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Updated guidelines for Lake County on reopenings. The Public Health Officer in alignment with the latest rules from the state Department of Public Health (CDPH) Dept. includes Nail Salons and Other Personal Care Services estheticians and other skin car, cosmetology services, body art, tattoo parlors and massage therapy. They will all be allowed to open this Friday following guidelines the public health office releases for the sectors the same day.

The Lake County Public Health Office reports on more tests for cyanobacteria in Austin Park, adding now, also Jago Bay. The two spots on Clear Lake are confirmed to have elevated levels above the Danger level, so signs are up from the Public Health Dept. They say boaters and recreational users should avoid direct contact with or use of the water that contains cyanobacteria.  Wading, swimming and other contact with the water, scum, foam or algae at these locations may present serious health risks. The CDC recommends at these levels for people and animals to stay out of the water and avoid any contact near the shore.

Technical difficulties caused a cancellation of the viewing of the Ukiah High School Graduation Celebration for the Class of 2020. Quick notice went out that they would reschedule the broadcast date sometime this week and that they sincerely apologize for any inconvenience to the graduates and their families.

A few more cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in Mendocino County for a total of 39 cases. The Mendocino County Public Health Officer says most are in the Ukiah Valley and that we’re not out of danger yet. She says we’re now seeing cases each day, last week we had 36 cases. She says there’s no community spread in any other part of the county. 30 of the cases are in Ukiah Valley, and 22 are under quarantine after having close contact with a known case. That means they were within six feet for 10 minutes or more. There are also three more being quarantined on the North Coast and one other on the South Coast. There are currently no hospitalizations. Doohan was asked in her Friday update the riskiest activities and she said gyms reopening worry her. Activities in an enclosed space with deep breathing and exhaling is very concerning and that exercising outside is a better idea. And singing in a group in an enclosed area can possibly spread Covid 100 feet.

The Mendocino County Public Health Officer will be with us a while, at least until the end of the year. We’ve been on the lookout for a new officer as Dr. Noemi Doohan has physically moved to San Diego, but the County’s has not found a new officer yet. Doohan will reportedly stay on for at least 20 hours a week at $125 an hour, which could pay her up to $100,000 through the end of the year in case she has to work more, travel or be otherwise reimbursed for expenses. The Board of Supervisors says there’s a possibility the County could be reimbursed up to 75% for their costs for her services from FEMA.

The Lakeport Police Chief is presenting a report to the City Council on police brutality and use of force. Chief Brad Rasmussen with a presentation tomorrow on his department’s use-of-force policies which is reported to be in alignment with eight recommended police reforms known as “8 Can’t Wait.” The policies from an anti-police violence organization known as Campaign Zero. They claim this can bring police violence down by as much as 72%. It includes a total ban on chokeholds, strangleholds, and shooting at moving vehicles. It also requires officers de-escalate situations, give a warning before they shoot, and generally exhaust alternatives before a shooting, only use the amount of force necessary, intervene when they witness a colleague using excessive force, and report all uses of force. Some departments have already put the reforms in action, but after recent protests, more so.

July 4th will go in Clearlake… with some restrictions, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The main annual events will be modified. The Lakeshore Lions Club is in charge of the annual Independence Day celebration and they’re reportedly working to bring the 63rd annual event to fruition next month. The fireworks show, usually also a parade, carnival and classic car show, but some of that won’t happen due to the pandemic. However the Lions Club does expect to put on the public fireworks display and there will be food vendors. They will host the event as a drive in experience and picnic in the park. They’re inviting a $10 donation to park cars to make up for a loss of fundraising this year. They’re encouraging social distancing and mask wearing when attendees are away from their designated area or car. They will have bathrooms open and handwashing stations.

The Lake County Board of Supervisors still taking a cautious approach to their weekly meeting, hosting again online. Tomorrow the Board will consider ways to enforce public health rules and possible fines for violators, the upcoming fiscal year budget and the draft housing element and they will continue a discussion from last week’s meeting on temporary compliance officers being hired to help businesses and individuals with the gradual reopening of Lake County during the continuing public health emergency.

Congressman Mike Thompson along with Bay Area Congresswoman Barbara Lee had a town hall discussing racism, racial inequality and systemic injustice. And Lee announced legislation in the House of Reps. she has brought forward for the first ever United States Commission on Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation. She says 40 other countries have something similar they’ve done to help change their countries with social change and racial disparities.  Congressman Thompson has signed on to a coalition of other members of Congress to support the legislation.

A drive thru movie outing in Lakeport brought out the crowds. The owner of Lakeport Auto Movies, who’s also the President of Paradise Cinemas and owner of the Lakeport Cinema 5 reopened last month following guidelines from the CDC, the state and local policies for safety and social distancing. They also have walk in movies reopening now, but Lakeport Cinema 5 has no reopen date. For the local drive in, he has installed Plexiglas partitions, sanitizing stations and placed the markings for cars to park 10 feet apart. So only 200 cars, not the normal 400 can park.

The number of cases of coronavirus continue to rise in Calif. As California reopened another large sector of its businesses Friday, the number of coronavirus cases continues rising with more than 5,000 deaths. The state has tallied nearly 150,000 cases. LA County with the highest spike and public health officials say many are from a backlog of test results and easing stay home restrictions. Gyms, other fitness facilities, museums, swimming pools and hotels have reopened along with music venues, film and television production with restrictions. Hospitalizations were reportedly down a tad, by 1%. But last month it was down around 15% to 16%.

A judge in California has agreed with some Republican legislators… that Gov. Gavin Newsom over-used his power signing several dozen emergency orders during the pandemic regarding public meeting procedures and if tenants can be evicted for not being able to pay rent. The judge in Sutter County only stopped one order though regarding the upcoming general election and ordered the Governor not to sign new orders that could appear like he was usurping the Legislature’s responsibilities. There’s also a hearing June 26th to consider issuing a preliminary injunction.

A man in Covelo’s been arrested after a fight at a home on the Round Valley Indian Reservation. The Sheriff’s Dept. reports getting a call from Tribal Police, one officer with facial injuries and lacerations on his ear that were bleeding heavily. Kenneth Whipple was accused of vandalizing the home, and when police got there, they say he attacked one officer, slugging him in the face with a closed fist. The Tribal Officer tried controlling Whipple and he was bitten by Whipple on the neck and ear.  Then he ran away. A woman (his ex-girfriend) where Whipple retreated, says he attacked her and threatened to stab her, and he used a huge rock and tossed it at her car. He also destroyed electronics and appliances in her home. He was found and booked into jail on multiple charges including Mayhem, Making Criminal Threats, Felony Vandalism and Battery with Serious Bodily Injury and booked on $50,000 bail. 

A woman in Willits has been arrested after reports of an unwanted person causing a disturbance at a home last weekend. Deputies responded June 7th to a home where there was a fight and they had apparently been to the home for other incidents in the past. They found Michelle Cotton drunk at her ex-boyfriend, and father of her toddler son’s home. The man says Cotton was asked to leave several times, but she would not and she ran towards him and they knocked heads. He called police and says while waiting, Cotton was hitting and striking him and would not stop. Deputies found her in a bathroom with their son and was not being cooperative. They informed her they would arrest her and she resisted, but they controlled her and took her to jail on multiple charges including domestic violence battery, child endangerment and resisting or delay of a Peace Officer. She had a restraining order against her from the man from a previous incident and was held then on $25,000.00 bail.

A man in Ukiah’s been arrested after an assault with pepper spray on two men. Deputies went to a home in the 800 block of Ford Road and found a man with pepper spray injuries who was reportedly attacked as he stocked shelves in a store. He says the suspect, since identified as Anthony Pelfrey, attacked him. The victim described as an Eastern Indian Man who says when he turned around and tried to run, Pelfrey came after him and sprayed him some more. When he did get away, Pelfrey ran out of the store. A similar attack against was reported against a Hispanic man in Ukiah and when they did the Be on the Lookout report, they found he was wanted for similar racially motivated attacks in Sonoma County. He was arrested Thursday and his record showed he was arrested in 2009 for a racially motived attempted murder with a machete on two Hispanic men in Mendocino County. He was arrested for Violate the Civil Rights of Another, Causing Injury, Unlawful use of Tear Gas, Felon in Possession of Tear Gas and Burglary with Intent to Commit a Felony.

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