Morning News for Monday, March 11th
The woman authorities believe set fire to the Fircrest apartments early last Monday was being evicted, and has since has moved elsewhere in Ukiah.
The woman is believed to have started 13 fires at the apartment complex since October, including the one that destroyed eight units and displaced more than 20 people.
Investigators hope someone will come forward with information about the incident, or that state Department of Justice laboratory testing results will offer up more concrete evidence in six months to a year to produce enough evidence to make an arrest.
the woman believed to have set the fire was the reporting party in most of the previous fires at the apartment complex which is typical behavior of an arsonist.
The eight families who lost their homes in the Fircrest Apartments are all in permanent housing, and a funding drive is under way to help the families.
As of Friday, Webb, owner of Ukiah Valley Rentals, had placed four families in her rental units in Ukiah. Robert Sherwood, who owns the Fircrest apartment complex, had relocated the other four families to other rental units he owns.
Plowshares is raising $50,000 to replace both the necessities more than 20 people lost in the blaze, including food, pots, pans, cooking utensils, bedding, furniture, etc.
Exec Dir Carrie Brigham and Webb had already purchased some of the items. Big Lots! and Walmart each gave the women discounts to help the displaced families.
Donors can make checks out to Plowshares with a notation that the money is for the fire victims, and sent to Plowshares Center, 1346 S. State St., Ukiah, 95482.For more info, call 462-8582.
Mendocino Hospital CEO Wayne Allen announced that the hospital has filed a motion with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, to reject the hospital's contract with its employee union, the UFCW.
“ I am planning to contact U.F.C.W. representatives and request they enter into negotiations to develop a new M.O.U. before the April 12 court hearing," Allen said.
The motion to reject the current hospital-union pact is part of a multi-part bankruptcy plan, which includes re-negotiating debt with major creditors to bring debt and expenses in balance with revenue.
The District is still hopeful it can exit from bankruptcy by June 30, 2013.
At a meeting last week attended by nearly 100 employees to answer questions and explain the hospital’s debt problem, many speakers were concerned about patient safety in relation to employee fatigue from working overtime to cover shifts left open by the twenty recent layoffs, Feb 12th.
So far, however, according to an observer, the bankruptcy reorganization has not seemed to focus on why revenues and clients dropped 30% last year.
THE PRODUCERS of the movie “Need For Speed” have invited the Citizens of Boonville, Philo and Navarro to attend a Town Hall Meeting to discuss the filming on Wednesday, March 13th from 4-5:30pm in the Dining Hall at the Mendocino County Fairgrounds.
Their permit request calls for closure of Highway 253 on April 4 and 5th from 3am to 3pm as well as closure of the westernmost 14 miles of Highway 128 on Friday, April 12 from 5am to 9pm.
The main filming area is between milemarkers 16.91 at Handley Cellars to milemarker 20.15 at Philo-Greenwood Road, and from 29.74 at Highway 253 to 30.57.
Filming will take place on Monday April 1 through Friday April 12 with no filming or road closures on weekends. No car racing will occur through the towns of Elk, Manchester, Irish Beach, Point Arena, Navarro, Philo or Boonville.