Wednesday, 08 February 2023

Community

KELSEYVILLE – The Kelseyville Lions Club will again sponsor a pancake breakfast to support the Verna Morris Pediatric Travel Fund.


The annual Verna Morris Memorial Pancake Breakfast will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, at the Kelseyville Lions Clubhouse located at 4335 Sylar Lane (Sylar Lane is located southeast of the county park).


One of the Easter Seals Northern California Lake County services is assisting families with transportation costs for out-of-county medical visits for children.


Each year, through the generosity of the Kelseyville Lions Club with the assistance of the Big Valley Lions Club, a pancake breakfast is offered to raise money for this program.


Verna Morris, 1920-1996, was a founding member of the National Tuberous Sclerosis Association, the California Association of Neurologically Handicapped Children (Alameda/Contra Costa counties), and an active board member of the Sonoma County Respite and Atypical Infant Development Program.


According to her husband, Bill Morris, “Verna was a personal support system for hundreds of parents and individuals with disabled children and adults. She was an exceptional woman who gave to her community.”


Contributions from family and friends began the fund in 1996. The Kelseyville Lions Club has supported the Verna Morris program with one of their monthly pancake breakfasts that attracts approximately 150 children and adults.


The Big Valley Lions Club provides the serving of the food to the families. The breakfast is held at the Kelseyville Lions Clubhouse on the second Sunday of February.


Tickets will be available at the door for $6 per person. Children age 5 and under eat for free.


For further information please call 263-3949. Direct donations to the fund may be made to Easter Seals Northern Calif., 501 B N. Main St., Lakeport, CA 95453.


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SACRAMENTO – The State Senate gave unanimous approval Wednesday to Senate Bill 157, legislation by North Coast Senator Patricia Wiggins (D-Santa Rosa).


The vote means the bill now heads to the Assembly for consideration.


If approved by the Assembly and signed into law by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, SB 157 would establish the “Non-profit Organization Equal Participation Act,” for the purpose of providing continuity and equal participation for non-profit organizations in sanctioned wine-related events and to provide orderly direction for wine producers.


Wiggins, who represents the premium wine-growing regions of Lake, Mendocino, Napa and Sonoma counties in the Senate, says her bill is “simply intended to provide continuity and clarity within the ABC Act for both winemakers and non-profit organizations participating in sanctioned wine related events.


Wiggins, who also chairs the Senate Select Committee on California’s Wine Industry, introduced related legislation in 2003 and 2007.


Under existing law, licensed winegrowers can conduct wine tastings off premises, and can accept orders for purchase of their wines off premises, but any sales transactions must be completed back at the winegrowers’ place of business.


Existing law also authorizes the state Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control to issue a wine sales event permit to allow a licensed winegrower to sell their bottled wine at festivals, county fairs, civic/cultural celebrations or similar events held by a range of non-profit organizations as defined in the state Revenue and Taxation Code.


Until last year, the ABC permitted orders to be taken at wine-tasting events held by eight categories of non-profit organizations, but SB 108, authored by Senator Wiggins and signed into law by the Governor, expanded the list to include 11 types of nonprofit groups.


Visit Wiggins' Web site at http://dist02.casen.govoffice.com.


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LAKE COUNTY – The Lake County Department of Social Services, in partnership with Butte, Trinity and Tehama counties, has received a grant from the Federal Administration for Children and Families for $1.5 million to be paid over a three year period.


These funds will be utilized to address the significant issue of methamphetamine use and its impact on families involved with Child Welfare Services by establishing models for assessment, intervention, treatment services and recovery from addiction.


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LAKE COUNTY – The Friends of the Lake County Library announce a special sale on book bags and book sale books at Lake County Library branches.


Romance is in the air this month, as the Friends of the Lake County Library feature the Friends' canvas book bags filled with donated romance novels.


Library Friends members are preparing romance-theme bags filled with a selection of books which will sell for $15 during February.


Red and burgundy bags have a romance theme, and black bags have a broken-hearts theme. Bags alone are $10 and come in five colors: burgundy, red, cream, black and navy.


Proceeds from the Friends of the Library book sales and bag sales support the Lake County Library. The Friends of the Library Web address is www.co.lake.ca.us/Residents/Community_Resources/Index_of_Organizations/Friends_of_the_Lake_County_Library.htm.


To join the Friends, see the membership information on the Web site or pick up an application at your local branch.


Library branches are located at 1425 N. High St. in Lakeport, 14785 Burns Valley Road in Clearlake, 21267 Calistoga Road in Middletown and 310 2nd St. in Upper Lake.


The library Web site www.co.lake.ca.us/page386.aspx has more information about the library.


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KELSEYVILLE – The Rivera Hills Restaurant had a full house of dinner guests waiting to hear Tom Del Beccaro's topic, "The New Conservative Paradigm,” at a special evening hosted by the Lake County Republican Women Federated and the Lake County Republican Central Committee.


Tom Del Beccaro is the vice chair for the California Republican Party, has been of several talk radio shows and manages an informative Web site called, Politicalvanguard.com.


Several months ago I sat at the Northern Republican Women's Convention in Monterey, absolutely in awe listening to several important topics from US economic policies to social programs.


On Monday night I has the chance to recapture and listen intently to each point of discussion; after the speech several important questions where asked, and then Del Beccaro spent time speaking and signing his book with new friends from Lake County.


The food and service at Rivera Hills Restaurant provided a wonderful atmosphere for Del Beccaro's sensational dinner engagement.


Martha Steward is vice president of the Lake County Republican Women.


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SACRAMENTO – Senator Patricia Wiggins (D-Santa Rosa) and Assemblyman Ed Hernandez (D- West Covina), the respective chairs of the Senate and Assembly Committees with jurisdiction over public employment and public pension issues, on Monday unveiled legislation that will implement all recommendations of the Public Employee Post-Employment Benefits Commission that required legislative action.


Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger established the commission in December 2006 to “identify the extent of unfunded liabilities” in public sector pension and retiree health care obligations, review and analyze options for addressing them and recommend a plan to the Legislature and governor.


The 12-member commission, chaired by former University of California Board of Regents President Gerald Parsky, released its 212-page report on Jan. 7. The report contained a comprehensive, eight-point plan containing 34 specific recommendations.


The bills introduced Monday by Sen. Wiggins, chair of the Senate Committee on Public Employment and Retirement, and Assemblyman Hernandez, chair of the Assembly Committee on Public Employees, Retirement and Social Security, are designed to implement commission recommendations requiring legislation.


The Hernandez bill, AB 1844, will help increase transparency with regard to public employee benefits through enhanced reporting requirements and will also help to curb fraud in the various retirement systems by providing those systems with the tools they need to detect and prosecute fraudulent actions.


The Wiggins bill, SB 1123, is focused on increasing transparency and oversight of public employee benefits.


The two lawmakers will serve as principal co-authors of each other’s bills.


“The commission report reflects the fact that this diverse group was able to come together around some very important issues,” Wiggins said. “I am optimistic that implementation of these key recommendations will help stabilize employers’ costs with regard to worker pensions and retiree health care – and do so without negatively impacting retirees.”


Hernandez agreed, saying he thinks it is “imperative that we move forward quickly this year to implement these recommendations as this will help to stabilize the costs of pensions and retiree health care for employers while making sure we keep the promises we have made to our teachers, police officers, firefighters and other hard working public employees.”


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