Saturday, December 28, 2013

Baykeeper wants you to gather their propaganda material for them - again

Be A King Tides Groupie

Go take pictures of the high tide so they can pretend the oceans have risen due to - what is it now, Glogal Warming? Or Climate 'Change'? Some new term?

Then - sit back and watch, because if ANY of these pics DO show up in one of their scam fundraising letters, you ought to be outraged.

Then, start electing people that will rein in these new age con men.

NOTE: They've finally had to give up the price-y Old Town office space.

King tides to hit North Coast; no major flooding expected due to ...
Humboldt Beacon

For Humboldt Baykeeper policy director Jennifer Kalt, king tides provide a visualization of the impacts of rising sea levels on habitats and infrastructure ...

You thought I was kidding...

Friday, December 20, 2013

Some things don't belong on the editorial page

They belong on the funny pages. Which really aren't so funny anymore, it seems.

Lawyer: Don't like ADA? Propose something - Jason Singleton/My Word/The Times-Standard

One thing's clear, he's NOT sorry for extorting money from businesses. He justifies it in his own mind. He's not sorry for killing off businesses, he justifies that, too. He's not sorry that people lost their livelihoods. he's not sorry that now NO ONE can access those businesses. Not his little stooges, and not you or me.

He suggests that you propose something.

What do you propose? Who do you blame?

It is, after all, the 'law of the land.'

Supervisor Bass asks community's help for long term solution to end predatory lawsuits

Supervisor Virginia Bass, Supervisor Rex Bohn and Chris Kerrigan were present outside the courthouse along with other concerned citizens and business owners in a protest against Jason Singleton organized by a local citizen. Supervisor Bass took this opportunity to pass out a handout in which she is asking the community to contact her if they are interested in being a part of long term solutions to benefit both people with disabilities and business owner. - John Chiv/Words Worth


Maggie's profile: in Maggie's own words Part I

...Why I am different from the other candidates... - John Chiv/Words Worth
Maggie's experience and strengths
Recycled and recyclable signs for Maggie Fleming - John Chiv/Words Worth

She has set up a facebook page and there will be a website up soon. Her kick-off will be sometime in January.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Warren held to answer on pair of murder charges

He is being held to answer on two counts of murder, two counts of attempted pre-meditated murder, and two special allegation charges for lying in wait and torture. If convicted he could receive the death penalty or life in prison without the possibility of parole. - KIEM (Video report, not embeddable)

Check out the interactive chart...

This chart shows fishery-related grants from several foundations. Drag to move, click a node to focus.

Yes, Jason Singleton should rot in hell...


He is no different than Baykeeper. EPIC. ERF, and ALL of the other predatory litigious orgs.

In fact, he MIGHT be slightly more honorable than they if you believe he, at least, does it on his own, without giant Foundation grant money.

But when it comes to being a despicable shakedown artist, making it rich using arcane bits of law, walking away with his 'go away' extortion money and breaking local business - there's no difference except for the fact that you like his targets and you've come to believe the org's targets deserve it.

...Funny, the Facebook discussions say 'something is being done about this" - which is laughable, because this has been going on for years, Clint Eastwood even testified before Congress detailing the abuses many, many, many years ago. But who dares stop these people? To do so implies you don't care about people with disabilities (not true), or the environment (not true), and on and on. These new-age con men have a license to steal, and they do so with abandon. They've learned how to milk the system, hijacking, bastardizing and twisting well-meaning laws to enrich themselves.

Jason Singleton Strikes Again (5/8/08) - The Journal
And again: ADA Beef Closes Barbecue Restaurant. Another Humboldt business has fallen victim to notorious attorney Jason Singleton’s lawsuit scheme, this time Arcata’s Porter Street Barbeque. - Mad River Union
Piling On Jason Singleton - Andrew Goff/Lost Coast Outpost

Saturday, December 14, 2013

News shuffle: Ryan Burns to LoCo, and Thadeus Greenson to North Coast Journal

What? No more dungeon dominatrixes and meathook swingers in the Journal? What a shame.

MEDIA SHAKEUP! Ryan Burns to Lost Coast Outpost, Thad Greenson to NCJ - Hank Sims/Lost Coast Outpost
The New Guy: Thadeus Greenson to Join the NCJ - The Journal
Journal Jangle Sets Off Humboldt Media Musical Chairs - Kevin Hoover.Mad River Union

The Journal will likely go back to being straight, serious news, with the in-depth reporting you're used to, minus the snark.

Everyone wants to be the 'alt-weekly,' edgy and all that, but it's not going to be possible to top Hank Sims' LoCo in that department, and really, a little is nice, but we don't need more of that.

If you REALLY want to be out there. If you REALLY want to be edgy, then don't go with the flow. Be different. Fill the niche that is not being filled. What might that be?

If you don't already love suzy blah blah...

You will after reading this thread. Chris Kerrigan’s Return to Politics, at SoHum Palance.

Delusional Ken Miller defends his failed Palco lawsuit

If only HE could have gone and argued the case, surely the outcome would have been different. Surely.

At some point I will read the whole thing, I guess. I didn't get part the first couple sentences, and the "courageous" lawsuit. Yes. That one. The one Ken Miller wrote. The same one that was - literally - laughed out of court.

But let this record show, there was - and there is - nothing 'courageous' about an elected politician filing a lawsuit at the behest of his backers and handlers. 'COURAGE' would have been saying, "No, Ken. Sorry, it doesn't work that way."

Ken glosses over all the lies. Employs his spin doctored talking points, and his delusional version of reality. Even Gallegos knows it's false, if ever he were to admit the truth.

Paul Gallegos restored honor to DA's office = Ken Miller's MY WORD in the Times-Standard

Now, if only he could restore our seasoned, trained, top-flight Prosecutors. He had 20 when he took office, right, Ken? How many prosecutors does he have now, not even counting whether they're experienced or not... six? seven?

Related: ◼ Good riddance to Paul Gallegos - Susan Dodd, Letter to the Editor/Times-Standard

Friday, December 13, 2013

Élan Firpo: More On Attorney Experience and Background

Élan Firpo addresses attorney experience and other facts about her background - John Chiv/Words Worth

Élan worked her way through law school employed by a defense attorney. During the first 6 months she started practicing law, she worked for a defense attorney.

She also has experience protecting the accused, and she agrees with Arnie that this experience gives you an edge as a prosecutor because you have seen situations from both sides.

She disagrees with Arnie's statement that he is the only candidate who has both prosecuted and defended.... (more, at the link.)

Note: John's been keeping up on the ever-changing political scene, and the DA's race in particular, for a long time. In case you haven't noticed, John's pretty much been scooping everyone else in town.

Fleming paperwork filed with Elections office so it is official

Maggie filed her paperwork this Monday with the elections office and it is official. - John Chiv/Words Worth

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

John Chiv's DA Candidate Profiles:

Arnie Klein : Because Experience Matters

When I asked Arnie what sets him apart from the other 3 candidates, he said , "My 20 years of experience representing the accused allows me insight into making sure both the accused and the victims rights are preserved. The other 3 running cannot say that."

Updated: Justice Fairness Firpo4DA profile

Very impressed that Élan was out in the freezing cold this past weekend December Arts Alive. There are photos on her facebook page and Rose's blog that I took. They may not indicate crowds but trust me people stopped by to talk to her, pick up brochures and she has been out to a variety of events in Humboldt.

More, t/k

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

The campaign is donating to this worthy cause this season we urge you to join us in this worthy endeavor. Thank you!

◼ From Arnie Klein for Humboldt County District Attorney 2014:

Deputy asks for community support for Teddy Bears for Tears program - Times-Standard

Press release from the Humboldt Deputy Sheriffs Organization:

Humboldt Deputy Sheriffs Organization (HDSO) member Deputy Seth Crosswhite has implemented a new program called Teddy Bears for Tears. When sheriff's deputies answer calls for service, they sometimes encounter young children caught in traumatic, emotional and unstable situations. The Teddy Bears for Tears program will offer the children a stuffed animal in the hopes of providing some comfort in a terrible situation.

Children are all too often the victims of situations that leave them frightened, anxious and confused. The stuffed animals are used to help these young children cope with their distress by bringing them comfort and companionship. The emotional support the stuffed animals bring to these children is immeasurable. With this reassuring gesture, deputies are also able to create a bond with the children and help them realize that they are there to help.

”We see on a daily basis children that are put into unfair situations, and I want them to know that we care about them, and their feelings are not being ignored,” said Deputy Crosswhite. “The stuffed animals become a source of comfort and well-being even after we are gone.”

Deputy Crosswhite is asking the community to help children in need by donating new or gently used stuffed animals to the following locations: Humboldt County Sheriff's Office Eureka Main Station, the McKinleyville and Garberville Sheriff's Substations, Don Brown Insurance in Fortuna and Broese's Uniforms in Eureka.

Contact for more information on how you can help.

Saturday, December 07, 2013

Good riddance to Paul Gallegos

I can finally relax. Paul Gallegos is finally stepping down at the end of his term. After years of wasted time and countless taxpayer money spent in a futile effort to prosecute Pacific Lumber for fraud, after countless botched criminal trials in which he turned up late and unprepared for court, after giving Cruz waivers to convicted felons, the list goes on and on, he's finally throwing in the towel. Thank you, Paul Gallegos. The entire county owes you their gratitude.

Good riddance to Paul Gallegos - Susan Dodd, Letter to the Editor/Times-Standard

Monday, December 02, 2013

New announcement date for Élan Firpo

I had previously reported Dec 4 but that is being changed. - John Chiv/Words Worth

Confirmed: Allan Dollison to run for DA

He filed his papers earlier today and he is officially in the race. Allan said that he will not be making a formal announcement until the new year. - John Chiv/Words Worth

Regarding the the 4 that have announced their intention is to run so far (Maggie, Elan, Arnie and himsef), Allan said, "We all have a lot of respect for each other, we all have unique abilities to fix this office."

"In most places, the office of District Attorney is respected, I don't think that is the case here locally and we need to return that respect to this office and improve the image people have."

Another one! HCSO Releases More Info on Eureka Home Invader’s Death, Asks Public’s Assistance Locating Second Suspect

link - Andrew Goff/Lost Coast Outpost

Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office press release:

On 12-01-2013, at approximately 10:10 a.m., the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call regarding a man being assaulted with a bat in a residence in the 6100 block of Walnut Drive, Eureka. Deputies responded to the residence and were met by a citizen who said the suspect was being restrained in the rear of the residence. Deputies entered the residence and saw 47 year old male, later determined to be a neighbor, restraining the 30 year old male suspect. The suspect later was identified as Joshua Sherer, of Eureka. The victim and witnesses told deputies Sherer had broken into the residence. The neighbor told the deputies as they approached that Sherer was unconscious. Deputies checked the suspect and determined he was not breathing. The deputies summoned medical assistance and began life saving efforts. After medical personnel arrived deputies interviewed the people present.

A 46 year old male victim told the deputies he has been staying at the residence with his 38 year old girlfriend. Both he and the girlfriend heard a banging noise, a male yelling and the sound of glass breaking. Sherer had forced his way into the residence, along with another suspect, and then jumped on top of the victim, who was on a bed with his girlfriend and an infant. Sherer began beating the victim with his fists. Sherer pepper sprayed the victim during the fight. While they were fighting on the floor the second suspect attacked the victim with bat. That suspect was identified as “Sam” unknown last name. Sam began striking the victim on the head and body with the baseball bat. The 16 year old son of the 38 year old female came to the aid of the victim and began striking “Sam” who then fled the scene prior to law enforcements arrival.

The neighbor who lived on the property in a trailer told deputies he heard the commotion and came over to assist. The neighbor grabbed Sherer and restrained him until law enforcement arrived. Sherer was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced deceased. The cause of death is unknown at this time an autopsy is being arranged by the Humboldt County Coroner’s Office. Detectives are actively investigating this crime. There have been no arrests at this time. The victim received injuries from the assault, and was treated and released from a local hospital.

“Sam” is described as a white male adult, 6’ tall, thin build, late twenties to early thirties, short dark hair.

Further information will be released as appropriate, the investigation is ongoing.

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

doodha • an hour ago
wow, wild stuff going on at his dad's facebook page. you can find the link at the bottom of the son's page.

Channel 3 Reports Man Dead After Dispute in Ridgewood Today - Kym Kemp/Lost Coast Outpost

UPDATE, 12/2: The name of the deceased has been released, 30-year-old Joshua Sherer of Eureka.

Authorities release name in fatal assault - KIEM-TV

The Humboldt County Coroner’s Office has released the name of the man who died in Sunday’s assault in Ridgewood. He has been identified as 30-year-old Joshua Sherer of Eureka. Authorities said Sherer was involved in an altercation with another man at a home on Walnut Drive. Stay with News Channel 3 for more updates.

Kidnapping, attempted murder in SoHum

Kidnapping, attempted murder in SoHum - Times-Standard

The following is a press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office:

On Friday at approximately 3 a.m. the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office received a call regarding a kidnapping and possible murder. Deputies spoke with a 24-year-old man and a 29-year-old man, both from Indiana, who were reported to be in the Laytonville area. The men reported on Thursday they were visiting with a 25-year-old male friend in the Ranch Sequoia area of Humboldt County. At approximately 10:30 p.m., on Thursday, the two men from Indiana were on the balcony of the residence when they heard vehicles drive up to the residence. They heard male voices yelling what appeared to be commands to someone, and then banging on the side of the home. The two men then heard multiple gunshots. The two men went downstairs to find out what was happening, and saw eight males with rifles dressed in camouflaged clothing covering their entire bodies. Each of the male suspects was carrying a high powered rifle. The males then tied the two men to a tree with rope. The two men saw their 25-year-old male friend, the homeowner, had been shot and was bleeding. The suspects dressed in camouflaged told the two men tied to the tree not to say anything or they would kill them. The suspects then ordered the 25-year-old male gunshot victim into a truck at gunpoint and left with him to an unknown location.

The two Indiana men were eventually able to untie themselves and fled the residence and the area. They were uninjured.

At approximately 3:30 a.m., the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office received a call from Jerold Phelps Hospital in Garberville. A 25-year old-male showed up at the hospital with multiple gunshot wounds. Deputies responded and met with the gunshot victim, who turned out to be the 25-year-old homeowner from Rancho Sequoia the two Indiana men had reported being shot.

The gunshot victim is expected to live. Humboldt County Sheriff's Detectives responded to the hospital and met with the victim who is expected to live. At this time the motive for the crime is unknown, and there are no suspect or vehicle descriptions.

Humboldt County Sheriff's Detectives obtained a Humboldt County Superior Court Search Warrant for the residence where the crime occurred which they served on 11-29-2013. Detectives located evidence at the scene consistent with the reported crime. The investigation is ongoing.

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

Kidnapping, Gunshot Victim, and More - Kym Kemp/Lost Coast Outpost

Sources in Southern Humboldt say the story below and this story from earlier today are connected. ◼ Possible Homicide:Body Recovered out Jewett Ranch Road - Kym Kemp/Lost Coast Outpost

Humboldt Co. Sheriff’s Press Release:

On 11-30-2013, at approximately 5:00 p.m., the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a citizen who wanted to report a possible human gravesite. The citizen told deputies where to search for the possible grave. On 12-01-2013, approximately 7:00 a. m. Humboldt County Sheriff’s Detectives went to the location described by the citizen which was off Jewett Ranch Road, the Harris area of Humboldt County. Detectives located a possible gravesite which they dug up and located human remains. The Humboldt County Coroner’s Office was summoned to the scene. The identity of the deceased is unknown at this time, along with the cause of death, age and sex. Detectives are treating the deceased as a homicide at this time.

Further information will be released as appropriate, the investigation is ongoing.

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