Morning News for Thursday, May 16th
Sad news from Lake County: The body of 9 year old Mikeala Lynch was found in Cache Creek after an intensive three day search.
No foul play is suspected. Police theorized that the autistic child wandered into the creek near her family's Lake Clearlake vacation home.
Police officer Nick Bennett said: "It's tragic. We had hopes it would end differently."
AGNES WOOLSEY appeared before the Mendocino Board of Supervisors Tuesday and delivered a 400 signature petition which urged the Board include Funding for an Audit of foreclosure documents by mega-banks to investigate robo-signing in the Auditor’s real property records.
Large banks have lost the chain of title to some foreclosed homes and have used fake signatures on foreclosure documents to make it look legal
Funding an Audit would give the Recorder, Susan Ranochak, the tools to train people to enforce The home Owners Bill of Rights CA AB 1602/SB 1470 which requires creditors to provide documentary evidence of ownership, and the chain of title to real property.
The petitioners urged the board to Fund an Audit of foreclosures to find those that used robo-signers to help Susan Ranochak weed out fraud from her land title records and report them to the CA Attorney General as stipulated in CA AB 1950..
The Lakeside Heights landslide just keeps on going with no signs of when or how it might stop, no response from the state on emergency aid and no agreement on what's causing it.
"We don't know the extent of this unstable ground," Lake Special Districts Administrator Mark Dellinger said. "We haven't seen additional cracks (in the land), but the ones that are there are getting larger."
County staff spent about 50 minutes updating the Board of Supervisors on the nearly two-month-old landslide Tuesday morning.
A leak test of the public water system at Lakeside Heights last Thursday noted two ruptures, which were repaired within a day.
The results of last week's leak test are expected to be finalized this week, but the extent of the water seepage is currently unknown.
The leaks were estimated at just less than 20 gallons per minute and 10 gallons per minute, respectively, but the leak-testing company indicated the flow rates from the fractures might have been less because of ground compaction.
The BOS is set to receive another update next week.
Mendocino County has announced that a total of $140,772.33 has been awarded from the Indian Gaming Special Distribution Fund, which was funded by contributions made by the Hopland Band of Pomo Indians.
Each year, funds are awarded to local government agencies impacted by tribal casinos. Awarded applicants from this year’s funding cycle include the Hopland, Little Lake, Redwood Valley/Calpella, and Long Valley Fire Districts, the Sheriff’s
Office, District Attorney, Health and Human Services Agency, and the Hopland Public Utility District.
The Indian Gaming Special Distribution Fund was established by the State Legislature to help mitigate the impacts of tribal casinos, funded by gaming fees.
May 12th – 18th, 2013 has been designated Police Officer Memorial Week to honor fallen officers across the country.
Since 1791, there have been over 19,000 law officers killed in the line of duty. More than 1,500 officers have died during the past 10 years, an average of one death every 57 hours. There were 120 law enforcement officers killed in 2012.
The Mendocino Women's Political Coalition (MWPC) will be meeting in Fort Bragg on May 20th from 5 -7 pm. MWPC is non-partisan, open to women and men, and dedicated to increasing the participation of women in the political process.
On Saturday, May 25th from 10 am to 5 pm, the Mendocino Mini Maker Faire will take place on the grounds of the Mendocino Museum in Willits, followed by a Maker Masquerade Dance at 7 pm at the Little Lake Grange. The Faire will feature do-it-yourself projects , technology demonstrations, crafts workshops, and local music.
More information is at www.MendocinoMakerFaire.com.