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The state of California is sending disaster relief assistance to the Bahamas after Hurricane Dorian. There’s an agreement with the US Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) and the Los Angeles County Fire Department so a sixth Urban Search and Rescue (US&R) Task Force is being sent to the hurricane impact zone. The team is headed to the area after a request by the Government of the Bahamas for assistance from those with Water Rescue Capabilities to help with search and rescue operations. USA-2, the LA County Fire Urban Search & Rescue team with 57 members is headed out along with four Canine Search and their equipment.  Hurricane Dorian is the second strongest Atlantic hurricane on record and the strongest to ever hit the Bahamas.

Volunteers are needed for the Coastal Cleanup Day on Clear Lake. It’s happening Saturday, September Sept 21st, cleaning up the shorelines, streams, and creeks to help prevent trash from getting into the lake and from degrading the aquatic environment. The California Coastal Commission started the Coastal Cleanup day along marine beaches and other water bodies in 1985. Each year they have as many as 60,000 volunteers. 23 million pounds of trash has been removed from California’s public beaches, lakes, and waterways.  Last year in Lake County, the Coastal Cleanup Day resulted in more than 500 lbs. of trash being collected by 41 volunteers.

If you or someone you know would like to participate in Coastal Cleanup Day, report to any of the following locations on Sat, September 21, from 9AM to Noon: 

Upper Arm 

1) Keeling County Park (3000 Carson St, Upper Lake, CA 95485)

2) Rodman Slough County Park (1635 Nice-Lucerne Cutoff Road, Lakeport, CA 95453)

3) Nice- Lucerne Cutoff (Latitude & Longitude 39.119210, -122.89622)

4) Highland Springs (3500 E. Highland Springs Rd. Lakeport, CA 95453)

Lower Arm 

5) Clear Lake Campground (7805 Cache Creek Way, Clearlake, 95422)

6) Austin Park (14295 Lakeshore Drive, Clearlake, 95422) –Starting at 8:30AM!

7) Borax Lake (Sulfur Bank Rd. Latitude & Longitude 38.978898, -122.67017) – Meet at 7:30 AM at the park in front of Clearlake City Hall if you want direction to cleanup site (if possible RSVP to site captain Edgar at 707-350-5152)

If you have questions or need more information please feel free to contact Lake County Water Resources, at (707)263-2344, water.resources@lakecountyca.gov , or message us on Facebook, @lakecountywater.

Clearlake Police make it official becoming the primary public safety answering point for those calling 911 for help. Before now, calls were sent to the Sheriff’s Office then transferred to Clearlake Police. Lake Co News reports that sometimes meant delays and a hard time for dispatchers to pinpoint where calls were coming from. Yesterday at noon, the routing process to the Sheriff’s dept. or Cal Fire’s St. Helena dispatch ended, and a new routing system went online. So now those calling 911 are directly routed to a Clearlake Police dispatcher, and apparently over the next several weeks the system will also provide direct routing for most cellular callers. It comes after the Clearlake Police Chief requested the changes so the agency would be the primary public safety answering point.

PG&E making their first payments out of the Wildfire Assistance Program for those who lost their homes in the 2017 Northern California wildfires and 2018 Camp fire. The money is coming from PG&E’s $105 million fund which the judge in their bankruptcy case approved with a third party administrator disbursing the funds. The money started to be sent out last Friday with the administrator saying those who are affected should apply, especially those without adequate shelter. The CEO and President of the utility company says they’re committed to helping victims and communities hit by the wildfires to recover and rebuild. So far there’s been about 5,000 claims filed with about 20 percent coming from Northern California. The deadline to file a claim is Nov. 15.
Final payments are expected to be made by the end of the first quarter of 2020.

More information including the claim form is available at https://www.norcalwildfireassistanceprogram.com/.

Several fires break out in Lake County. Firefighters working overnight to contain seven small fires along a miles-long stretch of Highway 29 between Kelseyville and Lower Lake. Lake Co News reports the incident being dubbed, the Glass fire was first reported yesterday afternoon around 4:30 p.m. with four fires to start. Then after 6, there was a fifth reported around Highway 29 and Bottle Rock Road, but it was quickly put out. Soon after Cal Fire reported as many as seven fires. By last night at 8, firefighters reported the fires burned 20 acres and were 80 percent contained, with no forward progress. Power lines were reported in the area, but they were not down or causing a hazard.

A new report says Clearlake has the safest drivers in the country. The report by the online car insurance comparison company Insurify came out last week. They went state by state, leaving Hawaii out of the mx, and picked one city with the most residents with clean driving records. The info from folks searching for car insurance online. The company wrote that Clearlake was found to have some of the safest drivers in America after analyzing more than 1.5 million insurance policy applications that were filed through their website. They took into account which cities had the most drivers without at-fault accidents, moving violations, or related incidents on their records.

The governor is reportedly considering a bill that passed the Assembly whether or not a point should be added to a driver’s record if they’re caught texting or with cell phone in hand. The bill unanimously passed the Assembly Tuesday. It cleared the Senate last week after several amendments were added to the first draft. The latest version says there will be a point given if there’s a conviction within 36 months of a previous conviction for the same infraction. Last session there was a similar bill which did not advance and 5 years ago, yet another, but then Gov. Brown veto’d it.

Prosecutors in Los Angeles and Santa Barbara county DA’s offices continue investigating the dive boat accident that killed 34 people. The captain and crew jumped off the boat, no word if they’ll be held liable, but federal law says misconduct, negligence or inattention to duty that leads to death could lead to prison time. There isn’t information on the cause of the early morning crash Monday. The Santa Barbara County Sheriff says fire was blocking a stairway and above deck and an emergency exit hatch. There could also be a lack of evidence due to the ship being mostly demolished and upside down in the ocean.

The Governor tosses a law making it a crime to refuse to help a cop. The law from almost 150 years ago called the California Posse Comitatus Act of 1872 says it’s a misdemeanor for “an able-bodied person 18 years… or older” to refuse to help a police officer if there’s a request for help for an arrest, take someone into custody who escaped or preventing breach of the peace or the commission of any criminal offense. A Senate bill repealed the law as part of work to check on outdated laws and update or repeal them.

The second jury in the Ghost Ship fire trial has sent a note to the court. After five days of deliberating yesterday, they asked for a read back of direct and cross examination of one of the prosecution witnesses, an Oakland Fire Captain. They are asking about another fire mentioned in his testimony. Derrick Almena and Max Harris are charged with 36 counts of involuntary manslaughter for the fire in December 2016. Almena’s lawyer says the read back favors them and not prosecutors. The judge gave prosecutors and defense attorneys 45 minutes of review. It comes after three jurors were dismissed, and only one alternate juror left after some alleged misconduct.

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