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Bass bellyaches about Bonnie campaign ads

In case you missed the KMUD news Wednesday night, here’s Daniel Mintz’s report on the latest campaign event by Eureka Mayor and Supervisor candidate Virginia Bass.

“While it’s really tempting to throw some mud around…, I choose to take the high road because at the end of the day I live with myself,” Bass said.

To borrow a phrase from Bass, it’s “ironic” to hear the mayor complain about criticisms lobbed by incumbent Supervisor Bonnie Neely after Virginia based her entire primary season campaign throwing baseless mud pies at her opponent.

Many were highlighted here on the Herald.  For example, Bass bemoaned Bonnie’s vote to give Supervisors a pay raise, despite the fact Bonnie turned down those raises in the years that followed.  And in a powerful show of hypocrisy, Bass proudly proclaimed an endorsement by Supervisor Jill Duffy (then Geist) who voted with Bonnie to raise Supervisor salaries.  But unlike Bonnie, Duffy kept the extra cash.

Prior to that, Bass blamed Bonnie for the slow process in updating Humboldt’s General Plan.  Shortly thereafter, Bass admitted she “[hadn’t] really thought in detail about” the most controversial — and time-consuming — element of the Plan, which spotlights timber and ag land-use issues.  Strangely, the Bass war chest is heavily padded with money from developers.

Despite Bass’ stated aversion to criticism, she continues to talk trash without a hint of, well, irony.  She says Bonnie is willing to mislead voters when Bass herself is doing that very thing by allowing voters to think Measure N would ban a WalMart on the Balloon Track.  It would not. Bass also warns a big box may be built in the Ridgewood Village development despite project proponents firm opposition to such stores.

[Photo credit John C. Osborn.]

  1. The Monitor
    September 9, 2010 at 1:53 pm

    Better that she complains, at least it kind of covers her short comings.

  2. The Monitor
    September 9, 2010 at 2:06 pm

    You have to earn the office, Virginia. I don’t think complaining about the truth qualifies.

  3. High Finance
    September 9, 2010 at 3:13 pm

    Bonnie is well known for her viscious campaigns when she feels threatened. The worst is yet to come.

  4. Anonymous
    September 9, 2010 at 3:17 pm

    We are all adults here. Our Republic has endured tough campaigns for over two hundred years. I’m sure we can handle whatever the next few months brings our way.

    So relax, HiFi.

    (And learn to spell!)

  5. September 9, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    I guess Virginia’s lame-brain political attacks are made with sugar and spice and everything nice.

  6. September 9, 2010 at 4:03 pm

    Virginia is being dishonest when she says Bonnie isn’t running on her merits.

    Compare Bonnie’s intelligent discussion of Humboldt County issues with Bass’s bumbling talk about big boxes and marijuana.

  7. September 9, 2010 at 4:07 pm

    Earlier today I saw two men erecting a structure on the part of the Balloon Track that touches Broadway across the street from Porter Street BBQ.

    The structure looks like a temporary highway billboard.

    I am going to guess that a “Welcome to Broadway in Eureka! Please shop locally.” sign is not going to be placed there.

  8. September 9, 2010 at 4:08 pm

    You have to love election season.

  9. September 9, 2010 at 4:51 pm


    Campaigns take the low road, especially when 24 year incumbents are losing. I’m stunned !!

  10. September 9, 2010 at 5:16 pm

    Your candidate is all twisted up from talking out both sides of her mouth. Bummer.

  11. the reasonable anonymous
    September 9, 2010 at 6:13 pm

    Re: Possibility of a Big Box store at the proposed “Ridgewood Village” (Forster-Gill) mega-development…

    “…despite project proponents’ firm opposition to such stores.”

    I’m not sure what “firm opposition” really means in the context of promises made by developers (I recall Cherie Arkley’s former “firm opposition” to putting a Big Box at the Balloon Track).

    Unless there is something in writing, something legally binding, then “firm opposition” really just amounts to “we really mean it…and you’ll just have to take our word on it.”

  12. September 9, 2010 at 6:16 pm

    It would take an act of God to get an EIR for a big box approved for that area.

  13. Plain Jane
    September 9, 2010 at 6:35 pm

    They pick a cute but unqualified candidate and then smearing the opponent as “taking the low road” by demonstrating how unprepared that candidate is? If Bonnie is taking the “low road” by talking about her experience, knowledge and accomplishments while pointing out Bass’ lack of same, the Bass campaign must be in a subway, down there smearing Neely for her campaign donors, her pay, even trying to twist her decades of experience and valuable state and national connections into a negative. Looks like the Ingomar gang is trying to use the same tactics that failed so badly with the Palin campaign. “It’s an unfair attack to expect her to actually KNOW anything!”

  14. Anonymous
    September 9, 2010 at 6:37 pm

    Cute? Nice-looking, okay. Cute?

  15. Plain Jane
    September 9, 2010 at 6:58 pm

    Using these definitions:

    Cute: 1) Pretty or dainty; 2) Obviously contrived to charm.

  16. Anonymous
    September 9, 2010 at 8:00 pm

    I hope Virginia Bass loses more than I hope Bonnie Neely wins.

  17. Anonymous
    September 9, 2010 at 8:42 pm

    Does this mean Bass will condemn any “third party” ads that play looming music while describing the evil Neely. Will Bass denounce these types of ads when they occur? Will HiFi and Chris Crawford?

    September 9, 2010 at 8:44 pm

    The High Road is after the debates, yes? All Virginia needs to do is not be a political prude and she’ll win.

    Oh, and Virgina, please signal before pulling out into oncoming traffic on 5th Street in Eureka which is very active and dangerous already. It would not have read well in the paper headlines the fender bender accident that was almost.

    Jeffrey Lytle
    MczKinleyville – 5th District

  19. tenth street dreamer
    September 9, 2010 at 9:38 pm

    At the very least, Virginia is losing sleep worrying about Bonnie’s new tactic. I think it has caught her by surprise. She was hoping for a nice middle of the road campaign with not a lot of tough back and forth. Maybe bigger signs will work.

  20. Anonymous
    September 9, 2010 at 9:45 pm

    I’d, personally, be more enthusiastic about Virginia if the Arkleys didn’t support her. I like Bonnie but am not sure her heart is fully in this anymore. Her campaign just now seems to be getting started.

  21. Mike Buettner
    September 9, 2010 at 9:51 pm

    Bonnie still has her heart in it. Talk to her some time. This is perhaps the most underestimated difference. Bonnie really loves being a Supervisor and it shows.

  22. Reality Check
    September 9, 2010 at 9:53 pm

    Looks like the Bass campaign is frantically trying to distract voters from reality. Personally, I look forward to Mathias Owen working his way out of the mess that his wife, Virginia Bass, has led the city into! Looks like the cheerleader might be falling flat on her over-aged ass! What happens when the whole community realizes that Virginia has had a relationship with Dave Tyson, that the new cop cars bought-when we have new vehicles that haven’t been outfitted or used-were a kickback to Harper Motors support of Virginia and other conservative candidates, and the unlawful use of sewer funds for redevelopment projects, all have happened while our “grass-roots” mayor has been in office. Shame on you Virginia! We’re all getting sick of your false sweet heart performance! It’s time for you and your cronies to pay for what you have done to this community, and what you plan on doing in the future. You should be ashamed of yourselves!

  23. Fact checker
    September 9, 2010 at 9:57 pm

    High Finance Loves to wiegh in on 4th district and City of Eureka politics but doesn’t live or vote in either.

  24. Anonymous
    September 9, 2010 at 10:05 pm

    I don’t understand Bass’ comments about the Balloon Track.
    Assume it is November and she has won the Supervisor race. What will she do to “clean up the balloon track”? Will she make Arkley comply with the CCC request? Does she think if she wins she therefore takes Neely’s seat on the CCC and she can revoke their decision to hear an appeal? Does she think as a supervisor she will sway the whole CCC? Is she saying that the other supervisors (in addition to Neely) could have forced a clean up of this site if they wanted to (but haven’t)?
    It seems like she is running for Eureka City Council and not supervisor. Please explain the relationship between winning this election and Balloon Track cleanup – I don’t see the direct connection.

  25. Neal Latt
    September 9, 2010 at 10:10 pm

    Daniel Mintz: Why did you ask Virginia how she “feels” about the Coastal Commission weighing in on the Balloon Track cleanup? Why didn’t you ask her how she feels about the Coastal Commission doing their job by enforcing the Coastal Act in regard to vetting a proposed cleanup that’s patently illegal in at least five ways? Did you even read their staff report on the cleanup to familiarize yourself with the issues? You’re a good guy, Daniel, but it seems you’re buying into Virginia’s skewed framing of the issues before you’ve done your homework on the issue. If you knew the numerous laws that were being violated, you’d think twice before framing your question that way – as if Matthew Owen wrote it for you himself.

    You should read the CCC staff report (Dec. 2009) that I handed to you at the last CREG press conference in front of city hall – it spells it all out, minus Virginia and Matt’s spin.

  26. Reality Check
    September 9, 2010 at 10:23 pm

    The connection is that Virginia Bass has no idea what a supervisor is responsible for, what a mayor is responsible for, what a city councilmember is responsible for, or what a local billionaire can dictate as law. Rob Arkley is responsible for the Balloon Track cleanup-that is what the law says. V’s unwillingness to be honest about this bullshit should be proof enough that she doesn’t deserve a promotion. Bass as Supervisor or Bass as Mayor is a great disservice to Eureka.

  27. Anonymous
    September 9, 2010 at 10:29 pm

    VIrginia is probably in over her head but I think there’s an excellent chance she will win. For her, this is a complete change in mindset – it involves a broad range of concerns and issues outside of Eureka proper. I hope she is up to it and willing to make informed decisions independent of her backers and coaches. I’m skeptical.

    I’m happy to hear Bonnie still has her heart in this and hope she will rise to the challenge.

  28. Goldie
    September 9, 2010 at 10:51 pm

    I just listened to the show and Virginia actually states that measure N would prohibit a Walmart, which is as you say not the case at all. It only prohibits a superstore. I used to think she was spinning things to mislead the people but when I watched the city council meeting she do not pay attention, she looks around, and shuffles papers. I really think she does not know.
    Government is scary? Walmart at Ridgewood? And to wait until Prop 19 is settled before even beginning to wonder what to do about the number one cash crop?

  29. Not an Expert
    September 10, 2010 at 12:15 am

    It was nice to hear Daniel Mintz interviewing someone–he usually reports from in front of his tv. That’s why he only gets about 10% of the story most of the time. He (like almost all the other reporters around here) don’t bother to get a variety of viewpoints, they don’t call around to get the back story off the record. They listen to whatever is in the public eye and then make their judgments. It’s really a disservice, though they aren’t probably getting paid diddly and have to just do their best. It’s better than nothing, but readers/listeners have to realize they are getting a small slice of reality.

  30. High Finance
    September 10, 2010 at 7:59 am

    “Fact” Checker is cracked.

  31. high as @#!%$'n high
    September 10, 2010 at 9:19 am

    Bass = Palin

    ignorant, uninformed and an electoral record that provides no evidence of any understanding of the issues

  32. Fact Checker
    September 10, 2010 at 9:33 am

    (High Finance says:September 10, 2010 at 7:59 am
    “Fact” Checker is cracked.)
    Cracked but correct. Your an outsider(outside the city limits) who is trying to influence local politics.

  33. Plain Jane
    September 10, 2010 at 10:23 am

    Correct, High. Right wing political power brokers just want a presentable puppet willing to say and do what they are told without thought because they couldn’t get elected directly.

  34. High Finance
    September 10, 2010 at 10:57 am

    First of all “Fact” Checker, it is “you’re” and not “your”.

    Second, you’re just making shit up again.

    Plain Jane, you are not wrong at 10.23am. There are wanna be right wing power brokers & wanna be left wing power brokers all over Eureka now. It seems to have started in earnest in the last 5-10 years. It is distressing.

    These wanna-be people like to think they have a lot more power than they really do. The NCJ has a good article on the Eureka voters in this weeks issue.

  35. Plain Jane
    September 10, 2010 at 11:03 am

    Who are the left wing power brokers, HiFi?

  36. Plain Jane
    September 10, 2010 at 11:03 am

    And which know-nothing candidates are they backing?

  37. NotHiFiAgain!
    September 10, 2010 at 11:15 am

    Oh, dear.
    HiFihas his “grammar nazi” uniform on again.
    Hey, HiFi-anyone ever point out how much like the Hindenburg you are?
    Both just flaming Nazi Gasbags.

  38. Frederick2
    September 10, 2010 at 11:55 am

    It is just painful to listen to Virginia Bass. She’d be fine running for Junior Class Queen but County Supervisor? She lacks the depth for any position that isn’t merely ceremonial. The idea of her making decisions and having a vote over millions of tax dollars is a frightening proposition.

  39. High Finance
    September 10, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    Salzman, Dem central comm & others Plain Jane, I am not privy to the Dems inner workings I am not sure who they are.

    But surely you don’t deny their existence do you?

  40. anonymous
    September 10, 2010 at 12:32 pm

    hifi has become a real common tater. I for one will be glad when the election is over and he goes back to making money instead to trying to tell us how to think.

  41. Plain Jane
    September 10, 2010 at 12:34 pm

    You didn’t really answer the questions, HiFi. Who are the know-nothings they chose? Political party central committees don’t really qualify as power brokers or puppet masters since they are democratically elected and follow a democratic process in their decision making. I suppose you could consider Bill Pierson a liberal power broker due to his deep funding pockets, but at least he backs candidates who are knowledgeable about the issues.

  42. Anonymous
    September 10, 2010 at 1:42 pm

    Childish insults drive intelligent readers away from blogs. You all might think about that. Do you really want the Humboldt Herald to go the way of Topix?

  43. A Musing
    September 10, 2010 at 3:05 pm

    I think I sorted it all out. Think about it, one anagram for “Get Hooked” is “God, He Toke.” Could this help explain the candidates take on Proposition 19?

  44. Fact Checker
    September 10, 2010 at 3:08 pm

    Sorry, HiFi you’re right it’s you’re. So try this, your business dosen’t count it’s where you live. I am not making that up, it’s the law, but you know that.

  45. High Finance
    September 10, 2010 at 9:40 pm

    Tell that to Larry Glass.

  46. High Finance
    September 10, 2010 at 9:41 pm

    And the word is “doesn’t”, not dosen’t.

  47. humboldturtle
    September 10, 2010 at 10:50 pm

    HF, you seem lonely. Is that it?

  48. Reinventing The Wheel
    September 11, 2010 at 12:19 am

    I saw no lefty power brokers or their reps at the Humboldt County General Plan Update hearings, elements, workshops, etc…Just the same development community radicals and their lobbyists tag-teaming officials 24/7, for the same old sprawl and mall public subsidies, the same folks that support and win most city council seats…except for Glass, Atkins, Kerrigan, Warnes…can you name any other candidates that actually won without the development community’s largess?

  49. High Finance
    September 11, 2010 at 9:29 am

    LOL Turtle.

    But I do suffer from periods of pessimism about the future of our city. I can’t sit by idly and watch it go down the drain. Can you honestly say that life in Eureka is better than it was 20 or 30 years ago? Even 10 years ago?

  50. Anonymous
    September 11, 2010 at 9:35 am

    For those that cling to the past life is not better.

  51. Pitchfork
    September 11, 2010 at 9:40 am

    HiFi look at the decision that the Eureka City School Board made to shut Jefferson School when it had full enrollment, then shut Lincoln School down. I share your worry but I see different causes.

  52. AnonymousX2
    September 11, 2010 at 9:44 am

    For those that want a better future, it doesn’t look overly promising either. Those with lots of money keep making more. the rest of us just get by.

  53. AnonymousX2
    September 11, 2010 at 9:46 am

    Sprawl and Mall, it has a certain clarity to it.

  54. Sure
    September 11, 2010 at 10:45 am

    hifi @ 9:29, ten years ago I was shopping for a home to buy in eureka. It, as well as renting a place by myself, was within my $8 an hour budget. Not the case anymore, not by a longshot. The few rich got richer, the many poor got knocked down another peg.

  55. R.W.
    September 11, 2010 at 10:57 am

    “Depressions” are fire-sales for the rich as Americans are forced to sell their only capital investment at knock-down prices…their home…uninsured illness is a big factor.

  56. humboldturtle
    September 11, 2010 at 11:21 am

    HF, I remember Eureka in the fifties and sixties. It started into this hole about forty years ago.

  57. humboldturtle
    September 11, 2010 at 11:26 am

    Depressing as it can be, just leave and then come home. Humboldt is still the most beatiful place in the world.

    One turtle’s opinion. Go Bonnie!

  58. humboldturtle
    September 11, 2010 at 11:27 am

    Oh, crap. I left out a “U” in “beautiful”.

  59. anonymous
    September 11, 2010 at 11:40 am

    That’s ok, it gives HiFi some busywork, making corrections.

  60. A-Nony-Mouse
    September 11, 2010 at 4:22 pm

    Eureka’s history is of business as usual for the “good ol’ boys” and the rest can just get along. There has been almost NO imagination or foresight.
    The Bayshore Maul and the proposed Marina Epicenter are just more of the same. Bif money for the Big Boys and screw the rest of us.
    It’s time for a change. It’s WAY past time. Elect Ron Kuhnel. He has the passion, the ideas, and the energy to get things moving. This city needs a good hard look from new eyes. Ther are so many shenanigans and back room deals, it’s time to let some sunlight in. Simply doing a ‘ground up’ budget, examining actual needs, costs, and priorities would be a huge step forward. Ron will work for that to happen.
    The Glass/Brady battle will have lasting effects on our city.
    Brady has a hot-button nasty side that showed up clearly at the Democratic Central Committee meeting when she was looking for an endorsement (she didn’t get it!). All she has left is a sort of cartoon ‘Brady Bunch’ campaign that means nothing.

    So we could get a council dominated by retreads Lance Madsen, Frank (the quitter) Jager, and Marion (blow up) Brady who represent the worst of their 1970’s approach (deja vue, again?).

    Or we could have a council with Larry Glass (POP Program), Linda Atkins (budget hawk), and Ron Kuhnel (neighborhood empowerment) who can handle the realities of the present and future Eureka.

    I don’t see a real choice. I like ‘Oldies” music but let’s keep our politics up to date!

  61. watching reruns
    September 11, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    Watching the rerun of the last city council meeting a couple of things i noticed-Virginia wearing a conservative black sweater, instead of no sleeves-her handlers must think it makes her look like an intellectual. She is becoming more awkward in trying to articulate thoughts, if there are any in that head of hers.

  62. GinGin
    September 15, 2010 at 3:32 pm

    “Hi, my name is Virginia Bass and Rob Arkley approved this message!”

    Did I do it right, this time? Did I? Did I? How does my hair look? I’m prettier than the other girl running, right?

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