Sunday, December 14, 2014

Trinidad Prepares For 100 Year Anniversary Of 200 Foot Wave

The City of Trinidad is getting ready for a celebration of sorts. We always worry these days about a Tsunami from an earthquake doing serious damage but consider the story from the light house keeper which is archived at the Bureau of Land Management site. You might gain a new respect for the largest ocean on the planet.

Here is an excerpt from:-- Leisyka Parrott, Interpretive Specialist, BLM Arcata Field Office, California (December 2014)
Keeper Harrington's account of the notorious wave:

"The storm commenced on December 28, 1914, blowing a gale that night. The gale continued for a whole week and was accompanied by a very heavy sea from the southwest.  On the 30th and 31st, the sea increased and at 3 p.m. on the 31st seemed to have reached its height, when it washed a number of times over (93-foot-high) Pilot Rock, a half mile south of the head. At 4:40 p.m., I was in the tower and had just set the lens in operation and turned to wipe the lantern room windows when ...

100 Year Anniversary of the Giant 200-Foot Wave

Join BLM and our partners in a celebration of the much talked about giant wave that hit Pilot Rock and Trinidad Head in a massive storm that blew gale winds over northern California for over 2 weeks in December 1914 and January 1915.
Meet at Trinidad Head Saturday, Jan. 10, from 2:00-5:00 pm to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of the 200 foot wave that shook the Trinidad Head Lighthouse.  For more information, please contact BLM's Arcata Field Office at (707) 825-2313. (Event will be cancelled if hazardous weather conditions are predicted.)

Monday, December 8, 2014

Batten Down The Hatches?

The forecast seems to be holding. We appear to be in for a serious wind and rain event. It all starts Wednesday! So batten down the hatches if you have hatches. If not, you might, as I do,  wonder if perhaps you should have invested in hatches.

Seriously, if you are in a low lying area, wind prone area or can't be without electricity, internet and TV, do what you must to survive this. Earthquake kit should have most of what you need. Trow in a chain saw and generator, you get the idea. Better to be ready than without.
See local forecast for Humboldt County California.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Family Of Eureka Man Shot And Killed By Police Has Hired An Attorney

Thomas McClain, a 22 year old resident of Eureka Ca. was shot and killed by a Eureka Police Officer in his own front yard on September 17th. 2014. He was not accused of or involved in a crime

McClain was hearing impaired and was not wearing his hearing aid when officers approached him and ordered him to raise his hands. He was in possession of an unloaded BB gun which isn't against the law, and officers (seemed to be simultaneously) telling him to raise his hands and also to drop the gun which was in his waistband according to some early reports.  The District Attorney says that his office will not file charges against the officer since the officer did not appear to break any laws.

McClain's family has hired a lawyer to try to find out if there is something the police led investigation missed. The attorney is one of the two hired by the family of  Martin Frederic Cotton II who died in a Humboldt County Jail cell after being severely beaten by Eureka Police Officers and left do die without medical attention. The family won a 4.5 million dollar judgement against the city. 

Juniper Rose of the Times-Standard newspaper has a lot more on this.  

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Mr. Green All Stars Benefit For Trinidad Skate Park This Sunday

There will be a concert to benefit the Trinidad Skate Park Alliance this Sunday at Trinidad Town Hall. Mr Green All-Stars, punk/reggae band will play from 8 or 9 (flyer says 8 but website says 9),  to 11:30 pm, admission is $20.00 and the event is all ages. No Alcohol Please.

The band lineup looks like this:
Human Rights of Bad Branis
Hawaiian Lyon as Mr. Green
Norwood Fisher of Fishbone
Rocky George of Suicidal Tendencies
Boss Skank of Black Uhuru
John Stewart of Fishbone
Grant on Drums
Willy Waldman on Trumpet horns

See their facebook page for more

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Opportunity Village Eugene Founder To Speak In Eureka On Saturday

In Eugene, Oregon, local faith groups, religious leaders and volunteers have created Opportunity Village. It's a community of small houses for the unsheltered homeless. Each house is no more than 10 feet wide and was built with donated materials. Villagers pay just a dollar a night and there is no cost to taxpayers.

The founder of Opportunity Village in Eugene, Andrew Hebin will be here in Eureka for a talk at the Eureka Women's Club located at 1531 J Street on Saturday morning at 10:30 am.

Hebin will talk about the tiny house project which is being studied for duplication by many other cities. He will discuss how he got the Eugene City Council on board and how the project is able to house people for as little as $3.00 a bed night. The first project has an outside, common kitchen, a central shower and restroom area and other amenities. People wanting a place to say have to sign a contract that says they will abstain from illegal drugs or excessive alcohol use and that they will follow all of the many rules but many are willing to trade this for a safe and secure place to sleep and call home.

Hubin says the idea is to have these all over the place so that there isn't one hub or draw where homeless people congregate. He will be on a speaking tour through Northern California to propose how to start these projects regionally.

The event is open to the public and is free although donations will be greatly appreciated.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Time To Raise The Minimum Wage In Humbodlt County

So, now that Measure R has been defeated in Eureka, it's time to move forward with John Fullerton's plan. I think it needs tweaking but if a CPA like Fullerton is behind this, we should be able to get the entire county behind it too. This is from his facebook page.

John Fullerton
October 20 at 12:52pm ·

Measure R (the minimum wage increase measure for Eureka) is a job killer and must be defeated. Some people said "you can't just say no, what is your plan" So the following is my plan for an increase that won't cost jobs or cause a serious and sudden disruption to Eureka's economy.

1) My plan would be for the whole county and not discriminate against any one

2) There would be TWO rates. The lower one would be California's mandated
rate of $9 per hour. Our lower rate would be for the following groups:
- Workers under 21. This will help them get their first job in life.
- Tipped employees like waiters & waitresses. They make more from their
tips than they do from their hourly wages.
- People in their first six months on the job. This helps employers during
new employees training period when they're getting up to speed and are
not as productive as they will be later.

3) The higher rate would be for everyone else. To give the local economy
and employers time to adjust & minimize disruptions it would be phased
in as follows;
$ 10 per hour on January 1st, 2015
$ 11 per hour on January 1st, 2016
$ 12 per hour on January 1st, 2017

4) My plan would give employers credit for their cost of providing health
insurance and retirement plans. This will greatly encourage employers to
offer those plans and wouldn't that benefit everybody ?

But first Measure R must be defeated so this new plan can be brought forward.

So now that Measure R has been defeated, what do you need to move your plan forward Mr. Fullerton? 

US Senator Joe Liberman, WTC 7 Did Not Occur