Friday, November 20, 2009

The Coz Sticks It To Humboldt

Posted By on Fri, Nov 20, 2009 at 1:55 PM

Bill Cosby's target-easy cuteness at Central Washington University's homecoming bash sure tickled the locals. The Daily Record reported that he "kept a sold out crowd rolling with laughter for two straight hours."

High -- hahahahahaha!!!!! -- light:

Before starting his show, he made sure to congratulate CWU's victory over Humbolt [sic] State.

"Humboldt State is in California and is the marijuana capitol of the world," Cosby said. "I don't know why you expected to lose to them. Especially after the half. You're lucky if they put the same clothes back on ...You all booked the right team for homecoming."

OK, s'funny. Cuz it's Coz.

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2,600 fewer jobs

Posted By on Fri, Nov 20, 2009 at 1:17 PM

efficiently.

The jobless rate in Humboldt County crept higher in October, according to stats just released from the California Employment Development Department's Dennis Mullins, who works in the EDD's North Coast Region, Labor Market Information Division.

In October, the unemployment rate hit 11.1 percent. It was 10.4 percent in September. But we're doing better than some of our neighbors, and the state overall:

The seasonally unadjusted California rate: 12.3 percent

Del Norte: 12.4 percent

Siskiyou: 14.7 percent

Trinity: 17.9 percent

Shasta: 15.3 percent

Farther-afield Imperial County had the highest unemployment rate in California: 30 percent.

Brother-close Mendocino fared a bit better (10.6 percent), and spoiled cousin Marin, at 8.1 percent, had the lowest rate in the state.

The U.S. rate was 9.5 percent.

Total Humboldt industry employment decreased 2,600 jobs between October 2008 and October 2009, ending the year-over period with 46,900 jobs.

See a breakdown of job types lost and gained between October 2008 to October 2009, after the break:

Year-over job growth occurred in:

q       Private Educational & Health Services (+200)

 

Industry sector with no change over the year:

q       Farm

 

Year-over job declines occurred in:

q       Mining & Logging (-100)

q       Construction (-400)

q       Manufacturing (-200)

q       Trade, Transportation, & Utilities (-800)

q       Information (-100)

q       Financial Activities (-100)

q       Professional & Business Services (-100)

q       Leisure & Hospitality (-300)

q       Other Services -200)

q       Government (-700)

 

 

 

 

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Thursday, November 19, 2009

Another take on the Creamery story

Posted By on Thu, Nov 19, 2009 at 3:01 PM

scenario.Another take on the Creamery story: Sphere, an AOL online news magazine, reports on the Humboldt Creamery/Ghilarducci story. Not much new here, although I don't recall hearing about about Ghilarducci sacking Lisa Carnahan, who was streamlining the Creamery's computer system to make it track finances more
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Monday, November 16, 2009

MLPA Task Force Named

Posted By on Mon, Nov 16, 2009 at 3:47 PM

problem.

Former Assembly member Virginia Strom-Martin and current Humboldt County Supervisor Jimmy Smith are among the appointees to the Blue Ribbon Task Force that will oversee local implementation of the controversial Marine Life Protection Act, according to an MLPA press release. (Click here for background info.)

Local fishermen have expressed concerns that Marine Protection Areas (MPAs) established by the MLPA are unnecessary here on the North Coast and will jeopardize their livelihoods by making the best fishing spots off limits. The eight-member task force announced today will be charged with developing alternative MPAs and presenting their suggestions to the Fish and Game Commission late next year. The process will include input from fishermen, scientists, elected officials, conservationists, stakeholders and the public, according to the release.

The full task force is listed after the break.

In addition to Strom-Martin and Smith, the panel will include Roberta Cordero, a lawyer and co-founder of the Chumash Maritime Association, and Cindy Gustafson, general manager for the Tahoe City Public Utility District. They'll join the following four, who already have MLPA task force experience, according to the release:

• William W. Anderson, president of Westrec Marina Management, Inc.
• Meg Caldwell, director of Stanford Law School's Environment and Natural Resources Law and Policy Program
• Catherine Reheis-Boyd, COO of Western States Petroleum Association, and
• Gregory F. Schem, president and CEO of Harbor Real Estate Group

Secretary for Natural Resources Mike Chrisman said the appointments reflect the importance of local participation. "This diverse and knowledgeable group ... will ensure that all interests are heard as the MLPA planning process moves to the north coast," Chrisman said.

The task force's first meeting will be held Wednesday and Thursday at the Red Lion hotel in Eureka.

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Nadananda predicts vigilantes may battle cartel pot farms

Posted By on Mon, Nov 16, 2009 at 9:14 AM

Loggers.Nadananda predicts vigilantes may battle cartel pot farms: Interviewed by Bay Area news radio station KCBS, Friends of the Eel founder Nadananda warned that staffing cuts in state parks could lead to danger to the woods from Mexican drug cartels. The report concludes, "Nadananda says she thinks the situation may get so bad that vigilante committees could form to deal with the problem." Now that's a frightening
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Friday, November 13, 2009

Tyson, City Sued on Harassment Charges

Posted By on Fri, Nov 13, 2009 at 4:38 PM

Tawnie Hansen, the former Eureka Police Department dispatcher who found herself at the center of a fight between supporters and detractors of Chief Garr Nielsen, has filed a huge lawsuit against the City of Eureka and City Manager David Tyson.

Hansen, who is asking for $1.4 million plus punitive damages, alleges that the city slow-played an investigation into who was behind a blog called Above the Law, which was written from an anti-Nielsen point of view and hinted that Nielsen and Hansen, both married, had been having an affair. Former EPD dispatch chief DeeDee Wilson previously settled a Hansen lawsuit that accused Wilson of running the blog.

The new lawsuit against Tyson and the city alleges that the city manager intentionally broadened and stalled an investigation into the blog and purported harassment targeting Hansen, and that his motivation for doing so was psychosexual in nature. Download a copy of the suit at this link (350K, .pdf).

The suit is saucy in the extreme. Key passage here:

...

(b) Tyson had a personal friendship and aligned himself with Wilson, a member of the anti-Chief Nielsen group who Tyson was aware had publicly criticized Chief Nielsen at a City Council meeting and who he also knew was an adversary to Hansen;

(c) at the same time, Tyson, who spoke openly to Hansen of his potential sexual encounter with an elected Eureka official, had previously flirted with Hansen in public -- including touching her in a suggestive manner -- and intimated to her that he would be desirous of her performing a specific sexual act with him;

(d) Hansen rejected Tyson's sexually aggressive overtures and never did or said anything to convey to Tyson that she was open to them;

(e) Tyson, having been rebuffed by Hansen in this regard, was both angry with Hansen and jealous of Chief Nielsen when he learned of the above-described defamatory statements regarding Hansen's purported affair with Chief Nielsen, which statements Tyson apparently believe were true; and

(f) given these misplaced beliefs and his alignment with Wilson, Tyson had no desire to take any steps to have the defamatory publications stop or to bring to end the harrassing conduct to which Hansen was being subjected.

See the "Broken Blue Line," the Journal's July 2 cover story, for some background this matter and the EPD rift in general.

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Bengals Call Up Purify

Posted By on Fri, Nov 13, 2009 at 3:18 PM

Bengals Call Up Purify: The Cincinnati Bengals have placed wide receiver Mo Purify -- a Eureka native -- on their roster, following another player's season-ending injury. Purify had been playing on the Bengals' practice team.

That means there's now two Eureka High grads in the Bengals' lineup -- Purify and linebacker Rey Maualuga. The two were teammates for the
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Rivers of a Lost Coast DVDs and Stuff

Posted By on Fri, Nov 13, 2009 at 1:20 PM

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Filmmakers Justin Coupe and Palmer Taylor, whose haunting documentary Rivers of a Lost Coast tells of the unique, old-time rush on our North Coast rivers by an obsessed (and sometimes crafty) band of competitive flyfisherfolk, have let us know that the DVD of the film is now available.

"The wait is over, the grab is on!" they say. Which means, you know, it's OK to go all Bill Schaadt on the competition so you're the first to buy the DVD and other goodies (movie poster, soundtrack, etc). Slick down the river banks, cover your tracks, stripe your trusty rig and hide it in the bushes....

Eureka's own Nelson Rossig is featured in the film, by the way. He flyfished until just a couple of years ago -- and he turns 101 this December.

You can get the stuff here.

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Thursday, November 12, 2009

Florida Atty On Mc'ville Mall Watch

Posted By on Thu, Nov 12, 2009 at 11:59 AM

No, really. Personal injury lawyer Fred Zinober was sitting at his desk in Tampa, Fla., when he caught wind of that guy firing his rifle in the Rite-Aid parking lot in McKinleyville. Zinobar -- fist pounding the desk!! -- demanded to know, "Where Was Mall Security?"

The incident may have been 2,500 miles away from his Tampa digs, in a tiny strip mall in a small town in a rural county. And it may have happened at 6 a.m., long before the droves of shoppers arrived (note: this is no excuse, rifle man). But, dangit, Christmas was coming! Zinober kicked his PR machine into gear. Here's a nugget from the media release:

"While we should always be on our guard, we have to remember that the holidays are the most critical time when it comes to public safety," says Zinober, who practices premises liability and negligent security law along with personal injury cases.

"My hope is shopping centers will step up security patrols so these conflicts will be avoided," he says.

And if they don't, dangit, he'll be there to pick up the pieces.

Here's the PR:

Florida Personal Injury Lawyer: Where Was Mall Security?
As holiday season approaches, personal injury attorney Fred Zinober reminds public about parking lot safety.

(PRNewsChannel) / November 11, 2009 / Tampa, Fla. / With stores and malls expected to experience an increase in traffic nationwide, shoppers should remember to stay alert and safe in parking lots, says Tampa personal injury lawyer Fred Zinober.

Zinober's warning follows news reports of a man firing a rifle in a Humboldt County, Calif. store parking lot this week.

"While we should always be on our guard, we have to remember that the holidays are the most critical time when it comes to public safety," says Zinober, who practices premises liability and negligent security law along with personal injury cases.

"My hope is shopping centers will step up security patrols so these conflicts will be avoided," he says.

A Columbus School of Law graduate, Fred Zinober is licensed to practice several types of law in Florida and New Hampshire.

Visit his website at: www.czlegal.com.


Media Contacts:
Justin Herndon
PR Firm: The Publicity Agency
Email:  justin@thepublicityagency.com
Phone: (813) 708-1220 x7778 or (813) 528-6815
Web site: www.thepublicityagency.com

Patrick Flanary
PR Firm: The Publicity Agency
Email:  pflanary@seligmultimedia.com
Phone: (813) 708-1220 x7781
Web site: www.thepublicityagency.com

 

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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

L.A. Times: AMA Says Weed AOK

Posted By on Wed, Nov 11, 2009 at 6:11 PM

L.A. Times: AMA Says Weed AOK: Well, kinda. The American Medical Association yesterday urged the feds to stop pretending cannabis is in the same league as heroin and LSD, and worse than cocaine, morphine and meth -- in other words, take it off the list of Schedule 1 drugs so researchers can study it without being tossed in jail. Sayeth the Times, "The decision by the organization's delegates ... marks another step in the evolving view of marijuana, which an AMA report notes was once linked by the federal government to homicidal mania." Yeah, that's what you call a credibility
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