Friday, February 14, 2020

North Coast Night Lights: Snow Moon over Carson Mansion

Posted By on Fri, Feb 14, 2020 at 9:46 AM

As one of the most photographed Victorian buildings in California, if not the United States, the Carson Mansion has crept beyond Humboldt’s borders to seep into our popular culture. Certainly it has added its unique presence to the horror genre; I’ve periodically encountered the mansion’s distinctive form as the architectural basis of haunted houses in scary posters or other artwork from well outside the local area.

Photographing such a popular subject is usually low on my list, but I live nearby, and the building is so visually compelling that occasionally a night will find me down there with my camera to add another local’s vision to the lexicon of the old Victorian. With the prospect of February’s Snow Moon rising behind the mansion, the opportunity to capture the spooky house under a full moon proved irresistible.
The Carson Mansion beneath the Snow Moon of February, 2020. Eureka, Humboldt County, California. - PHOTO BY DAVID WILSON
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  • The Carson Mansion beneath the Snow Moon of February, 2020. Eureka, Humboldt County, California.

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Tuesday, February 11, 2020

As the Registration Deadline Looms, Officials Warn of Voting Rights Misconceptions

Posted By on Tue, Feb 11, 2020 at 11:46 AM

Local election season is officially ramping up. - FILE
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  • Local election season is officially ramping up.

With the deadline to register in the March 3 primary election fast approaching, Vernon Price wants to make sure citizens — especially those in under-served populations like the homeless — know their voting rights.

“It’s important for [homeless people] to go out and vote,” Price, an advocate for the local homeless community who himself was homeless for 15 years, says. “It’s essential to produce positive and constructive change. If we want local policy change, we must go out and vote.”

Price says that it’s crucial for homeless voices to be heard at the ballot box, especially if they want to see changes that benefit them. After all, it's local officials like city council members and county supervisors who are responsible for making decisions that affect the homeless community, whether it be allocating funding or approving a sanctioned camping area.

Price says he spent the first eight of his 15 years experiencing homelessness not knowing that he still had the right to vote. He says some homeless people don’t know they have the right to cast a ballot even if they don’t have a permanent place of residence, so they don’t vote.

Any U.S. citizen 18 years or older can register to vote, which includes people living without a fixed address. People don't need a building address to register, Humboldt County Registrar of Voters Kelly Sanders says, just a cross street or perhaps the address of a park. They'll also need a mailing address, Sanders says, but they can use any address at which they have permission to receive mail, like a family member’s house, a shelter, a P.O. box or even general delivery at the post office. Sanders adds that mailing addresses are only used to send vote-by-mail ballots, voter information booklets and voter information cards.

If a voter’s address changed and mail is returned to the elections office, their name will appear as inactive on the voting roster at their polling place on Election Day Sanders says, adding that if their address has indeed changed, they will need to re-register to vote but can vote with a provisional ballot. If their mailing address hasn’t changed, they can vote with a precinct ballot.

Local homeless shelters often provide mail services to clients, including Arcata House Partnership and the Betty Kwan Chinn Day Center, which also helps clients register to vote through the online voter registration.

When you register to vote, you are assigned a polling place (you can also check where your assigned polling place is located here) where you physically go to vote.

But it can be difficult for people without reliable transportation to get to their polling precinct. Sanders says that if people cannot reach their assigned polling place on Election Day, they can go to a different polling location and cast a provisional ballot to vote. The difference between precinct ballots and provisional ballots is that provisional ballots go through extra steps of verification before they are counted. Elections office workers have to verify that voters casting a provisional ballot did not vote in another precinct or vote in any contests they weren't eligible to vote in. For example, if a voter lives in the First District they can only vote for the First District Board of Supervisor candidates. This verification process happens during the 30-day audit after the election.

This year, the state of California has enacted Conditional Voter Registration (also called same-day registration) which acts as a “voter safety net” for California voters who miss the registration deadline, have changed their address or party affiliations. People who use Conditional Voter Registration will receive a conditional ballot that will be verified through the elections office post-election audit.

(If you miss the deadline to register to vote, you can register to vote online or at the Humboldt County Elections office, 2426 Sixth St. in Eureka before March 3.)

However, Sanders stressed the importance of registering to vote before the Feb. 18 deadline.

“Registering to vote before the deadline gives you more options,” she says. “If you wait, you can still register on Election Day but be prepared to wait in long lines.”

Another widely held misconception is that a past felony conviction makes citizens ineligible to vote. In 2018, Price held a voter registration drive specifically focused on educating people with criminal records about their voting rights.

“My voter registration drive focused more so on the misconception and misinformation of voting rights for people with a criminal record,” he says. “A lot of times, people who are homeless have a criminal record and they often think, ‘Because I have a felony, I can’t vote.’ But that’s not the case.”

In California, people who are currently in state or federal prison, currently serving a felony conviction or are on active parole cannot register to vote. However, if someone is in county jail, on probation, on mandatory supervision, post-release community supervision, on federal supervised release or is a person with a juvenile wardship adjudication, they can register and cast a ballot.

People who have served their sentences can restore their right to vote online or at an elections office. (If you’re not sure of your status, you can check here.)

Price emphasizes the importance of voting for all under served groups, especially the homeless.

“We elect these officials for better services, for a better quality of life,” he says. “Everyone needs to take advantage of the opportunity and the right to vote. We can’t complain if we don’t exercise that right.”

The Humboldt County Elections Office, located 2426 Sixth St. in Eureka, will be extending its hours on the Feb. 18 registration deadline. The office will be open from 8 a.m to 6:30 p.m. and during lunch. For those who miss the deadline but would like to vote a conditional ballot, the elections office will be open Saturday, Feb. 29, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., as well.

This is also the first year that vote-by-mail ballots have prepaid postage stamps, Sanders says, there’s no need to buy any stamps to vote.

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Saturday, February 8, 2020

North Coast Night Lights: Portrait of 'Himslef,' the Mysterious Stranger

Posted By on Sat, Feb 8, 2020 at 1:32 PM

You know that not everything you believe can be true, and not everything that’s true can be believed. And whether or not something written is true may well depend on your point of view. Where this story falls, as I relate it to you, is somewhere on the continuum. Were you to file it under tall tales in your own thinking, I would not be offended. It was an evening I’ll never forget; the night I began re-thinking my thinking on Bigfoot.
“Shadow of Himslef.” The eerie shadow of the creature spread across one of Fernbridge’s giant supports. Fernbridge, Humboldt County, California. 1997. - PHOTO BY DAVID WILSON
  • Photo by David Wilson
  • “Shadow of Himslef.” The eerie shadow of the creature spread across one of Fernbridge’s giant supports. Fernbridge, Humboldt County, California. 1997.
It was before the turn of the century that we encountered him, on a night back in, oh, ’97, I think it was, when photography was about film and regular folks didn’t have digital cameras. Even then I was into night photography, though it was harder to do with film than it is today with digital equipment.

That night I felt my creative self pulling me to photograph beneath historic Fernbridge on the Eel River. I called my buddy and persuaded him to accompany me for a little photographic painting with light in the dark of the night. By “painting with light” I mean I would mount my camera on the tripod and compose a scene, then, with the shutter open for many seconds, I’d paint light with a flashlight to illuminate select areas in my composition. Only upon developing the film sometime later would I see whether I’d painted successfully.

For lighting this time, I placed a small tripod off to the left, maybe 15 or 20 yards away, and taped a couple of flashlights to it to illuminate part of the old bridge. I affixed a green filter to one light and a red filter to the other to produce a bold orange-yellow glow where they overlapped. With the flashlights set up, I walked back to my camera.

No sooner had I composed my photograph than great splashing sounds from the river alerted us to something large in the water out beyond the mounted lights. We strained in vain to see into the blackness but could discern nothing past the flashlights’ glare. Whatever it was, its giant size was beyond doubt, for not only was its splashing prodigious but it grunted and growled with fearsome intensity. It splashed and moaned so for perhaps a minute, then all was silence again.

Hearts pounding, half wanting to run and half frozen in place, we stared into the blackness. Finally its huge form took shape in the gloom. It stood in the dimness at the edge of the light circle, transfixed by the light, frozen as a statue. Its figure was far larger than a man, standing, I estimate, fully 8 feet tall. Sleek brown fur clung in its wetness to a muscular body that seemed of equal parts ape and man. The face was distinctly ape-like — except for the eyes, for looking out from the face of that giant creature I could not help but recognize the eyes of a human being.

Without acknowledging us in any way, it strode with the easy grace of a wild animal across the large river rocks and directly into the twin beams of red and green light. As it moved inside the two primary colors, it became a glistening silhouette rimmed with burning yellows and oranges, reds and greens as the colors mixed together with his motions and bounced off of its glistening hide. It paused there, facing into the lights. And then, very slowly, it raised its arms and face to stare in silence into the heavens. The creature stood thus for several moments.

I glanced at my friend and saw in his face the same incredulity I felt. Beyond him I noticed the fantastic shadow the creature was casting onto the bridge, lying perfectly within my camera’s composition. I clicked the shutter open. It was startlingly loud in the quiet of the night.

But the creature paid no attention.

It remained silent and motionless in the lights. For perhaps 10 or 15 seconds we held our breaths. Then the shutter closed suddenly with a loud click-zzhhht. Instantly, the creature wheeled toward us, piercing our own stares with his human-like eyes. He bellowed once, a terrific blast of sound that might have been a word, though one I had never heard. Its earlier vocalizations had been distinctly animal-sounding but this sound was something human-like, an unknown word belted out as he cried, “Himslef!” Instantly the giant frame wheeled and, with a bound and a splash, he was gone.

I only came away with the one shot. It was enough for one night. And, yes, we could then see he was male.

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File this under Myths and Tall Tales. An image will tell its own story when the author’s words aren’t present to describe it or warp a viewer’s perceptions around it. I’m afraid I might have supplied my own narrative here for this image, and I wonder, do you still have your own story for it, or does this one then become yours? Maybe your version tells where the creature went; I’d be interested to know.

Years ago I had this photograph hanging in a show. My title for it was “Shadow of Himself,” but someone kindly pointed out that the title I’d printed for it beneath the photograph read, “Shadow of Himslef.” Dang, I thought. But the word quickly grew on me, and since then I’ve thought of it as its title. Though it began as a typo, the new name also brought with it a new story for me, the one I’ve just shared.

To keep abreast of David Wilson’s most current photography or peer into its past, visit or contact him at his website mindscapefx.com or follow him on Instagram at @david_wilson_mfx.
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Thursday, February 6, 2020

SECOND UPDATE: Deputies Plucking Packages From Humboldt Bay After Plane Crash

Posted By on Thu, Feb 6, 2020 at 9:00 AM

The rescue. - HUMBOLDT BAY FIRE
  • Humboldt Bay Fire
  • The rescue.
SECOND UPDATE:

The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office reports that deputies are plucking what appear to be Amazon packages that were inside the plane that crashed into Humboldt Bay this morning out of the water.

The pilot was rescued in “good condition” and the Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the cause of the crash.
Package from the plane. - HCSO
  • HCSO
  • Package from the plane.
UPDATE:

Humboldt Bay Fire reports the pilot “suffered no major injuries” and was taken to St. Joseph Hospital for “observation and treatment of minor cold exposure.”

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A pilot was rescued from atop his partially submerged plane after crashing in Humboldt Bay this morning.

The pilot reportedly called 911 while standing on the plane's landing gear as it was sinking into the bay shortly before 7:30 a.m.

“A pilot just landed in the Bay,” the dispatcher reported.

The pilot reported he was on the east end off of Woodley Island, according to the dispatcher. He told her he could hear a responding helicopter but couldn't see the Samoa Bridge because of dense fog.
The pilot awaiting rescue. - HUMBOLDT BAY FIRE
  • Humboldt Bay Fire
  • The pilot awaiting rescue.
Firefighters and the U.S. Coast Guard responded but had difficulty finding the plane due to the fog. At about 7:40 a.m., the pilot reported to the dispatcher that he could see the U.S. Coast Guard helicopter, which was still having trouble locating him. A few minutes later, the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office launched a rescue boat.

Shortly after 7:50 a.m., the Coast Guard helicopter told the dispatcher it was lowering its hoist with a rescue swimmer to the downed plane. At 7:55 a.m., the dispatcher reported the crew had recovered the pilot and was en route to St. Joseph Hospital.

With the pilot safely transported, crews from various agencies have turned their attention to the plane and voiced concerns about the potential for a fuel spill in the bay.

Read the Humboldt Bay Fire Facebook post below:

On 02/06/2020 at 7:24A.M., Humboldt Bay Fire resources were dispatched for a water rescue in Humboldt Bay near Woodley Island along with the U.S. Coast Guard.

A single-engine Cessna plane carrying one pilot had crashed into the Bay after losing visibility in the fog attempting to land at Murray Field.

Working together with the U.S. Coast Guard Humboldt Bay boat and helicopter, Humboldt Bay Fire Water Rescue Team members boarded a Port Authority vessel and began a search for the plane in the water which was heavily impeded by heavy morning fog. Land resources including fire engines, command, and Sheriff’s vehicles patrolled the boundaries of the bay attempting location as well.

The pilot was located at 7:49A.M. atop his overturned plane and was pulled out of the water by Humboldt Bay Fire personnel at 7:52A.M, just 28 minutes after the initial dispatch. We are happy to report that the pilot suffered no major injuries, and has been transported to the hospital for observation and treatment of minor cold exposure.

Humboldt Bay Fire would like to acknowledge the work of the U.S. Coast Guard Sector Humboldt Bay, Humboldt County Sheriff's Office for scene control, unified command, and water search, the Harbor District and Port Authority for their cooperation and resources, as well as Eureka Police Department 9-1-1 Dispatch who remained on the line with the pilot and aided in his discovery.

This incident highlights the efficiency of work that can be accomplished when our joint agencies work together, and we are so thankful for the relationships we have with our partner agencies.
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Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Eureka Man Faces 40 to Life For Shooting His Friend in 2017

Posted By on Tue, Feb 4, 2020 at 4:24 PM

Humboldt County Courthouse - FILE
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A Eureka man faces up to 40 years to life in prison after a jury found him guilty of second-degree murder today for the August 2017 shooting death of his decades-long friend.

According to a Humboldt County District Attorney’s Office press release, David Kobak was convicted at the conclusion of a three-week trial, which included testimony that Frederick Loftus, 58, was hit eight times, with six of the gunshot wounds potentially fatal on their own.

Kobak, who was 75 at the time, called 911 after the shooting, according to officials, and told investigators that he and his friend of 30 years had been in a fight when he went to grab his rifle and fired.

He is scheduled to be sentenced Feb. 20.

Read the full press release from DA’s Office copied below:


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UPDATE: Fortuna Denies Abatement Appeal at Longtime Problem Property

Posted By on Tue, Feb 4, 2020 at 1:13 PM

The residence in the 1300 block of Rohnerville Road. - CITY OF FORTUNA
  • City of Fortuna
  • The residence in the 1300 block of Rohnerville Road.
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The Fortuna City Council voted unanimously last night to deny Floyd Hoisington’s appeal of the city’s decision to declare his property in the 1300 block of Rohnerville Road a public nuisance and to order it abated at Hoisington’s expense.

But the council also granted Hoisington a bit of a reprieve, giving him until March 3 to dispose of hazardous materials on the property, establish residential water, sewer and electric service, and bring electrical wiring up to code. If he can meet that March 3 deadline, the council directed staff to work with him on a timeline for completing other work, which includes mold and mildew remediation, clearing of accumulated trash and debris and structural repairs. But if Hoisington fails to complete the work required by the deadline, the council’s action would allow the city to step in and clean up the place while billing Hoisington for the expense.


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At a special meeting tonight, the Fortuna City Council will consider an appeal of a finding that a residence in the 1300 block of Rohnerville Road constitutes a public nuisance that needs to be abated.

The hearing comes nine years after the property and its owner, Floyd Hoisington, were featured on an episode of the television show Hoarders and almost a year after the city began abatement efforts there. Specifically, City Manager Merrit Perry upheld findings that the property contains unsafe wiring, an “illegal gravity-fed water system that discharges” wastewater into the city’s sewer system without an account or permission, dilapidated structures, evidence of an illegal water diversion and hazardous materials stored in dilapidated vehicles. Additionally, inspectors reported finding “extensive trash, debris and dilapidated vehicles … throughout the site.”

The city ordered Hoisington to clean up the property in November but a January inspection found the conditions persisting and Perry declared the property a nuisance and ordered it abated at Hoisington’s expense. He’s filed an appeal of that order, which will be heard by the council today at 5 p.m.

In a hand-written seven-page letter to the city informing it of the appeal, Hoisington states that in addition to being his longtime residence, it is also the Tree House Christian Private School and a church, “commonly known as The Church of the Children, The Church of the Soldier and The Church of the Lost Word of Jesus Christ,” of which he is the reverend. Referring to himself in the third person, Hoisington notes the “reverend is known for being a kind man who will go out of his way to help someone and is a good and loving father and, if you need something, he can probably find it for you. And liked by his neighbors.”

“He is also a very well-known and powerful voice on social media as a conservative Republican and advocate of the United States Constitution and all of the rights and protections it affords the people of this country,” he wrote. “And is dedicated about educating people about the true agenda and the evils of socialism and exposing the dangers of socialism and the lies they spread.”

Hoisington alleges the city has violated his due process rights and falsified reports in a “malicious” and “fraudulent action.” In a previous letter to the city in November, requesting additional time to clean the property and address the violations, Hoisington writes that he is disabled and on a fixed income of $948 a month, and also that both he and his son were recovering from recent surgeries.

“This abatement case is proof of fraud and widespread government corruption and conspiracy in an attempt to steal a much needed piece of land for a future development project,” Hoisington writes in the most recent letter.

Staff is recommending that the council reject Hoisington’s appeal, uphold the declaration of the property as a public nuisance and order that it be abated at Hoisington’s expense.

This isn’t the first time the condition of Hoisington’s property has thrust it into public view. He and his residence were featured in an episode in the third season of the popular television show Hoarders that aired Aug. 3, 2011. In that show — which saw Child Protective Services remove a child from the Hoisington’s residence due to the condition of the property — Hoinsington conceded the situation  had been in decline for a decade.

Dubbing himself a collector, he said the problems began when he purchased five storage units full of stuff at auction for only $20. Touring the show’s producers through the property, he pointed out “valuables” and oddities, from rock collections to a taxidermy sea turtle. He also shows off a sizable gun collection, saying, “I try to have a gun for every occasion.”

“I’ve got a bunch of other stuff here that I know somebody will someday come by and say, ‘Hey, I need that,’ and whip out a big wad of cash.’ That’s what we’re hoping for,” he said.

The show brought in a licensed psychologist, Rebecca Beaton, to speak with Hoisington.

“The smell in his house is unbelievable,” she said after finding rampant mold and rotting food in the double-wide trailer. “I’ve been in many hoarding homes and the stench in this one is the worst I have encountered.”

The show then followed Hoisington’s progress as he, an organizational specialist and a work crew cleaned the property over the course of about four weeks, during which he says they remove four Dumpsters of trash and debris. The show concludes when Hoisington’s child is returned to his custody and the place looks markedly better.

Photos included in the staff report for tonight’s meeting show the property once again cluttered with debris, dilapidated vehicles and trash.

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Monday, February 3, 2020

Social Media Rumors of Local Coronavirus Case Are False, Per Official Sources

Posted By on Mon, Feb 3, 2020 at 9:12 PM

Rumors spreading on Facebook this evening about a confirmed Coronavirus case locally are categorically false, per multiple sources.

The rumors began spreading around 8 p.m., warning that a case of the virus that originated in Wuhan, China, had been confirmed in a patient — or two — at St. Joseph Hospital. But they are false, according to St. Joseph spokesperson Christian Hill.

"No patient at St. Joseph Hospital Eureka has the 2019 Novel Coronavirus that has been in the news," Hill wrote in a text message to the Journal. "Furthermore, it is absolutely safe to seek care at our emergency department. Any rumors to the contrary on both counts are false."
False. - SCREENSHOT OF A LOCAL FACEBOOK POST
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  • False.

False. - SCREENSHOT OF A VERY INACCURATE LOCAL FACEBOOK POST
  • Screenshot of a very inaccurate local Facebook post
  • False.
SCREENSHOT OF A LOCAL FACEBOOK POST
  • Screenshot of a local Facebook post
Numerous other sources who would have been briefed on a confirmed case stated no one locally has been diagnosed with the virus.

"Not true," said Sheriff William Honsal. There are plenty of sick people (at St. Joe's). None have the coronavirus. The closest case is in the Bay Area."

It’s worth noting that the term coronavirus covers a broad spectrum of viruses that cause infection in the nose, sinuses and upper throat, and that the vast majority are not dangerous. Further, of the nearly 20,000 cases of Novel 2019 Coronavirus confirmed globally, only 11 have been within the United States.

The Humboldt County Department of Health and Human Services issued a press release Friday stating that there were no local cases of the Wuhan virus and warning that flu was of greater concern. See the full release copied below and remember anyone can post almost anything to Facebook.


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Sunday, February 2, 2020

One Found Dead After Arcata Apartment Fire

Posted By on Sun, Feb 2, 2020 at 9:53 AM

One person was found dead after in an apartment fire that broke out in Arcata before dawn this morning, according to Police Chief Brian Ahearn.

“Arcata Fire located one body inside of a ground floor unit," Ahearn said. "The person was deceased.”

The cause of the fire, which broke out just before 5:30 a.m. in a building in the 100 block of Samoa Boulevard near Crescent Way, remains under investigation. According to scanner traffic, one person was taken by ambulance to the hospital from the scene.

According to the incident commander speaking over the scanner about 6:10 a.m., two apartment units were badly damaged and there was slight damage to the third.

“Be advised we have had one person jump from the second floor,” the dispatcher relayed to firefighters about 5:33 a.m.

“Heavy fire showing through the roof,” a firefighter said over the scanner a minute later.

In addition to the structure fire Ahearn said that a vehicle next to the building caught fire, too. Ahearn says agencies will issue a press release later today with additional information.

"It is very early in the investigation," he said.

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Friday, January 31, 2020

Board of Supervisors Candidate Forum (Video)

Posted By on Fri, Jan 31, 2020 at 4:47 PM

Humboldt County Board of Supervisors District 1 and District 2 candidates prepare for the candidate forum at College of the Redwoods. - IRIDIAN CASAREZ
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  • Humboldt County Board of Supervisors District 1 and District 2 candidates prepare for the candidate forum at College of the Redwoods.
About 100 people filled a 312 seat theatre Wednesday night as College of the Redwoods hosted the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors District 1 and District 2 candidate forum.

All seven candidates running attended, with current District One Supervisor Rex Bohn running against local radio personality Cliff Berkowitz, while incumbent Estelle Fennel is challenged by Sean DeVris, Michelle Bushnell, Michael McKaskle and Rick French for her District Two seat.

The forum was moderated by Caroline Griffith and co-sponsored by 13 community organizations: The Mateel Community Center, Humboldt & Del Norte Central Labor Council, North Coast People’s Alliance, Cooperation Humboldt, Health Care for All Humboldt/Physicians for a National Health Program, Northcoast Environmental Center, Centro Del Pueblo, Move to Amend, Affordable Homeless Housing Alternatives, The Eureka Chapter of the NAACP, The Coalition for Responsible Transportation Priorities, Humboldt County Transition Age Youth Collaborative, Humboldt Area Center for Harm Reduction and the Wiyot Tribe. Each organization had the opportunity to ask the candidates one question, then each candidate was allowed one minute to respond.

The topics were diverse as they reflected each organization’s mission and focus area. The topics that drew the most questions were climate crisis action and racism.

Each candidate said they would declare a climate emergency as a supervisor when asked by the Coalition for Responsible Transportation Priorities. Bohn and Fennel also spoke on Humboldt County's current climate crisis mitigation efforts, including the upcoming climate action plan, while other candidates presented their ideas.

Centro del Pueblo addressed racial profiling against Latinos in Fortuna and the Eureka chapter of the NAACP directly asked about the racist joke Bohn made at a fundraiser last March. Both organizations also asked what each candidate would do to address racism in the county.

Watch the full forum embedded below, courtesy of Access Humboldt:

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Wednesday, January 29, 2020

County Climate Action Plan Plods Forward

Posted By on Wed, Jan 29, 2020 at 8:51 AM

In the aftermath of the Board of Supervisors voting down the Terra-Gen wind project amid dire global climate forecasts, many have been asking what Humboldt County can do to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and slow climate change.

Well, local governments are working on it and residents have lots of ideas.

The state is requiring every city or county to address the climate change impacts of projects that it approves. Local governments have the choice of doing this on a project-by-project basis or by creating a Climate Action Plan for the whole community that would enumerate the quantity of greenhouse gases being emitted and come up with plans to reduce that amount.
COUNTY OF HUMBOLDT
  • County of Humboldt
Humboldt County, in cooperation with its seven incorporated cities, is slowly hammering out a Climate Action Plan, complete with goals, policies and specific changes that could be made. Several workshops on the topic have already been held and some cities have created their own plans.

Most recently, a Jan. 15 workshop at the Wharfinger Building was jointly sponsored by the county Planning and Building Department and the city of Eureka. About 50 members of the public gathered to hear county planner Connor McGuigan describe what the local community can actually do in the next 10 years to meet or exceed state requirements for greenhouse gas reduction.

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