CAL FIRE warns of dangers as fireworks go on sale

CAL FIRE NEWS RELEASE

RELEASE DATE: June 28, 2016

CAL FIRE warns of dangers as fireworks go on sale
Thousands of pounds of illegal fireworks already confiscated

Sacramento – Today begins the sale of “Safe and Sane” fireworks in nearly 300 communities across California, which has CAL FIRE reminding everyone to do their part to prevent fires caused by fireworks this Fourth of July. Over the past five years, more than 2,500 structure and wildfires have been sparked by fireworks, burning thousands of acres, causing countless injuries and costing millions in property loss.

“Illegal fireworks, or even the unsafe use of ‘Sane and Sane’ fireworks, are a major problem every year,” said Chief Tonya Hoover, California’s state fire marshal. “We have a zero tolerance towards the possession, sale or use of illegal fireworks and our officers will be patrolling the streets and internet this week.”

Fire and law enforcement officers across the State are working together to confiscate illegal fireworks off the streets. Earlier this month, CAL FIRE joined a multi-agency fireworks seizure operation in San Bernardino County.  The operation resulted in the confiscation of 25,406 pounds of illegal fireworks, 51 misdemeanor citations were issued, as well as two felony arrests. In Placer County, a similar multi-agency operation occurred at the agricultural inspection station in Truckee. More than 1,882 pounds of fireworks were confiscated resulting in 20 misdemeanor citations and seven felony arrests.

“Wildfire activity has significantly increased during the last several weeks and California continues to experience explosive fire conditions as a result of five years of drought,” said Chief Ken Pimott, CAL FIRE director. “Everyone needs to understand the dangers associated with the use of illegal fireworks or misuse of legal fireworks. Any person who starts a fire from fireworks – even accidentally – can be held liable for the fire-fighting costs as well as property damage costs.”

The State Fire Marshal approved “Safe and Sane” fireworks are allowed for use in many communities; however, they are not approved state-wide. Before purchasing these types of fireworks, be sure to check your local laws and follow the instructions to avoid accidents and injuries.

Here are a few tips to help you be safe this 4th of July:
•                    If fireworks are not legal where you live, do not use them.
•                    Buy only State Fire Marshal-approved (Safe and Sane) fireworks.
•                    Have a bucket of water and a hose handy.
•                    Always read directions and have an adult present.
•                    Use fireworks outdoors only.
•                    Parents are liable for any damage or injuries caused by their children using fireworks.
•                    Use common sense and keep a safe distance.
•                    Never attempt to re-light or “fix” fireworks.

Visit www.ReadyforWildfire.org for tips on how to prevent a wildfire this Fourth of July.

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Fourth of July office closure, outdoor recreation information

News Release

Mendocino National Forest
Fourth of July office closure, outdoor recreation information

WILLOWS, Calif; June 27, 2016 – For Immediate Release – Mendocino National Forest offices will be closed in observance of the Fourth of July holiday on Monday, July 4. Our offices will resume regular business hours at 8:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 5.
For your safety, please plan ahead and be properly prepared for your trip to the Mendocino National Forest. Be aware that weather may change very quickly and plan accordingly. Tell someone where you are going and when you plan to return. Remember that cell phones are unreliable in many parts of the forest. Carry emergency equipment in your vehicle. In the event of an emergency, please call “911”.

Ann Carlson, Mendocino Forest Supervisor says, “We invite you to get outdoors and enjoy all the Mendocino has to offer. While visiting the forest, we need your help to prevent wildfires; please be responsible and have a safe and enjoyable trip on the forest.”

With hot and dry conditions continuing, visitors are asked to be careful with fire on the Mendocino National Forest including campfires, gas stoves and lanterns. All fireworks, including sparklers, are prohibited on public lands. Remember, “One Less Spark – One Less Wildfire”.

Visitors are encouraged to check with local offices for information about current conditions before traveling to the forest. While visiting the forest remember to always practice fire safety and follow these guidelines:

·         Get your campfire permit http://www.preventwildfireca.org/Campfires/
·         Have a responsible person in attendance at all times.

·         Clear all flammable material away from the fire for a minimum of five feet in all directions.

·         Make a fire only if you have a shovel and sufficient water to put it out.

·         Never leave your campfire unattended.

·         To make sure your campfire is out, drown with water and stir with dirt, making sure all burned materials are extinguished. Feel with your hand to make sure it’s out cold.

·         Every campfire will be put DEAD OUT before leaving it.

For information on recreation opportunities see http://www.fs.usda.gov/recmain/mendocino/recreation

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Board of Supervisors Enter Into a Settlement Agreement Regarding the 9.31 Marijuana Cultivation Urgency Ordinance

MENDOCINO COUNTY EXECUTIVE OFFICE
NEWS RELEASE

Ukiah, California… June 21, 2016
Board of Supervisors Enter Into a Settlement Agreement Regarding the 9.31 Marijuana Cultivation Urgency Ordinance
On May 17, 2016, Board of Supervisors meetings, the Board adopted urgency ordinance No. 4356, amending Chapter 9.31 of Title 9 of the Mendocino County Code. The urgency ordinance was declared necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health and safety, due to the impacts of state regulations resulting in additional marijuana growers locating in Mendocino County. The purpose of the urgency ordinance is to create local regulation of medical marijuana that establishes a permit program within Chapter 9.31 to balance the needs of medical patients and their caregivers with the needs of the community to be protected from public safety and nuisance issues.
On June 8, 2016, the Mendocino County Blacktail Deer Association filed a lawsuit based on the adoption of Ordinance No. 4356, alleging violations of CEQA and improper adoption on an urgency basis. On June 21, 2016, the Board of Supervisors approved a settlement agreement with the petitioner, Mendocino County Blacktail Deer Association. As a result, the County will stop accepting permit applications as of June 22, 2016, at 5:00pm. No new applications will be accepted following the deadline. Applications already submitted or received by the close of business on June 22nd will continue to be processed according to the urgency ordinance. The ordinance will continue to be enforced by the County until a permanent ordinance is established.
For more information regarding the urgency ordinance, please contact County Counsel’s Office at (707) 234-6885.

HHSA: Free Cross Cultural Training

Press Release

Date: June 15, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Free Cross Cultural Training

 

Mendocino County Behavioral Health & Recovery Services, along with Consolidated Tribal Health Project, presents a cross cultural training, “Cultural Responsiveness for Better Health,” on June 29, 2016, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Consolidated Tribal Health Project, located at 4991 North State Street in Redwood Valley.

 

This is a free training with first preference to persons working in Mendocino County who provide direct services to Native American clients (e.g. social workers, behavioral health practitioners, health care practitioners, etc.).

 

This training features Chris Partida and a guest panel. Some of the topics to be discussed include how historical trauma affects health conditions for Native Americans, the history of health care systems for Native Americans, plus, how to increase effective communication and strengthen multi-cultural health care practices.

 

Pre-registration is required as space is limited. Register at the following link:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/F3TVX8P

or contact Mendocino County Behavioral Health & Recovery Services at 707-472-2319 The flyer for this event is posted on the following webpage: http://www.co.mendocino.ca.us/hhsa/bhrs/cdc.htm

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SUSTAINABLE GROUNDWATER MANAGEMENT ACT (SGMA) PUBLIC MEETING ON LOCAL PLANNING EFFORTS

NEWS RELEASE

Ukiah, California: June 7, 2016
SUSTAINABLE GROUNDWATER MANAGEMENT ACT (SGMA)
PUBLIC MEETING ON LOCAL PLANNING EFFORTS
On Tuesday, June 14, 2016, Mendocino County officials and other local groundwater managers will host a public meeting on the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA). SGMA is a new law that offers local opportunities to achieve sustainable groundwater conditions and support Mendocino County’s vital agricultural economy, industry, and domestic and public water uses.
The meeting will provide an overview of SGMA, expected responsibilities and benefits for groundwater users, describe Groundwater Sustainability Agency (GSA) options for the Ukiah Valley Basin and steps towards forming a GSA. The public is encouraged to attend to learn more about SGMA and ask questions of local water managers and submit comments.
“SGMA implementation has begun throughout California,” says Supervisor Carre Brown. “We hope groundwater users throughout Mendocino County will attend to learn more. SGMA is an important change in how groundwater is managed and everyone needs to be aware and involved to manage and sustain our precious water resources.”
To support local planning efforts, the County has secured facilitation support from the Department of Water Resources (DWR), hosted workshops to educate the community on SGMA and received a groundwater planning grant through the Water Bond. The County is committed to sharing these resources with local SGMA partners.
“The process of establishing a SGMA compliant groundwater sustainability agency for the Ukiah Valley groundwater basin will hopefully prove to be a collaborative process that will allow for a productive groundwater sustainability plan to be developed in the future for all groundwater users” said Devon Jones, Mendocino County Farm Bureau Executive Director.
The Mendocino County Water Agency SGMA public meeting will be held at the County of Mendocino Administration, 501 Low Gap Road, Ukiah, in Conference Room C. The discussion will begin at 1:00 p.m. This meeting will be open to the public. Stakeholders and all interested parties are encouraged to attend.
For more information, please contact Sarah Dukett at the Mendocino County Executive Office at (707) 463-4441 or duketts@co.mendocino.ca.us.

Temporary Museum Closure

NEWS RELEASE

FR: MENDOCINO COUNTY EXECUTIVE OFFICE
Ukiah, California… June 7, 2016
Temporary Museum Closure
At the request of the Museum Director, the Mendocino County Executive Office, Risk Management division, hired an industrial hygienist to investigate claims of possible mold intrusion at the Mendocino County Museum facility in Willits. On June 7, 2016 testing conducted during the investigation confirmed the presence of sporadic mold intrusion in some portions of the Museum. Although the intrusion is largely limited to the ducting system and not the ambient air, the County has requested that the entire Museum be closed to the public as a precaution. It is anticipated that some portions of the Museum may be reopened outside of the affected area and will be able to resume normal services in a very short period of time.
During this temporary closure, all scheduled on-site Museum activities will be postponed until a reopen date has been established. All activities occurring off Museum property will continue as previously scheduled. For any questions regarding rescheduling an event or activity, please do not hesitate to contact Alison Glassey, Museum Director at 707-459-2736.
Preliminary remediation work is anticipated to begin as early as tomorrow, June 8, 2016 and every effort will be made to reopen the Museum in a timely manner. If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact Alan Flora, Assistant Chief Executive Officer at 707-463-4441.

REVIEW OF POTENTIAL FISCAL IMPACT TO THE COUNTY FROM THE BALLOT INITIATIVE ENTITLED, “SHALL A CHARTER COMMISSION BE ELECTED TO PROPOSE A MENDOCINO COUNTY CHARTER?”

MENDOCINO COUNTY EXECUTIVE OFFICE
NEWS RELEASE

Ukiah, California: May 31, 2016
REVIEW OF POTENTIAL FISCAL IMPACT TO THE COUNTY FROM THE BALLOT INITIATIVE ENTITLED, “SHALL A CHARTER COMMISSION BE ELECTED TO PROPOSE A MENDOCINO COUNTY CHARTER?”
On May 17, 2016, the Board of Supervisors received an update from the Chief Executive Officer regarding the legal obligations and fiscal implications should the Charter Commission be formed at the June 2016 Mendocino County Primary Election. This information was presented as a result of Board direction during their April 19, 2016, Board meeting, where the Executive Office was directed to perform an analysis of the fiscal impacts to the County from the ballot initiative. The Executive Office discussed the County’s obligations to fund the prosed Commission and drafting of the Charter, such as administrative support, legal representation, financial support to the proposed Commission, and/or providing meeting space. Based upon the timelines associated with the proposed Charter Initiative being placed on the June 2016 primary election ballot, a thorough analysis of the potential impacts associated with the formation of a Charter County was not performed; rather, the focus of this review was related to the processes to form the proposed Commission and their charge to write the Charter.
The review described that Pursuant to California Government Code, Citizens of a county can put a question on the ballot to determine whether to draft or revise a charter and elect a charter commission using the initiative petition process. If this question receives majority approval, the 15 candidates for the charter commission that receive the most votes will organize into a commission to draft a charter. Should the charter county initiative be passed by the majority voters, the Board could elect to provide funding for certain duties for those members that are elected; however, financial support is not mandated and would be at the discretion of the Board. Estimates were provided regarding estimated elections costs associated with placing such a ballot on the initiative, specifically noting that should the initiative require a special election, the costs would be significantly higher than regularly scheduled election (either primary or general election). For example, the estimated costs to conduct a Special Election would be $100,000-$150,000 depending on the voter turnout. Of notable mention was that once a Charter Commission is elected, they appear to be a County Commission for all purposes. Therefore, it is believed that any Charter they draft or develop that would result in litigation; the County would need to legally defend. This process and fiscal review included scenarios that were based upon minimal, moderate and extended support, ranging in potential costs to the County from $50,000 to $300,000+.
A full copy of the informational update presented to the Board is attached and can also be located on the County’s website at: http://www.co.mendocino.ca.us/administration/CEOReports.htm.