Friday, January 24, 2014

The Wienie stops here! At Toni's! The search for the perfect hot dog pushes on.

The next target for wienies was Toni's in Arcata for Stevo and myself. They are just west of 101 at Guintoli turnoff.

1. Hot Dog-Grilled and good. Steve had a double dog with everything. I, of course, had a chili dog and it was full of their great chili with cheese and onions! The buns were nice and soft. Rating: 4 out of 5

2. Condiments-They put on the fixings. Very little stuff on tables. Rating: 3 out of 5

3. Ambiance-It’s Toni’s. Working class food and atmosphere. Farmers, truckers and other down home Arcata types. I run into many people I know here. Rating: 4 out of 5

4. Extras- There freaking fries and onion rings are the best! If you are hungry for breakfast, try their Chicken Fried steak. It is huge and hearty. Lots of things to enjoy.   Rating: 4.5 out of 5

5. Parking-Lots of parking and they warn you not to back into cars behind you: 4 out of 5

Overall rating 4 out of 5

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Umpire for hire!

Recently I was elected to be the Nor-Cal Umpire Association high school game assigner. First year umpires are paid $59 per game for varsity assignments and $.40 a mile. There is a free umpire clinic hosted by the association on Februrary 8th from 9am to 4pm at St. Bernard's High School Gym at 222 Dollison St in Eureka. The clinic is open to all aspiring and seasoned umpires. Be sure to bring whatever umpire gear you have available.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Director Hemphill, "That is the Elephant in the room, no rail, no port!" January 2014 NCRA meeting.

The January North Coast Rail Authority meeting was held in Eureka this month. The first presentation was done by David Hull of the UpState Railconnect Committee concerning a Rail Feasibility Study. In 2013 they collected 50 letters of support and had heard from some unidentified private investors. The nonprofit fund raising arm of the organization, Land Bridge Alliance, completed 30 presentations in Northern California to interested organizations. Through the City of Eureka they applied for a TIGER grant that fell short of acceptance but will be used as a template for future attempts. They also put out 2 newsletters in 2013 and identified 13 points of reference for their “Scope of Work.”

Pete Oringer also spoke on behalf of Land Bridge Alliance saying the organization was created to encourage eco development and transportation that was rail specific.

Former Eureka City Manager David Tyson identified himself as the Chair of Land Bridge Alliance and said he has been educating the public in the valley and on the coast on their goals and said they will be participating in North State Economic Conference in 2014. He also let people know they could find information on their organization on the City of Eureka Website.

Director Alan Hemphill made comments saying that although he supports the feasibility study he felt there was an “overarching” issue economically he has witnessed in his over 20 years of Director on the NCRA is the need of freight traffic for revenue. “That is the elephant in the room! No rail, no port!” He also addressed myths he had heard about the ability to run rail in the Eel River canyon.

The next presentation was from Marcella Clem of HCOAG about the 101 corridor plan. She pointed out conditions set by the Coastal Commission concerning the removal of the billboards and the trail element around the east side of the bay. It sounded like the goal for breaking ground would be 2017.

Richard Mullins said they were still really in the design phase and needed to look at studies and have buy in from all stakeholders.

Pete Johnston from the Timber Heritage Association updated their activities and gave a new schedule for 2014 “Speeder” activities. They are in the process of having their speeder and track re certified.

NCRA Property Specialist Doug McCorkle said that Parallel Infrastructure completed their review on NCRA right away assets on the southern end of the line and proposed maybe future identification of properties from Willits to Eureka.

NWPco operator John Williams updated on clean up at Ukiah Depot property. The work should be done within 10 days and then can be passed back to the NCRA like “Kaep to Crabtree!” Currently the NWPco is paying taxes in Napa, Marin and Sonoma counties in excess of $33,000 a year. SMART rail operators made a claim of operations violations of NWPco that is awaiting determination from the Federal Railroad Authority. NWPco agreed to suspend 2 operators for 42 days while pending.

Monday, January 06, 2014

Leave our water alone! Or Water-water everywhere, but not a drop to drink! Except in Los Angeles.

The Metropolitan Water District (MWD) of Southern California uses 67% of all rain and snowpack from Northern California. The two main reservoirs that feed the thirsty Los Angeles areas are reservoirs Pyramid Lake and Castaic Lake which are at 98% and 88% capacity respectively. They are good to go for awhile.
Of the water supplied from the north, most goes to Los Angeles and the Central Valley. 
Are you are curious how our reservoirs in Northern California are doing? Shasta is at 36%, Trinity at 48%, Folsom 18% and Mendocino at about 35%. Water level resource.
We need more control of our waters in Northern California.

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

Eureka one of the most dangerous places to live in the United States. 98% of cities safer!

With the recent murder of Father Eric Freed of the St Bernard’s, maybe it is time to remind people in Humboldt County that Eureka is one of the most dangerous places to live in California for many years. According to Home Surfer nearly 95% of all other cities in California are safer!

Here are some references to check out:

According to Neighborhood Scout, 98% of the cities in the United States are safer than Eureka!  

Here is more information that will blow your mind from City Data. 156 sex offenders live in Eureka!

Check the crime index per year! According to  Eureka ranks  451 out of 464 cities in California in safety!

In 2006 we were above the US national average for every type crime identified! This problem has been around for quite a while. This according to Eureka Area Connect.

Just more and more statistics verifying crime in Eureka from Area Vibes. The chances of being a victim of a crime in Eureka is 1 in 16!

The crime rate City of Eureka is over 113% higher than the National average and has been consistently almost double the State and National average since 1999 according to City Ratings Crime Statistics!

And there is much more information available. What is the solution? Hopefully the hiring of Andy Mills will help some, but give him prayers for help.