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Bohn backed by Brady Bunch ballers

During the 2010 elections, former local journalist John Osborn released his “eyebrow-raising group of lockstep donors to conservative candidates.”

Comparing that list with recent campaign disclosures reported by the Times-Standard we find that two on Osborn’s list are already shoveling donations at Rex Bohn’s supervisor campaign: Kramer Investment Group and Eureka CPA John Fullerton, president of the Eureka City School Board.

Other Bohn heads include Supervisor Virginia Bass, Fortuna resident David Morris, AR Lumber in Arcata, Mercer-Fraser Co., Benbow Inn Agland Engineering Inc., Feierabend Trucking, Hansen Trucking, Mendes Mini Storage, Toste Dairy, Pacific Builders, Gerald Becker Insurance Agency, Quality Body Works, Leonardo Logging, Becker Dairy, Pacific Partners Real Estate, Scotia Company LLC, Bode Cellars, Spa at Personal Choice, Humboldt Redwood, CC Market, Bar W. Ranch, Frog Alley, Cloney’s Pharmacy, Jitter Bean Coffee, Hoby’s Market, Doris and Daughter Inc. and Fortuna Motors.

  1. What Now
    April 1, 2012 at 1:51 am

    No surpises here.
    Bohner’s donors are pretty much the same pack of parasitic reptiles heading the mongol horde that hope to turn the area into another wasted, empty shell of crappy plastic trinkets and vacant storefronts.

  2. Sigh
    April 1, 2012 at 2:46 am

    1:51, nice trolling. Excellent trolling. If you represent the typical person opposing Bohn, I’d vote for him in a heart beat… if I lived in his district.

  3. just middle class
    April 1, 2012 at 7:02 am

    Thank you for noting that Rex has such significant support from people who have the best interest of Humboldt County in mind. I note not a single out of state donor here like Cheryl got through Bonnie Neely. We all remember her trolling for outside money in her campaign, now trying the same for Cheryl.

  4. just middle class
    April 1, 2012 at 7:18 am

    No comment on HH when Bill Pierson, with his many donation vises, bankrolled most of the candidates who lost in the last election.

  5. Anonymous
    April 1, 2012 at 7:22 am

    JMC=Brady

  6. Happy about Cheryl
    April 1, 2012 at 7:43 am

    Cheryl Seidner’s event last night drew people from Petrolia, Pepperwood, Ferndale, Loleta, you name it. It was a First District crowd interested in First District leadership — not some corrupt politician from Eureka.

    We don’t want Eureka politics running county government, true. But in Cheryl Seidner we get much more than just the anti-Rex. Cheryl is the real deal, with experience and many, many friends. She may not get the big real estate money, but she will get many many votes!

  7. Gil Yule
    April 1, 2012 at 7:45 am

    Just this last week I heard a news report about campaign spending on the federal level. It claimed that in the last elections for the U.S. Senate 9 out of 10 races were won by the candidate who raised the most money for their campaign.

    A chilling statistic and makes one wonder what sort of nation of sheep we have become.

  8. OUTLAW1
    April 1, 2012 at 8:00 am

    THERE ALL CRAP I THINK ILL RUN LOL. I GET THE ONLY VOTE THAT MATTERS MINE.

  9. walt
    April 1, 2012 at 8:02 am

    B-a-a-a-a-h-n!

  10. April 1, 2012 at 8:17 am

    In the end, money is what wins elections, not good ideas or being the “best person” for the job.

  11. Slots
    April 1, 2012 at 8:50 am

    Just wait for the casinos to toss in their coin. It’ll be a different and more interesting race then.

  12. silverbling
    April 1, 2012 at 9:01 am

    Interesting…..

    Conventional wisdom suggests that Cheryl will get some support from Indian gaming interests around the state and she may well do so.

    But locally the Blue Lake Rancheria seems to support lots of right wingers and is a major supporter of the journalistic felons @ KIEM.

    They need to explain this. Republicans don’t give a shit about Native Americans. Why does Blue Lake support them?

  13. OUTLAW1
    April 1, 2012 at 9:47 am

    Other Bohn heads include Supervisor Virginia Bass, Fortuna resident David Morris, AR Lumber in Arcata, Mercer-Fraser Co., Benbow Inn Agland Engineering Inc., Feierabend Trucking, Hansen Trucking, Mendes Mini Storage, Toste Dairy, Pacific Builders, Gerald Becker Insurance Agency, Quality Body Works, Leonardo Logging, Becker Dairy, Pacific Partners Real Estate, Scotia Company LLC, Bode Cellars, Spa at Personal Choice, Humboldt Redwood, CC Market, Bar W. Ranch, Frog Alley, Cloney’s Pharmacy, Jitter Bean Coffee, Hoby’s Market, Doris and Daughter Inc. and Fortuna Motors. SOUNDS LIKE PEOPLE ARE TIRED OF THE TREE HUGGING SHIT. GOOD FOR THEM. MAYBE WE BRING BACK LOGGING AND DO THE RIGHT THING

  14. NACHO
    April 1, 2012 at 10:14 am

    OUTLAW1 = REX BCOZ HE JUS FOUN THE INTERNEST AND HE LIKES TO BE FUNY

  15. April 1, 2012 at 10:27 am

    Well, we all know who owns Bohn, don’t we? A vote for Bohn is vote for his owners.

  16. Anonymous
    April 1, 2012 at 10:30 am

    The racism against Native Americans is disgusting and pathetic!

  17. Anonymous
    April 1, 2012 at 10:31 am

    These hateful comments should be removed-hate speech is just that-hateful and destructive!

  18. Anonymous
    April 1, 2012 at 10:33 am

    So is this campaign against Cheryl Seidner a racist stance? Should only white, good old boys be elected?

  19. Anonymous
    April 1, 2012 at 10:44 am

    Why does Pierson always come up about political contributions, he’s not even on the list of top 60 of Humboldt’s wealthiest people..I guess his stupid laugh gets to people..Everyone knows Rex is bought and paid for. It’s odd Rex works for the biggest soil manufacturer in the county and yet he is against all those pot growers. I guess that was just like Arkley writing a Times-Standard article last week about the responsibility of people doing the right thing. It’s all bullshit,money and special interest win again.

  20. Jr
    April 1, 2012 at 10:45 am

    Although I do not live in her district, I say good for Cheryl for tossing her proverbial hat in the ring. It is about time that another viewpoint in making policy decisions is heard. We can all learn from her wealth of knowledge.

  21. April 1, 2012 at 10:47 am

    I’m not sure what’s worse, the brainless, rustic gibberish pouring incontinently from Outlaw, or Nacho trying to pin Outlaw’s bigoted blather on Rex.

    Nacho is probably more culpable, since Outlaw1 obviously cannot control himself.

  22. Mooch
    April 1, 2012 at 10:52 am

    Let’s get our facts straight here in Heraldoville.

    “But locally the Blue Lake Rancheria seems to support lots of right wingers and is a major supporter of the journalistic felons @ KIEM.”

    Wrong. The Blue Lake Casino supports the “no growth” status quo candidates.

    Blue Lake Casino gave over $90,000 to Bonnie Neely and Patrick Cleary. Where are they now?

    And did I see a contribution to Cheryl Seidner from Genesis Engineering out of Ripon, CA?

    Could this be the same out-of-the-area engineering corporation that gave Bonnie Neely a check too?

    An out-of-the-area corporation trying to buy political influence?

    Where are the Occupiers protesting Cheryl?

    Where is David Cobb and Katlin Sociapath speaking out against out-of-the-area corporations in our local elections?

    Where are the Proggies protesting with their keyboards on a blog?

    Heavens to Betsy? What next?

  23. April 1, 2012 at 10:57 am

    “Where are the Occupiers protesting Cheryl?”

    Who let the nuts out this morning?

  24. Mooch
    April 1, 2012 at 11:00 am

    Did Cheryl take an out-of-the area corporate check?

    Isn’t that what the Occupiers are protesting against?

    Or is that just another of their signs outside of the court house:

    “Keep corporate $ out of politics”

    Just sayin’

  25. Cakeblog
    April 1, 2012 at 11:01 am

    So the opposition is a bunch of racist bullies, nothing new there. How long has tribal leadership been systematically excluded from governing groups like HCOAG?

  26. Anonymous
    April 1, 2012 at 11:04 am

    Where is there any proof that Cheryl has taken money from out of the area? Where? Please post the evidence.

  27. Anonymous
    April 1, 2012 at 11:06 am

    This is the same claim that they used a couple of days ago against Cheryl, and no proof was provided then, so put up or shut up.

    It would be easy to post the list of special interests within Humboldt County that have put a bid on Rex, because he’s for sale.

  28. April 1, 2012 at 11:18 am

    Please post the evidence.

    “Seidner had four monetary contributions from people in the $100 to $200 range, two in the $250 to $300 range and four $500 donations. Loleta insurance agent Greg Conners, Eureka resident Terry Farmer, Eureka resident Margaret Herbelin and Scotia resident Melvin Kreb all donated $500. Seidner’s top contributor was Genesis Engineering and Redevelopment with a $1,000 contribution. She also received $224 in unitemized contributions under $100. “

    Assuming Genesis Engineering is an out of the area business, the above is a quote from a Time- Standard article on contributions. The link can be found on Eric Kirk’s blog:
    http://kunsoo1024.wordpress.com/

  29. Plain Jane
    April 1, 2012 at 11:24 am

    Not only is Outlaw a bigot, it’s too stupid to release its cap lock key and screams with every post.

  30. OUTLAW1
    April 1, 2012 at 11:25 am

    I HOPE NONE OF THOSE LITTLE F#$KERS GET INTO OFFICE THEY ALL STINK. YES EVEN THE WHITE ONES

  31. OUTLAW1
    April 1, 2012 at 11:26 am

    that better plain pain

  32. OUTLAW1
    April 1, 2012 at 11:27 am

    thats it people should be equal

  33. NACHO
    April 1, 2012 at 11:45 am

    YOU ARE RIGHT JOEL MY APOLOGIES TO REX.

    ITS JUST THAT WHEN I SAW OUTLAW1 I IMMEDIATELY THOUGHT “WHO IS THIS DUMB SHIT?” AND I JUMPED TO A CONCLUSION.

    MY BAD.

    NOW I WILL GO DROWN MYSELF IN A POND OF JALAPENO CHEESE AND I WILL NEVER RETURN.

  34. Carla Baku
    April 1, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    As is ever the case, it’s a matter of the best candidate money can buy. Such is the state of politics, from little burghs to Capitol Hill. If the 99% want a candidate to stand a chance, it will take a grassroots groundswell and a hell of a lot of footwork.

  35. tra
    April 1, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    If “99%” of the people want a particular candidate to win, all they need is for a little over half of that 99% to go ahead and vote for that candidate.

    Money is important in politics, no doubt about it, but the effect can be (anmd often is) overstated. Bonnnie Neeley had plenty of money, she had the advantage of incumbency, and she still lost by a large margin.

  36. Anonymous
    April 1, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    Bigotry justified with more hate speech-pathetic

  37. tra
    April 1, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    By the way, I’m glad Cheryl Seidner has gotten into the race. She’s obviously a smart, hardworking, accomplished person who cares about this community.

    I look forward to learning more about all of the candidates’ positions on some of the issues facing the County, and their particular districts. At this point they all seem to be making the same sort of vague statements. They’re all for more jobs, but it’s not clear how they plan to accomplish that.

    For example, have any of the First District candidates taken a position on the wind turbine project that is proposed for Bear River Ridge?

  38. Pray Tell
    April 1, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    Yes, um Fred. To you then, a grand makes Cheryl Seidner somehow less local than the guy who moved so he could run?

    They spend $130,000 trying to get Bohn on the City Council, but no. Now they have spent $90,000 before the candidate filing period trying to keep everyone else out. $220,000 so far, trying to put a guy who helped develop a ball field on the board of supervisors. Ask Rex “How ya doin’?”. It will be too late. He’s already asked you. That is what he does. How much will it cost to elect him? Will it work?

  39. tra
    April 1, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    In my opinon, Bohn showed poor judgement by supporting CalPine’
    s proposal to site a Liquified Natural Gas facility on Humboldt Bay, and by supporting Big Box development.

  40. tra
    April 1, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    “Ask Rex “How ya doin’?”. It will be too late. He’s already asked you. That is what he does.”

    Wait…what’s wrong with that?

  41. Pray Tell
    April 1, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    Poor judgement? Or no judgement?

    Wasn’t he employed by the local gas jobber?

  42. Pray Tell
    April 1, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    …what’s wrong with that? It’s all he says.

  43. Reverend Mike
    April 1, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    We would like to ask all three candidates here if they are willing to sign a public pledge to abstain from alcohol during their term of office.

    Sobriety in public service is our concern, and we ask it of all candidates.

  44. Anonymous
    April 1, 2012 at 12:34 pm

    To clear up a popular misconception here, which will continue to be lied about, Rex Bohn supported the idea of having the proposal being presented.

    As the quote went in the times-standard covering the article Rex said (or something extremely close) :

    “I don’t know if they are the right fit for our harbor/community but they have the right to be heard”

    Wow – pretty extremist of Rex, eh? Not.

  45. Anonymous
    April 1, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    Cheryl wrote this on Facebook:

    “I find the money being spent in these local campaigns very troubling. Our schools need funding, our fire stations need assistance, our home healthcare workers need living wages, we need to increase public safety, but we don’t seem to have the funds for these projects. These campaigns have barely begun, and my opponent has already raised $143k and spent nearly $90k. Something is wrong when we prioritze political campaigns over the health of our community!”

  46. Anonymous
    April 1, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    I’m sorry, 12:34. We will need a real quote first.

  47. Anonymous
    April 1, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    ” and by supporting Big Box development.”

    What more does anybody need to know. Guy wants us to think he’s so great for humboldt, but would just as soon we forget he rolls dice for big real estate and construction players who only care about their private interstate empires.

  48. Anonymous
    April 1, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    Pretty interesting statememt coming from her, given that Bonnie is running her campaign and is no stranger to large campaign costs.

    I dont like it either, but all of the BOS campaigns in the last several years have been big money affairs.

  49. Anonymous
    April 1, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    REX? That’s HumCPR. They want to do anything they want with their property, dammit, and nothing else matters.

    (Explaining the big money and early “investing” in the candidate)

  50. 713
    April 1, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    Pray Tell,
    The question was whether her largest contributor is an out of the area corporation. It is. I don’t think it is relevant, but it is a fact.

  51. tra
    April 1, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    “Poor judgement? Or no judgement?”

    Well I’d say poor judgement. “No judgement” would have been not taking any position on these things. Did Anette DeModena or Cheryl Seidner take a public stand against the LNG plan, or the original WalMart plan, or the Arkley’s Big Box by the Bay Boondoggle? If the answer is “yes” then we’ve got a clear case of poor judgement vs. good judgement. Otherwise we’ve got a case of poor judgement vs. no judgement. Neither of those scenarios is good for Bohn, but I guess the latter scenario is less damaging for him than the former.

    And before Bohn’s supporters get their collective panties in a bundle, I realize that officially what he was supporting was doing a feasibility study on the LNG plan, and that he had not publicly committed himself to the idea that the facility should, in fact, be built. Fine. But to me, the question isn’t whether it was “feasible” (in other words economically and legally viable) the question is whether it was desirable or not in the first place. Similarly, if some company proposed siting a radioactive waste dump on Indian Island, it would be ridiculous to insist that we should go ahead and do a “feasibility” study before telling that company to go take a flying leap. The bottom line is that Bohn tripped over his bat on that one, bigtime.

  52. Pray Tell
    April 1, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    Yes, and my answer was:

    “Yes, um Fred. To you then, a grand makes Cheryl Seidner somehow less local than the guy who moved so he could run?

    They spend $130,000 trying to get Bohn on the City Council, but no. Now they have spent $90,000 before the candidate filing period trying to keep everyone else out. $220,000 so far, trying to put a guy who helped develop a ball field on the board of supervisors. Ask Rex “How ya doin’?”. It will be too late. He’s already asked you. That is what he does. How much will it cost to elect him? Will it work?”

    How much are they willing to spend? How much will it take?

  53. Anonymous
    April 1, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    Spend Rex Whitman! Spend!!

  54. tra
    April 1, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    Whitman is a good example of the fact that money alone does not necesarily translate to victory.

  55. A-nony-mouse
    April 1, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    Hmmm let’s see. A friend gave Cheryl $1000 from out of the county. Wrecks has collected almost $150,000 from who knows where (do you believe it ALL came from within Humboldt?) and has already spent nearly $90,000 to “soften us up”. Wrecks went carpetbagging when he didn’t like the new lines that would have made him face Virginia next time. BooHoo.

    By the way, for the less informed, The Wiyot Tribe does NOT own or have any connection with the Bear River Casino. It’s owned by the Bear River Band which is a separate group. Just so ya know.

  56. tra
    April 1, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    Bohn has been in the race far longer, so it should be no surprise that he’s raised more money.

    Seidner has raised quite a bit for the short period of time she’s been in the race.

    At this point Bohn probably has a significant advantage in terms of name recognition. But if Seidner runs an effective campaign, the name recognition gap may be much smaller by the time of the June primary, and likely non-existent if the race goes to a November run-off.

  57. tra
    April 1, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    From Cheryl Seidner’s website:

    “We must be realistic about our identity, and what industries can expand. We have a resource based economy, and we must expand our resource industries. Humboldt Bay is our most underutilized resource, but in this lies great opportunity. We have 4000 acres available for aquaculture and mariculture, and we are currently using just over 300 acres. We have the capacity to expand our seafood industry. We have the capacity to develop new shipping options out of our Bay. We must seize every opportunity to grow these industries and bring jobs to our community.”

    This all makes sense to me, but my question is, if she wins the Supervisor seat, what does she propose to do to advance those goals?

    Is there anything that the Supervisors can do to increase aquaculture and mariculture, and if so, what? For example, she says that there are 4,000 acres available for aquaculture but that only 300 acres currently being utilized for that purpose. So the question is, is there something that the Supervisors have control over that is currently preventing people from taking advantage of that opportunity?

    What kind of “new shipping options” is she advocating for the bay? Is she talking about the much-talked-about idea of short-sea-shipping? (By the way, does anyone know what, if any, barriers are preventing that from happening already, or what could be done to help facilitate short-sea-shipping?) Or is she talking about some version of the port-and-rail scenario that some folks have been pushing?

    And I’d like to hear Bohn explain how supporting a bunch of new retail and commercial development on the Balloon Track is going to result in any net gain of jobs, given that Eureka already has plenty of vacant retail and commercial space.

  58. April 1, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    From Wikipedia:

    A Fu Manchu moustache is a full, straight moustache that grows downward past the lips and on either side of the chin; and often, the tapered, pointed ends of the moustache hang past the jawline.[1] The Fu Manchu is similar to the common horseshoe (“biker”) moustache; the difference between the two types of moustache is that the Fu Manchu is grown only from the upper lip, whilst the sides remain clean shaven. The moustache came from China’s Mongol invaders, they are seen with similar moustaches at the time of the Yellow Emperor, but prior to the Mongol invasion they were clean shaven.

  59. April 1, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    My quesion is, is that ‘stache a Fu Manchu?

    Or one of those common horseshoe “biker” models?

  60. April 1, 2012 at 2:22 pm
  61. Bohnfireofvanity
    April 1, 2012 at 2:35 pm
  62. Thirdeye
    April 1, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    There’s been a real lack of meaty ideas in this race so far. Lots of vague feel-good from the candidates and lots of whiny contempt for Eureka from the ABB camp. Contempt for Eureka is not a winning strategy in the First District.

  63. walt
    April 1, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    Re: Genesis Engineering and Redevelopment of Ripon (just south of Stockton):

    “About Us
    . . .The ever-expanding collection of environmental laws, regulations, procedures and requirements to maintain environmental compliance and minimize environmental liability has become a substantial component of commercial operations. Today’s environmental problems are complex and expensive and require savvy, highly trained and results oriented professionals that are committed to removing your environmental liabilities.

    Initially founded in 1989 as North State Environmental Dynamics (NSED), Genesis Engineering and Redevelopment (GE&R) is a full-service professional environmental and engineering consulting firm, committed to providing the highest quality of service to our clients.
    . . . Our professional and technical staff consists of environmental, mechanical, civil engineers, geologists, hydrogeologists, biologists, toxicologists, chemists, environmental scientists and planners, database specialists, and other professionals. Each individual on our senior management team has extensive experience in the following environmental service areas:

    Environmental Engineering & Remedial Design
    Field Services – O&M
    Environmental Management & Compliance Systems
    Real Estate Transactions & Brownfield Redevelopment Services
    Corporate Environmental Strategies and Liability Shifts
    Legal & Insurance Resolution Support
    Environmental Compliance

    With both West Coast and Mid West offices, GE&R works with federal, state and local government agencies across the country while providing our municipal, commercial, and industrial clients with highly qualified personnel intimately involved in your project from beginning to end.

  64. Anonymous
    April 1, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    Humboldturtle, you my friend, have made my day!

  65. Anonymous
    April 1, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    Should we post the bios of all of local donors? Sure would be a whole lot of folks interested in development and the trashing of the general plan.

  66. tra
    April 1, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    “Corporate Environmental Strategies and Liability Shifts”

    Anybody care to take a crack at decoding that?

  67. HUUFC
    April 1, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    The new locks at the Panama Canal are projected to open in 2015. The old locks limit container ships to a “Panamax” size. Larger ships unload stuff from China at the west coast ports and then ship by rail or truck east. The larger ships will be able to go through the canal and thereby reduce the traffic in Oakland, Long Beach, LA, et al ports accordinally. New port construction is occuring on the east coast of the United States.

    Soooo,there is no need for anything to be built in Humboldt Bay or railroad wise at all. Sorry.

  68. Not A Native
    April 1, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    The Supervisors can do a lot to facillitate economic activity. As one recent example, look at what the board is doing to facillitate passenger air service.

    Any new economic venture has a risk, the money spent to start the venture may not be recouped. And invariably the entrepenours don’t want to or can’t take all the risk with their personal funds. The Supervisors can help new ventures get financing by waiving taxes, by accessing public grants and loans, creating infrastructure, or making the County a customer.

  69. tra
    April 1, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    All good points, NAN. I’m interested to hear what kind of infrastructure projects or incentive programs Seidner envisions for Humboldt Bay.

  70. tra
    April 1, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    As far as what the Board of Supervisors’ current plan to try to facilitate air passenger service, I just hope that works out a lot better than it did last time around.

  71. Law Abider
    April 1, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    This is all moot. High Finance has tried explain to you is that this is all LEGAL. If the wealthiest 100 families in the county pool their money and power together to influence the elections in their interest, so what? Would you liberals be howling if the poor banded together to influence elections? I think not. So get over it! We got the cash, we got the power, and now we got the candidates. I only wish we had a real American like Rex to run against that liberal stooge Mark what´s-his-name. But what the hay, we got him 4 to 1.

  72. What Is
    April 1, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    You “got” nothing yet, dude.

  73. Pot Pharmers for Rex
    April 1, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    We are privy to the news that WalMart will be selling 2 cu ft bags of soilless mix made in Bengladesh for only $6.99 a bag!

    It will be called “Faux Farm”

    Thanks for fighting for us, Rex. You are a true champion.

    Note: The Bay will need to be dredged another 10 feet to accomodate the bulk carriers. Win Win. Us and the harbor pilots.

    Job creation. Supporting small entrepreneurs and American agriculture.

  74. Not A Native
    April 1, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    By definition, things that are risky often fail. HumCo air service has large risks.

    The “Grand Debate” going on in the country now is whether public officials or private investment bankers(and markets) have greater wisdom to evaluate risks and decide which are prudent to take. Clearly, elected officials have always had wide support when deciding to commit to wars, the riskiest venture humans engage in.

    But when it comes to daily activities that comprise the ‘American lifestyle’ with much less risk, the wisdom of elected officials is severely doubted and denigrated. I suspect the inconsistency has something to do with who suffers the pains of failure and who receives the benefits of success.

  75. Cheryl on KMUD Monday
    April 1, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    You can hear Cheryl Seidner on KMUD radio tomorrow.

    You can find KMUD on your radio dial at:

    91.1 in Southern Humboldt
    88.1 in Northern Humboldt (analog and digital)
    90.3 in Northern Mendocino
    99.5 in Shelter Cove

  76. Cheryl on KMUD Monday
    April 1, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    8 – 8:30 a.m.

  77. Cheryl on KMUD Monday
    April 1, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    Call in your questions to 923-3911.

  78. April 1, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    “… that liberal stooge Mark what´s-his-name.”

    I’m not sure who drools the most, Outlaw1 or Law Abider.

  79. Anonymous
    April 1, 2012 at 7:54 pm

    You should talk Joel !!

  80. Anonymous
    April 1, 2012 at 8:56 pm

    “Corporate Environmental Strategies and Liability Shifts”

    To me this means, how do you develop, or own a piece of land that has been previously contaminated without the contaminator relinquishing responsibility for the problem.

    One of the reasons corporations, people and non profits are afraid to embark on some enviro clean up or remediation projects is shift of liability. Say you buy a place with an underground storage tank (UST) or a subterranean contaminate plume (like Arkleys old place in Blue Lake) You want to clean it up and make something killer, or maybe restore a wetland, you remove an asphalt cap or dig out an UST and mobilize some of the contaminant. Are you liable or the dirty hands that left it there? Liability Shift.

  81. Law Abider
    April 2, 2012 at 5:08 am

    4 to 1 Joel, and we´re laughing all the way to the bank.

  82. April 2, 2012 at 7:09 am

    What’s that on your shirt, Law Abider?

  83. tofu jesus
    April 2, 2012 at 9:56 am

    How cute, you people think all ships are going to change size overnight and there is zero reason to do anything.

  84. High Finance
    April 2, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    A word to those few who are trying to smear Cheryl Seidner – STOP.

    Everything indicates that she is a good person and by trying to smear her you lower yourself to the gutter level of people like the left wing lunatics here who smear Rex and Marian and any conservative who speaks up.

    Those list of supporters in the article above are something for Rex to be proud of and some here think it is a bad thing ? Hello ? The list has many, if not most, of the givers of our society. They are the ones who provide jobs, pay taxes and support society.

  85. April 2, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    Well-said HiFi.
    I would add, disagree with candidates’ positions, but don’t attack their character for political reasons.

  86. Law Abider
    April 2, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    Politics makes strange bed-fellows. Comfey High Fi & Joel? Talk about a couple of maroons who stir the pot then back off when the pot starts boiling.

  87. April 2, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    You’re still drooling, Law Abider. And who’s “backing off”?
    I respect people who run for public office, in part because they expose themselves to nasty anonymous nitwits like you.

  88. Publis
    April 2, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    Yeah, I bet you ¨respect¨ George Bush who ¨ran for public office¨. What a tool!

  89. skippy
    April 2, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    The County of Humboldt is a large, demanding, and complex entity. Very, very, few individuals have a good understanding of how the organization works on any given workday. Effectively running the County of Humboldt is a very challenging and arduous task. Few can do it, and even fewer can do it halfway well. Two Supervisors seem to be in over their heads already, treading water as best as possible while relying heavily on the CAO and departmental managers for basic guidance.

    The Board of Supervisors has a myriad of legislative, executive, and quasi-judicial powers that they must comprehend and exercise satisfactorily. For a new Supervisor, the learning curve is a steep and difficult one: overseeing County operations and their department heads, enacting policies and ordinances, reviewing budgets, grants, and tax monies being only a few of their many responsibilities. A Supervisor must adequately understand lengthy and complicated state and federal requirements affecting local matters, such as land use planning, for example.

    Given the weight of their duties and responsibilities (and commensurate salary), a Supervisor must have the necessary critical learning, thinking, reading and comprehension skills to effectively digest both crucial and mundane issues and execute good decisions.

    Unless they bring an extensive amount of institutional or business experience beforehand to the table, I’d also expect—at a bare minimum—that a Supervisor has an education that extends beyond high school.

  90. Not A Native
    April 2, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    Yeah, you’re absolutely correct Skippy. But you forget that a supervisor doesn’t have to be able to do any of that stuff you mention if they just have someone else do it for them. To pass go and collect $80,000 a year, there’s no requirement other than fogging a mirror. As Forest Gump said: stupid is as stupid does.

    And its not reasonable to expect an electorate that has a High School education to vote for based on reasons other than what they did in high school, popularity. Only when educational attainment is generally increased, will competant candidates get generally elected. So for now, getting out the vote is the only way competant local officals get elected in HumCo,

  91. Grammar
    April 2, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    tent, NAN, comp-e-tent.

  92. April 2, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    “MAYBE WE BRING BACK LOGGING”

    Oh, have the trees grown back?

  93. Anonymous
    April 2, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    Developers who want free reign and unbridled ability to build anything anywhere (see Mckinleyville and South Broadway for examples) vs. those of us who’d like to see some planning go into future growth and have it supported by infrastructure. In areas from Santa Rosa to Southern California they’ve been allowed to build beyond what the infrastructure can allow and that what leads to stop and go commuter traffic on their so called freeways and to the need for them to steal our water. I don’t see Rex an being particularly intellectually curious and certainly not a policy wonk type of guys who wants to read and study up on a topic, but rather a nice guy who trusts that the bosses (business owners) know best and one who would more often then not vote their interest. In fairness, many of these business owners are major donors to charities in our communities, they are often “job creators” and should certainly have a seat at the table, but to give them a 3 to 2 majority vote on the Board of Supervisors would turning over the keys of the preverbal henhouse to the foxes.

  94. Anonymous
    April 2, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    Hyperbole, 4:41 is thy name…

  95. 713
    April 2, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    Oh shit, not the Santa rosa thing again. Come on, why are these hordes going to move here?

  96. April 2, 2012 at 9:08 pm

    No shit, Anonymous 6:13, “free reign and unbridled,” is too hyperbolic for you? You’ve obviously spent many seconds on internets.

  97. Anonymous
    April 3, 2012 at 6:53 am

    Fortuna Motors, there’s a fine example of an ethical upstanding business people ;-)

  98. just middle class
    April 3, 2012 at 7:04 am

    The Santa Rosa thing is the siren call of those who fear economic activity. It is the fire and brimstone speech to strike irrational fear into the congregation. It simply is not true and even relevant. Santa Rosa developed because it is on the edge of a huge regional economy, we are not, we are the regional economy, which limits the potential.
    So, this whole build, build, build, thing is silly and economically impossible.
    Just reminds me of Bonnie Neely’s ad showing a doser perched over land ready to destroy it if you voted for her opponent. Ring a bell here???????

  99. Anonymous
    April 3, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    Just look at the front page of today’s TS with the growth of state populations. In 1940 CA. was 6.9 Million and now it’s 37.2 Million.
    As recently as the 1960s towns like Del Mar, Laguna Beach, Monterey, Palo Alto and yes, Santa Rosa, were all sleep little villages. Now they all suffer massive traffic jams and some places like Redondo and Manhattan beach have 24 hour parking meters in residential neighborhoods.
    It’s not if you build, it’s how, what and where you build. Just look at the economic health of Arcata Vs. Eureka. Eureka could be like Ashland, or it could be like Medford. You tell me whose shown better stable economic growth.
    Letting developers focus on short term profits over long term planning is foolish. There are neighborhoods from Westhaven to McKinleyville where houses were built with either no streets or “private” streets, which are no long maintained. These describe not hyperbole but stupidity.
    The baby boomers are just now starting to retire and millions will be looking for a place to live who will not be dependent on a job for their income. The developers know that in a short time they’ll be able to sell these folks houses as fast as they can build them.

  100. Anonymous
    April 3, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    Silly Joel misquotes me by leaving out a crucial piece of information…

    Instead of Silly Joel’s misquote of
    “free reign and unbridled” which, of course by itself is not full of hyperbole, consider instead:

    “Developers who want free reign and unbridled ability to build anything anywhere”

    Perhaps its Silly Joel who has spent too much time on teh interwebz…

  101. Harold Knight
    April 3, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    “JMC” needs to ask our community’s Barnum’s, Kluke’s and Bareilles’s how so many tiny rural cities of H.Co., (including H.Co.!), qualify for building moratoriums, and why tiny Eureka has pedestrian, cyclist and motorist fatalities among the highest in the state per capita, record high sewage discharges, and record high crime rates associated with cities saturated in poverty wages and the homes they can’t afford to own?

    Answering those questions will also explain how Bohn got a $250,000 war chest by November’s election.

    That’s what it costs to maintain an unsustainable, greed-based economy.

  102. Jim White
    April 3, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    All that a rouge Seidner-supporter needs to do this coming October is to collect the numerous Times-Standard interviews of Bohn publicly defending Renner’s monopoly and our chronic high gas prices in H.Co…. then air it on TV at dinner time over and over and over again.

    Combine this with photos of Bohn wearing his Calpine-supporter pins alongside pictures of exploding Calpine LNG facilities. And his support of another big box mall on an empty lot..decades after Arkley’s roadblocks were removed.

    He’ll need another $150,000 in late contributions to survive it.

  103. Jim White
    April 3, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    rogue not rouge!

  104. TimH
    April 3, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    ‘There are neighborhoods from Westhaven to McKinleyville where houses were built with either no streets or “private” streets, which are no long maintained.’

    Where were there houses built with no streets?

  105. Smart 5th Grader
    April 3, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    A avenue, B Avenue. Have you driven around Mack Town (other than Central Ave?)

  106. Jim White
    April 3, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    There are many houses in Eureka with the accessible only by alley.

  107. Anonymous
    April 3, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    Bohn supporters leave out the legal ramifications and potential MOU that was a part of the Calpine feasibility study.

    Bohn was hardly concerned, if even aware of it, as he marched around tooting his “jobs” horn, ugly realities be damned.

    I believe there was even a federal law requiring LNG facilities to be constructed dependent upon the feasibility study…completed by Calpine, of course.

  108. Fact Checker
    April 3, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    Jim. Define ¨many¨

  109. Anonymous
    April 3, 2012 at 9:10 pm

    2nd and 3rd Ave in Westhaven the developer cut a deal, said they make ‘em “private” streets. You need a 4 wheel drive to get to down them now as you can’t get all the home owners to agree to pay the cost of repaving.
    There’s a reason why we want some things socialized, like police, fire, roads, water, healthcare (oh, no, sorry, that would never work).

  110. Anonymous
    April 3, 2012 at 9:24 pm

    “vs. those of us who’d like to see some planning go into future growth and have it supported by infrastructure.”

    That’s all well and good, and I agree, but the way things are whitewashed still has it that people who make money from construction (infrastructure) and real estate (infrastructure) and politics (sponsered by construction and real estate) are shooting everybody in the foot. Want smart growth? Take a look at france and the UK and just about everywhere first-world europe. They pack em in…all “green” like…but PACKED in nonetheless. One bedroom apartment living with roomates has become their societal norm, and it’s where this nation is headed very fast. The real estate moguls and construction firms are laughing all the way to the bank just the same.

    The best move an area like ours can make to secure REAL FUTURE sustainability and…for those who give a fuck about how much the stuff they intend to keep anyway is worth, value….is zero growth. No brainer.

  111. 713
    April 3, 2012 at 10:00 pm

    9:10 – why would you buy a house on one of those roads? If you wouldn’t, why do you care?

  112. Anonymous
    April 3, 2012 at 11:10 pm

    Rex is a good guy. I am tired of the Humboldt County sweatshirts with hoods. very tired.

  113. Harold Knight
    April 4, 2012 at 12:10 am

    Eventually, if not this November, most voters will look at the state of their nation, their county, and their neighborhood, and jump at the chance to elect someone with actual leadership experience instead of the usual team anointed by the developers.

  114. Anonymous
    April 4, 2012 at 12:45 am

    I like Rex as a person but find his campaign rather creepy. That said, he will most likely win. I hope he will not be a puppet, but fear he will succumb to his authority figures! : (

  115. Anonymous
    April 4, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    When will there be a public debate so we can see and hear the candidates?

  116. Jack Sherman
    April 4, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    I “saw and heard” plenty from Renner-Bohn, LNG-Bohn, Marina Center-Bohn, Wannabe Eureka City Council-Bohn….

    Expecting to see a new and improved Bohn?

    Local democratic leadership and local media are largely responsible for a generation of developer-backed milquetoast candidates being anointed a Right of Passage to public offices.

    If the media shinned a spotlight on who’s always dominated campaign contributions of winning candidates, or, if the democratic leadership would ONCE go door-to-door to educate and register voters, a very very long corruption would come to a close.

  117. Pray Tell
    April 4, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    What does this mean?

    “I am tired of the Humboldt County sweatshirts with hoods”?

  118. Wear it Loud and Proud
    April 4, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    Nothing wrong with the Humboldt Hoodie. Half the people shopping in Winco or hanging out near Shop & Rob on Wabash wear Humboldt Hoodies. Kinda gives Bohn that ¨Man of the People¨ look.

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