Assault victim identity revealed; along with very important message to Humboldt County

March 11, 2015 we posted a somewhat controversial story. We say controversial, because we didn’t reveal the name of the assault victim we posted about, though it was fully reported to law enforcement at the time. No local media chose to report about it at first, because the information wasn’t put out in a press release. However, the Examiner was contacted by some in the media and we gave them more than enough information to piece the story together. For whatever reason, the information still wasn’t reported. Now that victim has come forward with a very timely and important editorial in todays Times-Standard. So now we feel free to tell you the assault victim was the “exceedingly nice guy” Dan Ehresman Executive Director of the Northcoast Environmental Center.

weed and $

Read his very important editorial.

Complete My Word from Eureka Times-Standard 3-24-15:

Epic Failure by Electeds

Epic Failure by those elected to make these decisions

Supervisors passing the buck on pot problem

By Dan Ehresman

On March 12, a suspect in a violent Southern Humboldt home invasion robbery was apprehended near my house after a police pursuit through Eureka. The day before, the jury on which I nearly served found a man guilty of murdering an Alderpoint resident. And the week before, I was randomly assaulted outside my home.

That encounter may not be directly related to our region’s No. 1 cash crop, but together these events are a very personal reminder that Humboldt County’s violent crime rate has been rising.

Tied to this violence is an endless string of abuses committed against our planet for profit.

When some people look at our region’s remote places — our forests, secluded property and flowing streams — they see not wildness but mountains of money.

When California Cannabis Voice Humboldt (CCVH), the marijuana industry group that has been anointed by the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors to draft their own marijuana ordinance gave a presentation to the Board in late February, they glossed over the harms to our region at the hands of an unregulated industry, ignored what their draft ordinance actually says, and instead focused on how the marijuana market produces pallets of cash.

Hearing the presentation, two questions came to mind.

First, what good is all the money in the world when our streams are sucked dry and violent crime escalates by the day enabled by a black market industry out of control?

Second, why are our elected representatives so eager to hand over work of drafting a marijuana ordinance to the very industry that needs to be regulated? We need only to look at what happens when timber barons and fossil fuel executives write their own rules to know this is probably a bad idea.

Reading the most recent draft ordinance, it seems CCVH’s primary goal is to legitimize existing operations and pave the way for more and bigger grows— never mind the consequences. CCVH has released six drafts of their ordinance, but have yet to include meaningful provisions addressing environmental and social harms of black market marijuana production. All six iterations have ignored what many have repeatedly raised as critical components of a countywide marijuana ordinance: caps on cultivation area to preclude industrial-scale production in remote locations; a halt to dry season stream diversions and water trucking; a prohibition on pesticides; and a revenue source for real enforcement.

So, what does CCVH’s ordinance actually propose? Their current draft would allow marijuana grows on every private parcel larger than five acres in unincorporated areas of Humboldt County. This is over 15,000 parcels, encompassing more than 800,000 acres. The proposed ordinance would allow up to 5,000 square foot, half-million dollar a year operations without site-specific permits — effectively doubling the average size of grows we see today. What’s more, it would allow mega-grows up to 10,000 square feet so long as cultivators get approval from the County Planning Commission — and up to 20,000 square feet with supervisor approval. And although CCVH’s ordinance talks a good game about the importance of protecting our environment, the majority of the protections it contains are essentially voluntary.

While we commend those who grow responsibly, there are far too many who suck water out of critical salmon streams, use toxic pesticides, and doze forests for roads and grow sites. Environmental and criminal law enforcement agencies cannot keep up with monitoring and enforcement of existing operations.

We need true regulation to rein in an industry that has gotten out of hand. Significantly increasing the scale and scope of cultivation activities as CCVH proposes will increase damage to our waterways, forests, and communities.

Our elected representatives are backing an industry-led group whose chief objective is to legitimize industrial-scale grows when salmon populations are at a tipping point and violent crime rates are rising.

Our Board of Supervisors must take the lead on a public process to create a marijuana ordinance that, first and foremost, addresses ongoing environmental and social harms associated with marijuana cultivation. Certainly CCVH should be invited to participate, but they should not be running the show.

An ordinance of this significance requires a truly open, public process with input from community groups, teachers, law enforcement agencies, health care providers, resource professionals, conservation advocates and the public as a whole. While we may not be able to end all the violence and environmental damage, we must do what we can to build a better, safer future for our region and all its inhabitants.

Dan Ehresman is executive director of the Northcoast Environmental Center and can be contacted at



13 thoughts on “Assault victim identity revealed; along with very important message to Humboldt County

  1. Sorry to hear it was Dan. Sorry to hear it was anyone, actually.

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  2. Every/any one should be able to grow a few (less than say 20) cannabis plants outdoors in the sun. No one shouls be allowed to grow an industrial crop in other than a zoned and regulated situation. Period.
    Unless individuals can grow their own it isnt legal.

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  3. Thank you Dan Ehresman and Tuluwat Examiner for the truth.

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  4. Can’t wait for legalization. The price of weed will plummet, making it uneconomical to grow here. Only legalization can drive the industrial growers out of our fragile watersheds and onto more appropriate farmlands. Then the timber lands will return to a sustainable and environmentally healthy condition. An honest economy and the removal of an out of control criminal element would be so welcome.

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    • Ah, yes. The instant panacea to all our problems: Just “legalize” it! All our crime rates, water and other environmental damage will vanish like the rabbit in Blackstone’s hat..Or did he magically appear? I forget.

      Wait. I’m getting another magical vibe… it’s telling me….prop 215! Is that your card, Ed?

      One link in today’s LoCO Elsewhere concerns a boatload of pot. $3 million worth, Confiscated in the Channel Islands near LA originating from Sinaloa, Mex. Now why, with a supposedly already glutted market in which the price of pot has already been going down, would a cartel from Mex bring that much pot here? Obviously, they’re banking that the Ca market is anything but glutted and if you read what Dan Ehresman wrote, the CCVH is writing guidelines that agree with that Sinaloan assessment. Can the Cannabis version of Joe Camel be far behind?

      We can only hope that the Ca state legislature will do a better job in writing ordinances, if pot is to be legalized, than our local slight-of-hand elected officials are doing.

      But, sigh…..

      There must be a CCVC which can ably assist Sacto pols in their efforts to produce that Rainbowgeddon we’re all counting on.No?

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  5. “…why are our elected representatives so eager to hand over work of drafting a marijuana ordinance to the very industry that needs to be regulated?”

    Because it is the American Way (or at least it has become so in the past few decades).

    Legislators on all levels have become lazy, worrying only about the next election and gathering enough money to run it. So on every level lobbyists “propose” legislation… Which means they write the bill and the politician just submits it verbatim.

    Many, if not most of the legislation in recent years to regulate just about any industry has been written by the industry being regulated.

    Our Board of Supervisors is just keeping up with the times.

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  6. If they’re so worried about what CCVH is doing, why haven’t they written their own ordinance? This community has been donating to EPIC, NEC, et, al. for decades, what have they done constructively to fix this problem? Quit bitching and put something better out there if you don’t like it. I see a lot of haters with a problem for every solution. We’d solve a lot more problems if people started bringing solutions to the table instead of bitching about the ones others are offering up; there will never be one right solution that makes everyone happy, does that mean that no one should ever try? Damn….that sure makes for a hopeless future. If anybody needs me, I’ll be over here with some hope- trying to fix things constructively.


  7. While I can sympathize with Dan’s frustration at the BoS I am not sure what he expects they will do that will override state and federal regulations. If you listen to the interview with Fleming that TE linked to the other day you can hear her frustration about a lack of direction and leadership from the state level and the always looming presence of the feds when it comes to marijuana and any legalization efforts.

    We have seen a change in focus to local enforcement to the environmental damage that is being caused and both state and federal lawmakers have been on board — granted on board for penalties associated with violations of environmental law, but on board nonetheless.

    The local ordinance being considered is simply to address concerns from residents who find themselves living next door to someone with permission to grow but who is abusing that privilege and that doesn’t come close to addressing the massive scale of illegal grows and the environmental damage that comes with them.

    We all know that any real legislation is going to come from the state first and then the feds and until that happens the focus of local enforcement efforts will remain on the larger grows that are causing the greatest environmental harm and at last count according to the sheriff that was more than 4,000.


    • But the point of this measure is to get loopholes grandfathered in before the state has the chance to regulate. Loopholes that will not be subject to CEQA.


      The large grows may be the greatest problem right now or they may not. We can’t know. We do know that regulation will help address the problem of large grows, the greatest threat for the future is the cumulative affects of all our influences.

      That’s the danger of what the CCVH and the BOS is doing. There are interests that want to keep the status quo to earn their dough. The BOS is down with this and it seems that they will not even have the courage to take a stand on this by putting this to the people who will more likely than not pass this anyway.


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