Burglary at PG&E Ukiah office

Accord­ing to the Men­do­cino County Sheriff’s Office, last week two out-of-county men allegedly bur­glar­ized a Ukiah Pacific Gas and Elec­tric office. Deputies responded to the office in the 2500 block of North State Street because the bur­glary alarm had been set off. Upon arrival they saw a man run­ning from the rear yard of the office, which resulted in a chase. The sus­pect was lost a block from the scene. Deputies then searched the area and found evi­dence at the PG&E yard that showed a bur­glary had been com­mit­ted, and a large amount of cop­per wire had been stolen. A white Dodge pickup truck was seen leav­ing the area where the crime occurred. Deputies fol­lowed and stopped the truck in the 1700 block of North State Street. The dri­ver was iden­ti­fied as Dou­glas Penn of Rich­mond and his pas­sen­ger Ale­jan­dro Rojas of Con­cord. Evi­dence found in the truck linked both Penn and Rojas to the sus­pected bur­glary of the PG&E office. Both men are locked up in the Men­do­cino County.

Cal Fire exercises

The Cal Fire Sonoma-Lake-Napa Unit inmate fire crews from Delta Con­ser­va­tion Camp and Konocti Con­ser­va­tion Camp will hold their annual fire crew pre­pared­ness exer­cises in Lake County on Wednes­day, April 29, and Thurs­day, April 30. Lake County News says, The fire crew pre­pared­ness exer­cises pro­vide the oppor­tu­nity for 11 fire crews from the two con­ser­va­tion camps to be eval­u­ated on their phys­i­cal con­di­tion­ing, fire­fight­ing knowl­edge, fire safety and per­sonal pro­tec­tive equip­ment. The annual fire crew pre­pared­ness exer­cise is an impor­tant part of prepar­ing for fires in Cal­i­for­nia. The crew mem­bers are edu­cated and trained to work under extreme fire con­di­tions, many times in triple-digit heat. Under com­pet­i­tive pres­sure; the fire crews will con­struct fire lines uti­liz­ing chain­saws and hand tools, hike a set dis­tance on vary­ing ter­rain into a pre-designated loca­tion, deploy fire shel­ters, as well as expand their knowl­edge in fire, bull­dozer and heli­copter safety.

Water Rate Tiers May be Unconstitutional

A new court rul­ing against tiered water rate sys­tems may have an effect on local water dis­tricts. The Willits News reports, A Cal­i­for­nia appeals court ruled Mon­day that tiered water rates which can­not be sup­ported by actual costs for each prop­erty are uncon­sti­tu­tional. This means that rates estab­lished to reward con­ser­va­tion and to pun­ish those using more may water may be dis­al­lowed. This rul­ing could chal­lenge the con­sti­tu­tion­al­ity of the tiered water rate struc­ture used by both Brook­trails and Willits. With a 25 per­cent man­dated state-wide cut in water use, the rul­ing could not have come at a worst time. Gov­er­nor Brown imme­di­ately lashed out at the deci­sion, say­ing it puts a strait­jacket on local gov­ern­ment at a time when max­i­mum flex­i­bil­ity is needed. State lawyers are now review­ing the decision.

Medal of Valor Recipients

Clear Lake Area office CHP Offi­cer Adam Gar­cia received the Cal­i­for­nia Medal of Valor yes­ter­day in West Sacra­mento. He was among 2 CHP offi­cers and 52 employ­ees from eight state depart­ments who received the award. Garcia’s past hon­ors include the CPOA Award of Valor for pulling two peo­ple from a burn­ing pickup in Jan­u­ary 2013.

Also rec­og­nized with the Governor’s State Employee Medal of Valor for their heroic actions, were two Cal­trans Dis­trict 1 employ­ees. John­nie James and Jerry Bach­mann saved an elderly cou­ple in an over-the-side res­cue oper­a­tion in north­ern Del Norte County. The pair noticed tire marks on the road, and dis­cov­ered the vehi­cle of Peter and Susan Aspin­wall over the embank­ment, over­turned, and caught on a tree which had pre­vented their car from tum­bling approx­i­mately 60 feet to the riverbed below. The two Cal­trans employ­ees worked to free the cou­ple for nearly 40 min­utes before other emer­gency respon­ders could arrive on scene,

Work on Mellor Drive in Lakeport Starts Monday

The Lake­port Pub­lic Works Depart­ment will be work­ing on Mel­lor Drive between Eleventh and Six­teenth Streets start­ing next Mon­day — April 27. The work is expected to last until Tues­day, May 5. You’re asked to be aware of the work crew and use alter­nate routes if possible

0Work on Mellor Drive in Lakeport Starting Monday

The Lake­port Pub­lic Works Depart­ment will be work­ing on Mel­lor Drive between Eleventh and Six­teenth Streets start­ing next Mon­day — April 27. The work is expected to last until Tues­day, May 5. You’re asked to be aware of the work crew and use alter­nate routes if possible

0U.S. Rep. Mike Thompson Guest Reading at Library Today

U.S. Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Mike Thomp­son will be a guest reader at Lake­port Library’s 3 p.m. free story time for chil­dren today. Thomp­son vol­un­teered to read to the chil­dren in recog­ni­tion of National Library Week. The library is located at 1425 N. High St. and is open Tues­day, Thurs­day, Fri­day and Sat­ur­day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Wednes­day from noon to 8 p.m.
The Lake County Library is on the inter­net at library.lakecountyca.gov and on Face­book at facebook.com/lakecountylibrary.

Board Sends Letter to SWRCB Regarding Mendocino Water Releases

The Men­do­cino County Board of Super­vi­sors is send­ing a let­ter of sup­port to the SWRCB in hopes of chang­ing the state’s deci­sion about the amount of water released from Lake Men­do­cino. The Board says the cur­rent min­i­mum flow require­ments for the Russ­ian River uses out­dated cri­te­ria. The Board is hop­ing for a change that could save hun­dreds of acre-feet of water in the Lake each day.

Job fair in Clearlake

A job fair will bring together over 30 busi­nesses at a job fair in Clear­lake this week­end. With the Sum­mer Sea­son upon us, job demand is on the rise. Job Seek­ers are encour­aged to attend this event and learn what jobs are avail­able in Lake County. Appli­cants are encour­aged to come dressed for suc­cess and ready to meet employ­ers who are look­ing for enthu­si­as­tic appli­cants pre­pared to work. The Job Fair will be held from 10 to 2 on Sat­ur­day April 24th at the Yuba Col­lege, Clear­lake Campus.

CA Vaccine laws

Vac­cine laws across the nation may be tough­ened, if Cal­i­for­nia passes a bill that would strip par­ents of their rights to exempt kids from immu­niza­tions based on per­sonal beliefs. A poten­tial end to California’s opt-out pro­vi­sion is gain­ing ground. The state Sen­ate Edu­ca­tion Com­mit­tee votes 7–2 to require full vac­ci­na­tions for almost all pub­lic school stu­dents. The move comes in the wake of “anti-vax” par­ents often blamed for the Dis­ney­land measles out­break that made 147 peo­ple sick, spread to five states.