December 2012

Protecting Your Property from Encroaching Trees

Tree branches or roots extending over a property boundary may be a nuisance, especially in a damp climate like Humboldt County.  Remedies for such nuisance are available to neighboring landowners, including the right to cut off branches or roots at the boundary line, the right to recover damages, and the right to compel removal by the owner or occupant of the land on which the tree grows.  However, neighbors are required to act reasonably toward each other, which includes not causing foreseeable injury to a neighboring property (for example, cutting so much of the root system back that the


SCOTUS Considers Use of Drug Sniffing Dogs

The U.S. Supreme Court recently heard oral arguments in two cases concerning the use of drug sniffing police dogs and the Fourth Amendment’s ban on unreasonable searches.  Both cases originated in Florida.  The first, Florida v. Jardines, involved a Labrador named Franky.  After receiving an anonymous tip, police brought Franky to the porch of a private home, where Franky alerted to the presence of drugs inside.  The police used Franky’s alert to obtain a search warrant of the home, which was found to be a marijuana grow house.


Food for People Needs Humboldt County's Support

Food for People is Humboldt County’s food bank, and is seeking support during this holiday season.  First opened in 1979, Food for People has grown to where it now serves its mission from a 9000 square foot warehouse in Eureka.

Fund drives have taken place at local grocery stores and many local merchants have agreed to donate a share of profits during the season to support the Food for People Mission of “working to eliminate hunger and improve the health and well-being of our community through access to healthy and nutritious foods, community education and advocacy.”