Letters to the Editor Feb. 14, 2012

By Del Norte Triplicate Readers February 15, 2012 12:42 am

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 leash laws.

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 similar.

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.

Brian Green

Crescent City


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 This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Cassandra Hesseltine

Film commissioner

Del Norte County