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7.22.14 Homicide Rancho Sequoia
7.21.14 Wanted Suspect Caught
Special Meeting Tues July 22 6:30pm Agenda Packet - to address excessive use water penalties, delay implementation of sewer rate structure changes, introduction of new city manager and more...
7.18.14 Marijuana Investigation
Coming to Scotia's Winema Theater: Documentary focusing on ending stigma of mental illness
7.16.14 Rio Dell City Council Special Meeting Tues July 22nd 6:30pm to address fines for excessive water use. Penalties are already in place with the declaration of the water emergency-fines would be in addition to or in place of the penalties. Council also will discuss delaying implementation of sewer rate structure changes due to water emergency.
Video of last night's well-attended council meeting coming soon!
7.15.14 Big Game Update!!! Xube
7.13.14 Death Investigation
City council meeting Tues July 15th 6:30pm Agenda Packet - includes discussion of prayer guidelines for public meetings, water rate penalties for excessive use during water emergency, etc.
7.10.14 The July 8th Special Meeting to declare water emergency is online!
Video from special meeting to declare water emergency coming soon!
7.8.14 Rio Dell is officially in a Stage 3 water emergency - mandatory water rationing of 50 gals. per person per day starting immediately. City water plan & details of emergency measures - City curtailed water rights exemption application
7.7.14 Rio Dell City Council special meeting Tues 5:00pm "Notice of unavailability of water and immediate curtailment of water diversion from the Eel River/implementation of Mandatory Stage 3 Water Reduction Plan (ACTION)" State letter re. insufficient water in the Eel and Van Duzen Rivers
FYI-3% automatic annual water/sewer rate increase goes into effect July 1st, new sewer rate structure begins August 1st (will increase sewer bill for some homes and businesses) and water rate study to significantly increase rates has begun
6.28.14 The 6.24.14 meeting is online! Includes budget approval with reimbursement for RDVFD utility charges, etc.
City Council meeting Tues. July 1, 2014 Agenda Packet - includes approval of new city manager contract, 1% city sales tax measure for Nov. ballot (total sales tax would then be 8.5%), presentation regarding local greenhouse gas inventory, and more...
Three city council positions to be on the Nov. ballot - interested parties need to file their paperwork by August 8th. Councilmember Melissa Marks has already stated she will not run for re-election; other positions are held by Julie Woodall and Gordon Johnson.
6.27.14 New City Manager, Kyle C. Knopp, employment agreement to be approved Tuesday
6.24.14 Rio Dell passes the budget; will reimburse the Fire Dept. for water/sewer charges. City will begin to account for its own water usage for the first time rather than spread the costs to rate payers. City employees received subsidized water from 2003-2011 but don't any longer according to City Manager Jim Stretch (public records here).
6.23.14 The 6.17.14 City Council Meeting Part 2 is online!
Understanding Prop 218 Legislative analysis published in 1996 and available to all cities
6.21.14 City provides utiliity billing information in response to record request - additional records are expected. Original request here.
6.20.14 Explorer Acadamy Graduation
The 6.17.14 City Council Meeting Part 1 is online! Includes discussion of Prop 218 and utility charges for Rio Dell Volunteer Fire Department. Note-the city does not pay for its own utility usage despite Prop 218.
6.19.14 Redway Burglary Arrest
6.18.14 Firearm Arrest
Community Events updated re. "free" city water
Highlights of the June 10, 2014 Rio Dell City Council Special Session - Includes budget review, Prop 218 and subsidized water to the city, etc.
KIEM-TV Channel 3 coverage of City Council meeting - they did a good job with the story and weren't misled by the city line re. Davis lawsuit
6.17.14 Jail Death update
Sacramento Grand Jury Report re. subsidized water violates Prop. 218 The cities have been on notice for years that they can not keep overcharging rate payers to provide "free" water to the city or anyone else.
6.13.14 City council meeting Tues. June 17th 6:30pm Agenda Packet -note: minutes of prior meetings and sewer rate study are missing every other page due to a failure by city staff to copy double sided documents. Agenda includes passage of 2014-2015 Recommended Deficit Budget, zoning changes, approval of long debated changes to sewer rate charges, and more...
6.12.14 Burglary leads to arrest
6.11.14 Public Record Request re. rate payer subsidies for "free" water to city facilities and others. Prop 218 prohibits this and numerous lawsuits over the past 17 years has also found it illegal. In a related matter, the city is taking initial steps to increase water rates for the rest of us.
6.9.14 Assault/Brandishing with Firearm Update!
6.7.14 Special Meeting Tues June 10th, 6:30pm - Agenda Packet Budget study session regarding large budget deficit and plan to add staff to public works and police dept. City will decide what type of tax measure to put on the November ballot-utility tax or sales tax. General tax measure only requires 50% + 1 voter approval. Read the attached agenda packet for details.
Hollywood-style surveillance technology closer to reality - Center for Investigative Reporting "Wide area surveillance" going on all around you at all times gathering and retaining massive amounts of information on every individual whether or not you've done anything wrong.
Widespread use of license plate scanners by law enforcement causes privacy concerns - LA Times Data is being gathered by or sold to private companies as well
6.6.14 CASA of Humboldt Open House - next training session is starting soon!
6.4.14 Final election results
6.3.14 Early election results - numbers will be changing as more precincts come in. Rio Dell precinct voters were clearly in favor of Maggie Flemming for District Attorney.
6.1.14 Juvenile shot in Weitchpec
5.31.14 City Council meeting Tues. June 3rd 6:30pm Agenda Packet - includes authorizing water rate study as first step in significant rate increase, consideration of adding Christian prayers to council meeting, etc. Don't forget to VOTE on Tuesday!
5.29.14 DA Candidate Forum Video
Juan Ferrer to be arraigned on murder charges June 10th at 1:30pm in Dept. 4 by Judge Wilson - faces up to 26 years in prison if found guilty. Judge Wilson found good cause to go forward with the case after the controversial plea bargain offer by the DA's office of 2 years in county jail was denied by the court previously. Co-defendants Sophie Rocheleau and Nicholas Stoiber face 2nd degree felony assault charges.
5.25.14 Shooting in Alderpoint
5.22.14 Smash & grab robberies in Eureka
Sewer rate structure change expected to dramatically increase monthly bills for businesses. Public hearing continued to 6/3 meeting when council will vote to approve. Some bills will increase from $76 to over $200 a month for sewer alone. Water rate increase will be coming soon according to council as they also consider putting a tax on the November ballot for all residents.
5.16.14 City council meeting Tuesday May 20th 6:30pm Agenda Packet - includes approval of sewer rate changes, Old Ranch Rd. water customers update (moving towards possible litigation), etc. Read the minutes from the budget meeting re. shortfall and references to some questionable activities to balance the books previously. City is also moving towards putting a tax increase for residents on the November ballot, raise water rates and more...
5.15.14 Hash lab busted
5.14.14 Update: Officer Shot
5.7.14 Armed Robbery Arrest
5.4.14 Old Ranch Rd. meeting minutes re. city plans to stop providing water to the well used by multiple property owners. 1979 Haberstock agreement states "The City of Rio Dell simply agrees to furnish water to said system..." which is the shared well. The city has linked this issue with a demand for an easement to the Monument Springs property that the city wants to sell. Minutes also state the city is going to be raising everyone's water rates again "in the near future."
5.3.14 City Council meeting Tuesday May 6th 6:30pm - Agenda Packet - includes extension of contract with City Manager Jim Stretch, presentation re. Old Ranch Rd. water line, etc.
4.30.14 Assault with Firearm Arrest
4.28.14 Home Invasion Robbery
4.23.14 Daily Booking Sheet RDPD arrest Silverio Parra Snider Sanchez for outstanding warrant and giving a false name to an officer. State it is not the wanted attempted murder suspect with the exact same name.
4.22.14 Assault with a Pitchfork
4.21.14 Board of Supervisors to give Metropolitan Rd Extension to Rio Dell for wastewater treatment facility - Clarification: the 'facility' referred to is the effluent drainage site
4.18.14 Marijuana Investigation
4.15.14 Large Heroin Seizure
4.14.14 Missing Person
Council meeting Tuesday April 15th 6:30pm - Agenda Packet Includes Access Humboldt agreement, wastewater fees public hearing (will result in an increase to any home using more than 5 ccf units water monthly), and more... closed door session prior to public meeting includes consultation with legal counsel re. SHN lawsuit and anticipated suit against Roger Barisdale for encroachments in the cities right of way to the Eel River at the end of Painter St.
Letter from city to Arnold Kemp of Kemp Inspection Service terminating contract - "I trust you realize that you have placed the city in an untenable position, perhaps for years."
4.11.14 Missing Person
4.10.14 Water Rescue at King Salmon
4.9.14 The 4.1.14 council meeting is online! Includes discussion of gifted recreational property to city by school district, survey to establish right-of-way from end of Davis St to Eel River, termination of contract with Arnold Kemp of Kemp Inspection Service for failure to provide any certifications as required, problem with Eel River effluent pipeline easement and more...
4.7.14 Fire and Death Investigation
4.1.14 City terminates contract with long time building inspector Arnold Kemp-cites lack of any certification. He will be expected to complete permits that were paid in advance or refund the fees. Community Development Director Kevin Caldwell to become certified.
3.29.14 Rio Dell City Counsel meeting Tuesday April 1st 6:30pm Agenda Packet - Includes traffic committee report, new Finance Director agreement with Brooke Woodcox (official start date is 4/7), authorization for Davis St. right of way survey at Eel River (River's Edge RV Park) and school property acquisition expenses of $17,145 and more...
3.28.14 Drug Arrests
3.26.14 Murder Arrests
3.25.14 Marijuana Investigation
Full meeting video from 3.18.14 city council meeting is now online!
More clips from 3.18.14 meeting re. Old Ranch Rd. including Charll Stoneman, David & Susan Hagemann, Kay Peake and Mike
3.20.14 Clips from Tuesday's council meeting regarding the council action to significantly alter or terminate water service to homes on Old Ranch Rd. Clips include City Manager Jim Stretch, Laura Coleman & Elizabeth Coleman Johnson. The full meeting video is coming soon.
Community Events updated re. city moves to terminate water service to properties
3.14.14 City council meeting Tuesday the 18th 6:30pm Agenda Packet Includes authorization to alter or discontinue water service to properties on Old Ranch Rd, and more... Closed door session prior to meeting to discuss pending lawsuit against SHN Consulting Engineers (case number DR130745)
3.13.14 Missing Person
3.10.14 Wanted: Dog Killer $20,000 Reward!
Blast from the past-Dinsmore Plateau housing development - Times Standard The developer paid to enlarge the Rio Dell water tank near the plateau and the city envisioned lots of revenue from the high end project until the developer was busted on federal charges of money laundering and drugs.
3.3.14 City council packet available for tomorrow's meeting
3.2.14 City Council Meeting Tuesday 6:30pm Agenda (the full agenda packet is not available from the city online to date) Includes discussion of local drought situation with County Supervisor Estelle Fennel, change to budget to 'increase water fund revenues' (no details available), approve 66% increase to building permit fees, approval of home occupation and cottage industry regulations, etc.
2.27.14 Eureka's Most Wanted
2.25.14 The 2.18.14 city council meeting is online! Includes discussion of 66% increase in building permit fees, sludge from Ferndale, changes to the home occupation and cottage industry regulations, etc.
Board of Supervisors Headwaters Fund Annual Report - recommendation to stop awarding community investment fund grants for two years to build fund back up. Note the chart near the end with the breakdown of past funding including multiple grants to Rio Dell.
at the same meeting, Headwaters Fund awards $13,551 grant to film commission to hold an industry tour of the area.
2.23.14 KMUD Radio highlights of the 2.18.14 City Council meeting - Includes study session re. high energy use tax, more discussion of 66% increase to permit fees, changes to home occupation and cottage industry regs, etc.
Toxic waste is good for you (exerpt) - Organic Consumers A must-read about the PR campaign to change the name from sewage sludge to biosolids and convince consumers of its "beneficial use." Sludge by any other name is still sewage sludge.
2.20.14 Council packet for Tuesday's meeting is finally available. Contains proposed agreement for building inspection with the city paying for insurance on behalf of contractor, home occupation and cottage industry regulations, etc. The packet is the only place where you will see the actual details.
2.19.14 Public hearing to be held March 4th re. 66% total increase in building permit fees in order to pay for insurance on behalf of independent contractor in addition to making the program self-sufficient. More details in Community Events...
2.18.14 EUREKA, CA—Allan Dollison, candidate for Humboldt County District Attorney is opposed to the plea deal of Involuntary Manslaughter given out to Juan Joseph Ferrer, by DA Candidate Elan Firpo. More!!!
2.15.14 City Council meeting Tuesday the 18th 6:30pm Agenda (full packet not available online) Study Session 6:00pm re. high energy use tax presentation. City to declare two city water wells for sale, approve agreement with uninsured building inspector Arnold Kemp while scheduling a public hearing to raise the building permit fees to pay for his insurance and establish precedent for any other independent contractor that wants the city to pay their standard costs of business. First reading of ordinance changes for home occupation and cottage industry but no details are available online as the city has not uploaded the agenda packet as of this date.
Blast from the past - Cronyism here in Rio Dell
The 2.4.14 City Council meeting is online! Includes city proposal to significantly increase building permit fees in order to make program self-supporting and to pay for basic professional insurance on behalf of independent contractor city building inspector Arnold Kemp. Fees would be raised drastically in order to cover the costs.
2.7.14 Animal Cruelty
2.5.14 People vs. Gary Lee Bullock set for trial August 4th, 2014 for the alleged murder and torture of Father Eric Freed after a hearing earlier today where another "not guilty" plea was entered by Bullock.
2.4.14 Agenda packet now available - includes documentation (starting on pg. 34) on a proposal to raise city building permit fees in order to pay for insurance that the independent contractor building inspector has never had despite errors & ommission insurance being an industry standard cost of doing business. Independent contractors typically pay for their own insurance as a cost of doing business. More in Community Events...
2.3.14 City Council meeting tomorrow 6:30pm - full agenda packet not available online yet.
1.29.14 The Jan 21st City Council meeting is online!
County asks city to cut river water use due to drought - The Press Democrat Rio Dell has already received a notice from the state that the right to pull water from the Eel River is at risk if drought continues.
City Council meeting Tuesday 6:30pm Agenda (agenda packet not available online at this time) Agenda includes presentation of grant opportunity for electric vehicle charging station at city hall, upgrade of council chamber public address system, approval bio-solids giveaway, and more...
1.18.14 Memories of the 1964 flood - Lost Coast Outpost Note-Rio Dell was left stranded after bridges on both sides of town were wiped out. The story includes amazing photos and comments from those that lived through it.
USDA declares half of California a natural disaster area due to drought - Mercury News At least 3 more months of dry weather predicted. Statewide declaration expected very soon
Trails in Rio Dell? - Lost Coast Outpost (audio) Note-sidewalks and crosswalks have been added to increase 'safe routes to school' but the city council has voted against any regional trail (aka rail with trails) every time it has come up before
At-risk missing person, Ryan Grammer, located
1.3.14 City council meeting Tuesday 6:30pm - Agenda Packet
1.1.14 HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Father Eric Freed murdered at St. Bernard rectory - press conference and updates here
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