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UPDATE: Final Report

UPDATE 12:10: Fourth Report

UPDATE 11:00: Third Report
 Gallegos: 45.82%
 Jackson: 53.97%

Bass: 56.21%
 Neely: 43.10%

 Cleary: 48.47%
 Sundberg: 51.24%

 Wilson: 59.25% 
Rodoni: 40.53%

 Jager: 51.95% 
LaVallee: 43.09%

 Glass: 42.44%
 Brady: 57.31%

 Newman: 43.72%
 Kuhnel: 42.18%
 Manns: 13.86%

 Yes: 68.76% 
No: 31.24%

 Yes: 54.81%
 No: 45.19%

UPDATE 10:45: Second Report

Gallegos: 44.37%
Jackson: 55.44%

Bass: 57.57%
Neely: 41.75%

Cleary: 48.47%
Sundberg: 51.24%

Wilson: 58.76%
Rodoni: 41.05%

Jager: 53.27%
LaVallee: 41.72%

Glass: 41.09%
Brady: 58.65%

Newman: 45.09%
Kuhnel: 41.49%
Manns: 13.24%

Yes: 69.44%
No: 30.56%

Yes: 54.62%
No: 45.38%

UPDATE 10:39: Second Report.

UPDATE 10:35: Marian Brady: Absentee expert says I’ve already won.

UPDATE 10:28: Sac Bee: Legal marijuana measure fails

UPDATE 09:49: Prop 19 down 56.9%.

UPDATE 08:35: Jackson leading Gallegos in first results.

UPDATE 08:29: Peter LaVallee on KHUM: Looking forward to a progressive majority in Eureka. This city really needs to get out of the dark ages and find what we can do to be a vibrant community and not rely on retail forever and ever and ever.

Polls are closed.  Get ready for the count. Results will be uploaded at the Humboldt County Elections Office website.

  1. November 2, 2010 at 8:06 pm

    Channel 11 is airing election coverage. Interview with DA Paul Gallegos on now.

    November 2, 2010 at 8:13 pm


    once again, excellent election day coverage! Thank you for your provocations and issue coverages.


  3. November 2, 2010 at 8:16 pm

    Live feed from KMUD on Channel 11. Looking at Mendocino races.

  4. Fence
    November 2, 2010 at 8:19 pm

    Thanks for keeping us up to date. I’m out of town and hoping Bonnie wins. I’ll follow the info please keep us up to date on the fourth.

  5. November 2, 2010 at 8:21 pm

    Bonnie FTW. She’s live on Channel 11 now.

  6. November 2, 2010 at 8:23 pm

    Access Humboldt invites you to send questions for candidates to election@accesshumboldt.net. But they appear to be having trouble with the feed.

  7. Angel
    November 2, 2010 at 8:31 pm

    The LA Times reports that Boxer and Brown are the projected winners, but it gives no details yet on who projected them.

  8. Anonymous
    November 2, 2010 at 8:35 pm

    Measure N = 74%!!

  9. November 2, 2010 at 8:38 pm

    Absentees are skewing conservative/developer.

  10. Anonymous
    November 2, 2010 at 8:40 pm

    Humboldt’s first report gives it to the right, but it’s only 18% of the vote.

  11. November 2, 2010 at 8:41 pm

    It always starts this way. But Rodoni is behind even in this first county.

  12. tra
    November 2, 2010 at 8:42 pm

    Jackson’s early lead over Gallegos is from mail-in ballots. Among those voting at the polls, Gallegos leads 56%-43% so far.


    Same thing happened in the primary: Jackson started out ahead with more mail-ins, but Gallegos was ahead among those voting at the polls, and as that trend continued, eventually his tally overtook hers as the results from the polls began to outweigh the early results from the mail-ins. I’m hoping we see the same pattern tonight.

  13. November 2, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    Audio fail on Channel 11. Listen to KHUM.

    November 2, 2010 at 8:44 pm

    True 8:40 pm,

    But still, Eureka’s Council candidates/reps and Bass are solidly kicking arse. It appears the Herald will have plenty of critiques for the next 4 years if the present leaders finish in the lead.


  15. Anonymous
    November 2, 2010 at 8:48 pm

    John Boehner is sobbing on TV.

  16. November 2, 2010 at 8:50 pm

    Channel 11 audio back up. Peter LaVallee on the air.

  17. November 2, 2010 at 8:50 pm

    Scratch that. Audio fail.

  18. tra
    November 2, 2010 at 8:57 pm

    Of course, the info all of us (or most of us, anyway) are missing, is WHICH precincts have reported.

    By the way, as of this First Report, Prop 19 is losing by a substantial margin in Humboldt, both in mail-in and votes at the precincts that have reported so far. Whowouldathunkit !?

  19. Happy with the early results
    November 2, 2010 at 9:00 pm

    Access Humboldt is really botching the election coverage. Maybe one of the losers being interviewed yanked the cord?

  20. Plain Jane
    November 2, 2010 at 9:01 pm

    Lehrer’s News Hour reported that 19 lost.

  21. Anonymous
    November 2, 2010 at 9:05 pm
  22. Anonymous
    November 2, 2010 at 9:10 pm

    I don’t care what you f…’rs say, I’m going to miss Jeff L.

  23. November 2, 2010 at 9:16 pm

    Waiting waiting waiting for the second wave of results.

  24. just sayin'
    November 2, 2010 at 9:21 pm

    Jeff Leonard: consigned to the dustbin of history.

  25. November 2, 2010 at 9:23 pm

    The anti-Neely crowd would be more respectable if they had supported Jeff. At least he can string a sentence together. Many, in fact.

  26. tra
    November 2, 2010 at 9:26 pm

    Prop 19 losing by about 10 points so far, both in Humboldt’s First Report (mostly mail-ins, but Prop 19 also losing among those precinct votes that have been reported so far) and among those CA precincts that have reported at this point.

    Maybe the big-time commercial growers and prison guards can host a joint victory party, as both groups stand to profit immensely from a few more years of Pot Prohibition.

  27. tra
    November 2, 2010 at 9:31 pm

    On a positive note, all it looks like all three of the high-profile self-funded Republicans are going down to defeat: Linda McMahon (of World Wrestling Entertainment) lost big in her bid to win a Senate seat in Connecticut; Meg Whitman appears to be losing big to Jerry Brown in the California race for governor; and it looks like Carly Fiorina will lose to Barbara Boxer in the CA Senate race.

  28. November 2, 2010 at 9:42 pm

    Bass on KHUM, says she’s “nice.”

  29. Redwood
    November 2, 2010 at 9:43 pm

    NBC just called Prop 19 with 20% of vote counted.

  30. Mr. Nice
    November 2, 2010 at 9:46 pm

    We’d get these results instantly if the US privatized voting. Sure there would be ads for Diet Coke on the ballot but at least we wouldn’t have to wait for these greasy-handed counters to figure out the million dropped-off wrinkled ass ballots with phone numbers in the margins and shit.

    November 2, 2010 at 9:54 pm

    Is it not AMAZING that NBC is implying that 80% of the vote is predictable(or, already known).

    Kinda shows that voting is not really sacred enough to be private!


  32. Def Leopard
    November 2, 2010 at 9:55 pm

    Def Leopard! Def Leopard! Def Leopard!

  33. November 2, 2010 at 9:58 pm

    How about them Giants?

  34. November 2, 2010 at 9:59 pm

    How do you keep morons in suspense?

    Where are the second reports?

    Was the counting of our local ballots outsourced?

    6 to 8 weeks for the results? Yes?

  35. Anonymous
    November 2, 2010 at 10:04 pm

    If my experience tonite at the polls in Fortuna is any indicator it will be a miracle if any of the ballots make it….

    November 2, 2010 at 10:08 pm

    Orange did it. Who woulda thought Heraldo that the G-Men earlier this season woulda been them now.

    “That’s why they play the game.” ~ C. Berman


    November 2, 2010 at 10:09 pm

    As many of us sleep tonight,

    poll workers and ballot counters will be busy, busy, busy.

    A big Thanks to the civic helpers…….


  38. Mr. Nice
    November 2, 2010 at 10:09 pm

    Damn Prop 19 losing? I thought I was going to be able to pick up some of that good good at Ray’s tomorrow with some talking weed leaf Flatmo label.

    I’m seriously protesting. I’m a smoke or vaporize or otherwise ingest weed every day until weed is legalized even if that means 2012, 2014, 2022, whatever. I know y’all don’t believe I really will do this but I’m dedicated to the cause.

  39. Anonymous
    November 2, 2010 at 10:25 pm

    Big party tonight at the Arkley digs on 5th Street; celebration time. Too bad they spent all this money on political campaigns and still won’t honor their debts. Misplaced priorities and values? Pretty sad so many people buy in to the BS.

  40. November 2, 2010 at 10:27 pm

    Last night’s game was a real treat to watch – way to go Lincecum!

  41. 69er
    November 2, 2010 at 10:44 pm

    Great game, great pitching and great fielding. been a giants fan since their arrival in SF.

  42. Anonymous
    November 2, 2010 at 10:46 pm

    I was in the Bay Area last night and it was exciting to see people celebrating the win! It was Giants fever and a lot of fun!

  43. tra
    November 2, 2010 at 10:49 pm

    Second report in:


    Neeley still losing among both mail-ins and precinct votes. Losing by less with precinct votes, but still by plenty. I will be very surprised if she catches up.

    Meanwhile, Gallegos continues to trail Jackson, but, importantly, he continues to have a lead among those who voted in person. As more precinct votes have been reported Jackson’s early lead due to mail-in ballots is being whittled away,

    But will the trend continue, and if so, will it be enough to put Gallegos over the top? Looks like this could be a close one!

  44. AMOT
    November 2, 2010 at 10:52 pm

    Heraldo, are you at your coffee shop or at home?

  45. November 2, 2010 at 10:53 pm

    I’m at my election celebration party, of course.

  46. November 2, 2010 at 11:09 pm

    This is a sad day for Humboldt Progressivism

  47. November 2, 2010 at 11:10 pm

    One of many.

  48. Humboldt Politico
    November 2, 2010 at 11:11 pm

    I think Jackson will win it by 900 votes the way things are running.

  49. Anonymous
    November 2, 2010 at 11:12 pm

    Upsetting local results – money winning out. Maybe not so much at the state level where people apparently vote with more intellect.

  50. Anonymous
    November 2, 2010 at 11:15 pm

    Brady over Glass? What a sad statement. “The Brady Bunch” signs won people over? Pathetic.

  51. tra
    November 2, 2010 at 11:17 pm

    As of the Third Report, I think it’s safe to say that Neeley is toast.

    Gallegos could still pull it out. He was behind 60-40 in the mail-ins, but he’s consistently running ahead 55-45 among those who voted at the polls. There’s about 75% of the vote yet to be tabulated, most of which is from the polls (of course there are still the mail-ins that arrived today, but not that many).

    So if Gallegos continues to run 10 points ahead in the returns from the precincts, he’ll win comfortably. But I expect it to be a bit narrower than that, as it is my recollection that some of the late-reporting precincts tend to come in more conservative.

  52. anonymous
    November 2, 2010 at 11:19 pm

    keep in mind that they haven’t counted any additional eureka votes since the first report, guys. all may not yet be lost.

  53. Jeanne D'Arc
    November 2, 2010 at 11:21 pm

    So, will it be a sad day for Paul Hagen if Gallegos wins?

  54. WTF
    November 2, 2010 at 11:23 pm

    How can Brady have “endorsed by democrats” on a flyer, which wasn’t true, democrats endorsed Glass and Bass can outright lie about endorsments in the TIMES STANDARD three days before the election, and nothing is done about it…… money money money…. Welcome to Arkleyville, thank you Matt Owen….

  55. November 2, 2010 at 11:26 pm

    no they have. reports two and three r Eureka

  56. Redwood
    November 2, 2010 at 11:28 pm

    Medical cannabis failed big time in South Dakota and in Arizona No is 9000 votes ahead with 80% counted.

  57. Anonymous
    November 2, 2010 at 11:32 pm

    I drove into town in the early evening to see the electronic signs – on every major street – flashing “Vote for” Bass, Brady and Newman. I assume Matt Owen is behind that. I guess people do just do what they’re told. What a joke – can’t wait to leave this city. I was on the fence before but this election is the deciding factor. We are doomed – get out while you can!

  58. Anonymous
    November 2, 2010 at 11:40 pm

    So, will it be a sad day for Paul Hagen if Gallegos wins?

    I voted for Hagen and then Jackson. I’ll gladly vote for Hagen in 2014, unless he utilizes Salzman’s services. I don’t think Paul would do that though.

  59. Humboldt Politico
    November 2, 2010 at 11:42 pm

    Actually, tra, only about 40% of the vote has yet to be tallied so even assuming Paul keeps the precinct ratio, he’s too far back to pull it out.

  60. Jeanne D'Arc
    November 2, 2010 at 11:46 pm

    Did anyone read the Arcata Eye? Did anyone notice what Kevin Hooper said?

  61. WTF
    November 2, 2010 at 11:48 pm

    I feel sorry for Linda Atkins, it looks like she has a long road ahead of her……

  62. tra
    November 2, 2010 at 11:50 pm

    “I guess people just do what they’re told.”

    Well in terms of the Neeley-Bass race, Neeley supporters can’t really blame Big Money Politics for her loss, since Neeley had raised plenty of cash to compete, had 24 years worth of name recognition, all the advantages that come from incumbency, professional campaign staff, plenty of high-profile endorsements, and a significantly less-than-perfect opponent — and yet Neeley still lost by a large margin.

    So in that context “I guess people just do what they’re told” doesn’t really make any sense — the voters were “told” how to vote by BOTH campaigns, and a sizeable majority of them decided to vote for Bass. So, retire to the fainting couch if you must, but meanwhile life goes on.

  63. Anonymous
    November 2, 2010 at 11:52 pm

    Agreed – poor Linda. She will the one independent on the council. It will be a battle but thank goodness she is there.

  64. disgusted
    November 2, 2010 at 11:57 pm

    Brady, a googly-eyed nincompoop will now be my councilmember … Bass, who couldn’t answer a question if you gave her the answers beforehand will be my Supe … what an utter failure

  65. Eric Kirk
    November 2, 2010 at 11:58 pm

    Unless Kuehnel pulls it out.

  66. WTF
    November 2, 2010 at 11:58 pm

    Well, I think we need to stay positive for a little bit, we are talking like the election is already over….. What progressives we are :) haha

  67. tra
    November 3, 2010 at 12:00 am

    “Actually, tra, only about 40% of the vote has yet to be tallied so even assuming Paul keeps the precinct ratio, he’s too far back to pull it out.”

    Oh, perhaps I’m mistaken? I’m looking at the Third Report and it says two things about the % reported. On the upper left of the page it says “Total Number of Voters: 21,875 of 78,387 = 27.91%.” On the upper right it says “Precincts Reporting: 67 of 134 = 50%.”

    My interpretation of this is that while half of the precinct have reported, because some precincts have more voters than other precincts, only about 28% of all the ballots that have been cast have been tallied so far. Do you have different or more recent numbers, or am I misunderstanding the meaning of the numbers on the Elections Dept. website?

  68. what a nightmare
    November 3, 2010 at 12:03 am

    Eureka better get ready for the tunnel of doom. Larry was the only elected official I have ever known to answer every phone call, be at service to any constituent, work with neighborhoods to fight the blight in Eureka, and spoken with a clear independent voice on the council.

    Shame on you Eureka voters, you deserve what you get!

  69. Filibuster
    November 3, 2010 at 12:05 am

    Tra, you are misinterpreting the Number of Voters info. That shows the % of registered voters (78,387) that have cast ballots. If you look at the final report for the June primary, that number was about 48%.

  70. 69er
    November 3, 2010 at 12:05 am

    Although I can’t vote for any of the city candidates or issues nor county supervisor this time around I am happy with the local results so far. the only issue that bothers me is the tax increase in Eureka that I will have to pay without receiving any benefit.

  71. The Challenger
    November 3, 2010 at 12:08 am

    Ah, the Eureka voters. They’d best be ready to bend over and spread their cheeks, because that’s what they’re going to be getting. And they don’t even realize it! Glad I don’t live there.

  72. WTF
    November 3, 2010 at 12:10 am

    No benefit ???

    This tax would be a general purpose tax, and all revenue generated from the proposed sales tax increase would be deposited into the City’s General Fund and, accordingly, all monies collected pursuant to the sales tax increase would be used by the City to pay for general City operations and programs including police protection, fire suppression, emergency medical response, street maintenance, environmental programs, parks and recreation, and zoo operations. As such, this ballot measure proposes a “general purpose tax,” rather than a “special purpose tax,” and requires a simple majority vote for adoption.

    The ½% sales tax would be levied in addition to the current sales tax and would be collected at the same time and in the same manner as the existing sales tax. Currently, the sales tax in Eureka is 8.5%. A yes vote would increase the sales tax rate in the City of Eureka from 8.5% to 9%. The increased tax is estimated to generate approximately $3.2 million per year.

    Measure O contains fiscal accountability provisions, which include the creation by the City Council of a citizen’s oversight committee to annually review the City’s expenditure of the revenues generated by the tax. The composition of the oversight committee and its specific duties would be established by the City Council.

  73. tra
    November 3, 2010 at 12:12 am

    Thanks Filibuster, and Humboldt Politico. So the 78,387 number is the total number of registered voters, whereas the total number of ballots cast today is not yet known (which only makes sense now that I think about it) and it sounds like the eventual total will likely only be somewhere between 40,000 and 50,000. Do I have that right?

    Yeah, that’s going to make it much harder for Gallegos to catch up — he would have to really hold at least that 10 point lead in votes from the precincts, and even still it would be pretty close. Seems pretty unlikely, though not impossible.

    Anyway, thank’s for catching my amateur’s mistakes…and feel free to let me know if it seems like I’m still getting it wrong!

  74. Someone
    November 3, 2010 at 12:12 am

    TRA, please note that the 78,000 number is merely the number of registered voters in Humboldt County. That is not the same as the number of people who actually vote.

  75. 69er
    November 3, 2010 at 12:13 am

    Yes, no benefit, I am not a city resident. I only spend my money there.

  76. Humboldt Politico
    November 3, 2010 at 12:13 am

    There are only about 3,000 votes left to count after the fourth update. And then about 1,500 mail in ballots which we won’t know about for a couple of weeks yet but should favor Allison. I stick with my prediction Allison will win with 900.

  77. WTF
    November 3, 2010 at 12:18 am

    anon for arcata city council at 5.71%

  78. Redwood
    November 3, 2010 at 12:22 am

    35,000 voted in June which was 47% of reg voters of 75,300.This time there’s 78,340 registered. If 39K vote it;s a dead heat.40K or more Paul wins. I call it 20,210 to 19,860 for Gags.

  79. get a grip
    November 3, 2010 at 12:23 am

    yes Allison should win as should the others We will let you people know the silent majority is out there even in Hum Co

  80. Big Al
    November 3, 2010 at 12:23 am

    Newman is drunk in his kiem interview right now,
    good luck Eureka

  81. Big Al
    November 3, 2010 at 12:24 am

    good thing he is drunk or I might think he was stupid

  82. Filibuster
    November 3, 2010 at 12:26 am

    H. Politico — How do you determine the approximate number of votes yet to be counted? The Fourth Report shows that 27,639 have voted and that 91 of 134 precincts have reported. But it doesn’t tell me which precincts are yet to be counted, and we don’t know the total vote. If 48% of 78387 were to vote (as in the primary), that would be 37625, or about 10,000 more than currently reported.

  83. anonymous
    November 3, 2010 at 12:29 am

    I was near Mike Newman a good part of the evening and he wasnt even drinking Asshat.

  84. Anonymous
    November 3, 2010 at 12:34 am

    Not in public, anyway! Was he out back in the parking lot, or his car, much?? The last time I saw that much drunken bobbing and weaving I was at a rave. Let’s put the video up and let the public decide.

  85. tra
    November 3, 2010 at 12:35 am

    As of the 4th report, suddenly the 5th doesn’t look all that tight to me. Sundberg was narrowly ahead with the write-ins, but is actually pulling ahead farther now that some of the precinct votes are in. At the moment, Sundberg leads 53 – 46.5 overall, and 56.5 – 43 among those who voted at the polls.

    Meanwhile, Gallegos continues to gain ground, but thanks to the folks who pointed out my amateurish mistake in interpreting the % of votes counted, I can certainly see how he may end up coming up short. His lead among those voting at the polls has slipped slightly, with some (but not yet most) of the results now in from Fortuna and some (but not most) from the 5th District. Still no returns yet from Ferndale, Rio Dell, or Arcata.

    I’m going to bed…and I hope the elections workers can do so soon as well. We’ll all know the final results soon enough…

  86. Observer
    November 3, 2010 at 12:36 am

    Looks like the public has decided.

  87. Anonymous
    November 3, 2010 at 12:36 am

    Big Al says:
    November 3, 2010 at 12:24 am
    good thing he is drunk or I might think he was stupid

    Or both.

  88. Redwood
    November 3, 2010 at 12:43 am

    At the current trend of 55% of the prect votes Gags catches her with just 6500 more votes.At 8000 more he wins by 600.
    AJ said she’s going to bed ,And Newman was lit up to the point of embarrassing.

  89. disgusted
    November 3, 2010 at 12:46 am

    Newman showed up at Avalon hammered off his ass. As for the silent majority bullshit, you got bought by a bitch named Arkley.

  90. Redwood
    November 3, 2010 at 12:46 am

    Betsy the new Bright Light at Ch 3 did her cutest best to cover for Newman.But in doing so she confirmed his obvious whooooozzzzyness.

  91. Anonymous
    November 3, 2010 at 12:50 am

    What an embarrassing outcome for Eureka. Signs (some really bad ones at that) and money spent prevail. At least the state of CA shows some ability to judge and think independent of advertising. Some consolation.

  92. High Finance
    November 3, 2010 at 12:53 am

    Bass wins very big. Brady wins very big. Jackson wins big. Frank Jaeger wins big. Mike Newman also wins. Measure N wins very big. Prop 19 loses big. Sundberg wins.

    This is a good night. Bye, bye Glass & Gallegos!

    And how many of you said I was the one out of touch with Eureka?

    Oh happy day, oh happy day!

  93. tra
    November 3, 2010 at 12:55 am

    Final thought: As far as the Board of Supes goes, obviously it all comes down to what happens in the 5th. If Cleary somehow prevails, the balance of power on the Board of Supes doesn’t change much. If Sundberg wins, there will be a significant shift in the balance on the Board.

    Now I don’t think Sundberg is really as developer-controlled as his detractors have tried to paint him, but certainly the outcome will be (correctly) interpreted as a blow to the Lovelace/Neeley faction of the Board, particularly when it comes to the issue of the General Plan Update.

    If Sundberg DOES win, it will be interesting to see whether Lovelace, Neeley and Clendenan will try to push an Option A-style General Plan Update through during the Lame Duck period, before Bass replaces Neeley on the Board. If so, won’t they look like they are trying to thwart the will of the voters as expressed in the most recent election? Could be interesting.

  94. Heidi
    November 3, 2010 at 12:59 am

    Thanks nightmare, my sentiments exactly

  95. disgusted and discouraged
    November 3, 2010 at 1:21 am

    I, for one, am shocked, and appalled that Eureka voted how they did. I will continue to observe in disbelief as the town crumbles, as it will with the Brady Bunch in charge. What will happen to Jefferson School? What will happen to POP? These brady bunch clowns will never have the brains to make sound, long-term effective decisions. Eureka is missing out on it’s future of opportunities as a unique place to live because of it’s voting, or possible lack there-of, today. SHAME

  96. Redwood
    November 3, 2010 at 1:25 am

    Gags wins.Gallegos wins.And by more than I thought.So Hum & Arcata brought his 55% of today’s turned upwards to 57%.You could see it in Jackson’s eyes at 11:30.
    Gravitas indeed.

  97. disgusted and discouraged
    November 3, 2010 at 1:29 am

    Thank you greater Humboldt for not being quite as disappointing. Go Paul!

  98. Redwood
    November 3, 2010 at 1:33 am

    134 out of 134 reporting gives Gallegos 18,509 and her 17,455 votes.38,700 counted with 2500 under votes.
    51.? to 48.? in the Election night final report.Thanks H.H.

    Going to be some sad haters in the morning.
    What a great morning it is.

  99. Anonymous
    November 3, 2010 at 1:34 am

    Eureka has a self esteem problem. Sad.

  100. tra
    November 3, 2010 at 1:39 am

    Okay, didn’t quite hit the sack yet, and decided to check one more time for an update and…drumroll…with all precincts reporting, Gallegos has pulled ahead by about 1,050 votes!


    I believe there are something like 1,500 late-arriving mail-in ballots not yet counted, and if that is correct, it seems like Gallegos’ lead of 1,050 votes would be pretty hard for Jackson to make up from just those remaining mail-in ballots that were handed in at the precincts or at the Elections office today. So, while “it ain’t over ’til it’s over” it sure looks a lot better for the Gallegos camp.

  101. tra
    November 3, 2010 at 1:46 am

    It looks like despite some faulty math on my part earlier this evening, things actually played out more or less the way I originally anticipated, with Gallegos’ precinct totals gradually erasing Jackson’s initial lead among mail-in ballots.

    Glad to see Hagen’s last-minute tantrum didn’t end up throwing the race to Jackson. Gallegos is far from perfect, but Jackson is even farther!

  102. tra
    November 3, 2010 at 1:55 am

    Holy crap that 5th district vote DID turn out to be very close — only a difference of about 110 votes, with an unknown (to me, anyway) number of as-yet uncounted late-arriving mail-in ballots that were handed in at the precincts or at the Elections office today. My best guess, though, is that these ballots will break pretty much the same way as the earlier set of mail-ins (which itself was not really any different from the in-person vote percentages in this race) and Sundberg will emerge the winner by a margin of somewhere around 100 votes.

  103. tra
    November 3, 2010 at 2:00 am
  104. Eric Kirk
    November 3, 2010 at 2:03 am

    y best guess, though, is that these ballots will break pretty much the same way as the earlier set of mail-ins (which itself was not really any different from the in-person vote percentages in this race) and Sundberg will emerge the winner by a margin of somewhere around 100 votes.

    Actually, late-submitted absentees tend to break closer to precinct votes than early absentees. Guess the procrastinators tend to be more liberal. It could be interesting.

  105. tra
    November 3, 2010 at 2:16 am

    Sundberg won the precinct votes by almost the exact same narrow margin that he won the already-counted ballots. (It seems like that’s pretty unusual in and of itself.)

    Anyway, I suppose it’s possible that Sundberg could narrowly win both the already-counted absentee ballots and the precinct ballots by about the same margin, and yet lose bigtime to Cleary in the late-arriving absentee ballots and provisionals…but I will be very surprised if that is what actually happens.

  106. Redwood
    November 3, 2010 at 3:09 am

    Del Norte & Mendocino have new DA’s. Mendocino rejected Prop 19 by even more than HumCo.
    Oregon rejected pot dispensaries too.
    Arizona 215 is a barn burner with No’s ahead less than 1%.
    Heard Newman puked on the Avalon sidewalk. Been there done that.

  107. anon
    November 3, 2010 at 6:47 am

    the strongest force in the county is now the Tea Party. A complete sweep, and we aren’t done. The day of the liberal in humboldt is a thing of the past.

  108. Plain Jane
    November 3, 2010 at 7:02 am

    I’m very disappointed in the people of Eureka. They sold out the future of their town for flashy signs and moronic slogans. They get what they deserve, unfortunately the rest of us have to deal with the consequences as well. The idiots across this country who turned congress over to the party who created the mess they’re so upset about are even worse.

  109. Plain Jane
    November 3, 2010 at 7:04 am

    LMAO over Arkley and the developers being called the Tea Party by Anon 6:47.

  110. The Challenger
    November 3, 2010 at 7:04 am

    Hardly, anon 6:47, hardly. Have a nice fantasy life.

  111. Plain Jane
    November 3, 2010 at 7:08 am

    Eureka will probably lose the best police chief in decades and be stuck with the worst city manager.

  112. Big Al
    November 3, 2010 at 7:43 am

    Newman had better have been drunk… even his daughter flashed the eye roll.
    hope somebody can find the video.
    way to go Eureka,
    a giant step backwards.

  113. Anon
    November 3, 2010 at 7:48 am

    “the strongest force in the county is now the Tea Party. A complete sweep, and we aren’t done. The day of the liberal in humboldt is a thing of the past.”

    Many things happened in Humboldt County last night, there was a huge amount of hard work and effort that has gone on for quite some time by a very, very few individuals and the Tea Party had absolutely nothing at all to do with it.

    The progressive movement was shown that arrogance leads to defeat. A little humility is good for us all. Hopefully with this decided power shift both “sides” will start to communicate and compromise and we can get back to fixing our community rather than simply fighting among ourselves and accomplishing nothing.

  114. High Finance
    November 3, 2010 at 7:55 am

    Eureka is conservative. Get used to it.

  115. Eric Kirk
    November 3, 2010 at 8:09 am

    It certainly will vote that way until progressives rediscover their grassroots and shed the sectarian crap so they can work together.

    The environmental movement locally, and nationally, may be the victim of its own successes. All the strategy is oriented towards lawsuits rather than grassroots politics. And that is putting into jeopardy the very safety of the laws on which they base their lawsuits.

    Seriously, there was a large rally in DC a couple of weeks ago with labor orgs, anti-war groups – but no environmental groups. It’s simply not what they do.

  116. Plain Jane
    November 3, 2010 at 8:20 am

    The right wing destroys the economy and then reaps the political rewards by the inevitable conservative shift due to economic hard times. What a world.

    November 3, 2010 at 8:24 am



    If you had a face and real name, I am sure you would be more appreciated, but alas, appreciation is not provocation.


  118. November 3, 2010 at 8:27 am

    We all know your name, Jeff, yet it doesn’t help you write a coherent sentence.

  119. anon
    November 3, 2010 at 9:05 am

    Even the ncj bolted out of Arcata. The party of welfare rats showed their hand and got shown the door. What you people don’t get is people are getting tired of your constant hand in our pockets. This isn’t over, sweeping change takes a couple of elections. A few more to get rid of in this county. We are coming for the rest of you.

  120. Anonymous
    November 3, 2010 at 9:38 am

    Arkleyville indeed. Hopefully all those signs will come down quickly and the time and money Arkley spent on winning this election will finally make him happy.

  121. Anonymous
    November 3, 2010 at 9:44 am

    Lots of “hammered” people at Avalon, btw.

  122. Barb Leonard
    November 3, 2010 at 9:51 am

    Guess there is no joy in mudslingingville today. If you didn’t see this coming, then you have only yourselves to blame. Living inside a bubble of an ideology that allows no dissenting views isn’t a winning strategy.

    The negative Karma here is an example of why you lost this one. Take off the tin hats and tune in the tin ears to the real people of Eureka and you might get a clue.

    It’s a big diverse world out there and if you continue to be unwilling to accept and listen to dissenting views you will never further your agenda…..which in my mind is a good thing as long as your MO is to ratchet up the rhetoric instead of elevating the dialogue.

    So much for all the chest thumping about taking over the council and the county supervisors. Guess there was a bigger picture out there the majority of voters tapped into.

    The question is can you man up long enough to stop the name calling and look inside to figure out how you went so wrong?

  123. Redwood
    November 3, 2010 at 1:20 pm

    In June 8th primary the Final numbers came out July 1.
    An additional 6,200 votes were included.Gags got 2,600,A Jax 2325,Hagen 1,102 and Bryson 522 added to totals.Looking back at past stats the last count trends liberal just like the poll count.
    In the 2006 MidTerm – 49,000 out of 78,000 registered voted
    In 2008 Presidential – 64,293 out of 80,226 registered voted.
    This time we have 78,387 registered.There should be a few thousand more votes out there.

  124. ChumBolly
    November 3, 2010 at 1:22 pm

    Oh Barb shove it up your wrinkled ass. Eureka lost a strong supporter of public safety for a clueless knothead and the 4th District lost 30 years of institutional knowledge so that a winking Palin-type can now spend four years cutting ribbons.

    How’s that for karma, Barb? The real people, Barb? Who the fuck are the real people? You mean the people who value strong public safety and responsible planning? Because those folks lost and lost big. The real people who value experience, knowledge and competence? Because those folks lost as well. Less than 50 percent turnout means that a small minority of smug, clueless shitbags will now drive our city and county into the same damn ditch the responsible were pulling it out from. So there’s your real people you fucknut.

  125. Mitch
    November 3, 2010 at 1:30 pm


    Thank you. I doubt any response could be closer to perfection.

  126. High Finance
    November 3, 2010 at 1:40 pm

    Chumbolly, clueless & classless at the same time.

  127. ChumBolly
    November 3, 2010 at 2:20 pm

    HiFinance still a blithering shitbag.

  128. Redwood
    November 3, 2010 at 4:00 pm

    Unconfirmed report of up to 11,000 uncounted votes.* Which actually matches the numbers for the last mid-term election numbers of 49,000 votes out of 77,903…Right now the count is 38,710 out of 78,387 from yesterday.

    *My neighbor heard it at the courthouse.

  129. Ne'er-do-well
    November 3, 2010 at 8:20 pm

    When you come to get the rest of us Anon 9:05 be sure you stop at my house first. I’ll be waiting for you brother.

  130. Anon
    November 6, 2010 at 11:08 am

    PJ at 7:08 “We could lose the best Police Chief”? There’s hope then!!

  131. November 22, 2010 at 11:22 am

    Lol @Anon : yes people act strange ^^

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