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From the California United Homecare Workers


Great guest opinion piece by Gail Ennis of CUHW at the Times-Standard: http://www.times-standard.com/guest_opinion/ci_21666299/humboldt-county-supes-willfully-obtuse-caregiver-pay

Mr. Crandall’s (Crandall’s the top bureaucrat and chief destructive force at Humboldt Health and Human Services –Mitch) devotion to impeding any effort to improve the lives of the county’s homecare community is matched only by the county supervisors’ nauseating commitment to promoting the most damning lie exposed during the fact-finding hearing: The county can’t afford to care for those who care for its most vulnerable. As residents of Humboldt County, you have an obligation to your families and fellow community members to demand honesty and accountability from what has become a cesspool posing as your local government.

  1. October 1, 2012 at 9:22 am

    Another excerpt:

    In its bumbling attempt to downplay the fact-finding report, the statement claimed that the fact-finder had “misunderstood” important concepts during the fact-finding process.

    When contacted about the recommendations included in the fact-finding Report the impartial chairman stated, “I am quite confident I did not misunderstand important concepts presented in this fact-finding. The findings are correct.” In its shameful rejection of the fact-finding report’s recommendations and admission of its ability to improve wages for county IHSS caregivers, the county demonstrated its commitment to promoting poverty for those that care for the county’s most vulnerable populations.

  2. jack griffin
    October 1, 2012 at 9:32 am

    It’s well know there are appointed department heads in the Public Guardians office who have enriched themselves through the purchase of properties seized when elderly people are placed into assisted care homes. The homes come up for public auction and those in the know purchase the properties for pennies on the dollar. The supervisors are puppets to their appointed department heads. What needs to happen after every complete change out of the Board of Supervisors, ALL department heads need to be fired and new department heads hired to work for the people of Humboldt County, and not for themselves.

  3. HUUFC
    October 1, 2012 at 9:54 am

    While I think that Crandall’s a jerk, Ms. Ennis sound like she is just plain nasty. Bet she’s single.LOL

  4. Anonymous
    October 1, 2012 at 9:55 am

    If you’re married, I pity your spouse.

  5. October 1, 2012 at 10:00 am

    A worthy post for you, Mitch. Starting to draw the lines where they need to be drawn.

  6. FUUHC
    October 1, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    Im just a jerk, nasty, and u can bet Im single.

  7. What Now
    October 1, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    Crandall has built an empire of expense accounts while alienating independent care providers in mental halth and DHSS.
    He has attempted to thwart delivery of services and hamstring emergency response as a reult of his acquisition of an office with a view (leased) when he had the opportunity actually purchase office space.
    His predecessors had their issues but at least they attempted to serve the clients and not simply pad thier own lifestyles.

  8. jr
    October 1, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    Where is his leased office space? Isn’t there enough space in the county building on Koster Street?

  9. Mitch
    October 1, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    Crandall would not be found dead at the Koster Street complex. Too many poor people around, it would depress him. And his loving low-level peon staff might spot him and come running with pitchforks. Or worse, they might ask him a question.

    He lives on the top floor of the red brick building at Fifth and F, with his top suckups. The building, entirely leased for HHS, was half empty, at least a few years ago, but we pay for it daily. The rate is high, because it was renovated “special.” I forget who the lucky building owner is. The top floor has a nice view, I think the building is five stories.

    Good luck getting to the top floor without an invitation.

  10. jr
    October 1, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    Perhaps the Grand Jury should look into this.

  11. October 1, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    I sometimes think Crandall has sensitive pictures of everyone who becomes a Supe. It’s hard to imagine any other explanation for his stickiness. Well, that’s not true. I keep forgetting gross incompetence.

  12. What Now
    October 1, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    The County does not own th Koster Street building.Theyve been gouged for years by McMurray originally who may still own it.
    It was never designed as an office complaex and has been negelected for years-poor ventilation, dampness,and eltrical problems.
    McMurrau arbitrarily decided in the late 80’s or early 90’s that he wasn’t being payed enough for maintenance (exclusive provider in the contract clause) and stopped janitorial services without notice.
    The Boarrd of Supervisors under the “leadership” of Chainsaw Anna Sparks at that time elected to pay whatever was requested instead of holding him to his contractual obligations.

  13. jr
    October 1, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    Wow, there is a name from the past who lives on as a street in the Mill Creek Shopping Center in McKinleyville. Wonder where she is now.

  14. anonymous
    October 1, 2012 at 7:05 pm

    Watching the Board of Supervisors fawn over Crandall is sickening. But I guess they are just making sure that welfare stays the biggest business in Humboldt.

  15. What Now
    October 1, 2012 at 7:14 pm

    jr, I always thought it was appropriate that Anna Sparls Ave runs from a vacnat lot next to KMart and deads ends in a chronically clogged storm drain.
    Truly a befitting monument.

  16. jr
    October 1, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    Along with a gigantic chain saw wrapped in a yellow ribbon.

  17. Quick question
    October 2, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    Mitch did you have an undisclosed conflict here you forgot to mention? Maybe a former employment situation that didn’t work out so well for you. Might explain some of the acrimony, although you do tend to be acrimonious about so many things.

  18. October 2, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    Yes, I worked for Health and Human Services for two and a half years, and it was the worst, most dysfunctional place I ever worked, by a lot. I ended up pounding my fists in a stairwell one day, stormed out of the building, and saw a doctor. He told me he’d once been in a similar toxic work situation, advised me to never return, and I returned only to fill out two week’s notice, because the pricks would not allow me to just leave. Phil Crandall, in my opinion, is Satan.

  19. October 2, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    I should add that my earlier work as a trainer brought me into contact with a very wide variety of workplaces, in private industry, government, non profits, all types of backgrounds, for more than ten years. No workplace I’d ever seen came close to DHHS. It was hell, at least for anyone who wasn’t happy to take a paycheck for sitting around drinking coffee. There wasn’t a single competent high-level manager there, Crandall had completely destroyed the ability of the agency to function. Oh, yeah, I should also mention that my internal performance reviews were favorable, and I never tried to sue the county for emotional distress.

    I should have, as I believe various DHHS refugees have. If anyone wants to, I’d be happy to testify for them. I still feel as if I have PTSD from the experience.

  20. Quick question
    October 2, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    So then, Mitch, would you consider yourself a disgruntled former employee? You sounds hurt. “Satan” sounds personal.

  21. October 2, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    Yes, Phil, I’d call myself a disgruntled former employee. Often, disgruntled former employees are those who have the most objective view of a workplace, and who don’t need to fear being public about it.

  22. Quick question
    October 2, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    Yes. I’m Phil Crandall. Everyone you disagree with is. Some disgruntled former employees are bitter about their failure.

  23. October 2, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    Yes, quick question, that’s certainly true.

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