Saturday, 04 February 2023

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SACRAMENTO — The California Victim Compensation Board, or CalVCB, is promoting national Human Trafficking Prevention Month with a social media campaign and reminders about the support available for survivors.

Three years ago, CalVCB began authorizing income loss compensation for victims of sex and labor trafficking as a result of Assembly Bill 629, which took effect on Jan. 1, 2020. In that time, CalVCB has approved 590 human trafficking claims and paid victims $4,445,861 in lost wages.

“Sex and labor trafficking victims face many challenges as they try to rebuild their lives,” said CalVCB Executive Office Lynda Gledhill. “CalVCB can help by compensating for lost income or other expenses, such as mental health counseling, caused by the trauma of being trafficked.”

To help bring awareness to the problem and make victims aware of the support and resources available, CalVCB launched a social media campaign and created a media toolkit for others to use.

Human trafficking is the practice of enslaving people for labor, sexual activity or commercial sexual exploitation. Human trafficking can occur within a country or trans-nationally and does not necessarily involve the movement of the victim from one place to another.

Human trafficking is considered the world’s third-largest criminal enterprise, after drug dealing and arms trafficking.

An estimated 12.8% of all human trafficking cases in the United States in 2021 came from California, according to the National Human Trafficking Hotline.

In an effort to bring attention to this national and global problem, in 2007 the U.S. Senate designated January 11 as a National Day of Human Trafficking Awareness.

In 2010, President Barack Obama proclaimed January as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month.

In addition to income loss compensation, which covers up to $20,000 for a two-year period, CalVCB can reimburse survivors for other expenses caused by human trafficking, including medical, dental, and mental health treatment, home security and relocation.

To learn more, visit CalVCB’s human trafficking information page.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — With more storms expected this week, bringing with them the potential for more flooding, the Lake County Public Works Department has released information on sandbag availability.

Public Works said sand and sandbags are currently available for purchase at the following locations. Call the location for availability.

CLEARLAKE

Layne Paving & Trucking
3700 Old Highway 53
Phone: 707-994-6324
Open: Call for appointment only
Bags: $2 each, filled; bags are plastic, 16 inches by 30 inches

Mendo Mill & Lumber Co.
5255 Old Highway 53
Phone: 707-994-1014
Open: Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Filled bags: $4.59 (plastic)
Bags: $0.84 each or $14.99 per pack of 25 (plastic)
Sand: 40 to 50 pound bag of sand, $4.59

CLEARLAKE OAKS

Clearlake Lava
14572 E. Highway 20
Phone: 707-998-1115
Open: Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sand only: $18 per cubic yard

KELSEYVILLE

Kelseyville Lumber
3555 N. Main St.
Phone: 707-279-4297
Open: Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; sunday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Bags: $0.55 each (plastic)
Filled bags: $4.62 each; fill your own for $1.33 each

LAKEPORT

Mendo Mill
2465 S. Main St.
Phone: 707-263-8400
Open: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Filled bags: $4.59 (plastic)
Bags: $0.56 each/$9.97 pack of 25 (plastic)
Sand: 70-pound bag costs $7.59

Rainbow Agriculture
1975 Argonaut Road, Lakeport
Phone: 707-279-0550
Open: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Bags: $0.49 each; bags are plastic, 14 inches by 26 inches, poly sand

LOWER LAKE

Clearlake Lava
13329 Point Lakeview Road
Phone: 707-998-1115
Open: Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sand only: $18 per cubic yard

MIDDLETOWN

Hardester's Market
21088 Calistoga Road
Phone: 707-987-2067
Open: Seven days a week, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Bags: $0.75 each/$14.99 for a pack of 25; bags are plastic, measuring 15 inches by 15 inches. Pre-filled tubes are available.
Sand: A 60-pound bag goes for $5.79

NICE

Lake Builders Supply Co.
3694 E. Highway 20, Nice
Phone: 707-274-6607
Open: Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Bags: $0.79 (plastic)
Sand: 50 pound bag, $8.59; 100 pound bag, $18.59

The California Fish and Game Commission acted on several issues affecting California’s natural resources during its December meeting in San Diego, which offered an option for the public to join via Zoom.

Among action on a number of petitions, the commission denied a petition to end waterfowl hunting on the Lake Earl Wildlife Area in Del Norte County.

The petition was filed over concerns shooting was occurring too close to a nearby business and residence bordering the wildlife area, along with claims that poaching, wasting of game and hunter misconduct were occurring.

Waterfowl hunting has taken place for many generations on the Lake Earl Wildlife Area and Commission staff noted that the California Fish and Game Code already addresses the illegal conduct described in the petition.

The Law Enforcement Division of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, or CDFW, also is aware of the claims raised in the petition. The Del Norte County Board of Supervisors and Del Norte Waterfowlers group both opposed the petition.

Also relating to waterfowl, the commission recognized five new inductees into the California Waterfowlers Hall of Fame.

The Hall of Fame was established in 1999 to honor individuals who have made significant contributions to enhancing waterfowl and their habitats in California.

The new inductees are philanthropist William F. Berry; Glenn Olson of the National Audubon Society; retired University of Nevada, Reno Professor Jim Sedinger; Bob Shaffer, formerly with the Central Valley Joint Venture; and former Humboldt County Supervisor Jimmy Smith (posthumous).

The commission adopted a second, 90-day extension of emergency regulations allowing the conditional take of southern California steelhead under certain circumstances.

The southern California steelhead is a candidate species for listing under the California Endangered Species Act, or CESA, by the commission.

The extension of emergency regulations will allow work to continue on projects relating to flood control, highway maintenance and improvement, and water supply for domestic and commercial uses.

With the commission’s approval of a second, 90-day extension of conditional take, CDFW issued a reminder that the emergency regulations will expire on approximately May 15, 2023, after which no new CESA take authorization for southern California steelhead can be issued under the emergency regulations and all existing take authorizations issued under Section 749.13 of the California Code of Regulations, Title 14, will expire.

The commission authorized a notice of intent to amend regulations pertaining to commercial and recreational take of spiny lobster; recreational hoop net requirements for the take of crustaceans; and hunting waterfowl, elk and bighorn sheep.

Four commissioners were present or participating online during the meeting. They were President Samantha Murray. Vice President Erika Zavaleta, and Commissioners Jacque Hostler-Carmesin and Anthony Williams. Commissioner Eric Sklar was absent.

The agenda for this meeting, along with supporting information, is available on the commission website. An archived audio file will be available in the coming days.

The next meeting of the full Commission is scheduled for Feb. 8 to 9, 2023, at the California Natural Resources Headquarters Building in downtown Sacramento.

NORTH‌‌ ‌‌COAST, ‌‌ ‌‌Calif. — Caltrans‌‌ ‌‌reports‌‌ ‌‌that‌‌ ‌‌the‌‌ ‌‌following‌‌ ‌‌road‌‌ ‌‌projects‌‌ ‌‌will‌‌ ‌‌be‌‌ ‌‌taking‌‌ ‌‌place‌‌ ‌‌‌around‌‌ ‌‌the‌‌ ‌‌North‌‌ ‌‌Coast‌‌ ‌‌during‌‌ ‌‌the‌‌ ‌‌coming‌‌ ‌‌week. ‌‌ ‌‌‌ ‌
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Included‌‌ ‌‌are‌‌ ‌‌Mendocino‌‌ ‌‌County‌‌ ‌‌projects‌‌ ‌‌that‌‌ ‌‌may‌‌ ‌‌impact‌‌ ‌‌Lake‌‌ ‌‌County‌‌ ‌‌commuters, as well as work in Del Norte and Humboldt counties.
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Caltrans‌‌ ‌‌advises‌‌ ‌‌motorists‌‌ ‌‌to‌‌ ‌‌drive‌‌ ‌‌with‌‌ ‌‌caution‌‌ ‌‌when‌‌ ‌‌approaching‌‌ ‌‌work‌‌ ‌‌areas‌‌ ‌‌and‌‌ ‌‌to‌‌ ‌‌be‌‌ ‌‌‌prepared‌‌ ‌‌to‌‌ ‌‌stop‌‌ ‌‌at‌‌ ‌‌traffic‌‌ ‌‌control‌‌ ‌‌stations. ‌‌ ‌‌‌ ‌
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The‌‌ ‌‌Caltrans‌‌ ‌‌Traffic‌‌ ‌‌Operations‌‌ ‌‌Office‌‌ ‌‌has‌‌ ‌‌reviewed‌‌ ‌‌each‌‌ ‌‌project‌‌ ‌‌and‌‌ ‌‌determined‌‌ ‌‌that‌‌ ‌‌individual‌‌ ‌‌‌project‌‌ ‌‌delays‌‌ ‌‌are‌‌ ‌‌expected‌‌ ‌‌to‌‌ ‌‌be‌‌ ‌‌less‌‌ ‌‌than‌‌ ‌‌the‌‌ ‌‌statewide‌‌ ‌‌policy‌‌ ‌‌maximum‌‌ ‌‌of‌‌ ‌‌30‌‌ ‌‌minutes‌‌ ‌‌unless‌‌ ‌‌‌noted‌‌ ‌‌otherwise. ‌‌ ‌‌‌ ‌‌‌ ‌

For‌‌ ‌‌updates‌‌ ‌‌to‌‌ ‌‌this‌‌ ‌‌list‌‌ ‌‌check‌‌ ‌‌QuickMap‌‌ ‌‌at‌‌ ‌‌‌www.dot.ca.gov‌‌‌ or‌‌ ‌‌1-800-GAS-ROAD‌‌ ‌‌‌(1-800-427-7623). ‌‌ ‌‌‌ ‌

LAKE‌‌ ‌‌COUNTY‌‌ ‌‌‌ ‌

Highway 20

— Utility work west of Upper Lake near Mid Lake Road will begin on Monday, Jan. 9. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. weeknights. Motorists should anticipate up to 15-minute delays.

Highway 29

— Road work in Lower Lake from Clayton Creek Road to Bell Park Avenue will begin on Friday, Jan. 6. Lane closures will be in effect from 7 a.m. to 5 a.m. weekdays. Motorists should anticipate minor slowdowns in the area.

Highway 175

— Bridge work in Cobb at Estates Drive will continue. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Motorists should expect up to 10-minute delays.

MENDOCINO COUNTY

Highway 1

— Tree work from north of Ocean Drive in Gualala to Hearn Gulch will continue. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays. Motorists should anticipate up to 10-minute delays.

Highway 101

— Slide removal at Pieta Creek Bridge continues. Northbound lane closures will be in effect. Motorists should anticipate up to five-minute delays.

— Bridge work at the Crawford Creek Bridge continues. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. weeknights. Motorists should expect up to five-minute delays.

— Bridge work near Henry Station Road continues. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 6 p.m. to 7 a.m. Motorists should expect up to 10-minute delays.

— Road work south of Willits continues. A lane closure will be in effect from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays. Motorists should expect minor slowdowns in the area.

— Irvine Lodge Safety Rest Area will be closed through January 2023.

— Tree work north of Leggett at Rock Creek continues. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Motorists should expect up to 10-minute delays.

— Emergency work in Piercy from Route 271 to the Allen Memorial Bridge will continue. Lane closures will be in effect from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Motorists should expect up to 10-minute delays.

Highway 162

— Bridge work at the Outlet Creek Bridge continues. One-way traffic control will be in effect and motorists should expect up to 10-minute delays.

— Tree work at the Eel River Bridge will begin on Monday, Jan. 9. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Motorists should expect up to 10-minute delays.

— Road work south of Dos Rios near the Rodeo Creek Bridge continues. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 3 p.m. to 7 a.m. weeknights. Motorists should expect up to 10-minute delays.

DEL NORTE COUNTY

Highway 101

— Construction in the Last Chance Grade area. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Motorists should anticipate up to 25-minute delays.

Highway 199

— Electrical work near the Collier Tunnel Rest Area will continue. One-way traffic control will be in effect and motorists should anticipate up to 10-minute delays.

HUMBOLDT COUNTY

Highway 96

— Utility work near Shoemaker Road will occur on Wednesday, Jan. 11. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Motorists should anticipate five-minute delays.

Highway 101

— Bridge work south of Phillipsville will continue. Lane closures will be in effect weekdays. Motorists should anticipate minor traffic slowdowns.

— Bridge work near Myers Flat will continue. Lane closures will be in effect. Motorists should anticipate minor traffic slowdowns.

— Emergency work from ‘B’ Street to ‘D’ Street will continue. A northbound lane closure will be in effect from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. Motorists should anticipate minor traffic slowdowns.

— Utility work in Arcata at South G Street and Route 255 will occur on Friday, Jan. 6. Full southbound off-ramp closures will be in effect from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Motorists should use an alternative route.

— Shoulder work from Route 200 to Georgia Pacific Road will begin on Monday, Jan. 9. Lane closures will be in effect from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Motorists should expect 10-minute delays.

Highway 211

— Emergency work at Fernbridge will continue. One-way traffic control will be in effect and motorists should expect up to 10-minute delays.

Highway 255

— Shoulder work near Manila will begin on Monday, Jan. 9. Lane closures will be in effect from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Motorists should anticipate minor traffic slowdowns.

Highway 299

— Falsework installation from Route 200 to Route 101 will continue. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 6 a.m. to 8:45 p.m. Motorists should anticipate minor traffic slowdowns.

KELSEYVILLE, Calif. — The community is are invited to the launch of a new documentary film series in Kelseyville.

On Friday, Jan. 6, at 6:30 p.m., the Unitarian Universalist Church of Lake County, in partnership with the Kelseyville United Methodist Church, will launch a documentary film series.

They will show the documentary “The Age of Mankind,” directed by Alexander Oey.

“An ocean that contains as much plastic as fish, an atmosphere filled with CO2 choking the whole mankind and mass extinction of animals,” says the film’s description. “The destructive influence of mankind will be at least as disastrous as the asteroid element that wiped the dinosaurs off the planet. Dutch scientist Paul Crutzen introduces a new geological period: the Anthropocene, or the age of mankind.”

The documentary will be shown free of charge at the Kelseyville United Methodist Church, 3810 Main St., and will be followed by a moderated discussion on the ideas presented in the film.

All are welcome to attend.

On Friday, Jan. 20, at 6:30 p.m., the Unitarian Universalist Church of Lake County, in partnership with the Kelseyville United Methodist Church, will show the documentary “Suppressed and Sabotaged: The Fight to Vote,” from 2022.

The Jim-Crow level voter suppression that occurred in Georgia’s 2018 gubernatorial race is symptomatic of a much larger – and more pervasive – issue. Learn how you can fight back against this threat to our democracy.

Discussion will follow. All are welcome.

NORTH‌‌ ‌‌COAST, ‌‌ ‌‌Calif. — Caltrans‌‌ ‌‌reports‌‌ ‌‌that‌‌ ‌‌the‌‌ ‌‌following‌‌ ‌‌road‌‌ ‌‌projects‌‌ ‌‌will‌‌ ‌‌be‌‌ ‌‌taking‌‌ ‌‌place‌‌ ‌‌‌ ‌around‌‌ ‌‌the‌‌ ‌‌North‌‌ ‌‌Coast‌‌ ‌‌during‌‌ ‌‌the‌‌ ‌‌coming‌‌ ‌‌week. ‌‌ ‌‌‌ ‌
‌‌‌ ‌
Included‌‌ ‌‌are‌‌ ‌‌Mendocino‌‌ ‌‌County‌‌ ‌‌projects‌‌ ‌‌that‌‌ ‌‌may‌‌ ‌‌impact‌‌ ‌‌Lake‌‌ ‌‌County‌‌ ‌‌commuters, as well as work in Del Norte and Humboldt counties.
‌‌‌ ‌
Caltrans‌‌ ‌‌advises‌‌ ‌‌motorists‌‌ ‌‌to‌‌ ‌‌drive‌‌ ‌‌with‌‌ ‌‌caution‌‌ ‌‌when‌‌ ‌‌approaching‌‌ ‌‌work‌‌ ‌‌areas‌‌ ‌‌and‌‌ ‌‌to‌‌ ‌‌be‌‌ ‌‌‌prepared‌‌ ‌‌to‌‌ ‌‌stop‌‌ ‌‌at‌‌ ‌‌traffic‌‌ ‌‌control‌‌ ‌‌stations. ‌‌ ‌‌‌ ‌
‌‌‌ ‌
The‌‌ ‌‌Caltrans‌‌ ‌‌Traffic‌‌ ‌‌Operations‌‌ ‌‌Office‌‌ ‌‌has‌‌ ‌‌reviewed‌‌ ‌‌each‌‌ ‌‌project‌‌ ‌‌and‌‌ ‌‌determined‌‌ ‌‌that‌‌ ‌‌individual‌‌ ‌‌‌project‌‌ ‌‌delays‌‌ ‌‌are‌‌ ‌‌expected‌‌ ‌‌to‌‌ ‌‌be‌‌ ‌‌less‌‌ ‌‌than‌‌ ‌‌the‌‌ ‌‌statewide‌‌ ‌‌policy‌‌ ‌‌maximum‌‌ ‌‌of‌‌ ‌‌30‌‌ ‌‌minutes‌‌ ‌‌unless‌‌ ‌‌‌noted‌‌ ‌‌otherwise. ‌‌ ‌‌‌ ‌‌‌ ‌

Caltrans will suspend most work on Northern California highways from Friday, Dec. 30, through Monday, Jan. 2, in observance of the New Year's holiday. However, in the case of unforeseen circumstances, it may be necessary for Caltrans crews to respond to emergency situations.

For‌‌ ‌‌updates‌‌ ‌‌to‌‌ ‌‌this‌‌ ‌‌list‌‌ ‌‌check‌‌ ‌‌QuickMap‌‌ ‌‌at‌‌ ‌‌‌www.dot.ca.gov‌‌‌ or‌‌ ‌‌1-800-GAS-ROAD‌‌ ‌‌‌(1-800-427-7623). ‌‌ ‌‌‌ ‌

LAKE‌‌ ‌‌COUNTY‌‌ ‌‌‌ ‌

Highway 175

— Bridge work in Cobb at Estates Drive will continue. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Motorists should expect up to 10-minute delays.

MENDOCINO COUNTY

Highway 1

— Tree work from north of Ocean Drive in Gualala to Hearn Gulch is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, Jan. 3. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays. Motorists should anticipate up to 10-minute delays.

Highway 101

— Slide removal at Pieta Creek Bridge continues. Northbound lane closures will be in effect. Motorists should anticipate up to five-minute delays.

— Bridge work at the Crawford Creek Bridge continues. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. weeknights. Motorists should expect up to five-minute delays.

— Bridge work near Henry Station Road continues. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 6 p.m. to 7 a.m. Motorists should expect up to 10-minute delays.

— Road work at West Road continues. A full off-ramp closure will be in effect from 5 a.m. to 12 a.m. and motorists should use an alternative route.

— Road work south of Willits continues. A lane closure will be in effect from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays. Motorists should expect minor slowdowns in the area.

— Irvine Lodge Safety Rest Area will be closed through January 2023.

— Tree work north of Leggett at Rock Creek will occur on Thursday, Jan. 5, and Friday, Jan. 6. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Motorists should expect up to 10-minute delays.

Highway 162

— Bridge work at the Outlet Creek Bridge continues. One-way traffic control will be in effect and motorists should expect up to 10-minute delays.

— Road work south of Dos Rios near the Rodeo Creek Bridge continues. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 3 p.m. to 7 a.m. weeknights. Motorists should expect up to 10-minute delays.

DEL NORTE COUNTY

Highway 101

— Construction in the Last Chance Grade area. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Motorists should anticipate up to 25-minute delays.

Highway 199

— Emergency Tree work near Parkway Drive is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 3, and Wednesday, Jan. 4. A full road closure will be in effect from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Motorists should use an alternative route.

— Electrical work near the Collier Tunnel Rest Area will continue. One-way traffic control will be in effect and motorists should anticipate up to 10-minute delays.

HUMBOLDT COUNTY

Highway 101

— Bridge work south of Phillipsville will continue. Lane closures will be in effect weekdays. Motorists should anticipate minor traffic slowdowns.

— Bridge work near Myers Flat will continue. Lane closures will be in effect. Motorists should anticipate minor traffic slowdowns.

— Emergency work in Eureka from ‘B’ Street to ‘D’ Street will continue. A northbound lane closure will be in effect from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. Motorists should anticipate minor traffic slowdowns.

— Emergency work in Arcata at South G Street will occur on Friday, Dec. 30. A full southbound off-ramp closure will be in effect from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Motorists should use an alternative route.

— Tree work will occur north of Georgia Pacific Road on Wednesday, Jan. 4, and Thursday, Jan. 5. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Motorists should expect up to 10-minute delays.

Highway 211

— Emergency work at Fernbridge will continue. One-way traffic control will be in effect and motorists should expect up to 10-minute delays.

Highway 299

— Falsework installation from Route 200 to Route 101 will continue. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Motorists should anticipate minor traffic slowdowns.

— Construction from Willow Creek to Old Three Creek Road will continue. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Motorists should anticipate 10-minute delays.

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