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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: “Wild Wood

Carving without professional instruction is not a smart idea. Just learning how to sharpen tools takes weeks. Not a smart idea to follow these instructions. Call 444-2717 and The Eureka Woodworking Association will help you out and get a professional to give you a start.

Posted by Easy1 on 04/27/2016 at 2:30 PM

Re: “Wild Wood

The new Eureka Woodworking Association has free wood for members, classes on woodworking specializing in reclaimed wood, and more. Would have been great to be in your article. We are a branch of the American Woodturning Association and are just about to file for our 501 C. We have a work shop space for meetings and have had packed meetings the last two months. Please call 444-2717 for information.…

Posted by Easy1 on 04/27/2016 at 2:27 PM

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: “Not Your Grandma's Marigolds

Correction! The photo caption on the single Tagetes erecta flower says "double." But it ain't.

Jeff Strehlow! yes i think they will do fine, but if you live in a cooler microclimate, maybe grow them in a pot?

Quicksilver! I did not know that about T. signata!!! Thank you!

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Posted by Heather Jo Flores on 04/22/2016 at 5:54 PM

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: “Introvert

Love it!

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Posted by Nick Campise on 04/22/2016 at 12:21 PM

Re: “Not Your Grandma's Marigolds

Hi Heather. I'm considering planting Mexican tarragon in the Eureka/Arcata area about 3 miles from the ocean. I'm wondering if it's warm enough here in the summers to get adequate growth. The average summer high is about 65 degrees fahrenheit .

Also, I'm wondering whether snails/slugs are an issue with this type of marigold. Thanks.

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Posted by Jeff Strehlow on 04/22/2016 at 12:18 AM

Re: “The Fine Line between Angels and Devils

I enjoyed the Cliff Dallas write up, but I certainly wouldn't label it outlaw country.

Posted by Mojave Green on 04/22/2016 at 12:06 AM

Re: “Not Your Grandma's Marigolds

UC Davis IPM says this:

Nematode-suppressive Plants

Certain marigolds, Tagetes species, suppress root knot and lesion nematodes. French marigolds (varieties include Nemagold, Petite Blanc, Queen Sophia, and Tangerine) are most effective. Avoid signet marigolds, T. signata or tenuifolia, because nematodes will feed and reproduce on these. Marigolds don’t work well against the northern root knot nematode, Meloidogyne hapla, a species common in areas with cool winters. The effect of marigolds is greatest when you grow them as a solid planting for an entire season. When grown along with annual vegetables or beneath trees or vines (intercropping), nematode control usually isn’t very good. To prevent marigold seed from getting in the soil, cut or mow the plants before the flowers open. As with other cultural control methods, nematode populations rapidly will increase as soon as you grow susceptible crops again.

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Posted by quicksilver80 on 04/21/2016 at 11:15 PM

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

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