This has been a difficult show to get off the ground. Booking guests is part art, part science and not necessarily easy.
Especially when an issue is more or less settled, as is the case with the Samoa Master Plan, which the Board of Supervisors approved Tuesday. However, we have cobbled together some sort of presentation on it.
But first, there’s the latest (highly sensational) charges against Blue lake Police Chief Dave Gundersen. We haven’t yet asked him, but we’re gambling that his attorney, Russ Clanton, will come on again for an update.
Next, it’s the wonder and majesty of curbside recycling. Eureka is not meeting its waste reduction mandates, and this could be a way to address it.
Finally, we’ll talk with Cindy Storrs, new chaplain with the Arcata Police Department.
We’ll start off with Humboldt County Coroner Frank Jager, who conducted the 2006 Cheri Lyn Moore Inquest. Testimony at the inquest is presumably being used to formulate what the Times-Standard’s source says are pending indictments for involuntary manslaughter against former Police Chief Dave Douglas and Incident Commander Lt. Tony Zanotti.
The main topic:
Alcohol Drug Care Services Inc. (ACDS) is considering expansion of its transitional services for non-violent parolees in Eureka. To some in a community that just went through the Teen Challenge controversy, this is too much.
Eureka City Councilmember Larry Glass questions both the proliferation of treatment facilities and their seeming concentration on the west side. He doesn’t disagree with the term “dumping ground” as applied to Eureka with regards to troubled individuals. But ACDS and a state parole official say that parolees been transitioned back into in supervised environments for years without incident.
We’ll talk to Councilmember Glass, a state parole spokesman and an ACDS representative to try and distinguish between fact and assumption.
We’ll also talk to Mark Rey, the Undersecretary of Agriculture responsible for the U.S. Forest Service and the Natural Resources Conservation Service. During his visit, Under Secretary Rey will meet with faculty and students from the College of Natural Resources And Sciences, many of whom have worked for the U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service and Bureau of Land Management.
Mr. Rey will appear at Humboldt State University Friday, Dec. 7 at 4 p.m. in the Natural Resources building, room 101 with a public presentation on the Farm Bill and employment trends in USDA.
Note that Mr. Rey is not beloved by the environmental community. I asked him about the criticism. His response may or may not satisfy concerns about his pre-public service affiliations.