AM News for Thursday 12.05.13
According to FB City Manager Linda Ruffing, Fort Bragg has been pulled into a complicated lawsuit that was initiated in June when Georgia-Pacific LLC ("G-P") filed a complaint in U.S. District Court against OfficeMax and Boise Cascade seeking recovery of costs that G-P has incurred relating to the ongoing clean-up of G-P's 415-acre former timber mill site ("Mill Site") in Fort Bragg.
In late summer, the City received a Claim for Damages from OfficeMax and Boise Cascade LLC alleging that the City's current and historical stormwater system conveys significant quantities of toxic substances onto the G-P mill site and the City is liable to reimburse OfficeMax and Boise Cascade LLC for damages and costs. On Nov. 8, the court granted a motion by OfficeMax and Boise Cascade LLC to bring both the City and Louisiana-Pacific Corporation into the G-P v. OfficeMax litigation as third-party defendants.
According to Fort Bragg Mayor Dave Turner, "The City is prepared to mount the strongest possible defense to save taxpayers from footing any part of the bill for clean-up of the mill site property.."
The Lake Board of Supervisors Tuesday chose to keep a local emergency in place for the damage experienced during a major windstorm which lasted from Thursday, Nov. 21, through Friday, Nov. 22.
In a 51-hour period, Lake Central Dispatch handled 1,660 calls with dozens of additional walk-in reports of damaged homes and downed power lines made at Northshore Fire stations.
In addition, downed power lines caused several wildland fires along the Northshore.
Pacific Gas & Electric said that at any one time they had 6,000 to 7,000 customers out of power as a result of the storm.
County Administrative Officer Matt Perry, as director of emergency services, declared a local emergency on Nov. 22 and the Board of Supervisors confirmed the declaration Nov. 26.
In Nice alone, 126 homes lost roofing shingles and 15 homes had structural damage from falling trees. Three Upper Lake homes were damaged by trees.
The most immediate concerns relate to the replacement of electrical meters and fixing structural damage to homes.
California Assembly Republicans were caught creating a fake Covered CA website that points out the shortcomings of the new health care law. Not only does it share a similar URL to the official CoveredCA.com, but it looks official. The website was created with taxpayer dollars as an informational site by the GOP.
But one result of them being caught is that traffic to the GOP’s site has increased tenfold in the past couple of days.
“It’s outrageous that our elected officials in California are using taxpayer dollars to intentionally mislead their constituents and divert them from CoveredCA.com,” said Dr. Paul Song, executive chairman of the Courage Campaign and a practicing oncologist. “Our state’s website is a model for the nation, yet Republicans in Sacramento have wasted taxpayer dollars building a fake website in an attempt to sow confusion and fear, in a futile attempt to discredit the law.”
Attorney General Kamala D. Harris today announced that the number of reported hate crimes in California decreased 12.8 percent in 2012 from 1,060 in 2011 to 930 hate crimes reported in 2012.
Since 2003, the total number of hate crime events in California has decreased 37.6 percent from 1,491 to 930.
Hate crimes with a race/ethnicity/national origin bias decreased 10.1 percent but still accounted for 56.8 percent of all hate crime events in 2012. Over the past ten years, these have consistently been the most common type of hate crime.
Hate crime events involving a sexual orientation bias decreased 3.7 percent and events involving a religious bias decreased 27.9 percent from 2011 to 2012.