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It’s been pretty quiet on the COVID front lately, but the Mendocino County Public Health office has announced four more coronavirus cases in the county and another death. The County’s Deputy Chief Executive Officer Sarah Dukett says the man who died was 80 years old and lived in Ukiah. The Asian man died in Ukiah’s Adventist Health Hospital, bringing the total amount of losses to the virus in the county to 22. The county offices are closed today to observe Veterans Day, so there will be no updates today on the pandemic.

More election results are coming in from the state. It looks like Prop 15 failed to pass. That was the initiative looking to toss the state’s more than 4 decade old cap on property taxes. It would have raised taxes for a bunch of businesses across the state. Yesterday’s vote count had Prop 15 still at only 48% support. The state’s been capping property taxes since 1978 to 2% a year until a property is sold. The initiative would have allowed governments across Calif. to reassess commercial and industrial property every three years, but residential properties would stay with the old rules, even if you had an at home business. The idea was to raise another $12.5 billion in revenue.

Next week State Senator Senator Mike McGuire, Mendocino County and the City of Ukiah are hosting a virtual Town Hall to address homelessness. The meeting online Monday at 6-30 to look at the Project Homekey Program, discuss potential management models and plans for a permanent housing project and other services. They’re looking for public participation. McGuire says Mendocino County, like many others in the state, has been working hard to end homelessness and is looking forward to discussing mental health and addiction services too.  

How to attend: Register in advance for this webinar at After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. The webinar will also be streaming live in English and Spanish on the County’s YouTube Channel ( 

How to submit your questions and comments: Email your questions and comments in advance and in real time during the virtual town hall to:

For more information, please contact the Executive Office at (707) 463-4441 or

A new walking path is being renamed after the woman who helped bring it to fruition. Lake Co News reports the Lakeport City Council unanimously decided to call the downtown walking path “The Ann Blue Walking Path” after the Public Works Director Doug Grider presented the resolution to the council last week. It’s widely believed Blue was instrumental in getting the path done. Blue had been a member of the Parks and Recreation Committee and had served on the Lakeport Planning Commission and the Traffic Safety Advisory Committee. The walking path was approved in 2016. Blue now lives in a nursing facility.

Hope Center, the transitional housing facility in Clearlake is about to open and will be the first permanent low barrier shelter in the county. It’s a project from Hope Rising, which the director of Lake County Behavioral Health Services says will be a vital piece of the housing and homelessness puzzle in the community. The Governor announced Lake County has the most homelessness per capita in the State. Hope Center should help some by providing shelter and support services to fourteen men and five women who are homeless in Lake County. The program looks to help too with finding meaningful employment, and help those living there become financially self-sufficient and develop skills to transition to permanent housing.

No volleyball and women’s basketball at Mendocino College due to the pandemic. The  head coach has confirmed all fall and winter sports are canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Apparently baseball and softball are not yet out of the picture since they don’t start for a while. There’s just no fall or winter sports as of now. The news in a Facebook post, then the Record Bee newspaper followed up with the coach who said she was disappointed. The newspaper reports the college is one of the first in the California Community College Athletic Association to cancel fall and winter sports due to coronavirus. Youth and high school sports had been off too since mid-March.

Walmart and the Salvation Army of Northern California are partnering this holiday season to help the less fortunate. They’re expanding their Angel Tree and Red Kettle programs so they start earlier in the year to get more donations. They will be instore and online because of the recession connected to the coronavirus pandemic. The Salvation Army says they’ve been working to help those impacted by COVID-19 and have seen a 180 percent increase in the amount of people they serve and says they’re anticipating helping even more during the Christmas season.  Visit to donate or help The Salvation Army, or to help someone in need.

The Juvenile Probation Office has reportedly had a small COVID outbreak. 2 of their staffers had mild symptoms, then tested positive. The Mendocino County Public Health office is working with the agency to start contact tracing and is testing too for anyone who may be asymptomatic, after a resident recently brought to the facility by these two staffers also tested positive. The resident’s family was notified. The Health Office says they think they may have been infected before coming to the facility. The three people all infected are being isolated and they did outbreak testing last week. The Juvenile Hall was also being sanitized, as was the vehicle used to transport the new resident. The outbreak the same day as the health office reported 20 new cases of COVID-19 in the county.

The ban on burn pile permits in Mendocino County has been lifted. The Mendocino Unit of Cal Fire announced formally cancelling the burn permit suspension and says anyone who may have a current, valid agriculture and residential burn permit can resume burning on permissible burn days. Any agriculture burn has to be inspected by Cal Fire before the burning can start until the end of peak fire season. About an inch of rain is expected by the end of the week, so we may be out of the peak fire season in short measure. If you need a burn permit, visit Cal Fire’s website and search burn permit.

For those needing burn permits, they are available online from Cal Fire at https://burnpermit.

As the weather cools Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is urging customers to be safe when using heat in their homes. They remind that a space heater or other electric heating device can be a fire hazard if they’re not used properly or monitored. A warning too for fuel-burning appliances, like gas furnaces, stoves and water heaters, which the utility says can increase the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning if they’re not working properly. And also, around daylight savings time fire departments remind to change the batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors, something PG&E is also reiterating.

The Lake County Registrar Of Voters Office is certifying the November 3rd election December 1st. The Registrar’s office put out a statement to remind mail in voters who got a “Signature Verification Statement” or an “Unsigned Ballot Envelope Statement” their deadline to get their documents back is on December 1st by 12 p.m., exactly 28 days after the election. Your ballot will not be counted if you do not return it by that date. If you have any questions call the Registrar of Voters office: 

Phone 707/263-2372; Fax 707/263-2742; or email

A judge in Sonoma County has tossed out the Sheriff’s request to hire an outside lawyer on the county’s dime to challenge a measure approved by voters for stronger civilian oversight. Sheriff Mark Essick against Measure P, was asking over the summer for help with outside counsel, before it even passed. But the judge in the case said Essick didn’t present enough evidence to prove he needed independent counsel with $50,000 from the county. Measure P expands power and supplies money to the county’s law enforcement auditor. Essick said the initiative interferes with his constitutional rights as the elected sheriff to decide how his office conducts investigations, among other issues.

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