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PG&E filing in court to get the judge in its bankruptcy case to reverse a ruling to let a jury decide if damages from the massive Tubbs fire should be the utility’s responsibility. The Tubbs hit Sonoma and Napa counties during the infamous October 2017 fire storm. It burned 4,600 homes and killed 22 people. Now PG&E lawyers have filed an appeal of the bankruptcy judge’s Aug. 16th ruling so victims of the fire can file a civil case against PG&E. The utility company claims Cal Fire’s conclusion the fire was not PG&E’s fault means they’re not liable.  Fire survivors say Cal Fire is wrong and that PG&E is at fault like several other fires that October. PG&E could be held liable for as much as $30 billion from wildfires in 2017 and 2018.

New technology could help county prosecutors across the state erase or reduce past marijuana convictions for nearly a quarter million people. The Press Democrat reports a nonprofit in San Francisco, Code for America, is allowing district attorneys to use its computer algorithms for free. They say it can find cases from decades ago. L-A and San Francisco have used the Clear My Record program to help clear as many as 75,000 cannabis convictions. The program finds cases, automatically fills out proper forms and can do it at a 10,000 people per minute pace.

A bill has squeaked thru the Assembly to allow tens of thousands of parolees the right to vote. The California Secretary of State along with other supporters say it could help about 50,000 felons adjust to life back in their communities after serving time. The Senate takes a vote next, just before the Legislature adjourns for the year. Then it would go to the governor before it goes on the November 2020 ballot. Right now anyone on parole cannot vote in any local, state or federal election.

The recycling buy back center in Ukiah is closing temporarily. The City Council voted this week to temporarily close the buy-back center at the Ukiah Valley Transfer Station due to the amount of traffic since many other recycling centers have closed. The city’s Public Works Director Tim Eriksen says the facility wasn’t built for the kind of business it’s getting and in order to accommodate the traffic, C&S solutions says it would need to spend about $100,000. The city manager says residents can still recycle curbside.

A million dead or dying trees left in the wake of the Camp Fire is costing a fortune to remove from Butte County. There are not many local sawmills or biomass power plants, so moving the damaged wood from the area is costly and slowing the process. Reports of about 400,000 trees at high risk of falling in Paradise and Magalia. A report by Sierra Timber Services has local officials thinking of ways to locally process the trees from restarting a biomass power plant in Oroville or building a wood-powered heating and cooling system in Paradise. Right now there are just two sawmills in Oroville, but they’re small.

A lockdown at Ukiah High School after a student reportedly made a threat involving a weapon. It happened Wednesday and only lasted about 30 minutes. The Ukiah Unified School District reports police detained a 17 year old boy but they didn’t find a weapon. The Ukiah Unified Superintendent called police after the report and the school was locked down around 1:30-2 pm. Classes continued as usual after, then the school district asked parents to talk to their kids about safety. There’s also been a reporting system added to kids Chromebooks they can use if they feel unsafe.

A unanimous agreement to finish the Groundwater Management Plan and approve the 2019-2027 Housing Element draft by the Willits City Council, then this… city leaders decide the city’s Cannabis Ordinance should allow recreational cannabis to be sold in town. Residents spoke out about the idea though and wanted to make sure any business wouldn’t be close to schools. So the council voted yes to amend the Municipal Code to allow growing, processing, selling and transporting adult-use recreational cannabis and medicinal hemp and allow indoor and nursery type growing of the plant and to allow the sale of cannabis products specified for use by animals. The council will consider buffer zones at a later date.

One of the two men accused in the fatal Oakland Ghostship Warehouse fire has been acquitted, but the other had a hung jury. Max Harris, the right hand to Derick Almena the main leaseholder, was acquitted by the jury yesterday and Almena’s case ends in a mistrial after the hung jury. KPIX reports when the verdicts were read there were audible gasps in the courtroom. Harris was the creative director at the 10,000 square foot artist space. And Almena’s lawyer told the press after that he was distressed by the hung jury which was reported to be 10-2 in favor of conviction but couldn’t break the deadlock. The two were facing 39 years in prison for 36 counts of involuntary manslaughter. The two men still face civil lawsuits.

A wildfire that was several spot fires on the side of Highway 29 is fully contained. The Glass fire broke out Wednesday afternoon between Lower Lake and Kelseyville. It burned 28 acres and was 100 percent contained last night. Part of the highway was closed for a time as firefighters worked the fire. There were no structures burned and no injuries were reported. Cal Fire reports they’ll be in the area mopping up the next few days. No word how the fires started.

A massive fire explodes after several thousand lightning strikes in Northern Calif. About 19,000 lightning strikes ignites a fire west of Red Bluff, near Hwy 36. The Red Bank Fire has burned 6,500 acres and forced evacuations. It’s 5% contained as of 7 AM this morning. Kym Kemp reporting there’s another fire to the west the Shasta Trinity National Forest, the South Fire which was at 200 acres with zero containment. And a 100 acre fire is burning in Mendocino County, in the Yolla Bolly Middle Eel Wildness north of Covelo, the 1-1 fire which is also being referred to as the Henthorne Fire.

The Gov. says the state’s losing $8 million that’s supposed to go to help the National Guard for firefighting due to a new Trump administration plan related to the border wall. The Pentagon released some details Wednesday about $3.6 billion being diverted across the U.S., territories and other countries so another 175 miles of fencing can be erected along the U.S.-Mexico border. The money that was supposed to come to Calif was for a flight simulator for the Guard to train guard troops certain airplanes used to help during wildfires and other emergency missions.

A beef processing and packaging company in the state is recalling about 25,000 pounds of beef, saying it’s unsafe to eat. The USDA announced American Beef Packers in Chino says the meat was “unfit for human consumption” after a carcass waiting for test results was accidentally put back on the production line, then processed into several other products like boneless beef chuck, sirloins, and ribeyes. The USDA mark “EST. 34741” inside the USDA mark of inspection were already shipped to California and Oregon. Samples for more testing had been taken, but there’s been no reports of any illness. They just want to warn you to toss the meat or return it to where you purchased it.

A woman in Redwood Valley has been arrested after reports of a possibly stolen car and child abduction. Cops called to the Coyote Valley Casino and contacted a woman who says someone took her car with her 16 month old infant inside it. She had met the suspect, Wanda Cowan the night before and they went to Lake County to the casino together and when the mom walked into the casino, Cowan took off in her car without her permission. A BOLO was sent out and AMBER ALERT was being put together when the woman was found with the baby in the back seat unrestrained. The child was not injured and reunited with its mom. Cowan arrested for possession of stolen property, kidnapping and child endangerment and booked into jail on $250,000.00 bail.

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