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A settlement proposed by ailing utility, Pacific Gas & Electric has been approved by the judge overseeing the company’s bankruptcy, but the state of California requires it do more to avoid more catastrophic fires. The judge okay’d the deal for refinancing billions of debt by PG&E to pay off its bondholders. The utility negotiated a bunch of settlements with homeowners, businesses, insurance companies and government agencies after fires in 2017 and 18 blamed on the company’s equipment. The utility company was looking to emerge from bankruptcy by June 30th, but still has to get the governor’s approval, as he and other elected officials had threatened a government takeover of the utility unless it replaced its board and improved aging infrastructure.

An auction and fundraiser for the Mendocino County Search and Rescue for the now retired Mendocino County Sheriff Tom Allman raised about $50,000. At first count the former Sheriff’s sold-out retirement party Saturday was also a celebration of his four decades of service. Allman was also presented with multiple plaques, honors, and awards for all of his work including the Congressional Record, a Senate/Assembly Proclamation, a Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Proclamation and signed picture by Mendocino County Search and Rescue (SAR). Some local, federal and state dignitaries were there including Congressman Jared Huffman, state Sen. Mike McGuire and Assemblyman Jim Wood. Some big donors for Search and Rescue were a retired deputy, Travel Lodge, Fairfield Inn and the Marriott.

An urgency ordinance has been passed to change regulations on the homeless. The Mendocino County Board of Supervisors gave the thumbs up for the ordinance to amend camping restrictions on public and private property after an appeals court invalidated certain local ordinances having to do with homeless folks sleeping and camping in public saying it violated the Eighth Amendment’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment. So in Mendocino County camping restrictions have been stricken from the County Code. But, there’s some restrictions in place to protect waterways, wildlife and the environment.

Congressman Jared Huffman is running to keep his seat in the 2nd District. The primary is less than a month away and Huffman has one of the same challengers he’s had for the last three elections, if he makes it to the general, Republican Dale Mensing of Redway. There are also three others trying to beat him in the Democratic Primary, Rachel Moniz of San Rafael; Green Party candidate Melissa Bradley of San Geronimo; and Healdsburg resident Charles “Wally” Coppock of the American Independent Party. If Huffman’s successful against the lot, he would serve a fifth term.

North Coast Opportunities says it’s not going to sponsor the Mendo Human Race after this May. The Daily Journal reports the nonprofit has been sponsoring the annual fundraiser for 13 years for the County in partnership with sponsors and individuals. The organization’s Executive Director says the time is right to pass the torch. Last year the event raised more than $32,000 for 30 local organizations like Mendocino County Search & Rescue, The Mendocino County Cancer Resource Center, Plowshares Peace & Justice Center and Bikers Against Child Abuse. For those interested in participating this year, call Kasie Gray, (707) 391-7963 or email kasie@wrealestate.net.

The groundbreaking has begun at the Laytonville Skatepark. The work to bring the Skatepark to town has been ongoing for about twenty years. The Long Valley Skaters Association is behind the nonprofit Harwood Memorial Parks, said to be the reason the park is even happening. The Long Valley Health Center is leasing the property where the park is located for a dollar a year with Healthy Start Family Resource Center pitching in with administrative work and oversight. Evergreen Skateparks from Oregon is building the park. The construction crew is made up of skateboarders who know how to build the terrain, it’s their first project in Calif.

A breach of personal information after a burglary a couple months ago at a Lake County owned clinic. Lake Co News reports Lake County Behavioral Health Services found they’d been burglarized in December at their clinic in Clearlake. Health Info that’s gathered on clients which includes personal information like prescribed meds, payments and social security numbers was reportedly compromised. About 1,200 people may have been exposed due to the burglary. Letters have gone out to those who may have been affected. The state was notified since more than 500 people were compromised and Clearlake Police were immediately notified of the break-in December 6th.

Getting stricter on abatement of hazardous vegetation in Lake County. There was a nuisance abatement ordinance put in place and now the Board of Supervisors is revisiting the work done since. The Record Bee reports code enforcement officers inspected about 2,000 properties and sent out follow up courtesy letters. Another round of letters went out to those who did nothing to clear out their properties within a month. There may be fines if the county has to do the abatement work itself. Apparently 75% of those notified in the first round have complied.

Remember those physical education tests we all had to take in grade school. The Governor says he thinks they should be scrapped due to concerns of bullying and discrimination. Governor Newsom looking for a three year suspension on testing to see if the current test for students in fifth, seventh, and ninth grades should be changed or they should come up with something entirely new. The Department of Finance spokesperson says the state got complaints about the current exam’s measurement of body mass index, calling it discriminatory for non-binary students.

Governor Newsom has unveiled a plan to hold more water in the San Joaquin River Delta and restore as much as 60,000 acres of habitat for endangered species. The governor’s office announcing a new way to manage the state’s water, saying it could bring in more than $5 billion in new funding for environmental improvements. The Press Democrat reports the Newsom administration has been working with water agencies, looking to partner with them and environmental groups. The working plan to provide more water from the Delta, helping to create a better environment for endangered salmon, restore more than 60,000 acres of habitat for other delta’s species and bring in more than $5 billion in funding for environmental improvements.

New building and traffic codes are being considered by the Clearlake City Council. At their meeting tomorrow, the council will hear the first reading of the Building Code amendment and the first reading of the city’s traffic code related to excavating streets. The city’s building code covers residential, green building, plumbing, electrical, fire, mechanical and energy standards.

A man in Calpella has been arrested after a bunch of booze was stolen from a business in town. Sheriff’s deputies reported to the business last Wednesday in the 6100 block of North State Street where an employee says a man swiped a case of alcohol off a pallet being offloaded to the store. Surveillance video caught a man and car that afternoon. Deputies spotted the same car later in the day, finding a man drinking some of the stolen booze. Zebulon Couthren found to be on active probation out of Mendocino County with three outstanding misdemeanor warrants. He was arrested for felony theft with a prior, violation of probation and the three active warrants.  Plus cops found a 2-inch switchblade knife on him. He was being held on $15,000.00 bail.

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