Monday, 25 October 2021

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On Wednesday, Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA) and Congressman Mike Thompson (D-CA) led 21 members of the California Congressional delegation in sending a letter to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) urging them to not tax utility bill assistance Americans received through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (P.L. 117-2).

The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 was passed by the House of Representatives a week into President Biden’s term and provided a landmark $1.9 trillion in relief for Americans during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In addition to providing direct stimulus payments to Americans and lifting millions of children out of poverty with the expanded Child Tax Credit, the American Rescue Plan Act also included over $350 billion to state and local governments to respond to the COVID crisis.

The state of California used nearly $2 billion of its allotment to provide critical financial assistance to low-income households struggling to pay their water bills.

Now, those same households are concerned that the assistance they received might be considered as taxable income.

“The IRS must provide guidance to prevent unnecessary tax burdens for many Californians in need as we recover from the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Households already facing the adverse economic impacts of the pandemic should not have to worry whether receiving utility assistance would result in additional tax liability or a decrease in other tax benefits. We ask that the IRS work swiftly to provide clarity to those carrying out and receiving assistance through these programs,” the signatories said in the letter.

Text of the letter to the IRS is included here:


The Honorable Charles P. Rettig
Commissioner
Internal Revenue Service
1111 Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20224

Dear Commissioner Rettig:

We write to express concerns about the potential tax implications of the provision of utility assistance to Californians through the American Rescue Plan Act’s Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds. We request that you provide guidance to prevent unnecessary tax burdens for many Californians in need as we recover from the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Many states and local governments have expressed interest in issuing utility assistance to households or populations facing negative economic impacts due to COVID-19, in accordance with the Department’s interim final rule. California is using a portion of its $27 billion allocation to provide $993.5 million in assistance for electric and natural gas customers under the California Arrearage Payment Program and $985 million in assistance for water and wastewater customers under the California Water and Wastewater Arrearage Payment Program. Both programs will assist residential and commercial customers.

However, the State, as well as the agencies and utilities tasked with implementation, have expressed concern that they would be required to report such assistance as income to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). We believe that taxing utility assistance provided through fiscal recovery funds would be inconsistent with the exemption of tax liability under other COVID-19 relief programs like economic impact payments and emergency rental assistance, as well as other long-standing utility assistance programs.

Households already facing the adverse economic impacts of the pandemic should not have to worry whether receiving utility assistance would result in additional tax liability or a decrease in other tax benefits. Additionally, without immediate action, the provision of such assistance to those most in need could be delayed unnecessarily as agencies manage these tax implications.

We appreciate the IRS’s attention to this matter and ask that you work swiftly to provide clarity to those carrying out and receiving assistance through these programs. Thank you for your continued partnership in supporting a strong, equitable economic recovery.

Sincerely,

JOHN GARAMENDI
Member of Congress

MIKE THOMPSON
Member of Congress

NANETTE DIAZ BARRAGÁN
Member of Congress

PETE AGUILAR
Member of Congress

JULIA BROWNLEY
Member of Congress

JUDY CHU
Member of Congress

JIM COSTA
Member of Congress

MARK DESAULNIER
Member of Congress

ANNA G. ESHOO
Member of Congress

JIMMY GOMEZ
Member of Congress

JARED HUFFMAN
Member of Congress

RO KHANNA
Member of Congress

BARBARA LEE
Member of Congress

TED W. LIEU
Member of Congress

ALAN S. LOWENTHAL
Member of Congress

JERRY MCNERNEY
Member of Congress

JIMMY PANETTA
Member of Congress

LUCILLE ROYBAL-ALLARD
Member of Congress

ADAM B. SCHIFF
Member of Congress

ERIC SWALWELL
Member of Congress

NORMA J. TORRES
Member of Congress

UPPER LAKE, Calif. — The Western Region Town Hall will meet on Wednesday, Oct. 20.

The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Habematolel community center, 9460 Main St. in Upper Lake.

All are welcome to attend and share their concerns.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — The annual Heroes of Health and Safety Fair is returning once again to educate and offer free health services to community members.

The free event will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16, at the Lake County Fairgrounds, 401 Martin St., Lakeport.

There will be interactive demonstrations for the entire family, including the “jaws of life,” medical helicopters and rescue vehicles, compression only CPR, boating safety, car seat safety inspections and Narcan training.

The fair also will feature many free services, including COVID-19 vaccines, the flu shot, health screenings, A1C blood glucose testing and dental screenings.

There also will be free giveaways, including a bicycle raffle, go bags for children, bike helmets and EZ child fingerprinting.

The event will adhere to all county COVID-19 regulations. Masks are required.

CLEARLAKE, Calif. — The Clear Lake Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual “Luau on the Lake” fundraiser on Saturday, Oct. 23.

It will take place beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Clearlake Callayomi Masonic Lodge #183, 7100 S Center Drive.

It was moved to the Masonic Lodge due to the rain forecast for this weekend.

Tim Biasottti Catering is roasting a pig and chicken quarters, along with items with those who have a vegetarian interest. Konocti students will be performing. There also will be a silent auction.

Tickets are still available. The cost is $75 per person.

For more information, call the chamber at 707-994-3600, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or stop by the chamber Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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

LAKE‌‌ ‌‌COUNTY‌‌ ‌‌‌ ‌
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Highway‌‌ ‌‌20

— Pavement work from Road 305D to Route 29 South will continue. One-way traffic control will be in effect overnight from 8 p.m. to 11 a.m. Motorists should anticipate 10-minute delays.

— Highway construction near Saratoga Springs Road will continue. One-way traffic control will be in effect weekdays from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Motorists should anticipate 10-minute delays.

— Pavement work from Bachelor Valley to Route 29 South will conclude at 6 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 16. One-way traffic control will be in effect overnight from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. Motorists should anticipate 10-minute delays.

— Striping operations and bridge work will continue near the Route 29 junction. Traffic control will be in effect weekdays from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. Motorists should anticipate 10-minute delays.

— Shoulder work will occur between Pomo Way and Reclamation Cutoff on Friday, Oct. 15. A lane closure will be in effect from 8 p.m. to 3 p.m. Motorists should anticipate minor traffic slowdowns.

— Striping operations and bridge work near North Fork Cache Creek will continue. One-way traffic control will be in effect overnight from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. Motorists should anticipate 10-minute delays.

Highway 29

— Striping operations and bridge work will continue weekdays near Putah Creek. Traffic control will be in effect from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. Motorists should anticipate 10-minute delays.

— Construction from Spruce Grove Road South to Hofacker Lane will continue. One-way traffic control will be in effect weekdays from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Additionally, overnight one-way traffic control will be in effect on Thursday, Oct. 14, and Friday, Oct. 15, from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. Motorists should anticipate 20-minute delays.

— Striping operations and bridge work will continue weekdays at Siegler Creek Bridge. Traffic control will be in effect overnight from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. Motorists should anticipate 10-minute delays.

— Construction from Route 281 to Private Road will continue. One-way traffic control will be in effect. Motorists should anticipate 15-minute delays.

— Bridge work will occur weekdays at Lakeport Blvd Overcrossing. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m. Motorists should anticipate 10-minute delays.

— Bridge work at the Hill Road East Overcrossing will continue. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Motorists should anticipate five-minute delays.

— Bridge work will continue weekdays at Park Way Overcrossing. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m. Motorists should anticipate 10-minute delays.

— Bridge work will continue weekdays at Scotts Creek. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. Motorists should anticipate 10-minute delays.

Highway 53

— Striping operations will continue weekdays at Cache Creek. Traffic control will be in effect from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. Motorists should anticipate 10-minute delays.

Highway 175

— PG&E has been granted a Caltrans Encroachment Permit for utility work at Anderson Sprint Road on Friday, Oct. 22. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. Motorists should anticipate five-minute delays.

MENDOCINO COUNTY

Highway 20

— Tree work will occur from Parlin Fork Canyon Road to Three Chop Road on Friday, Oct. 15. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Motorists should anticipate five-minute delays.

— Slide removal two miles west of Three Chop Road will continue. One-way traffic control will be in effect. Motorists should anticipate 10-minute delays.

Highway 101

— Slide removal from Comminsky Station Road to Pieta Creek Bridge will continue. Northbound Lane closures will be in effect. Motorists should anticipate five-minute delays.

— Bridge work from the Presswood Overhead Bridge to the Hensley Creek Undercrossing will continue. Northbound and Southbound lane closures will be in effect overnight from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. Motorists should anticipate minimal delays.

— Emergency bridge repairs at the North State Undercrossing Bridge will continue. There will be a full closure of the Northbound onramp overnight from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. Motorists are advised to take alternative routes.

— Construction south of Ridgewood Ranch Road will continue. Lane closures will be in effect in both directions. Motorists should anticipate minor traffic slowdowns.

— Moss Cove Safety Rest Area will be closed through fall 2021.

— Empire Camp Safety Rest Area will be closed through fall 2021.

Highway 128

— PG&E has been granted a Caltrans Encroachment Permit for utility work 1 mile north of Dry Creek Road on Tuesday, Oct. 19. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Motorists should anticipate five-minute delays.

Highway 162

— Utility work will occur from Poonkiny Road to Bigger Lane on Friday, Oct. 15, to Friday, Oct. 15. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Motorists should anticipate five-minute delays. LC#P162CA

— PG&E has been granted a Caltrans Encroachment Permit for utility work from the Division of Forestry to the Covelo Ranger Station on Tuesday, Oct. 19. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Motorists should anticipate five-minute delays.

DEL NORTE COUNTY

Highway 101

— Bridge work near Old Hunter Creek Road will continue. One-way traffic control will be in effect. Motorists should anticipate 10-minute delays.

— Emergency work at Last Chance Grade will continue. Motorists should anticipate 30-minute delays at all hours.

— Shoulder improvements in Crescent City from Elk Valley Road to Williams Drive will continue. Lane restrictions will be in effect. Motorists should anticipate minor traffic slowdowns.

— Bridge work in the Smith River area will continue. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 14, to 3 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 15. Motorists should anticipate 10-minute delays.

Highway 199

— Work at the Hiouchi Bridge will continue. One-way traffic control will be in effect. Motorists should anticipate 10-minute delays weekdays.

— Work at the Mary Adam Peacock Bridge near Gasquet will continue. One-way traffic control will be in effect. Motorists should anticipate 10-minute delays weekdays.

HUMBOLDT COUNTY

Highway 36

— Work at Van Duzen River Bridge 4 284 near Grizzly Creek Redwoods State Park will continue. One-way traffic control will be in effect. Motorists should anticipate five-minute delays.

— Work at Van Duzen River Bridge 4 293 in Bridgeville will continue. One-way traffic control will be in effect. Motorists should anticipate five-minute delays.

— Construction near Buck Mountain Road will continue. One-way traffic control will be in effect. Motorists should anticipate 10-minute delays.

Highway 96

— Pavement work in the Weitchpec area will continue. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays. Motorists should anticipate 10-minute delays.

— Bridge work east of Orleans will continue. One-way traffic control will be in effect. 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. A northbound onramp closure will also be in effect. Motorists should use an alternate route.

— Pavement work at the northbound bridge just north of Rio Dell will occur on Friday, Oct. 15. A northbound lane restriction will be in effect from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Motorists should anticipate minor traffic slowdowns.

— Construction from the Hookton Road Overcrossing to the Herrick Avenue Overcrossing south of Eureka will continue. Lane and ramp closures will be in effect. Motorists should anticipate minor traffic slowdowns and use alternate ramps when necessary.

— Construction from Broadway/5th to the Eureka Slough Bridge in Eureka will continue. A southbound lane restriction will be in effect. Motorists should anticipate minor traffic slowdowns.

— Pavement and barrier work from the Arcata Overhead Bridge to the 200 junction south of McKinleyville will continue. Lane and ramp closures will be in effect in both directions from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. weeknights. Motorists should anticipate minor traffic slowdowns. LCC101BC

— Construction near the 101/299 interchange will continue. Intermittent ramp closures will be in effect from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. weeknights. Motorists should use an alternate route when necessary.

Highway 211

— Work at the Salt River Bridge between Fernbridge and Ferndale will continue. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays. Motorists should anticipate five-minute delays.

Highway 255

— Utility work near K Street in Arcata will continue. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays. Motorists should anticipate five-minute delays.

Highway 299

— Bridge work at the 200 or North Bank Road junction will continue. Lane closures will be in effect. Motorists should anticipate minor traffic slowdowns.

— Pavement work about 5 miles east of Blue Lake will begin. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays. Motorists should anticipate 10-minute delays.

— Construction west of the Burney Vista Point will continue. One-way traffic control will be in effect. Motorists should anticipate five-minute delays.

— Work in the Willow Creek area will continue. One-way traffic control will be in effect. Motorists should anticipate 20-minute delays.

LAKEPORT, Calif. — The city of Lakeport's fall street sweeping schedule has been released.

The schedule is as follows.

Mondays: Clear Lake Avenue to north city limit boundary.

Tuesdays: First Street to south city limit boundary including the Esplanade neighborhood, Lupoyoma Heights, Lakeport Boulevard and Parallel Drive.

Wednesdays: Second Street to Clear Lake Avenue.

Thursdays: Main Street and Downtown area.

Fridays: Streets that were missed and any areas needing special attention. (No street sweeping every other Friday).

Reminders:

— Blowing leaves into the street is acceptable, but please do not put them in piles as the streetsweeper cannot sweep up piles of leaves. The city encourages residents to utilize their weekly green waste service.

— The street sweeper will not operate on Nov. 11, Nov. 24 through 26, as well as Dec. 23 through Jan. 1, 2022.

— This schedule is provided for the city of Lakeport and will remain in effect for the fall season only. The city’s sweeper also operates on an “as needed ” basis at other times to maintain city streets when leaves and debris accumulate.

— Please be advised that there may be minor interruptions to the schedule from time to time due to city workloads and availability of manpower.

Contact the Public Works office at 263-3578 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with questions and visit the @LakeportPW Facebook page.

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