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Lovelace seeks Coastal Commission appointment

Humboldt County Supervisor Mark Lovelace is “actively seeking the nomination” to the California Coastal Commission, according to the Times -Standard.

Two seats on the powerful commission will be vacated following the Nov. 2nd election. Commission chairwoman Bonnie Neely lost her bid for re-election to the Humboldt County Supervisors, making her ineligible for a spot on the commission.

Any local progressive politico that lands a seat on the CCC will likely find themselves in the cross-hairs of local power monger Rob Arkley, who blames the CCC for stalling his “Marina Center” project.  Arkley himself stonewalled the Commission’s proceedings on permits for the Marina Center, but used his fictionalized version of events as a political blow torch to catapult his loyal candidates into office.

Arcata City Councilman Mark Wheetley is another local possibility for the Commission, according to the T-S.

Outgoing governor Arnold Schwarzenegger will appoint a replacement for Neely before he leaves office, but there is no guarantee that the pick will come from Humboldt.  Elected officials from other Northern California Coastal Counties are also eligible.

  1. Anon
    November 24, 2010 at 9:17 am

    Lovelace would be great on the Coastal Commission. He is the most diligent Supervisor we have ever had, certainly does his homework.

    November 24, 2010 at 9:19 am

    Give it to another county/city leader – Humboldt has too many issues to deal with here at home for which, in retrospect, probably would disqualify a local rep. based on the damages done here at home by local reps. within the political arena THAT HAS SPILLED OVER INTO THE ENVIRONMENTAL ARENA. Maybe a fresh pov from the vantage of another geographic jurisdiction is needed at this time. Maybe not – maybe the political arena is happy with he geographic break-downs. It is good to switch commission seats on a routine basis after elections when possible, open mindedness is fair and appropriate.

    Besides, it will be one less Humboldetesque’ official having to travel out-of-the-area – thus, the citizens of this county get more service here at home, hopefully anyway.

    Jeffrey Lytle
    McKinleyville – 5th District

  3. Mitch
    November 24, 2010 at 9:36 am

    Brave man. Thanks, Mark, but careful what you wish for.

  4. Steve D
    November 24, 2010 at 9:41 am

    I agree with anon @9:17. Mark Lovelace is a good and diligent Supervisor. I’ve seen him working at my different County meetings– he’s sharp, informed, prepared, asks pertinent and cogent questions, always curious to learn, and applies the ability to see through complex and challenging situations very well from my observations. He would serve the CCC well.

  5. Redwood
    November 24, 2010 at 9:55 am

    Mark got a little over 2500 votes in his BOS election. Not exactly a mandate from the over 16,000 registered voters or 25,000 eligible voters he reps. I agree he should walk before he runs. He’s also gotten a little to close to the cannabis crowd.Humboldt voted against Prop 19 – The people have spoken.Ha Ha.

  6. High Finance
    November 24, 2010 at 10:15 am

    What qualifications does Lovelace have other than just being another liberal Democrat politician?

    Or is that enough for you guys?

  7. November 24, 2010 at 10:17 am

    That’s a funny question coming from someone who believes that being an Arkley ditto head is qualification enough to hold public office.

  8. High Finance
    November 24, 2010 at 10:30 am

    Is that what I think Heraldo?

    You don’t have a clue, All you have is your biases, assumptions & misperceptions to guide you.

  9. Hmmm
    November 24, 2010 at 10:32 am

    High Finance says:
    November 24, 2010 at 10:15 am

    What qualifications does Lovelace have other than just being another liberal Democrat politician?

    Or is that enough for you guys?

    Let’s see:

    asks pertinent and cogent questions
    always curious to learn
    applies the ability to see through complex and challenging situations

    Yup, sounds like a liberal Democrat all right. Far better that we get a dimwitted, uninformed, unprepared, incurious conservative who can break every nuance down into black or white.

  10. November 24, 2010 at 10:34 am

    All you have is your biases, assumptions & misperceptions to guide you.

    Actually, I have years of your comments to shed light on your “biases, assumptions & misperceptions.”

  11. Hmmm
    November 24, 2010 at 10:42 am

    JL, are you seriously suggesting that it would be a good thing for Humboldt to have even less representation at the state level with respect to issues that affect us directly? Why don’t we just go ahead and divert 100% of the Eel and Mad rivers into wine country?

  12. Ahem
    November 24, 2010 at 10:53 am

    The only appointee from Humboldt to CCC should be Jimmy Smith. If the new governor appoints Mark Lovelace he’s (the Gov) is just another party wonk and we’re doomed.

  13. Voter
    November 24, 2010 at 10:56 am

    Mark Lovelace would be an excellent coastal commissioner. He gets the info, and makes decisions on facts and findings of law, rather than on political machinations and relationships. That may not make him popular with other politicians, but it gives him a lot of credibility in my eyes.

    Also I was impressed that Mark changed his mind on Prop. 19 once he heard his fellow supes and the public’s arguments in favor of supporting it.

    Wheetley may appear to be qualified, but specifically, what has he actually done? I know people at DFG who just shrug when asked what Wheetley’s job is. He doesn’t seem to do much of anything except duck and cover when there’s a difficult decision to be made.

  14. SNaFU
    November 24, 2010 at 11:07 am

    A timber company “Woods Boss” should bid for the vacancy, not another tree hugger.

  15. Decline to State
    November 24, 2010 at 11:24 am

    I don’t understand why, according to the TS article, that “…none of the Eureka City Council members have expressed interest (in the position).” After Arkley went to all the trouble to get Balloon Track friendlies elected to office why is he not now pressuring them to seek this very powerful office.

  16. High Finance
    November 24, 2010 at 12:34 pm

    First of all Heraldo, you don’t have “years” of my comments. I just started posting last summer.

    Second, you could have decades to read my comments and it wouldn’t do any good because you don’t think about what I post, you only react.

  17. November 24, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    Your comments don’t require much thought.

    And thanks for another showing of hypocrisy. You clearly failed to read the comments in this thread before posting your dismissive black & white take on this issue.

  18. A-Nony-Mouse
    November 24, 2010 at 12:58 pm

    I’m forming a “Mouse (mice?)for Mark” support group.

  19. November 24, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    I just started posting last summer.

    FWIW, HiFi’s first comment appears to have been posted on April 17, 2009.

  20. High Finance
    November 24, 2010 at 1:36 pm

    Oh boy, you really got me now Heraldo!

    It goes to show that while you never think of the substance of posts that disagree with your POV, you do remember dates.

  21. Steve
    November 24, 2010 at 1:52 pm


  22. CheckYourMyopiaAtTheDoor
    November 24, 2010 at 1:55 pm

    HiFi-a legend in his own slime.

  23. November 24, 2010 at 1:57 pm

    Add fact checking to the list of things Hi-Fi dislikes.

  24. Oldphart
    November 24, 2010 at 2:12 pm

    Lovelace scares me as a Coastal Commissioner. His ego is too big. Jimmy Smith will actually talk to his constituents and see what the community is thinking and take that into consideration. I don not see Mark Lovelace doing that. Just an observation. Not left, not right. Best person for the job = Jimmy.

  25. Anonymous
    November 24, 2010 at 2:23 pm

    What is Lovelace’s formal educational background?

  26. A-Nony-Mouse
    November 24, 2010 at 2:37 pm

    Jimmy needs another job like Godzilla needs a TuTu.
    The MLPA Blue Ribbon Task Force adds enough to his plate along with his regular Supe job. He’s a great guy but let’s not ‘pile on’. There are more great guys out there and Mark Lovelace is one of ’em.

  27. Eric Kirk
    November 24, 2010 at 3:36 pm

    Isn’t Bonnie in office until January? How can Schwarzenegger appoint someone until she’s out?

  28. Dont be fooled again
    November 24, 2010 at 4:26 pm

    Keep it up HiFi! Without a good villan, this blog would be a complete waste of time!

  29. CheckYourMyopiaAtTheDoor
    November 24, 2010 at 4:30 pm

    From Heraldo”
    “Add fact checking to the list of things Hi-Fi dislikes”

    Facts,data,logic,and critical thinking don’t mesh with
    dark ages knucklescraping world views like highlyfried,signpainter chuckie, or rex bummer.

  30. Anon
    November 24, 2010 at 4:43 pm

    I would hope that Wheetley does not have a conflict of interest with Fish & Game and could be appointed as he knows the issues better than Mark Lovelace and would represent us very well on the North Coast. (From a person that does not live in Arcata and never voted for Wheetley or Lovelace but I know both of them).

    But then maybe someone from Mendocino or Del Norte should be appointed as Humboldt has had the superior role for years and both counties have coastline issues also and water ways (rivers) that count.

  31. Old Steve
    November 24, 2010 at 4:54 pm

    I’m glad that Mark is interested in taking on the role of Coastal Commissioner. He is a good listener and is mindful of what is in the best interest of the community. I admire Mark’s diligence — his influence has grown because he puts in the time and effort necessary to figure things out. He has the strength to speak truth to power, but is also a pragmatic deal-maker (e.g., Sunny Brae forest).

    I was surprised that the T-S piece framed Schwarzenegger’s insistence on selecting Neely’s replacement as somehow helping Brown. Were I Brown, I would want Schwarzenegger to hold off. End-of-term appointments seem like a last-gasp effort to thwart the interests of the incoming office-holder.

  32. Lodgepole
    November 24, 2010 at 5:58 pm

    If it were up to the voters of Humboldt he wouldn’t stand a snowball’s chance in hell.

    Perhaps someone closer to the middle would be a better choice. Mark Wheetley for example.

  33. anon1
    November 24, 2010 at 7:34 pm

    Mark would be perfect. He cares about what is right. It is important to make decisions based on whats best for most people not a few.

  34. High Finance
    November 24, 2010 at 7:50 pm

    Thanks for the thought “Don’t be fooled”.

    The only part you got wrong is that I am the good guy & most of you are the villans.

  35. Anonymous
    November 24, 2010 at 7:54 pm

    Mark or Mark? Ha!

    Actually, I know Mark W well and this is his area of expertise. He’s level-headed, reasonable and cares about doing the right thing. Mark L may be equally qualified – so people say (here). If so, we have two excellent candidates for the position. That’s a good thing.

  36. Anonymous
    November 24, 2010 at 8:30 pm

    HiFi–good guy? that’s funny. If you aren’t the epitome of an old fashioned conservative, non-thinking dodo, I can’t imagine who would be. Happy Thanksgiving.

  37. November 24, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    It is not without irony that this seat on the CCC is such a hot topic. It could have major implications for the city of Eureka. So when some guy from San Luis Obispo gets the nod, what will we say about the future of the Marina Center?

    Oh… and High Finance is just the next in the line of so called Anti-Heraldo crusaders here to save us from the lies and misdirections. I bet he even comes with a cape and a flood light we can activate every time H posts a new entry. High Finance will put in his time, and move on like all of the others.

    I personally miss the person/crusader who posted simply as Yo

  38. Ponder z
    November 24, 2010 at 9:47 pm

    we surly don’t need this bozo in that seat.
    I would say Mark L has poor judgment, and lack of business sense. Therefore, he will always side with the ecofreeks.

  39. November 24, 2010 at 9:50 pm

    Only an ignorant, Hurwitz-loving ignoramus would consider Lovelace an “ecofreek”.

  40. November 24, 2010 at 9:51 pm

    So when some guy from San Luis Obispo gets the nod, what will we say about the future of the Marina Center?

    There is positions open in both SoCal and NoCal. SLO won’t get our seat.

  41. November 24, 2010 at 10:01 pm

    The SLO remark was just a random exaggeration.

  42. Ponder z
    November 25, 2010 at 8:03 am

    He is not an ecofreek, but will side with that thought over conservative pro-business sense. He will have our coast put into a preserve with no use, rather than keeping our fishing fleet thriving. He will restrict growth over privet conservation subsidized by the government. This state needs business and industry growth, and new homes. Not restrictions that disable the state by driving out business.

  43. Thankful for no Bay Big Box....ever!
    November 25, 2010 at 8:54 am

    So when some guy from San Luis Obispo gets the nod, what will we say about the future of the Marina Center?

    Everyone on the CCC hates the Marina Center project, they don’t need anyone from the North Coast telling them that. Good work refusing them access Randy and Robbie……dopes. …..or more appropriate, turkeys!

  44. Anonymous
    November 25, 2010 at 9:26 am

    Again, what are Lovelace’s formal qualifications? What is his educational background? It seems like Wheetley is more qualified.

    November 25, 2010 at 9:35 am

    Hmmm says:
    November 24, 2010 at 10:42 am
    JL, are you seriously suggesting that it would be a good thing for Humboldt to have even less representation at the state level with respect to issues that affect us directly? Why don’t we just go ahead and divert 100% of the Eel and Mad rivers into wine country?

    Abstaining and recuses occur from timte to time as well – now, are you going to blame the selection process for commissioners? Anyhow, whether or not a “local former city slicker” is on the commission or not, millions of city slicker people will have some sorta power for any water that State Rights allows less federal Supreme Court input (since I doubt the State Supreme Court will do what is right). Some may say it is good to have a former city slicker be the “set-up” guy. Otheres would disagree.

    I am of the share and share alike mindset amongst jurisdictions when multiple jurisdictions are affected. Just as Humboldt would not want total exterior autonomous control over issues, so too for other jurisdictions that make-up the commission.

    Lastly, if as you imply in your post with regard to being “on top of issues for local benefit”, then do explain little items like offshore military exercises, late MLPA interactions by “local uppers”, Salmon fishing alotments and permittings and sport fishings and, and, and…. Local elected officials and subordiantess are just as late to the party often enough that I doubt Humboldt is adversely affected unlike any of the other coastal counties.

    A variety pack on the commission is the best – no need for another monopoly or dualopoly style of government.


  46. Reality Check
    November 25, 2010 at 9:55 am

    Hi-fi angry-vag bass isn’t going to be the next coastal commissioner. And he’s the good guy, remember all the positive statements he makes!

  47. Tupelo
    November 25, 2010 at 10:59 am

    Wheatley far out-qualifies and out-classes Lovelace.

  48. Tupelo
    November 25, 2010 at 11:07 am

    Bass shouldn’t even be part of the conversation. But, then again, Neeley was a poor choice and her tenure proved that. Smith is highly qualified but too mealy-mouthed to satisfy anyone. Higgins would have been modestly qualified and a real blast to watch muck everything up with his grandiose pomposity. How about someone from the tribal interests?!

  49. yah
    November 25, 2010 at 12:48 pm

    Tupelo at 11:07 brought up a good point. The native tribes should be represented.

    November 25, 2010 at 3:52 pm

    Well, there ya go – all local jurisdictions should have their own coastal commission subordinate to the State Coastal Commission (which would have to have an increase in the number of seast to be able to represent all interests).

    What a mess more structure would create.



  51. forest
    November 26, 2010 at 8:59 am

    How HofJ moves from point A to B is like… a mystery wrapped up into an enigmatic burrito. Yack.

  52. Anonymous
    November 26, 2010 at 10:29 am

    anybody know where lovelace went to college?

  53. High Finance
    November 26, 2010 at 1:09 pm

    Nobody has ever answered my question as to what are Lovelace’s qualifications to the CC?

  54. SNaFU
    November 26, 2010 at 6:09 pm

    Mark was working on a BA degree in ‘Community Organizing’ from the University of Briceland (95589)
    Unknown to me if he ever achieved all the credits?

  55. Local Eurekan
    November 26, 2010 at 8:51 pm

    Mark Lovelace, for all of the reasons mentioned by Heraldo in the original post, would be a brilliant and responsible choice for the Coastal Commission. He knows the issues and thoughtfully thinks them through. He has what it takes to be charged with protecting the California Coast.

    Wheetley is a sell-out and hack. He got popped a year or so ago using for using his garage for years as an illegal rental unit, against the very code he was in charge of making as councilman. This is a guy to put in charge of guarding the henhouse of coastal development?

  56. High Finance
    November 26, 2010 at 9:08 pm

    Why, Local, WHY?

    Why would Lovelace be “a brilliant and responsible choice” for the Coastal Commission ?

  57. Anonymous
    November 27, 2010 at 1:32 pm

    Actually Lovelace has been a big disappointment to many on the left. He supports the Richardson Grove project, he doesn’t return constituents phone calls and his allegiance to Paul Hagen cost him a lot of support from liberals concerned about civil liberties. Many liberals are concerned with much more then JUST the environment. Having said that, I’m sure he would do a fine job on the CCC, but I would also like to have Linda Atkins considered. The right can support Wheetly if that’s their choice, which is sounds like it is.

  58. High Finance
    November 27, 2010 at 5:36 pm

    Linda Atkins will be out of office in just 24 months.

  59. Mary Wheetley
    November 28, 2010 at 12:32 am

    Local Eurekan,

    I’d like to clear-up some information in your post on 11/26/10 at 8:10pm. Your post is inaccurate. The unit you are referring to was not rented for years. I actually rented it for 5 months to 1 tenant. After signing a month-to-month lease with this tenant beginning in Sept. 2009, the individual filed a complaint of substandard housing with the city in January of 2010. It was a space that was permitted with a full and functional bathroom(shower, toilet, sink) and a separate sink area with shelving. I installed a gas line to hook-up a cook stove after the permit closed. The City of Arcata sent me a notice the first week of February of 2010 to remove the gas line. The file was closed the first week in April 2010 after they inspected the space.

    A Voter,

    Here is some information for you based on your post of 11/24/10 at 10:56 am. A few of Mark’s projects that he has worked on in the Humboldt area with F&G have been project development and securing funding for the Salt River Project in Ferndale (I believe it was a $1M dollar grant), worked on development of Humboldt Bay Management Plan, lining up funding for the acquisition of 47,000 acres of California Redwood Co. timber land along the Klamath for the Yurok Tribe, etc. Prior to working in the Humboldt Bay Area with F&G he was assigned to projects in the Scott Valley. If you would like to know more about what he has done with his work at F&G or in his professional career at the Coastal Commission, Coastal Conservancy, or at the City of Arcata as employee or councilman, please contact him. He is in the book.

  60. Anon
    November 28, 2010 at 11:38 am

    For Lovelace’s “qualifications” his bio is posted at the County of Humboldt Board of Supervisors Agenda for Nov 30 under agenda item E.1.

    There are committees that he was appointed to on the BOS that may or may not meet along with other things over the years. I guess if you are after this position you would put in almost anything you could.

    Would like to see a bio from Wheetley for comparison as he has a pretty good background but might have a conflict being employed by Fish & Game.

  61. Question Everything
    November 29, 2010 at 6:17 pm

    I was reading the Coastal Act and it says that the counties and the city selection committies from each county should submit at least one nomination.

    Who is on the city selection committee for Humboldt?

  62. Anonymous
    November 29, 2010 at 6:36 pm

    If the seat was for Humboldt’s 3rd district alone you could argue Lovelace as the obvious choice but this position represents a much broader constituency.

    Lovelace has a history that makes him a very polarizing figure already. If he has any further political ambitions he may be better off keeping his head down for a while.

    Unfortunately it looks like he is more ambitious than he is smart.

  63. Anonymous
    November 29, 2010 at 6:58 pm

    Thanks, Mary W. Being a landord in Arcata and having been around the block I knew the post to be untrue. People will say anything here to make someone look bad.

  64. Another Local Eurekan
    November 29, 2010 at 7:09 pm

    Knowing both Mark and Mary Wheetley, I am sure they are responsible landlords. Also, I know Mark is highly qualified to hold a position on the Coast Commission – in terms of education, experience and public service.

  65. Not A Native
    November 29, 2010 at 8:16 pm

    Legal qualifications for Coastal Commission:

    30310. In making…appointments pursuant to this division, the Governor…shall make good faith efforts to assure that….appointments, as a whole, reflect, to the greatest extent feasible, the economic, social, and geographic diversity of the state.

    And FWIW(My bolding). The Marina Center doesn’t qualify as a ‘priority’ for coastal zone use.

    30001.5. The Legislature further finds and declares that the basic goals of the state for the coastal zone are to:
    (a) Protect, maintain, and, where feasible, enhance and restore the overall quality of the coastal zone environment and its natural and artificial resources.
    (b) Assure orderly, balanced utilization and conservation of coastal zone resources taking into account the social and economic needs of the people of the state.
    (c) Maximize public access to and along the coast and maximize public recreational opportunities in the coastal zone consistent with sound resources conservation principles and constitutionally
    protected rights of private property owners.
    (d) Assure priority for coastal-dependent and coastal-related development over other development on the coast.
    (e) Encourage state and local initiatives and cooperation in preparing procedures to implement coordinated planning and development for mutually beneficial uses, including educational uses,
    in the coastal zone.

  66. Anonymous
    November 29, 2010 at 8:24 pm

    Dang. Mel Berti just retired.

    November 29, 2010 at 8:41 pm

    Anonymous says:
    November 29, 2010 at 6:58 pm
    Thanks, Mary W. Being a landord in Arcata and having been around the block I knew the post to be untrue. People will say anything here to make someone look bad.

    Response = people being mostly anonymous types that is. Real namers would be foolish to “make crud up”.


  68. Anonymous
    November 29, 2010 at 9:00 pm

    I don’t really understand how Wheetly could do his full time job and be on city council and be on the Coastal Commission. I assume he doesn’t have that much vacation time.

  69. Anonymous
    November 29, 2010 at 9:34 pm

    The Wheetley’s deserve all the respect in the world for what they give to our community without asking for anything in return.

    I can’t think of a more qualified and broadly supported candidate. I wish him luck if this is what they want.

  70. Bolithio
    November 30, 2010 at 7:16 am

    Priority implies there are multiple options for some development. What is the alternative to the Marina Center again? (Not an imaginary one, but an actual funded plan…)

  71. Anonymous
    November 30, 2010 at 8:00 am

    The Wheetleys deserve respect, but they also don’t deserve special treatment either.

  72. A-Nony-Mouse
    November 30, 2010 at 8:40 am

    First things first, Bolithio. Get the real cleanup done and the posibilities become endless. There was once a PUBLIC PROCESS in place to determine the best use for the BT until Jeff Leonard bowed to pressure and shot it down. It could still be done. Keep an open mind.

    Meanwhile, either Mark would be great on the CC. Linda Atkins would also be great. Comments about her tenure in office, besides being premature, also apply to all of the other candidates as well so have no real bearing here.

  73. Anonymous
    November 30, 2010 at 5:46 pm


    The public can dream all it wants. They can’t pay for the cleanup. That’s why the property has been vacant all these years.

  74. Not A Native
    November 30, 2010 at 7:20 pm

    Bolithio, as far as we know, the Marina Center project is unfunded. You don’t know that CUE VII has the funds to complete that project. But that fact doesn’t occur to you because you unquestioningly believe ‘In Arkley We Trust’.

    And anon 5:46 the property has indeed been unused due to contamination that the PROPERTY OWNER hasn’t removed. The Eureka Government sat on their hands instead of condemning the site. It took a non-profit group to file a lawsuit to compel a clean up. Its not a public obligation to fund clean ups of messes that private property owners create.

  75. Anonymous
    December 1, 2010 at 9:43 pm

    As far as we know, you don’t know jack.

  76. yelp8812
    March 21, 2011 at 4:37 pm

    All these things are really dumb and stupid. I think that CCC should go away.People have a lot there too, except for the BBQ.

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