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A lawsuit is brewing after the police attack on a man who’s family says has severe mental illness. Last week Gerardo Magdaleno was arrested, found unclothed and was tasered and pepper sprayed. Video has emerged showing the man hit in the head and kicked and cursed at. There’s outcry for and against Magdaleno’s takedown. The Police Chief, Justin Wyatt, posted a video of himself on the matter on Facebook saying a full investigation is taking place and Magdaleno has reportedly hired a lawyer. Police say the punches to the head were called distraction strikes. They also claimed he was high on meth. Magdaleno ended up in the hospital after the incident, then again on the weekend. His family says he was off his meds and took LSD the day of his latest arrest. The City Council is having a special session on the matter today, behind closed doors. The names of the police officers involved have not been released, nor do we know if they were put on leave or disciplined.

Three people ended up in the hospital after a head on crash where one driver was accused of driving under the influence on Highway 29 near Lower Lake. The CHP reported the 29 year old driver of one vehicle, Ernesto Martinez of Fairfield had major injuries and was arrested. They say alcohol and drugs were suspected factors in the wreck. The other driver, Stacey Folmar and her 16 year old passenger, Garrett Folmar, both of Lower Lake, also suffered major injuries. Patrol officers say the Saturday crash happened after Martinez who was northbound on Highway 29 went into the opposite side of the highway, hitting Folmar. Also, Martinez was not wearing a seat belt.

State Sen. Mike McGuire’s looking at ways to streamline the way hotel and vacation rentals pay their taxes. McGuire’s bill would help, his office says, to collect millions in revenue across the state to help support vital city and county services, such as fire and police, public health, good roads, and for parks and libraries. Lake Co News reports almost every city and county in the state has transient occupancy taxes which is then usually just turned back around for use to support essential government services. McGuire says his bill will help cities and counties collect their tax revenue by requiring customers to pay when booked online. The bill unanimously passed the Senate Governance and Finance Committee and goes to the Senate Judiciary Committee next.

A medical incident at Orr Hot Springs had local emergency responders on the scene. Mendo Fever reports hearing scanner traffic yesterday that Ukiah Fire, an air ambulance, and volunteer first responders were at the hot springs. One person apparently met them on their own, but a second person, a 74 year old woman had unknown injuries. One of them reported to be “out all night.” First responders were at Montgomery Woods searching for the 74-year-old who had injuries. The Sheriff’s Dept. told Mendo Fever the woman were rescued, describing them as an elderly couple out hiking and the woman fell and got hurt. A man with her called for help. 

A new section of the multi-use trail is done in the Jackson Demonstration Forest. Mendocino Coast Cyclists (MCC) and Cal Fire announced Observatory Trail, which is about 2.2 miles is complete. It links a section for pedestrians, cyclists, and equestrians so they don’t have to use the street to Forest History and Manly Gulch trails. Observatory Trail expands the existing trail system. Those who worked on it say it weaves through a stand of second growth forest where there are redwoods and Douglas fir trees. They say it reaches 1,000 feet elevation, but is fine for all skill levels. 

Routine vegetation management is scheduled in Kelseyville by Pacific Gas and Electric Co. The work on Highway 175 this week where vegetation is overhanging power lines. The utility company work Thursday could affect those driving in the area between mile markers 13.792 and 13.911 on the Highway. You may see tree-trimmers and giant equipment and at least one lane will be closed, possibly both lanes at some point because of the oversized equipment. They will have someone flagging people through or detouring around. The company says it’s inspected about 100,000 miles of overhead power lines for wildfire maintenance work and prunes or removes about one million trees a year too. 

The City of Eureka has hired a San Francisco law firm after an investigative report in the Sacramento Bee about “violent, sexually explicit and demeaning messages” between a squad of six Eureka police officers. The law firm is investigating the report, they’re known apparently for public sector investigations.  The police chief has been open about the agreement with the law firm with local media. The City Manager signed the agreement with the law firm at rates between $125 to $350 an hour and travel. The Police Chief says he shares in the community’s distress and disappointment in the officers and are fully committed to the “process and the appropriate, legally supported outcome.”

A first dose Pfizer vaccination clinic is being held by Mendocino County Public Health. The clinic is Thursday from 1 to 7 p.m., at the Ukiah Fairgrounds, 1055 N State St. You can sign up at or by calling (833) 422-4255. Those who are eligible, including Phase 1 A, Phase 1 B, and those over the age of 50. There are those with certain medical conditions as well who qualify too.  

• Bring a valid ID that has your date of birth and photo.

• If you qualify as a resident of Mendocino County, bring a voucher of your address (mail, rental contract, utility bill, etc.).

• If you qualify for employment in Mendocino County, bring proof of employment (recent paycheck, tax documents, license plate, business card, employer’s letter, etc.) Do not register for a vaccination day if you are not eligible. An eligibility test is required.

State officials are reportedly working on a vaccine passport so that certain activities can start to reopen for those individuals. This according to the news organization Cal Matters. The site says the requirements for a “vaccine passport” — or so those who have proof of vaccination can go to certain gatherings such as weddings, conferences, concerts or theater shows. So starting April 15th, venues that regularly hosted concerts, theater or other events can have large crowds again if they make it mandatory for attendees to show proof either of a negative COVID-19 test or full vaccination. The people who prove they’ve been vaccinated will get access to special sections without social distancing.

Health officials in Sonoma County say they think the county is advancing to the orange tier in the Blueprint to Reopen the Economy. This means some businesses that have been closed for months during the pandemic can reopen and others can expand capacity. It comes though as the CDC director and other health officials have warned there could be a fourth wave of virus coming. Some areas are already experiencing it. The Sonoma County Public Health Officer Dr. Sundari Mase says the county’s close to returning to a sense of normalcy, but not quite yet, adding it would be “tragic to undo all the progress this close to the finish line.”

The Ukiah City Manager has put out a statement regarding the arrest, hospitalization and beating of a man seen wandering naked last week. City Manager Sage Sangiacomo says Ukiah police used many methods to subdue and restrain the man, since identified as Gerardo Magdaleno. And Sangiocomo says there’s now an investigation into the escalation during the incident and whether police principles and protocols were followed. He says the city understands the concern and they’re taking it seriously by launching a full and independent investigation and a separate independent review of existing policies to see if they can be augmented or otherwise improved. He also says they’re hopeful Measure B funds can be used to provide more resources for mentally ill people. Magdaleno’s family said he was mentally ill, was off his meds, and took LSD the day of the incident. They have hired a lawyer as well.

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is working to reduce wildfire risk so they’re hosting an interactive online safety town hall for residents of Mendocino, Humboldt, Trinity and Siskiyou counties. During the meeting the company will address the work they’re doing to prevent wildfires and review its Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) events in 2020. There will be time for Q&A during the noon meeting tomorrow.

The event can be accessed through the link or dial-in below or through PG&E’s website,

Click this link to join:

Attendee Dial-in: (866) 501-6088

Conference ID: 9556119

More information about PG&E’s Community Wildfire Safety Program can be found at

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