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Re: “Get to Work

What a great, true story! Thanks for getting both the emotion and the facts. Well done!

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Posted by Lisa D'Addesa Zambas on 06/24/2017 at 10:22 AM

Re: “Get to Work

Great story which outlines that our government and school`s are leaving behind a valuable and much-needed program. I have said for years our schools need more trade programs alongside the college prep courses. It's almost as if the students that are interested in a trade program are being discriminated against. It all boils town to our government and how the all mighty dollar gets distributed.
Being a self-employed contractor myself, the number one problem I have is finding people that know how to work. That actually want to work, as mentioned in the article. It's a huge problem in this county. Too many millennials are either growing or trimming and making enough money in three months to last until the next growing season. Humboldt County needs to step up and create a trade program model that could be replicated throughout the state. Perhaps then our politicians will take notice that not every student is interested in college.
Thank you, Amy, for a great news article.

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Posted by Shannon Hooven on 06/24/2017 at 9:15 AM

Re: “Get to Work

I too am disappointed that Building Trades is being taking out. This class exposes the kids to many areas of the working world that they can get into. Our country and county need ALL kinds of jobs to round out the work force. Why not set the kids up to succeed in life not to fail. We have college courses. We also need classes for the kids that are not college bound to expose them to possibllities of future jobs.! Don't get rid of building trades.

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Posted by Rita Anne on 06/23/2017 at 1:39 PM

Re: “Get to Work

So well written, Amy! I appreciated your thorough background as well as the real life impact of Building Trades current status.

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Posted by ldutra on 06/23/2017 at 9:32 AM

Re: “'Undermined'

The blind arrogance of Humboldt County's Board of Supervisors is by itself a disservice to everybody. They repeatedly represent nothing more than cash grabbers, treating their constituents like piggy banks, always available to shake a few more dollars out of us. Our cost of living is going up very fast because of them.

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Posted by Face it, the Supes Suck. on 06/23/2017 at 7:13 AM

Re: “Get to Work

Thanks, Lynn! I was so pleased to be able to tell that story.

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Posted by Amy Beth Barnes on 06/23/2017 at 1:30 AM

Re: “Get to Work

Great story Amy and I liked your cover shot!

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Posted by Lynn Kelsey Leishman on 06/22/2017 at 9:08 PM

Re: “'Undermined'

County Counsel is also a bit of an odd bird. He had been practicing law in Nevada but it looks like his 'office' was actually a space rented in the office of another law firm. He, however, was in favor of marijuana legalization and had close ties to the Black community and had been elected to serve one year as the head of the Reno NAACP.
Older ads for when he was practicing in Nevada don't make him seem to be the kind of lawyer usually hired to represent a California county.
I do hope that there isn't someone on the BoS who is making Humboldt a dumping ground for out-of-work lawyers.

Posted by Gabriele Gray on 06/22/2017 at 7:00 PM

Re: “'Undermined'

This story glosses over what I think is one of the weirdest aspects of the BOS's hiring of Mr. Marcus: he was not the candidate recommended by the advisory panel.(https://www.northcoastjournal.com/NewsBlog/archives/2017/03/07/supes-support-marcus-face-lawsuit-by-weeks-end)

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Posted by Ed Borg on 06/22/2017 at 8:34 AM

Re: “Unpopular Opinions

Linda Stansbury's pieces really nail it. Great job Linda! Oh and didn't you get that sourdough starter from me?

Posted by Marna Powell on 06/19/2017 at 10:20 PM

Re: “Unpopular Opinions

Restaurants in this area are not consistent. Even "expensive" ones. There are only a couple I can think of that I can reliably get a good meal at. I agree with Nick Painter's comment above mainly for this reason - Tomo has been really good (once you know what to order), so so, and downright disappointing. This is true of most of the eateries I have tried. Upside is I am saving a lot of money.

Posted by Frederik Kalor on 06/16/2017 at 7:50 AM

Re: “Masterpiece

"They have an extraordinarily difficult job where they sometimes have to go from respect to very clear hostility in microseconds because that can literally save people's lives," Mills said

Mills is all talk. The point of the common complaint is that officers don't approach people with respect in the first place. Mr. Boyle's incident is one I've experienced as well, in which a police officer approached me like an aggressive asshole and it was entirely up to me to right his wrong. Despite this, adding injury to insult, the officer throws the book at his suspect, and the lengthy and humiliating pain in the ass of soft talking one's way out of monetary fines in front of desk after desk begins.

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Posted by Star Gazer on 06/10/2017 at 9:05 AM

Re: “Masterpiece

My hat is off to anybody who goes and sits on abandoned locomotives in the middle of the night, alone, to look up at the stars. I can see why that might be disturbing to those in bondage. They hate us for our freedom, LOL

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Posted by Todd Boyle on 06/09/2017 at 12:45 PM

Re: “Masterpiece

Too bad the chief is moving on to Santa Rosa. First time I have seen a person in his position to listen to both sides, still supporting their staff but looking for the truth and working it out in the end, no matter the outcome.

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Posted by Charles Bean on 06/08/2017 at 10:09 AM

Re: “Let it Burn

We have come a long way since the Klamath Forest Alliance sponsored the first Klamath Fire Symposium which was organized mostly by Orleans resident Carlos Carrol. But we still have a long way to go. In spite of their good words at the conference, Cal Fire and the Forest Service have not reformed destructive and often ineffective fire suppression policies and practices. Both organizations are still demonizing natural wildfires and setting off ill-advised backfires from the bottom of steep slopes on hot afternoons (as FS firefighters did along the Klamath and Lower Scott Rivers in 2014). If we are ever going to return wildfire to its natural ecological role and restore the forest to a condition in which intense firestorms are rare events, we will need to reform the Fire Industrial Complex which is still stuck in 20th century thinking about wildfire and too wedded to the big bucks and contractors who profit from industrial-style fire suppression.

This fire season will be a good test of whether KNF Forest Supervisor Patricia Grantham and CalFire leaders will walk the walk as well as talk the talk of fire restoration. This is an ideal year to allow wildfires to play their natural ecological role in our forests while concentrating on keeping those fires away from homes, communities and infrastructure. We will likely get a chance to see if Grantham, other Forest Service leaders and CalFire leaders are ready to follow thorugh on the good words they stated at the Fire Symposium.

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Posted by Unofelice on 06/02/2017 at 11:25 AM

Re: “'An Artificial Legal Controversy'

Plain English: David Marcus lied on his resume. Can the Board of Supervisors explain to the public why that doesn't immediately disqualify him from being a paid county employee?

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Posted by McKinleyviller on 05/29/2017 at 12:37 PM

Re: “Prelude to a Sweep

Kathy,
I don't think Linda put the blame (responsibility) entirely on John Shelter; it's clear that many people told the homeless that they could camp there, including yourself!
You have hoped for 25 years that the Eureka citizens would pay for designated campground(s); that's wonderful! Perhaps from the proceeds from your lawsuit, that forced the city to come to grips with it's financial vulnerabilities, YOU may now open a campground to help those in deep poverty???
You know I really do not have a problem with what you did, except that you do not seem to take responsibility for YOUR OWN actions; it was your lawsuit that caused the city to seek to limit it's exposure to potential liability. Your lawsuit, at least in part, caused the closing of Devils playground to the homeless ("those in deep poverty"), and caused the further upheaval in the lives of those in need of a place to "camp".
I am glad that Linda Stansberry and The North Coast Journal put all this together. It is interesting to see what a prominent role in the helping of the homeless you've played. I am sure they are grateful for all your support

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Posted by Flynn Schnitzelring on 05/29/2017 at 12:17 PM

Re: “'An Artificial Legal Controversy'

Sounds like the BOS is getting paid off to hire this person. ?? why is it so important to hire this _"specific_" person.

Posted by jgabr99516 on 05/29/2017 at 8:32 AM

Re: “Prelude to a Sweep

Whoa Linda...placing the load of responsibility for telling advocates that homeless people could live in the marsh on John Shelter is unfair. City government workers, police, social workers, homeless advocates, family members, etc. have been telling people to camp out there for 30 years. Like me, most did not know how unsafe the situation was in the kilns, and the adjoining cement piles. The population was being managed to a certain degree by regular patrols of people in authority for many years. It's not like this all of a sudden happened in 2011. My hope for 25 years has been that we would have a designated campground or 2 or 3 in Humboldt County to meet the housing needs of those in deep poverty. There is no reason why this cannot happen, but like Chief Harpham told me one day "there's not enough people who care enough to make that happen". Sadly I know it is true. The fact that people hate others is why there is a growing number of hate crimes on homeless people. These are the most vulnerably exposed people in our city and they are kicked around and told they are unworthy of a night of legal sleep. The cops steal their possessions, including their vehicles and dogs because they get tired of seeing them every shift. Business owners don't want them around because they are bad for business, but where can they go? If you knew there is a place hidden away from the public that a person can put up a tent without being noticed wouldn't you suggest it to someone who needs to hide away and rest? Or are you one of those who doesn't care what happens to them as long as they just go away? We need a legal campground or 2 or 3. NOW!

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Posted by Kathy Anderson on 05/27/2017 at 5:35 PM

Re: “'An Artificial Legal Controversy'

Who, specifically, is claiming to represent Humboldt County when calling this an artificial legal controversy? There's nothing artificial about it. Humboldt County's real Public Defender, David Marcus, has really been deemed unqualified by just about every real person working with him, including a real Superior Court Judge, and an ongoing record of real incidents of his incompetence is continuing to affect real people who live here. It's unacceptable to denigrate people who require a public defender. It further impoverishes everybody, and it's only a matter of time before the Board of Supervisors' careless appointment costs the county millions.

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Posted by Fair is Fair on 05/25/2017 at 7:00 PM

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