McGuire Wants Marijuana Sales Tax

Senator Mike McGuire has introduced a Marijuana sales tax.

The Marijuana Value Tax Act, is a bill that would place a 15-percent tax at the point of sale on medical marijuana. According to McGuire, a commitment was made last year while working through the huge undertaking of setting statewide regulations for medical marijuana that they would follow up on a statewide excise tax. McGuire says the revenue generated will make communities stronger by focusing on the impacts of cultivation and use of marijuana, including funding local law enforcement and neighborhood improvement programs, state parks, drug and alcohol treatment and environmental rehabilitation. The tax is projected to bring in more than $100 million in new revenue, which would grow.

Sketch of Suspect in Attempted Kidnapping of Girl in Ukiah

A sketch has been released in one case of a man accused of grabbing a girl in Ukiah…

A UPD School Resource Officer was told that that on January 19th at about 4:45 pm, a 10 year old Accelerated Achievement Academy student was grabbed a hold of by an unidentified male subject, in what appeared to be an attempted kidnapping. UPD Detectives have been actively investigating this incident, as well as other similar incidents in Ukiah, and arranged for the victim to meet with a Certified Police Sketch Artist. Police have now released that sketched image of the suspect from this incident and further descriptions. You can see it on their facebook page. If you can help police identify the man pictured, contact UPD and ask for Detective Tyler Schapmire in the Detective Division at 707-467-5770.

Ukiah Teacher Arrested for Drugs

A Ukiah teacher has been arrested on suspicion of selling narcotics. The Cloverdale Police Department reports that they had been investigating 30-year-old Jared W. Candelaria of Cloverdale over a six-week period and served a search warrant at his residence yesterday morning. He was arrested after illegal substances, specifically Oxycodone, were found as well as evidence of sale. He was arrested and booked him into Sonoma County Jail. His first cour appearance will be on March 12th. Candelaria teaches at Yokayo Elementary School.

Lake County Marijuana Ordinance

The Clearlake City Council tonight will consider the second and final reading of an updated marijuana cultivation ordinance.

The council had a second reading at its January 28 meeting, but needed to correct a mistake that was found in the setback distance. Lake County News is reporting there was discussion on an added requirement to have all outstanding fines paid before issuance of new cultivation permits. Key items in the proposed ordinance include a six-plant limit on parcels of all sizes; and prohibitions on growing in certain areas in the city with limits on distance from parks, schools, daycare centers, bodies of water and certain scenic and beautification zones. Council will also discuss an ordinance prohibiting camping on private property, which is meant to address the problem of homeless encampments on private properties throughout the city. The Council will meet tonight at 6pm at Clearlake City Hall.

Another Girl Approached by a Stranger in Ukiah

There’s another report of a girl being approached by a stranger in Ukiah.

The latest incident happened Monday morning at around 7AM. The 17-year-old told police that she was walking through the Shell gas station at Orchard Avenue and East Perkins Street when she noticed a man in a pick-up truck was following her. She tried to walk in several different locations on on E. Perkins Street in an attempt to avoid the man, but he kept following, and at one point got close enough to make inappropriate comments and gestures toward her. The girl finally lost the man near the intersection of E. Perkins and Main streets.

The suspect is described as a chubby Hispanic male in his 30s with a mustache, wearing a grey hat and a blue, hooded sweatshirt. His vehicle was described as a faded red, two-door Chevrolet pickup truck with “Chevrolet” written on the tailgate over a silver stripe. Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to contact the UPD at 463-6262.

Ramp Closure Tomorrow

A traffic alert for your commute tomorrow: The northbound U.S. Highway 101 off ramp to eastbound Route 20 will be closed tomorrow and next Tuesday from 5 a.m. to 2 p.m. The southbound 101 off ramp to 20 will remain open. A detour will be available using the West Road/Redwood Valley interchange. Motorists should anticipate a 5-minute delay taking the detour in addition to the 10-minute delay on Route 20 due to emergency paving.

Mock Trial Competition in Lake County

Two local high school teams from Middletown and Upper Lake high schools will compete this week at the 4th annual County Mock Trials.

The competition will take place this Friday in Lake County Superior Court at the court house in Lakeport. The first trial is set to begin at 9am. The second trial is set to start at 1pm. The public is invited to come and observe the competition, which involves the teams taking turns presenting the prosecution and defense in a fictional criminal case. The Constitutional Rights Foundation, the California Mock Trial’s founding organization, reported that this year’s case is “People v. Hayes.” About a CCU student facing a murder charge of a campus security guard. The winning team will advance to the state competition in Sacramento in March.

SPCA Kennels Are Now Empty

The SPCA of Clear Lake have moved the last of the animals that remained in its shelter to another rescue. The organization announced in January that it was closing the shelter to focus its resources on reestablishing a low-cost spay/neuter clinic. They are working on hiring a new veterinarian to get the spay/neuter clinic going. The SPCA is continuing its monthly vaccination clinics. The next one is from 9 to 11 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 21.

Mendocino County has a new animal shelter manager. Mary Jane Montana is taking over as Interim Animal Shelter Manager starting today. She was the Executive Director the SPCA of Clear Lake.

Report out on the Mendocino County mental health system

A number of problems have been noted in a report out on the condition of the Mendocino County mental health system. The report was compiled by the Kemper Consulting Group and paid for by the county. The Ukiah Daily Journal says, The report concludes that children’s and young adult (up to age 24) mental health services provided by Redwood Quality Management Group, are generally in good order with some minor suggestions for improvement. The Kemper report also believes the county should heed the criticisms it received in a federal audit released in September, which said the county failed to have solid communication among it mental health providers, did not have oversight of either the fiscal or administrative activities of Ortner, and did not have accounting of what Ortner was doing. You can view the report on the County Website.