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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Photos from the Lantern Floating Ceremony

Posted By on Tue, Aug 14, 2018 at 5:52 PM

Volunteer Tony Wallin, of Arcata, helped move the lighted lanterns away from the shore into the gentle breeze blowing across Klopp Lake. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
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  • Volunteer Tony Wallin, of Arcata, helped move the lighted lanterns away from the shore into the gentle breeze blowing across Klopp Lake.

The Saturday morning lantern-making workshop on the Arcata Plaza was busy with people of all ages making lanterns with personalized remembrances or social commentary for that evening’s 36th annual Lantern Floating Ceremony at Klopp Lake in the Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary.

The Lantern Floating Ceremony is based on the Japanese Obon tradition of honoring the departed. Our local event was first organized by the city’s Nuclear Free Zone Committee as a memorial for those affected by the WWII bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and to increase awareness about the dangers of nuclear proliferation. See the slideshow below for photos of the ceremony.


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Thursday, July 19, 2018

North Coast Lawmakers Question Trump's Motives with Russia, Introduce Candidate Vetting Legislation

Posted By on Thu, Jul 19, 2018 at 9:42 AM

Jared Huffman. - CONGRESS
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North Coast lawmakers announced this morning a pair of efforts in direct response to President Donald Trump’s widely criticized remarks in Helsinki, Finland, Monday during a press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin, in which he refrained from criticizing the Russian dictator and cast doubt on whether the country interfered in the 2016 presidential election.

First, on the House floor, Congressman Jared Huffman called what he saw in Helsinki a “stunning betrayal” and openly questioned whether Trump is being blackmailed.

“What does Putin have on President Trump? Is he literally being blackmailed? Do we have a Manchurian candidate as our president? It’s hard to imagine any other explanation for Trump’s constant bowing and scraping at the feet of the Russian dictator or of his refusal to hold Putin accountable for his election interference, even after numerous indictments, including 12 Russian military officials, and even after the arrest of a Russian national who was caught trying to use the NRA as a tool to change U.S. policy toward Russia. …

“Now on Monday, our security interests of this country demanded that our president speak out and seek accountability from the foreign adversary who attacked it. But instead the American people witnessed a Manchurian moment exposing that President Trump is so deeply compromised on Russia that he’s willing to alienate our European allies, to blame our country for the strains in the relationship with Russia and to betray our intelligence and law enforcement communities by casting doubt on their conclusions and accepting Putin’s self-serving denials. And so the world wonders, what does Putin have over Trump?”


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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Supreme Court Pulls 'Three Californias' Measure From November Ballot

Posted By on Wed, Jul 18, 2018 at 1:45 PM

State Supreme Court pulls three-state ballot measure. - BALLOTPEDIA
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  • State Supreme Court pulls three-state ballot measure.
Well, it looks like voters won't get to decide whether California should be severed into three separate states — at least not this year.

The California Supreme Court ruled today, according to multiple news reports, to remove the measure that the California Secretary of State's Office  had already approved for the November ballot.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the court's brief order indicates it took action "because significant questions have been raised regarding the proposition's validity and because we conclude that the potential harm in permitting the measure to remain on the ballot outweighs the potential harm in delaying the proposition to a future election."


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Friday, July 6, 2018

Sundberg Concedes Fifth to Madrone

Posted By on Fri, Jul 6, 2018 at 12:14 PM

Ryan Sundberg (left) and Steve Madrone - SUBMITTED
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  • Ryan Sundberg (left) and Steve Madrone
Supervisor Ryan Sundberg today conceded the race for the Fifth District seat to Steve “Sungnome” Madrone, who won by a narrow 118-vote margin, according to final election results released this week.

In a post to his Facebook page, Sundberg says he believes he left the sprawling district — which includes McKinleyville north to the county line, and the eastern stretches of the county, including Hoopa, Willow Creek and Weitchpec — in “better shape” and that he put his "heart and soul into the job.”

Sundberg said he will not be pursuing a recount because he doesn’t believe it will change the outcome, but feels like he “let a lot of people down.” The two-time incumbent said he will miss his fellow supervisors and coastal commissioners, and thanked county staff, his supporters, friends and family.

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

State-Splitting Initiative Qualifies for November Ballot

Posted By on Wed, Jun 13, 2018 at 12:45 PM

Are voters ready for a three-state solutions to California? - BALLOTPEDIA
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  • Are voters ready for a three-state solutions to California?

An initiative to split California into three states has gathered enough signatures to qualify for the November ballot, according to multiple news reports.

Known as the “Cal 3 Initiative,” the measure is being bankrolled by Bay Area venture capitalist Tim Draper and would create three states: “California,” which would stretch along the coast from Los Angeles to Monterey; “Southern California,” which would include San Diego and the inland portion of the state north to Madera County; and “Northern California,” which would include everything north of Santa Cruz, including the San Francisco Bay Area and, of course, Humboldt County.

The measure gathered 365,880 valid signatures, according to a report in the San Francisco Chronicle, and was signed off on yesterday by the Secretary of State’s Office.


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Friday, April 20, 2018

Board of Supervisors Prepares for Auditor Controller Do-Over, Public Defender Appointment

Posted By on Fri, Apr 20, 2018 at 4:55 PM

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UPDATE:

On April 24 the board voted unanimously to appoint Dillingham to the postion.

Previously:

The Humboldt County Board of Supervisors will consider Tuesday appointing Cheryl Dillingham as interim auditor-controller. Again.

The board voted unanimously at its April 3 meeting to appoint Dillingham to the post. But the item on the board's agenda that day was to accept the resignation of outgoing Auditor Controller Joe Mellett and to consider launching a recruitment process for an interim replacement, leading one expert to opine that the board had violated state open meeting laws by appointing Dillingham without giving the public advance notice.

In addition to Dillingham's appointment, the board is also set to meet in closed session to discuss the appointment of a new public defender, a role that's currently being filled in an interim capacity by Marek Reavis (the office has been without a permanent leader since the resignation of David Marcus last year). In addition to the two appointments, the board is set to consider a slate of topics, including a presentation on Measure Z funding and a list of county road repairs funded by the recently-passed gas tax (The Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017.) The full agenda can be found here.

If approved, Dillingham's appointment as interim auditor-controller will last up until the newly-elected auditor controller takes the oath of office next year. Current Auditor-Controller Joe Mellett recently decided to resign early in the wake of ongoing complaints in the embattled office, where Assistant Auditor-Controller Karen Paz Dominguez allegedly filed a sexual harassment complaint against Mellett. Paz Dominguez said in an interview that she too had been the subject of a hostile work environment complaint by her coworkers in the office. (See past coverage here.)

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Sunday, March 25, 2018

Hundreds Join Arcata March for Our Lives

Posted By on Sun, Mar 25, 2018 at 12:26 PM

Angela Owen marches with her 7-year-old son Liam Yder. - MARK MCKENNA
  • Mark McKenna
  • Angela Owen marches with her 7-year-old son Liam Yder.
Hundreds of people — young and old — took to the streets of Arcata yesterday as a part of the nationwide March for Our Lives event to demand gun control and school safety measures.

The local march — which drew as many as 1,000 people by some estimates — was organized by students at Arcata High School and North Coast Preparatory Academy. It began at the Creamery Building, where attendees heard a number of speeches from local high school students, as well as one by Arcata Mayor Sofia Pereira, before marching to the plaza and back.

Local photographer Mark McKenna was there to document the gathering and the march, which drew the large turnout despite cold, rainy weather. Check out his slideshow below. And to read a variety of student perspectives on gun violence, school shootings and what can be done to stop them, check out this week's Journal cover story here, which features a variety of opinion pieces penned by local high school students. (If you want to take a deep dive, click here to find the full, unabridged version.)


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Monday, February 5, 2018

How to Get Involved 101

Posted By on Mon, Feb 5, 2018 at 3:18 PM

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“How do we get rid of the ‘old boys club?” was the first question posed at Sunday’s Run, Serve, Lead! conference hosted by North Coast People’s Alliance to educate residents about becoming involved in the political landscape.

The alliance grew out of the local efforts to elect Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sander to office.

The event’s panel included College of the Redwoods Trustee Danny Kelley, Arcata Mayor Sofia Pereira, Ferndale City Councilman Patrick O’Rourke, former Supervisor Clif Clendenen and immigration rights activist Renee Saucedo, who each shared their unique experiences and thoughts on local government.

“Forget about the good old boys,” advised Kelley, who defeated a nearly two-decade incumbent in November to take a seat on the college board. “Do what you think is right.”

Pereira gave the keynote speech at the event, which focused on how to prepare for mounting an election campaign or working on one, noting that everyone has “different experiences that are valuable to local government.”

“What’s that fire in your belly? What brought you here?” she asked the crowd of more than 100 gathered in the Multi-Generational Center in Fortuna.

Echoing a similar sentiment, Saucedo urged those in attendance to take the responsibility of governance into their own hands.

“The most meaningful change happens in this country when everyday people organize around issues they deeply care about,” she said.

O’Rourke agreed, saying involvement in local government starts with figuring out what talents and capabilities one has that can be useful to their community.

“It’s something you do from the heart,” he said.

Clendenen, meanwhile, also noted that the lack of depth many people have about the workings of their local government can be shocking.

“It’s a steep learning curve,” he said. “It makes for a better democracy when people understand their government.”

The alliance distributed information packets about how to become more involved, which are available online at northcoastpeoplesalliance.org.

NCPA Vice Chair and event coordinator Carrie Peyton-Dahlberg said the main aim was to encourage Humboldt residents to get involved, whether that means a full-fledged bid for office, a part-time role on a campaign or a couple hours a week of phone banking.

“If you have an hour or two, whatever time you’ve got, there’s something you can do,” she said.
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Thursday, January 25, 2018

Memorial Planned for Famed Pollster Jim Moore

Posted By on Thu, Jan 25, 2018 at 4:28 PM

Jim Moore
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Friends and relatives will gather tomorrow evening to celebrate the life of Jim Moore, an Arcata native who became one of California’s must trusted political pollsters.

Moore, who had been in declining health, died unexpectedly in his El Dorado County home Jan. 1. He was 66.

Born March 28, 1951, the son of Herb and Mary Moore, he made a local impact long before arriving in Sacramento, where he went on to work with Gov. Jerry Brown, former Assembly Speaker Willie Brown, former Senator and Assemblymember Wesley Chesbro and former Senate President and Democratic Party Chair John Burton. He was involved in the fight against the Butler Valley Dam on Maple Creek, numerous local elections and crafting a sustainable management plan for the Arcata Community Forest.

Once in Sacramento, Moore founded J Moore Methods polling firm in 1983, which became one of Democrats' most trusted polling firms.

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Huff to Bring Transgender Veteran to State of the Union in Protest of Military Ban

Posted By on Thu, Jan 25, 2018 at 12:36 PM

Congressman Huffman at a town hall in Arcata. - BEAU SAUNDERS
  • Beau Saunders
  • Congressman Huffman at a town hall in Arcata.
North Coast Congressman Jared Huffman will bring transgender Marine Corps veteran and Fort Bragg resident Lynda Bengtsson-Davis to the State of the Union on Tuesday in an effort to send a message.

“As President Trump delivers his first State of the Union address, my message to him, to my constituents, and to America as whole is going to be: love trumps hate,” said Rep. Huffman. “President Trump clearly needs to hear this message.  From his anti-Muslim travel bans, to his slurs about other nations, the first year of the Trump presidency has been an unrelenting attack on core values — equality, tolerance, diversity and unity — that have helped make our country great. When our President tries to take us backward by turning Americans against each other and stoking culture wars, he must be confronted.”

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