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May 05, 2016

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Anytime, anywhere. Subscribe to our e-edition. VISIT ADVOCATE-NEWS.COM KNOW IT. ALL. Nonprofit will benefit FBPD K9 unit. Page A2 Botanical Gardens names new exec director. Page A3 INSIDE THIS WEEK By Kelci Parks @FBAdvocateNews on Twitter The Fort Bragg Police Depart- ment has seen a major spike in the number of vandalism reports over the past few months. Law en- forcement says they're attributing many of the recent cases to gang activity. According to statistics received from the FBPD records depart- ment, there was a total of 13 re- ports of graffiti and 50 reports of other forms of vandalism in all of 2015. In comparison, there have already been six reports of graf- fiti and 84 reports of other van- dalism just since January. "Some are gang related, some are not," said FBPD Chief Fabian Lizarraga. "There was one inci- dent over this past weekend spe- cifically aimed at the Police De- partment. This may have been motivated by recent arrests, but we're not totally sure at this point." To be fair, Sgt. Andrew Kendl said the numbers are somewhat deceiving. "The reason I say that is be- cause we recently had an incident of spray paint gang tagging," he said. "In this case, someone went from approximately Walnut Street to Redwood Street, tagging." Kendl said there were about 28 victims involved in that case, and a few others located after the fact. "The tagging that we saw was gang related. 'ATC 14' was painted on the properties," said Kendl, explaining that the abbreviation stands for a Norteno criminal street gang out of Ukiah, the Az- tec Tribal Cholos." Someone then went back, perhaps from a rival gang, and sprayed over the top of the grafitti. Tagging is one of the most diffi- cult crimes to investigate, accord- ing to police. "They're usually done in the dark hours, and hiding from a ve- hicle that is coming up the road is pretty easy to do on foot," said Kendl. Whoever did the recent tag- gings did not leave a moniker, however, officers have gotten CRIME Rise in vandalism points to gangs PHOTO BY DICK JONES This weekend, California's largest exhibition of rhododendrons, the annual John Druecker Memorial Rhododendron Show, will be held Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days at the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens. Hundreds of rhododendron trusses (a selection of last year's pictured above) will be on display, with the area's top experts on hand to show off their pride and joy and talk over all things rhododendron. The exhibition is free and visitors get $1 off admission to the gardens, where more than 1000 rhododendrons, many of them in bloom. can be seen. EXCELLENCE IN BLOOM RHODODENDRON SHOW THIS WEEKEND Contributed From Mendocino Coast District Hospital Mendocino Coast District Hos- pital has chosen not to pursue a parcel tax on the November, 2016 ballot. The district has placed on hold several next steps it would need for consideration of a parcel tax. Several factors support this decision as the November ballot will be lengthy and contain sev- eral tax proposals for our district voters. Also, a spring time (2017) parcel tax measure would not de- lay the hospital from receiving monies from a proposed parcel tax. The hospital board and staff will be exploring several expense reduction measures and several revenue opportunities while we take a pause on the parcel tax consideration. One revenue enhancement be- ing explored is a hospital fee and hospital structure change. The hospital fee relates to monies re- MCDH Hospital puts parcel tax on hold Calendar .......... A9 Classifieds ......B4 Obituaries ....... A6 Opinion ............A4 Sports .............. B2 Weather .......... A6 INDEX By Chris Calder @FBAdvocateNews on Twitter Scott Hockett, skipper of the Noyo Harbor-based fishing ves- sel 'Ava', was dining on fresh- caught sport crab and planning for the long-delayed start of the commercial crab season Monday night after a session of the state's Dungeness Crab Task Force ear- lier in the day ironed out the last details of a May 12 commercial crab opener. North Coast crab fishermen have endured the longest-de- layed season on record and watched fisheries in the south- ern part of the state open while levels of domoic acid in crabs caught between the Oregon border and the Sonoma County line barely hovered above "ac- tion levels" for the past couple of months. With the exception of a stretch of coast near Trinidad stretching to the north jetty at Eureka, North Coast vessels will be able to fish from their home ports for the first time this year. The state's $60 million crab in- dustry has taken a huge but so far unmeasured hit from the de- lay, whose root cause was a per- sistent offshore algae bloom that generated high-than-usual levels of the naturally occurring toxin. CRAB SEASON Crab season to open May 12 EVENTS » PAGE A7 Mendo Coast 50K draws big crowd ART » PAGE A3 Local artist Bonz will do another mural SPORTS » PAGE B2 Wolves track team heads east THIS WEEK'S WEB BONUS Find us on Facebook KELCI PARKS — ADVOCATE PHOTOS The sidewalk along Chestnut Street, which many students use to get to and from school, is dangerously narrow. The Chestnut Street Corridor Project would widen it and put a barrier of parked cars between pedestrians and traffic. By Kelci Parks @FBAdvocateNews on Twitter The Chestnut Street Corridor Project is expected to undergo a slight delay, pushing the ground- breaking to early July. "Our design work is running a bit longer, and there are some more costs, than originally an- ticipated," said Fort Bragg Pub- lic Works Director Tom Varga. The additional work and scope will cost about $25,000, rais- ing the total project amount for $77,600 to $102,715. Among other benefits, the project will widen the narrow sidewalk to eight feet and switch street parking from the south side to the north side, making the area much safer for the many students who use the path to walk to and from school. The city is working with Cal- trans to fine tune some the path's design elements, according to the city. Varga explained that Caltrans' design requirements changed at the beginning of 2016, so adjust- ments have had to be made to keep things up-to-date. "It mostly involves the path's size and pavement markings/sig- nage that emphasize the path's multiple uses by pedestrians and bicycles," he said. Construction is expected to be complete around the end of Sep- tember. CITY Chestnut Street project amended Police say Ukiah gang tagged 30 Fort Bragg properties in one night CRIME » PAGE 12 TAX » PAGE 12 CRABS » PAGE 12 » Thursday, May 5, 2016 75 CENTS FACEBOOK.COM/FORTBRAGGADVOCATENEWS Volume 127, issue 49 8 52659 03864 0

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