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Monday, April 7, 2014

Flags Lowered For Madsen

Posted by on Mon, Apr 7, 2014 at 11:04 AM

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  • Lance Madsen in 2011, showing reporter the oximeter that measures his pulse and blood oxygen.


Former Fifth Ward Eureka City Councilmember and police detective Lance Madsen died Saturday, April 5, after a nearly four-year battle with lung disease.

Madsen, 65, most recently joined the city council in December 2010, just months after learning he was suffering from a lung disorder that causes scarring and thickening of the lungs (see “Lance’s Lungs,” July 7, 2011). He stepped down early, last December, saying his frequent trips to Stanford for medical treatments were interfering too much with his council duties.

Madsen, a Eureka native, previously served on the city council from 1990 to 1998. Before that, he worked for the city police department from 1973 to 1986, where he was an officer, detective and child-abuse investigator. He also was on the board of directors for the Boys and Girls Club and the Eureka Theater project, according to a news release from the city. And he worked for the Humboldt County Housing Authority.

“Because of his tireless efforts to make Eureka a better place, Madsen was selected to receive the first Mayor’s Community Service Award of Merit,” says the release.

The city has ordered that flags be flown at half-staff at city buildings.
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Saturday, April 5, 2014

Fields Landing Fire Kills Two

Posted by on Sat, Apr 5, 2014 at 6:27 AM

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Two adults died in a structure fire in Fields Landing this morning, according to Humboldt Bay Fire.

Firefighters got the call at about 2:30 a.m. reporting a structure fire at a residence on the 600 block of South Bay Depot Drive. According to a press release, fire crews arrived to find moderate smoke coming from the residence, which was a 70-foot long railroad box car converted into a living space that accommodated five occupants. According to the press release, three made it out safely prior to Humboldt Bay Fire's arrival on scene. Firefighters found the other two deceased in the residence after extinguishing the fire.

The cause of the blaze is still under investigation and the identities of the victims have not yet been released.

The following is the complete press release from Humboldt Bay Fire:

On April 4, 2014 at approximately 2:30 AM Humboldt Bay Firefighters responded three engines, one ladder truck and two chief officers to a reported structure fire at 650 South Bay Depot Drive in Fields Landing. At time of dispatch it was unknown if the structure was occupied.

The first arriving engine found moderate smoke coming from windows and entry door of a 70 foot long railroad boxcar which had been converted to a residence. At the time of the fire there were five occupants inside, three of which were able to escape. Upon arrival of the first engine company, one of the occupants who had safely exited reported there were still two adults unaccounted for. Fire crews made entry, extinguished the fire and located the two remaining occupants, both of which succumbed to injuries sustained in the fire. Additionally, the inside of the residence was heavily damaged by fire, smoke, and water resulting in a total loss of its contents.

The American Red Cross responded and is assisting affected individuals with shelter, food, clothing, toiletries and prescriptions as necessary.

The cause of the fire is presently under investigation.

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Friday, April 4, 2014

High Heels, Old Town

Posted by on Fri, Apr 4, 2014 at 1:25 PM

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Arts Alive! attendees Saturday will be greeted by the sound of hundreds of high heels clicking their way down Eureka’s streets.

The third annual Walk a Mile in her Shoes event, a fundraiser for the North Coast Rape Crisis Team, will kick off at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the Old Town Gazebo and will see scores of men don oversized heels to walk a mile loop through the city to raise awareness about sexual assault and gender violence.

“Of course, the imagery or symbolism is meant for people to imagine themselves in the shoes of the people most likely to be targeted and to show their support,” said Paula Arrowsmith-Jones, North Coast Rape Crisis’ community outreach coordinator. “It’s an event to raise public awareness. Only through active participation of all of us as community members can we begin to diminish the violence.”

Sara Parke, a North Coast Rape Crisis board member, said there’s a suggested $50 donation for folks wanting to take part in the event, adding that some people raise the entry fee through sponsorships from other community members and that nobody will be turned away from participating. Parke said she’ll also have plenty of big high heels on hand — up to a men’s size 16 — for folks who want to participate but may not have the wardrobe. If you have foot ailments or other issues that might prevent you from actually walking a mile in heels, not to worry. Parke said she’s got you covered, and will also be dolling out lanyards with shoes on them for folks to wear in solidarity.

North Coast Rape Crisis Fiscal Coordinator Ruthanne DeMirjyn didn’t mince words when talking about the fiscal importance of the annual fundraiser for the team’s many community efforts, which include maintaining a 24-hour hotline, counseling services, support groups and a litany of education programs. “It’s crucial to the organization,” she said. “Absolutely crucial.”

The folks at North Coast Rape Crisis said they thought long and hard before launching the local Walk a Mile in her Shoes event, which comes as part of an international effort to stop rape, sexual assault and gender violence. Trademarked by Frank Baird in 2001, Walk a Mile in her Shoes events occur in cities all over the world during the month of April, which is Sexual Assault Awareness month. In order to take part in the event and use its name, organizations must agree to give 100 percent of the event’s proceeds to a rape crisis center, domestic violence shelter or other organization working toward stopping sexualized violence.

It’s not that the local rape crisis folks didn’t believe in the cause, they just worried a bit about the imagery of scores of men putting on high heels and parading about. “Our concerns about it, although we understood it was a great event in lots of places, was we didn’t want to feed into what we’ve seen at some other events, where it turns into kind of a mocking of trans-identifying people, or leaves people going away from the event thinking it’s about somehow making fun of male-identifying people who might dress in nonconformist ways,” Arrowsmith-Jones explained.

DeMirjyn had a similar take. “We don’t make fun of anybody and we don’t promote those types of stereotypes and prejudices,” she said. “It’s very important to us to respect everyone in all their individualized ways.” So, the team did loads of outreach to local “queer-identified allies” to get their take. They said all were supportive of the event and the cause. “We were pretty universally told, ‘go for it,’” Arrowsmith-Jones said. “So, we’ve tried to have signs and outreach to indicate that all people, no matter what gender identity, are welcome to participate … The North Coast Rape Crisis Team exists to support people across the entire gender spectrum.”

Now, if you’re scratching your head, wondering if you just heard about another Walk a Mile in her Shoes event in Eureka recently, the answer is no, not really.

Soroptimist International of Humboldt Bay just held it’s annual event, newly dubbed “High Heels for Healing,” Wednesday at the Adorni Center. The Soroptimist fundraiser, which features a host of local businessmen and notables strapping on heels to walk and dance down a runway, used to be named “Walk in her Shoes,” until the group received a cease and desist letter from Baird’s organization, prompting a name change. As recently as 2010, Soroptimist used proceeds from the fundraiser to fund its scholarships and awards, according to a news report. The group’s website doesn’t specify where proceeds from this year’s event went, though the Times-Standard reported Thursday that the event was a “benefit for domestic violence services."

The Journal’s attempts to reach Soroptimist International of Humboldt Bay have been unsuccessful but we will update this post if they get back to us.

It appears those attending the Soroptimist event Wednesday had a rollicking good time, as video of some of the festivities posted on Times-Standard reporter Lorna Rodriguez’s Tout page show women happily stuffing dollar bills into the clothing of men working their heels on the runway. The Lost Coast Outpost also has some pictures from the event up on its site.

For more information on the North Coast Rape Crisis Team’s event Saturday, visit its Facebook page, which also lists a host of happenings in the coming weeks in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The center’s 24-hour hotlines can also be reached by calling 445-2881 in Humboldt and 465-2851 in Del Norte County.
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Monday, March 31, 2014

Jazzy Jumpin' Jehosephat

Posted by on Mon, Mar 31, 2014 at 9:38 AM

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Well, swoosh, that was Jazz Fest 2014.

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  • Tom Rigney fiddling that "Orange Blossom Special"


Saturday night at the Eureka Muni saw a flood of young and old slipping around the dance floor in slick duds and shiny shoes or hip tennies. Who knew so many kids could swing dance? There were quite a few of them kicking it up with the Fogtown Dandies:


And of course there were some real smoothies out there who could teach the younguns a thing or two:

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Then there's that teacher down in SoHum who's got the dance steps covered: Mattole Elementary's Malia Freedlund, who was dancing Saturday night with some of her students, including siblings Makenzie and Kaden Chambers.

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And some people just got silly. Which is allowed.
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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Respect, Please

Posted by on Thu, Mar 27, 2014 at 1:43 PM

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  • Tuluwat, Indian Island, at super high tide earlier this year.

Beginning tomorrow, the Wiyot Tribe will hold its first World Renewal Ceremony in 154 years. And the tribe is asking for the public's respect:

"While it is customary not to turn away anyone who wishes to participate with an open heart, free of anger toward anyone, we ask that the community respect the sacredness of this ceremony," says an open letter from the tribe to the public. "This is not a demonstration or spectator event." (Read the full letter below.)

The ceremony is intended to “put the world right,” as Wiyot Tribe member Cheryl Seidner explains.

“This is like the beginning of our new year, when everything is green,” she says.

Until the 1860 massacre, the Wiyot had held the ceremony annually; the tribe intends to resume that tradition. But contrary to what has been reported elsewhere, this year’s ceremony will not be an attempt to finish the ceremony interrupted in 1860. It will be a new ceremony, a fresh beginning, says Seidner.

And, to repeat: The ceremony is very sacred. For the past week, many Wiyot who will be dancing in the ceremony have been praying and fasting. Tomorrow, Saturday and Sunday they will continue to fast, and they will dance.

Here is the tribe's full request:

An open letter from The Wiyot Tribe:

He’ ba’ lo’,

Re: Attendance at the 2014 Wiyot World Renewal Ceremony

On March 28-30, 2014, the Wiyot Tribe will be holding its first World Renewal Ceremony since February 1860. This sacred ceremony will take place over three consecutive days at Tuluwat on Indian Island, Pi’mad on the South Jetty, and at Rrawuraghu’muk at Table Bluff Reservation.

While it is customary not to turn away anyone who wishes to participate with an open heart, free of anger toward anyone, we ask that the community respect the sacredness of this ceremony. This is not a demonstration or spectator event. The Wiyot Tribe will provide transportation by boat to and from Tuluwat for the dancers, their families and supporters, and Wiyot Tribal Citizens. Parking along Highway 255/ Samoa Bridge is not permitted. Furthermore, attempting to walk across the marsh or cross the channel from Woodley Island is extremely dangerous and not advisable, and there are not any public facilities at Tuluwat, The Wiyot Tribe accepts no liability for anyone attempting to make their way to Tuluwat. No video, photography, or recording is allowed and we ask that no one attempt to record the ceremony from a distance.

We are very grateful for the outpouring of support from the community and all of those who worked to help bring this historic event to pass, so that the Wiyot Tribe can once again “set the world right” and promote ongoing healing for the entire community. We ask that anyone who does wish to show their support by attending the ceremony refrain from coming until the final day, March 30, at Table Bluff Reservation. For more information, please contact the Wiyot Tribal Office during regular business hours at 707-733-5055.

Juwaksh,

The Wiyot Tribe Council

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Friday, March 21, 2014

Ridding Toxic Killers

Posted by on Fri, Mar 21, 2014 at 6:47 PM

On Tuesday, California passed a regulation restricting retail sales of certain rat poisons, such as d-Con. Soon, only licensed, certified or county permitted application professionals will be able to use them. The restrictions don't go into effect until July 1. But by Friday morning, at least one local retailer already was sweeping those products from its shelves. 

Pierson Building Center's garden shop manager, Lydia Rieman, said she has known for at least a year that the restriction was coming and hasn't been carrying any backstock on d-Con anyway. What limited supplies her shop had were pulled off the shelves today.

"And we'll no longer special order it for people," she said.

Other stores in the area that carry d-Con include Walgreens, Walmart and Shafer's Ace Hardware, and at least as of today they were still selling it. Down in Southern Humboldt, stores voluntarily quit selling such rat poisons last year after the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors passed a resolution asking county retailers to stop carrying the stuff.

The restriction covers any rat poisons containing brodifacoum, bromadiolone, difenacoum and difethialone. They're called second-generation anticoagulant rodenticides, and though d-Con's the most prevalent brand of these products, there are many others. Animals that ingest these poisons — not just the targeted rats and mice, but also pets and wildlife — can bleed to death either from a cut or from internal hemorrhaging. And they can be poisoned even if they don't directly eat the poison.

"While one dose kills, it takes several days and the pest will continue to eat the rodenticide, building up the amount of that remains in their body tissue," said Charlotte Fadipe, with the state Department of Pesticide Regulation. "When wildlife such as a coyote, barn owl or endangered San Joaquin Kit fox, or a family pet, eats the poisoned pest, they end up being poisoned as well."

The use of these rodenticides on illegal marijuana farms has caused particular alarm, especially here in Humboldt County. According to a National Public Radio report, they're responsible for "nearly a third of the deaths of male fishers in recent years" on the Hoopa Valley reservation. And it was brodifacoum that killed a Blue Lake man's dog in February. That death the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office is investigating: Red meat laced with brodifacoum was found in the dog's system — possibly revenge against the dog's owner, who is a researcher studying how the use of these poisons on pot farms affects wildlife.

"The volume of rodenticides will be dramatically reduced," said Jonathan Evans, with the Center for Biological Diversity, about the new restrictions. The Center has raised its reward for information on the Blue Lake dog killing from $2,500 to $20,000. 

However, he said, people can still sidestep the law by bringing the stuff in from out of state. And, he fears a likely challenge from the makers of d-Con, whose legal challenge has delayed implementation of a similar federal restriction from going into effect.
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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

As Wiyot Prepare to Dance Again, Eureka Fumbles With Contrition

Posted by on Wed, Mar 19, 2014 at 6:10 PM

On the cusp of the Wiyot Tribe’s first World Renewal Ceremony since the last one, in February 1860, was cut short after white settlers massacred as many as 100 tribe members as they slept on Indian Island, the City of Eureka has voted to send the tribe an official letter of … well, it started out as “apology” but later morphed into “support.”

Apparently, in the hours before the draft letter went to a vote before the council last night, legal eyes latched onto the first draft and spotted language that some council members told the Times-Standard presented potential liability concerns. 

Some of the language eviscerated from the first draft (sent to the press on Monday) includes “citizens of Eureka participated in” and “massacre” and “formal apology” and “forever be a scar on our history.” The new draft, sent to the press Tuesday and voted in as the final version Tuesday night, is a somewhat stranded piece of work, afloat in oddly minimalist bureaucratese with no mention of who attacked the Wiyot nor of anyone's being sorry for it. Check them out yourself:

Draft No. 1:
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Draft No. 2:
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It's a dramatic change, and we're not yet sure how necessary it was. That said, the sincere feelings that presumably drove the drafting of the letter in the first place likely remain in certain civic hearts. And the support mentioned in the second draft will have to suffice, as the Wiyot embark on the next, momentous chapter of their story: Next week, beginning Friday, they will indeed dance again on Indian Island, as well as at other sites where their ancestors lived (and were massacred).

A note about that: Contrary to what has been reported elsewhere, this year’s World Renewal Ceremony is not necessarily intended “to finish” that interrupted 1860 ceremony, say tribe members.

“It ended in 1860," Seidner says. "Whether it was completed or not, it’s gone. We can’t pick it up because we can’t know what they were doing 154 years ago. … So now we are going to start afresh.”

With tradition resumed, the tribe plans to hold the ceremony every year hence, just as it used to before the massacre.

To read more about the tribe's journey to this moment, see this week's cover story in the North Coast Journal — on the street today and online tomorrow. You can also watch a video on our site of Wiyot and other folks hooking eels at the mouth of the Eel River, and see a slideshow of the cleanup at Tuluwat, on Indian Island, where 120-plus years of post-Wiyot use left a torn-up, toxic-waste dump.


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Monday, March 3, 2014

#Communityengagement #entrapment?

Posted by on Mon, Mar 3, 2014 at 2:12 PM

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Two government agencies dove into the Twitterverse this past week, one looking to gather public input 140 characters at a time and the other seeking to increase traffic safety by doling out messages commonly read on handheld portable devices.

First, the county of Humboldt, with a community meeting planned for Thursday to identify priorities as the Board of Supervisors preps for a round of potential cuts heading into next year, rolled out @HCBudget. The new Twitter handle is aimed at gathering addition input, as tweets @HCBudget received during the first 90 minutes of Thursday’s meeting will be recognized and entered into the record. The county is encouraging folks who can’t physically make it to the meeting to tweet in their comments and questions. Questions not answered during the meeting will garner a response afterward, and will be posted on the county website, a press release assured. Just don’t expect too much depth, as its difficult to break down the nexus of recurring expenditures versus ongoing revenue in 140 characters or less.

Not to be outdone by its county counterparts, the Eureka Police Department launched @Eureka_Police and “Operation Safe Tweets.” Recognizing that “driver education is an important part” of preventing avoidable collisions, the department announced this morning that it will begin tweeting the locations where it will be conducting radar and speed enforcement in the city. “Motorists should take great care in these areas to avoid committing traffic offenses,” the press release warns. “When the officers change enforcement spots, they will Tweet out their updated locations to give motorists the opportunity to voluntarily slow down, hang up their cell phones, buckle up and drive safely.”

The press release, however, does not warn motorists against checking their twitter feeds while driving, which we’re pretty sure is against the law. Entrapment, anyone?

Check out the full press releases from the county and EPD below.

The following is a press release from the county of Humboldt:

County to Take Budget Questions and Comments via Twitter

Get out your smartphone, tablet or computer, Humboldt. Submitting a comment or question about the County’s budget just became a lot easier.

For the first time ever, citizens will be able interact live, via Twitter, with County officials during the annual Community Budget Meeting. At this year’s meeting, which will be held Thursday, March 6, staff will present the County’s $300 million-plus budget, and tweets submitted to @HCBudget during the presentation will be read and answered on air, as time permits.

The Community Budget Meeting will be held at five locations around the county, broadcast live on Access Humboldt (Channel 10) and streamed through the County’s web site at co.humboldt.ca.us. The meeting is scheduled to run from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Citizens must send their tweets during the first 90 minutes of the meeting in order to have their comment recognized. Any questions not answered during the meeting will be answered afterwards and posted on the County’s web site.

“A goal of the Community Budget Meetings is to learn more about what Humboldt County citizens want from their local government, and what they want to know,” said County Administrative Officer Phillip Smith-Hanes. “We realize people have to work, watch children, or otherwise cannot attend the meetings in person. By opening up this meeting to Twitter, the public has another way to comment on the budget.”

As detailed in the mid-year budget report (video here), the County needs to reduce $2 million out of ongoing General Fund discretionary expenditures in the FY 2014-15 budget. Citizens are invited to share their ideas on how the County could accomplish that goal.

Prior to the Community Meeting, you can join our conversation on the budget via Twitter by using #AskHumCo. Meetings will be held at the following locations:

Scotia Elementary School Conference Room
South Fork High School Library
Pacific Union School Computer Lab
Humboldt County Office of Education Annex
Hoopa High School Cafeteria

The following is a press release from the Eureka Police Department:

EPD Launches Operation Safe Tweets

The goal of traffic enforcement is to correct the unsafe behavior of motorists that result in avoidable collisions. The Eureka Police Department recognizes that driver education is an important part of that correction process. Therefore, to educate the motoring public EPD’s Traffic Division announces a new program, “Operation Safe Tweets.” Starting this week, EPD Traffic officers will begin posting on Twitter and Facebook locations where they will be conducting radar/speed enforcement. Motorists should take great care in these areas to avoid committing traffic offenses. Errant motorists will be issued citations for violations that take place in the presence of Traffic officers. The aim is to educate motorists and change the behavior of those who choose to speed or commit other hazardous traffic-related offenses.

When the officers change enforcement spots, they will Tweet out their updated locations to give motorists the opportunity to voluntarily slow down, hang up their cell phones, buckle up, and drive safely. This does not, however, preclude other officers from conducting unannounced enforcement throughout the city.

Follow the Eureka Police Department on Twitter and Facebook for breaking news & information from (and about) EPD. Check out our Operation Safe Tweets alerts (#safetweets) for real-time updates about where our Traffic Unit is currently conducting enforcement.


Facebook: www.facebook.com/eurekapd
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Eureka_Police
Website: www.eurekapd.net 

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Friday, February 28, 2014

Planning Commission Seeks Guidance from 'Bosses'

Posted by on Fri, Feb 28, 2014 at 11:33 AM

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Facing a riled-up public, some of the newest members of the Humboldt County Planning Commission found themselves on the short end of two votes Thursday night. For the second meeting in a row, Supervisors Chambers was about half-filled by angry and demanding trail advocates, along with a smattering of fisheries biologists.

One contested vote was over whether to send a letter to the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors pleading for more time to re-work the General Plan Update, now 14 years into the process. (On Jan. 13, commissioners were given a 45-day deadline to complete their review of the GPU’s Conservation and Open Space element.) That pleading draft letter never came to a vote. Instead, on a 4-3 vote, commissioners approved a letter asking the board, “respectfully, to review the work we’ve completed so far and give us further instructions,” said Commissioner Susan Masten, who made the motion. “It would help to have guidance from our bosses.”

Lee Ulansey — the founder of the private corporation Humboldt Coalition for Property Rights (HumCPR), who joined the commission just a year ago along with Commissioners Robert Morris and Alan Bongio — disagreed saying, “I’m uncomfortable with time restraints. … We need more time.” (Five of the seven commissioners have joined the panel within the last 13 months. Masten and David Edmonds were appointed in 2011.)

The contentious meeting lasted three and a half hours with members of the public testifying at every opportunity. The last hotly disputed vote came just minutes before everyone was asked to vacate the Humboldt County Courthouse due to a 9:30 p.m. curfew. Commissioners were attempting to collectively make seven previous “straw votes” taken over the past two months final with one vote of the commission. The seven previous straw votes to change parts of the Conservation and Open Space element were flashed up on the screen before a bleary-eyed public. One included a modification to Section BR-S5 — reducing the building setback buffer for fish-bearing streams from 150 feet back to 100 feet, the limit established in the General Plan of 1984.

Gordon Leppig, an environmental scientist for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, asked commissioners to “re-evaluate” their Jan. 30 vote on BR-S5, streamside protection, because it “was not science-based.” Others testifying said it was also not in compliance with state and federal law.

The streamside protection reduction failed to gather the four votes needed to be passed on to the Board of Supervisors. Commissioners Masten, Edmonds and Noah Levy voted no; Commissioner Kevin McKenny, appointed just weeks ago, abstained.

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Law Enforcement Responds to Jail Policy Concerns

Posted by on Wed, Feb 26, 2014 at 7:40 PM

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  • Undersheriff Bill Honsal (standing) responds to a community member's question at Wednesday's meeting.
In a meeting organized by local interfaith church leaders, a panel of Humboldt County’s top law enforcement officers addressed concerns this afternoon about the Humboldt County jail’s release policy. Marketed as a general community safety discussion, the meeting arose out of criticism of the jail’s policy to release inmates detained for being drunk in public during late-night hours — but passions were clearly still high over the killing of Father Eric Freed, who was named by multiple community members and remembered in a moment of silence following the meeting.

Sheriff Mike Downey addressed the jail’s policy in the Journal article “Dead of Night," and reiterated his office’s stance that people detained for being drunk or on drugs must be released when they’re determined sober by jail staff. Holding them longer would violate their constitutional rights, he told the crowd.

During the moderated response to community questions, jail Capt. Ed Wilkinson told the crowd that six other counties around California hold inmates until daylight hours before releasing them — four of them citing a lack of transportation options in the middle of the night. Wilkinson said he was hoping to get more information about those jail policies.

More perspective on the meeting, including responses to many community questions, can be found here.
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