Monthly Archives: August 2010

Local writer featured in Los Angeles Magazine

Here’s an article about our very own Tim Martin:

http://lastheplace.com/2010/08/24/scriptwriting-with-a-stranger-timothy-martin-collaborates-seamlessy/

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Trinidad Rancheria continues highway overpass planning

From the Aug. 11, 2010 edition.

 

By Elaine Weinreb
Press Staff Writer

The Trinidad Rancheria is proceeding with its plans to build an overpass across U.S. Highway 101 between Trinidad and Westhaven. The interchange would provide direct access to the Rancheria, which at present can only be accessed through Scenic Drive.
Trinidad Rancheria Chief Executive Officer Jacque Hostler said that the proposed overpass is important for a number of reasons: It would relieve traffic on Scenic Drive;  and provide additional emergency access to the Rancheria in case of road closures.  
It would also be an integral part of the tribe’s efforts to expand its economic base, which may include a 50-room hotel, community center, office buildings, RV park, and gas station.
During the winter of 2010/2011, the tribe plans to hire a consultant who can develop a Project Scoping Report (PSR) for the overpass.
The PSR, which is required by Caltrans, will contain preliminary engineering plans, right-of-way information, environmental scoping, and anticipated funding sources for the overpass’s design and construction.
Hostler said that the Rancheria is partnering with the Federal Highway Administration, Caltrans, and the County for the project.
The overpass idea was first made public in a charrette, a series of community planning workshops, sponsored by the Rancheria in May 2009.  
At the time, the idea received a mixed reaction from the public.
Another charrette will be held starting November 5, and this time, the theme will be broader, focused on land use and planning within the Rancheria.          The tribe wishes to expand its business base and develop a 20-year master plan, similar to the General Plans written by counties and cities.
“It will end with some zoning and ordinances that are crafted for the Rancheria, regarding natural resources and land use,” Hostler said.
Only the first and last sessions of the charette will be open to the general public. The remaining sessions will be restricted to focus groups composed of tribal members.
The Trinidad Rancheria has nearly completed two miles of improvements to the northernmost section of Scenic Drive, which connects the Rancheria to the village of Trinidad, widening the road’s shoulders, stabilizing the bluffs, and improving the drainage.
However, the Rancheria has maintained that it needs the additional access from Highway 101 because Scenic Drive is unstable, unsafe, and frequently slides out during winter storms.
The charrette is being funded by Caltrans through its Environmental Justice Grant for Comprehensive Community Based Transportation Planning program.

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And now for some musical entertainment

Listen and enjoy

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Sobriety Checkpoint Somewhere Saturday

The raw press release:

CHP TO CONDUCT DRIVER LICENSE/SOBRIETY CHECKPOINT

The Humboldt office of the California Highway Patrol (CHP) will be
conducting a driver license/sobriety checkpoint on Saturday, August 14,
2010, somewhere within the unincorporated area of Humboldt County.

“All too often, members of the community are senselessly injured or
killed on local roadways by intoxicated drivers,” said Capt. Dale
Cannon, Humboldt Area Commander.  The CHP’s goal is to ensure the safe
passage of each and every motorist by targeting roads where there is a
high frequency of intoxicated drivers.  A driver license/sobriety
checkpoint is a proven effective tool for achieving this goal and is
designed to augment existing patrol operations.  “By publicizing our
efforts we believe that we can deter motorists from drinking and driving
and driving without a valid driver license,” Capt. Cannon said.

Year to date, the CHP has arrested over 48 thousand impaired drivers
throughout the state.  500 of those were in Humboldt County.

Capt. Cannon, emphasized, “Traffic volume permitting, all vehicles
will be checked and drivers who are unlicensed will be cited and their
vehicles will be towed away.  Drivers found to be under the influence of
alcohol and/or drugs can expect to be arrested.  Our objective is to
send a clear message to those considering mixing alcohol and/or drugs
with driving.  The CHP will be keeping a close eye out for you.”

The driver license/sobriety checkpoint will be operated from
approximately 1 PM until 7 PM.  An additional press release will be sent
to the media 2 hours prior, indicating the exact location of the
checkpoint.

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Volunteers to patrol Hammond Trail

From the 8.4.10 issue. For all of the articles, columns and opinions printed weekly in the McKinleyville Press, subscribe today.

By Elaine Weinreb
Press Staff Writer

A group of trained volunteers will be patrolling the Hammond Trail, watching for potential problems with dogs, vandals, and motorized vehicles.
The Trails Trust of Humboldt Bay and the Friends of the Dunes are co-sponsoring the trail-monitoring project.
“This is a pilot study for training trail stewards,” said volunteer coordinator Jen Rice. “We want volunteers to have a presence on the trail system.”
Rice said one of the project’s goals was to provide support for local government agencies, which are responsible for keeping trail systems safe and clean.
About 30 people showed up for orientation on Saturday morning at the Hiller Park parking lot, and to go for an initial walk along the Hammond Trail.
“A lot of these people do this on their own,” Rice observed. “We’re building a community network.”
For more information, email info@trailstrust.org, or call 442-3711 extension 218.

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MUSD agenda for 8.11.10 meeting

McKINLEYVILLE UNION SCHOOL DISTRICT

PUBLIC HEARING/REGULAR MEETING OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES

AZALEA CONFERENCE CENTER                                                                                                                    August 11, 2010

2285 CENTRAL AVENUE                                                                                                                                 6:30 P.M.

AGENDA

PUBLIC COMMENTS

5:30 P.M.            ADJOURN TO CLOSED SESSION TO CONSIDER AND/OR TAKE ACTION ON

THE FOLLOWING:

Hearings regarding Inter-district Attendance Agreement requests which would lead to

disclosure of confidential information about students

Pursuant to Education Code Section 35146

Conference with Real Property Negotiator

Pursuant to Government Code Section 54956.8

Property:  Washington Avenue and School Road APN 508-242-08 Purchase

Agency Negotiator:  Dena McCullough

Negotiating Parties:  McKinleyville Community Services District

Under Negotiation: Terms of the Agreement

Conference with Real Property Negotiator

Pursuant to Government Code Section 54956.8

Property: Washington Avenue and School Road APN 508-242-08 Easement

Agency Negotiator:  Dena McCullough

Negotiating Parties: County of Humboldt

Under Negotiation: Terms of the Agreement

Public Employee Performance Evaluation

Pursuant to Government Code Section 54957

Superintendent/Annual Goals

Public Employee Discipline/Dismissal/Release

Pursuant to Government Code Section 54957

CALL TO ORDER

ANNOUNCEMENT

In order to assist in the preparation of the Minutes, School Board meetings are routinely tape recorded

FLAG SALUTE

1.0            PUBLIC COMMENTS

Non-Agenda Items

Individuals wishing to speak on matters not listed on the agenda are asked to step forward and clearly state their name and address.  No action will be taken on items not listed on the agenda.

Agenda Items

Members of the public may address the Board on each of the items listed on the agenda as those items are taken up.  Individuals will be acknowledged by the Board President and are asked to clearly state their name and address.  Speakers are to limit their remarks to three minutes on each agenda or non-agenda item.

McKINLEYVILLE UNION SCHOOL DISTRICT

PUBLIC HEARING/REGULAR MEETING OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES

August 11, 2010 –AGENDA

2.0            CONSENT AGENDA

The Board will approve all of the following items by a single vote unless any member of the Board or public asks that an item be removed from the consent agenda and considered separately.

2.1            Approval of Minutes

2.2            Approval of Warrants and Payroll

2.3            Approval of Certificated/Classified Personnel Changes

2.4  Approval of Volunteers

2.5  Approval of Fundraising Activities

2.6  Approval of Annual Report of Actual Attendance Rate for 2009-2010

3.0            DISCUSSION/INFORMATION/ACTION ITEMS

3.1            Construction Project Planner/Manager Update

3.2            Public Hearing and Adoption of Resolution Conveying Property to Humboldt County Authorizing and Directing the Board President or Other Designee to Execute an Offer of Dedication or Conveyance of the Property.

3.3            District Reports

3.3.1            Correspondence

3.3.2            District Administration

3.3.3            Employee Groups

3.3.4            Board Members

3.4            Approval of Agreement with Arcata Police Department for School Attendance Review

Board  (SARB) Services

4.0            ANNOUNCEMENTS

4.1            Pre-service Days

August 26-27

4.2            First Day of School

Monday, August 30, 2010

Early Dismissal

4.3            Labor Day Holiday

September 6, 2010

4.4            Back-to-School Nights 6:00-7:30 p.m.

September 2, 2010-Mickleyville Middle School

September 9, 2010-Morris Elementary School

September 15, 2010- Dow’s Prairie Elementary

McKINLEYVILLE UNION SCHOOL DISTRICT

PUBLIC HEARING/REGULAR MEETING OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES

AUGUST 11, 2010 –AGENDA

5.0            ADJOURN TO CLOSED SESSION TO CONSIDER AND/OR TAKE ACTION ON THE FOLLOWING: (AS NEEDED)

Hearings regarding Inter-district Attendance Agreement requests which would lead to

disclosure of confidential information about students

Pursuant to Education Code Section 35146

Conference with Real Property Negotiator

Pursuant to Government Code Section 54956.8

Property:  Washington Avenue and School Road APN 508-242-08 Purchase

Agency Negotiator:  Dena McCullough

Negotiating Parties:  McKinleyville Community Services District

Under Negotiation: Terms of the Agreement

Conference with Real Property Negotiator

Pursuant to Government Code Section 54956.8

Property: Washington Avenue and School Road APN 508-242-08 Easement

Agency Negotiator:  Dena McCullough

Negotiating Parties: County of Humboldt

Under Negotiation: Terms of the Agreement

Public Employee Performance Evaluation

Pursuant to Government Code Section 54957

Superintendent/Annual Goals

Public Employee Discipline/Dismissal/Release

Pursuant to Government Code Section 54957

6.0            ADJOURNMENT

NOTICE:  Any writing, not exempt from public disclosure under Government Code Section 6253.5, 6254, 6254.3,  6254.7, 6254.15, 6254.16, or 6254.22, which is distributed to all or a majority of the members of the governing board by any person in connection with a matter subject to discussion or consideration at an open meeting of the Board is available for public inspection at the District Office, 2275 Central Avenue, McKinleyville, CA 95519

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, if you need special assistance to participate in this meeting, please contact the Administrative Assistant of the McKinleyville Union School District at 839-1549.  Notification 48 hour prior to the meeting will enable the district to make reasonable arrangement to assure accessibility to this meeting.

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Comments now sought on 200-acre McK subdivision

From the Aug. 11, 2010 issue. If you would like to read all of the articles from the McKinleyville Press please buy or subscribe to the dead tree version.

By Daniel Mintz
Press Staff Writer

The Beau Pre Heights subdivision is in the midst of an Environmental Impact Report comment period and its density, once a subject of controversy, is now aligned with the project site’s rural residential zoning.
Proposed by the Arcata-based Danco Builders company, the project will create 79 lots on a 197-acre site bordered by Norton and Murray roads in McKinleyville. An open space area and a lot designated for a future McKinleyville Community Services District (MCSD) water tank reservoir are also included.
Other proposed features include a collector street connecting Norton and Murray roads, bicycle and walking trails, development of a water tank on an off-site parcel, streamside setbacks and preservation of a 36-acre Sitka Spruce grove.
The lots will be serviced by on-site septic systems so MCSD sewage treatment hook-ups won’t be necessary.
The subdivision’s density was a controversial issue in the spring of 2006, when the county presented a more housing-intensive proposal to the MCSD’s board of directors. It voted unanimously to reject the county’s plan, which included density levels far above what’s designated in the McKinleyville Community Plan.
A zoning change request from Danco was withdrawn in response and now the subdivision “should be non-controversial,” said Danco owner Dan Johnson.
The EIR comment period ends Aug. 30 and the subdivision proposal is expected to go before the county’s Planning Commission in October.

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Residents protest loose dogs in Hiller Park

From the July 28, 2010 edition.

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By Elaine Weinreb
Press Staff Writer

The question of whether or not a fenced dog park should be constructed at Hiller Park was once again reviewed by the McKinleyville Community Services District Recreation Advisory Committee (RAC) at its July 22 meeting.
However, the meeting quickly turned into a discussion about loose dogs in the park.
Only two members of the public showed up, and both were strongly opposed to allowing dogs to run unleashed in the park.
“If dogs can continue to run free throughout the trail system, I don’t feel safe,” said McKinleyville resident Carol Heidsiek. “My children have been knocked over by dogs and chased by dogs. I keep my dog on a leash, because I want to be able to control him. If my dog is on a leash, and another loose dog comes up, a fight will ensue. There’s no way around it. So I don’t ride my horses,  my daughter is afraid to go for a walk, and I don’t take my leashed dog in the park any more.”
Charles Wilson, an Orick resident, said that he had been attacked by loose dogs six times, and now carried a baseball bat to defend himself when he walked in the park.
“We’ve had many complaints over the years about dogs off leash and causing the very problems you’re describing,” observed committee member John Kulstad. “I have six dogs, and I very seldom walk them there for those reasons. Dogs on the loop trail ought to be on a leash.”
Parks and Recreation Director Jason Sehon pointed out that the RAC was not proposing any changes in existing regulations, but only considering whether or not a fenced dog park should be built.
At present, dogs are allowed to run unleashed throughout most portions of Hiller Park, and even if the fenced dog park is built, they will still be allowed to do so.
He pointed out that many dog owners have expressed very different opinions about this issue. Any decisions changing these regulations would have to be made by the MCSD Board of Directors, not the RAC, which only advises the board.
This did not satisfy Heidsiek.
“My concerns are not being addressed,” she stated. “When a loose dog approaches me, and I don’t know if they’re going to jump on me, or growl at  me or bite me, I have a certain amount of apprehension. I can’t enjoy my walk… The bulk of my experience with off-leash pet owners in that park has been that I’m interfering with their dog’s right to be free. My right to have a safe walk in the park or ride my horse isn’t important to them.”
Committee member Jamie Rutten said that her own dog had been attacked and bitten by unleashed dogs, but that she was still “on the fence” about the issue.
Sehon urged Heidsiek to attend the next MCSD board meeting, and express her feelings there.
“Public opinion at these meetings tends to be skewed towards dog owners,” Heidsiek said. “You need to manage this park the way other parks and public lands are managed, to ensure multiple use in a safe manner. That means dogs need to be leashed.”
The RAC did not take any formal action, because it did not have a quorum.

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