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The Lake County Registrar of Voters office wants people to know that any results from Tuesday’s election put out by their office are not final and that there are more than 18,000 ballots that have yet to be counted, with more possibly on the way. That total includes vote by mail ballots either sent back or dropped off, provisional and conditional ballots, and others that need further reviews for a variety of reasons. Mail-in ballots still out will count as long as they were stamped before Tuesday and arrive in the election office by November 20th. The registrar of voters office says there are many checks and balances in place to ensure both an accurate count and voter trust in the final results.

Mendocino County voting officials say they still have a lot of work ahead, even though election day has come and gone. Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder Katrina Bartolomie says as, with every other election, there are ballots left to process as part of the official canvass. That includes 15,501 mailed ballots and 1,800 Conditional Provisional/Provisional ballots that have to get processed. Of the outstanding ballots left to count, the 1st Supervisor District has 3,902, the 2ndSupervisor District has 2,892, the City of Ukiah has 2,695, the City of Willits has 893, and the City of Point Arena has 140. State law gives local voting offices 28 days to complete the canvass. When that’s done the county will put out the official final results.

Voting changes brought on by the coronavirus might be here to stay. There is talk among assembly Democrats in Sacramento about making mail-in voting permanent. Governor Newsom is on board with the idea. He calls it “fabulous”. Republicans don’t see it that way. They say mail-in voting is a political ploy to make it easier for Democrats to sway the outcome of elections. They also think it would cost too much, but supporters say the benefits would outweigh any additional expense.

Two Mendocino county Juvenile Probation Office staff members and a resident of the county Juvenile hall are in isolation after testing positive for coronavirus. The county executive’s office says contact tracing of the two staff members led them to the Juvenile Hall resident, who recently rode in a vehicle with the pair. It appears that the juvenile picked up the virus before getting to Mendocino County. They’re doing more testing at the juvenile hall, both inside the facility and in the vehicle that was used. Contact tracing and the investigation is continuing as officials keep a close eye on all Juvenile Hall residents for any signs of infection.

It’s 16 months in jail for a man from Ukiah who pleaded guilty last month to child porn charges. Once 26-year-old Dakota Miles does that time and is out on parole, he’ll have to register as a convicted sex offender. On October 7th, Miles told Mendocino County Superior court that he possessed explicit pictures showing an underage girl involved in sexual activity. It’s a return trip to prison for Miles. He served time in 2017 on felony charges of sexual battery and meth possession.

The Clearlake City council is moving on an ordinance that would allow tiny homes. Under the ordinance, owners would have to get a city use permit. The homes could be built anywhere as the council opted NOT to limit them to one specific zone. So far tiny homes are a rarity in the area but officials think over time the market will grow as more people try to live a minimalist lifestyle. The council will have a second reading of the proposed ordinance before it goes in the books.

It could be a while before the C V Starr Community Center in Fort Bragg opens its doors again. The city and the Mendocino Coast Recreation and Parks District say the center will stay closed until the county moves to the state’s Yellow Tier of coronavirus restrictions which allows facilities like the Starr Center to go to 50 percent capacity. One reason for a delayed opening is financial. Officials think it would cost too much to open the center with anything less than half capacity. . Wen the center DOES reopen it will have been thoroughly sanitized and new staff will have been hired and trained. The center—and its pool—have been closed since mid-March.

The start of the commercial Dungeness crab season has been pushed back a couple weeks. The Department of fish and wildlife says the season will now begin December 1, instead of November 15. The reason? To keep sea turtles and whales from getting tangled up in the fishing gear. The postponement covers coastal waters from Mendocino county all the way down the coast to Mexico. RECREATIONAL Dungeness fishing isn’t affected. That season starts tomorrow.

Insurance companies in California will not be allowed to cancel property insurance for at least a year for those who were impacted by either the Glass or LNU Lightning Complex fires. The Insurance Commissioner putting a moratorium in place so those homeowner policies may not be canceled as he did a year ago for victims of the 2019 Kincade fire. That period ended Oct. 25th. So for this time around, over 2.1 million California policyholders, or about 18% of the state’s homeowner insurance market will be protected for a year. Lara says it gives millions of Californians breathing room. For the LNU Lightning Complex, the moratorium is retroactive to Aug. 18th and September 28th for the Glass Fire.

Getting a flu shot is more important than ever this year, so Lake County is planning four free drive-up flu clinics over the next couple of weeks. Those clinics will be from 1:00 to 3:00 on November 10th, 12th, 17th, and 19th at the county Public Health Division office on Bevins Court in Lakeport Masks are required. The Department of health services says even if you can’t make any of these clinics, there are lots of places where you can get your flu shot, including drug stores and doctor’s offices.

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