27December2014

Civil Liberties Monitoring Project
The CIVIL LIBERTIES HOUR, JUNE 5, 1ST WEDNESDAY OF EACH MONTH, KMUD RADIO

EXPANDING ENFORCEMENT OF STATE WATER DIVERSION LAWS


On JUNE 5, 2013, the CIVIL LIBERTIES HOUR on KMUD Redwood Community Radio looked at current California water regulation and enforcement. Bonnie Blackberry hosted the show and welcomed guests: Fish and Wildlife (F&W) Warden Shane Embry and citizen activist Tom Grover in the studio, and F&W Biologist and Environmental Scientist Jane Arnold by telephone.


Blackberry introduced the subject of water regulations by reading the following pertinent details from a copy of a certified letter a local landowner had recently received from the CA Water Board: "The State Water Resources Control Board Division of Water Rights was notified by the Department of Fish and Wildlife of potential CA Water Code violations for failure to file a Statement of Water Diversion and Use, and a potential unauthorized diversion of water on your property located at . . . And the Division was also notified by the Department of Fish & Wildlife of an alleged fish-kill that occurred in October of 2012 as a result of low-flow conditions in China Creek. . .

Published in Civil Liberties Hour
REVIEW OF AUGUST 7, 2013 CIVIL LIBERTIES HOUR 
by Suzelle & Bonnie Blackberry
  
PUBLIC INPUT ON COUNTY HOUSING NEEDS IS ESSENTIAL
 
Bonnie Blackberry interviewed Michael Richardson, Senior Planner of the Humboldt County Planning Department, on Wednesday, Aug. 7, on the Civil Liberties Hour on KMUD Redwood Community Radio.  The subject was the upcoming update of the Humboldt County Housing Element, updated every 5 years.  It goes to the State to be reviewed 90 days previous to its scheduled date of completion on July 1, 2014, so planners expect it to be before the County Board of Supervisors in April, Richardson said.
Published in Civil Liberties Hour
DRONES AND CIVIL LIBERTIES
by Suzelle, CLMP Office Monitor
 
Interviewed by Bonnie Blackberry and Robie Tenorio on The Civil Liberties Hour on KMUD Radio, 7 pm, Apr. 3, 2013, Parker Higgins of the San Francisco-based ELECTRONIC FRONTIER FOUNDATION (EFF) explained: “The EFF is a digital civil liberties group, focused on civil liberties issues like freedom of speech and privacy as they intersect with technology.  For a long time that has been mostly defending people’s rights on the web and when they use their devises, but increasingly that has come to include privacy that involves electronic surveillance.  We’ve been working on DRONES from that perspective, as a way to insure that people have the same kind of privacy that they expect when there’s technology like these surveillance machines involved.  We’ve pushed for government transparency on this.  We’ve gotten the documents from the FAA (Federal Aeronautics Administration) on who’s allowed to fly DRONES and on what exactly the regulations are.”
Published in Civil Liberties Hour
REVIEW OF JULY 3, 2013 CIVIL LIBERTIES HOUR 
by SUZELLE, CLMP Office Monitor
  
TRUTH IS ON THE LINE - TELLING TRUTH IS NOT A CRIME
 
CLMP's Bonnie Blackberry interviewed two high school students from Petrolia, Kat Kabick (17) and Nathan Scheinman (14), on the Civil Liberties Hour KMUD radio program on July 3rd.  The youth had recently attended a conference and a rally in Washington, D.C., inspired by the actions of Bradley Manning.
 
Kat explained her involvement this way: “Each generation has a challenge that it has to face. . .  I came into this world of Bush and his wars, and the Bush doctrine of torture. . .  Bradley Manning stood up as a hero by releasing these documents and exposing war crimes, and doing the right thing.  He represents what my generation can come to represent as a whole.
Published in Civil Liberties Hour
CHAMBER OF COMMERCE INVITES COMMUNITY FEEDBACK ON CLEAN-UP CAMPAIGN
Review of October 29, 2013 Talk Show on KMUD, Redwood Community Radio
by CLMP office monitor, also GRPRWG secretary, Suzelle
 
The new executive director and two board members of the Garberville-Redway Area Chamber of Commerce, Cinnamon Paula, Blake Lehman and Karen Miclette, hosted a call-in talk show to discuss their Clean Communities Campaign, focused on "making the community safe and healthy for everyone."  Cinnamon gave a brief introduction of the Chambers' perception of the problems from the point of view of town business owners and employees, local parents, and tourists who have complained about crowds "practically camping" on the sidewalks, smoke being blown into faces, and "litter and cigarette butts everywhere," etc.  The Chamber is addressing these problems by creating signage with their logo asking "Please: No Loitering, No Pan-handling, No Foul Language, No Littering, and No Smoking Within 30 feet of Business or Building."  They are asking for ideas and invited people to call the office at 707 923-6213.  Also the Merchants' Guild that finances regular town clean-up, and trash and recycling container maintenance is stepping-up the clean-up schedule, and even pressure-washing the sidewalks. 
Published in Civil Liberties Hour
 
MARIJUANA ORDINANCE CONCEPTS, COUNTY MEETINGS AND MEDIA SYSTEMS TO S. HUMBOLDT, "RIGHTS PROTECTION ORDINANCE"
Review of November 6, 2013 CIVIL LIBERTIES HOUR 
by CLMP office monitor, Suzelle
 
Bonnie Blackberry introduced three guests for the November 6th Civil Liberties Hour on KMUD Redwood Community Radio: Phil Smith-Hanes, Humboldt County Administrative Officer; Sean McLaughlin, Executive Director of Access Humboldt; and Janell Eggers, rights activist on the Public Protest Ordinance.
 
Asked to explain his job, Smith-Hanes said he works directly for the Board of Supervisors, is the lead person on the staff helping the board implement its policy decisions, including its annual county budget and its legislative platform, and is responsible to communicate with elected representatives of State and Federal governments about County priorities and how they can help the County achieve them.  Smith-Hanes is also the Department Head for Information Technology, Revenue Recovery, Economic Development, and Purchasing Sections.
Published in Civil Liberties Hour
REVIEW OF CIVIL LIBERTIES HOUR INTERVIEW WITH D A GALLEGOS
FOCUS ON ASPECTS CONCERNING LARGE MARIJUANA GROWS
by CLMP office monitor, Suzelle
 
Humboldt County District Attorney Paul Gallegos was interviewed on the Civil Liberties Hour on KMUD Redwood Community Radio on September 4th by CLMP host Bonnie Blackberry. Questions concerned challenges of jail realignment and budgetary concerns, priorities in the prosecution of marijuana growing, the categories of criminal offenses, jury nullification, civil disobedience, the DA's political philosophy, the difference between "nuisance" and "nuisance per se," and the prosecution of homeless campers.
Published in Civil Liberties Hour
DA ON HIS OFFICE, SOCIAL & POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY, HOMELESSNESS
ANOTHER REVIEW OF SEPTEMBER 4, 2013 CIVIL LIBERTIES HOUR 
by Suzelle, CLMP in-office monitor
 
When Humboldt County District Attorney Paul Gallegos was interviewed on the Civil Liberties Hour call-in talk show on KMUD Redwood Community Radio on October 2nd, CLMP host Bonnie Blackberry began with a question about the status of the District Attorney's office.  She asked in particular about jail realignment and budgetary concerns.  Gallegos responded that they both "pose challenges for us: the one creates more work, and the other creates less resources to do that work."  Asked if he had adequate personnel, he said, "In public service you never have the luxury of all the resources you need or want.  Could we do a better job with more people?  Absolutely.  More resources would be better on my staff because we're so tight it's difficult: just for staffing purposes, courtrooms, trials, giving vacations, sending people off for training.  When you work on a tight staffing allocation, it creates issues."  Gallegos himself has been in trial in the mornings and returns to the office to review files to be in court in the afternoons, he said.  "This is what the attorneys have to do.  Week-ends are sort of the same."  He commended his staff as being "really smart, talented people, and really dedicated."  However, he added: "People are not being adequately represented, we are making do.  The community deserves more and we believe we should get more resources to serve our community."
Published in Civil Liberties Hour
REVIEW OF OCTOBER 2, 2013 CIVIL LIBERTIES HOUR
COMMUNITY PROBLEMS AND SOLUTIONS 
by CLMP office monitor, Suzelle
 
Bonnie Blackberry, host of the Civil Liberties Hour, created a forum on the October 2nd call-in talk show on KMUD Redwood Community Radio to discuss "The Homeless, the Travelers, and (sometimes I call them) 'the Lost People' - the Impact on our Community, and Trying to Look for Some Positive Solutions to Deal with the Problems."  She invited 4 guests including two CLMP board members: Michael de Leon and John Hockett, and Jacob Shafer and me (Suzelle).  Eleven callers added their views to the discussion.  Suzelle explained the formation of the Garberville Redway Public Restroom Working Group (GRPRWG): "There are no 24 hour public restrooms in the area." 
Published in Civil Liberties Hour
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