Bass bungles big box questions

KHSU’s weekly radio show “Through the Eyes of Women” featured interviews with candidates for Humboldt County’s 4th District Supervisor seat Monday.

Incumbent Bonnie Neely and challenger Virginia Bass separately answered questions about the economy, the Balloon Track and marijuana. One of them sounded knowledgeable about Humboldt’s key issues and offered ideas for the future, while the other seems to think voters and the media are as misinformed as she is.

Bass appears willing to mislead the public by implying the Balloon Track zoning measure on the November ballot (Measure N) would ban a WalMart on that Eureka property, which is false. Interviewer Kathy Srabian corrected Bass by noting language in the measure only bans “superstores,” but would open the door to a WalMart that forgoes a grocery.

After talking in vague circles about the controversial project Bass jumped subjects to the proposed Ridgewood Village development, warning that a big box might be included in that project — despite the project proponents’ firm opposition to such stores. In other words, big boxes by her friends are good, while big boxes by other developers are bad.

KHSU will upload the interviews Tuesday. Stay tuned for a link.

UPDATE: Listen here.

  1. Humboldt Politico
    August 31, 2010 at 6:54 am

    So, what else is new???

    After her performance in the primary, you expect different?

  2. Anonymous
    August 31, 2010 at 7:11 am

    and it won’t make a bit of difference, she is in like flint. Bonnie took a drubbing.

  3. humboldturtle
    August 31, 2010 at 7:15 am

    “Government”, said Mayor Bass “is scary”.

  4. anonymous
    August 31, 2010 at 7:16 am

    well, if she only bungled the big box questions she has improved. as i recall, she bungled every question during the primary. virginia has trouble articulating a complete sentence. the question is does she have complete thoughts and just can’t get them out, or is her inability to articulate because she has no thoughts. i hope we find out before november.

  5. Anonymous
    August 31, 2010 at 7:16 am

    hahahahaha – Really!?#$%!!!?

  6. Decline to State
    August 31, 2010 at 7:24 am

    I wish I had a better opinion of the voting public. I don’t think being qualified and knowledgeable accounts for much in an election. It’s the great, unwashed public’s “perception” of the candidate that gets them voted in. “I don’t know why but I just like so and so!” With Virginia’s cute/coy act combining with her good-old-boy/Arkley connections I’m afraid she has a much better chance of being elected than she deserves.

  7. Anonymous
    August 31, 2010 at 7:51 am

    She didn’t answer any of the questions. Has she been hanging out with Sarah Palin?

  8. 06em
    August 31, 2010 at 8:01 am

    Virginia has a good memory for faces and a pleasant demeanor, attributes that served her well when she worked for tips at the family restaurant and serve her well as she works for votes. Bonnie cannot hope to best her in those areas, but I hope her campaign will continue to remind those people for whom the Marina Center is not a litmus test of the specifics of what Bonnie’s leadership has meant. She has a long record of accomplishments that have made her district and the whole county better. Virginia simply can’t measure up in that way.

  9. Titan
    August 31, 2010 at 8:08 am

    Bass says government is scary? Let’s qualify that by saying government that includes her is scary.

  10. Eureka Voter
    August 31, 2010 at 8:11 am

    It is refreshing to see all the Heraldoites dealing with the reality that Virginia is going to crush Bonnie in November.

    Measure N will also win in a huge landslide, a bigger margin than Measure J (Wal-Mart zoning) 11 years ago.

    Can’t wait to hear Bonnie and Larry say how they are in favor of the Marina Center as it is currently proposed.

    Spin, baby, spin.

  11. Pitchfork
    August 31, 2010 at 8:24 am

    Virginia Palin is what we have here. Her husband Matthew Owen is who you’ll really be electing, NOW THATS SCARY GOVERNMENT!

  12. August 31, 2010 at 8:29 am

    That’s right. Vote for HOPE in lying corrupt politicians. Then whine and cry when you have to pay for what they do.

  13. High Finance
    August 31, 2010 at 9:00 am

    Doesn’t every new Wallmart include a grocery store anymore? In which case Virginia is right, N would ban a Wallmart in the MC project.

    As far as not answering questions fully, one obvious reason is that Virginia is by far the front runner. Unfortunately, these days front runners are always vague not wanting to turn off potential voters. The candidate running far behind has nothing to lose & they take more risks & are more likely to take firmer stands.

    Matt Owen sees himself as a political genius & he is influencing her campaign. I don’t know why, many think he is actually costing her votes. But make no mistake about it, he does not interject himself in her Mayor job and there is no indication she will let him do so as supervisor.

  14. Anonymous
    August 31, 2010 at 9:07 am

    “lying, corrupt politicians”?? Hard to believe any local payoff could be worth a dime, if it even existed.

  15. insider
    August 31, 2010 at 9:13 am

    HiFi wrong as always Matthew injects himself in everything Virginia does particularly being mayor. Tyson and him script everything she does. He can’t wait for her to be Supervisor so he can really have some power. He got so many people he a Rob want to get even with

  16. Plain Jane
    August 31, 2010 at 9:14 am

    Wrong again, HiFi. Only Superstore Walmarts are banned, not regular Walmarts. The Walmart in Crescent is not a superstore. Here is a listing of all the Walmarts in California. Most are not superstores.

  17. Anon
    August 31, 2010 at 9:23 am

    Bass wouldn’t know what hit her if she was elected to the Board of Supes. She can barely run a meeting, let alone weigh in on issues and votes (which she rarely has to do as mayor of Eureka). She has no idea what’s she’s asking to be elected to do.

  18. Titan
    August 31, 2010 at 9:28 am

    hiFi, it’s a little naive to assume that the person you are married to doesn’t ever “interject” themselves into your job, whether it’s by opinions given during pillow talk, or suggestions they might have for your issues, or who their friends are that become your friends. Matthew, for better or worse, has a huge hand in what Virginia does.

  19. Plain Jane
    August 31, 2010 at 9:28 am

    Bass’ masters prefer brainless puppets who just do as they are told without understanding the consequences.

  20. OffTheRez
    August 31, 2010 at 9:30 am

    maybe they will fit her with an ear piece so her handlers can direct her

  21. High Finance
    August 31, 2010 at 9:32 am

    Insider, you’re just making shit up. I know them, you don’t so stop pretending.

    I could be wrong on that Plain Jane, but I read an article about how WallMart was now concentrating on super stores. So, even if a WallMart is built but it is not a superstore, why are the lefties so afraid?

  22. TooBad
    August 31, 2010 at 9:35 am

    Hey anonymous proggies on Heraldo. Virginia will win in a landslide and you all know it. Why not try to get some of your other candidates elected. Why waste time and effort on Bonnie? She made her own bed. And be sure to tell your candidates to be sure to have all the pat answers that Bill Pierson feeds them. And keep waving that “Wal Mart” boogie man to the public. It does not reasonate and people want the balloon track developed. But you all know that. Or you are just kidding yourselves.

  23. Anonymous
    August 31, 2010 at 9:35 am

    ‘A brainless puppet’ is a sad thing to be. I have wondered if Virginia is in an abusive relationship. Her answers are aimed to please, to never offend, not in a charming way but in a fearful way. She projects no sense of herself, and her hands shake. Mr. Owens is not a sweet sort of fellow. I do worry for her as I worry for my county should she be elected.

  24. Plain Jane
    August 31, 2010 at 9:36 am

    The problem with Walmart is their predatory business practices. To explain it all would take a book and, fortunately, someone has written one: “How Walmart is Destroying America.” Read it and then get back to me.

  25. anonymous
    August 31, 2010 at 9:51 am

    Hi Hi Fi Rich. Can’t spell very well. I see. It is Walmart. Nobody said the voters always make the right move. We got Herbert Hoover and George Bush. I sure hope the voters look long and hard at the candidates this time around. It doesn’t seem like critical thinking is in the mix this year. Tea baggers, Palinites, and Beck may win the day and we will suffer for it. People like Hi Fi Rich will throw there money around and manipulate the outcome. It Doesn’t mean they are right.

    August 31, 2010 at 9:52 am

    I listened to the interviews (recordings?) yesterday @ 2:00 pm-ish on the radio.

    Bonnie answered everything like a long-term incumbent should – she adjusts how she speaks and to whom; she keeps answers simple, as if duh; she references her experience and that State Politics is not connected to why she is running for the position again, etc….

    Virgina answered everything to the best of her knowledge as a Mayor, not supevisor. Virginia was VERY UPBEAT and sounded business friendly. At times though, duplicitive answers were given for questions that required a difference. Not sure why, but everyone has their own angle on things from an outside perspective (city versus county politics).

    All-in-all, the interview was beneficial and well done imo. Anyhow, Virginia is in the lead right now and all she really has to do is not hurt her campaign by being a political prude.

    In fairness, both candidates should be scorned for the hoards of money they have accepted by political lobbyists/donors in this LOCAL election!

    Jeffrey Lytle
    McKinleyville – 5th District

  27. Time to get real
    August 31, 2010 at 9:58 am

    Being the front runner as Mr. Rich Hi Fi sees Virginia, does not make her right, just a front runner. Lots of wrong people are front runners. That doesn’t make them the best choice.

  28. Anonymous
    August 31, 2010 at 9:59 am

    Isn’t Matthew Bass the Humbug along with his buddy, Rob?

  29. bass music not supervisors
    August 31, 2010 at 10:00 am

    She’s a typical yes man.

  30. Anonymous
    August 31, 2010 at 10:00 am

    Just because one wins more votes in a primary doesn’t mean they will win the general election. And remember Jeff was in the primary.

  31. Billy
    August 31, 2010 at 10:01 am

    9:35 Bonnie is Bonnie, But Virginia is Matthew Owen, Tyson, Bohn, Mcbeth, and Arkley. So it’s worth the fight, win or lose.

  32. Anonymous
    August 31, 2010 at 10:03 am

    That’s a laugh. No politician is “just” themself. It’s one sided of you to even think it, and very unrealistic.

  33. bass music not supervisors
    August 31, 2010 at 10:10 am

    can anybody direct me to a link with a breakdown of the candidates’ positions on various measures/props/etc? For this and other local candidates too. Reading through this, I don’t think I’m nearly as informed as I could be.

  34. Anonymous
    August 31, 2010 at 10:15 am

    I believe the deal is that politicians “are” their constituents. That’s not a negative. And being associated with Rex Bohn or the McBeth brothers is definitely not a negative-these are very positive community minded people. Their endorsement of a candidate cinches it for me to be sure.

    August 31, 2010 at 10:20 am

    I witnessed Bonnie (as Board Chair) make a disabled, layed-off and newly houseless man cry – then she cut him off like a light switch and sent him packing. Then, she did not allow me to speak on that same item as the crying man, even though I was on the sign-up sheet. I filed a complaint with The Clerk. Then, in afternoon session, Bonnie used the camera to apologize and said a part of the sign-up sheet was covered over by another document. Hmmm, seemed to me to be an ironic answer when she new the probability of what was likely to be said by myself as a speaker.

    Received a warm apology from the former CEO. So yes, Bonnie is Bonnie. It carried over to others, like Mr. Smith as Board Chair, to attempt similar tactics to deny public commenters their opportunity to address their elected officials.

    Now, due to a few good people who put their foot down about authentic public comments and record keeping, MORE jurisdictions are using digital audio and video to assist record-keeping. This was not by de fscto either, as the elected officials were the oppressors in suppressing public comments and records. Unfortunately with American politics(it should not have to be this way after 250 plus years), it takes time and abuse upon people for enough people to understand that something is wrong.


  36. Titan
    August 31, 2010 at 10:35 am

    Henchman, your story illustrates the many reasons incumbents are losing elections. People are fed up with career politicians and business as usual. We can only hope that “graduating with honors,” as someone pointed out that Virginia did, means that she has a brain and can use it, and not that she uses Matthew’s or Rob’s or Tyson’s. But so far we have seen little evidence of that.

  37. Bolithio
    August 31, 2010 at 11:07 am

    I didnt follow Bonnie earlier in her career. But I wager she initially came across as high energy, naive, and fresh to the status quo of the day. Now ensconced in the State political scene, Sacramento backing and such, we see the edge with the new younger candidate. No surprise.

  38. anonymous
    August 31, 2010 at 11:10 am

    Has anyone checked the “graduating with honors” ploy?
    I hate to be cynical, but I was in high school with her and I don’t remember her gpa being that high. Not that it couldn’t have changed from high school to college, but what did she graduate in and what was her gpa. I think that the “cum laude” is public record. I am not computer literate enough to google it, but I bet the info is out there.

  39. anonymous
    August 31, 2010 at 11:13 am

    BTW, Dave Tyson does not coach VB. However, Mathew certainly does. He has told me of many things he has tried to get her to do. Lately, she has been doing some of them, like speaking up to issues she is confident are popular among the majority.

  40. Westsider
    August 31, 2010 at 11:59 am

    Nice to see Randy Gans at Bonnie presser. He was writing down everyones name. I guess it a gift list.

  41. August 31, 2010 at 12:06 pm

    Let me guess-Bass is a Reaganite?

  42. Anonymous
    August 31, 2010 at 12:09 pm

    Bad guess.

  43. Anonymous
    August 31, 2010 at 1:03 pm

    “Nice to see Randy Gans at Bonnie presser. He was writing down everyones name. I guess it a gift list.”

    It is well known that those that have the audacity to not be for Arkley’s candidate will receive some phone calls with not so subtle bullying persuade them that they should back down.

  44. Anonymous
    August 31, 2010 at 2:11 pm

    You have an example of this “well known” fact?

  45. Anonymous
    August 31, 2010 at 2:19 pm

    People who have been harassed do not like to talk about it publicly for fear of more retribution.

  46. Anonymous
    August 31, 2010 at 2:54 pm

    I see. Well- you’ve convinced me.

  47. shove THAT
    August 31, 2010 at 3:51 pm

    you can be cute all you want (anon 2:11 and 2:54). If it smells like a bully… My guess is a youtube video would not convince you. If you know Eureka politics, you would already know the numerous stories. Well- you’ve convinced ME there is no room for new information in your world. You’ve got it all figured out, huh Anonymous?

  48. Pitchfork
    August 31, 2010 at 4:31 pm

    Randy was there smirking at everyone and writing down something. What a tool.
    Dave Tyson was lurking near by the LaVallee event??
    Welcome to the brave new Arkleyville.

  49. Answers
    August 31, 2010 at 5:01 pm

    After all the back-and-forth comment sniping not one supporter of Bass can answer the very simple question posed by this post — when will she make an understandable answer to the questions posed to her? Watch the video, she doesn’t know what she’s talking about. As pointed out above and in other threads, Bass has no clue as to what she’s going to get if she gets elected to the office. The Supes job is a difficult one, it’s not a ribbon-cutting expedition with drinks at the Avalon afterward.

    Bass can’t answer a simple question with a coherent answer, that’s worrisome.

  50. Titan
    August 31, 2010 at 5:09 pm

    To bass music not supervisors at 10:10 am, there isn’t a website like that yet, because Bass’s section would be mostly empty.

  51. Anonymous
    August 31, 2010 at 9:00 pm

    Virginia – she is so very nice and, I believe, well-intentioned. However, watching her in her role at Council meetings, she is not a comfortable mayor let alone supervisor. She seems very uncertain in her statements and looks to be constantly seeking reassurance that she is on track. She could possibly grow into the position of supervisor but will not be able to hit the ground running. On the other hand, if all people want is a mouthpiece (for others) on the Board she could be just the ticket – if she can keep it all straight. In my opinion, supervisor is a pretty complex job and it helps to be able to articulate your positions whether they are popular or not.

  52. High Finance
    August 31, 2010 at 9:11 pm

    I agree with you that Virginia is too nice at times. However, contrast that with Bonnie who couldn’t care less what you or I (or even Heraldo) think about anything.

    Virginia will at least listen to you & try to work out a compromise. Bonnie will screw your ass to the wall if you get in her or her friend’s way.

  53. Eureka Voter
    August 31, 2010 at 10:36 pm

    I agree with Anonymous 9:00 pm:

    “He is so very nice and, I believe, well-intentioned. However, watching him in his role as Presdient.

    He could possibly grow into the position.”

    This sounds like another politician I’ve heard of.

    Help me out here.

    Now resides at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in D.C., come on now.

  54. Anonymous
    August 31, 2010 at 11:01 pm

    Well, I know Bonnie on only a casual but friendly basis. She is not as warm and fuzzy as Virginia but I do like her. But, I also know people who were once her fairly close friends and are no longer – not sure of the details. That said, I hate to judge her harshly since I’ve never had anything but positive interactions. Is really true that she couldn’t care less what anyone thinks, or just not what certain constituencies think? Not that the latter is OK as a Supervisor – but seems more like what the complaints are all about.

  55. Anonymous
    August 31, 2010 at 11:47 pm

    HiFi is, unfortunately, wrong once again. Virginia is pleasant and pretty, and Bonnie is better at policy than schmoozing, but isn’t it SUPPOSED to be about who would be the best, most qualified supervisor???

    Eureka is in terrible condition because Virginia, Jones and Leonard are incompetent administrators. Better to fire them than to rehire them at positions where they can do Even More Damage!

  56. Anonymous
    September 1, 2010 at 6:52 am

    I get a kick out of people who think being business-friendly is the same thing as being worker-friendly. Aren’t these local businesses the same ones that are holding down the wages of our local workers to the point that they can’t afford to pay these local rents to keep local roofs over their families’ heads?

    September 1, 2010 at 9:28 am

    Grades in school is fuuny stuff.

    As if what your taught in High School is going to prepare a person in college when the college is devoid of the public education system in so far as what curriculum and how a professor will teach OR INDOCTRINATE.

    See how indoctrination can mess-up previously implanted public education information. So, “…it’s just like starting over” – John Lennon!


  58. High Finance
    September 1, 2010 at 9:33 am

    No 6.52am. Those local businesses pay their employees wages determined by the local market & also based on the economic return those employees bring to the business.

    Anon 11.47pm. Once again you repeat the Bonnie mantra that somehow a Mayor & city council are responsible for California and the entire country’s recession. I cannot tell if you are extremly gullible or are deliberatly participating in the lie.

    And for you Bonnie sycophants who persist in repeating the lie, Bonnie has been on the board of supervisors during that same time. She is as responsible for the financial mess Humboldt County & Eureka are in as any city council.

    September 1, 2010 at 9:40 am

    Anonymous @ 6:52 am,

    The Housing Market has been “fixed”. It’s a fraud and the losers need to be those at the top who helped cause it with their greeds to steal and graft money out of others to make their livlihoods more elitist and wealthy-like. Hence, the reason CAP says that opening financial books exposes trade secrets – really though, it exposes the greed of profit and the greed of low wages in so many instances.

    With profit not being attainable like in the last 7-10 years (at least to the discretion of those who would stand to profit), there is less active money in the money supply due to the wealthier holding it until they get to profit in the same “mark-up” as previously charged. Government condones all this crud because of its desire to “price-fix” the market in order to make the poor pay more in taxes OR to create more debt to save lives, thus increasing costs and profits by back-loading liabilities onto the poor’s children. Pyramid Schemes and lots of them.

    The key to doing business is to understand how the owner of that business lives – homes, rv’s, boats, etc…. Lavish lifestyles directly relate to higher costs to survive. This is why business owners(lots of locals too) graft – to cover their own costs of living lavishly since they “wrote-down” their business to milk-it like refinancing a home.

    Worse yet, are the types of people (educators too) who intentionally drive a “piece of crap vehicle” just to hide their lavish lifestyle once off their property! These types are very manipulative and deceitful as compared to “in your face show-off”.


  60. anonymous
    September 1, 2010 at 4:39 pm

    Vote for Bass- the Biggest Mother (hen) of them all!
    (see T-S deposiutions story)

  61. tenth street dreamer
    September 1, 2010 at 5:56 pm

    Why didn’t Bass come forward about Tysons poor judgment and sexual conduct and manipulation of events while she sat in that council seat. Very poor judgment on her part, when she knew the harm it was causing to staff moral at a critical time in the restructuring of EPD. If this is her approach to public office the last job she should have is a sitting supervisor. What a lack of integrity. If she had spoken up Tyson would have been gone long ago. By the testimony, it looks like Glass was the only one with the guts to speak out.

    It now brings into question why we have lost so many department heads of late. I’ll bet the smell was too much and they didn’t want tarnish their good names with this crap.

  62. anonymous
    September 1, 2010 at 7:03 pm

    Bass didn’t come forward because she wanted something from Tyson, too. She also knew her own hands were dirty.

  63. September 9, 2010 at 4:04 pm

    Heads-up: this post has been updated with audio of the KHSU interview.

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