The January Economic Index Is In

Dr Eschker’s hard-working team reports that “The Monthly Foreclosures data in Humboldt County have been updated. There is a decrease in both Notices of Default and Trustee Deeds since our last update and since their peak after the housing bubble burst. These measures of foreclosure are at or near long run averages, which is an indication that the county housing market has bottomed out.”

Read the full report HERE.

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Train Travel Inches Northward

The trains will soon be rolling again in San Rafael and elsewhere in Marin. Read about it HERE.  “We haven’t had passenger trains operate in the North Bay in any meaningful way since 1958,” said SMART spokesman  Matt Stevens.  “There will be certain areas where we will be running 50 mph, 60 mph and our top speed will be 79 mph.” he said of the testing. “Don’t stop on the tracks and obey all warnings.”

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Eating Out: A Tale of Two Lunches and Zöe’s Open

Last week, due to an unfortunate convergence of out-of-town visitors, wretched weather and a serious lack of imagination, I ended up having the same lunch at two different restaurants. It was instructive.  

OK, we’ve all got CRAB FEVER. On the rainiest day last week we found ourselves at the Waterfront, always a cheery respite from cold and fog. We ordered Bloody Marys, chowder and split a grilled crab sandwich. We got there at 1130 and there were only a few seats taken but it filled up rapidly. The drinks were fine and so was the chowder. The sandwich had a nice grill to it and service was great. Altogether a lovely rainy weather experience. 

So what did we do the next day but repeat the meal, this time at the venerable Gill’s in King Salmon. Not as nice an ambiance as a the Waterfront, but cozy with attentive service.  They offered Mimosas and Blood Marys and my Mary was great.  The chowder here is more to my liking, THICK, and creamy.  The sandwich also had a leg up on the Waterfront.  There were actual lumps of crab in the sandwich that exploded in your mouth with a satisfying tang of the sea. Nothing wrong at the Waterfront, but this was better.

Meanwhile back at Henderson Center,  the long-awaited Zöe is open for lunch with promises of dinner service as soon as they are staffed.  No website yet, but they are posting their interim menu on Facebook and you can see it HERE.  No pizza yet, but coming soon.

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Streamguys Takes it Further

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StreamGuys Turnkey Streaming Network Elevates Online Radio Presence for Cox Media Group

SaaS platform integrates multiple cloud-based products and services to support live and on-demand streaming, targeted ad delivery, audience metrics and more for 60 stations

BAYSIDE, CALIFORNIA, February 1, 2016 — StreamGuys, a pioneering content delivery network and streaming media provider, has partnered with Cox Media Group to roll out a turnkey SaaS streaming platform for live ad-supported broadcasts, on-demand podcasts, and detailed business metrics and reporting across its entire radio network.

Now live across all 60 Cox Media Group radio stations in 11 markets, StreamGuys has built a rich toolset around its robust, reliable cloud-based content management and delivery network in alignment with the broadcaster’s goals. The company’s SaaS approach cleanly and cost-efficiently integrates several recent, innovative StreamGuys SGsuite products and services into the network that enrich streaming player data, accelerate podcast creation, enhance royalty reporting, and monetize streaming initiatives.

“In StreamGuys, we have found an ideal technology partner that understands the same opportunities we see to evolve our radio products,” said Tim Clarke, senior director of digital audience, Cox Media Group. “Their infrastructure and technology, along with competitive pricing and expertise in broadcasting, gives us incredible flexibility in the management and delivery of our network-wide streaming initiatives.”

Clarke emphasizes that Cox Media Group’s key goal is “ubiquity,” and StreamGuys’ open architecture assures delivery across all web and mobile platforms to support all listener preferences. The streaming experience is further bolstered through SGPlayer, an HTML5 multimedia player that is custom-skinned for each station. SGPlayer’s rich metadata support delivers the relevant information that online audiences seek along side the audio stream, including song/artist data, album art, recently played tracks and social media links for sharing the experience with other listeners. SGplayer is also an approved Nielsen SDK player, delivering client-side analytics that offer greater insight into online listener demographics than what was possible before.

Beyond live streaming, Cox Media Group is managing its ever-growing stable of on-demand podcasts using StreamGuys’ SGrecast software. SGrecast empowers multiple operators to quickly turn linear broadcasts into Podcasts and side channels of any length, with near-immediate turnaround to consumers. Clarke notes SGrecast has been “a phenomenal success,” and is used for brief news, traffic and weather in every market; and 24/7 rebroadcasts of high-profile shows after initial airings.

StreamGuys’ advertising portfolio also allows Cox Media Group to intelligently strategize local and national online ad campaigns. In addition to local video and audio insertions, Cox Media Group integrates ads for out-of-market listeners using StreamGuys’ connectivity to AdWave, a leading ad marketplace warehouse.

“Our listeners want access to our content on demand and on the devices of their choosing; SGrecast allows us to extend the life of content beyond the live linear broadcast,” said Clarke. “We can now provide content such as news, traffic and weather in an on-demand audio format that is easily consumable in our apps and on our websites. Additionally, we can offer a more advanced level of targeting to our advertisers, giving them more meaningful opportunities to reach our collective listeners.”

The StreamGuys SaaS architecture also integrates the company’s leading business software platforms, including a custom package for enhanced royalty reporting. This allows Cox Media Group to deliver information to the RIAA and SoundExchange about when and where songs were played in an automated manner—eliminating the time-intensive manual data entry and paperwork previously associated with ensuring artists are fairly compensated. The business software package also includes SGreports for in-depth audience analytics and stream metrics; SGalerts for e-mail-based notification of performance issues network-wide; and detailed logging and reporting for ad playout and exposure.

“Cox Media Group has deployed a highly progressive streaming architecture that StreamGuys will continue to scale and evolve in partnership with their internal teams, ensuring they remain on the leading edge of digital media delivery for many years to come,” said Jason Osburn, executive vice president, StreamGuys. “We are elated to deliver a comprehensive SaaS service that, along with our turnkey support, will at once help Cox Media Group solve problems and generate new ideas to push online radio and podcasting forward.”

About StreamGuys, Inc.
In business since 2000, StreamGuys is an industry-leading service provider of live and on-demand streaming, podcasting delivery, and software-as-a-service (SaaS) toolsets for enterprise-level broadcast media organizations. The company brings together the industry’s best price-to-performance ratio, a robust and reliable network, and an infinitely scalable cloud-based platform for clients of any size to process, deliver, monetize and playout professional streaming content. StreamGuys supports many of the world’s largest Podcasts, global TV and radio broadcasters, video and audio production companies, houses of worship, retail and hospitality businesses, government organizations, medical and healthcare services, and live venues for sports and entertainment. The company excels in developing and deploying technologies for business growth and revenue generation, including dynamic ad insertion, mobile streaming and detailed business and data analytics.

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Another Harbor Study-NOW

At the sparsely attended Humboldt Bay Harbor Working Group luncheon at the Samoa Cookhouse on Wednesday Jan 27, the small group of devotees heard from Interim Planning Director Rob Wall that a reworking of the Local Coastal Plan needs to be completed by April. Workshops will be announced shortly and will likely be held at the Harbor District’s facility on Woodley Island. 

The small turnout was blamed on the TImes-Standard, which had not carried the meeting announcement.  

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