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Guidance for personal care services to reopen indoors had been released by the state, but also here in Mendocino County. As of last Tuesday the county’s allowing reopening for these businesses in tiers for skincare and estheticians; nail salons; body art, which includes piercing and tattoos; massage services, including in a non-healthcare setting and electrology. Before any of these businesses reopen they have to self certify. You can visit the county’s website, or https://www.mendocinocountybusiness.org. They remind to wear a mask, follow Social Distancing Requirements.

Four men in Mendocino County have been sent to prison. The four in unrelated cases, Joseph Hart from Spy Rock was sentenced Friday to five years for assault with a knife. His base sentence of 36 months was doubled due to a prior Strike conviction. Tylor Lauvale Ulugalu of Ukiah, also got five years for rape of a minor. He also had his base rate of 3 years doubled due to a prior strike. Randolph Bisson of Covelo got 13 years after a guilty plea to assault with a firearm and admitting he used the firearm in the commission of the crime. Finally Joel Jesus Ramos of Hopland got 2 years behind bars for failing to follow his supervised probation for vehicle theft and receiving stolen property (a motor vehicle), both felonies.

A man in Ukiah’s been arrested on a domestic incident over the weekend. Deputies got a call early Friday finding an extremely drunk Robert Garcia who they say had a large contusion on his forehead too. They say a woman at the home appeared very upset, and there were several witnesses who say Garcia was drinking until he got drunk, then started to argue with the woman, hitting her in the stomach, while she was holding a child. In self-defense, the woman reportedly picked something up and hit the man in the head then hid from him.  After interviewing everyone there Garcia was arrested for domestic violence battery and felony violation of probation and held on $25,000.00 bail.

Free drive thru Covid-19 testing thru the Mendocino County Public Health Office and Mendocino Coast Clinic. Tomorrow from 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM in Fort Bragg at 205 South Street. Anyone can be tested there.

Another red flag warning in the area of the August Complex Fire, which is still creeping and smoldering. The fire in the South Zone at nearly 600,000 acres is 90% contained. The fire itself, which has burned nearly 1,032,600 acres is 93% contained. Yesterday the red flag warning hit the fire area and firefighters continued to patrol heat sources where wind was increases. They were expecting active fire behavior with torching, spotting and running. The fire was smoldering and creeping in the Hellhole Canyon. Temperatures yesterday were in the low 80s, with 15% humidity and winds of up to 35 mph on the ridge tops.

A public safety power shutoff is in effect in Mendocino County. The power down for under 1,000 customers, with restoration expected by tomorrow. PG&E reported they were trying to minimize the amount of customers. The Sheriff’s Office and Office of Emergency Services say they’re monitoring and trying to provide the most up to date, accurate information via social media and Nixle. There are a couple of resource centers where residents can get charging and electricity for their devices, in Potter Valley and the Bible Church on Main St. and in Willits at the Community Center on Commercial St.  Schools are having to go back to distance learning during the event in Ukiah.

The red flag warnings in most of the state, and the intended shutoff was supposed to hit 361,000 including in nearby Colusa, Contra Costa, Lake, Napa, Sonoma, Tehama, and Yolo counties. But 105,000 customers who had been told they’d be losing their power too, were removed from the list. There are seven in Lake County opening at 8 today…
the Clearlake Senior Community Center, Mountain High Coffee in Cobb, Scotts Valley Band of Pomo Indians Red Hills Property in Kelseyville, the Konocti Vista Casino in Lakeport, Twin Pine Casino and Hotel in Middletown, Community Baptist Church in Nice and Upper Lake Middle School.

The Lake County Board of Supervisors taking up all those raises for county staff. Tomorrow the board continues approving several million dollars in raises with unions working on finalizing deals with their employee groups. Last week the board approved more than $5 million in annual pay raises. Lake Co News reports some of the raises were as high as 42% more than their current rate. That for department heads. But the news site reports some of the agreements were put on hold, including for the Deputy Sheriff’s Association and the Correctional Officers Association. Tomorrow they’ll revisit those along with the Lake County Employees Association and Lake County Safety Employees Association. They’ll also hold a second reading for which they will stay their own pay at its current rate of just over $63,700 a year. Also at the meeting the board’s taking up the matter of the state Department of Fish and Wildlife’s proposed eradication of non-native mute swans from Clear Lake.

Clearlake looking to come up with innovative ways for quality housing for working professionals. The City Manager approached the City Council with a plan earlier this month for $1 million from Series B bond funds for the program which was unanimously supported by the council. City Manager Alan Flora says they’re trying to find ways to develop market rate housing in the city. He says since there have been so many fires in Northern Calif. the cost of construction has skyrocketed at about $300 per square feet, which isn’t affordable for Lake County where the median price is about $262,000.

A new study says nearly all so-called gig workers can’t pay their monthly expenses and almost half got no personal protective equipment from companies they work for during the pandemic. The study by the UCLA Labor Center says those working contracting or side-hustle type jobs studied during the pandemic. 302 workers filled out the surveys finding about 80% said it was their main source of money, but half have had to stop working because of coronavirus. 70% said they were working but had to cut their hours. The study also says the companies they were working for made little or no effort to protect them from COVID-19. The researchers said they hoped it was helpful just ahead of the election where the future of the gig economy in California is on the ballot.

Many voters in Calif. are said to be bringing their mail-in ballots into elections departments in person to be sure their vote is counted. Concerns after the President said Californians were all getting mail in ballots which could be fraudulent. And after the Republican Party put up some unofficial ballot boxes which the secretary of state called illegal. The Calif. Attorney General has also sued to force Republicans to take the boxes down after they refused. Cal Matters reports some county registrars of voters say they’re emptying drop boxes daily or almost every day.

A couple of federal lawsuits filed against debris removal companies after the massive October 2017 Tubbs Fire have been dismissed. AshBritt Environmental and Tetra Tech were accused of improper debris removal like taking extra dirt for themselves, that they were getting paid per the ton for. Lawyers for North Bay residents sued claiming getting charged for over-excavation. But the cases were tossed after the plaintiffs and the two companies agreed to end them without any exchange of cash or settlement.

A man on the run in Clearlake after police say he’s connected to a pair of rapes. Police say it was Romondis Tyron Thompson who’s to blame for two rapes in the last week. They’re asking for the public’s help finding the man who’s described as a 34 year old Black man with freckles, about 6’2″, 160 lbs., with brown hair and brown eyes. He is also reported to be using the name “Romeo Thompson” on Facebook where he’s contacted one victim and other women. He’s also been seen in a Ford F-150 pickup truck (CA License # 92350Z1). Cops have reportedly served a search warrant for which they picked up more evidence on the guy who they say is on Post Release Community Supervision. They ask if you have any info on him or the incidents, to call Detective Flores at 707-994-8251 Ext. 315.

A solo car crash into a tree ends in two deaths. The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office working with the Long Valley Fire Dept. on the incident late last night. They say a woman was driving a Toyota Tacoma north on Howard St. north of SR-162 at a high rate of speed with a man in the front passenger seat with her and another passenger in the rear. They say the female driver went off the edge of the road, into a wooden fence and crashed into the tree. The driver and male passenger were pronounced dead at the scene. The female rear passenger was flown to a hospital in Chico with major injuries. Police say they think drugs or alcohol might have been a factor.

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