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

 

A sneak preview of the Trump administration’s economic future

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 Brownback created a Kochtopia in Kansas.

An ambitious effort by a Republican governor to drastically cut his state’s taxes is crumbling—and that’s a bad omen for Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress who are hoping to slash tax rates at the national level.

Shortly after he became governor of Kansas in 2011, Sam Brownback went to work on rewriting the state’s tax code. Together with the Republican-dominated legislature, he eliminated the top income tax bracket, lowered everyone else’s income tax rate, and created a loophole that allowed some business owners to pay no state income taxes at all.

Brownback sold the cuts as a way to jolt the Kansas economy to life, promising major job growth thanks to the lower tax rates. To pass these tax measures, Brownback worked to replace moderate Republicans in the legislature who opposed his ideas with true-believer conservatives. He helped knock off nine moderate Republican incumbents, and the effort paid off when his tax reform passed in 2012.

http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/09/sam-brownback-kansas-paul-davis

But instead of the miracle growth that Brownback promised, the tax cuts have left a widening crater in the state budget. State economic growth has lagged behind the national pace, and job growth has stagnated. Lawmakers have been left scrambling each year to pass unpleasant spending cuts when tax revenue comes in below expected levels, leading to contentious fights in the legislature and state courts over reduced public school funding. When the state legislature convened last month, it faced a $320 million budget shortfall that needed to be closed before the end of the current fiscal year in June—and a projected additional $500 million shortfall for the next fiscal year.

After more moderate Republicans joined the GOP-dominated legislature following last November’s election, the party has appeared more willing to concede defeat and ditch Brownback’s tax experiment. Last week, the state House and Senate passed a bill that would generate more than $1 billion by eradicating most of Brownback’s reforms. It would raise personal income tax rates (though still not as high as the pre-Brownback rates) and end the loophole that has allowed 330,000 business owners—including subsidiaries of Wichita-based Koch Industries—to avoid paying income taxes.

The fate of that bill is still in doubt. Brownback vetoed the measure on Wednesday morning, after explaining, “I am vetoing it because the legislature failed to fulfill my request that they find savings and efficiencies before asking the people of Kansas for more taxes.” But the House quickly fought back, voting 85-40 to override the veto. But late Wednesday afternoon, the Senate fell three votes short of the the two-thirds majority necessary to pass the law without Brownback’s approval, leaving the fate of the state’s tax system uncertain.

So what’s all of this got to do with Trump? Brownback’s failures could complicate national tax-reform efforts, which have been high on the Trump administration’s agenda. “Lowering the overall tax burden on American business is big league,” Trump told airline executives earlier this month. “That’s coming along very well. We’re way ahead of schedule, I believe. And we’re going to announce something I would say over the next two or three weeks that will be phenomenal in terms of tax.”

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Like many of Trump’s policy plans, his tax agenda remains largely a mystery. But the proposal he outlined during the presidential campaign shared many features with Brownback’s experiment. It would slash personal income tax rates and reduce the number of brackets. It wouldn’t eliminate business income taxes, but it would lower them to 15 percent, allowing many super-wealthy Americans to avoid paying high tax rates by funneling their income through their businesses.

That’s not entirely coincidental. Trump and Brownback share a tax guide: Reaganomics guru Art Laffer. Laffer is best known for the Laffer curve, a diagram of his hypothesis that lowering tax rates could increase tax revenue by boosting economic output. Kansas paid $75,000 for Laffer to spend three days consulting with lawmakers on the state’s tax plans. Laffer also visited Trump Tower to consult on tax reform last year, and in December he called Trump’s campaign tax plans “terrific.” When Trump’s treasury secretary nominee went before the Senate last month, Trump’s transition press office emailed reporters a list of endorsements that started with glowing praise from Laffer. “Steven Mnuchin is a wonderful choice for Treasury Secretary,” Laffer said. “He has a great understanding of finance, markets, and housing. He is committed to tax reform that will get our economy growing, create jobs, and make America the best place to do business.”

By now, it’s clear that Brownback’s tax experiment hasn’t produced the growth he promised. But that hasn’t put an end to Republican efforts to replicate it on the national level. In December, Brownback suggested to the Wall Street Journal that Kansas’ tax reforms could offer a model for Trump. And on Thursday morning, Brownback is scheduled to speak—almost certainly about his taxation model—at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, DC, on a panel titled “How Governors are Reclaiming America’s Promise.”

http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2017/02/sam-brownback-kansas-tax-cuts-donald-trump

 

Bully out, Arkley VP in, Virginia being watched

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People are so happy to be rid of the Planning Commission Bully Lee Ulansey that they’re celebrating the appointment of Arkley’s VP Brian Mitchell! WTF!

Bully Boy

In one of the biggest screw ups made by this Board of Supervisors in the last decade, Lee Ulansey was appointed as an at-large member of the planning commission in 2013 and his four-year term is set to expire on Jan. 31.(woo who!) Thankfully on Tuesday the Supes basically voted 4-1 to dump the chump, with Supervisor Mike Wilson dissenting. Instead they voted to appoint McKinleyville resident Brian Mitchell and Security National VP to the county Planning Commission ousting sitting Commissioner Lee Ulansey!

Well at least Supervisor Mike Wilson supported a very good candidate; Yurok Tribe Assistant Planning Department Director Nicole Sager. Wilson said that besides Sager’s experience, she would be able to bring a culturally and ethnically unrepresented voice to the commission which he said is currently “another all white male board.” “Currently the Planning Commission doesn’t represent that,” Wilson said. Damn right Mike!

In an interesting note, Board Chairwoman and 4th District Supervisor Virginia Bass also said that receiving letters stating that the board is “being watched” feels “threatening.”

It should Virginia.  You are being watched… politically that is. Ulansey wants your job and we progressives are ready to take another run at you.  There is still plenty of time to prepare, and the momentum in Humboldt is in the direction of progressive values. That means that if or when Ulansey runs against Bass, we will have a candidate that actually represents the constituents, not just the developer’s and corrupt moneyed interests.

https://lostcoastoutpost.com/2017/jan/24/ulansey-out-supervisors-appoint-brian-mitchell-pla/

http://www.northcoastjournal.com/NewsBlog/archives/2017/01/24/planning-commission-vote-ulansey-out-mitchell-in

http://kiem-tv.com/video/supervisors-select-mitchell-planning-commissioner-after-lengthy-public-comment

https://soundcloud.com/kmudnews/controversial-planning-commissioner-loses-post

http://www.times-standard.com/general-news/20170124/ulansey-voted-out-of-planning-commission-shively-road-emergency-agreement-passed

 

Local “alternative facts” blog goes after Austin Allison

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Local “alternative facts” blog The Humboldt Consequential (formerly the Humboldt Mirror) has been conducting a fatiguing character assassination campaign against all round “nice guy” Patrick Cleary for quite sometime, accusing him of anything they can conjure up. Now they’ve decided that newly elected Austin Allison must pose some kind of threat to their little neo-con world. In their latest tirade they accuse Austin of be pro Firefighter, OMG! That’s right those hard working, life saving, public safety heroes have somebody looking out for them. It’s got the right completely tweaked. You see, even though the Fire Department is made of very conservative people (just like the Police Dept.) it’s always the left that’s looking out for them, when it comes to pay and benefits. The idea being, the better you pay them the higher the standard you can hold them too.

So good for you Austin. You campaigned on sticking up for the Unions, we whole heartily endorsed you and you soundly defeated Fullerton.  

Go for it!

Too pricey for our own Trump wanna be?

 

Talk about pay for play

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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???

The Examiner’s Measure Q prophecy tragically plays out

CLOSED! so so sorry...... suckas!

CLOSED! so so sorry…… suckas!

Quote from the “scintillating” mind of Council leader Marion Brady

“A budget is like a floating document. It’s an estimate, not concrete, If you look back at the ballot, public safety was a little more broad of a category than police and fire.”

Our crack translation team went to work on the Queen of the Brady Bunch’s doublespeak and boiled it down like this:

Fuck you voters we’ll spend the tax money how we want!

Almost 5 years since the passage of Measure O, and months since the passage of Measure Q…..Eureka is making huge cuts to public safety. Instead of addressing “structural deficits” during the past 4+ years, Eureka spent every penny of that extra sales tax money on things that satisfied the status quo and are fun to have, but not necessary. Out of the more than $15 million in extra tax revenues, how big of a reserve did the City of Eureka build up during that time? uh…………..Oops!

Here’s links from our past articles regarding our position on the “Dave Tyson – Help pay for me and my crony’s fat PERS retirement regressive tax flim flam” that started with Measure O:

Without Measure O Money Eureka won’t be able to continue not filling these positions.

https://tuluwatexaminer.wordpress.com/2014/05/09/without-measure-o-money-eureka-wont-be-able-to-continue-not-filling-these-positions/

3 years late, Measure O numbers on line – – sort of

https://tuluwatexaminer.wordpress.com/2014/03/17/3-years-late-measure-o-numbers-on-line-sort-of/

Measure O = Good Ol’ Boy pot of gold with no accountability

https://tuluwatexaminer.wordpress.com/2014/03/05/measure-o-good-ol-boy-pot-of-gold-with-no-accountability/

Crimewave? Where’s the Measure O $$$

https://tuluwatexaminer.wordpress.com/2014/02/20/crimewave-wheres-the-measure-o/

The Measure Q debacle continues……………

https://tuluwatexaminer.wordpress.com/2015/05/31/the-measure-q-debacle-continues/

What is Eureka going to do with your Measure Q money?

https://tuluwatexaminer.wordpress.com/2014/11/21/what-is-eureka-going-to-do-with-your-measure-q-money/

Already Vote yes on Measure Q? This should give you voter’s remorse

https://tuluwatexaminer.wordpress.com/2014/11/04/already-vote-yes-on-measure-q-this-should-give-you-voters-remorse/

Humboldt County Taxpayers League agrees with the Examiner on Sales Tax Measures

https://tuluwatexaminer.wordpress.com/2014/11/03/humboldt-county-taxpayers-league-agrees-with-the-examiner-on-sales-tax-measures/

Tax Measures and the hypocritical conservative double standard.

https://tuluwatexaminer.wordpress.com/2014/10/20/tax-measures-and-the-hypocritical-conservative-double-standard/

The Measure Q Conundrum

https://tuluwatexaminer.wordpress.com/2014/10/17/the-measure-q-conundrum/

Measure Q terror campaign pulls no punches

https://tuluwatexaminer.wordpress.com/2014/09/06/measure-q-terror-campaign-pulls-no-punches/

The Measure Q Shuffle

https://tuluwatexaminer.wordpress.com/2014/09/08/the-measure-q-shuffle/