Archives for June 2019

Lake and Mendocino Counties Part of Settlement with PG&E

Nine counties and cities have accepted a mediator’s proposal of $415 million to resolve their collective North Bay fires claims against Pacific Gas and Electric. Mendocino County, Lake County and the city of Clearlake are among the entities that are part of the agreement.

Lake County and Clearlake were impacted by the Sulphur fire of October 2017. Clearlake’s mayor says this settlement will help rebuild the infrastructure which was damaged by the fire.

Redwood Valley in Mendocino County was impacted by the deadly Redwood Fire. Mendocino Counties Board of Supervisors Chair says the county is looking forward towards rebuilding and recovery.

As part of the larger settlement, PG&E will pay Butte County, the town of Paradise and Yuba County for damages from the November Camp fire. In total, PG&E is paying up to one-billion dollars in the settlement with California cities and counties impacted by wildfires sparked by the company’s equipment.

Lake County Teacher of the Year

The Lake County Teacher of the Year is Kerry Smith, education specialist and resource teacher at Mountain Vista Middle School in Kelseyville. She was among six local district teachers who were up for the recognition. The deputy superintendent of schools with the Lake County Office of Education, said that what stands out about Smith, is her ability to provide access to quality curriculum for all Lake County students. Smith will now contend for the title of California Teacher of the Year 2020.

Campers Along Airport Road in Ukiah Ordered to Move

The dozens of people camping along Airport Road in Ukiah are being ordered to move. The camp had grown to as many as 50 occupants with an assortment of RVs, passenger vehicles and tents as living spaces. Earlier this month police began ordering campers to leave – and several did. Evictions for those who remained started this week.

PG&E Wildfire Safety Open House

PG&E has been hosting wildfire safety meetings around the state. These drop-in gatheringsl allow community members to learn more about wildfire safety and emergency preparedness, meet with PG&E representatives, ask questions and share feedback. the meeting for Lake, Mendocino and Colusa Counties is being held this evening in Wililts at the Willits Community Center on East Commercial Street. This regional open house will be held from 6 – 8 p.m. Webinars will be available for those who are unable to attend this event in person.

Visit pge.com for more information.
www.pge.com/en_US/safety/emergency-preparedness/natural-disaster/wildfires/community-wildfire-safety-open-house-meetings.page

Cal Fire Union Urges Governor to Hire More Firefighters

The union that represents state firefighters is airing commercials at the state capital this week urging the Goveror to hire more personnel. The 30- and 60-second ads say Cal Fire’s firefighters are overworked. The commercial also urges people to take steps to protect your home. The state budget, sent to Governor Newsom would bring Cal Fire up to about 6,000 firefighters, but a Cal Fire official says that’s still about a thousand short of what they need.

Lake County Sheriff’s Office Warns of Phone Scam

An alert about a phone scam. The Lake County Sheriff’s Office and the Superior Court have received reports from citizens who have received phone calls from an automated line requesting that the recipient remain on the line regarding outstanding arrest warrants. They are then connected to a person who requests the recipients’ social security number. Neither the Lake County Sheriff’s Office nor the Superior Court in Lake County are involved in this activity, and the calls should be treated as scams. Hang up and do not provide the caller with any personally identifying information. The Lake County Sheriff’s Office is investigating these reports of fraud.  If you have any information concerning this, you may email your information to sheriff@lakesheriff.com.

Mendocino Community College President Leaving

Mendocino Community College President Dr. Arturo Reyes will be leaving. He’s set to become President at the Rio Hondo Community College District in Los Angeles County, pending approval of a contract in July. Reyes has served as President of Mendocino College since 2013

Guilty Pleas in South Coast Shooting

The Mendocino County District Attorney’s office has announced guilty pleas in a South Coast shooting. 70-year-old defendant Harry William Miller, entered a guilty plea to attempted voluntary manslaughter for the March 2018 shooting of his neighbor. He also admitted a sentencing enhancement that he used a firearm in the commission of the attempted killing. Miller also pled guilty to a felony assault with a firearm on the wife of the neighbor and admitted the sentencing enhancement under that count that he used a firearm in the commission of that separate offense. Miller faces a possible state prison sentence of 17 years, 10 months. Sentencing will be in August.

Clearlake City Council Swears in New Member Passes Budget

The Clearlake City Council last week held the swearing-in for its new member.. Russell Perdock was appointed to the seat to succeed former Mayor Nick Bennett, who resigned in May due to health reasons. Following the swearing in, the city council approved its new fiscal year budget

Free Workshop on Emergency Preparation for Businesses

The West Business Development Center is hosting a free workshop on emergency preparation for businesses. The workshop will take place from 5:30 to 7:30 this evening. in the council chambers at Lakeport City Hall, 225 Park Steeet. This free workshop will help guide business owners on how to be better prepared when and if the next disaster strikes. Topics to be discussed include: Learn ways to protect yoru assets, what documents to put in the cloud, how to lead your employees, and how to get help if you need it. Registered attendees will get a take-home guidebook with worksheets and resources.

Register here: www.westcenter.org/workshops/2019/6/17/emergency-prep-for-your-business-lakeport