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Re: “Friendly City Police Contract Negotiations Get Feisty

Fortuna can't pay their excellent police force what they are worth, but STILL refuses to allow cannabis dispensaries within city limits. "Cannabis Business Tax (5-15%)
Local governments (city or county) also have the ability to tax cannabis sales at their discretion. These local cannabis business tax rates can range anywhere between five and 15 percent and are charged at the point-of-sale on top of the products selling price. The funds typically go toward local services.

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Posted by Toni Brockington on 08/18/2019 at 7:13 PM

Re: “'Ground Zero:' Coastal Commission Approves Safety Corridor Project, Worries Sea Level Rise May Leave it Under Water

Thanks to NCJ for the coverage of the Caltrans and HCOAG plan to build a monument to stupidity. As dangerous as driving 101 can be (slow down people!!) the fact that climate change and sea level rise is not understood as a grave danger to public health and safety is a fatal flaw in the conceptual basis of this boondoggle.

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Posted by Gary Hughes1 on 08/18/2019 at 8:19 AM

Re: “'Ground Zero:' Coastal Commission Approves Safety Corridor Project, Worries Sea Level Rise May Leave it Under Water

Thank you for your clear and comprehensive article on the woefully inadequate plan for 101. We are rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic with blinders on.

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Posted by Meg Stofsky on 08/16/2019 at 10:50 PM

Re: “California’s Jails and Prisons Becoming Ground Zero in the State’s Mental Health Crisis

I wish someone could help my grandson. He had a break a day before his high school graduation. Now sitting in a jail in Santa Cruz never been in any trouble. Now mumbling get me out. Aliens abducted me. I love you mom when he could this will be going into his third month in jail never arrested and a great high school student. Had a breakdown when his step mom passed away 2 weeks before his arrest. Just turned 18 2 weeks prior. Give different meds in private cell scared to death. I m the grandmother breaks my heart. The public defender is too busy to help him If someone could help please email me at he was arrested for frightening and threatening his dad and uncle . He pleaded the hospital to please help him he dehydrated and confused. Hospital srnt him home with nothing!! I feel so bad for this client in this article I wish someone would help my grandson before he completely loses hope.

Posted by tawny on 08/08/2019 at 8:09 PM

Re: “Questions Swirl Ahead of Trinidad Hotel Hearing

What's the rush? There's a process in place and it needs to be followed. Clearly there should be no approval of the hotel until the water issue is sorted out. And Sundberg needs to have his hand slapped hard for trying to do an end around. This project is one more in a long list of examples of why we have a Coastal Commission to begin with.

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Posted by Reynard on 08/04/2019 at 8:12 AM

Re: “Questions Swirl Ahead of Trinidad Hotel Hearing

How does a project of this magnitude advance this far with so little knowledge of water capacity?

Is that why they hired Eureka's former city manager Tyson?

It took decades of lawsuits and Regional Water Quality Control Board investigations and fines before Eureka's $4 million (1980) Martin Slough sewer interceptor project was finally begun, costing taxpayers $35 million a GENERATION later serving sprawl few taxpayers can afford to own!

Haphazard growth has made Eureka's infrastructure issues chronic with pedestrian, cyclist and motorist fatalities several times higher than state averages.

Having "trickle-down" economic ideologues dominating public policy has been a disaster.

Luffenholtz Creek, like Eureka's Martin Slough Creek, is already impaired and experiencing annual public warnings for fecal coliform contamination.

Greed is unsustainable.

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Posted by Charles Warren on 08/01/2019 at 12:58 PM

Re: “'Absolutely Preventable'

Condolences to the family.

Maybe if the city of Eureka had faced a $2 million penalty instead of $70,000 for the absolutely avoidable death of 20 year-old Tommy McClain, reforms and better training would have been enacted by city police instead of promoting the perpetrator.

How many more will it take?

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Posted by Charles Warren on 07/27/2019 at 10:55 AM

Re: “'A Higher Priority'

Pat...Anon comment was obviously sarcastic.

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Posted by Charles Warren on 07/26/2019 at 12:52 AM

Re: “'A Higher Priority'

"Humboldt County Supervisors Bohn, Bass and Fennell are right.

Deregulating development in our watershed will create jobs, and once our water becomes sufficiently polluted, many more jobs will be created cleaning it up and treating the diseases.

They're public interest geniuses" is this kind of thinking that is destroying our climate, and the earth for YOUR children. ....USE YOUR BRAINS and conserve; this is the way to not only more but BETTER jobs.

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Posted by Pat Kanzler on 07/25/2019 at 3:12 PM

Re: “'A Higher Priority'

I'm curious - you note, "... cannabis extraction business on the site, which many feared would expose the river to dangerous chemicals." Is the fear that the extraction process itself would expose the river to the chemicals or just the Industrial classification and potential of general industry to do so? Would seem to me a gravel plant would generate far more contaminants from runoff water than a controlled extract plant operation.

Posted by jtholyoak1173 on 07/25/2019 at 1:05 PM

Re: “'A Higher Priority'

Humboldt County Supervisors Bohn, Bass and Fennell are right.

Deregulating development in our watershed will create jobs, and once our water becomes sufficiently polluted, many more jobs will be created cleaning it up and treating the diseases.

They're public interest geniuses.

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Posted by Anon. on 07/25/2019 at 12:41 PM

Re: “State, Fair Association, County in Standoff Over Sunshine Laws

I cannot believe this issue remains unresolved, that stonewalling has intensified and that the fair board, made up of a lot of people I know, is so recalcitrant. Unbelievable. Afraid of a weekly newspaper and editor/publisher Caroline Titus doing what all reporters would do: asking appropriate questions, going after stories where there are legitimate stories to be written, writing editorials about the board's recalcitrance, etc. The board has historically operated this way; in addition to having very thin skins. Shameful. Shameful.

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Posted by Glenn Franco Simmons1 on 07/22/2019 at 10:03 PM

Re: “'Outside the Box'


Despite every Housing Element's proposals in addressing housing needs through many alternatives...only a tiny fraction of "low and very low" income housing are ever permitted. In all fairness, "moderate and above" housing should be frozen until a closer balance is achieved...unless you simply enjoy complaining about destitution, despair, addiction and homelessness.

Nothing will get done as long as the current political leadership and their appointees and staff stick to the usual ambiguous language "suggesting" that local government actually ensure balanced housing inventories that serve all economic class of residents.

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Posted by Anon. on 07/19/2019 at 5:01 PM

Re: “That Van Life

Not one mention in this long article explaining just how toxic these "recreational" vehicle's are from off-gassing? How many children are being exposed? Windshields are the worst, adding to a smorgasbord of toxic adhesives, heavy metals (aluminum), paints, foam, vehicle lubricants, fuel fumes, asbestos and preservatives all condensed into a small living area.

Best to buy an old model.

Instead of taking minimal steps to mitigate the recurring collapse of the next housing fraud, (the primary cause of affordable housing shortages), Humboldt County and Eureka are approving more places for victims...selling valuable bay property for another predatory "recreational" vehicle "campground" profiteer. And "consideration" of humane car-parks, shelters and SRO's. (About time...)

Meanwhile, 250 more big homes are planned behind the Redwood Acres race track further enriching the development industry, profiting each time big homes are built, sold, foreclosed and resold, collecting their windfall until the next looming bailout while creating more infrastructure liabilities that end up being paid for by people who can't afford to live there.

The number of economic refugees living in vehicles and tents is staggering and growing rapidly. Take away the color images and it looks more like the 1930's every day...including the rise of fascism.

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Posted by Anon. on 07/19/2019 at 4:45 PM

Re: “'Outside the Box'

Bongio and Ulansey are just right-wingers who want to eliminate any and all regulations so that they can make even MORE money. Neither have the interests of the public in mind, only personal profits.

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Posted by humboldtrick on 07/19/2019 at 1:50 PM

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

Ulansey is what's laughable. He is a right-wing moron only interested in lining his pockets with money. He has never had the interests of the public in mind.

Posted by humboldtrick on 07/19/2019 at 1:47 PM

Re: “'Outside the Box'

The homeless problem is directly connected to the tax code which allows real estate investment corporations and other speculators to buy up vast real estate holdings, then use them as a direct write-off on their taxes on their other profitable enterprises in other locals. Through depreciation and other mechanisms they can avoid taxes and declare a loss. They prefer to have property management firms minimally maintain the unoccupied property and thus avoid tenant complications. This causes artificial scarcity, and high cost rents beyond average pay which has not kept pace. British Columbia passed a law to combat this problem by levying a very high TAX on buildings held vacant. This is the simple answer to homelessness! ! !

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Posted by black bird on 07/18/2019 at 8:45 PM

Re: “State, Fair Association, County in Standoff Over Sunshine Laws

'If we don't have anything to hide, why wouldn't we do this? And if we do have something to hide,.... I'd sure like to know what it is.' Mr. Titus clearly doesn't know how things run in this Country...oops, I mean COUNTY.

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Posted by beachcomber on 07/17/2019 at 11:07 AM

Re: “Transitional Housing Project Moves Forward, Grand Jury Report Underscores Need

According to health professionals, every 4th home in every U.S. city houses an alcoholic or abuser of pharmaceuticals.

In fact, it is OCD alcoholics that are "packed together" hiring each other to manage, direct and administer our pubic bureaucracies downtown making a terrible mess far worse than the destitute who lack the resources required to cleverly conceal their addictions.

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Posted by Anon. on 07/10/2019 at 11:45 AM

Re: “Slush Fund or Healthy Reserves?

Wow...not ONE WORD about the RESERVES and out-of-state investments held by campus corporations increasingly privatizing essential and non-essential California campus services. (The Ca. Ed. Code mandates that these "auxiliary" organizations provide ONLY ESSENTIAL services).

The NCJ could provide a huge public service by periodically reminding local taxpayers just how expensive these less-accountable private entities cost us by reviewing their IRS 990 forms.

For example, does HSU, its students and taxpayers really need a "Controller" to manage HSU's privatized housing and food services?

Isn't one Controller in charge of California's entire accounting system enough?

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Posted by Anon. on 07/09/2019 at 3:44 PM

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