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The Mendocino County Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder Registrar of Voters office has sent out postcards for those who have registered with No Party Preference. The Registrar of Voters office says those with No Party Preference or Permanent Vote By Mail Voters will not have a polling place to go to in the Presidential Primary Election March 3rd. You will instead get the ballot in the mail, and heads up, if you don’t return your preference card back to the Registrar by their deadline, you won’t get Presidential candidates on your mail in ballot. The three political parties, Democratic, Libertarian and Independent are allowing No Party Preference voters to vote in the Primary if they return the postcard before December 27th, but the Green, Peace and Freedom, or Republican Parties require No Party Preference voters to re-register. The last day to re-register to vote is February 17, 2020. or call the Secretary of State’s voter hotline at (800)345-VOTE (8683).

Mendocino County Sheriff Tom Allman has announced his retirement. It somehow leaked out a day before he was going to formally announce his last day, which will be Saturday, December 28th. Allman says it’s a decision he made for various reason, and he says, most importantly there is a very good undersheriff in place in Matt Kendall, who Allman says is ready to take over. Allman has been working in law enforcement since 1985 and has been sheriff the last 13 years. His public letter thanking the men and women in his department and says he’s not moving away and will keep working on improving mental health services in the county.

A bank robber busted for crimes in Sonoma County now corralled for a Mendocino County bank robbery. Ryan Strickland, formerly of Ukiah, in court yesterday entering a no contest plea. He’s accused for the August 2018 robbery of a Chase Bank in Ukiah. He was found guilty already for a Sonoma County robbery this past July. He got the maximum amount of time in prison allowed, about 7.5 years. But there’s only 12 more months allowed if he’s convicted of the Ukiah robbery, because of limitations in California’s felony sentencing rules. He could also end up spending 85% of the total time in prison for work or good time credits.

A contract has finally been approved between Mendocino County and the SEIU Union, Local 2015. The Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the deal with In Home Social Support (IHSS) workers, of which there are as many as 1,400 members working with the disabled and elderly. The agreement dated December 10th will be in force until the end of 2022. The workers will get a dollar more than the state’s minimum wage, that being $14 an hour in January, then $15 an hour in 2021 and $16 an hour in January 2022. The union is also getting $5,000 a year for training employees. The union had been lobbying for more money at Supervisor meetings and during contract negotiations for months.

Looking for something to do with family and friends this Christmas… you can make your own seasonal wreath out of materials collected from the UC Hopland Research and Extension Center. Those attending this Saturday get to make a wreath with the guidance of a master gardener coordinator from the Center. Gabriele O’Neill says a lot of their native plants have beautiful seasonal foliage, including California Holly and Christmas Berry. She says they’ll teach all about the native species as participants work on their wreath bases. They’ll also be providing hot apple cider and gingerbread. The workshop from 10 a.m.- noon costs $25 a person covering the cost of materials.

The Gov. and First Partner at the Calif. Museum inducting a class into the California Hall of Fame. Some of those inducted Tuesday night at the state Capitol include writer, poet, performer and teacher Dr. Maya Angelou; actor, model, singer, songwriter, television personality and author RuPaul; skateboarder, entrepreneur and philanthropist Tony Hawk; actor and comedian George Lopez and chef, restaurateur and entrepreneur Wolfgang Puck.

The federal government looking for a large chunk of money out of the PG&E deal with wildfire victims to settle their claims in the company’s chapter 11 bankruptcy. FEMA wants $4 billion dollars from PG&E for work clearing debris from homes and businesses that burned in the many fires the utility company is blamed for in 2017 in the North Bay and the 2018 Camp fire in Butte County. The money would be pulled out of the $13.5 billion dollars the utility company has set aside to pay wildfire claims. But attorneys for the wildfire survivors are against FEMA’s request in court, saying the federal agency trying to get money goes against the mission of FEMA to help disaster victims.


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