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Kerrigan hosts web forum

Eureka City Councilman Chris Kerrigan is hosting an on-line forum about local issues. Below is his announcement.

UPDATE: Kerrigan’s forum is part of a larger network called Open Humboldt Government. Local elected officials (Harmony Groves, Paul Pitino, Alex Stillman, Jeff Leonard, Kathy Bhardwaj, Julie Fulkerson and Kerrigan) host forums to facilitate “innovation and co-operation” to tackle challenges facing Humboldt Communities. The forums are moderated in a way that will be new to regular readers of the Humboldt blogosphere, which is refreshing. We hope it’s a success. -H

Hello –

Please join me in a new on-line dialog about Eureka Community issues. This is an opportunity for you to have input on public issues. Currently, I am hosting an on-line forum about traffic calming programs in Eureka, and I write to invite you to join the discussion. You can add your thoughts, solutions and preferences and read those of others.

Click on this link to join:


Peak Democracy is a new Humboldt County business which provides on-line services to promote civil, civic engagement in Humboldt County. They will treat your contact information confidentially.

There is no cost to the City of Eureka

Thanks for participating. I look forward to reading your opinion about traffic calming measures.

In appreciation,

Chris Kerrigan

PS. Please forward this message to your friends and neighbors in Eureka. The more people who participate the more revealing the outcome.

  1. Anonymous
    April 29, 2008 at 8:14 pm

    Nobody felt that?

  2. April 29, 2008 at 8:16 pm

    I felt it. KHUM said it was a 5 point something but I kinda doubt it. It was centered near Maple Creek.

  3. tad
    April 29, 2008 at 8:24 pm

    Peace be with you

    I think it felt bigger then the one last week. Maybe they will progressively get bigger until . . .

    love eternal

  4. April 29, 2008 at 8:25 pm

    It felt smaller to me. But there is persistent earthquake activity lately.

  5. Anonymous
    April 29, 2008 at 8:27 pm

    Relatives in Salyer said it was pretty violent, no damage though.

  6. forestdefender
    April 29, 2008 at 8:28 pm

    According to the U.S. Geological Service it was a 5.2

  7. Walt Frazer
    April 29, 2008 at 8:32 pm

    Nice gentle rocking motion in Kneeland. TS sez it was 11 mi ESE of Willow Creek. Bet they felt it there.

  8. Jane Doe
    April 29, 2008 at 9:20 pm

    5.2 followed by a smaller 2. something. I felt it but it didn’t feel that big, just seemed a little longer than usual. But maybe that was me shaking.

  9. April 29, 2008 at 9:30 pm

    That’s how I felt it — longer and rolling rather than the jolts we had last week.

  10. Anonymous
    April 29, 2008 at 9:49 pm

    Leonard has one too, and actually sent out an e-mail yesterday, one day earlier than Kerrigan.

    It says there is no cost to the City of Eureka, but there is no such thing as a free lunch. I suspect at some point there is an expectation for money to change hands.

  11. Hayduke
    April 29, 2008 at 10:09 pm

    Actually Jeff Leonard has a question as well.

    Leonard’s question is at http://www.peakdemocracy.com/138

  12. anon
    April 30, 2008 at 7:03 am

    Since Kerrigan missed last weeks meeting because he FORGOT about it he should do something what a waste of a 4 year seat. hell even Rex Bohn would have put a better effort forward. but he would have never been Bonnies boy toy like CK

  13. Jane Doe
    April 30, 2008 at 7:37 am

    Rex Bohn as boy toy (shudders)

  14. Anonymous
    April 30, 2008 at 8:38 am

    How about Fortuna City Government?? Nothing open and honest about them!

  15. westside
    April 30, 2008 at 8:45 am

    My neighborhood asked the city to do something about the high rate of traffic on Fairfield from Wabash to Harrison and all we got was the speed tracker for a few days. It’s dangerous here with no stop signs or speed bumps to slow people down. There’s a jerk that hangs here that drives with one of those muffler sets that sounds like an amplified fishing reel and he loves to drive up and down the street revving at ungodly hours of the night. Wassup?

  16. Anonymous
    April 30, 2008 at 9:15 am

    Have they changed the streets lately? Fairfield and Harrison never meet, they are on opposite sides of town and run roughly in the same direction. Maybe that’s why you can’t get anything done about it?

  17. tad
    April 30, 2008 at 10:37 am

    Peace be with you

    It is really a big sign of stupidity for Chris to talk about “pedestrian accidents” and “bicycle accidents.” I have never seen two pedestrians have an accident that could be considered an issue. The truth is the only reason cyclists need helmets and such is because of the automobiles. It seems hard to calm people when they are driving cars. I guess that’s why the put them damn horns in so many cars – “in case of road rage honk excessiveness.”

    Traffic calming is coming with $10 a gallon gas.

    love eternal

  18. kateascot
    April 30, 2008 at 10:50 am

    Just thought I’d comment on the earthquake. I checked the seismolgy map for CA and NV and in the past month we’ve had 1010 quakes, last nights being the strongest. If you don’t know how to swim you might consider learning.

  19. Anonymous
    April 30, 2008 at 10:53 am

    No offense, but is traffic calming really innovative? Wouldn’t the best idea be to replace the leftover yield signs with stop signs and fill in the gaps on sidewalks? Seems to me Eureka lost out on real comprehensive pedestrian safety when the bypass died.

  20. Ribeye
    April 30, 2008 at 11:04 am

    Well when Home Depot gets here the plan is to divert Broadway traffic to Harris / S streets north and S / Henderson streets south.

  21. Ribeye
    April 30, 2008 at 11:05 am

    Well when Home Depot gets here the plan is to divert Broadway traffic to Harris / S streets north and S / Henderson streets south.

  22. Jane Doe
    April 30, 2008 at 11:10 am

    The West Harris area is already a mess with streets not connecting across it, dead end or maze-like streets to the south and heavy traffic all day long. Adding more traffic to it is supposed to be some type of solution?

  23. Ribeye
    April 30, 2008 at 11:17 am

    You could call it the Home Depot Bypass.

  24. Anonymous
    April 30, 2008 at 11:31 am

    Seems a little late for some of these councilpeople to be taking ideas on long term projects. Could they have shown an interest when first elected instead of now when they’re lame ducks?

  25. Anonymous
    April 30, 2008 at 11:38 am

    Is the City/Cal Trans/Security National coming any closer to a resolution for the Home Depot traffic congestion?

  26. Anonymous
    April 30, 2008 at 11:40 am

    Is the City/Cal Trans/Security National coming closer to a resolution for the Home Depot traffic congestion issues?

  27. Anonymous
    April 30, 2008 at 1:16 pm

    Nice try, but Kerrigan has been out in front on this issue since his first year in office.

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  30. April 30, 2008 at 2:40 pm

    link for that above, just practicing:)

  31. April 30, 2008 at 2:42 pm

    Thanks for using the link code.

  32. April 30, 2008 at 2:43 pm

    Thank you for showing me, Heraldo;)

  33. Ribeye
    April 30, 2008 at 3:41 pm

    Link goes nowhere.

  34. April 30, 2008 at 4:47 pm

    Hi folks –

    I’m a co-founder of Peak Democracy, the outfit that launched http://www.OpenHumboldtGovernment.com on which elected officials are hosting forums.

    I write to invite all to ask me questions – and also to respond to a couple that have occurred here.

    First, indeed there is no such thing as a free lunch. While there is no charge to the city governments for this service, there is a charge to the electeds: $10/month. Peak Democracy is using that to help cover our operational costs.

    Second, we just started the website this week, and we have not yet had a chance to invite every Humboldt County elected official to open a forum. We will, eventually. City of Fortuna officials are absolutely welcome to open forums, as are all others in the County.

    I invite you all to participate in the forums; if you wish, you can subscribe to announcements to be notified when more electeds launch forums:


    Robert Vogel

  35. Old Yeller
    April 30, 2008 at 5:06 pm

    Which day did you launch? I’m still new to this “reading news on blogs before it’s in the newspaper” thing. Another scoop for the Herald.

    So only elected people ask questions? How about presumptive appointed wives of deceased supervisors? Could everyone who petitions to fill Rodoni’s seat use the web site as a soapbox?

  36. May 2, 2008 at 7:01 pm

    At present, issue authors on Open Humboldt Gov are restricted to elected officials.

    However, we’ve got a number of democracy projects in progress and in the works. One in progress is http://www.kitchendemocracy.org, active in the East Bay, where anyone can suggest an issue — however, the suggestion must be vetted by the user community before opening to public comment.

    More to come.

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