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PG&E says it needs proof there was actually a 500-pound emerald destroyed in the Camp Fire. Court papers filed last week to hold the utility company liable for the $280 million dollars the gem was worth. Seven people making claims for the emerald, totaling $350 million in registered damages. The emerald’s main claimant says it was at his home in Paradise and the fire destroyed it. Now the utility company is looking for proof, like documents that show he’s the legal owner of the $280 million gemstone, show the owner tried to protect it, and documents that prove it was destroyed.

There’s supposedly a $7 billion budget surplus but legislators are being cautious, wanting to hold back a big chunk of that because of ongoing feuds with the Trump administration. The bipartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office says the savings could jump to more than $18 billion by the end of 2021. Some of the surplus depends on the federal government allowing the state to tax organizations managing the state’s Medicaid health plans. The state has to get permission from the Trump administration to continue with the tax, which looks iffy after the federal government proposed new rules to ban the act.

A resolution for a final parcel map for affordable housing in Lakeport has been approved by the City Council. The Community Development Director presented the map for the Lakeport Family Associates tentative parcel map. That’s where the Martin Street affordable housing project has already built phase one and is looking to add a second phase. There are currently 24 large apartments and 48 more would be added. City staff has also recommended the council accept an offer of dedication for the right of way and public utility easements for the project. Other improvements still have to be made.

Pacific Gas and Electric’s cut back the latest public safety power shutoff, but tens of thousands in Lake County were in the dark. It started to rain a bit the night before the power down, but still the power was turned off, so an overnight warming center was opened in the County. 48,000 in all had the power out in parts of Colusa, Glenn, Lake, Mendocino, Napa, Shasta, Solano, Sonoma, Tehama and Yolo. It comes after a Red Flag Warning was announced by the National Weather Service, forecasting wind speeds over 50 mph and up to 70 miles an hour in Sonoma County.

The warming center in Middletown to allow overnight stays for those who need to power medical equipment. Cots, blankets and snacks were made available by Lake’s Care and Shelter Team. Schools were also closed in Lake County yesterday and those still without power today will stay closed. Five community resource centers were set up in Lake County, at the Clearlake Senior Community Center, Konocti Vista Casino, Twin Pine Casino & Hotel, Robinson Rancheria Resort and Casino and the The Scotts Valley Pomo tribe’s Red Hills property.

A commercial fishing fleet in Bodega Bay has talked wildlife officials into postponing the Dungeness crab season opener to protect whales still hovering around fishing grounds. The state fish and wildlife director agreed to wait on the opening which was supposed to happen tomorrow along the coast from Sonoma to San Mateo counties. The opening now set for December 15th instead, the second delay due to threatened and endangered whales hanging out in the waters where the commercial Dungeness crab season usually opens Nov. 15th.

Sonoma County avoids the latest PG&E power shut-offs as weather conditions changed in areas of Northern California. The utility company did end up cutting power to nearly 50,000 customers across 10 counties, down from the more than 300,000 customers in 25 counties that was originally promised. The county’s emergency management director telling the Press Democrat it’s been stressful when the events happened and that he was worried some folks might have stopped paying attention to warnings and not prepare for them. And the chair of the Board of Supervisors said he wished there could have been better preparation from PG&E because unwarranted warnings caused frustration.

Because of the power downs the California Department of Social Services says Cal Fresh, the state’s Food and Nutrition Service is authorizing a mass replacement of benefits for those affected by PG&E’s de-energization of power lines. There are 22 zip codes in Mendocino County who will get a 15% automatic replacement of their October CalFresh allotment tomorrow. Those not included in the automatic replacement, who had a loss of food because of the power shutoff have until tomorrow to request a replacement of benefits. There are offices in Ukiah and Fort Bragg, both opened today until 5 pm.

Police in Fort Bragg arrest a man with multiple weapons and thousands of rounds of ammo, high capacity magazines and ballistic equipment. Police say they got a call about a possible threat made to Fort Bragg High School. Police say the suspect’s car and stopped him, finding all the weapons and ammo. The case is being forwarded to the DA’s office for charges to be considered. Police say the quick resolution of the investigation avoided anyone at the school being put at risk.

A body found in the Salmon Creek Watershed in Humboldt County has been confirmed as that of a missing man. Adam Mrozek was reporting missing in the Upper Thomas Road area, missing since Sunday.  The body was found while search and rescue personnel were searching for Mrozek. Police say they don’t believe there was foul play, but there’s no official determination about the cause of death until there’s an autopsy.

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