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

MENDOCINO COUNTY EXECUTIVE OFFICE
NEWS RELEASE

Ukiah, California: August 15, 2016
SUSTAINABLE GROUNDWATER MANAGEMENT ACT (SGMA)
PUBLIC MEETING ON LOCAL PLANNING EFFORTS

On Thursday, August 18, 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.
Topics will include 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 Mendocino County Water Agency SGMA workshop will be held at the County of Mendocino’s Agriculture Building, 890 N. Bush Street in Ukiah. 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.

GYPSY MOTH DETECTED IN MENDOCINO COUNTY

GYPSY MOTH DETECTED IN MENDOCINO COUNTY
The Department of Agriculture recently detected the serious insect pest Gypsy Moth (Lymantria dispar) in the Anderson Valley area of Mendocino County. The Department’s Pest Detection trapping program, which traps annually on a county-wide basis for five (5) different kinds of serious insect pests, first picked up a suspect moth during the normal servicing of the traps on Thursday, July 21, 2016. The suspect moth was sent overnight to the California Department of Agriculture (CDFA) entomology lab for identification. Positive identification was received late Friday afternoon. Starting the following Monday morning July 25, the department’s insect trappers and staff Biologists deployed a high density of Gypsy Moth traps in the four (4) square miles immediately adjacent to the find. In addition, the new replacement trap that had been placed at the initial find site on Thursday July 21 was checked and a second suspect moth was detected. Positive confirmation was received from CDFA for this suspect moth on Tuesday, July 26. All of the traps were checked on Tuesday, July 21, with no additional suspect moths being detected. As of July 27, the total number of high density traps that are required to be deployed in response to a find of this nature have been deployed and will be checked daily through Friday, July 29. The traps will be examined on a weekly basis till the end of September 2016, at which point all the traps will be removed for the season, as the moth’s life cycle will have been fully completed for this year. The department will continue to monitor the traps and provide updates if significant events unfold related to these initial finds.
The Gypsy Moth is a serious insect pest of hardwood forests, shade trees and shurbs. The feeding of the larval (caterpillar) stages of the moth does serious damage to host species by causing defoliation of the host and seriously weakening or killing it. A very informative European Gypsy Moth Fact Sheet can be found at the following CDFA webpage: www.cdfa.ca.gov/plant/gypsymoth/.
For more information, please contact the Agricultural Commissioner’s Office at (707) 234-6830.

Fire Restrictions start July 13 on Mendocino National Forest

Fire Restrictions start July 13 on Mendocino National Forest
WILLOWS, Calif; July 11, 2016 – For Immediate Release – Fire restrictions will start on the Mendocino National Forest beginning Wednesday, July 13 due to dry conditions and increased risk of wildfires. The fire restrictions will remain in effect until rescinded.
Under the restrictions, fires, campfires, charcoal fires or stoves are prohibited except in the following designated recreation sites on the Mendocino National Forest (no campfire permit is required):

·         Grindstone Ranger District – Whitlock, Kingsley, Sugarfoot, Three Prong, Wells Cabin, Lake Red Bluff Recreation Area, Big Springs Day Use Area, Letts Lake, Mill Valley, Dixie Glade, Plaskett Meadows, Masterson, Little Stony, Grey Pine, Fouts Springs, Davis Flat, South Fork, North Fork, Mill Creek, Cedar Camp and Old Mill Campgrounds.

·         Upper Lake Ranger District – Fuller Grove, Fuller Grove Group Camp, Navy Camp, Pogie Point, Oak Flat, Sunset, Middle Creek, Deer Valley, Bear Creek, Penny Pines Campgrounds and Lake Pillsbury Summer Home Sites.

·         Covelo Ranger District – Eel River, Little Doe, Howard Lake, Howard Meadows, Atchison, Green Springs and Hammerhorn Lake Campgrounds.

Also under the restrictions, campfires, charcoal fires or stoves are allowed in federally designated Wilderness areas and the following designated fire safe recreation sites on the forest with a valid California Campfire Permit:

·         Upper Lake Ranger District – Lower Nye Campground, Pine Mountain Lookout, Hunter Camp, Pinnacle Rock Camp, Spruce Grove Camp, Sanhedrin Hunter Camp, Dry Oak Camp and Lakeview Camp.
·         Covelo Ranger District – Surveyor Camp, Rock Cabin, Rattlesnake, Post Camp, Grizzly Flat and Patrol Camp.

·         Grindstone Ranger District – Pacific Ridge Station, West Crockett, Ides Cove, Horse Packer, Board Tree Camp, Rocky Cabin and Sugar Springs.
In all other areas of the forest, lanterns or portable stoves using gas, jellied petroleum or pressurized liquid fuel will be allowed as long as the person has a current California Campfire Permit with them. California Campfire Permits may be obtained at any Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management or CAL FIRE office in California, as well as from Forest Service field employees. The may also be obtained online at www.preventwildfireca.org.

The following activities are also prohibited as part of the fire restrictions:

·         Smoking except within an enclosed vehicle or in the designated recreation sites listed above

·         Welding or operating an acetylene or other torch with an open flame

·         Using explosives

·         Possessing, discharging or using any kind of fireworks

Forest visitors will be able to continue riding Off-Highway Vehicles (OHVs) on designated roads and trails, provided that the vehicles are equipped with the required spark arresters. Spark arresters are also required on chainsaws being used for people filling valid personal use wood cutting permits and may only be used on designated roads and trails.

Forest Supervisor Ann Carlson says, “We invite the public to enjoy this great forest and remember that we all have a responsibility to help prevent wildfires. Please respect the fire restrictions and be careful when using anything with a flame or that can throw a spark.” One Less Spark, One Less Wildfire.

Temporary fire restrictions are put in place to provide for public safety, protect natural resources and limit the threat of human-caused wildfires. Similar restrictions are going into effect on neighboring forests. However, restrictions can vary by forest and visitors should check with the national forest they plan on visiting for the latest fire restrictions and conditions. For the Mendocino National Forest, the fire restrictions are formally referenced through Order Number 08-16-13.

Violation of these fire restrictions is punishable by a fine of no more than $5,000 for an individual, $10,000 for an organization, or up to six months imprisonment or both.

For more information, please contact the Mendocino National Forest at 530-934-3316 or visit www.fs.usda.gov/mendocino.

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County Job Fair Exceeds Expectations

MENDOCINO COUNTY EXECUTIVE OFFICE
NEWS RELEASE

TO: MENDOCINO COUNTY NEWS MEDIA
FR: MENDOCINO COUNTY EXECUTIVE OFFICE
Ukiah, California… July 19, 2016
County Job Fair Exceeds Expectations
In order to promote County jobs and work toward filling the many existing vacancies, the County of Mendocino Human Resources Department hosted the first ever County Job Fair on July 15, 2016. The free event was held at the County Administration building in Ukiah and was attended by more than 300 job seekers. Most every County department participated and had staff available to talk with job seekers and provide information about the variety of positions in their departments.
According to Human Resources Director, Heidi Dunham, the event was attended by more than 300 job seekers and it was a huge success. “We had both local and out of the area attendees, with individuals looking for positions as social workers, road workers, probation officers, and customer service representatives.” One couple she spoke to are planning to relocate to Mendocino County and traveled to Ukiah from Berkeley to speak with representatives of the Sheriff’s Department about their job openings. Carmel Angelo, Mendocino County Chief Executive Officer, said regarding the success of the event, “The interest in our County jobs was very diverse. It was very exciting to see the amount of talent and experience walking through our doors in people who want to come to work for our County.”
During the event, Human Resources staff worked with applicants in the County’s IT training room to allow public access to computers and facilitate real time applications. 110 job applications were submitted during the Job Fair, and another 71 applications have been received as of Tuesday morning. “Our staff will be very busy over the next few weeks as we review and screen applications, schedule interviews, and work with departments to fill as many of their openings as possible” Dunham said.
Community partners, North Coast Opportunities, MPIC, Mendocino College, and Marymount University were on-site to provide information about their programs and assist attendees with job search related needs.
“This event was a big success. We will definitely be doing it again” Dunham said.

Mendocino County Hosts Successful California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) Hearing

MENDOCINO COUNTY EXECUTIVE OFFICE
NEWS RELEASE

TO: MENDOCINO COUNTY NEWS MEDIA
FR: MENDOCINO COUNTY EXECUTIVE OFFICE
Ukiah, California… July 19, 2016

Mendocino County Hosts Successful California Public
Utilities Commission (CPUC) Hearing
On July 15, 2016, the County hosted a very successful California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) Public Participation Hearing (PPH) regarding the Rural Call Completion and Dial Tone Access Proceeding.
The county would like to specifically thank Commissioner Catherine J.K. Sandoval, Administrative Law Judge Katherine MacDonald, the CPUC Public Advisors Office and other CPUC staff for traveling to our county to hear directly the concerns of our residents. In addition to the hearing, Commissioner Sandoval and staff arrived early for a five-hour tour of telecommunication facilities in the county which included a trip out to the site of the 2014 fiber break on the Comptche-Ukiah road. The County would like to also extend a special thank you to the Comptche Volunteer Fire Department for hosting the tour group, their presentation, and for providing traffic control during this site visit. Initially scheduled for 2:30-4:30 pm, the hearing lasted well past 6 p.m. in order to accommodate the residents to provide their very relevant testimony.
The Executive Office would also like to extend our sincere appreciation to all the Mendocino County public safety and EMS agencies and residents who took the time from their busy schedules to testify in this hearing. The strong turnout provided a message that Mendocino County calls for reliable networks, both legacy phone networks for those residents who are not yet connected to the newer technologies and redundancy in the fiber networks that so many public safety agencies rely on for critical services. The County would also like to particularly thank all those elected officials and agency representatives who spoke, including: Senator Mike McGuire, Assemblymember Jim Wood, Sheriff Tom Allman, First District Supervisor John McCowen, Fifth District Supervisor Dan Hamburg, along with speakers representing Willits and Fort Bragg Police Departments, City of Fort Bragg, numerous volunteer Fire department officials, CalFire, Jen Banks Emergency Medical Services agencies, The Utilities Reform Network (TURN), County Office of Emergency Services, Mendocino Coast District Hospital, Mendocino Community Network, Communication Workers of America (CWA) Local 9400, and all the residents who also provided testimony in this hearing.
501 Low Gap Rd, Rm 1010 Office: 707-463-4441
Ukiah CA 95482-3734 Fax: 707-463-5649
Video viewing of the hearing is available at:
http://www.mendocinobroadband.org/topics/special-sessions/.
Please note that this Hearing proceeding is currently still open, and if residents were not able to attend or were not aware of the proceeding, written comments can still be submitted to the Commission for consideration.
Include the Reference Proceeding Number I.14-05-012 and send written comments to:
Public Advisors Office
California Public Utilities Commission
505 Van Ness Ave
San Fransisco, CA 94102
For more information please contact Trish Steel with the Mendocino Broadband Alliance, chairman@mendocinobroadband.org
Released by:_______________________________
Carmel J. Angelo
Chief Executive Officer
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Citizens Call on Supervisors to Enforce Measure V

Hack’n’Squirt Alert!
For immediate release
July 19, 2016
Coyote Valley Band of Pomo Indians
Save Our Little Lake Valley
Earth First!
Bay Area Coalition for Headwaters
Mendocino Environmental Center

Contact: Naomi Wagner 707-59-0548; 382-2310 cell

Citizens Call on Supervisors to Enforce Measure V
Nonviolent Protest at Mendocino Redwoods Company Mill

Ukiah, CA-Citizens will rally in front of the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors’ Chambers on Low Gap Rd. in Ukiah at 9:00 am today, Tuesday July 19, calling on their elected representatives to take steps to enforce Measure V, the Initiative passed by a 2/3 majority on June 7th declaring the intentional leaving of dead, standing trees to be a Public Nuisance.

The issue stems from the application of toxic herbicides on forests, killing non-marketable hardwoods that are then left standing in place.

Supervisors certified Measure V on July 12, just prior to the elapse of the required 30-day waiting period following the publishing of the official tally, thus clearing the way for the Measure to become law on July 22.

While Measure V focuses solely on the fire dangers posed by millions of dead standing trees in the fifth year of California’s drought, many people are equally concerned about the health and safety hazards of the herbicides themselves. However, local authority to regulate herbicides was usurped in the early 1990s by the State of California after a ballot initiative banning aerial spraying passed by Mendocino County voters was overturned by the Legislature. Public opinion finally forced cessation of the practice.

Speakers at the rally will underscore the severe health hazards of herbicide use to the environment, as well as the workers and residents, from chemicals such as Imazypr, Glyphosate (brand name Roundup) and Trichlopyr (Garlon). Polly Girvin, legal aide for the Coyote Valley Band of Pomo Indians, will document the devastating health effects on Latino workers who are among the most vulnerable to exploitation and who often suffer from chemical contamination associated with birth defects, which have been found to occur with higher frequency than in other populations. Those workers also have little recourse against wage theft and other labor violations.

Linda Perkins and Bill Heil will address threats posed to the watershed by poisonous herbicides. The two well-known forest activists from Albion have long questioned Mendocino Redwood Co.’s (MRC) right to retain its profitable “certified sustainable” label, despite using herbicides.

“MRC makes money by using poisons, instead of cutting down and removing the trees. The Company claims manual removal would cost too much”, said Perkins. “Regardless of how they are killed, environmentalists oppose the whole-sale decimation of the tan oaks”, she emphasized, describing them as “nurse trees playing an important role in protecting the soil and encouraging biodiversity, which creates a healthier forest,  rather than mono-cropping redwoods like tree farms.”

Bob Simpson, former CEO of MRC’s predecessor, Louisiana Pacific, recently stunned the public with his pro-Measure V statements before the vote, claiming tan oaks are “the most important trees in the forest” and decrying their mass annihilation. MRC had said they would phase out poisons, but instead, are actually applying more concentrated chemicals over a wider area.
MRC, while not the sole timber company operating in the County, is the most egregious user of herbicides based on acreage, dousing thousands of acres of forestlands in 2016 alone.

Residents will urge the Supervisors to be proactive in enforcing Measure V and holding the Company accountable for exacerbating the fire danger by continuing to create more dead standing trees, in the face of a clear voter mandate to stop. They will demand a Resolution for Full Disclosure to ensure that herbicide users notify the public before application. Currently, the contractor is only required to report information after herbicides have already been applied.

That message will then be carried from the County Seat directly to Mendocino Redwood Company at its mill site on North Sate St. where a protest will be held at 11:00 a.m. under the banner of: “Let Our Forests Heal”. Activists will call on MRC to stop poisoning Mendocino forests and workers and to adopt restorative forest practices.

“MRC masquerades as a sustainable business but it’s just an image, not the reality”, said longtime lay forestry expert, Bill Heil. “Their brand of greenwash is hogwash”.

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Road construction on Mendocino National Forest

Road construction on Mendocino National Forest

WILLOWS, Calif; July 12, 2016 – For Immediate Release – Construction will occur on Mendocino National Forest roads starting August 1, 2016. Forest visitors should be prepared for traffic delays on the M10 road and a temporary closure on the M6 road while roads are reconditioned and a culvert is replaced. These measures are necessary to provide for public safety. We appreciate your patience while we are working to improve travel on the forest.

Letts Road Construction
·         Start date: August 1, 2016
·         Location: Roads M10, 17N02, 17N09. Between Dixie Glade Campground and Letts Lake Campground.
·         Type of work: Roadway reconditioning
·         Anticipated hours of work: Monday thru Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
·         Traffic Delays: 30 to 45 minutes
·         Expect to see warning signs in the area. Traffic control devices used on this project will include traffic cones, delineators, barricades and signage
Trout Creek Road Construction
·         Start date: August 1, 2016
·         Location of Work: M6 Kneecap-Cabbage Patch road
·         Type of work: Replacing a culvert located at the intersection of M6 road and Trout Creek
·         M6 road will be closed for 90 days. Barriers and signs will be placed at Low Gap (junction of M6 and M61 roads), Cabbage Patch (junction of M1 and M6 roads) and at Sunset Point intersection with M1. As a detour, use M61 and M1 roads.

Maps are attached for each project. For more information please visit the forest website at http://www.fs.usda.gov/mendocino.

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

TO: MENDOCINO COUNTY NEWS MEDIA

Ukiah, California: July 11, 2016
SUSTAINABLE GROUNDWATER MANAGEMENT ACT (SGMA)
PUBLIC MEETING ON LOCAL PLANNING EFFORTS
On Thursday, July 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.
Topics will include 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 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 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.