CAL FIRE Announces Fire Prevention Grants to Reduce Threat of Wildfire 2nd Year of State Responsibility Area Fire Prevention Fund Grants

California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection

RELEASE DATE: October 26, 2015

CAL FIRE Announces Fire Prevention Grants to Reduce Threat of Wildfire
2nd Year of State Responsibility Area Fire Prevention Fund Grants

Sacramento – On Monday, CAL FIRE announced the release of the 2015-2016 State Responsibility Area Fire Prevention Fund (SRAFPF) Grant Program. The grants are aimed at reducing the threat of large wildfires in and around communities within the State Responsibility Area (SRA) of California.

“After what has already been an extremely busy fire season, we are eager to continue this program and bolster the momentum of fire prevention work on the ground,” said Chief Ken Pimlott, CAL FIRE Director.

The 2015-2016 State Responsibility Area Fire Prevention Fund grants have a one-time allocation from the California Legislature of five million dollars that is intended to address the risk and potential impact of wildfire on habitable structures in the SRA.  The grants are aimed at local governments, fire districts and fire safe councils to augment the fire prevention projects performed by CAL FIRE. This year, the maximum grant amount limit will be $100,000 per project.  This will allow for broad distribution of grant funds to organizations throughout the SRA where fire prevention fees are paid.  The 2015-2016 SRAFPF Grant Applications are due January 7, 2016, by 3 p.m.

CAL FIRE is encouraging a wide range of applicants throughout the state to apply for this funding.  Interested parties can get more information at CAL FIRE’s grants webpage at:

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Extension of Application Filing Period for Appointed Seats on the Mendocino County Tourism Commission

Ukiah, California… October 28, 2015
Extension of Application Filing Period for Appointed Seats
on the Mendocino County Tourism Commission
The Mendocino County Board of Supervisors is seeking applicants to serve on a new board tasked with promoting Mendocino County.
The new promotion board is responsible for attracting visitors to Mendocino County, managing a budget of roughly $1 million a year, with two thirds of the funds collected directly from visitors staying overnight in hotels and inns. The new board is called the Mendocino County Tourism Commission and takes office on January 1, 2016. In December of this year, the Board of Supervisors will appoint six of the eleven members of the new Mendocino County Tourism Commission. The other five seats are directly elected by lodging owners.
During the original application filing period the Board of Supervisors did not receive applications for all available seats. Therefore, the application filing period for appointed seats on the Mendocino County Tourism Commission will be extended to 5:00 p.m. on Monday, November, 23, 2015. Applicants will be interviewed for appointment by the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, December 8, 2015.
The available seats include: one Coastal Chamber of Commerce/Coastal Regional Promotional Organization Member (applicant must be nominated by a sponsor organization), one Inland Chamber of Commerce/Inland Regional Promotional Organization Member (applicant must be nominated by a sponsor organization); Winery/Winegrower Member (applicant may be nominated by a sponsor organization), one Arts Organization/Attractions Member (applicant may be nominated by a sponsor organization); one Food/Beverage Business Member, and one At Large Member. For Additional information and to obtain an application, please visit:

CAL FIRE: Now is the Time to Be Halloween Safe!

California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection

RELEASE DATE: October 29, 2015

One of the Scariest Days is Appearing this Weekend!
Now is the Time to Be Halloween Safe!

Sacramento – Halloween is a fun and spooky time of year for you and your little ones. It can be a dangerous time as well. Did you know that decorations were the first item to be ignited in an average of 860 reported home structure fires per year from 2009-2013? Nearly half of all decoration fires in homes are the result of decorations being too close to a heat source. Thirty-eight percent were started by candles and one-sixth began in the living room, family room or den.

You can make trick-or-treating safe with a few easy Halloween safety tips:

Trick-or-treating: Never trick-or-treat alone. Always go with a parent or another adult. Never go into anyone’s home without the permission of your parent or the adult you are with. Only visit houses with their lights on. Walk on sidewalks and driveways. Make sure to cross the street at the corner or in a crosswalk.  Be sure to inspect treats before allowing your children to eat them.

Costumes: When choosing a costume, stay away from billowing or long-trailing fabric. If you are making your own costume, choose material that won’t easily ignite if it comes into contact with heat or flame.

Visibility: Provide children with flashlights to carry for lighting or glow sticks as part of their costumes. If your child is wearing a mask, make sure the eye holes are large enough so he/she can see clearly out of it or use face paint and makeup as an alternative.

Flammable decorations: Dried flowers, cornstalks and crepe paper are highly flammable. Keep these and other decorations well away from all open flames and heat sources, including light bulbs and heaters.

Candles/jack-o-lanterns: It is safest to use a glow stick or battery-operated candle in a jack-o-lantern. If you use a real candle, use extreme caution. When lighting candles inside jack-o-lanterns, use long fireplace-style matches or a utility lighter. If you choose to use candle decorations, make sure to keep them well attended at all times. Do not leave them near flammable objects or where trick-or-treaters may walk. Make sure children are watched at all times when candles are lit.

Exits: Remember to keep exits clear of decorations, so nothing blocks escape routes.

CAL FIRE wishes all Californians a safe and enjoyable Halloween! For more Halloween fire safety ideas and tips, please visit the CAL FIRE website at

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Mendocino County HHSA Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) Forum November Meeting in Laytonville

Press Release
Date:  October 29, 2015

Mendocino County HHSA Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) Forum
November Meeting in Laytonville

The Mendocino County Health and Human Services Agency Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) Forum will be held on Tuesday, November 10, 2015, from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. in Laytonville. This meeting will take place at the Laytonville Family Resource Center at Harwood Hall located at 44400 Willis Ave. in Laytonville.

This meeting is similar to a town meeting where MHSA Stakeholders, members of the public, consumers and family members and community agencies are encouraged to attend this meeting to provide suggestions, ideas and feedback on the Mental Health Services Act programs including Workforce Education and Training, and Suicide Prevention.

Meeting agendas are published at:

For further information, contact: Robin Meloche, MHSA Coordinator at 707-472-2332.

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Wild mushrooms, happy hosts: 6th Annual Heritage Luncheon offers fall bounty

Wild mushrooms, happy hosts:
6th Annual Heritage Luncheon offers fall bounty

On Saturday, November 7, 1:00 pm, celebrate mushroom season with the Mendocino County Museum’s Heritage Lunch! Enjoy a mushroom-inspired catered feast, complimentary wine and beer, and expert local speakers. Cost is $35; all proceeds benefit the Mendocino County Museum.

For tickets and more information, visit or call 459-2736.

MCOG awarded $3 million for Covelo projects; Ukiah rail trail project gets $1.8 million

MCOG awarded $3 million for Covelo projects; Ukiah rail trail project gets $1.8 million

The California Transportation Commission approved a combined $3 million in funding for two Mendocino Council of Governments projects Wednesday at its meeting in Oakland.

MCOG said it was at least the second year in a row that the CTC awarded money from the state’s Active Transportation Program to support one of its multi-purpose trail projects in Covelo.

Last year, MCOG received $847,000 for environmental work and non-infrastructure work that included community and schools, safety and education for Phase 1 of its Highway 162 Corridor Multi-Purpose Trail Project.

The two MCOG projects awarded were among 87 grants funded under the statewide competition. A third Mendocino County project, the Northwestern Pacific Rail Trail Phase 2 project, was also awarded $1.8 million to the city of Ukiah. MCOG stated this project will extend Ukiah’s newly completed rail-with-trail facility from Gobbi Street southward to the commercial area at Commerce Street.

On Wednesday, MCOG stated it received $2 million from the CTC for design, right-of-way and construction for Phase 1 of the Covelo project, which will construct a bicycle and pedestrian trail parallel to Highway 162 from Howard Street to Biggar Lane in Round Valley.

The second project awarded was for Phase 2, in which nearly $1.25 million was granted by the CTC for all project components through construction to extend the Phase 1 bicycle and pedestrian facility from Biggar Lane northward to Hurt Road, according to MCOG.

“We thank the hardworking staff and commissioners for helping to protect the safety of our 3rd District citizens and encouraging a healthy lifestyle in Round Valley,” Mendocino County 3rd District Supervisor Tom Woodhouse stated.

Construction of a bicycle and pedestrian trail physically separated from Highway 162 was MCOG’s top priority identified in its Covelo/Round Valley Non-Motorized Needs Assessment and Engineered Feasibility Study because of a history of pedestrian and bicycle collisions in the area that have resulted in fatalities.

The Round Valley tribes have also agreed to permanently maintain all trail segments that lie on tribal lands, according to MCOG. Remaining segments of the new facility will be constructed within state right-of-way along Highway 162, but separated from vehicle travel lanes. An east-west trail within tribal lands connecting Henderson Lane with the primary trail along Highway 162 will also be constructed with Phase 1 funding, MCOG stated.

Week of October 26 on Native America Calling

Monday, October 26, 2015 – Domestic Violence Shelters
Leaving an abusive relationship can be a difficult journey, particularly if the victim lives with her abuser. A domestic violence shelter may be the only option. For Native American women those options are limited. There are fewer than 30 shelters in the U.S. geared specifically toward helping Native American women, according to the most recent figures by Mending the Sacred Hoop. On this episode we’ll discuss why there is a need for more shelters for Native American women. Does your community have a domestic violence shelter?

Tuesday, October 27, 2015 – Redface in the Entertainment Industry
A burlesque performer drew protests for wearing a buckskin bikini and feather headdress. A Seattle actress takes to the stage in a cartoonish Native American costume as a way to educate people about cultural misappropriation. We’ll hear from performers who say they’re on the right side of donning what’s known as “redface”. Just what are the boundaries of Native American dress and imagery? Is it ever appropriate to wear traditional attire on stage?

Wednesday, October 28, 2015 – October Book of the Month: “A Is for Acorn: A California Indian ABC”
Lyn Risling (Karuk/Yurok/Hupa) and Analisa Tripp (Karuk) are introducing the world to Native American California culture through the pages of a children’s book, “A is for Acorn: A California Indian ABC.” Each letter of the English alphabet is connected to an aspect of Native culture, like B for basket-featuring designs similar to many of the tribes that call California home. Animals, plants and other cultural objects also get the highlight in this playful look at the ABC’s. We invite you to join us as we visit the book’s creators on our October Book of the Month feature.

Thursday, October 29, 2015 – October in the News
Republicans align with tribal sovereignty over oil drilling, more cities and states recognize Indigenous Peoples Day, and tribes seek a presidential declaration to protect land. These are among the recent news events we’ll analyze. Three Native journalists will join us with their insights on the stories that got their Native communities buzzing. What hot news item has got you talking?

Friday, October 30, 2015 – The “Indian Burial Ground” Trope
Halloween is nearly here and many TV shows are unearthing seasonal episodes with spooks and ghouls. One popular plot line is the “Indian burial ground” trope that usually includes characters becoming cursed or haunted because they unwittingly desecrate a Native American burial ground. Join us as we examine shows and movies that rely on exaggerated or just plain wrong interpretations of Native culture. Where did the fascination with Indian burial grounds come from? What are some other myths that movies perpetuate?

Native America Calling is a national call-in program that invites guests and listeners to join a dialogue about current events, music, arts, entertainment and culture.

The program is hosted by Tara Gatewood (Isleta Pueblo) and airs live each weekday from 1-2 pm Eastern.

Join the conversation by calling 1-800-996-2848.

Scheduled Power Outage for the County Offices in Ukiah on October 24, 2015

Press Release

Date:  October 24, 2015

Scheduled Power Outage for the County October 24, 2015

The County is replacing old power equipment. This will cause some disruption to services at the HHSA Animal Care Services Shelter at 298 Plant Road, Ukiah on Saturday October 24, 2015. The process will begin at 7a.m. and last through early afternoon on the 24th.

Animal Care Services still available on October 24 will be:
1. Volunteers for dog walking, cat socialization and the Pit Crew will be occurring.
2. No disruption to power or water, caring for our pets will not be interrupted.
3. Potential adopters may come in and meet animals.
4. Stray animal intake will occur.
5. Phones should be working.

Animal Care Services that will be affected on Saturday:
1. No cash transactions will be possible.
2. No dog license processing will be done.
3. Adoptions cannot be processed.
4. No owner surrender pet intake will occur.
5. No email service.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause for anyone. We look forward to having the new equipment up and running!
Thank you for your understanding

Appointment of Katharine L. Elliott as Mendocino County’s Acting County Counsel


Ukiah, California… October 23, 2015
Appointment of Katharine L. Elliott as
Mendocino County’s Acting County Counsel
Mendocino County Chief Executive Officer Carmel J. Angelo announced today that the
Board of Supervisors has unanimously appointed Deputy County Counsel, Katharine L.
Elliott, as Acting County Counsel. The appointment was made on October 20, 2015,
with an effective of October 25, 2015. Supervisor Carre Brown, representing the 1st
District and current Board Chair, commented on the Board’s action stating, “On behalf
of the Board, I know we are all looking forward to working with Ms. Elliott in her new
role, knowing that she brings with her both experience and passion for the work she
Ms. Elliott has over 27 years of legal experience, including private and public sector
work. In addition to serving as a Deputy County Counsel in Mendocino County, she
served as Deputy Public Defender in Tulare County for 10 years, Assistant Public
Defender in Mendocino County for four years, and had a solo law practice for 13 years
in which she handled both criminal and civil cases, dependency and juvenile matters,
and state and federal matters. Ms. Elliott stated: “I am genuinely grateful to have been
chosen for this position. I believe that my management background and my extensive
litigation experience will be an asset to this office. I am looking forward to serving
Mendocino through my work with the Board of Supervisors.”
Ms. Elliott graduated from Santa Barbara College of Law and resides in Redwood



Ukiah, California: October 15, 2015
On Thursday, October 29, 2015, the Mendocino County Water Agency will hold its fourth workshop regarding SGMA. The requirement to form a Groundwater Sustainability Agency (GSA) for the Ukiah Valley Basin will be discussed. Topics will include a recap on 2015 SGMA legislation and creation of a Coordination Committee to evaluate options to form a GSA for the Ukiah Valley Basin.
“It is very important for everyone to stay engaged in this process within the Ukiah Valley, especially water managers, as it is the only groundwater basin presently in Mendocino County that falls under the mandate of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act of 2014” stated First District Supervisor Carre Brown, who also chairs the Mendocino County Water Agency Board of Directors.
The Mendocino County Water Agency SGMA workshop will be held at the County of Mendocino Administration Center in the Agriculture Building, 890 N. Bush Street in Ukiah. The discussion will begin at 5:30 p.m. This meeting will be open to the public. Stakeholders and all interested parties are encouraged to attend.
In addition, the Water Agency will be hosting a viewing of the SGMA Information Webinar on Tuesday, October 27, 2015 from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. in the Board of Supervisors Chambers, located at the 501 Low Gap Road in Ukiah. The webinar is being presented by the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) and the Department of Water Resources (DWR) and is designed to inform staff, governing boards and leaders of local public agencies and organization on the technical aspects of SGMA.
For more information, or to reserve a spot, please contact Sarah Dukett at the Mendocino County Executive Office at (707) 463-4441 or
Released by:
Carmel J. Angelo
Chief Executive Officer/Water Agency Director