HARBOR GROUP MEETS WEDNESDAY Feb 26th

From the Humboldt Bay Harbor Working Group:

Re-establishing Humboldt Bay as a Port of Regional and National Significance

Eureka–The Humboldt Bay Harbor Working Group’s monthly luncheon for January will be held Wednesday, February 26th.

This month’s guest speaker will be Larry Oetker, Executive Director of the Humboldt Bay, Harbor, Recreation, and Conservation District.  The Harbor District is working with its other governmental partners [Humboldt County, City of Eureka, Humboldt Bay Municipal Water District (HBMWD), and Samoa Peninsula Community Services District (SPCSD)] to re-establish the Samoa Peninsula as a regional economic hub.  As part of these efforts the District has identified critical industries, infrastructure, and properties which should be acquired, maintained, upgraded, and developed so that we can be prepared to attract and maintain modern, clean, green and sustainable coastal dependent industries.

Some, but not all, of the critical infrastructure include the industrial water line, proposed sewer mainline from Fairhaven to Town of Samoa wastewater treatment plant, Vance Avenue road right of way, 1 ½ ocean outfall, water storage tanks, docks, fire suppression pumps, tanks and lines, access easements, power substations and transmission facilities, dredge material dewatering basins and pumping lines between the bay and proposed USACOE nearshore disposal site.

The Working Group’s monthly lunch program has been focused on the development of the Port of Humboldt Bay as an international seaport. During 2018, the presentations were directed to envisioning the Harbor as an international seaport. Last year in 2019, the presentations were dedicated to learning what can be done to make it happen.  This year the presentations will be dedicated to advance making it happen.

Chicken Fried Steak is on the menu this month! The Group’s luncheons are held on the last Wednesday of each month.  The luncheon is a “no host” event at $16, and soup and salad is available for $12.  Lunch starts being served at noon; and the presentation starts around 12:30.

SHORT RIBS AND RANDOM THOUGHTS, Feb 16, 2020

Well, this is a fine mess, Ollie.  Our Fake President has decided that it’s OK for him to harass and  terminate law-abiding Federal employees because they obeyed a LEGAL SUBPOENA. Eight and a half months of this BS ahead. 

Did you have a good Valentine’s Day? We went to the good old Ichiban in Eureka (can you remember what was in that building before it was the Ichiban?  I’m drawing a blank. ) They sat us at the very front table,  right in front of the reception desk, and their VERY loud and VERY shrill phone rang constantly with no one seeming to answer it.  It would ring four times,  then pause, then start ringing again.  Next time we’ll ask for a seat in back.  But the food was great, including a new kind of sushi I hadn’t had before, the Lemon Dragon.  I already want another. 

From FOX News:  CHRIS WALLACE asked SANDERS  on“FOX NEWS SUNDAY” about his socialist label: SANDERS: “In many respects we have a socialist society today, we have a huge budget, puts money into all areas. Now Donald Trump, before he was President, as a private business person, he received eight hundred million dollars in tax breaks and subsidies to build luxury housing in New York. Now, what does that mean, when government gives you eight hundred million dollars in tax breaks and subsidies?”

Democratic senator Brian Schatz tweeted: “The DOJ itself appears to have been corrupted by a President who rewards his friends and punishes his enemies. Media should treat this like a potentially explosive abuse of power even if this takes more than ten seconds to explain…” (Twitter)

Bloomberg on Trump-  “AND, PERHAPS, MOST NOTABLY, HE SLAGS TRUMP to no end. He tries to get under his skin, saying his wealth is phony. He calls him “Donald.” According to BLOOMBERG, “Donald Trump is the world’s biggest schoolyard bully, with no respect for civility, decency or the facts.” Trump’s insults “do not bother me,” Bloomberg said, and he talks about sending him back to Mar-a-Lago for good.

Spotted: Chief Justice John Roberts out for lunch with a large group at Tosca on Thursday. The venison looks good. The menu is HERE.

And regarding Barr- – EYE-OPENING QUOTE from Barr’s old boss at DOJ: “‘With Bill Barr, on an amazing number of occasions … you can be almost 100 percent certain that there’s something improper going on,’ said Donald Ayer, the former deputy attorney general in the George H.W. Bush administration.” POLITICO

SHORT RIBS AND RANDOM THOUGHTS, Feb 8, 2020 – IMPEACHMENT EDITION

WHY DOES TRUMP HATE THE MILITARY? He likes to be photographed with “warriors”  but likes to degrade them with stupid nickname even more. Is it jealousy?  Feelings of inadequacy?  Whatever it is,  it governs his response to criticism.  When a decorated military hero testifies that he felt secure in criticizing  the President, and then at the earliest opportunity is threatened and reassigned by President Bone Spurs, well of course it makes us all feel good, doesn’t it?  Read about  it  HERE.    And for good measure, HERE.

And while we’re at it,   here’s how PBS will be ripping you off for the next eleven months.  You’re welcome.  Read it HERE. 

THE YANG GANG-   On the campaign trail,  Andrew Yang was asked about FB, and responded with a blunt message for Mark Zuckerberg: “Your company is contributing to the disintegration of our democracy. If you are an American and a patriot… you need to have Facebook step up, and say there will not be untrue political ads on your platform.” (Twitter)  BTW,  I ran into a fellow with a Yang sticker on his truck at the Murphy’s yesterday and he said  the local Yangers are meeting regularly and have a website.

LIFE IN ARCATA can be hard, as reported by my favorite paper, the Mad River Union. Check out this recent dispatch:

  Jan 29, 2020-  A woman who had no identification couldn’t rent a motel room, so she gave some guy she didn’t know $75 to secure the room for her. The friendly stranger rented the room,  moved in  and then wouldn’t answer the door. ” It is noted that there was apparently NO sexual chemistry between the parties.

The Feb 3 issue of TIME contains an essay by the Prime Minister of Malaysia who is fully functioning and is NINETY-FOUR YEARS OLD. 94!!!! Compared to him, Bernie, Bloomie and Steyer are just kids! 94!

A FAKE ACQUITTAL FOR A FAKE PRESIDENT: and the American people appear to be onto the “hoax” to use one of OFP’s favorite terms. The Democratic-led House put on a creditable showing with WITNESSES but Moscow Mitch shut down the show, reducing the Senate’s presentation to a joke. 270-some days till the election. Meanwhile, Trump is repeating everything he says four or five times, as if he’s trying to convince himself. He and his buddy Rudy Giuliani are examples of septuagenarians who are NOT aging gracefully. Trump, it is said, rambles and repeats himself like the old drunk down at the end of the bar. Rudy, on the other hand, IS the old drunk down at the end of the bar.

FACT-CHECKING THE SOTU- from the WAPO. Read it HERE.

Nancy Pelosi: He shredded the truth, so I shredded his speech,’ Pelosi told House Democrats, according to multiple sources in the room. ‘What we heard last night was a disgrace.'” POLITICO

That’s right! You go, girl! This is going to be a long nine months.

SHORT RIBS AND RANDOM THOUGHTS, Feb 1, 2020

SUPER BOWL EDITION

(From POLITICO) TRUMP to Secretary of State MIKE POMPEO, about berating and cursing at an NPR reporter: “That reporter couldn’t have done too good a job on you yesterday. I think you did a good job on her, actually.”    And the War on Media continues…..

(from POLITICO)   Over on Fox, Lou Dobbs ruthlessly attacked Bolton. He said he told Bolton months ago to “go to hell.” Dobbs referred to Bolton as a “turncoat.” And he called him a “petty snarling Lilliputian.” Mediaite has some of the video here… “Petty snarling  lilliputan?”   I wanted that title!

AND HERE’S THE BEST PART: Dersh and the GOP now claim that Trump can do ANYTHING HE WANTS and still not warrant impeachment. Go figure. Read the New Yorker’s account HERE.

The Senate portion of the hearings has been too dull to watch. The GOP trotted out their stable of second-rate lawyers. Is Pat Cippilone the most boring ever? And it turns out he’s a liar to boot. The Democrats had some losers, too, like that woman from Texas couldn’t even read her copy correctly. Not ready for prime time. (She cleaned up her act on Thursday.) At this point it’s pretty clear that the GOP will bring off an acquittal but it’s also clear that a LOT of people have watched. Which is not good for the GOP.

LOCAL RESTAURANTS CLOSING- Everyone in Eureka has been upset over the number of restaurants that have closed lately- the Vienna Bistro (Stuf’d Potato), Mazzotti’s Eureka, Roy’s, the Hana etc. WHY ARE NOT THE CHAMBER AND THE SBDC WORKING TOGETHER TO MATCH UP THE EMPTY VENUES WITH WILLING ENTREPRENEURS?? Is the City Council doing anything? We are rolling out the carpet for corporate robbers while LOCAL restaurants are dying on the vine! Does this seem right to you?

I HATE FOOTBALL but I’ll use it as an escape from politics, not by watching it but as background noise while gathering my tax files. Last year we watched the Puppy Bowl. Some folks do Fantasy Football. I do Fantasy Dinner Party. So far my requested guests would include Colin Kaepernick, Lil Nas X, Andrew Yang and John Bolton. Maybe Fiona Hill, too. You??

Enjoy your weekend. Today is February!