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Re: “'A Significant Threat': Eureka Responds to Lawsuit, Offers Contradictory Declarations

They might lose grant money......Oh, the horror. Maybe they should have planned alternative housing earlier than one month before? Just a suggestion....And yes, when you run a city poorly, you will lose grants and revenue. This is not the fault of the homeless, they are not responsible for city planning.

Posted by Altaira Hatton on 04/29/2016 at 4:14 AM

Re: “'Minimum Standards': Federal Suit Seeking to Halt Marsh Evictions to be Heard Friday

The real shame is the city's arbitrary and capricious deadline inviting a lawsuit, just like Frank Jager's "Mayor's Breakfasts" inviting a lawsuit, and Frank Jager's complicity in wrongfully terminating Eureka Police Chief Gar Nielsen just months before the chief's contract would expire...inviting another lawsuit.

Since no local media has bothered to tally what this mayor, or this county, has spent on their frivolous (losing) lawsuits, settlements, attorneys and staff time, Jager is free to cry all the Crocodile Tears he can muster against the justification and cost of civilian advocate's lawsuits.

Peter Martin is obviously correct, there's PLENTY of money for local government's surreptitious shenanigans. Maybe Eureka's mayor is inspired by the equally incompetent and brazen county supervisor's currently spending public money to fight the California Attorney General's investigation into Humboldt's Child Protection Services.

Kids and homelessness? Bahhh!

Eureka and Humboldt County deserve far better than this kind of petty and vindictive leadership desperate to find excuses to further destabilize the most vulnerable residents in Eureka without humane and stable alternatives.

Posted by Ted Nissen on 04/29/2016 at 12:03 AM

Re: “Our Assemblyman Golfed Pebble Beach Last Year for Free

It's like how humboldt county's supervisors accept a very nice salary in exchange for selling us all out to developers and real estate profiteers. They are directly responsible for raising everybody's cost of living, making it impossible for lifelong residents to live on fixed incomes and guaranteeing our own children will not be able to retire here.

Posted by sellouts all around us. on 04/28/2016 at 7:42 PM

Re: “Our Assemblyman Golfed Pebble Beach Last Year for Free

Shameful! And he's a dentist! He can pay his own damn greens fees.

Posted by jtimmons on 04/28/2016 at 10:10 AM

Re: “Humboldt Voters: Elect the Person Who Might Cast Your Vote For You in the Democratic Convention

California will help elect Clinton, just like last time, so it's OK to support Sanders.

Call the Democratic headquarters in the week before the November election to confirm this fact.

Then, vote for Bernie Sanders.

Posted by Karen Haberman on 04/27/2016 at 12:03 AM

Re: “UPDATED: Despite Uncertainty, Homeless Container Community Project Plows Forward

I'd say the old Del Norte flea market building is perfect for housing intake and all in one homeless develpment center. Nothing going on there. Politics? No one was helping besides John Shelter until there was money on the table. Now look...

Posted by Bob Young on 04/25/2016 at 8:20 PM

Re: “UPDATED: Despite Uncertainty, Homeless Container Community Project Plows Forward

So, evict 200, house 40?

Posted by Altaira Hatton on 04/24/2016 at 1:15 PM

Re: “UPDATED: Despite Uncertainty, Homeless Container Community Project Plows Forward

Across the street the subsidized weatherization are are throwing away tons of windows and doors.illegal for me , legal for you.A.D.A..I cannot build shelter if i cant afford land.cristal? Beige.brown?

Posted by Fortunato Arriza on 04/24/2016 at 6:33 AM

Re: “Council Moves forward with Container Community for the Homeless

Carol Jones, your analysis is spot-on. Under effective leadership Humboldt County would not have a housing crisis this serious, and these embarrassing, slap-dash proposals would not be pitting citizens against each other.

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Posted by Emma Nation on 04/21/2016 at 12:57 AM

Re: “Council Moves forward with Container Community for the Homeless

The county is dominated by development industry interests, so they focus on property rights and MJ. They did nothing to interfere with the 1980's housing bubble, nothing to interfere with the 2008 housing bubble, nothing to interfere with the next bubble.

Making sure that affordable housing shortages have continued for decades manipulates families into larger, higher profit homes they can't afford.

Supervisors continue overseeing deregulation benefiting the rich and the transfer of public wealth to the wealthy, they are pleased with themselves to "trickle down" boxcars, parking lots and jail to intern human beings. It is an unmistakable part of this county's ugliest legacy of punishing entire classes of the weakest, most vulnerable residents.

Lots of shame to go around.

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Posted by Carol Jones on 04/20/2016 at 8:41 PM

Re: “Raised: Local Economists Talk California's Minimum Wage Increase

Chairman Hackett says some interesting and contradictory things. He supports the statewide increase but realizes that some workers will either lose their jobs or not get a job in the first place. The displacement and barrier to entry for workers is exactly what most economists have seen happen every time the minimum wage is increased.

It's sad really that so many of the mom and pops will have to play the role of hard-hearted businessmen all because politicians want to get reelected.

Why hasn't anyone asked the question of why the minimum wage is being increased incrementally? The answer should be obvious to even state university professors: the shock of a 50% increase in wages would immediately turn out employees and prevent others from getting employment. So why do you think small increases won't do the same thing, but over a longer period of time?

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Posted by John Kurtus on 04/20/2016 at 1:21 PM

Re: “Raised: Local Economists Talk California's Minimum Wage Increase

"More than 60 percent of Humboldt County’s businesses have zero to four employees — mom and pop outfits, essentially — that have low margins and will have a harder time absorbing the increased labor costs than big retailers like Target or Walmart." (Randy Weaver, EDD).

"Zero employees" means zero impact!

It's a great thing that big box managers might have to actually get their hands dirty by working harder themselves and possibly gain more respect for employees in the process.

Few businesses have zero employees, and many may no longer be able to afford the luxury of being "absentee" owners. They might even have to sell that cabin in Willow Creek, and for others, the second home in the South of France.

Eureka Natural Foods, Los Bagels, the Chamber of Commerce, and city of Eureka lobbied hard against Measure "R", Eureka's $12/hr. increase, that a tiny handful of activists managed to qualify for the ballot in 2014. It was one of the only failed minimum wage initiatives in the nation.

Soon after the election, Eureka Natural Foods announced their huge expansion in McKinleyville.

Can't afford it my ass!

Posted by Carol Jones on 04/19/2016 at 10:29 PM

Re: “Mayor Jager Hears Realtors' Concerns, Vetoes Ordinance

In truth, it costs about $500 to have a camera inspection of your sewer line. If it needs to be replaced, yes, it's expensive, and should be considered no different than any other pre-sale housing inspections that can also reveal thousands of dollars in required repairs that are negotiated between the parties!

"As Is" sales are becoming extremely popular because they save sellers and buyers thousands of dollars in unnecessary realtor fees. Once the sewer line is inspected, the "risk" to a buyer is eliminated!

The average price of a Eureka home is $280,000. Claiming that $7,000-12,000 keeps anyone from selling or buying is ludicrous.

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Posted by Michael Gaugh on 04/19/2016 at 2:03 AM

Re: “TL;DR: Five Things You Need to Know About This Week's Cover Story

Awesome !!! :) clean up the mess we have made !!!

Posted by Anwar Alejandro Dominguez Villanueva on 04/18/2016 at 9:40 AM

Re: “Psychedelic Pizza Hoax Spawns EPD Investigation

Wtf

Posted by Hidee-lee Morris on 04/18/2016 at 12:26 AM

Re: “Mayor Jager Hears Realtors' Concerns, Vetoes Ordinance

I stand with the Mayor on this one. I recently sold my home and was told by the city that it did not have a legal lateral at all and so I'd have to install one prior to sale. The realtor double checked the city's documents and found conflicting information. So the agent arranged for a plumber to do a dye test and run a camera up the line. That cost a few. Sure enough, there was a perfectly good line, probably put in at the same time as everyone else in the neighborhood, that the city failed to record. I then had to pay for an engineer to certify and draw up easement documents and get all that agreed to and paid for. That cut into my budget for buying a new home and moving. Fortunately, I could afford that expense.

However, prior to finding out about that, plumbers quoted me $7-12K depending on what they'd find underground, to have the line put in. That would have made it impossible for me to sell my home. I needed the proceeds to buy another home. I would have been stuck. It's not just real estate agents that would be impacted, it's all the people they represent, the home buyers and sellers who want and need to get on with their lives. And, I would not have felt it fair to sell my house "as-is" and transfer that burden on to the buyer.

I don't see this as "taking orders" from realtors, more like taking advice from professionals who know their business and know what they're doing and what their customers need and want.

I am also surprised to hear about this ordinance and agree that more public noticing and community hearings should be implemented. Passing something on the DL is, to me, more questionable than heeding advice from business leaders.

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Posted by Ruth Moon on 04/17/2016 at 7:35 AM

Re: “Mayor Jager Hears Realtors' Concerns, Vetoes Ordinance

If sellers and buyers agree to "As-Is" sales they can save thousands of dollars in realtor fees, or more than enough to take responsibility for their outdated sewer lines.

After 2 housing bubble disasters, foreclosures and bailouts in 30 years, an ensuing homeless epidemic, and local government doing nothing to interfere with the next "bubble" or affordable housing shortages, Eureka residents should be astounded that their elected "representative" is taking his orders from realtors.

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Posted by Michael Gaugh on 04/17/2016 at 12:54 AM

Re: “Mayor Jager Hears Realtors' Concerns, Vetoes Ordinance

Thanks for pointing out the misspelling, Jim. I've gone ahead and corrected it.
Best,
Thad

Posted by Thadeus Greenson on 04/16/2016 at 3:27 PM

Re: “Mayor Jager Hears Realtors' Concerns, Vetoes Ordinance

One more inept and let's hope inadvertent assault on the English language:

"... someone selling a property might have to pay an exhorbinet rate..."

The correct word the writer (and any copy editor/editor who reviewed the text before publication) should have used is "exorbitant."

-- Jim Scott, Cutten

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Posted by Jim Scott on 04/16/2016 at 11:54 AM

Re: “Shipping Container Homeless Village: Happening. Probably.

"HumCPR"?

Could anything be more ironic?

These are the property rights zealots whose supporters participated in the 1980's housing bubble, foreclosures, bankruptcies and bailouts, then the even bigger 2008 housing bubble, foreclosures, bankruptcies, and bailouts, winning political candidates and appointees that have made damn-sure there would be chronic affordable housing shortages for the past generation in preparation for next anticipated housing bubble producing plenty of victims to motivate into (and out of) their big, high-profit, over-priced houses...big homes, big loans, big turnover, more money for everyone that counts...bank fees, Broker fees, Realtor fees, insurance sales...in a sane world these criminals and their co-conspirators, would be in jail for turning working family's homes into casino chips and communities into rental empires, pawns of a rigged, predatory economy.

Now you know why they need to blame the homeless for their own plight and intern 'em into boxcars and parking lots.

Their handpicked supervisors spent their first term making autocratic alterations to the General Plan Update desired by the development industry conspirators while being dutifully attentive to mitigating the needs of industrial Marijuana growers and rural property owners. Fennel, Bass, Bohn, and Sundberg could care less that their own "Trends Report" published quarterly by the HCDHHS, documents numerous public health disasters, among the worst statistics in California, meriting immediate public hearings, workshops, emergency state and federal aid, grants and bond measures to properly house people.

Now you know why they are fighting the subpoena's by the California Attorney General currently demanding to audit our Child Protection Services. They have much to hide for their abysmal failure in representing the needs of all Humboldt County residents, not just the biggest crony capitalists.

Supervisors, professional staff, (that remains), and the local media deserve harsh questioning of their irresponsibility and incompetence in working in the public interest, at the very least, failing to keep the public informed and involved.

Follow the money...connect the dots...stop censoring the seething ironies hiding in plain sight.

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Posted by Nancy Reagan on 04/15/2016 at 12:06 AM

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