Skip navigation

Governor Newsom, outlining the state budget surplus for the coming year — and it is a LOT:

NEWSOM2 “Here’s the number you have been waiting for, the surplus. The projected operating suplus for the state of California in the May revision is just shy of 100 billion dollars simply without precedent….” :13

The governor calls the 98.7 billion dollars the biggest state budget excess ever in the US. The money will move into the governor’s revised 22-23 budget. Among the additions, full implementation of universal medical coverage for all Californians and more than 11 billion dollars in tax rebates That means $400 in your pocket for every vehicle you own, up to $800. Billions of other tax breaks and credits are part of the plan too. The governor also wants an emergency increase in the state minimum wage to $15.50 an hour. It would kick in if the inflation rate passes 7 percent annually. That number comes out in July.

Money’s available for folks in Lake County who want to replace their old wood stoves. The county’s Air Quality Management District has funding available for projects that can be finished up by the end of June. This is for those who have an uncertified woodstove or fireplace insert who want a new, EPA-certified wood, electric or gas device. You may also qualify if you have a wood-burning fireplace which you use as a primary source of heat. It’s all part of the Woodsmoke Reduction Program which offers vouchers to low-income households, up to $5,000 and everyone else, up to $2,500. Installation is normally on the homeowner.

Send applications by email to LCAQMD@ LCAQMD.NETor in person at the District office located at 2617 S. Main St., Lakeport, CA 95453 or online at: WWW.LCAQMD. NET. Applications must be received by June 1, 2022 to be considered.

A PG&E helicopter has crashed injuring two people. The pilot and a man who was hanging by a cable as part of a training exercise. It was mid-week in the Livermore area, near the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, where there are a bunch of factories and industrial buildings. A spokesperson with the National Transportation Safety Board reported both people ended up in the hospital. PG&E said after the crash the chopper was owned and operated by a contractor who was doing a training exercise and crashed into some PG&E training poles. Apparently, this is a routine exercise where power line workers are hoisted into the sky and suspended by a cable from underneath the aircraft. Management says nobody was seriously injured.

The public health director in Sonoma County says even though the latest couple of COVID variants from Omicron are widespread, the community is in a much better place than in the beginning of the pandemic. During a Zoom meeting Wednesday, Dr. Sundari Mase said, it’s difficult to know what lies ahead, but she feels optimistic. She says state models indicate the latest wave may be peaking now and she’s cautiously optimistic case numbers will be on the decline again soon. The seven day average of new cases as of Wednesday in Sonoma County was around 27 new daily cases per 100,000 residents. That could be higher as folks test themselves at home and may not report into their system.

A Ukiah resident asking if they can keep a beehive behind their house, got the a-ok. The city has reportedly approved two residential beehives within the city limits now. The Daily Journal reports the Zoning Administrator and Community Development Director for the city gave the green light for Teresa Kiedrowski to have a single hive in the backyard of her home on Nokomis Drive. She has about a quarter acre of land and the beehive would face her home and gardens, but could be moved. There must be a six-foot wall or hedge between the bee hive and an adjacent site, and it has to be faced away from other property lines or structures.

Some Middletown High Schoolers taking a floral design class will place wreaths in honor of Veterans on Memorial Day weekend. The Lake County Military Honors Team will offer the ceremony and a veteran Chaplin will lead an Invocation. 4H is in charge of the flag ceremony and a local Girl Scout Troop and Daisy Troop will help place the wreaths and add a flag to each of the 224 Veteran’s graves. District 1 Supervisor Moke Simon III, Tribal Chair of the Middletown Rancheria Band of Pomo Indians will be the guest speaker and will read the names of the Veterans buried at Middletown Rancheria. Jim Comstock, former District 1 Supervisor, will read the names of the Veterans buried in the Middletown Cemetery.

The Acting Forest Supervisor for the Mendocino National Forest says per her calculations there would be no significant impact for the North Shore restoration project’s environmental assessment. The project was put together for community wildfire safety improvements, like fuel reduction in the wildland urban interface and restoring and reforesting burned areas from the 2018 Ranch Fire. The project area is in Lake County, outside of Upper Lake, about 11 miles near communities on the north and northeast shores of Clear Lake. They’re accepting public objections for the next month and should have a final decision a couple weeks after that.

After a bunch of cell phone lines and land lines went out across Mendocino County, it’s been revealed it was a Comcast contractor who was responsible. The contractor reportedly drilled through fiber optic cable needed for phone and internet service, twice. The first was on Tuesday, that’s when thousands lost service for about a day. Then yesterday, Supervisor Williams, who was tweeting status updates the whole time the first incident happened, said there was another incident which caused damage to a fiber optic line, so some people couldn’t get or make calls, get internet service, or dial 911. It all happened near Fort Bragg. Williams also says he’s been in touch with the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services to try to get to the bottom of the issue.

The Mendocino County Fire Safe Council announced they’ll be at the Homebrew Festival and Wildfire Safety Expo at Anderson Valley Brewing in Boonville. The event is next Saturday, the 21st, from 3–6 pm. There will be homebrewers of beers, ciders, meads, and more fermented beverages from the area all competing in the Brewer’s Choice awards. There will also be family fun activities and food for purchase. The Wildfire Safety Expo features information and service providers along with fire demonstrations and tips on how to stay fire safe.

More information about both events may be found at

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: