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The Gov along with his Department of Public Health have announced a new State Order for the entire state. So all indoor dining at bars, restaurants and other indoor business operations will cease as the spread of coronavirus continues. It comes after a surge in hospitalizations and ICU cases and a major spike in the percentage of positive cases. So all counties are closing restaurants, except for outdoor dining and take out, wineries/tasting rooms can operate outside, not indoors, movie Theaters, Family Entertainment Centers (e.g., miniature golf, batting cages and arcades), zoo and Museums and Cardrooms. The Mendocino County Health Officer has revised her health order to coincide with the state. That went into effect last night just before midnight. It stays as is until noon on August 3, 2020. Several counties remain on a watch list, Lake and Mendocino counties are not. But those counties have to also close fitness centers, worship services, non-essential business, personal care services, like nail salons, body waxing and tattoo parlors, hair salons and barbershops and malls.

As part of the new restrictions under the governor’s orders, your landlord cannot evict you. That was in place and ended June 30th, but now the Gov. issued an executive order so it extends to September 30th. The last order passed March 16th. By allowing people who can’t pay rent to get a break with these new protections by becoming homeless, then spreading the virus if they get infected. And local governments passing their own orders can override the Governor’s but there are still another layer of state protections to potentially protect you. Additionally the California Judicial Council, also put a measure in place back in April to suspend evictions for 90 days after the governor lifts the state of emergency.  The Mendocino County Board of Supervisors considered this in March, then Fort Bragg enacted a local ordinance, but Ukiah, Willits, and Point Arena are staying with state and judicial orders. 

Another major spike in cases in Mendocino County, 14 more cases… the total count as of yesterday, hit 146. There were 19 cases the day before that for a total of 33 cases in 3 days. Also the public health office announced that after residents spoke out about our one death in the county being noted on the dashboard as recovered because he was being treated out of county, they changed the noted “recovered” to “removed from isolation.”

An update on the Streetscape Project in Ukiah. The work to replace the water lines between Church and Henry Streets has begun and should continue for the next month or so. Then the work will move to the south end between Mill and Church streets. The Daily Journal has posted pictures of the work in progress. The newspaper reports access is available to all businesses in the area, but construction crews keep warning about “messy work”. Construction work is during the day, Monday-Friday, 6 a.m. – 6 p.m. Traffic is still moving on State St. but down to two lanes and parking is sketchy on South State Street between Church and Henry streets. Also, keep in mind until Friday, Standley and Smith Streets will be temporarily closed. For more info, visit, or UkiahStreetscape on Facebook.

We’re back in a drought. According to the Mendocino City Community Services District who declared a Stage 4 drought. That means that residents will get their water allotment slashed by 40 percent. It comes after rainfall totals for this year fell to 50% of normal as of June 23rd. Only about 20.5 inches as opposed to the normal 40 inches in a good year. So it puts the district in borderline Stage 4. So customers of the district can expected a necessary reduction in water usage, prohibition of water waste, some businesses have to display their conservation efforts, no washing cars with a hose, no refilling of decorative fountains, ponds, hot tubs or swimming pools. And restaurants are recommended to use paper plates to avoid dishwashing. Check with the district for even more detailed restrictions.

Sonoma County has almost 40% of its total cases in the last two weeks. The Press Democrat reports 11 of the total 16 local deaths happened in that period of time too. 116 new case confirmed on Sunday, the highest day to date since March. And yesterday Sonoma saw 67 more cases for a total that’s getting ever so close to 2,000 – 1,886. The Gov. shuttering a lot of indoor business again and getting even stricter with counties on the state’s watchlist, for which Sonoma is one. It means businesses that have just reopened with new, expensive restrictions to close. And the new restrictions will stay in place at least 3 weeks. The County Health Officer Dr. Sundari Mase says the new cases are due to social gatherings, skilled nursing centers and other residential care facilities outbreaks and large households and workplace bubbles where folks infect each other.

Part of the old airport property in Clearlake could be divvied up and sold. The Clearlake City Council to consider a proposal by a developer to buy some of the land. A proposed letter of intent will be discussed between the city and King Management for a four acre piece of the 27-acre property, just off Highway 53. Lake County News reports the City Manager says there are two parcels the company wants to buy to potentially build a hotel. The city’s working with the developer on ideas. The city manager says the company wants to move fast and erect a national hotel brand at the site. It would either be an outright purchase of the land or maybe a long-term lease agreement. The matter to be visited Thursday after the council has a closed door session on potential lawsuits against Pacific Gas and Electric Co. The meeting will be on the county’s YouTube Channel or local cable.

City council seats up for grabs in Clearlake. Any resident seeking to get involved in city politics can file to run for the November 3rd election. There are three four year term seats open. They’re held now by Phil Harris, Joyce Overton and Russell Perdock. The filing deadline is August 7th unless one or more of those incumbents decides not to file, then they extend the filing period, 5 days to August 12, for nonincumbents. You can grab your candidate packet at the Administrative Services/City Clerk’s Office, but call first to schedule an appointment. 

More coronavirus cases in Lake County. The Public Health Officer reports 13 more, for a total of 121 cases. Lake County News reports late last night the state had reported more than 332,000 cases and almost 7,060 deaths. In Lake County, 30 cases are active and 90 recovered. There has also been one death. Four people are in the hospital currently. 6 others had been hospitalized since the pandemic first arose in March. The Public Health Officer, Dr. Gary Pace says the new cases are following a trend with active cases tracing back to a previously known case, or to a family or social gathering.

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