Friday, March 5, 2010

Jackson Officially Enters DA Race

Posted By on Fri, Mar 5, 2010 at 3:11 PM

Hoo boy, it's gonna be a hot one!

After months of speculation, former prosecutor Allison Jackson officially confirmed today that she will seek to unseat her former boss, incumbent District Attorney Paul Gallegos, in the June elections. A formidable and even frightening trial attorney, Jackson can now be expected to lay out the case against Gallegos at a pretty high temperature. There is no love lost between the two.

Jackson joins fellow former prosecutors Paul Hagen and Kathleen Bryson in the race. Gallegos himself had his campaign kickoff event earlier today.

Press release follows:

Allison Jackson to Join District Attorney Race

Former Humboldt County Senior Prosecutor Allison Jackson will announce her candidacy for the office of district attorney tomorrow at a campaign kick-off in Eureka.

A highly respected trial attorney with two decades of courtroom experience, Jackson will be introduced by former County Administrative Officer Loretta Nickolaus and Fifth District Supervisor Jill Duffy.

“Allison is exactly who we need as our next district attorney,” Nickolaus said. “She has the experience we need and the integrity we can trust.”

Nickolaus called Jackson’s trial record “impressive” and noted that the former deputy DA lost only one case in ten and a half years with the Humboldt County District Attorney’s Office.

“Allison is committed wholeheartedly to prosecuting bad guys to keep our children, families and communities safe,” Nickolaus said.

“Allison has a reputation for tackling tough cases, taking them to trial and getting sentences commensurate with the crimes committed,” Duffy said. “She also has developed strong relationships with local agencies and nonprofits dedicated to public safety and victims’ rights. I’m confident that she will make Humboldt County a safer place to live and raise our families.”

Jackson, 50, is a graduate of California State University San Francisco and Santa Clara University. She was admitted to the bar in 1991 and has practiced criminal law for 15 years and civil law for five. She is a partner in The Harland Law Firm, with offices in Eureka and Fortuna.

A resident of Hydesville, she is married to Peter Ranken, her partner of 25 years. Please join Jackson and her friends and supporters Saturday, 12 to 1 p.m., at the Aquatic Center at 921 Waterfront Drive in Eureka. It is located next to the Adorni Center.

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Thursday, March 4, 2010


Posted on Thu, Mar 4, 2010 at 4:24 PM

John Osborne: Price of Peace • John Osborn: Nostalgia® • John Osborn: Riding the WaveConnect • John Osborn: Beer Thieves • John Osborn: A Network of Sanctuaries • John Osborn: You Know You’re In Arcata When… • John Osborn: Peace Out Banks • John Osborn: The No-Beg Zone • John Osborn: Visualizing the Agressive Panhandling Ordinance • Surfrider Humboldt: College Cove subdivision proposal – Planning Commission tonight • Ramblin' Jack's Laboratory: Honeymoon XII – Final Day with the Pope • Radio Radio Radio: Lozen & Sugar Sugar Sugar 3-1-10 [photo blog] • Ramblin' Jack's Laboratory: Honeymoon XI – Florence • Chocolate Covered Xanax: Grammar Day: It ain’t no joke. • Humboldt Herald: Rock slide close Highway 96 • Redheaded Blackbelt: Waterworld • Watch Paul: If this doesn't say it all... • Lynette's NorCal History Blog: Mystery of the fortunate little unfortunate • Fred's Humboldt Blog: Riding A Real Tidal Wave • Watch Paul: He's not taking the case himself this time... • Humboldt Mirror: See? No conflict. Yay. • Surfrider Humboldt: “Tapped” at ATL tonight! • SoHum Parlance: Another random assortment of thoughts • Watch Paul: An EPIC Campaign

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Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Road Eating Itself!

Posted By on Tue, Mar 2, 2010 at 6:05 PM


Yeah, well, OK. Fess: It's not that big of a deal. But we were so hoping it was. Hoping, that is, that the sinkhole on Eel River Drive, between Copenhagen Road and CANNIBAL Island Road, was a great, gobbling thing consuming pavement like a John McPhee pickerel  -- a tasty little fish JM stalks in the Feb. 8, 2010, issue of The New Yorker that mostly spends its time lazing about sleepily, but occasionally darts awake and eats its brother. Rapidly. Voraciously.

Alas and rejoice: Our Eel River Drive sinkhole is (so far) a sleepy pickerel. Says Tony Seghetti, Construction Supervisor with the county's Department of Public Works, the sinkhole opened up on the shoulder of the road, above a culvert, right after the Jan. 9 earthquake. Says he:

When it started it was about three or four inches. It kept getting bigger. But it's only about a foot, now.

Nevertheless, Public Works is going to investigate. And here's where you may actually glean something useful from this post: Eel River Drive will be closed from March 8 to, roughly, April 2. Although, Seghetti says, the investigation might be finished sooner. During the closure, people needing to get to Copenhagen Drive can take the Hookton Road instead. 

Meantime, you should really read about John McPhee's pickerel (if you can get in)  -- the story is as much about a greedy little fish as it is about a son, his dying father, and their escape from the confines of a cold medical drama. Nothing about pavement or sinkholes, 'fraid to say.

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Bike Coalition Takes On Careless Drivers

Posted By on Tue, Mar 2, 2010 at 5:52 PM

Just an aside to the post before this about restitution in the Alan Bear case: The California Bicycle Coalition is looking to sponsor legislation this year that would, according to the CBC's newsletter:

enhance the penalties for careless drivers who injure or kill bicyclists, pedestrians, runners, highway workers, farm equipment operators and other vulnerable road users.

The bill would be patterned after an Oregon law, says the newsletter.

CBC's bill seeks to impose more appropriate penalties for offenses that typically result in either a traffic ticket or a manslaughter charge. Penalties in Oregon include a mandatory court appearance and, for drivers found guilty, traffic school, community service, a fine of up to $12,500 and a one-year suspension of driving privileges.


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Restitution Ordered in Jennings Case

Posted By on Tue, Mar 2, 2010 at 5:14 PM

From the District Attorney's office, news that Alan Bear has been ordered to pay the family of Greg Jennings a quarter of a million dollars in restitution. Bear struck and killed Jennings while the latter was riding his bicycle along Highway 299 in August 2008.

In September 2009, under strange circumstances, Bear pleaded guilty to one reduced charge of misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter. He was sentenced to one year in jail.

Press release:

Today in Humboldt Superior Court Judge W. Bruce Watson entered an Order for Restitution in the amount of $243,842.00 in the case against Alan Bear, also known as Martin Alan Kinder. On September 3, 2009; Mr. Bear was convicted of Vehicular Manslaughter upon his plea of no contest to in the death of Mr. Greg Jennings and was sentenced to a year in jail. Mr. Bear struck and killed Mr. Jennings while Mr. Jennings was riding his bicycle along State Route 299 near Blue Lake.

The Restitution Order results from a motion filed by the District Attorney's office. The figure represents lost economic support to Mr. Jennings surviving widow for a period of five years following Mr. Jennings' death. That five year basis was recently approved in another vehicular manslaughter case before the California Supreme Court.

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