Saturday, August 26, 2017

[Audio] Former local in music ‘supergroup’ slams Trump with punk icon; Humboldt’s last week of news

Episode partners: HealthSPORT / Bongo Boy Studio

In the latest episode of Humboldt Last Week (12:36): Warning: Explicit language. Mike Patton -- the Humboldt-raised musician who hit it big with Faith No More and other bands -- made national headlines last week when his “supergroup” Dead Cross joined former Dead Kennedys frontman Jello Biafra onstage at a show in Berkeley to do a version of the 80s song “Nazi Punks Fuck Off,” this time with the title “Nazi Trumps Fuck Off.”

“The performance came less than two weeks after alt-right protesters and neo-Nazis clashed with counter-protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia over the removal of a Robert E. Lee statue,” reads a Rolling Stone article, calling Dead Cross a supergroup with Faith No More and former Slayer members.

In the podcast, information is shared about Patton’s Humboldt history, perceptions on the role musicians play as political commentators, the performance, comments for and against the performance, as well as info on some musicians for and against Trump.

The story starts at 12:36.

Disclaimer: Had a former Humboldt musician made national headlines in support of Trump, that also would’ve been covered by Humboldt Last Week.

Also covered

The Miami Dolphins sign Rey Maualuga, alleged arson brings down part of the Blue Heron in Eureka, the former DA comments on last week’s story, that eye-bulging Winco incident, a likely future NFL player at HSU, the lawyer with a loaded gun at the courthouse, the APD chief slams racist groups, a local novelist writes a horror, West Nile Virus in Humboldt, crime updates, and much more.

Mike Patton, Wikipedia Commons photo by Roberto Re

Thursday, August 24, 2017

[Audio] Commuted sentence for woman who aided pimp in Eureka murder; Humboldt’s last week of news

Episode partners: Live In Humboldt / HealthSPORT / Bongo Boy Studio.

In the latest episode of Humboldt Last Week (8:35): Last week Governor Jerry Brown announced he would commute the sentence of a woman who was convicted in the murder of a Eureka man back in 2001. Florence Anderson was one of six murderers across the state that received a commuted sentence.

“My father would think about who is the most forgotten soul in California, who is that person,” Brown said in an address captured by the Sacramento Bee. “And I want to make sure I’m here to help. I can tell you that many of the people behind bars today are forgotten, and so I hope we don’t forget them.”

In the podcast you can hear details Loco pointed out about the murder and robbery that took place at the Broadway Motel in Eureka, details in Anderson’s application for clemency about her drug addiction and the abuse she suffered at the hands of her pimp, Brown’s reasoning behind her commuted sentence, and differing opinions about her newfound eligibility for release after her next parole hearing. The current District Attorney and a former District Attorney don’t see eye to eye on this.

The story begins at 8:35. There’s a poll you can weigh in on below.

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Blue Lake has the only all-female city council in the state, a rattlesnake's dry bite, HSU welcomes new students, jobs lost for Humboldt Creamery, librarian out, comments on potential hate groups in Humboldt, a reporter helps cops arrest a man for assault and arson, other crime updates, and much more.


Was it the right decision to commute the sentence of a woman who helped her pimp murder and rob a man in Eureka back in 2001?

Yes
No
Undecided.

A female prisoner, Wikipedia commons image by Officer Bimblebury




Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Former DA discusses clemency for woman convicted in Eureka murder

Last week Governor Jerry Brown announced he would commute the sentence of a woman convicted in the murder of a Eureka man back in 2001. Florence Anderson had been serving 25 years to life for helping her then pimp murder and rob a man who’d paid to have sex with her.

Paul Gallegos, who served as Humboldt County’s District Attorney for 12 years until the start of 2015, recently informed Humboldt Last Week he was told by the Governor’s Office the decision was made largely on input from him.

Gallegos isn’t 100 percent positive his decision was correct, but he feels and prays it was. He believes there was persuasive evidence that Anderson’s role in the murder could at the very least be partially attributed to the physical and emotional abuse inflicted upon her by her boyfriend -- the pimp who stabbed Bruce James to death at the Broadway Motel over 16 years ago. Gallegos believes if Anderson not been abused and fearful of this pimp, she would not have participated in the murder.

Citing what he called charitably sobering statistics on domestic violence, the former DA said he “reviewed the evidence again and again and again and reflected on what was the right decision over many, many months.”

It's possible to listen to Humboldt Last Week's coverage on this case here.

You can read Gallegos’ full statement below.

I was informed by the Governor’s office that the Governor’s decision was based largely on input from me. Therefore, if the decision was wrong, you can place responsibility for that decision on me.

I confess that I do not know if the decision was the right one. I do, however, believe it was. I pray that I am right.

It was my opinion that there was persuasive evidence that her participation in the murder could be attributed, in large or small part, to physical and emotional abuse that was inflicted on her by her boyfriend, the actual murderer and her actual fear of him. In fact, after reviewing the evidence, I was not convinced that, but for the abuse, she would have participated in the murder.

For some perspective on the seriousness of the violence that women suffer at the hands of their male partners, in 2015 the Violence Policy Center published “When Men Murder Women” which reported that nationwide, 94 percent of women killed by men were murdered by someone they knew. Of the victims who knew their offenders, 62 percent were wives or other intimate acquaintances of their killers. (http://www.vpc.org/studies/wmmw2015.pdf) The level of violence and physical abuse and fear that women experience at the hands of men that they are in an intimate relationship with is, to be charitable, sobering. The fact is that, in most circumstances, men are bigger and stronger than the women they are intimate with and this is an inescapable part of their world with us.

Women are the source of all life. They are our mothers, our wives and our daughters. They share their lives and give of themselves and, too often, we reward them with fear and violence. We need to understand this experience of theirs.

Having said all of that, I also confess that I reviewed the evidence again and again and again and reflected on what was the right decision over many, many months. There were sound arguments that could be made from the evidence that led to diametrically opposed decisions. As I sit here today, while I live with my decision, I cannot say that I know with 100 % certitude that it was the right decision or that I will not one day regret it. I can, however say with 100 % certitude, that I believe that it was. Once again, I pray that I am right.

I can also tell you that, progressively after much reflection, I arrived at the conclusion that if a commutation was not appropriate in her case then it was, perhaps, never going to be appropriate. Except, I suppose, in a case where the defendant was, in fact, innocent. Of course, of someone is innocent they shouldn’t get a commutation, they should be exonerated. Therefore, I felt that both the facts and the law were such that, in her case, consideration of the evidence that did not amount to a defense but did warrant consideration and, perhaps, and mitigation were such that intervention on behalf of the Governor was warranted.

I appreciate the Governor’s courage in making the decision that he did. I understand how difficult it can be to make such a decision. I was told once that many men exhibit physical courage but only few exhibit moral courage. I think that, right or wrong, the Governor’s decision exhibited moral courage. Regardless of what your thoughts might be on whether it was the right decision, I hope we can agree on this.

Sincerely,

Paul V. Gallegos

Paul Gallegos


Monday, August 21, 2017

Miami Dolphins sign former Eureka Logger Rey Maualuga

The Miami Dolphins have signed veteran NFL linebacker Rey Maualuga -- formerly a standout for the Eureka Loggers -- to a one-year deal. The Dolphins announced this over the weekend after one of their new linebackers suffered a season-ending injury.

“Obviously my body is getting older and there are a bunch of younger, faster guys that are coming into the league,” Maualuga told Humboldt Last Week last winter. “But my knowledge is still there -- I’m still keeping up with these guys…”

Maualuga, 30 years old, played for the Cincinnati Bengals for eight seasons after they drafted him in the second round in 2009. Before that he played for USC.

According to Sporting News, the former Eureka Logger “would still be with Cincinnati had it not been for the cap hit his team would have had to take with him on the roster.” His former coach Marvin Lewis recently said he is a "tough and productive player... and a fine teammate..."

Rey Maualuga, Wikipedia Commons photo by Jeffrey Beall

Saturday, August 12, 2017

[Audio] Comedian defending Guy Fieri gets national coverage; Humboldt’s last week of news

Episode partners: Everlast Aug. 18 / HealthSPORT / Bongo Boy Studio.
In the latest episode of Humboldt Last Week (7:14): Warning: Explicit language. New York based comedian Shane Torres has been receiving a lot of national coverage and praise after coming to the defense of Humboldt’s own celebrity chef Guy Fieri.

“As far as I can tell all he ever did was follow his dreams,” Torres says in his bit about the former Ferndalian which has so far been shared by the likes of Paste Magazine, Vulture, Bravo, UPROXX, and others. “...He started a company where he hires everybody. He pays more than minimum wage. He gives health benefits before he has to. He has a non-profit where he gives pretzel-making machines to inner city schools so they can fundraise… He has worked with special olympics athletes, and on top of all of that he has officiated a gay wedding. But because he has flames on his shirt, everyone (is hard on him) like he’s a member of Nickelback...”

In the podcast you can hear all about the comedy bit and how Fieri responded.

Shane Torres’ debut record “Established 1981” will be released September 8 on Comedy Central Records.

The story begins at 7:14.

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A happy ending for a pit bull that was pointlessly shot in the neck, yoga on the inside, police chasing a topless woman, 420 in Arcata, a bounce house on the river, crime updates, and much more.

Guy Fieri, Wikipedia commons


Saturday, August 5, 2017

[Audio] LEGOLAND provides more details on their own little Ferndale; Humboldt’s last week of news

Episode sponsored by HealthSPORT, SHINERFEST, and Bongo Boy Studio.

In the latest episode of Humboldt Last Week (7:56): Last week those that see posts from Only in Humboldt were reminded about a miniature version of Ferndale down at LEGOLAND in Southern California.

“LEGO was created by Ole Kirk Christiansen in Billund, Denmark in 1934,” said Jake Gonzalez, a spokesman for the theme park. “In honor of the Danish company, LEGOLAND California constructed a LEGO version of Ferndale in Miniland USA because the city located in Northern California was first settled by many Danes."

In the podcast, information in shared about how long the finite Ferndale has been around, a couple of the historic buildings they replicated, how many LEGO bricks they used, and how it differs from the other places highlighted in the Miniland USA section of the park.

The story begins at 7:56.

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Portland nixed from the airport, a box of puppies, that reggae fail, Rob Arkley’s statements regarding the future of Indian Island, a Eureka-native NASA star, crime updates, and much more.


A LEGO Ferndale, Wikipedia Commons