North Coast Journal 11-08-12 Edition
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HUMBOLDT COUNTY IHSS CANDLELIGHT VIGIL 2 North Coast Journal • Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012 • northcoastjournal.com table of 4 5 6 Mailbox Poem Denial Generation 26 The Hum Soul Reunion Media Maven Funny Business 8 Blog Jammin’ 12 The Drunken Botanist Herbalicious 28 Music & More! 30 Calendar 34 Filmland Weekend of Bummers 35 Field Notes King Arthur, Part 3: The Creation of Camelot 14 On The Cover Election 2012 16 Home & Garden Service Directory 23 Art Beat Bucking the System 23 In Review a dvd 24 Arts! Arcata friday, nov. 9, 6-9 p.m. 36 40 40 41 46 47 Workshops Sudoku Crossword Marketplace Body, Mind & Spirit Real Estate This Week northcoastjournal.com • North Coast Journal • Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012 3 Cartoon by joel mielke EARLY DEADLINES for the NOVEMBER 22, 2012 issue is Thursday, NOVEMBER 15, 4 p.m. We will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 22nd & Friday, Nov. 23rd and reopen Monday, Nov. 26th. 4 North Coast Journal • Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012 • northcoastjournal.com Denial Generation Maybe it’s good That we still climb, Leaning over cliffs For another look At the abyss We have not Embraced. — Kirk Gothier We’re local in Keep dollars my! o n our local eco Money spent at a locally-owned business stays in the local economy. A RC ATA , C A SHIPPING • MAILBOXES • NOTARY 825-8295 www.posthastemail.com Authorized ShipCenter 600 F St • Arcata • M–F 8:30–6 • Sat 9–5 Approved Shipper Write a letter! Please try to make it no more than 300 words and include your full name, place of residence and phone number (we won’t print your number). Send it to letters@ northcoastjournal.com ● You live in Humboldt. So do we. Let’s be friends :) northcoastjournal.com • NORTH COAST JOURNAL • THURSDAY, NOV. 8, 2012 5 Funny Business C lowns are creepy. There is something weird about a grown person who dons a rubber nose, floppy feet and loud clothes. Children don’t know what to think of them. They stare with mouth open and thumb in mouth. Some cry. Clowns terrify my sister. So when I read on Facebook that a police officer arrested Humboldt’s own clown extraordinaire, Shea Freelove, last week, I wasn’t sure what to think. But it was Halloween night. And Freelove was dressed, he later wrote me, as an explorer. Not a clown. Much less frightening. Here’s what happened, according to Freelove. He was on the Plaza, as were many other Halloween revelers, around midnight, when he thought he would saunter up to a police officer and engage in a conversation about the city’s new fire safety rules, which make it difficult for street performers, like Freelove, to use fire gadgets in their acts. The officer pushed him away, almost knocking him down. Freelove came back later to ask the same question. An officer grabbed him by the throat, pinned his arm behind his back, handcuffed him and booked him into the Humboldt County Jail, under the name Shea Love Freedomhowler. There he sat for four hours, until released. Here is a guy who seems to live for entertaining people for very little money. You can’t live in this area for long without seeing his act. He performs for kids at the Arcata Farmer’s Market for free. But let’s put things into perspective. Last Halloween, the Plaza turned ugly. Apparently things were ugly this Halloween, as well. Police said they arrested some wacko who had an assault rifle around his neck and a magazine for it in his pocket. And in one of the many fights, someone got his ear cut off. Still, with armed crazies and severed ears, why would you bother with a clown like Freelove? I was in the Plaza earlier that day walking my daughter from store to store so she could collect treats and show off the kangaroo costume I made her. (It is all about the pouch!) It seemed like Hokeytown, U.S.A. Except for the police. There were barricades around the Plaza’s inner circle. Police ringed President McKinley like Secret Service. The city stationed 36 officers and 15 cadets around and throughout the Plaza. We couldn’t walk up Eighth Street to get to our car parked on F Street. We had to walk around the bank because the police had the road closed off for the Critical Incident Response Vehicle, an impressive looking van the size of a small apartment. When you send out a message to the community to stay away, law-abiding people stay away. That leaves the troublemakers. Police get hyped up by their expectation of trouble. And people who aren’t there to cause trouble find themselves in the midst of it. It is a recipe for trouble. I find it troublesome that in Humboldt County, our governments reach for the pound of police presence as their ounce of prevention, particularly when the trouble is linked to some form of assembly. We have in this country the right to assemble. It is one of the five rights embedded in the First Amendment, along with speech, press, religion and petition. When Occupy Humboldt set up camp in front CASE SALE Open House SATURDAY & SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 10-11 NOON - 5PM & Annual 15%-20% off 4241 Fieldbrook Road Fieldbrook, CA 95519 707-839-4140 www.fieldbrookwinery.com 6 North Coast Journal • Thursday, NOV 8, 2012 • northcoastjournal.com of the courthouse last year, the county responded with police and criminal penalties. You will argue that people dressed up in Halloween costumes is not First Amendment protected speech or assembly, but it could be. On Oct. 26 dozens of community college students dressed as zombies “attacked” a crowd of people demonstrating in support of Prop. 30 to show what they thought would happen if the voters reject the funding measure. It is interesting that Freelove found himself on the ground and handcuffed after trying to engage an officer in a conversation about a new law. Couldn’t the officer have just humored him and said: “Hey man, I don’t pass the laws and I think the law sucks too”? Then Freelove would probably have blabbered for a while and staggered off. Does a dinky town like Arcata really need more than 40 police to protect people and property on Halloween? Bear in mind, I like police and I like laws. As a middle-aged, middle class white woman, my personal experiences with police have been all good. I think we need more laws. But couldn’t there have been a response that didn’t send such a militarized message? In big cities, when you send the message that a public place, like a park, is dangerous, the friendly people won’t go near it. Drug pushers, users and gangs then make it their home. When you send the message that family-friendly activities will happen, scary people stay away because nothing frightens them more than familyfriendly activities. So I say police should be our last option, not our first response. Before we reach for the baton as a means of preventing violence, try instead something more benignly frightening. Bring out the Humboldt Harmonaires! Fill the center of the Plaza with 30 old men crooning barbershop songs. I guarantee you the troublemakers will flee. Bring out some accordion players and the guys with the didgeridoos. Imagine an army of fiddlers. Get those drunks to two-step or square dance and they’ll fall flat on their faces. You won’t have to worry about them till dawn. Get the whole crowd to line dance to “Achy Breaky Heart.” Break out the Abba. If that doesn’t work, send in the clowns. They’ll scare everyone away. www.LesSchwab.com PASSENGER TIRES GREAT BUY! 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Tutuska, who was 67, died Oct. 14. ● He was that sunbaked, handsome, peacefulness-spreading fellow who often BUSINESS, CRIME / BY RYAN BURNS / could be NOV. 2, 3:56 P.M. found sitting Arcata Main Street or standing Director Busted against the Yes, that was Arcata bright white Main Street’s Jennifer wall of the Koopman whose mug shot Clarke Museshowed up with a press um on the correlease announcing ofﬁcers ner of E and had discovered a 267-plant Third streets. grow in a Eureka garage. Sunlight was Ofﬁcers seized the plants, the best way, plus $3,700 from inside the he said, to house in the 2600 block of spark that light Manzanita Avenue, a press within. He was release said. the man who It added, “Koopman was handed out placed under arrest for buttons saying cultivation and possession “The Light in for sales of marijuana, for Me Recogmaintaining a residence nizes the Light for manufacturing of a in You.” His controlled substance… apartment was JOHN TUTUSKA IN THE LIGHT. [and] for child endangerthe one above ment because of the electrical ﬁre hazard the bookstore across the street from the associated with the indoor marijuana museum that had the large, handwritten growing operation. Koopman’s 7-year old sign in the window that said, simply, “For- 8 NORTH COAST JOURNAL • THURSDAY, NOV. 8, 2012 • northcoastjournal.com Nov. 8, 2012 Volume XXIII No. 45 North Coast Journal Inc. give.” He often was alone, but other times one or two or three people would be next to him, quietly talking or just meditating. At least 140 people came to Tutuska’s memorial — coffee slingers, ofﬁce workers, shoppers, government workers, shopkeeps, poets, musicians, merchants, sidewalk witnesses, members of his “A Course in Miracles” group and more. Someone burned sage, another set up a table ﬁlled with spiritual writings and CDs by various artists. The table also held piles of what appeared to be Tutuska’s calling card with Church of the Eternal Now. It has a photo of Tutuska on it (a photo taken by the Journal) and a number to call “for all the answers, or to contact John Tutuska.” The number, alas, conjures a recording that says, “Reﬁnance your mortgage and save” and offers a 900 number to call. (The card also suggests meditation for all of the answers or talking to John, so, that might be the better course right now.) Many who spoke at his memorial noted how he “was a devoted student” of “A Course in Miracles,” that he shared its ideas with everyone, and that he exuded a love that seemed speciﬁc to each person he met. One woman said he was especially fond of one of the course’s teachings that says there is no death. “We come from spirit and we will return to spirit,” she said. A few spoke of his more earthly life — boxer, wonderful cook, Giants fan. But most remembered him as being, as one woman put it, “the spiritual anchor to Old Town.” An older man, pointing up through the canopy of trees into the cloudy bright sky, said “There, there is the light.” Tutsuka, he said, was all around, still here. ● GARBERVILLE, HEALTH, MEDICAL / BY ZACH ST. GEORGE / NOV. 2, 2:38 P.M. www.northcoastjournal.com ISSN 1099-7571 © Copyright 2012 The North Coast Journal is a weekly newspaper serving Humboldt County. Circulation: 21,000 copies distributed FREE at more than 350 locations. Mail subscriptions: $39 / 52 issues. Single back issues mailed / $2.50. Entire contents of the North Coast Journal are copyrighted. No article may be reprinted without publisher’s written permission. 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Revenue is up, and although it remains dependent on the parcel tax, the hospital is in the black for the ﬁrst time in years. That’s earned Jasper the admiration of his employers on the current board of directors. “Harry is — so far what I’ve experienced — very professional, very thorough with what he’s doing in regards to maintaining the [district’s] ﬁscal health,” says Clif Anderson, the interim board member who holds the seat vacated by Branzei. Anderson took the seat in July and says that while he wasn’t aware of Jasper’s relationship with the district’s lower-level employees, he sat in on one department head meeting and liked what he saw. “I was very impressed at how well they work together,” he says. “I was impressed with his leadership abilities.” His critics say, though, that the apparent cohesion is only because Jasper has removed everyone who didn’t agree with him. Although turnover has always been high in the health care district, it almost doubled in the ﬁrst two years after Jasper’s arrival, with many longtime employees among those leaving. “The thing that disturbs me most is the employee turnover,” says candidate Karen Ruth. She says as a board member, she would like to contact former employees and ﬁnd out why they left. Personnel matters should be left to the chief executive, says Corrine Stromstad, an incumbent board member running for reelection. (The Humboldt County Board of Supervisors appointed Stromstad to the health care district board in 2010. She previously ran against and received fewer votes than Judi Gonzales. In a July interview, 2nd District Supervisor Clif in part a referendum on the controversial hospital director. (See results page 15.) The Southern Humboldt Community Healthcare District has been through a bankruptcy and bouts of heavy turnover, and now is in a heated election for three of the ﬁve seats on its board. Although his name doesn’t appear on the ballot, the race revolves in large part around Harry Jasper, the health care district’s combined CEO/CFA, now in his third year on the job. The current board is broadly supportive of Jasper, but that tight relationship may not last. Three of the six candidates for the district’s three open seats have criticized his performance. “He’s good at ﬁnances, but he has terrible people skills,” says Judi Gonzales, who’s running for a two-year seat left open by the April resignation of board member Mary Krissie Branzei. Gonzales, long an outspoken critic of Jasper, points to the dozens of longtime hospital employees who were laid off or who resigned since Jasper’s arrival in 2009, and to falling numbers of patient visits. Even his critics, Gonzales included, say that Jasper has turned the health care district’s ﬁnances around. After going through bankruptcy in the early 2000s, the district spent most of the last decade struggling to stay above water, even after the passage of a parcel tax to prop it up. One of the biggest problems has been that a large share of the district’s patients are low income, and pay for care with help from Medicare and Medical. That makes it difﬁcult for the district to recoup the costs of running its emergency room. To stay ﬁscally health, Jasper and others have said, the district must keep track of every penny spent caring for those patients. While previous administrators struggled to get paid in full, Jasper, trained in both Naturopathic Medicine - Helping You Be Well Naturally Bringing a Natural Medicine Approach to both Primary Care and Consultation In Association with Dr. Beverly Copeland, MD DR. 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There are many, many people there that are to be considered and protected.” Candidate David Ordonez could not be reached for comment. ● EDUCATION, ELECTIONS, POLITICS / BY RYAN BURNS / NOV. 1, 3:28 P.M. as “a hands-on civic engagement project that helps cultivate the voters of tomorrow.” Teachers were given resources and materials to make Election Day a “teachable moment,” the release states. What and who else did local students vote for? Dianne Feinstein, for one. The incumbent U.S. Senator earned 61.2 percent of the vote, with Republican challenger Elizabeth Emken getting the other 38.8 percent. Statewide it was Feinstein 65.6 percent, Emken 34.4 percent. We also tallied local students’ votes on a few ballot propositions and compared them with the statewide results. Likely the most signiﬁcant ones for the students personally are propositions 30 and 38, the dueling tax-increase measures aimed at boosting education funding. Humboldt students liked them both but preferred 30, with 74.7 percent voting “yes” compared to Prop. 38’s 61.5 percent approval. Statewide results were similar, with both measures passing but Prop. 30 faring better. It earned 65.3 percent support compared to Prop. 38’s 55.9 percent. On the issue of labeling genetically engineered food, local students were all about it. More than 70 percent mock-voted in favor of Prop 37. Statewide the measure earned 63.6 percent support, which is better than recent polling suggests it will do among adults. How about the death penalty, you ask? Just over half of the local students (53.6 percent) voted not to repeal it. Statewide the issue was a real squeaker, with 49.84 percent supporting a ban on the death penalty and 50.16 voting to keep it in place. 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It comes from the same clever people at Art in the Age who brought us Root, a liqueur inspired by traditional Pennsylvania Dutch recipes for root beer and birch bark beer. They also make a ginger liqueur called Snap and a rhubarb concoction called Rhubarb Tea, made in honor of early American botanist and friend of the founding fathers John Bartram. Intriguing, right? So now they’re doing Sage, a gin-like spirit created in honor of Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello garden and his horticulturist Bernard McMahon. McMahon was charged with growing out the seeds and plants collected by Lewis and Clark on their expedition and with cataloging those plants. Angelica, dandelion, fennel, rosemary, sumac, thyme and — of course — sage are all ingredients in the drink. Now, these dead-garden-celebrity endorsements might be a bit of a stretch — it’s not as if Thomas Jefferson and Bernard McMahon wrote out a recipe for sage gin and hid it in the basement until its exciting discovery earlier this year — but I do admire the spirit of the whole enterprise. Anytime botanists get a little credit for their work, that’s a good thing. And I’m wildly excited about these savory flavors ending up in a cocktail. So let’s run through some of the more piquant herbs you might grow for cocktails. In every case, remember that fresh leaves taste quite a bit different from dried leaves. You might hear that the flavor is more “concentrated” in dried leaves, but that isn’t quite accurate: In fact, as the leaves are dried some of the more volatile flavor compounds evaporate, which usually means that the brighter floral, citrus and menthol notes drift away while the warmer, woodsier flavors remain. That’s why I prefer fresh leaves in a drink, but let your own taste guide you. Sage: The sage to grow is Salvia officinalis, often sold as common sage, garden sage or culinary sage. You’ll see burgundy, gold and variegated varieties sold in garden centers, but if you’re serious about growing this plant for its flavor, stick with the ordinary silvery-blue variety. I like a cultivar called “Grower’s Friend” because it rarely blooms. The level of essential oil drops after blooming — this is true of many herbs — so pinching back flower buds becomes a chore if you want more leaves for cooking and cocktailing. Plant sage in full sun or afternoon shade, and don’t fuss too much over the soil — it actually tastes better if it’s grown in lean, sandy, dry soil. It’s hardy to about 0 degrees F, and with a glass cloche or some other kind of frost protection it might even tolerate lower winter temps. In spring, wait until you see new leaves unfurling, then cut the old, dead wood down to where the new growth is starting. Sage is not a long-lived plant — you’ll want to replace it after about four years. Oh, and it’s particularly good in tequila drinks. Rosemary: If you live in our mild West Coast climate, rosemary is practically a weed. Just buy a plant and stick it in the ground and you’ll have it forever. In fact, it takes temperatures below about minus 20 degrees Fahrenheit to kill it. Look for the upright form of rosemary, not the trailing groundcover variety. The favorites among chefs are “Tuscan Blue” with its wide, aromatic leaves, “Roman Beauty,” a compact variety bred to have higher essential oil content (also sold as “Chef’s Choice”) and “Arp,” which is the most cold hardy of the bunch. If you’re really crazy about rosemary, “Spice Island” was once grown for commercial production and reaches 6 feet tall. The plant needs practically no care — just give it full sun, minimal water, and clip it to whatever shape you please. Rosemary and watermelon are surprisingly good together in tequila-based drinks. Thyme: Many varieties of thyme have been bred to work as groundcovers rather than as culinary herbs, so look for Thymus vularis, also sold as common thyme, if you’re after flavor. The citrusy T. citriodorus “Aureus” is another good choice. Both are hardy to about minus 15 F. They prefer sun but will tolerate light shade and don’t require much water or rich soil. The tiny leaves of thyme can be stripped off the stem, but in a cocktail, you’re better off just throwing the whole sprig in the shaker. Add thyme to any cocktail that calls for grapefruit. Savory: I’m referring here to winter savory, Satureja montana, not summer savory, S. hortensis. The summer type is used in fresh salads and sandwiches and is perhaps more comparable to parsley or lovage. Put that in a drink if you want to; I’m not going to stop you. But I’m talking here about the winter type, which is a tough, woody, perennial herb more similar to rosemary. Give it sun or light shade, ordinary soil and just a little water. Use savory in drinks mixed with tomatoes or red peppers. Oregano: This herb has also been bred for its looks as well as its flavor, so choose carefully. In the garden center, just brush the leaves and see if the fragrance works for you as a food or drink ingredient. Origanum vulgare is the most common culinary species: the subspecies O. vulgare hirtum, called Greek oregano, is popular among chefs. “Jim Best” is a yellowleaved variety also grown for its flavor. Other species you might experiment with include O. dictamnus, also known as Dittany of Crete or hop marjoram, and two other marjorams, O. majorana and O x majoricum. All have similarly spicy, savory flavors. Try smashing oregano and cucumber together in the cocktail shaker, and then mix a dry martini with it. Tarragon: Because of its mint and anise flavors, tarragon makes an interesting cocktail ingredient. You’re looking for Artemisia dracunculus — and yes, absinthe drinkers, this is, in fact, a relative of wormwood, the artemisia species that flavors absinthe. Give it sun and soil on the dry side and protect it from temperatures below about minus 20 F. Try crushing a little tarragon into a mint julep for a spicier version. Here’s a simple gin drink (substitute vodka if you must) that will get you experimenting with herbs in simple syrup. It’s a popular cocktail that goes by many names; I’m naming it after a rosemary cultivar. Spice Island 1.5 oz gin (or try the new Sage from Art in the Age) .5 oz lemon juice .5 oz rosemary simple syrup Club soda Rosemary for garnish To make rosemary simple syrup, combine equal parts sugar and water in a pan along with several springs of chopped leaves. 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