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Sheriff’s across the state have said they won’t be enforcing the Governor’s curfew. As we reported the Trinity and Mendocino County Sheriff’s were some, but Humboldt, which was just moved into the purple tier didn’t need to enforce the curfew at the time the Governor announced new restrictions, because the county was still in the red tier. Now that Humboldt has been moved to the purple tier, the Sheriff posted on the department’s Facebook page they would follow the Mendocino and Trinity County Sheriffs: education over enforcement. The Sheriff says they’ve prioritized education and voluntary compliance, instead of criminal enforcement of health orders since the pandemic began and says they’ve seen overwhelming success with that approach and will continue that way.

Sonoma County has received several million dollars from the state for a new homeless shelter. The state awarded $6.2 million to the county to buy the Sebastopol Inn for homeless housing. It comes after the purchase of Hotel Azura in downtown Santa Rosa for the same. The health services director and chief homelessness official in the county says the project had been on the state waiting list, and they’re very excited about the acquisition. The California Department of Housing and Community Development has confirmed the 31-room Sebastopol hotel purchase.

Another scandal hits the state unemployment department. First it was a backlog of over a million jobless claims after the pandemic… which the department is still working on. Now word that the state had approved more than $140 million to be sent to at least 35,000 prisoners who somehow figured out how to take advantage of the system. Some of those who got the money include infamous convicted murderers like Scott Peterson and Cary Stayner. Since the pandemic began the state’s been distributing debit cards. The Sacramento County District Attorney says there were as many as 158 claims approved for 133 death-row inmates, resulting in more than $420,000 in benefits.

The public boat launch at Lucerne Harbor Park is closed due to a ton of sediment buildup and a low water level. The Lake County Public Services Department says the order is to protect the public and prevent damage to both public and private property. Lake Co News reports it follows the Lucerne Area Town Hall asking the county to take money from the sale of the Lucerne Hotel to dredge the harbor. It was approved as part of the last budget, but it was put on hold. It’ll cost about $350,000 for the work and should be done sometime next year.

Residents in Mendocino County wanted to share how they lived on the streets. The Health & Human Services Agency is looking for recruits who lived without shelter to help review the Emergency Solutions Grant emergency shelter funding requests from local community service providers. The money comes from the federal CARES Act for homeless services. Funds were released by the Housing and Urban Development Dept. to the California Department of Housing and Community Development who sent some of it to the Mendocino County Health and Human Services Agency.

The Lake County Public Health Officer says due to spiking cases the county could move to the purple tier in California’s reopening blueprint. Dr. Gary Pace also reported a 19th death due to the virus in someone over 65, with chronic medical issues. They died at home.  There have now been 877 cases documented. Dr. Pace says many of the cases came from the outbreak at the county jail which moved to a second wing. There were 16 more cases confirmed and they continue to work with the Sheriff’s office to slow the spread with social distancing, weekly testing and rapid testing of newly booked prisoners. There have also been clusters from businesses and family units. He reminds to take the virus seriously this Thanksgiving.  To limit travel and indoor gatherings as much as possible.  The purple tier designation could come this weekend with new restrictions and an evening curfew.

In Mendocino County yesterday the public health office reported 27 additional cases of COVID-19, bringing the total to 1,468.

A bunch of smoke seen billowing into the air in Fort Bragg. Police report getting a call and transferring it to Cal Fire for the report of smoke at the old White property, 21801 N. Hwy 1, Fort Bragg. Police went to the scene and entered thru a closed gate finding 3-5 acres of brush on fire. They used a garden hose to protect a home and stop forward movement towards a nearby mobile home park. The Ocean Lake Adult Mobile Home Park was evacuated. An Ambulance, sheriff deputies, State Park Rangers, and Mendocino County Probation officers all helped with garden hoses. Then Fort Bragg Fire got to the scene and extinguished the fire which got about 10 feet of the Mobile Home property fence line. The Chief of Police put out a statement to thank three officers for their quick work.

The application deadline has been extended for certain applications for city seats in Lakeport. If you’re interested in being on the Planning Commission, Measure Z Advisory Committee or Economic Development Advisory Committee the application deadlines have been extended to December 1st with work beginning in January.  All of the positions are voluntary. You can go to the city’s website to find the Community News Topic, “Now Recruiting: Commission/Committee Openings,” or under the “Government” tab (Committees & Commissions). For more info, contact the Deputy City Clerk Hilary Britton at 707-263‑5615, Extension 102, or by email at hbritton@cityoflakeport.com.

To save money in Fort Bragg, the city council has decided to appoint a new councilmember after the mayor resigned. They could have had a special election, but that would have cost the city $15,000. So after nobody ran against anyone on the city council in the general election a few weeks ago, the council put together an ad hoc committee to work on appointing someone to the opening. On Monday the council hld their meeting virtually and discussed Mayor, William Lee’s impending departure. He also thanked the city for his time there. He’s leaving for a job in the Bay Area.

A new report on Covid-19 in California shows we’re hitting our highest daily numbers since the pandemic began. Thousands of cases are being reported everyday blowing past the day before. Lake County gaining on the purple tier after reporting another death and in Mendocino County over 100 cases in 3 days time. On Monday several counties were reporting their highest numbers yet. Los Angeles County, with the most people in the state reported a record day Monday too. Orange County’s daily average was doubling over ten days, San Diego, every 12 days. More Calif. residents are in the hospital too, since any time since August 11th.

A man from Lakeport accused of carrying a concealed weapon in public will move forward with a jury trial. At Michael Dore’s preliminary hearing the court found sufficient cause against Dore for shooting his gun at someone too. He’s charged with carrying a loaded firearm in a public place, carrying a firearm that is capable of being concealed, permitting other person to carry a firearm in vehicle and assault with firearm on person. He pleaded not guilty last month for the September incident where someone ripped off a bunch of firearms from another man who fingered Dore as the suspect. He was accused too of shooting at someone at Highland Springs Reservoir for which there were witnesses. He’s held in jail on $300,000 bail and is set to be back in court December 1st.

Final Mendocino County Election results:

Joe Biden 51% Pres. Trump 43%

Congressman Jared Huffman 55%

Assemblyman Jim Wood 54% Doug Crane and Josefina Duenas for the Ukiah City Council and Mo Mulheren and Glenn McGourty for the Board of Supervisors.

The state secretary of health is urging residents not to gather outside of your immediate household for Thanksgiving. Dr. Mark Ghaly says the state is once again fighting a surge in cases and hospitalizations. He says it’s not too late to cancel plans or limit what you’re doing to immediate family. The state is also asking residents to avoid nonessential travel and say anyone who’s coming to Calif. should quarantine for two weeks. The state is preparing for another wave of cases in coming weeks and ahead of Christmas where there will no doubt be more gatherings. One million travelers reportedly went through Los Angeles International Airport on Monday alone as the state sets records including an 81% increase in hospitalizations. Dr. Ghaly says 12% of those who get the virus end up in the hospital.

Fort Bragg Police are giving out Thanksgiving meals. Tomorrow the Community Thanksgiving Meal Distribution is at the Presbyterian Church and other locations for those who are homeless. They’ll be at the Pudding Creek Trestle Parking Lot at 11:00 am for only 15 minutes, 11:30 am at the Fort Bragg City Hall Parking Lot, also for just 15 minutes, then onto the Safeway Corner Franklin at Walnut at noon, 12:30 pm at Boatyard Petersons Parking Lot (at the McDonald’s by A Frame Field).

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