Morning News for Wednesday, November 28th
The heavy rain and wind expected to arrive today could bring flooding, power failures and mudslides in Mendocino, Sonoma, & Lake counties.
Three back-to-back storms heading from the central Pacific are "very unsettled, very wet and quite windy," said Bob Benjamin of the National Weather Service.
The rains were expected to start late today or early Wednesday, with little or no break between the three storms.
For Mendocino County, lower areas could get 5 to 10 inches and south-facing slopes at higher elevations could get 10 to 15.
As much as 7 inches of rain is expected in Lake County, prompting a flood watch with the likelihood of urban and small stream flooding, and the possibility of debris flows especially near areas burned in recent forest fires.
The Russian River in Guerneville is projected to leap from 5.6 feet on Wednesday to crest at 20.6 feet on Friday.
Winds could be 25 to 35 mph throughout the region, with gusts up to 45 mph in the hills and on the coast.
Temperatures will be moderate.
DEMOCRATS WILL BEGIN THE NEXT LEGISLATIVE SESSION WITH SUPER-MAJORITIES IN BOTH HOUSES OF THE STATE LEGISLATURE. THAT MAJORITY GIVES DEMOCRATS THE ABILITY TO DO THINGS LIKE RAISE TAXES AND OVER-RIDE THE GOVERNOR’S VETOES WITH-OUT NEEDING ANY REPUBLICAN VOTES. THE QUESTION NOW IS HOW THE DEMOCRATS WILL USE THAT POWER.
CHRISTOPHER MARTINEZ REPORTS.
Mendocino Sheriff Tom Allman went on the record saying that it's still not clear to him why federal authorities subpoenaed the records of the 9.31 tag tie program, but he noted that the county's now-canceled program never guaranteed the applicants immunity from federal prosecution.
"As far as the Sheriff's Office is concerned, every dollar we've taken in has a paper trail," Allman said. Collectives had to provide the applicants' names, mailing address, physical address, phone numbers, driver's license numbers and doctors' recommendations for all patients for whom the medical marijuana was to be grown and had to be inspected.
Anyone who applied also had to sign a waiver releasing the county from liability arising from the application or enforcement of the permit's conditions, and agreeing that the signer understood that the permit would comply with state law and that it did "not confer upon (the applicant) and/or managers, employees and members of the collective immunity from prosecution under federal law."
Allman said he isn't worried ."In my heart I know they're going to find nothing wrong," he said. "I guess they're going to have to find that out themselves."
Lake Co Sherriff's office has identified the dead man found by his truck last week; he is Mark Johnson whose cause of death is pending an autopsy that is scheduled for Thursday November 29, 2012. is asked to contact the Sheriffat 707-262-4200.
Takes on the World; Wednesday @ 9:00 AM
Jeff Blankfort will be speaking with Salon's Matt Stoller about the Obama administration's failure to accept a deal from the outgoing Bush administration that would have provided government support for underwater home owners as well as for Wall Street and what implications that will have on the administration's dealing with the Republicans to prevent the economy from going over the so-called financial cliff on Dec. 31. It appears likely that not only will Medicare and Medicaid be on the chopping block but Social Security, as well.