AM News for Wednesday, 12.11.13
Monday about 2:02 PM the Ukiah PD received a report of a white male adult, 5'11, wearing a dark t-shirt and green pants carrying a rifle in the church parking lot behind St. Mary’s school.
Officers from UPD, MCSO and CHP responded to the scene and Nokomis, Yokayo and St. Mary’s schools were locked down while a search of the area was conducted, including the bed of the creek that runs behind Saint Mary's and a nearby trailer park.
Law Enforcement was unable to confirm the report of a subject with a gun and the schools were released from lock down at about 2:40. the schools sent out a phone message notifying parents about the lock
down. Law Enforcement remained in the area of the three schools while students traveled home.
Ukiah Police Chief, Chris Dewey said, “The department is extremely concerned about school safety. Although we were unable to confirm the report of a man with a gun, we took every precaution we could and locked down each school in the area. We are appreciative that teachers, students and parents remained patient while we checked the area. We take these incidents very seriously.”
Anyone who has information about this investigation is asked to contact the Ukiah PD at (707) 463-6262.
Labor negotiations between the county of Mendocino and the union representing its workers bogged down during state mediation, and will now move to a fact-finding phase.
At issue is a 10-percent pay cut many county employees had taken voluntarily for years before the last contract with SEIU, signed two years ago, made the cut permanent. Now that the county's budget has a nearly $9 million reserve, union members want the county to restore those wages.
The fact-finding phase is a "non-binding arbitration," The county and SEIU will split the cost of a state fact-finder -- an attorney experienced in mediation. Fact-finding is a required step in labor mediation procedures when the parties are at impasse.
For the second consecutive negotiation cycle, the county and union both filed claims against each other with the state Public Employment Relations Board claiming illegal practices in labor negotiations. The county and SEIU filed claims with the state Public Employment Relations Board in 2011 and again this year, each claiming the other party used unfair practices.
Thanks to Tiffany Revelle and the udj.
A new Field poll, shows for the first time that a clear majority of California respondents support the legalization of marijuana. Fifty-five percent of California voters believe the drug should be legal for purchase either by anyone or with age and other controls, up from 50 percent three years ago and a lowly 13 percent four decades ago.
About 56 percent of Californians are also inclined to vote yes on one new proposed statewide initiative, which would legalize marijuana use for adults over the age of 21 and set a standard for intoxication similar to alcohol.
In 2011, California's last initiative to legalize marijuana suffered a close defeat, receiving nearly 47 percent of the vote. Organizers are attempting to get the issue back on the ballot in 2014.
The group behind the proposition has until February to collect 500,000 signatures to qualify it for the ballot. If it were to pass next November, California would become the third state to legalize marijuana, after Washington and Colorado.
Local and state fire agencies will conduct live fire training with California State Parks on Thursday, Dec. 12, at Anderson Marsh State Historic Park between between 10:30 a.m. and 5 p.m.
The training will occur between the Anderson Marsh State Historic Park main entrance road at Anderson Ranch Parkway and Cache Creek along Highway 53.