Morning News for Monday, February 11th
The California State Sheriff's Association has sent a letter to VP Joe Biden stating that "all law abiding citizens ...have the right to... own and bear firearms . This right shall not be infringed."
They go on to say that "more attention to the mentally ill...must be addressed" since " the national Instant Criminal Background system (NICS) is woefully underdeveloped, participation is not mandatory, only 25% nof felony convictions are listed and that only 28 states entered dangerous mental health issues into the system.
"If we are to avoid future tragedies, mental health issues in the context of gun ownership must be central to the national discussion."
Kzyx was given a copy of the CSSA letter by Sheriff Tom Allman , a member of CSSA, during his interview on Mendo Matters last Thursday.
Counsels for Mendo County & asst US Atty Richard Cheng agreed to have the hearing on the marijuana subpoena scheduled for Tues Feb 19 changed to Tues, Match 19th at 2:30 pm . Hon Richard Seeborg, US Dist Judge granted the request.
More than 150 people gathered in Kelseyville last week to hear about public safety issues following the murder last month of a man during a robbery as well as a rash of burglaries.
Supervisor Rob Brown organized and led the town hall, held at Kelseyville High School.
Brown said he had been talking with CHP chief Baarts about installing cameras at the Live Oak intersection, with technology available to allow them to identify stolen vehicles based on license plates.
That, in addition to initiating new Neighborhood Watch groups, were among the suggestions Brown offered the community .
A key concern for local officials is the impact of AB 109, the legislation for correctional realignment, which is sending prisoners who normally would have been in state prison to county jails. There currently are 181 parolees in the county.
State Parole Agent John McNunn suggested: “I would recommend you get a gun and get some training.”
He said District Attorney Don Anderson said one thing that has come out of Seagrave’s murder is that it has brought the community together.
Brown said he appreciated – and was impressed by – the community turnout, and wants to have another meeting in the future.
A new coalition, CEQA Works, is an effort to shield California’s landmark environmental law from radical reforms that would limit public input into land use planning, threaten public health, and weaken environmental protections.
CEQA Works already includes many of the state’s most prominent advocacy organizations, including Center for Biological Diversity, Natural Resources Defense Council, and Sierra Club California; the California Teamsters Public Affairs Council, and United Food & Commercial Workers (UFCW); the Center on Race, Poverty and the Environment; and the League of Women Voters of California.
Although some in Sacramento have called for weakening the law’s key tenets, a recent poll showed that 64% of California voters oppose weakening CEQA.
To learn more about CEQA Works, go to www.ceqaworks.org.
Willits Mayor Holly Madrigal will share her observations on local office during tonight's meeting of the Willits Community Alliance. She'll also discuss changes going on with the city and describe her new Mayoral Initiative.
The meeting gets underway at 6:30 p.m. in the Willits library meeting room.
Alliance say it will offer support in working with newly appointed interim City Manager Adrienne Moore.
Alliance membership is open to everyone who wants to be involved in developing a healthy and collaborative relationship between city government and the community.
For more information, contact Jed Diamond at 459-5505.