Morning News for Wednesday, December 5th
On the Redwood Coast, Rain today & tomorrow. It will be Cloudy with a slight chance of showers through the weekend and Sunny beginning next Monday.
RAIN WILL BE HEAVY AT TIMES TODAY THROUGH TONIGHT WITH WIDESPREAD AMOUNTS OF 1 TO 3 INCHES AND LOCALIZED AMOUNTS OF 3 TO 5 INCHES ACROSS SOUTHWEST-FACING TERRAIN
The union for Lake county sheriff's deputies urged Anthony Farrington, a Lake County supervisor and private attorney, to resign from elected office should he continue representing people in cases involving any county agency.
"As an attorney, Farrington is required to place his client's best interests ahead of all other interests, including those of the county, which Supervisor Farrington is required to serve," Deputy Sheriff's Association president Gary Frace wrote on the organization's behalf Monday.
Farrington, who began practicing law in May and was elected to his fourth term in office in June, vowed Monday to continue serving as the supervisor of District 4.
"I'm not going to step down," Farrington said.
He planned to send a request to the California Fair Political Practices Commission requesting a written advice letter on whether there is a conflict with him practicing criminal or civil law while serving on the Board of Supervisors.
If the commission deems a conflict exists, Farrington said he would "change my practice to conform to any concerns that they may have.
The comments by the union came in the wake of Farrington asking for documents from the Lake County Sheriff's Office (LCSO) on behalf of a now-former client.
The landlord for Oakland's largest medical marijuana dispensary, Harborside Health Center, cannot evict the business just because the federal government has threatened to seize the property.
Harborside Health Center faced eviction from 1840 Embarcadero after U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag threatened the building's owner with seizure of the property, citing federal drug laws.
Chretien filed an eviction notice in Alameda County Superior Court saying Harborside has violated its lease by violating federal law.
But Alameda County Superior Court Judge Evelio Grillo ruled that under state law, Harborside was running a legal business and had not violated its lease.
The ruling will result in Harborside staying open until the federal courts decide if Haag has a right to seize the property and attempt to shut down the dispensary. That case is expected to begin next month with a pretrial conference.
A packed house of Lake County residents learned firsthand about the Clear Lake hitch and the petition to list it as an endangered species at a workshop last night.
The Center for Biological Diversity filed a petition to list the Clear Lake hitch as endangered species on Sept. 25 because surveys have shown a dramatic decline in the number of fish.
John Ambrose, an expert on endangered species, explained that the FWS has 90 days make an initial finding on the merits of the petition and if they decide that a species should be investigated, the agency then has one year .
In practical terms it could take years before the hitch is actually declared endangered
Greg Giusti of the University of California system said there are far fewer hitch today than there were 20 years agodue to less plankton food , poor spawning conditions & predation by other fish and birds.
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