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Look for big waves on the coast to ring in the new year. A weather system moving in from Alaska is predicted to kick up high surf Tuesday and Wednesday, with some breakers over 20 feet, depending on location and which way the beach faces. If you’ll be near the water, you should use extra caution.

The Ukiah Unified School District says it is saving both money and energy by retrofitting lighting at five district schools. District officials also plan to make changes at the remaining schools and install solar panels as well. Superintendent Deb Kubin says savings will help pay for a badly needed upgrade to the heating and air conditioning system st the Grace Hudson Elementary school. Money for the retrofits comes from a grant under the states Proposition 399 and the California Clean Energy Jobs Act in 2017 and 2018. Kubin says the project is a good example of how to use scarce resources more effectively.

Lawmakers will hold a hearing next week about a proposal that could eventually legalize sports betting in the state. The supreme court legalized sports gambling last year but left it up to states to decide if it is allowed within their borders. It would take approval from two-thirds of the legislature and passage of a ballot question to change the constitution for that in California. The hearing by in Sacramento will be on January 8th. Just last week, Michigan became the 20th state to legalize sports wagers and several other states are expected to do so in 2020.

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