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Supes spar over Coastal Commission nomination

The Humboldt County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to support the nomination of Supervisor Mark Lovelace to fill the North Coast seat on the California Coastal Commission — but the issue provoked tense talk and finger-pointing.

Lovelace asked the Board to support his nomination, but suggested any letter of recommendation wait until the middle of December in case other elected officials step forward.

Supervisor Jill Duffy strongly criticized Board Chairman Clif Clendenen for not contacting Supervisor-elects Virginia Bass and Ryan Sundberg to find if they are interested in the position.  She said the “games that have been played are over the top,” but when Lovelace responded she defensively said she wasn’t accusing him.

A lengthy public comment period followed with all speakers asking the board to hold off on supporting the nomination to allow other elected officials to step up.

Fortuna City Councilman Dean Glaser said he would throw his hat in the ring if it would help delay the process.  The colorful Councilman whose commitment to confusion is well known, said he is “as neutral as you can possibly get.”

Bass said she would like the opportunity to be considered for the position, but in traditional Bass fashion expressed confusion about how or if she could put her name forward. She said her time as mayor and on the Eureka City Council gave her some knowledge about issues facing coastal communities.  But it’s clear following her performance over the last year that she is relatively clueless about the operations and goals of the Coastal Commission.

“It’s not our job to solicit nominees, its the job of the nominees to step forward,” Lovelace said.  “I’m not asking the Board to nominate me and only me.  I’m simply asking for a consideration of my nomination at this time and leave the door open for others.”

Supervisor Bonnie Neely — who will leave her position on the CCC in January — amended her motion in support of Lovelace to direct the County Administrative Office to work with the City Selection Committee to identify other possible nominees.  The Board will revisit the issue at its December 14th meeting.

  1. tra
    November 30, 2010 at 11:49 am

    What is Mark doing in that photo? The hokey-pokey? (You put your right foot in, you put your right foot out, you put your right foot in, and then you shake it all about…)

  2. Voter
    November 30, 2010 at 12:36 pm

    Dean Glaser should try thinking before he reacts. Fortuna isn’t in the Coastal Zone, and I don’t think he’d be eligible. He was there to represent the Resource Advisory Committee, yet he can’t resist pulling a moronic political stunt. He should not be allowed to represent this non-political committee, it’s totally inappropriate.

    Dean should have focused on informed the public about how they can find out more about the RAC call for proposals. He didn’t even bother to direct people to the RAC website.

  3. Ditto
    November 30, 2010 at 12:44 pm

    The last thing Bass needs is another job she knows nothing about. She is sounding more and more like Sarah Palin all the time, a brainless puppet who will do as she is told by the men who hold her strings.

  4. November 30, 2010 at 12:49 pm

    Ditto, Ditto.

    Bass ran her campaign as if ignorance of the General Plan was an asset. She clearly doesn’t have the mental capacity to be on the Coastal Commission. She’s already in way over her head.

  5. Anonymous
    November 30, 2010 at 12:51 pm

    Glaser thinks he is a good choice because he has a boat repair business!! Ha ha. Seriously, the man is whacked.

  6. November 30, 2010 at 12:57 pm

    Tsk, tsk, H … name calling and demonizing should be beneath you and this blog.

    Saying someone is stupid doesn’t make it so. To paraphrase Lenny Bruce, she’s so stupid that she’s been elected twice to the city council, once as mayor and overwhelmingly defeated a six-term sitting supervisor.

    Try it yourself before you throw stones. That ain’t easy.

  7. Anonymous
    November 30, 2010 at 1:00 pm

    Virginia Bass would like to nominate Rob Arkley, but since that’s not possible, she’d like the board to consider herself instead.

  8. November 30, 2010 at 1:03 pm

    Quite the verbiage flying around this morning at the Humboldt County Courthouse Board of Supervisors chamber. It seemed innocent enough on the agenda, “Consider Nominations for the California Coastal Commission North Coast Regional Representative.” Only one person had turned in some sort of paperwork to be considered (Mark Lovelace) and there seemed to be a disconnect in distributing information to the correct public entities that was sent from the outgoing Governors office to the County Board of Supervisor clerk. Distribution to solicit other candidates seemed to be missing.

    When outgoing 4th District County Supervisor Bonnie Neely made a motion to nominate Lovelace, (Jimmie Smith seconded) outgoing 5th District Supervisor Jill Duffy showed displeasure with the process and said she was tired of the “GAMES” that were being played with the nomination process. She asked Neely to amend here motion to allow other prospective candidates to come forward. Jill also chided Chair Clif Clendenan for not forwarding this information to the two newly elected Supervisors. Neely initially stood pat on her motion and waited for public comment. That is when it became apparent that the public felt the process was being railroaded and undermined by politics. Not one person from the public came forward to speak in favor of Lovelace’s nomination. All spoke about the lack of due process in choosing and asked for reconsideration. A reaccuring theme was Lovelace’s ties to Humboldt Baykeepers. Mr. Louie DeMartin publically viscerated Mr. Lovelace with a public tirade on how he is the problem with the lack of growth in the county and said it will be a personal crusade of his to get him out of office.

    Eureka Mayor and 4th District Supervisor elect Virginia Bass came forward to the podium to express her desire to be considered for the position. Seems to make sense, as she would replace the person she will be replacing in office.

    Bonnie Neely relented to Jill’s request to nominate Lovelace but to consider others in a future meeting. The motion passed unaimously.

  9. Anonymous
    November 30, 2010 at 1:08 pm

    Richard, do you think Virginia has the qualifications to be the Coastal Commission representative for the North Coast?

  10. Anonymous
    November 30, 2010 at 1:13 pm

    55% is not “overwhelmingly” anything.

  11. Anonymous
    November 30, 2010 at 1:14 pm

    “A reaccuring theme was Lovelace’s ties to Humboldt Baykeepers.”

    What “ties”?

  12. Ditto
    November 30, 2010 at 1:16 pm

    That only makes sense to someone as clueless as you and Bass, Richard. Maybe when Bass has gotten up to speed on the issues she has admitted she doesn’t know she can look for more responsibilities after proving she can handle them. She doesn’t stand a chance of a snowball in hell getting appointed to the CCC no matter if every person in Humboldt County wanted her.

  13. Anon
    November 30, 2010 at 1:18 pm

    ML is on the Board of Baykeepers

  14. November 30, 2010 at 1:26 pm

    What made Bonnie qualified to run for Supervisor 24 years ago? Or qualified to be on the Coastal Commission years back? You people on this hate blog just keep hating. You are very much a minority. We have evidence of that.

  15. Ditto
    November 30, 2010 at 1:28 pm

    “ML is on the Board of Baykeepers”


  16. Anon
    November 30, 2010 at 1:33 pm

    What were Bonnie’s qualifications when she first was appointed? That was quite a few years ago.

    Virginia’s confusion came up since she is currently the Mayor or Eureka and that term expires before she is sworn in as a Supervisor leaving her in no elected office while the CCC seat is open. County Counsel will determine what that means and if she could be nominated as a “Supervisor elect”. Interesting position to be in.

    I guess City of Arcata was not notified as it is not on their agenda for their next meeting. Although Wheetley is interested. Don’t know if is on agenda in Eureka either.

    Humboldt County received the letter and I don’t know if they were supposed to notify Mendocino and Del Norte County that they could nominate someone or if those counties received their own letter.

  17. Ditto
    November 30, 2010 at 1:35 pm

    Poor Richard doesn’t know that secretaries usually know more about what is going on than their bosses do. Neely was beyond a shadow of a doubt the most informed candidate 24 years ago, her experience as a supervisor qualified for the CCC and that experience qualified her to be Chair of the CCC. Bass didn’t even try to become informed on the major issues she will have to vote on as supervisor and admitted it. Your comment that it makes sense to replace Neely with Bass on the CCC because Bass won Neely’s position as supervisor makes you seem like a complete idiot.

  18. Anonymous
    November 30, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    Bonnie was appointed to the CC after many years of dealing with and working on coastal issues for Humboldt County and the region not just the Eureka waterfront. This is the same as John Woolley before her. Virgina, as much as you may like her, has shown no interest in regional coastal, or any environmental or planning issues.

  19. Native Daughter
    November 30, 2010 at 1:46 pm

    The CCC representative must be someone who understands the governmental process, community needs and overall economic and environmental impact of the Commission. Lovelace is qualified, educated and experienced. Newly-elected supervisors Bass & Sundberg will be stretching just to educate themselves (we hope) to operate in their new Supervisor positions, let alone representing the County constituents on the CCC.

    I can’t resist pointing out that Richard has shown that he knows nothing about (or chooses to disregard) obligations to legal process, conflict of interest, or loyalty to constituents. Your comments about Lovelace or anything are discredited by your own behavior. If you want to help Bass, Arkley, Sundberg or anyone, you’d do best to retreat and regain some semblance of integrity.

  20. tra
    November 30, 2010 at 2:13 pm

    I guess as a resident of Humboldt, I should be rooting for someone local to get the seat, but from the point of view of our neighbors in Del Norte and Mendecino, they probably feel like it should be their turn once in a while — Humboldt has had that north coast seat on the board for decades, under Neeley, and before her Wooley. So don’t be too surprised if someone from one of the other north coast counties gets the seat.

  21. longwind
    November 30, 2010 at 2:21 pm

    Native Daughter, we can all learn how to listen to people we disagree with. I’m grateful Samoa Richard has reported on events at the Supes, since we won’t get meaningful information anywhere else.

    Humboldt’s political culture will continue to be this stunted and stupid so long as citizens have no information about officeholders and candidates but their gang affiliation–which blankets all other attributes, viz Virginia.

    “When you’re a Jet you’re a Jet all the way, from your first cigarette to your last dying day. . .”

  22. Steve
    November 30, 2010 at 2:45 pm

    Richard calls this a “hate blog” – how funny. More like a fact blog. I got it! Richard hates the facts.

  23. November 30, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    It’s amusing to see Chris “bottom feeder” Crawford handing out lectures about name-calling.

  24. November 30, 2010 at 2:59 pm

    Native Daughter: I made no comments about Mark. I reported what others said about him.

    Of course I would want to help Bass. That is not a well kept secret. She helped with my campaign, I helped with hers.

  25. Anonymous
    November 30, 2010 at 3:34 pm

    It’s amusing to see Heraldo calling someone else a “bottom feeder”.

  26. November 30, 2010 at 3:49 pm

    Those are Chrawford’s words. You know. Mr. No-name-calling.

  27. Anonymous
    November 30, 2010 at 3:49 pm

    She helped me, I helped her… How about helping your community as a priority for once?

  28. Ditto
    November 30, 2010 at 3:58 pm

    “She helped me, I helped her”

    The new version of the “good ole boys” motto.

  29. Ditto
    November 30, 2010 at 3:59 pm

    Yeah, those were the words Crawford used to describe the victim of a vicious hostile work environment enabled by his good friend Tyson.

  30. November 30, 2010 at 4:02 pm

    That’s what he said, alright.

  31. Native Daughter
    November 30, 2010 at 5:25 pm

    Varying points of view are all for the greater good…

    This is not a “hate blog”, but when you put your neck out, you should stand behind your words. Richard’s “reporting” on the Supe meeting was full of “verbiage” (?) that apparently fell below his understanding. His characterization of events is skewed and full of misinformation.

  32. November 30, 2010 at 5:48 pm

    Tsk, tsk, H … name calling and demonizing should be beneath you and this blog.

    Nothing is beneath a blog. Blogs have no rules.

  33. George Washington Axe
    November 30, 2010 at 6:04 pm

    Cliffy Appleseed is becoming quite the political stooge himself, hopefully the conservative south will repeal his seat next election.

  34. Ponder z
    November 30, 2010 at 6:33 pm

    if said here, it is a liberal pipe dream

  35. Joel Mielke
    November 30, 2010 at 7:54 pm

    “Cliffy Appleseed”?
    Are you a six-year-old, 6:04?

  36. Bolithio
    November 30, 2010 at 8:35 pm

    This is what makes the CCC such a shity organization. Neely, Bass, Lovelace – none of these people should be on the CCC. To serve the interest of the public – and the mandate of the agency – the seats of the CCC should be filled with a balanced composition of engineers and enviornmental scientists. People who are trained to develop sound projects and alternatives. People who dont enforce a top down policy derived from political interests.

    November 30, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    Jill has a weird and odd power trip thing going on over the past 1 1/2 to 2 years – a little too bullish wannabe manly-like in a way of trying to be like “that person that one” could never be whether it would have counted for something or not. Apparantly, open forums are good for pre-meditated acts for the creation of friction. Now, if MORE IMPORTANT issues were being discussed, maybe some new entrepeneurs will want to start-up shop and create private sector jobs; then again, maybe not.

    Jeffrey Lytle
    McKinleyville – 5th District

  38. Anonymous
    November 30, 2010 at 8:57 pm

    Bolithio @ 8:35 That’s why Mark Wheetley is a good candidate for the CCC. He has the background necessary.

  39. Anonymous
    December 1, 2010 at 12:00 am

    So Lovelace and Wheetley are the same on all issues? Someone please point out one actual opinion that they differ on.

  40. WidemoutbASSstinks
    December 1, 2010 at 2:05 am

    Virginai Bass couldn’t organize a pissing contest at a frat kegger.

  41. Dont be fooled again
    December 1, 2010 at 5:04 am

    Like her or no, you’d be a fool to argue that Team Bass can’t organize.

  42. December 1, 2010 at 7:28 am

    Mark Wheetley should be the leading candidate for this position he has worked with (not for,although I do believe he did intern with them out of college back when they had the eureka office next to the sea grill) the CCC since the 80’s

  43. Ditto
    December 1, 2010 at 7:36 am

    The City of Arcata can nominate Wheetley since there is no limit on how many people can be nominated. It’s up to the governor to decide who to appoint. All the whining from people who thought they should be solicited for the nomination is absurd and proof they aren’t up to the task since even the sub Standard previously reported nominations were being sought so Ahnold could appoint someone before Brown takes office. Guess Bass can’t be bothered to read the news either.

  44. Reality Check
    December 1, 2010 at 7:59 am

    Team Bass was able to organize with an outside political consulting group that was fully funded by Rob Arkley-nothing more, nothing less.

  45. High Finance
    December 1, 2010 at 8:00 am

    I have been out of town off & on the past week or so and haven’t been paying full attention to the Coastal Commission appointment.

    Reading the T/S this morning it became clear why the left wingers here were so behind Lovelace. He has been a consultant to Paykeeper & advising them.

    He is the LAST person that should be appointed to the CC. We need somebody that will help businesses & business development.

    And again with the bashing. Some of you have said that Virginia Bass hasn’t even taken the time to inform herself on the issues that she will be voting on.

    Two points. One, she isn’t a supervisor yet for some more weeks & isn’t voting on anything there yet. Second, she has a full time job in the private sector & her half time job as Mayor and she was running a campaign that itself is almost a full time job. I don’t see how she had time to do anything. She will come up to speed fast & will do fine. Being a supervisor is not like brain surgery.

    Anyone who thinks she is stupid is seriously underestimating her.

  46. Pitchfork
    December 1, 2010 at 8:03 am

    I think Virginia would be a great Coastal Commissioner. It’s been a long time since Arkley and Tyson have been directly represented on the commission. With (I’m confused) Bass on the CCC, maybe Rob’s front group will drop they’re lawsuit. Hey, who knows maybe the CCC will be allow to inspect the site if Virginia’s there. All that said, most of all she’s just so lovable, that’s why we need her. A coastal commissioner must first and foremost be warm and fuzzy and do exactly what her developer handlers want. oh ya! and shes so sweet!

  47. OffTheRez
    December 1, 2010 at 8:08 am

    Oh HiFi, you rapscallion! I though you were just lying low after being outed.

    December 1, 2010 at 8:26 am

    Anyone who listens to pre-meditated whinings is a fool, period.

    ……..as if past elections have not already shown how the governor appoints to the CCC. It is clear that 1) either Jill is an on again and off again communicator type, along with those she complained on behalf of or 2) she truly pre-meditated a political rant for showmanship in a manner like that of the U.S. and State Congress extorionists.

    Either or, how much of a list does one think can be generated with qualified applicants when attempting to cull out the top choice (obviously there exists animosity)? Then, of course, the local selection to go into the fish bowl for the gov. Now, where was Jill when the appointment for the Planning Commission came-up??? Seems to me she now complains about something within a process that she committed herself last year for her appointment power. Stupid is as stupid does, especially when hypocricy shines bright.


  49. Anonymous
    December 1, 2010 at 8:26 am

    Good God Gertie–HiFi’s back. Yeah, we need more business oriented folks on the Coastal Commission. Kind of like having the fox guard the henhouse. His head is still stuck up there, way up there.

  50. E. Percival Ne'er-do-well Esquire III
    December 1, 2010 at 8:35 am

    HiFi, why not take the corporate personhood thing to its logical conclusion and appoint a corporation to the CCC? Maybe Security National?

  51. December 1, 2010 at 8:38 am

    Some of you have said that Virginia Bass hasn’t even taken the time to inform herself on the issues that she will be voting on.

    Virginia herself said that. Repeatedly.

  52. insider
    December 1, 2010 at 9:19 am

    Please send letters of support for Mark Lovelace
    Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
    Attn: John G. Cruz, Appointments Secretary
    State Capitol Building
    Sacramento, California 95814

  53. High Finance
    December 1, 2010 at 9:20 am

    Yes Heraldo, and then I explained why and why it is perfectly reasonable at this time.

    Off the Rez is off the rez again. If you were ever right on anything people here would faint dead of shock. So you might want to consider stalking somebody else.

  54. December 1, 2010 at 9:25 am

    We shall see how ably Virginia hits the books. So far, it doesn’t look promising.

  55. Ditto
    December 1, 2010 at 9:33 am

    If Bass couldn’t be bothered to educate herself on the issues before the election, it’s highly unlikely she will trouble herself now since she won without having an informed opinion on anything. When she said she would “talk to people” she meant ask her bosses at SN and C of C how to vote. The right loves pretty face and vacuous brain in women, they are so malleable.

  56. High Finance
    December 1, 2010 at 9:38 am

    That was highly sexist of you Ditto.

    I am quite disappointed in you.

  57. December 1, 2010 at 9:43 am

    How else do you explain Sarah Palin?

  58. Ditto
    December 1, 2010 at 9:46 am

    Stating an obvious fact isn’t sexist. Look at most of the right wing female politicos. Pretty idiots.

  59. Steve D
    December 1, 2010 at 10:02 am

    For Samoasoftball@ 1:03 and other posters: thank you for reporting ‘on the spot’ of the Supes’ meeting and of a neutral opinion; I welcome reading similar and informative news posts on all topics wherever they occur.

    To Insider@9:19: thanks for the cogent followup and referral.

    I believe Mr. Lovelace would make a fine Commissioner from my observations. Given and aside from that, another poster elsewhere opined having a Native American representative on the CCC would also be a fine contribution and opinion. I fully agree.

  60. Anonymous
    December 1, 2010 at 10:02 am

    Ditto, I’m no fan of HiFi and this smear of Lovelace (association with Ayers, cause of economic decline, etc)is both despicable and ridiculous.
    However, your statement does ring of sexism.
    Some very intelligent and regarded republican women:
    Sandra Day O’Connor, Christine Todd Whitman, Olympia Snowe. I don’t agree with them, but I respect their intellect.

  61. Ditto
    December 1, 2010 at 10:10 am

    I didn’t say Republican women, I said right wing. Those you named are moderates. The right wing picks women like Palin and Bachmann, probably because the best liar is one too stupid to know they are lying.

  62. Anonymous
    December 1, 2010 at 10:36 am

    HiFi was outed? Who is he then?

  63. anon1
    December 1, 2010 at 1:13 pm

    I don’t even believe Virgina should be thinking CCC..She has plenty on her plate trying to understand the county. I agree with Henchie..Something is up with Jill..Watch her bank account or her next appointment..Or job..She has completely changed in the last couple of years..Why..New hubby? Who is her new Husband?

  64. A-Nony-Mouse
    December 1, 2010 at 3:25 pm

    Anon 10:36 Maybe HiFi just has an “Outie”?

  65. Steve D
    December 1, 2010 at 4:29 pm

    Sent my letter of support for Mr. Lovelace (see insider post @9:19) to Secretary Cruz this morning and encourage others to do the same. I’d like to see Mr. Lovelace representing Humboldt on the CCC as opposed to another from outside of our fair county. Please additionally support Mr. Lovelace in this regard, if you could. Thank you.

  66. Largo
    December 1, 2010 at 5:35 pm

    For your convenience, letters of support for the highly qualified Mr. Lovelace to:

    Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
    Attn: John G. Cruz, Appointments Secretary
    State Capitol Building
    Sacramento, California 95814

  67. Anonymous
    December 9, 2010 at 6:55 am

    HiFi is Matt Bass. It is obvious.

  68. A-Nony-Mouse
    December 9, 2010 at 7:35 am

    Do you mean Matthew Owen, everyone’s love child?

  69. Anonymous
    December 9, 2010 at 3:20 pm

    Matt Bass was the funny slam against Mathew Owen.

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