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A new report says even though Calif., is one of the richest states in the nation, it has some of the poorest residents. The Public Policy Institute of California reports last July, 1 in 6 Californians were not “in poverty but lived fairly close to the poverty line” and that 34% of the state is “poor or near poor.” And the 25 lowest earning counties include some in the Emerald Triangle. Trinity County was the lowest earning in the state, Humboldt was the fifth lowest. Lake County is the sixth lowest earning county in California and Del Norte, seventh. Mendocino County was somewhat better, but still down there as the thirteenth lowest earning county in the state. But apparently Trinity, Humboldt, Del Norte, and Lake were better off during the worst days of the pandemic than Mendocino, and also Sonoma, Marin, and most Bay Area counties in general.

A woman walking along Highway 20 in Nice has been hit and killed. Later on, William Len was arrested after being connected to the 2013 Toyota Sienna that reportedly hit Amanda Arney.  Search warrants were served after an investigation by the Lake County Sheriff’s Office and Len was found in Clearlake. He’s charged with felony hit-and-run and vehicular manslaughter and booked into Lake County Jail.

Nearly 2 dozen projects have gotten the greenlight by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, including one in Lake County. Grant money from Proposition 1 will pay for projects to restore and protect multi-benefit ecosystem restoration and protection. $26 million dollars-worth of work, with almost all going to 15 projects across the state. About 5 more for the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. That includes $350,000 for the Big Valley Band of Pomo Indians for work in the Kelsey Creek Fish Passage. There are more projects under consideration. You can read all about the Prop. 1 Restoration Grant Programs and apply for a grant at the agency’s website: http://www.wildlife.ca.gov/grants.

A new report under Proposition 13 shows it’s still an obstacle to buy a home in the state of Calif., if you’re not a white person. The report says white homeowners get yearly property tax benefits that people of color do not. The law works out to give a more than 80% higher break on average than Black homeowners and over twice the tax breaks for Latinos. The report shows unequal wealth building in Calif., which has the second-lowest rate of homeownership in the nation. The Opportunity Institute and Pivot Learning, a nonprofit, did the study. They looked at four decades of information about government revenue, the housing market and its impact on generations of homeowners.

Tens of thousands of public safety employees in California are finally getting pandemic bonuses. 42,000 workers are getting $1,500 each due to union agreements. The Newsom administration negotiated with unions for state correctional officers, California Highway Patrol officers and public safety employees, from park rangers to lifeguards. They’ve been campaigning for the bonuses since early on in the pandemic. Many state workers could work remotely, but public safety personnel were on the front lines, dealing with several outbreaks at prisons, hospitals and other state facilities. The money’s for those who are part of the California Correctional Peace Officers Association, the California Association of Highway Patrolmen and the California Statewide Law Enforcement Association, according to agreements posted by the Human Resources Department.

At last weeks public health update in Mendocino County the office said there’s another wave of cases, but it shouldn’t peak until around 2 weeks from now. The Mendocino County Public Health Officer Dr. Andy Coren’s prediction of early July on top of the Independence Day holiday. Last Friday Dr. Coren said there’s clearly a wave, but not like previous surges, so that’s a good sign. He said the current wave is due to subvariants of the Omicron strain. He says if we follow what happened in other countries and in New York City, the cases look to be on the downward slope of the shoulder. He says Calif. has had less people in the hospital than New York, but there are even more sub strains now that are even more contagious. The county is in the medium risk tier of the CDC’s three tier system.

The Lake County Board of Supervisors looking at applicants for its Cannabis Task Force and worked on the Cannabis Grant Program with the Treasurer/Tax Collector at their last meeting. The list of applicants were to fill positions on the ad hoc committee. They had over a dozen by the June 15th deadline, but no Tribal applicants. They had been hoping to have at least one before June 28th. But there was confusion on the deadline and problems with the online application system. So they decided to extend the application deadline until July 12th.

Nursing home advocates looking to reform the troubled system are against an amended bill in the Legislature they say is a step backwards. The executive director of the Calif. Advocates for Nursing Home Reform says the Assembly Bill “codifies and endorses the current system” which “nourished the worst operators in the state”. Patricia McGinnis wrote an opposition letter to the Chair of the Senate Health Committee who were set to hear the bill this week. Others say the amended bill is a step forward in regulating who owns and operates nursing homes. Assemblyman Jim Wood is one of the authors of the bill. He says he and his co-author are trying to move the bill forward. CalMatters reported last year the state licensing process featured indecision, confusion and years-long delays.

The latest budget has been adopted by the Little Lake Fire Protection District (LLF) board of directors. During their monthly meeting last week, the preliminary budget got a greenlight. They had to add more money into transportation due to skyrocketing prices of gas. They’ve been looking to add another firefighter with the application period set to close a week ago. The Fire Chief said he was hoping to have a chosen candidate by next week after looking over resumes and conducting interviews. They heard from various department heads on outside trainings, a visit by local kindergartners and say there will be a live burn ahead of fire season in Laytonville. They responded to 21 rescue calls, 25 traffic related calls, two hazardous conditions calls, seven service calls, two false alarms and one special incident.

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