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Higher taxes, fewer cops, broken down fire engines are no way to run a city

[Press release from campaign to re-elect Bonnie Neely.]

Eureka, CA. – – Humboldt County Supervisor Bonnie Neely today called on Eureka Mayor Virginia Bass to offer her ideas on how to balance the city’s budget without raising taxes and cutting public safety

“We have all heard the excuses about the national economy and lower sales tax receipts, but that doesn’t explain why Eureka, under Mayor Bass’ leadership, is the only North Coast local government teetering on the cliff of bankruptcy. What no one has heard is the mayor’s ideas about dealing with the problem.”

“Mayor Bass has a long history of silence on Eureka’s budget problems,” Neely said. “She has yet to offer any alternative to the Council’s idea to raise taxes and make catastrophic cuts to the fire and police departments. Trying to make everyone happy and running away from tough decisions is what got Mayor Bass and the City into this budget mess, but it certainly won’t get them out of it.”

“In her campaign for supervisor, Mayor Bass says ‘it’s time for a change.’ Well this fall, the mayor is going to have to explain to voters why she believes the city’s record of higher taxes, public safety cuts, and failed budgets under her leadership demonstrates the right change for the county.”

  1. Anonymous
    July 20, 2010 at 9:35 am

    Wow, Bonnie complains about her opponent, but does exactly what she complains about. Where are Bonnie’s recommendations for the city’s budget? That it’s not her job is beyond the point. She’s making a specific complaint and offering zero solutions.

    I hate Bass, but I think I hate Bonnie now too. She’s a smearing hypocrite. I’m glad I don’t live in the district.

  2. Titan
    July 20, 2010 at 9:41 am

    Bonnie’s got a record that speaks for itself. She is merely pointing out that Virginia does, too.

    Virginia is silent on the budget because her puppeteers haven’t told her what to say yet and she is apparently unable to come up with anything on her own.

  3. July 20, 2010 at 9:41 am

    Bonnie’s points are spot on. Virginia is using her role as mayor as a stepping stone, yet she is standing on a city in tatters. Not only does Virginia maintain a hefty level of cluelessness about county issues, she’s equally lost in the city she has “served” for the last 8 years.

    Glorified ribbon cutter indeed.

  4. Anonymous
    July 20, 2010 at 9:44 am

    Why ask for Bass’s ideas when she hasn’t ever brought anything to the table? What do you expect?

    She will just continue to smile & look pretty, while trying her best not to appear completely clueless.

  5. Tee Hee
    July 20, 2010 at 9:45 am

    Bonnie walked into a big one here. Bass can now issue a press release calling Bonnie out for all of the county’s problems that Bonnie hasn’t done anything about, and boy oh boy, the county’s problems are much bigger.

  6. Tee Hee
    July 20, 2010 at 9:46 am

    Heraldo, the county is in tatters too, and by Bonnie’s logic, Bonnie is to blame for all of the county’s woes.

    Political BS swings both ways.

  7. High Finance
    July 20, 2010 at 9:48 am

    What a terrible cynic Bonnie Neely is. She doesn’t give a rip about Eureka & its budget woes and never has. But she pretends in order to score (she thinks) cheap political points. Nobody but Heraldo is paying attention to such nonsense.

    The cynic Bonnie asks for an impossible answer. As she knows, the vast majority of the city budget is not discretionary. The biggest part of the budget that is, is comprised of the police & fire department budgets.

    As Bonnie also knows, cities are harder hit by a recession than county governments are because the cities are funded largely by sales tax dollars while the county depends on property tax dollars.

  8. July 20, 2010 at 9:49 am

    Bass “hasn’t thought in detail” about the county, so someone else will have to write the press release. And then when it comes time to debate she can be just as flustered and confused as she was during the primary debates.

  9. Anonymous
    July 20, 2010 at 9:49 am

    Eureka has the highest unemployment rate of any city in the county except Rio Dell.

  10. humboldturtle
    July 20, 2010 at 9:58 am

    Maybe some of Virginia’s supporters can try to answer Bonnie’s points. The city sucks, and Virginia is the Mayor. Meanwhile, the county is surviving, thanks at least in part to Bonnie.

  11. Titan
    July 20, 2010 at 10:01 am

    Hifi has 1 thing right. Yes Bonnie is asking for an impossible answer, cuz Bass doesn’t have any. Many things wrong, starting with nobody paying attention cept Heraldo, that’s funny cuz you’re here reading it, aren’t you

  12. Goldie
    July 20, 2010 at 10:17 am

    we have a city that is in a mess. Budget cuts to our police department, fire trucks that can not reach the tallest of our short buildings and a zoo full of animals that may have to go on Food Stamps.
    I can see nothing wrong with asking the mayor to speak up about this. We are facing a world of hurt. Posting clever jabs at either candidate is not going to create a functioning living environment. Asking Ms. Bass to speak out is not out of line.
    What are we going to do? What is her plan? How will she guide our city during these critical times?
    I love my life up here. It is not the easiest place to live but it is my home and I am very concerned about its future because its future is my future.

  13. Carlos Quilez
    July 20, 2010 at 10:20 am

    Good for Bonnie for stepping up for the fight and for the right fight at that. Yeah, let’s look at their record. Let’s compare achievements. Let’s look at real issues instead of all this made-up hype like the ballot measure. Let’s see how and if the people in her district value real work and real successes versus the Bass Void.

  14. Anon
    July 20, 2010 at 10:22 am

    I think you liberals are way off on this one!! Virgina looks good and speaks a language most of us can understand..We all know most politicians are just mouth pieces for the people they represent..I don’t see whats wrong with putting a city in bankruptcy it’s Parr for the course, in these economic times..Look at all those people who will come here to shop and add to our tax base..from buying all that stuff that will be sold at the balloon..

  15. Titan
    July 20, 2010 at 10:23 am

    Virginia’s answer (when RA & Mathew give it to her) will go something like this: Throw some concrete over the balloon track and let the Wal-mart come!

  16. July 20, 2010 at 10:31 am

    10:22 thinks that it is good campaign strategy for a Democratic candidate supporter to start off a rant with “you liberals”. What planet are you on? Is that a way to build Virginia’s Democratic creds? Or is it just an indication that the apple didn’t fall very far?

    I mean really I have some social deficits but even I can see how stupid that is.

    And you think that bankruptcy is a great solution? You better check with Tyson on that. I mentioned it yesterday not as a suggestion that I promote but as one alternative that is not so appealing. Is it the Republican position now that bankruptcy is the way to go?

    And Parr for the course? Jack Parr?

    Really let’s at least keep the debate out of dumb and dumber.

    have a peaceful day,

  17. Titan
    July 20, 2010 at 10:32 am

    “Virginia looks good” and “speaks a language most of us can understand.” Jeez, I hope Eurekans have higher standards than a nice smile and memories of their conversations with a waitress. She hasn’t done a thing since being a politician, except get her name attached to the CM’s in a lawsuit.

  18. humboldturtle
    July 20, 2010 at 10:36 am

    “I don’t see anything wrong with putting a city in bankruptcy”

    A moment of silence, please.

  19. High Finance
    July 20, 2010 at 10:55 am

    Silly boys & girls here think Bonnie has an “I gotcha” question.

  20. Titan
    July 20, 2010 at 11:24 am

    Funny that no one in the Bass camp can manage to defend her with examples of innovative ideas from her platform or her accomplishments or anything really.

  21. The Great Anonymous
    July 20, 2010 at 11:44 am

    As a longtime Democratic Party member and an old guy who votes in every election, let me tell you this: Running someone down because she worked as a waitress is NOT the way to win friends among the working class people of Humboldt County.

    I think Bonnie’s statement says it all. No need for embellishments from the Peanut Gallery.

  22. Anonymous
    July 20, 2010 at 11:59 am

    I just can’t wait for the debates. We’ll see how Ms. Bass does re: tough questions without her handlers aiding her.

  23. Plain Jane
    July 20, 2010 at 12:15 pm

    Anon at 10:22 could be talking about Palin. She looks good and he can understand what she says (even if in context the words are meaningless) and that is more important to some people than electing competent people with real ideas to address the problems. Witty (even not so witty) slogans are preferred to substantive discussion because they don’t understand them or are too lazy to become even minimally informed on the issues.

  24. Look
    July 20, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    County road budget slashed, sherriff down over 30 positions, county dumps the care of all social services clients on Eureka after they leave welfare office, if you work at the county you know. Bonnie is grasping and with RS helping will be soon off the public dole.

  25. Anonymous
    July 20, 2010 at 1:23 pm

    Fair’s fair and it has to be admitted that Bonnie didn’t cause the County’s fiscal problems nor did Virginia cause the City’s. Those that claim either for the sake of denigrating either candidate are either uninformed or just plain lying.

  26. CountryRoads
    July 20, 2010 at 1:38 pm

    Huh, so the state keeps the money duly owed to the county for road maintenance and that’s Neely’s fault? If the Sheriff’s office is down 30 positions there must have been a mass retirement or layoff in the past hour since Look posted. The jail is understaffed because they can’t get enough qualified candidates. The county budget is in good shape considering the disaster that is Sacramento.

    On to Eureka, unstable economy directly affects tax receipts, constant re-negotiation with public unions who have the temerity to demand a fair salary and benefits, deep cuts to police, fire, the entire parks and rec dept. and all Bass can come up with is “Marina Center,” an issue she will have no control over if she wins a Supe seat, but hell, just keep beating Arkley’s drum. As has been stated over and over again, Bass has no clue as to what the duties or responsibilities of a Supervisor are, just keep repeating the same silly mantra of “24 years is too long” (always goes without an expanded explanation because there is none) and the good old silly standby “politics wasn’t meant to be a career.” Really? Who said so? Explain yourself Virginia, it’s your campaign that is trotting out these silly memes, so stand up and explain yourself, just this once.

  27. July 20, 2010 at 2:32 pm

    All government goes bankrupt, every single one through time- it signals the demise of empires. First government goes bankrupt by stealing everything from the people, then it kills them.
    You fools who think your vote will change anything deserve to drive off the side of the mountain and burn in a twisted car wreck.

  28. Just sayin'
    July 20, 2010 at 3:19 pm

    Good to see Bonnie come out swingin’! Gotta say: Hell yeah!!!

    Virginia is a candidate of ZERO substance. Scratch the surface ever so gently and you can see (i.e. when she opens her mouth). Bonnie is getting at that finally and gawd, it’s beautiful!

  29. humboldturtle
    July 20, 2010 at 3:19 pm

    The penalty for idealism is death?
    The penalty for hope is death?
    Give up?

  30. humboldturtle
    July 20, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    You fergeddaboutit, Blackie. I’m Just:

    Hell Yeah. Go Bonnnie!

  31. Bonniesosweet
    July 20, 2010 at 3:49 pm

    Desperate times seek desperate measures. Bonnie is one and the same. The county is not doing so hot either.

    July 20, 2010 at 5:07 pm

    I feel sorry for the witnesses to this chafing, bare skinned mud-wrestling political match exposing transparently personal positions on local community problems between two females none-the-less. Kit Kat fight?

    The best choice comes down to….. she who lies and deceives less!

    Jeffrey Lytle
    McKinleyville – 5th District

  33. Titan
    July 20, 2010 at 5:08 pm

    One can only hope voters don’t fall for Bass gas hook, line and sinker.

  34. wurking stiff
    July 20, 2010 at 5:12 pm

    right on on all that The Great Anonymous said about waitresses and Bonnies points.

    No need to embellish.

  35. Anonymous
    July 20, 2010 at 8:49 pm

    Don’t lay-off fire and police, just cut the salaries enough to keep everybody working. Sounds fair and equal to me.

    July 20, 2010 at 9:12 pm


    maybe the departments can refine how they provide service? Afterall, there exists a bunch of Debbie Downers and Wendy Whiners in the community who always have a new problem, a different problem, every day. No need for medical attention, just a need for PAMPERING in the most refined and selfish ways. Kinda does a diservice to those with real needs for medical attentions.


  37. Numb mind
    July 20, 2010 at 9:49 pm

    henchman, i hate that you make that sound so female, when most of the calls for service come from wah wah males who beg for services then attack those that offer them, have no intention of following their advice or taking their prescriptions, and feel that all is given to them without the courtesy of a thank you. So many people in this community have it all given to them, whenever they cry suicide…but then shit on the providers. You have no idea, unless you are in the system to see the chronic on-going messes that keep popping up.

  38. Mrs Jones
    July 21, 2010 at 8:49 am

    This Press Release was a cheap shot. Neely and her advisors have begun round two. And her friends are running with it. Both the City and the County are struggling with their finances. The County might be worse off if you look at the whole picture. If you want to now the truth, someone should check out all the (negative) fund balances and cash flow situation. House of cards. (Sorry staff, your Bonnie started this)

  39. humboldturtle
    July 21, 2010 at 9:22 am

    Why would anyone think Virginia Bass would do better than Bonnie Neely? Virginia’s track record is all at the city and it looks real bad.

  40. July 21, 2010 at 10:45 am

    Considering the commentary here is a good example of why people with a vested interest better start thinking about how to work around this broken mess you call democratic government. What are you going to do when you really need a police officer and they’re too busy elsewhere? Call on Neely or Bass?

    July 21, 2010 at 11:59 am


    if you can add some cabbage patch (???) doll boy names, be my guest – it will suit too!

    Now I retort!

    Anyhow, do make it sound oh so favorable for men who, for some reason as homeless, are not cared about as much as women, especially dostile women with children who will do and say anything to be taken care of AFTER-THE-FACT! Truth be told about services and types of services offered, especially with grant monies! Women are incubators, men are not. Sad that as children are being used as tools in the services arena, little do they understand that the ultimate failure of that service for whatever reasons will result in that sweet and cute, lovey dovey child turning into an adult by age with problems. Then, as a legal adult by age, the same very people who ran these service calling lovey dovey programs and such to every little boy and girl WILL turn around and treat like crap the very same tools they used in an opposite fashion earlier in that tool’s life as a child.

    So, why make it sound soooooo inaccurate especially when you soitanly, most definatisticly used figures you could never attain because past history proves that denials over time of services render lack of education for that peer servicing group to file for any service, especially when any given or like-kind service that women get is not provided nor funded for the equivalent male service?

    Certainly I don’t believe that there don’t exist vindictive, cunning, shrewd women who take advantage and swear like men do. In fact, during the code enforcement hearings, I heard several women curse quite vividly right to the face of Bonnie Neely, Jill Duffy, Rodoni, CAO, etc…. So, I think women can handle the criticisms about themselves. The question is will women allow themself too be criticized outside of the female to female squabbles?

    Jeffrey Lytle
    McKinleyville – 5th District

  42. Ken Bareilles Jr
    July 21, 2010 at 2:27 pm

    One of the big reasons the City of Eureka has been stymied and slowly deteriorated over the years is that the great majority of its industrial and commercially zoned land is within the coastal zone.

    Look at Arcata, all the new development in that town happens out by Valley West and Boyd Road, anything goes out there because it is out of the Coastal Commission’s purview.

    So when Bonnie points a finger at Virginia for the condition of the City of Eureka, She gets it back three times over for her role.

    This race is over. Half the votes that Bonnie has gotten in the past have woken (is that a word like refudiate?) up and won’t vote for her this time. If Bonnie was smart, she would find a new position at the state level and take it and announce her retirement from the 4th District seat before the election. She is going to have less power after the final vote than she does now.

  43. Mike Buettner
    July 21, 2010 at 2:46 pm

    Ken – Aren’t you moving to Portland?

  44. Anonymous
    July 21, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    “So when Bonnie points a finger at Virginia for the condition of the City of Eureka, She gets it back three times over for her role.”

    Uh, that is City zoning. There are plenty, I mean plenty of coastal cities with thriving waterfronts. With NO leadership at the city no real effort has been made to plan for realistic land use changes on the water front.

    You can’t blame Bonnie for the laws on the books.

    Name one project that has been stopped by the Coastal Commission in the city of Eureka?

  45. A-Nony-Mouse
    July 21, 2010 at 4:11 pm

    KBJ, Eureka missed the boat a long time ago by never creating a real industrial park like Arcata did. Proper zoning and a willingness to work WITH the Coastal Commission could still create one and could include a small business incubator. These have been immensely successful in other cities (Arcata, for one). Instead we get Marina Centers that do NOT create wealth for our community. Quite the contrary, big box malls strip the local economy to feed the corporate office. Money leaves town, jobs become low-wage part time, and temporary, and we all suffer.

    It’s time for some creative leadership on the City Council. Virginia sure as hell never provided one good idea or one drop of leadership. It’s time. Vote for Ron!

  46. anon
    July 21, 2010 at 4:16 pm

    A-Nony-Mouse for Mayor, you got my vote!

  47. NotNeelyAgain
    July 21, 2010 at 5:44 pm

    Why does Bonnie have to keep going negative? Why can’t she run on her own record?

    Redevelopment fiasco. Nope not that.

    Let’s see, Tammy Falor. Oh, no. Not that one either.

    How about her consistant “yes” votes on her own wages that make her the highest paid county Supervisor per capita in the United States? Nope. Most don’t even know this.

    Tooby Ranch? Hmmm. Nope.

    How about on the treatment of co-workers in the underlings at the County level? No. No No.

    How about all the county department hiring freezes and cutbacks? Well, probably not.

    (This is where turtle comes in to defend.)

    July 21, 2010 at 5:53 pm

    To say Virginia never provided one good idea or leadership is disingenious. Virgina may not be up to speed on the county issues, but Bonnie is not up to speed on the City of Eureka’s either, unless Headwaters Funds were used.

    Anyhow, the knock I have with both is they will not put their foot down against the establishment!

    As far as being more pleasant a person – Virginia hands down!

    As far as institutional knowledge – Bonnie hands down!

    As far as trust – not sure who wins this frame.


  49. humboldturtle
    July 21, 2010 at 6:06 pm

    No defense needed, Notty. Bonnie ran on a positive record in the primary and Virginia ran the bad on the Bon-Bon. Turnabout, anyone? Let’s see Virginia’s record of accomplishment.

  50. Mrs Jones
    July 21, 2010 at 8:54 pm

    HOJ asks who to trust? VB hands down, VB. Mr Farmer can’t even trust the other one.

  51. NotNeelyAgain
    July 21, 2010 at 10:09 pm

    Turtle: Turnabout? Bonnie went negative on more than one occasion during the primaries. She spent thousands on ads spouting the same rhetoric. How did that work out? A 24 year incumbent had 70% of the 4th district say “no thanks.” Paint it how you will.

  52. Anonymous
    July 21, 2010 at 10:45 pm

    “To say Virginia never provided one good idea or leadership is disingenious.”

    I don’t see anyone pointing one out.

  53. Ghost of Mabel
    July 22, 2010 at 1:17 am

    So black flag, you don’t vote??
    Then SHUT THE HELL UP!!!!!!

    YOU are a moot point. Go away.

  54. The Great Anonymous
    July 23, 2010 at 6:09 pm

    Ghost of Meg Whitman, what sayest thou?

  55. Eric Kirk
    July 26, 2010 at 1:06 am

    Just a point of order – Mendocino County is also a north coast local government teetering on the brink of bankruptcy.

  56. Vern
    August 1, 2016 at 1:41 am

    The exploding pigs were svelte in their handling of narcoleptics. They had big jugs ready to fart a lot.

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