Redwood Regional Economic Development Committee Executive Director Gregg Foster writes an intriguing article for the Time Standard, "Then and now in Humboldt County." Some of the more interesting tid bits that caught my interest in comparing 1947 with now.
1. Because of the marketing boom for new houses after World War II, the need for lumber caused a boom in Sawmills, with numbers in Humboldt going from 49 to about 170! The worlds largest Redwood Mill was in Scotia.
2. Around 6,000 of the then 52,000 people living in the county worked in a mill. About 12% of the population. Agriculture nearly matched the mills in employment.
3. Timber production was at 730 million board feet in 1947 as compared to 232 million board feet in 2016.
4. McKinleyville only had 45 residents in 1947.
5. There were only 500 commercial fishermen in 1947.
Anyway, read the entire story which is linked to Gregg's name above. You will enjoy.
5. Farmer Boys: Also makes a great breakfast. You have to drive to Lodi if you want to experience some great burgers and ridiculous onion rings.
4. Arctic Circle: Yes. I know we used to have one. And the experience was so bad for the franchise they exclude all of California for expansion. I guess we will never find out what is in their "Special Sauce." Closest place to have one of their mushroom burgers or taco salads is in Newport, Oregon.
3. Habit Burger: Great Burgers, Grilled Sandwiches and Shakes. Closest one is in Redding.
2. Five Guys: Great big burgers and sometimes big lines. Many will argue that this is the best. Redding is home of the closest.
1. In n Out Burger: I am sorry that not everyone agrees, but I would guess that 80% of Humboldt residents prefer In n Out as their go to burger place when out of town. Ukiah is the closest to get your animal on.
Yes. I know we have many great local burger places in Humboldt and I will re-visit my top 5 soon.
The Humboldt Progressive Democrats will be deciding whether to with hold endorsing current Assemblyman Jim Wood because of his position on SB562. Former assembly-persons Patty Berg and Wes Chesbro are going to speak on behalf of current Assemblyman Jim Wood as will other local democrats. Lots of e-mails going back and forth the last few days. Will be interesting. Meeting starts at 6pm at 129 5th St. Eureka.
I know some people like to downplay the importance of
endorsements and many pick on the local Democrats for their candidates, but you
can’t argue with the record. Humboldt County Democratic Central Committee
(HCDCC) endorsed city, county, community service district candidates and
measures are 45-7 since 2008. 86.5% victories. Over 25 wins in a row! And I know I am missing some.
Here is a list of endorsed winners:
Dan Kelley 2017
Bonnie Deister 2017 CR Trustee
Mary Burke 2017 McKinleyville Community
Estelle Fennell 2016 Humboldt County
Mike Wilson 2016 Humboldt County
Susan Ornelas 2016 Arcata City Council
Mike Winkler 2016 Arcata City Council
Austin Allison 2016 Eureka City Council
Measure P 2016 Eureka Wards
Measure V 2016 Rent Stabilization
Pat Higgins2015Humboldt Harbor
Carol Vander Meer 2015 Manila Community Service
Carla Leopardo 2015 Manila Community Service
Jan Bramlett 2015 Manila Community Service
Joe Mellett 2014 Auditor Controller
John Bartholomew 2014 Tax Collector
Kelly Sanders 2014 Recorder/Registrar
Sofia Pereira 2014 Arcata City Council
Mark Wheetley 2014 Arcata City Council
Kim Bergel 2014 Eureka City Council
Natalie Arroyo 2014 Eureka City Council
Lisa Ollivier 2013 Eureka School Board
David Couch 2013 McKinleyville Community
Mike Winkler 2012 Arcata City Council
Shane Brinton 2012 Arcata City Council
Linda Atkins 2012 Eureka City Council
Julie Fulkerson 2012 Trinidad City Council
Mark Lovelace 2012 Humboldt County
Susan Johnson 2011 Eureka School Board
John Corbett 2011 McKinleyville Community Service District
Garry Eagles 2010 Superintendent of Schools
Joe Mellett 2010 Auditor Controller
John Bartholomew 2010 Tax Collector
Paul Gallegos 2010 District Attorney
Alex Stillman 2010 Arcata City Council
Mark Wheetley 2010 Arcata City Council
Mike Wilson 2009 Humboldt Bay Harbor
Richard Marks 2009 Humboldt Bay Harbor
David Couch 2009 McKinleyville Community
Eureka Chamber of Commerce recently hosted a forum “Trucks & Trains &
Ships & Planes, Moving People and Products in and out of Humboldt County.”
Redwood Region Economic Development Commission Executive Director Gregg Foster
facilitated a panel of consisting of Brad Mettam from CalTrans District 1,
Captain Tim Petrucha of the Humboldt Bay Harbor District, Greg Pratt from
Humboldt Transit Authority, Estelle Fennell representing the North Coast Rail
Authority, Emily Jacobs from the Air division of Humboldt County Public Works,
Tom Mattson from the Road division of the Humboldt County Public Works and
Brian Gerving from the City of Eureka Public Works.
Petrucha pointed out some disadvantages Humboldt Bay has, starting with the
bays isolation and lack of infrastructure. Tug ships tend to support Harbors
that are hubs of shipping. The yearly shoaling of jetty causes dredging issues
which makes it cheaper to do business in Coos Bay Oregon. Tim explained how
solving some of our Coastal Dependent Industrial Zoning issues will help create
opportunities for the bay. Tim also informed everyone that Humboldt gets more
than its fair share to dredge the main channels and the purchase of a dredge
will help relieve the $600,000 just to mobilize a dredge to the bay and
acknowledged the Harbor’s Transportation plan for the Peninsula to help with
future transportation infrastructure needs. Lastly, Tim spoke about the Sediment
disposal plan and the 4 Cruise ships arriving in the next two years.
Pratt from Humboldt Transit Authority identified providing ridership for 1.3
million miles and 850,000 rides a year using 43 buses. Has a lack of funding
and hard time finding qualified drivers and mechanics. Approving a Redwood
Transit System route study might help consolidate and improve ridership. Making
it easy to track rides using smartphones will help ridership in the future
Mattson called transportation a “5 Trillion Dollar problem.” Used analogy of
trying to repair secondary roads such as Bell Springs when Humboldt is cut off
from the rest of the state and how it is nearly impossible to avoid the red
tape to fix. “Partnerships with other counties important.” “Really need to
focus on lobbying at state level.”
has 114 miles in Eureka to deal with and a need for about 3million dollars and
shortfall of about 2.4million.
Mattam explained condition that Cal Tran District 1 deals with and how lack of
population works against us. Brad used example of Industry Standard Trucks not
being able to through Richardson Grove costing $900 more per truck. Felt
Humboldt needs to tell their story better how this economically affects the
Fennell spoke to the Geological concerns and the 500 million dollars needed for
capital repairs in the Eel River Canyons. Estelle would like to see a tourist train
track with trails in Humboldt. Estelle
thought this would be a good mix with the potential cruise ships on the
horizon. She also pointed out that there were ongoing meetings with Senator
Mike McGuire to find solutions to the funding issues for the North Coast Rail
Jacobs identified five Airports in Humboldt County. She talked about the
retirement problem airlines were having with pilots. Pilots are no longer
considered “glamorous.” Air Service has
a lack of Air Service Partnerships and really need Revenue Guarantee. Emily
floated the idea to use the industrial sites at the various air ports around
the county for rental spaces. Emily also explained how hundreds of potential
Humboldt flyers a day drive to other airports to fly to other destinations, usually
for price breaks. She explained that there are local resources available for
Humboldt flyers to save money and to just contact her for those programs.
Shelving AB 562 does what for the average Joe? The average
I have type 2 diabetes. I
was first diagnosed when I was 26. Went on diet and tried to maintain for years and was fortunate to slide through a few decades with fairly decent health. Since I hit my fifties it has been a different story. I have been taking Metformin (Glucophage) for years and still was regularly running a blood sugar of 300. That will make you miserable. I swore I would never use a needle to inject myself and tried hard to diet and lose weight to avoid. I few years ago I threw in the towel and started using insulin, but still have to take 2,000 mg a day of Metformin.
I had a Doctor appointment at Potowat Village recently and my numbers still were not good, but better. I gave my doctor a notice from my provider that would not cover my insulin brand, "Lantus" anymore. My doctor was adamant that I needed to stay on this brand, as it was a long acting insulin and preached to me the need to stay the course. I went to the Pharmacy at Potowat to fulfill my new prescription and told them my doctor explicitly wanted me to stay on Lantus. They said that would be no problem but the cost was $800 a month! I am on a fixed income and that was way out of my budget. After consoling my doctor and the pharmacy I was put on Levemir which is a generic insulin that is not as effective as Lantus. So I was forced to make a decision concerning my health because of a Pharmaceutical companies greed to make money on the sick!
I am tired of narrative that would be impossible to fund single payer health coverage. 40 civilized
countries have some sort of single payer. We need to move forward on legislation such as SB 562 instead of shelving something that over 70% of the voters want in California. Just my take. And I am sure I am not the only one in this boat.
Humboldt County has an anomaly when it comes to water. We have way more
than enough for our community. Just how much excess water? Enough to supply 3
times as much as California’s 40,000,000 residents can drink! The average person
needs to drink about ½ a gallon a day and Humboldt has 21.9 Billion gallons of
undefined use of excess water available. And here is the kicker no one wants to
talk about; if Humboldt does not find an earmarked use for these excess waters
by 2029 we will lose our rights to the water. “Use it or lose it” rules will
come into affect sooner than we realize! Our biggest obstacle is transportation.
We cannot ship, truck or fly out water cost effectively. Water based companies
such as Hershey, Campbell’s and others have shown little interest and the
Humboldt Municipal Water District has had more workshops than you can
shake a squirt gun at. So what is the solution? I have suggested that excess
water be used for the cannabis farms that don’t have adequate water supplies in
Southern Humboldt. Having Mad River water augmenting natural
water supplies I see as a win. Since you are not supposed to cultivate without
adequate water supply makes this a mute point. But you know that people are
growing and having water delivered every day up in the hills. Why not solve a
few problems at once? How about an amnesty program that allows people to purchase Mad River water without having the obstacles of identifying uses. I just think it is time to revisit this subject before a
tunnel is built to the Sacramento River to send our water to farms in the South
that were also planted where they did not have adequate waters to
The Times Standard did a story on the futility of the North Coast Rail Authority (NCRA). Things to take from this story: NCRA has not been receiving payment by the
Operator (North Western Pacific Co.) to haul Freight in Marin and Sonoma County. Operator has no desire to
continue rail service north of Healdsburg. The North Coast Rail Authority has Operating Revenue of $500,000 and Expenses of $700,000 per year for a Operating deficit of
$200,000. There is no identified or earmarked
state funding for the NCRA. Any opportunity for an excursion train from Samoa to Scotia has no chance until about 2025-30. But the piece of trail from Arcata to Bracut will be fine addition this next year but no plans for the construction continuation to Eureka until 2021. I have continually said in public I want to see a trail around the bay before I die. Don't know if I will make it that long.
And both were All Academic for their conferences also! I cannot remember the last time we had 2 players playing lineman on Division 1 schools at the same time.
Jake Hanson is starting at center at 6'5" and 302 for the Oregon Ducks and has helped the Ducks have a great running attack in the Pac 12. He garnered All Conference honorable mention last year.
Nathan Madsen has started at Nose Tackle for a few years at for the Fresno State Bulldogs. I was talking to his father James not too long back and he and his wife Terra are going to travel to watch Nate play against #1 Alabama next week and then follow up with a trip to # 8 Washington. What player in Humboldt County history has had a chance to play back to back top 10 teams in two weeks? I would say none ever.
years after voters approved a commuter train system for the North Bay, it will
start service Aug. 25.
The opening comes after
more than two years of delays for the Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit System,
known as SMART. By the end of next week, riders will be able to hop aboard
trains at 10 stations from the Charles M.
Schulz Sonoma County Airport in Santa Rosa to downtown San
Rafael, a 43-mile route along old Northwestern Pacific Railroad tracks.
“We are proud to say that
we are ready to roll,” said SMART Board of Directors Chairwoman Debora Fudge in
a statement. “This is the result of years of hard work from SMART’s staff. ...
We will remember this day for generations to come.”
service will begin at 12:49 p.m. on Aug. 25 after a 9 a.m. opening ceremony at
the Santa Rosa Downtown Station. Fares will be free the first day, and 50
percent off through Sept. 4.
The last delays to the
system were because of federal red tape, agency officials said. The system
hadn’t received final approval for a $50 million safety feature called positive
train control, which is designed to automatically stop trains if it senses a
potential collision or problem. That happened this week.
Operators are planning 34
trips every weekday between Santa Rosa and San Rafael starting before sunrise
and into the evening, with one-way fares payable by Clipper card and ranging
from $3.50 to $11.50. New stations and connections are already in the works,
including Larkspur and downtown Novato.
The Relics had to rally for 5 runs in the bottom of the
7th to slip by the Bears 11-10 to reach the
championship game and barely held on to beat the Classics 5-4 to garner the
1st Place Trophy donated by
Samoa Athletic Club. The Rookies took down the Bears 15-8 for 3rd Place.
From Bottom Left for Relics: Stuart Rosenburg 3B, Al Wolski 2B, Kathy, Mark Raymond OF, Robert Ruehl 1st and Tom Marking SS. Top: Softball King OF, David Damme OF, Tim Ash 1st, Paul Pennington P, Paul Barrett OF and Pat Higgins C. Average age 64.45.
Mickey Ayala hit 3 out 5 swings out of the park to win a very
competitive Home Run contest. Doc Jones hit 2 out of 5 and hit the fence on
another and Scott Wooley, Jeff Powers and Buzz Johnson also cleared the fence.
Very spirited Saturday! Big Thanks to Buzz Johnson and Tom Marking
for the help with field prep. I hope we can do this again in August.
Thank You to all who participated and patronized the Snack Bar
helping out Mad River Girls Fastpitch Softball League.
Here is the top 21 hitters by Base % in the
Healdsburg City Councilman David Hagele was welcomed aboard and
attended his first meeting as at large city representative. And it was a lively
The California Transportation Commission (CTC) was on the forefront of
the NCRA July meeting. There seemed to be a demand of the Commission for the
NCRA to produce a working business plan or a shut down plan by October. It is to
note that the CTC has no Jurisdiction over the NCRA. As I am on the Finance
Committee I have been privy to the projected budget for next two years and can
confidentially say the NCRA will be able to pay their bills thanks to a
settlement with AT&T over encroachment issues in Ukiah. That, of course, is
contingent on no emergencies. The CTC speculated that the NCRA was selling
properties purchased with public dollars to cover debt incurred and wanted
accountability of those funds. A land transaction with the Judicial Council of
California at Ukiah’s old train depot was supposed to generate $1.3 million for
4.1 acres has been in the works for a few years. The hope is to build a new
Mendocino Court House at the location.
NCRA Executive Director Mitch Stogner explained that his
organization has Operating Expenses of about $700,000 and Revenues of $500,000.
That statement in itself usually gets attention. You have to remember that the
NCRA is not legislatively funded so operating expenses have been “smoke and
mirrors” or creative financing for years. One of the ways the NCRA has been able
to exist is having NWPco make $15,000 payments to the NCRA for a Rail
Rehabilitation & Improvement Financing (RRIF) 3.1 million dollar loan that
was made in 2011 for track repairs with NCRA acting as Co-Borrowers with NWPco.
Another critical financial burden for future consideration is the millions that is pending in lawsuits against the NCRA. Our audit calls us a "ongoing concern."
NWPco counsel and former North Coast Congressman Doug Bosco
explained that the original legislative creation of the NCRA did nothing to fund
the ongoing operations. Mr. Bosco said NWPco announced to the CTC Commission no
plans to service the 240 miles north of Windsor. Currently they are only
operating at night and have had to battle flooding. A proposed rail spur that
was initially estimated at $150,000 has now been priced at $800,000 at
Lagunita’s Brewery in Petaluma. Mr. Bosco said the NWPco is profitable in Marin
and Sonoma County. But what about Mendocino, Humboldt and the Port at Eureka?
Not in the plans at this time.
When you compare some of the numbers for transportation concerns, it is
hard not to consider the $459 million for the 6 mile bypass at Willits or the
$440 million to Sonoma Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART). Is train service even
being considered by our local legislators? The bottom line is that the NCRA need
legislative help as quickly as possible. The rail line is an important asset for
the North Coast. As freight service or as recreational trail.
Times Standard writer Danny Penza wrote a story on how the Humboldt Crabs and Humboldt B52 Bombers need to play more games against each other. There used to be a time when the Crabs were very local and those days seemed to have slipped away. Back in the 70's there were open tryouts at HSU (they don't even have a field or official team anymore) and many local players could participate. Now only a few token players seem to have the chance. The B52's give that chance for local players in their later 20's to keep on playing. My wife and I were regulars at Crab's park until they dismantled the wooden bleachers and replaced them with those awful metal ones. Another advantage for the Bombers. Redwood field has nice seats and great food! So lets see more games!
Fellow Director of the North Coast Rail Authority Dietrich "Diet" Stroeh passed away. He was also the President of the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District Board. He was a leader in many other civic positions.
This Chronicle article says it all and it is not good for the Democratic Party. I attended this years California Convention as a delegate for the HCDCC and what I witnessed does not bode well for the party. The old line Democrats seemed stunned that their ways and thoughts have been challenged by the "Berniecrats" or new free thinking young Democrats. Until this "chasm" is addressed, Democrats will further be marginalized even though a record number delegates were at this years Democratic Convention in Sacramento. The split is real and hard feeling are not going away soon.
Outgoing Chair John Burton was as classless as ever with his f-bombs and flipping the finger to everybody that wouldn't agree with his way. His leadership was a joke in a time of Democratic peril. That old guard needs to let go. But it won't happen anytime soon.
allow me to introduce myself, I’m am the Softball King. The best softballer you
will ever witness.
Just ask the opposing teams in the 3 leagues I’m in this summer. I flat out
rake. You could populate a small country with all the pitchers I've taken to
shallow right. No wonder they walk me so many times in a season. Gotta be
I just spent lots of time hitting batting practice. Blooper drives, blooper
flies, opposite field bloopers. I can do it all. Some kids at the skateboard
park at Coopers had to stop and were staring and pointing at me in awe. I can’t
blame them. They’ve probably never seen a 60 year man wearing Oakley Blades and
batting gloves who can hit rake bloopers like me. Especially not with shorts
season, I am in it for revenge. We fell in the B League Championship Game in Arcata
to Sushi Spot. The taste still lingers. I’ve gotta get my hands on that 3-foot plastic
trophy and tee shirt. It’s all I think about. Rumor has it the league winners
get 2 free pitchers at the Jambalaya after the season. No way we lose with the
trophy, shirts and 78 ounces of Bud on the line.
I just bought all new equipment for this season and you should see the extra
long stripped baggy baseball pants I got. Super tight. I picked up a new set of
wristbands, a tube of eye black and a pair of 3-inch mud cleats, you know, just
in case I need to break up a double play. I also got my hands on one of those $25
Louisville bats for a little extra power. It may cost me a part of my retirement
pension, but screw it, when I start cranking 100-foot pop ups it will be worth
it. I am the John Wooden of the woodbat hitters! My dribbler to third is
something to witness!
This year I’m focused. In my mind I have visualized what needs to get done. My
initials might as well be M-V-P. That stands for Most Valuable Player for all
you non-softball players. The League starts tomorrow.
Why do I take softball so seriously? You kidding me? You’re just jealous! See
you at the ball park!
When the top police officer for your counties largest
municipality (About 27,017 down from 28,600 in 1990!) makes an opening
statement during a “Community Leadership” panel at Cannifest, “Eureka is more
violent than New Orleans!” It tends to get your attention quick. When he says, “Santa
Rosa had 5 homicides compared to our 22.” You are forced to listen. And you just become
downright concerned when he points out that 125 weapons were confiscated last
year. When he states that the Cannabis
community should get more involved with solving the crime issues by standing
firm and united and points out they need to say “enough is enough” in a
singular voice against the criminal elements, maybe, just maybe it is time for
the cannabis community to listen to his message of hope.
But his disgust was evident when talking about sneaking BHO
labs around Eureka and the bad cannabis players. And where is the deterrence leverage when someone has been
busted twice for over ¼ pound of Heroin with weapons in a year? Mr. Mills feels
part of the solution lies at the feet of the cannabis industry that is
compliant and pays taxes. How long does the cannabis community wait until it
engages? Maybe the time is now.
in Support of Senate Bill 149 the “Presidential Tax Transparency and
presidential candidate’s income tax returns provide voters with essential
information regarding the candidate’s potential conflicts of interest, business
dealings, financial status, and charitable donations;
whereas, President Donald
Trump’s refusal to release his income tax returns departed from decades of
established political tradition, denying voters the opportunity to fully
evaluate his fitness for the office of President of the United
And whereas, transparency should be the optimal goal in evaluating all
candidates for the highest office in the United
Therefore, be it resolved that the Humboldt County Democratic Central
Committee supports Senate Bill 149, the “Presidential, Transparency and
Randy Weaver, a North Coast Labor Market Consultant, did a Humboldt
Housing Affordability presentation to the Redwood Region Economic Development
Commission (RREDC) this week and some of the quick observations were pretty
interesting. There has been very little growth in Eureka over the last umpteenth
median price for a home in Eureka is $250,000. $317,000 in McKinleyville and
….$459,000 in Redway!
Rental Vacancy rates in Eureka are at 3.4%. Fortuna has 9%
Renters represent 61% of Eureka Housing.
of all houses in Eureka were built before 1959! 32% of them were built before
2% of the houses were built between 2000-2009. From 2010 to present there has
been less than 1%.
23% of residents can afford to buy a house. In 2007 it was only
businesses are looking to relocate the most important criteria for such moves
Rate: Not good that Eureka has a crime index rate of 1. Only 1% of all cities
are as unsafe as Eureka.
Facilities: Cost of Living index rate for healthcare is 119 compared to 100 for
the US. Not good.
Only 82% residents of graduated High School. Average student test scores are 24%
less than national average. Student to teacher ratio in Eureka is 19:1 compared
to 16:1 for the nation.
about every living index is greatly higher than the national average. And we
have one of the highest Homeless per capita rate in the nation also. These are
what businesses take into account when they decide to grow into a community.
Invariable if you see "House Poor" encampments in Humboldt County such as the one above just north of the slough bridge, there is lots of garbage. I don't plan on being homeless in the near future, but if this ever happened to me I would at least keep things in order. It makes you wonder how these people would live if they were re-housed. Would they then just keep the same habits and blight neighborhoods? I just don't have the answer.
The North Coast Rail Authority (NCRA) met yesterday and found out the flood water receded enough for freight service to ramp up. It was reported that a huge homeless problem is rearing its ugly head in Ukiah on the properties surrounding the old train depot. Seems to be the case all up and down the rail corridor. Hope to hear some solutions soon.
2017 Spring League: The Mad River Softball Association
is hosting an adult wood bat Sunday softball league starting April 23rd, at the
Arcata Community Sports Complex. Teams play double headers on Sundays April 30th
at Pacific Union, May 7th at Pacific Union, either Saturday May 13th or May 14
(Mothers Day) at Arcata Sports Complex, May 21st at Arcata Sports Complex and
Championships on June 4th at Arcata Sports Complex. 10 game league season and
double elimination playoff so 12 games guaranteed. Games start at Sports Complex
start at either 12:30pm, 1:35pm, 2:40pm or 3:45pm. Games at Pacific Union will
be either 10am, 11:05am, 12:10pm, 1:15pm, 2:20pm 3:25pm, 4:30pm or 5:35pm.
Price per team is $595. Free agent players without teams will be placed on teams
at $50 per player. Players must be at least 16 years or older. League will only
be able to accommodate 8 teams. For more information contact (707) 445-3432 or
Summer League will start June 12th. Sponsorship is $440
and $50 per player up to 12 players or total cost is $1,040 for 12 person team.
Each player over 12th is $25 extra.
Blue Lake also has a Sunday league starting in April.
For more information on their program call 707-668-5655 If you are interested in putting a
team in Blue Lake and Arcata, I can schedule so there are no
Warm Up Softball Tournament Memorial Weekend May 27th & 28th.
Guaranteed 4 games $199. Either Wood Bat or Metal Bat determined on interest.
1st place Shirts 2nd place Trophy.