Emergency fee a subject at meeting
The public will have another chance to voice opinions about Crescent City’s proposed emergency fee ordinance Tuesday.
In response to the Crescent City Council’s wish that the city find additional revenue sources, City Manager Eugene Palazzo proposed the emergency response fee ordinance that would apply to structure fires, traffic collisions, false alarms and 911 hang-ups within city limits.
Palazzo introduced the ordinance in November. The Council held a public hearing Dec. 6, when about 10 people voiced concerns that the fees would deter people from using police or fire services. At the request of a handful of citizens, the Council decided to postpone its decision until it heard from more residents.
The Council meets at 6 p.m. at the Flynn Center, 981 H St. Agendas are available at the city’s website at www.crescentcity.org. Meetings are streamed live at media.co.del-norte.ca.us.
MLK Day events slated for Monday
Local events are planned Monday in celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
The public is invited to join a mile-long march from the Veterans Hall, 810 H St., to Beachfront Park, starting at 3:30 p.m., followed by a cleanup at the Kids Town playground and socializing with music and a spoken-word open mic session from 5 to 7 p.m.
Beverages and snacks will be provided. The event is being organized by Crescent City’s AmeriCorps Mentors. For more information call Jenna, 682-9128. For transportation concerns, call Josh, 622-5617.
Meanwhile, the award-winning documentary “Freedom Riders” will be shown at 6 p.m. at the Del Norte Country Library on Monday,.
The film documents the story behind hundreds of civil rights activists who challenged racial segregation in the southern United States.
A discussion will follow the film. Admission is free, and snacks will be sold.
The event is sponsored by the Friends of the Del Norte Library and Deep Green Resistance Redwood Coast.
Dec. jobless rate lowest since 2009
Del Norte County’s preliminary unemployment rate ticked up 0.2 percentage points to 13.2 percent in December.
This is the lowest December rate since 2009. The December 2011 rate was 13.3 percent, according to the state’s Labor Market Information Division.
The comparable, not seasonally adjusted, California rate is 9.7 percent, up 0.1 percent from November. Del Norte improved from 43rd-lowest to 38th-lowest among the 58 counties statewide.
Some surrounding county rates include Siskiyou (15.9 percent), Shasta (12.0 percent), Trinity (15.1 percent), and Humboldt (9.6 percent). Marin (5.5 percent) has the lowest December rate and Imperial County the highest (25.5 percent). The comparable U.S. rate is 7.6 percent, up 0.2 percentage points over the month.
Gov’t, schools closed on Monday
Just when you thought the holidays were over, Martin Luther King Jr. Day sneaks up on you.
City and county government offices, as well as the post office, will be closed Monday. Del Norte County schoolchildren will also get the day off, and most banks will be closed.
School and business will resume on Tuesday.
Sneaker wave warning for today
The National Weather Service in Eureka is forecasting a significant threat of sneaker waves today as waves from a distant storm arrive at the coast. The average height of these waves will only peak at about 10 feet, but they are dangerous because they will cause larger sneaker waves to strike without warning.
Sneaker waves are large waves that seem to come out of nowhere. They can catch you off guard and quickly pull you into the ocean where survival is unlikely because of strong currents, turbulent surf, and very cold water.
Don’t be fooled by an ocean that looks calm: There can be 30 minutes or longer of small waves right before a sneaker wave strikes. The NWS advises to follow these guidelines to stay safe at the coast.
• Choose your beach well. Steep beaches are particularly dangerous because the force of the ocean waves can reach much farther up the beach and pull you into the surf. Steep beaches also have course sand that washes out from under your feet making it hard to resist being pulled into the water. Flatter beaches are much better choices.
• Avoid rocks and jetties, which can give a false sense of security but sneaker waves can overtop them without warning.
• Don’t go in after dogs. Dogs that are pulled into the surf almost always get out on their own while their human rescuers usually do not.
Tax preparation help available
April 15 is not far away and it’s time to organize your tax information. The American Association for Retired People’s certified volunteer tax preparers in will be helping out in Crescent City.
The AARP’s free TaxAide program is available to all low- to middle-income taxpayers.
New clients are asked to pick up an intake and interview form from a senior center and complete it before their scheduled appointment. All clients should bring a copy of their 2011 returns to their appointments.
The Del Norte Senior Center has begun accepting appointments that will begin Feb. 4. To make an appointment, call (707) 464-3069.
— Del Norte Triplicate