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Mendocino Deputies say they’ve arrested a woman from Covelo for being armed and possessing drugs. Last Thursday a patrol deputy conducted a traffic stop, finding Raven Young in the driver’s seat. The deputy searched her car finding a loaded .40 caliber pistol in a backpack. The backpack was in the passenger area along with a glass meth pipe and a baggie of meth. She was arrested but released due to the pandemic. Her charges include possession of loaded firearm in public, possession of controlled substance while armed with loaded firearm and possession of controlled substance. 

A man from Ukiah’s been arrested on a warrant for a robbery and burglary. Deputies served Reginald Faber, III with the warrant Friday evening at a home on South Oak Street. He was taken into custody without a problem and booked into jail on $200,000.00 bail.

A town councilwoman from Windsor who says the mayor sexually abused her has reportedly sent a letter to his lawyer warning him not to release any potentially compromising videos of her. The Press Democrat reports Councilwoman Esther Lemus said she was assaulted by Mayor Dominic Foppoli after he slipped drugs into her drinks at his winery and another time. She says Foppoli told her the camera at his winery in the tasting room recorded them. She reported it to the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office. Foppoli has been accused by 6 other women of sex crimes and a recall effort to oust him from office has also started.  The state Attorney General’s Office has taken over the case after the Sonoma County DA recused her since Lemus is a deputy district attorney.

Caltrans warning to be mindful as they begin a 6 month long project along the 101 to replace culverts. The work is on an 8-mile stretch of the freeway in northern Sonoma County so there will be one-lane closures between Dry Creek Road in Healdsburg and Canyon Road in Geyserville. Caltrans reports the 25 culverts have reached the end of their useful life. The work is being done overnights Sunday through Thursday, from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. with one mile long lane closures.

A couple hundred people losing their jobs with Kaiser Permanente as operational changes eliminated the positions in Northern California. The company sent a statement about being one of the largest employers in the state of Calif. But Kaiser is cutting positions at the same time. They informed the Service Employees International Union-United Healthcare Workers West so they could help them find other work. But some union workers say that’s not true, and they just found out last week. Kaiser says they told the unions before informing employees and union leaders asked for a delay. 

As summer approaches both Clearlake and Lakeport are planning some before times events but keeping the pandemic top of mind.  Lake Co News reports both cities are starting summer and fall event planning as the state plans to fully reopen by mid-June. Clearlake is looking to restart their July 4th celebrations after a drive-in event last year. There was no parade or festival due to the pandemic. In Lakeport they’ve also decided to have their Independence Day celebrations this year and are also adding back the Lake County Farmers’ Finest downtown farmers markets on Tuesdays in Library Park amongst other events.

The FCC wants residents to report back to them on their Speed Test App about broadband speeds, or the lack thereof. They’re doing a Broadband Data Collection to show network performance. The agency says it’s to close the gap between “digital haves and have nots” and are working to build a comprehensive, user-friendly data set on broadband availability. They say the speed tests they’re collecting will help them provide improved coverage and show where broadband is actually available across the country.  You can find the app in the Google Play Store for Android devices, and in the Apple App Store for iOS devices.

A campaign has launched to help keep Governor Newsom in office. The recall petitions turned up enough signatures for a recall to be on the ballot to oust Newsom. There are also several candidates already lined up, not unlike when former Democratic Governor Gray Davis was recalled and scores of folks were on the ballot, and actor Arnold Schwarzenegger won. The California Democratic Party is behind the effort to keep Newsom in office, conducting a launch party of sorts on Zoom. A political consultant to the Gov. called it a kick-off of the anti-recall campaign.

Wasted doses of the coronavirus vaccine reported after about three months of inoculating the masses. The worst offenders, CVS and Walgreens. Of the nearly 183,000 wasted doses, CVS was responsible for almost 50%, then Walgreens at 21%. The data from the CDC shows there were more wasted doses of the hard to store Pfizer vaccine, which needs to be kept at below freezing temperatures. It represented 60% of the wasted doses. CVS says almost all of the waste happened during the rush to rollout the vaccine during the Trump administration who wanted to get residents and staff members of long-term care facilities shots first. Walgreens didn’t specify why its doses were wasted.

The Ukiah offices for the Cancer Resource Centers of Mendocino County are moving. The building they’re in has been used as a rental, but now at its 25th anniversary they’re moving to self-owned quarters at 275 W. Gobbi St. in late May. They were apparently able to purchase the building thanks to a large gift from the T.R. Eriksen Foundation. The Executive Director for the Centers says it’s a more welcoming space. They are also in the midst of raising another $50,000 to remodel some of their projects and received an anonymous pledge of $5,000. They have been helping about 500 clients/year and also have an office in Fort Bragg.  

A 45 acre outdoor classroom in Ukiah as part of the public school district has reopened. The Daily Journal reports the Redwood Valley Outdoor Education Project has reopened for the first time in more than a year, due to the pandemic. The newspaper reports their Outdoor Education Specialist was on site since March of 2020 for upkeep, but they were not offering any classes. The final class last March was from Calpella Elementary, and the same teacher was the first class back too. The land has been cleared too for fire safety. And students who return are reminded about public health safety measures.

It’s a sellers’ market along the Mendocino Coast. The Daily Journal reports fewer houses are under construction due to the pandemic and rentals are hard to come by. The newspaper reports speaking to area realtors who say there are two main reasons for the booming market, more remote workers coming from the Bay Area with loads of money, and those living along the coast for a while, have no intention of leaving. And for those renting, more vacation rentals has made finding a place a real challenge.

Folks living in the mobile home community of Little River called The Woods, are reportedly banding together to become a cooperative. The residents own their homes, but not the sites, they rent those. They were informed their community was for sale and that might mean higher rents. They’re located across from a 55+ community of apartments and near the airport in a forested area, also near a golf course, historic cemetery and the Little River Inn which was built in the 1850’s. The Woods is expected to be sold this month as it’s on the open real estate market.

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