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October 01, 2015

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Anytime,anywhere. Subscribe to our e-edition. VISITMENDOCINOBEACON.COM KNOWIT. ALL. Mendocinowatershortagedowngraded.Seebelow Officials fail to appear for Homecoming football game. Page B1 INSIDETHISWEEK Classifieds......B4 Crossword.......A8 Obituaries.......A6 Opinion............A4 Sports..............B1 Weather..........A3 INDEX By Adam Randall @theadamrandall on Twitter LongtimeMendocinoCounty attorney Doug Losak informed the Board of Supervisors during the final minutes of its Sept. 22 meeting that he intended to re- sign from his position as interim county counsel. Losak said Monday that he expected that his resignation would become effective around Oct. 23. He said he accepted an offer to work for former Men- docino County District Attorney Duncan James at his Ukiah law firm, and that he wanted to get back into private law and work more litigation cases. "Duncan James has a good of- fice and good reputation and I think it will be a good place for me," Losak said. Losak said he was unaware of any potential candidates that could be in line to fill his position. "It will be up to the board on what they want to do next," he said. First District Supervisor and board chairwoman Carre Brown saidshedidn'texpectLosak'sde- parture, but said he did in fact turn in a letter of resignation, whichcametoolatetohaveafor- mal discussion on at the board's last meeting. Brown is assuming the board will discuss the open position at its upcoming Oct. 6 meeting at the earliest, and the board as a whole will have to discuss the COUNTY Lo sa k resigns as co un se l He w il l r em ai n o n the job until Oct. 23 BYPASS PAGE B6 Willitsproject faces new delay DANGER PAGE A7 Toxic algae found in Eel River NATURE PAGE A2 Trip highlights marine birds THIS WEEK'S WEB BONUS Check out our Facebook page By Matthew Reed @MendocinoBeacon on Twitter Theresidentsandbusinessown- ers of Mendocino made their dis- pleasure known about the renova- tion ofthecornerofMainandKas- ten streets during a meeting last Friday with Mendocino County Department of Transportation di- rector and representatives of the Mendocino County Board of Su- pervisors. Community members met with HowardDashiell,directoroftrans- portation, and Dan Hamburg, 5th District Supervisor, to discuss the recent removal of a ramp as well as the installation of a wood bar- ricade in front of the Jarvis-Nich- ols building. Tom Honer, owner of Harvest Market and Harvest at Mendosa's, organizedthemeetingatSt.Antho- ny's Parish Hall. "I'm hoping what we can do is put the anger away and find solu- tions," he said. Hamburg said he felt there was an opportunity for creative collab- oration. "I think it was a positive thing that some industrious souls cre- ated a detour," he said, referring KASTEN BARRICADE Re si de nt s ta ke t ra ns po rt at io n di re ct or t o ta sk Dashiell challenges residents to try to force him from position MATTHEW REED — BEACON PHOTOS Howard Dashiell, Mendocino County Department of Transportation director, defends his removal of a ramp and the construction of a barricade at the corner of Main and Kasten streets. During the Friday, Sept. 25, meeting with Mendocino community members, he said residents were "welcome to try" to remove him from his position. By Adam Randall @theadamrandall on Twitter An urgency ordinance was put in place Tuesday by the Men- docino County Board of Supervi- sors to temporarily stop any new formula chain retail business or restaurant within Mendocino County for at least 45 days while county officials consider whether further regulation is warranted. However, exemptions apply to already approved applications for building or land use entitlements, or work to be performed under the Americans with Disabilities Act, along with potential banks BOARD OF SUPERVISORS County halts new formula developments temporarily Supervisors want to see if further permanent regulation is warranted By Matthew Reed @MendocinoBeacon on Twitter The Mendocino City Commu- nity Services District reduced the current water shortage level from a Stage 2 to a Stage 1 wa- ter shortage. The decision by the board of directors at its Monday, Sept. 28, meeting marks a significant change from this time last year when the district was struggling in the midst of a Stage 4 water shortage. The change was recom- mended by Mike Kelley, district superintendent, based on read- ings from the district's moni- toring wells. He said the aver- age depth-to-water was about 22.5 feet on Aug. 31. A Stage 1 Water Shortage is classified as a mild drought un- der the district's Water Short- age Contingency Plan. During a Stage 1 water shortage, water conservation and water use re- duction measures are no lon- ger mandatory, but there is a 10 percent voluntary reduction of groundwater extraction. "I hope this is a sign of things to come," said Roger Schwartz, MCCSD board president. The board approved the res- olution changing the water shortage status 4-0, with Sam Kraynek, board member, absent. WATER MCCSD declares a Stage 1 water shortage BEACON FILE PHOTO Mendocino City Community Services District down-graded the water shortage to Stage 1. Voluntary 10 percent reduction of water use CROWNED LONG LIVE THE KING, QUEEN MATTHEW REED — BEACON PHOTO Seniors Naomi Baker, le , and Quin Fields were crowned Homecoming King and Queen on Saturday, Sept. 26. See more photos of Homecoming week on page A5. DASHIELL PAGE 10 BOARD PAGE 10 WATER PAGE 3 COUNSEL PAGE 10 » Thursday, October 1, 2015 75CENTS FACEBOOK.COM/MENDOCINOBEACON Volume137,issue52 8 52659 03865 7

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