Thursday, August 21, 2014

Virginia Bass resigns from Humboldt County Democratic Central Committee (HCDCC)!


Dear members of the HCDCC,

It is with regret that I inform the membership of my decision to step down from the Humboldt County Democratic Central Committee. Due to additional commitments that I have taken on, I’m finding that I am unable to fulfill the duties required of me and am having a difficult time juggling my schedule around to attend the various meetings and activities.

I would like to attend meetings when possible as a registered Democrat and make remarks as an elected official, but do not want to remain as a regular or associate member of the committee. I am still available as time allows to assist with events and mailings should an extra body come in handy, including DOTY.

While there were certainly bumps in the road, I am thankful for the time I served on the committee. I worked with some wonderful people and made friendships that I treasure.

Sincerely,

Virginia Bass

Too Bad. Virginia was instrumental in leading the Democratic Way and Means committee to record breaking fund raising. Always a doer and not just a talker.  

Monday, August 18, 2014

Mad River Softball standings 8/14/14. HDVS Fundraising Tournament this weekend!

Humboldt Domestic Violence Services (HDVS) Tournament fundraiser this weekend August 23rd and 24th. Need 8 teams for a go. $199 guaranteed 4 games.


Mad River Softball Association Standings 8/14/14
MRSA"Composite Bat" Division
 
Wins
Loses
1. SOP's
9
1
2. Snow Leopards
7
3
3. Bear River
6
3
4. O & M Industires
6
4
5. Brant Electric
4
5
6. Samoa Athletic Club
1
9
7. Marks Consulting
1
9
MRSA "A" Wood Bat Division
Wins
Loses
1. Schwaap
8
2
2. Arcata Used Tires/Murphys
8
2
3. Snow Leopards
6
3
4. Hey Juans Barnstormers
7
4
5. Ball Bangers
6
4
6. Ironside
6
5
7. E & O/Hum Depot Wood Bang
2
8
8. Arcata Garbage
2
9
9. Sidelines
1
8
MRSA "B" Wood Bat Division
 
Wins
Loses
1. Blue Lake Good Woods
7
2
2. Sushi Spot
6
2
3. Batting Cages
6
2
4. Tomaso's
6
2
5. Blondies Breakers
4
3
6. Pigs
2
6
7. Glassblowers
2
6
8. Dirtbags
0
10
MRSA "C" Wood Bat Division
 
Wins
Loses
1. Mckinleyville Barbershop
10
0
2. Big Pete's
7
0
3. BCM Drywall Fat Bastards
5
3
4. AMPT
4
5
5. Warlock Nuits
4
5
6. Betz Bombers
4
5
7. Renegades
3
5
8. LPB
3
5
MRSA "D" Wood Bat Division
 
Wins
Loses
1. Kokatat
6
3
2. NHS Blazers
5
3
3. Everett's
6
4
4. Mad River Hosp. Crash Karts
4
6
5. Blue Lake Casino
3
8
6. Tomo's Sake Bombers
1
7
7. Points West Surveying
1
7


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Natalie Arroyo and Kim Bergel endorsed unanimously by Humboldt County Democratic Central Committee (HCDCC) . Wear it well!

Natailie Arroyo and Kim Bergel were unanimously endorsed by the HCDCC tonight. This is a huge advantage to these candidates in Eureka. They only have to present themselves to Democrats as the candidates of choice.

Now that Arcata race was a different story. Sofia Pereira and Mark Wheetley were about to garner the HCDCC endorsement when Milt Boyd pointed out that there was another Democrat in the race. Patrick Hyland had qualified and had not been notified by the committee of the endorsement process. So after much debate and discussion the HCDCC made a monumental first time e-mail endorsement process. All voting members of the HCDCC will be emailed information about the candidates and vote by e-mail in the next few days.

I left before the Fair Wage Act was discussed. It was endorsed and I really feel it will pass overwhelmingly in Eureka. All of Labor is backing it and I do think it is the right direction to provide "living wage" jobs in Eureka. It will be interesting to see if local businesses will put up a fight.

(Local Thespian and HCDCC Chair Bob Service wielding the stick)

Monday, August 04, 2014

Manila Speedway now open for business!

Gee, what a great idea to pave over the rail tracks at Emmerson! Now people won't have to slow down one iota while "shortcutting" and avoiding the 101 safety corridor. At least with the rail tracks in it served as a kind of "calming speed bump." Now it is off to the races! Be careful Peninsula pedestrians!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Panhandled in Sizzler! Seriously?

Robin and I were having lunch at the Sizzler in Eureka on Sunday when a guy came through the door on 5th st. and walked up to our table and asked for change. I looked at him and said, "You are seriously panhandling us while we are eating?" One of the workers came over and said he does this quite often, but usually outside. There are places providing food for the needy in Eureka. I was a chronic enabler and soft touch for years but it is out of control. What is the solution? Other communities give out citations to the people giving money. Is that the solution? Got me, but it is getting much worse in Eureka. Not better.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Ship Tour goes Awry. Damn July winds!

Had a chance to check out the new Green Diamond Chip Export facility. I worked there a little bit when it was owned by Louisiana Pacific and had in fact successfully union organized the plant back in 1999. Looks pretty much the same but very newly retrofitted and clean. Seen people I know from the past. Kinda a melancholy nostalgic memories of working with wood chips. I am conflicted with sending raw materials abroad, especially when the byproduct will probably be pulp products. But we send out logs by the hundreds and it is creating commerce for the Harbor District and jobs in the County in the immediate.

I was invited to take a tour as Harbor Commissioner of the Crimson Polaris which was built in 2008 and she is a beautiful ship. I had to hold my hard hat on while walking up the gangway because of the winds that were blowing pretty good. When we gathered in one of the conference rooms the Captain stepped in and was very serious. "I need a pilot and a tug." The gauges in the room showed that there was 25 Knots (KTS) of North Western wind on the ship, or nearly 30 MPH. The Captain was not able to use winches to move the ship into proper placement to convey ships to the holds. Humboldt Bay Harbor Pilot Tim Petrusha just so happened to be with us and all of the sudden was on the job. Leroy Zerlang was also on the ship and was called on to run a tug boat immediately. We were able to check out the bridge before we needed to depart for the change in operations.

So the story? It takes many people to successfully load one of these ships and lots of teamwork. And it sure was good to see people working on the bay once more. I hope for many ships to come to our Port in the future. I will continue my tour sometime in the future.     

Upcoming Softball Tournaments!


Willow Creek Tournament here we come! Here are some of the summer softball tournaments in the near future:

August 1st, 2nd & 3rd-“Wildwood Days”: Scotia. 3 Game Guaranteed. $250 Composite Bat. Contact Sam at 707-845-3064 or Toye 707-599-5928 for more information.
August 23th & 24th-Humboldt Domestic Violence Services (HDVS) 3rd annual “Heart of the Redwoods Invitational”: Arcata. 4 Game Guaranteed. $225. USSSA Metal Bat or Wood Bat Division. Richard Marks at 445-3432.
Sept 6th  &7th-“Tomaso’s Wood Bat Invitational”: Willow Creek. $250. Wood Bat. 3 game Guaranteed. Contact Richard Marks at 707-445-3432. Can only handle 10 teams. Full each year. First 10 to pay up front. Tomaso's product abounds! Chips and salsa and ball! 7.     Brewzers
Sept 13th  &14th-“SAC Wood Bat Invitational”: Willow Creek. $250. Wood Bat. Contact Richard Marks at 707-445-3432. Can only handle 10 teams. Overloads from Tomaso’s Tournaments. (You can play both if you want.)

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Mad River Softball Association Standings.

Mad River Softball Association Standings 7/10/14
MRSA "Composite Bat" Division
 
Wins
Loses
1. SOP's
4
0
2. Brant Electric
3
0
3. Bear River
3
1
4. Snow Leopards
3
2
5. Samoa Athletic Club
1
3
6. O & M Industries
1
4
7. Marks Consulting
0
5
MRSA "A" Wood Bat Division
Wins
Loses
1. Hey Juan’s Barnstormers
4
0
2. Schwaap
4
1
3. Ball Bangers
2
1
4. Ironside
3
2
5. Snow Leopards
3
2
6. Arcata Used Tires/Murphy’s
2
2
7. Arcata Garbage
1
4
8. E & O/Hum Depot Wood Bang
1
4
9. Sidelines
1
5
MRSA "B" Wood Bat Division
 
Wins
Loses
1. Sushi Spot
3
0
2. Blue Lake Good Woods
3
1
3. Pigs
2
1
4. Home Run Batting Cages
2
1
5. Tomaso's
2
2
6. Blondie’s Breakers
1
2
7. Glassblowers
1
2
8. Dirt bags
0
5
MRSA "C" Wood Bat Division
 
Wins
Loses
1. Big Pete's
2
0
2. BCM Drywall Fat Bastards
3
1
3. AMPT
3
1
4. Renegades
2
2
5. Warlock Nuits
2
2
6. Betz Bombers
2
2
7. LPB
1
2
8. Blue Lake Casino
0
5
MRSA "D" Wood Bat Division
 
Wins
Loses
1. McKinleyville Barbershop
5
0
2. Kokatat
2
1
3. Everett's
2
2
4. NHS Blazers
1
1
5. Tomo's Sake Bombers
1
1
6. Mad River Hosp. Crash Karts
1
3
7. Points West Surveying
0
4