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The story is four years old.  I let myself get Facebooked.

It’s seemed like Dershowitz’s retirement plan has been vested in his shtick on Fox News as the Trump-supporting liberal. Maybe he’s worried about his meal ticket going down in flames? I don’t think I’ve heard him on NPR in years.  Alan Dershowitz is really nervous abuot the McGahn departure!

See, Trump may not understand the subtle differences, but McGahn’s fiduciary responsibility is to the Presidency, not necessarily the President as a person. There is a difference, and he’s learning it.

30 hours is a lot of talking!

August 29, 2018

Dear Friends & Allies,

On behalf of Centro del Pueblo and the Committee For Measure K, I’m writing to respectfully urge you to make a donation to Measure K, the Humboldt County Sanctuary Initiative, on this November ballot. Please make your donation at:

Please donate to YES on Measure K so that County resources serve the local needs of our community rather than national political interests.

Most families include a mix of US citizen, legal resident, and undocumented members, and everyone is affected by overzealous enforcement. Humboldt families face horrible realities:

-Parents fear taking their children to school or to the doctor for fear of being reported;
-Aggressive immigration enforcement tears families apart;
-Families fear interacting with local law enforcement or even reporting fires;

These issues affect everyone. When people are too afraid to seek services, the entire community suffers from higher rates of unsolved criminality, spreading of disease, and a lack of social mobility. Measure K addresses these issues by:
-Offering parental preference regarding custody and residence if separated from children. Measure K recognizes the importance of family cohesion.
-Helping law enforcement. County funds will not be used to investigate or report immigration status which will encourage crime reporting and cooperation, and local resources will not be used for unfunded mandates.
-Encouraging families to access vital services. Immigrants will be more likely to consistently take children to school and access health care and other vital services, reducing risks to the larger community. Saving local law enforcement money and resources.
-Measure K legally prohibits detentions solely for immigration enforcement purposes and prohibits random fingerprinting.
Avoiding unnecessary pain to families and community. In cases of mandatory Immigration enforcement, Measure K ensures humane procedures.

-Nothing in Measure K prevents the arrest or prosecution of criminals, regardless of immigration status.
-Measure K will cost very little, mainly one-time paper copying costs.
-Provisions of Measure K ensure that there is no risk to federal funding of county programs.
-Immigrants are our neighbors and vital to community.

Your donation will help us pay for brochures, lawn signs, phone-banking lists, and other things essential to running a viable, grassroots campaign.

Thank you- Gracias!

Renee Saucedo, Brenda Perez, Ruby Aguirre, Xochitl Cabrera, Diego Ortiz, Lisa Phillips- Centro del Pueblo and the Committee For Measure K

More information at

The study was released and Trump’s sycophant governor of Puerto Rico was forced to revive the official total.

Today he tweeted anger over Google news hits about him.  No bragging about Puerto Rico’s death toll.

Remember what he said in the aftermath?

The Peace and Freedom Party which remains on the ballot in California only rose out of the anti-war and civil rights movements dissatisfied with the two parties both pushing war in Southeast Asia.  As I’ve mentioned, my parents were involved in the formation, but drifted away once they chose Eldritch Cleaver as their candidate (in California – the P&F Party everywhere else chose Dick Gregory).   Unfortunately, his name didn’t even appear on the ballot as he wasn’t 35 and therefor didn’t qualify as a Presidential candidate. In 1972 they would nominate Dr. Benjamin Spock, but my parents were working for McGovern by then.

But my parents kept a bunch of material from 1967 and 68 including this paper.

Peace and Freedom News

I found a pdf of it so you can actually read the articles.  Note on page 2 they are calling on California to lower the voting age to 18.  The 26th Amendment passed three years later.

There are reports from various counties on page 8. Humboldt County reported about 400 voters registered with the Party.   On page 4 is the contact information for chapters in each county.   Humboldt County was represented by someone named Mike Jayne who lived on Virginia Street in Arcata.

In 1968 the back-to-the-land movement was just beginning to trickle in.  The contact for Mendocino County is a resident at Little River named John Sinclair.  When I read that I wonder if it was the John Sinclair of M-5 fame, but looking over the history available online I’m not finding any other evidence of his living in Mendocino County and in fact he was apparently living in Michigan when not touring with M-5.

Here’s an earlier pamphlet preserved by my parents.

Peace and Freedom Party pamphletPeace and Freedom Party pamphlet 2


She has a Facebook page, but not much happening.  And there are signs for all of the other candidates up all over town.

Did Mantova supporters convince her to stand down to avoid splitting the vote?  She’s on the ballot.  She was one of the first to qualify.   She is also the only one of the four candidates who has been registered to vote in Ward 1 for more than six months.


Of course I bring my daughter.  At the end of a long day at the end of a long week it was nice to chill to a beer while walking the livestock barns, the potato sculptures, the cake decorations, the funnel cake eaters, etc.  And when you’ve had enough (for me usually about 1/2 hour into it) you can always catch a nap on one of the benches in the Judgment Barn if nothing is happening there.  My daughter and her boyfriend were on the Ferris wheel.  Can you see her?

County Fair 3

It’s still a work in progress, but Brenda Perez has been working hard.

Again, Humboldt  County has the unique opportunity to be the first community to pass a Sanctuary Law by ballot initiative.   It’s an opportunity to push back, just a little bit, against the scapegoating xenophobia which has gripped the federal government and affirm that people have value.


Hung jury on 10 counts.

Oh, and Cohen flipped.

From the Mad River Union’s coverage of Justice for Josiah’s actions at two schedule Arcata City Council meetings – both suspended until August 29.

At the more than an hour long ordeal’s end, Interim Police Chief Rick Ehle made some important disclosures about the Lawson investigation. In response to questions from attendees in the lobby, he said that “We’re very close” to solving the case. He said that in other venues, the case was strong enough for charges to be brought “right now.”

“The reality is, I think they will charge,” he said. “But you can’t compromise a case.”

Ehle said that the City of Arcata is considering requesting a change of venue for the trial, with a “career prosecutor” brought in to assist the district attorney’s office with the case. “If they’d acquiesce to that career prosecutor helping them prosecute the case, we might have a bargain. I think I’ve got the city talked into probably paying for it.”

While “kind of an unusual request,” he said, “They do it all the time.”

Protesters at tonight’s meeting, and prior meetings, have demanded that the city rehire Tom Parker, a former FBI agent who worked on the case, later resigned and was accused by the city of inappropriately disclosing case details.

Ehle said there were “problems with the Parker relationship,” and with two lawsuits filed, that the city can’t meet with him without an attorney present.

He said he was striving to keep a promise he made to Lawson’s mother, Charmaine, to solve the case before he is replaced by a permanent police chief. He said he would be willing to stay on in some capacity until the case is brought to closure.

He claimed that Charmaine had said through an intermediary she was satisfied with the measures Ehle had taken and the progress that’s been made on the case.

“We have done stuff,” Ehle said. “So much you wouldn’t believe.”

“We’ve been hearing that for 16 months,” replied an activist.

Ehle repeated what city officials have said before, it’s inadvisable to release case details, but that doesn’t mean progress isn’t being made. He said an estimated $100,000 had been spent on additional resources.

He expressed frustration with the slow pace of DNA processing by the state’s Department of Justice, with an 11-month delay despite requests for priority.

Ehe also said he’d like to meeting with a core group of perhaps half a dozen activists on a regular basis, to exchange views and information in a non-confrontational venue. Gesturing to the vacated Council Chamber, Ehle said, “This doesn’t do us any good.”

So I really hope this isn’t another smoke and mirrors maneuver and empty promise as has been offered for the past 16 months, because that would be a very bad thing.

This is a minor point of contention, but can something “they do all the time” be an “unusual request?”

I’m a little concerned that he tipped his hand.  I mean, if you did the crime and you’re reading this article, wouldn’t you be on a plane to Bangladesh or someplace right now?

But I do appreciate the remark about a case being easier in other venues.  It says something about how seriously Humboldt County juries take the “beyond a reasonable doubt” standard of proof.


August 2018