Ed Voice 
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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

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Re: “Reggae Falling

From the Mateel "Reggae on the River" 2017 website:

"A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots"~ Marcus Garvey

It also stated:

"Reggae On The River is the primary fundraiser of the Mateel Community Center, a 501 c-3 non-profit organization offering arts, educational, youth, and social service programs to the rural communities of Southern Humboldt and Northern Mendocino Counties."

And

"As part of our mission to give back to the community, all food booths at ROTR benefit local non-profit organizations working to improve the quality of life on the North Coast. Whether run directly by a non-profit or by a percentage of sales from commercial booths via our Non-Profit Partnership Program, more than 20 different causes/ organizations benefitted from the concessions at ROTR 2016. Stay tuned here for a list of the 2017 participants as this information becomes available."

http://www.reggaeontheriver.com/outreach/

Since 2014, the MCC has been in what's called a "delinquent status" with the State and its charitable non-profit organization. According to the State Attorney Generals office:

"An organization must be in good standing current with the Registry of Charitable Trusts to operate or solicit for charitable purposes. A registration that is delinquent, suspended or revoked is not in good standing and is prohibited from engaging in conduct for which registration is required, including but not limited to solicitation for charitable purposes."

How come the MCC can not explain this "delinquent status" and how come they continued to have their fundraisers and solicit for charitable purposes (tax exempt) when they are prohibited? How deep of a hole are they digging?

Here are two letters the MCC was sent, explaining the status from the Attorney General's office:

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

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

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Posted by Ed Voice on 10/26/2017 at 11:22 AM

Re: “Full Steam Ahead

Hey Ross Huber,

If you LOVE Southern Humboldt as much as you say you do, you are quoted as saying in photo 17/20:

~Fall Splendor volunteer and Community Park board member Ross Huber, of Garberville, said, "If the move of the event from Garberville to this donated venue was contentious, it wouldn't be sold out but it is. I think people are enjoying a chance to have a night out anyway from Southern Humboldt"

Its funny you used the word "contentious". No one I know ever said it wouldn't be sold out, if you moved it to Eureka; it was the fact you took that money away from Southern Humboldt, including the Mateel and other local business. I guess you can try and spin it anyway you want. However, it's hypocritical of you to say that the development plans and water usage at the Park are justified because of the money generated in Southern Humboldt from people coming from out of town and spending money in the local community, i.e. sports tournaments, concerts, festivals, weddings etc.

And theres the fact you didnt even ask the community what they wanted or what they thought. Its always a one sided conversation with you Ross and the other self-appointed Park board members. Because its not really a Community Park, its a private business, with private investors, and a self-appointed board of directors without board meetings open to the public! Do as I say, not as I do

So I guess the Park Board will not be paying Jennifer Metz this year (as in past years) for putting on the fundraiser, since the venue was donated? IMHO, I'm not sure anyone can believe that Ross. You stated on another blog;

"The park does not have a venue to hold Fall Splendor in Southern Humboldt because the Mateel is booked all the way through the fall."

Well, we found out that was BS, it's because the new venue in Eureka was recently purchased by Tim & Jennifer Metz. I'm sure right now, the Mateel would love that income since they had opening almost all of October, just say'in...

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

So I guess it's just a coincidence, right?

Bottom line; 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!

http://kymkemp.com/2017/08/27/why-does-soh…

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Posted by Ed Voice on 10/25/2017 at 10:22 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: “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: “Reggae Falling

I have a couple of questions for Kelley Lincoln, from her Journals cover story,

One of your statements in the article was:

"The Mateel spent about $35,000 for new leach fields for the septic system serving the kitchen and food vendors"

1. Why did you forget to mention the public showers? The majority of the wastewater dumped into the onsite leach fields (within the floodplain of the South Fork Eel) was generated by attendees using public showers during the event for 4 days each year.

2. Why did it take until this year (2017) for the MCC to file all the yearly required wastewater monitoring reports to the State Water Board (2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017)?

3. How come the MCC can only estimate the amount of wastewater being dumped into the leach fields? See link:

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

4. In that State Water Board report, do the number of attendees include; volunteers, event staff, emergency staff, security staff, VIP/entertainment, vendors, guests and comp ticket holders?

5. Does any amount of that wastewater include RV holding tanks?

You also stated:

"The Mateel also mitigated environmental stressors by constructing a rain catchment pond to use for dust control and lawn for the concert bowl at a cost of about $55,000"

1. Where in the MCC Conditional Use Permit EIR for "Reggae on the River", does it require mitigated environmental stressors and construction of a rain catchment pond (780,000 gallon)?

2. What are mitigated environmental stressors?

3. Why was this $55,000 rain catchment pond empty 9 days before the event started this year (2017)?

4. Since there was no rain water in the catchment pond, at least 9 days before the event; where did the water come from for dust control and lawn during the event in 2017?

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Posted by Ed Voice on 10/19/2017 at 9:19 AM

Re: “Steampunk Splendor

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.

Posted by Ed Voice on 10/19/2017 at 8:59 AM

Re: “Reggae Falling

This is a letter to the editor, an opinion, not from the pen of a journalist or reporter, an inaccurate account of the facts. This is a great example of bias, why you should NEVER report on an issue dear to your heart or have relations with. It's very apparent the writer is defending the MCC beyond the pale.

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Posted by Ed Voice on 10/15/2017 at 12:22 AM

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