FRANK JAGER: Reluctant candidate

Frank Jager.

Eureka City Councilman Frank Jager is looking to abandon his elected post halfway through a four-year term in hopes of becoming the city’s next mayor.

Multiple sources say some Jager supporters who worked to elect him in 2008 are upset by the move which would give up a voting position on the council for a largely ceremonial one.

Jager himself is rumored to be reluctant about playing musical chairs but felt pressured by local king-maker Matthew Owen, who successfully worked to elect Jager in 2008 and Harbor Commissioner Richard Marks in 2009. Owen’s wife, current mayor Virginia Bass, pulled a strong showing in June’s primary race for Humboldt County Supervisor.

The 2008 campaign put its money on Jager’s valuable name recognition to win him that election.  Perhaps Jager’s 2010 team, including Owen, are placing similar bets on the former cop and coroner to beat out one-time Mayor Peter LaVallee, who lost in 2006 in a squeaker to Bass.

Local candidates running in November’s election were out greeting voters in the center of Old Town during Arts Alive Saturday evening but Jager was not among them. Popularity has its perks — no need for handshakes and baby kissing when you have a well-known name.

Or maybe he’s embarrassed about his broken promises to protect public safety.

  1. Humboldt Politico
    September 5, 2010 at 6:01 am

    All kneel down before the King.

  2. Anonymous
    September 5, 2010 at 7:08 am

    Or maybe Jager chose to skip this Arts Alive as it traditionally has the smallest turnout of the year…being Labor Day and all.

  3. Anonymous
    September 5, 2010 at 7:50 am

    If Jager is elected to mayor, doesn’t that give him
    the choice of naming the person that will represent
    his ward? That is exactly what Virginia did. He
    would be the tie breaker and would vote the way Owen
    and group tell him.

  4. Anonymous
    September 5, 2010 at 8:27 am

    I get the feeling that Jager isn’t really in to campaigning this year.

  5. High Finance
    September 5, 2010 at 8:39 am

    Jager has six years experience (I believe) as a councilman. He also has great experience as former cop, DA investigator & finally as the county Coroner. He has demonstrated his commitment to the community by his decades long volunteer experience as a scout leader. His leadership experience and personality will bring dignity to the Mayor’s job.

    He will make a great Mayor.

  6. Anonymous
    September 5, 2010 at 9:05 am

    Jager broke his promise to EPD only if you take EPD at its word. The reality is, EPD is perfectly healthy with regard to its ability to provide public safety services. Some fat has been cut, and it will only make EPD stronger.

  7. Living In Eureka
    September 5, 2010 at 9:24 am

    After cutting funding to our police dept, Jager could campaign 23/7, he will not get my vote!

    Even before the cut, our police service per capita is less than the national average. Yet, our crime rate is much higher than the national average. Anyone doing the math could see we have a problem. The FBI stats. reveal that our crime rate is up there with Oakland & Richmond! As a retired police officer, Jager let the citizens of this city down!

  8. Living In Eureka
    September 5, 2010 at 9:26 am

    opps! it should have been 24/7. I guess everyone needs a hour of personal time.

  9. Plain Jane
    September 5, 2010 at 9:35 am

    I figured you meant Jager would need an hour a day to get his daily briefing from Arkley & Co.

  10. Mr. Nice
    September 5, 2010 at 9:50 am

    Even before the cut, our police service per capita is less than the national average. Yet, our crime rate is much higher than the national average. Anyone doing the math could see we have a problem. The FBI stats. reveal that our crime rate is up there with Oakland & Richmond! As a retired police officer, Jager let the citizens of this city down!

    That’s bullshit. Eureka has a much higher rate of rape and child molestation than comparable cities but not even close to a high level of theft. If you are a woman or a child Eureka might be a dangerous place but if you are a television or a car it is all good.

  11. anonymous
    September 5, 2010 at 10:41 am

    Arts Alive last night had a huge crowd. The weather was great and there was a crowd around the candidate’s tables all night long. It was a fun evening.

  12. Anonymous
    September 5, 2010 at 10:58 am

    PJ is pathetic with all her hate.

  13. A-Nony-Mouse
    September 5, 2010 at 11:20 am

    10:58 If you can read “hate” in PJ’s last post, it says worlds about where you’re at!

  14. Anonymous
    September 5, 2010 at 11:28 am

    Um, lets see here, PJ, had to assume it was 23 hours because of needing an hour a day for a briefing from Arkley. Not just hateful, but pathetic, and illogical. Jager must be super human, needing no sleep, eating, council meetings, or a job. Just a lame response, and a lamer defender. Nope, must have something to do with Arkley.

  15. A-Nony-Mouse
    September 5, 2010 at 11:40 am

    No, I think it was a ‘funny’ using the typo from the earlier post. You guys are amazing!!!

    Meanwhile, to be properly cruel, I would point out that Frank is following in Virginia’s footsteps as a quitter. Both gave up useful voting seats for a position of relatively little responsibility. Neither has put forward any kind of creative or even useful ideas for fixing the city’s problems. I know Frank has done good work with his Boy Scouts and he was a pretty good coroner, but neither one of these things matters at all when you quit even trying to do the job you were elected to do.
    It’s time for some council members that take the job seriously instead of using it as a mere status symbol.
    And Frank could not appoint his replacement without the approval of the council. So what does he gain? Nothing! Sorry Frank. It’s a bad move.

  16. Plain Jane
    September 5, 2010 at 11:43 am

    People who take an obvious joke so seriously may want to check on their own motives.

  17. mresquan
    September 5, 2010 at 12:02 pm

    Perhaps the next city council should adopt some sort of ordinance that requires an elected official to serve a complete 4 years of service,not allowing them to break a contract in which they where elected to fulfill.

  18. Humboldt Politico
    September 5, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    That’s a stupid idea and illegal also.

  19. joeschmo
    September 5, 2010 at 12:26 pm

    “Multiple sources say some Jager supporters who worked to elect him in 2008 are upset by the move which would give up a voting position on the council for a largely ceremonial one.”

    Can you name at least ONE of these supporters. If not it’s just you shitin’

  20. anonymous
  21. A-Nony-Mouse
    September 5, 2010 at 1:52 pm

    Nice pix. How’d you get Frank to hold still for them?

  22. Anonymous
    September 5, 2010 at 1:59 pm

    Somehow I have a suspicion a mediocre councilperson would be much the same as mayor.

    But there is no reason to be mean spirited. This isn’t a beauty contest.

  23. anonymous
    September 5, 2010 at 2:05 pm

    Who made a beauty comment? You did, not me. I only posted what I think is a striking resemblence, once of those separated-at-birth comparisons.

  24. Andrew Bird
    September 5, 2010 at 3:27 pm

    Let’s cut out the mocking of Frank Jager, can we please?

    I think Eureka is fortunate to have Mr. Jager on the City Council and I look forward to Frank working with Peter LaVallee when Peter is mayor.

  25. anon
    September 5, 2010 at 3:54 pm

    maybe his “extracurricular” activities are too exhausting. Those late night on third and at the dunes can make a guy pretty tired. Setting good example for those scouts.

  26. Humboldt Politico
    September 5, 2010 at 5:25 pm

    I’d call his expression “hound dog”

  27. A-Nony-Mouse
    September 5, 2010 at 5:59 pm

    Aw, Frank’s an OK guy but if you can’t poke a little fun, what use is politics?

  28. Anonymous
    September 5, 2010 at 9:22 pm

    Wow, PJ, a bit paranoid now? Does everyone have a motive? That so called joke, is more like kicking a dead horse. Both that, and your joke involved no humor.

    I think your joke equates to those who would be described as sharp as a marble.

  29. Plain Jane
    September 5, 2010 at 9:35 pm

    I think its rude to call Jager a dead horse and extremely overly defensive to call my silly joke a kick. All that bile must make you feel horrible. Out of pity I won’t bother to respond to posts which appear to be yours in the future. Poking a monkey through the bars isn’t my idea of a good time.

  30. Anonymous
    September 5, 2010 at 9:45 pm

    BS PJ, you do it all the time with kicking dead horses. It was like a real look in to your mind, what party you chose to insult. You probably impaled flies on sticks, and burnt ants with a magnifying glass didn’t you? It must make you feel real good, and high an mighty doing so, doesn’t it?

  31. Eurekian
    September 6, 2010 at 8:16 am

    Matthew Owen really wields some power to get Frank to give up a voting position for a figure head one, but I guess it’s important to fill those commissions with good Ole boys.

  32. High Finance
    September 6, 2010 at 9:02 am

    How many bogeymen do you guys have? RA, Home Depot, WalMart & now Mathew Owens?

  33. anonymous
    September 6, 2010 at 9:48 am

    Matthew, who suffers from the all too common small-man complex, wants to be a big fish in a little pond and is going to use whoever he can along the way. It’s smart that he isn’t running for something himself, though.

  34. Pitchfork
    September 6, 2010 at 10:37 am

    Owen is indeed a bogeyman, hiding in your closet or under your bed. It’s time to get real. Owen is running for Supervisior. Wake up HiFi.

  35. Julie
    September 6, 2010 at 12:04 pm

    Frank Jaeger, first and foremost is all about public safety – let there be no doubt about that.

    His run for Mayor is more about a desire to be a peace maker than it is Matt Owen the “king maker”.

  36. TiredofHiFi
    September 6, 2010 at 12:19 pm

    @ HiFi-our bogeymen are just as sacred as your hatred for pierson, salzman, glass, and neely and anybody else who can commit an act of abstract reasoning or intellectual honesty.

  37. High Finance
    September 6, 2010 at 2:11 pm

    Pitchfork & Tired, need to get a life & stop the hate speech. Anon at 9.48am is close to being right.

  38. A-Nony-Mouse
    September 7, 2010 at 7:52 am

    Frank gave up his claim as a big supporter of Public Safety when he voted to seriously cut the Police and Fire budgets. Looks he wasn’t as serious about his ‘support’ as he claimed.

  39. High Finance
    September 7, 2010 at 9:07 am

    Mouse ignores the laws of arithmetic.

    70% or more of the city’s budget is Police & Fire. That fact alone mandates that when we have cuts necessary to the magnitude the city did, they have no choice but to cut those departments as well.

    You fell for the dishonest pandering that Glass/Atkins did before the media. Frank was honest & did not insult the intelligence of Eurekans by pretending we could balance with no Public Safety cuts.

  40. Julie Timmons
    September 7, 2010 at 9:35 am

    Just want to clarify that the “Julie” who posted at 12:04 is NOT me. If I were a Eureka voter my vote would go to LaVallee. Thanks.

  41. Anonymous
    September 7, 2010 at 3:08 pm

    Thank god that’s cleared up.

  42. High Finance
    September 7, 2010 at 3:17 pm

    Frankly I thought the first Julie was great!

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