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8.5.14 City report shows thousands of dollars saved by terminating contract with Kemp Inspection for building inspection services - salary plus permit fees total $19,1753.75 in savings in the first 5 months alone. Think about how much the residents could have saved if they did this long ago!
9.22.14 Assault with Deadly Weapon
9.18.14 Rio Dell proposed fire protection district assessment notice - 625% increase in fire district fees for the average residence, ballots due back by Oct 30th.
Sewer billing summary for commercial properties (Jul-Aug) to demonstrate effect of rate structure changes - some businesses and multi-family properties saw large increases while others saw large decreases
9.17.14 Officer Involved Shooting
9.16.14 Big Marijuana Grow Investigation
Newly released documents show efforts to resist NSA demands for massive amounts of user data by Yahoo - The Guardian The Prism program secretly collects all online data from American citizens and foreigners alike for the NSA since 2007. Warrantless searches include phone calls and internet communication of Americans despite denials by US officials. Senators who defended the survelance programs suddenly outraged when it is discovered they were targeted as well.
9.13.14 City Council Meeting Tues. Sept. 16th 6:30pm Agenda Packet - Closed session to discuss pending litigation against SHN and anticipated litigation against residents of Old Ranch Rd. for an easement to city property. Public session includes swearing in of Officer Raymond Brady, discussion of sewer rate change effects on businesses, and more...
See Community Events for discussion of ongoing Old Ranch Rd. issue, sewer rate changes, etc.
9.12.14 Amber Alert More!!!
9.8.14 The 9.2.14 meeting is online! Includes East West Alternate Rail study presentation
Defense Department 1033 program military equipment provided to California agencies - general equipment - tactical equipment. Humboldt County has received over $960,000.00 in equipment from just this program alone.
9.7.14 Highlights from the Sept. 2nd Council Meeting (Audio) - KMUD Reports Includes public comment regarding sewer rate increase, East West Rail presentation, etc.
Stop and seize - Washington Post First of three part investigative article about asset forfeiture used against motorists never charged with a crime. The article includes Humboldt County Sheriff video images posted online.
8.30.14 Community Events updated re. utility bills, elections and more...
8.29.14 Three candidates for three open city council positions; incumbent Gordon Johnson, Timothy Marks and Debra Garnes. Long time council members Julie Woodall and Melissa Marks are not running for re-election.
City Council meeting Tuesday Sept. 2nd 6:30pm - Agenda Packet
Eel River at Scotia drops to 27 Cubic Feet Per Second (Just do a quick find/seach for the word "Scotia" to see the current level).
Child Pornography Arrest "A Humboldt County District Attorney Office investigator conducted a forensic examination on the computer, hard drive and thumb drive, which revealed thousands of Child Pornography pictures and videos."
Marijuana Investigation "Those suspects were detained and were identified as Steven Eric Anderson, 47 years old, from Ukiah, Viktor Kulikovskyi, 22 years old, from Ukraine and Roman Kozlenko, 23 years old, also from Ukraine.
8.28.14 California drought: what losing 63 trillion gallons of water looks like - Washington Post remarkable pictures of Lake Oroville included
8.22.14 Another B I G! Marijuana Bust
8.18.14 Full Ferndale Fairgrounds Fire Fotos - Lost Coast Outpost
8.16.14 Eel River at Scotia Drops to 32 Cubic Feet Per Second!!! How low can it go?
8.15.14 City Council meeting Tuesday Aug 19th 6:30pm - Agenda Packet
8.14.14 New Low! Eel River at Scotia dips to 34 Cubic Feet Per Second (One Cubic Foot = 7.48 Gallons * 60 seconds * 60 minutes * 24 hours = 646,272 Gallons per day)
Death Investigation: Possible human remains located in Cuneo Creek Campground, Humboldt Redwoods State Park
Highlights from the 8.5.14 City Council Meeting (Audio) - KMUD Reports Includes reduction to Stage 2 water emergency, presentation by Humboldt Bay Municipal Water District, building inspection program update, etc.
8.9.14 The 8.5.14 City Council Meeting Part 2 is now online!
8.8.14 The 8.5.14 City Council Meeting Part 1 is Online! Includes end of mandatory water rationing, presentation by Humboldt Bay Municipal Water District, etc.
8.5.14 Rio Dell now on Stage 2 water emergency - limited outdoor water usage allowed - resolution and guidelines here
New city sewer lateral testing requirement prior to any sale of property - if a clean out is not already installed (half of city doesn't have one) then it has to be installed in order to do the required testing. If the property is sold as-is then all the costs fall on the buyer and must be done before they can actually own the property.
8.4.14 State rescinds water curtailment order on Friday 8/1! Rio Dell residents are no longer limited to 50 gals per person per day - outdoor water use is still prohibited. *Thank you to KMUD for sending the 8/4 city press release out to local media so we can get the news out to residents!
The July 29th Special Meeting is Online! Includes discussion of excessive water use penalties (again), raw sewage dump on 1st Ave., etc.
8.2.14 City Council Meeting Tues the 5th 6:30pm - Agenda Packet Includes update on raw sewage discharge at First Ave., discussion of Humboldt Bay Water District pipeline study, amendment to fence ordinace to allow up to 7' fences, and more...
August Newsletter - Includes discussion of water emergency, penalties, complaint form, and more...
7.31.14 More than half of California now in exceptional drought - LA Times Record breaking drought conditions set to worsen
7.30.14 City Council chooses to not approve excessive water use penalties at last nights meeting. Outdoor water usage is still subject to penalties ranging up to $500. Video coming soon...
7.28.14 Gunshot Victim
7.25.14 Possession of Dungeness Crab (Over the Legal Limit!)
7.24.14 The July 22nd Meeting Part 1 and Part 2 are online! Includes introduction of new City Manager Kyle Knopp, discussion of excessive water use penalties, delay of sewer rate structure change, etc.
7.23.14 Council to vote on implementing excessive use penalties at another special meeting on Tues. July 29th 6:30pm. Residents will be asked to notify city of how many are in the household and any possible exemptions such as medical or livestock (non-commercial)
Proposed excessive water usage penalty fees (to be approved at 7/29/14 special meeting)
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
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