Aug 20, 2014

Ride the rails on the Timber Heritage crew car Speeder this Saturday

The Timber Heritage Association's "Salmon, Oysters, Ales and Rail" takes place August 23rd at the Samoa Roundhouse. $20 gets you a barbequed salmon meal; $10 a children's hot dog meal. Oysters, ales and wine available for additional purchase. Ride the rails on the Timber Heritage crew car Speeder or relax with music by the Redwood Dixie-Gators. For more information and to get ticket locations, call (707) 443-2957 or visit www.

Mahan Road Garberville marijuana bust with no arrests

On 08-19-2014, at approximately 11:00 a.m., Humboldt County Sheriff's Office deputies drove to Mahan Road, Garberville and served a Humboldt County Superior Court search warrant. When deputies arrived, they searched the property and located 1077 growing marijuana plants ranging from 8 feet to 15 feet tall. They also located five adults who were all detained and identified.

 No arrests were made; however deputies will be submitting the case to the Humboldt County District Attorney's Office and requesting arrest warrants for cultivation and possession for sale of marijuana.

Humboldt Bay Harbor Working Group Luncheon Focuses on Master Permitting Possibilities

Humboldt Bay Harbor Working Group is hosting an informative and practical luncheon designed to delve into the possibilities of master permitting.  The Harbor District began this process of master permitting their oyster leases.  Prosperity 2012 identified master permitting as a key economic development strategy.  This luncheon is designed to learn from the work being done at the state level and how it can apply to the needs of our region.  Can we as a community move forward on this new and much needed process to revitalize our Port and create good-paying jobs?

The luncheon is scheduled for Wednesday, August 27 from Noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Samoa Cookhouse in Samoa.  All guests must RSVP for this no-host luncheon of pot roast or soup and salad by calling 441-1974 or email to The guest speaker is Andrew Sturmfels from the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz).  He has visited Eureka earlier to talk about a new economic development program.  On the 27th Andrew will talk about his progress statewide in master permitting processes.

Andrew Sturmfels was appointed by Governor Brown to serve as Senior Permit Assistance Specialist within the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) in January of 2013. His job is to assist businesses in California with understanding and navigating permitting, licensing, and regulatory processes. When not working directly with businesses, Andrew works on statewide policy efforts that make it easier to do business in California. Over the last 18 months Andrew led the implementation of the statewide Lean-6 Sigma program that resulted in substantial process improvements across 11 state departments.

HBHWG is a citizen’s group advocating for good paying jobs through the revitalization of Humboldt Harbor. In the fall of 2011, community members interested in creating jobs with living wages met to discuss the Harbor’s immense untapped potential.  This citizen’s action group became the Humboldt Bay Harbor Working Group (HBHWG) with one of its goals to host a monthly educational lunch forum on the last Wednesday at Noon at the Samoa Cookhouse.  More information about HBHWG is available  at

Aug 19, 2014

Lot of talk in LOCO comment section but no follow through

At the City Council meeting tonight, only 1 person, Lorene Dunaway, referred to several articles on the internet and "words spoken at an event that were unprofessional."

Fact: there was only one post and it was on LOCO. Dunaway referred to her training when she was a teacher and recommended professional development training for the City regarding situations of conflict.

"Eureka does not need any more negative publicity on the internet." All that posturing in the LOCO comment section but when it comes to real life, many do not have the guts to use their real names.

LOCO commenters are not the community at large. Nor is  most "media" locally which is largely left leaning unbiased reporting.

Whether the attacks are anonymous or from the few that use their name, taking accountability for your words and actions is something many people could use "training" in Humboldt County.

Frequent flier Heather Haselip arrested again!

According to a HCSO press release, this time for a stolen vehicle.

Haselip like Shiloh Case, David Dues are just some of the frequent fliers at the Humboldt County Jail.

Even a cat with nine lives myth has a limit. These frequent fliers being booked and getting released and rearrested is like Groundhog day over and over again for court staff and public defenders.

Yes, realignment has been so successful.

"It's not just homeless, not all homeless are criminals"

This was a comment made by Eureka Chief of Police Andy Mills during a CHIP presentation this morning during the Humboldt County Board of Supervisor's meeting.

CHIP, Community Homeless Improvement Project is a group that was spearheaded by Supervisors Virginia Bass and Rex Bohn and this group consists of County and City of Eureka officials, County and City of Eureka staff and organizations working with the homeless. The group has been meeting since October 2013, almost every week at the Courthouse.

Chief Mills was the first to speak. "Homelessness is not going to go away, CHIP would like to improve" the plight of homeless individuals. Chief Mills said according to surveys and data, "a minority of homeless are responsible for the majority of  problems and crimes" that CHIP wants to address. "It's not just the homeless," he said. "Not all homeless are criminals. There are others that engage in "criminal behavior that degrades the community."

Many of the individuals who are currently homeless are longtime resisdents of Humboldty County, said Chief Mills.

Several other speakers with a power point presentation spoke about advocacy and efforts to help the homeless and others about legislation that will address certain crimes which are of concern to citizens and businesses.

"In 30 years, I see a light for the first time," said Betty Chinn. Her sentiment was echoed by representatives from the Eureka Rescue Misdion and St. Vincent DePaul.

Chief Mills referred to a quote by Rev. Dan Price at the opening of the Betty Kwann Chin Day Center, "But by the grace of God, there goes each of us." CHIP he said is about "compassion yet controlling destructive behavior."

Eureka Main Street Director Charlotte McDonald and City Attorney Cyndi Day Wilson spoke about the education and proposed legislation plans. Several group members were wearing yellow tshirts with a heart with the words, "Eureka, the heart of Humboldt." Beige tshirts and green polos are available for $20 at City Hall. They will also be sold at Arts Alive and donated kiosks at Bayshore Mall. The money from these will benefit resources helping the homeless.

The education campaign will include PSAs recorded by Supervisor Bohn, brochures explaining CHIP's mission. Efforts are to get people to take advantage of the resources and to avert legislative consequences.

"This is about giving people a helping hand, not a handout, " said McDonald. "A handout is not enough. This money goes towards resources." Eureka Chamber of Commerce Director Don Smullins, who previously headed St. Vincent DePaul, said in his experience, "  cash goes to panhandlers, giving to resources provides food and clothing."

Chief Mills applauded Supervisors Bass and Bohn on their leadership and he said while staff like himself and DHHS director get paid, "Charlotte does not get paid to do stuff like this."

The City Attorney gave statistics on how many misdemeanors are prosecuted by the City of Eureka with several defendants having more than one case." Three proposed ordinces by the City of Eureka are: abandoned shopping cart ordinance, bicycle ordinance and vehicle panhandling ordinance. All target behavior endangering public safety.

Eureka Councilmembers Mike Newman and Chet Albin, community activist Charlie Bean were some of the other group members in attendance.

Aug 18, 2014

Mike Newman to formally announce relection bid for City Council on August 21

Councilmember Mike Newman will officially announce his re-election bid for Ward 3 for Eureka City Council on August 21 at 12:15 p.m. at the C street Plaza in Eureka. For more information, call (707) 499-6440 or check out Newman for City Council on Facebook or

Public safety changes that can be enacted before November and won't cost us a dime; Paul step down, let Maggie take over

For $13,166 a month, plus benefits, the People of California deserve a DA who shows up in Court for cases he takes over, especially high profile cases. For that amount of money, the People deserve a DA who knows the law and does not need the Judges to help him out.

For that amount of money,  let us try Paul's brilliant past management decision of rotating DDAs to be ADA for a month. Maybe until January 2015, each DDA could be DA for a month.

Or better yet, step down and let Maggie take over early.

Public safety change that will not cost a dime.