The blogosphere's abuzz, sorta, with speculation that Eureka Police Chief Garr Nielsen plagiarized his recent My Word piece in the Times-Standard. The exact same piece, word-for-word, appeared the week before in the Fresno Bee. The Journal called up the EPD for an explanation. Chief Nielsen was not in, but shortly thereafter he issued the following release:
I wish to clarify any confusion that may have arisen from the opinion piece published earlier this week in the Times Standard. This was a position piece adopted by the California Police Chiefs Association. The editorial was distributed to regional directors to be modified for local media and presented as a position supported by local chiefs. This is a common practice that is intended to distribute a consistent position.
I apologize for any confusion this may have caused regarding the authorship of the piece. There was no intent to claim it as original, but rather reflect consensus of opinion of California Chiefs.
We called up Times-Standard Managing Editor Kimberly Wear, who said that when they received the My Word submission from Nielsen, "It didn't say anywhere that it was a position paper." As a general policy, she said, the T-S prefers not to run position papers as My Word submission. Might that have something to do with the definition of the word "My"?
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This came in too late to make it into this week's calendar:
Local doctors and nurses perform A Christmas Peril, a humorous yet sobering update on national health reform a la Charles Dickens, on Friday, Dec. 18, at the Labor Temple (840 E St. Eureka) and on Saturday, Dec. 19, at the Arcata Playhouse (1251 9th St. Arcata). Both shows start at 7:30 p.m.
The show is a puppet musical for adults featuring familiar Christmas carols with new lyrics. It is set in Sacramento and will take the audience on visits to California's health care past, present, and future. Admission is $5 but, unlike our health care system, no one will be turned away if they can't pay.
A Christmas Peril is a sequel to The Sound of Moolah, which took on the issue of national health reform. The new show explains what the House and Senate health reform bills currently in Congress mean for California and why we will continue to need state level reform. A broad coalition of California's labor, faith, and health access organizations will be renewing their efforts for state single payer reform in 2010.
That's the title of a press release this morning from Angie Schwab at the county's Community and Economic Development office. The payout: $1.9 million in grants from the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD), the same agency that recently rejected the Housing Element of the county's General Plan Update. (Or "notified the county of needed revisions," if you prefer.)
The county remains eligible for competitive grants. Supervisor Mark Lovelace is quoted in the release promising that the county will continue working with HCD to ensure future eligibility. "We expect to have these issues resolved within the next few months," Lovelace said.
(Click "More" for grant details.)
The $1.9 mil will go to six projects:
Mobile Medical Center will be able to acquire their building outright.
Alcohol Drug Care Services, Inc. will institute a substance abuse program.
The Humboldt Senior Resource Center will expand its Alzheimer Day Care Services and purchase two vans.
The North Coast Small Business Development Center will get more cheddar for its micro-enterprise program.
The county's First-time Homebuyer program will be able to offer low-interest, deferred loans.
The final granted project will fund the county's Owner-Occupied Rehab program, which assists low-income households that have home health and safety issues.
Anyone seeking information on these grants and projects is invited to call Community Development Services, Economic Development Division at 445-7745.
The man found dead on the Mad River bar near Boyd Road Sunday morning has been identified as David Earl Sanford. The Humboldt County Sheriff's Office considers the 47-year-old's death suspicious, according to a news release sent out this afternoon:
Mr. Sanford had sustained visible injuries, although a cause of death has not been determined yet.
The Sheriff's Office is mum on the nature of Sanford's injuries, citing a need to protect the integrity of the investigation. An autopsy is pending.
So says the Los Angeles Times:
Supporters of an initiative that would legalize marijuana in California say they have collected enough signatures to ensure that it will be on the November 2010 ballot.
The petition drive, which was run by a professional signature-gathering firm, collected more than 680,000 signatures, 57% more than the 433,971 valid signatures needed to put it on the ballot, said Richard Lee, the measure's main proponent.
"It was so easy to get them," Lee said. "People were so eager to sign."
Brian Smith, from Boise, traveled down from Portland last week to Eureka. He's heading south.
A fire in a mobile at the Ocean West Mobile Home Park in McKinleyville last night killed two cats and a dog, according to a news release from the Arcata Fire Protection District which responded to the fire just before midnight. The human occupant escaped.
Firefighters attacked the fire and began a primary search of the residence. A second team of firefighters was sent in to assist with the search and all three animals were found and brought outside. Resuscitation efforts were immediately started but all three animals were deceased.
The release says the homeowner had emptied her ash tray into a waste basket in her bedroom, the fire spread to the bed, and the woman then fled to the neighbor's to call 911. She didn't have a working smoke detector in her mobile.
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