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UPDATE: Republican Party, Trump Take on Golden State Over Tax Returns

UPDATE: Following in the footsteps of Judicial Watch, President Donald Trump and his campaign and the Republican state and national parties filed two separate lawsuits today over the tax return law recently signed by California Gov. Gavin Newsom. Each case alleges California’s move to make releasing a candidate’s tax returns a prerequisite to being placed on the state’s primary ballot was unconstitutional. “We will not allow California’s Democrats to use the state’s voters as pawns in their petty political vendettas to trample all over the Constitution,” RNC National Committeewoman and Vice President of the Republican National Lawyers Association, Harmeet K. Dhillon said in a release. “This law is a cynical and illegal voter suppression scheme whose sole purpose is to deny California voters their Constitutionally protected right to vote for qualified candidates for president, and to suppress the Republican vote in California not just for president but also for all the down-ticket races, ballot measures and power grabs the Democrats have in store for the 2020 ballot.” State Sen. Mike McGuire, who co-authored Senate Bill 27, shot back at Trump and what his office deemed…

Judicial Watch Sues Over Tax Transparency Requirement for Candidates

Judicial Watch, a self-described “conservative, non-partisan educational foundation” that “promotes transparency, accountability and integrity in government, politics and the law,” is suing the state of California over a law that requires presidential and gubernatorial candidates to show their personal taxes returns to get on the primary ballot. The federal lawsuit comes just as the ink sets on Senate Bill 27, with Judicial Watch arguing the legislation adds requirements “beyond those allowed by the U.S. Constitution and impermissibly burdens a voters’ expressive constitutional and statutory rights.” Gov. Gavin Newsom signed the bill into law July 30, stating that “these are extraordinary times and states have a legal and moral duty to do everything in their power to ensure leaders seeking the highest offices meet minimal standards, and to restore public confidence.” Co-penned by North Coast state Sen. Mike McGuire McGuire — who  praised Newsom’s signing as a victory for transparency — and Sen. Scott Wiener of San Francisco, presidential hopefuls and gubernatorial candidates must now produce “copies of every income tax return filed with the Internal Revenue Service in the five most recent taxable years with…

UPDATED: Kayakers Reportedly Find Dead Body Near Trinidad

UPDATE: The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office issued a press release this evening stating that the deceased person found by kayakers near College Cove this morning appears to have been a white male in his 60s. See the full press release copied below our original post. PREVIOUSLY: A group of kayakers located a dead body near Trinidad before 10 a.m. today, one of the kayakers said. “We found him bobbing in the water around the corner from the north end of College Cove,” the kayaker told us, asking to remain anonymous. He explained that a group goes out every Sunday and eight to 10 were involved today’s outing. Some of the kayakers had gone ahead but the main group located the deceased man. “He had on a shirt and a jacket but whatever was on below his waist was torn off by the surf if he had it,” the kayaker explained. A wallet was located on the deceased person’s body but the kayaker said that they didn’t look in it. We’ve contacted the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office and requested more information and will update this post…

Kayakers Reportedly Find Dead Body Near Trinidad

A group of kayakers located a dead body near Trinidad before 10 a.m. today, one of the kayakers said. “We found him bobbing in the water around the corner from the north end of College Cove,” the kayaker told us, asking to remain anonymous. He explained that a group goes out every Sunday and eight to 10 were involved today’s outing. Some of the kayakers had gone ahead but the main group located the deceased man. “He had on a shirt and a jacket but whatever was on below his waist was torn off by the surf if he had it,” the kayaker explained. A wallet was located on the deceased person’s body but the kayaker said that they didn’t look in it. We’ve contacted the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office and requested more information and will update this post when we receive it. Editor’s note: This post first appeared at www.kymkemp.com and is reposted here with permission.…

HumBug: New Dragon, Bold Patterns and Teeny Bees

A walk along the Van Duzen River on a warm, sunny day can produce some surprises. Today I spotted a dragonfly which is new to my “life list” (a term I’ve adopted from my birding friends). Libellula pulchella, the 12 spotted skimmer. Named for the total number of black spots on their wings, they are common elsewhere, but this is the first of this species I’ve seen in our area. According to the texts, they normally hang about marshy locations, not rocky riverbeds. So this fella is unlikely to meet up with a lady 12 spot, and make little 12 spots, so his selection of locale is unlikely to be passed on. A little ways away is a small patch weeds which was hosting some of the tiniest bees I’ve ever seen. Both females and males were were about 3 or 4 millimeters long. Female bees can usually be distinguished from male bees by the presence of scopa, or pollen collecting hairs either on the hind legs or on the bottom side of their abdomen. Although identification from photographs is challenging, their small size leads…

McKinleyville Man Reported Missing Found at 101 Crash Site

A 65-year-old McKinleyville man who had recently been reported missing was discovered dead after his pickup truck went off U.S. Highway 101 north of Big Lagoon for an unknown reason. Michael Criswell was found around 8:30 a.m. today after CHP responded to a report of a car on the west side of the highway. According to a release, it’s not yet known exactly when the crash occurred. Read the full release below: On 08-02-2019, at approximately 830 AM, the Humboldt Area CHP was notified of a pickup off the west side of the road on US-101 near Mile Post Marker 110, south of Kane Road. Emergency personnel responded to the scene and located a deceased driver as the sole occupant of the pickup. The driver, identified by the Humboldt County Coroner’s Office as 65 year old Michael Chriswell of McKinleyville, had recently been reported missing to the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office. At this time it is unknown why Mr. Chriswell’s vehicle left the roadway or exactly when the collision may have occurred. The CHP Humboldt Area Office is investigating this collision and asks anyone who…

Butter and Belonging at Red Lobster

My immigrant Japanese family came to America and fell in love with cheap steaks, sausage, corned beef and cabbage, lasagna and rye bread. But they drew a deep line at American seafood. In New York State in the ’70s and ’80s, this meant shrimp doused in opaque sauces, dry fillets armored in cracker crumbs, frozen clam strips without their bellies, and breaded sticks and patties that pointedly drew one’s imagination as far away from the shape of a fish as possible. The illustration of a fisherman on the package was the only indicator that these headless, finless forms hadn’t been cut from a never-ending sheet of flaky, white meat. As an adolescent, I kept to myself that the occasional frozen fish stick offered by a friend in the school cafeteria was a crisp, steamy vehicle for furtive scoops of tartar sauce. We were Japanese and the threshold of our house, like an embassy’s, was a cultural and aesthetic border past which no bland, boneless fillets would pass. There, my grandfather would extend his chopsticks to pluck the white eye from a fish’s simmered profile, turn…

‘A Humanitarian Disaster’

A beautiful 2-year-old Honduran girl flashed a huge, radiant smile when we walked up to her July 27. Her name is Natalia and she just wanted to play. We were instantly friends and she demanded that I draw a gato for her on papel. When I playfully drew a whale instead, and then a shark, she was unimpressed. “Gato!” OK, OK! I was joined on this trip by my colleague Representative Colin Allred, a hulking former NFL star who is also a University of California at Berkeley Boalt Hall trained lawyer and very thoughtful freshman member of Congress.  Like me, he was instantly smitten by Natalia. What she and her young mother were doing in the sterile lobby of a state office building in Juarez, Mexico, is a complicated story.  The building is doing double duty as a place to process and protect some of the thousands of asylum seekers who the Trump administration is turning away from the nearby port of entry. Under Trump’s cynically named “Migrant Protection Protocols” (MPP), more commonly referred to as the “wait in Mexico” policy, we are doing anything…

Arts Alive!

Saturday, Aug. 3, 6-9 p.m. Presented by Eureka Main Street. Opening receptions for artists, exhibits and performances are held the first Saturday of each month. For more information, call 442-9054 or go to www.eurekamainstreet.org 707 BAR (formerly Steve and Dave’s) First and C Streets. Music by Dr. Squid. ADORNI CENTER 1011 Waterfront St. Paul Rickard and Barbara Saul, artwork. AMERICAN INDIAN ART AND GIFT SHOP 245 F St. Rhea McCoy, paintings. ARTS AND DRAFTS 422 First St. Dave Orchard, visual artist. Music by Dirt Magic. A TASTE OF BIM 613 Third St. Maggie Draper, artwork. BACK ROOM GALLERY 525 Second St. “Abstracts in the Back Room,” Reuben T. Mayes, acrylic paintings. Live painting with Reuben. BANDIT SAVORY & SWEET 525 Second St. Joyce Jonté, watercolors; Music by Mbira with Seth Geddes & Company; Wild & Wise, herbal CSA. BRENDA TUXFORD GALLERY at Ink People 525 Seventh St. “Out of the Sea,” SCRAP Humboldt and Ink People exhibition features artists creating ocean themed pieces from plastics collected during summer walks along the beach and from the artists’ recycle bin. Awards ceremony 8:30 p.m. BUZZARDS NEST ANTIQUES…

Ape Days A Week

White Manna’s sonic trip I admit I wanted to like this album from the moment I saw the disgusting cover art by John Vochatzer. A bright anatomical nightmare figure tiptoes across a literally visceral landscape with brains, guts and banners of confetti all a go-go. I will also cop to a lesser but perhaps incriminating charge: Until a couple of weeks ago I was unaware that I played on the band’s previous offering, 2017’s Bleeding Eyes. In my former life as a musician, I sometimes jammed with other musicians whose music I admired. My 2016 jam with White Manna was caught on tape, mixed down to master and released. Harsh legal sanctions against this breach of trust are forthcoming, for I am a cruel mistress. In the meantime, this album is a fucking doozy. Balloons of synths and keyboards drift in the air where once there were only heavy guitars and drums. A new era has been vinted. Reverb-haunted vocals stalk the mix that is the band’s signature but they aren’t the forefront as in offerings from the past. This is a truly sonic record.…

High Tide

The surround sound of the ocean Symphonic blend in my head Walking along the shore A coastline with no end. As my feet push pedals of sand Two birds, unnamed, hop away Sand dollar appears as a treasure Turned over, reveals its decay. Giant pieces of driftwood One makes a perfect seat Earth and sea, be my muse Till once again, we meet.…

Questions Swirl Ahead;of Trinidad Hotel Hearing

A potential well site and an ethics complaint bubble up on eve of coastal commission hearing At the 11th hour, with a hearing looming before the California Coastal Commission next week, the Trinidad Rancheria believes it may have found a water source for its proposed hotel development on Scenic Drive. The commission is set to meet Aug. 8 in Eureka, two months after a divided commission voted 6-3 in San Diego to object to the Bureau of Indian Affairs’ determination that the project was consistent with the protections laid out in the California Coastal Act. Specifically, commissioners repeatedly voiced concerns over the Rancheria’s ability to find a water source for the 100-room hotel, noting that the city of Trinidad had not yet committed to supplying water from its system as it conducts a number of studies to determine whether its capacity can meet current and future needs for the city and its service area. Word that the Rancheria may have found a different water source first surfaced when commission staff posted an ex parte communication disclosure form from Commission Chair Dayna Bochco, who reported that she’d…

Flower Service Comes Tableside

A recent audit by the California Department of Finance on the state’s nascent cannabis regulatory framework found the newest arm of the Golden State’s bureaucracy is suffering some growing pains. The audit found the state Bureau of Cannabis Control is currently unable to “provide effective and comprehensive oversight of cannabis activities” within the state and that an apparent staffing crisis is crippling the bureau’s regulatory efforts. The audit further found that cannabis revenue is coming in at a trickle rather than the financial gusher some had predicted. More specifically, the audit found that nearly 80 percent of the bureau’s allocated staff positions sit vacant for unexplained reasons, leaving regulators tasked with monitoring the statewide supply chain stretched very thin. In fact, of 68 authorized enforcement staff positions, the bureau had only filled 15 as of January, according to the audit, which also noted it has a backlog of thousands of compliance complaints that have yet to be investigated. BCC Chief Lori Ajax told Marijuana Business Daily that her bureau’s staffing has increased steadily since it was created and that the complaint backlog is misleading, as…

Trinidad Art Nights

Friday, Aug. 2, 6-9 p.m. Forbes and Associates 343 Main St. “Paintings by Jeff Stanley,” acrylic and open acrylic on canvas. Headies Pizza and Pour 359 Main St. Susan Mayclin Stephenson, oil on canvas, prints and notecards. Moonstone Crossing 529 Trinity St. Rick Tolley, oil paintings Ned Simmons Gallery 380 Janis Court (Trinidad Coastal Land Trust) Plein Air show including work from artists Paul Rickard, Antoinette Magyar, John Crater, Rick Tolley, Connie Butler, Andrew Daniels, Stock Schlueter, Dolores Terry, John Jameton, Jody Bryan, Richard Stockwell, Steve Porter and Bjorn Lundeen. Music by the Tide Pool High Divers. Redwood Coast Vacation Rentals 361 Main St. Don Adams Jr., photography. Saunders Park (start of Patricks Point Drive) Circus of the Elements, fire dancing at 8:45 p.m. Saunders Plaza (parking lot area near Murphy’s Market) Music TBA; Face painting by “G’s Face Painting;” Also enjoy a game of corn hole. Seascape Restaurant and Pier 1 Bay St. Artist TBA. The Lighthouse Grill 355 Main St. Antoinette “Toni” Magyar, acrylic paintings. Trinidad Art Gallery 490 Trinity St. Matthew Gagliardi, blown glass Jim Lowry, photography; Music by Margaret Kellerman; Wine…

Butter and Belonging at Red LobsterBy Jennifer Fumiko CahillShutterstock

My immigrant Japanese family came to America and fell in love with cheap steaks, sausage, corned beef and cabbage, lasagna and rye bread. But they drew a deep line at American seafood. In New York State in the ’70s and ’80s, this meant shrimp doused in opaque sauces, dry fillets armored in cracker crumbs, frozen clam strips without their bellies, and breaded sticks and patties that pointedly drew one’s imagination as far away from the shape of a fish as possible. The illustration of a fisherman on the package was the only indicator that these headless, finless forms hadn’t been cut from a never-ending sheet of flaky, white meat. As an adolescent, I kept to myself that the occasional frozen fish stick offered by a friend in the school cafeteria was a crisp, steamy vehicle for furtive scoops of tartar sauce. We were Japanese and the threshold of our house, like an embassy’s, was a cultural and aesthetic border past which no bland, boneless fillets would pass. There, my grandfather would extend his chopsticks to pluck the white eye from a fish’s simmered profile, turn…

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