Avis Rent A Car will close its office at the Eureka-Arcata airport on June 27. Alamo, Hertz and National will remain on site. It is always sad to report the closing of a business or an office up here and this is no different.
In a local version of the Harmonic Convergence, our still NOT renamed airport will host BOTH the Wings of Freedom air meeting AND the Goodyear blimp on Tuesday June 9. The Wings of Freedom event offers a chance to tour vintage Word War II aircraft, and the blimp!! Well, what can you say about the blimp other than that it is the most recognizable American icon, apart from the Statue of Liberty.
The festivities actually start on the 8th and the exact date of the blimps’ arrival is unclear (it takes several days to get here from Long Beach) . Check the papers or the Fly Humboldt Facebook page for updates.
HSU’s Economic Index for March is in. Most sectors were down with home sales and manufacturing orders slightly up. Thanks to Dr. Eschker and his hardworking crew!
An interesting development is reported by the Sacramento Business News. Surf Air, a private membership airline headquartered in Santa Monica and flying out of the old McClellan AFB, is flying round-trips between Santa Rosa, Hawthorne and San Carlos beginning next month, and will add service between Monterey and Hawthorne and San Carlos in July. On August 24, they’ll begin round-trips between McClellan and Hawthorne, San Carlos and Santa Barbara. Then in November they’re adding service between Palm Springs and Burbank and Oakland.
A private airline? Affordable?? Well, maybe. Surf Air’s customers pay a flat monthly fee starting at $1750 for membership and unlimited flights. If you’re doomed to fly more than three or four times a month, it starts looking downright reasonable. Add in the sheer pleasure of not having to deal with the major airlines and…well, I’d sure like to try it.
In another development, Pen Air, which is supposed to start service beween Crescent City and Portland later this year, is making nice with the Redding airport folks and has been heard to say they are interested in flying out of AVC. We’ll see. Stay tuned.
Before the memories have faded, I wanted to say something about the Redwood Coast Music Festival, formerly the Jazz Festival, that wrapped up a couple of weeks ago. This year we had the added pleasure of being able to show out-of-town friends why Humboldt is so special.
The headliners were a mixed bag. Dana Fuchs was very theatrical, very talented but left us cold. Curtis Delgado, on the other hand, was a complete knockout, and I can’t believe I’d never heard of the guy. He has several songs on You Tube. Other knockouts included the Au Brothers and Miskha Lake, both from New Orleans.
Then there were the dancers. Ah, the dancers. How do they learn that stuff? And the kids! If I had learned to dance like that as a kid…You look around and there are a few faces missing from last year. But there are always the kids. And there will always be more.
The Music Festival is expected to raise $300,000 for local causes this year. What a wonderful way to spend a Spring weekend1 See you next year.
I hadn’t realized it, but according to a Facebook page there are folks in our community who have been longing for the return of OH’s Town House, Virginia Bass’ steakhouse which closed in 2008. I felt bad when it closed, because I had always intended to eat there. Guess I didn’t want it bad enough to actually GO there. In those days, I was pretty uninterested in steak. Then I discovered the AA and since then I’ve only eaten AA steaks. I don’t know how they get that char to be so perfect but they are a hard act to follow, if anyone is really interested in opening up another meat palace here.
The thing is, Virginia and her hubby-in-the-middle Matt Owen are using the Facebook page (bringohsback) and postcards, who knows what else, to float the idea that our 4th District Supervisor is seriously interested in reopening the restaurant that failed so recently. What’s changed? Other than a few more folks going vegan every week. Virginia squeaked by challenger Chris Kerrigan to retain her seat in 2014 so she won’t have to face another election for three more years.
Well, here’s a theory. The Facebook page shows a thousand “likes”. That ain’t the same as a thousand investors. I claim the whole idea of bringing back OH’s is spurious and is intended to keep alive the notion that Virginia is a friend to business. She ran on a platform of bringing in more jobs to the community, and , since she hasn’t done that, and since she is an honorable person , perhaps she thinks that the only way to bring jobs to the community is to revive OH’s. I’ll eat my hat if OH’s reopens. I’ll also try one of their steaks. Really!!
I was surprised, as was airport management, apparently, to hear that the Silver Lining restaurant at the Humboldt County Redwoods whatever airport is closed. That’s a big step backward for the folks who have been promoting the airport and while I don’t think many flyers would cancel a flight because their destination didn’t have a coffee shop, it still doesn’t say much for the infrastructure we offer our visitors.
According to the NCJ, an attempt will be made to find another operator. That might be difficult. Most airport restaurants overlook a busy runway where diners can observe takeoffs and landings more often than four times a day. Maybe the County should contract with Dell’ Arte or Access Humboldt or someone else who can produce a light show to resemble a busy airport. At least it would LOOK like the return of normalcy. Stay tuned.
…at Bayshore Mall. The other stores in the County (Arcata, Fortuna, Myrtle Avenue) will remain open for the time being while radio Shack closes thousands of its locations. The staff at the Mall was very helpful when I asked why Fortuna and Myrtle weren’t answering their phones. It’s because they help live customers over phone calls- don’t you wish everyone did that?-and the stores don’t have answering machines. Yup, that’s right. They sell them, but don’t have one . The liquidation of the Mall location is well along and is the only store closing I’ve ever heard of that’s being advertised on Craig’s List. Entrepreneurs, check it out. They may have something you can use.
Thanks to Dr Escher and his hardworking crew at HSU, the Index is here. From December to January our mortgage rates went up slightly, unemployment rate and building permits went down. Home sales are definitely down. Our UI rate is now 6.6% and our median home value is $260,000. Enjoy!
I had knee replacement surgery at St Joe’s in December. I’m the only person I know who still has operations done locally- everyone else seems to be going to St Helena or elsewhere. Me, I’m stubborn. I live five minutes from St Joe’s and if I’m unhappy with my treatment I want to be able to find my doctor quickly and yell at him/her at length if needed. So I stayed local.
This morning I got a call from a young man (he sounded young) asking me to “participate in a quality assurance survey regarding my recent experience at St. Joseph’s”. I explained that my experience wasn’t over. I am still under their care and don’t have my closeout visit for another month. He consulted his instructions and said nothing required the treatment to be OVER before the evaluation. I questioned the value of doing an evaluation of a course of medical treatment that hadn’t been completed but he wanted to press on. Okay, we’ll go on.
Now he asked: how would I evaluate the check-in procedure? I had absolutely no recollection of checking in, except that it took place at 5AM which is an ungodly hour. He seemed to accept this.
Next question was: How would I evaluate the treatment I received from the staff? Which staff, I asked. Are you asking about the surgeon, the nurses, the anesthesiologist, who? Which staff? It just says, Staff, he replied.
At that point I cut my losses and told him I had better things to do than participate in a survey which was totally meaningless. We all do.
If you get a call like this,- from St Joe’s or elsewhere- remember it is YOUR time they are helping themselves to. Don’t participate in BS surveys which aren’t gathering useful information, only being done to cover someone’s ass or to meet some bureaucratic requirement. The corollary is to speak up or, better, write a letter when you receive less than your due. It’s up to us to write effective and fact-based letters of complaint. Like the one St Joe’s is going to get if they call me again with that survey.