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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: “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

Re: “Six Years and Counting

I have had a few cases over the last several years where I helped tenants who were served with eviction notices by Mr. Squires. Based on all I have seen and experienced, the properties should be under a full receivership. While Mr. Squires is intelligent and can be nice, he is unfit to manage real property. I believe he does many shady and illegal things to get rid of tenants that resist his unlawful practices. I had one case where he gave an eviction notice to an old woman for wanting her heater repaired in Winter! Could you ever imagine being that hard-hearted? For the sake of the City, the receiver must have full control.

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Posted by Andrew Stunich on 01/20/2017 at 10:48 AM

Re: “Nurses, Stat

Let's talk about wages! Compare the wages (& benefits) just between the 2 area hospitals. Let alone to the rest of California. How many RNs do we loose if they can make $15 more per hour w/ better benefits & less stress?

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Posted by LOSBOZOS on 01/19/2017 at 12:40 PM

Re: “Nurses, Stat

It is a shame that our public officials have done little to address the nursing shortage and for that matter an overall medical professional shortage in Humboldt County. It is only getting worse as more and more medical professionals are retiring or leaving the county. We need an innovative program to lure nurses and doctors and support personnel to our community. This is becoming, if not already, a public health crisis. The excuse that, "it's just as bad in other rural communities" is tiresome and a shirk of responsibility. Our public officials should prioritize public health and attend a seminar or two on the subject rather than sticking their heads in the sand.

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Posted by ladynacage on 01/19/2017 at 9:38 AM

Re: “Genocide and Extortion

Yerva Nelson can you please email me at getthecoates@yahoo.com
My great great grandmother was also Matilda and I'm trying to find some information thank you!

Posted by Kristian Coates Sr. on 01/17/2017 at 12:35 PM

Re: “The Death of Jeannie Newstrom

my company wanted CA HHSA DSS LIC 610E earlier today and was informed about an online platform that has lots of form templates . If others need to fill out CA HHSA DSS LIC 610E as well , here's a LIC 610E

Posted by Angel Javire on 01/17/2017 at 12:45 AM

Re: “The Case of the Missing $5 Million

my boss was searching for CA LIC311A last year and found a business that has 6,000,000 forms . If you require CA LIC311A as well , here's a http://pdf.ac/7bI8Bm

Posted by Angel Javire on 01/15/2017 at 10:05 AM

Re: “Eureka Settles Police Shooting Lawsuit

Serve & protect whom exactly???

Posted by Dan F. on 01/14/2017 at 5:57 PM

Re: “'Profoundly Disturbing'

Wow, speaking of trolls R.D. 1, you think I supported what happened in this case? You think I intentionally broad brush people? Is that really what you read into my earlier remarks? It wasnt I who said this behavior seems to be the norm within Humboldt County Agencies. Really? Are you applying that normative behavior to all people who work for Humboldt County? I dont recall stating a belief that people within the County Councils Office are basically sociopaths incapable of empathy with other feeling human beings. Did you just purposely depict everyone in that office as being sociopathic and devoid of empathy? Do you pretend to know all these people or are you just channeling your inner Donald Trump?

Are you one of those feeling people you speak of when you fantasize finding a proper length of rope to deal with all those "despicable creatures"? I dont currently live in Humboldt County but you, Dude, are right when speculating perhaps youve lived out on Rural Delivery Route #1 too long. Perhaps you do need to leave the wonderful Humboldt hemp products behind and move somewhere to the big city in order to mingle a bit more with society. Just sayin..

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Posted by Phil Braun on 01/13/2017 at 10:37 PM

Re: “'Profoundly Disturbing'

I must have to comment once again, on the very astute observations here:

Yes , Derik Powell, I agree with you wholeheartedly. The answer is, it's a money grab orchestrated by a sociopath, (THE BLAIR ANGUS WITCH PROJECT) Yikes, She is soliciting Jerry Brown to give her (it) unlimited power in Humboldt (shiver). I hope not.

Yes, Melinda Garrett, I agree as well.. Unfortunately, sociopaths don't think like people, it's a bummer but just that simple. Imagine (not so distant from what happened to Dick Magney) if you were standing in public with the Blair Angus Witch and she
bit off a child's hand, and you were horrified and said, (WTF, Stop, Freaking Out) and the reply was, "I'm hungry, so.. whaaat" Remorse and conscience is a human quality. Infliction of pain and suffering is not.

Yes, Phil Braun. You seem like some kind of County Paid Troll.. But I could be wrong. Yes Im sure that there is a speck of humanity within all of us to do the right thing and would certainly never intentionally broad brush anyone as you have.. Especially supporting this heinous injustice. And HC's attempt to "unpublish" the decision, wow man, was that you're idea?

Eric Korbly.. Yes! And there is another hidden agenda as well. LAWYER Christina Allbright, who is maneuvering for the "W. Bruce Watson seat", has pending complaints filed against her regarding "child abuse against autistic children" in both state and federal jurisdictions, But being a member of the "Blair Angus Witch Project" has threatened to sue if her despicable behavior is revealed, Double down, triple down.

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Posted by R.D.1 on 01/13/2017 at 9:28 PM

Re: “'Profoundly Disturbing'

I don't believe the question should be why did the public guardianship office step in, but why did these attorneys take such a case and grossly misrepresent the situation by hiding pertinent evidence, and furthermore one of them is applying for a judgeship... for shame.

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Posted by Derik Powell on 01/13/2017 at 3:42 PM

Re: “'Profoundly Disturbing'

Why would "the county" step in? It wasn't really the county but the Public Guardianship Office. Why? They try to seize control of these types of situations to drain the person named of all their money & sell off their valuables to pay their "fees." It's sick & it goes on almost every day down in the local halls of justice.

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Posted by Eric Korbly on 01/13/2017 at 8:02 AM

Re: “'Profoundly Disturbing'

Why doesn't the article give some details like what deplorable judge signed this order & who the agency rep is or at least the docket number?
How about some links to the agency, emails, & phone numbers?

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Posted by Eric Korbly on 01/13/2017 at 8:02 AM

Re: “'Profoundly Disturbing'

One would think the County would just suck it up, and admit a gross mistake was made and feel some regret for what they put this couple through. And let those who instigated this farce have long nightmares knowing they caused someone's last days of living to be miserable beyond belief. He just wanted to go quietly, they made sure he didn't. I wonder how some sleep at night. But for all the suffering the County put him through, I truly hope it stands for reference that there are boundaries where agencies sometimes don't belong. Let them ask themselves, if they would want all that fighting and anguish heaped on their dying days. What a way to go, shaking my head.

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Posted by Melinda Garrett on 01/12/2017 at 8:06 PM

Re: “'Profoundly Disturbing'

This sad situation, unfortunately, seems to represent a perfect storm of Humboldt County health and welfare issues. Patients and their loved ones can be caught up in an end-of-life convergence of differing institutional philosophies and roles. Public watchdog agencies, medical staffs and hospitals, religious/spiritual tenants all proscribe scripts upon role players in these situations which may conflict with the personal beliefs and desires of a severely ill patient and his/her family. If that isnt enough, issues presented by laws, medical insurance, financial requirements, and limited resource availability work against all involved when dealing with a severe illness - particularly in a small rural county such as Humboldt.

How telling were the words written within the court decision when it stated Humboldt clearly lost sight of the fact that the Health Care Decision Law does not provide a forum to debate the wisdom of a particular individual health care choice. When a competent adult has executed a valid advance directive, his or her decisions remain operative after a loss of capacity.

Lets not forget, however, that there have been and continue to be many dedicated, underpaid, and altruistic individuals who work within both Adult and Child County Protective Service Agencies. These past and current workers were/are working in job conditions fraught with enormous caseloads, limited available resources and, for some, repeated threats against their personal safety. All that for work within an occupation having high educational requirements yet one renown for low wages and sparse expressions of gratitude.

Indeed, this experience should become a primer when training abuse investigators. Please dont include, however, the failures of this circumstance within a broad-brush condemnation against all county social service workers or government agencies in general. Despite occasional human failings, social work and advocacy workers are there to protect you and can count numerous victories against neglect and abuse that go unnoticed all around us shielded from the general public by the restrictions of confidentiality law.

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Posted by Phil Braun on 01/12/2017 at 4:39 PM

Re: “'Profoundly Disturbing'

I feel much compassion for this lady.
This behavior seems to be the norm here in Humboldt County within county agencies. It's not bad enough that the County Counsel's Office blatantly lied (or perhaps just gross incompetence) but as indicated in the article, then they double down and triple down causing more destruction. I believe these people are basically sociopaths and as such are incapable of empathizing with other "feeling" human beings.. Very sad. With all of the wonderful hemp products produced in Humboldt County, One would think that somewhere there would be a proper length of rope to deal with these "despicable creatures". It's a bummer, my family has been in Humboldt for 120 years, I think I'am going to move away.

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Posted by R.D.1 on 01/12/2017 at 11:04 AM

Re: “'Profoundly Disturbing'

Good for her I wouldn't stay there neither. Bless her heart. I know what's wrong with those people working for adult protection, their on drugs and they snotty if the can prove an abuse even if they are wrong they get more payment. Think they smoke to much of wacky tabacky lol laced probably

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Posted by Theresa McGaughey on 01/12/2017 at 9:21 AM

Re: “'Profoundly Disturbing'

There should be more of a sanction for the players of Adult Protective Services involved in this. They shouldn't be able to just walk away.

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Posted by Fred Mangels on 01/12/2017 at 7:42 AM

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