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Saturday, July 22, 2017

California Statewide Fire Summary as of Saturday, July 22, 2017

California Statewide Fire SummarySaturday, July 22, 2017

Over 6,800 firefighters remain on the lines battling 8 large wildfires in California.  Yesterday, crews were successful in bringing nearly half of the state’s largest fires to full containment. 

Hot weather is expected through the weekend for the inland valley.  A chance of thunderstorms for the very north and eastern areas of Northern California will begin Sunday afternoon throughMonday evening, bringing with it an increased chance of new fire starts.  Conditions in Southern California remain warm and dry, with gusty north winds expected to develop across Santa Barbara County and through the Grapevine tonight.

Evacuating your home due to any type of emergency, especially a wildfire, can be scary for anyone, particularly children.  Have a plan in place, teach your kids what would happen and what they should do to keep everyone safe!  For more about creating your family’s evacuation plan, click here.

Fires of Interest:

**CAL FIRE Incidents**

Detwiler Fire, Mariposa County (more info…)
Detwiler Rd x Hunters Valley Rd, east of Lake McClure
∙ 75,200 acres grass and brush, 30% contained 
∙ Evacuations remain in effect 
∙ CAL FIRE Incident Management Team 4 (Derum) in command

Park Fire, Fresno County (more info…)
Parkfield Rd x Hwy 198, west of Coalinga
∙ 1,649 acres brush, 95% contained
∙ CAL FIRE Incident Management Team 2 (Patterson) in command

Grizzly Fire, Nevada County
Grizzly Hill Road and Turnagain Arm Road, NE of Nevada City
∙ 10 acres brush and timber
∙ Forward progress stopped

Garza Fire, Kings County (more info…) *FINAL*
8.5 miles east of Parkfield near the Monterey, Kings County Line
· 48,889 acres, 100% contained

Elephant Fire, Tulare County *FINAL*
Strathmore Street at Road 234, east of Lindsay
· 416 acres, 100% contained

Zenon Fire, San Luis Obispo County (more info…) *FINAL*
Zenon Way, Nipomo
· 47 acres, 100% contained

Laverne Fire, Shasta County (more info…) *FINAL*
Laverne Ln & Saddle Trail, southwest of Redding
∙ 180 ac­­res grass, brush, 100% contained
   
Grade Fire, Mendocino County (more info…) *FINAL*
Hwy 101, 5 miles northwest of Redwood Valley,
900 acres grass, brush, 100% contained
  
Jesus Maria Rd x Music Gulch Rd, Mokelumne Hill
∙ 117 acres grass and brush, 100% contained 

**Federal Incidents**

Whittier Fire, Santa Barbara County (more info…)
Lake Cachuma area, south of Hwy 154
· 18,430 acres, 87% contained

Marble Fire, Siskiyou County (more info…) NEW
Klamath River Highway north of Somes Bar
· 280 acres, 10% contained

Canyon Fire, Ventura County (more info…)
· 32 acres, 50% contained

Island Fire, Siskiyou County (more info…)
14 miles west of Etna in the Marble Mountain Wilderness
· 1,229 acres

Schaeffer Fire, Tulare County (more info…)
17 miles north of Kernville
· 16,031 acres, 94% contained
  
Long Valley Fire, Lassen County (more info…) *FINAL*
Hwy 395 x Cowboy Joe Rd, north of Doyle
· 83,733 acres, 100% contained

Friday, July 21, 2017

CAL FIRE: California Statewide Fire Summary as of Friday, July 21, 2017

California Statewide Fire Summary
Friday, July 21, 2017
More than 7,600 firefighters are battling 13 large wildfires in California.  Crews hard work has resulted in gaining the upper hand on five blazes, the Humboldt, Creek, Range, Hogback and Fox fires, bringing them to full containment yesterday. 
A warm up has begun, bring afternoon highs this weekend in the Sacramento and San Joaquin Valley to over 100 in many areas, with the foothill regions experiencing temperatures in the upper 90’s.  Additionally, humidity in many parts will drop into the teens. Southern California will remain warm, and there is a potential for local north winds of 10-20mph over portions of Santa Barbara County.
Did you know that embers from a wildfire can travel up to a mile away from the main fire and ignite a new fire?  Make sure your home is hardened and ready to defend itself against a wildfire at: http://www.readyforwildfire.org/

Fires of Interest:

**CAL FIRE Incidents**

Detwiler Fire, Mariposa County (more info…)
Detwiler Rd x Hunters Valley Rd, east of Lake McClure
∙ 74,083 acres grass and brush, 15% contained 
∙ Evacuations remain in effect 
∙ CAL FIRE Incident Management Team 4 (Derum) in command

Garza Fire, Kings County (more info…)
8.5 miles east of Parkfield near the Monterey, Kings County Line
· 48,889 acres, 98% contained

Elephant Fire, Tulare County NEW
Strathmore Street at Road 234, east of Lindsay
· 416 acres, 80% contained

Zenon Fire, San Luis Obispo County (more info…) NEW
Zenon Way, Nipomo
· 47 acres, 70% contained

Park Fire, Fresno County (more info…)
Parkfield Rd x Hwy 198, west of Coalinga
∙ 1,649 acres brush, 85% contained
∙ CAL FIRE Incident Management Team 2 (Patterson) in command

Laverne Fire, Shasta County (more info…) 
Laverne Ln & Saddle Trail, southwest of Redding
∙ 180 ac­­res grass, brush, 90% contained

Range Fire, Mendocino County (more info…)  *FINAL*
Cow Mountain Rd x Mill Creek Rd, east of Ukiah
∙ 20 acres, brush, 100% contained
  
Grade Fire, Mendocino County (more info…)
Hwy 101, 5 miles northwest of Redwood Valley,
900 acres grass, brush, 97% contained

Hogback  Fire, Tulare County *FINAL*
Hogback Dr x Whitaker Forest Dr, community of Badger
∙ 58 acres grass and brush, 100% contained

Balch Park Rd x Bear Creek Dr, 4 miles north of Springville
∙ 59 acres grass and brush, 100% contained

Jesus Maria Rd x Music Gulch Rd, Mokelumne Hill
∙ 117 acres grass and brush, 95% contained 

**Unified Incident**

Humboldt Fire, Butte County *FINAL*
Humboldt Road at Highway 132, east of Chico
· 103 acres, 100% contained
· CAL FIRE in unified command with City of Chico Fire Department

**Local Incident**

Creek Fire, Glenn County *FINAL*
Stoney Creek, Orland
· 60 acres, 100% contained

**Federal Incidents**

Whittier Fire, Santa Barbara County (more info…)
Lake Cachuma area, south of Hwy 154
· 18,430 acres, 83% contained

Canyon Fire, Ventura County (more info…)
· 35 acres, 50% contained

Island Fire, Siskiyou County (more info…)
14 miles west of Etna in the Marble Mountain Wilderness
· 1,220 acres

Schaeffer Fire, Tulare County (more info…)
17 miles north of Kernville
· 16,031 acres, 94% contained
  
Long Valley Fire, Lassen County (more info…)
Hwy 395 x Cowboy Joe Rd, north of Doyle
· 83,733 acres, 71% contained

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Amador County Assessor: Property Assessment Information for 2017


AMADOR COUNTY ASSESSOR
James B. Rooney, Assessor
810 Court Street
Jackson, California 95642-2132
Phone (209) 223-6351

July 20, 2017

Property Assessment Information for 2017

The Assessor’s Office has just finished the task of reviewing all of the assessments for 2017-2018 and the overall change in assessed value throughout the county was an increase of 4.41%.

Property values in Amador County have been increasing as well as property values throughout the state. Even though the increase in assessments in the county is relatively modest, it is the largest increase in assessments in the past 9 years. It is also the fifth straight year of increasing assessed property values after five consecutive years of declining values (2009-2013). Regardless of recent increases, the total assessed value of the county for 2017 is only 2.76% higher than the total assessed value of the county, at its peak, in 2008.

The annual property assessment roll generates the property tax revenue that is used to fund education, local law enforcement, transportation and many other city and county government services.

Every year the Assessor’s Office is mandated to put values on all properties in the county and property owners will be paying property taxes based on the values that are established by the Assessor’s Office. Assessed value in California is based on the lower of two values: the Proposition 13 value or the market value as of January 1st. The Proposition 13 value is based on the market value of property when it was acquired, plus new construction (if applicable), and adjusted for inflation by no more than 2% per year. By using the lower of these two values, property owners are provided tax relief during times of increasing and decreasing property values.

From about 2007 to 2013, the Assessor’s Office reviewed properties to recognize annual declines in property values throughout the county. By 2012, about 40% of residential and commercial property owners had seen temporary reductions in their assessed values.  For 2017, the number of properties that are being assessed at market value rather than their Prop 13 value is down to about 2000. Due to some local real estate market recovery, most of these 2000 assessments will see increases in assessed value. These properties will be annually reviewed until they either sell, or their market value increases to a value equal to or higher than their Proposition 13 value.

If an assessment value has been temporarily reduced to its market value, the value may increase more than 2%. Just as there is no limit to the amount of the property tax reduction recognized in a given year during a market decline, there is also no limit on the amount of increase up to the Proposition 13 value when experiencing a market recovery. The percentage is dependent on the changes in the real estate market that occur from year to year. These annual adjustments will continue until the property’s market value meets or exceeds the Proposition 13 value. When this occurs, the Proposition 13 value will be restored, and the assessed value increases will be limited to 2% per year.

For specific assessment information all Annual Assessment Notices and Proposition 8 Notices are available on the Assessor page of the county website. This affects anyone whose property, during 2016, underwent a change in ownership, new construction, or had its assessed value adjusted to reflect its market value as of January 1, 2017.

This new value will be posted on our “Assessment Inquiry” link. The link for the value change notice is on the Assessor page of the Amador County website under “Assessment Value Information”.
http://www.co.amador.ca.us/government/assessor

If someone believes that the market value of their property, as of January 1, is less than the enrolled assessed value shown, they can ask for an informal review from the Assessor’s Office by filling out the “Request for Assessment Review” form. The form can be obtained at our counter, by mail or online on the Assessor page of the county website.  If there is still a difference of opinion after an informal review an “Application for Changed Assessment” can be filed with the Clerk of the Amador County Board of Supervisors. The filing period is from July 3, 2017 to November 30, 2017 and this “Application for Changed Assessment” can be obtained from the Board of Supervisors Office or downloaded from their Board of Equalization website.
http://www.co.amador.ca.us/government/board-of-equalization

For any questions or more information, visit the Assessor page on the county website, email the office at  jrooney@amadorgov.org or call the office at 223-6351.

Friday, July 14, 2017

CDCR Begins Public Comment Period on Proposition 57 Regulations - Public meeting scheduled for Sept 1


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CDCR Begins Public Comment Period on Proposition 57 Regulations

 

SACRAMENTO – Today, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) will begin accepting public comments on the Proposition 57 regulations, which was overwhelmingly approved last November by voters to enhance public safety, stop the revolving door of crime by emphasizing rehabilitation, and prevent federal courts from indiscriminately releasing inmates.

“The public plays an extremely important role in this rulemaking process, and by commenting on the proposed regulations, we can ensure the department is taking the right approach to the reform the way we incarcerate inmates in California,” said Secretary Scott Kernan, CDCR. “All of these changes are intended to place accountability and responsibility on every individual in our system, which will reduce recidivism and victimization in our communities.”

The Proposition 57 regulations include an increase in credit-earning opportunities for inmate participation in in-prison programs and activities, as well as parole consideration for nonviolent offenders once they have served the full-term of their primary offense.
Members of the public may submit their comments in a variety of ways. To be considered by the department, comments can be submitted via the following methods:


People can also submit their oral comment at a public meeting on the regulations scheduled to take place on Friday, September 1 from 9 a.m. to Noon at the Department of Water Resources, Resources Building Auditorium located at 1416 Ninth Street, Sacramento.

The public comment period will close on September 1, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.

For more information, including a copy of the regulations, please visit www.cdcr.ca.gov/proposition57.