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There’s a new Round Valley Municipal Advisory Council. The Mendocino County Board of Supervisors appointed folks for the Council so those living in Round Valley and Covelo have a place to discuss local issues. Seven people appointed first had to apply. They’ve been identified as Laura Betts, Kathryn Britton, James Russ, Dane Downing, Lew Chichester, and Jessica Stull-Otto, with Charles Sargenti as an alternate. Also yesterday, supervisors approved buying a Disaster Animal Relief Trailer. The $10,000 vehicle to be used in a fire or earthquake to move animals to safety in the event of a disaster. Some other issues also covered included approving work at the Willits library and rental assistance money for Redwood Community Services.

The annual Ukiah Valley Russian River Cleanup brings out a crowd. A couple Saturday’s ago the Mendocino County Resource Conservation District project manager Deborah Edelman took over the event. She says they’ve expanded the event and this year they covered more ground. Folks with gloves, buckets and grabbers pulled 2,500 pounds of garbage from Low Gap Park, lower Orr Creek near Orchard Avenue, Doolan Creek near the railroad tracks by Talmage Road, under the Moore Street and Lake Mendocino Drive bridges and Mill Creek Park. Some of the take included a washing machine, bicycles, clothes and needles.

A man in Lakeport in court for a settlement hearing, accused of molesting a minor gets a continuance. David Anthony Calvin Johnson in jail after being charged with two counts of oral copulation with a victim under 10 years old, sending harmful material to a child, lewd acts with a child under 14, molesting a minor and indecent exposure. His lawyer requested a continuance. Back in April he waived his right to a preliminary hearing and pleaded not guilty. There had been a jury trial set for September 25th but that’s continued to January. He’s due back in court next month for a trial readiness or settlement conference.

A little more money to attend a Cal State college next Fall. Students interested in applying as a new student, transfer or for graduate school can use only one application though to apply to any of the 23 campuses, but they have to pay 70 dollars per campus, instead of 55 bucks. There’s a waiver available for some students though. Priority deadline to apply is November 30th, and some of the majors are not accepting applicants after that date, they can also ask for more information to screen certain applicants.

The DMV is now charging to use a debit or credit card. This past Sunday, they started tacking on a 2.1 percent fee for anyone paying online, at a DMV kiosk, and through the automated telephone service. And to use the debit or credit card at a field office you get charged 2.3 percent. But good news, only the Davis field office accepts credit card payments. A pilot program has started for Roseville, Fresno, and Victorville. The rest of the offices will accept credit card payments in early 2020.

More info on that drive by shooting we told you about in Ukiah a couple days ago. Police say it was a 16-year-old boy and 21-year-old man who were arrested in the case. Another man, a 19 year old was shot after multiple rounds were released in front of a Ukiah strip mall on South State Street earlier this week. There’s still no motive released to the public, nor are we sure of any gang ties to the suspects or victim. The victim shot by Nifty Thrifty, then ran to the door of the business and fell. They say they called 911. Cops were tipped to a white car, either Mercedes or BMW and caught the guys with the help of a SWAT team. One has been identified as 21 year old Ishmael Nash. The minor arrested for being the alleged shooter.

State Senator Mike McGuire’s bill that became law to have President Trump or any potential major candidate release their tax returns is not going to work. A judge says it probably violates the US constitution. McGuire is a co-sponsor on the bill requiring candidates for president or governor file copies of their personal income tax returns for five years to the California secretary of state’s office; and if they don’t, they will not make it onto the state’s primary ballot. Gov. Gavin Newsom signed it into law, he says, because California has a “special responsibility” to hold candidates to high ethical standards. The judge said it wasn’t the job of the court to decide if this was good policy, but instead to make sure the Constitution wins.

Debris removal bills sent to some after the October 2017 fires total hundreds of thousands of dollars. It’s been just about two years since the firestorm hit Sonoma County, the county sending the bills out for the government sponsored cleanup covering Sonoma, Mendocino, Napa and Lake Counties. The Press Democrat reports residents probably won’t have to pay anything more then their insurance companies covered, but the county says they wanted folks to be educated on the matter. The bills were sent to insurance companies and emails to 2,700 residents in Sonoma County as part of an agreement with the federal and state governments.

Lake County’s new courthouse has risen to the top of a priority list of construction projects across the state.  The Judicial Council’s Court Facilities Advisory Committee voted on an updated report Tuesday in San Francisco, putting Lakeport in the No. 1 spot. The proposed courthouse is classified as immediate need. The 50 million dollar project tops a second smaller courthouse in Lake County at a cost of $15 million. That one is No. 6 on the list.  A law went into effect last year that requires all courthouse projects to be assessed before new one’s can be built.

The next funding cycle for the Good Farm Fund has been announced. This is the biggest round of funding in the history of the fund, $50,000. The fund to give economic development assistance for small food producers in Mendocino and Lake counties and wider access for fresh local food to be delivered throughout the community. Interested applicants have to show financial need, show how their proposed project will maximize food production for local consumption, provide affordable food for those in the community and use environmentally beneficial farming and/or ranching practices. Those interested in applying have until October 15th.

The Governor has signed three bills into law to give access to treatment to firefighters and other first responders dealing with mental health issues and post-traumatic stress. There will be new peer support programs under the new law that’ll add post-traumatic stress treatment for those who have suffered on the job under worker’s compensation. It will also make sure emergency services stay under public management for appropriate and consistent response to emergency situations.

A man wanted on a warrant in Eureka seen riding his bike has been arrested. Eureka police say Larry Gibson was seen yesterday morning and as he was being detained he was found to have about 3.6 ounces of Methamphetamine on him. Because of the probation terms a search was also conducted at his home. There, police found more meth, digital scales, packaging, and a sawed [off] shotgun. He was taken to jail and booked on new charges of possession and transport of controlled substances, possession of controlled substances while armed, felon in possession of a firearm, and for the probation violation.

A man in Northern Calif has been arrested after investigators say he started several fires in Butte County during a state of emergency. Cal Fire reports 35-year-old Jeremy Gendreau of Oroville was arrested after they got an anonymous tip he started several fires in Oroville last month during hot, dry and windy weather. It was during a time when PG&E was planning power outages due to the fire related weather and a state of emergency was declared. The investigation by the Butte County District Attorney’s Office, California State Parks, Oroville Police and Cal Fire. He was being held on almost $2 million dollars bail.

After about twenty years or so Mercury Insurance Co. ends a fight with California regulators about extra fees they had charged to customers, settling the case with the state for more than $41 million. The California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara reports it’s the single largest property and casualty penalty and interest payment ever for the state Insurance Department. It follows the state Supreme Court saying no to even hearing the case, after the insurance company appealed a lower court decision. Mercury was fined by the Department of Insurance in 2015 charged for tacking on illegal fees to customer bills. The company accused of charging customers up to $150 in unapproved fees above their premiums going all the way back to 1999.

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