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A couple of high schoolers have been hurt after a reported assault in Upper Lake. The Superintendent of the Upper Lake Unified School District put out a public statement yesterday about the assault saying staffers got wind of a report that four high school students were approached before school downtown and two were assaulted. The two had minor injuries but came to school anyway. The superintendent also says law enforcement were investigating, and the school had taken their own safety measures and directed further questions to the Lake County Sheriff’s Office.

A ban on Genetically Modified Organisms has been extended by the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors. At their regular meeting Tuesday, the board agreed to extend the ban and add onto it. The Daily Journal reports the board extended the ban to GMO cannabis products. This is in addition to the ban on GMO’s written back in 2004. So the amendment says it’s illegal for the propagation, cultivation or to raise, or grow genetically modified organisms in Mendocino County. There’s also new language in the ordinance, but they first need to get feedback from various people, organizations and businesses.

Engineers at a couple of California Universities have created a fake jellyfish. The cyborg jellyfish is half animal and half robot. The engineers from Stanford and Caltech say their creation can help study the deep seas. They say the fish they created are made from a prosthetic device around the size of a penny that have a microchip inside and a teensy battery. The electrical attachments send pulses thru the animal, tripling the speed they can swim. They say they’re also about 1,000 times more efficient then real ones so one day they could use them to collect data on ocean conditions.

Mobile home park rental pricing top of mind in Lakeport. The City Council considering rent caps at mobile home parks after complaints by some residents that their monthly rents were spiking. Residents of Marina Mobile Home Park complained to the council at their January 20th meeting that their rent was going up about $300 because of new ownership. The residents say about two-thirds of the people living there cannot afford such a rate increase. The City Attorney informing the council of options including rent control. The Mayor Pro Tem says it would be good to have the new park owners meet with tenants to discuss options instead of getting local government involved.

Emergency rules are being considered by the state Bureau of Cannabis Control for retailers and delivery or transport cars to use QR code stickers. That would allow buyers and police to scan the items to make sure they’re part of the legal marijuana market. The bureau released a statement saying the coding would help police and support the regulated cannabis market. Public comment is being accepted on the proposal this week, ending Saturday. If the idea is realized, customers would be able to use their smartphones to scan QR code stickers to see if the product they’re purchasing was legit.

Rope rescue skills training is helping Mendocino and Albion-Little River volunteer firefighters. The two departments met last Sunday morning to work on their technical rope rescue skills by faking a real rescue in a thick forested area off Comptche-Ukiah Road. The training used a fake victim at the bottom of a dry creek bed with a rescuer being lowered on a rope to them. The rescuer then attaches a harness to the victim and the rescuer and the victim are raised out of the creek bed together with track pulleys. Sixteen firefighters took part in the drill.

A man charged with carrying a concealed weapon has pleaded no contest or nolo. It’s sort of like a guilty plea and can be used as part of a plea deal with prosecutors. Jesus Munoz-Griego was charged with a trio of crimes, possession/transportation of a machine gun, changing or removing identifying data on pistol, revolver or any other firearm without DOJ approval and carrying a loaded firearm in vehicle while in public place/street. There were also three lesser crimes after an incident last December during a traffic stop. He was arrested for not having a valid drivers license, then weapons, ammo and drug paraphernalia were found. Muñoz-Griego got three years Summary Probation and has to spend 2 months in jail.

A new leader’s been announced for the California Fire Safe Council. Patty Ciesla was hired as the new Executive Director. She was last the Executive Director of the Santa Clara County Firesafe Council. She’s taking over for Larry Davis who’s been in the position since Governor Schwarzenegger appointed him.  Ciesla attended Stanford.

A man from Clearlake has been arrested after a car chase with police ended in a crash. Police say 22 year old Cody Crouch was arrested Tuesday afternoon after an officer on routine patrol saw him driving a white Honda Accord with an expired registration. But Crouch wouldn’t stop so officers pursued him thru neighborhoods and dirt roads, as the suspect’s car lost its front and rear bumpers. They say he also tossed a gun out the window, which was found by police. Then he aimed his car at the patrol vehicle, got out and ran away. He was busted finally and charged with several crimes including felony evading, felon in possession of a firearm and assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer. He was being held without bail.

The Governor’s office has announced an initiative to pardon gay people for being gay. Governor Newsom’s office reportedly inspired by a call they got to pardon a humanitarian and civil rights leader arrested for a misdemeanor vagrancy offense for consensual adult sexual activity.  Bayard Rustin has since died, but the Governor issued him a posthumous pardon. California one of several states where vagrancy, loitering, and sodomy charges have been slapped on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people. Newsom’s office says as a proud LGBTQ-allied state, California is turning the page on historic wrongs. President Barack Obama posthumously awarded Rustin the Presidential Medal of Freedom, he died in 1987.

Reports of a sketchy power line in the area where the Camp Fire started in Butte County. During an inspection two months ago by an expert reportedly hired by wildfire victims’ lawyers, a power line with rusty equipment and held together in places by electrical tape was discovered. The line is known as the “Cresta-Rio Oso” and is reportedly only 100 yards away from the line believed to have started the fire, the Caribou-Palermo. Rusty equipment failed in 2018 on that line which has been widely blamed to be the cause of the Camp Fire which killed 85 people and destroyed the town of Paradise. The lawyers released the findings to the public earlier today after a judge in the utility company’s bankruptcy case approved their final plan to emerge from Chapter 11 by June 30th. Court papers say the company inspected 50,000 transmission structures in high-risk areas after the Camp Fire.

Labor and Delivery services close to be closed down for good by the Mendocino Coast Healthcare District. The Advocate newspaper reports the board of directors for the hospital voted unanimously last week to ask medical staff to find a plan to stabilize then transfer mothers-to-be who come to the hospital’s emergency room. They will reportedly focus on birthing babies without a labor and delivery department. Some from the public spoke out against the vote, and others support it as a way to save money. It comes as the hospital had a better December after months of losses. Labor and Delivery and the Operating Room were all temporarily closed by state inspectors recently after the departments were found to be following 2011 infection control standards instead of updated 2017 standards.

A couple of referendums on the Presidential Primary ballot in Fort Bragg, Proposition 13, a state measure, and Measure B for the Fort Bragg Unified School District. Prop 13 the Public Preschool, K-12 and College Health and Safety Act of 2020, as we’ve previously reported, gives $15 billion dollars across the state to update failing school facilities. 9 billion for K-12 and $2 billion for community colleges and the two state university systems. The Advocate reports Measure B is to bring in $15 million for local schools, assessing a six cents per $100 of property value tax, giving the local school district $2 million a year to improve school sites. The Advocate has published the pros and cons of each issue.

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