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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

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

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