Redway, California Thursday June 26, 5:00 pm
Mapquest’s directions – booo. The last sentence was, “Your destination is just past Forest Dr.” NOT! Arrived just after 6:00. The meeting was going strong, full-up. I had no idea the ‘transient’ problems in the Garberville/Redway area are so horrible. One speaker after the other got up -some choked-up, some in tears telling of their ordeals. One lady said that she has lived here all of her life, has three children, two in their teens, one only three years old, and that people are moving away. She was in tears talking about Humboldt and that she and her children are so threatened most of the time that she is considering leaving. She and many others described how and what they see on a daily basis – from heroin to meth to pot, most have a dog or two. She described how the transients have no respect for themselves, let alone anything else. That they offer to ‘sell’ to her children. That they throw rocks at her when she tries to talk with them. That she has taken pictures, reported to the Sheriff’s Dept., and nothing happens. That there isn’t enough $ to do anything about this, but there is always enough money to come down to SoHum and bust marijuana growers.
One lady focused on the homes that are being foreclosed on due to banking fraud, the RECORDING of false documents, and the SEC debacle. My ears perked up when I heard her ask Estelle, Downey, and his Deputy if they took an Oath to the “U.S. Constitution?” Of course they said yes –perhaps their only true statement of the four-hour meeting. Some of the people were leaving in disgust, most stayed. There was still a line of speakers when queen departed. Those who spoke were just hammering the panel of alleged officials! A sign of change that this queen was happy to witness. No, not that anything will change as far as a Deputy or two being in the area so response, if at all, comes, but i could feel the wind of change in the people.
Since I chat with Estelle every Thursday in Fortuna and Sheriff D is well aware of my plight as far as my State-stolen truck is concerned, queen had a thing or three to say also. I began with this quote; “Others wiser than I have pointed out that nature bats last. We are at the end of an era in which lies can be used to steal from the public and the commons. We are at the beginning of an era in which truth in public service can restore us all to a state of grace.” Went right into the Oath epidemic . . . “I have copies of your Oaths, yes you do Affirm to the U.S. Constitution –a Corporation. Your Oaths do Not say, the Constitution of the united States for America –the law of the land. And as far as Budget, Budget, Budget goes – Budget does not show the standing value of a Corporation (I had with me Humboldt’s Annual Financial Report). Humboldt’s net assets $504 million –not including H.S. C.R., or any of the school districts. So, no, I do not buy your Budget story at all.” Continuing on . . . “Sheriff Downey, nearly a year later my truck is still in Laytonville at the tow agency, the charges were all dismissed and when I have gone to get my truck I’m met with State guns and clubs. This is a County v State situation. You are our highest elected official, I have the keys and we’re just one hour away. Will you come with me to get my truck back?” He asked (as if he doesn’t know the story), “Where is your truck?” I replied, “Laytonville.” “That’s not my jurisdiction.” I said, “You’ve told me this before. OH no the State, or it’s Mendocino not Humboldt. Sheriff Allman will not do anything about this.” Downey said, “You’ll have to take it up with Sheriff Allman.” Again –“Sheriff Allman has told me that he will not do anything about this, -he won’t! So . . .you will Not help one of the people on such a simple task as this?” “No.” “To bad, cuz you could use the points.” That brought chuckles. But, i wasn’t there for humor.
Saw Paul briefly, we exchanged nod recognition. I left shortly thereafter. Passed out some of queen’s cards with this blog site printed on and a one-pager with the above on it describing Oaths and Budget and Humboldt’s Annual Financial Reports.