"Let's Talk About Rex"
Thank you for publishing this article in the North Coast Journal. Public officials must not stonewall when asked to explain their actions. The Supervisors work for us, and they receive an adequate compensation from the citizens of Humboldt County. I cant remember when so many employees serving in a department felt the need to state their opinion of their superior, David Marcus. I would like to hear the facts, good or bad. There are simply too many unanswered questions. This must be addressed by our County Supervisors. Just because a person is elected to public office, doesnt give them carte blanche to act without consequences.
not to detract, but a seperate note entirely, i want to clarify the last statement of my response to this column @ 1:11pm because it seems harsh with no explanation. i dont understand the rise in what i would call "text speak" working its way into professional writing, especially "the news". for example, parts of the above editorial are written as though very informally spoken, complete with mumbled interjections. if its intended to parody rex bohn's stammering, it doesnt come across that way, but more like a hasty rant. only parts of the editorial, the rest is spot on. im a shameless grammer nazi, hypocrite too as i type this with my thumbs on a janky phone not giving a fuck...such is the cesspool that is the internet.
thadeus, i agree with everything you wrote 111%. the issue is very serious and the supervisors' behavior is very disturbing in many ways. with all the talk for needs of affordable housing, healthcare, public transit etc etc, its really telling that the supervisors are repeatedly insulting the same public by downplaying the importance of proper legal representation when needed. when falsely accused, when unjustly persecuted, when simple misunderstandings can lead to life changing court decisions in a matter of moments. our supervisors are collectively paid over $30,000 of our tax money every month. regarding this issue in particular, they're all demonstrating exactly how out of touch they have become with their own common constituents. whereas even a $300 legal fine of any sort is nothing to them now (as many of us knew the supervisors before their lifestyles matched their current income bracket), that petty cash difference is literally crippling families the nation over. rex bohn insults the poor even further by dismissing the credibility of journalists working for genuinely local readership, as if every fresh graduate is guarunteed a position within one of his media sources of choice (and they all pay the bills through advertising). it shows, in his own words, his complete lack of integrity, or in the very least his naivette of such a thing as integrity in the first place. the same goes for all four other supervisors for their silence in this matter, and moreso for their refusal to acknowledge, let alone do something, about a clear cut case of a very important tax-paid public official who has been deemed incompetent by his former employera and isn't even welcome by his own current staff. would they accept a chief of police under these circumstances? would the police chief accept a new officer with such scrutiny? the behavior of humboldts board of supervisors over this matter is inexcusable.
that said, while i understand this particular writing is an editorial, it reads like a drunk facebook post. the issue deserves better, please. thanks for everything youve done and continue doing as a journalist...keep it up!
County government is run by an auctioneer, realtor, waitress, and rural radio host, each laser-focused on representing the property rights zealots that funded their campaigns.
Stop electing development industry hacks and start demanding that your local government hire executives and department directors with advanced degree in their field, you know, the kind of professionals that understand how to incorporate the law into practice.
Something is fishy
I am normally in agreement with calls for compromise. In this case, simple morality does not allow for compromise. There is an obvious an easy choice on this issue. Humans have killed around 95% of the Coast redwood forest. When we talk about impact on these trees, it is imperative that we consider that we as humans have already killed 95% of these forests for our economic benefit. There is no monetary issue can morally justify further impact! Every remaining tree is worth all the wealth on Earth. "Cost more" or "takes longer" are arguments that carry zero weight with a moral and informed person.
I appreciate the time and trouble the NCJ has put into keeping me informed.
Your articles are always well written.
If the situation presents itself, please include mention of Mary Jane the Potumentary. Hopefully you have seen it. MJ lays out the history and future of pot here in Humboldt County. Disclosure...I'm a Co-Producer, still photographer and bit player in the film.
Humboldt County in general and especially Eureka, lacks top executives with advanced degrees in their field. It's time for a hard-hitting report on this scandal.
Credentialed professionals, like local doctors, are hard to retain.
So, who are these people?
They are people who are trusted....friends of the family, church, club and political party.
this is completely unacceptable and none of the supervisors deserve to even be considered for reelection unless they remedy this crime against the most vulnerable sector of any public. to wish the unfairly appointed defender success at this point is meaningless, he already got the job despite a critical record of the exact nature certain to disqualify a person from the position, a false reference in walnut creek and literally refusing to discuss the matter with the inquiring public hes supposed to represent. the supervisors further insult their constituents by refusing to discuss the issue, admitting only that even they didnt decide the makup of the "advisory committee" who, for every outward appearance, ordered the hire without compromise. theyve illegally colluded a crime against their own public.
cannabis laws have changed. this issue is of critical importance. the slightest mishandling of even petty cases can and does lead to such dramatic longer term consequences as property forfeiture, for anybody involved. its not unreasonable...in all fact its completely reasonable...to not trust david marcus to work for the best interests of the public. the same can now be said with confidence of every humboldt county supervisor. its easy to be cordial and kind and assure everybody that everything will be okay, but this demonstrates an inability to trust them at all.
I totally agree that this process was seriously flawed and should go back to the drawing board. I know how important it is to have great leadership in the Public Defender's office where the hours are long and the demands of the job are overwhelming.
I was a deputy Public Defender when Bill Connell ran the office and inspired young attorneys to do great work. I watched his successor Jim Steinberg do the same thing as Public Defender. Kevin Robinson carried on in that tradition. Each of these amazing attorneys were hired from within the Public Defenders office. There are equally highly qualified attorneys in the office now who would carry on this tradition.
Are we going to Mr. Marcus because the current lineup of Public Defenders is doing too good a job?
In my time working there, MediCal patients who were there for therapy were only given 40% of the therapy that they were supposed to receive because Rockport put an artificial ceiling of 60 minutes per day on these patients therapy. Even if MediCal was paying $700 per day, which was more than $500 a day over the cost of providing care, Janet Stone still refused to approve the care that the residents needed. My understanding is that this policy is still in place with Amad Nazifi in the leadership position but given that it is probably fraud, It is an unofficial guideline.
Finally, a local media source has taken the time and space to provide the most thorough account yet of a police force out of control. Looking back at the recurring civilian deaths over the last 10 years, none of the alleged crimes, if adjudicated, were punishable by death.
I remember the lone officer chasing a truant 16 year old allegedly "brandishing a knife" who hadn't harmed anyone, shot dead, ("Burgess"?) , and an emotionally distraught woman "brandishing a flare gun" shot dead in her apartment without any efforts to "talk her down" by a professional, and 22 year old "McClain" shot dead in his front yard, and now, dozens of stray bullets in downtown Eureka???
Are you kidding me?
A big part of Eureka's problem, never covered by media, is that its law enforcement is funded for a city of 28,000 when, in reality, it's a city 3 times that size when you include the border communities that rely on Eureka for everything. If Eureka is going to require officers to manage mental illness, addicts, children, and homelessness, in addition to what they're trained for...CRIME...it should be obvious that we can expect inappropriate, disproportionate police responses that endanger as much as protect. I want a fully-funded police force patrolling my neighborhood, not chasing the homeless from one bush to another.
If Eureka's political "leadership" cared more about its multiple fiscal maladies than the financial interests of a handful of propertied old-families and make concerted efforts to expand its borders, it wouldn't have had these needless deaths, three closed elementary schools, streets unsafe to walk or drive, and one-hundred million dollars of unfunded infrastructure liabilities.
+Joel Mielke, I'm not quite sure what part of 44 bullets fired by cops that you're missing?? You obviously feel cops should have carte blanche to shoot as many bullets as they like regardless of how many people they endanger. Witnesses will most certainly tell what really happen. Just because cops have badges doesn't give them the right to shoot like wild men on city streets. If witnesses prove this guy was much less of a danger than the cops are claiming, then at least one cop should be fired asap. It's our right and duty as citizens to hold all parts of government (especially law enforcement) accountable for their actions.
That's the nitty-gritty all right. You cut succinctly to the bottom line of this whole situation. It takes some time and a great deal of experience to get to the core of scams like his - hidden behind dummy corporations and partnerships - preying on complex manipulations of poorly understood and monitored government entitlement programs. Kinda reminds me of Trump's complex and entangled corporate dealings under consistent audit by the IRs and his assuming control of the nation without revealing his tax returns or otherwise giving full disclosure to the public re: potential conflict of interest between his own interests and their interests / interest of the nation. All the while filling his cabinet with 1%ers similarly experienced with increasing their personal coffers with exorbitant corporate profits gained at the expense of the little guys and gals and the natural environment of America. None of them ever experienced working within government - always whining about governmental interference interfering with their personal profit making. They didn't drain the swamp, they filled it with alligators.
His "only alleged crimes at that point were fleeing the scene of a traffic stop, briefly brandishing a weapon and evading an officer"? He also brandished a weapon during a carjacking, but I suppose that it was only "briefly."
Great article and so timely. Thank you Ms. Cahill!
Buy some art. Any art. Buy what you want in your home not what you think will pay for your retirement.
You say the election was not rigged, yet head of NSA confirms contact between Trump and Putin throughout the election and hacking into several swing state voter counts. Plus FBI Director Comey interfered against the recommendations of the DOJ and the Hatch Act. Sorry I don't buy that.
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This article is biased and making a complicated issue seem simple and about the police not releasing a video. Do some research, this case is about keeping personnel records private and minimizing liability to the employer (City). Disappointing journalism NCJ, stick to facts not not Nancy Grace rants.
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