Wiyot people and their supporters stand strong against racist Rob



Hundreds of indigenous people and their supporters showed up to support the City of Eureka and tell Racist Rob to “back the fuck 0ff!”

Security National employees were nowhere to be seen, either hiding or they took the afternoon off.

One of our favorite signs said “crawl back under your rock Arkley”

Many vehicles passing by honked their horns in a show of support to the crowd’s great pleasure.

Ted Hernandez Wiyot Tribal Chair (as seen in the top picture with the yellow shirt) praised the City of Eureka’s resolve to move this forward and give Tuluwat back to its rightful inhabitants.

Good job everybody!

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Billionaire loses bid to shut off access to public beach and surprise! It’s not Bullyboy Arkley

This guy sounds just like our own local bully Robin P. Arkley  

Silicon Valley billionaire loses bid to prevent access to public beach

Court decision is blow to Vinod Khosla and other wealthy landowners seeking to buy renowned beaches, making public land private

 Martins Beach must be opened to the public, according to a California court order.

A California court has ordered a Silicon Valley billionaire to restore access to a beloved beach that he closed off for his private use, a major victory for public lands advocates who have been fighting the venture capitalist for years.

An appeals court ruled on Thursday that Vinod Khosla, who runs the venture capital firm Khosla Ventures and co-founded the tech company Sun Microsystems, must unlock the gates to Martins Beach in northern California by his property.

The decision is a major blow to Khosla and other wealthy landowners who have increasingly tried to buy up the internationally celebrated beaches along the California coast and turn public lands into private property.

The beach was a popular destination for fishing, surfing and other recreational activities for nearly a century, and the previous owners provided a general store and public restroom. But Khosla eventually bought the property and in 2010 closed public access, putting up signs warning against trespassing.

Khosla, who has a net worth of $1.55bn and does not live on the property, has faced multiple lawsuits and legislative efforts to get him to open up the gate to the beach near Half Moon Bay, about 30 miles south of San Francisco. The law in California states that all beaches should be open to the public up to the “mean high tide line”.

The decision this week, affirming a lower court ruling, stems from a lawsuit filed by the Surfrider Foundation, a not-for-profit group that says the case could have broader implications for beach access across the US.

“Vinod Khosla, with his billions of dollars, bought this piece of property and said, ‘No, no, the public isn’t going to use this anymore. End of story,’” the Surfrider attorney Joe Cotchett said by phone on Thursday. “He got away with it for many years … This is probably one of the most important public right-of-access cases in the country.”

Khosla’s refusal to restore access has made him something of a symbol of the immense wealth in the tech industry and rising income inequality in the region.

Last year, his attorneys claimed that he would open the gate to the beach only if the government paid him $30m, an amount that state officials said was unreasonably high. In October, Khosla also sued two state agencies, accusing the government of using “coercion and harassment” to infringe on his private property rights.

The California coastal commission, established by voters in 1972 to protect public use of the coast, has reported that beachgoers have increasingly complained about private security guards telling them they are trespassing on private property and forcing them to leave the public beaches.

“The issue here is, can wealthy private individuals buy up our beautiful beaches for their own use?” said Cotchett, adding that he expects Khosla to appeal the decision and attempt to bring the case to the US supreme court.

Khosla’s attorney did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Khosla recently made headlines when he downplayed the problem of sexual harassment in the venture capital industry, which has recently been exposed as a major concern among female founders. “I did not know that there was any discrimination,” Khosla said at a recent event, adding that it was “rarer than in most other businesses”.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/aug/10/martins-beach-california-public-vinod-khosla

 

F–k Rob Arkley!

“Our own local racist bully boy version of Trump doesn’t want the Wiyot’s stolen home returned to them.”TE

Tuluwat Village

Allen McCloskey sets the record straight:

Indian Island is and always has been of great cultural and historical value to the Wiyot People. I support the City of Eureka City Council (Austin Allison and Kim Walford-Bergel) and City Leadership in their efforts to restore Indian Island to its original inhabitants/stewards. The Wiyot People as the original inhabitants and stewards of Indian Island have what I equate to a genetic-historical-connection to Indian Island. The cultural connection of the Tribe to Indian Island goes back countless generations and their people are intrinsically tied to the Island. In fact I would argue that their individual and collective well-being and prosperity and the healing of the Tribe’s genetic memory with regards to the historical trauma and deliberate attack by Eureka’s great businessmen of the time, to commit genocide of the Wiyot people, is truly contingent upon the environmental health and return of this land to its original inhabitants/stewards.

The Tribe and the City of Eureka in recent years have worked together collectively to mitigate years of pollution and contamination and have engaged in meaningful dialogue with regards to transitioning Indian Island back to the Tribe. The collective work of the Tribe and the City should not be tarnished and/or in any way delayed or derailed by the intentional and ignorant intervention by the likes of Robin Arkely, merely on the premise that he feels that the Island belongs to him and his family, because, in his words they “like it.” Indian Island was stolen from the Wiyot people at the hands of “prominent Eureka businessmen” of that time who murdered and viciously killed the Wiyot people.

The current City leadership is now in the process of contributing to the healing of the Wiyot people by returning the Island to its original inhabitants. The City’s efforts to return the Island to the Wiyot people is clearly an act of restoring to the indigenous peoples what very obviously they’re entitled to and they have a legitimate claim to, and a claim I might add that on the Tribe’s part is in no way divisive but rather restorative. That’s the idea behind reconciliation. I commend the City of Eureka Council for their recent actions and their commitment to the Wiyot People and the return of Indian Island.

In Solidarity,

Allen McCloskey

 

Too pricey for our own Trump wanna be?

 

Talk about pay for play

arkley-trump

According to Politico:
“Deep-pocketed donors face a decision on Wednesday night: whether to dine with the Vice President-elect at the National Portrait Gallery, or enjoy an “intimate policy discussion” with incoming Cabinet appointees at an exclusive dinner at the Library of Congress….
The cost of admission for the Cabinet dinner is included in a package for either $100,000 or $250,000 to the presidential inaugural committee, while dinner with Vice President-elect Mike Pence is open to donors and corporate underwriters at the $500,000 and $1 million-level as part of multi-day itineraries, with the level of access determined by the amount of cash given, according to inauguration brochures obtained by POLITICO.”
Any bets on whether local “Silver Spoon Oligarch” and Trump suck up Robin Percival Arkley II will be attending???

91 million dollar boondoggle, what an expensive bad joke

humboldt bay

It’s a breached lagoon that has to be dredged constantly

 

http://www.krcrtv.com/north-coast-news/eureka-news/trinity/highway-299-between-redding-and-trinity-county-finishing-ahead-of-schedule/123482392

REDDING, Calif. – Highway 299 between Trinity and Redding is hoping to be finished ahead of schedule.

According to the Assistant Resident Engineer on the Buckhorn Grade Improvement Project, Vance Hackney, they are hoping to have it finished next month.

“We’re hoping to have everything buttoned up by the end of November,” said Hackney.

That means, after November, no more long construction delays.

This weekend series of storms didn’t affect construction all that much.

“We’ve had a few minor slipouts, some of the sand running off of the upper cuts, nothing that’s impacted our storm water quality,” said Hackney.

Sawpit Gulch Creek was running pretty clear, despite the work being done to put in a culvert and widen the road. The construction crew is anticipating minor slides through the fall and winter, though.

“We’re going to have minor slipouts throughout the winter, contractor’s on board to take care of those as they occur,” assured Hackney.

More than three million cubic yards of dirt and rock have been moved or will be before the end of the project. More than 50 curves have been removed and the 6.8-mile section of road has been shortened by almost 1.4 miles.

The $91 million project started in June of 2008. Now, some eight years later, almost all that’s left is getting the paving finished, repairing some pavement, and putting up the road signs.

The purpose of this work is to allow larger and longer trucks to come inland from an expanded deepwater port in Eureka.

“expanded deepwater port” (WTF?)

We aren’t writing a report to justify a railroad, but….

Guest post from Patrick Meagher of Weaverville

I was pleasantly surprised to read in a recent Trinity Journal the Railconnect Committee spokesperson’s dramatic change in tone from the article published in the June 29 Trinity Journal. That statement declared it to be “a generational social and economic game changer.” Instead, I was happy to read that he intends for it to be, “truthful, complete, and as transparent as possible” and, “We aren’t writing a report to justify a railroad, but to determine if a railroad is justified.”

Bravo! In order to assist the committee to be as truthful and transparent as possible I want to provide Journal readers with an overview of the Humboldt Bay Alternative Rail Corridor Concept Level Construction Cost and Revenue Analysis Final Report that was released in August 2013. All 43 pages of it can be found on the internet. The study is professionally done by two well-respected consulting organizations. The study focused on dry bulk cargo and does not address containerized cargo and cites the 2003 study that recommended against a container port in Humboldt Bay.

The report identifies three potential routes from Humboldt Bay to Redding, Red Bluff and Gerber. Route distances vary from 194 to 258 miles. All will require bridges and tunnels. Of most concern to me is route 1 that is proposed to run through Hyampom valley, Hayfork and Wildwood (you can read about this proposed rail route on Page 8 & 9 of the report). Rail line construction in 2013 dollars is estimated at over a billion dollars plus for each option.

The report addresses the type of bulk cargos that are deemed as feasible for transport to a Humboldt Bay seaport. These include coal, soda ash, iron ore, wheat and corn in a laundry list of bulk cargos. The report identifies port terminal construction requirements for loading dry-bulk ships at a cost of more than $200 million in 2013 dollars. In addition, further dredging of the Humboldt Bay channel to accommodate these ships will be necessary.

The report conclusion states, “Rail service to Humboldt County will require major investment. In order for this investment to be financially feasible, the rail line will need to generate large volumes of cargo. A rail line to Humboldt County would face strong competition from existing ports, primarily those on the U.S. West Coast. Humboldt County would face several competitive disadvantages relative to these other ports, including the need to cover the cost of constructing a new line, and the lack of rail distance advantage. In addition to the lack of rail infrastructure, waterborne exports of large volumes of bulk commodities would likely require substantial investment in new cargo terminals. Also the Humboldt Bay navigation channel is not as deep as those at most competing ports, which would also require substantial investment. In conclusion, development of rail service to Humboldt County is likely to be both high cost and high risk.”

Now it appears to me that a lot of the work of the Railconnect Committee and it’s yet to be hired consultant has been accomplished given the thoroughness of this report. In the interest of transparency and to help the project move along it would behoove the committee to ensure that several copies of the Humboldt Bay Alternative Rail Corridor Concept Level Construction Cost and Revenue Analysis Final Report are available in the library for public review.

Greater Eureka Chamber of Commerce vs democracy in Eureka

chamber of com

On Saturday Linda Atkins wrote “The Greater Eureka Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors recently announced that it is going to get involved in local elections” then asked “why now?”  Well, it seems pretty clear to us. The good ol’ boys had lost their majority to the all woman progressive (actually centrist) leaning City Council and now they all going all in to get it back. Matthew Owen and John Fullerton are the Chamber candidates and then there’s the very scary (to the good ol boys) “true ward true voice” ballot measure that would actually facilitate someone from your neighborhood or maybe even you, to be elected. Now that scares the crap out of the Eureka Chamber, Robin Arkley and Rob Mcbeth types.

c of c building

Linda also says “, the city of Eureka supports the Chamber with about $120,000 a year from city coffers for them to do visitor services. In addition, the chamber’s headquarters located on land owned by the city of Eureka and leased to the chamber for $1. (prime real estate worth over a million dollars) The headquarters is the location where chamber board meetings occur and where chamber offices are located. Does this mean that the city of Eureka is subsidizing an organization that will be campaigning against candidates and issues that will affect the future of our city?”  Ya think?

The ol’ boys are so scared that Tom Hannah (the God father of our current screwed up city charter and corrupt ward system) in a near hysterical diatribe in today’s Time Standard went so far has to invoke the name of the dreaded former city councilor Larry Glass…twice. The mere mention of his name is a dog whistle for the powers that be in this town striking terror in their hearts.  Hannah goes on to say “This would be detrimental to the quality of life in Eureka. Implementing a ward election could only lay the groundwork to undermine the current council-manager format municipal government chosen by voters in 1950, and mandated by your city charter.”  He forgot to mention that he and Eureka’s power brokers wrote the charter to keep themselves in power for perpetuity.

This year brings a chance for Eureka voters to choose a system of election which would bring an inclusive neighborhood based City Council…..and maybe take a step in breaking the stranglehold on local politics which the good ol’ boys are desperately holding on to.