Wednesday, March 23, 2022

The Saint Jude Children's Research Hospital Radiothon Eureka and Crescent City

 Since the Bicoastal Media radio stations in Eureka Ca. started raising funds for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital over 2 million dollars have been raised to help children fight cancer and other diseases.

It is happening again this Thursday and Friday on three great FM music stations and on three different genres. It goes from 6 am to 7 pm Pacific on the following Eureka California stations. 

www.kred923.com and how it all started. It's Hot Country at 92.3 FM. 

Other formats in the radiothon are Classic Hits at www.cool1055.com at 105.5 FM and Power 96 FM Today's Best Hit Music at 96.3 on the local dial also available at www.Power96.3.com  Pick either Rollin on kred, The Rock and Roll Burlyman on Cool 105 or Jase on Power 96.3

Call between the hours of 6 am to 7 pm 1-800-942-8771 to become a partner in hope.


For Crescent City use the KCRE website at  https://kcrefm.com/

We can change the world. One child at a time. 

Wednesday, March 16, 2022

A Tree With Two Kinds Of Leaves?

From UC Davis California

 Redwoods have two types of leaves, one to make food and the other to absorb water

Study is first to estimate whole-crown water absorption in a large, mature tree

Leaf types shift places on the tree depending on if environment is wet or dry

Findings can help scientists monitor trees’ adaptability amid a changing climate

Redwoods are among the most well-studied trees on the planet, and yet their mysteries continue to surprise and delight scientists and nature lovers. 



Scientists from the University of California, Davis, discovered that redwood trees have two types of leaves, and those leaves have completely different jobs, according to a study in the American Journal of Botany. Together, these functionally distinct leaves allow the world’s tallest trees to thrive in both wet and dry parts of their range in California, without sacrificing water or food.

Read More at the link below

https://www.ucdavis.edu/climate/news/discovery-uncovers-new-leaf-redwoods


Monday, March 14, 2022

The GOP Is Actually Running on Raising Taxes on the Poor and Destroying Medicare and Social Security

 Check this out. 

Some in the GOP want to make the poor and impoverished pay Federal Income Taxes. This is real. Rather than raise the national minimum wage to a "living wage" at full time, they just want to put the squeeze on those not as fortunate as the billionaires that fund their GOP campaigns. 


The poor already pay taxes if they have a phone or internet, not to mention sales taxes in most places on everything but cold food. Then there are excise taxes, disposal fees, transportation taxes, gas taxes, utilities taxes and other taxes and fees. As a proportion of income, the poor pay a much larger percentage of taxes than millionaires and billionaires. 

The story below is from Common Dreams dot org. There are no commercials, fees or hoops to jump through. If you like the site, make a donation if you can. 

READ MORE https://www.commondreams.org/views/2022/03/11/gop-actually-running-raising-taxes-poor-and-destroying-medicare-and-social-security

Monday, March 7, 2022

No Easy Way To Be Free

 In light of the recent news from Europe, I have no answers, solutions or eloquent words to share, just a song. Music can go beyond words. 

 Although this is about a civil war which our country has gone through, the current events and Russian aggressions against civilians in Ukraine is not the same. However, it should remind us that we must always be diligent to call out injustice and war crimes where they exist.

 No easy way to be free. 

 Listen To The Who and Slip Kid

Lyrics
One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight ...
I've got my clipboard, text books
Lead me to the station
Yeah, I'm off to the civil war
I've got my kit bag, my heavy boots
I'm runnin' in the rain
Gonna run till my feet are raw
Slip kid, slip kid, second generation
And I'm a soldier at thirteen
Slip kid, slip kid, realization
There's no easy way to be free
No easy way to be free
It's a hard, hard world
I left my doctor's prescription bungalow behind me
I left the door ajar
I left my vacuum flask
Full of hot tea and sugar
Left the keys right in my car
Slip kid, slip kid, second generation
Only half way up the tree
Slip kid, slip kid, I'm a relation
I'm a soldier at sixty-three
No easy way to be free
Slip kid, slip kid
Keep away old man, you won't fool me
You and your history won't rule me
You might have been a fighter, but admit you failed
I'm not affected by your blackmail
You won't blackmail me
I've got my clipboard, text books
Lead me to the station
Yeah, I'm off to the civil war
I've got my kit bag, my heavy boots
I'm runnin' in the rain
Gonna run till my feet are raw
Slip kid, slip kid, slip out of trouble
Slip over here and set me free
Slip kid, slip kid, second generation
You're slidin' down the hill like me
No easy way to be free
No easy way to be free
No easy way to be free
Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Pete Townshend
Slip Kid lyrics © BMG Rights Management, Spirit Music Group

Wednesday, March 2, 2022

A Serious Injustice Is Taking Place In California And It Is Ruining Lives

If you have been accused of a crime in California you may be arrested. Once in custody however, things get murky. One would expect a trial and sentencing. Either you broke the law and have to pay the price or you prove you didn't and they set your free. That isn't the way it is working. People are sitting in jail for years without being tried or sentenced. Some without so much as a preliminary hearing. 

This is a dark side to our state that cannot stand if we are to believe in true law and order anymore. You can't just hold people behind bars for years over an accusation. 

A few years ago I got a sneak peek of the California Judicial System from the inside and believe me, it is not a place that you would want a friend or family member to have to endure.

 To be fair, those with families that have money can usually pop for the bail money and be on the streets after their first hearing. 

That hearing is supposed to take place in less than a week. But that isn't happening for everyone in the system. 

Although the following is almost a year old now, I'm sure a lot of people missed it or just don't care that we are housing people against their will that have not had a trial or been sentenced. The cost to tax payers to house people that have not been proven to have broken the law is astronomical. 

Robert Lewis at Cal Matters put together some startling statistics about what I witnesses with my very own eyes and it should scare the hell out of you. 
Here is a sample:
DeAndre Davis has been waiting 651 days in a Sacramento County jail. Charged with the murder of a 21-year-old man shot during a robbery in 2019, he hasn’t been tried and he hasn’t been sentenced — and he hasn’t even had a preliminary hearing to decide if there’s enough evidence to take him to trial.




 


Friday, February 18, 2022

Attorney General Bonta: Assembly Bill 1594 Will Increase Firearm Industry Accountability

 California is taking a play from the Texas folks that have outlawed abortion to "save lives". The US Supreme Court has seemingly given California the go ahead with their strange interpretation of the Texas law that allows state residents to enforce laws rather than law enforcement.  

Today, California's Governor Gavin Newsom said: “If Texas can use a law to ban a woman’s right to choose and to put her health at risk, we will use that same law to save lives and improve the health and safety of the people in the state of California".

Here is a press release from California's Attorney General on the subject.

Attorney General Bonta: Assembly Bill 1594 Will Increase Firearm Industry Accountability

SAN DIEGO – California Attorney General Rob Bonta and Brady Campaign (Brady) today announced Assembly Bill 1594 (AB 1594), legislation that will restore the rights of Californians to hold the firearm industry responsible for their misconduct. Authored by Assemblymember Phil Ting, and sponsored by Attorney General Bonta and Brady, the bill governs the sale and marketing practices of firearms manufacturers and distributors who do business in California, requiring them to make reasonable efforts to prevent their products from being used unlawfully. If gun industry members fail to take proper precautions in their marketing and distribution, AB 1594 will authorize the Attorney General and individual Californians to file civil suits to recoup the damage from those failures.   

“No industry should get a special exemption from protecting their customers, but especially not an industry responsible for the deaths of thousands of Americans every year,” said Attorney General Rob Bonta. “In 2005, the federal government stripped Americans of the right to hold gun manufacturers and distributors responsible for the damage their conduct causes when their products are used unlawfully – leaving only a narrow exception for such lawsuits. Today, using that exception, we begin the process of restoring these rights in California. AB 1594 requires the gun industry to take reasonable steps to make sure their products are not used unlawfully. If the gun industry ignores this responsibility – one that is common for companies in nearly every industry in the country – this bill gives victims and their families an additional legal pathway for holding the firearm industry financially responsible.”

“In too many instances, victims of gun violence are denied their day in court because of the federal Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act,” said Brady President Kris Brown. “AB 1594 would begin to remove this barrier to justice in California, clearing the way for those hurt by irresponsible and negligent gun industry actions to hold the industry accountable. This bill will create real accountability and incentives for the gun industry to reform its practices and prevent gun violence.”

“We must make our communities safer. Almost every industry in the United States can be held liable for what their products do, but the gun industry is not held to the same standard. Financial repercussions may finally push them to be more responsible by improving their practices and adhering to California’s strict gun laws,” said Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco).

“California lawmakers have long been the leaders of the gun violence prevention movement and today's announcement continues that work,” said Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action and California resident. “The gun industry should take note of another much needed wake-up call from our state leaders today: act recklessly and illegally, and you'll be held accountable. Our grassroots volunteers are proud to support this bill and eager to help get it passed into law this session.”

In the United States, nearly every industry is held legally responsible when their misconduct harms consumers. Yet despite this, in 2005, the federal government enacted the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA). PLCAA provides the firearm industry unique and broad freedom to operate with little to no liability. 

However, one exception to PLCAA allows civil suits to proceed against gun manufacturers. A civil suit may proceed if the gun manufacturer or distributor knowingly violates a state law regulating the sale or marketing of the product, and if that violation was a direct cause of the harm the individual who brought the suit suffered. AB 1594 would create a clear path within California state law for the public and the Attorney General’s Office to hold gun manufacturers and distributors responsible for their unlawful conduct.

California remains among the states with the lowest number of gun deaths per capita. However, the number of homicides in the state rose from 2019 to 2020, and nearly 90% of the increase was a result of a rise in homicides committed with a firearm. 

Attorney General Bonta is committed to promoting and defending commonsense gun laws at the state and federal level to help keep the public safe and reduce incidents of gun violence in California communities. Last November, Attorney General Bonta secured a victory in a lawsuit challenging California’s ban on large-capacity magazines. In October, Attorney General Bonta announced a joint effort with the San Francisco District Attorney against ghost gun kit manufacturer and retailers Blackhawk Manufacturing Group, Inc.; MDX Corporation; and GS Performance, LLC. The lawsuit alleges that the companies undermined and evaded multiple state firearms laws. In September, Attorney General Bonta led a coalition of state attorneys general in filing an amicus brief in the U.S. Supreme Court defending New York’s law regulating when individuals may obtain a license to carry firearms in public. In August, Attorney General Bonta supported a Proposed Rule by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives that would help regulate ghost guns by clarifying the agency’s definition of what qualifies as a firearm. Attorney General Bonta has also urged Californians to use the state’s Gun Violence Restraining Order law to help keep firearms out of the hands of individuals who pose a threat to themselves or others. Attorney General Bonta is currently defending the state’s assault weapons ban.


Thursday, February 3, 2022

Postal Service Failure to Electrify Truck Fleet

 This is cronyism in full display. I am a huge supporter of the USPS and have been for years. That changed when the former president installed Louis DeJoy to lead the US Postal Service in the wrong direction. DeJoy pulled out hundreds of sorting machines ahead of an election and the Christmas holiday shopping season and slowed the mail down to the point where it's hard to pay bills using this service anymore. 

Now DeJoy is taking the US Postal service backwards in wanting to re-fleet the service with mostly brand new gas powered vehicles. Has anyone noticed that the ocean is pissed off! The weather is getting out of control? 11 billion dollars worth of vehicles is not a drop in the bucket and could be used to help curb climate change. Instead, stupidity and greed is the driving factor. Remember that DeJoy used to head up XPO Logistics and is under investigation by the FBI. 


Here are some great links to learn more about this Republican crony. 

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/louis-dejoy-fbi-investigation/2021/06/03/4e24e122-c3d3-11eb-93f5-ee9558eecf4b_story.html

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2022/02/03/dejoy-has-go-right-now-fury-over-postal-service-failure-electrify-truck-fleet



Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Food For People Giving Out Food Tomorrow In Eureka

 The last few months have presented challenges for many from increasing COVID cases to winter storms and road closures. To help our community, Food for People will host a Winter Drive-Through Food Distribution at the north parking lot of the Bayshore Mall on Thursday, January 27th from 11am-1pm. People can stock up nonperishable staples and fresh produce.   Those who would like to participate are asked to wear a mask and stay in their car, volunteers will load the food directly in the vehicles. Those without a vehicle can schedule an appointment the Food for People’s Eureka Food Pantry, located at 2112 Broadway, call 707-407-0447 for appointments.


What: Winter Drive-Through Food Distribution

When: Thursday, January 27, 2022 at 11am-1pm

Where: The parking lot at the north end of the Bayshore mall.

Food for People, the Food Bank for Humboldt County, provides vital emergency food resources for the community. Food for People works to alleviate local hunger and improve the health of the community through its 18 programs and strong community partnerships. These programs include a countywide network of emergency food pantries; mobile produce distribution to rural areas of the county; food assistance for children, seniors and homebound individuals; nutrition education; and local food recovery and gleaning efforts. Food for People distributes nearly 2 million pounds of food annually to the county’s most vulnerable members. For more information, go to www.foodforpeople.org.

Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Senator Mike McGuire’s Office On Eel River Coal Train

 Senator Mike McGuire’s legislation to stop one of the largest environmental threats California and the North Coast has seen in decades — a proposal from a secret, clandestine operation that wants to ship millions of tons of coal through Northern California — passed with overwhelming bipartisan support on the Senate floor Monday.


“The proposed toxic coal train is an environmental disaster in the making. The midwest coal would travel through the Sierras, across the Golden State through the heart of our thriving communities, ancient redwoods, and directly along the banks of the Eel and Russian rivers, which are the main drinking water source for nearly 1 million residents. It is crucial we stop this dangerous proposal – it transcends politics, and I’m grateful for the bipartisan support.”

SB 307 will protect California by preventing all state funding from initiating improvements on the now defunct North Coast rail line north of the City of Willits. Further, it bans state money from being spent on the buildout of any new potential bulk coal terminal facilities at the Port of Humboldt.

The bill passed in the Senate with 33-2 bipartisan vote. The bill will now be sent on to the Assembly for its committee process.

Monday, January 24, 2022

Budget Proposal To Hire More Than 1,000 Fire Fighters For Cal Fire


SACRAMENTO - Senator Shannon Grove (R-Bakersfield) is co-sponsoring a bipartisan budget proposal with Senator Mike McGuire (D-Healdsburg) to increase the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection’s (CAL FIRE) staff in order to meet the national standard of three firefighters per engine.


 "We are in a pivotal time when it comes to preparing for wildfire season and that includes addressing the CAL FIRE staffing shortage,” said Senator Shannon Grove. “This legislation will serve as a critical down payment to support our firefighters while they protect life, property, and natural resources for all Californians.”

 The Fight for Firefighters’ budget proposal would increase staffing by hiring an additional 1,124 firefighters, including 356 full-time firefighters, and 16 additional seasonal hand crews. The bipartisan coalition will also be moving forward with a mandated CAL FIRE staffing study that would be submitted to the Legislature and the Governor. 

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Senator Shannon Grove represents California's 16th Senate District which encompasses large portions of Kern, Tulare and San Bernardino counties and including the cities of Bakersfield, Barstow, California City, Exeter, Frazier Mountain, Joshua Tree, Mojave, Needles, Ridgecrest, Rosamond, Taft, Tehachapi, Twentynine Palms, Tulare, Visalia, Yucca Valley and portions of the Kern River Valley. Follow her on Facebook and Twitter.



Friday, January 21, 2022

California Created 25% Of All US Jobs In December!

 Governor Newsom Statement on December Jobs Report 

Published: Jan 21, 2022

California created 25 percent of the nation’s jobs in December, added over a million jobs since February

SACRAMENTO – Governor Gavin Newsom issued the following statement regarding today’s jobs report showing that California created 25 percent of the nation’s new jobs in December, along with an unemployment rate decrease to 6.5 percent:

“California continues to create an outsized share of the nation’s new jobs, with 25 percent of the entire country’s job creation happening right here – part of the record 1 million new jobs that our state created throughout last year’s economic recovery. As we go forward this year, we’ll continue taking action to get more folks back to work and support our businesses hit hardest by the pandemic.”

Since February 2021, California has added 1,034,400 total nonfarm jobs, which averages out to be a gain of 94,036 jobs per month.

California has seen a year-over record 6 percent in nonfarm jobs for 2021, which is the largest calendar year increase in the official series data going back to 1990.


California’s December 2021 gain of 50,700 nonfarm jobs accounted for nearly 25.5 percent of the nation’s 199,000 overall jobs gain for the month.

The state has now regained 1,946,200, or nearly 72 percent, of the 2,714,800 jobs that were lost in March and April 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Month-over, no industry sectors lost jobs for the first time since March 2021.


Thursday, January 13, 2022

OSHA Responds To Supreme Court Ruling On Safety

 

Statement from Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh on Supreme Court ruling

on OSHA emergency temporary standard on vaccination, testing

 

WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh issued the following statement on the Supreme Court ruling on the department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s emergency temporary standard on vaccination and testing:

 

“I am disappointed in the court’s decision, which is a major setback to the health and safety of workers across the country. OSHA stands by the Vaccination and Testing Emergency Temporary Standard as the best way to protect the nation’s workforce from a deadly virus that is infecting more than 750,000 Americans each day and has taken the lives of nearly a million Americans.

 

“OSHA promulgated the ETS under clear authority established by Congress to protect workers facing grave danger in the workplace, and COVID is without doubt such a danger. The emergency temporary standard is based on science and data that show the effectiveness of vaccines against the spread of coronavirus and the grave danger faced by unvaccinated workers. The commonsense standards established in the ETS remain critical, especially during the current surge, where unvaccinated people are 15-20 times more likely to die from COVID-19 than vaccinated people. OSHA will be evaluating all options to ensure workers are protected from this deadly virus.

 

“We urge all employers to require workers to get vaccinated or tested weekly to most effectively fight this deadly virus in the workplace. Employers are responsible for the safety of their workers on the job, and OSHA has comprehensive COVID-19 guidance to help them uphold their obligation.

 

“Regardless of the ultimate outcome of these proceedings, OSHA will do everything in its existing authority to hold businesses accountable for protecting workers, including under the Covid-19 National Emphasis Program and General Duty Clause.”

Tuesday, January 11, 2022

National Human Trafficking Awareness Day

There is a lot of information from our Attorney General to help combat Human Trafficking as well as help for victims in the links below the Press Release. 

On National Human Trafficking Awareness Day, Attorney General Bonta Highlights Resources to Support Survivors of Human Trafficking

Urges businesses and members of the public across California to use available resources to help combat human trafficking 

OAKLAND – As part of National Human Trafficking Awareness Day, California Attorney General Rob Bonta today highlighted resources available to businesses and members of the public to help combat human trafficking and support survivors. California law requires certain businesses and establishments to post notices that provide information and resources for survivors and the public regarding human trafficking. The Attorney General urges businesses and members of the public across the state to use these resources to help federal, state, and local authorities and community organizations combat human trafficking in California.

“Every year, there are thousands of reported human trafficking cases across the United States — including right here in California,” said Attorney General Rob Bonta. “Whether it’s for sex or labor, abusing power to force or coerce someone into doing something against their will is wrong. At the California Department of Justice, we’re committed to standing up for survivors, disrupting and dismantling human trafficking rings, and securing justice. However, it takes all of us to combat human trafficking. I urge businesses across the state to use the resources we’re sharing today to help put an end to trafficking in California. If you or someone you know has been affected by human trafficking, there are resources available to you. You are not alone.”

“Today we are raising awareness about a human rights violation that happens in neighborhoods across California every day of the year,” said Kay Buck, CEO of the Los Angeles-based Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking. “I invite every resident of our state to join us in the fight against human trafficking and our work for systemic change to ensure the rights of survivors. As the state’s largest service provider, we need you as our partners.”

Human trafficking is a modern-day form of slavery where perpetrators profit from the control and exploitation of men, women, and children for sex or labor through force, fraud, or coercion. Human trafficking does not require movement across borders. According to the National Human Trafficking Hotline, there were more than 1,300 human trafficking cases reported in California in 2020 — more than any other state in the nation. In California, human trafficking is prevalent in the hospitality, commercial sex, domestic work, and construction industries. Victims of human trafficking are also found among migrant and seasonal agricultural workers, providers of residential care, and in California’s garment sector.

If you or someone you know is being forced to engage in any activity and cannot leave — whether it is commercial sex, housework, farm work, construction, factory, retail, or restaurant work, or more — you can get anonymous and confidential help 24 hours a day, seven days a week in more than 160 different languages. It is also important to remember that California law prohibits law enforcement authorities from asking individuals, including those who are reporting or are victims of potential crimes, about their immigration status, unless the information is necessary to certify the victim for a U visa (victim of crime visa) or T visa (victim of human trafficking visa). If you need help, you can reach out to local authorities and various organizations, including: 

Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking (CAST)

National Human Trafficking Hotline

The Victims of Crime Resource Center

The California Department of Justice's Victims' Services Unit

Additional Resources

Resources such as emergency food and shelter, legal services, and health services can be found on your city or county websites. For those who have been the victim of a violent crime, the California Victim Compensation Board can help cover related bills and expenses.

As a result of Senate Bill 1193 of 2012 and subsequent legislation, California law requires specified businesses and other establishments — including hotels, motels, and bed and breakfast inns — to post a notice informing the public and survivors of human trafficking of telephone hotline numbers to seek help or report unlawful activity. These notices include much of the information provided above. Each mandated business is required to post a notice in English and Spanish and, depending on the county, businesses may be required to post a notice in a third language. Businesses or establishments that are required to post these notices do not need to pay for them. The notices are available for free on the California Department of Justice’s website in English, Spanish, and roughly two dozen other languages. 

Through collaboration with federal, state, and local law enforcement partners and community organizations, Attorney General Bonta is committed to disrupting and dismantling human trafficking in California. As part of those efforts, the California Department of Justice operates two regional Human Trafficking and Sexual Predator Apprehension Teams (HT/SPAT) serving Northern and Southern California, the department serves as the lead agency on the San Diego Human Trafficking Task Force (SDHTTF), and leads the prosecutions of complex, multijurisdictional, and criminal human trafficking cases across the state. For example, during 2021, HT/SPAT and SDHTTF, in partnership with law enforcement agencies across California, have taken action in nearly all phases of enforcement efforts, including through:

  • Assisting in and directly securing hundreds of arrests related to human trafficking and other violations of California’s laws — leading to prosecutions across the state;
  • More than 350 on-the-ground address checks of potential suspects and high-risk sex offenders;
  • The development of hundreds of investigative leads, conducting suspect and survivor interviews in conjunction with law enforcement partners;
  • The execution of more than 150 search warrants; and
  • Offering services to hundreds of potential survivors, including juveniles, and engaging in direct outreach with non-profit organizations.

Additional information about and resources regarding human trafficking is available on the California Department of Justice’s website here.

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