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The Mendocino County Public Health Office out with a warning about a local business with COVID19 exposure. Shanachie Pub in Willits had a case of COVID show up last week. So the office warns the public if they were at the pub last Friday, April 15th, they could have been exposed and should get tested. The health office says the facility’s management responded quickly to the positive case and they appreciate their cooperation. Public health says they only publicize the business because contract tracing is nearly impossible.

A woman from Concord has been arrested after a domestic violence dispute in Boonville. The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Dept. reports getting a call to the 14000 block of Highway 128, but when they got there, the reporting party was gone. Then later they got a call from a man who reported he pulled over off Highway 128 because he was assaulted while driving. They reported again to the area finding the man along with Ekaterina Alyabyeva. The two were dating, but deputies say the man had visible injuries on his body, so the woman was arrested. Alyabyeva is charged with Felony Domestic Violence Battery and booked into jail on $25,000.00 bail.

A man from Ukiah has been arrested on various drug charges after Deputies on routine patrol spotted someone parked with their engine idling. Daryan Grivette was contacted and recognized from previous interactions with law enforcement. He’s on active felony probation with terms for a search. Deputies found a commercial quantity of suspected methamphetamine in a backpack, along with some heroin and packaging materials. The Deputies also found a commercial quantity of marijuana inside the vehicle too. So, Grivette was arrested for Possession Controlled Substance For Sale, Felony Transportation Controlled Substance For Sale and Misdemeanor Transportation Marijuana For Sale and held on $35,000.00 bail.

The parents of middle and high schoolers in Calif are going to be warned about the dangers of guns if a new bill passes and makes it to the Governor for signature. The state Senate Education Committee said no to a bill calling the idea an invasion of privacy because it required school officials be informed if guns are kept at a student’s home. Now Sen. Anthony Portantino redrafted the bill, taking out that bit. The new version passed the committee yesterday. Schools would now have to include information in yearly notices about the safe storage of firearms. Similar language in another bill passed the state Assembly.

Mandatory pay for workers impacted by COVID19 may be here until the end of the year. The Legislature had allowed for the benefit to stay in place through September. But now OSHA is considering until the end of the year. The seven-member Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board is taking up the matter at a meeting today. The workplace safety rules are expiring early next month. The California Chamber of Commerce though has come out saying businesses are concerned about the cost of continuing and there’s confusion around the uncapped exclusion pay since the Legislature already approved it.

After a 14-year-old girl from McKinleyville asked her dad to take her to Kentucky to meet a boy she met online, she disappeared. Caitlyn Watkins has been missing since April 8th. Her dad reported she went to school that day, and when he went to pick her up, she wasn’t there. Her mom says she has medicine she needs to take, and she left that and other personal belongings behind. Mom says the girl did call her, but she doesn’t know where she is. Anyone with any info on the 14-year-old is asked to call the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department.

Pacific Gas and Electric Company reports paying property taxes and franchise fees of over $464 million to 50 counties, 246 local cities and one district where the company has gas and electric infrastructure. The CFO of the energy company says the payments are important ways they can help with local economies and support essential public services. Last week PG&E paid over $310 million in property taxes covering January to June of this year. The last tax year of July 1st of 2021 to June 30th of 2022, the company paid over $621 million. Lake County has been paid $1,101,814, Mendocino – $2,220,860 and Sonoma – $10,623,581.

The Hopland Municipal Advisory Council hosted their monthly meeting where they got an update from the Mendocino County Sheriff Matt Kendall and Hopland Fire Chief Mitch Franklin on various happenings. Mendo Fever reports they discussed a Caltrans project downtown, The “Hopland 101 Project”, new pedestrian street lighting during the roadwork, coming back to in-person meetings, and the possibility they’ll host a candidate forum for the 5th District Supervisor race.

The latest on the old Palace Hotel which was in receivership is that it’s sold again. This time, the new buyer said she’d like to upgrade the building to have a marketplace on the first floor featuring shops, restaurants, and bars. Minal Shankar’s vision was revealed at the latest City Council meeting. She is reported to be a former investment banker and venture capitalist in the Bay Area, Canada, and the East Coast who moved to the Ukiah Valley. Mendo Fever reports Shankar has global interests and has worked in executive positions with Brevet Capital, Northgate Capital, and JP Morgan. She attended the prestigious Stern School of Business at New York University. The Palace was in receivership and sold to a couple with local motel and hotel operations and the receivership was dissolved two weeks ago. And Shankar has entered into a purchase agreement for the building.

The Lakeport City Council will allow spending over $1.1 million in federal money that came from the first stimulus after COVID started. The money from the American Rescue Plan Act to be used on a trio of projects. City staff gathered info on what was a priority after the first chunk of money arrived from the Fed last July. The other half of the stimulus is supposed to arrive in the next year. There is roadwork on South Main Street that will cost almost $2 million dollars, renovations at the Silveira Community Center at $1.3 million; and water and sewer projects that all add up to over $2 million. It ended with a vote to use the money on road projects and await funding for the rest.

The Ukiah City Council has approved a permit for a cannabis business to take up three vacant suites by The Ukiah Library. The business applied already, so the permit was just renewed. But the City of Ukiah Zoning Administrator told the council there needed to be major improvements to the “blighted” building within six months. He said there is no business at the site and he wanted to know what the status of the project was. The permit applicant Wine Country Cannasseurs said they ran into difficulty when COVID hit. They were told if they got the business online within six months and made cosmetic improvements to the building so it doesn’t look blighted, then the permit would continue for one year.

Mendocino College’s Ag. Dept. is holding a plant sale. It’s the first time in two years the spring sale has happened, due to the pandemic. It’s happening during two weekends, this weekend, April 22-23 and next weekend, the 29-30. They’re opened on sale days from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. They report having thousands of vegetable starts, annual and perennial plants. You can also shop online at their website if you want to and pick up your plants later, boxed and ready. That isn’t available though until May 5th, with pickups from May 9 to May 13.

The Cobb Area Council will adopt the Cobb Mountain community resilience and development strategy at their next meeting. The meeting on Zoom tonight after two years of work on the project. They got a grant from the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco and the Community First Credit Union for long term development. A local nonprofit put together after the Valley Fire, the Seigler Springs Community Redevelopment Association (SSCRA) aims to help communities vulnerable to disasters so they can organize and plan for the future. They follow the model, “Community Capitals”: natural, built, social, financial, cultural, political and human, to focus on community. They say they are looking at renewal and regeneration over the next ten years. You’ll be able to see the finished project at the currently under construction Cobb Area Council website soon.

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