Calaveras County, CA -- Motorists should expect delays in a couple of areas along Highway 49 in Calaveras County next week.
Caltrans reports that crews will be putting in new signage along Highway 49 between Vista Point at New Melones and the Carson Hill Rest Area. 10 minute delays are projected on Monday and Tuesday from 8:30am-3pm.
Crews will also be staged at the Highway 26/49 junction in Mokelumne Hill this Monday through Thursday from 9am-3pm. Expect five minute delays because of tree pruning.
Copperopolis, CA -- Fire crews are on scene of a grass fire this morning in Copperopolis.
CAL Fire reports that it is located along Asbestos Plant Road near the Obyrnes Ferry Road intersection. It is approximately two acres in size and started as an escaped debris burn. No homes or buildings are considered in danger, and it is near containment. Expect activity in the area.
California voters will decide the fate of newly drawn state Senate maps.
Proponents of a ballot measure calling for a repeal of newly drawn Senate boundaries have received enough signatures to place the issue on the November ballot. The announcement was made by the Secretary of State's Office. The ballot measure is backed by Republicans, as the party is expected to lose seats with new boundary maps.
The ballot measure does not apply to the newly drawn Assembly and U.S. Congressional maps. The maps were drawn by the California Citizens Redistricting Commission.
Sonora, CA -- The Sonora City Council has called for a special meeting to further discuss the dissolving of the Redevelopment Agency.
Redevelopment funding was eliminated as part of the budget signed last year by Governor Jerry Brown. State funding that was previously going to redevelopment agencies will now go to schools and education programs. One item the Council will take up is to to adopt a resolution approving an administrative budget for a successor agency to finish out some of the programs currently being executed by the Redevelopment Agency.
The meeting will begin at 3pm on Monday at Sonora City Hall.
Sonora, CA -- A three day informal myMotherLode poll this week asked, "Has the need for public libraries diminished with the growth of the internet?" The majority said it has diminished. 57% answered Yes, and 41% voted No. On our facebook post Connie responded to "Is the internet hurting libraries?" with, "Not! See ebooks free at your local library, plus art, movies, book club, sales and help." She added, "Anyone of the 25,000 cardholders would [support it]."
Opposing opinions were reflected in the recent "On The Street" segment by News Director, B.J. Hansen. "On The Street" is a weekly vignette that airs on 1450 KVML, Star 92.7 and 93.5 KKBN. Some were in support of libraries but felt that the internet was more ubiquitous and convenient than going to a library.
To hear the segment you can visit the Multimedia On the Street section.
In other polls regarding keeping the Fairgrounds open and Railtown 1897 open, have concluded with more favoring Railtown 1897 (88%) than the Fairgrounds (73%). Both polls received over 500 votes and ran for three days, there were 36 fewer votes on the Railtown poll.
Poll results are archived here http://www.mymotherlode.com/news/poll-results/index.php