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Clearlake will be hiring two new employees for its animal control and code enforcement divisions to handle an increasing workload. The City Council has gone along with Police Chief Andrew White’s request for the additional staff as Clearlake steps up enforcement of its code and animal control ordinances. More staff will also allow lobby offices to open to the public five days a week instead of the current four day schedule. Salaries and benefits for the two new employees will add up to just under $90,000 for the rest of the city’s fiscal year. Money for the positions will come from the city’s general fund and from a community development block grant that’d dedicated to code enforcement.

The Lake County Board of Supervisors will talk about new rules for chain retail stores at its meeting today. Supervisors are considering regulating those chain stores, such as Dollar General, which wants to add up to 8 locations in the county. Opponents say new stores like that will hurt local retailers and potentially put some out of businesses. One plan would require the board to approve any new national chain stores through an ordinance similar to one that’s been in effect in Mendocino County since 2016.

Veterans in Lake and Mendocino Counties are being encouraged to attend an event showcasing services that are available to them. The sixth annual Lake-Mendocino veterans stand down will be held on Wednesday and Thursday from 9:00 to 4:00 at the Lake County Fairgrounds in Lakeport. Organizers say it’ s a chance for those who have served in any era to find out more about programs specifically designed for their needs, including medical, employment and other assistance that’s available. Lake County Transit is offering free trips to and from the stand down with proper identification.

Volunteers will be out this Saturday along shorelines in Lake County taking part in this year’s Coastal Cleanup Day. 7 locations in Upper Lake, and Lakeport and Clearlake will get a clean-up, where volunteers will pick up trash and plastic to keep it out of the water and from harming the aquatic environment. Lake County Water Resources is organizing the event which runs from 7:30 to 10:00 on Saturday morning. You can check out their Facebook page if you’d like to find out more or lend a hand.

An event aimed at Mendocino County teenagers is planned for this weekend in Ukiah The ninth annual Youth Action Party will run from 3:00 to 8:00 pm Saturday at Alex Thomas Plaza. It’s free, and will feature activities including music and other acts, educational displays and a live mural painting. The Mendocino Youth Project is sponsoring the party to highlight the programs and services it offers to young people deal with the challenges they face.

A date has been set for the first civil trial involving PG & E over damages caused by the devastating Tubbs Fire in 2017. That trial is now scheduled to begin in January in San Francisco. It will be the legal action about the fire to move forward. It involves a group of creditors with claims against the utility which has filed for bankruptcy because of losses related to wildfires caused by its equipment. In this case Cal-Fire says PG & E was NOT responsible for the Tubbs fire, but lawyers for the creditors argue that there’s plenty of evidence to show that the utility SHOULD be held liable. The outcome could have an impact on several OTHER civil suits that are on hold as PG & E works through the its complicated bankruptcy. The Tubbs fire in Napa, Sonoma and Lake Counties fire killed 22 people and destroyed more than 4,600 homes almost two years ago.

CalTrans and the State Department of Fish and Wildlife are reminding drivers that more wild animals are on the move at this time of year, meaning a higher risk of crashes. This is Watch Out For Wildlife Week as officials stress that between now and December anyone on the road should be extra-alert, especially around dusk and dawn. Those crashes can be serious. Last year the state reported more than 4,300 such collisions, which led to at least 15 deaths and 810 injuries. Studies show that drivers and insurance companies had to pay out more than 300 million dollars for animal crash related damage last year as well.

Governor Newsom says its time to get serious about the risks of vaping. He has signed an executive order that, among other things, requires stores that sell vaping devices to put up warning signs and spends 20 million dollars on ads discouraging of e cigarette use. He also wants to get tougher on underage sales and look at why electronic cigarette taxes are lower than tobacco-based smokes. The governor says he is worried about the increasing number of young people turning to vaping—and the recent reports of illness and deaths apparently related to it. Some groups don’t think the Governor has gone far enough. They’d like to se a ban on flavored e-cigarettes and vaping liquids. They argue that those flavors entice more young people to pick up the habit at an even earlier age.

The state assembly has turned down a bill that would have allowed bars to stay open until 3 AM. Its the second year in a row a later closing bill has failed, so it’s still “glasses up” by 2:00 AM.

President Trump will spend he next couple days in California. He’ll be attending a number of private, high dollar fundraisers for his re-election campaign in several places. Protesters are expected to greet him, at some of those stops. The president hopes his visit will help both him and Republicans candidates down the 2020 ballot as well


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