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Re: “Yes, Another Pot Story

I appreciate the time and trouble the NCJ has put into keeping me informed.
Your articles are always well written.
If the situation presents itself, please include mention of Mary Jane the Potumentary. Hopefully you have seen it. MJ lays out the history and future of pot here in Humboldt County. Disclosure...I'm a Co-Producer, still photographer and bit player in the film.

Posted by Mr. Geezer on 03/16/2017 at 10:37 AM

Re: “Out of Order

Humboldt County in general and especially Eureka, lacks top executives with advanced degrees in their field. It's time for a hard-hitting report on this scandal.

Credentialed professionals, like local doctors, are hard to retain.

So, who are these people?

They are people who are trusted....friends of the family, church, club and political party.

Posted by Howard Smith on 03/02/2017 at 8:18 PM

Re: “Out of Order

this is completely unacceptable and none of the supervisors deserve to even be considered for reelection unless they remedy this crime against the most vulnerable sector of any public. to wish the unfairly appointed defender success at this point is meaningless, he already got the job despite a critical record of the exact nature certain to disqualify a person from the position, a false reference in walnut creek and literally refusing to discuss the matter with the inquiring public hes supposed to represent. the supervisors further insult their constituents by refusing to discuss the issue, admitting only that even they didnt decide the makup of the "advisory committee" who, for every outward appearance, ordered the hire without compromise. theyve illegally colluded a crime against their own public.

cannabis laws have changed. this issue is of critical importance. the slightest mishandling of even petty cases can and does lead to such dramatic longer term consequences as property forfeiture, for anybody involved. its not all fact its completely not trust david marcus to work for the best interests of the public. the same can now be said with confidence of every humboldt county supervisor. its easy to be cordial and kind and assure everybody that everything will be okay, but this demonstrates an inability to trust them at all.

Posted by unbelievable. on 02/26/2017 at 12:41 PM

Re: “Out of Order

I totally agree that this process was seriously flawed and should go back to the drawing board. I know how important it is to have great leadership in the Public Defender's office where the hours are long and the demands of the job are overwhelming.

I was a deputy Public Defender when Bill Connell ran the office and inspired young attorneys to do great work. I watched his successor Jim Steinberg do the same thing as Public Defender. Kevin Robinson carried on in that tradition. Each of these amazing attorneys were hired from within the Public Defenders office. There are equally highly qualified attorneys in the office now who would carry on this tradition.

Are we going to Mr. Marcus because the current lineup of Public Defenders is doing too good a job?

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Posted by zach zwerdling on 02/23/2017 at 11:13 AM

Re: “Dear Shlomo,

In my time working there, MediCal patients who were there for therapy were only given 40% of the therapy that they were supposed to receive because Rockport put an artificial ceiling of 60 minutes per day on these patients therapy. Even if MediCal was paying $700 per day, which was more than $500 a day over the cost of providing care, Janet Stone still refused to approve the care that the residents needed. My understanding is that this policy is still in place with Amad Nazifi in the leadership position but given that it is probably fraud, It is an unofficial guideline.

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Posted by Ghosthymn on 02/04/2017 at 9:01 AM

Re: “Escalation

Finally, a local media source has taken the time and space to provide the most thorough account yet of a police force out of control. Looking back at the recurring civilian deaths over the last 10 years, none of the alleged crimes, if adjudicated, were punishable by death.

I remember the lone officer chasing a truant 16 year old allegedly "brandishing a knife" who hadn't harmed anyone, shot dead, ("Burgess"?) , and an emotionally distraught woman "brandishing a flare gun" shot dead in her apartment without any efforts to "talk her down" by a professional, and 22 year old "McClain" shot dead in his front yard, and now, dozens of stray bullets in downtown Eureka???

Are you kidding me?

A big part of Eureka's problem, never covered by media, is that its law enforcement is funded for a city of 28,000 when, in reality, it's a city 3 times that size when you include the border communities that rely on Eureka for everything. If Eureka is going to require officers to manage mental illness, addicts, children, and homelessness, in addition to what they're trained should be obvious that we can expect inappropriate, disproportionate police responses that endanger as much as protect. I want a fully-funded police force patrolling my neighborhood, not chasing the homeless from one bush to another.

If Eureka's political "leadership" cared more about its multiple fiscal maladies than the financial interests of a handful of propertied old-families and make concerted efforts to expand its borders, it wouldn't have had these needless deaths, three closed elementary schools, streets unsafe to walk or drive, and one-hundred million dollars of unfunded infrastructure liabilities.

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Posted by Catherine Smith on 12/23/2016 at 6:49 PM

Re: “Escalation

+Joel Mielke, I'm not quite sure what part of 44 bullets fired by cops that you're missing?? You obviously feel cops should have carte blanche to shoot as many bullets as they like regardless of how many people they endanger. Witnesses will most certainly tell what really happen. Just because cops have badges doesn't give them the right to shoot like wild men on city streets. If witnesses prove this guy was much less of a danger than the cops are claiming, then at least one cop should be fired asap. It's our right and duty as citizens to hold all parts of government (especially law enforcement) accountable for their actions.

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Posted by Coletta Van Loon on 12/22/2016 at 7:36 PM

Re: “Dear Shlomo,

That's the nitty-gritty all right. You cut succinctly to the bottom line of this whole situation. It takes some time and a great deal of experience to get to the core of scams like his - hidden behind dummy corporations and partnerships - preying on complex manipulations of poorly understood and monitored government entitlement programs. Kinda reminds me of Trump's complex and entangled corporate dealings under consistent audit by the IRs and his assuming control of the nation without revealing his tax returns or otherwise giving full disclosure to the public re: potential conflict of interest between his own interests and their interests / interest of the nation. All the while filling his cabinet with 1%ers similarly experienced with increasing their personal coffers with exorbitant corporate profits gained at the expense of the little guys and gals and the natural environment of America. None of them ever experienced working within government - always whining about governmental interference interfering with their personal profit making. They didn't drain the swamp, they filled it with alligators.

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Posted by Phil Braun on 12/22/2016 at 9:24 AM

Re: “Escalation

His "only alleged crimes at that point were fleeing the scene of a traffic stop, briefly brandishing a weapon and evading an officer"? He also brandished a weapon during a carjacking, but I suppose that it was only "briefly."

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Posted by Joel Mielke on 12/21/2016 at 2:46 PM

Re: “Encore

Great article and so timely. Thank you Ms. Cahill!

Posted by Saroj Gilbert on 11/27/2016 at 6:55 PM

Re: “Encore

Hear, hear!


Buy some art. Any art. Buy what you want in your home not what you think will pay for your retirement.

Posted by Mr. Geezer on 11/24/2016 at 8:56 AM

Re: “Let's Get to Work

You say the election was not rigged, yet head of NSA confirms contact between Trump and Putin throughout the election and hacking into several swing state voter counts. Plus FBI Director Comey interfered against the recommendations of the DOJ and the Hatch Act. Sorry I don't buy that.

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Posted by Barbara Christe on 11/18/2016 at 1:39 PM

Re: “Aww, Shucks

thaddius storu about mobile homes #V

Posted by jean doran1 on 10/21/2016 at 11:28 AM

Re: “Who's Driving the Bus, Eureka?

This article is biased and making a complicated issue seem simple and about the police not releasing a video. Do some research, this case is about keeping personnel records private and minimizing liability to the employer (City). Disappointing journalism NCJ, stick to facts not not Nancy Grace rants.

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Posted by cosmos00 on 10/09/2016 at 12:06 PM

Re: “Who's Driving the Bus, Eureka?

Eureka has a history of inviting lawsuits, whether it's poorly trained police, the mayor's official "Prayer Breakfasts" or the city manager's decision to hand a former police chief "six figures" to leave less than a year before his contract's not their money, they are not held accountable, and this case is no different.

This is what it means to run government like a business...Top-down loyalty, secrecy, fear, and favor.

They think that spending tens of thousands of dollars to muzzle public access might save the city millions in future lawsuits and liability from more unbridled abuse by untrained, unfit police. A similar battle raged for years against FOIA and the CPRA.

"The first duty of government is to protect the powerless against the powerful." (The Code of Hammurabi, The World's Oldest Legal Code 1700 B.C.).

The days that all police cars were emblazoned with the words, "To Protect and Serve" are long, long gone.

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Posted by Marilyn Costello on 10/07/2016 at 8:32 PM

Re: “Who's Driving the Bus, Eureka?

Correct. This is, ultimately, a true "Civil Rights" issue for "All" Americans. 🤔

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Posted by Clarke Johnston on 10/07/2016 at 9:38 AM

Re: “You and Me and the Keys

"It's about all of us"

NO, it's not about all of us. It's about those of us who refuse to take responsibility for the risks they impose on themselves and on their loved ones and on complete strangers. Who, in this day and age, with all of the news and information, can continue to justify getting in their car and driving off after a "couple of glasses of chardonnay" or more? NOT ACCEPTABLE!

Who, in this day and age, with all of the news and information, can continue to justify or excuse allowing a friend, an acquaintance, or that stranger sitting next to you, to get into their car and drive off after a few? NOT ACCEPTABLE!

You have a responsibility to call the police and provide a license plate number and description of the vehicle and driver. You have the responsibility to ask the bar or restaurant or festival staff for help calling a taxi or sober friend. Oh, too hard? too complicated? too much effort? NOT ACCEPTABLE!

You have the responsibility to be prepared in advance if you are going to an event where drinks will be served and you plan to consume - some - any - oh, just one - well maybe two. Oh, just this once, I'll drive slowly. NOT ACCEPTABLE!

You all know, and we all know, that if you have been drinking alcohol or imbibing any kinds of mind altering substance, you should absolutely NOT DRIVE! No excuses, no exceptions. Seriously, who doesn't know that? Ironically, people who do drink and drive are often cogent enough to know that to run away is your best bet, at least, until the alcohol or other substance has worn off enough that you won't test the limit. NOT ACCEPTABLE!

If you know enough to run away to save your own sorry ass, you know enough to plan ahead for other transportation options.

Those of us who drink responsibly, who make plans in advance when partying hearty, are insulted by those who are irresponsible. People who drink and drive most likely do it fairly frequently. We all have a responsibility and an obligation to report this behavior and stop these people before the next innocent person gets killed or injured.

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Posted by Ruth Moon on 09/26/2016 at 1:01 PM

Re: “You and Me and the Keys

Stevie shroyer rip

Posted by Sierra Darling on 09/25/2016 at 11:03 PM

Re: “You and Me and the Keys

A relatively recent city council meeting in fortuna is a much-needed light on the LACK of taxis or taxi-like (i.e. Uber) in this county. The hoops one has to jump through are ridiculous to say the least.

Posted by samantha1 on 09/25/2016 at 1:36 PM

Re: “You and Me and the Keys

You know it's kind of funny. Not ha-ha funny, but odd funny. When I'm out with friends and order coffee or tea and they're all having a few brews they ask me if I don't drink. I respond that I do, but I don't drink and drive. That way if a cop pulls me over I can answer simply No! I haven't been drinking. It's taken a few years for them to accept that about me. Personally I think we as a society need to change the paradigm of having a few and driving. I think there should be more sleep overs, more designated drivers, as the norm. As a motorcyclist I suspect over half of the other drivers out there are impaired in some way. Whether alcohol, pot, meth, opioids, texting, or just plain stupid.

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Posted by Anthony Westkamper on 09/24/2016 at 8:01 PM

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