Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Appellate Court Wants to See EPD Video, Sets Oral Argument Date

Posted By on Wed, May 18, 2016 at 10:34 AM

The dash camera in a Eureka Police Department patrol car. - THADEUS GREENSON
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  • The dash camera in a Eureka Police Department patrol car.
Justices in California’s First Appellate District have decided they want to look at the police dash camera video Eureka is trying to keep the public from seeing.

In an unusual order, the justices asked the Humboldt County Superior Court file a copy of the video under seal with the appellate court. But the superior court responded saying it doesn’t have a copy of the video in question and the appellate court is now trying to obtain a copy from the city of Eureka.

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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Huffman Urges DOJ to Clarify Stance on Pot Advertising

Posted By on Tue, Mar 29, 2016 at 1:57 PM

North Coast Congressman Jared Huffman is urging the Department of Justice to rebuff the U.S. Postal Service’s requests and publicly state that it won’t prosecute businesses who are mailing advertisements for marijuana but are acting in line with state law.

Huffman joined seven of his colleagues in penning a letter to U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch urging her to “clarify” how the Department of Justice intends to respond to the USPS’ referring newspapers to her office for potential prosecution for violations of the federal Controlled Substances Act. By “clarify,” the members of congress mean publicly state “that DOJ will not prosecute individuals who are placing advertisements for marijuana products in accordance with state law.”

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Tuesday, March 8, 2016

New Kid's Channel Coming to KEET

Posted By on Tue, Mar 8, 2016 at 12:58 PM

Kids, adjust your rabbit ears. Local PBS affiliate KEET is planning to launch a new, 24-hour children’s programming channel this year.

The channel will feature PBS Kids shows, according to a press release, offering educational and entertaining programming outside of the classic kids-times — Saturday mornings and before and after school hours.

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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

El Gañador

Posted By on Tue, Feb 23, 2016 at 5:17 PM

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Humboldt State University’s bilingual student newspaper El Leñador was recently named California’s best non-weekly student newspaper.

At its Excellence in Student Media awards banquet in Los Angeles, the California College Media Association tapped the now 3-year-old paper for its First Place prize for the category of Best Newspaper, with a judge noting that the Spanish-English paper “captures the multicultural component of its audience with flair.”

The paper has been a multi-departmental project at HSU, spearheaded by Journalism and Mass Communications Chair (and Journal columnist) Marcy Burstiner and World Languages and Cultures Chair Rosamel Benavides Garb.

Check out the press full press release copied below, which includes some special kudos for former El Leñador editor and Journal contributor Manuel Orbegozo. You can also view the paper’s award-winning issues here, here and here. And, it’s on news stands now in The Lumberjack, so make sure to pick it up.

From HSU:
Los Angeles, California — The California College Media Association named El Leñador the best non-weekly student newspaper in the state at its Excellence in Student Media Awards Banquet Feb. 20.
The bilingual newspaper received the First Place award for Best Newspaper, competing against monthly and bi-weekly papers from 4-year and 2-year colleges and universities across California.

"As a student journalist this is what you strive for," said El Leñador Editor-in-Chief Javier Rojas. "When this publication started back in 2013 the goal of El Leñador was to give a voice to underrepresented students on campus and now to be called the best newspaper, it's incredible."

In awarding El Leñador first place, the judges said: "It captures the multicultural component of its audience with flair."

El Leñador started in 2013 as an interdisciplinary faculty-student research project with students from the Journalism and Spanish majors teamed up with Journalism & Mass Communication Chair Marcy Burstiner and World Languages and Cultures Chair Rosamel Benavides-Garb.

"Huge credit goes to Manuel Orbegozo and Shareen McFall who were the first two editors of the paper," Rojas said. "They influenced the paper in so many ways and are equally deserving credit of this award."
El Leñador was initially funded by grants from the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. It also received funding from The Lumberjack, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the President's Loyalty Fund.

"Winning First Place was well-deserved," said Burstiner. "In just three years, these students have created a newspaper that serves not just the Latino community on campus but the wider Latino community of Humboldt County."

Rojas and his team will deliver the second issue of the spring term this week. "It makes me proud on many levels," Rojas said. "But I'm more happy for the staff and editors that came before me that had a heavy influence on the paper. "

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Monday, February 15, 2016

Want to Win a Night at the Benbow Inn (Plus Wine and Chocolate)?

Posted By on Mon, Feb 15, 2016 at 2:53 PM

You could be here. - FILE
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Did you blow Valentine’s Day? Are you sitting in your cubicle right now wondering why that chocolate rose and repurposed post card didn’t do the trick? Or maybe you’re at your desk, contemplating a lifetime of loneliness because you showed your partner the door after he/she showed up with a heart shaped pizza, a bottle of André and a VHS copy of Point Break? No matter the depths of your despair, we’re here to help you turn those wrongs into a right.

Remember the photo contest we announced last week, the quest for the perfect shot to capture winter in Humboldt County? Well, we’re announcing today that the winner of said contest — whoever shoots the majestic photo ultimately selected by Journal staff as the best of the bunch — will receive a night’s stay at the historic Benbow Inn, a bottle of vino and some Dick Taylor chocolate on us. That ought to be enough to get you back on some solid footing with your partner or to get you on the good foot with someone new. Or, at the very least, it seems like a pretty damn classy way to be miserable.

If you need to brush up on the entry guidelines, check out our original post here. Good luck.
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Thursday, February 4, 2016

Huffman Backs Bill to get USPS off our Backs

Posted By on Thu, Feb 4, 2016 at 3:24 PM

Last month, the U.S. Postal Service contacted the Journal to tell us we were breaking federal law by including medical marijuana advertisements in our paper, which is mailed to subscribers through the USPS. Those advertisements, of course, are legal in the state of California. 

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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Fair Association Ordered to Pay $45K in Attorney Fees

Posted By on Wed, Jan 27, 2016 at 11:46 AM

Caroline and Stuart Titus. - FILE
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A local judge has ordered the Humboldt County Fair Association to pay more than $45,000 in attorney’s fees to a Davis lawyer who successfully represented Ferndale Enterprise Publisher Caroline Titus in her public records lawsuit against the association.

Titus filed suit in April seeking access to the association’s financial records after multiple requests under the California Public Records Act went unanswered. After months of requests and a plea to Humboldt County First District Supervisor Rex Bohn proved fruitless, Titus retained attorney Paul Nicholas Boylan and filed suit.

In June, the association and Titus reached a settlement under which the association agreed to make its financial records open to the public, as is required by the association’s lease agreement with the county. Boylan then pursued attorney fees in excess of $100,000 for his work on the case.

In a written ruling filed last week, Humboldt County Superior Court Judge Dale Reinholtsen determined Boylan’s request exceeded the fair local market rate, which Reinholtsen put at $400 an hour. The judge consequently ordered the association to pay Boylan’s fees in the amount of $44,760 for the almost 1,112 hours he worked on the case “involving an important issue benefitting the public.” Additionally, Reinholtsen ordered that the association reimburse Titus and Boylan for $1,000 in costs they incurred bringing the case.

“What a shame that 18 HCFA board members, their general manager, their attorney and Bohn ignored our requests and forced us to seek a legal resolution,” Titus said in an email to the Journal. “The most important result of our case is that the fair signed a [memorandum of understanding], stating that all financial records will remain open to the public, per the terms of the lease … so no one will (hopefully) have to go through this again.”

Titus said Boylan offered to settle the fee claim back in July for $33,840, but the association’s attorney, Randy Andrada, who represents the California Fair Services Authority (which essentially acts as the association’s insurance carrier), made a counter offer of just $10,000. From there, the parties went to court.

For his part, Boylan said the association’s settlement stance in the case constituted a waste of taxpayer money. He estimated that Andrada likely billed the California Fair Services Authority as much as $40,000 while avoiding settlement and unsuccessfully opposing the Enterprise’s fee motion.

Boylan estimated that the entire affair cost the CFSA somewhere in the neighborhood of $85,000, some $51,000 more than his original settlement offer. "And," he added, "the entire failure was financed with public tax revenues in the form of dues from public agencies paid to CFSA.”

Humboldt County Fair Association Richard Conway did not immediately return a call seeking comment for this story.

Titus and her husband, Stuart, also recently received a separate $150,000 settlement from the HCFA in a federal First Amendment and wrongful termination lawsuit they brought against the association after its board voted 11-8 in 2013 not to renew Stuart’s contract as the association’s general manager, a position he’d held for 22 years. In the suit, the Tituses alleged that the board fired Stuart in retaliation for his unwillingness to keep Caroline from writing pieces in the Enterprise that made fair board members look bad, as well as his repeated reminders that the board should abide by state open meeting laws.

Editor's Note: In the interest of full disclosure, it should be noted that Paul Nicholas Boylan is currently representing the Journal in the city of Eureka's appeal of a local judge's ruling ordering a portion of a police dash camera video released to the public. Read more about that case here.
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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

City Files Final Brief in Dash Cam Case

Posted By on Tue, Jan 19, 2016 at 5:28 PM

Police patrol car dash cameras record all kinds of footage. But who gets to watch it? - FILE
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  • Police patrol car dash cameras record all kinds of footage. But who gets to watch it?
The police dash camera video depicting Eureka police officers’ Dec. 6, 2012 arrest of a juvenile suspect is a confidential personnel record and can only be disclosed through a strict process that governs such records, the city of Eureka argued in a brief submitted to the California court of appeals last week.

The city is appealing Humboldt County Superior Court Judge Christopher Wilson’s May ruling that granted a Journal petition seeking to have a portion of the video released to the public. While Wilson found release of the video was in the public interest, the city is arguing that he erred by not affording the video the statutory protections granted to police officer personnel records by state law.

In its recent filing, the city argues that the Journal used the process of petitioning the juvenile court to release the video as a way to circumvent the protections afforded police officer personnel records. Known as the Pitchess statutes, California Penal Code 832.7 and Evidence Code sections 1043 and 1046, outline a strict procedure for parties seeking to access police officer personnel records.

“… The city’s argument is that since Pitchess law applies and Pitchess procedures were not complied with, the evidence should never have even been reviewed in chambers by the Trial Court,” the city argues in its brief.

Virtually from the outset of this case, the Journal has argued that the video in question is not a police officer personnel record, an argument that Wilson addressed and agreed with in his May ruling. And in his brief to the appellate court, the Journal’s attorney, Paul Nicholas Boylan, pointed out that while the city has repeatedly maintained that the video is a confidential record, it has presented the court with no evidence that it is actually a part of an officer’s personnel file.

With the city’s filing, the case now moves to the appellate court’s ready list, and oral arguments will be scheduled at a future date. That could be in a matter of weeks or a year.

For more on the laws governing police dash camera videos and the laws governing them, read “Exempt from Disclosure,” the Journal’s Aug. 6 cover story. A full report on the city’s opening brief can be found here, and a report on the Journal’s response can be found here. And those who enjoy poring over court filings can read the briefs themselves in the PDFs below.
City_s_Opening_Brief.pdf Journal_s_Response_Brief.pdf City_s_Reply_Brief.pdf
Editor’s Note: In the interest of full disclosure, it should be noted that this reporter personally filed the petition seeking disclosure of the dash cam video in this case and authored the lower court filings on behalf of the Journal.
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Saturday, January 9, 2016

Tituses Get $150K in Fair Board Settlement

Posted By on Sat, Jan 9, 2016 at 10:28 AM

Caroline and Stuart Titus. - FILE
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The Humboldt County Fair Association has settled a wrongful termination lawsuit brought by its former General Manager, Stuart Titus, and his wife Caroline, agreeing to pay the couple $150,000.

Describing the lawsuit as “all consuming,” Caroline Titus told the Journal that she and Stuart are happy to put it behind them and move forward. The couple owns the Ferndale Enterprise, in which Caroline, as its publisher and editor, has covered the lawsuit relentlessly.

“I feel like we had a principle — the First Amendment — and we exposed them throughout this,” she said. “We’ve exposed them, their lies, their cover-ups and they ended up paying us to do it.”

The Tituses sued the Humboldt County Fair Association in March of 2014, about a year after the board voted 13-7 not to renew Stuart’s contract as the association’s general manager, a job he’d held for 22 years. The Tituses alleged that the board fired Stuart in retaliation for his unwillingness to keep Caroline from writing pieces in the paper that made board members “look bad,” as well as his repeated reminders that the board should abide by state open-meeting laws. In court filings, the fair association countered that Stuart’s job performance and the way he interacted with board members were solely responsible for the decision to let him go.

The fair association announced the settlement in a press release last week, which comically noted that the “settlement was made as a compromise and not an omission of liability.” It’s safe to assume that the association meant “admission” instead of “omission” but, in any case, the $150,000 settlement will be covered by the association's insurance carrier.

“Frankly, we are just glad this time-consuming case has been settled and we can now focus on improvements at the fairgrounds, preparing for our 2016 fair and dealing with the many events that we have going on at the fairgrounds,” said fair General Manager Richard Conway in the release.

The press release also noted the fair recently received a $500,000 grant to make needed facility improvements, but the release erroneously stated the money came from the California State Fair Association, which doesn’t exist. In fact, the grant comes from the California Department of Food and Agriculture.

Caroline, who also recently sued the association under the California Public Records Act to force it to make all of its financial records public, said the grant is just the latest example of why the association needs to operate openly and transparently, and called her records lawsuit one of her “proudest accomplishments.”

“The fair has always received general fund monies,” she said, “so it’s really important that the public knows what happens to their money. I feel very proud that any member of the public, whether it’s me or you or anyone else, can go look and see how they’re handling our money.”

For more on the Tituses and their lawsuit, see past coverage here and here. And see the full, unedited fair association press release copied below:

Humboldt County Fair Settles Lawsuit,
Receives Large Grant & More!
Ferndale- A lawsuit brought by Stuart and Caroline Titus against the Humboldt County Fair Association was recently settled out of court without having to go to a jury trial. 
On January 5, 2016 the Federal Court in San Francisco held a Confidential Mandatory Settlement Conference relating to the case of Stuart and Caroline Titus v. the Humboldt County Fair Association and their directors.
Barbara Tyler, the Claims Manager from California Fair Services Authority, the HCFA's insurance provider, resolved the case with asettlement to Stuart and Caroline Titus and their attorneys in the amount of $150,000. The settlement was made as a compromise and was not an omission of liability. Settlement funds will be paid by the California Fair Services Authority.
General Manager, Richard Conway said,”Frankly, we are just glad this time-consuming case has been settled and we can now focus on improvements at the Fairgrounds, preparing for our 2016fair and dealing with the many events that we have going on at the fairgrounds.” David Mogni, Chairman of the Board of Directors echoed Conway’s remarks saying, “The lawsuit has been very disruptive and it is good to have it settled. I believe I can speak for the entire board when I say that we are just happy to put all of our focus back on the fairgrounds.”
Mogni added, “We have a lot of good things happening.  We recently received a grant for nearly $500,000 from the CaliforniaState Fair Association to make needed improvements. The majority of money will go to replacing the aging/failing water system at the fairgrounds. Some of it will be used to replace the asbestos floor at Belotti Hall.  (We are hoping the grant will cover both but we may be asking our community partners to pitch in to help with the Belotti project.) We received another grant for $12,500 from the Berg Foundation tomake much needed repairs to the Poultry Building at the Fairgrounds. As one of the oldest, if not the oldest building on the fairgrounds, we are happy to have it once more be usable for FFA, 4-H and other groups.
“And…” Mogni said, “That’s not all. In other big news, General Manager, Richard Conway was recently appointed to the board of directors for the California Authority of Racing Fairs.  This is wonderful news and will open the door to many relationships we feel will be helpful to our future racing schedule. Richard’s background is entrenched in the racing industry. He has 20 years of experience training racehorses throughout California and abroad. Specifically, he has trained for the internationally prominent Godolphin Racing Stable owned by Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum of the United Arab Emirates.  While working for Godolphin, Richard managed stables in UAE, France, England and Ireland.  In addition, he has considerable training experience in both the Northern and Southern California circuits. The entire board is thrilled with this appointment.”
The Humboldt County Fair will be holding it’s 120th fair August 18-28, 2016.  More information is available on their web site, or by calling the fair office at 707-786-9511.

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Friday, January 1, 2016

2015 Quotables

Posted By on Fri, Jan 1, 2016 at 8:15 AM

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Humboldt County is chock full of colorful folks saying poignant, intelligent, crazy, insightful and just plain hilarious things. With the new year upon us, we take a look back at some of our favorite quotes from 2015. And, in case you missed it, check out our Top 10 stories of 2015 for a rundown of the year's biggest stories.

“I’m not too proud to say, ‘I dug this fine black dress shirt out of a Dumpster.’”
— Former Arcata Mayor Bob Ornelas talking about his thrift wardrobe.

“It is, basically, a crap storm out there. … I think were going to be sitting hear a year from now going, ‘Jesus, what happened?’ And it’s going to be terrible.”
— Humboldt County First District Supervisor Rex Bohn talking in January about the impacts of Proposition 47.

“We’re arresting the same guys for public intoxication over and over again, and there’s nothing there for them. They need to go to a facility. They don’t need to go to a jail, but that’s what we have.”
— Arcata Police Chief Tom Chapman.

“There was just a difference of opinion that caused some discomfort on that board.”
— Former Humboldt County Harbor Commissioner Aaron Newman, explaining his decision to resign from the Northcoast Regional Land Trust Board of Directors.

“I would have voted to remove him.”
— Clif Clendenen, noting that it was the fact that the board had been readying to vote to remove Newman from office that prompted the commissioner’s resignation, which came a few months after he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor poaching charges.

“To say this crime is senseless is an understatement.”
— A probation report for Vincent Sanchez, who pleaded guilty to murdering his half-brother, Lance Delbert Henry, and Richard “Rick” Storre on March 24, 2014. A motive for the killings was never determined.

“The last thing people want is to get semen on their very expensive fur suit.”
— Kylani, explaining one of the reasons she doesn’t connect sexuality with being a furry.

“The legal experience did cost me quite a bit and I would like to pay off my bills. So if you have a favorite photo, please order one from me! Many thanks to you all for the support I received while I was on ‘sabbatical.'"
— Ron LeValley, the biologist who pleaded guilty to embezzling nearly $1 million from the Yurok Tribe, in an email to supporters after serving nine and a half months in a federal prison.

“We are equals in society and we ask to be treated as such.”
— Luke Bruner, of California Cannabis Voice Humboldt, addressing the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors on behalf of the country’s marijuana growers.

“My reputation is golden. I’m the guy who brings in the fucking loot.”
— Kevin Jodrey, owner of Wonderland Nursery, explaining how he came to be involved in efforts to craft a local land use ordinance regulating marijuana cultivation.

"When presented with a steaming heap of bullshit, I'm the most likely guy in the room to say, 'Hey, this is a steaming heap of bullshit.’”
— Friends of the Eel River Director Scott Greacen explaining why he wasn’t invited to participate in California Cannabis Voice Humboldt’s workshops to help create marijuana cultivation ordinance.

“It’s not like we like living down here — I hate it.”
— Trish, who declined to give her last name, on living in the PalCo Marsh behind the Bayshore Mall.

“You don’t fall into a hole unless you’ve done something wrong.”
— Attorney Patrik Griego, explaining the lawsuit that led to his client, Kathy Anderson, receiving a $400,000 settlement from the city of Eureka.

“Innocent people don’t want attorneys.”
— Humboldt County Sheriff’s Lt. Wayne Hanson to murder suspect Robert Lee, whose subsequent confession was ruled inadmissible by a federal judge, leading to a plea deal that saw Lee sentenced to seven years after initially facing life in prison.

“Where are you going to get your volunteers if all your folks are retirees? It’s hard to be picky but you have to be able to climb a ladder.”
— Trinidad Volunteer Fire Chief Tom Marquette on the challenges of staffing his department.

“The defendant hired illegal immigrants to work on his grow in the belief that they were expendable, not in a position to complain and that they might not be missed if they disappeared forever into the woods of Humboldt County.”
— The U.S. Attorney’s Office in a pre-sentencing memorandum for Mikal Wilde, who’s currently serving a life sentence for murder and attempted murder.

“We’re committed to ending homelessness in Eureka. It’s not an easy task.”
— Eureka Community Development Director Rob Holmlund.

“You can’t blame him for coming in [Ramone’s], it smells so good in there.”
— Eureka Police Animal Control Officer Rob Patton on the raccoon found under a Ramone’s pastry counter in June.

“They’re essentially saying, ‘Give us what we want, or we’ll take our bat and ball and go home.”
— Suzi Fregeau, program manager and long-term care ombudsman at the Area 1 Agency on Aging, about local skilled nursing facilities’ refusal to take new patients due to a Medi-Cal reimbursement dispute.

“I’m desperate.”
— Geoff Spenceley, 93, on trying to get his wife, Queenie, into one of the facilities.

"You have nothing to lose but your chains and your shame."
— Luke Bruner, inviting marijuana growers into the open as CCVH released its draft medical marijuana ordinance.

“Man, I'm never trusting anyone again.”
— Yurok Tribal Councilperson Mindy Natt after the revelation that a 70-year-old Georgian known as “Duke” had allegedly swindled the tribe out of $250,000.

“On the one hand, Mr. Stonebarger may get out of custody immediately. On the other hand, he may never get out of custody for the rest of his life … I am aware of the seriousness of this matter and the seriousness of this ruling. But I have to follow the law, as I expect everyone else to.”
— Humboldt County Superior Court Judge Timothy Cissna, ordering a man prosecutors believed to be a sexually violent predator be released from custody due to a prosecutor’s paperwork error.

“I don’t want to say the roads are dangerous. But I think some of the people driving them are.”
— Eureka Police Officer Gary Whitmer, explaining Humboldt County’s high vehicle fatality rates.

“Old hippies are not our problem. Old hippies are some of the best land stewards.”
— Mendocino County Sheriff Tom Allman at a September environmental law conference, discussing his concerns about the ecological damage from marijuana growers. He went on, “I’ve even said rich white guys are as bad as the cartel members.”

“It’s across the board. It doesn’t matter which race, religion, way of life. Humboldt County is being overrun with illicit drugs, and it’s getting worse in all facets.”
— Humboldt County Chief Deputy Coroner Ernie Stewart on the addictions that are killing off Humboldt residents.

“The reality is, that smell is also economic development.”
— Eureka Main Street Director Charlotte McDonald, discussing a putrid fish odor that permeated Old Town for stretches over the summer.

“In the end, I was left to reflect on what I would want in the face of my own death. I do not know what I would do if I were dying in prolonged and excruciating pain. I am certain, however, that it would be a comfort to be able to consider the options afforded by this bill. And I wouldn’t deny that right to others.”
— California Gov. Jerry Brown on why he signed the state’s first right-to-die bill, allowing terminally ill patients the right to terminate their own life.

“Fortunately, he’d been duck hunting, so he chased [the burglar] down the street and fired a round at him. And bully for him.”
— Eureka Police Chief Andy Mills, discussing a rash of firearm thefts locally.

“People have a right to bear arms but that’s just the point — to bear arms. Not to leave them lying around unprotected. It has nothing to do with, ‘When someone goes to bed at night, can they have a gun on their nightstand?’ Of course they can. This is America."
— Mills, outlining his proposed ordinance that would require business and home owners to lock up firearms when they weren’t on the premises. Mills later shelved his proposal in the face of a pro-gun backlash.

“Someone in the crowd stated, ‘It’s urine.’ But I could tell that it wasn’t as some got in my eyes and there was no stinging or odor.”
— Former Eureka Police Chief Murl Harpham in a report detailing a 2013 arrest.

"It's a great foundation. But foundations can be used to build a happy home or a prison." Mendocino medical marijuana farmer Casey O'Neill on new state medical marijuana regulations.

"At least since 2008, we've been freakin' kicking ourselves in the freakin' lower parts."
— Former district attorney Paul Gallegos on law enforcement activities that dissuaded medical marijuana businesses from coming into compliance.

“Forgive us our trespasses; here are our press passes.”
— Late Humboldt State University professor Maclyn McClary, who died in October at the age of 78, in a frequent refrain to students.

“Jesus that was a lot of reading, I’ll tell you.” 
— An unidentified Humboldt County planning commissioner, moments before the video feed of the commission's first meeting to discuss a marijuana land use ordinance went off.

“I don’t think it’s an emergency, but I think I just saw the panda that everyone’s looking for.”
— Loretta Hancock, relaying what she told a police dispatcher after stumbling upon Masala, the Sequoia Park Zoo’s missing red panda.

“It’s kind of like if my kids were trying to share candy and I yelled at them and told them sharing isn’t allowed and one of them has to beat up the other and take all the candy — that’s kind of what I feel Congress has done to us.”
— Karuk Tribe Natural Resources Policy Advocate Craig Tucker on Congress’ failure to pass legislation to enact the landmark Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement, leading to its dissolution.

"Please have hot coffee and a unicorn available at load in. Immediately following load in the unicorn is to be slaughtered and cooked to perfection. This will serve as our sound check snack. Please make sure the unicorn is cage free and grass fed. A horse with a party hat on will not be accepted as a substitute.”
— The Devil Makes Three’s contract rider for a show at HSU’s Center Arts.
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