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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

Re: “Drug Money

Sheriff Downey has current Sheriff deputies and others within the Humboldt County administration that took pay offs for years from growers. Seen it with my own two eyes. Like the current Coroner Ernie Stewart who took pay offs when he lived out by Honeydew from local growers. Why don't you ask the good Sheriff about his late good pal CPA Jimmy Eddy in Garberville, who cooked the books and made many in SoHum rich by hiding illegal drug profits. Or my personal witness to Sheriff's deputies loading small planes full of confiscated cannabis in the middle of the night aboard planes flown into the Redway airport by German nationals in 1994.

Posted by James Blue Eddings on 05/22/2017 at 6:06 PM

Re: “Eureka Ordered to Pay $90K in Police Video Case

"So what are your guys gonna do with the 90K? Built a new breakroom, with blackjack and hookers?"

The award is to me, not the North Coast Journal. However, I am intrigued with your suggestion and request you tell me more about these "blackjack and hookers" of which you speak.

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Posted by Paul Nicholas Boylan on 05/20/2017 at 5:57 PM

Re: “Eureka Ordered to Pay $90K in Police Video Case

So what are your guys gonna do with the 90K? Built a new breakroom, with blackjack and hookers?

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Posted by Teufel Wulf on 05/18/2017 at 4:26 PM

Re: “Eureka Ordered to Pay $90K in Police Video Case

I bet you people will re-elect all those idiots just the same....

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Posted by Teufel Wulf on 05/18/2017 at 2:43 PM

Re: “Civility Now

I promise the public will not hold accountable any representative of the public who lets their constituents know how they vote. It's absurd to disallow the very transparancy we need. On the contrary, any representative of the public who wants to formally punish their peers for voicing their vote is the exact kind of shady politician nobody wants. It's the people's job to decide if a politician doesn't deserve the job. Their ethics supposedly got them the job in the first place. Knowing who our government votes for should be mandatory.

Posted by No kindergarten politics, please. on 05/13/2017 at 10:38 AM

Re: “Civility Now

Great coverage, Kimberly.

I would have completely voted yes over this was it not for the ability to endorse future candidates. Name recognition from endorsements can help candidates win elections. I'm not one to take offense to someone not endorsing me but I see the argument that the other council members raised that it could. I guess I was thinking of the bigger picture, whether it be endorsing people, or endorsing organizations such as climate action groups etc. A bit of weight is lost in the endorsement process if you can't list your full title, especially people who are not familiar with the community or does not look too deep into public office holders and know everyone's names.

It would be nice in helping to get future candidates to run for office to have the ability to back them not just with a name, but a title as well. But I guess I also forget that people can hold grudges over the smallest of things such as not getting endorsed by someone. It is what it is and maybe it's actually for the best. Perhaps other government organizations in our community can follow suit with the code of ethics we passed.

Cheers!
-Austin

Posted by Austin on 05/12/2017 at 3:47 PM

Re: “Winter Photo Contest

Is there a spring photo contest?

Posted by Marna Powell on 05/10/2017 at 7:48 PM

Re: “Blind, Sick, Alone

HOW does this facility keep their license? This incident is so unacceptable, who took the person to the motel? Family not being notified, a modern day horror story. Punishing the poor, weak, and disabled.

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Posted by Wendy Davis on 05/07/2017 at 4:42 PM

Re: “Service Call

Religion and government do not mix. I find it to be irresponsible governance when a highly religious and extreme right wing evangelical politician is making decisions for the people. Those decisions will no doubt be skewed toward the favor and benefit of a few, not the populace as a whole.

Posted by Humboldtrish on 04/26/2017 at 7:39 AM

Re: “Who Was Jeff Zander?

I served with Lance Corporal Jeff Zander at the DoD language school in Monterey, CA. He acted as a mentor to me until we had a falling out over a road trip to buy some M-14 rifle stocks for the drill team he headed up. Back then, Jeff was a weasel who twisted words and falsely claimed permissions he didn't really have --- like a non-existing approval by our unit commander to drill with rifles with unsheathed bayonets, in an incident that resulted in a Marine getting his arm sliced open during a drill performance. Jeff's white collar crimes are not heinous compared to others I've seen in my lifetime, but I'm not at all surprised he committed them.

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Posted by jdarling2k on 04/21/2017 at 11:42 AM

Re: “The Butterfly Effect

My backyard looks like nature took over. I have swarms of bees from next door. The bees seem to like my yard. And of course there's a lot of birds . I have fushias blooming year around most of the time so that the hummingbirds don't go hungry. I don't feed sugar water to them.

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Posted by Carol Weaver on 04/21/2017 at 2:21 AM

Re: “The Butterfly Effect

I am creating a garden in Arcata Bottoms. I want it to be a habitat.please et me know what exactly I need to do . Thanks! Sharon King slpk@att.net

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Posted by Sharon King on 04/20/2017 at 6:43 PM

Re: “Slip, Sliding Away

Foghorn....did you even read the article? Apparently not. Are you an engineer? A geologist? Experienced in road construction? If not, then your faux "expertise" is simply opinion unsupported by facts. Driving the road in an RV "many times" does not an expert make.

Kurt- it's s tough situation with no easy answer, obviously. Glad to hear that there's a stakeholders group and that Jared Huffman is on it. I hope the re-routing happens in time or we're all going to need those new flying cars...

Posted by Reynard on 04/19/2017 at 8:57 PM

Re: “Playing Hardball

If your local public schools were failing it's because parents are not involved, they're not at teacher-parent meetings, they're not at school board meetings, they're AWOL.

Charter schools have a horrible record, even after culling the special-needs kids from their ranks.

Whether they graduate from a private Trump university or a public university, they will suffer debt-peonage for decades and zero career prospects.

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Posted by Howard Smith on 04/14/2017 at 12:49 AM

Re: “Banned

too bad!

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Posted by Ed Erwin on 04/13/2017 at 5:43 AM

Re: “Slip, Sliding Away

Excellent in-depth story on one of the worst parts of Highway 101 in Del Norte County. I'll never forget that going home from an assignment, when I was The Triplicate's editor, a car came around the corner shown in the photo in this story and overturned. Thankfully, everyone was fine, but I've covered too many bad accidents in that stretch. That was so long ago that the wall shown in the photo was not even there yet.

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Posted by Glenn Franco Simmons on 04/11/2017 at 7:55 PM

Re: “Slip, Sliding Away

Good solid land on each side...
the article said...slipping into the ocean below... meaning, there is only one side of a mountain, the other side is a cliff with the ocean below.
It also said that once eroded from below the segment topples. The ocean eats the base of soft rock like sandstone. It's not granite, it can't be cored into for stability. The weight of the vertical slab topples it. The road sits on that top of the vertical slabs of unstable, soft ocean eaten rock. Anything you do has to be done on soft crumbling rock. There is no stability. It's a no win.

Posted by Kirsten on 04/08/2017 at 8:35 AM

Re: “Red Handed

Much prejudice surrounds this issue, that's why actual theft-statistics are always missing.

It doesn't matter.

It's about hate.

Media has no sense of proportion, abandoning investigations of far worse crimes costing taxpayers millions and remaining unreported because they are committed by area elites.

Every poor working family in this county subsidizes the infrastructure, and emergency services for high-priced subdivisions miles from downtown, homes that most residents cannot afford, homes that will be part of the next perfectly legal housing bubble bailed out by taxpayers, homes requiring a $30 million "Martin Slough Sewage Interceptor", the largest single reason Eureka resident's water bills doubled in 5 years, and are going to double again over the next 5 years.


Business theft, called "shrinkage" remains about 1% of sales where it has been for many decades, mostly the result of disgruntled, underpaid, mistreated employees with zero healthcare, massive student debt, and no career prospects.

One crime begets another.

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Posted by Howard Smith on 04/08/2017 at 1:35 AM

Re: “Slip, Sliding Away

kurt. i have driven over this road in my R.V. many times over the years and not all 10 miles is affected with sliding, just some areas. since Caltrans has not solved this problem, and you sound like you are defending them cause you work there, has a study ever been done to consider short sections of bridges to span each area that is sliding? regards bob

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Posted by foghorn on 04/07/2017 at 2:39 PM

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