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The City of Fort Bragg has a new Police Chief. The mayor announced Neil Cervenka
accepted the position after the retirement last week of the Interim Police Chief John Naulty. Cervenka grew up in a small town in Wisconsin, then joined the United States Air Force. He worked security in Montana and So. Korea, with his last bit in Calif. at Travis Air Force Base. He went to the Reserves after and served again after 9-11. He worked in Turlock after the Napa Police Academy. He was a Field Training Officer, Sergeant, Lieutenant, SWAT Commander, Investigations Lieutenant, and Acting Division Captain, among many other positions. He’s involved with various charities and has two adult children.

The interim police chief in Fort Bragg has called it a day. After two years in the position, Chief John Naulty retired. He got a sendoff by the city council last week. He was supposed to serve for six months, but the pandemic hit and he stayed on longer after those in charge decided six months was not long enough. The mayor says he helped right the ship, took a proactive approach with the mayor in dealing with and trying to solve homeless, transient and mentally ill citizen issues. The mayor says Naulty helped make the city better and that citizens may never fully understand all he has done.

Another person has died in less than a week after drowning in Lake Berryessa. The Napa County Sheriff’s Office reported 35-year-old Marciallo Perez jumped in to save his son from drowning. His body was found hours later. Last Monday, a 16-year-old was said to be on a raft, then fell in the water and drowned. The Sheriff’s office reported the two drownings happened at a popular day-use area called Oak Shores. They remind to please wear a life jacket when you’re on a boat or in/near the water.

A man in Laytonville has been arrested after a disturbance was reported over the weekend. The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Dept. reported getting a call to someone banging on fences and yelling he was going to kill people. Deputies also got a call to the same area for someone slashing tires. Two patrol vehicles went there with a police dog and saw a man matching the description near a truck with four slashed tires. The police dog tried to contact the man who walked away and wouldn’t listen to deputies and threatened to kill them. One Deputy blocked the man from leaving, but the guy tried to ram the patrol vehicle. Deputies found Shane Workman had a felony warrant out of Cloverdale on violent charges and a five-hour standoff ended with SWAT officers called. Since he wouldn’t respond, they tried to smoke him out of his truck. Deputies say he tried to stab police K9 Bo, but the dog and Deputies took him down. He was held on $50,000.00 bail.

Tens of thousands of Californians have reportedly not gotten payments yet from the state for rent relief even as the program expires. After the pandemic started, that fall, lawmakers and the Governor started a multi-billion-dollar program protecting renters who couldn’t make their rent due to COVID19. There was one last extension, but it ended Thursday. So those who still can’t pay could be sued by their landlords. The rent relief program has reportedly put out $3.8 billion to 329,000 households. And over 28,000 applicants at the beginning of the program and 57,000 people who applied again have reportedly still not heard back.

Recent water samples at Lake Pillsbury came back with higher than allowed levels of cyanobacteria for swimming and contact. The bacteria also known as blue-green algae happens naturally, but local and regional health and water resource officials say to be aware if there are cyanobacterial blooms and take appropriate caution. Before the July 4th weekend, water quality technicians found cyanobacteria in the water column in the area, which apparently looked like small grass clippings, strings, and clumps. There were 3 types of non-beneficial bacterias found. After yesterday’s July 4th holiday, they say they’ll test again. The “cyanotoxins” can make people and pets sick. Especially children, and the elderly should stay away.

Caltrans is keeping busy with various road projects along the No. Coast including in Lake, Mendocino, Humboldt and Del Norte counties. They say to drive cautiously when you get near the work areas and be prepared to stop. The work was put on hold for the July 4th holiday weekend. On Highway 20 in Lake and Mendocino counties, there’s road work with one-way traffic control in effect from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. which could mean 15-minute delays. There’s also tree work in Willits that may just cause five-minute delays.

Reports of a shooting in Redwood Valley ended in the arrest of a 27 year old from Hopland. Deputies reported to an area finding Angelio Bettega, who was searched, and found to be in possession of a loaded ghost gun. He’s also a known and active gang member and is not allowed to possess firearms due to previous felony convictions. He’s now charged with Possession of Firearm by Convicted Felon, carrying a Loaded Firearm by a Gang Member, and Carry a Loaded Firearm: Not Registered Person. He was held on $15,000.00 bail.

The Gibson House, a mental health facility providing housing is reopening. Redwood Community Services put the program on hiatus last December after a fire broke out and caused damage to the building. They’re done with construction but were working on furnishing the place. With that, they’ve announced some needs, including mattresses, box frames and sheets, bathroom items like towels and shower curtains and loads of kitchen goods, such as utensils, pots, pans, and other cooking materials. They say independent housing in the community is one of their key goals. They help residents learn to live on their own and look for work and help them with social skills. It can house 8 adults who need 24/7 care.

The Governor, who’s running in November for re-election is reportedly running campaign ads in Florida. The message is that the policies in California and Florida are quite different, and Newsom is asking folks to come along with him as images of former President Trump and Gov. Ron DeSantis flash on the screen, which begs the question, is Newsom eyeing a presidential bid? The commercial says Republican leaders are banning books, making it harder to vote, restricting speech in classrooms, and criminalizing women and doctors. He says residents there should come to California, “where we still believe in freedom — freedom of speech, freedom to choose, freedom from hate and the freedom to love.”

A fire broke out on July 4th as fireworks blasted across Northern Sonoma County. Mendo Fever reports the vegetation fire started just before 10 pm last night in Geyserville. The fire quickly spread to three acres near the intersection of Geysers Road and Wilson Road. Firefighters from the CAL FIRE Mendocino Unit were requested for help, but firefighters on scene first got quick control, with the fire contained by 10:20 p.m. and complete control by 10:45 p.m.

A new budget has been passed by the Legislature and signed into law by the Governor which keeps out of pocket health insurance costs down. The Governor signed the $308 billion budget with $17 billion of inflation relief and almost $56 billion in climate investments. Assemblyman Jim Wood had a couple bills included in the budget package allowing the state marketplace, or Covered California, to continue providing subsidies which the federal government had been covering with COVID19 relief money. That money stops at the end of the year, but the new budget continues to offer the subsidies. And Wood’s priority health care bill creating the Office of Health Care Affordability which will work on collecting data from health insurers, hospitals, and physician organizations to help find ways to contain costs.

The Clearlake City Council is requesting cutting water usage. The council will also take on a cannabis project at their meeting Thursday. They start in closed session to discuss some upcoming litigation they’re expecting and employee negotiations. In open session, they’re taking on possible mandatory water allocations and other drought mitigation measures ordered by the state. Lake Co News reports the council will also hear the first reading of a traffic and parking related ordinance. They’ll discuss road projects and contracts, including a chip seal project. They will also be appointing a council member and two possible alternates as voting delegates for the League of California Cities annual conference in September.

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