AM News for Tuesday, 10.29.13
The governors of California, Oregon, Washington and the premier of British Columbia announced a partnership Monday to collectively combat climate change and promote clean energy.
Gov. Jerry Brown's office said the states and Canada will formally align climate policies to cut greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles and industrial sources.
The deal stems from the Pacific Coast Collaborative, a group meant to organize climate change and clean energy policies. It links together economies with a
combined GDP of $2.8 trillion, the fifth largest in the world, according to Brown's office.
13 Bay Area men, defendants in an abalone poaching case, were all charged with felony conspiracy in
Mendocino Superior Court Friday. In addition, 10 face misdemeanor charges of illegally taking abalone; five face misdemeanor charges of taking abalone for
commercial purposes; and two are charged with
They are all accused of conspiring together to
illegally harvest abalone from Mendocino coastal
waters between April 1 and Aug. 11.
Henderson set a preliminary hearing in January for
all 13 defendants to give all of the attorneys time to
review the evidence against their clients. According
to the DA's Office, groupings of four to eight of the
accused men made four different trips from Oakland to Mendocino County to harvest abalone.
Tiffany Revelle of the UDJ for that story.
Ukiah's homeless shelter will offer mental health
services again for the first time in more than two
years, but not through the county's newly privatized mental health system.
Jacqueline Williams, executive director of the Ford
Street Project, Ukiah Community Center and the
Buddy Eller Center shelter, said she plans to start in November offering group therapy for the roughly 22
percent of the shelter's residents who are considered "dual-diagnosis" because they not only have a drug or
alcohol problem but are also mentally ill.
Those group therapy sessions stopped in 2010 when the county-run mental health department stopped funding the
service and offering county staff to run the sessions because of budget cuts. The shelter needs to offer
mental health services to be a more likely candidate for a federal Emergency Shelter Services grant she
had gotten regularly in the past but didn't receive in
the last round of funding.
Now she's working to partner with local clinics and/or hospitals to find a sustainable way to offer the
mental health services she still plans to provide.
Williams was one of several subcontractors who at
first signed on with Ortner Management Group, which took over the county's adult mental health system.
Williams said she backed out of the contract with
Ortner because the shelter wasn't being
compensated for the time her staff spent developing
the operational procedures for the new regime.
Saudi Arabian activists said more than 60 women
claimed to have gotten behind the wheel in a rare
show of defiance against a ban on female driving in
the ultraconservative kingdom.
Saudi professor Aziza Youssef said the group has received 13 videos and another 50 phone messages from women showing or claiming they had driven.
If the numbers are accurate, this year's campaign is
the most successful effort yet by Saudi women
demanding the right to drive.
Though no specific Saudi law bans women from
driving, women are not issued licenses. Since the
2011 driving campaign, Reforms made by King
Abdullah include allowing women to sit on the
national advisory council and permiting women to
vote and run in municipal elections in 2015.
Lake County's newest stoplight at Highway 53 and Olympic Drive in Clearlake will be activated today.
The stoplight is part of a larger highway project that
also includes widening shoulders, adding and
lengthening turn pockets at intersections, and
repaving more than four miles of Highway 53 .
The entire project will be completed later this fall.