To say that the transient population is at the head of Eureka's problems takes a little self deception. The problems caused by drug use, gang activity, and low income are probably more pressing issues. Eureka isn't pretty, and getting rid of visibly homeless people, even if was an easy thing to do, wouldn't help that much. Whole neighborhoods could use a lot of sprucing up. There used to be funds available to help paint houses. Not any longer. The street tree program has only a limited amount of trees. The streets are not cleaned. Many poorer areas are not served by a community center. I have lived in the Bay Area, and a community activity center was the signature of an upbeat, attractive place to live. We could build walls to limit the noise from thoroughfares and commercial districts. And the public health-- when you visit any of these places, the first thing you notice, is how healthy everyone looks. Perhaps the employers in Humboldt County could try to make sure that their employees are better cared for. Accomplishing all these signs of prosperity isn't as simple as chasing a few bums away, by cutting the budget of any government program, easing up on zoning and environmental restrictions, or cutting taxes. It takes a lot of love. Arkley's plan is the reverse of that.
Hey hey! Buju got it wrong. Romney da real Battey Boy. He got is man up last night, talking about stickin it to some birds, get it, because dey got inna way a suckin de oil.
A bear walks into a bar in Billings, Montana and sits down. He bangs on the bar with his paw and demands a beer. The bartender approaches and says, "We don't serve beer to bears in bars in Billings." The bear, becoming angry, demands again that he be served a beer. The bartender tells him again, more forcefully, "We don't serve beer to belligerent bears in bars in Billings." The bear, very angry now, says, "If you don't serve me a beer, I'm going to eat that lady sitting at the end of the bar." The bartender says, "Sorry, we don't serve beer to belligerent, bully bears in bars in Billings" The bear goes to the end of the bar, and, as promised, eats the woman. He comes back to his seat and again demands a beer. The bartender states, "Sorry, we don't serve beer to belligerent, bully bears in bars in Billings who are on drugs." The bear says, "I'm NOT on drugs." The bartender says, "You are now. That was a barbitchyouate
The fact that the Central Committee has backed environmental concerns is in no way an extreme viewpoint. It seems to me, that in issues such as the Balloon Tract, that the party merely pointed out that any rubber-stamped approval of the permit for this project would go afoul of California law, and the Coastal zone codes. And since when can a "true Democrat" accept corporate money from the Chamber of Commerce, or endorse Romney, or any other right wing politician? There needs to be some kind of loyalty, here. I don't really understand why being "Green" is so offensive to parts of the Democratic Party membership, when what is a stake is upholding California law. Is the Democratic Party now going to advocate that all restrictions to building in the Coastal Zone be repealed? What they are advocating, it seems to me, is that the local jurisdictions look the other way, and participate in trying to bully or deceive anyone who has any authority over these things, and may oppose development. I would think that these issues, created by developers, are getting in the way of what the Democratic Party should be doing, and that would be fighting SCOTUS on the Citizen's United ruling, in my opinion.
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Dec 5, 2013
vol XXIV issue 49
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