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Look who wants Clif’s seat

Outgoing Sheriff Gary Philp is preparing to run for Humboldt County Supervisor in 2012 against Chairman Clif Clendenen, sources say.

Philp’s political pals won seats on the Board of Supervisors last month in the conservative wave that crashed into local government.

The Sheriff posed for a baffling endorsement of Ryan Sundberg despite Sundberg’s twice-the-limit DUI last year, saying that Sundberg would protect public safety, of all things.

Philp was also out front to support the campaign of Supervisor-elect Virginia Bass.

Despite his upcoming retirement, Philp is far from riding into the sunset.

  1. Anonymous
    December 2, 2010 at 6:16 am

    It’s only baffling if you expect integrity.

  2. Dancing
    December 2, 2010 at 6:22 am

    Heraldo, you kill me with your:
    “conservative wave that crashed into local government”.
    Brady and Newman are hardly conservatives, they are both classic centrists like most of those in Eureka who have any life experience, broader world view and savvy what-so-ever. Get out of the bubble you live in a little more and afford yourself some perspective. Seriously!

  3. Brady and Newman
    December 2, 2010 at 6:27 am

    Don’t call us conservatives, we are right-wingers.

  4. 06em
    December 2, 2010 at 6:44 am

    That’s right, Heraldo. You need to get yourself a little o’ that savvy what-so-ever.

  5. Humboldt Politico
    December 2, 2010 at 7:26 am

    That would be interesting but I don’t believe it, not really. Yes, Clif must go if for no other reason than he’s an idiot, but think back for just the last few years…How many community meetings, etc. did Philp attend? To the best of my knowledge he always sent Downey. To think of him out meeting and greeting, knocking on doors – Never Happen!

  6. Anonymous
    December 2, 2010 at 7:37 am

    Jeez- why ruin a perfectly good retirement? The man must be either a masochist or just plain nuts. Or-he wants to do public service for his community. Either way- he’s a better man than I. I’d just collect my retirement checks and tell everyone to take a hike.

  7. High Finance
    December 2, 2010 at 8:15 am

    Gary Philp would make a great supervisor & he is still in his 50’s.

    This is the best news of the day.

  8. Lodgepole
    December 2, 2010 at 8:19 am

    If this is true , I’d say Cliff is in deep shit.

  9. LDY
    December 2, 2010 at 8:31 am

    I couldn’t think of a better person than Philp! I hope he does run!!!!!

  10. Anonymous
    December 2, 2010 at 8:34 am

    Can’t wait for the Pepper Spray debate to begin all over

  11. Ditto
    December 2, 2010 at 8:35 am

    Wow! Apparently his publicly funded retirement isn’t enough for him if he wants to double dip at the public trough or is he going to volunteer his services as supervisor? It’s a good thing there are so many jobs in Humboldt County that retirees can work even though they have very healthy pensions.

  12. Being Real
    December 2, 2010 at 8:43 am

    Always about who is running not the issues needing attention in this area. Phillp running for 2nd District Supervisor is a joke. I do not see this happening because Phillp is LAZY! There is no way he has a chance of being elected.

  13. Anonymous
    December 2, 2010 at 10:16 am

    Phillp is a good guy. A bit more conservative than the Herald would like I am sure but well suited to Fortuna where this blog doesn’t hold much sway.

    I have also heard Estelle Fenell is considering another run. Now that Cliff is out as a Prog rather than a Republican that would be a hard mix for him to win in.

    An odd mix of forces are also organizing against Loavelace in the 3rd. Looks like Mark’s position on Forester Gill has pissed some powerful progs off.

  14. Carol
    December 2, 2010 at 10:26 am

    Clif is doing a good job as supervisor. I supported Estelle the last time, but will most likely support Clif. Clif’s hometown is Fortuna, and his family makes the best apple cider. I think the FCC is trying to follow the ECC, as far as playing with local politics.

  15. tra
    December 2, 2010 at 10:31 am

    Given that Philp has shown his vote-getting ability as Sheriff, I don’t think he can be dismissed as a potential candidate.

    I have no idea how a Clendenan/Philp race would shake out, nor do I have any idea what the result would be if the race was Clendenan/Philp/Fennel.

    But I do think that in a two-way race between Estelle Fennel and Clif Clendenan, Fennel would probably stand a good chance of unseating Clendenan.

  16. Anonymous
    December 2, 2010 at 10:49 am

    Philp is moving to Arizona.

  17. anon1
    December 2, 2010 at 11:13 am

    They both work for ROBBIE ARKLEY…CONSERVATIVE is a word..Like rip off and conflict of interest..and premeditated take over of our entire county by people who want to control all monies in and out..How many of the so called conservatives are growing pot in mini-storages or commercial buildings they own..How many of them are really as they seem at face value..Remember no big box,Etc…If you want big city values and prices that are not cheaper…Move to the city..I like walking into our local stores and the person behind the counter seeing me as a person helping their family survive not just a number..Why, as a question? Do we need anything business like a business model like WALMART..have you people really decided to try and become something so impersonal like a city..

  18. Jack Durham
    December 2, 2010 at 11:28 am

    All the conservative/liberal labeling nonsense aside, Sheriff Philp made promises to McKinleyville when he was first elected. Guess what? He actually delivered on those promises. He staffed the local law enforcement office and beefed up patrols.

    Before he was elected, the lack of law enforcement in Mack Town was a big issue. After he was elected, things improved and it was no longer a major issue.

    Of course, things aren’t perfect. Given the size of the town, it should probably have more deputies. But under Philp, there were serious improvements.

  19. Anonymous
    December 2, 2010 at 11:44 am

    It’s comforting to know that the hippies and the rednecks have joined hands in their effort to do away with the last of the salmon.

  20. tra
    December 2, 2010 at 12:00 pm

    “It’s comforting to know that the hippies and the rednecks have joined hands in their effort to do away with the last of the salmon.”

    I trust your rectum is feeling a bit more roomy after you pulled that little item out of your ass.

  21. Anonymous
    December 2, 2010 at 12:02 pm

    It may not be their (or your) intention, but it will be the result.

  22. tra
    December 2, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    Supposedly the County favors preserving Ag lands and keeping them in production. But apparently budget woes are leading in the opposite direction, with the County set to increase taxes on landowners who have lands under Williamson Act conservation easements:


  23. December 2, 2010 at 1:30 pm

    One thing I can say about Heraldo, he knows how to get in touch with some pertinent issues. For instance: “hardly conservatives, they are both classic centrists” and “Don’t call us conservatives, we are right-wingers.” If there’s anything everyone should have learned these past two years is that there’s really no such thing as conservatives, right-wingers, right of center, centrists, left of center, left-wingers or liberal. They’re all the same when you get past all the smoke and mirrors. There might be some difference between Tea Party people and extreme liberals. There are better words to describe all this melange of literalists, but then … another day.

  24. NowWhat
    December 2, 2010 at 2:12 pm

    “It’s only baffling if you expect integrity.”

    “Wow! Apparently his publicly funded retirement isn’t enough for him if he wants to double dip at the public trough or is he going to volunteer his services as supervisor? It’s a good thing there are so many jobs in Humboldt County that retirees can work even though they have very healthy pensions.”

    “It’s comforting to know that the hippies and the rednecks have joined hands in their effort to do away with the last of the salmon.”

    Best and most appropriate comments of the day.

    I worked with both Philp and his wife.
    I’ve heard them accused of a lot of things, but having integrity or being competent were never included.

  25. Posse
    December 2, 2010 at 4:35 pm

    Who in law enforcement do left-of-center folks support? Anyone? And,please, don’t insult us all with the false Glass/Garr bromance thing.

    December 2, 2010 at 6:19 pm



    Also, McKinleyville is generally not any better nor worse (safety) during Philp’s tenure ~Highlite a growing populus as well~.

    Not knockin’ the Sheriff Jack, but there is no need to pump him up as some savior either. He did the job the best he knew how and that is all one can ask of a person. I tip my hat to him for the main issues a person in the position of a sheriff must deal with daily. I admit I disagree with some decisions in the past and question certain areas of policy conflicts, but overall I know that it is a challenging elected position, especially when the court systems tend to obstruct the enforcement of laws due to non-understandings and misinterpretations or some other legal quandry.

    Jeffrey Lytle
    McKinleyville – 5th District

  27. Eric Kirk
    December 2, 2010 at 9:10 pm

    What would the issue be? GPA? Code enforcement?

  28. Anonymous
    December 2, 2010 at 11:24 pm

    As per an earlier comment,Philp is moving to Arizona.

  29. Anon
    December 2, 2010 at 11:39 pm

    Well, maybe his moving to Arizona would explain his endorsement of a guy on probation for DUI for supervisor, being photographed in an ad on public safety, when the Sheriff’s Association supported Cleary. It’s rather odd, you have to admit.

    Lemme guess, he’s Old Friends with the Sundberg family, yeah whatever.

  30. Thomas Paine Jr
    December 3, 2010 at 6:41 am

    Just retire and go the fuck away.

  31. Harold h. Greene
    December 3, 2010 at 6:48 am

    I bet he won’t like it there because there’s no such thing as political conservatives in Arizona. Just people who don’t like mexicans, govt. secured social security, black presidents or marijuana.

  32. December 3, 2010 at 9:26 am

    It’s not Clif’s seat.

  33. Anonymous
    December 3, 2010 at 9:35 am

    You employed Rose? Or is your full time job participating on the blogosphere?

  34. High Finance
    December 3, 2010 at 11:11 am

    And what is your occupation “Anonymous” 9.35am. You post here more than Rose, but you hide it by not having a pseudo name.

  35. The Challenger
    December 3, 2010 at 1:02 pm

    Yep, there’s only one: Anonymous has copyrighted his name…

  36. Anonymous
    December 3, 2010 at 1:16 pm

    High Finance is not a pseudo name?

  37. December 3, 2010 at 1:44 pm

    Obviously, and it distinguishes that one person’s comments from the vast pool of anonymi.

  38. Mart
    December 3, 2010 at 1:45 pm

    Wait, what’re we talking about?

  39. Anonymous
    December 3, 2010 at 3:55 pm

    Anonymi. That’s what.

  40. Anonymous
    December 3, 2010 at 5:22 pm

    Try to keep up Mart.

  41. Anonymous
    December 3, 2010 at 5:40 pm

    What do you prefer Heraldo, more Anonymi or more individuals designated by pseudo names ?

  42. December 3, 2010 at 7:19 pm

    I prefer pseudonyms over “anonymous.”

  43. December 3, 2010 at 7:22 pm

    Perhaps the Humboldt Herald should host “A Day Without Anonymous” day.

  44. Voter
    December 3, 2010 at 10:51 pm

    yo Posse, isn’t Paul Gallegos in the category of “law enforcement”? There’s your answer.

  45. December 4, 2010 at 7:02 am

    The 5th district continued its poor voting record, remember Anna Sparks, Paul Kirk, Jill Duffy? Now we have Ryan Sundberg? A small-town know-nothing. If Philip thinks he can unseat Clendenen, he’s nuts. Go fishing and relax. Keep out of the supervisors’ chamber.

  46. High Finance
    December 4, 2010 at 8:43 am

    Funny, I was thinking about how the 5th district has done so well over the years.

    Just one left winger & he only lasted four years.

  47. felixsama
    December 4, 2010 at 3:40 pm

    Philp was only elected because the public was furious over the eye-swabbing of the activists in the Congressman’s office and were not attentive enough to realize that PHILP (not Lewis) was the source of that plan.

    He presents himself pretty mildly, but the truth is he is a VERY BAD MAN.

    Too bad C.C. is so limp. He will probably not be able to defend his seat against a candidate so much more devious than he is.

  48. Anonymous
    December 4, 2010 at 10:22 pm

    You simply don’t know him & you are only going by the propaganda about an incident that happened, what, 15 years ago ? If you knew Gary Philp you would know how idiotic you sound.

  49. Anon
    December 4, 2010 at 11:35 pm

    I’ve known Philp for a lot of years and I can say without hesitation, he’s a man of integrity. Whether or not he wants to run for the Board, I’d be surprised. As others have already posted, I believe he and his wife are moving to Arizona.

  50. December 5, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    “The Sheriff posed for a baffling endorsement of Ryan Sundberg despite Sundberg’s twice-the-limit DUI last year, saying that Sundberg would protect public safety, of all things.”

    Thats’ right!

    Now let’s not forget to thank Hank Sims for exposing Sundberg’s DUI just before the election. Otherwise, voters may have been duped into thinking that Sundberg is an all around good citizen and family man.

    It’s good to know that we have an honest local free paper that is all about “People, politics, and Art”.

  51. Anonymous
    December 5, 2010 at 5:09 pm

    The left are such evil haters.

  52. tra
    December 6, 2010 at 8:51 pm

    In contrast to tobacco, smoking cannabis has not been found to cause lung cancer. It can cause bronchitis, and maybe emphysema…but those problems can be avoided by eating cannabis food products rather than smoking. Vaporizers may also reduce the potential for damage to the lungs, though they have probably not been in use long enough, or among enough people, for a definitive study to have been done yet. (Perhaps there is a study of this sort going on right now? I hope so.)

    There seems to be lot of anecdote-based belief suggesting that cannabis use causes a lack of motivation, and even some research showing a correlation in some users — but it’s not clear whether the cause is being confused with the effect. In other words, it may be that the correlation is mostly due to people who are already lacking in motivation (in some cases because of depression and/or anxiety) becoming overusers of cannabis, rather than the other way around.

    In any event, cannabis, like most any substance can be overused (abused) and a small minority of cannabis users fit this category. However, even the harms associated with this overuse are not very severe compared with the harms caused by other substances that are already legal, like alcohol and tobacco.

    Meanwhile, the serious harms resulting from the Prohibition of cannabis are much more severe and really quite indisputable: The violence associated with the black market (including home invasions, drug deal disputes, etc.), the imprisonment of hundreds of thousands of Americans (which involve massive costs for imprisonment, parole and probation supervision, the lost wages and productivity of those who are imprisoned, not to mention the effects on the families of those who are imprisoned). There are also the massive costs to law enforcement and the judicial system, and of course the loss of potential tax revenues from the product if it was legal (both of which also mean that less money is available to address more serious crimes, as well as to provide for other societal needs).

    The bottom line:

    Cannabis is a mildly euphoric herbal drug that is not physically addictive, essentially impossible to overdose on, and is used responsibly and in moderation by millions of Americans.

    Prohibitionism, on the other hand, is an extremely harmful and addictive political narcotic that wastes vasts sums of money, reduces individual freedom and generates violence, without accomplishing anything constructive in the process.

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