Comment Archives: Last 7 Days

Re: “Fall Splendor Up Up & Away, an Elegant & Odd Steampunk Adventure

Just to set the record straight; this fundraiser was moved out of the Southern Humboldt Community, because Tim & jennifer Metz became partners in ownership of the "Historic Eagle House in Eureka", it's the one and only reason it will be held there!

The Southern Humboldt Community Park moved its big yearly fundraiser (Fall Splendor) from the Mateel Community Center to a private venue in Eureka for 2017 ("Historic Eagle House"). And according to the Parks 2016 tax records, that fundraiser generated over $34,000 in overhead for the local community, the event grossed over $83,000; not counting money spent locally by out of town attendees and vendors, e.g. motels/hotels, restaurants, fuel and what ever else they consume or smoke. So now, the local community will lose all that income to Eureka and the Metz's! Why is that? Did the community have a say? NO!

The Park Board has turned their back on the Southern Humboldt Community, so Tim & Jennifer Metz can make a name for themselves, e.g. profiting from having the so called "fundraiser" at their new digs and venue in Eureka.

Full disclosure; Tim Metz is the founding President of the Southern Humboldt Community Park Board of Directors (2002-2010), has personally gained and compensated from accruing compounded interest on a $92,000 private loan to the Park Board while sitting Board President, has current pending private loans accruing interest totaling $15,812, personally gained and compensated from USDA/NRCS restoration contracts totaling $192,000 from the Park Board while sitting Board President and who is currently Director Emeritus, e.g. allowed to attend private Board Meetings that conduct business and ongoing operations at the SHCP.

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Posted by Ed Voice on 10/18/2017 at 8:39 AM

Re: “The Lens of Experience

You're continuing the problem by making this and everything else about race even when it has absolutely nothing to do with it.

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Posted by FactsOverFeelings on 10/23/2017 at 8:02 AM

Re: “Eureka Mayor Slams County, Legal Cannabis

Good Ol' Boys like Jager still call the shots in this county backed by the biggest landowners...like most everywhere else. The current city council represents an anomaly in Eureka's right-wing political history, none except Brady were supported by the usual big-shots.

City and county government offices are stacked with family and friends, members of the church, Rotary, and republican party. It's so bad that they no longer publish employee directories! Except for top management, you cannot see who is working under any department or what their title is!

Corruption thrives in the darkness.

The California Attorney General won't do a damn thing to enforce the law against Jager and the others unless more people immediately call the CAG office to demand it.

Law enforcement rarely punishes its own.

I have been hearing that the CAG has not been returning the numerous calls of complaints to confirm that property has been illegally "gifted" to friends, family, and law enforcement associates of the coroner's office. Apparently, there's many.

The CAG, the Coastal Commission, the EPA, are just more troublesome "outsiders" historically resisted by the Land Baron Cabal of Humboldt and their political sycophants, at great public cost.

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Posted by Gerald Gates on 10/22/2017 at 8:45 PM

Re: “Eureka Mayor Slams County, Legal Cannabis

From a man who steals from the deceased. Hey Frank: Just get the hell out of our town, scumbag.

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Posted by humboldtrick on 10/22/2017 at 11:25 AM

Re: “Eureka Mayor Slams County, Legal Cannabis

Jager fits in with many other public officials, including the newly sworn-in police chief Watson, who love to use the cannabis industry as a whipping boy for all the county's and city's social ills... In this article, Watson blames the region's cannabis industry for the homeless and transients in Eureka, bringing the 2 issues in the above article together in a very sad and highly uninformed way! https://www.northcoastjournal.com/humboldt…

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Posted by Fred Krissman on 10/22/2017 at 10:43 AM

Re: “Dark of Night Edits to a Sungrown Ordinance

I'm not seeing the real economics of legalization of the pot industry addressed.. Dispensaries and their high prices will no longer exist.. Corporations will have no interest in farming up a dirt road.. Huge commercial grows will be the wave of the future and they will grow excellent pot, perhaps some organic.. Folks who sold their land to big, outside growers will find them gone away to use their money more wisely.. If the owner carried the loan, their monthly payment will suddenly cease and they will be left with property which, though lovely, cannot produce income..Even at $400 a pound, the profit percentages will be extrfemely attractive to corporations.. It will take a few years but the results will mean disaster to the County, to non profits, to businesses and to many residents..

Posted by Benjie on 10/22/2017 at 10:31 AM

Re: “Eureka Mayor Slams County, Legal Cannabis

I'm wondering why people like Frank Yeager get away with theft why haven't there been charges brought and he's worried about legalize cannabis

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Posted by Sharon Ross Catlett on 10/22/2017 at 9:13 AM

Re: “Eureka Mayor Slams County, Legal Cannabis

Ah, Frank. Still yelling at those damn kids to get off your lawn.

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Posted by Max Cardoza on 10/21/2017 at 8:01 PM

Re: “Eureka Mayor Slams County, Legal Cannabis

Frank Jager may be a skilled and articulate Eureka City administrator; however, I do have some concerns.

While it remains to be seen whether the new canna-businesses will in fact be "the most regulated business[es] in the city," it is fair to assume that they will be more tightly regulated than the coroner's office was when Frank Jager and others were in the practice of doling out sweetheart deals scavenged from the estates of the deceased.

Come to think of it, passing on the Eureka Police Chief post to Steve Watson, one who could be considered beholden to Frank Jager, perhaps might have some hidden perks for Mr. Jager and other city workers involved in questionable pursuits.

On another note, what gives Frank Jager the right to rain on the parade of these new, lawful, and tax-paying enterprises? One is left to wonder if Mr. Jager would change his tune were he to find a way to tap into the proceeds of the emergent industry.

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Posted by Timothy Raccoon on 10/21/2017 at 3:15 PM

Re: “Eureka Mayor Slams County, Legal Cannabis

Go live in Texas, Jager. Or Hell. These right-wing heartless hate-bots should follow their heads into their asses and pull the holes in behind them.

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Posted by SafetyThird on 10/21/2017 at 3:00 PM

Re: “Dark of Night Edits to a Sungrown Ordinance

This sentence really resonated with me;
"And the grossest growers bulldozing for big bucks operate outside of all rules anyway."

As I've said before:
Many believe:
Strong regulations with significant penalties are needed to get the big guys to comply.

The problem is:
Strong regulations with significant penalties squash the little guy before competition can.

The big guy will either pay the fees, risk the fines, change the rules, or pay attorneys to circumvent them.

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Posted by Crystal Oliver on 10/21/2017 at 10:20 AM

Re: “Dark of Night Edits to a Sungrown Ordinance

Make fun of the farmers growing cannabis as long as you can. Soon, the local economies will collapse as the farmers money no longer buys groceries, tires, dinners out, clothing or high property taxes. Welfare rolls will swell as will food stamp use... all because you think it's cool small farmers are driven into bankruptcy.

When your town is a Welfare Town, will you be happy?

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Posted by Fractallated firewood on 10/21/2017 at 8:34 AM

Re: “Up in Smoke

I don't know what you really want. Pot growers benefit from an inflated price by the fact that marijuana has been illegal. I would hope growers and sellers are putting away money and planning on the fact that they operate in a black market with little protection. The same would be true for a self-employed person. They don't get employer insurance or automatic social security deductions but they benefit from setting their own wages and generally making more money. Also, orchards of any type take years to establish while pot farms can operate on an annual basis. Loss of crop effects these industries differently.

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Posted by guy incognito on 10/20/2017 at 5:15 PM

Re: “All Creatures Great and Small

Great story, Kali! Keep writing!! <3

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Posted by Amy Beth Barnes on 10/20/2017 at 9:16 AM

Re: “Reggae Falling

Kelley Lincoln; since you dont want to answer those questions, how about these:

In the Reggae on the River plans and revised technical report for the leachfields and wastewater discharge requirements, submitted to the State Water Board on March 3, 2014, it states the following from page 2 of 3:

"The design wastewater generation volume from the entire event is 11,000 gallons per day Keep in mind that only 6500 of the 10,500 attendees stay overnight and not all of them shower."

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B1qq4OlQ…

Do they mean only attendees camping onsite take showers, what about attendees not camping onsite that have been in the river, or because its been a long hot, dry and dusty day and take care of personal hygiene ("not all of them shower")?

Why did the Reggae on the River monitoring report for 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017, dated October 6, 2017 reflect the event generated 11,000 gallons per day (Table 2)? Since the report states:

"the attendance never hit the 10,500 that was used in the design nor the 9000 that is currently allowed by the CUP"

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B1qq4OlQ…

The Reggae on the River October 6, 2017 monitoring report states the event generated exactly 11,000 gallons of wastewater per day for 4 days, which was estimated for the higher number of attendees, not the lower number as stated in the monitoring report (Table 1). Are these estimates and calculations correct?

In other words, the volume of wastewater generated is greater, compared to the number of attendees, which is lower in 2017. Why is that?

And as for those attendees numbers, no one noticed the slow decline in numbers from 2014 to 2016?

In your reporting, you stated:

"Earnings from Reggae were strong each of the next two years, according to the general manager and the board. Crellin said ROTR netted $249,000 in 2015 and $278,000 the following year"

Wow, thats amazing; according to the Reggae on the River October 6, 2017 monitoring report to the State Water Board, the Daily Average (Table 1) was 288 less in 2016 than in 2015, but they made $29,000 more in 2016 than in 2015? Maybe they should figure out how they did that

And my last question; in your reporting, you stated:

"Reflecting on Reggae 2017, the Mateel and its members face an inescapable truth: It lacked support from the very community it was formed to serve. Advanced tickets for Reggae the ones typically snatched up by out-of-town buyers mostly met sales projections. It was the locals who were almost completely absent, prompting Crellin to ask during his presentation, If the locals dont come, then who are we doing it for?"

Whoa and you believe that? Blaming something you cannot quantify? Its kinda like the MCC can tell you how many gallons of potable water they use every year, but cannot tell you how many thousands of gallons of wastewater they leave behind for the river to ingest. Leave No Trace, right?

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Posted by Ed Voice on 10/20/2017 at 7:10 AM

Re: “Needles, Needles, Needles

These are from San Francisco in 2015; they have many more locations, open hours, and assorted drop boxes. http://www.sfgate.com/opinion/saunders/art… http://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article…

Posted by Judy Sousa on 10/20/2017 at 7:06 AM

Re: “Reggae Falling

Let me also remind you, back in 2015, Calfresh paid the Mateel $11,750 for a new mechanical/automated dishwasher and installation for the Mateel Meal program. And Calfresh also paid overhead, personnel and operating cost of the Mateel Meal for years. How is the Mateel Meal a burden on the Mateel? Why did they stop the Calfresh outreach program this year? Maybe because the current Calfresh contract for 2017/2018 FY required a mandatory Drug Free Workplace & Employee Agreement and Drug Free Policy Agreement to receive Calfresh funding for the Mateel and Mateel Meal?

https://www.documents.dgs.ca.gov/dgs/fmc/p…

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Posted by Ed Voice on 10/20/2017 at 7:01 AM

Re: “All Creatures Great and Small

Emily,
Little Molly looks so much like our little Rescue, Benji! We lost him last year to cancer and we miss him so much. He had the sweetest personality and loved to play with every dog he met.

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Posted by Marna on 10/19/2017 at 10:15 PM

Re: “Dark of Night Edits to a Sungrown Ordinance

I find this reminiscent of how local bootleggers got together at the end of prohibition to demand of their local representatives protection from "Big Business", which is of course is why we still pay fifty dollars for a six pack of beer and C-note for a quart of distilled spirits....NOT! It is with a mix of glee and pity that a watch the hypocrisy permeating this budding industry. Boo hoo, I won't be able to sell my illicit weed for exuberant prices. Payroll taxes, workmans comp, insurance, WTF!?

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Posted by HONEST ANSWER1 on 10/19/2017 at 6:14 PM

Re: “Sharktober Part 1

Right. You have NO idea yet speak like you do.

Posted by glen folkard on 10/19/2017 at 1:54 PM

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