State Provides 1.3 Million For Humboldt County Anti-Tobacco Use Program



EUREKA – Humboldt County Supervisors accepted funds Tuesday to combat tobacco use and met in a closed session to discuss labor negotiations with multiple county organizations.

They voted to accept the 1.3 million dollars from the state’s California Tobacco Control Program to go towards our local Tobacco-Free Humboldt program.

The state is offering more funds this year due to an increase on tobacco taxes, which voters approved last November, upping packs of cigarettes by two dollars.

Humboldt exceeds state averages of adult and youth smokers and Tobacco-Free Humboldt aims to decrease these numbers.

After the public meeting wrapped up, supervisors met in a closed session conference regarding compensation for employees of the county.

This included compensation consideration for elected and appointed officials, members of the Humboldt County Attorneys’ Association, Humboldt Deputy Sheriffs’ Organization, management & confidential employees, and Service Employees International Union for in-home supportive services.

Members of SEIU argue that they deserve to be paid more for life-saving work that they do.

No decisions have been released yet from the closed session meeting.