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Mendocino County Social Services will be at the Creekside Cabins this morning to help residents deal with the sinkhole that has blocked the way in and out for weeks now. It will be a chance for those 50 or so residents to find out what resources may be available to them. Work on a temporary bridge to the site will start Tuesday. Caltrans will allow exit only on Wednesday and Thursday because of safety restrictions. Vehicles will only be allowed to enter the property to assist with towing travel trailers or similar with prior approval. The bridge will be removed next Friday. The installation and removal of the bridge may alter some of the foot access paths, so residents should not rely on existing foot access paths to remain after the bridge has come and gone. There is no existing plan for permanent access to the site which will seriously compromise the ability of sewer, garbage and emergency response to provide services to the site. Mendocino County Code Enforcement and Environmental Health issued an inspection warrant earlier this week and will be evaluating the property this week to further investigate health and safety concerns. The county says the landlord has failed to live up to obligations to fix the issue since the heavy rains caused the ground to open up at the property access to highway 101 just before the New Year. Officials are still urging people to avoid that area for the time being. Today’s meeting with residents starts at

The Mendocino County Homeless Services Continuum of Care will be conducting its annual unsheltered point-In-Time Count next week The count will start at sundown on Thursday and run through the following week. The Count is mandated by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development and is used by the State of California and other Federal Departments to calculate allocations of homeless services funding. The data received through the Count will help our local community to identify needs and develop planning to engage and support people experiencing homelessness throughout Mendocino County. Organizers say it takes a lot of help before and during the survey, so they need volunteers to count along the Coast as well as Southern and Northern Inland parts of the county. The website has more on how you can sign up.

An informational meeting this evening about a proposal for a facility for Homeless Youth in Lucerne. The Scotts Valley Band of Pomo Indians has a $5.2 million grant from the California Business, Consumer Services, and Housing Agency to turn the Lucerne Hotel building into 65 housing units for homeless youth from around the region. Lake Co news reports the Lucerne Area Town Hall passed a resolution condemning the plan in December. This evening’s session, hosted by District 3 supervisor EJ Crandell at the Lucerne Alpine Senior Center, on Country Club Drive is from 5:30 to 7:30. It is also available on Zoom.

No reports of any damage from a small earthquake early today in Humboldt County. The US Geological Survey reports that a 4.3 magnitude quake was centered northeast of Arcata just after midnight. There was another small earthquake yesterday afternoon near Cloverdale but you probably didn’t notice. The US GS says the 3.6 magnitude shake occurred just after 5, centered under the middle of Lake Sonoma. There were no reports of any damage. In fact, very few people even reported feeling it. The USGS says that’s not unusual. Quakes between 2.5 and 3 are usually the smallest anyone can feel it. Seismologists say It takes a magnitude 4 to do any damage.

President Biden has seen firsthand the damage done by the storms that lashed California for the past few weeks. The president was in Santa Cruz on Thursday surveying the situation there. He says Washington will help out wherever it can—including assistance from FEMA and other agencies. Damage statewide will run into the billions.

In addition to floods on the coast, the storms dumped FEET of snow on the mountains. That snow may have led to an avalanche that trapped two skiers just outside the boundaries of one ski resort near Lake Tahoe. Rescuers found two back-country skiers just outside the Heavenly valley resort. The skiers survived but were hospitalized.

The ocean often washes up unusual things after storms but one community down the coast is dealing with something you might not expect the sea to give balls. Carmel is dealing with dozens of them—apparently hit into the water by errant shots from golfers at nearby Pebble Beach and other courses.

A celebrity may be putting his name out for congress in California. Reports say a grown-up Fred Savage—from the 90’s TV show Boy meets World –has filed papers to run as a Democrat to replace Congressman Adam Schiff. Schiff is one of several dems thinking of running for the US Senate in 2024.

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