Tuesday, 09 August 2022


SACRAMENTO Standing in front of Eureka High School Friday, Assemblywoman Patty Berg called for a tax on oil production in California that could raise $1.2 billion a year and prevent school districts from laying off thousands of teachers across the state.

“We’re the only oil-producing state in the nation that doesn’t tax oil extraction,” said Berg, D-Eureka. “That doesn’t make sense. And it’s especially obscene at a time that districts around the state are sending pink slips to teachers.”

Berg called on Republicans to rethink their opposition to Assembly Bill 9XXX, which would impose a 6 percent tax on oil pumped from California land or coastal waters.

It also would impose a windfall profits tax on oil company revenues. All totaled the tax package would raise about $1.2 billion, all of which would be dedicated to California’s schools.

Before supporting the bill, Berg and fellow Democrats insisted it include a clause that would forbid oil companies from passing the tax on to consumers.

The measure gives the state’s tax agencies the power to scrutinize oil company expenses to look for evidence of price gouging.

California, pummeled by a collapsed housing market and soft economy, is in the midst of a serious budget crisis. The Legislature and the governor already have cut a $16 billion deficit in half, but they now face a series of bad choices to close the remaining $8 billion gap.

The governor has proposed massive reductions to state spending, including cuts to schools, healthcare, public safety. He even plans to close state parks to save money. Cities and counties, also reeling from lost revenue, also will have to make unpopular decisions about parks and recreation, library hours, police patrols and reductions of a whole range of services.

“The money from this oil tax won’t solve all our problems,” said Berg. “But it’s a good start. Not only does this get us past all that no-tax rhetoric, it puts these petro-dollars to work, educating a generation of children who will be called upon to build a cleaner, brighter and better future.”

Nationwide, 21 other states impose a similar tax – including Texas, Ohio, Colorado, Tennessee, West Virginia – virtually all of which enjoy lower gas prices than California

“Tell the governor and the Republicans we want schools and healthcare,” said Berg. “Tell them we don’t need right-wing doubletalk about strangling government. We need to work together. The old partisan gridlock, business-as-usual approach won’t cut it this year.”

Assembly Bill 9xxx was heard on the Assembly floor, but failed due to Republicans not supporting the measure.


The historical conditions of Middle Creek will be discussed Thursday. Photo by Linda Juntunen.


UPPER LAKE – Historical conditions in the Middle Creek watershed will be the topic of a special Middle Creek CRMP meeting on Thursday.

The meeting will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. March 13 at the Upper Lake Oddfellows' Hall, 9408 Main St., Upper Lake.

Longtime and multi-generation residents of the watershed will share their memories and experiences of past watershed conditions and changes.

The evening will include refreshments and panel discussion by these longtime residents.

The event is free of charge and watershed residents (those living in the vicinity of Clover Creek, Sam Alley Creek, the town of Upper Lake, or the areas near the East Fork and West Fork of Middle Creek to Rodman Slough) are especially encouraged to attend.


LAKEPORT – The Lakeport Planning Commission will hold a regular meeting beginning at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

The meeting will take place at the council chambers at Lakeport City Hall, 225 Park St.

At Wednesday's meeting, the commission will hold a public hearing and consideration of applications for architectural and design review for an addition and an exterior remodel of the Safeway store, modification of the parking area, and environmental review of the project in a C-2 Major Retail Zoning District. The subject property is located at 1071 11th St.

Also on the agenda is a public hearing and consideration of an application for a use permit to allow the operation of a bed and breakfast Inn in an R-1 Low Density Residential Zoning District. The subject property is located at 2 16th St. The applicant is Gregory Gill.

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the City of Lakeport will make available to members of the public any reasonable assistance necessary to participate in this meeting. Contact the Community Development Department at (707) 263-5613 to make such a request.


LAKE COUNTY – The Lake County/City of Clearlake Joint Powers Board for the Public Access Television Channel 8 is seeking a part-time PEG operations manager.

Duties include, but are not limited to, providing support to the PEG Board and Committee, maintaining and updating the PEG reader board, scheduling and providing for programming and broadcasting on TV8, providing technical support as requested, and maintaining studio equipment.

The salary is $20 per hour at four hours per week.

Applications will be accepted until March 28 at 5:30 p.m. at the City of Clearlake, Personnel Department, 14050 Olympic Drive, Clearlake, CA 95422.

For an application packet, call 994-8201, Extension 103.


LOWER LAKE – Members of the Lake County Genealogical Society have been visiting various pioneer cemeteries to test the validity of “grave Dowsing,” a way to find old graves.

Those taking part report it has been quite a rewarding experience and very successful. No scientific explanation of this technique has been offered but from their experience it really works.

It is said that 90 percent of humans have the capability to perform this type of divining. Even the novice dowsers have had great success. Some of the group's more experienced dowsers can even determine depth and gender and will demonstrate their techniques.

It is known that several unmarked graves exist in the historic Herndon Pioneer Cemetery, therefore this location makes for the perfect setting to continue this project.

The group plans to meet at the Herndon Cemetery on Saturday, March 15 at noon to try this out.

Member of the Genealogical Society, the Historical Society, the media and a few experienced dowsers have promised to attend. Join them in this unusual and interesting experience. All are welcome.

If you need direction please contact me. Several people will be meeting at the Lower Lake Brick Hall around 11:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. and then will caravan to the site.

The grass, weeds and wild flowers were cut last year by the county and so now they are low but boots are recommended as the vegetation may be moist. They may be there for an hour or two so bring your own refreshments. Dowsing rods for those who do not have any will be provided.


LAKE COUNTY – The residents of Lake County have placed nominations for 94 people, organizations and businesses for recognition at the 11th Annual Stars of Lake County Community Awards program, hosted by Konocti Harbor Resort & Spa.

More than two dozen businesses make the program possible through their support, according to the Lakeport Chamber of Commerce.

“While there are a few seats left, we anticipate a sold-out room again this year,” said Chamber president Kenny Parlet.

The nomination process for Stars is not as simple as some might think. When the nominations are received, many times the chamber is given several categories by the person writing the nomination.

The chamber production committee must then contact the nominator and request that they zero in on one category only. When a nomination is received with little or no details on the subject being nominated, it is the production committee which must do research to assure that as much detail as possible is provided to the selection committee for their determination process.

The Stars Selection Committee will meet on March 13th for their discussion on all 94 nominees from about 9:30 a.m. to approximately 2 p.m.

They will place secret ballots for each category and the recipients will remain secret until they are revealed at the awards dinner on March 30.

This year the Selection Committee members are: Dr. Louise Nan, Lower Lake; Judy Thein, Clearlake; Gloria Flaherty, Lakeport; Dana Kearney, Kelseyville; Madelene Lyon, Kelseyville; Jeff Smith, Clearlake; Theresa Harborth, Lower Lake; John Tomkins, Lucerne; Sandy Tucker and Rick Hamilton, Middletown; and Barbara Flynn, Cobb.

At the awards dinner, Sutter Lakeside Hospital will provide a new program which lists all nominees and a short summary of their nomination.

Anyone wishing to purchase tickets should call the chamber as soon as possible, 263-5092.


Upcoming Calendar

08.10.2022 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
PG&E regional wildfire safety webinar
08.10.2022 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Lakeport Planning Commission
08.11.2022 7:30 am - 8:30 am
Rotary Club of Middletown
08.11.2022 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Middletown Area Town Hall
08.13.2022 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Old Time Machines
08.13.2022 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Farmers' Market at the Mercantile
08.13.2022 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Ladies of the Lake Quilt Guild
08.13.2022 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Weekly writing workshop

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