Apr 19, 2014

Ongoing investigation in the large marijuana bust at the McKinney Industrail Warehouses in Fortuna; constant complaints from public

On 04-16-2014, at approximately 10:00 a.m., the Humboldt Drug Task Force assisted by the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office served a Humboldt County Superior Court Search Warrant at the McKenny Industrial Warehouses, 100 Airport Rd in the unincorporated area Fortuna California. During the service of the warrant agents located Robert Weese, 27 years old, from Fortuna, tending to a commercial, for profit, marijuana grow containing 1547 marijuana plants in various stages of growth, from vegetative, to budding. Agents also located unpermitted and potentially dangerous wiring and a marijuana drying room. Weese was placed under arrest for cultivation and possession of marijuana for sale. He was transported and booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility. His bail was set at $25,000.00.

Agents then served search warrants on two additional units at the same location. Agents determined both units contained commercial, for profit, marijuana growing operations. Agents again located marijuana plants in various stages of growth, from vegetative, to budding. In the second one unit agents located and seized 558 growing marijuana and in the third unit agents located 726 growing marijuana plants.

On 04-17-2014, at approximately 9:00 a.m. agents and deputies returned to the McKenny Industrial Warehouses, at 100 Airport Rd, and served a search warrant on a fourth storage unit. Agents located and seized 1376 marijuana plants in various stages of growth, from vegetative, to budding.

Based off information obtained through the investigation surrounding the incident, agents served search warrants at several residences throughout Humboldt County. Those locations included the 2500 block of Dennis Ct in Fortuna, 2900 block of College Ave in Fortuna, the 1900 block of Scenic Drive in Fortuna, the 7200 block of Myrtle Avenue, Eureka, the 900 block of Hunts Drive, McKinleyville, and the 1800 block of Sutter Road, Fortuna. During the searches at the above listed locations officers’ located and seized 25 pounds of dried marijuana, two firearms, hash, hash lab equipment , fiduciary records, indicia of ownership and responsibility.

The units at McKenny Industrial Warehouses, located at 100 Airport Rd are individually metered for PG&E, and plumbed for water. The Sheriff’s Office has served warrants at this location in the last 12 months, and continually receives complaints from the public regarding the odor of marijuana emanating from the buildings. The Sheriff’s Office would like to remind the public that it is a felony in the state of California to profit from the sales of marijuana.

The investigation is ongoing; however, agents have identified several additional suspects involved in the case, and will be seeking arrest warrants for those suspects.

Possible homicide involving a firearm in Southern Humboldt

On 04/18/2014 the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received information regarding a possible homicide involving a firearm that occurred in the Southern Humboldt area. The Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating this allegation with the assistance from the District Attorney Investigator’s Office, Department of Justice (DOJ), Arson Task Force, and the California Highway Patrol (CHP).

Benjamin Jasper Carter is wanted for questioning in association to this investigation. Carter is described to be a white male, age 33, 6’3”, 180 lbs, brown hair, and blue eyes. Carter’s head may be shaved bald and he may have a goatee and mustache. Carter has multiple tattoos on his chest, back, arms, legs, and neck. Carter is associated with a black GMC truck, CA license 6R68046. The truck has a blue tailgate with an Oakland Raiders design and front end damage. Carter is believed to be armed and dangerous. If seen, do not approach and contact law enforcement.

Wes Chesbro endorses Ryan Sundberg

Another big endorsement for Ryan Sundberg.

Apr 18, 2014

Hoopa Council interviews Maggie and Elan at Council meeting last night

They held off on making an endorsement until they had heard from all candidates.

Ryan Sundberg endorsed by the Hoopa tribe

Supervisor Ryan Sundberg has been endorsed by the Hoopa tribe.

"I am very proud of the relationship we have created between the County and the Tribe. I look forward to accomplishing even more together in my next term," said Supervisor Sundberg.

Apr 17, 2014

Impact of the drought and marijuana industry on local rivers

Scott Bauer of the California Fish and Wildlife Department will present on the impact of the drought and marijuana industry on local rivers tomorrow during a meeting of the Humboldt County Workforce Investment Board.

The meeting is from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the Annex of the Humboldt County Board of Education. There will also be discussion about federal workforce training funding and how it has been used to re-train workers laid off from their jobs in Humboldt County.

Statistics and Sex Offender's registration compliance sweep information, Eureka outnumbers other locations

Since March 24, 2014, a multi-agency sex offender’s registration compliance sweep has been occurring and is continuing, led by the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office with the assistance of Eureka Police Department, Arcata Police Department, Humboldt County Probation, the Humboldt County District Attorney’s Office and the US Marshall’s Office in Humboldt County. The sweep is paid for by the Child Sexual Predator Program (C.S.P.P.) Grant. The operation was an effort to confirm the address the sex registrant provided to law enforcement was in fact the address that they resided at. The officers have checked on 327 separate registrants to date, to confirm the address is actually where they resided and were in compliance with the law.  All sex registrants are required to register in person with the law enforcement agency that has jurisdiction over their residence address. The registrants must also comply with the several registration requirements, such as updating their registration annually and informing law enforcement when any changes have been made to their address or registration information. Failure by a sex registrant to keep law enforcement notified of an address change or registration information is a crime per 290.18 of the California Penal Code and can be punished as a felony or misdemeanor.

The Sheriff’s Office will be obtaining arrest warrants for those found to be out of compliance.

To date 327 registrants information provided to law enforcement were checked. The following were the results of those checks: 271 found to be in compliance, 27 out of compliance, 10 were currently in custody, 14 were unable to be contacted at the residence listed,  3 provided addressed that could not be located and 3 were deceased.

There are a total of 508 sex registrants in Humboldt County. There are currently no registered sexually violent predators listed in the county.

Registrants who are excluded from being listed on the internet were required to file a form with the Department of Justice. Those registrants had to meet certain requirements to be excluded. The information can be found under the California Penal Code section 290.46e .

The following is a list of locations where sex registrants are currently residing.

Alderpoint: 2
Arcata: 24
Bayside: 3
Blue Lake: 4
Bridgeville: 6
Eureka: 220
Ferndale: 3
Fields Landing: 9
Fortuna: 36
Garberville: 1
Hoopa: 25
Hydesville: 3
Kneeland: 2
Korbel: 2
Loleta: 6
McKinleyville: 40
Myers Flat: 4
Orick: 5
Phillipsville: 3
Redway: 5
Rio Dell: 13
Samoa: 4
Trinidad: 5
Whitethorn/Shelter Cover: 3
Willow Creek: 5

You can learn more information on Megan’s Law Website

One Mckinleyville armed robbery suspect identified

The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office is continuing to investigate the armed robbery which occurred on 04-15-2014 and has identified the driver of the vehicle.  She is identified as Candice Keshan Swain, 25 years old who is a transient.  She is described as Native American, 5’ 4” tall, approximately 145 pounds, brown hair and brown eyes.

The lead investigating deputy is still actively working on identifying the second female who was the one identified by the victims as holding the knife. She is known as, “ Sonya “.

Sonya is described as Native American,  approximately in her 30’s, heavy set,  about 250 to 300 pounds, dark short hair pulled into a bun, was last seen wearing dark clothing and in possession of a 4” to 6” blade knife. She is possibly from the Hoopa area.

A be-on-the-lookout to area law enforcement has been issued for Swain who is wanted armed robbery.

Attempted Murder suspect from Sonoma County arrested in Weott

 On 04-15-2014, at approximately 9:30 p.m., Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Deputies responded to the 16000 block of State Highway 254, Weott in regards to an unwanted subject. While enroute to the call, the female caller told Sheriff’s Office Dispatch the unwanted subject was Juan Luis Ayala Jr., 20 years old from Modesto, California, and he was wanted for attempted murder from Sonoma County. Sheriff’s Office Dispatch confirmed with Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office that Ayala was wanted for attempted murder and vehicle theft. Dispatch also learned from Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office the weapon used was a hammer.

When Deputies and California Highway Patrol Officers (C.H.P.) arrived at the residence where Ayala was at, the female caller met them outside. She told the deputies she did not want Ayala at her residence and Ayala was willing to surrender peacefully. Deputies entered the residence and took Ayala into custody without incident.

C.H.P. located the vehicle Ayala stole, a black 2000 Ford Echo in the South Fork High School parking lot. The vehicle was stored and Ayala was transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where his bail is set at $500,000.00.

Well-known and loved Hoopa community leader Marion McCovey to be arraigned today; was booked for marijuana cultivation, child endangerment and other charges

Today in Judge Mariyln Miles Courtroom 2, at 1:30 p.m., in addition to Marian Earl McCovey, Sr, two other defendants were arraigned. The co-defendants are Marion Earl McCovey, Jr and  Romeo Blue McCovey.

Mr. McCovey, Sr is well-known in the Hoopa community for his work with the Hoopa Youth Center, Hoopa Tribe Recreation Department, he coached youth in basketball,baseball and was formerly employed with the Klamath United Trinity School District.

The charges for each defendant include both felonies and misdemeanors. Jackie Pizzo is prosecuting this case for the People.

All three defendants were present in the courtroom, they are not in custody. Mr. McCovey, Sr is being represented by Jeffrey Schwartz. Judge Miles appointed the Public Defender Casey Russo  to represent Mr.McCovey, Jr and the Conflict Counsel supervising attorney Mr. Greg Elvine-Kreis to represent Mr. Romeo Blue McCovey.

The charges against each defendant were read by Judge Miles with the appropriate code and then  stated as following: for Mr. McCovey, Sr. are Count 1 marijuana cultivation, Count 2, marijuana for sale, Count 3 child abuse and Count 4 contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

For Mr. McCovey, Jr and Romeo Blue McCovey the charges are the same. Count 1 is cultivation of marijuana, Count 2 marijuana for sale and Count 3 contributing to the deliquency of a minor.

Each defendant entered a not guilty plea and a general time waiver. Each defendant was allowed to remain out of custody on their own recognizance. Intervention is scheduled for June 17 at 3 p.m. and Preliminary Hearing on June 25 at 8:30 a.m.

Before the arraignment, the defendants were in the hallway and they sat quietly. Their demeanor was very respectful and polite to people around them. In court, their behavior was the same.

Background on case from Hoopa Tribal Police Department press release:

On 12/11/2013 the Hoopa Valley Tribal Police Department ended a five month long marijuana investigation after serving a search warrant at a residence located on Mill Creek Road In Hoopa CA.

At the Hoopa residence Officers located approximately 11 lbs of marijuana and several firearms. One suspect was arrested at the residence identified as Marion McCovey Sr age 56. McCovey was transported and booked at the Humboldt County Correctional Facility for H&S 11358 Cultivation of marijuana, H&S 11359 Possession of marijuana for sale, H&S 11357 c Possession of marijuana over an ounce, PC 182(a)(1) Conspiracy, PC 273a(a) Child Endangerment and PC 272 Contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Two juveniles who were at the residence at the time of the search warrant were placed with a family member. This is an ongoing investigation and more arrests are anticipated.

Fortuna Airport Road bust Day 2: 2500 plants , more search warrants, 1 arrested

In addition to yesterday's bust, on  day 2, now up to  2500 plants , more search warrants, 1 arrested. All the press is covering this story so I am not in a rush to update the information or post the press releases.

Apr 16, 2014

Yurok Tribe endorses Elan Firpo for District Attorney

The Yurok Tribe endorsed Elan Firpo for Humboldt County District Attorney at its regular council meeting in Klamath, CA, on Thursday, April 10.

“The Yurok Tribe’s court and justice system is growing, and we are looking forward to furthering our collaborative effort with the Humboldt County District Attorney’s office, which will benefit our tribal members,” said Yurok Tribe Chairman Thomas O’Rourke, Sr.

"It is a great honor to be endorsed by the Yurok Tribe," said Elan Firpo. "I intend to live up to this vote of confidence by strengthening the link between the DA's office and the tribes and Rancherias as we make this a safe place to raise our families."

The Yurok Tribe is the largest Indian Tribe in California with 5,989 tribal members. Several initiatives to benefit Yurok tribal members and surrounding communities are currently under way, including the construction of a visitors’ center, hotel and casino and a fiber optic high speed internet system.

From DA's office to Clanton Law Firm, now Ben McLaughlin has his own practice

Ben McLaughlin just started his own practice about a month ago. He will be taking cases as a criminal defense attorney as well as family law and some personal injury in the future.

Congratulations Ben!

Human trafficking with a minor, new count added to David Anderson case

At the pretrial hearing today for David Anderson, a new charge was added and it was human trafficking involving a minor. This is Count 8. Penal code 236.1 (c)

Anderson's attorney Ben McLaughlin did have a response. He said he was concerned that these "new charges are intended to make evidence inflammatory and prejudicial" towards his client.

He said while he did not have basis to oppose this afternoon, he will research. The court allowed the People to file the first amended information.

Rhett August out on cruz waiver not in court for sentencing today, defense requested continuance

Rhett August, who was released to his mother, and at the last court hearing was supposed to enter a dual diagnosis program was not in court for sentencing today.

This was to happen in Courtroom 1. August is being represented by Ben McLaughlin. Luke Brownfield is prosecuting the case.  Today Mr. Russ Clanton was Mr. August's new lawyer.  Mr. Clanton asked to approach and after that private discussion between the Judge and counsel, a request to continue was granted. Next court date is May 21 at 2 p.m.

Apr 15, 2014

Ride home from the casino results in robbery

On 04-15-2014, at approximately 11:45 a.m., the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a call from two adult female victims who said they had just been robbed at knifepoint. Deputies responded and met with the victims in the 4900 block of Dows Prairie Road, McKinleyville.

When the deputies arrived, the victims told the investigating deputy they were gambling at Blue Lake Casino when they met up with two females. The victims knew one of the females and asked for a ride to McKinleyville. The two females agreed to give the victims a ride to McKinleyville. While enroute the two females told the victims they needed to make a stop at a residence in Trinidad and drove there first. In Trinidad, the front passenger exited the vehicle, and another female got into the passenger seat. The driver then told the victims she would now drive them to McKinleyville. While enroute to McKinleyville, the driver drove the victims onto Dows Prairie Road.  The driver stopped the car in the 4900 block of Dows Prairie Road.  The female who just got in the front passenger seat of the car in Trinidad, then turned around and brandished a knife at the victims, while demanding money from them. The victims gave the suspect their money and a cell phone. They were then able to escape the vehicle and run into the brush and hide. After the vehicle left they called the Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies searched the area for the suspects’ vehicle, a 1995 Red Mitsubishi Eclipse, and located it parked at Moonstone Beach. Deputies also located a female in the vehicle who told them it was her car, but she was not involved in the robbery. The victims were brought to the scene and confirmed the female the deputies had detained was not one of the suspects. Deputies are currently working to identify the two female suspects. No one was injured in the robbery.

Failure to stop and suspended license leads 4 pounds of heroin bust

On 04-11-2014, approximately 10:00 p.m., a Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Deputy stopped a newer Chrysler four door sedan for exceeding the posted speed limit and failing to stop at a stop sign in the Myrtletown area of Eureka. When the deputy contacted the driver of the vehicle and explained the reason for the stop, the driver told the deputy he did not have a driver’s license. The driver verbally identified himself as Mario Martinez Torres, 20 years old , from Perris, California.  A DMV records check revealed Torres driver’s license was suspended. The deputy arrested Torres for driving on a suspended driver’s license. The deputy noticed both Torres and the male passenger were very nervous and evasive when they spoke with him. The deputy questioned, identified and released the male passenger in the vehicle who was an18 year old male adult, and also from Perris, California.

The deputy notified the Humboldt County Drug Task Force about the traffic stop and the vehicle. The Humboldt County Drug Task Force obtained a search warrant for the vehicle, which they served on 04-14-2014. During their search of the vehicle, they located hidden compartments and over four pounds of Heroin, valued at over $200,000.00.

Charges of transportation of a controlled substance and possession for sale of a controlled substance are being sought against Torres and the male passenger.

Judge Feeney tentatively rejects Workman plea deal; final decision is the same, case to go to jury trial

Courtroom1, 3 p.m., Judge John Feeney announced his tentative ruling in the Elmy Workman case. This was a continued sentencing hearing. Judge Feeney tentatively rejected the plea deal. Ms. Workman is being represented by Neal Sanders; District Attorney Paul Gallegos for the People and Allison Jackson representing the victim and family.

It was only after Ms. Jackson stepped in that the plea deal was questioned and ultimately defeated.

While the victim, her family and friends have been at every court hearing; this was the first time Ms. Workman's family was in the courtroom.

Before he announced his decision, Judge Feeney went through all the documents he had received and reviewed before making his decision. "I put a great deal of thought before rejecting the conditional plea," he said.

"I have a lot more information now than when this case was transferred here for commencement for trial," said Judge Feeney. He then announced his tentative decision to reject the plea.  Judge Feeney than elaborated on the reasons why he made the decision. "One of the letters I received from a Ms. Smith characterized the case as a confused and convoluted situation." Judge Feeney indicated he was in agreement with that assessment. This case did not have "unusual circumstances" he said.

Judge Feeney said that he did not think there aggravation or provocation that required the kind of response from Ms. Workman and that while Dr. Renouf's evaluation indicated some mental health conditions, that they had no bearing on her actions. He also said Ms. Workman showed no remorse.

Mr. Gallegos did not comment on the tentative decision and Ms. Jackson said she would only if the Judge changed his tenative decision. Mr. Sanders addressed the court but basically tried to argue what he had already submitted on his client's behalf; he did try to address a couple of issues such as the remorse but the only new only information he gave was that the final outcome of the case would affect his client's immigration status.

After hearing Mr. Sanders response, the Judge made his decision to reject the plea deal final in this case.
That plea was withdrawn, a not guilty plea was entered, time waiver entered and dates were set. Pre-trial on June 30; Trial Conference on July 7 and Jury Trial on July 21.

The victim spoke to me before the hearing today and explained how Ms. Jackson got involved. She was told of the plea deal on a Friday and told to think it over. Over the weekend, she alleged that Ms. Workman's family and hers were at a public restaurant and she alleged that Ms. Workman's family was rude to her family. She did not want the plea deal. She arrived on Monday to talk to Mr. Gallegos and found out the case was set in court that day to discuss the plea deal. She expressed to Mr. Gallegos she did not agree to the plea deal. She said she spoke to him for hours, even made him late for court. She made a statement at that hearing. Through a mutual family friend, they contacted Ms. Jackson to advocate on their behalf.

Apr 14, 2014

Orick Chamber of Commerce forum for 5th District Supervisor and DA candidates reveals Coastal Commission surprise

The Orick Chamber of Commerce hosted a forum for the community to meet with the two 5th District Supervisor candidates and the 4 candidates for Humboldt County District Attorney.

Present were Sharon LaTour candidate for 5th District Supervisor and Ryan Sundberg, who is the current 5th District Supervisor and incumbent.

Three DA candidates Allan Dollison, Maggie Fleming and Arnie Klein were present.

The 4th DA candidate, Elan Firpo could not attend last minute because she needed to prepare for the Bodhi Tree case tomorrow morning. That case has been going through the initial stages of the jury selection process and motions in limine.

In a prepared statement she sent with her campaign manager, Ms. Firpo said that her job must come first and that she had planned to be in Orick previously but those events were rescheduled and that she will visit in the future. She said she would answer questions via Facebook.

All 4 DA candidates were present this afternoon at a rotary lunch/forum in Fortuna.

In response to a question about the General Plan Update, 5th District candidate Sharon LaTour said that Governor Jerry Brown is supporting more staff be added to the Coastal Commission. This led to an uproar and vocal dismay from members of the audience.

An enthusiastic group of approximately 20 people were present this evening. The event was moderated by the Donna Hufford, executive director, Orick Chamber of Commerce.

Each candidate gave an opening statement.

Ms. Latour spoke about collaborative leadership. Mr. Sundberg gave specific answers and spoke about projects specifically related to Orick.

Mr. Klein emphasized as he has in other debates in the past that he would be a DA for the People, not beholden to anyone. He spoke about making changes that would benefit the community and used  Hoopa as an example stating that someone would not have to come to Eureka for a DUI. He spoke about those that are harming the environment and that he would offer a 6 month amnesty period where people could bring their land "up to code" at cost to themselves. Mr. Klein spoke off the cuff and at one point, his passion was noted by the moderator.

Ms. Fleming in her opening statement spoke about her experience, her community involvement and qualifications for DA.

Mr. Dollison talked about this being an open race for the first time. Current District Attorney Paul Gallegos is not running for re-election. In his opening statement, Mr. Dollison spoke specifically about what was wrong under Paul Gallegos' regime and what needed to be fixed. He was very classy, including the fact that all 4 of the DA candidates had worked in the DA's office simultaneously at one time.

Upon arrival, audience members had been given paper to write questions and these were asked by the moderator. They went back and forth between Supervisors and DA candidates.

In a question about funding and recruting talent, Mr. Klein responded with, "If the Board of Supervisors does not give me what I want" that he would shame them outside the courthouse. Ms. Fleming said she would go to law schools and recruit and fund additional posts with grants. Mr. Dollison said before recruiting talent, he would fix the funding and resources so that the work environment is such that staff would be retained.

A question was asked to 5th District Supervisor candidates if they were aware how many permits had been issued last year in the County for building and how many open spaces were requested to be developed.

Mr. Sundberg answered with, "76 permits were issued last year countywide and 1 or 2 open spaces."
Ms. LaTour responded with, "I visited a long range planner today. " She then claimed that the state required certain amount of land to be set aside and alleged that numbers had been adjusted in the GPU.

The next question was about what was good about the GPU and what needed fixing? It is in response to this question that Ms. LaTour revealed the Coastal Commission plan. She was taken aback by the very visceral reaction from members of the audience regarding the Coastal Commission. She continued her comments by saying, "This is good news". "More staff means (they will) be more responsive" and "you get to do what you want with your land."

Mr. Sundberg said, "There are a few things ee (Board of Supervisors) have been accused of; one is throwing away years of input." He said they would have scratched and started fresh if that was the case. "I have heard earlier that we made a mess. From my point of view, we are cleaning up a mess. If we would have just put a rubber stamp on the GPU, the only place you could do business is where there is infrastructure." Mr. Sundberg went on to say that when he sits down and explains his vote to people that have been upset, they understand why he voted the way he did.

The next question was to the DA candidates and they were asked about Mr. Gallegos' prosecution of the owner of the Eureka Inn for failure to pay the Transient Occupancy Tax and why this could not have been handled in bankruptcy court?

This led to a lighthearted moment in the debate where Mr. Dollison said he was not at the office at that time, Ms. Fleming had a similar response and Mr. Dollison joked, "Let us pass that onto Arnie."

They all smiled and then Mr. Klein responded, "Just because we can, we should not bankrupt the Eureka Inn and put these people out of work. Just to gratify someone's ego."

Mr. Dollison agreed with Mr. Klein adding, "We should not throw resources to prosecute struggling businesses; it is about priorities and said that the case belonged in civil court."

Ms. Fleming said that it was unfair to other businesses paying taxes and that one solution was to set up restitution.

The last question was about whether the DA's office should get more funding and where it would come from and another highlight of the evening was the lighthearted Sundberg and Klein showdown.

Mr. Sundberg said, "I do think they should get more money." He talked about the deficit in funds and how tough it is to "dole out money" and that each department gets to submit proposals. "Arnie can squeeze the turnip under my desk" to which Mr. Klein responded, "I am a lawyer; I can do it."

Two new deputy Sheriff's get tips and get official this morning

Sheriff Mike Downey  did a swearing in ceremony at 9 a.m. this morning in the Humboldt County Correctional Facility Conference Room for two new deputy sheriffs.  Deputies Ben Filippini,  Hydesville, and Marcus Walker,  Arcata,   

Walker is an Arcata High School graduate and Fillipini graduated from Ferndale High School. They both attended and graduated from College of the Redwoods Police Academy. They were members of the 112th Police Academy. 

Mayor Frank Jager, Supervisor Rex Bohn and Chief Andy Mills, who stopped by briefly, left and then returned were present along with Sheriff's staff and family members.

When introducing family members, Fillipini mentioned Uncle Frank. 

Sheriff Downey told the deputies what his expectations were; he compared the witnesses present today to the witnesses in a marriage ceremony. Sheriff Downey told Walker and Fillipini that they were making a commitment to the County and that he would do all he could to support them and provide them the tools to succeed but their success depended on them.

Looking at their family members in the audience, he gave the new deputies the benefit of his many years in law enforcement and one important tip was that they continue to balance their personal life with work. That they should continue interests outside work that they believe in and to not allow the job to consume their life.