Archives for April 2014

Measure L Town All Middletown Senior Center

The Committee to Save the Lake 2014 will present a free public town hall meeting to provide information about Measure L, a countywide half-cent sales tax to preserve and restore Lake County waterways, especially Clear Lake, tonight at 6 p.m., in the Middletown Senior Center community meeting room, 21256 Washington Street. The head of the county Department of Water Resources, will talk about Measure L’s objectives, the specific programs it will fund, and built-in guarantees to make sure the money will be spent as intended. The presentation will be followed by an open forum for all questions. Measure L will be on the June 3rd, 2014 ballot. For more information, visit

Ukiah Could Close Homeless Shelter

Ukiah may be forced to close its homeless shelter because of cost. Jacqueline Williams, executive director of the Ford Street Project and Ukiah Community Center, is expected to recommend to the board of directors today the idea of shutting down the Buddy Eller Center this summer and work to redesign a more affordable solution to better help those who need housing, food, mental health services and substance abuse counseling. The shelter currently has a monthly budget loss of $9,000. Williams will propose moving the drug and alcohol treatment clients out of a set of dorms that can house 28 people and into the shelter building which can accommodate 64 beds. Williams says the expansion makes sense because that program is in demand, and makes money. The dorms could then be used to house five or six families, with 18 beds for individuals who are willing to take an active role in the non-profit’s vocational program, which sends clients out into the workforce to sustain themselves. If the board approves the plan, the shelter could be closed by the end of July.

Sports Highlights

Sports Highlights from the Record Bee:

The combined swim team from Kelseyville and Clear Lake high schools wrapped up its regular season with a meet against host Analy [ANN-ah-lee] as well as visiting St. Helena, Both the boys and girls lost to undefeated Analy squads. The Kelseyville-Clear Lake boys also lost to St. Helena, but the girls’ squad edged a powerful St. Helena team. The Kelseyville-Clear Lake squad will spend the next two weeks focusing on the league championship meet scheduled for May 8-9.

Area Unemployment Numbers

Lake County’s unemployment numbers remained mostly unchanged in March, according to a recent state report. The California Employment Development Department’s monthly report on the workforce showed that Lake County’s March unemployment was 11.5 percent, unchanged from a revised 11.5 percent in February and below the March 2013 estimate of 13.2 percent. March industry unemployment figures for Lake County showed an 8.1-percent loss in total farm jobs – amounting to a decrease of 70 jobs. Total jobs for the county in March were 15,140, up 20 from February, according to the data. There were 3,080 unemployed people in Lake County in March, down 10 from February. Mendocino County is ranked 16th in the state for unemployment at 7.8 percent. Statewide, March unemployment was at 8.1 percent, also unchanged from the previous month, but down from the 9.2 percent figure recorded in March 2013.

Debate Set for Lake County District 2 Supervisor

A debate will be held at Yuba College, Clear Lake campus for Lake County District 2 supervisor candidates. Incumbent Supervisor Jeff Smith along with challengers Joyce Overton and Jeri Spittler, both currently serving on the Clearlake City Council have confirmed they will participate in the debate Thursday, which will run for 90 minutes in Room 603. Opening remarks will start at 6:30PM. The Clear Lake Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with the Yuba College Human Services Student Association is set to host a debate The public is invited to attend, and encouraged to submit questions, in advance or the night of the event. For more information, visit

Fundraiser for 6-Year-Old Battling Cancer

As a 6-year-old Clearlake girl battles cancer, the community is coming together to help raise money to fund her medical treatments. Ellie Swanson was diagnosed with a cancerous tumor back in late February. Clearlake Police Chief Craig Clausen says Ellie will need multiple chemotherapy treatments during a six-month period to shrink the tumor, which is dangerously close to her spinal cord. To help the family with medical bills, a benefit dinner will be held at the Highlands Senior Service Center in Clearlake on May 3rd. Doors open at 5 p.m. for the Cinco de Mayo “C Ellie’bration” event, and dinner will be served at 5:30.

Jackson Demonstration State Forest Advisory Group Meeting

The Jackson Demonstration State Forest Advisory Group meeting will be held tomorrow. This will be an all-day field meeting leaving at 9:00 AM from Jackson Demonstration State Forest Headquarters in Fort Bragg. The morning will begin with a tour to view the proposed 2015 timber harvest plans areas, with the afternoon portion of the meeting occurring at the Camp One Day Use Area. This meeting is open to the public and public attendance is encouraged. Be prepared for variable weather and wear comfortable walking shoes. Attendees are responsible for their own transportation, lunch and water.

MTA Asks for Fare Increase

The Mendocino Transit Authority is asking for a A 20-percent bus fare increase. MTA General Manager Dan Baxter proposed the rate hike during last week’s transit board meeting. Baxter said they rate hike is needed to meet state and local standards that the company’s revenue from fares should be at least 15 percent of its total operating costs. According to the MTA, failing to meet the minimum fare ratio requirements could result in being put on probation for a year while the fares are increased, and withholding of revenue by the state. Board members have put off the vote on the increase while they consider other options, including a lower fare increase. An ad-hoc committee was formed to do further analysis.

Annual Clean Up Downtown Day

The annual Clean Up Downtown Lakeport is tomorrow. You’re invited to join in the effort for a morning of of light work, coffee, donuts and good fun. The event is also appropriate for children from 10 and up (with adult supervision), and can be counted as community service for high school students. Bring long handled brooms to reach cob webs, dust pans, weeding tools, buckets and ladders, and meet at Museum Park on Main Street in Lakeport. The clean up is from 7AM to 10AM. Organizers say this is an excellent opportunity to do a good deed and show your pride in the City of Lakeport. Learn more at

Meaure L Town Hall Meetings

The Committee to Save the Lake 2014 is hosting a number of Town Hall Meetings. They are free, informative town hall meetings to discuss Measure L, the county-wide half-cent sales tax to preserve and restore Clear Lake. The dates and locations are as follows:

Clearlake: 6PM Tuesday April 22 – Youth Center (4750 Golf Ave)

Lucerne: 6PM Wednesday April 23rd – Alpine Senior Center (3985 Country Club Drive)

Middletown: 6PM Tuesday April 29th – Community Meeting Room (21256 Washington St)

Lakeport: 6PM Wednesday May 14th – Lake County Courthouse (255 N. Forbes)

Scott DeLeon, head of the county Department of Water Resources, will talk about Measure L’s objectives, the specific programs it will fund, and built-in guarantees to make sure the money will be spent as intended. The presentation will be followed by an open forum for all questions. Measure L will be on the June 3rd, 2014 ballot. The Town Hall Meetings are free and all concerned people are invited to attend.
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