Wednesday, 29 May 2024

Community

NICE – The fifth-annual Festival of Tulips will be held March 28, from noon to 4 p.m. at the Tulip Hill Winery in Nice.


The event will feature wine, food, and entertainment set amid the winery’s gardens that bloom each year with more than 30,000 tulips imported from Holland.


Admission to the Festival of Tulips includes a Tulip Hill wine glass for unlimited tastings, sumptuous hors d’oeuvres from the Blue Wing Saloon & Café paired with red and white wines, desserts from

Angelina’s Bakery paired with dessert wines, live blues music provided by Bill Noteman and the Rockets, winery tours, barrel tasting and more.


During the event, tours of the winery will include the crush pad, the cellar, the bottling room, and everywhere in between. Special deals on wine and wine-related products will be offered during the festival.


Tulip Hill Winery opened in 2004 on the site where the Bartlett Springs Water Bottling Plant once operated. The first owners of Bartlett Springs began bottling mineral water as early as the 1870s, claiming the water cured many ailments.


Revered in Europe as well as the United States, the famous plant, which drew thousands of tourists to Lake County in the 1800s, had changed hands over the years, and closed down in the late 20th century. It wasn’t until the Brown family arrived that the historic site would once again have a purpose – this time for the production of wine.


In addition to its winery and tasting room in Nice, Tulip Hill Winery operates a second tasting room in Rancho Mirage, near Palm Springs in Southern California.


Tickets to the Festival of Tulips are $25 per person per day in advance and may be purchased online; or $30 at the door. Tulip Hill Winery is located at 4900 Bartlett Springs Road, Nice.


For more information, call 274-9373 or visit www.tuliphillwinery.com.


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Tenants Together, California’s statewide organization for renters’ rights, is launching a new hotline for tenants in foreclosure situations.


The hotline is the first of its kind to emerge in response to the foreclosure crisis. Tenants Together announced the hotline to address a growing problem – the harassment and displacement of tenants who are innocent victims of the mortgage crisis.


California tenants can reach the Tenant Foreclosure Hotline at 415-495-8012.


California is seeing a steep rise in foreclosures. In 2008, nearly a quarter of a million properties were sold in foreclosure in California. This is more than double the number in 2007.


Approximately 25 percent of buildings in foreclosure in 2008 were renter-occupied, including more than 9,000 multi-family buildings.


A single foreclosure filing on a rental building can affect dozens or hundreds of tenants. According to a recent study by the National Low Income Housing Coalition, an estimated 40 percent of the people in foreclosed properties are renters.


Innocent tenants are paying a steep price for the mortgage mess. Tenants face evictions and poor housing conditions across the state as a result of foreclosures.


Tenants have the right to habitable homes at all stages of the foreclosure process, but many tenants are experiencing nightmare situations – being locked out of their homes, having utilities shut off because the defaulting landlord or the bank fails to pay the bills, being displaced without getting their security deposits back and other related problems.


While foreclosures extinguish most leases, tenants in California are generally entitled to a 60-day notice to vacate in foreclosure situations. The 60-day notice requirement became law in July 2008, but many owners still do not comply with it.


In cities with local “just cause” eviction protections, such as Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Oakland and San Francisco, most tenants are not legally required to move as a result of a foreclosure, but many owners ignore this limitation and seek to evict anyway.


Too often, tenants in these situations are unaware of their rights. They are misled into believing that they must vacate immediately upon foreclosure or that because of the foreclosure the landlord has no responsibility to continue providing heat, water and other services to the tenants.


To make matters worse, tenants are often the last to know about the foreclosure. While defaulting homeowners know about the possibility of foreclosure for many months, tenants have little time to adjust to the situation and seek assistance. Most tenants don’t know where to turn for help.


To address this urgent situation, Tenants Together is launching its new statewide hotline. The hotline will provide information and referrals to tenants whose landlords are at some stage of the foreclosure process. The hotline is staffed by specially-trained volunteers, including a team of law students from University of California Hastings College of the Law.


Heather Freinkel, one of the hotline volunteers, commented: “The stories we hear are heartbreaking – tenants denied the most basic services like water and heat, and forced out of their homes for no good reason. We will do everything we can to arm tenants with the knowledge and tools to stand up to abusive conduct by defaulting landlords and foreclosing banks.”


Hotline volunteers will assist in many ways, including helping tenants:


  • Find out if a particular rental property is in foreclosure;

  • Identify the new owner after a foreclosure sale;

  • Learn about what to expect as the property goes through foreclosure;

  • Connect with local activists engaged in anti-eviction organizing;

  • Locate organizations that provide legal representation for tenants in foreclosures;

  • Keep utilities on and get repairs done in all stages of the foreclosure process;

  • Protect and recover security deposits;

  • Share tenant foreclosure stories with media, policymakers and the public;

  • Report illegal conduct to local law enforcement agencies and officials;

  • Stand up to abusive and unfair conduct during the foreclosure process.


Tenants Together encourages California tenants in foreclosure situations to call the Tenant Foreclosure Hotline at 415-495-8012.


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LOWER LAKE – The Lake County Community Co-op's March general meeting will include an informative show and tell discussion at the residence of co-op member Fran Ransley.


The talk will take place from 10 a.m. to noon.


Ransley will show off her seasonal crops already in the ground and will discuss topics such as soil types, amendments, which crops are generally good in this climate, and issues like microclimates created by hills, buildings, etc.


She also will cover the virtues of raised beds versus growing in the ground and how to live with sometimes losing significant amounts of plants to gophers, voles and other unidentified underground critters and deer.


This is a great no-cost opportunity to become more knowledgeable on how to grow your own garden that provides for a more productive local and sustainable harvest.


The public is welcome. Carpooling is available by meeting at the regular co-op location at 14773 Lakeshore Drive at 9:30 a.m.


For more information, contact Lori Patotzka at 994-1618.


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LAKE COUNTY – On Tuesday, March 10, the Lake County Board of Supervisors will read and vote on a motion designating the week of March 15 through March 21 as Mediation Week in Lake County.

The proclamation will be included as an agenda item at the BOS meeting that begins at 9 a.m. on that day; the proclamation is scheduled to be heard at 9:10 a.m.

The meeting is located in the Board of Supervisors’ Chamber located at 255 N. Forbes St., Lakeport.

On Wednesday, March 18, a second event recognizing the public and civic benefits of alternative dispute resolution practices will recognize the “outstanding performance and lasting contribution to community and civil mediation” by 16 volunteers active in the county’s various mediation programs over the last two years.

A reception honoring these volunteers will be from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at 380 N. Main St., Lakeport.

This reception will be hosted by the Lake Superior Court and Lake County Dispute Resolution Services (LCDRS) at the Superior Court’s Self-Help Center and will also include an “office warming” for a newly relocated LCDRS office adjacent to the Self Help Center.

LCDRS is a nonprofit agency that has been providing community-based mediation services to the Lake County community since 1993.

For more information call 263-6800 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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LAKE COUNTY – To commemorate the birthday of Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, Tennessee Williams, the radio show, “Our Stories – Our Lives” will present a reading from “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” on Wednesday, March, 18, on KPFZ/Lake County Community Radio, 88.1 FM.

 

The host of the show, Harold Riley, admits that he has wanted to play the role of “Big Daddy” for many years, one of the the characters in the scene. His alcoholic son, whom he attempts to rescue from his addiction, will be played by Joey Luiz, who has acted in several local productions.

 

The show will be broadcast from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, March 18, then rebroadcast the following day from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.


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NORTH COAST – Caltrans reports that the following road projects will be taking place around Lake County during the coming week.


Included are Mendocino County projects that may impact Lake County commuters.


LAKE COUNTY


Highway 20


– The County of Lake has been granted a Caltrans Encroachment Permit for sidewalk upgrades from 4th Street to 6th Street. Work hours are 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., weekdays. Traffic will be restricted to one lane in each direction of travel. Motorists may experience minor traffic slowdowns.


Highway 29


– A slide repair project from Lupiyoma Creek Bridge to Bar X Ranch will continue through Friday, March 6. Work hours are 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. A shoulder closure will be in effect. Motorists are advised to drive with caution through the work area and may experience minor traffic slowdowns. Contractor – Argonaut Constructors of Santa Rosa.


– Caltrans will continue routine maintenance from Bar X Ranch to Hidden Valley Road through Friday, March 6. Work hours are 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. One-way traffic control will be in effect. Motorists should anticipate 10-minute delays.


– Caltrans will perform routine maintenance from 0.7 miles north of Bar X Ranch to 0.1 miles north of Spruce Grove Road beginning Monday, March 9. Work hours are 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., weekdays. One-way traffic control will be in effect. Motorists should anticipate 10-minute delays.


– Caltrans will continue routine maintenance from Cole Creek Bridge to Hill Creek Bridge. Work hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., weekdays. One-way traffic control will be in effect. Motorists should anticipate 10-minute delays.


MENDOCINO COUNTY


Highway 1


– PG&E of Eureka has been granted a Caltrans Encroachment Permit for utility work just south of Creamery Lane on Friday, March 6. Work hours are 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. One-way traffic control will be in effect. Motorists should anticipate five-minute delays.


– PG&E of Eureka has been granted a Caltrans Encroachment Permit for tree trimming from 0.2 miles north of Airport Road to 0.3 miles south of Abalobadiah Circle on Friday, March 6. Work hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Intermittent one-way traffic control will be in effect. Motorists should anticipate five-minute delays.


Highway 101


– Roadway repair due to pavement deterioration from 3.6 miles south of Ridgewood Ranch Road to 1.9 miles south of Ridgewood Ranch Road will continue. Traffic will be restricted to one lane in each direction of travel 24 hours per day, seven days per week. Motorists may experience minor traffic slowdowns.


– Brian Shuster of Willits has been granted a Caltrans Encroachment Permit for utility work at California Street. Work hours are 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., weekdays. Traffic will be restricted to one lane in each direction of travel. Motorists may experience minor traffic slowdowns.


For information pertaining to emergency roadwork or for updates to scheduled roadwork, please contact the California Highway Information Network (CHIN) at 1-800-GAS-ROAD (1-800-427-7623).


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