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Applications due for lower Russian River, Sonoma Coast councils
Residents scattered among small communities along the Sonoma Coast and the lower Russian River, all dependent on a single locally elected representative, are about to launch an experiment designed to give them greater input into policies and decisions that affect their lives and neighborhoods. As promised during her 2016 campaign, 5th District Sonoma County Supervisor Lynda Hopkins is overseeing formation of two elected advisory councils to enhance representation of local constituents and improve communication between far-flung residents and county government. Applications for the two nine- member panels are due by 5 p.m. Wednesday. Final selections will be made in the ensuing weeks, though the process is different for the two groups. The plan is to have the groups up and running by January, Hopkins said. “My purpose is really local self- governance and community empowerment,” Hopkins said. “I see this as almost an unincorporated town council.” The Lower Russian River and Sonoma Coast Municipal Advisory Councils are the product of more than a year of public meetings and groundwork by government officials and west county residents to decide on boundaries and representation within each citizen panel. [Article]
by , Santa Rosa Press Democrat. 2018-10-20
 
Mendocino County supervisors hear report on local mental health system – The Ukiah Daily Journal
Lee Kemper of Kemper Consulting Group presented his group’s findings on the mental health system in Mendocino County to the Board of Supervisors earlier this week and addressed questions about steps the county can take to improve its mental health system. The Kemper Report looked at the state of current mental health services in the county and what is needed in the mental health system in the next five to 10 years. County voters passed Measure B in 2017 toward construction of a behavioral health facility and to support ongoing operations, services and treatment programs. Measure B starts with a half-cent tax over a five-year period, which will generate approximately $38 million in five years, and becomes an eighth-cent tax, which would make roughly $2 million per year, in years six to 10. Lee Kemper said that the overarching finding was that the county had problems with mental health service delivery. [Article]
by , Ukiah Daily Journal. 2018-10-20
 
Alameda County Jail Inmates Will be Able to Vote in Midterm Elections - NBC Bay Area
You lose a lot when serving time in California’s county jails, but not necessarily your right to vote. Alameda County public defenders are handing out voter registration forms to their clients, letting jail inmates know that even though they’re behind bars, they might be eligible to vote. “I got arrested like two days ago in Napa County over some petty theft, something stupid,” said Rashon Davis of Oakland. While Davis was sitting in jail, he heard the pitch. “They came in and they gave us papers talking about if you guys want to vote, you don’t have to, you have a choice to,” he said. Davis, who’s never voted before, was stunned that he could register to vote while behind bars. “That’s my first time I ever seen something like that I didn’t even know they could do that,” he said. [Article]
by , . 2018-10-20
 
Legalization group won't back high taxes - The Leaf Online
Contra Costa County, California, cannabis reformers are withholding their support from a local ballot measure that would impose stiff taxes on cannabis businesses — if and when they are allowed to open in the county, where they are currently banned. The local chapter of NORML, the nations largest organization dedicated to the interests of adult cannabis consumers, had intended to back the measure based on the Measure R ballot summary but found that “the devil was in the details,” according to CC-NORML Co-chair Greg Kremenliev. [Article]
by , . 2018-10-20
 
Sacramento Catholic diocese delays list of sex-abusing priests to conduct independent review | The Sacramento Bee
The Catholic Diocese of Sacramento said this week it will postpone releasing names of priests accused of sexual abuse until an independent auditor can review thousands of personnel records. A spokesman for the diocese on Oct. 10 said it planned on having staff members produce a list within a few weeks. Monday, Bishop Jaime Soto said that the sensitivity of the matter combined with the increased scrutiny towards the Catholic church required hiring an outside investigator as a more “prudent” course of action. “There (are) a lot of files, more than 2,000 files, that have to be reviewed and my staff was overwhelmed by the size of the task and the expectation that it would be an accurate and transparent list,” Soto said. [Article]
by , Sacramento Bee. 2018-10-20
 
What would it take for El Dorado Hills to become a city?
Some El Dorado Hills residents are working to turn their town into a city. The area is currently governed and serviced by the county. About two dozen people attended an informational meeting Thursday to ask questions about what it takes to become a city. KCRA 3’s Emily Maher spoke with Steve Ferry, the El Dorado Hills man leading the charge for city hood. Ferry said if the request for city hood is approved by the county and a local commission, the measure will be placed on a ballot, where voters will have the final say. He said the process could take several years. [Article]
by , KCRA - Sacramento Placer. 2018-10-20
 
County names new planning and building director
El Dorado County has announced the appointment of Tiffany Schmid as its new planning and building director, effective Oct. 20. Schmid takes the place of Roger Trout who is retiring. According to a press release issued by the county, “El Dorado County is fortunate to have someone such as Ms. Schmid who brings a very supportive, collaborative and customer service oriented approach to this very challenging, yet critical position. Ms. Schmid’s experience not only provides a strong and diverse professional background, she has lived in El Dorado County almost her entire life which provides a unique level of understanding to this position.” [Article]
by , Placerville Mountain Democrat. 2018-10-20
 
Scrutinizing Santa Barbara County's reponse to Thomas Fire and Montecito debris flow | KCBX
An analysis of how Santa Barbara County responded to the December 2017 Thomas Fire and January 9, 2018 Debris Flow was delivered to the Board of Supervisors this week. It’s called the "After Action Report and Improvement Plan." The supervisors heard from a third party about what the county did well in the midst and wake of the disasters, and how it can do better in the future. The 36-page report was put together by Haggerty Consulting. They’ve analyzed responses to other natural disasters like Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Sandy and the Refugio Oil Spill. Katie Freeman is the report’s project manager. At Tuesday's meeting, she detailed many things the county did well, such as robust information sharing following the disasters. [Article]
by , . 2018-10-20
 
Campaign kick-off month deemed for United Way of Nevada County | TheUnion.com
The Nevada County Board of Supervisors proclaimed October 2018 "United Way of Nevada County Campaign Kick-off" month. Megan Timpany, Executive Director (center) accepted the proclamation from the Board of Supervisors. [Article]
by , Grass Valley Union. 2018-10-20
 
Our View: Looking for a housing Field of Dreams | TheUnion.com
If the saga of bringing housing to Nevada County became a movie, its tagline would be — "If you rezone it, they won't necessarily come." That's been a recurring message over the years, as has "Not in my backyard." Both are refrains that seemingly echo in the chambers of the Board of Supervisors, shaping our community's housing discussion. The latest push to bring housing here came last week, when supervisors approved more zones for high-density housing along Brunswick Road in Grass Valley. To hear them tell it, the state might as well have put a gun to their heads. Rezone the land or lose state grants and even the ability to issue your own building permits, the county's head planner told supervisors. Supervisors blinked, made some conciliatory comments and got in line. [Article]
by , Grass Valley Union. 2018-10-20
 
Nevada County, Dept. of Agriculture partner for nonprofit, housing workshop | TheUnion.com
The County of Nevada and U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development are teaming up to host a financial resources workshop geared toward the nonprofit and housing communities, according to a release. The meeting is set for 1 to 3:30 p.m. on October 30 at the Veterans Memorial Building in Grass Valley. This event is free and open to the public. Individuals, nonprofit organizations, lenders, realtors and developers are encouraged to attend and bring project concepts as well as questions to discuss in the interactive question and answer sessions. "We are fortunate that the USDA will be joining us later this month," said District 3 Supervisor Dan Miller in the release. "This programming is exciting because it has the potential to help infuse our county with funding, help homeowners make much needed repairs, and help individuals realize their dreams of owning a home." [Article]
by , Grass Valley Union. 2018-10-20
 
County announces walnut buying period – Red Bluff Daily News
Tehama County Agricultural Commissioner, Rick Gurrola announced this week the walnut buying period will begin Nov. 1 pursuant to the County’s walnut theft ordinance. The walnut buying period is the declared conclusion of harvest of the Chandler variety of walnuts by the Agricultural Commissioner, after consultation with a committee of walnut growers, during which non-processing walnut buying operations within Tehama County may lawfully purchase and receive walnuts that have not been dried or processed. Walnuts are the highest valued agricultural commodity in Tehama County. According to the Tehama County 2017 Crop Report there were 24,687 harvested acres in Tehama County with a market value of over $120,000,000. “The walnut industry is particularly vulnerable to theft due to the manner in which the nuts are harvested,” Gurrola said. “Typically the walnuts are shaken from the trees and left unattended in windrows until they are collected by harvesting equipment. Unfortunately some people steal them from orchards and sell the walnuts illegally, the Walnut Theft Ordinance is intended to deter such activities.” [Article]
by , Red Bluff Daily News. 2018-10-20
 
County to celebrate Red Ribbon Week – Red Bluff Daily News
RED BLUFF — Red Ribbon Week was officially proclaimed Tuesday at the Tehama County Board of Supervisors meeting with the celebration set to kick-off on Oct. 23. Always held in October, the week commemorates the sacrifice made by DEA Special Agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena, who died at the hands of drug traffickers in Mexico. The focus is reduction of drug use. Tehama County Sheriff’s Capt. Dave Kain, Drug and Alcohol Director Phillip Hernandez and Drug Free Community Coalition Project Coordinator Ulanda Hinkston read the proclamation into record and spoke about upcoming events for the community. [Article]
by , Red Bluff Daily News. 2018-10-20
 
L.A. County Unemployment Rate Ticked Up to 4.6 Percent in September Despite Job Gains | Los Angeles Business Journal
L.A. County’s unemployment rate edged up to 4.6 percent in September even as the county recorded sizable job gains in the education sector, according to state figures released Oct. 19. The state Employment Development Department reported the unemployment rate rose from 4.5 percent, where it had been for the previous three months. Extrapolating from a monthly household survey, the EDD reported roughly 3,000 more people joined the labor force in September, bringing the total to 5,154,000. With more people looking for work, the number of unemployed also increased by 3,000 to 236,000. Meanwhile, the number of Los Angeles County residents employed decreased by 1,000 to 4,917,000. [Article]
by , . 2018-10-19
 
Measure W: A Needless Tax On Rain, Or LA's Best Solution To Drought?: LAist
Got a big driveway or patio at your place? If a November ballot measure goes through, you could be looking at a new property tax. And it's an unusual one. Measure W would charge property owners according to the amount of land that water cannot soak into. We're talking paved and impermeable surfaces like roofs, pool decks, patios and driveways [Article]
by , . 2018-10-19
 
Environmentalists file lawsuit against regional planners – Santa Clarita Valley Signal
Developers wanting to build more than 19,000 homes just south of the Kern County line encountered another roadblock this week with a lawsuit filed by environmentalists questioning the job done by regional planners reviewing the Centennial housing project. On Tuesday, environmentalists with the Center for Biological Diversity filed a lawsuit at Los Angeles Superior Court against the Los Angeles County Department of Regional Planning claiming planners failed to release records regarding the Centennial project proposed by the Tejon Ranch Company. Specifically, the center is seeking to obtain “communications” between department and Tejon following an inadequate environmental review process for the 19,000-unit project. [Article]
by , . 2018-10-19
 
Residents erupt in anger at Garcetti's town hall for planned homeless shelter in Venice - Los Angeles Times
For four hours, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti took the heat from a crowd in Venice. Locals booed, catcalled and criticized the city’s plans to build a 154-bed homeless shelter on an abandoned Metropolitan Transportation Authority yard in the heart of the seaside community. It was Garcetti’s first town hall to discuss his Bridge Home program, which seeks to put a temporary shelter in each of the city’s 15 council districts. L.A. voters have committed more than $1 billion to providing housing for homeless people, whose continued presence on the streets has emerged as a critical issue both for the city and for Garcetti as he considers a run for president in 2020. But exactly where to put that housing — temporary and permanent — has become a vexing and emotional issue in recent months. Proposed homeless shelters in Koreatown, Sherman Oaks and San Pedro have sparked anger and accusations that City Hall is ignoring residents’ wishes as officials pick sites. And many have looked to Garcetti for leadership to balance the need for housing with community concerns about blight and crime. The moment came in Venice, where the mayor listened as residents vented and tried to make his case for shared sacrifice. “The easy thing to do politically is to walk away,” Garcetti said several times, adding, “We can’t afford to walk away from homelessness.” [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2018-10-19
 
Review: 'The Advocates' examines the complexities behind L.A.'s homelessness issue - Los Angeles Times
L.A.’s homelessness crisis is portrayed from the highly personal vantage points of a trio of tireless outreach workers in “The Advocates,” a straight-ahead but affecting documentary that acknowledges the stubborn obstacles inherent in their efforts to make a difference. With approximately 25% of the country’s half-a-million homeless found on the streets of Los Angeles, Rudy Salinas, a program director at HousingWorks, Claudia Perez, founder of L.A. on Cloud 9, and Monday Night Mission creator Mel Tillekeratne certainly have their plates full. While director Remi Kessler has a panel of experts at his disposal, including UCLA law professor emeritus Gary Blasi and veteran L.A. Times columnist Steve Lopez, to provide the simple math leading to where we are today, the situation proves more complex than the escalation of L.A. rents in proportion to the long languishing minimum wage. Even with the passing of ballot Measures HHH and H, the cold, hard statistics — 64% of the city’s homeless population suffers from either alcohol or drug addiction while an estimated 30% suffers from serious mental illness — mean that housing alone won’t solve the mounting problem. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2018-10-19
 
For Los Angeles' Homeless, Fears Persist of a 'Cruel and Pistol-Happy' Police Force - Pacific Standard
It's true that Skid Row has a serious drug problem, William tells me, peering out of the two-man tent he shares with his wife. He calls his block, a dense thicket of tarps and tents, "the middle of cocaine alley." It's also his only housing option. [Article]
by , . 2018-10-19
 
Proposition 10, which would expand rent control, is 'in deep trouble,' poll shows - Los Angeles Times
An initiative that would expand rent control in California faces a steep deficit as election day nears, according to a new USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll. The survey found that 41% of likely voters favor Proposition 10 with 38% opposed and 21% undecided. California law prohibits cities and counties from implementing many forms of rent control. Proposition 10 would repeal that law, allowing local governments to develop their own policies. Robert Shrum, co-director of USC’s Center for the Political Future and a longtime Democratic strategist, said the numbers don’t look good for the initiative. The election is less than three weeks away, and landlord-backed opponents of the measure are significantly outspending supporters. “For an initiative that has 41% and the money is on the other side, it’s in deep trouble,” Shrum said. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2018-10-19
 
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