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An inmate at the Lake County Jail has been found dead. Staff was alerted by another inmate that 66 year old Marvin Buckmaster was unresponsive in a bed early Saturday morning. The other inmate reportedly found Buckmaster seated upright at the end of his bunk. Emergency responders tried to revive him after jail staff administered CPR with no luck. He was declared deceased. The Lake County Sheriff’s Office and Lake County District Attorney’s Office responded to the scene, which is protocol. They said they did not suspect foul play and were interviewing staff and other inmates. An autopsy has been ordered to determine the cause of death.  Buckmaster had been jailed for drug crimes and was supposed to be released in January.

Mendocino County Schools and KWine and Max Radio thanking our listeners and contributing businesses for a successful fundraiser. We’ve brought in enough money to buy enough coats for the children from homeless families. In about a weeks time, enough money was raised for more than 160 new coats for students. CASA of Mendo County, Pardini appliance, Selzer Estate, Ukiah Family Dentistry and Fidelity Title all helped make it happen.  Continuing contributions will help next year’s project.  No kid should have to go to school cold.

The Lake County Board of Supervisors will have to appoint a temporary Registrar of Voters. The board considering the matter at their meeting tomorrow morning. The new Registrar of Voters Catherine McMullen resigned after only about 4.5 months on the job. Her last day is Friday after starting at the end of June. The County Administrative Officer will address the board and a closed door session will happen just before the public portion of the meeting so they can hold interviews for an interim registrar.

A new record low for California’s unemployment as well as many across Northern Calif. The state Employment Development Department shows California’s unemployment rate at 3.9 percent, down from 4 percent in September and 4.1 percent a year ago.  Lake Co News reports that’s the lowest rate since the 1970s. Nationwide unemployment was up slightly from 3.5 percent in September to 3.6 in October, but still lower than a year ago when it was 3.8 percent. In Lake County the jobless rate was 4.1 percent. In Mendocino County, the jobless rate was 3.1 percent, and Sonoma was 2.3 percent, tied with Napa.

An affordable housing project to be discussed at the next Lakeport City Council meeting. The council meets tomorrow on the matter which the Community Development Director will bring to the council. A formality to have the proposed resolution approved for the Lakeport Family Associates final parcel map and right-of-way dedications. The apartment complex is to be built at 1255 Martin St. which already has phase one, 24 large family apartments. Now 48 more are proposed for a second parcel of land. The council will also consider a grant application for $162,000 in Planning money. It comes from a Senate Bill to give money and technical assistance to all local governments for more housing.

There may be another public safety power shutoff coming as the forecast calls for offshore winds in the North Bay, Sierra Foothills and North Valley. The winds not predicted to be as strong as late-October when the Kincade fire broke out in Sonoma County. But forecasters say they could be strong enough for another PG&E-intentional power shut-off to prevent more fires. The National Weather Service has issued a fire weather watch which is expected to turn into a red flag warning tomorrow night until Thursday morning. Winds could reach 20-30 mph, with gusts to 45 mph with relative low humidity. PG&E has also declared an “elevated” risk of a power shut-off that could affect up to 180,000 customers.

The Ukiah School District is putting a bond issue on the presidential primary ballot. The school district’s board of directors looking for a cash infusion for repairs and updates to older schools, and to improve school security and for 21st century instructional methods. The board unanimously voted for the $75 million school improvement bond measure to be on the March 3rd, 2020 ballot after a Facilities Master Plan was put together to prioritize and identify projects at schools. That plan found more than $70 million was needed for unfunded code and maintenance needs immediately and another $150 million or so for additional updates to schools.

The Mendocino County Board of Supervisors’ will take up the next budget and decide whether to increase fees from Mendocino Solid Waste Management Authority. At the Supervisor meeting tomorrow a draft ordinance to add a Transient Occupancy Tax on private campgrounds, recreational vehicle parks and tent sites is also being considered. A busy agenda as the board is also considering a contract with a Sacramento architect for design and construction support services for a new Crisis Residential Treatment center, Crisis Stabilization Unit, and Psychiatric Health Facility.

A court decision in favor of Native Americans and the protection of endangered species in the Klamath River. The federal government will have to give Native American tribes priority over farmers who sued regarding their irrigation water supply after a drought like year in the Klamath basin. The farmers said they were owed millions due to an illegal search and seizure of their water rights established in the early 20th century. The U.S. Court of Appeals said instead that Native American water rights existed since “time immemorial”. The Hoopa, Yurok and Klamath tribes rely on the Klamath River, but they were not part of the suit.

No more PG&E for Butte County, partly. The Butte County Board of Supervisors and the Chico City Council have created their own public operated utility, the Butte Choice Energy Authority. Those living in Butte County will still get bills from PG&E, but the part on the bill showing electrical power will be transferred to Butte Choice. It won’t happen until spring of 2021, but the first meeting of the new board will be tonight in the Butte County Board of Supervisors Chambers in Oroville. The meeting is open to the public.

A new report says inmates in the Central Calif. Women’s Facility have been sexually abused by correctional officers. Investigators for the Dept. of Corrections and Rehabilitation found one officer guilty of inappropriate behavior and fired him in 2018. But a prison spokesperson says they’ve been trying to protect women there since 2017 more aggressively since the allegations surfaced. Six male correctional officers have been fired for sexually abusing women from 2014 and 2018 for groping, and worse. A new movement, called Me Too Behind Bars is taking shape to expose sexual abuse of people in prison and jail.

The CEO of PG&E is about to testify in front of lawmakers. Pacific Gas & Electric CEO Bill Johnson is set to appear in front of an oversight hearing today in Sacramento after weeks of public safety power shutoffs. Johnson has said their shutoffs were “well planned and executed” and they saved lives. In a statement after the shutoffs Johnson admitted they did not totally work well and the criticism was deserved. He says they’re looking to improve the process and are welcoming external reviews of their plans and actions of the recent shutoffs. Public officials called them out, saying they needed to do better or risk losing the utility in a government takeover.

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