Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Press biased against Cannabis? Apologies to Will Houston.

Very interesting on what the Times Standard, North Coast Journal, The Lost Coast Outpost and local television stations deem worthy of covering. (Not blaming the Mad River Union yet. I don't get that paper until next Wednesday.) Yesterday the California Cannabis Voice Humboldt team showed up in force and packed the afternoon session of the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors while presenting a power point presentation concerning the need to regulate cannabis.

Why very little press? Got me. The TS did a short clip on the morning session headlined "Groundwater, Cannabis" The written story had no reference of Cannabis in the article! Read for yourself.  Our item has been on the agenda for an ample time. I spoke too soon! Will Houston of the Times Standard did a great story today!

When is the last time that chambers have been over-filled for an afternoon session? I can safely say, without the subject being a popular person retiring from the county, not very often.

Our presentation was a reality based synapse of the positive potential of having a written ordinance that protects small farms in Humboldt County and creates revenue for the General Fund shortfalls. . The presentation also outlines our concerns of trespass grows, water diversions and pesticides.

Seriously, if this were another meth, weapon, cash bust that included cannabis, all the media players would be there. Just kind of surprised that a agenda item of interest that generated a packed Board of Supervisors chambers would be ignored.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Humboldt County Cannabis topic at BOS meeting tomorrow 2/24/15 1:30pm!

The California Cannabis Voice Humboldt (CCVH) will be presenting a power point discussion at the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors chambers tomorrow 2/24/15 at 1:30pm. Let your voice be heard!

Sunday, February 08, 2015

North Coast Rail Authority (NCRA) update. Billboards & Locomotives down, Trail, Parks and THA up.

I had two NCRA sub committee meetings this past week and varied topics. Just thought I would update.  
The first item of the week concerning Property Committee business was a licensing agreement with the Loleta Community Chamber to build a Loleta Park Project on NCRA property in the Rail Corridor. The NCRA property committee unanimously agreed to endorse the project to the NCRA board as a whole. Emily Sinkhorn from the Redwood Community Action Agency and Loleta Community Service District Marcus Drumm gave details to the exciting project for Loleta.
The second item was concerning a billboard on NCRA property. The sign itself is owned by Geoff Wills and he respectfully requested reconsideration or at least a “trade” of sign placement somewhere else along the rail corridor, even to maybe another county.  He agreed to remove the sign and 2 others close by at the request of the other signs owners.  
The third item was a licensing agreement with the City of Arcata for the Rails With Trails Project.  Doby Class and Netra Khatri from Arcata Public Works updated the project and the Properties committee unanimously voted to move this licensing agreement forward to the NCRA Directors . This project will start in April! Only a few months away!
On Thursday I chaired the Trial Ad Hoc Committee and two items were before us. The first was a City of Eureka Abatement notice sent to CUE, VI LLC (Security National) to remove all locomotive engines on their property. The City said they would remove and dispose and charge the land owners. Security National representative Dane Grytness was present to explain his research and his willingness to entertain all resolutions to the issue. North Western Pacific Co. (NWPco.)  President John Williams had three different solutions to the issue. 1. Hide them somewhere else. 2. Move them. 3. Put a decorative fence around them. The City of Arcata volunteered to dismantle as scrap. The board will discuss this item at a later date.
The last item was to allow NWPco. to do the inspections for the “Speeder” train excursions. We voted unanimously to endorse this item to the full board.
The next NCRA meeting will be February 11th at 10:30pm in Healdsburg, California.

Sunday, February 01, 2015

Ha ha. But, the toilet is there for a reason!

This is kind of a funny take of the B & B the Harbor District has provided for the Samoa Peninsula. It is across the street from one of the trail heads to Samoa Dunes. Yes, people are sleeping overnight and using the dunes for a homeless camp. Yes, they have no where to defecate with dignity. This is just a small gesture of our Conservation side to help the environment around the bay. Again, I wish the City of Eureka would move forward and doing the same for the "Devils Playground" behind the Eureka Mall. Just a small step in helping the homeless/housepoor conundrum.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Lets protect the Humboldt brand and small farms. Before we don't have that option.

The Redwood Times did a story on a PowerPoint presentation I did recently for the Garberville Rotary Club. California Cannabis Voice Humboldt is getting close to have an Ordinance that is a completed document. There is a huge need in Humboldt County to eliminate trespass grows, stop water diversions and use Best Management Practices preserving small Cannabis farms.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Have the youth of this county lost the ability to organize?

This last Sunday it was nearly 70 degrees and just beautiful outside. I was going to relax from a busy week but got ansy and hopped in my truck to do something active. I went to the Hammond park with hopes to hook up with some tennis, but there were no people. So I drove to Hartman and Kennedy to maybe hit some softballs, but again, nobody there. I then hoped that by this time guys would be hitting in Samoa so I headed home. Yep, no one to be seen. So I hooped it alone at the Samoa outdoor courts. What happened to the younger generation getting out and doing sport stuff? When I was in my teens, 20's, 30's, 40's or even early 50's people were out and about. The town of Samoa used to be bustling with youthful activity. Now silent. So is Eureka. Sad times.  

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Mad River Watershed worth 1/2 Billion in Cannabis revenue!

Scott Bauer, an environmental scientist with the Department of Fish and Game did a comprehensive study of the effects of Cannabis cultivation on the Mad River watershed and reported results to the Humboldt Bay Municipal Water District. He identified pollutants as petroleum products, fertilizers and pesticides. Fish predominate in the watershed were identified as Coho and Chinook salmon, Steelhead and Cutthroat Trout. He used Google maps from 1998 to 2014 to measure changes in the landscape. A majority of the farms were on private property, much on Green Diamond lands.
The study found that there were 14,414 outdoor plants and 42,512 indoor plants in 438 greenhouses totaling 56,926 plants representing about $500,000,000. (Yes; a half of Billion Dollars!) It was estimated that 51,233,250 gallons were used a day for cultivation in 431 sites total. There has been a 170% increase of grows in the Mad River watershed from 2009 to 2014.
There are currently 41 permitted water diversions in the watershed. There has been no comprehensive water quality monitoring due to lack of funds. There was a discussion of “Team” efforts by different affected agencies. Maybe have the Mad River serve as a “Pilot Project” for permitting and monitoring. This is an opportune time to consider regulatory compliance in the form of a Humboldt County Land Use Ordinance to allow a permitting process to do things in order. Stay tuned.