Archives for February 2021

Lakeport to Continue Work with Business Consultant

The City of Lakeport will continue working with a business consultant to attract retailers to the area. The Retail Coach was hired in 2020, but their work was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. So far the consultants have analyzed the market, determined retail, development and redevelopment opportunities, and identified retailers and developers for recruitment. Going forward, the Retail Coach will work to recruit new businesses to Lakeport, and help with marketing and branding, downtown revitalization, filling the old Kmart building, and more.

Fort Bragg Chooses New City Council Member

The Fort Bragg City Council has a new member. Marcia Rafanan Meadlin, a member of the Sherwood Valley Band of Pomo Indians, was chosen over eight other candidates to fill the seat left vacant by Will Lee, who resigned because he is moving to the Bay area. Meadlin will fulfill the remainder of Lee’s council term, through the November 2022 election.

Ukiah Changing How Planning Commission Members are Appointed

City of Ukiah changed how Planning Commission members are appointed. City Council members will no longer nominate candidates. Under the previous arrangement, a commission member would serve as long as the city council member who appointed them serves. It was decided that this process could impact the decisions of the Commission member who may be influenced by their nominating City Council member. Under the new process, candidates will apply, and then be voted on by the entire City Council, so members will not be tied to one City Council member. Also, under the new process, candidates will be required to have experience related to planning.

Lake County Reports 39th COVID-19 Related Death

Lake County reported another COVID-19 related death yesterday, bringing the total to 39. Active cases continue to drop – currently at 102, and recovered cases continue to rise – up 23 yesterday to 2,829. 3 people are hospitalized in Lake County hospitals.

UUSD Reminds Drivers About Safety as Kids Go Back to School

It’s back to school for Ukiah Unified School students and school officials are reminding drivers to stay alert and keep kids safe. UUSD says it’s never more important for drivers to slow down and pay attention than when kids are going back to school. Back to school brings more traffic congestion. School buses are loading passengers, kids on bikes are hurrying to get to school, and parents drop their kids off before work. Students in Transitional Kindergarten, Kindergarten and 1st and 2nd grades are returning to the classrooms this week under a hybrid model. Starting next week, UUSD will add students in grades 3, 4, 5 and 6.

2nd Dose Vaccine Events Scheduled in Mendocino County

This week’s COVID-19 vaccine 2nd dose events have been scheduled in Mendocino County. If you received your 1st dose of the COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine at the Ukiah Fairgrounds on January 27th, 28th or 29th, register for the vaccination event you are eligible for, and arrive with your ID and vaccination card ready. These events on February 17th and 18th are not open to the public. Find the registration link on the Mendocino County Public Health’s Facebook page, or with the press release in the news section at mendocinocounty.org.

Missing Boy Located Safe

A missing 12-year-old boy was found safe yesterday and the Lake County Sheriff’s Office is thanking those who assisted, including the Mendocino Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue, Volunteers from Lake County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue, Cal Fire personnel and helicopter, South Lake Fire personnel, KCorps and Lake County Central Dispatch.

PG&E Hosting Fire Safety Webinar

Pacific Gas and Electric Company is inviting customers to join an interactive safety town hall where PG&E will discuss plans for reducing wildfire risks in Lake County and Napa Counties. During this town hall, customers will have a chance to ask questions and share feedback with the PG&E team. The session is from 12:00PM to 1:30PM tomorrow. Visit pge.com/firesafetywebinars.

State Launches Interactive Map for School Reopenings

The state launched an interactive map on Friday. The Safe Schools for All Plan’s interactive Safe Schools Reopening Map, provides a snapshot of the status of school reopenings across California. The interactive map, which was developed in partnership with county offices of education and the California Collaborative for Educational Excellence, is designed as a tool to help local communities and school staff while evaluating their reopening plans. The map can be found at schools.covid19.ca.gov/. Locally, some students in the Ukiah Unified School District will return to the classroom tomorrow. Lakeport, Middletown, and Kelseyville schools are planning to reopen in March.

Mendocino County Records 40th COVID-Related Death

Mendocino County Public Health reported another COVID-19 related death last week. That brings the county’s death toll to 40. The death of the 81-year-old male resident of the South Coast, was reported on February 10th. There are 197 people in isolation, 11 hospitalized and 5 in ICU.