Thursday, 06 October 2022

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Amidst continuing failures by the Department of Insurance to maintain public access to government records, the California State Assembly on Monday approved AB 2370 by Assemblymember Marc Levine (D-Marin County), which will restore transparency to a state agency plagued by scandal.

The bill was approved on a vote of 65 to 0.

In late 2021, the Department of Insurance attempted to institute an email retention policy under which all emails would automatically delete after 180 days unless manually archived.

Such records are essential to ensure that insurance companies are living up to their promises to protect consumers and that the department is acting properly in regulating the nation’s largest insurance market.

AB 2370 applies current local government record retention requirements of at least two years to all state agencies. Such a change will increase public confidence in the actions of state agencies and make public information more easily accessible to those who request it.

“It is incomprehensible that Commissioner Ricardo Lara attempted to auto-delete all Department of Insurance emails while simultaneously fighting in court to subvert the California Public Records Act,” said Assemblymember Marc Levine. “Californians need to regain trust in the Department of Insurance and have faith that the public officials entrusted to protect consumers are fighting for them, not for insurance companies. AB 2370 is an important tool necessary to restore ethics and transparency in the Department of Insurance and continue the Department’s mission to fight for consumers across the state.”

AB 2370 now heads to the State Senate for further action.

NORTH‌‌ ‌‌COAST, ‌‌ ‌‌Calif. —‌ Caltrans‌‌ ‌‌reports‌‌ ‌‌that‌‌ ‌‌the‌‌ ‌‌following‌‌ ‌‌road‌‌ ‌‌projects‌‌ ‌‌will‌‌ ‌‌be‌‌ ‌‌taking‌‌ ‌‌place‌‌ ‌‌‌around‌‌ ‌‌the‌‌ ‌‌North‌‌ ‌‌Coast‌‌ ‌‌during‌‌ ‌‌the‌‌ ‌‌coming‌‌ ‌‌week. ‌‌ ‌‌‌ ‌
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Included‌‌ ‌‌are‌‌ ‌‌Mendocino‌‌ ‌‌County‌‌ ‌‌projects‌‌ ‌‌that‌‌ ‌‌may‌‌ ‌‌impact‌‌ ‌‌Lake‌‌ ‌‌County‌‌ ‌‌commuters, as well as work in Del Norte and Humboldt counties.
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Caltrans‌‌ ‌‌advises‌‌ ‌‌motorists‌‌ ‌‌to‌‌ ‌‌drive‌‌ ‌‌with‌‌ ‌‌caution‌‌ ‌‌when‌‌ ‌‌approaching‌‌ ‌‌work‌‌ ‌‌areas‌‌ ‌‌and‌‌ ‌‌to‌‌ ‌‌be‌‌ ‌‌‌prepared‌‌ ‌‌to‌‌ ‌‌stop‌‌ ‌‌at‌‌ ‌‌traffic‌‌ ‌‌control‌‌ ‌‌stations. ‌‌ ‌‌‌ ‌

Caltrans will suspend most work on Northern California highways from Friday, May 27, through Monday, May 30, in observance of Memorial Day weekend. However, in the case of unforeseen circumstances, it may be necessary for Caltrans crews to respond to emergency situations
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The‌‌ ‌‌Caltrans‌‌ ‌‌Traffic‌‌ ‌‌Operations‌‌ ‌‌Office‌‌ ‌‌has‌‌ ‌‌reviewed‌‌ ‌‌each‌‌ ‌‌project‌‌ ‌‌and‌‌ ‌‌determined‌‌ ‌‌that‌‌ ‌‌individual‌‌ ‌‌‌project‌‌ ‌‌delays‌‌ ‌‌are‌‌ ‌‌expected‌‌ ‌‌to‌‌ ‌‌be‌‌ ‌‌less‌‌ ‌‌than‌‌ ‌‌the‌‌ ‌‌statewide‌‌ ‌‌policy‌‌ ‌‌maximum‌‌ ‌‌of‌‌ ‌‌30‌‌ ‌‌minutes‌‌ ‌‌unless‌‌ ‌‌‌noted‌‌ ‌‌otherwise. ‌‌ ‌‌‌ ‌‌‌ ‌

For‌‌ ‌‌updates‌‌ ‌‌to‌‌ ‌‌this‌‌ ‌‌list‌‌ ‌‌check‌‌ ‌‌QuickMap‌‌ ‌‌at‌‌ ‌‌‌www.dot.ca.gov‌‌‌ or‌‌ ‌‌1-800-GAS-ROAD‌‌ ‌‌‌(1-800-427-7623). ‌‌ ‌‌‌ ‌

LAKE‌‌ ‌‌COUNTY‌‌ ‌‌‌ ‌
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Highway‌‌ ‌‌20

— Road work will occur on Tuesday, May 24, near Saratoga Springs Road. One-way traffic control will be in place from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Motorists should anticipate up to 10-minute delays.

— Bridge work continues in Upper Lake at Middle Creek. One-way traffic control will be in place from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. weeknights. Motorists should anticipate five-minute delays.

— Road work continues at the Nice-Lucerne Cutoff. Lane closures will be in effect from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and motorists should expect minor slowdowns through the area.

— Guardrail work will occur in Lucerne from Sixth Street to Ninth Street on Friday, May 20, from noon to 11 p.m. Lane closures will be in effect and motorists should expect minor slowdowns through the area.

— Utility work is scheduled to begin on Monday, May 23, in Glenhaven at Henderson Drive. One-way traffic control will be in place from 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays. Motorists should anticipate five-minute delays.

— Road work will occur on Monday, May 23 in Clearlake Oaks near Catholic Church Road. One-way traffic control will be in place from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Motorists should anticipate up to five-minute delays.

— Bridge work continues at Cache Creek. One-way traffic control will be in place from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. weeknights. Motorists should anticipate five-minute delays.

Highway 29

— Utility work will occur in Middletown near Shady Grove Road on Friday, May 20. One-way traffic control will be in place from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. Motorists should expect five-minute delays.

— Bridge work at Putah Creek continues. One-way traffic control will be in place from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. weeknights. Motorists should expect five-minute delays.

— Utility work is scheduled to begin near Hidden Valley Lake at Spruce Grove Road on Wednesday, May 25. One-way traffic control will be in place from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Motorists should expect five-minute delays.

— Road work is scheduled to begin near Hidden Valley Lake at Spruce Grove Road on Tuesday, May 24. Lane closures will be in effect from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Motorists should expect minor slowdowns through the area.

— Bridge work continues at Siegler Creek. One-way traffic control will be in place from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. weeknights. Motorists should expect five-minute delays.

— Road work in Lower Lake at Point Lakeview Road continues. One-way traffic control will be in place from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Motorists should expect five-minute delays.

— Bridge work will continue at the Lakeport Blvd Overcrossing. One-way traffic control will be in place from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m. weeknights. Motorists should expect five-minute delays. LC#C29HA

— Bridge work in Lakeport at the Park Way Overcrossing continues. One-way traffic control will be in place from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m. weeknights. Motorists should expect five-minute delays.

— Bridge work will continue at Scotts Creek. One-way traffic control will be in place from 7 p.m. to 9 a.m. weeknights. Motorists should expect five-minute delays.

Highway 53

— Bridge work at Cache Creek continues. Lane closures will be in effect from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. weeknights. Motorists should expect minor slowdowns through the area.

Highway 175

— Utility work continues in Cobb from Humboldt Drive to Bottle Rock Road. One-way traffic control will be in place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Motorists should expect five-minute delays.

MENDOCINO COUNTY

Highway 1

— Emergency Road work continues in Westport from Blue Slide Gulch to Pacific Avenue. Lane closures will be in effect from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Motorists should expect five-minute delays.

Highway 20

— Tree work is scheduled to begin in Fort Bragg at Franklin Avenue on Monday, May 23. One-way traffic control will be in place from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays. Motorists should expect up to 10-minute delays.

Highway 101

— Slide removal at Pieta Creek Bridge will continue. Northbound Lane closures will be in effect. Motorists should anticipate five-minute delays.

— Moss Cove Safety Rest Area will be closed through July 2022.

— Empire Camp Safety Rest Area will be closed through July 2022.

Highway 162

— Road work south of Dos Rios near the Rodeo Creek Bridge continues. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 3 p.m. to 7 a.m. weeknights. Motorists should expect up to 10-minute delays.

Highway 271

— Slide removal continues south of Piercy near Reynolds State Park Road. A lane closure is in effect and motorists should use an alternate route.

DEL NORTE COUNTY

Highway 101

— Construction work from the Route 169 junction to north of Klamath continues. One-way traffic control will be in effect weekdays from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Motorists should anticipate 10-minute delays.

— Bridge work north of Klamath near Old Hunter Creek Road will continue. One-way traffic control will be in effect. Motorists should anticipate 10-minute delays.

— Paving work near Last Chance Grade will occur on Friday, May 20. Lane closures will be in effect from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Motorists should anticipate 10-minute delays.

— Construction in the Last Chance Grade area will continue. One-way traffic control will be in effect. Motorists should anticipate 25-minute delays at all hours.

— Bridge work at Rowdy Creek will begin on Monday, May 23. One-way traffic control will be in effect. Motorists should anticipate minor slowdowns.

Highway 199

— Bridge work at Hiouchi Bridge will begin on Monday, May 23. One-way traffic control will be in effect. Motorists should anticipate minor slowdowns.

— Permitted cleanup and repair work between Hiouchi and Gasquet will conclude on Friday, May 20. One-way traffic control will be in effect weekdays from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Motorists should anticipate 10-minute delays.

— Bridge work from Mary Adam Peacock Bridge to Wagon Wheel Cafe will begin on Monday, May 23. One-way traffic control will be in effect. Motorists should anticipate minor slowdowns.

— Bridge work at Middle Fork Smith River Bridge will begin on Monday, May 23. One-way traffic control will be in effect. Motorists should anticipate minor slowdowns.

HUMBOLDT COUNTY

Highway 36

— Construction work from Buck Mountain Road to the Trinity County line will continue. One-way traffic control will be in effect weekdays from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Motorists should anticipate 10-minute delays.

Highway 96

— Bridge work near Camp Creek Road will conclude on Friday, May 20. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Motorists should anticipate five-minute delays.

Highway 101

— Bridge work south of Phillipsville will continue. Lane closures will be in effect weekdays. Motorists should anticipate minor traffic slowdowns. A northbound onramp closure will also be in effect. Motorists should use an alternate route.

— Bridge work at the Route 101 South Fork Road Undercrossing will conclude on Friday, May 20, from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Motorists should anticipate 10-minute delays. A southbound offramp closure will also be in effect. Motorists should use an alternate route.

— Construction from the Herrick Avenue Overcrossing to Washington Street in Eureka will continue. Lane closures will be in effect in both directions from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. weeknights. Starting Monday, May 22, lane closures will be in effect at all times. Motorists should anticipate five-minute delays.

— Construction from the St Louis Road Overcrossing to Mad River Bridge will conclude on Friday, May 20. Lane closures will be in effect from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. Motorists should anticipate 10-minute delays.

— Guardrail work is scheduled to begin from Murray Road to Georgia Pacific Road on Monday, May 23. Lane closures will be in effect from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays. Motorists should expect minor slowdowns through the area.

Highway 169

— Permitted utility work north of Weitchpec will occur on Monday, May 23. One-way traffic will be in effect from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Motorists should expect five-minute delays.

Highway 254

— Permitted utility work south of Miranda Bridge Road will occur on Monday, May 23. One-way traffic will be in effect from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Motorists should expect five-minute delays.

Highway 255

— Permitted work near Manila will continue. One-way traffic will be in effect from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays. Motorists should expect 10-minute delays.

Highway 299

— Construction near Route 200 will continue. Lane closures will be in effect from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays. Motorists should expect minor traffic slowdowns.

— Paving east of Blue Lake will continue. The westbound offramp at the Truck Scale House will be closed. Motorists should use an alternate ramp.

— Construction east of the Burney Vista Point will continue. Motorists should anticipate five-minute delays.

— Drainage work near Willow Creek will conclude on Friday, May 20. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. weekdays. Motorists should expect 10-minute delays.

UPPER LAKE, Calif. — The Western Region Town Hall will meet on Wednesday, May 18.

The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Habematolel community center, 9460 Main St. in Upper Lake.

Community members also can attend via Zoom. The link is here.

The meeting ID is 982 1265 6300, pass code is 988681. Dial by location: +1 669 900 6833. One tap mobile: +16699006833,,98845551078#,,,,*561090.

The agenda will include further discussion on the failing Upper Lake levee system, fire preparedness, Upper Lake streetlights, candidates’ night, animal control and Special Districts.

County department heads will be present to answer community members' questions.

Everyone is welcome to attend.

Oak woodland in Lake County, California, by Victoria Brandon.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — The Sierra Club Lake Group will host award winning artist, April Lynch, on the diverse species of oak trees native to this region at their next community meeting on Thursday, May 26, at 6 p.m.

The presentation and discussion will be held via Zoom video conference and live-streamed on Facebook. The meeting is free and open to the public. Pre-registration is required to attend via Zoom.

Lynch, a Master Gardener since 2009, will share about the diverse species of native oaks in Lake County.

Her work is based on 12 years of research and includes more than 150 scenic photographs of oak trees and other natural wonders from Colusa, Lake and Sonoma counties.

Born and raised in California, her interests include native oaks, wildflowers, vegetable gardening and home orchards.

She is a photographer and an award-winning artist; and has co-authored and published “Wildflowers! A Guide to Identifying the Wildflowers of Northern California's Wine Country.”

Sierra Club Lake Group President Deb Sally, explained, "As one of our dominant species in Lake County, these trees are not only magnificent in beauty and increase property value, but they provide important benefits for many species like shade and habitat, food, and soil erosion protection.”

To register for the event, visit the Lake Group’s online calendar at www.sierraclub.org/redwood/lake.

Registrants will receive access information upon registration and a confirmation reminder the morning of the event. Zoom space is limited, so the event will also be live-streamed via the Lake Group's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/sierraclublake.

The Sierra Club Lake Group represents more than 400 Sierra Club members living in Lake County and is part of the Redwood Chapter of the Sierra Club that represents the northwest region of California.

The group works to preserve Lake County's wild heritage; protect and restore Clear Lake and its watershed; and promote smart growth, sustainable practices and environmentally friendly development. It also fosters a meaningful connection to the environment for the community to value and enjoy through guided hikes and community events.

For more information about the Sierra Club Lake Group, visit www.sierraclub.org/redwood/lake or call 707-994-1931.

SACRAMENTO — The Bureau of Land Management is seeking public nominations for positions that are or will soon become vacant on its California Desert District Advisory Council, Central California Resource Advisory Council and the Northern California District.

The councils consist of citizens with diverse interests in public land management, including conservationists, ranchers, outdoor recreationists, state and local government officials, and energy industry representatives. The councils provide advice to the BLM on public land issues.

“Resource advisory councils assist the BLM with recommendations on a dynamic portfolio of programs from conservation to renewable energy,” said BLM California State Director Karen Mouritsen. “I appreciate our council members for their dedication and willingness to take time out of their busy schedules to provide their advice on the BLM’s management decisions.”

The BLM, which manages more land than any other federal agency, has advisory councils located across the West.

The diverse membership of each council is aimed at achieving a balanced outlook that the BLM needs for its mission, which is to manage the public lands for multiple uses.

The councils are critical in assisting the BLM in continuing to be a good neighbor in communities served by the bureau, providing advice and recommendations on issues including land use planning, fire management, off-highway vehicle use, recreation, oil and gas exploration, noxious weed management, grazing issues, and wild horse and burro herd management issues.

The descriptions for RAC positions are as follows:

• Category one: Public land ranchers and representatives of organizations associated with energy and mineral development, the timber industry, transportation or rights of way, off-highway vehicle use and commercial recreation.

• Category two: Representatives of nationally or regionally recognized environmental organizations, archaeological and historical organizations, dispersed recreation activities, and wild horse and burro organizations.

• Category three: Representatives of state, county, or local elected office; representatives and employees of a state agency responsible for the management of natural resources; representatives of Indian Tribes within or adjacent to the area for which the RAC is organized; representatives and employees of academic institutions who are involved in natural sciences; and the public-at-large.

Nominations must be submitted by June 15. To access the nomination application, go to https://www.blm.gov/sites/blm.gov/files/1120-019_0.pdf.

For more information about serving on the California Desert District Advisory Council, please contact Michelle van der Linden at 760-833-7172 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For more information about serving on the Central California RAC, please contact Philip Oviatt, 661-391-6117 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For more information about serving on the Northern California District RAC, please contact Jeff Fontana at 530-252-5332 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

More information about the RACs is available at https://www.blm.gov/get-involved/resource-advisory-council/near-you/california.

Individuals may nominate themselves or others to serve on an advisory council. Nominees must be residents of California and will be judged based on their training, education, and knowledge of the council’s geographical area.

Nominees should also demonstrate a commitment to consensus building and collaborative decision-making.

All nominations must be accompanied by letters of reference from any represented interests or organizations; a completed background information nomination form; and any other information that speaks to the nominee's qualifications.

Instructing the proper fitting of life jackets are (center) Flotilla Commander Kevin Kealey; right, Jacob Jensen, lifeguard/ranger trainee; and Commodore Rich Thomas, left. Photo courtesy of Flotilla 8-8.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 8-8 of Lake County has partnered with the Clear Lake State Park to provide a limited number of child and youth life jackets at the Park’s swimming beach.

This loaner program will be on a daily basis and the life jackets returned each day.

The park’s ranger lifeguard will fit the child and advise the parent of the importance of it fitting properly.

With this new program, the Flotilla and the rangers’ concern is to help keep youngsters safe while in and around the water and urge everyone to wear their life jackets.

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Rotary Club of Middletown
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Farmers' Market at the Mercantile
8Oct
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Fall Festival
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