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Rain wasn’t kind to those still living in temporary housing, more than a year after the Camp Fire.  The storm that barreled through with freezing temperatures and high winds in Butte County dropped snow last Tuesday. People living in trailers, cars or tents having to purchase generators to stay warm. Local reports that temporary housing continues for some who are back to their burned out lots because they have nowhere else to go. Officials in Paradise say there are about 500 living without permanent shelter after the fire and 150 or so have permits to live temporarily on their burned properties in Butte County. But there are more camping without permits too.

Adventist Health looks to be taking over Mendocino Coast District Hospital. An agreement has been approved by the board of directors for thirty years. There will be lease payments as part of an escrow account to get to about $25 million by 2024 for a seismic retrofit, or a new hospital. The Interim CEO for the hospital made the announcement, saying by getting the lease payments added to the deal, the hospital will have a good amount of money within ten years for the retrofit or a new hospital. Existing services will stay for at least two years and existing employment arrangements are staying in place for 90 days, then new contracts will be up for renegotiation next summer. The board was considering management of the hospital, but they needed further legal counsel on that part of the agreement.

A known gang member faces charges after a stop by Deputies turns up a gun. 18-year-old Daniel Ayala stopped early Sunday morning in Redwood Valley. Deputies recognized Ayala and found a loaded Smith & Wesson 9mm handgun. He was on probation for prior weapons charge, so he was arrested on multiple charges, including the probation violation. He faces a possible felony charge for carrying a loaded firearm. He was booked into the Mendocino County Jail and held on $55,000 bail.

A man in Potter Valley’s been arrested on domestic violence charges. The Sheriff’s Dept. reports two people had an altercation, one had minor injuries. Several people apparently witnessed the fight between a man and woman, the woman with several injuries she says were caused by her boyfriend, Alfred Husary. Husary also had minor injuries on his face. Neither of them required medical attention at the scene for their injuries. Husary was arrested as the primary aggressor and charged with domestic violence battery and held on $25,000.00 bail.

A search is on at both the University of California and California State University systems for leaders. The two jobs open at the same time. The Press Democrat reports each of the university systems looking for leaders to take on admission demands, can increase student diversity, raise academic achievement, lower costs, secure stable sources of money and deal with challenging politics. The two positions announced after UC President Janet Napolitano and Cal State Chancellor Timothy P. White announced they would each be leaving by next summer. The Cal State system is the largest in the country with almost 500,000 students on 23 campuses. The UC system has about 280,000 students.

PG&E says their public safety power shutoffs were a success. The utility says while power was out in Red Flag warning weather, there were no damaging wildfires. But the company has not denied the possibility that a failed transmission line could have been the cause of the massive Kincade fire in Wine Country. There’s no official cause of the fire, but there was a report by PG&E about a problem at a transmission tower near where the fire started last month. The Press Democrat reports electricity was apparently still flowing thru less vulnerable transmission lines. In bankruptcy court, the utility company reported “no fatalities and no structures destroyed in any wildfire that may have been caused by PG&E distribution lines” in all of 2019.

New rules being considered in Lakeport for wireless communications for small cell facilities. The City Council is considering new rules after a Federal Communications Commission ruling a year ago for smaller, tightly grouped together cell service facilities for “5G” cell service. So now the City of Lakeport has an urgency ordinance for basic guidelines to follow the new federally-backed “small cell” idea. The cell infrastructure could be grouped in with existing cell tower rules. The City Council is looking for comments from the public on the proposed ordinance.

Almost 4 dozen families got Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings thanks to the kindness of strangers. Clearlake United Methodist gave 47 families a turkey and all the rest with donations from the city of Clearlake, Clearlake Police Association and Golden State Water Co. Lake Co News reports the city of Clearlake and Golden State Water Co. provided the turkeys and Clearlake Police got all the sides and pies. There were holiday services at the church yesterday with live music and video.

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