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Re: “Squireses' Properties? Going, Going, Gone?

Its pretty interesting, whats going on with the Squires properties. It seems like the City of Eureka hired Santa Monica based attorney Mark Adams to steal the properties, not bring them up to code. To defend a trespassing suit and being a receiver for four weeks he charged $158,000? How many thousands a week does Jeff Smith or the average receiver get? I want to be a receiver too. The way Mark Adams and his company, California Receivership Group creatively charges they'll end up with all the Squires places and The City of Eureka owing them money to boot. He must have gone to Trump University. They're going to get a management company and everything. That will take care of all the problems.
If the Squires owe $1,500,000 in back property taxes, why didn't the County ever put their properties up for sale? They do it with numerous other properties for a lot less. If the City and County want some of their money, why don't they sell the 26 properties one at a time? The return will be much higher and first time homebuyers could get a chance to buy an affordable fixer upper.
Ha ha ha, this is Humboldt County, the only business model they have ever known here is the Robber Baron business model. I am not exaggerating either.

Posted by Elliott Smith on 11/19/2017 at 11:54 PM

Re: “Judge Cuts to the Chase in Public Defender Lawsuit

The main reason that David Marcus was picked to head the Public Defenders Office is part of the bigger picture and that is to comply with Rule Number One of The Prison Industry. Rule Number One is No Vacancies!
The long mandatory sentences, higher fines, the three strikes youre out laws, judges always asking for cash bail instead of releasing local people arrested for petty crimes on their own recognizance as they used to, the extreme parole and probation rules that are designed to get people thrown back in jail, are just some of the policies used to keep the jails and prisons full. Of course arresting poor people including the mentally ill, for the crime of having no place to go also helps keep the jail full too, not that there is any place else to take them to.
With a new $20,000,000.00 addition to the Humboldt County Debtors Prison (County Jail) coming up, the last thing The Industry wants is a hard-hitting Public Defender. What they want is a Public Defender who will just rubber stamp whatever the District Attorney and the Judges come up with. Got to follow Rule Number One, you know.

Posted by Elliott Smith on 11/19/2017 at 11:50 PM

Re: “Huffman, Thompson Blast Trump Admin for Leaving California out of Disaster Funding

If the Congressman and his predecessor would be less fanatical regarding their opposition to everything the President would like to accomplish, then maybe California would fare better when it comes to the federal government. But we know Jared is not going to play ball, no matter what, so he will allow California to just slip into the abyss along with his constituents and nothing gets done in Washinton.

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Posted by MikeLosey4 on 11/19/2017 at 5:03 AM

Re: “Eel River Drowning Death ID'd as Russian Man

Posted by shakti on 11/18/2017 at 4:37 PM

Re: “Judge Cuts to the Chase in Public Defender Lawsuit

"A person is not eligible to the office of public defender unless he has been a practicing attorney in all of the courts of the state for at least the year preceding the date of his election or appointment."

Being a "Practicing Attorney", indicates to me, that an Attorney should be involved, "Hands-On", with active cases, IN ALL of the courts of the State.
Being simply LICENSED to practice does not seem to meet those requirements.
In my eyes, David Marcus is clearly not qualified for the position he's been so graciously and improperly given. And the fact that he's lost one job for basically being uninvolved and unable to put in the time required (Dare I say "Lazy?"), only adds to his disgrace.
One has to question if ANY Defendant, represented by the Public Defenders office since, and even prior, to his appointment, has been "properly" defended by Attorneys whose Hearts were driven and unencumbered by their lack of faith in the Department itself.
May His Honor interpret the Law with eyes open and a Just hand!

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Posted by solo707 on 11/18/2017 at 1:46 PM

Re: “State Accuses Eureka Doc of Negligence

My father was a patient of Dr Palmer for over 35 years. He performed an cardiac/thoracic aneurism repair and several smaller surgeries over that time. He always showed respect, kindness and compassion. Most important, he was forthright & honest with him up until the time my Dad passed away from cancer at age 84. My father had strong faith in Dr Palmer. Mainly because he always considered my Dad's well-being uppermost. This resulted in a peace of mind for my Dad that helped him cope.

Posted by Laurie Neville on 11/17/2017 at 1:31 PM

Re: “Judge Cuts to the Chase in Public Defender Lawsuit

The turmoil he's caused that the judge wants to silence is proof that the low qualification interpretation is wrong. Someone as qualified as the plaintiffs say he should be to be hired, would not cause such strife.

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Posted by kirkiscool on 11/16/2017 at 3:53 PM

Re: “Flash Fiction 2016

Wonderful stories! Jenna Hayes, please go back on your meds.

Posted by Margie Taylor on 11/16/2017 at 1:43 PM

Re: “Bass Announces $4.8 Million Federal Grant, Ramped Up Needle Disposal Efforts at Packed Opioid Town Hall

So these opioid users are predominately native Humboldtians or imports?

Needles - double edged sword, 90% needle return rate data is not believeable.....

How many millions in costs as a result of "build it and they will come"?

Will it turn out like the AGAPE HOUSE.....? Too early to tell says the 8 ball......

Needle users routinely cause other problems too because most are already douches in life......lazy, liars, irresponsible, etc....rather walk over a cleaner dirty needle on the sidewalk than puke, spit, feces, etc......but who picks up dog poop, or their own butthole proceeds to mankind's generously unprincipled society.....

Do the drug abusers who use the services pay back the fed/state treasuries the 4.8 million buckaroonies??????

That is why this grant is nonsensical......if Apple or Microsoft can buy land to build a city, then why can't a specific city be built for drug abusers only.......good people don't want LOSER abusers in our communities...... Very few abusers are good folk......most are scum.

Posted by HENCHMAN OF JUSTICE on 11/15/2017 at 2:56 PM

Re: “A Homeless Survival Guide

For years Eureka's predatory industries have grown exponentially.

They are equally responsible for turning poor residents into the destitute.

Posted by Gerald Gates on 11/12/2017 at 10:08 PM

Re: “The Impossible Possible

There are empty houses lining the streets of every city. Is it so hard to let people into the homes that absolutely no one is using? Who wants to buy a house in a time when we still have to fight for clean water and food without rot? How can anyone afford the ungodly system that keeps anyone who really needs it out of luck or home? Who can afford 2000 a month in rent? Hell who can afford 700 rent unless you bust multiple jobs and hope to have time to sleep at night on top of all the other responsibilities one has to manage.

Posted by Adamus on 11/12/2017 at 10:54 AM

Re: “Can Humboldt County Solve Addiction?

Did not know if you were aware that The Agape House closed down on Friday Nov 10th. Ligia Giovannini was less than honest with her residence. They had no idea she was ill-managing funds and without warning, 13 residents were ordered evicted from their home. They are now homeless, left scrambling for a place to live. Specifics are fuzzy at this point, but the fact is these girls and the Assistant manager of the Agape House are without a place to live.

Posted by Kerrie on 11/11/2017 at 8:09 PM

Re: “Squireses' Properties? Going, Going, Gone?

I agree with Beachcomber. Common sense tells me someone assigned to carry out duties in this matter shouldn't be able to bid on the same properties. That's not okay. That's like my family is holding a public contest and I'm picked as the winner of the contest. It's not ethical. It's wrong on so many levels.

Don't get me wrong, In no way do I think these properties should remain in the hands of the Squires. They let them go to crap, they refuse to pay the back taxes, fines, fees on the properties or the judgements against them nor have they done anything to bring these places up to code not to mention clean them up and take actions to prevent them from being problem properties. I think they should be auctioned off and the new owner given a time frame to get each one cleaned and up to code starting with the worst first. I think anyone associated with the legal process up to this point should absolutely be disqualified from bidding. Otherwise the judge, attorneys and Mr. Smith would be allowed to bid also. This is abuse of position and conflict of interest as far as I'm concerned.

I addition, I think the city and/or county let this matter drag on about 5 years too long. It's crazy, wasteful, very costly and completely unacceptable to let this drag out this long.

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Posted by My2Cents on 11/08/2017 at 9:53 PM

Re: “Squireses' Properties? Going, Going, Gone?

Go Mark Adams! Finally the city of eureka has 'grown a set' and is going against this good for nothing slum family! The entire community will benefit!

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Posted by Diamond on 11/08/2017 at 5:53 PM

Re: “Squireses' Properties? Going, Going, Gone?

I'm no fan of the Squires' and their brand of landlordery but....this sounds more than a little sketchy? The guy is given and fails at the job of bringing things up to code then is allowed to buy and manage them? This sounds like the dictionary definition of "conflict of interest". Am I missing something? With those qualifications, next thing you know he'll be working in the White House.

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Posted by beachcomber on 11/08/2017 at 11:18 AM

Re: “Men with Rifles, Tactical Gear Rob 35, Make off with Six Vehicles in Three Robberies

I sometimes carry a sidearm when I pick mushrooms on Bald Hills road. This year it looks like I'll have to bring the AR as well.

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Posted by Robert Nulph on 11/07/2017 at 10:00 PM

Re: “Men with Rifles, Tactical Gear Rob 35, Make off with Six Vehicles in Three Robberies

Native American looking men. Thats so stereotypical. What does an Indian look like? We are all colors of the rainbow, pale with blue eyes, medium colored skin with green eyes, Asian looking, dark skinned, Hispanic looking and even albino. I for one am tired of stereotypical descriptions. Except for one, we are mostly under 6. Remember the Tea Party in Boston. White people dressed like Indians.

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Posted by Robert Ulibarri on 11/07/2017 at 11:53 AM

Re: “Play It Forward

What a wonderful addition to the community and an inspiring story about the origins of this park. Park surfaces and features that are more accessible are also easier for people of all ages to navigate--pregnant moms, grandparents who watch little ones, or anyone overcoming an injury. It is a win-win for children and their caretakers.

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Posted by Tigerlily on 11/06/2017 at 9:55 AM

Re: “Rio Dell Rising

A up to date water quality report would be nice to reassure people its quality of water is within specs. I would think since we hired 2 more public works people since the middle beautification project , we could have a little more cleaning of the water drains and focus on there intake angles or sandbags in heavy rain. But for the most part being that there is not that much revenue , we should not try to duplicate what happens in other cities. Bike lanes are more important than grass in the middle of a already narrow road. It would also seem if we cannot meet the standard on roads or painted divided segments there of, there should be no enforcement . Strange to have to abide to specific vehicle codes where the enforcement agency cannot give accurate description of the violation due to cities inability to maintain a safe and standard that a incorporated city is required to do.

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Posted by Roger Bar on 11/06/2017 at 5:34 AM

Re: “The Recyclable Journey

One of the most significant problems with collecting recyclables is that they must be sorted. This drives up collection costs and also is among the primary factors many people do not recycle. It's just as well lengthy to separate news print, cardboard, office paper, tin, aluminum, glass, and plastic right into specific containers. In order to remove the need to sort recyclables prior to they are collected, Green Machine has actually produced the most reliable approach of recycling: single stream recycling.

Posted by GreenMachineLL1 on 11/03/2017 at 12:50 PM

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