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Re: “It's Not Your Fault

I question the "inner robot" premise. I believe that some of the articles have suggested that while it takes the mind half a second to process the incoming data, the mind is not waiting around to interpret and respond, but is in fact “predicting” based upon what came in a half second ago and stored information about what is likely to happen within the next half second. If you’re mind is synthesizing a response based upon a prediction then it is simultaneous with regard to the perceived moment even if the prediction is flawed. And it seems that there are few occurrences which could take place within that half second which would dramatically change the prediction. If so, there is no need for an “inner robot.”

Posted by Eric Kirk1 on 04/22/2016 at 2:28 PM

Re: “Cross over Bridgeville

Funny; that I never received any messages from you LINDA, Maybe you conveniently forgot to call?? Huh??? I'm still waiting :) Or maybe lies are just your style of reporting? someone tells you something and then you just run with it? Well how's that working out for you? You little lazy liar!

Elizabeth Lapple

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Posted by Joann9999 on 03/12/2016 at 8:14 PM

Re: “The Dignity of Tiny

Thank you for this...I couldn't agree more. I did notice an application for Measure Z monies for a Sanctuary Village....I hope it is approved as a good first step. We need many.

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Posted by Tamara Jenkinson on 02/26/2016 at 12:40 AM

Re: “Re-legalize it

"Cannabis should be available to citizens like beer, wine and whiskey."

Yeah, but it doesn't need to be seen as a source of revenue via taxes, although I suppose that's inevitable. People should simply be able to eat, drink and smoke what they chose without government interference.

Posted by Fred Mangels on 02/11/2016 at 8:41 AM

Re: “Adopting Reform

I was want to get some papers for adoption papers or wasn't is pictures on it so we can adopt some kids me and my husband Kevin and Stacy Stinson

Posted by stacy3642 on 01/26/2016 at 8:58 AM

Re: “Good Riddance, KBRA

This letter says it like it is. Thank you Diane Higgins.

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Posted by Sylvia De Rooy on 01/21/2016 at 7:29 AM

Re: “A Bad Taste

I echo that sentiment, too, for many reasons!

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Posted by Kimberly Tays on 01/14/2016 at 3:57 PM

Re: “A Bad Taste

My thoughts, exactly. To heck with her and her beer.

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Posted by Tall Trees on 01/14/2016 at 8:03 AM

Re: “Who'll Stand up to Rowdy Renters?

If you read the ads, many of the vacation rental homes in Trinidad are purposely set up as party places, providing guests with more amenities than big bar rooms or hotels. Some of the VRs provide pool tables, ping pong tables, dart boards, hot tubs, saunas, outdoor fire rings, you name it. On top of bar room amenities, the owners/property managers have come up with creative ways to cram more people into VRs by converting dens, living rooms, libraries, artist studios, basements, garages, etc., into bedrooms. If you want to have a wild party and need more places for people to sleep, no problem, the property managers can get you set up with king beds, queen beds, single beds, bunk beds, sleeper couches, cots, blow-up mattresses--heck, you can just sleep on the floor if there aren't enough beds and you're too drunk to drive home--what a racket!

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Posted by Kimberly Tays on 01/03/2016 at 12:41 AM

Re: “Who'll Stand up to Rowdy Renters?

Thank you Mr. Graves!

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Posted by Pat Morales on 01/02/2016 at 5:47 PM

Re: “Share Trinidad

Nothing "sharing" and everything SELFISH about this Property Manager Profiteer and biggest bully on the block from Redwood Coast Vacation Rentals! There is no "working together" when you hire attorneys and threaten public officials and the city with erroneous litigation threats.
You must have a crystal ball to make a statement regarding who will live in Trinidad when vacation rentals are banned in residential neighborhoods. If the school is full of students, where are these families living? They would like to live where their children attend school, as is the culture of our community. When the fire department responds to your inebriated tenants where do these public volunteers live? What kind of horrible hotel neighborhoods have you and the other property managers created here in our small coastal town? This is not a sustainable situation!
The California Coastal Commission has approved banning vacation rentals in residential neighborhoods up and down the California coast! I guess you missed that in your research?
Mike Reinman-I can post the letters (or provide them as fact finding information) from you, stating my name and litigation threats. It absolutely is the case! You made that up! In fact I have received two litigation threats in writing from you. Both threats were vetted by the attorney and found to be preposterous. There are still Free Speech laws in the USA! These bullying tactics are the foundation of this selfish business.
Enforcement? You want the neighbors, the fire department, city officials, and the Sheriff to deal with your partying non-compliant hotel guests, and not you? Shame on you. Selfish not sharing.

Kathleen Lake
Facebook: Saving Trinidad Neighborhoods

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Posted by Kathleen Lake on 01/01/2016 at 8:20 AM

Re: “Who'll Stand up to Rowdy Renters?

Thank you.

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Posted by Kathleen Lake on 01/01/2016 at 8:16 AM

Re: “Share Trinidad

I have personally seen vacation rental tenants of La Paloma Lodge, which is owned by Mr. Reinman, block the Parker Creek Trail with their cars. Not only do these cars impede trail access, they also detracts from the natural experience that many people come to Trinidad to enjoy.

It seems Mr. Reinman prefers to turn his properties into party places so he can max out his bottom line at the expense of the community. This sort of greedy, get-rich mentality is exactly what has turned so many people against vacation rentals and why cities and towns across the country are instituting tougher regulations to protect their communities against this sort of abuse.

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Posted by Kimberly Tays on 12/27/2015 at 3:06 PM

Re: “Share Trinidad

This is in response to Mike Reinman's letter regarding Vacation Dwelling units in Trinidad.

As Mr. Reinman is the owner of a very large Rental Property Management business, of course these are his views. As a full time resident of Trinidad, I have seen his VDU's break almost every law in Trinidad's new Ordinance. Not only that, but try to find a way around the wording and intention of the Ordinance.

He owns some of these rentals that he manages. Those seem to be the worst offenders! In one weekend, law enforcement was sent to one of his homes twice, that is actually located on an 'environmentally sensitive trail'. Cars were blocking the trail, drunk and rowdy renters in the home where 12 people can stay. This home had at least 25 cars parked in and around the immediate area. The Sheriff couldn't even send these 'guests' away as they were to drunk to drive. Three dogs (in a rental that says, "No Pets Allowed"). One got lost, and luckily found by a resident, the others would growl and bark at hikers trying to use the trail to walk to the beach.

In his letter he has many contradictory statements.

Trinidad does not seem to be in decline of “traditional economic resources” as he states. As a matter of fact tourists flood this City during the spring and summer months in over abundance. So much so that it is starting to affect the residents.

He writes of an older, more retired community that has fewer school age children. But then goes on to say this has not impacted school enrollment. That is because children come from a variety of communities just to be able to attend Trinidad School due to its excellent reputation as a very progressive learning experience. Certainly VDU users and other tourists do not send their children to this school.

What we have here are empty homes during the winter months. As soon as a home goes up for sale in this City, investors come in, buy at top dollar and more, for homes they intend to use as vacation rentals.
This has caused a huge increase in property values. I don’t want my home to become so expensive that only investors can afford to buy it. We need affordable housing in Trinidad for people, be it through affordable long term rentals or purchases of homes here.

The California Coastal Commission does want to protect access to the coast. Trinidad and Patricks Point Drive have many Motels, Bed and Breakfasts, and RV Parks where tourists can easily access the coast without to many short term rental units (STR’s) in the City Limits! At $100 per night per bedroom, a 3 bedroom vacation unit goes for $300 per night. Sounds a little more expensive than a B&B, Motel or RV Park stay.

Mr. Reinman owns a 4 plex inside the City limits. The VDU Ordinance states: “There shall be no more than one VDU per parcel”. He uses one unit as a long term rental. The other 3 he uses, for his own profit, as STR’s. Why can he not make a profit from renting these units as long term rentals? That makes the City 3 units shorter of affordable housing.

He has threatened lawsuits to residents and the City of Trinidad itself. Kathleen Lake was threatened by Mr. Reinman with a lawsuit because she stated in a letter/website that she was against VDU’s. Personally, I like to know where a Planning Commissioner or Council Member stands in regard to City policies. She did not write nor start a website stating she was a Planning Commissioner. She did this for her personal beliefs. She did not have to rescues herself from any vote, (according to the City Attorney,) but after being threatened she left the Commission. This is a very sad outcome. But Mr. Reinman scared her with this threat!

And last but not least, Mr. Reinman suggests that property managers should NOT be held accountable for the actions of their tenants. Again, the Ordinance states: “Each VDU must designate a local contact person on the VDU License form. That person may be either the owner or the PROPERTY MANAGER, and that person must live within 25 miles of Trinidad so that he/she can respond personally to an emergency”. They make their profits off of their own or other peoples properties. Why should they not be held accountable when called with a complaint from a citizen. You want to manage short term rentals? Be a responsible manager as that is what you are paid to do!

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Posted by Pat Morales on 12/27/2015 at 1:15 PM

Re: “Wormspotting

I used to run up Fickle Hill Road. 2.5-3 miles up, on wet nights, I'd see tiny pale turquoise glowing dots in the dirt and duff beside the road, especially on the 2-3' "cliffside" where the uphill side of the hill had been carved away to make a flat place for the road.

Posted by quicksilver80 on 12/16/2015 at 7:07 PM

Re: “The Blue Cross Blues

Nice commentary , I learned a lot from the info , Does anyone know if I might grab a sample DA 3349 form to fill in ?

Posted by Elie Fabs on 11/27/2015 at 7:47 AM

Re: “Horsin' Around

I miss the link to the actual original story.

Posted by KenMalcomson on 11/14/2015 at 7:54 PM

Re: “The More Things Change

What a statement......."this homeless/drunk/drug/crazy population needs to be brought under control"......

The solution is pulling programs? Then what? You "control" people. People have a multitude of different Mental Health issues, I don't believe they are "crazy". I would rather not label a young homeless woman who has been repeatedly sexually assaulted by her family and a string of predatory men as "crazy". The vets that we put in harm's way who develop PTSD because of what they are asked to do, I also shy away from calling "crazy". There is no example of a human being with a mental illness that does not experience suffering. You believe the private sector will help our helpless (which you pointedly said are not helpless and then contradicted yourself) Tell me of an effective example where that has taken place. What do you suggest DHHS does? Where do you suggest the money is applied?

The State Department has also stated that criminalization of our most vulnerable is a violation of human rights. If the community does not apply more funding to programs and less to enforcement, the community will simply find itself with less funds. Do you suggest that we pull treatment and options for accessible food? Do you suggest that we pull funding for places like the MAC? It costs the community a lot more to criminalize than to offer help.

HUD has stated that if we continue to criminalize normal human functions (such as sleep, shelter, food, water) they will begin to pull funding for housing.

"So here's the deal... cities are all battling in a competitive funding process to get money for social services in their community. The thing is, the money is coming from the federal government, so cities have to 'play the game' if they want to get that much needed money.

For the first time ever HUD is asking them to “describe how they are reducing criminalization of homelessness.” Oops!! The trend has been INCREASING criminalization, NOT decreasing it.... so that's going to be a challenging question. The Federal Gov sees how this is costing a ton and making the issue worse... like we've been saying for years.

“Criminalization of homelessness is already more expensive than providing housing, but those costs—from keeping people in jail to increased emergency room visits—are often hidden,” said Eric Tars, Senior Attorney at the Law Center. “We hope HUD’s new question on their funding application brings are least one cost—the cost of lost federal dollars coming into the community—into full view. When added to the potential costs of losing litigation, there’s really no reason for communities to ignore the overwhelming data that shows housing is more effective than criminalization.”

Here is the link to the release from the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty about it... "

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Posted by John Earl on 11/12/2015 at 12:43 PM

Re: “In Your Face Online

I noticed that the article was editied since I wrote my response. I've already saved it as a screenshot before I sent my response.

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Posted by Toby Nixon on 11/06/2015 at 5:18 AM

Re: “In Your Face Online

In response to the Editor, specifically this statement: "Every community has the right to define who it wants to exclude."

Hello my name is Toby Nixon founder of Homeless Advocacy & Action Coalition. A Nationwide grassroots organization to End the Criminalization of the homeless.

They also tried this with segregation... A community cannot simply kick out the poor. Homeless people have the same right to travel, to live and decide where they live according to the fourteenth amendment of the Constitution. Telling people to leave, taking their stuff and disenfranchisement is illegal. You have no legal authority in law to exclude anyone for being poor.

We have the right not be abused or harassed by anyone. And that includes these groups. Not to mention Gang Stalking or gaslighting that occurs by these groups we are currently investigating and shaming for stealing property from homeless people, making false police reports and violence perpetrated by these people.

You cannot continue characterizing the homeless as all criminals, drug addicts and crazies. From a Journalistic perspective it's unethical behavior. From a legal perspective it's defamatory. When I ran for city council of Arcata, you accused me of elections fraud, because I got Homeless people to vote. Well, the federal court decision was that homeless people can vote in the district they are in. That homeless people have the right to go to anyplace they want and become a citizen. That being a citizen has nothing to do with owning property that you constantly elude to.

Perhaps you forgot about the five men who attacked me outside Don's donuts and were severely injured in the process, with concussions and broken arms. They said they would kill me if I didn't leave. Your wrag printed this libellous piece depicting me as attacker, not the victim. You encouraged this violence, like you are doing right now. The court dismissed their assault case and their civil case for recompense for medical expenses. Well, what can I say, when you attack in a pack and get beaten up, you are not the victim, you are the aggressor.

Perhaps you forgot how the College of the Redwoods didn't want me to go to school there, because of my lack of Housing. Guess what? The Judge ordered my enrollment, I was paid my out of state fees back and the CR police officers who had enforced this policy were ordered to stay 200 feet from my person.

You expounded upon my inherent stupidity and natural unintellent nature, which was obvious to you because I was Homeless. Again a prominent showing of prejudice and hate for the homeless.

Now, I am a National Science Foundation Award Scholarship winner for excellence in science and math. I speak four languages. I am a published author. I am an award winning essayist and I have live streaming technology to record the abuse received by the homeless. For my group of nearly 1000 Activists in our organization.

The tide is turning against you. The Department of Justice has issued a few letters of interest about the unnecessary and foul treatment of the homeless. It has also made requirements for communities reciving HUD money (1.9 billion in grants), that's you Eureka, contingent upon a response to how you are decreasing the criminalization of the homeless. Obama has ordered over 500 million dollars in specific grants to go to homeless Housing.

We are currently investigating and shaming the 90 minute surprise cleanup by Eureka Community Watch. We have their own photos and statements to use against them. The eviction process is not legal, a three day advance notice is required and storage of personal belongings was decided in the state supreme Court in 2012.

We will be watching for abuses and we will encourage the homeless to sue for rights abuses and harassment. You will be hearing from us a lot more. We will stop the abuse of the homeless, even if I have to fight every homeless hater in the entire country.

You are on the wrong side of history.

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Posted by Toby Nixon on 11/05/2015 at 8:44 PM

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