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Measure C, one of nine measures on the Presidential Primary ballot next month is being unanimously supported by the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors. The initiative for the Mendocino Coast Health Care District to enter into a lease agreement for the hospital, clinic and for other services to Stone Point Health, part of Adventist Health. The Mendocino Coast Health Care District is still going to own the hospital, but would be getting payments from the lease to Adventist. A majority of voters will have to support Measure C which is looking for a 30-year lease. The Measure spells out that Adventist will keep running the hospital’s emergency medical services and acute hospital inpatient and outpatient services.

A new survey from the Lakeport Police Department for community members looks for feedback. The police department asking for the public to fill out the survey which covers community policing, law enforcement and procedural justice and how cops treat residents and show concern. The Chief Brad Rasmussen reports they’re working with the Lakeport Economic Development Advisory Committee and Mendocino College Lake Center Police Community Relations class on the survey which is being produced in Spanish and English. You can do it online or find them printed out at the police station or Lakeport City Hall. They’re also handing them out at a community policing town hall March 5th at City Hall. They’re looking for at least 500 responses for a valid survey, but are hoping for as many as 1,000.

A public forum is being held for the four candidates running for the District 5 supervisorial seat. The event is being hosted by Lake County News next Wednesday night at 6 p.m. in the Board of Supervisors chambers. Longtime Supervisor Rob Brown is leaving his seat. The four running to replace him, Kevin Ahajanian of Cobb; retired pharmacist Bill Kearney of Kelseyville; Educator Jessica Pyska, of Cobb; and another educator, Lily Woll, from Kelseyville. The news site is preparing questions for the candidates and community members can also submit questions to the editor of the news site, Elizabeth Larson. They will also be recording the forum if you can’t make it. elarson@lakeconews.com.

A new ruling by the Calif. Supreme court says workers at state Apple stores have to get paid for time they spend waiting on managers or security guards to search their bags to see if they’re trying to steal something. Also the justices have agreed the class action ruling will be retroactive from July 25th of 2009 to now. There are 52 Apple stores in the state. The case went to the Supreme Court after the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said it was of extreme importance to numerous employees and employers in California. Court papers say it takes from five to 20 minutes to go thru the screening and can sometimes take up to 45 minutes on busier days.

A new report says four law enforcement agencies have not been following the law when it comes to the privacy of drivers they gathered piles of data on while tracking them. The California Auditor released a review of policies and procedures of automated license plate readers from the Los Angeles and Fresno police departments and the sheriff’s offices in Marin and Sacramento counties. The auditor says they had not been following a 2016 state law designed to protect privacy. As you may know the readers take pictures of your license plate. Then police departments keep that info so they can find stolen cars, criminals or even witnesses and missing persons.

You can now change your party affiliation and update your mailing address at polling stations on election day. The new law just goes into effect in time for the March 3rd Presidential Primary election. The Governor signed the bill into law yesterday which will allow the state’s 5.6 million independent voters to register with a party, signing just one form on election day. The Democratic presidential campaigns reportedly hoping they’ll get more registered Democrats and participation that way. 28% of California’s registered voters are said to be No Party Preference.

A state worker who said he was fired for being a whistleblower has settled a lawsuit. Mark DeSio is now a spokesperson for the state Treasurer’s office. His lawyer though says he settled but didn’t say how much money he’s getting for cooperating in a bunch of investigations into a tax agency. Court papers say he settled, but the case was not dismissed after a set of audits into the Board of Equalization. He was one of the sources into the tax agency where he worked in 2016 and 2017. The investigations showed nepotism, questionable hiring, and elected board members misusing public employees for events not necessarily related to collecting taxes.

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