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.
A proposed Community Service District is moving along out on the Peninsula. It has been a long drawn out process but there is light at the end of the tunnel. Right now there are about 517 residents south of the Samoa bridge. When total build out is complete there will be about 1,221 with many new housing affordable. I am excited to see positive change in the horizon.
I went to the California Maritime Leadership symposium. 17th year they have met. The California Maritime Leadership Symposium is a conference
focused on all modes of California’s maritime transportation system – ports,
vessels, highway and rail – and the intricacies, challenges and realities of
maintaining and growing a viable, healthy and dynamic maritime economy in the
21st century. Here were some observations:
a.Sustainable Action Plan
b.Sustainable Freight Plan.
c.Freight Mobility Plan
d.Plan of Reduction of carbon footprint
Creation Green Gates vs Dirty truck fee plan
f.Plan of reduction of Carbon Footprint
a. Walmart is focused on
science based goals and have doubled their efficiency in recent years. “Faster, Reliable and safe.” “Volume hides
b. "0” emissions
is goal for most.
c. By 2030 Los Angeles
wants 100 “0” emission vehicles.
d. Oakland is open until
3 in morning and exports represent 53% of business and 47% import.
e. Need to use
Foreign Trade Zones and build in USA.
f. Redwood City getting ferries.
g. Port of Hueneme
imports 80 million bananas.
h. China not using clean energy still relying
a. Trucks moving
b. Xmas trees being
delivered in July
d. SO Cal Ports
need more open hours.
e. Pile ups at
f. Short Sea
Shipping failed in test run in Stockton
g. Dirty Trucks
waiting outside ports to haul
there. No Money. Cost Prohibitive.
consistent universal electrical plug ins
centers don’t always agree with Truck hours
Tonight's Humboldt Bay Harbor meeting was packed once again. New 3rd Division Commissioner Stephen Kullman was sworn into office. I was elected by my co-commissioners to be Chair for the 3rd time with Larry Doss serving as Vice Chair. Earlier in the meeting a member of the public pledged $50,000 of "mother natures" money into a campaign fund to take me out of office. Our big ticket item for the night was a discussion on Dredge Sediment disposal plan and the Beach Disposal option. The discussion was lively, with the majority wanting dredging no matter what it takes. And many fishermen and boat owners were in favor of using the Beach Surf Zone Disposal option. Dave Schneider, who was a consultant (And Dock Owner) on the present and past disposal projects gave history back to the 70's and gave strong arguments for using the beach. It seems that there was some agreement in the past to never use the beach option again. Commissioner Kullman wanted to see if the cost difference was manageable to use the Pulp Mill outfall line as compromise. The subject was just a discussion and staff was given direction to work with the agencies first to get some common ground or sand if you will.
North Western Pacific Co (NWPco) is currently having flooding issues at Shellville and other areas on the Southern Portion of the North Coast Rail Authority (NCRA) rail tracks. NWPco is the freight carrier for the NCRA and service these customers (click on link) in Marin and Sonoma counties. There has been quite of few financial moves by the NCRA staff and board, that will have the NCRA running comfortably in the black for the foreseeable future. So some bad news, and yet some good news for rail service. Next expansion project to Cloverdale.
Witty, Sarcastic, Shrewd and in his own way, Brilliant. I met Ted at Eureka High when he was editor of the Eureka High School Redwood Bark paper. I was a junior writer and I thought the guy was arrogant. I noticed girls in class were gaga over him and he seemed aloof to their calls for attention. To really put a great impression on me, he assigned me to do a Eureka High golf story with Mr. Darling and I knew nothing about hitting a ball with sticks into holes. He was dating Amy Waldsmith at the time, so I did give him kudos for that. Truth be known, I was kind of jealous of Ted. He seemed so confident and focused.
Little did I know until letter in life that he suffered his demons like the rest of us. He was actually shy and not at all overconfident. Some of his writing for the Time Standard seemed to take "Scorch and Burn" attitude on some local issues. He was not afraid to share his feeling and points of view. I got to hear from plenty from the public locally and it seemed that Ted was persecuted for his coaching techniques in youth baseball, football and basketball as well as for his writing. I had to hear people talk about his favoritism with his sons Trent and Tyren, when in reality they were very talented and approachable young men. My son Jacob played basketball for Ted and I witnessed no favoritism and he was beyond fair.
I played Recreation ball with Ted and he was always very retrospective of the players playing and good at taking in the moment. I am sure he thought I took things way to serious.
Anyways, this is a poignant time to reflect a good man who loved his family, was a great coach, fantastic writer and master observer of people. He loved his children and was so proud of Trent, Tyren, Kyndall and Kellen with all his heart.
Lots of rumors flying about Humboldt Bay Harbor Recreation and Conservation District's agreement with Inyo Networks to bring broadband cable over 299 and out the outfall pipe at the old pulp mill site. Lost Coast Outpost did a couple of stories and then people started chiming in with poor information. No, this is not the project that came across RREDC a few years ago with the project using highway 36. This will not limit rural communities along 299 but will include Weaverville, Willow Creek, Hoopa and other small communities north of 299/101. There will be the opportunity for Humboldt businesses and the public to actualize better internet service. This is a good thing not bad.
I have had a few arguments with Eureka City staff in the past about the drop off of Adult Recreational Softball in Eureka. This last year there were 17 Men's Adult Softball Teams and 0 Women's teams. In 1981 there were 55 men's teams and and 37 Women's teams. There was also an active men's fast pitch league with about 10 team. That means there was over 100 adult teams playing softball in 1981!
What happened? In 1981 there were 39 teams playing in Arcata, and we had around 50 this last year, 2016. So the interest still is there. There has been huge league expansions over the years in Crescent City, Medford, Redding, Fortuna and Ukiah. Why such a drop off in Eureka?
Number one reason is the field conditions. If you ever had the chance to check out the Eureka Fields and compare them to the Arcata fields, you know what I am talking about. In 1981 Eureka used 7 fields for league. Highland, Carson Park (Two fields), Cooper Gulch (Two Fields), Kennedy and Hartman fields.
What I am surprised about is the lack of outcry from Eureka businesses. When you have the well over 1,000 people playing ball you fill the pizza parlors, brewery's and bars. Tom's Sourdough, Angelo's, Shakey's....all would be crazy full.
I personally would like to see Eureka advertise, solicit and expand recreation adult sports. If not, it is Eureka's loss.
If you are a registered Democrat and have some time available from 10am to 12:30pm this Saturday, please come to the Labor Temple on E st. and vote for one of those Progressive Democrats in the link above.