AM News for Thursday 12.12.13
Close to 200 people were on hand for a Tuesday evening meeting during which the Lake Board of Supervisors took community input on a new proposed medical marijuana cultivation ordinance.
The new proposed ordinance bans all outdoor cultivation in community growth boundaries and limiting indoor cultivation to 100 square feet with indoor lighting not to exceed 1,200 watts. Outside of community growth boundaries, plant numbers are capped at six mature or 12 immature plants on parcels larger than one acre.
The board took roughly three hours of testimony from residents.
Proponents cited environmental issues resulting from illegal grows as well as an increase in crime – particularly home invasion robberies, along with complaints from neighbors.
The ordinance had the support of the county's three main subdivisions as well as the Lake Farm Bureau, County Administrative Office, the Lake Sheriff's Office and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.
During public comment, approximately 48 people gave testimony, a large number opposed the ordinance, while several supported it, with a small number saying it didn't go far enough.
Arguments against the ordinance included allegations that the county was engaging in class warfare against the poor and that it would cut off a major economic engine. More than a few of the opponents told the supervisors they could expect legal action if the ordinance was passed.
Just after 9 p.m., the board decided to continue deliberations until its next meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 17, at 11 a.m.
See Elizabeth Larson 's excellent and in depth article on the Lake County News website for more details.
According to the UDJ, since only one person filed to run for the empty seat on the Ukiah City Council, the board can decide one more time if it would rather appoint than hold an election.
Katrina Bartolomie, Mendocino County's assistant registrar of voters, said Steve Scalamini, of Ukiah, was the only person who applied and presented the required 20 valid signatures by the Dec. 6 deadline.
If the city decides to hold an election, it will be mail-only on March 4. Bartolomie estimated that the election would cost the city between $20,000 and $25,000.
Because there "are not more candidates than offices to be filled," however, the council can decide to appoint Scalamini rather than holding an election.
City Clerk Kristine Lawler said the council will decide which course to take at its next meeting Dec. 18.
Denise Rushing, Lake County supervisor , is inviting the public to attend a Lucerne community town hall meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12. at the Lucerne Alpine Senior Center, 10th and Country Club.
Supervisor Rushing will provide updates on county and other issues of local interest.
For more information, contact Rushing at 707-263-2368
The 2013 Candlelight Inn Tour begins Thursday December 12 at the Community Center of Mendocino at 5 pm. The Glorianna Christmas Carolers also will be at Fort Bragg (Friday Dec. 13) and Little River (Dec. 14) as a benefit for MUSE.
Author Ellen Brown, will be speaking in Mendocino County December 14 &15 about the advantages of establishing a county public bank.
California law requires that counties have a charter in order to manage their own money and have a public bank.
Saturday, Dec. 14th 7pm at the Little Lake Grange in WillitsSunday afternoon, Dec. 15th 2pm at the MEC in UkiahSunday evening, Dec. 15th 7 PM at Crown Hall in Mendocino
Stay tuned for Give & Take; @ 9:00 AM
when Michael Kisslinger with his guests Carmel Angelo, the CEO of Mendocino County , and Dan Hamburg, member of the Board of Supervisors will be discussing the year in review, and what the near future looks like .