In order to be in alignment with the state, the City of Ukiah is considering new changes to regulations regarding secondary dwelling units aka mother-in-law units. The Daily Journal reports the Asst. City Attorney saying the state’s made changes because of the thirst for affordable housing so they’ve cut thru some of the red tape regarding accessory dwelling units. She says the changes also include parking requirements. The City Attorney says Ukiah needs to respond to the new state rules set up in January with their own, or let those rules apply. The Planning Commission will take up the matter and there may be some public input after that.
The Mendocino County Board of Supervisors has finished up the Medical Marijuana Cultivation Regulation to oversee the process in unincorporated areas outside the coastal zone. Supervisors took up the matter for the final time and put finishing touches on the rules including a “sunset” provision. It means the grace period for existing grows in denser neighborhoods would be three years instead of two. There was a long debate between Supervisors Dan Gjerde and John McCowen regarding zoning exemptions on the coast. The new rules will be administered by the County Department of Agriculture and Planning and Building Services, not the Sheriff’s office. Anyone applying will be told they have to go thru the state and county for review and final approval, which could even include a public hearing. The ordinance is supposed to get a final vote in 2 weeks, and if it passes, it goes into effect at the beginning of May.
Assemblyman Jim Wood says it’s not a good idea to meet a budget deficit from moving money from landing fees on commercial fisheries. The Assemblyman has sent a letter to an Assembly budget subcommittee against the Gov. Jerry Brown’s idea to use landing fees to pay for a deficit of about $20 million dollars at the Department of Fish and Wildlife. The U-S Secretary of Commerce has declared the crab season a federal disaster. But Wood says as the vice chair of the Joint Committee on Fisheries and Aquaculture, he’s against the fee.
A high-speed police chase ends near Cloverdale with a car crashing thru a guardrail and rolling. The police chief in Cloverdale reports the driver of an SUV, Mary Schaefer of Ukiah was with a male passenger who were both seriously injured in the crash yesterday over Dutcher Creek. Their car landed on its hood after rolling. The crash after a police officer tried pulling the driver over for speeding. The chief says it was shocking the two weren’t more seriously injured after flying over the creek and into an embankment of ivy. The passenger was pinned inside, bleeding from a head wound. The chief says the two were taken to the hospital, with what appeared to be non- life-threatening injuries. The driver going at speeds of 95 mph at times, with cops in two patrol cars chasing them. Police chief says the driver will face charges, including evading police.
Congressman Mike Thompson introducing a bill in the house to exempt seismic retrofits from federal taxes. Thompson says the cost to protect your property from an earthquake is already tax free at the state level, but some efforts to protect homes are taxed by the federal government.
Gov. Jerry Brown visiting Washington DC as his administration reports parts of the new Trumpcare plan, to repeal and replace Obamacare would cost the state billions. The analysis for Calif. would impact Medi-Cal so lawmakers have to decide how much money to spend on the program. The governor’s office says Trumpcare would cost more than 4 billion dollars in 2020 and nearly $19 billion over a decade or the state will have to make cuts on health care for the poor. The analysis released yesterday, a day before the U.S. House is set to vote on the repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act. Brown on Capitol Hill yesterday saying Trumpcare is a dangerous bill, written by people who don’t know what they’re talking about.
A new report says if the Lake Oroville dam is not totally fixed by the next rainy season, Calif. could be at a quote, "very significant risk". The report by an independent team of consults sent to the federal government last week says the emergency spillway at the nation’s tallest dam is being repaired and they’re working 24/7 to repair it by next fall. Repair contracts have to be awarded by June, says the report, so workers can have the new emergency spillway up and running by Nov. 1st. A five member expert team quoted in the report saying everyone recognizes it’s a demanding schedule with no room to expand. The team made up of both state and federal water and dam-safety officials chosen by the state after a request by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
Tuition hikes for some Calif. universities. California State University’s governing board says yes to the first tuition increase in a half dozen years. The board of trustees voted 11-8 for more money to attend the schools going up $270 a year beginning in the fall. Tuition has been near $5,500, now it goes over. The Chancellor had been urging trustees to approve the rate hike saying they have to get more faculty in and add classes due to enrollment increases and not enough money from the state. Before the vote, some students spoke against the increase. The increase for the state’s 23 campuses.
A new office being set up by the Small Business Association (SBA) due to winter flooding so the agency can start offering federal disaster loans. They’re not just for businesses, private nonprofits, homeowners and renters can also get loans if they’ve had loss or damage after the storms and flooding in Lake County from Feb. 1st through Feb. 25th. Applications are available now for Business Physical Disaster loans, Economic Injury Disaster loans or Home Disaster loans. They’re for property damage up to a loss of business or work because of the flooding.
The federal government has announced help for anyone who lost work due to this winter’s floods. The U.S. Department of Labor announced a National Dislocated Worker Grant for the state Employment Development Department. $36 million to the state with a first release of $12 million to help create temporary jobs for around 1,800 people.
A stray cat found with her head caught up in a peanut butter jar has died, but she gave birth first. The cat, nick-named Skippy by shelter workers in San Jacinto, had a litter of four kittens: Peanut, Butter, Jelly and Honey. Then Skippy had to be euthanized. She was found with her head stuck in the jar of Peanut Butter Monday by a woman who called Animal Services to help her get the container off the animal. Apparently Skippy was infested with maggots, had spots of dead tissue on her and appeared to be malnourished and dehydrated.