Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Mad River Watershed worth 1/2 Billion in Cannabis revenue!

Scott Bauer, an environmental scientist with the Department of Fish and Game did a comprehensive study of the effects of Cannabis cultivation on the Mad River watershed and reported results to the Humboldt Bay Municipal Water District. He identified pollutants as petroleum products, fertilizers and pesticides. Fish predominate in the watershed were identified as Coho and Chinook salmon, Steelhead and Cutthroat Trout. He used Google maps from 1998 to 2014 to measure changes in the landscape. A majority of the farms were on private property, much on Green Diamond lands.
The study found that there were 14,414 outdoor plants and 42,512 indoor plants in 438 greenhouses totaling 56,926 plants representing about $500,000,000. (Yes; a half of Billion Dollars!) It was estimated that 51,233,250 gallons were used a day for cultivation in 431 sites total. There has been a 170% increase of grows in the Mad River watershed from 2009 to 2014.
There are currently 41 permitted water diversions in the watershed. There has been no comprehensive water quality monitoring due to lack of funds. There was a discussion of “Team” efforts by different affected agencies. Maybe have the Mad River serve as a “Pilot Project” for permitting and monitoring. This is an opportune time to consider regulatory compliance in the form of a Humboldt County Land Use Ordinance to allow a permitting process to do things in order. Stay tuned.

Thursday, January 01, 2015

Jocelyn, Papa and Grandma's little joy.

My granddaughter Jocelyn turned 2 recently and we spent X-mas with the little bundle of joy. She dragged me around the house and introduced me to her stuffed animal friends and read her books to me. I was surprised that she knew her ABC's and how to count. She identified numbers on a clock and loved to draw. Just made my heart melt. Man I am getting old!

Friday, December 26, 2014

It's Back! Dignity on the Dunes project. Mission B & B.

The B & B on the Peninsula is back. Just south of the Samoa Bridge. Please use responsibly. Hopefully no Samoa citizenry complaints. This is healthy for not only the "house poor" people camping on the dunes, but for the peninsula as a whole.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Port of Oakland delays: 'Absolute madness’ threatens business.

Port of Oakland delays  could cripple business on the west coast. Not just in the immediate but in the future once the Panama canal expansion is complete.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Damn EPD! $1 a minute kind of excessive! B & B yanked on Peninsula. Rainy days suck!

I was talking to a client at my office at the Prosperity and I knew the time was getting close but I had to let them finish at their pace. When I went out to my truck, here was there to greet me. So for 42 minutes I have to pay $38 dollars. Almost a dollar a minute! That is San Francisco prices!

The B & B that has been placed by the Harbor District has had to be removed until we consult with our legal counsel on its status. There has been complaints by locals over escalation of nefarious crime type activity since we have supplied a place to poop.

And that almost ends today's rant. I will do the rest off line.

Sunday, December 07, 2014

Major James Marks has bad Pearl Harbor visit 73 years ago!

My father James was at Pearl Harbor during the bombing many years ago. He later became a Major in the Army and passed the bar to become a lawyer in the late 50's. He was the first Deputy Public Defender in Humboldt County history. Later he went into private practice and had multiple law firms. He fathered eight children, my mother had seven. How many brothers and sisters do I have? Buy lunch for the first correct guess!

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Sierra Pacific Industries (SPI) purchasing Green Diamond mills?

My inside contacts tell me that Red Emmerson is completing the process to purchase the Korbel Sawmill and the Brainard plant from Green Diamond. Not only that, but SPI is also buying multiple saw mills in the state of Washington. Workers will officially be notified of this transaction next Thursday with a WARN ACT notice and explanation of the process moving forward. I have been in discussions and tried to organize some folk to do an Employee Stock Option Plan (ESOP) buyout. That failed. Let us hope this transaction is for real. If not? More jobs lost in Humboldt County. Say it ain't so.