Sorry to see so many dogs that are unnecessarily leashed
On a gorgeous Saturday last week it saddened me to see so many dogs unnecessarily restrained by leashes in Beachfront and Howe Street parks.
While a few dogs are difficult to handle and must be kept on a leash, most dogs are naturally sociable; they enjoy greeting other dogs and their people. Yet I often see a dog being jerked away on its leash when another dog approaches. Frequently it is the dog owner, not the dog, who appears anxious and fearful.
Many dogs on leashes seem to be quite friendly and would probably like to interact with others of their species only to be dragged away by their owners.
One dog owner recently cited a "California leash law" that requires
all dogs to be on a leash in public places. There is no such thing as a
California leash law. Counties and municipalities each make their own
Crescent City's leash law is appropriate for a rural area like ours
and is published in the Crescent City municipal code, section 6.04.040.
As long as your dog is not "running wild," as defined in the code, it is
not necessary to have it on a leash. The Del Norte County code is
A dog's natural instincts are to run and play and explore its
surroundings with its remarkable sense of smell. If so many people are
committed to restraining their dogs by a leash in public places, perhaps
it is time for Crescent City, or Del Norte County, to establish a dog
park where the animals can frolic joyously and freely with other dogs.
An excellent location in Crescent City is the piece of land in
Beachfront Park next to the wastewater treatment plant. It wouldn't take
much to turn it into a popular dog park.
I'm sure the county can find equally desirable sites for a dog park.
It's in businesses' interest to register with film commission
It has been a little over six months since I have had the pleasure of
becoming film commissioner for Del Norte County. I have enjoyed helping
film productions get to know Del Norte and all that it has to offer.
A main way to market the area to film productions is through our
website. On it, we have everything from those in the community that can
work on crew to local vendors (i.e. accommodations, caterers, portable
bathrooms, etc.) for film shoots.
I am currently working hard to get crew and vendors in Del Norte to
register on our site. Besides announcements, I have even begun calling
local businesses one by one and inviting them to do so. But some people
have never heard of a film commissioner and have wondered if we were a
scam. I hope by writing to you, it helps clear up that idea since I was
appointed to represent Del Norte County by the Tri-Agency that helps
govern Del Norte.
Though film crews could look up hotels, restaurants and their other
needs online, they prefer to get them from film commissioners in one
place. That is why it is so important for local vendors and crew to sign
up on our website.
I encourage locals to visit filmdelnorte.org and tab "Production
resources," create an account for free, and list themselves under
appropriate categories for crew and vendors. And if people ever need
more information, they are welcome to email me at
Del Norte County