Humboldt Anglers’ Summer Newsletter-Lots of News

The Humboldt Area Saltwater Anglers have issued their newsletter, which is one of the more informative local publications. This issue includes salmon and herring in the Bay, an update of the Eel River from Pat Higgins, Kitt Mann on Kokotat and “Humboldt Currents” by Casey Allen.  Takes a while to load but well worth it.



County Mobile Home Rent Measure Gets Statewide Attention

The housing crisis in California is so extreme that our own mobile home “rent control” measure is being watched by the whole State.  Here’s an interesting piece by Joe Mathews from Fox & Hounds.  Don’t know what he means about Beyoncé not being able to buy in LA.  She hasn’t shared that with me.

Read about it HERE.


Yes, Raliberto’s is all that

All I’ve been hearing about the last few weeks is this taco place on 4th Street in the same locale that formerly housed The Generous Armenian, among other mistakes. (Isn’t that the worst name for a restaurant you ever heard? The FAT Armenian would have been better).  It was a deli for awhile, then an Asian place that was never open.  Then it was some kind of adult school.

Sanity has prevailed and food is now being served in the little log cabin at the corner of 4th and  “L” in Eureka.  The genial owner shared that he’s a little put off by the sketchy clientele  (these folks are from Crescent City, just to put things in perspective) but business is good.  I had forgotten how good real carnitas are. My carnitas burrito ($5.95) was not only delicious but  huge and I had to finish it for breakfast this morning.  Raliberto’s has raised the quality of life in Eureka. That’s the truth. 

Check them out and let us know what you think. Open 9am-10pm. Call 273 5290 for takeout.

P.S. ! went back the next day. You will too.  Check out the tamales.  (2/$5) They are sublime.


Is The Fair Going To Suck This Year?

I spent several hours at the Humboldt County Fair on Monday and I was alarmed at how few people I saw there. Granted I was at a Humboldt Democrats’ booth which was WAY out of the main area, but I really expected to see more people, especially since it was Kids’ Day.  Maybe I was just in a bad mood,  but the usual array of hats and doodads for sale seemed more tacky than ever and when I went looking for lunch,  there didn’t seem to be any choices. I found a Mexican family doing decent street tacos, but not much else.  Where was the BBQ?  Where the gyros? There was one booth doing Chinese but the pickings were lean.

Why is the Fair food so awful? It seems the food vendors, like the handbag vendors, crawl around from Fair to Fair with their funnel cakes but in places like Humboldt, where the local food far outshines anything that could be trucked in, why not showcase our local foods? Where was Southside Mike? Where was Sammy’s? Where was Rita’s? There will be races today and hopefully the attendance will pick up.  If you go, tell us how you liked it. 

By the way, I took a poll of the few folks who stopped by the table.   I talked with 10 folks who were definitely voting for Hilary and one gentleman who said he just couldn’t bring himself to vote for her. I talked him into voting for Gary Johnson instead. It wasn’t hard. 


Eureka and Dick Taylor Featured In Sunset

Sunset has again published a paean to the glories of the Redwood Coast.  I the September issue, they follow a couple of guys on a road trip with a Westfalia. What’s that saying about a prophet being without honor in his own country?  The outlanders certainly seem to appreciate Eureka more than we do. To quote Sunset,  “Once we arrive  this Gold-Rush era town, we tour the main drag. Centuries-old buildings exude stunning craftsmanship. ”  Yup, that’s where we live. They include nods to Dick Taylor, the Co-op  and Cypress Grove Cheese and you can read the whole thing in the September issue, to which I cannot provide you a link. 


Can you call a woman an asshole? I have the answer.

Anyone who has ever held a job- whether in government, private industry or the NGO’s- knows that this question comes up from time to time. Gather round the campfire and I shall share some lore with you.

Many moons ago at a Major Industrial Facility  in the middle of the ocean, there was a need for woman supervisors. There many women supervisors and managers in the white-collar areas like purchasing  and accounting but they kept running low in the trades.  The progression was usually from apprentice to journeyman to instructor to supervisor/foreman so the Instructor jobs were sought after and a lot of attention was paid to filling them with the right people.

Let’s call her Sandra.  Sandra was interviewed for the instructor job and was offered a position. She accepted and was scheduled to teach her first class some weeks later. So far, so good.

Fast-forward to the first day of class. Sandra doesn’t show up. Much wailing and gnashing of  teeth, much glee among the apprentices who were, temporarily, being paid to do nothing.  Finally someone reached her husband.  No, he said, she wasn’t home. She was in Vegas for the Credit Union Convention, which is a big deal at Major Industrial Facilities. Sure enough, she had long ago requested vacation to go to the convention  but hadn’t mentioned the conflict after she got the promotion because she didn’t want her vacation cancelled. Technically she was on approved vacation but she was AWOL from her teaching assignment.

 This is the instance which gave rise to a lengthy debate among the finest minds in the Management Engineering  Office on the question: Can you properly refer to a woman as an asshole?

I took the affirmative .  Bobby Tamura took the negative. The whole office took sides. When the dust settled,  the consensus was YES because “asshole” is a gender-neutral term.  Both men and women have assholes, and by extension both men and women can BE assholes.

A distinction should be made between “assholes” and “bitches”, which is also a gender -neutral term.  I know more male bitches than female, for the record. A bitch has to DO something or SAY something to be a bitch. Assholes just have to BE.

Okay. Discuss among yourselves.


Even the Rich are Fleeing Bay Area Housing Prices

Not that we want to be smug or anything like that, but it’s hard not to experience a bit of schadenfreude when you hear stories like the President of the SF Federal Credit Union relocating to Oregon because of housing prices.  The details are HERE.

Also, recently,  a  Palo Alto planning commissioner announced that she was moving to Santa Cruz after going to extreme measures, including renting a house with another couple. Her story is in the sidebar to the Palo Alto story. Santa Cruz isn’t much of an answer. And in Sonoma, people are paying half a milll for houses that would go for $300K up here. Unbelievable  but true. 


The July 2016 Economic Index Is IN

Here’s the latest from Dr. Eshcker and the crew.  Not much change this month. Unemployment is up a bit. “California gas prices decreased from $2.91 to $2.73.  Northern California’s average also fell to $2l84 from $2.93, and Eurekas average  gas price per gallon fell from $2.96 to $2.74.”

Read the whole report HERE.