AM News for Thursday 11.21.13
THE CALIFORNIA COASTAL COMMISSION, meeting in Newport Beach last week, denied the appeal of the Ten Mile Dunes project sponsored by State Parks. The project, to remove a 2.5 mile remnant section of the old haul road was appealed to the Board of Supes by the Westport Municipal Advisory Council. The Supes denied the appeal on a 3-2 vote with Supervisors Gjerde and Brown opposed. The appellants maintain that the project will reduce access, especially for people who can’t walk in soft sand. State Parks says the project will restore 200 acres of habitat for the Western Snowy Plover, an endangered shore bird.
COASTAL COMMISSION staff made a finding of “No substantial issue” which meant that the project was consistent with the Local Coastal Plan and there was really nothing to talk about. That also meant that the appellant was limited to three minutes to make their case.
A MOTION TO DENY THE APPEAL was quickly put on the floor but the vote was recorded as unanimous.
The Ukiah City Council Wdnesday night is scheduled to approve five more positions for the Ukiah PD, including four sworn officers.
Chief Chris Dewey said that demand for officers' services keeps growing while his ranks keep dwindling.
With some officers leaving for other agencies and some on medical leave, Dewey said he recently had only 16 officers available for patrol slots. This also has the remaining officers working too much, which often leads to more injuries.
Dewey said he has two officers who will be graduating from the police academy right after Thanksgiving, and hopes to have three officers in training by December.
"We've also hired two new officers who are on track to go to the academy in January, and we have two now completing their background checks," he said, adding that while two officers have recently returned from medical leave, three more are preparing to go on it. But if more positions are approved, Dewey said he can "at least start recruiting people who are graduating.."
And with the scholarship program offered by the Mendocino County Public Safety Foundation, "now I have $7,000 I can recruit with."
Justine Fredericksen UDJ
The JPMorgan Chase settlement, in which the nation’s largest bank agreed to fork over $13 billion in reparations and admit that it peddled fraudulent securities, means that California’s two largest public employee pension funds will receive nearly $300 million. $4 Billion also will be set aside to help homeowners still struggling from the effects of the economic downturn.
U.S. Attorney Benjamin Wagner in Sacramento said, the bank’s actions are “symptomatic of the recklessness on Wall Street which led to the financial crisis in 2008. JPM injected this bad paper into the securities market. Credit unions, commercial banks and many other victim investors across the country, including some in (California), suffered billions of dollars in losses.”
Wagner’s office is still in the midst of a criminal probe of JPMorgan.
CalPERS and CalSTRS – will draw $298,973,000 in damages: about $261 million to CalPERS and $19.5 million plus interest to CalSTRS, with a share of the remainder going to the California attorney general’s office for fees.
The bank will pay $7 billion to various federally insured investors and to four other states to resolve their claims.
The Mendocino Public Safety Foundation has made its first $7,000 “scholarship/loans” cover police academy tuition, uniform, equipment and expenses and will be forgiven in full if the candidate works for at least three years as a police officer or sheriff’s deputy in Mendocino County.
Cody Mason and Diego Sanchez, both of Willits, are the first two recipients of the scholarship/loans and will begin at Santa Rosa Junior College in January.
The Foundation will be launching a fund-raising drive to support the scholarship/loans.