Gas tax

State law­mak­ers on both sides of the aisle may agree to raise the state’s gas tax in order to address the $59 bil­lion the state needs for road­way main­te­nance. Sen. Jim Beall, D-San Jose, has intro­duced SB 16, which aims to raise $3 bil­lion every year by hik­ing the gas tax 10 cents a gal­lon, also wants to raise the vehi­cle license fee and make own­ers of elec­tric cars and other zero-emission vehi­cles pay an annual fee of $100.

Meat recall

A Gar­den Grove com­pany recall­ing about 213,000 pounds of meat prod­ucts that were not prop­erly inspected. The USDA says Lee’s Sand­wiches sup­plied restau­rants in Cal­i­for­nia, Ari­zona, Nevada, Okla­homa, Ore­gon and Texas with some of the prod­ucts, includ­ing pork and chicken pates and cooked turkey breast and salami. The firm also sold sev­eral types of beef jerky to stores in the same states. There have been no reports of ill­ness linked to the meat. If you have these prod­ucts, return them for a refund.

Body found in Ukiah dumpster

The body of a local man found in a dump­ster over the week­end has been iden­ti­fied. The Ukiah Daily Jour­nal reports, The Men­do­cino County Sheriff’s Office has con­firmed the iden­tity of a man’s body found in a dump­ster Sat­ur­day night. The body of 46 year old George Cham­bers of Ukiah was found in a dump­ster behind Sta­ples on Air­port Park Blvd in Ukiah by a per­son who was dump­ster div­ing. The Ukiah Police Depart­ment is inves­ti­gat­ing the death. An autopsy has been sched­uled for today to deter­mine Chamber’s cause of death.

Summer safety tips

Sum­mer is rapidly approach­ing and the Lake­port Police Depart­ment would like to remind you of some impor­tant safety tips and gen­eral infor­ma­tion. Traf­fic Safety is extremely impor­tant as pedes­trian and vehic­u­lar traf­fic increase. The sum­mer con­cert series and Inde­pen­dence Day cel­e­bra­tion at Library Park will bring heavy traf­fic flow through­out the down­town area. Lake­port Police say they will be enforc­ing traf­fic laws. Pets are often inno­cent vic­tims dur­ing the sum­mer months and the Police Depart­ment would like to remind you that leav­ing your pets in your vehi­cle is very dan­ger­ous and own­ers should use good judg­ment when tak­ing your pet for a ride.

Authorities Investigate Murder-Suicide in Clearlake Oaks

Author­i­ties are inves­ti­gat­ing a murder-suicide in Clear­lake Oaks. Accord­ing to The Lake County Sheriff’s Office, Deputies were dis­patched to a home on The Plaza for a wel­fare check on Sat­ur­day. Deputies arrived to find a male and female, both deceased, inside the home from appar­ent gun­shot wounds. The vic­tims were iden­ti­fied as 58 year old Laura Matthews and 53 year old Carl McHughes Jr. A firearm was also recov­ered inside the home. The sheriff’s office is cur­rently inves­ti­gat­ing the case as an appar­ent murder-suicide. Author­i­ties are not say­ing at this time who they believe com­mit­ted the shoot­ing. How­ever, the final deter­mi­na­tion is pend­ing autopsy results and fur­ther exam­i­na­tion of evi­dence recov­ered at the scene. Any­one with infor­ma­tion regard­ing this case is asked to call the Lake County Sheriff’s Office.

Lake County Agrees to Settlement in Wrongful Death Lawsuit

A set­tle­ment in the case against Lake County filed by the par­ents of a woman who died in a deputy-involved car crash has been approved. Dur­ing a closed ses­sion, the Lake County Board of Super­vi­sors approved a set­tle­ment amount of $600,000.

In Octo­ber of 2013, Gabriela Rivas Gar­cia was killed when her car was hit by Deputy Scott Lewis, who was respond­ing to a high-speed pur­suit of bur­glary sus­pects. Lewis had alco­hol in his sys­tem at the time of the crash, and Garcia’s fam­ily sued sayin Lewis was respon­si­ble for the crash and their daughter’s death because he was neg­li­gent by par­tic­i­pat­ing in the pursuit.

New Director Named Mendocino Theatre Company

The Men­do­cino The­atre Com­pany has a new Exec­u­tive Direc­tor. Pamela W. Allen will take the reigns this August, after Feli­cia Fre­itas steps down, who is leav­ing in advance of the birth of her first child. Allen has been an active com­pany mem­ber since 2012, appeared as an actress in many pro­duc­tions, and has served on the Men­do­cino The­atre Com­pany Board of Direc­tors for three years.

MCSO Warrant Wednesday

The Men­do­cino Sheriff’s Office is look­ing for Kath­leen Eileen Knight — she’s wanted on a felony war­rant and is the sub­ject of this week’s War­rant Wednes­day. Knight was in pos­ses­sion of a con­trolled sub­stance and pos­ses­sion of a firearm. She’s 55 years old, five foot five inches tall, 175 pounds with black hair and blue eyes. You can see her photo on the The MSCO’s face­book page. If you rec­og­nize or see Knight, con­tact the Sheriff’s Office at (707) 463‑4086.

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Clear Lake Softball and Baseball Advance in Playoffs

In sports:

No. 1 seed Clear Lake will play No. 9 Val­ley Chris­t­ian of Dublin at 4 p.m. on Sat­ur­day in Lake­port in the quar­ter­fi­nal round of the North Coast Sec­tion Divi­sion V soft­ball playoffs.

Also, Clear Lake’s base­ball team has advanced as the top seed in Divi­sion 5. The Car­di­nals, now (25–0), will host a quar­ter­fi­nal game Sat­ur­day in Lake­port at 1PM.

Song written for local fallen soldiers

A Lake County super­vi­sor has writ­ten a song to honor local ser­vice mem­bers. Lake County News says, Super­vi­sor and bail bonds­man, Rob Brown, in honor of Memo­r­ial Day has writ­ten and pro­duced “21 Guns,” a song that remem­bers three young men with Lake County ties who have died in the past seven years. The three men are 22 year old Lance Cor­po­ral Ivan Wil­son of Clear­lake killed in Afghanistan, 27 year old Sgt. 1st Class David Hart­man who has fam­ily in Lake County, died in Pak­istan; and 23 year old Sgt. Richard Essex of Kelseyville, who died in south­ern Afghanistan. You can watch the video of the song at Lake co news dot com.