Sunday, June 26, 2016

Trinidad Art Night's This Friday

From the facebook page of Trinidad Art Nights
Please join us in Trinidad, Ca for Trinidad Art Nights! A FREE all ages arts and entertainment walk throughout town like no other. Trinidad is a unique and beautiful town, a perfect setting for a perfect evening! Find the event, arts, and entertainment listing below or at:

Trinidad Art Nights Schedule for July 1st 6-9pm

With FREE Shuttle Service Provided by Cher-Ae Heights Casino, from Sunset Restaurant down to Seascape Restaurant and points between.

*****Join Marna Powell and members of the Community Arts Trinidad team for a shuttle ride tour starting with Cocktails at Sunset Restaurant at 5pm and Shuttle at 6pm.**************

Photography by Chris King
Music by ‘Sand Fleas.’
Face Painting by Tess Kraus and art supplies provided by Westhaven Center for the Arts.

Limited copies of Etchings by Charles Klabunde, BnW and Color Pencil.

Antoinette ‘Toni’ Magyar, Acrylics on Canvas and Jill's Whims, One of a Kind Eco-dyed Upcycled Clothing

Paula Golightly, mixed media. Jazz Standards by Tony Roach

NED SIMMONS GALLERY 380 Janis Court (Behind Library)
Final showing of Ned Lee Simmons inaugural exhibit of his locally famous paintings.
JD Jeffries performs classics and originals along with Devin Paine.

SAUNDER'S PARK (start of Patricks Point Drive).
Firedance extravanganza by ‘Circus of the Elements.’ 8:45. Skate Ramps from Trinidad Skate Park Alliance 6pm.

SAUNDER'S PLAZA (Lot next to Murphy’s)
Music by Blue Rhythm Revue, R&B Soul Funk Dance Music.

“Seascapes,” Jim Welsh, oil on canvas.
Kayak Zaks presents dance music by Diggin Dirt and live art by Tony Diaz.

Featuring diverse local talent in Humboldt County and surrounding areas, including Paintings, Photography, Jewelry, Sculptures, Pottery and more.
Shows change monthly.

Yurok Design and Photography by Kristi Smith. Guitar music by Michael Dayvid. Join the shuttle tour starting with cocktails at 5pm. (shuttle runs free all night)

Featured artists are Laura Rose, ceramics, and Shirley Nan Ruchong, floral paintings. Music by Margaret Kellerman in ‘Small Solace.’

TRINIDAD EATERY 607 Parker Road.
"Beautiful Flowers and Birds", Augustus Clark, Acrylic mixed media collage paintings. Music by For Folks Sake! Appetizers

TRINIDAD MUSEUM 400 Janis Court at Patricks Point Drive (next to libray)
Author John Meyers will introduce and sign copies of his new book "Trinidad: Looking Back From My Front Porch."
NEW exhibit, "Touring Scenic Drive: Then and Now,” images of the 1921-22 construction of the old Redwood Highway.
Musician Tim O'Gara will sing and play guitar through the evening.

SPECIAL EVENT! Join A’OK Clown with circus tent, kids activities, juggling and more!
“Boffer Ring,” Kids and Adults Alike, Styrofoam Swords and Battle Axes. In field behind school.

Multimedia painting and crafts by Cyclops.

WINDANSEA 410 Main St.
Hand-Made Jewelry by Dori Fulk & Sam Pollard.

Community Art Trinidad thanks all participating venues, businesses and sponsors for making this a truly wonderful event! Special thank you to all of you who come out and support grassroots community evnts and local art, entertainment and business!

A VERY special THANK YOU to our sponsors for 2016:
Trinidad Chamber of Commerce, Sunset Restaurant, The Lighthouse Grill, Atlas Engineering, Trinidad Art Gallery, Coast Central Credit Union, Moonstone Crossing Winery
Bergeron Winery, Strawberry Rock Gallery, Beachcomber Cafe, The Eatery, Seascape Restaurant, Trinidad Trading Company!

For more info: or

Community Arts Trinidad is a DreamMaker Project of the Ink

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Chad Bushnell At Tonight's Eureka Summer Concert

Country musician Chad Bushnell will play the Eureka Summer Concert in Old Town tonight from 6 to 8 pm. This is the second of 10 concerts for the season which all take place on  Thursday evenings at the foot of C Street on the Eureka waterfront.

Last week's concert with Boston Rocks was cut a bit short due to rain. Tonight looks to be a great night for a concert though. Bring your own chairs and snacks. No dogs or alcohol please.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

About Those Elections, Bob Fritakis Talks Lawsuits And Machines

This is an interesting interview from "Debbie of the Sane Progressive"  with Bob Fritakis about election fraud. They talk exit polls, machine tallies, and the recent elections and patterns going back to 2004 in Ohio. It is done over google + so there are audio screeches and dropouts here and there. It's still a great interview if you have the time.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Trinidad Fish Festival This Sunday, Fathers Day!

The Trinidad Fish Festival is this Sunday.

When you go to the website you will see everything you need to know about the Trinidad Fish Festival. You will also see a photograph I took of Salmon being BBQ'd that I have never been given credit for. Oh well.
Photo By Tom Sebourn 

Now that I have that out of the way it's going to be a great place to take dad for Fathers Day. Get there early because they usually sell out and parking is a bit of a challenge.

11:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Local Food Vendors (See Vendor List Below)
Local wine, soda, beer, and desserts
Free live music all day
Tour HSU Marine Lab
Artisans street fair
Trinidad Head Lighthouse Tours
Free shuttle from Cher-Ae Heights Casino
Kid Zone
Native Cultural Exhibit
Lion's Club Book Sale
Sacred Art Exhibition
LOCATION: Trinidad School
300 Trinity St, Trinidad, CA 95570

Celebrate Father's Day at the annual 

Trinidad Fish Festival

More than just great fish meals, this fun festival attracts artists and craftsmen from all over, who fill their booths with treasures. Bring the whole family and enjoy the beautiful views of Trinidad Bay. Enjoy a spectacular Kid Zone, which will include Ariel the Mermaid, face-painting, songs and stories, and balloon art! Plus interactive activities by the Discovery Museum and Morris Graves Museum of Art (in kid zone)

Free Tours of the Trinidad Head Lighthouse

Take a free tour of the lighthouse. It's a working lighthouse and it's only open to the public once a year. You can hike up Trinidad Head. Round trips start at 10:00 AM, end at 4:00 PM.

Please, NO Dogs (poor dogs)

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Eureka Summer Concert Series Returns This Thursday

 Boston Rocks a tribute band to the 1970's band Boston will play from 6 to 8 pm on the Eureka waterfront at the end of C Street in Old Town.
Decades performing in 2014 at The Eureka Summer Concert Series

The concert series in it's 17th. year will run every Thursday night starting June 16th for 10 weeks in a row.
McKenna Faith at Eureka Summer Concert Series

Summer Concert Series 2016 lineup

The Summer Concert Series held at the C Street Market Square (Foot of C Street) Thursdays from 6pm-8pm. FREE to the public.

June 16 - Boston Rocks (Boston Tribute/Covers)
June 23 - Chad Bushnell (Hot Country)
June 30 - Todo Mundo (Latin)
July 7 - Lao Tizer (Jazz/Rock/World)
July 14 - Tom Rigney & Flambeau (Zydeco)
July 21 - Fargo Brothers (Blues)
July 28 - Bill Noteman & The Rockets (Blues)
August 4 - McKenna Faith (Hot Country)
August 11 - Decades (Oldies)
August 18 - LC Diamonds (50's - 60's)

For more information contact Eureka Main Street 707-442-9054 .

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Governor Brown Signs Bill Allowing Undocumented Workers To Purchase Health Insurance

The Raw Story has this from

California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill into law allowing unauthorized immigrants to buy health insurance on a state exchange created under the U.S. Affordable Care Act, making the state the first in the country to offer that kind of coverage.
California Governor Jerry Brown

The law lets the state request a waiver from the federal government that will be needed to allow unauthorized immigrants to purchase unsubsidized insurance through Covered California, the state’s healthcare exchange.

“Today we ask the federal government to remove another barrier to health insurance access that discriminates against some of our residents on the basis of their documentation status,” said Senator Ricardo Lara, the bill’s author, in a statement.

Brown, a Democrat, signed the bill on Friday, according to the governor’s website. His office was not immediately available for comment.

The Los Angeles Times reported that if the waiver is approved, it would allow as many as 390,000 immigrants to purchase healthcare insurance through the state’s exchange.

Opponents of the legislation have said it would unnecessarily cost California taxpayers and strain the state’s healthcare system.

About 7 percent of California’s population, or 2.6 million people, lack legal immigration status. In 2012, the state spent more than $600 million on emergency room and other health-related services for people living in the state illegally.

(Reporting by Brendan O’Brien in Milwaukee; Editing by Muralikumar Anantharaman)

And this reporting at by Jodie Gummow is a couple years but says that undocumented workers contribute $130 Billion to California's GDP

A new study on immigrant contributions at the University of Southern California has revealed that undocumented immigrants in California make up 10% of the workforce and contribute $130 billion to the gross domestic product, the LA Times reported.

The study, conducted in conjunction with the California Immigrant Policy Center, explores the various ways that the estimated 2.6 million immigrants who lack legal status participate in state life, with a particular focus on their contributions to the state’s GDP. The study found that most immigrant workers lack basic civil rights protections and are faced with the daily threat of family separation and deportation due to the federal government’s inability to create a “rational immigration system.”

Other key findings in the report with respect to undocumented immigrants in California include:

58% do not have health insurance
38% work in the agriculture industry
Half have been in the state for at least 10 years
Three quarters live in households that include U.S. citizens
Of the 4.4 million immigrants living in the greater L.A. region, 1.1 million are undocumented, contributing $57 billion to the regional GDP
And yet, CIPC says the undocumented immigrant population in California has suffered some 117,000 deportations in recent years from one deportation program alone.

The findings come in the midst of increased debate over major immigration reform. Obama has vowed to use his executive power to make changes in deportation policies, but has been met with strong opposition from congressional members who favor stricter restrictions on immigration.

Advocates for more inclusive immigration policies say the economic contributions of immigrants are a primary reason they should be allowed to stay.

“Every one of California’s immigrants helps shape our state’s economic and civic vitality, but the daily threat of deportation casts a shadow over California’s undocumented residents—and their loved ones and communities,” said Reshma Shamasunder, executive director of the California Immigrant Policy Center in a press release. Shamasunder says these undocumented residents contribute over $130 billion to the state’s GDP and President Obama should honor these contributions in the interest of economic prosperity. The group is calling upon the Obama administration to recognize the contributions of immigrant workers and strengthen the stability of their communities.

Jodie Gummow is a senior fellow and staff writer at AlterNet.

What sticks out to me were the numbers that 58 percent were uninsured. Will allowing undocumented workers to buy health insurance help? GDP is a different measure than income or profit so there isn't really $129 billion, 4 hundred million dollars left over after paying for all of their costs of 600 million. But the numbers still seem to favor that they are an economic asset to this state and the state insurance pool needs more people in it. 

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Human Rights Commission To Humboldt Board Of Supervisors "Declare an Emergency Shelter Crisis".

Note: The original headline read Council rather than Commission and has been changed to read correct. 
(under Open Letters to BOS and supporting document on Shelter Crisis in Humboldt County)

June 2, 2016

Mark Lovelace, Chairperson
Board of Supervisors
County of Humboldt
825 5th Street, Room 111
Eureka, CA  95501

Dear Supervisor Lovelace and Members of the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors,

Over a month ago the Human Rights Commission (HRC) made an urgent call to you to proactively intervene in the planned displacement of 150 to 200 people living in the Palco Marsh in Eureka, asking you to do whatever possible to stop this action violating human rights and to invoke a higher authority if necessary. We have not received a response from the Board. We have not seen or heard a public comment from the Board addressing those who have been disbursed and whose lives are in greater danger due to this disbursement.

The Commission recognizes its responsibility is to make recommendations to the County Board of Supervisors regarding all human rights issues. Thus, the Commission has advised and continues to urge the Board to fulfill the following requests immediately:

Declare an Emergency Shelter Crisis.
Collaborate with the City of Eureka to resolve this crisis.
Designate areas in the County for homeless/houseless people to live in a legal, safe and healthy place until such time as the Homeless Strategy and Implementation Plan is fully implemented and permanent housing is available;
Encourage the city to designate long-term legal, safe living places to be available for homeless/houseless people until such time as the Homeless Strategy and Implementation Plan is fully implemented and permanent housing is available;
Encourage the respectful treatment and decriminalization of all homeless/houseless people in Humboldt County.
With the exception of approximately 40 Palco Marsh campers taking up residence in the Containers on 3rd Street, those previously living in the Marsh are now on the streets. They are seeking shelter in greenbelts, getting ticketed and arrested, losing their personal property, and as a group, more than ever, experiencing an inability to obtain safe, legal shelter. Their health and safety is threatened now more than ever. The majority of them have disabilities. Many have dual disabilities. They can't stay here and there is no place for them to go. These are your constituents as are many of their children, parents and grandparents. Despite the recommendations of Focus Strategies, numerous advocacy groups, many individuals, and much evidence that disbursing encampments is not advised for reasons of creating more instability and potential health and safety hazards for all, the Palco Marsh encampment was disbursed with few places for people to go day or night. A federal court judge on behalf of 11 plaintiffs living at the Palco Marsh, in a suit against the City of Eureka and its Chief of Police, on Friday April 1, 2016, granted a Temporary Restraining Order for the scheduled May 2 eviction because he recognizes the residents would sustain great harm in being removed from their homes in the encampment with nowhere to go.

The Commission urges the Board of Supervisors to take immediate action to establish legal campgrounds and safe parking areas throughout the County. We advise the board to follow through with all items the Commission recommends above. Ignoring the Commission's call for a Shelter Crisis Declaration, and not providing safe places for those residents now displaced throughout Humboldt County, clearly exacerbates problems of daily living for the houseless, those most in need among your constituents.

The Commission further advises the Board of Supervisors to move forward with community partners on immediate affordable, safe, legal alternatives such as sanctuary camps and safe parking programs for the large number of homeless in Humboldt until such time as the Homeless Strategy and Implementation Plan is fully implemented and permanent housing is available. As always, the HRC is prepared to help the Board of Supervisors and invites suggestions from the Board as to how the HRC can be of service.


The Humboldt County Human Rights Commission

Nezzie Wade, Chair

Cc: Clerk of the Board; Humboldt County Administration; Cities in Humboldt County; media (print, air and social).

Support Document providing background on HRC-BOS Shelter Crisis issue can be found on the HRC website at under Open Letter - Shelter Crisis, June 2016.

more info:
Contact: Nezzie Wade,

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