5.23.2011

Proposed Humboldt County cuts squeeze departments: DA, DHHS, public defender all warn cuts will carry consequences

Proposed Humboldt County cuts squeeze departments: DA, DHHS, public defender all warn cuts will carry consequences
Thadeus Greenson/The Times-Standard
Posted: 05/23/2011 02:30:13 AM PDT

Proposed Humboldt County cuts squeeze departments: DA, DHHS, public defender all warn cuts will carry consequences

While much of the county budget debate has swirled around impacts to the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office, the proposed across-the-board cuts will pinch other departments as well.

The Humboldt County District Attorney's Office is contemplating a drastic scale-back of its Child Abuse Services Team, or CAST. The 8 percent across-the-board cut will mean the Department of Health and Human Services will be unable to leverage millions of dollars in matching state and federal programs and will have to scale back its focus to mandated programs.

The proposed cuts would also force the Public Defender's Office to lay off two senior attorneys, which would likely lead to the court appointing private attorneys to pick up some of the office's case load. That could result in hundreds of thousands of dollars in added expenses for the county.

”We're looking at some major, major impacts,” said Humboldt County District Attorney Paul Gallegos. “I'm not trying to sound bleak but, candidly, I don't see a silver lining.”

At recent meetings held to gather public input, numerous speakers said the Sheriff's Office, which may also see a steep funding reduction from the state, should be insulated from cuts at all costs. What would it take to keep deputies on the streets, they asked.

Humboldt County Administrative Officer Phillip Smith-Hanes told residents at a McKinleyville meeting that leaving out cuts to the Sheriff's Office would mean devastating

18 percent cuts for other county departments because it is -- by far -- the largest benefactor of the general fund.
Now, not only are other department heads scrambling to figure out how to lop 8 percent off their budgets -- many of which are also getting squeezed by state reductions -- they're also concerned about the county slicing a bit deeper.

Even at 8 percent, some say the cuts are penny wise and pound foolish.

Nine deputy public defenders recently penned a letter to the Times-Standard claiming that even the proposed cuts mean hundreds of thousands of dollars in added general fund expenses for the county.

To accommodate the proposed across-the-board cuts, the office is looking at laying off two senior attorneys, which would yield a maximum savings of about $275,000, according to the letter. However, the county is mandated to provide a defense attorney to anyone who cannot afford one, which simply leaves no wiggle room when it comes to the Public Defender Office workload. If the office doesn't have an attorney available to take on a case, the court will appoint a private attorney, billing the hourly rate of $65 to the county.

According to the letter, that could mean the county will end up spending as much as $675,000 over the course of the fiscal year simply to yield an upfront savings of less than half that.

”This shortsighted decision will cost us all money,” the letter states.

The letter also states the proposed budget would cause the office to immediately seek to be relieved from all cases in the Hoopa/Klamath/Trinity Court, as well as the Garberville Court, which would necessitate that anyone needing a public defender travel to court dates in Eureka.

Gallegos said his department is potentially looking at taking hits from all sides.

In addition to the proposed county cuts, he said his office will also potentially lose some $160,000 in state funding if a portion of the Vehicle Licensing Fee is not extended. Cuts to the Department of Health and Human Services will also impact the DA's CAST program, Gallegos said.

For some 15 years, DHHS has contributed about $280,000 to the ongoing operation of CAST, which comprises specially trained individuals from Child Welfare Services, the DA's Office, the DA's Victim Witness Assistance Program, local law enforcement agencies, Probation and other agencies. The idea is that the team is better able to investigate and prosecute child abuse allegations.

But this year, DHHS is taking a 17.4 percent reduction in state funding in addition to the proposed county cuts, which is strongly impacting its ability to leverage matching state and federal funds. Consequently, Director Phillip Crandall said, it has had to pull its funding of CAST, though it has pledged to keep allocating staff positions to the team.

”While we have historically provided that support for CAST because it's a valuable service and good for our children, we don't have sufficient funds to carry that,” Crandall said.

Gallegos said he's currently looking to supplant the money that traditionally came from DHHS. As things stand, Gallegos said, he will be able to keep CAST going, but he worries further cuts could put it in jeopardy.

As an example, Gallegos said that senior Deputy District Attorney Max Cardoza and Assistant Deputy District Attorney Wes Keat are planning on retiring this year. He said their salaries are in his proposed budget -- which comes in with an 8 percent cut -- but the county has a hiring freeze in place, and he's concerned the county may not approve refilling the positions.

If those positions were to wind up frozen, Gallegos said it would severely impact his office.

Both Crandall and Gallegos said CAST is a priority, but both stated it is not a state-mandated program, meaning at some point, it could be dropped due to cuts.

”We're going to look at every feasible option to keep CAST functioning,” Gallegos said.

Gallegos said he thinks it's important to remember that public safety is a joint effort that cuts across multiple departments. He said there's no question deputies are needed to enforce laws, but said prosecutors are also needed to bring offenders to justice, probation officers are needed to help ensure ex-convicts don't re-offend and DHHS officials are necessary to provide mental health services, investigate health code violations and protect children and vulnerable adults.

”It's a system that requires balance,” Gallegos said.

Thadeus Greenson can be reached at 441-0509 or tgreenson@times-standard.com.

4.09.2011

saving anon.r.mous

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Carson Park Ranger UNMASKED!
Joel Mielke
Box 1099
Eureka, California 95502
United States
707-444-2644
Fax -- 619-236-8486


http://www.carsonparkdesign.com/contact.html

http://www.carsonparkdesign.com/images/masthead.jpg

D'OH!

But here is where it gets odd...

http://www.radioactivefuture.com/mielke.htm

See that fax number, it matches the fax number to the CPR's website. Could the CARSON PARK RANGER be a carpetbagger as well???

Joel Mielke - Designer
Joel owned and operated a graphic design studio in San Diego, CA from 1993 to 2003, which specialized in signage, directionals, and environmental graphics. He has provided design solutions for design firms, architects, property management companies, and Business Improvement Districts in southern California, as well as large and small companies. Joel taught typography for 3 years at Grossmont College in San Diego, CA.

Damn man, you had a good run going!

Added more artwork


The Bottle Let Me Down, mixed media, 2003
More great political work from Joel, shown in my Garden Variety show. My deep-seated love for political work combined with my equally deep-seated hate for this piece's subject matter made this a most welcomed addition to my permanent collection.


Bush Escutcheon, mixed media, 2002.
This was shown at my Human Wreckage show, right up front. Joel changed the matting from the original piece, which looked absolutely perfect until I dropped it when unloading a stack of pieces from the back of my car. Better to drop something you already own than something you have to own because you dropped it, I suppose. The "arbusto" reference still cracks me up.

Joel Mielke, the man who brought the San Diego activist community the best signs at demos, has recently left San Diego, but his work lives on in my collection. He made the 5' x 5' Radioactive Future banner for me a couple of years ago, and his stickers and political signage have graced my walls for quite some time. A truly swell guy, who's helped me out way too many times to count. He also taught me how to do silkscreen printing.

Linky Here

Damn man, why don't we ever get any normal people up here? Did someone turn on the left wing wackoloon magnet?
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Comments:
And he is a fine designer!
# posted by Anonymous : September 05, 2006 7:53 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i-TUo0RfV4U

Barbara schults and Charles Douglas.

Such fire, such passion.
# posted by Anonymous : September 06, 2006 8:09 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w4eFSKWeNxc&mode=related&search=

Now that's funny. Why did those people lay hands on someone else in a public place?

And what the hell is going on?

LNG is a poor fit for Humboldt?

More like Jobs are a poor fit for Humboldt.
# posted by Anonymous : September 06, 2006 8:41 AM
Heh, little bastard removed my posts on his blog.

My crime?

Posting "Sup"
# posted by Anon.R.mous : September 06, 2006 10:23 AM
No wonder Joel the Rump Ranger was so defensive of Shawn Warford and his creepy activities at the Advocate.
# posted by Anonymous : September 06, 2006 11:33 AM
Ah-ah, now anon.r. CPR is actually a very nice guy. Liberal yes, but a nice guy. You might like him, but you guys probably couldn't talk poliitcs.

But I bow to your superior googling skills!
# posted by Anonymous : September 06, 2006 1:10 PM
He might be quite the nice fellow, but, well, I get the feeling I keep getting talked down to by my "betters" if you know what I mean. I have a strong dislike of people moving into an area and within 2 years telling everybody they are dumb and that they (the new people) are right.

He may be one hell of a graphic artist, but his "art", well, is dull and boring. I've seen it all before. That and he removed my posts, quite childish.
# posted by Anon.R.mous : September 06, 2006 1:26 PM
Joel might actually get in trouble for this since he slings ads for a local rag. 3 guesses for which one (and no its not the advocate, his and shawns relationship was a lot more personal).
# posted by Anonymous : September 06, 2006 1:43 PM
North Coast Journal. It's not a secret.
# posted by Anon.R.mous : September 06, 2006 1:53 PM
Joel might actually get in trouble for this since he slings ads for a local rag. 3 guesses for which one (and no its not the advocate, his and shawns relationship was a lot more personal).

What do you mean? I had to read it a couple of times just to make sure.
# posted by Anon.R.mous : September 06, 2006 4:22 PM
We are in consultations with Mr. Arkley, and will soon be releasing a statement on Joel Milke's future with the North Coast Journal.

Whoops! I mean, uh...
# posted by Hank Sims : September 06, 2006 5:15 PM
Nice one Hank, you might actually learn to laugh at yourself one of these days, not just be sarcastic to yourself. Laughing at your buddy Kevin Hoover would be a step up too.
# posted by Anonymous : September 06, 2006 5:37 PM
But it is more fun -- and, ultimately, a greater service to the county -- to laugh at you.
# posted by Hank Sims : September 06, 2006 6:08 PM
Who?
# posted by Anonymous : September 06, 2006 6:18 PM
John Q. Dweebonymous.
# posted by Hank Sims : September 06, 2006 8:53 PM
Joel Mielke is indeed a dweeb. So why does he work for you Hank? Aren't you newspaper types firing people left and right for posting on blogs under fake names? Didn't you go after local scumbags Shawn Warford and Richard Salzman for such activity, and rightfully so?
# posted by Anonymous : September 07, 2006 12:13 PM
looks like hank sims was caught violating his own high and mighty ethics when it doesnt suit his masters. anonymous statements are ok when they come from your team, is that it? just pathetic.
# posted by Anonymous : September 07, 2006 8:56 PM
Anon.R.mous: "Damn man, why don't we ever get any normal people up here?"

Oh God, that is priceless.

Such a pious pervert.


"Did someone turn on the left wing wackoloon magnet?"

Very astute of you, Anon.R.mous. Your intuitive powers are stunning.

But remember that magnets have two poles. Opposites attract, but they still must have something basic in common. Yes, someone turned on the left wing wackaloon magnet: Anon.R.mous, the right wing wackaloon.
# posted by Anonymous : September 07, 2006 11:00 PM
No one gets fired for posting on blogs anonymously or under the masquerade mask. It's writing letters to the editor using disabled senior citizens names and made up names pretending to be someone you're not and going so far as to answer the phone as that other person - in short - it is LYING - that got Salzman in trouble. He can post anonymously on the blogs all he wants, and does. He can even pretend to be 50 different people. Who cares. There are no real rules on the blogosphere. But there are rules regarding letters to the editor and he broke them so he could lie to YOU, you dumb idiot.
# posted by Anonymous : September 08, 2006 12:59 AM
Cover-up, the name of the game! Northcoast Journal employees don't lie, they just cover-up their anonymous attacks and then make excuses for them, isn't that right Joel Mielke?
# posted by Anonymous : September 08, 2006 11:29 AM
Northcoast Journal employees don't lie, they just cover-up their anonymous attacks and then make excuses for them

Excuse me? I never never never never make anonymous comments anywhere! I always always always post excluuuusively under my Own Name!!!
# posted by Hank Scams : September 09, 2006 8:39 AM
Hey! You must be the late, great Freakwanker!
# posted by Hank Sims : September 09, 2006 10:28 AM
Please don't insult me, Mr. Sims! I would never write such a reprehensible post! Why, I'm one of your greatest fans!
# posted by Freakwanker : September 09, 2006 11:59 AM
If Hank is Freakwanker, what does that make his little stooge-in-training Joel Mielke? Censorshipwanker?
# posted by Anonymous : September 09, 2006 12:15 PM
Well, Joel has been quite quiet about his "outing", he has been having fun with his "masthead" though. All these reporters hitting my page and not one of them wanting to take on the College of the Redwoods monster. Most people don't know that CR's football team is hanging by a thread, one more fuck up and the program is shut down for good.

Makes me a little sad on the inside guys.
# posted by Anon.R.mous : September 09, 2006 12:58 PM
joels been busy quietly censoring every comment pointing out his identity.
# posted by Anonymous : September 09, 2006 2:41 PM

Derek Bowman: Multi-agency effort leads to arrest of parolee

Multi-agency effort leads to arrest of parolee

Humboldt Beacon
Posted: 01/26/2011 03:45:42 PM PST

Three people were arrested Monday after a multi-agency search for a parolee at large ended at a gas station in Valley West in Arcata. Derek Bowman, 29, was arrested by officers with the California Highway Patrol, after the Eureka Police Department asked for assistance in locating Bowman, who failed to report to his parole officer. Bowman is on parole in connection to an armed robbery in Fortuna, said CHP officer Paul Dahlen.
Officers also arrested two people who were in the car with Bowman at the time, and reported finding a small amount of methamphetamine in the vehicle, Dahlen said.
Georgina Archambault, 29, was arrested and charged with possession of a hypodermic syringe, possession of burglary tools and a violation of probation. Officers also arrested Nachel Black, 32, for an outstanding warrant, said Dahlen.

Derek Bowman: Escaped Inmate Captured

co.humboldt.ca.us/sheriff/pressreleases
Date Released: 8/14/2007
Subject: Escaped Inmate Captured
Contact: Brenda Godsey, PIO
Case No#: 200704588
Released By: Brenda Godsey, PIO
Location: Manila

Humboldt County Sheriff’s Detectives captured escaped inmate Derek Wendell Bowman at about 3:20 p.m. this afternoon. Bowman was found in Manila after Detective Troy Garey received information that Bowman may have been hiding at a residence there. Sheriff’s Detectives and a U.S. Marshals Service arrived at a residence on the 100 block of Phillips Court in Manila. They knocked on the door and Bowman answered. He was taken into custody without incident.

Bowman had been at-large since August 5, 2007 after escaping from Sempervirens Mental Health Facility.

Bowman was booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility for Escape. Additionally, he was booked for the charges that were pending at the time of his escape which included forgery, and resisting arrest. Bowman is not eligible for bail.

4.02.2011

TS - Fortuna police looking for attempted murder suspect

Fortuna police looking for attempted murder suspect - The Times-Standard - Posted: 04/02/2011 02:42:19 AM PDT

The Fortuna Police Department is looking for a murder suspect who allegedly stabbed another man in Fortuna.

Officers responded to Redwood Memorial Hospital at about 5:50 p.m. Thursday, according to a press release. The victim, who was hospitalized for stab wounds to his chest and back, said he had been assaulted while seated in his vehicle on Kenmar Road and Renee Court.

The department is seeking information on Derek Wendell Bowman, 29, of Fortuna. Bowman has been identified as a suspect in the stabbing. He is on active parole and should be considered dangerous, the FPD release said.

Bowman was arrested in January by the California Highway Patrol during a multi-agency parolee search in connection with an armed robbery.

The department can be reached at its anonymous tip hotline at 800-78-CRIME or 1-800-782-7463. Informants may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest and conviction, the release said.