News in Brief—Lake County Record-Bee

LAJKE COUNTY

LCWCC $10,000 donation deadline February 14, 2022

The Lake County Women’s Civic Club is attempting to give away $10,000 to a local nonprofit. If you are interested or know of an organization that you think would be a good candidate, please encourage them to contact us. You can call me Helen Finch at 707-972-1807 or you can provide the necessary information which is listed on our FB page (posted 7th January 2022).

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LAKE AND MENDOCINO

Area Aging Agency holds public hearing on area plan update

The Lake & Mendocino Counties PSA 26 Area Agency on Aging (AAA) will conduct a public hearing to receive comments on the 2020-2024 area plan update. The plan establishes goals and objectives to address the needs of older adults and people with disabilities in Lake and Mendocino counties.

The AAA is interested in receiving comments from older adults, people with disabilities, caregivers, agencies and advocacy groups that serve these individuals, and other interested parties.

Copies of the plan’s objectives will be available at the hearing and the full 2020-2024 plan can be accessed at: http://www.lakecountyca.gov/Assets/Departments/Social+Services/AAA/2020-2024+Area+Plan.pdf

Date, time and place of the hearing: Thursday, March 10, 2022, 11 a.m. Via Zoom:

https://lakecounty.zoom.us/j/93460785140?pwd=Nm5Wa0tqZzR5MWE3K0g2RWEzazgzUT09

For more information or to RSVP, please contact AAA at 707-995-3744 or [email protected]

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CALIFORNIA

Demystifying California crime

According to the PPIC survey, about two in three Californians say violence and street crime is either a major problem or a bit of a problem in their local community today. And crime continues to dominate the headlines: A shootout Tuesday morning at an Oakland spa left the suspected gunman dead and one man in critical condition, while UCLA moved classes online on Tuesday after a former lecturer – the was later arrested in Colorado — sent threatening messages to people on campus and released a video that refers to a mass shooting.

  • On Wednesday, Senator Anthony Portantino, a Glendale Democrat, introduced a bill that would require the state Departments of Education and Justice to develop “model content” that instructs schools on how to deal with the threat or perceived threat of mass shootings . The proposal would also require families to disclose whether they keep firearms at home and require schools to share information about safe firearm storage and search students’ property for guns when there is a credible threat of violence.

But, as CalMatters’ Nigel Duara points out in a comprehensive statement, California’s crime statistics are themselves a loaded weapon that can be pointed in any direction and manipulated to paint vastly different pictures. So what’s really going on with homicides, hate crimes and property crimes – and how many cases are law enforcement investigating?

EDD wants to forgive most overpayments

The Sacramento Department of Employment Development offices on January 10, 2022. Photo by Miguel Gutierrez Jr., CalMatters

Some Californians may have received more money than they’re technically entitled to under the federal government’s pandemic unemployment benefit program, but they shouldn’t have to repay those funds unless the claims were fraudulent, the state’s unemployment division also wrote in a Monday letter to Congress signed by unemployment agencies in all other states, the District of Columbia and the US territories. Labor departments want federal agencies to make it easier to forgive overpayments for claimants who made honest mistakes — until last month, California’s Employment Development Agency retrospectively ruled eligibility for just 300,000 out of 1.4 million recipients of unemployment benefits in a pandemic federal checked.

  • The unemployment agencies wrote: “People receiving (these benefits) spent these funds months ago to help maintain their own economic stability. The likelihood of recovering these funds is slim, and the cost of government efforts to secure repayment far outweighs any monetary returns.”

That’s not the only challenge EDD faces: The agency, which welcomed its third director in two years on Tuesday, is also trying to tackle a surge in fraudulent disability insurance claims.

– Emily Hoeven, CAL Matters

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