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$19 million dollars is being taken out of PG&E’s Northern California victims fund. The judge in the bankruptcy case has okay’d the payment of administrative costs from the $13.5 billion fund. The money decided on between lawyers for the victims and lawyers for the utility company. And Pacific, Gas & Electric will pay $2.5 million more after an agreement at $21.5 million for administrative fees. More money may also be taken out of the fund if the bankruptcy plan doesn’t meet an August effective date, that could be affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

A man accused of stabbing another man near the homeless shelter in Ukiah has been arrested. Police got a call to the Building Bridges Community Center earlier this month for the stabbing which police say left the victim with life threatening injuries. At the time Adam Nott of Humboldt County was the main suspect in the case. He’d been staying at the shelter. The two apparently had an altercation at a gas station first and continued on near the shelter in a dirt lot. Nott was found last weekend and booked into jail for unrelated charges. He’s held on $30,000 bail.

City leaders in Clearlake are considering a homeless project. The City Council expected to take up the idea at their next virtual meeting tomorrow for a deal between Adventist Health Clear Lake and Hope Rising Lake County for the Hope Center, a proposed 20 bed transitional facility. Adventist and Hope Rising had asked the city for financial help. The City Manager will present a proposal to the council tomorrow to use Series B bond funding from the old Redevelopment Agency for low- and moderate-income housing. The council will also take a look at a proposed contract for a new animal shelter. They’re considering a contract for $180,000 for a construction company to start the work, that would be paid for from a different series of bonds.

An agreement’s been reached for Mendocino County’s interim Public Health Officer to stay on for a few more months. During the Board of Supervisors meeting yesterday, the board discussed how they could keep Dr. Noemi Doohan on since she’s essentially taken a new job in San Diego and moved there with her family. Doohan is planning to leave at the end of her contract in June, but now will be paid an additional $100,000 to stay on as a consultant thru the end of the year. The CEO apparently wanting to make sure she had access to Doohan. At least one resident had complained that Doohan was not in county during the shelter at home order and found that to be unethical. Apparently she was planning to leave in March and stayed on as interim health officer during the pandemic.

That postponed California Fish and Game Commission meeting has been reset. Today and tomorrow will be remote meetings on potential recreational fishing changes due to the pandemic. The commission is only discussing the possibility of the state Department of Fish and Wildlife delaying, suspending or restricting sport or recreational fishing. Lake Co News reports three counties had requested addressing the pandemic, so today they’ll do that, and tomorrow they will take up other matters on their revised agenda. Last week the commission was supposed to meet, but they delayed after several hundred people tried joining the virtual meeting and overwhelmed their technological platform.

The Lake County Public Health officer out with another directive to once again get residents to wear masks while performing essential tasks when they leave their homes. Lake Co News reports Dr. Gary Pace strongly encouraged all Lake County residents to put on masks when in public. The warning came Monday, the same day a fifth case confirmed in the County.   Dr. Pace says the predicted rise of cases and severe illness has not happened in the County because of the “significant effort that the community has made to shelter in place”. He says the new cases don’t appear to be from community spread and urges to continue staying at home, not going out for anything nonessential and to keep washing hands, maintaining social distancing and good hygiene.

New data seems to confirm the pandemic has had a marked improvement on air quality. Below average measurements have been taken at 20 monitoring sites in the Bay Area Air Quality Management District and 16 others in the North Bay. “Good” air quality has been recorded every day of April so far. Since there are less cars on the road, that means cleaner air. The District says it’s obviously not the way they hoped the air would clear, adding it’s hard to get people not to drive their cars. The weather also helped clear the air so there wasn’t as much a need for wood burning for heat. The Press Democrat reports all 20 of the Bay Area’s air monitoring sites showing Air Quality Index scores around the 30s since April 1st. They range from zero to 50 to hit good air range.

Another case of coronavirus has been confirmed in Humboldt County. That takes the case tally to 51 as of yesterday. The first case confirmed in a week. Humboldt County Health is tracing contacts to see how this latest case popped up. The County Health Officer says it’s a reminder it’s still circulating and to follow the Stay at Home Order, wear a mask in public, wash and or sanitize your hands and follow social distancing practices. The cases break down with 23 cases due to contact with a known case, 20 from outside the County, 7 of the cases from community spread and one more, still being investigated. The Public Health office is not releasing any private information on those who’ve contracted the infection including where they live, their age, where they may have traveled to or where they are being treated.

The Sonoma County Public Health Officer says the County will lift their stay at home orders separate from the statewide plan. The Press Democrat reports the county times the peak of the pandemic at the end of May to beginning of June which is many weeks later than what the statewide models are. Dr. Sundari Mase says the County’s behind the curve by a few weeks which also leaves more time to reassess. But she says the numbers need to plateau before any loosening of restrictions. Mase has not said when restrictions could be backed off, but says she’s evaluating several things including modified summer camp for kids, and whether any businesses can reopen with different work spaces to increase physical distances between people.

The Mendocino County Board of Supervisors is considering backing off some of the hours County employees have been working as there’s been a lot of overtime during the pandemic.

Supervisor Ted Williams says the public isn’t sure who’s managing the public health emergency…

Williams says there needs to be more transparency on spending, policy making and is wondering what the overall expense could be regarding coronavirus.

Williams gave kudos to Dr. Noemi Doohan for her work, but says there’s concern from the public about Doohan no longer permanently living in the County. Williams says there should be talk about a transition to another officer.

Members of the public allowed to call into the latest Mendocino County Board of Supervisors meeting. One resident requested a lot more testing to look for asymptomatic tests. Public Health Officer Dr. Noemi Doohan responded agreeing with the caller.

Nearly a dozen patients at a nursing home in the Bay Area who tested positive for coronavirus have died. Eleven residents at Gateway Care in Hayward died, 40 more tested positive and 25 staffers are also infected. At another facility one person died, 23 staffers and 22 residents were positive in the Castro Valley. The Governor said some of the residents who were healthy would be transferred to the Navy ship Mercy in Los Angeles, but it came out some patients aboard that ship have gotten infected. The state is sending 600 nurses trained in infectious disease to the ship. Naval health officials are working to control the spread there among crew.

A new working group in Lake County including two County supervisors will be on top of ways to ease stay at home orders when it’s deemed to be okay. The Public Health Officer Dr. Gary Pace asking for the group to be put together to help come up with a strategy to ease the shelter-in-place restrictions when the time comes. So with that District 1 Supervisor and board chair Moke Simon and District 3 Supervisor E.J. Crandell will represent the board of supervisors. Dr. Pace says he’d like the group to meet soon and find ways to eventually loosen restrictions on businesses which in turn is hurting the economy and impacting community members. Pace warns nothing will be done hastily and they’ll look for ways to balance the financial, social and educational impact on the community against the health risks.

A food drive held by a Lakeport nonprofit. New Digs Rapid Rehousing to help the homeless find secure, permanent housing. The Daily Journal reports their Shelter in Place food drive to support people who’ve lost their jobs due to the pandemic. They’re delivering personal care packages including fresh fruit, non-perishable food, laundry soap, diapers and baby formula if needed, all thru donations, which they’re always looking for more of. Lakeport Rotary, Grocery Outlet and the Dollar Store have all partnered with the nonprofit. They provided home delivery to more than 20 households their first week and continue to stay in touch with the hundreds they have in their database thru a partnership with North Coast Opportunity Head Start and Early Start, they’re also helping with learning and at home activities.

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