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Mendocino College and North Coast state Sen. Mike McGuire announced Friday morning that the college would receive $1 million in state grants to expand the college’s Career, Technical Education (CTE) construction program over the next three years and increase program opportunities for students.

MIDDLETOWN— The incumbent for the Lake County Board of Supervisors District 1 seat, Moke Simon, faced off against challenger Julia Bono Wednesday night at the Calpine Visitor Center in Middletown in the second of three candidate forums organized by the Lake County Chamber of Commerce leading up to the March 3 primary election.

Mr. Simon has only sat on the board of supervisors since 2017, but you would be hard pressed to find a more recognizable and dedicated governmental influence in south county. A 47-year resident of the county, who also serves as Chairman of Middletown Rancheria of Pomo Indians of California, Simon has a long running track record of serving Middletown, Hidden Valley, Lower Lake and surrounding areas. One recent example of this was his proactive dedication to his constituents and Middletown residents by making the senior center an overnight warming center available during freezing conditions last fall.

It is time for the people in District 1 to realize how lucky they have been to have Moke Simon as their supervisor.  He is a very big dude with a very big heart and a lot of smarts.  He has done more for District 1 himself than all the supervisors before him put together.  He has worked very hard, not only for the county of Lake but especially for his district.  He has been to many meetings which did not 100% involve him, but did involve District 1 in one shape or form.  He has always gone the extra mile to make sure that District 1 was never left out of anything.  He is a good person and has the attitude at the board meetings to talk and explain in detail to convince other supervisors to vote with him and that is where his smarts come in big time.

LAKE COUNTY — Editor’s note: This is the sixth in a series of articles consisting of interviews with the Lake County-based candidates for county, state and federal elections in 2020. In the Lake County District 1 Supervisor race, two candidates have registered: incumbent Moke Simon and his challenger Julia Bono. Below are interviews with both.

MIDDLETOWN — Freshly-appointed Lake County Board of Supervisors Chair Moke Simon spoke at a lunchtime gathering of more than 70 people on Wednesday to discuss countywide issues in a “State of the County” address.

LAKEPORT — District 1 Supervisor Moke Simon was appointed Chair of the Lake County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday during the board’s first meeting of 2020.

Simon, who has sat on the board since 2016, was nominated by District 2 Supervisor Bruno Sabatier to succeed outgoing chair Tina Scott. Simon then nominated Sabatier to the vice chair position, which Simon had occupied in 2019. Simon and Sabatier’s nominations were each unanimously approved by the other board members.

MIDDLETOWN, Calif. – District 1 Supervisor Moke Simon said he plans to seek a second term on the Lake County Board of Supervisors.

Last week, the Lake County Registrar of Voters Office reported that Simon’s name was on the list of those who had filed to run for local offices, as Lake County News has reported.