My suggestion to Ms. Chamberlain is that she save her precious dollars and not fight CCLD's Suspension Order. Any CCLD determination will be before an Administrative Law Judge and the determination made will be based upon the evidentiary standard of whether a "preponderance of evidence" exists. It sounds like that much "certainty" exists! Use that attorney of yours to fight the criminal charges which should (!) be forthcoming from newly elected DA Maggie Fleming's shop. The last care home operator (Mary Pearson of Pearson's Care Home - found guilty of criminal charges against her clientele) was extradited back to Humboldt County Superior Court from Missouri (to where she had fled) to face trial. She was convicted on the criminal standard of "guilt beyond a reasonable doubt" and served jail time (it could have been prison) and did probation. Her crime was less severe / extensive than Ms. Chamberlain's is alleged to have been and the repercussions involved via a criminal trial are much more damaging than simply losing one's business livelihood.... Even if she should somehow prevail over the CCLD action, her reputation is toast and her business "cred" now worthless in Eureka. Unless this is a tactic to set up a civil suit / possible monetary award from CCLD???? Fat chance.
All these interpretations... so esoteric. I like the painter's..."meant as a tribute to the hard workers." It's real, it's a tribute, get over it people! The conditions may not be beautiful, but the picture is real. It is interesting. It makes us think! What d'yall want from your art - more thoughtless pretty daffodils?
Ms. Chamberlin has been licensed nearly 20 years! Although her actions are despicable, they carve a familiar trail in the path of addiction. With so many large facilities now in Humboldt County, some of the smaller (more traditional) care homes for the elderly are taking whatever steps necessary to "hang on" to their residents. One vacancy in a home with capacity of six represents nearly 20% lost revenue to owner / operators who frequently live on the premises. Looking for a care home to place a loved one? Check staffing, food quality, amenities and past licensing reports. Unfortunately, care homes such as this are seen much less frequently these days by state licensing inspectors. The local long term care ombudsman office is there to assist consumers!
Gee, Brett and Julia are seeing their life disrupted because Brett grew and sold marijuana. They're upset because he received the mandatory minimum federal sentence to prison. His brother and others are experiencing hardship too. Let's back up the whining train a minute here. Did they not know those activities were against the law? Did they not know the prison system is full of drug offenders serving long sentences?
The brothers try to take solace in Obama's comments that he didn't see marijuana as any more harmful than alcohol or cigarettes. Do they have any idea what that statement represents? Do they know or think about the personal tragedies that have befallen users and innocent second-hand bystanders from use of those two drugs? Do they want to legally enable another drug to add its victims to the traffic accidents and cancer wards of America?
Whatever happened to personal responsibility here - to spouse, family, community? If your thinkin is stinkin you make lousy choices. It was, after all, their CHOICE to engage in criminal activities was it not? If Brett (and his brother) CHOSE to risk doing the time, the least they could do is lessen our exposure to their whine - 'cause that's what it sounds like to me. If they want to avoid unlawful profits and reside in a weed-accepting society that is going nowhere, go to Jamaica man!
You can bet attorneys will become involved!
The Times Standard "has paid so little attention" to this story because, "Ferndale is a Peyton Place and you're all Humboldt County hypocrites" in a one square mile village of 1,000 people who think of themselves as important whereas the truth is nobody cares.
How does the Grand Jury figure into this? What’s to look into? Does anyone really want to read (another) report of the bruised egos, petty bickering, and small mindedness that will occasionally pop up in Ferndale politics? The Bossypants crusade for truth and justice will continue and if any edge allowing the filing of a lawsuit exists, you can bet it will be filed. Let’s remember, however, that it’s all about us, not (the two of) them.
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Jul 21, 2016
vol XXVII issue 29
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