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Kuhnel kick-off speech

Ron Kuhnel kicked off his campaign for Eureka’s 3rd Ward City Council seat Monday in front of a trio of businesses on F Street.

  1. Anonymous
    August 27, 2010 at 2:33 am

    The crowd was bigger than this video shows. Listen for the laughter – you can actually hear the size of the crowd.

  2. Anonymous
    August 27, 2010 at 6:08 am

    sorry ron but transitional housing can’t be subject to conditionial use permits or separation standards. see senate bill 2 authored bt state senator cedillio of los angeles. they have to be treated the same as any other house. secondly, form based codes are actually requiring the doubling of planning staffs to manage, according to the american planning association president paul farmer.

  3. High Finance
    August 27, 2010 at 8:15 am

    I hope that Kuhnel lists Heraldo’s work as an in-kind campaign contribution.

  4. Anonymous
    August 27, 2010 at 8:21 am

    There wasn’t room for everyone to get into the shot because the crowd would have blocked the alley and the sidewalk.

  5. Anonymous
    August 27, 2010 at 8:45 am

    Ron could really make a difference. He has real business experience and an open mind.

  6. Plain Jane
    August 27, 2010 at 8:54 am

    “I hope that Kuhnel lists Heraldo’s work as an in-kind campaign contribution.”

    Only if Bass, Newman, Sundberg, and Brady also list all of Arkley’s fake organization ads and the $30,000 bribe for the MC as in-kind campaign contributions.

  7. Ron Kuhnel
    August 27, 2010 at 9:00 am

    Thank you Anonymous 6:08 for your correction. I have worked my way through all 15 pages of SB 2, and there IS a clause in there that appears to support your assertion. At the time this issue last appeared before the Planning Commission there was no restriction on requiring a Conditional Use Permit on facilities housing from 7 to 14 persons. I was not aware of the passage of SB 2 which seems to have changed this.

    This severely ties the hands of a municipality in this regard. I will, however, work within the framework of the law to continue to look for ways to lessen the impact of transitional and supportive housing on neighborhoods, which I believe to be excessive in many areas.

    Not everyone agrees with Paul Farmer on the relative cost of administering Form Based Codes. In any case with only about the equivalent of one planner in Eureka, this is not much, and the advantages would clearly still seem to make it worth it. While I believe this to be an excellent idea, I would only support it if further analysis shows the benefits outweigh the costs. At this point I believe they do.

  8. Calling out HI FI
    August 27, 2010 at 9:06 am

    HI FI.

    Why are you always so hypocritical? Previously Brady, Newman, and Glass all had their kick-off’s covered on the Humboldt Herald.

    Not a word from you. Then along comes Kuhnel’s coverage, and you make one of your typical snotty comments. You destroy your own credibility.

  9. Plain Jane
    August 27, 2010 at 9:10 am

    You would also have to include the cracked Mirror’s expenses including the pro-rated salaries of the “bugs.”

  10. Neighbor
    August 27, 2010 at 9:27 am

    Why seemingly criminalize transition and supportive housing and care facilities? Rather than trying to regulate them through conditional use permits, how about ensuring that proper oversight is put into running them and holding those (I would assume nonprofits?) that operate them accountable for providing adequate and proper rules and constraints to ensure safe and healthy neighborhoods?

  11. Anonymous
    August 27, 2010 at 10:53 am

    Ron Kuhnel’s comment above shows us the way he thinks. He is well-informed and constructive. He has practical experience working cooperatively with other people within local government. If someone can help him expand his understanding of an issue, he responds in a positive way. He is a mature thinker who keeps his cool. He keeps his focus on achieving improvements for the citizens of Eureka.

    Don’t forget, he asked not once but twice for people to bring him their questions and concerns. He really enjoys hearing alternative ideas and if he discovers a better way to serve the needs of Eureka’s people, he has the guts to change his mind.

  12. tenth street dream
    August 27, 2010 at 11:59 am

    Hi Fi works for Arkley or is Arkley. Look at his content.

  13. EurekaYES
    August 27, 2010 at 3:17 pm

    Less than 20 show up for Ron and over 100 for Mike Newman. Is Ron going to get more votes than Xandra?

  14. Andrew Bird
    August 27, 2010 at 3:25 pm

    I was present at the campaign kickoffs for Newman and Kuhnel. There were about the same number of people present at both, maybe 40.

    For Ron’s kickoff, we had to limit the number of people in attendance because there was very limited space and parking. We had to be careful not to totally block the sidewalk, as well as an alley where we set up. Most of Ron’s supporters were behind the camera.

  15. High Finance
    August 27, 2010 at 3:47 pm

    10th street nightmare, sorry I had to expose your lack of arithmetic skills, but that is no reason to insult me.

    RA & I don’t get along personally, I would never in my life work for him.

  16. tenth street dreamer
    August 27, 2010 at 4:03 pm

    Thanks for getting me straightened out. I needed a little adjustment. A bit of chiropractic is good for the soul.

  17. Anon 1
    August 27, 2010 at 5:00 pm

    Now It seems confirmed to me..just like a school kid Hi/Sly again states he doesn’t work for Arkley…and again I say he’s probably on the payroll..Ron seems like a REAL person informed and willing to tackle difficult issues like the budget and he actually has experience in that area unlike our council person now..Who is another talking head..just like the SLY master..

  18. anonymous
    August 27, 2010 at 5:20 pm

    HiFi doesn’t necessarily have to work for Arkley. People don’t have to be employed to be suck ups.

  19. The Monitor
    August 27, 2010 at 10:19 pm

    Eureka gives Hi Fi heart burn. He doesn’t do well in the light of real logical arguments. Humboldt fog has addled his gray matter.

    Back to the real topic of this string, Ron’s comments are right on. Tops on my list is his direction of fiscal responsibility. Tyson as made a real mess of this city’s finances over his ten years in that elevated office. And can you believe he was our finance director before that? There has to be a better way and Ron has the credentials to be a councilman who will question every dollar before voting to spend city money. I can hardly wait to see him sitting at the right hand of the new mayor.

  20. Country Mouse
    August 27, 2010 at 10:28 pm

    Go Ron!

  21. Anonymous
    August 27, 2010 at 11:04 pm

    The numbers at Ron Kuhnel’s event and the numbers at the Mike Newman/Marian Brady event were about 40 each. Andrew Bird is right about those figures. I was at Ron’s kick-off.

    By coincidence, I was also walking by the Brady/Newman event in the Wharfinger Building parking lot when it happened. My guess of forty people there was confirmed when I watched the nearly twenty minute long two part video of the Newman/Brady kick-off event. The video maker moved the camcorder around in some sweeping motions (be careful if you are prone to motion sickness) and at one point did a 360 degree panorama showing everybody there.

    I counted. There were 40 people at the Brady/Newman kick-off. The same number I and Mr. Bird saw at Ron Kuhnel’s kick-off.

    Different individuals, of course.

  22. Truthseeker
    August 27, 2010 at 11:17 pm

    I was at both Marian and Mike kickoffs and did a head count. Over 100 at both. Andy Bird was at Mike’s and will confirm there was over a 100 and I have pictures to prove unless he wants to stay with his 40 number. So some of you are just not saying the truth.

  23. Anonymous
    August 27, 2010 at 11:46 pm

    Sure. Only you speak the truth. Why don’t you prove it. Post those pictures.

  24. Anonymous
    August 28, 2010 at 12:25 am

    Why post pictures? There’s two videos to prove it, and Heraldo even ran a post on one of them (while taking pot shots at the Sentinel for no apparent reason). It’s clearly not 100 in Brady’s crowd.

    The other one is here. You can even see Andrew Bird himself in the crowd on the Boardwalk:



    I’d note the length of their speeches more than the crowd. It didn’t seem like Kuhnel had as much to say as either Brady, Newman or his other opponent Xandra Manns.

  25. Anonymous
    August 28, 2010 at 1:06 am

    By all means, use that link and check that YouTube clip of the Newman and Brady kick-off video (part 2).

    Why did the lady who spoke directly into the camera at the beginning of that clip say Marian Brady was just like Larry Glass on the issues, only – Wait for it – Wait for it – clean.

    What kind of smear is that to put into a campaign kick-off video?

    Who was responsible for it? Charles Douglas, the maker of the video, or Marian Brady, the candidate?

  26. Anonymous
    August 28, 2010 at 1:21 am

    I don’t judge the quality of candidates by the length of their speeches. Does anybody really want candidates to be more long-winded than they already are?

    Ron did a good job of giving an overview of his background, views, values, and goals. He invited questions and comments. He kept his prepareed remarks to five minutes as a courtesy to the people who came to see him during their lunch hour. After his prepared remarks were complete, he stayed and talked with individuals and groups of people until 1:00 p.m., the time most people had to be back at work.

  27. anonymous
    August 28, 2010 at 7:10 am

    Interesting, Ron has the “guts” to change his mind is now the mantra, but when Jeff Leonard and Frank changed their minds on issues after assessing the feedback from Eurekans weighing in on various hot button topics they were thrown to the ground here on this blog and beaten to a pulp.

    Funny how you guys spin it so you are always doing something noble. Makes me laugh, actually.

    A question for Ron: How did that thing work out with the Coastal Commission back when you weren’t “aware” you would need a permit from the city and the commissions’ permission to build a new structure on Indian Island? Kind of a slip in judgement for someone who sits on the Planning commission and knows everything there is to know about such things, wasn’t it?

  28. August 28, 2010 at 8:07 am

    Heraldo even ran a post on one of them (while taking pot shots at the Sentinel for no apparent reason)

    Bzzzzt! Wrong. No potshots at the Sentinel were taken in that post.

  29. Watcher
    August 28, 2010 at 8:18 am

    I suggest you go back and check what Ron Kuhnel has
    voted for, while on the Planning Commission. Everything he says is to please both sides of an issue. In the end, he will vote for the project,
    including large transitional housing.

  30. mrsb814
    August 28, 2010 at 8:26 am

    The lady in Marian’s video was me although not implying Marian and Larry are even similar, I was appreciating Larry Glass for dealing with issues important to my neighborhood.

    As a neighborhood watch captain I was frustrated at the length of time it took to get a landlord into compliance with safe housing laws…I took that to Larry and he ran with it! He stomped into Sheryl Shaffner’s office, directed her to work on this issue and in effect took her attention from other projects to deal with mine.

    I have to appreciate the end result was something I wanted to see, Sheryl researched ways to go after someone who had ignored letters and fines and came up with a tax lein (It would be nice if this blog didnt go into the details because its a good thing for the city and may come into use with other cases and other landlords; you can read about it at the NCJournal, Ryan Burns did an excellent job of reporting)

    There’s a reason I was there supporting Marian Brady, besides she is my friend…I really hated not being prepared with Marian’s talking points you can easily see how uncomfortable I was. City Council should deal with the issues the city faces as a group, not micromanage city staff.

    If you can imagine in the next 6 months, no department heads, an acting city manager and whatever staff is left after mass retirements…hopefully we will have a council that can work together. If Not, and we still have city council members micromanaging staff one on one–it will turn into a real mess!

    Worst case scenario: No clear lines of communication, no real chain of command, lack of direction, conflicting goals…it could get ugly, I really hope this doesn’t happen.

    Marian is new to politics but she’s learning fast, what she does know is that she would be part of a team and this is a huge responsibility.

    I’ve learned now, no matter what the guy with the camera says about editing, you didn’t hear him agreeing not to use it.

    ~Mary Shively Boughton

  31. High Finance
    August 28, 2010 at 8:42 am

    A city councilman is not supposed to have the authority to “stomp” into any city employees office & order them around. That is the city manager’s duty, maybe the mayor’s duty.

    A councilman is just one of five votes. Imagine the result of having five councilman & the mayor running around giving orders (it would include many conflicting orders) to city staff!

  32. Tom
    August 28, 2010 at 8:47 am

    Don’t apologize Mary, you said exactly what you thought, and unlike the coward Heraldo, you went on camera to say it. We should encourage the honesty you manifestly possess.

  33. insider
    August 28, 2010 at 9:00 am

    The City Attorney works for the City Council. Glass and City Attorney were on the same page over Floyd. So, no way did he stomp into her office! This the continuing mythology the people in power use to try a discredit Glass.

  34. mrsb814
    August 28, 2010 at 9:05 am

    It was verified by Larry, an accurate picture. We need to be realistic in weighing our choices on who to vote for, in light of the changing scene at city hall-would Larry be able to adapt or would another person be a better fit?

  35. Anonymous
    August 28, 2010 at 10:59 am

    Mary, the last thing you need to be doing is expressing guilt over expressing your honest impression. I wish more people had your integrity.

  36. Low Finance
    August 28, 2010 at 11:15 am

    If High Finance wants Kuhnel to list a blog post or two as “in-kind campaign contributions” then he’ll also want Bass, Sundberg and the rest to list The Humboldt Mirror. What a hypocrite.

  37. The Monitor
    August 28, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    Hi Fi, you are at it again. The city council sets the agenda for the staff to follow, not the other way around. Recently, the City manager usurped the power of council because the majority on council didn’t object. Some council direction was ignored as well. It is supposed to operate as our state and national government. The legislative side sets the direction and agencies, or staff make it happen. Eureka has failed to do this, in part, because the majority on council has rubber stamped what the manager has said about the way he wants things.

  38. Anonymous
    August 28, 2010 at 4:15 pm

    I doubt if Larry Glass stomped into the City Attorney’s office or any other city office. He did
    work with the City Attorney to try and clean up
    the slum lords properties. To say Larry could not
    adapt to the change-over going on in the city; translated is you still want the good old boys.
    They have had control of this city for many many
    years, look at the mess. If you want to continue
    to live in a dirty, mismanaged city, then by all
    means keep voting the toadies and puppets in.

  39. Anonymous
    August 28, 2010 at 4:16 pm

    Dear Mary Shively Boughton,
    Thank you for explaining your position on the candidates and your comments to the man with the camcorder.
    Would you please go one step further and explain what you meant when you said Marian Brady is (unlike Larry Glass) “clean.”

  40. Anonymous
    August 28, 2010 at 4:22 pm

    ” Tyson as made a real mess of this city’s finances over his ten years in that elevated office. And can you believe he was our finance director before that?”

    Monitor, you are so full of shit hurling these baseless accusations that it is beyond belief.

    First of all, Eureka is in the dire fiscal straits it is in for two reasons, none which are the fault of the city manager:

    1) The decline of the National, State and local economies, which has left most Cities throughout the state in the same cost cutting mode of staff reductions and other reductions of expenditures.

    2) Increasing the size (and pay) of Fire and Police, which is the responsiblility of the Council members who ALL ran on this platform four years ago, without a way to pay for these increases. When they belatedly increased the sales tax rate, it wasnt even enough to cover the shortages in sales tax revenues due to the econonic decline (see item 1).

    Dave Tyson has done a fine job during his tenure as both finance director and city manager; blaming him for the policies enacted by the city council is asinine, but, as you don’t like the man, you just want to place the blame at his feet. Sorry, but that responsibility lies at the feet of all of the Council, from Mike Jones to Larry Glass.

  41. Anonymous
    August 28, 2010 at 7:50 pm

    It’s shameful to watch grown men try to bash both Mary Boughton and Charles Douglas just for sharing a brief interview about her opinion of the candidates.

    Mary happens to know both candidates and happens to like many of the things both candidates have done for this community. What in the world is wrong with that?

    Mary, you need explain nothing. Keep speaking your mind. And Charles, keep the camera rolling, you’re doing a great job. Never mind the mudslinging from these jealous types.

  42. High Finance
    August 28, 2010 at 10:21 pm

    Monitor, you are wrong again. Yes, the city council sets the agenda, determines policy & direction for the City Manager to carry out.

    You can’t have five city council people “stomping” (msrb814’s words, not mine) into offices & work places of city employees & acting like little kings.
    It is inefficient and demoralizing to employees if they have five different people running around throwing orders around. A single councilman has no authority to do that. If staff is not following the direction of a majority of the council, the council takes it up with the City Manager.

    The arrogance of Glass in doing this is incredible.

  43. The Monitor
    August 28, 2010 at 10:38 pm

    Glass does not stomp into anyone’s office. It is urban myth put out there by people like yourself. The five people on council should give the direction to the city manager and he does the stomping. There really is a difference.
    It is you who are arrogant and mean spirited Hi Fi. Something bad must have happened to you as a child. Were you the bully on the playground, or the one being bullied?

  44. Anonymous
    August 28, 2010 at 10:40 pm

    When Mary Boughton said candidate Marion Brady is “clean” she clearly implied Larry Glass is not “clean.”

    I am asking Mary Boughton to explain exactly what she meant. So far, Mary is side-stepping the issue.

    I’m also asking Charles Douglas to explain why he put Mary’s remark at the beginning of his video of Mike Newman’s kick-off for Eureka City Council.

    I am asking these questions now to find out if there were any good reasons for making and then propagating what appears to be a nasty little innuendo. Before I condemn what appears to be a smear against a sitting Eureka City Council Member, I would like to hear from the people who implied that, in some way as yet not defined, Larry Glass is not “clean.” I am, believe it or not, trying to be fair.

  45. High Finance
    August 28, 2010 at 10:47 pm

    Monitor, do you even read other’s posts before you comment on them?

  46. Harold h. Greene
    August 29, 2010 at 10:48 am

    Ron Kuhnel has my support.

  47. Ron Kuhnel
    August 29, 2010 at 12:21 pm

    This blog entry was about me and so I took some time to read the comments.

    I am saddened somewhat by all the baseless personal attacks on not just me, but others. Others beside me have said this, but we do not accomplish anything positive by being divisive and hurtful.

    I have a campaign to run and will do my best to run for office in a positive and dignified manner.

    I will also continue to do my level best to work to make this a community we can all be proud of. On Wednesday I kicked off my campaign, On Thursday I participated in a Transportation Safety Committee meeting. On Thursday afternoon I worked on the Keep Eureka Beautiful Street Tree Planting Program, and later that day participated in a Planning Session for the Eureka Heritage Society Annual Home tour on October 3rd (mark your calendar – it will be great). Saturday I worked at Washington School on the Safe Routes to School “Step in to Safety” event.

    I know some people have made fun of this degree of civic involvement on my part, but I feel I should be judged as much on what I do, as on what I say. A key part of my campaign platform is I am a man of action, not just words. I hope people take the time and trouble to listen to what I hope to accomplish, and then believe I have what it takes to actually deliver on the promises. For some of what I hope to accomplish watch the video on this blog entry.

    I could not cover everything in that talk. But I will be at Arts Alive in front of the Gazebo on Saturday, September 4th, rain or shine. Stop by, and I will be happy to answer your questions and listen to your concerns.

  48. Anonymous
    August 29, 2010 at 1:42 pm

    Walsh was 4th District Supervisor before Neely. He was a football hero at HSC and eventually got appointed to a state board by the Republican governor. Walsh served part of a term, and was not asked to return.

    He has been lobbying for Sonoma County water ever since. His involvement in both races is easy to understand. He only seems to have the one client.

  49. The Monitor
    August 29, 2010 at 9:41 pm

    Thanks Ron for stating the obvious. It is time to put away childish games and talk issues. Things here have turned into verbal diarrhea.

  50. Anonymous
    August 29, 2010 at 11:46 pm

    You, Monitor, have identified your contribution to this thread. Now take your Pepto or get out.

  51. Anonymous
    August 30, 2010 at 3:15 am

    Anon 10:40 must not watch local television; Mary’s interview was obviously at the end of Brady’s event. There was no conspiracy to mislead anyone.

  52. Anonymous
    August 30, 2010 at 10:48 am

    Charles Douglas edited Mary Boughton’s words to imply Larry Glass is not “clean” without offering any definition of the term or any proof to support that characterization of Mr. Glass.

    That is a smear against Mr. Glass, a smear that has not been publicly repudiated by Marian Brady, her allies Mike Newman and Mayor Bass, or by any of their supporters.

    Apparently, these people are all quite comforable to be associated with a video clip smearing an incumbent member of the City Council, namely Larry Glass.

  53. Anonymous
    August 30, 2010 at 12:44 pm

    Larry Glass apparently doesn’t agree with you, since he sat down with Douglas for a half-hour interview, just as Brady did.

  54. mrsb814
    August 30, 2010 at 4:04 pm

    Hopefully we all have better things to do, this will be my last post on the subject.

    My comments were regarding Marian Brady only; her way of seeing council’s job and nothing more. No smear against Larry or any other individual was intended nor implied. Period.

  55. Anonymous
    August 30, 2010 at 8:20 pm

    Well, since you ought to know what you intended, I guess I’ll just have to take your word for it.

  56. humboldturtle
    August 30, 2010 at 8:24 pm

    Mother Theresa said “intent counts”. On the other hand, the road to hell is paved with good intentions, right?

  57. The waste manager
    August 30, 2010 at 8:52 pm

    Sounds like Marion Brady is a bottom feeder and taking personal swipes at Glass rather that offer any substance to her discussion. I can only imagine what she will sling as this race goes on. Get out your gas masks.

  58. Anonymous
    August 31, 2010 at 10:21 am

    …so you’re taking a personal swipe to keep up with the rest of them, right?

  59. Anonymous
    August 31, 2010 at 10:31 am

    I don’t care what anybody says, just as long as they keep it truthful and clean.

  60. Anonymous
    August 31, 2010 at 11:18 am

    Amen 10:31.

  61. High Finance
    August 31, 2010 at 12:22 pm

    Sounds like The Waste Manager just took a personal swipe.

    Pot, kettle, black.

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