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A man in Ukiah’s been arrested after a domestic disturbance where a woman says she was held against her will.  Deputies called out yesterday morning to the home and found a car in the driveway with someone about to leave. Victor Lucas, a woman and a 6 month old infant. Lucas had 2 felony warrants so they stopped them, he got out of the car and was immediately arrested. The woman took off in the car and deputies went after her, she says she was in a physical altercation with Lucas who pushed her to the ground, grabbed her by the face and caused injuries, then blocked the door so she couldn’t leave. Lucas has additionally been charged, besides his two warrants, one for robbery in a domestic violence incident with the same woman. He’s held on $140,000.00 bail.

A man accused of killing his dad and brother is going to prison for almost 24.5 years. Ubaldo Ramirez Davila was arrested after the shooting deaths in July of 2018. The 25 year old arrested after a pickup truck with two injured men in it found stopped in a traffic lane. They found one was dead already, the other critically injured died two days later. Ramirez was arrested in Covelo soon after and admitted he was in the pickup with his dad and brother, Calixto and Miguel and shot them. He also admitted using a firearm. He will have to serve at least 20 ½ years before being eligible for parole and then he will be deported to Mexico.

Because of an increase in coronavirus cases across Mendocino County, schools in Ukiah will not be reopening right now. The school district put out a statement saying their expanded reopening on December 7th has been put off. The Ukiah Unified School District statement said the health and safety of students, families, and staff are of the utmost importance and that they’d be reaching out after the Thanksgiving break for next steps. The district goes on to say conditions are changing quickly and they will adapt.  

This Friday is Transgender Day of Remembrance. The day, November 20th has been in honor of Rita Hester since 1999. Hester was a transgender woman who was murdered in Massachusetts in 1998 and since then on every November 20, nearly 25 countries honor transgender individuals who have lost their lives. In Lake County, the Director of Behavioral Health Services says there needs to be a safe space for healing for this population.  The agency reminds that mental health issues are exacerbated by a transgender person’s response to stigma, discrimination, lack of acceptance and abuse, which are far too routine. So Lake County Behavioral Health Services is spotlighting the Transgender Day of Remembrance Friday. The agency provides recovery-oriented mental health and substance use disorder services for those in need.

For more information, please contact Lake County Behavioral Health Services at 707-274-9101 or 707-994-7090.

An independent watchdog agency working on behalf of California utility customers is asking state regulators to fine PG&E about 166 million for the first spate of planned power outages to reduce wildfire risks. Yesterday was the deadline for the utility company and the Public Advocates Office for the state Public Utilities Commission for their cases to be made if PG&E should be fined for not alerting tens of thousands of customers before they shut off their power in the fall of 2019. The judge has another 2 months to decide, then the utilities commission has another 30 days after that for their own decision. PG&E for their part claims most customers were notified and this year they did better on outages.

Making history. The first Black woman will head the California Highway Patrol. Governor Gavin Newsom swore in new Commissioner Amanda Ray, She’s the first woman to ever lead the agency in its 91 years. Commissioner Warren Stanley, the first Black man to lead the agency is retiring after 38 years with the state law enforcement agency. Ray was appointed last month to lead the CHP. She said she was thankful for the trust from the Governor and honored to follow so many innovative leaders before her, including her friend, Warren Stanley. Ray’s been with the CHP since 1990 and became the Deputy Commissioner in February.

Lake County offices will stay closed on Fridays for now, but next year they’ll be back in service. The Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to restart the Friday openings next April. 2 years ago the County Administrative Officer Carol Huchingson asked the board to close the offices on Friday, especially in and around the courthouse in Lakeport because various reasons, mostly financial. The County Administrative Office now seeking to keep the offices closed until the end of March because of the pandemic coinciding with the flu season. The office says the consensus from the board a couple weeks ago was to continue normal business next spring. And public comment hinted that the closures were hurting other businesses, others said switching to another day might be better. County offices will also close from December 21st to the 25th for the Christmas holiday.

Another virtual town hall with Congressman Mike Thompson on the pandemic. Tomorrow night at 7 on Zoom and on Thompson’s Facebook page with the Congressman and a couple of experts, Dr. George Rutherford, a professor of epidemiology and biostatistics at UC San Francisco and Dr. Karen Relucio, the deputy director of Napa County Health & Human Services-Public Health. They’ll be talking about the uptick in cases of coronavirus across the state and country.

The Willits Food Bank’s yearly community Thanksgiving dinner is going on, but it will look different than in years past. This year the event at the Willits Senior Center is drive/walk-thru from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. The meals are free for those who go, donations are being accepted. The former Mendocino County Sheriff Tom Allman has helped out by dressing up as a giant turkey to raise funds to support the Food Bank and cover costs. The pop up fundraiser was at Bud Snider Park collected $1,000 and they hope to pull in another $4,000 for the Food Bank.

Approval from FEMA for both Mendocino and Stanislaus for residents to be eligible for federal assistance and for repairs or rebuilding, all part of the major wildfire disaster declaration that was approved Aug. 22nd. The individual assistance program provides grants for survivors that may include rent, home repair, home replacement and other disaster-related needs like childcare, medical and dental expenses.

Apply for disaster assistance with FEMA online at DisasterAssistance.gov; by downloading the FEMA App to a smartphone or tablet; or by calling the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362 (TTY 800-462-7585) between 7 a.m. and 10:30 p.m. PST. If you use a relay service such as a videophone, Innocaption or CapTel, provide FEMA the specific number assigned to that service when you register.

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) disaster assistance also now has a Virtual Disaster Loan Outreach Center for homeowners and renters. https://disasterloanassistance.sba.gov/ You may call (800) 659-2955 or email FOCWAssistance@ sba.gov for assistance.

Any Mendocino County school planning to reopen for in person learning that had not already, will be on hold, except for Potter Valley Community Unified School District’s which came in under the wire, reopening for kindergartners and first graders on Monday. Monday was the last day, because on Tuesday the county was pushed back to the purple tier in the state’s reopening blueprint due to an increase in coronavirus cases. The Governor announced Monday he was putting the “emergency brake” on all reopenings, and in fact 41 counties are in the purple, widespread tier. Potter Valley says they’ll continue limited in person classes only for the two youngest grades. They have 14 kindergarteners in two groups, the other days, they’re online. In first grade there are 21 students attending, in groups of 10 and 11.

The removal of the four hydro-electric dams on the Klamath River will finally take place to restore the rivers salmon fisheries. Mendocino Voice reports the agreement was announced yesterday in a virtual meeting with the Governor, the Governor of Oregon, leaders of the Karuk and Yurok Tribes, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, the CEO of the Klamath River Renewal Corporation, and representatives from Pacificorps, which is a subsidiary of Warren Buffett’s company Berkshire Hathaway Energy. It’s been a long time coming with native leaders and local government officials trying to get the dams removed for years but PacifiCorp had worried about the potential price tag. The work will reportedly start in 2023.

Not looking good for the survival of the Lake County Fair. The fair’s expected to run out of cash next spring. The Executive Director, Sheli Wright, says they need help from the state or congress. The fair, like others in California has been self-funded, and money is also raised thru special events, but the pandemic has stopped that from happening. Wright has one other full timer who she says will be laid off at the end of the month, so it’ll just be her and a part time maintenance worker. They do bring in money from the Konocti Christian Academy (KCA), a private school located on the grounds.

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