Friday, June 5, 2020

Bike Rack Needed For Safe & Sober House Eureka

I was made aware of a need for a bike rack or two. A safe and sober house has too many bikes and no rack for them. People getting sober often don't have a drivers license anymore and have to use bicycles. Some people are locking their bikes to neighbors fences. This could cause some problems for the safe & sober house.

If anyone knows of a bike rack that can be donated to these guys call the business card in the photo below. It's an odd request but someone out there knows where an unused bike rack is.

Jeff Ackerly
707-460-3380

Monday, May 18, 2020

Westhaven Water Leak, Conserve water, Boil Water Notice and System Shut downs..



Press release 5-18-2020
Water Leak, Conserve water, Boil Water Notice and System Shut downs..

Westhaven residents and Westhaven CSD customers the Westhaven CSD has a big leak that we have been working very hard to find since Saturday May 16th. We have had all our water staff as well as neighboring utilities helping to look for this leak.

We have issued a Boil Water Notice out of caution since customers may have experienced a change in/or loss of pressure. This means you should only drink Boiled tap water or bottled drinking water during this temporary period. Customers will be notified when we return to normal operations.
Customers may Email the District at wcsd@suddenlinkmail.com for a copy of this notice.

We are getting multiple emergency water truck deliveries to try and ensure that we do not run out of water. As part of this we ask that all customer's hold off on laundry and irrigation and any nonessential water usage. We hope to make it through this time with as little as possible interruption. If you notice a leak or experience a pressure drop/ change or outage you can call the office at 707-677-0798 and speak with Paul Rosenblatt General Manager.

Starting Monday we will be systematically shutting off parts of the system to figure out where or leak is so that we can expedite the repair process. We will try and keep these periods of no water to as short a time as possible however they may be some extended time periods.  Thank you all very much for your patience and support.


Paul Rosenblatt
General Manager
Westhaven CSD
PO Box 2015
446B Sixth Avenue
Trinidad Ca 95570-2015
707-677-0798 Office

Monday, May 11, 2020

Attorney General Becerra Announces New Grant to Help Law Enforcement Submit and Test Sexual Assault Evidence

SACRAMENTO – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra today announced a new grant program that provides funds to local law enforcement agencies to help with the submission and
testing of sexual assault evidence. A total of $2 million is available to facilitate the grant program.

“Justice delayed is justice denied. That should never haunt a survivor of sexual violence,” said Attorney General Becerra. “This grant will help our law enforcement partners across the state secure resources they need to submit sexual assault evidence for testing. We all have to work together to get this done, to bring justice to victims of sexual assault. I encourage leaders across the state to join us in this effort by applying now for this grant.”

Last year, the Legislature appropriated $2 million in the state budget for grants to ensure that law enforcement agencies submit sexual assault evidence for testing. Any local law enforcement agency within the State of California is eligible to apply for funds under this grant for the submission and testing of sexual assault evidence. Grant funds are designed to supplement existing efforts in order to help meet short-term testing and submission goals. Each agency that receives a grant will be required to report the total number of sexual assault cases tested or submitted for testing. For the current grant program, local law enforcement agencies must submit applications to the California Department of Justice by June 1, 2020. Law enforcement agencies are required to use the funds by June 30, 2022.

Additional information on application requirements and eligibility criteria is available at: https://oag.ca.gov/saesg.

Monday, May 4, 2020

Ca. AG Urges Congress To Renew Violence Against Women Act Protections


SACRAMENTO – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra today joined a coalition of 24 attorneys general in a letter calling on Congress to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) to help ensure support for programs and legislation that aim to combat and prevent domestic and sexual violence. Attorney General Becerra previously joined a coalition of 55 attorneys general in calling on Congress to reauthorize VAWA in 2018. The programs supported through VAWA include training and assistance to address and reduce domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking, along with resources and services to assist survivors and hold offenders accountable.

“There’s no place for violence against women anywhere,” said Attorney General Becerra. “Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act is long overdue. Alongside partners across the country, we urge Congress to get this done. At the California Department of Justice, we’ll continue to do our part to support survivors of domestic and sexual violence, and prevent and respond to crimes against women.”

The passage of VAWA in 1994 was an acknowledgement of the insidious epidemic of violence against women in every community across the country. VAWA has provided critical programs and financial support to women in need, but the crisis remains far from solved. In the letter, the coalition
notes that, each month, an average of 52 women are shot and killed by an intimate partner and that homicide is the most common cause of death for pregnant women. VAWA was most recently reauthorized in 2013, but expired more than a year ago. The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2019 (H.R. 1585) with bipartisan support on April 4, 2019. The bill has not yet received consideration in the Senate. The rapid spread of COVID-19 in communities across the country makes passage of this legislation all the more urgent. While social distancing is crucial to slowing the spread of COVID-19, stay-at-home measures may pose additional challenges or dangers to people experiencing domestic violence.

In addition to reauthorizing VAWA, H.R. 1585 strengthens protections for vulnerable members of our communities. H.R. 1585:

Enhances protections for Native American and Alaska Native women, by expanding the jurisdiction of tribal courts to include cases where non-Native men abuse Native women;
Codifies important protections for transgender people, including by requiring case-by-case housing placement decisions following incarceration that are not solely based on a person’s anatomy or gender assigned at birth; and
Closes the “Boyfriend Loophole,” which could save lives by expanding certain federal domestic violence provisions that bar possession of a firearm to include dating partners — instead of just spouses.
During COVID-19, Attorney General Becerra remains committed to protecting the people of California. Earlier this month, the Attorney General shared resources to help combat intimate partner violence. He issued a consumer alert on evictions to provide tenants with critical information to preserve their rights. He called on the federal government to instate a special enrollment period on HealthCare.Gov to help people access healthcare coverage. He urged Amazon and Whole Foods to step up worker protections by providing paid sick leave that is consistent with guidelines issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And, he called on the federal government to cut red tape and increase access to reproductive telehealth care. For the latest on COVID-19 preparedness, please visit https://covid19.ca.gov/.

In submitting today’s letter, Attorney General Becerra joins the attorneys general of Washington, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Wisconsin, and the District of Columbia.

A copy of the letter can be found HERE.

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Let The Experiment Begin! Red States Vs Blue States, Act I

My last post was shared from Thom Hartmann and reposted. If you haven't read it yet, I suggest you do before reading this from The Office of the Governor of California.

Attorney General Becerra Co-leads Push with Michigan and North Carolina AGs for Increased Federal Government Outreach to Inform Americans of Healthcare Coverage Eligibility During COVID-19
Increasing federal outreach and marketing to levels similar to those by California could result in 2.1 million Americans who lost their health insurance securing new affordable coverage 

 SACARMENTO – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra today co-led a multistate letter to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and its Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) urging them to immediately develop and implement an outreach plan to inform the millions of Americans who have lost – or may lose – their employer-sponsored health insurance coverage about the Special Enrollment Period available to them through Healthcare.gov, the federal Exchange. In the letter, the attorneys general highlight the importance of providing families with the information and tools they need to navigate their healthcare options and access coverage during the unprecedented international healthcare crisis posed by COVID-19. 

“Healthcare is not a luxury. Neither, sadly, is it a right in America. Not yet. COVID-19 has made that crystal clear, especially for millions of American families suddenly struggling against health and economic uncertainty,” said Attorney General Becerra. “The federal government has the tools to help under the Affordable Care Act. HHS and CMS can actively and immediately reach out to and inform Americans, especially those who have lost their jobs and insurance, that they can now apply for affordable healthcare coverage through the federal healthcare Exchange. We call on the federal government to act, this is no time for spectating.”

In the letter, the attorneys general highlight that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) provides the flexibility necessary to help people wrestling with the loss of their livelihood and their family’s healthcare coverage during this critical time. The ACA requires the HHS Secretary to provide yearly open enrollment periods on the Exchanges to permit individuals to enroll in new or different healthcare coverage. Outside of this period, individuals may enroll in coverage through the Exchange only if they qualify for a Special Enrollment Period due to certain life events such as loss of employment offering healthcare coverage. Informing individuals of the potential for replacing the coverage they have lost through Healthcare.gov is vital, as most Americans obtain their healthcare coverage through their employer. In 2018, over half of individuals under age 65 had insurance through an employer.  

The importance of this outreach will only increase as the economic upheaval of this crisis continues to expand. A new study by the Health Management Associates estimates that the number of people receiving coverage from an employer could decline by up to 35 million due to layoffs caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. This same study estimates that the economic impact to the labor market could disproportionately impact the roughly 58 million non-elderly individuals who have employer-sponsored coverage and earn less than $50,000 per year. This heavily hit population could greatly benefit from navigating their options on the Exchanges where they may qualify for subsidies to help pay for healthcare coverage. 

The coalition expresses concern that, without immediate and widespread outreach, Americans who have recently been laid off will remain unaware of the Special Enrollment Period and thus not access needed healthcare coverage. Evidence shows that marketplace advertising and consumer assistance increases enrollment numbers and stabilizes markets. For this reason, states that run their own Exchanges, like California, continue to invest heavily in marketing and outreach to support their state-based marketplaces. Yet, over the last few years, the Trump Administration has actively cut marketplace advertising and consumer assistance. HHS, as the operator of Healthcare.gov, must step in to get the word out to consumers in the 38 states that rely on the federal Exchange. HHS should also ensure that outreach materials are translated into the same range of languages as other HHS vital documents in order to ensure meaningful access to information about the Special Enrollment Period.  

The attorneys general urge HHS to empower individuals and working families across the country to pursue the best coverage option for them, whether it is Exchange coverage, COBRA, Medicare, Medicaid, or the Children’s Health Insurance Program. While the federal government’s promise to reimburse for the testing and treatment of COVID-19 for the uninsured is a step in the right direction, it will not help provide these Americans the comprehensive healthcare they so desperately need and could leave many families with large hospital and insurance bills in the long-run.

Joining Attorney General Becerra in sending the letter are the attorneys general of Michigan, North Carolina, and Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Washington and the District of Columbia.    

A copy of the letter is available here.

Monday, April 6, 2020

Red States Vs Blue States - Let the Experiment Begin?

The following is a post from Thom Hartman's blog today.

Ever since the Reagan revolution, right wing billionaires have been pouring money into Red states to cement Republican control. Their big issue is how much they hate "socialism" including things like Medicaid, free college, and food and housing supports. Red states are heavily subsidized by federal
tax money taken from Blue states. These Republicans have been arguing against the federal income tax for years, along with opposing food stamps, housing support, aid to education, etc. They also say that "states rights" mean that they should be able to prevent women from getting abortions and allow discrimination against LGBTQ people, women, and racial minorities.

I say, "Let's give them what they want." Let's end the federal income tax, and let the federal government pay for the army with tariffs like they did from the founding of the republic until World War I. Then transfer all the "welfare" programs to the states, where the Blue states on the West Coast and East Coast and a few in-between can form a single giant coalition that provides single payer healthcare, high-quality primary and college education, and food and shelter as rights.

Let the Red states go. Leave them to their billionaire benefactors and their preachers and gun nuts. Blue states can improve their quality of life when the Red states stop mooching from them, and thus provide a Scandinavia-like example of how to create happiness and quality of life right here in America.

At the same time, the Red states can try their Libertarian example and show us what billionaire rule combined with extreme poverty looks like.

Let the experiment begin!

Saturday, March 7, 2020

The Real Video I Meant To Share. Spectacular Views Along The Coast Today!

Sorry for the false first headline. I had to convert the video from i phone video to put it up on blogger. Go figure.
It was a fantastic day all along the north coast. The video is just south of Trinidad California at a popular surfing spot. Below is a link to the YouTube video I had to create. There is also audio.

https://youtu.be/6iV28XHvI4Q

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Greg Palast On Wisconsin And Stealing Of The Vote Through Purge

The link is to an audio file on Sound Cloud

From the studios of KPFA in Berkeley, California, the Election Crimes Bulletin with investigative
journalist Greg Palast and Flashpoints host Dennis Bernstein returns for another election season. In this edition, Palast and Bernstein go to Milwaukee and Wisconsin to report on election fraud. And as DNC chair Tom Perez continues to obstruct the real results from Iowa, we also take a look at the efforts to deprive Bernie Sanders of a win there. But first Palast reveals some YUGE breaking news out of Georgia…

Click here for the link. 

Friday, February 14, 2020

The Oceans Are Dying And It Might Be Too Late To Save Them

I was speaking to a marine biologist last night about the state of the Pacific Ocean and the kelp beds off the California coast. We were the only ones in the restaurant at the time,  so we hit up a conversation freely without concern for any surrounding ears. 


I told her of my love of the outdoors. My trip to The Boundary Waters Canoe Wilderness along the US/Canadian boarder, back backing and stuff. After some time I asked her about the kelp beds in the bay that I had paddled in before my accident. They would turn blue green shiny colors like the inside of an abalone shell but they would glisten as they danced in the water in the sunlight. The kelp beds are also the sea's forest and home to lots of fish and other ocean life. I told her I had heard the kelp wasn't doing well and asked if the kelp in Trinidad Bay was still OK?  


She looked down and said it wasn't doing well at all. 

She said she wasn't very optimistic about the future of the oceans or the planet. She told me she felt that if we had acted about 20 years ago with a plan somewhat like the one Bernie Sanders has proposed, we might have had a chance. 

She spoke of doing a dive a few months ago off the Mendocino coast to remove invasive purple sea urchins with a group of other marine biologists, fishermen/women and volunteers.  She told me she cried as she saw abalone and other critters clinging to a rocky mound jetting above a sea of devouring purple urchins. The abalone clinging above with it's tiny tentacles reaching out, starving for food, clinging to the edges of it's ecosystem. 

We continued to talk about the planet, consumption, solar power, electric cars and other positive breakthroughs. I then brought up the fact that younger people are no longer getting married or having kids because they don't believe the world will hospitable to raise a family in anymore. She said she saw the same trend. 


She and thousands of other scientists have spent years in college studying science, the planet and it's oceans. To ignore me in this day of Trump and fake news is understandable, but to ignore people like her, her colleagues, thousands of other scientists and biologists. and what we are seeing around us is to commit suicide as a species. 

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

A Valentine's Evening of Coastal Country Americana Muaic

 TRINIDAD CIVIC CLUB



Bring your sweetheart, family and friends on Valentine's Day, Feb. 14th from 7:30 – 10:00 pm to the Trinidad Town Hall for “A Valentine’s Evening of Coastal Country Americana Music.”

Enjoy listening or dancing to the “The Tidepool High Divers,” featuring Bryce Kenny, Tim Breed, Tom Marquette and Tonio Skweir, with guest violinist Bill Hunter. 

A Photographic Art Show will exhibit beautiful photography for sale by local artists Cameron Cather, Kenneth Tinkham and David Safier. 

$15 per person or two for $25 in advance or $15 at the door.  Reservations may be made using PayPal or credit card at www.trinidadcivicclub.org.

Proceeds benefit the Memorial Lighthouse Project, sponsored by the Trinidad Civic Club, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, community service organization.

Please see the attached poster for the event.  For questions, contact Jan West.
Trinidad Civic Club Co-President
tcc@trinidadcivicclub.org
707-677-3655

Monday, January 20, 2020

Chinook Helicopters Over Elk River


Click Here for a link to short facebook video I shared on KGOE Newstalk's page

Monday, January 6, 2020

Left Waiting: A California Workers Comp Story

As someone going through this maze of insurance forms, long drives and denial of service. I felt a need to share this with others that are facing this in the State of California. You could lose everything while waiting for help. This shouldn't happen to people that get hurt while on the job. I broke my wrist, back and neck at work May 6th 2017. I have had a QME and the insurance company carrier has denied the doctors recommendations. And so I wait, and wait and wait. 


This is from CalMatters 

Injured workers in California often wait months or even years to receive the medical evaluations required to get needed treatment, and in some cases to determine how disabled they are as a result of the injury.

The reason? The state lacks enough physicians signed up with the state’s program to serve as experts.

That’s among the findings of a first-ever state audit of California’s Division of Workers’ Compensation, which noted that the state has not increased the pay schedule for expert doctors, known as Qualified Medical Evaluators, in 13 years.

“It’s affecting real workers, and if something is not being done correctly, they need to fix it,” said Democratic Assemblywoman Blanca Rubio of Baldwin Park. She requested the audit as a member of the Joint Committee on Legislative Audit, which will hold a hearing on the findings Tuesday. “But if it doesn’t get fixed, then we can step in and fix it. The department needs to take it seriously.”

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