AM News for Monday, 10.1421.13
DA David Eyster has placed Dep DA Damon Gardner on unpaid administrative leave pending police and
internal investigations into his role in shooting a man during a physical fight in the early morning hours in
downtown Sacramento Thursday .
Gardner, a seven year veteran of the DA's office, has been on medical leave since mid-August and carries a concealed handgun permit.
No arrests have been made in the incident which began when DDA Gardner and another Mendocino
DDA were walking and met another pair of men
outside a hotel on 15th and L streets near the state
capitol at 12:24 a.m. and exchanged words that
escalated into a fight.
"We don't know yet to what degree alcohol was a
factor in the incident," SPD spokesman officer Doug Morse said.
Gardner fired his .38 Ruger once, hitting the other man -- whose identity wasn't released -- in his upper body.
The Sacramento County District Attorney's Office
will determine whether to file charges, and if so, who to charge.
The man who was shot was treated at a Sacramento hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.
According to the National Weather Service, there is a threat of sneaker waves today.
”The danger comes from the fact that the waves can be small for 20 minutes or longer, and then much bigger waves seem to come out of nowhere,” NWS
spokesman Troy Nicolini said. “The waves are the No. 1 weather killer in this region," according to Nicolini.
Four people were killed by sneaker waves in separate incidents that occurred between last Thanksgiving and January.
In general, the steep beaches found at Big Lagoon,
Freshwater Lagoon and Stone Lagoon, and the jetties in Humboldt Bay are particularly vulnerable. Flatter
beaches are safer.
The weather services encourages people to stay
farther back from the ocean, to never turn their back on the surf, watch children
closely and never go in the water after dogs.
”Dogs can be pulled into the surf as well, but almost always get out,” Nicolini said. “Sadly, people who go in to rescue dogs almost never get out.”
Despite CalTrans statement October 9th that Bypass work was over for the year as of the 18th, the
contractors, Desilva Gates and Flatiron construction are now planning to work a few more months.
Flatiron Construction will continue to drive piles along the viaduct and expects, weather permitting, to finish installing about half the columns and footings
supporting the new mile long viaduct by Dec. 1.
Flatiron has also requested a few week permit
extension from the Regional Water Control Board to allow additional work on structures and footings
within the creeks. This request is based
on the lack of flow currently in the creeks and an extended dry weather forecast.
.DeSilva Gates Construction is now expecting to
install the sub-base material in the southern end of the construction zone, working again weather permitting, until
The Board of Supervisors is meeting Tuesday,
October 22nd at 10 a.m. at St. Anthony’s Hall on
Lansing St. in Mendocino for a public hearing on the proposed Mendocino Town Plan re-write.
Some residents feel that several major issues have been ignored. They include Restoration of the
Sensitive Coastal Resource Area (SCRA)
designation for the Town which was approved in 2006, but never implemented. The second neglected issue, they say, is a proposal to phase out Vacation Home Rentals (VHRs) in portions of Town which are zoned Residential.
Thanks to old KZYXer Norman de Vall for this story.