Quick Notes 7/23/09 – 5/16/10

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  1. Anonymous
    July 24, 2009 at 12:03 am

    Heraldo, thanks for restoring my faith in electronic communication by restoring the functionality of Quick Notes!

    Speaking of things that don’t fit elsewhere, I have a sad story to report. It wasn’t in the evening news, either. A man from Fortuna underwent 6 hours of surgery within the last 24 hours as the result of being seriously stabbed by his girlfriend. The girlfriend, by reliable sources, is known to have been beating this man seriously for four or five months. Up to the time of the stabbing, they lived together.

    Well, he is in the hospital, alive. And she is in the jailhouse now. The news media hasn’t heard about it yet or doesn’t consider it newsworthy. Things have gotten to such a condition in Humboldt County that a nearly-life-threatening knife attack may no longer be considered important enough to report as news.

    I’ll try to keep my future reports focused on less gruesome topics.

  2. Walt
    July 24, 2009 at 3:24 pm

    Two things noticed in town a little after noon: local (business) internet was marginal this morning, then died completely at about 1:30, and there was a parade of CDF and related trucks heading north on 101 with flashers flashing (maybe 20 in all). Who would ususally have news on brush fires and cable cuts?

  3. Anonymous
    July 25, 2009 at 11:00 am

    I reported on July 24, 2009 at 12:03am the unfortunate stabbing in Fortuna. I happened to get the information and posted it here before the media got it. The media DID carry the story, proving that my pessimistic assessment of the state of affairs was wrong. Serious crimes are upsetting, and they are still considered important enough to report as news.

  4. whomever
    July 25, 2009 at 12:44 pm

    saw brand new national guard vehicles going through the groves headed north….part of next weeks HS exercises? or just random traveling. ?

  5. Steven
    July 27, 2009 at 10:00 am

    Interested in the economics of West Coast container ports? Want to see what container port advocates for Humboldt Bay are up against? See this article for details.

  6. Auntie Arkley
    July 28, 2009 at 11:43 am

    The reinstatement of Michael Vick indicates that the NFL condones the torturing and killing of dogs (and I must assume other critters, as well). Vick did NOT make a mistake. Forgetting to pay your water bill is a mistake; torturing and killing animals is not a mistake, it is a social sickness from which you can’t be cured. Will the NFL reinstate him after he mutilates and kills a human? Probably, since worship of the almighty dollar is the NFL’s religion (and probably a little christianity thrown in for good measure). This reinstatement and the support for Vick shown by other players shows how sick the entire organization is.

    I will never watch any NFL event ever again. I will never buy any NFL paraphernalia, nor will I participate in or support any NFL promotion. Unless you support the torture and killing of innocent critters, I suggest you do the same. The NFL is a bunch of sick fucks.

  7. Anonymous
    July 29, 2009 at 9:29 pm

    Torturing innocent critters? That’s the job for elementary school sports! Torturing the little kids’ bodies and killing their souls! Organized sports IS torture. Torture, anyway, for the asthmatic kids, the near-sighted kids, the ADHD kids, and all other kinds of good, innocent tortured little critters!

  8. Anonymous
    July 30, 2009 at 6:40 pm

    But on a more positive note, I just got word that the concert of Snoop Dog at Redwood Acres on July 8 didn’t go very well. Ticket holders got less than they expected, and turnout seems to have been low. Per the article in the NCJ, the performers gave a performance that might have been more energetic if it had literally been phoned in. People who attended appear to have been too bummed out to want to talk about it. That’s why it took almost a month for any word about the concert to reach this “correspondent.” Does this mean that the anti-woman, pro-crime message of Snoop and his ilk are falling from favor among our neighbors on the North Coast? One can hope!

  9. Mr. Nice
    July 31, 2009 at 8:58 am

    It’s not that Snoop Dogg’s Doggystyle is out of favor. It’s that he acted like every other rap artist that comes up here acts… went to Big Louie’s Pizza, ordered up a gang of food, got high as hell from that real Humboldt County organic that is 10x better than that chemmy L.A. shit, and couldn’t function well enough to get out the door and to the show.

    There should be a bulletin to these rap artists that they have to start the show on time. The cool cats around here are mostly not trustafarians or gangsters contrary to how they dress. They have jobs and aren’t about to be fired up when the act shows up an hour late talking about it’s only 11:30PM, make some noise, what’s up Humbolllldt? What’s up? We’re tired and have to go to work after paying $70 to wait around for your never worked a real job in your whole life late as fuck to your own concert ass.

    Oh, how was Nas, did anybody go to that?

  10. Anonymous
    August 1, 2009 at 8:33 pm

    I have received some indications that no one here, or on Topix, or on most of the other local blogs cares what I think or write.

    A lifetime of seeking Truth, courageously battling the forces of hatred and reaction, all have been spent to achieve what?

    It’s like what the old sheriff said in the movie, High Noon. “It’s all for nothing, Will. All for nothing.”

  11. 06em
    August 2, 2009 at 5:43 am

    Perhaps it is not what you have to say, but how you say it?

    Also, if you always post as ‘anonymous’ you are likely being lumped in with every other comment ever made by any other poster named ‘anonymous’ who your reader has ever encountered. It’s hard to get an unbiased reaction under those circumstances.

  12. August 3, 2009 at 9:19 am

    The fascist rental inspection ordinance will be back in front of the council tomorrow.

    I ask Larry Glass to give up this foolish waste of time. It is your dumbest idea EVER.

    Everyone who thinks this is a dumb idea needs to come to the council and express themselves.

    have a peaceful day,

  13. August 3, 2009 at 9:30 am

    What will happen to any Private Property Owner who resists invasion/occupation by “government”?
    What nerve these filthy bastards have to try this again, even after the out cry against it- have they no cares about The People they claim to represent?
    Treason against Sovereign Americans is a crime, and if memory serves me in the late 1700’s these was a fight about these very issues- have they forgotten that Liberty and Rights were given by God and no man is entitled to take them away?
    It’s time to take out all the trash in the next “election” and have a clean slate free from redcoats and slaves to banksters.

  14. Mr. Nice
    August 3, 2009 at 11:18 am

    Also, if you always post as ‘anonymous’ you are likely being lumped in with every other comment ever made by any other poster named ‘anonymous’ who your reader has ever encountered.

    I usually skip the posts marked anonymous knowing that they are probably interns posting on state senate computers.

  15. Anonymous
    August 4, 2009 at 12:50 pm

    What about the new mandatory recycling program in Eureka? Can the government really force me to wash the grease out of my Dinty Moore Beef Stew cans before I put them out on the curb for pick-up? That is so demeaning. And I have better things to do.

  16. Anonymous
    August 4, 2009 at 1:07 pm

    What is wrong with you guys up there. Why are you letting the mexican drug cartels come in and take over something that belongs to us. You need to get people out into the woods to hunt them down and use them for fertilizer. Jeeez louise.

  17. Mr. Nice
    August 5, 2009 at 7:13 pm

    Mike Thompson thinks universal health coverage and public option health coverage are similar how?

    Well, thanks for calling again, Mike. Glad I wrote you all those angry emails.

    If you fools want to listen to him, it is
    (877) 229-8493 and enter the passcode 13293

  18. Anonymous
    August 10, 2009 at 10:44 am

    If a total jerk calls himself Mr. Pleasant, is that a case of passive-agressive behavior?

  19. August 10, 2009 at 10:49 am

    Mr. Nice frequently disagrees with me, sometimes strongly but I rarely feel abused.

    On a relative scale for Humboldt bloggers he or she is nice.

    have a peaceful day,

  20. Mr. Nice
    August 10, 2009 at 11:35 am

    I must be doing a primo job if I’m pissing off Anonymous.

  21. Anonymous
    August 10, 2009 at 11:52 am

    I discovered a way to gain hours and hours of time to my weekly schedule. I just refrain from replying to idiots online.

    (This is NOT aimed at you, Bill or you, Mr. Nice.)

  22. longwind
    August 10, 2009 at 12:18 pm

    This is a very helpful thumbnail description of fascism, and how to spot it as it grows (though usually not in time).


  23. August 10, 2009 at 12:19 pm

    Thank you 1152 for your concern.

    I actually do better online at discerning people’s intent than I do in person.

    Sometimes in person I have trouble with the nonverbal communication that most people can understand. It is simply unavailable to me. It is far better to speak to me simply even if you are telling me something I don’t like. It is not that I am an idiot. I am a high functioning autistic person with a high IQ but some social impairments

    have a peaceful day,

  24. Anonymous
    August 11, 2009 at 10:50 am

    President Obama is giving the insurance companies a much-needed and very overdue drubbing at his Town Hall meeting in New Hampshire today. I’m really enjoying him taking back the issue of health insurance reform from the insurance companies shills who have been dominating the discussion for the last couple of weeks.

  25. August 11, 2009 at 11:40 am
  26. Anonymous
    August 15, 2009 at 10:58 pm

    I think the new recycle bins (big, blue, and did I mention they are very big?) make our “Victorian Seaport” look like “Leggo Village.”

  27. August 19, 2009 at 6:44 pm

    I wonder what you all think about my proposal to limit the state and local sales tax rate to 2 1/2 %.

    My proposed amendment to the California Constitution will limit the sales tax much like Prop 13 limits property taxes.

    Now I figure that all you conservatives will love it. It’s a tax cut, right? According to Laffer, cutting the sales tax will increase tax revenue right?

    I also figure that all you Democrats will like this idea too because the sales tax is the most regressive tax there is, and the progressives are always in favor of progressive taxation, as I am.

    Those of us on the lower half of the economic spectrum are tired of carrying all of you on our backs through regressive taxation. So what do all you think. I call it the Peoples Tax Reduction Initiative. But we could name it the Laffer Act for a fee.

    have a peaceful day,

  28. August 19, 2009 at 7:01 pm

    why not abolish any tax and cap sales tax at 0%?

    Much fairer world when nobody forces money from your possession…

  29. August 19, 2009 at 7:09 pm

    You have to admit, BF, that it is a step in the right (or left) direction.

    have a peaceful day,

  30. August 20, 2009 at 8:48 am

    Come on HumRed,

    YOu are the biggest true believer in that old fraud Arthur Laffer, dont you agree that cutting the sales tax will increase the states tax revenue?

    Or is it all just right wing bullshit?

    have a peaceful day,

  31. August 25, 2009 at 10:23 pm

    Ted Kennedy is dead.

  32. August 26, 2009 at 7:14 am

    so is wacko-jacko, ignore the wars and the pipeline to Israel guarded by 5 us bases in Iraq, trust in private banks to print your currency, jet fuel melts steel.

  33. Jack Durham
    August 26, 2009 at 8:03 am

    I appreciate Blag Flag’s music selections. Excellent!

  34. August 26, 2009 at 9:13 am

    The Hole in Glenn Beck’s Ass,

    from the Daily Show:


    have a peaceful day,

  35. blackcoffee
    August 27, 2009 at 6:18 am

    How did I miss this?

    Mike Thompson is a member of the Blue Dog Coalition?



  36. Mike Buettner
    August 27, 2009 at 10:54 pm

    Fireworks in August.

  37. Anonymous
    August 28, 2009 at 1:40 pm

    Burning jet fuel weakens steel; it doesn’t melt it. There is no need to melt steel to destroy buildings. Only Rosy O’Donnell and nuts of her ilk, Black Flag, are still harping on that point about the melting point of steel.

  38. Anonymous
    August 29, 2009 at 9:56 pm

    Less than two hours after the close of today’s Gay Pride Event at the Zoo, the “Eureka POZ” website has a photographic report about the parade. It looks as if the participants had a happy time.

  39. August 29, 2009 at 10:43 pm

    Here’s the Eureka POZ report.

  40. Walt
    August 30, 2009 at 8:37 am

    Thompson is Treasurer of the Blue Dog PAC. No friend of Single Payer.

  41. August 30, 2009 at 9:47 am

    Here’s a little news tidbit for you prohibitionists, big pharma drug pushers and Faux News viewers:

    Long Term Pot Smokers Have 62 % Less Head and Neck Cancers

    In a study, researchers have found that long-term pot smokers were roughly 62 percent less likely to develop head and neck cancers than people who did not smoke pot.



  42. August 30, 2009 at 11:34 am

    Green Liberal Zombies To Ban Grow Lamps

    it is happening in the EU- an occupied bankster zone, when the banksters implode America and destroy the Rebublic you will be forced to comply.

    You won’t be able to have grow lamps in the NWO, nor cash, even your mmj,inc proposes “cards” with bankster hands deeeeeeep in your wallet and life.

    Don’t fall for a turncoat!

    resist taxation! it feeds offshore bankers! government sleeps with Lucifer!

  43. Anonymous
    August 30, 2009 at 11:46 am

    One of the most effective ways Big Media has for enslaving us is reporting “New study shows…” whatever they want to make us think and do.

    One study, taken in isolation from other research in the field, doesn’t mean a damn thing.

    If the research can’t be replicated by other researchers, it is worthless.

    That, however, won’t stop certain people from referring to the study as “proof” of the validity of their particular point of view.

  44. August 30, 2009 at 12:09 pm

    Yeah but this is a story that your “Big Media” has completly ignored for a couple of weeks until Reuters finally picked it up.

    Corporate media is trying to bury this story as deep as it can.

    have a peaceful day,

  45. August 30, 2009 at 12:15 pm

    “Rep. Barney Frank, the chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, has endorsed a bill calling for an audit of the Federal Reserve.

    The support from the powerful Massachusetts Democrat comes after the measure, introduced in late February by Rep. Ron Paul, has won hundreds of co-sponsors on both sides of the aisle.”

    from faux news bulletin

    August 30, 2009 at 2:33 pm

    Before this last presidential election cycle, sooooo many people said Ron Paul was a whack job, crazy, yada, yada, yada, etc… Well, guess what, the American people are not laughing at him as much now because he truly was the best candidate for president. Too sad that so many voters have been brainwashed by the dualopoly regime (entrenched Democrats and Republicans). Taking manipulative media out of politics would help force voters to do more research of candidates’ merits. Oh, and don’t forget the money laundering schemes too that the favored insiders by favored insiders receive!

    Anyone else feel that presidents in this time and age(post WWII) are just puppets on strings being hoisted and pulled by a secret society of unknowns calling the shots if you will? I do, and frankly, I can see right through so many elected officials as to what their true intentions are that it is repulsive. It actually is pretty darn easy once you know what to look for and how to recognize one’s character.

    Jeffrey Lytle
    McKinleyville – 5th District

  47. Big Al
    August 30, 2009 at 5:11 pm

    National Health Care is a moral issue
    check this out

    3 parts be sure to see them all

  48. Walt
    August 31, 2009 at 6:32 am

    Jeff’s almost right on. . .the “dualopoly” isn’t allowing much of the “change” people were hoping for. Obama has hired the usual crooked insiders to run the country. What would it take for us to throw out ALL the folks in power, starting with our own Blue Doggy?

    Jeff backed Ron Paul, I backed Cynthia McKinney, but the folks in power are working for corporations, so really either would be better. Remember that in the next election. . .could “our” government be any worse?

  49. larry
    August 31, 2009 at 7:45 pm

    New subject:
    Have been wondering what has happened to Myrtletown.com…anyone out there have information?

  50. Anonymous
    August 31, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    Travel the world. See the countries. Observe their governments. See how they treat their citizens. Come home to America. Share what you learned about the other countries of our world. Share what you think then about America.

    August 31, 2009 at 9:27 pm

    I befriended mormon neighbors across the street years ago – they were very nice people. They sent two of their sons on missions somewhere in Africa. When they came back, they said that the experience made them understand that America was spoiled, over-rated, arrogant, out-of-the-loop of reality, not as giving toward each other, etc… It made me realize that throwing american tax payers dollars over here and over there was not really “true”. In other words, money can’t buy love or peace or friendship, etc.! It is about the content of character for which America dismisses in such equivocal fashion.

    Jeffrey Lytle
    McKinleyville – 5th District

  52. Kat
    August 31, 2009 at 9:35 pm

    For what it’s worth Craigs List says the feds are
    here again in Fortuna.

  53. September 2, 2009 at 8:04 am

    Where are the Democrats?

    I want to know where the prominent local Democrats are in the health care debate.

    The local Humboldt County Democrats publicly endorsed a single payer system, and we thank them for that. I think even Rep Thompson publicly supports a public option, even though he is a blue dog.

    But where are the local Democratic big wigs? Why dont they step out and publicly and loudly demand the real change in health care that we need? WHERE ARE THEY?

    I went to a demonstration for reform a month or so ago, a nice little demo of 100 or so organized by Physicans for Social Responsibilty I think. I thank them for the organizing, but we need to do more.

    A million of our fellow people PER YEAR are having thier lives ruined by bankruptcy by this rapacious greedy economic cancer of a health care industry.

    Democracy can not survive without health care sanity.

    It is that important.


    The Green Party is also notably absent from the public discourse. It is time for them to step forward also.

    have a peaceful day,

  54. September 2, 2009 at 8:52 am

    Pfizer Pleads Guilty to Felony Misbranding


    Tags: Big pharma, felony misbranding, kicbacks to doctors, corruption, Pfizer, health care, slap on the wrist

    September 2, 2009 at 9:13 am

    But where are the local Democratic big wigs? Why dont they step out and publicly and loudly demand the real change in health care that we need? WHERE ARE THEY?

    Response = An election is coming up for 4th/5th District Supervisor. They are probably practicing methodical abstention.

    Jeffrey Lytle
    McKinleyville – 5th District

  56. Anonymous
    September 4, 2009 at 1:25 am

    The person I know best who spent time in Africa was also a missionary. She said the people there were impoverished because almost no one was willing to start or run a business. And if anyone did do it, all their relatives and friends would show up hoping to receive not a job but a handout. No profit motive, so no enterprise. Poverty and disease for everyone.

    Not the rosy picture painted above by Hench.

    Africa! I will never forget the quaint African custom of having sex with virgins to cure AIDS. What will they think of next?

    Mormons are a cute bunch, too.

    I guess whatever Africans and Mormons want America to do about Health Care, we’d better follow their wishes.

  57. September 7, 2009 at 9:07 am

    Car insurance is a right.

  58. September 7, 2009 at 9:22 am

    Hello Black Flag,

    Please answer my question from several days ago re: treason and taxation.

    have a peaceful day,

  59. September 7, 2009 at 9:28 am

    Oh HumRed,

    You never answered my question either. Will lowering the state sales tax result in an increase in tax revenue for the State of California like your hero Art Laffer believes?

    Or as most sensible people suspect, NOT.

    have a peaceful day,

  60. September 7, 2009 at 9:42 am

    what is that? collecting taxes is treason against Sovereign Citizens seeing how every red cent goes offshore as debt service?

    those who work for Lucifer deserve their fate….

  61. September 7, 2009 at 9:54 am

    So taxation is treason against Sovereign Citizens but not against the Constitution.

    You do agree that the Constitution gives Congress the power to tax in some way at least?

    Do you agree that the only legal form of treason that you can commit in the US is treason against the Constitution?

    Is your position that the US Constitution commits treason against the Sovereign Citizen?

    I agree with you on some things, BF, like eliminating the Federal Reserve, but you hurt your arguments when you keep throwing the word treason around.

    I believe that George Bush, Dick Cheney and some others in this last treasonous Republican administration committed treason against the Constitution and should be tried for it. How about you, Black Flag, are you with me on this?

    have a peaceful day,

  62. September 7, 2009 at 10:16 am

    The “Constitution” is a failed hunk of trash that isn’t even followed and was set up to allow for government.ie control and rule over People.

    At the very least we need a new one…

    Let’s look at how the federal reserve act and the income tax were passed in the dead of night when nobody was even there- same as Patriot Act 1&2 ( where is your bankster ruler who was gonna repeal this for change? ) If government can write something on paper and force you to follow it, how is this Liberty?

    How is it Liberty to force payment on debt for services you don’t even use?

    If you think that gw and cheney need to be tried for treason- why no outrage with the current sham that has the very SAME people working for the federal government? It’s cool to bash bush, but we need to give the same people under an “obama” flag a free pass?

    last time I checked obama opened up a third front in the war ans was expanding them- all the while bringing 350,000 foreign troops into the country for the coming flu “crisis”? Where is the outrage of the anti-war movement over the lies being told by obankster? silenced by media?

    I am for the deportation of anyone who has ever collected taxes against someone’s will.

    If I have a cause to plant a million trees in humboldt, so we can have a forest again, if I go house to house and demand payment for these trees and to refuse means a swat team will enter your property and take that payment against your will- am I doing a good thing?

    You have no right to demand payment on anything because that isn’t freedom- how is this different than Strawn demanding a tax on your boat or home?

    The only way the nation can change is for a voluntary society to rise from the ashes.

  63. September 7, 2009 at 10:25 am

    Well BF,

    I have publicly opposed the expansion of the wars yes all three of them and I have publicly opposed the Obama mission to re inflate the Bush Bubble using the same ecomic team, for sure Bernake and Sommers are Goldman Sachs puppets. So I am with you on those issues.

    I also agree that there was plenty of hanky panky in 1913.

    Citizens do have sovereignty under the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, in the 10th amendment particularly. Its the main reason why you and I have a constitutional right to smoke pot, for instance.

    have a peaceful day,

  64. September 7, 2009 at 10:35 am

    The “anti-war” movement’s best figurehead was/is outside obankster’s vacation house- might it be that even Sheehan now claims the left/righ paradigm is the issue at hand, yet her voice is silent right now. Look at how the media was used to make everyone hate w and the war, sheehan was on the news every night- they drove the “american” people off a cliff with the next election…

    The trouble with the country is government, their theft, their treason- because tyranny is bipartisan.

  65. September 7, 2009 at 10:44 am

    Black Flag,

    Which of the political parties major or minor would you join or support right now?

    If none of the existing parties meet your standards, please give me a quick simple five or six point platform for your dream party.

    I want to see if I can wrap my simple little mind around it.

    have a peaceful day,

  66. September 7, 2009 at 11:21 am

    None….they all need to take a walk for being liars and dicks.

  67. Anonymous
    September 9, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    I guess this is one of those “dialogues” we’ve heard so much about. The dialogues that keep people’s brains and fingers agile. The dialogues that strengthen our Republic.

    I guess that’s so.

    But it seems more like two cranks on a rant.

    And at least one of them is a traitor in the bargain. (See Black Flag’s first sentence on September 7 at 10:16 a.m.)

    Humboldt County, can’t we do better than this?

  68. September 9, 2009 at 5:00 pm

    “The Socratic Method (or Method of Elenchus or Socratic Debate), named after the Classical Greek philosopher Socrates, is a form of inquiry and debate between individuals with opposing viewpoints based on asking and answering questions to stimulate rational thinking and to illuminate ideas.[1] It is a dialectical method, often involving an oppositional discussion in which the defense of one point of view is pitted against the defense of another; one participant may lead another to contradict himself in some way, strengthening the inquirer’s own point.”


  69. September 9, 2009 at 5:26 pm

    I don’t know if I can do any better than this, mr anonymous, but the rest of Humboldt County could be brave enough to put their names on their opinions, don’t ya think?

    Crawford uses his name I totally disagree with most of his positions but you don’t hear me calling him names. I don’t call Black Flag names either, he or she is angry, so what? I am just trying to sharpen up his thinking. Lots of people all over the political spectrum are angry right now, it is going around. Black Flag is on the extreme but he or she doesn’t threaten people, just a lot of name calling.

    First thing with an angry person, if you can sit down with them and listen to them. Find out why they are upset, maybe you can do something for them. Lots of times an angry person will talk themselves out, release the energy, if someone will just take the time to listen to them.

    That is my life experience talking, that is how I try to cut down on violence around me. If you are in real life, not internet, it is real important to SIT DOWN , and not face to face but at 90 degrees, if you try to confront an angry person standing face to face it is much more likely to go badly.

    have a peaceful day,

  70. September 9, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    I’m just trying to upset the apple cart and expose yall to different ideas about self empowerment, remind you that every cent paid in taxes goes offshore to banks as debt service. People who collect taxes against a person’s will are STEALING, and deserve to be tried, convicted, and punished by their peers.

    Also like to remind yall that the constitution no longer exists- and we need to step away from the silly left/right paradigm which has so many fooled.

    Here’s a couple podcasts that are about Liberty http://www.lewrockwell.com/podcast/

    if you vote republican or democrat or green you should give it a listen, it might make you want to tell government to shove their “ballot” up their ass.

  71. Anonymous
    September 10, 2009 at 9:58 pm


  72. September 12, 2009 at 8:20 am

    The Savage Weiner gets the boot from his home station in San Francisco, KNEW. YES!


    Sorry to interrupt your day with this glorious news.

    have a peaceful day,

  73. Anonymous
    September 12, 2009 at 6:50 pm

    That IS good news. Will Savage be taken off the air locally, too?

  74. Anonymous
    September 12, 2009 at 7:04 pm

    Quick! What do Dick Army and fertilizer have in common?

  75. Anonymous
    September 12, 2009 at 7:09 pm

    they are most properly used to push up daisy’s.

  76. Anonymous
    September 13, 2009 at 1:47 am

    That was a beautiful response! Thank you.

  77. 06em
    September 14, 2009 at 8:51 pm

    While it is true that yard signs don’t vote, there are currently 17 of these non-voters standing along Greenwood Heights Road with Dan Hauser’s name on them. That’s serious ground game.

  78. Anonymous
    September 16, 2009 at 12:46 am

    Despite what you may have heard or read, yard signs DO VOTE.

    They do it electronically.

  79. 06em
    September 16, 2009 at 6:33 am

    How do they use the keyboard?

  80. September 16, 2009 at 10:36 am

    Mike Thompson wants a transponder in your car- he is for this nonsense and invasion of Liberty.


    tell Mike to knock it off, it’s really getting old.

  81. September 17, 2009 at 12:29 pm
  82. Anonymous
    September 18, 2009 at 12:52 pm

    Flies that cannot be shoo’d out of one’s home can effectively be discouraged from buzzing around one’s house. Simply spray them with ordinary household hairspray. It gums up their breathing tubes, I’m told, encouraging them to find a quiet out-of-the-way place to lie down and rest. In my experience, once treated in this manner, they do not return to their buzzing. Ever. Wishing you and yours peace and tranquility in your homes throughout the Autumnal season!

  83. September 22, 2009 at 10:46 am

    On this first day of Fall- pray GOD will bring judgement on government, and THEY will fall like the leaves in the trees.

    In the meantime you can listen to Jealous Again!

  84. September 23, 2009 at 9:24 am

    Are the Republicans going to come out and protest the Fishermans Building because “government cant do anything right?” Are they going to protest because it is financed by Obama’s stimulus package? We shall see.

    have a peaceful day,

  85. September 23, 2009 at 9:39 am

    BF said: “pray GOD will bring judgement on government, and THEY will fall like the leaves in the trees.”

    I am curious Black Flag, which God do you pray to? I have never known an anarchist in my life who was very religious, so please inform me. Is it the God of Abraham? Do you believe that prayer works? Did you know that Ayn Rand was a confirmed atheist?

    have a peaceful day,

  86. Anonymous
    September 23, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    More annoying than Black Flag are the National Car Rental tv ads featuring John McEnroe, the shouting tennis brat, who after all these years is still profiting from his abusive, uncivil behavior.

  87. Not A Native
    September 24, 2009 at 4:36 pm


    Dear HSU Community Member:

    Recently there was an incident on campus of racial hatred that involved a written attack against a faculty member. This is a hateful and cowardly act. The faculty member involved has resigned from the university in fear for his/her safety. The outrage and sorrow expressed by those members of the campus community who know of this incident reiterate the university’s absolute and unequivocal refusal to tolerate this kind of behavior. The University Police Department has been notified and is investigating the incident. Let us all continue to reflect on the challenges of social justice and inclusivity that continue to elude us — as a campus community and as a society overall. It is essential that we strive to find ways to make our campus a safer and more humane community. Everyone will benefit from the opportunity to experience and learn from a diverse faculty and staff.

    Let us reaffirm our support for HSU’s vision and use it to guide our interactions with members of the campus community: We will be renowned for social and environmental responsibility and action.

    Rollin C. Richmond

  88. Anonymous
    September 26, 2009 at 6:19 pm

    I am far from being an anarchist, yet some things about our rule of law puzzle me.

    Police officers pull us over if we drive our cars too fast, to uphold the law, but then they say “I’ll cite you for going 74 mph in a 65 mph zone – even though you were really going 79 mph. That will save you some money.”

    How is that supposed to reinforce our respect for Law?

  89. Ed
    October 4, 2009 at 8:11 am

    Glen Beck is a Mormon.

  90. kateascot
    October 4, 2009 at 9:36 am

    new blog…..dignity for all

  91. October 4, 2009 at 10:14 am

    When promoting a new blog it’s helpful to provide a link if you want anyone to actually check it out.

  92. Zeno
    October 7, 2009 at 7:32 am

    Check out the following “emerald triangle” video and accompanying story at the Washington Post:


    The primary focus is alleged Mexican cartel grows in the National Forests and similar wildland areas.

  93. Anonymous
    October 8, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    If someone comes and visits my home and just casually mentions the TV show “Hoarders” do you suppose they are trying in some subtle way to tell me something about me or my house?

  94. Anonymous
    October 11, 2009 at 9:46 pm

    When I burn a bull on the altar as a sacrifice, I know it creates a pleasing odor for the Lord (Lev. 1:9). The problem is my neighbors. They claim the odor is not pleasing to them. How should I deal with this?

    I would like to sell my daughter into slavery, as it suggests in Exodus 21:7. In this day and age, what do you think would be a fair price for her?

    I know that I am allowed no contact with a woman while she is in her period of menstrual uncleanliness (Lev. 15:19-24). The problem is, how do I tell? I have tried asking, but most women take offense.

    Lev. 25:44 states that I may buy slaves from the nations that are around us. A friend of mine claims that this applies to Mexicans but not Canadians. Can you clarify?

    I have a neighbor who insists on working on the Sabbath. Exodus 35:2 clearly states he should be put to death. Am I morally obligated to kill him myself?

    A friend of mine feels that even though eating shellfish is an abomination (Lev. 10:10), it is a lesser abomination than homosexuality. I don’t agree. Can you settle this?

    Lev. 20:20 states that I may not approach the altar of God if I have a defect in my sight. I have to admit that I wear prescription glasses. Does my vision have to be 20/20, or is there some wiggle room here?

    I know you have studied these things extensively, so I am confident you can help. Thank you again for reminding us that God’s word is eternal and unchanging.

  95. whistleblowerbaywood
    October 17, 2009 at 6:08 pm

    this topic has not been brought to the medias attention, it is unfortunate that locals can treat locals this way. For several years upper management at Baywood has ruined a once fine country club. In doing this they have depleted any respect that employees might have for such individuals. Acts of cronyism and blatant lies as of recent have set off a fire. “Cronyism” by definition is the “practice of favoring ones close friends”, in this case a long term salaried employee was demoted and replaced by the brother of a club member. This club member just so happens to be good friends with a board member who wrote the job description, and was integral in the hiring process, eventually hiring the brother even though he did not fulfill the specified requirements. He is self admittedly computer illiterate. In his job “Qualifications” it states, “…Must be computer literate; have the ability to understand and interpret financial data; understand budgeting processes; have a good knowledge of training programs, and health and safety programs and standards; and understand inventory control and monitoring.” The demoted long term employee was soon fired, even though they were repeatedly told that they would not be; they were used to train the new hiree and cut effectively without any warning even when they had asked for at least that. When employees confronted the GM on the situation before the firing, the employees were lied to by the GM as well, being assured that the employee would not be fired. The brother who took the job was told that his job was a “new” job, this was also a lie, in fact it was the same job that the demoted employee had once occupied. It becomes pertinent to know that the GM is in a conflict of interest on his own side. He privately owns a very valuable piece of Baywood, the pro shop and greens fee collection. Every three years Baywood has the option to not sign this right, and effectively collect on that revenue as well. The person who signs away that right is the GM however and therefore he keeps himself in a “safe” position, leaving Baywood to collect on its restaurant for revenue. Unfortunately the GM has no experience with restaurant business. Employees have tried to document certain complaints with the GM. In one case the GM simply lied saying that he would bring it up with the board of directors, when he had no such plans to. Another time an employee stated a much more serious matter to the GM, one that involved the president, the GM stated that he would not file anything because it was the president of the club. Issues like these are why there is supposed to be a strong leader as GM, one that looks out for employees and works with upper management to create a cohesive flowing unit. This is not the case, and these facts are sickening.

  96. Mike Buettner
    October 24, 2009 at 12:12 am

    “If someone comes and visits my home and just casually mentions the TV show “Hoarders” do you suppose they are trying in some subtle way to tell me something about me or my house?”

    I’ve had this happen.

  97. October 25, 2009 at 11:22 am

    CalPERS just lost another half a billion dollars. The details are here: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2009/10/25/financial/f084602D32.DTL

    So the question of the day is, how come the people who have been gambling with peoples pensions haven’t been arrested?

    We the people will have to pick up this mess, won’t we?

    have a peaceful day,

  98. Anonymous
    October 25, 2009 at 6:17 pm

    There’s a great show on CNN tonight. It’s called Latino in America, chasing the dream. It tells the story about hardworking people who sneak across the border to do all our hard jobs (the ones Americans refuse to do) and hope we won’t become angry when Spanish becomes the new majority language of the USA. They sometimes have to live in crime ridden areas where they live with other Latinos and sometimes they get beaten up by white racists. We should help these people. Let’s all quit our jobs and make more room for them in the work force. And let’s stop speaking English and start learning to speak Spanish. Have a heart, you indifferent Americans! A new day is coming, so get with the program or get out of the way.

  99. Mike Buettner
    October 25, 2009 at 6:45 pm

    Thanks Anon.

  100. Anonymous
    October 25, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    Mike? Are you joshing me?

  101. October 25, 2009 at 8:30 pm

    I hope so.

  102. Mike Buettner
    October 25, 2009 at 9:03 pm

    Sorry it wasn’t obvious.

  103. 06em
    October 26, 2009 at 6:53 am

    Latino in America is first in a series. The next one is called English in America: Chasing the Subdivision, and it tells about landgrubbing people who sneak onto the continent to claim ownership of the land (the land that belongs to no one) and hope we won’t become angry when English becomes the new majority language of the land. They sometimes have to live in pox ridden areas where they live with other English and sometimes they starve to death. We should help these people. Let’s all leave our homes and make room for them to divide up the land. And let’s stop speaking our native tongues and start learning to speak English. Have a heart, you indifferent Indians! A new day is coming, so get with the program or get out of the way.

  104. October 26, 2009 at 7:34 am

    Fear In America- a broken dollar and a banker spun communist movement w/ faux enviro freaks, mandatory trash collection, and home inspections have driven the last Sovereigns into Cascadia where they resist the Chinese army from the west and the UN army from the east.
    Much like in red Dawn the first thing the communists do is shoot the history teacher, and strengthen the central bank through carbon taxation- a tax on your very breath.
    Youtube videos of classic hardcore punk keep them at bay- all while the enviro-communists starve from no construction jobs while their leaders get fat off council studies and kickbacks from trash companies.

  105. 06em
    October 26, 2009 at 8:00 am

    Wouldn’t that be the Chinese navy if they were coming from the west? The Chinese army would have to be attacking from San Franciscos Chinatown in the south. Just sayin’.

  106. October 26, 2009 at 8:15 am

    They would use the new port to land off transport ships….humboldt bay would be their LZ with Larry out there directing traffic with a red flashlight.

  107. theplazoid
    October 26, 2009 at 9:51 am

    tad went to jail yesterday.

    Friends and supporters met to give tad hugs before he went in to the humboldt county “correctional” facility in eureka to begin his 35-day sentence. Tad started fasting on October 20 at the board of county supervisors meeting, and so is today on the sixth day of his hunger strike.

    to read the whole story and/or comment on it, go to:

  108. Anonymous
    October 26, 2009 at 11:07 am

    I saw a white haired lady on CNN. She held a Tea Party sign. She said she wanted government to get out of her life. But she did not say she would give back her Social Security check or give up her Medicare.

  109. October 26, 2009 at 11:11 am

    A Tale of Two Californias


    “Judis did make the initial connection between racial inequality and Republican politics, and understands that the GOP is a central part of California’s crisis:

    The biggest reason for this paralysis is the radicalization of California’s Republican Party. By now, this is a familiar part of the American political landscape. But it all began in California. When Brown took office, California politics was still dominated by liberal Democrats and progressive Republicans. By the mid-1960s, conservative Republicans, fueled by the backlash against the civil rights movement, the campus rebellion, and the counterculture, began to oust Republican progressives.”

  110. October 26, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    California is owned by offshore banks, nobody else. To blame GOP or the dems is silly, BOTH parties are owned by the SAME banks- any figurehead will collect taxes and send debt service to these same banks.

    Your generation screwed enough shit up watching Kennedy killed for executive order 1110 and not lifting a finger. All your role models were killed right before your eyes on television- instead of fighting back fake poser hippies went to woodstock or watched Jerry Gar of the CIA and his band the greatful dead. Now the bankers will steal the last of the wealth your parents left you before tossing your shit into the street.
    Not a single baby boomer has anything worthwhile to say about anything.

  111. Anonymous
    October 26, 2009 at 6:44 pm


    This will clue you in to the dangers of compact fluorescent lights (CFLs). This safety info should be known by everybody.

    October 26, 2009 at 6:58 pm

    11:07 am,

    Are you referring to the income (SSI and Med) that was deducted out of this old lady’s paycheck after paycheck after paycheck which was supposed to be managed retirement funding but is now insolvent? Why would she want to give that back again?

    Once bitten, twice shy.

    Jeffrey Lytle
    McKinleyville – 5th District

  113. Anonymous
    October 27, 2009 at 12:42 am

    Jeffrey, if after all this time you cannot tell the difference between regular Social Security benefits and SSI (Supplemental Security Income), I am not going to waste my time or energy exchanging views with you. Educate yourself first, then come back and ask me some questions based on a firmer understanding of these programs.

  114. Mike Buettner
    October 28, 2009 at 9:55 pm

    Another excellent Bay District Economic Development meeting tonight. The 6th in a series. This one on Aquaculture. This industry has a lot of great potential. Also got update on Eureka’s Fisherman’s Work Area at foot of C. Ground breaking soon and the facility has tenants.

    Too bad not many folks attend. But they are on cable.

  115. October 28, 2009 at 10:09 pm
  116. Anonymous
    November 2, 2009 at 6:24 pm

    The City of Fortuna meets The Ghost of Red Skelton: Tonight, the Fortuna City Council meeting closed on this familiar note: “Good night and God Bless.”

  117. 06em
    November 3, 2009 at 7:33 am

    Anyone have any sense of who the better candidate is in the Eureka school board at large seat? I’m somewhat inclined to vote against incumbents for the board (since I think the board has been on the wrong track for years) but I don’t want to help elect a stealth christian wingnut either. Thoughts?

    November 3, 2009 at 8:58 am

    LOL – Too funny 12:42 am.

    Jeffrey Lytle
    McKinleyville – 5th District

  119. Welcome Addition
    November 3, 2009 at 12:02 pm

    I want to be the first to welcome Mr. Dennis Mayo as the newest member of the Humboldt County Planning Commission! As the representative for the 5th District Dennis will help the County develop a balanced approach to the General Plan Update!

    Welcome Aboard Dennis!

  120. High Finance
    November 3, 2009 at 12:13 pm

    Voting against all incumbents is not only lazy, foolish & stupid, but it is dangerous as well.

    Not all incumbents are alike. You would end up throwing out the good with the bad. In the case of the Eureka School district, the only good incumbent is the one who is running for re-election.

  121. 06em
    November 3, 2009 at 1:18 pm

    Oooh, danger in the polling booth! There’s an exciting reason to not stay home! I would never vote against all incumbents. I would do so in this case only because (as I stated) I don’t think the Eureka district is making the right choices.

    So why is Fullerton the only good incumbent? He was, apparently, too busy to post any information to the LWV site. Gaye Gerdts, his challenger, has lots of thoughtful information about herself and her views of the district. They both have financial backgrounds and hers is from working in the district. Is John Fullerton somehow better than Gerdts – or is he just better than the two incumbents that were unopposed?

    I need a reason to vote for somebody besides incumbency – if that’s a word.

  122. High Finance
    November 3, 2009 at 2:07 pm

    You could look at his ad on page 3 of the Times Standard yesterday. I also got a flyer in the mail.

    I’ve never met him, but I have heard lots of good things about him from both teachers & parents. He isn’t a rubber stamp & some people don’t like that.

  123. Anonymous
    November 7, 2009 at 11:25 am

    Our thoroughly corrupt Congress is about to pass a Health Care Reform package that FORCES Americans to BUY INSURANCE from the very same insurance companies that have been making lives miserable since they started picking pockets and denying legitimate claims.

    Once again, both Democratic and Republican parties unite to screw middle-income Americans, giving their money to their obscenely-wealthy private-enterprise friends.

    Satan may not be in complete control of Earth, but who can argue that he does not control Washington, D.C.?

  124. November 7, 2009 at 11:28 am

    I agree that this Democratic-Republican package is bad. We need single payer health care like the rest of the civilized world – available to everyone at nominal expense and financed pay as we go through progressive taxation.

    have a peaceful day,

  125. November 7, 2009 at 6:15 pm


    A promise of a member to contribute property to the LLC is enforceable. It’s an enforceable promise if in writing and signed by the member. This can provide an advantage when facing a lack of planning and assets that are immediately exposed. The Alaska LLC can serve as a friendly creditor. Furthermore, you have an option to pay the creditor of your choice, as long as one of the creditors is NOT the IRS. Once the Alaska LLC files liens against your assets, it is the creditor of first priority. You shifted the value of the assets to the LLC in exchange for an interest in the LLC.

    Sleeper/Lazy Asset Protection: Form the Alaska LLC and sign the promissory note indenting yourself to the company. Make certain that the promissory note is notarized. If sued, simply allow the Alaska LLC to file the lien against your assets to perfect the debt. The LLC then shows up on public record as a creditor. A hostile creditor, seeking to collect on a judgment, will have difficulty contesting the lien for the following reasons:

    The promissory note preceded the conflict with the hostile creditor.
    The Alaska LLC is a co-creditor.
    You choose which creditor to pay first.
    Example: You commit, in writing, to contribute assets to the LLC. The LLC has a right to enforce the contribution, even if you’re facing litigation in an unrelated matter. A promissory note indenting yourself to the LLC is a contribution to the LLC in exchange for the member interest. And the LLC has a right to enforce that contribution to make certain that you follow through. This means the Alaska LLC serves as a “friendly creditor.”

    Sec. 10.50.280. Liability for contributions.

    (a) Notwithstanding AS 09.25.010 – 09.25.020, a promise by a member of a limited liability company to contribute property or services to the company is not enforceable unless the promise is stated in a writing signed by the member.

    (b) Unless otherwise provided in an operating agreement of the company, a member of a limited liability company is liable for performing an enforceable promise made to the company to contribute property or services, even if the member is unable to perform because of death, disability, or another reason.

    Sec. 10.50.285. Compromise of contribution obligation.

    Unless otherwise provided in an operating agreement of the company, the obligation of a member to make a contribution to a limited liability company may not be compromised, unless all of the other members consent to the compromise.


    It’s possible to receive distributions from the LLC even when a creditor has a charging order against your interest. Although these “prohibited distributions” are possible, you end up owing the LLC for the funds released.

    Let’s say creditor Joe has a charging order against my LLC interest (I am the debtor), and I obtain a “prohibited” distribution from the LLC…I am now a debtor to the LLC. Now the LLC is a creditor friendly creditor and I am on record, with the company, of having to pay back the LLC. The LLC is a friendly creditor but a creditor nonetheless. Hostile creditor Joe may need to wait.

    These “prohibited” distributions are only “prohibited” as far as the LLC is concerned. And the LLC can file suit against you, and file liens against assets in the attempt to take back the “prohibited” distribution.

    Therefore, the LLC may need to sue you to recover the distribution that you shouldn’t have received. If the prohibited distribution was for an understandable purpose, such as to meet important familial or business obligations, there is an understanding that may be made. Perhaps you may sign a promissory note, or confession of judgment, so a lawsuit is not required.


    Please ask your tax advisor on how the Alaska LLC should hold these attributes to maximize the protection under IRS Revenue Ruling 77-137:

    LLC taxed as a partnership
    At least two (2) members
    Manager-managed LLC. Members are not managers.

    Ask your tax advisor/attorney on how to protect the following assets:
    File liens against your assets.
    Real estate
    Intellectual property
    High risk operations such as construction, trucking, technology, and other industries fraught with liability issues
    Persons who previously signed non-compete agreements with unethical employers.
    Whistle-blowers who seek to protect their assets and income from retaliation.
    Last minute protection when the risks are immediately identified as threatening to the asset portfolio. There’s no fraudulent conveyance if you’re simply trading your assets for a member interest in the LLC. There must be a legitimate business purpose for this to work. Check with a licensed attorney.

    Alaska LLC’s must file a report every two years whereas the manager and the members are reported to the State of Alaska. The managers and the members are disclosed on public record. Keep in mind that corporations, and other entities, can be members.


    Since the members are published on public record, there are two ways to deal with this problem:

    1. Make members another LLC or Corporation. Place a nominee as the manager of the member entities, OR

    2. Members (companies) assign the member interest to you.

    Always structure your plan to work in the absence of privacy.


    Aggressive promissory note that indents you to the LLC
    The promissory note empowers the creditor to enforce collection against the debtor (you)
    Special operating agreement
    Alaska LLC
    Taxed as a partnership
    At least two members

    Wyoming LLC or Alaska LLC?

    Wyoming offers the best balance between doing business and asset protection.

    Alaska is best for holding and protecting assets.

    Nevada LLC or Alaska LLC?

    Alaska is the only state where your interest in the LLC may not be foreclosed.

    Delaware LLC or Alaska LLC?

    Delaware is best for an initial public offering. It’s for big business.

    Alaska is the best pro-debtor state.

    What about the Alaska income tax?

    In order to obtain the charging order protection, the LLC must be taxed as a partnership, there must be at least two members and the LLC must be manager-managed. This means the LLC is a disregarded entity, tax-wise, and the taxable earnings (and deductions) flow through to you and other members. The income and deductions show up on your own tax return as a K1. There should be no tax payable to Alaska when the entity is a disregarded entity for tax purposes. Please ask your tax advisor. There’s no tax advantage to obtaining an Alaska LLC for asset protection.

  126. November 7, 2009 at 7:44 pm

    Page 1

    (MINUTE ITEMThis Calendar Item No.JbliL ‘as approved as Minuta HemuiL_by the State Lands io. Commission by a vqte, Q£-ià to _Qi at its meeting. CALENDAR ITEM 44 APPROVAL OF SETTLEMENT OF CALLISON. TITLE DISPUTE, CÏTY OF EUREKA 1/28/82G 04-02GrimesStevensonSLL 82 S 2 Pursuant to Chapter 1085; oiT Che. Statutes of 1970, the City of Eureka is empowered to negotiate and complete the settlement of sovereign lands disputes within the grant to the City of Eureka, subject to the prior approval of the State Lands Commission. The staff of the -State Lands Commission has received arequest from the City of Eureka to approve a proposed sovereignlands settlement agreement it has negotiated with DeloresGlendyne Callison, record owner of a parcel of land subjectto a sovereign lands claim. The parcel dealt with in this settlement is described in the attached Exhibit “A”, is shown in its general locality on the attached Exhibit “B ,and will be referred to throughout this item as SUBJECT PARCEL. The settlement agreement is on file at the officesof the Commission and is incorporated as a part of this Calendar Item by this reference. Review by the staff has shown the following: 1. The SUBJECT PARCEL xies entirely within the perimeter description of Tideland Survey No. 2, patented July 18, 1860 to Jonathan Clark. The SUBJECT PARCEL in its last natural condition was traversed by Clark Slough, the bed of which was belowthe line of mean low water. 2. 3. The SUBJECT PARCEL has been filled above the line ofmean high tide and is bounded by streets on three sidesand by another parcel of fast land on its other twosides.

    Trouble on the Waterfront:
    The Plight of Eureka’s Tidelands
    Jacqualine Faria
    Introduction to the History Major
    History 210
    2 May 2008
    1 July 2008

    In 1968, Lawrence Lazio, president of Tom Lazio Fish Company, sought to expand and
    improve the company’s property at the foot of C Street in the City of Eureka on Humboldt Bay.
    There was a fish processing plant, as well as the famous Lazio’s Restaurant, and he wanted to
    add a parking lot and other refurbishments. When he went to procure a loan for the
    improvements, the bank refused his application due to a “cloud” over his title to the property. In
    other words, his was not the only claim to that particular piece of land. This hitch in a property
    owner’s development plans ultimately led to an expensive legal battle. By July 1976, when the
    litigation first entered the court room, property owners all along the northern shore between
    Commercial and K Streets were contending with the City of Eureka, as well as the State of
    California, for control of the waterfront and the right to any potential revenue.

    The beginning of the trouble on Eureka’s waterfront stretched all the way back to the
    incorporation of the town, which in 1856 was little more than a smattering of buildings perched
    on the edge of Humboldt Bay. Little though it may have been, the new town’s advantageous
    location provided the promise of growing into a bustling seaport that could boast an impressive
    lead in the lumber and shipping industries. Perhaps this was just what the State of California
    had in mind when granting the town stewardship of its tideland areas for the express purpose
    of distributing it among the current mill owners on the waterfront.
    Rather than assuring Eureka’s economic development, this maneuver paved the way for
    a self-serving city council to allow much of Eureka’s coveted waterfront to pass into the
    possession of a few men, namely those mill owners who were occupying the lands when they
    were offered for sale.1 Private ownership of the tidelands, combined with indefinite property
    boundaries and an ever-changing tideline, has had a ripple effect that continues to hamper the
    development of said waterfront some 150 years later.

  127. November 8, 2009 at 7:08 am

    Survey map of ungranted tidelands:

    Click to access part_1.pdf

  128. November 8, 2009 at 7:10 am

    When Costco came to town they paid the city of Eureka $800,000 for the city’s sovereign interest in 9.5 acres. I wonder what 44 acres is worth?

    have a peaceful day,

  129. November 8, 2009 at 11:12 am

    SUV Crushed By Freight Train In Davis

    DAVIS, Calif. (CBS13) ―

    Authorities say two people were inside the SUV at County Road 32A and County Road 105 when the vehicle became stuck on the tracks. The driver and his wife got out of the car and called 911 dispatchers, who notified the conductor of an oncoming train of the hazard.

    The 140-car train was a half-mile away from the vehicle at that point and attempted to slow down, but the train needs a full mile to come to a complete stop.

    The train smashed into the SUV, sending it up in flames.

    Nobody was hurt in the incident.


  130. November 9, 2009 at 8:34 am

    The “Enterprise Zone” program that is referenced below is a scam that has been actively promoted here in Eureka for a few years now by the Chamber of Commerce and City Hall. It financed the Chinese takeover of the Pulp Mill. It is possible that some of the mill machinery that is about to be sold off by Freshwater was purchased by the taxpayers. It is possible that a large portion of the former mill jobs were subsidized by the taxpayers. Two years ago there were more than 600 enterprise zone employees, now there are about 450. It is time for this scam to come to an end, and it is time for all involved to tell the truth. Being the “company of the year” is great work if you can get the taxpayers to pay for it.

    have a peaceful day,

    Dan Walters: It’s time for a hard look at California tax dodges
    from SacBee — Capitol and California by dwalters@sacbee.com (Dan Walters)
    Last June, the Public Policy Institute of California released a highly critical report on California’s “enterprise zone” program that provides big tax breaks to businesses for supposedly hiring workers in areas of high unemployment.

    PPIC’s study of the 42 zones, which are created by local governments with approval from the state Department of Housing and Community Development, concluded that state and local governments were losing about a half-billion dollars in revenue each year without any discernible impact on joblessness.

    “The state can ill-afford to continue the enterprise zone program without clearer evidence of its benefits or a well-defined plan to make it more effective,” said Jed Kolko, co-author of the PPIC study.

    There were three reactions to the densely sourced study:

    • The University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business quickly re-released a study by Dr. Charles Swenson declaring that California’s enterprise zones had “statistically significant” positive impacts on employment and incomes of affected households – without revealing Swenson’s affiliation with a company, National Tax Credit Group, that advises firms on how to obtain government tax breaks;

    • The state certified or recertified enterprise zones in Kern and Tulare counties and five cities; and

    • The California Chamber of Commerce and other business groups ramped up a public relations campaign to defend the enterprise zone program.

    As California’s fiscal crisis deepens, the competition for ever-scarcer public funds is growing more intense. Spending programs and tax breaks – “tax expenditures” in fiscal parlance – are facing closer scrutiny.

    The PPIC study is potent ammunition – as it should be – for those who question whether enterprise zones and other corporate tax breaks should remain untouched while health, education and welfare programs face deep spending cuts.

    Michael Bolden, a lobbyist for the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, cited the PPIC study during a legislative hearing on enterprise zones last month.

    “There hasn’t been any sort of proof that the enterprise zone program works,” Bolden said. “It’s been a boon for business, but we don’t necessarily see the return on investment coming back to the state.”

    Like many loopholes enacted on the premise that they would enhance employment, including a new batch approved just this year, enterprise zones have received little objective evaluation on whether their purported benefits have materialized.

    The dueling studies from PPIC and USC frame the vacuum. And if Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and the Legislature are serious about navigating through the sea of red ink now engulfing the state budget, they’ll divert the energy they now expend on dreaming up gimmicks to making some hard decisions on how taxpayers’ money is being spent – or squandered.



    November 9, 2009 at 9:02 am

    It is amazing to find out where American Tax dollars go to waste. Enough taxes are collected to already pay for healthcare reforms to cover every citizen. Too bad the four horsemen style of governance dominates today’s reality.

    Jeffrey Lytle
    McKinleyville – 5th District

  132. November 12, 2009 at 12:16 am

    Fascinating. Not a word on the Klamath deal. What gives?

  133. November 12, 2009 at 11:55 am

    Hospital County Diagnosis Number of Discharges, 2008 Average Charge Statewide $57,940 Average Charge, this Hospital
    ST. JOSEPH HOSPITAL – EUREKA Humboldt Heart Failure, Major Complications 43 $52,291
    REDWOOD MEMORIAL HOSPITAL Humboldt Heart Failure, Major Complications 8 $39,356
    MAD RIVER COMMUNITY HOSPITAL Humboldt Heart Failure, Major Complications 14 $18,479
    Records 1-3 of 3


  134. November 12, 2009 at 11:57 am

    ST. JOSEPH HOSPITAL – EUREKA Humboldt Normal Child Delivery, no complications 419 $13,351 $10,927
    REDWOOD MEMORIAL HOSPITAL Humboldt Normal Child Delivery, no complications 264 $13,351 $9,529
    MAD RIVER COMMUNITY HOSPITAL Humboldt Normal Child Delivery, no complications 314 $13,351 $4,941


  135. Anonymous
    November 12, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    So when so we get the scoop on the most recent lawsuit filed against the city of Eureka and the City Manager personally?

  136. Zeno
    November 13, 2009 at 8:21 am

    How about the T-S’s editorial on Pellegrini’s seat? It is hard to argue with the point that her replacement on the Commission should be someone who can represent commercial fishing interests. The commercial fishing industry has been in crisis for years, and needs thoughtful advocates.

    But how can one agree with the T-S’s assertion that the Commission should identify a replacement who replicates Pellegrini’s political stance, which is combative, divisive, and far-right? Does that really do justice to the voters in the division she represents? Are commercial fishing interests really helped when their representative alienates the majority of Humboldt County progressives and moderates? Surely it is possible to represent commercial fishing interests without the partisan baggage. What fair-minded individuals will really “miss” Pellegrini’s voice on the Commission, as the T-S suggests?

  137. November 13, 2009 at 8:26 am

    Another weak editorial from the T-S. “Balance of power”? What an odd choice of words for a decidedly imbalanced commission.

  138. November 15, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    There is another potential huge lawsuit in Eureka’s future unless the Eureka City Council acts now and fixes the unconstitutional at large voting scheme here.

    The council needs to establish a true ward system and run off voting (either instant or 2nd election) or a lawsuit is inevitable.

    Please read this article. Failure to act on the part of those in office will be held accountable by the voters.

    The California statute targets commonly used “at-large” elections – those in which candidates run citywide or across an entire school district. Avila said that method can result in discrimination because whatever group constitutes the majority of voters can dominate the ballot box and block minorities from winning representation. As a remedy, the law empowers state courts to create smaller election districts favoring minority candidates.



    have a peaceful day,

  139. Big Al
    November 15, 2009 at 3:47 pm

    the true ward elections problem should be easy to fix, just have to do it…

  140. November 15, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    Yes, easy for the council to fix, Big Al, but they better do it fast. There is blood in the water.

    have a peaceful day,

  141. November 17, 2009 at 9:09 am


    Let us remember the men, the women and the children, our brothers and sisters, our mothers and fathers, our sons and daughters who are huddled under a bush shivering in the rain.

    Please join me in contacting Eureka Mayor Virginia Bass and requesting that she use the emergency powers vested in her to open an emergency shelter in a city facility for our homeless during this rainy period, and during the rainy periods to come this winter.

    Mayor Bass Office: (707) 441-4200

    Mayor Bass Email: virginia@ci.eureka.ca.gov

    It is the responsibility of our government to care for the vulnerable among us.

    have a peaceful day,

  142. Lodgepole
    November 18, 2009 at 9:41 pm

    Celebration Ale has arrived folks.

    Another scoop for Heraldo!

  143. Big Al
    November 19, 2009 at 6:33 am

    what about Hoover?
    is he like, … a cop?

  144. The place is a....soap opera
    November 19, 2009 at 8:05 am

    “The place is just a fucking soap opera,” the former employee told us Tuesday
    YAAAA thats what I talkin’ bout

    Down and Dirty
    By Hank Sims

    A lawsuit was filed last week. It alleged, among other things, that Eureka City Manager Dave Tyson sexually propositioned a former employee of the Eureka Police Department while she was still in the city’s employ. It alleged, further, that Tyson had touched the employee “in a suggestive manner.” It alleged, further and somewhat murkily, that Tyson had told this employee about “his potential sexual encounter with an elected Eureka official.”

    A press release was issued on Tuesday. In it, the city of Eureka wrote that the “salacious, sexual” claims made in the lawsuit were total hokum, and that Tyson adamantly denies them. “We are confident that the claims against Mr. Tyson and the City will be thrown out,” the city maintained.

    The roots of the present suit go back to the hiring of current EPD Chief Garr Nielsen in the spring of 2007. Shortly after Nielsen took over the post, a faction of the department took against him violently. They began spreading word that Nielsen, a married man, was having an extramarital and intradepartmental affair with a police dispatcher named Tawnie Hansen, a married woman and the person now bringing suit against Tyson and the city of Eureka.

    Both Nielsen and Hansen (through her attorney) denied that they were having an affair. They said that they were friends, and that Hansen’s husband was friends with the chief as well. To underscore the point, Hansen brought an earlier suit against another EPD employee for spreading the rumor, and that now-former employee — DeeDee Wilson — settled the case for $10,000.

    Now, standing on the outside we civilians have no way of knowing what the absolute facts are in either of these interlinked cases. When we recreate the scene on our desks and kitchen tables, as I encourage you to do, there are no instructions that tell us to insert Tab A into Slot B, or etc. We have to muddle through, and we will never have 100 percent certainty that we will have it right.

    It seems to me that these two cases merely present the informed public with a range of questions that, though unanswerable, help us to understand how city government works. Is everyone in Eureka City Hall doing it up, down and sideways 24 hours a day, in every conceivable combination, as if it were the last days of the Roman Empire? Or does everyone just imagine that everyone except them is getting loads of action, resulting in a funky yellow stew of rage inside Fifth and K? Or are both things true, to one degree or another?

    One of the above scenarios must be the case. None of them point to what you might call a healthy work environment. The city spent hundreds of thousands of dollars investigating claims resulting from the sex-crazed atmosphere at the EPD, and now will spend scads more defending the suit brought by Hansen, whose underlying claim is that Tyson and the city purposefully slow-played the investigation into her claims of harassment in the workplace because Tyson’s alleged sexual advances were rebuffed. She is asking for $1.4 million in compensatory damages from the city, and an untold sum in punitive damages. This, too, isn’t going away cheaply.

    So the taxpayers of Eureka are being asked to subsidize either the saucy fantasies or the saucy facts of their public servants. Our suspicion — confirmed by the million little whispers that reach our ears from time to time — is that this has gone on far too long. A call to a former City Hall employee who fled a few years ago basically confirmed this suspicion.

    “The place is just a fucking soap opera,” the former employee told us Tuesday, before reeling off an eye-popping list of liaisons, rivalries, petty crimes and generally strange workplace behavior. “I was repelled by weirdness and weird people.”

    So the city government now sets off to spend yet more scarce dollars investigating and/or defending its employees against harassment, real or alleged. (Yes, we know the insurance company picks up much of the tab, but our premiums must be absolutely through the freaking roof by now.) If that’s going to happen anyway, we entreat the Eureka City Council to invest a bit more to pry their employees’ minds out of the pages of the Penthouse Forum.

    It’s an absolute mystery why this sex-mad culture seems to fester in and around City Hall. Does it infest any other Humboldt County workplace that you know of? Our former employee had a theory, which they put in their characteristically plainspoken way:”There’s too much free time, I think, and they’re unattractive to anybody but each other.”

    Whatever. City Council: Either do some freaking sensitivity training or buy your problem cases tickets to the next orgy in Ferndale, where they can perv out on people other than their co-workers. I’m amazed someone has to tell you this stuff

  145. Mr. Nice
    November 19, 2009 at 9:46 am

    what about Hoover?
    is he like, … a cop?

    There are differences between a narc and a cop.

    Calling someone a cop or police is a lighthearted insult. Calling someone a narc is cold blooded.

    Cops catch criminals and follow orders. Narcs take it upon themselves to perpetuate the very activity they act like they are trying to stop.

    You could say Hoover isn’t a paid narc and that is true. If anything, his support of other local holier-than-thou characters like Robbin Hashplant and Jeff Knapp has brought nothing but pulled advertisements. The national media attention may have been good for a minute, but that is going to wear off soon.

    Watch out for the narcs, they will take it upon themselves to get all up in your business. I only hope this upcoming trial exposes some of this shit. At least it gives some of us a clue as to who to support in the D.A. election.

  146. November 19, 2009 at 6:06 pm

    “c. Appeal No. A-1-EUR-09-049 (CUE VI, LLC, Eureka) Appeal No. A-1-EUR-09-49 (CUE VI, LLC, Eureka) Appeals by: (1) Commissioners Stone & Mirkarimi, (2) Humboldt Baykeeper, Environmental Protection Information Center, & Northcoast Environmental Center, and (3) Ralph Faust from decision of City of Eureka granting permit with conditions to CUE, VI, LLC for Phase 1 of the Marina Center project. Phase 1 of the Marina Center project includes implementation of the Supplemental Interim Remedial Action Plan (SIRAP), and including creation of an 11.89 acre wetland reserve, which has received concurrence from the California Regional Water Quality Control Board, North Coast Region (RWQCB), City of Eureka, Humboldt County. (JB-E)”



  147. Anony.Miss
    November 19, 2009 at 7:17 pm

    Hoover is one of the best citizens I know. He wants his neighborhood and town to be safe. You can’t find a more altruistic individual. Robin too. Some of us are just sick and tired of those who would sell out their town for their ganja and the riches it brings them.

  148. Mr. Nice
    November 19, 2009 at 9:16 pm

    There has to be a better solution than being an informant. All informants do is piss people off, it’s not solving the problem. You ask people if they have a grow house on their block on they say yes but so what? Now, you ask people if they got a meth trailer on their block with fifty junk cars on the lawn polluting the ground and those who say yes are the people who really need help in their neighborhood from the system, not these pinner ass grow houses like Daniel whatever his name is… at least as it stands currently with that whole meth law.

    It ain’t right, the words have already been printed/shown up on the internet/on A&E, and there is no argument that is going to lead me to believe that things are getting any better because of it. In fact, all I see is now people associate Arcata with some kind of organized gangster shit which is far from the truth.

  149. Big Al
    November 20, 2009 at 12:07 am

    I don’t like Kevin, that way long before all this grow shit.

    November 20, 2009 at 12:52 am

    ALTRUISM- unselfish devotion to the interests and welfare of others; disinterested regard for others as a principle of action

    My Response = note that in first part of definition, either positive or negative interests or welfare can be the intent or outcome while the second part of the definition is rather clear

    Jeffrey Lytle
    McKinleyville – 5th District

  151. Anonymous
    November 20, 2009 at 9:03 am

    The shield law is supposed to protect journalists FROM giving their notes to the cops, not to defend journalists acting as the cop catspaw and feeding information TO the cops.

    As has been said many times before…Hoover Is A Cop.

  152. Anonymous
    November 20, 2009 at 11:54 am

    Lawbreakers are anarchists. Both want to destroy what they are too unintelligent to create.

  153. Mr. Nice
    November 21, 2009 at 10:27 am

    Search for “too unintelligent” and you’ll find only morons say that.

  154. Anonymous
    November 21, 2009 at 5:18 pm

    Nocturnum + Buju = protest. Bounty Killer + ATL = silence.

  155. Anonymous
    November 22, 2009 at 5:57 pm

    Perhaps Mr. Nice would care to offer a less imaginative way for me to express myself?

  156. Mr. Nice
    November 22, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    C’mon, don’t be too unimaginative yourself.

  157. Anonymous
    November 23, 2009 at 6:32 pm

    Thankfully, I’m not unimaginative enough to use the trite word of insult you used.

  158. Mr. Nice
    November 23, 2009 at 7:32 pm

    Anarchy rules

  159. November 24, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Doug Deutsch Publicity Service
    November 2009 213.924.4901 dougdeutsch@gmail.com

    The Latest News You Can Use About Southern California Group…

    (Outlaw Country/Blues Rock)


    Perform Locally: SIMON LEGREES in Hawkins Bar – Saturday, December 5

    “Get out there and tour…play every city. Get your name out there. Get dirty! Realize that the labels are not going to help a new band as much as you can help yourself. My dad did it, Elvis did it. It’s just going back to the old ways of music…keep going down that road.” – KELLI

    (HAWKINS BAR) – The previous quotes accurately reflect the mind-set and work ethic of Kelli & The ShadowMen, currently on tour throughout North America and soon, the world.
    Kelli & the ShadowMen perform locally at Simon Legrees, Highway 299@Denny Rd., Hawkins Bar, Saturday, December 5. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. $8. Info: (530) 629-3899.
    Front and center of this exciting five-piece band is multi-talented vocalist/songwriter, Kelli, who was the subject of a Cover Story in the current issue of ALL ACCESS MAGAZINE as well as in the October issue of SoCal monthly, WHATS UP MAGAZINE. The daughter of famed country singer Johnny Lidell (known for the hit song, “Primrose Lane”) was originally an actress (with a lead role in long-running TV hit, THE LIFE OF GRIZZLY ADAMS), producer, and director – with over twenty-eight movies to her credit.
    Early on Kelli signed to CBS Records, before a serious auto accident short-circuited her music career. After many years of painful rehabilitation –during which time Kelli founded and created non-profit L.A.-based organization, the Second Chance Foundation, “for people who were given a second chance at pursuing their life-long dreams” – the diminutive singer with a big voice is back with a vengeance, stronger than ever. A prime example of Kelli’s strong-as-iron will and determination is summed up by her catchy original, “Can’t:” “I despise the word can’t…it’s too easy a crutch to get out of things,” she says. “Never say it. If you can dream it you can do it.”
    Kelli & The ShadowMen’s “The Big Black Bus” is a sight to behold: A Tour Bus that is nearly fifty feet long and fully equipped with beds, bathrooms, bar and state-of-the-art living quarters, enabling the band to travel in style. “I’m always excited when we tour because I have my family with me,” she says. “There’s nothing like sitting on the bus and talking and laughing. Sometimes it gets a little rough on the bus…good thing I had a brother but now I have a brother times five. I really love it..the best thing is that we all get along.”
    Kelli calls the band’s Sturgis show this past Summer as “life-changing…what a great bunch of people!” Recalling her performances there, she said, “at the end of the show a lady who was dancing and flashing her ta-tas the whole night walked up to the stage and said, “I lost my eye.” The whole band helped her find it. What a night…when I really think about it I think we see more ta-tas than any plastic surgeon!,” she says with a laugh.
    Catch the excitement of Kelli & The ShadowMen when they come through your town.


    Dec. 5 (Sat.)
    SIMON LEGREES Hawkins Bar, CA
    Dec. 19 (Sat.)
    PJ’S ROADHOUSE Placerville, CA
    Jan. 22 (Fri.)
    Jan. 23 (Sat.)
    THE REDSTONE ROOM Colorado Springs, CO
    Jan. 28 (Thurs.)
    TAVERN ON GREEN Lee’s Summit, MO
    Feb. 5 (Fri.)
    LOST ISLE BAR Carlton, MN
    Feb. 6 (Sat.)
    THE OLD LOG CABIN Forest Lake, MN

    http://www.kelli.com http://www.myspace.com/kelliandtheshadowmen

  160. beel
    November 24, 2009 at 7:22 pm

    KMUD Environment Show is discussing the Balloon Tract

  161. Phreez
    November 29, 2009 at 7:18 pm

    Lord Arkley is running pressure ads on cable tv to pressure Bonnie Neely and the Coastal Commission to approve the Balloon Track project.

    This is an unbelievably slimey attempt to pressure a state agency.

    Seen on TNT cable approx 650 pm sunday night.

    The good citizens of Eureka need to organize to get this slimeball out of our city. Enough is enough.

  162. 06em
    November 29, 2009 at 8:01 pm

    Every time you see the ad you could always call Bonnie yourself and pressure her to not approve.

    BTW the ad was on broadcast tv this morning, too. I don’t recall the channel – probably FOX.

  163. November 29, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    Thanks for the heads up.

  164. Big Al
    December 1, 2009 at 11:26 am

    anybody know how Bill is doing?

  165. December 2, 2009 at 12:08 am

    Tom Seabourn appears to be in contact with Bill.

    I started to get a bit worried when Highboltage blog stopped blogging. He is down for a bit but is alive and around. I will update on Highboltage when he says it is ok to do so.

  166. Big Al
    December 2, 2009 at 7:02 am

    Bill wrote me too, he’s ok and will be back soon.
    thank you

  167. A Non A Me
    December 2, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    Have you heard that the State did not certify the County’s Housing Element! Now Humboldt may just have to do it right for a change, unfortunately their thumbing their nose at the law will cost us a shit load of grant money. Thank you Bonnie and Kirk, for such a crappy job.

  168. Anonymous
    December 3, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    Inquiring minds want to know… what about the apparent row between Hank and Jennifer over his surfing article and the abrupt deletion of her blog.

  169. Anonymous
    December 4, 2009 at 9:58 am

    My mistake. Inquiring minds apparently aren’t interested.

  170. December 7, 2009 at 7:17 am

    The Eureka safe sleep sanctuary zone was raided by police last night about 930 pm.

    The zone was implemented in the parking lot of the Eureka City Hall a month ago by activists affiliated with the People Project. According to reports there was one arrest – our sister Verbena.

    This action came in the face of the refusal of the city manager David Tyson to implement any homeless services zoning as required by state law under bill S-2, and the inaction of Mayor Bass in providing for emergency winter shelter for the homeless poor in our community, as any humane society should.

    A similar raid of a homeless camp in Sacramento two months ago resulted in a lawsuit against the city of Sacramento and it is clear that David Tyson’s lack of compassion and reckless disregard of the law may lead to the same result here.

    It is time for the Democrats in this city like Larry Glass and Linda Atkins to repudiate this kind of repression in favor of more compassionate solutions for the poor. We know that the Republicans like Frank Jager and Mike Jones have no compassion at all and never will. It is unclear to me at this time how meaningful Virginia Bass’s Democratic conversion was if she cannot even bring herself to open an emergency city shelter when people are shivering in the rain and wind. If the Democrats want to elect a majority on the city council next year they had better pay attention to this issue or they will face opposition from their left as well as from the good ole boys from the right.

    Chief Garr Neilsen is well aware that a homeless camp is a rational solution to these problems, he has personal experience with the Dignity Village in Portland, and he understands that such a campground will not create bigger problems as the selfish bigots in our community state.

    have a peaceful day,


  171. December 7, 2009 at 7:24 am

    Fair Share Zoning SB -2 Homeless Housing Requirement

    Monday, October 15, 2007 at 7:05 AM
    (SACRAMENTO) – Senator Gilbert Cedillo’s Fair Share Zoning (SB 2) was signed into law by Governor Schwarzenegger late Saturday. Under SB 2 every city and county in California will be required to assess the number of homeless persons in their community and to identify zones where emergency shelters are allowed to locate without conditional use or discretionary permits.

    The zoning information would be included in the housing element of the general plans submitted by municipalities to the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD). The bill clarifies that transitional and supportive housing are a residential use of property and are subject only to those restrictions that apply to similar dwellings in the same zone. SB 2 also adds emergency shelters to the “Anti-NIMBY” law and clarifies that transitional and supportive housing are also covered by this law.

    The concept for Fair Share Zoning was generated in late 2005 through a series of meetings between Cedillo and homeless service providers in Los Angeles’ skid row area. Many providers complained about the difficulty of locating homeless services outside of the city of Los Angeles; providers wanted a ‘fair share’ approach to zoning in which each city would provide its own services. Cedillo introduced SB 1322 in 2006 however the bill was vetoed. Undeterred, Cedillo introduced a similar proposal this year and formed a working group including housing and homeless service advocates, cities, counties, planners, and the Department of Housing and Community Development to work on an approach that could be more broadly supported.

    “There are 88 cities in Los Angeles County, yet two-thirds of all homeless housing is located in the city of Los Angeles. Homeless individuals and families must seek services in the city regardless of where they originally became homeless,” remarked Ruth Schwartz, Executive Director of Shelter Partnership, Inc., a leading nonprofit assisting in the development of housing for the homeless. “By working collaboratively with local governments, Senator Cedillo has achieved a balanced planning approach that requires cities to focus on the collective benefit of providing sites in each jurisdiction — be it emergency shelters, transitional housing, or supportive, permanent housing.”

    “People are better served in their home communities where they have support from family and friends,” Cedillo said. “It is time for every community in our state to plan for zoning emergency shelter services without unreasonable conditions and SB 2 ensures that will occur.” Lynn Jacobs, HCD Director, added, “The Schwarzenegger Administration and the Department of Housing and Community Development look forward to working in partnership with local governments to implement these new requirements.”


    Media Contact:

    Christy Wolfe 213.219.2836 or christy.wolfe@sen.ca.gov

    Spanish Media:

    Xóchitl Arellano 916.956.0320 or xochitl.arellano@sen.ca.gov





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    Bill No: SB 2
    Author: Cedillo (D)
    Amended: 3/19/07
    Vote: 21

    AYES: Lowenthal, Cedillo, Corbett, Kehoe, Oropeza,
    Simitian, Torlakson
    NO VOTE RECORDED: McClintock, Ashburn, Dutton, Harman


    SUBJECT : Emergency shelters and special needs facilities

    SOURCE : Author

    DIGEST : This bill requires cities and counties to
    identify specific sites with by-right zoning to accommodate
    the communitys need for homeless shelters, requires cities
    and counties to identify zones where special needs
    facilities and transitional housing are permitted either by
    right or with a conditional use permit, and prohibits a
    city or county from disapproving applications for shelters
    and special needs facilities unless specified findings are

    ANALYSIS : Current housing element law requires each city
    and county to identify and analyze existing and projected
    housing needs, identify adequate sites with appropriate
    zoning to meet the housing needs of all income segments of

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    the community, and ensure that regulatory systems provide
    opportunities for, and do not unduly constrain, housing
    development. To the extent that a community does not have
    adequate sites for affordable housing within its existing
    inventory of residentially zoned land, then the community
    must adopt a program to rezone land at appropriate
    densities to accommodate the community’s housing need for
    all income groups. Rezoned sites must allow for the
    development of housing as a “use by right,” which means
    that the local government may not require a conditional use
    permit, planned unit development permit, or other
    discretionary review or approval. Under by-right zoning,
    projects that meet the community’s zoning and development
    standards are approved ministerially at the staff level.

    Housing element law also requires communities to include an
    analysis of special housing needs, including the need for
    emergency shelter, and an identification of zones where
    such housing is permitted, but does not require that
    specific sites for emergency shelters or special needs
    facilities be identified.

    In addition, the Housing Accountability Act (formerly known
    as the anti-NIMBY law) requires a city or county to make
    one of the following findings, based on substantial
    evidence in the record, in order to disapprove an
    affordable housing project:

    1. The city or county has adopted an updated housing
    element in substantial compliance with the law, and the
    community has met its share of the regional housing need
    for that income category.

    2. The project would have a specific, adverse impact on the
    public health or safety, and there is no way to mitigate
    or avoid the impact.

    3. The denial is required to comply with state or federal

    4. The project is located on agricultural or resource
    preservation land that does not have adequate water or
    waste water facilities.

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    5. The jurisdiction has identified sufficient and adequate
    sites to accommodate its share of the regional housing
    need and the project is inconsistent with both the
    general plan land use designation and the zoning

    Because an emergency shelter does not contain housing
    “units,” it is not considered a housing development project
    and is therefore not protected by the Housing
    Accountability Act.

    This bill requires cities and counties to identify specific
    sites with by-right zoning to accommodate the community’s
    need for homeless shelters, requires cities and counties to
    identify zones where special needs facilities and
    transitional housing are permitted either by right or with
    a conditional use permit, and prohibits a city or county
    from disapproving applications for shelter facilities and
    special needs facilities unless specified findings are

    Specifically, this bill amends housing element law to:

    1. Define “special needs facility” to include those
    community care facilities, residential care facilities,
    and residential care facilities for the elderly, as
    defined in current law, that are licensed and serve
    seven or more persons.

    2. Require local governments, in their analysis of special
    housing needs, to additionally analyze the need for
    special needs facilities.

    3. Require local governments to identify in their site
    inventory specific sites suitable for the development of
    emergency shelters within the planning period and
    adequate to accommodate the need for emergency shelter
    identified in the housing element. Such sites shall be
    served by appropriate infrastructure and zoned to permit
    shelters as a use by right. In addition, the sites
    shall be zoned with appropriate development and
    management standards that effectively allow the
    community’s shelter needs to be met.

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    4. Require cities and counties, to the extent that the
    community’s inventory of sites for emergency shelters is
    inadequate to accommodate the community’s need as
    identified in the analysis, to identify and rezone
    sufficient sites to accommodate this need. Rezoned
    sites must permit emergency shelters as a use by right.

    5. Allow adjacent jurisdictions to satisfy their combined
    zoning requirement for emergency shelters through a
    regional agreement adopted and implemented by all the
    participating cities and counties.

    This bill also amends the Housing Accountability Act to:

    1. Apply the law to emergency shelters and special needs

    2. Provide that a jurisdiction may not use the “not-needed”
    defense to disapprove an emergency shelter or special
    needs facility unless the community has met the need for
    such facilities identified in its housing element
    analysis of special housing needs.

    3. Provide that a jurisdiction may require special needs
    facilities and emergency shelters to comply with
    objective, quantifiable, written management standards
    appropriate to and consistent with meeting the
    jurisdiction’s need for special needs facilities and
    emergency shelters.

    This bill also amends the Planning and Zoning law to
    require cities and counties to designate zones in which
    special needs facilities and transitional housing are
    permitted uses, either by right or subject to a conditional
    use permit.

    Veto Message

    This bill is identical in substance to SB 1322 (Cedillo),
    2005-06 session, which was vetoed by Governor
    Schwarzenegger. The veto message stated in relevant part:

    “Though the intentions of this bill are laudable, the

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    specifics of the measure would place overly burdensome
    mandates on cities and counties.

    “Specifically, this measure would preclude a local
    government from considering the overall needs and
    concerns of its community by limiting its authority to
    condition or deny certain projects as would otherwise be
    allowed by law. Such mandated, or by right, zoning not
    only presumes that all California cities and counties
    have a need for these facilities, but also usurps local
    government discretion [and] denies the impacted
    population groups the right to have their voice heard.
    Further, this measure would facilitate an unnecessary
    increase in litigation brought against cities and
    counties that would only result in a depletion of local
    government resources, rather than helping improve the
    availability of such facilities.”

    FISCAL EFFECT : Appropriation: No Fiscal Com.: Yes
    Local: Yes

    SUPPORT : (Verified 4/16/07)

    American Federation of State, County and Municipal
    California Council of Community Mental Health Agencies
    California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation
    Central City Association of Los Angeles
    EIMAGO, Inc.
    Gray Panthers
    Housing California
    Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, City of Los Angeles
    MCR Public Affairs
    Moller International
    National Association of Social Workers
    Northeast Democratic Club
    Progressive Jewish Alliance
    San Diego Housing Federation
    Shelter Partnership
    Union Rescue Mission
    Western Center on Law and Poverty

    OPPOSITION : (Verified 4/24/07)

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    Department of Finance

    ARGUMENTS IN SUPPORT : According the author’s office,
    there are an estimated 360,000 homeless individuals and
    families in California. Because homelessness affects all
    races, genders, age, and geographic areas of the state, the
    author’s office believes there is a growing need for every
    city and county to plan for the location of adequate
    shelters to accommodate its respective need. Because of
    the high incidence of mental illness and substance abuse
    among homeless individuals, it is also necessary to ensure
    the adequate provision of residential care facilities that
    serve these populations. The current disproportionate
    availability of shelters and special needs facilities
    across regions and the state leads to the concentration of
    the homeless in inner cities and poor communities like Skid
    Row in downtown Los Angeles.

    The author’s offices states that this bill seeks to help
    address homelessness in a manner that is equitable to all
    communities by requiring every city and county to identify
    sufficient sites where emergency shelters can locate
    by-right to address each community’s own need. This bill
    also prohibits cities and counties from disapproving
    shelters and special needs facilities without legitimate

    ARGUMENTS IN OPPOSITION : The Department of Finance
    states in opposition:

    “Given that the homeless population and the related
    subpopulation with special needs are difficult to count,
    it would be infeasible for many cities and counties to
    accurately identify their housing need for these groups.
    If the requirement to provide sites for shelters and
    facilities was based on counts of where homeless persons
    currently are found, this would permanently burden those
    cities that provide services or are otherwise attracting
    a larger share of homeless persons and would immunize
    those cities and counties that have few homeless persons
    because they currently provide no services or otherwise
    shift their homeless population to neighboring

    SB 2

    “It many not be feasible to implement approval ‘by right’
    of emergency shelters and special needs facilities when
    local governments fail to identify adequate sites. By
    right zoning is feasible when local impacts can be
    addressed through standardized provisions. By contrast,
    the siting of emergency shelters and special needs
    facilities generally involves complex issues about
    compatibility with the surrounding area and appropriate
    special conditions.”

    JJA:mw 4/24/07 Senate Floor Analyses


    **** END ****



  172. 06em
    December 7, 2009 at 7:42 am

    What triggered the police showing up? If, as you say, the chief is rational on this issue, why would he send in the troops?

  173. December 7, 2009 at 7:59 am

    I am in the hospital so I was not there but I suspect it was pressure from David Tyson and the other political dinosaurs in this city.

    have a peaceful day,


  174. Anonymous
    December 10, 2009 at 12:18 am

    Homeless camp = South Spit = Hell on earth.

    Yeah, Bill, let’s build a Homeless Camp.

    December 10, 2009 at 7:20 am

    Bank Bailout scheme enters next phase: bailed-out companies do what the Fed is doing, print, print, print. Yep, big brother is allowing these corporate crusaders to print more shares of their company’s stock to flood the open market with to raise capital to pay back losses created by GREED. So, now new investors will be subsidizing the bailout of financial retards and criminals who breed like bunny rabbits? Wow, what is next?

    Jeffrey Lytle
    McKinleyville – 5th District

  176. newbaku
    December 11, 2009 at 3:15 pm

    Well, its on the agenda. Eka city council will discuss its field trip to see Bonnie and the CCC.

  177. Big Al
    December 13, 2009 at 12:59 pm

    how do I make my own icon? ( I like the hat!)

  178. December 13, 2009 at 1:26 pm

    Al, you need to sign up for a WordPress account. Signing up doesn’t require that you start a blog, FYI.

  179. December 13, 2009 at 1:32 pm

    Here’s the link for wordpress.com.

  180. Big Al
    December 13, 2009 at 2:00 pm

    thanks see if I can do this…

  181. Anonymous
    December 13, 2009 at 2:02 pm


  182. schazbott
    December 13, 2009 at 2:05 pm


  183. Big Al
    December 13, 2009 at 2:06 pm

    ( I think) I got it all together now…

  184. December 13, 2009 at 2:13 pm

    Welcome, stick man.

  185. Big Al
    December 13, 2009 at 2:17 pm

    figures…. (belongs with the puns)

    December 13, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    Buju Banton Cocaine conspiracy

    Jeffrey Lytle
    McKinleyville – 5th District

  187. December 13, 2009 at 8:47 pm

    Alright. I can’t make a post about every hilarious thing on Eureka Now! but this shit cracks me up.

  188. Ed
    December 13, 2009 at 8:52 pm

    “Huge Quickly OK” Yer killin’ me.

  189. Ed
    December 15, 2009 at 9:28 pm

    I’m so glad Jones flaps his lips every tues. nite, makes me all nostalgic for his personal history. Gee wiz.

  190. Anonymoose
    December 17, 2009 at 1:01 pm

    I didn’t know where to post this but Buju Banton is in jail in Florida after allegedly trying to buy 5 kilos of cocaine. He was videotaped by the cops. Karma is a bitch aint it?

  191. Anonymous
    December 17, 2009 at 1:30 pm

    If you’re Buddhist or Hindu, yeah, karma is a bitch. For the rest of us it’s superstition.

  192. Anonymous
    December 18, 2009 at 3:06 am

    The chief domestic pusher of the Karma Theory in recent years is the TV show “My Name is Earl” – which is written by and stars people from the “Church” of Scientology.

  193. Big Al
    December 18, 2009 at 7:03 am

    karma is in every religion

  194. December 18, 2009 at 7:12 am

    I am posting the story below because some months ago there was a house explosion on the west side of Eureka (early this year or maybe late last year) that is to date unexplained. (There was no meth lab etc)

    Perhaps the below story is relevant.



    A Pacific Gas and Electric Co. worker accidentally installed the wrong kind of pipe in 2006 in repairing a gas leak outside a Rancho Cordova home that later blew up, the utility said Thursday.

    Leaking gas from the repaired pipe triggered an explosion last Christmas Eve, killing Wilbert Paana, 72.

    PG&E acknowledged the mistake the same day the National Transportation Safety Board released the findings of its investigation into the blast.

    The worker at fault used a piece of “packing” pipe in the repair – a thinner-walled pipe the manufacturer uses as packing material when shipping usable pipe, said Brian Swanson, a PG&E spokesman.


  195. Lucky 13
    December 18, 2009 at 11:53 am

    Where has Chris Rall been lately? We all miss his excellent lessons on economics.

    Did he find a higher paying gig?

  196. lumpy
    December 18, 2009 at 7:46 pm

    Does David Simpson have any other posts from Copenhagen?

  197. Anonymous
    December 20, 2009 at 11:11 am

    Vatican cracks down on phoney use of papal image

    VATICAN CITY — The Vatican is cracking down on the unauthorized use of the pope’s image.

    The Vatican issued a dec­laration Saturday saying that anyone who wants to use the pope’s name, photo or coat of arms, or the title “pontifical,” must first obtain authorization from the Holy See.

  198. Anonymous
    December 20, 2009 at 8:10 pm

    The Merry Minuet
    -Kingston Trio
    -Sheldon Harnick

    They’re rioting in Africa. They’re starving in Spain. There’s hurricanes in Florida, and Texas needs rain. The whole world is festering with unhappy souls. The French hate the Germans, the Germans hate the Poles. Italians hate Yugoslavs, South Africans hate the Dutch. And I don’t like anybody very much! But we can be tranquil and thankful and proud, for man’s been endowed with a mushroom-shaped cloud. And we know for certain that some lovely day, someone will set the spark off… and we will all be blown away. They’re rioting in Africa. There’s strife in Iran. What nature doesn’t do to us… will be done by our fellow man.

  199. 06em
    December 20, 2009 at 9:09 pm

    Hey! Merry Christmas, bro!

  200. Walt
    December 21, 2009 at 4:50 am

    And the final result of the “health care wars” is. . .make buying private insurance at usurious rates MANDATORY. Buy those insurance company stocks NOW. Thank Gawd we don’t have (shudder) Socialized Medicine!! Why do we even bother paying our elected officials, since they get far more from the folks they’re supposed to regulate? Buy, damn you!

  201. Anonymous
    December 21, 2009 at 1:28 pm

    Yes. The great hope of universal health care has been trasformed into a system that will require us to pay the corporations for health insurance whether we like it or not. The Land of the Free has become the Home of the Slave. We will all now be slaves to the corporate lobbyists and our corrupt, bought-and-paid-for “representatives” in “our” government. The government that is now ours in name only.

  202. Big Al
    December 24, 2009 at 11:15 am

    Merry Christmas to all,
    to those I agree with and even those I don’t.
    best wishes for 2010

  203. ~~6
    December 30, 2009 at 7:04 pm

    Categories: TV
    Limbaugh hospitalized

    Honolulu TV:

    Conservative radio talk host Rush Limbaugh was rushed to a Honolulu hospital on Wednesday afternoon with chest pains, sources told KITV.

    Paramedics responded to the call at 2:41 p.m. at the Kahala Hotel and Resort.

    Limbaugh suffered from chest pains, sources said. Paramedics treated him and took him to Queen’s Medical Center in serious condition.

    He was seen golfing at Waialae Country Club earlier this week. The country club is next to the Kahala Hotel and Resort.

  204. Anonymous
    January 1, 2010 at 3:03 pm

    From The Associated Press a while back:

    Retired Justice Souter urges civic education

    CHICAGO — Retired Supreme Court Justice David Souter wants the nation’s lawyers to help launch a rebirth of civic education, saying too many Americans don’t understand how their government works.

    Souter gave the keynote address Saturday at the American Bar Association’s annual meeting in Chicago.

    He says there “is a danger to judicial independence when people have no understanding of how the judiciary fits into the constitutional scheme.”

    Souter pointed to a poll showing that two-thirds of Americans cannot name the three branches of govern­ment — executive, legislative and judicial. He says unless that changes, the power of judges to be independent of political pressures could be seriously eroded.

  205. Plain Jane
    January 9, 2010 at 4:15 pm

    Mega Giant Corporations Are Very Bad for America

    By Barry C. Lynn, AlterNet. Posted January 2, 2010.

    Wal-Mart delivers at least 30% and sometimes more than 50% of the entire U.S. consumption of products. Why the monopolization of our economy should scare you.


    January 9, 2010 at 4:33 pm


    1 aftershock felt about 3-4 minutes later.

    Prediction: main quake was between 5.8 & 6.6

    aftershock felt = 3.9-4.2

    Well see!

  207. January 9, 2010 at 4:39 pm


  208. January 9, 2010 at 4:44 pm

    6.5 24 miles w of humboldt hill

    any damage in eureka?

    January 9, 2010 at 4:44 pm

    another aftershock @ 4:33 pm

    January 9, 2010 at 4:45 pm


    4:43 pm


    January 9, 2010 at 4:47 pm



    January 9, 2010 at 4:57 pm

    intensity mapping

    MMI archives

    Jeffrey Lytle
    McKinleyville – 5th District

  213. Anonymous
    January 10, 2010 at 11:56 am

    Who will write the definitive report on the non-response of local media to the Big Story – yesterday’s Earthquake?

    Not the Times-Standard. Certainly we can’t expect KIEM-TV 3 to do a report on its own failure to keep the public informed.

    Who will write the definitive report?

  214. Anonymous
    January 11, 2010 at 5:44 pm

    Does anyone know any information about a bicycle accident on the 101 safety corridor? ~5:20pm Monday January 11th?

    I saw a cyclist struggle up off the ground with a bike laid out and a couple cars parked nearby with people rushing towards the scene.

    Just wanted to make sure the person was okay.

    Thank you.

  215. anonymous
    January 12, 2010 at 2:39 pm

    CNN reporting a 7.0 earthquake in Haiti.

  216. Cheese Dick
    January 12, 2010 at 2:53 pm


  217. Anonymous
    January 14, 2010 at 12:11 pm

    Get ready. This is what the emergency response community is saying (courtesy of Ken Coale – Oceanographer, Moss Landing Marine Lab ):

    Currently, the strong El Nino is reaching its peak in the Eastern Pacific, and now finally appears to be exerting an influence on our weather. The strong jet has been apparent for quite some time out over the open water, but the persistent block had prevented it from reaching the coast. Now that the block has dissolved completely, a 200+ kt jet is barreling towards us. Multiple large and powerful storm systems are expected to slam into CA from the west and northwest over the coming two weeks, all riding this extremely powerful jet stream directly into the state. The jet will itself provide tremendous dynamic lift, in addition to directing numerous disturbances right at the state and supplying them with an ample oceanic moisture source. The jet will be at quite a low latitude over much of the Pacific, so these storms will be quite cold, at least initially. Very heavy rainfall and strong to potentially very strong winds will impact the lower elevations beginning late Sunday and continuing through at least the following Sunday. This will be the case for the entire state, from (and south of) the Mexican border all the way up to Oregon. Above 3000-4000 feet, precipitation will be all snow, and since temperatures will be unusually cold for a precipitation event of this magnitude, a truly prodigious amount of snowfall is likely to occur in the mountains, possibly measured in the tens of feet in the Sierra after it’s all said and done. But there’s a big and rather threatening caveat to that (discussed below).Individual storm events are going to be hard to time for at least few more days, since this jet is just about as powerful as they come (on this planet, anyway). Between this Sunday and the following Sunday, I expect categorical statewide rainfall totals in excess of 3-4 inches. That is likely to be a huge underestimate for most areas. Much of NorCal is likely to see 5-10 inches in the lowlands, with 10-20 inches in orographically-favored areas. Most of SoCal will see 3-6 inches at lower elevations, with perhaps triple that amount in favored areas.

    This is where things get even more interesting, though. The models are virtually unanimous in “reloading” the powerful jet stream and forming an additional persistent kink 2000-3000 miles to our southwest after next Sunday. This is a truly ominous pattern, because it implies the potential for a strong Pineapple-type connection to develop. Indeed, the 12z GFS now shows copious warm rains falling between days 12 and 16 across the entire state. Normally, such as scenario out beyond day seven would be dubious at best. Since the models are in such truly remarkable agreement, however, and because of the extremely high potential impact of such an event, it’s worth mentioning now. Since there will be a massive volume of freshly-fallen snow (even at relatively low elevations between 3000-5000 feet), even a moderately warm storm event would cause very serious flooding. This situation will have to monitored closely. Even if the tropical connection does not develop, expected rains in the coming 7-10 days will likely be sufficient to cause flooding in and of themselves (even in spite of dry antecedent conditions).

    In addition to very heavy precipitation, powerful winds may result from very steep pressure gradients associated with the large and deep low pressure centers expect ed to begin approaching the coast by early next week. Though it’s not clear at the moment just how powerful these winds may be, there is certainly the potential for a widespread damaging wind event at some point, and the high Sierra peaks are likely to see gusts in the 100-200 mph range (since the 200kt jet at 200-300 mb will essentially run directly into the mountains at some point). The details of this will have to be hashed out as the event(s) draw closer.

    In short, the next 2-3 weeks (at least) are likely to be more active across California than any other 2-3 week period in recent memory. The potential exists for a dangerous flood scenario to arise at some point during this interval, especially with the possibility of a heavy rain-on-snow event during late week 2. In some parts of Southern California, a whole season’s worth of rain could fall over the course of 5-10 days. This is likely to be a rather memorable event. Stay tuned.
    Chris Haile
    Battalion Chief, Battalion 1
    Cal Fire / Butte County Fire/Rescue
    6640 Steiffer Rd
    Magalia, CA 95954

  218. January 14, 2010 at 1:10 pm

    Yikes! Thanks!

  219. January 14, 2010 at 3:38 pm

    Not that I don’t have the utmost trust in the anonymous posters here but some one once said “Trust but verify.” So here is what the MLML had to say:

    Mr. Holmes:

    The statement attributed to me was actually a summary analysis provided by the Fire Battalion Chief in Butte County. This was circulated to other emergency responders and our group serves as disaster service workers for Santa Cruz County. I cannot substantiate the information, but it is consistent with NOAA’s Special Weather Statement (link below).


    Dr. Kenneth Coale, Director
    Moss Landing Marine Laboratories
    8272 Moss Landing Road
    Moss Landing, CA 95039
    (831) 771-4400

    have a peaceful day,

  220. longwind
    January 16, 2010 at 9:26 am

    It’s official, Singleton’s NewsMedia corp is filing for bankruptcy. How could the T-S get worse? We’ll find out:


  221. Anonymous
    January 17, 2010 at 11:34 pm

    Sadly, the airport in Port-au-Prince is loaded with supplies which are not reaching the people of Haiti. The roads are filled with concrete chunks of fallen buildings and no one has yet figured out how to airlift heavy equipment to the airport to be used in clearing the roads.

    While the geniuses in charge of spending relief money are sitting on an ever-growing pile of desperately-needed food and water and medical and housing supplies at the airport, and while we millions of Americans and others around the world send money to help them, the bottleneck shows no sign of opening.

    People! Listen! Airlift big Caterpillar earth movers to Haiti! Let the Cats do their work! They can clear the roads to where the people are dying! Then those supplies can be trucked to where they might actually do some good!

  222. The Monitor
    January 18, 2010 at 10:25 pm

    You would think that the Army Corp of Engineers would be one of the first units to be called. It is also odd that the Israelis can set up a complete field hospital and have it operational before we can get our act together. Why haven’t we learned from Katrina. Emergency units should be on the ready. After our 6.5 quake it becomes very clear that we could be stranded here for some time if the big one hits. I am not all that confident government currently has the ability to act with a coordinated, fast response to a major emergency.

  223. January 19, 2010 at 7:15 am

    The US Military was defeated on two fronts in the Banker War For Oil & Poppy, untrained militia in tennis shoes with old soviet rifles of 7.62*39 defeated what was claimed to be a super power.
    There is nothing left of the military- even the tanks use ball bearings made in China, the super carrier can’t function without spare parts from China.
    What you see is very much like what people went through when Soviet Union fell= one night it was there, the next morning it was gone and the money worthless.
    The limits of our defeated nation are becoming easier to see.
    Blame the bankers and the Israelis who run the country and collect taxes from you.

  224. January 19, 2010 at 7:40 am

    Maybe all of our operational field hospitals are already deployed in western and central Asia?

    have a peaceful day,

    January 19, 2010 at 8:38 am

    Just read these latest two responses,

    Monitor – brings out good points. I believe that for a country so used to using it’s troops to kill, that the training necessary for humanitarian needs is inadequate – even more inadequate as the size of the need increases.

    Bill – good angle because U.S. forces are spread thin throughout this planet.

    What I don’t get is that humanitarian aid did not fall from the sky in droves immediately in that small window of opportunity where people have yet to experience the full ramifications of shock and trama AND hunger which leads quickly to violence. Haiti is an eye-opener for any Americans who think their own government will successfully help in a time of great earthly need. My worst fears of international political gerrymandering come true once again – something American Voters and international society have come to expect from THIS country which “pulls so many faces and woolen blankets” over it’s own people and The World.

    Jeffrey Lytle
    McKinleyville – 5th District

  226. Big Al
  227. January 19, 2010 at 9:49 am

    The Monitor writes:

    I am not all that confident government currently has the ability to act with a coordinated, fast response to a major emergency.

    Don’t worry. The US government can get aid to Goldman Sachs in no time at all.

  228. The Monitor
    January 19, 2010 at 10:12 am

    Mitch, you have got that right. Even the (good guy) on the black horse has been disappointing. When all is said and done, much more is said that done.

    January 20, 2010 at 10:05 am

    Times Standard = Bankruptcy? Chapter 7 or 11?

    Jeffrey Lytle
    McKinleyville – 5th District

  230. January 20, 2010 at 10:55 am

    … that it plans to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

    January 20, 2010 at 11:27 am

    Thanks 10:55am,

    I feel bad for all the people that are owed money; and, the judge is going to allow another corporation to make illegitimate profits stolen from the labors of others. No self-responsibiliy; but, then again, it is not as if the government and it’s judical branch endorse responsibility when the intention is a scam!

    Sure is hard to swallow that people condone the filling of there pockets with stolen monies of others (those the judge will shun in favor of the thief). Zero credibility for establishment minions who knowingly partake, for this is beyond greed!

    Jeffrey Lytle
    McKinleyville – 5th District

  232. Anonymous
    January 20, 2010 at 3:10 pm

    You’ve seen the TV ads encouraging tax cheats to get off the hook by hiring a smarmy anti-tax advocate. If the claims are true, their clients are getting government services without paying their share of the tax burden. Not only that, they are not shouldering their fair share of the Haiti earthquake costs. They are leeches. Parasites. Traitors.

  233. January 25, 2010 at 11:14 pm

    Three beachgoers were swept into the ocean off a Trinidad beach early Monday afternoon, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. Two made it back to shore while the Coast Guard is looking for the 3rd.

    Funny how this news showed up in the Chron before it was reported in Humboldt.

  234. McKinleyvillan
    January 25, 2010 at 11:41 pm

    that does not sound hopeful.

    how would it be reported in Humboldt first? There’s hardly a news corps here anymore. Sadly.

  235. Carol
    January 26, 2010 at 5:50 am

    We have had high surf warnings for weeks – tragic news.

  236. February 2, 2010 at 6:47 pm

    A new state wide law signed by the Governor last October went into effect Jan. 25. Under it’s provisions state and local prisons and jails must release thousands of non-violent convicts. Sacramento County has released 500 and several other counties have released hundreds.

    How many inmates has Humboldt County released under this new law?


  237. Anonymous
    February 3, 2010 at 9:43 am
  238. Anonymous
    February 3, 2010 at 9:52 am
  239. walt
    February 5, 2010 at 4:58 pm

    I don’t know if any H watchers heard about it, but the new Tri-City Weekly had a fluff piece about “mixed martial arts”. . .cage-fighting for fun and profit at the Blue Lake Casino. Am I the only total wuss who thinks this is truly weird, disgusting, and a VERY dark sign for HumCo and the US in general? They didn’t ask how many ended up in the ER (or who paid for THAT), and didn’t take pix of people bleeding, how is this “sport”, and how is it different from Bumfights?

  240. Mr. Nice
    February 5, 2010 at 6:05 pm

    I don’t know if any H watchers heard about it, but the new Tri-City Weekly had a fluff piece about “mixed martial arts”. . .cage-fighting for fun and profit at the Blue Lake Casino. Am I the only total wuss who thinks this is truly weird, disgusting, and a VERY dark sign for HumCo and the US in general? They didn’t ask how many ended up in the ER (or who paid for THAT), and didn’t take pix of people bleeding, how is this “sport”, and how is it different from Bumfights?

    Should disclaim this… I enjoy both boxing and mma.

    But, mma is less messed up than boxing. In mma, fighters go at it and maybe one tries to throw the other guy on the mat and choke him or whatever and dude gives up. If someone gets clocked and falls on their face, fight’s over. Fights usually last a couple rounds of intense action.

    In boxing dudes keep hitting each other in the dome until is eventually turns into Muhammad Ali-style permanent damage. If a boxer gets clocked and falls flat on his face… the fight ain’t over, dude gets a ten count to try to shake off the brain injury and keep going. Fights usually last an hour or so… unless it is Mike Tyson back in the day.

    So, I dunno how you think mma is bum fights or bloodsport or whatever. It is clean and over with. How many mma fighters do you just know have brain damage when they try to talk… now think about boxers.

    I mean, I love boxing, but I can see clearly which one is the injury-prone bloodsport and which one is just fighting.

  241. Not an Expert
    February 10, 2010 at 10:35 am

    Looks like the Arcata City Council is going to stand firm on protecting the environment despite the so-called environmentalists clamoring to let Footprint Biodiesel slide on the huge oil spill they had. Sounds like this business better get their act together.

    Also looks like the City is going to give Footprint a loan to get their act together.

  242. longwind
    February 12, 2010 at 1:41 pm

    Followers of our long-running code enforcement follies get more than a year’s worth of official obfuscation and doublespeak summed up in one letter to the North Coast Journal this week:


  243. longwind
    February 13, 2010 at 9:36 am

    The extinction cascade sweeps across California, Sacramento River paces Klamath in decline:


  244. longwind
    February 15, 2010 at 9:10 am
  245. February 16, 2010 at 2:45 pm

    from Calitics:

    Prop 16’s Massive Drafting Errors and how the Chamber Conveniently Overlooked Them

    by: Brian Leubitz
    Tue Feb 16, 2010 at 09:45:00 AM PST

    John Geesman, a former California Energy Commissioner, has been tracking PG&E’s naked power ploy, Prop 16, for a while now. You can find his writings at the PG&E Ballot Initiative Fact Sheet. In a posting from yesterday, he tears into the California Chamber of Commerce for endorsing it. Apparently, the Cal Chamber hasn’t bothered to read the measure before they just sorta agreed to do PG&E’s bidding. PG&E is, of course, a big contributor to the CalChamber.

    The statewide California Association of Realtors last week took a formal position against the PG&E-sponsored initiative, while some months ago — before it even qualified for the ballot — the gullible State Chamber endorsed it.
    {However,} the drafting error, a failure to clearly define what constitutes the “new customer” that triggers an election with a 2/3’s vote requirement — which strikes terror into the heart of every realtor with a listing or a buyer in any of the 48 effected communitiesis probably an even bigger threat to new or relocating businessesin those same locales. Analysis of wording flaws here and here.> (PG&E Ballot Initiative Fact Sheet)

    That drafting error could end up making for a whole mess of litigation. While PG&E certainly didn’t intend it to be an anti-Walmart tool, it could end up being just that. It’s almost enough to make you think about supporting this mess. Think about it. Walmart wants to open a new store in say, Sacramento, where there is a public power provider. Sure, it’s not like progressives would want to mess with the local public power provider, but a tool is a tool, right? Of course, it could end up fighting more than just Walmart, and could morph into a NIMBYists dream.


  246. Anonymous
    February 16, 2010 at 6:16 pm

    How can I tell a legal 215 grow house from an illegal grow house?

  247. 06em
    February 16, 2010 at 6:39 pm

    Good question. Maybe you could tell by how much of the house appears to be given over to growing. Are all the windows covered, or just one part of the house?

    Does someone seem to live there – checking the mail, hanging out in the yard, having visitors?

    Does most activity only happen late at night?

    The big problem with distinguishing a difference is that even a legal grower wouldn’t want to be too obvious as protection against ripoff artists.

  248. Zeno
    February 17, 2010 at 8:38 am

    Humboldt County scores poorly on the latest Robert Wood Johnson Foundation ranking of counties by health outcomes. This report makes clear that rural counties have the worst health outcomes for their residents.

  249. longwind
    February 17, 2010 at 8:46 am

    But Humboldt isn’t a rural county–more than two thirds of our population is huddled around the declining formerly industrial-extractive towns of Humboldt Bay. Note that Mendocino, a truly rural county, is significantly healthier than we are.

    What this map seems to show is that wealth is healthy, and that declining cities are nonetheless healthier than rural areas without ingrained social services dying off slowly, like ours. Our rural areas are too small a portion of our population to be characterized by this map.

  250. Zeno
    February 17, 2010 at 9:14 am

    Longwind, Humboldt is technically considered a rural county, compared to counties that a part of a metropolitan statistical area. It doesn’t matter that our sparse population is clustered in little 15k to 30k population centers.

    And yes, there is a strong correlation between being rural and being lower income, but that isn’t all of the issue. Rural areas, for example, also have a more difficult time holding on to physicians, particularly specialists, and there is poorer access to full-service hospitals.

    In terms of Mendocino, excuse me, but the population center around Ukiah is a lot closer to doctors and hospitals in Santa Rosa than we are.

  251. longwind
    February 17, 2010 at 11:15 am

    Thanks for your response, Zeno. I urge locals to screen out intellectual categories overlaid upon us from afar, and see clearly who and what we are here. We are a declining micropolis surrounded by very low-density woods and fields. Our population is not rural, no matter that our phenomena are too intimate to be described and accomodated within national statistical sets.

    Ukiah for all its big boxes isn’t 20 percent of Mendocino County’s population. That’s why I call Mendo rural, while our two-thirds urban population makes us (teeny-tiny) urban. Humboldt is unique. It must be understood as such if it’s to be understood at all, which is getting more necessary as we we drift into arguments about abstractions instead of realities. It’s the realities we want to preserve, not misleading labels brought here from places that aren’t like us.

    That’s why we’re here, remember?

  252. Anonymous
    February 17, 2010 at 11:51 am

    I don’t mean to seem ungrateful, but I need more information on some specific and reliable ways I can tell a 215 legal marijuana grow house from an illegal marijuana grow house. I don’t want to pester people who are obeying the law, but someone is growing marijuana in a house in my neighborhood and if it is illegal, I want it to stop. How can I know which pot grows are legal and which are illegal? I appreciate any serious answers to this question.

  253. Mr. Nice
    February 18, 2010 at 9:16 am

    I don’t mean to seem ungrateful, but I need more information on some specific and reliable ways I can tell a 215 legal marijuana grow house from an illegal marijuana grow house. I don’t want to pester people who are obeying the law, but someone is growing marijuana in a house in my neighborhood and if it is illegal, I want it to stop. How can I know which pot grows are legal and which are illegal? I appreciate any serious answers to this question.

    Just go read their electric meter and hope you aren’t marked for a beatdown when they review the surveillance tape. This is a common ripper technique, reading meters. You’ll have to think like a jacker to detect a large grow. In most cases, legal grows are very easy to detect and big ones take measures to avoid casual detection. Most home invasion type situations are done by people with prior knowledge. That one in Mack Town where the dudes showed up the day before pretending to want to buy pounds is a good example. Maybe show up and pretend to want to buy pounds. Good luck not getting shot and so forth.

  254. February 18, 2010 at 9:22 am

    Ward Reform Fail:


    First of all, thanks to Council persons Atkins and Glass for supporting this much needed reform.

    Second of all, raspberries to the local Democratic machine that could have qualified this for the ballot in two weeks if it had just wanted to.

    The only possible explanation is that the local Democratic-Republican Party is quite happy with the status quo, as it favors the big two parties and discourages the rise of third and fourth parties from any part of the political spectrum, left, right or center.

    The current at-large voting scheme is unconstitutional and must still be reformed. We need true wards and run off voting.

    have a peaceful day,

  255. Kathy
    February 18, 2010 at 9:55 am

    “”How can I know which pot grows are legal and which are illegal? “”

    Say Hello and ask them.

  256. Anonymous
    February 18, 2010 at 12:03 pm

    Kathy, I asked for SERIOUS answers. Your answer could get me killed, as you know perfectly well.

  257. Kathy
    February 18, 2010 at 12:12 pm

    If you are afraid of all growers than park near a hydro store and watch the type of folks who walk in and out. Most are the same type of folks you would see at Safeway.
    If they make you feel you could get killed than they are bringing more problems than just plants into your neighborhood. Call your city council person.

  258. Anonymous
    February 18, 2010 at 1:28 pm

    Kathy, a man was shot and killed in front of his wife in Cutten when some dope thieves broke into his home last year. Don’t tell me marijuana growers and the people they associate with are incapable of violence.

  259. Mr. Nice
    February 18, 2010 at 3:47 pm

    People are shot and killed over all kinds of stupid shit involving money. Don’t try to tell me marijuana money is any different than other money. If you have a bunch of cash and people know about it, you might just get got.

    The UPS man was a little too open about his fat sacks. He trusted his “friends.” Tragically, some people put a slug in him over that. That’s how it goes, thieves steal, thieves commit violence. Sorry to inform you.

    In my old hood, the fresh immigrants would hoard all their money because they didn’t trust banks. Many times, they’d buy gold and not keep it in a safe deposit box, they’d just keep it in a safe. Lots of them got jacked when it was known that they had been collecting ducats like that. Now, am I supposed to blame fucking gold for that?

  260. Anonymous
    February 19, 2010 at 2:24 am

    Somebody should sue you, Mr. Nice, for violating the truth-in-advertising statutes.

  261. Mr. Nice
    February 20, 2010 at 12:17 pm

    Somebody should sue you, Mr. Nice, for violating the truth-in-advertising statutes.

    I said them same thing when I saw your mama’s call girl ad.

  262. Anonymous
    February 21, 2010 at 11:45 am

    Mr. Nice has the mind of a child. A poorly-educated, badly-instructed, sadly unloved child. But never fear. He has his anger and his marijuana to keep him warm.

  263. Plain Jane
    February 22, 2010 at 6:42 am

    Paul Krugman’s column today, “The Bankruptcy Boys” is a must read for everyone. Comments as well.


  264. Mr. Nice
    February 23, 2010 at 5:12 pm

    He has his anger and his marijuana to keep him warm.

    Yea, iss been cold at night ever since yo mama went back to the track.

  265. Mr. Nice
    February 23, 2010 at 5:27 pm

    FYI anonymous if you go ahead and do another ad hominem, Imma come back at you with another snap. We can go in circles like that as long as you want.

    If you want to deal with your original issue, go for it, but I have a feeling you want to don’t think about any other aspect than what you already had in mind. I’ll hold my ground on my point that you can’t blame the practice itself, problems are due to corrupt laws. With cannabis, it is illegality. With immigrants hoarding gold, it is the psychological baggage related to financial/legal issues from their former home. You shouldn’t blame weed or gold for how people act in response to corrupt government actions, it is blaming the symptom.

    If homeboy ran some other secret business out of his house with $20 Gs in product laying around, he would have been just as likely to get taken. I don’t believe the criminals when they print a statement in the newspapers like they read about it in high times. These people stalk their victims, there is prior knowledge. They know full well what they are after, how much there is, when it is going to be there, and all that. If they didn’t, why the fuck would they run in there with guns drawn?

    I guarantee I’m fucking right when I say until weed is legalized, there are gonna be some grow houses and the
    bigger ops run he risk of getting robbed. If you really want to know how to find a grow house, wait until the thieves do some kick door on it. If someone is selling lbs, guaranteed some crook knows. Those people have to talk to shady people in order to sell their product because of the legal situation.

  266. Anonymous
    February 27, 2010 at 4:03 am

    Chile: 8.8 earthquake, 3:34 AM.

  267. February 27, 2010 at 5:42 am

    I woke up from a shaking dream about 3:15 am. Stayed awake in bed for 2 hours. Got up out of bed at around 5:30am ish. Hit the news and 15 aftershocks already!!! Wow, weird.

    Jeffrey Lytle
    McKinleyville – 5th District

  268. Anonymous
    February 27, 2010 at 12:19 pm

    Mr. Nice can write anything he likes here.

    Heraldo can choose to leave the obscenities and the undeserved venom right where Mr. Nice puts them.

    I’ll skip past future posts by Mr. Nice without reading them.

    Problem solved.

  269. Mr. Nice
    February 28, 2010 at 9:46 am

    You are just deflecting. You don’t want to get into the conversation you started.

    I told you how to find grow houses. Go around knocking on doors with a con man pot story or read meters.

    I also told you that busts do not get rid of grow houses. I stand by that.

    I don’t have any venom dude. I apologize if yo mama is actually a ho and I touched a nerve or some shit.

  270. 06em
    February 28, 2010 at 3:26 pm

    Is it just me, or does Tom Fredriksen have a bit of the Washingtonesque “these wooden chompers hurt like hell” look about him in that campaign photo? Clean him up with a shave, lose the glasses, powdered wig … Valley Forge here he comes.

  271. Mr. Nice
    February 28, 2010 at 4:07 pm

    Is it just me, or does Tom Fredriksen have a bit of the Washingtonesque “these wooden chompers hurt like hell” look about him in that campaign photo?

    He looks pissed.

    Clean him up with a shave, lose the glasses, powdered wig … Valley Forge here he comes.

    Need onna those ruffled shirts too.

  272. February 28, 2010 at 6:55 pm

    Is the Fredriksen ad here a paid ad or is Heraldo just giving the Republican party a helpful push over the cliff?

    have a peaceful day,

  273. February 28, 2010 at 6:56 pm

    Oh and do you need to be a registered Republican to sign Tom’s petition?

    have a peaceful day,

  274. mresquan
    February 28, 2010 at 8:17 pm

    Bill,go back and find some of Tom’s rants about Bush and other neocons who call themselves republicans.He’s just as scathing as you and I.
    And he’s right about the state of the local repubs,it’s an inactive group which gathers some money so that they can eat cookies and have some lunch together,and that’s about it.We need a vibrant republican party locally so that the dems who are in control are forced to respond and act on the opposition brought to them by fiscal conservatives,who truly believe that society can prosper as a result of limited government and taxation.Certainly Tom has his faults and in certain instances distances himself from that credo,but it’s a sure step in the right direction,and is a good step away from the direction of those local repubs who have made it a priority to get democrat Virginia Bass elected to the board of supes.The local chapter has little concept of small government and limited taxation,as evidenced by their support of taxation funding the zoo and taxation funding the chamber of commerce,and taxation funding paid trips for council members to San Francisco.

  275. February 28, 2010 at 8:31 pm

    Hi Mark,

    Didn’t Tom propose a statue of George Bush be placed on the Plaza? Or was that just a joke?

    I like Tom’s panache and media savvy, though I don’t agree obviously with many of his positions.

    I would be happy to sign his central committee petition as long as I don’t have to register Republican LOL.

    As a proponent of multiparty democracy, I am happy to help anyone deconstruct the Democratic-Republican Party of authoritarian big government.

    have a peaceful day,

  276. A-Nony-Mouse
    February 28, 2010 at 9:07 pm

    He looks like he has a hemeroid bighting him in the ass. What a sour look! I thought even Republicans smiled sometimes.

  277. Mr. Nice
    February 28, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    Oh and do you need to be a registered Republican to sign Tom’s petition?

    have a peaceful day,

    You need to be registered Republican and living in Humboldt, Mendocino, Del Norte, Trinity, or North Sonoma/Lake County.

  278. March 1, 2010 at 7:51 am

    We need to have a discussion about the fire response fee idea that is being floated. I think it is a very bad idea to charge for fire department responses.

    It flies in the face of the idea of social equality and fairness. The rich can afford to pay for fire protection. The rest of us will burn.

    have a peaceful day,

  279. mresquan
    March 1, 2010 at 8:10 am

    But hey,if that happens,no worries,the zoo will provide the needed housing.

  280. March 1, 2010 at 8:16 am

    It is ridiculous to be having a discussion about a zoo in a city of 30,000 people. Zoos are archaic relics of a bygone era and should be closed. That is the moral argument. Then there is the expense. We have seen the typical pattern of Republican style politics with the expenses being socialized and the benefits privatised. Let’s close the zoo and move on. Sequoia Park will still be a wonderful place to go for families who will be able to enjoy the redwoods in their natural splendor.

    have a peaceful day,

  281. Wondering
    March 1, 2010 at 11:40 am

    I was watching the truck pick up recycling the other day and it looked like everything that folks take the time to separate (containers v. paper) is all dumped into the same place in the truck. Am I wrong?

  282. Anonymoose
    March 1, 2010 at 2:15 pm

    That ad on the right side of the page for the RCC and some dude named Fredriksen, is it for real or a joke? Its kinda freakin me out.

  283. March 1, 2010 at 2:35 pm

    It’s for real. The Humboldt Herald encourages local registered Republicans to go meet Tom next Saturday at the gazebo in Old Town and sign on for his bid to join the Republican Central Committee.

  284. Anonymous
    March 1, 2010 at 3:11 pm

    Dear “Wondering”, The recycling trucks pick up the recycling bins and empty them into their specially-designed truck, which channels the paper into one section and the containers into another section. From the street level, it may look as if they are being emptied into the same container, but I have seen them from above, so I can assure you, the separated types of recycled material do in fact go into two separate chambers within the truck.

    Fred Mangels carried a discussion of this very issue a few months ago on his blog. You might enjoy reading it.

  285. Wondering
    March 1, 2010 at 4:21 pm

    Thank you Anon 3/1 3:11 I appreciate the info!

  286. Not A Native
    March 1, 2010 at 5:21 pm

    Today’s employee hours reduction news from HSU:

    Campus Community,

    This morning we began informing a number of campus staff and faculty that their positions are being reduced to 10- or 11-month appointments. This was a difficult decision, but one that was necessary given severe state budget cuts as well as mandated enrollment reductions.

    In all, this reduces the annual work hours for 71 staff members and 5 faculty librarians.

    We did not take this action lightly. Dedicated, hard-working colleagues are being affected through no fault of their own.

    Fortunately, we were able to avoid a situation in which people actually lost their jobs. Health benefits will not be impacted by the loss of work hours, but salaries will. I know this will be a hardship for these employees.

    Administrators across campus will be discussing the situation with affected employees throughout the day. Human Resources staff and Academic Personnel Services staff are available to schedule meetings with employees to discuss their particular situations. In addition, our Employee Assistance Program is available to provide confidential support and can be contacted at 443-7358.

    Because union contracts allow some employees up to one month to request a reassignment rather than a reduced assignment, we don’t expect to know everyone who is affected by this change until the end of April.

    These timebase reductions are the direct result of drastic state budget cuts as well as the enrollment reductions those cuts have led to.

    HSU is being required to reduce enrollment by 6 percent as part of an overall enrollment reduction in the CSU system. To help achieve this, we have moved summer session to self-supported operation, and our summer session enrollment dropped to 531 students last year. That’s less than half of the year before, and it reduces the need for some library and administrative support services during the summer.

    As for budget cuts, I believe everyone understands the challenge. We have endured many years of difficult budgets, and expect the next year to be difficult as well. This year, we’re dealing with a reduction of over $12 million from our $102 million state budget.

    Many efforts have been made at the system and campus level to limit the impact of these budget cuts on students and preserve as many jobs as possible. These include employee furloughs, required enrollment reductions and fee increases across the CSU system. At HSU, we have also reorganized many units, held open or eliminated vacant administrative and staff positions, cancelled many faculty searches, reduced spending on equipment and travel, and more. The reduction in work hours we are announcing today will save an estimated $750,000 annually.

    As I work with the Vice Presidents, Deans, University Budget Committee and others in shaping next year’s budget, we remain focused on how we can best serve students, preserve jobs and ensure HSU is positioned to flourish as the economy recovers.


    Rollin Richmond

  287. Anonymous
    March 1, 2010 at 6:12 pm

    Thank you, Rachael Maddow, for revealing Congressional Republicans new plan to defeat health care reform. They are taking our old American tradition of “majority rules” and renaming it “the nuclear option.”

  288. Anonymous
    March 1, 2010 at 6:16 pm

    Thank you right back, Wondering (at 4:21 pm)!

    I’m glad to be of help.

    How refreshing to offer a helpful word and be greeted with thanks!

  289. Anonymous
    March 2, 2010 at 7:59 am

    Today (3/2/2010) at 3pm, the College of the Redwoods Board of Trustees will be discussing the Jefferson School purchase. Here’s what the community should know – and isn’t being told.

    1. Jefferson is being purchased with YOUR money (Measure Q bond funds). This bond was not passed with the intent of purchasing new sites. See the bond web site: http://www.redwoods.edu/Bond/Oversight/facil.asp

    2. CR has at least $20 million of deferred maintenance that should be addressed with these bond funds. That was the intent of the bond. Instead the president is proposing purchasing a new site, when the existing sites cannot be maintained. See their list of existing maintenance issues at this web site:

    3. Instead of fixing up the 40+ year old campus as intended with the bond passed in 2004, the president is busy building an empire that will eventually experience a decline in enrollment once the recession eases. The grade schools have closed, which means fewer high-school grads for CR. But this president will be gone once the enrollment declines and the site is not needed.

  290. old-time party in golf pants
    March 2, 2010 at 1:09 pm

    I think J. Edgar Hoover would have rejected Frederiksen’s photo for an art layout of the 10 Most Wanted Men.

  291. March 3, 2010 at 2:52 pm

    Tom’s signature gathering event has been canceled. The RCC apparently freaked out at the prospect of having him on board.

  292. Anonymous
    March 3, 2010 at 6:13 pm

    Here’s a tip that can save you trouble if you are ever stopped by a CHP officer for speeding, etc. Use small words. Big words seem to cause hurt feelings and big tickets. I guess they can’t understand the big words, so they write you a big ticket to get even.

  293. Anony.Miss
    March 3, 2010 at 6:46 pm

    The three I know are pretty capable people. Do they really make over $100,000? Wow. Wouldn’t trade them jobs though.

  294. Anonymous
    March 3, 2010 at 7:16 pm

    It’s not just the CHP, actually. Once I was stopped for a routine auto safety checkup in south Fortuna while I was on my way to work. I didn’t want to show up late for my job, and I wanted to avoid the line of cars in front of me. I asked the officer if stopping for the inspection was optional. He said “Yes, it is optional.” So I began to drive my car around that line of cars. He suddenly shouted at me to “Stop!” Naturally, I stopped. He told me if I didn’t get my car in line with the others, he would handcuff me and take me to the County Jail.

    It took me a second or two to realize the problem was that he did not understand the meaning of the word “optional” and he was not willing to ask what it meant.

    Live and learn.

    Short words are best when dealing with law enforcement personnel.

  295. March 4, 2010 at 8:51 am


    the stars in Mack Town were bright last night during the “black-out”. It was beautiful with “no lighting” in the night sky! I wonder what happened?

    Jeffrey Lytle
    McKinleyville – 5th District

  296. Anonymous
    March 4, 2010 at 2:00 pm

    I look forward to the day when the so-called progressive who runs this site pays attention to the draconian anti-homeless agenda in Arcata, where the City Council is set to pass a ridiculous anti-panhandling law modeled after Crescent City (since when is some impoverished WalMart prison town a model for us to follow) even though the biggest civil rights group in the state has sounded the alarm that a lawsuit will inevitably follow.

  297. old-time party in golf pants
    March 4, 2010 at 4:56 pm

    Too bad we don’t still have vagrancy laws. Then the young beggars could be hauled off to the calaboose and put to work chopping wood.

  298. Anonymous
    March 4, 2010 at 6:38 pm

    The progressive backlash against freedom seems to be grabbing Arcata by the throat. Are these the End Times, or am I stoned?

    Hagen for DA, free the cops!

  299. March 5, 2010 at 7:56 am

    Fredricksen has quit the GOP, it appears.


  300. Anonymous
    March 5, 2010 at 3:34 pm

    College of the Redwoods
    Press Release
    Date: Friday, March 5, 2010

    CR may withdraw offer to buy Jefferson School

    College’s president recommends abandoning purchase

    College of the Redwoods President Jeff Marsee announced today that he will recommend to the CR Board of Trustees that they withdraw their offer to buy the former Jefferson Elementary School from Eureka City Schools.

    “We made our offer to purchase Jefferson School with high aspirations to increase educational access for Eureka residents and the North Coast community,” Marsee said. “However, during our 90-day review period, it became clear to us in discussions with Jefferson neighbors and community members that there were dynamics involved with the property that we were not aware of when we submitted our offer.

    “We want to thank everyone who shared their thoughts and opinions regarding our proposal for Jefferson School. We appreciate the overwhelming community support expressed for CR. We are encouraged by the plans the City of Eureka is in the process of developing with the Jefferson School neighborhood and wish everyone success with the project.”

  301. Plain Jane
    March 6, 2010 at 12:47 am

    little earthquake :(

  302. Anonymous
    March 6, 2010 at 1:17 am

    So it wasn’t just me! Thanks for the confirmation, Jane.

  303. Plain Jane
    March 6, 2010 at 7:26 am

    Apparently it was a 4.6 but didn’t feel that big to me.

  304. Anonymous
    March 6, 2010 at 3:24 pm

    Each sharp jolt brings me back, strangely, not to our recent big earthquake, but to the three quakes that hit us in April 1992. I’m not the most religious person on earth, but each time I feel a sharp jolt, I instantly open up the lines of communication between me and my maker. I don’t think I’m alone in doing this.

  305. 06em
    March 11, 2010 at 7:13 am

    Is Kathleen Bryson representing a real-life Cruella DeVille? This DA race is really going to the dogs.

  306. Plain Jane
    March 11, 2010 at 7:58 am

    To be fair, 06em, who an attorney defends should not be a factor since in this country there is a presumption of innocence and everyone is entitled to a vigorous defense despite the crime they are accused of committing. The right has recently tried this deceitful tactic to attack Obama administration DOJ lawyers who in private practice had defended terrorist suspects. It’s wrong no matter who does it.

  307. A-Nony-Mouse
    March 12, 2010 at 4:02 pm

    Just out of curiousity, has anyone else noticed that Jeffy seems to think he’s running for City office? His signs suggest he’s confused. “Put Eureka on the Board”???? “The Right Guy for Eureka”?????
    Somebody ought to tell him the office serves the COUNTY and does relatively little within the City.

  308. Anonymous
    March 16, 2010 at 7:53 am

    Pot advocates fail in bid to force L. A. referendum

    LOS ANGELES —Med­ical marijuana advocates have failed to gather enough signatures to force a referendum to overturn a new Los Angeles law that will shutter hundreds of pot dispensaries.

    Lead organizer Dan Hal­bert said Monday that his coalition had gathered about 15,000 voter signa­tures. The group needed more than 27,400 by Mon­day afternoon to put the measure on the ballot.

    Halbert’s dispensary, the Rainforest Collective, is one of hundreds that would have to close under the new ordinance, which caps the number of pot dispensaries at 70. About 128 dispen­saries that registered before 2007 would be exempt.

    AP, via today’s Times-Standard

  309. March 18, 2010 at 10:56 pm

    Black people must leave, NJ Walmart announcer says

    Blacks must leave store, NJ Walmart announcer says, upsetting customers; company investigates

    Copy and pasted headline.


  310. Anonymous
    March 20, 2010 at 11:06 am

    The announcer seems to have been some crank, NOT a Walmart employee.

  311. March 20, 2010 at 11:51 am

    Peace March Eureka Courthouse Saturday Noon-thirty

    This is a very important event for the peace movement. It is also a good time to show support for an inquiry into the officer related homicide shooting of David Sequoia, shot in the head by EPD officers apparently at point blank range. There are concerns that the homeowner may have held David down as EPD officers shot him. David was allegedly armed, but the media is making this incident sound like a cover-up. You have to interpret it for yourself.

    It will also be a good time to show our disdain for the business as usual stance of the current administration. Despite the fact that Obama promised change and hope, he has failed to deliver us from a fascist stance on world domination and corporate militarization. Obama immediately hopped into bed with the military industrial complex after his election.

    It promises to be good weather, and a family friendly joyful event. It’s a peace march, so expect a peaceful and fun gathering. Hope to see you all there!

  312. Anonymous
    March 20, 2010 at 1:18 pm

    What a load of bullshit, 1151 “media making this sound like a coverup”

    It was not a “homicide” though one was quite possibly prevented by the police.

  313. titan
    March 20, 2010 at 2:05 pm

    I think 11:51 is just trying to get a reaction. That person’s thought processes obviously can’t connect the dots. probably yeats of drug abuse. Maybe if we ignore him/her, then he/she will go away.

  314. Ignoranymous
    March 22, 2010 at 12:54 pm

    Ignore your rights, they will go away.

  315. Anonymous
    March 24, 2010 at 4:45 pm

    Hi Heraldo,

    I just received news that there was another hung jury in the Dierdre Peterson (Fortuna High School teacher) case.


  316. Anonymous
    March 25, 2010 at 10:10 am

    The North Coast Regional Water Quality Board’s Executive Director will be presenting, as an informational item at today’s board meeting over at the Wharfinger, an update on the status of the Southern Pacific Transportation Company (“Balloon Track”) cleanup and abtement order and subsequent activities pursuant thereto:


  317. ThingsThatBugMe
    March 30, 2010 at 5:29 pm

    Watching TV just now, I was irritated to see on Channel 3 about “honoring local businesses”. Please!! These are just ads, bought and paid for by those businesses. Very annoying.

    Also annoying? That guy who claims to be helping seniors by selling them reverse mortgages. Just who is helping who?

  318. Over the Hill
    April 1, 2010 at 10:17 pm

    …is what the Humboldt Mirror is. Yawn! 4 out of 5 posts are just bs ripping on Neely. Ok ok we get it, they don’t like Neely…but they’re just a wee bit short on facts and info.

  319. 06em
    April 2, 2010 at 6:50 pm

    Hey H! Isn’t this quick notes thread getting a bit long? It’s more like a slow notes rope.

  320. Anonymous
    April 2, 2010 at 7:00 pm

    The Best Prayer I Have Heard In A Long Time…………

    Dear Cosmic Parent, Help us remember
    that the jerk who cut us off in traffic
    last night is a single mother who
    worked nine hours that day and
    is rushing home to cook dinner,
    help with homework,
    do the laundry and spend a
    few precious moments
    with her children.

    Help us to remember that the
    pierced, tattooed, disinterested
    young man who can’t make
    change correctly is a worried
    19-year-old college student,
    balancing his apprehension
    over final exams with his
    fear of not getting his
    student loans for next semester.

    Remind us, Big Guy,
    that the scary looking bum,
    begging for money in the same
    spot every day (who really ought
    to get a job!) is a slave to addictions
    that we can only imagine in our
    worst nightmares.

    Help us to remember that the
    old couple walking annoyingly
    slow through the store aisles
    progress are savoring this
    moment, knowing that,
    based on the biopsy report
    she got back last week, this
    will be the last year that they
    go shopping together.

    Oh, Omniscient One,
    remind us each day that,
    of all the gifts you give us,
    the greatest gift is love.

    It is not enough to share
    that love with those
    we hold dear.

    Open our hearts not to
    just those who are
    close to us,
    but to all humanity.

    Let us be slow to judge
    and quick to forgive,
    show patience,
    empathy and love.

    If you send this to 5 people,
    then you have a chance to touch 5 people.
    You won’t get any wish for material things,
    however you might just find a piece of serenity and
    the warmth of the touch of the Biggest, Baddest, and Most Powerful Force ever, anywhere, anytime.


  321. Plain Jane
    April 4, 2010 at 12:48 pm

    It’s snowing up in Ridgewood, on EASTER!

  322. Anonymous
    April 4, 2010 at 4:55 pm

    This just in from the CNN newsdesk. Earthquakes. Big ones. In Northern Mexico. No, make that Northern California. Yes, news anchor Lemon made contact with radio personality Joe Madison who is in Palm Springs. Joe confirms Palm Springs has been shaken up something awful. Joe could not confirm whether Palm Springs is now part of Northern California. Stay tuned for regular updates (and lots and lots of commercials.)

  323. Anonymous
    April 5, 2010 at 7:57 pm

    An idea whose time has come.

    For too long we have been too complacent about the workings of Congress. Many citizens had no idea that members of Congress could retire with
    the same pay after only one term, that they didn’t pay into Social Security, that they specifically exempted themselves from many of the laws they have
    passed (such as being exempt from any fear of prosecution for sexual harassment) while ordinary citizens must live under those laws. The latest is to exempt themselves from the Healthcare Reform …in all of its forms. Somehow, that doesn’t seem logical. We do not have an elite that is above
    the law. I truly don’t care if they are Democrat, Republican, Independent or whatever. The self-serving must stop. This is a good way to do
    that. It is an idea whose time has come.

    Have each person contact a minimum of Twenty people on their Address list, in turn ask each of those to do likewise..In three days, most people in The United States of America will have the message. This is one proposal that really should be passed around.

    Proposed 28th Amendment to the United States Constitution:

    “Congress shall make no law that applies to the citizens of the United States that does not apply equally to the Senators and/or Representatives;
    and, Congress shall make no law that applies to the Senators and/or Representatives that does not apply equally to the citizens of the United States “.

  324. Plain Jane
    April 5, 2010 at 8:12 pm

    None of that is correct, 7:57.

    Members of congress do pay into Social Security, their retirement is based on years of service, they pay into the federal pension system as well as Social Security and they are not exempt from health care reform either since they have the same insurance as every other federal employee; a list of choices of private insurance plans and the maximum they can ever receive no matter how many years they serve is 80%.

    That is a spam e-mail that has been floating in cyber space for years, helped along by idiots like yourself.

  325. anon
    April 5, 2010 at 9:12 pm

    And 7:57, please bookmark the website:
    http://www.factcheck.org and be sure to refer to it before you forward on any stupid emails.

  326. Anonymous
    April 6, 2010 at 9:08 am

    Yes I see that the email was false. It came from a friend which I thought gave it credibility. But I still believe in global warming and that homosexuals are not responsible for spreading AIDS around America.

  327. Anonymous
    April 7, 2010 at 1:23 am

    Net neutrality neutered? Say it ain’t so!

  328. the reasonable anonymous
    April 8, 2010 at 12:44 pm

    Here’s a link to the recent LA Times article on cannabis legalization and it’s potential effects on the Emerald Triangle economy, especially Humbolt.

    The reporter came up here for a lengthy visit, talked to many sources and local opinion leaders, and will be continuing to cover the “ganja beat” for the LA Times. He plans to cover it like they would cover any economically important agricultural crop, following major developments in the industry and how these affect the communities where these crops are grown. All in all, a pretty good article, and apparently there will be a whole series of articles by this reporter over the coming months.


    Also an interesting comment thread:


  329. Plain Jane
    April 9, 2010 at 10:32 pm

    I can’t recall on which thread this was discussed now, but according to the TS today the cost of the transcripts from the Hansen depositions is $2.50 per page for hundreds and perhaps thousands of pages.

  330. kateascot
    April 11, 2010 at 12:17 pm

    5 protesters were arrested at the DA’s office 4/8/10 at approx. 3:45pm (15 minutes before closing) after an officer, James Dawson, was filmed (by my camera and that of the DA) attacking 2 of the people waiting for Paul Gallegos to appear and address our grievances of another illegal group of arrests that happened March 15. Thaddeus Green was on site with his camera in hand and working yet there has been no notice of such a thing happening in the Times Standard.
    CopWatch observance of police activity is the subject of all this attention and now cover-up of illegal activity by police and officers of the court.

  331. Anonymous
    April 11, 2010 at 12:27 pm

    yet there has been no notice of such a thing happening in the Times Standard.

    Could it be because the incident wasn’t the one-sided tragedy of justice that you presented to us?

  332. Anonymous
    April 11, 2010 at 1:14 pm

    Have you emailed Thaddeus and asked him why?

  333. Pitchfork
    April 11, 2010 at 1:52 pm

    Isn’t James Dawson an investigator for the DA?

  334. kateascot
    April 11, 2010 at 10:02 pm

    How can you doubt that such a thing could happen? If Mr. Dawson had said 2 people were assaulted in the DA’s office by protesters you wouldn’t question him as readily, or is it that all things of importance are written about in the paper? Wail til this hits the fan. Wow!

  335. kateascot
    April 12, 2010 at 11:53 am

    May 28 is the date set for arraignment of charges against protesters at DA office who were abused by DA officer Dawson. No report by Thaddeus in TS is suspicious as usually this stuff is turned against protesters but all is quiet. Looks like, walks like, sounds like a cover-up. Oh what a fishy smell! I wonder what the Attorney-General of CA will see when the investigation begins…..every dog has his day!

  336. kateascot
    April 12, 2010 at 12:22 pm

    hey Heraldo! Where’s my last post?

  337. kateascot
    April 12, 2010 at 12:23 pm

    never mind…there it is!

  338. Lart
    April 13, 2010 at 9:01 am

    People Against the Samoa Pulp Mill—–


  339. Foresty type
    April 14, 2010 at 1:56 pm

    This was related to me last night by a first hand witness.

    Last night near Wildberries in Arcata, about 6 police held a man in his car at gunpoint who they mistakenly suspected of being that stick-up guy, Ezra so-and-so.

    They all had guns drawn on him including two shot guns. They freaked out when he was undoing his seatbelt and started yelling “Stop!” like they thought he was drawing a gun.

    When they realized it was a mistake they left.

    Supposedly his face resembles the robber but he is like twice as big and has no neck tattoo.

    Today, about 5 or 6 cop cars showed up at Wildberries to respond to a suspected shoplifter that was reportedly bleeding from the face during his capture, presumably by a Wildberries employee. No reliable word on what happened with that yet.

  340. Anonymous
    April 14, 2010 at 10:52 pm

    So what?

  341. Anonymous
    April 15, 2010 at 1:44 pm

    As of fifteen minutes past noon today, tax day, the Tea Partiers on the Courthouse lawn numbered fewer than the number of illegal aliens who demonstrated there a few years ago.

    Still, it was a large group, as Humboldt County Courthouse demonstrations go.

    I was driving by. I didn’t stop, for obvious reasons. As an American who believes in showing a little respect to our President or at least to the office he holds, I didn’t think I’d be welcome there amongst the self-proclaimed patriots who want an end to taxes but not to their own Social Security or Medicare benefits.

  342. Anonymous
    April 15, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    Plus, there’s the whole thing about not being a bigot that makes teabagging unattractive.

  343. Mr. Nice
    April 15, 2010 at 2:48 pm

    Plus, there’s the whole thing about not being a bigot that makes teabagging unattractive.

    Institutionalized racism in the form of segregated neighborhoods and separately unequal public schools is bigoted. I don’t think we should pay into that, is that bigoted?

    Why can’t we give folks a choice in the matter? We got a public school monopoly keeping folks ignorant. No vouchers or anything, poor folks gotta go through metal detectors to get in the government-run high school like it was prison-prep. Fuck that.

    Y’all call Tea Party bigoted like not being in favor of bullshit taxes to pay off bullshit wars and bail out rich white boys’ failed real estate schemes is somehow bigoted. Y’all call all the black supporters of liberty and the U.S. Constitution Uncle Toms even though y’all voted for the boss hog swaggering lawyer white boy talking-est Uncle Tom in the history of sellouts.

    Like y’all know what it is like or have any room to talk about who is a bigot, you country club ivory tower suburban ass bastards.

    Ron Paul for president and shit.

  344. kateascot
    April 15, 2010 at 4:14 pm

    DA Gallegos and the Times Standard are keeping quiet about an incident April 8 in the DA’s office lobby involving illegal arrests of 2 CopWatch observers. James Dawson, a DA official employee, physically attacked 2 persons waiting to talk in person with Gallegos. This was caught on a DA camera and one held by a community member.
    When Thaddeus Green was asked why he didn’t print the story that he witnessed he said that the printer screwed up the original story making them unable to print the story on Friday and that they have a policy of not printing a story that is a day old. WEAK!
    This was done during 3 days of national attention on police brutality.
    It’s election year and our best hope is that the judicial system will work as it should and bring this disgusting behavior out in public view where it belongs so that the people know what is REALLY GOING ON!. CopWatch is the target of 8 illegal arrests as of March 15 and April 8 by law enforcement officials.

  345. Anonymous
    April 15, 2010 at 6:01 pm

    kateascot, why should we believe you? Show us your evidence. You claim it was caught on the camera of a community member. Please, show the evidence.

    Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.

  346. Anonymous
    April 15, 2010 at 6:06 pm

    he said that the printer screwed up the original story making them unable to print the story on Friday

    That doesn’t even make sense. I don’t mean nonsensical indicating a cover-up. I mean nonsensical in that it sounds like you didn’t understand what he said and are getting your facts muddled. The T-S regularly prints stories older than a day and there’s no way for the printing press to screw up a single story that would then somehow prevent that story — and only that story — from being printed. I suggest you ask Greenson again, record it this time with his permission, and type his explanation here verbatim. Then it will make sense.

    Oh, and for the record, every story the Times-Standard prints is “a day old.” The newspaper doesn’t print an evening edition.

  347. anon
    April 15, 2010 at 6:12 pm

    copwatch is just a bunch of inept, rabid idiots

  348. anon
    April 15, 2010 at 9:01 pm

    No dirt yet on the depositions this week for the Hansen vs. Eureka/Tyson lawsuit??

  349. anonymous
    April 16, 2010 at 9:30 am

    A huge and definitive vote happened at last nights Planning Commission meeting. A massive win for HumCPR and other property rights advocates and groups not to mention the families of Humboldt who want to live a rural lifestyle. Dispite a call to arms by EPIC which netted three attendees and was met by an overwhelming opposition the Commission voted four to one to continue to allow one house and a second unit on all legal TPZ parcels with only a ministerial permit. Kirk Girard, Ralph Faust and Carolyn Ruth were only able to sit in stunned shock and silence as their entire extremist agenda burned before their eyes in one fell swoop. Faust subjected all to a fruitless and nonsensical diatribe that predictably impressed no one but himself.

    This single vote could represent the begining of the end of the Rural Living wars of the few years and a return to common sense and moderation in Humboldt land use planning.

  350. kateascot
    April 16, 2010 at 3:15 pm

    Call the man yourself, several of us have and we all get that answer.
    You wouldn’t know a CopWatcher from an observer except for their camera and maybe a banner so I doubt you even know of the organization at all…the usual ignorant banter that protesters or other groups who actually use our freedom to help our communities have to put up with is preposterous. This county is the most mean-spirited, ignorant and backwards of any county I’ve worked in for Human Rights. You have created a third world country on your streets and call bad cops good. Being exposed will do this county some real good!

  351. anon
    April 16, 2010 at 3:44 pm

    Copwatch wouldn’t know a good cop if he came up and bit em in the ass. There are many more important issues that could use their attention, like chronic hunger, homelessness, child abuse, drug addiction. They are a big fat nothing. When’s the last time they did anything good in a community.

  352. kateascot
    April 16, 2010 at 5:09 pm

    Decide for the next 3 months to observe an arrest. Note the attitude of the officer. If they respond like a school yard bully you’ll know what we’re talking about. These guys take matters into their own hands under the authority of the law but not honoring the spirit of the law. Innocent until proven guilty, demand for self-control and accept responsibility for one’s actions. An officer that exhibits these qualities is a good cop.
    All the important issues you mentioned anon 3:44 are what CopWatch is all about, why we want all our neighborhoods safe not just that of property and business owners that own the cops. Our prisons are full of poor people not the filthy rich who are bigger criminals than all the poor put together.

  353. Anonymous
    April 16, 2010 at 5:19 pm

    Our prisons are full of people who commited crimes. If only they had not! Then they could walk free and have a much better life! The rest of us, too. Free from fear of crime. What a great gift that would be.

  354. kateascot
    April 16, 2010 at 5:38 pm

    US holds the record of having more people in prison than any other country in the world. Of the world population in prison we have 25%.
    From 1980 to 2000 the US increased 3 fold its prison population to over 6 million people.
    Bureau of Justice stats show the increase is likely due to poverty related crimes such as burglary.
    NO JOBS, NO HOMES = MORE PRISONS. Is this any way to run a FREE country?

  355. anon
    April 16, 2010 at 6:34 pm

    I agree that there needs to be accountability in police departments, but Copwatch is wasting energy and resources. Cops taking the law into their own hands is not on most people’s radar, unless they get arrested, and odds are they were doing something they shouldn’t have been anyway. It will never be a far-reaching issue, no matter how much Copwatch would like it to be. And prisons aren’t full because of cops. Implying otherwise is just ignorance of the facts.

  356. kateascot
    April 16, 2010 at 6:47 pm

    I’d say you know absolutely nothing of which you speak. Have you studied the issue or are you simply relaying the views of the status quo?
    Prisons are full because rich people make laws from a fear base rather than a compassionate base and employ the working poor to do their dirty work.
    Like I said, check it out for yourself. You might be a conservative dressed in Walmart clothes driving your Dodge so no you probably aren’t aware of the fact that POOR people are targeted, profiled and if their on the streets without your protection are like shooting ducks.
    How is CopWatch wasting resources? By arresting us? It’s illegal to arrest an observer!

  357. anon
    April 16, 2010 at 6:57 pm

    Well I would guess I do know what I am talking about, since I have worked in both jails and law enforcement, grew up poor with no daddy, worked my way through college. Prisons are not full of poor people who were victims of a rich man’s society. They are full of idiots who made bad choices.

  358. anon
    April 16, 2010 at 7:02 pm

    Copwatch is wasting its time on an issue that will never be as important as too many other things. For instance, they could devote their resources to early intervention programs, that catch kids before they get into drugs, gangs and crime, that teach marketable skills, that mentor at-risk kids. Instead they wanna make headlines crying police brutality, whether it exists or not. Their antics don’t interest the vast majority of society, rich or poor.

  359. kateascot
    April 16, 2010 at 7:21 pm

    Really, all’s fair in your world eh? Since you have chosen to make your living at locking people up from the old neighborhood I suppose you’d have to take that stand wouldn’t you or the guilt would be too much to bare.
    I grew up with Mom and Dad, middle-class to wealthy relatives then when divorce happened we were fatherless and poor. I lived in San Francisco, went to college and studied sociology, psychology and chemical dependencies, working and raising 4 children. I’d say I have a well rounded education and can definatly see the holes in your thinking.
    CopWatch must happen because there are people like you spewing all is OK when in fact we are in more danger in 2010 than ever before from the rich!!!!

  360. anon
    April 16, 2010 at 7:43 pm

    Sounds like we studied the same stuff in college. I am willing to put what you call your well-roundedness up against mine anytime. But having actually worked in jails probably gave me a more realistic perspective than you. I am neither a far right capitalist nor a bleeding heart liberal. I do agree that opportunities are not the same for everyone, and there are folks that have an awful lot going against them. But focusing on random arrests that may or may not constitute police brutality does nothing to address more pressing needs and it really isn’t ranked very high on a contimuum of actions that can make things more fair, socially, economically or whatever your yardstick. Copwatch strikes me as being staffed by a bunch of cry wolf, headline-loving, immature people who aren’t contributing in any concrete way to a better society for all.

  361. kateascot
    April 16, 2010 at 7:43 pm

    If CopWatch is not important then why does everyone I talk with, and I talk to many people, think it is necessary and noble work?
    Why is the DA afraid and the police intimidated?
    And as i said before in case you missed it we work in our communities doing the stuff you wouldn’t dirty your hands doing because it isn’t important to your bougois thinking.

  362. anon
    April 16, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    You can use any over-exaggeration you want (eg. “everyone I talk with,” “DA afraid,” “police intimidated”) but that doesn’t make it true. Like I said before, it isn’t even on most people’s radar nowadays, which tells me that the majority of people wouldn’t gauge Copwatch’s work as worthwhile or worthy.

  363. kateascot
    April 16, 2010 at 7:54 pm

    I’ve been in prisons, 4 major penetentiaries as the wife of a convict. He discovered that the guards were dishonest and so were the wardens. My husband was found to need triple by pass surgery when he was 3 months short-time so the prison cut him loose with a bottle of nitro to put under his tongue when having daily heart attacks. He died the day he was cut loose. Reason: money. For 10 years i went to courts, talked to parole agents, attorneys, etc. and saw the system up as close as I could without living in there.
    I’ve worked in homeless shelters with ex-cons and know their struggles. Don’t tell me the rich have nothing to do with poverty and the suffering of humanity, it’s a lie!

  364. anon
    April 16, 2010 at 8:00 pm

    I’m not telling you that at all. We are in agreement on some things. But from your diatribe it sounds like a Prisonwatch would much better serve society than a Copwatch.

  365. kateascot
    April 16, 2010 at 8:02 pm

    Your “most people” “majority of people” comments just negated your commentary on my usage of such “exaggerations”.
    As they say the proof in in the pudding….we’ll see.

  366. Locke Smith
    April 16, 2010 at 8:04 pm

    Wow, Kateascot, your educational bona fides explain everything! The teachers who convinced you of the validity of your argument seldom had much experience outside of the rarified air of academia.

    Cops ain’t perfect. They’re human. They make mistakes. But overall they do a decent job. Most of the people who run afoul of the law do so because they chose, for whatever reason, to engage in a life of crime rather than getting an education or developing job skills.

    I don’t mean to be hyper-critical, but I suggest you discover how to formulate a valid syllogism before pointing out the holes in anon’s thinking. Class envy has no place in a meaningful discourse.

  367. kateascot
    April 16, 2010 at 8:06 pm

    Both are necessary and I do both. Diatribe….am I long winded? satirical or bitter? Which is it? How about you?
    So we have some things in common, what would that be?

  368. kateascot
    April 16, 2010 at 8:07 pm

    Locke Smith you are a snob.

  369. anon
    April 16, 2010 at 8:12 pm

    Perhaps… but proof is on my side. Can you tell me the last time Copwatch was an issue that someone campaigned on? Or when and how often they grab headlines in major newspapers or on newscasts, like health care, jobs and the economy do? Or when the DA gave a speech or local police chiefs said, “Hey they do good work and we better pay attention to them?” or even when citizens rose up in support of Copwatch and gave them lots of time and money and attention? Mostly you got guys with no lives wasting time waiting for the big one. They are equivalent to a mosquito bite, annoying at times, but certainly not life threatening, not worth a trip to the Dr and it fades from your thoughts pretty quickly.

  370. kateascot
    April 16, 2010 at 8:15 pm

    No job no home = jail…..syllogistic enough?
    No money no rich friends = no attorney to work for you.

  371. Locke Smith
    April 16, 2010 at 8:15 pm

    In the 1960s there was a bumper sticker that was popular for a while. It read, “If you hate the police, the next time you need help, call a hippie.” Granted, it was Archie Bunker-type humor, but it also contained more than a little truth.

  372. anon
    April 16, 2010 at 8:20 pm

    kateascot, I’m sorry but correxct me if I am wrong. You seem to keep saying over and over that Copwatch is good because if you’re poor and have no job and no home, you’ll end up in jail because cops are corrupt and all they do is arrest poor people. Surely someone with a college education doesn’t believe that crap?

  373. kateascot
    April 16, 2010 at 8:21 pm

    Archie Bunker sounds like you, bigoted and brainwashed Locke Smith.
    I like “Don’t call the cops, call a friend” Too much cop calling. Even mental health calls the cops. So we’re supposed to accept such as normal? We need to communicate better in our neighborhoods and quit feeding off the fear of a terrorist living down the street or a gang member lurking in your yard.
    Neighborhood watch had a hard time getting started, but now the benefits can be assessed. We are humans who need to learn to quit calling mommy, daddy cop every time we’re uncomfortable.

  374. Locke Smith
    April 16, 2010 at 8:23 pm

    Actually, Kateascot, no. Neither of them work for me, nor are either of them a syllogism. They do, however, fit into the category of argument best described as, “It’s true because I say so” or “It’s true because I believe it.”

    I shall now retire to the sidelines. Your views are obviously heartfelt and not subject to change. But . . . just sayin’, ya know.

  375. anon
    April 16, 2010 at 8:24 pm

    So the guy who recently wrestled an armed bad guy in his own carport shouldn’t have called the cops? Wow.

  376. kateascot
    April 16, 2010 at 8:26 pm

    I thought we covered that exaggeration stuff already?
    Look, enough is enough. Police are way too powerful. Their attitudes need to be restrained largely due to military influence and pressure by business and property owners who manipulate the system with money and power. All I’m saying is the poor don’t get a fair shot when it comes to the law, the deck is stacked against them and i plan on being there to even up the score.

  377. anon
    April 16, 2010 at 8:31 pm

    I agree that some poor people have the deck stacked against them. But some have made bad choices all through their lives that have led them to jail. Even you would have to agree with that. But to make a blanket statement that the cops are controlled by big business and money is ludicrous. Police have the power that citizens gave them. And the majority of those citizens are very obviously not clamoring to take it away. I rest my case. Good night.

  378. Locke Smith
    April 16, 2010 at 8:34 pm

    Okay, I can’t resist, Kateascot. How is it that I’m a snob? If I’m not mistaken it was you who claimed to have a well-rounded education–implicitly validating your point of view. Some of us are just semi-skilled blue collar workers.

    So do ya wanna step out in the alley and call me a snob?

  379. kateascot
    April 16, 2010 at 8:38 pm

    chicken…..read the history of the police, I dare you. The rich and powerful make the laws and the poor are not properly represented nor are they protected. Bad decisions are made by all of us, some are better insulated from the results than others, that is not fair. yes the public is clamoring to take away the obsessive power of the police, maybe not in your little world and not the majority but then they are sleeping and might wake up too late!

  380. anon
    April 16, 2010 at 8:40 pm

    and the sky is falling, too.

  381. kateascot
    April 16, 2010 at 8:46 pm

    I’m not trying to put anyone down or say I’m better as you so obviously was doing.
    Sure I’ll step into the alley with you, I’ve made quite a few friends there who would be mighty happy to assist in the discussion. What I’d really like to do is have you check out what I’m saying for yourself and give me an opinion based upon fact instead of correcting my style or language skills.

  382. kateascot
    April 16, 2010 at 8:48 pm

    anon….you won’t know if the sky is falling or not as you huddle behind your safety in majority theories.

  383. kateascot
    April 16, 2010 at 9:20 pm

    This right here is a great example of how the majority treats people who think and believe in any way that seems to affect their illusions of safety.
    Educate yourselves on the history of the police over the course of 200 years. You’ll see that they start to resemble Roman soldiers. But try to keep an open mind and treat it as a critical thinking assignment in college. I’m tellin ya the whole picture changes! You know, like those pictures you used to see at the mall that the longer you look objects start to appear?!
    I’m very grateful to the police for the reason in which they exist, in keeping the peace. They don’t say that anymore though, we are in war time, not at peace. The police take on another role during war time when there is a threat of homeland terrorism. I’m an American, I understand what’s happening. The country that I grew to love as a young girl I became ashamed of as a young woman. As an older woman I’ve decided to fight for my country in the only way i know how and that is to educate people about what a free person looks like.
    The only way to help freedom ring is to stand true to the human rights principles that were laid out in The Constitution. We aren’t given freedom, we co-create it and exercise it in relation to others to the best of our abilities and hope that our children can do a better job and on and on it goes.
    Hating and excessive punishment is the opposite of what I’m talking about. Love thy neighbor.

  384. Anonymous
    April 17, 2010 at 2:02 am

    Love thy neighbor by doing what you can to ensure violent criminals are kept in prison where they can’t hurt your neighbor any more.

    Also, Love thy neighbor by finding a way to put billionaire thieves where they can’t steal any more money from the rest of us.

    I know! Let’s put all the criminals, rich and poor alike, into the same prisons.

    That ought to discourage some of them from commiting new crimes!

  385. April 17, 2010 at 7:48 am


    If you grow up in some neighborhoods and want to get ahead, you deal drugs. If you grow up in other neighborhoods and want to get ahead, you join Goldman Sachs. The drug dealer, assuming they don’t adulterate their product, provides goods for payment. The Goldman Sachs “financier” just figures out how to get away with fraud.

    What’s the difference? The drug dealer might well have taken legal work if it had been available to them. The Goldman Sachs financier could have easily obtained honest work, has probably benefited from an Ivy League education, and probably grew up in a relatively well-off family, but would rather rob billions than do honest work.

    I don’t think the Goldman Sachs financiers (or the members of the existing establishment who have let them destroy the world’s economy) deserve to be treated with the same compassion as the drug dealers.

  386. Big Al
    April 17, 2010 at 8:22 am

    Sorry to interrupt here, but I had to throw out this disclaimer.
    I am not the “big al” pictured in today’s Times-Standard.
    I am not a panhandler.
    I am a self employed small business owner.

    The “big al” person in the paper looks to me like he could still work for a living.
    I can’t afford to give my money away to panhandlers, I get it all from sweat and pain, looks like the other “big al” still has some of both to spare.

  387. Anonymous
    April 17, 2010 at 9:22 am

    I take it back. After doing more research. Homosexuals are responsible for spreading AIDS around America. Global warming is not caused by vehicle emissions, it’s being caused by large volcanoes. We are coming full circle in American politics. The heathens (liberals) need to start sacrificing their children (more abortions) to the nature gods to appease their wrath and stay the destruction.

  388. Anonymous
    April 17, 2010 at 12:14 pm

    Bump at 1:31 AM, Another bump at 9:03 this morning.

    Pretty close…underneath the Samoa Cookhouse. Enough to make you nervous.

  389. Anonymous
    April 17, 2010 at 6:41 pm

    Everybody, poor or rich, has the freedom to choose to do good or evil. The choice may be more difficult for some than for others, but that doesn’t mean the choice is not theirs to make.

  390. Anonymous
    April 17, 2010 at 6:47 pm

    Good point. I am sure if you forwarded this to Security National it would get routed appropriately to the right person.

  391. Anonymous
    April 19, 2010 at 12:51 am

    kateascot, when are you going to present your evidence? You spin great tales, but sometimes you go overboard. You’ve claimed someone recorded the incident. Let’s see the unedited recording, if it exists.

  392. April 19, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    A question for all you legal beagles out there…..

    Is it true that a change in zoning status from “public use” to “commercial/industrial” or something like of the balloon track parcel would require the approval of the Coastal Commission? In other words, is the status change in the zoning a big enough event to trigger the involvement of the commission? A few thoughtful answers please.

    have a peaceful day,

  393. Anonymous
    April 20, 2010 at 2:39 pm

    California Regional Water Quality Control Board
    North Coast Region
    Geoffrey M. Hales, Chairman http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/northcoast
    5550 Skylane Boulevard, Suite A, Santa Rosa, California 95403 Phone: (877) 721-9203 (toll free) • Office: (707) 576-2220 • FAX: (707) 523-0135

    April 19, 2010

    Randy Gans, CUE VI, LLC
    Security National Properties
    P. O. Box 1028
    Eureka, CA 95502

    Dear Mr. Gans:

    Subject: Southern Pacific Transportation Company Site Issues
    File: Southern Pacific Transportation Company, 736 Broadway, Eureka, California, Case No. 1NHU064

    On June 18, 2009, the Regional Water Board staff concurred with the Supplemental Interim Remedial Action Plan (SIRAP) that you proposed to control storm water runoff with levels of copper that were above the water quality objectives for Humboldt Bay from the Southern Pacific Transportation Company’s Balloon Track site at 736 Broadway in Eureka (“Site”). That letter advised you that several of the activities proposed in the SIRAP required obtaining permits from various agencies. Although the City of Eureka issued you a coastal development permit for the proposed work, that permit has been appealed to the Coastal Commission. The Coastal Commission has requested from you additional information as part of that appeal process. It is our understanding that you have not yet provided that information and have filed suit against the Coastal Commission, asserting, in part, that pursuant to Public Resources Code section 30412(b) the Coastal Commission does not have the authority to take any action that would conflict with the implementation the SIRAP. We disagree, however, that the Coastal Commission is taking any action that is in conflict with a determination by the Regional Water Board relating to water quality. Our concurrence with your SIRAP was conditioned upon your obtaining all required permits, including a coastal development permit, and was not intended to, nor do we believe it could, supplant the independent regulatory authority of the Coastal Commission or any other agency.

    Compliance with the requirements of Cleanup and Abatement Order No. R1-2001-26 (the “CAO”), particularly control of contaminated storm water runoff from the Site, needs to occur immediately. There are multiple means to comply with the CAO, the SIRAP being just one example, but the Regional Water Board does not specify the method or manner of compliance with its orders. (Water Code §13360.) Instead, it is our practice to review proposals presented by dischargers. Our concurrence with your proposed SIRAP recognized that several of the activities you proposed required permits from other agencies, which you have not obtained. Until you have obtained all of the authorizations necessary to implement the SIRAP or submit to the Regional Water Board an alternative means of compliance with the interim requirements of the CAO, we request that you obtain coverage under the statewide general industrial storm water permit (Order No. 97-03-DWQ). This is consistent with regulation of other industrial sites and will provide immediate ability to address the Site’s storm water issues. Significant delays in implementing storm water controls will result in on-going discharge of contaminated surface water from the Site.

    Within 45 days from the date of this letter, please submit to this office a Notice of Intent for coverage under statewide general industrial storm water permit. The enrollment requires the implementation of management measures to control storm water runoff and the development of a Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) and a monitoring plan. Through the SWPPP, sources of pollutants are identified and the means to manage the sources to reduce storm water pollution are described. The monitoring plan will need to sample for toxic chemicals and other pollutants that are likely to be present in storm water discharges in significant quantities, such as copper. You may continue to implement your existing Monitoring and Reporting Program R1-2002-0082; however, revisions to that plan may be required. An informational packet, including a checklist for submitting a Notice of Intent, is included with this letter.

    At some point in the near future, the Regional Water Board plans to revise the CAO for the Site. Until that time, please continue to work with Ms. Caryn Woodhouse, of my staff, to meet the requirements of the CAO.

    Please contact Ms. Caryn Woodhouse, of my staff, at (707) 576-2701 if you have any questions.

    Catherine Kuhlman
    Executive Office

  394. April 20, 2010 at 3:28 pm

    Thank you to whomever transcribed this beautiful letter.

  395. anon
    April 20, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    Listen carefully, do you hear the ruler whacking Arkley’s hand?

  396. Fud
    April 20, 2010 at 3:56 pm

    OMG Wandy, this is twuly waffle, those wascally wegionals willy didn’t wike Wob’s pwan. No siwap on that waffle!

  397. Bust em
    April 21, 2010 at 7:31 am

    Witnesses you need to call Caryn Woodhouse at 707-576-2701 and let her know about the flagrant violations of stormwater runoff that have taken place in the last month on the balloon track.

  398. A Non A Me
    April 21, 2010 at 4:55 pm

    So, Heraldo,
    You usually cover when the PLF does not win a case agains the Coastal Commission, and now they just did, so I bet you won’t report it!

  399. kateascot
    April 21, 2010 at 9:29 pm

    anonymous who asked for evidence of the recording done at the DA’s office….court will be on April 28th. The DA has recorded evidence as well as myself and some others have copies of my recording for safety. When this comes to trial you will see it all…..

  400. Ehh
    April 22, 2010 at 1:29 pm

    have copies of my recording for safety.

    Why? Because uploading the video to youtube where the world has a copy is.. what… not beneficial to your cause? That alone implies a lot about the quality of your evidence.

  401. Ehh
    April 22, 2010 at 9:39 pm

    Ohhh, wait, now I understand. If you never show your video in public (e.g., publish it on the Internet) then you have free reign to whine about the miscarriage of justice when your legal claim falls flat.

  402. April 25, 2010 at 8:16 am

    No drugs or toxins down the drain in McKinleyville – currently unrealistic and undiscussed in depth. People pee pee and poo poo after ingesting pharmaceutical drugs that don’t 100% absorb into the body to stay – nope, they filter out into the stool.

    Now, Triglosan????

    Affects reproductive and immune system functions in animals and is an active ingredient in toothpastes and soaps that is now being actively investigated.

    After looking on a tube of toothepaste, I saw only one ingredient —-> .243% sodium fluoride!

    What ingredients make up the other 99.757% of the toothpaste? Kinda sly that food goes so many years without proper and appropriate labels for health awarenesses; yet, toothpaste not an equal bark when compared to foods about what food items are required to have on its labeling and toothepaste is not.


  403. kateascot
    April 26, 2010 at 9:09 pm

    when the DA and I meet in court we will show our recordings for the first time together. I think that is only fair in a case like this. Exploitation for the sake of voyeurism is distasteful. Justice is most important here. CopWatch and other people who work on the streets know of the cruelty that civilians endure at the hands of some cops in Humboldt. We haven’t been fortunate to get many acts on tape but this one was filmed by the DA’s office as well as me so there is undeniable evidence that a senior investigator was abusive to the point of causing bodily harm simply because he was annoyed. When we were arrested the victims had not had their injuries attended to by any personnel, that is negligence. It is ridiculous to think that we have a perfect police force but to allow such completely absurd behavior that is unsafe and disrespectful to the public cannot be tolerated!

  404. April 26, 2010 at 9:25 pm

    All county peace officers need to have video/audio head cameras located next to the ear for information accuracies when involved in an incident or on a call. Camera should turn on when the officer approaches any scene AND not turn off until the officer is driving away after services have been rendered.

    Jeffrey Lytle
    McKinleyville – 5th District

  405. kateascot
    April 26, 2010 at 11:47 pm

    Civilian observers have been disrespected and disregarded by authorities. The police department, sheriff and DA will someday come to their senses and realize that the public deserves to have police personnel that can be trusted. Police officers must learn to be impartial and not allow their personal opinions about people take precedence over their behavior and their respect for the law. That’s not going to happen when mean spirited attitudes of prejudice and bigotry are allowed in training processes and are taught by superiors who have a lack of self control.

  406. April 27, 2010 at 11:34 am

    oil spill in gulf now larger than the Stae of Rhode Island – and to think the oil barons who fingered the economy to help it to this point of no jobs so that Californians would think that off-shore oil drilling would be good all-of-a-sudden.

    No off-shore oil drilling, PERIOD!

    Why should MLPA’s exist when this type of crap is going on by non-fishing industries!!!

    Jeffrey Lytle
    McKinleyville – 5th District

  407. kateascot
    April 27, 2010 at 4:28 pm

    Well Officer Sanchez is at it again with his “get out of Dodge” routine to people at “free meal”. He likes to tell them that he killed someone a few weeks ago and that they need to move along because he’s watching them.
    Yes we’ve told the Chief. In fact we have reported so many outrageous complaints against the man that I wonder if he is really reading them because should I have an employee that receives complaints of suspected terrorism they would immediately be placed on leave pending an investigation. But no, not for EPD by golly. We the public must just TRUST that Neilsen knows what he’s doing! So here’s a DA that can’t keep his investigators under control and a police chief that keeps a terrorizing cop on board that is affecting the most vulnerable population in Humboldt Co. in seriously adverse ways and we the people are supposed to accept this as proper policing!
    Wake up people and support a civilian review board of police activity before something even worse than the last 5 years begins!

  408. titan
    April 27, 2010 at 5:25 pm

    kateascot, I am sorry but I don’t believe you that this current chief is disregarding any and all complaints, since that has clearly not been his style. My guess would be that the initiator of complaints has no proof, is not credible, is like the person who keeps crying wolf, is fulla bs and just likes to rant on here and not look for real solutions, etc Take your pick.

  409. the reasonable anonymous
    April 28, 2010 at 3:17 pm

    California voters tricked into registering Republican by petitioners claiming to support pot legalization initiative:


  410. Anonymous
    April 30, 2010 at 7:58 pm

    kateascot, will you ever provide any evidence, or is that your thing, make wild unsupported claims and then sit back until you can think up some more?

    Wake up people and support a civilian review board

    I agree, as a civilian, your bizarre behavior should be reviewed.

  411. kateascot
    April 30, 2010 at 8:59 pm

    any police dept. or government agency that is not open to full investigation by civilian review boards has potentially something to hide.
    police have become more and more powerful as military training and attitudes are prevailing in this country and I’m not happy about that, as a matter of fact I’m worried.
    if you think that we should just accept what the police and the department say as pure fact then I’ve got a sign for ya!
    titan, the sky is falling

  412. Anonymous
    May 1, 2010 at 1:09 am

    has potentially something to hide.

    And has potentially nothing to hide.

    if you think that we should just accept what the police and the department say as pure fact then I’ve got a sign for ya!

    So far you’re all talk, no evidence. Conspiracy theories have no place in public policy. Show us the video footage you talked about. Where is it? Why should we believe anything you say at this point?

  413. the reasonable anonymous
    May 1, 2010 at 8:28 pm

    Great news!


    Betty Chinn, St. Vincent DePaul, and many others collaborated to put together a shower and laundry facility for homeless folks. The seed money for the project came from the $25,000 Minerva Award that Ms. Chinn won in 2008, and a number of local businesses, builders and other volunteers helped to leverage that initial support into a facility worth many times that original sum.

    If even half our population cared even half as much as Ms. Chinn and her colleauges, and if we all worked even one-tenth as hard as they have worked, we’d soon be living in a much better world.

    This new shower and laundry facility is an important service for the least fortunate in our community, and will help fill a crucial gap in existing services for homeless people.

    Many thanks to Betty — and also thanks to everyone else who made this important new facility a reality. Your selfless and compassionate efforts will be a godsend to those who have hit bottom and are desperately trying to get back on their feet. Well done.

  414. kateascot
    May 1, 2010 at 10:18 pm

    yes the showers are cool….now if there were a few of these that came with a toilet, kitchen and bedroom for folks to live like humans there would be something to REALLY celebrate! A campground would be acceptable until housing is built but because there is not a plan in place to build more HUD housing or other type of housing for those in extreme poverty a campground is the best we can hope for….
    anonymous you show me your proof and I’ll show you mine…really, now that charges have been dropped by the DA I’m considering…..

  415. May 2, 2010 at 10:37 am

    Heraldo and all interested in the 4th District Supervisor’s race should take note of developments, reported here:


  416. titan
    May 2, 2010 at 10:42 am

    kateascot, This chief has said he is open to having a civilian review board, many times in fact. The ball is in your court now. I haven’t see you citizens following up on it. What’s the problem?

  417. kateascot
    May 2, 2010 at 11:53 am

    I’ve testified to the Humans Rights Commission and they have supported our call for a Civilian Review Board. Ask Larry Glass why it’s being held back.

  418. Anonymous
    May 2, 2010 at 12:16 pm

    I’ve testified to the Humans Rights Commission and they have supported our call for a Civilian Review Board.

    Translation: You talked your talk in person, just like you do on the blog. Your testimony is meaningless without evidence. Where’s your evidence? See, if you keep making wild accusations, people will eventually call you on them, at least on the blogs, if not at the commission hearings. If what you say is true, provide a shred of evidence. You already claimed there was video documentation. Where is it? Upload it to youtube instead of hiding it in safe houses.

    I’ll keep asking until you provide the claimed evidence, or you recant your claim.

  419. kateascot
    May 2, 2010 at 12:36 pm

    I think it is wise for me not to exploit my RARE recording of what REALLY happened in the DA’s office and how an investigator lost his composure for your enjoyment. You see, we are building a case just like “they” do to civilians. As I’ve stated before, this “hands off” policy toward police when they violate the laws they are sworn to uphold must be eradicated from our society.
    My testimony at The Human Rights Commission was one of many, the commission has evidence from their findings. If you truly want to know what it is ask them for disclosure, read their report and talk to Larry Glass about why he’s not in favor of one and is blocking it’s formation.
    Go to CopWatch.com or many other sites that have evidence for you to peruse. Don’t use me as your scapegoat to excuse you from knowing, I check things out for myself, you can also.

  420. Anonymous
    May 2, 2010 at 1:06 pm

    I think it is wise for me not to exploit my RARE recording of what REALLY happened in the DA’s office

    Ahhahahaha! I knew it. Translation: no evidence. Case closed.

    You see, when people have real evidence of police wrongdoing on videotape, they want the whole world to see it. You make wild, unbelievable claims and also claim to have evidence, but oh, no one is allowed to see the evidence. Why not just come out and admit you’re full of it?

  421. titan
    May 2, 2010 at 1:17 pm

    kateascot, what a crock. Go to the city council meetings and make your issues public and ask Larry Glass your questions as part of the record, then we may begin to believe you.

  422. kateascot
    May 2, 2010 at 3:45 pm

    I’ve been to city hall, I’ve been to Larry Glass, I’ve sat on committees and the system has failed to satisfy the need for equality to all persons in Humboldt County, especially the poor.
    titan and anonymous have no proof that what I’m saying isn’t true. Instead they spin on my refusal to show my evidence so that my claims can be construed as fantasy.
    Typical of the kind of narrow-minded, mean-spirited attitudes that I see ruining my country and inflicting pain and suffering upon those who refuse to conform to your demands.
    I’ll be patient and show my recording when there is more to show with it, keep tuned in….it’ll knock your socks off!

  423. the reasonable anonymous
    May 2, 2010 at 4:19 pm

    “I’ll…show my recording when there is more to show with it…”

    So the recording is not enough by itself to merit showing it?

    Look, I’m willing to believe that cops abuse their authority, there’s no question that it happens sometimes. That being said, you haven’t presented any evidence that it happened in this case, though you claim to have video evidence to that effect.

    It’s reasonable to skeptical of such claims, as people with compelling evidence are USUALLY more than willing to share said evidence to back up their claims. The fact that you are not willing to share that supposed evidence certainly does reduce the credibility of your claim, there’s no way around that.

    Kate, you are the one making the claim, and therefore the burden of proof is on you to back up your claim, not on others to prove a negative (to prove that you DON’T have a video, which would be impossible to do in any case).

    Then there is the fact that you are alleging that a crime of police brutality occured, and that you have evidence of this crime, but you are suppressing that evidence. That comes across as a pretty weird way to oppose police abuse.

  424. Anonymous
    May 2, 2010 at 4:22 pm

    Of course, the anti-Arizona demonstrations are very large. There are between 12 and 20 millions illegal aliens living in the USA. What an enjoyable way to spend a weekend – soaking up the sun and bellyaching about the idea that they might (someday) be required to obey American law!

  425. kateascot
    May 2, 2010 at 4:29 pm

    weird? It’s done all the time! The fact that the DA dropped charges against 6 of us who physically saw and were victims of said “crime” then were arrested because they were confused about who did what until they saw their own recording is evidence enough for now.
    You misunderstand what is at stake here. I’m not looking for fame and fortune therefore I am willing to wait for the right moment to do the most good with what I’ve got to help the community. You on the other hand are lazy and want me to draw you a picture, sorry you don’t rate the price.

  426. the reasonable anonymous
    May 2, 2010 at 4:41 pm

    Asking someone to show the evidence they claim they have is not “lazy” or wanting you to “draw me a picture.” It’s pretty natural that when someone says they have evidence of a serious crime committed by police (or anyone else), those hearing the claim will want to see that evidence.

    If the cops claimed that they saw you commit a crime, and that they had a video that would prove it, it would only be appropriate for you to demand to see the video. If they continued making the claim, but declined to show the evidence, you would be a bit annoyed, would you not?

    Weird that you don’t seem capable of grasping this basic point.

    If you want to make claims without evidence, that’s fine, but you gain little credibility for your claims.

    If you want to make claims while also claiming to have evidence, but decline to let others see the supposed evidence, you lose even more credibility.

    But, hey, that’s up to you. Most people would conclude that suppressing evidence of police abuse is a rather self-defeating way for you to combat police abuse.

  427. the reasonable anonymous
    May 2, 2010 at 4:46 pm

    By suppressing evidence of a crime, doesn’t that make you an accessory after the fact? If the officer(s) really are abusive, and they abuse someone again in the meantime, you would be partly responsible for failing to share evidence that might have gotten them suspended or fired or prosecuted in the meantime. Hoarding and suppressing evidence, and only sharing it when you decide it will have “greater impact” by being combined with other evidence is still an act of suppressing evidence. Again, a pretty strange approach for someone who claims to oppose police violence.

  428. kateascot
    May 2, 2010 at 4:59 pm


  429. the reasonable anonymous
    May 2, 2010 at 5:05 pm


  430. the reasonable anonymous
    May 2, 2010 at 5:10 pm


  431. kateascot
    May 2, 2010 at 5:17 pm


  432. Anonymous
    May 2, 2010 at 9:35 pm

    Silly? Absurd? Perhaps, but sometimes absurdities well used highlight the idiocy of nonsensical positions like yours Kate.

  433. kateascot
    May 3, 2010 at 11:36 am

    yep, like I said……

  434. Anonymous
    May 3, 2010 at 12:01 pm


    Sorry Kate, you still haven’t provided evidence. Where’s your evidence to support your extraordinary claims? I don’t recall your claim being regarding activism surrounding closure of the Easter Seals pool, so your latest link doesn’t make much sense. Have you uploaded your compelling cop-shattering video to Youtube yet? If all that you say is true, why are you protecting the cops in this manner? I’d think you would want bad cops off the street as soon as possible. Are you working for the cops?

  435. titan
    May 3, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    kateascot has nothing, and we won’t hear any more on this either. She is a misguided soul, aligned with those who want to rant and rave and imply brutality and secret plots where there are none. We have seen this over and over. If they had something they’d waste no time putting it out there front and center (especially on youtube). Anything else is just getting tiresome. Yawn.

  436. the reasonable anonymous
    May 3, 2010 at 1:35 pm

    According to Kate, she is withholding evidence of police abuse. I guess either she doesn’t have what she says she has, or else she is more interested in her own tactical/organizing goals than she is in actually stopping police abuse.

  437. Anonymous
    May 3, 2010 at 2:22 pm

    Testimony before the Human Rights Commission should be voraciously questioned because maybe there is nothing behind claims of abuse. This is the lesson Kateascot has taught me.

  438. kateascot
    May 3, 2010 at 2:35 pm

    whom ever you are (1:35, 12:43, 12:01)seems to me that you are a troll. But just to clear some of the smoke you are blowing I’ll point out
    1. The DA has their own recording of the incident in the DA’s office and follow up is being done there whether or not the public is aware of it at this time.
    2. I do not have any desire to see Eureka and it’s mess spread over the internet through youtube. Dignity is important to me and should be to you, but you are just a freak of the internet and undoubtedly have no real concerns about dignity.
    3. Had you checked out the entire site I sent you to you would have read the testimony of witnesses to James Dawsons out of control behavior.
    4. As for rants and raves, that would be you!

  439. titan
    May 3, 2010 at 2:44 pm

    and so it goes, blah blah blah

  440. the reasonable anonymous
    May 3, 2010 at 2:52 pm

    (1) 12:01 was someone else. I only post under “reasonable anonymous.”

    (2) For the record I’m not a “troll,” I’m a goblin, and I think you owe us goblins an apology!

    (3) So you’re against exposing police abuse on Youtube? I guess the pepper spray victims should have kept their video to themselves in order to protect “dignity?” After all, the cops had their own video, so according to your logic, there was no reason for those protesters to go public with their own footage, right?

    (4) The opposite of Eureka’s “mess” being “spread” on Youtube is for that mess to be covered up, and for whatever reason, you are contributing to a cover-up.

    (5) The DA’s footage may not show the same angles as yours does. You claim that your footage “proves” the abuse. So, why withhold the “proof?”

    (6) The witness “testimony” you refer to says that Dawson “layed hands” on Kim Starr, and that the guy with the trumpet ended up with a chipped tooth. But that doesn’t prove that the chipped tooth was intentional, or that the “laying on of hands” was aggressive. If your video really does prove that this incident DID amount to assault / police abuse, then that would be worth seeing, and if there is strong evidence, then Dawson should be suspended and prosecuted.

    So, feel free to present your evidence, or else continue to make evidence-free claims. Your credibility, your choice.

    You’re pretty good at name-calling, not so good at meaningful debate. But maybe you’re not interested in meaningful debate as much as you’re interested in making sensational claims and then inventing tortured reasons not to show your evidence? Sure seems that way.

  441. Anonymous
    May 3, 2010 at 3:11 pm

    kateascot’s backpedaling and refusing to show the originally claimed evidence is all I need to know. There’s nothing to this story.

    If anything she claims makes actual news headlines in the future, I’m sure some of us will be so kind as to inform the news media of the sort of behavior exhibited here. Please don’t cry wolf again. It will only embarrass you because you can count on us wanting to see your evidence.

  442. titan
    May 3, 2010 at 3:38 pm

    “Trumpet chips tooth, arrested for assault.”

  443. kateascot
    May 3, 2010 at 3:39 pm

    oh you poor whimpering fool!

  444. Anonymous
    May 3, 2010 at 3:45 pm

    You cry wolf and call us whimpering? That’s rich.

  445. May 3, 2010 at 4:44 pm

    Jeff Leonard has thrown down the gauntlet to Astrobot for the Supe’s race. Read his riveting challenge here:


  446. May 3, 2010 at 4:49 pm

    I don’t like anything about what happened to Copwatch, etc.

    But I still support Gallegos in his re-election.

    The corruption is at the city level. As you may remember from the EPD’s bloody past/present, it always has been…

  447. titan
    May 3, 2010 at 4:55 pm

    I thought this was DA’s office & DA’s investigators, not EPD. Also, bloody past yes, bloody present, I think not.

  448. May 3, 2010 at 4:58 pm

    Only time will tell…

  449. titan
    May 3, 2010 at 5:01 pm

    Yeah it’ll hafta be time, cuz it sure won’t be kateascot’s tape.

  450. kateascot
    May 3, 2010 at 5:18 pm

    contrary to some I love Eureka, Humboldt County, USA. because I love my hometown I insist upon being given the courtesy of being heard as an American should in the town in which they live, work and raise a family. for dignities sake I ask the DA to do the right and noble thing and admit in public what happened April 8th with James Dawson and protesters supporting CopWatch in the lobby to his office. I’m not wanting to embarrass Eureka, honestly, I only want justice for ALL. officials have raised themselves up so high they were bound to fall, i’d like to see some humility and real effort put forth to clean up government in Humboldt so that poor folks can have some peace and work toward securing safety and health issues. That’s why I was at the DA’s office and why I’m out front at the courthouse with various groups asking our PUBLIC SERVANTS to consider the poor in housing issues and quit targeting homeless people as blacks were targeted in the 60’s!
    since Gallegos ordered the arrests of all protesters I should think that he would be interested in getting the record straight.
    perhaps he wasn’t informed that Dawson had abused 2 protesters since he didn’t come out to talk with us. I’m sure that’s it, he just has incompetent staff that somehow he inherited from Terry Farmer.

  451. titan
    May 3, 2010 at 7:04 pm

    I’m thinking that if someone there had a trumpet to his mouth he was playing it, right? Does that strike you as someone who wants to be taken seriously?

  452. Anonymous
    May 3, 2010 at 8:51 pm

    It’s nice that you love Humboldt County Kate. Now show us the evidence, or stop spreading horrendous claims about other people that you cannot or willfully choose not to prove.

  453. the reasonable anonymous
    May 4, 2010 at 3:44 pm

    I’ll be waiting to see that “secret evidence,” Kate. Kinda reminds me of Nixon, who said he had a “secret plan to win the war” (in Vietnam).

  454. capdiamont
  455. Anonymous
    May 4, 2010 at 6:38 pm

    More like good materials for making homeless structures.

  456. Ken Bareilles Jr
    May 5, 2010 at 10:53 am

    4th District Supervisor Debate is tonight at 7PM on KEET

  457. Anonymous
    May 5, 2010 at 1:51 pm

    Your readers are gonna love this:

    Virginia at her best, stumbling over words, struggling with concepts…

  458. Goldie
    May 5, 2010 at 2:00 pm

    I can’t get any sound on the videos.

  459. Anonymous
    May 5, 2010 at 5:33 pm

    It’s not your fault, Goldie. There IS NO SOUND on those videos.

  460. Anonymous
    May 5, 2010 at 5:38 pm

    Too bad, too, because I’d love to hear the candidates.

  461. Mike Buettner
    May 6, 2010 at 11:30 am

    What happened to the Marina Center web site?


  462. Anonymous
    May 7, 2010 at 4:33 pm

    In case you haven’t heard, don’t display the American flag on Cinco de Mayo. The illegal aliens find it highly offensive.

  463. kateascot
    May 7, 2010 at 6:26 pm

    Here’s some interesting TRIVIA:

    People who set up a tent in their yard and have neighbor kids sleep in it could be ticketed because of the anti-camping in city limits law.
    Of course those laws were made only for “homeless” people who really need them, like maybe your cousin who lost his job because of an injury and the pain meds he got hooked on. Well all’s fair in war.
    Yeah, the war on poverty. No, we just can’t have poverty, uh-uh, no, no, nothings free, everything is for sale. By golly if you don’t work you gotta sleep in the bushes. But you can’t have a tent, or a sleeping bag or a backpack and if you do manage to have those things and survive for a while, well it’s only right that the cops will take your tent, ID, insulin, possibly (if he didn’t get laid last night)slash your tarps, tent, and sleeping bag, cuz these guys work damn hard all year to go camping out here where you are living for FREE!
    remember what your mama told you when the bullies went after you at school, “they’re just jealous that they’re not cool like you”?
    There are many bullies that have been able to get away with murder these past 40 years in government and it’s going to take some big changes to turn this country around and back to being a vibrant Democracy. The first step would be to honor our Constitution. There are certain unalienable rights proclaimed in The Declaration of Independence that are being abused in Redwood country. There is an air of despotic rule in the Sheriff’s dept. Not just there, Eureka,Arcata, Ferndale and The Bd. of Supes are guilty as well.

  464. kateascot
    May 7, 2010 at 6:31 pm

    oh yeah…..if you want to sleep under the Samoa Bridge you give the police dept. $10. for a permit for 1 night.
    A broke homeless person can’t sleep there but if you got a ten spot u r in! Yep everything is for sale!

  465. the reasonable anonymous
    May 7, 2010 at 8:21 pm

    I do think that we should have some kind of free or VERY inexpensive camping in the Eureka area. It’s ridiculous to tell homeless people that there is literally nowhere they can legally sleep. And it’s both heartless and counterproductive to take away people’s tents, blankets, sleeping bags, etc. This just leaves these people more desperate and destitute than ever.

    But the problem with the free/cheap campground thing is *where* it would be located. Homeless / traveler camping is something that very few people want to have in their backyard (or their local park, or adjacent to their property). The city and/or county should be looking to use SOME piece of public property for this purpose, but it’s a hard sell to the voters, politically.

    I keep hearing advocates for the homeless say that it is “illegal” for the city and/or county to fail to provide some “camping of last resort” for the homeless, but the city government doesn’t seem to be too worried about it.

    So, if we really do have statutes and/or case law that clearly states the city/county’s responsibility to provide this kind of space, we need to stop talking about it and file a lawsuit or something. If the city goverment was is the position where it HAD to provide such a campground (or else face a potentially large civil judgement) they might be a lot quicker to get going on such a thing.

    Otherwise, you may need to go with a private, non-profit approach, where locals concerned about the homeless would donate to purchase land for the purpose of starting a free / extremely low-cost campground.

    You’d need to go to the county/city to get it re-zoned for camping, and then some non-profit group could operate it as a private non-profit. Of course that wouldn’t be easy or cheap, but then again what worthwhile things ARE easy and cheap?

  466. Anonymous
    May 7, 2010 at 8:28 pm

    kateascot, what’s your evidence?

  467. Anonymous
    May 7, 2010 at 8:56 pm

    Kateascot is kidding, for sure.

    The problem with homeless campgrounds is that they are started with good intentions and end up being dumping grounds for their temporary residents who leave their discarded bedding and belongings, not to mention their personal waste and garbage. This population has a high percentage of those who suffer from mental illness and inability to maintain their belongings, keep their bedding and tents from getting wet and ruined, or organize their life. It is their biggest obstacle to keep their life in order or to hope for having housing. They annoy others with their personal habits and off behaviors, and their inability to cope and unusual social behaviors lead to their not getting along in a camp group, quite often.

    Anyone who has worked with this group, tried to help with a shelter or campsite for the homeless has run into these issues.

    The City of Arcata has a huge bill each month for cleanup of homeless and “travelers’ ” discarded belonging, equipment, garbage, and personal waste.

  468. kateascot
    May 7, 2010 at 9:10 pm

    So I guess you are in favor of running them out of town? Where do they go? Are you in favor of genocide? Because that’s the next step you know.
    I’ve worked with this group for 45 years, since Haight-Ashbury. They need to have a roof over their heads, toilets, cooking facilities and safety from barbarians just like every human deserves along with cats and dogs.
    Portland has a place that has been going on most of 15 yrs. It’s different just like they are and it’s legal, sanitary and safe. You sound like a negative person so i wouldn’t want you on my team for a successful camp. It’s a CAN DO spirit that succeeds.

  469. Anonymous
    May 7, 2010 at 9:55 pm

    If you knew me you would know that I speak from experience and I have a lot of empathy for this group. I wish I could come up with more solutions. I am a realist who works with a population similar to the one I was describing and we work to help them in other ways, but not living situations.

    If I characterized you from my impressions, I would guess you are a stuffed shirt type who looks down her nose at anyone with a different or especially right, opinion, drives a car you don’t approve of, and makes snap judgments about people who don’t look or dress like you do. I am not correct either, am I?

  470. Anonymous
    May 7, 2010 at 11:16 pm

    Are you in favor of genocide?

    Gee Kate, you forgot to call him a Nazi. A person who doesn’t support homeless campgrounds is not promoting genocide. Get a grip on reality.

  471. McKinleyvillan
    May 8, 2010 at 10:20 am

    Sundberg’s campaign is mimicking Bass’s cheap trick of sending voters birthday cards. I guess they have to do something with all that money from the developers!

  472. Anonymous
    May 8, 2010 at 11:58 pm

    Just a thought for kate. The homeless people gave themselves a black eye that will never disappear when they trashed the South Spit. There is no way for the homeless as a group to erase the stain they themselves smeared on that piece of land and on their own collective reputation. We know now what they will do if we ever let them have control of another piece of land. They must be closely supervised unless we are willing to have the land they occupy polluted and destroyed.

  473. kateascot
    May 9, 2010 at 10:59 pm

    Nobody has suggested that there be a campground without supervision, bathrooms and garbage pick-up. We’re not as dumb as city, county, state and federal government is and think that people who have nothing more and often less than basic survival gear can “make it” on their own.
    Or maybe it’s that the poor are expendable and don’t make the grade so they don’t deserve shelter? Left to die out in the weeds and then blamed for the mess they left, that ‘s the way it is in your “realist” world, huh?
    Governments create homelessness and people like you perpetuate their callous regard for humanity.
    Right now in SoHum the Sheriff is hunting homeless people, taking their pictures as if they were a criminal. They are being ticketed and told to move on. We’re collecting the stories from “campers” and signing petitions and gathering attention of state and national officials to bring an end to this “witch hunt” type mob mentality that is coursing through this nation. Homeless people often have no other choice but to “pollute” the environment, but “civilization” has nearly destroyed the planet let alone the South Jetty!!!! You get a grip Mr. realist my ass!

  474. kateascot
    May 9, 2010 at 11:02 pm

    anonymous 9:55…..that would be you

  475. Anonymous
    May 9, 2010 at 11:23 pm

    They are being ticketed and told to move on.

    If they’re being ticketed, they are breaking the law, and yeah, most of us want lawbreakers to move on, too.

    If they didn’t break the law, you know my next request. Show us the evidence.

  476. Bolithio
    May 10, 2010 at 2:13 pm

    Humboldt County to get Fiber Optics Cable??

    Vote for Humboldt!!!!!


  477. Breaking News - Eureka Inn
    May 10, 2010 at 4:02 pm

    According to traffic on Facebook, the Eureka Inn is opening tomorrow.

  478. Anonymous
    May 10, 2010 at 4:06 pm

    The North Coast Journal broke this news 45 minutes ago. Thank for goodness for the NCJ and Heraldo. All the news we need.

  479. kateascot
    May 10, 2010 at 8:33 pm

    homeless people have no home to sleep in yet they HAVE to sleep it is an involuntary bodily function that must happen or a human will lose their mind and die.
    There is no affordable housing or a campground where humans without money to pay the going rate for a room or home of their own can sleep. If every homeless person had enough money suddenly to rent space to sleep there isn’t even shelter space for them.
    When the county cleaned up the south jetty they promised everyone that they (the county) would help these people find shelter. I was on a radio show at HSU with Lloyd Throne then Director of RCAA and the Director of Social Services (whose name escapes me) and Father Eric Duff of the Episcopalian church. These 3 men were discussing what the process was going to be on the jetty so I asked them if there was enough housing for everyone and they didn’t want to say the truth but they did, no there was not in 1997 and there is not now enough housing for all homeless in Humboldt County for all the homeless. So ticketing them for breaking a law which they are physically unable to obey is inhumane and against Human Rights. These laws against homeless populations go against the Constitution, UN Human Rights treaties with other countries and a host of other illegalities. So the campaign to ticket and run homeless people out of this county is ILLEGAL and one day there will be a lawsuit filed against the county for these immoral laws and I’ll be interested to hear your reaction then.

  480. Anonymous
    May 10, 2010 at 9:27 pm

    Google has been eaten by the GIANT FONT MONSTER and there seems to be no way to get it back into its proper size! Help! Help! Can anybody help!!!

  481. Anonymous
    May 10, 2010 at 9:28 pm

    Just think how much rental space would become available if we would kick all the illegal aliens out of our country! No more homelessness among Americans then, I bet!

  482. the reasonable anonymous
    May 10, 2010 at 9:53 pm

    “If they didn’t break the law…show us the evidence.”

    So much for innocent until proven guilty?

  483. Anonymous
    May 10, 2010 at 10:46 pm

    Ahh, so I think we can boil Kate’s lengthy comment down to: yes, they were breaking the law.

    physically unable to obey

    That’s absurd. In short, people knowingly choose, nay, they insist on living in an area where they know there isn’t enough housing and so they choose to be homeless. Well, dang, they are indeed choosing to be outlaws. No one is forcing them to stay.

  484. Confucius Hill
    May 11, 2010 at 7:43 pm

    From http://www.willitsnews.com/ci_14991934

    “The North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board alleges that during construction of the Confusion Hill bypass, CalTrans violated its 401 Clean Water Act permit 154 separate times and had 141 days of violation during the construction period between August 17, 2006, and June 1, 2007.

    NCWQCB Assistant Executive Officer Luis G. Rivera recommended in August 2009 that CalTrans pay a $1.5 million fine for the violations out of the possible $3 million maximum that could have been levied.

    According to the complaint, “the discharger [CalTrans] easily could have avoided many of the violations included in this order had it simply used adequate best management practices and timely reported the violations. CalTrans was warned in the two notices of violation that many of the BMPs utilized at Confusion Hill were inadequate and had resulted in violations of the Water Quality Certification and Storm Water Permit, but failed to take corrective measures.””

  485. Anonymous
    May 12, 2010 at 12:32 am

    Why don’t homeless advocates join the effort to send illegal aliens back home? It can free millions of rental units for homeless Americans and reduce the price of housing! A win-win situation. And we get our nation back!

    Why don’t excellent ideas like this one ever rise to the top in the Main Stream Media? Class prejudice, I think. Journalists are living in the La-La Land that only a way-above average income can provide. No wonder nobody trusts the Media anymore. Or Congress. Or the Corporations. Or the Wall Street Bankers…

  486. the reasonable anonymous
    May 12, 2010 at 12:34 am

    Ideas like that rise to the top of the septic tank.

  487. kateascot
    May 12, 2010 at 11:52 am

    YOU and ME are illegal aliens to the Native American Indians. Arizona and California belonged to Mexico until we raided their country and TOOK their land….this Earth belongs to ALL humans….get a grip!

  488. Locke Smith
    May 12, 2010 at 12:24 pm

    “Earth belongs to ALL humans. . .”

    That is the same as saying Earth belongs to NO humans. And before you accuse me of speciesism, let me freely admit that I have no desire to share my little piece of this planet with head lice, cockroaches, or Komodo dragons!

    And what about the tribes of Native Americans who lived on the land before the tribes who had it when we got here? I suspect they didn’t live to complain about the treatment they got.

  489. TheVoiceofReason
    May 12, 2010 at 3:58 pm

    Just received a robo-call polling for the DA’s race. It asked me if I was voting today, who would I vote for? Incumbent Gallegos, Hagen, Jackson & (strangely) Bryson. When I pushed the appropriate button for my choice, it then asked me if I was male or female and was I 40 and under or over 40.

  490. kateascot
    May 12, 2010 at 4:33 pm

    12:24….and all humans belong to the Earth….the problem with speculation is that a more creative question can be raised to squash your idea, then you start gambling with your rep and the point is lost in ego trips…The facts dear Watson…..the facts. Oppression exists in minority cultures. The status quo is the wealthy classes. Government bails out banks and sells out the poor (redevelopment money gone)to pay the debts of the rich who SPECULATE. Gambling with the people’s money is a crime, right? Gamblers who sit at a table with someone banking him/her, and loses can pretty mush kiss their ass good-bye, so please quit minimizing the perilous lives of those in deep poverty in your neighborhood. You’re probably as drunk off prosperity as the majority are, but I’m sure if you knew what I do about our current wretched system you would make some changes in your thinking processes.
    3:58…targeting the majority.

  491. Anonymous
    May 13, 2010 at 10:56 am

    The facts dear Watson…..the facts.

    Were you trying to be ironic? Someone who makes wild claims and further claims to have evidence backing up her wild claims, but then doesn’t let anyone see said evidence… has no credibility. Don’t talk to us about facts.

  492. Carol
    May 13, 2010 at 8:22 pm

    Hi, H, I am just trying on my new gravitar. Thanks!

  493. titan
    May 13, 2010 at 8:28 pm

    kateascot, we haven’t forgotten your claims of video evidence of wrongdoing at the DA’s office. We’re still waiting for the grand unveiling.

  494. May 13, 2010 at 8:45 pm

    Looking good, Carol!

  495. the reasonable anonymous
    May 13, 2010 at 9:54 pm

    What, kateascot is STILL suppressing the secret video evidence that she says would prove her claims of police brutality in the DA’s office?

    If it turns out that there really WAS a crime of police brutality, and she’s been hiding the evidence, that would make kate an “accessory after the fact,” wouldn’t it?

  496. Anonymous
    May 13, 2010 at 11:21 pm

    If I were a fan of the DA and I had secret video evidence that would destroy his electoral race and assure a reformer is elected to his office, I would hide the secret video evidence too.

  497. the reasonable anonymous
    May 14, 2010 at 1:34 am

    But if someone was looking to actually cover up real abuse they wouldn’t go around making accusations and telling everyone that they have the secret evidence that proves their allegations. They’d keep quiet entirely.

    See, I’ve just been having a bit of fun at kateascot’s expense, because she likes to make grand, sweeping claims about all kinds of things, whether it be chem-trails or police abuse, without much to back it up.

    This time around, she took a whole new approach by claiming that she has definitive video evidence proving that people were abused by a DA investigator, but that she’s not willing to show anyone the definitive evidence. We’re just supposed to believe her when she says she has this video evidence, and that it shows what she says it shows.

    I guess that’s the “faith-based” politics people talk about. Personally I prefer to see facts, logic, evidence and sound reasoning before I believe something, but I realize that’s a little old-fashioned these days.

  498. Endangered Species
    May 14, 2010 at 7:52 pm

    Hey Heraldo, is it true that Caltrans has canceled the Marbled Murrelet surveys for Richardson Grove that Kim Floyd from Caltrans promised they would conduct in the last NCJ article?

    I figured you were the sleuth to ask…

  499. kateascot
    May 15, 2010 at 2:43 pm

    Yep, the surveys are canceled and some trees have been cut south of the entrance to the grove. Tree-Sitters are coordinating and another Redwood Summer is beginning.

  500. kateascot
    May 15, 2010 at 2:48 pm

    The DA has the best video because it was stationary. He dropped charges on us for “trespassing” so I guess we could file “false arrest”. I’m keeping my recording for that reason….I’m interested in justice, not satisfying your curiosity. Thanks for caring.

  501. kateascot
    May 15, 2010 at 2:51 pm

    11:21…..I see no reformer on the horizon and I’m not even sure Gallegos is REAL…..politics is not my game.

  502. the reasonable anonymous
    May 15, 2010 at 4:02 pm

    “I’m not even sure that Gallegos is REAL.”


  503. Anonymous
    May 15, 2010 at 7:06 pm


    People who do what their handlers tell them to do are not REAL.

  504. Anonymous
    May 15, 2010 at 7:07 pm

    I’m interested in justice, not satisfying your curiosity.

    Umm, that’s called bullshit. If you had damning evidence you would show it to everyone near and far. You do not. You simply have nothing. Thanks for playing, but you lose… your credibility.

  505. the reasonable anonymous
    May 15, 2010 at 7:45 pm

    I’m interested in justice, therefore I hide evidence of wrongdoing.

    Yup, that makes sense.

  506. the reasonable anonymous
    May 15, 2010 at 7:55 pm

    “He dropped charges on us for ‘trespassing’ so I guess we could file for ‘false arrest.'”

    Well, you could try, but the fact that charges are dropped does not necessarily make it a false arrest. The burden of proof for a charge of false arrest is a whole lot higher, as any attorney would tell you. Remember, lots of people have charges dropped all the time, for various reasons, but very few of them could successfully claim false arrest.

    I wasn’t there that day, so I don’t know the particulars, but personally I don’t think there should ever be trespassing charges for being in the waiting room of a County office during regular business hours. If someone is particularly obnoxious or aggressive and needs to be removed to keep them from interfering with other peoples’ rights, it seems like the charge would be something more like Disturbing the Peace or Disorderly Conduct, or whatever.

  507. kateascot
    May 16, 2010 at 4:03 pm

    anon…..I’ve discussed your demands with people that I respect and who care about what is happening from my vantage point. We all agree that you are not credible and therefore not to be taken seriously.
    For the sake of justice I’ve decided to show my filming of the protest at the DA’s office on April 8, soon.

  508. the reasonable anonymous
    May 16, 2010 at 4:42 pm

    I’m not the one making the claim, therefore my “credibility” is not on the line. You are the one who made the claim, and the further claim that you have vidoe evidence that proves your claim. It’s your credibility that is on the line.

    I’m glad to hear that “in the interest of justice” you’ll be revealing that evidence. That’s all I’ve asked. If your evidence shows abuse by the authorities, I’ll be right there with you in demanding justice.

    I’m looking forward to seeing that evidence “soon.” I hope that “soon” is sooner rather than later.

    Have a pleasant day.

  509. kateascot
    May 16, 2010 at 5:04 pm

    bs anon….bfs

  510. Anonymous
    May 16, 2010 at 5:13 pm

    anon….from what I can tell you are of an old fashioned patriarchal type who’s way gets done or else I can hit the highway. You hide behind anonymous and have no credibility because you live in no mans land. There is no truth or anything else behind you, that I can see anyway. You just like taking pot shots and act superior as a way to cover up your inadequacies.
    Perhaps I should just keep you wanting, that’s power.

  511. Anonymous
    May 16, 2010 at 5:14 pm

    hey H…..5:13 is Kate, not anon….what’s happenin?

  512. Anonymous
    May 16, 2010 at 5:15 pm

    hmmmmm…..5:14 as well…..

  513. the reasonable anonymous
    May 16, 2010 at 5:17 pm

    It’s the chem-trails, kate.

  514. the reasonable anonymous
    May 16, 2010 at 5:20 pm

    Your real name is Kate Ascot?

  515. Anonymous
    May 16, 2010 at 5:32 pm

    Well, TAD has “video” as well. LMAO. Course he’s not showing it to anyone either.

  516. May 16, 2010 at 6:05 pm

    hey H…..5:13 is Kate, not anon….what’s happenin?

    If you entered your handle and email I don’t know. But you are commenting from Kate’s IP. Strange.

  517. kateascot
    May 16, 2010 at 6:24 pm

    can ya see me now?

  518. kateascot
    May 16, 2010 at 6:26 pm

    well lookey there! thanks H, whew, thought anon was a bug or somethin

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