A pedestrian died early this morning after being hit by a vehicle on Highway 20. Authorties say the crash happened just before 12:15 in front of Robinson Rancheria Resort and Casino. Northshore Fire Protection District firefighters, the California Highway Patrol and the Lake County Sheriff’s Office responded, and shortly after their arrival reported that the injured pedestrian had died.
A small group in Ukiah gathered yesterday to participate in national “Day without Immigrants.” The nationwide protest against President Donald Trump’s immigration policies encouraged immigrants across the country to skip work and school. There were false rumors that ICE agents were present in Ukiah, but a Department of Homeland Security vehicle was spotted monitoring a protest in Fortuna yesterday. A statement from the Federal Protective Service says personnel were conducting a facility security assessment of a building there, and that no photographs of protesters were taken.
Library Park in Lakeport remains closed due to flooding. On February 9th, the City of Lakeport closed the park for public safety and to prevent further damage. The City says people are ignoring the closed signs and entering the flooded areas of the park which is causing further damage. The city continues to have crews working in the park to protect the infrastructure. Barrier tape has now been put up between the “Park Closed” signs. Police officers will be patrolling the area and those found entering are subject to citation for going into a closed area.
The Fort Bragg City Council held a discussion this week regarding the impact downtown from the Hospitality Center’s and Hospitality House’s programs for homeless and mentally ill people. Business owners complained about littering, drug paraphanlia, and other issues. Representatives of the Center say they are making efforts to minimize neighborhood impacts while providing services to their clients.
State Sen. Mike McGuire is hosting a community meeting this evening to discuss the state loans that will help to build new homes in Valley and Clayton fire zones. late last year – $7.2 million was secured to fund the building of 80 to 100 homes between the two burn areas. McGuire announced that two Lake County non-profits: Habitat for Humanity and Hammers for Hope, were awarded the funds to lead the rebuilding efforts.
Hammers for Hope received $4.6 million that can be used to assist homeowners whose homes were damaged or destroyed by wildfires in Lake County. Habitat for Humanity received $2.6 million that can be used for both rebuilding homes for homeowners, as well as for former renters, who will become first-time homeowners.
The meeting tonight is from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the gymnasium at Middletown Middle School.
The large picnic area inside Low Gap Regional Park has been closed because shelter above it is danger of collapsing. Mendocino County’s Assistant Chief Executive Officer told the Daily Journal that the shelter will be removed sometime next week, and that all of the structures in the park will be inspected.
The Clearlake City Council will be looking to prioritize future public works projects during their meeting today. The Animal Control facility is high on the list, as are road construction and repairs and park improvements. City leaders say their strategic plan this year is improve the image of Clearlake by making it cleaner and safer.
President Trump this week approved a Major Disaster Declaration for California for storms which impacted the state from January 3-12th. Lake and Mendocino Counties are among those affected which may make some federal disaster funds available for government organizations.
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Caltrans District 1 advises that Route 1 just north of Elk in Mendocino County is reduced to one lane for the foreseeable future due to a failing culvert. One lane has been undermined and is not safe for traffic. With heavy rains forecast over the next week Caltrans will attempt to prevent the closure of the highway. Be sure to check road conditions before traveling through the area.
Due to the continued high water levels and potential for damage to shoreline properties on Clear Lake, the Board of Supervisors yesterday approved an Urgency Ordinance immediately closing the lake to all motorized vessels and other motorized vehicles except for the Lake County Sheriff and California Department of Fish and Wildlife. The temporary closure will remain in place for no more than 60 days or until the Board takes further action. Kayaks, paddled craft and wind-powered vessels are still allowed on the lake.