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Record numbers in California are registered to vote, more than 20-point-3 million, 3 million more than during the same time in 2016. The stats from the Secretary of State Alex Padilla who says we’re ten percent higher than the 2016 presidential election. He predicts massive turnout for the 2020 presidential election…

:07  “Automatic voter registration and online registration have empowered millions of citizens to register to vote.”

The state will also mail ballots to all voters next year. You can make sure your registration is up to date at VoterStatus.sos.ca.gov and first-time voters can go to RegisterToVote.ca.gov. You also can register on election day itself at any polling place or early-vote center.

California’s primary is March 3rd. Padilla says those registered with any of the political parties can only vote in that party’s primary.

:10  “No-party-preference voters can, however, request to vote in the Democratic Party, Libertarian Party or American Independent Party’s presidential primary.”

Democrats make up the largest bloc of registered voters in California, followed by “no party preference,” with Republicans coming in third.

Fort Bragg police looking for help finding a robber. The police department looking for residents to review surveillance video if they have it on private cameras around Coast Cinemas. A robber they say, probably parked their car in the area and might have tossed a disguise near the theater after leaving late Sunday or Monday. Anyone with private surveillance cameras within a three block radius of the theater are asked to send video of up to thirty minutes to the police department. You can even pickup a recordable DVD from the department. They say they’ll accept anonymous submissions, but they’re not preferred.

Agencies involved in cannabis licensing have an online workshop next week to outline rules for anyone applying for a state cultivating license. The e-session with representatives of the State Water Resources Council, the Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Department of Food and Agriculture is planned for next Tuesday, November 12th. Officials say they want to make sure potential operators understand all the rules and regulations they’ll encounter along the way as they work through the application process. The workshop is free but you’ll have to sign up though the Fish and Wildlife website if you want to log in.

3 people have been arrested on drug charges in Humboldt County, found with a bunch of heroin. The Humboldt County Drug Task Force and the Sheriff’s Office had been tracking one person after a tip, Aaron Anthony Nelson for dealing drugs in Humboldt County. Agents got a search warrant for Nelson and his car, and found him, detaining him with two others in the car, Kathlene Mellon and Paul McElroy. The car was searched and nearly a pound of heroin packaged for sales was found along with digital scales, packaging material, and other drug paraphernalia. Mellon and McElroy were cited and released on drug charges and Nelson was arrested and booked on possession and transportation of controlled substances for sales and probation violation.

The commercial Dungeness Crab Season is being postponed. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife delayed the Nov. 15th start date for the fishery south of the Mendocino/Sonoma county line because of risks of entanglement in fishing gear. Now the opening is a week later, Friday, Nov. 22nd.  And 18 hours ahead of that, all of the traps can be set and baited and the presoak can start a day before. The Dungeness Crab Fishing Gear Working Group will be working closely with the state agency to get the word out of any other changes and to review scientific information and help with efforts to minimize the risk of whale and sea turtle entanglements.

For more information on Dungeness crab, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/crab.

A fatal strain of opoid recently found in Lakeport. Lakeport Police say lab results confirmed pills found this past spring had fentanyl in them. The drug found after a traffic stop for an equipment violation. Lake Co News reports Leopoldo Bravo of Kelseyville was on probation and searched. He was found with more than an ounce of cocaine, 100 opioid tablets and nearly $2,000 in cash. The police chief says the pills were marked or appeared to be pharmaceutical grade oxycodone tablets. They were sent to a lab and found to contain fentanyl.

A man accused of murdering his traveling companion from Illinois will be going to trial next year. Lake Co News reports 21 year old Mavrick Fisher in court Tuesday for his arraignment in the death of 25-year-old Grant Whitaker. The two both deaf traveled to Calif. where they were looking to build a deaf farming community. They were camping in Humboldt County where Whitaker met his fate, killed by a rock to the head last August. Cops say they think Fisher wrapped Whitaker’s body in a sleeping bag and dumped it at a property on Scotts Valley Road near Lakeport. Fisher was arrested in Mexico, the day the body was found. The trial date set for January 2nd, but before that a settlement conference next month.

The Eagle fire which started in a remote area near Clearlake Oaks is fully contained. And so is the massive Kincade Fire. The Eagle fire started Monday night off Walker Ridge Road and Bartlett Springs Road and burned only 75 acres. The much larger Kincade fire which took down several homes and burned the most area ever in Sonoma County has also been contained. The fire burning for two weeks triggered massive evacuations after breaking out October 23rd in the Geysers geothermal steamfield. At one point more than 90,000 homes were threatened.  The fire burned nearly 77,760 acres. Its cause is under investigation, but PG&E reported a failed transmission line in The Geysers near the origin of the fire.

Lake County is taking on a massive project, revising all eight area plans. At the BOS meeting, staffers were instructed to get to work on the revisions, but first an outside consultant is being hired to be sure environmental regulations are met. The Lower Lake area plan will reportedly be first, as it’s the oldest of any plan in the county. The rest will come after that.

Two members of the Lakeport City Council have been appointed with an alternate for the ad-hoc committee regarding public safety power shutoffs. The committee will draft communications and support the community. The two active members will be Mireya Turner and Stacey Mattina and their alternate is George Spurr. There will also be officials with the County on the committee. The Lakeport City Manager says they went with the committee after a joint meeting with Clearlake and the County last week.

An emergency ordinance has been passed by the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors against price gouging after local emergencies. The county got complaints from people who experienced massive price increases for lodging, gas, and water during last month’s PG&E Public Safety Power Shutoffs. The ordinance says any business charging more than 10% more than previous pricing before the emergency declaration could face criminal prosecution and face a year in jail or a fine of up to $20,000, or both. The new ordinance goes into effect January 5th of 2020.

The name of the man killed in a crash with a Pacific Gas and Electric Co. truck in Southern Humboldt has been released. 26 year old Colby Kyle of Mississippi was a subcontractor for the energy company in Northern Calif. He was killed in a crash a day before a PG&E power shutoff while driving a Freightliner truck Oct. 25th. The truck veered off the side of the road and rolled. There were no other vehicles involved. No word why the truck went off the road yet or how fast he was going.

Gold Certification has been awarded to Adventist Health Howard Memorial Hospital for Excellence in in Person-Centered Care. The award by Planetree International recognizing the hospital’s achievement and innovation for in person-centered care. It’s one of 96 healthcare organizations across the globe to get the designation. It’s the highest level of achievement for in person-centered care and the only award recognizing the care across the continuum of care according to the president of Planetree International. They’re a nonprofit positioning itself as at the forefront of the movement to transform healthcare from the perspective of patients.

 

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