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

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Posted by tibaxano on 07/23/2019 at 4:36 AM

Re: “That Van Life

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Posted by tibaxano on 07/23/2019 at 4:36 AM

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.

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

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

Not all homeless are drug addicts.

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Posted by Ruth Moon on 07/09/2019 at 1:32 PM

Re: “The Administrator: Five Questions for HSU's New President

"Helping, mentoring, training", being "positive" and the gift of administrative gab are not academic administrative credentials. University presidents are selected by other opposing Affirmative Action.

Wanting to put HSU's past behind it is not "positive", it paves the way for business as usual, it contradicts the academic mainstay of understanding history and debating controversy to develop solutions and resolve conflicts...And it makes it much easier to take home $300K in salary and benefits.

The U.S. Education Act of 1965 guarantees an accessible public university education. Requiring an oppressive $30,000 tuition debt is not "accessible" nor is it "a very very special privilege" for a $12/hour job...if graduates can find one.

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Posted by Anon. on 07/05/2019 at 11:41 AM

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

Good luck there. It will not be easy keeping so many drug addicts packed in together from turning into a terrible mess.

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Posted by Dav on 07/04/2019 at 7:54 AM

Re: “McKinleyopolis: Humboldt County's Largest Unincorporated Area Mulls Whether Cityhood is a Path to Prosperity

"Madrone said communities like direct control over their planning, noting that McKinleyville created its own community plan in 2003 but, when the county changed the General Plan, it changed the provisions of the community plan without notifying the residents."

As a long-time McKinleyville resident, direct control over land-use planning is the primary reason I support Incorporation. Currently, no member of the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors resides in McKinleyville, and yet, these supervisors are making all our land-use decisions for us, whether we agree or not.

While I did have the opportunity to vote for District 5 Supervisor Madrone and approve of his stance on Incorporation, I had no opportunity to vote for the 4 other county supervisors.

In my opinion, it's way past time for McKinleyville residents take control of their community's future, particularly with regards to the long-delayed McKinleyville Town Center Plan.

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Posted by Ben Waters on 07/03/2019 at 10:02 AM

Re: “'I'm the Monster'

These were all kids I went to school with and the boys good friends, at the time, with my brother. I will never forget this. I can not imagine how alone and scared she must have felt. I pray for her to have peace and that everyone involved can heal and forgive.

Posted by Kelli Brooke Bryant on 06/28/2019 at 3:34 PM

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

If you are interested, I will answer any questions, 707-SO-TELL-I, Robert Stretton, now that I'm off the street...

Posted by Robert Stretton on 06/27/2019 at 1:19 PM

Re: “The Gray Whale Die-off

Please remember the local stranding network. Northcoast Marine Mammal Center Stranding line 707 - 951-4722. We cover Humboldt & del Norte counties

Posted by Lynda Sale-Stockton on 06/21/2019 at 6:14 PM

Re: “The Case for Impeachment

A congressman with Derangement Syndrome. Not good for the people or country. When will he light his hair on fire?

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Posted by Freedom is not Free on 06/16/2019 at 9:20 AM

Re: “The Cost of Wind

What would it take for The Journal to send a photographer up to Monument Gate, shoot some shots south of it along the ridge? You don't have to trespass. You can also shoot down into the valley to show how close they are together.

Same thing for Bear River but you could actually pay a photographer's gas mileage to drive the mostly gravel-dirt road between Rio Dell and Ferndale (on the Bear River Road part) and take photos of the prairie. It is unparalleled beauty that has not been harmed by ranchers. That is just a libel against ranchers. In fact, there is a grass-fed livestock ranch up there. Check it out. Check out the quality of the grasslands and tell me it isn't pristine.

The forests are another story. Too much over-logging in most places, but that doesn't justify a project that also has its huge carbon footprint.

And who will remove the reinforced (hopefully) cement pads these gigantic wind turbines will be placed on? When will that be done? When the project shuts down? Or never? To justify such environmental pollution while saying ranching has made the grasslands of Bear River less pristine is just hogwash. Furthermore, without an elk herd for decades, those very same cattle helped keep the prairie in a more-pristine state. (If you don't believe the value of cattle and range, check out what environmentalists are doing in South Africa and other southern African nations where desertification is posing a threat.) Bad ranching is harmful just like bad logging just like bad wind projects.

That doesn't justify the taking of marbled murrelets justified by a former EPIC employee.

The Journal needs to do a much better job than this story, which should have not have been published without being sent back and further research and writing required. It's one that doesn't make the cut. I'm surprised The Journal published it.

Posted by Glenn Thomas Franco on 06/15/2019 at 8:25 AM

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