Oct 31, 2014

"No one can replace Steve Knight"; Steve you will be missed

With November 7 being Steve's last day, I expect Lt. Steve Knight will be honored during this Tuesday Board of Supervisors meeting. I am sure a resolution will be presented and many people will show up to show Steve their appreciation in person. I have known Steve since I first moved here. Even I am looking forward to hearing about all the different positions he has held. The information in this post is just from my personal knowledge.

Business community, his co-workers are only few of the people whose lives Steve has touched. I don't want to give away all the surprises so here a few select remarks.

John Fullerton: He will be missed. Too young to retire !

Liana Simpson: Way too young! Love him!

Steve, Liana wants you to stay around so do many of us, so do not get used to that retirement idea.

Sheriff Mike Downey: "Steve and I started at with HCSO at the same time, he has only been a subordinate in the last three years . I consider him a very valued friend and confidante. I am sorry to see him  go and wish him the best in his future endeavors."

I first wrote about this on Oct 27:

http://johnchiv.blogspot.com/2014/10/always-read-second-press-release-it-is.html

Supervisor Rex Bohn: "Always read the 2nd press release it is usually accurate.  Great guy with a sense of humor to back it up."

Steve has worked for the County for 30 years. He began his career with the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office in April 1984, and was hired by the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office as Deputy Sheriff on April 1986. In his career, he has worked in several capacities with the HCSO and that includes the Humboldt County Drug task Force , Marijuana Eradication Team, Animal Control division and most recently Public Information Officer.

Ly. Wayne Hanson will be taking over as PIO. Here is what he had to say about Steve.


Lt Wayne Hanson: "Steve has been a close friend for several decades, we started out together as correctional officers in the jail and we have followed almost the same career path. It is great working with your best friend. The friendship will continue but the day to day working with him will be missed."

Lt. Hanson has talked to news media on a regular basis for 14 years, including national media, due to the nature of his duties  so being the choice to take over when Steve leaves was a logical one. Of his new position, Lt. Hanson said, "No one replace Steve Knight."




LA Times headline: :Once a crusader against big money, Gov. Brown is collecting millions" applies to local politics

http://www.latimes.com/local/politics/la-me-pol-brown-money-20141031-story.html#page=1

The headline of the story is: Once a crusader against big money, Gov. Brown is collecting millions

So big money is not limited to Republicans, or developers; it is a part of anyone who wants to influence politics these days. To blame just one side for it, in local politics, is hypocritical.

Talking about being for the working class is one thing, representing them is another. Living their struggle is another. And once in power, any one can be influenced.

Activists from one side like to paint certain elected officials and all people who support them as being flush with the money. Don't just take their word.




Oct 30, 2014

Media shame causes sexual battery suspect to turn himself in

This kind of update after media posts a press release does happen quite a few times. The local media seems to be an effective tool in capturing some fugitives. Sometimes more effective than anything else.

Update:

Daniel Wiggens turned himself  in to the Fortuna Police Department at 11:50 a.m. this morning after learning he was wanted by law enforcement. He was transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where he was booked. His bail is set at $50,000.00.

Previous press release:

On 10-29-2014, at approximately 5:00 p.m.  the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a  sexual battery which just occurred at Murrish Market, Hydesville.  A deputy responded to the market and met with the 18 year old female victim. The victim told the deputy she works at the market and she recognized a customer known to her as Daniel Jerry Wiggins, 21 years old, from Scotia. After he entered the store she saw Wiggins enter the store restroom, where he stayed for approximately 45 minutes. The victim noticed when Wiggins exited the restroom he was acting bizarre. He came up behind the victim, hugged her and made sexual comments to her.  The victim told Wiggins to get away. The victim went back to work. When the victim was working at the cash register, Wiggins came to her line to purchase his groceries. Wiggins repeatedly asked the victim for her telephone number, and the victim repeatedly refused. Wiggins then grabbed the victim on her buttocks on his way out of the store. The victim told the investigating deputy she knows Wiggins from high school, but has never had any relationship with him..

Deputies checked the area for Wiggins but could not locate him. A be-on-the-lookout has been issued for Wiggins who is wanted for sexual battery.

Anyone with information for the Sheriffs Office regarding this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Sheriffs Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriffs Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.

Oct 29, 2014

GO-Biz Launches New Web Page - Breaking Through Barriers to Doing Business

Building on the state’s efforts to streamline the permitting process and make it easier to business in the state, the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) today launched a new web page to highlight the best practices of business groups and state and local permitting agencies that are making their programs more user friendly for businesses.

“GO-Biz and our partners are working to improve California’s business climate by streamlining permitting and incorporating efficiency measures developed by the private sector,” said GO-Biz director Kish Rajan. “The Breaking Barriers to Doing Business web page captures those efforts and encourages more state and local agencies to follow our lead and improve their process.”

Those highlighted in the program are recognized as B³ Champions. “B³ Champions” are recognized for their hard work and innovative efforts to help the business community start up, grow and expand in California while at the same time upholding state standards.

Over a dozen cities, counties and state agencies have been recognized including City of Elk Grove, City of Turlock, City of Anaheim, City of Rancho Cordova, CA Department of Industrial Relations, CA Department of Fish and Wildlife, CA Department of Business Oversight, North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board, CA Department of Toxic Substances Control, Department of Resources, Recovery and Recycling, Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board, State Water Board.  The Los Angeles Building & Safety Department has implemented to a program to help businesses navigate through the building and construction permitting processes quicker and improve customer service relations. Applicants have given high praise to this improved process.

“It saves a great deal of time over the standard, non-expedited, plan check process,” said  Christian Kienapfel from Architekt Germany. “On scale of 1 to 10, 10 being the best, my experience with the program has been a 10.”

“Through our new B³ program, GO-Biz is able to shine light on the good work that is done within California state and local agencies that improves the permitting and regulatory climate for businesses,” said GO-Biz permitting specialist Poonum Patel. “The program will not only give our team the opportunity to share improvement plans with government agencies but will also encourage those interested in making changes to lead by example.”

GO-Biz is actively working to improve permitting at all levels of government. Earlier this year, GO-Biz partnered with the Government Operations Agency to offer Lean 6-Sigma Training to state agencies to specifically address process-based issues within state departments that were causing delays in services to both internal and external stakeholders. Over a 6 month period, participants received training on complex analytical and statistical tools that identify waste and inefficiencies in processes. In July, GO-Biz announced that 26 state officials across various agencies and departments completed the Lean 6-Sigma training program.

More allegations of child molestation forthcoming against Randy Cook

Randy Cook, who recently finished serving time for a plea of child endangerment against his own grandaughter will be facing new allegations of child molestation. The orginal charge against his own granddaughter was child molestation.

His son and daughter in law are currently in process of divorce and in midst of custody proceedings. Since the last trial, family members that supported him and accused his daughter-in-law are having some change of heart.

He is not currently living home with his wife. At the next hearing, there will be information provided about allegations that he molested his adopted daughter and niece.

I received quite a few calls and emails during the last trial from women who claimed he molested them but due to statute of limitations and other reasons, they did not pursue justice.

Cook's last trial, which was never covered anywhere in the media. He is a prominent figure in the business community and past allegations never made it to trial.

Previous posts:

http://johnchiv.blogspot.com/2014/02/personal-perspectives-on-cook-case.html
http://johnchiv.blogspot.com/2013/12/randy-cook-local-realtor-guilty-of.html
http://johnchiv.blogspot.com/2014/03/local-realtor-randy-cook-sentenced-to.html
http://johnchiv.blogspot.com/2014/05/on-march-20-he-gets-270-days-on-march.html
http://johnchiv.blogspot.com/2014/05/next-court-date-for-randall-miles-cook.html
http://johnchiv.blogspot.com/2014/06/randall-miles-cook-expected-to-be.html

Field's Landing Boat ramp dedicated to former Supervisor Jimmy Smith

Right now, the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors are at the Field's Landing boat ramp launching facility, which is being dedicated to former CountyvSupervisor Jimmy Smith.

Jimmy is still just as popular and loved as he was in office. Private donations are covering the cost for signs. This dedication will be approved as a part of the Board of Supervisors meeting next week.

Wine Spot in Eureka to fundraise and donate 100 % for the Wounded Warrior Project on November Arts Alive

The Wine Spot in Eureka, located  at 234 F St, Eureka is hosting a fundraiser on November 1 for Arts Alive. They will donate a 100 percent of the ticket sales to the Wounded Warrior Project that are sold this Friday through Sunday. Tickets for the fundraiser are $3.

On Arts Alive, Wine Spot will have music by local favorite Michael Dayvid and the November local artist featured is Jackson Falor-Ward.

The WWF ticket also entitles you to  a drawing held on November 2nd; you don't have to be present to win. In addition, when you buy a drink at the Wine Spot, they give you a free ticket to put in for their monthly drawing which usually is for four free bottles of wine and candy.

Wounded Warrior Project is to honor and empower wounded warriors. WWP's purpose is to raise awareness and to enlist the public's aid for the needs of injured service members, to help injured servicemen and women aid and assist each other, and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs. WWP is a national, non-partisan organization headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida. For more information, visit www.woundedwarriorproject.org

The Wine Spot has a facebook page and their phone number is (707) 497-6236.




County to pay $700 one time money to employees instead of pay raise; Will Measure Z be used for public safety or for union contracts?

We have a County tax measure Z on this November's ballot for more money.

I heard something to the effect that the County just negotiated with their employees that they would not get a pay raise next year but they get a $700 bonus this year and the day after Christmas as an extra day off instead.

So I called Dan Fulks, the Personnel Director for the County. He clarified that the $700  is one-time money being paid to all members of the bargaining unit instead of ongoing raises. They do not have the money to commit to ongoing raises. This does not apply to extra help. This negotiation expires June 30 of next year.

So the question is do we need Measure Z? Is Sacramento taking away the money the problem or union contracts? People are paying hoping for better response time which means it should go towards extra "boots on the streets" not for raises for employees that have a pretty good job in a County where many people are unemployed or struggling.

When do the unions negotiate a contract where raises go to the employees that are struggling instead of an across the board. Some people can afford to stay at the pay scale they are at present. If you are making $100,000 a year, you can forego a raise or two.