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At a time when Confederate statues are being removed all over the country, the Fort Bragg City Council is considering, should the name of the city change. The council put it in a Facebook post saying they were getting requests, some of them were locals, many were not locals, that the city should change its name to no longer be associated with Confederate Army General Braxton Bragg. The post which has more than 1,000 comments says the City Council will consider the matter at their meeting Monday. So the matter could end up on the November general election ballot.  The town got its name all the back in 1857 for the US Army officer considered by many historians to have been one of the worst generals in the Civil War. And he also kept slaves at his plantation in Louisiana.

There will be no Salmon Barbeque in Fort Bragg. The Salmon Restoration Association says the 2020 World’s Largest Salmon Barbecue which is held every year around the July 4th holiday, is not happening because of the pandemic. The Associations Exec. Director says they’ll start over again next July. They usually use the money raised at the barbeque to pay for other projects, like watershed education and the preservation of streams, specifically the Eel River Recovery Project. But they’ve been funded and the public health issue takes precedence. The nonprofit touts itself as working to improve the County’s spawning streams and is run entirely by volunteers.

The new lakefront park in Lakeport is being designed for two parcels the city just bought. The City Council has approved the design contract for the park on Main St. The Lakeport Unified School District Board heard from the School Superintendent they finalized paperwork to sell one piece of the two properties for the park. It’s going to be developed with a nearly $6 million dollar grant the city won earlier this year. And an architect out of Santa Cruz has been hired to plan, design, engineer and do project management for the park project. They were one of more than a dozen proposals that were then whittled down to three or four. Construction plans should be out for bid by the end of the year.

Lakeport says it’s suing Opioid manufacturers as part of the California Opioid Consortium. Lake Co News reports there are now 36 counties and cities who make up a population of more than 11 million residents. They’ve filed suit in federal court where it’s ended up after in Ohio where more than 2,800 others have filed similar lawsuits. The case in Lakeport will be under the umbrella of the rest, looking to get taxpayer money back that has been used in the City to fight the epidemic. The City Manager tells the news site the city has had no choice but to respond due to “irresponsible multi-billion dollar corporations, which have placed profits over public safety.”

The surge in cases of coronavirus continue in Mendocino County. The Public Health Officer Dr. Noemi Doohan says end-of-school year gatherings along with in-person church services in Ukiah may be to blame. Six more cases were confirmed last night in the Ukiah Valley, four in teenagers. Dr. Doohan put out a press release late yesterday that confirmed the case count is now 53, with 19 people isolated, one in the hospital in the ICU in someone between 18 and 35 years old. The County following the state with a surge in cases in that age group. Doohan says eight of the recent cases were traced to two end-of-school-year or graduation parties and four others are connected to church services, all in Ukiah. The Public Health Office was conducting outbreak testing after the spike, yesterday and today.

A restaurant owner along the Mendocino Coast has been slapped with a $10,000 fine for continually ignoring the countywide health order to slow the spread of coronavirus. The owner of Fiddleheads Cafe reportedly worked to be in compliance yesterday, but the Press Democrat reports it looks like owner Chris Castleman wouldn’t continue to follow county standards during the pandemic. He says he’s not going to make his staff wear masks even though they’re preparing, handling or serving the public food. He says what his staff does or doesn’t do is between them and the County. He says it’s about personal responsibility and personal choice. Seven people work at the café in Mendocino. The County’s Interim Code Enforcement Manager told the newspaper this may be the first refusal to comply with the Public Health Order.

Graton Resort and Casino is about to reopen. Three months after the shelter in place order for the state, the Resort could be the biggest employer to reopen in Sonoma County. They have a hotel and indoor dining at several restaurants and a 24-hour gaming floor. They’re considered to be the Bay Area’s biggest gambling destination and plan to open their doors again this morning with a brand new layout to allow for physical distancing and a limit on capacity, which previously held up to a thousand people.  Mask wearing is mandatory and temperatures will be taken at the door. Management says they will be very strict with policies. There is no valet parking or live entertainment and the resort’s pool, spa and fitness center are still closed.

The Mendocino County Sheriff and Fire Chiefs Association President presenting new planning documents they say will make major improvements in wildfire safety for Mendocino County residents. A Caltrans grant has paid for the Mendocino Council of Governments to hire some consultants to come up with a Public Outreach Plan, a Fire Vulnerability Assessment, and a Wildfire Emergency Evacuation Preparedness Plan. The effort to conduct outreach to see where the community had concerns about issues related to wildfire safety. It will also help the County find the most vulnerable areas and populations at risk to wildfire, and come up with workable strategies to manage evacuations which are hard for public safety agencies to handle on their own on a large scale. Monday at 10, there will be a Zoom Public Meeting. Please visit the Mendocino Council of Governments website, www.mendocinocog.org, for participation options, or use the following link with Password 924390:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87209580733?pwd=eWJ4OVZCbGcrS1I4SnZ2M3F0VHovQT09

Billions of dollars in funding to national parks thanks to a bill in the U.S. Senate co-sponsored by Northern California senators Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris. The bill would permanently move millions annually from offshore oil drilling revenues to pay for city parks, swimming pools, sports fields, fishing piers, trails and campgrounds across the country including in places with limited park resources. The “Great American Outdoors Act passed overwhelmingly in the Senate and heads to the House next. 9.5 million would go to fix roads, restrooms and trails and campgrounds at national parks including Yosemite. The money from royalties from oil, gas, coal and renewable energy sales. And a guaranteed $900 million a year for the Land and Water Conservation Fund forever.

The State Schools Superintendent says schools which have been long named after Confederate leaders or other racially insensitive figures that are being renamed is a good thing. Tony Thurmond commenting in response to a question by a reporter after the Berkeley Unified School District Board unanimously decided to rename two of their schools. Thurmond says when “institutions, not only schools that are named for Confederate leaders who perpetuated racism, lynching and hate, it exacerbates feelings of race in our schools”. It comes after public protests for weeks after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis and Confederate statues being defaced and toppled by the public.

Several thousand pounds of potatoes have been sent to the Fort Bragg Food Bank. Last month they got 40,000 pounds of onions and now it’s 42,000 pounds of potatoes from the FarmLink project, for Mendocino and Sonoma County distribution. The Advocate reports the FarmLink project is a nonprofit that is helping farmers and foodbanks due to food instability during the pandemic. The FarmLink project was started by a group of college students across the country, they’ve distributed more than 280,000 pounds of food to food banks in the last month. Also at the Food Bank, the Summer Kids Bag Program. It’s donating food on Tuesdays this summer from noon to 3 p.m.  

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