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19 New cases of Covid-19 reported in Mendocino County. That brings the total in the 20 months since the start of the pandemic to 8,032. Of the new cases, Ukiah reported 12 while there were s new cases in the North County area and 1 in the South Coast. Hospitalizations have dropped by 18, to 137. Also, the number of people in quarantine has dropped by 7 to 123. Officials continue to urge boosters for those who have completed the first series of shots and shots for children between 5 and 12.

The Ukiah City Council has voted to form a committee to look over the city streets policy and recommend how new roadwork can take the needs of pedestrians and cyclists into account. City Manager Sage Sangiacomo says the goal is to develop more educational material for discussion. He says the committee will also give the council direction about making bicyclists and pedestrians as important as drivers when redesigning a street or planning a new one. Council members Mari Rodin and Douglas Crane will sit on that special committee. Mendovoice.com reports the council meeting this week was quick—only 19 minutes. The council’s next regular meeting on December 1st has been canceled. Members won’t meet again until December 15th for a regular session and the Mayor’s annual holiday reception.

A draft groundwater sustainability plan for the Big Valley area of Lake County is out. Lake Co News reports the plan, is now available for review and comment until December 3rd. The deadline for final plan submission is January 31st. The state requires such a sustainability proposal under an act passed In 2015. There are several ways you can comment, including mail, e mail and at the Lake County Water Resources Department on Forbes St. in Lakeport. The department has more information about the plan and how you can weigh in. Deputy Water Resources Director Marina Deligiannis says Big Valley Basin groundwater is listed as a medium priority by the state Department of Water Resources.

The Mendocino County Executive Office is having a town hall regarding the Hopkins Fire cleanup. The County’s Prevention, Recovery, Resiliency, and Mitigation Division is hosting the virtual meetup for victims of the fire this summer. You will have an opportunity to write in with questions and county representatives will be on hand to provide resources and answer questions and address community concerns about fire recovery programs, including Small Business Administration Loans and Debris Removal. It’s happening Monday at 4:00 pm. 

How to attend:

To join via Zoom, click the link: https://mendocinocounty.zoom.us/s/83783059196

To join via phone, dial: +1 669 900 9128 and enter the webinar ID: 837 8305 9196

If joining via phone please use *6 to Toggle mute/unmute & *9 to Raise hand

The webinar will also be streaming live on the County’s YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/mendocinocountyvideo)

 How to submit your questions and comments:

E-mail questions and comments in advance to: disasterrecovery@mendocinocounty.org

Phase 2 of the Hopkins Fire cleanup has been approved by the State of California. But those impacted must fill out a Right of Entry form for the work to begin, unless you are using a private company for the work. The forms are due into the county by December 10th. CalRecycle is managing Phase II which is basically taking out whatever burn debris has been left behind. Debris removal bids are being accepted until December 3rd with cleanup set to start by the middle or end of December.

A former college professor in Sonoma County has been indicted for starting four wildfires in Northern Calif. A federal grand jury indicted Gary Stephen Maynard for fires that started in July and August near the Dixie Fire, the second biggest fire in Calif. history. Federal prosecutors blame Maynard for starting the Cascade and Everitt fires in July and the Ranch and Conard Fires in Aug.  He became a person of interest after getting his car stuck near one of the fires then similar tire tracks were seen near another fire. The former Santa Clara University and Sonoma State University professor has denied any wrongdoing.

And just like the pandemic never happened, the Northern Nights Music Festival is back in full force. Next summer, the outdoor festival will return again to the Redwood Forest at Cook’s Valley Campground in Piercy, on the border of Humboldt/Mendocino counties. The festival includes music, cannabis programming and other activities along the shores of the Eel River.

A man armed with a knife has been arrested at Van Damme State Beach. Reports the guy was making “stabbing motions” ended with Matthew James Gibson of Fort Bragg being hauled off to jail. He’s charged with brandishing a deadly weapon and threats to commit a crime resulting in death or great bodily injury. A Parks Ranger at the scene with deputies and Fort Bragg police say it’s not their first encounter with the man over the last couple months, as some transients have been staying at the state beach for up to a month at a time.

Parents at the latest Willits Unified School District Board of Director’s meeting have once again broached the mask mandate for their kids. The Willits News reports parents in person and over Zoom asked the board to reconsider mandatory mask wearing. One parent had a petition, they also work for the school district, it asks for the board to take another look at outdoor masking as other regional schools do not mandate that, nor does the CDC. Others on hand were in favor of keeping the requirement in place. The School Board President said there could be room for compromise while continuing to keep community members safe, as far as the outdoor masking goes. And the school superintendent said they could end the outdoor mandate in February.

A man from Concord has been arrested by police in Ukiah after he was found with a car stolen from Sacramento. Emil Redzic was reportedly wanted for multiple crimes. The car’s GPS technology tracked it to its spot after it was reported stolen. It was at the McDonald’s in the 1300 block of North State Street that the guy was pulled over. He was ordered out of the car at gunpoint and arrested. There was also a woman in the car with Redzic who was detained, but ultimately released. Redzic is charged with possession of the stolen vehicle, possession of a controlled substance, and displaying false license plates in a vehicle. He was also wanted for a domestic violence incident earlier in the month and was on active probation in Contra Costa County.

The Lakeport City Council has unanimously approved a settlement in a massive opioid case. The deal with several Big Pharma companies with the city reportedly getting a piece of more than a two and a quarter billion dollar settlement with 431 eligible counties and cities. Lake Co News reports the city manager confirmed the city council had to vote on the settlement terms to take part. There was another settlement too that the council had to take action on. Both settlements were in closed session and both were voted unanimously.

If you’re looking for a Thanksgiving meal, the First Presbyterian Church of Fort Bragg is serving Turkey and all the fixins. It’s for coastal residents from Westport to Albion for the 25th year in a row. Event organizers say they’re expecting a record-breaking year, with as many as 1,000 meals to be distributed. Just like last year, the meal is a picnic-style box which can be picked up at the church or delivered directly to homes between Westport and Albion on Thursday, Nov. 25th. Reservations are required by 11 a.m. next Wednesday.

For more information or to download the meal reservation or volunteer forms, visit www.fortbraggpresbyterian.org or call 707-478-7212.

The Mendocino County Public Health Officer schooling the public at the latest Board of Supervisors meeting about rumors swirling around about the pandemic. Dr. Andy Coren says some of the worst misinformation out there is about the vaccines to scare people out of getting them. Dr. Coren says they have had to correct people to say the vaccines are an effective treatment against a very deadly disease, and that people are not dying from the vaccine. He says there is no scientific evidence to prove not getting the vaccine is a better way to deal with the virus, then getting the shots. Some people called into one meeting to say people, including children are dying from the vaccine, for which Coren and some supervisors asked for evidence of that, which was not produced.

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