Saturday, February 25, 2017

Police chief boycotts business for hosting band with disputed name; Humboldt’s last week of news


A band played a sold out show at the Siren’s Song Tavern in Eureka and because of their disputed name Eureka Police Chief Andy Mills called for a boycott of the venue.
In 1982 the punk band was mostly known as Millions of Dead Cops. They came up with the moniker in opposition to police brutality and their album from that year would go on to be noted by Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain as one of his favorites ever. However the next year in 1983 they said the name was misunderstood and decided to change it with every tour keeping the acronym MDC. For their current tour they’re calling themselves Millions of Deceived Citizens.
In response, MDC told the Times Standard Chief Mills overreacted by calling for a boycott of venue, their old name is not a call for cop killing, and all they do is use words to express political ideas
Mills addressed those asking if the call for a boycott was an overreaction. “They have the right to say whatever they want,” he wrote. “I'll fight for that right. There are consequences for their speech. I won't patronize anyone who speaks like that. That too is my right. It's why I love this country.”
“If you were just some angry citizen, I would hold nothing against you for your statements,” wrote a self-described hate-crime victim in an anonymous open letter to Mills released by the group Humboldt Grassroots. “But since you are the police chief, your word is law as far as many people are concerned. Should local business owners be worried you’ll call for a boycott against them for exercising their First Amendment rights as well?”
Local news blogger John Chiv has been very publicly in favor of Mills calling for a boycott of the local venue. “Siren’s Song showed disrespect for (the Eureka Police Department) and the public as well as insensitivity to the fact that recently we read daily headlines about some cop being killed in the line of duty,” he said. “(The venue), in my opinion, by action said ‘fuck you’ to cops. (They) chose to make money off a sensational name and band without considering who it may impact. It is my right as well as anyone else's to boycott them.”
Local citizen Cody Dillon was also very vocal in direct response to Mills' post. “While meth and heroin dealers, car thieves, rapists and murderers run rampant, our police are launching a boycott of a small business that is merely providing a venue space for performance art,” we wrote. “Free speech is more protected than the opinions of a cop, there is no crime here other than infringing on a person's right to have business. Shame on you Andy, why don't you investigate corruption, racial violence in your own department…”
So far the Siren’s Song Tavern says the call for a boycott has not had an impact on business, but people that support them have been even more supportive lately.
What do you think? Do you agree with the Eureka Police Chief’s decision to call for a boycott of the ‘Tavern? Weigh in by voting below.
The story begins at 7:31.
Also covered: A potential new program in Eureka to keep rentals maintained, a contested fart joke in an election booklet, a tree-mendous quake, the closing of a seminal Eureka restaurant, recreational weed permit analysis, the sentencing of an HSU student for vehicular manslaughter, places to ditch unwanted medications, Mills responds to calls to not work with federal immigration agents, and much more.

After the Siren’s Song Tavern allowed the booking of a show featuring a band called Millions of Dead Cops, do you agree with the Eureka Police Chief’s decision to call for a boycott of the venue?

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Saturday, February 18, 2017

Around 230 locals given small and background parts for movie; Humboldt’s last week of news


After 22 days of shooting in our beautiful home the production of the indie-comedy film “An Evening With Beverly Luff Linn” wrapped up in Humboldt County last week.
“They hired about a dozen local crew and 230 background and small parts,” said Humboldt-Del-Norte Film Commissioner Cassandra Hesseltine. “... the stars had a lot of time to sightsee and they were so kind to the locals when recognized.”
The movie follows the main characters’ “unsatisfying marriage (taking) a turn for the worse.” Among others it stars Aubrey Plaza (Parks and Recreation), Emile Hirsch (Into the Wild), Craig Robinson (This Is the End), and Jemaine Clement (Flight of the Conchords). They shot mostly in Arcata, Eureka, and Fortuna.
Hesseltine said she plans to release the amount of money the production spent while working in Humboldt County soon. That amount will be posted on the Humboldt Last Week Facebook when it’s available.
“An Evening With Beverly Luff Linn” serves as yet another project to list on Humboldt’s recent winning streak for film productions including Disney’s “A Wrinkle In Time,” the upcoming Kirsten Dunst thriller “Woodshock,” as well as the unique Daniel Radcliffe and Paul Dano movie “Swiss Army Man.”
Also covered: Arcata’s pillow fight, lots of STDs, ditched dogs, Uber us now available (and you can drive for them), that school district dilemma in Eureka, Guy Fieri’s thank you, crime, getting dam straight about Ruth Lake, possible PG&E savings, houses for sale in Scotia, and much more.
Cast and crew courtesy of Humboldt-Del Norte Film Commission

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Overdose deaths rising, ‘paper calls for more treatment access; Humboldt’s last week of news


In the latest episode of Humboldt Last Week: The county released a gut-wrenching report indicating that the number of people here dying from overdoses keeps getting higher. Drug and alcohol overdoses are killing people in Humboldt County at rates at least three times the state average.
In their coverage the Times Standard noted that officials hope to tackle this long-standing problem by making available more addiction treatment while also specifically treating the root of the issue, trauma. Unfortunately the county has limited treatment services here and a potential program to expand service access might be impacted by a planned repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act, possibly lowering the number of Medi-Cal patients that can access the program.
“If ‘D.C. repeals the Affordable Care Act and gives us no replacement then around 18,400 people here in Humboldt County are gonna lose their health care,” said Times Standard Editor Marc Valles, who decided to put out an editorial pushing for more treatment access in Humboldt County. “People without health care are gonna die faster and in greater numbers… time and Washington D.C. will tell.”
Valles also delved deeper into his conclusion that our community should not sit idly by and chalk up high overdose death rates to a result of poor life choices.
The story begins at 8:28.
Also covered: Eureka’s Wine and Swine benefit for Make-A-Wish brought in a big piggy bank and a cop maybe saved a life there, some jerk in Fortuna ruined the grass at the park again, a couple Eureka businesses are worried the cannabis industry will kick ‘em out, local musician Berel Alexander is trying to #FindDwayne, federal immigration agents have scared some in the immigrant community, that El Pueblo Market fire, the new Public Defender hire that has been criticized by some, local standouts winning awards, this wine must be really good, and much more.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Fortuna Dairy Queen not happening; Humboldt’s Last Week of news


It’s been confirmed Dairy Queen pulled out of a potential deal that would have added a store location on Riverwalk Drive in Fortuna.
The ice cream and fast food joint also known as DQ decided to DQ the Friendly City after they determined the location would not bring in enough customers. Do you agree with their assessment? While it’s certainly not a matter of life and death you can let the chain know how you feel with the hashtag #DQhumboldt (Facebook/Twitter).
Humboldt Petroleum is the company that tried to bring on the Blizzards. They said they’re still looking at other options for the location at 1791 Riverwalk Drive which currently hosts a Shell gas station.
Luckily there are plenty of other spots to get tasty treats all over Humboldt.
The scoop begins at 5:53.
Also covered: New allegations for a former Humboldt con man, the man that inspired Jeff Bridges’ Dude character set for Blue Lake, the shutdown of a Eureka bar, Arcata’s new bicycle library, “American Pickers” possibly headed back to Humboldt, that naked guy who climbed on top of his baby momma’s car in Eureka, and much more.