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Some folks in Ukiah who lost power are reportedly back with service. Police reported someone flying a mylar balloon that was let go may have been to blame as it became stuck in powerlines. A city utility worker was working on the issue yesterday after the balloon caused a blown fuse. There were social media reports that folks heard a loud boom before the power flickered off.

A pretty decent sized earthquake has shaken a large swatch of Northern Calif. The Director of the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, Mark Ghilarducci put out a statement late last night about the large earthquake west of Petrolia in Humboldt County. He said the Governor and all Californians are offering support along the North Coast to their colleagues impacted by the 6.2 magnitude earthquake. His office, and other state agencies including Caltrans, the CHP, the California Health and Human Services Agency and CalFire were working closely with local first responders and emergency managers to evaluate damage to roads, bridges, medical facilities and other infrastructure and coordinating on impacts to the communities. He also said their early warning technology worked and warned 2,500 individuals before the shaking started.

Willits Daily Bread is at it again, providing residents a warm meal, other food items, and necessities to stay warm in the cold. The organization provides four dinners a week for all who may be hungry. And there’s a special holiday meal being provided this Thursday. The Willits Daily Bread organizer says they’ve been distributing about 50 meals/day. And right now they are asking the public for cookie donations for this week’s holiday meal. If you’re so inclined, you can drop off the sweets today and tomorrow between 4-5:30 p.m. or Thursday between 4- 4:30 p.m. at St. Francis in the Redwood Episcopal Church on 66 East Commercial Street.

Walmart is in trouble with the state. The Calif. Atty. General is suing the giant retailer for illegally dumping over 1 million batteries, aerosol cans of insect killer and other products, including toxic cleaning supplies, electronic waste and latex paints into California landfills. The company calls the lawsuit filed against them yesterday “unjustified.” But Atty. General Rob Bonta says even big box stores, like regular folks, need to dump unwanted goods properly. This isn’t the first time too, the company, with over 300 stores in the state, was sued in 2010 for a similar reason and paid out $25 million to settle and agreed to stop the practice. Other states have also sued and won against Walmart.

A man from Ukiah accused of leading cops on a chase crashes and injures two people. The CHP says they arrested Dustin Blakesly Sunday afternoon by Gobbi and Main streets. Deputies tried to pull the guy over after a traffic violation and he took off. They say he went onto the southbound 101 with CHP officers joining the chase by Highway 175 which then continued on side streets and into the city of Ukiah. He then crashed into another car coming out of the Safeway parking lot on Gobbi. He was finally nabbed after he tried running from the crash and is suspected to have been driving drunk. He also had warrants out for his arrest, including driving without a valid license and domestic battery. The injuries on the two others he hit were described as minor to moderate.

Sherwood Oaks, a nursing home in Ft. Bragg is reportedly still dealing with the impact of the pandemic. The facility has lost staff the last year who resigned due to the virus or because the nursing home had to reduce the number of residents it takes care of. They have about half the amount they are licensed for. The Daily Journal reports the administrator of the nursing home said they need about 55 residents to break even; they have under 40. They’ve also been using traveling nurses which cost almost three times the amount they would normally pay. Plus traveling nurses are also in short supply nationwide. The administrator is also retiring at the end of the year, next week, and there’s a shortage of qualified nursing home administrators too. Sherwood Oaks leases their space and there’s a pending sale of the building too which has been putting off its maintenance. All of this has reportedly been reported to the state, which is required by law.

Reports out of Humboldt County that folks really felt that earthquake that hit off the coast of Eureka outside of a town called Petrolia. Shaker reports came from up north in Medford and down south in Carmel. Kym Kemp reports a Humboldt State Geology professor told them the 6.2 temblor was in the Mendocino triple junction region, which she called “a complex zone of faults and deformation”. There are three major fault systems there she says, where three large plates meet.  And yesterday afternoon the National Weather Service in Eureka tweeted there was never a threat of a tsunami. There were however several reports of aftershocks throughout the day. 

Special election ballots have gone out for those in the Kelseyville Fire Protection District and today’s the day to turn them in. Measure A on the ballot to be counted tonight after the 8pm deadline, like any other election day. It’s a non-polling election though, all mail, only. It’s only for the fire district to establish a community facilities district (CFD) through the Mello-Roos Community Facilities Act of 1982. That’s a special tax district a public agency can form to get more money. Measure A would bring in more money by authorizing a bond to construct a new station on the Soda Bay corridor and to replace old equipment.

Cannabis businesses and other stakeholders statewide are asking the Governor and the Legislature to help what they’re calling an unavoidable market collapse. At a gathering to discuss a letter they drafted together and supported by industry leaders, dispensary owners, manufacturers, distributors and farmers, they said the industry could collapse. They’re looking for a change to the tax code, because with the new year, cultivation tax rates will reflect an inflation adjustment. They want the cultivation tax suspended immediately.

The redistricting maps are done. After the 2020 US Census, the 2020 California Citizens Redistricting Commission reporting wrapping up and approving the final maps for the state’s congressional, Senate, Assembly and Board of Equalization districts. The 11 member Commission was set to meet today to finalize all. The Commission Chair says she and her colleagues answered the call to serve the state and finished up the process without interjecting politics into the equation to achieve fairer and more equitable maps. Lake County is now in one district, 4 after a decade of being split into two, 3 and 5.

The City of Lakeport and Lake County have reportedly entered an agreement for the annexation of the South Lakeport area. An announcement was put out on Monday about the arrangement for a draft sales tax agreement for both the Lakeport City Council and Board of Supervisors to each consider next month. It’s about 137 acres, made up of 50 parcels, across from South Main Street and Soda Bay Road. Lake Co News reports it’s one of the most lucrative commercial areas in Lake County. The city looking for the annexation for years and wanted it done in 2019, but the county was not on board until now. The two parties say residents and businesses in the annexation area will have improved fire protection, access to public water, emergency resiliency through installation of fire hydrants and municipal law enforcement.

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