12.31.2006

TS - Judge dismisses case against August

Judge dismisses case against August
By Kimberly Wear The Times-Standard
Thursday, June 23, 2005

EUREKA -- The conflict of interest case against Debi August was dismissed Thursday after a judge found grave concerns about violations to her due process rights.

Judge John Feeney dismissed the case with prejudice, meaning the accusation against the Fortuna city councilwoman cannot be brought again.

August broke into tears after Feeney made his ruling, hugging her sister and attorneys before walking away from the courthouse with her arm around Judith Schmidt, forewoman of the grand jury that brought the accusation case against August and the person who ultimately lead to its dismissal by turning over previously unseen documents.

ER - List of Gallegos stories for 2006

A search of Gallegos on the Eureka Reporter site shows all of these stories, letters and Op-Eds for the year 2006. Gradually they will all be posted here, so that there will be a complete archive of record of Paul Gallegos' time in office.

The election, the number of attorneys leaving, the dog abuse case, the plagiarism, the decline in child abuse prosecutions under Gallegos are major stories of the year.

And yet, only part of the story has been told. But Gallegos' mismanagement of the office is in full view now, despite the spin. And he has stopped talking to the media he feels are critical of him. More and more, the facts, and the truth is getting out, and the local papers and reporters are to be commended.

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Writer asks district attorney to get Eureka back on the right track
12/29/2006

Jury decides in favor of Gallegos in wrongful termination suit against county
by Kara D. Machado, Christine Bensen-Messinger, 12/20/2006

Judge rules against motion
by Kara D. Machado, 12/16/2006

Graham sentencing continues Friday
by Kara D. Machado, 12/15/2006

Former deputy DA sues county for alleged wrongful termination
by Christine Bensen-Messinger, 12/14/2006

Ruling of man accused of causing the death of Orick woman overturned
12/13/2006

OFFICER ACTED IN SELF DEFENSE
Eureka police chief says proper procedures were followed when Burgess was shot
by Kara D. Machado, 11/30/2006

POLICE SAY SHOOTING JUSTIFIED
Eureka police chief says proper procedures were followed when Burgess was shot
by Kara D. Machado, 11/30/2006

Marijuana advocacy group of hold conference Friday
by Laura Provolt, 11/29/2006

Special allegation could add 10 years to Nolan Graham sentence
by Kara D. Machado, 11/29/2006

Worth Dikeman accepts position in El Dorado County
by Heather Muller , 11/29/2006

Senior Detective Dave Parris to retire this month
by Heather Muller , 11/21/2006

Gallegos appeals decision in PALCO fraud lawsuit
by Nathan Rushton, 11/15/2006

Writer believes Gallegos, DA's Office are a sham
11/11/2006

Violence will escalate in an atmosphere that condones violence
by Ken Miller, McKinleyville, 11/4/2006

Original owner of Mad River dogs released from prison
by Heather Muller , 11/1/2006

Gallegos has the support of the majority in county
10/30/2006

Manila woman seeks to document police shootings
by Wendy Butler, 10/29/2006

Burgess shooting protest continues
Local officials address protesters at Courthouse Friday
by Kara D. Machado, 10/28/2006

Paul Gallegos should take all animal cruelty cases more seriously
10/25/2006

If Lucky had been seized, perhaps he would have survived
10/23/2006

Gallegos says he will not file felony in Bugenig horse case
by Heather Muller , 10/21/2006

Animal abuse linked to serial killings, needs to be addressed
10/16/2006

Code addressing animal abuse requires low burden of proof
10/16/2006

Flower's 'biased words' prompt first-time letter writer
10/14/2006

Bitter? You bet!
by Tim Crlenjak, Eureka, 10/12/2006

Writer throws in two cents on questions relating to elections
10/9/2006

Cannabis distribution film shown
by Laura Provolt, 10/7/2006

Council candidates report finances
by Rebecca S. Bender, 10/7/2006

JURY DECLARES GRAHAM GUILTY
Victim's mother cries as verdict is read; Graham now faces up to 21 years in prison
by Kara D. Machado, 10/5/2006

'A newspaper should have no friends'
by By Eric V. Kirk, Redway, 10/4/2006

Jury continues deliberating Graham murder trial
Jurors have requested the re-reading of trial transcripts several times since the deliberation...
by Kara D. Machado, The Eureka Reporter, 10/4/2006

Still no verdict in Graham trial
10/3/2006

It's telling that Gallegos witch hunt didn't start until firing of Dikeman
10/2/2006

Ethical quagmire created by Gallegos' acceptance of casino's contribution
10/1/2006

Aren't we being taken for fools?
by Jerry Partain, 9/30/2006

Deliberation to continue in Graham case Monday
by Kara D. Machado, 9/30/2006

Gallegos is 'public servant,' not Legal Spiegel
9/30/2006

Hounding of Gallegos is petty, should wait until next election
9/30/2006

Tribe's contribution to DA's campaign was made by the Tribal Council, not Bowman
by Illene Callahan, 9/30/2006

Bear River official discusses financial contributions from tribe
by Rebecca S. Bender, 9/29/2006

District Attorney Gallegos responds in e-mail exchange
by Heather Muller , 9/29/2006

Jury begins deliberating Nolan Graham murder case
by Kara D. Machado, 9/29/2006

Questions remain in DA's handling of Bowman charges
by Heather Muller , 9/29/2006

Contribution made because Gallegos was the better of the two
by Michael P. Acosta, 9/28/2006

DA presents closing argument in Nolan Graham murder trial
by Kara Machado, 9/28/2006

Bowman story not accurate
by Max S. Cardoza, 9/27/2006

Questions without answers hinder our newsgathering
9/27/2006

Gallegos should do Humboldt County a favor and resign
9/26/2006

Gallegos sidesteps questions about possible conflict of interest in Bowman charges
by Heather Muller , 9/26/2006

Graham's defense rests case; closing arguments scheduled
by Kara D. Machado, 9/26/2006

Would Dikeman have kept Gallegos if he'd won DA election?
9/26/2006

Jury expected to deliberate Graham trial at beginning of this week
by Kara Machado, 9/23/2006

Nolan Graham testifies in his own defense
by Kara D. Machado, 9/22/2006

Prosecutor assigned to Child Abuse Services Team
by Christine Bensen-Messinger, 9/22/2006

Jurors in murder trial hear taped interviews
by Kara D. Machado, the eureka reporter, 9/21/2006

Technical difficulties send home Graham trial jurors
by Kara D. Machado, the eureka reporter, 9/20/2006

WORTH DIKEMAN DISCUSSES FIRING
Former deputy district attorney says Gallegos gave no reason for termination
by Heather Muller , 9/20/2006

Jurors to hear taped interview of Graham today
by Kara D. Machado, the eureka reporter, 9/19/2006

Dikeman's caliber not easy to replace
9/17/2006

BREAKING NEWS: GALLEGOS FIRES DIKEMAN
9/16/2006

Deputy District Attorney Worth Dikeman is fired
by Heather Muller and Christine Bensen-Messinger, 9/16/2006

Testimony in Graham trial continues
by Kara D. Machado, 9/16/2006

Forensic pathologist and Nolan Graham's wife testify in murder trial
by Kara D. Machado, 9/15/2006

Writer asks, 'What is Humboldt County coming to?'
9/15/2006

Testimony continues in Graham murder trial today
by Kara D. Machado, 9/14/2006

Murder trial of Nolan Graham continues with testimonies in court today
by Kara D. Machado, the eureka reporter, 9/13/2006

Conflicting testimonies given in Graham murder trial
by Kara D. Machado, 9/12/2006

Court rules in Dikeman's 1992 dismissal of jurors
by Rebecca S. Bender, 9/12/2006

People insist on making connections that don't exist for personal gain
9/12/2006

District Attorney Paul Gallegos comments on attribution flap
by Heather Muller , 9/9/2006

Is Paul Gallegos redefining the responsibility of the DA's Office?
9/9/2006

Murder trial resumes in Nolan Graham case
by Kara D. Machado, 9/9/2006

A second Gallegos column raises questions about attribution
by Heather Muller , 9/8/2006

Mother of homicide victim says her son was 'upset and afraid'
by Christine Bensen-Messinger, 9/8/2006

Newspaper faces tough choice in revelations
9/8/2006

Graham trial expected to start today
9/7/2006

WHOSE WORD WAS 'MY WORD'?
by Heather Muller , 9/7/2006

Writer responds to district attorney's column in newspaper
9/6/2006

When law enforcement fails, 'vigilantism' sometimes needed
by Shannon Miranda, 9/4/2006

Malcolms 'walked through' arraignment
by Heather Muller , 9/2/2006

Arkleys face Fair Political Practices Commission penalties
by Rebecca S. Bender, 8/31/2006

Penalty increases for grease dumping
8/31/2006

MOORE INQUEST MAY BE TELEVISED
by Christine Bensen-Messinger, 8/30/2006

National Animal group challenges Gallegos over abuse case
by Heather Muller , 8/30/2006

National, international animal groups weigh in on abuse scandal
by Heather Muller , 8/30/2006

Specious arguments
8/30/2006

Blue Ox's KKDS-FM hits the airwaves Saturday
by Wendy Butler, 8/25/2006

Evidence mounts in animal abuse case
Sheriff's Office reports say deputies found more than 60 dogs, many "chained to tires, trees...
by Heather Muller , 8/24/2006

Writer believes district attorney is attempting to create his own empire
8/24/2006

IN THE 'INTERESTS OF JUSTICE'?
by Heather Muller , 8/23/2006

Local Solutions announces endorsements for Eureka City Council, mayoral elections
by Rebecca S. Bender, 8/23/2006

Lunsford sentenced with no possibility for parole
by Christine Bensen-Messinger, 8/23/2006

DA's Office seeking environmental attorney, interim situation set up
by Christine Bensen-Messinger, 8/15/2006

Local Solutions to meet with candidates
by Rebecca S. Bender, 8/12/2006

Former attorney's employment issues not to be disclosed
by Christine Bensen-Messinger, 8/9/2006

Political wars should be left to larger towns
by Bud Miller, 7/29/2006

JUDGE DENIES LUNSFORD RETRIAL
Motion for retrial in Lunsford trial denied
by Christine Bensen-Messinger, 7/26/2006

Lunsford Retrial Motion to be discussed today
7/26/2006

DUI driver sentenced to jail, probation
by Christine Bensen-Messinger, 7/25/2006

Coroner's inquest into police-involved shooting rescheduled
by Christine Bensen-Messinger, 7/24/2006

Stewards disappointed about Hagen's dismissal
by Tim Ayres and Aryay Kalaki, 7/17/2006

CREG television advertisement decries contaminated 'Balloon Track'
by Wendy Butler, 7/15/2006

New environmental circuit prosecutor sought for county
by Christine Bensen-Messinger, 7/12/2006

Two arrested on forgery charges after burglary
7/9/2006

Thank goodness letter writers' careers in education are over
6/27/2006

Thank goodness certain educators are no longer influencing children
6/26/2006

Mr. Gallegos should be after criminals, not health care facility
6/25/2006

Mr. Gallegos should be after criminals, not healthcare facility
by Harvey Willet, 6/23/2006

One person's wish list for Gallegos now that the election is over
by Lois Wild, 6/23/2006

Paul Gallegos is one of the kindest and nicest attorneys ever
6/16/2006

Democrats back river economic relief bills
by Rebecca S. Bender, 6/14/2006

Correction:
6/11/2006

Gallegos faces challenges; Dikeman could help incumbent
6/10/2006

GALLEGOS WINS
+ Dikeman plans to be back at work today to continue prosecuting cases
by Christine Bensen-Messinger, 6/7/2006

Geist takes 5th District outright
by Nathan Rushton, 6/7/2006

Both sides getting out the vote
6/6/2006

Coroner expects 'victory' at polls Tuesday
+ Not all local elections Tuesday will be hotly contested. A few candidates, such as Humboldt...
6/5/2006

A recap of The Eureka Reporter's election endorsements
6/4/2006

Debate is about legal motions, not racism
by Shilpa Mehta, 6/4/2006

Dikeman being propped up again as a local hero
6/4/2006

Dikeman household has shown compassion, not biased racism
by Stephen Lewis, 6/4/2006

Dikeman is a great prosecutor, deserves the job
6/4/2006

Dikeman is clearly 'in bed' with local law enforcement
6/4/2006

Dikeman lost reader's trust during the recall campaign
6/4/2006

Dikeman's proximity to law enforcement is disturbing
6/4/2006

Electoral process gives the power to the people
by Paul Gallegos, 6/4/2006

Gallegos campaign ad is misleading community residents
6/4/2006

Gallegos dealt with resentment from day one in office
6/4/2006

Paul Gallegos does a fine job, despite all his detractors
6/4/2006

Paul Gallegos does not prosecute enough criminals
6/4/2006

Paul Gallegos has done more with less, deserves re-election
6/4/2006

People who work with victims want Paul Gallegos out
6/4/2006

Setting the record straight on Dikeman's 'dirty dozen'
by Alison Sterling Nichols, 6/4/2006

Support from law enforcement is not a conspiracy
6/4/2006

The Eureka Reporter's endorsements
6/4/2006

Decline in CAST numbers unrelated to District Attorney
by Kay Rackauckas, 6/3/2006

Election hell could get a lot worse
by Nathan Rushton, 6/3/2006

Employees flee from DA Paul Gallegos; Dikeman needed in DA office
by Lois Wild, 6/3/2006

Expert witness says words were 'twisted'
by Christine Bensen-Messinger, 6/3/2006

With same resources as previous DA, Gallegos has done a better job
by Richard Scheinman, 6/3/2006

Dikeman supporters stage satirical protest
by Christine Bensen-Messinger, 6/1/2006

District Attorney incumbent
6/1/2006

Gallegos ad misleads community residents about his role in case
6/1/2006

Gallegos knows the words of his ad campaign to be false
6/1/2006

The people with the guns shouldn't be electing officials
6/1/2006

FIRST SATURDAY NIGHT ARTS ALIVE!
Saturday 6-9 P.M. EUREKA
5/31/2006

Inside efforts to oust Gallegos should not come as a surprise
5/31/2006

Local Republicans say they did not endorse either candidate for DA
by Christine Bensen-Messinger, 5/31/2006

Why we're blessed to have Paul Gallegos
by Jack McCurdy, 5/31/2006

CAST needs support Gallegos is not providing
by Melissa Arnold, 5/30/2006

DA candidates debate Thursday on KHSU
5/30/2006

DA candidates emphasize justice, professionalism
District attorney candidates Paul Gallegos and Worth Dikeman spent some time with The Eureka...
by Heather Muller , 5/30/2006

Paul Gallegos focuses on truth and integrity, deserves re-election
by Patrick Riggs, 5/30/2006

Paul Gallegos lacks necessary leadership skills
by Pete and Melinda Ciarabellini, 5/30/2006

Voters shouldn't let Worth Dikeman and police grab power
by Pete Nichols, 5/30/2006

Worth Dikeman is the right candidate for district attorney
by Richard T. Twiddy, 5/30/2006

Worth Dikeman will give county's children the help they need
by Carole Cahill, 5/30/2006

Big money does not always buy the local vote
5/25/2006

Campaign finance statements filed for District Attorney candidates
by Rebecca S. Bender, 5/25/2006

CAST established with child victims in mind
by Glenn Franco Simmons, 5/25/2006

Court documents appear to refute Dikeman assertions about racism
+ Dikeman still on the hot-seat over remarks about Native American jurors
by Heather Muller , 5/25/2006

DA lawsuit alleges nursing home deficiencies
by Nathan Rushton, 5/25/2006

Dikeman and Jackson have made themselves accomplices
5/25/2006

Gallegos has lost support and respect
5/25/2006

Gallegos' ad misrepresents husband's name
5/25/2006

Moore shooting headed for Grand Jury?
by Heather Muller , 5/25/2006

Tired of political 'pie' throwing
by Sylvia De Rooy , 5/25/2006

Voters should reclaim county from 'Progressives'
June 6 provides opportunity
5/25/2006

Worth Dikeman is the man who lives by integrity
5/25/2006

Gallegos better off without law enforcement's support
5/24/2006

Measure T will protect each citizen's voice
5/24/2006

Dikeman says his experience makes him the man for the job
by Christine Bensen-Messinger, 5/22/2006

Gallegos says he's managing well with the budget he has
by Christine Bensen-Messinger, 5/22/2006

Second news release countering racism allegations issued
Ellie Bowman and Madison Ayala have been picketing in front of the Humboldt County Courthouse...
by Heather Muller , 5/22/2006

Writer does not plan to vote for Gallegos this time
5/21/2006

Gallegos should strive for local officer endorsements
5/20/2006

Gallegos support for Measure T inappropriate
5/20/2006

Two protestors call Dikeman a "racist"; he disagrees
by Christine Bensen-Messinger, 5/20/2006

Voting for Dikeman would bring back Terry Farmer-style justice
5/20/2006

DA's Office yet to respond to request for child abuse records
by Glenn Franco Simmons, 5/19/2006

Paul Gallegos is in a job way over his head
5/19/2006

Paul Gallegos is in a job way over his head
5/19/2006

Candidates spar over child abuse team
Dikeman said he will restore CAST to previous level; Gallegos says it's unnecessary
by Glenn Franco Simmons, 5/18/2006

District Attorney candidates both say they are confident
by Christine Bensen-Messinger, 5/18/2006

District Attorney Gallegos deserves his day in 'court'
by Rick St. Charles, 5/18/2006

Gallegos burdens citizens with bad choices
by Roy Comer, 5/18/2006

DA Gallegos causes local divisiveness
5/16/2006

Paul Gallegos filled with blatant politicking
5/16/2006

Writer hopes to see Worth Dikeman elected as da
by Shilpa Mehta, 5/16/2006

District Attorney Paul Gallegos will receive this writer's vote on June 6
5/14/2006

Writer says Worth Dikeman has law enforcement bias

5/14/2006

KEET to air live DA debate Wednesday
5/13/2006

Democrats back Props 81 and 82
by Rebecca S. Bender, 5/12/2006

Educate yourself before voting
by Nancy Comer, 5/12/2006

Former deputy DA speaks out
by Glenn Franco Simmons, 5/12/2006

Humboldt County Democrats vote unanimously to endorse Propositions 81 and 82
by Rebecca S. Bender, 5/11/2006

DA's Office releases information to Worth Dikeman campaign volunteer
Gallegos says opposition searching for 'anything'
by Glenn Franco Simmons, 5/9/2006

DA's slow response on information request criticized by Dikeman volunteer
by Glenn Franco Simmons, 5/9/2006

New Democrat group endorses Gallegos, Marks
Also voted to support Measure T
5/9/2006

Progressives should call themselves 'Regressives'
5/8/2006

Protesters tend to force actions by law officers
5/8/2006

All law groups endorse Dikeman for district attorney
Gallegos dances to the tune of the Progressives
by Stephen Lewis, 5/6/2006

Gallegos is least-competent DA
by Douglas Pool, 5/6/2006

CHP: if protesters follow the laws they won't get arrested
by Christine Bensen-Messinger, 5/4/2006

Sen. Wes Chesbro endorses Gallegos for DA
5/4/2006

FIRST SATURDAY NIGHT ARTS ALIVE!
Saturday 6-9 p.m. Eureka
5/3/2006

Residents, HSU students question DA about arrests
by Christine Bensen-Messinger, 5/3/2006

Three people arrested during immigration demonstration
Warrants are being sought for three more arrests
by Christine Bensen-Messinger, 5/2/2006

Times Standard photographer has run-in with Sheriff's deputy
Mark McKenna alleged he was forcefully pushed
by Christine Bensen-Messinger, 5/2/2006

Paul Gallegos' fundraiser
4/30/2006

Gallegos fundraiser scheduled for Avalon tonight
4/29/2006

Meeting about police review coalition turns to discussions of April 14 shooting
by Christine Bensen-Messinger, 4/28/2006

Speakers gather to voice support for Measure T ordinance
by Rebecca S. Bender, 4/26/2006

Measure T forum takes place Tuesday
4/23/2006

Do your homework before you vote
4/22/2006

HCDCC not democratic
by Stephen Lewis, 4/22/2006

Gallegos benefit scheduled for tonight
4/21/2006

Lunsford pleads guilty in 2002 killing of Dannemiller
4/21/2006

Measure T debate heating up
by Rebecca S. Bender, 4/21/2006

Measure T debate heating up
4/21/2006

Eureka Police must answer questions
4/19/2006

Eureka Police release more information on fatal shooting
Physical evidence from the incident is being processed
4/18/2006

Official party central committees should stay out of nonpartisan races
by Clifford B. Chapman, Sr., 4/17/2006

Paul Gallegos campaign falls short on substance
by Fred Mangels, 4/16/2006

Paul Gallegos is 'dangerously' soft on crime in the county
by Brandy Campbell, 4/16/2006

Investigation launched into police involved shooting
EPD Officer Suzie Owsley: "We did make entry with our SWAT team in the early afternoon and one...
by Christine Bensen-Messinger, 4/15/2006

Candidates Gallegos, Dikeman field questions in first forum
Humboldt County District Attorney Paul Gallegos and his opponent Deputy District Attorney...
by Christine Bensen-Messinger, 4/14/2006

Democrats overwhelmingly vote to endorse Gallegos
Vote is 20-1 in favor
by Rebecca S. Bender, 4/14/2006

Greens should make sure their voices are heard
Questions about David Giarrizzo
by Michael Smith, 4/14/2006

Democrats divided on District Attorney endorsement; no decision by press time
by Rebecca S. Bender, 4/13/2006

Dikeman campaign to start announcing endorsements
by Christine Bensen-Messinger, 4/13/2006

Bill Lockyer endorses gallegos
4/12/2006

The modern Democrats have a 'sinister ideology'
by Bob Williams, 4/12/2006

Arcata Greens Embrace Northern Humboldt County
4/9/2006

Reader would vote for Dikeman even if he were a Republican
by Mary Shively-Boughton, 4/9/2006

Assemblywoman Berg endorses Gallegos for DA
4/6/2006

Candidate for district attorney is disappointed
by Worth Dikeman, 4/6/2006

The Progressives political machine
Well, well, Humboldt County has its own political machine and it isn't even Republican or...
4/4/2006

A Rotarian five-alarm fiesta!
by Andrea Arnot, 4/2/2006

Democrats shouldn't endorse in a nonpartisan race
This letter (is) intended to supplement the three minutes allotted me at the March 21 meeting.
by Worth Dikeman, 4/2/2006

Several state, local law enforcement groups in support of Proposition 82
Philp, Gallegos also back preschool education initiative
by Christine Bensen-Messinger, 4/2/2006

Gallegos receives labor union support
3/30/2006

Jerry Partain should check his facts
by Neal Latt, 3/30/2006

FIRST SATURDAY NIGHT ARTS ALIVE!
SATURDAY EUREKA 6-9 P.M.
3/29/2006

DA election campaign managers pleased so far with fundraising
Gallegos campaign has raised roughly $32,258 in monetary contributions
by Christine Bensen-Messinger, 3/25/2006

First campaign statements for DA race turned in by candidates
by Christine Bensen-Messinger, 3/23/2006

Is there any such thing in this area?
by Jerry Partain, 3/23/2006

Friendly reception for Tyson at Republican dinner
Tyson discusses various Waterfront developments
by Rebecca S. Bender, 3/10/2006

Gallegos kickoff attracts crowd
DA gets ready for re-election campaign
by Christine Bensen-Messinger, 3/5/2006

Gallegos campaign to kick off Saturday
Celebration will include live music, art, wine and hors d'oeuvres
3/2/2006

FIRST SATURDAY NIGHT ARTS ALIVE!
6-9 P.M. EUREKA
3/1/2006

Redwood poacher gets 120 days in jail
Ronald Earl Vaughn also received three years of probation for violation
3/1/2006

Dikeman's campaign manager wants things to stay 'positive'
Gallegos spokesman says he's also looking forward to race
by Christine Bensen-Messinger, 2/26/2006

Measure T backers look to curb corporate election influence
Opponents say ordinance is unconstitutional
by Rebecca S. Bender, 2/24/2006

Lunsford sentencing delayed
Attorney preparing motion for retrial in homicide case
by Christine Bensen-Messinger, 2/17/2006

Career Expo was a big success thanks to community members
by Pa Kou Yang, Bao Yang, and Xou Her, 2/16/2006

Two men sentenced during Homeless Court on Friday
During the last Homeless Court there was one participant, this month there were two, but...
by Christine Bensen-Messinger, 2/11/2006

Supes approve out-of-county corporate contribution measure for June ballot
Board also approves beginning work on housing plans as part of General Plan update
by Nathan Rushton, 2/8/2006

Board of Supervisors to condsider elections measure
At Tuesday meeting, board to mull spot on June ballot for move to limit non-local campaign...
by Nathan Rushton, 2/6/2006

Questions linger on what led ex-postal worker to go on rampage
GOLETA — When neighbors and co-workers saw Jennifer San Marco mumbling and fighting with...
by the associated press, 2/3/2006

Eureka High School students to hear about career choices
1/27/2006

Defilippis sentenced to probation, receives one strike
Five years of probation handed down in wake of negotiated plea over stalking, intimidation
by Christine Bensen-Messinger, 1/26/2006

Elected Greens support local control campaign
Official Green Party news release announced opposition to effort to
1/26/2006

Has newspaper started showing anti-Gallegos bias?
1/26/2006

Gallegos names new campaign manager
District Attorney calls new manager smart, articulate
by Heather Muller, 1/24/2006

Just so you know
1/23/2006

Dikeman dsputes his boss's performance record at press conference
Humboldt County Deputy District Attorney Worth Dikeman held a press conference on Friday to...
by Shane Mizer, 1/22/2006

Lunsford guilty on all counts
Defendant tearfully tells father of victim, 'I didn't do it'
by Christine Bensen-Messinger, 1/20/2006

Signatures for election reform initiative delivered to county
Measure would prohibit non-local corporations from contributing to
by Nathan Rushton, 1/20/2006

Watson wasn't arraigned after second arrest
Booked twice last week on suspicion of multiple crimes
by Christine Bensen-Messinger, 1/19/2006

Deliberations continue in Lunsford trial
1/18/2006

Jury reaches verdict, to deliver today at 9 a.m.
by Christine Bensen-Messinger, 1/18/2006

DA's Office, police working together against local fraud
Watson also has charges pending from arrests in October
by Christine Bensen-Messinger, 1/17/2006

Jury deliberations continue Tuesday
1/15/2006

Jury deliberations get under way in Lunsford trial
The jury in the Marcella Lunsford murder trial began deliberating Thursday.
by Kara D. Machado, 1/13/2006

Lunsford's attorney begins closing arguments
Arguments will continue today in murder case of Dannemiller
by Kara D. Machado, 1/10/2006

Closing arguments in Lunsford case to resume today
Marcella Lunsford is charged with the premeditated murder of her ex-son-in-law
by Kara D. Machado, 1/9/2006

Man takes plea after given retrial
Edward Defilippis scheduled to be formally sentenced Jan. 25
by Christine Bensen-Messinger, 1/5/2006

The Eureka Reporter's top 16 headlines of 2005
by Wendy Butler, 1/1/2006

TS - Grand Jury Findings and Recommendations

Findings and Recommendations

Finding 1: The Grand Jury finds that the DA's office is seriously understaffed.
Recommendation la: The Grand Jury recommends the DA recruit and hire additional experienced felony prosecutors.

Recommendation 1b: The Grand Jury recommends the Board of Supervisors authorize and fund additional experienced felony prosecutor positions.

Recommendation 1c: The Grand Jury recommends the DA request additional clerical support staff positions from the Board of Supervisors.

Recommendation 1d: The Grand Jury recommends the Board of Supervisors authorize the DA to hire additional clerical support staff.

Finding 2: The Grand Jury finds that the DA's office does not provide timely or adequate feedback to law enforcement agencies on the status of their crime reports.

Recommendation 2a: The Grand Jury recommends the DA continue and expand regularly-scheduled meetings with law enforcement to inform them of cases rejected for lack of information and/or evidence.

Recommendation 2b: The Grand Jury recommends the DA's office produce regularly-scheduled reports for law enforcement showing the disposition of each case. These reports must contain all relevant information regarding each case from inception to final resolution.

Recommendation 2c: The Grand Jury recommends that the DA's office confer with law enforcement agencies to ensure the reports contain the information they need.

Finding 3: The Grand Jury finds that the DA's office fails to respond to inquiries in a timely fashion, whether these are from victims, witnesses, defendants, or the Grand Jury.

Recommendation 3a: The Grand Jury recommends the DA's office, in cooperation with the Victim Witness Office, develop a written policy stating who shall promptly respond to inquiries. Prompt response is especially important to victims of crime. Recommendation

3b: The Grand Jury recommends the DA's office immediately develop a small, quick reference office manual which includes how to handle correspondence and telephone calls so they will be dealt with in a timely manner. This would be especially useful for new hires. Recommendation

3c: The Grand Jury recommends the DA personally provide a good example by responding to inquiries quickly.

Finding 4: The Grand Jury finds that the DA does not hold regular meetings with his supervisory staff.

Recommendation 4: The Grand Jury recommends the DA hold and attend regular meetings with his supervisory staff.

Finding 5: The Grand Jury finds that there is no procedure and policy manual for the office.

Recommendation 5: The Grand Jury recommends the DA develop a procedure and policy manual, to be completed by January 1, 2006.

Finding 6: The Grand Jury finds that the DA's office accepts telephone messages only from 9:00 a.m. to noon and from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. on weekdays. Unless a caller knows someone's direct number, the caller cannot leave a message.

Recommendation 6: The Grand Jury recommends the DA install a voice mail system that allows callers to access the main office number and leave messages for anyone at anytime.

Finding 7: The Grand Jury finds that the DA does not provide performance evaluations for all "at will" employees.

Recommendation 7: The Grand Jury recommends the DA provide regular, written performance evaluations for all "at will" employees.

Finding 8: The Grand Jury finds that the DA has fired at least one experienced, highly-competent Deputy DA without having comparable replacements available.

Recommendation 8: The Grand Jury recommends the DA refrain from firing Deputy DAs - except for cause - unless comparable replacement prosecutors are identified and are willing to work in Humboldt County.

Finding 9: The Grand Jury finds that the "at will" employment status of Deputy DAs hinders the county in attracting quality, experienced prosecutors to work - or even to apply - in Humboldt County.

Recommendation 9a: The Grand Jury recommends that the DA develop and implement a system to provide job security for Deputy DAs protecting them from arbitrary firing. This should be done by January 1, 2006.

Recommendation 9b: The Grand Jury recommends that the Board of Supervisors be directly involved in working with the DA to develop and implement a system which provides job security for Deputy DAs.

Finding 10: The Grand Jury finds that the reasons for plea bargains in serious felonies as required by Penal Code Sections 1192.6 and 1192.7 are not documented in the court minutes.

Recommendation 10: The Grand Jury recommends that the DA require that when a serious felony case is plea-bargained, the Prosecutor shall request the Court to order that the reasons for the plea bargain be reflected in the court minutes of the case. This will make the information readily available to the public and the media.

Related:
TS - Grand Jury Findings and Recommendations
ER - 2004-05 Humboldt County Grand Jury Report 6/29/2005
TS - Grand jury issues scathing DA critique June 29, 2005
"However, the informed, well-organized, diligent leadership essential during difficult times is missing," the grand jury report said. "Operations are neither as efficient nor as effective as they must be."

McK Press - Grand Jury Report: D.A. guilty of 'weak leadership'
ER - 2004-05 Humboldt County grand jury releases its final report
NCJ - GRAND JURY REPORT IN


The Grand Jury Report on the DA's office
The Grand Jury Report on CAST
TS - Gallegos responds to grand jury findings
CAST Response/Grand Jury Report

ER - 2004-05 Humboldt County Grand Jury Report

2004-05 Humboldt County grand jury releases its final report
by Diane M. Batley, 6/29/2005 The Eureka Reporter

After a year of investigations on issues raised about local government agencies and public officials, the 2004-05 Humboldt County grand jury released a report on its findings yesterday.

The grand jury’s 54-page report contained 27 topics that ranged from Animal Control Services to charter schools to an investigation of the District Attorney Criminal Division.

The lengthiest reports, approximately 10 pages long each, were on Humboldt County charter schools and “An Investigation of the District Attorney Criminal Division.”

The investigation of the district attorney criminal division was “prompted by citizen complaints and the fact that there had been no formal grand jury review of any division of the DA’s Office in 10 years,” according to the executive summary of grand jury report #2005-LJ-02.

District Attorney Paul Gallegos did not receive positive remarks about his leadership in reports “A Review of Humboldt County Child Abuse Services Team” and “An Investigation of the District Attorney Criminal Division.”

Regarding CAST, the grand jury findings stated that the program is faltering because fewer cases are “referred to CAST by law enforcement (and) the district attorney has diminished CAST’s effectiveness by failing to attend governing board meetings, failing to send deputy district attorneys to child interviews and reducing staff.”

In the grand jury’s report on “An Investigation of the District Attorney Criminal Division,” jurors found that “the informed, well-organized, diligent leadership essential during difficult times is missing (and) operations are neither as efficient nor as effective as they must be.”

The grand jury report on the division also stated that “weak leadership and poor managerial practices have led to problems in communication within the office itself, and, more seriously, with law-enforcement agencies, the Board of Supervisors and the general public. The district attorney has failed to educate himself thoroughly in office operations and procedures, and does not employ many common, useful managerial tools: He does not meet regularly with the supervisors who oversee his staff; he does not meet regularly with deputy district attorneys; he does not meet regularly with law-enforcement agencies; he does not provide ‘at-will’ employees with formal performance evaluations; he has no policy and procedures manual for the office; he has no written training documents for new hires.”

In the report on the division, the grand jury recommends the district attorney:

• “hire more experienced prosecutors and clerical staff;

• “expand and improve communications with law enforcement;

• “develop and implement written policy and training manuals on handling communication with the public, especially victims of crime;

• “meet regularly with department heads;

• “develop a procedures and policy manual for the division;

• “improve the office answering system for off-hour calls;

• “provide written performance evaluations for ‘at-will’ employees;

• “refrain from firing long-term experienced prosecutors — or anyone — except for cause, unless a comparable replacement has been identified and retained;

• “reclassify ‘at-will’ prosecutors to provide them with more job security; and

• “require prosecutors to request that the reasons for plea bargains be reflected in the court minutes of cases”

The investigation into Humboldt County charter schools was “initiated by citizen complaints, state and national media attention on charter school effectiveness and a general lack of public knowledge about charter school,” according to the executive summary of grand jury report #2005-HS-02 through 09.

The jurors found that charter schools are public schools and Humboldt County has seven charter districts or networks comprised of 19 charter school sites.

The grand jury report stated that it found “three charter school networks needing oversight improvement in at least one of the following areas: teacher credentials, admission policies, financial management, state testing, and/or required record-keeping.”

On a positive note, the jury found that despite areas in need of improvement, “charter school students appear to be receiving both interesting as well as challenging educational opportunities.”

The grand jury recommends that:

• “The Humboldt County Office of Education establish a clear and consistent method of conducting annual oversight checks of all of the county’s charter schools.

• “The sponsoring agencies of charter schools and the Humboldt County Office of Education exercise vigilant oversight regarding the credentials held by teachers assigned to be the primary teachers of core high school courses (English, math, history and science).

• “The Northcoast Preparatory Academy of the Big Lagoon Charter School Network make its application and admission policies transparent.

• “The Big Lagoon Charter School Network develop stricter guidelines for the maintenance of student records.

• “The Big Lagoon Charter School Network pay all its employees directly, deducting appropriate taxes and retirement benefits, and pay premiums for state unemployment compensation and state workers’ compensation.

• “The Big Lagoon Charter School Network check with the federal and state internal revenue services and the federal and state departments of labor to verify the legal definition of ‘employee’ and ‘independent contractor.’

• “The Big Lagoon Charter School Network consult with authorities to determine the legitimacy of using a pass-through account to pay anyone who is already retired and receiving retirement system benefits.

• “The Equinox Center for Education of the Big Lagoon Charter School Network confirm the legitimacy and legality of transforming a private school to a public school.

• “The Mattole Valley Charter School and the Pacific View Charter School encourage participation with state-recommended testing in order to achieve the 95 percent rate desired to track school accountability.”

Grand jury forewoman Darlene Marlow said that she could not provide any comments about the final report.

“Our comment is the report and that is our only comment,” she said.

The final report from the grand jury is the result of more than 7,000 hours of work by 21 grand jurors, including alternates, over the past year, Marlow stated in a letter included in the grand jury final report to Judge Timothy Cissna.

By the end of the year, 16 people remained on the grand jury. Their names are included in the final report. The 2004-05 grand jury members who remain until the next jury begins its work in July are Richard Beller of Eureka, Anne Christen of Ferndale, Cindy L.H. Costa of Eureka, Allan B. Edwards of McKinleyville, Stephanie Head of Eureka, Claudia Johnson of Eureka, Stacey Kaspari of Eureka, Bettie Boyce Lee of Fortuna, Willa Diane Lehman of Garberville, Russell Lewis of Fortuna, Darlene Couch Marlow of Trinidad, John Matthew Morehouse of Arcata, Patricia S. Nolan of Fortuna, Sue Oringer of Bayside, Evon Stalker of McKinleyville and Samuel B. Trumball of Arcata.

The grand jury is comprised of citizens who serve for one year and comprise “a civil investigative body having for its objective the detection and correction of flaws in government,” according to the final report.

Some jurors may serve a second term on the grand jury to provide continuity from one term to the next.

The foreperson is the official spokesperson for the grand jury.

“A grand juror may take no official action without the prior approval and authorization of a majority of the grand jury,” the final report states.

The 2004-05 grand jury report will be printed in its entirety on Friday in The Eureka Reporter.

Copyright (C) 2005, The Eureka Reporter. All rights reserved.

Related:
Related:
TS - Grand Jury Findings and Recommendations
ER - 2004-05 Humboldt County Grand Jury Report 6/29/2005
TS - Grand jury issues scathing DA critique June 29, 2005
"However, the informed, well-organized, diligent leadership essential during difficult times is missing," the grand jury report said. "Operations are neither as efficient nor as effective as they must be."

McK Press - Grand Jury Report: D.A. guilty of 'weak leadership'
ER - 2004-05 Humboldt County grand jury releases its final report
NCJ - GRAND JURY REPORT IN


The Grand Jury Report on the DA's office
The Grand Jury Report on CAST
TS - Gallegos responds to grand jury findings
CAST Response/Grand Jury Report

TS - Grand jury issues scathing DA critique

Grand jury issues scathing DA critique
By Kimberly Wear, The Times-Standard
Wednesday, June 29, 2005

EUREKA -- The grand jury released a scathing critique of District Attorney Paul Gallegos on Tuesday, calling into question his leadership skills and issuing a list of recommended changes for his office.

In response, the district attorney said he agrees with several suggestions and some are already in progress, but Gallegos called other criticisms "untrue."

"A lot of these things, they just beat us to it, because in government things can take time," Gallegos said.

The grand jury said its investigation of the District Attorney's Office was prompted by "citizen complaints and the fact that there had been no formal grand jury review of any division of the DA's office in 10 years."

Acknowledged in the report are some difficulties faced by the office, including severe budget cuts, high staff turnover, adjustments after Gallegos replaced a 20-year veteran of the job and the disruption caused by the recent, failed DA recall attempt.

"However, the informed, well-organized, diligent leadership essential during difficult times is missing," the grand jury report said. "Operations are neither as efficient nor as effective as they must be."

Gallegos said the District Attorney's Office has done more with less during his tenure. He said the number of felony filings and defendants sent to jail are up the last two years despite a 25 percent decrease in staff.

At the same time, the antiquated system of keeping case information on 3-by-5 index cards was replaced with a computerized record-keeping system, the district attorney said.

"There's no one at the helm, but suddenly there's an increase in performance?" Gallegos asked. "That's sort of an odd response to nobody being at the helm."

The report said that the past two and a half years "have been stressful for the DA's office. Staff has had to adjust to a newly elected DA with no experience as a prosecuting attorney, who was not accustomed to administering a complex department with many employees, and whose management style is radically different from that of the previous DA."

Despite those problems, the report said, the grand jury found the staff to be "very hard-working and dedicated to the services they perform for the community."

Gallegos was elected in 2002 after beating long-time District Attorney Terry Farmer with 52 percent of the vote. Gallegos said he's certainly not the only attorney to switch from the defense to the prosecution or vice versa. He was a criminal defense attorney before becoming the county's top prosecutor.

"The difference is I've got the evidence and the burden of proof," he said. "The technicalities of it and presenting a case -- there's no real difference."

The forewoman of the grand jury that wrote the report, Darlene Marlow, was highly critical of Gallegos and his assistant district attorney's handling of the Debi August case, according to documents released during a series of discovery hearings earlier this month.

Marlow also served on the 2003-2004 grand jury that brought the accusation case against the Fortuna councilwoman. That case was dismissed with prejudice last week.

The current grand jury report also called into question the high staff turnover.

"The district attorney has shown a willingness to eliminate positions held by experienced deputy district attorneys and to replace them with newly graduated attorneys, and he has fired a long-term experienced prosecutor with no comparable replacement available."

Gallegos disagreed with the assessment. He said he lost several positions due to budget cuts or grant losses. One position was a firing and he said it was done for cause. Gallegos pointed out that Deputy District Attorney Worth Dikeman is running against him and he still has a job.

"There has been no intent to brain drain this office," Gallegos said. "Far from it."

The grand jury also said it found that "weak leadership and poor managerial practices have led to problems in communication within the office itself, and, more seriously, with law enforcement agencies, the Board of Supervisors, and the general public."

Gallegos said that he does regularly communicate with his deputy district attorneys and law enforcement. He said his second in command often attends meetings that he can't and a lot of discussions take place through e-mail.

"Communication is the easiest thing these days if you reach out and avail yourself," he said. "I would say I am pretty accessible."

He said "at will" employees are given performance evaluations by their immediate supervisors and the practice was implemented under his watch. Gallegos agrees there should be a policy and procedures manual for the office and he's been working on it.

He said he would be more than happy to implement many of the grand jury's suggestions if the Board of Supervisors was able to give him the money. Several others are in the works. Gallegos said he simply disagreed with some.

"We're actually punching out the work," Gallegos said.

See the complete list of the grand jury's findings and recommendations at the link below.

Findings and Recommendations

Related:
Related:
TS - Grand Jury Findings and Recommendations
ER - 2004-05 Humboldt County Grand Jury Report 6/29/2005
TS - Grand jury issues scathing DA critique June 29, 2005
"However, the informed, well-organized, diligent leadership essential during difficult times is missing," the grand jury report said. "Operations are neither as efficient nor as effective as they must be."

McK Press - Grand Jury Report: D.A. guilty of 'weak leadership'
ER - 2004-05 Humboldt County grand jury releases its final report
NCJ - GRAND JURY REPORT IN


The Grand Jury Report on the DA's office
The Grand Jury Report on CAST
TS - Gallegos responds to grand jury findings
CAST Response/Grand Jury Report

Stoen and Gallegos' HELP WANTED

It doesn't take long to recognize Stoen's writing - it's riddled with bizarre rhetoric...
The first one ran as a help wanted ad. Then it was revised...

(Note: At this point in time (2006) Gallegos is unable to find people who are willing to come to work in an office as chaotic and badly run as his. He has lost all but three of the seasoned prosecutors who worked for Humboldt County when he was elected a few years ago. Some of his new hires have left in a few days, some in a few weeks. Gallegos' handlers believed that his having survived the recall attempt would mean that bright young activist attorneys would jump at the chance to work at the feet of the "legend" - It's comical, Gallegos' much-vaunted suit against PL didn't even pass demurr, though he has finally gotten around to filing an appeal. In the meantime, the story of his mismanagement of the office continues to make headlines, and was the subject of a scathing Grand Jury report. This blog is an archive of articles relating to this subject, and for those who are interested in discussing the ongoing saga, please visit watchpaul.blogspot.com )

HumboldtFel0404.pdf

WANTED: TOP-FLIGHT PROSECUTOR   

WILLING TO TRADE INCOME FOR BEAUTY    

The Humboldt County District Attorney's Office is recruiting for a top-flight prosecutor, with at least 5 years felony experience, who is able to "pick up a file at a moment's notice and run with it." The opening derives from one of its deputy district attorneys being appointed a federal magistrate.

The Humboldt County DA's office is one of the most exciting prosecutorial offices in California. Its District Attorney, Paul Gallegos, is willing to charge anyone who commits wrongdoing--no matter how wealthy, sacrosanct, or ruthless. He believes in total equality before the law. He also plans to be innovative in promoting programs of prevention and treatment. He wants to make it the best prosecutorial office of its size in the nation.  

As an example of willingness to take on the powerful, the office filed, in February 2003, a major fraud suit against Pacific Lumber Company under the Unfair Competition Law. This led to Pacific Lumber's funding a recall against the DA, on which it spent $220,000 despite Humboldt being a rural county of only 140,000 people.  

On March 2, 2004, the voters in Humboldt County gave Gallegos an emphatic vote of confidence--over 61% of the vote despite a massive barrage of false advertising.   

Humboldt County is considered one of the most beautiful counties in the nation. It has an extensive coastline on the Pacific, contains rugged mountains for hiking and scenic rivers for fishing, and is home to the most cathedral-like redwoods in the world.

Eureka-Arcata has an airport with regularly scheduled service to San Francisco and Sacramento and elsewhere. It contains Humboldt State University, which reportedly sends the highest number of graduates into the Peace Corps of all colleges and universities in America.

The salary schedule for this position is per year, plus health and dental insurance benefits. Cost of living in Eureka-Arcata is less than in California's urban areas.

Contact:
Paul Gallegos,
Humboldt County District Attorney,
825 5th Street, 4th Floor,
Eureka, California 95501.
Phone: 707-445-7411. Fax: 707-445-7416.
Email: pgallegos@co.humboldt.ca.us.

***

The revised version reads: (All of the bizarre rhetoric has been removed.)
http://cdaa.org/HumboldtFel0404.pdf

WANTED: EXPERIENCED PROSECUTOR
WILLING TO TRADE INCOME FOR ENVIRONMENT

The Humboldt County District Attorney's Office is recruiting for an experienced prosecutor admitted to the California Bar--who has at least 5 years felony experience and is able to "pick up a file at a moment's notice and run with it." The opening derives from a deputy district attorneys being appointed a federal magistrate.

Humboldt County is considered one of the most beautiful counties in the nation. It has an extensive coastline on the Pacific, contains rugged mountains for hiking and scenic rivers for fishing, and is home to the most cathedral-like redwoods in the world.

Eureka-Arcata has an airport with regularly scheduled service to San Francisco and Sacramento and elsewhere. It is the home of Humboldt State University, an institution of high idealism that reputedly sends the highest number of graduates per capita into the Peace Corps of all colleges and universities in America.

This Deputy District Attorney III position carries a salary of $56,340.00, plus health and dental insurance benefits. Cost of living in Eureka-Arcata is less than in California's urban areas.

Contact:
Paul Gallegos,
Humboldt County District Attorney,
825 5th Street, 4th Floor,
Eureka, California 95501.
Phone: 707-445-7411. Fax: 707-445-7416.
Email: pgallegos@co.humboldt.ca.us.

****

WANTED: MISDEMEANOR PROSECUTOR WILLING TO TRADE INCOME FOR EXPERIENCE AND ENVIRONMENT The Humboldt County District Attorney's Office is recruiting for a misdemeanor prosecutor. We would consider a newly-minted attorney who did well in advocacy courses at law school. The position will provide extensive trial experience, and skilled mentoring by experienced felony prosecutors. Humboldt County is considered one of the most beautiful counties in the nation. It has an extensive coastline on the Pacific, contains rugged mountains for hiking and scenic rivers for fishing, and is home to the most cathedral-like redwoods in the world. Eureka-Arcata has an airport with regularly scheduled service to San Francisco and Sacramento and elsewhere. It is the home of Humboldt State University, an institution of high idealism. This Deputy District Attorney I position carries a salary of $40,538, plus health and dental insurance benefits. Cost of living in Eureka-Arcata is less than in California's urban areas. Contact: Paul Gallegos, Humboldt County District Attorney, 825 5th Street, 4th Floor, Eureka, California 95501. Phone: 707-445-7411. Fax: 707-445-7416. Email: pgallegos@co.humboldt.ca.us.

****
Then, there's this revealing little communique, detailing the thinking behind all this...
lizard2183@yahoo.com, michael@luminastrategies.com *

CC:
aeb_humboldt@topica.com

From:
"Ken Miller"    Add to Address Book
Subject:
Re: Elation

Date:
Wed, 3 Mar 2004 13:43:16 -0800

From the Alliance for Ethical Business (AEB) List serve:
1. DA's office can fight meth and heroin and their related crimes
including crooked cops. Crime prevention programs, in-patient rehab
locally.
2. DA can exploit his national notoriety by recruiting seasoned as
well as fresh bright younger prosecuters
3. Raise money to prosecute the PL case aggressively
4. Put forth an economic vision focusing on a diversified local and
regional organic economy, including energy policy, LNG, appropriate
Bay, airport, rail, etc development
5. Organize ourselves politically to accrue power, groom folks to run for offices. Database, outreach, etc.
6. Get rid of Tom Herman on the planning commission thanks to
Rodoni, he has been central to all of PL's fraudulent activities and
is therefore vulnerable to public outcry. This is a powerful
position.

At 8:36 AM -0800 3/3/04, David A. Jeffreys wrote:
> >From the Alliance for Ethical Business (AEB) List serve:
>Hello all,
>
>This is a great morning!!!!! We have a wonderful
>victory on our hands and I do not have to sell my
>house and move, heeeeee.
>
>One question, what does the AEB do now? We have an
>excellent organization here that should never go away.
>
>
>Thank you all,
>
>David A. Jeffreys

PD - PROSECUTOR STOEN DROPS SENATE BID

PROSECUTOR STOEN DROPS SENATE BID
Published on December 13, 2003
© 2003- The Press Democrat
BYLINE:    MIKE GENIELLA
PAGE: B1

Humboldt County prosecutor Tim Stoen's zig-zagging political career is providing fresh fodder for backers of a recall campaign against his boss, District Attorney Paul Gallegos.

Stoen, who over the past decade has switched political parties a number of times to run for state and federal offices, last weekend abruptly ended a bid to run for the U.S. Senate just one day after he paid a $3,000 filing fee and announced his campaign to become a Republican opponent of Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer.

Stoen first announced he was withdrawing so he could ``fully focus on prosecuting crime in Humboldt County.''

By Tuesday, Stoen was citing the entrance of Bill Jones, former California secretary of state, into the Senate race as the key factor in his decision to drop out.

Stoen and Gallegos could not be reached Friday for comment on the fallout surrounding Stoen's latest political venture.

But backers of a campaign to recall Gallegos in the March primary are having a field day with Stoen's political antics, including his initial declaration that he was running to expose at the state and national levels the ``forces of evil'' behind the recall.

``The triggering event for my entering into this campaign was Pacific Lumber Company's disreputable act of spending thousands of dollars to fund the current recall campaign,'' Stoen said then.

Pacific Lumber immediately fired back, saying Stoen's statement confirmed what the company suspected all along: that Gallegos' decision to allow Stoen to file a controversial civil fraud lawsuit against the company shortly after assuming office earlier this year was politically motivated.

``Stoen's short-lived campaign reinforces that he is ill-informed and ill-advised,'' Pacific Lumber spokeswoman Erin Dunn said Friday. ``It also reinforces the company's position that the lawsuit is without merit and has been politically motivated from the beginning.''

Besides the notoriety surrounding Stoen and the lawsuit against Pacific Lumber, the prosecutor's past is coming under new scrutiny from critics of Gallegos.

The recent 25th anniversary of the mass murder/suicide at Jonestown has brought fresh reminders of Stoen's early role in the Peoples Temple. Stoen was chief legal adviser to cult leader Jim Jones, and helped orchestrate Jones' rise to political power in Mendocino County and later San Francisco.

Stoen broke from Jones a year before the 1978 Jonestown tragedy, but his 6-year-old son died along with more than 900 others in the jungle of Guyana.

``If the hiring of an ex-cultist is the best Gallegos could do after an alleged nationwide search, then that says a lot about his abilities,'' said Rick Brazeau, an Arcata political consultant who's managing the March recall campaign against Gallegos.

``We want to make sure the voters understand that,'' Brazeau said.

You can reach Staff Writer Mike Geniella at 462-6470 or mgeniella@pressdemocrat.com

TS - Stoen "powerful forces of evil"

Funny that was the exact phrase I used to refer to him and his & Gallegos' backers and cronies. "powerful forces of evil"

Stoen's Senate run aimed at 'exposing powerful forces of evil' behind DA recall
PL: Decision confirms lawsuit 'politically motivated'
By James Tressler The Times-Standard
Dec 6, 2003

EUREKA -- Humboldt County Assistant District Attorney Tim Stoen said Friday his decision to run for U.S. Senate is aimed, at least in part, at exposing what he calls "powerful forces of evil" trying to recall District Attorney Paul Gallegos.

Meanwhile, Pacific Lumber Co.'s president, who back the recall, say Stoen's decision confirms his lawsuit against the company is "politically motivated."

In a statement released Friday, Stoen said a Senate run could bring to the state and national level abuses of law and free enterprise -- essentially, issues that he raises in his high-profile lawsuit against PL.

"The immediate goal of this Senate campaign is to prevent the recall organizers from distorting and hiding these issues because of the vast wealth they have available," Stoen said. "I propose to even these odds by taking the offensive in a California-wide political process, thereby exposing to the light the powerful forces of evil trying to take down the totally honorable Paul Gallegos."

Stoen, 65, would be one of five Republicans on the March primary ballot. All are seeking to unseat incumbent Democratic U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer. The GOP challengers include former Secretary of State Bill Jones, former U.S. Treasurer Rosario Marin, former Los Altos Hills Mayor Toni Casey and former State Assemblyman Howard Kaloogian, who was chairman of the Recall Gray Davis Committee.

Stoen said his ultimate goal is to get elected to the U.S. Senate, where he could, "push for laws preventing the deceptions committed by (PL) as detailed in our lawsuit, the abuses implicit in its 'fraud pact' response to our lawsuit, from being further operative in the market economics of America."

The lawsuit, which has not gone to trial, alleges that PL lied to state and federal regulators in the 1999 Headwaters Forest deal, in which the timber company was paid some $480 million in exchange for selling about 7,400 acres of redwood trees in the Headwaters Forest.

The district attorney's office alleges the company has since conducted logging operations forbidden under the 1999 agreement and thus caused environmental damage. PL has called the suit baseless and politically motivated, and the company poured more than $40,000 into a campaign to recall Gallegos.

Stoen's platform centers around five main planks. He said he agrees with President Bush's global strategy to promote democracy, especially in the Middle East, "as a moral imperative and a profound national interest." He also supports an "anticipatory self-defense" military policy, an investor protection economic policy, a "sustainability" environmental policy as well as a corporate policy aimed at reforms.

Two specific corporate reforms Stoen says he's seeking revolve around allegations he's made that PL is hiding behind a so-called "right to lie" defense and so-called "fraud pacts." Stoen charges that the company, in trying to get the lawsuit dismissed, is using the Noerr-Pennington doctrine cited by PL attorneys, who argue that even if the company provided misleading information to the government, such conduct is protected under the First Amendment and the Noerr-Pennington doctrine.

The "fraud pact" allegation refers to a 1996 agreement between Maxxam Corp. (which owns PL), the U.S. Department of the Interior and the California Resources Agency "to cooperate ... to preserve" the company's sustained yield plan "against third-party challenge." Such a pact forces the regulatory agencies to side with PL, Stoen alleges.

Stoen said if elected to the U.S. Senate he would work to reform laws pertaining to "right-to-lie" rights and fraud pacts.

PL President Robert Manne released a short statement in response to Stoen's announcement:

"Philosophically, I could endorse the five principles Mr. Stoen has laid out in his platform and initially thought about endorsing him," Manne said. "But once again, Mr. Stoen demonstrates he can't separate fact from fiction, has a personal vendetta he is pursuing at the expense of taxpayers, and confirms that the lawsuit against PALCO is truly politically motivated."

Earlier this week, Stoen's announcement was greeted with a mixture of support and criticism. Mike Harvey, chairman of the Humboldt County Republican Party, scoffed at Stoen's decision, saying he wondered whether Stoen could manage to run a statewide campaign without neglecting his current job. Harvey also went so far as to question whether Stoen's Senate run is just a publicity stunt to attract attention to the PL lawsuit.

On Friday, Stoen said he believes he can run for Senate without neglecting his duties. He's got about five weeks' worth of vacation time on the books, so he can take time off work. Also, Stoen said he intends to continue handling the PL lawsuit even if he manages to beat Boxer next year.

"I (would), consistent with Senate Ethics Rules, personally supervise, and -- should the trial take place when the Senate is not in session -- personally try our fraud case against (PL) as a special pro bono prosecutor," Stoen said.

This promise met with derision from Rick Brazeau, spokesman for the Committee to Recall Paul Gallegos.

"He must have 102 (marijuana) plants in his house if he believes he can serve in the Senate and handle the lawsuit," Brazeau said. "How could he say anything so stupid? This just vindicates everything we've been saying about his boss. Paul's judgment has been shown to be completely execrable. He didn't do the homework to find out if this guy was going to stick around."

Meanwhile, Gallegos on Friday said Stoen's got his backing.

"I wish him all the luck in the world," Gallegos said. "I believe in our democratic system. The success of it depends on having good candidates. If your intentions are good and you are willing to make the necessary sacrifices, I applaud you.

TS - Stoen sets sights on U.S. Senate

Stoen sets sights on U.S. Senate
By James Tressler The Times-Standard
Dec 5, 2003

EUREKA -- Here's yet another huge twist in the ongoing Humboldt County district attorney saga: DA Paul Gallegos' right-hand man, Tim Stoen, wants to run for U.S. Senate.

Stoen, hired by Gallegos this year to be his assistant district attorney, and who is handling Gallegos' controversial lawsuit against Pacific Lumber Co., filed an intention statement with the county Elections Office on Thursday.

Neither Stoen nor Gallegos could be reached for comment, but elections officials confirmed Stoen filed the statement to run against incumbent Democratic U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer.

While such a run may come as a surprise -- Stoen's name would be on the same ballot in March as his boss, Gallegos, who faces a recall election -- Stoen has been active in politics before.

Last year he made an unsuccessful run on the Republican ticket for the North Coast's state Assembly seat, losing in the primary last March to fellow Republican Rob Brown. Stoen pic

Stoen has previously described himself as a conservative, pro-life Democrat. He was a Democrat 12 years ago when he made an unsuccessful run against Frank Riggs for Congress, then became a Republican again. In 1998 he switched to Democrat to take on Wesley Chesbro in the primaries in an attempt to gain the state Senate seat Chesbro now holds.

Locally Stoen has achieved notoriety not only for the PL lawsuit, but also for his ill-timed association with the late Jim Jones. Stoen was a legal adviser to the Peoples Temple founder, and he lost his 6-year-old son, John Victor Stoen, who died in a mass suicide orchestrated by Jones in Guyana in 1978.

Stoen had defected from the People's Temple in 1977 and was in the process of attempting to extricate his son from Jonestown with the help of U.S. Rep. Leo Ryan of San Mateo. Stoen stayed in Georgetown, Guyana, while Ryan visited Jonestown. Ryan was shot and killed when Jones's followers attacked his party as they attempted to fly out of Jonestown. The mass suicide followed.

The PL lawsuit, filed just weeks after Gallegos took office, has been the political story on the North Coast this year. The district attorney is seeking hundreds of millions in damages against the timber company, alleging PL lied to state agencies during the 1999 Headwaters Forest deal and subsequently has caused environmental damage as a result of activities the District Attorney's Office charges were forbidden under that agreement.

Just how Stoen plans to manage the PL lawsuit, which has yet to go to trial, and take on the task of running against the formidable Boxer for U.S. Senate -- who holds one of the state's most powerful political slots -- remains to be seen.

Mike Harvey, chairman of the Humboldt County Republican Party, said he's skeptical Stoen can pull it off.

"I'm not sure he's going to be able to do both his job as assistant district attorney and run an effective campaign," Harvey said. "I just hope he doesn't use running for Senate as a marketing tool for the DA's lawsuit against PL."

However, Eureka attorney Bill Bertain, a staunch PL critic who years ago won a settlement in a shareholders lawsuit against the PL parent company Maxxam Corp. in the early 1990s, said he doesn't see any problem with Stoen's decision. Bertain maintained that the PL lawsuit, though controversial, probably won't go to trial until sometime after the March primary. Bertain also said he thinks Stoen has a chance.

"He's very articulate, he knows a lot of people, he's got name recognition already and here he is with an issue that's pretty hot," Bertain said.

As of Thursday, three other Republicans had officially entered the race -- former U.S. Treasurer Rosario Marin, former Los Altos Hills Mayor Toni Casey and Ventura County Assemblyman Tony Strickland. All are relatively little known, but that could change if former Secretary of State Bill Jones enters the race. Jones, a Republican, has reportedly expressed interest in the race, but has not officially entered it.

Roy Behr, Boxer's campaign spokesman, said he's not familiar with Stoen but welcomed him into the fray.

In a telephone interview from Los Angeles, Behr said Stoen could have a chance of winning the Republican ticket, given that so far none of the candidates is particularly well known.

"When it comes to winning the primary, anyone who has the ability to communicate with voters, is particularly well known or has a substantial voter base has a plausible chance," Behr said. "Of course, winning in the general election next November is a different story."

According to elections officials, Stoen has paid the roughly $3,000 filing fee to enter the Senate race, but he has until today -- the deadline -- to get at least 65 valid signatures.

Eco-terrorist Rod Coronado

The author of this overly dramatic piece piece is Rod Coronado who is classified as an eco-terrorist, and has served time in prison for bombings.

"Rod Coronado has been living in Humboldt as a ground supporter for the Freshwater and Mattole treesits. He is currently organizing a direct action campaign against Maxxam/Pacific Lumber and Eric Schatz Tree Service that will not require a nonviolence training."

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Canopy Invasion in Freshwater
Rethinking Direct Action Strategies
Rod Coronado

Not far from where I write this, the last indigenous Mattole people made their stand. In the late 1800s, they were slaughtered by vigilante ranchers on nearby Rainbow Ridge. The Mattole were the caretakers of the land. They were the defenders of the forests.

Now, this very hillside of old-growth Douglas fir, oak and madrone forest is under attack from the same economic interests that led to the slaughter of the Mattole people.

The Rattle 9 Timber Harvest Plan (THP) has been approved. Blue lines mark the trees slated for death. All that stands in the way of the chainsaws at this point are our treesits and blockades. While treesits remain here in the Mattole and on Gypsy Mountain, it was the Freshwater treesits that fell under attack on March 17. This is not an official report from Earth First!, this is my story of the continuing battle to preserve ancient forests in Northern California and why I believe chants and singing are not enough.

Monday, March 17—The Canopy Invasion Begins

The day began with the eviction of Remedy and Wren from the treesits in the trees known as Jerry and Everlasting Life. They had continuously occupied these trees for 362 and 300 days, respectively. More than 50 California Highway Patrol officers and sheriff’s deputies illegally shut down the only road to the treesits. When the road was reopened, more than one hundred supporters gathered to witness as Remedy’s lockbox was cut, and she was lowered to the ground. The group I was in began to walk onto the road, and when the police ordered us back, we linked arms and sat down to block the road.

Wren’s lockbox took nearly two hours to cut. As darkness fell, we could see sparks fall to the ground from the climber’s handheld disc grinder. When PL’s hired climber, Eric Schatz (aka Climber Eric), lowered Wren’s bound body to the ground, the crowd surged forward. The police began jabbing us back with their batons. Arrests were made as more supporters sat in the roadway, and others chanted and drummed. Local residents and activists began to circle Everlasting Life, which still held Climber Eric’s crew. PL’s lackeys demanded police protection and got it. Deputies kicked activists who sat in the road and then pepper sprayed and batoned those who resisted.

My affinity group decided to shutdown PL’s helicopter logging operation above the Freshwater encampment. Twelve of us walked past the Columbia Helicopter Company security guard and climbed onto the redwood trunks as they were being lifted by the helicopter, disrupting it’s takeoff. Many of the trees were five to six feet in diameter. The helicopter operator gave up and left the area. We disappeared as the sheriff drove up the road. The helicopter has not flown again in Freshwater.

Tuesday, March 18—The Fight for Life Continues

As supporters arrived in the morning, they were greeted with hoots from another group of treesitters who had reoccupied Jerry and Everlasting Life in the middle of the night. Climber Eric and his crew were only able to remove one treesitter while eight other forest defenders were arrested on the ground.

In a cruel act of frustration, PL loggers and sheriff deputies formed an armed circle to protect one of Climber Eric’s crew who cut through the bark and girdled two ancient redwoods known as Wind Dancer and Robin. Meanwhile, two other treesitters evaded capture by traversing to other trees and climbing to the top.

Wednesday, March 19—Utopia Under Attack

Few forest defenders had slept more than a couple of hours when the cell phones began to ring. The community was alerted to the attack on Utopia, a tree occupied by Silver Willow, one of the Utopian Tree Pirates. That morning, PL security, loggers and the Sheriff’s deputies stood guard while Climber Eric cut the limbs off of Utopia and then bound and lowered Silver Willow from the tree. At the same time, a forest defender attempted to lockdown onto PL’s gate and was arrested as Utopia fell.

After the attack on Utopia, the police congregated on the helicopter log deck to watch for our next move. Our affinity group decided to stop a PL log deck construction crew in the forest. We ran to PL’s gate and locked the police in on the helicopter pad area with a Kryptonite lock. Then, we sped down the hill to the road construction site, and a defender locked down to an excavator, stopping the operation for the rest of the day.

Thursday, March 20—Tale of the Tree Pirates

Another tree pirate, AMD, climbed to the very tip of Jerry to avoid capture by Climber Eric. Meanwhile, two groups played cat and mouse in the forest to stop PL loggers from felling unoccupied trees. When we made our presence known to loggers, they chased us down, each carrying plastic handcuffs. We ran away; it’s how some of us avoid PL’s known violent attacks on nonviolent observers.

In the afternoon, the crowd watched Climber Eric balance precariously at the tip of Jerry and pull AMD from the limb that miraculously held them both. When she was lowered to the ground, PL loggers advanced toward the ancient tree. Climber Eric began cutting the top of the tree and then a majority of Jerry’s limbs.

More activists were arrested on the road for disobeying police orders, while individuals dove into the woods under Jerry’s canopy. Climber Eric continued to cut limbs from Jerry despite the knowledge that activists were beneath him. Never have I seen such determination to destroy something so beautiful as that brave tree. Away from the view of the cops, friends and I cried. For months, we have struggled to protect these few old-growth trees, creating a community of resistance to the destruction of the natural world. Now we were watching as one of our elders was being destroyed.

Friday, March 21—The Battle to Save Merize

Climber Eric came face to face with three brave forest defenders who were resolute in their commitment to keep the tree named Merize alive. Thursday’s actions had made it clear that PL, the Sheriff and Climber Eric were intent on continuing their reckless endangerment of our treesitters’ lives. Enough tears had fallen.

Stormy, Crazy Bird and Ozark were all witnesses to PL’s violence the day before, and I knew each one’s strong determination to make a stand for the trees. Three resolute treesitters was more than Climber Eric expected, and he was forced to abandon his attempted murder of Merize.

Forest defenders attempted to lockdown to Climber Eric’s truck and were violently pulled from underneath by him and one of his crew. The police made no arrests and announced that they were leaving. Without police protection, Climber Eric left Freshwater and headed to the Redwood Logging Conference where PL President Robert Manne was delivering the keynote address.

Our Nomination for Ecoterrorist of the Month

Over the weekend, forest defenders scrambled to fortify Freshwater’s 19 treesits. At the end of the first week, we’d only seen one occupied tree fall, though three others had been seriously wounded. Five treesitters had been arrested, and many more were put at risk by Climber Eric’s reckless actions. When AMD was released from jail, she told the story of how, as Jerry’s tip began to crack, Climber Eric said that if she should fall, he and his crew had already corroborated that they would testify she had committed suicide.

The fact that the destroyers of ancient redwoods already have contingency plans for their next human victims should be a wake-up call for Earth First! and other forest defenders. No amount of positive healing energy directed toward these hired murderers is going to stop them. It’s time to hold Climber Eric accountable for all the treesitters he has endangered and for the ancient trees of Freshwater, the Mattole and Gypsy Mountain whose destruction he is enabling. It is our movement’s obligation to stop him before PL’s ecologically destructive logging results in the death of another activist. Any individual who is making it possible for PL to kill old-growth forests must be a target for our movement.

Monday, March 24—Named and Shamed

On March 24, we didn’t wait for Climber Eric to show up in our forest. We went to his home, business and insurance company. We arrived at Climber Eric’s house at eight a.m. and stood at the end of his driveway. His wife came and demanded that we leave the property. We refused and she called the police. We stated that Climber Eric and PL are responsible for killing and injuring forest defenders, and that we weren’t going to allow him to kill or injure anymore. Within minutes, neighbors were coming out of their houses and six Sheriff’s patrol cars arrived, followed by Carl Anderson, head of PL security and Richard Pettis, PL’s land manager. When Climber Eric, appeared he was visibly distraught—not the confident, controlled person he is when he’s protected by his co-workers and police. He rushed up to me and demanded to know what we were doing there. I told him we knew what he said to AMD in the tree and that we weren’t going to allow him to enter any tree occupied by a forest defender. The sheriffs led red-faced Climber Eric away to be interviewed by the media that had just arrived.

Taking Out an Insurance Policy

The next stop was Climber Eric’s insurance provider, Northwest Insurance Agency. AMD, myself and videographers from the Natural Guard met with a representative and demanded accountability from the legal underwriters who allow Climber Eric to remove treesitters. The agent refused to watch a video of AMD’s eviction or to accept a formal complaint, so we announced our intention to target Northwest Insurance Agency until they cancel Climber Eric’s insurance policy.

The lives of the trees Climber Eric helps kill are worth more than our allegiance to tactics that comfort our conscience, but do little more than slow the THPs. We need to do more than simply respond at the eleventh hour, when Climber Eric arrives in the forests to evict treesitters. He is an untrained, unlicensed and contracted employee of PL, not a law enforcement officer. It’s his job to remove the people protecting old-growth trees so they can be cut down. If Schatz’s Tree Service continues to accept employment as a treesitter evictor for PL, we will continue a campaign of protests and demonstrations at his home and business.

A Canopy Perspective on a Ground War

I remember watching the swabbing of pepper spray onto the eyes of Earth First!ers by the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department while in prison in 1998, not long before PL employees murdered our brother, David Gypsy Chain. It’s time for the direct action forest protection movement to reevaluate its tactics before another activist is killed. In the meantime, let’s use new tactics and strategies that have been proven effective in other direct action movements, especially, the “name and shame” tactic of home demos. Our tactics and strategies have become less effective, once our opponents become familiar with them, as PL has in Humboldt County.

Earth First!’s battle to protect old-growth forests needs to be about more than just building a better lockbox or a bigger slash pile. We need to recognize that we are losing. We need to remember that it’s okay to destroy big yellow machinery that is left unguarded in the places they intend to destroy. There is no greater act of nonviolence than an aggressive, nonviolent act that prevents a much worse act of violence from happening. This includes the dismantling and eradication of weapons whose sole purpose is the destruction of irreplaceable biodiversity.

Remember, we are the warriors who must put the Earth first. We are the last lines of defense for the last wild places of the US. If we back down now, there will be no one else to stop the bulldozers and chainsaws. We will be the ones left to cry when the places and animals we have fought for are destroyed. This movement is not a lifestyle. It’s not something to do before you go back to your corporate-controlled college to be trained as a cog in the wheel of the most violent society on Earth. This is a Warrior Society. By calling ourselves the uncompromising defenders of our Earth mother, we are accepting the responsibility to do more than chant, drum and direct healing energy. That’s all good stuff, but not the appropriate response from warriors empowered to protect the natural and animal world.

On Sunday, March 29, Freshwater forest defenders celebrated the one-year anniversary of Remedy’s treesit and the successful defense of Jerry, which has been reoccupied for the third time. The rain has brought a temporary, yet welcome break from PL’s terrorist attacks. Until federal and state agencies do their jobs to protect our natural heritage, the defenders of Freshwater, the Mattole and Gypsy Mountain need your help. A week of assaults has both shaken and strengthened this community. The mood is far from defeatist. Clenched fists and howls filled the air Sunday when folksinger Ethan Miller sang, “This ain’t no peace song, this is a declaration of war.” PL and Climber Eric take note.

Rod Coronado has been living in Humboldt as a ground supporter for the Freshwater and Mattole treesits. He is currently organizing a direct action campaign against Maxxam/Pacific Lumber and Eric Schatz Tree Service that will not require a nonviolence training.

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Mck. Press - Is Stoen trying to intimidate the media?

McKinleyville Press Editorial - by Jack Durham

Is Stoen trying to intimidate the media?

One would assume that an attorney with decades of experience who has been in the spotlight and weathered his fair share of controversies would understand basic libel law. Or, at the very least, he would open a law book before accusing media outlets of libel.

But that doesn't appear to be the case with Assistant District Attorney Tim Stoen, who recently demanded that the Times-Standard and News Channel 3 retract what he considered libelous statements.

The problem is that the statements were not libelous. They were the truth.

As the newspaper and TV Station reported, the county investigated a sexual harassment claim made by a staff member in Stoen's office. The investigation concluded that Stoen did not violate the county's sexual harassment policy, so he was exonerated.

The false accusations were undoubtedly embarrassing for the assistant D.A., but they weren't libelous, and in the end, his name was cleared.

So why is Stoen essentially threatening media outlets with libel suits? It's unlikely that he's woefully ignorant of the law, so what other reason could he have for making such threats? Could he be trying to intimidate the media with the hopes that the reporters will shy away from making negative comments about him out of fear that lawsuits will ensue?

That may sound conspiratorial, but look at what's happening to Fortuna City Councilwoman Deborah August. The rookie councilwoman is a critic of Stoen's fraud suit against pacific Lumber Co. She even went as far as to compare the lawsuit as an attack on her community equal to the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 - a stupid comment indeed.

However Stoen has since charged her for alleged corruption with regard to a development in Fortuna. Several of the charges against her were dropped, but some remain.

Some say that the charges are politically motivated, while Stoen maintains that he's pursuing the charges at the behest of the Humboldt County Grand Jury. the courts may ultimately determine who is right and wrong.

But, given Stoen's furor over the media's reporting of an investigation into allegations against him, why isn't he complaining about the media's coverage of as yet unproven allegations against August? After all, those allegations and the subsequent media coverage were instigated by Stoen himself. Sounds hypocritical to say the least.

Neither the Times Standard or Channel 3 have issued retractions. When the sexual harassment investigation began, Stoen proclaimed, "The truth is my friend." Should he pursue a libel suit against the media, the truth- and the law - will be his enemy.

Stoen should exercise better judgement in the future. In the meantime, he should rescind his demand for a retraction and issue a public apology for his foolishness.

Tuesday June 29th issue McKinleyville Press page 6

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TS - County officials satisfied

County officials satisfied with outcome of Stoen probe
By James Tressler The Times-Standard

EUREKA -- Humboldt County officials on Wednesday remained tight-lipped regarding a recently concluded investigation into allegations that Assistant District Attorney Tim Stoen sexually harassed a female clerical worker in the District Attorney's Office.

A report on the investigation, which found Stoen's alleged conduct did not violate the county's sexual harassment policies, will remain under lock and key at General Services Manager Kim Kerr's office.

"The process worked," Kerr said. "We had the complaint and we followed that process."

Stoen declined to comment on the outcome of the investigation.

Details on the alleged harassment remain sketchy, with county officials reluctant to comment on the specific nature of the allegations out of sensitivity to both Stoen and the woman who made the accusation.

Kerr said every effort was made to ensure both parties got a fair hearing by bringing in an outside party to lead the probe. The investigator, who specializes in sexual harassment claims, was hired from the San Francisco Bay Area.

Kerr said that the only people who've seen the final report, which is not being released to the public, are Kerr, Personnel Director Rick Haeg and District Attorney Paul Gallegos.

Stoen has been a high-profile and controversial figure ever since Gallegos hired him after taking office in January 2003. He's the lead attorney in the district attorney's fraud lawsuit against Pacific Lumber Co., a case that became a focal point during an unsuccessful Palco-backed effort to recall Gallegos earlier this year.

Stoen's critics have assailed him for his association in the 1970s with People's Temple founder Jim Jones -- an experience Stoen has said he deeply regrets. Stoen's 6-year-old child was one of more than 900 people who died in a mass suicide organized by Jones in Guyana in 1978, after Stoen had broken from the group.

Stoen also toyed with the idea of running on the Republican ticket for U.S. Senate last December. However, after officially announcing his candidacy, Stoen changed his mind 24 hours later and abruptly dropped out of the race.

On Wednesday, Gallegos said he's satisfied with the outcome of the probe, and he remains "absolutely" confident in his assistant district attorney.

"If anything warranted going for (additional action) we would have," Gallegos said. "I look at anything like that (harassment) very seriously. And I want to make sure everything was done as fairly and impartially as we can do it. That's why we looked to get an outside investigator.

"There's work to be done in our office," Gallegos added. "Let's not isolate Tim or any of the other parties involved. All of us in the office as a group need to move forward."

Jill Geist, chairwoman of the county Board of Supervisors, said she and the other supervisors steered clear of the investigation.

"We don't get involved in those kind of things," Geist said. "Paul is an elected official. Any kind of administrative or management issues are for him to deal with. It doesn't come into our purview."