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Re: “Draft Housing Element Calls for Drastic Solutions to Humboldt's Housing 'Crisis'

Housing Element meetings are dominated by members of the development industry.

Hell, they still run this county by winning a majority of elected and appointed seats.

These are right-wing ideologues parroting the same fallacies used to whine about the "costs" of universal healthcare and free public universities careful to NEVER consider the FAR GREATER social costs of NOT providing fundamental human services.....and the media generally cooperates by also ignoring the costs of corrupt government/industry collusion that successfully manufactures scarcity to drive up prices to produce predatory lending in housing, education and healthcare, privatizing the profits and socializing the costs.

Serious estimates of average Humboldt County income, like the rest of the nation, (and the erroneous statistics under-reporting population, unemployment and voter turnout), should consider the thousands of local residents who do not earn enough to file tax returns...where income statistics are usually calculated.

What's really stalling affordable housing construction is the will to codify balanced housing inventories serving all income levels of local residents, in effect:

No more big home subdivisions miles from downtown until balance is defined and established.

Modest affordable housing fees per square foot of every large commercial building.

Establishment of a dedicated affordable housing fund.

Ordinances imposing punitive and effective fines commensurate with the public-costs of lost-use, blight, lower property values, and fire hazard from countywide buildings, homes, motels and lots that are empty, abandoned or blighted for 3 years, including the use of eminent domain if necessary.

Countywide identification of properties held by long-deceased owners to update tax-rolls, beginning with commercial properties in Old Town Eureka.

Limit the number of affordable housing apartments that waste tens-of-millions of public dollars only to revert back to the owner to gentrify after 30 years.

Commitment to construction of efficient, in-fill, multi-level, small, apartment buildings for all categories of low and no-income residents, elderly, homeless, disabled, etc.

There's a long list of well-known tools to get affordable housing constructed, we need to start by electing public-interest leadership to replace the development industry hacks holding up progress.

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Posted by Anon. on 05/24/2019 at 3:00 PM

Re: “Making Rooms: Eureka Approves Hotel Project

This spin is outrageous.

Eureka's locally owned hotels and motels should be included in the surveys! They are forced to take long-term residents because the national corporations are allowed to saturate the market in a race to the bottom!

In a similar example, Ray's market in Eureka had more employees than customers, yet, due to its national status, Ray's was able to remain in business for a decade trying to undermine locally-owned competition. It is rare that they lost.

Despite the economic analyst's assertions, take your own survey on any night by driving through town to witness the empty parking spaces at most local hotels and motels.

Until "growth" receives broader, more inclusive and accurate analysis it will continue to inflict far greater costs elsewhere.

Posted by Anon. on 05/23/2019 at 1:30 PM

Re: “Making Rooms: Eureka Approves Hotel Project

"The public benefit of the development is plentiful. A significant beautification of Broadway will occur with the addition of the project," the proposal to the city states. "Local residents along with their family and friends will have the opportunity to stay in a modern upscale hotel within Eureka during holidays, events and weddings occurring throughout the year."

I know, the dump and bowling alley really are gorgeous enough to warrant an upscale hotel next door.

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Posted by JoJo88 on 05/16/2019 at 12:02 PM

Re: “The Casino Con

Charles Duke Sheehan has lived his entire life defrauding people. Avoid him like the plague. In fact, if you ever meet him, I would call the FBI right then and there.

Posted by Craig Gordon on 05/11/2019 at 10:19 AM

Re: “Chancellor Backs Rossbacher's KHSU Cuts

I felt the pressure from these "friends" when they did not get what they wanted last year. They tried to get all of us to drop support. Now they want to save this station and want us to join them?

They cry that $10,000 is "not cheap," but they are trying to buy something worth way more than that and then fund it every month? Were they listening to themselves during fundraisers, telling us what it costs to run a radio station?

Hey, "friends," give the rest of us some of the highly-touted transparency you yell about. Show us the money. Make your offer public immediately so we know whether you are serious, or just smoking some really strong stuff.

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Posted by R. U. Kiddinme on 05/09/2019 at 5:45 AM

Re: “Rah Raw Raw

As long as the milk is 'clean' without significant harmful organisms present, raw milk is superior to pasteurized for best body integrity and health, going on my experience with the different milk options. Homogenization is more problematic to body integrity than pasteurization, - pasteurization is ok, homogenization not, due to smaller particles which are more so congestive in the body than if not homogenized, in the case of milk types in which the fats separate. One won't, per se, die from homogenization, homogenization is relatively benign, but, homogenization causes more gunking/congestion in the body, which leads to various diseases of accretion due to uneliminated non vital foodstuffs which ones body absorbs, which can manifest as slugglish lymph, arthritis, colds, bronchitis, phlegminess, cancer, eye problems, and so forth, diseases commonly due to gunking of non-vital foodstuffs which the body doesn't adequately process, and hence 'fester'. Starches are another bigger problem in that regard.

Posted by Bon Summers on 04/30/2019 at 12:11 PM

Re: “To Stop a Heist

This kind of BS makes people think about moving.

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Posted by jtimmons on 04/28/2019 at 11:31 AM

Re: “Troubled Times At Silvercrest

Sounds like we are not the only Silvercrest building to have problems!!

Posted by MsMac on 04/26/2019 at 5:15 PM

Re: “KHSU Gutted, Leaving Station's Future Uncertain

The HSU journalism department apparently was not consulted in this decision. The students pursuing the broadcast track have now lost the opportunity to work at an NPR affiliate. I wonder how many students have lost class credit because of this?

Posted by Meg Godlewski on 04/24/2019 at 1:35 AM

Re: “KHSU Gutted, Leaving Station's Future Uncertain

"We are striving to preserve a public radio service for the North Coast," the email response states. "The resignation of two employees with no notice has complicated matters considerably and we are working through options."

Orwellian to the extreme!

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Posted by Neil McLaughlin on 04/19/2019 at 3:03 PM

Re: “KHSU Gutted, Leaving Station's Future Uncertain

Rossbacher, Wruck, and Fretwell came to HSU to line their pockets and top off their retirement. Like tRump, his administration, and Republicans in general, they chose to destroy that which they were charged with managing just to fatten their bank accounts. They should be sued for what they have done to HSU (killing the football program, children's center, the art galley, and now KHSU). Talk about mismanagement. They are incompetent beyond belief. (How TF did they get these jobs in the first place????) This is just disgusting, as I have to assume Rossbacher, Wruck, and Fretwell are.

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Posted by humboldtrick on 04/18/2019 at 3:28 PM

Re: “Service Call

Thank goodness she was ousted by the public vote. Now the improved City Council can move forward instead of backward.

Posted by Humboldtrish on 04/14/2019 at 1:34 PM

Re: “Lao New Year

I love this article, it is so in depth and brings me right into the room, Thanks

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Posted by Jessie Wheeler on 04/12/2019 at 8:09 PM

Re: “The Not-So-Peaceful Atom

Anbex iosat will help with this

Posted by New Phone on 04/11/2019 at 7:44 PM

Re: “Artists without Galleries

I TRULY appreciate this article, as it both validates my observations, and helps artists start planning for what's ahead I appreciate you Gabrielle for putting such effort into this article, and the artists for giving their valued insights to this. I feel I'm on the right path to compensate, but I'll need some media-editing modernization, as its been near 18 years since I'd last spliced and edited videos.

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Posted by Emily Reinhart on 04/11/2019 at 5:57 PM

Re: “Artists without Galleries

To piggy back on the choices Hsu made, the southwest Adobe style of the new buildings reflect the mentality of the planners. Where are the river rocks and redwood building materials that are our county's treasures? Instead, we are greeted by bland and inappropriate structures. Wrong!

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Posted by Siena Klein on 04/11/2019 at 2:39 PM

Re: “Artists without Galleries

Thank you for documenting another inch down America's dystopian path.

HSU placed its financial bet to increase enrollment during the 1980's and 90's lobbying and winning hundreds of millions of public dollars for remodeled sports, leisure and entertainment activities, venues, sprawling bureaucracies and costly maintenance serving the sensibilities of both highly paid campus executives and privileged-class students by providing celebrity entertainers, ski trips to Bend, locked-gate housing and library lattes.

Unfortunately, ongoing fallout from our community's other greedheads, (participating in the 2008 housing fraud and collapse), has left HSU with mostly working class students forced to subsidize the fully-funded HSU resort while facing unprecedented academic divestments, crowded classrooms, early-retired professors, decades of oppressive student debt and homelessness.

The fact that students are not outraged can be attributed to an effective public education system cleansed of class-consciousness, indoctrinated in the pseudo-virtues of conformity, positive thinking and obedience, fully prepared to acquiesce to the larger gas, oil, finance and military junta ruling America to ensure that a "Green Economy" never sees the light of day.

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Posted by Anon. on 04/11/2019 at 1:44 PM

Re: “'Overwhelmingly White'

I am here a very recent 45 yr old transplant from Texas, original black African male, Red Raider, come introduce yourself already.
Let diversity reign.

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Posted by Rubicon50000 on 04/08/2019 at 2:21 PM

Re: “If Prosecutors Can Get a Grand Jury to Indict a Sandwich, Why Couldn't They Get One to Indict Kyle Zoellner?

I don't doubt that the North Coast Journal accurately quoted Arcata's interim police chief. Given that, it would appear that what a police chief described as "unequivocal physical evidence" "linking" "a suspect" to the killing of Josiah Lawson was insufficient to get 12 of 19 criminal jury members to find probable cause that Kyle Zoellner committed a crime.

As someone who's been observing this but has no inside information, I can think of various ways in which something like this could happen. First, Zoellner's DNA and/or fingerprints may have been present on the weapon that killed Lawson, but since Zoellner was bloodied at the scene, the presence of his blood may not have been deemed enough to provide probable cause to 12 jury members. Even a fingerprint might mean only that he touched the knife at some point in a struggle or before, not that he was the person who stabbed Lawson.

Or, certainly not for the first time, a police officer's view of what a piece of evidence proved might not have aligned with the views of the majority of community members on a jury. Or, it's conceivable -- though I don't think it's likely -- that the district attorney somehow failed to make a case despite having good evidence.

There's no question that this is a difficult situation for all involved. Personally, although I believe there is substantial racism in this community (especially among those who don't think there is) I don't believe racism alone would be enough to explain the failure to indict.

One of the protections Americans, especially white middle-class Americans, take for granted is that we can't just be charged with a crime by public acclamation. I'm sure many persons of color have been charged with crimes based on very shaky evidence, and there has been an increasing amount of proof that many people are convicted of crimes they did not commit. The just solution to that is to provide better protections for all, not to try to do an end-run around those protections.

No matter how many rallies take place, if 12 of 19 citizens on a grand jury don't find probable cause to indict a person, I'm satisfied that there is insufficient evidence to charge that person with a crime. If there are people who believe it is impossible to get a Humboldt County grand jury to indict despite sufficient valid evidence, they should take their case to the state. To try to sway the district attorney to indict after that result is, in my opinion, dangerous. We don't need to make it easier to indict people, and I'd hate to live in a place where the police version of events was deemed sufficient to indict.

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Posted by Mitchell Trachtenberg on 04/04/2019 at 4:10 PM

Re: “Digital Nomad: A Bipolar Man's Slow Slide into Homelessness in Humboldt

Comparing inaccurate statistics to other inaccurate statistics to overstate a problem by hundreds of percentage points is a disservice to our community.

PIT searches miss many of the chronic homeless and most of the temporary ones. Recent academic research on college students reveal homelessness rates of 40% because it includes temporary homelessness experienced in one year. A PIT search would be far less.

It would be absurd to count the number of serious illnesses found on one day in one region and compare it to other regions and claim it's in any way meaningful.

AT LEAST provide a disclaimer that state and national homeless advocate organization's estimates disagree and show national homelessness to be several million not 550,000!

Overstating the problem makes it appear insurmountable when, in reality, demanding that Humboldt County address its 1% homeless population, (similar to everywhere else), would generate far more community support and county commitment.

Posted by Anon. on 04/02/2019 at 3:12 PM

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