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A hospital in Northern California has been fined thousands of dollars for not reporting a recent outbreak where an employee ended up dying. Kaiser Permanente San Jose Medical Center fined $43,000 January 5 for “failure to timely report 43 cases involving personnel who tested positive between December 27, 2020 and January 1, 2021.” Local reports say the amount of cases has grown to over 90 now. That included 77 members of Kaiser’s staff along with 15 patients. Santa Clara County came with the fine citing to CNN that the hospital needs to be “responsible for complying with all applicable public health orders and work safety regulations, including timely reporting of cases and all required follow-ups”. Apparently public health officials are still investigating how the outbreak started.

If you’ve received a call from Public Health that you can go to the Redwood Empire Fairgrounds to get your vaccination for coronavirus, you’re out of luck. Late yesterday the County sent out a statement that it was a “roaring success”, so much that they have no more shots to give out this week. The Public Health Office was calling people over 75 to come get their first shot. They filed into a line outside in cold, misty weather, only to leave or be turned away. The County said later the vaccination clinics for this week were FULL and they’re not accepting any more recipients. The clinics, they said, are for qualified groups based on State guidelines and are not public vaccination clinics. Any other information on upcoming vaccination events are going to be posted on the county’s website and social media pages.  

Three Northern Calif. Congressmembers have voted to impeach Donald Trump. Lake Co News reports Congressmen Mike Thompson and John Garamendi voted yay to impeach yesterday. Jared Huffman indicated just before the vote, that he too would be a yes. There was only one Article of Impeachment, Inciting an Insurrection.  It was related to the siege at the US Capitol last Wednesday, January 6th. This is the first time in history a President has been impeached two times. The first impeachment for the president came one year ago for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress related to a call the president had with the president of Ukraine. Trump is the third president to be impeached.

The Sheriff’s Office reports arresting a man for evading a peace officer and reckless driving. Apparently Marcelino Anguiano had been on the run since reports of a vandalism. Deputies found him in the 1700 block of South Dora Street and arrested him. He’s held on $25,000.00 bail.

2 men from Ukiah have been arrested related to a stolen car earlier this week. The Sheriff’s office reports getting a call Monday after a truck repair business reported seeing two people in a pickup truck that had been left for repairs. They called the owner of the truck who said nobody they knew would be there. So a deputy reported to the business and found the two men after finding the pickup had been broken into and it appeared there was a hot wire attempt. Deputies say the dashboard was damaged and loose wires were cut. Mason Harris recently released by the court for second degree burglary, and Patrick Schuetz on parole, found with tools on him used commonly in burglaries.  Charges against the pair include attempted car theft, burglary and conspiracy. They were booked but released from jail due to rules around the COVID19 pandemic.

 UC Hopland Research and Extension announcing ways to get out and enjoy nature in the midst of the pandemic. The center says small groups or pods can go explore, not only hiking trails, but the lamb barn. The visits this month, and possibly next on Saturdays. The lambing tours include a guided “find the lost sheep” walk to the barn, a visit with the lambs and a chance to bottle feed an orphan lamb. They say they’ll also talk about how they produce sustainable fibers, fire fuel reduction, animal husbandry, and how they care for the lambs. Lambing time tours are at 10am, 11am and 12pm. And self-guided hikes have great views across Hopland out to Duncan’s Peak. 9 people at the most in one social pod, and you have to follow all Mendocino County Health Orders and Research Center safety rules. There’s a suggested price of $100 per group for the lamb tours; or $10 per person for the self-guided hikes.

Further details and online registration at: http://bit.ly/HRECEvents. Contact Hannah Bird at hbird@ucanr.edu or call (707) 744 1424 ext. 105 for further information or questions.

Since the Governor announced the next tier of residents could get the COVID19 vaccine, in Sonoma County residents 65 to 74 can join those 75 and older to get the shots. The county’s Public Health Officer Dr. Sundari Mase says though that the next tier, or Phase 1B depends how many doses they get from the state and how many in the priority tier of healthcare workers want to be vaccinated. She says the group of 65-74 includes tens of thousands of people. Hundreds are being vaccinated at this point, though the county has received thousands of doses, but they include second doses for some who already got inoculated in the first group last month.

Students attending University of California campuses are coming back to mostly in person learning this fall. The announcement Monday for students at 10 campuses will get to return. The president said they’re monitoring the pandemic and planning for a safe return of students in person. A statement by UC says the vaccines becoming available to students, staff and faculty will allow the campuses to go back to in person instead of virtual learning and that students will have to be “vigilant in all critical prevention efforts.” The campus were hit hard financially by the pandemic, they say, losing hundreds of millions in housing and dining, plus enrollment dropped as some students didn’t want to learn online.

Parents along with kids in Lake County hoping to get back to youth sporting have some hope ahead. “Let Them Play CA” is a statewide campaign with parents, coaches and youth advocates rallying this week on the issue. Locally tomorrow at 4 p.m. in Courthouse Museum Park. Community members are invited to a peaceful rally to support local youth sports teams. The movement is new, just put together in the last couple of weeks, but already has over 31,000 Facebook fans. There will be speakers at the rally talking about how to get back to courts and fields. COVID19 cases have not been that high in kids nationwide. In Calif., there are some school sports allowed, including cross country, golf, skiing and snowboarding, swimming and diving, tennis and track and field. If you attend the rally tomorrow they ask that you follow coronavirus public health best practices. 

The first meeting of the year for the Lakeport Planning Commission featuring new commissioners taking the oath of office then discussing the idea of a microenterprise home kitchen operation. The proposed pilot program for the microenterprise was already approved by the Board of Supervisors in November. It’s basically allowing kitchen operators at home to prepare meals for others, but they can’t profit more than $50,000/year.  They can also only make up to 30 meals a day, or 60/week. The program would run thru the end of June and allow two permits a month and only two per supervisorial district.

Help is needed at the vaccine clinics in Ukiah. North Coast Opportunities is asking people to reach out to the fairgrounds for help until 4 pm today, and tomorrow from 8:30-12, 1-4 or all day @ Carl Purdy Hall. Contact Kaitlynn directly at kyoung@ncoinc.org or 707-620-5063. Also tomorrow afternoon from 10-3 @ the Ukiah Valley Conference Center: contact Tami Bartolomei, tbartolemei@cityofukiah.com. You do have to register thru North Coast’s Volunteer Network as they’re handling all of the volunteers for the vaccines this week.  They say they will probably need even more volunteers too as the vaccine rollout continues to ramp up.

SAT and ACT are no longer necessary. A committee has found instead that the Smarter Balanced exam is better than either of the other two exams as it aligns with standards taught in California public schools and other UC admission requirements. The UC Board of Regents will take up the matter next week and no final decision has been made. A working group on the idea against the Smarter Balanced test as a way to choose students for admission though.

A mobile home park in Ukiah has a fire, and one of the homes there has been gutted. The fire yesterday at Rancho del Rey Estates, but nobody was injured, maybe a household pet, likely not a dog though. Neighbors tell Mendo Fever a man was charging his car battery which sparked. He ran into his house to grab a fire extinguisher, but it was too late, the car ignited and spread to the man’s home, destroying the inside. PG&E reported to the scene to turn natural gas off and fire trucks also arrived. The mobile home park is located on the corner of Leslie Ave. and Gobbi Street.

A recall effort to remove Gov. Gavin Newsom is being called a coup. Democrats calling out the effort and comparing it to the insurrection at the US Capitol last week. The Calif. Democratic Party Chair says the recall effort should instead be called ‘the California coup’ and further blames right-wing conspiracy theorists, white nationalists, anti-vaxxers and groups encouraging violence against democratic institutions. The San Diego mayor who’s a former Assemblymember, Todd Gloria says there’s a “straight line from the horrible events of last week in Washington D.C. to the current events here in California.” One of the recall organizers has reportedly been posting extremist views on social media, including one saying undocumented Californians should be “microchipped.”

Cannavine, a marijuana dispensary on Airport Park Boulevard has had its permit renewed. The Zoning Dept. approved of the business saying a visit showed it to be clean, tidy and well managed with good security. Ukiah police had not reported any crime associated with the business so the renewal was approved. They’re the only cannabis dispensary in Ukiah city limits.

Mendocino board members take up the failing freezer at Adventist Health were 800 doses of the coronavirus vaccine had to be quickly distributed. They also spoke about hiring more deputies due to an uptick in drug dealing and organized crime. 830 doses of the Moderna vaccine about to go bad as a refrigerator failed. The CEO of the hospital and Medical Officer say they made calls and gave the shot beyond the recommended tiers so they didn’t waste any vaccines. The health department said they’re working better to make sure all freezers are in working order. Some doses given at the jail and to county staff, and rumor has it some donors of the hospital had a chance to get the shot too, but we haven’t confirmed that.

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