Sunday, July 28, 2019

Sexy Liberal Podcast Podcast Network

Stephanie Miller of the Stephanie Miller Show, mornings in Eureka on KGOE AM 1480 from 6-9 am Pacific has a new internet podcast website that contains some great progressive podcasts.

The link is just to the right on my blog. Just click the Sexy Liberal logo and you're there.

Monday, July 22, 2019

Calif. DHCS To Purchase Drugs With Negotiated Fee-For-Service Pool, This Is Big!

From the office of Governor Gavin Newsom.

SACRAMENTO – Continuing the implementation of Governor Gavin Newsom’s Executive Order to take on high prescription drugs costs, the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS)
announced today that it will soon begin accepting proposals to implement a significant component of the state’s prescription drug purchasing plan. Under the proposal, DHCS will be transitioning Medi-Cal pharmacy services from its contracted managed care plans to its directly negotiated fee-for-service system; purchasing on behalf of 13 million enrollees, as opposed to the current 2 million.

“California will use our market power and our moral power to take on drug manufacturers and demand fairer prices for prescription drugs. And we will continue to move closer to ensuring health care for every Californian,” said Governor Newsom. “Today’s announcement gets us one step closer to the goal.”

Just moments after being sworn in, Governor Newsom launched a series of first-in-the-nation actions to make health care more affordable for all Californians and to move the state closer toward the goal of health care for all. Those proposals included Executive Order N-01-19 to create the nation’s largest single-purchaser system for drugs and to, ultimately, allow all Californians and private employers to sit together at the bargaining table across from big drug companies when negotiating prescription drug prices.

This executive order directed state agencies to review opportunities to expand existing bulk purchasing efforts for state, local and private sector entities and transition Medi-Cal pharmacy services from managed care into the fee-for-service delivery system to create significant negotiating leverage and substantial savings for the state.

Today’s announcement brings the state closer to making that system a reality by creating the framework for a consolidated state negotiation and purchasing system for Medi-Cal pharmacy and a uniform Medi-Cal pharmacy provider network and pharmacy utilization policy while allowing Medi-Cal Managed Care Plans to retain all care coordination, pharmacy adherence and disease management responsibilities.

Earlier this year, the Governor announced that the counties of Los Angeles, Santa Clara, Alameda and San Francisco, among the largest public purchasers of prescription drugs in California, will partner with the state to use our combined market power to take on drug companies and lower the cost of prescription drugs.

Sunday, July 21, 2019

The Classic Rock Rewind Is Coming Up

I don't talk much about my classic rock show on the blog. But I do have a show which airs weekends 2-4 pm Pacific at the links below. Just about 30 minutes away from the show.

If you are a big trump fan, you might not like a few minutes of it LOL. The music should make up for that though. We also end with a tribute to Apollo 11 and the app
On an older computer use Tunein at this address:

The Most Beautiful Artist Studio West Of Heaven

The artist, Antoinette Magyar who goes by Toni, had her first open studio in June of 2019 (I must have missed last year's according to someone in the comments section). The property overlooking the Pacific Ocean she chose to make her studio on was a blighted property with lots of junk and stuff that had to be hauled away.
Tony Magyar and Tom Sebourn

Magyar said it took over a year to make her dream come true but the proof is in the pudding. I had to check this out. After all, Magyar has done the designs and artwork for two popular Trinidad restaurants that I frequent and they are very enjoyable spaces to eat in.

It was was one of those rare 80+ degree days right on the coast of California. This is about an hour south of Oregon. There are redwoods near by but not shown. and spectacular ocean views.
Photo by Tom Sebourn

As I mentioned before, some of Toni's work can be seen in town at The Light House Grill and Heddie's Pizza. The food at these places is all made from scratch and beer and wine is available but back to the artist. She was the interior designer for both locations which are in the main shopping center in Trinidad.

Photo by Tom Sebourn
Music and Art go together.
Photo By Tom Sebourn

The view was more than great and the scenery was spectacular. Located at the end of 6th. Avenue in Westhaven California, there is easy access from US 101. Open Studios
Photo by Tom Sebourn

Tony can be reached at P.O. Box 44
Trinidad California, 95570
Or 1-599-355-8896
Photo by Tom Sebourn
I am told that the studios will be open twice a year for visitors during special Art nights. 

Saturday, July 20, 2019

59th. Westhaven Blackberry Festival Next Sunday

It's been a long tradition and this is the 59th, year for the fundraiser known as The Westhaven Blackberry Festival. 

This year the festival takes place on Sunday, July 28th. from 10 am till 4 pm.

 Take the Westhaven exit or exit on 6th. Avenue from US 101 South of Trinidad and follow the crowds. Parking will be along 6th Avenue between US 101 and Westhaven Drive, as well as Westhaven Drive.

The fundraiser supports the Westhaven Volunteer Fire Department which serves over 800 properties including 450 homes including mine. They are my first responder for medical emergencies in our rural area.

Enjoy live music and a craft fair with local vendors from across the county. There will be kids activities and fire fighters will be on hand to give tours and answer questions.

Of course there will be food with BBQ, chili, snacks and soft drinks. Local beer, wine and mimosas. And don't forget blackberry pies, jam and ice cream. Whole pies will be for sale but sell out every year so get there early for those.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

ICE Agents Are Not Legally Allowed To Forcibly Enter A Home - More Raids Planned This Weekend

 From The New York Times by Caitlin Dickerson and Zolan Kanno-Youngs.
 I found this story about immigration raids planned again for this weekend. If this pertains to someone you love share it. The article makes it seem as though these are legitimate targets, they say they will be rounding up any non targeted non documented people that get caught up in their raids. 


 "The Trump administration’s goal is to use the operation as a show of force to deter families from approaching the southwestern border, the officials said."

 Agents have expressed apprehensions about arresting babies and young children, officials have said. The agents have also noted that the operation might have limited success because word has already spread among immigrant communities about how to avoid arrest — namely, by refusing to open the door when an agent approaches one’s home. ICE agents are not legally allowed to forcibly enter a home."

See the entire article here

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

This Video Needs To Be Seen, George Galloway Verses The US Senate

The video below of George Galloway verses The US Senate is a quick overview of corruption dating back to the 1990's but the Senate doesn't want to hear that part. They were trying to railroad Galloway and he got his 10 minute response and it is epic!

This is a must see video for all Americans. This is your government in action.

Monday, July 8, 2019

Humboldt County Grand Jury On Mental Health Problems At County Jail

The following is from the Humboldt County Grand Jury.

It seems odd that a small jail in a rural California county would experience a significant impact
from decisions made by the United States Supreme Court and California legislators and voters.
But, the Humboldt County Correctional Facility (HCCF) has been affected by five specific
actions. The first dates from the early 1970s when California’s Governor Ronald Reagan signed
the Lanterman-Petris-Short Act which shuttered many of the States mental institutions. The next
was the 2011 decision issued by the United States Supreme Court in the case of Brown v. Plata
which ordered California to decrease its state prison population. The last three, Assembly Bill
109 (AB 109) (2011), Proposition 47 (2015), and Proposition 57 (2016) had the most immediate
impact. Each dealt with the way California decided to accomplish the prison population
decrease ordered by the United States Supreme Court.

The focus of the Humboldt County Civil Grand Jury (HCCGJ) in its investigation primarily
concerned the correctional facility’s delivery of mental health care under these five actions. We
found that the Lanterman-Petris-Short Act increased the number of mentally ill people who are
placed in jail because there is nowhere else for them to go. The Brown v. Plata decision meant
that as California’s prisons emptied, the county jails’ populations grew. Many of the health care
issues which had been the State’s responsibility now became the county’s. The last three, AB
109, Proposition 47, and Proposition 57 have resulted in even more problems. The HCCF is now
housing more “experienced” inmates for longer periods of time. The new inmates tend to be
older with more mental health problems; the new type of inmate has created a different
environment in the facility, with racial issues being more prevalent and with violence increasing.
Our in-depth study found the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) mental health
staff working in the jail is not able to provide an adequate standard of care due to the number of
inmates staff is expected to treat, in a facility that is not equipped for mental health services, and
with inadequate staffing and funding. Those who work in the correctional facility are dedicated
to doing the best they can to serve their patients, but they are hindered by the conditions under
which they must work. These factors not only affect the jail population and its dedicated staff,
but also the community as a whole.

When a government entity becomes aware of a problem, it usually establishes a committee, hires
a consultant, studies the issues, and finally creates a solution. It is not a quick procedure. And
the ultimate irony is that the solution often creates other problems. The new problems must be
studied, investigated, and potentially solved, taking more time. And, guess what, the new
solutions often create even more problems. It seems like an endless process!
For example, in the 1960s California’s mental health institutions reached a crisis. They were
overcrowded and understaffed. Many had become little more than holding pens. Some patients
were involuntarily committed. The legislature's solution was to enact the Lanterman-PetrisShort Act (LPS). While the legislation defined the process by which patients could be
involuntarily committed to mental institutions, it effectively ended most judicial commitments to
such facilities. Governor Ronald Reagan signed it into law on July 1, 1972.
Complications arose in 1986-1987. Prior to then, the LPS allowed involuntary treatment to those
who were detained under an initial three-day hold called 5150. It was also believed it was
applicable to the longer 14-day hospitalization known as 5250. This treatment allowed the
administration of psychotropic drugs. In the 1987 case Riese v. St. Mary’s Hospital and Medical
Center, the California State Court of Appeals declared patients had the right to exercise informed
consent regarding the use of anti psychotropic drugs, except in an emergency. If a patient
refuses medication “a judicial determination of their incapacity to make treatment decisions” was
required before a patient could be involuntarily treated. While Riese hearings respected patients’
rights, they limited treatment options.

In the late 1980s, Nick Petris, the legislator representing Oakland and Berkeley for 40 years,
expressed his dissatisfaction with the results of the LPS Act which bears his name. In an oral
history piece Petris recorded in 1989, he stated that the law, “went overboard.” In it he
channeled a mentally ill person saying,
“If I had broken a leg or had a heart attack, you would be swarming all over the place
with doctors and nurses and this and that. Why the hell didn’t you get me treatment?
‘Well, because you resisted.’
“Well baloney I resisted! Of course, I resisted, because I didn’t know what the hell I was

The LPS Act remains in place. Nearly 50 years later, it continues to be discussed and studied.
Another government action which complicates treatment of California's mentally ill is the United
States Supreme Court’s 2011 decision in the case of Brown v. Plata. The Court ruled prison
overcrowding had a detrimental effect on the State’s ability to provide adequate medical care to
its incarcerated. The Court found that “adequate care” is guaranteed by provisions of the Eighth
Amendment to the United States Constitution.

As a result, California’s elected officials set to work to develop a plan to meet the Court’s ruling.
Rather than building more prisons to lessen overcrowding, California passed Assembly Bill 109
(AB 109). Its stated aim is to divert people convicted of certain classes of less serious crimes
from incarceration in the California Department of Corrections (CDCR) to local county jails.
California’s voters approved two Propositions, 47 and 57, which were designed to clarify the
earlier AB 109.
Each of the above, although well-meaning solutions, created new problems in delivering mental
health care. The mentally ill who are not incarcerated face difficult situations as many receive
no care whatsoever. Some have become homeless; others have attempted to self-medicate; and
many have found themselves in correctional institutions. Reducing the number of inmates in
State correctional facilities has led to increased numbers in local jails. A second impact was the
re-classifying of some felonies to misdemeanors which has increased the population in local
The Humboldt County Correctional Facility (HCCF), like many other county jails, has found
itself dealing with a more sophisticated inmate population. Those who have been in state prisons
and are now in county jails have introduced “prison culture” to county jails. Gang-related
violence has increased. Another impact is that inmates are now serving longer sentences in the
county jail. In the past inmates were limited to terms of one year. Now there is no limit on the
number of years an inmate may serve there.

This makes it difficult for HCCF to provide adequate and appropriate medical, dental, and
mental health care for its inmates. To be receiving the mental health care they need, inmates
would be better treated in institutions that offer more comprehensive services. On the streets of
Eureka, in other Humboldt areas, and in communities throughout the state, many of the mentally
ill wander untreated and end up in the County jail.

Read the entire report here

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Ignoring The Puppy In The Hot Car

The Arctic Ocean has turned into a giant warm Alka-Seltzer. And The United States is expanding the use of fossil fuels including coal and tar sands from Canada and areas like North Dakota. This is similar to a fish tank that has gone a week or three too long without some real attention. Things are serious.
Photo by Tom Sebourn
We are all about to experience what it's like to starve for oxygen when there is no where else to go.

Before it gets that bad, most of our lives as we know it will have totally changed due to climate change though.

So we have that going for us.

I know that it might be better for me  to focus on the positive stories like a warm puppy or something but I see the puppy in a hot car and everyone is standing outside wondering how long it's going to take for it to die in the hot sun, and wall street is betting on it.

Here is more if you can stomach it. 
Over the weekend, the climate system sounded simultaneous alarms. Near the entrance to the Arctic Ocean in northwest Russia, the temperature surged to 84 degrees Fahrenheit (29 Celsius). Meanwhile, the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere eclipsed 415 parts per million for the first time in human history.

US Senator Joe Liberman, WTC 7 Did Not Occur