The Lakeport Main Street Association is proud to announce that the Lakeport Memorial Day Parade will be held on Saturday, May 29, 2021. This year’s parade theme is “Honoring, Reflecting, Remembering” and will start at 11:00 am. We have approximately 50 entries for this year’s parade and entries include antique cars, horses, trucks, tractors, floats, and even a stagecoach! They represent individuals, organizations, and businesses from all over Lake County. We will be doing a Facebook Live Stream from the Lakeport Main Street Association Facebook Page. We encourage anyone along the route to tune in to hear the announcer during the parade, or to enjoy the parade from their home. Everyone who comes to the parade is asked to be Covid safe by wearing a mask and social distancing. Main Street will be closed to traffic from Martin to Clear Lake Avenue beginning at approximately 10:30 am on the day of the parade.
Caltrans recently announced the City of Lakeport was awarded approximately $260,000 of federal Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) funds. The grant award is part of a $227 million federal grant package awarded to California for important safety projects designed to reduce traffic deaths and serious injuries on city and county roads.
The City of Lakeport and the Lakeport Police Department, in conjunction with the Lake Family Resource Center (LFRC), are raising awareness and supporting sexual assault survivors in our community. The City Council will present a proclamation to LRFC designating April as Sexual Assault Awareness month. The Lakeport Public Works Department will light the downtown street lights in teal beginning April 1. All Lakeport Police cars and officer’ uniforms will have a teal ribbon displayed throughout the month. Susie Q’s Donuts, 414 S. Main Street, will make donuts with teal-colored frosting, with one hundred percent of the sale proceeds donated to the LFRC Sexual Assault Awareness Fund.
For the past few years, life in the Lotter family has been the stuff of cinema. As owners of Lakeport Cinema 5 and Lakeport Auto Movies, they have endured the significant challenges that have faced most Lake County business owners as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, they are helping Lake County respond to and move beyond the COVID-19 pandemic. “Many are aware Lakeport Auto Movies is host to our COVID-19 vaccination clinics on Mondays and Tuesdays,” reported Carol J. Huchingson, County Administrative Officer, and Incident Commander for Lake County’s COVID-19 response. “Most are likely unaware the Lotter family insisted our Agreement to use the site reflect ‘no charge.’ This is an extraordinary demonstration of foresight and generosity, and makes a positive difference in the lives of every Lake County resident.”
The online auction, which will offer many exciting experiences and items as well as delicious desserts prepared by some of Lake County’s most talented home cooks and local chefs, will begin at 9 a.m. this Friday and run until Sunday at 9 p.m. The dessert portion of the auction will end at 2 p.m. on Saturday, with these yummy treats available for pick up at the Fairgrounds. The main auction will run through Sunday at 9 p.m.
The National League of Cities (NLC) has announced the election of Lakeport Councilmember Mireya G. Turner to three committees within the organization that is a resource and advocate for 19,000 cities, towns and villages, representing more than 218 million Americans. NLC committees and councils bring together leaders from communities that are similar in size, type or another important characteristic. Turner will represent the City of Lakeport and the Redwood Empire Division of the League.
Please join us in welcoming Pualani (PK) Erickson to our department. PK will be serving as an intern in our Records and Evidence Division to help cover the duties of some staff vacancies. PK is a student at Clear Lake High School and will graduate at the end of this school year and plans to attend college.
In June of 2020, the Westside Community Park Committee approached the Lakeport City Council and requested that Westside Park Road be renamed to honor Charlie Jolin and to recognize Charlie’s commitment to the park and the city. The Committee believed there would be no Westside Community Park if it were not for Charlie.
This week our administration learned that officers were dispatched to a “suspicious vehicle” call. Officers responded and found that the vehicle, a pick-up truck with a loaded trailer attached, had broken down and was in a spot on a busy roadway creating a possible hazard for the occupants as well as other motorists. Officers further found that the vehicle and its contents contained all of the family’s possessions and that they did not have resources to fix or move the vehicle to a safe location. In order to mitigate the situation and help the family, Officer Juan Altamirano used his own resources, not those of the agency, to have the vehicle towed to a safe location while further arrangements could be made. Any other action at the time could have placed the family in jeopardy of losing their vehicle and possessions. While reviewing Officer Altamirano’s action in this incident it also came to light that this was not the only time he had taken this type of action. We found that several months ago, Officer Altamirano had located a stranded elderly motorist with a broken-down vehicle for whom he purchased food and water to assist the individual. These kinds of actions are above and beyond the call of duty. Officer Altamirano is commended for his compassion, empathy, respect and dedication to our duty of making the community a better place. These gestures of kindness are not all that uncommon with police officers. We often do not find out about these acts because officers do not do them to be recognized but rather out of kindness to assist a fellow human being.
Lakeport Rotary Club is stepping up to offer a non-traditional crab feed experience by providing a sumptuous crab dinner with all of the fixings available for drive through pickup at the Lake County Fairgrounds on Saturday, March 13th between 5PM-7PM. The dinners will include a generous portion of fresh cracked crab, salad, french rolls, butter and a yummy cake pop donated by My Tiny Diner. The cost is $50 per person with the ability to add on fresh made clam chowder and a bottle of wine.
“We’re creating healthy alternatives for people,” Josh says, finishing up the smoothie while Margie rings up the customer. “When I discovered this, I worked at the post office, and Margie was at CVS. Hang on.” He pulls out his phone and scrolls through it. “Here it is.” He flips the screen our way, showing a picture of him with a neck brace. “I had to go through neck and spine surgery and felt terrible. But I lost 100 pounds in ten months, and feel great. Margie lost 50 pounds.” He’s bouncing around the shop, full of energy. Margie’s just as excited as Josh. “It’s a healthy café,” she adds. “We have protein waffles, protein donuts, vegan options, and a fitness and recovery menu. “We are making a healthy, active lifestyle hub. It’s more than coming in and getting shakes.”
The Lake County Chamber of Commerce has coordinated with the City of Lakeport over the past several months to distribute disposable facemasks and hand sanitizer in the Lakeport area allocated to Lake County small businesses and nonprofits at no cost by the CA Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) and the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz). The Chamber and City have been instrumental in the distribution of the personal protective equipment (PPE) to businesses in the City and beyond since August, 2020.
The Lake County Health Consortium has donated $6,800 to the Lakeport Police Department for the purchase of defibrillator (AED) units to be used in its vehicles. Police officers are often the first arrivals at emergency scenes. “Having these units in police vehicles will greatly enhance our ability to save lives,” according to Brad Rasmussen, Chief of Police. He expressed appreciation to the leadership and staff of Tribal Health for the service they provide to our community.
It doesn’t matter what you order at Wholly Bowl; you’ll get quality food made with fresh ingredients. Jenn doesn’t over-spice or over-sweeten her food. It’s meant to be balanced. “’Wholly’ means all-inclusive,” Jenn says, excitement in her eyes. “It’s all in one bowl.” She ticks off ingredients on her fingers: “The crisp of the veggies with the fat of the avocado, the hot rice, and the crunch of the cabbage and kale. The protein, the starch, the veggies and the sauce. It’s the layered ingredients with the multiple sauces; the synergy of them all combined creates something wholly new.”
The Silveira Community Center, 500 N. Main Street, will be a COVID-19 testing site on Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Testing will be available to all residents; minors may be tested with parent/guardian consent. Appointments are strongly encouraged and may be made online at https://Lhi.care/covidtesting or by phone at (888) 634-1123.
Katie Morfin is being welcomed to the Lakeport Police Department as its newest police trainee. She is a lifelong resident of the community who previously worked as a Lake County Probation Officer. She will spend the next year in general department training, the police academy and in-field training on the street. Katie comes from a law enforcement family and is excited to continue her career with the LPD. She will be introduced at the City Council meeting on January 19.
The City of Lakeport is eligible to apply for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Coronavirus Round 2 & 3 Funding (CV-2/3). The purpose of the funds is to provide assistance for persons of low- and moderate- income affected by COVID. The City is seeking input on the best use of these funds. There are specific guidelines to apply, but potential uses could include rental assistance, public improvements, business loans for local businesses and more. Please attend and give us your feedback!
The Lakeport Main Street Association and the City of Lakeport are sponsoring the 2020 Lighted Holiday Decorating Contest. This contest is open to Businesses and Residents who have a Lakeport address. A map showing the locations of all entries will be made available on the lakeportmainstreet.com website at 8:00 am on Friday, December 11. People’s Choice voting will commence at 8:00 am Friday, December 11, and go through 5:00 pm on Wednesday, December 23. Winners will be announced on Thursday, December 24. The last day to enter the contest is Sunday, December 20 at 5:00 pm.
The Kiwanis and Lakeport Main Street Association will be lighting the tree in Museum Park via Facebook Live. Anyone who attends this event in person must be masked and maintain social distancing. We encourage you, however, to be Covid safe and view the lighting from the safety of your home.