Trinidad Tidings: Trinidad has big discussion on crime

County Sheriff Bill Honsal led a “Coffee with the Cops” discussion last week in Trinidad Town Hall. He introduced Sheriff’s Deputy Luke Mathieson and Deputy Patrick del Rosario, the men who spend most of their time in Trinidad addressing Trinidad’s safety needs, and they spoke too.

Sheriff Honsal also introduced Neighborhood Watch advocate Ginger Campbell, who strongly recommends that Trinidad, Westhaven and Big Lagoon neighbors form their own small watch and safety groups (she will help).

Sheriff Citizens on Patrol (SCOP) representative, Marie, was present and told the audience that volunteer training is available for more SCOP patrol people.

Mayor Susan Rotwein  and the Sheriff organized the meeting, which City Manager Dan Berman and Councilmembers Jack West and Dwight Miller also attended. City Council candidate Mike Morgan participated too.

The Club Room at Town Hall was filled with citizens asking questions about night patrolling, dog issues, recent home and car break-ins, suspected arson, transient and homeless problems, noise and parking issues, and more.

Sheriff Honsal was helpful in answering questions.  He said that Trinidad is a desirable destination for those without transportation because “citizens give money and the word travels fast.” A whole array of agencies, including Health and Human Services and a “TAP” program are available to assist homeless people.

Honsal went over the improvements to law enforcement, fire protection, housing and mental health, roads, and emergency services provided from a half cent public safety and essential services sales tax passed in 2014.

He advocated for passing Measure O on the November ballot to continue the locally controlled funding. Find out more by calling the county at (707) 445-7266 or county supervisors at (707) 476-2390.

Honsal added that citizens can sign up for the County’s Emergency Notification System called Humboldt Alert.  You can register at: or call (707) 268-2500 or email [email protected] for more information.

The meeting could have gone for much longer because citizens were fully engaged in the discussion, but the Club Room was double-booked for the evening and Trinidad Lions Club members were waiting at the door at 7 p.m. for their regular meeting.

Kline receives ‘Beautiful Garden’ award

Members of Trinidad Civic Club, Patrick’s Point Garden Club and Trinidad Museum presented Mary Spinas Kline, who lives at the corner of Trinity and West streets, a “Beautiful Garden” award last week.

Neighbors Jan West and Connie Butler organized an afternoon gathering and garden tour to honor Mary for “making her garden so beautiful with dahlias and other ornamentals that everyone stops to look at it.”

Mary, a fifth generation Trinidadian, follows the tradition of her “Grandma Honey,” Alice Anita Spinas, and other family gardeners, in nurturing a superlative home garden for all to observe with great pleasure.

A Century of Saving the Redwoods

Jerry and Gisela Rohde will present “A Century of Saving the Redwoods option 2” on Monday, Oct. 15 from 2 to 4:30 p.m. at Trinidad Library.  It’s an OLLI class meant to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Save the Redwoods League. OLLI members pay $30; all others pay an additional $25.  Class 46744.

Louisa Rogers will advise class-goers on “Lightening Your Load: How to Let Go of Your Stuff for Good” on Wednesday, October 24, from 2 to 4:30 p.m.  Louisa observes that we all have “Too much we age many of us want less, but find surrendering our cherished belongings difficult... learn to overcome common de-cluttering obstacles, identify solutions to your resistance, take control of your possessions, and create a spacious, life-enhancing environment.”

OLLI members pay $30; others an additional $25.  The class number is 46876.

Register for these and other OLLI classes by calling (707) 826-5880 or go to

Lacuna and Third Friday Blues

Lacuna, featuring songwriter Rob Cunningham, Bill Brooks, and Robby Jarvis Lamoreux, will perform on Friday, Oct. 12 at 7:30 p.m. at WCA, 501 South Westhaven Drive. The musicians will play blues and folk-infused original and traditional tunes.  Admission is  $5 to $20 on a sliding scale.

Blues Through the Years with Jim Lahman, Ron Perry, Bill Moehnke and Dale Cash will be featured at Third Friday Blues, October 19 at 7 p.m.  Dancing recommended.  $5 to $20 sliding scale admission.

Email Patti at [email protected].


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