Bass unabashed

Humboldt County Supervisor-elect Virginia Bass says Eureka City Manager Dave Tyson should stay with the city rather than retire because “no one [has] more institutional knowledge.”

But Virginia’s fondness for know-how gained by years of service is a new thing.  She attacked the institutional knowledge of outgoing Supervisor Bonnie Neely during the election season while touting her own ignorance about key issues facing the county such as the General Plan Update.

During the October 4th debate between Bass and Neely, Bass repeatedly used a tasteless quip that Neely was “intimately involved” with the GPU, while she herself apparently never even made it to first base.

Tyson’s “intimate involvements” at City Hall don’t appear to bother Bass or the new City Council, even if they cost taxpayers money.  The City of Eureka is on the hook for half of a $200,000 lawsuit settlement based on his failure to stop harassment of a city employee in the workplace.  Tyson allegedly felt thwarted in his attempts to get intimately involved with the victim, thereby allowing the petty and damaging behavior of the harassers to continue.

[Image courtesy of Capi Tator.]

  1. Anon
    December 17, 2010 at 8:30 am

    your photo sucks. The photoshop job make it look more like Mike Wilson than Tyson. I think you need to fire your staff and help from another graphics department

  2. December 17, 2010 at 8:31 am

    You’re blind. That’s Mr. Intimate Involvement all the way.

  3. Bolithio
    December 17, 2010 at 8:34 am

    Wow, I thought I accidentally went to the Humboldt Mirror!

  4. Anon
    December 17, 2010 at 8:49 am

    It is rather Mirroresque. I wonder, has the bar been raised or lowered?

  5. Anonymous
    December 17, 2010 at 8:55 am

    The Herald has always been as jihadist at The Mirror. The only change is a new staffer in the graphics department.

  6. Big Al
    December 17, 2010 at 8:56 am

    “The City of Eureka is on the hook for half of a $200,000 lawsuit settlement”

    That is a lot of money in my world, if one of my employees cost me that much he would be gone.

    kinda funny picture, look she’s pinching back

  7. gelous 'ginyah
    December 17, 2010 at 8:58 am

    wow! now thats the REAL Dave Tyson! execpt that does look much like Marian, oh well, seen one air head bimbo, seen them all! He cost the City a lot more that a couple hundred thousand. His Gobal investation (cover up) cost a lot more than that. Now he wants a raise to stay on.

  8. tra
    December 17, 2010 at 9:06 am

    To me, it seems a bit ironic to deploy that tasteless photoshopped picture with its industrial-strength insinuation, in a post complaining about how Bass “used a tasteless quip” in the campaign.

  9. Anon
    December 17, 2010 at 9:07 am

    I looked again with glasses on. It still looks more like Mike Wilson than Tyson. Probably part of the problem is with proportion. Tyson is much taller and leaner than the photo which is more proportionally more similar to Wilson. Mike looks fine too, he is just not the tall skinny guy that Tyson is.

    The Bass model has problems too. Bass has bigger breasts and is in better shape overall. This probably came from walking door to door listening to voters. It is also why Bonnie leaves office still predictably plump.

    Keep at it, with time you’ll figure out proportion and a sense of balance. Well maybe not.

  10. Dave
    December 17, 2010 at 9:30 am

    What little class you had is now gone, H. Grow up. You’re behaving no better than Rush or Drudge.

  11. Straight up
    December 17, 2010 at 9:37 am

    I thought it was interesting that Tyson was at the Mark Lovelace hearing last night. Not acting like a guy who’s leaving.

  12. 69er
    December 17, 2010 at 9:43 am

    This sucks, how low can you go???

  13. ED
    December 17, 2010 at 9:52 am

    I see that those most upset by the image aren’t commenting on the context.

  14. The waste manager
    December 17, 2010 at 9:58 am

    It is Dave all right. Must be a younger shot. In this case he had to PAY to Play. What kind of institutional knowledge is he talking about?

  15. December 17, 2010 at 10:04 am

    Sad. Childish. A hate blog. How low can you go H? Better hope you people are never outed. It could cost you big in court.

  16. tra
    December 17, 2010 at 10:08 am

    The sleazy nature of the photoshopped image distracts from and reduces the credibility of the points that the post is supposedly making.

    So Bass said Neeley was “intimately involved” with the GPU. So what? How is that “tasteless?” Unlike the sleazy photoshop job featured in this post, word “intimately” doesn’t necessarily insinuate sexual hijinks, it just means that Neeley was deeply involved in the GPU.

    I’m no fan of either Bass or Tyson, and I think there are plenty of legitimate criticisms to be made of both of them…but with the crude photoshopped image and the insinuations that go along with it, this post only distracts and detracts from legitimate criticisms.

  17. 69er
    December 17, 2010 at 10:11 am

    ED says:
    December 17, 2010 at 9:52 am
    I see that those most upset by the image aren’t commenting on the context.

    What context, nothing but hate mongering, pure and simple…

  18. Anonymous
    December 17, 2010 at 10:19 am

    Typical Heraldo. Slimeball!

  19. Living In Eureka
    December 17, 2010 at 10:20 am

    Love the picture! Bad taste?? Well, maybe but it sits on my plate with ease. At least it’s the truth – something Dave a a problem with! That man has the fastest zipper in town & if his wife doesn’t know about it, she’s an idiot (or doesn’t give a damn)!

    The Hansen case cost this city a bundle & not just the settlement! If city hall spent half as much time working as they do screwing around, this city wouldn’t be the shit hole it is! Kick his ass to the curb. Let the Council run things for awhile, maybe they’ll learn a few things!

  20. Big Al
    December 17, 2010 at 10:22 am

    don’t you think if that were supposed to be Virginia it would have had her face???

    I like the idea that listening to voters improves breast size, be talking with my GF about that!

  21. Goldie
    December 17, 2010 at 10:24 am

    Is this one of the unreleased pictures from the Times-Standard article “Muddied waters: Eureka officials’ testimony conveys role of personal relationships in EPD investigation”.
    “depositions shine a light on some less-than-professional behavior by city employees, and indicate that personal relationships and friendships among city employees raised concerns”
    I don’t think it is Heraldo who is sinking low here.

  22. Anonymous
    December 17, 2010 at 10:35 am

    The photo job is indeed quite mirror-esque. But to comment on the context, I wonder if, come January, Virginia Bass will nix Jeff Smith from the Planning Commission and the institutional knowledge he represents there.

  23. WhatNow
    December 17, 2010 at 10:38 am

    Truth is often like bitter tasting fowl and brackish salt water.
    Good job, Heraldo.
    Both posts todasy are right on target.
    Keep un the good work.

  24. Reality Check
    December 17, 2010 at 11:12 am

    It’s time that we all start calling it like it is. Thank you Heraldo! The hypocrisy of this new regime is crystal clear, if you are not practicing blind faith in the church of Arkley. Dave Tyson has participated in crimes that have cost the city over $200,000, in a time when we can’t afford public safety, emergency services, or street maintenance. This is who we fight to keep working for our community-I DON’T THINK SO!! Maybe it was the lunch with Rob and Cherie Arkley at Hurricane Kate’s that made Dave change his mind. Pathetic governing, pathetic!

  25. anonymous
    December 17, 2010 at 11:12 am

    The “poor taste” of this image is nothing compared to the “poor taste” of our inept city government or the “poor taste” of having to pay $100,000 to get our city manager off the hook for “poor taste”. Get over your self-righteous selves.

  26. High Finance
    December 17, 2010 at 11:13 am

    Have you no shame Heraldo?

    Don’t answer, that was a rhetorical question. Low class asshole is what you are. If your blog is sinking to this level of garbage, what makes you any different than the worst of the Mirror?

    You may also want to consult a lawyer.

  27. Big Al
    December 17, 2010 at 11:20 am

    political cartoons are protected free speech

  28. Reality Check
    December 17, 2010 at 11:26 am

    Keep putting the truth out there Heraldo-it has clearly struck a chord! The truth might be hitting a little too close to home for low finance-I mean Marc Matteoli, I mean the asshole who slanders everyone, I mean the bust loser who is grasping to whatever lifeline he can(Matthew Owen and Rob Arkley).

  29. Reality Check sucks
    December 17, 2010 at 11:38 am

    Tell me heraldo, how is the worst thing that DeeDee Wilson ever did to Tawnie on her blog, any worse than the garbage you have done today ?

    Are you proud of yourself ? If I was Matt Owen, I would be looking for you (and he knows who you are).

    Big Al, Dee Dee ended up paying Tawnie something like $20,000 after being sued.

  30. tra
    December 17, 2010 at 11:59 am

    I strongly agree that Tyson should leave, and that his poor judgement, which cost the City hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal costs is one of the reasons he should leave.

    I guess some people think that the sleazy approach of the photoshopped graphic and the insinuations aimed at reinforcing unproven rumours of infidelity adds something useful to that argument. I don’t agree.

  31. Reality Check
    December 17, 2010 at 12:03 pm

    Matt Owen is out looking for his soul-so he’s a little too occupied to look for Heraldo. Besides, Owen would have an army to fight through before getting to Heraldo-the only truth teller left! Owen only likes to throw sucker punches anyway-a fair fight has never been his way.

  32. Plain Jane
    December 17, 2010 at 12:13 pm

    Anyone know what’s up with the crazy sirens?

  33. WhatNow
    December 17, 2010 at 12:15 pm

    “intimate involvement=”I screwed-up and the taxpayers got screwed footing the bill!And low-life shitstains like HiHi still love me and want me to keep screwing- up and screwing the taxpayers!”
    Greast job, Heraldo!
    This piece and the “Jager-bot” article are superb.

  34. Low Class WhatNow
    December 17, 2010 at 12:19 pm

    Most people have more class than you WhatNow

  35. Big Al
    December 17, 2010 at 12:21 pm
  36. Anonymous
    December 17, 2010 at 12:22 pm

    The “Above the Law” blog was the ongoing attempt by one faction inside the Eureka Police Department to destroy the reputations and careers of at least two other people in EPD. When DeeDee Wilson agreed to pay the $20,000, she was admitting she had in fact been trying to do that. The dollar amount was less important to her intended victim than the fact that DeeDee was admitting her guilt.

  37. Anonymous
    December 17, 2010 at 12:31 pm

    The sleazy graphic is a step back in the forward march of the Humboldt Herald’s credibility amongst us well-educated and tasteful yokels. Even so, it ain’t half as bad as the sheenanighans that have been goin’ on at City Hall for the last 150 years or so!

  38. Girlie
    December 17, 2010 at 12:55 pm

    I had no idea Tyson was so hot.

  39. December 17, 2010 at 1:26 pm

    Great thread! You should see how tyson and bass act around each other at the cal-courts annex in cutten,in fact its a great place to observe most of the new regime prance around patting each other on the back and playing grab ass. I would hope there is a strong showing of public outrage at upcoming city council meetings over this at the least.

  40. December 17, 2010 at 1:28 pm

    The thought that Virginia is in better shape than woman in the picture is almost as much of a joke as she is.

  41. Goldie
    December 17, 2010 at 1:33 pm

    The “Above the Law” blog and all participants and intended ‘victims’ were under the management of Mr. Tyson, our city manager. He managed with such skill that it ended up costing many thousands for his Global Investigation and the resulting payoff of many thousands of our cities dollars and time that was not spent on forwarding our cities needs.
    Go back and read the deposition as reported in the TS. Heraldo’s picture is right on. It’s all Hanky Panky High School, or did you forget?

  42. anon1
    December 17, 2010 at 1:34 pm

    Remember when my question about carnal knowledge got erased..The truth is the truth..Why lie..Take responsibility for your married ass acting like that, both of them..If we cant trust them with a personal truth..How can we trust them with anything..O.K. sly with the waste of money this situation is costing us what do you have to say..Are you still gonna want him to stay or go?..No spin, just yes or no.Remember he personally is costing us 200,000 + remember you’re the high finance man??? that’s a lot of wasted money..This is a complete slap in the face for all of us hardworking people who live here..Law Suit, I thought you were a realtor not a lawyer..You cant get busted for the truth..

  43. Fred
    December 17, 2010 at 2:11 pm

    Slimeballs, both of you.

  44. December 17, 2010 at 2:11 pm

    And you have the nerve to attack me, ‘heraldo”? Obsessed? You are. Sleazy innuendo? You’ve got it.

    As a Blogger, you know full well the difficulty Tyson would have faced in uncovering who was behind the “Above The Law” blog – yet you defame him for not getting to the bottom of it in a 30 min sitcom. You, like the rest of us, can deduce that there was a bigger picture in that instance yet you attack him for broadening, not limiting, the investigation.

    I have given you respect in the past, some of it begrudgingly – but I no longer think you deserve it. Whether it is because you have blown a gasket over the last election or because “you” have switched in a new – juvenile – team member at the helm here, I don’t know. But there’s a distinct change in tone.

    What’s it all for, “heraldo?”

  45. Reality Check
    December 17, 2010 at 2:19 pm

    It’s for truth, Rose-something you are very unfamiliar with. Why do you even look at this blog if it’s so untruthful? Heraldo has earned the respect of this community, unlike yourself.

  46. Plain Jane
    December 17, 2010 at 2:27 pm

    Rose forgets there was other evidence of the harassment like flower and gift deliveries, text messages. Hansen’s attorney didn’t have a hard time nailing the culprit without near the resources as the city manager had at his disposal. That “global” investigation that didn’t go beyond questioning the usual suspects was designed to fail and Tyson’s letter of recommendation and the city paying Wilson off just let the rest of the perpetrators off the hook. Why would any city manager with integrity give a good recommendation to such a vile and troublesome former employee as Wilson? Could it be because she knows who else participated?

  47. anon1
    December 17, 2010 at 3:57 pm

    Confirmation of your dis-respect ha ha ..People don’t care, and when did you become so special, you aren’t the MORAL compass for anybody..Rosemary your Dad must be embarrassed..Remember your Mom Brailles for free to help people Rosie..I think you forget who you are..and where you came from..

  48. Anonymous
    December 17, 2010 at 4:34 pm

    The City of Eureka is about to get FUCKED

  49. Anonypus
    December 17, 2010 at 5:14 pm

    Wow, and I thought the Herald was different than the Mirror….
    For shame, Heraldo, for shame.

    December 17, 2010 at 7:16 pm

    Did Howard Stern get hired by the Herald? Catchy picture for the headliner.

    Jeffrey Lytle
    McKinleyville – 5th District

    December 17, 2010 at 7:23 pm

    High Finance says:
    December 17, 2010 at 11:13 am
    Have you no shame Heraldo?

    Don’t answer, that was a rhetorical question. Low class asshole is what you are. If your blog is sinking to this level of garbage, what makes you any different than the worst of the Mirror?

    You may also want to consult a lawyer.

    Response: Kinda as if there is a local community backlashing conspiracy against the Humboldt Herald, so time for the blog moderators to start-up the increased provocations as the enemy conspirators agenda is almost complete, lola.


  52. anon1
    December 17, 2010 at 7:34 pm

    Mike Jones made a response to the blogs in his farewell speech..Not all the people who come, and look, post…This blog does make a difference..Some sort of transparency..When Virginia got up and gave kudos to david her face was red and I don’t think she believed what she was saying..

  53. Joel Mielke
    December 17, 2010 at 8:54 pm

    Jesus. I click on the Herald and I end up at the fucking Mirror. Even Rose is here. I’m feeling sick.

  54. longwind
    December 17, 2010 at 9:35 pm

    Well observed, Joel.

  55. High Finance
    December 17, 2010 at 9:45 pm

    Heraldo has crossed the line of decency before.

    But this day is the first day that I have been ashamed of posting here, of participating here. This blog was supposed to be better than the Mirror.

  56. The waste manager
    December 17, 2010 at 9:47 pm

    Check those sheets for DNA. You never know who has been in them.

  57. anonymous
    December 17, 2010 at 9:51 pm

    Is this what they mean by institutional knowledge?

  58. An
    December 17, 2010 at 10:03 pm

    and you people wonder why you keep losing elections.

  59. Anonymous
    December 17, 2010 at 10:17 pm

    This post is not in the best of taste. But, it seems fairly tame and “after-the-fact” when I think about the very explicit article in the Times Standard, all that has been exposed about the goings on at “City Hall,” the cost to the City and tax payers and, not to forget, the cost to relationships. I feel for anyone who has suffered in the fallout from all this, Dave Tyson’s wife, for example. However, this blog reaches a limited number of people and I’m a little surprised by the outrage expressed here. Again, that doesn’t mean I think this is the best post ever – just don’t find it as scandalous as many seem to.

  60. Anonymous
    December 18, 2010 at 6:58 am

    Always in the gutter…class up for once.

  61. Chelsea M
    December 18, 2010 at 8:00 am

    You never see the Mirror and the Herald in the same room at the same time. Hmmmm

  62. Joel Mielke
    December 18, 2010 at 11:07 am

    “This blog was supposed to be better than the Mirror.”
    I’m with HiFi on this one.

  63. Quick Question
    December 18, 2010 at 12:02 pm

    Heraldo, do you think Mirror-style graphics influence those of us seeking credible local news and civil public discourse? If so, in what way?

  64. Anonymous
    December 18, 2010 at 12:25 pm

    We needed a laugh, and boy was that funny, and appropriate considering the issue, the settlement, and the hypocrites strangely quiet while Tyson’s rehire is pending. Sounds like the Mirror is always laughing, I’ve never visited and never will. I’m sorry it offended the sensibilities of our resident demagogue-liar, and cartoonist.

  65. Joel Mielke
    December 18, 2010 at 12:28 pm

    The booger-eating Anonymous might have more fun trolling at the Mirror if he likes disembodied heads photoshopped onto other people’s bodies.

  66. Anonymous
    December 18, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    The reason this graphic is justified is that the subject at hand has to do with sexual scandals and titillating subject matters. It’s all about context.

  67. Joel Mielke
    December 18, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    It’s better than the moronic “I hate Bonnie” stuff at the Mirror, but Heraldo can drive home a point without resorting to puerile photoshop stunts.

  68. Big Al
    December 18, 2010 at 1:11 pm

    Jeepers, I thought is was pretty well done, the Mirror “cartoons” are mainly cheep shots and poorly crafted.
    talk about sore winners, leave Bonnie alone already…

  69. Anonymous = classless
    December 18, 2010 at 1:28 pm

    You cant’ teach class to lowlifes. You will notice that even the usual Heraldo sycophants are absent in defending him on this topic.

  70. anonymous
    December 18, 2010 at 10:10 pm

    To HiFi and others who are outraged by Heraldo’s post and the accompanying picture, I have 1 question, how come you aren’t outraged by Tyson’s and Bass’s conduct?

  71. LowRent
    December 18, 2010 at 10:36 pm

    I agree with anonymous 10:10. I like Dave Tyson, from my limited interactions with him, and think he is a competent City Manager from a business standpoint. But his personal conduct has hurt many, including his own family. It has also negatively impacted the City both financially and morally. I find many of the comments here quite hypocritical.

  72. Anonymous
    December 18, 2010 at 10:46 pm

    anonymous says:
    December 18, 2010 at 10:10 pm “how come you aren’t outraged by Tyson’s and Bass’s conduct?”

    Because as far as I can tell it’s all innuendo.

  73. OffTheRez
    December 18, 2010 at 11:49 pm

    “from my limited interactions with him, and think he is a competent City Manager from a business standpoint.”
    Limited indeed! Competent yes, but corrupt beyond belief. He is first and foremost an Arkley tool. His philandering is just a symptom of his underlying arrogance.

  74. Anonymous
    December 19, 2010 at 1:08 pm

    While Europe riots against THEIR Gilded Age, we must remain respectful of the sensibilities of our opponents who have effectively locked-out half this community’s citizens from participating in governing, so that the disenfranchised will continue to subsidize the glut-fest of malls and sprawl.

    Many daily newspapers began running outrageous cartoons depicting the individuals responsible for our last Gilded Age while today’s media will have none of it. Too “negative”.

    The ONLY difference here is the insinuation of sexuality, still uncomfortable in an age of lingering Protestant oppression.

  75. December 19, 2010 at 4:44 pm

    “…while today’s media will have none of it. Too “negative”.”
    Ah, there’s the rub. Today’s media is simply a tool of the rich. Why would the rich do anything against their position? They now control 99% of all media. And the remaining 1% is only allowed space on the dial for its demoralizing effect.

  76. So Sad
    December 19, 2010 at 6:08 pm

    What an incredibly stupid thing to say. Who the hell would own the TV stations, the poor ? You must be a product of public schools.

    And for you nitwits to accuse the media of being tools of the evil rich Republicans, what explains the absurd bias they show toward liberal Democrats ? Do you people ever think beyond cliches’?

  77. an inside word
    December 19, 2010 at 6:12 pm

    For those of us who have watched and worked under Tyson, his tenure has not been an enjoyable one. His cozy relations with some staff are common knowledge, and his treatment of those he dislikes is legendary. He is a control addict and micro manages department heads and council. What more do you want to know? There would be a big sigh of relief at city hall if he retires.

  78. Naragaffer
    December 19, 2010 at 6:27 pm

    If re-hiring the “retiring” City Manager

    Shows that the new City Council can literally

    “Turn back the clock”

    Then Arkley will be happy.

    What could more embody a conservative’s dream?

  79. LowRent
    December 19, 2010 at 8:27 pm

    Thank you for the insights “an inside word.” It’s good to hear from people who work with and/or under Tyson on a regular day-to-day basis.

  80. Joel Mielke
    December 19, 2010 at 9:19 pm

    “…what explains the absurd bias they show toward liberal Democrats?”

    I don’t know. What explains something that doesn’t exist?

  81. anonymous
    December 19, 2010 at 9:47 pm

    Innuendo my ass to Anonymous on the 18th at 10:46 pm. Tyson settled the Hansen lawsuit because he didn’t want more of his embarassing conduct on record in a trial with Bass and others. Hansen knew this well, and so do I and so do lots of people. There are witnesses. Ask around. Maybe they’ll tell you about Tyson getting coffee thrown in his face by the cuckolded husband of a local realtor. Or the times he was seen playing grab ass with city employees. Or when he got drunk and made passes at women we all know.
    But the man will probably end up as CM again. So lock up your wives and daughters. And smile knowingly when you see Tyson’s wife, who probably wouldn’t be the bff of Tyson’s very cherished former personal assistant if she took off her blinders.

  82. Plain Jane
    December 19, 2010 at 10:25 pm

    Most cliches become cliches because they are true. “The liberal media” is an exception.

  83. Annonymous
    December 20, 2010 at 2:06 am

    Wait, let me turn to the Times Standard’s environmental section and see if they’re “liberal”, no wait, I’ll check the labor section instead, maybe there’s a human-cost index I can check that’s updated hourly like the Dow Jones, surely the front page headlines are reporting the 8,000 daily foreclosures or the 6th largest extinction event on Earth.

    Is the looting of the U.S. Treasury still being calling a “bailout” and the New Gilded Age a “Recession”?

    The Reichnews is so positive!

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