The shark on the Baykeeper logo really says it all. Can you image what Humboldt County would be like if all our community environmental conflicts were required by law to be resolved by mediation instead of lawsuits? Can you imagine how many supposed "eco" jobs would vanish overnight? No EPIC, No Baykeeper, and all our anchor businesses still in operation complying with sustainable environmental regulations. You want social war-you go to the social war-mongers: this yellow journal is the place to start. Then head on over to HCDCC, formerly representing LABOR in Humboldt County but now representing the Green Party and our enviro elitists who have theirs and don't care about anyone else's economic struggles.
Industry has run roughshod over this community forever...they took what they wanted, sent the profits out of state, and left us with the dioxins, PCB's, heavy metals and a GI cancer rate near the highest in CA. They passed their political baton to the developers, now it's their turn to maximize profits by making damn sure our chronic deficits in affordable housing continue. When the big earthquake hits half our rural population will have nowhere to live. Enjoy your Crab.
My check is on its way BK!
Yeah! Another one bites the dust! These lawsuit happy eco-gangsters need to be reigned in as they only exist as environmental ambulance chasers exploiting any possible way to milk the public of money using environmental concerns to do it that are often manufactured and misrepresenting the real ecological situation. Like Judy Hodgson does with her yellow journal they too only present a very one-sided picture of whatever target corporation they want to milk. And because they never offer to seek community conflict resolution with mediation because there's no money for them in that, they are just outright community social war mongers fanning social warfare to make money, i.e. your typical lawyer ambulance chasers only using environmental colors to disguise their greed for money.
Thank you. I was having dinner at Chan's and became concerned when I heard all the sirens. Let's hope everyone is safe & warm now.
This is very sad news, I was impressed with Jessica Hall and thought she was going to be a real plus for Baykeeper. I am sorry to see her have to leave and wish her the best of luck.
That's a good point, Jay. Don't blame the author, though. The stupid, insensitive headline was mine, and I thank you for mocking it. I meant no disrespect to the program, which, I agree, deserves kudos.
What a stupid, insensitive headline. How the hell do you know if the babies surrendered are "unwanted"? This is an example of journalism and editing that should be mocked for its careless, irresponsible attempt at a snarky, attention-grabbing headline. Is this how you expect to attract readers and get advertisers back? It's disgusting.
Try to imagine what it is like to make that choice. Unwanted? Hardly. Realizing you are unable to care for a child properly is more likely the case. This issue is to be supported, or at least stated factually as self-respecting news and headline-writers do ... your headline belittles the issue and reminds me of something I read on the crawl on Hannity. Giving a child a better chance at a full life where their needs can be met is a courageous, selfless thing for a parent to do. Kudos to fire departments for doing this.
THANK YOU! to those people who were able to attend today's meeting!
Unfortunately I could not stay past the Dog&Pony Show (slideshow by the consultants), so I missed so many of your comments.
I'm glad I had an opportunity to speak early, wish I had prepped better, but it was nice to see that long line of people wanting to voice their concerns, their information, and their suggestions.
I truly hope that the Sister, and the Board members present listened and will take heed of the pulse of this community!
I do not see this as an isolated issue just about Redwood Memorial Hospital... all three Hospitals here in this area influence health care here, and significant events at one will be felt by the other two!
Keep the pressure on Humboldt County! Don't give up the fight!
karuk tribe the suction dredge does not relocate the mercury into the stream it traps it in the sluice removing it from the environment the mercury like gold is a heavy element that
quickly sinks in the sluice thus removing it from the water ways test it instead of guess it
you might be surprised at the results
and fluid physics engineer and geologist
Dredgers undo environmental damage left behind by others not put in what others do
suction dredging does not require the use of chemicals to free minerals from the gravels
They couldn't plan a forum where more working people could attend? Let this be heard that we want to keep our OB- RMH! I also live in Eureka but prefer to have my care from the wonderful staff at RMH OB dept! I had a long labor ending up in a c-section and I couldn't image being anywhere else! The staff knew me and my doctor was right there. Please think real hard before closing this ward. It could save lives by people coming from Southern Humboldt!
... local politics appear more moderate? Referring to photos of Rex and Virginia? What is moderate about them, exactly?
Please attend this meeting people! Rumor mill has a certain administrator up at St. Joseph saying this was the only day/time he could attend a meeting… I hope this isn't true! Think of it… a PUBLIC FORUM to discuss a VERY important issue and one of the top dogs says, "I can only be there Thursday at noon"? This would be so seriously wrong if it were true… not all that unlikely… just plain wrong!
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 5TH, NOON… Fortuna River Lodge!
Apparently the Admin's JUST sent out an email today about an employee forum TOMORROW! about this issue.
I got a call about it just a minute ago.
Typical behavior… send out an email at the last minute to employees who have a vested interest in the issue.
Tomorrow at the Renner Room, Redwood Memorial Hospital 12:30 and again at 4 or 5pm.
thee wanna be District attorney gets into the act with
distortion and exagaggeration --
To the general public ... if you are interested in viewing the erection of the Table Bluff Brewing LLC (DBA) Lost Coast Brewing) brewing plant ... I recommend the following.
Sunset Road is presently being used by not only the public but also by contractors and heavy equipment building the brewery on Sunset Road. Sunset Road is in a deplorable state. The city is not maintaining the road surface and it is being further degraded by the constant use by heavy equipment. There are no alternate exits from Sunset Road so you will not be able to get out except the way you came in. You may also damage your car steering and/or suspension.
So ... Visit Sunset Memorial Park just south of Sunset Road and north of K Mart on south Broadway at the south end of Eureka. It is a beautiful cemetery and final resting place that is well maintained by the grounds crew. Located just across the highway from Lithia Motors and W&W Mobile Homes and is open to the public during the day until about 5PM in the evening.
Drive up into the cemetery, visit friends and relatives, walk the grounds and enjoy the views of the bay. Look to the north, across Sunset Road and view the construction activity for the brewery and try to envision the final complex. Affordable entertainment and educational fun for the whole family. Please be respectful of other visitors and funerals that may be in progress.
Well Ringmaster Willie,
If you are only going to bet on sure things, I can tell you are not a gambler. You said in your comment "I would bet you a dollar, they sold those cypress trees and the property owners received nothing for it.", and you are correct, the trees were sold and none of the proceeds were offered to us.
Ms Groom, was probably ill advised concerning her rights concerning the row of Monterey Pine Cypress trees. Many people in California are probably under the impression that they can do whatever they want with trees that grow on their property and THAT would be a false impression, especially if the trees are not wholly on their property. In Kallis v Sones (Filed August 9, 2012, Ordered Published on August 29, 2012) 2012 WL 3156602, the California Second District Court of Appeal ruled that ... a “line tree” – a tree whose trunk stands partly on the land of two or more coterminous owners, ... belongs to each of them in common. ... neither owner “is at liberty to cut the tree without the consent of the other, nor to cut away the part which extends into his land, if he thereby injures the common property in the tree.”
In Kallis v Sones, the cutting down (without permission) of a single 70 foot tall Aleppo Pine tree straddling the boundary line between the litigants properties cost the defendant (who caused the tree to be cut down) over $100,000 settlement to the Plaintiff. The award did not include attorney or court costs!
The location of the individual trees in the Monterey Cypress Row along Sunset Road was part of a survey in 1998. The locations are also well documented in pictures and markings by the city. At least 10 of the trees, and possibly as many as 18 of them, were unarguably line trees. The math is simple, 10 trees times $100,000 = $1,000,000. I had offered to sell all our rights and ownership in Sunset Road as it lay within the city limits of the City of Eureka to Ms. Groom for $100,000 if Ms. Groom agreed to pay the associated costs to do the lot line adjustments. I made the offer well before the trees were cut down and before any construction had begun. Ms. Groom never answered or accepted my offer and it was withdrawn.
I was out of town in Granite Bay when the trees were cut down and was given no warning that the trees were to be clear cut. Had I been warned I would have quickly applied for a TRO temporary restraining order to stop the loss of the commonly owned trees, prevent Ms. Groom from committing a possibly illegal act and to preserve the value of our property and our pastoral views.
With the trees gone we now have an unobstructed view of the sewerage treatment plant and when the redesigned brewery buildings are constructed we will lose our views (at that point) of the Elk river where it enters Humboldt Bay, the Humboldt Bay boat turning basin and possibly the Pacific Ocean
Is it better to do what ever you please, without regard of the harm you cause and without asking permission and after the fact contritely ask forgiveness? So far, in the case of the Monterey Cypress Tree Row it has not only been better for Ms. Groom but it may have even been more profitable.
So far ...
Honestly. LCB makes enough money out of shipments and everything (i know someone who worked there for years) they could afford to use local labor. Removing the trees without the express authorization of the property owner is a crock of poo poo. I would bet you a dollar, they sold those cypress trees and the property owners received nothing for it. Cypress is a hard to come by mold/pest/rot resistant tree that is in high demand. This beer is being boycotted from here to Kansas as far as I know, and hopefully will be brought to more peoples attention on how they are using deceptive practices to make more money. If you really want to make money, jsut go sell out to Budweiser, then people would not be so shocked to see who was supporting the cutting of our ancient redwoods.
I'd like to say that this is NOT just an issue for Fortuna. This encompasses so much of the Southern Humboldt region and even to the north. There are several possible scenarios here: eventual downgrading of RMH to a minor medical facility, closing it altogether, or selling it off.
Stripping Redwood Memorial Hospital of services that are needed even this far south of Eureka can be seen as one of several steps towards those ends. Changing management of the individual departments at RMH so they are all overseen directly from St Joseph Hospital in Eureka is another (this is part of a step-by-step process that although may be part of a financial turn-around plan, still saps Redwood Memorial of it's own identity as a hospital making it more of a satellite facility to St Joe's).
Longer drives to get to Eureka and St Joseph Hospital, if you have transportation available that is, longer ambulance drives to Eureka (that White Elephant - "The Tower" has a very large ED that needs more patients to make it look as though it was actually a needed thing here in Humboldt), concentrating services in Eureka which would probably translate into harder-to-get appointments, longer waiting room times.... is this what people really want in Humboldt County?
The leadership of St Joseph Health System both in and out of Humboldt County has a history of making massive errors, helping to alienate the local population and medical professionals, as well as basically throwing good money after bad. Remember back around 2006 when the Admins of St Joseph Health systems here pissed off the local Radiologists?
Here's a little quote from NCJ article on this...
"Back then, local hospital watchers agreed that driving the radiologists away was probably the biggest bonehead decision St. Joe administrators made in recent years, and there were many to choose from.".
It is amazing to see them continue to make poor decisions, throw money away, but stretch out their hands to the community asking for support.
There is no admission that they make these colossal mistakes time-and-again. Blame regulations, the poor, state and federal reimbursements instead. Yes, these are all elements of the larger problem in U.S. healthcare, but here in Humboldt County we have the dealings of St Joseph Health System adding fuel to the fire.
This is a much broader issue than just being a local town issue. The community Redwood Memorial Hospital serves is greater than the boundaries encircling Fortuna. People need to start educating themselves on what's going on here and start getting active to let St Joseph Health Systems know how much health care in this area means to everyone. Redwood Memorial Hospital... and Mad River Hospital... are not insignificant, unneeded, or disposable.
The 22, cypress trees that were cut down along Sunset Road on February 27th and 28th, 2013, were boundary line trees located at the property line between the brewery property (previously owned by the Roman Catholic Bishop of Santa Rosa) and the 40 foot wide Sunset Road easement which is located on land owned by my wife and I. I never was asked if the trees could be cut down and have not seen any report stating that they were a hazard and just HAD to be removed. From watching construction of the brewery from our home up on the hill I can see where there is money being saved by the trees being removed.
The city did not give Table Bluff Brewing LLC explicit permission to cut down the trees and I question if the city ever had that right. When an easement is given for a public right of way does that also give away the ownership and rights to standing crops, timber, buildings and boundary line trees? I say NO. A dedication has to be explicit in what is being dedicated. The road dedication on Parcel Map No. 3189 says "easement for a public street, public utilities, and all purposes incidental thereto". There is no mention of the old 70 to 100 year old trees that were 100 feet tall. By omission they were excluded from the dedication and ownership transferred to my wife and I upon purchase of the land.
My wife and I purchased the land in 1998 and we occupied the land in 1999. Our parcel is a flag lot, 2 acres in size. The pole of the flag lot is Sunset Road from Hwy 101 in the city up to my neighbors driveway on the hill, past the city / county line at Weiler Road, in Humboldt County. The flag of the flag lot is the residential parcel upon which is built our home. All roads past the city / county line are non county roads, privately maintained and subject to road maintenance agreements. No parcels of land within the City of Eureka city limits had permanent rights to use Sunset Road. Sunset Road was only an easement to get from Hwy 101 to the Humboldt County line where all the residential parcels are located. The red house on the corner of Hwy 101 (Broadway) and Sunset Road used their driveway on Hwy 101 as their access. The red house garage had an occasional access through an additional door on the back of the garage. The Roman Catholic Bishop of Santa Rosa had a seasonal gate on Sunset Road just before Weiler Road to cut and remove hay from the pasture land. Now, because of the dedication of Sunset Road to the City of Eureka, the city is illegally expanding their rights and are exceeding the original intent of the dedication by allowing construction of, and commercial use by a Heavy Industry Brewery.
I have found lawyers who are willing to pursue a case for the illegal removal of boundary line trees on a chargeable, per hour, fee basis but have been unable to find any who are willing to take on the case on a contingency basis and most of the local firms can claim conflict of interest.
The case could quickly expand to include the City of Eureka. How the city obtained the road dedication and now it has now allowed use of the right of way in ways never intended are possible side issues. Because most of the legal firms in town have at least one lawyer that has represented the city, or their employees, or the brewery or their associates, the search for qualified representation is very difficult. It could be described as being similar to the search by Diogenes of Sinope.
Dean Slone - NBN - New Brewery Neighbor
The climate is changing at an accelerating rate, not just in this county but state/nation/worldwide. Mark is the only supervisor trying to curb new subdivisions from blowing up in rural areas. Humboldt County is our "local" in "think global, act local". The other four supervisors are not only creating new legal loopholes to accommodate urbanization, they're also intentionally disregarding the future state of our environment related to their planning. Not to mention the influx of population, crime, etc. They are tied to developers. Follow the money on this one.
Suddenly somebody cares about Humboldt's reputation? Really?
Humboldt County has been "slapping" official state and federal regulations and their regulators for decades before "slapping" our citizens with the resulting costs in fines, pollution, lost grants, capital flight, and civic shame.
Mark was probably providing a visual metaphor of this legacy.
(Did Arkley ever apologize to Glass? Has he apologized to Eureka for continuing to "slap" the Coastal Commissioners as an excuse to delay Eureka's "Marina Center"?).
Adults apologize and move on.
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vol XXIV issue 49
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