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Mendocino 3rd District Board Supervisor John Hashak is having a town hall. The virtual meetup this Sunday afternoon on Zoom. Hashak is planning to update constituents about the latest for the board as they welcome 2 new supervisors after last week’s election. The meeting from 3 – 5 p.m. Sunday where the public is encouraged to take part in a Q&A.

A new siren is being put in for the Redwood Valley-Calpella Fire District so you may hear some different sirens going on and off today around 9am – 2-3pm. The Sheriff’s Office put out a notice that they will do the testing today and tomorrow during the same hours. They ask that unless you have an actual emergency, not to call 9-1-1 if you hear the sirens while they test the different siren patterns at various locations throughout Redwood Valley.

Sonoma County making moves to finally emerge from the most restrictive Covid-19 reopening tier, purple. The Press Democrat reports the Sonoma County Health Officer Dr. Sundari Mase was supposed to be asking the state to recalculate local indicators of spread with thousands of unreported negative test results in residents. The health officer reported to the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday that laboratories were processing a bunch of tests across the county, but apparently were not sending their results to the state. She says if those were counted against the state rule allowing counties to reopen based on testing positivity rates, there would be a major decrease in the county’s overall test positivity rates, even if the virus transmission per 100,000 was still too high to move to a less restrictive stage.

It looks like Measure K in Willits to bring in more money to help stabilize finances, will pass. The ¾ cent sales tax was on the ballot last week to keep police services where they’re at, keep city facilities running and staying open. Another Measure in Willits, I, to help pay for infrastructure upgrades at schools, looks to have also passed. Measure I will supposedly bring in $17 million dollars in bonds the next decade for school building repairs. The votes are not certified yet, but the two bonds look to be safely passing.

California at the precipice of a daunting number of Covid-19 cases, one million. Yesterday we were headed to over 984,000 cases overall. With 18,000 deaths. Texas is the only other state at the one million case mark. Health officials are more concerned about the upcoming holiday season with those infected in the last week to hit a hospital in the next two weeks, as Thanksgiving lands. The California Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly says the state is getting near a 4% positivity rate, something that has not happened since late summer and early fall, around Labor Day. It comes as the US as a whole keeps hitting record numbers of new cases daily. More than 100,000 cases every day for the last 8 days.

Calpine is buying animals from local 4-H clubs to provide meat to local programs. The Middletown Senior Center, Highland Senior Center and Hope City all got donations of the locally raised meat from Calpine Corporation from this year’s Lake County Junior Livestock Auction. The senior centers reporting more people tapping their services since the pandemic started. And that they haven’t been able to raise much money due to some services having to totally close down as the pandemic blanketed the state. Calpine, one of America’s largest energy providers, reportedly bought over 5,000 pounds of locally grown meat this year.

The first openly gay, Black justice has been sworn in to the California Supreme Court. Governor Gavin Newsom nominated Martin Jenkins who was unanimously confirmed yesterday to the highest court in the state. He’s from the Bay Area. In the nomination evaluation report it said “compassion, humility, lifelong commitment to public service, and passion for justice” make Jenkins a most deserving and worthy addition to the state’s highest court. The Gov. said last month Jenkins is “a decent man to his core.” He was appointed by former President Ronald Reagan as a trial attorney in the civil rights division of the U.S. Department of Justice. Then President Bill Clinton named him to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, and finally Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed him to the California Court of Appeal, First Appellate District.

The Good Farm Fund is providing money for small food producers in Mendocino and Lake counties. Their 2020 farm grant cycle is now open with its biggest round of farm grant funding in its history, $90,000 to help provide fresh local food for underserved members of the community. Those interested should visit the Good Farm Fund’s website to fill out an application.  The deadline is Monday, November 23rd.

More marijuana related business attributed to the Emerald Sun facility. The owner of the old Mendocino Brewing Company building at the end of Airport Road filed for another permit to expand into another, nearly 10,000 square feet of the existing structure. There they will dry, process and store raw cannabis. The Zoning Administrator says they went thru the whole facility and looked at the plans. They are also storing wine there, but apparently it is separate from the cannabis business. Emerald Sun previously expanded in February.

Federal stimulus money is going to the Arts Council of Mendocino County. The CARES Act money comes from the California Arts Council which was earmarked to help cultural organizations who serve communities of color disproportionately impacted by COVID-19, specifically the Latino and Native American communities. The money to help local arts and cultural organizations in vulnerable populations who would otherwise not be able to get their hands on any of the stimulus money. Those interested in applying have until Friday, Nov. 20th for a share of the $12,630 available.

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An ex deputy in the Sonoma County sheriff’s dept arrested for the death of a detainee has made his first court appearance. Deputy Charles Blount is charged in connection to the death of David Ward, with felony involuntary manslaughter and assault in his role as an officer. Ward died after Blount used a chokehold grip on Ward’s neck, then reportedly bashed his head into a car when he tried to get him into an open window. It was after a high speed chase where Ward was accused of driving a stolen car. But after he was on the ground unconscious, deputies realized he owned the car. There was no real court action today except that Blount’s lawyer asked for more time. They’re due back in court for a pleading December 14th. Blount has been with the sheriff’s office nearly 2 decades and faces six years behind bars if he’s convicted.

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