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Re: “March of the Conifers

Interesting article - thanks! This gets to the heart of the difficulties in ecological restoration: how do we know what is "natural," since most land has been influenced by humans since before recorded history?

Posted by Amber Catherine Kerr on 04/28/2016 at 2:54 PM

Re: “March of the Conifers

How can they state that the natural environment is oaklands and that the firs are invasive when the article even states that the native Americans and then the settlers continued the practice of burning the firs out every so many years to gain better hunting and later better grazing lands? The natural ecosystem progression in areas that have been denuded by fire in North America where rainfall reaches the rainforest level has always been grasses, brush, hardwoods the conifers over anywhere from 25-200 years to happen. In fact, the North American Plate was almost all conifers prior to the last ice age. It was only after the ice receded that hardwoods took over the northeast as settlers tried to keep grazing and farm lands open to more sunlight. If we are truly talking about natural states in the environment, the march of the conifers is absolutely natural. But that isn't what we are really talking about, we are talking about aesthetics and personal desires/needs of the current land owners, not nature here.

Posted by Martin Gill on 04/28/2016 at 11:42 AM

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: “Express Shipping

“(Ulansey) said building is difficult in Humboldt County, stressing that there's a general housing shortage in the county and that any new development would trickle down to help low income folks. The county, he said, needs more housing of all types.”

Not true.

Developers and their lobbyists have stacked elected and appointed offices for so long that massive sewage discharges "trickled down" into Humboldt Bay for decades prior to construction of the $30 million Martin Slough Interceptor due to unbridled development in Cutten and South Eureka during the 1980’s and 2000’s housing bubbles. Ensuing traffic "trickled down" onto Eureka’s unimproved rural roads becoming some of California’s deadliest.

Not one piece of legislation has "trickled down" to avoid the next bubble or end chronic shortages in affordable infill housing.

In fact, supervisors and their Planning Commission spent their first term making autocratic, alterations deregulating planning policies and Guiding Principles in the General Plan Update that "trickled up" to the crony capitalist development industry making Ulansey’s Crocodile Tears over 40 years of rigged housing shortages a disgraceful performance by this appointed “public servant” who has never advocated for a single ordinance, fee, or fund to "trickle down" affordable infill housing.

Ulansey’s “Humboldt Coalition for Property Rights”, founded by developers, expanded membership by promising “deregulation crumbs” to rural homeowners wanting to sell their unrecorded, unsafe, illegally occupied structures on parcels of unknown status. (HumCPR Newsletter Sept. 2015).

HumCPR only became concerned about homelessness when it became an obvious crisis.

Except for the blogs, no one in Humboldt County has the guts to report the development industry’s contributions to homelessness. Exposing the causes of resident’s suffering without limit exposes the enrichment of entrenched privilege without limit.

That isn’t tolerated in a corrupt community.

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Posted by Carol Jones on 04/26/2016 at 11:38 PM

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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