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Another swing at it for Wine Country Cannasseurs as they try to open a new operation near downtown Ukiah. The Planning Commission is hearing again on a permit application for the cannabis dispensary and cultivation business already denied a city zoning exemption to have three offices near a mobile home park and church. Applicant Jay Donnellan is appealing the decision after first appealing to the City Council and most members overturned the Planning Commission’s decision. The Daily Journal reports the business proposes three storefronts on E. Smith Street for cultivation, manufacturing and retail. The Planning Commission said no, but the city council said to go back to the commission for another go at it. The meeting tonight at 6 p.m. in the City Council’s chambers.

A fire has destroyed a trailer and threatened an apartment complex for a time. Ukiah Valley Fire Authority on the scene early yesterday morning for the trailer fire and were told there might be kids trapped inside. The Acting Battalion Chief says police got there first and had gone door to door to make sure the nearby apartment complex was evacuated, and the trailer was empty. There were no children in the trailer, but instead in the apartment complex, where everyone got out safely with the help of police. The accidental fire did not spread to the apartments. A lantern apparently caught something on fire inside the trailer. The owner had some burns on his hands and face. The trailer was also heavily damaged.

You may have seen smoke and flames in the eastern hills above Ukiah which was just a controlled burn. Cal Fire’s Mendocino Unit was on the scene and had warned the public if they saw smoke, there were controlled burns there for the next month. They cleared about 150 acres of vegetation including brush, grass and limbs early this week and planned another 200 acres in the same area the next day. The burns are planned everyday this week between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. as part of the Priority Ukiah Fuels Reduction Project as a preventative measure. The areas included in the burns are south of Lake Mendocino, the communities of El Dorado, Vichy Springs, Talmage, the western Ukiah Hills, the Turtle Creek drainage, and the base of Cow Mountain.

A Rebuilding Town Hall is set for Redwood Valley. This Thursday night at 7, State Sen. Mike McGuire and Mendocino County are hosting the meeting at Eagle Peak Middle School so residents can hear an update on the Redwood Valley County Water District Reconstruction and Improvement Project. There are nearly 200 homes impacted by the plan after the Water District and more than 500 homes were destroyed in the Redwood Complex Fire of 2017. The water system needs to mostly be rebuilt to match modern building standards. The Daily Journal reports a lot of progress has been made and there will be a groundbreaking later this year. There will be a Q&A session at the Town Hall.

A lockdown at three schools in Ukiah after an arson suspect reportedly appears nearby. It all started yesterday morning when the Sheriff’s Office got a call that Lawrence Murray had an altercation with two women near the schools and when a deputy was trying to interview the three of them, Murray took off. The Sheriff’s office reports because of the disturbance the schools went into lockdown. The man’s vehicle was found but he ran away so Ukiah High, Pomolita Middle School and Frank Zeek Elementary School were all locked down as a precaution. But it only lasted about ten minutes as Murray got away.

The Gov. still not giving the thumbs up on Pacific Gas & Electric’s plan to emerge out of Chapter 11 bankruptcy by June. The Governor’s lawyers in the Bankruptcy court saying  they’d like a chance to speak to the utility about its plan to borrow billions and sell more stock to pay for the $13.5 billion they’ve agreed to distribute for the more than 75,000 victims of the catastrophic wildfires started by the utility’s equipment and negligence. They also have to pay an additional $12 billion to insurance companies and governmental entities who also had losses in the massive fires of 2017 and 18. The terms of the settlement were announced again at the latest hearing even though one of the fire victims spoke out against it. The judge has asked the government and PG&E lawyers to come together on the company’s financing plan which could end up in court next week.

There’s a spike in cases of canine distemper in wildlife in Calif. That’s the word from the state Department of Fish and Wildlife. The virus can not only infect house pets, but also wild carnivores, including some animals that are not dogs, like gray foxes, raccoons and skunks. House dogs that are not vaccinated can get the disease from food or water bowls left outdoors or otherwise shared with wild carnivores. A warning then for pet owners to be hyper vigilant keeping domestic pets from getting into contact with wildlife. The virus is not transmissible to humans, but can cause respiratory, neurological and gastrointestinal illness in animals.

The Lake County Community Development Department Director has left the building. Lake Co News reports after two years on the job, Michalyn DelValle has resigned. A County spokesman reported the resignation yesterday after a closed door session of the Lake County Board of Supervisors. There was a performance evaluation for DelValle during this week’s closed session. The news site reports there was also a closed door session last week. Yesterday the board came out of the session announcing a new item, the appointment of an interim Community Development Department director. They appointed Public Works Director Scott De Leon.

Another meeting in Lake County regarding Pacific Gas and Electric’s repeated and overlapping Public Safety Power Shutoffs last year. The governing bodies of the Cities of Clearlake and Lakeport and the County of Lake had a joint meeting on the matter then a letter was sent afterwards on the issue to the California Public Utilities Commission. Since then, the County reports there’s been stories shared by residents with local officials passed on to PG&E’s leadership, State Representatives, and more. Another joint meeting is planned for a week from Friday, February 21st at 1pm with the Lake County Public Safety Power Shutoff Committee. The committee will meet in Board of Supervisors chambers in Lakeport. There will be a representative from PG&E there to give an update on plans to harden city centers, critical facilities, and schools against future PSPS events.

The Governor says he’s got plots of land for homeless shelters. Early in the New Year the governor issued an executive order so state-wide agencies would evaluate excess land to be used as potential emergency homeless shelters. They came up with a map with more than 1,000 parcels, between a quarter-acre up to 70 acres. Some are near highways, some near prisons. Another near an armory has some in the neighborhood up in arms. A lawsuit has been filed that says some cities in Orange county are dropping off unsheltered residents near that armory where there’s already too many shelters. CalMatters reports many cities and counties are worried about the plan by Gov. Newsom to only offer state land but not pay for any of the other costs connected to putting up and running a shelter.

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