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NEELY: Eureka owes millions for sewage infrastructure

Humboldt County Supervisor Bonnie Neely questioned the Eureka City Council at its Tuesday meeting about the whereabouts of millions of dollars owed by the city to maintain sewage treatment facilities.

Neely said the city is asking voters to raise taxes to fund infrastructure they’ve already paid for.

“What happened to these public monies,” Neely asked. “Were they diverted and spent on other City Services or City redevelopment projects? Was this diversion of funds legal?”

Neely said the city claims to have lost the document that formalized a payment agreement between the city and Humboldt Community Services District, who jointly fund the sewage system. But she said terms of the agreement are clear based on other documents in the city’s possession.

Neely called for an independent investigation and “full disclosure” of the findings to the public.

Mayor Virginia Bass, who is challenging Neely for her seat on the Board of Supervisors, said the city would “get a response” to Neely’s comments.

Neely’s full comments below.

Good evening Mayor and Members of the Council.

I’m Bonnie Neely, member of the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors. I’m here on behalf of citizens and tax payers of the 4th district, many of whom reside within the city limits and boundaries of Humboldt Community Services District. The city and district are jointly responsible for providing and maintaining sewer and sewage treatment facilities to the citizens and tax payers, and I think you know that many of these citizens are senior citizens on fixed incomes.

The city has approved placing a new tax on the November ballot and increased fees to improve and continue to maintain these facilities.  However, our constituents need to be assured that monies previously collected for system maintenance and improvements have been properly collected, spent and accounted for.

Since the early 1980’s a relationship has existed between the district and the city for the operation and maintenance by the city of the waste water facility serving both jurisdictions. The cost of the operation and maintenance of that facility were to be split 2/3 to the city and 1/3 to the district.  The city now claims to be unable to locate a document formalizing that agreement, however it can be clearly inferred by other grant documents, by payments made by the district, and by the subsequent actions of the parties that such an agreement exists.

What is documented is that since 1991, the Humboldt Community Services District made regular payments to the city for maintenance funds in amounts exceeding $80,000 per year. Under the district’s understanding of the agreement, the city should have been contributing twice that amount.  Total amounts which should have been collected are between $6-7 million of public monies.  The problem today is the lack of information regarding what monies were collected and how they were spent. What happened to these public monies?  Where they diverted and spent on other city services?

A public being asked to support higher taxes and increased fees to pay for things it thought were already paid for wants to know.

Although the city of Eureka has denied wrong-doing, it has impliedly admitted some degree of financial responsibility by offering to settle this dispute with the Community Services District. What is left out of these discussions is the interest of the public  — our constituency — for full disclosure.  The many questions which remain can only be answered by a thorough and independent audit of these funds, followed by disclosure to the public and review by responsible agencies to determine if laws have been violated.  That is our responsibility and anything less is a violation of public trust.  I and the people look forward to your response.

Thank you.

  1. Snickerdoodles
    September 8, 2010 at 4:31 am

    Damn. That smarts.

  2. Humboldt Politico
    September 8, 2010 at 5:41 am

    While the intent is good, this problem has been festering for years and it’s a shame it’s taken politics to bring it front and center.

  3. Walt
    September 8, 2010 at 5:42 am

    We’re Number 2. We try harder.

  4. Anon
    September 8, 2010 at 5:52 am

    How embarrassing for Neely to have to stoop to this level. Must be hard to lose by 30 points and be not able to go out with a little self respect.

  5. Anonymous
    September 8, 2010 at 6:13 am

    Political ploy, clearly. While not a fan of Neely’s, I never thought she would stoop to this. I thought she had a chance of giving Bass a spanking in November but it’s clear she knows she’s in real trouble. Sad that Bonnie has lost any sense of dignity. :(

  6. Plain Jane
    September 8, 2010 at 6:26 am

    Neely must have hit a very sensitive spot to be smeared twice so early in the morning. Who is afraid of an audit?

  7. glass house
    September 8, 2010 at 6:28 am

    the same question should be asked of Bonnie Neely about the drainage fees in mckinleyville.

  8. Plain Jane
    September 8, 2010 at 6:33 am

    What does Neely have to do with drainage fees in McKinleyville?

  9. ah HA
    September 8, 2010 at 6:56 am

    Smart move, Neely!! No one else has the huevos to ask this question publicly. Tyson is out and Bass has no clue about issues of substance. So what’s the next move? Eureka City Council votes to NOT have an audit, but YES let’s spend $30,000 on a smokescreen of a ballet initiative? Come on Jaeger, show you true colors and say no we don’t need a stinking investigation.

    Bonnie is the Best! and I am grateful she cares about the community. She doesn’t need to run again, its gotta be as much fun as…. nothing. Thanks, Bonnie.

  10. Anonymous
    September 8, 2010 at 7:12 am

    “During his report at the close of the council meeting, Tyson addressed Neely’s comments, noting that the city and the Humboldt Community Services District have been meeting for more than a year and have reconciled their disagreements.

    ”I think the board at HCSD is satisfied with where we are at,” Tyson said, adding that he would come back to the council with a full report at a later meeting. “

  11. Decline to State
    September 8, 2010 at 7:15 am

    Ah, September…Bonnie’s taken the gloves off now! Fear her!

    While an obvious political move she’s got a point and I’d like to know where these monies went. How embarrassing for Eureka to loose the document formalizing the payment and to “impliedly admitted some degree of financial responsibility by offering to settle this dispute with the Community Services District.”

  12. 06em
    September 8, 2010 at 7:15 am

    Aw, crap! Now we have to vote on a ballet initiative? Is this about the Arkley girls not getting cast in the Nutcracker again?

  13. David Couch
    September 8, 2010 at 7:17 am

    I want to hear about the drainage fees in Mckinleyville. As a Mck-resident have never paid any on my parcel. Do know that MCSD collects fees for detention basin maintenance from parcels served by the detention basins and spends those fees on maintenance of those basins. Red Herring for breakfast!

  14. glass house
    September 8, 2010 at 7:25 am

    What does Neely have to do with drainage fees in McKinleyville?

    where’s the money?

    also, under her watch the maintenance backlog at the county on the road system has grown to over $100 million. We have 50 people in planning and 9 guys fixing the roads. where’s the money?

    tooby ranch 2 + million
    falor payoff 300,000
    redevelopment 500,000
    general plan re-write 10 million

  15. Plain Jane
    September 8, 2010 at 7:59 am

    Tyson should be placed under oath every time he opens his mouth.

  16. Neal Latt
    September 8, 2010 at 8:02 am

    Yes, the idea of an audit must really scare Dave Tyson and Virginia Bass. Where have those monies gone, and why must Eureka ratepayers shoulder the $26 million burden of upgrades to the citizens?

    The so-called independent Citizens Committee to look into the sewer and water ratepayer increases, chaired by loyal-to-the-machine Tina Christensen, went nowhere and ended up rubber-stamping the enormous rate increases that will be borne disproportionately by seniors and those on fixed incomes.

    Virginia: where are you? What have you to say about this?

  17. Anonymous
    September 8, 2010 at 8:04 am

    Let’s start the Bass count:
    How many city issues will she dodge because she is “not a voting member” of the council?
    How many city accomplishments will she take credit for?

    Not responsible for: budget deficit, sewage treatment funds, lack of city manager oversight of personnel issues…

    Responsible for: meeting the governor during his January trip…oh, and (now) Jefferson School.

    And, what exactly is her platform as a potential county supervisor? What specifically will she change? Hmmmm, can’t remember hearing about that…

  18. Largo
    September 8, 2010 at 8:07 am

    This is “embarrassing for Neely”? Why, because she should have brought it up sooner?

  19. Anonymous
    September 8, 2010 at 8:09 am

    David, drainage is a huge issue in McKinleyville. With each new development, old established neighborhoods that were previously okay discover they have water bubbling up out of the sidewalks up to several days after a rain. Then carports begin getting damp when it rains. Then mold grows on your siding and you discover the crawl space under your home is damp for much of the year. Thank you unchecked development!

  20. mresquan
    September 8, 2010 at 8:19 am

    I do like how Bonnie is now making issues of things pertinent to voters in her district and using factual analysis on how the city of Eureka has operated under Bass’s tenure as a mayor and council member.It puts Virginia in a spot where she has to respond with detailed information about where the money is and was,and allows her the potential to show that she has the intelligence to handle large scale matters of importance,which is something that one of her supporters,hifi,has repeatedly written that she doesn’t have.

    September 8, 2010 at 8:19 am

    Tom Marking implied years ago he’d rather see the county not impose standards that force more “non-permeable top cover on parcels because the run-off affect was too over-bearing. More green space around the house and less concrete allows for absorbtion(?) within the property boundary rates to increase, not decrease.

    This drainage fee is an appropriate fee IMO! It is based on “newer uses” that take away from thepublic infrastructure, general welfare and public safety.


  22. Lodgepole
    September 8, 2010 at 8:35 am

    I’m glad Bonnie decided to tell us.

  23. Anonymous
    September 8, 2010 at 8:40 am

    The sewer in Arcata bubbled up on lower Diamond Drive this summer, causing people to have to move out of their homes and apartments. Haven’t heard a thing about it on the news but the City is apparently going to have to pay for it all. One bill from one location: $30,000.

  24. Goldie
    September 8, 2010 at 8:40 am

    Don’t be so hard on City Hall. They have been busy with their pantie politics. But perhaps now that their global investigation is over they can look around the place and see if they can not find the 6 million dollars we might need to keep our sewer system working without putting massive rate increases on the citizens.

  25. September 8, 2010 at 8:46 am

    Political “BS” aside, why is it that the responsible agencies, the City of Eureka and the Humboldt County Services District are not able to produce such information in a forthright manner and account to the taxpayers? Isn’t it about time we all stopped taking the word of these liars when they tell us how great they are serving our interests while at the same time raising our taxes to pay on what they really do? As long as anyone can do is debate and re-elect these political animals, you deserve to pay and pay and pay, Bonnie Neely notwithstanding. Loss of a critical document by both parties – too convenient. There needs to be some accountability BEFORE anyone agrees to our Nanny State a pass.

  26. Humboldt Politico
    September 8, 2010 at 8:53 am

    Virginia may be Mayor today, but she was a voting member during a major part of this scandal.

  27. David Couch
    September 8, 2010 at 8:53 am

    I concur about drainage being an issue in Mckinleyville. I was trying to point out that drainage fees are not the issue.

  28. The Monitor
    September 8, 2010 at 8:58 am

    The Bass has been caught again, AWOL. Tyson is already in the ringer for so many things, it is hard to keep count. He knows what happened to the money and Bass doesn’t have a clue what Bonnie was talking about. Did you notice how stoned faced silent Tyson was all night/ Like someone who had just had the book thrown at him. Where is our city sewer money Dave? It must be down the toilet like with the city debt.

  29. Voter
    September 8, 2010 at 9:21 am

    8:09–drainage and runoff is certainly an issue in McK, but I think David’s point is that we don’t actually pay “drainage fees” as someone earlier was claiming. This is a problem, but not related to the City of Eureka’s ongoing mismanagement, corruption, and deceit at the expense of its residents, taxpayers, and ratepayers.

    It is an outrage that such mismanagement has gone on so long, and that it could be “settled” behind closed doors. The voters have a right to know WTF is going on, especially when a long-time city council member and mayor is running for higher office. Bass is clueless, and would be in way over her head on the County Board of Supervisors. She is not worthy of a promotion!

  30. cheesedick
    September 8, 2010 at 9:26 am

    Okay Bonnie. Let’s audit all unincorporated services districts while we’re at it. Another place where fees are always spent on “other things”. Spread your wisdom for the good of everyne in the county, not just Eureka.

  31. September 8, 2010 at 10:23 am

    How embarrassing for Neely to have to stoop to this level.

    I am waiting for a sex tape scandal, or undercover video footage of an illegal drug buy.

    This “stoop” (if indeed it is one) is baby shit.

  32. September 8, 2010 at 10:36 am

    Rest assured, this was not a stoop. Good for Bonnie for bringing it to the public and forcing the city to respond.

  33. Anon
    September 8, 2010 at 10:45 am

    Actually the County has never taken on any drainage issue in McKinleyville. The drainage ditch north on Central that takes all the water from the center of town and puts it through MCSD property – the county does nothing with that. That should be covered by our house taxes we pay not a specific fee. Detention basins are a different issue than that.

  34. Bonnielow
    September 8, 2010 at 11:01 am

    Grandstanding at the lowest level. When, in the last 5 years has Bonnie been to a Eureka City Council meeting? She is going to lose badly and she is doing anything she can to try to grab traction. Kind of sad.

  35. Eric Kirk
    September 8, 2010 at 11:08 am

    The city now claims to be unable to locate a document formalizing that agreement,

    Ouch! But then, why doesn’t the District have a copy? Sloppiness all the way around.

  36. anonymous
    September 8, 2010 at 11:14 am

    Whether it’s grandstanding, political expediency or whatever, the question remains: WHERE IS THE MONEY?

    Is there really anyone out there who don’t care about the money and the astounsing coincidence that Tyson, his finance director and his HR person are all going out the door within months of each other?

  37. Josh
    September 8, 2010 at 11:15 am

    What Bonnie is doing is beautiful and I support her more strongly now than I did before. She is speaking up for me and other people like me who live in Eureka. Too bad the Mayor and a majority of the City Council weren’t asking these questions long before now. They didn’t. Bonnie is doing it now. More power to her!

  38. Anonymous
    September 8, 2010 at 11:29 am

    Less Power To Her!!!

  39. anonymous
    September 8, 2010 at 11:35 am


  40. Mike Buettner
    September 8, 2010 at 11:35 am

    The money went to redevelopment. Way to go Bonnie.

  41. Eric Kirk
    September 8, 2010 at 11:52 am

    Bonnie needs to mix things up a bit to turn things around. This probably qualifies and could impact city elections as well.

    One downside is that the progressives on the city council could become collateral damage. It seems like everyone was asleep at the wheel here.

  42. Redevelopment
    September 8, 2010 at 11:53 am

    Damn right that money went into the city’s slush fund also known as redevelopment. We’re talking more than 7 million dollars (with interest) of money that was paid by county ratepayers to ensure they had space and access in the sewage system. Now that money is gone, unaccounted for and trust me, this story isn’t going away. The city was mandated in the original agreement to not only account for any funds used but also to abide by strict restrictions on how the money could be used and if it was touched at all it had to be with the blessings of the council. This one is going to be fun.

    September 8, 2010 at 12:04 pm

    Re-Development – do you mean that city agency that Neely endorsed the siphoning of County Headwaters Monies for a City maintained Flake Ice Plant/Real-Estate ownership scheme?

    Ya, as if Bonnie, Tyson, Bass, etc…are not on the same page?

    Anyhow, Does Virgina own a white Mercedes Benz? If so, with Bass stickers on the back window (looked like Virginia this morning), a white Mercedes pulled out from a street parking space on 5th WITHOUT SIGNALING and almost caused an accident upon me. So, Virginia, if it twas you (and I am pretty sure it was as I looked thoroughly), you really need to be more respectful of others! It was a bone-headed maneuver that deserves notice.

    Jeffrey Lytle
    McKinleyville – 5th District

  44. Eric Kirk
    September 8, 2010 at 12:13 pm

    Or only give out bumperstickers to drivers with good records.

  45. Joeschmo
    September 8, 2010 at 12:32 pm

    Why not leave this to one of the members of the Humboldt Community Services District.

  46. glass house
    September 8, 2010 at 12:33 pm

    I concur about drainage being an issue in Mckinleyville. I was trying to point out that drainage fees are not the issue.

    there is or was a $500 per lot fee that the county collects.

  47. glass house
    September 8, 2010 at 12:40 pm
  48. Anonymous
    September 8, 2010 at 1:09 pm

    Why now to bring it up? It has been a long standing problem.

  49. Anonymous
    September 8, 2010 at 1:10 pm

    This must have stung, The anti-Bonnie spin is especially desperate and off-topic. Note the McKinleyville thread. If the McKville issue is so egregious, where is Bass, Sundberg, Duffy, Cleary?

    Is this political? Yes. Neely just gave Bass a political ass-kicking by showing her (Neely) knowledge of issues and highlighting the lack of oversight by the city (including the mayor). Bass was a deer in the headlights on this one and clearly did not have a clue about this issue.

    As a taxpayer, I want a supervisor who knows her/his shit and who ensures every tax dollar is spent wisely. If all I wanted was a nice-looking figurehead, I’d consider Bass. What does Bass know about or stand for anyway (other than being pro-Marina Center)?

  50. Eric Kirk
    September 8, 2010 at 1:46 pm

    Why now to bring it up? It has been a long standing problem.

    Because she is in a tough election, and her opponent is in the thick of the controversy.

    Any other questions?

  51. longwind
    September 8, 2010 at 1:55 pm

    What’s amusing to me is that Bonnie has known about Tyson’s bookkeeping hijinks for years, they’re so not secret they’re even alluded to in the newspaper–but they’re only worth bringing up when she’s 20 points down.

    The county’s comparable hijinks, for example the cover-up of responsibles for code-enforcement lawbreaking, for which two minions were scapegoated with relief by Bonnie’s board, that’ll be discussed next . . . right?

    And how about the multi-million dollar spite suits that Supervisors get to launch against people they don’t like? Are there better ways to waste all that money?

    If only Virginia had it in her to be like Bonnie. Then we’d really have some fun.

  52. Anonymous
    September 8, 2010 at 2:04 pm

    “This must have stung, The anti-Bonnie spin is especially desperate and off-topic.”

    This anti-Tyson spin is especially desperate and off topic.

    Depends on which way you spin things. Why don’t you all go back to your jobs or your soap operas and quit bitching about people?

  53. Mike Buettner
    September 8, 2010 at 2:13 pm

    I might be mistaken but I believe the loan from the wastewater fund went into the Boardwalk.

  54. humboldturtle
    September 8, 2010 at 2:17 pm

    Ah. The Boardwalk. The plot thickens.

  55. Mike Buettner
    September 8, 2010 at 2:20 pm

    “City leaders thought they had financing in place in the fall of 2000 when the boardwalk construction was put out to bid. About $4.5 million had been secured from the California Coastal Conservancy, the Eureka Redevelopment Agency and the Tidelands Trust Fund. An extra $1.7 million was borrowed from a city wastewater reserve fund just in case.”


  56. Not A Native
    September 8, 2010 at 2:23 pm

    Oh Whoopee! Another juicy “scandal” Lately there’s been too many in these parts for me to keep track of.

    I think Neely is the better candidate, but I doubt any of this will stick to Bass. The real blame is spread far, wide, and thin. Would be a proper investigation for a real grand jury.

    Anyone who’s a Bass supporter either already realizes and likes that she’s no Einstein or they’re no Einstein themselves and this “revelation” won’t register with them.

  57. holding their feet to the fire
    September 8, 2010 at 2:29 pm

    waas that the boardwalk boondoggle implemented under the arkley (cheri not rob(ber)) era council? you know, the one mismanaged so badly that arkley (rob(ber) not cheri)had to bail the project out to save the face (albeit not the mayoral race of that time) of his wife and their cronies in city government.

    that boardwalk?

  58. humboldturtle
    September 8, 2010 at 2:35 pm

    Just what is…under the boardwalk?

  59. humboldturtle
    September 8, 2010 at 2:47 pm

    Oh, when Bon Bon gets down and burns the pols at City Hall
    And her foes get so hot they wish their smarting cheeks would stay more pale
    Under the boardwalk, down by the bay, yeah
    Into the future with our Bon-Bon is where we’ll be

    (Under the boardwalk) out into the sun
    (Under the boardwalk) we’ll make ’em add up the sum
    (Under the boardwalk) people just want to know
    (Under the boardwalk) just what the hell’s going on
    Under the board-walk (board-walk!)

    More lyrics: http://www.lyricsmode.com/lyrics/t/the_drifters/#share

  60. Goldie
    September 8, 2010 at 2:53 pm

    ok 1.7 million is not yet 6-7 million. So where is the rest?

  61. cheesedick
    September 8, 2010 at 3:12 pm

    So were the funds reserves or operational revenue?
    It is common for bleeding heart leaders to blow cash on non-essential services.
    It also illegal.
    Look at the general fund for holes plugged with property related fees.
    Forensic is the operative word.

  62. JeffLytlefact
    September 8, 2010 at 3:18 pm

    Virginia drives a BMW. An older one.

  63. September 8, 2010 at 3:27 pm

    We discussed this back in December when Eureka was proposing water rate increases. City officials claim the money was indeed spent on infrastructure improvements, though the magic math of redevelopment financing seemed to confuse everyone from Valerie Warner to Larry Glass.

  64. September 8, 2010 at 3:32 pm


  65. To Ryan
    September 8, 2010 at 3:36 pm

    You are no Jack Kennedy (or Bonnie Neely!)

  66. September 8, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    And you’re no Dan Quayle.

  67. Goldie
    September 8, 2010 at 3:46 pm

    And I am no Gettingthe Linktowork

  68. September 8, 2010 at 3:50 pm

    Me either. Uh… Here’s the address: http://www.northcoastjournal.com/news/2009/12/31/waste-water/

  69. Tera Prucha
    September 8, 2010 at 3:51 pm

    Thanks, Heraldo for keeping us informed. I urge you-all to take the next step – Demand an Audit!

    Mayor Virginia Bass: (707) 441-4200
    E-mail address: virginia@ci.eureka.ca.gov
    Larry Glass: (707) 441-4169
    E-mail address: lglass@ci.eureka.ca.gov
    Linda Atkins: (707) 441-4168
    E-mail address: latkins@ci.eureka.ca.gov
    Jeff Leonard: (707) 441-4170
    E-mail address: jleonard@ci.eureka.ca.gov
    Frank Jager: (707) 441-4167
    Mr. Jager has no email listed on city website
    Mike Jones: (707) 441-4171
    E-mail address: mjones@ci.eureka.ca.gov

  70. Anon
    September 8, 2010 at 4:52 pm

    Interesting that the Bon just decided to show up now at a City Council meeting. Where has she been for years that she claims this has been going on? She must have showed up as a “private citizen” and not as a BOS as that would have been inappropriate since the County does not dictate to the City of Eureka what they do with their funds and cannot. Campaign sleeze – probably. May have hurt her with a lot of voters who are asking the same thing – where was she years ago on this issue. Guess she just woke up. Maybe she just woke up enough to get jobs in this County unlike the last 24 years. She has a plan for jobs now. She had a plan for jobs then. So where are they Bonnie?

  71. Not A Native
    September 8, 2010 at 4:56 pm

    I remember that article and at the time didn’t really understand it, but in rereading it I have a new “take”.

    Eureka used the money on some projects that were water related and were intended to result in savings and new tax revenue. But not renovation of aging existing facilities that were still operational.

    The savings and new tax revenue may not have occured, and even if they did, the money “saved” and new taxes weren’t put back into the fund.

    To recap, Eureka had some water funds and spent it on projects they thought were worthwhile and could result in savings that would be available to fund renovation of existing wastewater facilities. Thats a business investment decision. But it appears that the Eureka decision makers didn’t put in mechanisms to track their investments’ performance and to repay the investors. Its possible any returns have gone to pay ongoing expenses.

    BTW, it meets legal requirements, no fraud or misappropriation is involved, just potentially poor decisions.

  72. Anonymous
    September 8, 2010 at 5:26 pm

    “Eric Kirk says:
    September 8, 2010 at 11:08 am

    The city now claims to be unable to locate a document formalizing that agreement,

    Ouch! But then, why doesn’t the District have a copy? Sloppiness all the way around.”

    Because there is no such document…

  73. Eric Kirk
    September 8, 2010 at 5:51 pm

    Because there is no such document…

    That’s even worse.

  74. Anonymous
    September 8, 2010 at 6:16 pm

    “Tera Prucha says:
    September 8, 2010 at 3:51 pm

    Thanks, Heraldo for keeping us informed. I urge you-all to take the next step – Demand an Audit!”

    Aren’t you on the HCSD Board? Why haven’t you guys demanded an audit? Why are thanking Heraldo for the information, isn’t this old news to you?

  75. Tera Prucha
    September 8, 2010 at 6:38 pm

    Easy there 6:16 – I am not on HCSD Board.

    I am on the Humboldt Bay Water District Board, which does not oversee contracts between HCSD and City of Eureka.

    Blogging is fine, within limits. My point is that after a while, you gotta do something.

  76. The Monitor
    September 8, 2010 at 7:42 pm

    She may be bringing this up late in the game, but the city has been asleep at the wheel for more than a few years. I am not sure if those making decisions, Bass Tyson, you know the names, are awake on this today. If they are, they better look under the mattress and count what remains. At least an accounting would be nice.

  77. Anonymous
    September 8, 2010 at 7:59 pm

    I’m amazed at the criticism of Neely for bringing this issue to the attention of the city and the public -“why didn’t she bring this up earlier?”
    Are you also pointing fingers at Bass, the city council, the city manager and the other supervisors for failing to recognize this problem earlier?
    Maybe Neely did what politicians are suppose to do and LISTENED to one of her constituents complaints. I think we should support a public servant who actually looks into issues when alerted – rather than attack their concern as being “late” or “a stunt”.
    I’m tired of the cynicism – thanks Bonnie for acting on the behalf of the people who pay your salary.

  78. Anonymous
    September 8, 2010 at 8:26 pm

    “Anonymous says:
    September 8, 2010 at 7:59 pm

    I’m amazed at the criticism of Neely for bringing this issue to the attention of the city and the public -”why didn’t she bring this up earlier?”

    She’s only bringing this up now because of the Ridgewood Village Project they need the services that the City can provide. Throw stuff at the wall and see what sticks.

    September 8, 2010 at 8:33 pm

    So, would all of you supporters and non-supporters feel good about electing politicians who suppress the right to a legal judicial proceeding for a victim of government abuses? Emminent Domain type methods of “tax collection without representation”?


  80. humboldturtle
    September 8, 2010 at 8:34 pm

    It ain’t mud slingin’ if it’s the truth. Is it?

  81. Carol
    September 8, 2010 at 8:55 pm

    Please pass the popcorn!

    September 8, 2010 at 9:16 pm

    Awe heck,

    let’s just go all the way back to re-development and the Halverson(?) site boondoggle. It has been “catch-up” ever since!


  83. eurekite
    September 9, 2010 at 8:39 am

    Much respect to Neely for bringing this up in a public manner. The inept management of the city of Eureka is not a trivial issue. It is obvious from reading the transcripts of the personnel lawsuits that the team of jokers who have been running the city are not even remotely professional, ethical or competent.

    Send them packing, there are surely good people happy to do high-paying, respectable jobs such as these.

  84. What Matters
    September 9, 2010 at 8:57 am

    So…Neely’s #1 topic is that our tax monies are being properly spent, while Bass’s primary concern is developing one of her primary campaign sponser’s chunk of polluted real estate.

    September 9, 2010 at 9:02 am

    What Matters,

    Or, Neely’s #1 topic is that local tax monies are being illegally “tax rolled” without a legal due process for the taxpayers within county and city jurisdictions?


  86. Voter
    September 9, 2010 at 9:02 am

    If you want a good laugh listen to Virginia’s lame response on the KMUD news (Wed. night/Thurs. morning). She really has no idea what she is getting herself into…

  87. Anonymous
    September 9, 2010 at 9:07 am

    The T-S was interviewing Dave Tyson yesterday stay tuned…btw Jeff you were really observant there, maybe fact check next time before blogging?

    September 9, 2010 at 9:12 am


    How about,

    If you would like to listen to an interview featuring Miss Bass, it was on KMUD (….)..

    Much less partial as it allows the reader to decide what their emotion should be after listening to the interview.


  89. Voter
    September 9, 2010 at 9:15 am


    Bass said that there is too much money in elections and that there should be some campaign finance reform. Bass has, according to her financial disclosures, raised the most cash of all candidates in all races with a total of $114,667. Neely to date has raised $84,144.

  90. Voter
    September 9, 2010 at 9:16 am

    gee, Jeff, thanks for the blog comment tip.
    Here’s one for you: shorter is better.

    September 9, 2010 at 9:16 am


    Facts is, until your nameless and faceless persona is exposed, I would not know if you are a political insider which then kicks into “the fact” that YOU MAY OR MAY NOT KNOW there exists many other facts to sub-related to Neely’s #1 topic section, for rebuttals that is.


    September 9, 2010 at 9:19 am


    No, “right” is best!


  93. What Matters
    September 9, 2010 at 9:20 am

    Henchman, I’m a lingo layman when it comes to financing, but I’m sure you’re right. Something seems fishy, and I definitely appreciate her bringing it up. I’m relatively green to the inside scene. Bass seems like a typical commercial candidate, the backbone of her popularity is obviously the result of more and bigger campaign posters all over the place because she says lots of nothing.

  94. Voter
    September 9, 2010 at 9:24 am

    true, Jeff, but when you write long blog posts, people tend skip over them. People have told me, I don’t read his posts–too long.

  95. Goldie
    September 9, 2010 at 9:30 am

    Do you have a link to Virginia on KMUD?

  96. Pitchfork
    September 9, 2010 at 9:33 am

    Tyson has been running a criminal enterprise during his long tenure as City manger and Finance director. It’s time for the grand jury and/or the DA to look at this stuff.

  97. The Monitor
    September 9, 2010 at 10:09 am

    You got it pitchfork. Stick it to um.

  98. Derchoadus
    September 9, 2010 at 10:37 am

    Voter says:
    September 9, 2010 at 9:24 am

    true, Jeff, but when you write long blog posts, people tend skip over them. People have told me, I don’t read his posts–too long.

    Long…and rambling.

  99. Anonymous
    September 9, 2010 at 10:49 am

    Yes. Long and sometimes incoherent.

  100. Eric Kirk
    September 9, 2010 at 12:30 pm

    KMUD has an archives section, but it’s down right now.


    September 9, 2010 at 8:51 pm


    define short?
    define too long?

    Thank You for allowing me the opportunity to write based on your minimum and maximum character criteria for which has yet to be publically written and posted.


    September 9, 2010 at 8:54 pm

    For the other faceless and nameless stool-pigeons that respond on this blog – too afraid to let your real name get out there for actual transparency?


  103. Anonymous
    September 11, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    We, the residents of Weiler and Sunset Roads, have been told that we can’t have access to sewer because (a) there is no capacity (b) the sewer main doesn’t go to Sunset Road (c) that it would be too expensive to put the sewer up to Weiler Road. I believe answer (c) and that it is not cost effective to put in a sewer lateral to service 14 or so customers.

    Lost Coast Brewery (Barbara Groom) is trying to expand her operation and build a new Brewery and Public Venue on the P (Public) zoned property bordered by Sunset and Weiler Roads, behind Tetrault Tire on South Broadway.

    Lost Coast Brewery will need access to a public sewer to run their operation, and will certainly generate more sewerage to process than was ever produced by the residents of the Red House on the corner of Sunset and Broadway. Lost Coast Brewery will need a sewer lateral extension from Broadway up to their new operations near Weiler Road.

    If Lost Coast Brewery is granted their requested General Plan Amendment* AND their requested Zone Reclassification AND their Lot Line Adjustment AND their Business Reclassification to fit into the reclassified zone, don’t you think that their sewer lateral could be extended, a few hundred feet more, up to and along Weiler Road and get our residences hooked up?

    Do I have an ulterior motive? Of course I do … ten years into the 21st century, surrounded by the City of Eureka and my neighbors and I are still pumping our excrement into the ground circa 1800’s. I know we are a Victorian Seaport but come on …

    *(General Plan Petition for Property at 4311 Broadway; APN’s 019-211-011 and 019-341-002 (Case No. GPP-10-0001) available for viewing at Eureka City Hall, Community Development Department).

  104. Dean Slone
    September 11, 2010 at 5:58 pm

    I don’t know how I became ‘Anonymous’. My name is Dean Slone and I am a licensed California Real Estate Broker. My wife and I live on Sunset Road and we are on a septic system for our sewerage.

  105. High Finance
    September 12, 2010 at 9:03 am

    Neely’s comments are nothing more than her usual nasty campaign tactics when she has a tough opponent.

    But today’s Time Standard article has a couple of comments that you won’t see Heraldo posting.

    “HCSD Finance Manager David Walkley said he doesn’t think the city did anything inappropriate, but said he thinks some of the funds probably were borrowed for other city projects. However, he said that now that the city and district have reconciled their funds, it doesn’t really matter to him. ‘I don’t really care where the monies were spent’ Walkley said. ‘I’m statisfied that the value of the fund is as it should be. We’re quite in agreement on that’. “

  106. Anon
    September 12, 2010 at 10:17 am

    Thadeus..great article but next time dig deeper. Ask Dave McGinty where the original document went.

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