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Re: “'Nibs' and 'The Taz'

"The Board of Supervisors are revealing their true colors"?

Humboldt County's Butcher, Baker and Candlestick Maker Supes have never had the leadership or courage to deviate from the direction big money dictates. This is their primary directive. Wealthy campaign contributors win most elections and have no use for intelligent naysayers that might interfere in their financial interests.

Locking up the indigent is fully funded. Problem solved. The Supes are busy unleashing Big Pot into our headwaters to finish the job Big Timber started. Not enough water? The policy is, "Don't Look, Don't Tell, No Problem".

Nothing has changed for poor Humboldt County.

In equal crimes unequal fates are found, when one swings the other's crowned.

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Posted by Cherise Cawley on 08/16/2017 at 12:30 PM

Re: “'Nibs' and 'The Taz'

I don't know this man or anything about him. But, the guy in that photo has the physical appearance of a severe alcoholic. If he is, that would explain a lot of the behaviors mentioned - unexplained absences, moodiness, apathy, etc etc. Just a thought.

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Posted by LocoGuy on 08/12/2017 at 1:39 PM

Re: “'Nibs' and 'The Taz'

Even if half of what's been reported about David Marcus is a half truth, it's painfully obvious he's a professional con-man who has swindled his way into a six-digit salary paid for by the public. By all accounts, he's a burden to his coworkers as well as an expense and a liability to everybody living in Humboldt County. There's simply no excuse for his continuing employment. The Board of Supervisors are revealing their true colors regarding their genuine care and concern for their own constituents.

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Posted by Prefer to remain anonymous. on 08/12/2017 at 10:16 AM

Re: “'Nibs' and 'The Taz'

Oh boy...

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Posted by ladynacage on 08/10/2017 at 9:30 AM

Re: “The Last Days of the Budget Motel

Situated by the boarded up Budget Motel

The Royal Inn Motel Unsafe For Tourists Visiting Eureka
full of code violations and a magnet for police calls

We will avoid Eureka next time.

The Last Days of the Royal Inn Motel
Eureka City Manager Greg Sparks
DHHS Director Connie Beck close down this crime ridden tier two roach hotel.

Trivago is still taking bookings for The Royal Inn Motel.
Trivago does not care about the public safety of their customers.
WE DID NOT FEEL SAFE. LEFT PROPERTY EARLY. DID NOT SLEEP. Cockroach ghetto hotel - Royal Inn Motel, Eureka, California, USA - Trivago booking - full of homeless. The hotel room smelt like a sewer. The Royal Inn Motel, Eureka is a very dangerous disgusting slum property full of pot smoking homeless people. The location is situated in a ghetto part of town. Did not feel safe. Left property early. Did not sleep.

The hotels surrounding the Royal Inn Motel are empty, boarded up and condemned! The hotel looked like a war zone! Trivago you should NOT be taking peoples money by advertising & sending anymore people there. No air-con in cockroach infested rooms, full of fleas, and flies dancing around fecal matter. The hotel room smelt like a sewer. Sheets and pillows full of stains and smelt of urine. The bullish East Indian staff did not speak English and refused to give a refund. Read the very negative online reviews on social media sites including Trivago from tourists like myself and my family who have unfortunately stayed at The Royal Inn Motel in Eureka, California, USA.

We demand a complete refund from Trivago.
Ruined our vacation.

Posted by Dont Stay At The Royal Inn Motel, Eureka, California, USA on 08/09/2017 at 10:14 PM

Re: “It's Watson for the Interim

I am extremely disappointed to see the NCJ and its usually highly competent reporter Linda Stansberry give Steve Watson an unchallenged venue to present a completely non-tested theory: "... that many of the homeless and transient people in Eureka were attracted to the area by the pot industry ... ."

HSU faculty would love to conduct scientific studies to test urban-legend "theories" such as this but governmental, law enforcement and media hostility to our region's largest multibillion-dollar industry is such that funding opportunities for large-scale social science research projects are severely constrained. A working assumption is that this social problem has deep and diverse causes likely rooted in economic and political practices over the last 70 years entirely unrelated to the emergence of a domestic cannabis industry in the 1980s. Examples include deindustrialization, with most manufacturing businesses moving abroad and then-Gov R Reagan's closing of most state mental health facilities, Etc.

The Journal/Stansberry should have tempered this Trumpian-level rant with sources working with the homeless or in the industry. Faculty at Humboldt State University's Institute for Interdisciplinary Marijuana Research are readily available for comment, if all else fails. Considering the high level of ad revenue the Journal receives from cannabis-related businesses, it is the least the citizens of Humboldt should expect.

Posted by Fred Krissman on 08/08/2017 at 8:30 AM

Re: “Best of Humboldt

So....who won in each category?

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Posted by Mel Carlson on 08/06/2017 at 12:31 PM

Re: “Goodbye, Chief

All of Eureka, ALL of HUMBOLDT should be throwing a party and celebrating the Era of MILLS and his crooked way of doing things to cover up the shit that his police officers were always getting away with. It's yet to be seen how this new chief will run things, but we all must Thank God that his partner in police crime, his candidate Captain Stephens was denied the position. That means that there is always a possibility that the Eureka Police Department could regain a good name yet. We'll have to keep our fingers crossed and pray for that to happen. For Eureka has gotten away with far too much, I am speaking on behalf of my Nephew Tommy McClain and the many others like Cotton who have lost their lives due to the rampart that the EPD got away with because of the direction of MILLS allowed them to. My Brother is lost without a son, his ONLY son, he was at the farewell as well as my sister Tommy McClains Aunt Jamie who you see in the photo addressing Mills. she has held this case to the very facts that Mills presented to the public, that were made up or nothing of the truth at all. Tommy McClain Aunt Jamie has pieced together this case like a puzzle No one wanted to see and if it were not for her hard work and extreme devotion to this case, Tommy McClain would have been made out to be another suspect that confronted the police with a firearm, when infact it was nothing to that degree. Mills has been doing these types of things for years, and is why he was transferred out of L.A county just as he is being transferred now. Santa Cruz beware and keep your eyes on this man for he is gonna bring a bad name your way also. Thank you for reading.

Posted by His Uncle #JUSTICEFORTOMMYMCCLAIN on 08/05/2017 at 12:25 AM

Re: “'The People's Chief'

Contrary to this series of reports, former Eureka Police Chief Andrew Mills' 3 years and 10 months of employment do not constitute a "legacy".

We were reminded of law enforcement's legacy when they removed Protect and Serve from police vehicles and buildings long ago, it is a legacy best summed-up by corporate America's trillion dollar annual advertising message, "This is a World of Plenty for the Deserving".

For the "undeserving" and unwanted destitute, law enforcement continues its historical role imposing punitive and brutal treatment worsening the problem by further destabilizing the most vulnerable people in our community, the homeless, (not to be confused with law enforcement's treatment of native people, suffragettes, strikers, blacks, Chinese, gays, disabled, Jews, and LGBT! That would be a conspiracy, a fully discredited word).

To be fair, most law enforcement agencies, including elected and appointed officials, work to protect the interests of the rich despite being primary perpetrators behind chronic affordable housing shortages.

In just over one generation the financial interests of this nation's, (and our community's), wealthy developers, speculators, financiers, brokers, title companies, land attorneys, insurers and realtors, control the national and local agenda enough to build the third catastrophic and highly profitable housing bubble, as if millions of foreclosures, bankruptcies, bank bailouts and nationwide economic collapse never happened.

Its 2017 and were still reading the same old bigotry against the poor that was common in 19th Century newspapers!?

What purpose did it serve to disparage the quality of transportation being used by family survivors of Tommy McClain who was wrongly killed by EPD?

Please stop repeating the tiresome canards linking poverty and homelessness to higher crime. Why not interview one of our local academic professionals in sociology, healthcare or psychology? They'll tell you that in every 4th home on your block resides a person with a diagnosable mental pathology, or an abuser of drugs, alcohol, or a spouse. Had law enforcement gone door-to-door checking I.D. in tiny Trinidad's million dollar homes they would have discovered serial killer Robert Durst 15 years sooner. How, exactly, does that crime, or the way Mr. Durst has been treated, compare to the crimes and group-punishment imposed upon an entire class of homeless residents? Would a wealthy serial killer ever need to fear the withholding of food because other rich people caused unprecedented nationwide suffering after they looted the U.S. Treasury in bailouts in 2008?

Evicting hundreds of homeless from Palco Marsh without first securing a sanctioned location was cruel and inhuman, it was not a "Smooth Eviction". Would the NCJ call the withholding food at St. Vincent De Paul, a "Smooth Starving"?

Declaring Andrew Mills likable, over and over again, appears to be the most unique legacy he left for Eureka.

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Posted by Sammy Ortiz on 07/29/2017 at 1:39 AM

Re: “'Nothing in Writing'

"Interpreting the statute differently, the county argues, would "necessarily mean that an attorney is only eligible for the office of public defender if the attorney had made a physical appearance in literally all California courts, including every superior court in all 58 counties, every division of the six districts of the appellate court, as well as the California Supreme Court. This is an impossible requirement to meet ..."

The person supposedly representing the county making this claim is wrong, period. Rather than coming to a logical conclusion about a simple sentence, their understanding is that an "impossible" law was written in the first place. If a county representative can't decipher a logical interpretation of the law, the person isn't really qualified either. Who is supposedly representing the county?

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Posted by Who is representing Humboldt? on 07/28/2017 at 12:26 PM

Re: “The Light on the Bluff

I wandered onto The Land in October of 1979. I had hitchiked from Burlington Vermont across America to Seattle Washington and saw the Pacific Ocean for the first time in. I had long hair and a floppy hippy hat. I wasn't really a hippy. I was from the 70's. I was dazed and confused! I had just recently answered an alter call at a Yakima rescue mission to accept Jesus as my personal savior. I was seeking a meal and a roof over my head. I was picking apples for the first time and the romanticism wore off really fast as the professional pickers took all the easy to get apples off my tree! After accepting Jesus I started praying for a place to land where I could read the Bible. I didn't know the ranch existed but one day hitchhiking turned into night and my ride told me about the place and drove me all the way out Hookton road to the Ranch. It was dinner time and I was swept up with hospitality a meal and a bunk without even one questioned asked. I had visited many communes across America but never one so friendly. I had finally found a home a refuge from all my travelling and found as they say Purpose and Vision ! I stayed 4 years and learned many things. I worked in the garden for a year and built a green house and a cash crop of head lettuce and garlics. I loved the little garden shed and had many meals there on an old makeshift table sitting in front of a window looking out across the eel river valley. I then went to work at Clean Sweep the chimney cleaning company the Ranch owned and ran. I am still cleaning chimneys today with my company called Roof Dancers in Flagstaff AZ. I did get to read the Bible over and over again . I find it to be all that and a bag of chips. Jesus comes alive on every page! My memories of the Lighthouse are so vivid and rich. This article brought me back to many good times. After clean sweep I became the work coordinator and every Tuesday was responsible for getting all 10,000 trip city newspapers delivered with whatever vehicles and people we had at the time! We always seemed to get the job done. I loved the fresh bread and the discussions about Jesus anytime anywhere. I still love Jesus with all my heart and soul and pray for the children of this generation to receive him. My passion has ed me to make a Jesus board game called Treasure in Heaven. If anybody is interested it can be seen at I am still in touch with a couple friends from the Ranch... who knew Facebook would be a thing?

Posted by David Gerhard on 07/28/2017 at 8:56 AM

Re: “'Nothing in Writing'

The Board of Supes clearly doesn't work for the Indigent people of Humboldt County. They will find that out when the Grassroots movement takes place to remove them all from office in the next election. Their failure to listen to the community that deals with Mr. Marcus on a daily basis will be their downfall in the next election. Can you post the entire deposition? Did it discuss whether he's even tried a case.. ever... in his career? Or in the last two decades?

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Posted by I. A. C. on 07/27/2017 at 7:21 PM

Re: “Dates with David Marcus

It is a travesty that the Board of Supervisors has dug their heels in and now at county expense they're litigating a lawsuit, rather than admit that they did not follow law, made a mistake, or just simply misinterpreted the government code for the minimum qualifications to be a public defender. Furthermore as soon as they learned that Mr. Marcus had lied on his application and in his interview, they should have taken that opportunity to fire him. Frankly, it seems like a joke that his review was in front of the Supes, not a review by his peers. Nobody on that board knows anything about criminal defense. Frankly, I doubt anybody on that board cares about criminal defense. They just let a brown nose "nice guy" tell them what they wanted to hear rather than listening to the people who actually deal with him on a daily basis. The people that suffer are the most vulnerable people in our community.. they do not have a voice and they do not have competent representation when Mr. Marcus is their lawyer.

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Posted by I. A. C. on 07/27/2017 at 7:17 PM

Re: “'The People's Chief'

This man is universally reviled by the poor in this community

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Posted by James Decker1 on 07/27/2017 at 4:00 PM

Re: “'Nothing in Writing'

This is really hard to believe. The board of supervisors can be forgiven for hiring David Marcus, but not for retaining his services at this point. Why is every member of the board so aggressively against the grain of common sense with this issue? Nobody in their right mind can't see what's going on.

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Posted by Who do the Supervisors worl for? on 07/27/2017 at 6:36 AM

Re: “Community

Oooops. It seems that I was confused. A state of mind that is becoming all too frequent.
Anyway, I now know for sure that Redway really is in Humboldt County and not in the Central Valley.
Must have been something that I smoked.

Posted by Mr. Geezer on 07/23/2017 at 8:14 AM

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