Tuesday, 28 March 2023


LAKEPORT – The Lakeport Planning Commission will hold a regular meeting this Wednesday, April 9.

The meeting begins at 6 p.m. in the City Council chambers at City Hall, 225 Park St.

As part of the consent agenda, the commission will consider a request by Ernest Pino for an extension of the expiration date for a lot line adjustment and Tentative subdivision map project and an extension of the expiration date for the Victorian Village Tentative Subdivision Map for Phase 3.

The commission also will elect a secretary at the Wednesday meeting.

In other business, the commission will host a public meeting and consideration of an application for a fence variance to allow fencing exceeding the 6-foot height limitation on numerous lots along the north and south sides and within the Victorian Village project at 1930 S. Main St.

The commission also will hold a public hearing and consideration of a correction/amendment to Section 17.24.110 of the Lakeport Municipal Code to limit the maximum number of guest bedrooms in Bed & Breakfast Inns to five.

A third public hearing will be held for the commission to consider applicant Gregory Gill's 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. and is further described as APN 26-181-22. The issue was continued from the March 12 Planning Commission meeting.


LAKE COUNTY – As a follow-up to the upcoming "Gear Up For Business Success" workshop on April 12th at the Konocti Harbor Resort and Spa The Foundation Center will be offering some special programs Lake County nonprofits.

There is a class on proposal writing basics with instructions on how to apply for to the James Irvine Foundation's Creative Connections Fund. You will learn valuable proposal writing skills and hear insider tips on how to apply to the James Irvine Foundation's new Creative Connections Fund at this two-part program offered at several sites in California.

Thanks to sponsorship from the James Irvine Foundation, this program is offered FREE OF CHARGE, and all attendees will receive a free copy of The Foundation Center's Guide to Winning Proposals and The Foundation Center's Guide to Proposal Writing. Registrants MUST represent an arts organization working outside of the San Francisco Bay Area.

Part One: Learn about the basics of writing a proposal

Topics covered will include:

  • The key components of a proposal to a foundation or corporation.

  • Information on which staff should be involved in submitting proposals.

  • How to package your proposal.

  • Steps to take if a proposal is turned down.

  • Where to find more information on proposal writing, including sample proposals.

Part Two: How to Apply to the James Irvine Foundation's Creative Connections Fund

After the Foundation Center's Proposal Writing Basics presentation, a program officer from the James Irvine Foundation will provide an overview of the goals and priorities of the Creative Connections Fund, advice on avoiding common mistakes, and how to make the most compelling case for support. Irvine staff will also be able to answer individual questions applicants might have about applying to the Creative Connections Fund. For more information on the Creative Connections Fund, please visit: www.irvine.org/artsfund.

If you have yet to sign up for the Lake County Business Services Network's "Gear Up" workshop, there is still time. Simply call 707-263-2580 for more information. This workshop is a follow-up to the Grantseeking Basics presentation by Scott Ullman of The Foundation Center back on March 3rd. "Gear Up" should be a great lead-in to what The Foundation Center plans to introduce in the coming months.

Also, you can get an interesting preview of what the "Gear Up" workshop has to offer nonprofits by listening to Sonya Christian of the Developing Consulting Network on the online talk show, Power Networking.

This interactive podcast can be accessed 15 minutes prior to the show's time by visiting www.talkshoe.com. However, it is recommended that all those wanting to actually participate in the program visit the site in advance of the program date and play the online videos to become familiar with how the show operates.

It is also recommended that you register on the site at that time. Registration is free. If you would like to listen to previously recorded programs visit www.talkshoe.com/tc/1833.


LAKEPORT – The Lakeport City Council will look at further updates of its business plan on a meeting April 8.

The council adjourned its regular April 1 meeting until April 8, for the purpose of reviewing, adjusting and updating the city's business plan.

The meeting will take place at 3 p.m. in the City Council Chambers at Lakeport City Hall, 225 Park St., Lakeport.


KELSEYVILLE – A benefit to help a son of a longtime local family will be held later this month.

On Feb. 12, Mike Clement – son of Jim and Nancy Clement of Kelseyville – was involved in a serious motorcycle accident after work hours.

He underwent a lengthy surgery to fuse four vertebrae, and at this point is paralyzed from the waist down.

The Kelseyville Lions Club is hosting a benefit tri-tip barbecue dinner for Mike Clement to help with this tragic accident.

The dinner will be held on Saturday, April 26, at the Kelseyville Lions Club, 4335 Sylar Lane, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The donation is $15 per person.

Mike Clement grew up in Kelseyville and attended school here. He is a 1992 graduate of Kelseyville High School. He was active in football, track, wrestling and K-CORPS. He and his wife, Jennifer, and their two children currently reside in Paradise.


CLEARLAKE – The Americana Dinner, planned for May 3 this year, is the main fundraiser for the Clearlake fireworks display. For this year’s fundraiser organizers have put together a fabulous evening of comedy by local comedian Marc Yaffee who is joined by Lynn Ruth Miller and Johnny Steele. Emcee for the evening will be Joey Luiz.

Chic le Chef will be catering the American feast including: Santa Maria tri-tip, Kansas City chicken, herb potato salad, corn salad, Boston baked beans, garlic bread, and finishing with a dessert of red, white and blue shortcakes.

Music will be provided by the Morgan Walker Band with Dennis Chrisp.

A live auction will be held during this event.

Remember, 100-percent of the proceeds from the Americana Dinner will go toward the fireworks display being held during Independence Day weekend. The Clearlake fireworks display is put together by the Clearlake Fire Department, the City of Clearlake, Clear Lake Chamber of Commerce and the fireworks display company Pyro Spectacular.

Tickets are on sale now for $50 per person or a table of eight for $400. You can purchase tickets at the following locations:

Clear Lake Chamber of Commerce (accepts check and cash only)

4700 Golf Ave., Clearlake

Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Perfect Printers (accepts check, cash and credit cards)

14096 Lakeshore Drive, Clearlake

Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.


UKIAH – Duane Hill formally announced his retirement Wednesday after 32 years as chief executive officer of the Rural Communities Housing Development Corp. (RCHDC).

Bruce Alfano, former executive director of West County Community Services, a Sonoma County nonprofit human service organization, is replacing Hill.

This change in leadership comes after a yearlong executive search conducted by the RCHDC Board of Directors, in which more than 30 applicants from across the country were interviewed.

The directors culminated the search in December, when the top two candidates underwent a round of interviews with the RCHDC Board of Directors and staff members as well as local community leaders.

RCHDC is the winner of the 2006 Stars of Lake County “Organization of the Year” award has built six complexes for seniors, disabled individuals and most recently, farmworkers, in Lakeport, Kelseyville, Clearlake and Lucerne. The agency’s most recent effort is a 50-unit complex for low-income families in Nice, scheduled for a 2010 opening.

One of Lake and Mendocino counties’ more controversial figures, Hill is known for his flamboyant dress, his copious collection of hats and his agency’s affordable housing developments, which have been the subject of fierce debate at Board of Supervisors’ meetings for many years.

Born and raised in Red Bluff, Hill left his job at a lumber products firm in 1969 and took a position in the Lassen-Modoc-Plumas-Tehama Community Action Agency where he established a welfare-rights organization, created a housing authority and expanded the service menu of that agency to include a variety of services, including Tehama County’s first senior center.

Hill left Red Bluff to attend college in Mendocino County, eventually graduating from Sonoma State University with a degree in psychology. During this time, he worked as housing specialist for Ukiah-based North Coast Opportunities.

This led to the formation of the Rural Communities Housing Development Corp., incorporated as a nonprofit organization in November 1975.

By 1978, RCHDC opened the Walnut Village senior housing complex in Ukiah and, in 1979, the Sunshine Manor development in Lakeport.

Over the course of his career Hill has maintained longstanding relationships “on both sides of the aisle” with politicians, financiers and policymakers in local, state and national arenas and has received a Congressional Certificate of Appreciation for his work in rural affordable housing. On April 2 Hill won the Lifetime Achievement Award from NeighborWorks, a national consortium of affordable housing developers.

New RCHDC chief executive officer Bruce Alfano graduated from the State University of New York at Buffalo in the mid-1970s before going on to receive a juris doctorate from the Howard University School of Law, where he was one of six white students in this traditionally African-American college.

Alfano moved to Northern California more than 30 years ago and, like Hill, worked at North Coast Opportunities. He was elected to Willits City Council in 1986, re-elected in 1990 and 1994, and served as mayor of Willits from 1990 to 1992. In 1997, Alfano accepted the position of executive director with West County Community Services in Guerneville and has worked there ever since.

“Duane’s achievements are amazing and it was difficult to fill his position. However, the Board of Directors is extremely confident in Bruce and believes him to be the best person to lead RCHDC into the future,” said RCHDC Board of Directors Chairperson and former Lake County Deputy Redevelopment Director Andy Peterson.

Alfano’s first day on the job was Monday, April 1, although Hill will continue to work for the organization in an advisory capacity until May 8. The RCHDC Board of Directors is hosting a dinner in Duane Hill’s honor on April 26 at the Ukiah Convention Center.

RCHDC is the largest affordable housing developer in rural Northern California. The agency serves between 1,500 and 2,000 seniors, low-income families, farm workers and the physically and mentally disabled people annually and controls 10 limited liability corporations in five counties, which together manage more than $200 million in assets.

The agency employs more than 80 individuals, has an annual budget of $2.3 million and either owns or manages over 1,000 affordable housing units throughout Northern California and western Nevada.

In addition to winning a 2005 Stars of Lake County award, RCHDC is an inaugural member of the California Housing Consortium’s “Affordable Housing Hall of Fame” and a charter member of NeighborWorks, the nation’s largest affiliation of nonprofit housing development organizations.


Upcoming Calendar

03.28.2023 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Board of Supervisors
03.30.2023 7:30 am - 8:30 am
Rotary Club of Middletown
Middletown Art Center
03.30.2023 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Character Design~Art Class for Teens
04.01.2023 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Farmers' Market at the Mercantile
04.01.2023 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Lake County Spring Dance Festival
04.01.2023 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Lake County Spring Dance Festival
04.03.2023 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Courting The Muse~Mixed Media Art Class
04.06.2023 7:30 am - 8:30 am
Rotary Club of Middletown
Middletown Art Center
04.06.2023 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Character Design~Art Class for Teens
04.08.2023 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Farmers' Market at the Mercantile

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