A for-profit private school in Redding is demonstrating the chaos that many of these schools operate in. These places are practically unregulated and many have low instructional standards. Think of University of Phoenix gone wild and you get the picture,  except that many, like the flight school in Redding, exploit foreign students and their  families. Read about it HERE.


TAX CUT-    So,  how did you do with the Trump tax cut? I got $3 out of  it. Anyone get more?? Tell the truth, now.

5th DISTRICT SUPERVISOR RACE-  SEEMS to have been won by Steve Madrone but jeez, it took a long time.  I hate elections like this. Close elections don’t give you any real feedback and deprive the participants of a real victory celebration, not to mention closure. Kudos to the election office staff for their careful work. .

SUMMER IN HELSINKI-  Trump and Putin have chosen Helsinki for the venue of their summit.  I can’t think of a more romantic place.  I’m not kidding! Helsinki is a charming little city full of Victorian architecture that gives it kind of an Alice-in-Wonderland quality. It’s a seaport and there’s water everywhere.  The ZOO is on a island-  you take a boat.  The boat must run late because  I recall sitting in a ruined castle (yes, there are LOTS of castles in Finland) in perfect calm at near-midnight looking back at the lights of Helsinki and feeling that I had never been so safe. Anyway, Trump and his boyfriend will enjoy good weather. You wouldn’t want to go there after October. Great food too!  The Best Western where I stayed  had FIVE kinds of herring on the breakfast buffet.  Can’t beat that!

ELDERS IN CHARGE-  The Democratic Party is being led by folks who are over seventy, and in some cases,over eighty years old!  Bernie Sanders, Nancy Pelosi, Steny Hoyer, Jim Clyburn,  even Chuck Schumer is over 70. I’d take any one of them over the folks who are the face of the GOP these days, but at the same time it’s clear that new leadership is in the offing..

MURPHY’S is now grilling M-F from 11am to 4pm.  Their cheeseburgers are huge for $5.99 and they also have tri tip sans, chicken and ribs.  fI don’t know why they don’t stay open later.  It’s a damn shame. In Cutten, they have 15,000 people going right past them on the way home,  a large number of whom would LOVE to take home dinner but Murphy’s closes the grill at 4pm.  Go figure.


Trump wouldn’t know a deal if he hit one in the road.   Right now he has ” No deal on immigration. No deal on health care. No deal on gun control. No deal on spending cuts. No deal on Nafta. No deal on China trade. No deal on steel and aluminum imports. No deal on Middle East peace. No deal on the Qatar blockade. No deal on Syria. No deal on Russia. No deal on Iran. No deal on climate change. No deal on Pacific trade.” 

Read about it HERE


Our incompetent President is doing his best to destroy ventures like this.  South Carolina,  like Humboldt, is an impoverished area needing investments, but unlike Humboldt they have attracted good employers-  BMW in Spartanburg, employing 10,000 workers,  Mercedes Benz near Charleston and now Volvo making hybrids, also near Charleston. Business cannot thrive when our leaders are making decisions based on pique, rather than on solid economics.

Read about it HERE.


From the Humboldt Bay Harbor Working Group :

“Is there a Market for Containerized Shipments from our Port to the rest of the World?”

EUREKA—The presentation for this month’s Humboldt Bay Harbor Working Group (HBHWG) luncheon will be guest speaker Mike Marsden, Vice President, Business Development, Pacific Charter Financial Services who will share the potential markets for containerized shipments through the Port of Humboldt Bay.

​The seventh busiest container port in the United States is the Port of Oakland.  It handles more than 99% of the containerized goods moving through Northern California, and three-quarters of that trade is with Asia.  The Port of Humboldt Bay is an ideal location for handling a portion of the containerized goods now going through the Port of Oakland.

Mike Marsden will present an overview of what that portion of containerized goods might be. Mr. Marsden is with Pacific Northwest Railroad (PNR). The group has studied the supply chain feeding the Port of Oakland’s operations, and has identified existing markets that would move their containerized shipments through our Port rather than other Ports.

This presentation is the third in a series on “The Development of the Port of Humboldt Bay as an International Seaport.”  The next few Luncheons will continue to be dedicated to envisioning our Harbor as an international seaport.

The luncheon is scheduled for Wednesday, June 27, at the Samoa Cookhouse.  The luncheon is a “no host” event. Lunch starts being served at noon; and the presentation starts around 12:30.

Southern Fried Chicken will be served for lunch at $16 and soup and salad is available for $12.  To RSVP please contact 707-441-1974 or email:

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TRUMP THE TERRORIST  Submitted  by me to the Times-Standard June 19 2018

“Donald Trump,  a lifelong white racist, has joined with racists Jeff Sessions and Stephen Miller in inflicting terror on young children by using them as pawns to get his despicable WALL built. As a white racist, he is threatened by Latino culture, especially the strong family ties.  His attack on Latino  families is consistent  with his unconscionable neglect of Puerto Rico during the recent hurricane. We have experienced 500+ days of Trump’s racism.  I don’t know about you, but I’ve had enough.”

-WHAT DOES EUREKA NEED?  We need a good Korean restaurant.  That one in Arcata a while ago was not good.  We need good Greek/Mediterranean food. The quality at the Kebab Cafe  has fallen off lately. Too much gristle in the Gyros meat.  We need a REAL deli, not the HEALTHY stuff ENF pushes.  An honest-to God JEWISH deli with grease and garlic. And I don’t think I am alone in missing KFC. Am I?   What else do we need? Other than a railroad.

BIZ TV-  “THE DEED”  is a better -than average business show on CNBC, featuring an investor in New Orleans who finances house flips.  Good show, and who doesn’t love NOLA?

TRUMP LYING EVEN MORE-  what a record this guy is piling up. Read the WAPO account HERE.

RICHARD PAINTER FOR SENATE!!!!!!     I am one degree separated from Richard Painter who has been a frequent guest on MSNBC and CNN, railing against Trump’s violations of the Emoluments Clause.  He’s a law professor at Minnesota, and a friend of my cousin’s, and he’s running for Al Franken’s old seat. Support him!  Or at least watch THIS.