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Dems endorse Glass, LaVallee, Kuhnel, Stillman

The Humboldt County Democratic Central Committee voted Wednesday to endorse three candidates in Eureka and one in Arcata in preparation for November’s general election.

Eureka city council candidates Larry Glass and Ron Kuhnel, along with mayoral candidate Peter LaVallee nabbed the official thumbs up.

Arcata mayor Alex Stillman also got the nod.

  1. snoopy
    September 9, 2010 at 12:40 am

    So what is it that makes all four of them good picks? They’re all democrats?? progressives??

  2. Anonymous
    September 9, 2010 at 12:48 am

    Yes and yes. The candidates fill out a detailed questionnaire when submitting their names for consideration.

  3. Decline to State
    September 9, 2010 at 6:55 am

    I endorse them as well. Good choices all.

  4. Anonymous
    September 9, 2010 at 7:26 am


  5. Real Dem
    September 9, 2010 at 8:16 am

    Hey Richard your little posse failed to deny Glass the endorsement, maybe you should resign, again.

  6. Living In Eureka
    September 9, 2010 at 8:22 am

    I concur with the Democratic Central Committee. All the way around, a very good choice.

  7. Andrew Bird
    September 9, 2010 at 8:22 am

    Ron’s friend raiser at his house Wednesday before the Committee meeting was packed. The food was superb, catered by Melanie and Leslie, Ron’s wife & daughter in law. Ron is fired up. One thing I can guarantee about this election, nobody will work harder than Ron to win. When you write a contribution check to his campaign, you are confident you will get the maximum effort from your investment.

  8. Anonymous
    September 9, 2010 at 8:31 am

    How did Estel vote?

  9. Living In Eureka
    September 9, 2010 at 8:44 am

    Ron is a REAL DEMOCRAT. Richard got caught with his hand in the WRONG COOKIE JAR. When confronted, he had himself a great big three year old temper tantrum. An unexpected gift to the Kuhnel camp, but truly not a smooth move!

  10. High Finance
    September 9, 2010 at 8:48 am

    Boy was that endorsement a surprise!

  11. The Monitor
    September 9, 2010 at 10:15 am

    It is pretty hard to deny a good record, accomplishments, and a lot of time in volunteering for many worthwhile groups. Also these folks have been engaged in local government for years. They know the ropes and the pitfalls. Great picks CDCC.

  12. Anonymous
    September 9, 2010 at 10:53 am

    Agreed Monitor. Many challengers are newcomers who think their first step into public service is a city council seat. Well, yes, if they are luck. But if voters are smart, they will select candidates who bring a ton of public service experience with them prior to taking the chair. Know people by their deeds.

  13. Anonymous
    September 9, 2010 at 11:16 am

    Hard to argue with that. I’d say Ron’s pretty much a shoo in. Probably Peter too.

  14. High Finance
    September 9, 2010 at 11:55 am

    Do you seriously believe that 11.16am or are you just bucking up your troops?

    Those two races will be very close. If I had to bet money it would be Frank Jaeger over Lavallee 53-47% Maybe as much as 55-45%

    Newman/Kuhnel will be a 52-48 race but I don’t know who will be on top.

    Unfortunately, I am predicting Glass over Brady 55-45

  15. Anonymous
    September 9, 2010 at 12:02 pm

    The Brady Bunch signs were a big mistake.

  16. Eric Kirk
    September 9, 2010 at 12:35 pm

    I’m predicting that Kuhnel wins easily. I think the mayor’s race is much tougher to call.

    Of course, my predictions don’t always play out. But they usually do, and I’ve probably misread Eureka more than most other places. I actually thought the Wal-Mart measure would be close.

  17. September 9, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    You do recall this is a 3-way race?

  18. Anonymous
    September 9, 2010 at 1:34 pm

    Technically it is H. I agree with Eric that the Mayor’s race will be much closer. And yes- the Brady Bunch signs were a mistake-it’s something you’d expect more in the race for Class President at Eureka High.

  19. Anonymous
    September 9, 2010 at 1:40 pm

    My compliments to the photographer who had the tenacity to sit through what had to be dozens of council meetings in order to catch Glass smiling. Scowling or smug are his usual expressions…well that and my personal favorite, expressing his displeasure by jamming off his mike button, probably with his middle finger and throwing his seat back like a petulant toddler.

  20. September 9, 2010 at 1:41 pm

    Cry baby.

  21. Anonymous
    September 9, 2010 at 2:02 pm

    Wow…you noticed too. Larry Glass IS a cry baby.

  22. The Monitor
    September 9, 2010 at 2:02 pm

    Eric, I think you are right on Ron. He has a lot of good will in this community. People appreciate all the volunteer work, from the planning commission to Keep Eureka Beautiful. He is a good man and a hard worker.
    Eureka will be the better for him being on council.

  23. September 9, 2010 at 2:05 pm

    Anonymous is here pounding out his sorrows while calling others “cry baby.” I simply noted your tone at 1:40.

  24. The Monitor
    September 9, 2010 at 2:15 pm

    So is asking why the city is ordering five new, soon to be obsolete, Crown Vics, when there are already five sitting at the maintenance yard waiting to be fitted for police duty, crying or looking for ways to save money when the city has a huge deficit. It looks more like Glass is a fiscal watchdog. You don’t have to spend every last dime just because it has been budgeted.
    We are in tough times. Save the money for later when it may be really needed.

  25. High Finance
    September 9, 2010 at 3:17 pm

    So tell us Monitor, how can a brand new car be “obsolete soon”?

    But it does beg the question, why not outfit them and get them on the road? Why order more new cars of any make when you aren’t using what you have already?

    These are questions for the Police Chief. You know, the guy you were all praising to the heavens just a couple of weeks ago.

  26. Anonymous
    September 9, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    Are we trading one set of “Good Old Boys” for another
    set. This trio does not balance the needs of this
    community. I have watched the choices Ron has made
    on the Planning Commission, the neighborhoods were
    all but told to go to hell. I believe him to be
    two-faced and cannot accept him for city council.

  27. anon
    September 9, 2010 at 3:40 pm

    you make a good point. Unfortunately the police chief was excluded from the process. We wouldn’t want him having any input into the equipment his department uses. And he has been trying for months to get the new cars on line only to be stonewalled because a particular employee has an axe to grind.

  28. High Finance
    September 9, 2010 at 4:30 pm

    Anon 3.40pm, I could be wrong, but it sounded to me like ordering the cars was the Police Chief, deciding on the type of car was the city manager?

  29. Goldie
    September 9, 2010 at 4:43 pm

    Does anyone know why they were ordering 5 more when they have five still waiting to get outfitted and another question, why does it take a year?

  30. anon
    September 9, 2010 at 5:40 pm

    The police chief had no input into the process of deciding on make,specifications,or ordering the cars.

  31. High Finance
    September 9, 2010 at 6:28 pm

    I hope that isn’t true 5.40pm. If the Chief said he didn’t need any new cars & five were ordered anyway, well that would be just plain stupid.

    Other than your word for it (I don’t know who you are or what you do), is there any way to find out?

  32. Anonymous
    September 9, 2010 at 6:58 pm

    I believe those cars are not sitting they are being set-up to handle all of the technical tools that Eureka’s finest uses. Where are the kudos… this is the same “motor pool” that just made the miracle save on the EFD’s ladder truck.

    By the time the new vehicles are ordered, built and arrive the shop will have the new police cars in service and can work on the next batch. You probably don’t realize that on any given day a police car or any vehicle can be wrecked. The City’s safety vehicles have always been a priority.

    The Chief picked out those Dodge Chargers and they were a big mistake. Like the CHP and the Mustangs, hot cars but they had no room to transport prisoners, a transport vehicle had to be called. The Crown Victoria has been the work horse for public safety for years.

  33. Plain Jane
    September 9, 2010 at 6:59 pm

    Harpers has to get their share of the graft.

  34. anon
    September 9, 2010 at 7:11 pm

    yes it is common knolwdge

  35. anon
    September 9, 2010 at 7:13 pm

    it was discussed at length at council meeting. Police chief had no part in this fiasco

  36. anon
    September 9, 2010 at 7:20 pm

    Yeah let’s buy police cars for the comfort of prisoners who may spend ten minutes in the seat. Dodges are used throughout the country because they represent modern technology, And there is no excuse for cars to sit more than a year while the warranty runs before they can be put in service. I defy you to find another city shop that takes a year to outfit a car.

  37. tenth street dreamer
    September 9, 2010 at 7:53 pm

    This decision was made in the managers office and the bid specs were written so that only crown vics would be chosen. I would think it would have made more sense to get one each of the new chevy, ford, and dodge and test them in service to see which one works best for Eureka’s needs. All would have new technology, gas savings, and interior space design. It would be clear in a years use which best fit the bill. The way this was done we will have old technology for another couple of years and will be playing catch up once again. Meanwhile the world move ahead.

  38. anon
    September 9, 2010 at 7:55 pm

    Instead of the old workhorse how about new technology that includes side traffic warning systems, rear cameras, collision avoidance systems better brakes,independent rear suspenion, better fuel economy by 30%,etc. etc. No we can save$ 500/car by buying the old obsolete workhorse which will be even cheaper in six months as Ford continues to dump them. What’s important is that the prisoners have plenty of room.

  39. Anonymous
    September 9, 2010 at 8:15 pm

    “anon says:
    September 9, 2010 at 7:20 pm

    I defy you to find another city shop that takes a year to outfit a car.”

    I don’t know how long the shop has had those vehicles, but I do know that everyday the shop is handling a big load, you’ve forgotten that the Fire Department’s vital ladder truck was recently down with a blown engine and the mechanics were able to repair it in house saving hundreds of thousands of dollars to the City’s general fund.

    These mechanics work on a lot of equipment that is vital to the City with what appears to be very little appreciation for their talent.

  40. No Really!
    September 9, 2010 at 8:39 pm

    I appreciate the work and talent of the City’s maintenance crews…whether it be building, motor, or janitorial. Valuable and wonderful people ALL! Is it expedient to be versed in the repair of one vehicle if you are a mechanic, or versed in the repair of others that would make more sense financially and for law enforcement purposes. I am concerned that because of budget cuts, training for our mechanics has been depleted so much so, that we are faced with the decision to purchase out of date and no longer state of the art vehicles just out of desperation. You just can’t do that with public safety! The mechanics need to be released from their comfort zones (much like the SWAT teams at the old EPD) and get with the program that brings the law enforcement community parallel to the criminal community. Good grief! How could the mechanics know what is state of the art for law enforcement?

  41. Observer
    September 10, 2010 at 12:04 am

    Glass’s got moxie

  42. From The Reporta
    September 10, 2010 at 7:19 am

    Richard Marks says:
    September 9, 2010 at 2:05 pm
    Virginia accepted $1,500 from former 4th District Supervisor Danny Walsh who happens to be a lobbyist and people like you are trying to tie this with one of his clients. Bonnie has been given $10,000 a pop from people with absolutely no ties to Humboldt County. Paint that how you will.

    Anonymous: The Sonoma County Water Agency is Danny Walsh & Associates’ ONLY client. (Source: CA Secretary of State). These are the people who have been taking our water and want more all the time.

    Bass? Sundberg? DISQUALIFIED.

    The Secretary of State posts a lists of registered lobbyists that includes a list of their clients. Walsh has had other clients in past years, but in recent times, only the one. The big donations were made at the last minute, a time-honored tradition used so voters don’t really know who is behind the campaign. Read it and weep, Richard:


  43. Danny Walsh
    September 10, 2010 at 10:21 am

    I’m not really Danny Walsh. Read the comment from

    The Reporta.

  44. Anonymous
    September 10, 2010 at 10:47 am

    The Sonoma Water Agency’s budget item 6500 for Professional/Special Services went up 857.45% last year, from $4,700 to $45,000. Wonder what other elections they want to hi-jack?

    857% !!

  45. High Finance
    September 10, 2010 at 11:02 am

    People should remember that Danny Walsh was born & raised in the general Eureka area. He is also a former Humboldt County supervisor.

    He has lots of ties to the local community even though he has been gone a few years. Of course he would be interested in who serves on our Board of Supervisors.

  46. Anonymous
    September 10, 2010 at 11:28 am

    With his own money? Nah. Not Walsh.

  47. A-Nony-Mouse
    September 11, 2010 at 4:32 pm

    I like grapes as well as the next guy but if Sonoma County sucks up our water, what are we going to mix with out bourbon?

  48. intheknow
    September 17, 2010 at 5:31 pm

    Larry, being an “experienced” council member should know that council members cannot give direction to city staff. They work through the city manager as a group, in an open forum. Susan Christie was quite correct in reminding him of that.

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