Gabriele Gray 
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Re: “UPDATED: No Report Out of Closed Door Evaluation of Public Defender

Something which I have not seen mentioned so far is the requirement that practicing attorneys must have completed ongoing legal training:

http://www.calbar.ca.gov/Attorneys/MCLE-CL…
"With a few exceptions, all attorneys who are actively practicing law in California must complete ongoing legal training. This requirement is called Minimum Continuing Legal Education (MCLE). The required 25 hours every three years must include credits on ethics as well as competence issues, such as substance abuse and mental health.

To make sure attorneys complete their training on a regular schedule, the State Bar requires attorneys to report their training once every three years. The bar also conducts yearly audits on a random set of attorneys to determine whether they are meeting the requirements."

Also:
http://www.calbarjournal.com/MCLESpecialEd…

While Mr. Marcus was out of state there were changes to the MCLE
("Some important changes to MCLE requirements will be implemented by
the State Bar starting July 2014.") and since he was not acting as a lawyer
in Florida during his absence, I would doubt that he took any MCLE courses
there. Whether or not he has completed the 25 hours of continuing education
required only he (and the State Bar) would know.

Perhaps this is an issue Mr. Griego will be bringing up in his lawsuit but I thought
I'd bring it to your attention and hopefully the Board of Supervisors so they can take
the issue into consideration during their discussions of Mr. Marcus' qualifications.

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Posted by Gabriele Gray on 10/08/2017 at 11:42 AM

Re: “Study of NFL Brains 'Reinforcing' for Local Concussion Awareness Efforts

There is a website I value and follow which examines press releases and reporting on medical issues, particularly 'headline' stories.
The main website is https://www.healthnewsreview.org/
They send out a weekly email which I receive.
The most recent email had this story about this issue. Those interested in brain damage from concussions may want to read it and follow up on their own:

Brain damage in the NFL: under-recognized at first; now likely overstated
https://www.healthnewsreview.org/2017/07/b…

Even supposedly 'serious' newspapers give in and sensationalize health stories to get people to read them which does the reader a disservice.

Posted by Gabriele Gray on 07/31/2017 at 3:37 PM

Re: “'Undermined'

County Counsel is also a bit of an odd bird. He had been practicing law in Nevada but it looks like his 'office' was actually a space rented in the office of another law firm. He, however, was in favor of marijuana legalization and had close ties to the Black community and had been elected to serve one year as the head of the Reno NAACP.
Older ads for when he was practicing in Nevada don't make him seem to be the kind of lawyer usually hired to represent a California county.
I do hope that there isn't someone on the BoS who is making Humboldt a dumping ground for out-of-work lawyers.

Posted by Gabriele Gray on 06/22/2017 at 7:00 PM

Re: “UPDATE: Eureka Postpones Vote on Temporary Shut Down of Visitor's Center

A look at the list of businesses which are members of the CoC makes it seem like the Chamber is double dipping.
Businesses pay for the benefits of being a chamber member and Eureka pays for the benefits of...informing tourists about the same things?
I think it would be very interesting to see what the people who run the chamber pay themselves.

I like to see what others think so I did a little research and found these articles:
https://tuluwatexaminer.wordpress.com/2016…
https://tuluwatexaminer.wordpress.com/2014…
The last link has the interesting question:
"
Why should we be bringing up this old news now? Because the recent approved budget included cuts to Public Safety, yet the council still approved almost $571,500 going to the Eureka Chamber of Commerce and the Humboldt County Convention and Visitor Bureau."

I'm wondering with all the attention paid in various journals to the lack of decent hotels, the unattractive streets and the inhospitable appearance of much of Eureka why the Chamber hasn't take an active roll to get local businesses (who would benefit) involved with supporting law enforcement and other services to make Eureka a better place not just to visit, but to live.

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Posted by Gabriele Gray on 04/20/2017 at 11:25 PM

Re: “Appalachian v. Appellation

Spell check strikes again!

Posted by Gabriele Gray on 10/27/2016 at 10:09 AM

Re: “No on 51, 55!

I read a long time ago and my observations have been that it is usually true: Propositions which might otherwise get more critical attention (i.e., people asking more questions) get lost in the all the attention the Presidential elections garner. True again this year. How many new taxes (or renewed) taxes are on the ballot this year? And how many of the arguments in favor of those taxes really stand up to a close examination.
Here are two comments on the Props mentioned here which say it better than I could:

"Prop. 51, School facilities bond This 9-billion-dollar bond would add to what Gov. Brown has described as Californias Wall of Debt. We cant afford more debt, the repayment of which diverts money from other important programs."
So, a big NO

"Prop. 55, Extension of Income taxes: When voters approved an income tax increase in 2012, the politicians promised the increase would be temporary. Now, with Prop. 55, they want to extend the highest marginal income tax rates in all 50 states, for another 13 years."
So: Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. An equally big NO

I came across this website when looking for information on another prop. It's a listing of what public groups support or oppose on the 2016 ballot. Makes for interesting reading as
you can see where some of the suppose behind the scenes comes from...sort of like the Wizard of Oz behind the curtain....no, don't look behind the curtain.... except we really do need to look behind the curtain.
And if you click on the name of an organization, you can see their page and read more about how and why they say Yes or No:
https://www.californiachoices.org/ballot-e…

Posted by Gabriele Gray on 10/27/2016 at 10:00 AM

Re: “HumCPR and Betty Chinn Pitch Shipping Container Village for Palco Marshers

Shipping containers for housing isn't new. When I worked for a shipping line that sent containers into the Balkans and Armenia (relief supplies) the containers were immediately turned into needed housing (1990s...so, after effects of the war and a major earthquake).
Now they're using them in western Europe to do something similar for low-cost housing. Great recycling. Not necessarily the best structure to begin with but changes can be made
and with the steel frame, they're fairly secure. Some steamship lines will donate them for the tax write off, my company did that (they went out of business but not due to that).

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Posted by Gabriele Gray on 04/12/2016 at 6:35 PM

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