The Board of Supervisors is considering a new Orwellian cultivation ordinance on Tuesday, December 10 at 5:30pm at Fritch Hall at the Fairgrounds in Lakeport. I urge interested people to attend.
This new cultivation ordinance being proposed by the Community Development Department (CDD) is far more restrictive than the current interim ordinance, and would prevent most medical marijuana patients from growing their own medicine outdoors in the sun. It has already been rubber stamped by the Planning Commission.
The staff report from CDD is blatant in its pandering to the wine industry, and says: “Without more strict regulations . . . . Lake County will continue to experience . . . a poor image that will effect [sic] investment into the wine grape and tourism industries.” On the contrary, I see wine, cannabis and tourism going hand in hand. Lake County must look to the future.
This ordinance, if passed, would devastate our local economy and destroy the tax base. Many, many businesses will shut their doors. The cannabis industry is a huge part of our local economy, probably 40 to 50 percent of our economic base, and experts estimate that close to half of Lake County’s population is involved in some way in the production of cannabis, including the many businesses that sell cultivation materials and seasonal bud trimmers. The cannabis dollar in Lake County gets spent over and over – the economic multiplier effect.
In essence, this poorly thought out and Draconian proposed ordinance is almost a total ban on cannabis cultivation in Lake County.
Here are the main objectionable provisions (not a complete list), with some comments:
1. No outdoor cultivation allowed on parcels one acre or smaller (currently, 6 plants are allowed on less than 1/2 acre, and 12 plants if more than 1/2 acre but less than 1 acre).
2. No outdoor cultivation in any Community Growth Boundary, regardless of size of parcel. This is all the towns in the county and a large area surrounding each town.
3. On residential parcels larger than one acre, only 6 plants are allowed to be grown outdoors, regardless of how many medical marijuana patients reside on the property, and regardless of how many acres the parcel is. Collectives are not allowed (currently, 18 plants are allowed on parcels greater than 1 acre but less than 5 acres, 36 on parcels at least 5 acres but less than 40 acres, and 48 on 40 acres or greater, and collectives are allowed).
Only collectives and cooperatives are allowed to grow more than 6 plants, and they are allowed to grow up to 48, but only on parcels 20 acres or more and zoned as AG land (agriculture). Members of collectives must all be residents of Lake County (currently, many cannabis farmers have collectives that include people in the cities who cannot grow outdoors. Others belong to out-of-county dispensing collectives and are designated growers for those dispensaries).
5. Outdoor grows must be completely screened from public view with a solid fence 6 to 8 feet with locked gates, and the plants are not allowed to grow higher than the fence. A fence 7 foot or higher needs a building permit (this provision makes no sense if you have 5 or 10 or 100 or 500 acres and nobody can see the garden, even without a fence around it).
6. Setbacks: 75 feet from property line, 150 feet from offsite residence. But, for collectives on AG land it’s 100 feet from property line and 200 feet from any off site residence (this acts as a ban for many people, especially on smaller parcels).
7. Renters cannot grow without notarized written permission from the landlord.
Indoor grows may not exceed 100 square feet and can use no more than 1200 watts.
9. No cultivation is allowed on vacant parcels without a legal residence, and individuals must grow on the property where they reside. If a collective, one member must reside on the property (in my opinion, cultivation should be allowed on vacant parcels if contiguous to a parcel with a residence owned by the same person).
10. The proposed ordinance would be deemed exempt from CEQA, meaning there is no significant effect on the environment and an environmental impact report is not necessary (this is absurd, since the ordinance would greatly increase indoor cultivation, which uses large amounts of electricity, would increase the carbon footprint, would also increase cultivation on public lands, and cause a concentration of large grows on AG land surrounding Kelseyville, where most of the AG land in the county is located. Thus, at least an initial study under CEQA should be done and an environmental impact report should ultimately be required).
11. Greenhouses and Hoop houses would be considered as outdoors not indoors (this is a reversal of the current county position. Per the proposed Ordinance, other outbuildings are considered indoors if they have a foundation or slab, walls and roof).
12. No outdoor cultivation within 1000 feet of a school, park, church, child care facility, rehab facility, or youth-oriented facility (very restrictive, currently, 600 feet from a school. This new ordinance adds park, church, child care facility, etc.).
13. The ordinance states: “Nothing herein shall limit the ability of Enforcement Officials from entering the property to conduct compliance inspections . . . . The Sheriff is authorized to determine the number and timing of inspections . . . .” (outdoors and indoors!).
14. Cultivating more than the allowed number of plants is a criminal offense despite its legality under state law – a misdemeanor or infraction at DA discretion. If charged as a misdemeanor, subject to a $1000 fine and/or 6 months in jail.
15. It contains a provision for Summary Abatement in 5 days. An individual may request a hearing before the Board of Supervisors within 5 days, but must specify why the grow is in compliance, or there will be no hearing granted.
This is not a complete list of problems with the ordinance, only the most glaring.
Please attend the Board of Supervisors hearing at 5:30pm on Tuesday, December 10 at Fritch Hall at the Fairgrounds in Lakeport if you are concerned. Also, contact the members of the Board of Supervisors by phone or email and make your views known.
People interested may read the proposed ordinance which can be found on the county website at: http://www.co.lake.ca.us/Assets/Public+Information+Releases/112713.pdf
On November 28, Clearlake Police responded to a report of several persons being detained inside their residence by individuals. The victims were subsequently robbed at gunpoint and left bound as the suspects left with currency and property.
Investigation by responding officers led them to the Bay Area where, working with Berkeley Police Department, Reginald Patillo, age 30 years, who resides in Oakland, California, was taken into custody and booked on a parole violation.
Other suspects are being sought.
Based on the initial investigation, evidence and interviews, a warrant for the arrest of Patillo was issued today by a Lake County Superior Court Judge with bail set at $1,l70,000. charges listed are: Armed Robbery, Burglary, Grand Theft, Terrorist Threats, False Imprisonment and Felon with a Firearm.
Anyone with information on this case is encouraged to contact Detective Travis Lenz at 994-8251 ext. 315.
A vehicle stop conducted by a patrol deputy on Monday evening, has resulted in one arrest and the seizure of approximately two pounds of methamphetamine.
On December 2, at approximately 5:48pm, a patrol deputy was traveling southbound on Highway 29 in the Lower Lake area. He noticed a green pickup traveling in front of him which had damage to the rear license plate, making it unreadable. He also observed the vehicle cross over the double yellow lines. The deputy conducted an enforcement stop in the area of Highway 29 and Murphy Springs Road. As the vehicle slowed down to pull over, the deputy also noticed that one of the brake lights was not working properly.
The driver of the vehicle was identified as 33 year old Esteban Birelas of Dixon. As the deputy was talking to Birelas, he could smell the odor of marijuana emitting from within the vehicle. Birelas was asked if he had any marijuana in his possession or in the vehicle and Birelas replied, “No, I don’t use drugs. I sometimes smoke cigarettes.” He told the deputy that he drove from Dixon to provide an estimate for some concrete work, but was unable to provide the address. Birelas provided numerous inconsistent and inaccurate reasons for his presence in Lake County and where he was traveling from.
The deputy advised Birelas that he had a K9 unit responding to his location to conduct a sniff of his vehicle. Birelas said he understood and when asked, gave the deputy consent to search the vehicle. Birelas asked the deputy what he was searching for and the deputy replied that he wanted to search the vehicle, due to the odor of marijuana. Birelas advised that the residence where the “side job” was located had marijuana growing and the marijuana odor must be coming from his clothes.
The K9 unit arrived at the location and the deputy deployed his canine partner to conduct a sniff of the exterior of Birelas’ vehicle. The canine produced a positive alert to the bed of the pickup, indicating there was the odor of a controlled substance present. The K9 deputy placed his partner in the bed of the pickup and she produced a positive alert to the front portion of the bed, near the cab of the vehicle. Deputies searched the area where the canine alerted and located two quart size zip lock plastic bags, which contained large pieces of a white crystalline substance. The substance was recognized to be methamphetamine.
Birelas was arrested for possessing a controlled substance for sale and the transportation of a controlled substance. He was transported to the Lake County Hill Road Correctional Facility and booked.
The methamphetamine had a total gross weight of approximately 2.035 pounds. This was the largest seizure of methamphetamine by the Lake County Sheriff’s Office in recent history. The seized methamphetamine reportedly had a street value of $92,000.00 if it was sold by the gram.
On December 6, at approximately 7:09am, deputies responded to a Lakeport address for a report of a shooting. 63 year old Paula Ann Piveronas of Lakeport, called 911 and told Central Dispatch that she had shot her husband several times. Her husband is a part time seasonal employee of the Lake County Sheriff’s Office, who was not on duty at the time. The victim was transported by air ambulance to a trauma center.
Paula Piveronas was arrested by Lake County District Attorney Investigators for attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon and for inflicting corporal injury on a spouse or cohabitant. She was transported to the Lake County Hill Road Correctional Facility and booked.
This investigation is ongoing and to preserve the integrity of the case, no additional details are going to be released by the Lake County Sheriff’s Office at this time.
There is a Winter Weather Advisory in affect from Friday Afternoon through Saturday 4:00 pm. A very cold storm is moving into the area. This system along with the cold air already over the area will bring the potential for accumulating snow down to low elevations, including Lakeport and Clearlake areas. There will be widespread rain/snow mix possible with minimal accumulation into early next week. Hazardous driving conditions could occur due to reduced visibility from 10 - 15 MPH winds with gusts up to 25 MPH.
A vehicle stop conducted Wednesday morning has resulted in the arrest of Clearlake man and the seizure of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.
On December 4, at approximately 10:11am, a patrol deputy was traveling westbound on Highway 20 in Lucerne. He noticed a vehicle traveling in front of him, which was in violation of the California Vehicle Code. The deputy conducted an enforcement stop in the area of Highway 20 and 7th Avenue in Lucerne.
The driver was identified as 48 year old Brett Alan Miller of Clearlake. When the deputy asked to see his driver’s license, Miller said it had been suspended. Central Dispatch ran a records check of Miller and confirmed his driving privilege was in fact suspended.
A K9 unit arrived and assisted with the enforcement stop. The K9 deputy deployed his partner to conduct an exterior sniff of the vehicle. As the canine approached the passenger side of the vehicle, she produced a positive alert, indicating there was the odor of a controlled substance present.
The deputy conducted a search of the vehicle and located a small metal container in the rear pouch of the right front passenger seat. The deputy opened the container and located a plastic bag containing a white crystalline substance, he recognized to be methamphetamine. In the same pouch next to the metal container, the deputy also located a glass pipe which is commonly used to smoke methamphetamine.
Miller was arrested for the possession of a controlled substance, possession of controlled substance paraphernalia and for driving while his license is suspended or revoked. He was transported to the Lake County Hill Road Correctional Facility and booked.
AN AMBER ALERT HAS BEEN ACTIVATED STATEWIDE AT THE REQUEST OF THE WASHINGTON STATE POLICE.
ON DECEMBER 4, 2013, AT 2:30 PM, ELIZABETH ROMERO WAS ABDUCTED FROM KENNEWICK, WASHINGTON.
ELIZABETH ROMERO, A 14 YEAR OLD, HISPANIC FEMALE, 5 FEET 3 INCHES TALL, WEIGHING 130 POUNDS, BROWN HAIR, AND BROWN EYES, LAST SEEN WEARING A WHITE TANK TOP, DARK PANTS, BACKPACK, AND A PINK PURSE.
THE SUSPECT IS EDUARDO FLORES-ROSALAS, A 19 YEAR OLD, HISPANIC, MALE, 5 FEET 9 INCHES TALL, WEIGHING 200 POUNDS, WITH BLACK HAIR, BROWN EYES, UNKNOWN CLOTHING.
THE SUSPECT WAS LAST SEEN DRIVING A EARLY 2000'S GREEN FORD ESCAPE, WITH WASHINGTON TEMPORARY REGISTRATION. THE SUSPECT MAY BE EN-ROUTE TO MEXICO.
IF SEEN CONTACT KENNEWICK WASHINGTON POLICE DEPARTMENT AT (509)628-0333.
The city of Clearlake and the Lake County Fire Protection District have completed a rapid cursory visual assessment of property damage sustained throughout the city as a result of the windstorm that hit the region November 21 and 22.
Because there are properties isolated from view, some damage may have not been seen. Property owners who experienced damage to their properties are encouraged to report it to either Public Works Director Doug Herren at firstname.lastname@example.org or Fire Chief Willie Sapeta at email@example.com. Reports by phone can be made to the city at (707)994-8201. Damage reports need to include actual property damage and estimated costs for repairs. Please include address and parcel number if known.
Sacramento - After a five-week trial, a federal jury in Sacramento returned guilty verdicts against Charles Head, 36, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, (formerly of Los Angeles); Benjamin Budoff, 46, of Colorado Springs, Colorado; and Domonic McCarns, 39, of Irvine, California, United States Attorney Benjamin Wagner announced.
All were convicted of conspiracy to commit mail fraud in connection with a nationwide “foreclosure rescue” scam. Charles Head was convicted of three additional counts of mail fraud. For Charles Head, the trial conviction is his second this year in this district stemming from a major mortgage fraud investigation. McCarns was remanded into custody immediately after the verdict. Charles Head remains in custody following a violation of the terms of his release after his conviction in May 2013 in the first trial.
According to evidence presented at trial, Charles Head was the leader of a scam that operated from Orange County between March 2005 and June 2006. The defendants used several entities, including Head Financial Services and Creative Loans, to extract more than $5.7 million in equity from the homes of their victims, many of whom were in California. Evidence in the two trials established that he and his co-conspirators were responsible for at least $15 million in losses to homeowners.
In March 2008, a federal grand jury indicted Charles Head, Domonic McCarns, Benjamin Budoff, and other defendants with violations of conspiracy to commit mail fraud, mail fraud, and other charges in a separate case related to the Head Financial Services equity-skimming scheme. The evidence at trial established that the defendants found homeowners facing foreclosure and claimed that they could help the homeowners avoid foreclosure and repair their credit. Instead, through misrepresentations, fraud and forgery, the defendants led the victims to complete transactions that substituted straw buyers for the victim homeowners on the titles of properties without the homeowners’ knowledge. These straw buyers were often friends and family members of the defendants or were solicited on the Internet. Once the straw buyers were on title to the homes, the defendants applied for mortgages to extract the maximum available equity from the homes. The defendants then split the equity and the “rent” that the victim homeowners paid them. Ultimately, the victim homeowners were left with no home, no equity, and with damaged credit ratings.
U.S. Attorney Wagner said, “Charles Head, Domonic McCarns and Benjamin Budoff preyed on the victims’ fear of losing their homes and then took advantage of those victims’ predicament to steal from them their last remaining equity in those homes. As a result of their conduct, many of the victims who looked to the Head brothers for help were evicted and left destitute. Few white-collar crimes are as cruel or as devastating to victims. This investigation has already yielded 16 convictions, and our work is not yet done.”
“Today’s guilty verdict sends a clear message to those committing mortgage fraud that this type of activity will have a criminal consequence, which will include a felony conviction and a prison term to serve,” said José M. Martínez, Special Agent in Charge, IRS-Criminal Investigation. “The defendants in this case quite literally stole the American Dream of owning a home from many people. The loss of a home represents a loss of a family’s shelter and its most precious financial resource. These types of crimes have a devastating impact on both homeowners and the community.”
“Unfortunately, today’s verdicts offer little relief to their victims who lost everything to this scheme,” said Special Agent in Charge Monica M. Miller of the Sacramento Division of the FBI. “Distressed homeowners unknowingly turned to Charles Head and his fellow fraudsters at a time when they needed the help of a legitimate business to save their homes from foreclosure and preserve what little equity they had. At the expense of their victims, Head and others enriched themselves with total disregard for the impact their actions would have on their victims and the economies of the communities in which the homes stood.”
This case is the product of an investigation by the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant United States Attorneys Michael D. Anderson and Matthew Morris are prosecuting the case.
Two other defendants pleaded guilty in this case before the trial and are scheduled for status regarding their sentencing on December 18, 2013. Those defendants are Keith Brotemarkle, 45, of Johnstown, Pennsylvania; and Lisa Vang, 27, of Westminster, California.
The first indictment charged Charles Head and 12 other defendants with operating a separate equity-stripping scheme. On May 30, 2013, Charles Head and his brother Jeremy “Mike” Head, 33, of Huntington Beach, were convicted at trial of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and mail fraud related to that scheme. Jeremy Head is scheduled for sentencing on March 26, 2014. Eleven other defendants have pleaded guilty in the first case and are awaiting sentencing: Elham Assadi, aka Elham Assadi Jouzani, aka Ely Assadi, 33, of Irvine; Leonard Bernot, 54, of Laguna Hills; Joshua Coffman, 33, of North Hollywood; Akemi Bottari, 31, of Los Angeles; Sarah Mattson, 30, of Phoenix; Omar Sandoval, 35, of Rancho Cucamonga; Xochitl Sandoval, 32, of Rancho Cucamonga; Andrew Vu, 42, of Santa Ana; Justin Wiley, 31, of Irvine; Kou Yang, 35, of Corona; John Corcoran, 55, of Anaheim.
Domonic McCarns and Ahn Nguyen of Los Angeles were also charged in the first indictment. McCarn’s second trial is scheduled for February 24, 2014. The charges against them are only allegations; they are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
This case was part of the President’s Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force. The task force was established to wage an aggressive, coordinated, and proactive effort to investigate and prosecute financial crimes. With more than 20 federal agencies, 94 U.S. attorneys’ offices and state and local partners, it is the broadest coalition of law enforcement, investigatory, and regulatory agencies ever assembled to combat fraud. Since its formation, the task force has made great strides in facilitating increased investigation and prosecution of financial crimes; enhancing coordination and cooperation among federal, state, and local authorities; addressing discrimination in the lending and financial markets; and conducting outreach to the public, victims, financial institutions, and other organizations. Over the past three fiscal years, the Justice Department has filed nearly 10,000 financial fraud cases against nearly 15,000 defendants including more than 2,900 mortgage fraud defendants. For more information on the task force, please visit www.stopfraud.gov
On Tuesday, November 26, about 10:00pm, Lakeport Police Officers responded to a reported physical altercation in the 800 block of Armstrong Street between several subjects. Upon arrival, officers contacted a Lakeport Juvenile lying in the street as other subjects began fleeing on foot into a neighboring residence. The juvenile was determined to be under the influence of alcohol and the apparent victim of assault. As officers continued their investigation, they gained entry into a residence in the 800 block of Armstrong Street where several subjects had fled. Located inside the residence were Santiago Ballesteros 26, of Lakeport, Bulmaro Flores 18, of Lakeport and a Juvenile from Finley. Bulmaro Flores had blood on his clothing and blood on his right knuckles.
During the investigation officers learned that Bulmaro Flores and the Juvenile from Finley were on searchable probation and both were determined to be under the influence of alcohol. As part of the probation terms of the juvenile, he was prohibited from consuming alcohol. He was placed under arrest for violation of probation. During a search of Bulmaro Flores, Officers located a pair of “brass knuckles” which is considered a dangerous weapon and illegal to possess. Also located on his person were marijuana and hash. Bulmaro Flores was placed under arrest for violation of probation and possession of a dangerous weapon.
The juvenile assault victim was cleared by medical at the scene and transported to his residence.
The juvenile from Finley was transported to Juvenile Hall where he was booked. Bulmaro Flores was transported to the Hill Road Jail where his bail was set at $30,000.
In the early morning hours of December 3, 2013, Deputies were dispatched to a report of an attempted robbery, which occurred at a residence in Cobb.
On December 3, 2013 at approximately 3:37 am, Deputies responded to a residence located on Lema Lane in Cobb for a report of an attempted robbery. They contacted the 69 year old victim, who said she woke up a few minutes prior to her 911 call. She told deputies that she woke up and walked into the living room. While standing in the living room, she noticed her cat was focused on a door which leads to the garage. The victim thought her cat’s behavior was out of the ordinary, so she walked towards the door. All of a sudden the door opened and a male suspect rushed into her living room. She described him as being approximately 5’05” tall with an average build. The victim told deputies that the suspects face was covered with some type of clothing.
The victim said the suspect knocked her down to the floor and proceeded to kick her three or four times. The suspect then dragged her into the garage and told her that he was going to tie her hands. She began to violently resist the suspects attempt to subdue her and explained she thought the suspect was going to kill her.
The suspect then suddenly walked out of the garage into the living room and exited the residence through the front door. The victim said she was able to make her way to the front door and watched the suspect get into the passenger side of a vehicle, which drove away. She told deputies that she immediately called 911 after the vehicle left.
The victim was unable to provide any additional identifying information concerning the suspect or the suspect vehicle. This investigation is ongoing and if anyone has information pertinent to this case, please contact the Lake County Sheriff’s Office at (707) 263-2690.
Lake County - Owners, customers and the public are invited to Lake Co-op's Annual Gratitude Gathering on Sunday, December 15, at the Clear Lake Riviera Community Association Room at 9689 State Highway 281 (Soda Bay Road), Kelseyville from 5:00pm to 8:00pm. The potluck event includes live music by Lake Co-op farmer and fiddler Teale Love, a free raffle, introduction of the new Board and a brief presentation on the Co-op's activities for 2013.
With over 21 producers, Lake Co-op celebrates six years as Lake County's premier retail online ordering and distribution for local and regional organic products including food, household and personal care products. Lake Co-op is California's only cooperatively owned online food ordering and distribution system. "Lake County is at the forefront of local food systems with the Co-op and our robust Farm to School programs," noted Lake Co-op Board President and farmer, Jim Leonardis. "We are looked to as a model of what is possible."
This is the Co-op's 5th Annual Gratitude Gathering. "It's a time when our farmers can take a breath and meet up with their customers and friends for a cherished reflection of all that has transpired throughout the year," added Interim Manager JoAnn Saccato. "If someone is curious about the Co-op and meeting some of our producers, this is a perfect event," she added. Attendees are encouraged to bring a dish to share and their own plate, bowl, cup and cutlery. Some beverages will be provided.
The Co-op also offers organic produce and products that are not offered in our region, like tropical and citrus fruits, specialty teas and herbs. Shoppers can enjoy ordering individual items from the producers or opt for the Co-op's signature Organic Fruit N' Veggie box that is designed to fit the produce needs of a 1-2 person household for a week. The all-organic boxes are sourced local first and regional second.
For more information about the Co-op and further details on the Gratitude Gathering, visit www.lake.coop
or call (707)513-5226.
Two days of last-minute preparation left me exhausted before we even began this venture. On Saturday November 24, I was still setting the eyes in the goat’s head and cleaning grout off of the solar disk. On Sunday morning I was up at dawn clearing the pathway in the shop so we could carry the section out the door.
Would this day be razor blades or champagne?
We started out with three volunteers, Lora Sue Sides, Tim Williams, Dante de Amicis and myself. We quickly discovered that the plan was not going to work. There just was not enough manpower to lift the top section into place. Just as we were looking at option two, which was to move the section on to an outside table and tarp it for the winter, two more volunteers arrived, Terri Larsen of Lake County Magazine, and her husband Peter Shifman. We thought with this many people we might have a chance. It was back to “Plan A”. This consisted of carrying the huge section out of the shop, across the yard, up the steps to the uprights and lifting it into place.
When we discovered that we could not physically lift the section into place without some sort of aid, we moved the old well shed tower A frame between the steps, braced it up, and lifted the section onto the top of the tower before making the final lift onto the uprights.
Surprisingly, the last step went easy. For months I worried about lining up the four unions, which were the connections between the uprights and the top section of the arch. I decided to complete this top section first and attach it into place before cementing the uprights so that I could adjust the exposed armature to fit the two together. In the end, there was only one connection that needed a little easing. We used a crowbar to line up the union threads between the two structures and screwed them together with a pipe wrench.
Today the goddess gave us a reason for champagne and Lorna presented a surprise birthday cake for me. Ah! 70 years inside this body, which I always thought was a mistake, but in spite of that, it has served me well.
Later we had a Thanksgiving feast inside the house.
Feasting in celebration
The next steps in constructing the Mushroom Wedding Arch will be to cement in the steps for the footing, reinforce the side panels to eliminate the side-swaying, laminate the carved Styrofoam side panels to the uprights, and cement the uprights. This will probably be accomplished in the spring or early summer of next year. Until then I need to secure this top-heavy sculpture from getting knocked over in a windstorm.
The Time Bank of Thrive Lake County has been recently been cited as “one of the fastest growing time banks in the hOurworld network of time banks, both by member growth AND increasing the amount of exchanges between members in the network,” according to Terry Daniels, an hOurworld spokesperson.
Daniels relocated to Lake County last year, drawn to the various community groups that are involved with this time bank at such an early stage of its development. His previous membership and experience with Portland, Maine’s time bank make him a welcome asset to the Lake County organization. “I am inspired by the way the Lake County community is connected,” says Daniels, “particularly the way some of the other community economy organizations, such as the Lake County Co-op and Transition Lake County, have been networking within the time bank here.”
“We started the time bank in 2011 as the quickest and most effective way to build an alternative economy that leveraged Lake County’s strengths – its abundance of time,” explains Carol Cole-Lewis, project coordinator for the Time Bank, and Thrive Lake County. “We needed a way for our community to come together to solve our economic problems from the inside out, and a successful time bank is an important element towards this solution. Looks like this approach is working.”
A noticeable improvement this year was changing the software that our time bank uses. Switching to the hOurworld software, called Time and Talents, offered measurable results. The initial software was not so user-friendly, had no technical support, and was costly. hOurworld offers Time and Talents free of charge to 140 time banks across the country. It can be accessed via an easy-to-use internet interface, as well as through a mobile app that runs on both Android and iPhone.
Also, financial support received from North Coast Opportunities this year was used to increase its visibility, infrastructure, and growth.
Members make regular exchanges with other members, recording their transactions as time spent, rather than assigning monetary value. Exchanges run the gamut from yard work tasks to haircuts, art lessons, cooking, transportation, and mending.
One ambitious exchange this year was a house-painting project. Work parties of time bank members were scheduled. Some had skills, some provided tools, and some were mentored. Over several workdays, various members prepped, primed, and painted the exterior of a house, then bonded further during a meal served up by the host member. Many hands make light work, and many new connections were formed. Another member-couple is making steady progress on their fence-building project.
Time Bank Monthly Meet-Ups take place in different Lake County locations each month. They provide a valuable opportunity for people to get to know each other, identify their needs and talents, and begin making time bank exchanges. December’s Meet Up is at Spring Valley Community Center, Saturday, December 14, from 10:00am to noon. It includes a potluck and white elephant gift exchange. This month earn time bank credits for attending, bringing a new guest, bringing a potluck item to share, and bringing a wrapped gift to exchange.
Formed by community members in January 2011, the Time Bank of Thrive Lake County is made up of members helping members, exchanging time credits for services.
The Time Bank has two office locations, where someone can answer your questions and help you sign up. Lakeport’s office is at 301 Main Street, Mondays from 11:00am to 1:00pm, and Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, from 10:00am to 1:00pm. Clearlake’s office is at 14832 Lakeshore Drive (in the NCO building), Thursdays from 10:00am to 1:00pm.
For more information or to join, visit www.timebanklakeco.org
. Click on the calendar for detailed Meet Up information, and for office locations and hours.
Picture: Time Bankers will receive hours in the Time Bank for their efforts towards painting a fellow member's house.
MT: Once again people are about to celebrate Christmas, a holiday in your name.
JC: In my name? After 2000 years things do get a bit twisted. Even the idea of the Christ-Mass is twisted, missing from the present… holiday, as you say. Christ was never my name.
MT: Are you not Jesus Christ?
JC: Are you nuts? All that’s imposed upon me. It’s a case of mistaken identity. Christ is the Christos, the anointed or enlightened one, even as yourself and all sapiens potentially. There is no one and only but as a political religion.
MT: But at least 70 percent of Americans believe in you as some form of Christianity.
JC: Some form of belief? Christianity as religion has little to do with what I attempted to convey; it’s not out there but hidden within.
MT: What do you mean?
JC: I did not teach either belief or politics and today, religion is mostly about belief and politics.
MT: That seems unkind to the many good works Christianity fosters. And the Bible says differently as John says in Chapter 3, the 16th verse, and I quote, ”whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life”, and you’re him.
JC: John was a good writer, somewhat better than Matthew, Mark, and Luke, but a little too enthusiastic and a politician at heart. Consequently, through all the many years of politicking and editing, the real deal has been twisted accordingly. To believe is not to know, and to know directly the kingdom was my message. The true meaning of everlasting life, then and now, is only known by knowing directly the kingdom; religion is secondhand dogma about a firsthand knowing.
MT: Maybe John meant faith rather than belief? As you know, the word belief has replaced the word faith in the Bible in many places.
JC: Faith is a deeper intention to know than belief, but disciples are out of fashion now and true believers, secondhand knowers, are more the thing. The process leading to a born-again knowing was mostly suppressed and lost, left out of the Bible and obscured by the political mind. Most believers remain on the surface with belief, like Nicodemus, connected to something within that stirs in my direction but not enough to enter and know directly the kingdom. Born-again in today’s language is known as enlightenment, but who gets that connection? Religion and tradition may provide a history and language but not the substance.
MT: What you’re saying is as heretical now as it was then.
JC: Yes, well Homo Sapiens are very slow to learn about themselves and impose specious belief upon others to justify their own egoic-level identities... they can hardly do otherwise given the constricted condition of their consciousness.
MT: Is that not a bit harsh? What about your compassion?
JC: How many times must I say, forgive them they know not what they do? Seems a bit lame, even to me, after so many years of bloody infliction imposed upon others just to maintain some specious belief.
MT: So John politically suggested the masses believe rather than knowm because believing was some kind of shortcut and more understandable than enlightenment?
JC: Yes, but if one looks at what John says, not as an exclusive system of religious of belief, as if I were the one and only savior, but as an example of what’s necessary to be born-again, then indeed, follow me to the cross and sacrifice those old conceptual illusions. The real kingdom is within, and it’s not that ego-driven self displayed today but the prime identity, and that’s to what I pointed.
MT: So the people end up believing John rather than following you within. But so few are willing to make such a shift in consciousness which appears quite antithetical to a survival mode of being, and most are not ready to give up imposing some reality upon others to secure their own identity.
JC: Yes, even incinerating millions of their own kind in war does not even give pause to consider the shift, again, how many times must I say they know not what they do? Yet, the prevailing survival mode is now visibly retarded, given the fact it will destroy the world if maintained. And for the same reason of developmental retardation, Christmas remains the unconscious diversion and substitution for the real thing, the Christ-Mass.
MT: Retarded? Christ-Mass?
JC: Well, if they care about life, their level of consciousness must shift from belief to the more real knowing within, that which I revealed years ago as the born-again, and today known as enlightenment. The prime identity today is still the egoic and retarded mentality of fear and constriction, increasingly unable to handle or manage the emergent complexity of life. Only with its proper crucifixion will mankind survive.
MT: Crucifixion? Might you mean here something similar to what the U.S. Constitution says that whenever any form of government becomes destructive it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government?
JC: The process of abolishing the old and instituting the new is similar in principle, but not done by a lower consciousness in terms of an evolution of consciousness, otherwise it just repeats itself. The egoic mentality is like a retarded government, a tool unable to cope with emergent complexity and becomes destructive to health, life and liberty. Look at what your own old government has become, how it restricts health care, and destroys life and liberty for profit driven motives. The old is not necessarily killed off in the crucifixion-to-enlightenment but rather reborn as an organ serving a larger whole in unity with other organs of the body politic. This is the true integration as evolution. The resurrection reveals a shift to a wider and more aware consciousness or unity of being, the former and lessor identity now as willing servant to a higher order function.
MT: But most do not appear to understand these distinctions. And you seem to say they are unable to use the mental tool properly, as though fused with it and used by it.
JC: Belief and religious dogma are like conceptual tools. The ego-self is a conceptual tool but not the true identity. The true identity is still too obscure and threatening for a limited conceptual mind to accept. Confined and constricted as it is, it prefers a known evil to the unknown hidden within. Do they still not choose Barabbas to the Christos within? They still hang themselves or others on crosses in massive wars or threats of war to impose on others some belief. Today the way of enlightenment is rejected and the profit motive worshiped as the corporate god of greed. The born-again realization is obviously not as common as its rejection.
MT: I think I’m beginning to get the picture. We have a Christmas at the end of the old year in the darkest of months, and a New Year in expectation of spring in the months of longer light. Christmas is really celebrating the sacrifice of the old as its inevitable crucifixion in time.
JC: And almost simultaneously is the birth of the New Year as the resurrection. This outer ritual, mirroring an organic growth process, symbolizes an unconscious inner process of enlightenment, to be born-again as a new and higher consciousness in the evolution of being, and this is the true Christ-Mass.
MT: So for the enlightenment you attempted to convey many years ago, it was the death of the old egoic consciousness and the birth of a fundamentally wider and more inclusive level of knowing and being in this world, not out of it.
JC: Yes, but history shows the difficulty of conveying such a message to a consciousness that clings for identity to its lessor world. Ironic is it not that the solution for most of the conflicted problems of mankind is outwardly presented ritualistically every year, in plain sight, but the true Christ-Mass is not seen within, as their own evolution.
MT: Merry Christ-Mass.
JC: May the anointment be with you.
On November 30, at approximately 9:00pm, a patrol deputy observed a white four door sedan traveling southbound on Highway 53 near Polk Avenue in Clearlake. The deputy noticed the vehicles right side headlight was not operational, and conducted an enforcement stop in the area of Highway 53, just south of 40th Avenue.
The deputy contacted the driver, who was identified as 58 year old Aron Fulwood of Glenhaven. The deputy recognized Fulwood from several previous contacts and knew his driver’s license was suspended or revoked. Fulwood said he had just received a citation on November 29, 2013 for driving while his license was suspended and for speeding.
Fulwood said he did not have anything illegal in his vehicle, and gave the deputy permission to conduct a search. While searching the vehicle, the deputy located a cigarette wrapper underneath the vehicles shifter boot. Inside the wrapper were four small plastic bindles, which contained a clear crystalline substance. The deputy also located another small bindle containing a clear crystalline substance, which was concealed in the driver’s door handle. The deputy recognized the contents of the bindles to be methamphetamine.
Fulwood admitted that the small bindle located in the door handle was his, but denied knowing about the others. He explained several people had been inside his vehicle and did not know who would have hidden the other bindles under the shifter boot.
Fulwood was arrested for possession of a controlled substance, transportation of a controlled substance and for driving while his license was suspended. He was transported to the Lake County Hill Road Correctional Facility and booked. Fulwood’s vehicle was towed and impounded for 30 days, due to operating the vehicle with a suspended / revoked license.
On Saturday, December 7th, from 10:00am to 3:00pm, the Grace Hudson Museum will host its annual Holiday Open House, complete with crafts fair, music, Santa Claus and refreshments.
The Sun House will be beautifully decorated for the holidays, while the crafts fair features a lineup of talented local artisans. Combined with the 15% off sale in the Museum gift shop, it will be the perfect place for visitors to start their holiday shopping.
Puppet shows by Gigi Brown and music from the Ukiah Valley Madrigal Singers round out the entertainment. Viewing is free for the Museum's current exhibition, "Frank Lloyd Wright: Architecture of the Interior", and holiday revelers can go on to the ceremonial lighting of the Christmas tree in downtown Ukiah afterward.
The Grace Hudson Museum and Sun House is at 431 South Main St. in Ukiah and is part of the city of Ukiah’s Community Services Department. For more information please go to www.gracehudsonmuseum.org
or call 467-2836.
The 34th season of the Ukiah Symphony Orchestra continues its successful run into the holiday season on the weekend of December 7 and 8 with "Sounds of the Season", a varied musical offering featuring the accomplished pianists Elena Casanova and Elizabeth MacDougall. Conducted by Symphony musical director Les Pfutzenreuter, the performances take place at the Mendocino College Center Theatre on Saturday, December 7 at 8:00pm and Sunday, December 8 at 3:00pm.
The program will meld a spirit of lightness and play with the deep professionalism and talent of the two featured performers to create a spirited entry into the holiday season. Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 10 in E-flat major in three movements is featured, followed by Saint-Sans' "Carnival of the Animals," a favorite for children. Russian Christmas music, a Canadian Brass Christmas, and a Christmas sing-along round off the program.
Tickets for "Sounds of the Season" are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors, and $5 for youth 18 and under, and are on sale at the Mendocino Book Company at 102 South School Street in Ukiah or at Mail Center, Etc. at 207A North Cloverdale Boulevard in Cloverdale, or online at www.ukiahsymphony.org
. For more information, call the Ukiah Symphony Box Office at 462-0236 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Roots of Motive Power will hold its annual Holiday Express on Saturday, December 7th, from noon to 5:00pm at the Roots loop track at 420 East Commercial Street in Willits. Visits with Santa will be held, and free rides will be available to all on one of Roots' lovingly restored steam-powered logging trains.
The Mendocino County Museum will welcome all with an Open House: free admission all day and free family activities from noon on. Both sites will be decorated for the holidays, with the Museum displaying its vintage toy collection. The Museum Shop features special items for holiday gifts and is open when the Museum is open.
The Mendocino County Museum is at 400 East Commercial Street in Willits. The Museum is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10:00am to 4:30pm, and can be reached by calling (707)459-2736 or by visiting http://www.MendocinoMuseum.org
On November at 10:58pm, Clearlake Police Officers Cook and Parson were on routine patrol when they attempted to conduct a traffic enforcement stop on a vehicle in the City of Clearlake for traffic violations. The driver of the vehicle, 31 year old Clearlake resident Sherri Painchaud failed to yield to the patrol vehicles emergency lights and led the officers on a vehicle pursuit. Sherri fled from officers for approximately 6 miles throughout the City of Clearlake on residential streets at times traveling at high rates of speed in excess of 50 mph, in willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons and property, passing vehicles over double yellow lines, and running red lights.
During the pursuit Sherri lost control of her vehicle and came to a stop. The pursuing patrol vehicle came to a stop behind her vehicle in order to conduct a high risk vehicle stop. As the patrol officers began to exit their vehicle; Sherri placed her vehicle into reverse and rammed the front end of the patrol vehicle, causing moderate damage to the patrol vehicle. After ramming the patrol vehicle Sherri fled the scene and officers continued to follow her. Sherri continued to flee again and after several miles she struck a dirt embankment. At that time Sherri struck the front end of the pursuing patrol vehicle a second time in order to elude the pursuing officers. Sherri once again fled and the pursuit continued.
At the conclusion of the vehicle pursuit her vehicle became disabled in the lake bed of Borax Lake. Officers conducted a high risk stop and Sherri failed to comply with officers verbal commands. Sherri refused to exit the vehicle, rolled up the windows and locked the doors. Officers on scene broke out the side windows to the vehicle in order to deploy the Clearlake Police K9 (Max) into the vehicle when Sherri gave up and complied with the officers verbal commands. Sherri was arrested on scene for felony assault on a police officer, felony battery, felony vehicle evasion, a felony parole violation, and driving while under the influence. Sherri was booked into the Lake County Jail where she is being held without bail. Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to call Officer Parson at the Clearlake Police Department.