Tuesday, 27 September 2022


Retiring Executive Director Cindy Sobel enjoys a moment with Hospice nurses Victoria Callahan and Deby Kubas during Hike for Hospice. Courtesy photo.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — Hospice Services of Lake County has announced the retirement of Executive Director Cindy Sobel after seven years of dedicated service to the agency and community.

“Since she joined Hospice Services in 2015, Sobel has demonstrated strong, genuine leadership,” said Don Hubbard, president of the Hospice Services of Lake County Board of Directors. “Under her leadership, Hospice Services has made tremendous strides in building a talented clinical team serving patients and families with skill and compassion. Cindy’s leadership maintained our role as an anchor health care provider in the community; and successfully navigated the remarkable challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.”

“It’s been my personal mission to care for people who are transitioning into the next phase of their life,” said Sobel. “I feel so fortunate to have been part of the hospice industry which provides medical, emotional, and spiritual support to those facing the challenges associated with a serious health condition. I am leaving an extraordinary team of professionals to carry on this sacred calling.”

Hubbard added, “On behalf of the entire board of directors, we are incredibly grateful for the time Cindy has devoted to Hospice Services, and we wish her the very best in retirement. The board is deeply committed to conducting a thoughtful, extensive search and selecting an executive director that will continue to position Hospice Services as a regionally recognized, community-oriented health organization providing quality care for Lake County residents.”

As the board conducts the search process for the next executive director, Hospice Services, under a competent leadership team, will continue to deliver on its mission to provide high quality, patient-centered care to its diverse community members.

Hospice Services is a nonprofit health care organization serving Lake County residents for over 44 years.

The core of hospice service is to provide patient-and family-centered symptom management ensuring the highest level of comfort.

Services are available for individuals with an anticipated life expectancy of 6 months or less and their caregivers wherever they call home.

Services are paid for 100% by Medicare, Medi-Cal and the Veterans Administration. Many private health insurances also cover hospice care.

Community members are encouraged to learn how our compassionate team can assist you and your loved ones … sooner is better.

Call 707-263-6222 or visit Hospice Services at 1862 Parallel Drive, Lakeport.

Additional information is also available on Hospice Services of Lake County’s website, www.lakecountyhospice.org.

Janine Smith-Citron is director of development for 
Hospice Services of Lake County


Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday signed legislation from Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, that will encourage creation of defensible space, protecting life and property from future wildfires.

“We know that clearing combustible vegetation around our homes minimizes potential damage and the chances for wildfire to spread,” Sen. Dodd said. “We must take steps to protect ourselves as we’re seeing multiple infernos threaten communities across our state. I thank the governor for signing this bill, which will help measure how well we’re creating defensible space and decide on potential life-saving investments to keep our families safe.”

In a report last fall, the state Legislative Analyst’s Office cited the creation of defensible space around homes and other structures as among the most valuable steps that can be taken to reduce the destructiveness of wildfires.

Under existing law, homeowners in certain areas are required to create these fire-safe spaces. However, because of a number of factors, compliance and inspections are inconsistent from region to region, the LAO found.

Senate Bill 896 responds to the agency’s recommendations for increasing compliance and reducing future losses. It includes provisions to gather more information on defensible space inspections through improved data collection and to take initial steps to address other barriers to state and local defensible space efforts.

It also supports additional research to identify effective strategies to improve defensible space compliance and to conduct oversight activities to learn from and inform future policy decisions.

SB 896 was signed by the governor today after receiving overwhelming support in the Legislature.

“I very much appreciate the governor’s recognition of this important issue,” said Yana Valachovic, forest advisor and county director for the University of California Cooperative Extension-Humboldt and Del Norte counties. “It will contribute to helping communities track progress toward adoption of this important practice.”

Defensible space — and wildfire protection in general — has been a top priority for Sen. Dodd for several years, beginning in 2019 with his authorship of SB 190 which directed the state fire marshal to develop model defensive space standards that local governments could voluntarily use as part of their zoning codes.

Dodd represents the Third Senate District, which includes all or portions of Napa, Solano, Yolo, Sonoma, Contra Costa and Sacramento counties.

At its Aug. 17 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 the meeting held in Loleta at the Bear River Band of Rohnerville Rancheria with an option for the public to join via Zoom.

The commission approved a five-year kelp harvest plan proposed by Sustainable Ocean Harvest, LLC for mechanical harvest of giant kelp (Macrocystis pyrifera) in specified kelp beds in Santa Barbara County.

Commissioners also adopted a second 90-day extension of emergency regulations for recreational sub-bag limits for vermilion rockfish, copper rockfish and quillback rockfish.

This action conforms state regulations with federal regulations that were recommended by the Pacific Fishery Management Council and then promulgated by the National Marine Fisheries Service.

The commission determined that listing Inyo rock daisy as threatened or endangered under the California Endangered Species Act may be warranted.

As a result, a one-year status review commences, to be completed by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, during which Inyo rock daisy is protected as a candidate species.

The commission also approved the first experimental fishing permit, or EFP, application submitted under the Experimental Fishing Permit Program created through regulations adopted by the commission in December. 2021.

This EFP will test the commercial use of deep-set and night-set buoy gear fishing configurations within California state waters. Buoy gear is used to catch swordfish and has proven to significantly reduce bycatch in federal waters.

Commission President Samantha Murray, Vice President Erika Zavaleta, commissioners Jacqueline Hostler-Carmesin and Eric Sklar were present. There is one vacant position on the commission.

The agenda for this meeting, along with supporting information, is available on the commission’s meetings web page, including video and audio files.

The next meeting of the full Commission is scheduled for Oct. 12 to 13 in Kings Beach. Please see the Commission website for details.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — North Coast Opportunities is recruiting highly motivated individuals ready to start their career in construction to apply for their paid training program, BUILD — Building Up Individuals and Local Development.

Apply online by Sept. 15.

Formerly Building Homes, Building Lives, BUILD is a three-month course providing work experience and job readiness in this growing industry.

In this “earn and learn” format, participants receive hands on-education and mentorship directly from professionals in the field.

Participants are expected to commit to 30 hours a week of training at various locations across Lake County and are compensated at $16 an hour.

At the end of the program, each graduating participant receives a letter of recommendation, a certificate of completion, job placement opportunities and on-the-job equipment.

Of the participants that have graduated from BUILD, 87% have secured stable employment.

“BUILD is designed to take on basic training on behalf of employers so they will have an incoming workforce that is skilled and ready,” said Lead Project Coordinator Derek Fiedler-Riddle. “In turn, local residents have a stepping stone into their careers and will show up on the job equipped with the experience and confidence to be successful.”

Labor challenges are pervasive across many industries in Lake County. While unemployment on a national scale has returned to pre-pandemic levels, the need for skilled and dependable workers remains a local challenge.

For the last three years, Building Homes, Building Lives has been providing paid foundational training in the construction and building trades for low-income community members to promote economic security and help fill local workforce gaps in the industry. Under its new branding and program design, BUILD will be able to expand its scope to provide job training in a variety of fields beyond building and construction.

“We realize there is a need to fill experience and hiring gaps in many sectors,” said Fiedler-Riddle. “The new name and design will allow us to develop projects to respond to various workforce needs in the community.”

This program is possible due to collaborations with several local organizations including Bridges Construction, NCO New Digs, Woodland Community College, Mendocino College, CareerPoint Lake, and many others devoted to housing support and workforce development in Lake County.

NCO BUILD will be launching a new website in the coming weeks.

To apply for the upcoming BUILD class, visit bit.ly/BUILD-apply or call 707-998-8650 for more information.

Applications close Sept. 15 and spaces are limited. Participants accepted to the program will receive a tool belt sign-on bonus valued at $200.

NCO is the Community Action Agency that serves Lake and Mendocino counties, as well as parts of Humboldt, Sonoma, Del Norte and Solano counties.

NCO reacts and adjusts to community needs, including disaster response and recovery.

For more information visit www.ncoinc.org or call 707-467-3200.

SACRAMENTO — In a unanimous and bipartisan vote today, the California State Senate passed a landmark bill by Sen. Susan Rubio (D-Baldwin Park) that targets help for domestic violence survivors, unaccompanied women, and other vulnerable populations who are experiencing homelessness.

Senate Bill 914 — The HELP (“Homeless Equity for Left Behind Populations”) Act — would improve California’s response to homelessness by requiring cities, counties, and continuums of care that receive state funding to address homelessness to include domestic violence survivors and unaccompanied women within the vulnerable populations for whom specific system supports are developed.

The bill also requires the California Interagency Council on Homelessness to set and measure progress towards goals to prevent and end homelessness for these vulnerable populations.

“Unsheltered women and unsheltered transgender individuals report shockingly high numbers of domestic violence,” said Sen. Rubio. “I want to thank my co-sponsors for their amazing work in serving our most vulnerable populations, and my colleagues for supporting this landmark bill. As our state and local governments continue to work toward ending the homeless crisis, we must make sure that we do not leave any part of the homeless population behind. Domestic violence services for individuals experiencing homelessness have been grossly underfunded, and the HELP Act is needed to help these vulnerable populations and focus on their unique needs.”

“We’re grateful to the Senate and the Assembly for recognizing the inextricable link between domestic violence and homelessness,” said Christine Smith, public policy coordinator for the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence. “We are excited to see SB 914 move next to the Governor’s Desk. This important bill will ensure state and local governments will be one step closer to creating a gender-inclusive and intersectional homelessness system that will support survivors as they heal. This is one important element of the Partnership's economic justice work.”

“The Downtown Women’s Center applauds the California State Legislature for voting to pass the HELP Act. This is an important step in addressing the longstanding gaps in our current homeless response system,” said Amy Turk, C.E.O. of the Downtown Women's Center. “As a co-sponsor of the bill, and the only organization in Los Angeles focused exclusively on serving and empowering women experiencing homelessness, we are grateful to Senator Rubio for raising awareness of the specific issues facing unaccompanied women and victims of domestic violence. DWC looks forward to this legislation becoming law and California becoming the national leader on combating women’s homelessness.”

“Rainbow Services is grateful for the overwhelming support of SB 914,” said Tatiana Doorman, director of community engagement for Rainbow Services. “We look forward to the day when survivors and unaccompanied women are no longer left behind in any community plan to end homelessness, and we are proud to be co-sponsoring this groundbreaking legislation.”

Since joining the State Senate, Sen. Rubio has prioritized addressing the state’s affordable housing shortage and homelessness crisis.

A member of the Senate Housing Production Working Group, she has authored several affordable housing bills over the past two years.

In 2022, Sen. Rubio authored Senate Resolution 61 declaring the month of March 2022 as Unaccompanied Women Experiencing Homelessness Awareness Month in California.

In 2019, Sen. Rubio authored SB 751 to create the San Gabriel Valley Regional Housing Trust for local communities to collaborate regionally and support affordable housing projects and homeless shelter programs.

Attention – people who use opioids, heroin or fentanyl: Join UC Irvine’s online HOPE study and get up to $205 in online gift codes.

Join a Facebook group and take surveys.

The UC Irvine Harnessing Online Peer Education, or HOPE, Opioid Study is composed of researchers from the Departments of Emergency Medicine and Informatics at the University of Ca, Irvine.

What is the study about?

The goal of the study is to see how technology, such as online social support through Facebook, can help those struggling with opioids.

Eligibility criteria:

• 18+ years old;
• A person with struggling with opioids;
• A rural California resident;
• Uses social media;
• Not currently on medications for opioid addiction (e.g., suboxone, methadone, buprenorphine).

Responsibilities of participants:

• Participants will join a Facebook group for 12 weeks and complete four surveys (before the study starts; after the study ends; six months after the study ends; 12 months after the study ends). Each survey takes about 15 minutes to complete.
• Participants can get up to $205 in gift cards. If a participant reports using medications for opioid use disorder (like methadone, buprenorphine or naltrexone) on follow-up surveys, they will be compensated $15 in gift cards once verified.
• Participants will be able to request information on medications for opioid use disorder, resources and to be referred to Bright Heart Health for virtual care.

If you are interested, please contact the Hope Study Team:

• Hope Study phone lines: 760-232-4026 and 949-329-8759.
• Hope Study text lines: 657-221-9597 and 949-329-8759.
• Hope Study email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
• Facebook: www.facebook.com/HOPEUCLA/.

Upcoming Calendar

09.27.2022 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Farmers' Market at Library Park
09.27.2022 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Rotary Club of Clear Lake
09.27.2022 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Clearlake Planning Commission 
09.28.2022 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Levee and flood risk workshop
09.29.2022 7:30 am - 8:30 am
Rotary Club of Middletown
09.29.2022 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Local Hazard Mitigation Plan update meeting
10.01.2022 7:00 am - 11:00 am
Sponsoring Survivorship annual walk and run
10.01.2022 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Konocti Challenge

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