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Re: “Judge Cuts to the Chase in Public Defender Lawsuit

The turmoil he's caused that the judge wants to silence is proof that the low qualification interpretation is wrong. Someone as qualified as the plaintiffs say he should be to be hired, would not cause such strife.

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Posted by kirkiscool on 11/16/2017 at 3:53 PM

Re: “Flash Fiction 2016

Wonderful stories! Jenna Hayes, please go back on your meds.

Posted by Margie Taylor on 11/16/2017 at 1:43 PM

Re: “A Homeless Survival Guide

For years Eureka's predatory industries have grown exponentially.

They are equally responsible for turning poor residents into the destitute.

Posted by Gerald Gates on 11/12/2017 at 10:08 PM

Re: “The Impossible Possible

There are empty houses lining the streets of every city. Is it so hard to let people into the homes that absolutely no one is using? Who wants to buy a house in a time when we still have to fight for clean water and food without rot? How can anyone afford the ungodly system that keeps anyone who really needs it out of luck or home? Who can afford 2000 a month in rent? Hell who can afford 700 rent unless you bust multiple jobs and hope to have time to sleep at night on top of all the other responsibilities one has to manage.

Posted by Adamus on 11/12/2017 at 10:54 AM

Re: “Can Humboldt County Solve Addiction?

Did not know if you were aware that The Agape House closed down on Friday Nov 10th. Ligia Giovannini was less than honest with her residence. They had no idea she was ill-managing funds and without warning, 13 residents were ordered evicted from their home. They are now homeless, left scrambling for a place to live. Specifics are fuzzy at this point, but the fact is these girls and the Assistant manager of the Agape House are without a place to live.

Posted by Kerrie on 11/11/2017 at 8:09 PM

Re: “Play It Forward

What a wonderful addition to the community and an inspiring story about the origins of this park. Park surfaces and features that are more accessible are also easier for people of all ages to navigate--pregnant moms, grandparents who watch little ones, or anyone overcoming an injury. It is a win-win for children and their caretakers.

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Posted by Tigerlily on 11/06/2017 at 9:55 AM

Re: “Rio Dell Rising

A up to date water quality report would be nice to reassure people its quality of water is within specs. I would think since we hired 2 more public works people since the middle beautification project , we could have a little more cleaning of the water drains and focus on there intake angles or sandbags in heavy rain. But for the most part being that there is not that much revenue , we should not try to duplicate what happens in other cities. Bike lanes are more important than grass in the middle of a already narrow road. It would also seem if we cannot meet the standard on roads or painted divided segments there of, there should be no enforcement . Strange to have to abide to specific vehicle codes where the enforcement agency cannot give accurate description of the violation due to cities inability to maintain a safe and standard that a incorporated city is required to do.

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Posted by Roger Bar on 11/06/2017 at 5:34 AM

Re: “The Recyclable Journey

One of the most significant problems with collecting recyclables is that they must be sorted. This drives up collection costs and also is among the primary factors many people do not recycle. It's just as well lengthy to separate news print, cardboard, office paper, tin, aluminum, glass, and plastic right into specific containers. In order to remove the need to sort recyclables prior to they are collected, Green Machine has actually produced the most reliable approach of recycling: single stream recycling.

Posted by GreenMachineLL1 on 11/03/2017 at 12:50 PM

Re: “A Homeless Survival Guide

The suggestions in this article aren't just good for homeless people, but for anyone.

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Posted by Anthony Westkamper on 10/29/2017 at 1:43 PM

Re: “Reggae Falling

From the Mateel "Reggae on the River" 2017 website:

"A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots"~ Marcus Garvey

It also stated:

"Reggae On The River is the primary fundraiser of the Mateel Community Center, a 501 c-3 non-profit organization offering arts, educational, youth, and social service programs to the rural communities of Southern Humboldt and Northern Mendocino Counties."

And

"As part of our mission to give back to the community, all food booths at ROTR benefit local non-profit organizations working to improve the quality of life on the North Coast. Whether run directly by a non-profit or by a percentage of sales from commercial booths via our Non-Profit Partnership Program, more than 20 different causes/ organizations benefitted from the concessions at ROTR 2016. Stay tuned here for a list of the 2017 participants as this information becomes available."

http://www.reggaeontheriver.com/outreach/

Since 2014, the MCC has been in what's called a "delinquent status" with the State and its charitable non-profit organization. According to the State Attorney Generals office:

"An organization must be in good standing current with the Registry of Charitable Trusts to operate or solicit for charitable purposes. A registration that is delinquent, suspended or revoked is not in good standing and is prohibited from engaging in conduct for which registration is required, including but not limited to solicitation for charitable purposes."

How come the MCC can not explain this "delinquent status" and how come they continued to have their fundraisers and solicit for charitable purposes (tax exempt) when they are prohibited? How deep of a hole are they digging?

Here are two letters the MCC was sent, explaining the status from the Attorney General's office:

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B1qq4OlQ…

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B1qq4OlQ…

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Posted by Ed Voice on 10/26/2017 at 11:22 AM

Re: “Needles, Needles, Needles

Did this problem exist before we gave needles away by the millions?

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Posted by Kirsten on 10/24/2017 at 8:16 AM

Re: “Reggae Falling

The Mateel Community Center was ruined by People Productions, the same "people" who infected the culture at KMUD, Southern Humboldt's home-made radio station. Neither "people-powered" enterprise could ever cherish creative or critical thinking because their cultures would not allow it. The fast-talking, coke-addicted, industrial-grow set seized leadership roles in both of these non-profits, ruining their reputation, prospects for success, and the goodwill of their community and volunteer base. This story doesn't begin to address the corruption responsible for the Mateel's problems. It's not rocket science, it's social science, and you have to look into the social history of the region to tell the compelling and true story of Reggae on the River. Here Kelley Lincoln betrays no interest in presenting such a story, but there are good reporters on the NCJ staff so there is no reason for publishing this drivel.

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Posted by Emma Bradford on 10/24/2017 at 2:35 AM

Re: “The Last Days of the Budget Motel

Wow. Never knew you could write like that cuz. Sounds like you and Kat had a real tiff time. So sorry to hear about all of that. Hope things are going better for you now. Keep in writing! You're every not as talented at writing as you are at drawing, singing and playing guitar. I've always admired how talented you are. Love you cuz.

Posted by R on 10/23/2017 at 4:34 PM

Re: “Needles, Needles, Needles

An easy way to significantly reduce the discarded needle problem is to go back to the original one for one exchange and make it mandatory.

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Posted by John Fullerton on 10/23/2017 at 3:16 PM

Re: “All Creatures Great and Small

Great story, Kali! Keep writing!! <3

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Posted by Amy Beth Barnes on 10/20/2017 at 9:16 AM

Re: “Reggae Falling

Kelley Lincoln; since you dont want to answer those questions, how about these:

In the Reggae on the River plans and revised technical report for the leachfields and wastewater discharge requirements, submitted to the State Water Board on March 3, 2014, it states the following from page 2 of 3:

"The design wastewater generation volume from the entire event is 11,000 gallons per day Keep in mind that only 6500 of the 10,500 attendees stay overnight and not all of them shower."

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B1qq4OlQ…

Do they mean only attendees camping onsite take showers, what about attendees not camping onsite that have been in the river, or because its been a long hot, dry and dusty day and take care of personal hygiene ("not all of them shower")?

Why did the Reggae on the River monitoring report for 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017, dated October 6, 2017 reflect the event generated 11,000 gallons per day (Table 2)? Since the report states:

"the attendance never hit the 10,500 that was used in the design nor the 9000 that is currently allowed by the CUP"

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B1qq4OlQ…

The Reggae on the River October 6, 2017 monitoring report states the event generated exactly 11,000 gallons of wastewater per day for 4 days, which was estimated for the higher number of attendees, not the lower number as stated in the monitoring report (Table 1). Are these estimates and calculations correct?

In other words, the volume of wastewater generated is greater, compared to the number of attendees, which is lower in 2017. Why is that?

And as for those attendees numbers, no one noticed the slow decline in numbers from 2014 to 2016?

In your reporting, you stated:

"Earnings from Reggae were strong each of the next two years, according to the general manager and the board. Crellin said ROTR netted $249,000 in 2015 and $278,000 the following year"

Wow, thats amazing; according to the Reggae on the River October 6, 2017 monitoring report to the State Water Board, the Daily Average (Table 1) was 288 less in 2016 than in 2015, but they made $29,000 more in 2016 than in 2015? Maybe they should figure out how they did that

And my last question; in your reporting, you stated:

"Reflecting on Reggae 2017, the Mateel and its members face an inescapable truth: It lacked support from the very community it was formed to serve. Advanced tickets for Reggae the ones typically snatched up by out-of-town buyers mostly met sales projections. It was the locals who were almost completely absent, prompting Crellin to ask during his presentation, If the locals dont come, then who are we doing it for?"

Whoa and you believe that? Blaming something you cannot quantify? Its kinda like the MCC can tell you how many gallons of potable water they use every year, but cannot tell you how many thousands of gallons of wastewater they leave behind for the river to ingest. Leave No Trace, right?

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Posted by Ed Voice on 10/20/2017 at 7:10 AM

Re: “Needles, Needles, Needles

These are from San Francisco in 2015; they have many more locations, open hours, and assorted drop boxes. http://www.sfgate.com/opinion/saunders/art… http://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article…

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Posted by Judy Sousa on 10/20/2017 at 7:06 AM

Re: “Reggae Falling

Let me also remind you, back in 2015, Calfresh paid the Mateel $11,750 for a new mechanical/automated dishwasher and installation for the Mateel Meal program. And Calfresh also paid overhead, personnel and operating cost of the Mateel Meal for years. How is the Mateel Meal a burden on the Mateel? Why did they stop the Calfresh outreach program this year? Maybe because the current Calfresh contract for 2017/2018 FY required a mandatory Drug Free Workplace & Employee Agreement and Drug Free Policy Agreement to receive Calfresh funding for the Mateel and Mateel Meal?

https://www.documents.dgs.ca.gov/dgs/fmc/p…

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Posted by Ed Voice on 10/20/2017 at 7:01 AM

Re: “All Creatures Great and Small

Emily,
Little Molly looks so much like our little Rescue, Benji! We lost him last year to cancer and we miss him so much. He had the sweetest personality and loved to play with every dog he met.

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Posted by Marna on 10/19/2017 at 10:15 PM

Re: “Reggae Falling

I have a couple of questions for Kelley Lincoln, from her Journals cover story,

One of your statements in the article was:

"The Mateel spent about $35,000 for new leach fields for the septic system serving the kitchen and food vendors"

1. Why did you forget to mention the public showers? The majority of the wastewater dumped into the onsite leach fields (within the floodplain of the South Fork Eel) was generated by attendees using public showers during the event for 4 days each year.

2. Why did it take until this year (2017) for the MCC to file all the yearly required wastewater monitoring reports to the State Water Board (2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017)?

3. How come the MCC can only estimate the amount of wastewater being dumped into the leach fields? See link:

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B1qq4OlQ…

4. In that State Water Board report, do the number of attendees include; volunteers, event staff, emergency staff, security staff, VIP/entertainment, vendors, guests and comp ticket holders?

5. Does any amount of that wastewater include RV holding tanks?

You also stated:

"The Mateel also mitigated environmental stressors by constructing a rain catchment pond to use for dust control and lawn for the concert bowl at a cost of about $55,000"

1. Where in the MCC Conditional Use Permit EIR for "Reggae on the River", does it require mitigated environmental stressors and construction of a rain catchment pond (780,000 gallon)?

2. What are mitigated environmental stressors?

3. Why was this $55,000 rain catchment pond empty 9 days before the event started this year (2017)?

4. Since there was no rain water in the catchment pond, at least 9 days before the event; where did the water come from for dust control and lawn during the event in 2017?

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Posted by Ed Voice on 10/19/2017 at 9:19 AM

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