Re: “The Housing Games

In 1977, one of my favorite teachers at Eureka Senior High School was not rented an apartment in Arcata, even though he had credit history, income, a good job, and so did his wife.

Although too much info for this comment, he was able to find out that his interracial family was denied rent because he was black. He threatened legal action and he was then rented to.

Although this is anecdotal but true, and the stories cited in this article by the HSU students are partly anecdotal regarding race, I cannot but believe they are true. As an ESHS and HSU graduate, I would have thought Humboldt County would have become more enlightened between 1978 and 2018. Sadly, it seems there remain remnants of the malignancy that is racism.

Also, I would wonder why HSU escapes blame. Supporting a private student-housing developer is not enough. This crisis was apparent when I attended HSU. I knew of students living in old-growth stumps and other places in the woods. Why hasn't HSU done much to alleviate this?

If I remember correctly, and I may not, the FTE students at HSU when I attended were appx. 3,500 (please fact-check HSU writers) and I believe the present student enrollment is about 7,774 (although I don't know how much is FTE). Still, part-time students also need housing, so maybe the point is meaningless.

What isn't meaningless is that HSU placed an emphasis on increasing student enrollments (I wrote Lumberjack articles about this, if memory serves me) with NO substantial plan to increase student housing. Otherwise, the current crisis would not exist.

I realize HSU couldn't do it all on its own, but what about a public-private partnership, not a few years ago, but decades ago? Where was the creative thinking? The thinking out of the box to advert what increased enrollment was surely to bring?

A climate against building more housing in Humboldt also contributed to the inability of any developer to develop more multi-family, single-family or student-housing units, so it's not all HSU's fault. The anti-growth community also shares blame. That said, after living in polluted and crowded Silicon Valley for 10 years (and happy to leave soon), I don't want that type of development in Humboldt, where I grew up and worked for the majority of my professional life.

It also sounds like the housing/rental stock in Humboldt County is deteriorating and more inspection is needed.

Lastly, are nearly 8,000 students too many at HSU?

Good luck.

Posted by Glenn Thomas Franco on 12/15/2018 at 5:56 PM

Re: “Live Jazz with Tarola Quartet

Correction-Tavola Quartet

Posted by Shane Fox on 12/15/2018 at 1:43 PM

Re: “The Housing Games

This problem is so deep-seated and the same excuses have always been given for the lack of housing. When I went to HSU in 1988 I knew a guy who literally lived in a chicken coop in somebody's back yard in Mckinkeyville to afford going to college in Arcata. Everybody I knew then lived in cockroach infested slum apartments.

Posted by Angela Horn Nitsche on 12/15/2018 at 9:44 AM

Re: “#StillMissing

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Re: “Dozens Gather for May Day Protest in Fortuna (with Video)

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Posted by Charles Adamson on 12/14/2018 at 10:10 PM

Re: “A Cracking Good Time

And therein lies the power of classical music. Because of it's technology (which I consider far superior to ours) it can be interpreted and reinterpreted throughout the centuries. Notes written on paper allow generations of musicians to put their particular spin on a Mozart, Bach or Tchaikovsky piece. Glenn Gould comes to mind.
Will The Beatles be covered 200 years from now? Somehow I doubt it, the minstrels of Beethoven's time are long forgotten.
Maybe there will be some equivalent to the Renaissance Fair with a bunch of people dressed up as mop tops singing "Love Me Do."
There's nothing wrong with entertainment, but it is not built to last.

Posted by Frederik Kalor on 12/14/2018 at 9:04 AM

Re: “'Tis the Season for Tamales

Making tamales at Christmas is a family tradition, my 90 yr. old mother still makes them. The trouble I've had living in the northcoast for over 40 years is buying fresh ground masa. El Pueblo Market used to travel to the Santa Rosa area and bring back orders for the fresh masa during the holidays. They stopped doing that before they lost their market to the fire. So what I have resorted to is when visiting southern Cal. I make a visit to a local Mexican market where one can watch the soaked hominy being ground and sold either
plain or prepared. The aroma in these markets is just amazingly wonderful. I bring the masa back to Humboldt county frozen, packed in dry ice. I used to hold tamale making parties but find it easier to make them by myself or with just one other friend. To me, the fresh masa makes the best tamales and it just doesn't seem like Christmas without the smell of steaming pots of tamales cooking on Christmas Eve.

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Posted by Barbara Sue1 on 12/13/2018 at 10:36 AM

Re: “'The Left's Perversion'

Dear Rick, there is a grave misunderstanding here. The proposed boycott had little to do with their being Christian. What motivated that was the fear that they might be the intolerant kind of Christian that sees it fit to use the government to push their religious views on everyone else -namely as concerns gay rights. Now that wasn't the case fortunately, so the issue died down months ago. But to understand, many conservative Christians have in the past donated to the Republican party because they saw that as their best chance to legally be able to discriminate against LGBTQ wotkers and customers. Shocking right? But, predicated on that being true (which it wasn't), potential customers decided they did not want their money going to a place that would in turn use it to promote discrimination and intolerance. Thus it is completely consistent of one's creed to not tolerate intolerance.

That being said, the only real reason to boycott them is simply the reason to boycott all beef right now: it has the worst grain-to-meat efficiency of any animal type, and good agricultural land is getting scarce and leading to deforestation. That, along with the methane constantly produced by cattle, makes beef and burgers the worst food to consume and promote in a climate change ravaged world.

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Posted by typical male1 on 12/12/2018 at 12:44 AM

Re: “'Come into Compliance,' Says State Water Board

LOOK OUT!! Those notices are a toe in to have multiple agencies conduct inspection ( searches) with consent ( without warrants) and ultimately mete out huge punituve fines primarily for unreported/filed annual statements of DIVERSION /USE . 1000$ plus 500$/day.

Posted by mymymy on 12/11/2018 at 8:46 AM

Re: “Voter Turndown


Why is the actual turnout so widely unreported???

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Posted by Annonymous on 12/10/2018 at 8:01 PM

Re: “Let the Music Lift You

Just FYI: The GoAways (listed Sat. night at Sirens Song) do not feature Jay Forbes on drums. The drummer is Jeff Langdon. James Forbes plays bass.

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Re: “Dozens Gather for May Day Protest in Fortuna (with Video)

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Posted by Willams Johnson on 12/06/2018 at 4:18 PM

Re: “Grandmother Found Dying on Eureka Street

Does anyone know if she was one of the Jealous of Him twin girls?

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Re: “Dozens Gather for May Day Protest in Fortuna (with Video)


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Posted by Franca Maven on 12/06/2018 at 1:33 PM

Re: “'You Won!'

While all the letters above are excellent the letter by Allan Edwards is outstanding and I thank him for it.

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Posted by Sylvia De Rooy on 12/06/2018 at 12:48 PM

Re: “Fleecing the Planet

Thank you Ken for an excellent letter loaded with critical info.

Posted by Sylvia De Rooy on 12/06/2018 at 12:43 PM

Re: “Grandmother Found Dying on Eureka Street

Thank you, Mr. Bryan Hall, for your thoughtful reminder. How this country, which insists upon being known as a "Christian Nation," can be so callous about caring for those less fortunate, is truly sad. From sending troops to greet asylum seekers to letting people die on the streets, it makes me wonder just what being a "Christian" means to most people. Apparently, it doesn't mean being "Christ-like." R.I.P. Debra Jealous of Him, and prayers for her family. I'm so sorry that she died alone, suffering the cold in an alley.

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Posted by Redwood491 on 12/06/2018 at 11:58 AM

Re: “Expert: Humboldt Has More Uncounted Ballots Than Any County in U.S.

This expert doesnt understand California election procedure. He fails to understand that counties dont report to the Secretary of State every day. Once election night is over and that nights final report is in, counties do updated reports as often as they deem it prudent. All Wasserman statics really show is that neither Riverside nor Humboldt has done an interim report in awhile. As can be seen from yesterdays final report all ballots have now been counted in Humboldt County. If anyone was a on a ganja break it appears to be Wasserman.

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Posted by citizen67 on 12/06/2018 at 6:17 AM

Re: “Eureka's Serial Dog Killer

What is crazy is when i read these comments of how you would want someone dead, or the display of cruelty to punishment it makes me wonder what any human is capable of? It is not normal to have visions of doing something to someone that did the same thing your fantasizing about. When someone does something wrong it isnt your job to try to understand why? Be-grateful you don't get it. We all are equipped to have something go wrong with our mental stability and decision making being compromised. But when i read these comments all I kept thing was "Wow, a whole bunch of weirdos" let me give an example of what maybe a normal comment to this horrible situation could look like.

My sympathy goes out to the families of these animals that had to suffer. That is most definitely a deep/hard loss to have to make sense of with no actual reasoning. To the young man found guilty of doing these things that i literally cant wrap my mind around, i hope he can find help in this time of incarceration to surface the bigger problem. I pray he is guided into a better path of life and overcome these life obstacles in my opinion could make a better more productive human being with something to offer. -Amen-

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