Re: “Largest March in Eureka History

Phil Braun we've been awake a LONG time, guess you just didn't notice. That's what the patriarchy does. Refuse to see and listen. Most women have Not been complacent, but most men haven't been listening.

Posted by Truth on 01/22/2017 at 11:17 AM

Re: “Largest March in Eureka History

I love to see that women have finally awoken the f _ _ _ up! Can't believe their power didn't carry the electoral college while deciding the popular vote. Never complacent again!

Posted by Phil Braun on 01/22/2017 at 10:19 AM

Re: “Elder Abuse Case Against Timber Ridge Yields $5 Million Verdict

The owner and management are very unprofessional and unethical. Many horrible experiences have happened at Timber Ridge, both assisted living and Alzheimer's care. I hope more people will speak out about their experiences at Timber Ridge and they are held accountable or close their doors. Pay your staff and caregivers a decent wage and provide them the ongoing support and training they need. If not, there will be more lawsuits and our community will not stand for it. The fragile elderly deserve better! We will all be elderly one day, think about it, how do you want to be treated. No more excuses and lies from the top down. Keep speaking out if you worked there or had a family member there!

Posted by speakout on 01/22/2017 at 1:56 AM

Re: “Largest March in Eureka History

Thanks for the coverage and great pics, Linda--we were there in spirit (actually on a long bus ride in Mexico). Gotta get me a pussy hat for next time--and yes, I'm sure there will be a next time. Hugs, barry

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Posted by barryevans on 01/21/2017 at 9:12 PM

Re: “Largest March in Eureka History

But thanks for the coverage since I could not be there myself. :)

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Posted by VM on 01/21/2017 at 8:45 PM

Re: “Largest March in Eureka History

And Sue Lee Mossman, not Lawson.

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Posted by VM on 01/21/2017 at 8:41 PM

Re: “Court Cracks Down on Skipping Jury Duty

My business partners were wanting AO440 this month and used an online service that has a ton of fillable forms . If you are looking for AO440 too , here's summons response letter guideline

Posted by Angel Javire on 01/21/2017 at 7:22 PM

Re: “Largest March in Eureka History

That's Dr. Wendy Ring, not Rain.

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Posted by Michelle Hayden on 01/21/2017 at 6:28 PM

Re: “UPDATE: Eureka Council Passes Human Rights Resolution

Another thing your a liar! I call you out where did you see the Nazi flag? Exactly you didn't. As long as I have lived here I have never seen a Nazi flag displayed.

Posted by Amasiauxor on 01/21/2017 at 4:51 PM

Re: “UPDATE: Eureka Council Passes Human Rights Resolution

Humans are born with inalienable rights. Written rights are an erosion of those rights by the self serving self righteous. The sun shines on Nazis the same as everyone else. Live and let live.

Posted by Amasiauxor on 01/21/2017 at 4:50 PM

Re: “Six Years and Counting

Home is where the heart is. The street is not a home. Like it or not Floyd has a purpose and these people would otherwise have nowhere without him. He keeps these lovelies out of your backyard. You ought to give him a metal. Unlike so called do gooders looking to get their grubby paws on the payee percentage. Yes you can eat but you gotta beg Jesus first.

Posted by Amasiauxor on 01/21/2017 at 4:43 PM

Re: “Silent People in Black Protest on Arcata Plaza

Not for me... Make California Great Again!

Posted by Amasiauxor on 01/21/2017 at 4:33 PM

Re: “Elder Abuse Case Against Timber Ridge Yields $5 Million Verdict

Family doesn't put their loved ones in homes to be looked after by strangers.

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Posted by Amasiauxor on 01/21/2017 at 4:30 PM

Re: “Six Years and Counting

It's long overdue, the court taking action against the squires!

Posted by Christine Dorsett Santos on 01/21/2017 at 5:11 AM

Re: “Battle for Boomer Jack

Anyone know how I might contact Lincoln Kilian?

The email I have for him from his book's website just doesn't work anymore: info@boomer-jack.com

Thanks!

lanny@kllg.org

Posted by Lanny Cotler on 01/20/2017 at 5:13 PM

Re: “Elder Abuse Case Against Timber Ridge Yields $5 Million Verdict

The decision to provide care under license to an elderly client, whether for one or numerous residents, should not be made by many who nevertheless go ahead and make it. When taking that step, under a license issued by the State of California, they enter into an agreement as to what they must and will provide. In other words, it is a license that has conditions which are outlined in Health and Safety Codes (law) and enforceable regulation. If they fail to meet those conditions, they, as licensees, become financially vulnerable when litigation such as this occurs.

One condition is that they have both medical and functional assessments completed for potential new clients and have them updated as needed for those already in their care.

One condition is that they provide care and supervision as required through that previous assessment of their client's current or potential needs. If they are unable to meet those needs, they should not accept or retain that client. Residents diagnosed with dementia, particularly those showing a known propensity to wander or leave a facility, should not be left unsupervised.

One condition is that they assist their clients by providing the correct medication, to the correct person, in the correct dosage, and at the correct time it is prescribed to be given.

Problems regarding quality of care almost always trace back to cost-cutting efforts made by licensees.

This industry is not like opening a barbershop. A bad haircut can grow back. Mistakes made caring for a vulnerable at risk population can result in injury, death, and/or criminal charges. What do you, as a consumer, do if you are considering placing a loved one in a licensed care home? Drop by unexpectedly. Mealtime will tell a lot. Look around to see how many staff are on duty. Visit the ombudsman's office and read the state inspection reports. Make your choice regarding which care home to choose an informed decision and hope you've made a good one.

Posted by Phil Braun on 01/20/2017 at 3:57 PM

Re: “Elder Abuse Case Against Timber Ridge Yields $5 Million Verdict

This facility also failed to make an appropriate and timely 911 call for a resident who was found unresponsive for "over an hour" and by the time medical personnel were called the resident passed. He was a "full code"....this statement made by the representative of TR is inaccurate - these records are public and can be viewed at the Community Care Licensing website.

Posted by Snoozers on 01/20/2017 at 2:27 PM

Re: “Remembering Amber

My heart still hurts for Amber's family and friends. I often think of how her life would of turned out if she wasn't taken so young. Maybe a couple kids, awesome husband, large family get togethers with Erika and Alison's families, etc. I am glad I was given the opportunity to know this family growing up. So today, and often I remember little, sweetly sassy Amber.

Posted by Kristen Kelley on 01/20/2017 at 2:00 PM

Re: “Nurses, Stat

At the most basic level, this is a story about American economics and capitalists.

Nurses are a valuable commodity just as any other group of well-educated professionals are. Among other things, they seek to maximize their return (income) on their investment (time and money expended earning a nursing education and experience). When they consider where to work and whom to work for, they look at the value proposition consisting of the area and employers. The reality about Humboldt County is that it has an exceedingly poor value proposition for nurses. As it stands, Humboldt County's primary value proposition is (for the time being at least) growing marijuana. Timber and fishing were once major parts of the value proposition but play a minor role today and one that appeals to very few workers. Stated another way: For what the great majority of nursing professionals are looking for, Humboldt County provides very little. Thus, few choose to live in the area excepting being a traveler for a few months. The same applies to physicians (and other professionals), very few of whom desire to live and work in Humboldt County. If Humboldt County were such a great value proposition for professionals of all types, the best and brightest would live and work in the county. They dont.

The capitalist leadership of Providence St. Joseph Health and Mad River Hospital also fully understand how return on investment works. So long as Humboldt State University's Nursing program was turning out RNs, the two local hospitals had a convenient gravy train of new graduates ready to fill open positions. This was made possible the way that capitalists most prefer it: The state government and students paid the cost of the education. Realize this: If the return on investment calculations favored Providence and Mad River creating and operating their own local nursing school, they would do so without delay. The financial reality however, is that the return on investment calculations favor paying traveling nurses. This is possible because public payers (i.e., the state and federal governments) and private payers (e.g., Anthem Blue Cross, Blue Shield of California) reimburse Providence and Mad River enough to make traveling nurses less costly than locally educating nurses.

Change Humboldt County's value proposition, change reimbursement arrangements, change community priorities, etc. and different outcomes are possible. The current Humboldt County value proposition, reimbursement arrangements, and community priorities are yielding exactly the outcomes cited in the article.

Posted by vkqw4721 on 01/20/2017 at 11:47 AM

Re: “Nurses, Stat

Let's do talk about wages - it's a very valid concern. I don't have data to address the question about wage variation between local employers. However, on a national level, CA nurses are the highest paid in the nation (http://californiahealthline.org/news/californias-rn-wages-now-highest-in-the-nation-federal-data-show/).
Within CA, it's very true that nurses in rural areas make less money than those in urban areas. In fact, the nurses in the northern counties (including Humboldt) are some of the lower paid statewide, with average salary in 2014 of $84,461, annually. Nurses in rural southern CA counties do a bit better, with average salaries around $85 - 89K annually. Nurses in the San Francisco bay area (the top wages in the U.S.) are paid substantially more, at about $100K / year. (all data from the CA Board of Nursing:http://www.rn.ca.gov/pdfs/forms/survey2014.pdf) This is a difference of closer to $7 - $8 / hour, not $15. It may still be significant in nurses selecting options for employment.

Sadly, though, I think the local problems are more complex. Just my 2c, but I suspect most nurses who choose to live and work in Humboldt county are not interested in re-locating to SFO or Sacramento for better wages.

I applaud the local academic institutions and health care employers for their attention to this important matter.

Thanks Thad, for the balanced and informative reporting.

pat farmer

Posted by pat farmer on 01/20/2017 at 11:06 AM

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