Friday, March 8, 2019

Richardson Grove/Caltrans Challenges To Be Heard In Court

By Tom Wheeler
Tuesday, March 5th, 2019

EPIC is back before the Humboldt County Superior Court to defend the ancient groves of Richardson Grove State Park from Caltran’s bulldozers. This is a major hearing and we need your support. Help us pack the courtroom to show the people’s support of the grove! Join us on March 18 at 1:45 p.m., Humboldt County Superior Court, 525 Fifth Street, Courtroom 4 (Hon. Kelly Neel). We do not anticipate the hearing to take more than two hours.
Photo by Jeff Musgrave

According to the legal brief:

“This case challenges the May 22 2017 approval of the Richardson Grove Operational Improvement Project (“Project”) by the California Department of Transportation (“Caltrans”), and its accompanying certification of a 2010 Environmental Impact Report (“EIR”) and approval of a 2017 Addendum. Intent upon allowing large trucks through the Richardson Grove State Park, Caltrans continues to pursue its realignment of State Highway 101 within the State Park, placing at risk the destruction of California’s most irreplaceable public resources: ancient redwoods and the habitat they provide. Caltrans refuses to satisfy its legal obligation to adequately disclose and evaluate the Project’s environmental effects on these resources – effects which threaten the loss of these scarce resources and directly impact the Park.

This case follows a successful 2010 action challenging Caltrans’ initial approval of its project to alter the road to allow the big trucks. In response to that action, in 2014 Caltrans set aside its approvals, and then in May 2017, without notice, or invitation to review, approved the Project, relying almost entirely on its invalidated 2010 EIR and an improperly approved addendum. At issue now is Caltrans’ failure to comply with CEQA in its certification and use of the 2010 EIR and approval of its 2017 Addendum.”

For those who want to come prepared, you can find the briefings for the hearing here, here, and here. Check out our archives here for more on the struggle to save Richardson Grove.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

A Post From Thom Hartmann

From Thom Hartman's blog 2-27-2019
Thom's blog
A Knife in the Heart of Democracy - Billions$ in Dark Money

Every time some wimpy politician or self-appointed media pundit says we "can't pay for" Medicare for All or free college or better wages, know that the reason is simple - billions of dollars in dark, untraceable cash being poured from billionaires into the pockets of politicians and media figures. The
Supreme Court overturned laws against this legalized corruption back in 1976, leading us straight to the swamp of the Reagan Revolution, taking control of America away from voters and putting it into the hands of lobbyists, big corporations, and multimillionaire politicians like Mitch McConnell.

The Federal Election Commission reports that over a billion dollars moved from secretive billionaire and corporate hands into our political bloodstream just since 2016; expect far more next year. This is why corporations get deregulation so they can increase pollution and rip-off loans, while suicide and drug addiction rates are exploding among working people, particularly in Red States, who're losing access to health care and know their kids' futures are screwed. From crumbling roads and bridges to failing schools to poisoned water supplies to explosions of cancer and chronic disease, it all goes back to the evil of dark money flowing through the veins of our political system.


Saturday, February 23, 2019

This Is What Is Wrong With Capitalism. A Complete Disconnect.

Mark Henson - Two Worlds
This story had me boiling. Venture Capitalists are going after your companies and their pensions. This is what they do. No need to hate them. We need to change the laws if we want them to change the way they do business. So just what is their business? Well mostly it's lending money to start up companies at least that's what most people tend to think. There is another side of the business though that isn't so rosy.

One of the business models however,  involves buying companies to steal their pensions and real
estate. I call this, living high on the tears of the people who's lives you destroyed. They then stay in business for a while longer with a hollowed out company that isn't worth anything and file bankruptcy. They get all their money back and your blood sweat and tears. You? Well you get nothing!  The sad thing is, you can't trust the Republicans with your Social Security and we can't trust Wall St. with our jobs, 401k's or pensions. Even if it makes you mad, do keep reading.

This venture involves a company founded in 1931 called Marsh Supermarkets which including it's convenience stores numbered in the hundreds.  Enter in Sun Capital inspired by Mitt Romney's old outfit Bain Capital. It is my belief that if allowed, unregulated capitalism would eat itself and die. But that's just my observation. Below are some excerpts from the story at The Washington Post.

For Sun Capital, this process of buying companies, seeking profits and leaving pensions unpaid is a familiar one. Over the past 10 years, it has taken five companies into bankruptcy while leaving behind debts of about $280 million owed to employee pensions.

Another excerpt below from:

Since bankruptcy law changed in 1978, Gotbaum said, “the business community has been inventing new uses of the bankruptcy courts. The private-equity community realized they could use Chapter 11 to do pension laundering.”

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Grant Money Announced For Rape Kit DNA Test Backlog

SACRAMENTO – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra on Tuesday announced a new grant program that provides funds for cities and counties to help conduct audits of their untested sexual assault evidence kits. The Untested Sexual Assault Evidence Grants are intended to assist agencies to achieve the goal of determining the number of untested sexual assault evidence kits throughout California. A total of $1 million is available to facilitate the grant program.

In September, Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 3118 by Assemblymember David Chiu (D-San Francisco), which requires every law enforcement agency, medical facility, crime laboratory, and other specified facilities, to conduct an audit of all untested sexual assault evidence kits in their possession and report to the California Department of Justice (DOJ) no later than July 1, 2019. Earlier this year, DOJ was allocated $1 million through the state budget for grants available to cities and counties to count the number of untested sexual assault evidence kits in their possession.

Local government agencies must submit applications to the DOJ by December 14, 2018.

Additional information on application requirements and eligibility criteria is available at:

Saturday, October 27, 2018

The Classic Rock Rewind Today 2-4 Pm Pacific

I have a great show coming up at 2 pm on The Classic Rock Rewind is free but not on demand at the website above. You can use the free mobile app for your tablet, or phone available here:

Just some of today's music includes, The Jeff Beck Group, David Crosby, Bob Dylan, U-2, Jefferson Airplane, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Kinks, Joe Jackson, Steely Dan, Midnight Oil, Gary Wright and Ronald Reagan.

The Classic Rock Rock Rewind 2-4 pm Pacific Saturdays, catch reruns Sunday and Thursdays at the same time. 

Friday, October 26, 2018

KGOE AM 1480 Finally Gets Live Internet Stream

Local Progressive Newstalk radio station KGOE 1480 in Eureka  California has finally joined the 21st. century and added a live stream to their AM broadcasts. The mostly progressive Newstalk station is one of the few commercial progressive broadcast stations left in the country. 

People can listen live at  when there, click listen live in the upper left. This works on computers, tablets and phones alike. 

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Access Humboldt Provides Election Soap Box

Posted October 24th, 2018

AH Press Releases
Access Humboldt provides an electronic soapbox for candidates and everyone who has a view to share regarding local elections!

In addition to airing on cable TV channels and KZZH-FM 96.7, a collection of locally produced video programs covering candidates and issues on the ballot is available online at Access Humboldt's website - click on "Election Coverage!"

In addition to Access Humboldt productions, we've gathered links to KEET's candidate forums and all the local video programs we can find to support voter education and awareness. This listing will be updated as new videos become available.

If you know of any video available that should be in this collection, please let us know!

Here is Access Humboldt's programming policy for election related programs:

"Political Programming

The usual television election laws such as The Fairness Doctrine, Personal Attack rule, and Equal Time
provisions, do not apply to public access channels.

Candidates for local office may produce programs or appear on other programs, in the same manner as any other member of the community.

No paid advertising will be accepted on behalf of any candidate for public office or political parties, including promoting and or opposing ballot issues by supporting groups or lobbying organizations.

Political candidates and advocates for ballot issues are welcome to utilize the services on the same terms as other access users. AH maintains the right to limit the length and frequency of political programming in the same manner that it imposes these limits on other programs.

In fulfilling its role as a vehicle for community and communication, AH shall make an effort to sponsor or encourage balanced, unbiased political programming events. AH also reserves the right to preempt other programming in order to provide timely local election-related programming. AH may also reserve a sufficient block of airtime during each political season to enable a wide selection of political programs to be cablecast."

For more information contact:, tel: 707-476-1798

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