AM News for Monday, 11.18.13
PERIODS OF MODERATE TO HEAVY RAIN ARE EXPECTED ToNIGHT THROUGH WEDNESDAY NIGHT.
STORM TOTALS OF A HALF INCH TO 2 INCHES
ARE POSSIBLE. SNOW LEVELS WILL LIKELY BE 6500 TO 8000 FEET.
After all the votes were counted for the Nov. 5 election , the main change was in race for the Willits Unified School District Board Christopher J. Neary nudged out Bob Harper for the final seat on theboard by 19 votes. Challenger Laurie Harris was the top vote getter with 1,240 votes; incumbent Cynthia Carni with 1,200 votes, Neary with 1,034 and Harper with 1,015 votes.
ger than an acre, with up to a maximum of 48 plants on agricultural parcels larger than 20 acres.
Those who favored stricter rules said A contentious daylong meeting ended with the Lake Planning Commission voting to send proposed rules banning outdoor medical marijuana growing in residential neighborhoods to the county Board of Supervisors for a vote.
The hearing, attended by about 100 opponents and proponents of the
Several people threatened to sue if the rules were adopted.
Those opposed to the proposed regulations said the rules unfairly and illegally limit their right to grow medicinal pot. The rules would allow only indoor growing in residential neighborhoods. They allow limited outdoor growing on parcels larger than an acre.
Proponents of the measure say marijuana is ruining the county, their ability to enjoy their own properties and harming their businesses..
The revised rules are expected to go before the Board of Supervisors in about a month.
Two Ukiah restaurants were fined over $1.9 million for wage theft violations committed against 47 workers over a three-year period.
The co-owners, Yaowapha Ritdet and Steve Walter, are being held both individually and jointly liable for Labor Code violations found at Walter Café, and Ruen Tong Thai Cuisine.
Based on a joint investigation by the Labor Commissioner's office and the U.S. Department of Labor , the state found that during the three year period from June 2010 through June , 2013, workers of the two restaurants regularly worked at least 11.5 hours a day, 6 or up to 7 days a week with no meal breaks, no minimum wage , and no overtime pay. Additionally, some of the workers were forced to sign time cardsc ontaining falsified information.
The 47 workers are due $1,086,435.79 in unpaid minimum wage, $376,640.31 in unpaid overtime and $153,582.41 for no meal period premiums. In addition, a total of $189,250 as civil penalties were assessed for violating the minimum wage and overtime laws, and for not providing workers the required wage statements.
Humbodlt authorities are asking the public to help locate two missing teenagers .
Katie Helberg, 16, was reported missing on Sunday . She was last seen at home in Eureka on Saturday morning. Helberg has health issues that require medication.
She is a white 5-foot-4-inch-tall female with blue eyes and long, straight blonde hair, and weighs approximately 130 pounds. She has braces on her teeth with purple and green rubber bands, and was last seen wearing blue jeans, a black T-shirt with an “Alaska” logo on the front, and tennis shoes.
Also, Michael James Gabriel, 13, was reported missing Wednesday . He was last seen leaving his house in Hoopa on Nov. 8 and could possibly be staying in the McKinleyville area. Due to his age he is considered a “high risk” missing juvenile.
Gabriel is a 5-foot-3-inch-tall Native American male with brown hair and brown eyes, and weighs approximately 115 pounds.
The sheriff's office is asking anyone with information to call 445-7251 or the crime tip line at 268-2539.
The Ocean Protection Coalition will hold a general meeting Tuesdsay November 19 at 7 p.m. in the Fort Bragg Library, to form a group to keep fracking out of Mendocino County.
contact: Ed Oberweiser, 707 964-7965
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