The Ukiah Police Department issued a statement following outcry over use of force during an arrest last week. The incident involved 25-year-old Gerardo Magdaleno, who was naked on South State Street, and resisting arrest. While on the ground and still resisting, video shows police officers punching Magdaleno in the head. UPD says the videos show a partial view of the incident and a graphic portrayal of force when the suspect failed to be subdued after a series of hands-off police techniques. UPD says an investigation is underway regarding the incident’s escalation and whether Ukiah Police principals and protocols were followed.
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Vaccine eligibility expanded last week to include all Californians age 50 and older. If you are a Lake County resident who wants to be vaccinated as soon as possible, Public Health Officer Dr. Gary Pace asks that you complete the Vaccination Request Form on the Health Department’s website:
The superintendent of Upper Lake Unified School District was recently honored as the “Superintendent of the Year” for the Association of California School Administrators Region 4. Dr. Giovanni Annous said it’s a great honor to be placed in such distinguished ranks as those of the past honorees. Tenderly Logan, director of Pupil Personnel Services at ULUSD, who submitted the nomination, said because of Dr. Annous’s students first approach, everything he does in the district and community is all about engaging and uplifting the lives of students.
Mendocino County has scheduled a clinic this Thursday at the Redwood Empire Fairgrounds for first doses of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine. With eligibility for the vaccine expanding in the state, Public Health Officer Dr. Andy Coren advises that eligibility does not mean availability. He encourages residents to register through MyTurn.gov to get an alert when the vaccine is available.
Ukiah police are coming under fire following an arrest yesterday afternoon. A Ukiah Police Department report says an officer was injured during the arrest of a man who was walking naked in traffic in the 1400 block of South State Street. UPD says the man took a fighting stance against an officer and resisted arrest after being tased and pepper sprayed three times. UPD says the suspect, identified as Gerardo Magdaleno, of Ukiah, appeared to be under the influence of a stimulant such as methamphetamine. Some are questioning the use of force during the arrest as there is video circulating showing officers punching Magdaleno in the head while he’s on the ground, resisting arrest.
Eligible landlords and renters can now get help with unpaid rent. Applications are now open for the CA COVID-19 Rent Relief program. Check eligibility and apply for immediate relief at HousingIsKey.com or call 833-430-2122.
Lake County’s Public Health Officer is urging residents to get the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as they can. Dr. Gary Pace says case rates are up due to people being more active and restrictions being loosened. Vaccine eligibility expanded yesterday to people 50 and older, and all Californians 16 and older become qualified on April 15. The health department is hosting drive-thru vaccination clinics. On Monday’s 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Lakeport Auto Movies, and Tuesdays through Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Redbud Park. Schedule appointments at www.MyTurn.ca.gov.
A portion of the $80 million Emergency Funds Governor Gavin Newsom approved, will allow CAL FIRE Mendocino Unit to hire more help. They posted online that the funds they’ll receive will help CAL FIRE MEU double their usual seasonal firefighter staffing for crews and fire engines from apprx. 120 to approx. 220 firefighters.
New assistance is available for wildfire survivors. The California Department of Housing and Community Development announced the availability of the 2018 Disaster Housing Assistance Survey for victims of the 2018 wildfire disasters. If you or someone you know is interested in rebuilding a single-family home or replacing a manufactured home as a result of a 2017 or 2018 qualifying disaster, ReCoverCA may be able to help. Learn more at: recover.hcd.ca.gov.