AM News for Wednesday, 11.06.13
The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced that the annual quarantine on mussels gathered by sport harvesters from coastal waters is over as of last Friday.
HOWEVER, The quarantine will remain in effect
from the north jetty of the Humboldt Bay entrance to the Humboldt-Del Norte County line.
Sampling has confirmed that paralytic shellfish
toxins remain at dangerous levels for this area, but are at safe or undetectable levels along all other
portions of the California coast.
Humboldt Bay is not included in the quarantine extension.
The annual mussel quarantine, typically issued for
the entire California coastline from May 1 through
October 31, is intended to protect the public from
PSP and amnesic shellfish poisoning (ASP).
The quarantine applies only to sport-harvested mussels. Commercially harvested
shellfish are not included in the quarantine as other steps are taken to ensure shellfish entering the
marketplace are free of toxins.
An initiative to institute rent control in senior mobile home parks in the unincorporated areas of Lake County has moved closer to getting onto the June
2014 ballot while a similar initiative appeared on
Lakeport's ballot today.
The group “Save Our Seniors” collected 3,636 signatures , with 2,523 found to be valid more than the 2,115 signatures needed, enough to qualify it to be placed before the voters next summer.
The county initiative defines a senior mobile home park as one where 80 percent of the homes have at least one person over age 55.
It also would roll back rents to Jan. 1, 2012; and
require that rent hikes be based on the percent of
Social Security benefit increases.
The Lake Board of Supervisors has three options – accepting the initiative, without changes, as an
ordinance; order it be placed on the June 3, 2014, ballot; or order a report from county departments on the potential impacts of the initiative.
Park owners have warned that they are preparing
to take legal action against the initiatives, which they say are unconstitutional.
While State law requires courts to tell the Dept of Justice when it makes certain mental health eterminations in order to take guns away from potentially dangerous owners, many, if not most
court fail to pass that information on. Auditors
surveyed 34 of California's 58 superior courts and
found that only five knew of the law. The 34 courts collectively failed to report at least 2,300 mental
health determinations over a three-year period ending in 2012.
Other courts only reported some of the information
required by law.
Courts are required to report the information
immediately, but auditors found some took up to
seven days. They recommended that state law be
changed to require reporting within 24 hours.
Meanwhile, Justice Department officials failed to
remind courts of their responsibility, even when
they knew reports were missing.
The department also failed to keep proper track of mental health facilities that also are required to
report problems, and employees' judgments on who should be prohibited from owning firearms were
sometimes flawed. Of eight decisions reviewed by auditors, three were incorrect.
The Bay Area Suicide and Crisis Intervention Alliance (BASCIA) will host a day-long set of suicide prevention trainings on
Wednesday, Nov. 6, in Ukiah. There will be training for educators, clergy, and LGBT counselors, law
enforcement and other first responders to learn
practical tools to use when working with individuals who are suicidal.
• Workshops for educators, survivor families, the
Native American community and a discussion
group focused on self-harm, wellness and recovery.
The meeting will convene at the Ukiah Valley Conference Center, 200 S. School St., from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Registration is online at