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Local event in honor of International Overdose Awareness Day

August 31 is International Overdose Awareness Day (IOAD), the world’s largest annual campaign to end overdose, which causes more deaths in the United States than breast cancer, guns and accidents. car reunited. Lake County’s death rate from drug use is more than 4 times that of the state of California.

To honor the lives of Lake County lost due to overdose and to support activism for overdose prevention, Hope Rising and SafeRx are hosting an IOAD Tribute Event on August 31 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with speakers at 12:30 p.m. at Library Park, Lakeport. Lake County Behavioral Health, Tribal Health and Public Health, along with the Tobacco Free North Coast, Redwood Community Services and other local agencies, will provide information and access to their resources. To mark the grave losses, community members who have lost loved ones to an overdose are invited to honor them by creating a gravestone on a notice board at the event, to be placed alongside other people who have suffered similar losses.

SafeRx will also offer training on Narcan, a life-saving overdose reversal drug. In addition to commemorating those whose lives ended prematurely, the purpose of this event is to overcome the stigma often associated with overdoses and to stimulate conversations about the challenges of addiction with key organizations and other members of the community. . Event partners will provide training in addiction science, Lake County overdose statistics, and advice on how to access local support resources.

Hope Rising Lake County is a non-profit organization that mobilizes partnerships and activities that support the health and well-being of the community. SafeRx is a Hope Rising initiative that aims to reduce overdose deaths by providing education and resources in Lake County.


Accredited Teaching Diploma program recruits aspiring teachers

The Lake County Teacher Accreditation Program (TLC) was recently accredited by the California Commission on Teacher Accreditation (CTC) for its multi-subject teaching credentials.

TLC is a partnership between the Lake and Mendocino County offices of education, and previously operated as a satellite program of the North Coast School of Education (NCSE).

Brock Falkenberg, Lake County Schools Superintendent, said, “We are delighted to provide a local, high-quality educational opportunity for residents of Lake County and Mendocino to graduate from teaching. “

The TLC program offers a route for people with a bachelor’s degree to obtain their teaching diploma in several subjects (primary school) or in light / moderate special education.

“TLC trains teachers who are engaged in the community and have the skills and perspectives to support our children,” said Jamie Buckner-Bridges, Director of Teach Lake County at the Lake County Office of Education.

TLC is recruiting for its 5th cohort. This promotion of students will begin in January 2022.

“We have tried to address the local teacher shortage by looking outward to recruit and train, and it has not been effective,” Buckner-Bridges said. “Teach Lake County offers a different approach. We are a local program, developed and led by local educators, which provides opportunities for local residents ”

TLC’s Light / Moderate Specialized Education Diploma is still administered by the NCSE. TLC expects to receive its CTC accreditation for the Honors Education Diploma as soon as the State of California finalizes the new Honors Education Diploma curriculum requirements.

If you are interested in obtaining your teaching degree through the Teach Lake County program, visit



Regional transportation survey: residents’ comments are sought

The Lake Area Planning Council (APC) is updating the Lake County Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) and Active Transportation Plan (ATP) and would like to hear from community members and stakeholders on transportation needs, impairments and mobility obstacles / challenges.

The RTP is a long-term planning document spanning a 20-year period, with short- and long-term transportation projects across all modes of transportation, including motorized, active, and mass transit. It promotes a safe and efficient transport system and sets regional goals that support the region’s mobility, economic and health goals. The updated RTP is expected to be adopted in December 2021.

The ATP is the non-motorized component of the RTP and the regional vision for improving the cycling and pedestrian network.

The public is invited to visit APC’s interactive website and complete the survey to help plan for the future of your community:

The survey questions include: What are the most important needs for the region’s transportation system? What improvements will help community members move around? What obstacles have to be overcome?

For any questions or comments, please contact John Speka, [email protected] or call (707) 263-7799. Visit for more information.



State Supreme Court upholds death penalty

The California Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously rejected an attempt to make it harder for a jury to impose the death penalty – a direct blow to Newsom, who last year took the unprecedented step of urging the court to change the application of the death penalty by the state, citing a process “infected with racism”. However, the court ruling also suggests that the case is far from closed: In addition to noting that state lawmakers may consider changes to make the death penalty fairer, the judges also said the future cases that rely on different legal arguments could potentially make the death penalty process in California. unconstitutional. For now, the decision of the state’s highest court preserves the sentences of the 699 prisoners currently on death row – although Newsom said in 2019 that he would not carry out executions during his tenure.

The decision came a day after the state’s Supreme Court dismissed another appeal from the Newsom administration – this one to overturn a lower court ruling demanding that the state’s Hospitals Department provide prompt treatment for defendants found to be mentally incapable of standing trial. A state appeals court found that in 2017, those defendants were held in county jails for an average of 86 days before being transferred to a hospital. The ruling upheld by the state’s high court would force California to reduce that timeframe to 28 days from January.

—Emily Hoeven, CALMatters

—Compiled by Ariel Carmona Jr.

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