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July 21, 2016

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Fort Bragg man arrested for Mendo K-8 School scare. Page B6 Residents testify about telecommunications failures. Page A5 INSIDE THIS WEEK By Kelci Parks reporter@advocate-news.com @FBAdvocateNews on Twitter Another $2 million Community Development Block Grand applica- tion has been approved by the City Council for submittal. The last one, submitted two years ago, funded the purchase of the Old Coast Ho- tel building for use as a homeless and mental health facility. The big ticket item on this round of requests is a water tank re- placement project, which will to- tal $1,395,349. Special Projects Manager Jenni- fer Owen has been working on the process of developing the applica- tion for about seven months. The application process is extremely competitive and the design of the application itself has great bearing on whether funding trickles down to Fort Bragg or not. "For CDBG, we're competing against about 260 counties and cities in the state that are eligi- ble to apply. The grant applica- tions are ranked. Every type of ac- tivity has a different list of catego- ries where points can be awarded," said Owen. Last November, staff conducted a design phase pubic hearing to brainstorm with local business owners and other interested par- ties about activities that could be applied for and their potential for being awarded funding. Eight peo- ple attended and 11 preliminary ap- plications for grant activities from nonprofit entities were received. In addition, 11 city activities were identified for consideration. In December, an initial list of potential activities was brought to the Council for input then in June staff was directed to proceed with a consolidated list of activities. A combination economic de- velopment allocation activity to- taling $372,092 will consist of a micro-enterprise assistance pro- gram that will offer technical as- sistance, financial assistance and CDBG Council OKs $2M grant app CONTRIBUTED There was a nice turnout at Station Noyo River earlier this month for a ceremony recognizing the official transfer of command from Master Chief Christopher Wright to incoming Officer in Charge Senior Chief Ryan Sanford. Story and more pictures on A2. USCG CHANGE OF COMMAND By Kelci Parks reporter@advocate-news.com @FBAdvocateNews on Twitter An argument in support of two measures was approved last week to be submitted for inclusion on the Nov. 8 General Election Ballot regarding the increase of the Transient Occu- pancy Tax, a bed tax paid when overnight visitors rent a room. T h e a d h o c c o m m i t t e e charged with investigating the feasibility and implementation of the increase is comprised of Mayor Dave Turner and Vice Mayor Lindy Peters, who pre- pared the argument which was unanimously approved. Measure A A asks voters for approval of an increase from 10 percent to 12 percent to ELECTION TOT argument approved Bed tax measures to be voted on in November Calendar .......... A8 Classifieds ......B4 Obituaries ....... A6 Opinion ............A4 Sports .............. B1 Weather .......... A6 INDEX By Ukiah Daily Journal staff Mendocino County voters will get to decide whether or not to support Sheriff Tom Allman's Mental Health Fa- cility Development Ordinance as it was announced Tuesday that it has enough signatures to qualify for the November ballot. According to Allman, who dropped off about 4,300 sig- natures la st month, Men- docino County Clerk-Asses- sor-Recorder Susan Ranochak declared that at least 2,502 of the signatures collected were "valid signatures from reg- istered voters in Mendocino County." " We w ill stop counting when we get to 2,502," Rano- chak had promised when All- man dropped off the stack of names. The county wide initiative will be on the November Gen- eral Election ballot and will require a two-thirds majority to pass. The initiative would increase sales tax by .5 cent for five years, raising an esti- mated $23 million for devel- oping the infrastructure of a Mental Health Service Center. The initiative calls for the development of a Psychiatric Health Facility, which has not existed in Mendocino County since 1999, as well as a Cri- sis Residential Unit, a Drop In Clinic and improved services for drug and alcohol addic- tion. The initiative specifically excludes any revenue from be- ing spent on personnel. NOVEMBER ELECTION Mental health facility tax qualifies for ballot COUNTY » PAGE A3 Interest in CCW licenses on the rise COMPETITION » PAGE A7 Pygmy forest photo contest SPORTS » PAGE B1 Dick's Place wins at memorial tourney THIS WEEK'S WEB BONUS Find us on Facebook KELCI PARKS — ADVOCATE PHOTO The alley behind Starbucks is one of four that is expected to receive some much needed attention. By Kelci Parks reporter@advocate-news.com @FBAdvocateNews on Twitter An update to the council and the community was provided last week regarding where the city stands on the Streets and Alleys Rehabilitation Project. Jack Scroggs, head of the de- sign team at K ASL Consulting Engineers presented a Power- Point. "It's good to see that we're fi- nally seeing some action on al- leys," said Mayor Dave Turner after the presentation. KASL is in the process of pre- paring construction documents for improvements to seven loca- tions, four different alleys and three different streets. It was explained that the up- date was preliminary in nature, and that the item would be back to the council for additional in- put and possibly a workshop soon. Alley One, known as the Star- bucks' alley, is located between South Main and South Franklin streets from Walnut to Chest- nut. Suggested Alley One im- provements include and 18 foot wide paved alley with a four foot wide concrete V gutter, pe- destrian ramps and stamped, colored asphalt crosswalks at CITY Streets and alleys project update KASL rep outlines affected areas and estimated costs Owen outlines application details, timeline of funding GRANT » PAGE 10 BALLOT » PAGE 10 PROJECT » PAGE 10 VOTE » PAGE 10 » advocate-news.com Thursday, July 21, 2016 75 CENTS FACEBOOK.COM/FORTBRAGGADVOCATENEWS Volume 128, issue 7 8 52659 03864 0

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