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Breaking News: Napa Earthquake; Lodge Lightning Complex Fire

Sunday morning earthquake (Updated at 7:20am Tuesday August 26): According to the USGS, an earthquake and several aftershocks were recorded this morning. The original quake at 3:20am Sunday morning was measured at 6.0 and was centered near American Canyon. Three aftershocks were recorded near Napa: at 5:01am (2.5), at 5:47am (3.6), and 7:22am (2.5); two more near American Canyon at 7:54am (2.8), and 10:38am (2.6).

KQED reports the following information:
A 6.0-magnitude earthquake epicentered at the southern edge of Napa struck at Sunday morning at 3:20 a.m.
• The quake is the strongest to strike the Bay Area since the 6.9 Loma Prieta quake of Oct. 17, 1989.
• Napa’s Queen of the Valley Hospital reports treating 208 people between the time the earthquake struck at 3:20 a.m. and 11 p.m. Sunday. The hospital says a total of 17 people were admitted, most in fair to serious condition. One person remains in critical condition. Vallejo is reporting 25 minor injuries.
• The city of Napa has reported 33 buildings have been deemed unsafe. Officials in Vallejo have closed a two-block stretch of one of the city’s principal streets because of concerns that a church bell tower could collapse, and Napa’s school district announced that schools will remain closed Tuesday and possibly beyond. KQED’s Craig Miller reports that Vallejo’s First Baptist Church, at the corner of Carolina Street and Sonoma Boulevard, has been red-tagged. Among the church’s structural concerns: that the bell tower has been weakened to the point where it might collapse. This fear has prompted officials to close Sonoma Boulevard, which is also Highway 29, for two blocks on either side of the church. The closure also affects Lincoln Elementary School, immediately across the street from First Baptist.
• Napa officials updated the number of buildings red-tagged there to 64. Among the buildings shut down is the city’s historic courthouse building, and county officials announced today that the building will be closed indefinitely as it undergoes structural analysis. Several other major public buildings, including the Napa County Administration Building, were closed Monday.
• The Napa Valley Unified School District announced schools across the city will remain closed Tuesday as staff cleans up after the quake. The district will make a decision Tuesday about whether the closure will be extended.
• The Napa Fire Department reported Monday it responded to 50 fires after the quake, including one in a mobile home park that destroyed four units and damaged several others. Fire officials said an initial lack of water due to water-main breaks led to some of the destruction.
• Napa’s water system is undergoing repairs after suffering 60 water-main breaks. Officials say that some residents will lose water service during repairs and are advising affected residents to use boiled or bottled water until further notice.

Additional detailed information can be found at KQED's website: KQED reports.

Lodge Fire: The fire status has not been updated by Cal Fire since Wednesday evening. It appears that there will be no additional updates until/unless there is a significant change in the status. KZYX will monitor Cal Fire and other fire, police, and safety sources and advise if needed. At last report the fire had consumed 12,535 acres and was 96% contained.

Tuesday morning news, November 20th

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Thanksgiving is a maximum enforcement period for the CHP beginning Wednesday, at 6 p.m. and running through Sunday, Nov. 25, midnight. 

“Motorists are less likely to encounter one of our officers by simply wearing their seat belt,” said CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow. “Seat belts are your best line of defense in a collision.”

Last year, 32 people lost their lives on California’s roadways due to a collision, a 52 percent increase from Thanksgiving 2010.  

Additionally, two-thirds of the people killed in collisions were not wearing a seat belt.

The CHP would also like to remind motorists to avoid distracted driving, travel at a speed that is safe for conditions and also designate a non-drinking driver for the safety of everyone on the road.  

Last year during the Thanksgiving holiday, the CHP made 1,475 arrests for driving under the influence.  



 

 

 

Passage of Prop 36 softening the state's three-strikes law has touched off a flurry of legal activity from local defense lawyers seeking reduced punishments for criminals serving life.

Proposition 36 requires 25-to-life offenses be violent or serious rather than just any felony. The change opens the door for repeat violators previously locked away for relatively minor third offenses to petition local courts for re-sentencing.

According to a preliminary state prison estimate, seven people are eligible for re-sentencing in Sonoma County, one in Mendocino County and five in Lake County.

Statewide, as many as 3,000 criminals could be eligible for reduced sentences.

In Mendocino County, Jason Frick, 38 of McKinleyville is the only inmate eligible for a new sentence.

Frick received 25 to life last year in connection with a standoff with Mendocino SWAT officers in which he pleaded guilty to possession of pipe bombs and being a felon with a weapon.

While he has a right to seek a reduction, prosecutors believe his sentence was fully litigated and don't expect a change in the end result, Mike Geniella, a DA spokesperson,said.




 

 

The Mendocino Supervisors last week postponed deciding to restructure its retirement system, after county CEO Carmel Angelo urged them to take more time.


The board meets again Dec. 11, and will consider a new retirement benefit level for employees hired after Jan. 1, 2013 .


The new tier will be effective in January under the Public Employees Pension Reform Act (PEPRA), which becomes effective then. 


The new-employee tier -- to be added as an additional level to each of the county's three existing benefit levels -- will mean that the county and any new employee will each contribute half of the amount of the benefit. That same 50-50 cost sharing would also go into effect for existing employees in 2018


Currently, employees contribute 45 percent of the benefit, while the county contributes 55 percent.


The county will need to negotiate with the eight bargaining units that represents county employees to start getting the savings before 2018.


A union suggestion to adopt the new tier with a Cost-of-Living Adjustment provision built in is seen as a sticking point, according to Angelo.


 

 

 

 

 

Lake County Public Health officials are overseeing a first-of-its-kind survey to know how prepared local residents are for potential disasters.

Later this month the Community Assessment for Public Health Emergency Response – or CASPER – survey will take place in neighborhoods around Lake County.

Lake County is the first area in California to use the CASPER survey.

The Centers for Disease Control’s Division of Environmental Hazards  developed CASPER to enable government at all levels to rapidly assess a community’s health needs after a disaster, as well as to measure household preparedness for disasters or emergencies.



 

Mind Body Health & Politics; Tuesday @ 9:00 AM

Dr. Richard Miller interviews Dr Bruce Lipton on his latest book:  The Biology of Belief: Unleashing the Power of Consciousness, Matter and Miracles.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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