Morning News for Thursday, December 6th
Public Safety Director Chris Dewey last night asked the city of Ukiah to end its ambulance service in two months at the City Council meeting.
Dewey is requesting permission to give Coast Valley company which oversees ambulance services for Mendocino and Sonoma counties, 60-day notice that it intends to "stop providing Primary 911 Ambulance Services."
"Rather than continuing to provide ambulance service and hospital transportation, Dewey is recommending that the city respond only with paramedics on a fire engine, which he said has the same life-saving equipment as an ambulance.
UFD Division Chief Kirk Thomsen also suggested keeping an ambulance licensed and ready at the city station in case of a major accident such as a bus rollover, and Dewey recommends just that in his staff report.
After a special closed meeting Tuesday, Mendocino county directed County Counsel Tom Parker to "hire and retain outside counsel and to take appropriate action." to address a federal subpoena for its medical marijuana records.
The closed-session announcement followed more than half an hour of public comment , all urging the county to withhold personal information from any of the zip tie and permit applicants.
"I don't think they're going after permit holders who had 99 plants or fewer," Supervisor Dan Hamburg said. "I do suspect they're after the money (from the 9.31 program), and that does not sit well with me."
Hamburg said the county had heard from "half a dozen attorneys" who are willing to do pro-bono work and "I welcome this."
The subpoena asks for "any and all records" for Code 9.31, from Jan. 1, 2010, including "e-mails, letters and any other communications," including third-party inspectors and Mendocino Board of Supervisors.
The subpoena further asks for "any and all financial institution account numbers and addresses" used by the Sheriff's Office, D.A's Office and all records regarding the county's zip-tie program including "account numbers for funds received through the program."
The records were due to be submitted to a federal grand jury Nov. 8. But the county has an extension until Jan. 8 to do so.
The College of the Redwoods’ Board of Trustees voted unanimously Tuesday to eliminate 39 staff and management positions. CR President Kathy Smith stated, “The institution is at risk of both losing its accreditation and moving toward fiscal insolvency. The institution must act immediately.”
For the Mendocino Center, five classified staff positions were eliminated. The dean position will be gone as of July 1, 2013 and the District will increase the administrative connections between the Eureka main campus and Mendocino Coast Center.
“All the services students are accustomed to receiving at CR Mendocino will continue to be offered,” Smith said.
The Humboldt County Board of Supervisors today unanimously extended a moratorium on new medical marijuana dispensaries for a second time.
First put into place in December 2011,the moratorium does not affect the conditional use permits of existing dispensaries, and includes the option for existing dispensaries to renew their permits.
Yesterday, supervisors included an amendment that allows approved dispensaries to apply for a conditional use permit, if the location of a facility becomes “unavailable for continued use.”
The Dog License Amnesty Program which began on November 1 will end on December 29, 2012.
The program allows residents to obtain a current license for their dog without penalty for past non-licensing. This offer is only valid for dog owners who do not have any outstanding citations for failing to license their dog.
Proof of a current rabies vaccination is a requirement prior to licensing your pet. contact Animal Care Services at 463-4427 for information. The shelter is open for licensing Tuesdays, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm and until 7 pm on Wednesdays.
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