Jan 2, 2015

Medical Cannabis Ordinance and homeless on Eureka City Council meeting agenda

The Eureka City Council agenda on January 6 includes an item on the City Medical cannabis ordinance: direction, selection process, rules to operate a dispensary and permit process.

A community development update on the homeless is also on the agenda.

Dec 30, 2014

Vatican to honor Fr. Eric Freed among those who died for Christ


January 2015 key month for several high profile homicide cases; others like Ferrer and Warren will they actually make it to trial?

If you look through the dates of these high profile trials, you will see that on January 12 and January 26, it will be a busy day for the Humboldt County courts.

These are not even all the cases in 2014 and others that are going through the process starting in 2014 into 2015. They are some of the cases that made headlines.

Each case has been covered in detail on this blog and a search will get you to all the links. I am listing key dates, not listing courtrooms in this post since some will change because of judges being moved. How many of these cases will make it to trial? How many will be plead out? How many have been botched by Paul?

Vincent Sanchez: Suspect in Harris Street double murder. Pleaded guilty. Sentencing continued to 1/9/15 at 2 p.m. Stipulated sentence.

Gary Lee Bullock: charged with several charges including murder and torture of Fr. Eric Freed. Trial Conformation is 1/14/15 at 2 p.m. and Jury Trial is scheduled on 1/26/15.

Matthew Brown: Charged with the murder of Neil Decker. 1/5/15 Trail Readiness Conference; 1/9/15 Trial Assignment and 1/12/15 scheduled for Jury Trial.

Jason Arreaga: charged with two murders he committed in Fieldbrook. 1/5/15 he will be arraigned on information for a jury trial.

Juan Ferrer: charged with the stabbing of Arcata chef Douglas Anderson-Jordet. 1/26/15  Pre-Trial Conference at 2 p.m., Trial Confirmation at 2  p.m. on 3/23/15 and Jury Trial scheduled for 4/6/15.

Jason Warren: 3/4/15 is the date for trial setting for one case and disposition/reset hearing for another case. Warren is charged  with killing  Dorothy Ulrich, on the morning of Sept. 26, 2012 before allegedly taking a car from her residence and driving to Eureka, where he allegedly intentionally hit three runners, killing Suzanne Seemann and seriously injuring Jessica Hunt and Terri Vroman-Little.

Limmie Curry: charged with the murder of William Reid. His co-defendant Eddie Lee is a free man. His case was dismissed on a oral motion by his defense attorney citing Penal Code 1118. That decision cannot be appealed. The case was prosecuted by Paul.Trial Confirmation 1/12/15 at 2 p.m. and Jury Trial on 1/26/15.

Judge Hinrichs presiding judge for 2014; Judge Wilson asst presiding judge and a few other changes in Humboldt Superior Court

Judge Joyce Hinrichs will be the presiding judge starting next year, Judge Christopher Wilson will be the assistant presiding judge. He has been hearing family law cases and will now be back as a Judge for the courts overseeing criminal cases.

Judge Timothy Cissna will be hearing criminal cases. Judge Dale Reinholtsen, one of my favorite judges is going to be moving to the civil courts.

This is routine but most of my time is spent covering the criminal court cases, when certain judges are no longer overseeing criminal cases, I wish they didn't have to switch around.

We are very fortunate to have excellent judges, all of them.

Very often, I point out the flaws of court management. I just found out that one of the court managers, Sara Biasca's last day is January 9. All I can say is that this is a loss. Sara is very helpful, very professional and will be an asset wherever she ends up in the future.

"The courtroom won't have two defense attorneys anymore"; District Attorney Maggie Fleming swearing-in-ceremony on January 5 at noon

The above quote is by someone who has worked with Maggie for years. All I will say this is someone who works in the criminal justice system. This person's sentiment is echoed by many people who are looking forward to defense attorneys not running the courtroom anymore.

If you read my blog regularly, the evidence is there. I also did a post in March:


The swear-in-ceremony information is well-known internally and maybe there is a press release circulating?

I know the Board of Chambers will be packed at noon when Maggie will officially be sworn in as Humboldt's District Attorney on January 5, 2015.

I cannot be there because that is the same time as  weekday mass. I do not miss mass  for business, press conferences or any reason or I would be there in person. I will be praying for Maggie and her staff. They have challenges ahead, the consequences of the last administration. I wish Maggie the best.

Dec 29, 2014

A year later, a prayer for Fr. Eric sends a message: "My God, if my tongue cannot say in every moment that I love You, I want my heart to repeat it to You as often as I draw breath."

In two days, people will gather to eat, drink, kick-off the New Year at midnight with their loved ones. So will the community at St. Bernard’s as we have every year with a vigil mass and then on New Year’s day with mass.

2014 New Year’s Day began for many of us who knew Fr. Eric in an unexpected way. This entire year, since then, others I know and loved have passed from this life. Losing Fr. Eric made international headlines yet each loss in my life was just as significant.

I am not going to talk about loss or grieving, not because it is not important but because those are not the feelings that consume me. In the last year, the focus has not been on Fr. Eric and in this post, it will be on his life, him and not on his death and why and how he went home to God.

I am looking forward to New Year’s as I did Christmas as I did Easter, as I do each year. With gratitude, with faith, with joy.

Often before mass ended, especially on Sunday, Fr. Eric would say that when we left church, he wanted us to reflect the joy we felt in our attitudes and actions so people would wonder and want to share in what we Catholics had and what made us so happy.

"May our faith be measured by our capacity for Joy in community” is a strenna Fr. Eric wrote. He also wrote, “ To be Happy be Thankful, To be Thankful, have Faith. Faith is Understanding that All is God's."

Since Jan 1, 2014, those of us that knew Fr. Eric, in the Catholic community and other communities he was a part of have had life’s challenges and losses yet you would not be able to tell unless we shared. It is our faith, Fr. Eric’s own words when he comforted many who had lost loved ones that soothe us in moments we need that comforting touch.  Especially at funerals, Fr. Eric, reminded us that each person in our life was a gift from God and that we should be grateful for the time we got to spend with them. Fr. Eric would talk about our life on earth as parentheses in the chapter of our life. This year, our current pastor, Fr. Tom picked a passage from scripture for All Souls Day,  “For those who sleep in Christ, life has not ended, it has changed.”

As Christians, we believe in eternal life.  I know and hope to see Fr. Eric again. As Catholics, we believe in the communion of saints, I can still communicate with Fr. Eric, just in a different way. God’s love, God’s hope and God’s light is ever present.

This Christmas when I heard the midnight reading from Isaiah: “The people who walked in darkness
have seen a great light; upon those who dwelt in the land of gloom, a light has shone”, it reminded me that darkness never prevails over light. Our faith, our love, our community, our memories, the legacy of our loved ones  is stronger than any act of hate, desperation.

The readings that continue into the New Year fit the theme St. Bernard’s  will chose to remember and honor God and Fr. Eric going home to God in two days: “Illuminate the Darkness with Joy.”

When I think of many people who suffer loss and tragedy alone, I feel so blessed to know I am never alone for God is always with me and that I experience his love every day through others. There are no words to adequately thank our Bishop, to thank Fr. Loren, Fr. Tom and Deacon Frank who have been our anchors in a very difficult year.  God loves us so much and we have felt that love from our former pastor Fr. Loren who came without hesitation  as a temporary administrator to help us through the first few months of this year knowing that his presence was vital for us to heal and keep moving forward ; from our current pastor Fr. Tom, who came to shepherd us and continue as a parish and to help us move through into this New Year with joy and faith, while he silently withstood the reactions of our grief, our pain and stayed strong for us; from our Deacon Frank who from the morning of Jan 1, 2014 until now put his own needs aside to be there for each and every one of us with his calm and comforting presence that soothed our broken hearts.

My faith has grown even stronger this year. I love God more each day and am even more committed to serve God. That is the thought and wish I asked for my birthday last year, which is only a couple of days after the New Year. As Fr. Eric always taught us, and as we believe in our faith, we should focus on God, above all else.

I would like to share a prayer with you which was written by St. John Vianney, the patron saint of priests. It is how I feel and it is the prayer that I found a few weeks ago, while remembering Fr. Eric.

"I love You, O my God, and my only desire is to love You until the last breath of my life.
I love You, O my infinitely lovable God, and I would rather die loving You, than live without loving You.
I love You, Lord and the only grace I ask is to love You eternally,
My God, if my tongue cannot say in every moment that I love You, I want my heart to repeat it to You as often as I draw breath.”

Michael Dayvid performing, champagne specials, drawings for prizes, and a midnight a midnight champagne toast to kick off the New Year at the Wine Spot

The Wine Spot, located at 234 F Street, in Eureka plans to make your evening bubbly and fun. Local favorite Michael Dayvid will be performing, there will be drawings for prizes all night long, champagne specials and a midnight champagne toast to kick off the New Year.

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Encore! Encore at Studio S for January Arts Alive; Susan Strope featured artist at the Wine Spot

Just call Susan Strope, the Arts Alive Double Feature artist for 2015. For January 2015, Studio S, located at 717 Third St, in Eureka will have an encore presentation of Susan's work and other local artists.

The Wine Spot, located at 234 F Street in Eureka, will showcase Susan's  oil paintings for the month of January and February for Arts Alive. In January, come see her "large colorful florals" and in February come check out her "moody seascapes." These are her descriptions, not mine!

Long awaited opening of Thien Long in downtown Eureka: authentic, freshly made Vietnamese sandwiches

Pho Thien Long, which was originally located across from the Eureka Theater on F Street and is now located at 4th and D is expanding. The owners will have a grand opening on January 12, 2015 for Thien Long Sandwiches. This second location will feature authentic Vietnamese sandwiches, freshly prepared on a french baguette that will be baked fresh daily. Choices of freshly sliced meat and vegetables with shredded carrots, sliced daikon, cilantro, jalapeno and vietnamese mayonnaise.

Vegetarian options will be available. This location will offer some other dishes to go such as fried rice, rice plate and Boba drinks.

There are plans to offer traditional Vietnamese breakfast in the future. The restaurant will open six days a week, from 9 am to 6 p.m. and closed on Tuesdays. The only Tuesday it will be open is the grand-opening.

For more information, until Thien Long is open, please call Pho Thien Long at (707) 445-4735.