Nov 16, 2013

About 300 brave rain for Sundberg kickoff

Very impressive turnout. Law enforcement, tribal representation, government, business and community. What I liked was the family friendly atmosphere and as supporter Patty Clary summed it: Ryan does not always vote the way I want but the other side would say the same but that is good. Anyone that can get Uri Driscoll, Dennis Mayo, Rose Welsh, Jimmy Smith, Matthew Owen, Mike Newman, Marian Brady,Patty Clary and Mike Downey and a diverse mix of constituents in one room is noteworthy. On a personal note, I supported him last time and I endorse him again.  Rex and Virginia were unable to attend due to a community panel. Both Elan Firpo and Arnie Klein attended.

Confirmed: Elan Firpo to formally announce run for DA

Elan Firpo to formally announce her run for DA on December 4.  She has been at various events lately and the feedback from the audience has been very positive. She is a natural campaigner and the more I meet and talk with her, the more I am impressed.

Nov 15, 2013

How to tell you are not a Humboldt Native

How to tell you are not a Humboldt native? Other than the obvious when your family has not been here for multiple generations, it is the ability to instantly know what certain words mean.
Anywhere else, you say trimmer and people's first thought usually would be an implement used for trimming off the unwanted or untidy parts of something. Anywhere else you say bud, people may think a cold beer or flower yet unopened. Here, we know what that means. Same goes for weed, pot, grower, hill. All these words have other meanings, but here in Humboldt these words have obvious associations.
Anywhere else, an unemployed plumber or electrician means someone looking for work. Here it means wads of cash in your pocket, untaxed; an obnoxious attitude and lame pickup lines.
When I moved here 10 years ago, I didn't get why the mall had a store full of shirts with 420 on them. It took me four years before I got clued in by someone. In the first couple years when I traveled to other parts of California and I told them where I was from, they would smirk and say, “Oh, you are from Humboldt.” And I would wonder what that meant; now I give a disclaimer. I had no idea of Humboldt's reputation before I moved here. That brings a look of disbelief until I explain to people that the friends who told me about this place talked about the weather, the art and culture, the small town feel, the fog, but they did not mention pot because that is not a factor in their lives or mine.
Believe it or not, there are people whose lives don't revolve around marijuana. We even envision an economy other than weed, and some of us, a very rare breed, are allergic to it. That usually either elicits laughter from people here or a retort, “Well, then you moved to the wrong county, dude.”
I realize for some people it is unthinkable that someone wouldn't wax poetic or get ecstatic about our local crop. Trust me, there is a whole universe out there, pot-free. Even in Humboldt where many people work, live, enjoy and boldly go where some Humboldtians have never gone before. And since we live in a free country, please respect my right and that of others to have our own beliefs.
I have been thinking of forming a pot-free Human Rights Group demanding our entitled pot-free zone, having some discrimination laws passed by the City Council and Board of Supervisors because I was not hired because I didn't have the right pot-i-tude.
Tolerance and respect work both ways.
I may not be cool in the Humboldt sense and I am OK with it. Humboldt has many things it could be known for; the next time I travel outside Humboldt, I hope people ask me about all those other things we take for granted.
I would rather get high on life, not escape it.

Nov 14, 2013

1st Motorcycle zone only in Old Town

In a couple of weeks, bikers can park in the Motorcycle only zone in front of the newly opened Black Lightning Motorcycle Cafe.

Nov 13, 2013

Hearing for motions on Adam Laird case rescheduled (again) until November 22

The original hearing was on Oct 23, it was rescheduled for today. Judge Marilyn Miles will be back next week and visiting Judge David Herrick felt that the motions would better be dealt when Judge Miles was available.

"I have reviewed some of the pleadings," said Judge Herrick. "There are some allegations better dealt by the judge who was been dealing with the case all along."

Adam Laird is being represented by Patrik Griego. The hearing for 4 motions made by Griego has been now scheduled for November 22.

Nov 12, 2013

Animeals fundraiser on November 15

A fundraiser organized by 4th District Supervisor Virginia Bass and her husband Matthew Owen is being held this Friday from 6-9 PM to raise funds for Animeals. 

Animeals is the dog/cat food supplement to seniors on the Meals-On-Wheels program. “Animeals lost their major corporate sponsor last year and Matthew and I, along with a handful of other local generous contributors, have been working together to keep this program afloat while we look for options and a long term solution,” said Bass.

Claudette and Princess live in a small trailer in a low-income park. Claudette took in two cats from former Animeals clients who passed and now cares for Princess and three cats. 

“Sometimes these pets are the only family these seniors have and some have actually admitted that without the program they would likely have to give away their one true friend,” said Bass. “Matthew and I just can’t stand to see that happen and we are asking the community’s help to keep this program going. ”

“We are looking for at least 100 gracious donors to donate at least $100 (or 100 pounds of dry dog/cat food) to keep this program  running for the next year and that is the purpose of this fundraiser,” said Owen. For details on the fundraiser, please call Owen at (707) 599-9110$10,000 is needed annually to run the program.

The vast majority of the recipients are shut-in seniors who have lost their spouses or significant others. The only  solace and love many of these seniors have  are their pets to keep them company. 

You can also send your tax deductible donation to: Animeals c/o Bless the Beasts P.O. Box 268 Eureka, CA 95502 directly if you prefer or cannot attend the fundraiser.

Melvin Schuler private collections to be displayed December Arts Alive

Dan and Jayne Ollivier and Edward Oliver in collaboration with St. Joseph's will be having a special show of 2 private collections of Melvin Schuler's work in December. A private, invitation only reception will be held the Friday before Arts Alive in the Gross Building (the former Eureka Plaza Design location) and the public can see the show during December Arts Alive. More details will be available soon in the local media.