Mar 26, 2017

Firefighters expect to be at 3rd and R commercial structure fire location for another 4 to 5 hours

Humboldt Bay Fire is on scene of a working structure fire near 3rd and R Streets in Eureka near Samoa Bridge. Arcata Fire District assisting.

No official location reported yet.

Liberals: All lives matter unless you are conservative, Christian, police or a Trump supporter

A very balanced article in the Press Democrat, would not see this in Humboldt.

And rare in the largely liberal media.

Peaceful Trump and MAGA rallies. Who is violent and reported as attacking women?

Anti-Trump protestors.

No bail for you ! Another no consequence bill gift by CA lawmakers for criminals

California state lawmakers should star in the third Bad Santa movie; they are naturals for the role.,amp.html

State lawmakers have unveiled an ambitious plan to reform how counties in California award defendants bail while they wait for their cases to be resolved or go to trial.

Former executive director Liz Smith puts national organization on notice; or will hold press conference with reps from NAACP, ACLU and Rotary International

I am reprinting Liz Smith's letter to Jim Clark, CEO of Boys and Girls Club of America in full so that the public has all the information. I have yet not heard back from any of the localboard members I contacted yesterday, which include Phillip Nicklas, Chris Kerrigan and Chris Miller.

This is the post I did yesterday. This is where her being placed on administrative leave was announced first and this is where her letter is being printed in full, first.

It has yet to be covered by any other media.

Liz Smith's letter:

Jim Clark et al:
Let me introduce myself. My name is Elizabeth Ana Taufeulungaki Smith, better known as Liz Smith.

I had the honor of serving children and youth under the auspices of the Boys & Girls Club of the Redwoods from October of 1995 through March 25, 2017 and served for just over 8 years as the Club’s Executive Director.

I received numerous honors, accolades and incredible training opportunities during my tenure. Some of them include: participation in the Strom Thurmond Leadership Program at Clemson University in 2003, two versions of the Advanced Leadership Program in 2007 and 2011, named as a 2005 Robert W. Woodruff Fellows, a McCabe Fellow in 2007, one of 10 BGC representatives who participated in the Global Institute for Leadership Development in 2012, my former Club participated in the Advancing Philanthropy Program in August of 2015, I was named one of your top CEO’s in 2016 and accepted into the inaugural class of the Harvard Leadership Program. The Woodruff Fellowship helped pay for my Masters in Social Work. My goal was to have a free counseling department at the Boys & Girls Club of the Redwoods, inspired by both the Garden Grove and San Francisco Boys & Girls Club models. 

Mar 25, 2017

Liz Smith, executive Director of the Boys and Girls of the Redwood placed on administrative leave

Liz Smith, executive director of the Boys and Girls of the Redwoods, who received awards and under whose leadership the organization grew was just placed on administrative leave, just now.

Last year Ms. Smith was awarded the biennial Peacemaker Prize by the Eureka InterFaith Fellowship for her work with Humboldt County Youth for the past 20 years.

Two arrested in Fortuna for alleged burglary at Fortuna High

On March 25, 2017 at approximately 8:00 am, officers responded to a building located on the Fortuna High School Campus (379 12th Street) for a burglary alarm.  Upon arrival, officers determined that entry appeared to have been gained through a roof access.  The department K-9 Officer “Nordy” was requested and responded to assist with checking the interior of the large building. No one was located inside at that time. 

Self defense as good cause to get a concealed carry weapon permit, it could be law soon in California

California Assemblymember Melissa Melendez (67th Assembly District) introduced legislation in February to reform California’s strict “may-issue” concealed carry licensing practices.

The next vote on this is on April 4. For Bill status, history and text, click on link below.
The bill, AB 757, would amend state laws so those applying for a permit could use the desire for “self-defense, defending the life of another, or preventing crime in which human life is threatened” as sufficient reason without having to show further good cause.

Mar 24, 2017

Patrik Griego wins motion against Humboldt County in lawsuit regarding Public Defender

Visiting Judge Dowling granted Mr. Griego's motion for discovery finding good cause this morning, despite County's objection.

Mr. Griego asked in his motion that the process be expedited to determine whether newly hired Humboldt County Public Defender David Marcus meets the state qualfications required under Government Code 27701.

Eat delicious cookies from MJ's Courthouse Cafe and support a fundraiser for Deputy Charlie Lamb

MJ's Courthouse Cafe, located on the third floor of the Humboldt County Courthouse is holding a fundraiser on April 5 for HCSO Deputy Charlie Lamb, who was recently diagnosed with Stage 4 Lymphoma.

Charlie's favorite cookies are chocolate chip and if you have tried the Cafe's cookies, all are delicious.

100% of the cookie sales on that day will be donated to Charlie's medical expenses.

CHP provides details of Brian Mello's last arrest; he is obviously not in prison anymore

CHP PIO Cy May provided more details about Brian Ray Mello's arrest.

Brian Ray Mello out of Hoopa
DOB 10/10/1977
Date of incident 03/11/2017
Time of Arrest 1023 pm
Broadway at West Clark Street