As Heidi's older brother, I can vouch for her memories here, her dedication to loving God and loving others. She is an amazing woman, and I would vote for her in a heartbeat. Too bad she's not the woman running for president. lol.
Heidi is one of the best people I know. I have known her for two decades and she is as real and authentic now, as she wa the first time I met her. More than this, Heidi has a passion and heart for people, especially those who experience barriers to access and have difficulty overcoming those on their own. Heidi will make an excellent city council woman. Eureka is lucky to have her!
Venezuela forced businesses to stay open and operate at a loss. How did that work out for them? And the argument that a company is making money elsewhere in the state and should accept whatever profit margin this region deems appropriate is ludicrous. They should be allowed to close and move on. A company is not responsible for your loved ones--YOU are!
She is incredible! I was so impressed by Heidi as she quickly responded to the Humboldt Builders Exchange's request to meet with her regarding our safety concerns! She is a great listener and cares about making positive changes in our community!
Remarkable story & background.
She will make a great addition to the Eureka City Council.
I find it incredibly hypocritical that the government that offers monitory rewards for whistle blowing against private parties, will jail or fire those that whistle blow against them.
I feel that if this had happened in Eureka there would have been a lot more investigating on the part of our local media. Teachers and staff are electing to leave the district rather than continue under this man, qualified people that KTJUSD can't afford to lose.
If they are put in one of the local facilities, the survivors--or the family of the deceased--might get a whopping $450.00.
"Rockport's relocation plans, which include available space locally for just 44 of the 190 people who would potentially be displaced by the closure."
No room for the elderly, no room for the homeless, no room for the addicted and mentally ill, no room for troubled youths, Humboldt County's legacy of neglect (and negligence) in serving the weakest members of their community continues.
Is there no planning in this county to get housing built for all classes of residents?
Follow the money...
Betty's Village must not be allowed to close.
I am glad to hear City Manager Greg Sparks hint a better location with funding is in the works. Without Betty the problem in Eureka would be much worse. We are lucky to have her.
This is just a fantastic article, Thad! Of all of the great stuff you've written over the years, I think this might be my favorite :-) Betty Chinn is a force of nature, and your writing has done her justice.
"Chinn was largely unwelcome in Old Town."
Actually, Old Town wasn't welcomed in Old Town and many of the same old crony-capitalists running this county wanted it leveled back in the 1950's...but they didn't want to spend their own money...so little has changed.
They still want big government to provide infrastructure and emergency services so they can build their big profit, big homes miles from downtown in the third bailed-out housing bubble in 30 years, while making damn sure no affordable housing tools are enacted by local government.
We wouldn't need to intern the destitute in indignant parking lots and boxcars had this county reserved 1% of its budget for SRO housing construction to be matched with state and federal grants, a more effective, permanent solution that would save the public millions of dollars each year in police and emergency services.
The only problem: Humboldt County government doesn't work in the public interest.
This story should be titled: "Shafted by Communists, Shafted by Capitalists".
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A light Rail Line.. seriously, amazing how you want to continue to WASTE MONEY on such proposals. Further, get your heads out of fantasy land.. put the close sign up on the NCRA.. forget about you venture for a pretty train ride. I notice you even continue to WASTE MONEY on your DREAMLAND STUDIES (http://humboldtbay.org/sites/humboldtbay.org/files/Humboldt%20Rail%20Analysis%20Final%208_22_2013.pdf)... No wonder the once Golden State is so tarnished..
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The Squire's family has been in the low-income rental business dating back to the patriarch of the family Floyd Squires Sr. They own properties throughout Humboldt County not just in Eureka. The have had a decades long pattern of litigation which is factored into their bottom line.
“Mills said if a shooting draws a fierce public backlash and people are "getting ready to riot," Mills would like the flexibility to release video of the incident early, if he thinks it would quell unrest and benefit public safety.”
Eureka’s police chief wants the “flexibility” to nearly cause a riot before releasing a video! Haven’t we been seeing enough of those riots nationwide?
This issue offers another example of how elected D.A.’s are tied at the hip with law enforcement and against the public interest. Every county should have an independent federal prosecutor instead.
While all our law enforcement agencies circle their wagons, the public has little choice but to immediately install their own, (carefully hidden), auto and body-cams to activate while being confronted by police because police are widely reported to be detaining people, including business owners, after confiscating their cell phone and video recording equipment used to capture lethal police misconduct.
Law enforcement officials “all agree” videos lack context. In fact, they consistently prove that too many officers are killing people because they appear scared. Two years is insufficient to train the thousands of people rushing to become police in this worsening economy, desperate for a living wage job and to retire in just 20 years with a good pension. Their real fear is that these videos will sway public demands that the U.S. join the other industrialized nations where police are not armed, and yet, enjoy far lower incidents of civilians being wrongly killed by police and police being shot by civilians than in the U.S.
Most other nations banned executions long ago after the public had a good, long look.
Humboldt County's version of San Diego's disclosure policy will of course add the stipulation that if a cop beats up a 14 year old, nobody will ever get to see the video.
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vol XXVII issue 38
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