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Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan struck and killed by motorist

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan died Wednesday afternoon after a motorist struck her as she was out walking her dog in Alameda, officials said.

Chan, 72, was hit around 8 a.m. while crossing the street at the city’s waterfront, at Shoreline Drive and Grand Street — an area popular with pedestrians and bicyclists. Emergency responders found Chan, unresponsive, in the roadway and took her to Highland Hospital, where she died at 2:30 p.m.

The woman driving the car that hit Chan stayed at the scene and is cooperating with investigators, police said in a statement that did not name Chan as the victim. Chan’s office confirmed she was the victim.


A longtime Democratic politician, Chan was first elected to the Alameda County Board of Supervisors in 1994. She later served on the state Assembly from 2000 to 2006, and was the first Asian American Assembly majority leader. In 2010, she successfully ran for her former seat on the Board of Supervisors, and had served since then.


Read more: https://www.sfchronicle.com/eastbay/article/Alameda-County-Supervisor-Wilma-Chan-struck-and-16590231.php

Chan was not that well known on a national level but was a strong Democratic and a trail blazer advocate for the less fortunate.

from wiki

Wilma Chan (Chinese: 陳煥瑛; pinyin: Chén Huànyīng; October 5, 1949 – November 3, 2021) was an American politician in California serving on the Alameda County Board of Supervisors. A Democrat, she served in the California State Assembly from 2000 to 2006 before being termed out, representing the 16th District, which at the time included Oakland, Alameda, and Piedmont. She served as Assembly Majority Whip from 2001 to 2002 and from 2002 to 2004 as Assembly Majority Leader, the first woman and the first Asian American to hold the position. In 2008, Chan lost a Democratic Party primary election for the California State Senate District 9 seat.

On November 3, 2021, Chan was struck and killed by a motorist.

more at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wilma_Chan

There is a semi-drivers program at the community college in the county I reside

Has been for a long time. Just looked up the college to see if still active, College of the Redwoods (Humboldt County, California)

The timber industry is still prominent in Humboldt County but current timber harvest is maybe 20% at most of the level of harvest and processing that occurred prior to 1990 so was not sure if the program was still in existence (and it is). Logging truck driving can be pretty exciting with 25 tons of log on an 18 wheeler with narrow and steep roads, locally not paved. Guys with families in the timber industry often follow their fathers in career. There used to be many "gypo" truck drivers that worked as independent contractors and owned or leased their truck. Now a higher proportion of local timber industry trucking is corporate trucks and their are far less opportunities for the gypo truckers.

One must be 18 to enroll. One gets 90 hours in a semi, 45 hours driving and 45 observing. IMO that should be more. California issues a learners permit for truck driving.


Here are the requirements:


Eligibility will be discussed further in the mandatory informational meeting. It is important to speak with the instructor at the informational meeting before completing any of the tasks below. To attend the College of the Redwoods' Truck Driving Program, a student must be at least 18 years of age and complete or provide the following:

Pass a Basic Skills Test (Reading, Writing and Math)
Copy of current license
Current DMV License Record Print-out
CDOT Medical Exam
DOT Drug Screen
California Class A Learner's Permit
Funding confirmed - If you are being sponsored, a sponsorship letter from the sponsoring agency is required by entrance requirements deadline (note this is important because the class fee is $4295).

Lloyd Bridges II (of Sea Hunt) father (the original Lloyd Bridges) was a real estate investor

in the north coast California and also owned the Vance Hotel in Eureka (county seat of Humboldt county).

Here is an interesting story about a building developed by Lloyd Bridges and named for his Sea Hunt son, Lloyd Bridges II, the actor.


Why even take the risk under the circumstances?

Safer is not safe.

I am a huge SF Giant fan but would never consider going to a game now.

My perception is that much of humanity will end up being chewed through by cv19 and variants and; at best, it will become endemic and dip life expectancy statistics or could have variants lethal or damaging enough to be obvious.

What you are saying is irresponsible and why the initial find and trace strategy failed. Perhaps that strategy was also doomed to fail but as a society we did not try. The pandemic was politicized and we were flooded with propaganda.

The Taliban said the correct things at their press conference

Words now and actions over time may and likely will be different.

Best hope is that the current situation calms rapidly and everyone that wants to get out, gets out.

Some items, specifically, "[We] are committed to the rights of women under the system of [Islamic law]", are unlikely to be fair to women nor acceptable to the sensibilities of most Americans.

POTUS Biden and the Democratic Party are taking a political hit that likely could not be avoided. IMO this is the product of an immediate failure in intelligence and military planning; TFG's agreement with Taliban; and the whole sorry mess when GWB et al decided to invade rather than have special ops (as happened) address UBL.

Here is TFG's agreement (that I read for the first time today, and did not know existed). Everyone should read this (short).


Thank you for posting this. I posted a link to anewscafe

down thread. There is some great and even inspiring to DU material at Dori Chamberlain's site.

I had a home in Redding from 1989 to 2003 but actually lived there less than half that time as also lived/worked in Portland, Corvallis, and Humboldt during the same time period. I'm old and decrepit and live in my county of origin, Humboldt, now.

Check out this 8/11/21 article about part of the medical community and masks etc. Loads of pictures at the link.

Hundreds Attend Redding Protest Against State-Mandated Vaccines

Posted on August 11, 2021 by Doni Chamberlain and Patricia Graves

Monday afternoon hundreds of people converged upon the intersection outside Mercy Medical Center in Redding’s triple-digit heat to voice their disapproval of a recent state-mandated vaccine requirement for healthcare workers.

The rally was attended by people of all ages, from senior citizens sitting in lawn chairs in the shade, to a father with an infant in a front pack. The multitudes represented a cross section of healthcare occupations, joined by their family, friends and supporters.

The rally offered viewpoints on other topics, such as masks. One little boy held a sign while perched upon the shoulders of a man with a beard, sunglasses and a baseball cap.

“I don’t co-parent with the government,” said the boy’s sign. “Unmask your kids.”

The majority of protesters were women, many of whom wore scrubs.

The vaccine order that went into effect Thursday instigated protests throughout California, similar to Redding’s. California Gov. Gavin Newsome tweeted the news on Aug. 5, including the deadline, that healthcare workers have until Sept. 30 to comply.

much more at: https://anewscafe.com/2021/08/11/redding/hundreds-attend-redding-protest-against-state-mandated-vaccines/

If one wants to know what is going on in Shasta county and environs, here

is a link to great detail.

Some of the articles are pretty amazing and detailed, and most at DU will be even inspired by the woman who operates anewscafe.com, and her fellow journalists and those in comments that pushback against Zapata, the Bethel Church, and corrupt law enforcement among other threats.

I have not yet read this thread but scanned the posts to see if this link was posted yet.


Lots of detail and images and videos, probably the best documentation of current strife in a community to be found.

51.14% total and 6.30% partial in Humboldt county, California as a whole.

Humboldt county, think redwoods and cannabis.

I reside in the far north east corner of Humboldt county where the Hupa Reservation, Yurok Reservation, and Ancestral Territory of the Karuk are located and a population majority is NA. I am not NA and lived elsewhere much of life and my family has been here since 1850s. The Indian Health Service made it very easy to get vaccinated, I received 2nd shot of Moderna in early March.

However, only 36.96% of Humboldt county Native Americans are fully and 5.04% partially vaccinated. Almost certain that the rates are lower here than for the NA that live on the coast. Lots of distrust.


Meanwhile in Shasta county, California the local militia leader

hits a speed bump and Redding PD does not look so hot.

Shasta county has good stuff like the Cottonwood militia; the Red White and Blueprint (to make the USA a red nut job paradise community by community), and Bethel Church.

Here is a link to a local internet news site that leans left in deep red Shasta county.


Note that link is down at the moment and says. "Note from Doni: sorry for the confusion; fixing the site. Read the latest story here: https://tinyurl.com/zapata-videos


There were times during the last 59 days when Nathan Pinkney nearly lost hope. He wondered if his memory of the May 4 assault upon him at his former workplace, the Market Street Blade & Barrel restaurant, was accurate.

During those nearly two months of wondering and waiting for the Redding Police Department to finally release the surveillance video that he knew would surely exonerate him, he endured accusations that he — a 32-year-old African American comic, cook and Black Lives Matter activist — was a liar.

It was his word against his three alleged assailants. Alleged assailant No. 1 was 42-year-old Carlos Zapata, militia member and co-founder of the ultra-conservative Red White and Blueprint movement that’s documenting an attempted recall of three Republican Shasta County supervisors. Alleged assailant No. 2 was 40-year-old Elizabeth Bailey, a Zapata employee who works at his Palomino Room restaurant in Red Bluff (also the daughter of Nadine Bailey, a prominent fixture in North State Republican politics and rural issues). Finally, alleged assailant No. 3 was 45-year-old Chris Meagher, Bailey’s boyfriend, also known on social media as Red Red, someone with a history of criminal activity and violent encounters. (By the way, Meagher’s name is pronounced Meyer, like the lemon, not meager, as in deficient in quantity or quality.)

For 59 days, Pinkney wondered if the surveillance videos would ever become public.

Today is that day.

Yesterday A News Cafe received the surveillance videos, not from RPD, but from an anonymous source who leaked the videos to ANC for exclusive review. The most salient moments have been broken into separate videos.

long article with videos and photos. Redding PD lies.

About Epoch Times

Boebert is dangerous and probably being paid. Get her out of Congress and in jail.


The Epoch Times is a far-right international multi-language newspaper and media company affiliated with the Falun Gong new religious movement. The newspaper, based in New York City, is part of the Epoch Media Group, which also operates New Tang Dynasty (NTD) Television. The Epoch Times has websites in 35 countries but is blocked in mainland China.

The Epoch Times opposes the Chinese Communist Party, promotes far-right politicians in Europe, and has backed President Donald Trump in the U.S.; a 2019 report by NBC News showed it to be the second-largest funder of pro-Trump Facebook advertising after the Trump campaign. The Epoch Media Group's news sites and YouTube channels have spread conspiracy theories such as QAnon and anti-vaccine misinformation. In 2020, the New York Times called it a "giant influence machine". The Epoch Times frequently promotes other Falun Gong affiliated groups, such as the performing arts company Shen Yun.


Falun Gong (UK: /ˌfɑːlʊn ˈɡɒŋ, ˌfæl-, - ˈɡʊŋ/, US: /- ˈɡɔːŋ/)[1] or Falun Dafa (/ˈdɑːfə/; Standard Mandarin Chinese: [fàlwə̌n tâfà]; literally, "Dharma Wheel Practice" or "Law Wheel Practice" is a new religious movement. Falun Gong was founded by its leader Li Hongzhi in China in the early 1990s. Today, Falun Gong maintains a global de facto headquarters, Dragon Springs, a 400-acre (160 ha) compound around the hamlet of Cuddebackville in Deerpark, New York, approximately two hours northwest of Manhattan, located near the current residence of Li Hongzhi. Falun Gong's performance arts extension, Shen Yun ("Divine Rhythm" and two closely connected schools, Fei Tian ("Flying Sky-Being" College and Fei Tian Academy of the Arts, also operate in and around Dragon Springs.

Falun Gong emerged toward the end of China's "qigong boom"—a period that saw a proliferation of similar practices of meditation, slow-moving energy exercises and regulated breathing. Falun Gong combines meditation and qigong ('Qi/Chi cultivation') exercises with a moral philosophy. The practice emphasizes morality and the cultivation of virtue, and identifies as a practice of the Buddhist school, though its teachings also incorporate elements drawn from Taoist traditions. Through moral rectitude and the practice of meditation, practitioners of Falun Gong aspire to eliminate attachments, and ultimately to achieve spiritual enlightenment.


Falun Gong administers a variety of extensions in the United States and elsewhere, which have received notable media attention for their political involvement and ideological messaging, particularly since the involvement of these extensions in the 2016 United States presidential election. Falun Gong extensions include The Epoch Times, a media entity that has received significant media attention for its promotion of conspiracy theories and right-wing politics, and for producing advertisements for United States president Donald Trump. Shen Yun has also received significant media coverage for its emphasis on, for example, anti-evolution statements and promotion of Falun Gong doctrine, while presenting itself as founded upon ancient tradition.


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