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KEET political debates start tonight

KEET TV will begin airing debates between candidates in local elections starting tonight.  First up is Eureka’s mayoral candidates — Peter LaVallee, Frank Jager and Marshall Spalding.  Tune in at 7:30.

Full KEET schedule.

[h/t Greg.]

UPDATE: There is a clear divide between candidates running for Eureka mayor. (Note: Marshall Spalding didn’t participate in the forum due to scheduling conflicts).

Frank Jager

  • opposes same-sex marriage
  • opposes marijuana legalization
  • supports Home Depot on the Balloon Track

Peter LaValle

  • supports same-sex marriage
  • supports marijuana legalization
  • not a fan of Home Depot on the Balloon Track
    October 6, 2010 at 7:56 pm

    5th District Debates???

    Or, is the 5th District too boring(yawn) for the rest of the county?

    Jeffrey Lytle
    McKinleyville – 5th District

  2. Anon
    October 6, 2010 at 8:20 pm

    the format of these debates is not as interesting as if they had rebuttals. it doesn’t have to be a brawl, just to have a little back and forth would be informative because candidates can and will often say just about anything, and if the voters don’t have a way to find out if any of it is true, how can we decide who to vote for?

  3. Anon
    October 6, 2010 at 8:22 pm

    for example, Jager says the he opposes Forster-Gill because of traffic concerns, but he supports Marina Center because the City’s EIR addressed traffic issues. Of course, every City candidate will oppose Forster-Gill, but we could use some exploration of such contradictory statements. Jager would probably also oppose F-G due to impacts on Eureka businesses, but doesn’t see any such impacts for Marina Center.

  4. Anonymous
    October 6, 2010 at 8:36 pm

    Without a rebuttal it is not a debate.

  5. Anonymous
    October 6, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    Frank invoked cruise ships! Whoa.

  6. Anon
    October 6, 2010 at 8:44 pm

    actually the DA candidates’ “debate” that is replaying on Channel 11 is quite interesting, the woman asking the questions is extremely knowledgeable. This is the Domestic Violence group’s debate–fare more interesting that random questions from a partly kinda sorta informed public audience. I can’t really say I understand a lot of this but Gallegos and Jackson are getting grilled. I will refrain from remarking on what I think…well, ok, I think Gallegos is quite impressive. Check it out, Channel 11, thanks Access Humboldt!

  7. Anonymous
    October 6, 2010 at 8:53 pm

    How in hell does a Home Depot or a WalMart attract cruise ships to your waterfront?

  8. Anon
    October 6, 2010 at 9:01 pm

    now don’t be bringing any facts to this “debate” analysis! oh and then there’s the old rule that cruise ships can only stop in 2 ports per state. Yah, they’re going to choose a fog-bound town with an abandoned waterfront showcase of old-time industrial dilapidation. Right!

  9. Funnygirl
    October 6, 2010 at 9:33 pm

    So maybe they should change the name from Erueka (I found it!) to Dis City.

  10. Mr. Nice
    October 6, 2010 at 9:50 pm

    Thanks for the good idea to pitch weed to the cruise ship people.

  11. A-Nony-Mouse
    October 6, 2010 at 10:07 pm

    Will any of them be replayed at other times?

  12. Eric Kirk
    October 6, 2010 at 10:09 pm

    Without a rebuttal it is not a debate.

    No. It’s basically simultaneous press conferences without a back and forth.

    Is the LWV involved? I can’t stand their local format.

  13. October 6, 2010 at 10:10 pm

    LWV moderated the forum.

  14. Anonymous
    October 6, 2010 at 10:12 pm

    It is the local LWV standard format.

  15. Eric Kirk
    October 6, 2010 at 10:13 pm

    Yeah, I don’t even bother watching those anymore.

  16. Anonymous
    October 6, 2010 at 10:42 pm

    Lots of “Bass” yards with LaValle signs and few (no?) “Bonnie” yards with Jager signs (but plenty with LaValle). If LaValle wins does Jager keep his council seat?

  17. October 6, 2010 at 10:42 pm


  18. Observer
    October 6, 2010 at 10:46 pm

    Yes, and if Jager wins he gets to appoint the next council person to his council seat, what a load, he should have had to vacate to run and put that seat up for election too.

  19. Buffoon-track
    October 6, 2010 at 10:47 pm

    cruise ships? Frank has certainly taken on the thinking of his former clients (cadavers, that is….or SN employees, either way…your call.) What a whack job. It is time to take these jokers out and vote IN Peter Lavallee and out Measure N…even though there is no “NO ON N” campaign (the courts will take care of that). Vote that garbage down and let these crazies know times are still a changin’!

    What’s next? Arkley buying the Samoa Project from Dan Johnson? Rob LOVES him some Coastal Commission! Some people never learn.

  20. Loro liberal
    October 6, 2010 at 11:02 pm

    Asked the Henchman: 5th District Races??

    No es importante. Heraldo se preocupa sólo por Eureka.

    Only Eureka matters to H.

    Heraldo: Change the header to: provoking Eureka since…acebo mierda! 2006?! THAT LONG?

    Un viejo – temporizador. Cuatro años!

    Espero que nos puede encontrar. But, yeah, its a big county. Maybe someday you’ll get to see it.

    Hasta más tarde, H.

  21. October 6, 2010 at 11:10 pm

    The Herald needs a 5th District correspondent.

    But I will report that both Patrick Cleary and Ryan Sundberg said at the Tuesday night debate that the Coastal Commission has jurisdiction over the coastal zone. Cleary said it wasn’t a matter of opinion, but a matter of state law. Sundberg said the Coastal Commish has overseen his projects and he didn’t have a cross word to say about it.

  22. Anonymous
    October 6, 2010 at 11:18 pm

    “UPDATE: There is a clear divide between candidates running for Eureka mayor.” Of course the divide mostly doesn’t affect anything in Eureka where we don’t get much say about gay marrige and dope legalization. For a discussion of a real Eureka dividing issue like the Balloon tract cleanup and development Frank and Peter do profoundly disagree. Frank has statyed that he would like to see the property cleaned up asap and then developed into part park, part commercial. He would like to hurry it up to quickly create some jobs. And ron who wants to study the problem for a decade or so, mostly this is accomplished with a beer in hand. wants to mostly accomplish well nothing withe land. Yup there is certainly a distinction in perspective.
    Frank Jager

    o opposes same sex marriage
    o opposes marijuana legalization
    o supports Home Depot on the Balloon Track
    Peter LaValle

    o supports same-sex marriage
    o supports marijuana legalization
    o not a fan of Home Depot on the Balloon Track

  23. October 6, 2010 at 11:34 pm

    Jager says the mayor should act as a peace maker to help the council work closely together. Apparently he thinks Bass has been a failure as mayor.

  24. The Weed Boat
    October 6, 2010 at 11:49 pm

    Yep, coming soon to an post-industrial Humboldt Bay port near you:

    “The Weed Boat”

    That’s right, kids, you’ve heard of the ever-popular “Booze Cruise.” Well, get ready for the “H.M.S. Kind Bud,” a Princess-class cruise ship entirely devoted to Cannabis Cruising!

    With your host, Captain Mr. Nice!

    And Julie Jointz, your Cruise Director!

    Coming soon to dock in Eureka’s port-of-call, to save Humboldt’s economy!

    Frank? Frank! Come back! I’m just kidding!


  25. 06em
    October 7, 2010 at 6:59 am

    Hey 11:18 … wtf? Your descriptions of what the candidates said last night is wrong. In fact, it went down almost the reverse of what you claim. And there was nobody named “ron” who appeared. Are you sure you’re not the one who was hitting the “dope”?

    Also, of the three issues in question, the balloon track is the one where they appeared least to “profoundly disagree.” C’mon, 11:18, you can’t get more profoundly disagreeable than to have one person say they support something and the other say they oppose it.

  26. High Finance
    October 7, 2010 at 8:57 am

    Missed that “debate”. But I am really disappointed in the League of Women Voters in these forums. They only allow ONE minute to answer a question & they no longer even allow rebuttals!

    What on earth were they asking about gay marriages for? They may as well ask about the war in Afghanistan. Gay marriages support or opposition has nothing to do with a local office.

    I would be interested in hearing their views on pot clubs in the Eureka city limits, the purchase of Jefferson school & their plans for its use & how to pay for it, their views on Measure O, what to do about the Serenity Inn, Funding of the Chamber vs the Convention & tourism bureau, merger of the Eureka fire department with Fire District One and raising the bed tax among other issues.

  27. no choice
    October 7, 2010 at 8:58 am

    Jager would pull age appropriate sexuality education out of Eureka City schools in a second. LaValle lives in the real world and supports choice.

  28. High Finance
    October 7, 2010 at 9:15 am

    The city council has nothing to do with the school system or its curriculum.

  29. Anonymous
    October 7, 2010 at 12:54 pm

    Lets start asking the candidates what they think about the Town Downer and what sort of transitional housing they may or may not support there? Don’t Pussyfoot around the elephant in the room.

  30. Isthisforreal
    October 7, 2010 at 10:31 pm

    Frank Jager exhibited all of the charisma of a coroner.
    Come to think of it, in that capacity he seemed to have a natural constituency.

  31. the reasonable anonymous
    October 8, 2010 at 5:49 pm

    Well, a captive audience, anyhow…

  32. High Finance
    October 8, 2010 at 10:01 pm

    Isthisforreal is a perfect example of the problems we face today. He is opposed to Frank because Frank is a somber person & not a back slapper. Somebody else a couple of days ago didn’t like Allison Jackson’s smile.

    This type of shallow thinking by shallow people is why this state & the federal government’s are on the verge of bankruptcy. It is why we are mired in the Great Recession. Look for substance & not their smile or personality people, the country is crying out for you to either think or just stay home & watch more TV instead of voting.

  33. humboldturtle
    October 8, 2010 at 10:10 pm

    Frank did make a good coronor.

    LaVallee for Mayor!

  34. Observer
    October 8, 2010 at 10:25 pm

    “Marian Brady was very impressive, she was comfortable, well spoken & made jokes.” HF
    “Look for substance & not their smile or personality people”HF

    So which one is it

  35. humboldturtle
    October 8, 2010 at 10:31 pm

    Okay, she’s a jokester.

    Larry Glass for Council!

  36. style police
    October 15, 2010 at 8:48 pm

    Jager is too old for Bieber hair.

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