 16 in blue jeans and a blue top. She’s considered at risk due to her age and health. They’re asking anyone who may know anything about where Crenshaw may be to call the Yolo County Sheriff’s office.

Folks rushing to get air purifiers during the fire season. After the Camp Fire, one hardware store in Chico says they had hundreds of customers coming in for the purifiers and breathing masks selling almost 60,000 masks in a couple of weeks, plus the business gave away thousands for children. A recent study by a research firm presented to the Calif. Air Resources Board says sales are predicted to go from about 469,000 units back in 2017 all the way up to 720,000 in 2023.

 

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