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A lawsuit’s been filed against Mendocino County after the county certified the Environmental Impact Report for its Integrated Wildlife Damage Management Plan. The Daily Journal reports Project Coyote and the Mendocino Nonlethal Wildlife Alliance filed suit last week saying the plan violates the state’s Environmental Quality Act and that there was not enough public participation and hasty decisions were made to adopt the program. The lawsuit claims the public didn’t have all of the information about how the play would impact the environment what the long-term consequences would be. The county agreed for the federal government to help with wildlife damage management services and programs for residents to deal with wild animals and any problems they cause including lethal and non-lethal options.

More hours now in the County related to the county’s cannabis program. Those needing help beyond a phone call can go to the County Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday 12 p.m.- 4 p.m. All phone calls and emailing will be Monday thru Friday 8 a.m.- 4 p.m. The hours were changed because of the volume of calls they were getting. The changes after the county announced a new cannabis program manager was hired. They’re all located in the Planning and Building Services Department. Their phone number is (707) 234-6650, and their email is CannabisProgram@mendocinocounty.org.

The feasibility traffic study for Orchard Avenue in Mendocino County has been released. The Daily Journal reports they looked at a northern extension of Orchard Avenue, County Road 147, making recommendations and feasibility options for another potential north-south route through the Greater Ukiah Valley along with bike and pedestrian facilities. There were concerns raised about traffic on North State Street and the 101 which could be a problem with ambulances or other emergency vehicles. The project goes through industrial and agricultural land and would go in phases for a total price consideration of about $92 million in today’s dollars.

A former Adventist Health Clear Lake doctor’s lawsuit against the hospital is moving to trial. The judge ruled the defendant may be convicted of malice for the way the plaintiff, Dr. Ryan J. Kime was fired in 2015. Kime filed suit in 2017 claiming he was wrongfully fired and retaliated against for speaking out and threatening to report unsafe emergency services practices. He says he saw the same problems occurring which were violations of the law and a threat to patient safety regarding the way they transferred patients. He says he’s ready to go to trial to protect other doctors who sacrifice their careers by speaking out.

The California Treasurer has changed her tune, saying now that $100 million in new federal tax credits are going to go to housing projects for wildfire victims. There had been some talk about the Treasurer Fiona Ma saying some of the money could go to help the homeless. But after some pressure, Ma came out Friday saying the tax credits will help 13 counties devastated by wildfires in 2017 and 2018. The housing credits for Butte, Lake, Los Angeles, Mendocino, Napa, Nevada, Orange, San Diego, Santa Barbara, Shasta, Sonoma, Ventura and Yuba. The Treasurer released guidelines last month on what she proposed for the left over housing credits and many spoke out about it, including Congressman Mike Thompson who sent a letter to her.

A man in Albion has been arrested for vandalism and threatening a cop. The Sheriff’s office reports getting a call Saturday morning to a vandalization and possible emotional breakdown. A responding deputy found Manuel Camargo and another man, who’s property Camargo was living at. They say he became agitated so the deputy called for backup, but Camargo grabbed a hatchet and metal pole and vandalized the other man’s property. Camargo was finally arrested, but first kicked the patrol car windshield. He was booked into the Mendocino County Jail on $15,000.00 bail.

A woman from Ukiah’s been arrested for a burglary in Redwood Valley and cruelty to a child. The Mendocino County Sheriff’s office went out a week ago to a where the male homeowner says a two year old girl was in his house, and she didn’t know where her parents were. On the way to the home, cops say someone flagged them down to say their car was stolen. Deputies found the toddler was Rusti Vassar’s child, and believed she had committed a burglary and was the thief of the stolen vehicle. They then saw the stolen car, stopped it and found four people in the vehicle including Vassar driving it. She was arrested for Willful Cruelty to child, Auto Theft, Burglary and Child Neglect and held on $150,000.00 bail.

The deadline to register to vote in Lake County is coming up. Next Tuesday is the last date before the March 3rd Presidential Primary Election. The Registrar’s office says they also need volunteers to observe. They’ll start counting all of the vote by mail ballots on election day. They’ll test the equipment’s tabulation software for accuracy with a public manual tally happening that day too. All of this information is on the department’s website.

A formal reprimand for an assemblywoman accused of an unwanted hug and kiss. The leader of the state Assembly has formally reprimanded Assemblywoman Wendy Carrillo, a fellow Democrat, and her chief of staff George Esparza, he for using inappropriate sexual language. Now the pair have to go through training or coaching about appropriate workplace conduct. Separately, lawmakers have to pay a former employee more than $300,000 for an unrelated lawsuit alleging the state Senate and former state Sen. Tony Mendoza retaliated after the former employee reported Mendoza sexually harassed a co-worker.

The state’s three biggest utility companies say their plans during wildfire season include public safety power shutoffs, but they’d be smaller and shorter.  PG&E released plans for outages saying they’re doing them to keep customers and communities safe during severe fire weather. They also plan to trim more vegetation so if it hits their equipment, it doesn’t spark. They will also fortify power lines so they don’t throw sparks. The new plans have been filed with the state Public Utilities Commission after fires in 2017 and 18 were blamed on electrical equipment. Millions of people were without power last fall after unprecedented intentional power downs. Southern California Edison reports they have new technology to identify problems before a fire starts and when a power line is down. 

Record-breaking wind across Northern Calif. The National Weather Service says they recorded a wind gust of 209 mph at 7:45 a.m. Sunday at nearly 9,200 feet on Kirkwood Mountain south of Lake Tahoe. The National Weather Service in Reno, says wind speeds were at 150 mph and kept climbing. They say they think it’s a record, but it could take months to verify it. The last record on Ward Mountain west of Lake Tahoe in November of 2017, measured at 199 mph. Along with the wind there was widespread flooding in Washington and Oregon which carried into California with the cold front. Hail, snow and wind blew into the state, knocking down trees and shutting down power in some areas. There was also hail in the Los Angeles area yesterday and snow in mountainous areas north and east of the city.

The Coronavirus continues to make headlines, but the flu is also here in full swing. The Lake County’s Public Health officer says it’s not that severe, but the latest report on Friday showed above expected levels of hospitalizations and outpatient cases. 87 confirmed outbreaks recorded and 266 deaths since the end of September in Calif. Nine of the deaths were children. Across the nation in 45 states including Puerto Rico and New York City, flu cases were up nearly 7 percent from a week before.  As many as 22 million flu cases across the country, 210,000 hospitalizations and 12,000 deaths. Reports say the amount of deaths in Calif in people younger than 65 was consistent with other seasons.

The Lake County Public Health officer is planning to update the Board of Supervisors on the Coronavirus. At their meeting tomorrow Dr. Gary Pace will be on hand discussing the illness. But he did say ahead of the meeting that the risk in Lake County remained low. There have been a half dozen cases in the state, the closest to us in Santa Clara County.

A man in Fort Bragg has been arrested after a fight with another man. Police have not released either of their names and say they got a call early Sunday morning and found the victim, a 42 year old man from Fort Bragg, bleeding from near his ear and that he had a missing ear lobe. He says he was fighting with a 38 year old man, also from Fort Bragg who bit part of his ear off. Cops found the earlobe and got him to the hospital for treatment. They sent out a Be on the Lookout alert for the suspect and he was found and said to be cooperating with police. The case was sent to the Mendocino County District Attorney’s Office to review possible charges.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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