Dec 11, 2015

EPD POP Team wins 2015 Eureka City Council Award

Chief Andy Mills via Twitter:

"EPD Problem Oriented Policing team wins the 2015 City Council award for excellence in public service. Incredible "


I will be Linda Stansberry's guest on her Thursday Night Talk show next week

Sharing this promo courtesy Linda Stansberry. It will be on Thursday Night Talk Facebook page next week.


"This week on KHSU's Thursday Night Talk, Linda Stansberry interviews John Chiv, who has been writing about politics, law and order in Humboldt County on his Words Worth blog for two years. With several major trials wrapping up, John will relive some of his most exciting moments inside the courtroom. Please tune in to 90.5 at 7 p.m., and call in at 826-4805 or 800-640-5911."

Second jury trial for Fieldbrook double murder homicide of Harley Hammers, Jr. and Angel Tully scheduled for December 14 continued to January 11

After a hung jury for the first trial, the second jury trial for Jason Arreaga, the suspect in the Fieldbrook double murder homicide which was scheduled for December 14 has been continued to January 11, 2016.

Arreaga has been charged in the deaths of Harley Hammers, Jr. and Angel Tully.

Reducing the salary of DHHS director, possible disbandment of the law enforcement liaison committee and appointment of CAO and DHHS director at next Board of Supervisor meeting

Amend the Implementation Date of the Approved Adjustment to the Salary for the Classification of Director - Department of Health and Human Services 14. That the Board of Supervisors adopt Resolution No. _____ (attachment B), which amends Resolution No. 15-95 (Compensation Plans for Management and Confidential Employees and for Elected and Appointed County Officials) to adjust the monthly salary of Director- Department of Health and Human Services from $14,166 to $13,667, effective December 29, 2015. Recommendation: Attachments: Amend Implementation Date of DHHS Director Salary.pdf



RECOMMENDATION(S): That the Board of Supervisors discuss the possible disbandment ofthe Citizen's Law Enforcement Liaison Committee
SOURCE OF FUNDING: N/A
 DISCUSSION: The Citizen's Law Enforcement Liaison Committee (CLELC) was formed by Resolution 10-01 on January 5, 2010 (attached). It was formed to help educate the public on law enforcement policies and procedures of the County's Sheriffs Department and to receive input from members ofthe public regarding areas of concern involving the County Sheriffs Office. The CLELC has seen a decline in the need to meet on a monthly basis. It has also experienced a high turnover in membership appointment. The Sheriff and the current Chair of the CLELC would like to discuss the disbandment of the Committee.

FINANCIAL IMPACT: N/A


CLOSED SESSION:


It is the intention of the Board of Supervisors to meet in closed session to consider the
appointment for the position of County Administrative Officer pursuant to Government Code
sections 54954.5 and 54957.
2.
It is the intention of the Board of Supervisors to meet in closed session to consider the
appointment for the position of Director of Department of Health and Human Services pursuant
to Government Code sections 54954.5 and 54957.

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Dec 4, 2015

Humboldt County CAO Phillip Smith Hanes is Kansas bound

THC was the first to report this news.
http://thclive.net/2015/11/18/county-cao-smith-hanes-bailing-for-the-mid-west/

I followed up and Mr. Hanes had not resigned at that time.

http://johnchiv.blogspot.com/2015/11/philip-smith-hanes-has-not-resigned-as.html?m=1

Mr. Hanes did get another job in Kansas and will be starting that job on March 1, 2016.

His contract requires him to give a certain amount of notice. Mr. Hanes is expected to hand in a resignation soon and be around until at least February 2016.

"Humboldt County works best when the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors work best"

Former Humboldt County Supervisor John Woolley, Former City of Arcata Manager Randy Mendoza, Fourth District Supervisor Virginia Bass, Matthew Owen, City Cab's Jaison Chand,  Green Diamond's Gary Rynearson, Sandy Scott, family members and friends gathered at the Arcata Community Center at 12;30 today for Arcata Councilmember Mark Wheetley's formal announcement to run for the Third District Supervisor seat.

Mr. Woolley called Mr. Wheetley "a stalwart of Arcata."

"I have known Mark since the 70s as a friend and colleague," said Mr. Woolley. He spoke of the programs and projects they worked on together in the 70s and 80s.

Ms. Scott said she was at the announcement as a individual supporter, not as a representative of the Arcata Chamber.

Mr. Mendoza said that for four terms he worked "side by side with Mark" on difficult situations, complex issues and hum drum issues. "He has been a rock for the City of Arcata," said Mr. Mendoza "I hate to see him leave the Council but the County also needs him. He does not take the short cut and takes time and always makes sound decisions."

After being introduced by John Woolley and remarks from Randy Mendoza and Sandy Scott, Mr. Wheetley introduced his daughter Caitlyn and her friend Hope, his brother Greg and Lynette Mullen who he called "the beautiful woman in my life". His campaign team which includes Caterina Lewis-Perry, Michael Kime, Wendy Rowan and Joel Canzoneri.

"It has been an honor" serving the City of Arcata said Mr. Wheetley. He is serving his fourth term;  three of those as Mayor. Among his accomplishments he listed public safety, housing and healthy needs.

He is on the Board of Directors for the League of Cities, has vast experience working on local, tribal and coastal community issues.

"What do I bring to the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors?"

"Humboldt County works best when the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors work best, " said Mr. Wheetley. He cited his leadership experience, collaborative partner style and a commitment to go out and "meet with 3rd District constituents to learn and about their needs"








North Coast News, Mad River Union and Channel 3 were there covering the event.

Dec 7, 2015


Community invited to Mark Wheetley's announcement this Friday, donations will be collected for Food for People and Toys for Tots

As I already reported on September 3, here is the official press release from the Wheetley campaign.





Press Release:

Arcata City Councilman Mark Wheetley plans to announce his bid for Third District Supervisor this Friday in Arcata.  Wheetley has served on the Arcata City Council since 2005 including three terms as Mayor.  His public service experience spans thirty years at both the state and local level.  “I believe the County’s expanding needs requires a more collaborative approach.  I am excited to seek to represent the people of the Third District and to bring my leadership experience in developing innovative solutions for future generations in Humboldt County” said Wheetley.

Wheetley invites the community to join him for his announcement this Friday, December 11th at 12:30 in the Senior Resource Room at the Arcata Community Center.  Donations will be collected for Food for People and Toys for Tots.  Contact Caterina Lewis-Perry at 707.440.9326 for details.

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Mark Wheetley's run for Third District Supervisor confirmed by Humboldt County Elections Office


Humboldt County Elections Office confirmed that Mark Wheetley filed papers on December 3rd to run for Third District Supervisor.

Just spoke with Mark Wheetley. The official announcement is on December 11 at 12:30 p.m. at Senior Room in Arcata Community Center.

Sep 6, 2015


Mark Wheetley to formally announce run for Third District Supervisor soon



Arcata City Councilmember Mark Wheetley is running for Third District Supervisor. I will be doing another post with more details in the future.

I had heard he was planning to run. I contacted him and he responded with this via email.

"Thanks for reaching out.  Yes, I am preparing to run for Third District Supervisor.  I plan on a formal launch in the upcoming weeks."

Uri Driscoll and Mike Wilson have also announced plans for their candidacy for Third District Supervisor.



Senator Mike McGuire and Assemblyman Jim Wood move their Humboldt County Offices near Eureka City Hall and Humboldt County Courthouse

Senator Mike McGuire and Assemblyman Jim Wood are moving their Humboldt County District Offices this week to a more accessible Downtown Eureka location. Located adjacent to Eureka City Hall and just two blocks from the County Administration building, their new District Offices are easily accessible from Hwy 101.

McGuire and Wood have had joint offices since they were both elected to the legislature and are excited to continue their partnership.

The new offices – officially opening this coming Monday, December 14 – are located at 1036 5th St in Eureka. Wood and McGuire will be hosting a joint Open House and Gathering at the 5th Street location in the New Year. Details will follow in the next few weeks.

“We hope the new offices will be easier to find and easier to get to,” Assemblyman Wood said. “The district office is a great resource in the community; we have been looking forward to moving it to a more accessible location.”

Staff in the district offices are available to assist with issues related to state agencies, state benefit programs, policy and answer questions.

“The North Coast’s prosperity is a priority for both of us and we’re excited to team up and open our new offices,” Senator Mike McGuire said. “When we work together, we’re stronger and our offices will be a one stop shop if you need assistance on all issues related to the State of California.”

The legislator’s respective phone numbers will remain the same. Up to date contact information can be found below.

Senator Mike McGuire - (707) 445-6508
Assemblyman Jim Wood - (707) 445-7014
1036 5th St., Suite D
Eureka, CA  95501





Dec 10, 2015

"Rural Counties comprise 53% of the land mass and nine percent of the population. Banded together, we have a strong voice to advocate for the goals and needs of rural counties."

Supervisor Rex Bohn was recently chosen as second vice chair for Rural County Representatives of California. Supervisor Bohn will lead the 34-member county service organization in 2018. I spoke with Supervisor Bohn minutes ago.

"I look forward to serving as second vice-chair for and vice-chair for the next two years and then serving as Chair in 2018," said Supervisor Bohn.

"Rural Counties comprise 53% of the land mass and nine percent of the population," said Supervisor Bohn. "Banded together, we have a strong voice to advocate for the goals  and needs of rural counties."


Supervisor Rex Bohn chosen as second vice chair for Rural County Representatives of California

At their December meeting earlier this week, the Rural County Representatives of California (RCRC) Board of Directors selected Humboldt County Supervisor Rex Bohn to serve as 2016 Second Vice Chair. Supervisor Bohn will lead the 34-member county service organization in 2018.
"I am honored to have been selected by my peers, and am excited to bring the north coast perspective to our policy and advocacy discussions at the state level,” said Bohn. "California’s rural counties continue to face mounting challenges, and RCRC provides a united platform for our collective voices to be heard both in Sacramento, and in Washington, D.C. I humbly accept this responsibility, and look forward to advancing the cause."
Supervisor Bohn will join Glenn County Supervisor John Viegas (2016 Chair), Tehama County Supervisor Bob Williams (2016 First Vice Chair), and Sierra County Supervisor Lee Adams (2016 Immediate Past Chair) to complete the 2016 slate of Officers. The 2016 slate of RCRC Officers will officially be installed on January 20, 2016 in Sacramento.
ABOUT RURAL COUNTY REPRESENTATIVES OF CALIFORNIA (RCRC)The Rural County Representatives of California (RCRC) is a thirty-four member county strong service organization that champions policies on behalf of California’s rural counties. RCRC is dedicated to representing the collective unique interests of its membership, providing legislative and regulatory representation at the State and Federal levels, and providing responsible services for its members to enhance and protect the quality of life in rural California counties. To learn more about RCRC, visit rcrcnet.org and follow @RuralCounties on Twitter.


AT & T local crews worked through the night to fully restore wireline and wireless service in Eureka

From Matthew Cross AT and T spokesperson:

"Service was fully restored early this morning for wireline and wireless customers in the Eureka area affected by fiber damage yesterday. Our local crews worked through the night in heavy rains to ensure service was restored as soon as possible. We apologize for this inconvenience."

Dec 9, 2015

Jason Warren sentencing date to be rescheduled, most likely end of January

Due to Jason Warren's attorney not being available, his sentencing date will be rescheduled, most likely end of January.

I will post the date when it is confirmed.

Specifics on Caltrans cable cut: Mile Marker 56.6 which is a half mile from Highway 36 near Fortuna

Supervisor Ryan Sundberg confirmed that Caltrans cut  a fiber cable  doing some digging during maintenance.
" Mile Marker 56.6 which is a half mile from Highway 36 near Fortuna.  432 strand fiber cable which will take some time to repair based on the size, " he said.

AT and T spokesperson Matthew Cross just sent me this update:

Due to fiber damage by another company at mile marker 56.6 off Highway 1, some Eureka area customers are experiencing issues with their landline and wireless services. Our local crews are working to repair the equipment and restore service as soon as possible. We apologize for this inconvenience." 

County press release:


At around 10:45 this morning a CalTrans work crew performing storm cleanup between Fortuna and Rio Dell unintentionally severed an AT&T fiber optic cable, which disrupted phone and internet service to Humboldt County.
The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office can still receive 9-1-1 and emergency calls. All of the Sheriff’s substations are currently open and staffed. If you have a non-emergency call, you can reach the Sheriff’s Office at 707-445-7251.
Several county offices have been affected by the service disruption and email may be unavailable. You can contact staff via phone. Our phone directory is at humboldtgov.org/staff.

As there is currently no expected time for service restoration, family and friends are vulnerable at this time, especially with the impending storm set to hit our area. Please take time to check on your family, friends and neighbors to make sure they are safe.

AT & T will have an update within the hour, outage cause currently being determined by crews on the scene

"Our crews on the scene is trying to determine the cause, ' said Mr. Matthew Cross, AT and T spokesperson. "We’re fully aware of the outage and will have an update from AT&T within an hour."

Mr. Cross could not confirm a cut cable was the problem at this time.

The New Jersey Center is the first to learn of a problem and they notify the local crews to investigate the situation.

Willits man arrested for violation of probation and marijuana sales and transportation after a duffle bag full of marijuana discovered in his truck

On 12-07-2015 at approximately 8:00 PM, a California Department of Fish and Wildlife Warden observed a pickup truck in the area of MPM 12 on Sherwood Road in Willits, California.

The vehicle was parked sideways in the roadway, completely blocking it. The Warden contacted the driver, Timothy James Bennett.

As the Warden spoke to Bennett, the Warden detected the odor of marijuana coming from inside the truck.  A subsequent search of the truck resulted in the discovery of a duffle bag containing approximately seven pounds of bud marijuana.

The Warden called for a Mendocino County Sheriff's Deputy to assist further.

A Deputy Sheriff arrived a few minutes later and assumed responsibility of the investigation.

Bennett was determined to be on felony probation for an unrelated offense and possession of marijuana was a violation his probationary terms.

Bennett was arrested for possession of marijuana for sale, transportation of marijuana and violation of probation.

Bennett was booked into the Mendocino County Jail where he was to be held without bail.

A female passenger was released without charges.

Jason Warren to be sentenced January 14, weapons and items of evidence with blood to be returned to the People

After a ten minute court hearing this morning in which Judge Timothy Cissna made a Court finding that Jason Warren's prior juvenile allegations were true and considered a strike under the three strike law, a sentencing date for Warren for set for January 14 at 8:30 a.m.

Humboldt County District Attorney Maggie Fleming appeared in court for the People. Mr. Glenn Brown present with Warren.

Certain adjudications of juvenile crimes are considered a strike under the three strike law.

Warren dressed in an orange jumpsuit sat quietly next to Mr. Brown, showing no emotion and for the first time in court, you heard him respond "yes" to waiving rights and "no" to his right to testify at this hearing. Judge Cissna said that Warren had previously waived his right to a jury trial for this hearing.

Dorothy Ulrich's mother, Mrs. Shirley Ortega was in court. When she first walked in, Warren turned around and briefly glanced at her and who else might be in the courtroom.

The two special allegations referred to the 2001 crimes that Warren admitted to in juvenile Court; one being the attempted murder with great bodily injury and the other one carjacking with great bodily injury. Both of these are the incidents involving Cid Miller and Fred Her referrred to during the jury trial.

Neither Ms. Fleming or Mr. Warren made an opening statement or presented any witnesses. Court Exhibits 24 and 25 were presented by the People and admitted into evidence. These were certified copies of juvenile petitions identifying Jason Warren with his full name and date of birth and his admissions in juvenile court regarding the 2011 crimes.

Mr. Brown and Ms. Fleming stipulated that these exhibits would only be considered with respect to Counts 3 and 4, which is the attempted murders of Jessica Hunt and Terri Vroman Little that Warren was recently convicted of after a jury trial.

Another case that was trailing the homicide case and involved assault on a victim was dismissed by the People this morning. "We made an attempt to notify the victim in that case, we were unable to locate the victim," said Ms. Fleming. "Given the conviction and range of sentence in the other conviction, the People move to dismiss that case."

Judge Cissna said Based on Code 1417.3, the Humboldt County Superior Court had adopted a policy on return of weapons. In the Warren case, all oversized poster board exhibits belonging to the Prosecution and defense will be returned to them. The People will retain custody of weapons and any exhibits that have blood on them.

Only Times Standard and myself were present in court.

Dec 8, 2015

Contrary to what was reported in the KIEM story, Dial A Ride service outside the Eureka City limits will continue uninterrupted

Contrary to what was reported in the KIEM story, Dial A Ride outside the Eureka City limits is not in limbo or uncertain.

I just spoke with City Cab's Jaison Chand. "We have been asked by HCAOG to sign an interim contract to cover that area from January 1 for 6 months until they can complete an RFP Process and we agreed. So, the service will continue uninterrupted."

http://kiem-tv.com/video/dial-ride-could-be-coming-end-outside-eureka-city-limits

Another homicide and another win for DDA Roger Rees, closing arguments this morning, verdict back already

Closing arguments took place in the Jason Armstrong jury trial this morning.

And later today, the jury came back with a verdict. With Juan Ferrer, Benjamin Carter, Mark Nero, this is the fourth win for DDA Roger Rees in the last few months, and this is just homicides.

DA Press Release:

On December 8, 2015, in the case of the People of the State of California v. Jason Armstrong, the jury found the defendant guilty of second degree murder for the killing of Daneyal Siddique. The jury also found true the special allegation that the defendant intentionally discharged a firearm causing the death of Mr. Siddique.
Around midnight on October 21, 2014 at Dean Creek Resort in Redway, the defendant, who was forty years old at the time, and Mr. Siddique got into an argument which, according to witnesses was eventually settled between them. A short time later, the defendant went to Mr. Siddique’s room and brandished a firearm while yelling at Mr. Siddique. Mr. Siddique reached for the firearm and unsuccessfully attempted to wrest it from the defendant’s hand. The defendant maintained control of the firearm, stepped back, and shot Mr. Siddique once in the abdomen, killing him. The defendant remained at the scene and turned himself in to the first responding officers, Deputies Jager and Waxler from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department. The defendant testified he had moved here from Odessa, Texas six days prior to the murder.  Other than seeing each other around the Resort for a few days, Mr. Siddique and the defendant were not previously acquainted. The defendant has been in custody since the incident.                                            
Deputy District Attorney Roger C. Rees prosecuted the case with assistance from District Attorney Investigator Jack Bernstein, Chief Investigator Wayne Cox, and Victim/Witness Advocate Marybeth Bian. The defendant was represented at trial by the Public Defender, Kevin Robinson. Judge John T. Feeney presided over the week-long trial. Detective Cheryl Franco, Deputy Hilary Havens, Deputy Luke Mathieson, and Corporal Joseph Jager, all with the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department, testified at trial, along with two civilian witnesses who were present at or near the time of the shooting.
Sentencing is scheduled for January 5, 2016, at 4:00 p.m. The maximum sentence for second degree murder with the firearm-related special allegation is 40 years to life in state prison.
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POP busts 1500 block of P street and finds 5.5 pounds of manicured weed and 1.2 pounds of concentrated cannabis

On 12/08/15 at about 11:00 a.m., Detectives with the Eureka Police Department’s Problem Oriented Policing Unit (POP) served a search warrant at a residence on the 1500 block of P Street.  The warrant was obtained in response to complaints of drug activity.

Inside the residence, Detectives seized 2,552 grams (over 5.5 pounds) of manicured marijuana bud and 553 grams (1.2 pounds) of concentrated cannabis.  John Ballatine, 32 of Massachusetts, was transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility and booked for possession of marijuana for sales.  3 others inside the residence were detained and released on scene.

Anyone with information regarding suspected drug operations within the City of Eureka is asked to call the Problem Oriented Policing Unit at (707) 441-4373.

Legal considerations like DA prosecution guidelines, not being subject to arrest and prosecutions determine what it means for a cannaibis cultivator or operator to be in good standing

About  40 people packed the BOS chamber including CCVH's Luke Bruner, Richard Marks, John Ford, local environmental attorney Paul Hagen to observe and comment on the registry for commercial cannabis cultivation.

By an unanimous vote, the Supervisors approved a  registry of persons interested in engaging in commercial cannabis activity pursuant to the Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act. This registry is effective immediately.


Fifth District Supervisor Ryan Sundberg said there is some confusion from emails and calls about what this registry does. "This does not give applicants a permit, said Supervisor Sundberg. "It just says that they are in good standing with the County." He said this arose out of a concern that big dispensaries in Southern California would use their pull to get in front of the line when the State starts handing out permits. "This has nothing to do with the land use ordinance. This subject is difficult because there "


Supervisor Fennell said that in 30 days that DHHS and the Sheriff will describe what it is to be "in good standing. The state will not have regulation until 2018, if you are not in line, you will be in the back of the line."

As the afternoon progressed and Mr. Ellinwood and Building and Planning Department's Steve Lazar answered questions, there were some questions answered and some confusion remained. Supervisors commented that some of the responses by County Counsel and the Planning Department were not how they had interpreted the registry draft.

Supervisors Sundberg, Estelle Fennell Virginia Bass and Rex Bohn questioned County Counsel's Joel Ellinwood about the proposed registry and concerns they had and concerns that were conveyed to them by constituents.

Mr. Ellinwood said priority processing will only be for operations in existence prior to Jan 1, 2016.
Mr. Ellinwood clarified later that people just need to apply by Jan 1, 2016, a determination of good standing and whether it is an existing operation can be determined by July 2016.

Talking with Luke Bruner, Richard Marks and others later, it was unclear which date was the deadline and if the January 1, 2016 was just the preferred suggestion.

DA prosecution guidelines, whether you have been subject to arrest and prosecution are factors that affect what it means to be in good standing. Mr. Ellinwood said that currently with cooperatives, the number of patients they have establish the size of grow. "These are all legal considerations in existing operations prior and they are in good standing."

"We are targeting both cultivators and dispensary operators," said Mr. Ellinwood.

"This registry is the not the County giving priority to anyone," said Mr. Ellinwood. "It is facilitating the process for an ordinance already drafted and for people to get into line for priority the State has established."

"Federally it is prohibited yet the State has recognized since the Compassionate Use Act so medical marijuana cultivation has been a neverland," said Mr. Ellinwood.

Mr. Ellinwood clarified and reiterated what Supervisor Sundberg had said that this registry is not a land use ordinance. He added that it will not be subject to the Planning Department or the Coastal Commission.

County Counsel Jeffrey Blanck said that as far as he knows Humbokdt County us the only one going for a full fledged ordinance. The registry is just to determine level of interest in how many people want to be in good standing and those that want permits. The registry has nothing to do with the land use ordinance clarified Supervisor Sundberg.



Paul Hagen pointed out some problems with the form causing confusion, gave suggestions but overall complimented the Supervisors and said "you got some good lawyering going on" bringing different layers of statutory laes and regulations together. One of the issues that contributed to the confusion was that on the top of the form, the code from the business and professions that gives priority was listed and at the bottom of the form it stated something else.

There was support from most people making public comments, especially cannabis related businesses. They thanked the Supervisors and Planning Department for their transparency and hard work.

The smaller growers brought out concerns of the legal and financial impacts, and the consequences of coming out the shadows and unreasonable prosecutions.

 "The little guys who spend their disposable income in Humboldt and cannot compete with lobbyists," said one small grower.

Ian Herndon, President of Humboldt Boutique Garden, a 15 year resident of Humboldt County, told the Supervisors he appreciated the opportunity to speak and expediency of this process. "We are already organized as a non-profit. This is another opportunity for growers to get into compliance."

 The one dissenter was regular public enthusiast Kent Sawatsky. He said, "Only Luke and one other person win because only the two of them qualify." He said he mentioned this to Lee Ulansey, one of the Planning Commissioners. "Instead of the Planning Commission. go and ask how Eureka and your voters feel about this."

Only myself, North Coast News, Times Standard, Channel 3 and freelancer Andrew McFarland were at the Board of Supervisors Chamber this afternoon.

This is a link to Kym Kemp's site with more information.

http://kymkemp.com/2015/12/09/interested-in-being-a-licensed-marijuana-grower-the-supervisors-have-created-a-registry-to-show-good-standing/

Dec 4, 2015


How many people will show up to comment on registration of persons engaging in commercial cannabis cultivation?

Afternoon session of December 8 Humboldt County Board of Supervisors Meeting has a presentation from County Counsel.


1. Resolution Authorizing Registration of Persons Interested in Engaging in Commercial Cannabis Activity Pursuant to Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act.

Recommendation:

Attachments: COUNTY OF HUMBOLDT That the Board of Supervisors receive the Report and Recommendation of the Medical Marijuana Subcommittee; review the Draft Resolution and Registration form; deliberate and vote on draft resolution authorizing Registration of Persons  interested in Engaging in Commercial Cannabis Activity pursuant to Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act.


The registry is intended to address two issues:

1)identify the demand for different license types(cultivation,manufacture,distribution,testing,dispensary, and transport) to guide development of policy and resources to accommodate the potential volume of applicants;

and,

2)provide a means for persons seeking to demonstrate that they had established commercial cannabis activities in operation by January 1,2016, to enable the County of Humboldt to certify that such operations were in good standing with the County, so that the applicant would be entitled to priority license consideration by state licensing 

"Everyone you see as you walk through the door that's not a nurse"

Kerry Sweeney, a nurse at St. Joseph's hospital for 13 years and about half a dozen other women spoke during public comment right now during the afternoon session of the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors. They had signs and flyers to "end poverty wages at St. Joseph's Hospital in Eureka and Fortuna.

I spoke with Ms. Sweeney before the afternoon session. "Nurses are here to support service and tech workers about fair wages and working conditions." She spoke about the "massive profits of St. Joe's health system and for the largest employer in Humboldt County to raise standards for our workers and their families."


Unanimous vote, no discussion, Supervisor Lovelace 2016 Board Chair, Supervisor Bass Vice Chair

During this morning's session of the Humboldt Board of Supervisors, Supervisor Mark Lovelace was elected at Chair for 2016 and Supervisor Virginia Bass was elected as Vice-Chair.


Dec 7, 2015

Community invited to Mark Wheetley's announcement this Friday, donations will be collected for Food for People and Toys for Tots

As I already reported on September 3, here is the official press release from the Wheetley campaign.




Press Release:

Arcata City Councilman Mark Wheetley plans to announce his bid for Third District Supervisor this Friday in Arcata.  Wheetley has served on the Arcata City Council since 2005 including three terms as Mayor.  His public service experience spans thirty years at both the state and local level.  “I believe the County’s expanding needs requires a more collaborative approach.  I am excited to seek to represent the people of the Third District and to bring my leadership experience in developing innovative solutions for future generations in Humboldt County” said Wheetley.

Wheetley invites the community to join him for his announcement this Friday, December 11th at 12:30 in the Senior Resource Room at the Arcata Community Center.  Donations will be collected for Food for People and Toys for Tots.  Contact Caterina Lewis-Perry at 707.440.9326 for details.


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Mark Wheetley's run for Third District Supervisor confirmed by Humboldt County Elections Office


Humboldt County Elections Office confirmed that Mark Wheetley filed papers on December 3rd to run for Third District Supervisor.

Just spoke with Mark Wheetley. The official announcement is on December 11 at 12:30 p.m. at Senior Room in Arcata Community Center.

updating in a few...


Sep 6, 2015


Mark Wheetley to formally announce run for Third District Supervisor soon



Arcata City Councilmember Mark Wheetley is running for Third District Supervisor. I will be doing another post with more details in the future.

I had heard he was planning to run. I contacted him and he responded with this via email.

"Thanks for reaching out.  Yes, I am preparing to run for Third District Supervisor.  I plan on a formal launch in the upcoming weeks."

Uri Driscoll and Mike Wilson have also announced plans for their candidacy for Third District Supervisor.

"We talk a lot about what Measure Z is doing for Humboldt County, a lot of what we are doing today is a result of Measure Z"


Right now, HCSO new employees are being sworn in and others being promoted. See flyer above.

Present at the swearing in ceremony are Sheriff Mike Downey, Undersheriff William Honsal, Lt. Marco Luna and Chaplain Andy Van Broese as well as a packed room of loved ones, family members and HCSO staff including retired employees such as Dave Walker. "Quite a group we have here today," said Sheriff Downey referring to the room full of people..

"We talk a lot about what Measure Z is doing for Humboldt County, a lot of what we are doing today is a result of Measure Z," said Sheriff Downey. "It is a long tedious process of hiring and training people."

Supervisor Virginia Bass had another engagement at the same time. Supervisor Rex Bohn attended with a Santa hat.

Brandon Head is currently attending the College of the Redwoods Police Academy and was not able to be at  this ceremony.