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Re: “Indebted

What's remarkable about this story is that it revealed, for the first time locally, how one person can own numerous buildings that are so profitable that he can leave over half of them empty to become profitable tax write-offs on the anticipated rental losses for years...and then rotate them back into rentals while others become empty. Why struggle with more impoverished renters than you need to...and still get buy more properties...?

This is the shell-and-pea game the system rewards and the reason so many Eureka buildings are empty. Some Old Town business properties have been in the same family name long after the original owner died. The family pays minuscule property taxes while the city and county look the other way because these are the crooks with deep roots and assets.

These same crooks get their political candidates elected who would NEVER vote for ordinances that penalize empty buildings for the blight, lost tax revenues, police calls, fires, inflated rental market, and lost opportunity for others that this rigged system causes.

How many more empty buildings are there in Eureka, a city besieged by homeless men women and children?

It's a crime against humanity that, if routinely reported, might begin to sicken decent people.

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Posted by Gerald Gates on 01/12/2018 at 10:49 PM

Re: “Students Inside

They are so sweet," Holland says of her students. "There are huge reservoirs of kindness and humanity not destroyed by prison that are there to be tapped."

Response: these are the worst criminals in society we are reading about....... And they ain't going anywhere ever...... Let them do the hard time, no need to pamper them....... Or reward them for heinous Behavior......

Waste of tax dollars..... Ain't no benefit to a prisoner in prison for life...... Nor hardcore Criminals...... Guilt is the only thing that reshapes mindsets...... not art or poetry or music or God........

Old people are fools at times.....

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Posted by HENCHMAN OF JUSTICE on 01/09/2018 at 10:39 AM

Re: “'In the Interest of Justice'

As an Army vet I think the author might be confused. The military has two separate uses for the bronze star. One as a medal which you can receive for either heroic achievement, heroic service, meritorious achievement, or meritorious service in a combat zone. The other use for the term bronze star is for service ribbons, they are worn by members of the seven uniformed services of the United States on medals and ribbons to denote an additional award or service period. So what the subject of this report has is three awards of the Vietnam service medal not a Bronze Star medal. Not trying to question this mans valor in any way just trying to help with terminology.

Posted by Jason Middleton on 01/07/2018 at 4:18 AM

Re: “A Monumental Decision

William McKinley fought in the civil war to end slavery and later spoke against war. Do Arcatians really know anything about this man and the 1890s, or just that he was white, male, and President?

"McKinley regarded the destruction of slavery as one of the war's vital outcomes, so as...Ohio governor he labored on behalf of the rights of the freepeople, including black suffrage." -from: Major McKinley: William McKinley and the Civil War. By William H. Armstrong. (Kent, Ohio: Kent State University Press, 2000. Pp. xvi, 191)

McKinley said: "We want no wars of conquest; we must avoid the temptation of territorial aggression."

Posted by KeyboardKommander on 01/06/2018 at 2:14 PM

Re: “Students Inside

Neuro-imaging studies also show that putting words to emotions helps to regulate those emotions. Writing gives inmates an opportunity to reflect and to reshape life in ways that may benefit them.

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Posted by Cristi Jenkins on 01/05/2018 at 6:47 AM

Re: “Students Inside

I love reading these uplifting, positive prison articles. Your a awesome woman Cecelia Holland.

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Posted by Sandy Sullivan on 01/05/2018 at 5:32 AM

Re: “High Stakes

This article proves two things:

Edibles, ingestible products, topicals is the real reason for pot permits, pot legalization, pot policy.......

Policy in this area of social vices don't work for growers who produce the smokeable product.

Ya know, home gardens not wet with cides typically produce fruits/veggies that are not so perfect looking but taste great......all gardens grown naturally will have a certain % of rot, mold.......

If ya tend your garden on a routine basis, ya cull out the bad if it appears......done.....

If ya catch the powdery mildew as it is noticed, ya get it out of crop is fine as long as ya don't contaminate the crop while getting rid of the mildew start.....powdery mildew blows like baby powder.....

A properly cured bud drops resin as it is shaken, disturbed.......

Why people think chemicals is a cost effective/yield effective catalyst is whacky.......a little plant food is fine, but too much screws the taste of the final product, not to mention messes with the combustibility factor.....

Pot Policy is really really bad, its really all about the non-smokeable products, but with land use regs to focus on growers (how many grow for food, topicals versus just smoking???)......smokers always got their stuff and never complained except for price.......who can't look at some buds without seeing any flaws....??? No studies show longtime smokers of weed suffering health ailements as a result of cides in pot.......

Good article that enlightens other sub topics.....

Posted by HENCHMAN OF JUSTICE on 01/02/2018 at 8:15 AM

Re: “Code of Conduct

Jerry Toste,
orals of conduct should be based on a merit-based system. Integrity, intelligence, and energy, are the three most important things to achieving success because if they don't have integrity you want them dumb and lazy not smart and energetic. When it comes to business and law ethics play a big part and that's why in college we learned about business ethics real estate ethics law ethics because when you get out in the real world you're going to be tempted over time by many opportunities where you can cut Corners you can cheat, you can lie, and nobody's going to find out about it but that just shows something about your character and it's better to just always do the right thing no matter who's looking so people can have full Trust in you no matter what you're doing whether you're by yourself all day or if are many people around.

Sincerely with love,
Jerry G toste
Jerry Toste

417b market st. Santa cruz ca 95060

Posted by Jerry Toste on 12/29/2017 at 10:03 AM

Re: “Top 10 Dick Moves

I think Thaddeus deserves a little bit of the responsibility for #10, the way he threw his old coworker under the bus (a detail he neglected to mention). The county should have stood by her, but she was open about her professional connections throughout the application process, and was deemed competent and trustworthy enough for the job anyway.

If anything, her knowledge of the industry put her in a particularly good position to effectively execute the duties of her position.

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Posted by Maxwell Despard on 12/28/2017 at 3:35 PM

Re: “Top 10 Dick Moves

Great list.
Arkly(let's misspell him) deserves the top two spots for the crap he's trying to pull. I think he's more of an asshole rather than a dick.
This list will be sent around the world so I can give pals a taste of what's what in Humboldt County.
Ya nailed it.

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Posted by Mr. Geezer on 12/28/2017 at 12:48 PM

Re: “Top 10 Dick Moves

I guess this officially makes it "dick" County...

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Posted by Taurus Balzhoff on 12/28/2017 at 8:11 AM

Re: “High Stakes

Um, I don't think Eco is the town's first cannabis dispensary? Myrtle Avenue has had one for years. Maybe the newest one in Old Town or under the recreational rules?

Posted by Tall Trees on 12/24/2017 at 2:55 PM

Re: “Tales of Subversion

Great story, a good understanding of what it was like to make those adjustments during this time in history. To say that the Native Americans were mistreated and not allowed to maintain their customs and way of life is an understatement.

Posted by Jack Perdue on 12/23/2017 at 2:30 PM

Re: “Something to Crow About

Urban chicken raising is a near total fad. Like your live fowl? Fine. Do not keep your live fowl in an urban area. Don't like applicable county regulations? Fine. Get involved and work to change them. In the meantime, do not keep your live fowl in an urban area.
Yes, this may be too complicated for some people to comprehend.

Forget special dispensation for Mr. Rush.

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Posted by Reading NCJ on 12/21/2017 at 8:35 PM

Re: “High Stakes

In California the dispensary culture has ONLY been interested in indoor flowers. However, having passed a law that gives counties and municipalities great latitude to make their own rules, many places have adopted regulations that favor outdoor growers. In Humboldt County, where most of the large outdoor crops went to the out of State black market, I predict permitted growers will struggle to sell their outdoor, as they will likely be out-competed by indoor cannabis produced cheaper by the black market and elsewhere. Who is this County is going to pay a higher price for lower grade pot?

The cannabis plant is notorious for accumulating pesticides and heavy metals. For example, the smallest amount of myclobutanil in the soil or from a nearby vineyard or strawberry farm will condemn you product, at least for smoking. An exceedingly common fungicide in California, it may not show up until after its been converted to resin/oil. Unable to control the environmental conditions, outdoor cannabis can also be susceptible to powdery mildew, which will also make your crop all but worthless. Given that under the current regulatory climate, you can not deduct your expenses from your federal taxes, what you going to do when your flowers can't pass a moving target quality control regime? Get caught selling outside California and lose your permit.

In California, the market price for indoor cannabis is currently two to three times more than for outdoor and as legalization floods the market with cheap outdoor, I expect this price difference to increase. As a matter of fact, after a minor cannabis land rush, forward looking Humboldt County pot entrepreneurs selling their operations at peak prices.

Although there will be tremendous rewards for those able to supply consumers with high quality cannabis products at competitive prices, legalization is bound to marginalize many northern California growers, especially since this State already produces more cannabis than it smokes. Not only do growers have to deal with insidious production problems and forecast fickle consumer demand, they must also negotiate an uncertain regulatory climate. Although the endangered species consultations I am doing for cannabis cultivation projects in Humboldt County have so far been innocuous, I predict this nascent industry will soon be exposed to the same regulatory headwind endured California timberland owners.

Particularly susceptible to CEQA challenges, I predict outdoor growers will soon be required to mitigate significant environmental impacts of cannabis odor, making commercial grows unfeasible within miles of NIMBY neighbors. Thus, a year from now, the headlines may very well read: "How Humboldt County Became a Cannabis Importer."

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Posted by HONEST ANSWER1 on 12/21/2017 at 1:35 PM

Re: “Something to Crow About

Leave this guy alive alone to enjoy his flock.......for myself a rooster crow in the morning brings back memories I cherish. Let's get rid of the cranky neighbor.

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Posted by Judy Brooks Nunes on 12/21/2017 at 8:39 AM

Re: “Maria Garcia, Citizen

Cell phones don't cause anxiety in children. Having to spend every waking moment of their lives anticipating being generation-bashed by parents, teachers, and advertisers causes children anxiety.

Posted by Nicole Cormier on 12/18/2017 at 3:23 PM

Re: “Maria Garcia, Citizen

I am taking citizenship classes but I also study online with a free online citizenship course Maybe it will help other people too.

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Posted by avida on 12/18/2017 at 1:14 PM

Re: “'In the Interest of Justice'

Great story! Thank you for your service!

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Posted by Linda Villano on 12/18/2017 at 4:36 AM

Re: “A Monumental Decision

Those of us demanding the removal of this statue are not the "Taliban", if we were, we would be demanding its destruction.

It would be wonderful to be one of the few cities in the U.S. with a statue of a notable woman, especially considering our misogynist, marcescent U.S. president.

However, a statue of Mark Twain would be appropriate. Twain's outrage of the civilian slaughter during the U.S. invasion of the Philippines led him to remark:

"When an enlightened and powerful people desire something possessed by a weaker and ignorant people, it is to be offered-up peaceably".

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Posted by Gerald Gates on 12/16/2017 at 7:26 PM

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