AM News for Wednesday, 10.16.13
The U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday rejected Gov.
Brown's final legal maneuver to avoid shedding
nearly 10,000 more inmates from our overcrowded
In a one-line order, the justices refused to review a three-judge appellate panel's most recent orders requiring California to meet strict deadlines to reduce the
inmate population, effectively forcing the Brown
administration to follow through with its legislative plan to solve the problem.
Last month, the three-judge panel gave the state a temporary reprieve until
the end of January to deal with the overcrowding
issue, ordering state officials and inmates' lawyers to meet .
The governor and Legislature agreed recently to address the overcrowding orders by trying to use mental health and drug treatment programs to limit the
number of inmates being sent to the state's prisons
for new crimes.
In their September order, the judges instructed state officials and inmates' advocates to focus on several
categories, including elderly and juvenile inmates,
immigration violators, the seriously ill and those
serving certain three-strikes sentences.
According to the Ukiah Daily Journal, Mendocino
County Librarian Mindy Kittay and the Friends of the
Ukiah Library's board of directors are at odds over the board's decision to put away $75,000 of its $115,000 budget to fund a new library building which Kittay
says "There are no plans to build a new library."
Kittay urged the board to use the money to fund the
Ukiah branch's more immediate needs for books and materials, computers, staff training, a new meeting
room and new carpeting.
Six members of the 11-person board voted to put the $75,000 in a capital
investment fund. To take any of that amount out of the fund will require a supermajority of eight votes.
Kittay urged the board to launch a capital campaign
and put aside $10,000 to seed fundraising efforts
specifically for a new library building .
She explained that roughly 70 percent of the Ukiah
branch's books and computers are upwards of 10
years old and in need of upgrading and asked for a monthly book allowance of $2,000.
Supervisors approved an additional $20,000 for the
winterization efforts of the Lakeside Heights sub division landslide Tuesday.
The Lake Board of Supervisors (BOS) took up the
extra agenda item because of the urgency to take
Monday morning, Public Works Director Scott De
Leon and Community Development Director Rick
Coel inspected the work done for winterization, and
before the end of the day, De Leon drafted a
memorandum for additional funds because of
significant cracks in the northern and southern areas of the landslide.
"If something isn't done, water is surely going to
infiltrate into those cracks," De Leon said.
At the Sept. 17 BOS meeting, supervisors approved a little more than $64,000 in order to remove two
collapsed structures and prepare the area for the
A Laytonville woman thrown from a pickup during a
DUI-related crash in a remote area west of Ukiah walked
through the night to get help for herself and the
injured driver, said the CHP.
Driver Carlos Sandoval, 26, of Ukiah lost control of a
2002 Toyota Tundra, which rolled 300 feet down a
Passenger Dakota Sanderson, 23, suffering from a
broken left arm, left the crash to find help and got to a home almost 7 hours later at about 6 a.m. Sunday.
Officers found Sandoval, suffering a broken leg, at the crash. They arrested him on suspicion of drunken
driving and he was flown to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital. He was in fair condition Monday .
Ms Sanderson was taken to Ukiah Valley Medical Center.
The Redwood Coast Senior Center is accepting
applications for six open positions on their Board of
Directors. The deadline is this Friday, October 18.
Interviews will be held the following week. The
application is available on the web site at
rcscenter.org, or at the Center.