Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Stick 'Em Up, Friend

Posted By on Wed, Jun 16, 2010 at 11:37 AM

Now the Eureka Police Department wants to be your Friend. Yup, Facebook -- www.facebook.com/eurekapd.

There you'll find what you'd expect to find : the wan, spooky scraggled faces of wanted suspects, news releases, and pics of cute Mounted Patrol horses, smashed cars, cats and other such fun stuff.

Says the EPD's news release on its new gig:

We believe that this will be an effective way for EPD to disseminate information and create another avenue for us to hear the concerns of, and communicate with, the citizens of Eureka.

Now get to tweetin', Blue Friend! Arcata's police do it. Boulder's police do it. So do Boston's. And Portland's -- heck, Portland's even got a fake police twitter feed. Samples from the fakester:

Wow, you can't even taste vodka when you mix it with coffee! 10:06 AM Jun 15th via web

Sometimes when I'm bored I squirt ketchup into the backseat of other officer's cruisers. 4:23 PM Jun 7th via web

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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Visual Blight or Gateway to the Future? (updated)

Posted on Tue, Jun 15, 2010 at 11:07 AM

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It took a Eureka ad hoc committee a year to draft "Wireless Telecommunications Facilities," an ordinance that seeks to regulate the placement of cell phone towers within city limits. But it took only 30 minutes of public testimony to set it back at least another month.

"We asked for an ordinance to protect the residents of our city from the blight of cell phone towers," said Sylvia Scott during Monday's Eureka Planning Commission meeting. "This ordinance is not what we wanted -- we object."

Scott was one of several people who spoke out against the draft ordinance. Dissenters called for the prohibition of cell phone towers in residential neighborhoods and historical districts, arguing that the towers are ugly (no matter how much you try to beautify them), drive property values down and are possibly bad for your health (despite federal government assurances to the contrary).

The draft currently contains no prohibition language. Cell phone towers are allowed anywhere in Eureka as long as property owners get conditional use permits and follow a long list of size, appearance and functionality rules.

Former Eureka resident Linda Sutton demanded a more inclusive ordinance drafting process. "If you really cared about the community, you would do everything in your power to get people's opinions about these types of ordinances," she said. "This is just not right."

Many felt disrespected and argued that Eureka residents' needs weren't fully considered.

Once public testimony ended, however, it was clear that the Planning Commission had no intention of pushing the ordinance forward without more open debate. Commissioner Pam Service said the draft is better than before but by no means complete. She too wants to prohibit cell phone towers in residential neighborhoods and historical districts.

Sylvia Scott pumped her fist with approval.

Commissioner Stephen Avis, who sat on the ad hoc committee, motioned for the commission to take another look at the ordinance with public comments in mind and then come back July 12 to discuss and make possible changes. All agreed.

"It is critical that we get this done and we get this done right," said Commissioner Chet Albin, pointing to a wireless future where Humboldt County may be left behind. "We need this."

ADDENDUM: A cell tower protester called the Journal this afternoon to make the following point: If the Feds don't think these things are dangerous, what's with this sign, posted on the gate surrounding the giant-cigarette-like tower on Dean Street in Eureka, near St. Joe's?

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The tower: 

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Monday, June 14, 2010

Minor Infraction

Posted By on Mon, Jun 14, 2010 at 4:36 PM

Could be root beerThe Eureka Police Department arrested six people on Saturday for furnishing minors with hooch. How, you ask, did they catch half a dozen such creeps in a single day?

It's called a Decoy Shoulder Tap Operation, and here's how it works: Some sleezoid corrupter of youth slithers his way toward a liquor store, cleverly hiding his demon horns under a trucker's cap. Before he enters the fluorescent booze den, an innocent young thing -- his usual prey -- approaches him and with puppy dog eyes says something along the lines of, "Please, sir. I am underage and bereft of Mike's Hard Lemonade for my corner stand." Wink.

Devoid as he is of moral fiber, the man takes pity on the child. "Sure thing, sweetheart," he says. And before he can even step foot inside Barney's Discount Liquor Barn, boom! It's cuffs o'clock, sucka!

Where'd the cops come in, you ask? Was the child perhaps a dashing, oddly young-looking officer of the law? Nope. Real kid -- "a minor under the direct supervision of a peace officer," according to an EPD press release. Now this scourge of society will be punished with a minimum $1,000 fine and 24 hours of community service.

You bleeding hearts out there might whine, "Hey, isn't that entrapment? He was minding his own business until you coppers showed up with Junior in tow."

Guess what, hippie. Wrong as usual

And sleazeballs? Consider yourselves warned.

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Saturday, June 12, 2010

archy & mehitibel - tonight

Posted By on Sat, Jun 12, 2010 at 5:22 PM

Gale McNeeley in archy & mehitibel, tonight at the Arcata Playhouse - showtime 8 p.m.

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Friday, June 11, 2010

Fargas Family Bust

Posted By on Fri, Jun 11, 2010 at 3:43 PM

Above: Humboldt County's beloved Fargas Family Band, doing one of their signature sets. Everyone -- everyone -- loves a Fargas Family show.

Below: The Anderson Valley Advertiser reports that bandleader Angel Fargas was recently on trial in Mendocino County, after having been busted with 70 pounds of weed. FREE ANGEL FARGAS!

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McMenamins on the March!

Posted By on Fri, Jun 11, 2010 at 3:21 PM

We came to them on bended knee and they coyly rebuffed us. But the Portland Business Journal today delivers proof that the fabulous McMenamins hotel/pub/restaurant chain is still expanding, despite their coquettish protests to the contrary!

Draft McMenamins for the Eureka Inn!

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Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Great Pacific Garbage Patch Installation

Posted By on Wed, Jun 9, 2010 at 7:47 AM

The official announcment:

On World Oceans Day thousands of plastic bottles, hundreds of kids, and many student-made life-sized marine animals will assemble into a simulation of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch on the Arcata Elementary School campus. The Arcata Community Recycling Center (ACRC) and Arcata Elementary School District (AES) are in the final stages of planning for this art installation on the school playground intended to build awareness of the growing environmental concern of marine debris. 

Funded by the California Coastal Commission's Whale Tail License Plate Fund Grant Program, AES students have been learning about the environmental impact of marine debris as pollutants on our beaches and in our waterways, and the effects of plastics concentrated in the North Pacific Gyre.  As part of this project, students collected plastic bottles and containers for a two-month period and strung them together in long strands.  These strands of plastics will be arranged in a swirling pattern symbolizing the movement of oceanic currents that are collecting and aggregating plastic debris in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.  Two-dimensional marine animals will be arranged among the strands to alert the viewer of the threat posed to all marine animals by plastic pollutants.

The art installation is the culminating piece of the "Seeing the Sea and Marine Debris" education program and will be assembled for one day only: Tuesday, June 8.  The installation will be photographed from above at 1:15 p.m. with all students present at that time. 

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FINAL REPORT

Posted By on Wed, Jun 9, 2010 at 12:41 AM

Fifth District

RYAN SUNDBERG: 39.43%

JEFFREY LYTLE: 3.41%

PATRICK CLEARY: 30.58%

PAT HIGGINS: 26.46%

District Attorney

KATHLEEN BRYSON: 4.61%

ALLISON JACKSON: 37.03%

PAUL V. GALLEGOS: 39.72%

PAUL HAGEN: 18.53%

Assessor

JON BROOKS: 26.08%

MARI WILSON: 39.31%

JOHANNA RODONI: 34.48%

Fourth District

VIRGINIA BASS:  48.83%

BONNIE NEELY: 30.43%

JEFF LEONARD: 20.43%

Sheriff

MIKE DOWNEY: 66.64%

MICHAEL R. HISLOP: 33.07%

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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Fifth Report

Posted By on Tue, Jun 8, 2010 at 11:55 PM

Half the precincts in. McK, SoHum, Arcata still uncounted.

ASSESSOR

Brooks: 23.85%

Wilson: 39.42%

Rodoni: 36.60%

DISTRICT ATTORNEY

Bryson: 5.04%

Jackson: 39.23%

Gallegos: 37.20%

Hagen: 18.41%

SHERIFF

Downey: 66.66%

Hislop: 33.09%

FIFTH DISTRICT

Sundberg: 43.81%

Lytle: 4.37%

Cleary: 28.17%

Higgins: 23.59%

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Elections Web Site Dead

Posted By on Tue, Jun 8, 2010 at 11:29 PM

"They're trying to fix it, but no time frame," reports John Osborn.

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