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Re: “Putting Heads Together for Housing First

I suggest Floyd Squires takes on these tenants until he repays the city for all his infractions and back taxes. Just saying.

Posted by Amber CaliDreamin Zastrow on 08/23/2016 at 4:58 PM

Re: “Game Over

I would've testified too... Smh...I wonder how many others there are. I'm glad this happened. Thanks to those who stood up. I didn't know.

Posted by Lucy Clark on 08/23/2016 at 4:41 PM

Re: “Putting Heads Together for Housing First

@Sharon King,
Call Melinda Petersen at city hall. ShE can direct you where you can be of the most help. Thank you.

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Posted by Erin Powers-Taylor on 08/19/2016 at 11:41 AM

Re: “Putting Heads Together for Housing First

I would like to volunteer to help with this effort. How can I do that? I worked as a housing navigator in Santa Cruz for our housing first initiatives there.

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Posted by Sharon King on 08/19/2016 at 9:37 AM

Re: “Putting Heads Together for Housing First

Our police need to be fighting crime.

The homeless need stable houses.

The reddest state in the union (Utah) saved taxpayer's money providing modest apartments instead of emergency services and they nearly ending chronic homelessness in just a few years.

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Posted by James White on 08/19/2016 at 12:23 AM

Re: “Putting Heads Together for Housing First

"says Sally Hewitt, senior program manager at DHHS...in a phone interview. 'Some were saying Housing First means build housing first, other groups say that tents are housing first, or that tiny houses are housing first. We're not saying that these ideas don't have value, but we want everyone to be on the same page.'

Sally, YES those all ALL housing...obviously the more normal and secure the better, as is true for any human being, so tents are not idea AND until housing can be built (give 3% availability) tents first are "Housing First" and are more conducive to the homeless healing or at least to not digressing further than being shuffled around every morning 7 DAYS A WEEK and relocated AGAIN in two weeks; as if being homeless wasn't hard enough as it is. I dare any housed person to try it for a few months, especially those over 40, as many homeless are. Stability for homeless is better for the community in general as it reduces the often exhausted, demoralized, drifting people and pets that occurs all day long in old town, parks, library etc.

Tiny homes are far better than tents and have had great success already all across the country. So easy there have been high school students building the tiny homes for homeless. Andrew Heben, a city planner who as a student lived in "Camps" to understand better how people survived and what was needed, has spoken twice now in Eureka. A place to start for those adrift about this solution: http://www.squareonevillages.org. AHHA (Affordable Humboldt Housing Alternatives) has been working tirelessly towards a local tiny house village for years, ahead of the curve of Focus Strategies yet concurrent with their findings and directives. This link from 2014:
http://www.northcoastjournal.com/NewsBlog/…

The quality and quantity of lives lost due to lack of mental health care and housing in particular is staggering and most never make it to the news, dead or alive. The community suffers too...just go to the library or any trail or green space...oh and it is really not great for children to see we leave people to lay in the streets. Just saw an article about a Sheriff in TX who committed suicide due to facing eviction/foreclosure.

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Posted by Noyb on 08/18/2016 at 5:12 PM

Re: “End of Life Options

Correction please:
Your source has done you a disservice. The promoters of assisted suicide have worn out their thesaurus attempting to imply that it is legal in Montana. Assisted suicide is a lhomicide in Montana. Our MT Supreme Court did ruled that if a doctor is charged with a homicide they might have a potential defense based on consent. The MT Supreme Court acknowledged it is a homicide in the ruling.

The Court did not address civil liabilities and they vacated the lower court’s claim that it was a constitutional right. Unlike Oregon no one in Montana has immunity from civil or criminal prosecution and investigations are not prohibited like Oregon. Does that sounood legal to you?

Perhaps the promoters are frustrated that even though they were the largest lobbying spender in Montana their Oregon model legalizing assisted suicide bills have been rejected in Montana in 2011, 2013 and 2015.

Your source has done the public a disservice. Their ordinary bait and switch campaign is demonstrated by their selling "must self-administer" then they do not provide in their legislation for an ordinary witness of the "self-administration". This omission eviscerates the flaunted safeguards putting the entire population at risk of exploitation by heirs, the medical-governmental-complex and organ/tissue traffickers.
Respectfully submitted,
Bradley Williams
President
Mtaas dot org

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Posted by Bradley Williams on 08/18/2016 at 2:05 PM

Re: “End of Life Options

By all and any means, it's my decision.
Perhaps I will want to make such a decision without all the damn Catholics trying to ram their fantasy beliefs down everyone's throat.
Preventing a woman from having her tubes tied? Are you serious?
Another prime example of how horrible and invasive religion is often practiced.
There is no god. Get use to it.

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Posted by Mr. Geezer on 08/18/2016 at 10:26 AM

Re: “Hazardous to Your Health

Something is very, very wrong in McKinleyville! I grew up there. In the past several years, the number of schoolmates, their family members, and children with dire health concerns and/or mortality rates have shot sky high! There have been far too many at or near 40 years of age who have succumbed from cancers, organ failure, and brain disorders. It's not just people who are life-long residents, either. Several have lived more of their lives outside of the town. Still, these numbers should not be ignored!

Posted by TangieKeen on 08/17/2016 at 7:39 PM

Re: “The Death of Jeannie Newstrom

We are all to blame and the blame increases the closer you get to the patient and the issue.

The NCJ provided a public service by raising questions that could lead to more demands for solutions. just because a local issue is rarely reported doesn't make it "sensational" when it appears.

Why are so many of Humboldt County's human health statistics among the worst in the state? Why is it not being routinely reported?

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Posted by James White on 08/13/2016 at 1:53 AM

Re: “The Death of Jeannie Newstrom

It is not "obviously" criminal, it is however obviously tragic. The author sensationalized the tragedy but didn't have access to all of the evidence. Cases like this should not be tried in the press where people can only speculate on what happened. Did the doctor decide this patient was in a dying state? Is that why they did not admit her to the hospital? We have only been given glimpses of the history, speculation of what is truth. Who should be held to blame a nurses aid or doctors, nurses, guardians, social or state welfare agencies?

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Posted by Maria Wilsey on 08/11/2016 at 3:36 PM

Re: “The Death of Jeannie Newstrom

Hospice took care of my Mother in Law in My home. Hospice, my Wife and I all cleansed and rolled her over on a regular schedule. My Mother in Law developed bed sores anyway. It cannot be prevented!! Why is the Nurse aid being prosecuted? Isn't the Nurse and the Doctor responsible for a patients care? Sounds to me like the nurse aid is being used as a Scape Goat to protect the Professionals in this industry. Why not the Cook?

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Posted by Alps on 08/11/2016 at 3:16 PM

Re: “The Death of Jeannie Newstrom

Regardless of the travesty, whether it's elder abuse, child abuse, affordable housing, healthcare, homelessness, public divestment/austerity, mass incarceration, and on and on...U.S. media resoundingly fails to inform readers, viewers and listeners of how these issues are addressed in other industrialized countries.

In Japan, for example, a family will pay the equivalent of $800 per month for a government care home with a private room, 24 hour professional care by staff-nurses, three meals a day, art, music and exercise periods and transportation to appropriate activities.

Privatization of basic human services is an ideological failure everywhere, and an invitation to corruption, including education.

Another private care home is opening in Eureka on "F" Street near the golf course charging $4,000 a month. They are already whining about the regulations being imposed before they can open.

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Posted by James White on 08/09/2016 at 8:33 PM

Re: “Los Hechados

Very nice and informative article here. You touched on a topical issue. I would appreciate if you'd written about how to fill a form online. Try PDFfiller to fill a form here http://pdf.ac/6Bo4F6. It allows you to to fill out PDF files.

Posted by John Saylor on 08/08/2016 at 5:58 AM

Re: “The Death of Jeannie Newstrom

As of 2014, DSS/CCL set forth goals to improve its operations & oversight. A summary can be viewed here: http://abgt.assembly.ca.gov/sites/abgt.assembly.ca.gov/files/April%202%202014%20Sub%201%20Agenda%20-%20CCL%20and%20State%20Hearings%20-mc(4).pdf

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Posted by Christina Selder on 08/06/2016 at 11:56 AM

Re: “The Death of Jeannie Newstrom

Deeply, deeply disturbing. Until California's Department of Social Services, Community Care Licensing Division (DSS/CCL) accepts that it can no longer limit its oversight to "basic care & supervision", assisted living residents will remain at risk for similar neglect. DSS/CCL continues to accommodate & authorize higher levels of care in California's assisted living facilities without orchestrating simultaneous shifts--that are of equal proportion--in their staff, procedures, policies & implementing regulation language. And so dangerous opportunities for events like the one in this article remain. For example: If the Department can only afford a handful of nurses to oversee 7,000+ facilities statewide, if they are only able to inspect facilities once every five years (not annually as the article stated), and if they cannot independently rally figureheads to mandate a higher level of proven expertise or staffing ratios for facility operators who chose to care for a sicker resident population, then why, as an example, do they continue to issue waivers & exceptions where facilities can have 100% of their capacity on hospice & as bedridden? Why do they continue to expand the scope of care in the field beyond their current (oversight) capabilities? There are facilities in California who are doing a stellar job, and then there are others who either don't know what they are doing or don't care. It is the state's responsibility to construct a system that works (i.e. keeps residents safe) given all the moving parts. A tall order, yes; but over the last 8 years it has come to our attention that some of the most common sense solutions continue to get overlooked and/or tabled, and in our humble opinion, it is because the Department is disproportionately focused on protecting itself rather than residents. [You can learn more about the authors of this comment, by visiting www.rcfereform.org]

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Posted by Christina Selder on 08/04/2016 at 9:43 PM

Re: “The Death of Jeannie Newstrom

I managed a region of Senior Services Offices that licensed, trained and sanctioned care facilities, provided case management, food stamps, and investigated elder abuse for Douglas County Oregon in the 90's. This is a well written article about what happens to elderly people every day. What happened in this case is obviously criminal and could have been prevented had someone been an advocate for this woman. This woman died a horribly painful death. I dont even know where to begin with all the neglect that occurred with this lady by a full range of people who took on the responsibility to provide care for payment. Everyone of them from the public guardian, doctor, care providers, government officials took money to be a protector, look out for her needs and provide care for her. They all failed her. Where were the doctors that saw her, the family members, the caregivers and the agencies that are paid to advocate for this woman. Bedsores are not normal and a huge indicator of failure to provide the standard nursing care. The smell of urine in any facility is not acceptable. Fresh urine typically does not smell so obviously this lady had been in soiled bedding and underwear for hours. If you smell feces, once, ok that is one thing, but you should not smell it on a regular basis. If you do, they are not attending to her and that is neglectful care. Demented people frequently forget to eat and drink, but they do feel. It is the responsibility of a facility to ensure they are adequately feed and hydrated a patient. If they can not make it happen, then the doctor needs to be involved to ensure adequate nutrition and hydration happens. There is lots of good training out there on how to provide care to the demented. Starving to death is a very painful way to die. Even demented people feel the continual pain of being starved. Who was reviewing the records for this patient to see what care was being provided. Who was following up to make sure the care was happening. If the public guardian was the advocate for the lady, they really fell down on the job. That does not take the family, caregivers and medical providers off the hook. They should have advocated for her. This should never have had to go to the Justice Department to get action. There should be regulatory procedures in place and the ability to apply sanctions and closure if necessary at a local level. We closed a number of foster homes and residential facilities as a result of complaints and investigations. Elder Abuse is one of the most unknown and under reported crimes. The statements made by the State official Mr Weston that "attributes this gap between complaints and citations to a very proactive advocacy base in Humboldt County, that might be more engaged in calling his department." “We do know that Humboldt is a very engaged community in regards to the assisted living facilities, they do engage us in filing complaints. When we do find an issue we investigate it thoroughly,” said Weston." Mr. Weston is making excuses for the local agencies failure to act responsibly in this case. I am appalled that a person in his position would make such statements. Mr Weston states they investigate complaints where they find issues. No you investigate all complaints. Until you investigate, you dont know if it is a valid complaint. You thoroughly investigate, meaning you review records, doctors order, medicine records, care records, you talk to caregivers, family members and the elderly person. Anyone or anything, that might have information. I helped develop and pass a law in Oregon that made it a class A Felony to take on the care of an elderly person and then neglect them or physically abuse them. The law also made it a class A Felony to financially exploit an elderly person. My office and staff were not perfect, who is, but damn it, it wouldnt take much to do a better job than what happened in this case. She was abandoned by every person and agency that was responsible to advocate and protect her. And the worst part, this is just one case of many out there. It's a damn shame and if you live long enough you will be elderly and be relying on this system to protect you. Think about it.

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Posted by Clydeine Oglesby on 08/04/2016 at 6:08 PM

Re: “Headwaters Forest at 10

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Posted by Rosemarie Roundy on 07/28/2016 at 6:40 PM

Re: “Pit Boys

Mr. Jackson-
Thanks very much for alerting us to the error. We've corrected it.
Thadeus Greenson
Journal News Editor

Posted by Thadeus Greenson on 07/28/2016 at 4:23 PM

Re: “Pit Boys

Great storytelling!

meathead
amazingribs.com

Posted by Meathead Goldwyn on 07/28/2016 at 3:57 PM

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