How I Voted


I love early voting. Here’s what I did.  Since I already got rid of my ballot, I may have left something/one off.

Senate:  Kamala Harris  A no-brainer.  Good work on homeowners’ issues and mortgage fraud. ,

Congress:  Jared Huffman, another no-brainer.  He has repeatedly demonstrated his interest in the North Coast and if he doesn’t agree with you, he’ll say so. We’re lucky to have him.

District 3 Supervisor: couldn’t vote in this one but donated to Mike Wilson.

District 1 Supervisor:  even though she’s a Democrat on paper, I couldn’t bring myself to vote for Estellle, who has been instrumental in the gutting of the GPU, and the only other candidate, “Bud” Rogers is clearly not ready for primetime so I left it blank.

Assembly:  Jim Wood has been an okay Assemblymember and has taken a leadership role in grappling with the challenges of the new cannabis landscape,  but I was so pissed off when I heard that he had accepted a $1500 round of golf from Silverado,  I left him blank also.  I worked for the State and  if a client brought me a box of cookies I had to report it, and those reports are on the record for all time.  Jim!  You’re a dentist!   You can afford to pay your own damn greens fees and what you did was DUMB.

Ballot measure:  the goofy measure that apparently affect only folks who have been turned out of office but haven’t had their salaries stopped yet  is worthy of approval even though it will only affect maybe  one person a year.  Housekeeping measure.

And I got my Bernie sticker.  I’ll be happy to vote for HRC in the general but I want Sanders to win the California primary.  Let’s see how it goes.

Just remember to VOTE if you haven’t.


The HSU Economic Index for April is IN

Here’s the latest from Dr Eschker and the hardworking crew.  “The Unemployment Claims and the Manufacturing Orders are up this month, while Building Permits and Help Wanted Advertising have decreased over the previous month.”   Humboldt County unemployment is 4.7%  compared with the State as a whole which is over 5%

Read the whole report HERE.


Humboldt Bay Harbor Working Group Holding Candidate forum May 25

The Humboldt Bay Harbor Working Group will devote its May meeting to a forum featuring 3rd District Harbor Commission candidates Mike Wilson and Uri Driscoll.  Scott Hammond will moderate the discussion.

There’s a lot of interest in this election so get there early.  It’s at the Cookhouse, as usual.  Short ribs! !  HERE’S the flyer with full info and RSVP number and link.

 See you there!


EATING OUT-Brick & Fire- for the FRIES!

Our regular readers know how partial I am to Eureka’s culinary oasis on “F” Street, the Brick & Fire. I thought I was pretty familiar with their menu but had fallen into the trap of having the Wild Mushroom Cobbler, ($9) every time I went there.  I tend to go for salads over fries, therefore I had never had the Brick’s fries ($3.50).  They were a revelation.

The fries are steak fries and appear to be grilled rather than deep-fried.  I was trying to figure out how to duplicate them at home and concluded you would need a LARGE grill  to accommodate those tasty taters side-by-side.  They are loaded with chopped garlic and altogether wonderful.  I have a new favorite.

My friend had the Caprese BLT ($11) which she liked a lot and I had the panzanella salad ($11) which was seriously delicious, featuring nuggets of organic chicken that couldn’t have been better.  If you haven’t already memorized their menu, you can check it out HERE.

We are lucky to have a restaurant of this caliber here. Support your local Brick!  No, I do not own stock in them nor am I a friend of the owner.


We’re Baaaaack-from Internet Hell

We got hacked. I guess it was inevitable. I didn’t even know it was happening until a friend (thanks Grace!) whom I hadn’t spoken to in years emailed me with those dreaded words: “Your site was hacked!” 

The hack was affecting everyone who accessed the site though Google, not the folks who were already on the mailing list. If you went through Google, you got redirected to a Russian porno site. What I saw of it was so unappetizing I now understand why the Russian population keeps dropping. I had noticed for awhile than a large number of the new signups were from Russia. I’ll be curious to see if that continues now that the hack is fixed. It was very, very stressful but the indispensable and extremely patient Bob Morse got us through it. 

Onward and upward!


FREE hospitality classes

From the Eureka-Humboldt Visitors Bureau:

“All front desk staff, concierge and visitor-serving employees in Humboldt County’s hospitality industry are invited to attend a free concierge classroom at the Humboldt Bay Tourism Center.

According to the release, the class will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on both Monday, May 2 and Monday, May 9, and include a free lunch. The tourism center is located at 205 G Street in Old Town Eureka.

The release states that the courses will feature Paul McNally, the manager of the Ingomar Club, who will talk about hospitality etiquette, including dress, grooming, speech and behavior to provide “World Class Service”; Cari Shafer, manager of the Red Lion Hotel in Eureka, who will discuss front desk customer service issues and service recovery for “Making It Right”; and Alegria Sita, wedding officiant and owner of Gala Weddings & Events, who will provide tips on how to make referrals, assist guests and convince them to “Stay Another Day.”

Participants will also get a free Humboldt canvas tote bag, according to the release.

Call or email the Eureka-Humboldt Visitors Bureau at 707-4435097 or to reserve a spot in one of these classes.”

I am delighted to see another of these programs come along.  They are needed periodically. I blogged before about taking a visitor to the old Seafood Grotto where she asked the waitress what there was to do in the area and the waitress answered “Nothing”.  Then she asked about the oyster stew and the waitress wrinkled her nose and said “Eeeww! I wouldn’t eat those things!”  They closed shortly after.  Wonder where she’s working now?