Sunday, 14 August 2022

Community

MENDOCINO NATIONAL FOREST, Calif. — Officials with the Mendocino National Forest said that Forest Road M10, which earlier this month was closed due to a mudslide near the Dixie Glade Campground, has been cleared.

The mudslide, which had closed the road about a quarter mile west of Fouts Springs, was triggered by April’s storms.

The forest reported that the Letts Lake Campground remains closed for maintenance.

Unstable terrain is one of several hazards in a burned landscape.

Post-fire areas are subject to landslides, rockfall, erosion, debris flows and flooding in heavy rain, snow or wind. There are also likely multiple downed trees across roads and trails.

LUCERNE, Calif. — The Northshore Ready Fest, a community preparedness event, will be held on Saturday, April 30.

It will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 6264 E. Highway 20 in Lucerne, at the corner of 11th Avenue and Highway 20.

Join them for a day of readiness. Get to know some of the Northshore firefighters and community organizations that are great resources in preparing for emergencies.

Learn how to help your family, friends and community to be a safer place and to be ready for
potential public safety power shutoff events or evacuation needs.

Be informed by learning about evacuation checklists, evacuation zone codes, Firewise communities, fuel mitigation, fire safety and awareness, defensible space and home hardening.

There will also be two sessions to learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation, one at 10:30 a.m. and the second at 1 p.m.

For more information call the Northshore Fire Fund at 707-883-1854.

At its April meeting the California Fish and Game Commission acted on several issues affecting California’s natural resources.

The following are just a few items of interest from this week’s meeting held in Monterey and Trinidad, with an option for the public to join via Zoom.

The commission adopted a regulation prohibiting the use of hydraulic pumps to take clams, sand crabs and shrimp.

This regulation was previously adopted as a temporary, emergency regulation and is now adopted through the standard rulemaking process.

The commission adopted the Pink (Ocean) Shrimp Fishery Management Plan, consistent with the Marine Life Management Act.

The plan’s provisions align California’s pink shrimp management with that of Oregon and Washington, and puts the commercial pink shrimp trawl fishery on the path to be the first state-managed fishery in California with a Marine Stewardship Council sustainability certification.

The commission determined that listing southern California steelhead as threatened or endangered under the California Endangered Species Act may be warranted.

This action commences a one-year status review to be completed by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife during which southern California steelhead is protected as a candidate species.

However, the commission also voted to allow take of southern California steelhead under certain circumstances for projects that serve an immediate need and provide flood protection, public safety (including highways), or water supply or water treatment.

The commission voted unanimously to deny the petition requesting to ban bear hunting in California until three conditions were met, including conducting an empirical study to determine the state’s black bear population.

This was the first commission meeting held since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic with options for both in-person and virtual attendance.

At the meeting in Monterey, Commission President Samantha Murray, Vice President Erika Zavaleta and Commissioner Eric Sklar were present. Commissioner Jacque Hostler-Carmesin attended from a second public location in Trinidad, Calif. There is one vacant position on the commission.

The agenda for this meeting along with supporting information is available on the commission website. An archived audio file will be available in the coming days.

The next meeting of the full commission is scheduled for June 15 to 16. Please see the commission website for details.

LAKEPORT, Calif. — The Lakeport Main Street Association will host the “Inside Out” citywide yard sale and sidewalk sale will be held on Saturday, April 30.

The free event will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Come and browse the offerings at both our businesses and residences and find that special treasure.

For more information call the association at 707-263-8843 or visit www.lakeportmainstreet.com.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — On Friday, April 22, the county of Lake published a new grant opportunity, for individuals that have experienced negative effects due to criminalization of cannabis.

Cannabis Local Equity Program grants are made possible through the partnership of the California Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development, or GO-Biz.

The primary focus of the initial funding round will be direct grants. These will be prioritized through awards to smaller cultivators first.

There are additional programs referenced in the application that are not currently operational. If you are interested in those, we encourage you to apply and complete the relevant sections.

Providing this information will help the county partner with the state to establish demonstrated interest and need as future funding is available and program expansions are considered.

Please also note, demographic information requested on the county’s grant application is required pursuant to State-established guidelines for this funding opportunity.

Gathering this data is intended to ensure equitable access to funds, over time, by all eligible Californians.

Lake County’s Cannabis Local Equity Program was developed in response to California Senate Bill 1294, the California Cannabis Equity Act of 2018.

Through interviews and data, the Lake County Cannabis Equity Assessment identified the populations and neighborhoods most affected by the criminalization of cannabis in Lake County. The county’s assessment found small growers, for example, were disproportionately affected by past policies.

The findings of the cannabis equity assessment were then used to create the program's equity eligibility requirements, which are outlined in the local equity program manual.

Additionally, the local equity program manual outlines services available to those who meet the eligibility requirements. The program implements state of California and county of Lake legislative goals to further equity among those impacted by the criminalization of cannabis.

Program details and funding

The Lake County Cannabis Local Equity program provides services to individuals, not businesses, who have experienced negative effects due to the criminalization of cannabis.

Applicants must meet eligibility criteria as outlined in the county of Lake Local Equity Program Manual. Funds are intended to assist those deemed “equity eligible” to enter into, or remain in, the commercial cannabis marketplace.

The county of Lake is administering the Cannabis Local Equity Program through grants received from California Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development.

Lake County’s total allocation from the GO-Biz for this round of equity grants is $2,829,294.90. Grant funds will be used to supply services to those meeting eligibility criteria, as defined in the updated Lake County Local Equity Program Manual.

Eligible equity applicants may initially qualify for up to $25,000, unless otherwise indicated, or until funding is fully exhausted. Additional funding may become available.

Submission deadline for all applications is 5 p.m. PST on Friday, May 27, 2022.

Applications and further information are available at http://www.lakecountyca.gov/Government/Directory/Administration/Cannabis.htm.

Specific questions about applications can be submitted via email, to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or phone, 707-263-2580.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — The Countywide Community Visioning Forum Planning Committee will next meet via Zoom on Tuesday, April 26.

The group will meet at 6 p.m.

Access the Zoom meeting here.

The meeting ID is 998 6256 1686, the pass code is 234096. It can be accessed via one-tap mobile at +16699006833,,99862561686#,,,,*234096# US.

From any mobile or landline phone, you may also dial 1-669-900-6833, and enter the Meeting ID and Passcode above, when prompted.

To contribute to this meeting from a phone, press *9 to raise your hand, and *6 to unmute, once you are recognized to speak.

The public is encouraged to attend and participate via Zoom. The full meeting agenda for this meeting and further resources can be accessed here.

Upcoming Calendar

15Aug
08.15.2022 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Community Visioning Forum Planning Committee
16Aug
08.16.2022 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Farmers' Market at Library Park
16Aug
08.16.2022 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Rotary Club of Clear Lake
18Aug
08.18.2022 7:30 am - 8:30 am
Rotary Club of Middletown
20Aug
08.20.2022 7:30 am - 3:00 pm
Yard sale to benefit Sponsoring Survivorship
20Aug
20Aug
08.20.2022 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Junior Ranger Program: Weather and climate
20Aug
08.20.2022 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Farmers' Market at the Mercantile
20Aug
08.20.2022 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Weekly writing workshop
20Aug
08.20.2022 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Taste of Lake County

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