Natalynne DeLapp former ED at EPIC has now become a true corporate shill…..sad

Natalynne DeLapp (center)

From: Natalynne DeLapp

To: Bohn, Rex

Subject: Fwd: Travel to Humboldt – Next Week

Date: Monday, April 01, 2019 10:34:53 AM

Rex,

We need to come up with a list of all the various organizations, groups, needs, etc that Terra-Gen can contribute to now and into the future. Who needs a fire truck?

Natalynne

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From: Natalynne DeLapp

Date: Mon, Apr 1, 2019 at 10:30 AM

Subject: Re: Travel to Humboldt – Next Week

To: Nathan Vajdos

Cc: Kevin Martin, Erec DeVost (Erec.DeVost@stantec.com)

Hey Nathan and team,

You’re coming here on April 9 & 10 (?) Have you already set appointments with the Wiyot, or do you want me to do that? My suggestion for Terra-Gen is to assess “how much padding does the company have to reinvest in ‘good neighbor’ projects and community re-investment this year, and into the future?” There are a lot of worthy projects and needs that Humboldt has from environmental, to cultural, employment, mental health, social, public safety, etc. Just as our community members have a culture of philanthropy with how we contribute our hard-earned dollars to our non-profits (KMUD and KHSU radio stations, hospitals, volunteer fire departments, schools, as well as supporting local political candidates, etc)–Terra-Gen ought to have a plan for how it is going to give back to the community beyond property tax dollars now and into the future. I understand the pie/pool of money/resources is only so big, and that Terra-Gen has finite resources (you’re not Santa Claus or Daddy Warbucks) and folks need to adjust their expectations of what the company is able to do. I believe it is your best interests to maximize your return on investment, while at the same time creating the greatest good, for the greatest number of people. The specifics of who and what gets what moving forward is going to be key. The Zanzis, Chang, Fae, Rio Dell, Wiyot, enviros, etc. (KCJ- The first three are landowners near the project)

What is going to be the “sugar that helps the medicine go down?”

This is directly linked to the Unions and some of the progressive “solutions” to “problems” and when they think the “only way to make sure the community is benefited is through Labor Agreements, or Community Benefits Agreements.” When all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail. Being a good neighbor voluntarily and in advance, prior to being forced (with legally binding contracts, or bullied with extortion) is one of those solutions. I personally do not believe paying a small number of people more money to build a project, for a short period of time (aka labor contract) is good for the greatest number of people. I would sooner see Terra-Gen invest monies in economic development, educational opportunities, mental health/addiction services, and environmental restoration.

The county just held its “Budget Roadshow” where members of the public tell the county what their priorities are so the county can allocate resources according to the will of the people–that is a “road map” to the political will of the people–labor contracts were not a part of that discussion. Given my background in fundraising and development, non-profits, and election campaigning, I am uniquely sensitive to the financial needs (scare resources) of the community, and have worked for a decade, “Encouraging a Culture of Philanthropy.” I wrote the below Op-Ed back in 2013. I believe it still holds true, and is relevant to the discussion.

Natalynne

 

Source FOIA request

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Time to throw the incumbent supervisors out

Now that Rex has a legitimate and viable opponent it’s time to focus on “pro dams on the Eel” Estelle Fennell. She has accomplished nothing for her district and will be remembered for appointing a terrible planning commissioner.
This has been one of the worst boards in the history of Humboldt County and they have done damage that will leave permanent scars.

The movement to replace 2nd District incumbent

On Sunday, Aug. 25 at 2 p.m., the Healy Senior Center in Redway will be available to discuss options and strategies to bring fresh vision to a sadly misdirected county. Absolutely necessary is a campaign to produce a candidate for 2nd District Supervisor to replace the current incumbent. Along with concerned community members, prospective candidates are welcome of course. There are no stipulations — but a willingness to refuse corporate contributions, rely on small donations and promote a door to door grassroots campaign is a good beginning. People power offers the assurance that when our successful candidate sits at the supervisors’ table, there won’t be big money under the table requiring the usual payoff. Nor will our successful candidate crumple before the powers-that-be, even sheriffs or governors.

If this seems close to your purpose, please bring your skill-set to this meeting. It will take a concerted effort to be successful. For more info, maybe, call Paul Encimer, 707-683-5772. Thanks and see you there.

NEVER FORGET!

Suicide? Hmmm….How convenient, or deadmen tell no tales

The new Barr-Epstein virus, it’s deadly

According to a report from Reuters, prison guards overseeing convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein in his cell in the Special Housing Unit of the Metropolitan Correctional Center (MCC) failed to do mandatory check-ins before his suicide.

Epstein, who had previously been on suicide watch, was found unresponsive in his cell early Saturday morning and was later pronounced dead at a local hospital.

According to the updated report, “At the MCC, two jail guards are required to make separate checks on all prisoners every 30 minutes, but that procedure was not followed overnight, according to the source. In addition, every 15 minutes guards are required to make another check on prisoners who are on suicide watch.”

The report that Epstein was skipped is likely to fuel even more conspiracy rumors about the death of a man who reportedly supplied underage females to his wealthy and powerful friends.

Epstein’s death is currently being investigated by the Justice Department which oversees the MCC, with Attorney General Bill Barr calling the prisoner’s apparent ease with which he killed himself “appalling.”

That not the only thing that’s appalling, having Bill Barr connected to this at all is appalling. Barr’s father hired Epstein to teach at the Dalton School, a private co-educational school on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, in the early 1970s.

Donald Barr, Dalton’s headmaster and father of Attorney General Bill Barr, hired Epstein to teach math and science.

“What we’ve all been wondering,” one of Epstein’s former students said, “is how did this guy get his job in the first place, without a degree.”

Epstein was without a college degree when he was hired, but Barr, thought of as “no-nonsense,” saw promise in the young man who was in his early 20s at the time. Surprisingly Epstein was able to jump from teaching the children of Wall Streeters to become a Wall Streeter himself. He left Dalton after two years, accepting a job at Bear Stearns as an assistant to a floor trader.

The Dalton School’s Headmaster Donald Barr hired Jeffrey Epstein to teach at the school without a college degree and is current U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr’s father. Shockingly Bill Barr has decided not to recuse himself from Epstein’s case.

More than 30 years later, after Epstein’s resignation at Bear He and his money managing remain shrouded in secrecy, just like Trump’s magical financial fiefdom.

Racists, Traitors anti-free press and more election interference just another day in Trump world

Donald Trump Jr and an army of suspicious social media accounts target Kamala Harris with a dumb racist smear

Donald Trump sarcastically asked Vladimir Putin not to meddle in the 2020 election — hours after his son helped amplify an attack on Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) that was pushed by suspicious bot accounts.

Shortly after Harris dealt former Vice President Joe Biden a devastating blow by questioning his commitment to racial justice, Donald Trump Jr. retweeted a post questioning the California Democrat’s own racial credentials.

Trump doofus son later deleted his post, but an army of sketchy-looking Twitter accounts (Russian backed) began pushing the same theme just minutes later.

Caroline Orr

@RVAwonk

A lot of suspect accounts are pushing the “Kamala Harris is not Black” narrative tonight. It’s everywhere and it has all the signs of being a coordinated/artificial operation.  #DemDebate2

That message was further amplified by Katrina Pierson, Trump’s former campaign spokeswoman.

Katrina Pierson

@KatrinaPierson

 Kamala Harris is going to get a stern talking to after the debate. Can’t play the race card without going all the way…Obama did choose Biden &none one yelled foul! Obama is actually African American – Kamala Harris is not. Who is best to speak for the AA Community?  #DemDebate2

Raw Story

OMG! It’s War mongering deja vu all over again

Mike Pompeo is like Robert McNamara who goaded Lyndon Johnson into escalating the Viet Nam War in the sixties.

John Bolton is like the new Dick Cheney, who fanned the flames of war with made-up tales of weapons of mass destruction.

This is the same John Bolton who always downplays the value of diplomacy and has rarely seen an adversary he didn’t want to go to war against.

These two chicken hawks, Bolton and Pompeo, are chomping at the bit to start some kind of new conflict. They both want regime change.
All Iran has to do is make the slightest “apparent” provocation. Doofus Trump claims he does not want war, yet he’s put these crazy ass warmongers in these critical positions.

With the constant drumbeat for war with Iran coming from the Trump White House, many people can still remember how we entered two fraudulently and tragically failed wars during the past 55 years cannot help being concerned by alarming echoes of past disasters. The bogus Gulf of Tonkin attack set off a full-scale war in Vietnam in 1964, and contrived evidence of Iraqi nuclear weapons development resulted in the 2003 invasion.

Trump has excoriated Bush relentlessly for starting the Iraq War and Trump campaigned relentlessly that Hillary wanted to start a war.

But now a panicking Donald Trump could well benefit by starting a conflict and diverting our attention from the investigations into his traitorous criminal administration, the failure of his trade war with China, and the declining prospects for his reelection in 2020.

Every week the Trump administration is taking a yet more confrontational posture that could easily lead to armed conflict with Iran.

Before Bolton and Pompeo lead the U.S. into yet another disastrous war, our lawmakers must repeal the 2001 and 2002 Authorizations for the Use of Military Force and secure the passage of the Prevention of Unconstitutional War with Iran Act. The U.S. can ill afford to stumble into yet another forever war in the Mideast.

We must not repeat these horrible actions by launching an attack on the Iranians based on suspicious claims of the danger they pose to the United States and its allies.

 

 

Andy Mills brings his draconian solutions to Santa Cruz

In June of 2017 we posted:

THE CHECKERED REGIME OF CHIEF ANDY MILLS AT EPD DRAWS TO A CLOSE

https://tuluwatexaminer.wordpress.com/2017/06/08/the-checkered-regime-of-chief-andy-mills-at-epd-draws-to-a-close/

Now look how he’s screwing it up in Santa Cruz:

SANTA CRUZ — By 10 a.m. Friday, neither a planned activist protest nor a hard move-out deadline had manifested at a large unsanctioned homeless encampment next to Highway 1.

Beside the nearby Riverwalk, city officials continued staffing tables, as they have for several days, offering shelter signups and information. Officials said they had gone from tent to tent to converse with remaining occupants Thursday. Occupants’ confusion about the eviction logistics and timing, however, reigned Friday amid quickly spreading rumors.

“The whole idea is we want to give people the opportunity to leave on their own, so we don’t have to use any type of police presence. The expectation’s been clear, everybody has been talked to,” Santa Cruz Police Chief Andy Mills said Friday morning from a sidewalk running past the camp. “But, make no mistake about it, we’re fully prepared to execute the orders of the courts. And so, we’re ready to go, but it’ll be on my time frame, when we’re ready to do it with our people. And it’s not going to be before that.”

Mills and other public safety officials repeatedly declined to specify details of the forced eviction timeline to reporters and inquiring others.

Nearby, on the less than 2-acre crescent of state- and city-owned lands that have visibly hosted hundreds behind Gateway Plaza since November, signs of camp occupants’ departure were visible in a cross between dorm move-out day and the morning after a well-attended concert.

A bungee-corded suitcase stood upright, a neatly packaged tent case, hoodie and baseball cap resting on top. Shortly after 10 a.m., a woman, smoking furiously and walking briskly down the camp’s main aisle, called out that she had just arrived and needed to deal with her tent.

Shannan Vudmaska, one of numerous plaintiffs in a federal homeless civil rights lawsuit raising concerns about lack of sufficient alternative shelter against the City of Santa Cruz, said she had moved much of her possession out of camp in recent days, only to find park rangers clearing out her new campsite. Vudmaska, 51, said she had not eaten in two days, busy moving back and forth between the two sites. The city was able to move forward with its efforts to shutter the unsanctioned encampment Friday after a federal court judge lifted a temporary restraining order against the city in Vudmaska’s case Monday.

“What’s the point of packing up everything if you can’t go anywhere,” said Vudmaska, citing her dog Sparkplug and large amount of possessions as barriers to receiving long-term shelter. “They’re in the Pogonip and taking our stuff, pushing at both ends.”

Alicia Kuhl, who has helped to organized a “Camp Council” group with the area and is leading the charge on the federal lawsuit, was on hand Friday. She said she worried about what was next for those who were displaced and did not “fix into the city’s box” for alternative shelter or who exceeded the shelters’ temporary and limited capacities. Kuhl, who lives with her partner and children in a recreational vehicle elsewhere, said the city was “cutting off its nose to spite its face” in closing the camp.

“All the things they’ve been complaining about are about to increase (elsewhere), based on the decision they’ve made here,” Kuhl said. “No matter what, this is going to bolster into a bigger problem in a couple months.”

Activists and community volunteers helping with packing and trash cleanup mingled with journalists documenting the morning unfold. Brent Adams, operator of the grassroots Warming Center and Day and Night Storage programs, was loading occupants’ possessions into his van for relocation to areas not sanctioned by the city as alternative shelters.

“We’re helping people to decamp, because this is when things become really desperate,” Adams said.

Numerous occupants, however, remained at the camp through Friday morning.

Richard Monjaraz, who was given credit for being popular and bringing lots of people to the camp, was hanging out outside his extremely large tent. As Monjaraz ate oatmeal with bananas, he surveyed the scene.

“This just happened,” Monjaraz said as he recalled the last several months of living at the camp. “I had just gotten out of jail and didn’t have anywhere else to go.”

“It’s weird what happened,” Monjaraz added. “Before, you couldn’t pass a certain line, but we’re passed that.”

Monjaraz said that when there were only a few tents in the location behind Ross Dress For Less, they were given some leniency. He was sentimental, thinking about leaving the spot he called home for more than six months. Monjaraz said he reluctantly took three truck loads of stuff to store at a friend’s home, but was not sure where he would be sleeping Friday night.

“I’ll probably stay up the whole time,” Monjaraz said.

https://www.santacruzsentinel.com/2019/05/03/santa-cruz-homeless-camp-occupants-struggle-with-eviction/

This so called “Booming economy” benefits only the rich, the rest of us are out of luck

 

Americans are not happy, and for good reason: They continue to suffer financial stress caused by decades of flat income. And every time they make the slightest peep of complaint about a system rigged against them, the rich and powerful tell them to shut up because it is all their fault.

One percenters instruct them to work harder, pull themselves up by their bootstraps and stop bellyaching. Just get a second college degree, a second skill, a second job. Just send the spouse to work, downsize, take a staycation instead of a real vacation. Or don’t take one at all, just work harder and longer and better.

The barrage of blaming has persuaded; workers believe they deserve censure. And that’s a big part of the reason they’re unhappy. If only, they think, they could work harder and longer and better, they would get ahead. They bear the shame. They don’t blame the system: the Supreme Court, the Congress, the president. And yet, it is the system, the American system, that has conspired to crush them.

Yeah, yeah, yeah, unemployment is low and the stock market is high. But skyrocketing stocks benefit only the top 10 percent of wealthy Americans who own 84 percent of stocks. And while more people are employed now than during the Great Recession, the vast majority of Americans haven’t had a real raise since 1979.

It’s bad out there for American workers. Last month, their ranking dropped for the third year running in the World Happiness Report, produced by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network, a UN initiative.

These sad statistics reinforce those in a report released two years ago by two university professors. Reviewing data from the General Social Survey, administered routinely nationally, the professors found Americans’ assessment of their own happiness and family finances has, unambiguously, declined in recent years. But if Americans would just work harder, everything would be dandy, right?

No. Not right. Americans work really, really hard. A third of Americans work a side hustle, driving an Uber or selling crafts on Etsy. American workers take fewer vacation days. They get 14, but typically take only 10. The highest number of workers in five years report they don’t expect to take a vacation at all this year. And Americans work longer hours than their counterparts in other countries.

Americans labor 137 more hours per year than Japanese workers, 260 more than Brits, and 499 more than the French, according to the International Labor Organization.

And the longer hours aren’t because American workers are laggards on the job. They’re very productive. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics calculates that the average American worker’s productivity has increased 400 percent since 1950.

If pay had kept pace with productivity, as it did in the three decades after the end of World War II, American workers would be making 400 percent more. But they’re not. Their wages have flatlined for four decades, adjusting for inflation.

That means stress. Forty percent of workers say they don’t have $400 for an unexpected expense. Twenty percent can’t pay all of their monthly bills. More than a quarter of adults skipped needed medical care last year because they couldn’t afford it. A quarter of adults have no retirement savings.

If only Americans would work harder. And longer. And better.

Despite right-wing attempts to pound that into Americans’ heads, it’s not the solution. Americans clearly are working harder and longer and better. The solution is to change the system, which is stacked against workers.

Workers are bearing on their backs tax breaks that benefited only the rich and corporations. They’re bearing overtime pay rules and minimum wage rates that haven’t been updated in more than a decade. They’re weighted down by U.S. Supreme Court decisions that hobbled unionization efforts and kneecapped workers’ rights to file class-action lawsuits. They’re struggling under U.S. Department of Labor rules defining them as independent contractors instead of staff members. They live in fear as corporations threaten to offshore their jobs—with the assistance of federal tax breaks.

Last year, the right-wing majority on the U.S. Supreme Court handed a win to corporatists trying to obliterate workers’ right to organize and collectively bargain for better wages and conditions. The court ruled that public sector workers who choose not to join unions don’t have to pay a small fee to cover the cost of services that federal law requires the unions provide to them. This bankrupts labor unions. And there’s no doubt that right-wingers are gunning for private sector unions next.

This kind of relentless attack on labor unions since 1945 has withered membership. As it shrank, wages for both union and nonunion workers did too.

Also last year, the Supreme Court ruled that corporations can deny workers access to class-action arbitration. This compels workers, whom corporations forced to sign agreements to arbitrate rather than litigate, into individual arbitration cases, for which each worker must hire his or her own lawyer. Then, just last week, the right-wing majority on the court further curtailed workers’ rights to class-action suits.

In a minority opinion, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote that the court in recent years has routinely deployed the law to deny to employees and consumers “effective relief against powerful economic entities.”

No matter how hard Americans work, the right-wing majority on the Supreme Court has hobbled them in an already lopsided contest with gigantic corporations.

The administrative branch is no better. Just last week, the Trump Labor Department issued an advisory that workers for a gig-economy company are independent contractors, not employees. As a result, the workers, who clean homes after getting assignments on an app, will not qualify for federal minimum wage (low as it is) or overtime pay. Also, the corporation will not have to pay Social Security taxes for them. Though the decision was specific to one company, experts say it will affect the designation for other gig workers, such as drivers for Uber and Lyft.

Also, the Labor Department has proposed a stingy increase in the overtime pay threshold—that is, the salary amount under which corporations must pay workers time and a half for overtime. The current threshold of $23,660 has not been raised since 2004. The Obama administration had proposed doubling it to $47,476. But now, the Trump Labor Department has cut that back to $35,308. That means 8.2 million workers who would have benefited from the larger salary cap now will not be eligible for mandatory overtime pay.

It doesn’t matter how hard they work; they aren’t going to get the time-and-a-half pay they deserve.

Just like the administration and the Supreme Court, right-wingers in Congress grovel before corporations and the rich. Look at the tax break they gave one percenters in 2017. Corporations got the biggest cut in history, their rate sledgehammered down from 35 percent to 21 percent. The rich reap by far the largest benefit from those tax cuts through 2027, according to an analysis by the Tax Policy Center. And by then, 53 percent of Americans—that is, workers, not rich people—will pay more than they did in 2017 because tax breaks for workers expire.

The White House Council of Economic Advisers predicted the corporate tax cut would put an extra $4,000 in every worker’s pocket. They swore that corporations would use some of their tax cut money to hand out raises and bonuses to workers. That never happened. Workers got a measly 6 percent of corporations’ tax savings. In the first quarter after the tax cut took effect, workers on average received a big fat extra $6.21in their paychecks, for an annual total of a whopping $233. Corporations spent their tax breaks on stock buybacks, a record $1 trillion worth, raising stock prices, which put more money in the pockets of rich CEOs and shareholders.

That’s continuing this year. Workers are never going to see that $4,000.

No wonder they’re unhappy. The system is working against them.

https://www.rawstory.com/2019/05/the-untold-story-of-trumps-booming-economy/?utm_source=push_notifications

LEO GERARD, INDEPENDENT MEDIA INSTITUTE – COMMENTARY