Kinetic Sculpture Race – 2014 – VIDEO

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pix by James Decker more of this fun day in Humboldt County:


Humboldt Street Life Concert #5 TODAY MAY 22 HENDERSON CENTER!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on May 22, 2014 by highboldtage


Join us in Henderson Center for an afternoon delight of music outdoors!

Noon til 3 pm





We will be on F st & Grotto in front of the closed pharmacy next to B of A. You will hear us.

If you are a local musician who wants to participate contact me Humboldt.organizer @

Bring something to sit on or join our Bucket Brigade!

have a peaceful day,


Humboldt Street Music Tomorrow (Tuesday May 13)

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on May 12, 2014 by highboldtage

Join us for an afternoon delight of music. Sarah Torres and I will be playing and singing down at Clarke Plaza, corner of 3rd and E, tomorrow noon til 3 or so. Weather permitting, but its looking good.

I will be rolling my street amp rig down there and Sarah and I will take turns. Bring something to sit on (or join our Bucket Brigade) , something to munch on, wear a hat (avoid sunburn!) and the beverage of your choice.  Please no alcohol there will be children around.

The weather looks good all week, we will see how it goes tomorrow maybe we can do more. If you are a musician who would like to play a half hour or hour set with my rig please email me at and put “street music” in the subject. We plan on doing lots of free street concerts this year.

Free Concert!
Sarah Torres, Electric Bill,

Tuesday May 13
noon til 3, Clarke Plaza, Old Town Eureka, 3rd and E.

have a peaceful day,

Fair Wage Cafe Saturday March 22, FREE FOOD, FREE MUSIC

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FAIR WAGE CAFE, SATURDAY March 22nd @ the Labor Temple, Noon to 5pm

The Fair Wage Folks invite you to bring family and friends for fabulous live music all day, games for kids, coffee, tea, juice, lunch and snacks.  Everything is Free!

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Music from Sarah Torres, Mad River Rounders, Bill Holmes, and Papa Paul.  Comedy from Nando Molina.  Amazing poetry.  Words from Board of Supes Candidate, Chris Kerrigan, and local Union Member of the Year, Bill Burns.

Come for a short time or all day. Relax. Enjoy. Get active to raise the minimum wage. Help build strong community!

You or your organization are welcome to set up informational tables.  Tables provided.

The Fair Wage Cafe is brought to you by the folks who wrote the Eureka Fair Wage Act (on the 2014 ballot as the Minimum Wage Ordinance).  The Cafe is a family-friendly space.
Please share the FACEBOOK EVENT:

HERE’s the flier!
For more information call (707) 442-7465, email or check out
See you there!The Fair Wage Folks

Fair Wage Folks – Eureka Fair Wage Act – Meet Tonight!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on March 4, 2014 by highboldtage

This is a gentle reminder.
The Fair Wage Folks will meet tonight at the Labor Temple in Eureka, 9th and E at 6:15
You are invited.  Bring a friend.
Our next Fair Wage Café is Mar. 22
We are in it to win it.   It is 244 days until election day.
have a peaceful day,
A People’s Initiative for a
$12.00 An Hour Minimum Wage for Large Employers

Fair Wage Cafe – Jan. 11 Labor Temple Eureka, Family Friendly Fun Noon to 5

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shortlink here

FAIR WAGE CAFE, SATURDAY Jan 11th @ the Labor Temple, Noon to 5pm

Come on down to the Fair Wage Cafe, Saturday, January 11th! The Cafe is open from 12noon to 5pm at the Labor Temple in Eureka: 840 E Street, 9th & E. Bring friends and family for live music all day, coffee, tea, juice, lunch and snacks. There’s games for kids, fabulous live local music, and everything is Free!

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This Cafe is open for relaxation and community building. If you or your organization want to set up informational tables, please do.

The Fair Wage Cafe is brought to you by the folks who wrote the Eureka Fair Wage Act. Family-friendly event. This is our exciting kick off for a successful year which will end in the people winning a higher minimum wage! Live music from local talents including Sarah Torres, Mad River Rounders, and Bill Holmes! Also, Chris Kerrigan, who will replace Frank Jager as Eureka mayor (hallelujah!) next year will speak.

Please share the FACEBOOK EVENT:

For more information call (707) 442-7465, email or check out

See you there!

The Fair Wage Folks

Bill Holmes, Troubadour, Acoustic/Eclectic – Small Victories Tour – 2013

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on May 14, 2013 by highboldtage

Rise Up (And Raise Our Wages) listen on

shortlink here

mnemonic here:

update Electric Bill, 2014!

Bill Holmes, troubadour, acoustic/eclectic, rock, folk, country, blues, americana, comedy, outlaw country, pop, originals.

Bill Holmes, former singer and songwriter of Two Smooth Stones.

Listen to and or download “Free the Weed”


For Booking:

I am available for bookings from Santa Cruz to Portland on the West Coast.  I am looking for weekend gigs in this area.  I do up to 3 one hour sets of acoustic/eclectic music either full on acoustic or amplified acoustic.  You will need to provide the sound system or I am happy to play full on acoustic in appropriate context.  I have acoustic/electric guitar will travel but I am too old to haul amps and p.a.s around, sorry.

I am looking for a booking agent.  contact me

I am looking for a producer for a cd project towards the end of the year. contact me

I am looking for a rhythm section, drums and bass, prob should be proficient in simple country lines and also able to follow and learn chord progressions.  I do one or two twelve bar blues a night the rest you will have to learn.  I would like to do some honky Tonkin in the area this winter.   contact me

also looking for an accompanist comfortable in full acoustic and amplified acoustic contexts.   Prob a lead guitar but not in stone, could be some other lead instrument.   Some one to do tasteful fills while I am singing and to take an occasional lead part (few times a set).

Next appearances:

update Electric Bill, 2014!

Eureka Fair Wage Café, January 11,  Labor Temple Eureka noon to 5 we will have five music acts.  I will prob be one of them.
E. St. where 9th dead ends into it, its the Carpenters Union Hall.
January 17 Homeless Awareness Day Concert in Old Town Friday Jan. 17 Details TBA
contact Kathy Anderson
Clarke Plaza, 3rd and E, Old Town Eureka, Noon Lunch Bucket concert, weather permitting.  I do this when I can, if I am not too tired.  I do it often I enjoy it.  Bring your lunch.  This will end in general around mid October, but might continue on really good weather days during the winter.
or Eureka Coop 10 am to 1 pm sometimes tabling for the Eureka Fair Wage Act.  When its not raining.
Sat. Dec. 21  Homeless Memorial Day/Winter Solstice/Verbenas Birthday PARC Eureka 1 PM til   Sat. Dec. 21
Monday Dec. 16 Street Show for Robbie – Homeless Died on Sidelwalks of Eureka
Tues Dec 17 Courthouse Rally for Community Forest
Tues dec 17 Josephine Johnsons Open Mic – Siren Song
sat Dec 7 arts alive the Works Eureka
Sat Nov 24 coop
Mon nov 25 coop
Tues Nov 26 Coop
Fri Nov 22 Eureka Coop 10 to 1
Thur Nov 21 Eureka Coop 10 to 1
Sat Nov 16 Eureka Coop 10 to 1
Sat Nov 9 Eureka Coop 10 to 1
Fri Nov 8 Eureka Coop 10 to 1
Thurs Oct 31 Clarke Plaza lunch bucket with several interuptions I may blog about this event in the future.   the weather is getting way sketchy, clouds and fog roll in fast, and these old hands don’t take the cold too well.   Just saying.
Tues Oct 22 Carson Park 6PM  Music and Speak Out Against Police Brutality – non violent free community gathering, food music.
corner of Carson & H st, central Eureka.
Sat Oct 19 Clarke Plaza Lunch bucket
Thurs Oct 17 Food for People W. 14th Eureka
Wed Oct 16, Clarke Plaza lunch bucket
Tues Oct 15, open Siren Song Tavern, 2nd St. Eureka – Josephine Johnsons open mic.  7 pm
Tues Oct 15 Clarke Plaza lunch bucket
Sat Oct 12 Eureka Coop
Sun Oct 13 Clarke Plaza
Mon Oct 14 Clarke Plaza
Sun Oct 6 Lunchbox Clarke Plaza
Sat.  Oct 5, Fair Wage Café, Highland Park  Eureka
Thurs Sept 26 Clarke Plaza Lunchbucket
Tues Sept 24 Lil Red Lion
Thur Sept 19 Clarke Plaza
Wed sept 18 Clarke Plaza lunchbucket
Tues Sept. 17 Lil Red Lion  5th st.  8 pm til 11 pm 3 sets….   5th St next to N & S Liquors
Sat Sept 14,  PARC Fundraiser – In front of Humboldt County Library – 1100 am til 2 pm Bring some cash support community activism!
Thurs 9/12 Clarke Plaza lunchbucket
Wed 9/11 Clarke Plaza lunchbucket
Tues Sept 10 Lil Red Lion
Mon. Sept. 9 Clarke Plaza lunchbucket concert
Sat. Sept 7 (Arts Alive)   Roses Billiards 5th and E Eureka 6 pm til 9 pm  (formerly the Alibi and Aunty Mo’s)
sat sept 7 Clarke plaza lunchbox concert noon
fri Sept 6 Roses Billiards
thur. Sept 5 Clarke Plaza
Wed Sept 4 Clarke Plaza
Tues Sept 3 Lil Red Lion
Sun Sept 1 Clarke Plaza
Fri Aug 30 Lunchbox concert Clarke Plaza 12 noon 330
Wed Aug 28 Lunchbox Concert Clarke Plaza 12 noon- 3 pm
Tues Aug 27, Lil Red Lion on 5th, 8 pm til 11 pm
Tues Aug 13 Lil Red Lion
Sat Aug 24 Fair Wage Café, Labor Temple
Mon Aug 26 Clark Plaza Lunch box
Tues Aug 20 Lil Red Lion
Mon Aug 21 Clark Plaza Lunch Concert
Saturday June 29 Fair Wage Café Labor Temple 800 E. St. Eureka noon – 5:00 pm
Saturday June 29 Little Red Lion 5th St. Eureka 8 PM to 11 PM NO COVER
Tues July 16 Eureka farmers market old town 10 am – 1 pm amplified acoustic
Tues June 18  Lil Red Lion 5th St. Eureka  8 pm – 11 pm no cover
Tues June 25 Lil Red Lion 5th St. Eureka  8 pm – 11 pm no cover

Tues Apr. 23 Lil Red Lion

Tues Apr. 30  Lil Red Lion 5th St. Eureka  8 pm – 11 pm no cover

Sat.  May 4     Speakeasy Bar  Opera Alley Eureka  Arts Alive  6 pm – 9 pm no cover

Tues May 7     Lil Red Lion, Eureka  8 pm – 11 pm

Tues May 14 Lil Red Lion Eureka 8 to 11

Tues May 21  Lil  Red lion 8-11
Tues May 28 Lil Red Lion 8-11
Tues. June 4, Lil Red Lion, Eureka
Friday June 7 Benefit Ink People Annex 7 PM Multiple Music Artist Benefit (incl. Yellabird & Sunshine)
Tues June 11, Lil Red Lion 5th St. Eureka  8 pm – 11 pm no cover
Thurs June 13th Eureka farmers market Henderson Center 10 am – 1 pm amplified acoustic

George Clark & Linda Atkins 2008 Campaign Statement on the Need to Raise the Minimum Wage in Eureka

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 9, 2013 by highboldtage

FRANK JAGER: Job killer

October 6, 2008 Heraldo  Leave a comment Go to comments

From the Clark/Atkins campaign:


“Yesterday’s Eureka Reporter article: “Two Candidates Suggest Raising Minimum Wage,” discussed George Clark and Linda Atkins proposal to raise Eureka’s minimum wage from $8 to $9 per hour.

Concerned about the fact that Eureka’s workers’ median income level is only 51% of the statewide average, Clark and Atkins feel that raising the minimum wage is a necessary first step, as part of a comprehensive effort to get Eureka’s economy back on track.

The article also featured the reaction of Linda and George’s opponents in their race for Eureka City Council: Polly Endert and Frank Jäger respectively. “It’s totally the wrong approach,” according to Polly Endert and Frank Jäger added, “It’s a great idea, but it’s a job killer.”  The evidence shows minimum wage initiatives are neither “totally wrong” nor “job killers.” They are, however, often resisted by entrenched moneyed interests whose influence in this campaign once again threatens the future of Eureka’s working families. When it comes to raising the minimum wage, Linda Atkins and George Clark feel the facts should speak for themselves.

Over the past 12 years around 140 States and Municipalities have enacted living wage measures and 29 states and the District of Columbia all operate with minimum wages above the Federal standard. There is now a rich body of evidence in this area, none of which supports Jäger or Endert’s claims. In 1995 and in a subsequent study in 2000, David Card and Alan Krueger, “consistently found that changes in the minimum wage have not tended to raise unemployment by any discernible amount (and indeed have tended to be associated with slight increases in low-wage employment.”

In 1998 a survey of professional economists at forty leading research universities in the field of labor and public economics published by Victor Fuchs of Stanford and Alan Krueger and James Poterba of MIT conclude that, “the general professional view is, again, that there were no strong negative employment effects, if any, from raising the minimum wage by relatively modest amounts.”

Three more recent studies examining the impact of living wage laws in San Francisco and Los Angeles done in 2005 all agree: “None of these studies finds evidence of significant reductions associated with the implementation of living wages laws.”

A particularly interesting study was done from 2001 to 2005 comparing employment growth between 11 states that operated with minimum wage levels higher than the Federal standard and 33 others that did not. The states operating with the higher minimum wage experienced overall job growth of 0.57 %, while those that maintained the lower Federal minimum wage had a 0.52% growth rate. In other words employment growth was actually slightly faster in those states which paid minimum wages greater than the Federal level.

Given the enormous amount of evidence that contradicts Frank and Polly’s “sky is falling” reaction to the idea of raising the minimum wage for Eureka’s working families, are we to conclude that they simply don’t get it or is this what having “no agenda” means to them?

George Clark and Linda Atkins believe in building our economy from the ground up.  Raising wages in Eureka, which are so far below the state average, is the right and fair thing to do for Eureka’s working families. When the spending power of working families goes up, so does morale, which leads to productivity boosts, lowers job turnover, all in an ongoing “virtuous cycle,” and everyone benefits.  Furthermore, increased spending by Eureka’s workers creates more demand for products, helping businesses while creating more jobs in the process.” –

Defending the Community
$12.00 An Hour Minimum Wage for Large Employers

Fair Wage Folks Turn in Signatures at Eureka City Hall for $12 Minimum Wage Ordinance

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 8, 2013 by highboldtage

Fair Wage Folks Turn in Signatures at Eureka City Hall for $12 Minimum Wage Ordinance

Media Contact: James Decker (707) 761-5247

Eureka, CA: On Thursday afternoon, February 7th, the “Fair Wage folks” submitted about 2,700 petition signatures to qualify the Eureka Fair Wage Act (aka Minimum Wage Ordinance) for the city ballot. This people’s initiative, if passed by voters, would raise the minimum wage from $8 to $12 for large employers to pay their workers in the city limits.

The Fair Wage folks thank the people of Eureka and throughout the county for their warm support and look forward to winning a fairer wage this year.

The Eureka City Clerk and the Humboldt County Elections Office have up to 30 days to report as to the sufficiency of the petitions. Once certified, the Eureka City Council can choose to pass the Fair Wage Act as written or to set an election for a vote of the people.

“I used to work at McDonald’s making minimum wage. You know what that means when someone pays you minimum wage? You know what your boss was trying to say? It’s like “Hey if I could pay you less, I would, but it’s against the law.”

- Chris Rock

Full Text of Fair Wage Act

Every Signature Counts! 7 Days Left to Sign the Initiative and Gain Ballot Access!

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If you have not signed yet but think this is worthy of a vote, please contact us at or 707-442-7465 and we will do our best to get your signature.  EVERY SIGNATURE COUNTS!  The Eureka Fair Wage Act is a People’s Initiative to raise the minimum wage to $12.00 an hour for large employers in the city of Eureka.
If you can volunteer in some way or assist in some way in this final week of the signature drive please contact us.  Assuming that we make the ballot we will have several more months of intense campaigning ahead of us.  WE COULD USE YOUR SUPPORT.
Thank you!
have a peaceful day,
~please forward to Eureka voters!~

Minimum Wage Factoids

62% of all Minimum Wage Workers are Women

“In 2011 more than 62 percent of minimum-wage workers were women compared to just 38 percent of male minimum-wage workers. Slightly more than 2.5 million women earn the minimum wage or less, while approximately 1.5 million men do. This imbalance is even more drastic once you consider that women were just 46.9 percent of all employed workers in 2011.”

2 of 3 Minimum Wage Employees Work for Large Profitable Corporations:

Two out of three low wage workers are employed by large corporations with more than 100 employees:

Raising the Minimum Wage is a Job Booster,  Not a “Job Killer”

“A significant body of academic research has found that raising the minimum wage does not result in job losses even during hard economic times.

$12.00 An Hour Will Raise A Worker Out of Poverty

A $12.00 an hour wage, while not a “living wage,” will lift a worker working 34 hours a week  over the Federal poverty level for an individual in Humboldt County.

The Gasoline Index 1968-2012

In 1968 an hour’s pay at minimum wage ( $1.60) would buy almost 5 gallons of gasoline (@ $0.33/ gal.) but today in Eureka an hour’s minimum wage ($8.00) will buy a little less than 2 gallons of gasoline (@ $4.37 per gallon.)

If the minimum wage had been increased at the same rate as the price of gas, the minimum wage would be over $21.00 per hour today.

Today’s Minimum Wage Worker is $7,000 Poorer Than a 1968 Worker

At $7.25 an hour, today’s full-time minimum wage retail worker, security guard, child care worker or health aide makes just $15,080 a year. Last century’s 1968 minimum wage worker made $21,944 a year, adjusted for inflation.

Worker Productivity Grew, Worker’s Wages Shrank

Worker productivity grew 80 percent from 1973 to 2011. The average worker wage fell 7 percent, adjusted for inflation.

The Reduction of Minimum Wage Value Has Cratered the Middle Class

In 2010, our nation’s economy was growing, but most Americans didn’t feel it because 93 percent of the income growth went to the richest 1 percent. The bottom 90 percent of Americans got none. It sure wasn’t always like that. Between 1938, when the federal minimum wage was first enacted, and 1968, when it peaked in value, the bottom 90 percent of households shared 69 percent of the nation’s income growth. The middle class was able to grow.

California Has the Lowest Minimum Wage on the West Coast

California $8.00 Oregon $8.80 Washington $9.04 Nevada $8.25

Raising the Minimum Wage is Overwhelmi​ngly Supported by the Public

This June, a Zogby Analytics survey of likely voters found seven out of 10 supporting a raise above $10 an hour (including 54 percent of Republicans). Notably, 71 percent of young people (18 to 23 years old) favored it. Likewise, last November’s “American Values Survey” by the Public Religion Research Institute showed two-thirds of Americans in favor of a $10-per-hour minimum.

Jim Hightower

Defending the Community

$12.00 Minimum Wage for Large Employers


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