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Update on Volkswagen Diesel Fraud Case

We filed an action in Butte County on May 17, 2018 with the intent of having a jury decide punitive damages. We would be the first party to bring the defeat device case to jury trial.  Peer reviewed studies proved thousands of people with lung diseases died from the fraud.  

 

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Humboldt's Identity Crises

Posted by Fred Fletcher on Saturday, April 21, 2018, In : Humboldt Cannabis 
The only reason Humboldt County is on anyone's cultural map is because a few hippies planted some cannabis seeds here in the 1970's. The Founders brought the seeds back from Afghanistan, planted the seeds, and nurtured the seeds into Humboldt cannabis, creating a legend. Their culture of denying modern society's routines and customs enabled the Founders to focus on a plant. Their livelihood was tied directly to their ability to produce a quality product. On this level, the Founders were no di...
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The Problem with Easy Money

Posted by Fred Fletcher on Saturday, March 31, 2018, In : Consultants 
Humboldt has a new industry of consultants and professionals soliciting the cannabis industry. When talking to most of these folks they throw out the term "easy money" as their motivation.  Easy profit is their end game.  

Profits are made quarterly but reputations are formed over years.  The seduction of easy money causes professionals to chase a dollar instead of developing a long term strategy for their clients and themselves. Manhard Consulting is a good example

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The First Amendment is still First

Posted by Fred Fletcher on Saturday, March 24, 2018, In : First Amendment 
The expansion of the First Amendment over the past decade has eclipsed all the other fundamental rights. Only one Court can universally expand the boundaries of the First Amendment, which is the Supreme Court.

The Supreme Court is hearing argument on Nation Institute of Family and Life Advocates v. Becerra.  The case involves a California law requiring religious based pregnancy centers to display notices for access to state funded abortions. The centers argue the law infringes on their right o...
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Has the Court-Clog Crises Been Solved?

Posted by Fred Fletcher on Saturday, March 17, 2018, In : Court 
Last week, Humboldt Superior Court opened the jury assembly room to conduct a civil jury trial. Previously, the Court blamed the court-clog problem on not having enough rooms. The Court informed media outlets last year that it was desperately seeking more room to conduct civil trials. The lack of a venue to resolve civil disputes has caused a dramatic spike in crime, which is profitable to many including the Court. 

The Court recently agreed to use the jury assembly room as a courtroom as a fa...
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Humboldt Bleeds for lack of Civil Litigation

Posted by Fred Fletcher on Friday, March 2, 2018, In : Civil Litigation 
When folks can't resolve a dispute civilly they resort to theft, battery, and murder.  There is a direct correlation between Humboldt's clogged court system, and the dystopia we call home. Crime is big business in Humboldt and there has been a decade long battle between those who want crime rates to increase, and those who understand how to fix the problem.  Media outlets love crime because it generates revenue so the public is perpetually distracted or asleep.  Aside from a few gems, local m...
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The Humboldt Echo

Posted by Fred Fletcher on Sunday, February 25, 2018, In : Humboldt 
The political environment of rural communities creates an unusual effect. Keeping secrets in small communities is maybe impossible. In order for a politician to generate excitement at the local level this means having at least a handful of passionate supporters. At the local level, passionate supporters tend to be personality driven as opposed to cause driven, perhaps due to a mistaken belief all important issues are of national concern. The masses get excited about gun control, or immigratio...
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Green Road Consulting One Stop Shop of Horrors?

Posted by Fred Fletcher on Thursday, February 22, 2018, In : Green Road Consulting 
A consultant hired to assist with cannabis projects should follow the law. 

Green Road Consulting is a civil engineer firm based in Humboldt who has experienced a drop in new customers since no one is filing new applications at the moment. 

Instead of addressing the needs of current clients, Green Road is illegally marketing legal services.  



The unauthorized practice of law is a misdemeanor in California.  A civil engineer firm has no expertise in entity formation.  The transition between a non...
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California Growers Association Sues the State

Posted by Fred Fletcher on Thursday, February 8, 2018, In : California Growers Association 
The California Growers Association has sued the State of California claiming the State has violated proposition 64 by not capping license numbers yet.  I find this suit humorous. First, the allegations are a mere 7 pages without much substance. Maybe an intern was paid a gram or two to draft this complaint in a Sacramento dorm room?  



The lawsuit seeks an order limiting licenses based on language in 64, the recreational proposition. If a judge agrees and only imposes a limit on recreational li...
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The Business of Bubbles

Posted by Fred Fletcher on Friday, February 3, 2017, In : Business 
The first recorded financial bubble was the tulip bulb mania of 1637.  A crave over Europe drove the price of tulip bulbs to ridiculous heights. Some single bulbs sold for the modern day equivalent of millions of dollars. A traders' market resulted with speculators. Many people became wealthy overnight. But one day a single bulb failed to sale at the market, and the market collapsed in hours. Many lost everything. 



The same dynamics which created the Tulip bubble were responsible for the tech ...
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Herd Mentality will End your Business

Posted by Fred Fletcher on Friday, January 13, 2017, In : John Ford 
Local cannabis celebrity John Ford is accused of scamming folks by convincing them to pay for bogus insurance called Ford20 Insurance. Ford20 Insurance was a Founding Member of the Humboldt Cannabis Chamber of Commerce.

I informed all my clients not to pay John Ford money. After representing business clients for 12 year smelling a con-artist was easy. 


Local Cannabis Celebrity John Ford

Some folks were not so fortunate. Humboldt Redwood Healing (Thomas Mulder CEO) paid John Ford $52,100 for wor...
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LOCAL INSURANCE COMPANY ACCUSED OF DEFRAUDING LOCAL SMALL BUSINESSES

Posted by DeLacy on Thursday, January 12, 2017, In : Small Business 

To the community,

Humboldt Redwood Healing, contracted with John Ford of Ford Insurance Agency (Founding Member of Humboldt Cannabis Chamber of Commerce) for the purchase of worker’s compensation insurance for its employees.  After paying John Ford of Ford Insurance Agency the funds necessary to purchase worker’s compensation insurance, Humboldt Redwood Healing became aware that no insurance had been purchased for the company’s employees with the money that was provided to John Ford. Aft...


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The Business of Competition

Posted by Fred Fletcher on Friday, January 6, 2017, In : Business 
How a business deals with competitors often determines success or failure. Only your competitors have an interest in seeing you put out of business. The adage "keep your enemies closer than your friends" is good business. Some businesses take another approach and attempt to intimidate competitors. Unless your business happens to be Apple, Google or Microsoft trying to intimidate your competitors is not good business. You will only motivate your competitors which will shrink your market share....
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California's Dungeness crab season facing second year of troubles due to algae toxin

Posted by DeLacy on Friday, November 25, 2016, In : Crab Industry 

State health officials Wednesday recommended an indefinite delay of the commercial crabbing season for Dungeness along a more than 200-mile stretch of Northern California owing to a toxin from algae blooms.

The recommendation from California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment marks a second year that toxic blooms have hit the West Coast's crabbing industry. Dungeness is a tradition on holiday tables for many in this part of the country.

Commercial crabbing for Dungeness wa...


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Is forming a Non-profit Marijuana Business Stupid?

Posted by Fred Fletcher on Friday, November 25, 2016, In : Marijuana Non-profit 
Humboldt criminal lawyers are preparing for a career change with cannabis becoming legal in California. As a civil and business attorney for 12 years, it is alarming to see all the rookie mistakes being made. 



Some cultivators with sizable operations are being advised to form non-profits. This could be disastrous. The State of California is no longer playing dumb. The State realizes most marijuana businesses are for-profit. AB 266 and proposition 64 both recognize cannabis businesses are for-p...
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From Our Friends at the Cannabist

Posted by DeLacy on Thursday, October 27, 2016,

Coveted cannabis: Why California weed growers are pursuing appellations like wine makers
By , The Cannabist Staff

2017 could be a pivotal year for marijuana growers and consumers alike in California – and particularly in the state’s fabled Emerald Triangle region.

If California voters approve a recreational legalization measure next month growers in Mendocino, Humboldt and Trinity Counties — the area making up the Emerald Triangle — will face a variety of new dilemmas.


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Humboldt’s Experiment with ‘Track and Trace’ Marijuana

Posted by Fred Fletcher on Tuesday, October 25, 2016, In : Track and Trace 
As legal states for medical and recreational marijuana continue to expand across the United States, the regulatory regimes overseeing the production and sale of pot are getting more sophisticated. In California’s Humboldt County (reputed as part of the Emerald Triangle, the largest cannabis-producing region in the country), the county government is currently operating a pilot program to “track and trace” legal medical marijuana from grower to dispensary to patient.

While “seed to sale...

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New York Times Features Local Activist Betty Chinn

Posted by Lacy Fletcher on Tuesday, October 25, 2016, In : Betty Chinn 

The New York Times explained:

When we asked readers last week to describe the homelessness in their communities, several urged us to take a look at the work of Betty Chinn, a homeless advocate based in Eureka. So we did. Ms. Chinn is known around Humboldt County as “the Chinese Mother Teresa.”

Read more here.


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Humboldt and Proposition 64

Posted by Fred Fletcher on Tuesday, October 25, 2016, In : Recreational 

The Times Standard has improved since editor Kimberly Wear resigned after our complaints she was promoting local scams to unsuspecting consumers. As reported in the Times Standard this week: 

"Should recreational marijuana (Proposition 64) become legal in California this November, Humboldt County officials state that regulations for this new market will likely mirror those already in place for medical cannabis businesses...But because of a July court agreement, the county will have to first co...


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Marketing your Small Business

Posted by Fred Fletcher on Tuesday, September 27, 2016, In : Marketing 
Marketing decisions for small businesses determine success or failure. Depending on the industry a marketing budget for a small business ranges between 15-30% of the entire budget. Start ups often dedicate a much larger percentage to marketing. 

Many clients have a difficult time connecting with skilled marketers. One test to determine if you have found a skilled marketer is how the marketer treats you as a customer. If a marketer fails to make you feel appreciated as a customer it is likely t...
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HSU named on List of Top Public Schools

Posted by Lacy Fletcher on Wednesday, September 14, 2016, In : HSU 

Humboldt State University has been named the 12th top public school in the west by the U.S. News & World Report 2017 Best Colleges rankings

The university was ranked the 52nd top regional university in the west (a tie), a broader category that includes private schools. HSU also tied for the 55th best engineering program in schools where doctorates are not offered.


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The (Green) Rush to Make Mistakes

Posted by Fred Fletcher on Friday, July 15, 2016, In : Commercial Cannabis 
It's no secret the cannabis industry is normalizing. Over the next 10 years the cannabis industry will be under the spotlight. Participants will be held to a higher standard than other industries. This new industry will have to prove itself. Decades of dysfunction and bad press from the black market has tainted the industry's reputation.

If you're interested in becoming a "legal" cannabis operation here's a couple of pointers to avoid disaster:

1) Be diligent but do not be in a rush. Many in th...
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Commission Closes Recreational Razor Clam Fishery in Humboldt and Del Norte Counties

Posted by Lacy Fletcher on Thursday, April 28, 2016, In : Domoic Acid 

The California Fish and Game Commission on Monday voted 3-0 in favor of an emergency rulemaking to prohibit recreational take and possession of razor clam from Humboldt and Del Norte county beaches. The closure is now in effect. Closure of the fishery shall remain in effect until the Director of the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA), in consultation with the Director of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), determines that domoic acid levels no longer pose ...


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California targets Morgan Stanley For Fraud on Investors

Posted by Lacy Fletcher on Tuesday, April 26, 2016, In : Kamala Harris 

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline)California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris has filed a lawsuit against Morgan Stanley for allegedly misrepresenting complex investments like mortgage-backed securities that contributed to the global financial crisis and to major losses by investors that included California’s public pension funds, which provide retirement security to California peace officers, firefighters and teachers. 



Harris’ office alleges Morgan Stanley violated the False Claims A...


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Crab health advisory lifted south of Humboldt Bay

Posted by Lacy Fletcher on Sunday, April 24, 2016, In : Humboldt Bay 

Recreational crabbers were given a little more territory to snare tasty Dungeness on Friday when the California Department of Public Health lifted its health advisory along the coast up to Humboldt Bay.


Restrictions on catching the crustaceans were quickly lifted after the decision by Karen Smith, the state health officer. It means crabs can be caught for sport along the California coast up to Humboldt County, including all the waters in the bay.

Commercial crab fishing is still not allowed...


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Bob Marley Family Approved Humboldt Cannabis Lights Up Dispensaries

Posted by Lacy Fletcher on Thursday, April 21, 2016, In : Marley Natural 

Marley Natural cannabis products, made from organic Humboldt County crops, have launched in Bay Area dispensaries.

Four strains of cannabis and four types of cannabis oils are now available for purchase to patients at Harborside Health Center in Oakland, CBCB in Berkeley and SPARC in San Francisco.



The products launched at three dispensaries in Los Angeles earlier this year, utilizing cannabis grown in Southern California. The Marley Natural cannabis stocked in Bay Area dispensaries comes f...


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New Czar says Medical Marijuana bigger than Liquor

Posted by Lacy Fletcher on Wednesday, April 20, 2016, In : Lori Ajax 

The newly appointed chief of the Bureau of Medical Marijuana Regulation predicts licensed pot businesses soon might rival or even outnumber sanctioned booze businesses in California.

“I do think we’re going to have a big licensing population here in California as it relates to cannabis,” Lori Ajax said.


There were 88,490 active alcohol licenses last year. That indicates Ajax – a.k.a. “the pot czar” – will have a big task before her and a lot of eyes on her, with California alr...


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California considering bill to support Gig Unions

Posted by Lacy Fletcher on Tuesday, April 19, 2016, In : Gig Economy 

Uber drivers may soon have the right to unionize in California. 

AB 1727, or the California 1099 Self-Organizing Act, would radically alter rules surrounding independent contractors and eliminate some of the very benefits of working for yourself. Under the bill, groups as small as 10 contractors could choose to negotiate together. In the case of Internet platforms, this could mean that some companies are required by law to meet and negotiate separately with as many as 10,000 different groups o...


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Only 6% of Public Trusts Media

Posted by Lacy Fletcher on Monday, April 18, 2016, In : Humboldt News 
Media consumption may be at an all-time high, but the public's trust in it is near an all-time low. A poll conducted by the Media Insight Project finds that just 6 percent of American adults have “a lot of confidence” in the media, putting it roughly in line with the U.S. Congress among the lowest-ranked institutions in American public life.

In Humboldt our media options are limited. The Times Standard and Redwood Times are owned by a media conglomerate based in Denver, Colorado. Media in ...

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China Sunny on California

Posted by Lacy Fletcher on Sunday, April 17, 2016, In : China 

More money flowed from China to California businesses from 2000-2015 — $8 billion — than to any other U.S. state, according to a study by the National Committee on US-China Relations. The study did not say how much red money was invested in Humboldt County. 




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California Farm Board Backs Ruling On Election Interference

Posted by Lacy Fletcher on Sunday, April 17, 2016, In : California Farm Board 
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) – The California farm labor board has upheld a court ruling that one of the nation’s largest fruit growers interfered as employees were deciding whether to reject union representation.

The decision Friday by the Agricultural Labor Relations Board marked the latest victory for organized labor in the decades-long fight.

The board unanimously affirmed the ruling by Administrative Law Judge Mark Soble to set aside a 2013 election held by workers at Gerawan Farming Inc.

The bo...

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Why is Humboldt Based Wild Planet Foods being sued?

Posted by Fred Fletcher on Sunday, April 10, 2016, In : Class Actions 

A consumer in California has sued Humboldt County based Wild Planet Foods for allegedly under-filling its cans of tuna, the second lawsuit of its kind, reports Legalnewsline.com. Heney Shihad filed a class action lawsuit on March 25 in US District Court for the Northern District of California Eureka Division, alleging breach of express and implied warranties, fraud, negligent misrepresentation and violations of California's Unfair Competition Law and False Advertising Law. Wild Planet Foods i...


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The $15 Minimum Wage and Humboldt

Posted by Fred Fletcher on Thursday, April 7, 2016, In : Minimum Wage 
Jerry Brown signed the bill for a statewide $15 an hour minimum wage which will gradually come into effect over the next few years. If you're a small business owner this may cause you concern. If you're an underpaid employee then you applaud the wage hike. It's no secret many of our local politicians opposed a local minimum wage hike last year. The opposition's propaganda saturated our media. Once the wage hike becomes the norm these politicians will likely claim they always supported it, suc...
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Home Marijuana Humboldt marijuana growers lead in water program participation

Posted by Lacy Fletcher on Monday, February 15, 2016, In : Cannabis Regulation 

Will Houston reports: 

Humboldt County accounted for the majority of 51 medical marijuana growers who have chosen to enroll in the North Coast’s mandatory water quality protection program that hopes to serve as a model for California.

As to whether this enrollment number met his expectations, water resource control engineer Kason Grady of the North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board said there are still several applications to be processed and assured they will have more growers signe...


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Will "Last Chance Grade" and a lasting economic impact on Humboldt?

Posted by Fred Fletcher on Monday, February 23, 2015, In : Development 
Ten miles south of Crescent City lies a stretch of highway prone to landslides, over 200 since the road was constructed. Caltrans is contemplating constructing a bypass farther inland.  The costs of a bypass could be over $1.07 billion. One of our supervisors Rex Bohn stated over 50 businesses travel between Crescent City and Humboldt weekly. The real number is around 340 businesses if you include the marijuana industry. If nothing is done and this portion of road is closed the economic impac...
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McKay Tract, Property Values, Tourism, and 2016

Posted by Fred Fletcher on Friday, January 9, 2015,
It's no secret our coastal Redwoods are a big draw for tourists. The uniqueness of these specimens on our lost coast can't be denied. The McKay tract is nearly 1,000 acres which dwarfs comparable parks. Multiple trails are being constructed for naturalists of all types. Surrounding property values and home sales are experiencing a modest rise which should continue into the foreseeable future. Eureka in many respects is a city experiencing a resurgence which the McKay Tract will hasten. 

Pundit...

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Trinity Lake Water Release Long Overdue

Posted by Fred Fletcher on Saturday, January 3, 2015,

The Interior Department has finally decided to honor a contract made with Humboldt in 1955 to release 50,000 acre-feet of water from Trinity Lake for local use. For decades, the economic power of Central Valley farmers have prevented the release of water we own, water crucial for salmon survival. The water was withheld in violation of the law because Central Valley farmers hired hundreds of lobbyists to convince the Federal government to steal our water. 

For the first time in decades, the Fed...


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Forecast: Economic Prosperity Reduces Crime in 2015!

Posted by Fred Fletcher on Tuesday, December 30, 2014,
Our New Years Resolution is Economic Prosperity for Humboldt in 2015! 

If a community has a high poverty rate it will also have a high crime rate. In the modernized world, poverty and crime always correlate without exception. 

The crime rate in Humboldt is off the hook and sadly children are often the victims. A 14-year-old was murdered in Eureka just days ago, one recent violent incident of many. 

Humboldt is lucky to have many enterprising people as well as several small and large businesses. ...
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