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VIRGINIA BASS: Not very smart

Virginia Bass.

Fourth District Supervisor candidate Virginia Bass says big box development is “smart growth.”  That’s about as un-smart as whoever wrote the talking points in her column in today’s Times-Standard.

She also decries her opponent “throw[ing] mud,” but Bass herself exercised her pitching arm during every debate where she avoided questions by going negative on incumbent Bonnie Neely. Perhaps she fails to listen to the scripted words she dutifully recites during these pre-election events.

She claims again she will bring “new ideas” if elected, but what are they?  During multiple interviews and forums she can’t seem to name a single one.

Bass promises a “fresh perspective” and she’s right on that one since she admits her failure to educate herself on key issues facing the county.

The term “hypocrisy” comes to mind when reading the column, but that’s typical for this candidate who regularly says one thing then does another.  Like the time she “threw mud” at Neely for voting to raise her salary while at the same time Bass touted an endorsement by another supervisor who… wait for it… voted to increase her own salary!  The difference is Bonnie turned down the extra money while Virginia’s supporter did not.

Bonnie Neely for Supervisor.

  1. High Finance
    October 29, 2010 at 10:41 am

    Pretty rotten despicable title you have for this topic Heraldo.

    Shame on you — AGAIN.

    The dirtiest & nastiest local campaign is Bonnie’s campaign & you are helping make it that way.

  2. humboldturtle
    October 29, 2010 at 10:50 am

    HiFi, do you live here?

  3. October 29, 2010 at 10:50 am

    Poor Virginia got called on the absolute nonsense and hypocrisy she has demonstrated in this campaign. No wonder you’re sympathetic, HiFi.

  4. Steve
    October 29, 2010 at 10:55 am

    Tell us something we don’t know. Worst candidate ever!

  5. Plain Jane
    October 29, 2010 at 10:58 am

    Only in HiFi’s delusional world does stating the fact that Bass has proven herself to be “not very smart” become a nasty campaign tactic. Her admitted failure to educate herself on any of the vital issues facing our county is smart in their world? As was pointed out in the T-S today, Neely knows the issues, she knows how government operates, she knows what has to be done to bring money to Humboldt County and she knows the people who write checks. Bass doesn’t know the issues or how to bring in the money. She knows the local good ole boys who own her, who will tell her how to vote so she won’t have to worry her pretty little head over it.

  6. humboldturtle
    October 29, 2010 at 11:01 am

    Isn’t “not very smart” what the good ole boys want??

  7. AMOT
    October 29, 2010 at 11:06 am

    Heraldo, are you Neely’s campaign director? I think you are. In the electronic and physical world.

    Coffee sounds good today.

  8. October 29, 2010 at 11:07 am

    Remember this? From the North Coast Journal (9/28/2006):

    An hour or so later, Marina Center spokesman Brian Morrissey took the stage to deliver a presentation on the Marina Center, which he referred to as a “smart growth” project. “I’m a smart growth guy,” Morrissey said. The characterization drew immediate objections from Andrew Whitney of the Humboldt County Planning Department, who said that community involvement in development was a cornerstone of the smart growth movement. (He didn’t mention that Arkley had the Eureka City Council kill a public study on the Balloon Track, specifically to limit public participation in the planning. See “Blown Off Course,” Nov. 4, 2004.) Diane Strassmier, a San Francisco-based project manager in the Environmental Protection Agency’s program on brownfields, piped up. She wasn’t familiar with the project, she said, but she had a hard time taking in the idea that a big box store right near the Eureka Waterfront could be called “smart growth.” She said, “I guess when I think of a waterfront community, I think of a smaller scale,” she said. “A Home Depot is such a large building…”

    This was something of a setback for Morrissey, as he had a slide of the EPA’s “Smart Growth Principles” on the screen at the time. They were intended to bolster his point. Instead, he had to retreat a bit. “How smart is smart?” he asked. “Do you have to have all 10 out of 10?”

  9. anon
    October 29, 2010 at 11:25 am

    HiFi, if you can honestly say that you think Virginia is bright and her talking points are all her own, then I guess we will all be reading YOUR posts with a different insight.

  10. anon
    October 29, 2010 at 11:28 am

    PS I agree that Viginia is letting herself be used as a tool. If she can’t see that, she really is stupid, and if she can it’s disgusting.

  11. Sam Spade
    October 29, 2010 at 11:39 am

    “Hooked On Bass”, “Join The Brady Bunch”, “Mike Newman – A New Man For The Job”. One would think with all the big money behind these folks that the Good Old Boy Network could have bought them better slogans. These slogans are actually perfect for this slate of candidates. Shallow, sophomoric, sub-moronic, and completely bankrupt of any creativity or vision. Just the kind of puppets Rob Junior needs to turn this Victorian town into strip-mall Arkleyville.

  12. jean
    October 29, 2010 at 11:40 am

    Puppets don’t have brains.

  13. watching reruns
    October 29, 2010 at 11:52 am

    Here is what Virginia thinks of constituents that go to city council meetings to give public comment. A neighbor of mine asked Virginia’s husband Matt what could be done about troubles with the neighborhood he lived in. He asked if he should go to the city council meeting and ask for help. Matt told him no because you don’t want to be one of “those people”. So now you know how much she cares about the citizens and their concerns.

  14. You're right about that
    October 29, 2010 at 11:53 am

    I agree. I don’t have anything against Virginia, she’s just not cut out for the job. In the debates, it’s very clear. She doesn’t know which she’s talking about, which is fine for a regular person, but unacceptable for an elected official. Someone who knows that little will be very easily influenced by the highest bidder.

  15. Anon
    October 29, 2010 at 12:02 pm

    If Virginia is such a terrible candidate, her slogan so awfull, her lack of knowledge appalling, and her debate skills nonexistant, what does it say about the candidate that loses to her?

  16. Sam Spade
    October 29, 2010 at 12:15 pm

    Anon, George Bush’s 1206 SAT score on the college entrance exam and his C average at Yale have been public knowledge. At Yale, George W. Bush distinguished himself primarily as a hard partier, and he managed to be detained by police twice during his university years: once for stealing a Christmas wreath as a fraternity prank and once for trying to tear down the goalposts during a football game at Princeton. Bush’s transcript at Yale shows that he was a solid C student. It’s kinda like High School, we don’t always vote for the smart person, sometimes we “Vote For The Guy with the DUI”. Welcome to Idiocracy! “Get Hooked on the Cracked Out Brady Bunch”

  17. Anonymous
    October 29, 2010 at 12:18 pm

    Good one!! This is all about the same old thing, anyway. Completely predictable.

  18. Sam Crow
    October 29, 2010 at 12:32 pm

    What’s alarming about all of this is how Matthew Owen has escape any real scrutiny in this election cycle. The Brady Bunch, New-man, Hooked on Bass are all him. That who you are really electing supervisor. Virginia will have her I-Pad or ear piece at the Supervisors getting her directions from Matt and the whole Arkleyville gang.

  19. Anonymous
    October 29, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    I thought SAT scores (not sure about today’s) were scored in increments of 10? 1206 would be 1210 or 1200.

  20. Anonymous
    October 29, 2010 at 12:56 pm

    Love the post. But when questioning someone else’s intelligence, make sure the first word of your rant isn’t misspelled. D’oh!

  21. Anon
    October 29, 2010 at 1:11 pm

    Now that is funny! Good catch Anonymous.

  22. Not A Native
    October 29, 2010 at 1:25 pm

    Lack of mental ability doesn’t seem to be a liability for candidates in local elections.

    But it does seem to me that in most of HumCo intelligence is more important for liberal candidates than for conservatives. My take on that is that the electorate leans to conservatives to start with, and so they’re more forgiving of deficiencies in conservatives candidates.

    Some explain it as popularity trumping intelligence. I think thats another way to describe the same thing. Popularity is a measure of a person’s seeming to reflect what others like. And when someone is ‘liked’ their failings are overlooked.

    FWIW, I think it can cut both ways. In Arcata, conservative candidates have to be more intelligent than liberals.

  23. tra
    October 29, 2010 at 1:40 pm

    The HumCo electorate leans conservative? How do you figure that? As a whole, the county voted overwhelmingly for Obama, for Gallegos (several times) against Prop H8, etc.

  24. Anonymous
    October 29, 2010 at 2:05 pm

    12:56! GOOD ONE!

  25. mresquan
    October 29, 2010 at 2:14 pm

    “The HumCo electorate leans conservative? How do you figure that?”

    I somewhat agree with that,although Fortuna,a perceived conservative stronghold is becoming a bit more liberal.In regards to both Gallegos and Obama,part of the reason that they have been succesful is because they have managed to garner what I would consider a bizarre amount of conservative support in part due to dissatisfaction with their opponents whom they deem as either simply innefective or not conservative enough.Take a look at Gallegos’s support list,and take a look at Bass or Newman’s,or Brady’s,and you’ll see some of the same names.Larry Glass wouldn’t have won 4 years ago,and may not have his pending victory on Tuesday without the vote of conservative Eurekan’s who will be voting for him.Same story goes for Gallegos.

  26. Oldphart
    October 29, 2010 at 2:20 pm

    How many people would want to run for public office if they are going to be blasted for being stupid? Nice going here. If you don’t agree with someone, then they are stupid seems to be the way it is. I’m not a Republican, but this post is really irrelevant since the Neely people just are patting each other on the back and saying how smart you all are. Kinda like the pundants saying the Texas Rangers are still going to win the World Series. GO SF GIANTS!

  27. Sam Spade
    October 29, 2010 at 2:23 pm

    Oldphart, Spin all you want but this election is a new high in lows. Their campaign slogans are sub-moronic and the substance in the debates has been nill. Hooked on the Waitress Who Ran Daddy’s Restaurant Into The Ground!

  28. Not A Native
    October 29, 2010 at 2:41 pm

    Oh c’mon tra, the trend and overwhelming number of elected officials in HumCo tend to conservative. Gallegos’ election has been noted as an outlier, but he’s positioned as a moderate not a liberal. Same for Obama. HumCo voted for Schwarzenegger, twice.

    And political party registration isn’t a good proxy for conservative/liberal leaning, especially in HumCo. Democrat registrants are in the majority in HumCo and candidates of all political beliefs like to align themselves with the Democratic party, simply for decoration. Is there any need to go over the disarry in the HCDCC when it comes to local elections? Thats a whole other thread.

    Conservative politics encompasses a range of Democrats. Reagan and Goldwater are well enough regarded in HumCo that Bass can credibly claim Reagan as her hero and also be a Democrat.

  29. Not A Native
    October 29, 2010 at 2:51 pm

    phart would be upset if someone here posted that Einstein was very smart and George W. Bush is not very smart.

    I’m guessing phart is so sensitive to the question because he’s been told he’s not very smart and his academic achievement record has substantiated it. Not to mention his lame and bizarre attempt to bring the world series into it. GO PHART(far away from us)!

  30. anonymous
    October 29, 2010 at 2:53 pm

    I agree 2:20 but its still nice to see so much loyalty when Bonnie is down so far in the polls! All Bonnie needed to do was call her bud Heraldo to circle the wagons but this is kinda preachin to the choir dont you think so?

    Good, no great timimg for Virginia with points scored in a front page article and her My Word piece right there on the same day-Right On!

    All the outta town money and all the Heraldo bloggers combined cant pull this one out of the toilet for you Bonnie.

  31. High Finance
    October 29, 2010 at 3:23 pm

    I knew the left here would not understand my earlier post, zealots never do.

  32. tra
    October 29, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    Of course Aaahhnold won California as a whole…nonetheless California is not considered a bastion of conservatism. Plus he ran against extremely weak opposition both times.

    It’s true that Humboldt is a complicated place, and probably not the best place to try to rate on a pure conservative-liberal spectrum. But compared to most counties in the state, and certainly compared to most counties in the nation, I’d have to rate Humboldt as more towards the liberal side of the dial. [Just my opinion, results may vary, sold by weight not volume, void where prohibited, etc.]

  33. Sam Spade
    October 29, 2010 at 3:41 pm

    HiFi. No one understands you but I do. You’re Hooked On Bass, in The Brady Bunch, ready for a New Man, and Rob Junior’s Lackey. A populace which has poor critical thinking skills is low hanging fruit for the owner’s of Big Boxes which purvey their disposable crap upon the populace. Additionally, the dumbing down of Uhmerica creates millions of minimum wage ready drones whose entire existence is eating, sleeping, working, consuming, and watching TV. They are sheep to the slaughter for the Uber Class Predators. How’s the foreclosure business HiFi? How do you sleep at night? (lie on one side and then lie on the other?) Where is your humanity?

    October 29, 2010 at 3:46 pm

    Heraldo and crew,

    Why the nasty Title? Hey, at least she is brave enough for people to know her real, legal and true identity.

    Jeffrey Lytle
    McKinleyville – 5th District

    October 29, 2010 at 3:50 pm

    Heraldo meant forth, as in Bass is forth coming to the 4th District seat, such the seering ability!

    Anon @ 12:02 – too true! Dishonesty catches up to people, it just takes a bit longer for many politicians to be discovered as the cheat they are.


    October 29, 2010 at 4:02 pm

    Oldphart is right,

    anyhow, stupid is as stupid does. Seems to me, current supes and subordinates have done plenty of stupid things, especially the kinds of things that are litigatory in fact.

    Ya know, had there been more stupid people running the show, the sophisticated would have been over-qualified and would have had to find some other medium to swindle their pyramid scheming concoctions.

    Jerry Brown will frack California’s non-public employee citizens for subsidies to funnel into the pockets of the pensioners. I have a neighbor with a Jerry Brown sign up. Guaranteed, it is becaused as a forer HSU professor, thy neighbor wants other citizens to pay more taxes in order to secure thy neighbors retirement pension and benefits. This is why Browm will win. Same thing with Measure Q and other school bonds for vote – the educators want more taxes from property owners and renters so that Sacramento can shift the money they already have to use it for the pensions instead of what the money has been ear-marked for. BROWN IS A FRIGGIN SCAMMER!




  37. Sam Spade
    October 29, 2010 at 4:04 pm

    Okay Henchman. Because politician do stupid things all the time we should keep electing morons? Jeez O Pete! That is some bizarre logic. More dumbing down of Uhmerica.

  38. anonymous
    October 29, 2010 at 4:04 pm

    Democrats and Republicans never seemed to matter much in city of Eureka politics where we are heavily Democratic but keep voting for Republicans on the city council and Bonnie WAS a registered Republican all these years she was reelected to the Board of Supes.

    Maybe thats why she wont win this time-switching to Democrat probably jinxed her??

  39. tra
    October 29, 2010 at 4:12 pm

    So according to Henchy, Brown is a “scammer,” and Whitman is a “fascist corporate pyramid schemer.” Not an appetizing choice! [Still, I guess I’d gladly take a “scammer” over a “fascist” if those were the only real choices!]

  40. Reality Check
    October 29, 2010 at 4:19 pm

    Looks like the Meg Whitman syndrome is contagious-looks like all the money from the developers isn’t going to buy this election for Bass, Newman, Brady, Sundberg, Jager, or Rodoni !! Sounds like Hi-fi is getting nervous-polls don’t show Bass in the lead anymore-and it’s her race to lose!!Can’t wait for the show!!!

    October 29, 2010 at 4:26 pm


    I am in a voting predicament. If they were the only 2 choices; and, a gun was pointed at my head to vote for either or, then your rational would probaly win me over. Yet, I may also just take the bullet to the head and end any future misery now.

    Hmmm, is Kevorkian still available?

    I know, I know, the government wants taxpayers alive as long as possible for tax collections, thus the battle of choices for Uncle Sam is whether or not death taxes can be had. Something tells me Kevorkian’s patients did not have death tax monies for government to collect, so they got a wee bit mad at the doctor over quasi religious/tax pyramid scheming concepts.

    Healthcare may change the government’s viewpoint though as to whether Kevorkian can restar-up again. All about power and money.


  42. A-Nony-Mouse
    October 29, 2010 at 4:26 pm

    Speaking of zealots, there has been the usual rash of sign-bashing and outright stealing around town. Strangely enough it is almost always Bonnie, Larry, and Ron signs that get bashed (there’s more manners in the mayor’s race, I guess). As someone who has placed many signs, I’ve paid attention to them and to the opposition’s. I hoped when Chris, the whacko who was in Virginia’s inner circle, was ousted during the primary for trashing signs and threatening Bonnie, that we would be done with this kind of childish behavior. I guess it’s part of the sit-com cartoon candidates’ platform.

    Then there’s Brady’s repeated lies (yes, I said LIES) about Larry’s positions on the Balloon Track cleanup. He has ALWAYS supported a FULL AND THOROUGH cleanup of the site. He did vote against the phony interrim plan. It took a court order (which he was NOT involved in, in any way) to actually force a real cleanup. What gets finally built there will be decided another day but Brady needs to get her facts straight or shut her yab. She’s wrapped herself in the “cleanup flag” but she has NEVER had anything whatsoever to do with that cleanup. More lies? You decide. And that’s the real reason for Measure N, to give Brady and Newman something to hide behind, something they NEVER were part of. Politics is strange, isn’t it?

  43. humboldturtle
    October 29, 2010 at 4:36 pm

    “are”. Politics ARE strange.

  44. Not A Native
    October 29, 2010 at 4:37 pm

    tra, just look liberal/conservative ratios on the HumCo board of supes and Eureka/Fortuna/Ferndale/Rio Dell city councils.

    The general rule is rural areas are quite conservative, HumCo is no exception. HumCo is more conservative than the overall state, though less conservative than even more rural counties like nearby Trinity and Del Norte. As illustration, Arcata is often derisively cited as being politically different(liberal) from the rest of HumCo.

    And when you write “California isn’t considered a bastion of conservatism”, I never wrote that it was. So you’ve(again) set up a straw man. Remember, CA is the State of the John Birch Society, Hoover Institution, Bohemian Grove, Ronald Reagan, Richard Nixon, Minuteman Project, prop 8, prop 13, and many more.

  45. tra
    October 29, 2010 at 5:10 pm

    “I never wrote that it was”

    And I never said you did. So relax. If you want to label Humboldt as conservative, you’re welcome to. I disagree with that, but given how subjective the whole thing is, I’m not going to get too excited about it.

  46. High Finance
    October 29, 2010 at 5:31 pm

    Reality Check 4.19pm, care to make a wager on Bass vs Neely?

    Mouse, I NEVER want to hear you speak on the lack of civility in politics & life again. You are part of the problem!

    Tra, you must live in Arcata or Southern Humboldt & not in the Eureka area.

  47. tra
    October 29, 2010 at 6:03 pm

    HiFi, I’m talking about Humboldt as a whole, not specically Eureka (which in my opinion is politically a pretty middle-of-the-road city, especially compared to Arcata and Fortuna). Again, Humboldt as a whole rejected Prop 8, elected Gallegos, voted for Obama by a large margin, has repeatedly voted overwhelmingly for Patty Berg, Wes Chesbro, etc.

    And I’m going to go out on a limb here and predict that Brown will beat Whitman here as well. Probably by a good 6-8 points.

  48. FoxStudio
    October 29, 2010 at 6:33 pm

    And HiFi is always a veritable soul of civility. I’ve got this bridge….

  49. mresquan
    October 29, 2010 at 6:50 pm

    Hifi,give it a rest about the title of the post here,since you have made the statement more than once in the past that Virginia is not very smart.Incidentally,I disagree with that assessment.

    October 29, 2010 at 7:18 pm

    Brown over Whitman by

    9+% points imo.


  51. Funnygirl
    October 29, 2010 at 7:37 pm

    NAn – nice job calling me dumb. What I would expect from you. See a therapist crybaby.

  52. anonymous
    October 29, 2010 at 7:39 pm

    Brown by 9+% California overall…22+% in Humboldt

  53. anonymous
    October 29, 2010 at 7:50 pm

    could some who thinks virginia really is smart give me a good reason why

  54. A-Nony-Mouse
    October 29, 2010 at 9:22 pm

    Oh HiFi, you’ve wounded me to the quick!!! Gack!!!
    I’m trying to recall an occasion when you’ve responded positively to anyone’s ideas or were actually civil to other posters. Hmmm can’t seem to recall one. On the bright side, you never fail to put your foot squarely into it and give us the perfect foil to expand on our ideas. Keep up the good work. As the song says, “Every party needs a pooper…”.

  55. anon
    October 29, 2010 at 9:57 pm

    No takers on the why I think Viginia is smart question? Figures. I couldn’t think of anything so I imagine it’s hard for everyone else, too.

  56. Matt
    October 29, 2010 at 10:33 pm

    The part in Bass’ letter that I found funny was when she complained (near the end) that Bonnie “recently received almost $20,000 from South Humboldt growers”

    I wonder if she has any actual proof for that assertion.

  57. Eric Kirk
    October 30, 2010 at 12:00 am

    Just a few more days. I’m not indifferent to the stakes here, but no matter what happens on Tuesday, the sun will come up on Wednesday morning.

    October 30, 2010 at 5:51 am


    are you sure on that sun-up tomorrow “thingy” for perpetuity purposes? Afterall, spinning, rotating, etc… when does the round and round stop?


  59. Ne'er-do-well
    October 30, 2010 at 7:44 am

    Hench, I have the Kevorkian skills and am at your disposal. I would make sure you are comfortable, and happy, babbling away till your last breath. Same offer to you HF.

  60. Anon 1
    October 30, 2010 at 2:15 pm

    henchie and hi/sly aren’t to far from being work mates..I think henchie is still waiting for some one to tell him how smart he is..have any of you ever spoken to him? ANGRY.

  61. answer wanted
    October 30, 2010 at 2:31 pm

    My husband received a birthday postcard from Virginia with her photo that said happy birthday and vote for me. This sounds pretty sleazy to me. Is this a common practice in elections?

  62. Big Al
    October 30, 2010 at 3:23 pm

    we got one too, hand addressed as well!
    She really cares about us

  63. High Finance
    October 30, 2010 at 3:58 pm

    Ne’er-do-well obviously lacks social skills.

  64. Not A Native
    October 30, 2010 at 4:20 pm

    True to his nature, Eric expresses the flippant attitude of a small town Bourgeoisie Bohemian(BOBO).

    Whatever happens electorally, HE is certain to continue enjoying the benefits and privledges of a protected and entitled person. He’s smug in the knowledge that HE will continue to play the sophisticate in progressive garb while seeking status for recounting his meals in restaurants with cuisines exotic to SoHum.

    If Eric was a Parisian in May 1944, he’d have opined “Well, maybe the German army will arrive but the sun will come up the next day”.

  65. Eureka guy
    October 30, 2010 at 8:20 pm

    Yes, after reading Eric’s smug and finger-waving posts for years now, he has become quite tiresome. The dictionary definition of “armchair quarterback.” “You people need to . . . (while I sit back and excoriate you for not doing what I THINK you need to be doing).”

    Eric: please stick to your own blog or shut the fuck up about what you think everyone else but yourself NEEDS to be doing!

  66. Anonymous
    October 30, 2010 at 8:40 pm

    Eric has hubris.

  67. The Monitor
    October 30, 2010 at 9:48 pm

    Hubris, isn’t that a growth on the vocal cords leading to excessive prideful boasting? I vote for hifi to be included on the list.

  68. A-Nony-Mouse
    October 31, 2010 at 11:08 am

    Aw. HiFi is my buddy. He corrests my grammar and spelling, notes my weird typos, and demonstrates clearly why the old ‘retail only and at all costs’ approach is so bankrupt.

  69. A-Nony-Mouse
    October 31, 2010 at 11:09 am

    See, that’s “corrects’. Sorry HiFi. I didn’t give you a chance on that one!

  70. High Finance
    November 1, 2010 at 3:15 pm

    I am glad you corrected your faulty spelling Mouse. I see I have been an inspiration to you.

    But it is more important for you to correct your faulty political logic. I have been trying my best to help you there also. But alas, so far my persuasive skills seem to have fallen on deaf ears.

  71. anonymous
    November 3, 2010 at 12:36 am

    Time for some Crow boys and girls you lost…would you like that raw with wasabi and ginger or BBQd, a bit crispy around the edges??

  72. November 3, 2010 at 12:38 am

    If only the election results could boost Virginia’s intelligence.

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