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KSLG “Warm & Fuzzy Clothing Drive” Friday Dec. 9th

[Press release] Friday December 9th, local radio station 94.1 KSLG-FM plans to help a local philanthropist warm the lives of those most in need. KSLG announced that it will broadcast live from a winter “warm and fuzzy” clothing drive from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Eureka Co-op, Fourth and B streets.

All the clothing collected will be given to Betty Chinn’s group “Betty’s Blue Angels”. Last year, Chinn received the Presidential Citizen’s Medal from President Barack Obama, and will oversee the donation.

“This is our 4th Warm and Fuzzy Winter Clothing Drive..and we would love to have it be our most successful yet.” said KSLG afternoon host Dr. Syd Reagan.

KSLG is encouraging everyone in the community to donate whatever they can.

“Really, we’ll take anything. I suppose there is something we won’t accept, but it hasn’t happened yet,” said KSLG morning host John Matthews.

General Manager Patrick Cleary added, “This year, more than ever, there is a great need to help those in need. We’re pleased we can help Betty Chinn with her good work.” More information about the Warm and Fuzzy Clothing drive can be found at http://www.kslg.com.

  1. Big Boss Man
    December 1, 2011 at 8:06 am

    Wait until they receive a donation from from one of those occu- courthouse freaks and watch’em cringe. Oh, that’s right, those Geico Neandrathals at the courthouse are the recipients, well they can get ready to slip on a pair my of shit stained grinders then.

  2. Ho Hum
    December 1, 2011 at 8:30 am

    ^^^^^^ BBM = HF + C2H5OH

    8 AM, thursday morning, Hi Fi must be on a four day runner. Have another scotch for me, Hi Fi. You are soooo brave when you have a couple little drinky poos in you.

  3. David Lippman
    December 1, 2011 at 8:52 am

    Please note that the event is NEXT Friday (not tomorrow)

  4. December 1, 2011 at 9:49 am

    Thanks, David.

  5. Decline To State
    December 1, 2011 at 9:54 am

    Great cause and an excellent opportunity to put those items you haven’t worn in awhile to good use.

  6. Percy
    December 1, 2011 at 10:36 am

    Ever catch anything when your out trolling Big Boss Ahole?

  7. Anonymous
    December 1, 2011 at 12:12 pm

    Great! That means we Westside residents will get to clean up the clothing after it is discarded because it is grungy and dirty. Thanks Betty.

  8. tra
    December 1, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    Go Scrooge yourself, 12:12.

  9. Down the Road
    December 1, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    To Tra and all the good samaritans that give clothing or whatever to
    Betty Chinn and the likes. I believe in helping people through emergencies. I have deep feelings for children that live in bad conditions. But, there needs to be an accountability for those receiving the donations from the public. Why? Because of the
    caliber of people coming into this city. Eureka has a reputation of
    feeding, clothing and showering anyone that comes into this city.
    I am watching the gang bangers move into the Westside.
    They along with a whole new population of drug dealers.

    The Mission gives clothing away for free. We are constantly picking up the discards. The discards many times are used for
    #2 movements. They do this behind our trash container There is excessive charity here. This and the permissiveness for anything
    goes is developing a population that thinks they do not have to work and that the other half will feed them. Betty Chinn is part
    of the problem. She along with many others are enablers.

  10. Anonymous
    December 1, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    Heraldo doesn’t like anyone to pick on her pets. Why did you erase the comment to tra.

  11. tra
    December 1, 2011 at 2:14 pm


    Most cities have food banks, soup kitchens, and shelters, just like Eureka does, so it doesn’t make much sense to blame those kind of programs for the presence of poor and homeless people.

  12. Anonymous
    December 1, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    tra you really should get out and about. Go somewhere besides your computer. What other town has the over-saturation of homeless and welfare recipients such as Eureka. You are impossible-you won’t admit you are wrong on this. Or maybe you make your living on enabling. You certainly are not an independent business owner. You are not a resident of the West Side. This town has been made into a magnet for the down and out. This town could have been so beautiful. Eureka the slum.

  13. Down the Road
    December 1, 2011 at 2:50 pm

    Tra: For the population that Humboldt County has there is an
    excess of programs for the poor and homeless people. The point
    I am trying to make is the excess. This area all but has a neon sign on the
    map that states “Come on to my house we’ll give you anything
    you want.” Look around you. The MAC Center, Healthy Moms,
    the Mission, RCAA, the Salvation Army, St. Vincent DePaul,
    Betty Chinn, Serenity Inn, Teen Challenge and all the other half
    way houses, excluding Betty Chinn, are money making outfits.

    RCAA has a profit sharing plan. The County, Salvation Army, Teen
    Challenge, Serenity Inn, and the Mission all have retirment plans
    for a select few.

    The descriptive use of the poor and homeless is overused. The
    rapists, child molesters, felons, addicts, drug dealers and whores
    far outnumber the poor as you and others would have people believe.

  14. tra
    December 1, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    “What other town has the over-saturation of homeless and welfare recipients such as Eureka?”

    I don’t agree with the premise of your question.

    “You are impossible-you won’t admit you are wrong on this.”

    That’s because I don’t think I am wrong, and you’ve failed to provide any meaningful evidence or logical argument to convince me otherwise.

    You certainly are not an independent business owner.

    This statement is nonfactual. Perhaps that doesn’t matter to you, but just in case it does, I thought I would let you know.

  15. Anonymous
    December 1, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    Thanks for the heads up. That is another store I will not shop in again.

  16. tra
    December 1, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    DTR @ 2:50,

    Nothing you described in your 2:50 comment is any different than the kind of social services arrangements in many other cities. So you still have not explained how the presence of these programs in Eureka would draw poor and/or homeless people (or for that matter “rapists, child molesters, felons, addicts, drug dealers and whores”) to Eureka.

    By the way, I think Eureka certainly has “more than it’s share” of poor people and homeless folks (and the programs and services that are intended to help those folks), compared to most of the rest of Humboldt. But that’s to be expected in the county’s largest and most centrally-located city, which is also the county seat.

  17. Anonymous
    December 1, 2011 at 6:08 pm

    There are 58 counties in California. 58 county seats. Most of the county seats have not been used as a mecca for the needy.

  18. Plain Jane
    December 1, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    This is from the mayor of Eugene, Kitty Piercy’s Facebook page to dialogue with her constituents about Occupy and the growing homeless problem in Eugene.

    “There’s a lot going on, not the least of which is Occupy Eugene. I broach this subject with all of you knowing full well the opinions on this are strong and I encourage you to join in the conversation with respect for all.

    I receive a lot of mail on this topic, much like you see in the RG. The question that will come to council as soon as the 12th is whether to extend the waiver for the Washington Jefferson site.

    OE supporters see the Washington Jefferson camp as way to not just talk about the inequities in this country but to actually do something about them. They should tell you what they are trying to do and how its going in their own words.

    They tell me they believe they are coming up with real and humane solutions to addressing the homeless issue in our community. I know full well that the unhoused are all over our city in our parks, our neighborhoods, by our rivers and under our bridges. These people find it hard to be in any approved place in our community day or night. Social services are being cut. Needs are growing. We find ourselves applying a public safety solution to a huge social problem. We find ourselves asking our officers to do much beyond their normal roles. OE believes they are offering an alternative that can relieve some of these pressures and costs.

    Conversely as you may note, many do not think the park should be used for a camping community protest. That includes those who are sympathetic to the needs and those that aren’t. Some find it offensive and others worry about the health and well being of those involved over time.

    For policy makers there is the well being of the entire community. There are the human and civil rights involved. There’s the law. There’s the huge problem of homelessness that we have long faced. There’s the diminishing capacity to meet the need. There’s the role of the city and the services they are expected to provide. There’s the impact of any decision made in terms of true costs ( of all sorts). It’s not easy but I do believe council and staff have done their utmost to keep the peace, respect rights and be accountable to all members of our community.”

    If only we had city leaders like Kitty Piercy.

  19. tra
    December 1, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    You have yet to present any evidence that Eureka is “used as a mecca for the needy” to a greater degree than other similarly situated cities.

  20. Anonymous
    December 1, 2011 at 7:39 pm

    Plain Jane you shouldn’t mix the enabling problem of Eureka with the Occupy movement. And once again tra get away from your computer once in a while. If you are able, see some other towns and county seats in California. Do you actually spend any time at all in the West Side of Eureka? Probably not. You are very good at being evasive and going round and round with your BS.

  21. December 1, 2011 at 8:05 pm

    Same people who sing the praises of the traitors who bankrupted our economy, blame the poor and destitute for all the societal ills brought about by the constant glorification of greed.
    If we weren’t such a backwards, primitive society, we’d have facilities to treat people with mental illness, alcoholism, drug addiction and just plain ol’ bad luck.
    It’s really sad how cruel and selfish some people are. So messed up they can’t even stand for someone else to help needy.
    “Dickensian” society indeed.

  22. Plain Jane
    December 1, 2011 at 8:22 pm

    I recently watched a National Geographic documentary “Collapse” done from the perspective of future archaeologists looking for the reason our civilization collapsed and comparing the issues that caused the ruin of other great civilizations: the Mayans, the Anazasi and the Roman to each other and ours. It seemed highly credible to me.

  23. the least
    December 1, 2011 at 8:39 pm

    Down the Road / Anonymous

    Your profile: Right wing republican, pro guns, pro war, “pro-life” God fearing, real American, “Christian”, with the “right” to judge others. God created America for Christians, not “those people”.

    You say:

    “Eureka has a reputation of feeding, clothing and showering anyone that comes into this city.The Mission gives clothing away for free. … There is excessive charity here….

    Betty Chinn is part of the problem. She along with many others are enablers…

    Look around you. The MAC Center, Healthy Moms,
    the Mission, RCAA, the Salvation Army, St. Vincent DePaul,
    Betty Chinn, Serenity Inn, Teen Challenge

    That guy who practically founded this county says this:

    “For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’

    Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’

    And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.'”
    (Matthew 25.35-40 ESV)

  24. Anonymous
    December 1, 2011 at 9:12 pm

    Plain Jane is totally on the money. Eugene, Oregon has thousands of homeless living on the streets. Occupy Eugene’s protest site is comprised several hundred activists and homeless living together in part of a city park, permitted by the city of Eugene under a camping waiver. Hopes are high that the waiver will be extended past the current end date of 12-15. It is also hoped that this will lead to some permanent plan and arrangement for the houseless in Lane County, whose numbers only continue to grow.

  25. tra
    December 1, 2011 at 9:49 pm

    Anon 7:39,

    If you want to make the argument that West Eureka has more than its share of the city’s drug treatment programs, halfway houses, welfare motels, and so on, you’ll get no argument from me. I see that as a legitimate issue that should be addressed as city agencies consider siting of those types of programs in the future. And like I said above, I would certainly agree that Eureka has more than it’s share of the county’s poor and homeless people, but again, that’s mainly because it’s the largest city around.

    What I disagree with is with the idea that homelessness and other social problems are much greater in Eureka than in similar cities, and that this alleged difference is supposedly in some way due to our local community offering “too much help” to poor people. I just don’t see any evidence to support either of those propositions, and so far you’ve offered none.

    I’ve lived in quite a few different cities over the course of my life, and one thing they all had in common was a certain subset of the population who believed with all their hearts that their particular city had a unique problem with poverty, blight, homelessness, etc., worse than everywhere else, and that this terrible state of affairs was due to a bunch of no-good do-gooders who were practically serving up caviar and champagne to the homeless, resulting in a flood of homeless to that area. Yet, just like here, their actual services were about the same as everywhere else, an inconvenient fact that simply demolishes the “magnet effect” argument.

    Still, there are plenty of people who would rather cling on to their illogical arguments based on nonfactual beliefs than face up to the fact that the increase in poverty and homelessness is not just a local phenomenon brought about by overgenerous philanthropy, but rather a nationwide trend brought on by decades of neoconservative economic policies (such as outsourcing and union-busting while also slashing taxes for the wealthy while doling out trillions in corporate welfare) that have been terrible for the middle class, and disaterous to the poor.

    No, facing those facts would be too scary, it’s much easier to pretend that homelessness is caused by homeless shelters and hunger is caused by soup kitchens and food banks. Plus, as an added bonus, this warped point of view justifies stinginess towards the poor and disrespect towards those who try to help them.

  26. jr
    December 1, 2011 at 10:09 pm

    Eureka has no more homeless, per capita, than the cities of Santa Cruz, Santa Barbara and Santa Monica. It is just that in such a small city they are more visible. One reason that we are seeing more folks on the street is that, by and large, people that are homeless have various problems, and many would have been helped at State Hospitals had they not been closed by Ronald Reagan in 1967.

  27. Down the Road
    December 2, 2011 at 7:30 am

    Tra: I didn’t read your whole dissertation. The gist of this
    subject can be easily answered. Bring up Eureka’s crime
    reports for the last 10 years. I believe we are 36% above the national average.

    I have been told when P. Crandall began his reign that he closed
    most of the outlaying offices in the county’s other cities. Now
    the excuse to open every program in Eureka is that all the services
    are here. Per captia Eureka has the problems of a city of 250,000.
    Where do my facts come from. Look at the statistics on the computer. The City of Eureka is a draw for criminals and welfare
    crap. Check how family members or girl friends come here draw
    welfare and then visit those in Pelican Bay. Check how many are
    released from Pelican Bay go back to the point of origin, then get
    their probation officer to get them transferred back here to be with
    their families.

    To say all the non-profits here are needed is not true. Most are
    self serving. It is an industry. It is degrading. It has not solved
    any problems. The only jobs it has created are for more non-profits and more of the guise we are here to help the needy. Betty Chinn is the one with the needy problem.

  28. Anonymous
    December 2, 2011 at 10:04 am

    jr-The city of Santa Cruz has a population of over 140,000 looking at an old atlas. Not near the over-saturation of Eureka. Santa Barbara several hundred thousand and not over saturated. Santa Monica much larger than Eureka. When you visit these city’s it isn’t the overwhelming population of losers that you see and come into contact with. Having lived in Santa Monica I know the residents that live near the feeding stations have many problems with the the homeless and druggies. Yet again, it is not the main population of the city. When you look at our downtown and westside which is a large protion of this city it is inundated with druggies, mentally ill, criminal and homeless. All being enabled by social services, Betty Chinn, St Vinny’s, RCAA, The MAC, needle exchange, mobile medical and so on. In the name of charity, our town has been ruined.

  29. December 2, 2011 at 10:30 am

    Anon 10:04
    Santa Monica- The Home of the Homeless right next door
    to Venice, Rose Avenue St. Josephs, use to be stopover for Central Americans during Reagon’s dirty wars, they were displaced by an influx of freshly released mental patients, thanks again RR. Then there is the Venice boardwalk, 10:04 I can not begin to express just how wrong you really are. I suggest travel, best cure for prejudice and ignorance.

    .” In the name of charity, our town has been ruined.”

  30. Plain Jane
    December 2, 2011 at 10:32 am

    If you can’t scapegoat the poor for every ailment of society, what good are they?

  31. tra
    December 2, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    Anon 10:04, etc… just keeps repeating the idea that Eureka has a worse homeless problem than all these other cities, and then blames it on charity, but presents zero evidence for either proposition other than their own anecdotal observations and gut feelings.

    You can repeat a claim over and over again that the world is flat, and you can base that belief on your personal observations and gut feelings (“it sure looks and feels flat to me”), but if you can’t come up with any evidence beyond that to back up the flat-earth claim, then you might want to consider the possibility that when you get outside of your own little observational bubble, there’s a Big Picture you’ve been missing.

  32. Down the Road
    December 2, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    PJ: We have the welfare system to help the poor. Most of what
    I have observed here and other cities is that most of the “homeless”
    have self inflicted themselves with addictive substances The
    children suffer. I will feed them and I will clothe them. I don’t care
    if their parents die. The Serenity Inn is a good example of this.
    They are selling drugs on this drug free property. How do I know
    this? From the neighbors that are selling and moving.

    To counter with the remark: “What good are the poor, etc.”,
    is unlike you.

    By the way, I have 30 years experience working with gang members, felons, sober & not quite sober alcoholics, and
    reformed drug users. They have a pattern. AA is and has
    been the best program for them. The percentages
    that some are able to change their lives is not good.

  33. Anonymous
    December 2, 2011 at 9:39 pm

    WWJS? “What the fuck did you do to this town”.

  34. Plain Jane
    December 2, 2011 at 10:19 pm

    I heard today on the radio that there were a lot of people dropping off clothing a week early (miscommunication) and they had multiple loads to move and store. While it’s a bit of a hassle for the organizers, it looks like a promising beginning.

  35. owltotem
    December 3, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    Anonymous and Down the Road. For shame, there but for the grace of God go any one of us. Thank you Betty Chinn. Sometimes it is the simple act of kindness that can give someone the will to live or the will to go on. That the simple humanitarian offer of food and warmth , primary needs for a human, should be so scorned by you, Anonymous and DTR, is a black eye on the face of our community.
    I am terribly sorry for the brokenness in your souls. Owl

  36. December 3, 2011 at 10:46 pm

    Maybe we could offer JOBS to the homeless as Scapegoats for all of our city’s ills. Of course, they’d soon acquire housing, buy groceries, and become respectable. Sadly, they’d have no one to scapegoat any more. What a conundrum!

  37. Anonymous
    December 4, 2011 at 8:42 am

    No one needs a Scapegoat. We just want a decent town. The way the town is run is the reason for this mess. The enabling is encouraged by the city and county.

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